ELAC Campus News Fall 2022 Issue 1

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ELAC campuses experience two sexual batteries areas. The second incident was on September 7 in the lunch area of the South Gate Center. The Sheriff’s department gave descriptions of the assailants and East Los Angeles College has had posted them on students’ Canvas two sexual battery incidents occur sites. in the first two weeks of instruction The suspect in the Monterey Park with one at the Monterey Park incident is a male Hispanic between campus and one at the South Gate the ages of 25 and 30 with black hair Center. combed to the side. The male wore a Both incidents involved a male gray shirt with a pattern, dark pants groping a female student. and black shoes. He was carrying a Lieutenant Kevin Turrill, of the red backpack. Los Angeles County Sheriff, said The suspect in the South Gate the investigation is ongoing but incident is a male Hispanic, between that the two incidents are being 20 and 25 years old. He is 5’6 with viewed as isolated occurrences. a thin build and He said they are short brown hair. working leads He was wearing on the suspects. “Safety of all persons dark colors and I n t e r i m had a red bicycle. Vice President on East Los Angeles N g h i e m of Student College’s campuses is of s a i d t h e Services Nghi administration the [utmost] priority.” asks students, Nghiem said the administration faculty and has asked the staff to be S h e r i f f ’s t o aware of their NGHI NGHIEM increase their Interim Vice President of surroundings presence in Student Services around the areas that are campus grounds. highly trafficked Nghiem said by students. there are many cameras throughout There is no confirmation on campus and the Sheriff’s department whether the assailants are ELAC has access to the camera system. students or not. Turrill said both campuses Turrill said, “That hasn’t been are patrolled and have cameras determined yet. We’re still working monitoring different areas of the on it.” campuses. The Sheriff’s department was “The whole campus in general notified of one incident on the is our area of jurisdiction,” Turrill ELAC Monterey Park campus and said. the second incident at the ELAC He said there is continuous South Gate Center. monitoring for suspicious activity The first incident occurred on on both campuses. August 31 in the E3 elevator

BY JUAN CALVILLO Staff Writer

BE AWARE—August 31 sexual battery reported to have occured by E-3 elevator areas. Students can contact the Sheriff’s deputies and security officers if they see anything or need to talk to personnel. The South Gate Center has two Sheriff deputies stationed on campus. The Monterey Park campus number of deputies varies

depending on the shift working at the time. Nghiem said students are able to attend safety seminars during the year and that the Associated Student Union can ask the college’s Sheriff office for special training sessions as well.

“Safety of all persons on East Los Angeles College’s campuses is of the [utmost] priority. If anyone has a suggestion for future campus security measures for consideration, please contact [the] Administrative Services office at Admin-Services@ elac.edu,” Nghiem said.

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Students can contact the Sheriff’s department at the ELAC Monterey Park campus at (323) 265-8800. Turrill said if students, faculty and staff see something, they should say something to authorities.

Student loans forgiven BY RAYMOND NAVA Staff Writer

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LACCD works with university, help students earn bachelors faster BY BRENDA DE LA CRUZ Staff Writer Arizona State University and Los Angeles Community College District have teamed up to help make obtaining a four-year degree easier and faster. Students at any of the nine LACCD colleges can now visit asu.edu/mypath2asu where they can access an array of online tools meant to assist them in meeting their educational goals in a smoother manner. ASU, which last year had 3,600 California community college students transferring in, according to LACCD, will also offer a new hybrid university option through their downtown Los Angeles campus. Here students will be able to access over 130 online BA

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programs, with an added bonus of in-person coaching to ensure success in their educational goals. Over 400 courses are available to students in the transfer pathways program as well. In addition to making sure students are taking the right courses while in community college, MyPath2ASU also makes it possible for students to work toward ASU degrees simultaneously. For students who may work in addition to attending classes and may not be able to meet with a counselor as often, MyPath2ASU also offers “my transfer guide” as a way to keep track on their own. A big issue for community college students can be taking courses they thought would count toward their ultimate goal of transferring to university, then finding out some courses’ credits do not count toward anything. MyPath2ASU aims to minimize

President Joe Biden announced on August 24 a three-part plan to forgive a portion of student loans for Americans. The plan, available on the whitehouse.gov website, aims to provide target relief to combat the damage done by the pandemic, make the student loan system more manageable for current and future borrowers and reduce the cost of colleges by holding schools accountable if they increase their prices. Additionally, Biden announced that the student loan repayment pause would be extended one final time through December 31 with repayments resuming in January

of next year. Borrowers have until December 31, 2023 to apply for relief. In a briefing room statement on the whitehouse.gov website. Individuals who make less than $125,000 a year, $250,000 for married couples, and have received a Pell Grant will be eligible to have up to $20,000 of their student loan debt forgiven. Individuals who did not receive a Pell Grant will have up to $10,000 forgiven. Individuals who are “dependent students” will have their eligibility be decided based on their parent’s income rather than their own. According to statistics based on analysis from the U.S. Department of Education, close to 87% of the benefits from this plan will go towards borrowers earning less than

credit loss and, if all course requirements are met, grant general admission to ASU. Former East Los Angeles College student Kristy Haecker remembers taking some classes in vain during her time studying criminal justice. “A lot of the classes I took did not matter. I couldn’t transfer my criminal justice credits and had to repeat classes.” When asked if a partnership such as MyPath2ASU would have made a difference for her while she was attending ELAC, Haecker said, “I would say yes, because I did not know what exact classes university wanted me to take. Knowing something like this is available can help students be more focused.” Haecker now attends California State University Dominguez Hills where she has continued to pursue her B.A. in Criminal Justice.

Basic Needs Center hiring two students Full-time enrolled students can submit their resume, cover letter, and current class schedule to Jessica Olivas at OLIVASJL@ELAC.EDU. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday.

$75,000 a year. The federal student aid website notes changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Individuals who are currently employed by nonprofits, the military or any federal, state, Tribal or local government are potentially eligible to have all of their student loans forgiven through the program. Temporary rule changes waive certain eligibility criteria for the program and are set to expire on October 31. Individuals who may meet the criteria have until then to sign up for the program at the PSLF. gov website. It is possible for East Los Angeles College faculty to greatly benefit from this. Stuart Souki, an associate professor at ELAC and union chair of the Los Angeles Faculty Guild (AFT 1521), said that many faculty members spend a good portion of their monthly salary paying back student their loans. When inflation rises, it adds an extra strain on the faculty who try to pay back their loans. ELAC faculty are prime candidates to take advantage of the Biden administration’s student debt relief plan as well as the temporary rule changes to the PSLF. When applying for relief, there’s a chance a borrower may be automatically eligible for relief because the U.S. Department of Education may already have the relevant income data available on file. If not, the borrower will have to fill out an application which will be available by early October. Relief can be expected 4-6 weeks after completion of the application. The financial aid website also encourages that borrowers apply before November 15 in order to get their relief before the payment pause expires at the end of the year. However, the Department of Education will continue to process applications after the pause expires.

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Constitution week

Pick up a pocket constitution book and miniature U.S. flag in front of building F5 from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday.

Transfer fair

Join the transfer center at the E-3 quad to learn about different universities available for transfer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 19.


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OPINION/SPORTS

EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

California’s ‘fix’ for high heat BY BEATRIZ GARAY Staff Writer Burning wildfires and extreme weather are getting more dangerous all over the world. It is imperative for countries to tackle climate change and California should be the one leading the change. As one of the most progressive states in the U.S., California is a prime example in which common sense is vital to understanding and constructing solutions for problems that affect our daily lives. One such issue is the ongoing climate crisis that has resulted in a number of disasters such as devastating wildfires, large-scale floods, and record-breaking brutal heat waves. Very few people are coming to terms with accepting this reality as it becomes more apparent every single day. The climate crisis could be attributed to the long standing denial from individuals in both our government and the oil industry. Both use extreme actions to ensure that the mere topic of climate change is not even discussed. This just shows the cruel nature of individuals who both destroy the planet and themselves to protect their wealth. To fight this, the California State Legislature passed a measure providing over $54 billion in climate spending. This money will be used to address the crisis in the forms of updating the power grid, phasing out gas-powered vehicles and updating water conservation programs. Passing this measure can be seen as an ambitious yet plausible action for California to take on as a number of other states are still lagging behind on working to combat it as well.

EDITOR IN CHIEF Teresa Acosta MANAGING EDITOR Brenda De La Cruz FRONT EDITORS S. Hennessy MachadoHidalgo Annette Quijada OPINION EDITOR Beatriz Garay NEWS EDITOR Soleil Cardenas

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To support this, an article by the New York Times, titled “California Approves a Wave of Aggressive New Climate Measures” gives a detailed idea on how California is leading the way in changing its lifestyle. The article explains how it is going in a different direction that is more productive than the old method was. For example,“Putting too much faith in a cap-and-trade program that imposes a ceiling on emissions from large polluters” (Plumer, 2022). It is crucial for us to realize that some old methods may not be as effective now as ideals are more

complex than they were back then. tornadoes and unpredictable It is a difficult time rainfall. Each of for people who are these disasters trying to figure out can be managed to an extent and what they stand It can be seen as the number of for and whether they support the ambitious yet plausible f a t a l i t i e s c a n efforts to combat action for California to b e r e d u c e d i f governments climate change. The inactions take on as a number of were to give the of governmental states are still lagging right amount of resources that can bodies from either behind. enable us to better the U.S. or abroad track and defend i s , i n a w a y, against them. contributing to It is human the growing death toll from wildfires, hurricanes, nature to continue on doing what

we normally do every day but it is also our responsibility to ensure that we hold ourselves accountable for destroying the only place we call home. If we want to leave a habitable world for our children and grandchildren to thrive in, we must do whatever it takes to ensure that they still have clean air to breathe and fresh water to drink. If we don’t, then we are no better than the monsters we often tell them about in the bedtime stories. Hopefully, we leave something for them to call home.

Men’s soccer team draws to Norco BY MIGUEL DOMINGUEZ Staff Writer

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HEADS UP—Forward Bryant Guerrero goes up against Norco player to gain control of the ball.

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The East Los Angeles College soccer team settled for a draw against Norco College 1-1. The Huskies have 2 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses on the season. The Huskies struggled against Norco offense early in the half. The majority of the first half, Norco attacked the Huskies through crosses and long balls. Norco outran the Huskies defense and scored the first goal early in the first 10 minutes of the game. The goal would be overturned by the assistant referee for an offside call. Later in the half, Norco’s forward Manuel Talavera tried to chip the keeper but went over the bar. The Husky goalkeeper Milton Salazar got his first save about 13 minutes into the game. Salazar challenged Norco’s forward one-on-one as the shot went straight to the keeper. Salazar was able to deflect the shot out of bounds for Norco’s corner. The game was still leveled 0-0. Later, Norco’s defender Eddie Hollins was all alone for a chance at goal from a corner kick. Hollins headed the ball over the bar. Forward Dominic Kienzle gave Norco the lead 15 minutes into the game. Kienzle shot inside the box, through the defense and over the Keeper’s head, Norco led 1-0. The Huskies tried to answer back seconds after conceding the goal when defender, Cristobal De La Fuente got inside the box. His shot was wide off the far post. The Huskies trailed 1-0. Norco had a chance to add to their lead when Talavera shot at goal and was denied by Salazar. Talavera had his teammate, Kienzle, wide open on his right but chose to do it himself. This could have extended their lead to 2-0. Huskies still trailed by one. Bad communication from the Huskies almost gave Norco another

chance at a goal. Luckily the defense recovered from their mistake when defender Joaquin Toledo shielded off Norco’s forward on a loose ball inside the Huskies’ box. Salazar forced himself around both players and secured the ball into his hands. H u s k y M i d f i e l d e r, A l i r i o Alvarado tied the game after the Norco goalkeeper, Martin Fiala, deflected the first shot. Alvarado shot the ball underneath the diving keeper for a goal. The score was leveled 1-1 with 10 minutes to go in the half. In the first half, Norco had more chances at scoring and the Huskies struggled to maintain possession of the ball. Norco seemed exhausted after scoring the first goal, which led to only a couple of chances at goal. The Huskies struggled in their passes while they tried to score off counter attacks. Their passes were not as precise as Norco’s offense when they would counterattack. Early in the second half, Norco wanted a penalty call, but the referee signaled that the ELAC defender made a clean tackle. Things got heated a few minutes later when one Norco’s player went to the ground. One of the players gestured to the referee that his teammate got hit with an elbow from the Husky player. There was shoving between some players, but no red card was given. Later in the half, Husky forward Jahvon Brown nearly scored but the keeper blocked the shot. The Husky bench got up from the bench and cheered on the team for motivation. The Huskies did score later in the half, but the referee overturned the call for an offside. The game was still level 25 minutes into the half. Both teams had very little opportunities at goal after the last attempt by the Huskies. The game ended 1-1. The Huskies will go on to play Cypress College on Friday. The Huskies will play at home, the game starts at 6 p.m.

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News

EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

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Campus News printer closes after 44 years BY STEVEN ADAMO Staff Writer After 44 years in the business, News Publishers Press is closing down. According to Prepress Supervisor Joven Calingo, the Covid-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the printing business in general, affecting many printers locally. Rising costs also had a major impact. East Los Angeles College Campus News began printing with News Publishers Press when the business was founded in 1978. The service was originally named

News Type Services, Inc. Even though the Los Angeles Community College District thought the cost was high at the time, ELAC Campus News adviser Jean Stapleton said it was worth it. “They are such good printers,” Stapleton said. “They always tried to keep prices reasonable and they did good work.” Before 1978, ELAC Campus News staff had to use a machine at LA City College called the Linotype. The machine used a way of setting type for newspapers using hot lead. Once the pages were set, a single set of pages was printed and transported to the printer. Unlike digital typesetting of today, Stapleton said students would have

to guide the printers physically place with Rio Hondo Valley Publishers individual letters before they went one-at-a-time out of business. into the Linotype Stapleton “They are such good machine. If the was able to printers. They always r e n e g o t i a t e a article didn’t fit, Stapleton said contract with tried to keep prices that students News Type and would have to reasonable and they did by April of 1991, edit on-the-spot. Campus News good work.” In 1988, the was printing with LACCD had the service again. urged Stapleton By this time, JEAN STAPLETON to switch to the ELAC Professor of Journalism a printer that Journalism charged less Department than News Type was using Services. ELAC computers to Campus News briefly printed build newspaper pages, beginning

with a 512k Apple Computer with MacWrite software. By the late 1990s, Stapleton won a copy of Microsoft Office at a trade show, making it easier for students to lay out pages. Stapleton said that students constructed a chart on how to print headlines, which would have to be cut and pasted onto a piece of cardboard. After the page was all glued together, students would have to drop off the pages at the printer, oftentimes in the middle of the night. When the ELAC Journalism Department moved to the E7 building in 2004, Stapleton said the school started investing more money

into the Journalism department. New Apple Macintosh computers and desktop publishing software like Aldus Pagemaker started being used. This program would later be bought by Adobe and renamed InDesign. Though Stapleton has seen many transformations within the newspaper business, it was the last ten years that ELAC Campus News has been able to digitally submit newspaper files. The process took 44 years to go from hot lead to cold press. In 2010, News Type Services, Inc changed their name to News Publishers Press.

Study abroad programs return to campus BY SOLEIL CARDENAS Staff Writer

The Center for Global Environmental Education’s Study Abroad Program is slowly making its way back to East Los Angeles College. Over the past two years study abroad programs at ELAC were put to a halt due to COVID-19. With Center for Disease and Control guidelines constantly changing it has been difficult to tell when it would be a good time to leave the country. Before the Pandemic there were three ongoing study abroad programs at ELAC. These were set to happen every summer and included, destinations like Kyoto, Tokyo, Paris and Salamanca. The Pandemic gave the college time to create new programs once it is safe to travel again. For example, a new approved program involves studying Architecture abroad in Florence, Italy. Two programs currently in the works are studying Life Sciences in Costa Rica and Multiple Disciplines in Oaxaca. During the Pandemic, CGEE conducted virtual exchanges that helped students collaborate with other students all across the globe. These collaborations were held during Spring and Fall of 2021. One example working is, Gentrification in Amsterdam and the Los Angeles area. Others include non-credit English as a Second Language and Spanish classes which engaged in communicative activities with Colombian and Mexican students, and Social Work in the Philippines and the U.S. As of right now the study abroad program is set to have students in Paris next June, and in Florence, Italy in January 2024.

Students in Paris, France are set to study all levels of French credit courses for four weeks. Students traveling to Florence, Italy will be studying Architecture 221 for three weeks. These two programs have been set in motion since early 2022. The CGEE recently released new information regarding programs that will be happening 2023 and 2024 as COVID-19 travel restrictions loosen. First, in mid June of 2023 students will travel to Salamanca, Spain for 3-4 weeks. In Spain the program will offer all levels of Spanish credit courses. Also in June 2023, students will travel to Donegal, Ireland for 12-13 days to study English 185. For both of these programs, ,information meetings will be held in Fall 2022, some time in October. For the study abroad program to Paris, France informational meetings will be held in October. For students wanting to study in Florence, Italy informational meetings will be in the spring 2024. When planning to study abroad, one of the most important factors is financial preparation. The CGEE states that students begin start planning one to two years in advance. Using your financial aid in order to finance your study abroad trip is one way to make the trip more affordable. For more information on using your financial aid to finance your study abroad trip and the specific guidelines, please visit https://www.elac.edu/Academics/ Programs/CGEE/Study-Abroad. Lastly, for financial planning information contact Alouette Cervantes (cervana6@elac.edu). Contact CGEE directors, Norma Vega (vegan@elac.edu) and Lynn Vogel-Zuiderweg (vogelzlc@ elac.edu) for more information about the study abroad program.

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Life on campus to be revamped BY ANNETTE QUIJADA Staff Writer The East Los Angeles College Student Activities office looks to reconnect students on campus and bring back a sense of community that campus life has lacked in the past two years. Student Activities assistant Carlos Guerrero and Associated Student President Steven Gallegos held an informational session to get students involved on campus. Student Activities focus on the student life outside of the classrooms. They provide students with: information on joining clubs, club chartering, promoting campus events, housing Associated Student Union scholarships and commencement information or planning. “ASU government works towards advocating for the needs of the student body at the college district and state level,” Gallegos said. They also keep students up to date on future events. Students can

join ASU by paying a $7 fee each semester, or $3 for summer/winter session. “Money [paid]goes right back to the students with benefits such as giveaways, scholarships, events, etc. The payback to yourself is far much greater,” Gallegos said.

sure to build that reconnection with students and have students reconnect with college life.” , Gallegos said. A current popular pop up for students is the Husky Snack Shack hosted by ASU. Students don’t

“Our goal for this year is reconnection, we are coming back from two years that were pretty much stagnant. We really didn’t see much life on campus, so we want to make sure to build that reconnection with students and have students reconnect with college life.” STEVEN GALLEGOS ASU President “Our goal for this year is reconnection. We are coming back from two years that were pretty much stagnant. We really didn’t see much life on campus, so we want to make

have to be ASU members. The only requirement is to be enrolled in ELAC and to show proof of enrollment. “You can come once a day and get three items, one large item, one small item and a drink.”

Their hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An upcoming resource for students is the Basic Needs Center. The center is currently still in construction, but it will help provide essentials to students such as shelter and food. If there are students who need basic items, they can reach out to the Basic Needs Coordinator Jessica Olivas.She can help connect students to resources. “If you need emergency services right now, students can head to the health center and let them know about their need for food or shelter security. The health center will connect students with Olivas,” Guerrero said. Students can also look forward to the center bringing more help onto campus. “Basic Needs is working to finalize their contract with the LA Food Bank to bring it onto campus,” Gallegos said. If students are looking to get involved with campus life, ASU currently has open positions and encourages students to email ASUPRES@ELAC.EDU for more information. www.ELACCampusNews.com


Arts

EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

Student exhibition returns to VPAM after two-year hiatus BY S. HENNESSY MACHADO-HILDALGO Staff Writer

The Vincent Price Art Museum will host the student exhibition “New Voices” with all submissions from all nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. The exhibit will from from November 5 to January 21. “New Voices: The 2022 District Wide Juried Student Art Exhibition” is the first New Voices after a twoyear hiatus due to the pandemic. This is also the first year VPAM’s New Voices accepted student submissions from not only East Los Angeles College, but from: Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College,

Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College, and West Los Angeles College. Student submitted artworks will be selected and judged by three esteemed art educators who can both do and teach. Public painter June Edmonds uses color to engage with the personal and spiritual ideas through visual art mediums. Her most recent works are abstract paintings. Edmonds’ public art can be found at Manual Arts High School and Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic in the form of colorful glass mosaics. The pieces bring art into the daily lives of Los Angeles’ youth. California State University, Fullerton Begovich Gallery Curator and Director Jennifer Frias is a seasoned connector of the outer facing art world and art academia.

Frias has curated exhibitions for the museums at multiple higher education campuses. LAXART’s Director Hamza Walker not only engages with art in a contemporary way, but also has a career as an art professional. Before becoming director of the nonprofit visual art space LAXART, Walker was the Director of Education and Associate Curator at the University of Chicago for their non-collecting contemporary art museum the Renaissance Society. The jurors set to select which artworks submitted by art students throughout LACCD will be showcased and awarded prizes. Art work that is chosen will be up for award prizes. The prizes will be awarded during the “New Voices: The 2022 District Wide Juried Student Art Exhibition’s” opening reception November 5.

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NEW VOICES— Inside look at VPAM’s student exhibition.

Netflix’s new documentary covers former NBA referee’s gambling scandal BY LEONARDO CERVANTES Staff Writer “Untold: Operation Flagrant Foul”, directed by David Terry Fine, showcases and leaves the audience wondering if there’s a bigger evil than former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who was betting on games he officiated. Donaghy had a 74% win rate in games he betted on while officiating. The documentary

interviews Donaghy, his best friend Tommy Mario and professional gambler James Battista who was linked to the New York mob. Donaghy and his two gambling friends pleaded guilty to fixing NBA games and each served between 10 to 18 months behind bars. “Untold: Operation Flagrant Foul” follows the life of former NBA referee Tim Donaghy who was caught point-shaving on games he officiated. He manipulated games in order to maximize his profits COURTESY OF TVINSIDER

along with giving the information to his friends. Donaghy once told Batista “I can influence games six points either way.” Donogahy was born and raised in Philadelphia and growing up he was a big NBA and Philadelphia 76ers fan. Donogahy had long been inspired to become a professional referee. His father was a successful college referee, along with other NBA refs being born in Philadelphia, like former NBA referees Joey Crawford and Steve Javie. Donaghy quickly garnered the national spotlight as the first NBA game he officiated at. He made a brave call in the final seconds of the game. He called an offensive foul on a NBA superstar. Typically refs swallow their whistle in the final seconds of a game especially when the play involves a superstar. He even made a call against one of the greatest players of all time, which other refs were reluctant to make. Donogahy made

it known right away that there will be no preferential treatment. While most casual NBA fans are aware of the Donaghy scandal, this documentary provides an insight into how he went about gambling games. He maintains that he didn’t fix games so that he made educated guesses on games. Viewers should give it a chance in order to see how one man was able to swing over 40 NBA games. It’s a quick watch as the run-time is slightly over an hour. Former NBA commisioner David Stern leaked the Donaghy story to the media, which prevented the possibility of incriminating other referees. Perhaps Donaghy could have brought the entire league down but David Stern potentially stepped in and made a deal to make Donaghy the fall guy. While the confession interviews from all three members are insightful, it feels like they are all deliberately holding back,

especially Donaghy. His responses are snarky and don’t give a resentful attitude towards fixing games. “He fixed them like a (expletive). He was the greatest. That’s the only positive thing I could say about him. Nobody could control a whistle like Timmy D,” Battista said. The documentary lacks creativity and it feels too bland. Donaghy, Mario and Battista were the main interviewees, but there isn’t much substance except for some brief backstories and interviews. Donaghy, with a stonecold face, often avoids further incriminating questions and denied the involvement of other referees. Battista clearly still has resentment toward Donaghy as he blames him for their operation getting busted. Overall, it’s a compelling watch, especially for sports fans, and it leaves you wondering just how many people were truly involved in fixing games.

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