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David J. Hawkins Corsair Michael Roberts, a Santa Monica College plumber, pours a cleaning solution into the drain on Monday on the SMC main campus. Roberts maintains the plumbing for the two water fountains in the quad. The sidewalk has two spring-loaded doors that lift from the sidewalk, opening the pit that leads to a room underground that has the water pumps needed to operate both fountains.

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Media Center to be modernized

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Vanessa Barajas Staff Writer The large black gate surrounding the Library Village on Pearl Street marks the start of an 18-month construction project to the Media Center at Santa Monica College. The reconstruction of the center costs $12 million, according to Greg Brown, director of telecommunications and media services and a member of the facilities planning subcommittee at SMC. The Media Center offers instructional and administrative multimedia and digital print and computer services support to faculty, staff and managers at SMC. “A new two-story building will be added in front of the Media Center and the existing center will be completely remodeled,” Brown says. The new facility will have “advanced instructional technology,” he says. According to Brown, the reason for the Media Center remodeling is that the infrastructure needs updating in order to accommodate new technology and more servers. Although the gate around the Library Village is blocking most of the service road’s entrance on 17th Street and Pearl Street, a small path along the Math Complex remains open for students to enter the campus. Brown says that the construction will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., as per Santa Monica code. Construction is scheduled to run through the remainder of the spring semester.

Sam Herron Corsair Pedestrians pass by the newly erected black wall sectioning off an area for the Media Center construction site at Santa Monica College on April 4. The Media Center is still open, despite the construction.

“There will be occasional disruption but this project is not expected to produce a lot of noise during construction,” says Brown. The most notable part of this project, according to Brown, is a new computerserver center for the college’s data infrastructure, making better technology available to SMC. Al DeSalles, manager of media and reprographic services at the Media Center, is anticipating a positive outcome from the Media Center remodeling. “Developing instructional content for online applications will likely be an area that will grow tremendously,” he says. “It will be very constructive for us to have a

small video studio and audio recording booth in the future building.” After the remodeling of the center, DeSalles thinks the college community can “expect to see a new level of innovation in how we produce and deliver media technology.” The Media Center will help provide instructional improvement and more available services to teach faculty and staff how to use these new multimedia methods. “The synergy between Media, Network and Telecommunication Services will no doubt result in enhanced SMART [Special Media and Responsive Technology] classrooms,” he says. “Our instructors

will have a new Teaching and Learning Center to learn about new technologies and develop different strategies for student learning.” “We do not have any student services available in the Media Center, but we do support the copy and printing services for our students in the library and at eleven other campus locations,” says DeSalles. The estimated time of the Media Center remodeling completion is December 2014. The Media Center’s hours are Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed on weekends. The department can be reached at (310) 434-4352.

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Expo Link leg named after SMC james hustace Staff Writer Santa Monica College is set to be a highlight of the upcoming extension of the Metro Expo Line that will connect downtown Los Angeles with Santa Monica by light rail. Metro Expo Line recently all but approved a renaming of the upcoming 17th Street and Colorado Avenue station to 17th/Santa Monica College, according to Don Girard, senior director of government relations and institutional communications at SMC. “This is an important development because it will make clear to prospective students that, yes, Santa Monica College is readily accessible by public transportation,” said Genevieve Bertone, director of sustainability at SMC. “Transportation can be a hindrance for many students, and the new line will provide greater access to students from all over LA County,” Bertone said. The final extension of the Expo Line, set for completion in 2016, will run west along Exposition Boulevard to Olympic Boulevard, then along Olympic for a short stretch just past Cloverfield Boulevard, making its final stretch towards downtown LA, along Colorado Avenue, according to the maps

feature on the Metro website. There will be stops at 26th Street and Olympic Boulevard, 17th Street and Colorado Avenue, and 4th Street and Colorado Avenue. The planned SMC station is 0.6 miles northwest of campus — about a 12-minute walk or a four-minute bicycle ride — on 17th Street, south of Colorado Avenue. According to Girard, efforts are underway to facilitate biking and improve the walkability along 17th Street. “We are working on improvements to the street for a strong connection from the station to campus,” Girard said. He added that enhancements will include more street lights for safer nighttime pedestrian traffic, and a possible extension of the bicycle lane that currently ends at Michigan Avenue. “We are also adding extra facilities for bikes at the SMC station,” Girard said. The college is in negotiations with the City of Santa Monica to include a bicyclesharing kiosk at the station. Students who sign up will be able to pick up and drop off bicycles at kiosks located around the city, including on multiple campuses. For students who prefer not to walk or ride bicycles, there are plans for a free shuttle connecting the SMC station to the main campus. The Expo Line extension to Santa Monica

David J. Hawkins Corsair A Caterpillar 320D hydraulic excavator scoops up dirt while a Mobil Sweeper passes by at the Metro Expo Line construction site at the corner of Colorado Avenue and 17th Street on Tuesday in Santa Monica. Phase two of the Expo Line construction is scheduled to be completed by 2014.

from its current end-of-the-line stop in Culver City is an integral component of SMC’s efforts to provide and encourage multiple modes of transportation to campus, while reducing the college’s carbon footprint, Bertone said. “It is a critical piece in trying to solve the transportation puzzle to and from the college,” she said. “The more people that can take public transportation, the better.”

Two SMC students were instrumental in renaming the 17th Street station. Steven Johnson, Associated Students director of sustainability, and Alex Martinez, club president of campus group EcoAction, spoke at a Metro board meeting in February in support of the name change. The final decision on the station name will be made on April 25 by the Metro Transit Authority.

Students talk Bundy bungalows kandace Santillana Staff Writer Spring break is over, and class transitions from Santa Monica College’s Academy of Entertainment and Technology campus has begun. New bungalows have been placed at the Bundy and Airport campuses to support the relocation of classes from the AET campus during its construction. Boards placed around the Bundy campus show where each class is located by the previous AET classroom number. The boards show that 14 new classes have been opened at both campuses. For SMC student Aliya Lahijani, 19,

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finding her class at Bundy was not an easy task. Even though her English literature professor made note of the transition at the start of the semester and before spring break, a staff member ended up directing Lahijani to her new classroom. Hugh Bonar, an associate faculty professor since 2007, was one of the professors affected by the change. Bonar said he told his English literature students since the beginning of the semester about the change that would take place halfway through the term. “It wasn’t a surprise,” Bonar said. “We were reminded constantly so it was beaten into our skulls.” Bonar also said that he was glad to see that

all of the equipment he used at the AET campus was in his new classroom as well. He mentioned that his students did not seem to have a hard time finding their new class, since they arrived pretty quickly on the first day. Inbar Katz, 17, a second-year SMC student, had her English class relocated to the Bundy campus. Katz said that the equipment in the classroom had stickers that indicated where it needed to go, making the transition easier. “In all of our classes there were stickers that said, ‘for Bundy,’” Katz said. Leslie Torres, who has been taking classes at Bundy this semester, noticed the decrease in parking spots as of Monday morning. “I usually get to the Bundy campus at 8

a.m. and there is parking,” Torres said. “Now with classes being moved here, I still managed to get a parking spot, but all the way at the back, and it was barely 8 a.m.” Torres also mentioned that the relocation of classes brought frustrations over traffic and parking. Torres thought that the bus stops and the inside of the buses seemed to be a lot more crowded than usual. “I think the buses should run more often, but that’s not SMC’s fault,” Torres said. For the students that are making the changes from the AET campus to either the Bundy or Airport campuses, staff members are provided with a list of class locations, and they are willing to guide any lost students.

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Sting operation reveals illegal use of handicap placards Eva Underwood Staff Writer Some students at Santa Monica College allegedly violated parking laws after the Santa Monica Police Department conducted a sting operation of the illegal use of disabled placards. A total of 21 disabled placards and eight preferential parking permits were confiscated by the SMPD on March 27, according to Sgt. Raymond L. Bottenfield of the Santa Monica College Police Department. The SMCPD also began a placard investigation starting Jan. 1, which resulted in 16 students being cited for the misuse of disabled placards. The investigation of the placards ended on April 1. During the investigation, the suspected placards were held as evidence with the SMCPD for a total of seven days. Within those seven days, the owner had to claim the placard before it was sent to the DMV. If the placard did not match all of the required legal obligations, the person who was misusing it was not allowed to retrieve it, and it was sent to the DMV to be destroyed. Bottenfield said that after speaking to different representatives of other agencies, he found that the misuse of placards was an issue in the Los Angeles County. “While the majority of violators are misusing a family member’s placard, we have also found placards that were stolen, altered, or with the owner deceased,” said Bottenfield. To determine if someone is correctly using a disabled placard, Bottenfield said, police should check for regulations, including that the person who was issued the placard must be in the vehicle displaying it, the placard cannot be expired, and the placard must be displayed properly. At any given time, the police have the right to speak with any person displaying a handicapped placard to determine if it is being rightfully used. “Misuse of disabled placards occurs on a regular basis on and off the campus.” Bottenfield said. “Depending on the location of the violation, it may be treated as a misdemeanor crime with a fine of up to $4,200 and a court appearance required, or it may be cited as a parking violation with a fine

Fernando Baltazar Corsair A staff member’s car is parked in one of the handicapped spots inside the main parking structure of Santa Monica College on Tuesday. In response to recent complaints, SMC has been cracking down on people who misuse placards.

of $508. All violators are subject to either set of penalties.” The SMC Disabled Student Programs and Services pamphlet lists regulations for using disabled parking placards on campus. “Students with DMV-issued disabled parking placards must also purchase an SMC parking permit,” according to the DSPS pamphlet. “Automobiles displaying both the placard and SMC permit may then park in any legal parking space on campus.” Diana Ratay, a resident of the South Bay, expressed her

concerns about people misusing disabled placards. “It’s especially frustrating because my 80-year-old mother is handicapped,” she said. Ratay said she takes her mom grocery shopping weekly and helps her run every day errands. “When all the handicapped spots are taken, the simplest tasks become a long, arduous process for both my mom and I,” she said. “There are already so few spaces for people who are disabled, so to think about people misusing these spaces is really upsetting.”

Moura, AS officers elected David Yapkowitz Sports Editor Taynara Moura was officially elected as the new Santa Monica College Associated Students president on Friday, April 5, after narrowly edging out runner-up Alex Abramoff. With all the votes counted, Moura received 587 votes, good for 30.1 percent, compared to the 570 votes, or 29.2 percent, garnered by Abramoff. “I really can’t believe it; it’s slowly kicking in that I won,” said Moura. “When I’m walking around campus and people come up to me and congratulate me, it still feels very alien.” Moura credited her victory to the tireless campaigning she and her slate did throughout campus. “It definitely made a difference,” Moura said. “We were out there about 12 to 15 hours a day promoting the team. It was a good group of people.” Moura’s outreach to the student body began before her campaign even started. “I’ve always been very active on campus and very vocal in my classes,” said Moura. “I’m always around, always polling students.” According to Moura, the first order of business will be to work on everything she said she would deliver during her campaign. “I don’t promise anything I don’t intend to do,” said Moura. Aside from Moura’s victory, two other members of her United Students slate won positions.

Alexander Vandertol will be the new vice president and Michael Greenberg will be the new director of publicity. Throughout the campaign, the lack of communication between the AS and the student body was a key issue. “We’re going to be looking at different ways to reach students. That’s the key to change,” said Moura. Moura acknowledged that it will be a challenge to work with incoming members from other slates who may have different viewpoints. But she also stressed the importance of everyone working together. “The whole group needs to be on the same page,” Moura said. “Everybody needs to do what’s in the best interests of the students.” Moura will officially take office on July 1, and she said she is looking forward to getting to work. “I want people to remember me as a hardworking president who achieved something meaningful,” said Moura. Other winners are Jesse Ramirez as the new student trustee, Diana Echeverria for secretary, Monica Morales for director of budget management, Mohamed Hassan for director of student services, Matthew Nicholson for director of activities, Fernanda Martinez for director of student outreach, Okky Jaya for director of financial support, Mohammad Hosseini for director of instructional support, Maryam Allameh for director of academic support, and Halie Willis for director of sustainability.

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Cynthia Gamez crushes a single during the last home game of the season Tuesday.

Sam Herron Corsair Arlene Garcia receives flowers from Stephanie Spychaj, the SMC softball team’s head coach, before her last home game as a Corsair.

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HaJung Shin Corsair Jasmine Rodriguez watches and cheers on her fellow teammates from the dugout.

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Santa Monica College Corsairs’ softball team smiles together after playing against Glendale City College Tuesday.

Devyn Souza waits in the on-deck circle while her Lady Corsairs attempt to score some runs.

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Sophomores say farewell at last home game of season Alex Vejar A + E Editor It was the worst of times again for the Santa Monica College women’s softball team on Tuesday afternoon. On the last home game of the season, the Corsairs fell to the Glendale Vaqueros, 12-1, extending their losing streak to 27. The loss brings the Corsairs’ record to just 2-28 overall, and 0-15 in the Western State Conference. The game was out of control for SMC in the second inning, when Glendale scored six runs and extended their lead to 8-0. The Corsairs were never able to recover. SMC head coach Stephanie Spychaj said that what hurt her team was three errors in that inning. “We walked a couple of batters, and then three errors don’t really help us out,” Spychaj said. “It kind of got away from us, slowly but surely.” The Corsairs finally got on the board in the bottom of the third inning with a home run by shortstop Selma Cortez. The game also served as Sophomore Night, a time when the second-year players are honored

by their fellow teammates and the athletic department. “We wish all the sophomores in this game the best of luck in their future,” SMC athletic director Joe Cascio said before the game. Flowers were given to sophomores from both teams while they stood at home plate. After the game ended, outfielder Arlene Garcia, outfielder Marissa Machado, catcher Paola Cabrera, and outfielder Niki Magana each received a basket of gifts from their fellow teammates, which included a plastic SMC baseball bat, a blanket and other gifts tailored specifically to each player. The Corsairs will end their season with a doubleheader against the Bakersfield Renegades on Thursday. “We gotta hit and we gotta play defense,” Spychaj said about what it will take to win Thursday. “Catch and throw. That’s pretty much it.” Thursday’s games will be on the road at Bakersfield College starting at 2:30 p.m.

HaJung Shin Corsair Aaliyah Burns, Corsairs’ second baseman, ices her knee after the game.

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Acts of valor from all walks of life

Illustration by Jhosef Hern Sadly familiar heartbreak blanketed our country on Monday following the Boston Marathon. An explosion rocked the area adjacent to the main viewing stands three hours after winners had broken the finish line tape. A second bomb followed soon after. The Boston Police Department confirmed that the bombs were responsible for the mayhem caused. Three people were killed onsite, including an 8-year-old boy, and at least 144 people were injured, some severely. Not only were new wounds made, but old wounds were opened from our nation’s history. The last mile of the marathon, where the bombs went off, was dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. Boston Athletic Association President Joanne Flaminio said before the race that the finish line held a “special significance” because the marathon was 26.2 miles long and 26 people lost their lives at the elementary school. This inexplicable violence in an unexpected place was categorized as an “act of terrorism” by President Barack Obama during a press conference on Monday. Despite the affiliations and intentions of the culprit, within a city wrought with terror, numerous heroes emerged. Restaurants in the area fed locals and runners, even if they could not pay for the food. Boston locals posted hundreds of entries on an online document, offering to provide shelter and transportation to those who needed it. Google created a tool called Person Finder to help people find their loved ones in the area. Some runners reportedly continued running past the finish line to the hospitals in the area to give blood to victims. So many people rushed to donate blood that the Red Cross had to turn some away. Four months after the Newtown massacre, which Obama has used as an example when addressing needed gun control, this recent attack will undoubtedly serve as a catalyst for increased public security. Locally, the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department will increase patrols to create a more visible presence where people congregate, such as government buildings, shopping centers, athletic events and public transit, said Sheriff Lee Baca in a press statement. While the media has implied that this attack will open up the nation to a barrage of terrorist attacks in the future, the show of solidarity by Bostonians is heartwarming in the wake of such an unexpected crisis. Rather than play into the hands of those who orchestrated the attack by falling prey to pessimism and negativity, the American public has come together to inspire widespread goodwill. For every person who looks to tear another down, there are a thousand more looking to bring them back up.

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Community worth the commute Maria Chiu contributor

Community colleges have been around for almost a century and were founded with the intent of giving local residents a chance to transfer or earn an associate degree. There are some Santa Monica College students willing to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch their first bus or face Los Angeles traffic just to take classes at SMC, passing other, more local, community colleges. So, is commuting to SMC worth the hassle? The nice atmosphere, great diversity and proximity to the beach are all obvious perks, but surprisingly, SMC ranks no better than other leading community colleges in the area. Students flock to SMC mainly because of high transfer rates. Last year, SMC students accounted for a whopping 2,176 admissions to the University of California and California State University institutions. However, given that there are over 30,000 students at SMC, 2,176 acceptance letters no longer seem as impressive. For example, last year, 680 out of 1,865 SMC applicants were accepted to the University of California, Los Angeles, which means SMC had a 36.46 percent acceptance rate, according to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Data Mart. Though the rate is relatively high, it is not the highest in Los Angeles, and the rest of the competition is right on SMC’s heels.

Pierce College beat out SMC with 38.8 percent of their applicants accepted to UCLA. El Camino College came close behind with 34.71 percent and West Los Angeles College with 33.75 percent. If we consider a much longer commute, Contra Costa College had one in every two applicants receive an acceptance letter to UCLA, according to the CCCCO documents. Since SMC’s transfer rates are not significantly higher, compared to neighboring community colleges, then it must have something to do with the experiences at the college, or perhaps it is easier to find more transferable classes at SMC? According to Assist, a website that helps students find the classes they need to transfer, the number of SMC course offerings are either equivalent or lower compared to Pierce and El Camino. Specifically for the 2012-13 academic year, the number of mathematics courses offered that fulfill the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum requirement at El Camino is 27, while it is 17 at SMC. For physical sciences, Pierce offers 70 courses, while SMC offers only 40. But what about the professors at SMC? SMC’s professors average 3.9 out of 5 on Rate My Professor, a website that allows students to rate their professors and campuses of institutions. This shows that SMC professors are just as liked or disliked as the professors at Pierce, which averages 3.86, and El Camino which has a 3.9 average. Even though acceptance rates, transferable courses and professors seem to be on par with other community colleges, there is

something in the details that sets SMC apart from the rest. However, the statistics of surrounding colleges are not comparable to SMC because of the sheer number of students SMC accommodates every semester, compared to El Camino which has 23,000 students. and Pierce which has 21,000, according to the colleges’ official websites. The amount of students who went through the application process three years ago was substantially higher than at other community colleges. In 2010, 5.5 percent of the student population at SMC applied to UCLA, while only 2.6 percent at Pierce and 2.1 precent at El Camino. SMC attracts more students who want to transfer, not to mention, being at SMC motivates students to apply to a four-year university, such as UCLA. Outside of academics, SMC is integrated with the community, as the home of the John Drescher Planetarium, Broad Stage and KCRW radio station. The SMC experience is beyond libraries and classrooms. It is about being immersed in what Santa Monica has to offer. So when choosing a community college, it comes down to personal preferences. If your goal is to transfer, do not assume attending SMC will give you some sort of leg-up. In the end, you alone are the applicant. If that means taking classes from multiple community colleges in order to get the courses you need, that may be the way to go. But if your goal is to take advantage of the amazing facilities, internationally diverse population and community involvement, then you are in the right place. Perhaps a long commute is not as bad as it sounds when the school is worth the distance.

College students should multi-date rona navales Staff Writer Dating and relationships are an overconsumption of emotional notions and a frustration for most college students. There are ways to gain more positivity from dating and being in relationships when prioritizing values and goals. While in college, life appears to revolve around relationships, whether it be with family members, peers or professors, relationships always have a significant impact on college students. Pretending to listen to the entire life story of a person you cannot see a future with is discouraging when trying to find “the one.” However, that sense of frustration actually helps assess important values. Darryl-Keith Ogata, a Santa Monica College communication studies professor, believes that many students do not have the time to commit to a relationship while they are committed to their education. “If you ask the people who focus on their education and delay romantic involvements, they don’t feel they missed out on anything,” Ogata said. However, among students, it is common to choose to date more than one person

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at a time in hopes of finding that special someone. “I think you have to make sure your studies are your number one focus, [but] I think it’s [also] fine to date,” said Jenn Berman from VH1’s show “Couple’s Therapy.” “Part of what you’re supposed to do developmentally during the college years is to start to have experiences with intimate relationships.” As long as honesty is not forgotten and sexual intimacy is carefully considered, while casually dating multiple people, taking interest in more than one person is perfectly acceptable and a smart way to manage time. Meghan Laslocky, author of “The Little Book of Heartbreak,” suggested that students who are unsure if they want to commit, and do not have time, should not commit. “I think I was often spending too long or too much energy on someone who just wasn’t right for me,” she said. Naturally, while trying to connect and spend quality time with someone, compatibility is determined. Depending on how the party feels, one can then discuss with the other person whether to be exclusive or to move on in a respectful manner as long as no one is hurt. “I think it’s fine to date more than one person until you have that conversation where one agrees to be exclusive,” Berman said. “I think it actually should be assumed that everyone is dating other people until that conversation happens.”

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With that said, practicing safe sex is important when dating multiple people. It is best to decide not to have sex with someone until that conversation to be mutually exclusive happens, since sex always makes relationships more complicated. “Doing things where you don’t keep yourself safe, putting yourself in dangerous situations, not practicing safe sex, not being honest with people about your level of monogamy with them and others qualifies as unhealthy casual dating,” Berman said. Students should keep in mind that a committed relationship is often more work than casually dating a number of people. Prioritizing education while at a transfer college like SMC is more important than feeling responsible for another person’s happiness. Statistically speaking, 60 percent of underexposed partners who choose marriage in their early 20s file for divorce, according to Berman. “Most people don’t know themselves that well in their 20s, or at least not well enough, to know what they’re going to want in their 30s, 40s and 50s.” There are no long-term benefits in investing time and energy into an humdrum relationship while in college. Students should take advantage of the opportunity to meet new people and learn more about themselves while investing energy into things that are productive.

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A new trend in relaxation

Luis Arias Staff Writer Trends tend to come and go, but one emerging trend in relaxation appears to be making its way onto the scene through viral videos. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is described as “a physical sensation characterized by a pleasurable tingling that typically begins in the head and scalp, and often moves down the spine and through the limbs,” according to the ASMR research and support website. There are two types of triggers that activate the sensation, the internal and the external, according to the ASMR website. The internal triggers are elicited through specific thought patterns unique to the individual, while the external triggers vary between some people, but can include such stimulants as slow and unique speech

patterns or someone touching your head or back. “I always got that sensation when I got a haircut, and I never really knew what it was called,” says Santa Monica College student Matt Kudzevich. “I just thought it was like getting goosebumps. It is a great feeling. I would think that they would figure out a way to market and sell it to the stressed-out college students.” A popular YouTube channel with the user name VeniVidiVulpes produces ASMR videos that show a young woman using a soft voice and other sounds to attempt to give off the relaxed sensation. “After watching the video, I see the interest for some people. However, they are not for me,” says SMC student Jacqueline Ramirez. “It honestly seems that they are some sort of fetish videos, either that or videos or some kind of perverts,” says Ramirez.

While it may seem strange to some, one specialist believes it may actually help others to relax. “The most important part of stress relief is to keep the mind occupied by non-stressors, so if certain activities stimulate the sensors in your body then it is an effective therapy,” says Dr. Edward J. O’Connor, neurologist at Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles. According to O’Connor, one possible reason why this method has not been officially researched and properly funded is that each stimulant of each individual could be different and there would be no way to pinpoint which specific stimulants work on different people. The overall effectiveness of ASMR is not yet clear, but thanks to YouTube, it is receiving attention and may become the next new trend in relaxation.

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Resistant bacteria on the rise Tina eady Staff Writer

There is a bacteria that has become resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, and it can contribute to the deaths of up to half the people infected when it enters the bloodstream, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae is “a family of germs that are difficult to treat because they have a high level of resistance,” according to the CDC. CRE can be transmitted through the hands of healthcare personnel, and the bacteria can spread its antibiotic resistance to other bacteria in the same family, the CDC says. “CRE can be transmitted via healthcare workers or the hospital environment,” Dr. Daniel Uslan, an epidemiologist and director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the University of California, Los Angeles Health System, states in an email. According to the CDC, medical care that requires devices like ventilators, urine catheters, or intravenous catheters, and patients who are taking long courses of certain antibiotics, are most at risk. “It can get into the bloodstream from another site of infection like a urinary tract infection, or long-term use of central venous catheter or a PICC line commonly used

for dialysis or chemotherapy,” says Uslan. Infections are usually associated with symptoms that vary based on the site that is infected — a cough if in the lungs and urinary symptoms if in the bladder. General symptoms of an infection are flulike and can include a fever, chills and cough, the CDC says. The family of CRE has more than 70 bacteria, including E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae that normally live in the digestive system. “These enterobacteria, or gut bacteria, live with us, and some of these bacteria like E. coli help us out by providing vitamin K, while other bacteria of this same species can cause disease,” Lucy Kluckhohn-Jones, a Santa Monica College life science professor, states in an email. During the last decade, the CDC says that it has tracked one type of CRE from a single healthcare facility to facilities in at least 42 states. A CDC vital signs report states that in the first six months of 2012, 4.6 percent of acute-care hospitals treated one or more patients with CRE infections and 17.8 percent of long-term, acute-care facilities treated at least one patient with a CRE infection. The CDC also says that today, there are germs that are stronger than any antibiotics known to treat them. Widespread overuse of antibiotics is fueling antibiotic resistance and causing even more problems faced by

patients, says the CDC. “Patients frequently request antibiotics for infections that are viral such as the common cold, bronchitis, ear infections,” says Uslan. “Physicians over-prescribe antibiotics in response to many factors, including diagnostic uncertainty, patient pressure, or a concern of missing a bacterial infection.” “Taking too many antibiotics doesn’t cause disease,” says Kluckhohn-Jones. “What it does instead is to wipe out the bodies diverse bacterial populations, leaving the resistant bacteria to cause disease.” Uslan believes the infection will not spread to those in the general population, but is more prone to strike those who are critically ill or those needing long-term care. Once a person becomes infected, there is not much that can be done. “This means if a person has CRE infection, we have very limited options to treat it,” he says. “In some ways, we’ve returned to the pre-antibiotic era with this organism.” The CDC has a toolkit that contains ways to prevent CRE for both patients and those providing the care. For patients, make sure doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers wash their hands before touching the body or something going into the body, the CDC advises. For clinicians, know if someone is hospitalized with CRE, and remain aware of infection rate.

Santa Monica plans for water independence rona navales Staff Writer Santa Monica, a beach city that diligently finds innovative ways to improve sustainability, is now working on a plan for water sufficiency and independence in 2020, according to Kimberly O’Cain, water resources specialist for the City of Santa Monica. O’Cain, who works under the Watershed Management Section, spoke on April 2 at Santa Monica College on “Turning Blue: A City’s Tale of Water Independence.” O’Cain was introduced by Bill Selby, a SMC geography and earth science professor, who called her the water guru and expert. O’Cain shared with students and members of the community the plan to become water independent by using the city’s own sources and suggestions on how not to waste water. According to O’Cain, water independence means that the City of Santa Monica does not have to share

water with Los Angeles or other sources. In 1923, Santa Monica residents voted for a $1 million bond to overhaul the water system by building two reservoirs. “Santa Monica has 89,000 residents, 200,000 visitors, and 17,000 water customers [which] leads to 12 million gallons of water used up each day,” said O’Cain. By 2011, the Santa Monica City Council decided to do more for water sufficiency by limiting use of other sources like the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and coming up with a way to “use their own footprint,” said O’Cain. The water treatment is through reverse osmosis, which filters the water and removes large ions and molecules. There should be an expected increase in water demand in the year 2020, especially in businesses because of development, O’Cain said. Sustainable Works, housed at SMC, teamed up to urge local restaurants and businesses to save water by demonstrating how to create traditional gardens and

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weather-based property. O’Cain stated that 50 to 60 percent of water is used on gardens for Santa Monica single family homes. In order to become water independent, O’Cain and other city employees hold workshops for professionals and offer tips, such as creating nurseries that help grow certain plants. The city encourages upgrading lawns and sprinklers to the greywater system, which is water that comes from washers and shower heads that can be reused for irrigation. Biodegradeable soaps are highly suggested by O’Cain. From 1996 to 2010, Santa Monica did not pump water from groundwater because they found methyl tertiary-butyl ether in the groundwater and shut down the wells. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, MTBE is a chemical compound used as a fuel additive in motor gasoline. O’Cain described simple methods to help reduce water consumption, such as @t h e _ c o r s a i r •

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Play to shed light on abuse

Marine Gaste Corsair Diane Fidalgo rehearses for the role of Willadean Winkler, the trapped, weathered and abused housewife, in “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife” by Del Shores at Santa Monica College on March 27.

rona navales Staff Writer The Santa Monica College theater department is looking to teach a lesson about spousal abuse in their next play of the semester, "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife." Adrianne Harrop, director of the play, says the play is about an abused housewife

who comes to find herself and realize her self worth. During casting of the five characters in the play, Harrop says she was looking for various characteristics in order to make sure the actors were right for their respective parts. "I was looking for them being accessible from the audience, that the audience liked them, that the audience cared for them,

that the audience wanted them to win, and that the audience wanted them to do well," says Harrop. Harrop says she cares a lot about spousal abuse, emphasizing that she feels abuse still carries on today, both verbally and physically. "I want to awaken the audience to this issue which I think is so important," she says. "I think it's relevant to the college." Even though the play has a serious subject, Harrop uses humor to entertain the audience. "Before the climax, there are some really enjoyable, funny sequences," Harrop says. "There are a lot of laughs in this show." Harrop describes her cast as "exceptional, wonderful and fantastic." SMC student BreAnna Wittman, who plays Rayleen Hobbs in the play, had to use profanity for her audition, which is something she does not like to do. "After the audition, I called my mom crying," Wittman says. Wittman says she got into character by meeting a woman whose life mirrored the life of her character and studying her mannerisms. SMC student Jason Millward plays the leading and only male role, J.D. Winkler, the abusive husband. He describes his character as a man who causes the

housewife severe anguish, trapping her in an "emotional prison." To prepare for the role, Millward says he did some extensive research over the Internet to get a better understanding of the kind of mindset abusive husbands have towards their wives. "I think [the show] is going to stir emotions and stir feelings toward domestic violence issues, with bigotry, with prejudice, and hatred in general, and poverty," Millward says. Millward says he feels this play is good for a Los Angeles audience because it can transport people to a different place that they may not be used to. This will be Millward's ninth show at SMC. He has been acting since he was in the fourth grade in Tennessee. Harrop says the playwright Del Shores, a Venice local, personally contacted her about attending the show. "I'm trying to be extremely true to him, but I still want my signature," Harrop says of Shores. "I want my stamp on the production." "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife" opens on April 19 at 8 p.m. on the Studio Stage of the Theatre Arts Complex on the main campus, and will play through April 28. To purchase tickets, visit the box office.

Former Disney executives give film industry tips Kandace Santillana Staff Writer Dick Cook applied at Disneyland Park when he was a college student because he already spent most of his time there, so he figured working there was ideal when he was job hunting. Cook was hired and was able to go from riding the Disneyland Monorail to becoming the chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Cook, now former chairman of Walt Disney Studios, and Mark Zoradi, former president of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, came to Santa Monica College on April 4 to talk to students about the movie industry and its workings. During the discussion, they told students about their experiences with the industry, and gave them a few words of advice that could help them in the future. The discussion started with the upcoming movie "42," a film about the life of Jackie Robinson, the first African American professional baseball player. Cook, who produced the movie, talked about the importance of casting the right actor for the movie. Cook said that since the movie has racial content, it was important to get someone that could make the audience feel as if they were actually watching Robinson. Zoradi said choosing the right actor is not

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Men’s volleyball drops finale Trevor Angone Staff Writer

Sam Herron Corsair Santa Monica College Corsairs’ volleyball player Zack Brown (right) attempts to block an attack from Tyson Maddox (left) during the Corsairs’ final match of the season last Wednesday at SMC. The Corsairs lost to the Moorpark College Raiders 0-3.

The Santa Monica College men’s volleyball team finished up their season last Wednesday with a three-set loss to the Moorpark College Raiders. The Corsairs came out initially with impressive energy. Led by sophomore Zach Brown, the Corsairs pushed the Raiders to the brink only to be edged out in the closing moments, 25-21. “I don’t feel like I was carrying the team,” said Brown. “I couldn’t have done it without each one of these guys.” After spending a considerable amount of energy in the first set to no avail, the Corsairs did not quite challenge in the second or third set, going down 25-17 and 25-19, respectively. The Corsairs gave the Raiders their best, but Moorpark’s seemingly unbreakable wall of defenders rendered

Rising to the occasion: Juliana Nelkin

Mark Popovich Corsair Juliana Nelkin of Santa Monica College plays against Bakersfield College in Santa Monica on March 19.

Niklas Thim Staff Writer Born in Recife, Brazil, raised in New York, and currently living in Santa Monica, life has taken Juliana Nelkin from one place to another. But there is one constant that follows her wherever she goes: tennis. She picked up the racket at age 5 after seeing her parents, who she said are her two biggest inspirations, playing recreational tennis. “I have loved it ever since,” said Nelkin. It was at the age of 11 when tennis started to become serious for Nelkin. She played her first tournament in New York, and at age 14, she participated in her first national tournament. Her most memorable match was in an International Tennis Federation

the Corsairs offense ineffective. Sophomore opposite hitter Charlie Schmittdiel, who has been a standout and leader this season, did not play in the first set and most of the second set. “It’s a big deal when you have three guys out there over 6-foot-5, and whenever the coaches want me on the floor, I’m there. We just wanted to try something new and Felix [Alvarado] played great tonight,” said Schmittdiel on his teammate’s performance. But with Schmittdiel’s late insertion in the second set, and with the team already being down 22-13, it was too late to mount a comeback. “Last match we won against Santa Barbara after tinkering with the lineups,” said SMC head coach John Mayer. “We played well so we stuck with it against Moorpark. But we struggled without Charlie [Schmittdiel] tonight.” With Wednesday night’s game concluding the SMC’s sophomores’ careers, the Corsairs will look to a pair

of using it, but discovered this year that it’s actually pretty good.” Nelkin is currently in her sophomore year, her final year of eligibility. “I want to play for a four-year, and in the future hopefully become a coach,” said Nelkin. The Lady Corsairs are currently in

of red-shirt freshmen to help build the team for next season. “We have a couple of really good redshirt freshmen, Taylor Tattersall and Luis Palos, two guys who would have started if they had not been hurt,” said Mayer. “I think they’ll really help us out next year.” Though the sophomores may be done playing for SMC, they have their eyes set on playing at a higher level. “I’m going to go wherever I’ll touch the ball most,” said Brown. “That being said, volleyball is more of a minor. I feel like a better person after this season. I got a lot of character out of it.” One thing the Corsairs volleyball team has taken away from this season is keeping a positive mental attitude. “I’ve developed some great friendships the last couple of years with my teammates and coaches,” said Schmittdiel. “You have to cherish the time you have on the court.”

preparation for the upcoming playoffs, for which they have big expectations. “We have a really good group of players,” Nelkin said. “We know how to come together and win as a team when it’s most important. Hopefully we can go all the way. Time will tell.”

tournament six years ago in Texas. Nelkin played in a round of 16 and lost the first set 2-6, but came back and won the last two sets, 6-2 and 6-2. She moved to Santa Monica a year and a half ago to be closer to her cousins, and Santa Monica College was the best-suited school for her. “I get to play against good players, and I’ve definitely improved my tennis here,” said Nelkin. In the beginning of this season, Richard Goldenson, SMC coach, appointed Nelkin as the team captain of the topranked Lady Corsairs. This season has been Nelkin’s first as captain, and she said she enjoys her new role. “It is fun; I try to get everyone together for practice and matches,” she said. For her new role, Nelkin learned a lot from former SMC captain, Chriss Rodriguez. “She was always there for the team and made sure we all stuck together,” said Nelkin. Her leadership has inspired teammates and helped form a strong sense of camaraderie. “She’s a great teammate and always a stable player,” said fellow SMC tennis player Elin Hedberg. “She can have a temperament on the court, but she’s always professional toward her opponents.” Tennis has been a huge part of Nelkin’s life outside of SMC as well. Her father signs her up for tournaments on weekends and they take a tennis vacation every year. “When we’re in offseason, I try to play at least three times a week on my own,” she said. She said she considers her forehand and volleys the strongest aspects of her play. “I had a coach who told me that I would never have a good backhand, and that stuck with me,” said Nelkin. “I was scared

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