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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 3A FRC teacher writes about teaching women in prison Tiffiney Lozano Staff Writer Invited to an upcoming Ox- ford Round Table symposium, a local woman is crossing the pond next month to present a provoking paper about the lives of women in prison. Feather River College's Di- anne Lipscomb will weigh in on the discussion of "Women in Academia" with her expe- rience about teaching women in the California Correctional Center at Chowchilla. "My paper will be a little different. Most people will likely address things such as the glass ceiling or other themes women in academia face," Lipscomb said of her topic. "To me however, it's important to recognize the status of these women that are left out of the equation all together." Lipscomb regularly visits the CCC at Chowchilla, along with program director Dr. Joan Parkin, where she teach- es art to the inmates. The following excerpt is taken from the abstract that Lipscomb proposed: "Imagine a city of women, 4,000 strong, dressed in blue, confined in a modern fortress, enclosed by electrified fences topped by jagged rounds of wire, and with a courtyard dappled by shooter towers at strategic lo- cations. Life here is unlike that on the outside, yet strangely similar. This is the largest women's prison in the world, the California Correc- tional Center at Chowchilla. California, in the heart of the Central Valley." The program is not without controversy. Many fail to see the merit in educating an in- carcerated population, espe- cially those convicted of crimes that will keep them within the confines of prison walls for life. What is often overlooked is the role these women, referred to as "lifers" on the inside, de- fault into, said Lipscomb. Sim- ply because they have been there the longest, these women become counselors to the other women. When this role is acknowledged, educat- ing lifers then has a huge val- ue, Lipscomb said. "Lifers can become liaisons with the mission of encourag- ing others to stay out," she said. In the words of one lifer, "Getting an education makes you somebody." Many of the women are lin- guistically challenged, either by not speaking English or simply lacking good commu- nication skills, explained Lipscomb. "Art offers techniques of ex- pression," she said. "It's a College board to re-think fitness center contract At its regular meeting Feb. 18, the board of trustees of Feather River Community College District will consider a motion to renegotiate its agreement with the Feather River College Foundation for the operation of Feather Riv- er Fitness and Recreation, the fitness center located on the west end of Quincy. The action item before the board asks the board to "di- rect the Superinten- dent/President, or his de- signee, to prepare and send a Notice of Termination to the Feather River College Foun- dation for the purpose of ter- minating and renegotiating the District's agreement with the Foundation regarding the administration of instruction- al programs at the Founda- tion's Feather River Fitness and Recreation facility." According to college presi- dent Dr. Ronald Taylor, "This is a necessary step from the point of view of the college ad- ministration, largely due to the state budget crisis. "There are also a number of changed state regulations re- lated to the curriculum that the college has been offering through Feather River Fit- ness and Recreation. As a re- sult, the college is no longer able to support the center's Free electronics operations at the level that it has up until now. "It is the district's intention, as- suming the board action pass- es, to support the community by continuing to work in co- operation with the foundation in the operation of the fitness center. To do so cost effective- ly, however, and within the guidelines for relevant cur- riculum, will require an ad- justment to the agreement be- tween the parties." Under the current agree- ment dated July 19, 2001, a six- month notice is required in or- der to make changes to the ex- isting agreement. 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When asked what prompted her to teach in the prisons, Lipscomb responded that it was something she has al- ways wanted to do. "It will steal your soul," a colleague once said. "And the inmates are sO glad you're there," said Lipscomb. "Of course, like any class, some students will drop off, but the core is really dedicated." "There is a lot of talent in prisons," continued Lip- scomb. "I enjoy trying to im- part knowledge that took me a lifetime to acquire." Lipscomb says the women are there for a variety of crimes from murder to hus- tling. There are a lot of cases of drugs and prostitution. Though their crimes may be different, there are com- mon themes. Faith and family are the biggest. Many say they don't know why God put them there, but they are going to make the best of it. FRC's art instructor for the last six years, Lipscomb received her Bachelor's of Arts degree from the Univer- sity of California-Berkeley and her master's degree from California State University-Sacramento. 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