Healthy Living pg. 10 Who Was Cabrillo pg. 7
See Cabrilo Gallery pg. 15
Cypress in Trouble pg. 2
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Fun Exiled From the Cypress Lounge
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Cypress Lounge, open since 2009, has caused complaints.
By Joshua Vincent Dancing is still forbidden at the Cypress Lounge. The Santa Cruz Chief of Police revoked the entertainment permit for the popular downtown restaurant and bar over the summer, and the City Council voted unanimously to deny an appeal by owner, Ashton Hodge on Sept. 28 at a public hearing in Santa Cruz. The entertainment permit had allowed for music past 10 p.m., DJ’s and dancing-all of which are no longer permitted. The hours of operation have been shortened as well: until 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Entertainment must end at 10 p.m. every night and be limited to “incidental entertainment,” which Vice Mayor Don Lane defined as “incidental to food service.”
Owner of Cypress Lounge, Ashton Hodge, speaks to city officials.
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Where Have all the Wraps Gone By Danielle Evangelista The bookstore no longer sells onthe-go food, leaving students with late classes vulnerable to insatiable nighttime hunger. At the beginning of the semester, the Hawkshop’s previous manager, Robin Ellis, received a letter from Cabrillo prohibiting the further sale of any pre-made food items. This includes the wraps and sandwiches and also just about anything that can be microwaved. Ellis recently resigned, and immediately afterward Bookshop Santa Cruz teamed up with the Cabrillo’s Hawkshop for management support, according to Victoria Lewis, Cabrillo College’s VicePresident of Administrative Services. “Bookshop Santa Cruz is not taking over the college bookstore. It is strictly coming in to provide interim management and expertise,” said Cabrillo’s Vice President of Administrative Services in an interview with The Post, adding that “the local bookstore began the three month contract on Sept. 14.” According to bookstore employee Wendy Hamilton, the Hawkshop somehow “violated the schools contract with Taher Inc.” Taher is the school’s campus
continued from pg. 2 Deputy Police Chief Rick Martinez said there have been a significant increase in calls to service to the Cypress Lounge since the entertainment permit was granted--from about 10 per year to around 50. Anthony Fendler, who lives on the 700 block of Chestnut St., about 200 feet from the Cypress, said he contacted Hodge almost every weekend after the entertainment permit was granted in February, 2010. “The music was just absurdly loud, shaking the windows. I think very clearly in violation of both the noise ordinance and the specific limits of his permit,” said Fendler. The City Council did grant that the restaurant can take food orders up until closing time and allow customers to finish their meals, as long as the door is locked and no one is allowed in after
dining service. Taher Food Service Specialist, Brent Bishop said it is not “Taher who is not allowing the food to be sold; it is the contract. This contract is written by the college.” The college so far has declined to provide a copy of the contract for inspection. During previous semesters, the Hawkshop employees noticed how the other food locations closed at earlier times. “Ellis took that opportunity to sell grab and go food,” Lewis said. “She however had been unaware of the college’s exclusive contract with Taher. Taher sent a notice to the college that they were in violation of their contract,” resulting in all pre-made food items being pulled from the bookstore’s shelves. No matter who’s fault it is, the main issue is students with non-morning classes miss out on food service opportunities. “When the bookstore sold their food, it was very convenient for me to grab a fresh sandwich and wait for my next class to begin,” said student Haily Kephart. “It was nice to see local organic choices that supported the community.” Kephart feels she now she is forced to settle with less ideal options. “It is very frustrating this happened, I find something I like and it is taken away. Resulting in me having to go farther to get quality food.”
hours. The hearing lasted until 11:30 p.m. due to the large number of community speakers on both sides of the issue. Many supporters of the Cypress showed up and waited in a line that wrapped around the room, often applauding and cheering during the public comments. Downtown resident Cynthia Matthews said that Hodge advertised free drinks on Facebook for those who came to the meeting in support of the Cypress Lounge. “I’m not here for a free drink,” said Santa Cruz resident, Lily Ruderman, “I’m here because I work downtown, and I hate to see local businesses blamed for the general problems that downtown is facing.” Much of the dialogue from the City Council centered on whether the Cypress Lounge operates as a restaurant or night club. The Union St. business is in a zone known as the Cedar St. “Village” Corridor,
For now, students may have to resort to bringing a bag lunch--which sounds easy enough, but is also all too easy to forget. It’s even harder for students who come to class straight from work, which is fairly typical, if not the norm, for nighttime students. The current bookstore employees are also frustrated with the events even though they have a valid food license. “In the old building we were allowed to sell these items, now that we are in a updated facility with more options, we get it taken away” now director of the shop Mark Hoffmeister said. Although it may be safe to say that most of the student population attends classes during day hours, the evening students can not be left out either. The school’s contract with Taher Inc. will expire within the next year. Hoffmeister hopes to get a greater variety of food back into the store and student’s stomachs. “I do not think they [Cabrillo] will continue their contract with Taher Inc. any longer,” Hoffmeister said. “The college is planning to send out a request for proposals in early January with the goal of entering into a new non-exclusive food services contract beginning July 1, 2012,” Lewis said.
an area not typically granted entertainment permits because of its proximity to residential areas. Mayor Ryan Coonerty said that the council is “under huge pressure to turn other restaurants into clubs,” indicating that Hodge has been afforded an opportunity that other businesses in the same zone have not. Speakers on both sides of the issue allowed that living downtown comes with both the convenience of living near the retail district, as well as the noise that tends to come with it. “I chose to live where I can walk and enjoy everything but the bad side has to come with it,” said Colin McAndrews who said he deals with similar problems living on Capitola Ave. A follow-up public hearing will be held on Jan. 10, 2012 to reevaluate the state of the business and it’s affect on local residents.
Transfer Tribulations By Erik Chalhoub
Transferring to a four-year university is an exciting experience, but the transfer process itself can be stressful. There are many steps, each with its own deadline, and keeping track of these deadlines can be more difficult than a final exam. However, if you allow yourself plenty of time to conduct careful research on the transfer process, it will go smoothly. The following steps will help guide you in your transfer journey, and don’t forget to make an appointment with a counselor to ensure that everything is in order for your upcoming transfer. Apply for a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Deadline: Nov. 29 for participating CSU campuses A Transfer Admission Guarantee guarantees admission to a campus, provided that you complete all requirements by the end of Spring 2012. While the TAG deadline for UC campuses has passed, CSU campuses are still accepting applications and require the TAGs to be written by a counselor. Check with a Cabrillo counselor to verify that you have completed enough transferable credits to apply for a TAG, and also plan out which courses you still need to take. For a list of participating campuses, visit: http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/ transfercenter/taa/taa.html Apply for admission Deadlines: UC campuses – File online between Nov. 1 - 30 for Fall 2012 admission,
NEWS continued from pg. 3 July 1 - 30, 2012 for Winter 2013 admission CSU campuses: File online between Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 for Fall 2012 admission, June 1 – 30, 2012 for Winter 2013 admission University applications are entirely online. UC applications are at http://www. universityofcalifornia.edu/admi...line/ index.html, and CSU applications are at http://www.csumentor.edu/ . Each application you submit will cost $70 for UCs, and $55 for CSUs. UC applications require you to write two personal statement essays. Cabrillo will offer workshops to guide you in writing these essays, and other workshops for general transfer applications. The first application workshop will take place Monday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., in Room 1051 in the Swenson Library. The first personal statement workshop for UC applications will occur on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., located in Room 226. Visit the online transfer calendar for more information. Apply for financial aid Financial aid deadlines for the 2012-2013 school year have not yet been posted. Visit the official FAFSA website at http://www. fafsa.ed.gov/ frequently to find out when the dates are posted. Wait to hear if you’ve been accepted Perhaps the most nerve-wracking experience in the transfer process is waiting to hear if you’ve been accepted to the university you applied to. Each campus has a different timetable when notifying students of their acceptance, but expect to wait at least four to five months. The steps outlined here are only a general overview, as there are many other details in the transfer process. Visit Cabrillo’s Transfer Center website at http://www. cabrillo.edu/services/transfercenter/, or schedule an appointment with a counselor for more information and guidance. As always, start as early as possible on the process to avoid potential last-minute problems.
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Campus Crime By Nicholas Manning The past month Cabrillo Sheriffs have had a variety of incidents keeping them busy. The September 8 armed robbery of a Cabrillo student remains under investigation. Flyers with sketches of the suspects have been posted around campus, and police ask anyone with any information to contact their office. According to Campus Sheriff Sergeant Paul Ramos, on the evening of September 15 around 6:00pm a bicycle was reported stolen near the new VAPA classrooms. Cabrillo Sheriffs filed a report of the incident it was shown to all the Sheriffs. Officer Oliveira in particular paid special attention to the details. A few hours later at approximately 9:00pm, Oliveira spotted the stolen bike from the report when he was patrolling down the road from Cabrillo at Soquel and State Park intersection. A male suspect was stopped,
searched and was found to be in possession of the stolen bike and bolt cutters. Zachary Mifflin, 26, was arrested on possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. Sergeant Ramos also described another notable incident that occurred on September 2 when Sheriffs were patrolling the campus. In the AB parking lot, a male suspect, who was not a student, was found under the influence. Scott Murray was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public. After running a background search on Murray, officers learned that he was on probation for burglary and drug charges. He is also a registered sex offender. Sheriff Sergeant Paul Ramos, director of protective services at Cabrillo said, “This is an example of Sheriff Security Officer Oliveira doing good work. Murray had no business being on campus.” Campus Sheriffs also reported a second intrusion to the VAPA classrooms.
The commercial burglary occurred on September 27 when suspects entered through an unlocked door and stole cymbals from the music room. The first VAPA break-in, where items of much greater value were stolen, remains under investigation. Other recent campus crimes include: • September 9 DUI--prescription medications • September 15 and September 28--juveniles arrested for possession of marijuana • September 21--vehicle hit and run • September 27, October 4 and October 5--vandalism/graffiti Due to increased criminal activity, Sheriffs have increased patrols and have added an additional night security officer. Sheriffs want students to know that night escorts to cars are available so feel free to ask.
formed into classrooms, documents show that the state did not provide funds to renovate the 350 Building. According to a document from a meeting of the Cabrillo College Space Planning department, there is “no budget allowance” to renovate the building. Instead, it was decided by the Facilities Planning and Advisory Committee that “if the building is renovated at someone else’s expense, there [is] no problem with the idea of leasing the space if it is a good business decision; otherwise it sits empty.” The Santa Cruz Office of Education expressed interest in leasing the building, and in August, Cabrillo’s Governing Board approved the lease. The lease is slated to last at least two years, providing a projected gross revenue of $48,000 per year, according to the lease documents. Before OASIS moved into the building last month, the building had to be renovated to remove the remnants of the old Cabrillo photography lab. With the building sitting vacant for approximately three years, Milnes noted that it was in a very poor state. OASIS is now using rooms 353, 357 and 358 of the building, but the remaining classroom and offices still remain vacant. In the main portion of the former photography lab, the renovation added office cubicles, computer labs, book-rooms, and
a college/career center. There are plans for the adjacent 353 room to be a classroom for the Regional Occupational Program (ROP), a program for teens and adults to acquire career skills. The primary goal of OASIS, Milnes said, is to offer a “safe area for students to transition to college.” The location at Cabrillo allows high school students to familiarize themselves with a college campus while also providing a personalized learning experience at OASIS. Milnes stated that another goal of OASIS is to integrate with the Cabrillo campus. Many students at the high school are also concurrently enrolled in classes at Cabrillo. OASIS also plans to offer opportunities for current Cabrillo students through the Future Teachers program, where students interested in teaching as a career can obtain firsthand experience. Currently, Matt Engwall, a Cabrillo student, tutors at OASIS, a first step towards the high school’s integration with Cabrillo. The 350 Building’s renovation and move-in by OASIS has not been easy. “We’ve unpacked 600 boxes in two days,” said Milnes, as an OASIS teacher passed her by carrying, you guessed it, another box.
School Finds Oasis in Empty Building By Erik Chalhoub
Cabrillo’s 350 Building, which has sat vacant for three years, has a new lease on life. The building is now leased out to the Santa Cruz Office of Education to house OASIS Independent Studies--a high school program geared toward accelerated students. “It’s been a long term goal of OASIS to be located on the Cabrillo campus,” said Jeanne Milnes, teacher at OASIS, adding, “We’re really happy to be here.” OASIS, which stands for Online Academy Site Independent Studies, was originally located on Bay Avenue. The 350 Building was previously home to Cabrillo’s Art Photography department and lab, but when the lab moved into the new VAPA facilities in 2008, Cabrillo’s Journalism department planned to move into the vacated building. An article from the Register-Pajaronian in 2008 outlined the Journalism department’s proposal, which consisted of renovating a portion of the building into a digital media lab for newspaper production and a broadcast studio. The rest of the building was to be developed for the Business, English, and Language Arts (BELA) Division. However, while the former art studios of the 300 Building have since been trans-
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Watsonville’s Cabrillo Gains Green Grant, New Building By Nicholas Carr Cabrillo’s oldest campus will play host to it’s newest technological investment: A $10 million Green Technology Center. Located at the Watsonville Center of Cabrillo College, this new complex will give prospective construction and agriculture students the opportunity to observe renewable utilities and techniques while also providing hands-on experience in their use and maintenance. The Green Technology Center will provide two additional lecture classrooms, a computer lab, and a shop class for students to pursue vocational studies in construction, installation, and maintenance. Rachel Mayo, the Dean of Education Centers at the Cabrillo College Centers in Scotts Valley and Watsonville, says that this building will provide much more for
students interested in green technology than is currently available. “The goal is to train people to get sustainable living wage jobs, and provide education for workers in local industries,” said Mayo. The complex will provide Construction and Energy Management students for learning mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems. In addition, students, along with the public, will learn about the construction of buildings with renewable resources, and about caring for renewable plants and gardens. The idea of educating local workers in the rapidly growing field of alternative energy sources was also appealing to the city of Watsonville, which provided major funding for the project in the form of a $6 million bond. Further funding for the project has been supplied from the Ca-
Students Lose Loans
By Gloria Kim Cabrillo College no longer certifies private loans, since private lenders pulled out of Cabrillo’s student loan program in 2009. This limits students’ options for financial assistance and puts greater pressure on students and their families to seek
funds elsewhere. Cabrillo participated in private alternative loan programs prior to the 2009 Global Financial Crisis, but Financial Aid Specialist Laura Lettunich says that private lenders’ rapid pull-out from Cabrillo’s loan program “caused so much stress for the students,” derailed their financial preparations for school, and ultimately led
brillo College Foundation and the Solari Green Technology Center Endowment. The project also received a $3.35 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to build the structure to “platinum” level guidelines. These guidelines were set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an international ratings system created by the United States Green Building Council to encourage environmentally responsible techniques in the construction of commercial buildings, homes, hospitals, and schools. The platinum level is the highest set by LEED standards, and if the Green Technology Center can meet these guidelines it will be the only building in Santa Cruz County to have achieved such a rating. The utilities included in the building that
will help achieve this goal include solar panels, wind turbines, and a hydronic heating system that controls temperature through plastic tubes that run heated water through the walls and sub-floor. “I think it is really exciting that we will have a building like this here,” Mayo said. Construction is projected to be finished by Spring 2012, although classes will not be scheduled until the following Fall semester. Even though budget constraints will limit Cabrillo’s opportunity for expanding classes with the completion of the project, classes and programs in Construction and Energy Management will be available when the building opens. “At such a time we have the resources, we can think about expanding with other classes,” Mayo said.
Cabrillo to withdraw from the program. Prior to private lenders’ withdrawal in 2009, there was an upward trend in student borrowing: according to the Cabrillo College Fact Books about 570 students borrowed $2 million in federal loans during the 2006-2007 school year, 699 students borrowed $2.2 million from 2007-2008, and 775 borrowed $2.7 million from 2008-2009. No figures for the following years are available, so the effects of Cabrillo’s withdrawal from alternative private loan programs are as yet unknown. Some lenders do offer non-schoolcertified private student loans that only require an enrollment verification, which may be requested from the school at any time. Since private lenders are not required to notify colleges of these non-certified loans, the federal government doesn’t make adjustments to their calculation of a student’s need-based aid -- which leaves the amount of federal aid a student is eligible to receive completely unaffected. While private loans may help students cover their remaining educational costs without reducing their federal needbased aid, the interest rates of private loans are variable and generally higher than federal loans with fixed interest rates, like the Wells Fargo Education Connection Loan, which has a variable interest rate of 5.75-12.74%. Interest rates, loan fees, and eligibility for private loans are based on the student
borrower’s credit score. A co-signer with an established credit history may supplement a student’s lack of credit; a co-signor with a good credit rating may lower interest rates on a student’s loan. The US Department of Education services three types of federal loans: subsidized Direct Loans, unsubsidized Direct Loans, and Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Subsidized loans have a fixed interest rate of 3.4%, but the government pays the interest while the borrower is enrolled at least half-time (at least 9 units) and during grace and deferment periods. Borrowers pay a 6.8% fixed interest rate on unsubsidized loans, with interest accruing immediately after the first disbursement, capitalized on top of the principal amount. The PLUS loans allows parents with good credit to borrow up to the cost of their dependent student’s education, less other eligible aid. The 7.9% fixed interest rate on PLUS loans accrue from the first disbursement and repayment begins 60 days after the last disbursement with no grace period. To take out any federal loan, Cabrillo students must first complete the Direct Loan Application Process; the Fall 2011 Loan Application deadline is November 4 and the Spring 2012 deadline is April 20. For further information on student loans and applications, refer to Cabrillo’s Financial Aid page online or visit the Financial Aid Office in the 100 Building of the main campus.
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Ohlone Not Alone
By Beth Pittenger Cabrillo may be named for a Portuguese explorer of California who worked on behalf of the Spanish, yet the College offers insightful and spirited instructors who teach about the lives of the peoples who were here in densely populated settlements for more than 10,000 years—the Ohlone. In archaeology, Dusty McKenzie leads students into the field, often accompanied by Ohlone representatives, to get their hands dirty, quite literally: “Dig It” is the name of the archaeology club. In his works of literature, Stan Rushworth, himself a Cherokee, confronts both the facts of genocide and the mistaken idea that the Ohlone are no longer with us when their numbers are close to 5000. An upcoming event organized by McKenzie for archaeology month provides a chance for anyone interested to learn more about the Ohlone. On October 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Koppes Community Room at the Horticultural Center at Cabrillo, six experts will discuss “local prehistory, archaeology, and Native lifeways.” The event is free and open to the public. Despite lack of public and
federal recognition, the Ohlone are not alone. Last month, hundreds of people turned out to support the tribe after remains were found at a new housing development near Market Street. Ohlone, represented by Ann Marie Sayers, joined hands with activists, developers, and the City Council to arrive at an unprecedented accord and rights to future use of the land. Stan Rushworth attributed the thriving of Ohlone culture to their “social technology,” including kinship structures that anthropologists still don’t fully understand. Rushworth emphasized that the Ohlone lived in Central California through the millennia with little evidence that there were any substantial conflicts. For those who believe that humans are predisposed to greed and aggression, doomed to war and exploitation, the success of the Ohlone stands in stark contrast. The success takes two tracks, which both Rushworth and McKenzie represent. The preserved cultural and spiritual values emphasize concepts not common in materialist society, such as deep respect for everything and a lack of split between heart and mind. Rushworth called
these values, along with kinship ties, the Ohlone’s special social technology. The archaeological evidence, according to McKenzie, points to egalitarianism early in the history, though this was modified by the introduction of more sedentary living based on the harvest of acorns around 6,000 years ago. With acorns, the Ohlone could store food even though this region with wild game and fish, sea mammals, shellfish, and plants offered a cornucopia of choices. Here, life in abundance of food staples still required another kind of technology, that of intimate knowledge of the species, climate, and landscape, which resulted in an ever fine-tuning of tools and techniques. Even though the Europeans dismissed what both Rushworth and McKenzie call the Ohlone’s sophisticated technologies, the early accounts still regard Central California as a large and carefully tended garden, obviously calling forward the Christian ideal of the Garden of Eden. But exposure to European disease and then to its culture decimated the once thriving native populations. Enslavement, torture, forced conversions, and violence followed to the point that the last record-
ed native speaker died in San Francisco early in the 20th century. The Ohlone have had to reconstruct their own language and many traditions, sometimes using the tools of early observers in their quest to continue that tapestry of culture despite the lack of support, land, and formal recognition. There is a delicate balance between preserving the past and adapting to the present, a double burden carried not unlike the heavy, hand-woven basketry the Ohlone produced as functional art. Once, when Dusty McKenzie took students on a dig, they found human remains. Often such a discovery halts any further action. However, the Ohlone representative, Daniel Mondragon, sat the students down to discuss the importance of reverence for ancestors—the moment recorded in the photograph. The discussion cleared the air. With respect ensured, the dig went forward. By means of such cooperation, more work can possibly unravel some of the secrets woven in the tapestry that is part of the land that we and Cabrillo inhabit.
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Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo: The Man Behind the Name By Patrick Powers We all know Marco Polo and Hernan Cortez, who are two of the most infamous Conquistadors of the Age of Navigation. However, one man is often cast aside and forgotten about, even though his legacy and name are hidden in plain sight--He is Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, discoverer of California. Never heard of him? There’s a statue of him in San Diego and a highway that we use almost every day that’s named after him in parts, and, of course, a college. Cabrillo is the remarkable man who sailed and fought with Cortez in Mexico in 1519, then built one of his own ships by hand, and mapped California up to the Russian River in 1542. His voyage marked many firsts for European explorers in the New World and helped Spain continue its colonization into the previously unknown land. He is also credited as being the first secular journalist in the New World after his account of an earthquake in Guatemala, where he lived. There are numerous things historians don’t know about Cabrillo. In fact, his very name is a contentious issue that is linked to his nationality. The Portuguese claim him as one of theirs, referring to his surname as Cabrilho. Yet American historians reveal that it was a mistake in translation that gave him Portuguese descent, citing his name Rodriguez as the Spanish origin. Nevertheless, his early life is still a mystery. However, he would ascend from humble beginnings to one of the
wealthiest Spaniards in the New World. On June 24, 1542, Juan Cabrillo set sail for California with three ships and provisions planned to last two years. Three months later, he arrived in what is now San Diego Bay on September 28. From this point, he continued to sail north, stopping along the way to name and claim land for the Kingdom of Spain. On November 11 of the same year, while off the coast of California, Cabrillo’s fleet was separated by a severe storm and did not reunite until four days later, where they missed the entrance to San Francisco Bay. After not finding the Northwest Passage, Cabrillo decided to head south, this time entering into Bahia de los Pinos, now known as Monterey Bay. Due to the large and dangerous surf, no parties were sent ashore, and soon they headed south. Passing by the mountains in Big Sur, the expedition named them the Sierra Nevada’s since they were covered in snow and ice. The fleet returned to Santa Catalina Island where Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo would later die from a broken leg that he suffered during a fight with a local tribe on the mainland. His legacy remains spread throughout California today, but it is often looked over due to ignorance and time. However, his name will continue to be seen on statues, street signs, and schools, continuing to live on as we continue to rediscover one of the greatest discoverers of the New World.
Presidentially Recognized Honor Society Turns 50 By Betsy Aceves Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) is not your run-of-the-mill club honor society. This club carries with it the distinction of being the largest club at Cabrillo, whose sole purpose is to help make the school a better place. The club is the driving force behind beach clean-ups, blood drives – all while its members maintain a 3.0 GPA. Four members received a President’s Volunteer Service Award signed by Barack Obama at the first general meeting held in the cafeteria on Wednesday,
September 14 for their tireless hours of service. This is awarded to members who have performed at least 100 community service hours. Charlotte Atchen, last year’s President of AGS and current President of the Associated Students, received this honor for her 500+ hours of community service. AGS requires 15 hours of community service per semester from their members, which can be fulfilled by tutoring fellow students who need a little extra help keeping their heads above water. AGS members receive an Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society notation on their transcripts and qualify for several scholar-
ships that are only available through AGS. According to the many speakers at the general meeting, being involved in AGS is a way for students to build a foundation of leadership that they will be able to take with them wherever their future may take them. The current AGS president, Cedar Green, is very excited about this year because it is the 50-year anniversary of AGS at Cabrillo. Once a year in December, the AGS takes over the cafeteria and dedicates a few hours to honor and appreciate the professors and staff members at Cabrillo with a potluck dinner, complete with prize
raffles and live entertainment. This year, it’s open to all students who would like to take a day to give thanks and honor the outstanding faculty that have had a positive impact on their junior college experience. Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society holds their general meetings every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. in the SAC West building, room 202. Students can also visit the AGS website, www.agscabrillo.org, for more information.
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Delta Charter Strives for Student Excellence By Emily Karis If you ever look around the Cabrillo campus and wonder why some students look too young to be in college, it’s possible that they are high school students enrolled at Delta Charter High School. Located on the main campus of Cabrillo, Delta Charter High School enables its students to be concurrently enrolled in Cabrillo courses. Delta offers students what they can rarely find elsewhere--the ability to receive college credits and at the same time expedite high school requirements. In 2010, the high school had over 46 graduates. Approximately one-fifth of students are enrolled in college courses, and every student at Delta is required to enroll in a career guidance class at Cabrillo. Delta was founded in 1994 and works in partnership with Cabrillo College and Santa Cruz City Schools. Originally, it started at the University of California, Santa Cruz campus. It had only 25 students, and was spread amongst the library and other rooms. Delta relocated to Cabrillo College, where it expanded to accommodate more students. By the summer of 2006, Delta moved its facilities to the lower parking lot behind the football field, a quick turn off Cabrillo College Drive. This location allowed Delta to grow from 54 students to nearly 130 today. Delta has gained its stability and expanded through community and parent donors. One grant that has significantly helped its growth is The Helen and Will
Webster Foundation. Delta is now receiving annual donations of $125,000. In addition, Mary Gaukel, Delta’s principal and chief executive officer, reached out to counselors at other high schools to inform them of the services that Delta provides and the types of students who would benefit most. A major achievement that helped Delta’s transformation is its accreditation, awarded by the State of California in 2008. The accreditation process has restructured how the school utilizes its energy, money and time. Delta is focused on aligning its resources to meet its goals in every aspect. For example, Directed Studies is a class at Delta that is focused on helping students catch up or receive help with what they need by restructuring their studying processes if needed. The school now requires all juniors to take the Cabrillo math and language assessments, in order to gain a better understanding of what each individual student needs to be ready for college. Katie Akagi, Delta teacher, said that it helps teachers and staff find ways to improve as they self-evaluate at the end of their grading periods and annually. When there are areas in which students are failing, the instructors change their teaching approach to ensure a student’s success. “We always set and maintain good boundaries that make Delta a safe, supportive place for students to learn.
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Senate Meets at Sesnon By Guillermo Hernandez The Reduction/Elimination Task Force program stirs up fear and discussion of inevitable department cuts amongst attendees of the 4th Faculty Senate meeting, and Casey Coonerty, Bookstore Santa Cruz manger, reports on her threeweek interim management findings. The task force was set up as a joint effort between the Faculty Senate and the Office of Instruction in order to cut non-essential classes and programs. This is a necessary step the college must take in order to reserve funding essentials in this time of budget crisis. Brian Legakis, an Art History instructor at Cabrillo said, “We need more flexibility to ease the pain [of cuts].” Legakis believes strongly that the different departments should be allowed to decide which courses to cut. A proposal with a fixed percent of reductions and eliminations was not well received by faculty who felt uneasy about blindly passing such a critical measure. Casey Coonerty’s report was on her observations of how the college bookstore is managed, and the future plans she hopes will bring new life the depleted student center. Coonerty thanked the college for the opportunity to collaborate in making the bookstore better, and hoped that it would be a success for all the parties involved. She emphasized that her suggestions were with Cabrillo’s interests in mind. She plans to bring in a mix of old and new, keeping some existing products, cutting back on the textbooks, and
bringing in a more inviting atmosphere for students to gather. New products would diversify the appeal of the shop, and lure in new students. This would be a wide inventory renovation to keep only best sellers, and cut old dusty stock, followed by the physical store’s renovation to fit in a new coffee shop. The main goal, said Connerty, is to create a fun, inviting, and well-rounded store that will draw in students and faculty alike. This accomplish the shared goal of reshaping the store into a college asset. She thinks that a larger source of revenue for the store is their selection of food so students can grab a quick bite to eat on their way to class. There are also big changes looming for the staff of the bookstore. Their lack of a proper marketing plan, poor utilization of space and numerous other issues, according to Coonery, could result in their being sent on extended leave and replaced with interim management. “Wireless, food, drink, and a hangout place are essential for students,” said librarian Silvia Winder. Other items addressed at the meeting were: the retirement of ten faculty staff, the Student Senate’s Halloween parade, the Community Thanksgiving dinner, and as well as the STEM grant that has been approved and is ready to go. Some of the snacks served were: Chicken wings, crispy and lightly seasoned wonton skins served with a soy sauce based dip with scallions, and raspberry topped pastries alongside a pile of chocolate dipped biscotti.
Oct. 11 2011
Aptos Burger Fans Flames of Hunger Just Plain Nutty By Tessa Parker
Customers enjoy a burger at the Aptos Burger Company.
By Juan Reyes One step into the Aptos Burger Company and instantly the savory aromas that permeate the building hit my nose like a basset hound on a rescue mission. I’ve heard of this place by word of mouth and that the burgers are good, but I was deterred from stopping in by the thought of, “eh, looks like another burger joint to me.” Boy, was I wrong. Terry Foltz is the mastermind and owner of the Aptos Burger Company. He believes in freshness when it comes to serving his community with the delicious and wholesome food found on his menu. I asked Foltz if the hamburger patties he uses are fresh made to which he replied, “Oh yeah, every day. The meat I use also comes from grass fed cows.” I agree that the best quality beef is essential to a great burger. An enormous menu hangs in front of the kitchen area making it easy for people standing in the back of the line to decide what they want. There is a wide array of items to choose
from besides the typical burger such as cheese steaks, fish and chips, turkey burgers and house chicken salads. Since this is a burger joint, it’s only fitting that I try one of their mouth-watering cheeseburgers. There is an option to have the burger turned into a combo meal that would include a side of fries, soup, salad or onion rings. Onion rings are a must for me whenever they’re on the menu and they turned out to be the best choice of my day. As soon as the order is in I take a step over behind the counter to watch the staff hard at work constructing this tasty piece of art. Flames from the grill consume the quarter pound beef patty and cook it to perfection. The kitchen crew adds a piece of cheddar until it melts and then place crispy strips of bacon on top of the cheese. They slide the meat right onto a toasty bun and pile on fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion. One thing to note is the burger comes dry, without condiments. Kudos on that idea; patrons get to dress the burgers as they please. After I decorate the buns with a little mayo and mustard,
it’s on to the cheeseburger for the moment of truth. Now it’s time to sit and relax inside one of the many booths with lovely metal tabletops and green wooden benches, perfect for messy eaters. Above the booths hang speakers pumping melodies of The Beatles, Al Green, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. My first instinct is to grab one of the crispy golden brown onion rings, dip it lightly in some ketchup, and take a big bite for the full effect, which I do immediately. It’s a marvelous idea and I follow with a few more rings before attacking the sandwich. With one juicy, explosive bite, the only word that sticks in my noggin is: Delicious. It takes a while to slam down this bad boy and his deep-fried entourage but I manage to finish with pleasure. The combination of friendly staff, great eating environment and excellent food are a recipe for success and Aptos Burger Company has all three ingredients. They can chalk up another satisfied customer for their establishment and a guaranteed return in the near future.
If you are a nutty person, looking for a place to fit in, read on. “Nut Kreations,” (104 Lincoln Street, Downtown Santa Cruz), is a fairly new, one of a kind nut store with various types of nuts waiting to be tasted. Nuts are generally rich in unsaturated fat and each type has its own nutritional value. Almonds for example, are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E. Peanuts are high in vitamin B3, which plays a role in the functioning of the nervous system and keeps skin healthy, and zinc, which is important for the development of proteins and renewing tissue. Both of these also play an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Mina Feuernaken, founder of Nut Kreations, studied Business and Retail Management at UCSC, in the pursuit of a career in the fashion industry. When the recession began she realized she wanted to open her own business selling nuts. Coming from four generations of pistachio growers, Mina, who “lived off trail mix,” was the first to retail 120 items including nuts, dried fruit, and cooking oils, and raise awareness of how beneficial these snacks are. To get your snack on, drop by Nut Kreations, where you can also get more health information about nuts. Store hours are Sun. & Mon. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Go nuts!
Oct. 11 2011
Food, Fitness, Fun: A Balancing Act Healthy Goals Healthy Body
By Tessa Parker
By Bruce Rodriguez In our fast-paced world, there are times when it just seems that our health takes a backseat to whatever else is going on. For most students, being comfortable with yourself means being comfortable with your body. In addition, some of us have an ideal weight we would like to reach or maintain. Calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) will help you determine what range you fall into and can help you set more realistic goals for your exercise routines. Exercise plays the biggest role in reaching one’s ideal state of physical fitness; so does maintaining a healthy diet. Realistically, diets aren’t fun and usually the average person takes 21 days to change his or her workout routine or eating habits and stay on course with the new lifestyle. Often with a busy schedule, we don’t have time to squeeze in a workout or we skip a meal or two. In fact, missing those meals neglects our body’s needs, and when we don’t eat, our body kicks into survival mode because it is low on blood sugar. Not eating for long periods of time forces our body to break down muscle and store fat. Consequently, you are likely to overeat at your next meal, which in turn will cause you to gain more weight. Here are 5 tips to improve your health and fitness: 1. Exercise regularly: It is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are moderately active live longer and feel better. However, many people focus on quantity and not quality. Make sure you are getting a real work out, which means you should be sweating. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems. 2. Eat breakfast: This wakes up your body and brain and will help you start your day. Even a simple piece of toast with yogurt or cereal is better than nothing. 3. Balance food choices: Don’t eat too much of one thing. Ideally, your body needs a variety of nutrients
including protein, carbohydrates, fat and many different vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins C and A, iron and calcium. Getting your vitamins directly from food is always better than in supplement form. More colors on your plate are a good indicator of whether you’re getting all the nutrients you need. Notice how most fast foods tend to be beige; this is not what you want. Most people underestimate their calorie intake so be aware of what you are eating. 4. Balance your workout: Don’t repeat the same exercise everyday. Mix up the routine by alternating between upper body, lower body, cardio and so on. Your body needs a balanced work out and with no alternation of your exercise routine you may reach a plateau where you will no longer see results. It is also important to let your muscles heal so that they can grow if that is what you want to achieve. 5. Don’t rely on the scale: Looking at the scale after diligently following a workout routine may be shocking if the numbers have not changed or have increased. But remember that muscle weighs more than fat. The average person only loses about 1-2 pounds a week. The initial weight loss is water weight. A better way to track your progress is by measuring your heart rate while working out or seeing how much distance you can cover in a certain amount of time. Take the next step to jump-start your health and become a healthier individual.
This recipe is one of my favorite dishes. It is a great on-the-go lunch to bring to school, easy to make, and is rich in antioxidants which are necessary for your health. Organic Kale Salad Ingredients: (Made for one) 4-6 leaves of organic raw kale 1 tbsp. sunflower seeds 1 tbsp. pumpkin seeds 1 tbsp. sesame seeds Thinly sliced organic red onion (as desired) 1 squeezed lemon 1 tbsp. olive oil Optional: 1 handful of sunflower greens 1 tbsp. Braggs Amino acids (dressing)
Santa Cruz is a great place to find all kinds of ways to be healthy and organic, even on a college student’s budget. For those with food allergies or sensitivities to dairy or gluten, we will direct you to substitutions. This recipie is a quick and easy vegetarian Mexican dish, high in fiber and protein: Ingredients: 2 cups of water or vegetable/chicken broth 1 cup quinoa ½ fresh squeezed lime 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained ½ cup roasted corn 4 scallions, chopped 1 small sliced avocado 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish Add a little Siracha for a spicy taste! *Try the Earth Balance Butter! (gluten free and vegan) Thoroughly rinse quinoa in cold water and drain. In medium saucepan combine quinoa and water or broth and bring to boil uncovered for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat and cover for 5 minutes. (Quinoa is ready when the grain appears translucent and white germ is clearly visible.) Fluff with fork, add all other remaining ingredients and serve. Quinoa is gluten-free, has a low glycemic index (good rice substitute for diabetics) and provides all of the eight essential amino acids.
Oct. 11 2011
10 Sex Facts By Helen Tinna 1. In the late 1800’s, the Santa Cruz area was known for its three famous brothels. One in Watsonville, one in Davenport, and the most famous in Pleasure Point, which gave that area its name. 2. Up until 2003, 15 states had laws forbidding the practice of oral and/or anal sex. 3. Kissing for one minute burns 26 calories, and it lowers your risk of cavities by boosting saliva production.
4. Hormones released post-orgasm can cure headaches or other minor pains. 5. Men produce more sperm when viewing pornographic material containing two men and one woman, than when watching porn containing just one man and one woman. Scientists speculate that because the two men are viewed as competition, the viewer steps up his baby-making capacity. 6. 32 percent of American men report masturbating more since the recession. 7. 30 percent of women swallow every time they engage in oral sex with their partner. 8. 60 percent of non-smoking women have had no sexual partners in the past
year while 70 percent of women who smoke have had more than four lovers over the same amount of time. 9. Greek couples have sex an average of 138 times a year--placing them at the top of the world sex league. Japanese couples have sex just 45 times a year, which puts them in last place.
By Jesse Polakow 1. Sex Quotes: Adultery, tasteless sexual advances, high profile scandals of just about every kind-- politicians are possibly more familiar with these things than the average Joe (“The Plumber,” or otherwise). Let it come as no surprise then that our sex quote for this week’s edition comes from a man who once held the highest elected office in the country, former U.S. president and current Baptist Sunday school teacher, Mr. Jimmy Carter. Though himself never at the center of a sex scandal, Carter’s quote from his Nov. ’76 Playboy interview is both sincere and amusing: “I’ve looked on many women with lust. I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me.” 2. Aphrodisiacs: Dating back to ancient texts such as the Kama Sutra and the Bible, honey has long been associated with love and sensuality. Marital traditions in India still incorporate honey into wedding day ceremonies as well as the aptly named “honeymoon,” a custom originally involving secluded newlyweds consuming honey beverages until the first new moon of their union. Given the nature of this sticky-sweet bee nectar, one can see reason for its correlation to sexual desire. Perhaps the thought of honey invokes images of blooming flowers and their zeal for pollination. On top of that, the sugars in honey are easily converted into
LIFESTYLES 10. According to experts, sex is about 10 times more effective as a tranquillizer than Valium.
Sexual Tidbits energy by our bodies, giving us the extra pep we may need to excite more than just our sweet tooth. 3. Sex Scenes: One of my favorite films of the last 12 years would have to be the cinematic achievement known as Wayne Kramer’s “The Cooler,” which boasts a fantastic sex scene. William H. Macy plays Bernie, a very believable ex-gambler, who is severely down on his luck. But with the commencement of a new romance, one that seems too good to be true, Bernie’s luck begins to change in ways that boggle the mind. Maria Bello co-stars as Natalie, the struggling but beautiful casino waitress, who decides to give Bernie a chance. After their first date, they retire to his home in a sleazy motel for a nightcap. One can’t help rooting for the bumbling Bernie as he accidentally skips the Sinatra record, awkwardly watches as his date dances into his lap and then fumbles with her undergarments. It’s clearly been a while since the last time Bernie brought home a woman--a concept further emphasized by his lackluster yet spirited performance in the sack. The scene is as embarrassing as it is kindhearted, which sets it apart from your typical Hollywood “hero-gets-girl” scenario we’ve become so accustomed to and leaves the viewer feeling almost as relieved and optimistic as the flick’s protagonist. After all, the ploy to creating any sex scene worth talking about is to make the audience feel as though they just got laid.
Yellowjackets break into a wrapped sandwhich, persistant even in the rain.
Oct. 11 2011
Cabrillo Professor Ignites Artistic Spark By Julie Rizzo-Vulser Jamie Abbott’s art is engaging through the combined use of different materials such as wood, steel, plaster, cardboard and more and through unexpected interpretation of his ideas on a subject. He has very successfully combined steel and wood in many large sculptures; now he is starting a collection of smaller wall pieces containing a “tumor” encapsulated by a wooden structure. His newest art is inspired by his friends who are fighting cancer. He has been teaching art at Cabrillo for 38 years and will be retiring next year. Although he hadn’t planned on becoming a teacher, he found himself working here because of his good taste in cigarettes. Jamie joked, “Red Pall Malls were the favorite among the faculty at Cabrillo, they probably just picked me so they could bum my cigarettes.” Smoking was allowed in the classrooms in 1973 when Jamie started working here. But Jamie continues to tell me how excited he was to start teaching and the thought that he couldn’t do it never crossed his mind. Students consider Jamie a great inspiration and mentor for their own work, so Jamie has come to make a great impact on his students. His coffee and chocolate chip cookies in class are always something great to look forward to. As for how he came to be where he is today, Jamie recounted that he grew up in Syracuse, New York. His love for art blossomed in the basement, turned art studio of his family’s house. His grandma, who was a potter herself, and his grandfather, who provided scrap wood for his art work, were both very encouraging. When he was 20 years old, Jamie made the big leap to California, leaving behind a supportive job as a carpenter--as well as his right to drink--to test his luck as a student at San Jose’s State University as well as the city college. He intended to major in history, but always took art classes. Jamie also enrolled in classes at Cabrillo College and finally decided to go to art school. This brought him to the Art Institute of San Francisco, where he received both his Bachelor and Master of Fine Art degrees. A small studio on Jones St. in the Tenderloin was home and working in a gallery, setting up installations, paid his bills. He also ventured into the business world, creating a company named “Flamingo
Painting,” which specialized in painting and remodeling. Little did he know that his next venture would be his teaching career here at Cabrillo. Community college was free in those days, and Jamie, who was the same age as many of his students, found himself dealing with a number of them who suffered trauma from the Vietnam War. After teaching at Cabrillo for 3 years, he became a full time instructor, teaching 4 classes. The Art Department was very politically active, and with the aid of the English Department, they were successful in getting unions to come to Cabrillo and got them voted in. In his years at this school, Jamie has been the Vice President of the Union and Faculty Senate, he held the position of program chair for 6 years until only a year ago and he also ran the Cabrillo art gallery. Jamie also tells me how much he has loved teaching at Cabrillo and how much inspiration he has gotten from his students for his own art work. He enjoys being able to provide individual feedback for students during class, as well as for critiques; that was the benefit of teaching art as opposed to many subjects with much larger classes. After his retirement, Jamie will still be teaching Art 5, the 3-Dimensional art class, which offers the opportunity to explore working with various materials and media. Coincidentally, this was also the very first class he taught at Cabrillo. Thanks to his teaching career, he has been able to stay true to himself in his artwork and not adapt to what people would buy. He is proud that he has sustained such a great interest in making art throughout his career as well as his ability to change and adapt to using different mediums. He has maintained his curiosity to develop new possibilities, change materials and expand his ideas. Finally, some wise words from Jamie for students contemplating a career in art. Do it, not for wealth, but for desire. Understand that you are getting involved in exploration of materials, concepts and most importantly yourself. Stay true to yourself, your core and your ideas. And realize that being a studio artist is great, but another job will most likely be necessary. Some of Jamie’s work can be viewed on the lower campus at Cabrillo, at O’Neill’s in Capitola or at the Museum of Art and History in downtown Santa Cruz.
Emily Palmer controls the ball in the open field
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Oct. 11 2011
By Juan Reyes Make it six coast conference games in a row for the Cabrillo College women’s soccer team after a 2-1 win over De Anza College on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Carl Conelly Stadium. After a slow start, going 0-2 in the preseason, the Seahawks are on the right track in pivotal games that now count toward their record. Cabrillo got off to a fast start with a quick goal from team captain and sophomore, Emily Palmer. Freshman Emily Obray got the assist on the play, putting Cabrillo up 1-0. Cabrillo’s defense also contributed early in the game, as they kept the ball in De Anza’s zone for most of the first half. Freshmen, Natasha Roberts and Brittany Kuo did a nice job making sure De Anza was not able to threaten in Cabrillo’s zone. The Seahawks got a golden opportunity when freshman, Heather Connor, was shoved to ground and fouled by the De Anza goalie. The foul gave Cabrillo a penalty kick and team captain Palmer took
Seahawks’ Win Streak Now at Six Games the shot, but a great block by the goalie denied the goal. A goal by De Anza tied the game at one apiece early in the second half. The lack of good passes and the ability to attack with shots on goal by Seahawks players hurt the team early in the second half. Team leaders Palmer, Obray, and Payne helped Cabrillo recapture the momentum. Still, when the Seahawks did have a chance to score, a majority of the shots on goal narrowly missed. With little time left on the clock and the Seahawks five game winning streak against league teams on the line, De Anza committed another foul inside the goalie box. This time, Obray capitalized on the opportunity with a successful penalty kick to keep the streak alive at six wins. Cabrillo is still in first place after a 6-0 start in the coast conference (6-2 overall) and ranked 16th in the state. Cabrillo coach, Mike Arzabal, felt good about the teams performance.
“You know, the fact that we had so many chances after they tied the game up let me know that the team [Cabrillo] has another level there,” said Arzabal. Arzabal did note that the team needs to finish their plays. “When we create twenty chances and don’t score, other than when the referee gives us a gift, I would say definitely the most glaring thing today is just being able to finish your chances.” Coach Arzabal is impressed with the heart and effort De Anza put into the game, “They stayed tough in the seconwd half,” and then continues with, “I really felt we kind of throttled them in the first half and I thought they might come out and roll over. But they had some fight in the second half, even though we had the ball 80 percent of the time, they were still battling.” Next on Cabrillo’s schedule is a nonconference match against Fresno on Friday, Oct. 7 in Fresno. This is a big test for Cabrillo because Fresno is a strong and competitive team that ranks fourth
in the state. Fresno already beat up De Anza earlier this season, 7-0, and left the Seahawks in the dust last year, 8-1.
Brad Pitt Headlines All-Star Cast in Feel-Good Sports By Chris Teevan and Nathan Cortopassi The new movie, “Moneyball” depicts the difficulties faced by a small-market baseball team, the Oakland Atheletics, trying to compete in a game dominated by billionaires with deep pockets. Brad Pitt, who plays Oakland Athletics General Manager, Billy Beane, faces a hard time in the making in Oakland. After losing to the Yankees in the 2001 playoffs, the A’s lost their 3 top players in Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon and Jason Isringhausen to free agency. Unable to retain their own free agents, Beane came up with a new strategy: pursuing undervalued players. One of the key components of this strategy included using strict statistical analysis, known as Sabermetrics, to analyze player ability and contribution. Getting on base was one category Beane stressed for a successful offense. The more players on base gives the team a better chance to score runs. Beane flew to Cleveland in the off-season in his mission to acquire cheap talent. He didn’t find the players he wanted, but
he found an intern from Yale who was working for the Cleveland Indians named Peter Brand, played by Jonah Hill. Beane hired Brand to be his assistant. Together, they formed a system, using statistical data compiled by a computer. Sports analysts declared that the A’s were taking a huge risk. The manager of the A’s that time was Art Howe, played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Over time the once ridiculed offseason plan bloomed into a run producing team, including a Major League Baseball record 20 game winning streak. The A’s were finally the talk of baseball instead of being the punch line to a bad joke. The A’s made the playoffs but were defeated by the Minnesota Twins in a best of five series, three games to two. “Brad Pitt should win an Oscar for Best Actor,” said Cabrillo student Alyx Marquez. We asked a random group of 10 people from the Cabrillo campus even some with Oakland A’s shirts and 8 out of 10 people agreed that this movie was very good.
Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, Oakland A’s General manager in the movie “Moneyball.”
Oct. 11 2011
“The X-Factor” Judges Trippin’ on Local Chris Rene By Gloria Kim Chris Rene’s nondescript presence at his first audition for “The X Factor”--loose white tee, dark jeans, and a fedora--betrays nothing of his local roots. But the 28- year-old trash collector’s performance in this national singing competition portends another Santa Cruz success story, following James Durbin’s fourth-place ending on last spring’s “American Idol.” Rene endured the scrutiny of judge Simon Cowell’s initial skepticism with composure and swiftly delivered his performance of “Young Homie,” an original hip-hop song, to the dropped jaws of the judging panel comprised of Cowell, creator of “The X Factor,” pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul, music executive LA Reid and singer and actress Nicole Scherzinger. Rene said that winning the competition’s $5 million recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment would mean “stability for me and my son and my fam-
ily”-- a sentiment loaded with the weight of his past struggles with alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamine addiction. The song’s refrain, “Ay, young homie what you trippin’ on? Life’s too short, gotta live it long,” spoke to Rene’s newfound clarity. With pride, he pronounced himself 70 days sober at the start of his audition and by the end of the judges’ deliberation, there were four “yes” votes from the panel and a proposition for Rene from Cowell: “Chris, we have a deal here, right? That if we’re gonna put you through, for you, your son, you’re staying on the right track, yeah? That’s the deal we make, there’s no breaking that. Got it? Fine, then you’ve got my ‘yes.’” Though Rene proved to be a surprise talent among thousands of other audition hopefuls, his musical prowess is not unfamiliar in these parts. He has played at local establishments such as The Blue Lagoon and The Catalyst after the 2009 release of his first and self-produced
R&B and soul album, “Soul’D Out.” Rene shares this musicality with his 36-year-old sister, Gina Rene, a hip-hop and soul artist whose solo career catalyzed at Hollywood’s Hip Hop Cafe. Her songs appeared on the soundtracks for the commercially successful movies “Mean Girls” and “Step Up.” Musical talent in the Rene family reaches as far back as their grandfather, Leon Rene, who wrote the 1958 Billboard Hot 100’s number two hit single, “Rockin’ Robin,” under the pseudonym “Jimmie Thomas.” Their father, Rafael “Googie” Rene, also recorded several LPs under Leon’s Class Records label throughout the 1950s. The next stages of the competition are the “X Factor Bootcamp” and “judges’ houses,” where Rene’s and other contestants’ talents will be evaluated yet again before progressing to the live show finals. “The X Factor” airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Chris Rene competeing nationally.
First on Wax: Women in Hip-Hop At right, Rapsody, who recently resleased “Return of the B-Girl.” At left, Lady Boog Brown, with her 2010 release “Brown Study.”
By Sarah Thomas From street art to the B-Boys, Disc Jockeys, and emcees (old school and new school), hip-hop culture is dominated by the men. Although many women hold admirable positions in the music industry, they have been reduced by many rappers to the category of bitches, sluts, and ho’s. Ms. Melodie, a female emcee from the renowned 80’s rap label Boogie Down Productions, once said, “It wasn’t the males who started rap; they were just the first to put it on
wax.” That’s probably why today’s tawdry mainstream rap labels tend to forget that hip-hop is more than pouring champagne on gigantic asses. Today it has become difficult for female emcees to gain respect without the use of sex appeal. Artists such as Lil Kim, Trina, and the latest and greatest eye candy Nicki Minaj have made names for themselves not only by using their bodies but also by reciting self-diminishing lyrics. On “Roman’s Revenge,” one of her more recent tracks, Nicki declares, “I’m a bad bitch, I’m a cunt, and I’ll kick that ho’;
punt,” leaving little to the imagination as to what her actual persona is. But to what extent are women putting themselves in this category? Can we really blame it all on men? Shouldn’t women be able to uphold the same integrity that encouraged them to become a part of the game in the first place? Rapsody, an emcee from North Carolina, recently released her 1st mix tape with It’s a Wonderful World Music Group, 9th Wonder’s new label, titled “Return of the B-Girl.” The record is full of boom-bap beats, smooth rhymes, and
features a track guest-starring Flipmode Squad’s first lady Rah Digga. She proves that women are just as capable of holding their weight within the industry whether it’s mainstream or underground. Another female emcee getting mad buzz in the underground lately is Lady Boog Brown whose 2010 release, “Brown Study,” has been overlooked by the mainstream craze. Until artists like these are brought to the attention of Hip-Hop followers all over the world, the true women emcees may be on the verge of extinction.
Oct. 11 2011
Make Art, Not Dinner
By Marianne Naegele Food is the theme at the Cabrillo Gallery this Fall. The exhibit opened on Oct.1 with a gala reception and will close its delectable display on Nov. 4. In the exhibit is a collection of national flags made of foodstuffs from ingredients found in individual countries. For instance, there is an American flag with stripes made of beef strips and uncooked bacon, stars of small green peppers slices, and a dinner roll background. There’s also a Vietnamese flag constructed of bay shrimp, leaves, and a center star-shaped from noodles. There are four paintings of layer cakes, one of which is decorated with tea-cups and butterflies. One of my favorite pieces is a ceramic reproduction of an old childhood pastime, entitled “Tic-Tac-Tofu,” in which the game is constructed of cubes of tofu marked with bean sprouts, peanuts, and edamame beans. The gallery walls are also filled with unique paintings and photographs of vegetables and fruits, as well as people engaged in culinary enterprise, from carrying bloody slabs of meet in the U.S. to selling tea at a street fair in Turkey. This is a “juried” exhibit, which means that the works of the 33 participants were selected from entries submitted by one hundred artists from all over California, who each paid a fee of $30. The judges and curators of this year’s exhibit are local restaurant owners and food experts Gayle and Joe Ortiz, who opened Gayle’s Bakery on Bay Avenue in Capitola in 1978 and now serve almost 2000 customers a day with a staff of 150. They are also accomplished artists and authors. Gayle focuses on watercolor while Joe works on landscapes in acrylic and oils. Their published works include The Jewel Box Mystery and The Village Baker. The exhibit showcases a wide variety of mediums, styles and subject matter. The Cabrillo Gallery is located in the first floor of the 1000 building, directly below the school library. It is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m., free of charge. For more information you can reach the Gallery at (831) 479-6308.
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As any budding artist can tell you, getting seen by other members of your local art scene can be a grueling task. Spending hours on the phone or in front of a computer trying to book a venue is one of the less glamorous parts of an artistâ€™s life. Fortunately, there is a brand new place to get your art published, because The Cabrillo Voice will display student art. If you are interested in
participating in this community art forum please shoot us as email at CabrilloVoices@ gmail.com, or stop by room 407 and drop off your submission. We welcome you to send in anything from poetry to sculpture, and encourage students to fill us in on any upcoming events featuring their work. We are looking forward to seeing the collective creativity that our Cabrillo community is capable of!