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Collegian Los Angeles

The Voice of Los Angeles City College Since 1929

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Volume 172 Number 2


Winter Session Delays Financial aid Disbursement


graduation Dreams Die Hard on the Chalkboard of Math literacy Students’ failure to pass Math 125 ruins their hopes of obtaining an associate degree and higher education.

Registered students for the winter intersession were affected by the late disbursement of financial aid money. This delay was caused because grades were posted after the spring semester started. Alternative solutions were offered for students with emergency needs.

By Felicia Allen


ompetency requirements at LACC and all junior colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District dictate that students successfully complete Math 125, Intermediate Algebra, or its equivalent, 124A and 124B, to receive an associate degree, and those seeking to transfer to a four-year institution must also receive passing marks in Math 227, or Math 230 for liberal arts majors. As a consequence, students at City College and other colleges within the district are falling short and ending up with more than 90 course units disqualifying them from financial aid at the community college level all before taking any math classes. According to the most recent scores available on LACC’s comprehensive program review, 34.1 percent of the 751 students enrolled in Math 125 passed the class. The scores also show that 58 percent of the students in Math 124A and 85.5 percent of students in Math 124B passed their respective classes. Edward Pai, dean of institutional effectiveness at City College, said the phenomenon of students falling behind on their math requirements is nothing new and certainly not isolated to LACC. “It is a known fact that math is the subject which is most difficult for students to be successful in,” Pai said. “But the problem is district-wide not just [at] LACC.” Pai also said that high school graduates find themselves ill-prepared for college-level math because they are not required to take math in their senior year of high school. In addition, students returning to school after a long absence say they are finding it particularly difficult to meet the math requirements simply because of how much time these classes require. “I read the subject matter before it’s covered,” said a Math 124A student who only wants to be known as Trevor. “I spend upwards of 22 to 24 hours a week studying just to keep up.”

Club Rush Comes again During Spirit Week On March 18 and 19, Club Rush will bring clubs together in a last chance to get more members before the chartering deadline on March 21. The first Club Council meeting will be held on March 27. Visit for more information.

aSg Members March in Sacramento Marching for education, seven ASG members participated in the “March in March.” Public colleges and universities participated in this statewide event hosted by the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.

Students in Sobriety Host aa Meetings The Students in Sobriety Club will be hosting Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in room 116 of Jefferson Hall every Monday this month from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meetings are open to anyone overcoming alcohol addiction. Illustration by Jose Tobar/Collegian

Resume Critiquing A resume critiquing session will take place Monday, March 17 at the Career and Job Development Center in room 109 of the Administration Building from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. No sign-ups are necessary. Just show up. For more information contact the Career and Job Development Center at (323) 953-4000 ext. 2210.

late-Start online Classes for Spring For those wishing to take online classes it is not too late to enroll for this spring. A latestart schedule of classes can be viewed online at springclasses.html. Since these are starting late, many of these may still be open for registration.

Thousands of e-Books added to library More than 100,000 additional e-books are available to students through the campus library system. The books are designated for higher learning and are accessible from the college library webpage at Periodical/Database Search, then EBSCO eBooks. For more information contact one of the campus librarians at (323) 953-4000 ext. 2407. Compiled by Rocio Flores Huaringa and Clinton Cameron

inDeX OpEd ............................. 2-3 Campus Life .................. 4-5 News ................................ 6 Scholarships ..................... 7 Sports ............................... 8

Bill May Provide Bachelor's Degrees at Community Colleges California’s community college campuses may soon be eligible to offer bachelor’s degree programs if the State Legislature passes a proposed law, SB 850. By Michael Frenes and Clinton Cameron


his means students aspiring to earn a bachelor's degree will be able to start and finish their academic careers at Los Angeles City College. Its sponsors say it will make it easier and more cost effective for students to obtain a bachelor’s degree without having to transfer to a university or state college. “Right now they’re asking for pilot campuses,” said Dr. Dan Walden, vice president of academic affairs at Los Angeles City College. Walden anticipates the program will eventually reach the LACC campus after other campuses have completed the pilot phase. “We are going to have [a bachelor’s program] in the next five, seven or 10 years, whatever it takes,” Walden said. “We’re going to need a million more B.A. degrees and the default place is us.” SB 850 will authorize community colleges to establish one bachelor’s degree per campus in each district and schools can start implementing pilot versions of the program as early as spring of 2015. Campuses will be chosen at the discretion of the Chancellor of California Community Colleges. Robert Nimo is a journalism major. He eventually plans to transfer. He appeared excited to hear about the possibility of being able to get a bachelor's degree at LACC. “I think it would make life easier because I won’t have to go to a completely different institution to get my degree,” Nimo said. A $50 million proposal is expected to fund a limited number of districts. They will be responsible for choosing one program that reflects the job-market needs of their community. Priority will be focused on programs that are in high demand such as respiratory therapists, registered nurses, law enforcement and information technology. Jorge Larios is an administrative justice major who plans to transfer to Cal State Los Angeles this fall. He’s willing to change his major to law enforcement if LACC doesn’t offer a bachelor's degree in his chosen field. “It would be way easier and cheaper. It would be good for most students,” said Larios about the possibility of getting a bachelor’s degree at LACC. “After four years they can transfer out to a bigger school to get their master's degree.” There are certain requirements the district must meet before funding is approved. Each participating campus must agree to submit a progress report at least one year before the program’s expiration date. The bill also requires the governing board to charge a fee for enrollment in specific courses. The pilot program will expire eight years after the program is in place. Anil K. Jain, associate vice president of administrative services, expressed hesitation concerning the implementation of the program. His immediate concern is how well prepared students are in obtaining their associate degree during the two-years they are expected to attend LACC. See page 6

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A FIGHT FOR SPORTS For years now, there has been a battle being fought within the confines of City College. By Jake Carlisi It has been five years since the administration cut all sports programs, and since that time there has been a group of people who have been fighting to bring them back. These people are not fighting on behalf of some higher-up with a hidden agenda. They are people who have seen and experienced the benefits of a sports program at City College, and who are selflessly pursuing its return. “I would have never gone to college most likely if it wasn’t for LACC," said Phil Pote, former LACC alumnus. "I didn’t like school; the only thing that brought me to LACC was the chance to play baseball. I played baseball at LACC and then I went to Cal State L.A. and graduated and strangely enough ended up being

a teacher and a coach. If it hadn’t been for LACC, it’s doubtful either would have happened.” Today, Pote works as a professional baseball scout for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. Even at the age of 81 and despite all of his success, Pote continues to fight for a younger generation to have the same opportunities he had as a student, as his long and successful career began right here on campus. Pote is not the only one in his situation. Duke Russell is also an alumnus of yesteryear, who went on to play professional baseball with the then Brooklyn Dodgers. “I went here in 1946, we played baseball on Snyder Field in those days, now they play at Griffith Park,” he said. See page 6

LACC alumni team tackles the fight to bring sports back to campus on Saturday, March 8.

Photo by Inae Bloom/Collegian


Opinion & Editorial

Wednesday, March 12, 2014



Computer Technology Program Lacks Funding and Innovation

MeDia aRTS DePaRTMenT, CHeMiSTRY 207

Los Angeles City College 855 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029 Editor-in-Chief Inae Bloom

By Mike Frenes

Managing Editor clinton cameron

So you’re all geared up to get right into that LACC Computer Technology program in hopes of landing a better gig with lots of perks, right? Not a bad vision, but maybe you soon discover that some of the techno gizmos and programs used here are a bit outdated and maybe obsolete. The thought even crosses your mind, “Why am I even learning about CRT monitors and Windows XP when I haven’t seen this stuff since grade school?” A lot of the equipment and programs taught in the technology courses here are so yesterday, it makes you wonder just how relevant any of this will be when you graduate. “It’s not easy to get funds here since technology advances so fast and equipment is so expensive,” said Mike Yazdanian, head of the Computer Technology and Electronics Department. “It’s not like going to an expensive IT school where they can easily afford to upgrade.” Understandably, government-funded community colleges do get hit hard from time to time, and with all the state and federal cutbacks, it’s not considered a top priority. But, the question still stands: Do these courses really prepare you adequately for the real world? Sometimes. It’s still too early to tell. There’s still a lot of work to be done. To be fair though, Yazdanian stated that at least three of his students have gotten entrylevel jobs with Computer Technology and Electronics Certificates (vs. a degree) offered at the school with annual salaries ranging from $26,000 to $34,000. The instructors, in general, are exceptional and work hard at helping each student. If you’re planning to take CT14, instructor Ray Lampano does a great job keeping it interesting, along with Sheila Villeral-Scott, and Allan Pratt to name a few. They make the best of it and work with what they have so it’s not an entirely bad deal. Despite concerns, the LACC Tech program isn’t exactly “the devil.” Just don’t count on leaving things solely to what it teaches because keeping up with the trends in the job market is not one of the school’s greatest strengths. Instead, take some initiative and create your own luck by being aggressive and innovative in your approaches to learning new things and by applying yourself to graduating and landing that new career you so deserve.

Multimedia Producer Dave martin Opinion & Editorial Denise Barrett Campus Life rocio flores huaringa Sports Jake carlisi Copy Editor ricahrd martinez Graphic Designers Gegham Khekoyan rocio flores huaringa Illustration by Jose Tobar/Collegian

Bring Back Paradise

Photo by Gegham Khekoyan/Collegian




By Jen Vaughn It’s a beautiful spring day and the LACC campus is buzzing with life. The birds of paradise are in full bloom and the sun is trickling through the shaded trees onto the stone sculptures in the Quad. Students hustle to and from class, while others linger about waiting for the next activity on their overbooked schedules. The shaded benches in the center of campus beckon students to rest a moment and enjoy a place of peace and tranquility. I walk by this sanctuary every time I step foot on campus. It’s a place I would come to enjoy, if I could only choke my way through the crowd of smokers to get there. Why has the centerpiece of LACC become the campus ashtray? Who determined the best place for the smoking section is the main thoroughfare of the Quad? And why does it make me feel so alienated every time I walk by? I don’t have answers to the first two questions, so today I braved the fumes and sat in the smoking section while I pondered the third. As a “recovered smoker,” I find myself more annoyed by cigarettes than when I was a non-smoker. I use the term “recovered smoker” because I dedicated a few years and a few dollars to the tobacco industry in my younger days. After watching someone I love lose their life to emphysema it was an easy choice to leave cigarettes behind forever. Since making that decision I find myself more sensitive to smoke and the stench it leaves on peoples’ clothes and breath. I wonder why many smokers don’t take an extra moment to freshen up before they walk straight from the smoking section into the classroom. After sitting with the smokers for a while I realized it’s more than just the smoke wafting in my face that annoys me. It’s the reminder of those I have lost to the dangers of smoking. It’s a reminder of poor choices I’ve made in the past. It’s a reminder that smart people do stupid things and there’s nothing I can do about it. It was no surprise that as I sat there, I still felt annoyed by the smoke and alienated from the people around me, which left me even more determined to find a place of solace, perhaps a beautiful sanctuary with flowers in bloom and art sculptures we can call the “non-smoking section.”

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The state is proposing community colleges offer bachelor’s degrees. is this good for students? Deadline Schedule NEXT ISSUE: March 26, 2014 Editorial deadline: March 19, 2014

V EWS Compiled and Photos by Denise Barrett “It’s good as long as the program is good. If it’s a high-standard program, I don’t see why not. I already have my bachelor’s degree. It gives more options to achieve a goal. It serves the commuter population. For other schools you have to live there or move really far and it’s more affordable.” lili Pulido Psychology

“It would help people afford to get a bachelor’s degree in a way, it’s a good thing. Community colleges help people get an associate’s but they usually move on to get the bachelor’s. It’s a good choice for older people in a way, a good option for those who get out of high school and don’t get a bachelor’s degree.” Robert Baggio Cinema

“It’s excellent. I have so many units, probably only a few math credits away from graduation. [It would] save me on having to transfer to any other bigger schools. It would be ideal for someone like me, especially with credits from another school.” Thomas Ward Cinema "It's good. They wouldn't have to go through other colleges that require so much to gain that status. [It's] good for students like myself. I will be 61, coming back to school in 2013 ... kind of hard for me with amputation and diabetes ... this college helped me to build back up." David gearring Subtances abuse Counselor

“It would lower the costs for college and help people get better jobs. [It’s] especially good for people with kids who can’t afford it. It would help the economy too if people could afford to get educated.” Danielle Hill Psychology

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Opinion & Editorial


No Student ID Cards, NO ACCESS

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Technology Renders Handwriting Obsolete By Jaleen Wedlow

By Gloria K. Lee Weeks into spring semester and students all across Los Angeles City College are facing one huge dilemma: they are still waiting to receive student identification cards. Identification cards are an issue for students because without them, we cannot check out books from the school library, meet with guidance counselors to go over transfers or graduation plans, receive student discounts at local vendors, or receive the $7 ASO sticker that grants us free Scantron forms and blue books. I have gone in and out of Admissions 10 times since the beginning of the semester and left empty-handed each time. The sole purpose of my frequent trips across campus was to have one single photo taken for a student ID card I desperately need. My aggravation starts at the photo booth that is not open during the days and hours mentioned on the sign atop the counter at the Admissions Office. Every time I have gone, either the photographer was not present or the booth was closed before the cut-off time for photos. Processing student ID cards was more efficient at my elementary school. LACC’s Admissions Office really needs to step it up, making sure it provides adequate opportunities to get students the ID cards that prove they belong on campus and can access the many benefits of being a student here.

When I was little, I had a hard time telling time on an analog clock, but it was easy to tell time with a digital clock. Could it be that technology is making the whole world less intelligent? No more hard work or even putting forth an effort? I’ve interviewed a handful of teachers and they have told me from their own experiences that a lot of students can’t comprehend a novel or use a pen to write something simplistic, yet they can understand what’s conveyed on the Internet. Once upon a time, people were required to know languages like Latin or Greek to get a job, but now? Only experience or a degree will do. And lots of other skills once considered core competencies have fallen by the wayside. Take shorthand, for example. It was once used for taking notes to capture the most important information on a subject. Now it’s what we do on a cell phone thanks to texting. Our grammar has taken a hit too as seen on the YouTube segment called, “Your Grammar Sucks.” The creator is a comedian, so I’m sure he’s not a total grammar Nazi, but he notes the atrocious grammar people use when commenting on posts or videos. I grew up between the old concepts and the new ones. It was mandatory to learn cursive writing and good penmanship in middle school. But it seems they are becoming obsolete. Reading, writing, and comprehension are part of the fundamentals for English or any other course of study and I’ve noticed they are fading away, not just at LACC, but everywhere. If there was a class for literacy or just learning how to write legibly, it could truly help a lot of students improve their grades. A few professors admit that they too could use a course to refine themselves. I want to help students in need. I’ve graded papers ever since middle school and I’ve yet to see improvement in writing skills. I’m not an expert on writing yet, but I have improved slowly and surely. In April 2013, North Carolina’s House of Representatives passed a bill called, “Back to Basics,” requiring elementary students to learn cursive handwriting. I’m not saying all students need it, but if their writing needs some assistance, it’s definitely for them. We all need to rise above technology. I want LACC to meet the high standards it deserves. Illustration by Jaleen Wedlow/Collegian

Chronicles of A Nobody Humanity By Byron Umana-Bermudez

Illustration by Jose Tobar/Collegian

“All these years, my dad has taught me about this vaunted thing called ‘humanity,’ something that by definition we could never possess. But, after spending just a few days amongst your kind this concept of ‘humanity’ doesn’t seem so clear to me.” – Roman, from the T.V. series “Star-Crossed” Arizona has apparently made it its mission to segregate everyone. After passing a law that gives police the right to pull over a person who is suspected of being an illegal alien, Arizona has now decided that it is OK to pass a law against having to serve a person who appears to be homosexual. The parallels to the Jim Crow laws are very apparent. Jim Crow laws were the segregation laws in the South during the early 1950s. Arizona has basically decided to ignore history, ignore the constitution and ignore America. The first question that comes to mind is how can you even determine a person’s sexuality or national status? I remember when SB 1070 was passed, a close friend of mine was worried, not for himself but for his partner. He was of Mexican descent with strong Latin features; his partner was from London, England, and here on an expired visa.

The fear was that the police would pull him over because he fit the “alien” stereotype, but that his partner would be arrested because of his immigration status. I found this hilarious because the bill was obviously made to push Mexican immigrants back to Mexico, but the law affected more than just Mexicans. SB 1070 was shameful to the original ideals of the Constitution. SB 1062 repeats this dishonor and has made me, an American, ashamed of being part of this country. SB 1062 is a petition that allows a person to refuse service to another person who may appear to be part of the gay and lesbian community on the grounds that doing so violates their freedom of religion. Have people forgotten that these same words were used in the Jim Crow laws? By allowing a group of people to be discriminated against on the basis of appearance is a mockery. If we allow this to continue to be law, soon those expected to be gay or lesbian would wear barcode tattoos and be gathered in camps for sport. Just after the bill was put before Arizona, another bill was considered in Georgia. These two bills have been called “the religious freedom bills.” During the civil rights movement, the Jim Crow laws were “religious freedom bills.” So why aren’t these Jim Crow laws around today? A little thing called the equal protection clause in the 14th

Amendment. Some of those who agree with SB 1070 believe that looking at homosexuals compromises their beliefs. Has evolution brought us to a point where the actions of a few determine what we personally do with our beliefs? Have we not learned to think for ourselves? Many blogs I have read argue the fact but how can you tell if someone is gay? It’s not like every homosexual wears a sign that says, “Hey I’m gay.” If Arizona’s main argument is based on bringing America back to a more traditional view of sexuality, then the governor herself should return to the kitchen and bake a cake. Isn’t that a “traditional” view on gender roles in society? The simple matter is that this governor is setting her agenda on the front burner and forgetting that of the state. I may believe and in fact feel differently about the person next to me, but that doesn’t mean that the person next to me doesn’t have the same importance. I’d like to tell her one thing: Do not treat me like I am a no body, do not put me in the shadow, do not stick me in a box and do not determine humanity. If you decide to push out a group of people, the community gets smaller and smaller until one day someone will push you. And when that day comes and you look around and there is no one by your side, you only have yourself to blame.

Food, Sports Make a Good Mix You may be asking yourself how food, sports teams and Los Angeles City College go together. The answer is very simple. I believe that if LACC opens a cafeteria on campus, they will be able to bring back sports to the school even after all the budget cuts. It is very surprising that they haven’t opened a cafeteria sooner since there is a need for one. By Jazmin Guevara After a long day of juggling classes and homework at LACC, all you can think about is taking a break from all that studying to get something good and filling to eat. Well, you better hope that you brought a bag lunch, or you can haul all your personal belongings to either the lunch truck or one of the other food options located off campus. There is a very simple solution to this problem, one that could even earn the campus a profit: open a cafeteria. The most practical place to have the cafeteria is in the Student Union. I completely understand that they tried to give students more places to study, but they can provide us with that and still have a cafeteria. A cafeteria could have been on the lower level and the bookstore should have been left in its original location. By doing that, LACC would not only eliminate an issue that many students face, but they will also have the opportunity to generate revenue. It is understandable why the college does not have a cafeteria on campus. It can definitely be ex-

pensive, but they may not be looking at the bigger picture. The school can hire some people to run it, implement menus and use the profits to bring back the sports teams. However, if that isn’t something that they want to do they can always rent out the space to different little restaurants. The school will not only be making the initial investment of converting the first level of the Student Union into a cafeteria, but they will be making money on a monthly basis. No matter how you look at it, this is a win-win situation for the school. Not only will there be more jobs that students can have, but they can bring back our beloved sports. If students are going to spend money purchasing food either way, why not find a way for them to spend it on campus and also do something good for the student body. I’m sure if students knew that the money they are spending is being used to fund sports, they would gladly choose to buy food from the cafeteria. It’s a shame that our athletics department had to be cut, but perhaps a new cafeteria is a very simple way for us to bring it back.

Photo by Gegham Khekoyan/Collegian


Campus Life

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Limelight Burns Bright in Red, Blue, Green By Byron Umana-Bermudez Tales of sex, drugs, and bullying coming to the Cameo Theatre via the 10 one-act plays selected for this semester. Theatre Academy students are really pushing themselves, as they are getting ready to present 10 plays, split into three bills (Red, Blue and Green) over the course of three days. Their passion and excitement is clearly tangible as soon as one walks through the academy doors, as actors, directors and production managers work to perfect their craft. “It’s extremely stressful,” said Alexis Jackson, stage manager for the Green Bill. “You don’t want to mess up what they created [and] you only have one chance.” Audiences should be prepared to be on the edge of their seats. These actors are ready to give a raw and honest performance and transport viewers to a whole other world. Each one-act production is unique and reflects the vision of the director, but everyone from the designers, to the actors and even the stage crew says they are excited to

bring their pieces to life. Hanging out backstage, it quickly becomes evident just how much these students care for, and support one another. “[Jackson] is the cement in the brick wall,” said Lisette Nuñez, who plays a teenage girl in the one-act play “Push.” “[She makes sure] no one has stress and so the stress is all on her.” Many on campus say they cannot wait for the performances to start since they know the just how dedicated the Academy is about getting everything just right. “Keep in mind that they are students,” said Emily Contreras, a law major. “These guys are really good. They won’t just put anyone on the stage … [The actors] will show you what they got.” After a student is chosen to direct a play, he or she must cast the actors, figure out stage movements and costume designs and much more. Then, rehearsals begin. After seeing Academy students rehearse “Saint Stanislaus Outside the House,” by Patrick Breen, I can say with certainty that viewers will be compelled

Upward Bound Moves high school students forward By Clinton Cameron For the past 19 years, Upward Bound has been a part of Los Angeles City College’s extended academic family. The program provides high school students opportunities to visit college campuses, receive academic tutoring and take preparatory and college-level courses. Financial aid information, academic counseling and career guidance are also components of the program. As host of Upward Bound, LACC extends the use of its campus to four participating high schools in the Los Angeles area – Manual Arts, Fairfax, Hollywood and Belmont. A group of 25 to 50 students participate in the Saturday Academy where they receive supplemental instruction in core subject areas such as math, English, science, social studies and computer science. They meet twice a month from 8:45 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. in Franklin Hall and have a break for lunch early in the afternoon at the Student Union Building. Funding for Upward Bound comes from a program called TRIO, which began as three federally funded outreach programs as the result of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” Eventually, TRIO expanded funding to include eight programs. Programs funded under TRIO provide support for students with disabilities, students whose income is within federal requirements and firstgeneration students from middle school through college. The program’s office is located on the west end of campus in the Administration Building. Alex Reyes is the office assistant. He mentioned some of the basic tools the Upward Bound offers its students. “We provide training and tutoring to help students get into Harvard, Berkeley, UCLA, and Cal State L.A.,” Reyes said. “At the very least they get some college experience.” Upward Bound Director, Michael Lopez, supervises the students from the program during the Saturday Academy. He sees how the program benefits the students as well as the college campus. “They become enrolled college students every summer they are on campus,” Lopez said. “We actually use our college to exemplify the college experience. We do a lot of noteworthy things. Our goal is to get students into a four-year college or institution. One young man is applying to Harvard.” Kevin Marroquin is that student. He applied to Harvard and has applied to 18 other schools. Some of them include Cal Tech, M.I.T., Princeton, Cornell and Stanford. “I’ve already been accepted into Cal Poly Pomona,” Marroquin said. “I’m still waiting to hear from UCLA and some other schools.” Marroquin will be the second person in his family to go to college. His sister, who told him about Upward Bound, was the first. After she finished the program, she was accepted into California State University, Northridge and graduated with a B.A. in communications. For Marroquin, there is no substitute for seeing what the program is like from his own personal experience. “It’s a different atmosphere. It’s like you’re on your own,” Marroquin said. “I have to be responsible. The teacher is not going to baby you.” Marroquin is currently taking English 102 and two kinesiology classes at City College. Once he decides which four-year school he wants to accept, he would like to study math or physics. While in Upward Bound, he is taking advantage of the opportunity to earn college credit and absorb every bit of information his mentors have to offer.

Photo by Inae Bloom/Collegian Fairfax High School senior, Kevin Marroquin participates in class discussion during College Career Planning class Saturday, March 8. The class meets during the afternoon in room B14 of Franklin Hall for Upward Bound's Saturday Academy.

to want more. If the rehearsal is a mere taste of what is to come, then the Academy has brought the art form to another level. The new Green Bill will feature “Thunder in the Index” by Phillip Hayes Dean, “Leon and Joey” by Keith Huff and “Does This Woman Have a Name?” by Theresa Rebeck and performances are scheduled for March 13 at 3 p.m. and March 14 at 8 p.m. The Red Bill features “The Proposal” by Anton Chekhov, “The Connection” by Graham Jones, “Saint Stanislaus Outside the House” by Patrick Breen and “Long Ago and Far Away” by David Ives, with performances on March 13 at 7:15 p.m. and March 15 at 3 p.m. Lastly, on the Blue Bill are “Seagulls” by Caryl Churchill, “Push” by George Cameron Grant and “Check Please” by Jonathan Rand which can be seen March 14 at 3 p.m. and March 15 at 8 p.m. All performances will take place at the Cameo Theatre on campus. General admission is $12, student, senior and veteran tickets cost $8. For more information, call (323) 953-4000 ext. 2990.

Photo by Jessica Brecker/Collegian Nosh Katz (bottom left) directs fellow students (left to right) Alarik Cantarerro as Curb, Adri Diaz as Spit, Anthony Taylor as Manhole, James Jenkins as Zap, and Emilia Scott as Breeze in Patrick Breen’s “Saint Stanislaus Outside the House” during a rehearsal in the lobby of the Camino Theatre March 5.

Photographer Captures Color in Black and White last Wednesday, photographer Henry Walton returned to the Da Vinci gallery to speak about his photos. What the former laCC student gave current students was an accurate history lesson that they could apply to modern times. By Jessica Brecker “These pieces are ... you might use the term snapshots,” Walton said. “I carried those negatives in a steel box for 40 or 50 years.” Temple Willoughby, liberal arts major, introduced Walton to students gathered at the gallery. “He’s sharing his firsthand knowledge because he was there,” Willoughby said. Walton’s show is called “My Old Familiar Places,” a line from the Billie Holiday song "I’ll Be Seeing You." Walton wanted to call his show “My Familiar Places,” but said he realized that was to self-centric. “I like black and white film, I really do,” Walton said about his medium of choice. However, Walton does not see in just black and white. February was Black History Month, and the theme for Walton’s show was black history, but Walton thinks history is not just a black and white story. “I’m not that bothered by titles, that’s not the problem,” Walton said. “It's how we all get together, no special meetings, why do we have to label everything and everybody?” He blames other factors, such as hard drugs and the generation gap for some of today’s problems. He actually

feels many of these problems could be solved by honoring history, factual history. “Something happened between the 60s and today, there’s been a breakdown of generations,” Walton said. “Coming up with new ideas when you don’t have a history creates a traumatic situation.” He said he believes that history is not entirely what went on before, history is being written in the moment and artists are the best recorders of it. He believes it is the photographer’s responsibility to make sure there is a document, because the story can get completely warped otherwise. “Formal history is written by people who win,” Walton said. “The story of the winner is a minority story.” So with camera in hand Walton went out to capture his story. “I would give myself an assignment,” Walton said. “I’m going out in the community to shoot today.” Walton believes there is a huge breakdown in society when people tend to allow the views of others to dominate over their own. “It happened with Jews in Germany, slaves in U.S.,” Walton said. “Unconsciously, we accept views of the other side, and we want to maintain manhood, and power.” Part of the problem is that most historians are not born in, say Watts for

Photo by Jessica Brecker/Collegian Henry Walton talked to students and faculty about history, life, and photography, last Wednesday in Da Vinci Gallery where his photos “My Old Familiar Places” are on display.

example, and didn’t often see that part of town. “There was a lack of everything,” Walton said of Watts in the 1960s. “They lacked everything but lack.” He explained how a group called the Sons of Watts, decided to do something about the lack.

“They picked up old empty barrels and painted them to use as trash cans,” Walton said. Walton ended his talk with a disclaimer. “These are all my personal views,” Walton said. “They come out of experience.”

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Health Services Remain Available to All as the topic of affordable health care leads political discussion in our nation, los angeles City College students have a broad range of nominal to free medical services available on campus through the Student Health and Wellness Center located in room 101 of the life Skills Building. By laticia Sawyer The $11 health fee required at registration entitles student access to medical services comparable to those offered by primary care physicians. Some unsupplemented services dealing with off-site labs processing blood panels may incur associated cost. According to the California Healthcare Foundation in 2012, 27.8 percent of Latinos, 17 percent of African Americans, 16.8 percent of Asians, and 13.7 percent of whites were uninsured, and by 2019, the foundation predicts that 3.1 millions of Californians will be uninsured. For a campus as diverse as LACC, knowledge of these services can help many students whose access to coverage may be limited. Knowing where to find health services on campus can be beneficial if there is a need for health care that doesn’t require a visit to the emergency room. Ashley Jenkins is a performing arts major. While on campus, she had a health concern that required immedi-

Photo by Danni Conner/Collegian Nurse Practitioner Karen Duh monitors student Daniel Palma's breathing during a checkup at the Student Health and Wellness Center March 10.

ate attention. “I had got bit by a spider on my leg and it was growing, it was kind of an emergency and I needed to be seen right away. So I went there and [the nurse practitioner] was able to see me,” Jenkins said. “She took a look at it, and actually gave me a prescription and everything like it was a real doctor’s office.” Students unable to afford health care are encouraged to take advantage of medical services offered on campus. Rick Robles has been the administrative assistant of the Student Health and Wellness Center for 17 years. He

has registered thousands of uninsured students and says the $11 health fee is more valuable than some health care plans. He also compares the center to uninsured cash accounts, which require office-visit fees or co-payments prior to examination by a physician. “Just to walk in the door you’re paying $40,” Robles said. “Here you can walk in and see a doctor. Here you can come and see a nurse practitioner or registered nurse. For $11 you get a lot.” Coverage through the Health and Wellness Center includes basic first aid, cold and flu treatment, and diagnosis

of more serious ailments. Physical examinations including STD screening and gynecological services are available without any associated cost. For those who suffer from anxiety, depression or other mental health issues, counseling and psychotherapy sessions are also offered. “You don’t really expect that [level of service]," said LACC student Monica Juarez. "I think it’s good to know that there is a fully equipped facility on campus … to know that those resources are available to you.” Since their move into the Life Science Building, Robles is concerned that students who are aware of the services may be unaware of their new location. For him, getting the word out is a priority. “We need to promote the services in here. We were previously located in Holmes Hall. We moved for construction purposes temporarily. Three years later we’re still here and our numbers have dropped,” Robles said. “I think it’s a bad location. I think a lot of students have a hard time finding us, we’re at the furthest end of the campus; it’s not convenient.” The Health and Wellness Center is located in the Life Science Building, room 101. The entrance is through the south side of the building. You can contact the center at (323) 953-4000 ext. 2485 or email Robles at roblesr@ Their hours this semester are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday and every fourth Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon.


Campus Life

Ordinary Students Become Campus Heroes

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Star Sightings on Campus

March is Red Cross month, a time to recognize the heroes in our community that don’t wear capes. Red Cross started the month strong by setting up their blood drive truck in the Quad March 10.

Just like the paparazzi of Hollywood, students at Los Angeles City College employ long lenses to bring them closer to the stars. This week students from the Astronomy Club continue the slow but steady process of grinding down their nine-inch mirrors, a key part of a long journey which will eventually lead each student to their very own handmade telescope! By Jessica Brecker

Photo by Jessica Brecker/Collegian

Victoria Adauto, registered nurse and student, gives blood during the Red Cross blood drive in the Quad March 3.

By Jessica Brecker


s donors approached the vehicle, they found a red stop sign at the entrance. Students were asked to answer some questions including if they had cold symptoms, were on antibiotics, received any vaccines, donated within the last 56 days, or traveled outside of the U.S. within the last year. That's because many contagious diseases can be picked up while on a trip, so students must wait 12 months after travel in an area where malaria is found. Also according to the Red Cross website, they must wait three years after living in a country where malaria is found. Donors signed in to begin the registration process at 10:10 a.m., and by 11:15 a.m. there were already nine names on the list. “Our goal is to get 19 donors, 19 units of blood,” said Diana Boyd, donor recruitment associate. “There can only be two people inside at a time.” Sign-in sheets were out on the table, and although not mandatory, reservations made ahead of time could save students from a long wait. There is a step-by-step process donors must go by before they are allowed to enter the vehicle. “I saw it and I thought, why not? There’s nothing you can lose from it,” said student Cassandra Munoz, as she took her name badge and grabbed a seat. “One time I needed a blood transfusion, I was really sick,” said Victoria Adauto, registered nurse and student.

“So that’s why I give, I know I can save some lives.” Adauto allowed the Collegian into the van to document her journey. After registering and entering the van, the first step donors must go through is a brief physical . All vital signs are checked as well as blood pressure. If a donor’s blood pressure is high, they could be turned away. Adauto was deemed healthy and eligible to give blood, and was asked to lie down on a bed inside the truck. She waited patiently, relaxed and texted with a friend. “This is the second time. I gave when I was 18, and I’m 24 now,” Adauto said. It is not legal, or safe, to give more than one pint of blood. But one is enough to earn hero status. “One pint of blood can save the [lives] of three adults,” Boyd said. Blood is divided into three separate bags – blood, platelets, and plasma. Blood goes to emergency rooms and is used for surgery and can only be stored up to 42 days. Plasma can help burn victims and can be stored up to a year. But platelets, which can save up to eight premature babies, can be stored for only five days before clotting. The bags and test tubes are labeled and stored in an ice cooler before being rushed to the nearest Red Cross center. There, blood is scanned into a computer database, and spun in a centrifuge to separate into the three components. Test tubes are then sent for testing. If any disease is found, the blood can’t be used and a letter

will be sent to the donor recommending they see their primary physician. Youyue Ao, lying on the cot across from Adauto, had just finished giving blood. She was asked if she felt faint, and when she said no she was ushered to the area Boyd calls the canteen. She was required to rest for 15 minutes and eat the provided snacks. A donor who does not do this risks fainting. “They have to stay at least 15 minutes in the canteen area,” said Boyd. “We have water, cranberry juice, and cookies.” Besides free goodies and drinks, free gifts are often used to entice donors to give. However, the real reward is the feeling of pride one feels knowing they just saved three lives, something few people can brag about. According to the Red Cross website, someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds. Donors should drink plenty of water and bring a donor card or driver license with them. It is also recommended to have a healthy, non-fatty meal before giving blood. Donors should wear clothing that can be rolled up at the sleeves and make sure to list any prescriptions they are taking. They should be at least 17 years old. More information can be found at the Red Cross website at

“I’ve been here at least three times a week,” said Maria Perturbos, Astronomy Club member, as she toiled at grinding the Pyrex disc that will eventually become the mirror of her new telescope. She will have to put in at least 40 hours of work, and she works hard, putting her whole body into it. “You are going to get a high-quality telescope, and we are going to help you through every step of the process,” said Astronomy Professor Dean Arvidson. “There’s a real satisfaction when you build your own piece of equipment.” The telescopes they are making will have a six-inch mirror. Students also have the option to work on the 12 ½-inch mirror of a telescope that will belong to the club, for use at the school. Currently the school has several eight-inch telescopes, and one massive 28-inch telescope, which they have affectionately dubbed “The Webster.” “We are going to be working on the big one,” Arvidson told his students. “It could easily take a year or longer, probably about 100 hours or more.” Students must grind away until the disc is perfectly bowl-shaped. Aluminum will then be applied to the back. The shape of the mirror is of upmost importance. Soon after the 1990 launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, which orbits Earth about once every 95 minutes at an altitude of about 380 miles, astronomers found the 2.4-meter-diameter mirror had been polished to the wrong shape. This spherical aberration made the Hubble less sensitive than designed. This forced astronauts to return to space on the Endeavor space mission of 1993 and make repairs to the telescope, which is about the size of a large city bus. For our star sighting tonight, the sun will set about 6:50 p.m. The stars should come out to play around 7:15 p.m. Look for Capella, a very bright star overhead and slightly to the northwest. Our moon will be waxing, so it will be about 90 percent visible. The bright “star” just west of our moon and above Capella is not a star at all, but the planet, Jupiter. The bright red star just south of Jupiter is Betelgeuse, pronounced “Beatle Juice.” It is a red giant and part of the asterism Orion, and no, thre is no relation to Michael Keaton.

Photo by Jessica Brecker/Collegian A member of the Astronomy Club works diligently grinding the mirrors of his individual telescope. The club meets every Tuesday at 5 p.m. in room 208 of the Science and Technology Building.

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"The moon is what we see every day, day and night, summer and winter. During my long life, I have looked at our moon many times and from different hemispheres. But I saw the moon for the first time thanks to the faculty of LACC and their astronomy telescope. It's fantastic. If I had seen it before, maybe I would have become an astronomer." Compiled and Photos by Gegham Khekoyan



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Math Stalls graduation Rates From page 1 Others like Phyllis, another Math 124A student who wanted her identity withheld for fear of reprisal, points the finger to uncaring instructors. “It’s almost like the professors are arrogant,” Phyllis said. “I have witnessed professors standing at the board with their backs turned to students, never turning around to see if they are following along, or even understanding the material.” Other students have also complained about receiving the same kind of behavior from their professors, as well as not being able to follow along with a lecture because of an instructor's heavy accent, or tendency to move along the lesson too fast without making sure content is understood and even instances of verbal intimidation. City student Julie Phoung said that daily quizzes are how her professor keeps up with students’ knowledge of the topics covered in class. “I know a guy who is really good in math and an ‘A’ student,” Phoung said. “But [he] dropped because he couldn’t handle the

professor starting from chapter four of the intermediate algebra book and not reviewing the prior chapters.” Ronald Kendis, a math professor at City, has long since recognized the need for students to gain familiarity with mathematical terminology and problem solving skills. In an interview with the Collegian last year, Kendis said the college needed to offer students a class that would introduce them to the language of math and a refined approach to mathematical functions. “Anyone who says math is arithmetic is wrong,” Kendis said. “Math is about problem solving.” The college administration agrees as LACC is currently offering Math 10 or Math as a Second Language. Pierce College is an example of what needs to be done and has taken steps to address the difficulties that students are reporting and is currently piloting a program called Statway. Statway’s uniqueness lies in the fact that students eligible for Math 115 will only need to take two semesters worth of Statway coursework instead of the traditional core requirements 115, 125 and Statistics subsequently.

SB 850 Proposes Bachelor's Program From page 1 “I think the college is still trying to sort through it,” Jain said. “We have enough challenges with our associate degrees so, I have a different take on it.” Maria Lopez, communications director for Senator Block, expresses a need for such a bill. “We are now on an economic rebound in California and this is the time to get this bill passed,” Lopez said. In 1960, Governor Pat Brown passed the California Master Plan for Higher Education also known as the Donahoe Act. It helped open the doors for many college students in Cali-

fornia to receive financial assistance through Cal Grants. As Cal State enrollment fees have increased significantly since 1960, students may benefit if they are able to obtain a higher degree at the cost of community college tuition. Several efforts to pass the bill in previous years were stalled due to state budget cuts. Now there are higher hopes and greater expectations from some lawmakers. Twenty-one states nationwide have already adopted the standards from the bill into their school systems. “I am happy to support community colleges and expect Bill 850 to pass this time around since there are funds available with nobody officially opposing," Block said.

IN MEMORIAM Rosa Irma Franco Rosa Irma Franco, a former East Los Angeles College student who worked at the LACC Foster and Kinship Office died on Feb. 8, 2014 of ovarian cancer. Surrounded by loved ones, she lost her battle with cancer after being diagnosed on Nov. 14, 2013. She was a mother, daughter, sister and aunt. Franco was born on Nov. 9, 1988. She attended Montebello High School, and during her time there, she began taking classes at ELAC and in the spring of 2013 where she received two associate degrees. Her sister Marizol Franco, said she pursued her education with determination. Franco was known for her love of music. She would frequently listen to the radio, entering different call-in contests. She won quite a few of them. Franco is survived by her son Carlos, her parents, siblings, nieces and nephews.

Dr. Charles William Westrick Dr. Charles William Westrick, co-founder of the LACC Dental Technology Department, passed away on Jan. 21, 2014 due to lung cancer. Dr. Westrick was one of only two people in the United States to ever obtain a doctorate in the field of dental technology. He helped originate and support the LACC Dental Technology Department in 1965. He served LACC as a faculty member until 1973. According to Dental Technology Department Chair Dana B. Cohen, he also served on the department’s advisory committee from 1965 to 2012. “I’ve known him for 40 years,” Cohen said. “He always was very pro-education, he really assisted the department in keeping on track as to what we should be doing and how we should be doing it.” He later became the dental laboratory manager at UCLA Dental School, then worked as the vice president of research at Dentaloid. He taught at Loma Linda University Dental School until he retired from the industry two years ago.

Lenore Saunders Lenore Saunders, administrative analyst of payroll and personnel, died on Feb. 7, 2014. Some of her colleagues described it as a loss that will be felt by the school as a whole. Saunders worked at LACC for over 12 years in the Payroll and Personnel Office. She retired from her position on Sept. 30, 2013 according to LACCD’s human resources department. “She was a wonderful person, very competent in her job,” said Dean of Academic Affairs Allison Jones. “And she had a great sense of humor,” Jones added. “I had a good working relationship with her on campus,” said Media Arts Department Chairman Daniel Marlos. “Lenore was always a pleasure to be around. She was incredibly witty and her passing is a real loss to the campus,” said Marlos.

A fIGht to BrInG sports BAcK From page 1 Russell is campaigning for many of the same reasons as Pote. “Sports enable students to transfer—it enables these guys who don’t have a really good life and are close to poverty to go to schools like UCLA. We want that to continue,” Russell said. Duke Russell is quite familiar with the semantics and red tape that is in the way of his cause, but to him there is no excuse. “Baseball only costs $50,000 a year, that’s peanuts comparatively,” Russell said. Steve Finley, director of the Hollywood Recreation Center, located less than three miles from campus agrees with Russell and Pote. Finley understands the importance of collegiate sports. He sees the athletes who come through his program, who don’t have the opportunity to compete at City College and thus give up on a chance at a higher education. “We had a committee of like 10 people," Finley said, "some very high-powered people, and we met with [Mayor of Los Angeles] Eric Garcetti in this district and we’ve been going to council meetings, meeting with trustees and everything. I even ran for the board of trustees to try and make a difference… that’s how badly I want change.” The three men met with Dan Cowgill, the Department Chair of Kinesiology, Health, and Dance here at City College as well as L.A. City Council member Tom LaBonge on March 7. The meeting took place on the newly built soccer field and track that at this

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moment is seeing little to no use. They discussed in length how to better use the new space and the monetary issues surrounding the revitalization of a sports program. While the meeting appeared productive, there are those who believe it is all a smoke screen. When asked if he believed if any strides had been made in this endeavor recently, Finley stated quite bluntly, “No. No, it’s all lip service.” In fact, Duke Russell estimates that he has been to 40 meetings, all of a different nature, in an attempt to bring back a sports program. “We’ve put together some of the top committees, we’ve been at Southwest, we’ve been all over. We’ve had so many people on this committee and this is where we’re at,” Finley said. It was evident that these gentlemen were not just campaigning for a return of pride and entertainment. Sports can be a way out for many kids, and can set them on a more fruitful track. The Women’s Gym has an entire wall devoted to the jerseys of former basketball players who went on to transfer to four-year institutions. As is the opinion of so many, the people fighting to bring sports back to City College believe that sports are not something that can just be dismissed. “Students need sports. They know it and we know it. All the other community colleges have sports. It is time LACC brought back its sports,” Duke said.



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$25 Million Scholarship Fund available to ‘Dreamers’ By Rocio Flores Huaringa TheDream.US is a national scholarship fund created to provide financial assistance to undocumented students, or “dreamers” as they are known, in their pursuit of a college education. Talks for this project began in June 2013 when Don Graham, former owner of The Washington Post, Henry R. Muñoz III, national finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Carlos Gutierrez, former secretary of commerce for President George W. Bush, brought together “dreamers,” organizations, college and universities and Fortune 500 leading companies to discuss the creation of a scholarship fund for immigrants eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Some private schools already provide scholarships to undocumented students. However, since undocumented students do not have access to federal financial aid, TheDream.US is making this fund available to students in public institutions and low-cost universities as well. According to the fund website, this approach will serve dreamers best as it allows them to “fund the education of more Dreamers,” while making sure recipients receive enough aid so that they are not forced to work multiple jobs and ultimately quit school. Long Beach City College and California State University Long Beach are among the 12 schools nationwide pre-approved to take part in the program. The program prioritizes students majoring in career-ready degree programs and focuses on getting them into the American workforce.

“We’re not just about getting kids into college, we’re about getting students out of college,” said TheDream.US President Candy Marshall in an interview with the Washington Post last month. Applicants must be first time college students – those that have completed 12 units or less – attempting an associate or bachelor’s degree program at a preapproved institution. They must have graduated from a U.S. high school with a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher and be eligible for DACA, by having submitted an I821D form or received notification of DACA approval. A letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, adviser, supervisor or mentor is also required. DACA is a policy by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the country and apply for a work permit that allows them to receive in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities. More than 1.7 million individuals are currently eligible for the Obama administration's DACA program, a number that rises steadily as according to the Define American website, 65,000 undocumented students graduate high school each year. Students who are planning to get an associate degree may get up to $12,500 for tuition, fees and books for up to three years, while students who are seeking a bachelor degree are eligible for up to $25,000 for up to six years. According to The Washington Post, 28 students have already been awarded scholarships. The next deadline to apply is March 31. Visit for more information.

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Sports Field Stands Sidelined While lounging on the topmost floor of the Student Union, students may notice an immaculately kept, yet closed-off soccer field. The field looks as if a lot of money has been spent on it. The grass is neatly trimmed and flanked by freshly furbished stadium seats. Yet, there is no access onto the field and nothing even close to a team exists to practice on it. By Krystle Mitchell In theory, it is a brilliant idea for a school to have a sports field. The college has the opportunity to draw in students who are athletically oriented and interested in pursuing a career in sports. College sports fans would have another place to gather and enjoy a variety of games. City College’s diverse student body might even come together and create a boost in school spirit.

The field was built five years ago and has been closed since. It wasn’t until the start of this semester that the field was put in use. The new sports that will soon be taking place on campus will change the field from being just a wasted space to a usable arena. Although rumors have been spreading that the field isn’t finished because the wrong materials were used in construction, it really should not have been

treated like such a waste of space for so long. It would be great for the college community to have unlimited access to the field, as it would allow students to have a safe place to walk, jog and run practice drills for sports they may be involved in outside of school. This field brings with it a slew of opportunities for everyone on campus. I cannot wait to bring my friends to watch a game once the field opens up.



Kickball to Debut this Semester By Krystle Mitchell Outdoor sports will join their indoor counterparts on the co-ed intramural sports roster this semester. Among the options for student athletes this semester are co-ed volleyball, indoor soccer and the newly formed co-ed outdoor kickball, which will take place on the new field located on top of the student parking lot. Cesi Lopez will be heading the program this semester and will be holding orientation meetings for returning and prospective student athletes in the Women’s Gym on March 20 and 21, 11 a.m - 1 p.m. Students

must attend one of these meetings if they wish to join a team on the league. If these dates conflict with a student’s schedule, Lopez is allowing students to contact her via email at imsports@ Anyone wishing to sign up early is welcome to speak with Lopez at the Office of Student Life on the second floor of the Student Union Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:45-3:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. “I can’t wait to meet all of the prosperous and previous players at the meeting,” Lopez said. “I am open to suggestions about potential sports

to be held on campus, since I am new to the program.” At the meetings, coaches will get a chance to explain their goals for each team and how players can get their equipment. Players will also be able to check out the new field and get first dibs on meeting their teammates. The meeting is about more than just signing papers; it is a chance for students to decide whether or not they can take the school’s sports recognition to the next level and get students on campus more involved with the campus community.

Speculation over whether the St. Louis Rams would make the move back to Los Angeles has renewed ever since Rams owner, Stan Kroenke purchased 60 acres of land – formerly occupied by the Hollywood Park Racetrack – in Inglewood. Talk of the Rams relocating is nothing new and people seem to be making the obvious connection.


ver since the Raiders moved from Los Angeles to Oakland in 1995, people have wondered if the city would get a NFL franchise again, and for good reason. The fact that America’s most popular sport is not represented for in the second largest media market in the nation is ludicrous. How can Kansas City and Jacksonville make better markets than Los Angeles? Unfortunately for L.A., all national revenues, such as television rights and sales are divided 32 ways. Each NFL franchise receives an equal share. This brings the incentive for an owner to move his small market team to Los Angeles way down, especially when you consider the lack of success the NFL has had in Los Angeles. L.A. has gone through two different NFL franchises already, and many people believe that USC Football is enough for a “non-football town.” Despite all that, the discussion of

“Lack of serious athletics. I have a volleyball class and people don’t take it seriously, they show up and leave. [It would be beneficial] depending on the sport.” Janyce Colon, English Literature “There is not a lot of focus on that because there’s no sports. I believe it would be fun and we’d have more school spirit if we had a sports team.” Joanna Zubia, Psychology “It seems that LACC is not a place for sports, the strength is in the mathematics and music departments. It would be beneficial because if we had a sports team we would have more of a community. People love sports.” Herri Capela, Mathematics & Education

Mary Semerdjian, Photography

Not ‘If’ but ‘Where?’

By Jake Carlisi

Why do you think LACC lacks an official sports team? Do you think it would be beneficial?

“I blame the president of the school because it is her responsibility to have a sports team. I believe the stadium should have been built faster. It is beneficial because we haven’t really had any sports team at City.”


moving a team out west seems to be gaining steam by the day. Why? Well, because it’s L.A. Whenever there are discussions about a team moving cities, L.A. appears first on the list of possible destinations. There are just too many people, and too much success amongst other sport franchises in the city for the potential move not to be intriguing. There are currently three potential sites on which to build a new stadium in Los Angeles. There is the Kroenke site in Inglewood, which is an interesting proposal. Inglewood may not seem like an ideal location on the surface. It is not as accessible as downtown might be for instance, and parts of Inglewood still have a poor reputation as a dangerous part of town. That said, the old Forum was in Inglewood, and experienced great success particularly in the 1980s. For anyone that had been to Hollywood Park before its recent closure, they know the land is certainly big enough for a stadium as well. Then, there is Farmers Field – AEG owner Phil Anschutz’ proposed 68,000-seat stadium in downtown L.A., adjacent to the convention center, L.A. Live and the Staples Center. The downtown location has a lot going for it. The Staples Center is doing quite well in the same location and downtown gives people from all over L.A. reasonable access. The privately funded $1.5 billion retractable roof stadium would tap into the existing infrastructure of the entertainment district to support traffic and parking;

Photo by Dave Martin/Collegian

A view of the track and field which stands empty.

certainly, an issue needing to be addressed, as the stadium will only have 15 acres to squeeze into in an already heavily congested area. Congestion on game days would surely infuriate non-sports fans in the area. The traffic created on those Sunday nights when both the Staples Center and Farmers Field are in use might create riots. The Los Angeles Stadium at Grand Crossing is the final site in play. The proposal came in 2008 and would be funded by Ed Roski, co-owner of the L.A. Lakers and Kings. The proposed 75,000-seat venue would be located in the City of Industry about 15 minutes from Disneyland. A giant stadium in a nice area of town with somewhat easy access (near the interchange of the 60 and 57 freeways) certainly has its appeal. Opponents to the site say that with a team already located in San Diego, a Los Angeles team should represented in the heart of the city. There are still many that do not consider Anaheim-based teams a part of Los Angeles as it is. Ultimately, there will always be people who think that NFL Football is unsustainable, and those who think L.A.’s lack of NFL representation absurd. The truth is likely somewhere in the middle. With every year that goes by, it seems more and more likely that Los Angeles will host a NFL team. Whether it will happen soon is anyone’s guess. Eventually the city will once again have a chance to prove that pro football cannot only exist, but thrive in Los Angeles.

Architectural rendering of Farmers Field in Downtown L.A. Rendering Courtesy of Anschutz Entertainment Group.

“Lack of funding. We should have a sports team because it is an opportunity for students to participate in as well as an opportunity to transfer [to a university].” Gonzalo Ambrosio, Business Administration Compiled and Photos by Byron Umana-Bermudez

Los Angeles Collegian - Spring 2014 Issue 2  

The Student Voice of Los Angeles City College Since 1929.

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