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El Va El Va El Va El Va uero uero uero uero L E N D A L ECC O M M U N I T YCCOLLEGE OLLEGE GGLENDALE OMMUNITY @gccelvaquero El Vaquero Newspaper EL VAQ ONLINE 55% List of 2013 Graduates, pages 12-14 Volume 101, Number 6 Students Elect New ASGCC Officers L E N D A L ECC O M M U N I T YCCOLLEGE OLLEGE GGLENDALE OMMUNITY By EL VAQUERO STAFF D avit Avagyan, the current vice president of campus relations, edged out Harut Yerikyan by 10 votes in last week’s election, to take the position of president/student trustee of the ASGCC. “I feel really good about the results, because it shows that we had two great candidates this year,” Avagyan said. Avagyan has been involved in student government since 2008, when he was student body treasurer at Clark Magnet High School. He won the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership in 2011 and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Congressman Adam Schiff in 2009. “I plan to advocate for the students voices and to raise school spirits. There are also plans being made, depending on the situation in fall.” Out of the 1,407 votes counted, Avagyan took 625 and Yerikyan had 615. “It was a really close race, but I didn’t quite make it,” Yerikyan said. Current President of ASGCC Arman Marukyan said that he was pleased with this semester’s election. “I’m very happy about the results. Everybody who ran this year was very deserving and they would all do a great job.” Voting was up 30 percent from the last election. “This semester more people campaigned, so more people voted,” said Student Activities Coordinator Tzoler Oukayan. Erica Michel Gatica will take over for incumbent Cameron McGee as vice [See Election, page 2] IN THIS ISSUE News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Features.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7 Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9, 16 Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 -11 Graduation List. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-14 Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 L E N D A L ECC O M M U N I T YCCOLLEGE OLLEGE GGLENDALE OMMUNITY L E N D A L ECC O M M U N I T YCC OLLEGE GG LENDALE OMMUNITY OLLEGE Photo by Bryan Ramos May 29, 2013 Track Star Grace Graham-Zamudio 50% Makes History By Taline Markarian EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER G CC took sixth at the California Community College Athletic Association Track and Field Championships thanks to Grace GrahamZamudio who brought home three state titles. That weekend, Graham-Zamudio, a sophomore and sociology major at GCC, won the Vaqueros’ first state title in 22 years and helped the track and field team land the high ranking. “I feel very accomplished and I’m really blessed to have had such an amazing season this year,” said GrahamZamudio. “I would like to thank my family, my coaches and my teammates. I’m really happy how this season turned out.” The championships were held at the San Mateo College from May 17 to 18. “She concluded her season by becoming the first woman in California 45% TRIPLE CROWN: Grace Graham-Zamudio became the first woman in California Community College history to win three meter events in the same meet on May 17 and 18. [See Graham-Zamudio, page 10] International Student Association’s Got Talent w w w.elvaq .com By Sal Polcino EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER S tudents from all over the globe competed Thursday at the GCC Auditorium in an American Idol-style talent show organized by the International Students Association to raise money for scholarships. ISA President Hyacinthe “Cinthy” DeCuba was the main organizer, but she said she had lots of help. DeCuba and the international student advisers discovered that planning an event this size is a big job. “It was a lot of work,” said adviser Anh Nguyen. “It took a team of five people to make this Photo by Kathy Bakowicz WORLD FUSION: Dancers A-Ya Hamano, Melissa Gonzalez and Nami Matsushita took first place at the ISA talent show Thursday along with teammates Chur Hyun Sung and Richard Fober. show happen.” In addition to recruiting the talent judges were sought, the venue booked and prepared, sound and lighting people organized, ticket sellers assigned and lunch ordered and served to the first 100 guests. “I am happy they pulled this together. They have so much talent,” Nguyen said. Organizers also enlisted Dr.Troy Davis, working under the name “Doctor Love,” to host the show. Davis, formerly an international student counselor who currently teaches and counsels at GCC, added a fun and comic element to the performances. “They asked me to come out and emcee and I couldn’t turn that down,” Davis said. “Did they know I was a fool? No, I don’t think so,” Davis said laughingly. “They’ve talked about it before when I brought my band up here,” he said. [See Talent, page 9]

May 29, 2013

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