Week of November 5
"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Get the hell out and vote on Tuesday. Even if you feel that, as a Californian, your vote won't count in the presidential election due to the electoral college process (if what you're reading doesn't make sense, click here), there are several California initiatives on the ballot that you should look into. Pay particular attention to Propositions 30 and 38 because they apply to funding schools (including the CSU system).
Hurricane Sandy creates havoc on a construction site. Check out pix of this damaged tower crane.
Nonresidential building construction spending slumped in August after gaining in July. So the news is mixed, but the market is still tough. Check out which sectors are doing better that others (or less bad than others) here.
CM News and Events
Accreditation: I cannot report anything specific about the accreditation visit other than that it is over and I think we've survived to fight another day.
Evening with Industry: Evening with Industry will be on November 14 (5:30 to 7:30, I believe). We are being hosted by Boldt Construction at their Sutter Hospital project in midtown. Sign up on the list near Margaret's desk.
None this week.
What's Going on In Classes
CM 10: No guest lecture this week, so you're stuck with me. Not sure what I'll discuss, but we will likely talk about some of the things brought up by past guest speakers.
CM 121: We will be discussing finishes and the (very) basics of MEP trades. In lab we will be covering wood framing in the partitions and doors, frames & hardware. Don't be sad, but this will be our last week of labs until after the week of Thanksgiving (except for the Monday section, which will meet on November 19 as a make-up for a previous missed lab date).
CM 126: On Monday, the superintendents from Swinerton (formerly HMH), Rob Stratton and Steve Harless will be giving a guest lecture. This will be cool because we rarely get superintendents to come to campus to talk about what's important to them. Please be on time.
I don't remember exactly what's going on Wednesday (probably because I stupidly forgot to post the presentations schedule like I said I was going to do...). I know Chip Becker will be doing his toolbox on heat exhaustion and Mark Campbell and Doug Shirk will giving their presentation on project controls. I think there is another presentation or toolbox, but I cannot remember off the top of my head. If you think it's you and want me to confirm, send me an e-mail.
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