Collegian Los Angeles
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The Voice of Los Angeles City College Since 1929
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Volume 182 Number 2
Foundation to Help Homeless Students
COMPILED BY KAYLA ASHA HEWITT
Late Start Classes to Begin in April
Late start classes at Los Angeles City College will begin on April 8, beginning at 7 a.m. Courses will be offered in child development, kinesiology and real estate. A list of the available late start classes is available on the Los Angeles City College website. Registration for late start classes has already begun. The deadline to enroll in classes is April 17.
Los Angeles City College is planning to team up with the foundation, Safe Parking L.A., to provide a safe and secure area for students on this campus who are currently living inside of their vehicles during tough times.
Artist Lecture Series Continues in March
Los Angeles City College’s Visual and Media Arts Department is hosting another installment of their artist lecture series. This month’s featured artist is Jeremiah Chiu, a graphic designer, artist and musician. Chiu is the cofounder of Plural, an award winning art studio, as well as the founder of the Some All None practice and a design/ strategy lead at IN-FO.CO. This event occurs on Tuesday, March 16, at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
LACC Dean to be Featured in Art Show
City College’s very own Dean of Academic Affairs overseeing Performing and Visual Arts, Vi Ly, will be featured in an art show this month. The show will be at the Matter Studio Gallery, and it is titled “Transforming Matter.” According to the gallery’s website, Dean Ly’s work consists of large-scale, abstract paintings and works on paper. Other artists featured in the show are Annicka, Amanda Carlin and Rick Dallago. The show runs from March 3 to March 31 and can be viewed at the Matter Studio Gallery in Mid City.
BY MELISSA CRUMBY
PHOTO BY CHRIS ARGUETA Herb Alpert and Lani Hall perform during the opening ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 12, 2019. Donors gather to raise money for the LACC Foundation.
College Celebrates 90 Years of Education at Gala
Hundreds of alumni, donors and celebrities attended the Los Angeles City College Foundation Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills to celebrate 90 years of higher education on Tuesday night.
mmy Award winning comedian and actor Robert Wuhl hosted the glitzy gala, which began in the Wintergarden room and moved over to the two-level ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 12, 2019. Wuhl is known in Hollywood for his role as Mr. Dingleberry in “American Dad!” and “Batman.” Former CNN talk show host Larry King was another familiar face at the L.A. City College Gala. He came out to show support for his longtime friend Dennis Gilbert, who was one of the night’s honorees. He is the CEO and founder of the Gilbert Group.
Do the Math
Los Angeles City College hosted the LACC Math Contest for Middle and High School students on March 3. The competition has been a tradition since 1951, and it involved middle and high school students coming to LACC to participate in a 10-question test. After the test, students were allowed to explore the campus and meet with LACC math professors. The top six students were awarded $1,600 in cash prizes. The competition was hosted in the Student Union Building.
Snapchat Challenges Students
Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat, is hosting a competition to design a new sticker pack for the app. This competition, called the ‘Best Friends’ Sticker Pack Challenge, is open to high school and community college students in Los Angeles. The 20 winners will have the opportunity to visit Snapchat headquarters in Venice to attend a meet and greet and workshop. Students will have the opportunity to work with Snapchat designers one on one to refine their designs. The deadline for submissions is April 12, and winners will be notified by May 1.
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Sheltering Students SEE PAGE 6
SEE “GALA NIGHT” PAGE 6
CITY STRIKE 1969: Campus Closes for Three Days, Administration Suspends Publication of Collegian ILLUSTRATION-BEATRICE ALCALA
SEE “50 YEARS AGO” PAGE 2
Students on Los Angeles City College campus deserve to feel safe no matter their living situation. LACC currently has a population of students that need extra help and resources, including housing. Some have reverted to sleeping inside of their car while seeking shelter. That could pose a danger not only to students physically, but educationally as well. It’s hard to sleep with the harsh sounds of the streets and the constant need or feeling to be on guard and protect yourself. Not to mention, the police knocking on the car window just itching to give out a ticket. Grades could suffer due to lack of sleep or rest and in return, a student’s future can suffer also. City College is beginning collaborating with the foundation Safe Parking LA. According to the Safe Parking L.A. website, they are a free, non-profit, 12-hour nighttime parking program here in Los Angeles. There are over 15,700 people living in their vehicles each night in Los Angeles. These “safe spaces” are located all around the city of L.A. As mentioned previously, this campus has a population of students who need extra resources to be successful. “I think this program will be beneficial toward the school and toward students, because it actually helps benefit those who need it the most, instead of just the general public,” said Maya Menard, a Fine Arts major at LACC. “This program actually focuses on minorities who need more help than most. Such as homeless people or students who cannot afford to go to school while working, and those who do but still can’t meet financial ends. This is probably a huge gap relating to the financial capabilities of students at LACC and it’s going to help make that gap smaller.” SEE “FOUNDATION” PAGE 6
SB 291 Proposal Could Put More Dollars in Students’ Wallets California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley promotes new measure at teleconference for community college student media to get the message out. This proposal would expand need-based financial aid to California Community College students. BY THANDISIZWE CHIMURENGA Passage of Senate Bill 291 is a top legislative priority for the chancellor’s office and the 115 California Community Colleges this year. The measure, by state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, is known as the California Community College Financial Aid Program and is intended to provide financial aid to students that will reflect the “true cost of college.” Tuition at one of the state’s community colleges is waived for students who qualify for California’s Promise Grant, the state’s current financial aid award. For those who
don’t qualify, the tuition of $1,400 per year for a community college education is among the lowest in the nation. Yet the total cost of education is much higher, according to the California Community Colleges Chancellor, Eloy Ortiz Oakley. He says his office is “passionate” about the proposal, and tuition costs should not be a barrier “The total cost to attend a California Community College is much more than just tuition,” the chancellor said. “Costs like food housing and textbooks can exceed $19,000 annually.” California’s Promise Grant does not pay for non-tuition costs. Based on this, a stu-
dent can more feasibly attend a University of California school than a community college. Ortiz discussed the problem during a March 6, 2019 teleconference for student-based media to highlight what he considered to be three key points of the proposed bill: •All California community college students with financial need should be able to receive aid to attend school regardless of their age, how long after graduation they attend community college or their high school grades. •A student’s financial aid package should be linked to the total cost of attendance which is not just tuition and fees, but hous-
ing, transportation, food and supplies such as textbooks: the real costs of going to college. •And regardless of student educational goals – a degree, certificate or a short-term career or technical education program – aid should be available equitably to those in need. “And because so little grant aid is available to cover the non tuition costs at California Community Colleges, it can often be less affordable for low-income students who attend a California Community College than SEE “SB 291” PAGE 6
Los Angeles Collegian - Wednesday, March 13, 2019
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
YEARS AGO, TODAY
I write to advise you that March
LAPD attacking BSU members
12,  is the 50th anniversary
and students of Carver Junior
of the three-day closure of LACC
High School. A junior high school
by a coalition led by the LACC
BSU that was sponsored by a
Black Student Union in response
teacher of Japanese descent, Fred
to the BSA’s, the Black Student
Kawano who wore military fatigues
Alliance’s, call for all LA area
with a Red Book in his jacket’s
BSU’s to strike in protest of the
coat pocket. Those were the times.
The LACC BSU was, by far, the largest and most powerful in the area. And we were the only one who not only closed the school, but also occupied it. Building barricades, taking over the school radio and broadcasting to the student body, and having control of, through our allies, the schools elected council, a slate called ESP (which I have forgotten what the acronym stood for). Much was suffered and much was learned. But many things emerged that could have been learned. But those were the times. This was a critical period the results of which ought be resurrected and discussed. So many gave so much during that time, and their sacriﬁces ought not be forgotten. As [an} example, during the strike the Administration cut off the Collegian’s funding. The staff voted to self-ﬁnance, I believe, in sympathy with the strike although some editorial comments belie that opinion. In their pages, there were photos of and articles on the strike’s activities almost in real time. I think the most salient feature of that time was the broadness of the coalition fashioned across the school in support of the BSU initiated strike. Foremost and ﬁrst, of course, was UMAS, the United Mexican American StudentUnion. But there were also VVAW, Vietnam Vets Against the War; SDS, the Students for a Democratic Society; and other Left organizations with members on the campus. The BSU itself was, in many ways, a coalition in itself as its membership numbered troops from the the Black Panther Party, the US Organization, the
This strike alliance was the result
interactions between the student
of a ﬁght for ethnic newspapers that
run by the Left that all but swept the
body and [us] in general.
had resulted in The Black Call and
campus elections and had resulted
El Machete; many (wo)man hours
in its members being elected student
of participation in the student body
body president and councilpersons.
Nation of Islam, and the BSA,
of no ﬂy-by-night, one and done,
the Black Student Alliance,
soiree. Its existence came about and
which was the ‘mother body’
solidiﬁed itself as a result of rigorous
of all Southern California
efforts on the parts of the members
ﬁghts for Black and Mexican-
government and the Inter-Club
of the alliance in all manners of
American departments; the initiation
Council (ICC); and the ESP campaign
There were the previously won
-John A. Imani
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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‘Lysistrata vs. Toxic Masculinity’
PHOTO BY JACOB GREEN Dee-Vyde played by Rachel Frost and Kong-Kerr played by Julian Engin shine in the musical themes In “Lysistrata vs. Toxic Masculinity” at the El Camino Theatre at Los Angeles City College on Thursday, March 7. 2019.
Speaks the Truth While Making the Audience Laugh
BY LOU PRIMAVERA
ast members of “Lysistrata” brought an incredible and dynamic range to their roles worthy of a Broadway admission price. Christopher Fairbanks’ directing and writing provided a platform for the cast to give an exceptional performance at the Los Angeles City College El Camino Theater, where “Lysistrata vs. Toxic Masculinity” opened on Thursday Night, March 7, 2019. A mixture of comedic and dramatic elements made laughter and tension flow freely throughout the performance. In the second half of the play, the famous poet and playwright Oscar Wilde played by Laurent Sayer said, “If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.” The play delivered many laughs and portrayed truthful themes of sexism, violence, assassination, racism and the business of war, all while keeping the audience laughing and entertained. It is no easy task for any performer. The first half of the show was based on the original Greek classic “Lysistrata,” and sticks to the original formula. The production provided a memorable recreation and comical account of Lysistrata and the women of the lands mission to end the Peloponnesian war between the
Greek states by denying sex to all of the soldiers. Lysistrata, played by Karole Bennet, captivated the audience with her stage presence, delivering her lines realistically and consistently from start to finish. Myrrhine, played by Brianna Saranchock and Cocamite, played by Justice Quinn, carried much of the first half delivering hilarious dialogue that would be rated way past PG-13. Colonel Sanders, played by Adam Calunga and Larry Robinson’s character, Commander Podemos Antony, contributed to the excellent musical scores, suspense and comedy. By the time intermission arrived, the soldiers’ three-foot erections (literally) disappeared and the women of the land achieved their goal to end the war in Athens. Let’s just say nine months later, the population grew significantly in Greece. The second half of the play, which centers on the “Toxic Masculinity” adaption, Greek gods transport Lysistrata though time to interact with famous characters throughout history that all had a part of war and conflict, one way or another. The costume, lighting and design team did an A-list job of dramatically changing the set, transporting the audience through different time periods and places that ranged from ancient Athens to 1965 America. Throughout Lysistrata’s journey, she encounters Joan of Arc, played by Alexandra Fiallos who also gives a
THE FILMMAKER REVIEW
stellar performance. Alexandra’s dark demeanor and French accent were spot on. Maria Camacho’s portrayal of Cleopatra was transformative as well, which was later followed by Lysistrata’s encounter with Claudette Colvin played by Tracy Johnson at a bus top in 1965. Johnson was a highlight of the second act and had a theatrically uncanny performance and emotional monologue when she recalls not giving up her seat on a bus in a segregated America, in March of 1955. There were no laughs in this act, and you got a sense the audience was mesmerized by her performance and perceived the emotions and ugliness of racism, delivered through her emotional dialogue. Another high point of the second half was a musical score led by Julian Engin and Rachel Frost who play Dee Vyde and Kong Kerr. They led a chorus centered on the evils of war with a dark but comical hook that sang, “When you want to start a war, it doesn’t matter what it’s for, preemptive strike!” The song was met with laughter, but managed to deliver a bold message of division among the masses and perhaps, the ugly truth of how our government operates at the same time. Again, this was no easy task for the performers to pull off. Oscar Schindler and Adolf Hitler made an appearance, both played by Eugene Thomas Erlikh. The audience once again erupted with laughter in response to Eugene,
BY JACOB GREEN West Hollywood’s SOHO House provided a relaxing backdrop for director Ondi Timoner’s biopic, “Mapplethorpe” on Feb. 25. The movie explores the rise of famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe during the 1970s and up to his death of AIDS in 1989. Timoner chose to take on the conflicting journey that plays all throughout Mapplethorpe’s life; family vs. self-expression, love vs. sexuality and everyone vs. Mapplethorpe’s art. Sam Wagstaff, played by John Benjamin Hickey, is the Yoda mentor and one of many failed lovers that sees promise in Robert. He gives his “Monkey” boy toy his first live in studio, and from here Mapplethorpe’s career takes off. Sam asks, “What gives you solace?” and Mapplethorpe responds with, “Beauty and perfection … knowing my work will live well past me.” Matt Smith, the actor playing the infamous photographer, shines best when highlighting the deep seeded almost sinister desire to succeed at all cost. A great look into a character that otherwise comes off as a tired rendition of the genius artist with childlike temper tantrums. The love affair and friendship with acclaimed artist Patti Smith feels rushed, but the career of Mapplethorpe’s brother, Edward Mapplethorpe, helps to break up the monotony of montage sequences that plague the film. A rarity in the digital age, Mapplethorpe was photographed entirely on Kodak film. It created an air of edginess to the performances and New York City landscape. You feel Mapplethorpe and the city are intertwined and for a brief moment soar over the art world. Unfortunately, the emerging AIDS epidemic will cut his life short and change the city forever. A fictional character in this biopic would have been better served to move the story along. We are left with Mapplethorpe’s own ego as the antagonist. This creates very little conflict until Edward challenges his older brother’s conscience as Robert continues his hedonistic life of partying and spreading the deadly HIV virus to others. The elder Mapplethorpe simply replies, “that’s not my problem.” The movie is a clean, neatly wrapped version of Mapplethorpe’s life. It is a far cry from the artist himself. The movie is a clean neatly wrapped version of Mapplethorpe’s life. A far cry from the artist himself.
CRITIC’S FILM REVIEW BY KAYLA HEWITT Biopics often fall into the trap of portraying someone’s life while ignoring their story, and “Mapplethorpe” is no exception. Director Ondi Timoner’s feature film debut depicts the life of artist Robert Mapplethorpe, a simultaneously revered and reviled photog-
center stage performing a comedic impression and delivering playful, and amusing, but also dark jokes as the evil dictator. Lysistrata’s encounter with these personalities involved with mass chaos and conflict throughout history not only added depth and comedy to the plot, but conveyed a message to the audience. When the laughter was over and the lights went on, you were left to think what a slippery slope having power can be, and to reflect on the abuse of power that continues to this day. Through the innovative script, convincing cast, the part musical, part comedies message was never lost. The show ends with a clip of Dwight D. Eisenhower warning about the military industrial complex followed by Karole Bennet’s closing monologue. “If enough of us are willing, a chance for peace might be the way,” Lysistrata said. The last Broadway performance I attended was David Mamet’s “China Doll” staring Al Pacino in 2017, which was awful. If only a Greek god could have saved me time and money and transported me to present day, El Camino Theater at L.A. City College to view “Lysistrata vs. Toxic Masculinity” it would have been convenient because the writing, directing, production crew and ensemble cast provided a magnificent performance worthy of a Broadway admission price.
rapher known for his celebrity portraits, pictures of flowers and depictions of the hardcore gay BDSM scene. His art was striking and unapologetic, with subjects lit in bright white light set in front of deep black backgrounds. Matt Smith’s performance shines as the titular photographer. He truly throws himself into the role of portraying the famously mercurial photographer. Smith embodies the alluring energy that made Mapplethorpe such an irresistible person, but also shows the repression, anger, and emotional distance that made him such an enigma. However, Matt Smith can only do so much within the confines of the script, and his performance feels a little flat as a result. The movie lingers on his art, showing multiple scenes of Mappletho-
rpe shooting and posing the models that would become some of his most famous works. This emphasis on the art soon works against the movie, turning the film into a slideshow of his most famous work without any insight into the artist’s thoughts, inspirations or motivations. Marianne Redon gives an intriguing, if safe, performance as punk icon Patti Smith, who Mapplethorpe dated in the early stages of his career. Doe-eyed, with tousled hair, she shows Patti as young artist, caught between wanting to live a stable life and wanting to create. The chemistry between Smith and Mapplethorpe is palpable. This chemistry is missed sorely in the depiction of Mapplethorpe’s other relationships. Smith appears hesitant and a little scared instead of passionate and all consuming. This hesitancy toward sex is a common theme in the movie. Even though the film is about a photographer who is mainly known for capturing graphic sex acts, the film takes an almost prudish approach to the subject. Gay BDSM clubs are dark and hazy, and the camera takes extreme care to never stray from Mapplethorpe to any of the background acts. In the numerous post and pre-sex scenes in the film, there is no intention to show Mapplethorpe engaged in sex. It’s strange that a movie with so many gratuitous shots of penises and nude bodies would be so afraid of showing the act itself. The film also shied away from any real discussion or criticism of Mapplethorpe’s work. Robert Mapplethorpe was criticized throughout his career and after his death for his fetishistic view of black men. The movie addresses this in an argument between Mapplethorpe and one of his model-turned-lovers, Milton Moore, but then buries the issue, instead showing Mapplethorpe shooting a parade of nameless black models. Milton Moore himself is reduced to a shadow, while in life he was one of Mapplethorpe’s muses with whom he shared a long relationship. All the people in Mapplethorpe’s life get this treatment. For example, if not for a throwaway shot of a magazine cover, one would never know that Mapplethorpe’s ex-girlfriend, shown in the beginning of the film, was the punk icon, Patti Smith. This is true of all of the colorful characters that inhabited Mapplethorpe’s life and the art scene of ‘80s New York. The film plays more like a Wikipedia article than a life story. Director and screenwriter Ondi Timoner leave out most of the things that made Mapplethorpe so iconic- the vicious backlash against his photographs, as well as his AIDs advocacy. Robert Mapplethorpe’s art went before a court in Cincinnati on obscenity charges. Senator Jesse Helms famously brandished his art in front of Congress, crying, ‘look at the pictures!’ but none of this is included, instead relegated to a sentence before the credits roll. “Mapplethorpe” leaves Robert Mapplethorpe the man as flat and two dimensional as the paper his photographs are printed on.
OPINION & EDITORIAL
Los Angeles Collegian - Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Gallagher’s Four Pillars Take Shape Dr. Mary Gallagher announced her plan for student support and success during her installation speech last semester. Her four pillars of success are food, shelter, shower and laundry. A few months after her installation, students are able to save money on food and fresh produce twice a week. As president of Los Angeles City College, Dr. Mary Gallagher seems committed to the wellbeing of her students. Her main focus is to help students who struggle with housing insecurity and need a reliable place to eat and rest. Homelessness can have a negative effect on students’ mental health and education. Thankfully, this is where
Safe Parking L.A. comes in. This group supports the homeless community by providing a security guard to stay overnight with the homeless students to make sure they are safe. Many individuals live in their vehicles while trying to get an education at the same time. The plan which Dr. Gallagher has been working on is a great way for students to discover themselves in a different way. Having support from the school and the chance to become successful changes a student as a person. Her plan supports homeless students at L.A. City College, and provides them with a place to rest, study and feel safe. They will be able to stay overnight in one of the campus parking lots. This way, there will be no
‘Houston We Have a Problem’
FIRST IN A SERIES ON CHILDREN WHO PROVIDE CARE FOR THEIR PARENTS BY DERRICK WADE I felt as if there was something wrong with my mother’s health for about 13 years before she was diagnosed in 2012. After the death of my grandmother in 1998 I began to take notice of my mother’s health. Although she did not have any blaring health issues, I had a gut feeling that I should be paying close attention. She assured me that there was nothing wrong, and that if there were, she and my father would tell me. Maybe it was to keep me from worrying. Life for our family changed drastically after Father’s Day, 2013. The day before Father’s Day, I bought groceries to prepare Sunday dinner for my family and left them at my parents. The next morning, I picked up my parents and we went to service. We had a great time together. Afterward, we came home, and I began looking for the two bags of groceries I had dropped off. My father and I looked every-
where. After half an hour, my father found the bags in the trash. My mother had mistakenly thrown away both bags of non-perishable groceries. She broke down and began to cry. In a moment of transparency, she confessed something was wrong. She was having problems remembering things, and functioning. My mother and I hugged and cried for almost an hour in the middle of our dining room. She said that she did not want to be admitted to a facility. My father and I both quickly assured her that whatever care she needed, it would be provided in our home, and we would be actively taking part in her care. On that day, we had what I call a “Come to Jesus” moment as a family and realized that we had a problem. My 13-year nightmare had become a reality. I did not sleep well for the next few weeks. We scheduled an appointment with the geriatrics doctor, and he ran a few tests. “You seem to be a family of faith, is it OK if I pray with you?” the doctor said. My father and I kind of looked at one another with amazement and approval. Suddenly, a calmness fell over the room. In the midst of what was cer-
tainly the challenge of a lifetime, God was in control. After praying with us, the doctor diagnosed my mother’s condition as the beginning stages of cognitive memory impairment. Although I further researched the diagnoses, in hindsight, we did not know what to expect exactly. We were aware of my mother’s lapses in memory. I began to understand why she asked things several times, why she didn’t like to answer the phone, and why she cooked less and less. In the summer of 2015, my mother’s condition reached the final stage of Alzheimer’s. It was my family’s new normal. Over the last four years, I shared my family’s journey, and more pointedly my journey as a son. I had no idea of the overwhelming number of friends, associates, acquittances, and families that were facing the challenge of a terminally ill parent. Surprisingly, for a myriad of reason not all young adults or middle-age children choose to become active parental caregivers for their loved ones. In many of the cases of those that do, it is done out of felt obligation. In my case, it’s because of parental affection. My parents took care of me, and now I gladly take care of them. Note: The article, Because They Are My Parents, will be the basis for my next article entitled, Because She’s My Mother.
fear of police making them move in the middle of the night. There are approximately 50,000 people who are experiencing homelessness in the Los Angeles community, and the majority of them are students. Something should be done about that. Some of the homeless would like to change their lives, and if they could attend school, stay clean and maintain their dignity, they might be able to get through school and begin their path to success. Dr. Gallagher sent a message to the campus community by pledging to improve it. Many students who attend different community colleges are surprised to hear the wonderful things students receive at L.A. City. We should all work hard to
make L.A. City College the first choice in the community college neighborhood. Dr. Gallagher says that the central district of the LAUSD includes 88,000 students. This means that the population of L.A. City College will grow in the future. Gallagher’s plans will help students with all of the tools they need to identify their career goals. She will build out a welcome center and a call center that can answer all of people’s inquiries. It will become much easier to navigate the systems in school with a call center to help students. The four pillars will help move students from homelessness and poverty through the college, to become productive members of society.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR In response to “Where Can Anxious Students Go on Campus,” an opinion piece in the Oct. 3, 2018 issue of the Collegian, Joe Exnowski wrote: Hello Cindy: I run the Life Skills Center here on Campus. We are located in the Health and Wellness Center. We are one of the mental health services available here on campus. We have seven therapists here providing one-on-one counseling, as well as providing workshops every week throughout the semester. I appreciate your article and your concern about getting students the help they need. That’s great! … We are seeing a lot more students. and stress/anxiety is a major factor. Despite that, we still need to improve on getting the word out. If there is anything you or the paper can do to promote our workshops and other services, that would be very helpful. Thank You for your interest and concern. Joe Exnowski Life Skills Center Program Coordinator
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Compiled by Samuel Schiffer and Diane Ragin Photos by Jason Piskopus
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGING?
Los Angeles Collegian - Wednesday, March 13, 2019
JONATHAN HERNANDEZ Nursing Major
LUIS LEMUS Theology Major
VLADIMIR GOMEZ Business Management
KENYA GARCIA Engineering Major
“I don’t feel it! I stay at my mom’s house so she lets me know. I like the sun when it goes up a little later, but I don’t enjoy when the sun goes down too fast. I like the summertime. I prefer the long sunny days of summer, when the sun sets at 8 p.m. and [I] can wear shorts well into the night. I don’t like this one currently [rain].”
“I am actually very fond of daylight savings, but I am not too happy when daylight savings cuts back my hours. I would like to have more time in the afternoon … less light means less time for activities and when it gets dark quick in the afternoon it can depress me in a way because I feel like I can’t go out anymore. I can’t do the regular activities I would do in my day.”
“I don’t know too much of it, but it seems like it could be a good idea! I mean, they just change the hour. It doesn’t seem like a big decision. I really could go either way.”
“It is bad for me to lose one hour of sleep, but I guess it brings balance when time changes. I am not happy about the time changing, but it helps society and we use electricity when the days are shorter and it helps the environment.”
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FOUNDATION COLLABORATES WITH COLLEGE TO SHELTER HOMELESS. The President of Los Angeles City College, Dr. Mary Gallagher, is doing everything in her power to see Safe Parking through as a viable resource for the students on this campus, with help from students, faculty volunteers, and outside volunteers as well. In an interview conducted by Collegian reporter, Mary Paronyan, Dr. Gallagher expressed how important she thinks this program and other ones similar to it are. “We want to turn circumstances around so that students can feel that they are in a reliable place every night so that they know they can sleep every night, they know that they can be clean every day and come to school and get a job. It’s just a win-win we think, all the way around,” Dr. Gallagher said. Los Angeles City College’s other popular programs include the PopUp Pantry. The line alone demonstrates how many students actually utilize this. Students, some with children in hand, are walking around with boxes of produce and other goods to keep themselves and their families fed. LACC is a very progres-
sive campus when it comes to making sure everyone has a chance, no matter their situation. President Gallagher continues to express ideas on possibly opening up laundry facilities that are dormant on campus so these home-insecure students sleeping in their cars can have clean clothes as well as a shower to clean up before attending class, job interviews, etc. Students are also teaming up with the faculty from the media and visual arts department, hoping to launch an app for students to have access to direct information on food and housing resources. The most important resources students should have access to include food, shelter, showers, and laundry. Safe Parking L.A. is hopefully going to become another reliable resource on the LACC campus soon. It has been stated that the school is currently still working with the foundation to make sure that everything is set in stone and running smoothly for the students. The program could be up and running before the end of this year.
PHOTO BY MELISSA CRUMBY Student leaves parking structure soon to be an overnight shelter for home-insecure students. There are over 15,700 people living in their vehicles each night in Los Angeles.
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FOUNDATION SETS SIGHTS HIGH ON FUNDRAISING. “He’s one of my oldest friends, he’s a great guy, this event is a wonderful cause. School is important,” King said. “[I’m] happy to be here.” “Baywatch” actress Brandi Ledford attended the Beverly Hills gala. The actress is known for appearances on episodes of “Modern Family,” “NCIS Los Angeles,” and films like “Demolition Man” and “Rat Race.” She says education is everything. “What’s great about it is there are so many students and many of them are there on assistance, and they wouldn’t otherwise be able to go. That’s part of the reason why I selected LACC,” she said. Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada picked up the Rodney Respect Award, which is named for the late comedian, Rodney Dangerfield. The night opened with musical selections from L.A. City College mega-donor and A&M Records founder, Herb Alpert and his wife Lani Hall. They performed hit songs with a 15 to 20 minute performance. “Our goal with this gala because it’s our 90th, is to not only have some great honorees, but to raise as much money as possible,” said L.A. City College Foundation Executive Director, Robert Schwartz. Comedian Jay Leno participated
in a live auction via video broadcast, and all the proceeds will go to the foundation and its mission to support students. Schwartz says he hopes to raise about $600,000 this year, which is a lofty goal. The funds would help support the education plans of students who attend the college. “People think that we raise the money and it just goes to scholarships, and scholarships are great,” Schwartz said “But frankly we have 285 scholarship accounts that we oversee right now.” The LACC Foundation invited 30 to 40 students based on various affiliations at L.A. City College to participate the gala, which included Ralph Bunche Scholars and Herb Alpert Scholarship recipients. One alumni of LACC who attended is Tony Clark. He enrolled in a vocational course at L.A. City College in the 1980s. “The reason I am here is to support our great school, and this is an occasion where I get the opportunity to do just that,” Clark said. Every year, the foundation invites three students to the stage to share their stories, and to explain how support from the foundation affects them personally.
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COMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS TO GET FAIR SHARE it does the University of California,” the chancellor said. “So, we have to fix this inequality and make sure all students have access to the grant aid they need to be successful.” According to Chancellor Oakley, 2.1 million students attend California Community Colleges, making it the largest system of higher education in the United States. The majority of first generation college students are of color and they begin their higher education journey via the state’s community college system.
A press release from the Chancellor’s office states that in school year 2017-18 close to 40 percent of undergrads at the University of California and approximately 36 percent of students at Cal State schools received those monies. Community colleges in the state enroll about two-thirds of the state’s undergraduate students, yet they receive just 7 percent of Cal Grant funds. As part of its campaign to create support for SB 291, the public is encouraged to visit www.truecollegecost.com for more information.
LOS ANGELES IS THE WAGE THEFT CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES. If it has happened to you, the Collegian wants to meet you. Have you ever had a boss who failed to pay you? Have you ever had a boss threaten you with deportation? Have you ever had your paycheck bounce and not replaced by your boss? Have you ever been forced to work overtime and off the clock? Have you ever been paid piece rate that amounts to less than minimum wage? Have you ever worked in a restaurant and had your tips taken by the manager? The Collegian Magazine is doing a story about LACC students or their families who have been victims of Wage Theft and would like to interview you. Please contact Collegian writer John Johns at email@example.com or call 323 343-9370. We will assure your anonymity.
Los Angeles Collegian - Wednesday, March 13, 2019
‘REMEMBER THE LADIES:’ First Lady Adams to Founding Fathers BY CHRIS ARGUETA Associated Student Government (ASG) hosted the second annual International Women’s Day Celebration, co-sponsored by the Communications Department, to give women a chance to project their voice to students on March 6, 2019 in the Student Union. Professors spoke of the importance of women’s roles in history and had students present pieces of literature that inspired them, written by women. Assistant professor of law, Camille Goulet talked about “herstory,” and significant women throughout history who helped women achieve equal rights. She read a famous letter from Abigail Adams, the wife of founding father, John Adams. “...I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors,” Abigail Adams wrote. “Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a [Rebellion], and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.” It would take nearly 150 years for the 19th Amendment, which gave women the vote, to be passed. Goulet also mentioned how her mother finally was able to receive a credit card with her own name on it after Congress had passed the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. “[These types of conversations are important] because it’s the same reason we have to have the conversations for the rights of blacks, the same reason we gotta have a conversation for the rights of LGBTQ, because women aren’t treated equally in society today,”
PHOTO BY CHRIS ARGUETA Professor Shae delivering a speech during the International Women’s Day in the Student Union on March 6, 2019. Her talk asks women to embrace being vulnerable.
said ASG President James Ingram. “So that we can get equal pay for women, the fair treatment to job opportunities.” Goulet also told attendees how this was one of the many ways in which women finally achieved their own identity. No longer would they be labeled as “the wife of.” Goulet also explained that once people have their identity, they are no longer labeled as someone’s object. The suffragettes fought for equal identity decades ago. Professor of Communications M. Shae, and Department Chair, approached the podium next to discuss vulnerability. She referenced Brene Brown who has given various talks about the power of being vulnerable. Shae told female students they should not be afraid of vulnerability. “To embrace feeling vulnerable because there is power in vulnerability,” Shae said. Shae was also there to introduce the participants in the Second Annual Women’s “Herstory” Oral Interpretation Contest. Three students presented pieces of text or literature written by women, and they interpreted the text and explained its significance. Joy Cooper presented a piece called “Dear Human,” by Courtney A. Walsh. She said the piece is all about understanding roles in
society and appreciation for all things. The second student speaker Beebe Xia, read an excerpt from “How It Feels To Be Colored Me,” by African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston. Xia conveyed that while the piece may be from 1928, it is timeless. Megan Foronda shared a piece entitled “Liberated Women,” by Maria Lorena Barros. The piece embraces education. Barros wrote the article during a time of revolution in the Philippines and she spoke of ending oppression. Beebe Xia won first place, but all three women received cash prizes. All three students are also expected to receive scholarships. More women graduate from colleges and earn more degrees than men but still are perceived as less powerful. “We have record-breaking numbers of women enter the House of Representatives,” Ingram said “For the first time, we’ve seen a woman nominee for President of the United States. We have a record-breaking number of women running for president for the 2020 election. There is progress to be made, and we just have to acknowledge and make sure women are supported in this fight for equality.”
Gamers Search For a Place to Belong BY DAMIEN HOSEA Since the early 1970s, video games have been stimulating and developing the minds of young adults. When I started at Los Angeles City College back in 2017, I noticed that video games were nonexistent on the campus. I believe that gaming plays a vital role in every student’s education. Students who attend community colleges spend most of their time on the campus alone. They have not made many friends, and they are most likely looking for a place where they can
fit in. Incorporating video games in school will help students find a circle of friends with whom they share similar interests. With many video games supporting multiple players such as “Super Smash Bros” and “Mario Kart,” they force gamers into a social environment where they must communicate with their teammates. This not only helps with their verbal skills, but also their interpersonal skills. Even if the teammates don’t know each other, a long-lasting friendship can easily stem from simply playing a game together. I’m sure many can agree with me when I say
“school is stressful, tedious and a little boring.” With the help of video games, student can take their minds off of the stresses of school and focus on fun things like, “who’s gonna be tank and who’s gonna be healer in “Overwatch.” Everyone needs to be a part of a like- minded crowd in order to feel like they belong. I think a video game lounge in the Student Union would be a huge help. This would not only bring students together, but it would also help combat depression and antisocial disorder. We are all but a party mages and warriors trying to level up to defeat the evil forces of Life.
PHOTO COURTSEY SUNRISE MOVEMENT (Top) Community members ask questions of the panel and listen to information about the possible effects of the Green New Deal on Los Angeles in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Union on March 3, 2019. Attendees write down their questions for the panel. (Bottom) Panel members discuss the merits of the Green New Deal in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Union on March 3, 2019. Panel consits of L.A. City Coucilmember Mike Bonin, LADWP Commissioner Aura Vasquez, Executive Director for Physicians for Social Responsibility-L.A. Martha Dina Arguello, Director of Workforce and Environmental Engagement, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union Eleven Jennifer J. Kropke, Chief Facilities Executive LACCD, David Salazar, and former Sen. Kevin De Leon.
‘Sunrise’ Brings Glimpse of Green New Deal to Campus BY MYNOR PERALTA Representatives of the Sunrise Movement joined Los Angeles City and state leaders at a town hall meeting to challenge the fossil fuel industry and to discuss climate change in the Student Union on March 3, 2019. There were important figures that participated in the town hall including L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin, State Senate, President Pro tempore Emeritus Kevin De Leon and L.A. Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Commissioner Aura Vasquez. The main goal of the town hall was to lay out the goals of the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY. This is relevant because Bonin and other L.A. City Councilmembers have proposed an initiative that would mirror the Green New Deal and place Los Angeles at the forefront of the battle against climate change. The proposal is based on five goals. The first would be to invest in renewable, clean energy and focus on small companies with the potential to grow and create more jobs for Americans. The second would be to accomplish 100 percent renewable energy production for the United States by 2030. The third is to create a commission that would help the community in training and education for the new jobs, and the fourth is to create an administration that would mirror Roosevelt’s Rural Electrification Administration. Its goal would be to update the U.S. energy grid to use eco-friendly sources. The last goal is to create up to 20 million jobs with the new industry that would be created by new energy production. One of the questions asked of the panel was about how climate change affects communities, and how can the government step in to help these communities. “For a long time, the government has paid all the externalities of doing business,” said Martha Dina Argüello, executive director for physicians for social responsibility-L.A. “The oil industry needs to be responsible for making the workers whole, just the way the city needs to be responsible for saying that oil doesn’t need to be drilled from the ground.” Bonin commented on how the city of Los Angeles has been leading the charge in evolving to better the communities and modernize the city in general. “We get to be the proving ground on so many issues that counter narrative things nationally,” he said. “We can prove that the Green New Deal can work.” He also says that the City of Los Angeles is shifting to greener solutions that will cut emissions the city creates. De Leon talked about how these measures need to be passed into law so that the goals can be met on time. “That’s why the law matters, because if the measures aren’t passed into law, if they are not statutory, etched in stone, then we won’t be able to meet these goals,” De Leon said. The town hall ended with the panel asking the attendees to help the fight by showing their support for the Green New Deal and voting for representatives that would fight for them.
Los Angeles Collegian - Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Marching Their Way into the Championship BY APRIL SANTOS
PHOTO BY MARIANA ALVARADO The Elite 8 prepare for the ﬁrst day of LACC Intramural Soccer on March 5, 2019. Players compete in eight regular season games to make the playoffs at the end of the season
Intramurals Return for Spring Semester at LACC
BY DAWSON FICKUS Intramural soccer kicks off and volleyball debuts at Los Angeles City College for Spring 2019. Soccer began on Tuesday, March 5 and volleyball on Tuesday, March 12. Soccer meets every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the field above Parking Lot Four in the southwest corner of campus. Volleyball meets every Tuesday from 1
p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kinesiology North Gym, Room 146. There will be eight weeks of regular season games in each sport. Students can sign up for free online at lasportsnet. com. There is the option to sign up to an existing team or as a free-agent. Please disregard notices indicating that students are required to be 21-years or older. This is a mistake. The times listed on the websites are also a mistake, please refer to the Collegian
or the LACC email notice that was sent to all students on March 1, until updates are made. As for fans of last semester’s flag-football and basketball, Tanya Geddes, physical education facilities assistant, says that “basketball will definitely be back, possibly flag-football. As of right now it is just two sports per semester.” If students have questions, they can contact administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLIPPERS CONTEND, LAKERS LANGUISH AS PLAYOFFS LOOM The Lakers will likely miss the playoffs for the sixth year in a row, while the Clippers are on their way to their eighth straight winning season. How did this become the new normal? BY WILL PENNINGTON Following a 115-103 defeat to their cross town rival, the Clippers on Monday, March 4, 2019, the Lakers are on the outside looking in for the sixth straight postseason, and, strangely enough, all signs seem to suggest this might be the new normal. The Lakers are now hurtling toward the end of the NBA season, and they show no signs of coming to life any time soon. Missing a sixth straight playoffs would be a historic low, especially considering that before this six-year slump, the Lakers had only missed the playoffs five times in the history of the organization, dating all the way back to their Minnesota days. As the Lakers continue their dizzying descent from the stratosphere, the Clippers have experienced something of a renaissance, posting eight consecutive winning seasons, and coming into the light as a relevant team. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Clippers success is that they have found ways to keep winning even though they are going through stars faster than Trump goes through cabinet members. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Deandre Jordan, even Tobias Harris and the gargantuan Boban Marjanovic have left town. Never the less, the Clippers are comfortably in the middle of the playoff hunt while LeBron and company can start planning their summer vacations. The fact that the Clippers have continued to win despite the roster turnover speaks to something that is even more shocking than their success, and perhaps even more frightening to Lakers fans. It isn’t just the Clippers players that have made them the best team in L.A., it is their organizational culture from ownership, to the front office and to the coaches’ bench. This was not always the case. A consistent cellar-dweller during the Donald Sterling era, the Clippers were perennial losers. That changed when the team acquired forward, Blake Griffin, in the 2009 NBA Draft. Since then, the Clippers have altered the fate of the franchise, and been the best basketball team in Los Angeles. The Sterling years ended abruptly in April 2014 in a scandal that involved not only Mr. Sterling keeping a mistress, but it was centered around recordings she had of the Clippers owner making racist remarks. Sterling was forced to sell the Clippers, who
were then purchased by former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer for over $2 billion. When Ballmer bought the struggling team, there were many in the world of sports and business who thought he was making a mistake. The Clippers’ brand was weak they argued. Nonetheless, Ballmer saw value in acquiring an NBA team in the United States’ second largest city. The former tech executive has changed the Clippers’ culture by investing in one of the league’s best staffs. Ballmer not only retained former NBA champion, Doc Rivers, as coach, but in recent years, he has also hired the iconic Jerry West and general manager Lawrence Frank to help handle roster construction and scouting. Perhaps the most out of the box hire the Clippers made was Lee Jenkins, former NBA writer for Sports Illustrated. He was brought on board to help with team culture, specifically. The Clippers have not only been willing to think outside of the box when it comes to front office hires, but they have also ushered in a new era of technological advancement in the NBA through their close partnership with Second Spectrum Inc, of which Ballmer is also a partial owner. Second Spectrum is a company that specializes in player tracking and has ushered in a new era of statistical analysis to the game of basketball. Fans can watch an augmented version of Clippers’ broadcasts thanks to a technology Second Spectrum calls “court vision.” This allows the viewer to display shooting percentages, play diagrams or just fun animations as they watch in real time. While the Clippers have been making grand changes, The Lakers have hired a former superstar of their own in Hall of Famer and franchise legend, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Johnson was brought on board specifically to help bring the club back to its glory days. Thus far, he has yet to live up to the hype. Last summer, following the signing of LeBron James, the Lakers’ front office made a perplexing series of hires that seemed to go against league wide trends. Perhaps instead of the shooting and versatility theme that was being coveted by other teams, the Lakers were seeking to zig while the rest of the basketball world was zagging. Unfortunately for Johnson and the Lakers, they zagged right
out of the playoffs. Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley, all of whom the Lakers signed over the offseason, failed to provide the veteran lift that Johnson and the Lakers thought they were acquiring. “They’re all different individuals and they bring something different to the table. We needed some grittiness, some toughness,” Johnson said in a media scrum before the season started. It is no coincidence that the Lakers have seemed to eschew analytics and, at the same time, plummeted in league standings while the Clippers have embraced change, becoming the new team to beat in Southern California. One organization seems to be looking to the future while the other is trapped in the past. Recently, at a Sloan Sports Analytics conference in Boston, Lakers Owner, Jeanie Buss, spoke at length and seemed to place a large portion of the blame for the team’s disappointing season on the media. Buss argued that the constant haranguing, by the media, caused the players undue mental stress. “Those stories leak out and it hurt our young players. It wasn’t fair.” Buss said in reference to the rumors that suggested nearly the entire team had been offered in a trade for Anthony Davis. While her statement is doubtlessly true, this year’s Lakers squad is not the first team to face media scrutiny, nor will they be the last. Buss’ blame game with the media stands in stark contrast to the hyper charismatic Ballmer who has recently appeared for extended interviews on TNT praising his team’s competitive grit and assuring fans they will continue to improve. Even if the Clippers make the playoffs this season, they are not likely to make much noise once they do. The long-term outlook for both Los Angeles teams could change with the timely addition of an All-Star free-agent or two. Both squads are estimated to have enough salary room to be able to afford two max level players. This could trigger a seismic shift in the NBA landscape. Which team the star signs with will not only shape the outlook of the entire league, but it will also let fans get a glimpse into that player’s psyche and know whether they are looking to the future or the past.
The smell of March Madness is in the air. The season heats up in the women’s side of the brackets. There are so many teams lining up for their chance to win the National Championship at the end of the playoffs. The fight continues to be in the top 16 to host games and have a home court advantage. With only a few days left until the selection show on Monday, March 18, the competition is as close as it has been since the start of women’s brackets. The top seeds have had many changes throughout the season. Charlie Creme from ESPN says that about “19 teams are in the mix, with nine likely being locks. That leaves 10 teams for seven spots. This also is a rarity to have so much potential fluidity this late in the season.” At least some teams in the top 16 are set in stone to be considered the best of the best, but there are still some questions left to answer. Will the losses that the University of Connecticut (UCONN) and Notre Dame suffered this season make them even more hungry for the title? Will the drop in the rankings that the University of Oregon suffered affect them in the long run? Notre Dame is the defending champion and has a lot to prove this season—especially after having some injuries during their losses. Recent reports claim that their whole roster is healthy. Will they be able to strive forward for back-to-back championship wins? UCONN Huskies have gone on a bit of a run nearing the end of their regular season. Will their two seniors pull through and lead them to a championship? It has been almost three years since the Huskies have won a National Championship. The last time was the 2015-16 season. This team along with Oregon and Notre Dame have high chances of reaching the Final Four. These three teams each have amazing players that can lead their teams all the way to the final, but it is too early to tell. So, the question still stands, who will win?
LA Galaxy Kicks Off 2019 Major League Soccer Season in Los Angeles BY DAWSON FICKUS
Galaxy welcomed the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) season to Los Angeles on Saturday, March 2 with a 2-1 win against the Chicago Fire. They went on to lose their second game of the season away at FC Dallas with a score of 2-0 on March 9. Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) is the Galaxy’s rival team, and they also won their season opener against Sporting Kansas City with a score of 2-1 on March 3. They won their second game on March 10 at home to the Portland Timbers 4 -1. LAFC had a promising debut season in the MLS in 2018—finishing fifth in the race for the Supporter’s Shield and third in Group B to make it to the MLS Cup playoffs. LA Galaxy did not do as well last season—finishing thirteenth for the Supporter’s Shield and seventh in Group B, failing to qualify for the postseason. The new season brings changes for the coming post season in late October that fans can get excited for. The playoffs will now use singlematch elimination rounds and include 14 teams whereas in the 2018 season, only 12 teams competed. There is a lot to look forward to for fans of both teams. Around this time last year, LAFC players were just getting to know each other and they went on to beat everyone’s expectations so majorly. One can only assume that a year of familiarity will only boost their hopes this season. LA Galaxy was is on the opposite end of the spectrum. They underwhelmed severely last season, especially with a world-class super star like Zlatan Ibrahimović. With a new coach, some new players and the hunger to win after not qualifying for the playoffs, this season is looking to get them back on track. Galaxy’s next game is on March 16 at 7:30 p.m., and LAFC’s is March 17 at 12 p.m. The season is just starting so there are many questions yet to be answered, but we do know that it will be exciting.
SPORTS CALENDAR Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Intramural Soccer 1-4 p.m. Intramural Volleyball 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Intramural Soccer 1-4 p.m. Intramural Volleyball 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Intramural Soccer 1-4 p.m. Intramural Volleyball 1-4 p.m.