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Coast Report

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Volume 67, No. 17

Going green at OCC

sail away

OCC officials have plans in place to make campus more eco-friendly. BY BEAU NICOLETTE

Meet the new SGOCC president


Rachel Gajardo is no stranger to OCC’s Student Government and recently became top dog. See Page 3


Get ready to raise those sails at OCC Making beautiful music at OCC A student at OCC continues to pursue his love of piano, composing and different genres of music. See Page 4



he Professional Mariner Program at Orange Coast College prepares students for careers in the maritime industry in Southern California and around the world. According to staff, students completing the program can look for careers in private and commercial vessel operations including large private yachts, charter yachts, cruise ships, ferries, fishing boats, whale watching and diving boats and commercial shipping. Because all of these vessels must operate with qualified crew, the OCC Professional Mariner Program was developed with guidance from an advisory council of maritime industry professionals. Curriculum in the program includes seamanship, marine safety, boat handling, navigation and boat maintenance. Courses are conducted in the classroom and aboard boats. Completion of the marine basic safety course will qualify the student for the U.S. Coast Guard STCW certificate. The program can be completed in two semesters and courses can be taken in any order. Students interested in the program must apply for admission to the college and register for these courses through the college.

Photos by Wendy Birchard

Joseph Hole (bottom), 24, an undecided major prepares to climb aboard the boat during sailing class at the OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship. Nathan Hadar (left), 25, a nursing major and a teaching assistant, shouts advice on how to position sails during Wednesday’s class. Students launch sailboats (top) in Newport Harbor.

Orange Coast College is doing more to create a sustainable campus than meets the eye. To become sustainable, the campus must decrease waste and increase recycling to lower the campus’ carbon footprint. In efforts to accomplish this, the campus has instituted a number of sustainability programs to create a greener campus. “We have a pretty good diversion rate, in terms of recycling,” OCC Sustainability Director Mike Carey said. “For a college our size, we are comparatively pretty good.” A diversion rate is the percentage of waste that is recycled or reused rather than being thrown into landfills. OCC has programs in place and programs in the works to reduce campus waste. Currently, all organic waste from campus lawns and gardens is collected and stored at the recycling center and then ground into mulch and used throughout campus gardens, Carey said. Food waste is separate and as of now, one Dumpster of food waste is created at OCC every day and then sent to a landfill. A plan is in the works to compost food waste with a machine that would produce a soil amendment and reduce food waste by 90 percent, Carey said. As OCC waste becomes more sustainable, water is another issue. “Water is going to be the See GREEN Page 2

Center keeps up quest for student success Water polo tryouts are starting soon OCC’s men’s and women’s water polo teams want people to come try out the first week of May. See Page 6

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The facility provides tutoring and help despite funding loss. BY CATHY QUACH STAFF WRITER

The Student Success Center is striving to keep up with the thousands of students in need of tutoring after the facility’s grant ended last year. The Student Success Center was required to cut down on the number of tutors available, open hours and services like one-onone tutoring, after its Title III grant ended in 2012. But with the steady number of students seeking academic help each semester, the center is doing everything it can to continue to

provide these services. “We’re struggling a little bit,” Jaki Kamphuis, student success coordinator at Orange Coast College said. “The type of services that we provide has changed, but we’re trying to do the best with what we have.” The Success Center went from being open 53 hours per week with 130 tutors to being open 44 hours with 85 tutors, according to Kamphuis. Individual appointments for tutoring, other than those for a few math courses, were another service cut. “Whether or not they have this funding, students still need that help,” Student Government of Orange Coast College president Rachel Gajardo, a 19-year-old English major said. “Seeing that the numbers (of students attending) have been consistent,

it shows how vital the program is to help students achieve their goals.” According to data from Kamphuis, 2012 spring and fall semesters had more than 2,500 students utilize the Success Center’s services per semester. The number of students for spring 2013 has decreased slightly, but still remains at around 2,000 students. “Administration is talking about institutionalizing some of our services and give us a little bit more money,” Kamphuis said. “They have tried to be supportive with the budget and the way it’s been.” Institutionalizing would give the center a certain level of funding to continue with its services to students regardless of grant money, according to Gajardo. Without the grant, the success center’s main financial sup-

Photo by Sarah Borean

Hanieh Novnirad (right), 27, a Cal State Berkley graduate, helps Lagdon Holmes, 19, an English major, with pre-calculus homework at the OCC Student Success Center.

port comes from the ASOCC at nearly $244,000 with an additional $40,000 from the school, Kamphuis said. The Basic Skills Initiative money is another source of revenue. “The students definitely want

a place like this,” Susan Aube, an instructional associate from the Student Success Center said. “We need to support the students and a big way to help them succeed is with tutoring and academic assistance.”

Former teenage heart throb offers his lips for charity An ill OCC student recieves help in a less traditional way. BY ANTHONY LEE COPY EDITOR

Stay up to date with the latest news on campus.

After Ezekiel “Zeke” Kendall got his heart transplant earlier this year, his family and friends have been there to support him through and through—but a few celebrities like Mario Lopez and Kim Kardashian were there to lend a helping hand. To help with his medical ex-

penses, Zeke’s family decided to hold a Have a Heart auction at Mixology 101 at The Grove in Los Angeles on Feb. 21. Amber Weiser, one of Zeke’s sisters, said approximately 220 people attended the event and said they had raised around $85,000 from ticket revenue and the auction. The auction was hosted by Mario Lopez, known for playing A.C. Slater on “Saved by the Bell” and the host of “Extra,” and Maria Menounos, Lopez’s “Extra” co-host. Amber said the team on “Extra,” including Lopez and Menounos were really involved and went above and beyond when it came to getting

information on Zeke out to the public. “I couldn’t attend but I heard it was great. I appreciate everyone that’s been helping out. That’s fantastic,” Zeke said. Amber said Jane Seymour, who makes jewelry for Open Hearts, made one-of-a-kind earrings for the auction, Kim Kardashian donated a dress from her line that she had worn herself and a signed Charlie Sheen jersey from the movie “Major League” also made it up to the auction block. Adrienne Maloof, a star from “Real Housewives,” was also seen kissing Lopez after she won

a $25,000 bid for the privilege. “We got donations from so many trips and people. It was awesome,” Birdie Kendall, Zeke’s mother, said. After the successful night, the Kendall family has continued to be in high spirits. Birdie recalled a time in the past when she used to be downstairs and hear Zeke singing upstairs to himself before tragedy struck. In the past few days, Birdie said she was reminded of a familiar scene. “I was doing laundry and I heard him upstairs singing and I See STARS Page 6

Photo courtesy of ZekesJourney

Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos are just a couple of the stars present at the Have a Heart auction.




Missing in air

A female student was reportedly injured in the Dance building room C at 4:55 p.m. on Thursday. According to Chief of Campus Safety John Farmer, a security officer reportedly found the victim, who had been practicing ballet, with ice on her ankle. She had reportedly jumped, but she didn’t get enough air, so she fell and sprained her ankle. Farmer said the victim refused aid because her injuries were not severe enough for the paramedics to pick her up, and since the Student Health Center was closed, she said that her mother would pick her up. The victim was taken on a cart from the room to her mother’s car, Farmer said. It was recommended that she should be taken to Hoag Urgent Care.

Helping hand

There was a reported hit and run in the Adams Avenue Parking Lot on Feb. 26 around 2 p.m. According to Farmer, the female victim parked her white BMW in the parking lot around 12:30 p.m. with no damage, but she reportedly found black scratches on the front bumper when she returned to her car around 4 p.m. A witness reportedly left a note on the car saying that they had seen a female Asian in her 20s, who was driving a black Hyundai, hit the front bumper. The witness was able to get partial information on the license plates, Farmer said. Farmer said that the victim planned to file a report with the partial information with

the Costa Mesa Police Department.

Pinky swear

There was vandalism reported to a car in the Gym Parking Lot sometime between 10:50 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. on Feb. 26. According to Farmer, an OCC security officer on patrol was reportedly flagged down by the female victim who was talking on her cell phone. She said she had reportedly found foul language written in pink graffiti on her rear and side windows. The victim said she did not recall an altercation, but did remember hearing a female voice yelling in her direction, Farmer said. He said that he thought the person yelling had been upset over the victim supposedly taking her parking spot.

Suspicious call

A black iPhone with a blue cover, valued at $500, was reported stolen from the second floor of the Literature and Languages building on Feb. 25 sometime between 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. According to Farmer, the victim reportedly left her iPhone with a friend when she left her study table and went outside. When she came back 15 minutes later, the iPhone was gone. Her friend reportedly said that she had seen a male wearing a black hoodie around the area who looked suspicious, but she didn’t see him or anyone matching the description take the iPhone, Farmer said. — The Crime Blotter was compiled by Lori Jarvis from Campus Safety reports.

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Tradition on the water Men’s crew will celebrate 60 years at OCC on campus this weekend. BY MONICA ALANIS STAFF WRITER

A former Orange Coast College rower and “Seinfield” alum will host a celebration of the men’s crew team’s history and achievements this weekend. Patrick Warburton, a former OCC rower who is best known as Puddy from ‘Seinfeld,” will host the crew’s 60th anniversary dinner and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Student Success Center. “We’re proud of the tradition that has kept going throughout all these years, where now we are Photos by Sarah Borean into the third generation where some of the rowers’ grandfathers Sixty years of men’s crew at Orange Coast College will gather Saturday on campus to celebrate used to row with us,” Paul Prio- the team and raise funds for competitions. leau, head coach of OCC men’s crew said. Austin Gentry, 21, an undeclared from the parents, donors and The team holds three national major and part of Coast crew the alumni which helps towards championships and two world said. the hotels that we stay in when championships and six of its The money raised during the we travel,” Joe Morris, 20, a alumni have made Olympic auction will help the team cover political science and history teams, Prioleau said. its costs for competitions, hotel major and part of Coast crew The anniversary celebration stays, equipment maintenance said. will feature representatives from and other expenses, Prioleau They will also use an online the Henley Roysaid. bidding program for the silent al Regatta, the “We’re proud of the tra“We hope to auction portion of the dinner. Charles Com- dition that has kept going raise around Those who can’t attend but petitors and $ 5 0 , 0 0 0 t o want to support the team can China Crew. throughout all these $60,000,” Prio- use the bidding website. There will also years, where now we are leau said. “It’d “The website is called Bidb e v e t e r a n s , into the third generation be best if we ding for Good. Anyone can sign Olympians and where some of the rowers’ had people to up as a bidder and decide how alumni of ev- grandfathers used to row donate at least much they would like to bid on ery class that $10 a month the item,” Elizabeth Parker, a with us” graduated with instead of once foundation specialist said. the year ending in a while, beThen if the absent bidder is the an Avon Redcrest Inflatable Paul Prioleau in 3. cause it would high bidder, he will be awarded Dinghy for around $600, an 1890 Men’s crew coach “I think it’s insure our suc- the item and be able to arrange madeira wine with glass seal and great having a cess.” the shipping or picking up meth- much more. If anyone would like to parcelebrity host the event, espeMen’s crew is not funded od with them, Parker said. cially him being part of the crew by ASOCC athletics, Prioleau Some of the items listed for the ticipate and donate, the website and hearing about his experience said. auction include a piece of art by is how it affected his life after,” “Basically all the funds come Jimi Gleason for around $4,000, angecoastcollege/menscrew

GREEN: OCC is already making small changes to improve campus environment. From Page 1

biggest new hurdle that we are going to be experiencing, I think, in the next 10 years,” Carey said. As bathroom equipment is upgraded and replaced, low flow fixtures are being used to reduce water usage. The lowflow urinals, for example, use only one pint per flush and can save 30,000 gallons per year, Carey said. He added that 90 percent of water used in campus irrigation is reclaimed water. “We use it for all the irrigation in every area on campus with the exception of the children’s center and the early childhood

lab,” Carey said. A major turning point in campus electricity comes from Measure M funding as it will fund the installation of solar panels at OCC, official said. Carey said that the goal is to get about half or as close to half of OCC’s energy usage from the solar panels. In addition, the campus is using carpet tiles made of recycled materials in place of large carpet rolls and will soon be installing electric and hybrid car charging stations, Carey said. The Student Government of Orange Coast College also has plans to make OCC more sustainable. “One of the major goals the

student senate had from the August retreat was to leave OCC better than we found it,” SGOCC President Rachel Gajardo, a 19-year-old English major said. One plan put forth is to use tablets to replace paper at the student government as the SGOCC uses more paper than any other campus organization, Gajardo said. The SGOCC is holding a competition for sustainability awareness and is currently sponsoring a recycling competition between two classrooms, which offers extra credit, to create sustainability awareness. “We have a competition be-

tween the geography class and the large oceanography lecture hall, Gajardo said. “We’ve really had the support of the teachers. They are giving one point of extra credit for every 400 pounds (of recyclable material) collected.” One of the largest factors of the OCC carbon footprint is that many of the nearly 25,000 students are single drivers, Carey said. There are currently no programs that reduce the emissions of car commuters. An incentive program once paid staff and faculty if they carpooled or used alternative transportation, but has since been ended, Carey said.

Forbes’ top 10 greenest campuses Carleton College Carleton became the first college in the country to own a utility-grade wind turbine, and it was the first Minnesota college to offer “singlestream” recycling--meaning it’s not necessary to separate paper, plastics and glass for recycling.

College Of The Atlantic You’d better be thinking green if you attend the College of the Atlantic; the only major it offers: human ecology. In December, the school became the first college to go completely carbon-neutral-meaning that it negates all of its carbon dioxide emissions by investing in offset projects.

Dartmouth College

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So far this year, Dartmouth has reduced its energy use by nearly 6 percent from 2005 levels, according to the Dartmouth Sustainability Initiative. The college also gets much of its food from local producers and new buildings follow guidelines set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Harvard University Harvard’s Green Campus Initiative is one of the most advanced campus-sustainability programs in the country. The school is also among the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of the top 15 renewable power purchasers, and depending on the season, its dining services buy between 35 percent and 70 percent of their produce from local farmers.

Middlebury College Middlebury has committed to carbon neutrality by 2016, it’s got its own wind turbine and solar panel system, and Middlebury students can rent hybrid-engine Zipcars. In 2007, Middlebury’s graduating class left the school a nearly $93,000 endowment to support environmental projects.

New York University NYU was recently bumped from EPA’s top spot as the No. 1 campus purchaser of green energy, a position it held for over a year. The renewable energy credits the school buys account for 100 percent of its electricity use--no small feat for a sprawling urban institution.

University Of CaliforniaSanta Cruz In 2006, its students created a fund to buy renewable energy credits, and today the equivalent of 100 percent of UCSC’s power comes from hydroelectric and wind generation.

University Of Pennsylvania Penn recently stole the crown from NYU as the largest purchaser of green energy in EPA’s Green Power Partnership with colleges and universities. Although Penn buys only 46 percent of its power from renewable sources-compared to 100 percent for many other schools--the 192 million kilowatt-hours of wind power it uses each year encourages investment in renewable resources.

University Of Vermont For six years, all the university’s shuttles have been fueled with biodiesel, and the school requires all new buildings meet U.S. Green Building Council certifications.

University Of Washington The University of Washington is one of the 12 founders of the Seattle Climate Partnership, a group of employers dedicated to beating the goal of the Kyoto international climate agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 7 percent from their 1990 levels by 2012. The school has also committed to carbon neutrality and 100 percent of its electricity purchases come from renewable sources.


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PARKING LOT DIARIES There are thousands of parking stalls on campus and each day they are packed with students. This week the Coast Report found out a little bit more about ...

Up the organization Former SGOCC vice president is appointed to lead the group. BY BRITTEN ANDREWS STAFF WRITER


Austin Olivier, 31, a computer information systems major, is a Marine Corps veteran who served three tours in Iraq. Olivier was attracted to the Marine Corps by his passion for helping others. “I really just want to make the world a better place,” said Olivier. Though Olivier has completed his eight year commitment to the Marine Corps, he said the time he spent in Iraq still affects his day to day life. “Sometimes I wish I was happier,” Olivier said. “I have some good days and I have some bad days” Olivier, who served in Iraq in 2003, 2004 and 2005, is still receiving treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder, but says that he has been able to come to terms with the trauma he experienced in Iraq more fully in the past few years. According to Olivier, acceptance has been key to his

recovery. The Marine Corps veteran, currently unemployed, hopes that earning a degree will make him more competitive in the job market. Olivier, who is in his second semester at OCC, said he doesn’t have any concrete plans for a career path. He chose to major in computer information systems because he feels he can gain skills that will make him more attractive to employers in a number of fields, he said. Olivier has been riding motorcycles since 2005, and has never been in an accident. When he’s not cruising the California highways, Olivier enjoys watching movies, playing video games and working out. He also spends his free time building and collecting models of army figures. These figures are inspired by the fantasy genre, and Olivier says that he loves the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Rachel Gajardo said that if it wasn’t for her late brother’s support, she may not have believed in herself enough to become Orange Coast College’s vice president of communications. And now, chosen as the new president of the college’s student government late last month, she said his support is still with her. Gajardo, 19, an English major, who was serving as the government’s vice president of communications when she was selected to serve as president, replaces Kolby Keo, who resigned to become the student representative to the Coast Community College Board of Trustees. “I didn’t know if people would want me to join,” she said of her insecurity about applying for the vice president’s job. “I didn’t know if I was qualified, and he [her brother] said ‘No, you have to believe in yourself. You have lots of qualifications. You’ve just got to go for it,’ and so I did,” Gajardo said. The new student government leader is no stranger to school activities and said she was involved in several throughout high school. Additionally, she was OCC’s College Life Committee historian and was vice president of communications for ASOCC before being tapped for the president’s position. But even with her experience, Gajardo said she wasn’t sure if she was qualified as the deadline to turn in applications for the vice president position approached. So, she said, she turned to her brother, Kobi, for support. When 21-year-old Kobi died

Seeking a safe place Gay students and their advocates meet each week at OCC to talk. BY HUGO FARIAS STAFF WRITER

Comfort and security in life are commodities that are often overlooked, but for people who are maliciously targeted because of their sexual preference or identity, they can become a bigger part of their lives. The Gay Straight Alliance club at Orange Coast College was formed to combat those insecurities on campus by creating a safe space for students whether they are gay or not. The GSA meets up weekly to discuss topics of the LGBT community, plan awareness events on campus and talk about each other’s personal stories in an effort to build comfort among one another. Richard Reyes, a 20-year-old geography major, is the president of the GSA and identifies as gay.

He said he was willing to share his identity with the school because he understands the power of coming out as a tool to raise awareness and as an invitation for others to join him. One of the many difficulties of being a LGBT identified person is coming out because not everyone is fortunate enough to receive the instantaneous support from their loved ones, he said. Reyes added that it pretty easy when he came out to his mom. “She was totally cool with it. She didn’t have problems with it—you know, some other people are less fortunate and are kicked out of their house,” Reyes said. Although he has not had an open conversation with his dad about being gay, Reyes is certain that his father is aware and he is counting the days until he will finally have the conversation with his father about it. “Be yourself. Don’t let anyone’s judgment bring you down—just stick to who you are and don’t be fake around other people, be yourself,” Reyes said. For others in the club, includ-


ing Anisa Foy, a 19-year old animation major and vice-president of the GSA, an experience in her childhood gave her the first glance into the struggle that the LGBT community faces. When Foy was 5 she discovered her gay uncle and his boyfriend were not able to get married. She said she promised to help them get married one day. “When he explained that he couldn’t get married to the person he loved I was really mad about that and I was only 5,” Foy said. “I didn’t understand and it made me really angry and I told him that no matter what, I would help him.” Foy has followed through with that promise and has actively been involved in support of the LGBT community by participating in the NO H8 campaign and by going to pride festivals to show support. The NO H8 campaign was a silent protest that was largely the result of efforts from the grassroots organizers against See GSA Page 6

in May after a car accident, Gajardo said she was undeniably shaken. “I thought, ‘How am I going to get through without my biggest supporter, my number one fan?’ I think that really taught me to believe in myself, and it taught me to be really strong,” Gajardo said. And, she said, she has learned to be strong with the support of her family and the friends she’s made at OCC. “I have people here to rely on now,” Gajardo said. “And my mom and I, we lean on each other. We’re strong people. We don’t give up.” Despite her personal tragedy, Gajardo said she is willing and able to put in the work as SGOCC president. “Losing my brother really taught me to value my relationships, but not only that, it taught me that since life can be taken away so quickly, if I’m going to be gone tomorrow, I want to do something that means something now I want to make a difference any way that I can,” Gajardo said. “I’m a go-getter. I want to do things. I try to take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of me, and even though I’m not going to be here forever, I really care about this school.” According to former SGOCC president Keo, the office has been left in capable hands. “Rachel’s a great candidate because Rachel is outstandingly well-spoken, very eloquent and very well-prepared whenever she comes into a room,” Keo said. “As VP of communications, she has been, in my opinion, one of the greatest that this organization has ever seen.” Applications for the position of vice president of communications are now available, and the selection process is expected to take about three weeks, according to Gajardo. Until that time, she will be fulfilling both

Photo by Ashley Mirabal

Rachel Gajardo

positions. Gajardo leaves behind a legacy of innovation and creativity. As vice president of communications, she initiated several new policies that are affecting OCC life today. Her social media policy will soon allow the ASOCC and other student-run organizations to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to spread information and reach students off campus. “The vision Rachel had was something run by students, for students,” said Keo, a 20-year-

old international studies major. Gajardo also essentially created a new branch of student government called the Communications Task Force, according to Keo. “This was something that hadn’t been done in previous years. I took the communications officers from the different branches of government and got them together to work on different communications projects,” Gajardo said. “It was really fun to try to get students to participate See PRESIDENT Page 6

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There is something about classical music that stirs the soul. While many view classical music as boring, stuffy or even pretentious, where would music be today without the influences of Beethoven, Mozart or Vivaldi? When you listen to it, allowing yourself to be swept away by the melodies and chords, the soul dances, painting visions evoked by the emotions brought forth. Orange Coast College music major Evan Kliewer, 20, is a musician and composer with a knack for playing the ivories. Kliewer’s musical beginnings are really a typical story: inspired and put into piano lessons as a kid by his parents only to then walk away from traditional teaching a year later. In his time away from the lessons, his love for the classic instrument grew. And so did his passion for playing. “Even after I stopped lessons, I kept playing. I taught myself some songs because I knew how to read music,” Kliewer said. It wasn’t long until he was back to traditional lessons. His appreciation and love for other types of music helped inspire this baby grand lover to start composing music. He learned to compose classical music through writing rock and metal. “I started off doing rock and metal and things like that,” Kliewer said. “I used to

Dance Photo by Sarah Borean

Evan Kliewer, a 20-year-old musician and composer attending OCC plays a tune in the OCC music portables.

write metal music with my friends.” Kliewer’s tinkering with GarageBand generated a fascination of matching guitar chords with melodies to produce something entirely new. “That’s how I started composing. Let’s take a few chords, add a melody with that to match the chords and then that was it,” Kliewer said. While Kliewer finds enjoyment and pleasure in listening to diverse varieties of music, his passion is classical. The tunes filling the room are generally soothing, Kliewer said. At least for now. “I still enjoy listening to lots of types of music, but in terms of composition, classical is my thing,” Kliewer said. While it is Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto that is currently challenging him, the sweet melody of a lullaby is one of his latest pieces. Writing a lullaby, though, wasn’t intentional. “I had already written the first part

of it. I had an idea where I was going to go with it,” Kliewer said. “So I showed it to my dad and he said it sounds like a lullaby, and I thought, ‘You know what, I like that.’ So I went along with it.” After plunking around on the ivories for a while, Kliewer became frustrated having no success in coming up with a melody. “So I stopped, started humming and it just came to me. I took that and composed just about more than half of the song in that night,” Kliewer said. According to Kliewer, the comforting song is not solely from his efforts. “I must say there are times when a melody comes from me that I can honestly say God gave me that. A lot of it I cannot take complete credit for,” Kliewer said. This former multiple high school pianist competition winner isn’t resting on his God-given talent. He is continually growing. As a former member of the OCC

Choir, and currently in the OCC Chamber Choir, Kliewer is taking private voice lessons to become an all-around performer. He is also trying to start a music honor society on campus that would recognize musicians with good grades while also spreading the word about OCC’s music program, he said. “I had no idea that it [OCCs music program] was so good. I think people need to know more about it,” Kliewer said. Spreading the word of OCC’s music program may be one of Kliewer’s goals, but performing is his ultimate dream. “I can only imagine the thrill of performing a piano concerto. To me it feels like it would be magical,” Kliewer said, adding later, “I don’t hope for money because it’s generally unrealistic. But, if I could just touch someone with my music, that’s more than enough for me.”

A modern makeover for part of OCC The Music department is getting some upgrades. BY ANTHONY LEE COPY EDITOR

The loud and dissonant noises of power tools emitting from the music building may normally sound unpleasant, but to Orange Coast College, every drill and hammer plays a part in the orchestra toward the building’s remodel. Renovation of the building will be done in time for the fall semester after receiving funds from the state and Measure C bond. “We are supposed to move in July. It’ll give us plenty of time to prepare for the fall,” Joe Poshek, dean of visual and performing arts, said. Approximately $6 million was


The Orange Coast College Symphony, along with a small cast of vocalists, presented Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Follies” on Saturday. “Follies” is the story of a reunion of performers in a Broadway theater scheduled

so some rooms are to get wooden floors and sound diffusers,” Poshek said. The department will also be getting a collection of eight new grand pianos, six upright practice pianos and 26 electronic keyboards. Brian Gould, director of keyboard studies, said he remembers how difficult it was to teach piano classes when he first started teaching at OCC because the pianos weren’t electronic, meaning students wouldn’t only hear their own piano when practicing. “When I was hired in 1995, all practice pianos were upright pianos … over a period of 4 years, we decided to get electronic keyboards,” Gould said. Alongside the building improvements and new pianos, Poshek also said there will be improvements made to the curriculum for music majors. “[The] curriculum will change

because we now have a transfer degree and will be putting more resources into the curriculum to ensure students get the class they need to transfer,” Poshek said. As OCC waits for the renovation to be completed, students involved in the music department seem to

share the same sentiment about the music building renovation—they miss the old practice rooms. “Practice rooms were bad-ass. You’re just so self-conscious. Having a quiet area [to practice] really helps,” Angel Pinon, 20, a music major, said.

for demolition and focuses on two couples who are deeply unhappy with their marriages. The couples are, on occasion, accompanied by the ghosts of their younger, and naively happy, selves. My date and I sat in the overwhelming, but comfortable silence of the Robert B. Moore Theatre in the faint buzz of cellphone screen lights and buttons clicking. We talked about the human element that seems to be missing from personal interaction these days. As a collective crowd, we divorced ourselves from impulse

of cellphones as conductor Ricardo Soto entered to a sea of applause. No sooner than the overture, the cast of “Follies” appeared in the back of the theater and walked through the audience onto the stage, picking up like antennae whatever lingering undertone of passion that was shelled in the air. This instance of a broken fourth wall made the implication that the musical was not only set in a theater, but in the precise theater the audience inhabited. The events of the performance were not so much recreations but prophetic trans-

lations of the very real future lives of the young audience members. It became apparent, and quite quickly, that the non-conversation of the pre-show had found a most beautiful way to express itself, which took the form of the opening songs of the performance. Indeed, the dialogue of the cast to the audience was not unlike a dialogue between lovers. This sentiment reached its fullest expression in the closing song of the first act, “Too Many Mornings”, performed as

a duet by Susan Ali and David Stoneman, who portrayed Sally and Ben respectively. As the song reached its climax, I got goosebumps and looked to my left with a questioning glance that was returned with equal intensity from my date. Yes! I was not alone in sharing this moment, not only with myself or my date, but with the performers. There is something spiritual to the medium of a live performance and there were specific violent moments where “Follies” unapologetically and magnificently achieved this.

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Naghmen Kia, 23, a civil engineering major, practices Bach during a piano 2 class in the music portables.

Medieval drama, good friends and a personality disorder BY ASHA WASAUGE STAFF WRITER

Orange Coast College is hosting an Original Play Festival which some plays will be directed by the students and performed on Friday and March 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Drama Lab Theatre. Three plays will be performed at OCC which are “Eliza”, “Nice

Guy Syndrome” and lastly “Man’s Worst Enemy.” “I look forward to the plays creatively because plays are not easy to do,” OCC theatre arts professor Rick Golson said. Directing the “Eliza” play is Megan Brunner, a 19-year-old undecided major. “Eliza” is a medieval drama about a female fighter and Brunner will be playing the

main character. “Each play is different and is written by a member of the OCC Theatre Repertory”, Brunner said. The struggle to memorize lines might be difficult to some, but not to Ruben Gonzales who has a photographic memory. “Memorizing lines is really easy but relying on the director is what brings the play together,”

Film “BANFF Mountain Film Festival,” March 20: OCC will screen outdoor adventure films during the festival. It features films including mountain climbing, expeditions and different cultures of the world. In the Robert B. Moore Theatre at 7 p.m. on March 20. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Music “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.

received toward the renovation of the building according to Poshek, half coming from Measure C funds and the other half from state matching funds. Poshek said that in 2004, OCC was ready to begin building renovation immediately but the architects inspecting the building discovered that the building was in a poor enough state to receive state matching funds, which meant the state of California would double the amount of money given to the school provided by Measure C—all Coast had to do was fill paper work and wait a couple years. Looking back, Poshek agrees that the music building was in need of some reconstruction. Some rooms had carpet, while others had asbestos floor tiles, a compound that is now known to cause respiratory diseases. “Another thing, those old buildings weren’t acoustically tuned

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Ricardo Soto and the symphony delighted the audience Saturday.

Student Dance Concert, April 26: OCC students perform orignal choreography. OCC dance faculty and guest artists are to contribute to the evening. In the Robert B. Moore Theatre at 8 p.m. on April 26. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Gonzales, 20, an undecided major said. Directing the second play, “Nice Guy Syndrome,” is Jennifer Lee, an 18-year-old biology major. The play is about two good friends who love to mess around with each other but one of them does not know how to treat a girl. The third and final play is “Man’s Worst Enemy,” directed

by George Rios, a 30-year-old theater major. The play consists of a character that has a multi-personality disorder and is imagining all these people that do not exist. The main character is debating if or if not he should kill himself. Although there were originally supposed to be seven plays, there are only three from the lack of actors and actresses.

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 “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.


It’s not hard being green Orange Coast College needs to become more self-sufficient. Fortunately, it’s on its way to doing that with OCC’s efforts to reduce the school’s carbon footprint and ultimately make the institution a greener campus. It’s already doing a great job. The plan to construct solar panels in the Adams Avenue Parking Lot can potentially save a lot of money on energy costs. Energy isn’t the only utility that drains the budget, though. Water is huge, and more should be done to conserve it. Currently, much organic waste is recycled as mulch, which not only beautifies the school, but conserves moisture in the soil where it is used. Gradually, bathroom equipment is being upgraded to reduce water consumption. Most of the school’s irrigation is done with reclaimed water, or former sewage water that is relatively clean, but still has not been treated as thoroughly as water intended for drinking. It can do more, though. Food waste is currently sent to a landfill. In an interview with a Coast Report staff writer, OCC Sustainability Director Mike Carey said that there

is a plan under development to compost food waste and convert it into a soil amendment. Not only will that serve to further improve the aesthetics of the campus, but it can increase soil’s ability to hold water and provide nutrients, meaning less water is needed to care for plants. Another concern that should be looked at is the issue of recycling and properly sorting out trash. The one or two bins located in each classroom serve as a multi-purpose waste basket where students can toss out paper, plastic bottles and trash as far as they are concerned. Adding more recycling bins on campus would allow OCC to sort out waste easily and k and keep it from sending recyclables to landfills. There is also action that can be taken to reduce both spending and the impact on the environment without allocating any extra funds. Simple things like making sure faucets are shut off completely, lights are only on when necessary and unplugging electronic charging equipment when they are not in use will all make OCC a greener and more cost-efficient school.


Come on over and meet your government BY RACHEL GAJARDO SGOCC PRESIDENT

The Associated Students of Orange Coast College is hosting an open house on Wednesday in the Student Center Lounge from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The ASOCC open house is an event that allows members of the student body to acquire information about the Student Government of Orange Coast College (SGOCC). Each branch of the student government will have a table and student representatives to answer questions and give information about the leadership opportunities available for this year and next. Refreshments will also be served. The event’s organizing chair, Vice President Sam Trinh said,

“[The Open House] has been done by past student governments but over the years we kind of stopped doing it. I wanted to revive it and really notify the students on what student government is all about.” Trinh added that the event should bring more information to students. “I hope [the students] have a more informed view of the student government and the leadership positions we have,” he said. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the campus, what’s happening behind the scenes and how to gain leadership experience. By getting involved students can learn things such as how to put on an event, chair a committee and make important decisions.” All students are encouraged to attend.

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If I have learned one thing since moving to California it is that people here hate blinkers, and I have no idea why. Blinkers take Jennifer no real effort to Lane use, you move Editor in Chief your hand in the same direction you are turning to click it and the noise is not loud enough to get super annoying. I realized that the lack of blinkers gives me trust issues when someone actually uses it. I have to hesitate before turning out in front of someone using their

blinker because I wonder, “Are they really turning or did they just forget to turn it off at some point?” I understand not everyone follows every law, I mean laws are meant to be broken right? Wrong. It is dangerous to the people around you and it is inconsiderate to drive like you are the only person on the road. I don’t want to die because someone didn’t signal and let me know they were merging into my lane. Driving makes me nervous and having to focus on my driving is enough. I don’t need to focus on everyone else’s driving too.

Ethanol not-at-all My love for alcohol stretches far and wide, except when it’s added to gasoline. Alcohol, or ethanol, is commonly added to fuel nowadays to reduce engine Sean emissions. Miller But, while Staff Writer whiskey and rum hit that sweet spot, high ethanol content in fuel wreaks havoc on engine components and reduces engine performance and efficiency. Ethanol ratings in fuel are pretty simple to understand yet most people are in the dark about it. The most common type of fuel in the U.S. is E10 and is composed of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline. There are E15 and E85 fuels that contain 15 and 85 percent

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ethanol with E15 having just been approved for sale by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June. Ethanol is a strong solvent known to deteriorate plastic and rubber engine parts and cause corrosion to metal parts. Ethanol attracts and absorbs water, which can rust your fuel tank, clog up fuel lines and filters, ruin your fuel pump, but probably not before it destroys your fuel injectors. It also burns hotter than pure gasoline, which further weakens engine components. Some problems you might notice from ethanol in fuel includes reduced fuel economy and horsepower, engine hesitation, stalling and lack of acceleration from the lower energy output of ethanol compared with pure gasoline. Another problem with ethanol in fuel is a phenomenon known as phase separation where the heavier ethanol goes to the bottom of the tank, leaving the

lighter gasoline at the top. The engine will now draw in ethanol at much higher concentrations. While all passenger cars produced since 2001 are supposed to run on E10 with no problems, older cars and smaller engines like those found in lawnmowers and chainsaws along with most marine engines don’t run well with E10 and can be damaged by its use. The EPA now says that vehicles produced on or after 2001 can run on E15. The American Automobile Association (AAA) and several automobile manufacturers have disputed the EPA’s claims saying that using E15 fuel can damage fuel lines and void owner’s warrantees. BMW, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen have said their warranties will not cover fuel-related claims caused by E15. Ford, Honda, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have said E15 use will void warranties.


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Some students go to school to learn and some students go to school to be the class jester. We all have them—the mumblers, the puffers and the “roll my eyes at every word” Virginia students who usually sit in Valencia Staff Writer the back row. Unfortunately, lucky students like me get the smartasses next to them who have a remark for everything the teacher says. Having Valencia as my last name means I have always sat in the back. Kindergarten? Yes. College lectures? Oh yes. And I usually enjoy it, but not when a know-it-all pops out of nowhere. The teacher is lecturing and a hand is raised in the air. A ques-

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tion is thrown at the teacher that really has no reference to any point the teacher is trying to make in class – it’s unnecessary and pointless. There is no reason to ask that question at all, especially during class. Go after class or during the teacher’s office hours—that is why they have them. Students trying to show off? Now, that is a recurrent show in every class. Do not get me wrong. I am all for knowing the material at hand, but when one brings up irrelevant material to the lecture just to show that they know more than other students, that is annoying. As a student who does not enjoy reading books cover to cover, especially about history, I crave the teacher’s lecture for note-taking and less in-depth reading after class. If one really believes they know it all then why take the class? They are acting like they

have a degree in this already. Those students seem to forget they are students. Why compete with the teacher when the teacher is doing his/her job. More importantly, why are they not doing theirs? Write notes and learn, because no one really knows it all. Here is some advice—take the classes you like. However, if one has to take a class one does not want but need, suck it up. No one wants to hear a smartypants remark, funny or not. Students are there to learn, not for stand-up comedy shows. No student wants to pay for a class that is simply about how funny a student thinks he/she can get. It is fun to have a joke said during lecture and I enjoy it, but after a couple, it’s a problem. It is simply disruptive and distracting. So to the class jesters—know your limits. Remember to be a student before a clown.

Saying adios to the embargo On the grounds of economics, as well as the relevance of its objectives in 2013, the yearly tab of the embargo Adam on Cuba of Carr $1.2 billion Staff Writer is a shameful waste. In 1959, nearly all Cuban cattle ranches, mines and mineral concessions, utility plants and oil import-export businesses were rented to or owned by American companies. The U.S. supplied two-thirds of all imports to Cuba. The agrarian reforms of the Cuban Revolution ended the recognition of Cuban soil as “owned” by foreign companies and the land was seized and redistributed to the Cuban peasant and proletariat. In response to the seizure of land, the U.S. instituted import and travel restrictions. However, it was in retaliation to the hosting of Soviet nuclear weapons that all Cuban assets in the U.S. were frozen under the Trading with the Enemy Act in an attempt to economically isolate Cuba. Without commenting on the validity of the Cuban Revolution,

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I’m unhesitant to say that, from the point of view of the U.S. pre1991, the year the Soviet Union dissolved, the embargo was reasonable as a measure of national security of the U.S. But, nearly $100 billion and a half-century later, Cuba doesn’t pose a significant military risk. A 1998 report by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency concluded that Cuban military forces were “defensive” and “residual.” The embargo from a point of national security has been dated for over a decade. The U.S. policy toward Cuba denies the Cuban people the opportunity for lowercost foods and goods that can be purchased from the U.S., which in turn cheapens the opportunity

for independent economic growth based on tourism and trade in the private sector. The converse, in terms of American business, is true as well and for the same reasons. Though, on some visceral level, more important than the exchange of capital is the exchange of culture. In the same way that censorship not only denies one’s right to speak but of your right to hear them, the policy denies the American population the opportunity to explore the culture of our Caribbean neighbors. The U.S. ought to reverse the Cuban embargo on the grounds of economics, and on the grounds of, simply, cultural-exchange.

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“Make stupid jokes while the teacher is trying to talk.”

“Shake my desk with their feet.”

“On their phones, I guess. They don’t pay attention to class.”

“If they are eating something, not like Skittles, but some people go and get wings. They are so smelly.”

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OCC loses to sister school Drop on by for Men’s volleyball starts strong, but falls to Golden West College. BY TERAN RODRIGUEZ STAFF WRITER

When it came to the other teams in conference play, Orange Coast College’s head volleyball coach Travis Turner said that one of the teams his team will need to watch out for would be Golden West College. Unfortunately, OCC was unable to get the victory with a 3-1 loss against Golden West College on Friday at home. In the first set, OCC hardly trailed as they took the first set 25-21 with great pressure on the other team and amazing passing. In the second set, it was a much different story, as Golden West never trailed and fed off of OCC’s mistakes, thus leading to GWC taking the second set 25-22. The third set was neck and neck as both teams were tied throughout most of the set, but GWC broke through and took the second set 25-21. The fourth set was also neck and neck especially when OCC tied it 24-24, but OCC’s comeback fell short as GWC managed to get two consecutive points

thus leading them to taking the fourth set 26-24. OCC (5-3 overall 1-1 in conference) fell to Golden West College (5-2 1-0 in conference) three sets to one. After the game, coach Turner said his team fell to the Rustlers of Golden West. “The other team played really well after the first set. It wasn’t us holding back, it was the other team coming out and playing harder than us,” Turner said. Turner said what worked for his team was that his players Brendan Duff and Scott Enos stepped up when it mattered most. “We were doing really well in the first set. Unfortunately, we just lost intensity after that and we just couldn’t recover,” Enos, 21, a communications major said. The real problem for OCC was their passing and serving according to Enos, as it was just mistake after mistake for OCC. “Our passing and serving definitely needs a lot of work, but our blocking is what needs work too. Another thing we need is consistency. If we have more of that, then no team, not even Golden West College, will stand a chance.” Duff, 19, a marine biology major said. OCC will resume conference play with a two-game road trip starting Friday against San Diego.

a swim or two Students hoping for a spot on the team can head to the pool in May. BY BEAU NICOLETTE STAFF WRITER

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Orange Coast College’s men’s volleyball lost to sister college, Golden West College, 3-1 on Friday evening at home.

Pirates baseball starts slow, but wins big The latest victory boosts the teams confidence for conference. BY TERAN RODRIGUEZ STAFF WRITER

Orange Coast College’s baseball coach John Altobeli said he fears no teams when it comes to conference play. Fortunately for OCC, the team managed to open up conference play with a big win after overcoming a three-run deficit. OCC (13-3 overall, 1-0 in conference) beat Golden West College (7-7 overall 0-1 in conference) 14-6 on Thursday. The last win boosted the teams confidence of winning conference, said Austin Saenz, 19, a communications major. “I liked seeing our guys step up when it mattered most and as long as we take one game at a time, we’ll win conference with ease,”

Saenz said. In the second inning, OCC’s pitcher Dallas Draviczki gave up three runs, which forced Altobeli to turn to his other pitcher, David Wilson. OCC’s offense wasn’t too hot either through the first two innings, as they couldn’t get on base for the life of them. In the bottom of the third inning, OCC got on the board with four runs thanks to Cody Bruder, Tucker Chadd, Zach Nehrir and Manny Argomaniz. OCC was far from done when it came to scoring, as they got four more runs in the fourth inning to give them an 8-3 lead. After a scoreless fifth inning from both teams, OCC caught fire driving in six runs giving them a comfortable 14-3 lead. However, Golden West did not want to go down without a fight, as the Rustlers tried to mount a comeback in the 9th inning, but it wasn’t enough. “I absolutely loved our hitting, pitching and our pressure on the

The Orange Coast College men and women’s water polo team will be holding open tryouts the first week of May. Coach Adam Lee is calling all athletes, with or without a water polo background, to try out for the fall sport. Lee is reaching out to water polo athletes who may have played in high school or for other programs but became ‘burned out’ and stopped pursuing a polo career. The tryouts are also intended to tap into the athletic wealth that is Southern California, specifically Orange County, Lee said. “Maybe you are a phenomenal athlete that never had a chance to play water polo but you want to give it a try, that is what the open tryouts are for,” Lee said. Lee is in his sixth year with the women’s program, while this year marks his first as the men’s head coach. He has an extensive water polo career during which he was considered for the 2000 Olympic team, played professionally in Australia and more recently was the 2010 Orange Empire Conference coach of the year.

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Baseball wins its first conference game against Golden West.

other team,” assistant coach Scott Brewer said. Brewer said the player that stood out to him was Saenz. “We [OCC] didn’t fear anything when we feel behind 3-0; however, we do need to work on our situation hitting and our catching,” Brewer said. Saenz also said that a player that stepped up big time was pitcher Wilson. “I felt pretty good about pitching today and leading OCC to a great

victory in conference play,” Wilson, 19, a communications major said. Wilson got hit by the ball once when Golden West was at bat, but he shook it off and kept going. “This team has no fear within themselves and I feel that we [OCC] will be taking a lot of momentum into the next few conference games,” Wilson said. OCC, who has won nine out 10 games overall, will return to their home field at 2 p.m. on Saturday against Riverside.

just started crying,” she said. The common theme that came from all three of them was “normal.” They all said they were happy that everything was back to normal. “My husband said ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so happy. There’s just this light about him,’” Amber said. Amber said one thing that has never changed is the family’s energetic and upbeat attitudes. “As dire as the situation was,

and get involved and hear what’s going on around campus. It’s not the easiest thing to do on a commuter campus, but I think I like the challenge of it.” Perhaps her most notable and controversial achievement was the creation of the ASOCC’s new media policy, criticized by some as reducing the transparency of the ASOCC and even censoring members of student government The policy creates a sort of pecking order about who can speak to the press on behalf of

ASOCC depending upon the topic. According to Gajardo, the motivation behind the media policy was not to limit transparency, but rather to try to increase the communication between student government, increase efficiency, and really make sure that the most knowledgeable person is speaking on whatever the issue is. After such a prolific term as vice president of communications, Gajardo plans to continue work on the communications front as SGOCC president.

According to Josh Stone, 27, a political science major, Gajardo has plans to continue working to increase student involvement, which was the central aim of her term as VP of communications. “Her biggest goal is to increase the voter turn-out for the elections. She really wants to get students more involved in the election process so that the student body knows who they’re voting for, and we can really get the best results,” Stone said. Gajardo is passionate about getting students involved, due in part to her own experiences.

we always found humor throughout the day. Even at the worst points, we could get him to laugh,” Amber said. Zeke said he’s been getting constant check-ups and going to rehab three times a week for hour-long sessions at HOAG and UCLA. He also said he’s recently gotten a treadmill and been using it to get more active and get his body back in shape. “[I’ll go back] a couple months at the latest but hopefully I’ll get back to work and school,” Zeke said.

GSA: Students get support in OCC club. From Page 3

Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment that passed in the 2008 election that only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court is set to

listen to an appeal on the proposition on March 26. For both Reyes and Foy, their perfect world would include everyone being accepting of each other’s culture, orientation and identity, they said.


PRESIDENT: New student government president appointed from the ranks. From Page 3

After turning the women’s team into a consistent statewide top five team, Lee hopes to do the same on the men’s side. “I am looking to bring that structure and that mentality and that culture of a winning program and a winning system into the men’s program,” Lee said. Lee is hoping to recruit players who thought they had played their last game and show them the benefits of joining the program. “If you think it [was] fun in high school, it’s a hell-of-a lot more fun playing at community college. It’s a whole different experience then high school ball,” current player, a 19-year-old education major, Josiah Vander Kooy said. Team member Vivianne Mai, an 18-year-old communications major, said there is a strong team connection and that coach Lee is a solid coach with high expectations. Lee said he hopes to build a program that the community can be proud of as well as a program that focuses on teamwork and success out of the pool. Tryouts will include shooting drills, passing, one-on-one defense and other drills to test candidate’s skill sets, Lee said. Lee can be found on the pool deck every weekday at 3:15 p.m. or reached by email at alee@occ.

“Joining student government has really made my experience here not only a lot more fun, but a lot more meaningful. I think that when you develop relationships on campus and you do different things, it’s enriching to your character as a student and as an individual,” Gajardo said. With no immediate plans for transfer, Gajardo hinted that she might be back on the ticket next year.

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