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Coast Report

February 27, 2013



Staring down the gun barrel An OCC instructor comes face to face with an accused triple murderer. BY CORY BRIDDLE AND LORI JARVIS COAST REPORT WRITERS

Talks of a new gadget possibly in the works Some say phones and tablets cause enough distractions but the iWatch could be the easiest to conceal yet.

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Orange Coast College astronomy professor Nick Contopoulos said he still thinks about Ali Syed and why, even as he could see the

gunman’s finger on the trigger of his shotgun, he wasn’t victim number five. “I looked at him in the eyes but I couldn’t tell anything. He had a choice to fire and he didn’t,” Contopoulos said to the Coast Report on Tuesday. Syed, a 20-year-old Saddleback College student, is accused of killing a woman in his parent’s Ladera Ranch home Feb. 19 before committing several carjackings in Tustin and Santa Ana, taking two men’s lives, and then

turning the gun on himself. “I’ll never know the answer as to why Syed didn’t shoot,” said Contopoulos, OCC’s 2009-10 Faculty Member of the Year. Contopoulos said he was on his way to OCC on the northbound I-5, approaching the I-55 southbound ramp, when he heard a shot. The astronomy professor learned later that Syed had just fired on a car at the other end of the ramp. As he rounded a curve he said he saw a white truck stopped and

someone pointing a rifle at him. The gunman, Contopoulos said, kept the rifle pointed at him for at least 30 seconds and walked toward him. “I stopped and I’m looking at him and I thought maybe he hit a coyote and he is just stopping to shoot it,” Contopoulos said. “There are a lot of brush and trees there so I thought maybe there was something there.” As Syed held the shotgun pointed at him, Contopoulos said he thought about putting his car


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Terry Myers is a star on the reality series “Warped Roadies” which portrays life on the road as part of the Vans Warped Tour. See Page 3 Photo by Sarah Borean


mane Hamza, 19, a chemistry major (above), blows bubbles at a table to promote Orange Coast College’s honors program Tuesday during the campus’ Coast Days celebration in the Quad. In addition to clubs and other organizations, a large inflatable pirate welcomed local high school seniors on to campus to check out what the college has to offer. Coast Days and Senior Day happen each spring in an effort to show off OCC. Seniors were given tours of the campus, insight into class offerings, treated to lunch on campus and a peek into college life.

SGOCC has a new president Rachel Gajardo Pirates win is more than has big plans for a victory the future of the campus. Coach John Altobelli

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Orange Coast College students have a new president. Rachel Gajardo, 19, an English major and the former Student Government of Orange Coast College vice president of communications has taken over the top seat in the student government after her predecessor, Kolby Keo was appointed as the student trustee to the Coast Commu-

Here comes the sun

nity College District’s Board of Trustees. “I’ve only spent a little over a year in the Student Government, but even in that short time, I’ve really grown to appreciate and understand this organization and how it functions to serve the diverse needs of the students on campus,” Gajardo said in an email. “I wanted to become the SGOCC president so that I could strive toward building a vision for the future of the Associated Students; a vision that encompasses the values of teamwork, collaboration, innovation, and unity.” The student government is in the process of finding a new vice president of communications, she said.

Gajardo’s most noteworthy project last semester was the development of a student government media policy. The policy, now in effect, requires student government officials to receive approval from the vice president of communications or SGOCC president before corresponding with the media on behalf of the SGOCC. While she is taking over a few weeks into the spring semester, she still has a lot of goals for the body. “Because the student government is composed of six different branches that all meet throughout the week at different times, I would love to continue to see more unification and collabora-

tion throughout these branches,” she said. Her other goals include steering the body in a more environmentally friendly Rachel direction, Gajardo continuing to support the many on-campus programs that rely on them and supporting the institutionalization of the Student Success Center. She also wants students to be more informed as to what the student government does and soliciting more student involvement.

With the passage of Measure M, Coast Community College District and Orange Coast College officials are working together to finalize plans to construct solar panels over approximately three-fourths of Orange Coast College’s Adams Avenue Parking Lot. Measure M is providing about $8.6 million district wide for repairs and improvements on all colleges in the CCCD. According to Rich Pagel, OCC’s vice president of administrative services, the solar panels will help to reduce our carbon footprint and save the college money and our own Adams Avenue Parking Lot is the perfect candidate for the photovoltaic solar panels. “Any way we can reduce our energy consumption on the campus, the better off we are,” Pagel said. “We offer a really good place for photovoltaic and that is the Adams parking lot because there is not a lot of trees around, not a lot of shade and it gets direct sunlight.” Pagel said the campus currently budgets a little over $1.2 million annually for OCC’s utility bill and that the addition of solar panels will help to greatly reduce that large cost. According to Coast’s Sustainability Coordinator Mike Carey, they have been looking at different solar panels for quite some time now and trying to decide where the best place to install them would be. Carey said that when the OCC was first built, it was designed to take advantage of the natural sunlight and the natural sea breeze we get in this area but that over the years energy usage has increased because other buildings were built and blocked out the natural warming and cooling that the school was designed to produce. See SOLAR Page 6

Taking chalk from the classroom to the web Chalktips offers interaction and education to students. BY MONICA ALANIS STAFF WRITER

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in reverse, but instead slowly m o v e d closer because it looked like Syed was signaling him to do so. “When I got near

In most college classes, essays are standardized: students write them and turn them in then the instructor reads, grades and hands them back. Then, the essays are put away for the rest of the semester. One Orange Coast College instructor is trying to change that process with a website called Chalktips, created to redefine what the college essay should be about and inspire people to

create and build portfolios to tell their stories using various web resources -- including videos and photos. “There is no distinction between students and teachers here. It’s like everyone gets a chance to have a chalk and teach,” Marianne Navada, an OCC sociology instructor and the co-founder of Chalktips said. The idea of passing around a piece of chalk inspired the naming of the website, which is meant to be a place where everyone learns from each other, Navada said. It was last June when Navada and her engineer husband, Rajiv Navada, started putting Chalktips together. The alpha version of the website launched a few months later and they updated

it later to the beta version that is currently used. “Anyone can join it, unlike Blackboard, which is very restricted and limited. Once the semester is over you have no access to that [Blackboard] course again,” Navada said. Chalktips is similar to other social networks. Users are able to follow people, send private messages, and comment on and “like” pieces of work. Students can also make their work shareable to other social mediums. “It’s a different way of teaching where we learn new stuff. I think it’s fun and it is a good way for us to test it out,” Lorena Marchan, 19, a criminal justice and biology major said. Marchan said it’s much like using Facebook and Twitter-- easy

and simple to use. Another student said she tends to work harder on papers she’ll post to Chalktips because more than the instructor will read it. “When we turn in papers we only expect the teacher to read it. When we have our work online, we spend more time working on it because we know others are going to see it,” Mary Nguyen, 21, a psychology major said. Nguyen said she finds it helpful for her because it allows her to build connections with others and expand her knowledge. Since she also uses it frequently, she said having a smartphone app for the site would make it easier to use. The website currently has two See CHALK Page 4

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Marianne Navada, an OCC instructor, wanted to give students a chance to learn and teach without limitations like other sites.




According to John Farmer, chief of Campus Safety, a student allegedly returned to his car in the Theatre Parking Lot on Feb. 13 to find that the passenger front bumper had been damaged. The student also found a note that read, “Hit your car and ran,” Farmer said.

Purse snatch

A female student’s purse was reported stolen from her car on Feb. 11. The student said she left her windows slightly rolled down and her purse sitting on the back seat. When she returned to her car in the Monitor Way Parking Lot, her purse was gone. Farmer said Costa Mesa police were called out and a report was filed.

That’s mine bro

Farmer said a male student’s skateboard was reportedly stolen from the back of the Robert B. Moore Theatre on Feb. 12 at 9:30 a.m. The student left his skateboard, reportedly worth $100, in the back of the theatre during his class and when he returned

to retrieve it, found it was missing.

Bumper beamers

A female student’s black BMW was reportedly hit in the Adams Avenue Parking Lot near the Fitness Complex on Feb. 7 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., leaving damage to her bumper, Farmer said. The student filed a police report for insurance purposes.

Rescue me

A female student was transported to Hoag Hospital on Feb. 13 at 5:35 p.m. after having a seizure during a class in Fine Arts Room 113. Farmer said the paramedics and fire department were called after the victim reportedly fell to the ground and began having a seizure.

Wait. What?

The lock of a bike left on the bike rack west of the Fine Arts building was reportedly cut on Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. Although the lock had been cut, Farmer said the bike had not been stolen. — The Crime Blotter was compiled by Britten Andrews from Campus Safety reports.

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New gadgets, new issues The much buzzed about iWatch could cause problems in the classroom. BY SEAN MILLER STAFF WRITER

The introduction of Apple’s rumored iWatch might bring with it new problems with classroom etiquette and policy. News organizations have been buzzing about the gadget that Apple is rumored to be designing. In fact, paperwork indicates that Apple was granted a patent for a bendable smart watch on Thursday after originally applying for it in 2011. The device incorporates a curved screen into a snap-on bracelet design and could allow wireless calling, texting, emailing, access to maps and more. If rumors of the gadget turn out to be accurate, some worry that students may use it as much as they already use their iPhones

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Lauren Elliott, 18, a business major and Zoe Klopfer, 18, a zoology major use their Apple iPhones while waiting for class. Concerning the talk of the new Apple iWatch product, Klopfer said that she thinks people mostly wear watches for style and that the prototype would not be as useful as people might think.

phone unless they develop better wireless earphones. It could be a weird trend and be the next big thing. I wouldn’t buy one though

because it would be difficult to use and would most likely reduce privacy,” Sean Edelen, an 18-yearold music major said.

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and other smartphones. So instructors will not only have to worry and set policy for phones and texting, but also for watch usage. Some instructors at Orange Coast College said that while such devices may make some aspects of student’s lives easier, there are also downsides. “I think it would probably be easier for students to get access to information, although it would add another distraction during lectures,” Johnson Douglas, an accounting instructor at OCC said. But students said the watch could benefit them in several ways, including cutting down on crime. “There will probably less theft because it’s strapped to your wrist. The only way you could lose it is by taking it off,” said Justin Bruce, a 19-year-old radiology major. Still, not everyone thinks a smartwatch is a good idea. “I think it would be very difficult to send text messages and you would most likely have to talk on something sort of like speaker-

A concert to benefit ocean cleanup by raising money may be coming to Orange Coast College. Although the concert is still tentative because details need to be finalized, there are preliminary plans for a classical music concert at 7:30 p.m. on March 13 in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. This concert will be raising




money to help build an ALLSolar Research Vessel for investigation and help in cleaning up the oceans. The event is being sponsored by the NUPresentation Foundation, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that was founded by Duane Heppner in Sept. 2012. Its mission is to educate the public by making them more aware of the environment and how people are affecting it. “It traces back to my original thought, and my original thought was, ‘Wow, this really seems like something worth doing,’” John Fawcett, who is on the committee organizing the event and coordinator of the John R. Clark Computing Center said. Musicians from Concordia University and the OCC Music Club will play at the concert, and in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, there also will be a performance by the Irish band The Humble Hooligans. Valerie Keller, president of the NUPresentation Foundation, said she is trying to get more performers in the show. Some of these musicians may include the worship band from Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa and a school of ballet students that will dance to harp music. Although plans for the concert are still tentative, there are people from OCC working to make the concert a reality. Fawcett, who is part of the committee organizing the event,

said he got involved with the event by a fortunate accident after he helped Keller print off flyers for the concert. As part of the committee, his job is to help people off-campus get in touch with people on-campus. This concert will be filmed by John Cox for Polymedia Entertainment, Keller said. He will be making DVDs of the event, and the concert will be seen as a show on Time Warner Cable. “They’ll love it. You really can’t go wrong with a concert,” Cox said. One of the ways that the NUPresentation Foundation tries to raise awareness about the environment is through events. Some of these events have included performances at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine and participating in OCC’s Green Coast Day event in April. According to Keller, the organization is also hoping to eventually arrange a performance at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Another purpose of the concert is to make more people aware of what the ALLSolar Research Vessel is and how it can help the oceans. According to a press release, it will help with research and make the public more aware of what is going on in the oceans. With the ALLSolar Research Vessel helping to make people more aware of the oceans’ conditions, change can start to happen, Keller said.

According to Keller, the vessel would help with cleaning up the pollution in the oceans and the damage to marine life, as well as improving the quality of ocean water. Even though the vessel would not take care of everything, it would still be a key part in helping the oceans, Heppner said. “It’s not going to take care of everything, but it’s something,” he said. The concert, as well as the ALLSolar Research Vessel, would benefit OCC. “This project is going to give back to the school,” Keller said. “This project would help put [OCC] on the map.” OCC has a history of promoting environmental and oceanic awareness to its students. According to Fawcett, retired OCC marine science distinguished professor Tom Garrison, would use environmental activities to draw in his students and make them more aware of what was going on. These activities soon became the foundation for other events at OCC. “We used his ocean science class as an anchor to our special event and would invite others to join in the event,” Fawcett said. “That was how a lot got started.” If the concert happens, tickets will be $10 for students and $15 for adults. Donations will be welcomed.

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A WRINKLED POLO This is the second of an occasional column by OCC alum and former Coast Report staffer Eric Lindroos, who left his cozy life to hit the road in search of himself.

Cuddle Conundrum I was terrified as I walked through the red light district at 3 a.m. and not because there Eric Lindroos were naked women in windows all around me. I mean gay or not, I can still appreciate a great set of breasts. I was terrified because I drank too much, didn’t know how to get home and had groups of drunken guys yelling at me in a foreign language. Luckily for me, even if I don’t speak it, I can pass as Dutch in Amsterdam and look like a local rather than a tourist. So, I kept my mouth shut, walked quickly down a side street to a canal, and was able to find my way home safely with the help of a taxi. Clearly, I was dumb to put myself in this situation. The reason that I found myself in this situation is because I decided to go home with someone that I had met earlier in the night. Now, let me be the first to tell you that I am not a whore and had zero intention of doing anything but cuddling. It’s been awhile though since I’ve been single and I am relearning how the game works. I am also learning that regardless of accent or geography, a creeper is still a

creeper. Throughout the night, I made it known that I would not be engaging in any sexual activity but obviously he had hoped things would change – they did not. Looking back though, I can see that my actions might have been misleading and I should have never gone to the hotel to cuddle. I clearly forgot that cuddling is just a vehicle for sex and this guy was ready to start the engine. Once at the hotel, he told me that he sleeps more comfortably in just his underwear and that’s when it dawned on me the situation I had put myself in. So, not wanting to wake up in the middle of the night with someone’s hand down my pants, I decided that it would be a wiser decision to leave and make my way home. As the gentleman (I use that word loosely) aggressively tried to convince me to stay, I realized that I had broken all the safety advice I try to give my female friends. Lesson learned on this experience: when traveling alone, don’t drink so much, don’t go somewhere unfamiliar and don’t get tricked by a cute accent into thinking someone will respect your wishes. I also learned that if I want to look tough when walking through the ghetto by myself intoxicated, I should probably switch to a wallet and not my Gucci clutch.

OCC enters the digital world Signs planned for campus will help bring information to students. BY MATTHEW RICHARDS STAFF WRITER

The future is looking digital for the Orange Coast College campus. In fact, officials have plans in the works for interactive signs to be placed in strategic locations on campus to allow students and visitors alike to search for information quickly and visually. The signs are planned to innovate the look and outreach of this historic campus, Alex Parkin, a student senate member said. “The screens should have a consistent feed of information that should be pertinent to the students,” he said. “[The signs] will inform them of events, inform students of dance, music and theater performances along with supplying them with general information about the campus.” The plan has been in place

since 2002 and has been through several reviews, Rich Pagel, OCC’s vice president of administrative services said. In 2012, Rose Anne Kings, instructor of architectural technology, revealed an architecture plan that was reviewed by the student government’s Facilities Planning Committee. “It’s so difficult to reach out to students and give them the most accurate information,” Rachel Gajardo, vice president of communications for the student government said. “With this digital signage, I would hope to see more student involvement, response and more effective communication.” The funding behind this project is from the 2002 bond fund Measure C, which funded construction and upgrades to buildings on campus. “Cost wise, there is a budget of approximately $500,000,” Pagel said. “I would expect construction for spring 2014.” Student involvement in the project has sparked future career opportunities for those in the See SIGNS Page 4


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From managing stages on concert cruises to starring in a reality series about the Vans Warped Tour, Orange Coast College alum Terry Myers is all business as usual. Myers, 28, is one of the stars of “Warped Roadies,” an actionpacked, drama-filled television program on FUSE TV showing a behind the scenes perspective of life on the road during the nationwide eight week music festival that is the Vans Warped Tour. “I am on the setup crew. There’s about 10 of us and we basically help build the studio of the warped tour and help set up stages for the bands,” Myers said. Through recreating the Warped Tour sets every night and connecting with the music, Myers and his team work through technical difficulties and hot heads that develop from scorching heat or devastating rain. While Myers’ destiny may have always been the path of a road warrior, he started his journey at Coast.

“I went to OCC about six or seven years ago and joined newspaper team,” Myers said. “That’s basically the reason I even wanted to go to school [at OCC].” While he was chasing down stories on campus, Myers said he began developing his niche within the world of music and understanding what it means to be a musician. He said he also grew to appreciate the thousands who praise the beauty artists create. During his time at school, Myers also interned at an alternative rock-based record label called Fearless Records. The record company experiments the genres with bands like Mayday Parade and is responsible for discovering the Plain White T’s, he said. In the offseason after the Warped Tour, the roadies hone their talents working on various other music tours. Myers is employed by Sixthman, an Atlantabased company that provides all the thrills of a music concert or festival seaside on Norwegian

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Cruise Line. Myers said he usually works as the pool deck manager, making sure the sounds and stage are

performing as designed. The cruises feature big blockbuster names like Kid Rock and headlining bands like 311.

While attending school and working is hard, there is a way to manage it. “Time management is the key,” Rebeca Gonzalez, 26, said. Gonzalez takes seven units at OCC and attends Cal State Fullerton. She said it is not easy to work and study. “I used to work in an insurance

company, but had to quit, it was very stressful,” Gonzalez said. Now that she works at a high school tutoring students, she has more time to do her homework and it is more relaxed, she said “It sucks to have to take loans to study, even working full-time I do not make enough for the university,” Gonzalez said.

Work and school can be a balancing act BY MARIVEL GUZMAN STAFF WRITER

Some Orange Coast College students said the task of attending school while working a full, or even part-time job can be daunting. But, they said, it’s worth it. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 80 percent of full-time students and 87 percent of part-time students were employed either part or full-time in 2008. “I graduated in Brazil when everything was easy. I got my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering while being full-time student and I did not need to work back then,” Fernando Jota, 39, a math major said. Jota is a waiter in a restaurant in Newport Beach and while he used to be full-time, he had to make sacrifices to have the time for school. “I was full time worker in a restaurant but now that I attend college I need to find a way to complete the 10 units required to transfer to the university, with good grades to get a scholarship,” he said. “The only way to do it was to cut my working hours—being a part-time worker and a part-time student was the only way to manage my time.” For Irma Roman, 20, a business administration major, being a full-time worker and attending college can be exhausting sometimes. “I have to do my homework in between work and college. Even nine units takes a lot of effort to do my homework,” Ro-

man said. Roman is a returning student after having to quit one semester due to financial hardship. She does not qualify for financial aid, she said. “My full time job is paying for college tuition and books, and that sucks,” she said, “because books are very expensive.”

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The United States Navy sailed into town last week and the world’s finest had a different agenda than recruiting for their visit. The more than 60-member U.S. Navy Band performed on Friday in Orange Coast College’s Robert B. Moore Theatre to uphold its musical tradition to the delight of OCC students and the Orange County community as a whole. These musicians have shared the stage with the likes of James Taylor and Jennifer Hudson, as well as performing for presidential inaugurals and on shows like “Meet the Press” and “Good Morning America.” OCC was just one of 19 stops on the Navy Band’s 2013 national tour. The tour will take the band from Washington D.C. to Colorado over the next few months. The audience, many of whom

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The U.S. Navy Band sailed into the Robert B. Moore Theatre Friday night and delighted military music lovers in a concert that included patriotic marches. were families of band members and veterans, help make up the nearly packed auditorium to await an evening of tradition and patriotism, and the United States Navy Band delivered. The concert moderator, Chief Musician Courtney Williams, had a powerful voice that belonged in the trailers for blockbuster films, and as he led the audience into the National Anthem, he performed a brief monologue about the service of

the men and women the United States Navy that would bring a smile of patriotic pride from even the most cynical pacifist in the bunch. The music then began, and while some of it was exactly what one would expect from the Navy Band, marches and the like, the crowd seemed pleased by the variety of the show. Most notable was the comical performance of “The Girl in 14G” from Chief Musi-

cian Yolanda Pelzer, from the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Pelzer delivered an impressive performance, worthy of Broadway, and was warmly received by the audience. The band played music from all over the world with virtuosic capability. The solos were observed with quiet awe and the wind ensemble and orchestra played cleanly and powerfully to an engaged audience. But, the crowd came to see the

world’s finest and the theme of national pride was hard to miss. Numbers like “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Amazing Grace” brought on a palpable nostalgia and patriotism. It’s hard not to cheer for men and women in uniform, but the standing ovation the United States Navy Band received at the end of the night was by no means obligatory. All-in-all, our men and women in uniform hit their mark.

Elememtary my dear fans

“Sherlock Holmes” writer hopes to keep the series alives for decades. STAFF WRITER

Celebs can inspire or lead to no-good

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Rappers nowadays don’t even think about their listeners or people that look up to them. All they care about is selling a record and making money. Sometimes parents are not present to raise their children because they are working hard to provide for them, which causes the child to look for guidance in other places such as musicians and celebrities. Comedian Lewis Black had a negative impact on me. I started to use foul language, which really just made me look like a bad person, but I still looked up to him as one of my role models. I didn’t quite realize I was copying Black until I’d catch myself saying his famous foul lines. It started to change me and I didn’t like the person I was becoming, so I decided to stop. Even though it was a struggle, I managed to figure out what was good for me and what wasn’t. As humans we are constantly looking for something or someone to blame and we forget to blame ourselves for letting other people have control over the way we think and act. People make mistakes and we need to stop being so cruel to celebrities who do so and instead focus on bettering ourselves.

There’s no excuse for ignorance

This consulting detective isn’t going anywhere—and neither should the fans. With the “Sherlock Holmes” fan base getting larger, the hit BBC U.K. version of “Sherlock Holmes” seems to be doing something right. The television show has such loyal fans that writer Steven Moffat wants to keep it going for 20 years. Script writer Moffat wants to keep the show rolling perhaps longer than anyone anticipated. According to, while discussing series three, Moffat said he wants to bring back the actors in 20 years to reprise their original roles. As many fans know, usually these characters are depicted in their 50s. “I fondly imagine it’d be nice to stop it for a while and come back and see what they’re like in their 40s or 50s,” Moffat said according to . The characters are brought to life by actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor Watson. But the characters would be nothing on the screen without the concrete scripting of

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes (left) and Martin Freeman as Doctor Watson will be on the show for years if the writer of “Sherlock Holmes” has his way. the writers Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Steve Thompson. Moffat and Gatiss both have experience with transitioning Victorian literature to contemporary television. Moffat wrote for the show “Jekyll” and both are writers for the hit U.K. show, “Doctor Who.” Season two was stalled after the success of the first season because of the commitments actors had on the movie “The Hobbit.” “Get used to a bit of starvation,” Moffat said to Radio Times on this dilemma. Sadly, Sherlock fans are already used to waiting, according to After season two became available on Netflix for U.S. fans in May, plenty finished it as quickly as possible - I know I did. Nevertheless, fans don’t need

to worry. Everyone associated with “Sherlock” is up to the challenge of juggling multiple projects. Although shooting schedules have been postponed multiple times, March 2013 seems to be the golden month. Moffat has even dropped hints of what fans can expect. Moffat has also dropped these clues --rat, wedding and bow. “These words may be misleading -- they are not titles. They are only teases or possible clues, but might deliberately design to get you into a lather,” Moffat said according to The Guardian. Throughout the show we have learned to trust the duo of Holmes and Watson, now we have to learn to trust in the duo Moffat and Gatiss as they lead us through this adventure.

CHALK: A new social website aims to help students learn and interact with instuctors as well as other students. From Page 1

two working features: slideshows and booklets. Slideshows are a way to tell a story by transforming what used to be on paper into something digital. You can include videos or pictures with a simple description along with it. On the other hand booklets require the descriptions to have a maximum of 1000 characters per item/slide, the counterpart of a text document essay. They are a way of transforming what’s on paper into something digital. It involves culling the web for resources, organizing and annotating them to make your point. It maintains the structure of an essay but the publisher also gets the chance to use the web to include videos, websites, photos and other web content to their booklet. “The booklets are a way to

upgrade what we know as the traditional paper to something more appealing, engaging and modern to the reader,” Navada said. Sometimes teachers are afraid of using technology because they think there will be no human interaction and it’ll get too impersonal, she said. There are also concerns the writing for booklets could get too informal, she said. But, Navada said she finds students introducing themselves more through Chalktips than in class, and it allows students to find peers with common classes and interests. Navada also said she plans to add challenges to the site “It would be a way for employers to give students challenges where they could potentially say to create a slideshow rather than turning their resume in. They could be hiring for internships and it’ll be a way for them to

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Chalktips was created to give students interaction and feedback about their work.

see the students’ work beyond what their resume says,” Navada said. She recently learned people from Yale were visiting the website and looking at the students’ work, so now they’re just waiting to see what Chalktips has in store for the users in the future, Navada. She is hopeful the website will expand in the future to different countries while redefining how papers should be written beyond the traditional essay.

DIGITAL: Signs will brings news to students.

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the Architecture department, Parkin said. Since 2002, architectural students have contribute to the design

“Original Play Festival,” March 8, 10 and 16: OCC Repertory Theatre Company’s performing original works. Recommneded for mature audiences. In the Drama Lab Studio at 7:30 p.m. on March 8 and 16 and 2:30 p.m. on March 10. Free admission.

Music “Opera Magnifica!” Saturday: OCC’s voice majors and alumni perform arias and emsemble numbers from operatic hits from different countries and eras. Directed by Susan Ali. In the Robert B. Moore Theatre. 8 p.m. Tickets $10. “Stephen Sondheim’s Follies,” March 3: OCC Symphony faculty and department alumni perform a concert version about the glory days of Broadway. Conducted by Ricardo Soto. In the Robert B. Moore Theatre. 8 p.m. Tickets $10.


Celebrities can have a huge impact on us, whether we realize it or not—but whether they impact us in a good or bad Asha way is a quesWasuge tion to ask Staff Writer ourselves. Will Smith, who, among others things, is known for his humorous character in the show “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” is one of the main reasons I started to do stand-up comedy. Smith inspired and developed me as a person in a positive way. In most cases, celebrities are usually great role models but there are a few cases where they are not. Most of us are familiar with the current rapper Wiz Khalifa, who tends to send a negative messages through his lyrics. I never really paid attention to the words until my younger brother came home singing “Roll one, smoke one.” This is definitely not a message we should be sending to people who are easily manipulated, especially children.

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of the signs, drafting three different design proposals, the last of which should be implemented, Parkin said. “I’d like to see the student collective be able to leave a legacy on

campus, and use it as a milestone in their professional careers,” he said. David Arbuckle, 18, an undecided major, said he would like to see attractions in the community.

“OCC Chamber Singers and Long Beach Chorale,” March 16: A collaboration between the two groups, including Orff’s Carmina Burana. Conducted by Eliza Rubenstein. In the Robert B. Moore Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets $10, students $10.

Exhibits “California Drawing,” Now through March 14: Curated by OCC art instructor Tom Dowling and Arts Pavilion Director Trevor Norris, exhibit includes the work of 38 artists who use the ancient discipline of drawing in diverse approaches. In the Arts Pavilion. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Free.

Events “High School Senior Day/Coast Days,” Feb. 26: Campus celebration with games and food showcasing what Coast has to offer. In the Quad. 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Free. “Men’s Crew Diamond Jubilee and Alumni Dinner,” March 9: Men’s crew will celebrate 60 years of tradition with the celebration that will bring together six decades of team members. In the Student Center. $60 for dinner, drinks and live and silent auction. Reserve by March 1 at tinyurl. com/coastcrewjubilee.

Dining “Eclectic Cafe,” Fridays: OCC’s Culinary Arts department offers a low-cost gourmet lunch every Friday in the Student Center. Served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., reservations are recommended. In the Student Center. Call 714-432-0202 ext. 26435. Full meal is $6.25.


Spend money to get money The tentative plan to construct solar panels in the Adams Avenue Parking Lot should be approved and carried out. Orange Coast College spends more than $1.2 million dollars yearly on utilities. The solar panels could provide half of OCC’s energy, greatly reducing utility costs and, over time, paying for themselves. The school is currently too heavily reliant on outside sources for funding, including windfalls such as Measure M and Proposition 30. What it needs to do is greatly increase its self-sufficiency. Doing so will leave OCC significantly less at the mercy of a still-unstable economy and able to provide for its students and staff. The solar panels are a step in the right direction. Assuming the plan is approved, the unexpected extra money from Measure M will make the college more efficient and sustainable, without needing further donations and state funds. But they’re not enough. The college will still mostly depend on tax dollars and student fees, with many students receiving financial aid. Last semester, the student

government discussed the possible implementation of arcade machines on campus as a way to generate revenue. Those talks should be resumed, as arcades are another thing that will pay for themselves with time and then continue to bring in much-needed money for OCC. Also on the table were billboards. While they certainly would not beautify the school, they would provide more finances for it to keep from slashing more sections and salaries. It’s unfortunate, but the college needs to be run not only as an educational institution, but as a business. Otherwise, it is too beholden to money it does not generate itself. When those outside sources stop generating or providing that money, regardless of the reason, it can be difficult to make ends meet. School officials and the student government have to figure out how to do that, and with reduced funds, that typically means reducing sections and salaries. The more money OCC provides for itself, the more classes and services will be available for its approximately 25,000 students.

Taste the equality Nothing is better than a warm cup of coffee in the morning. A morning necessity for many and an important study Beau aid for others, Nicolette c o ff e e i s a Staff Writer cheap luxury here at Orange Coast College, but where does that coffee come from? A quick look beyond the mug will show that the coffee industry is not as warm and comforting as the final product. According to, “Many coffee farmers receive prices for their harvest that can be less than the costs of production, forcing them into a cycle of poverty and debt.”` This barely describes the squalor and helpless debt that many coffee farmers and their families are forced into. In Guatemala, over half the coffee workers make less than three dollars a day, according to Global Exchange. “Coffee is the world’s second most valuable traded commodity, behind only petroleum,” according to the Global Exchange site. There lies the problem. While the workers are living in despair, coffee shops and bean slingers can sell the final product at a highly inflated price because, just like oil, people will still buy it. The world cannot boycott coffee to produce change, so what can we do? The answer is fair trade. “Fair trade guarantees farmers a minimum price, and links farmers directly with importers, creating long-term sustainability. Through fair trade, farmers earn better incomes, allowing them to hold on to their land and invest in quality,”

according to Fair trade eliminates middlemen and buys directly from the growers, giving them fair prices. A price floor is set and premiums are added to ensure living wages for the farmers and a chance for them to earn money to invest. Fair trade is a growing movement and puts the power of change directly in the hands of consumers. All we need to do is buy fair trade coffee, which is clearly marked by the label, “Fair Trade Certified.” The Drip Coffee carts and Starbucks here at OCC do not offer the option to buy a cup of this coffee. The switchover to fair trade or organic coffee would be expensive and prices rise, which people do not like, Sam Cohen, the chief operating officer of Drip Coffee said. Drip Coffee should do more research. “According to the 1998 Cone/ Roper benchmark study, 78 percent percent of consumers would rather purchase a product associated with a cause about which they believe. Fifty-four percent say that they would pay more for a product that supports their cause,” according to Starbucks on campus does not sell fair trade by the cup but it does offer bags of fair trade roast. A pound of their fair trade coffee is actually one dollar cheaper than a pound of their Gold Coast Blend. We as consumers have the power to improve the lives of small farmers, but here on campus, we are not given that option. Brew your own fair trade coffee and bring it to campus, make suggestions to campus coffee carts - we can change the industry one cup at a time. An extra 20 cents for a cup of coffee is small change for us, but big change for the world of coffee farmers.

Dream of school can be a reality Illegal immigrant students throughout California can apply for state-funded financial assistance to California State Cathy and University Quach of California Staff Writer schools as of Jan. 1. Under the California Dream Act, illegal immigrant students who meet the GPA and other requirements of admittance to a CSU or UC school may apply for financial aid and scholarships. To apply and receive benefits, students must meet certain criteria. The California Dream Act states only students who were illegally brought to California under the age of 16 may be considered. They must also have attended high school regularly, graduated from high school or

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earned a GED diploma, enrolled in a California institution of higher education, and fill an affidavit stating they have or will file for legal immigration status. Supporters believe offering illegal immigrant students a chance for a higher education will allow them to advance out of lower class and result in a reduction of people dependent on state services. They argue the Dream Act will boost California’s economy when these students join the labor force and contribute back to the state through taxes when their status is legal. Those who criticize the California Dream Act argue it will cost the state millions of dollars per year on California’s already strained economy. They say it will bring in more illegal immigrants and make it increasingly difficult for legal students to receive the same financial aid or scholarships. Although the California Dream Act is highly idealistic, it seems

to be paved with good intentions. Aren’t the immigrants who illegally come to America to freeload, but expect constant financial handouts the ones that upset us? The Dream Act is not for them. It is for the illegal immigrants who were young when they arrived and have worked hard in school since. Admittance to a CSU or UC has become much more difficult over the years and those who have earned the GPA are clearly not lazy. The evidence is in their school work. It is not complicated to understand why California citizens would be upset. Legal students are already unable to find classes or receive financial aid because of the high number applicants. But if illegal immigrants are putting all their effort and energy to better themselves and their families through education and hard work, their own merits already justify the financial assistance.

Should I stay or go? Somehow the students of today find themselves asking whether they should stay in school o r d ro p o ut because of work. Virginia Wo r k i n g Valencia as a full-time Staff Writer student is really difficult, which is why it is so easy to see students dropping out of school because of it, and exactly why I decided to be a drop-out in my first semester at Orange Coast College. Dropping out was not part of my plan nor do I believe it is for other students. Staying up every night to finish homework after going to work in the morning and school in the evening is no easy feat. We struggle and slowly we start to dwindle away from do-

ing homework. Eventually, our attendance drops. I was going through financial problems with no help, so gradually I let work consume my life. My job was my world but for all the wrong reasons. I was too focused on the little money I was earning. This job was not going to take me anywhere but, at the time, I really believed it was the right decision to pick it over school. I worked hard in this dead-end job for a couple months before my delusion came crashing down. I was fired from my first job for a meaningless mistake, but at that time I took it really hard. However, now I am eternally grateful for that wake up call. I thought to myself, why was I working so hard for no dream, a passionless job which was clearly the wrong direction in life. I, like many students on campus, have the opportunity to reach my dreams and to do what


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I love unlike my parents, who have to struggle at tiresome jobs to make ends meet. Although the money can seem like everything you need at the moment, do not let it take the place of your desire to be someone important. We all have goals and struggling through school and fighting the obstacles of today’s society is what is going make us into someone great in the future. Quitting school was one of the toughest mistakes I had to overcome, but I am really glad to be back on campus. I am learning and being reminded by students how important it is continue to grow and to dream while juggling my new job. Our perspective cannot be fueled by easy money. As students, our main job is to study and to keep learning about our potential for the future. No one can take that away from us and never give yourself the opportunity to take it away from you.

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Immigrants want American dream If you were to ask President Barack Obama, or any of his constituents, they would say that the U.S. immigration system is broHugo Farias ken. Staff Writer H o w e v e r, the mere recognition of a broken window in your home does not render it safe. If left unattended, it would bring many casualties. Those casualties include more than 11 million undocumented folks who have no choice but to live in the shadows, work and get paid under the table and be undermined, dehumanized and treated as second-class citizens. The opportunity to succeed is for everyone. With the recent re-emergence of comprehensive immigration

reform, the only question left on the table is, why now? Was it the fact that more than 70 percent of Latino and Asian voters voted for Obama, or was it the realization of a deep polarization between the communities that wasn’t helping the Republican caucus? This is the first bipartisan proposal coming from the Obama administration with a clear goal on fixing that broken window we have left unattended for so long. The proposal was composed by a group that refers to themselves as the Gang of Eight, a group of eight senators, half of them being Republicans and the other Democratic. Under the proposal, the undocumented would have to register with the government, pay a fine, attain a probationary legal status allowing them to work and then apply for permanent status by going to the end of the line. Although it is great that the

conversations have begun, the emphasis on border patrol and further militarization of the border has proved to be one of the biggest drawbacks from the proposal. Border patrol has reported record-high numbers of deportations in 2012 and has set a precedent that eventually died down the net border crossings to zero. In his state of the union address earlier this month, Obama addressed the issue on border control. “Real reform means stronger border security, and we can build on the progress my administration has already made—putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.” But with any proposal, there will always be a way to sculpt it into a piece of legislation that would address the human rights of the undocumented community.

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SPORTS Pirates win Altobelli’s 500th Passion leads to FEBRUARY 27, 2013

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Coast’s long-time baseball coach hits major milestone.

Coast’s lady Pirates defeated Fullerton with double digits.


Pirates win in 10 innings to give Coach Altobelli’s 500th win. Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli earned his 500th win on Thursday when the Pirates defeated Palomar College in the 10th inning. Altobelli, who’s in his 21st year of coaching baseball at OCC, is the 24th coach in California Community College baseball history to have 500-plus wins. “I’m really proud of our guys on how well they played. Even when the game was going Palomar’s way, we stuck together and pulled out the win in front of our fans,” Altobelli said. The last time Palomar College and Orange Coast College played against each other, Orange Coast College narrowly escaped on the road with a 4-3 win. This time it took 10 innings for the Pirates (11-2) to knock the Comets (3-7) out of orbit, winning 3-2. The game started with a scoreless first, second and third inning, but the Pirates managed to get two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning thanks to Cody Bruder and Greg Espinosa.


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Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli is the 24th coach in California Community to lead his team to 500 wins after the Pirates defeated Palomar College on Thursday.

Palomar wouldn’t go down without a fight though, as they managed to tie the game 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning forcing OCC to change pitchers twice. After a scoreless eighth and ninth innings, the Pirates broke the tie in the 10th inning thanks to Manny Argomaniz’s gamewinning single, which brought

home Zach Nehrir. After the game, Altobelli said he was very proud of Argomaniz and how he stepped up. “I had a lot of faith in our guys throughout the entire game, even when it looked like Palomar was about to take the lead,” he said. Argomaniz said he wasn’t worried one bit about losing the lead to Palomar.

“I’m really proud to have gotten Coach Altobelli his 500th win. The things we still need to work on are executing and allowing no extra outs,” Argomaniz, 19, a communications major said. OCC, which has won seven straight games, can’t celebrate just yet. They open up conference play at home Thursday at 2 p.m. against Golden West College.

Injuries plague softball pitchers Pirates lose game against Santa Ana College on Friday. BY HUGO FARIAS STAFF WRITER

The Orange Coast College softball team was forced to bring in a substitute pitcher after losing its designated player in the third inning due to injury. The lady Pirates were defeated 16-5 in Friday’s conference game against Santa Ana College. The team lost its designated pitcher, Crystal Ornelas, when she took a line drive ball to her toe in the third inning and was forced to leave the game early. Pirates third baseman Kristin Nance, who had not pitched for

a team since grade school, was asked to fill the position pitch. “I came in, like the fourth or fifth inning, and the last time I pitched was like—when I was 10,” said Nance, who is playing in her first season with the Pirates. During the previous game against SAC, the Pirates lost its other pitcher, Jessica Morrow, after she received an injury to her shin that forced head coach Kevin Holguin to completely change the line up. “They had to kind of juggle around in some positions because we had some injuries. We had a girl in our last game, a pitcher actually fractured her shin—this girl that was pitching at the beginning of today, got a shot back up the middle and got hurt as well,” said Holguin,

who is in his first year as the women’s softball coach. With all the turmoil that the Pirates had to deal with, SAC took advantage and set themselves out with a mind set for victory. SAC brought their tenacity and fundamentally sound teamwork as the visiting team at the OCC Softball Complex, which translated into them scoring five runs without a hitch at the top of the first inning. Two Pirates responded with a run apiece in the bottom of the first, but the team was stopped shortly thereafter—leaving the score at 5-2 with SAC in the lead. The next three innings were silent for the Pirates while the Dons continued to demonstrate their cohesive gameplay by scoring five more runs and creating defensive stops with solid

pitching and in-field defense. At the bottom of the fifth inning with the score at 10-2 and SAC in the lead, Jessica Amaral hit a single to the left between the second and third base and was subsequently met with Caitlyn Kelley’s single right up the middle which allowed her to run to first base and Amaral to second. Ashley Arrington came after and hit a fly ball deep in to the right field allowing both Amaral and Kelley to score. The play also set up Arrington to score. Despite the pirates second effort to try to get back in the game SAC scored six more runs at the top of the last inning, four with a grand slam and two others by fault of having three players on base throughout the inning.

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“As a campus we have done kind of a poor job of maintaining those [buildings with natural heating and cooling attributes], we sealed up the windows and put air conditioners on top,” Carey said. “Consequently it increases our energy requirements and now we are trying to offset that with solar panels.”

Carey also said that the goal is to get about half or as close to half of OCC’s energy usage from the solar panels. Jerry Marchbank, the senior director of facilities planning and construction for Coast Community College district said that the district has looked at solar panels for all colleges in the district for years now. He said the cost to payback ratio was never good enough to do

it but now it is, especially with the money coming from Measure M. “The technology has developed further so it [solar panels] can generate more current now. It produces more and costs less so the economy seems to be aligning for us [the district] to move forward with this project,” Marchbank said Marchbank said that what needs to happen now is that OCC’s master plan needs to be revised to

include the solar panel construction in the Adams Avenue Parking Lot and then approved by the district. He said the next step after that would be to get a consultant on board and then go through all the other approvals. Rich Pagel, Mike Carey and Jerry Marchbank all said if all goes according to plan then construction should start in the summer of 2014.

Members of the Orange Coast College women’s basketball team left their hearts on the floor Friday night after dominating Fullerton College in the season closer 72-59. The final victory, however, did not come easy as the Pirates have struggled in conference play throughout the season. In a game on Wednesday against Cypress College the OCC Basil H. Peterson Gym erupted with cheering as the OCC women’s basketball team failed to keep up with the firstplace Orange Empire Conference team. OCC’s last match up against Cypress on Jan. 23 resulted in a devastating two-point loss and the ladies were determined not to allow history to repeat itself. Unfortunately for them, Cypress’ neon green Nike’s and on-point offense skills seemed to work as OCC’s kryptonite, resulting in the demise of the Pirates’ hopeful three game winning streak and sending them into a 65-50 loss. “It was so close and we came out thinking the last game should have been ours, so we wanted to take this one,” said Michelle Angel, 19, a communications major and OCC forward. The Pirates tried to hold the Chargers behind, but their lead only lasted five minutes and three seconds. The half-filled gymnasium was primarily comprised of the nearly undefeated team’s relentless and diehard fans with their boisterous cheering and cackling. The sound of coughing to disrupt the concentration of a Pirate, and the quintessential court dad sitting court side shouting at every Charger point scored could be viewed as passionate or annoying. However you view their supporters’ enthusiasm, one thing is for sure—Cypress was here to make their presence known. “I think Cypress is a well-organized program,” said Jalecia Wilson, 21, OCC forward and a psychology major. With the season almost over, and the Pirates playing on home court against a nearly unvanquished team, the pressure was on. In contrast, the rough physicality of a game the Pirates played against Santa Ana on Feb. 8 seemed to match the

SYED: OCC professor is still anxious after his close encounter with Ali Syed. From Page 1

him he was pointing the shotgun the whole time. I could see his finger on the trigger, I could see his face, I was looking at him in the eyes and at the same time looking to the side to see how I could get past him,” he said. Contopoulos said when he was about 7 feet away from the gunman he felt calm. He said he was just trying to think of what to do. He couldn’t see his face anymore, only the barrel of the shotgun. He jerked the steering wheel, ducked and “floored it,” he said. Syed never fired on Conto-

poulos, but when asked why he thought Syed didn’t take the shot, he was at a loss for words. “I just can’t answer that,” he said. The OCC professor said he is left wondering why he was so lucky that day. But despite his luck, he said he thinks about the three people who were killed. The experience that morning has left him with nightmares and some anxiety. “I’m fortunate, but I think about them,” he said, adding later, “I certainly think about appreciating things more. I really haven’t come out of the fog yet -- there are a lot of questions and I just don’t know how to answer them.” Contopoulos said his OCC stu-

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dents have been supportive of his ordeal and several past students have reached out to him to offer assistance. Police are looking for any connection between Syed and those who were victims of his rampage. Authorities said Syed was an

obsessive video gamer who spent long periods of time holed up in his bedroom. His home and computer have been searched for clues.

Pirates’ capability compared to the quick-footed and skillful ball handling of Cypress. Was OCC’s defeat the result of something more than going up against a virtually undefeated team? “Teamwise, they [Cypress] really push the pace and they make you have to have composure on your team,” Angel said. “They got us to rush a little bit and we needed to stay together as a team and just relax.” According to Head Coach Mike Thornton, it’s not always about skill. It’s about passion. While the loss of their second to last game of the season, they may have disappointed the coaches because the frustration had been building all season, Thornton said. “It’s been a disappointing year, we’ve lost a lot of really close games,” Thornton said. “And I think mentally that has taken a toll on us.” However, the team was not willing to roll over and accept defeat. At halftime the team was still on a high, and with the encouragement of the coaches the women were going to keep fighting until the end, Wilson said. And they did. It just wasn’t enough. “To tell you the truth, I was extremely disappointed. I thought we were going to play a lot better and with a lot more emotion and everything,” Thornton said. Thornton acknowledged the Pirates play as an emotionally offensive team, and their lack of improvement. “I didn’t think we came out and played with much passion and emotion tonight,” Thornton said after the game. According to Thornton, the team’s final opponent of the season, Fullerton, was having a similar season. The final game all boiled down to one thing: heart against heart. The Pirates came out Friday ready to send four of their sophomore teammates out with a win. And they did. After playing for seven minutes in the first half, OCC would no longer allow Fullerton to lead the score board. Fullerton’s largest lead of the night was two points. OCC’s largest lead of the night was 22 points. The Pirates had an impressive field goal of 47.6 percent for the final game, ending the season with 13-15, 4-8. It may have not been their best season, but the ladies of the OCC women’s basketball team showed that heart and skill will always be the superlative winning blend.

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