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Coast Report

October 10, 2012



Students mourn stabbing victim A memorial for OCC’s Josh Aguirre was held Tuesday in the EOPS office. BY ASHLEY LITWIN NEWS EDITOR

Students to visit London The second annual OCC Fasion in London program still has spots available for students who want to go on the trip in January.

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Orange Coast College student Joshua Aguirre was reportedly stabbed to death Sept. 30. According to Damien Renault, an OCC Guardian Scholars/ MAPS program staff member, Aguirre was assaulted in Anaheim, at the corner of Euclid and

Ball, a block from his home. Although authorities suspect this was a gang-related incident, Aguirre’s friends said this was a random act. “He was with a couple of his friends and they were just kicking back in front of a house and some drunk guy comes stumbling by and says, ‘Oh, I hate bald people,’ and Josh was like, ‘You don’t even know me,’ and the guy just went at him,” Maricruz Arzate, 23, a social ecology major said. According to friends, Aguirre’s death was especially shocking

because of the type of person he was. “He was a pretty cool guy. He was nice, determined, he came here [EOPS office] every day,” Javier Garcia, 20, a business major said. “He was really trying to obtain an education and a chance to go up the ladder of society, and it’s just so selfish what happened — that that had to be taken from him like that,” he said. His friends said that not only was he dedicated to getting an education, but was also very See STABBING Page 6

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Josh Aguirre (left), the victim of a fatal stabbing on Sunday and Jacob Baumgartner (right), a tutor at the Student Success Center.

Senate to revisit media policy


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Members had some questions and suggestions for changes at last week’s meeting.

Making beautiful music OCC’s symphony, chamber singers and chorale performed classic Russian masterpieces on campus on Saturday.


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Architecture major Ernesto Esquer, 20, browses the Internet in the Horticulture Garden while waiting for his ecology class on Wednesday. “I always hang out here, it’s nice and quiet, separated from the rest of campus,” Esquer said.

To join or not to join Two writers debate whether or not the benefits of joining the military are worth the long commitment. See Page 5


Pirates lose to rivals OCC men’s soccer team was defeated 3-1 by Golden West College on Friday at home in an Orange Empire Conference matchup. See Page 6


M would mean upgrades at OCC Bond measure would bring about $700 million to CCCD if approved. BY RYAN MCLAREN STAFF WRITER

Orange Coast College may receive a facelift if district residents adopt a new bond measure known as Measure M during the November general election. The measure will allow the Coast Community College District to issue almost $700 million in bonds to invest in facilities upgrades for OCC, Golden West College and Coastline College. “The taxes equate to $17.97 a year per $100,000 of assessed property value [of taxable properties within the district],” said Martha Parham, district director of marketing and government relations for CCCD. “It depends on the market, but it will probably be a 20 to 25 year payback in terms

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Measure C, bond measure which was passed in 2002 helped pay for construction and upgrades of several buildings on campus.

senior citizens, according to a fact sheet about Measure M published by the CCCD. “Measure M is based upon strategic planning that the district went through,” Parham said. “So at each campus we looked at the educational master plan, we looked at technology, we looked at facilities. And each campus came up with what they felt like their campuses need for the next 20 years.”

The measure listed several things that OCC will use the money for including upgrading information technology infrastructure, expanding facilities for career training, implementing ADA accessibility improvements throughout the campus and removing asbestos. The CCCD Board of Trustees voted on Aug. 30 to place the measure on the ballot.

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Digital textbooks could be saving students money soon Two bills signed by Gov. Brown may mean free ebooks and an open source library. BY ANTHONY LEE STAFF WRITER

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of the taxes for homeowners,” Parham said. The measure has built-in safeguards to attempt to ensure fiscal accountability. “It’s important to note that Measure M has been endorsed by the Orange County Business Council,” Parham said. “OC Tax is a tax group here in Orange County. They have reviewed all of Measure M and they agree that we meet the criteria for accountability.” According to the text of the bond measure, none of the money will be spent on administrator’s salaries and pensions and “Sacramento will be prohibited from taking any of the funds raised.” In addition, “all expenditures will be subject to annual independent financial audits,” “all funds will be subject to local control” and “an independent citizens’ oversight committee will be appointed to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized.” These funds will be ultimately used to benefit students, active duty military and veterans as well as local businesses, communities and

The Student Senate is expected to continue its discussion of a proposed media policy at its meeting today after tabling a vote on the matter last week. The policy was brought to the senate by Rachel Gajardo, vice president of communications for the Student Government of Orange Coast College. She said the policy will not hinder the free speech of anyone in the government and is intended to only apply when a SGOCC member is speaking on behalf of the organization. According to the policy, “All members of SGOCC are to remain in compliance with the SGOCC Media Relations Policy at all times.” Additionally, version one of the draft policy says that all members, “must contact the vice president of communications and/or the SGOCC president and advisers before corresponding with the media.” Senators and other SGOCC members had a lengthy discussion Wednesday. Members asked questions and suggested changes to some of the proposals in the policy. Senate President Ngoc Nguyen suggested that wording in the policy be made more specific. Senators also raised questions over whether there should be consequences for violating the policy. “I personally feel there should be no consequences This is something we can deal with internally,” SGOCC President Kolby Keo said.

Orange Coast College will be expecting to receive free access to digital textbooks by the 2013-2014 school year because of the two bills California Gov.

Jerry Brown signed into law on Sept. 27. The bills, SB 1052 and SB 1053, encompass a proposal for the state to fund the creation of 50 lower division course textbooks for free digitally and $20 for a physical copy in addition to creating an open source library for these materials. In attempts to reach out to several professors on campus who write their own textbooks, none replied back. John Dale, a librarian for the public services department at the

library on campus, said the education code states it is a professor’s decision to decide which book will be used for their class. If they decide to use their own book or another they see fit, the professor must seek approval from the board to determine if it’s more suitable for the course. Matthew Montgomery, 20, a health major, said he knew right away what some of the consequences that could arise from the passage of the two bills. “If it raises taxes, I think it may not be a very good idea,” Mont-

gomery said. Other students see it as an amazing service for students but find it makes little difference to them personally. Justin Castro, 22, a culinary major, usually goes to the circulation desk at the library when he needs them to save himself money but is worried about schoolwork. “School revenue would go low if they don’t sell books,” Castro said. David Watts, the director of the Associated Student Bookstore’s said he can see potential from

the bills but finds that digital versions are not very popular according to his data. “Our sales in digital books show that students don’t like them,” Watts said. He adds digital versions are usually 40-60 percent cheaper than their physical counterparts. A liberal studies major international student, Nicole Offason, 22, said it would be a great idea considering that in her home country, Sweden, tuition and books are generally paid for by the government.



CRIME BLOTTER Sentra smacked

An apparent hit and run in the Theatre Parking Lot damaged a female student’s parked green Nissan Sentra between 9:15 a.m. and noon Monday, Farmer said. Her car was parked northwest of the C4 light pole. She returned to find that an unknown vehicle had struck her rear passenger bumper of the car which created a large dent, Farmer said. The female speculated that the driver of the car parked next to hers might have been the perpetrator but the driver of that car denied it. The victim said she is also going to file a police report, Farmer said.

Hungry thief

A male employee at Orange Coast College reported a box of loose change, some bills and two boxes of granola bars were stolen from his filing cabinet. The apparent petty theft happened in Special Services Room 122 sometime between 5 p.m. on Sept. 28 and and 8 a.m. on Oct. 1, Farmer said. The victim reported that a box of loose change and perhaps some dollar bills totaling around $15 was stolen from his top drawer of his filing cabinet. Two boxes of granola bars from his bottom drawer were also stolen. The total loss value is about

$25. Farmer advised him to lock his filing cabinet and office door in the future.

Phone home

An iPhone 4, along with its charger, was reportedly stolen from a female vendor’s vehicle at the swap meet in the Adams Avenue Parking Lot Saturday. The car was left unlocked and the victim said she suspects two children wearing green soccer uniforms were the culprits as she saw them passing by her vehicle three or four times. The iPhone 4 and charger is valued at a total of $300-$400.

Car tampering

A female student reported an attempted theft of her catalytic converter from her silver twodoor Toyota 4Runner Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Farmer said the student realized something was terribly wrong when the sound of her car engine was totally different. She checked the bottom of her car and found the bolts of the converter were partially unscrewed. With the rising costs of gold and platinum, Farmer said the thieves wanted to trade in the converter through a recycling center for a few hundred bucks. —The Crime Blotter was compiled by Lisa Stephanian from Campus Safety reports.

Corrections and clarifications

In the Oct. 3 issue of the Coast Report the article “Success Center hit hard,” should have stated Debbie Raskin said that the center has had to run off of limited funding, not off of no funding at all.

Also, the story should not have said the Title III grant financed the dental lab. The Student Success Center Writing Center was moved into the former dental lab building.

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Coast Report scores big

Campus paper wins awards for print and online editions.

BY COAST REPORT STAFF The Coast Report and several of its writers and editors were honored with awards during the Journalism Association of Community Colleges annual regional conference over the weekend at Cal State Fullerton. The Coast Report won a General Excellence plaque for its print edition, a contest that considers every aspect of the paper including stories, photos, editorials and design. It is one of the most coveted awards at the conference. For the first time, the Coast Report’s online video journalism and photo slideshows were highly recognized with several awards in both categories. “It is very competitive and students should be very proud of their performance at the conference,” said journalism Faculty Adviser Cathy Werblin. “These students work hard every week putting out a top-notch paper and it is wonderful for them to be recognized for their efforts. “ The Coast Report competes against other college newspapers that publish every other week, once a month and in some cases only twice a semester. Josh Francis, Coast Report editor in chief, received several awards. He won a merit award for enterprise story/series, fourth place

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Coast Report photo editor Sarah Borean took a fourth place award for this on-the-spot photo of keynote speaker Corey Johnson.

for front page design and an honorable mention for feature photo. Francis was given the merit award for his series on salary increases and the budget crisis on campus. Staffer James Delahoussaye also contributed to the series. Other print winners included Patrick Pham who received two honorable mentions for sports game stories and Lindsay Peters who won fourth place for her editorial cartoon. Also, two graphics students were awarded honorable mentions. The Coast Report worked with one of the college’s digital media arts classes to assign and design

graphics for the paper. Graphics by Sonali Bandaranayake and Keoni Ceballos about how to make a Peep and changes in collegiate baseball were recognized. Online winners included Blake Veit, Jake Roberts, Nate Ashton and Alyssa Endicott who won an honorable mention for their video on last semester’s protest over administor salary increases and a third place award to Roberts and Veit. Ashley Rogers and Veit also won a third place award for their online photo essay. Coast Report staffers also competed in on-the-spot contests

during the two-day conference and were awarded with plaques in two categories. Feature editor Jennifer Lane took home a fourth-place award for her feature story on Knott’s Scary Farm. Reporters at the conference attended a press conference on the annual event which was interrupted by a variety of gouls and zombies. Following the event reporters had one hour to put together a story. Photo editor Sarah Borean took a fourth place award for her on-the-spot picture of keynote speaker Corey Johnson.

Wheelchair rugby competition heads to Orange Coast

The Spirit of Ability Club and Disabled Students Programs and Services will hold the Ninth Annual Bill Alvarez Memorial Wheelchair Rugby Exhibition Sat-

urday in the Orange Coast College Basil H. Peterson gym. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., and the games will begin at 11 a.m.


All proceeds will benefit scholarships for disabled students. Last year the event raised nearly $2,000. Organizers are looking for donations and any financial

support to help with this event. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. Contact a DSC or club member for volunteer opportunities.


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

Living life in London Students get ready to experience everything travel has to offer. BY CHRISTIAN RUIZ STAFF WRITER


“Live long and prosper,” Alyssa Correa, 21, a business major at Orange Coast College, and self-proclaimed Trekkie said. Correa is a writer of homoerotic “Star Trek” stories, or fan fiction. Correa said in one of her stories two major “Star Trek” characters get down and dirty. “Spock daringly rescues Captain Kirk and the two realize their mutual attraction, what follows is an act outlawed in three states,” she said. She doesn’t have a car but she said mass transportation is seldom boring and chances are there’s at least one weirdo on the bus. While on the bus, she likes to observe her fellow travelers tending to their human affairs - a habit she said generates lots of material for her to draw upon when she’s writing. She said she has been called “an old soul” for her taste in music, which ranges from Johnny Cash to The Who. “I adore everything ‘50s,” she said. She also said she likes pin-up girls and tattoos. The majority of her body is

earmarked with future tattoos in mind. In the future she wants to work somewhere accepting of her personality and lifestyle. “I don’t want a job where I’m going to have to cover up my tattoos,” she said. “I chose business as a major because I want my own hair salon/vintage shop where I wouldn’t have a boss that would tell me to cover up my [tattoo] sleeves.” While that future seems glamorous, she said her present days are far from it. She works at a corporate store as a clerk. “My days are filled with sick people who cough on me, rude customers who throw money at me and the occasional stalker who follows me,” Correa said. Managing school and work can often be discouraging but she has her own way to deal with it. “The weariness is best remedied with a whiskey sour and an old episode of ‘Star Trek,’” she said. For more of Correa’s fanfiction, check out http://www.

OCC film student uses his personal experience to add to his film. BY SANDY PHAM STAFF WRITER

Eric Ridenour has been interviewed four times in the past week regarding his movie “Journey of the Spark,” which is based off the hit series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” Ridenour, 19, is a film major at Orange Coast College, and the writer, director, and producer for his nonprofit, digitally fan-animated film. Involved in this project are ap®


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There are 15 spots available in total and there are still openings to attend the trip. “I was lucky enough to get into a number of courses my first semester here and even luckier to be presented with such an opportunity as the month-long study abroad trip to London,” Kacie McGeary, a fashion merchandising major said. McGeary said her biggest dream and career goal is to move to London and work in the industry there. “When I first heard Cheri speak about this opportunity I could hardly keep still,” she said. “My heart started beating so fast. I couldn’t believe what she was saying.” McGeary said she was surprised such an amazing opportunity would be offered to her within her first week at her first year at OCC. “I was being presented with an opportunity that would not only benefit me educationally, but it would give me an idea of what it

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OCC students can’t wait to get to London

would be like to live, breathe and work in the fashion capital of the world,” she said. McGeary said that the cost of the trip was never something that would keep her from this experience. “Although the trip has its expenses, I don’t see that as a road block,” she said. “My initial response was not, ‘I wish I could go,’ it was, ‘How am I going to make this work.’” She said she realized that it is not an easy amount to put forward, but it is an investment and a step toward her future.

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Orange Coast College students are heading abroad for the second annual OCC Fashion in London program Jan. 2 through the 26. The program is three weeks and open to any OCC student or faculty member and costs $4,685 plus airfaire. This includes credits for Fashion 121, street style, and Fashion 118, trend forecasting, as well as housing, a theater performance, a visit and tour of Oxford and two days and one night in Paris. “Participants will be immersed in British fashion both present day and past, and will learn through experts in their fields, store visits, museum tours, and shopping excursions,” Cheri Lawell, a fashion

instructor said. Lawell said students will learn through projects, including a three-week blog documenting the trip as well as predictive fashions and street style images from London. “The [students] create a ‘Master Chart’ of London’s fashion influence, and a research project utilizing first-hand experiences at London’s vast shops, markets, night life, music scene and more,” she said. Participants will be living the life of a London citizen and use underground transportation and trains and they will also have a lot of free time to travel on their own. “This shouldn’t feel like going to school,” Lawell said. “Participants should feel like they are living in London.” The students will roam all over central London and there will be two professors attending the trip, Lawell and 15-year veteran of the fashion industry Erin Bianchi.


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proximately 50 team members, of which six are voice actors, 18 are animators, and the rest are in the art department. At a “brony” convention, Ridenour met Lauren Faust, who worked with Hasbro to create “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and who eventually helped connect him to the producers of the show. To make his movie vector artists take a screen shot of an episode from the show to trace and redraw the character digitally to physically move the character, making animation puppets, Ridenour said. The concept artists storyboard every single scene while vector artists draw background objects. The animators then build the characters. In Ridenour’s story, a unicorn

named Twilight Sparkle causes a rift between her best friends and runs away. She makes a deal with Discord, the villain of the movie, that separates her from everybody she ever loved. Her best friends then venture beyond the reaches of Equestria, and the adventure begins. Ridenour’s ideas for this movie are taken from the personal experiences in his own life. “‘My Little Pony’ has something everyone can relate to,” Ridenour said. “It shows that change is inevitable.” He hopes to take the universe of the show to present more adult themes to the audience in a relatable and respectable manner. “What made me want to make this movie was that I’ve always

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Ridenour and his crew are hard at work on the film.

been a fan of classic animation,” Ridenour said. “I liked the way they promoted darker and mature themes without talking down to children.” Ridenour’s main goal isn’t necessarily to make the movie for fans. See EQUESTRIA Page 6

4 ARTS & CULTURE Music captivates audience BY HANNAH LAM STAFF WRITER

The Orange Coast College Music department, led by symphony director Ricardo Soto and director of Choral and Vocal Activities Eliza Rubenstein, put on a successful performance on Saturday in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. The concert featured the OCC symphony, chamber singers and chorale, performing “Polovtsian Dances” from “Prince Igor” by Alexander Borodin and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky. “Polovtsian Dances” is a set of choral-orchestra melodies from the opera “Prince Igor.” The set was inspired by a folk-music style and captivated the audience with its enthralling tunes. The symphony and chorale performed 10 pieces by Musso-

rgsky, all of which were inspired by painter Viktor Hartmann’s art. Throughout the concert, the symphony and chorale engaged the audience with an auditory journey with entrancing tunes and beguiling melodies. The exceptional perform a n c e b y t h e s y m p h o n y, chamber singers and chorale were met with a wide round of applause and a standing ovation from the audience. The two musical compositions were equally riveting and left the audience captivated by the strident tunes. The next performance by the OCC musical department will be the “History of the March,” performed by the Orange Coast Wind Ensemble and directed by Dana Wheaton on Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. The performance will be held in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

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“Sherlock Holmes and The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca,” Oct. 12 through Oct. 21: A Sherlock Holmes mystery about the death of a Catholic Church official. Directed by OCC Theatre Arts instructor Alex Golson. The play runs two weekends In the Drama Lab Theatre.


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The symphony and chorale recieve a standing ovation Saturday at their performance.

“The Ninth Annual Bill Alvarez Memorial Wheelchair Rugby Exhibition,” Oct. 13: In OCC’s Peterson’s Gymnasium. 11 a.m. $5.

Gourmet food on campus at an affordable price Culinary students provide highquality food to the community. BY STEPHEN EVERETT STAFF WRITER

From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. every Friday, the Orange Coast College cafeteria is converted into a fine dining restaurant. Once a week students from the Culinary Arts department lend their skills to the Eclectic Café, giving patrons a three-course meal for only $6. Reservations are preferred, and the experience is on par with some of the more high-class restaurants in the OC area. Don’t let the price tag fool

you, this is some of the best food you can get for $6. My experience with fine dining is limited to 4 a.m. breakfast at Denny’s, so I was in for a shock when I walked through the doors of the Eclectic Café. The staff was friendly and accommodating and after being shown to my table I was given the menu, and of course a drink. As I sipped on my iced tea, the first thing I noticed was that the menu wasn’t very large. You get to choose between two appetizers, one of three entrées and they only had one kind of dessert. One lesson I learned early in this experience is that when it comes to the Eclectic Café, less is more. The appetizer salmon gravlox caught my eye and when the waiter came to take my order, I

had no idea how to pronounce the name. I found myself out of my element, but the staff was friendly, and let me get away without having to butcher the name. I ordered the pulled pork chilaquiles for my entrée. There was also veal or a fall vegetable and squash risotto. I thought about ordering veal, but my conscience got the better of me and as an American, the vegetable risotto was out. So pulled pork it was. I didn’t get to choose what I got for dessert. They only offered the baked apple tatin. I had never heard of tatin before, but it sounded good anyway. My appetizer came, which consisted of a small portion of a salmon fillet, as well as what I assume was some kind of cabbage and cream cheese with pita

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chips. All the food was arranged in an artistic way on the plate. I was almost afraid to eat the food and destroy the beautiful creation. Everything was not only aesthetically pleasing, but it was delicious. There were flavors which I never knew existed. There was magic behind those curtains. Immediately after my appetizer, I was given my main course. The pulled pork was different than I thought it was going to be. I’ve had pulled pork before, but my barbaric eating habits did not prepare me for this. I now understand what they mean when someone describes a taste as “delicate.” No flavor was over the top, and they all blended in nicely. I noticed again that the portions were small, but as I now know, it was plenty. The dessert came right as I was done with the pulled pork. This crispy and chewy apple dessert was served with just enough whipped cream. This is nothing like apple pie. This was a pastry fit for kings. I left filled up and happy. It’s hard to get food this high quality at this bargain of a price.

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The pulled pork chilaquiles are one of three entrees offfered at the Eclectic Cafe.

If you go Who: Open to anyone, students and people within the community. What: Electic Cafe run by the Culinary Arts department. When: Every Friday of fall semester at 11:30 a.m. Where: OCC Student Center Cafeteria. Why: Delicious gourmet food for a fraction of the price.


Measure M: yes

Editor’s note: The Coast Report editorial board endorses a yes vote on Measure M. A new bond measure being floated by the Coast Community College District would provide nearly $700 million to the district for facility upgrades at the district’s three campuses if voters approve it in November but while it would benefit the district, now is not a good time to burden local taxpayers with yet another tax increase. Voters passed Measure C in 2002 which provided the district with $370 million in funds and now that the Measure C money is dwindling, the district is asking for more money from the local tax base which is probably not the smartest thing to do at this time. “The taxes equate to $17.97 a year per $100,000 of assessed property value [of taxable properties within the district],” district spokeswoman Martha Parham told the Coast Report. While this is not a significant increase in property taxes, a lot of conservative and libertarian voters will object to any kind of tax increases and given we

are in a more conservative county it was an oversight for the district to assume its local tax base would support Measure M. If the measure fails it may be years before the district could float another measure like this, waiting a few years would have been a better decision but faced with the prospect of approving this now or possibly not for a long time it would be prudent for students to vote yes on Measure M. California’s education system is suffering and while this money would not go toward paying additional instructors or opening classes, it would lessen the burden of the district’s and its colleges’ general funds when it comes to maintenance and technology upgrades, indirectly allowing for more money to be spent on instructor salaries and opening up more classes. While there are arguments supporting a no vote, the benefits of approving the bond and revamping our district’s campuses and modernizing equipment like the district did with Measure C funds is in every student’s best interest.

Debates heat up Did you catch the presidential debate We d n e s d a y evening? P r e s i dent Barack Obama and Colleen MassachuSpence Staff Writer setts Governor Mitt Romney conducted a professional and effective debate over important issues that affect all of us with a particular emphasis on the economy. Both candidates claimed that their policies will help the whole country but Romney has been tagged as a candidate that will continue to help the upperclass’ financial status. Throughout the presidential debate, each candidate questioned the validity of what the opposing candidate was implicating as factual, but both candidates agreed on many things and claimed that their top initiative is to help grow the lagging economy and keep America competitive in the global marketplace. In addition to debating about the economy, the candidates debated over healthcare, the federal government’s deficit,

taxes and the loopholes associated with such, education and energy. Remarkably, both candidates treated each other with respect and dignity despite their political differences. Given the lackluster economic growth over the past four years it was easy for Romney to hammer Obama on his economic record while in office. Romney reiterated the fact that he has experience with businesses and if elected president he promised to deliver better results for the country. Obama certainly had the better position on social issues but this specific debate was more about the economy than anything. The two subsequent debates will focus on other issues which might give Obama a better chance at delivering his message and values for the country. Since this particular debate was centered around the economy, it was evident that Romney won the debate. A post-debate poll conducted by CBS indicated that Romney won the debate by a two to one margin over Obama. There are two more presidential debates s cheduled which should give Obama a chance to counter the results


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pitch sound while you’re driving that continues to get louder when you put your window down, your brake pads are probably at the end of their lives. Changing break pads consists of jacking up the car and removing the wheel. You can then remove the pin and a few bolts holding the calipers in place. Loosen the bleed valve bolt with a crowbar and pry the calipers apart so some excess break fluid bleeds out and you get more room to install the new pads. Make sure to tighten the bleed valve when you are not pushing fluid out so air does not get in the lines. When the new pads are on, repeat the steps in opposite order to replace everything. It wouldn’t hurt to change your oil every 3-5 thousand miles either. That is as simple as loosening a bolt on the bottom of the car’s engine and letting the old oil flow into a container. Replace the bolt and fill your car with the recommended amount of new oil, checking the dipstick until it’s at the right level. You should also replace the oil filter. It is easy to take off and usually requires no tools but can sometimes be hard to get to. Your air filter should be checked during every oil change and if it is noticeably dirty you should change it. A few more important things to keep in mind when doing repairs yourself is to have all the tools before you start, know how to do each step all the way through, and when you take off screws, put them back in the holes so you don’t lose them.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged due to injury during time of service. Not only does the military offer the GI Bill which covers the cost of housing and academic fees but with competition for jobs so rigorous nowadays, the amount of training an individual receives from the military will put him or her well ahead of their competition on paper and in experience. Each military branch has over 150 different job choices that vary from hands-on experience to technical and electronic jobs which a unit can rely heavily on. There are even jobs that can lead a person into a career in culinary arts, graphing, law

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I’ve known three people so far that have died in the line of duty and two that were severely injured all for a flag. It just doesn’t make sense. They all joined as a way to get a paid college education or a highpaying job once their four years were up, but that’s not what they ended up with. Soldiers who become injured in the military are practically given up on by the government. They may help with medical bills but a missing arm or leg may slim your chances in modern society. One of my friends that was discharged thought he was set for life but little did he know only one employer was hiring for someone with his set of skills — the navy, so it was

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enforcement and even nuclear development. One thing that should be made very clear is that most jobs in the military that involve a person putting their lives in danger are usually voluntary and opting to not be part of any such job does not affect a serviceman or woman’s entitlement to any post-military benefits or rights. Whatever it is a person wants to do after their service in the military, all of the experience and training they received will better their chances in any career field. Not only is all the financial support a convincing factor when it comes to making a choice like this, but the level of honor and respect that comes from the American people for the rest of a person’s life overshadows any negative effects of enlisting.

Crippling to join military Joining the military? I’d think twice. You literally sign your life away to live a life you have no say in for however long your contract Jacob says. RecruitBennett ers sink their Staff Writer nails in on eager young teens with their little lies and ways of making recruits get excited for something they may not be able to handle. It’s just sad. Even though there are branches that don’t see any fighting, the biggest downfall to joining the military is having to partake in military combat.

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Ready to enlist? Today, when most people in our society think about a young person enlisting or commissioning in the armed Rudy forces, they Montelongo automatically Staff Writer think it is a path that will put their lives in jeopardy. What they don’t know is that with today’s economy plummeting and tuition prices sky-high, it is one of the most beneficial decisions a person can make. After the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, Congress passed a bill entitling every U.S serviceman and servicewoman to what is called the Post-9/11 Montgomery GI Bill.

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Car maintenance Military brings benefits for dummies When it comes to car maintenance, people usually find themselves dishing out loads of money to mechanics, Sean sometimes Miller for things Staff Writer so simple it would have only taken them 20 minutes to do it. One of the most valuable pieces of information you can have before working on your car is the “Haynes Manual” for your specific car. This is a complete strip-down of the car, detailing each step with words and pictures. If you are experiencing rough engine idling, the engine becomes choppy and shaky when you’re at a standstill and sometimes dies, this is usually a sign of one of two things. The sparkplugs or ignition coils may be going out. This is normal after thousands of miles and is not too expensive to fix. Unplug the negative battery terminal anytime you’re working on your car’s engine. Sparkplugs can be unscrewed from the engine block and replaced easily. One thing most people forget to do is put an anti-lock paste on the new plugs before installing them into an aluminum engine block. Without this, the plugs will seize up to the engine making them near impossible to get out the next time around. Ignition coils are easy to get to and can usually be detached from the electrical connector with a screwdriver. If you hear an annoying high



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another three-year contract just to help pay the rent. Even though some might think you’ll get a good job after enlistment, that’s not how it works. The military paid to train you for a reason, it’s not so you could just leave. They made you a drone so you could be told what to do and not think for yourself. It’s tough to say all of this, but it’s reality. It really is good that there are those few who are willing to join because if there wasn’t, we probably wouldn’t have a choice anymore. If you’re thinking of joining, be sure to realize that if you’re not the kind of person that has pride in your work, the military is not for you. Just remember once you take the oath, there’s no turning back.

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“Obama felt bad for Romney, it was evident from the lack of passion.”

“Mitt Romney was more prepared, can’t wait to see the V.P. debates.”

“They should have focused less on what they agree on, and argue on more contentious points.”

“Obama looked disinterested.”

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Impressive fourth can’t save Coast Roadrunners are able to stop Pirate momentum at the end on Saturday. BY DEREK HERNANDEZ STAFF WRITER

Despite a strong push in the fourth quarter, the Orange Coast College football team came up short against the College of the Desert Roadrunners Saturday with a final score of 50-52. The Pirates (3-3) fell behind

early in the first quarter, 14-7 and couldn’t manage to pull ahead. Not much changed in the second quarter. The teams went back and forth as the Roadrunners scored on two consecutive touchdown runs. By the end of the first half, the score was 28-14. In the third quarter, the Pirates fell behind even more with a score of 28-52. After what seemed to be the end, the Pirates came together to put on an amazing show in the fourth.

Behind by 24 points, the Pirates found inspiration and did not stop attacking the end zone. The Pirates scored on three rushing touchdowns in a row and were down by only a two point margin in the fourth quarter. OCC called a time out in hopes of rallying up the team and preventing a loss. In the final moments, the Roadrunners gave their all to stop the Pirates and were successful. The Pirates will take on Santa Ana College at LeBard Stadium 7 p.m. on Saturday.


The Orange Coast College men’s soccer team was defeated early on Friday in a 3-1 Orange Empire Conference match against sister school Golden West at the OCC Soccer Complex. The skies were clear, small clouds were in sight and a gentle breeze blew out on the pitch. It was a perfect day for a rival team soccer match. However, the Pirates could not recover from a Golden West strong start and allowed two goals by GWC forward Victor Velasquez in the first 10 minutes of the game. The second goal came from a penalty that could have been avoided if Velasquez was not tripped up and fouled by the Pirates. OCC forward Chase Nu-

gent fought off the aggressive Golden West Rustler defense with a a strike to the net and put the ball was out far to the right of the goal. “We were confident but we had a couple injuries in our starting line-up so it was a little bit of a blow,” 20-yearold music major Nugent said. “And the guys who came in stepped up for them and from the start we needed to be a bit quicker.” Orange Coast sophomore forward Patrik Haley was injured with a sprained right ankle in Friday’s game against Norco, but he suited up with his crutches to support his team. Jake Little of Orange Coast almost scored on his own keeper Connor Nelson in an attempt to save a shot from the Rustlers but was able to clear it. The first half ended with Golden West leading Coast 2-nil.

In the first 10 minutes of the second half a corner kick by the Pirates’ Brandon Bauman was deflected off a GWC defender and settled at the feet of Little. Little was able to propel the ball into the upper left corner of the Rustlers net changing the scoreboard 2-1. According to the Pirate midfielder, Little believed the goal he scored was enough to boost the Coast’s confidence and create more goal scoring chances for the team. The intense rhythm of the game continued as the two rivals went head to head with neither team allowing the other to gain control. About three minutes after Coast’s goal, GWC’s offense attacked and the Rustlers Nathan DeRosa walloped the ball past the Pirates’ keeper for another goal. Golden West clinched the lead 3-1.

MEDIA: Student senate will revisit a communications policy. From Page 1

Gajardo said there are currently no consequences listed in her proposed policy. “It cannot and does not prohibit your First Amendment right. It can’t tell you, you can’t talk,” Vice President of SGOCC’s Fiscal Affairs Committee Josh Stone told the senate on Wednesday. “Merely what [the policy]

suggests is that when speaking about something that would be more prudent to direct to another individual who has more knowledge or information about something, you then, as an acting member of the student government, should preserve that and you should then direct that concern or question or whatever to the appropriate person.” Gajardo said she is hoping

the senate would take action on the item today. The Student Senate meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in the ASOCC office.

EQUESTRIA: OCC students is making his own fan “My Little Pony” film. From Page 3

He stressed the importance of introducing the characters and mythology of the movie. “I want to make a deeply enhanced movie for other people to watch also,” Ridenour said. As of Oct. 5, his first draft had been completed and he estimates it to be two hours 15 minutes long and expects it to be released in 2014.

Once the massive project of “Journey of the Spark” is finished, he plans to move himself and his team to Los Angeles to get his career off the ground. Ridenour and his team are always looking for concept artists, background artists, vector artists, effects artists and flash animators. People who are interested can apply online at

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Pirates lose to College of the Desert 50-52. They play against Santa Ana at home on Saturday.

STABBING: OCC campus remember Josh Aguirre. From Page 1

talented. “He loved to work with his hands. He was very artistic and loved to draw and paint. He was actually amazing at it is what we ended up finding out later on,” Renault said. According to Renault, prior to this incident Aguirre used his artistic talents and participated in the creation of a mural, which is now located in Afghanistan in a girl’s school. “He became part of this theme, this idea of peace, and love and connectedness,” Renault said. “There [in Afghanistan] there is a lot of violence and one of

the ways to fight this is to come together with this project. So for him to leave us in such a way after creating that idea and helping us to build that idea, I think is an interestingly important communication.” Renault said that although Aguirre was determined, it is especially difficult for students with his background to escape where they come from. “He was constantly trying to get away from his past but the problem is with all of the issues that go on in the world, when there becomes no other choice than to go back to the location that you came from in the first

place, it’s a massive struggle,” Renault said. “To pull yourself out of a hole that has been dug, that has been dug for you, while you’re laying in the hole is very difficult,” he said. Aguirre’s friends raise questions about the lack of media attention for his death. “If it were a—you know horribly sounding racist—if it were a white thing would there be all kinds of information everywhere?” Renault said. The Anaheim Police department and Orange County Sheriff’s department did not respond by press time.

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