Collegian Los Angeles
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Volume 182 Number 4
The Voice of Los Angeles City College Since 1929
YAMAHA CONCERT SERIES AT LACC PRESENTS DAVID KAPLAN SEE PAGE 7
Finals Week to Include Free Meals for Hungry Students
COMPILED BY WILL PENNINGTON
Suspect in Custody for Red Line Rape A suspect has been taken into custody in the case of a rape which occurred last month at the Sunset and Vermont Metro Station, according to LAPD officials. On March 14, at approximately 6 p.m., the victim, a 60-year-old woman, asked a transient man for directions after exiting the Red Line Train. The suspect led the victim to an emergency exit stairwell where he raped, choked and beat her, according to reports The case was originally being handled by the Rampart Division of LAPD; it has since been transferred to the Northeast Division.
Celebrate Earth Day College President Mary Gallagher will open the new community park in the Northeast Quad on Monday, April 22, at 12:30 p.m.
Denim Days Highlight Sexual Assault
BY CHISLEY HAYNES
Potholes Banished from Vermont Avenue after Rains PHOTO BY KAITLYN KIMBLE
BICYCLES, SCOOTERS, SKATEBOARDS GET SMOOTH RIDE BY ROBERTO ROMERO
ASG is hosting a movie night on April 26, at 5:30 p.m. The film will screen in Holmes Hall, Room 6.
City Tales Gives Outlet to LACC Community The City College community can gather on April 30, at 4:30 p.m. to hear original stories from LACC students, faculty and alumni as part of the communication department’s “City Tales.” “City Tales” will be presented in the Herb and Lani Alpert Recital Hall (HAMC 210).
afety for bicyclists decreased as they swerved and navigated more potholes on streets in the greater Los Angeles City College area following a season of heavy rain. Skateboards, scooters and bicycles are the transportation method of choice for many students. Bicycles move in and out of traffic and around potholes in both directions in the 800 block of Vermont Avenue. The craters can pose a danger. “If a bicyclist rides over a large or somewhat deep pothole with enough force, they could pop a tire, and potentially warp their framework,” said Chris Duncan of Hoopty Bikes. Sometimes a commuter has no choice and must ride over a rough patch of the street.
The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Repairs recorded the most requests for repairs in February in the city’s history, according to Curbed LA: a record 7,981 calls. Repairs could not come soon enough for Alex Vasquez. “I’m more annoyed that these large potholes have caused cars to swerve more,” he said. I prefer the sidewalk, but sometimes people get in the way and you have to ride in the street with the cars. I’ve already almost been hit once … because a guy was going too fast and noticed a pothole late. Luckily, I saw it all happening and stopped knowing he wasn’t paying attention. I kind of just laughed about it after.” There are more than 6,000 miles of paved streets in Los Angeles. Many student commuters at LACC had expressed annoyance with how long the larger potholes were persisting around the school after heavy rains and colder temperatures during the winter months.
SEE “POTHOLES” PAGE 6
BY REBECCA GRAZIER
The English Department is hosting its annual bake sale from Monday, April 15, to Thursday, April 18 in Jefferson Hall, Room 317. In addition to sweets and other snacks, both new and used books are available for purchase. The bake sale is running daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Leftover food in elevators, the smell of urine and a burning candle. There are “signs of life” in stairwells, in elevators and on the walkway between the Chemistry and Life Sciences Building where people are apparently spending the night. At least one student says she has tried four ways to complain about the issues on campus. From making a complaint in the suggestion box on the L.A. City College website, to visiting a dean’s office in the Administration Building, to speaking with the Sheriff ’s office, one student is frustrated with what she says is a lack of action from officials at LACC. She says she went to the sheriff ’s office several times to complain about people “living” in the elevators and the smell of urine permeating the area nearby. After parking in the structure beneath the soccer field, the student reported an even stronger smell of urine as she climbed the stairs to go to her parked car. She says she heard a noise, and when she turned the corner, she saw a man in a plaid shirt and baseball hat smoking in the corner of the stairwell. There was a chair, a crumpled blanket that reeked of urine, as well as a lit candle. “I’m just disturbed and
‘Oleanna’ to Premiere at Camino Theater Today at 12:45 p.m., the Theatre Department and the president’s office will host the third act of the play “Oleanna,” at the Camino Theater, which details sexual harassment and discrimination between a teacher and a student.
Professor Participates in Book Festival Panel “Calamity and Chaos,” was the subject of a panel moderated by professor Doug Dutton, from the L.A. City College music department at the L.A. Times Festival of Books April 14. The festival is in its 23rd year and drew an estimated 150,000 attendees to USC.
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Opinion & Editorial
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CAMPUS BECOMES HAVEN FOR HOMELESS
English Department Makes Bread at Bake Sale
Arts & Entertainment Campus Life
Busy students will find help during finals week when the LACC Foundation provides breakfast and lunch on the main floor of the Student Union. The foundation’s goal is to make students’ lives a bit easier by providing meals to them while they prepare for exams. The foundation launched the program during midterms. Now, they will continue to help students with their food needs and they plan to extend the program to every semester. “I think the program is a good idea, just because that time during midterm and finals is really stressful,” said Cindy Rodriguez, an undeclared major. “It’s nice to know that the college you are going to, really cares about their students.” From hundreds of almond butter and jelly sandwiches, to boiled eggs and yogurt parfaits, students from LACC dietetics lab program prepared nutritious meals for hungry students during midterms and they will repeat the exercise three times per week during finals. “My suggestion is that the program extend their hours to benefit more students, because some of them are not available during these hours,” said engineering major Edwin Galicia Students may dine from 8 -10 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays next month during finals week. “We put a lot food out each day, because we want to make sure that people that come in, get food,” said Daren Lynne, the director of the program.
PHOTOS BY BEATRICE ALCALA
Top: A cigarette butt and the smell of dried urine greets students on Wednesday Morning, April 11, 2019, when they arrive at the second floor entrance to the Chemistry Building. Left: A small pile of loose papers and food scraps are tell-tale signs on the morning of April 11, 2019, that someone has spent the night inside the elevator located between the Life Sciences and Chemistry Buildings.
concerned because he could have decided to attack, it could have been another student, or even a soccer kid from up top of the field coming down,” said Jennifer Anderson, an art major. “I’m just sick of telling sheriffs and administration about the situation at school. The situation at school seems to be getting scarier and filthier all the time.” Another student on campus says he has seen a few homeless people in the bathrooms on campus brushing their teeth and washing their hands. “Part of me understands that they are homeless, but the other part of me feels like the environment kind of affects how you study, because if you’re not comfortable where you’re studying, then it just makes it harder to study,” Ramirez said. Another student, who has been attending LACC for two years says he hasn’t had any bad experiences on campus. “They also sometimes want to have a place where they can try to stay clean as much as they can, I personally don’t have an issue with it, it’s just as long as the janitors do their job, and sanitize everything afterward,” said Richard Tizo who is majoring in Japanese. Tizo is sympathetic. He says he has tried to picture himself in the place of a homeless person.
SEE “CAMPUS BECOMES” PAGE 6
Los Angeles Collegian - Wednesday, April 17, 2018
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Disney Set to Battle Netflix
PHOTO BY REBECCA GRAZIER ‘The Woodstock,’ topped with organic chicken, shredded vegetables, sprouts, sunflower tahini on Bub & Grandma’s country bread. At Sqirl April 12, 2019.
BY JACOB GREEN
Sqirl To-Go Friend or Foe? BY SAMUEL MARLOWE SCHIFFER Construction has already started on a brand new, allday, quick-service restaurant directly across the street from Los Angeles City College. Earlier this month, Jessica Koslow, chef and owner of the now-classic Virgil Avenue brunch restaurant, Sqirl, made the announcement. Sqirl specializes in the sort of buzzy, instagram-friendly, vibrant brunch food that is unendingly popular with food-savvy millennials. Whether it’s for Jessica’s big, dark, whole-wheat toast with ricotta and a trench of homemade jam dug out in the center or her radioactive-green fried sorrel-rice with radishes and lacto-fermented hot sauce that evokes a vegetal and almost “barn-yard” experience. People seem to line up in droves to eat at Sqirl. Lines can last up to two hours—and that’s just to order the food. It would be a smart move to create an easier and faster alternative to waiting in that huge line. The second location, Sqirl Away, is set to open on the corner of Burns and Vermont Avenue by fall. There’s only one problem: Sqirl is expensive. For Sqirl Away to succeed in that location, it will have to adapt an affordable business model for the 18,000 students who attend LACC. This may prove to be difficult, as the bowl of green rice mentioned earlier costs a staggering $18.
Eighteen dollars for lunch might not be a huge deal to the fashionable young working professionals who’ve recently moved to the area, but the community at Los Angeles City College and its surrounding neighborhoods are not the same kind of social-media-trendy millennials with expendable incomes. Many of the students come from low-income backgrounds and have to budget carefully in order to survive. Forget about $18 or $14. Even $12 dollars is too much for some people to spend on lunch every day. “I usually have about $10 a day to spend on lunch if I’m eating out, but most of the time I just bring food from home or just not eat at all,” said Delwin Campbell, a computer science student. “I’m only on campus a few hours a day so it’s not hard for me to skip it.” Jessica Koslow, the owner of Sqirl and Sqirl Away has been in Mexico City and could not be reached by phone. But an Instagram post from a few weeks ago tells part of her story. “Eight years ago this month, I started Sqirl as a jam company here in Virgil Village - a vibrant [L.A.] neighborhood, nestled between East Hollywood and Silverlake, with a rich, beautiful, and storied history and deep community roots,” Koslow stated. She went on the describe a bit of the ethos behind the restaurant. “Think of Sqirl Away as a first cousin to Sqirl - built on the same foundation of technique, product, and creativity, yet made to be approachable and expedient
SISTER ACT—THE MUSICAL Director… Rigo Tejeda Artistic Director… Josefina López Opens April 19th, 2019 at Casa 0101 Theater 2102 East First Street (at St. Louis Street directly across the street from the Hollenbeck Police Station), Boyle Heights, CA 90033 Tickets during the Five-Week run, Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. April 19 – May 19, 2019, are $50 per person for General Admission; $40 per person for Students and Seniors; and $35 per person for Boyle Heights residents with ID, Children 10 and Under and for Groups of 10 or more. Advance reservations encouraged. For tickets, please call the CASA 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-2637684, E-mail email@example.com, or buy online at www.casa 0101.org.
for all hours of the day. My goal has always been to develop dishes that are craveable and elemental to one’s day and I’m excited to continue dreaming and executing on ways to do just that.” It is unclear from her description if the new rendition of Sqirl will address the needs of the immediate community. Does Jessica’s idea of “craveable” and “elemental” align with the tastes and wallet of your average person taking a stroll down Vermont? The effort and technique that goes into lacto-fermented hot sauce and homemade jams reflects a much higher price point than any of the businesses surrounding the L.A. City College campus. Without a context for valuing that kind of effort put into food, it’s likely that an average guest won’t see the value. If that’s the case, they’re going to need to rethink the $18 rice bowl. Only time will tell if Sqirl Away will become a staple of the area like its predecessor. Given that there’s no parking in the area, and that Sqirl Away is a walkup counter “to go” restaurant, it’s likely to rely on foot traffic. If it is really like its predecessor, it could be that Sqirl Away hopes to draw new business, as opposed to doing business with whomever is already there. When the original Sqirl opened eight years ago, Virgil Avenue had none of the chic bars and businesses it does today. Jessica Koslow’s restaurant was the major catalyst for the gentrification of that area. It remains to be seen whether lightning can strike twice.
Disney spent $71.3 billion to acquire 20th Century Fox. Disney now controls almost 40% of the box office market share and there is little room for meaningful competition. The house the mouse built is now the biggest studio of all time. Layoffs were almost instant. For many FOX employees March 21, 2019 will forever be known as “Black Thursday.” From staffers to high-level executives, the FOX studio hallways felt like the Thanos snap from Disney’s “Avengers – Infinity War.” One day you are a thriving top-six studio, the next—snap—the printers go quiet and the employee refrigerator barren. Disney is now set to take on what will surely be the new studio frontier: streaming. “FOX took chances in their film, Disney just keeps putting out sequels,” said Armando Ochoa a cinema student. In these Pirates of The Caribbean Waters, Netflix is the reigning king with over 50% of the U.S. streaming market. Netflix is also the largest streaming service in the world with over 137 million subscribers. You can see why Disney CEO Bob Iger calls the launch of their streaming service “the biggest priority of the company during 2019.” Netflix has a strong infrastructure both home and away and is focusing on better content for the consumer. In the first week of release, “Bird Box,” starring Sandra Bullock was watched by over 45 million Netflix accounts. “Netflix has spent the last 10 years acquiring, producing, and curating a library of TV series and films so vast that a subscriber couldn’t watch them all in a lifetime … If it comes to a showdown, my money’s on Netflix,” said LACC Cinema professor Michele Gendelman. After a big purchase, Disney must now create the vehicle to view its treasure chest of content. Easy. However, the streaming service could force more customers to leave cable behind and further strain a traditional revenue source Disney and other studios have depended on. Disney has declared streaming to be the new studio battlefield. With more combatants on the way, Netflix can only hope things fall in their favor. If not, Disney is positioning itself to take the throne.
Los Angeles Collegian - Wednesday, April 17, 2018
PHOTO BY CHRIS ARGUETA Web Design student Kea Butler stands in front of the source code for her website on April 11, 2019. Butler and other VAMA students at LACC are finding job opportunities while they learn to design websites.
WEB DESIGN CLASS SKILLS CREATE JOB PATHWAY
BY CHRIS ARGUETA Job searching has always been a difficult task for students, however one class has given students a valuable skill set which can lead to new career opportunities. Kea Butler was taking pictures in Windsor Hills one afternoon when a gentleman approached her and asked what she was doing. When Butler explained to him that she was a photographer, the man said he was looking for someone to create a website for him. Butler also just happened to be enrolled in a web design class at L.A. City College. The man hired Butler to create an internet presence for his business. “I created his website from scratch, as well as his Facebook page,” Butler said. “I put him up in [the search engine] Google, as well as a Yelp page and an Instagram page. He doesn’t know if it will be
beneficial or not because he’s been in business for over 40 years; he has his consistent customers but he knew he needed that space on the internet.” The family business specializes in service tools such as shears and knives. In the age of the digital revolution in which we live today, an internet presence is a necessary step to successfully managing a business. Butler is one of the students in Professor Eugene Ahn’s web design class which is meant to provide students with the necessary skills and tools to be able to create websites for themselves or for others. Ahn always has students who use the skills that he teaches, to help them with careers creating websites for others. Ahn knew Butler had the potential to be one of them. “For me, it’s actually my goal for somebody who is a standout, to really breakout and be able to go
out on their own and apply themselves immediately,” Ahn said. “Kea’s very motivated. She already identified the web as her medium. She’s already recognized it’s going to be something useful to her … She even came to me after the first class, and introduced herself to me and made it known to me that she was motivated to learn all this stuff.” Before she enrolled in the class, Butler knew she wanted to be a part of a career that helps businesses or people create websites. She had taken a few classes and workshops prior to taking Ahn’s class and had a few skills, but now she has found her first gig with the business which has also recommended her to other potential clients. “Through him, he connected to another lady in the plaza,” Butler said. “I’m speaking with her right now with similar terms, to create her a website and social media
platforms. She actually connected me to her business partner who wanted a personal website.” Students who take the “Introduction to Web Design” class have already found the necessary steps to begin their career. Butler wants to continue down this pathway to start a business creating websites. She showed off the website she created in Ahn’s class, which may have inspired and shown other students the potential of their skills and what can be accomplished in the class. “Anytime students see other students succeed and take their own initiative, it creates a ripple,” Ahn said. “Other people start thinking ‘They did it, so I can do it.’ That’s the spirit of experimentation and daring which should be happening in a web design class, it should be happening in the art department and it should be happening at community college.”
free from the negative stigmas associated with incarceration and to empower themselves through successful academic careers, and, thereby become productive citizens in the community,” said BITMI founding partner Michael Bierman. Bierman says the program coalesced around recognition that the formerly incarcerated person generally has a specific set of needs that must be addressed, and that rehabilitation and re-entry are not one-dimensional, but instead must recognize multiple elements and methods. “Often, the ex-prisoner feels out of place in the new environment that is less structured; new rules, new conduct, it is a sort of PTSD that the newly freed person experiences,” said BITMI assistant program director Ron Hudson. Hudson, a certified drug and alcohol counselor who was formerly incarcerated himself, understands this well. “Many of the men and women who come to us want to continue their educations, but they don’t know how to approach or even verbally articulate it,” he says. Program Assistant Clara Vasquez is a formerly incarcerated student who is majoring in Deaf Studies. “Having been incarcerated as well, our experience gives us a special ability to help others. We have been there just like they have, so we share the same deep desire for a better life,” Vasquez said. BITMI emerged from the Strindberg Laboratory’s California Arts Council Prisons Project,
which is one of the only theater companies in Los Angeles County to engage formerly incarcerated individuals. They provide theater workshops inside Los Angeles county jails and California state prisons. “The Arts are a very important part of the rehabilitation formula,” Bierman said. “Art spurs a person’s instinct toward taking action, and also serves as vehicle to speak and be heard.” Bierman credits Alison Jones, LACC’s Dean Emeritus of the Performing and Visual Arts, for bringing BITMI into existence. ”Our first grant proposal to become a college class was turned down, but later we were successful, the workshop became Theater 262, and this got the ball rolling,” he explains. In January of 2017, the State of California funded the program by writing it in as a line item within an appropriations bill. BITMI was officially launched as a complete, multiple collaboration program. Escalante talks about one young man who was an LACC student, but then was sent to prison. The young man got out of prison and started back in school under the guidance of BITMI. The young man has since transferred to Cal State Los Angeles and is now fully on the academic track. “Everyone benefits; we all do,” Escalante exclaims. “Seeing the success of these men and women encourages me.” According to Escalante, “When things are not working, you sort of have to break free of it in order to make it better.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF LBJ LIBRARY.ORG The TRIO program owes its creation to the passage of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty Bill in 1964. It was also known as the Economic Opportunity Act and included three programs, a trio, to help disadvantaged students.
Unearth Hidden Treasures of Trio Low-key campus program with roots embedded in the War on Poverty offers growth and opportunity to students who are paying attention. BY CARTER WILLIAMS, III
Students from the “Break It To Make It” program visiting the UCLA Campus in Los Angeles, CA
Break It to Make It Continues to Serve Formerly Incarcerated Students BY THOMAS GARDNER Break It To Make It (BITMI) is committed to helping ex-prisoners enroll and thrive in college once they parole back into the larger community. Pushing toward its third year, the program functions as a collaboration between Los Angeles City College, the Strindberg Laboratory, and
the Los Angeles Mission. “We take the person who has just been released from lockup, and step by step, walk them through the process of being a successful LACC student,” said Mario Escalante, academic counselor. As reported by the San Quentin News, a study conducted by Capital and Main - an award-winning online site that investigates power and
politics from California - found that only 3 percent of formerly incarcerated students returned to prison within their research period. “Many people have trouble asking for help, so it has been a dream come true, having the ability to help my own demographic,” said Escalante who avoided incarceration by turning away from gangs at age 20 and pursuing education instead.
When the formerly incarcerated person expresses desire to take up college work at LACC, BITMI helps them with housing, tuition, books, record expungement, resume and job placement, and physical and mental health services. “Our mission is to assist system impacted individuals at breaking SEE “NEXT COLUMN”
TRIO is among the unique programs at L.A. City College worth a closer look as the campus celebrates its 90th anniversary. The federally funded program serves and supports the student population. It emerged from President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty during the 1960s. According to the U.S. Department of Education, it began in 1964 with the passing of the Economic Opportunity Act. It began the same year as “Upward Bound”—a program dedicated to providing fundamental support for high school students seeking a post-secondary education. “My experience with Trio/SSS was very fortunate. With the guidance and mentorship, I was able to accomplish my goals and transfer to Cal State L.A.,” said Christopher Hernando, a fall 2016 transfer student. The Department of Education also stated that by 1968, two more services would be offered; first, an outreach program called “Talent Search,” in 1965 that targeted students of disadvantaged backgrounds. Also in 1968, the “Special Services for Disadvantaged Students,” or what is commonly referred to today as “Student Support Services” began. The TRIO Department reported that its title started in the late 1960s as an amalgamation of the variety of services that encapsulate the program. TRIO served a maximum of 160 students. The program may appear off limits to the general student population. However, according to some of the student testimonials, the staff is geared to provide enough support and resources to help students maintain strong academic performance. L.A. City College student Omar Martinez refers to TRIO as a sanctuary for students. “Trio/SSS was also a great environment to de-stress and to goof around with other like-minded peers,” he said. “I still remember all the silly shenanigans we involved ourselves in when school wasn’t the focus.” Martinez says the program provided the environment to develop successful peer relationships, which is essential in driving both academic and other opportunities along one’s path. Omar is now pursuing a degree in public administration at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, as a 2016 fall transfer from TRIO. The program offers a computer lab and study hall, academic counseling and an array of campus and cultural outings, so it is no wonder that TRIO can be a hidden treasure to the student population. The office is located in the Student Services Building on the third floor and welcomes all students interested in participating in its program, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. “TRIO gave me a chance to grow not only as a student, but as a person as well,” said Jacob Lira, a student intern at TRIO. So why not provide yourself with that chance?
OPINION & EDITORIAL
Los Angeles Collegian - Wednesday, April 17, 2018
Give me Liberty, Don’t give me Threat! ILLUSTRATION BY BRIAN GOMEZ
A lot of terrible things have been taking place in America this year. President Trump threatening to close down the Southern U.S. border is one of them. He is giving Mexico a one-year warning. This can affect the U.S. economy because of the billions of dollars worth of goods and produce crossing back and forth each day. Trump also said if he doesn’t make a deal with Congress regarding the large number of Central Americans that enter the U.S. from Mexico, then he will close the border. This is not OK. So many families who left Mexico years ago to come to the U.S. have put in dedicated work and time to create a stable life, home and fam-
ily. The fact that they could be separated from their families is a disgrace. Children who are U.S. citizens attend good schools so they can prepare for a better future. They came to this country for their children and for themselves. Parents get deported, while their children who are born in the U.S. do not. President says the U.S. Democrats have created weak immigration laws, and Mexico’s are much stronger. President Trump is asking Mexico to stop the surge of illegal immigrants from coming into the U.S. by having two caravans coming up from Guatemala through Mexico. If they don’t stop them, he will shut down the border. To get LACC more involved and aware of this
current situation, Associated Student Government President James Elijah Ingram says the U.S. is a melting pot and a place for people from all walks of life. “It’s a melting pot. For Trump to generalize and say that we have to keep certain people out of the country is considered racist,” Ingram said. “The way he thinks can hurt the country. Stopping people from doing their job is coming from a close-minded perspective. This can affect Latino citizen students who attend school here at LACC, aside from other schools in the U.S.” Ingram also says that there are a lot of students here who are under DACA and have family across
Metro Riders Turn into Captive Audience BY CHELLEE RAY Buskers - individuals who play music or otherwise perform for voluntary donations in the street or in subways - can be great. They can be extremely talented and entertaining to the public. You may even love their performance enough to drop a dollar in their hat as you pass by them. I have nothing against street performers, but I have everything against buskers holding me hostage to watch their performance on a Metro train. Performing while knowing I cannot escape from your performance makes me an involuntary auditor. Holding spectators hostage is not usually the best way to gain fans. While you may or may not feel busking on trains is entertaining, there are several reasons why you should not support or pay buskers on Metro trains. First, not only is it against Metro’s policy to busk on a public train, it is a major safety issue. Dancers (especially those that flip over rails and poles inside of the small standing areas of the trains) can easily make a false move, accidentally kicking you
or falling on top of you. Similarly, musicians may lose their balance or control of their instrument and hit you in the head or another body part. These are not hypothetical scenarios - they have happened. Do you think the busker stopped to offer insurance information or medical care for the injured parties involved? There are plenty of safe, public and legal spaces for these performers to perform (even the entrance of Metro is OK). Spaces where you are not holding people hostage, forcing them to listen to loud, distracting and sometimes unpleasant performances. There are also reports of thefts suspected in connection with these performances. Sure, not all buskers partake in criminal performance rings. But why would you even want to take the risk for an illegal, unsolicited and hostage performance? You may feel it’s okay that the performance is unsolicited - it’s just the artist’s form of expression. Besides, it’s only a few minutes anyway. No. Instead, you should feel for the busy professional commuting home from a long day of work wanting a few minutes before transitioning into home life; the busy mom who looks forward to these precious moments of the day alone; the student getting their last opportunity to read on their way to school.
It’s practically impossible for any of these people to have those few precious travel moments to themselves when they are being forced to “enjoy” an unsolicited performance. By giving buskers on trains money, you are engaging and encouraging an illegal, disruptive and potentially dangerous activity. If you are injured by a busker, you will be forced to pay your own medical bills while buskers don’t even pay taxes on the money you’re giving them. In the U.K., there is a dedicated text line to report buskers on public trains. Similarly, in Los Angeles, here are some things you can do: Don’t pay buskers on Metro trains - giving buskers money encourages them to keep performing illegally without solicitation inside of trains. ■Support and pay excellent street performers who perform in safe, public areas. ■Download the L.A. Metro Transit Watch App - which will connect you to a live metro representative via phone or chat - and you can report busking activity on the train. ■Press the Emergency Button on any metro platform to report buskers on the train. ■If you fear for your safety, contact LAPD at 877-ASK-LAPD.
School Lacks Communication, Disappoints Students BY CHRIS ARGUETA Pride has been associated with schools since long before I can even remember. For LACC, even more than other community colleges, a lack of communication shows a lack of pride. The City’s College is third in population behind the other Los Angeles Community College District colleges. East Los Angeles College and Pierce College respectively have more students, yet LACC seems to lack a communication between its students compared to a few other colleges. As a student who
has been enrolled in LACC since Fall of 2017, the severe lack of emails or Canvas messages is noticeable. I have taken classes at both Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) and Southwest College. Both have considerably better communication than LACC. I receive a weekly message email every week from the LATTC college president. It informs students on upcoming activities happening on campus along with important information regarding classes. For Southwest, I receive information on Canvas about scholarships and activities on a daily basis. For LACC, I receive emails about completing surveys on my portal. That’s it. Disappointed doesn’t even begin to come close to
how I feel about this. As a student who spends nearly all day on campus for two days out of the week, I want to know what is happening on school grounds. I want to know about all the food drives, all the activities, and all the workshops. Apparently, Club Rush happened a few weeks ago. It is my favorite school event, and no one seemed to have known. No emails or even on-campus posters were posted to let students know the event was coming up. LACC also has a weekly message from the president, however the message seems to be more about what our president is doing, as opposed to what is happening on campus. I appreciate our president for doing more for the
Mexico or elsewhere in Central and South America. At the same time, he says they feel as if they are not powerful enough or not in control as much of things that happen in the country that they live in, and this makes them feel powerless. It is the president’s duty and responsibility to keep the country safe, which is not the case at this moment. He is in charge of the armed forces, as well as protecting the country. He loses sight of the fact that America is evolving into something we have never seen before, and it is not good. Trump does not respect Mexico, nor the people from there. This is supposed to be the land of opportunity, not the land of rejection and separation.
students, but if there should be any place for knowing the upcoming activities and events on campus, it should be in the weekly message from the president. Also to note, the weekly messages from the president are only available on the school website under the news highlights. The fact that these messages aren’t even worth being mass emailed to all the
students is disappointing. A lack of communication in schools is a symptom of a lack of pride. It seems that no one on campus is proud to show excitement for anything here. I definitely want more pride and more activities, but it seems that the people in charge of planning and making activities do not take it seriously.
Will the Death of a Community Leader Break the Cycle of Violence? BY MYNOR PERALTA On March 31, 2019 rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside of his store, The Marathon Clothing Company, on Slauson Avenue. He was trying to break the cycle of gang violence in his community by uplifting it. H e opened a clothing store, barbershop and fish market in the Crenshaw community. He would help renovate playgrounds in schools, so kids could use them. He wanted to uplift his community in any way he could, yet he was killed over what seems to be a personal dispute. For somebody that wanted to change the outlook of the community he grew up in, to be killed over something that could have been resolved with words instead of guns is beyond sad.
America always has a gun issue that everyone sees, but select people in government do not want to tackle. How many times do people have to die by guns until something gets done? You would think that children being killed at schools would solve that, but we learned the hard way that is not the case. We have lost so many people to gun violence from all creeds and cultures, but it does not seem to matter. It’s sad to see that somebody who was trying to prevent violence died because of it. The only silver lining in this tragic death would be if communities are spurred by his death and decide that guns do not solve problems; they only bring more violence and heartbreak. People say that he was not a good man because of his past association, but his life shows that there is a way out for these youth from the cycle of violence that plagues their communities. I hope that it inspires people to build on his work and to break this cycle.
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WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TAKING ONE BILLION DOLLARS FROM THE MILITARY BUDGET TO FUND THE BORDER WALL?
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MELISSA ADAME Major: Criminology
ARTAK GALSTYAN Major: Graphic Design
ANI MURADYAN Major: Sociology
JAMES RAND Major: Undecided
“Personally I think it’s unfair. A lot of people work really hard to get their money’s worth. A lot of people work really hard and end up having to pay taxes for a lot of reasons. They are not able to support their family that way. For someone to just take that away from people who actually need it just so he can fund his own fantasy, is unfair. There is nothing that we can really do about this whole situation. He’s this billionaire that’s taking so much money, he’s not even using his own money. He’s using other people’s money to get what he wants.”
“I definitely disagree with that because that’s the money that should be used to protect our own military, and it goes against everything that the United States stands for. We don’t need a wall, we need better military and better protection for the United States. We don’t need concrete and steel to block out millions of people who are looking for a better life.”
“It’s very wrong because you’re basically dividing people from entering a certain state or city. This is not right because it’s already causing racial discrimination in a way which we obviously don’t want to happen anywhere.”
I feel sad. I think the money can be used for better things. Instead, he can help with the water supply issues in this country.”
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FROM “CAMPUS BECOMES” PAGE 1
CAMPUS PROVIDES A SHELTER OF CONVENIENCE “I haven’t experienced any negative sides of it, so I don’t really mind it. Like I get it, I don’t know the backstory of why they are homeless, so as long as they’re not going up to students and attacking them, then I don’t personally find it that horrible,” he said. Sheriff Ryan Rouzan says all of the concerns are being brought to the attention of the custodial staff as well as the facilities on campus. He also says this campus is open to anyone. “The stairwells are closed, but the homeless people around this campus find a way to get in,” he said. ”I mean as you see, the campus is never technically secured. It’s an open campus. Anyone can walk on the campus. Anywhere off of Heliotrope, the campus is not secure. It’s unfortunate, but the way you see it right now outside, it is the exact same with the campus at night because there are no fences. So, this is technically an open campus.” Rouzan says students with complaints can come to the sheriff ’s office at night or during the day to complain if there is a problem. Anderson insists her concerns are being ignored or deflected. She also has company when it comes to concerns of the cleanliness and safety of the campus. PHOTO BY BEATRICE ALCALA
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FROM “FREE MEALS” PAGE 1
Foundation, College to Offer ‘Munchies’ for Finals
The Pop-Up Food Bank program continues the effort to feed students, as well as the comunity members who attend on April 15, 2019. Food is available on Mondays and Thursdays for the entire semester.
In addition, the foundation along with the Cub Store also provides other types of food like Kellogg’s mini cereals, Quaker instant oatmeal and milk, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, Bumble Bee tuna kits and mac & cheese, juice and bottles of water to create a wider variety of food options for students. “We have a college president who I started to work with on these initiatives in 2014, because right after the recession, a large number of students were coming back to school, and we noticed that the need was great for more than academics,” Lynne said “They couldn’t pay their rent, they couldn’t buy their books, they didn’t have food, or a place to live.” Lynne says they began to look for ways to help. She says now others are becoming aware, but they think they are ahead of a trend. “Food is expensive right now and you are trying to go to school, so this is the other thing that we are trying to let students know,” Lynne said. “If you want the food, if you need the food, if you can use that, please come because there are other resources that we can tap into and it is based on need and we want to keep these things going.” PHOTO BY BEATRICE ALCALA
FROM “POTHOLES” PAGE 1
City of L.A. Repairs Potholes on Vermont Avenue “I feel scared to ride my bike in the streets now,” said Jazmine Garcia, a bicyclist who often commutes on Vermont. “It wasn’t so bad before, but now I use the sidewalk.” Bicyclists share the road with cars, and they faced potential accidents at a higher rate. The Collegian made calls to the City of Los Angeles for comment on the problem before spring break. “Spring Break was … a good weekend for repair, less traffic,” said Paul Gomez, who is the principal public relations representative of the Los Angeles Department of Public Works. “We went out to canvas various areas in the city … we are always getting calls, so [Vermont Avenue repair] was probably a part of the Pothole Blitz.” Students and others on bicycles and scooters experience a better ride on freshly paved sections of Vermont. Workers literally pounded the pavement to repair rough sections of city streets during the “Pothole Blitz” over four weekends in March. “The Bureau of Street Services in the first weekend identified 1,200 unreported potholes,” Gomez said. The City of Los Angeles allocated a total of $250,000 for the repair of potholes, with Councilwoman Nury Martinez spearheading the effort. The councilmember used part of the funding for street teams that went out and identified potholes overlooked potholes. Anyone in Los Angeles can report potholes by calling 311. City officials say it takes three days on average for them to respond and repair. “I just wish the city would be more on top of things. These potholes aren’t common [for Los Angeles], sure, but, like, this is a real issue,” said Randy Li, another commuter and LACC student.
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LAPD EAST HOLLYWOOD CRIME REPORT April 1, 2019, 12:01 a.m.: An aggravated assault occurred on the 1000 block of North New Hampshire Avenue April 4, 2019, 1:30 a.m.: A robbery was reported on the 4300 block of Melrose Avenue. April 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m.: A theft from vehicle occurred on the North Juanita Ave. and West Melrose Ave.
Campus Park Space Set to Open on Earth Day BY THOMAS GARDNER Students can stop wondering what has taken the space between MLK LIbrary and the Chemistry Building so long to open. The space – known as the Northeast Quad Park – will officially open next week on Earth Day, April 22, during a 12:30 p.m. ceremony. City College President Mary Gallagher will preside. Kahlil Harrington, LACC’s Director of College Facilities, told the Collegian last semester about the plans for the area which sits between the Chemistry, Communications and Science and Technology Buildings. “After the L.A. Build folks got done demoing the gym, they left the lot. And the plan was that we would leave it like that with the fence around it until we determine what we’re going to do with the space – another building … So I said, ‘We cannot leave that area looking like that. The students, the faculty and the people in the community need to have a better option,” Harrington told Collegian reporter Felecia Gaddis in October of 2018. Students have expressed excitement about the prospect of a new space that will accomodate a host of different activities. “It seems like it has taken a long time for this mini park,” said Juliet Beglaryan who is an English major at City College. “But right now it looks very nice. I figured there was a reasonable explanation for the delay.” Harrington says there is no official name for the park yet, but that they will likely have one by opening day. “This will be an asset to us, because we are always struggling to find rehearsal space,” said Laurent Sayer, a Theatre Academy student. “It will be another place where we can rehearse on campus.” Biology professor Sean Phommasaysy helped design the space. It utilizes decomposed granite -- which is similar to brick dust, artificial turf and drought tolerant plants. “Since we only have three or four maintenance workers to assign as upkeep crew, we needed to make it as easy as possible to maintain,” Harrington said. At a cost of $270,000, Harrington said he is satisfied that the sum is appropriate and worth it. He further stated that an earlier price quote was four times more costly. LACC’s Operations Manager Robert Allen shed some light on what inspires the will to make improvements in one’s community. He said that both of his parents were students at City College. “When my mom found out that I now work at the college she told me, ‘Robert, you must promise me that you will take care of those grounds, because it is a sanctuary, it is very important to those in the community who are not as privileged as others,’” Allen said. Reflecting on the space Jose Aquino, also a Theater Academy student, eagerly shared his imagination. He believes the space will appeal to the majority of students at City College and he envisions numerous people sitting on the benches -- content, knowing that they have a place to relax and be in tune with nature.
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Yamaha Concert Series Brings International Pianist to Campus
BY LOU PRIMAVERA erb Albert Music Center at L.A. City College will host renowned pianist David Kaplan tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. as a part of the Yamaha Concert Series. Kaplan is a world recognized musician and has been called “excellent and adventurous,” by the New York Times and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire” at the keyboard. He has played on an international level when he made his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, performing Beethoven’s concerto no. 3, with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Kaplan recently tweeted, “Very much looking forward to this recital in Los Angeles next week.” He has had distinguished mentors over the years that include the late Clade Frank, Walter Ponce, Alfred Brendel, and Emanuel Ax. Kaplan’s L.A. roots stem from studying with Walter Ponce at UCLA, where he lectured in piano from 2016 to 2018. He is proud to be a Yamaha artist, and when at home in New York City, he enjoys practicing on his childhood piano, a 1908 Hamburg Steinway Model A. The concert will take place in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-concert hosted cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Student rush tickets are $15 and will be available 30 minutes prior to each concert. For more information, visit https://yamaha.brownpapertickets.com
BY CURTIS SABIR Right: Tributes cover a wall on the perimeter of the Marathon Store in the Crenshaw District where supporters of Nipsey Hussle post notes to honor the community activist, entrepreneur and hip-hop rap artist on March 31, 2019. The LAPD has arrested a suspect for the shooting that happened outside the slain rap artist’s store. Left: Supporters leave candles, flowers and gifts in memory of Nipsey Hussle outside the Marathon Store on March 31, 2019. Hussle was born Ermias Asghedom, but used a twist on the name of an iconic African American comedian, the late Nipsey Russell.
Death of a Community King BY XENNIA R. HAMILTON
By Xennia R. Hamilton
renshaw. The neighborhood infamous to Angelenos from movies, low riders that cruise on Sundays and some of the best food in town. But to true people of the city, there was one king that reigned. His name was Nipsey Hussle. Hussle was born Ermias Joseph Asghedom to an Etritean father and an African American mother on Aug.15, 1985, in South Los Angeles, California. He was raised here by his mother and grandmother, but his father made sure he never forgot his Eritrean roots. His parents divorced in 1987 according to the Los Angeles Times yet his father remained a constant presence in both he and his brother Samiel’s life. In a 2010 interview with Complex Magazine, Nipsey explained the impact of his father’s roots on himself and his community. “My mom is American, so I was raised in her household in my formative years,” Hussle said, “but as I got older, my pops tried to keep me involved with the culture by telling me the stories of the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, how he came to America and about our family back home, because all that side of my family – my aunties, grandparents, is in Africa. When I went back home in 2004 I went for three months. That was my first time in Africa at all. My first time meeting my Granny, aunties, and cousins. It was me, my brother, and my pops.” Hussle’s 2004 trip to Eritrea, located in East Africa bordered by Sudan and Ethiopia and home to 5 million people, is what inspired him to work toward (There is no “s” on toward.) changing his community here in the U.S. for the better. The vision of seeing people of his own complexion who ran the land and were not considered to be a minority motivated him to motivate others to prosper and shine. “You saw that in key positions – president,
government, police – everybody’s the same [color]. It’s a country run by its people. No racial class, everybody feels a part of it,” Hussle said. Hussle’s success stateside as an independent artist not only helped to inspire Eritrean youth by making them feel more acceptable but it sent a message that they too can make it if they try. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times Bilana Mikhail talked about how Nipsey motivated her. “Biliana Mikail, another first generation Eritrean American, from Mid-City L.A., said Hussle taught the children of African immigrants that, with one foot tied to their Eritrean tradition and customs and another steeped in American life, they could forge their own path. In his neighborhood Nipsey gave back as well, not only to the youth but also jobs to those who had hard times getting back on their feet. He was considered to be “The King of Crenshaw.” Although he was a member of the Rolling 60’s Crip gang he showed that you can make a change no matter who you are what you do or what your past may be. Hussle’s rap career began in 2005 with his series of mixtapes entitled Bullets Aint Got No Name, beginning with his first mixtape in the series, Slauson Boy, Volume 1. After that he was signed by Epic Records and released two more mixtapes, Bullets Aint Got No Name Vol.1, and Bullets Aint Got No Name Vol.2. In 2010, he was honored by appearing as part of XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class, a title which all the top rappers who have done exceedingly well in their first year and who are expected to do well for their whole career are given. In his short life, Hussle was also a true philanthropist. He used his money from his career to turn his neighborhood into a thriving environment as he had been inspired by his trip to Eritrea to expand and grow his community. In January 2019, Hussle and real estate investor David Gross bought the strip mall where his clothing store, The Marathon, was located off Slauson Avenue for $2.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. Hussle also opened Vector 90, which is a beautiful space where youth and companies alike
can intermingle and create media, art and learn curriculum on how to create internet startups and entrepreneurship. Also, it is where inner-city youth can learn and study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related subjects. According to Hussle in an Instagram post discussing the company, he said at the time, “The goal is to create a bridge between the inner cities and Silicon Valley.” From opening barbershops to creating jobs in his community for others, to giving out shoes to every child at 59th Elementary School in South Los Angeles and helping renovate their basketball courts with company partner Puma, Hussle worked to give those in his neighborhood a better life than he knew. He aspired to give the youth something to look to other than gang life, drugs and incarceration. Nipsey Hussle was tragically murdered on Sunday, March 31, 2019, allegedly by gunman Eric Holder in front of his clothing store, The Marathon. The same store he built to help the community. Nipsey had been showing his heart once more as, at the time of his death, he was helping a friend recently released from prison by giving him clothing from the shop. Since his death Nipsey and his family have been shown much love and support. Congresswoman Karen Bass has officially entered Nipsey Hussle’s legacy into the Congressional Record of the United States of America so that all of his projects and efforts will be remembered forever by the citizens of Los Angeles and the U.S. Also, the City Council of Los Angeles has decided to rename the intersection of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Blvd to “Nipsey Hussle Square”. Lastly, many tributes have poured in from the Eritrean government and officials and other countries around the world. Even celebrities such as NBA All Star and 4-time MVP Lebron James, who was a good friend of Hussle’s, said to CBS News, “When you look at a guy who believed in what he believed in, talked about how he wanted to give back to his own community – actually gave back to his community, and actually stayed in his community, it’s not many who’s done that.” One of his many fans, Emerson Viejo of Hawthorne, CA says “[I] relate to him through his music,
[I] relate to him through his music, everything he did on and off the court and what he did for the people. Imean overall we lost a good one. Gone too soon. The whole city of LA is hurting right now.”
everything he did on and off the court and what he did for the people. Imean overall we lost a good one. Gone too soon. The whole city of LA is hurting right now.” Also, Hussle’s longtime girlfriend Lauren London says in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, “I’m going to keep my head high and always represent for my king to the fullest.” London then went on to say, “He loved his kids. He was a family man. His family came first.” In his 33 years of life, Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom completed so much and gave to so many. He was a king that will be greatly missed not only in his community but the world. We at the Los Angeles City College Collegian would like to extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family, the friends and the fans of Nipsey Hussle.
SPORTS Could First Woman on ELAC Gridiron Signal Change in Football?
PHOTO BY LIA AVETISYAN Observers Cheer on runners in the 34th Annual L.A. Marathon on Sunday, March 24, 2019. The L.A. Marathon stretches 24 miles across L.A. County from Dodger Stadium to Downtown Santa Monica.
L . A . M A R AT H O N PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE Toni Harris Prepares to Run Another Play for East Los Angeles College Football Team. Harris Dreams to be the First Female Football Player in the NFL.
First female player is a crucial part of East Los Angeles College Football team’s recent success. BY APRIL SANTOS Toni Harris, an honors student at East Los Angeles City College (ELAC), has played an enormous role in her football team’s success this season. That role has been greatly recognized by her coach Bobby Godinez, who praises her for being a great asset not only to the team, but to her community as well. She strives to push against those who doubt her just because she is a female in a sport dominated by males. “I love to prove people wrong. A message I want to send to younger girls is to keep your dream alive,” Harris said in an interview earlier this year for CBS. She is proudly one of the few women who have decided to play full-contact football at the college level. Harris has been playing football since she was six years old. She is the second female to play on a football team with a full-ride scholarship, but she is the first to receive a full-ride scholarship as a nonspecialist. She impressively received six scholarship offers before going to play as a safety for Central Methodist University. Recently, Harris has been blowing up after being the star of a Toyota commercial that aired during Super Bowl LIII. She has also been interviewed on CBS, CNN and GMA, and there are almost certainly many more to come. Harris has made it clear that she wants to continue her football career and be the first female player in the National Football League (NFL). “There are pros and cons to entering the NFL as a woman,” said LACC student Kenneth Gomez. “She should have the opportunity because she has worked very hard for it, but there is a higher risk of her getting injured, which would also be very controversial.” This would be a major step for not only a female football player in college—but for all female athletes. The Harris phenomenon raises many questions—would letting her play in the NFL even be considered? Would she still be used as a safety, or would the franchise only use her as the team kicker? Does her playing open the doors for other
women? Most importantly, does her playing mean that the NFL will start letting women play in the league? Some students at Los Angeles City College (LACC), which does not have a football program, have varying opinions on Harris—and women in general—playing in the NFL. “Women should be allowed to enter if they can handle the intensity of the game,” Keven Maldonado said. The NFL is primarily made up of male football players that have been drafted from college. After being drafted, it still takes time for players to see field time because of the veterans still on the team. “Women should be allowed the opportunity to do what they want to do in their lives, but I don’t see the NFL changing anytime soon. It seems very sexist, but if she does end up breaking the pattern of just men in the sport, then good for her,” said LACC student Eder Perez. Harris has proclaimed that there was no defining moment in her life when it came to decide what she would do, because she just did it. “Be so good they can’t ignore you,” Harris said of her motivation for doing what she loved. She wants to change the pattern in the NFL and start a whole new trend in the system. She is encouraging other people not to be afraid, to go after their dreams—no matter their gender. She has said that if she does not achieve her goal, that she would like to pave the way for other girls to play football or to promote the start of a Women’s NFL, so that women can have the same opportunity as men. “John and @PeteCarroll are looking forward to seeing you at the #NFLCombine soon Toni! #GoHawks,” tweeted the official twitter of the Seattle Seahawks, which Harris responded to by exclaiming that she is looking forward to becoming a Seahawk. A photo of her after being awarded a scholarship as a position player has been shared by Leonard Fournette, running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fournette congratulated her on her accomplishments and for helping open doors for other women.
BY LIA AVETISYAN This was my first time ever attending a marathon because I never understood the point of one, nor did I get why people voluntarily run in the first place. Inevitably, this experience not only changed my whole perspective on marathons, but also on the people who participate in both running and cheering. As early as 6 a.m., athletes from around the world came together to run in the annual L.A. Marathon on Sunday, March 24, 2019. The race started at Dodger Stadium and ended at the Santa Monica Beach. I arrived on Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, and the first thing I heard was a cow bell joined by a powerful female voice cheering on
the runners with phrases like “You got this!” and “Keep going, keep going!” She even pointed one by one at runners as she cheered, which I could tell built a sense of motivation within the runners, giving them a different type of power and energy to continue the marathon. She cheered for the whole two hours the runners were in our neighborhood. This impressed me because not only did she sacrifice sleeping in on a Sunday, but she did not give up on motivating the runners. Although the hundreds of thousands of runners did not personally know one another, from watching them on the side, it seemed they were all great friends. Older runners high fived the younger ones, and the elder runners cheered on those who began to slow down, and different groups of runners ran by one another—smiling and talking. My attention was altered when a sudden booming sound of drums and singing emerged out of the blue. I was so focused on the enthusiasm and friendship between the runners, that I did not notice a whole band was playing. This truly excited me. Who knew marathons could be so eventful? Many of the runners even shifted their directions—without stopping their running—to take some pictures with the band members. When I looked at the band on the sidewalk and the runners on the street, it seemed like two different atmospheres that would not normally work together, but they did somehow. Prior to attending the marathon, I believed it consisted of competitive runners and intense pressure. The 34th annual L.A. Marathon completely altered that beleif. I witnessed true agency between thousands of strangers. I felt enlightened that the marathon not only served as a competition, but it also served as a thrilling event. It ultimately made me anxious and impatient for next year.
Starting Out on Top L.A. Dodgers hit the ground running—start 2019 season as the top team in the National League West and break Opening Day record. BY DAWSON FICKUS The Dodgers have made it to the World Series in both seasons prior to 2019, and fans wonder, “Can they finally pull it off ?” If they keep up the form they have been in after the first 10 games of the season, there ought to be no doubt they will not just make it to the World Series, but they will actually win it! After facing the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies, the Dodgers were first in the National League West and tied for second in the MLB after 10 games. In those 10 games, so much has gone right. The absence of Clayton Kershaw had a lot of people worried on Opening Day, but Hyun-jin Ryu’s pitching led the Dodgers to a convincing 12-5 win over the Diamondbacks, in which the Dodgers broke the record for most home runs in an Opening Day
game with eight home runs. Four of those were hit by none other than 2017 National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger. On Tuesday, April 2, Bellinger stepped up to bat with two outs and bases loaded to crush a grand slam deep into center field against the Giants. Bellinger has been standing out in almost every single game, showing potential to be the 2019 MVP. He has seven home runs, 20 hits, 18 RBIs and is batting .455 after only 44 at bats. Hopefully there is more to come. Bellinger is not the only one going big at the plate—the entire roster has been prolific with home runs. The Dodgers hit home runs in each of the opening 10 games, with 24 in total. With games against challenging opponents like the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds in the coming games, fans can only hope for more of this form.
SETUP, SPIKE, WIN! Intramural Volleyball a hit!
BY DAWSON FICKUS
PHOTO BY TANYA GEDDES LACC Students Play Volleyball at Week Two of Intramurals in the Kinesiology North Gym. This is the First Time LACC has Hosted Intramural Volleyball.
Five weeks into the regular season, and sports fans welcome intramural volleyball at Los Angeles City College (LACC) with open arms. Games began on March 12, and play tips off every Tuesday from 1- 4 p.m. “Intramurals started out a little rough, but on week two, the ball was sailing smooth across the court,” said Tanya Geddes, physical education facilities assistant at LACC. With the addition of a few more referees and two more weeks of play, games flowed much better. The league is still allowing students to sign up in person in the Kinesiology North Gym, Room 146. The last day for signing up is not set. “I encourage all students to join
up,” Geddes said. “At present, there are only approximately enough students for three teams. It would be great to increase that number so that there are at least six, so please show up at the next meeting to get in on the play!” The official tournament has not yet begun, but is estimated to start in two weeks. Geddes says teamwork and spirit is on the rise as the sport continues. At a recent game, students took turns playing DJ on the sound system. She says everyone rotated and had a chance to play all positions and serve. It appears Geddes has done an excellent job at creating a fun, healthy and much needed extracurricular activity for LACC students. For more information, students can contact administration at lacc. email@example.com.
SPORTS CALENDAR Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Intramural Soccer 1-4 p.m. (Stadium) Intramural Volleyball 1-4 p.m. (Kin North 146 Gym)
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Intramural Soccer 1- 4 p.m. (Stadium) Intramural Volleyball 1- 4 p.m. (Kin North 146 Gym)
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Intramural Soccer 1- 4 p.m. (Stadium) Intramural Volleyball 1- 4 p.m. (Kin North 146 Gym)
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Intramural Soccer 1- 4 p.m. (Stadium) Intramural Volleyball 1- 4 p.m. (Kin North, 146 Gym)