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April 18, 2018

Leave your pot at home

Volume 72, No. 13

Tech woes vex OCC


Single sign-ons, frozen terminals and other issues plague students.

Editors’s note: This is one of several stories about the legalizaton of marijuana. For more see Pages 4 and 5.

Since recreational marijuana sales became legal in California on Jan. 1, Orange Coast College Campus Safety has not seen any cannabis-related effects on campus, Chief of Campus Safety John Farmer said. Farmer noted that aside from California’s legalization, marijuana is still federally illegal. Proposition 64, the voter-approved law that legalized recreational cannabis in California, permits adults over 21 to buy up to 1 ounce of cannabis per day, or up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrate products such as marijuana edibles. The law put in place Jan. 1 doesn’t offer complete freedom to grow, buy and smoke pot anywhere you please. If a student was found with marijuana in their possession on campus, it would be directed to the dean of students for possible disciplinary action, just like any other violation of district policy, according to Farmer. “We’re not going to call the police on someone who has a joint. I mean, if they’ve got a trunk full of marijuana all packaged up to sell, that’s different. But the cops are rarely going to come out for marijuana,” Farmer said. If a student were to be sent to the dean of students for a marijuana-related incident, the repercussion would be largely relative to the situation, according to Farmer. The dean of students would likely take into account if the student had a history of any drug-related incidents, Farmer said. “If it was the first time, it would probably be a letter of warning to say, ‘this is not allowed on campus, don’t bring it back,’” Farmer said. Farmer added the potential punishment would depend on the confrontation between the student and the Campus Safety officer. “If the person was very in the officer’s face and not cooperative, that would go in the report. If they say ‘hey, I didn’t know. I’ve got my marijuana card,’ they’d probably just let them know they can’t do it again and they might get suspended,” Farmer said. If a student is found heavily intoxicated on campus — under the influence of any substance — Costa Mesa police would be called to the scene, “Alcohol is legal too and you can’t have that on campus either,” Farmer said. — Obeydah Darwish contributed to this report.

On the inside Green Coast Day Learn how to minimize your carbon footprint Thursday. Page 2

Slippery slope Los Alamitos solidifies its stance on sanctuary laws. Page 3

Film phenoms Student movies debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Page 6


Photos by Misaki Yoshimura

Kasey Kavanagh, an intern in the kinesiology program at OCC, and Marco Pineda, a 22-year-old exercise science major, help stuff Joy Jars during a work day to assemble the gifts recently. Leon Skeie (below) is the grandfather of Jessie Rees who started the Joy Jar campaign during her 10-month fight with cancer.

Jessie’s Legacy The tragic story of a 12-year-old girl gives other children with cancer a day of happiness. By Misaki Yoshimura

Jessie Rees’ grandfather sums up the whole motivation for his deceased granddaughter’s foundation in a few simple words. “We don’t cure cancer. We cure bad days.” Leon Skeie, a retired Orange Coast College kinesiology instructor and grandfather to Jessie, who died six years ago at age 12 from brain cancer, said a day doesn’t go by when he doesn’t think of her and remember how caring she was for other children combatting the disease. In fact, he said the Jessie Rees Foundation was founded during Jessie’s treatment and her kindness to others triggered the good cause that helps children fighting cancer today. “Jessie really had a heart for other children,” Skeie said. The foundation makes what are called Joy Jars — named for Jessie’s middle name — containers stuffed with toys and other items that are given to sick children in an effort to brighten at least one day of their treatment. The foundation has delivered more than 100,000 joy jars across the country and internationally. Additionally, the foundation helps families impacted when their children are diagnosed by sharing financial

information and other medical resources. On April 7 — a Saturday that would have been Jessie’s 19th birthday — volunteers, including about 10 OCC kinesiology students, gathered in Orange County to stuff Joy Jars for distribution. Separating items for girl jars and boy jars, volunteers worked to stuff 19 different toys into the jars, with about 1,900 made by the end of the day. “It was a cool experience,” 23-year-old exercise science major Juan Arredondo said. “It was heartwarming at the same

time to be able to contribute to this organization.” During the event, Skeie said he is grateful for all the support he has from OCC and its students. “Many sports teams at OCC asked me how they could help us,” Skeie said. “I am very fortunate and thankful to have support like this.” The idea for the Joy Jars was sparked by Jessie one day when she was on her way home from the hospital, Skeie said. She had learned that not all children get to go home and be with their families during treatment.

She asked how they could help those children — and the question launched the Joy Jars, Skeie said. When she got home from the hospital that day, she grabbed some brown bags and stuffed them with toys and decorated them to make children in the hospital happy. That simple move has evolved into the Jessie Rees Foundation and its Joy Jars. Jessie was diagnosed in early March 2011 and battled with the disease for about 10 months. She delivered more than 3,000 jars during her fight. Skeie said he remembers her positivity, her laugh and her joy. The foundation is always in need of items and people interested in donating can find collection boxes across campus through the end of the month. The boxes are located in a variety of buildings including the Science Hall, the Forum, the Student Health Center, the Robert B. Moore Theatre and the Student Success Center. Items suitable for donation include Jessie’s favorite toy — a rubber duck — in addition to Hot Wheels, Crayola crayons, beanies, stickers, puzzles, LEGOs, play jewelry, sunglasses and small activity books. The jars are 6-inches tall and have a 4-inch round opening so toys must fit in the opening.

When Orange Coast College student Phu Uong returned to campus and his job in the Library after spring break last month, students using the facility’s computers were in a panic. During the break, the college had implemented a district-wide effort to consolidate log-ins for applications such as the MyCccd portal and Canvas. The effort, according to district IT department officials, was made at students’ request to provide a simple, single sign-on for students into all campus applications. And while the new single-sign in goal was extensively beta tested, the testing never involved actual students. The results, officials said, were not what was planned. “Students (were) literally scrambling to try different passwords,” 19-year-old psychology major Uong said of the aftermath of the consolidation. “One guy tried up to 20 times. If the direction was clearer and the time of the implementation was right, it could save us a lot of time. But right now I see more frustrations than relief on students’ faces.” Officials said they chose to implement the sign–on change over spring break because they determined that by that time in the semester most students were familiar with the portal and Canvas and use of the applications. Senior Director for district IT Applications and Development Rupa Saran and Executive Director Fred Rocha said they understood the spring break period can be a time when students try to tie up loose ends with transcripts, which can only be ordered through the student portal. But they determined that those impacted were minimal enough to carry on with the roll out. District officials added that they wanted to make sure the environment is friendly to multiple devices, a recurring problem in the previous version of the student portal and subsequently, students’ campus emails. While Uong supports the conSee COMPUTERS Page 6

Take me out to the new all-turf baseball field Coaches no longer have to maintain the field on game days. BY CHLOE GOULD STAFF WRITER

Ahead of celebrating 70 years of baseball at Orange Coast College, the Pirate men received the best gift imaginable: a new field. In September last year an anonymous donor — who team head coach John Altobelli described as a friend to the athletics program — gifted more than $1.5 million toward installing a

brand-new all turf field. Orange Coast College and the baseball team’s additional fundraising covered fencing, new seating and windscreens. “Every day I walk out here I just thank my lucky stars that we have this,” Altobelli said. “For this donor to step up, now I think that the facility matches the program with the championships and the quality of players we have here.” The one thing the anonymous donor asked before construction started was assurance that the field would be done in time for the start of the 2018 baseball season, which gave the college six months to complete the project. The field was done in time

for the first game of the season, the first Coast alumni game on Dec. 22. “This has been in the plans for five years or more, to do a complete overhaul of the field,” Vice President of Administrative Services Rich Pagel said. “It was really amazing how fast (renovations) happened.” Altobelli had wanted an-all turf field for a long time because of the lack of maintenance turf requires compared to grass. When it came to field maintenance, Altobelli and the coaching staff would be the only ones tending to the field. On game days, Altobelli See FIELD Page 8

Photo by Spencer Golanka

Pirate baseball has a new all-turf field this season after receiving an annoymous donation to cover much of the cost of reconstruction last year.

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CRIME BLOTTER Copper bandit

A staff member reported last month that a lock on a storage area behind the Technology building was cut and approximately 500 pounds of copper went missing, according to Chief of Campus Safety John Farmer. The price of copper is about $3 per pound, Farmer said. Since the Recycling Center does not accept copper, Farmer said he assumed it was sold somewhere else.

Candid camera

A 34-year-old male student called Campus Safety on April 2 and reported that someone in the stall next to him in the Science Hall bathroom tried to take a photo of him on his cell phone. The student yelled at the culprit, who then ran away. The only thing he noticed about him were his dark-colored Adidas shoes. Farmer said it will be difficult to catch the perpetrator.

Hit the deck

A request for medical assistance was called on April 5 near the Adams Avenue Parking Lot. A 19-year-old man stated that when he was riding a small red skateboard, one of his sandals got stuck on the wheels, which caused him to fall face forward and hit the pavement.

He suffered a small cut on his right eye and right hand but refused paramedics. No further action was taken by the Campus Safety officer, Farmer said.

False alarm

A female student reported on April 6 she saw a gun in the bushes near the Adams Avenue Parking Lot. She called Campus Safety officers who arrived promptly and found that what looked like a gun was actually a soft pellet gun made in China. The Costa Mesa Police Department took possession of it as lost property, Farmer said.

— The Crime Blotter was compiled by Feli Pliego from Campus Safety reports.

Trial date set for former student Robert McDougal waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday.


A former Orange Coast College student, accused of repeatedly violating a restraining order and felony vandalism, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday and will go straight to trial April 26. Robert McDougal, 22, who allegedly disrupted several chemistry classes and is charged with vandalizing Campus Safety equipment, filed a civil lawsuit March 5 against the Coast Community College District, the college and 12 employees, including administrators, faculty and staff. “You understand once you waive your right to a preliminary hearing, there’s no going back, right?” Superior Court of Orange County Judge John R. Zitny asked McDougal at the West Justice Center in Westminster. By waiving his constitutional right to a preliminary hearing, a screening process before a case goes to trial, McDougal waived his right to cross examine and confront witnesses. He also waived his right to call witnesses of his own, Zitny said. The preliminary hearing would give the defense a better idea of the prosecution’s

After intense public debate, council members pass anti-sanctuary law.



Juvenile lockup

A Campus Safety officer was called on April 8 to assist a mother in getting her child out of her locked car in the Adams Avenue Parking Lot where the swap meet is held, Farmer said. The mother dropped the keys to her gray Toyota Tacoma and while looking for them, she closed the door, then heard a beeping sound when her child found the keys and locked the truck. The officer proceeded to open the locked car. The child was given water and was unharmed, Farmer said.

case against McDougal. In his civil lawsuit, McDougal is alleging negligence, emotional distress, assault, battery and false imprisonment by campus officials. This lawsuit came on the heels of an August claim where McDougal sought $5 million in damages. During the spring 2017 semester, McDougal reportedly became angry after earning a B on a chemistry quiz, which the lawsuit alleges was a result of his “disabilities,” described in the lawsuit as autism. Campus officials say he was tackled and subsequently pepper sprayed because of his disruptions of the chemistry classes. Last March, he was also arrested on 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. He later posted bail. 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 assortment 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 was ordered to be present at the Central Justice Center on April 26 at 8 a.m. for the case to proceed to trial.

Photo by Lauren Galvan

Giang Nguyen, a 20-year-old computer science major, talks about women of color in STEM on Friday during OCC’s symposium.

Hard work center stage BY LISETTE SALDIVAR, STAFF WRITER After months of anticipation, Orange Coast College students finally revealed their finalized work during the Giles T. Brown Student Project and Research Symposium Friday. Now in its second year, the research symposium allows students from any major, from biology to performing arts, to dive freely into a research project guided by a mentor. “It’s an amazing experience. It looks great to move on to the transfer institution. It gives them (students) self-confidence. It teaches them beyond what any classroom can teach them,” said Kelli Elliott, a biology and ecology instructor who also mentors participants and is part of the committee. For 20-year-old anthropology major Lyvia Yoho, who won best poster presentation, the research symposium gave her an opportunity to explore her interests at length in a way that she couldn’t have otherwise. “For me it’s the type of thing that later on I could build a dissertation around,” Yoho said. “I could do more in-depth research

into this when I have a broader scope of time, grant funding and that sort of thing.” The event started with poster presentations and exhibitions of work, such as “Effects of Animal Therapy on Stress Levels” by Emily May and Melissa May. Later in the day were oral presentations, such as Giang Nguyen’s “Challenges of Women of Color in STEM When Transferring from Community College to 4-year University” as well as a keynote speech and awards ceremony. Throughout the poster presentations and exhibition of work, the excitement among the presenters and committee was palpable. Daniel Caballero, a 21-yearold ecology major, presented his project, “The Effects of Urban Development on California Scrub Jay Populations,” a topic he is passionate about. “We share this habitat with wildlife. The fact that we could tear it down like this affects every single one of us,” Caballero said. “It affects the plants and the animals. They have a bigger

Photo by Lauren Galvan

Nancy Nguyen, a presenter at the Orange Coast College research symposium Friday, speaks on the educational experiences of migrational Vietnamese students.

reaction than we might think.” Others chose a path that personally resonated with them. Austin Grande’s project “Questioning Teaching Methods” reflected back on his inability to speak until he was 10 years old and as a result, had fluctuating grades from consistently failing to passing with all As. Winners included Jocelyn

Rodriguez’s “The Evolution of Anxiety,” Jonathan Rodriguez’s “Aquaponics as a Preferential Alternative to Traditional Farming Methods in Regarding to Plant Growth,” Mahdokht Hamidian’s “Fruit Preservation Cream” and Lyvia’s Yoho “Media and its Selective Reporting of Crime.” Jonathan Stockham won best overall for “Accommodating the Baby Boomer Generation.”

Bringing eco awareness to OCC BY AUDREY KEMP STAFF WRITER

Environmentally conscious vendors and exhibitors will be in the Quad Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. as the campus comes together for Orange Coast College’s 13th annual Green Coast Day. “It’s our 13th anniversary and we’ve gotten a lot of different exhibitors to attend this year,” said Chihiro Kajiura, a 20-yearold economics and sociology major and Green Coast Day student coordinator. “So this will be our biggest Green Coast Day yet.” This year’s Green Coast Day will also feature the Core Campus Loop, a temporary cycle track for bicyclists and skateboarders on the perimeter of campus located on Merrimack Way. Costa Mesa bike shop Two Wheels One Planet will also be present to do on-the-spot

bike repairs. Chelsea Gonzalez, a 25-year-old business major and leading student coordinator for Green Coast Day, also said that OCC registered to participate in the 2018 Campus Challenge #PledgeAgainstPlasticStraws and will be competing alongside other Southern California schools. Anyone attending Green Coast Day can take the pledge to stop using plastic straws on and will receive a free straw from Simply Straws, an eco-friendly manufacturer of handmade reusable glass drinking straws. “We would like to get as many pledges to stop using plastic straws as possible, from faculty and students, to their friends and family,” Gonzalez said. “I bought my glass straw for $26, so it’s amazing that people who take the pledge can get one of these for free.” The event will also feature a

sustainable fashion show put on by OCC’s Fashion department at the Student Center near the Quad, with one showing at 11:30 a.m. and the second at 12:45 p.m. All the clothing seen on the runway will also be for sale in the visitor’s pop-up shops after the show. “A lot of people think sustainable fashion means ugly clothing made from recycled materials. Through this show, I want to showcase the progress we’ve made in making sustainable clothing fashionable,” Osmany Lopez, a 21-year-old fashion merchandising major, said. According to Lopez, the fashion industry is leading in damaging the environment. “It takes 1,800 gallons of water to make just one pair of jeans, so it’s crucial that we as a community develop a strong focus on sustainability and moving forward,” Lopez said, noting that the OCC

fashion show will display sustainable clothing donated from local brands such as Los-Angeles based Citizen & Darling and Riin from Newport Beach. The OCC Fashion department is still looking for models. Festivities will begin in conjunction with the sixth annual nomination of the Garrison Fellows, during which OCC faculty will award one student from each department for their academic and leadership achievements with certificates and crystal awards. According to Alpha Gamma Sigma president and Green Coast Day event organizer Carmen Chavez, OCC alumni and former Garrison Fellows will speak about what they have accomplished since their time at OCC and how they keep the environment green. Green Coast Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Workshops help students navigate the world of ‘adulting’ BY MISAKI YOSHIMURA STAFF WRITER

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To educate students with knowledge they can’t learn in a classroom, six student ambassadors from Student Equity kicked off their first series of Adulting 101 workshops last month. The latest workshop, “Eating healthy on a budget,” was hosted by Stephanie Garcia and Quyen Pham, two nutrition and dietetics technician program students at Orange Coast College Thursday. “The idea of these workshops is coming from my personal experience and the other student ambassadors’. It’s something we are

required to do normally outside of school but we actually don’t know how to,” Atziri Morales, a 20-year old sociology major and Student Equity student ambassador. The series of workshops offers to support students’ health and finances by collaborating with on-campus departments such as Financial Aid and Nutrition. Student Equity also collaborated with Pirates’ Cove, OCC’s on-campus food pantry, as well as the Nutrition department to teach students how to live healthy while staying on budget. At the most recent workshop, they not only taught students how to cook, but also taught them how

to read nutrition facts labels, emphasizing the importance of measuring the daily intake of sodium and fiber. “We all have knowledge that you never know that can be useful to others,” Pham said. Garcia said she was very content with the overall turn out. “It was fun and it’s a good way for us to learn because it’s a very short investment. We get to learn a lot,” Noah Arotcharen, a 25-yearold welding major said. The next workshop will focus on the financial aspect. Student Equity Specialist Rachel Norman said she cannot stress enough the importance of managing one’s

finances, especially for students. “If you don’t have money to pay for the gas, you are not going to turn in that paper. How can you be healthy if you are eating once a day? How do you have motivation to go to school or work when you feel like your whole world is falling apart?” Norman said. Student Equity’s goal is to guide students to be successful in the classroom by teaching them how to navigate their finances, practice budgeting and understand how to use loans strategically. The next workshop “Budget, Save, Grow!” will be held today from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in MBCC 134.

Following five hours of heated public comments, the Los Alamitos City Council voted 4 to 1 Monday on a final version of an ordinance that will exempt the city from California’s sanctuary state law, which bars local law enforcement from coordinating with federal immigration authorities. After initial passage of the ordinance on March 19, Los Alamitos became the first city in California to reject the sanctuary state law known as the California Values Act (SB 54). Since then, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to also detach the county from the state law, and nine other Orange County cities have taken up similar measures against sanctuary laws or to join U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ lawsuit against the state. Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar said that by also filing an amicus brief in Sessions’ lawsuit, the city hoped to send a message about its position against the laws protecting undocumented immigrants. “We aren’t just a hashtag, ‘MeToo’ in the amicus brief,” he said. Edgar also said he met with representatives from ICE, who thanked him for stepping up. “Put your (ICE) center here, we would love to host you,”

Edgar said. Hundreds gathered ahead of the vote to voice their support or opposition to the ordinance, holding signs reading “ICE out of Orange County,” “Build the damn wall” and “Make America Great Again.” Conflict broke out as opposing sides came face-toface with banners, cameras and bullhorns. Jessica Riegert, a Los Alamitos High School teacher, said during the public comments session that the ordinance is already having a negative impact on her students. “Students are not confident the community they grew up in is safe for them anymore,” she said. “This vote has allowed the most heinous people to say the most heinous things toward them in a classroom, out at lunch and outside their churches. Students are not confident that their community, you, have their backs.” Natalie Chang, a member of Los Alamitos Community United and a city resident for more than 13 years, explained that undocumented immigrants are an essential part of the community. “This ordinance does not represent the Los Alamitos I know,” she said during public comments. “It’s not the community I work in, I live in, or the community where my kids go to school.” Chang said Los Alamitos is a city rich with immigrant history and that they deserve to be treated as human beings and asked the council to reconsider their positions. Meanwhile, Genevieve Peters, an associate of the “Make California Great Again” group, said in public comments that the issue

Photos by Kassidy Dillon

Two men from opposing sides of the sactuary law debate (above) get into an altercation outside Los Alamitos City Hall before a council meeting Monday night. Immigrant advocates (below) hold signs on Katella Avenue as they prepare to attend the council meeting. The council voted to opt out of the state’s sanctuary law.

only became a problem of racism when so-called “illegals” flooded the border. “We in America get to decide who comes across our borders. We in America have fought and died for the ability to have a Constitution that says we have a representative government,” Peters said. “All of a sudden you now have a division against people who came here legally and people who came here illegally and that division was created by the illegals.” As the night went on, some became more outspoken in their rhetoric, yelling “sit down,” or, “disgusting. Go back to where you came from.” Others made anti-gay comments and slurs like “Shame on you. I’m masculine” toward their opposing side. Council member and attorney Mark A. Chirco was once again the sole no vote on the ordinance. “I believe it is a divisive,

ineffective, flawed and risky ordinance that addresses a problem our city does not have and will lead to liability, a drain on resources and a distraction from our city business,” Chirco said. While many of those in favor of the ordinance argued that California’s sanctuary law is

unconstitutional, Chirco pointed out that there has been no finding that it is unconstitutional — and that Los Alamitos does not have the legal authority to declare it as such. He also said that a lawsuit could bankrupt the city. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California

said it would file a lawsuit if Los Alamitos passes the ordinance. But the city’s mayor said that federal law should take precedent over state law. “There’s no doubt there is partisans on both sides,” Edgar said. “Don’t be afraid of democracy. That’s what this is, right?”

Come have a seat at the Captain’s Table OCC’s on-campus restaurant serves a different cuisine each week. BY MAKENNA STONE STAFF WRITER

Crunching down a half an hour before meal time, a worried student in a rush received comfort and soft words of reassurance from chef Bill Barber in the Captain’s Table Restaurant’s kitchen. Walking through the large, busy kitchen, student chefs anticipating the time the meals must be sent out focused on getting the food prepared. The student chefs who were behind the scenes of the Captain’s Table getting ready for the theme of the week, Chinese

cuisine, have completed an assortment of the required courses in the culinary program — this class being the highest level and last class in the program. The Captain’s Table is an on-campus restaurant and part of its Culinary Arts department. Lunch and dinner are served Thursdays throughout the semester and offer a variety of cuisines each week. Both the front of the house and back of the house are made up of students enrolled in classes. “You learn new stuff every day, whether it’s from chef Barber or from the other students. We all have different levels of knowledge and experience. I am probably the youngest one in the class,” Maryssa Navarro, 21, a culinary arts major said. Before guests are served, the student chefs spend hours

prepping and working to create the multi-course menu that will be served that week. “Our reservations list is always pretty competitive. Many of the same people have been coming in for over 10 years to eat,” Allison Flecky, a culinary arts instructor said. Together, multiple classes work as one to provide an exceptional dining experience. Not only with the back-of-thehouse team cooking the food, but a front-of-the-house team just like a real restaurant with waiters and waitresses to serve you. Many of the students work at restaurants all over Orange County such as Water Grill and Wolfgang Puck at South Coast Plaza. “I am a private chef that delivers restaurant quality food to people at home so they don’t

have to go out to eat. This will be the future — affordable, high-quality food at home,” Héléne Smati, 45, a culinary arts major said. The servers and managers work as hard as the kitchen staff, coming into class prior to the dining experience to learn about the dishes being created and to set up the restaurant for guests. “The program teaches all of the students how to be well-rounded in the service industry. They find out what they want to do career-wise — become a chef, caterer, bake or own a restaurant,” Barber said. The Captain’s Table is open to the public with prior reservations, for lunch or dinner on Thursdays for $14.

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A culinary arts student (above) cuts the carrots into flower shapes for the Chinese cuisine menu on Thursday for OCC’s Captain’s Table Restaurant. Sonia Rastogi, 40, a culinary arts major (right), prepares wontons for the Thursday lunch at the Captain’s Table Restaurant.

—Lauren Galvan contributed to this report.

Summer semester offers cultural enrichment Geography of Death OCC offers a multitude of destinations to study abroad. BY LINDA MIZRAHI STAFF WRITER

The view of a Tuscan hillside from the Boboli Gardens of Palazzo Piti. Standing in front of a Botticelli painting or beneath Frescoes at the Uffizi Gallery. Walking across cobblestone streets in Paris while eating a perfectly baked baguette. Up close and personal views of historical architecture, art and culture. For many, traveling abroad is invaluable. Venturing out of the Los Angeles or Orange County comfort zones into a world beyond our own can be life changing. Now a staple of most California community colleges, study abroad programs can make travel dreams come true for students, offer an

attainable way to explore a city in a foreign country while obtaining course credits for language, writing or many other disciplines. The Orange Coast College Study Abroad Program allows students to reap these benefits with the guidance of experienced and passionate instructors. This year, OCC students can choose from programs in Guerrero Negro, Mexico; Florence, Italy; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain and Cambridge, England. This summer, short-term study abroad students in Cambridge can select coursework in British film as literature and advanced composition/writing about literature, with an option for independent writing courses. But the program is more than about coursework. OCC English instructor and Study Abroad Cambridge organizer Raymond Obstfeld said the life-change and personal growth, regardless of age, happens between classes. “Classes are not confined to the classroom,” he said of the

five-week program, which costs about $7,000 including room and board, but not airfare or course fees. “I organize punting (boat) trips, dinners, volleyball games and ghost walks, where we tour the famous and infamous haunted sites throughout the city.” Excursions to London include museum visits, a play and an introduction to the London Underground system. As part of OCC’s month-long study abroad program in Paris this summer, students can take French language courses at the University of Paris, Sorbonne and courses in French culture at different sites throughout the city for about $3,000 not including airfare or course fees. A visit to the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Orangerie, the Centre Pompidou, Versailles and Victor Hugo’s house Obligatoire are also on the schedule, as is a tour on the Seine, a ballet performance and a concert at Sainte Chapelle for the cultural program. OCC French instructor and

Study Abroad Paris, France organizer Lia Raileanu said her program added two new excursions this year, Monet’s house in Giverny and Rouen, the capital of Normandy. “We will see the most beautiful Gothic cathedral in the world,” Raileanu said about the site where Claude Monet painted the same façade of the Rouen Cathedral 28 times, capturing distinct reflections of Normandy’s varying light and weather conditions. OCC liberal arts major and pre-med transfer student Eden Hickerson, 17, is going to Paris this summer, her first OCC Study Abroad experience. Her ultimate goal is to become a doctor and volunteer for the international non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders. “There are a lot of French speaking countries,” said Hickerson. “I’m excited to live in France, have a coffee at a French café, get a baguette, walk near the Seine. A place that’s so full of history and culture is truly extraordinary.”

A presentation on historical causes of death comes to OCC. BY OBEYDAH DARWISH STAFF WRITER

The sixth annual Geography of Death presentation will be held at the Multicultural Center on April 24 at 12:45 p.m. The presentation focuses on where and why people die, with research topics ranging from yellow fever in Brazil to civilian deaths in Yemen. Students taking cultural geography with instructor Irene Naesse will have their research posters presented for students and staff to see. “Mortality, even though it seems very morbid, gives us a big insight into conditions in various parts of the world,” Naesse said. “If you have a high-rate of cancer, why is that? If there’s a high-rate of suicide, why is that?”

The broad topic allows students to research causes of death like genocide, political conflict, disease and natural disasters. Previous topics have also been done on poverty in Orange County and human impacts on climate change. One of the many student projects that will be presented, geography major Chadwick Selle, 23, is researching the deaths of Kashmir associated with terrorism and insurgency. “I had an interest in general Asia,” Selle said. “I wanted to look at maybe India or the conflict in Myanmar, all those deaths. After looking at both of those, I kind of decided on Kashmir. I had more interest in it.” Cultural geography students will get the professional experience of presenting their research in an informal setting. Those interested will be given an evaluation sheet and asked to pick the three most interesting presentations. Coffee, snacks and extra credit slips will be available for all attendees.



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Marijuana goes main-strain


QUESTION of the WEEK “What are your thoughts on marijuana?”



This won’t be an oversaturated public service announcement with sirens, yellow caution tape and deranged youth trying to scare you away from the severe and life threatening effects of marijuana use, trust me. The evidence used in those advertisements that littered my childhood were severely embellished or outright false, but had a significant impact on the way many Californian’s view their state’s recent legalization of marijuana. Marijuana, according to federal law, is still a Schedule 1 drug. Legalization has blurred the lines between state and national responsibility when it comes to the facilitation, distribution and regulation of marijuana. After only a few months of cannabis legalization in California, it may be wise to put the bong down and consider the negative aspects, as they exist just as much as the positive benefits. At this stage in the game, it boils down to a personal choice of whether one wants to be susceptible to not only the impact of the drug itself, but the surrounding factors that have yet to be determined by the state. We know marijuana can diminish numerous cognitive abilities and motor skills over an extended period of time. It has also been proven to raise anxiety levels, impair memory and have negative effects during pregnancy. Although most laugh at the thought of it, physical dependency and psychosis have been documented as clear risk factors linked with the continual use of cannabis. Will marijuana kill you? There have been no recorded deaths to date so I presume the answer to that question is no. But when prohibition was lifted in 1933, no one could’ve imagined alcohol would end up being the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Not to assert that alcohol and marijuana are on a level playing field, but the same laws already exist for both substances when driving under the influence in California. In Colorado, a pioneer state for legalization, traffic deaths involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana doubled from 2013 to 2016 according to a federally funded organization. To combat this effect, California law enforcement has issued warnings and is cracking down on suspected drivers that have been smoking. No official level of intoxication has been determined, such as the 0.08% blood-alcohol ceiling for alcohol consumption, which could add to the unpredictability in getting pulled over and or arrested. All in all, a responsible approach to the harmful effects of marijuana in all factors of society can give us insight into why this drug is so popular yet polarizing.

The state of California reaped the benefits of the cannabis industry for years prior to its legalization in 2016. While there are always going to be downsides to the legalization of a once-prohibited drug, it can be argued the pros heavily outweigh the cons. Medical marijuana has provided a fruitful tax market for the state while providing actual medical help to citizens, from children with epilepsy to the terminally ill. Through the help of CBD oil, a product containing cannabinoids, people can find relaxation and pain relief throughout their day without the psychoactive effects of THC. California Gov. Jerry Brown estimated the state could receive upwards of $600 million in taxes in our first year of legalization. Even people like former House Speaker John Boehner are evolving their stance on cannabis, taking to Twitter to announce his shift from being “unalterably opposed” to legalization back in 2011. He has since joined the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, a cannabis corporation operating in 11 states. Other states like Colorado, where marijuana was legalized in 2014, have been able to use taxes from legalization for education and infrastructure as well as cutting the states’ reliance on big tobacco settlements. Legalization also helps prevent unnecessary incarceration for nonviolent drug crimes. While there are still arrests for possession with intent to sell and DWIs related to cannabis, cities across the state are dropping or reducing charges related to cannabis. While statistics regarding cannabis-related offenses aren’t yet available for 2018, Proposition 64 categorized almost all cannabis-related crimes as misdemeanors, greatly reducing their severity. Some crimes like smoking in public are simply ticket-able offenses. We are already facing trouble with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinding the Cole memo, an Obama-era guideline that eased federal regulation of marijuana. Cannabis businesses have a harder time depositing their money into banks and credit unions because of this decision. This has led businesses to deal with massive amounts of incoming cash flow, offloading it to banks in hopes of going unnoticed by the federal government. It took a long time for the cannabis industry in California to get to where it is today. It still has a long way to go, especially in our current political climate. If Colorado and other states opting for legalization are any indication of the future, I don’t think California will have a problem soaking up all the benefits that come with a little bit of kush.

Adriana Herrera

19, global public health Graphics by Devin Michaels and Henry Bate

“I use it every other day to go to sleep or some times to have fun.”


Some get rich, some get arrested BY SARA TEAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

After seven long years, Bernard Noble is finally free. Noble, a 51-year-old black man from Louisiana, became one of the pivotal faces of America’s war on marijuana in 2010 when he was sentenced to 13 years of hard labor after being arrested for possession. Noble was found with just two joints on him, amounting to no more than three grams of marijuana. Noble was released and reunited with his family Thursday, following the hard-fought efforts of advocates like New York billionaire Daniel Loeb and his legal team. Though Noble’s story has found its happy ending for now, the decriminalization of marijuana is still rampant with racial disparities. Imagine finally breathing free air only to find out that the very thing you were jailed for is now a multibillion-dollar industry run almost entirely by white men. Imagine having served substantial time for minimal marijuana possession to see white men quite literally reaping the benefits of your 13 year sentence. This story is unfortunately nothing new in American history. Though Noble has finally received some semblance of justice, the amount of arrests for people of color is

Jake Ater

22, public health “I use it to enhance the moment.”

worrisome at best. And racist at worst. According to the 2016 California Department of Justice’s annual Crime in California report, more than 70 percent of people arrested for marijuana possession were non-white. Despite black people making up 6.5 percent of the state population, they represent 20 percent of the state’s marijuana-related felonies. Another report from the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch found that black adults were more than four times as likely to be arrested as white people when it comes to marijuana possession, despite roughly equal usage rates. If the proof is in the numbers, it’s an ugly truth. With the boom of the marijuana industry following its legalization, you would think that perhaps some of the victims of America’s war on marijuana might get some poetic justice. You would think that maybe these people, whose quest to become hirable upon reentry into society has been saddled with countless hurdles due to their criminal record, would find an ocean of opportunity in the marijuana industry. But it’s not. The marijuana world has become legitimized through the industry, and while investors are eager to hire people with experience, it’s the people who haven’t been caught that are being hired. And as statistics show, white people benefit while people of color suffer.

Kerensa Booher 19, liberal arts

“My dad prefers me to use marijuana instead of painkillers. It makes me feel more productive.”

Frank Wulf 54, welding

“I smoked it on campus during my youth. I enjoyed it. My dad got me to quit.”


With the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of California has come stronger DUI law enforcement. Similar to driving under the influence of alcohol, individuals convicted of driving while impaired by marijuana may receive a fine, be required to attend a victim’s impact panel such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and, if they have multiple DUI charges, face jail time or mandatory rehabilitation. “People (are) driving while impaired with marijuana. They think that because it’s legal in the state of California to smoke marijuana that means they can go out and drive around — well, that’s not the case,” Costa Mesa police Sgt. Dan Miles said. Miles noted that he hasn’t seen an increase in DUI-related cases since legalization.

Unlike alcohol, which requires individuals to have a 0.08 percent or above blood alcohol content to be considered under the influence, there is no set limit for determining if a person is impaired by marijuana. Measured in nanograms, blood tests are primarily used to test for an active concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive chemical compound otherwise known as THC. “The science indicates that someone can be impacted at a low nanogram level or not impacted at a high nanogram level,” Susan Price, Assistant District Attorney of Orange County said. Prosecutors take into consideration the defendant’s driving behavior, performance on field sobriety exercises and presence of marijuana in the blood sample. The field sobriety exercises test for signs of impairment include

finger-to-nose exams, eye exams and balance tests, Price said. “The concentration alone does not determine influence. THC indicates more recent use and its presence coupled with symptoms will determine influence,” Jennifer Harmon, Assistant Director of Forensic Chemistry at the Orange County Crime Lab wrote in an email. “That being said, the higher the blood concentration the higher the likelihood of being under the influence.” According to defense attorney Scott Thomas, a lack of per-se limits for marijuana makes convicting individuals of DUI a problematic area of law. Since THC is fat-soluble, individuals who consume marijuana regularly may test for a significant amount of THC, even if they weren’t under the influence. “It’s like the wild west of DUIs,” Thomas said. “Science hasn’t caught up to the law.”

Walk into a dispensary, slide your ID under a bulletproof glass window and voilà, you’re buzzed into a room filled with dozens of pot products and greeted by “budtenders” ready to consult you on cannabis. Budtenders — marijuana dispensary workers knowledgeable on an array of pot products — are often young people working long hours to make a living. Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in January, working in the cannabis industry has become an increasingly common job for students. Tim Pham, a 21-year-old former Orange Coast College student, found himself working with cannabis at a time when he badly needed a job and happened to know people in the marijuana industry. He said it was his best option at the time. His parents still don’t know what he really does. “My excuse is that I work at a vape shop, but I’m pretty sure they know. It’s obvious,” Pham said. “Being in an Asian household, it’s just taboo to talk about it but I’m bringing in money to feed the family, pay off a major portion of the house, pay my

dad’s debt, so what can they say about it?” Pham eventually found it difficult to keep up with school and increasing hours at the clinic. He decided to focus all his energy into making money and advancing in the industry. Working 50 to 60 hours a week, he brings home enough to support his family and cover his own expenses. Pham said he makes about $3,000 a month, adding up to roughly a $36,000 annual salary. Before the voter-approved law went into effect Jan. 1, most medicinal cannabis shops paid their employees under the table. With tax-free paychecks on top of tips, the job had become a unique alternative to traditional college jobs like waiting tables or retail. Tiffany Pham was a biology student working part-time in a bubble tea shop when a customer approached her, asked her if she smoked and offered her a new job at a dispensary. Already science-inclined, Tiffany Pham had a keen interest in the healing benefits of marijuana products. She worked as a budtender for eight months before she could no longer balance it with student life. “They wanted somebody with an open schedule, which I didn’t have. I stopped working because of the pressure, the late hours, working a lot and my schoolwork on top of that. My health

just couldn’t take it,” she said. Tiffany Pham’s shifts were usually 12 to 13 hours long. She had other co-workers who were also students, and they didn’t stay for long either, she said. “It was a fun job, very social, but at the same time you’d work so much you didn’t have a social life,” she said. Many dispensaries are infamous for long shifts that last from 7 hours to 17. Other students in the marijuana industry grow cannabis. Cannabis farmers can bring in six figures or more, according to a 35-year-old Orange Coast College business administration student who grows marijuana.

After the death of his father, the student and Navy veteran needed an available alternative to prescription drugs that treat depression, anxiety and pain. “I’ve got family members that have struggled with and died from opioid addiction,” he said. “Every time we’re able to deliver a crop, and we know where it’s going, it lifts a bit of a weight off me. It really makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something and that I’ve helped in my own way.” While the stigma of the cannabis industry has lessened,

he couldn’t tell anyone about his job when he first started in the 1990s. Now he wants to teach people about his line of work — which he says keeps him close to the memory of his father. “I think about lessons he gave me and being able to have that connection still. It’s

like I get to spend time with him any time I’m working on the crop, because I know that’s where his heart was,” he said. “Helping people is where his heart was and it’s where my heart is.”

Bridget Devlan 19, history

“No big deal, I don’t care if people use it. It is just not for me.”

Illustration by Audrey Kemp

6 Arts & Culture

Students on the silver screen

OCC filmmakers will showcase their work at the NBFF next weekend. BY JESSICA ENGELBART STAFF WRITER

Select Orange Coast College students — past and current — were chosen to have their short films featured at this year’s 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival at the Lido Theater. The festival will show seven short films created by OCC students in its Collegiate Showcase alongside neighboring schools such as Chapman University and the University Southern California. Students were able to submit projects they’ve completed at OCC in the past to be chosen to be in the festival. Sophia Gomez, a former OCC student who majored in film and television, said it is important to handle any project professionally even though “Magic Touch,” her short film set to be featured at the festival, was originally a school assignment. “Every project I work on I’m treating it like it’s the real deal,” Gomez said. “You can’t treat everything like it’s a school project — you need to put 110 percent into everything you do.” “Magic Touch” is a parallel to the Greek mythology of King Midas with an incorporated love aspect. Gomez hopes that viewers

simply enjoy the experience the film has to offer and maybe take away the idea to not let things get in the way of one’s own happiness. Students also submitted documentaries to OCC Shorts. Yvonne Nguyen, a 30-year-old photography major, submitted “The Art of Pole Dance,” a documentary showing more than what people assume about the art. Nguyen shows the fitness, art and competitive aspects rather than the erotic, stereotypical concept. Nguyen, a member of the pole dancing community for about six years, said she is tired of having to explain that she pole-dances for herself and for fitness purposes, unlike what some may assume. “I hope people will learn from this video that this art form teaches women and men to love themselves and have confidence in themselves no matter how old they are,” Nguyen said. Nguyen said that she thinks it’s amazing that people up to their 60s pole dance and that kids are competing nationally in the art. “Kim Abeles on Terra Firma” by Jennie Park, an undecided major at OCC, will also be shown as a featured documentary. Park’s documentary was inspired by the Los Angeles artist Kim Abeles, who had an exhibition showing four decades of her work on campus last semester. Park collaborated with the art, film and music departments along with graphic design students, encouraging them to collaborate more. “I think it reflects well on the

department because they put a lot of energy into making this event happen every year,” Park said. Daniil Kiselev, a 20-year-old film and television major, is being featured with his short film “Drained,” a story of a one-night stand that leads to pregnancy. While it includes important messages such as caring for others instead of judging them, Kiselev doesn’t think that the short will go beyond the festival. “It’s kind of a sad movie and that’s definitely not what the viewers want to see,” he said. “Movies are to get away from all the problems that you have in real life.” Film and television major Aura Meza, 24, worked at the theater for a year and said it’s interesting to be on the filmmaking side of things. Her featured film, “Wrecked,” is a story of a girl taking care of her disabled father and learning the truth behind his accident. Meza said there’s a huge difference between showing a class the project and having it on the big screen. “It’s one thing to show it in front of your classes and have everyone give you feedback like ‘you did a great job but can work on this’ and it’s another thing to have random strangers watch it,” Meza said. The OCC Shorts portion of the festival will also feature “The Big Boss” by Kyle Clayton and “Mary” by Tim Nieto. All seven OCC short films will be shown April 29 at 1 p.m. for $5 at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach.

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Campus “Student Equity Budgeting 101 Workshop,” today: In a joint effort by Student Equity and the Financial Aid department, students will learn efficient budgeting tools and how to manage a savings account. Open to all students on a first come, first serve basis and no sign-up needed. From 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. In the MBCC building Room 134. “Fast Forward,” Saturdays through May 5: Students will have the opportunity to meet with a counselor to complete enrollment steps including orientation, making a student educational plan (SEP) and improving academic placement. Students must attend the entire day and cannot attend multiple dates. For more information contact the Freshman Priority Registration Program at fpr@ From 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in Watson Hall rooms 242, 244 and 262. Image courtesy of Sophia Gomez

The short film “Magic Touch” by OCC film student Sophia Gomez is one of seven student-created films to be shown in this year’s Collegiate Showcase as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. The event will be held on April 29 at 1 p.m. at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach.

‘First Americans’ offers complex artwork The exhibit at the Bowers Museum showcases more than 100 pieces. BY AUDREY KEMP STAFF WRITER

Museums like the Bowers in Santa Ana are at the forefront in transforming their spaces from cabinets of curiosity to open dialogue and public awareness. “First Americans: Tribal Art of North America,” is the Bowers’ newest exhibition and features more than 100 pieces of artwork of native people from the Arctic North, the Northwest Coast, California, the Southwest and the Great Plains. The exhibition, previously shown in Colombia and China, includes artwork of what may be the earliest example of a transitional Navajo first phase chief’s blanket, an early Hopi katsina doll from the Sonora region of Mexico and a rare Seri feathered kilt. “We hope to bring a simple awareness to the beautiful complexity and diversity, the relevance and reality, and the joy and layered story of the first American nations with this exhibition,” Emily Mahon, senior director of education at the Bowers Museum said at the exhibition’s opening

on April 7. Bill Mercer, curator of the exhibition who also has a doctorate in Native American art history, said at the exhibition’s opening event that he wanted to emphasize the diversity and vibrancy of these living and surviving cultures. “(They have) their own languages, world views and the objects they’ve created have distinct differences in objects based on their environment and the natural materials they express themselves with,” he said, noting that there are more than 800 federally recognized tribes in the United States. Mercer said that the Bowers team is unique because they treat indigenous art like art — not as cultural artifacts or relics. “Every museum should approach these art pieces in this way,” he said. One such piece is the 19th-century first phase Navajo chief blanket, which is as rare as it is regal, as one of only 50 known to exist. A rich red chevron border encloses alternating bands of blue, white and brown in its regalia. Donated in 1936, the same year the museum opened, the original documents state the chief blanket belonged to Geronimo, a leader from the Chiricahua Apache tribe who died in 1909. Another piece is the Ahote katsina doll is from the year 1960. It is embellished with curved

horns and moon motifs on each cheek, designating its status as a messenger that takes Hopi people’s prayers to the gods. A bright yellow color starts at the doll’s shoulders and travels down towards the stark black torso, and finally develops into vertical lines. Another work on display is the Cochiti jar circa 1900. As a traditional Southwest pottery piece, its design elements are indicative of the Cochiti people’s profound connection with nature. Its stepped triangles resemble thunderclouds and lightning and its arcs a rainbow. For Mahon, exhibitions like this are crucial because most Americans have a less than elementary understanding of native peoples. Stephen Aron, a history professor at UCLA and chair of the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center Museum, also spoke at the exhibition opening. He said that American education is largely rooted in what he called the “European colonial fantasy.” “When we look at a map of the Louisiana Purchase from a fifth grade textbook,” he said, “Indian peoples and their territories get erased, as does the messiness, bloodiness and complexities of that history.” But Mercer said that museums can address ugly stories by using beautiful objects.

Campus Events

“The Geography of Death,” Tuesday: Cultural Geography students will present their research on the geography of death and “where people die and why.” Guests can view graphics and posters as well as discuss the research shown with the students. Free and open to the public. From noon until 3 p.m. in the Multicultural Center.

Films Music

“OCC Piano Scholarship Winners Recital,” Wednesday: Student winners of piano scholarships will perform classical works on OCC’s Steinway grand piano. Seating is on a first-come firstserved basis.Tickets are $10 and proceeds will go toward paino scholarships. From 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. “OCC Jazz Ensembles Concert,” April 30: OCC musicians will perform a series of classical and contemporary big band jazz, directed by Paul Navidad and Dana Wheaton. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. At 7:30 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.

Photos by Audrey Kemp

A Yokut basket (above) from around 1910 reflects the native Californian nomadic harvester lifestyle. A doll made by the Yuma people of California (right) was originally exhibited in the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

“Ultimately every object (in this exhibition) is a political statement, whether it’s an aesthetic or household piece. It is a political statement of survival. They mean, ‘you may have killed off 99 percent of us, but not all of us. You did not kill us and we are still here,’” Mercer said. Aron added that these artworks communicate a vital testament of resistance and survival. “Despite centuries of colonialism, exploitation, and cataclysmic


population decline, Indian peoples did survive, had survived and are here in Southern California in great numbers,” Aron said. The exhibit runs through Aug. 19 at the Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St. in Santa Ana.

“OCC Student Dance Concert,” April 28: OCC students will choreograph and perform their original work across different dance styles under the direction of Amelie Hunter and Shana Menaker. Tickets are $12 in advance and $17 at the door. At 7:30 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.

COMPUTERS: A move over spring break to install single sign-ons for students created havoc while other issues continue. From Page 1

solidation a single sign-in provides, his experience echoes that of students who use the computing center and Library computers daily. The consolidation was an added grievance to already mounting problems with computing campus wide. In addition to problems signing in after spring break, students have been experiencing on-going problems with computers randomly locking up and locking them out, and with printing and printers across campus.

Officials explained that when the computing center moved to the Math, Business and Computing Center almost three years ago, the district made the seemingly cost cutting decision to shift from stand-alone computers to a new kind of computer architecture known as virtual desktop infrastructure. Through this new technology, virtual desktops or “dummy terminals,” operate through a server at the district office. “We put all of our eggs in one basket. The technology was very new to the campus,” Computing

Center Coordinator John Fawcett said, adding that at peak hours the center can expect about 100 log-ins per hour. That number of log-ins and the high use in the center has caused student terminals to freeze up, and the staff has issued hundreds of repair tickets to the IT department. Fawcett and Computer Science Instructional Associate Reginald Lewis, who also works at the computing center, recalled a time when a student was working in the center for hours and, around the eight-hour mark, the student’s workstation locked up, leaving his

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work in peril. Computing center staff members say this is one of the key problems with VDI technology. Often the workstations will freeze, and because they are connected to a server in the district offices, there isn’t anything the staff can do remotely. “Some days it can be 10 or 20, other days it can be more than 100 of the units,” Fawcett said. There are two failure modes the staff has identified. In one, the communication between dummy terminal and server will simply break. In the other, the system will hang, effectively freezing whatever application the user is operating. Both Fawcett and Lewis have sent hundreds of work tickets to the IT department to address these issues. But any contact that does occur with the IT department has resulted in lack of answers, which Lewis chalks up to the configura-

tion of the system itself and not IT. Another issue students often face while using the center and its 10 computer-equipped classrooms is the overall lack of reliability of the print system. The printer assignments are mapped by the VDI workstations based on the user’s location within the complex. Printer mapping can fail sometimes dozens of times a day, either from improper formatting or corruption, and computing center staff must provide manual assistance to help overcome that difficulty. Chlsea Gonzalez, a 25-year-old business major, said she especially appreciates Fawcett’s work at the computing center. “He goes above and beyond for OCC students. He is really involved and helps guide students including myself,” she said. In addition to printing, the add-value GoPrint stations also present a series of issues. The

stations, located in the computing center and the Library, are the only way students can add funds into accounts to print. Only dollar bills are accepted. According to Uong, often the computers won’t recognize the printer and will show what he defined as random printer destinations. Other times, the GoPrint service will take students’ payment but won’t print anything, he said. There are also times when the stations will stop working, leaving students who don’t have funds in their accounts with zero options. Despite these problems, the district is seemingly moving toward centralizing VDI technology and services like GoPrint. “They seem to have an attitude that if it works most of the time, for most of the people, that’s enough. They don’t really contemplate that on one occasion, for one student, it might be really catastrophic,” Lewis said.

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Senate hopefuls uncensored The student government of Orange Coast College will hold elections Monday through Friday on campus. For students to better know the candidates, the nine senatorial hopefuls were asked to: 1) Describe any past experiences, involvement in school or the community, or other relevant information that pertains to your seeking elected office at OCC. 2) Describe why you are seeking the position of Student Senator. Answers listed here are published exactly as they were received and without editing.


been inv o l v e d heavily in the past throughout my entire high school career and currently h e r e a s a Matt first year at Gemeinhardt OCC. I am currently a Fiscal Affairs Council officer, Director of Logistics for the Honors Student Council, member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, member of the Honors Program, and athlete on the Men’s Volleyball team. I would love to be given the opportunity to continue my involvement as a Student Senator next year. I believe with all my prior experiences with working in student government and much more would make me a strong candidate for a Student Senator. 2 I am seeking this specific position because I would really like to have a voice in all the decisions that pass through ASOCC. I have many ideas brought forth to my attention and through my own individual thoughts that I would like to see changed here at OCC. I am seeking this position to speak and represent the students who may fear speaking up and stating their minds. I have a very strong voice, and I am ready to stand up for each and every student because I believe it is so important to value everyone’s opinion.


of ASOCC, I have been active at volunteering at events. Specifically, as an Advocacy CommitNiousha tee officer, Farhangi I chair the Student Rights Event Task Force. I served as the chair of the Know Your IX event under this Taskforce. My additional pursuits include being a Legislative Subcommittee Officer, where I’ve researched and pursued bills impacting OCC students. My officers and I will be lobbying in Sacramento this semester on some of these bills. As I am expanding my time at school, I am involved in clubs on campus such as Amnesty International.

2 To be a Student Senator for

OCC would mean the opportunity for me to pursue the projects and insights I gained as an Advocacy Committee Officer at a higher and more effective level. These are projects that I will collaborate on and lead with my Student Senators in order to enhance a sense of

community within the school, pursue issues prevalent to the student body, and implement projects that address the diverse and expansive student body.


2017, I was fortunate e n o u g h to be chosen to be part of the Advocacy Committee, a branch of Jolly OCC’S very Tadros own student government! Within Advocacy Committee, I have had the pleasure of serving on several sub-committees, including the Homeless Students Task Force which aims to better the lives of homeless students on campus, the Legislative Sub-Committee which looks at local and state legislation that directly impacts community college students, and the Students Rights Taskforce, amongst others. I also currently serve as vice-chair of the Sustainability Committee which aims to make OCC a more environmentally friendly campus.

2 Since my enrollment at OCC in Fall 2017, I have been a highly active member of student government. From attending meetings to working with fellow members and staff to put on events and push legislation that benefits the student body, I am consistently working to make OCC a better place for all students. By being elected as a Student Senator, this will further give me a platform to ensure I can be a better advocate for student rights on campus and have a greater impact overall. I will work to make your voices heard! THAO ANNA NGUYEN 1 I have

a few past experiences I would like to talk about. I was a president of ASB in high school. I did some off-campus Thao Anna a c t i v i t i e s Nguyen such as volunteer leader for Terry Fox Run and treasurer for a charity group back in Vietnam. At OCC, I was the Vice President of the Vietnamese Student Association, Financial Director of the Accounting Society, Vice President of International Student Fellowship Club. Currently, I am a Secretary of the Advocacy Committee in student government. It was a great experience for me because I learned how to be a leader, be responsible for my actions, and do teamwork. .

Election details What: Nine open seats for the Student Government of Orange Coast College. When: Today through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Quad. Students may also vote online at occvotes. com. Where: The SGOCC holds weekly public meetings at 9 a.m. in the Student Center. To view senate minutes and agenda, visit OCC’s website.



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2 I want to have a position Senate, as well as serving on semester and believe my skills, in Student Senate for many reasons. I have some free time so I want to use that time to do something meaningful that would bring me memories, experiences, and, of course, look good on my resume. I also want to get involved in Student Senate because I care about students concerns. Their concerns are also my concern, so I want to step up and give them a voice.

my participatory governance committee, the Instructional Planning Council. I want to continue to serve my fellow students and administration and ensure the positive progression of this campus. I am also looking to deepen my leadership skills and positive connections, to aid in a successful political career in the future.


has been a huge part of my life as it was where I was able to develop my personal and leadership skills. Katherine Before my Hoang attendance at OCC, I found and served on campus and District level leadership positions for 501(c) nonprofit organizations. During my time, I have created bylaws and programs, analyzed public policies, and proposed ways to make these organizations more efficient. I am currently an OCC Student Senator, and while serving our term, I discovered my commitment to enhancing the student experience at OCC and advocating for every individual on our campus.

1 In

the school setting, I have served the positions of both treasurer of Taipei Cultural Club and secretary of Kaveh Model Unit- Agahi ed Nations. More recently, I had an internship at Remax where I worked closely with a branch manager and their team. These positions have molded me into an optimistic team player who always meets deadlines and strives to outperform all expectations. Through my experiences, I have become comfortable with meeting new people, collaborating with others to reach similar goals, and confronting every problem with an open mind, knowing to never shy away from an opportunity to make improvements..

2 I am aiming for Student 2 As a Senator, I am running Senate to strengthen the voices

on a platform aimed at enhancing the student experience through increasing transparency amongst students and increasing access to scholarship funds, health services, and career connections. Ideally, I want to improve transparency on topics such as student services fees and what programs it goes towards. Along with that, I want to expand resources for clubs and help form a student mentorship program for smoother integration especially for new students. As Senator, I plan to help create a more viable campus for students to learn and grow.

of my friends, classmates, and all fellow OCC Pirates. The Senate is a higher power of our student government that can more strongly advocate policies and present the opinions and critical thoughts of our student body to legislation. I want to be that individual who reaches out to others and empowers them towards success during their journeys at OCC as they strive to make the most of their years here. I will give my 100% and more to represent my school.

THANG PHAM 1 Despite


rently a Student Senator here at OCC. I’m also interning for a California Assemblym e m b e r . Rachyl B o t h o f Reynosa these opportunities directly correlate with my future career plans. I love getting an inside feel for my future, while at the same time, doing my part for this school. I hope to continue down this wonderful path and see where the road leads me.

2 I am fully engaged and en-

joying my time on the current

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8 Sports

APRIL 18, 2018

7 years of Pirate baseball at OCC

The team hit its stride in an intense conference rivalry over the weekend. BY BRANDON NOH STAFF WRITER

Orange Coast College (23-11) celebrated its 70-year anniversary Saturday at Wendell Pickens Field with a 4-2 win over Fullerton College (16-17) in its fifth straight Orange Empire Conference win. Boxes of Cracker Jacks and special programs were given out to fans for the occasion that had come full circle. In its first season, OCC beat Fullerton College to win its first ever conference championship. “You look at the baseball game

or anything really at Orange Coast College and look at what it was when it started, and what it is today,” OCC President Dennis Harkins said. “This is one of the many events that talk about the continued growth of the college.” The Pirates benefited off a rally in the fourth inning, scoring four runs in the inning to break the scoreless tie. Fullerton tried to answer back late with a rally of its own, but the Pirates were able to keep their composure and held the two-run lead to earn the victory. The team has been on a roll of late winning 10 of its last 11 games. OCC seems to have a vastly different identity from last year’s squad, with more of a focus on timely hitting and attention on the little things to secure wins. With

pitchers returning from injury, the team has become a real threat. “We’re playing our best baseball at the right time, near the end of the year. Hopefully we can continue this going into the playoffs,” team head coach John Altobelli said. Sophomore infielder Josh Berman had himself a day to remember at the plate and the mound, knocking in the winning RBI after a three-run triple in the bottom of the fourth inning and closing out the win with his fifth save of the season. OCC played struggling OEC rival Irvine Valley College on Tuesday at 2 p.m. IVC had lost seven of its last nine games with a overall 6-9 season record in the OEC. Results were not available at press time.

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Sophomore infielder Josh Berman swings for the ball against Fullerton College at Wendell Pickens Field on Saturday.

Men’s volleyball wins Tennis clinches OEC title 13th-straight match FROM CAMPUS REPORTS

After dominating conference, the Pirates coast into postseason. BY CHLOE GOULD STAFF WRITER

The Orange Coast College men’s volleyball team (18-2, 8-0 in Orange Empire Conference) rolled to its second consecutive undefeated conference run in its three-set victory over Santiago Canyon College Hawks (5-15) on Friday. Fresh off their sole-OEC championship clinching performance against Irvine Valley College Wednesday, the Pirate men entered Friday’s game with chance to rest their starters and get players well deserved playing time in the final

game before the playoffs begin. Notably, sophomore libero Ivan Garcia-Burgos was one of those players, who received a starting nod and was honored by team head coach Travis Turner in between sets for his time at OCC. Garcia-Burgos finished his final regular season game in an OCC jersey with six digs, one kill and two aces. “It was good to get this one done in three sets after two (games) back to back that went to five (sets),” Turner said. “We knew we were going to get guys some playing time who deserved it.” After keeping the opening set close in the beginning, a 7-0 run gave the Pirates a comfortable lead that they held on to for the entirety of the set winning by a score of 25-16. Freshman outside hitter Wyatt Rowland led both teams in kills where he tied his

career high with 10. Communication seemed to be an issue for Santiago Canyon, whose late errors proved to be costly, allowing the Coast men to secure the second set on a 7-1 run. The Hawks got out to a solid start in the third set, but the Pirates rallied back late to take the match to secure their undefeated conference season with a final set score at 26-24. “I believe we are one of six teams that have a real good shot of winning the championship,” Turner said. “We just have to pass better.” The Pirates will look to defend their state championship title in the opening round of the Southern California Regional playoffs against Santa Barbara City College on Friday in the Basil H. Peterson Gym at 6 p.m.

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The Orange Coast College women’s tennis team is once again atop the Orange Empire Conference mountain top flowwing an impressive regular season. The team’s 9-0 win over Fullerton College on April 4 wrapped up the conference season and gave Coast a perfect

10-0 record in OEC play (17-1 overall). It’s the third conference title in a row for the defending state champion Pirates. Winners of 24 of their past 25 matches dating back to last year, the Pirates have been seeded No. 2 overall in this year’s Southern California Regional playoffs. Grossmont College, who went undefeated and won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference this

FIELD: OCC baseball is playing on a new all-turf surface. From Page 1

would arrive to Wendell Pickens Field hours piror to first pitch and make sure his field was in playable condition. Due to poor draining and uneven dirt surfaces, the field often was not. “I was spending hours and hours and driving miles and miles on that tractor,” Altobelli said. “I would be here (the field) at 5:30 a.m. just to get practice going.” The $1 million donation was one of three major donations to

Orange Coast College in the past year. “It’s something we (the college) wanted, but it’s tough to come up with that kind of money,” Executive Director of the Orange Coast College Foundation Doug Bennett said. Orange Coast College has always produced one of the best baseball programs in the state, and despite their track record of six state championships and 18 conference titles, the old field had often been referred to as one of


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season was no match for OCC, who beat them with ease in the first round 5-0. The Pirates faced another quality opponent in Gendale College on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the second round. Glendale went 21-2 and also won their respective conference, posing as OCC’s toughest threat all season. The results were not available at press time.

the worst in the conference. According to Altobelli, his athletes have adjusted well to the new surface, benefitting from the lack of divots in the ground sending the balls on an unpredicted path. He also claims it has helped with recruits, having coaches bringing their teams to see the new facility. “With this field and facility, there is no better joy that we could have, and I want the campus to be proud of this facility,” Altobelli said.

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