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DOING COLLEGE

University of California Drops SAT Subject Test Requirement

Question: I enjoy your responses to readers' questions and look for your column on Tuesdays. I've just heard that there are changes in the SAT Subject Test requirements...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 10, 2011
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DOING COLLEGE

What are the top factors colleges use to evaluate applicants?

A Danville resident asks: Counselors at our high school are so busy with seniors that the younger students do not get much attention. My daughter is a junior...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 27, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

?Tis the Season for Financial Aid !

It's the time to prepare for the financial aid season because the online FAFSA becomes available to fill out this January 1st 2011. Since many colleges award federal...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 13, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Making Personal Contacts in College Admission

A reader asks: I read with interest your last column about college admission. However, I am not certain how one contacts a college prior to sending the application....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 29, 2010
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ART SPACE

Images of Saint Nick

I'm about to head off for the holidays and contemplate prospects for the coming year and columns. When I return, I plan to start a culinary/visual arts tour of some...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Nov. 29, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Secrets of the College Application Process

A resident asks: I have read your articles for some time and have enjoyed them. They are always informative and interesting. I have one son in college and another...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 15, 2010
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ART SPACE

'Bollywood' On Bollinger

The term "Bollywood" (a portmanteau of Bombay and Hollywood) tends to evoke images of "Slumdog Millionaire" or lush, extravagant musical productions. On November...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Nov. 15, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Academic Separation from College: What's Next?

A Danville parent asks: My son received a letter of academic separation from the university he attended last year in New York State. He did not want to leave and...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 1, 2010
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ART SPACE

Strong Artistic Views

San Ramon artist Kevin Davidson (whom I profiled in a past column) recently acted on a whim. He decided to contact the Vatican to determine how to submit his spiritual...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Oct. 26, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Early Test Preparation Can Hurt College Admission

A grandmother asks: Is it my imagination or is the college application process starting earlier each year? I have nine grandchildren and four of them are in high...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 18, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Does test preparation really help in college admission?

An Alamo resident asks: I don't mind spending money if it's well spent. What are the benefits of test prep? Does it work and how much do test scores count in...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 4, 2010
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ART SPACE

Art About Art

From the Greek comes the word ekphrasis, meaning description. A synesthetic art form, ekphrasis is a poem written about another form of art—most often a painting....

Original post made by John A. Barry on Sep. 21, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Colleges want to know why you are applying. Here's how to respond to this important question!

Question: I am having trouble with a question that it seems all the private colleges on my list ask: "Why do you want to attend our college?" What are the colleges...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 19, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Common Application Can Streamline College Admissions

Question: I keep hearing about the Common Application? What is it and why is it important? ~Danville resident Dr. LaScala responds: The Common Application (www.commonapp.org)...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 6, 2010
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ART SPACE

Art-Full Weekend

By John A. Barry The weekend of August 21 in Danville was an artful one that actually started on Thursday with the annual Art and Wine Stroll. Three art venues...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 25, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Don't Let A College Education Bury You in Debt!

It has been wisely noted that money rarely goes to those who need it most, but rather it winds up in the hands of those individuals who best understand the process...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 9, 2010
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ART SPACE

Art Icon Turns '39'

Beth Bachelor is a legend in local art circles. A cofounder of the Alamo Danville Artists' Society (ADAS) in 1977 and the Contra Costa Academy of Fine Art in 2001,...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 3, 2010
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ART SPACE

Eyesore or Art?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; art is anything you can get away with. These two truisms came to mind as a I read recently in the "Contra Costa Times" about...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jul. 27, 2010
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Danville Fine Arts Fair

For several years now, I've been attending the Danville Fine Arts Fair, covering nearly all of Hartz Ave. in downtown Danville. Because of the large number of exhibitors...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 27, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

7 Steps to Successful College Admissions Transfer: Part II

Each year I receive calls from high school seniors who want help with the transfer path. Although I have been an advisor for years, my heart still skips a beat...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 23, 2010
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