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Write Now

Living a Dream

Jim Villanueva shares his insights with journalism students. PAGE 5

Summer 2009 • Produced by high school students enrolled in Newspapers2 training camp at Cal State Long Beach.


NEWS High school journalists develop valuable skills, make new friends at CSULB’s newspapers2 camp. denise fan staff writer

Eighty high school journalists from 16 different schools gathered at CSULB from Monday, Aug. 10, to Friday, Aug. 14, for newspapers2, a camp with classes for writing, editing, design, and online media. “(This camp has) grown by eighteen people this year. (We have) students from all over from Southern California and even one from Illinois,” said Konnie Krislock, newspapers2 director. “It’s amazing to us that people have the determination to pay for a skill set. (People should) take money out of SAT prep classes and take a semester of journalism (instead).” The online media class, a new addition to the curriculum, led by El Camino College instructor Kate McLaughlin, teaches students how to utilize multimedia to expand journalism. “This is the first time I’ve done a workshop like this,” said Crystal Fresquez. “I didn’t think

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Newspaper2 students Jordan Sanchez and Sarah Santoyo collaborate on designing the artwork and layout of their page during Write Now’s final deadline.

we were going to have our own website or that we would be managing it ourselves. I think everything I learned here is going to help me with my high school website.” Advisers from the various schools have also opted to take a class to learn how to help their own newspaper staffs. “I have no experience in this realm so I don’t know why they decided to choose me (as the adviser),” said Pat Geil, adviser from Fresno. “I can tell you that if we weren’t here we would

have had a terrible newspaper. It’s been an eyeopener.” Though most students will apply their newly found skills at their school newspapers, some also hope to apply them in their future careers. “[This camp] gave me a start in getting used to the (professional) newspaper environment and clarified that this is what I’m passionate about,” Sarah Santoyo said. Santoya wants to continue to pursue her dream of becoming a journalist.

Visitors, locals find serenity at campus koi pond Catherine Dong Lauren Achee Mayra Najera staff writers

Students Karen Montoya and Emmy Naeole lean over the edge of a bridge and toss morsels of fish food into a glistening koi pond teeming with fish. Around them, children play on the rocks and couples stroll amid the black pines. The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSU Long Beach (CSULB) provides a peaceful get-

away free of charge, to students and visitors alike. “It’s really relaxing here,” freshman Karen Montoya said. “You can just come here and relax and study.” The garden was dedicated more than 20 years ago and attracts a variety of visitors looking for a place to relax. “My parents wanted to come here, so I drove them here…it’s a 20-minute drive,” Leo Chau said. “It’s pretty nice. It’s a nice place to take pictures.” Nancy Walker, an employee at CSULB studying Japanese art, enjoys coming to the gardens during her lunch break. “This is probably the prettiest place on campus,” Walker said. “(The garden) is a living thing and it’s changing all the time.”

Chao Duam has worked at the Japanese garden for a year and helps produce many of the events at the gardens, including arts and crafts, traditional tree trimming (ueki), tea ceremonies and kimono displays. “I was one of the (kimono) models,” Duam said. “I wore one of the big princess kimonos. I needed four people to help me move around!” The garden is also a popular photography site, attracting couples like Bobby Jaramillo and Hugo Barraza, who chose this Japanese garden as the setting for their engagement pictures. “It’s beautiful, it’s free and it’s near our house,” Barraza said. “It gets you away from the city.” Jaramillo says it’s very peaceful and relaxing. “It takes you away from your busy life; for a moment, you’re away in serenity.”

NEWS Gas pipe leak sparks arguments Page 2

CSULB and the city are disputing ownership of a faulty gas pipe. Monica Palos Eleena Khamedoost Sonia Lizama Emily Pham Staff Writers

Sent by the City of Long Beach Gas Department, city workers Jaime Avila, Paul Beyoung and Kanin Bennet have been in the process of placing a new gas line on campus since Tuesday. “We’re not sure if it’s their gas line or ours,” Beyoung said in reference to California State University, Long Beach. The gas leak was discovered a short while ago and the company received reports of a strange smell around the West Campus turnaround. According to the workers, the university believed the city was responsible after it discovered the gas leaks. However, the city does not believe it was one of its lines. “If it ends up being (the university) gas line, (it’s) going to be shut down (and the university) wouldn’t have gas for a week.” Beyoung said. Although construction is expected to last for a few weeks, the workers said that the gas was neither a threat nor a health concern. “It doesn’t pose a problem, but it’s

Monica Palos, Eleena Khamedoost, Sonia Lizama, Emily Pham

City workers Jaime Avila, Paul Beyoung and Kanin Bennet rest during their examination of the gas pipe.

something that we have to address,” Bennet said. Avila says the only way it could become a problem is if the content of the lines builds up to a 4 to 14 percent gas-to-air ratio, a case in which the gas-to-air balance would be susceptible to explosion. “The ratios have to match up,” Beyoung said. “So if you have an area that doesn’t

have enough gas or one with too much gas, it won’t ignite.” While the city is still trying to prove that it doesn’t own the broken line, CSULB has not yet commented on the situation. The workers hope that the conflict will be resolved soon. “We just want to protect the city,” Avila said.

Reporter speaks about new-age journalism Stefanie Frith shares her reporter’s life, fast, furious, with newspapers2 staffers. ISABELLA MARTIN Staff writer

In the overcrowded room of 40 students on the CSU Long Beach campus, Stefanie Frith described her endeavor to write an article from a street racer’s point of view on Monday. Frith, former reporter for the Palm Spring’s Desert Sun and new assistant professor of journalism at Pierce College, recounted her most memorable experience as a reporter. In correspondence with the hit movie “The Fast and the

Furious,” Frith was assigned to reveal the true art of street racing. “We were thinking, ‘this is illegal, this is dangerous, we could get arrested for this; let’s go do it’,” Frith said. “Sometimes you just have to take that step.” Frith has been a reporter for 12 years and during this time has noted many changes in the nature of her job. “Almost every journalist now is like a TV reporter with big equipment: digital cameras, laptops, and heavy video cameras,” she said. Eventually, she joked, she

considered herself more fit just from carrying the equipment. According to Frith, however, it all comes back to the writing; technology is always the second concern. “If you can’t put something together, that’s your first priority. It comes back to the notebook and pen. Can you take notes and turn it into something?” she said. Frith also commented on the relationships built with sources. From her experience, reporters get the opportunity to work with people very closely, and sometimes it can become stressful. “You always need to keep

Isabella Martin

Frith lectures students on contemporary media.

an arm’s length distance,” Frith said. “Good reporters do not have friends; they have sources.”


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Holocaust survivor invents a

Flying Automobile A headlight on the man who engineered his own flying car

‘I estimated that

this is a country that needs high tech products.’

Story and photos by: Danielle Ghalwash, Quinn Western, and Eddie Cox


t was like Willy Wonka walking into a candy store as a child, or the young Derek Jeter seeing a shiny new baseball bat in a store windowwhile running to school. After gaping at a gorgeous 1957 Chevy Impala with wings for hours, Dr. Branko Sarh knew what he wanted to do in life: Fly a car. Sarh overcame great obstacles to fulfill his seemingly impossible goal. Born and raised in Germany, Sarh lived in a concentration camp for three years during the Holocaust. “I fought with forks and knives,” Sarh said, who was only three or four during World War II. “(But) my dad was a war hero.” In 1983, Sarh immigrated to America. He worked as an engineer at Airbus and eventually worked for MIT for two years. Today Sarh flies planes, designs flying cars and works with his hands in Huntington Beach. “I estimated that this is a country that needs high tech products,” Sarh said.

Dr. Branko Sarh enjoys his lunch while sharing his colorful background and accomplishments.

“Time is money, and for businessmen, time is money with more importance. ”Sarh’s revolutionary invention cuts travel time in half, so people need not wait in traffic on the freeway. According to his website,, Sarh’s invention, the Advanced Flying Automobile (AFA)is capable of operating as a car and a plane. “You push a button, and (the wings) deploy,” Sarh said. “Then you immediately proceed to your final destination.” Sarh now holds conferences about his product in America. His next presentation will be in Seattle. “I know what is my purpose in life,” Sarh said, “(which is) to be a mechanic in aviation.” ”And with the conception of the AFA, his goal has been more than fulfilled.“Maybe some day (we will) reduce travel time,” Sarh said. “(People will be) flying instead of being stuck on freeways.”

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A Bean sold is a degree earned Taylor Heinrich Alex Crowe Alejandra Carrillo Staff Writers


orking in the service industry is demanding, but Timmy Hayes and Rose Couper manage to juggle their work and their college education with finesse. Both work at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and enjoy the lively and educational atmosphere on the CSU Long Beach campus. Couper attends CSULB, while Hayes is a student at Long Beach City College. “The best time to be on campus would have to be the spring semester,” Hayes said. “There are foreign exchange students and lots of stuff going on.” Hayes got his job because his father is an electrician for the CSULB campus. He plans to transfer after he earns his associate’s degree at his community college. “When I transfer, I plan on doing graphic design, hopefully based in advertisement or sports,” Hayes said. Like her co-worker, Couper possesses an artistic streak, but her mind is made for mathematics. “Although art and science have better programs at this school, I want to have a career involving

Photo by Alex Crowe

Timmy Hayes and Rose Couper are all smiles while brewing coffee. math, preferably a math teacher,” Couper said. The Coffee Bean is a corporate company and instead of getting financial aid through her barista and cashier job, Couper receives money from the school. “With the expenses of books and living, I need the extra money to continue to be a productive

student,” Couper said. The Coffee Bean provides a nearby job opportunity for students like Couper who could use the additional money to get by. “No matter what college you go to or your financial situation, education is what you make of it,” Couper said.


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Living his dream Rock ‘n’ roll fan creates a future filled with music. by kimberly rodriguez

If age were described in musical terms, Jim Villanueva could be described as classic not old. A classic who dresses in band T-shirts, jeans and Converse. It was 1964, when the Beatles appeared on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” and Villanueva was 5 years old sitting in front of the television. This one day had a big impact on his life and love of music. “Somehow, I knew that music was going to play an important role in my life.” After quitting his job at Northrop Grumman at age 27, claiming, “he hated every minute of it” Villanueva became a volunteer at 95.5 KLOS. Then in 1987, after slowly rising up, Villanueva got his big break. Villanueva became the music research director for the radio station in downtown Los Angeles. “It was the gig of a lifetime for me,” he said. From 1992 to 1997, he was the producer of the award-winning program “Rockline” for the Global Satellite Network. The first day on the job, Villanueva was able to work with Beatle George Harrison. Passion, one of Villanueva’s “three P’s” is what drove him to adapt to the changing environment and technology. “The iPod has definitely revolutionized music,” Villaneuva said. Events like these are the reason Villanueva advises people to stay one step ahead of the chopping block.

Reflecting the changing times is Villanueva’s current priority, a website. He wants to create a site where fans can feel like they are backstage along beside him as he is conducting the interview. His two other “P’s,” persistence and patience, brought him success,. “Personally, I hear 99 no’s, but I’m looking for that one yes,” he said. Without persistence, Villanueva would not have had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll, like Pearl Jam, B.B. King, Aerosmith and Carlos Santana. Without patience, the hardest of the three, Villanueva might not be where he is today. He currently writes daily for the Dial Globe Programming on rock, classic rock and pop music news; and he has also launched his new company called Current Classics Productions, where he co-produces work and conducts interviews. Villanueva proves that passion, persistence and patience are virtues. “ I’m living proof that it’s not too late to do what you want to do.”

Mechanic lends a hand David Crawford came to the Golden State all the way from Illinois in search of potential schools for his daughter. He was at California State University of Long Beach searching for a proper campus, but the last thing the car mechanic expected to do was apply his occupational skills once again. Fumbling with a faulty lock to retrieve a teacher's key, Crawford demonstrated one of the perks of being a normal, blue-collar repairman. "If anybody needs something, they can call me," he said. Crawford, whose father was a mechanic, has been sure that this was the life he wanted to lead ever since he was a student.


"I got my first job as a mechanic when I was 16," Crawford said. "I never really changed my mind and once I got to high school and woodshop, that was all it took." With the technological advances that occurred in the mid-’70s, Crawford returned to school in order to learn about computers. Still, he credits his success to luck an initial passion for cars. "I was fortunate because I knew a lot (about the profession) beforehand and some people just don't like it and are walking into a nightmare," Crawford said. Ironically, the handyman does not recommend

any aspiring engineers to pursue this career. "Don't do it," he said. "It's an old dirty job that is high tech and complicated, especially if you're an old-school kind of guy." Despite his warning, Crawford believes he is qualified for this demanding job because his skills are simply natural and therefore loves every minute of it. "I was mechanically inclined and I always liked repairing things and anything I could use my hands with," he said. "Sometimes, I can't figure out what's wrong with the way (a car) runs or sounds. I would lie in bed in the middle of the night and it would just come to me."


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how Me the Money


Students avoid loans and financial aid, opting to find jobs, other support. Brad Bolton STAFF WRITER With fall classes right around the corner and the economy at rock bottom, it is only fitting that the Financial Aid Office is the busiest place in Brotman Hall, if not the entire university. Ironically, the students waiting in line were not actually enrolling for financial aid. From Chuck-E-Cheese employees to former NASA physicists, all sorts of students are choosing to explore their

financial aid options, despite the fact that they would only use it as a last resort. Shawna Santos, a 37-yearold transfer student from Los Angeles City College, had previously been able to avoid paying for college using the Board of Governors fee waiver program. “This is the first time I’m ever having to pay for my education, but because I’m a transfer student, I have to rely on my GPA to keep me out of binds,” Santos said. Santos has a colorful job history, having worked as

a hairdresser, waitress, and physicist while taking care of herself as well as her elderly father. “I don’t mind having to work my way through college…I’m only considering loans as my fallback plan, because money should never be a reason to not get an education,” 18-year-old freshman Olga Hernandez said. Even students like junior Ana Cardenas, who have no work experience and who have been focused solely on their grades are now applying for work studies, as opposed

to taking out student loans. “I’m double-majoring in sociology and criminal justice,” said 20-year-old Cardenas, “and I could use the work experience before I graduate.” Though the rough state of the economy is forcing students to look into financial aid, they are keeping their options open while they search for better alternatives to becoming dependent on loans. “Because of these times, you just have to prepare for the worst, but hope for the best,” Santos said

From Student Cop to Senior Captain Current Long Beach campus police chief started out working as intern. Alana Victor Isabella Martin Hogan Hiatt STAFF WRITERS

As a student volunteer at the California State University at Long Beach Police Department, Fernando Solorzano would never have guessed that he would one day be captain of that same force. “I used the same experience I received as a student and got hired as a full-time officer,” Solorzano said. “I started from the bottom and worked my way up.” He began as a student studying criminal justice, hoping to pursue a career in law enforcement and later volunteered for the university’s pilot program where he gained experience with the police. “I started as a student hired to write parking tickets, “ Solorzano said. “I wrote 75 to 100

tickets in four hours.” Nowadays, he said, such internships are geared to give students real-world experiences in law enforcement. “We hire students to come on board and be community service officers,” Solorzano said. Once a person becomes an officer, his or her primary responsibility is to patrol the campus, so that university police officers are the first on the scene. “We handle all our internal calls and do a first assessment,” he said. Though all campus officers are trained the same as city officers, campus police has state jurisdiction. “Police officers are not to be mistaken with security guards,” Solorzano said, explaining that many students may not realize the police officers are in fact real, as well as the tickets they write. “We educate incoming freshmen about on-campus police.” University

Over the years, he and the CSLUB Police Department have been able to extend their relationships beyond the campus, to the community and FBI. “CSU has been pretty good to me,” Solorzano said. “The greatest benefit for me is the knowledge I’ve gotten over time and how I’m able to share it with our other officers.”

Alana Victor, Isabella Martin, Hogan Hiatt

police Fernando Solorzano.


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Newspapers2 Staff Editors I

Law protecting advisers bolsters student press


anet Ewell, Ronnie Compagna and Katherine Swann: These three newspaper advisers never had a chance. While student rights have been safeguarded in California, prior to Jan. 2009, advisers have had no such protection. California, with two laws now championing student and advisers’ rights, is one of the seven state pioneers to preserve the art of journalism in public high schools. These laws embody the principle of American liberty, and as such should be readily available to all high schools. California Education Code 48907 states that students in public high schools have the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press. Now, Senate Bill 1370 written by Sen. Leland Yee and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar extends the same protection to journalism advisers.

In light of these laws, domineering administrators can no longer muffle the voices of student journalists or unjustly punish advisers for upholding the First Amendment. Student journalists represent the essence of free thought and student publications provide a public forum, thus perpetuating the ideals of the Bill of Rights. Although these laws are powerful advocates for the preservation of democracy in California high school journalism, private schools and public schools in 43 other states have yet to adopt these concepts. Without such laws, the authenticity of journalism and Constitutional rights are jeopardized. All American high school journalists and advisers are entitled to the same freedoms and should not be denied protection under similar laws.

Lauren Achee Jennifer Alonzo Brad Bolton Alejandra Carillo Media Buddy Cheek Sonia Chou Designers Eddie Cox Jackie Chow Alex Crowe Steven Coulson Catherine Dong Sonya Egan Ali Figueroa Daniel Falk Sarah Frampton Dylan Futrell Danielle Ghalwash Jackson Greer Alex Gianetta Jullian Jaurez Taylor Heinrich Priscilla Kim Hogan Hiatt Markus Kimura Esther Hwang Stephanie Liu Andrew Koo Agatha Lo Scott McKernan Jordan Sanchez Nicole Lee Ashley Schammel Sonia Lizama Tyler Shugerian Isabella Martin Lauren Silvers Mayra Najera Sarah Villa Monica Palos Julia Win Emily Pham Web Nidheya Suresh Alana Victor Designers Robert P. Wayner Miguel Alomilla Quinn Western Crystal Fresquez Kimberly Rodriguez Allegra Garside Eleena Khamedoost Sara Grossman Anthony Whitney Gabrielle Martinez Jamie Moon Veronica Viayra Pearl Aguilar Ellie Bozmarov Amara Aguilar Razleen Brar Andrea Alfi Sarah Chang Jolene Combs Denise Fan Annette Wilson June Kang Patrick Geil Anne Lyon Henry Ho Audrey Marra Konnie Krislock Andy Moon Kate McLaughlin Cynthia Riz Lindsay Safe Sarah Santoyo Debra Schaefer Thy Vo Stephen Walswick Tiffany Wang

Editors II


Konnie Krislock

Jolene Combs

“This program promotes excellence in scholastic journalism. Journalism has always been my passion, and I feel that it is the best class taught in high school. My part is to educate teachers about journalism and teach the basics, and beyond the basics, to all these students.”

“It feels great to be running this program. It is important because we teach student journalists important skills to take back to their newspapers. These students give back way more to us than we give to them. I would have to say they are sharper than the students I teach in college.”

Co-director/ owner of Newspapers2

Co-director/ owner of Newspapers2

He’s got his work

Cut Out Sarah Frampton Esther Hwang Nicole Lee Staff Writters

Kiel Johnson, dressed in a newspaper boy’s cap, with a green shirt full of holes and a long trail of paper in his back pocket, has the picture-perfect appearance of an artist. Johnson, head gallery coordinator of CSU Long Beach, has come a long way since first discovering his passion for art. “In high school, I was really into track,” the Kansas native said. “Then I discovered ceramics and I was like, ‘Forget track!’” Johnson is a graduate of CSULB and has taught on campus for nine years. He teaches drawing classes and organizes students’ art shows in the university’s art studios. Not only does Johnson teach, but he is also an artist. Most of his art is exhibited in galleries in New York and Los Angeles. “I do a lot of really humorous, whimsical line drawings…and then I make sculptures out of paper and cardboard,” Johnson said. “I’m not trying to save the world with my art. I just start with little truths that are like folk songs or diary entries.” Johnson was encouraged to

participate in the arts at an early age by his parents; his father was a journalist who started his own newspaper and his mother crafted quilts and other handiworks. “I grew up watching my dad building newspapers with wax, hot glue, tape and X-Acto knives,” Johnson said with a smile. “I watched grown men making newspapers by hand.” The resources Johnson’s father used to make his newspapers became the building blocks of Johnson’s artistic development, which paved the way to his current career. “You wouldn’t think a journalist would inspire his son to pursue art, but watching him build newspapers inspired me to work with my hands,” he said.

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Making the cut: Inspired by watching his journalist father cut out newspaper layouts, artist Kiel Johnson entertains through his quirky artwork.

Newspapers2 summer 2009  

Write Now is the publication produced by high school journalism students at the annual Newspapers2 journalism summer camp at CSULB.

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