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Fall 2008 Textbooks

Finally got around to ordering my textbooks for fall 2008.

It’s hard to find the textbooks you need at daytonastate.edu, because all the faculty pages are gone. They switched over to a new system, and the new faculty pages don’t yet have any information. Last semester, it was easy to find the books I needed because each professor would describe them in detail. Not so this time around.

The only resource available is the unuseful bookstore, which I’ve redirected at books.daytonastate.org because it’s hard to find on DSC’s site. Their prices are ridiculously high; it would’ve cost me $700 to buy my books, even used, from them. The only thing it’s good for is to find what books you need, and even for that it isn’t great. This is what I found upon looking up PHY2048, my University Physics course:

University Physics w/Modern Physics
Used $153.00
Author: Young Edition:12th

University Physics (V1:SSM)
Used $25.00
Author: Young Edition:12th

University Physics (V2 & V3:SSM)
Used $24.00
Author:Young Edition:12th

Why can’t they at least give me some ISBN numbers? What’s “SSM” mean? I found out it was Student Solutions Manual, and 12th means 12th edition, but it it’s risky without ISBN numbers and with such vaugeness.

The courses I’m taking are Calculus 1 w/ Lab (MAC2311 / L), University Physics I w/ Lab (PHY2048 / L), Speech (SPC2600), and Biology (BSC1005). I ordered the study guides too, because they’re awfully helpful for leading you to the answers. Here’s the books I needed:

0130084077: Calculus, Early Transcendentals (6th Edition)
0495012408: Student Solutions Manual for Single Variable Calculus
080532187X: University Physics with Modern Physics (12th Edition)
0321500636: University Physics Student Solutions Manual, Vol. 1
0321500385: University Physics Student Solutions Manual, Vols. 2 and 3
0805368426: Essential Biology, 3rd Edition
0805304894: Study Guide for Essential Biology with Physiology, 2nd Edition
0073385034: Between One and Many: The Art and Science of Public Speaking

I ordered most of them from abebooks.com because they had the best prices. A few I got from half.com because Abe Books was too expensive. I spent $301 in all. The eight books are a whopping 5793 pages. I won’t be carrying all those on my back at once.

It’s unfortunate that the Florida Academic Scholars award (the highest BrightFutures scholarship) has been dropped from $300 for books to $225. I only got $157 because lab fees gobbled up some money, so despite my relentless academic efforts, I’m still paying out of pocket. I’m hearing that by the time I finish with BrightFutures in 2011, there may be no money left at all. So I’m glad for what I have.

If you’re still waiting to order your books for Daytona State College, look them up at the bookstore and get hunting online. Don’t buy them from the bookstore; check out the sites I mentioned. Alibris is also good. Don’t wait! There’s one month left, but you want to have plenty of time in case of shipping delays or other mishaps.

The Spring 2008 Awards

I was happy to cover photography for the college’s spring awards ceremony on April 16. Some of the highlights:

Kent Sharples hands out awards

Kent Sharples, the DSC president, preparing to hand out one of many awards.

DSC faculty applauds

An applauding faculty member in the audience.

The QUANTA gang

The QUANTA gang says hello. QUANTA is a community for a collection of core subjects at building 300 in the fall and spring at the college; it’s one of the premier learning communities in academia. I had a lot of fun studying and making friends their over the 2007-2008 year, and recommend it to any prospective students. Read my story here. A great book we traditionally read at the end of the spring semester is Seven Life Lessons of Chaos. Brilliant stuff; you won’t find this level of reflection and personal development in any normal class. Their motto is “don’t think either/or—think both and,” which is a welcome departure from the typical rigid mindset you find in the classroom.

It’s funny looking back, because Kent was so happy to announce that he knew the name Daytona Beach College was about to be approved, and already it’s Daytona State College.

I shot all these on black and white 35mm film, but am looking forward to shooting the next ceremony with my excellent Canon Rebel XTi and EF 50mm 1:1.4 lens. No one is camera-shy at the college, likely because of the prestigious photography presence. Unfortunately a lot of the photography department’s links are broken at the moment, but there’s some good info on that page.

The State of the Name

Daytona State College’s name has been all over the place. In October of 2007, the school stripped “Community” from its name, becoming Daytona Beach College instead of Daytona Beach Community College. Then on 2008 June 20, a press release was posted to the website announcing the new name as Daytona State College. I passed the college on International Speedway Blvd. on 2008 July 14, and this is what I saw:

New Sign for Daytona State College

However, there are signs all around the campus still saying DBCC or DBC. Even the enrollment banner above the DSC sign still has the old name and website. It must be awfully confusing to visitors or prospective students.

The state of the domain name is even worse. The name has been lengthened to daytonastate.edu, even though early announcements said DSC had procured dsc.edu. All of the faculty and student email addresses are going through another change. My address is the incredibly lengthy richard_thripp@falconmail.daytonastate.edu.

As for the old addresses, DSC’s performance has been abysmal. dbcc.edu was redirecting to dbc.edu a week ago, but now goes nowhere. dbc.edu and daytonastate.edu are currently existing in parallel, and there are links to different domains all over the place. Many links are broken. Hasn’t DSC every heard of HTTP 301 redirects? When I changed richardxthripp.com to thripp.com two weeks ago, I had no problems using them to redirect every page over to the new address. You’d think their sysadmins could do that.

All falconmail.dbcc.edu email addresses are irrevocably broken. I just received this email from the college on the 14th:

Dear Daytona State Student:

Name Change: You may have heard the college Trustees voted to change our name to Daytona State College. Our new name will allow us to build upon the core mission and values that have been central to the college for more than 50 years, while expanding into affordable baccalaureate degree programs. We look to the future for new ways to provide opportunities to our students and to help foster economic development, culture and quality of life in the communities we serve.

Email Address Change: You may have noticed that your FalconMail address has been updated to be first_last@ falconmail.dbc.edu. As of Monday, July 14th, please start using your address as first_last@ falconmail.DaytonaState.edu. If you experience difficulties, your dbc.edu account will work for two additional weeks.

Please note: As of July 11, 2008 the dbcc.edu address will no longer be valid and no mail will be delivered.

Email address for staff will also be changing to the DaytonaState.edu, please review the college website for more information.

To reach the enrollment services offices, you can email:

Admissions@DaytonaState.edu
Advising@DaytonaState.edu
Assessment@DaytonaState.edu
Financial Aid@DaytonaState.edu
Registration@DaytonaSate.edu
Records@DaytonaState.edu
StudentAccounts@DaytonaState.edu

Thank you. If you have any questions about the use of FalconMail you can contact the Helpdesk at helpdesk@dbc.edu.

So apparently, I’ve got 8 days to tell everyone about my new address before richard_thripp@falconmail.dbc.edu breaks. Why can’t every email address and domain work forever? It isn’t that hard to set up.

WCEU Channel 15 is supposed to become WDSC eventually. Their website still says Daytona Beach College, and their programming is just as bad. Some shows say DBCC, some DBC, and probably DSC by now if I was still watching.

I hope they’re sticking with Daytona State College and daytonastate.edu now.

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