Thursday, August 16, 2007
FresnoBee.com: Local: Fresno professor helps students buy the book
FresnoBee.com: Local: Fresno professor helps students buy the book: "Valencia said the new fund is unique because, unlike more general forms of financial aid, it will only buy textbooks. Olga Padilla, a junior from Parlier who works at the institute, said her $600 book bill last semester was 'twice my rent.' 'If somebody could help you with a book, that'd be great,' she said. 'Even if it's just one book.' Valencia -- also experienced in martial arts, triathlons, hiking and surfing -- decided to use himself as bait in a fundraising campaign. He billed his entry in June's 'Sharkfest' as 'Swimming for Books,' then tried to hook colleagues into donating."