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October 19, 2011

View of end zone partially blocked by light pole W

ill Reeve

Staff Writer

A light pole at the south end of the press box obscures broadcasters’ view of the south end zone at William Rolland Stadium. Multiple versions of original architectural drawings show the 50-yard line light pole mounted on top of the press box roof. Later renderings were modified to move the pole in front of the press box. “The press box has to be on the 50-yard [line], as does the pole,” Associate Vice-President of Planning & Services Ryan Van Ommeren said. In the 2011-2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Rules and Interpretations, there are no specific guidelines for lighting a football stadium or, more specifically, requiring lighting at the center of the field. Musco Sports Lighting supplied the lights and poles that were used at the stadium. The Musco company website offers several options for roof mounted lighting that would’ve fit with the original plan. Van Ommeren said that because they worked directly with Musco, rather than going through the general contractor, university representatives were able to “achieve very competitive pricing on the lights.” The most recent architectural renderings found on the Amador Whittle Architects Inc. website show the light pole mounted as it currently is— through the bleachers and into the ground with a cement footing. “We tried to fit the two together in such a way that one of the seats

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Stadium Snapshot: (Inset) Orignal plans for the proposed William Rolland Stadium included a central light pole mounted to the roof. (larger photo) The architectural renderings were later revised to show the light pole in front of the press box. along the window on the south end of the press box would have some obstruction, but the others would not,” Van Ommeren said. “The pole is near to where it was scheduled to be, but some minor adjustment was made to adjust for both optimal lighting levels and to limit interference between the light pole footing and the building footing,” he said. According to Van Ommeren the stadium’s design change would not affect broadcasting during the games. “The actual press box itself is just a small component of game day coverage,” Van Ommeren

said. “[The] press box is really a multipurpose room that will also be used by the coaches during regular work days.” Jim Carlisle, who called the Rolland opener on the public address system, said the light pole did not obstruct his view of the game, but added a reporter seated nearby complained his view was blocked by the pole. Carlisle and Ventura County Star sports reporter Rhiannon Potkey found the chairs and tables in the press room bigger obstacles. “Seating us at a folding table next to the window put us too far back, and the folding chairs put

us too low,” said Carlisle, who has been announcing Kingsmen football for 10 years. “We wound up putting my rosters and her laptop on the window ledge and standing most of the game.” By the next game, Rolland officials had a shelf built right at the press box window and supplied bar stools for seating. More permanent furniture was on order and will presumably be there in time for the homecoming dedication game, Carlisle said. Van Ommeren said broadcasters will also be stationed on the roof observation deck, exterior press space and camera platforms during games.

For the first two home games, broadcasters occupied the small outdoor press stand in the bleachers. Van Ommeren said that relocating the lighting footings would be “inordinately expensive” so the university’s best option would be to add a lightweight structure in front of the current press box. He said university officials have decided to wait and assess the challenges the pole might pose before making changes to the lighting structure.There are no additional changes to the stadium structure planned at this time.

Protesters join Occupy LA in Thousand Oaks J

ulie Griffin

Echo Freelancer

Over 60 people rallied together to protest the Occupy LA Movement in Thousand Oaks on Friday, Oct. 14. They stood on the corner of Hillcrest Drive and Lynn Road holding signs that said, “Democracy NOT Corporatocracy,” “99 percent” and “Our Street Not Wall $treet.” The group chanted, “The people united will never be defeated!” and “We are the 99 percent!” Their enthusiasm grew every time a passing car passed honked. The 99 percent represents everyone who is not in the richest 1 persent One percent of the United States’ population possesses 35 percent of the nation’s wealth. The 1 percent, or elite,

owns corporations that fund candidates, influence the media and greatly affect elections. Because of harsh economic times and the disparity in the job market, people have begun to realize that the heads of corporations on Wall Street have made millions while average American are losing their homes. The 99 percent are beginning to voice their thoughts on the issue. Brian Rasnow, CSUCI profesor was one of the protesters in Thousand Oaks. Rasnow believes that it is important to educate people in suburbs, like Thousand Oaks, where there is more conservative leaning. “The people, the 99 percent, are finally finding their voice,” he said. Ernest Caning, a political events blogger, is also very excited about the movement.

He said the Constitution gave citizens a promise, but so far that promise hasn’t been kept. Caning was protesting Friday, so this promise could become a reality. When asked why they were protesting for the Occupy LA movement, people said they were fighting for the good of the 99 percent. “I’m here not for myself. I don’t have a specific reason for my being here, but I am here for all those who can’t come. Those who are too busy searching for jobs, taking care of their children, and trying to put meals on the table, to fight for what they believe in,” Rasnow said. Maria Ornelas, a substitute teacher, passionately spoke her reasons. “I am here for my children, for generations to come, so that this next generation can have

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The Right to Fight: Occupy LA gets support from a variety of people. jobs and live a financially stable life,” Omelas said. “Whether one supports the Occupy LA movement or not, the state of our economy shows us that it is obvious that changes need to be made. The Occupy LA movement

might be our answer, but as we all know political predictions are about as good as the weather forecast. Rainy today, sunny tomorrow.” Learn more about Occupy LA at

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