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CONCERNED MEN’S COOK-OFF FOR EDUCATION BY LEONARD RHODES The concerned Men Cook Off for Education was held Sunday April 28, 2013 at The Merced Civic Center a culinary success as forty amateur and professional cooks presented samples of their favorite recipes to an estimated audience of 350 delighted tasters. The gastro delights ranged from Antoine Hubbard’s Pralene Candy to Mr. D’s N’Orlean’s Gumbo. Other entries were deep fried chicken, Georgian Peach Cobbler, fried turkey, pulled pork Carolina style, chicken alfredo, Chocolate Covered everything from strawberries to bacon, pork ribs, Portuguese beans, Hmong Salad. Sunday’s event was the fourteenth fund raiser sponsored by the Multicultural Connection, Inc. whose objective is to provide scholarships and assistance to the student activity fund. The appreciative crowd was treated to a sunny after church social. The attendees represent-

ed a cross section of the community. The chefs were well represented by the education and elected official communities. At the culmination of the afternoon awards were given to the top placers which included the following and the categories of their entrees: Each entree was judged for appearance, taste, and presentation. The categories and winners were: SALAD: Anthony Patterson Asian Salad APPETIZERS: Stan Thurston Mini Muffin Philly Cheesesteak MEAT MAIN DISH: Al Peterson Beef Brisket SOUP/CHILLI: Eliza Crane Denard Davis “Mr. D” retained his “Superior” Title after losing last year. The afternoon ended much too soon for many in attendance. Music and other entertainment was provided by Lamont Walker while Eugene Drummond Emceed the event. But no one left to go Mickey D”s.

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Class of 2013: Summon the Courage, Choose to Serve and Live with Compassion BY MARC MORIAL PRESIDENT AND CEO “Raise your eyes now, and look from the place where you are… for all the land that you see I will give to you.”Genesis 13: 1415 University commencement season is a time of high hopes and great celebration. I was again reminded of that this past Saturday when I delivered the commencement address at Huston-Tillotson (HT) University in Austin, Texas. This coming weekend, I will also speak during graduation ceremonies at Tuskegee University and Alcorn State. Perhaps best known as the university where Jackie Robinson served as athletic director and basketball coach before he set out to break the color barrier in baseball, Huston-Tillotson is the oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) west of the Mississippi. For 137 years, it has opened doors of educational opportunity that might have otherwise been closed to many African American students. The enthusiasm and optimism I saw in the faces of this year’s HT graduates – and that I expect to see at Tuskegee and Alcorn – reaffirmed my belief that the future is indeed in good hands. My message to the graduates was simply to make sure that in addition to emerging from college academically prepared, they should also embrace their obligation to pave the way for the next generation and leave this world better than they found it. I am all too aware that this is easier said than done. So, I also shared three key observations, or better yet life lessons, to help them navigate this next phase

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of their journey. I call them the three C’s – courage, choice and compassion. The class of 2013 is graduating at a pivotal moment in American history. Fifty years ago, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King shared his passionate dream that America live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all. That same year four little Black girls were killed by a terrorist bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, and civil rights hero Medgar Evers was assassinated in the driveway of his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Now 50 years later, we have witnessed the second inauguration of the nation’s first Black president. As I told the HT graduates, we’ve come a long way baby, but we still have a long way to go. While many of the legal impediments to equal opportunity have been eliminated over the past half-century, new

challenges including voter suppression, criminal justice abuses, economic inequality and opposition to common sense gun safety legislation, have risen to take their place. All of these problems will require this generation of graduates to muster the kind of courage shown by people like Jackie Robinson, Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, and National Urban Leaguer Heman Sweatt, who fought the

battle to integrate the University of Texas in 1950. They each found the courage and made the choice to devote themselves to a cause greater than themselves. They each demonstrated the kind of compassion required to act beyond individual interests and clear obstacle-laden paths so that those who followed could have better opportunities. The baton is now passing to a new generation, and I have no doubt they

will rise to the challenge. The National Urban League has always engaged young people in our empowerment movement. For more than 40 years, our Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) has been cultivating new leaders and inspiring achievement by enabling African American students to interface and network with African American business professionals to prepare for caSEE PAGE 7 >


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CENTRAL VALLEY GRADUATES Graduating Student Builds Confidence, Leadership Skills S E N I O R S O C I O LO G Y M A J O R S T E P H A N I E TO L E D O W I L L B E P U R S U I N G A M A S T E R ’S D E G R E E I N P U B L I C H E A LT H AT U C D AV I S .


tephanie Toledo didn’t want anything to get in the way of her academic success when she arrived at UC Merced.

The shy freshman wasn’t ready to consider clubs, social activities or other campus opportunities. But Toledo soon realized that she needed more than classwork to get the most from her college experience. “You have to go outside your comfort zone,” she said. So a few months into her freshman year, Toledo followed a friend’s recommendation to check out the Health Education Representatives for Opportunities to Empower Students (HEROES) program. She built leadership and other skills with that program and others such as the Violence Prevention Program, Orientation and the Latino Leadership Initiative Program at Harvard. Now, after four years of rigorous academics and campus participation, Toledo graduates this month with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She’ll start work in a few months on a master’s degree in public health at UC Davis. “I definitely feel ready to go,” she said. “I feel like I’m ready for any class, anywhere.” Toledo traveled far from her Southern California home in Whittier to UC Merced. She remembers touring UC campuses as a high school student and feeling like she didn’t belong. But the atmosphere was different at UC Merced, where Toledo was charmed by people’s friendliness and the opportunity to grow with the UC’s newest campus.

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Initially, Toledo planned to major in psychology. But an orientation leader spoke so passionately about sociology that she decided to explore that major. “I thought there was no way that I was going to fall in love with it, but I did,” Toledo said. One of her favorite UC Merced memories is when a sociology professor said she and other professors saw that Toledo was hard working and studious. “I never thought any professors had taken notice of me, but that showed me the professors at UC Merced really take note of their students and see all the effort they put forth in class,” Toledo said. Activities outside the classroom helped her confidence and leadership skills. Through programs like HEROES, Toledo learned to lead and

work in a group, speak in public, engage an audience, organize events and more. “All of these are essential skills that the opportunities at UC Merced have allowed me to be able to grow in work and real-world capacities,” she said. Juggling classes, work and other activities also taught her to be organized and disciplined. “If I had a few hours in my schedule, I knew I had to finish my reading,” she said. Toledo said she loved her years at UC Merced and would recommend the campus to other students. “Without a doubt, it will be a place where they will be able to find a variety of leadership opportunities that will benefit them throughout their lives,” she said. Toledo believes the skills she built at UC Merced will help in her professional life. After graduate school, she wants to work on providing sex education classes and other resources to lowincome families and minority communities that need those services.



Joy Alexander-Appel Studied Masters In Social Work at California State University, Fresno. Class of 2013.

Modesto Christian High School, Damien BellWhite. Damien is the son of Sherri Bell & Reggie White. 2013 Graduates Eric Rangel with friends at University of The He’s now heading to Arizona Western, an elite Pacific in Stockton, graduation ceremony. JC program in Yuma, and he will be in the Matadors’ secondary. Arizona Western isn’t just another “JC” program, either: Arizona Western sent four recruits to major D1 colleges, has won league titles three of the last four years and was ranked No. 12 in the final national regularseason JC poll last season.

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Thursday, May 30 6:00 p.m. Doctoral, Masters, and Credentials (all Colleges) Friday, May 31 8:30 a.m. College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences College of Education 12:30 p.m. College of Business Administration College of Science Students please let us know if you will be participating in Commencement. RSVP Students can find many sources of college funding. After you receive either form, here are some next steps: Determine additional expenses: Consider all funding options including grants, scholarships, institutional awards, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loans and/or Federal Direct Stafford Loans. Be realistic about your budgeting needs. Borrow only what you need. Explore additional financing options: Tuition payment plan—Instead of paying your tuition bill in one lump sum each semester, if offered by your school, you can enroll in this plan to make smaller, manageable installment payments. This plan can be used on its own or combined with financial aid, including student loans. Federal Direct PLUS loan for parents—This loan is available for parents of dependent undergraduate students. This loan can cover up to 100 percent of remaining eligible education-related expenses. A credit check is required, but the parent’s debt and current income are not considered.

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MERCED COLLEGE ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES Merced College will award degrees and certificates to more than 1,000 students graduating during the current 2012-2013 academic year. Many of these graduates will walk across the stage to receive their awards during Merced College’s 50th Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Stadium ‘76/Don Odishoo Field. A total of 853 students are graduating with associate of arts or science degrees and 151 students will earn certificate of achievements. Three students will be recognized with the Superintendent Honors for having completed at least 36 units of study with a 4.0 grade point average. In addition, 139 students are graduating with honors. Congressman Jim Costa, representing the 16th Congressional District, will deliver the Commencement Address. Stephen Maxey, who is graduating with degrees in international studies and psychology, will deliver the student address. His speech is titled “People Helping People.” The ceremony will also feature members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society announcing the outstanding professor of the year. A special recognition is also reserved for graduates who are veterans of the US Armed Forces. The 1,044 awards and certificates represent an increase of 25 percent over the total for 2011-2012 academic year.

CLASS OF 2013....CONTINUED PAGE 2 reers in corporate America. In addition, the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) engages young professionals ages 21-40 in voluntarism and philanthropy to empower their communities and change lives. Many of today’s HBCU graduates have been touched by those and similar efforts. We expect that they will use the blueprint of courage, choice and compassion summoned and shown by so many before them. We expect that they will pass it on and choose to serve.


Black Males Missing From College Campuses BY M A R J O R I E VA L B R U N A M E R I C A’S W I R E Walk the campuses of many black colleges, and you are bound to notice young female students strolling and talking, clusters of women having lunch together, classrooms filled mostly with women. It’s impossible to miss the dearth of male students and not worry about that. Young black men are not attending, or graduating from, college at the same rate as black women. Although their absence is more apparent at historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, black male students are scarce at colleges everywhere. The national college graduation rate for black men is 33.1 percent compared with 44.8 percent for black women, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The total graduation rate is 57.3 percent. Black men represent 7.9 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds in America but only 2.8 percent of undergraduates at public flagship universities. While this troubling trend is most acute among blacks, young men of color in general are underrepresented in colleges and universities. The national college graduation rate of Hispanic men is 41.1 percent and of Native Americans and Alaska natives 33.8 percent. In comparison, the graduation rate for white males is 54.5 percent. Asian/Pacific Islanders have the highest rate, 60.6 percent. This education gap virtually ensures that men of color, particularly blacks, will continue to have less earning power than their white counterparts and be underrepresented across a broad spectrum of high-paying professions. The good news is that the problem is being addressed. African-American educators who noticed the declines sounded

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warning bells several years ago and took the lead in trying to increase the rates of black men attending and completing college. State college systems became involved, too. The bad news is that the problem is persistent and complicated by factors that affect young black men long before they enter college. The City University of New York (CUNY), the public university system, has been working on this issue since 2004 when it established its University Task Force on the Black Male Initiative. CUNY holds an annual Black Male Initiative Conference and a recurring speakers series on black men and higher education. The University System of Georgia has a similar program that is equally comprehensive, and numerous other programs nationwide include modest student-run projects, ambitious institutional ones and civicminded community-based efforts. While the personal costs of not having a college education are obvious—limited job opportunities, reduced earning potential, stunted career advancement—graduating fewer black men also has negative long-term economic and social implications for the wellbeing of the black community. Without solid incomes and steady jobs, young black men’s chances for economic advancement are severely diminished,

as is their ability to marry and help to support families, secure credit to buy homes or start businesses. They are also unlikely to become influential business leaders with a say in economic development of their communities. The lagging economy exacerbates the problem. College tuition has risen while incomes of black families have declined. The 17.3 percent unemployment rate for black men age 20 and older (13.2 percent for black women) is nearly double the national unemployment rate of 9.5 percent and likely to increase if the economic recovery doesn’t gain momentum. What’s more, the prospect of finding a well-paying job without a college degree is fast declining in an increasingly global economy. Black men need college degrees more than ever. That’s where the Man Up program at Howard University comes in. Like student retention efforts at other HBCUs, Man Up is a peer-mentor support program designed “to keep our men in school and help them to matriculate successfully,” said Lincoln Brown Jr., who oversees the program. Howard’s undergraduate male enrollment declined from 3,070 during the 1994-95 academic year to 2,499 during 2009-10, while female enrollment declined by only 52 students, from 4,958 to 4,906. While at least half of Howard

students graduate within six years, many black colleges do not. Graduation rates at black colleges overall are lower than the graduation rates of black students at highly ranked, majority white universities. At 20 HBCUs, two-thirds or more of all entering black students do not earn a diploma, and many are men. Man Up offers students an opportunity to meet regularly in group sessions with male mentors, usually professors and community volunteers. They discuss problems that may be hurting student’s grades, making college life difficult or causing them to consider leaving school. “We deal with whatever issue that confronts them on daily basis,” Brown said. “It could be anything—relationships, father or parental issues, socialization issues.” Students could also be having difficulty adjusting to college life, developing effective study habits, communicating

with peers or professors, even staying focused. Some young men have no fathers or other male role models in their lives and, as a result, no male mentors to help guide them when they encounter trouble in college. Others have troubled family lives or deal with self-esteem issues. Still others have inadequate or inferior grade school educations that didn’t prepare them for college. Some students face none of these challenges and are doing perfectly well in school but attend the meetings simply for the camaraderie and male bonding. Malik Washington, 22, a senior, joined Man Up in his first year at Howard after learning about the program during freshman orientation. “I wanted to come and talk,” he said. “I didn’t have any specific issue per se that I wanted to talk about, but I could see there were issues in the back of my mind that could become problems later in life.” SEE PAGE 11>

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RELIGIOUS NEWS BY FDR MEDIA SERVICES The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church held their Pastor & Wife’s 35th Appreciation Services. On April 19, – April 21, 2013 in Merced. Guest speaker on Friday night was Pastor Don Strong from Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Merced. The Appreciation Services continued on Sunday Morning Worship Service. The speaker was Reverend Harvey Jackson, retired Pastor from New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Merced and concluded on

Sunday Evening - April 21, 2013 - 3:00 p.m. The afternoon services was spirit- filled led by the Choir Director Demetrius Bankhead and the Antioch Choir. The Speaker was Dr. Robert L. Walker, Pastor of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Fairmead, CA Other Guests Churches included: Second Baptist Church, Dr. Charles Ivins Sr. Modesto, CA. New Bethany Baptist Church, Dr. Charles Ivins, II, Modesto, CA and Little Zion Baptist Church, Dr. Erik Haley, Mendota, CA.

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GARDENS BY DAVID MACY To many people, springtime is “garden time.” The first warm days make them anxious to till the soil and plant seeds in the rich earth. Gardening used to be primarily a hobby indulged in by only a few, but skyrocketing food prices have made it almost a necessity in some households. The idea of organic produce has also greatly increased its popularity. There is something about digging in the earth and seeing things grow from tiny seeds into produce-bearing plants which gives us a thrill! Gardens are such friendly things. They set the neighbors calling: Don’t you want some Zinnia seed?” or “See” my tomatoes are up!” “Your green beans, are they growing?” Pretty soon you’ve got a new friend, almost without you realizing it. Little paths across the grass link you to your neighbor. You just have to go and see the products of his/her labor. They raise more than flowers and vegetables. Friendships often spring from the garden hours. There are two very important gardens in Scripture. The first is the Garden of Eden. This garden was where the firs sin was where the first

sin was committed, so it was the setting for the downfall of mankind. If this had been the only Bible garden, we would be in a miserable condition today-banished forever from the presence of God and doomed to an endless eternity in the lake of fire and brimstone. The second garden is the Garden of Gethsemane. This garden is also a beautiful garden, filled with olive trees. This garden was where Jesus prayed so fervently the night he was betrayed by Judas and taken by the Roman soldiers. His sweat became like great drops of blood. He wanted to bypass the terrible experience of the cross-both the spiritual and the physical-but only if it was possible with God the Father. Jesus graciously submitted to His Father’s will and met the mob unafraid. They carried Him away to His death, which made all the difference to mankind. In 1 Cornthians 15:22 we read: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” The Garden of Eden represents death which came though Adam, and the Garden of Gethsemane represents life which come through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Thank God for spring, and for gardens-and especially for the Garden of Gethsemane and what followed the brief interlude there.

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od Belongs In My City is a silent prayer walk that will take place on May 25th in Atwater. The prayer walk kicks off at Veterans Park at 10 a.m. Veterans Park is at the corner of Buhach Road and Bellevue Road, in Atwater. We will begin with some worship and short instructions. We will proceed down Bellevue Road and end at City Hall. Our prayers are centered around our city, community, state and nation and its needs. We see a need for cleanliness, our economy, the finances in our community, the businesses, for employment, our City leaders, our churches, schools, our young people and a more unified community, helping one another when in need. We are praying against the violence that has been in uprising, the drugs polluting our schools, and streets and praying for gang members to have their eyes opened. We are praying for people to come to the saving knowledge of Christ and that would be our biggest prayer. There are a lot of people in our community that are blinded by the lies of the enemy and don’t know God. So our prayer is that the people of our community that do KNOW God would come together on behalf of those who do not and we re-invite GOD into all aspects of our lives, and introduce this population to our loving and redeeming GOD. We believe with all of our hearts that our GOD is the solution to ALL of the issues in our community. There were a pre event Rally that tookplace in Atwater at Liberty Fellowship church on May 17th. There was a concert like atmosphere, taking place outside in the grassy area at the corner of Shaffer Road and Juniper Avenue, Atwater, CA. There were several local Christian music ministries, including CFlo, DOS, and our own youth Worship Band. Many churches came together for GBIMC (God Belongs In My City. The community came together and heard about GBIMC, get rallied up and get fired up and ready to pray and take possession of this City for the Lord Jesus Christ. This prayer walk and rally event are both modeled after the original GBIMC prayer walk that took place in NYC in November of 2009, when a youth group organized

a prayer walk in response to an atheist ad campaign on the transit system stating “One Million New Yorkers are good without God, are you?”. The youth group gathered other youth groups and the outcome was a prayer walk 1500 bodies strong. The ministry founders have been working closely with us since October 2012 to make this Atwater Prayer Walk a reality. We are grateful for this ministry founded on seeking God, prayer and seeing a change for communities by the Hand of the Almighty God. We’ve been fortunate to develop some new relationships with local churches and have had interest and participation from Christian Life Center, Atwater First Church of God, Soundlife Merced, Valley Christian Church, Newlife Community Church, St. Anthony’s Church, Atwater Nazarene Church and others...and we believe that all of these unions will help our community greatly. You can find out more information about GBIMC on their website: or Facebook or Twitter. Check out our promo video on youtube. com at: GBIMC Atwater Promo or call Poppy Phares at 209 658-1619 or email: piphares@

Appreciation Services Pastor Nathaniel & Dorothea Green The public is invited to Join Us In Appreciation of our Pastor Nathaniel & Dorothea Green Of 23 Years of Dedicated Service On June 9th 2013 @ 3:00 p.m. @ Christ Unity Baptist Church 1320 L Street Modesto CA 95354 Special guest Speaker Pastor Stamper & Congregation from Heavenly Gate Baptist Church of Stockton CA will be joining us in this special occasion. Also Pastor Jason Sample of True life Ministries Worship Center and the Anointed by Grace Ministries from Sacramento CA will be here. Lunch is being served @ 1:00- 2:30 p.m. in our fellowship hall. If you need more information contact (209) 735-8466. We are asking you to come and celebrate with us on this special day!


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BLACK MALE...CONTINED PAGE 8 One was an estranged relationship with his father. The two had not spoken since Washington was 14 years old, but he decided to reach out to his father earlier this year. “Man Up put me in a position where eight years later I was able to speak to him and able to do so without anger and bitterness,” Washington said. “I’ve grown and matured, and I owe so much of my maturation to the program. “They stressed the importance of understanding myself and my role as a man in this society, and I don’t mean the gender roles that we attach to people in society but more like how do I fit in the world, how will I influence the world and how will the world influence me.” Such sentiments can seem like touchy-feely intangibles difficult to measure or to cite as proof of the program’s success, but they touch on the unique emotional and social challenges—not to mention structural racism—that young black men routinely confront. “We’re the place where they can come and get it off their chest,” said Darryl Moment, 54, an adjunct lecturer at Howard who runs the group sessions. “It is not about a single part of their environment, you cannot find a cure, you cannot find a symptom for something that’s systemic,” he said quoting his own mentor, a black professor from his college days. “And you cannot point at one factor and forget that there are all these other contributing factors, whether it’s the apathy of their parents, the low expectations of the school systems they came from, the fact that they didn’t have a successful model for assimilating in college.” As part of retention efforts, male students are offered workshops in writing, math, study skills, and time and crisis management. They are prepped on interviewing skills and resume writing. Tutors help those struggling

academically, and those with financial problems are referred to aid and scholarship sources. Still, research on black male students has shown that having supportive relationships with mentors on campus often plays a more significant role in their success than these services. “The core issue seems to be giving them some way to develop a sense of community on campus,” Michael Cuyjet, an associate professor at the University of Louisville’s educational and counseling psychology department told Inside Higher Ed, an online education news source. He is also editor of “African American Men in College,” a book that profiles several college programs targeting male students. “The general research on student behavior indicates that students do better if they feel that they’re connected to the campus somehow, through academics, through extracurricular activities, through social networking—somehow,” Cuyjet told the website. “And studies have also shown that African American men seem to have a difficult time doing that, for a number of reasons. Generally speaking, one is that a large number of African American men are socialized to not ask for help.” Malik Washington could not agree more. “You don’t come to school as an academic machine,” he said. “You come to school as person, a person who has emotions and a personal life. If your emotions or your personal life are not balanced, it will affect whether you graduate.” He said his Man Up mentors helped him find that balance by challenging him to take a long view of his future. They asked often: “Why did you come to Howard?” They reminded him just as often: “Okay, you met one challenge by getting here. How are you going to finish?” “It was like you don’t have any choice but to finish and graduate,” Washington said.



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PROVIDENCE, R.I.— When their mother became a nursing home escapee, her helicopter daughters wondered what the sweet 93-year-old widow was thinking. With her daughters hovering anxiously, she was quick to answer. “I wanted to pick up a few things to cook for your father tonight.” The woman’s daughters gave a collective deep sigh. Their mother remained young at heart, but the memory thief of dementia turned her mind into an intermingling of longterm remembrances, shortterm forgetfulness and delusional thinking. She was stuck in her married past unable to comprehend why she had to live in a room with no kitchen to cook pasta for her husband, who had actually died. Her daughters realized that they could neither stop their mother’s mental deterioration nor prevent behavior one would expect from an impetuous teenager. But, what they could do was to find a nursing home where their mother would be safer and maybe happier, too. Despite their hovering and search for the perfect nursing facility, their mother’s worsening dementia limited their choices. Questions to ask about quality ratings, activities and atmosphere as well as cultural sensitivity, patient rights, and physician availability may seem obvious. Key Questions to Ask However, even with all the guides designed to help fami-

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lies, getting answers is a challenge. In addition to general manuals, such as the comprehensive 72-page Your Guide To Choosing A Nursing Home —, getting a sense and feel of a home by visiting more than once may make the difference between sleepless nights and peace of mind. Questions to admission directors are important, but observation is often a better predictor of how well a person will adjust to the new environment. Answers from staff may dramatically clash with the reality of a nursing home’s ratings, atmosphere, activities, patient rights and physician availability. Things to Look for Onsite Often a nursing home placement is made hastily because of a hospital’s “time’s up” policy. Patricia L. McGinnis, executive director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, [] said, “Contradictory to their role -- appropriate placement – discharge planners are often pressured to get patients out of the hospital because of billing issues.” Atmosphere is important: With nursing homes, beautiful furniture and new curtains do not necessarily translate into good care. You may see a facility that has a four- or five-star rating, but the atmosphere or patient population may not be well suited for a potential resident. Always look at dining rooms during lunchtime to see how

many residents are there instead of eating alone in their rooms. Ask to look at activity charts to determine how those requiring various levels of care may participate and benefit. While offering residents Wii Bowling sounds good on paper, residents with dementia will not be able to remember the steps involved for knocking down the pins. On the other hand, BINGO plays an important role in routine and socialization. Music in nursing homes should be more than just recreation; it should be therapy, even for residents who are cognitively challenged. Some experts in aging say that making music can be a protective factor against the most difficult aspects of dementia. For example, the documentary Alive Inside, explores how patients are transformed by listening to iPods. In a nursing home there can never be too much music. Patient rights and physicians: From small issues to more substantive ones, patients’ rights versus the best interest of a patient is tricky. Be certain to ask about patientchoice issues. Important examples are: Dining room seating -- Do new residents get assigned tables and is there flexibility to be able to move to another table? You want flexibility. Room changes -- Residents may be shifted to different rooms merely for the convenience of the home. But sometimes roommates are not compatible. Ask how this is handled, and is the staff quick to make changes if problems arise? Showers and changes of pull-ups or diapers -- To prevent urinary tract infections, or UTIs (a common health issue that can also worsen a senior’s mood), it is important that residents are changed and bathed frequently. Ask how often this takes place and how they han-

dle a person who refuses. Hiding behind patient rights is not acceptable when a health issue is involved. Incontinent patients should be checked every few hours. Make certain family caregivers are permitted to be involved with helping a person with dementia make appropriate choices. Ask how a facility handles conflict. A well-trained staff can often coax even the most belligerent resident into complying with a health issue. Hydration and frequent diaper changes are key to preventing potentially debilitating UTIs. In the elders, a UTI can create agitation and delirium that leads to preventable hospitalization. This is only one reason why having a full-time physician or nurse practitioners on staff makes good sense. Does the home have one? Ombudsmen and Other Resources Despite your best efforts, if nursing home issues concern you, contact the local longterm care ombudsman. These people, usually found through the state or local government department or commission on aging, are independent officials designated by the U.S. Older Americans Act, to monitor area nursing homes and assist residents. They usually can fill you on about a facility’s record. However, keep in mind what Donna McCormick, managing attorney for the Elder, Health and Disability Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services—ombudsman programs are uneven around the country. She explained, “In theory all nursing homes should have om-

budsmen, but the challenge takes place when they become so intertwined with management that they don’t always advocate effectively for residents.” The other alternative is to find a different home. Physicians and researchers tell us that seniors can be more adaptable than we realize. What is every family’s goal? Dr. James M. Ellison, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said, “Families need to know that their loved ones are being cared for by a kind staff in an atmosphere that stimulates them emotionally, socially and cognitively. It’s important to remember that even with a diagnosis of dementia people can find joy in the appropriate surroundings.” As a result, families often find themselves in search of a different nursing home. Here are some helpful resources keyed to quality of care, nursing staff, health inspections and safety issues. * - Nursing Home Overview; * Nursing Home Compare - directs one to state sites and phone numbers; * America’s Best Nursing Homes - News - US News and World Report, is a star-rated overview; * Nursing Home Inspect, makes nursing home inspection reports. * California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform’s “Nursing Home Guide,” a national model for state searches.



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sold several million albums and singles and became the first rock band to play the Grand Ole Opry. In 1979, they were the first rock band to play a casino showroom, breaking Elvis Presley’s attendance record at the Sahara Tahoe, in Lake Tahoe, Nev. After seven albums and hit songs including “Don’t Want To Live Without It,” “I Want You Tonight,” “Cool Love,” “A Place In The Sun” and “I Children 12 and under get free Go To Rio,” the band took a hiatus admission to the fair on EECU in 1986 that lasted more than 20 years. Kids’ Day. Original vocalist David Jenkins Known for Top 10 hits “Whatcha joined up with Southern Pacific, a Gonna Do When She Says Goodcountry rock band that was ahead bye?” and “Love Will Find A Way,” of their time, with hits including, Pablo Cruise – including three of “Midnight Highway,”“New Shade of its four original members -- is back Blue” and “Honey I Dare You.” Since together on the concert tour and they’ll be playing their chart-top- 1999, he has performed with Rock ping songs at the fairgrounds’ Out- & Pop Masters, a group of the top singers from the 70s and 80s. He door Theatre. Also performing in the fair- and some of the band’s members grounds’ Outdoor Theatre are: The entertained US troops in Iraq in Rhett Walker Band, a Christian al- 2011. Pianist and vocalist Cory Lerios ternative/Southern rock group, turned his talents to film and TV afOpening Day, Wednesday, June 12; Jason Michael Carroll, a rising star ter leaving Pablo Cruise in 1986. He in country music, Friday, June 14 wrote the music scores for 11 seaand Evolution: The Ultimate Tribute sons of the TV series, “Baywatch,” to Journey, will perform the music as well as other shows including, of Journey on Saturday, June 15. “Days of Our Lives,” “Kim Possible,” The headline entertainment act for “Max Headroom,” “Police Story,” and Sunday, June 16 will be announced “Land Before Time.” The band’s other members insoon. Each night a headline entertain- clude original drummer, Steve ment act will appear at 8:30 p.m. Price, and newest member, Larry in the Outdoor Theatre, where all Antonino, a bassist and vocalist. Admission to the 2013 Merced concerts are free with admission. County Fair will be the same barThe Outdoor Theatre Concert Segain as the 2012 Fair – everybody ries is presented by Table Mountain gets in for $5. That’s half off the Casino and Budweiser. 2011 general admission. Kids 5 Pablo Cruise toured the world, SEE PAGE >16

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THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MAY 31, 2013 Nationwide ( -- The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF) provides individual grants ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, travel and select costs of living. All Shawn Carter Scholars are required to “give back” by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars. All high school seniors, undergraduate (2-year or 4-year) college students, and students at vocational or trade schools are eligible to apply. All applicants must be US citizens, 25 years old or younger, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. The program attracts candidates from all back-

Documentary Film about Juveniles Sentenced to Life Seeks Funding

Life After Life is a documentary film that follows Harrison and Noel, who were sentenced to life as teenagers and incarcerated for decades, as they are given a chance at Life After Life in prison. Noel Valdivia was sentenced to life in prison at 18 after being convicted of first-degree murder. Severing all ties with the gang life that led to his criminal activity and giving his life over to God, Noel has spent his 30-years in prison striving to transform himself. Harrison was sentenced to life in prison at 17 after being convicted of second-degree murder. Part of the first group of men to enter Pelican Bay, Harrison soon realized that the men and boys around him are stuck, and the only way to transcend this life is through education. Decades into their incarceration, Noel and

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RAPPER JAY-Z LAUNCHES 2013 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR NEEDY STUDENTS grounds, nation-wide. They all have a compelling desire to pursue higher education, in spite of many personal, socio-economic setbacks, including teen pregnancy, former incarceration, interrupted schooling, and homelessness. They are hardworking, resilient and determined individuals who want to make positive contributions to their local and global communities, and they turn to the SCSF to make their ambitions and dreams possible. Founded in 2002 by Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) and his mom Gloria Carter, the foundation has since then given scholarships to over 750 students, totaling over $1.3 million dollars. For more details and/or to apply, visit: shawn-carter-foundation-scholarship.html

years and under will continue to get in free. Seniors, 65 years and better, will get free admission on Opening Day, Wednesday, June 12, Mercy Medical Center Seniors’ Day. Active duty military members in uniform will be admitted at no charge all five days of the fair. In addition to the $5 general admission, the fair is offering a “Buy 4-Get the 5th Ticket Free”

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Modesto American Graffiti Car Show and Festival The 15th annual Modesto American Graffiti Car Show and Festival is Friday-Sunday June 7-9, 2013 at Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto, CA. The Parade begins at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7- downtown Modesto, free; George Lucas. Grand Marshal. The Car Show/Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 8; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013. Admission: $7 (children under 12 free with adult) Sponsor: North Modesto Kiwanis Club Additional Information:; or call 1 (888) 746-9763.

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Make Healthy Eating A Family Tradition BY CHEF NIKKI SHAW (NAPSI)—A legacy of healthy eating can be one of the best gifts you give your family. Like traditions, healthy recipes can be passed down from generation to generation. Choose the right ones and you’ll provide great opportunities for your family to live longer, healthier lives. The Network for a Healthy California (Network) offers a number of tips and resources to help take charge of your family’s health. By providing families with healthy recipes, the Network empowers everyone to pass down traditions of health. Try adding a few healthy and tasty recipes to your family’s legacy, starting with the delicious Oven Fried Chicken with Summer Squash from the Network’s Soulful Recipes−Building Healthy Traditions cookbook: Oven Fried Chicken with Summer Squash This recipe adds a healthy twist to a traditional meal by baking instead of frying chicken. 1 cup finely crushed cornflakes ¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder ½ cup evaporated skim milk 1 pound chicken breasts, skin removed, cut into 6 pieces Non-stick cooking spray ½ tablespoon vegetable oil 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 2 medium zucchinis, cut into short strips 3 medium yellow squash, cut into short strips

1 teaspoon dried oregano Place an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine cornflakes, salt, ground black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Place evaporated milk in a separate bowl. Dip chicken pieces in milk and roll in crushed cornflake mixture, lightly coating both sides. Spray a roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray and arrange chicken pieces on the pan in a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes. While the chicken is baking, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic in oil for about 3 minutes. Add zucchini, yellow squash and oregano; continue to cook until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Serve each piece of chicken with 1 cup of zucchini and yellow squash mixture. Makes 6 servings. This recipe is lower in fat because the chicken is baked, not fried. It’s also lower in both fat and cholesterol because it uses chicken breasts instead of thighs. Remove the skin before coating the chicken to reduce fat even more. Serve it with a side dish of sautéed squash and zucchini to ensure your family gets closer to the recommended goal of making half their plate fruits and vegetables! Celebrity Chef Nikki Shaw hosts “Today’s Flavor” on Sirius XM and was a contestant on the Food Network’s search for “The Next Food Network Star.” For more information on the Network for a Healthy California, visit



WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYER INVITED TO NATIONAL TEAM CAMP Proving she is no one-hit wonder Cal State Stanislaus junior forward Karenee Demery has once again been invited into camp with the Under-23 US Women’s National Team. The camp will be May 11-18 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Head Coach Randy Waldrum has called in a total of 24 players for what is the second of three domestic

training camps to be held in 2013. “Despite being pretty nervous Karenee did a great job in her first camp,” said Cal State Stanislaus women’s soccer coach Gabriel Bolton. “It is great that she has been called into the second camp so soon because she will be able to apply what she learned the first time. She will definitely be more relaxed and comfortable.”

In April Demery spent a week at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. at the first camp of the year for the U23 team. She scored a goal in her first game with the team in a match against the U20 Women’s National Team who were also training at HDC. She is one of seven forwards called into the team this time.


mento Kings to Seattle. “The big winner here was Sacramento,” said Stern during a press conference in Dallas. League owners upheld the Relocation Committee’s April 29 unanimous recommendation (70) to deny the application of the team to relocate. “We will talk to the Maloofs and seek in the next 24 to 48 hours whether we can help facilitate an agreement to be signed between the Ranadive Group and the Maloofs for the sale of the franchise in Sacramento,” added Stern. Stay current with for updates.

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Youth campers will learn basketball skills in a fun environment this summer under the direction of the Fresno State men’s program.


The Fresno State men’s basketball program will host three youth summer camps on campus. BY @STEPHENTREMBLEY & BRITNEY VOGEL STREMBLEY@CSUFRESNO.EDU/ GOBULLDOGS.COM The Fresno State men’s basketball team is offering a fun summer opportunity for hoopsters to take flight at the Bulldogs’ Skills Camps on the Fresno State campus.

off participants as early as 8:30 a.m. Pizza, water, soda, popsicles, chips and candy bars will be available for purchase or campers can bring a sack lunch.

“The camps will feature a multitude of skill instruction, competitions & games,” said Fresno State Director of Basketball Operations Nick Matson. “With the guidance of the Fresno State Coaching Staff and Fresno State student-athletes, campers will be instructed on a variety of fundamentals & skills including ball handling, shooting, passing, and competitions.”

Each participant will receive a t-shirt and basketball and learn from the instruction of the Fresno State coaching staff and players to improve and refine the essential skills of shooting, ball handling, passing and defense in a fun environment.

This year, there will be three camp sessions: Session 1 runs June 10-13, Session 2 runs June 2427, Session 3 runs July 29-Aug 1. Sessions 1, 2 and 3 are open to students in the second grade through 11th grade (ages 6-17) for $125 per camper if paid in full one week prior to the session the camper is attending or $150 per camper after that deadline. A $25 discount per camper is available when the application is received as a group of four or more. Each camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with the option of dropping

There will also be competitions and games between age groups with camp awards presented at the conclusion of the week. For more information, please contact Fresno State’s Director of Basketball Operations Nick Matson at or by calling 559-278-5683. Summer Camp Forms To sign-up for the camp, please send the application, liability waiver and checks payable to “Fresno State Men’s Basketball Camp” to: 5305 N Campus Dr. M/S NG27, Fresno, CA 93740 Attn. Nick Matson.

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(NAPSI)—At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, the U.S. government bailed out our nation’s banks and nationalized our home mortgage system. Four years later, most of those bailouts have ended and taxpayers have been repaid in full. Unfortunately, that is not the case for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Remarkably, they remain in government control, continue to dominate the mortgage market, and still owe taxpayers over $140 billion. Neither Congress nor the White House has a viable plan to get that money back or to get the government out of housing finance. As a result, taxpayers—not banks or investors—are now on the hook for trillions of dollars of mortgage risk. And the government continues to add to that risk, accounting for over 90 percent of new mortgage credit today, double the amount it provided just a few years ago. Even worse, recent actions

in Washington threaten to make Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac permanent wards of the state. Moreover, millions of potential homeowners cannot get a mortgage because private sources of housing credit are scarce. Many of those private sources cannot compete with the government. Your elected representatives in Washington aren’t paying attention to this problem! But there is a plan to fix it. Former officials from the Obama and Bush administrations, Jim Millstein and Phillip Swagel, have crafted a way to restart private housing markets, ensure access to affordable 30-year mortgages, protect taxpayers from future bailouts, and repay them for saving the two largest sources of housing finance in our country: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Millstein and Swagel discussed their plan in their recent article for The Washington Post. Call your representatives in Congress. Let them know that we need to end the last bailout and the nationalization of our home mortgage system. Go to to tell them that you support housing finance reform. Under a new proposal to restructure the housing market, the mortgage guarantee businesses would be privatized.

Powerful Black Youth Organization Seeks $5 Donations -- Orrin C. Hudson, via his Be Someone organization in Atlanta, is using the game of chess to teach inner city kids how to "make the right moves" in life. --- To raise funding for their 2013 national tour, they are asking the public to make donations of $5 or more online at -Nationwide ( -- A powerful Black youth organization that has already helped more than 20,000 kids is pleading to the public in efforts to raise funding for a national tour. Orrin C. Hudson, founder of Be Someone organization in Atlanta, The organization, Be Some- Georgia, skillfully using the game of chess to teach inner city kids one, Inc, was founded by mas- how to "make the right moves" in life. ter motivator Orrin C. Hudson won rave reviews and national on the road and do a national in the year 2000. His approach attention from CNN, NBC, Good tour to help 1 million kids. For was very unique: Use the game Morning America, USA Today, that reason, he is appealing to of chess to teach inner city kids and even People Magazine. He the public to make small donahow to “make the right moves” even once received a grant tions of just $5 or more to help him reach the much needed in life. from filmmaker Tyler Perry. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, But Hudson wants to help funding of $50,000. HOW WILL YOUR DONATION Hudson and his 501(c)3 non- more than just a few thousands profit organization have already kids. He wants to take his show SEE PAGE >21



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 BE USED? With the funding, Hudson will launch the 2013 African Ameri-

can Chess and Youth Leadership National Tour and travel to as many urban areas as possible to help young inner city kids develop the practical skills and techniques to overcome obstacles in life, illustrated through the best and most intellectual visual aid of all time: the chessboard. He will target young people age 12-18, and will train them to become better decision makers. Via the game of chess, Hudson will teach them 20 life lessons that they can take from

the chess board to make themselves success at everything they do. He instills in them, the focus, discipline and patience required by the game. To donate online with a debit or credit card: Visit and click on “Give Now” To donate by check or money order: Please send your donation to: Be Someone, Inc. 949 Stephenson Road Stone Mountain, GA 30087 * Be Someone, Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information, please visit or call (770) 465-6445, or send an email to



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(NAPSI)—Whether it’s a vacation road trip or your daily commute to work, when the temperatures climb higher on the outside, things are also heating up under the hood of your car. Fortunately, there are several preventative steps you can take to keep your engine running cool. Here are some tips that can help to keep you on the road to safety and convenience. • Check Your Battery. If you have an older vehicle or you’ve had your battery for more than three years, you should have it tested. While it is common to hear of car battery failure during the cold winter months, heat is just as hard on your battery. Warmer temperatures can evaporate battery fluid, causing damage to internal plates and speeding up corrosion. • Top Off Or Change Fluids. Engine fluids are a key component in keeping your car running during the summer months. When fluid levels are low, the cooling effect is decreased and could result in overheating. Check your vehicle fluids including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. Refer to your owner’s manual for recommended fluid type. • Check Engine Belts And Hoses For Cracks And Wear. Look for leaks and feel to determine if the hoses are firm and pliable. Pay special attention to places where hoses are connected and clamped. Do not attempt to touch any hoses or belts after you have been driving your vehicle, as they will be hot and could cause burns and serious injury. • Cool Your Engine. Your engine works extra hard during the summer and relies on the cooling system to protect it SEE PAGE >24

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YOUR CAR...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 from overheating. To keep your cooling system in good working condition, you should flush your system and replace the coolant as recommended by the manufacturer. Engine coolant can become contaminated and its protective additives can lose their effectiveness. You can also try using a radiator coolant additive, such as Purple Ice by premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple. Purple Ice is designed to improve your engine’s performance, help prevent overheating and keep the system clean. Plus, it’s compatible to use with antifreeze or straight water. For more information, visit

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