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Volume 72, No. 11

Los Al says ‘no’ to state An Orange County city severs ties with California law. BY KASSIDY DILLON


Photos by Lauren Galvan

Orange Coast College student Caitlyn Nojiri, a 19-year-old environmental engineering major and organizer of the student walkout on campus last week, writes on a white board during the 17-minute event. Students (below) write letters.


Hundreds of students and faculty listened as an emotional speech calling for gun reform echoed through the Quad in a show of solidarity during last week’s National School Walkout. The walkout began at 10 a.m. and went on for 17 minutes — one minute for each of the 17 students and faculty members killed in the Feb. 14 mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Students from New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Connecticut, Columbine High School and communities across the country participated in the nationwide walkout. Alexandra Olvera, an 18-yearold OCC political science major, vice chair of the Advocacy Committee and one of the walkout’s main organizers, gave an emotional speech about the importance of gun control, met by silence and finally, clapping. “We are asking them to protect us as human beings because we have the right to not come to school scared. We can’t come to

school and ask ourselves, ‘Will we come home? Will this be the last class I listen to,’” a tearful Olvera said. “It’s come to the point where we need to protect our lives now. This is a human right, now. We’ve been asking this since elementary school students have been shot to death.” The event’s organizers read off each of the 17 victims’ names, followed by a moment of silence. One student was moved by the moment. “How many more kids and people have to die before something gets done,” 42-year-old English major Jen Peters said. The walkout was organized by OCC’s Amnesty International Club, which set up a table where students and faculty could write letters of support to victims of gun violence and to members of Congress. About 100 letters were written to Congress and 50 in support of victims of gun violence during the 17 minutes. “We’re standing up as a nation and we’re saying ‘no more,’” Olvera said.

Many students in attendance agreed that advocating for gun reform is paramount. “If we continue to do nothing about it, our lives are at stake, and you could be next, I could be next, anybody that you or I love could be the targets and we need to say enough is enough,” 25-year-old business administration major Jacob Friedman said. However not all students agreed with the walkout’s aim. “We are here to advocate for non-gun control. I believe that giving teachers the option to arm themselves would be the right way. If teachers can get a conceal to carry from the FBI, they should be able to carry wherever they are,” Alex Lo-

niak a 19-year-old landscape architecture major and treasurer of the OCC Republicans Club said. Loniak added that while he disagreed with the gun reform element of the walkout, he liked the fact that it was a peaceful, well-organized event. Caitlyn Nojiri, a 19-yearold environmental engineering major and president and co-founder of the Amnesty International Club, felt the event was successful. Nojiri was one of the event’s organizers. “If we do something like this again, we need more tables and more papers,” Nojiri said. “I think it was a really awesome outcome.”

Los Alamitos City Council members voted 4 to 1 Monday to exempt the city from California’s sanctuary state law, a move that will allow the city to work with federal authorities and law enforcement when dealing with undocumented immigrants. California is the only state in the nation that has established protections from deportation for undocumented immigrants through the California Values Act (SB 54), and with Monday’s vote, Los Alamitos is now the only city in California to work outside the state law. Los Alamitos also filed an amicus brief to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session’s lawsuit against the state and its sanctuary laws. “It’s not an immigration issue, it’s a law issue,” Mayor Pro Tem Warren Kusumoto said at the meeting. “We’re up here to deal with the folks that are within our borders. It’s not a matter of a border issue but there are other cities here in the county that I hope are taking a hard look at what they’re doing for their constituents.” About 200 people packed into Los Alamitos City Hall, with some watching on a monitor from an overflow room outside. Attendees were largely divided based on political affiliation, some of whom shouted “build that wall,” while others paraded signs calling for an end to attacks on immigrants. With the only no vote, Councilman Mark A. Chirco said that its approval would lead to further legal disputes and that the city is not equipped to fight a long lawsuit. “I cannot see how passing this ordinance would be good for our city. I am certain we would be facing litigation by the end of the week,” Chirco said. “Nobody here is a constitutional scholar, that is what we have the federal judiciary for and they will make the determination about whether this law (SB 54) is constitutional.” Pam Rozolis, a Los Alamitos resident for more than 48 years, said that exemption does not reflect

all Los Alamitos residents. “This state law has already been legally challenged by the federal government, Los Alamitos does not need to spend taxpayers’ money on a lawsuit,” Rozolis said during the public comments. “With this new act criminals won’t be running free. Public safety will still be protected while families living in fear will also be protected.” Los Alamitos resident Stephanie Tellez agreed. “Senate Bill 54 is a reflection of our values in California,” she said. “Enforcing federal immigration laws that feel mass deportations separate families and spread fear through immigrant communities are not among our values.” Meanwhile, Elsa Aldeguer, a member of the organization Make California Great Again, said that as a housekeeper, she feels that she has to unfairly compete for jobs with undocumented immigrants. She also identified as a Latina supporter of President Donald Trump. “A sanctuary state is protecting illegal criminals,” Aldeguer said. “The Democrats are putting illegals before the American people.” In the overflow area outside city hall, opinions remained at odds between opposing parties. Wes Parker, the artistic consultant for the Claremont-based group We the People Rising, was firmly for Los Alamitos’ exemption, saying he even wants to see the deportation of Dreamers, undocumented young people who came to the United States as children. “I don’t care about (immigrants). They have their own country. Go back and fix the country their parents should have fixed,” Parker said. “I have no compassion for these people. So what if they have been here for 10 years?” Following the public comments, Councilman Richard D. Murphy said he’s against sanctuary cities but suggested the council also consider the legal ramifications of the ordinance. “We disagree with Sacramento a lot. Are we going to start passing laws that say we aren’t going to follow state law every time we disagree with them?” he said. “I don’t think that would be prudent.” Spencer Golanka contributed to this report.

Former student A variety of student research on display sues the college jors the opportunity to present their work to a larger audience through an oral presentation, poster presentation or an art presentation. “This is the cream of the crop — the best of OCC,” biology instructional assistant and research symposium committee member Duy Pham said. Students will present their submissions during the research symposium to audience members and evaluators who will award a total of $3,000 in cash prizes to the top research-based, project-based and oral submissions. According to dean of kinesiology and research symposium committee member Michael Sutliff, the symposium is compiled

of about 30 student submissions in different fields, from social and behavioral sciences to applied sciences, from technology to art. “Every division is represented. The gamut is just incredibly broad,” Sutliff said. Bringing a research symposium to OCC was the brainchild of Sutliff and Dean of math and sciences Tara Giblin. The two came from four-year universities, common facilitators of research symposiums, and sought out funding through the Giles T. Brown endowment to bring the experience of a symposium and the process behind it to the students at OCC. “We wanted to show students what it (the symposium) could be

Grand opening

Homeless crisis

Powerful women

The Fashion department unveils its first pop-up store.

Santa Ana riverbed problem comes to a head.

Coast Report editors honor the women in their lives.

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A common event at four-years comes to OCC next month. BY SARA TEAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

From the decomposition of bodies in California’s wetlands, to the cause and effect of the alt-right’s rising tide, a vast and eclectic collection of students’ studies will culminate on April 13 for Orange Coast College’s second annual Giles T. Brown Student Project and Research Symposium. The research symposium grants students across all ma-

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like and to really cast a vision,” Giblin said. Students involved with the research symposium have the opportunity to work one on one with a faculty member that serves as their mentor throughout the process. Though the symposium is not until April, the research symposium committee put on a mentor mixer in the beginning of the fall 2017 semester to encourage interested students to meet with potential faculty members who would serve as their mentor along the process. “Connecting with a mentor is vital to the project,” Chemistry instructor and Research Symposium Committee member Amy Hellman said. Interested students had to declare their intent to submit in November. Their mentors worked with them outside of the classroom on their projects throughout the course of the year, aiding with the studies and research itself and ways to build presentation skills. Though the skills are developed, the research symposium grants students the opportunity See SYMPOSIUM Page 2

Robert McDougal names OCC and 12 employees in the action. BY MARGHERITA BEALE MANAGING EDITOR

A former Orange Coast College student, accused of repeatedly violating a restraining order and felony vandalism, is suing the college and the Coast Community College District for negligence, emotional distress, assault, battery and false imprisonment. Robert McDougal, 22, who last year reportedly interrupted several chemistry classes and is charged with vandalizing Campus Safety equipment, filed the civil lawsuit March 5. In addition to the district and the college, he named 12 employees, including administrators, faculty and staff. While McDougal’s pre-trial hearing for the restraining order violation and vandalism charges was set for last Friday, it was continued to April 13. He has pled not guilty to all the charges. The lawsuit filed earlier this month came on the heels of a

claim made in August by McDougal that sought $5 million in damages. McDougal’s attorney claimed in a letter to the district at that time that the college did not accommodate for his client’s physical and mental disability. According to the letter, McDougal has been diagnosed with autism and ulcerative colitis. In suing for negligence and emotional distress, the lawsuit claims that OCC did not suitably accommodate for McDougal’s disabilities. It also alleges assault and battery as a result of Campus Safety officers tackling and pepper spraying him and false imprisonment because they held him for a period of time. He claims the college and district are violating the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which states that full and equal accommodations must be provided for an individual with a disability. During the spring 2017 semester, McDougal reportedly became angry after earning a B on a chemistry quiz. The lawsuit alleges that due to his mental disability, he became fixated with his grade and impulsively dropped the class, following which he immediately tried to See LAWSUIT Page 2

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CRIME BLOTTER Duffle shuffle

A 2017 Honda Civic was reportedly broken into in the Art Center Parking Lot on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. The front passenger’s window was shattered and the victim’s black duffle bag stolen, according to Chief of Campus Safety John Farmer. Campus Safety checked surveillance video and saw a black SUV lingering by the car and a male suspect approaching the passenger’s side. According to Farmer, because of the distance and placement of the car, the suspect’s face couldn’t be seen and there was no footage of him breaking the window. Further investigation will be done by the Costa Mesa Police Department.

Scooter scuffle

A Campus Safety officer was called to the Swap Meet on Sunday about 7:30 a.m. about two non-student vendors verbally arguing over a scooter. There was apparently confusion over where the scooter came from and who owned it. After threats were made, Swap Meet staff made a supplemental report because the incident involved two vendors, Farmer said.

Sink sunk

A sink was found broken off the wall in a men’s Social Science restroom during Orange Coast College’s Senior Day last week after a staff member called Campus Safety, Farmer said. The staff member reported hearing two men making noise in the restroom and claimed they were jumping on the sink, he added. She reported confronting them when they came out of the restroom, but the suspects quickly left. Campus Safety viewed video footage and did see to two men coming out of the restroom, but were not able to identify them. Maintenance will get a cost to replace the sink.

Scratch off

A male student reported a scratch on his 2017 Chevy Silverado parked in the Gym Parking Lot. The victim noticed a 25-inch long scratch on the side of his car on Thursday around 1 p.m. According to Farmer, there is video footage of the car but noone is seen causing the damage. — The Crime Blotter was compiled by Lisette Saldivar from Campus Safety reports.

It’s school, not Tinder BY AUDREY KEMP STAFF WRITER

While most students have reported positive experiences using OCC’s new app, some say there has been harassment on both the private messaging feature and in the student feed, an open forum in which students and faculty can communicate. Karen Schwandt, a 28-year-old studio art major, said she was solicited via the private messaging feature by a male student. “There needs to be more moderation from developers so harassment doesn’t take place,” Schwandt said. “(The app developers should) take the direct messaging out until everyone actually follows policy.” Georgia Grisham, an 18-yearold studying political science, was also harassed on more than one occasion by another app user. Although Grisham thinks the app is a great resource for finding textbooks or school supplies on campus, she thinks students should not be able to contact her without permission. “I did not sign up to be harassed and I don’t think anyone else did either. So, I would like a request button before they can send private messages to me,” Grisham said. According to the app’s description, it is meant to connect faculty, staff, classmates and friends. The app also grants students access to information regarding events, a virtual tour of the campus, a link to MyOCC and Canvas and a feed for students to communicate. Although the Community tab is separated by the student feed, lost and found, housing, news and ride sharing, students said they could

benefit from even more differentiated tabs. Studio art major Corey Hopkins, 19, said although his experience with the app so far has been fairly good, he would like to see a bit more differentiation within the student feed and calendar. “A recommendation would be a separate tab for buying and selling books — also maybe color coding for assignments on the calendar would make it easier to understand,” Hopkins said. Nasim Obeid, a 19-year-old cognitive science major, also wanted to see a separate tab for buying and selling textbooks and said it’s annoying to see students selling books in the main posting section. Others would like to see a designated space where honor students can connect. “As the president of Alpha Gamma Sigma, I like to make sure my members are up to date on deadlines for applications and get them involved with extracurricular activities on campus,” Carmen Chavez, 28, a mass media communications major said. Although students would like to see minor changes, many see the app’s potential to be a versatile and helpful tool for students. “So far, my experience with the app is good,” said 21-yearold engineering student Man Ngoc Tue Lam, “Asking for information (on the app) is much easier than asking strangers.” The app is an amazing way to connect with other students and faculty, Obeid said. “Overall, it has great potential to be a valuable utility for OCC and its students,” he said. The OCC app is available for free for smartphones.

Photo by Devin Michaels

Orange Coast College students gather in front of the OCC’s Fashion department’s first on-campus pop-up clothing store The Box during its grand opening on Monday. Live music, food and accessories were made available to the public.

Bringing style to OCC BY LISETTE SALDIVAR, STAFF WRITER Crowds of students gathered for live music, food and shopping during the opening of Orange Coast College’s first on-campus pop-up retail shop Monday. The Box, created and run by OCC’s Fashion department, is featuring Tavik as its first brand and will have Sister LB, RVCA, Publish and Volcom featured later in the semester. “It was a really nice way to connect industries with students and a big shoutout to Michelle

Craner for integrating it into her classroom,” said Christina Amaral, an OCC fashion instructor. The opening had a large student and faculty turn out, with Fashion department students handing out boxes of water, popsicles, kombucha drinks, hair ties, stickers and pins. OCC President Dennis Harkins and other members of administration were present to cut the ribbon. Craner, an OCC fashion

Four-peat win for the speech team FROM CAMPUS REPORTS

For the fourth year in a row, the Orange Coast College Speech, Theatre and Debate Team are state champions. The team took home top honors at the California Community College Forensic Association State Championship on March 11, leaving the 23 other community colleges in the dust with its 285-point finish. Moorpark College came in second with 206.25 points. “It is always fascinating to see what the students can do,” director of platform events Shauhin Davari said. “We are fortunate to have such a strong student body that can rise to the occasion and show just how intelligent and powerful they truly are.” Sarah Sulewski was given the Keeling/Fricker award, an honor bestowed upon the top performer in interpretation events.

Sulewski’s victory brought the award full circle, the Keeling/ Fricker award is named for former OCC forensics director Norm Fricker. With three gold medals and one silver, Krista Apardian also took home the 2018 top speaker award, an award granted to the student with the most success across all events. The team took home six firstplace awards, 10 gold medals, seven silver medals and 14 bronze medal finishes. “Our students rose to the occasion with all of the challenges that were placed before them,” assistant debate coach Hannah Haghighat said. “They were fierce competitors who gave this tournament everything that they had. The coaching staff could not be more proud of our students.” The team will look to bring its success story next to Daytona Beach, Fla. for the Phi Rho Pi Speech and Debate National Tournament from April 10-14.

instructor, said she is incorporating The Box into her lesson plans. Three of her classes will periodically visit the pop-up during the semester to learn from it and the brands involved. Jillian Leeman, Tavik’s vice president of sales and marketing and a former OCC student, said it’s important to have students and the brand connect simultaneously. “This is the direct consumer. You can really learn a lot here. It’s a great opportunity for us to

learn from students and them to learn from us too,” Leeman said. Amaral said she hopes The Box can be a model program for other schools in the state. The Box will host a variety of events and panel lectures throughout the semester. On Wednesday, Tavik will be handing out free battery packs for attendees to design from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Leeman will be featured as a guest speaker Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Making a difference with work attire Students can help those in need by donating gently used clothing. BY MISAKI YOSHIMURA STAFF WRITER

Student Equity and the Career Service Center are collaborating on the event Dress for Success, a business attire collection drive, in hopes of helping students in career fairs and job interviews. Jordan Clark, outreach program specialist in career and vocational education said that he was inspired by Pirates’ Cove, OCC’s on-campus food pantry. “If we have a food pantry, then it would make sense to have something for clothes too,” Clark said. The drive is seeking new or gently used suits, jackets,

pants, dress shirts, blouses, dresses and ties from the OCC community. Collection boxes have been set up in front of the library, inside of the MBCC building and Student Equity room 205 and the Associated Students of Orange Coast College office. Jenna Perez, a 20-year-old sociology major and Student Equity ambassador not only wanted to help students with business attire but also wanted to bring awareness to the program. Students can also pick up donated clothes from a closet at Watson Hall. The drive, which started Feb. 19 and ends April 9, has collected about five trash bags worth of clothes so far. Now, organizers are planning to relocate and expand the closet by Watson Hall to the third floor of the building. “In the future, I’m hoping to work with the Fashion department somehow,” Perez said.

LAWSUIT: Former student is suing the college for negligence and assault. From Page 1

get reinstated. He allegedly created a scene in several classes trying to get his issues resolved. The lawsuit claims that McDougal, unaware as to why he could not return to class, was tackled and pepper

sprayed by Campus Safety as he ran away from them. Campus officials say that he was tackled and subsequently pepper sprayed because of his actions. Last March, he was also accused of felony vandalism and a hate crime after

allegedly carving a swastika and the N-word onto the hood of a Campus Safety vehicle and slashing its tires. In September, he was arrested on a $500,000 warrant in San Diego County after failing to appear for his arraignment in Orange County on an assort-

ment of charges stemming from his repeated attempts to come onto the OCC campus. In October, McDougal posted $35,000 bail and was released from jail. McDougal’s attorney, John Christl, denied any request for comment.

SYMPOSIUM: Students can win a total of $3,000 in cash prizes through participation. From Page 1

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to learn new skills at the hands of their mentors. Students get an inside look at the trained methodology behind research projects and presentations and acquire new skills like how to professionally publish their findings. “The number one piece is the mentor. The mentor is there to shepherd (the student) along

the way. The mentor is key,” Sutliff said. In its preparatory 2017 debut, the research symposium came at the hands of an overextended six committee members, Giblin said. Riding the backs of its booming success and defying any signs of a sophomore slump, the committee has now doubled in size. Made up of two deans, 12 faculty and two staff members, the committee

has worked overtime to put together events like the mentor mixer, workshops on how to write abstracts and the upcoming oral presentation practice on April 4. The symposium’s enthusiastic support in its return is largely due to the success of its first run. According to Pham, he was involved with the first symposium purely as a project evaluator but said he was so

inspired and enthused leaving the symposium that he vowed to be directly involved in its second year. The surging enthusiasm and pride that powers the committee is what gives it its edge, Pham said. “I love working with the committee. These people (the committee) are extremely motivated and that’s what’s exciting about higher education,” Sutliff said.

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Teaching the power of yoga at OCC

OCC offers an affordable yoga instructor certification. BY FELI PLIEGO STAFF WRITER

For about one-tenth of the price of average studio training, Orange Coast College offers yoga teacher training and certification that can be completed in one semester. Yoga instructor training and certification is a 200-hour course, taught by Ashley McKeachie, and recently had its first class of graduates. The program has more than 30 students enrolled, including OCC students, faculty and staff, and a two-semester waitlist. “To get involved in yoga, you learn about yourself,” McKeachie said. “You will find joy and it will teach life skills, it will help in gaining confidence, speak eloquently and walk elegantly. Yoga will teach you proper breathing techniques, meditation, and body movements.”

McKeachie has created a program that provides an affordable alternative to private yoga studio training. Instead of paying anywhere between $2,500-$3,500 at a private studio, at OCC, students pay less than $300. The courses include Theory of Yoga and Yoga Methodology, both lecture classes for three units each, and Hatha Yoga Levels I and II, one unit each. After completing the course, students are certified and able to teach in health spas and yoga or dance studios. It takes only one semester to complete the 200hour program, or students have the opportunity to spread the courses out over a few semesters. This training is not only for students wanting to teach yoga it is also for those wanting to deepen their practice of yoga. “I am loving it,” Miranda Lennert, a 21-year-old liberal arts major said. “Yoga has transformed me completely, both mentally and spiritually.” Daniel Alavi, a 34-year-old natural sciences major, agreed. “Yoga is a good practice for

anyone to have, it relieves a lot of stress,” Alavi said. McKeachie, meanwhile, said that yoga helped her recover from some health problems. “In 2010 I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid,” she said. “I could not feel comfortable, nor happy, I had anxiety and depression. After I had yoga instruction I felt like a new person.” McKeachie said her first yoga teacher gave her great feedback when she was feeling down, which inspired her mission to become a yoga therapist and instructor. McKeachie obtained her master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University. She was hired as an adjunct instructor in fall of 2014. She also works at Orange County Pain and Wellness Center in Santa Ana where she is a yoga therapist. She created the teacher’s training program, which was implemented in the fall last year, with 30 students graduating from the course. She hopes the same num-

Photo by Devin Michaels

Ashley McKeachie (center), an OCC yoga methodology instructor, leads a class in a 200-hour yoga teacher program.

ber will graduate this May. Jacob Vetter, a 19-year-old mechanical engineering major, said that McKeachie’s class has helped him relax. “Yoga has inspired me and has given me the time to calm down,” he said. “I have been doing yoga for one and half years. My mom has Graves’ disease and I hope to help my mom with different yoga positions.”

Yoga veterans have also found value in the class. “I have been doing yoga as it helps me to relieve anxiety and for cool-down after an arduous exercise,” Josh Pagtalunan, a 41-year-old undeclared major who has been doing yoga for about 10 years, said. McKeachie said that she eventually wants to expand the yoga teacher’s program to 300 hours so

that it will include more advanced training and to have more classes with fewer students so there can be more one-on-one instruction time. “It is such a joy when I saw the ‘aha moment’ when a student accomplishes a challenging yoga posture and begins focusing on positive energy to redirect the negative energy in your mind,” she said.

Center and outreach volunteer for Drug Free Anaheim in the months leading up to the evictions, said the county originally agreed to provide 400 motel vouchers but others from outside the river trail found a place

in line. “It was so overwhelming for the county,” Jimenez said. “People who said they were advocates were picking up homeless people from random areas and dropping them off at the flood control channel, telling them to ask for a motel room.” Attorneys for the homeless, including Brooke Weitzman, who originally filed a lawsuit against the county in January over the river encampment clearing on behalf of seven homeless people, had argued that some homeless couples were separated in the transition process and that the county had not expanded shelter options enough. At the hearing, Carter pushed officials to work together to form an agreement by the end of the day and ordered that attorneys have access to the assessments conducted by the county over the 30-day motel transition, with the individual’s consent. Despite these accommodations, Aly and other advocates said one of the main problems is the deeply rooted marginalization of the homeless, fueled by claims that the homeless population is dangerous or opposed to help. Aly specifically pointed to Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who in a March 4 interview on KNBC, called one-third of the homeless population, “basically feral, they just travel from place to place and they want to have

nothing to do with society.” “Just because they’re out of the riverbed doesn’t mean the problem is over,” Aly said. “Because they were labeled as dangerous there is a bigger problem because they’ve been stigmatized constantly over the past year and they were concentrated, now they are spread out.” Carter addressed the city managers in attendance and urged them to be proactive in finding solutions to homelessness in their communities going forward. He confronted the cities suspected of “dumping” homeless people from their own cities into others, while speaking hypothetically. “Be very careful of what your accusation is in terms of not taking some of these folks back into your communities that you think are pristine and virtuous,” Carter said as he pointed at an official seated in the hearing. “If anyone wants to play the [body camera] tapes, I’m asking for a Justice Department investigation.” According to Carter, the county and City of Santa Ana plan to move people out of the Civic Center as soon as possible in a humane and dignified way. “There’s one thing that can’t occur and that is a state of homelessness,” Carter said. “You can’t take a group of people under the Constitution and have this ping pong effect because they’re homeless.”

Officials agree on homeless housing plan Efforts to resolve the Santa Ana riverbed crisis are slowly developing. BY KASSIDY DILLON


Orange County officials agreed on Saturday during a federal court hearing led by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter to extend motel stays on a case-by-case basis for homeless people who were evicted from the Santa Ana River trail last month. The 30-day maximum stay for river trail occupants who moved to motels began expiring Friday and the county will continue to relocate them as needed throughout the week. After a full day of meetings between city managers, county supervisors and attorneys representing the homeless in efforts to devise a plan for extended housing options, officials came to its agreement. “This is not a blanket extension for all motel vouchers,” Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Andrew Do said. “In our discretion, if we feel there are cases that warrant closer examination and if we need time for that process, we are willing to extend motel vouchers to those individuals and those individuals only.” The county will make avail-

able to the plaintiffs lawyers all information about where the people who were relocated from the river trail are housed as well as the location of the individuals scheduled to be transferred this week, according to Do. The hearing, that was originally called to assess concerns that the county was unprepared to efficiently move and house the riverbed homeless, included the county’s new agreement to clear the encampment in the Santa Ana Civic Center just outside of the Santa Ana City Hall where over 150 people reside. “I haven’t told you until today that I am adamant about getting rid of this degradation in the Civic Center,” Carter said in the meeting. “You don’t have the bed spaces you think you’ve got. I’m going to put more stress on the system, and if you’re not going to do it then I’m going to write an opinion, got it?” The county has assured there is enough room to move the former river trail occupants into transitional shelters and treatment and rehabilitation centers, however some are skeptical and fear further displacement of the transients. In addition to the county’s claims that there is sufficient bed availability, Do said in the meeting Saturday that $70 million in unspent funds from the Mental Health Services Act will be put to use in addressing

Photos by Obeydah Darwish

A banner (above), formerly attached to one of the shelters reads, “Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death.” A sign that reads “Deadlyland,” referencing nearby Disneyland (right), is placed in the entrance of the Santa Ana Riverbed.

homelessness. Mohammed Aly, founder of Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition, an attorney and a former Orange Coast College student, predicted there will not be enough beds now that Carter has introduced his plan to clear the Civic Center area. “The county is arguing that the riverbed homeless will have enough beds but now they will be competing with those from the Civic Center,” Aly said. Tamara Jimenez, an employee at Lighthouse Treatment

‘Pirate’s Plank’ gives business students a chance to succeed The second annual mock “Shark Tank” showcases young entrepreuners. BY LINDA MIZRAHI STAFF WRITER

It takes a vision and a village. When business instructor Mark Grooms applied to Orange Coast College three years ago, he wanted to start an annual event like ABC’s hit television show “Shark Tank.” Now, with the help of corporate sponsors and local business leaders, OCC’s entrepreneurial hopefuls can pitch their busi-

ness ideas to gain an outsideof-the-box learning experience — and a chance to win $500. The aptly named Pirate’s Plank Pitch Competition, which has proven to be a successful platform for OCC business students, will hold its second annual event April 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Prior to the live competition, contestants were required to answer six questions on a written application. The submissions define the problem and solution of business ideas, identify the market, potential revenue, expenses, competition and amount of

investment if needed. “This year, two additional questions were added,” Grooms said. “Do they think it is a viable business? If they already have a business, what are the plans to grow it? Equipment needed? Staff?” This year, 14 written applications were submitted from OCC students. Grooms will present them anonymously to 12 OCC faculty evaluators from departments including culinary, computer science, fashion, library and technology, who will then score each submission. Grooms will then choose the top seven contenders to pitch their ideas to a live judging panel and audience. To wow

the panel of judges, the top seven will have to present their idea “in a way that anyone can understand,” Grooms said. Although prototypes, business stats or samples are not required, “anything that makes it real, is better,” he said. The three judges — who, unlike their counterparts on TV, will also offer advice and encouragement — include Alex Aydin, founder and CEO of BookingPal, Joseph Jeong, an attorney and senior vice president at First Bank, and Norman C. Lao, creative director for Simple Green. The panel will choose two winners who will be awarded $500 each. Last year, Raheela Maniar

won Most Likely to Succeed for her fashion brand Zero Degrees Zero. A UC Berkeley graduate and UC Irvine instructor, Maniar came to OCC to take classes in fashion and business. “I didn’t want to enter the competition because I didn’t think the brand was unique or revolutionary,” Maniar said. “Professor Grooms encouraged me to apply.” Although the brand name will slightly change, Maniar’s modest yet sophisticated clothing line for Muslim women is now in the product development phase. “Samples take times to produce,” she said.

Thanks to Pirate’s Plank, the year was worth the wait. OCC business management student Michael Ambrose, 28, won Most Innovative Idea last year for TextTrade, an online marketplace for college students to buy and sell textbooks with other students on campus. “TextTrade was an idea that I occasionally journaled about,” Ambrose said. “Once I began to discover the truth behind the corrupt textbook publishing industry, I knew something needed to happen to make a change.” Ambrose said he is ready to launch his smartphone application in April, with more than 100 users from OCC.

Library classes offer a vast array of resources to students at OCC BY MISAKI YOSHIMURA STAFF WRITER

Every semester, the Orange Coast College Library offers at least 16 workshops to help students efficiently utilize resources that they may be unfamiliar with. Vinta Oviatt, an instructional service librarian who arranges and teaches the workshops, said librarians use the workshops

to help students learn about resources available in the library. “We’re not doing it for you, but this is how we can teach,” Oviatt said. Workshops include instruction on how to access resources, search for credible resources, how to avoid plagiarism and tips on access online resources even when students are off campus. The Library has about 20,000

e-books and 100,000 print books which students can also access for free. Oviatt said that at the start of each semester, the workshops include around five to six students and by the end they have about 10 students. Many attend the workshops to earn extra credit primarily for from English or mass communication classes which are required

to write essays and research papers. One student who attended a workshop for her English 100 class said she learned a lot. “I had no idea (about the resources the library has),” said Megan Heart, a 24-year-old undecided major. “I feel like it was very clear and concise — not too in depth.” According to Oviatt, it is

important to be aware of the accuracy of informational and to use information safely and credibly. In addition to workshops, the library also offers a two-unit class throughout the academic year which fulfills the general education category. “The class basically teaches the library workshops but runs through the whole semester, so

it goes really in depth. It helps when you transfer to know how to do research at the college level, because what is necessary for finding restaurants or small things you do on the Internet is not what you need for a college research paper,” Lori Cassidy, an instructional design librarian said. The next library workshop will be held tonight at 6 p.m.

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Mysteries of ancient findings An OCC professor explores uncovered secrets of ancient discoveries. BY KASSIDY DILLON STAFF WRITER

Curious students lingered around the Robert B. Moore Theatre Friday evening, discussing some of the most prominent archaeological discoveries and waiting to question Irini Rickerson about the latest revelations she had discussed in her Mysteries of Ancient Archaeology lecture. Rickerson, an Orange Coast College art instructor, shared with the audience her experience researching areas of interest in Greece over the course of six years. The Palace of Nestor was once thought to be mythological until researchers discovered its remains in the 1930s. Decades later, excavations are complete and the palace in Pylos, Greece is now open to visitors. According to Rickerson, her research began when curiosity struck about whether the Palace of Odysseus was somewhere in Greece, undiscovered. She wondered how probable it was that the palace, like the Palace of Nestor, was more than mythological. “We had been working on the island for six years, and of course, I realized finding the actual palace was not an easy task and that it was possible it would never be found,” Rickerson said to the

theatre of over 100 guests. “But it is always good to be dreaming about things and (to) go for it.” Rickerson said that while they may not have found the palace like she had dreamed of, other discoveries naturally came about during her years of searching. With the use of GPR, ground penetrating radar, Rickerson and a team of Greek expert archaeologists found points of interest in the most discreet regions of the island. Two years ago, Rickerson and her team located the exact positions of two Mycenaean tombs through GPR, scaled at about 15 feet in diameter. To Rickerson’s knowledge, the tombs were made for multiple people in context to the size of the chambers. According to Rickerson, they were granted a three-year extension for GPR use as a result of their tomb discoveries. Rickerson plans to return to the site this summer with her team to meet with the regional archaeologists to discuss the results of the GPR and to convince them to excavate specific points of interest. “I guess it takes patience and patience is not my virtue,” Rickerson said in her lecture. “So I’m going to make sure I bother them so much this summer that they will be sick and tired of me bothering them that they will do it. That is my goal.” Rickerson went on to discuss discoveries found on the Greek island of Antikythera, the pyramids on Pico Island in the Azores autonomous region of Portugal, sophisticated findings in Japan, South America, Turkey and traces

from the earliest signs of civilization that have left researchers today in awe. In the lecture, Rickerson explained the Antikythera mechanism, an unusual artifact that has peaked the interest of historians and archaeologists for decades and changed what scholars thought they knew about the general timeline of technology. The mechanism is said to have spent nearly 2,000 years in the sea. When discovered in the early 19th century, none were able to make sense of the artifact. X-ray technology in the 1970s and 1990s however, helped depict the complexity of the device, what some may refer to as the first computer. Similar to a modern clock, the mechanism had rotating hands but instead of hours and minutes, its hands represented the moon and the sun, one for Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Jocelyn Rodriguez, a 20-yearold biology major at OCC, was curious about the level of complexity in societies of the earliest centuries and if they were more advanced than scholars imagine them to be. “I wonder if there are certain things beyond our level of comprehension,” Rodriguez said. “It was interesting to see similar patterns in disjointed societies and how they constructed them and functioned.” Rodriguez said Rickerson’s lecture gave her a sense of perspective in regards to how ancient civilization could compare to technological developments today.

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OCC art instructor Irini Rickerson prepares to speak to an audience before the Mysteries of Ancient Archaeology lecture in the Robert B. Moore Theatre Friday evening.

“I think about what would happen if there was a catastrophic event and what clues would we leave behind,” Rodriguez said. “Would people in the future understand our levels of advancements?” Other students thought the information was groundbreaking. “I was rather surprised at the amount of information and findings that were news to me, and I study this on a weekly basis,” 19-year-old engineering major Joshua Chong said. Rickerson said she felt the lecture went surprisingly well and the amount of students asking questions and discussing the topics at the end proved they were interested. “My goal was to be able to get people out of the box and open to new ideas,” Rickerson said.

“I think that with all this new information they saw, it makes them start to think about things.” Even more than an understanding of ancient Greece, Rickerson hopes to encourage students to pursue lifelong learning, no matter the subject. The lecture was open to students, faculty and anyone with an interest in archaeology. Tickets were $15 and some instructors on campus offered extra credit for students who attended. According to Rickerson, the money will go toward OCC student scholarships. “If you can, instill in your students the curiosity to research more and to think critically for themselves,” Rickerson said. “I hope for students to be intrigued and go further into researching themselves and to be open minded.”

In one play, “The Apron,” a young Irish woman bound for the United States deals with the pain of leaving her older sister behind. They recite a last conversation by seashore. Actress Bethany Wheat portrays Maire McMahon, who is about to leave for New York, and Crystal Erica Altamirano plays Peig McMahon. Their impressive Irish accents beautifully recited a heart wrenching script riddled with moments of audience laughter. Another play, “A Mule in J.F.K.” is about a conversation between a Columbian drug-runner, Ramon, played by Zion Aguilar, and an airport security guard, played by Naveen Ratnayake. The guard smokes an herbal cigarette and falls into negative pessimism of the American dream ideal. The drug mule crawls out of a body bag and explains he died after the drugs smuggled in his stomach made him feel ill. The conversation between a stoned security guard and the deceased drug-runner with opposite views of the American immigration experience is surely jarring. Other plays depicted the lives of African slaves marching from

one state to another, and a Japanese immigrant who attends English as a Second Language classes. “It is so relevant to what is happening in our society today—the immigration issues that we are facing. The elimination of DACA and the travel ban, it is terrible,” Abraham Arias, a 20-year-old theater arts major who plays Gulliver in “Dead Bolivian on a Raft” and Red in “Oh Wild West Wind,” said. Diana Lyn, a 20-year-old theatre major who watched “Rowing to America,” said she thought it was a great idea to showcase a variety of stories and experiences. “I like The Apron where the sisters talk about one leaving the other behind. I think immigrants are important to America and we should embrace them, not build walls to keep them out,” Lyn said. The play ended with the cast chanting “build bridges not walls!” before bowing and ending the show. “Rowing to America: the Immigrant Project” plays in the Drama Lab Friday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and once at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Immigration stories take center stage Theatre students tell the tales of traveling into the United States. BY ISABELLA BALANDRAN AND FELI PLIEGO STAFF WRITERS

Through eight poetic, monologue-style, one-act plays, “Rowing to America: The Immigrant Project” draws on historic anecdotes to convey similarity to the modern immigration experience. The production will be held in the Orange Coast College Drama Lab Friday through Sunday. Directed by Naomi Buckley, “Rowing to America” showcases a variety of different experiences of immigration, migration and colonization throughout history. “It certainly brought back to my memory that these fears that we have that ‘the other’ is dangerous, the other is here to harm us, to hurt our children, to change our way of life, these tropes have been with us almost since the beginning of America,” Buckley, a theatre instruc-

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Orange Coast College student Stacy Gunarian, rows at a dress rehearsal Thursday, March 15. “Rowing to America: the Immigrant Project” plays in the Drama Lab Friday through Sunday.

tor at Cal State Dominguez Hills, said. This is her third year as a guest director at OCC. “Rowing to America” debuted on Friday in the Drama Lab. The 14-member student cast performed “Dead Bolivians on a Raft” by Guillermo Reyes, “The Apron by Meg Griffith,” “Slave Coffee /With Observer” by J. Rufus Caleb, “Rowing to America” by Kitty Chen, “Homeland” by Sachi

Oyama, “Famous Ali” by Robert Clyman, “A Mule in J.F.K.” by Keith Glover and “Oh Wild West Wind” by Karen Sunde. The multicultural skits were often comical, and at other times brutally tragic, but all were poetic and inspired by immigration stories from various nations including Cuba, Mexico, Ireland, African slavery and the Native American colonization experience.

eyes didn’t know where to look at first. My attention was soon directed to flashy costumes from “The Greatest Showman,” one of my favorite movies from last year. The first room was filled with powerful costumes, from Wonder Woman’s custom-built, metallic body suit to the emerald green, spider-looking head piece of Hela, Thor’s sister. Through the doorway, more elegant costumes were on display, including Belle’s silky yellow dress from “Beauty and the Beast” and the Beast’s embroidered navy suit. I noticed more of the intricate design and broadness of the suit and was surprised that Belle’s dress really wasn’t that exquisite. The simplicity of the dress made the actress Emma Watson’s petite figure even more apparent and you could imagine the furry Beast costume filling in the suit. Other movies displaying their costumes included “The Shape of Water,” “Jumanji,” “Lady Bird,” “I, Tonya,” “Dunkirk,” “IT,” “Pitch Perfect 3” and “Girls Trip.”

With a wide range of movies, it was nice to see such an eclectic group of costumes. Instead of looking like normal clothes on a mannequin, you were almost put in each movie scene since some mannequins were posed to match the clothes they were wearing. The “I, Tonya” leotards, for instance, almost skated off of the podium and actress Rebecca Ferguson’s elegant stance matched her “Greatest Showman” gown. The exhibit also took the extra step for detail and made paper hairstyles for each mannequin so that they matched the characters’ hair from the different movies. Select movies had screens nearby showing the process of creating some of the costumes. One showed a designer blowtorching a “Dunkirk” costume to get the perfect war look and another showed the process of making Karen Gillan’s “Jumanji” costume feminine but also functional. This exhibit showed the magic behind movie making, as some costumes don’t compare

Browsing costumes stitched for the stars FIDM offers famous wardrobes from Hollywood for viewing. BY JESSICA ENGELBART STAFF WRITER

On Saturday I attended the 26th annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum in Los Angeles, where costumes from Oscar-nominated films are on display. Wanting to be in the movie industry and hearing that Dunkirk costumes would be displayed, I decided I had to go. The FIDM website announced very few of the movies that were going to be featured, leading me to believe the exhibit would be rather small. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into a huge room with multiple costumes from nine movies and wide doorways that led to even more movie moments. There were so many welldressed mannequins that my

Campus Events

“Women in Public Service,” Thursday: Local women community leaders will host a panel conversation focused on leadership and public service. Panel guests will consist of former and current city councilwomen of nearby cities including Letitia Clark, Diane Dixon, Evelyn Hart and Mary Hornbuckle. Free. At noon in the Global Engagement Center. “Pirate Plank Business Pitch Competition,” April 5: The event, similar to ABC’s Shark Tank, encourages students to solve problems and follow their entrepreneurial spirit. Ideas will be presented to a panel of jugdes. Two presenters will be selected as “Most Likely to Succeed” and “Most Innovative, in addition to a cash prize. From 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. In the Robert B. Moore Theatre. “Music Producer Series,” Tuesday: The last of five classes in music production that provide handson experience with professional recording equipment. The series will be led by composer-engineer-producer, Dennis Anderson, in OCC’s recording studio. Tuition is $275 and classes can be taken as a series or individually. Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.


“Career Fair,” April 10: Employers will come to OCC to recruit students and alumni for jobs and internships. Career programs will showcase their programs and provide studetns with information. Students are welcome to attend and practice networking skill even if they aren’t ready to apply. Free for students and community members. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Quad.

Choral “OCC Chamber Singers concert,” Saturday: OCC’s elite choral ensemble will be joined by the renowned Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra to perform Brahms Requiem, directed by Eliza Rubenstein. Tickets are $15 and $10 with a current student ID. At 7:30 p.m. In the Robert B. Moore Theatre.

Film “Banff Mountain Film Festival,” Today: OCC will host the best films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. The films will include footage from climbing adventures, remote cultures and wild locations around the world. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $5 with a current student ID. At 7 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.


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The costumes from the movie “IT” being displayed at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

to the way they look on screen. The costumes also give a closer look at the people inside them. You realize that not all famous actors have the most perfect bodies and that they’re not all amazingly tall. Knowing many people in the entertainment industry, I am very aware that getting a job in it isn’t easy and that I will have to work hard to become the

screenwriter I wish to be one day. Each display had a plaque with the costume designer’s name and there were some designers that were FIDM alumni, which gave me the “I can do this too” attitude. The exhibit, which runs until April 7, is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the FIDM museum in Los Angeles.

“Jim DeFrance: A retrospective,” through April 7: An on-campus, retrospective exhibit will feature nearly 50 years of abstract pieces by Los Angeles artist Jim DeFrance (1940-2014). The exhibit is curated by former OCC art instructor Tom Dowling and former Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion director Trevor Norris.

Drama “Rowing to America: The Immigrant Project,” Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Naomi Buckley will direct OCC’s theatre department in a collection of one-act plays, inspired by stories of immigrants across the globe. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. At 7:30 p.m. In the Drama Lab Theatre.

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I have always been surrounded by strong and independent women who have shown me how to Lauren be a better Galvan and stronPhoto Editor ger human being. This Women’s History Month, I reflect on the most influential woman in my life, my Aunt Julia. She has been through a lot and yet still manages to be strong on a daily basis. My aunt taught me to not give a damn about what other people think of me and to be who I know I am. She’s dedicated to fighting for women’s rights and she never fails to be the badass I know she is. I’m proud to call her my aunt and I’m proud to call her my role model.

In the midst o f Wo m en’s History Month, one name has refused to leave my mind. Erlinda Lampino Teal immigratSara Teal Editor-in-Chief ed from the Philippines at 21 and as the youngest of her six siblings, became the first in her family to complete graduate school at UCLA. She has established herself as a healthcare administrative force to be reckoned with, rising through the ranks with fervor and smashing glass ceilings of gender and race along the way. Headstrong as ever, she emboldens those around her to speak their minds and stand up for themselves. With a heart that works just as hard as she does, my mother has taught me to foster a tender and open heart and the dual importance of tough skin and enjoying life.

As of about a year ago, the most influential woman in my life has been my grandmother. When I had nowhere to go, she took me Devin Michaels in and allowed Design Editor me to live with her rent free. She was the only grandparent involved in my upbringing and now she plays a major role in my adult life. She recently was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood, and I took her to the first chemotherapy session last week. Now I live with her doing whatever necessary to help her recover. Every breath she takes is a gift to me.

T h i s Wo m e n ’s History Month, I am honoring girls of the future. My younger sister ’s independence, Isabella political Balandran Features Editor awareness and unapologetic attitude has struck a chord in my heart and ignited hope for my future. At 16, Jessica rises by 4:30 a.m. each day to finish homework, make breakfast, wash and brush her short green hair all before zero period. She spends her days at school, studying, helping around the house and combatting hateful remarks wherever she goes. From her tidiness to her unique style to her courage in standing up for what is right, my sister has galvanized an energy in me to better myself and my surrounding world.

The most important woman in my life this Wo m e n ’s History Month and everyday is my mother. Spencer There is Golanka no competiSports Editor tion. Sorry, Oprah. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to adequately put into words how much she means to me. Although it sounds cliché, I would not be where I am today without her. She exceeds what it means to be a mother because of the precedent she sets for me and my sister. Her honest and hardworking approach to everyday activities is something that I hold dear to my heart. She has taught me more about the world than anyone I’ve ever met.

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ners. Their strength, passion and kindness inspires me to be better every day. Shout-out to all the mothers, especially the single mothers. The mothers working two jobs to support their families, the ones getting through graduate school, the ones taking things day by day. Though you may face twice the obstacles on your own, your resilience pays off. I would like to thank my mother who comes home from

The OCC app allows for harassment

The Orange Coast College smartphone application has been used by students for about a month and it’s apparMakenna ent there’s not Stone enough safety Staff Writer guidelines. Anyone, including OCC students stalking each other, can send private messages or post to the public forum, which then alerts every student who has the app. The app quickly escalated from a community chat for students to a breeding ground for inappropriate, creepy behavior. This isn’t news to most female students on campus who have been contacted by the same stalking male student. Multiple women have received persistent private messages requesting to meet up with this man, to get to know him and, yes, to send him pictures. It seems the developers didn’t think of this when designing the app. Who would’ve thought that a student would use a school platform to try to meet — and

harass — women? My first thought when this guy was persistently messaging me was that maybe he was a new student and using the app to try and meet friends. But that wasn’t the case. The little voice in my head said this wasn’t appropriate or normal behavior, that this guy was too persistent and that maybe this app wasn’t securely made. Within days of having the app, I was notified by the public feed that this same guy was messaging other girls. Supposedly he was reported by other students to Campus Safety. He apologized to the students on the public feed of the app, but continued to private message more female students. It was nice to see other students protective of the safety of the students being pestered. Male students demanded he stop. Thankfully, none of the female students have been physically harmed. I blocked him, but somehow still received notifications from him. Although I did not want to delete the app since I was attempting to sell textbooks, I did not want to be contacted by him.

work every day with cracked knuckles and an aching back but still makes time for household chores, dinner and cracking a few jokes. You taught me responsibility, independence and how to stand up for myself. To the working women, whether you’re working in customer service, hard labor or a corporate office job — thank you for your hard work and patience. The high heels, the unsolicited flirtatious gestures from

your male co-workers, the long hours — it’s not easy. Shout-out to the female punk vocalist donning band patches and Dr. Martens boots, who’s not afraid to make her presence known in a male-dominated music scene. The female drummer in the local grunge scene, the bass player in an all-girl indie rock band. Ladies throwing themselves into mosh pits, writing lyrics about empowerment and unapologetically being them-

selves. Your boldness and confidence motivates me to be true to myself. I would like to thank the female writers, poets, artists and activists. The female photographers and journalists who aren’t afraid to get in on the action. You all continue to make your voice known in a world that hasn’t always been kind to you. Thank you for all your contributions. Let’s continue to support each other as women.

Time to march for our lives The first thing taught in any history class is that history repeats itself, and if we ignore the lesIsabella sons of the Balandran past, we are Features Editor doomed to repeat our failures. When the Columbine massacre first happened in 1999, our nation should have identified a senseless mass killing of youth as the most preventable problem. The slaughter of children should have been such a horrifying occurrence that legislators should have strengthened gun laws decades ago. It should have been a stain on our history, one we should have prevented and looked back on with shock. You’d think nearly two decades later we would have made progress. It’s not too late. Stronger gun regulations could have prevented the hundreds of mass shootings that have occurred since Columbine. This phenomenon should have never become a phenomenon. It’s too late to save those

who have fallen, but it’s not too late to end this now. From Columbine to Sandy Hook to Parkland to every other city that has become a household name, a hashtag and something for legislators to tweet thoughts and prayers about, we — the supporters of the Parkland students’ Enough is Enough movement — know the victims and survivors of those cities are so much more. The young lives lost will never be forgotten and must be turned into energy for change. With so many mass shootings around the United States, it can be easy to become desensitized to just another shooting. But we must step back and remember that it is nothing less than a massacre, in which another American school now has had blood spilled across the classroom floor. It can be easy to become detached to the phenomenon, as there has yet to be a mass shooting in an Orange County school. But it’s only a matter of time. On Wednesday, we marched out of classes, we stood for 17 minutes, we rallied on social media, hashtagging our ways to change, but we must keep going.


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The rally and cries of the Parkland teen activists have echoed across the world. The cries of mourning lost classmates and the pleas for common sense gun laws have echoed so loud, they have shaken legislators nationwide. In Florida, a state with so many guns it has even been dubbed the Gunshine State, legislation has already begun to change. The Parkland teens have already made progress, but there’s so much more to be done and we need all hands on deck to keep going. On Saturday, we must March for our Lives. There will be marches held all over Southern California, including five in various Orange County cities. Whether you march in Santa Ana, Huntington Beach or Irvine, it is time to get up and march for your life, your peers’ lives and your future children’s lives. To overlook the phenomenon of gun violence in U.S. schools is to blindly give guns to the killers. We cannot afford to be complacent. We cannot bear to lose any more lives of the next generation. It is time for everyone — especially every student and every young person — to get up and march for our lives.

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“Lady Gaga because she’s independent and doesn’t care what people think.”

“My mom because she’s awesome. She always knows the right answer to everything.”

“Rosa Parks because she was the main start of the civil rights movement.”

“Michelle Obama. She’s a good role model and teaches young women great things.”

“Helen Keller because she did the impossible.”

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Coast Classic Invitational Photos by Lauren Galvan

Orange Coast College sophomore Cody Epstein sprints in the men’s 4x400-meter relay (top) and freshman Jordyn Martin runs in the women’s 4x100 relay (right). Sophomore Keldon Brent competes in the high jump (above), sophomore Colin Takushi runs in the 800 (bottom left), freshman Christian Lopez long jumps (below) and freshman Zulema Juarez competes in the shot put (bottom right) in the Coast Classic Invitational at the OCC Track Complex on Friday.


he Orange Coast College women’s and men’s track and field teams placed second and fourth overall at Friday’s Coast Classic Invitational, an annual event hosted by OCC. Sophomore decathlete Alixander Morse led the way for the Pirates with a pair of first-place performances in the men’s high jump and 4x400-meter relay. Morse also took second in the men’s 400 hurdles and 110 high hurdles. Freshman Raelynn Denson’s 85-foot javelin throw earned her the top spot in the competition. Denson also earned more points for the Pirates in the shot put, finishing third. In the women’s 4x100 relay, freshman sprinters Paige Fults,

Cassandra Guillen, Sophia Johnson and Jordyn Martin earned a second-place finish with a time of 55.67 seconds. Morse later teamed up with sophomore sprinter Cody Epstein, freshman Javier Molina and sophomore Austin Brown in the men’s 4x400 relay, finishing in first place with a time of 3 minutes and 24.12 seconds. OCC freshman hurdler Precious Kilburg took care of business in her two events, finishing third in the women’s 100 and 400 hurdles. With hopes of another successful outing, the Pirates return to the OCC Track Complex to host the Orange Empire Conference tri-meet on Friday at 11 a.m.

Pirates earn state honors FROM CAMPUS REPORTS After a season for the ages for the Orange Coast College men’s basketball team, three key pieces of the puzzle were honored for their contributions to the 2017-18 season. Sophomore forward Kupaa Harrison and freshman Joshua Davis were named to the 2017-18 California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Associ-

ation’s All-State Team, while head coach Steve Spencer was named the 2017-18 Southern California Coach of the Year. Harrison, who shared Orange Empire Conference Most Valuable Player honors with Davis, finished the season averaging 15.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Pirates. Davis finished the season averaging 18.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. His 549 points is the 15th-highest point total in OCC

history and the most since 19992000. Spencer, wrapping up his 17th season with the Pirates, helped lead his team to a conference title for the first time since 1979. The 2017-18 Pirates finished the regular season with a 22-8 record, a 14-game improvement in wins from last year’s 8-19 campaign. OCC’s state championship tournament appearance was its first since 1979.

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