May 2, 2018
Volume 72, No. 14
Cash runs out
District funds for campus buildings leave some projects on hold.
BY MARGHERITA BEALE MANAGING EDITOR
Photos by Devin Michaels
One of the educational decorations in the Astronomy House is a celestial globe (left), which shows the locations of stars and constellations in the sky, and can be used to help perform astronomical or astrological calculations. A fake extraterrestrial specimen (right) is meant to be a point of intrigue to attract students to visit the Astronomy House.
An anonymous donor from Orange County gave $1 million to Orange Coast College’s astronomy program in 2013 to go toward a new astronomy village. Today, the Astronomy House’s construction is complete and its doors are open to Orange Coast College faculty and students. Located between the Math Lecture and Science halls, the Astronomy House welcomes visitors with a mat that says, “Welcome to Our Universe.” Aside from it being the offices of two astronomy instructors, Nick Contopoulos and Jerome Fang, the Astronomy House has its own special collections gallery, a conference room, library, student lounge, two virtual reality rooms and a kitchen. “It’s a unique space in which we hope to inspire,” Fang said. “We want to keep it as a space for any student. We don’t want to limit it to only astronomy students.” The space, heavily insulated to reduce outside noise, was modeled after department-specific lounges found on university campuses, aimed to increase peer-topeer literacy, Contopoulos said. Most peer-to-peer literacy will take place in the student lounge, called Astronomy Lounge 132, which is adorned with objects meant to inspire. A photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the Tarantula Nebula adorns the back wall of the student lounge. On the coffee tables sit globes of the lunar surface with its labeled craters and a tectonic globe of the Earth with plate boundaries. Across from the lounge’s sofas and chairs is a transparent celestial sphere, which shows every constellation in relation to the Earth’s location in the universe. The shelves in the lounge includes educational documentary films such as “Inside Einstein’s Mind” and “How the Universe Works,” as well as items aimed to provoke fascination in both astrophysics and quantum physics. Students can find plush toys representing the cosmic microwave background (CMB), different epochs of the
On the inside Unity club The Umoja program acts as a community for black students. Page 3
Rhythmic sounds Jazz music poured out of the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Page 4
Journalism woes One staffer discusses the crisis plaguing the fourth estate. Page 5
BY AUDREY KEMP STAFF WRITER
universe and particles, such as muons, electrons and protons. “Things are made symmetrically,” Contopoulos said. “If you have one particle, you have to have the antiparticle to balance it out.” Across from hall is Conference Room 115. The conference room has both tacked walls and a dry erase wall for an educational and interactive environment. Fang and Contopoulos plan on hosting a wide array of informal lectures and meetings. A projector will be provided for both faculty and clubs like the Astronomy Club and research clubs to host their meetings. Aside from an astronomy-themed question of the week, Contopoulos plans to host educational lectures and workshops aimed to increase outward skills, such as How to Build a Cohesive and Professional Poster, Contopoulos said. “Instructors can also come and present to students their favorite scientists, whether it be Einstein, Newton or Fermi,” he added. However, the Astronomy House’s conference room is not limited to faculty use. The Astronomy department wants it to also serve as a place for student clubs to congregate and host meetings. During these informal meetings, refreshments will be available to students and faculty in the Astronomy House’s kitchen. According to Fang, the full-sized kitchen is called Kitchen Galley, named after the galley aboard a ship or the International Space Station. The first thing students will notice in the Kitchen Galley is the large alien specimen sitting in a glass jar. According to Contopoulos, it is one of three aliens from Orange Coast College’s old planetarium in a space called “Area 51-and-a-half.” The kitchen has two dining tables, eight chairs and a counter with three barstools. Other ameni-
ties include a refrigerator, a microwave, planet-themed plates and bowls. Cutting boards and dish towels say “black hole” on them, “because they absorb anything,” said Contopoulos, whose office is located at the end of the Astronomy House’s hall. Between the conference room and the library is a yellow bridge. According to Fang, the bridge symbolizes the transition from the outside chaotic world into a more tranquil environment. The mini library, found across the hall from Contopoulos and Fang’s offices, is exceptionally quiet and has hundreds of books spanning over all areas of science. The library’s books, most of which have been donated by Contopoulos, work on a trust-basis, in which students can borrow the books freely. The Astronomy House also has two virtual reality rooms, 117A and 117B, which will offer some educational and astronomical VR experiences, such as landing on the moon. Students can also expect to see more features added to the Astronomy House in the future. The Special Collections Gallery will include meteorite specimens and a scale replica of Opportunity, the robotic rover it landed on Mars in January 2004. Faculty will also be putting up vintage NASA travel posters from the 1960s and 1970s. Students are already beginning to use the space for study. Kai Wilding, a 20-year-old business and theater major, said he’s been using the Astronomy House to do homework since it opened. Wilding said the astronomy faculty made him develop an interest in the field and that Contopoulos always tells him, “I want you to leave this class with more questions than you have answered.” “The Astronomy House is an interactive atmosphere where curiosity can take hold of you. I say, if I can get students to gather, talk and think, then it’s all worth it to me,” Contopoulos said.
BY MARGHERITA BEALE MANAGING EDITOR
Community colleges in California will likely be excluded from proposed legislation that would provide students with access to medication for abortions. SB 320, introduced by Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) in 2017, would require all colleges within the University of California and the California State University system to supply their campus health centers with
mifepristone and misoprostol, two drugs that can be taken to terminate a pregnancy less than 10 weeks along. “Every community college is not created equally and they don’t all have health centers,” Coast Community College District Director of Public Affairs, Marketing and Government Relations Letitia Clark said. “As long as it wasn’t cost prohibited and there were mechanisms required for the community colleges to participate, I could see it being a consideration.” In the text of the bill, Leyva outlines that abortion care is a constitutional right and an important part of sexual and reproductive care. Additionally, it says abortion by medication tech-
niques is extremely safe and cost effective. A fact sheet from Leyva’s office reveals that students at the 34 UC and CSU campuses often face barriers when seeking an early termination of pregnancy. The fact sheet cites financial limitations and transportation as contributing factors, as 51% of students across these colleges are low-income. Research cited in the fact sheet found that every month, up to 519 UC and CSU students seek medication abortions at off-site health care facilities. “For a lot of students, it’s the only health care they can get. I’m transferring in the fall. Thinking about it, that’s probably the only health care option I’ll have because I won’t be home,” Tiffany
“We hope they continue to make the Chemistry building a priority.” Tara Giblin
Dean of Math and Sciences
Kalhor, a 22-year-old sociology major and co-president of the Planned Parenthood Generation Action club at Orange Coast College said. For OCC, SB 320 is not yet a viable option. According to Kelly Dally, associate dean and director of the Student Health Center on campus, the health center is currently not equipped for abortion medication to be made available. Because the Student Health Center relies primarily on the $20 student health fee paid upon registering as its funding, the college cannot provide 5-daya-week access to an on-site physician, who would be needed for follow up visits and in cases
‘How come I can’t get a new facility for my students?’” The Chemistry, Dance and Performing Arts departments and buildings on the west side of campus, which faculty have said are deteriorating, dated structures, were pushed back to Vision 2030, as the Measure M funds designated to those projects have been allocated to others earlier in the queue. According to Dean of Math and Sciences Tara Giblin, $14 million was initially earmarked for a new Chemistry building but Pagel said those funds have since been redistributed despite contingency planning. Giblin said the Chemistry department is growing, and the space they have can’t keep up. Echoing the voices of other faculty members, she said there are safety concerns that stem from having too many students in any given classrooms — some of which date back to the 1970s. The Chemistry department is working with the administration to ensure that everything is being fixed when it needs to be and that it’s all up to code, by bringing in specialists and upgrading ventilation, both Giblin and Pagel said. Giblin added that due to the nature of the discipline, equipment needs to be modernized in order to keep things running smoothly. “We hope they continue to make the Chemistry building a priority. Our courses are in high demand. It’s a high demand area and we know we can make good use of a new, larger and more modern facility,” Giblin said. According to Pagel, the Chemistry building has the best opportunity to receive state funding.
See SB 320 Page 3
See MEASURE M Page 2
Campus abortion bill uncertain State proposal for campus services excludes two-year colleges.
Despite Orange Coast College’s $315 million share of a 2012 bond measure, campus projects such as a new Chemistry building, a new Dance and Performing Arts building and upgrades to the west side of the campus — including the Skill Center and Maintenance and Operations — funds are running out and it may be years before they can proceed. The bond measure, known as Measure M, was approved by voters and allocated nearly $700 million to the Coast Community College District in 2012. OCC’s share of the pot went to completed projects like the MBCC building, and planning for a new Literature, Language and Social and Behavioral Science building and the in-the-works state-of-the-art Planetarium, among others. But, officials say, the funds are just about depleted and other planned for projects will have to wait until state funds can be received. “It takes a long time. Chemistry especially,” Rich Pagel, OCC’s vice president of administrative services said. “They’re in a 40 to 50-year-old building and they see the other buildings going up around them and they’re like,
MAY 2, 2018
CRIME BLOTTER Missing video camera
A staff member at the Drama Lab reported a missing video camera on April 14, according to Chief of Campus Safety John Farmer. The individual was looking for a tripod when he noticed that the box where the video camera was kept was missing. The video camera is a Cannon VIXIA G-030 worth $1,200 and still missing, Farmer said.
Poor Ronald Reagan
A victim reported on April 23 that a Ronald Reagan sticker was removed from a car in the Theatre Parking Lot with an explicit note left behind, Farmer said. The Ronald Reagan sticker included the quote, “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” The sticker was found next to the vehicle with a hand written note stating, “F off.” “I guess someone took offense to that sticker and took it off,” Farmer said.
Hey you, take that
A fight between two male non-students broke out on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Swap Meet, according to Farmer. A witness stated that one man was angry and another man was punched in the face.
The individual who was punched said he wanted to press charges, according to Farmer. No reason was given as to why the fight broke out. The individual who reportedly committed the assault was told to leave campus and told he would be arrested if he returned, Farmer said.
Clothes vs. phone
A vendor reported a theft at the Swap Meet on Sunday, according to Farmer. The victim said she saw two women with her merchandise in a purse that they did not purchase, Farmer said. The victim reportedly grabbed the purse from the suspects and struggled to retrieve the items. The two women ran off with a pair of pants and a dress valued at $40. One of the female suspects dropped her phone during the altercation. The suspects later returned to the scene and asked the swap meet staff if the phone had been found. Farmer heard the lost phone broadcast on the radio and notified swap meet staff to bring the owner of the phone to meet him, but she didnt’ want to be identified. “I wonder why,” Farmer said. She unlocked her phone however to verify that she was the owner. — The Crime Blotter was compiled by Wiley Jawhary from Campus Safety reports.
Corrections and clarifications In the April 18 issue of the Coast Report, a story under the headline “Driving while high” misquoted Sgt. Dan Miles of the Costa Mesa Police Department. The sentence should have read, “Miles noted he has seen
an increase in DUI-related cases since legalization.” Under the headline “Students on the silver screen” about the Newport Beach Film Festival, a former student’s name was misspelled. The name should have read Sofia Gomez.
BY ISABELLA BALANDRAN
“We ask to remind students again, do not vape on the campus, especially in the Library,” librarian Vinta Oviatt said. Oviatt said the evacuation disrupted students studying and many students taking exams. “All these students working so hard, it disrupted people taking tests. I’d just like it to not happen again,” Oviatt said. “We really thought there was a fire.” Taylor said hundreds of students evacuated quickly and safely. “Kudos to the kids who got up and evacuated the building,” Taylor said. “That was critical and without their cooperation things could’ve been disastrous.” The alarm alerted the Costa Mesa Fire Department, who arrived to the Merrimac Way Parking Lot in about five minutes, just after the vape-smell discovery, and were turned away by Campus Safety, officer Tim Winer said.
Vaping student leads to false alarm FEATURES EDITOR
A student vaping in the Library set off a fire alarm that resulted in around 300 students evacuating the building at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dean of Library and Learning Support John Taylor said. The library’s alarm system was able to notify Campus Safety which smoke detector caused the false alarm, he said. When officers entered the study room where the alarm was set off, Campus Safety officers smelled a flavored vapor in the room and realized vaping must have caused the incident, Taylor said. In order to check into a study room, students must sign in and give the librarian their student ID for the duration of their stay in the room. Taylor said he has the ID for the student who checked out the room.
Photo by Kassidy Dillon
Students gather in the Quad with candles as they hold a 98-second moment of silence to those who lost their lives to sexual violence. The gathering was part of the campus Take Back the Night event last week.
Reclaiming safe spaces BY KASSIDY DILLON
ARTS AND CULTURE EDITOR
Orange Coast College students marched around campus last week with candles in hand and shouting phrases in unison, calling for an end to sexual violence. The effort was during Take Back the Night, one of the many campus events organized as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Dozens of students and faculty members gathered in the Student Center Lounge as victims of sexual assault and harassment shared their experiences and paths of healing. Following the public sharing, students reconvened in the Quad around 8 p.m. for a candlelight vigil and a 98-second moment of silence for those who have lost their lives to sexual violence. The time was a reference to the statistic that someone is sexually assaulted once every 98 seconds in the United States. Take Back the Night events and protests started in the 1960s to take a stance against sexual violence. Following the rape and murder of a microbiologist who
was walking home from work in Philadelphia in 1975, crowds gathered to demand justice and change at one of Take Back the Night’s first official events. Since then, the non-profit organization has encouraged colleges and communities around the world to organize Take Back the Night events of their own. Jenna Perez, a 20-year-old sociology major and student ambassador of Student Equity, said Take Back the Night serves to reclaim safe spaces for students or anyone subject to sexual assault. According to Perez, who played a key role in organizing the event, the gathering was intended to create a safe space for students to share their stories without fear of judgment or repercussions. “It’s so prevalent and it’s likely each of us know someone who is affected by this issue,” Perez said. “So it is important to me as an advocate wanting to create space for those who have faced trauma.” Associate Dean of Title IX Student Relations Shannon Quihuiz reassured students that their
stories would be confidential and reminded everyone to follow guidelines of respect including no cell phones, recording, or making personal evaluations based on someone’s past experiences. For the most part, students who shared had not previously planned on speaking but felt it was important for others to know they are not alone. One by one, students of all genders made their way to the podium. Jenelle Gordon, a 36-year-old communications major and the keynote speaker of the night, described her experience living under the demands of a sex trafficker in Las Vegas for 10 years. Gordon, who is now president and founder of OCC’s Beyond Freedom Club, said for years she was too afraid and ashamed to come to terms with what she had gone through, let alone speak out about her experiences. “When we are able to get out of the victim boat, step onto the shores of survivorhood and climb to the top of that mountain of thriving, we’re sending a message to attackers and traffickers that they cannot mess with us,”
Gordon said. Nicky Sharp, an 18-year-old horticulture major, said it is important to create safe spaces where people feel comfortable enough to speak up about their experiences. “Sometimes, people say talking doesn’t help but it does,” Sharp said. “It helps people realize that these issues aren’t the norm. It helps to paint a perspective that others may not have.” Some students said it is important for not only victims to open up, but for people to speak up when they see others, including friends, perpetuating the culture of sexual harassment and assault. In the future, OCC is set to provide housing for students. According to Perez, dorm style housing often creates more potential opportunities for sexual assault and as a school and community, the consent culture needs to be created and emphasized in advance. “I think this helps to send a message that you’re not alone,” Perez said. “And that healing and thriving is possible and for allies to act.”
OCC tops study abroad schools BY LINDA MIZRAHI STAFF WRITER
Orange Coast College has been named one of the top schools in the nation for helping students of diverse backgrounds study abroad through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Of the 10,340 national college students who applied to the scholarship during the 2016-2017 academic year, 2,922 were selected. For the first time, three of them were OCC students, and each received an award of up to $5,000. Two OCC students spent the summer in Italy and one spent the summer in the United Kingdom. The Gilman Scholarship makes travel accessible for American undergraduates with financial need to study and intern abroad. It is a congressionally
funded program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, named after the late congressman Benjamin A. Gilman from New York. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, more than 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 25,000 Gilman scholars to 145 countries around the globe. “Gilman is a scholarship provided nationwide for Pell eligible students wanting to study abroad,” OCC Associate Dean of Global Engagement Nathan Jensen said. A Pell Grant is a subsidy of the U.S. federal government that assists students with financial need who have not yet earned their first bachelor’s degree. “For the 2016-2017 academic year, three OCC students were granted the Gilman award and
OCC was named as one of the top producing Gilman scholarships at the Associate level,” said Jensen. According to the Gilman Scholarship website, top producing institutions are highlighted for their success in sending the most first-generation college students, racial or ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, and students studying science, technology, engineering or math. “Being in the top overall total degrees awarded is a significant achievement,” said OCC Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Technology Andreea Serban. “Although the application process is quite involved, I would encourage students to apply. I would encourage anyone attending OCC to participate in at least one semester abroad.”
Jensen agreed. “A student who studies abroad is more likely to be engaged in their studies, more likely to finish their education,” he said. “Study abroad is known to be a high impact practice, a high student success rate.” Gilman international study abroad programs encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries and world regions. Students of all majors or areas of study can apply. The program also encourages students to study languages — especially critical need languages important to national security. Critical need languages include Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Turkish. Applications for spring and summer abroad 2019 will be available online August 2018
MEASURE M: Concern grows as funds for new buildings on campus are running out. From Page 1
2263 Fairview Rd. Fairview & Wilson 1/4 mile South from OCC (Towards Newport Blvd.)
Plans now have $14 million for the building coming from the state and $20 million set aside from Measure M. However, state funding can take years to process. “If we decide to go ahead and start the chemistry project, the state of California will wash their hands of it and tell us ‘you started it so you finish it.’ So we have to be patient,” Pagel said. Plans for building the current Library began in 1993, but it wasn’t completed until 2008. The ABC building, which was also received partial state funding, took less time because the window of time was
right, Pagel said. “When the window is right, when the winds are moving in the right direction, we can get (the funding) done quickly,” Pagel said. State funding for the Chemistry building would be received through Proposition 51, which passed in 2014 and authorized the state to allocate $2 billion for community college construction. Additionally, of the $50.5 million budget for the soon-to-be-built Literature, Language and Social and Behavioral Science building, $31 million came from the state with the rest covered through Measure M. Each fiscal year, the governor approves certain plans and deter-
mines how quickly the Proposition 51 bonds will be dispersed. Pagel is hopeful that in this new budget year, those funds will be allocated for the Chemistry building. The new Chemistry building is also being delayed because it is expected to be in the footprint of the old Literature and Language building, which first has to be torn down, he said. In the fall, there will be another master planning effort, which will use the Facilities Planning Committee as a participatory governance, including faculty, students, staff and administration. As Vision 2030 is planned, Chemistry, Dance and the west side planning will move to the
top of the queue, ensuring their completion in the next decade. Over the summer, a feasibility study will be completed for Dance and Performing Arts, looking at two different locations to decide which is more appropriate for a new facility. As for the Chemistry building, a project proposal will be due with the state in August. An outside team is being brought in to help with the administrative document, Pagel said. “Everybody wants it today. With facilities, it takes years sometimes. All we have to do is look at our Library, the ABC building or the MBCC. We will do it, it just takes time,” he said.
MAY 2, 2018
Student sees the sweet side of life The symposium winner overcomes hurdles to pursue his medical career. BY MAKENNA STONE STAFF WRITER
Jonathan Stockman must have sweet dreams when he puts his head down each night. When he lays down for rest it’s not inside an apartment or with half his body in the trunk of his car like it used to be. The days of renting his own apartment or sleeping in his car have long passed. A generous candy shop owner in Orange County, where the Orange Coast College geography major Stockman works, learned he was living in his car and offered him the back of the shop for sleeping every night. It is there that Stockman, 23, conducted the research he needed to become the overall winner of the Giles Brown Student Project and Research Symposium last month, taking home the $1,500 grand prize. In typical fashion, Stockman tried to donate it back. His passion, he says, is to serve people, which gives him a sense of purpose and makes him feel good knowing he is helping others before himself. “After Jon won the $1,500 he
Photo by Henry Bate
Jonathan Stockman, a 23-year-old geography major, studies in the back of the candy shop he works and lives in.
said, ‘Can I donate it back?’ I said, ‘No. You keep the money for yourself,’” Rachel Ridnor, an OCC sociology instructor and Stockman’s mentor said. His project, “Accommodating the Baby-boomer Generation,” focused on epidemiology and the interactions between viruses and populations, looking at what factors allow viruses and diseases to flourish in certain age groups among certain geographic areas. Stockman said the research for the project took at least 36 hours and he often found himself waiting 30 minutes or more on the
telephone waiting to speak with someone only to be given the runaround and be re-directed to the same people over and over again. “It was so easy to want to throw my hands up and say, ‘I can’t find the answers and just give up,’” he said. But he didn’t give up. Just like in the rest of his life, Stockman persevered. He spent hours sifting through large amounts of data from various sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Census Bureau and the California Department of Health.
cause it offers minority students an opportunity to get on the right track,” Umoja coordinator and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services counselor Phillips said. Umoja, the Kiswahili word for “unity,” is a statewide consortium unique to the California Community College system. Umoja was founded in 2006 when Phillips helped the program develop on a statewide level. Presently, the program is active on 57 universities, a nearly tenfold increase from its 2006 origins. Phillips works with about 12 students to further their educational goals by “focusing on the whole entire student” and formulating a plan for success that extends beyond the classroom walls. Phillips acts as the program coordinator, counselor and teacher to the students. He works closely with instructors in the math, social science, history and English departments and with admissions and records faculty to tailor educational plans for Umoja students. For Chandler, the community aspect of Umoja is a testament to the program in and of itself. “It’s almost like creating a blueprint specifically for me,” Chandler said. On a community college campus that has the potential to disavow a truly personal connection with its students, Chandler says Umoja grants students like him an opportunity to feel attended to. The counseling environment that Umoja offers to its students is a far cry from the counseling woes that often plague non-Umoja students. According to Chandler, the
relationships developed within the Umoja community can offer a leg up over a potentially cold interaction with a non-Umoja counselor. “It’s like a telemarketer with a script as opposed to someone who I have a personal connection with,” Chandler said. According to Phillips, the goal of Umoja is to close the achievement gap for black students through what Umoja calls intentional and deliberate counseling. Part of that includes Phillips’ “porch talks” that aim to push students in the right direction, where the traditional constraints of counseling dissolve and create space for a more upfront and casual discussion of everything from educational plans to career goals. Though Umoja is a relatively new program, its success rates are growing as rapidly as the program itself. The statewide program currently serves 4,000 students with goals to increase to 10,000 students by 2019. Umoja students are 25 percent more likely to continue their community college education, more likely to have a higher GPA and are ready for transfer-level work in an accelerated time frame. Students who are part of Umoja must sign a contract which includes an assessment of their academic abilities and requires them to be financially disadvantaged. Phillips said the Umoja program, which falls under the EOPS umbrella, seeks to bridge the gap with the educational system. “This is a system that was obviously not created by us or for us,” Phillips said.
Ridnor said he almost didn’t present his research in the symposium because at the last minute he discovered a flaw in national data. He said he was worried it would ruin his project. “I told him to present it. He just found a flaw in national data — data that is widely used,” Ridnor said. She added that she believes he won not only because of his amazing research, but because of his amazing question and answer session. He blew the judges away with his professionalism, research and knowledge.
In addition to his work at the candy store and his classes at OCC, Stockman spends much of his time volunteering. Locally he gives his time at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the Someone Cares soup kitchen and as a junior high ministry leader at Saddleback Church. Perhaps not surprisingly, Stockman hopes to become a physician and plans to attend medical school once he finishes his degree in geography with an emphasis on public health. “I want to give all the money away,” Stockman says of his even-
tual salary as a doctor. “Almost to prove a point that I can live below the poverty line.” Stockman grew up in La Quinta with three siblings. Both of his parents worked at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage — his dad as a locksmith. He said he and his siblings would walk to the hospital after school each day and wait hours for their parents to be done with their workdays. He said the hospital became their second home and being around the elderly patients there led him to his interest in medicine. Stockman moved to Orange County in 2013 after graduating from high school and enrolled at OCC. After taking a break in his studies he worked at PF Chang’s in Fashion Island, made a good income and lived in an apartment in the Villa Sienna apartments. When he returned to school he quit his restaurant job and lived out of his car for about nine months. “My parents were semi-worried,” he said. “They didn’t know I was living out of my car.” At night he slept with half of his body in the trunk of his car and half lying in the back seat. Showers were taken at Planet Fitness, which cost $10 per month. “It was really nothing to complain about. It’s really amazing to live here in California. The idea of poverty here is an income of $13,000 or below. I’m not impoverished at all,” he said.
Umoja creates community for black students
Black students at OCC have a place to further academic growth in Umoja. BY SARA TEAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
As Marcqus Chandler stood up to leave Clyde Phillips’ office, Phillips asked him if he would have enough time to pick up his son. The business and graphic design major and single father assured Phillips he’d be alright and said goodbye with a hug. “Thanks Clyde,” Chandler said before he left the room, illustrating the deep bonds of their student-mentor relationship far better than the everyday phrase would otherwise reveal. For many of the roughly 300 black students at Orange Coast College, finding a place to call home in a sea of over 20,000 students can be a challenging endeavor. “Umoja provided an easy transition and helped me find a place that was familiar and comfortable,” Chandler said. “It gives the minority student a voice to be filtered out into the community.” When Phillips brought the Umoja program to OCC in 2010, he sought to provide a learning community for minority students with an emphasis on improving the retention and academic success rates of black students as well as enhancing their cultural and educational experience. “It’s a powerful program be-
Photo by Devin Michaels.
Clyde Phillips, Umoja coordinator and EOPS counselor, speaks to Téara Kent, a 21-year-old African American studies major, in Phillips’ office in Watson Hall Tuesday.
Throughout his 28-year tenure at OCC, Phillips said it is common for a student to come to class and then abruptly leave due to OCC’s tendency toward being a commuter school. Often his students come to him about hostile classroom environments, spanning from interaction with students to instructors. According to the U.S. Census, the percentage of black Americans in Orange County clocks in at 2.1 percent of the total population. With OCC’s population showing less than 1 percent representation, Phillips said it’s more likely for one of his students to leave a racially-charged hostile incident unreported than tell an instructor who doesn’t look like them.
“They say if you want to know how the hunt went, ask the lion,” Phillips said. That’s where Phillips and Umoja steps in. Phillips said a main component of what he teaches his students is to be aware of unconscious bias, to eliminate discriminatory norms that people have been systemically and generationally conditioned to believe. It is that same awareness that can prove to be a key to success. “Even though there are some of us that get through (the system), there are many of us who do not,” Phillips said. Outside of the Umoja program is the Umoja club, which students can join freely. It has no financial requirement and focuses instead
on academic need. According to Phillips, who also serves as the club’s adviser, the club provides an on-campus environment for students to feel comfortable. The club plans fundraising and events in the Multicultural Center like last semester’s largely successful “From hip-hop to bebop,” an event presented by University of Southern California music professor and staunch Umoja supporter Ronald McCurdy. For Phillips, Umoja is about connecting students to their ancestors on a spiritual and emotional level. “It’s about teaching them (students) to stand on the shoulders of those that came before them,” Phillips said.
this semester covered the roles of language, power, culture, identity formation, and academic success through the perspective of a first-generation Latino college student. Speakers are brought from CSUs, UCs and private universities. “I’ve learned about micro-aggressions and how different ethnicities and races experience racism. I’ve learned how many underrepresented minorities have struggled through their college experience,” Elvin Martinez, an 18-year-old political science major said.
Martinez discovered CLEEO through Cuellar’s counseling class, a course that explores successful experiences in higher education for Chicano and Latino students. After learning more about his culture and ancestry, Martinez was inspired to start his own club, Nahui Ollin. A club focused on allowing under-represented minorities explore routes for college success. “For the Latina and Latino community, higher education is something that is valued, and is something that we continue to strive and aspire towards com-
pleting,” Cuellar said. “For the benefit of not just our own communities, but society at large.” After attending a youth conference at San Diego State University while he was in high school, Cuellar opened his eyes to the possibility of going to college. Cuellar felt his bi-cultural background validated by the university’s workshops and wanted to extend that opportunity to other students. CLEEO workshops take place in the multi-cultural center every semester, and anyone interested in learning is welcome to attend.
CLEEO gives academic support to Latinos at OCC The program encourages Latino students to reach their full potential. BY OBEYDAH DARWISH STAFF WRITER
Latino students interested in pursuing higher education can benefit from the services offered in Counseling Latinos for Equity and Engagement at Orange Coast College. Currently, only 2 percent of Latinos have a doctorate degree —
a number that is out of proportion with the entire Latino demographic in the United States, according to CLEEO founder, coordinator and counselor Eric Cuellar. “We’re trying to encourage Latinas and Latinos not only to reach their goal of transferring and obtaining their bachelor’s degrees, but really encouraging them to go onto postgraduate school to complete master’s and doctorate programs. As well as professional degrees such as going to medical school or law school,” Cuellar said. In its fourth semester at OCC,
the CLEEO project aims to create equitable access to higher education for a historically disadvantaged segment of society. The project also helps create cross-cultural awareness through workshops and presentations. “One main purpose of why we bring on multicultural speakers and things is to really help our students identify and to make a paradigm shift in their way of thinking,” Rendell Drew, co-chair of the International Multicultural Committee said. Workshop topics and speakers vary each semester. Presentations
SB 320: Proposed legislation would allow colleges to administer medication for abortions, but is unlikely for two-year schools. From Page 1
of continued bleeding or hemorrhaging, Daly said. It’s some of these kinds of side effects that put students like Alex Loniak, a 19-yearold landscape architecture major and treasurer for the OCC Young Republicans Club, against the implementation of the bill.
Among his other chief concerns, Loniak cites liability for the school, high costs of ultrasound machines and psychological effects such as shame, guilt, regret and depression that could lead to suicide. “It kills the child. It’s a human life no matter what. You’re killing something that
is living inside of you,” Loniak said. Loniak said he’s concerned over the possibility of taxpayers’ dollars contributing to the bill if passed but SB 320 would be not be funded by state or university money. In January, NPR reported that the $14 million implementation cost
would be paid through a private consortium that includes the Women’s Foundation of California, Tara Health Foundation and a private donor. While the bill still has to be passed by the state Assembly and go through the Higher Education Committee, it has sparked controversy. At OCC,
a misleading hot pink flyer was posted in a women’s bathroom, reading “A toilet is no place for a child to die. Flush SB 320,” in bold print. The flyer was advertised by nocampusabortions.com, an anti-SB 320 website run by Students for Life of America, a pro-life organization.
While those who oppose the bill may cite interfering with student success as a negative aspect of the bill, Kalhor disagrees. “An unplanned pregnancy can hinder a students’ success. By providing (the medication) it gives them the option, if they want to,” she said.
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MAY 2, 2018
Big bands show off their jazz Jazz ensembles play the classics during their annual performance. BY MARGHERITA BEALE MANAGING EDITOR
As the lights of the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College dimmed down to a single, fluorescent purple, illuminating a stage filled with jazz musicians, it was clear the audience was in for a treat. The OCC Jazz ensembles played its bi-annual spring concert Monday, showcasing the talents of students and experienced professionals alike in a dazzling night of improvisation and poetic rhythm. The show was conducted by Dana Wheaton, OCC’s director of bands who also oversees the Computers in Music program, and Paul Navidad, OCC’s director of Jazz and Commercial Music Studies. The night began with a jazzy, goose bump-inducing rendition of the national anthem performed by OCC’s Studio Jazz Ensemble. No reprieve was given to an already enthralled audience, as Navidad didn’t waste a moment leading the ensemble into the upbeat, big-band-reminiscent instrumental “Dubble Bubble” with a swift and sprightly
four-second countdown. The dynamic piece continued into a sultry, back and forth conversation between the saxophonists and trombonists, demonstrating not only the musicians’ mastery of their instruments, but Navidad’s talent in conducting them. Drumsticks turned to brushes for the slightly softer “Swangalang,” with an impressive saxophone solo by Colin Wenhardt, which garnered a “That guy killed it,” from an enthusiastic audience member. The Studio Jazz Ensemble showcased the vocal stylings of three jazz veterans – Harold Cannon, CathyAnn Laurie and Johnnie Maurer. CathyAnn Laurie was the first to take the stage with “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me,” a piece arranged by Ron Levy, present on stage as the one of the nights’ pianists. A great female voice like Laurie’s could only be accompanied by the equally talented female alto-saxophonist Julie Sussman, whose sound was bright and rich. The Studio Jazz Ensemble closed its performance for the evening with the Latin-infused piece “Chips and Salsa,” evocative of popular salsa orchestras like Puerto Rico’s El Gran Combo. Next, the Jazz Improv Ensemble took the stage, performing under the direction of Wheaton. Here, OCC’s music students had their opportunity to shine, delivering effortlessly.
As the ensemble moved into the Dixieland classic “Basin Street Blues,” the audience was transported to early 20th-century New Orleans, where the name of the song comes from. Nicole Ichiki, a 32-year-old music composition and production major, and Jimmy Harrod were featured as a duet, echoing each other and harmonizing beautifully together. Ichiki’s voice had the same deep yet clear, and just a hint raspy quality that has made jazz female vocalist greats like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Ichiki said that a year ago she would have never imagined herself singing on stage, but a year later, she stood with effortless grace, entrancing the audience with her sparkly silver dress and her mesmerizing voice. Perhaps the most notable performance of the night came from Hime Ikahara, a 19-yearold music major who was one of the Piano Scholarship winners this spring for outstanding pianist in the OCC Piano Program. Ikehara sang the Frank Sinatra classic “Witchcraft” while simultaneously playing the piano, even performing a solo that exhibited improv techniques well beyond her years. Classically trained, Ikehara demonstrated that she’s much more than just a singer or pianist – she’s an entertainer. The evening came to a close with seven pieces performed by the Jazz Lab Ensemble. Much like Ikehara, Laurie, who performed as a vocalist earlier in
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The dimly lit recital hall was silent for Hime Ikehara. The spotlight on her, glimmering off a sleek black Steinway grand piano worth more than some annual salaries. A few deep breaths and her fingers hit the keys. Playing “Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor” by Bach so effortlessly and passionately, was chilling to watch. Her eyes closed, yet she was fully aware of each note she played despite switching between octaves. The emotion from the music and body language felt natural and raw, taking on a tangible form. For students like Ikehara, showcasing at Orange Coast College’s piano recital for scholarship winners and the pursuit of musical excellence like this is a lifelong passion. Every spring and fall, scholarships are awarded which provide private lessons from the
school to select piano students that have auditioned and been voted on by the music department on campus. Ikehara, 19, a first year OCC music major and international student from Japan, has been studying piano since she was 5. Ikehara was one of 10 piano scholarship winners this year. “Music was the only place where I could express myself so when I had to make a decision about my future, music was naturally the choice for me because it’s been around me and I love it,” Ikehara said. Participating in Jazz Ensembles on campus, solo piano performances, playing with the OCC symphony, as well as off-campus shows, she has taken every opportunity to improve her craft. Despite her passion, she still had to overcome pressure from her family. “My dad works in a very creative field. He’s a writer, so he knows how hard it is to make a living in that kind of field,” Ikehara said. “I’m proving to him that I could do things with this if I wanted to, and that’s part of the reason I participate in every single activity and performance that I can possibly do.” While some performers like
Ikehara are accustomed to formal teaching and classical music, others like Matthew Baker, another scholarship winner, initially learned how to play music solely by ear. “I got into classical music a little over a year and a half ago. It was a piece by Bach and I just wanted to learn that, so I learned that piece by ear,” Baker said. After playing the piece for a music instructor, he was encouraged to learn music theory. Shortly after, he fell in love with what classical music and OCC’s program had to offer. Now a second-year student in the music program at OCC, Baker, 29, has entered the applied music program on campus and learned quickly. He said he wants to transfer to a Cal State or University of California school to pursue music composition. “Coming into this program I couldn’t read a single note of music and now, only a year and a half later, it’s coming to me really fast,” Baker said. In a different yet similar way, performer and second year OCC music student Diana Vu is reinvigorating her passion for music. Vu, 27, attended OCC in the past before transferring and
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CathyAnn Laurie performs “I Want To Be Happy,” by Ella Fitzgerald, with the Jazz Lab Ensemble arranged by Gerald Wilson in the Robert B. Moore theater at OCC on Monday.
the show, returned to the stage as bassist. During “I Want to Be Happy,” she played the bass and sang, really showing off her musical chops. This year’s Jazz ensembles concert is the kind of show
that makes one understand the far reaching talent and the heart-warming familiarity that jazz often brings to the table. All in all they flowed like a river, without a single rock in the water to slow things down.
Elite pianists play the keys to success Winners of OCC’s Piano Scholarship perform at a prestigous recital.
“Financial Literacy Workshop,” May 10: OCC’s Student Equity Program will host a workshop covering the techniques in building financial literacy. Topics include long-term saving, building credit and managing income and finances. A representative from SchoolsFirst Credit Union will provide assistance and resources. For more information contact Student Equity at (714) 432-6847. From 4 p.m until 6 p.m. in Watson Hall room 244. “Inter-Club Council Carnival,” May 15: OCC’s Inter-Club Council and ASOCC will hold an on-campus carnival as a place for students to destress before finals. The event will include inflatable obstacle courses, popcorn, icees and more. Free admisssion. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Quad.
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Tu Nguyen (left) and Diana Vu (right) pose together after a performance at the OCC Piano Scholarship Winners Recital April 25.
finishing her degree in biology at the UCLA. She also won a piano scholarship this year. While she had taught piano for nine years and was involved with performance groups throughout high school and college, she continued to pursue a job in another arena. “I was working at a dental office while in the process of applying for dental school and I decided to take classes here (at OCC),” Vu said. “So when the classes here got a little bit more involved, I asked myself what I should be doing.” Despite wrestling with ex-
pectations from her family, questions about her future with music and whether she’ll go back to work in the dental field, one thing that she said is certain is her lifelong love for music. “There was no point in my life where I was completely hands off on music, and I don’t see my life being any other way really,” Vu said. Regardless of differences in getting to where they are or their future, all winners achieved their awards through hard work, skill and above all, a love for music.
“Life is a Cabaret,” Friday, Saturday and Sunday: OCC theatre students will perform a musical story of Berlin’s dark days before the rise of the Third Reich, directed by Tom Bruno. Inspired by the play directed by John Van Druten, music by Kander and Ebb and the stories from Christopher Isherwood. For mature audiences. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. At 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Lab Theatre.
Music “OCC Wind Ensembles Concert,” Sunday: Students from OCC’s Wind Ensemble will present a series of orchestral transcriptions and wind masterworks from “Classics IV,” under the direction of Dana Wheaton. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. At 3 p.m. in the Robert B. Moore Theatre.
“Carmen & Company,” May 12: Under the direction of Maxim Kuzin and Jose Costas, OCC’s Symphony and Dance departments will tising simply by making a speccollaborate to present the tacle of himself and used the one-act Ballet of “Carmen attention to promote his agenda. Suite,” by Rodion Shchedrin. West appeared on ‘TMZ Live’ The sympohny will also play Tuesday in a heavily edited clip Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s which shows the hip-hop artist “Serenade for Strings.” Tickdefending his comments about ets are $15 and $10 with a Trump. current student ID. At 7:30 “Trump is my boy!” he said p.m. in the Robert B. Moore to Candace Owens on the show Theatre. before proceeding to talk about how 400 years of slavery seemed like a choice to him. We need to be smarter consumers, see through these strat“Studio Hour Dance egies and stop giving them a Concert,” May 15: OCC’s platform. Dance department will It’s possible that West may present an end-of-semester not actually have a political showcase. The performance stance, but does have a smart will include exhibitions of marketing technique and a large classroom material and workenough following to thrust him in-progress styles including further into the spotlight when Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, needed. Hip-Hop and World Dance. West should, if anything, be Tickets are $6. At 7 p.m. in in the spotlight because of his the Robert B. Moore Theatre. art rather than his erratic marketing techniques.
Kanye versus the people: free thought isn’t free BY HENRY BATE
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Kanye West came storming back onto Twitter last month to promote his new albums and seemingly to cause a stir to bring himself and his brand back into the spotlight. West has been known to create
a strategic spectacle of himself around the release of his music and clothing lines. It’s a new year and West appears to be back to his old tactics. His 322 tweets, as of Monday, range from the release date of his upcoming albums to making amends with the plastic surgeon who many blame for the death of
West’s mother. Most notably though is the slew of tweets on April 25 in which he professed his admiration and even love for President Donald Trump despite “the mob” mentality against it, as he put it. This is the second time West has endorsed the president pub-
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licly, both times tweeting photos of himself wearing a Make America Great Again hat and even bragging about getting the hat signed by Trump. “If I would’ve voted, I would have voted for Trump,” he said during a “Saint Pablo Tour” show in 2016. While there isn’t a problem with celebrities speaking their minds on politics, it’s clear West is using the controversy as a way to promote his new music and clothing, set to be released in coming months. West’s most recent endorsement of the president has caused a ripple throughout the political, social and media landscapes, with members of the GOP and even the president himself praising him for his support. This means Kanye has done exactly what his “long-time friend” Trump has perfected in the past. He has gotten unquantifiable amounts of free adver-
MAY 2, 2018
Real journalism is at a crossroads As journalists, we hold a unique position. We stand upon a moral foundation. Truth and facts are the tenets of our dogma. Journalism, the fourth estate, is needed now more than ever. So why when our country, our government, our fellow citizens, need us most do we find ourselves in the middle of a terrifying free fall? Presidential “fake news” branding aside, journalism, specifically community journalism, is seeming to crumble at every turn. Nearly half of the Denver Post’s staff was laid off to squeeze every last drop of profit out of a community daily that covered one of America’s most horrifying mass shootings in such a way that garnered them a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. If a Pulitzer Prize is not enough to earn you job security, then what is? The situation at the Post is only a microcosm of how the legs are being cut out from under journalism. For an industry whose origins are rooted so heavily in nobility, job security has become a serious and ever-present concern. Major news publications continue to face layoffs of large portions of their staff. The Coast Report Editorial Board has a sort of special role here at Orange Coast College. Being a student-run paper and a class, our profit margin is less of a concern than our news integrity. In that facet, we triumph. We, like many journalists at the community level, know our community. Your community. We hold the community accountable, whether it be administration, Coast Community College District officials, Campus Safety, instructors,
student government or even just students. We have a vested interest in our community because it is our community, just like yours. The turbulent state of traditional publications and the steady decline of local alt-weeklies topped off with the public’s lack of media literacy has resulted in a crisis in American journalism. As ambitious students, we have been told we are brave by the kinder crowd and naive by the more cynical for entering such an unstable field. But to us, we are simply committed to finding and reporting the truth. It seems a lot of people nowadays rant about making America great again, but we humbly believe that a country’s greatness is dependent upon how informed its electorate is. We, as journalists, as students, as an editorial board, want nothing more than to extend that same courtesy to our community. To, dare we say it, make OCC greater than what it already is. So the Coast Report Editorial Board swallows its pride and respectfully asks you to keep picking up your bi-weekly copy of the paper. Keep tuning in to our tweets. Keep scanning our website. Pick up a daily while you’re at it. Support local newspapers. Read major publications. Fact check. Practice media literacy. The current state of journalism may appear to be in free fall to many, but as young journalists, our committed mission to seeking and sharing the truth will revive anything that might fall by the wayside. So long as there’s news, we will be here. Keeping a wary eye out for the truth, no matter what form it takes.
It’s a workout to work out on campus On most college campuses, students are allowed to work out at the gym facilities on campus, within some standard reMakenna quirements: Stone you must be Staff Writer an enrolled student, sign a waiver that if you hurt yourself it’s your fault and agree that the equipment is not a jungle gym. Typically, gyms have normal hours that meet the needs of all the various schedules people have. However, the slim hours of Orange Coast College’s Fitness Complex are disappointing and inconvenient. Monday through Thursday the Fitness Complex is open from 9 a.m. to noon and then doesn’t reopen until 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. On weekends the only hours are Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Fitness Complex has been known to be a difficult place for students to work out. My first semester here I enrolled in a pass or no pass fitness class where I needed to complete a certain amount of hours in the gym over the course of the semester. I was excited to get into shape,
meet new people on campus and was looking forward to canceling my gym membership at 24 Hour Fitness to save some money. However, I was a full-time student with 12 units and found that the hours inconvenient. I had to work out whenever my schedule allowed it to fulfill the four hour per week requirement. It was extremely difficult to complete a good workout because it always felt like a race to complete hours. There were numerous times when I would come in to wor out for the class and an athletic team would come in and receive priority for the equipment. Supposedly, you don’t have to be enrolled in a class to use the facility. The website states that you need to attend an orientation, sign a liability form and wear an assigned badge. I was told you couldn’t do that and even when I was enrolled in the class, I didn’t have access to all the exercise rooms. I couldn’t use the treadmill because I wasn’t signed up for that class. So who really knows what the real restrictions are. Orange Coast College needs to step up their physical fitness game and allow students to work out in all fitness rooms and at varying hours.
The turbulent state of the media In the era of “fake news” under a president who condemns reporters as the “enemy of the people,” newspapers Isabella nationwide Balandran face major Features Editor staff layoffs and it rings clear our nation is facing a crisis in journalism. The Denver Post recently published a front-page editorial declaring it must be saved from constant staff cuts and downsizing — a response to the layoffs of over two dozen journalists. The Post’s parent company, Digital First Media, has racked up $160 million in profits — the highest profit margin in the business, according to Nieman Lab. Alden Global Capital, the New York-based hedge fund that owns newspapers through Digital First Media, has pursued a similar strategy with drastic staff cuts at publications like the Orange County Register, the San Jose Mercury-News and the Boston Herald. The Los Angeles Times found that their former parent company Tronc, Inc. had plans to lay off over 20 percent of its staff, a strategy that they were apparently willing to abandon after three months if it failed. Staffers at the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune recently founded each publication’s first union, the LA Times Guild and the Chicago Tribune Guild, to protect the future of their journalists. “The problem with journalism has always been the owners, not the reporters,” OCC journalism instructor Gustavo Arellano said.
“That is the biggest sin of media — especially newspapers — is that the owners don’t pay attention to the people on the ground.” Arellano, an OCC alumnus who holds his own spot in the OCC hall of fame, left his job as the editor of OC Weekly after the publication’s owner asked him to lay off half of his staff. He had spent 15 years at the Weekly, six of which were spent as editor. “I tried to cooperate, I said ‘I’ll sell ads. I’ll cut my salary in half. I’ll do whatever needs to be done.’ I even said, ‘Make me publisher. Give me six months and I’ll right this paper. In six months, if I can’t accomplish it, fire me because I failed,’ and he refused to. Instead he let me walk, and that’s on him. I don’t regret my decision one bit,” Arellano said. Arellano is now a freelance journalist, with a weekly spot as an LA Times opinion columnist. In the last two decades, the rapid evolvement of technology has taken a toll on all journalism platforms — traditional print news and alt-weeklies alike. In a murky time for journalism, the lack of media literacy has had a dangerous impact. President Donald Trump outperformed his predecessor Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, in counties with the lowest amount of news subscribers and didn’t do nearly as well in areas with heavier newspaper circulation, Politico found. Trump’s attacks and scapegoating of mainstream media is clearly rooted in a harsh reality. Lesser informed Americans make up the majority of Trump supporters. Tronc Inc., the LA Times former parent company, was sold to health care mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong for $500 million in February. LA Times staffers and guild
members harbored so much distrust for Tronc, that some reportedly cheered and even popped a bottle of champagne about the news of the sale to the LA-local billionaire. In efforts against newsroom cuts and lack of trustworthy newspaper ownership, LA Times newsroom employees have voted to be represented by the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America. LA Times national reporter Matt Pearce, a member of the LA Times Guild, says that journalism is a form of activism. “I think a lot of investigative journalists, ironically, tend to have a very nonpartisan view of their work. Yet I view them as activists in the sense that their work tends to expose the gaps between the world as it is and the world as it should be,” Pearce said. As a reporter, Pearce says he holds values of anti-corruption and pro-transparency. By reporting the truth and remaining transparent, Pearce contends journalism is activism. “The LA Times Guild started as a response to us not getting raises for years at a time, and then it transformed into a battle to preserve the institution when we suspected that our new managers wanted to gut our newsroom,” Pearce said. “It was reformist, not revolutionary.” In terms of president Trump breeding distrust with the media, Arellano said it’s key to remember this is not unprecedented. “We’ve had controversial presidents before. We’ve had people like Trump. This is not unprecedented. Nixon condemned the press,” Arellano said. “Learn from the lessons of the past and go forward. There will always be a need for news.”
Rose McGowan helps keep #MeToo alive As Rose M c G o w a n ’s documentary series, “Citizen Rose,” begins its second season on May 17, I figured it was Lisette time to push Saldivar back my fear Staff Writer and watch it. I had been a fan of the #MeToo movement and McGowan because of how vocal she was about what happened and how determined she was to see Harvey Weinstein go down. Being brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It just means you do it anyway, McGowan said in a tweet. My own fear stemmed from resurfacing memories of my own. In the height of the #MeToo movement, I felt guilty. It seemed as if the goal was to prosecute your sexual predator and I just wanted to move forward and never see him again. While McGowan’s “Rose army” focuses on bringing down the the high powered males with lawful consequences, she also tends to attack others in the process.
Where the #MeToo movement differs greatly is where it gives people access to a healing journey and also about radical community healing. “Citizen Rose” starts with the cult she grow up in, Children of God, and her rebellion toward it, her acting career starting to rise and how her “monster” came into play to where she is now. Throughout the show it’s clear that she’s still filled with rage and that he still haunts her, which explains her attitude toward everyone not supporting the cause. I don’t blame her. It’s easy for people to just label her as erratic, however people tend to forget that she has been raped and the trauma it brings about. She has to prove what happened is true, get everyone to stop normalizing the situation, and keep the movement alive with effective changes in society. In her documentary she points out her disbelief of how high positioned male figures, like anchor Matt Lauer from NBC News, are getting fired for sexual misconduct, where they even publicly apologize for their actions, yet there is no sign of potential prosecution. It seems the only way she
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thinks she will get results is to be aggressive about the situation and to even slamming people in the industry. “Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @ GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & effect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa,” McGowan tweeted. I half support this tweet, for her silence was the issue and by continuing to be silenced no action will be done. On the other side, she asks for allies yet critiques them when they’re supporting the cause and blames everyone once surrounded by Weinstein as guilty. For her the “cult of Hollywood” raped her and played her out as a sex symbol, gave her a bad girl image she never wanted, and she is now she’s trying to bring about change in Hollywood. Even though there are a few things I don’t agree with, like calling out the LGBTQ community, she is bringing light to this issue and making sure it doesn’t fade away like other movements have.
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“My primary news media is YouTube news channels for networks like MSNBC and CNN among others.”
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MAY 2, 2018
Pirate crew heats up before nationals My boat competed in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships in Sacramento last weekend Jessica alongside the Engelbart rest of Orange Staff Writer Coast College’s crew team. I was one of 55 athletes that OCC entered to compete against schools from all over the western side of the country from neighboring UC Irvine to the University of Central Oklahoma. With WIRA being OCC’s last race before the national championships in Gainesville, Ga., the stakes and level of competition were immensely high. We took eight-hour bus rides
to Lake Natoma in Sacramento on Friday and had a practice day to prepare for the windy race days ahead. We were so nonstop the whole weekend from rigging the boats to practicing and racing that it felt like we barely sat down. Racing in the Newport Harbor means ultimate protection from any wind making windy races in Sacramento a challenge. Wind speeds and directions were all over this weekend and so were OCC’s results. My Varsity 4 team boat finished third behind University of Central Oklahoma, a team who placed very well in every race they entered. We placed fifth in our race later that day with harsher conditions. A huge wall of wind halfway through our race made it feel like we instantly slowed down which impacted our finish. The same luck happened to the
women’s Novice 8 as they got second on Saturday behind Seattle Pacific and fifth on Sunday behind UC San Diego. The men’s Varsity 8 had everyone on the edge of their seats this weekend with high-intensity racing. They finished first with a second of a lead on Saturday and had a fist clenching photo finish on Sunday. After a tough fight the men finished fourth by less than a second to UC San Diego. It seemed like nothing could stop the men’s Novice 8 from dominating their competition. They finished first in both of their races. My boat and the others in crew use the WIRA and its quality competition to prepare for nationals, where we will compete against the top universities in the country. The ACRA National Championships will be held May 26 and 27 in Gainesville, Ga.
OCC’s men’s Novice 8 boat races in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships in Sacramento last weekend.
A great performance in Ojai caps off a memorable season.
sociation State tournament in Ojai last weekend with a quarterfinal and semifinal finish, rebounding from a Southern California Regional semifinal team playoff loss to Glendale on April 17. Freshman duo Miri Inoue and Camryn Mason fell short in the women’s doubles semifinal against Cerritos College, while Inoue reached the quarterfinals in the women’s singles tournament but lost (6-2, 5-7, 7-6) to De Anza College’s talented Sandra Dafinescu.
It was the perfect finish to a season that produced yet another Orange Empire Conference title and OEC singles and doubles tournament sweep. Inoue earned OCC female athlete of the year for her dominance, the third straight year a women’s tennis player has received the honor. Her leadership helped the Pirates roll to an 18-2 regular season record, undefeated in OEC. “This year’s team is very similar to last year’s team, but also
very different,” head coach Chris Ketcham said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to have a whole bunch of new solid girls to come in for this year and they’ve performed great.” Everything fell into place for Ketcham who returned for his third season with the women’s tennis team after a successful tenure with the men’s tennis team. Since he took over in 2016, the women’s tennis program has been on the map, locally and statewide. The Pirates lost crucial experi-
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OCC women’s tennis ends season at state BY CHLOE GOULD STAFF WRITER
The Orange Coast College women’s tennis team concluded its successful season at the Coast Community College Athletic As-
Baseball earns repeat conference title FROM CAMPUS REPORTS With Friday’s 12-5 win over Riverside City College, the Orange Coast College baseball team clinched the Orange Empire Conference title for the second year in a row (19th all-time) and will be the No. 2 seed for this year’s
Southern California Regional playoffs, which kick off Friday at 2 p.m. at Wendell Pickens Field. Coby Kauhaahaa went 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Ramiro Velasco went 2-for-4 with a home run, a run scored and three RBI for the Pirates (27-13, 15-6 in OEC), who won back-to-back
conference titles for the first time in 31 seasons. “To win this conference is a feat all its own. It’s the toughest conference in the state and to be able to do it back-to-back years says a lot about the character of this team,” head coach Tony Altobelli said.
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ence but gained youth and exuberance after extending their roster to 11 players in 2018. “The season has been great,” Ketcham said. “The women have been great. They’ve worked hard and have been committed to developing, improving and working hard to get better.” Strength and conditioning were the keys to the Pirates’ success, as no major injuries plagued the team. Before every practice, they would warm up by running laps around the courts and strengthen
Men’s volleyball falls short in state final FROM CAMPUS REPORTS The quest for back-to-back state titles fell one match short for the Orange Coast College men’s volleyball team Saturday night as the Pirates fell to the L.A. Pierce College Brahma Bulls in four sets at the California Community Col-
lege Athletic Association Men’s Volleyball State Championship hosted by Fullerton College. Freshman outside hitter Kyle McCauley had 17 kills and sophomore opposite Wyatt Henson added 16, but it wasn’t enough as the No. 2-seeded Pirates dropped the match to the fourth-seeded
their arms and wrists with resistance bands. Some of the women’s players come to practice earlier to train with the men’s team to gain additional experience in a fast paced environment. Inoue often worked with the men’s team and was encouraged to do so by her coach. “For the girls we get less people, and it’s sometimes less competitive,” Inoue said. “Especially now, before the match, it helps me a lot.”
Brahma Bulls, 25-22, 17-25, 3129, 25-21. McCauley and sophomore setter Colby Elder both earned all-tournament honors for the Pirates, who advanced to the state title match for the 16th time in school history and the seventh time in 12 seasons under head coach Travis Turner.
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