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THIS WEEK KCRW now offers paid internships Promotional certificates for at risk students. Preparing for a marine life expedition.
Post Your Books
The Egyptian revolt
What’s up with sexting? Is 3-D television worth it?
Picoult’s new novel. String Theory comes to Canta Monica.
P8 Pinkel’s scientific photography.
Han’s version of beauty.
NBA All-Star Week
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George Mikhail Corsair The Santa Monica College (SMC) Basketball team celebrates their victory over L.A. Valley in the SMC gym in Santa Monica Calif. on Feb 19th, 2011. The team poses for a picture with the SMC president of SMC (left)
Conference Champs! By Wayne Neal, Staff Writer and Miles Arnold, Sports Editor The Santa Monica College men’s basketball team clinched a conference championship and returned to the playoffs this past Saturday with a win over the Los Angeles Valley Monarchs at the Corsair Pavilion. Despite a slow start to the season, the Corsairs finished with a 20-7 overall
Identity theft and cheating By Adam Rubin Staff Writer Although identity theft is commonly thought of as an unlawful act involving a victim and a perpetrator, this is not always the case. Students have utilized this crooked craft as a mechanism for academic dishonesty by taking classes or exams for one another. Eamonn Daniel Higgins was involved in such a case last March wherein he was paid to attend classes under false pretenses at various colleges, including Santa Monica College. After seven years of classes, and over 100 names assumed, Higgins was convicted of visa fraud last April. About a year after this revealing case, dishonesty on campus still remains a reality. SMC has collected data on cheating cases since July 1, 2010. Since then, 114
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record and an 8-4 western conference record. An early game ankle injury sidelined star player Deshawn Stephens, however the Corsairs handled the Monarchs of L.A Valley with ease. Sophomores Everett Brown and Matt Sinclair led the way with early baskets and the Corsairs jumped out to an early lead while L.A. Valley struggled to find the rim in the first half, as star players
Marcus Johnson and James Shipp were frustrated by the Corsair defense. The Corsairs took advantage of the struggling Monarchs offense by running their run-and-gun offense making it difficult for L.A. Valley to keep tempo enabling the Corsairs to go into the half leading 42-33. At the half, coach Jenkins told his team to “Play hard and stay focused.” The
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Professor to explore plastic pollution By Sophia Zhorne Staff Writer Santa Monica College professor Garen Baghdasarian is venturing on a ten-week expedition around the South Atlantic Ocean to find and observe potentially hazardous plastic particles in the ocean. “At some point, you’ve got to say ‘you know what? Am I going to be part of the solution or part of the problem?’” said Baghdasarian. Baghdasarian is a marine biology teacher at SMC, where he has taught for ten years. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife, Sara, who will join him on the expedition. He is a member of an organization called 5 Gyres, which works to evaluate the plastic pollution occurring in oceanic waters and find its effects on marine life. Along with about ten other people from 5 Gyres, Baghdasarian will travel on an approximately 72-foot boat called the Sea Dragon. “The idea is to bring attention to this problem,” said Baghdasarian. Based on 5 Gyres findings, action could be taken and brought to the community’s attention depending on the status of the problem and its impact on sea life and the food chain. Baghdasarian will measure and collect samples of chlorophyll, salinity, pH, and more. He also plans to find out what effect the plastic is causing on the phytoplankton living in these waters at a global level. “Globally, there was a 40 percent drop in phytoplankton levels,” said
Baghdasarian. “It’s slowly getting out there. There’s some resistance. Political lobbies, for example, are pushing against it,” he said. The group will travel from Valdivia, Chile to Tahiti, with a one-week layover on Easter Island where Baghdasarian will conduct samples in a laboratory. The group leaves on March 10th and expects to return May 21st or 22nd. SMC is providing Baghdasarian $9,000 in funding for the trip. $5,000 comes from the SMC Foundation’s Chair of Excellence program, $3,500 from the SMC Global Citizenship Council and $500 in professional development funds. Baghdasarian also received a $5,000 Foundation Amanda Bojorquez Corsair “Margin of Excellence” SMC Professor Garen Baghdasarian displays a jar of grant for equipment. zooplankton, plastic and rubber debris found in North Aside from this expedition, Pacific Gyre in 2010. the Baghdasarian’s actively as a prospect to examine plastics in study plastic pollution in the local community. Sara has begun the water there. Also, he would like a test called “The Daily Ocean” where to take students to Taiwan to study for 365 consecutive days she visits the how coral reefs are being bleached by beach to clean and write about her something unfamiliar in the water as findings whether it be plastic spoons, well as studying the warming of the water. cherry pits or tire irons. “I don’t know what I’m going to There are no SMC students fi nd. You go out there with no preaccompanying him on this trip, but conceived ideas. I have my hypothesis Baghdasarian would like to consider and I am going to go out and test my taking students on a future expedition. hypothesis,” said Baghdasarian. Baghdasarian mentioned Hawaii
KCRw pays interns By Joan Walsh Staff Writer Thanks to a $25,000 donation, KCRW will pay interns for the first time. KCRW, a National Public Radio affiliate housed on SMC’s campus, previously offered only unpaid internships. ElectroRent CEO Daniel Greenberg and wife Susan Steinhauser have contributed $25,000 to create the paid positions. Connie Alvarez, who is in charge of hiring the KCRW interns, previously found volunteers from the community. Now with the positions being paid and school credit being offered, she says more students have applied than ever before. “With students it’s easier because they are already here on campus,” said Alvarez. Alvarez accredits being trustworthy as one of the top qualifications as well as being positive and professional. KCRW ‘Intern of the Month’ and SMC sophomore Monika Scott had been a listener for years before her Broadcasting 1 class piqued her interest in radio and she started volunteering for the station. She says working at the station is beneficial because she ‘gets to see it all.’ Scott began as a volunteer and is now paid as a result of the grant. Alvarez said Scott was selected as ‘Intern of the Month’ due to her sense of dedication and positive attitude. “Nothing is too big or too small for her to do,” she said. Five new interns have been hired this semester and Alvarez says there is room for about five or six more. Interns work in multiple departments such as membership, publicity, music, events, production, and helping the DJs. To apply visit www.kcrw.com
First promotional certificates in nation By Kimberly Berg Staff Writer Due to the vision and focus of a small group of determined individuals, a new certificate program in promotional work has launched at Santa Monica College for 25 at-risk students. To sponsor this program, SMC is partnering with PromaxBDA, a leading promotional resource within the entertainment industry, and South Bay Counseling Center (SBCC), a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that provides career development support for low-income individuals. Dean of Workforce Development Patricia Ramos and Communications Chair Frank Dawson worked closely with PromaxBDA and SBCC to create the one-year curriculum to train at-risk students in careers that focus in film and TV promotion. The funding was procured through the Every Child Foundation and a state grant. At the end of the one-year intensive program group students will earn a promotional certificate for writing, editing and producing. This is the first such program in the nation and the first round of graduates is expected to finish their studies and receive their certificates in December. Block-Verk believes the biggest challenge ahead for these students is, “recognizing the long-term intrinsic benefits of staying in the program. Remaining committed to something whose ultimate benefits are in the future is a challenge many students face. I
know I faced that issue, but today, expectations for immediate results and return are more intense.” Through the funding, all of the students are receiving full scholarships, including costs of equipment, fees, transportation, childcare and more. But for some of the chosen students, the opportunity comes at a higher cost. Due to her involvement in the program, Student Jennifer Monzon tearfully admits, “My father won’t even speak to me when I come home. I say ‘hello’ and he just ignores me.” Monzon says her family feels she should rather focus her efforts on the caretaking of family. And for this particular group of students, the hurdles don’t end there. Daveion Thompson was born to a drugaddicted mother and forced into foster care for most of his life. And Ronald Williams has been responsible for caring for his mother who has suffered and conquered several life-threatening diseases. Williams feels that he has never experienced friendship with peers, until now. “This has given me an opportunity to prove myself,” said Shanita Murray, a student at SMC. Stories like these are what encouraged Block-Verk to participate in such a program. “I’ve always been immersed in and passionate about quality education,” said Block-Verk. “Other sectors will recognize our program as a model for success so they can roll it out in other areas of the television and advertising industry.”
“This has given me the opportunity to prove myself.” -Shanita Murray
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Students suffer identity crises (cont).
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By Muna Cosic Staff Writer
cheating-related incidents have occurred between that date and December 16. These cases are reported by faculty, students or campus police and are handled by Judith Penchansky, Dean of Student Services and campus disciplinarian. “Students can be very clever and it’s hard to stay ahead of the curve. We can’t really but we can help prevent and bring things to light,” said Penchansky. She says most teachers either do not report cheating in their classroom or have their own method of dealing with the problem. While cheating is not illegal, the police can still work on cases concerning academic dishonesty. The police predominantly involve themselves with the issue of fraudulent documents used to enter classes. Many students try to have others take the assessment tests for them in the hopes of skipping prerequisite classes. “The assessment staff over there are the first line of defense against these type of things,” said Sgt. Jere Romano of the SMC Police Department. The Bursar’s Office is another front where the war against dishonesty continues. People show up with no real proof of identity and expect school IDs. Many times the police will be sent to validate student identities. In various cases students borrow legitimate identification from a
Josh Hiekali, a selfproclaimed entrepreneur, is targeting Santa Monica College students with his latest website, postyourbook.com. Postyourbook.com was created in December 2010 for SMC students to post their textbooks online and sell them. The students posting textbooks on the website must register by creating a username and password, then they wait for a buyer. The actual transaction is not made online but typically arranged for an on-campus pickup. After the sale, registered users can remove those books off of their account. “Once you sell your book you won’t get more calls,” said Hiekali. Hiekali believes SMC students can often sell their textbooks on his site for more money than the SMC Bookstore would offer them and buy textbooks for less money. “It’s a win-win situation for the seller and buyer,” said Hiekali. Two months ago, the website had around 900 books posted. Today, the number tripled, but there still aren’t enough books posted to guarantee all
Jeff Cote Corsair SMC student Arya Sinis sits as Faculty member Gerry Chase takes his photo for his student identification card.
sibling or friend. If a student is suspected of fraud, a report is sent to the District Attorney’s Office. “Sometimes they will work out a deal with the person in the case of a first time offense. You’ve got to remember we are dealing with a lot of young kids. We’re not looking at hardened criminals trying to bring mules of drugs,” said Sgt. Romano. Students entering SMC sign a statement called the College Academic Code of Conduct. This document ensures students will act fairly in their academic practices and is non-negotiable. “It’s incumbent on all of us to talk about the value of academic integrity and to uphold the Academic Code of Conduct,” said Tina Feiger, SMC psychology
professor and counselor. “It takes the entire campus community to buy into this key institutional learning objective of promoting academic integrity.” Although there is no schoolwide policy for preventative measures, tests are being facilitated in a stricter manner, seat charts are being put in place and cell phone use is forbidden. Flashing IDs on exam days is another safeguard being considered. “We work with teachers to really be vigilant about who is in your class, get to know your students, make that face-to-face eye contact with them. Get to know their names, proctor your tests, have a seating chart, ask for ID, it’s more preventative than after the fact,” said Penchansky.
students will find the textbooks they need. On Monday, February 14, postyourbook.com had over 8,000 hits and on Tuesday it went to nearly 15,000 hits, according to Hiekali. “This excites me every day,” he said. Dayanna Escobar is among the users whose search was unsuccessful, though. “I’ve been to the website three or four times and I never find what I’m looking for,” said Escobar. While all the details have not been yet arranged, SMC cafeteria’s Eat Street is a sponsor for the website. A few months before the creation of postyourbook. com, Hiekali launched his first website called SMCnotes.com, which gave SMC students the opportunity to share their notes, quizzes, and tests. When Hiekali started promoting SMCnotes.com, SMC professors caught whiff of it and took the matter to College Disciplinarian Dean Judith Penchansky. The website was taken down immediately due to SMC‘s honor code and cheating regulations. “After the website was taken down, I thought, ‘okay, what can I do next?’” said Hiekali. On March 7, the website will reach UCLA and UCSB.
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United States should take notes on Egyptian revolt By: Jeff Cooper Santa Monica College Professor of History Blessed be the Egyptian masses, for they will inherit the earth! Egypt rediscovered its most awesome asset—its youth, with their passion, resiliency, and courageousness. Millions of Egyptians of all ages lost their fear of a ruthlessly cruel regime and reclaimed their dignity and honor. They realized that they have the power to create democratic and egalitarian structures through their direct actions. These political lessons will long be remembered. For 18 days, from January 25 – February 11, 2011, the people in the streets remained united and steadfast against the government’s barrage of repressive actions designed to divide them. This revolt was unprecedented in Egyptian history. It involved millions of Egyptians from all social classes, all age groups, women, people from all over the country, from urban and rural areas, people from both the Christian and Muslim communities, and people with diverse political beliefs. The revolt included not only those who demonstrated daily, but also the people in many neighborhoods who tacitly supported the demonstrators. Economic issues drove all the demands. The people rose up primarily to transform their wretched living conditions: massive poverty, high unemployment, low wages, and high food prices, all of which the people have endured for decades. This is an expression of class struggle. The people also protested against governmental corruption and brutal police repression,
demanding that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resign immediately. This demand, however, is a consequence of the people’s understanding that the Mubarak regime has been upholding the economic order that has caused their desperate economic situation. Removing Mubarak is only the first step in transforming this inhuman economic order. The overall logic of these protests was inextricably tied to broader issues of capitalism in the Middle East: (1) the current global economic recession and
changes that would bite the U.S hand that has been feeding it all these years? It is dangerous to believe that the Egyptian military is “part of the people” or “neutral and above politics.” Whichever way the military does go, it will be a valuable lesson for future popular struggles. This struggle of the Egyptian people ultimately challenges the foreign-imposed neoliberal policies initiated by Mubarak, policies that made Egypt more dependent on foreign capital, created a massive national debt and inflation, increased
This massive revolt of the Egyptian people is a world historic event in another sense—it sent a reminder to authoritarian kleptocrats—do not underestimate the power of the oppressed. the effects of neoliberalism in Egypt; and (2) Egypt’s role in sustaining U.S. domination in the Middle East. These issues are neither solely economic nor political. Mubarak’s rule cannot be separated from these issues, which is why the struggle against his political despotism is intertwined with the struggle against economic deprivation. On February 11th, the protestors forced Mubarak to resign and the military took power. Has power really changed hands? For decades, the military has received annually $1.4 billion in military aid from our tax dollars for which it has had to give something in return to those holding power in the U.S. Will the Egyptian military initiate deeplyneeded qualitative political and economic
the rates of poverty, unemployment and underemployment, and widened the income and wealth gap between a small number of local, rich capitalists and the rest of the Egyptian people. Today, more than 40 percent of Egyptians barely exist on less than $2 per day. These great structural inequities must be addressed by a new Egyptian government. The popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt also exposed the long-standing U.S. support for, control over, and reliance on, these violent, despotic regimes. This massive revolt of the Egyptian people is a world historic event in another sense—it sent a reminder to authoritarian kleptocrats—do not underestimate the power of the oppressed. This revolt, inspired by the successful people’s revolt
in Tunisia in December, has already impressed oppressed peoples and reignited their hope for change—seen in the current popular, anti-government demonstrations across North Africa and the Middle East. The actions of the Egyptians not only offer hope, but will provide valuable lessons—positive and negative—for oppressed peoples who will be confronting their oppressive ruling classes. It should teach them that, ultimately, they must do more than just remove the autocrats and their cronies. In the end, the people will have to seize power over the whole machinery of the state so that they can create the political and economic structures that will end social injustices and that will address the fundamental needs of all the people. Egypt’s future is at a crossroads. Three factors are significant: 1) The people understand that it is their actions alone that will drive progressive change. 2) No identifiable leadership has yet emerged from the people. And 3) labor militancy in all economic sectors has been growing steadily over the last 10 years. The events in Egypt are important for us because they are inextricably connected to the requirements of U.S. capitalism. The struggle of the Egyptian people is our struggle here in the U.S.—(a) to remove the state apparatus that hurls death, destruction, and destitution to millions of people abroad, and that generates massive poverty at home; and (b) to transform our own destructive economic system into one that works to end poverty and unemployment and to institute free comprehensive health care for all, from birth to death.
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Is sexting a dangerous game, or a skillful talent? By: Raven Wadley-Wright Staff Writer Snapping a nude photo of yourself and sending it to a person you have the hots for has become a social norm rather quickly. It seems that young adults are quick to take naked pictures of themselves and send it via picture SMS or e-mail. It doesn’t seem harmful until you begin to think about the humiliating consequences the photo could potentially cause. For example in the media, nude shots of celebrities get leaked quite often. From Rihanna to Miley Cyrus to Kim Kardashian to Pete Wentz, we’ve seen them all. Even though there is a multitude of examples of what can happen when nude shots get into the hands of the wrong person, people still engage in this dangerous activity all the time. Why? Honestly? Because it’s not a big deal. Realistically, we have raging hormones and take interest in naughty activity; in a way, sending naked pictures is quite mischievous and a wonderfully lustful rush. Plus, guys get excited when a steamy picture of an attractive girl pops up in their inbox. Logically, we’re all adults and should therefore be aware of the repercussions
Photo Illustration by Sal Guerra Corsair
of the act. If you are surprised when more people end up seeing the naked pictures you’ve taken than you planned, grow up. We make our own choices despite the negative effects they can have. If an adult wants to send their boyfriend or girlfriend a picture of their private parts, it’s their business; especially since both individuals are of legal age. For people who plan to continue to snap those revealing photos, here are
a few tips to avoid regret. First, refrain from showing your face. If it’s just a picture of the body part, it leaves you the opportunity to deny that it’s actually you in the photo. But, if you’re extremely attractive with an outstanding figure, own it. Have no shame in snapping the picture in its entirety. There are women who pose nude for a living. Having pride in the body you’re living in isn’t a bad thing, it’s admirable.
Just know what you’re getting yourself into, ladies. “I think it’s weird because when people break-up, that picture can still be in that persons phone,” said Santa Monica College sophomore Vanessa Thornton. . “It’s super easy to upload and forward pictures on other sites,” she added. If you’re embarrassed imagining everyone you know seeing a picture of you naked, remember that this is a common repercussion of taking that picture in the first place. Most relationships end sloppily, with feelings hurt. Those emotions could be quite the catalyst to naked photographs of you ending up where you never wanted them. Yes, sending naked photos is a dangerous playground since spiteful people live in this world. By sending that message, you’re opening yourself up to humiliation. Funny thing is, life allows us to make choices on our own behalf. As long as the sender is completely content sending nudes, with full awareness of what could happen, then I applaud you. I admire you. At the end of the day, you’re not ashamed by the choices you’re making, and you’re not afraid to liven things up, so, long live the nudes!
3-D TV: Your 3-D gut can do without it By: William Courtney Staff Writer 2010 was supposed to be the year everybody went out and bought a new 3-D television to explore the world of 3-D sports, entertainment, and movies at home. Obviously people missed the memo, as sales for 3-D televisions have been unexpectedly low. CNET estimated 4 million 3-D televisions were sold in 2010. Samsung, which holds a 90 percent market share of 3-D televisions, markets their 40 inch screen television at a whopping $2000. If you were thinking about buying a smaller screen, good luck, Samsung has yet to release one smaller. Don’t forget about the extra $150 you have to spend for a pair of glasses, just to watch the television, eyewwear which happens to make you look like a Trekkie. The high price is just one of the reasons why a 3-D television isn’t on my wish list for next Christmas. Probably the most important and often overlooked issue is the unknown health risks associated with everyday 3-D watching. On Samsung’s website they list all the possible health concerns associated with watching 3-D. They include: altered vision, muscle twitching, nausea, confusion, loss of awareness, and convulsions; among other things. Samsung also recommends that people take frequent breaks while watching the 3-D screens and to avoid from watching
at all if you are in bad physical condition or under the influence of alcohol. There goes all of you who were planning on having a fresh cold one while watching your favorite sports team or enjoying the pizza and candy that your friends brought over. Besides, the last thing I want to do is take a break from watching when I am right in the middle of the action. Joe Mercer, a freshman student at Santa Monica, was also concerned with the health risks associated with the new televisions. “It is a negative aspect that would stop me from buying a 3-D TV,” said Mercer. When asked if he felt this might deter other people from buying the televisions, Mercer replied “yes,” but also noted “people do things all the time that are potentially damaging to their health.” And yes, it wouldn’t be surprising to anyone if Americans overdid it with consecutive 3-D television viewing, as people currently do with video games, regular television, and computers. Besides health risks and money, there are other factors that will limit the popularity of 3-D television. In some cases, 3-D technology just isn’t needed. Next thing we know shows like Iron Chef and Jersey Shore will be broadcasted in 3-D. Talk about nausea and confusion. Luiza Quijano, another freshman student at SMC, who recently moved to the Los Angeles area from Brazil, addressed an issue that non-English speaking viewers face when watching American television.
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“3-D television and subtitles would be too much to concentrate on at once,” said Quijano. She also explained that she watches movies and television for the plot, not what effects are put into it. Despite my feeling that 3-D television is an unnecessary technological invention, television manufacturers feel that sales are going to skyrocket. The 3-D television market is expected to grow to $100 Billion
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D I P L O Our City of Angels was humbled this past Saturday by Diplo’s performance at the Proud Bird near LAX. Written by Sean Breza Photography by Brian White Dir. of Photography
Our City of Angels was humbled this past Saturday by Diplo’s performance at the Proud Bird near LAX. A former elementary school teacher, Diplo is now a top caliber DJ and founder of the record company Mad Decent. His opening acts generated a continuous rush of energy particularly from the younger members of the audience. As the night rolled on, the crowd grew larger and anticipation for the main act was met with drooling smiles and uncontrollable excitement. During a track by USC DJ Tony Fresch, the bass became so heavy that a light bulb rumbled out of its socket, and fell on a forehead directly beneath it. At midnight, Diplo emerged from behind the stage. Champagne bottle in hand, he proceeded to carry the night to its climax through mainly hip-hop inspired tracks.
Just before the end of his set, a technical difficulty compelled him to improvise and “kick” a quick freestyle, demonstrating for his fans that although he is a master craftsman in composing beats, his vocal skills are a little on the short side. The crowd laughed, the speakers got fixed, and the show went on.
The crowd waits in a long line to see the main act, Diplo, dj at the Proud Bird banquet hall near LAX. The Banquest Hall holds 2000+ people.
Above, headliner Diplo spin
ns for the countless dancing fans.
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A flood of excited party people crowd a small Banquet Hall at the Proud Bird last Saturday night. The nightâ€™s headliner was world renowned producer, DIplo.
Above, opening artist, Random Citizen, proved the tone for the night with big beats and heavy basS. To the left, Diplo climbs on top of his deck mid set drenched with sweat just like the amped fans below.
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Best-Selling Novelist Jodi Picoult Delivers Again By Stephanie Forshee News Editor
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Attempting to shy away from her routine courtroom formula, Jodi Picoult explores new provocative and timely topics in “Sing You Home.” She assumes the touchy taboos of miscarriage, gay rights and evangelical Christianity all in one read. Music therapist Zoe Baxter is desperately trying to have a baby with her husband, Max. After past miscarriages and infertility issues, Zoe is pregnant and her friends can actually throw her a baby shower. This the first time she’s gotten that far along. When tragedy hits and Zoe loses her baby, Max’s love proves to not be strong enough to overcome the agony or stick around for another try. After more mystifying and heartbreaking events, Zoe and Max’s
lives separate into what couldn’t be more opposite of directions. Max finds God and the church while Zoe finds love with a female friend, Vanessa. When Zoe and Vanessa decide they want kids, their fate lies in Max’s hands. Zoe wishes to use the embryos frozen in a lab from her former in vitro treatments with her ex. Unfortunately, her request for permission comes at a time when Max’s pastor preaches against homosexuality and encourages him against helping. What happens next in this suspenseful and addictive novel is surprising. As any ex-lawyer should Picoult offers balance and truth on these matters matched with the most fascinating details. Her story will astonish readers with her ability to capture both sides of the story accurately. “Sing You Home” is accompanied with an original CD by Ellen Wilber to serve as Zoe’s voice. While you likely won’t be
jamming to this one on your upcoming road trips, it does add an extra element for Zoe’s character. Picoult never fails at wowing readers with her insider specifics in the courtroom. And her latest research on music therapy, Christianity and in vitro is thorough and brilliantly laid out for readers. While some of Picoult’s novels have been hit-or-miss, the exceptionality of “Sing You Home” matches that of “Nineteen Minutes,” “The Pact” and “My Sister’s Keeper.” As part of the “Sing You Home” book tour, Picoult and musician Wilber will appear at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center on Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. Renberg Theatre is located at 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 525-0270. “Sing You Home” is available in bookstores nationwide March 1.
SMC Explores the World of Into String Theory By Juan Lopez Staff Writer In a rare appearance, a performing arts group named String Theory took to The Broad Stage at Santa Monica’s Performing Arts Center this past Saturday at one point using the venue as an instrument itself. Amongst the guitars, cello, flute, and violins, the group uses an original instrument called a Curve Harp, in which a six-foot standing resonator stands on stage with strings, which extend over the audience, attach to the balcony.
It is strung differently according to each venue’s architecture, using the buildings acoustics to create a unique experience for each of their performances. Another instrument they have created for their performances include a skirt made of bowed strings they call a Skirt Harp, which produces a distinct sound that’s more electronic than acoustic. Their many instruments and performers allow them to go from classical to modern rock, and somewhere in between, while creating a unique soundtrack for the night’s display
Visually, the group’s performance has many striking theatrical elements that keep the audience engaged and wondering what to expect. The highlight of the night is a piece in which a typewriter lays down a rhythm for a well executed, and universally appealing, dance battle of the sexes. String Theory’s performances have been called a sonic sculpture; with the way they fuse music with dance and other visual elements. There is so much occurring at once that there is no short way to describe the amazing things they do.
This particular performance debuted Valentine’s Day 2009 and is called “14 Lengths of Desire.” However, due to the intricate nature of their art form each performance ends up being a unique experience. The group puts on a show that is hard to describe and may not be for everyone, but for those who dare and venture into a different artistic territory, it is a show not to be missed. For more information on String Theory the performance group, visit http://www.stringtheoryproductions. com
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE
FEBRUARY 23, 2011
Sheila Pinkel Mixes Science With Photography By Latasha Edwards Staff Writer “Who owns nature?” A question posed under the photograph of a cantaloupe x-ray displayed in SMC’s Emeritus Campus art gallery, bends the rules of how art is traditionally perceived. Wellknown international artist, photographer, and Professor Sheila Pinkel addressed the issues of nature and social issues at the art gallery. Pinkel said her overall theme for the gallery was called “Site Unseen.” Each story told in her photographs was a site unseen whether it was an issue of nature and science, or a social issue generally overlooked by the public. In the photo “Site Unseen: Who Owns Nature?” a blue
background is shown like in any other photo of an x-ray, “the color of the image is blue because doctors prefer to look at that color,” said Pinkel while describing the reasons for doctors’ use of x-rays. The theme discussed here is the lack of natural grown foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Pinkel talks about her concern for this and how farms and grocery stores are being controlled by different companies who are requiring the fruit to go to factories where chemicals are injected. This particular photo was taken and developed in a lab, as a professor she also teaches her students how to take x-ray photos. “I take my students to a physics lab and we’ll make images using all the equipment
and its fun for them,” continued. said Pinkel. “I placed objects on a charged selenium plate. The plate was placed in a Xerox machine, dusted with charged toner and in about one minute a print would be produced.” She also applied the idea to a social issue which shows the control of different companies in other areas of life in a photo called “Site Unseen: Guards.” In this photo she addresses the inhuman labor that museum guards have to endure, and how it isn’t visible to many people who tour museums. The photo shows a security guard as a white ghostly image walking around and guarding the museum. Beneath the photo she included a quote from the guard that expressed how he felt about working in a museum describing how things
Jeff Coté Corsair Pomona College art professor Sheila Pinkel (right) communicates with her best friend Micheal Lande (left) at her Photography show Febuary 17, 2011.
suddenly changed when a large company bought out the museum. “It didn’t occur to me that I would become good in photography, but I did; I fell
in love with it,” said Pinkel. Her solid foundation in science and interest in art and digital photography helps her communicate to a variety of people.
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Radiohead unexpectedly released their eighth studio album this last Friday solely as a digital download. The CD and Vinyl will be made available on March 29th. In what is another innovative technique for releasing records, the band is hoping to stimulate a market that is washed out and hurting from torrent websites like Limewire. As we all know making money for bands has been a problem since Apple flipped the music industry upside down with the advent of the iPod. Radiohead is coming up with clever ways of sneaking around these modern dilemmas. Their last studio release, “In Rainbows” allowed buyers to go to the album website and give any amount they wanted, even if it was zero. This method in fact sold 1.2 million copies through the website before the physical release of the album. The band never the less managed to make more money before the actual physical release of the album than the gross total of their prior album, “Hail to the thief”. This new method of first releasing the digital version, then waiting a few months for the CD and vinyl, allows time for the album to promote itself. A unique experiment they’re trying again with “King of Limbs”. Musically Radiohead have never been a band to do what is expected, often taking huge risks with the electro driven “Kid A” or the studio masterpiece “Ok Computer.” They’re still further pushing the experimental process that yields their sound, proving yet again you don’t have to make pop music to be a pop band. This album is strongly bass and drums driven with the guitars and synthesizers adding delayed loops and textual ambience. Thom Yorke’s falsetto vocal lines are haunting and angelic as usual, as the band creates altogether, a uniquely new sound. The future of the music industry is very uncertain, but albums like this give us optimism that our favorite bands will rise above the past’s burden of big record deals and studio musicians.
Liam Neeson’s latest blockbuster hit takes you on a daring journey with twists and turns around every corner. The film, “Unknown” is set in Berlin and tells the story of a man named Dr. Martin Harris—played by Neeson—who is in an accident that lands him in a four day coma. Upon waking, he discovers his identity has been stolen, and he must convince people that he is really himself and not an imposter. If this film were to be categorized, it would be among the likes of movies such as “The Bourne Identity.” Adapted from a French novel, the film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed the 2005 thriller, “House Of Wax”. With an opening weekend gross of over twentyone million, “Unknown” took the top spot with audiences. Filmed on location in Germany, the surroundings made for a realistic set to this cinematic masterpiece. “Unknown” succeeds greatly in both writing and directing. The actors do an incredibly indepth job of creating raw characters. Alongside Neeson co-stars Diane Kruger, who plays a woman—whom by chance—becomes entangled within Dr. Harris’s crumbling world. There are many psychological aspects to film, but enough physical action in a car chase and a big fight to keep the audience enthralled. However, there is a twinge of mind-boggling clues and innuendos that cause the audience to stay tuned. The film is composed of action, drama, thrills, chills and a very slight hint of comedy making the it appropriate for moviegoers everywhere. “Unknown” stimulates your brain to enter a realm of possibilities within a world that one man is told does not exist. Watching the film, one may begin to wonder if this is at all related to Neeson’s previous action based drama, “Taken”, which scored high in the box office during it’s run. Although they share characteristics and the same male lead, this movie takes you in a different direction. As Neeson’s character says in the movie, “Going insane is like a war between being told who you are and knowing who you are.” “Unknown” is an action thriller not to miss!
After four years of silence from The Bright Eyes, the group has come back with a new sound and more confidence in themselves and their music, making “The People’s Key” their best album to date. “Hold on tight beginner’s mind; The currents far too strong; It’ll carry you along; Till you’re just like everyone,” sings Conor Oberst off of one of their new tracks. After listening to this album one can tell that Oberst is surely no beginner and without a doubt different from everyone else. Compared to the group’s previous albums, the last which was released in 2007, Oberst’s sound has bits of electronic tones and distortion, as he has slightly turned away from his old sound. No longer rootsy and Americana as they have been labeled in the past, Bright Eyes uses keyboards, electric guitars, and some drum-programming to liven their beats. Paired with lyrics that sound wiser and more experienced, this album was a very good listen. Though they still have kept a few similarities in their work, such as the offbeat commentary on the introductory song on the record, it truly seems to be a different group. Their previous albums contained lyrics that were sullen, deep in thought, and confused. Now, Oberst comes off as a true songwriter who has found himself musically, opposed to simply a bright-eyed Indie-kid. “The Peoples Key” is his eighth album, and his progress and change throughout his career is exciting. “Shell Games” and “One For You, One For Me” will definitely brighten one’s mood, and were both great additions to their album. Several other tracks such as “Approximate Sunlight” and “Ladder Song” are slower paced and lingering. “The People’s Key” was definitely worth the four-year wait, and Bright Eyes fans should all be proud and enthusiastic. The album begins with commentary on spirits and space and extraterrestrials, and with several strange lyrics in their songs like in “Haile Selassie”, the adventuresome songwriting is lively, upbeat and a step away from past influences. In support of their new album, Bright Eyes will be touring for the first time since their last album Cassadega, tour dates will be available at www. conoroberst.com.
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE
FEBRUARY 23, 2011
Debbie Han believes beauty is in the eye of the beholder By Jennifer Ferrada Staff Writer We live in a world filled with constant self-doubt and low selfesteem. It is evident that different cultures maintain different standards of beauty, and as a result women feel a pressure to meet them. Therefore, the question remains: What is true beauty? Korean-American artist Debbie Han makes a real testament to the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In her exhibit, “The Eye of Perception,” she confronts the very definition of beauty and cultural identity, challenging the perspective on what makes one beautiful. Han initially studied at SMC and then proceeded to obtain her B.A. in art from UCLA and her MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. “The Eye of Perception” has been displayed in several galleries throughout the world since it’s premiere last fall, and is now on display at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center in the Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery until March 19. The piece “The Battle of Conception,” is composed of 32 Venus busts installed on a table. Han abandoned the idea of using the traditional Venus face, and replaced each bust with mutated faces containing different facial features of various races and ethnicities. It took her 7 years to complete, and is one of her favorite works to date.
“This is the project that took me to Korea, and when I saw the material I thought it was one of the most beautiful materials, with it’s mix of blue, green, and gray, called celadon,” Han enthused. Han felt that through this piece she could express the “social conditioning that we get throughout all our life, and how that really shapes our sense of reality.” She uses the female form as a metaphorical language to create an invitation for people to see what is happening in our time, and to question what makes our time different from the previous generation as it pertains to beauty. “Female beauty is not just an individual issue, it’s more a social issue nowadays…social hierarchy definitely plays a part,” Han said. She hopes that by putting down our social notions, societies can get down to the fundamental essence of things. John Beneke, an SMC student currently enrolled in Art Design II, clearly had a respect for the message conveyed throughout the work. Despite the fact that the material did not relate to him as a man, he respects what Han is trying to express. “It was really interesting to see the mixing of different facial features of different races, like those small Asian eyes, and a big hooked Jewish nose on another and so forth.” One of the main components of Han’s artwork is her use of the
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Debbie Han stands in front of her photograph “Pregnant Grace” explaining the process of rendering each pixel to leave the skin looking like marble in her photographs.
universal beauty icon Venus. Susanne Oconnell, a social worker, shared her admiration for Han’s attempt at mirroring all types of beauty. “There are different types of beauty in her work, and not just the classic kind,” she said. Oconnell believes America has larger problems with beauty than other culture, especially with the struggle that women face to fit a certain standard. In the photo series “Graces”, Han uses photographs of bodies of
Asian women, and combines them with heads of classical Goddess sculptures. Oconnell related that she really appreciated the fact that one of the women in the photo “Seated Three Graces” clearly had a large stomach. “She’s still very beautiful, and it shows you don’t only have to look toned in order to be considered beautiful,” Oconnell explained. Allison Jeon, a young Korean high school student, stated that in Korean culture there is a notion that beauty consists of pale skin
and a high nose, and a lot of women are pressured into plastic surgery in order to achieve that standard. “I think these pictures and sculptures are portraying how it’s okay to be different, to be normal, and not high-maintenance,” Jeon said. Jeon hopes that “The Eye of Perception,” will bring people together and “help change the perception that it’s not just about beauty, but it’s about who you are as a person and you don’t need to change that.”
“Do guys know that the way sex is in porn looks good, but doesn’t feel good?” He says... By John Stapleton IV Web Editor I assume that the last part of this question would read “to girls,” to which I’d say yes guys understand, and no, we don’t really care – if you’re getting railed like a hooker, that’s all you are to him. That’s like asking if guys understand that riding a roller coaster isn’t as much fun for the roller coaster: Of course it isn’t, but if a guy is treating you like a carnival ride, your level of pleasure isn’t high on his priority list – he’s not trying to woo you, he’s just trying to do you (in which case what looks good is what feels good). Now before you fire off that angry hate mail, allow me to clarify two things. One, I’m not describing all sex as pure objectification, but pornography, by definition, is exactly that. And two, it works both ways: when a girl is pulling moves on a guy that Jenna Jameson demands extra pay to perform, there’s a noticeable emotional disconnect that establishes to said guy that he is nothing more to her than a quick jaunt around Splash Mountain. Let’s call porn-like sex what it really is: masturbating with someone else’s body. That said, guys are the guiltier party, a fact that can be largely attributed to basic biology: when it comes to sex,
guys need something to look at, girls need something to feel. Fulfilling these needs is the reason guys like the idea of porn (read: meaningless, carefree sex with impossibly perfect women) and girls like the idea of entire sagas dedicated to a glittering, pusillanimous vampire who has no desire whatsoever to sink his teeth (or anything else for that matter) into a girl who clearly wants all kinds of things sunk into her. Pardon the broad-stroke generalization – I’m sure there are exceptions – but this being the universal norm, I think it’s safe to say that yes, guys understand that duplicating hardcore porn with women who aren’t actually hardcore porn stars isn’t going to be nearly as fun for the girl. Good sex, on the other hand, is all about understanding and balance. So, for the five to ten minutes a girl has to endure the most ludicrous, uncomfortable and degrading porn-inspired acrobatics to satisfy her man’s fantasies, she should understand that the guy must succumb to trained and completely unnatural dating rituals for hours on end to satisfy hers – and not just in a discreet private sanctum, but in full view of all his peers. That’s something no fictional vampire could ever endure. Now a werewolf... (Team Jacob, baby!)
She says... By Alessandra Catanese Multimedia Editor First and foremost, I’d like to make it very clear how I feel about this question: Porn is acting, it has nothing at all to do with real life, because it is make believe. You simply can not compare commercial porn to real life sex, in any way. That being said, porn is a tricky subject for girls, and most of the time unnecessarily taboo. I will be the first to admit that I most definitely have not watched as much porn as the average male, or even the average 14 year old boy, but I have watched my fair share. Porn seems to be constantly misjudged as something only for guys to masturbate to because it achieves some fantasy they will otherwise never see in real life. This is false. Yes, guys do generally assume that the way sex is performed in porn looks good but doesn’t feel good for girls, but that’s because the main goal of generic commercial porn is to get the viewer to achieve orgasm; and of course, the majority of those viewers are male. However, I happen to know that achieving “porn-
stardom” in the bedroom, with that significant other, does not have to involve discomfort and emotional disconnect. I strongly believe that with the right communication and trust, pulling off sexual positions like a “reverse cow-girl” or even the “folded deck chair” can be pleasurable for both parties involved. Women do not save the “nasty” moves in bed for a shallow, selfish routine they won’t enjoy themselves. If a guy goes into sex like a shallow dullard, she will treat him like one, giving him her disconnected Jenna Jameson moves, and forced, artificial moaning which can result in no fun for anyone. If however, he treats her as someone special, someone significant, she will give him the moves that Jenna Jameson uses at home with her real lovers. Even women who lack sexual experience will bring out their inner porn star with a guy they share a special connection with. Deep down, most women are eager to please, get off on pleasing, and are subconsciously reacting to the guy’s attitude. Make her feel like the world and she will rock yours.
FEBRUARY 23, 2011
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE
FEBRUARY 23, 2011
Corsairs return to playoffs with win [Playoffs, from page 1] Corsairs responded with an energized start as they went on a 10-3 run to begin the second half. The Corsair’s Everett Brown and Matt Sinclair stepped up in the absence of Deshawn Stephens’s and were key contributors, both finishing the game in double figures. L.A. Valley struggled from the field throughout the match. The Corsairs would go on a 13-6 run at the 2-minute mark giving the Corsairs an 89-74 victory and the conference championship for the first time in 12 years, solidifying a playoff spot. Playoffs Coach Jenkins is happy with the way his team is playing going into the playoffs and is confident in their ability to stay in close ballgames. Jenkins feels that rather than intimidating teams this year the Corsairs have discouraged opponents with their consistent play. “We are never out of a game,” said Jenkins. “If a team makes a run on us we can come right back and make a run on them.” A lot of his confidence comes from the trust he has in the team captains which
has allowed him to step back during games and let them play. “I rarely have to step into the huddle,” said Jenkins, “we have strong leadership.” A big part of that leadership comes from sophomore guard and team captain Everett Brown. “We have really found an overall chemistry this season,” said Brown. “We look like a team that is playing more together, like a family.” Another captain, sophomore forward Deshawn Stephens, who recently committed to San Diego state, actually prefers playing on the road more than home saying, “I love the energy from the crowd.” Brown seconded that notion stating how he felt the team plays better on the road. “Every game is a big game and when we are at home we have the advantage, but when we are on the road it really forces me to step up my game. I have no problem going on the road to anyone’s house,” said Brown. With the playoffs starting Feb. 26, the Corsairs aren’t doing anything other than sticking to the game plan that helped them win the conference. Even though the team has played well all year they feel that they are still under rated knowing that they have a lot to prove. “I’m anxious,” said Brown.
Scores Each week the Corsair will give a brief recap of the weeks games Women’s Tennis 2/8 vs. Antelope Valley W (9-0) 2/11 vs. Mt. SAC W(6-3) 2/22 @ Ventura College W(8-1)
Men’s Volleyball 2/16 vs. Irvine L(3-2) 2/18 vs. Golden West L(3-1)
Men’s Basketball 2/12 @ Canyons W (90-66) 2/16 @ Bakersfield W(96-81) 2/19 vs. L.A. Valley W(89-74)
George Mikhail Corsair AJ Harris jumps to slam the ball into the hoop in the Santa Monica College (SMC) gym in Santa Monica Calif. on Feb 19th, application to be processed, and in the meantime relies on his wife for income.
2/12 @ Canyons L(68-100) 2/16 @ Bakersfield W(80-67) 2/19 vs. L.A. Valley W(56-54)
All-Star Weekend takes over Westfield Center The NBA’s Finest Pay a special visit during all-star weekend
swiftly ushered away by the ample security, as superstars conducted Q&A sessions inside. Inside Footaction, people crowded By Tim Morse around whichever celebrity was present Staff Writer and offered them their basketball, shoe, or jersey to sign. They then answered a few questions from a moderator after In honor of the 2011 NBA All-Star game which, they’d take questions from fans. being held in Los Angeles, Westfield Although All-Star Fan Jam was Culver City teamed up with Adidas and ultimately a success, some mall goers Foot Locker to stage the four-day All- left unsatisfied. The main complaint was Star Fan Jam. that the event was unorganized and that Fan Jam brought NBA All-Stars along it proved too exclusive. with other sports and entertainment Westfield Culver City distributed celebrities to Culver City to sign wristbands required for specific “meet autographs, take and greets” the pictures and day before they answer questions This Although All-Star Fan Jam occurred. for fans. brought about was ultimately a success, some Dwyane Wade, complications Carmelo Anthony, mall goers left unsatisfied. because they Ray Allen, Santa allowed for only Monica native 150 wristbands, and Kevin Love, and Derrick Rose were unless you had prior knowledge of the among the 2011 NBA All- Stars who event you had absolutely no chance of participated getting in. Other celebrities who showed up were Littered with anecdotes of bad Laker fan favorite Shannon Brown, experiences, threats of boycotts, and 7 time NBA champion Robert Horry, suggestions for improvement, Westfield rap mogul Snoop Dogg, as well as NFL Culver City’s Facebook page became a wide receiver Terrell Owens, who made forum for troubled mall goers to air their milkshakes for customers at Millions of grievances. Milkshakes. Mall goer, Cassandra Santana, Westfield Culver City was adorned described the Fan Jam as “total chaos” with NBA All-Star merchandise, and sought out an apology from Westfield signing booths, and red carpets as Fan Culver City due to its disorganization. Jam encompassed the entire mall. The The inconvenience of a few majority of the festivities, however, took notwithstanding, All-Star Fan Jam was place at Footaction USA. successful in its attempt to provide Outside of Footaction, the scene was Angelenos with an opportunity to chaotic as passersby tried to catch a meet NBA superstars along with other glimpse inside the store. They were prominent entertainers.
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