The Final Beat

Calling all guys and ghouls!
Start working on your costumes and get ready for the year's Paloween Costume Contest, hosted by Student Activities and SGA members.
The contest will be held in the Student Center Annex on Friday, October 30, 2009, and will last from 11a.m. to 1p.m. A sign-up sheet for the contest will be available to students the day of the event in the Office of Student Life. Room 100.
Punch, candy and cake will be available to students along with a DJ and karaoke machine. Don't miss out on the fun!
-Jennifer Cavazos

More students finding their way to Palo Alto College
Enrollment at Palo Alto College has increased 6 percent from 7,837 students in the fall of 2008 to 8,346 students this fall.
Rose Medrano, director of Retention Support Services, said, "The reason for the increase is because the economy has been shaky, people are going back to school. Plus, a community college is more affordable than a traditional four-year institution."
Registration for the Spring 2010 semester begins on November 16.
-Destinee Flores

Students' wallets take a hit
After conduction a non-scientific survey with students on campus, I found that some college textbooks can be very expensive. It was shocking for me to hear the prices that some students paid for a single textbook. Can you beat these?
  1. Nursing
  2. $385
  3. Chemistry
  4. $375
  5. Accounting
  6. $365
  7. Psychology
  8. $250
  9. Microbiology
  10. $188
  11. Nutrition
  12. $188
  13. BCIS
  14. $164
  15. Vet Tech
  16. $161
  17. Vet Tech
  18. $150
  19. Spanish
  20. $147
If you did pay more for a textbook, e-mail me at with the textbook and the price you paid. We'll print a "top that textbook price" recap in the next issue of "The Pulse".
-Elaine Mendiola

Website gives students insight... or does it?
Just about every college student has heard about, a place where students can post and read comments about their previous or soon-to-be professors online.
Most students said they had never posted a fabricated comment online to get back at a professor. Others said that they just use Rate My Professors to read students' comments and they believe the majority of what they read.
Before you begin to type in your comments online, think twice about what you're posting. Ask yourself, "Is this really true?" And before you begin to read something, you should take it all with a grain of salt, because you can't always believe what you read online.
-Yvonne Zamora

Find your key to success
PASSkey, a student support service, is open to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident who meet one of the following criteria: be a first generation college student from a low income family, or have a certifiable disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Program services include academic, career, and personal counseling; advisement and registration assistance; student success workshops; referral assistance with campus services and resources; tutoring assistance and more.
Contact PASSkey at (210) 486-3180 for sign-up information or visit them on the web at
-Staff Reporter

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