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Wednesday March 20, 2013 Volume 169 Number 3
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By Hoon Kim
Office of Student Life to Hold Anxiety Workshop Students know how demanding college life can be, that is why the Office Student Life will be offering an anxiety workshop on March 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (323) 953-4000 ext. 2450.
Free Zumba Lessons at Student Union Starting March 19, free Zumba Dance lessons will be held on the third ﬂoor of the Student Union Building. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. Classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit the campus events page on the school website.
Math and English Tutoring Available
Photos by Inae Bloom/COLLEGIAN (Above) Cast members of the “Untitled Warhol Project,” shown here during a rehearsal received an award for Distinguished Production of a Devised Work and Distinguished Performance Ensemble from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. (Below) Talk soup: Theatre Academy actors Gabrielle Lamb and Daniel Button in a scene from “Untitled Warhol Project.”
‘Warhol’ Production Brings
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LACC is now offering one on one tutoring for English and Math courses (also available for FYE Students). Prior registration is required in order for participants to receive services. For more information visit the Office of Student Life, located on the second ﬂoor of the Student Union Building. For more information call Nellie Hernandez at ext. 1253 or email email@example.com.
os Angeles City College Theatre Academy turned its 15 minutes of fame into an eternity in the history books. Their recent production of the “Untitled Warhol Project” has earned six national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Each year the program picks from the best of the best and this year, City College became part of that tradition. The “Untitled Warhol Project” depicts the life of America’s most celebrated pop artist, Andy Warhol. The production crew and cast were awarded for Distinguished Production of Devised Work and Distinguished Performance Ensemble. Creators and directors Leslie Ferreira, Tina Kronis and Richard Alger received an
Hollywood Editor Offers Workshop Hollywood editor Chris Hume is offering editing workshops for students who are in search of becoming ﬂuent in the language of Final Cut Pro. Four two-hour classes will be held on Apr. 6, 13, 20, and 27 at the Macha Theater, located on 1170 N. Kings Rd. West Hollywood, CA. Participants are advised to bring their own laptop. Sign-up costs $295.For more information call (323) 314-6332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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award for Outstanding Lead Devisers/Directors of a Devised Work. Kronis also received an award for Distinguished Choreography. Abel Alvarado and Catalina Lee received an award for Distinguished Costume Design and Natasha Cox and Vern Yonemura received an award for Distinguished Sound Design. “It was a great honor to receive the number of awards that we received,” said Ferreira. “Theatre is a collaborative art form and ‘Untitled Warhol Project’ was a shared journey for all of us at the Theatre Academy. I am grateful for all of the support we received from our administration and our department all along the way … But like good theater people, the Academy has moved on – just completing a run of eight student directed one-acts and starting rehearsals this week on ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ [and holding auditions for] ‘Shadow Box.’”
Tuberculosis Cases Spike on Skid Row By Olga Tatarenkova and Sarah Weiss It seems a world away to most on campus, but Skid Row is just six Metro stops or a 15-minute bus ride away. There was no sign of a health emergency or tuberculosis outbreak on Skid Row last Thursday. No mobile clinics, no distribution of masks, ﬂyers or medication. But the disease is real. TB cases are on the rise. The Weingart clinic, located in the heart of Skid Row, right across the street from the L.A. Mission was crowded with patients. Some visitors walked into the clinic to check on services, while others tried to sell watches or a pair of jeans inside. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta sent a team of scientists to Los Angeles to investigate the tuberculosis situation in L.A. at the request of Los Angeles County Health Department officials in February. Officials at the CDC say they don’t have enough data to discuss the new strain of tuberculosis that has been identified on Skid Row. The TB strain, which is unique to L.A. has taken root in the area located a few blocks away from City Hall. As many as 4,600 people have been exposed to people with active TB since 2007, according to the California Department of
Public Health (CDPH). On a sunny Thursday afternoon, Skid Row looked quite “ordinary.” People were sleeping in the driveway, listening to a radio under the yellow tents and pushing their shopping carts on the sidewalk. “The outbreak among the homeless in Los Angeles is an important reminder that TB continues to affect Californians, especially those most vulnerable,” said Corey Egel, a public affairs representative from the CDPH. According to Egel, the CDPH works with local health department partners to determine when and where infectious TB patients may have infected others. “These contact investigations involve patients’ interviews and reviewing records of residential settings and medical care. Exposed persons are identified and then located,” Egel said. At the Weingart Medical clinic, a staff member confirmed that they offer free TB tests, and local shelters do the same. They monitor their visitors with TB tests once a month. The Midnight Mission refused to comment on the outbreak. The Los Angeles Police Department warns officers to wear masks when they deal with individuals who show TB symptoms. Recently, a student at Cal Poly Pomona
tested positive for TB. According to a public affairs representative for the university, Juan Velasquez, as many as 350 students and faculty members were exposed to the infected student. “We believe that it’s more likely an active case,” Velasquez said. “We are waiting for the test results.” The infected student was enrolled in one class at the time he tested positive for TB. The school emailed everyone who was in the class with that student. Benjamin Haynes, a specialist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the Collegian that he was not aware of the Cal Poly Pomona case. According to the CDC website, “Tuberculosis is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis.” The bacteria spreads from the person affected by the disease through coughs, sneezes, speaking or laughing. It targets the lungs but might attack other parts of the body. Untreated, tuberculosis can be fatal. “Most Californians are not in immediate danger of contracting TB,” Egel said, “as TB is spread by sharing air in close, prolonged contact with someone who has TB, is sick and coughing, and infectious. Those who have significant exposure are tested for TB.”
As the latest statistics show, California has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation. Unemployment stands at 9.8 percent, but earning an associate degree may lead to a high-paid, stable job. The health care industry in particular is set to grow 26 percent from 2010-2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That pace is faster than the national average. Health care recruitment agency Premier Search Incorporated accepts applications from nursing students with an associate degree. Founder, CEO and headhunter Bernie Reifkind assists applicants and companies. “We do not find jobs for people,” Reifkind said. “It is the complete opposite. We do not get paid by the applicants; we get paid by the companies. When an organization calls me for a registered nurse or physical therapist, as long as they [the applicants] have their license and have experience they are qualified for that job.” Juan Millian, a labor market consultant in the Los Angeles County office of the Employment Development Department (EDD) says the health industry will keep growing for years to come. “Even in a bad economy, during December 2007 to June 2009 [while] every industry was losing jobs … health care did not lose jobs, they actually created more jobs,” Millan said. “Even in a recession the health care industry will grow.” Psychology major Anibal Campos says she believes helping others and “self-gratification” is more important than money. “To be honest with you it’s not about money,” Campos said. “It’s good pay, but I want to help people out.” Los Angeles City College offers a two-year associate degree program in nursing. According to the City College nursing website, completing the program leads to eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. City College student Adonis Ellis is currently enrolled in the registered nursing program and plans to become a nurse. “I like nursing and I’ll definitely have a job as soon as I’m done,” he said. “Job security is pretty important. The program is difficult, but definitely doable. The professors are very competent and some have 20 plus years of experience and they’re passionate; they want us to be good nurses.” LACC’s Dental Technology program is one of only two community college programs in California fully accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. City student Rattiporn Udgmnopwitthayakul will graduate in May from the dental technology program. “The professors are nice, however they’re a lot of work and you have to prepare yourself,” she said. “You have to have time after class to finish projects.” The nursing program allows students to participate in clinical environments and the dental technology is a hands-on program. See Jobs List Page 8
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The Tuberculosis outbreak was aired throughout the news, but what exactly is tuberculosis? Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is a highly contagious infection that destroys lung tissue and is then spread when someone infected coughs, sneezes or somehow transmits the TB bacteria through the air. Although TB is not always spread when people cough or sneeze, it is not something to take lightly. If it is not treated properly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website states that it can be deadly. “If they [infected people], sneeze on you or cough on you that means you may contact the virus in your body,” said LACC Student Health & Wellness Center nurse, Marjorie Wilson.
If you’ve been exposed and take the TB test, the test will show that you’re positive, meaning that you have contacted TB. However, it does not mean you have the disease. After that, you would have to go get an Xray which would most likely show that the bacteria were non-active. That means that sometimes TB will lay dormant in your body until your immune system is low, your diet is poor, or you grow older. Then, you could become susceptible and the bacteria might become active because it’s already in the body. In case the TB bacteria become active, there is a doctor and practitioner on campus who would write a prescription for you at the nurse’s station. If you think you may have been ex-
posed to TB, get tested immediately. The nurse’s station, located in the Life Science Building, Room 101, next to the Chemistry Building, offers TB testing on Mondays, Tuesdays and “sometimes” on Wednesdays in the morning. After the test, Nurse Wilson said students would need to return from 48 to 72 hours later for the reading. “People who have signiﬁcant and direct contact, including sharing air in an enclosed space, with a person with active TB who is sick and coughing, should be tested for TB,” a representative of the California Department of Public Health said. “A blood or skin test can detect TB. Symptoms include a prolonged cough that is often productive and can be accompanied by fever and weight loss.”
More symptoms include coughing up blood, weakness or fatigue, no appetite, chills, and sweating at night. The Student Health and Wellness Center is open to all students here at LACC. “You need to be a student here at this campus and you can come in and get a TB test if you think you’ve been exposed,” Wilson said. Just present your school I.D. and you will be assisted. The testing is free. People who don’t eat well or have weak immune systems are more susceptible to catch the virus like homeless people on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Wash your hands often and avoid people who are sick. It’s better to prevent TB than to cure it.
Instructors, Staff, All Found Lacking Ethics By Abraham Cinto Are instructors and staff members at Los Angeles City College genuinely executing their profession at full capacity or are they simply teaching to get a paycheck? This is a question that a large number of students at LACC ask themselves and others. I have taken several courses in various academic ﬁelds and feel that I have had an in-depth look at the situation. Whether the subject is math, science, or English each department has different kinds of professors as I have come to witness ﬁrst hand. These courses have more than made it evident that some professors love their pro-
fession and have a passion for teaching. Their greatest reward is not the paycheck they receive, but witnessing their students succeed and master the ﬁeld they chose. One of these examples is biology professor Martin Garcia in the Life Sciences Department. Although many students complain about the heavy workload assigned -including some of my friends- this professor is highly regarded by students who have reached the highest level of science at top universities. The students who have successfully passed his class speak highly of him and recommend him to anyone who is interested in pursuing a science major. On the other hand, there are a handful of professors whose names will not be included who do not perform at the same capacity. Professors like these work in every department; they do not care about their students and only want a paycheck. Several students who I have had the opportunity to speak to about professors and their classes recom-
mend that if I truly want to learn I should stay away from said professor’s class. Different students tell the same story about how the same professors crammed several sections into the last week or two and expected their students to do well. Students also speak of professors who are there to teach a difﬁcult subject and leave out important pieces that will be necessary in the next class. There are also those professors who get frustrated quickly or refuse to explain the material for unknown reasons. Professors are not the only employees in the school that are doing lousy work. There are also employees working in the different ofﬁces around campus who are obviously not qualiﬁed for the positions they are holding. Ofﬁce personnel who don’t fully understand English are a big concern. Not being able to communicate properly with the personnel, being treated in a discourteous fashion, or not receiving the help you needed even when 3-5 workers are present are issues students
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face at this campus. Even more frightening are the academic chairs of the departments that allow such things to occur. I have met several of them and many are oblivious to the fact that such incompetent individuals are part of their staff. Which ultimately raises the question: If the department heads are not stepping up to the plate and carefully selecting and evaluating the personnel then who will? I believe the school district should start paying more attention to the fact that many of the community college campuses are increasingly hiring incompetent staff and depriving students of a fulﬁlling education. Specialists should be sent over regularly to monitor and assess the professor’s performance to ensure the adequate personnel is being hired and kept working at our schools. If no action is taken, the blame will continue to fall entirely on the backs of the students as postulated by the instructors.
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Opinion & Editorial What is your reaction to the tuberculosis outbreak in Downtown L.A. and at Cal Poly Pomona?
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“It’s terrible. CDC should do more to clean it up or contain it at least. Everyone knows how dangerous tuberculosis is and how easily it can be spread. I think that the areas should be more concentrated on and being cleaned up and quarantined.”
Wednesday March 20, 2013
“The Kid Is Not My Son” By Felicia Allen I guess I should really be ashamed to say it, but unlike the barely legal individuals that populate this school, I am a 38-year-old enrollee at City College. I’ve run a lucrative childcare business for more than nine years, but because of health issues I have found myself back among the unemployed here in Los Angeles. As a mature student, City College appealed to me for several reasons: I could ﬁlter through the school going unnoticed by former friends who could possibly be on staff, none of my
close friends’ children attend here and there seems to be a number of students here who could be within my age bracket. On the ﬁrst day of school, my heart was beating fast as I found my seat in the back of the class. I was thinking, “Are people looking at me wondering how old this broad is?” No matter, I take my seat and wait for my name to be called. The Professor walks in, introduces himself, has us settle in and proceeds to call roll. “Felicia Allen.” I reply, “Here!” From the front of the room I hear, “Mom!” “Holy crap,” I thought. I peer over the guy in front of me and see my 20 year old looking back at me. My professor says, “Hey, is that your son?” For a moment I get stuck. I feel all of the students looking at me, chattering, laughing, “dangs” ﬁll the room. Should I say yes, and totally embarrass my child or should I proclaim,
“The kid is not my son,” and save us both from the ridicule by the barely legals. Unfortunately, I gave in to motherly instinct and said, “Yes, that’s my son.” I swear after that admission, we could not move on to the subject matter in the class because my professor found the need to address how heroic it was that a mother could return to school, at the same time her child did to better herself and blah, blah, blah... Can you say that it embarrassed the hell out of me and my kid? Needless to say, I dropped the next day. I wonder how many people at City College share my feelings. I don’t feel good being in the same class as my kid. I feel I should have done what I needed to do years ago when he was an infant so this situation would never have happened. Brave, heroic, whatever others may call it, I call it too old to be in class with your baby. Does anyone else feel my pain?
“I think it’s a little horrifying, tuberculosis is a very serious disease. Some tuberculosis is extremely hard to treat... They need to get down there and start testing as many people as you possible can and containing it. Once it gets in the population, it is hard to stop.”
Jose Garcia Accountant “I live by downtown, four blocks from Skid Row. It’s an awful feeling to be living in Downtown right now. They should have checked this a long time ago. There’s a clinic on San Pedro, they need people to go out and start testing people.”
Marie Garcia Nursing “It’s something that’s been going on for quite some time now. It had to reach the numbers of proportion that it came to, for them to speak about it because they couldn’t hide it anymore. We do a lot of outreach in the Skid Row area, interacting with the different missions and different individuals down there. It’s something people have been trying to keep quiet.”
Jaqueline Nowlin Accounting “It makes me want to be more cautious about going into Downtown L.A. … Just because [the outbreak] is in Downtown doesn’t mean that its only Downtown. People go in and out of downtown all over the city thanks to public transportation. It could be more places than Downtown.”
Balancing Your Social Life With College Life By Sussete Nunez Many people say the college years are the best years of your life, and I would have to agree. College is all about attaining a higher education and becoming someone in life, but this process comes with a lot of responsibility. Young adults and teenagers are all about having a good time, and balancing school work and your social life becomes a major issue during college. When I started college, It was much more difﬁcult than I had ever imagined in high school. Reading lots of chapters and studying for hours is an essential thing for being a good student, but it always conﬂicts with my social life. If I had to choose between spending my saturday night alone studying or going to the movies with a group of friends, of course I would choose the movies! Being a full-time student consists of having four different classes, four different professors, and
separate homework assignments. I sometimes feel overwhelmed and stressed during midterms or when I have lots of assignments, but I know I’m not the only one. Letting loose and having fun is a great stress reliever to anyone, and so it is a constant debate on whether I should be a responsible adult of simply enjoy my youth. Having a social life doesn’t necessarily mean I want to go partying or clubbing every weekend. It can mean something simple like going to sleep early instead of going to sleep at 2 a.m. studying for a quiz for history class. Colleges and universities seem to encourage a social life on campus such as meeting new people, joining a fraternity, or becoming a part the debate team. Everything in life is all about balance, and being a college student doesn’t mean you have to be a bookworm. I can have the best of both worlds as long as my social life becomes my priority over school.
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The LACC Website, a Relic of the Past By Abdulla Alomaira Anyone with a shred of taste would agree with me that the LACC website is a hot mess. Not only is it unappealing, but it’s also very misleading. Yes, it is a community college website, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that it looks like it’s a webpage straight out of the late ‘90s. The home page is overcrowded with events and links which makes it hard for newcomers to navigate through the website. The color coordination is horrid with the yellow and red ads, and the font choices are unappealing and
quite frankly tacky. The home page should give a sense of welcome to new students, not make them claw their eyes out or induce a seizure. Each subject department should have its own link with its own layout with introductions to the subject and some information about the teachers or the head of a department. The student log-in page doesn’t work on some internet explorers, mostly on mobile devices. The point is to make things easier for the student to navigate. Simplicity is key and logic is vital here. Why should there be repetitive ads in the home page and the “for students” page?
Updating the college’s website is an important factor to the integrity of the college. It shouldn’t look like an old fan page, and with all the IT and design departments, you would ﬁgure that some help or pointers would be available. With all the new projects going on in the college, the ﬁrst thing that should have been renovated was the website. It’s as important as the new library. It’s also the ﬁrst thing a student in the modern world would do when looking for colleges. But the fact of the matter is this website is very outdated and help is indeed very much needed.
Empty Classrooms, Unanswered Questions By Maxﬁeld Schnee Obviously the present-day demands for cheaper, higher education heavily outweigh the available resource supply. The infamous budget cuts and their subsequent effects have drastically altered everything about the Los Angeles City College experience, particularly the seatto-student ratio. Or so it seems. The view from the perspective of an online enrollee - such as myself - taking a peek at how many seats are available in a respective course, might suggest that upon arriving to said class one might ﬁnd oneself without even just a simple place to sit. My ﬁrst week at LACC was spent won-
dering how classes in which I thought I had snagged the very last remaining seat were nearly empty in some cases, and ever even remotely close to bursting with the actual number of students I’d seen under the “enrolled” cells on the open classes schedule online. Words fail to explain how signiﬁcantly I arranged my time to ﬁt around the availability of certain classes. And so arises my question, where is everybody? Where are all these students that supposedly enrolled in the English course I so direly wanted to take but couldn’t due to these phantom students ﬁlling them out? And that Spanish class I would have been ecstatic to sneak in during the break between my other morning classes? Where are they?
I get the feeling there is a great deal of blockage in the enrollment system due to a certain variety of student that takes it upon his or herself to snatch up seats in a huge variety of courses without regard to what he or she will actually end up taking. Just for the sake of getting the seat reserved for them in the event that, come day one, they decide to go with that offering. Thanks to this particular brand of student, a remarkable number of classes that aren’t really full, let alone in danger of being “closed”, appear that way to those of us enrolling via the internet. The schools “Enrollment Management Team” really ought to pay focus to this issue so we can put real, live and breathing students in our seats. Besides, phantoms are scary anyways.
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Wednesday March 20, 2013
‘Come In, We’re Open’ ‘Come In We’re Open’ is a participatory art exhibit at the Da Vinci Hall Gallery open to students Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and continues until Apr.16. During the official opening on March 12, students sprawled out on ornately placed pillows and cushions to watch the multiple television monitors displaying various artist interviews and
many found some blank space to draw on the wall, which is now an interactive chalkboard for all artists to use as their canvas. Others chatted and hovered around the snack table. The aura was very creative and relaxed; reminiscent of the mood in an artist’s living room. In addition to the participatory art, the art gallery will also be holding coordinated events.
March 21 Granny Square Sewing Bee: a sewing party hosted by a collective of artists famous for their outdoor yarn installations called ‘Yarn Bombing L.A.’ March 26 Ultra-red: The sound art collective, ‘Ultra Red’ was founded in 1994 by two AIDS activists. Ac-
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cording to their website, they aim to “[Explore] acoustic space as enunciative of social relations.” April 9 Loiter: Chris Cuellar will explore the idea of exploiting the concept of loitering. This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on Cuellar, visit http://yoursmountain.com
Photo by Kat Ayala/COLLEGIAN Iconic cartoon characters inspired attendees during the “Come In, We’re Open” exhibit.
Photo by Kat Ayala/COLLEGIAN Students draw on the walls of the Da Vinci Art Gallery during the “Come In, We’re Open,” exhibit on March 11.
City Musicians Take to the Streets By Sarah Weiss Rockstar charisma cannot be taught. The allure is more than faded jeans and a disheveled haircut – it’s caring about not caring. At City College, practice rooms are scarce, and City musicians are now playing on the Quad. They don’t need permission or tip jars. Christopher Urbinati is studying music technology at City College. He was sitting on a bench in the quad next to Daniel Estelle, who is currently “undecided.” They are enrolled in a beginning music class taught by professor Charles Suovanen, though neither of them are beginners, or even need the credit. Estelle brings his guitar to school because he believes the
instruments at City College are sub-par. His guitar acts like a bat signal to attract other musicians. “You hang out between classes and you meet people walking by playing guitar, we just decided to hang out and play afterwards and make it sort of a routine,” Estelle said. Estelle leaves his guitar on the bench for Urbinati to babysit. Many would consider that a sign of trust, since he’s had that guitar for 12 years. He retrieved it from a “Music Go Round” used store from his hometown in Ohio. In privacy, Urbinati came out as a big fan of Jason Mraz. He is a self-admitting “sap,” and his sensitivity is revealed by his music. “As a dude, I can’t say how I feel all the time, so the guitar is my means of getting out of my
dude barrier … playing guitar makes it all come out,” said Urbinati. Estelle comes back to quickly gather up his guitar say to Urbinati, “Hey, let me know if you want to play sometime.” They met five minutes ago. However playing “En plein air,” a French phrase meaning “in the open air,” is also the result of too many musicians with too few rehearsal spaces. Sitting on the linoleum-tiled floor of the third floor in Da Vinci Hall, music major Kimberly Corletto is patiently waiting for a practice room to become available. On Mondays and Wednesdays, a practice room is a rare commodity due to the LACC Chamber Music and Piano Ensemble’s mandatory rehearsal
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times. Opting not to wait for a room, City student Sean Rzewnicki decided to take his playing just outside Da Vinci Hall. He receives many glances from onlookers and he puts his arm around his standup base, making it seem more like a girlfriend than an ordinary instrument. “We’re at a major deficiency of practice rooms right now, while they’re working on finishing the other building, Rzwenicki said. “So there’s maybe like 10 to 12 rooms and maybe 20 to 30 people trying to use them.” He is a member of the celebrated LACC Jazz Band that will compete in the 2013 Reno Jazz Festival. Los Angeles City College was one of the first academic institutions in the nation to offer a degree in Jazz, and the Jazz band was established in 1946. According to the LACC website the renovations for the Music Department facilities will feature a new 150-seat lecture hall, expanded 190-seat recital hall, electronic music labs, additional practice rooms, new recording studios, improved acoustics in all rooms, and a new music library, reading room and listening lab. In the meantime students like Urbinati, Estelle, and Rzenwnicki will continue to practice “en plein air.” “Most people just kind of walk by,” Rzenwnicki said. “A few people talk to me and are interested in [the music] so I give people a little head nod. I’m not really here to entertain.” It’s the perfect nonchalant rockstar response. Though he claims not to be there to entertain, it appears he doesn’t mind doing so.
By David Stamp An artist’s sketchbook can be a key to recording the imagination and to jotting out a course for creation. Patrick Chumnikai is an LACC student-artist, expert at harnessing shadows in order to create depth in his work. Before graduating high school, Patrick Chumnikai – sketches featured above – was incarcerated, sentenced to serve 12 years in prison. “See I used to be part of a gang,” said Patrick Chumnikai; who before graduating high school was sentenced to 12 years in prison. “I was fighting a murder case,” Chumnikai said. “I would’ve probably lost the trial, because they had a witness. One of my crimme partners, he got a deal for less time to testify against us … I took the 12, because it had no life on it, I didn’t want to risk it and at least I had a date.” Chumnikai was in his last year of high school when he decided to leave his gang and enter the navy, but then the law caught up to him. He was arrested for murder and pleaded guilty. He spent the next 10 years in prison and was released early for good behavior. Within the confines of prison, there is only time. Between the routine of eating and sleeping the clock’s hands freeze and there are no errands or events to eat away the seconds and minutes that make up a day. Still, prisoners find ways to whittle away the hours.
When Chumnikai put pencil to page, the prison walls would fall away; the page would take full frame and new possibilities shouted from the white expanse before him. “I don’t see it as a negative, I just try to see it as a learning experience … I found myself, I’m more humble now, considerate and grateful … you see prison as a place for murderers, killers and rapists, but they’re people and sometimes you just get mixed up, like I was,” Chumnikai said. Through hard work, Chumnikai is striving to overcome his past mistakes. He says he keeps his social life to a low hum and instead focuses his efforts on thumb nail sketches, establishing light in compositions and learning how color shapes the way visual stories are told. “All the prison people, they’re not all bad,” Chumnikai said. “It depends on the situations they’re in. I’ve had a lot of support from friends, from family, teachers have [supported me], they led me in the right direction and I’m grateful for that.” When Chumnikai was released, he came to LACC and started taking classes in graphic design to help him find his art direction. He grew up in L.A. and wants to spend his life creating art here. “Art is my thing, it’s the only thing I can focus on … It’s all I believe in, it’s pretty much all or nothing, this is my chance,” Chumnikai said.
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Photo by Abel Zarate Jr./COLLEGIAN Nehi Thompson and his band made their debut performance at Howl At The Moon at Universal CityWalk on March 4. Thompson’s music is a fusion of R&B, Soul, Jazz and Pop. He performed songs from his upcoming EP titled “Story Book” which will be released in June.
Student Plays for Audiences at CityWalk By Rocio Flores Huarimga Nineteen-year-old music major Nehemiah “Nehi” Thompson performed songs with his band from their EP album – to be released in June – titled “Story Book” at Howl at the Moon in Universal CityWalk early this month. Thompson opened the show with “Story time” which received a very emotional response from the audience and quickly picked up the pace with “Where did we go wrong,” which got the audience to cheer and dance along to the faster cadence. Nehi sent his performance videos to promoters at Howl at the Moon and was soon invited to perform at CityWalk. Arrangements for the concert did not take very long. Nehi’s band is made up of seven members. He says he met most of them through what he calls “The magic of Craigslist.” Band members Daniel Rodriguez – lead guitarist – and Cecelia Bolton – background vocalist – are also students at City College. Bolton says she met Nehi at an Open Mic show at Tully’s Café on campus. “He is my little brother,” Bolton said. “We match well and I
“I believe that the elements in comic books should stay in a comic book. But it’s OK to take elements [from comic books] and turn them into movies. I kind of like what Chris Nolan did with the Batman series. I like both Batman as a comic book series and as a movie … Other comic book adoptions not so much. They should stop doing stuff like X-men and all that … If you can put some creativity and imagination into the film then that’s great, but just don’t completely rip off from the comic” Robert Destefano Cinematography
admire him. I’m glad he makes me part of what we are playing.” The audience seemed to have no words to describe the perfor-
Nehi was born in West Covina and learned to play the guitar by borrowing music and instructional books from the library when he
Photo by Abel Zarate Jr./COLLEGIAN Nehi Thompson performed at Howl at the Moon in CityWalk on March 4. mance. “He kills it,” said former LACC student Tina Van Merkestain. “[His music] comes from the heart. He is a good guy.”
was 14 years old. His mother, Alice Thompson describes Nehi as “a much disciplined boy who is fascinated with music.”
As Thompson was learning to play, he uploaded video tutorials on his YouTube page. One of his video tutorials for “You Only Live Once” by The Strokes received more than 25,000 views. He says biggest inspirations are Michael Jackson and his family. Nehi says he bases his songs on real life experiences and on his faith and personal philosophy. He says he plans to write about social issues, such as human trafficking. “Music is the universal language,” Nehi says. “In its purest form [it is] a divine gift to mankind from God. Look at the power and influence it has on our culture, society and personal lives. One moment you can be feeling hopeless or downcast, and then you’ll be uplifted and full of zeal for life, because of a song that inspired you and re-energized your whole mindset. You could be feeling scared or intimidated and a few minutes later: BAM! You suddenly have the courage and ferocity of a lion.” “Story Book” will be available online for download this June. You can find more information about him on facebook. com/1nehithompson and on Twitter with the hashtags: #StoryBookEP and #NehiThompson.
How do you feel about the fact that so many comic books are being made into movies? “It seems like it’s not getting writers enough work. I think there [are] a lot more creative outlets available, creative topics, but people just want to keep it stupid. It’s pretty dumb. I like it, but there are a lot of weird values in these [type] of movies too.” Jill Guido English Literature
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“It’s a proven money maker in Hollywood … I like a few of them, but for the most part it seems little more saturated. I guess my favorite type of comic book movies are more serious, like the Batman movie that just came out.” Matt Smith English
“Comics themselves are just very entertaining. People who watch movies based on comics get a different point of view. It’s just much more creative … X-men was pretty awesome movie to me. I do enjoy comic book movies.” Mikey Avina Film
“I think it’s interesting,
because people need something to feel like there’s hope. I think that’s why it’s popular right now and also they don’t have to come up with a new storyline. So right now Hollywood just regurgitating everything that already happened from many years ago an d they can’t come up with anything new, because they don’t have any money. But there is no new money coming into the industry for new ideas” Desiree V. Castro Film
Photo courtesy of Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros. Pictures Director Ben Affleck on the set of “Argo,” a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
By Jon Filipko Ben Affleck has come a long way since his early Hollywood ventures playing in raunchy Kevin Smith films such as “Mallrats” and “Dogma.” Affleck proved that he was a real talent when he won an Oscar for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ for “Good Will Hunting,” which he co-wrote with childhood friend Matt Damon. Since then, he has taken a wild ride through one the most biting and unforgiving industries around. It was his Oscar win over 15 years ago that brought Ben into the limelight; from ‘just another good-looking actor’ to a celebrity overnight. In the minds of audience members and critics however, it did not solidify his skills. Affleck then starred in quite a few big budget flicks, the most recognizable including “Armageddon” and “Daredevil,” both of which grossed well at the box office, especially Armageddon which took home $553 million worldwide. Despite their earnings and popularity, critics responded with mixed reviews of the films and didn’t pull punches when it came to Affleck’s performances. Although still retaining his celebrity status, Affleck was struggling to find a role in a film that would showcase his acting talent and receive critical praise. His next couple of roles set him back even further. Ben starred in “Gigli” with ex-fiancé Jennifer Lopez, “Paycheck” and “Surviving Christmas,” all of which flopped at the box office and received a hailstorm of negativity from critics and audiences. The film “Gigli” received six “Golden Raspberry Awards,” a mock award show honoring the year’s worst things in cinema. It was the first film to sweep all six categories. Awards included ‘Worst Actor,’ which went to Ben Affleck. Ben remained in good humor when presented with the award while promoting “Jersey Girl” on the ‘Larry King LIVE’ show. Despite starring in “Smokin’ Aces,” which received warmer reviews and better box office numbers, Ben still wasn’t receiving the respect of an acclaimed actor and writer. The media was more interested with the flops of Affleck’s career and shows such as “South Park” and “Family Guy” commonly included jokes showing Ben in a most unflattering light. One “Family Guy” cutaway joke featured Matt Damon as being the true writer of “Good Will Hunting” and showed Ben Affleck lying on a couch, smoking pot and telling Matt to add his name to the screenplay. To some, Ben was still Hollywood’s whipping boy and remained an underdog. In 2007, Ben co-wrote and Directed “Gone Baby, Gone.” The film received rave reviews from audiences and critics. Sticking to his roots in Cambridge he co-wrote and directed another Boston based crime drama, “The Town” in 2010, which also received high praise. These films debuted Affleck’s ability to create powerful projects behind the lens as a director and reminded critics and audiences why he had won an Oscar for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ all those years ago. This year, Ben received the Academy Award for ‘Best Motion Picture’ for his work on “Argo,” proving his skills to any remaining skeptics. Some were behind Ben all the way, for others it took him writing and directing his own flicks, and for the rest who were still focusing on his years spent on the receiving end of many media punch lines, it took him winning the Academy Award for best motion picture. Now he has solidified his place, paved his own path and proven his talents as a writer, director, producer and actor. With this Oscar win, maybe now Ben can finally sit comfortably in the spot he has created for himself in this caustic city of industry and not have to worry about being forgotten or criticized into unemployment. Now that he has made one of the greatest comebacks in Hollywood history and proven time and time again that he has talent and is a movie-making force to be reckoned with, perhaps Ben will take some strong and interesting risks in his future movie endeavors.
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Students Find a Wide Array of Campus Clubs By Byron Umana Bermudez
tudents ﬂocked to the Main Quad to see what the clubs had to offer on the ﬁrst day of the rush on March 5. As the day went on, more and more students came to the event. “It was a fun experience,” said Caresse Fernandez, president of the Dead Philosophers Society. “Getting to know all the clubs and meeting more students opens more doors and helps create solidarity.” The wide array of clubs available demonstrates the diversity of the campus community. There are activity-based clubs like the Art Crew, Bible Club and Chess Club, and there are interestbased clubs like the Anthropology Club, the Nursing Club and LACC Astronomy Club. Students have also come together to create clubs based on their shared heritage, like the Armenian Student Association, Black Student Union and LACC Cub-Barkada (Filipino Club). “We do a lot of educational tours,” said Astronomy Club President Nabina Lara. Webster’s Dictionary deﬁnes a club as “an association of persons ... usually jointly supported and meeting periodically.”
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Upper: Students sign up for clubs outside the Student Union Building during LACC’s Spring Club Rush.
Lower: Students take a bite out of campus life! Angelino Club President Brian DeWitt and Astronomy Club President Nabiha Iqra compete in a donut eating contest during Club Rush on March 6.
Clubs here on campus do exactly that; they meet every week to discuss topics and plan activities that involve the personal goals and interests of their particular organization. “We want all the students to know about all the clubs,” said Vice President of Clubs Karmina Garcia, “[We] want students to be more involved with the activities here on campus.” As of now, the Anthropology
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With ofﬁces located on the Third ﬂoor of the Student Union Building, the LACC Foundation has awarded hundreds of students with more than $200,000 in scholarship funds for the 2013 spring semester. The deadline for LACC scholarship applications is March 27. At LACC, 53 percent of students receive some form of ﬁnancial assistance. “I believe we’re exceeding our mission, we help them get the help that they are entitled to,” said Associate Executive Director of the LACC Foundation, Gail Scanlan. The LACC Foundation is committed to offering scholarships that vary from veteran programs, to guardian scholars, endowed scholarships, and allied health; which includes nursing, dental technol-
ogy, and radiologic technology. These scholarships help students at LACC fulﬁll their potential by giving them a chance to focus on their studies instead of on the challenges of earning money for tuition and books. “They’re very helpful, it’s like a second home to me,” said 20 year old Daniell Clay, who has been a member of the Guardian Scholars for the last two years. Even in dire circumstances, the foundation can provide the students with an emergency fund, which only requires ﬁlling out a form. Most of these youth have to deal with abuse, abandonment and neglect. The Guardian Scholar’s sole purpose is to help them overcome these hurdles and succeed in their academics as well as in life. “I feel they have really made a difference in my life,” said Ashley
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Jergensen who is also a member of the Guardian Scholars. The process and requirements for eligibility are quite simple. Request an application, ﬁll it out, then submit transcripts, personal statement, fee waiver and application. There is signiﬁcant aid available for students who have to do little more than reach out and grab it. “Sometimes when I talk to people about the LACC Foundation, they have no idea what I am talking about,” said Ana Carmona, who is currently receiving assistance with vouchers funded by the foundation. Established in 1968, the LACC Foundation’s motto continues to be ‘paving the path to success one student at a time.’ Time is running out for students to apply. The last day to submit forms for scholarships is March 27.
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Club is looking forward to participating in a dig this year and the Astronomy Club organizes frequent stargazing parties held outside the city limits. Circle K International Club members help the community and are the front-runners of service on most university and college campuses. For more information on LACC clubs, visit http://www.lacitycollege. edu/services/aso/clubs.html.
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March 6, 1 p.m. – Robbery attempt in Jefferson Hall, attempt to take a cell phone March 6, 2 p.m. – Petty theft, bike was taken from the bike racks near the Student Union Building March 8, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Petty theft, bike parts stolen at the bike racks near east side of Men’s Gym March 9, 8:10 p.m. – Petty theft from vehicle on
the 4200 block of Lockwood Avenue March 9, 10:15 p.m. – Theft, bicycle was stolen at the crossing of Melrose and Vermont avenues March 13, 7:30 a.m. – Theft at Santa Monica Boulevard and Normandie Avenue March 13, 10 p.m. – Grand theft auto on the 900 block of North Ardmore March 13, 10:30 p.m. – Grand theft auto, a vehicle was recovered and a vehicle was reported stolen on the 700 block of Heliotrope Drive
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Green Student Union Shines Gold City College’s new Student Union is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certiﬁed gold building. LEED rates how environmentally friendly certain buildings are by awarding points based on how well structures conserve energy and water and eliminate excessive waste. The more points they receive, the higher their certiﬁcation. By Amanda Scurlock A building must receive at least 40 points to become LEEDcertiﬁed. LEED silver certiﬁcation requires 50 points, gold-level certiﬁcation requires 60 points and platinum certiﬁcation requires 80 points. Harley Ellis Devereaux an architecture and engeneering company designed the Student Union Building to be environmentally sustainable as part of a district-wide project to create more environmentally friendly buildings. According to Project Designer for the Harley Ellis Devereaux architecture ﬁrm Michael Vulander, the Student Union Building is LEEDCertiﬁed Gold. “LACCD is on the forefront of sustainability,” Vulander said. According to laccdbuildsgreen. org, the $6 billion covering the costs of the district-wide construction projects comes largely from voter approved Proposition A, Proposition AA and Measure J. A fact sheet on the construction website states that the materials used for construction were recycled and created locally. “It’s a trend thing,” said Paul Carlson, vice president of administrative services at City College. The thermal mass provided by the concrete used in the structures will absorb heat during the daytime and releases it at night. This results in reduced cooling costs. Sunshades – metal sheets placed directly above windows to allow
the right amount of light in during the day – were strategically placed on the south wing of the Student Union Building to block out unwanted light and heat. Restroom urinals are waterless to preserve water. Solar panels located on the roof absorb sunlight and transform it into 10 percent of the total energy consumption of the student union. The high, ﬂoor to ceiling windows allow an abundance of natural light to illuminate the building; cutting down on energy use, as does the use of skylights. “They don’t need electrical light because of the skylights,’’ Vulander said. “We took all the spaces that would be occupied by people and gave 75 percent of it natural light.” Students and staff chose the furniture and carpeting used in the student union. A committee led by Earic Peters decided on many of the aspects of the building, from the interior design to the architecture company. “We have a mission statement to help guide us,” Peters said. “What we tried to create here [is] a place where students can go and connect with each other, engage each other and support each other. The committee has been meeting for the last two and a half years. In meetings, they went over different architectural designs and chose the one they liked best. Engraved on the walls of the Student Union Building are lessons about the importance of reducing energy consumption and water and making a smaller carbon footprint.
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Students study and socialize in the Lounge of the Student Union Building. The ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows in the Student Lounge make a great alternative to overhead lighting by conserving the use of electricity.
ACROSS 1. Campbell’s Soup Cans 3. The Old Guitarist 4. The Starry Night 5. Water Lilies 7. Swans Reﬂecting Elephants 8. The Sleeping Gypsy 9. Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte DOWN 2. Monogram 5. Chapel of the Rosary in Vence 6. Mona Lisa 10. The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
ANSWERS: Down: 2.Rauschenberg, 5.Matisse, 6.DaVinci, 10.Rembrandt Across: 1.Warhol, 3. Picasso, 4.VanGogh, 5. Monet, 7.Dali, 8.Rousseau, 9.Seurat
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Compiled by Hoon Kim AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER Median Annual Salary: $108,000 Job Outlook 2010-2020: Moderate decline at 3 percent Air traffic controller monitor and direct the movement of air traffic, ensuring that planes keep safe distances from each other. Decline is expected due to Nextgen technology that allows a singe controller to oversee more air traffic that before. CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS Median Annual Salary: $83,860 Job Outlook 2010-2020: Average increase at 17 percent Construction managers coordinate and supervise various building projects, including residential, commercial and industrial structures, as well as bridges, roads, power plants, schools and hospitals. RADIATION THERAPISTS Median Annual Salary: $74,980 Job Outlook 2010-2020: Above average increase at 20 percent Radiation therapists provide radiation treatments to cancer patients. They are also responsible for examining and going over treatments procedures and safety protocols with patients. This occupation requires an associate or bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy. NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST Median Annual Salary: $68,560 Job Outlook 2010-2020: Average increase at 19 percent Nuclear medicine technologists utilize scanners to produce images of various regions of a patient’s body. They also prepare radioactive drugs for patients who are receiving treatment. This is undersized field as only 4,100 jobs will be available in a ten-year span. DENTAL HYGIENISTS Median Annual Salary: $68,250 Job Outlook 2010-2020: Above average increase at 38 percent Dental hygienists have a wide variety of duties, including cleaning teeth, examining patients for gingivitis and educating patients on oral health. An associate degree in dental hygiene is necessary for this field. NUCLEAR TECHNICIAN Median Annual Salary: $68,090 Job Outlook 2010-2020: Average increase at 14 percent Nuclear Technicians monitor and maintain nuclear experiments and power generations and perform tests on substance with radioactive contamination. Demand for nuclear power plants results in field growth. Community colleges and technical institutions offer associate degrees in nuclear science, nuclear technology and related fields. REGISTERED NURSE Median Annual Salary: $64,690 Job Outlook 2010-2020: Above average increase at 26 percent Registered nurses coordinate patient care, educate patients and family members about numerous health conditions, operate and monitor medical equipment and provide medication to patients. DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAHERS Median Annual Salary: $64,380 Job Outlook 2010-2020: Above average increase at 44 percent Diagnostic medical sonographers utilize special imaging equipment to insert sound waves into a patient’s body to evaluate and diagnose several medical conditions. A person interested in this field will need an associate degree, postsecondary certificate or a professional certificate. RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST Median Annual Salary: $54,340 Job Outlook 2010-2020: Above average increase at 28 percentA radiologic technologist performs x-rays and all the prerequisite procedures on patients. An increasingly older population will require the services of radiologic technologists. FUNERAL DIRECTORS Median Annual Salary: $54,300 Job Outlook 2010-2020: Above average increase at 18 percent Funeral directors, also know as undertakers, or morticians manage funeral homes. An associate degree in mortuary science is required to be considered for this position. All funeral directors must be licensed by the state they work in. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Carol Horton, vice president and finance and administrative services at Citrus College, addresses the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and audience at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Adminstration, in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 12.
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any colleges throughout the state – including Los Angeles City College – narrowly avoided the “Clean Water, Clean Beaches” measure; which could have caused a major financial burden on all colleges across the district by imposing a new tax on landowners in Los Angeles County. On March 13, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 against the years-in-the-making plan by L.A. County’s Department of Public Works. A plan that Public Works spent $3 million creating in conjunction with Heal The Bay, and several other organizations. The plan was created as an attempt at dealing with trash, feces, and other waste that run in storm water off the streets and directly into the ocean. Hundreds of concerned citizens attended and spoke at the hearing at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. Citizens asked lawmakers to find another way to find the $270 million to fund the creation of treatment facilities and stop urban run-off from reaching west coast beaches. Fifty million tourists visit the beaches annually, creating and sustaining over 1.5 million jobs. Last year, $15 billion in revenue was generated within Los Angeles County. Kirsten James, director of water quality at Heal the Bay, was one of the people spear-heading the storm water parcel measure. “We need our water quality to be up to federal standards,” James said. “We recognize that it doesn’t come cheap to meet the requirements. A funding mechanism is necessary to protect public heath at the beaches. Life needs to be protected; our region waters need to be protected. Water quality is the focus.” Carol Horton, vice president of
finance and administrative services at Citrus College, spoke against the measure at the hearing on Tuesday. “I oppose [the] clean water tax on behalf of Citrus Community College District,” Horton said. “The district parcels within the City of Azusa and Glendora have approximately 106 acres. The district did not receive any notices from the Department of Public Works for this proposed fee or were made to know the amount to be assessed. The district learned about it from businesses in the community. Using the Department of Public Works website, the total annual fee the district would have to pay is a staggering $42,937. This would create an unknown due burden for the district to pay, considering the state has cut funding to community college districts. The district had no choice but to file protest the parcel.” City College administration was not aware of how much the tax would have cost the colleges in the LACCD, or in fact, anything about the measure at all. The measure would have cost City College over $32,000 annually. Former LACCD accounting manager and new City College AVP, Anil Jain said:
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Paul Carlson, VP of Administrative Services was unavailable for comment. Neighboring districts had college administrators attend and speak out against the clean water tax. El Camino College representative, Joanne Keegan spoke at the hearing, saying: “Every $4,000 that we spend on fees is one more class I cannot offer. I cannot increase our prices to our students – the state legislator determines that,” Keegan said. “Every dollar that I cannot spend on education, I have to take from somewhere else. I don’t want to have to tell my chief of police to reduce efforts, or any other of the good things our public servants do. This is the one taxation I believe I’m aware of that community colleges are even required to pay.” Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, in a joint motion with Supervisor Gloria Molina, decided to put forth a motion to stop the “Clean Water, Clean Beaches” initiative in its current form and work with stakeholders to develop a new measure that addresses the concerns voiced by the public over the last several months.
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Knabe released a statement following the tense five hour-long hearing. “While I have long supported efforts to ensure clean water and beaches, I have been against this measure from the beginning as it was not fair and transparent in content or process,” Knabe said. “We must start over. Unfortunately, our storm water problem is exacerbated by the expensive, and often unrealistic, demands placed on us by the Regional Water Quality Control Board which increased the Total Maximum Daily Loads from two pollutants in the old permit to 33 pollutants, which would cost this region tens of billions of dollars to comply with in the next 20 years alone.��� The plan is not dead-in-the-water yet. James is optimistic about a future redraft of the measure. “We are trying to look on the positive side, because there is a need for this measure,” James said. “The measure itself and how it would work is nearly there. I don’t think we need to start over. I think it’s solid. We need to do more with outreach to inform the public about this important measure for public safety and health.”
The fee is a function of the expected runoff from a property. The more impervious surfaces the type of property has (such as buildings and pavement), the more runoff it generates and the higher its fee will be.
impervious square footage in the service area ($0.026185 per square foot) How to calculate the fee (non-single family residential parcel) Fee Amount = (Parcel Size) x (% in attached table matching parcel’s land use) x $0.0.26185
Other Statistics for the Fee
Fee Amount = (parcel Size) x (Applied Impervious Percentage) x (Fee Rate) Parcel Size = Area of the parcel (square feet) Applied Impervious Percentage = Amount of the parcel expected to be covered by hard surfaces (percentage) based on its land use. Fee Rate = Total annual program budget divided by the total
The vast majority of parcels (76.76%) are single-family residences: 1,685,403 Commercial/Industrial account for 5.87%: 128,831 Government parcels are less than .86%:18,908 All information gathered using the Department of Public Works Website
Staff, Faculty Gather to Learn Suicide Prevention Techniques Faculty and staff members took part in a suicide prevention webinar on Feb. 28. By Olga Tatarenkova LACC were presented a suicide prevention webinar as a part of the LA College Consortium: Building Healthy Communities Initiative, California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program. Among the topics discussed at the webinar were the importance of social support and how a sense of “belonging” could be a major strategy to prevent depression and self-harm. Mely Belviz, a counselor from the General Counseling Center, encountered two students in the first week of the semester that admitted to having planned to commit suicide. “We are academic counseling,” said Belviz. “But we encounter students with psychological problems all the time.” Belviz believes that academic and personal problems bring students to the point where some fail to
cope with stress. “I have three to four students per semester with suicidal thoughts,” said Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, a psychotherapist from the LACC Student Health & Wellness Center. “Stress and anxiety have roots in the childhood. When students have stress [in college] they reinforce symptoms of anxiety and depression.” One can’t help but wonder how City College it prepared to handle students in emotional and psychological pain. “We monitor students – even in the classrooms,” said Reri Pumphrey, chair of the General Counseling Center. “If a student expresses suicidal thoughts in a homework assignment, professors refer them to us and we don’t take it lightly. We make sure they receive professional help, and we always follow up.” Whenever the threat of a suicide comes up, the Sheriff’s Department
is usually the one who responds to the call. “If we see a person who are threat to themselves or to others, we try to help this person get help they need,” said Richard Wade, a deputy from the Sheriff’s Department. “Sometimes it means escorting them to the Health Center or calling 911.” The Health Center works closely with students and has two psychotherapists on duty available during the week. Not many know that LACC students are allowed six free sessions with psychotherapist per semester at the Health Center. “We are not equipped to be a fulltime hospital, but we have well trained personnel,” Rosenthal said. “We make an evaluation of students and, if needed, call an emergency room.” Students can also seek help from Student Services and the Special Programs Department. “If students are in crisis, they come
here,” said Randy Anderson, dean of Student Services - Special Programs at the Office of Special Services. “We have a Threat Assessment Team who help students to identify the problem.” During the webinar, participants discussed ways to encourage connectedness among students. As one therapist described, connectedness arises from “the perception of similarity to others, an acknowledged interdependence with others, a willingness to maintain [the] interdependence by giving to or doing for others what one expects from them, and the feeling that one is part of a larger dependable and stable structure.” Students who need psychological assistance can visit the Student Health and Wellness Center, located in the Life Science Building, Room 101, or call (323) 953-4000 ext. 2485, or email, email@example.com
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Teams of three competed on a rainy Friday afternoon, in what would be one of many games to come in the first intramural sports of the spring semester.
Intramural Basketball: Week 1 The ﬁrst game was the real treat of the afternoon; a nail biter as Team Slaughter House narrowly defeated Team Black Out during a shoot out in the ﬁrst as Friday’s three intramural games, 21-20. Chad Gammon provided early offense for team Black Out scoring three quick buckets inside, while Mohammed Manhani followed up with a few quick threes to give his team the early lead. Jason Smith kept his team within reach, providing almost all of Team Slaughter House’s early offense with some timely threes from the top of the key. But with their high pick and roll action and crisp ball movement, it was Team Black Out that appeared prime to run away with this one, even connecting on a beautiful alley-oop lay-up from Manhani to Aristote Tumba. The game began to slow down and with Jason Smith having kept his team within striking distance it was Slaughter House who began to chip away at the lead. Brandon Kilgore began to make his mark, showing off a variety of post moves and helping his team play more inside out with Smith continuing to hit shots. As Gammon and Manhani continued to miss baskets that were going in for them earlier in the game, Team Slaughter House tied the game up at 20-20. With the next basket clinching the game, it was Victor Lowe of all people who provided the ﬁnal spark. Lowe had struggled to get his shot going all night, even resorting
to banking in a three ball at point late in the game. But when it mattered most, Victor Lowe was able to drive right, and despite the obvious foul, ﬁnish off the game winning lay-up in great fashion giving Team Slaughter House the one point comeback victory. A second game occurred shortly after as Team Elite lead by 6’9 Jermaine Taylor defeated Team Ham 21-14. Unlike game one, this was never really close. Team Elite got out to an early 15-8 lead behind Small’s interior play. Bryan Orellana and Jason Taylor did a nice job of picking their spots and playing off of Small’s interior presence. Team Slaughter House was able to watch as Jermaine Taylor took his team to a victory. Still riding the high from game 1, they seemed ready for their next opponent - Team Elite. Team Slaughter House seemed conﬁdent going into this coming off of their big comeback victory from earlier, though it became clear that their conﬁdence might have been unwarranted as Team Elite cruised to a 21-10 victory. The game opened with Jason Smith nailing a three, and it looked like Team Slaughter House was still in good form. But on the ﬁrst possession for Team Elite, they went right to Jermaine Small in the post who had no trouble scoring. Team Elite went again to Small in the post, and again, and again. Without anyone who could even come close to matching up physically with Small, Team Slaughter House quickly fell behind. As the game continued, late game heroics was non-existent; they were able to score occasionally, but it was Team Elite who continued to ride Small to the most decisive vic-
Hoops Heat Up By Jake Carlisi
Wednesday March 20, 2013
By Mike Frenes Peering out from the third ﬂoor of the Student Union Building is the site of a beautiful and wellmanicured athletic ﬁeld. An athletic ﬁeld surrounded by the faint sound of crickets chirping away in a ghost town like atmosphere. Is something missing? First, let’s do a little digging, shall we? Where else to go in our techno age but online to www.lacitycollege.edu right? Low and behold! What have we here? “Due to deep cuts in funding resulting from the state’s current budget, LACC has been forced to suspend six of its athletic teams,” the page states. Disappointing? YES! But maybe you don’t give it much thought anyway. After all, you’re going to school to earn your degree and maybe a transfer too. Totally understanding. Believe it or not, it does affect you in more ways than one. But let’s stay on track here (no pun intended). You can’t blame the school (at least not yet) for choos-
ing English 101 and (yawwwn) Algebra ﬁrst can you? A degree means all the great things a degree goes with (you know!) and unless you’re planning on going pro this or pro that, then it can all be easily perceived as a waste of time and funds. We get it! Would you consider art, music, poetry and drama the same way? Hardly! These very things are the essence of enjoying life and what we stay alive for. Organized sports are no different. Not only in a way of expression, but competiveness, team spirit and pride. Aren’t these what we bring to the job? What? you mean there’s health beneﬁts to staying physically active too?? We need to step forward and get this topic in full swing once again. Our inability and lack of care for what matters should be taken seriously and YOUR SUPPORT is needed! Stay in tune with the Collegian school paper on this subject. Your opinions and letters to the editor are also welcomed and greatly appreciated.
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Intramural Sports Coordinator Chad Gammon drives by Victor Lowe and attacks the basket aggressively at a basketball game on March 8.
tory of the afternoon. Bryan Orellana scored the game-winning basket inside and iced a game that may have been even more lopsided than the score would indicate. Intramural Sports Coordinator Chad Gammon seemed pleased
with the day’s affairs. “It’s always fun,” Gammon said. There should be more fun to come as intramural basketball continues every Friday afternoon in the women’s gym. Photo by Josefina Nunez/COLLEGIAN
Shaft Shooters of the Past
Students practice archery during a P.E. class on Oct. 12, 1962.
By Amanda Scurlock
ver the past year, archery has grown in popularity due to movies such as Disney’s “Brave” and “The Hunger Games.” The Lady Cubs of the past would put Katniss (“Hunger Games”) and Merida (“Brave”) to shame. Archery, like football, is an ancestral sport on campus. It began in 1931, when it was taught by
Katherine Blanchard, chair of the women’s physical education department. The team made 15th place out of 100 in the National Intercollegiate Archery tournament the following year nothing but success followed. The women defended the honor of what was then called Los Angeles Junior College. They competed against citywide, statewide and nationwide rivals. From 1935 to 1940, the archery team won National Championships when they competed with both junior colleges and four-year institutions. According to a 1962 issue of the Collegian, the Lady Cubs in 1941 lost to the University of Connecticut and continued to place second in the archery championship for nine years after. Women ﬂocked to archery classes in the ‘50s and ‘60s, an average of 300 students enrolled per semester. City would enter students into the annual Women’s Intercollegiate Archery Tournament with great success during the 1950s. Although archery classes are long gone at City, Students can still honor the Lady Cubs that came before them by partaking in archery themselves. Sprinkled around the city of Los Angeles are archery ranges that teach people of all ages how to use a bow and arrow. Rancho Park, Woodley Park and El Dorado Park are a few of the archery ranges to hold class during the week. According to Aletha Donathan, the classes at El Dorado Archery are for anyone 8 years old and up; and they have classes to accommodate beginners, intermediates and experts. “It’s a great family sport,” said Aletha Donathan, Head instructor of the El Dorado Archery Range, “everybody can participate.” Through her years of teaching she has seen
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that more girls are gradually enrolling in her class. Donathan said that media inﬂuences enrollment numbers overall. The new Television series Arrow on the CW and the box ofﬁce hit The Avengers are examples of inspiration to viewers to want to learn the sport. “Every time a new movie that has archery in it comes out, there is a new interest in the sport,” Donathan said. If a person practices, listens and comprehends their coach’s orders, then they will be successful in the sport according to Donathan. One of Donathan’s students was diagnosed with Attention Deﬁcit Disorder prior to taking lessons. Donathan was told by her student’s parent that the school had noticed improvement by the student. “Because the child is taught to stare at the target, they learn how to focus in all aspects of life,” Donathan said. Although the sport is considered to be forgotten, four year institutions like the University of California, Berkeley, Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine have archery clubs that teach the sport and compete against other schools. According to an article on CSUN’s Daily Sundial online newspaper, Northridge just recently fought for and gained land on campus to convert into a archery range for practice. Back during the times where sexism was more blatant and normal in society, women of City College found a bond in archery. They showed a level of determination and skill in an area that did not involve culinary prowess or child rearing. They showed how women, like men, have a place in the world of sports. The Lady Cub archers were visionaries of an unknown world to them and a familiar world to us.
Paralegal Studies major Amber Torres ran the L.A. Marathon on Saturday, March 17 from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica Beach.
Sideline Press Why do you want intercollegiate sports at City? Which sport would you like to see come back? Oscar Hernandez Architecture “So we can get more attention brought up to the school. So we bring [in] different types of cultures. Basketball would be good to have back, because it brings more energy and fan support. It’s a fast sport. It’s aggressive.” Maria Hernandez Child Development “I think sports are important, because they keep you in shape. It also relieves [your] stress from homework. It clears your mind. I would like to see more women’s sports.”
Sarkis Eaniyelyan Kinesiology “I would like to see more martial arts sports. It represents talent and you need a lot of talent. It’s a very important sport; especially for women … as a way of self-defense; especially with all the danger around here.” Gisell Orduna Administration of Justice “I would definitely like to see more women’s basketball. It’s a good distraction and for people like me; it would be good to join. I played basketball in high school and my goal was to continue playing in college but with no team here, I got a job instead.” Anthony Cervantes Chinese “Sports [are] a good way to keep my stress down. It’s a good way to keep me fit and a good way to keep me focused on school.” Complied by Yolany Guzman Photos by Jorge Ponce/COLLEGIAN
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Left: “Project Runway” Season 8 ﬁnalist Michael Costello showcased a pleated yellow chiffon skirt with a black leather halter during L.A. Fashion Week at the Avalon Hollywood on March 12. Center: Brandon Scott from “Fashion Star” designed the black shirt and jeans with a convertible orange jacket seen at the Concept L.A. fashion show on March 9. Right: Sarah Scott featured her wool boot-cut pants and a varsity jacket with a blue-sky long-sleeved blouse during a runway show at Siren Studios on March 9.
Alumni Turns Dreams into Reality at L.A. Fashion Week
undreds swarmed into Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles to take part in a week-long exhibit of talent, passion and creativity. Los Angeles Fashion Week brings a variety of new and up and coming designers to the public eye. By Regine Simmonds Hundreds swarmed into Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles to take part in a weeklong exhibit of talent, passion and creativity. Los Angeles Fashion Week brings a variety of new and up and coming designers to the public eye. Walking into L.A. Fashion Week there is high energy, and the attitude and vibe is contagious. The DJ is backstage spinning, wearing all black with a vintage black leather jacket. DJ Whitney Fierce is spinning Biggie Smalls mixed with a little techno. The room is all white. The runway is white too. Chairs are filled with buyers, stylists and journalists on both sides of the runway. The photographers and videographers are all in the pit, waiting for the show to start. The anticipation alone takes you to a level of fashion ecstasy, a high that you just do not want to come off of. The light ﬂashes four times for people to take their seats. The show begins and silhouettes of style rock down the runway. Fashion history is recorded, photographed and written. Keith Moser is a former City College business graduate who sees Fashion Week through his camera lens. He documents the newest designer styles and trends. He graduated in 1982 with an associate degree in business. Moser received a $500 L. A. Times scholarship for future business owners. He says he does not remember applying for it. His production company is called “Dreamality Studios.” This week he documented L.A. Fashion Week with video, photographs and he even played host. Moser is a one-man show. “Through my lens I see beauty; anyone can pick up the camera. I’m the Keith Moser one that paints a picture,” Moser said. “I capture people who would not have a chance to get exposure.”
In Los Angeles, Fashion Week is produced by three different companies and displayed at three different venues: Concept Los Angeles-Siren Studios Hollywood Project Ethos-Avalon Hollywood Style Fashion Week Los Angeles-Vibiana Cathedral Downtown L.A. Each company displayed Fashion Week differently and told its own story. Project Ethos kept the show going with retro art and Los Angeles based bands. Style Fashion Week L.A. included kids fashions, and the show opened up with the character Willy Wonka carrying a cane filled with candy. Here are fall’s highly coveted looks: Leather “hottie shorts” and leather accents on the sleeves and collars of trench coats. Leather straps formed the shape of a dress all over the model’s body and left little to the imagination. Velvet and velour played up with lace gave a romantic vintage look and feel. Army fatigue jackets and half hoodies are the craze for menswear. Colors to look for: olive, midnight black, ginger, wine and of course cognac makes everything better. The Fashion Design Inﬂuencers: Scott x Scott: Brandon Scott’s menswear focused on convertible jackets and military wool boot-cut pants. Sarah Scott’s ladies wore varsity blazers, army fatigue mixes and liquid pants. Nikki Rich: Fish tail shirts and harem pants displayed in Nikki Rich’s Ready to Wear collection. Jen Awad: The Shakespearean look with trumpet sleeves and lace. Kesia Estwick: Used plunging necklines and revealing cutouts mid-thigh. Mike Vensel: Classic black and white incorporating sheer fabrics to the majority of his looks. Micheal Cinco: Incorporated sequins, beaded applique to his backless gowns.
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