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Undocumented student contemplates potential changes in his life under Trump’s presidency Editor’s Note: For the protection of this student, we have changed his name to Octavio to protect him and his family.




Donald Trump’s success in the 2016 election has left undocumented residents and their families with a grim uncertainty of being able to remain in the United States. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act has allowed any undocumented minors in the U.S. to have benefits that would not otherwise be granted to those who arrive as an adult. Among these benefits is the ability to go to school, work and a driver’s license, all perks that Citrus College business major, Octavio, has taken advantage of since the DREAM Act was put into effect by President Obama. Voting and owning a house are two main things he can not do in the U.S.

Octavio arrived in the U.S. at age 5 with his parents and younger sister on a plane using his aunt’s and cousins’ passports and documents. Though there is panic and protest against Trump’s presidency from undocumented immigrants across the country, Octavio said he is not worried and believes the difference between an Obama presidency and a Trump presidency will be very little. “Although Trump is going to be president,” he said, “I still think the horrendous things he wants to do aren’t going to pass.” Before the DREAM act, Octavio had to essentially commit identity fraud to be able to work. He used his friends social security card, to SEE DREAM • PAGE 5

Marijuana still not allowed on campus Though now legal in California, weed is still prohibited at school BY STEPHEN IM OPINIONS EDITOR SIM@CCCLARION.COM



Now that sale, consumption and possession of marijuana is legal in California for adults 21 and older, laws and policies across the state will begin to change to adapt. Citrus, however, will make no

changes to their policies on drug use and possession. In a campus wide memorandum, Dean of Students Maryann Tolano-Leveque said the “change to state law does not affect Citrus College’s drug and alcohol policy for students, employees, or guests.” The proposition that passed to legalize marijuana has only been approved on a state level. As far as federal law is concerned, marijua-

na is still an illegal substance. Ben Macias, Campus Safety Director at Citrus College said, “ any institution of higher education that receives financial aid… we must abide by the federal statute.” Because Citrus receives federal funding, drug policies are aligned with federal law where marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 drug among other drugs like heroin, LSD and ecstasy. Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug because of its high potential for abuse, despite it being legalized in several states for medical and rec-

reational use. Use, possession, or selling of drugs is high on the list of standards of student conducts that if broken, may result in suspension, expulsion or removal of a student. If Police are involved, they won’t enforce federal law. “We are not going to issue a citation for a federal law violation,” said captain Joe Ward of Glendora Police Department. However being under the influence or in possession of the drug can still result in involvement from the police.

winter amnesia “The Christmas Box” follows triplets in their attempt to save their entire town after the grown-ups forget about Christmas. PG. 9

But, because it’s already legal, there is little action the Police will take. “As far as possession, it’s a violation of school rules not criminal,” said Captain Joe Ward. He said, “it’s a crime to smoke it on the grounds of Citrus College.” Students smoking will be cited by campus safety because it breaks state law to smoke on campus. An already intoxicated student who is caught will not be arrested and might not even be cited by police. SEE LEGAL • PAGE 5

Making Christmas

A look into the building process for the set of the dynamic “Christmas Is...”show. PG. 6






A call for unity after election unrest After Trump’s win, Americans must come together for the greater good of our country The 2016 election is over, that’s something Americans all need to come to grips with. Whether or not the results left you excited, dismayed or frightened, we have to realize that what’s done is done and that the best thing to do is move on. This viewpoint of togetherness has to flow both ways. If it were Hillary Clinton as the president-elect, it would be no different. Although we have our obvious preferences, we need to believe that our country will not only survive but thrive in the days ahead. This starts by simply coming together. A message echoed not only by Clinton and President Barack Obama, but Donald Trump himself. It is important for the continued success of our country to be able to set aside our obvious fundamental differences and focus clearly on the trying times ahead. Obama put this into perspective the best with his address the day after the election with the observation, “We have to remember that we’re actually all on one team… We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we are Americans

first. We’re patriots first.” We can engage in perfectly respectful discussions about whether or not our future presidential elections should be decided by the popular vote alone. However, the ongoing protests resulting in violent acts of vandalism or otherwise has done nothing to further our democratic system, or for the people whose property, businesses or personal lives have been impacted by the continued protests. People who just wanted to get home on Nov. 9 late at night were blocked by protesters on the 101 freeway that shut down traffic for hours. People have a right to express their opinions in a non-violent fashion, but this feels like taking it too far. The continuation of America as a functioning and healthy nation require that we unite ourselves under the idea that our system is one that works, that we have faith in. That at the end of the day, even though we disagree, we all accept the results of the institution that was fought and died for by so many. Obama would have definitely rather debriefed Clinton on foreign and domestic intelligence than Trump, but he realizes that in order for the American system we cherish so much to work effectively there has to be confidence that the system will work out. That there will be a time to address our concerns when midterm elections come around

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again in 2018. In his acceptance speech, Trump addressed the importance of coming together under our nation’s goals in order to achieve betterment. However, Trump has yet to tone down his blustery attitude. He’s berated the media in an

off the record meeting about how they were against him from the beginning. Also he’s caught up in a Twitter feud about Jill Stein’s calls for a recount in Wisconsin. He has also threatened to revoke citizenship and sentence jail time for American flag burners, an attack

on first amendment rights. Trump, the president, may not be much different from Trump, the campaigner, but it’s our duty as citizens to trust that our system will continue to evolve and adapt to our needs as a nation and to stop vilifying each other in the heat of this very divisive moment in our history.


Giving is more than spending money BY STEPHEN IM OPINIONS EDITOR SIM@CCCLARION.COM

December is upon us and for many, this is time to hit the malls for holiday shopping. In years past, I have felt the pressure of buying gifts for the important people in my life, paying little to no attention to the less fortunate. The Christmas holiday turned from a celebration of Jesus’ birth to a day of receiving and buying presents. But buying extravagant, expensive gifts for your favorite people is not the essence of giving this time of the year. While a new TV for dad, a tennis bracelet for your girlfriend, a Harry Potter 8-movie box set for your little sister all sound great, your loved ones rather you put your money toward your future. So this year, save your hard earned cash, and spend a resource just as valuable as the money in your pocket, time. Seek out an organization or cause designed to bring holiday cheer and joy to those in need. Whenever I find myself complaining about my circumstances, I have to pull back and put my life in perspective. I was taught at an early age that no matter how bad you think your situation is, there are individuals and families in worse circumstances than you. I’m reminded of the community church I grew up in, when every Christmas, hundreds of families would line up to receive a “Christmas dinner in a box”.

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The effort to feed hundreds of families wasn’t a simple operation. It required manpower, resources and time. But behind it all, it takes the desire to want to give back to the

community. A community that would pick you up, if you were in need. The feeling you get from giving back to your community and helping people is incomparable.

Beyond the internal joy you get from volunteering, you may have a life changing effect on the people you are dedicating time to. If you need a place to start, look no further than http://volunteermatch.

org as a starting point for finding volunteer opportunities. If helping people in need is outside of your comfort zone, challenge yourself this year to bring joy to someone who isn’t expecting it.



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Come and help save a life by giving some blood at this two-day seasonal blood drive in the Campus Center Mall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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In light of finals week, a paint therapy session will be held to help relieve some of the stress of Citrus students. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Campus Center Mall.





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All students are encouraged to go out and vote for the Spring 2017 student government. Let your voice be heard with your vote from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the West Wing of the Campus Center. As the administration prepares to submit a follow-up report to the accreditation committee, the all are welcome to discuss the college’s concerns, recommendations, actions, and the draft report. The forum will go from 2:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. in the Lecture Hall, LH 101. Come and watch the Citrus vocal music students join forces to celebrate the holidays with popular Christmas music at 7 p.m. at the Haugh Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10.





• DEC. 3-18 - CHRISTMAS IS...

All are welcome to the seasonal performance of this play. Performances occur on 12/3, 12/4, 12/10, 12/11, 12/17, and 12/18. Times will vary each day. Tickets start at $30 but there are senior, student and child discounts. • DEC. 5-7 - NIGHT OWLS

Get a head start studying for finals 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in ED 170. • DEC. 8 - HEALTH SCIENCES VN PINNING

To celebrate the accomplishments of the students who completed the vocational nursing courses, a pinning event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The location still has yet to be determined. • DEC. 8 & 9 - HOLIDANCE!

The annual tradition of Holidance! is back at 7 p.m. in the Haugh. Presale tickets are $12 and $10 for students & seniors. Tickets at the door are $15.


Incident Reports


Vehicle Hit &Run

Vehicle Hit & Run

Petty Theft

LOCATION: S4 Parking Lot REPORTED: 11/15/16 CASE #: 2016-130 DISPOSITION: Closed

LOCATION: S8 Parking Lot REPORTED: 11/15/16 CASE #: 2016-131 DISPOSITION: Closed

LOCATION: Campus Center REPORTED: 11/16/16 CASE #: 2016-133 DISPOSITION: Open




@katherineyyy: “I now have on my citrus college record that I left a banana peel in a study room... Lmao forever banned @aariellakaitlyn: “I don’t know how to put that im on RISE and still go to citrus on my college apps so I started crying instead :)” @sulkfiction: “I’m still in the Citrus College system. Thinking of going back for a class this winter. Anyone still go there?”


Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Damage to District Property

LOCATION: Campus Center REPORTED: 11/22/16 CASE #: 2016-134 DISPOSITION: Closed

LOCATION: Visual Arts REPORTED: 11/22/16 CASE #: 2016-135 DISPOSITION: Open

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Construction on Hayden Hall on schedule BY ALDO LUJAN STAFF WRITER


There will be no more demolition done on the Hayden Hall building at Citrus College. Hayden Hall continues to be under construction and the projected completion date of August or September 2017 remains the same. Construction for hazmat abatement, earthwork for footings and some utilities have been completed. Along with the rest of the utilities, more framing has to be finished as well as the application of more stucco and concrete. Director of facilities and construction Fred Diamond said in an e-mail there have been no problems or hiccups in the construction of the new Hayden Hall. Hayden Hall is the oldest building on Citrus’s campus. It is among the last few projects remaining funded by the $121 million bond, Measure G. Measure G is also going to fund renovations to the Student Center once Hayden Hall is complete.


become employed and his father got him a fake ID with his friends information on it to pass as him. Eventually, his friend decided it wasn’t safe to continue to let him use his identification because it could put both of them in a dilemma, which could’ve led to Octavio’s deportation, leaving him unemployed for eight months. That’s when the DREAM act was put into effect and Octavio was finally able to work legally, making him extremely grateful for the opportunity to work and above all get a license. Octavio’s father came to the U.S. for “ a better future for my family.” He said, “back home in Mexico it was super hard for me to make it, I was not reaching my goals.” Octavio’s father quoted a Mexican song, “Me doy el lujo de pagar la renta en tiempo,” which means “I have the luxury of paying the


Regardless, showing up to class intoxicated is not mentioned in the student conduct policy, a behavior that may increase with legalization and it is rare that police will cite or arrest someone who is simply intoxicated.

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Hayden Hall sits gutted as part of renovations to the building on Nov. 28. This is one of the last projects remaining funded by the $121 million Measure G bond.

rent on time,” to sum up why he came to the U.S., showcasing one of the things he loves about the country… the opportunities. The DREAM act became one of those opportunities Octavio’s father was excited about for his two undocumented children. “It was the best thing for me,” he said. He spent over $20,000 trying to fix his own legal status with no prevail and has been rejected three times, so the DREAM act kept his hope alive for his children, which is most important to him. No longer did he have to worry about his children getting pulled over for a routine traffic stop and having it ultimately lead to his deportation. Octavio said he hopes the act will not be repealed so he does not have to use fraud to work again. An action that would prove very dangerous since the government now knows he lives in the U.S. He said he does not worry that him or his family will be deported during Trump’s presidency, despite the majority of his family “Generally if you’re under the influence, you would have to be ultimately to the point you can’t take care of yourself,” Ward said. He said this would have to be the extent that intoxication would result in criminal prosecution. Someone might classify a student as under the influence is if they smell like marijuana. “Smelling like marijuana doesn’t mean that you are under the influence

Although Trump is going to be president, I still think the horrendous things he wants to do aren’t going to pass.” -OCTAVIO

business major

being undocumented with the exception of his little brother. Throughout the duration of his campaign, Trump has proposed numerous times the building of a wall along the Mexican border along with mass deportation. “I want dreamers to come from the United States,” Trump said in a press conference in February in South Carolina, which was broadcasted live on television. Trump, with his unhinged views on immigration has evidently garnered a huge following. of marijuana but if we can determine that the person is under the influence of any intoxicant and narcotic, then obviously that would be grounds for us making contact,” Macias said. Macias did not want to clarify what would be reasonable cause for a search to be conducted on a student. If students are not displaying obvious signs of being under the influence but do smell like marijuana, it may not lead to any sort of punishment by

However, more than half of the country sees him unfit to be president and many believe his propositions of mass deportation to be ludicrous. Octavio’s father said if Trump got rid of the dream act, “I will be sad and that would be terrible for my kids… they don’t know what it means to be Mexican in Mexico. They know what it means to be Mexican in Los Angeles.” The Los Angeles Times reported the LAPD would not change their policies and would not assist Trump in investigating individuals solely on their illegal status. “That is one of those things that would be so incredibly unethical that it won’t (pass) and if it does I guess I can’t really know what’ll happen,” Octavio said. Obama helped put in place programs that benefited undocumented students and those who arrived as minors but has also deported the most undocumented immigrants than any president according to a Pew Research analysis, which reported that by the end of Obama’s Presidency, 3.2 million

people will have been deported. “If I survived Obama, I’ll survive Trump,” Octavio said. Trump could potentially break this record and worry that he will is very present among protesters that urge him not to abolish the DREAM act, as well as the DACA program which have been broadcasted protesting all over the country, including the White House. Octavio said he does not denounce protesters but does think their efforts are futile in persuading Trump and his cabinet to either abolish or continue the programs that benefit undocumented immigrants. “I can’t really do much, which I know is a weird mindset to have, but I mean what can I do? Protest?,” Octavio said. “The way I’m protesting is by working my ass off, going to school and being a decent addition to society.” Octavio said he believes that showing the rest of the country that he is fit to be a citizen is more effective than publicly displaying outrage and protesting Trump.

campus safety. A guest to Citrus may be unaware of the policies and show up intoxicated. However, the same rules apply for anyone on campus that display these signs, even guests. The same rules apply for employees, however a guest can be prosecuted to a further extent. Ward said If a visitor is caught in possession, intoxicated or especially smoking, there is further action that

can be taken by police because of trespassing laws. “If they are on our campus and they are in possession of marijuana or under the influence of Marijuana, or any drugs or alcohol for that matter, we would obviously be involved and the police department would be involved,” said Macias. It’s up to students to decide if having or smoking marijuana at Citrus is a risk worth taking.

13 students run for student government for spring 2017 There are 13 students on the ballot for senator and the student trustee elect positions on the Associated Students of Citrus College executive board for spring 2017. The student trustee position is

a full year position. Senator positions only last one semester, although students can run multiple times. There are typically only seven senator positions available. ASCC executive board elections will take place from 9:30 a.m. to

8 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the student center. Students must have valid photo ID to vote. Running for student trustee is Yachi Rivas. Running for Senator positions:

Anais Rodriguez Samantha Zeigler Andrew Di Giovanna Juan Martinez Ian Rodrigues Favian Fragoso Jazmin Hernandez

Cesar Abou-Haidar Adriana Mendez Daniel Hayden Andrew Hernandez Suba Kakish









CONSTRUCTING CHRISTMAS CHristmas is... all year long The annual production of “Christmas Is...” takes 365 days a year to create a new spin for the next show BY JOHN MICHAELIDES SPORTS EDITOR


‘Tis the season for the Citrus Visual and Performing Arts Department’s annual holiday spectacle “Christmas Is...,” the three-week production that fills the Haugh Performing Arts Center with holiday cheer. Every year, the production is re-imagined with a new script written by Citrus consulting writer John Carroll. Director Doug Austin, who has been in charge of the production since 1989, called “Christmas Is...” a year-round process. Austin, along with choreographers John Vaughan and Renee Liskey and set designer John Patrick, work together to find a concept for the story and share their ideas with Carroll. “I have a set of notes that I’m starting to make about next year, because it’s such good timing,” Austin said. “You hear new songs, so you’ll start making notes in December and January.” With “Christmas Is...” being a 365-day project, Austin reiterated how important it is to “stay on a pretty good timeline.” Austin said the team uses December and January to take notes, so by the time March arrives, they have the story concept. “By May, we try to have set designs done,” Austin said. “By July 1, they’re into construction.” Patrick, in his 14th year as set designer, said July is when he and his crew of students start building, but sometimes will start sooner. With a week before the first show, Patrick and his crew of 12 students worked on finishing touches to set pieces. “There’s lots of activity going once we get it all and move it into the theatre, and that’s what we’re in the process of now,” Patrick said. Final preparations for the show include fitting the costumes to the performers, adding holiday lights to set pieces and hanging decorations. The crew uses props from previous shows, but give the pieces a fresh, new look. Patrick and his crew used disco balls from a previous production and converted them into snowmen and repainted a car used for “Grease” and redesigned it as Santa Claus’ car. Patrick said the opportunity to design for the Haugh and the Little Theatre is what he enjoys the most from his job. “That’s the part I really enjoy, when we can put up a set and the curtain raises, and the audience goes, ‘Wow,’” Patrick said. Austin said every year the show

That’s the part I really enjoy, when we can put up a set and the curtain raises, and the audience goes, ‘Wow.’” - JOHN PATRICK

set designer

is tailored to the strengths of the Citrus singers. If there was a really skilled student, Austin said his group creates a role or part for the singer to play up to those strengths. With 44 performers, the group still makes sure to give each performer “a moment to showcase themselves.” In a conversation as Patrick was prepping on stage, Patrick told Austin he was impressed with this year’s performers. Austin responded, “Yeah, they are a very talented group.” Third-year Citrus singer Jenna Minor, who plays one of the main characters, Betty, said the play is set in San Francisco in the 1950s. After Betty’s brother Bud stops believing in Christmas, Minor’s character travels to the North Pole to find ways to help her brother Bud remember the spirit of Christmas. “There’s lots of fun music and dancing, with special appearances by Santa, Mama Claus, Frosty, the reindeer and Jack Frost, to name a few,” Minor said. With characters from the ‘50s, such as Lucy Ricardo, Fonzie from “Happy Days,” to Marty McFly and Doc Brown in the show, this year’s production will bring back nostalgia for the ones who grew up watching these characters on TV and the big screen. “Christmas Is...” opens at 2 p.m. on Dec. 3, with the second show following at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4, at the Haugh Performing Arts Center. Pre-sale tickets are available at $30, $25 and $20 each. Student and senior tickets are available at $28, $23 and $18 each. 16 and under tickets are available at $15, $12 and $10 each. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at www. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $30 each. Along with “Christmas Is...,” the Citrus Singers will also perform 42 public concerts during the holidays, including the televised Christmas Eve at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles,

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The Citrus singers rehearse a scene for “Christmas Is...” on Nov. 28 at the Haugh Performing Arts Center. The scene is set in the North Pole with many of the props used from previous productions. Set designer John Patrick and his crew of students put the finishing touches on props earlier in the day.

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Antoine Renaut, 27, helps convert disco balls from a previous production into snowmen for “Christmas Is....” Renaut is part of a group of students helping John Patrick prepare for the upcoming three-week show. “Christmas Is...” opens at 2 p.m. on Dec. 3, with the second show following at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4, at the Haugh Performing Arts Center. Patrick has been the set designer for the Haugh and the Little Theatre for 14 years.

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The Citrus singers perform with a life-sized Frosty the Snowman on Nov. 28 at the Haugh Performing Arts Center. The snowman was created using disco balls from a previous production.

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Main character Betty Anderson, played by Jenna Minor, meets Doc Brown from “Back to the Future”, played by Jackson Marcy, in a scene on Nov. 28 at the Haugh Performing Arts Center. Minor is in her third year as a Citrus singer and been a part of the musical theatre productions the past two years.




One-man show takes over bar scene


Citrus alumnus finds passion in a brewery and behind a microphone



The flyer says 8 p.m. That’s when trivia is supposed to start. It’s now 8:07 and trivia host Justin Mora bursts through the door, carrying a bag and portable P.A. system. It’s a Tuesday night and Mora, who seems frazzled running inside, quickly sets up his rig and in an almost lightening fast transition, changes into an enigmatic and collected game show host, reminiscent of a lost form of host, the likes of Bob Barker. The cheesy 70s game show music kicks in and a deep and confident voice bellows: “Goooood evening folks and welcome to Just Trivia. I’m your host, Justin Mora!” And the game is on. Mora, the creator, owner, writer and host of Just Trivia! provides an original style of trivia every week that is a stark contrast to the runof-the-mill trivia most bars have on hump days. While most places host bland trivia nights run by a rotating crew who ask questions created in a corporate office, Mora provides an in-your-face, hand-crafted and offbeat style of trivia that guests agree can’t be found anywhere else. Every week, his bellowing voice and wry humor help beat away early week/post weekend blues that drive most bar patrons to their nearest watering hole. His overflowing exuberant personality, towering presence and distinguished voice give the air of someone who was born to be a host,

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Justin Mora, Just Trivia! host jokes with his regulars and close friends on his full Tuesday trivia nights at Bread&Barley on May 10. Mora began his own trivia company in February 2015, competing with maintstream trivia companies like King Trivia.

but Mora did not always know trivia was his calling. A Citrus College alumnus of 2008 and University of La Verne alumnus of 2010, Mora graduated with a communications degree focused on broadcasting. However, he did not end up behind a mic until fall 2013. Instead, he spent his post-graduation days working to get by. “I took on any type of odd job just to make money,” Mora said. “My first job with a degree was at Dom-

ino’s Pizza as a ‘Pizza Delivery Expert.’” Mora said working at Domino’s was “incredibly humbling” for him, after delivering pizza to the parents of friends who could not understand why he could not get a job with his degree. “After that I delivered once to people I knew at a party and once to the department that I had graduated from,” he said. “It was a good thing it wasn’t to anyone I actually knew.” ADVERTISEMENT

Though this epiphany should have been his turning point, Mora jumped from Domino’s to working as a barista at a Target Starbucks. Realizing he was working boring jobs and itching for something different, Mora knew he needed a bigger change in his life. When an opportunity to move to New York presented itself to him in fall 2011, Mora transferred out and took the chance without hesitation. “I was unhappy with my life in

California,” Mora said, “and decided that it was time for me to see something else and finally go for whatever it was that I was chasing.”





Production rekindles holiday spirit


Make Your Holiday Plans Now! Citrus Visual and Performing Arts Department presents

The Annual Holiday Spectacular

Christmas Is...

Little Theatre’s production takes audience on journey to North Pole in search of Christmas spirit

photo: Megan Paige

Santa Claus, played by assistant director Anthony Garcia, confronts Evil Fred, played by Gabriel Olague, with the help of his elves Nutmeg and Nog, played by Johanna Romo and Aziza Stewart, on Nov. 28 inside the Little Theatre.

Get out your blue suede shoes and poodle skirts as the Citrus Singers rock around the Christmas tree in an all-new, all-nostalgic trip back to the 1950s.

December 3, 4, 10, 11, 18, 2016 at 2Pm December 17, 2016 at 7Pm Presale Tickets: $30/25/20 Student/Senior: $28/23/18 16 & under: $15/12/10 ASCC: $15/12.50/10 ALL tickets (regardless of age) are $30 at the door.


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The Citrus Theatre Arts Department will bring the “Christmas spirit” to the Little Theatre in its production of Kristina Leach’s “The Christmas Box” at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. Directed by Citrus alumna Summer Stratton, the show is designed for younger audiences, but contains a moral to the story that grown-ups will appreciate. When their parents, Brunhilde and Bertolde, along with all the other grown-ups in Mistletoe Corners forget about Christmas, the Baker triplets must go on an adventure to save the holiday. Along the way, the Bakers will need the help of two snowmen and two elves to alert Santa Claus and discover what plans Evil Fred and his assistant Pickle have in store for the town. “The Christmas Box” is Evelyn Urias’ first production at Citrus. Urias plays Sarah Snowflake, a “bubbly, lovable snowman” that worries about melting with the prospect of not having Christmas. But her love, Sigmund Snowflake, played by Ryan Lyle, is there to help ease her worries. “This play has brought out our

The Christmas Box Sarah Snowflake, played by Evelyn Urias, and Sigmund Snowflake, played by Ryan Lyle, act in a scene from “The Christmas Box” on Nov. 28 inside the Little Theatre.

inner child and it’s really fun to work with,” Urias said. The play provides plenty of laughter and light-hearted moments as well as audience participation in a couple scenes. The audience is put directly in the scene with the stage layout being surrounded by seats. After the theatre department’s last production of “Play It Again, Sam” ended Nov. 12, there had to be a quick turnaround in the Little Theatre to prepare for the Christmas show. Stratton gave credit to her cast, her stage manager Nico Parducho and her assistant director Anthony Garcia for the transition between shows. “We only have two designers, so we’ve really had to band together to make this a great show,” Stratton said. “The actors help with costumes, my stage manager and assistant

director have been super hands on with me, decorating the set and making props. We are small but mighty.” Not only is Garcia the assistant director for the show, but he also plays Santa Claus. He joked about what he brought to the character that appears in most Christmas shows. “We went from military Santa with militant elves to a superhero biker Santa who gets stuff done,” Garcia said. “You don’t want to mess with Santa.” Tickets for “The Christmas Box” are $10 per person. The tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at http://www.haughpac. com. “It’s a nice little play to have a good laugh and also bring back Christmas spirit to those who thought it was fading away,” Urias said. “It’s a perfect little play for family and friends.”

Dec 3, 2016 at 1:30PM & 3:30PM Tickets: $10

Citrus Music Department presents

The Songs of Christmas Dec 3, 2016 at 7PM

Presale Tickets: $7 All tickets are $10 at the door. Citrus Dance Department presents


Dec 8 & 9, 2016 at 7PM Presale Tickets: $12 • St/Sr: $10 All tickets are $15 at the door.

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Return of the coach Former Citrus assistant takes charge of basketball program BY STEPHEN IM OPINIONS EDITOR SIM@CCCLARION.COM


Fourty-two 8”x10” photo frames of former Citrus players that moved on to four-year programs hang on the wall of new men’s basketball coach Brett Lauer’s office, within earshot of iron slung around by his players in the weight room. “This is the goal, to get on this wall right here,” Lauer said looking proudly at the framed photos. “We’ve had over 50 guys go on to get scholarships. These guys all leave a legacy. That’s what we get most proud of and most excited about.” Lauer took the reins in August after previous head coach, Patrick Johnson, stepped down. Johnson, who only coached for one year, took the 2015-16 Citrus team to the third round of the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional Playoffs including an upset of No. 2 seeded San Bernardino Valley College. Lauer steps into his first head coaching position with experience as an assistant coach at Concordia University, University of California, Riverside and Citrus. “It’s a great honor to be head coach,” Lauer said. “A lot of great people have come through this program and helped build it to what it is today.” Lauer, like his players, said he attended and played for a junior college before transferring to University of California, Irvine. Sophomore forward Calvin Martin expressed how important is having a coach that went through the junior college ranks to earn a scholarship as a coach and mentor. “Everyone on this team wants to get something out of this program. They want to get a scholarship to play Division 2, Division 1,” Martin said. “We all trust in him and let him really guide us through the process.” Michael Robinson, also new to the coaching staff, will serve as Lauer’s assistant coach this season. Robinson said he finished his senior season at California Baptist University in the spring where he played for former Citrus coach, Rick Croy. “When I heard about the opportunity, that (Lauer) needed an assistant coach, I hopped on right away,” Robinson said. “It’s our first year, everything is new, everything is exciting.” Robinson said the opportunity

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Men’s basketball coach Brett Lauer (back) coaches Donn-Christian Corbin and the rest of the team at practice on Nov. 28 in the Owl’s nest.

We want people to see our program and say ‘Dang, I want to be part of that... that looks fun.’” -BRETT LAUER

Citrus men’s basketball head coach

he has with coach Lauer to build the program exactly the way they want to see it is something he does not take for granted. “To develop the character of the program, our motto, our mantra and the future we want to have is something special,” Robinson said. The two coaches will have a good mix of first and second year players this season, which Lauer sees as an opportunity for the second year players to be leaders. “They have a big responsibility to lead the young guys show them how it’s done,” Lauer said. “And show them what we want and how we want it done.” Biology major and sophomore forward Tyler LaCour was identified by Lauer as one of his leaders for incoming players. LaCour said it’s not about teaching them, but about holding new players accountable by setting an example of giving their all at all times. For LaCour, the photos of play-

ers on the wall in Lauer’s office set an example for him. “Those guys are the guys that bought into the system, they gave their all, too. That’s something we strive to be,” LaCour said. Lauer and Robinson are not afraid of being hands coaches to show their players how to get things done on the court. Lauer finished his playing career with 113 3-point field goals at UC Irvine, good for 17th in school history in only two seasons played. “Yeah, we definitely have to get a hand up on him when we’re playing him,” Martin said about defending Lauer. Kidding aside, Lauer doesn’t let his players forget, whether on the court or off, they must compete in everything they do. Lauer said impressing on his players that competing hard leads to feeling good, whether that’s in the weight room, at practice, in the classroom or at your job. For Lauer and his small staff this season, building a team the Citrus fans and students can be proud of is a task they don’t take lightly. “We want people to see our program and say ‘Dang, I want to be a part of that...that looks fun,’” Lauer said. Citrus men’s basketball is off to a strong start this season with a record of 7-1. The Owls’ next game will be at 3 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Mt. San Antonio College where they will face Fresno City College in the Mountie Classic tournament.





From jock to actor Fate alters course of athlete’s life to acting BY JOHN MICHAELIDES SPORTS EDITOR


Jacob Neff, 29, grew up wanting to play for the sports teams in school. He played football and basketball at Calvary Road Baptist Academy, but when he was 14 years old, Neff was hit by a car: An accident that altered the course of his future. Neff was crossing a street where his mother was waiting for him in his hometown of Monrovia when the incident occurred. “The car came and hit me and took out my knee, I then took out its windshield, did a front flip and landed on 108 degree asphalt,” Neff said. Neff suffered severe knee damage, four stitches in his lip, six staples in his head, a chipped tooth and road burn on his arm and shoulder from the incident. The damage in his knee caused scar tissue to form. The accident all but ended Neff’s aspirations to continue playing sports, he said. After the accident, however, Neff moved on to Monrovia High School where he graduated with honors in

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Jacob Neff, 29, poses for a photo on Nov. 29 at the Little Theatre. After being hit by a car when he was 14 years old, Neff turned his attention from playing sports to acting and impersonations.

2007. He enrolled at Citrus College that fall with the intent of studying to become a teacher. It was not until a meeting with his school counselor that Neff realized what he actually wanted to pursue. Since the age of 10, Neff had an interest in performing arts,

he said. Neff was pointed in the direction of Cherie Brown’s acting class in 2008. Neff took all of Brown’s classes, along with Neil Weiss’ classes. In fall 2010, Neff saw auditions taking place for the Christmas play “Tommy Humbug.”

“I said, ‘Well, I’ve never done it. Let’s see what happens,’” Neff said. “I ended up getting a call back and cast in that first production and I’ve been in eight others since.” Neff first got interested in acting when he was 10 years old, watching Robin Williams as Genie in Aladdin, Neff said. He saw his first play, The Phantom of the Opera, that same year at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. His fascination with how his “idol” Williams could do so many different impersonations, though, led Neff to work on doing impersonations of his own from the age of 10 to 17. Neff said he could mimic cartoon characters from Porky Pig, The Tasmanian Devil, Sylvester and Daffy Duck to actors like Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Christopher Walken. After joining an improv group in 2011, Neff joked he was given the nickname “The Impersonator,” because of his ability to morph his voice to sound like different characters. His practice paid off, as he was given the opportunity to do impersonations and interact with children in the audience as an elf for five minutes during one of the theater’s Christmas productions. “His smiling face always lights up the room,” Cherie Brown said. Having seen the growth take place over the years, Brown said Neff “has always been committed to being the best that he could be.” She has seen him grow “as a dedicated student and as a man.” After reflecting on the accident and his time in the theatre arts pro-

gram, Neff joked about what a difference that moment made in his life. “I went from being a jock, to being hit by a car, to falling into theatre, and I love theatre,” Neff said. “I have met so many people here.” Neff described the theatre department as a “big family” and said the program is “definitely up there with some of the four-year universities.” “We don’t put down each other,” Neff said. “All the actors here support us.” Citrus theatre alumnus and friend Anthony Garcia still helps with productions at the Little Theatre and has seen the confidence Neff has gained with experience. “I’ve seen a fire lit under him, allowing him to branch out to improv, stand up, and film,” Garcia said. “That is not the same Jacob I knew when he walked through the theatre those years ago.” Looking towards the future, Neff said he wants to continue acting. Neff also wants to continue screenwriting and is currently working on a screenplay that he hopes will turn into a short film. Neff plans to do stand up comedy, as well as improv. When he is not in theatre, Neff is on YouTube, watching comedians and impersonators, including Robin Williams, who “got me into this,” Neff said. “I’ve been able to grow and love something the way I used to love basketball,” Neff said. Neff will continue taking performing arts classes at Citrus College as he works towards his future goals.

Fore the love of the game Since her childhood years, Citrus golfer Lexi Tunstad, has maintained a passion and a knack for the game BY JOHN MICHAELIDES SPORTS EDITOR


Long before Lexi Tunstad was born, the seeds of her passion were planted. The 19-year-old Citrus College sophomore and member of the women’s golf team has spent almost half her life on the golf course since her grandfather introduced her to the sport. Tunstad grew up in a single-parent household, so her grandfather, Hector Tunstad, has provided her with a father figure. Passionate about golf, himself, it was an accomplishment for him to get Tunstad on the golf course. “He was really into golf, so he tried to go through my aunts and mom, trying to get them to play and none of them stuck with it and so I happened to be the only one that stuck with it,” Lexi Tunstad said. After having three daughters of his own, Hector Tunstad said when his granddaughter came along, “she became my little golfing partner.” Hector Tunstad joked about the struggle of getting her to join him on the course early mornings. “She would pretend to be asleep,” Hector Tunstad said. From an early age, Tunstad was interested in playing sports, such as softball and volleyball. Tunstad played on volleyball and basketball

Once I picked up golf, I was like, ‘This is definitely what I’m better at.’” -LEXI TUNSTAD

Cirtus College golfer

teams and said she did not give golf a shot until seventh grade. “Once I picked up golf, I was like, ‘This is definitely what I’m better at,’” Lexi Tunstad said. Tunstad played golf all four years at Azusa High School before being recruited by Citrus head coach “Trip” Horton. Last season in her freshman season, Tunstad was a part of the most successful team in program history. “It was a lot of fun, because it was a totally different experience than it was in high school,” Lexi Tunstad said. “It was a lot more fun, like trips and things like that. So basically last season, with how much fun it was, made me want to keep playing.” Tunstad said golf has become her number one hobby and works at the driving range on campus. Tunstad called the opportunity to work at the range “a good setup, honestly.” In her sophomore season, Tunstad’s play in the Southern California

Regionals earned her a spot in the state championships. Tunstad gave credit to her teammates for her successful season. “They’ve really helped me loosen up a lot, have a lot of fun in the season and not harp on too much of bad scores,” Lexi Tunstad said. Tunstad also thanked Horton for his support for her over the past two seasons at Citrus. “He’s always been a big help to me,” Lexi Tunstad said. “He’s always been there to support me in golf and especially getting me a job at the range.” Hector Tunstad said he is very proud of his granddaughter, but joked that she is too nice to others on the golf course and she should have a “killer instinct.” “She does put in the hours and the results show,” Hector Tunstad said. “She always gives 100 percent, that’s all I ask.” Because of Tunstad’s sportsmanship during tournaments, her grandfather said opponents always have nice things to say about her. Off the golf course, athletics counselor Alicia Longyear has helped Tunstad stay on track with her classes and suggested she major in sociology after Tunstad got a jump start on some of the required classes. Longyear described Tunstad as a “very positive and motivating young

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Sophomore golfer Lexi Tunstad poses with her grandfather Hector Tunstad between his range session on Nov. 28 at The Range at Citrus College. Lexi Tunstad’s grandfather introduced her to golf at a young age.

woman.” Longyear said Tunstad is also a two-time scholar baller, having sustained a 3.0 or higher GPA as a student-athlete. Tunstad is keeping an open mind when it comes to her plans for the future. Aside from golf, she is interested in learning how to produce music and also has interest in working possibly for an advertising agency someday. On track to graduate from Citrus in June 2017, Tunstad plans to transfer to a local four-year school, though

she has not made a decision where she will pursue. Tunstad said her ambition comes from her mother, watching her mother raise her as a single mom. “We’ve always been close, because she’s been my mom, my best friend and kind of my dad,” Lexi Tunstad said. “I’ve always wanted to give back to her what she’s given back to me.” Tunstad’s support from her grandfather, her dedication to her mother and her commitment to education has set up a promising future as Tunstad prepares to take the next step.

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