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Volume XCIX, Issue 10
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
DPAC debates hot issues By Carly Gillis Lifestyle Editor
Sal Guerra Corsair Alejandro Martinez participated in the demonstration for reform at the immigration rally. He continues to hope for his citizinship application to be processed, and in the meantime relies on his wife for income.
LA marches for immigration reform By Dan Bluemel Opinion Editor Tens of thousands gathered in downtown Los Angeles Saturday to demand federal immigration reform. Carrying mostly American flags, crowds marched from Olympic Boulevard to First Street along Broadway. Among the many issues regarding immigrant rights, foremost on demonstrators’ minds was Arizona’s recent immigration law, which critics say will lead to racial profiling and civil liberties violations. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave a bilingual speech at the rally. “I’m
going to speak in English and Spanish today, because we are all equal,” he said to cheering demonstrators. “We want change, we want reform and we want it now.” Villaraigosa criticized current immigration policies. He called them “outdated and ineffective” laws that fail to meet the needs of a global economy and recognize America’s immigrant history. “Today’s immigrants are no different and we should not treat them any differently,” he said. The mayor highlighted immigrant contributions to the country, pointing out that many children of immigrants are currently serving in the armed
forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also addressed the need to fight immigration laws that did not respect people’s civil rights. “We must show that bigotry and close-mindedness have no place in the United States of America,” he said. Several labor unions attended the march and rally to show their support for immigrant workers. Teamsters Local 396 member Jose Amaya’s union helps undocumented workers become legal. “Some of these people have been here for 20 years,” he said. “They are not taking anybody’s jobs.” Also represented at the rally were Teamster union chapters 42 and 872. Both chapters
A closer look at financial aid
By Daniel Ross Staff Writer
Careena Willmont is a student with dreams of transferring to Columbia University in New York. David Evenskaas moved to Los Angeles from Colorado to forge a career in acting. Jonathon Boyer is an army reserve hoping to break into the music business. These three are all students at Santa Monica College, but
they share one other common denominator: they are among a population of thousands who receive financial aid to supplement their studies at the college. “Aside from my full time studies at SMC, I’m also taking classes at the Musicians Institute [in Los Angeles],” said Boyer, 22, whose punishing schedule only allows him time to partake in the requisite army drill once a month. “With the money I receive, I’m able to
featured tractor-trailers that drove alongside demonstrators as they marched toward First Street. Rally attendee Veronica Terriquez said that current laws did not address the rights of workers. “If we create a pathway to legalization we can get fair wages for workers,” she said. “It will raise wages for everyone, including low-wage workers.” Terriquez is an assistant professor of Sociology at USC. She sympathizes with immigrant students saying that many live in fear of deportation. “These students have the potential to contribute to our society,” she said. “Immigration laws don’t
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On April 28, the District Planning and Advisory Council (DPAC) unanimously approved a regulation that clearly prohibits the use of medical marijuana on campus. Robert Myers, campus council for SMC, presented the proposed change, Administrative Regulation 2430. “This is more than a simple bureaucratic matter,” said Myers. “This is to provide clarity to the students who may be lighting up on campus, thinking its legal.” He explained that California campuses routinely have these policies in place to coincide with federal support. “We’re not trying to get into a national drug policy debate,” he said. “This is a conflict between state and federal programs. The Drug Free School Act is a federal program.” There was some expressed concern over the boundaries of identifying “possession,” however he was quick to express that the intent was not to make the students guilty until proven innocent. “There is no plan for drug sniffing dogs on campus,” said Myers. The Council unanimously approved the new regulatory ban. Genevieve Bertone, project manager for sustainability and cochair of the ACUPCC Sustainability Task Force, presented the 20072008 Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The report contained an overview of the campus’ carbon emissions released from property facilities, transportation, and resource usage. SMC’s ACUPCC Sustainability Task Force was assembled for the campus to promote new initiatives, such as the greenhouse
See ‘DPAC’ on page 4
Students Recieving Federal Pell Grant
concentrate nearly all of my time on my studies.” Boyer, Evenskaas and Willmont are among the over 6,000 recipients of the Pell Grant at SMC. However, with a reservoir of around $30,000,000 available in financial aid and scholarships, Steven Myrow, associate dean of Financial Aid and Scholarships, believes that there remains a number of students
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*As of March 19. Does not include Spring or Summer sessions Data reported by the Fianancial Aid Office
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Big Blue Bus spares SMC students from fare increase By Jeremy Biglow Staff Writer
Sal Guerra Corsair Several children from a multitude of Latin backgrounds gather under a spread of flags quilted together in unity, during the May 1 protest to boycott Arizona’s senate bill 1070.
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allow that.” Aside from labor unions, student organizations were also in attendance on Saturday. Pasadena City College Students for Social Justice lent their support for immigration reform by participating in the demonstration. PCC history major Mayra Jaimes felt Arizona’s recent antiimmigration law was racist. “We need a law that is fair,” she said. “Grabbing anyone off the streets is not right.” Dressed in caps and gowns, advocates for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, were also present. The DREAM act is a proposed federal legislation that would provide a means
for children of illegal aliens who graduate high school to obtain conditional permanent residency. DREAM act advocate Yessenia Velasquez is a University of California, Los Angeles political science major. She said that current laws are unfair to immigrant students, saying they must pay costly out-of-state tuition fees despite living in the state their whole lives. “Then they go through the trouble to get a degree and they can’t work,” she said. Activists also argue that immigration laws break up families. Former Airman Eduardo Gutierrez marched in his fatigues carrying a sign that called attention to the deportation of military family
members. “There were people in Afghanistan and Iraq whose wives were deported,” he said. “If you serve your country and put your life on the line, then your wife should be afforded citizenship too.” Los Angeles resident Anna Duran also attended the demonstration for family reasons. “I’m a citizen and my husband is illegal,” she said. “I’m here for him and I want him here, in this country, with me.” The rally occurred peacefully, with the mood of the crowd being more celebratory than angry or hostile. Vendors sold hot dogs and ice cream while demonstrators shouted “Si se puede!” and listened to speakers talk about reform.
With the current economic slump, cities are doing what they can to keep afloat. Among problems local governments are facing, transportation costs are increasing and less money is readily available. Cities across the nation are raising transportation costs, and Santa Monica is no exception. Big Blue Bus plans on raising fares but has, for the time, elected to exempt Santa Monica College students from price increases. For the past several semesters, taking the Big Blue Bus has been easily accessible for SMC students and faculty. The “Any line, any time” program, established in 2007, allows students to ride free, provided they show their student ID card with the current AS sticker in place. The BBB will raise its fare by 25 cents in the fall of 2010 in order to maintain their services, keeping the same amount of busses running and ensuring a short period of wait time between busses.
Even though the prices will be raised, there is some indication from a recent community meeting that riders are fine with paying more to keep the same level of service. Big Blue Bus customer manager, Dan Dawson, said that most transit services in the LA area stop running relatively early, but explained that the Big Blue Bus runs later, some lines going until 10 p.m. “It feels like a valuable service to have buses running longer than average busses,” said Dawson. BBB works with SMC to estimate the number of student and faculty riders per year. With this estimated number, the school pays BBB $1.2 million annually to allow students to ride without charge. The price increase, which was to be implemented August 29 of this year, was temporarily postponed, according to Dawson. According to the American Public Transportation Association, more than 80 transportation systems across the country are being forced to raise fares due to both local and state budget cuts.
Lyndsay Smith Corsair Students board the Rapid 7 Big Blue Bus on the corner of 18th Street and Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, Calif. on Tuesday.
Clubs ambivalent about celebrating Cinco de Mayo By John Stapleton IV Staff Writer While cantinas and mercados throughout West Los Angeles prepare for Cinco de Mayo festivities, the members of Santa Monica College’s Association of Latin American Students will be doing very little to acknowledge the holiday. The reason, ALAS says, is that Cinco de Mayo has lost its historical value, and has become nothing more than a ploy to commercialize a profitable drinking holiday under the guise of cultural diversity. “Here in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has been taken out of context,” says ALAS president Andrea Avilla. “People only associate it with alcohol and barbeque, when they don’t know what it’s really about. Even within the Spanish-
speaking community, the only ads in the holiday, they know how Mayo would prove inconsequential that mention Cinco de Mayo are culturally unimportant it is in their when the French returned to conquer Mexico just weeks later. beer commercials. The holiday homeland. SMC journalism professor “They celebrate it here when is being exploited for commercial they don’t even celebrate it in their Sharyn Obsatz interviewed Claudio purposes.” Avilla claims that without any native country,” Hernandez said, Alvarez, originally from Puebla, historical connotation, the holiday adding, “They celebrate more on for the Press Enterprise in 2004 has lost its cultural significance, Cinco de Mayo than they do on and found that Cinco de Mayo is only celebrated and is therefore in that particular nothing more than People only associate it with alcohol and Mexican state and not marketing. “It’s like considered a major St. Patrick’s Day: barbeque, when they don’t know what it’s holiday in the rest of everyone celebrates really about. the country. it and no one knows “While beer and why. I personally Andrea Avilla, ALAS president tequila sales flow in have no idea what St. the United States, it’s Patrick’s Day is for, but I’m not Irish. I’m not Mexican Mexico’s Independence Day, and a dry holiday in Puebla…People either, I’m Colombian, so I don’t our Independence Day is a much can be arrested or fined for buying and selling alcohol,” said Alvarez even know the full history of Cinco bigger deal.” Originally celebrated as the in the article. This fact highlights de Mayo, but it’s advertised as a anniversary of the Mexican army’s the disparity between the original Latino holiday,” Avilla said. Avilla said that while some of victory over the French army at the Puebla holiday and its present her Mexican friends participate Battle of Puebla in 1862, Cinco de American incarnation.
Despite its transformation from a memorial holiday to a festive one, some Mexican students adamantly support Cinco de Mayo as a celebration of Hispanic culture, whether or not people understand the complete history behind it. Mexican student Beronica Corona disagrees with the position held by ALAS. While she admits that the holiday has been corrupted into a marketing gimmick, she maintains that “so has every other American holiday.” Corona claims that canceling Cinco de Mayo only robs students of a distinctly Latino cultural holiday. “What [Latino] students should be doing is celebrating it in their own way, celebrating it the right way, to educate people on what Cinco de Mayo is really about: the tradition, the history,” said Corona.
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qualified to receive financial aid who fail to take advantage of this service. “There’s this common misconception among community college students that they don’t deserve financial aid,” said Myrow. “But in reality, if all SMC students were to apply for financial aid, over half would qualify.” “Even if a student is only eligible for the BOG waiver (a grant awarded by the Board of Governors waiving tuition fees), they might still save themselves roughly $750 a term,” he said. “Now that’s a lot of money, especially in this current economic climate.” In a review before the Board of Trustees last month, Myrow addressed the current state of financial aid at SMC. This included an overview of the initiatives taken over the past five years to streamline the program, and a speculative advisory as to any anticipated changes in federal and state financial aid. Myrow highlighted the department’s efforts to modernize an archaic financial aid system that up until five years ago was a window to a bygone era of tedious manual crosschecking. However, with the introduction of the automated Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) assessment system, Myrow said that the status of each student no longer has to be processed by hand and now can be verified almost immediately. With the advent of electronic applications and a more interactive information system (including a soon-to-be-introduced student self-service portal where students can check the status of their application online), Myrow said that the improved accessibility and efficiency of the system means that students
are receiving their money faster than ever before. Nevertheless, Myrow admitted that this is an area still open to improvement, and Boyer is one of those who knows firsthand the shortcomings of the current system. “I submitted my application one week before the start of the semester in February, and I still haven’t received any money, nearly two months later,” said Boyer, who receives up to $20,000 from the military to reimburse student loans. More applicants than ever before are applying for financial aid. Myrow says this is because a quicker, more “user-friendly” electronic approach exists to inform students of their financial rights. The amount awarded in Pell Grants has almost doubled from $7,421,141 in the 20022003 academic year to $14,746,534 for 20092010. The BOG waiver program mirrored this trend. It too saw a near four-fold jump in money granted from $1,550,208 in 20022003 to $1,550,208 in 2009-2010. Myrow also said that the recently legislated Direct Loan Program is another reason for students to celebrate. By sidestepping the banks, and therefore preventing students from accruing huge interest-laden profits, Myrow believes that the current system is one that is fairer and more efficient for all those concerned. The primary concern for students like Boyer, Evenskaas and Willmont is the speed at which forms can be filled, applications processed and the money dispensed. In most cases, this money is not a luxury. Willmont insists that the money she receives is needed “to pay for life.”
gas inventory. At the meeting they decided to join other colleges and universities across the country by collecting raw data on the college’s carbon footprint. SMC emits 29.8 tons of carbon emissions (MT CO2e) per thousand feet, which is slightly higher than the peer average of 28 MT CO2e. When the emissions were compared on a student-to-carbon ratio, however, SMC proved to be well under the peer average. Every full-time student on campus emits just 1.2 MT CO2e—less than half of other comparable institutions, which averages at 3.1 MT CO2e. Although the results of the greenhouse gas inventory were mixed, the task force remained positive on future goals. “I’m a hundred percent optimistic,” said Bertone. “We wanted to stay data-focused with this report—it was a big hurdle to overcome. Now we can use what we learned to actually make some changes.” The Council unanimously accepted the Geenhouse Gas Inventory report. Lesley Kawaguchi of the Student Learning Outcomes Committee reported on the proposed “pilot portal” electronic database to record and share Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) records among faculty members. The database would be incorporated into the current faculty’s data management system. SLO refer to the behavioral changes a student should retain after completing a class. While grades represent the end result of a class in quantitative terms, SLO represent the more abstract qualities of integrity, ethics, and critical thinking gained through the experience of the curriculum. The proposed database, however, would not be accessible to students. This incited a point of contention during the discussion, as some committee members voiced concerns about potential lawsuits over the availability of the information.
“This seems like it will open a Pandora’s Box of problems,” said Howard Stahl, co-chair of the Budget Planning Subcommittee. “Don’t the students have a right to know?” Kawaguchi was quick to explain that the purpose of the program would not be to conjure a “Big Brother” mentality toward student information, but to compare information across campus disciplines. The information collected is selfevident in that the students have direct access to their professors, who are required to discuss their performance. “The purpose of this would be to see what we can do to make successful students,” said Kawaguchi. “It’s a way to show faculty members what works and what doesn’t.” The recommendation to create a pilot database has previously been approved by the council and is in development by both the Student Learning Outcomes Committee and the campus IT department. AS special election The Associated Students will hold a special election from May 24 to May 27. The AS constitutional amendments proposed for the elections can be viewed on The Corsair’s website. The two ballot measures are: 1. Do you recommend that the AS Board of Directors of SMC implement a waivable $1.50 Student Organizing Fee per term for the purpose of providing funds to organize students on issues of importance? (e.g. SMC CALPIRG Chapter and Student Leadership Academy) 2. Shall a waivable Student Representation Fee of $1.00 per term be established for the purpose of supporting student governmental affairs representatives to state viewpoints and positions before city, county, and district governments, and before offices and agencies of state government? See thecorsaironline.com for full details.
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Pan- African student union member, Samuel Nganga, dances in the center of a crowd during Club Row.
SMC entered a new level of excitement on Thursday when it kicked off its annual Club Row, an event that showcases the College’s many student clubs with music, dancing and food in an effort to recruit new members. Students gathered in the quad and took the opportunity to escape the pressures of midterms and essays to learn about the many clubs on campus. SMC President Chui L. Tsang was present at Thursday’s gathering. He commented on how organized the event was, but couldn’t decide on a favorite club. “I haven’t had a chance to see all the clubs yet,” he said. “They all look great. I like the new set up: less crowded, more space, students can enjoy the place better.”
In total, 49 clubs participated in the event, each debuting something unique in their effort to introduce students to their club. Clubs featured attention-grabbing tactics to entice new members. Phi Theta Kappa wore togas, skirts, and head wreaths, the Chemistry Club presented a solar-powered mini car and the Pan-African Student Union performed exotic African dances. The Association of Latin American Students went above and beyond honest persuasion. They featured a dance circle fusion of hip-hop and martial arts. One student played a small drum while two others yelled “bailar” (Spanish for “to dance”). “I think it’s a wonderful event,” he said. “Every year it brings out the spirits of the students. And it’s observable; you can feel the atmosphere, you can see it.”
Freddy Krueger, “Nightmare” retells the story of a group of teenagers living in the town of Springwood who are all afflicted with the same and all-too-real nightmare, leaving them afraid to fall asleep. Graphically depicted, the film delves a little deeper into Krueger’s history, yielding a more substantial character while still maintaining the campvalue of the original, seen in Krueger’s iconic laugh and crudely sinister witticisms. “It’s always fun to see how a director will do a particular scene that was in the original,” said Joey Beran, 40, who saw the 1984 original in theaters. “The violence [in
the remake] was so much more brutal, which adds a kind of seriousness. [But] Freddy was just as foul-mouthed as I remembered, so it balanced out.” While horror movies and remakes are rarely met with critical success, audiences can’t seem to resist the temptation of Freddy’s burnt flesh and superhuman abilities. Moviegoer Angie Martinez said that “Nightmare” wasn’t as good as she had hoped it would be. “Every horror remake I’ve ever seen always falls short of my expectations. I guess I should save myself the twelve dollars, but I just can’t help myself.”
“Nightmare on Elm Street” racks up a large body count By Sean Carpenter Staff Writer Whenever one thinks of 1980s horror flicks, it is hard not to imagine knife-wielding Michael Myers of “Halloween” or the deformed hockey masked Jason Voorhees of “Friday the 13th.” With the horror genre being prime pickings for Hollywood remakes, it only follows that Freddy Krueger would once again resurface to haunt the dreams of adrenaline-seeking moviegoers. Director Samuel Bayer has once again
brought to life the knife-fingered Freddy Krueger with his remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” released last Friday. The film held true to the original plot while adding an amped dose of graphic ferocity. “I’m a huge 80s horror fan,” said 18-yearold moviegoer Adam Stazer, who was dressed accordingly, complete with knifed glove. “Even though I was excited, I’m always skeptical of any remake, but this movie went over and above what I expected. It was completely demented.” Starring Jackie Earle Haley from “Watchmen” as the burnt dream-stalker
Super Street Fighter IV packs a few new punches
Capcom’s Street Fighter series returns with additional characters and new changes in gameplay. By Jung Shim Staff Writer It looks like the beloved Street Fighter franchise has come back for another round. Super Street Fighter IV is the newest installation in the series and it builds upon everything the past games have created, stepping out of the shadows to be a worthy addition to the lineup. The game boasts the largest number of characters since Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Cody, Guy, and Adon make their first appearances since the Alpha series and they do not disappoint. With strong normal and special attacks, the three are looking pretty good, especially considering that they have been out of commission for over a decade. But Capcom didn’t appease just Alpha and Third Strike fans. They took it back 20 years and brought back Dee Jay and T. Hawk, the two characters that were missing in Street Fighter IV. Hawk’s thundering grabs do some of the best damage in the game and Dee Jay rocks to his own beat. The greatest surprise was Capcom’s unveiling of two brand new characters, Hakan and Juri. Hakan is a Turkish oil wrestler with an eclectic move set. He oils himself up, slides around and hugs people to death. Juri is a South Korean
Tae Kwon Do master who seeks only to fight for fighting’s sake. Her move set is eclectic as well, but fans will rejoice regardless of her playing; her sultry figure and nonchalant attitude is sure to win over many players. New players will be relieved to know that the game utilizes the same concepts as Street Fighter IV, so expect links and lots of them. However, the Ultra system has been slightly changed. Instead of just one Ultra, you now have access to two different ones, similar to the system used in Third Strike. While interesting, some characters received a crappy second Ultra and as a result, their style remains much the same. For older veterans of the series, there have been quite a few noticeable changes to each character, tweaks that buff a character in certain aspects or nerf them in others. The universal nerf that everyone received was the lowering of damage on all the dragon punches. Cammy players start weeping; her double cannon spike combo does a lot less damage now. But in the end, the game is still very much like Street Fighter IV. So if you’re just starting to learn to play the game, no worries. The game isn’t as hard to pick up as the Alpha series or Street Fighter II. As for returning players, there are ten new characters to experiment with, along with new Ultras for everyone.
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Sneak Peek: An exclusive look into “The Last Airbender” Noah Ringer as Aang in “The Last Airbender.” Ringer, along with Rathbone, will star in the summer movie which will be released July 2.
By Guiliana Dakdouk Managing Editor The name Jackson Rathbone isn’t one many are familiar with, which is shocking considering Rathbone plays Jasper in the “Twilight” saga, is a member of the band 100 Monkeys, and is an indie producer and director. Rathbone recently finished filming the “The Last Airbender” with director M. Night Shyamalan. The film, based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series, ties the four elements (air, water, earth and fire) together after a brutal war is launched. A century has passed since the destruction began and little has been done to change the situation. Rathbone’s character, Sokka, works alongside the four elements to reestablish peace in the world. Following is an excerpt of a conference call interview that Rathbone had with nine colleges across the country in regards to the film. Santa Monica College: How did you prepare for your role as Sokka? JR: There were two months or so of intense Kung Fu training in Los Angeles
for three hours a day. We had two weeks of rehearsals in Philadelphia where we ran through the scenes and the process was very natural. Shyamalan is a very natural director; it was very easy to work with him. Northwestern University: Since you were so busy filming, what did you do when you had free time? I never really like to have free time. While I wasn’t filming the movie, I was also performing with my band, as well as starting to produce a film with a bandmate, Jerry Anderson. I was also busy getting the trailer ready for that project as well as new songs with the band when I got home at night. I don’t really tend to have much “off time.” DePaul University: Did you watch the original show? I was always aware of the show but didn’t watch it as much during the audition process. But during the actual film, I wanted to step away from it a bit and kind of make it as natural and realistic as possible. That is one of the difficulties with an animated character show, trying to condense it into a two-hour movie. With the extreme martial arts and elements bending, it was far more serious. Although
I was a fan, I tried to stay away from the show, but my friends were excited as all hell when they found out I was playing the character. Hillsborough Community College: What would draw a college audience to enjoy a Nickelodeon show? At the end of the day, the subject matter that appeals to everyone is in the story: discovering yourself. It’s a coming of age story. The idea of manipulating the elements has always been a wonder, so the ability to work with them or against them and what that means should attract audiences. University of Arizona: Was it fair that you couldn’t bend the elements? Do you still get the chance to fight? It is funny since I was working with Noah Ringer [whose character can manipulate all four elements] and Nicola Peltz (who plays his sister, the Waterbender) and they could bend elements, they joshed me for not being able to bend anything. I would say my super power is my sharp wit. SMC: If you were able to bend the elements, which element would it be and why?
I think it would have to water. It is one of the most abundant resources we have and the human body is made up of 80 percent water and the earth about the same. I’ve always been a fan of Bruce Lee and his writings and he talks a lot about what it means to be like water. Northwestern: What was that experience like on the set? It was a pleasure and joy. We had lot of martial arts training and the best people training us. We actually filmed the first two weeks in Greenland, which was extremely cold, and I don’t think I would have any other reason to go there but to film. It was like a big family. Shyamalan likes to have the same actors and crew working on his films and it creates this family element. While you’re filming, it’s not like you’re working; it’s like play time.
the upcoming show “Squidbillies” was previewed for the audience, along with the bonus of viewing the 100th episode of “Aqua Teen.” Fan and spectator Satham Narang loved the live performances, and the 100th episode especially stood out to him. “It was hands down the best part [of the night],” he said. Snyder and Willis entered the stage and were greeted with thunderous applause and wild shout-outs. Willis started the evening by asking audience members to refrain from sex during the show. Los Angeles’ reputation as the entertainment capital of the world became comedic fodder. Audience members were asked to keep calm
in the presence of the comedians’ “amazingness” and not be star struck. Some did not really know what to expect from the show. Burbank resident Matthew Verbois was pleasantly surprised by the spectacle. “It was fun,” he said. “I really enjoyed it. I especially liked that they ended with an [Aqua Teen] episode. The “Hunger Force” trio of Frylock, Meatwad, and Master Shake, plus their annoying next-door neighbor Carl Brutananadilewski, premiered in 2000. In the sitcom, the three junk food characters – a pack of fries, a red meatball, and a milk shake – all live together in a run-down house in a New Jersey suburb.
The event contest, “Show us your Meatwad,” brought members of the audience on stage to showcase their best Meatwad impersonations. Snyder later introduced a witty character from the upcoming show “Squidbillies.” A pink, elderly, squid puppet named Granny took the stage with Snyder’s aid. Though the “Aqua Teen” live show did not solely revolve around the “Hunger Force,” it was the fans’ favorite part of the evening. “Seeing Granny made me even more jazzed about [Squidbillies],” said Jennifer Christine from Palm Springs. The reason to come to the show was obvious for Christine: “Dana Snyder of course,” she said with a smile.
Rathbone’s colorful persona emerged throughout the interview, proving he is far more than the character that made his face so well known. He hopes to eventually work his way around the camera, but until then, you can see both “The Last Airbender” and “Eclipse” in theaters this summer.
“Aqua Teen Hunger Force” brings laughter to the El Rey By Emil Norlén Staff Writer Fans of Adult Swim, a late-night network for adults that shares channel space with the Cartoon Network, lined up under the neon lights of the El Rey theatre for an evening of some brash comedy sketches last Tuesday. “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” comprised two-thirds of the Adult Swim show, which offered a mean, raw and highly sexualized evening of comedy. Actors and comedians Dana Snyder and Dave Willis took the stage in uncensored, Adult Swim fashion by performing a variety of explicit sketches that often involved the audience. A sample of
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30 days of going green: reduce, reuse, recycle and review By Alessandra Catanese Staff Writer
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Alessandra Catanese conquers the bin and champions sustainable living methods at Santa Monica College.
Thirty days seemed like a long time, but my time is already up and I can’t believe it’s gone so fast. To some people, the thought of living trash-free, carpooling almost every day and digging into a bin of dirt and worms with your bare hands seems awful. Fortunately for me, it wasn’t. Throughout this entire escapade I learned quite a lot. I now see the beauty of composting and the fun in riding the bus. Most importantly, I can feel how much less of an impact I have on the earth. Just trying out this way of life has made me more conscious of the world around me and I’m much more willing to help it last. Living trash free is not as hard as most think it is. The plastic take-away containers in the main campus cafeteria made breakfast and lunch possible on days when I didn’t have enough time to pack my own food, but I had to remember to recycle them properly at the end of the day. However, nothing can beat the taste of the freshly prepared snacks I have been bringing to school, and it’s nice not worrying about the mess or the money. The hardest things to handle are napkins. Even though they are made from paper, you cannot recycle napkins after they’ve been used. I tried bringing my own handkerchief to school, but I found biodegradable wipes work better. It is surprising how many
places you can get to by riding the Big Blue Bus. When traveling to school, I took the 12 bus line to the 7 (Culver City to Santa Monica) and was there in 20 minutes. I saved money by not buying a parking pass, avoiding the potential for all those parking tickets and not having to feed the meter. I also made money off the water bottles my roommates placed in our recycle bin. At the Santa Monica Recycling Center, and outside some grocery stores, there are plastic bottle-recycling machines that give you money for each bottle. Granted, it is only a couple cents per bottle, but the more bottles you store up, the more money you’ll get on each visit. Talk about some motivation! As for my composting, the worms are looking great. As an extra-credit option, the Sustainable Works organization at SMC teaches you how to help the environment. A group meets once a week and to cover a new chapter of sustainability and last week my crew paid a visit to the vermitech on the main campus. For those of you who have no idea what a “vermitech” is, it is basically a very expensive, very big, airconditioned worm-composting bin for the entire school. According to Sustainable Works Director Gina Garcia, the vermitech started with about 300,000 worms, but has now doubled to about 600,000 worms. She said the worms don’t actually eat the food you put in the compost. As the food decomposes,
the worms eat the bacteria that form off the food, and therefore stop mold from growing. I was having a problem with flies in my compost. Garcia explained that as long as the food is exposed on top of the compost flies would sense it and stick around. If you burry the food under the dirt the flies won’t be able to smell it anymore. Problem fixed. Your compost may not smell too bad, but recycling, on the other hand, can stink up a room faster than a scared skunk. I came to the conclusion that it helps to rinse out any bottles, containers, or recyclable material with food residue of any kind. This keeps the flies, and the smell, far, far away. Let’s review the equation: Public transportation minus waste and flies plus worms and recycling equals more money in your pocket. Every week, the Sustainable Works crew group goes through a checklist of ways to change your approach to environmental issues like energy, chemicals, waste and transportation. The little checkbox that appears every week—regardless of the issue— is the one marked “change your behavior,” and I believe this is the most important one. When I started, I was not looking forward to this project and cursed myself several times for embarking on a journey I did not think I could complete. But in the end, it really is just about getting and staying active. The more conscious you are of your actions, the easier it is to effectively help out our planet.
that I approach the “operatives” at the cache’s hiding place and state, “The geocache flies at midnight” to receive my prize. I had almost given up, but the sympathetic man who I first encountered ended up unexpectedly helping me. As I paced the area, he approached to tell me that the location I
was searching was not the only one of it’s kind in the area. Soon after, my feet hit the pedals and I took off with new insight. A few more clues finally led me to my prize. As I lifted
‘Geocaching’ gives new meaning to playing hide and seek Alica Forneret Staff Writer
Straddling my bicycle and scanning my surroundings, I decided to approach who I assumed was the treasurekeeper and asked, “Does ‘the geocache flies at midnight’ mean anything to you?” “Does the geo-what fly where?” he asked, looking quizzically into my eyes. I thought maybe this was a test, but after an awkward moment of staring at each other, the man I questioned said that he truly had no idea what I was talking about. And really, who would? My journey was an unusual one. I was on a hunt to locate a hidden treasure, called a “cache,” using the GPS feature on my cell phone. Geocaching has been embraced worldwide with hundreds of people participating everyday. It involves using a GPS unit to locate hidden containers, or “caches,” that have been placed
by other geocachers in what could basically be called a hightech treasure hunt. The first instance of geocaching took place on May 3, 2000 when Dave Ulmer hid a bucket full of books, food, money and more in the woods just outside of Portland, Oregon. Today thousands of caches can be found all over the world in trees, underwater in swimming holes, and most likely within a mile of your front door. Last week, I scoured the official geocaching website, geocaching.com, trying to find one of these hidden caches near campus. I settled on one titled “Lord of the Rings” and took to the streets in hopes of a rousing afternoon adventure. After pedaling my way down to the general vicinity of the listed coordinates, I ended up on The Strand bicycle path. I took off my backpack and rooted for all of the components necessary in a typical geocaching toolkit: a
GPS unit, a pen, some trinkets to trade and notes containing clues from the cache’s profile. Although many caches are simple to locate such as parkand-grabs others take quite a bit of sleuthing and even multiple attempts. Robert Newell, a treasure hunter with over 9,000 notches in his geocaching belt, said that sometimes the hobby forces you to think outside of the box. He told the story of one daunting hunt in a park with his wife, a fellow geocacher. “We were sure we had looked everywhere it could be, but after we had left I started to think,” he said. “This round picnic table was set in concrete and I thought maybe it could be lifted up.” They returned to the park and successfully lifted the 100 pound table up, exposing the illusive cache hidden in an underground pipe. Although the cache I was in search of did not require any physical exertion, it did require
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An example of a log found within a geocache. It extensively lists names of those who have taken the same journey.
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By John Stapleton IV Staff Writer “You know this is a gay bar, right?” Jim Faulkner was the first person I talked to at Roosterfish, and he wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting into. I was well aware. In fact, I had spent the evening trying to find exactly this gay bar. Its patrons unanimously agree that it’s the only gay dive bar this side of West Hollywood, but you’d never know it if you were just stopping in for a cold beer on a hot summer afternoon (except for all the male erotic art). For the best in gay-friendly whistle whetting, hit up Roosterfish in Venice. Barely noticeable from the street, Roosterfish’s understated exterior is reflected by its interior, with exposed brick walls, cement floors and cases of beer stacked against the walls as furniture. The minimalist approach serves the casual nature of the bar well, making Roosterfish a great, man-cavey place to shoot some pool, throw some darts, or to just take it all in at the bar. “As an out-of-towner, this reminds me of a really fun, up-and-coming San Francisco bar,” said Frisco native Aaron Lucas. “It’s not typical L.A. – all ‘plastic-y’ and over-moisturized, with guys saying ‘I can totally get you on my reality TV show.’ This is realer; more ‘manly man.’ See – that guy has pit stains. I can appreciate that.” “That guy” was Collin McNamee, a scruffy, medium-built bartender
“Geocaching,” continued from Page 5... the top off the official geocache box labeled “Top Secret,” an abundance of children’s toys, jewelry, five years’ worth of logbooks, and “travel bugs” were revealed.
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the quest for the Westside’s best watering hole who was simultaneously fashionable and rough around the edges. Patrons informed me that these physical characteristics were the very definition of the term “otter,” a colloquialism I had never heard before. Other things I learned while submerged in gay culture include the terms “bear,” a large, hairy male (think the old “Brawny man”) and “family” (part of the gay family). I was taken by surprise at the explicit ceiling art and the cataclysmic effect McNamee’s blueberry kamikaze had on my sobriety. I dare you to call this drink “fruity.” Apparently, this kind of gaiety is nothing new to Roosterfish, which turns 31 this Memorial weekend. Says doorman Michael Johnson, “We are a word-of -mouth bar. Everyone in the gay community knows about us because we’re the cheapest drinks on Abbott Kenney still. Anyone that flies into LAX knows about Roosterfish.” Patrons must have come straight from the airport, as everyone I met at Roosterfish was either from another side of LA, another side of California, or another side of the planet. Rohan Strachan had walked off the plane from Sydney just hours before, but almost immediately found his way to Roosterfish – a bar you’d miss entirely if you didn’t know what you were looking for – by asking his hotel’s bell hop where to find the hottest Westside gay bar. “The drinks are really strong here. Travel bugs are track-able hitchhiking tags that look similar to suitcase identification tags. They each carry a code that can be looked up online. Once behind the computer, a geocacher can view all the locations the travel bug has visited. The caption on the travel bug I found explained its unique history.
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Collin McNamee, bartender and resident “otter” of Roosterfish Bar, pours his signature blueberry kamikaze drink for patrons.
We’d pay three times this anywhere else. There’s just such a high concentration of groovy,” he said, laughing with his sister, who had accompanied him from Australia. Both seemed enthusiastic about finding such an amicable environment on such short notice. Speaking of sisters, while Roosterfish admittedly caters specifically to the boys-only club, they have no qualms about making regulars out of lady lovers. Big Apple transport Alexa Broida calls “I belong to a married couple who are both disabled,” it said. “Their dream has always been to see more of the world but it is very difficult for them to travel. Therefore, they have sent me in their place, with a mission to see all of the wonderful places they cannot visit.” This “bug” will be traveling with me to New Orleans this summer.
Roosterfish “the bar where everyone knows your name. There’s no bars like this in NYC – just clubs. It’s the people that make it. It’s not a lesbian hang out, but the girls feel just as comfortable as the guys. It’s equal opportunity gay.” It’s equal opportunity fun, period – and at the sacrifice of absolutely nothing. It’s a gay bar that also allows lesbians, breeders, and even beach attire. Try finding a straight bar with that much tolerance. Geocaching can be personally rewarding after you make it through awkward conversations with strangers who, unknowingly, are wandering ohso-close to the cache site. However, what I found most significant is the vicarious experience the global geocaching community can provide for those unable to go on the adventure themselves.
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Immigration reform prejudiced by payroll, not partiality By Tieg Slattery Staff Writer
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On May 1, May Day rallies took place around the globe. Originally a day for unions and labor groups devoted to advocating workers’ rights, May Day demonstrations in America this year took on a slightly different appearance. Propelled by Arizona’s controversial new immigration enforcement law, mass deportations and stalled momentum toward reform, more than one million protesters took to the streets across America. Many of them were focused on the situation in Arizona, where misinformation campaigns about immigrants and crime have fuelled a climate of intolerance. What stands at the heart of America’s growing immigration problems however, is not racism but classism. It exists in nearly every facet of American life. These immigrants are being treated unfairly, not because of the color of their skin, but rather the size of their bank account. Most of the 10 to 20 million estimated illegal immigrants in this country are, for the most part, law-abiding, upstanding and hardworking individuals. According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, crime in Arizona has actually dropped since the 1990s when immigrants “began pouring into the state.” The state’s property crime has dropped 43 percent since 1995.
FCC takes a hit in Internet battle Net neutrality, the movement to keep Internet access free from corporate greed, is not getting the proper attention it deserves from our elected officials. By Alessandra Catanese Staff Writer As the battle for network neutrality continues, it can be easy to get lost in the tornado of opinions, proposals and solutions swirling around us everyday. It may seem as though nothing has changed, but, if you’ve been watching the news recently, you may have heard that a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, in their battle against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). According to the New York Times, Comcast asserted that it had the “right to slow its cable customers’ access to a file-sharing service called BitTorrent.” Net neutrality was not the issue here, instead it was whether or not the FCC “had authority to regulate Comcast’s network management practices,” which the court felt was not in the FCC’s power. This battle is, and has been since the beginning, a childish game of finger pointing. On the one hand, we have the major telephone companies lobbying (bribing) Congress not to pass the Network Neutrality bill. Supposedly, they have no intentions of changing the Internet as it currently exists, yet there have been incidents of Internet providers choking off access, hoping users would then purchase their premium services. According to Megan Tady, a campaign coordinator for Free Press, Internet providers all over the United States are
already using technology “designed to filter and spy on content in order to extract additional profits from your Internet traffic.” Multiple lawsuits have been filed, but Comcast’s win was the ultimate blow to the FCC’s control and a boon to corporate greed. On the other hand, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) proposed a new solution to the madness in an op-ed on the Daily Kos Web site, saying the FCC should reclassify the Internet from “information service,” to “communications service.” This would give the FCC the same control over the Internet that it already has over the radio and TV. To some this looks like a perfect solution, but let’s just work out the pros and cons here. If the Internet is reclassified, the FCC would have the power to impose net neutrality and keep telecom companies from trafficking and selling the Internet as they please; a definite pro. However, the FCC would also be capable of censoring the Internet the same way they censor radio and TV. This could lead to regulating profanity in language, pictures, and yes, even porn. Free speech on the Internet would be in danger. However, there is a solution. You can e-mail your representative at house.gov and tell them to support the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009 (HR 3458). By supporting this Act, you are protecting net neutrality and establishing a free and open Internet for all users across the nation.
The people being targeted lack the resources, financial, legal or otherwise to navigate the bureaucratic path to legal status. It is in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness that these so-called “illegals” resort to whatever means necessary to obtain a better life, a shot at the American dream. It is this same mentality that brought the pilgrims and pioneers to America, and it is the same tenacity exemplified in immigrant workers that built this country. People opposing immigration reform and proponents of deportation over amnesty often tout that Mexican drug cartels import increased violence to American soil. However this problem will not be solved by deportation, but rather by improved border security. Years of lackadaisical border enforcement have allowed the Latin American drug cartels, criminals and “coyotes” to roam free. Now law-abiding South and Central American immigrants are being scapegoated for failed American policy. Perhaps it is time to focus less on protecting Pakistani borders and commit more resources to defending the 1,969mile U.S.-Mexico border. Another common argument of the opposition is that millions of American jobs are lost to immigrants, illegal or otherwise. While the 10.2 percent unemployment rate in America is unacceptably high, many immigrants
are content to do the jobs that American elitism renders unsatisfactory. It is unlikely that scores of unemployed Americans would line up to wash dirty laundry or clean toilets, even in the direst of economic circumstances. Furthermore, it is difficult to comprehend how those who fall in the top tier of the capitalistic pyramid fail to recognize the economic necessity of the population residing just above the poverty line. This lower economic stratum of society serves as a foundation for the entire system, essentially supporting the security of those existing in the upper echelons of business and politics. The immigration debate is yet another example of the divide that continues to grow between the controlling minority and the masses in America. In a society consumed and controlled by capitalism, the only color issue is the one dealing with stacks of green. Without money, immigrants have no voice. In order to expedite snail-pace reform, the immigrant workforce should go on a national strike. Let the capitalist fat cats running the country wash toilets, collect trash, go without taxis, sleep on dirty hotel bedding and eat from soiled restaurant dishes. And let them rear their own children for a change and send their teenage sons and daughters to war. A change in legislation would be swift.
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Eliseeva places second at Regionals By Kevin Duron Staff Writer Despite a grudging loss in the conference playoffs to Saddleback College a few days earlier, the standout members of the Corsair women’s tennis team pulled it together to leave their mark on the Regional Championship tournament last weekend. Anastasia Eliseeva, Tiana Lauritzen, Gwendolyn Kauffman and Jutta Collet represented SMC valiantly in singles competition with at least one victory for all four girls. The freshmen trio of Collet, Kauffmann and Lauritzen each showcased their talents in the early rounds of play. Kauffmann decisively defeated her first round opponent, and then fell to the eventual third-place finisher, Stacey Peng from Mt. San Antonio College, in the second round. Collet and Lauritzen both advanced to the third round of competition, falling just one win short of the quarterfinals and losing the chance to qualify for state. It was experience, however, that proved to be the missing ingredient for the Corsairs, and Eliseeva was more than happy to fill the void. The sophomore looked like an artist on the court last weekend. Doing her best Zorro impression, the phenom from Russia slashed through her opponents to prevail in four consecutive matches, eventually landing in the finals. Despite a valiant effort, Eliseeva would
fall in the final match to Mt. San Jacinto College’s Ben El Hadj, a tough loss accredited in part to fatigue. “Overall it was great, but I was tired yesterday and today, so unfortunately I couldn’t keep up the pace,” said Eliseeva after the match. “At the beginning it was great and I was really happy with myself, but towards the end it was going really fast and my body was just giving in,” she said. By placing second in the singles bracket, Eliseeva locked up a spot in the state championship as the No. 2 seed, a feat that is nothing to be ashamed of. It is no secret that Lauritzen and Eliseeva are dominant players individually, but the level of play that the two produce together in doubles competition could mark them as the best duo SMC has ever seen. The pair shook off the fatigue and persevered to qualify for the state tournament this weekend by advancing all the way to the quarterfinals, an impressive accomplishment for the Corsairs. “That was a first,” said head coach Richard Goldenson, regarding the advancement of two of his players to the state championships. “I think we have a chance to win both events next weekend, singles and doubles, and I couldn’t be happier,” he said. Lauritzen and Eliseeva look for a strong showing in this Thursday’s tournament, May 6-8 in Newport, as they hope to bring home some hardware for the Corsairs.
Monique Michaels Corsair Sophomore Anastasia Eliseeva returns drop shot against MJSC’s Amal Ben El Hadj in finals match.
Corsairs run away with victory By Brandon Quin Sports Editor John Stapleton IV Staff Writer “We’re going to the finals, man – there’s no other way,” said Bosun Oshunluyi, relay runner for SMC Track and Field. It was with this attitude that Santa Monica College’s Track and Field teams advanced to the Southern California Preliminaries. The teams consisted of men and women competing in both relay and individual team races, and during last Friday’s Western State Conference Finals, the Corsairs dominated at multiple events. On the women’s side, individual standouts Dawn Wyatt, Lindsay LeBarge and Pearl McCall each showcased their distinct abilities with impressive performances in their respective fields. Wyatt wowed her teammates by completing the 400-meter dash in a spectacular 55.98, catapulting her to first place in her event. That success subsequently trickled down to the 200-meter run, as Wyatt finished in third with an impressive time of 25.13. “I felt it was my best performance this year,” Wyatt said. “Even though I did so many events that day, I really wasn’t burnt out.” LeBarge finished strong as well, taking fifth in the 400-meter sprint with a finishing time of 1:00.49. McCall affirmed the Lady Corsairs’ dominance by snagging both third and eighth place in the 400-meter and 100-meter hurdles, respectively. The men were successful in their own events as star runners Orlando Kelker, Danny Robertson and Laurent Lawson exhibited equally explosive performances.
Entering the competition with high expectations, Robertson didn’t disappoint as he advanced in both the 200-meter and 400-meter competitions. Robertson placed third in the 200-meter dash, finishing at 21.55, and took second in the 400-meter sprint with a time of 49.62. Kelker placed sixth overall in the 110-meter hurdles, with a finishing time of 15.99, while teammate Lawson fell just one slot short of the next round, running his 200-meter dash with a tenth place time of 22.41. The Corsairs remained triumphant throughout the conference, as both the men and women’s teams won slots at next week’s preliminaries. The women’s 4 x 100-meter team utilized their individual talents to achieve a common goal, taking fourth place with a time of 50.32. Replacing just one runner in the 4 x 400-meter relay, the Lady Corsairs once again qualified for preliminaries by finishing in 4:06.08. Women’s Coach Eric Barron applauded the team’s effort and was impressed by each individual performance. “I was happy with it,” said Barron. “The people we expected to qualify did, and those who were close also qualified, so they definitely lived up to my expectations.” The men’s relay team also satisfied their own head coach, Larry Silva, as the combination of Lawson, Oshunluyi, Robertson, and Haughton placed both second and fourth in the 4 x 100-meter and 4 x 400-meter relay, respectively. “I thought we had an outstanding performance at the WSC finals,” said Silva. “I’m very proud of how well they worked together and I hope to continue this success through the SoCal Championship.”
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Women’s tennis fall in SoCal Finals to Saddleback Gauchos By Brandon Quin Sports Editor All great things must come to an end. Last Wednesday was no different as the Lady Corsairs’ magical team season came to a close after an excruciatingly tough loss to the Saddleback College Gauchos in the Southern California Finals. SMC played well early on, but fell to the fatigue of back-to-back playoff games as the Gauchos dealt Santa Monica a 5-4 loss. Entering the match-up with a stellar 15-1 record, the only loss of the season came against these same SC Gauchos. Saddleback hadn’t lost a game all season, and head coach Richard Goldenson knew the match wouldn’t be easy. “No other opponent got four points off of Saddleback all season,” said Goldenson. “They are a tough team.” With six singles matches simultaneously played on the available courts, the women’s team drew inspiration from each other as they battled Saddleback College to the wire. Sophomore superstar Anastasia Eliseeva gave the Corsairs an immediate boost, winning her match against SC’s Erika Kawaga in a predictably decisive fashion. Eliseeva defeated Kagawa in three
sets, riding her dominant first and third set performances to the finish line. Eliseeva’s doubles teammate, freshman Tiana Lauritzen, put on a commanding display of her own as she also finished off her Saddleback opponent in three sets. Lauritzen overwhelmed the Gauchos’ Karley Pletcher with speed and power, losing only a combined three points in her victorious sets. Sandwiched between Eliseeva and Lauritzen’s two courts, freshman Jutta Collet was in the midst of her own grueling battle against SC’s Clara Kearney. Facing a 4-1 deficit in the first set, Collet was undeterred as she impressively rallied all the way back to steal the set 7-5. Collet continued her strong play into the second set, putting the finishing touches on Kearney 6-4. With three out of four singles victories in hand, the Corsairs looked to be in good position, but the fatigue of playing two playoff matches on consecutive days began to rear its ugly head. This was no more evident than in freshman Gwendolyn Kauffmann’s bout with Saddleback’s Michelle Neville. Kauffmann took the first set decisively against Neville, 6-2, and was leading 5-4 in the second, but an untimely calf-cramp forced the match to stop. Kauffmann returned after extended treatment, but she
simply couldn’t regain the edge. Neville came back to win the second set 7-5 and finished the final set 6-1 as SMC’s advantage dwindled. The Corsairs’ Kimberely Penez and Alix Thomas each fell in similarly tough fashion to their Gaucho opponents, and Coach Goldenson couldn’t help but contemplate SMC’s luck, or lack thereof. “Mother nature had her day,” he said, in reference to rain forcing the team to reschedule their semi-final match that was originally slated for a week earlier. Entering doubles play with the score tied 3-3, SMC knew they needed two out of three victories to leave the courts happy. Knowing what was at stake, the Corsairs’ highly touted team of Eliseeva and Lauritzen weren’t about to disappoint. The duo faced off against SC’s Fletcher/Tomaiko and immediately took control with a 6-4 first set win. Eliseeva and Lauritzen continued to dominate as they finished the match with another 6-4 victory in the second set. After a tough loss for SMC’s Kauffmann/Thomas, it all came down to one doubles match, the Corsairs’ Collet/Penez against Saddleback’s Kagawa/Kearney. Collet and Penez battled valiantly, falling just short in the first set with 7-6 and then couldn’t overcome as
Siddhartha Abbazi Corsair Freshman Jutta Collet looks on dejectedly as the Corsairs fall in SoCal Finals.
Saddleback took the second and deciding 6-1. With the doubles loss, Saddleback took the 5-4 overall victory and pulled the curtains on the Corsairs’ playoff run.
Despite a frustrating finish, Coach Goldenson said, “I’m very proud of them, the way they worked so hard in both practices and matches. A coach can’t ask for more.”
before.” Shatalova moved here from Russia just shy of one year ago, quickly establishing herself as one of SMC’s strongest natural athletes. “I really enjoyed SMC’s swimming program,” she said. “It made me want to come back next year and do better.” While many of our sports stars maintain a strict diet and regimented exercise routine, Shatalova comes by her talents naturally, admitting, “I try to eat healthy, but candy is my weakness. I never eat fast food, like burgers and fries, but I do like to eat sweets.” While some might expect a rigorous training regimen, Shatalova simply focuses on the sport itself. “I just do swimming. I work, go to school and swim,” she said. Shatalova may spend her free time in the water, improving her lap times, but her dedication paid off when she took first place in every event she competed in at last month’s Citrus College Invitational swim meet. Her first-place Citrus College mile time was an impressive 19:29, but at this year’s Western State Conference Swimming Finals, she found that the bar can be set ever higher. “The best distance swimmer in the state swam a 17-minute mile,” she said. “I can drop 30 seconds in a
semester, but not 2 minutes.” Shatalova recognizes the challenge and she’s willing to meet it head on. “I know I can do better,” Shatalova said. “I have all the abilities for it; two legs, two arms, and a great coach.” Shatalova doesn’t hesitate to credit Coach Contarsy with her athletic development. “Athletes are treated differently [in America], or maybe I just got lucky with the coach. Steve really talks to me and makes me believe in myself. I had a coach in Russia who didn’t care what I was feeling, or if I was upset.” Now that the swim season has finally ended, Shatalova plans on catching up on her academic studies. “I can focus on my schoolwork and pick a major,” she said, which apparently presents more of a challenge than swimming for a mile straight. Last month, Shatalova was convinced she would pursue a degree in kinesiology, but it seems her decision has changed. “Yesterday I thought about being a psychologist,” she said. “It changes all the time.” Some things may change for Shatalova, but nothing is going to keep her out of the water. Swimming is what keeps her going. “I felt like I made the right choice, moving here. I left everything behind. It’s still kind of hard for me, but the swimming helps a lot.”
SMC Weekly Fitness: swimming sensation Katya Shatalova
John Stapleton IV Corsair Freshman Katya Shatalova relaxes in the pool after enjoying a successful swimming campaign in 2010.
First-year swimmer Katya Shatalova gives a brief look into her history and daily routine. By John Stapleton IV Staff Writer You’d never guess that Shatalova was a freshman if you caught her in the water. Her natural
stroke and powerful kick keep her moving tirelessly forward, giving her the unrelenting appearance of a seasoned athlete, not a college novice. Although new to Santa Monica, Shatalova has been
competitively swimming her whole life. “I’ve been swimming since I was nine years old,” Shatalova said. “This is my first year in college, but I swam for a Russian swim club
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Skating Venice Beach
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Quaintance, 21, and a fellow skateboarder rest and wait their turn while another skater takes a turn at the New Skatepark in Venice on May 4.
The 17,000 square foot Venice Beach Skate Plaza has become a popular and active spot in Venice Beach since it opened last year. Skaters of all ages and levels take advantage of the $3.5 million in-ground concrete park that provides skaters with various new challenges.
Marley St. John Corsair
Sal Guerra Corsair Taking on the eight-step challenge, this veteran skater grinds down the rail at Venice Beach.
Quaintance gets big air in front of on-lookers at the Venice Beach skate park. Venice has the reputation of being the birth place of street skating.
Marley St. John Corsair Quaintance practices his skateboard airials and assorted tricks at the skate park.
Sal Guerra Corsair Pete Kangas ,19, do his last run before leaving the park.
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Sal Guerra Corsair Skaters of all ages entertain the crowd by displaying their skating skills at the skate park on March 4.
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