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Los Angeles

Monday, November 19, 2018 Volume 181 Number 5

NEWS Briefs

compiled By Russell Vicente

The Voice of Los Angeles City College Since 1929

President Installed as College Poised to Turn 90

Funding for Helicopter Noise Complaint Line Crashes

A red-carpet event honored the 17th president of L.A. City College. It also marked the contribution of donors and alumni who support the foundation, the college and its programs as the institution approaches 90.

Withdraw Period to End The last day to drop a class with a “W” is Nov. 18. Students who are struggling to pass a class can drop with a “W” instead of damaging their GPA.

Art Dept. Sponsors Ceramics Sale

By Jason Piskopus

You can decorate your house and find useful products for your house on Monday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Ceramic Sale will be in the Main Quad. In the event of inclement weather, the sale will be in the Chemistry Building. All works are created by LACC students and faculty. Proceeds go to the Ceramics/Sculpture Scholarship Award Fund.

Richard Root, the chair of LAHNC and Citizens for Quiet Helicopters confirms that the noise complaint system and Webtrak will soon end. He says his group tried to convince the FAA to continue funding. “Please use the existing system until it ends. And when it ends, file a complaint with the airport,

Family members of Dr. Mary Gallagher joined students, faculty and guests to celebrate her induction as the 17th president of Los Angeles City College (LACC), on Nov. 1, 2018. Guests filed down a long red carpet that ended at the entrance to the Student Union where the president greeted them with handshakes or hugs. Inside, attendees snacked on hors d-oeuvres and cocktails before Dr. Gallagher arrived at the podium. After the induction, guests moved to the third floor of the Student Union for dinner and live music. “We are also unveiling our donor wall to recognize our funders who have given millions and millions to help this great institution educate our students,” she said. The event marks a turning point at City, which has been struggling with low enrollment in recent years. Since Gallagher first took over as interim president in June 2017, faculty and staff say they have noticed improvements. “The last 10 months here have been a huge change, all for the bet-

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Workshop to Increase Suicide Awareness Learn the warning signs of someone who might be contemplating suicide. Understand the difference between thinking about suicide and being actively engaged in suicidal behavior. Gain insight on how to communicate with friends or family members who may be at risk and learn about professionals who can help them. The workshop is on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Student Union Cub Room (2nd Floor).

LGBT Center to Assist with Housing Navigator Come meet with the housing representative to learn about resources for all students at LACC who identify as LGBTQ. The LGBT Center Housing Navigator provides resources and assists students with housing. The representative will be available Monday, Nov. 19, 12 p.m. in the Administration Building, Room 108.

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A helicopter hovers over the Griffith Park Observatory creating up to 110 decibels of sound on Sep. 21, 2012. Normal conversation is disrupted at 65 decibels. Soon residents will no longer be able to use the noise complaint hotline because the Federal Aviation Administration ended funding to the project in July. By Abiu Izquierdo Noise from military, commercial, medical and police helicopters hover overhead in East Hollywood. It can be deafening and a major issue for anyone who spends time in the three Hollywood neighborhoods. Last August, 297 residents from Hollywood filed noise complaints with the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition (LAAHNC). During that same period, residents in Los Angeles County filed

934 complaints about hovering, circling, low-flying helicopters. The LAAHNC keeps statistics on the number of noise complaints issued on its website called WebTrak for up to three years. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funded the system. “As part of our broader research into aircraft noise, the FAA in June 2015 paid for a privately developed and operated system that would provide information on helicopter locations when someone complains about helicopter noise,”

said Ian Gregor, Communications Manager for the FAA Pacific Division. “The FAA planned for the Automated Complaint System (ACS) to be a one-year pilot program.” The project was never meant to be permanent. The FAA, however, extended the ACS for two more years. “The helicopter operators have separately approached Los Angeles County to see if they would be interested in taking over sponsorship of the system,” Gregor said.

District Reaffirms Undocumented Students While DACA Stuck in Limbo

VAMA Lecture Series to Feature Storyboarding Artist

By Melissa Crumby

Professional storyboard artist Lila Martinez will talk about her experience with various TV/ feature projects she’s worked on and talk about her pathway into the animation industry. Lila Martinez credits include “The Simpsons,” “American Dad” and more. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session. The event begins at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20 in Chemistry 201.

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DREAMers gather in protest of DACA’s disbandment at El Pueblo de Los Angeles in Downtown L.A. on May 5, 2017. Protests were held all over the country following the White House announcement to repeal DACA.

INDEX arts & entertainment


Features 3 opinion & editorial


News 6 campus life

Jeanne Clery Crime Report Reveals Theft, Assaults, Burglaries On Campus


Sports 8

On Sept. 5, 2017, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, acting on behalf of President Trump, announced that the government would be halting and eventually terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. By Nick Moreland With the DACA initiative still hanging in the balance within the U.S. Court of Appeals, DREAMers at LACC are being told to continue on with their education plans and trust in the school district’s leadership to fight for their rights. This Obama-Era program

is responsible for granting legal status to immigrants who were brought into the U.S. when they were children. Students who depend on this program as their only prevention from deportation have come to be known as “DREAMers,” an abbreviation that stems from the Dream Act.

DACA students fear that if their citizenship is revoked, the schools that they attend will be forced to surrender their personal information to the department of Homeland Security, or by proxy the Immigration and Customs

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Officials have released the Los Angeles City College Annual Security Report, which describes campus crime for 2017. The reporting is required in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act. Los Angeles County sheriffs handle campus crimes that range from hit and run, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, burglary and grand theft. The majority of reports for 2017 include petty theft and property loss. Over the past three years, there have been a total of four sexual assaults including one rape. Records show there were 15 burglaries, eight motor vehicle thefts and two robberies during the same period. “From our experience it appears that the burglaries that were occurring or even the vandalisms, or trespassing, all of those things, stem from the homeless people that were in the area,” said L.A. County Deputy Sheriff Ryan Rouzan. Rouzan is assigned to the Los Angeles City College Station, which is staffed with Deputies, sheriff department security officers, and college cadets. They provide 24-hour security coverage for the campus. “I feel safe on the campus. But when I step off the campus, I don’t always feel safe,” said Kelisa Higgins, double majoring in Japanese and theatre.” “Like sometimes when I go to the bus stop there will be homeless people there that make me feel uncomfort-

able. But as for being on campus I feel pretty safe.” At Los Angeles City College, the crimes on campus have been extremely low (2017), compared to previous years. According to Deputy Rouzan, this year the homeless population has decreased significantly on Willow Brook Avenue, a street on the north side of campus where many homeless have resided during prior years. As transients moved out recently, the crimes on campus decreased. Regardless of the decrease in the homeless community that’s surrounded the campus for years, students still express concerns about the homeless population. “It’s pretty safe here, the only thing I don’t like is that a couple homeless people come onto campus,” said Luis Flores, who is a first-semester psychology major. “The other day I was in the bathroom and they were shaving and showering in the bathroom in the Science Building.” Flores says otherwise this campus is safe compared to other campuses he has attended. It is currently a federal requirement that crime statistics be made easily accessible to students on college campuses that participate in federal financial aid programs around

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Los Angeles Collegian — Monday, November 19, 2018

arts & entertainment

‘PLATONOV’: An Unfinished Party Brings Freshness to a Contemporary Masterpiece

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Top: Anastasia Perevozova as Anna Peterson and Connor Clarke Pascale as Dr. Nicolas Triletsky drink coffee in “Platonov.” Bottom Left: Charlton Briones, Julian Engin, Connor Clarke Pascale and Ethan Stachelek. Bottom Right: Charlie Leal as Marco the waiter and Charlton Briones as Petrin in “Platonov.”

Renowned and influential Russian playwright Anton Chekhov wrote his first full-length drama “PLATONOV” in 1878, when he was only 18 years old. By Lou Primavera


nly one copy survived in a safe deposit box to be published in 1923. This work served as the basis for the LACC Theatre Academy production of “PLATONOV: An Unfinished Party,” creating a fresh, modern spin on the piece. Chekhov is remembered for his masterpieces such as “Three sisters,” “The Cherry Orchard” and “Uncle Vanya.” The original submission of “PLATONOV” was almost six hours long and Moscow’s Maly Theatre rejected it. “PLATONOV: An Unfinished Party” is set in a home on the east coast of the United States in the early 1960s. Conventional American values are shifting, and the optimism and balance of the 1950s are slowly fading. In this rendition, fear of horrific destruction and a hydrogen bomb have a negative effect on daily life. “The show is much shorter, but it’s condensed and more focused than the original, the plot is similar, said Director Tina Kronis. “All of the ideas were brewing in this young man [Chekhov], they weren’t fully developed, but he had these characters and themes in him, and he kind of spilled them out into this piece he wrote.” The main character’s existential crisis in this version is shadowed by the cold war. The dialogue has been rewritten, characters dropped or merged, and action has been consolidated in this new adaptation. In this original four act rendition of the classic, the premise, time and setting are different but all of Chekhov’s main characters are intact.

The original piece was set in the 1800s where class structures in Russia were breaking down, and a dramatic shift in society was occurring. The subtitle “An Unfinished Party” represents much of the play’s themes. It represents all the madness that occurs when these characters come together and seize a moment in time with loose inhibitions. When the party is over, the audience is left to wonder how the characters life changed after the events that unfold throughout the performance. “Chekov is an inspiring and particularly my favorite playwright,” Kronis said. “My husband and I, who have a theater company called Theater Movement Bazaar, we have adapted all of his major plays. We made adaptations modernizing them but still maintaining themes and the essence for the audience.” The play is directed by Tina Kronis and written by Richard Algar. Both serve as executive directors and co-founders of the Theatre Movement Bazaar as well as members of the LACC Theatre Academy. The cast includes Anastasia Perevozova (Anna Peterson), Ethan Stachelek (Seymour Peterson), Connor Clarke Pascale (Dr. Nicholas Triletsky), Alexandra Fiallos (Alexandia), Charlton Briones (Petrin), Charlie Leal (Marco), Maria Camacho (Veronica), Julian Engin (Kenneth Gladstone Sr.), Kyle Brogmus (Michael Platonov), Karole Bennett (Mary Platonov), Rachel Frost (Sofie) and Jamal Hopes (Kenny Gladstone Jr.). “Platonov: An Unfinished Party” runs at the LACC Camino Theatre from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17 and Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Matinee performances begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors and veterans.

Theatre Review

The Shooter’s Bible T

By Russell Vicente

he Twentieth Century was marked by a number of global conflicts. The protracted nature of wars spanning the century is astounding. Shortly after the atrocities of World War II, the struggle against communism led to the Korean War, which unraveled into a series of global skirmishes of countries grappling for power. Finally, the Vietnam War erupted in full bloom for the entire world to view. Over 58,000 U.S. troops, and over 3.25 million Vietnamese lost their lives in unspeakable horror. The cascading and psychologically damaging influence of war, hate, mutilation, torture, odious killing, and piles of bodies is all but impossible to comprehend. Enter “The Shooter’s Bible,” written by Lance Larsen and impeccably directed by Louie Piday, the Head of Acting at the LACC Theater Academy. This profound play provides a voyeuristic experience of the interaction of five U.S. Troops and their prisoner as they attempt to cajole him into providing information regarding the Viet Cong outposts in the battlefield. The Viet Cong was an army compiled of guerilla fighters, army units, cadres, and peasants whose defense against invaders

was indomitable and was unconventional tactically. “The Shooter’s Bible” takes place in a village hut somewhere in Vietnam, and we are magically transported like a fly on the wall as five soldiers discuss what to do with a prisoner. The story unfolds with a fastpaced dialogue interwoven with harrowing asides. “The Sticker” is played by Larry Robinson. His intensity was exciting and comedic. The theater echoed with passion as he declared, “killed that little ole mama-san.” His gift was truly a delight to behold. At first the soldiers are concerned with “Pappy” who is mortally wounded but are soon distracted with their own sense of superiority. The group is inadvertently led by “Jockey,” performed by Eugene Thomas Erlikh, whose bloodthirsty character is the consummate killer. He mobilizes the discouraged troops into interrogating “The Prisoner.” They begin the interrogation with harassment as they contemplate torture and eventually attempt to reason with “The Prisoner.” American marketing is sardonically on display as “The Singer”, presented by Cyrus Palizban, attempts to negotiate with patriotic materialism in exchange for the

desired information. He offers cases of Coca-Cola, golf balls, Jack Daniels, Marvel comics, transistor radios, jeans, and a trip to a Saigon brothel. “The Prisoner” does not say a word. Chances are he doesn’t speak English, although it is not revealed. The magnitude of the scene is highlighted in its dual exhibition of the soldiers’ ignorance. First, their lack of understanding of The “Prisoner’s” comprehension of the English language. Second, what they think the Viet Cong would fight for. The choreographed fight scenes are exciting and well executed. “The Prisoner,” played by Kevin Phan, used subtle, distinct facial expressions and fluid body movements that exemplified the unyielding force of the Viet Cong. The disembowlment of “Pappy,” acted out by Matthew Ware, flooded the stage with the grim reality of war. At the end, “Trailer,” played by Laurent Sayer, is alone. “Singer” and “Sticker” have abandoned the hut and everyone else is dead. Machine gun fire reigns in the distance. There is a helicopter overhead. Warfare surrounds the hut. Drunk with bloodlust, and with the crisp fervor of a martyr, “Trailer” delivers an apocalyptic soliloquy and dives headfirst into war.


Los Angeles Collegian — Monday, November 19, 2018


don’t drink tHe kooL-Aid: JonestoWn 40 YeArs LAter

How do students learn about unimaginable evil? How do educators teach people about tragedy on a scale that can hardly be fathomed? They turn to history. By Russell Vicente And will pennington


he Social Sciences Department hosted a lecture in Holmes Hall by one of the few living survivors of the Jonestown massacre, which took place on Nov. 18, 1978. Leslie Wagner-Wilson spoke to students and faculty about her experience on that fateful Saturday. The presentation began with a documentary, “Return to Jonestown,” followed by Wagner-Wilson’s talk. According to both the documentary and Wagner-Wilson, Jonestown was a settlement in Guyana for a religious group called “The People’s Temple.” Jim Jones was the group’s fanatical leader and exhibited a great control over his followers. On Nov. 18, 909 people died as part of a ritual mass-murder/suicide. Wagner-Wilson painted a vivid picture in which Jim Jones ruled his South American “paradise” through fear and humiliation. She, like many of

the members of Jones’ group, was reluctant to move to Guyana, even though her son and husband were already there. “If you don’t go, you’ll never see your son again,” said Wagner-Wilson as she recounted the words of an anonymous caller who urged her to move to Jonestown. She said she moved to the settlement in Guyana and immediately felt a sense of dread there. “There was no talk [on the compound] of the future,” Wagner-Wilson said. “I did not think I would live to be 22.” Jones’ message, which initially began as one of compassion and equality for the working class, seeking to bring about a socialist paradise, soured into a tyrannical cult ruled by a madman. Jim Jones was a Methodist minister turned cult leader and had moved from Indiana to California, and finally to South America as he came under increasing legal scrutiny in the U.S. A team of concerned family members, members of the press and Representative Leo Joseph Ryan Jr. from California’s 27th district, went to Jonestown to investigate and

aid those who wanted to escape. This ignited the lethal paranoia of Jim Jones and his cult devotees. While preparing their departure at the airport, cult members ambushed and shot the rescue party and defectors to death. According to eyewitness accounts, gunmen shot down Congressman Ryan then quickly began killing those who had sought to escape under his protection. This marked the end for Jones and his followers. Over the next several days, more than 834 of them would die from poisoning after drinking cyanide-laced Flavor Aid— which many did willingly. This is also the same time that Wilson-Wagner took her son and fled into the jungle. Kool-Aid laced with Cyanide has become synonymous with Jonestown, even though Flavor Aid was really what was used and has become a cultural reminder not to follow blindly. Of those who died 40 years ago, 304 were children, many of whom were fed the poison by those they trusted the most, their parents. Hung over Jones’ “throne” in his South American sanctuary was a plaque which read,

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Wagner-Wilson said that there are things about today’s political climate that remind her of those days under Jones control. “Right now, I see parallels,” Wagner-Wilson said. “And I’m frightened.” Wagner-Wilson wrote a book about her time in Jonestown titled: “Slavery of Faith,” and it is available at most major retailers.

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Top: Jim Jones, minister, cult-leader and mass murderer had an uncanny ability to captivate a crowd. Bottom Left: Jonestown was built on the promise of a socialist paradise, but the isolated settlement quickly became a veritable hell on earth. Bottom Right: 304 children were among the bodies of those who died in Jonestown on Nov. 18, 1978

Video Game Shoots Down Movie Blockbuster


By chRistopheR ARguetA n case you haven’t heard there’s a new sheriff in town. Rockstar Games’ “Red Dead Redemption 2” had the most lucrative opening weekend for any entertainment property in history. Five years ago, “Grand Theft Auto V” came out and smashed sales records for video games and entertainment properties. This includes the best-selling video games in 24 hours, fastest entertainment property to gross one billion dollars and, of course, fastest selling video game of all time. Now, five years later, Rockstar Games, creator of “Grand Theft Auto”, has released its next big game: “Red Dead Redemption 2” and has once again smashed sales records. “Red Dead Redemption 2” currently holds the records for the largest opening weekend for any entertainment property. It made $725 million in three days. Compare this to earlier this year when “Avengers: Infinity War” made $625 million in its opening weekend. A video game is now a more dominant grossing force than a movie. Video games have long been looked down upon, and even today they are dismissed by many people in entertainment. This is about to change. “Grand Theft Auto V” continues to sell, five years later, and has sold over 95 mil-

lion copies earning roughly $6 billion in revenue. Another comparison: Disney bought Lucasfilm, and Star Wars, for only $1.5 billion. “Minecraft” has sold over 150 million copies; however, the price of “Minecraft” has been $20 compared to $60 for “Grand Theft Auto.” So, it has earned a measly $3 billion. “Call of Duty” continues to be one of the best-selling—a “Call of Duty” game has come out every year since 2005. “Fortnite” is a free-to-play game with microtransactions, meaning that anyone can download the game for free, but can also buy in-game accessories such as cosmetics. “Fortnite,” a free game, has made over $1 billion in revenue. Rockstar Games, the creator of “Grand Theft Auto” and “Red Dead Redemption,” released a successful, critically acclaimed game for concurrent period of time. “Grand Theft Auto V” in 2013, “Max Payne 3” in 2012, “L.A. Noire” in 2011, the original “Red Dead Redemption” in 2010, “Grand Theft Auto 4” in 2008, “Bully” in 2006, and even “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” in 2004. Since 2013, however, they have gone silent and have not released a new game. They have instead focused on supporting “Grand Theft Online,” the online portion of “Grand Theft Auto V.” “Grand Theft Online” continues to make revenue for Rockstar Games, which may be the reason why it has taken so long for a new game to come out. Rockstar Games did

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POLICE WIRE compiled By chRis ARguetA

Campus Crime Report •

Nov. 6, 2018: Vandalism reported in the Administration Building room 205c.

robbery was reported on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Edgemont St. •

LAPD Crime Report •

Oct. 30, 2018, 9:30 p.m.: A motor vehicle was reportedly stolen on the corner of Alexandria Ave. and Monroe St. Nov. 1, 2018, 7:10 p.m.: A

4100 block of Marathon St. •

Nov. 2, 2018, 10:20 p.m.: An assault with a deadly weapon occured on the corner of Vermont Ave. and Willow Brook Ave.

Nov. 3, 2018, 3:30 p.m.: A vehicle break-in was reported on the 4400 block of Lockwood Ave.

Nov. 6, 2018, 12:41 a.m.: A burglary was reported on the

Nov. 6, 2018, 5:45 p.m.: A robbery occurred on the corner of Vermont Ave. and Willow Brook Ave. Nov. 7, 2018, 12:01 a.m.: A vehicle break-in was reported on the 700 block of North Madison Ave. Nov. 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m.: An assault with a deadly weapon was reported on the 700 block of North Virgil Ave. Nov. 8, 2018, 3:00 a.m.: A

robbery occurred on the corner of Edgemont and Santa Monica Blvd •

Nov. 8, 2018, 10:15 p.m.: A robbery was reported on the 800 block of North Alexandria Ave.

Nov. 11, 2018, 9:10 p.m.: An assault with a deadly weapon occurred on the 600 block of Vermont Ave.

Nov. 12, 2018, 1:00 p.m.: A burglary occurred on the 1100 Block of North Virgil Ave.

not need to release a new game. Their last game continues to sell and make money in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, but the wait for “Red Dead Redemption 2” has been worth it. Rockstar Games does not need to spend millions of dollars to spread the word of their games. “Red Dead Redemption 2” was officially announced in October of 2016, and only a handful of official trailers have been released since. “Avengers: Infinity War” was announced in October of 2014 and has a had plenty of trailers to it. Marvel Studios had tours with cast members across the group to spread the word, while Rockstar Games had Twitter and billboard posters in cities around the world. The budget for “Infinity War” is estimated to be at least $300 million. The budget for “Grand Theft Auto V” is roughly $265 million. The budget for “Red Dead Redemption 2” is currently unknown. Rockstar Games did not hold back for “Red Dead Redemption 2,” and the numbers show it. Its sales are incredible, and the critical response is just as amazing. The game currently holds a 97/100 on “Metacritic,” think of “Rotten Tomatoes” for video games. In addition to making an unfathomable amount of money, Rockstar is also likely to win a plethora of awards for their blockbuster. Perhaps some day, Hollywood will be known for its video games, as much as for its movies.


opinion & editorial

Los Angeles Collegian — Monday, November 19, 2018

Vote Early, Vote Often if You Can

EDITORIAL “Vote Early and Vote Often.” Was this phrase uttered in real life and then picked up by Hollywood, or was it the other way around? Regardless, most people would hear it and chuckle. An obvious inducement to commit voter fraud, no one in their “right mind” would make such a plea -- out loud. And yet, we can say with about 99.9 percent accuracy that in 2018, verbal inducements to commit voter fraud are completely unnecessary when you’re the one running the election. Former Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican running for

governor, is the one running the election in question. As secretary of state, Kemp oversaw the purging of hundreds of thousands of voters, many of whom are Latino, African American and also Democrats. Midterm elections on Nov. 6 saw Georgia’s election end with Kemp slightly ahead of Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams by a little more than 50,000 votes. An Abrams win would make her the first African American woman governor in U.S. history. The Abrams campaign refuses to concede because it says it is waiting on the counting of thousands of absentee and

provisional ballots. Fortunately, a federal court has agreed that the Georgia election should not be certified until all the votes have been counted. Kemp resigned as secretary of state in anticipation of his win and urged Abrams to concede, stating her refusal to do so was “embarrassing” and “damaging to democracy.” But under Kemp’s reign, more than 50,000 of prospective Georgia voters have been placed “on hold” because their names may – or may not have – been an “exact match” to state motor vehicle or federal social security databases. Another

#ME TOO - End the Stigma about Male Sexual Assaults By Cornelius Roberts In a society where there is outrage because women are constantly being sexually harassed,

where is the outrage when men speak out about experiencing sexually harassment as well? The Justice Department conducts a National Crime Victimization Survey annually. In their most recent study, 11.2 percent of all undergraduate students experienced rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation. Among graduate and professional students, 8.8 percent of females and 2.2 percent of males experienced rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence,

or incapacitation, according to the most recent survey. While the number of males who reported assault is low (similar to the case of females who experience assault) the numbers of those who do not report such incidents is much greater. There are many men on college campuses that are sexually harassed and or assaulted, but are too afraid to speak up because of what society may say. The past few years at college has put many men who have been sexually assaulted in my path. The reasons why they don’t report what has happened to them are many. Men are afraid to come forward because it is looked on as a feminine act to report sexual assault. It goes against societal norms and traditional views of what it means to be a man. Some men who have survived sexual assault as adults feel shame or self-doubt, and they believe they should have been “strong enough” to fight off the perpetrator. Many men who experienced an erection or ejaculation during the assault may be confused and wonder what this means. These are normal physiological responses;

they do not in any way imply that a man wanted, invited, or enjoyed the assault. Men and boys also may face challenges believing that it is not possible for them to be victims of sexual violence, especially if a woman is the perpetrator. For many male survivors, stereotypes about masculinity can also make it hard to disclose to friends, family, or the community. I do understand that colleges and universities around the country are taking steps to prevent incidents of sexual violence on campus by increasing the presence of security officers, initiating bystander intervention programs, and educating students on the meaning of “consent.” Colleges like LACC are working to ensure the safety of their students, faculty and staff on campus. It can be difficult to tell someone that you have experienced sexual assault or abuse. You may fear that you will face judgment or skepticism, or that you will not be believed. If something happened to you, know that it is not your fault and you are not alone.

100,000 voters have been kicked off the roll because they hadn’t voted recently. At least 300,000 voters have been removed from the state’s roll because the state said they had moved. The problem is that they hadn’t moved. But they still can’t vote. All of this has happened under Kemp’s watch, as secretary of state, and as candidate for governor of the state. And yet, Kemp has the unmitigated gall to say that his opponent’s insistence that all votes are counted is an embarrassment and damaging. Kemp’s pronouncements are more than insulting. They are a projection: an

accusation that someone else is doing what he himself is engaged in. For the last 20 or so years, it has been Republicans who have led the charge against “voter fraud” in the U.S. And for the last 20 or so years, it has only been Republicans, as individuals and as office holders such as Kemp, that have engaged in tactics that have either been fraudulent at worst and questionable at least. For former Secretary Kemp and many of his colleagues, the words directed at another former Republican office holder, Joseph McCarthy, seem apropos: “have you no sense of decency sir?”

Spread Positivity By Dawson Ficus We are saturated with negativity in the news in this country largely because of the politics of the Trump Administration. This is why it is essential for us as Americans to make a societal shift and focus on the good in life and be positive. I’m not exactly making a profound and groundbreaking statement by saying “be positive,” but I feel the need to stress the importance and a beneficial method to approach optimism. I remember it like it was yesterday, February 2018. I was at the gym. Back then I went to Planet Fitness in downtown L.A. on South Broadway. The bike ride over was fast and easy. I think I hit every green light in town. Every different machine or weight that I wanted to use was available, and I did not have to wait my turn for anything: a rare occurrence. To top it all off, the gym showers had just been cleaned and the soap was refilled: the rarest of occurrences. I was having a wonderful day, and little did I know it was about to get even better on the two-and-a-halfblock ride to work. A car knocked me off of my bike. The white Lexus made a right turn from a parking lot onto the street without looking and the driver did not notice me. The bike was swept out from beneath me, and I crumpled onto the hood of the coupe and then tumbled to the ground. Passersby stopped and asked if I was okay and cars stopped in the street to make sure all was well.

I got up just fine and miraculously, my bike was unscathed as well. Now, the one person whose fault this was had the nerve, the audacity, to lay on the horn at me for a whole three seconds because I wouldn’t “get out the way” fast enough. I think it’s fair to say most of us would either physically or verbally lay this guy out, and verbally, that’s exactly what I did. It’s curious though, because the things I was saying to him weren’t mean and hurtful things. “What the hell’s wrong with you, man? It’s a beautiful day outside, why are you angry? You hit me, and I’m not mad, why are you trying to bring me down like that? Jesus … Have a sensational day.” After that, I did a lot of reflection at work that day, and I analyzed that exchange. To begin, one thing I always try to do is affect people in a beneficial way. Even if it’s not always in the front of my mind, I want them to be better off having talked to me, being friends with me, or even just seeing me than if they hadn’t. If I had cussed out the driver or been rude and reciprocated his energy, who would that have benefited? Nobody. I would have felt worse because I lowered myself to his level, and he would have felt worse because no one likes to get screamed at, no matter how inconsiderate he might be. Because I was nice and positive, I had a better chance of changing his attitude. He could have gone home and said to himself “Wow, I was a huge jerk to that kid I hit and he was still absolutely wonderful? Maybe I should be like that.” There’s a good chance that did not happen, but at the very least, I don’t feel worse because I was not negative. Spread positivity or at the very least, spread nothing, because no good is going to come from anything negative and, lucky for you, you don’t have to get hit by a car to realize that.

Thanksgiving. Everyone’s least favorite holiday By John Johns Traveling to Granny’s this year? Whether Connecticut or Canoga Park, you’ll be lucky to get there by Saturday with this being the worst travel week of the year.

Making dinner? It’s a helluva lot of work with no thanks given. And, the happiness of being reunited with those we love and cherish? Well, the NRA claims to have at least five million members and so it’s guaranteed that at least one will be sitting at your table. Oh, joy. Every holiday it’s the same, right? Within a minute of your fascist uncle in his red MAGA hat (probably imported from a *hole country), starts bloviating about gays, god and guns during his rendition of grace and in which you both think he’s Jimmy Swaggart, albeit without a hooker or two or three, you’re ready to head for the hills screaming. This year will be better -- promise. I’m going to provide you with the best civics test ever devised. Go ahead, make a friendly wager with Il Duce lite and test his knowledge of those cretins running the NRA. Multiple Choice Section 1. Which popular children’s cartoon character does the NRA hate the most and want to see banned forever and ever?

A._____Bambi B._____Bugs Bunny C._____Elmer Fudd D._____Daffy Duck E._____All of the above Answer-A. This is a really challenging because the NRA hates all of the characters, but they really hate Bambi the most, because Bambi’s mom was killed by a hunter while exercising his Second Amendment Rights to kill anything that breathes and for some odd reason children don’t like to see mom’s killed -- theirs or the four-legged kind. 2). Referring to the many recent mass shootings, which NRA confederate said, “We didn’t have this problem in my day because people loved Jesus and didn’t play violent video games?” A._____Dick Cheney B._____Ted Cruz C._____George W. Bush D._____Franklin Graham Answer-D. All of the above are fundamentalists with major violent tendencies and all having uttered similar sentiments. However, according to Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham (aka America’s Pope), and erstwhile prodigal son, gun violence happens because Americans “turned our backs to God.” Graham who wasted much of his youth on wine, women and some harder stuff wasn’t taught or doesn’t remember young Matthew Ward who in 1853 murdered his

teacher in front of his class or the mass murder of nursing students in 1965 by a lone wolf at the University of Texas firing an automatic rifle from the top of the campus bell tower. Fill in the blank 3.) Oliver North is the new president of the NRA. He is the perfect choice. Please state why? North was the central figure in the biggest scandal of the Reagan Administration, the Iran-Contra affair. He was one of the world’s largest arms dealers and now he will head an organization devoted to increasing the profits of small arms makers. In essence, he’s back in the arms dealing business. North by his own admission admitted to lying to Congress, lying to his colleagues on the National Security staff, lying to the Iranians with whom he was selling arms and lying to the press. In a great act of political theatre, he wore his Marine Corps uniform during his Congressional testimony, even though he had been mustered out of the Marines long before and thus committed a felony (never charged), in doing so. In his appearance before Congress, he frequently mentioned his obedience and loyalty to Reagan until faced with the possibility of prison. Korean War veteran and retired U. S. Rep. Pete McCloskey, R-CA, summed up North by saying, “Oliver North’s only absolute commitment is to himself and his ambitions. North wraps himself in the flag but betrays the republic for which it stands’. The same can be said for the NRA. Happy Thanksgiving. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Your Future Can’t Wait

By Arlen Ramirez

I used to be in a state of mind where I stopped caring about my future. As long as I was enjoying myself in the moment, I did not care about the outcome. “I’m young, I’m just having fun, I just have to enjoy the moment, I don’t care,” is what would cross my mind when I laid out my options. When we are going through a difficult moment in our lives, it is hard for us to understand “why me” and the reason behind it. On top of that, we are obligated to put our feelings aside to attend school, go to work and deal with other personal problems. No one really teaches us how to deal with our feelings or help us find a healthy coping mechanism when we are confronted with a problem. We are kind of just ex-

pected to be “OK.” During my first and second year of college I was an emotional wreck. I had so much going on in my personal life that I unconsciously let it interfere with my studies, and I never realized that my apathy toward school would affect me later. I went through my first two years of college without fully comprehending my college goals. I was mentally and emotionally unstable and let my emotions control my choices. Everyone experiences different problems and challenges in their lifetime. Only the individual can define how traumatic an event is for them. Some might have lost a loved one or been through a traumatic experience in war. Others may have survived a dark childhood or

experienced abuse. Our perspective on life is different for each of us. Most of us tend to make decisions based on our emotions and past experiences. It is important we do not blur our future with temporary choices that will come back and bite us on our butts. Most of all, it is important that we are not afraid to seek help and guidance as we get through whatever it is that we are going through. I tend to question myself daily now, because I need the reassurance that my choices will help my personal growth. If I had sought help during the time that I needed it most, I would have learned how to deal with my feelings sooner. Don’t wait. Your future will be here before you know it.

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We are now officially over half way through the Fall 2018 semester and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We asked students what Thanksgiving means to them and their families.

KELISA HIGGINS, JAPANESE AND THEATrE “I think it’s about spending time with family and friends. Just reflecting over the past year about the good and the bad. Enjoying food and just having that communal time with everyone.”

JoSEPH CAPP, CoMPUTEr TECHNoLoGY “I don’t really celebrate thanksgiving. I already feel too overwhelmed by all of these holidays. If someone invited me over to celebrate and eat with them I would.”



“Thanksgiving doesn’t mean much. I don’t really celebrate it like that. My family doesn’t either. It’s mostly just a chance for us to get good food and eat. It’s just like any other day to me.”

“Thanksgiving to me is both a positive and a negative. Where you can go with family to have fun and a good meal. The negative part is that there is a lot of homeless people with families that are struggling. They don’t have enough food, they don’t have anything. I try to go to skid row to volunteer while I can. I try my best because it’s just awful.”

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“President installed” from page 1

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Vote of Confidence: Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez at the podium for the installation of Dr. Mary Gallagher as the 17th president of L.A. City College on Nov. 1, 2018. Rodriguez says the college produces many distinguished alumni, and he says “the best chapters of L.A. City College lie ahead under Dr. Mary Gallagher.”

ter,” said Alen Andriassian, dean of student life. “We are coming up as a community college and it all has a lot to do with how she inspires us to be better leaders.” Gallagher’s experience as vice president of administrative services at Southwest and L.A. Trade Tech has prepared her for the challenges she faces at City. Dr. Kaneesha Tarrant worked with the president at Trade Tech and seemed to share in the excitement of the occasion. “She is the true professional, and she really cares so much about our students,” Dr. Tarrant said. “It was only a natural fit for her to be able to move into a presidency, and to be able to bring that love and passion to a sister college—we are very excited for her.” While increasing student enrollment is one of Gallagher’s main objectives, she also wants to provide more resources to students outside of the classroom. Some students at City struggle with food insecurity and homelessness. Gallagher has already found a way to provide healthy food choices to students with the creation of a pop-up food bank on Mondays. “We are pulling resources together to provide a holistic approach to our student success through four pillars: food, shelter, showers and clothes that are clean,” Gallagher said during her induction speech. The president also says she wants to ensure that faculty and staff have all of the tools they need to provide a quality educa-

tion, and she promised to always have open ears and an open mind. Her plans include creating a pathway to college for the 88,000 LAUSD students currently enrolled in the LACC service area. Collaboration between departments that improve student success is also a focus of the president. “She has made it clear to me that she sees many examples of interdepartmental projects working on joint projects and things, [and] as chair of the social sciences, I am interested in doing.” said professor Tony Clark. Dr. Gallagher may face obstacles, but there are faculty and staff members who are hopeful. “I’ve been here about 22 years, and I have more hope than I have ever had. Mary is so strategic, so friendly,” said Library chair Barbara Vasquez. It’s like a breath of fresh air. It’s a great night for me.” Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District is optimistic about Gallagher’s guidance as the college prepares for 18 months of the celebration of its 90th anniversary. “I believe the best years of LACC lie ahead and they’re going to be forged with the tremendous leadership, the visionary leadership of Mary Gallagher,” Chancellor Rodriguez said. “We’re here to celebrate her and put a little wind in her sail, but also to be incredibly aspirational as to where L.A. City could go.”

“DACA” from page 1 Enforcement (ICE) Agency, in order to locate and deport them. The Los Angeles Community College school district says it will stand by its students. Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez issued an open statement on Sept. 5, 2017 (the day that the federal government announced its plans to rescind the DACA program) urging students to remain enrolled in school. “On behalf of the nine college presidents and LACCD’s Board of Trustees, I want to reaffirm LACCD’s commitment as a place where all students can enroll and achieve their educational goals, regardless of their immigration status,” Rodriguez said in a statement. The school’s Board of Trustees also sent a very clear message by voting to pass a resolution that reaffirms student privacy protection. The LACCD wants DACA students to have faith that the school will not surrender their information to any government agencies, and that they will be protected. In March of 2017, the school district published an on-line bulletin titled “Know Your Rights, What to do if Federal Immigration Officials Seek Campus Access to Conduct an Enforcement Action at LACCD Colleges.” Students enrolled in DACA, as well as teachers and faculty, are urged to familiarize themselves with all available resources.

Congress proposed The Dream Act in 2001 but never made it through the House. DACA is an executive order signed by former President Obama that fills many of the same roles as the Dream Act. According to the New York Times, of the roughly 800,000 DREAMers, over 200,000 live in California. Los Angeles has a larger population of DREAMers than any other city, making up 14 percent of the total DACA applicants in the program’s first year. The LACC website has a multitude of resources for undocumented students and dreamers, including a list of “undocumented student allies.” “Being an ally is providing a safe space and allowing the student to be able to express themselves,” said academic adviser Carolina Yernazian, “I think it’s about having understanding and compassion for what this population really requires, but also the expertise.” Yernazian is also the counselor for the Dream Center. She works closely with students and faculty to ensure the school remains a secure and comfortable environment for DREAMers. “I am committed to working toward providing a safe, confidential support network for the undocumented community. I am committed to educating myself and others about discrimination in all of its forms,” Yernazian said, “I also represent ‘City’ at the district

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Los Angeles locals come together on May 5, 2017, in downtown L.A. to voice their feelings of injustice and disdain toward the Trump administration. The Hispanic community in Los Angeles feels that their civil liberties are being taken away and that their government has turned its back on them. level for the DACA Task Force.” According to a survey conducted by the University of California and the Center for American Progress, most DACA recipients were brought into the country between the ages of three and six, and they currently range between 16 and 35 years old. After the Trump administration announced the eradication of DACA, the Department of Home-

land Security received orders to stop accepting new applications and eventually renewals as well. The state of California didn’t waste any time in challenging these orders and quickly filed a lawsuit. Since then, the district courts in California and Washington D.C. have halted the White House executive order and instructed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Ser-

“Helicopter” from page 1 which is difficult, because many people don’t know where the helicopter is coming from,” Root said. Many of the helicopters that fly over LACC are dispatched by the LAPD Air Support Division. There are nearly 20 helicopters in the LAPD fleet including 14 Eurocopters and 5 Bell Jet Ranger B3s. The helicopter unit employs 77 sworn personnel according to the LAPD website. They are part of the noise pollution in Los Angeles. But the department states a helicopter overhead reduces property crimes and nets more arrests connected to radio calls when there is air support. “It’s always unsettling when you hear the helicopters fly overhead because you don’t know what it is. It could be police, or someone hurt,” said art professor Alex Wiesenfeld. “I try to tune them out when teaching. I don’t hear them that often, but it is noticeable.” It is a growing issue in Los Angeles, from police and ambulance sirens, to the person on the corner with a megaphone shouting to draw attention. While those things do cause noise issues, nothing brings as

much ire as the dreaded helicopter hovering over a Los Angeles neighborhood or the north end of campus. “The helicopters are a nuisance … they don’t always fly by, [but] when they do, they can be a real distraction on lectures or while I am doing my painting or homework,” said art major Pat Davenport. “They seem to be more frequent near Vermont Avenue near the library. All the whirling is annoying. I would like to find a way to complain about the helicopters to someone.” The noise level varies. Sometimes the buzzing sound seems far away, but other times it is so loud it disrupts conversation or a classroom lecture. Normal conversation is at about 60 decibels. Hovering helicopters generate 70 to 110 decibels outside the aircraft. Residents of the surrounding neighborhood near LACC in East Hollywood live with the noise. Employees at Michelle’s Donut House on the corner of Edgemont and Santa Monica Boulevard say they try to ignore it. “Several helicopters fly by at different times of the day, some

high and some low,” said Annie Tan, an employee of Michelle’s Donut Shop. “We just came to live with it and work through the noise.” The LACC Swap Meet draws a crowd to Vermont Avenue every weekend. Mike B. is one of 200 booth owners who sets up on Saturdays and Sundays. He has worked there for more than 10 years. “The noise sometimes makes it difficult to talk to people,” he said. “But you just have to ignore it and try to sell to the customers.” Hector lives nearby. He did not share his last name. He stands with a neighbor and they watch the motion of passing helicopters overhead. “Helicopters fly low every once and a while and it is so common that you expect it every day,” he said as he pointed to a few helicopters that were flying by. One was a medical helicopter, and another was military. “The reason I came to expect it, is because of all the hospitals that are nearby, it’s important for them to be able to get to the hospitals quickly.” Hector was shocked to learn that there was even a way to

complain about the helicopters and he asked for the phone number in case he wanted to file a complaint in the future. Robbin Alvarez is a resident who lives in East Hollywood with her teenage son. She is upset that there is a way to complain about the noise. “My grandmother told me if there are no police helicopters around that I should worry because that means the police [are not] doing their job,” Alvarez said. “I would like the police to fly by often since I had some trespassers in the past on my front lawn.” Alvarez says most of the helicopters are going to Children’s Hospital. She says given the urgency, there’s no reason to complain. “The only reason anyone should complain is if they are commercial,” Alvarez said. “We should be thankful for all the work that they do for the kids and the community.” Root says the program may be ending, but they plan to start a new system in a few months once they secure funding. While it lasts, the telephone number to file a noise complaint is (424) 348-HELI (4354).

vices (USCIS) to continue accepting DACA applications. The Trump administration has filed for appeal to the higher circuit courts, even at one point trying to side-step the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and appeal directly to the Supreme Court. Their attempt to cut corners failed, and the lawsuits are currently held up in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“crime reports” from page 1 the United States. The act is named after Jeanne Clery. It was passed in 1990. It began after she was murdered inside of her dorm room in Stoughton Hall at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She was 19 years old. On April 15, 1986, Jeanne Clery fell asleep in her dorm room after leaving the door propped open for her roommate. A student by the name of Josoph M. Henry sneaked into her dorm room. She was awakened by him as he attempted to rob her. He then proceeded to beat, rape, sodomize, and “cut her,” ultimately killing Clery. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania sentenced Henry to death in the electric chair. In 2002, Henry’s death sentence was reversed. He was able to opt out of the death penalty by choosing life in prison instead. The Clery family was suspicious of the crime statistics collected at Lehigh University. They looked into the matter and discovered there were multiple crime reports. The attack on Clery was one of 38 violent crimes recorded at the university in three years. Since the act passed in 1990, many institutions have been fined for not cooperating with this act by reporting all campus crime. These institutions include; Eastern Michigan University

This decision is headed to the Supreme Court, but as of right now it’s difficult to say when. With the Supreme Court now at a 5-4 conservative majority DACA beneficiaries have cause for concern. Because this decision will be made at the Supreme Court level many may feel that there is nothing the American people can do. Citizens believe they are powerless and don’t have a voice in this matter. In a sense this is true, but not entirely. Now that the Senate democrats hold the majority, the House may finally be able to pass the Dream Act legislation, providing virtually the same rights to immigrants as DACA does currently. If repealed at the Supreme Court, what little legal footing DACA recipients currently have will disappear and at any point they could be subject to deportation. Many DREAMers have no family or connections in the countries where they were born; some don’t even speak the language. For these individuals, their lives would be turned upside down were they to be deported. On Aug. 31, 2018, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center published a DACA update, explaining in great detail exactly what is happening on a legal and federal level. This update is available on the LACC website and will be continuously updated as things progress through the courts.

after the murder of Laura Dickinson, the Penn State sex abuse scandal and the Virginia Tech shooting. This act states that every year, on Oct. 1, institutions must provide an Annual Campus Security report online as well as in print if requested. The institution’s security departments or sheriff’s department is required to keep a public log of campus crimes reported. If the information provided by the log is over 60 days old, it must be available within two business days. These crime logs must be kept for seven years. In the LACC Annual Security report it states that when it comes to cases of alleged dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking that the college encourages the timely reporting of crimes so evidence can be preserved and protected. It’s important to do this quickly, so the evidence provided can help find the suspect as soon as possible. If you’re a victim of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, you can contact the LACCD Title IX Coordinator, Cristy Passman at (213) 891-2000 ext. 3113 and/or Camille Goulet at (323) 9534000 ext. 2758. To view the Los Angeles City College Annual Security Report, visit the Los Angeles City College website or contact Anil Jain in the Administration Building on the second floor in office AD 128 to receive a hard copy.

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Los Angeles Collegian — Monday, November 19, 2018

Professors Share Knowledge in Faculty Mentoring Program Research shows that 90 percent of successful people had a mentor at some point in their life, according to Phillip Folsom of the L.A. City College Faculty Mentoring Program.

By Russell Vicente


mployers set up in the L.A. City College Quad on Nov. 1, 2018 to recruit job seekers for positions in entertainment, education, transportation and the hotel and resort industry among other sectors. Companies at the 6th Annual Fall Classic Hiring Spree included L.A. Metro, the Los Angeles Unified School District, FedEx Ground, Sodexo and Los Angeles Airport Police. Staffing companies offered part time and seasonal employment. The Los Angeles County Office of Education hosted the annual job fair. “Our data shows that over 100 employers and over 900 candidates were in attendance [and] 15 were hired on the spot,” said Christia Dory, a career development program specialist with the LACOE, who organized the event. “We’ve had dedicated sup-

port from Senator Kevin de León, whose been involved since the beginning six years ago.” The Los Angeles County Public Defender’s office sent representatives promoting their expungement services, “which can be necessary for hiring and promotions with certain companies, especially city jobs,” said Pamela Johnson, public information officer for the Public Defender’s Office. “Some crimes cannot be expunged, typically violent ones, but most can.” The Office holds roughly eight clinics a month to shepherd participants through the program. More information can be found at htm. The Los Angeles Unified School District is hiring hundreds of positions from cooks to administration. A sponsor, JVS SoCal (www. offers job coaching, transferrable skill workshops, and interview seminars. There calendar is full of opportunities to

sharpen your skills. Classes were being promoted that improve employability, offering students an opportunity to develop their computer skills and learn Microsoft Office programs and other high demand skills. Time management, team work, motivation, education is all in demand, but communication reigns supreme as the most desired skill set. The Los Angeles Air Port Police is now testing for potential recruits, boasting pay up to $105,150 annually with full benefits and a compressed 4/10 work schedule. They offer a Candidate Workout Program that features weekly police workouts to prepare potential officers. Representatives from UniSea are offering 6-month seasonal contracts to work in seafood processing plant in Alaska working 6 days a week for twelve hours a day. It is estimated that you walk away with $8,000.00. A robust program offered by the

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Los Angeles City College hosts annual job fair on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in the Quad. Students gather around kiosks and collect fliers from potential employers. Students inquire with L.A. Airport Police about jobs at LAX.

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State of California, is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), can be accessed at Enrollment in the program may qualify you to receive free services, such as, assessments, training, workshops, job placements, referrals, just to name a few. People were hired, interviews were set. The Catholic Charities of Los Angeles have 15 positions they are trying to fill. Their task is providing jobs with a purpose. “The Catholic Charities are always excited to be a part of the Hiring Spree. Our goal is to practice our mission and vision of giving help to the poor and vulnerable, to be an advocate of social justice in a diverse community setting,” said Demetris Jones, Recruiting and Training Manager. “We provide food, shelter, utility and rent assistance to those in need. We provide jobs in helping people.” For more information and for a full list of employers go to www.

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hey compete in ironman competitions in Copenhagen, Germany, Switzerland, South America, Africa and Arizona. They graduate from U.C. Berkeley, the Claremont Colleges, Cal State L.A. and UCLA. Some of them have a passion for Kierkegaard, Ishmael Reed, George Saunders, Nietzsche and J.K. Rowling. They are also driven to share what they know. And they are right here at L.A. City College ready and willing to work with students as faculty mentors. “A mentor’s job, it’s not just to share their knowledge,” said Philip Folsom who is the director of the Faculty Mentoring Program. “It is to help facilitate students through a process of change while empowering them to be able to navigate all the challenges in their lives.” Folsom credits former CTE Dean Alex Davis for her role in funding the mentoring program. The Faculty Mentoring Program pairs students with a professor of their choice. They meet in small groups in a closed classroom setting or one on one. Students have the chance to meet with a mentor at least four to eight times per semester. “To me, as a professor, I want to see students succeed,” said Bernadette Tchen, chair of the English Department who is a faculty mentor. “When they come here, it is very important for them to get what they want and reach the goal that is set.” Students at L.A. City College may go to the website and check under “Faculty Mentoring Program,” and select a professor

whose experience, education and areas of specialization are of interest to the student. In the program, students learn to put new methods of study into practice and network with other people. They learn to apply techniques from the program to other areas of their lives. The result is not just better grades, but also an increase in individual growth. “I’m really grateful that LACC offers a program like this for the students,” said Jenny Kwon, a mentee of professor Daniel Marlos. “I’ve been to other schools as well as know a lot of students from other community colleges, and LACC is really the only college that does more to reach out to the lives of the students. They realize that we’re intersectional beings with many identities and qualities that make us unique.” Kwon says Marlos is the most interesting and unique professor she has encountered. She considers it an honor to get to know him. Folsom says the original goal of faculty mentoring was to have 25 LACC faculty members from different disciplines and 250 student mentees. Folsom is looking forward to welcoming more students next semester. “As a teacher, supervisor and mentor for many graduate students, in the TESL programs at various nearby universities, I have seen the merits and wonders of what mentorship can have on students,” English professor Thi Thi Ma stated on the L.A. City College Faculty Mentoring Program website. Applications for the spring semester will be available in February 2019.

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Los Angeles Collegian — Monday, November19, 2018

Intramural Basketball Slam Dunks into LACC

By Angel Johnson


ASportsNet brings basketball back to L.A. City College and continues the expansion of intramural sports on campus. LASportsNet offers, basketball, bowling, cornhole, flag football, kickball, soccer, softball. The group also offers an Adventure Club, which includes white water rafting excursions, Colorado River trips, and snowboarding and ski trips. The company began with three sports and has now grown to 35 different leagues and 13 sports including basketball. “The goal is to [eventually] have all nine sports on campus,” said Nathan Polzin, LASportsNet CEO. For the fall semester, LACC students formed basketball teams for a seven-week season, which includes semifinals and finals. LASportsNet also organized intramural activities at Glendale, West L.A. and Valley Community Colleges in 2013, according to “Voyage L.A.” magazine. LASportsNet has been around for five years and has continued to grow. Polzin says that he wants to eventually expand so that schools will be able to compete with each other. “Hopefully, we will be able to

compete against schools like L.A. Valley or Pierce,” Polzin said. Of the 35 leagues in Los Angeles and six teams at LACC: ASG, Ballers, Tiger Cubs, Uncle Drew, K-Town and Illuminati. All teams are coed and required to have at least one female player, which gives everyone a chance to play. Experience is also not a requirement to join a team. LASportsNet integrates coaching into the basketball program, so players of all skill levels are welcomed. More than exercise, playing basketball is a great stress reliever for many students. “[It’s] a relaxing way to enjoy sports,” said Donald Reid who is participating in basketball. Having intramural sports also gives students more reason to stay on campus, which helps increase school spirit and community. “You can feel the positive energy of competitive sports back at LACC,” said Josh Wade of Team Illuminati. “It gives students and administration something to do and participate in sports on campus together.” All games are held in the Kinesiology North Gymnasium on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for everyone.

Photos by Jordan Rodriguez/collegian

Intramural sports are expanding at LACC now to include basketball, which began with the kickoff game Nov. 6, 2018. Top Left: Four ASG defenders collapse on a driving opposing team player, forcing a contested jump-shot. Bottom Left: A Blue Team player drives for a layup, and scores a key transition basket. Right: A student for ASG squares up for free throws in the opening game of the intramural season.

Students ‘Pumped Up’ Over New Fitness Club By Andy Lopez


Photos by Kaitlyn Kimble/Collegian

Students have the opportunity to work out using the machines available in Kin. South 109. LACC Fit Club meets Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. every week. Top: Farnand Marasigan works on his arms using new equipment. Bottom Left: Tylah McCornick, vice president of LACC Fitness Club works out with kettle bells. Bottom Right: LACC student takes advantage of free weights in fitness room.


tudents with time on their hands between classes might enjoy a workout in the L.A. City College Fitness Club. Enrolled students are entitled to free access to the gym and a full complement of stationary bicycles, treadmills, free weights and other state of the art fitness machines and equipment in the second floor gym in the Kinesiology South Building. There are absolutely no fees required for students to become part of the Fitness Club. “Maria Campos will soon transfer to UC Irvine. She has a daughter and she is majoring in computer science. “I have a really tight schedule, and the only days I don’t have a tight schedule are Tuesdays, she said. Lucky for me, I have the Gym right in the palm of my hands. Students and trainers assist me in my daily workouts.” To join, students are asked to

come to the workout area with a determined attitude, to give it their best and leave it all there. Students seem to be responding to the opportunity. Aykanush Gevanyan has been chair of the L.A. City College Kinesiology Department for two years. She says she has never witnessed so many students focused on achieving their fitness goals. “I’d rather see students here on campus for a long period of time, enjoying the school equipment we have provided for them versus seeing them wasting their lives doing things they are not supposed to be doing,” Gevanyan said. “Fitness is more than how strong you are or how lean you are … it should include more than just a pure exercise. If your goal is to improve your life then your workouts should be fun and enjoyable, your target needs to be longevity and the approach must be Holistic.” Instructor Rob McKinley teaches weight training and leads Crossfit classes in the morning and afternoons. He has been

teaching at LACC for nine years. He says he enjoys arriving at LACC early in the morning where he sees students who are ready for a workout before class. “Our mission is to create a welcoming atmosphere where diverse groups of people -- regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or physical condition, join together to have fun while helping one another work toward a longer, healthier and more balanced lifestyle,” McKinley said. The Fitness Club is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is located south of the Kinesiology Building, Kinesiology South, in Room 109. The facility is a good fit for one student who suffers from chronic back pain. Business major Stewart Mason is excited about the center because he says trainers can be expensive. “I live really close by and I am fortunate enough to have faculty and students to help me work out and feel comfortable around them,” Mason said.

What the Lakers Need is Patience

By Will Pennington immy Butler is no longer a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Much to the chagrin of the Lakers faithful, he isn’t coming to Los Angeles, at least not right now. Despite the fact that both Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler were traded to teams not named the Lakers, there is no reason to panic.

Sure, both moves aided the championship aspirations for their new clubs, but they both moved east, making the route to the Western Conference Playoffs a little less crowded. While the Lakers missed out on trading for either of the all-star wings, they can still hold out hope for landing one of the two via free agency next off season. As NBA die-hards will know, the Summer of 2019 promises to

be one of the deepest free agent classes in recent memory. It’s not unreasonable to assume that they will be able to add a major piece. That said, there may be a growing sense of urgency in Los Angeles to make a move now. The Lakers have looked mostly mediocre for most of the early part of the season, and if the playoffs began today, Lebron and co. would be on the outside looking in. One of the hardest jobs a general

manager has is knowing when to trust internal development versus when it is time to change course. This problem is one now faced by Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson as they seek to bridge the gap between Lebron and the young Lakers core. The worst thing they could do is to make a move just to make a move. The Lakers have an NBA superstar and a wealth of young, valuable players and the spotlight

that comes from being the Lakers. It would be easy to squander such a strategic position. Betting on the wrong person could cost the team a chance at a championship. There are a lot of bad bets out there. Washington—ever on the brink of implosion—might look to move John Wall before the season is up. But taking on his massive contract would fiscally cripple the Lakers. Other players might be a bad

locker room fit or just plain wouldn’t help the team win. Basically, there are a lot of wrong answers out there. Most of the right answers will force the Lakers to wait for July to upgrade the roster in a meaningful way. If you are Rob Pelinka, Magic Johnson or Jeanie Buss, now is the time to remember that patience is a virtue. And please, whatever you do, do not sign Carmelo Anthony.

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