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Available as a Podcast wherever you listen to Podcasts. KCSF News is a source for information, events, and pertinent stories serving the City College of San Francisco Community. Contact us at kcsfatccsf@gmail.com if you'd like to contribute, get involved with the radio station, or pitch a story. Go Rams!

Latest Episodes

Adult Learner

In the “College Dropout” series we examined why the dropout rate stands at 47%, and how becoming educated is related to becoming an adult. But what if you’re already an “adult” when you go to college? In this episode we answer the question: are you behind in life if you go back to school in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or beyond? How can we can think about going back to school when you’re older in a way that’s not so discouraging? I’ll be presenting a series of interrelated interviews with some Adult Learners I met at the City College of San Francisco, along with an interview I conducted with the chancellor of C.C.S.F., Mark Rocha. Chancellor Rocha was an Adult Learner himself; a lifelong english teacher, he went back to school at 55 to get an engineering degree. Chancellor Rocha has some wise words (or not) for one of our Adult Learners, Max, who’s feeling a little “behind the 8-ball” being on a campus with so many angsty young adults.

30 min2019 MAY 20
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Adult Learner

College Dropout Part 1

One out of every two students who attend Community College drop out. Only 1 in 5 will get their degree in four years. Why? I’m Nikolas Harter, and in this three part series produced out of the KCSF studios at the City College of San Francisco, I interview students and administrators, and break down statistics to come to some surprising conclusions about our flawed system of higher education. If you don’t know what career you want to pursue, is going straight to college after high school really the best option? How is acquiring an education connected to success, happiness, and becoming an adult? These days, is our system of higher education even capable of raising the financial well-being of its students, or does it perpetuate society’s inequities? In Part 1, I approach this question of why 47% of students drop out of school by breaking down the data. Did you know “work responsibilities” is the number one reason students report for dropping out of school? It’s ironic, because ...

12 min2019 APR 22
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College Dropout Part 1

College Dropout Part 2

In Part 2, I explore the personal reasons for why a student might drop out with “F-Everything” Paul Lopez. Paul dropped out of school when he was 18. Back then, he didn’t know what he wanted to do, so he left school and moved up to the bay with his sister to get a full time job. Now he’s back, returning to school at C.C.S.F. at 22 years old. I told him about the high drop out rate at Community Colleges, and he told me he feels like a number. We’ll also meet the students from S.M.A.C. (students making a change), a student group on campus advocating for the rights of the school’s minority populations (and everyone else’s too). 80% of C.C. students in California are placed into remedial classes, and S.M.A.C. is not happy about it. It’s not just personal, or existential reasons for why so many students are dropping out. The system itself discourages students by preventing them from taking college level courses until they repeat High School Math and English. No wonder it takes mo...

27 min2019 APR 22
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College Dropout Part 2

College Dropout Part 3

In Part 3, I’ll share about my personal college experience, and square off with current C.C.S.F. student Brandon Powell. Is attending college about pursuing your dreams? Or making ends meet? Brandon shares some cockroach stories, and we debate what school and life is all about. Why should we value public schools? What’s the purpose of education, and how is becoming educated connected to success, happiness, and becoming an adult? All this and more on the final segment of College Dropout. I’m Nikolas Harter for KCSF. Music by Sam Vanderlist

21 min2019 APR 22
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College Dropout Part 3

S.M.A.C. Meets the B.S.U.

On this episode of KCSF News, S.M.A.C. (Students Making A Change) speaks with CCSF’s branch of the B.S.U. (Black Student Union) to talk about what community organizing means to them. They’ll share personal stories of how they became student activists and organizers, and drop some lines for those of you who’d like to get involved.

40 min2019 APR 13
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S.M.A.C. Meets the B.S.U.

Vandalism at New All-Gender Restrooms

On this episode we’ll be talking with Lisa Martin, a reporter from The Guardsman about vandalism that’s been occurring on campus outside of all-gender restrooms. All-gender restrooms are designated for people of all genders, and are meant to create a more inclusive and safe space for transgender, queer, and non-gender conforming people. The vandalism that’s been occurring at these restrooms could be considered a hate crime, but we have yet to receive an official response from the administration. Music by YUNG $AM V, find him on Soundcloud.

23 min2019 APR 4
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Vandalism at New All-Gender Restrooms

City College Makes Cuts Ahead of Free City Vote

On this episode of KCSF News we sit down with Claudia Drdul, a reporter from the city college's newspaper, The Guardsman. Claudia just finished up a story about staff cuts that are happening ahead of the vote to continue free city this November. It’s a big story which touches on a lot of topics, including a recap of the accreditation crises, and an insight into the tug of war happening right now between CCSF administration and the teacher’s union over “the privatization of public education.” You can check out the original article @theguardsman.com/

25 min2019 MAR 7
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City College Makes Cuts Ahead of Free City Vote

City College's Secret Treasure

Did you know one of the most famous works of art by one of the most prolific 20th century artists lives here on the Ocean Campus of the City College of San Francisco? On this episode, we get a special tour of The Pan American Unity Mural with docent Vickie Simms. Vickie, who says she's "older than 50," has given up her lifelong business career to go back to school and study Art History. We'll hear about what motivates her, and glean lessons from our shared American past, as Vickie takes us through this legendary work of art. Join us for KCSF's first feature story! And check out the mural for yourself at www.riveramural.org

20 min2018 NOV 13
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City College's Secret Treasure

S.M.A.C. Talks AB705

S.M.A.C. (studentsmakingchange.org) is a student-led advocacy group which defends the rights of students of color (and all students) on the City College of San Francisco campus. On this episode of KCSF News they'll be telling us about AB705. AB705 is a new law intended to help marginalized students graduate at higher rates. S.M.A.C. isn’t happy with how this law is being implemented. In fact, they claim it’s virtually not being implemented. We’re going to hear some stories of how this has affected specific students, and talk about S.M.A.C.'s struggle with city college administration.

37 min2018 NOV 6
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S.M.A.C. Talks AB705

"The Red Zone," an Interview with District Attorney Gascón

A conversation with the top prosecutor for the city and county of San Francisco, Mr. Gascón, about sexual assault on college campuses. "The Red Zone" refers to the first few months of the school year when sexual assault rates on college campuses are at their highest. We'll talk about how his office is making reporting sexual assault crimes easier, and what due process rights should be afforded to students accused of sexual assault.

27 min2018 OCT 30
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"The Red Zone," an Interview with District Attorney Gascón

Latest Episodes

Adult Learner

In the “College Dropout” series we examined why the dropout rate stands at 47%, and how becoming educated is related to becoming an adult. But what if you’re already an “adult” when you go to college? In this episode we answer the question: are you behind in life if you go back to school in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or beyond? How can we can think about going back to school when you’re older in a way that’s not so discouraging? I’ll be presenting a series of interrelated interviews with some Adult Learners I met at the City College of San Francisco, along with an interview I conducted with the chancellor of C.C.S.F., Mark Rocha. Chancellor Rocha was an Adult Learner himself; a lifelong english teacher, he went back to school at 55 to get an engineering degree. Chancellor Rocha has some wise words (or not) for one of our Adult Learners, Max, who’s feeling a little “behind the 8-ball” being on a campus with so many angsty young adults.

30 min2019 MAY 20
Comments
Adult Learner

College Dropout Part 1

One out of every two students who attend Community College drop out. Only 1 in 5 will get their degree in four years. Why? I’m Nikolas Harter, and in this three part series produced out of the KCSF studios at the City College of San Francisco, I interview students and administrators, and break down statistics to come to some surprising conclusions about our flawed system of higher education. If you don’t know what career you want to pursue, is going straight to college after high school really the best option? How is acquiring an education connected to success, happiness, and becoming an adult? These days, is our system of higher education even capable of raising the financial well-being of its students, or does it perpetuate society’s inequities? In Part 1, I approach this question of why 47% of students drop out of school by breaking down the data. Did you know “work responsibilities” is the number one reason students report for dropping out of school? It’s ironic, because ...

12 min2019 APR 22
Comments
College Dropout Part 1

College Dropout Part 2

In Part 2, I explore the personal reasons for why a student might drop out with “F-Everything” Paul Lopez. Paul dropped out of school when he was 18. Back then, he didn’t know what he wanted to do, so he left school and moved up to the bay with his sister to get a full time job. Now he’s back, returning to school at C.C.S.F. at 22 years old. I told him about the high drop out rate at Community Colleges, and he told me he feels like a number. We’ll also meet the students from S.M.A.C. (students making a change), a student group on campus advocating for the rights of the school’s minority populations (and everyone else’s too). 80% of C.C. students in California are placed into remedial classes, and S.M.A.C. is not happy about it. It’s not just personal, or existential reasons for why so many students are dropping out. The system itself discourages students by preventing them from taking college level courses until they repeat High School Math and English. No wonder it takes mo...

27 min2019 APR 22
Comments
College Dropout Part 2

College Dropout Part 3

In Part 3, I’ll share about my personal college experience, and square off with current C.C.S.F. student Brandon Powell. Is attending college about pursuing your dreams? Or making ends meet? Brandon shares some cockroach stories, and we debate what school and life is all about. Why should we value public schools? What’s the purpose of education, and how is becoming educated connected to success, happiness, and becoming an adult? All this and more on the final segment of College Dropout. I’m Nikolas Harter for KCSF. Music by Sam Vanderlist

21 min2019 APR 22
Comments
College Dropout Part 3

S.M.A.C. Meets the B.S.U.

On this episode of KCSF News, S.M.A.C. (Students Making A Change) speaks with CCSF’s branch of the B.S.U. (Black Student Union) to talk about what community organizing means to them. They’ll share personal stories of how they became student activists and organizers, and drop some lines for those of you who’d like to get involved.

40 min2019 APR 13
Comments
S.M.A.C. Meets the B.S.U.

Vandalism at New All-Gender Restrooms

On this episode we’ll be talking with Lisa Martin, a reporter from The Guardsman about vandalism that’s been occurring on campus outside of all-gender restrooms. All-gender restrooms are designated for people of all genders, and are meant to create a more inclusive and safe space for transgender, queer, and non-gender conforming people. The vandalism that’s been occurring at these restrooms could be considered a hate crime, but we have yet to receive an official response from the administration. Music by YUNG $AM V, find him on Soundcloud.

23 min2019 APR 4
Comments
Vandalism at New All-Gender Restrooms

City College Makes Cuts Ahead of Free City Vote

On this episode of KCSF News we sit down with Claudia Drdul, a reporter from the city college's newspaper, The Guardsman. Claudia just finished up a story about staff cuts that are happening ahead of the vote to continue free city this November. It’s a big story which touches on a lot of topics, including a recap of the accreditation crises, and an insight into the tug of war happening right now between CCSF administration and the teacher’s union over “the privatization of public education.” You can check out the original article @theguardsman.com/

25 min2019 MAR 7
Comments
City College Makes Cuts Ahead of Free City Vote

City College's Secret Treasure

Did you know one of the most famous works of art by one of the most prolific 20th century artists lives here on the Ocean Campus of the City College of San Francisco? On this episode, we get a special tour of The Pan American Unity Mural with docent Vickie Simms. Vickie, who says she's "older than 50," has given up her lifelong business career to go back to school and study Art History. We'll hear about what motivates her, and glean lessons from our shared American past, as Vickie takes us through this legendary work of art. Join us for KCSF's first feature story! And check out the mural for yourself at www.riveramural.org

20 min2018 NOV 13
Comments
City College's Secret Treasure

S.M.A.C. Talks AB705

S.M.A.C. (studentsmakingchange.org) is a student-led advocacy group which defends the rights of students of color (and all students) on the City College of San Francisco campus. On this episode of KCSF News they'll be telling us about AB705. AB705 is a new law intended to help marginalized students graduate at higher rates. S.M.A.C. isn’t happy with how this law is being implemented. In fact, they claim it’s virtually not being implemented. We’re going to hear some stories of how this has affected specific students, and talk about S.M.A.C.'s struggle with city college administration.

37 min2018 NOV 6
Comments
S.M.A.C. Talks AB705

"The Red Zone," an Interview with District Attorney Gascón

A conversation with the top prosecutor for the city and county of San Francisco, Mr. Gascón, about sexual assault on college campuses. "The Red Zone" refers to the first few months of the school year when sexual assault rates on college campuses are at their highest. We'll talk about how his office is making reporting sexual assault crimes easier, and what due process rights should be afforded to students accused of sexual assault.

27 min2018 OCT 30
Comments
"The Red Zone," an Interview with District Attorney Gascón
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