The Student Newspaper of Highline College


Pandemic pressures push more students to cheat

Students cheat. Some get caught, some don’t.

Either way, more of them have been cheating during the Covid pandemic.

Estimates of how much students cheat are wildly varied, with various reports claiming anywhere from 30 to 98 percent. High school students are sometimes reported as cheating more often than college students.

Safety first: Use best password practices

Whether you’re checking your grades on Canvas or registering for classes on ctcLink, you’ll need a password to log in to your account.

You may also need passwords to access restricted computers or networks. If you are encrypting files or other data, passwords play an important role in keeping that information secure too.

Michael Myers, Computer Information Systems and Computer Science faculty member, said being able to build durable passwords is a valuable skill.

Highline rocks your socks off with socks and rocks

In a tradition practiced since the days humanity spent its time in caves, Highline community members gathered to paint rocks on Tuesday outside Building 8. However, unlike the cavefolk, Highline people got 60th anniversary socks, courtesy of the Highline Foundation.

Mental health
Don't be afraid to reach out for help, counselor says

Ren Cardenas always had a sense that they needed help.

“I noticed I needed help mentally when I was young,” they said.

Cardenas is a first-year Highline student who has gone through many hardships with mental health.

Cardenas said they always knew something was off with how they felt.

“It started to feel like every day was a hassle and starting to feel like daily tasks were too much for me,” they said. “I would go on days feeling like there would be this massive empty feeling in my torso.”

Highline facilities expects busy summer of work

The Highline Facilities department expects to make hay while the sun shines with a laundry list of projects to be completed.

For example, better weather will allow the Facilities team to start making repairs to underground storm and sewer systems.

As students and staff return to campus, the Facilities team’s work is limited to certain times when trying to access classrooms or spaces being used. Summer leaves more spaces open and accessible for repair and maintenance work.

Central Washington University tries for a fair beginning for new degree

The second floor of the Highline-Central Washington University Higher Education Center (Building 29) was scattered with red tables and tents last week.

Central Washington University representatives excitedly manned the crimson booths, which were dedicated to the university’s computer science department.

Stacy Soderstrom, assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services, explained that Central Washington University is launching a joint computer science curriculum with Highline.

Choosing the right computer science degree or certificate

Highline offers more than 30 different computer science programs, including certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. With so many options, it can be confusing to decide which program is right for you.

Many students who plan to transfer from Highline to a four-year university opt for an associate degree. Highline offers an associate of science and an associate of arts, both with an emphasis in computer science.

Melchizedek Belihu is an associate of science student aiming for a career in software development. He chose the AS track to transfer his credits to improve his job prospects.

New student president promises to listen

Nestor Reyes-Garcia said he wants every student’s voice to be recognized and wants them to know that the student government is here for them.

Garcia was recently elected as next year’s president of the Associated Students of Highline College.

Garcia grew up in Beacon Hill, Seattle for the majority of his life.

“I was born in Mexico,” he said. “Within less than a year our family relocated to Seattle, where I’ve never left. I think I’ve lived in Seattle for so long I’d say I’m from the city.”

Open house seeking eligible bachelors

Highline is hosting an open house to help inform students about their options in continuing their education.

The Bachelor of Applied Science Program’s open house is happening Thursday, May 26, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. and will be a hybrid event, meaning it will be both in person and online via zoom.

“All seven of our BAS programs will be represented at the open house,” said Dr. Tanya Powers, associate dean for bachelor of applied science and workforce pathways.

Students choose new president; vice presidency remains open

The Highline student body has elected a new ASHC president, but the vice-president position remains vacant.

Nestor Reyes-Garcia is the new president-elect of the Associated Students of Highline College, whose future responsibilities will include representing Highline students, but his position is not set in stone.

The president and vice-president of the student government are chosen in an election open to Highline students, but will not be finalized until approved by the ASHC council on June 7.