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DISASSOCIATED STUDENTS

Low voter turnout, campaign misconduct, and negligence

Michael Yanow Corsair Outgoing AS officer David Stavis peeks out of the Associated Students office in the Cayton Center on May 15. Stavis, who chaired the election committee, is accused of negligence in his role.

Nathan Garownsky, Andy Riesmeyer & Henry Crumblish Editor-in-Chief, News Editor & Staff Writer Negligence, campaign misconduct and a mysteriously changing election code are some of the latest allegations that continue to plague the 2012 Associated Students election at Santa Monica College. The results announcing the new members were delayed after candidates alleged “official complaints” against each other during election week, according to the AS. While complaints are commonplace—last year there were 10 compared to the two filed this year—the circumstances are raising eyebrows about the conduct of the organization, namely the omission of bylaws restricting the endorsement of candidates. These bylaws were “mysteriously omitted,” according to presidential candidate Ernie Sevilla—who lost in last week’s race—in order to protect the candidates who may have violated them, including incoming President Parker Jean. The incoming officers including President Jean are predominantly made up of members from the “Paradigm Shift” slate, which was endorsed by outgoing president Harrison Wills. The president campaigned on behalf of Jean, who is his roommate, and appeared with him at various protests in the weeks

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leading up to the election. The Corsair reported on Wills’ campaigning and endorsement of Jean, but was asked to retract it later by Benny Blaydes, the Associated Students Counselor and advisor to the Inter-Club Council. Blaydes maintained that any endorsement or campaigning on behalf of a candidate by a current officer was in violation of the election bylaws. However, at the AS meeting the week of the elections, Associate Dean of Student Life Deyna Hearn announced that bylaws were different this year, citing a new election code that omitted the prohibitive rules. Hearn appeared perplexed. “It appears it was changed at some point, I don’t know when or by who [sic],” she said. She stated that the current officers were allowed to endorse and campaign on the behalf of candidates. Sevilla alleges that at some point the code was changed by the Associated Students to protect Wills and Jean who could face disqualification if found in violation. The Corsair was able to obtain through Sevilla a copy of the original campaign bylaws before the revision was posted. Due to accusations of campaign misconduct, official results for the election were delayed for [SEE AS ON PG.3]

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$50,000 winner a cut above Michael Yanow Corsair Santa Monica College student Erdensuvd “Inga” Jargalsaikhan holds up a check after winning first place in the Junior Style Stars hair-styling competition and hair contest for cosmetology students around the nation on May 15.

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NEWS|3

WEDNESDAY MAY 16, 2012 - SANTA MONICA COLLEGE

SECTION VI: A.

A copy of the original Associated Students Election Campaign Guidelines. Candidate Ernie Sevilla alleges Sec. A2 was "mysteriously omitted" to protect then-presidential candidate Parker Jean.

CAMPAIGNING

CAMPAIGN GU IDELINES 1.

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6::=::::::::=;:'::::;:::10 [FROM DISASSOCIATED ON PG.1] three days, with final results being announced Monday May 7. Jesse Ramirez, the newly elected Director of Publicity who ran on the “Paradigm Shift� slate, tore down an election flier at the Veteran’s Resource Center advertising Sevilla’s “Hope, Experience and Change� slate, which Ramirez claimed was posted in violation of AS campaign laws. “It was one poster; I brought it down unofficially,� said Ramirez at a special election board meeting on May 7. “It was brought down unofficially by me.� Ramirez then claimed that he rehung the poster on the wall along with a flier from his campaign slate. Election code 13.10 states that any involvement in the unauthorized removal of campaign material by candidates or campaign workers will result in the disqualification of said violators.

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The controversy, which was discussed at length during the meeting, did not result in a disqualification for Ramirez. Ramirez later commented on the entirety of the election process and the AS office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean to offend anybody here, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not taking this too serious [sic].â&#x20AC;? Ramirez, like all of the other AS officers, receives a stipend of $1,000 per year for his services to the board. Many AS members also blame the low voter turn outâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;1,765 votes cast out of roughly 30,000 eligible votersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on the negligence of current AS Election and Inter Club Council Chair David Stavis. The 2012 AS elections were originally planned to be publicly funded by SMC, meaning candidates would not be allowed to spend their own money, and that the school would provide publicity for them. But a week before the election, the AS decided to use last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy, and allow privately

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funded campaigns in addition to supplying all candidates with $75 to spend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a lot of really ambitious ideas,â&#x20AC;? Stavis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the expertise or the support that would have been necessary to make it happen this year.â&#x20AC;? Cameron Espinoza, outgoing Director of Student Outreach, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stavis asked for three weeks extra time to plan the student campaigns, and in that time he produced nothing.â&#x20AC;? Outgoing AS President Harrison Wills also weighed in on the controversy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;David Stavis had lofty goals and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to implement them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He dropped the ball.â&#x20AC;? However, Wills says he still supports publicly funded campaigns and hopes SMC will attempt it again, albeit with more planning. But not all members feel the same way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The system we created is problematic, and I hope they change our infrastructure,â&#x20AC;? said Espinoza.

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More cuts to come for SMC Andy Riesmeyer News Editor Any hope for a respite to the continuing cash drought at California’s community colleges was dashed last week when Governor Jerry Brown released a May budget revision that paints the state’s fiscal condition in a dismal $16 billion dollar deficit. That’s up from the $9.2 billion deficit projected earlier this year, and means even deeper cuts to public services--including education--to make up for the shortfall. Additionally, that’s more pressure on voters to approve the Governor’s ballot initiatives in November that would raise taxes to cover costs. Santa Monica College officials are crossing their fingers that the ballot initiative will pass. Bruce Smith, public information officer at the college, says that even with the deficit, the school will receive the same amount of funding if the taxes pass. If the initiative fails, the school faces a $6 million dollar reduction from the state as part of the “trigger cuts” beginning in January 2013. “It would mean removing another 200 to 300 classes from the spring semester and severe reductions of salary expenditures,” Smith says. The revision couldn’t come at a worse time for the cash-strapped school. Efforts by the Board of Trustees to augment course offerings with 50 additional self-funded classes were met with student protests last month. Backlash from the protests caused the administration to shelve the program until further notice. A decision could come as early as the fall as the school scrambles to try and fund the winter session. “We have to make a decision about the winter session in September, we need time to figure out what classes we’ll offer,” he says. “Can we go with Contract Ed, or can we go with another proposal?” Smith adds that many eligible students aren’t taking advantage of the Federal Pell

Grant Program. “Students aren’t using it to their maximum capacity,” he says, adding that the higher fees with Contract Ed would make qualifying for the grant easier. Smith says that cuts in the 2013 spring and summer sessions could lead to “furloughs or other measures taken in terms of our employees.” Last week, the college announced a continuation of a hiring freeze. Smith says that the school is still exploring creative options for raising funds. “Most of fund-raising is usually for supplemental purposes.” SMC has been able to save an average of $3 million each year by cutting employee benefits and other services. In an interview with Capital Public Radio this week, California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott recognized the dire prophecy of Governor Brown’s budget revision. “We will cut more courses, we will deny more people education, we will have no other choice,” he said. According to Scott, class sizes have grown six percent since state funding cuts began in 2008. “We’re really packing them in,” he said. “Students are lining up in the hallways the first week of class waiting to get spots.” Enrollment difficulties due to high demand have long been a constant gripe for students at SMC. Scott says that students who can’t get classes either must go to for-profit, private universities that offer classes at a higher credit cost or defer their education until a later date. “We’re going to continue to do our jobs as best we can,” he said. “But we know that something’s gotta give when you cut back on the money we receive.” Scott says that in the first year of cuts, community colleges in California turned away 140,000 students, and adds that today the number could be as high as 300,0000 students. “The economy of California is going to be hurt, Scott said. “We need people who are educated.”

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Good Evening Dr. Tsang by Taynara Moura - SMC Student As you must know by now, unfortunately we have lost the elections. I was feeling pretty upset about it, like I wouldn’t have the power to help the students as I’d like to. At first, I thought about contesting the fact that my direct opponent should have been disqualified, or the fact that the entire election process was manipulated and schemed by people I’d rather not mention; however, after reflecting a lot, I realized that the important thing is to contribute to a better community and not fight over a job title. Right now, I feel that SMC needs good people to fight for its students, people that recognize the school’s President and Trustees as allies, and not enemies. I believe we should work together to bring solutions, like I mentioned before, and I was finally able to put into writing my idea on how to do that: I call it the SMC Student Shout-Out, and it is basically a survey—a massive survey. We have so many intelligent people on campus that could, and should, be contributing with solutions, but we are not reaching them right now, mostly because they have no idea of what’s going on. If we really think about it, what’s our main channel of communication to reach the students? The professors! They are there in every class, in contact with the 35,000 of us daily, and we should use that!

I understand that not every professor or student wants to get involved, but I feel that if we try to reach all of them, we will, at least, reach most of them! I personally offer myself to go out there and ask the professors if they could do us a simple favor: Tell their students from all of their classes, for an entire week, that the school is doing a survey, in which they are all encouraged to participate. The question is how can we raise money to fund more classes. All suggestions can be submitted online or in a form. We could put people on the quad with the forms, so they could also write their suggestions. Faculty, administrators and pretty much everybody who attends or works at SMC should be able to participate. I know that most people won’t take part in it, and we’ll probably have a lot of trivial ideas to deal with; but this is a Shout-Out to the smart people on campus, those who can actually bring something to the table, and I feel it would be a great way for the board to show that yes, you do care about students’ opinions, that unlike the current A.S. Office and Student Organizing Committee, you actually went out there and asked the students what they want! The second part of the plan would be organizing of all these ideas, and evaluating whether they are

possible or not. I’m still contemplating a possible third part of the plan, where we would ask the professors to contribute again, by letting the students know that all the possible ideas are available to be read (in a very easy way) and that the school would like them to vote yes or no to each idea. That would be an opportunity to present Contract Ed again, but this time for what it really is, and let the students decide if they want it or not. I believe most professors should work with us, since the purpose of this is also to generate more jobs for them. And from the students’ side of it, I can only think about the campaign advice you gave me last week: We have to repeat the same information over and over again to make sure they get it. A student who has four classes at SMC should hear about this survey at least four times during that week, aside from the posters and people on the quad advertising it. That’s my contribution for now; I hope it is a good one. Please feel free to suggest any changes or additions to it. I haven’t forwarded this to all members of the board, because I do not have all of their e-mail addresses, but you are more than welcome to share this with whomever you would like to. Thank you.

Who speaks for SMC students? Peter Cheng Staff Writer Here at Santa Monica College, the Associated Students act as our official student government, but lately the loudest voice on campus has been the Student Organizing Committee, an independent group of student activists. The pepper spraying of protesters at the April 4 Board of Trustees meeting made national news, bringing attention to their efforts and forcing the board to put Contract Ed on hold. Opposition to Contract Ed has been the main focus of the protesters, most of whom have been marching on and around campus in recent weeks. Due to the general student body’s apparent lack of interest in school politics and daily governance shown by this year’s low AS election turnout, we are left with these protesters to speak for us. The Board of Trustees’ only crime is their poor communication with the student body, and the subsequent failure to disseminate clear and accurate information on important decisions that affect our college careers. However, they still need to be held accountable. The SOC may come off as wild and overly aggressive, but perhaps that is exactly what we need to combat the powers that be. The effect of the protests cannot be denied; they have forced the trustees to take greater consideration of the needs and demands of the students. Some members of the AS have lent their support to the SOC, most notably outgoing President Harrison Wills, who often appeared at their rallies and championed many of the same causes. How well these groups represent the sentiment of the student body as a whole is open for interpretation, but their necessity goes without question. Due to lack of alternatives, for better or for worse, the SOC is the only group that

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has stepped up to the plate on behalf of the student body. Freshman psychology student Sharlisa Jackson states, “They don’t represent me, I represent myself.” She does not have a problem with the Board of Trustees or Contract Ed. “I understand why some don’t like Contract Ed, but you have to work harder, there’s money out there.” Sophomore nursing student Camille Nance opposes Contract Ed, and does feel represented by the protesters, but is not sure if their tactics will prove to be effective in the long run. Counselor and Transfer Center Faculty Leader Dan Nannini let a protester speak to a class during one of his workshops on the night of the pepper spraying. Nannini says that he had to correct the speaker many times, as his facts were distorted. Newly elected AS president Parker Jean believes that the AS does a good job of representing students, considering how difficult it is to know what students want. He says that the only way to get an idea is to walk around and talk to students on campus. But with over 35,000 students spread out over day and night classes across multiple campuses, that can only provide a very limited sample. Newly elected AS President Parker Jean has some ideas on a more manageable solution. He wants to tap into SMC’s many clubs and try to form a legislative body out of the Inter Club Council. Jean also encourages students to bring ideas to the AS. All of those that disagree with the SOC’s efforts should take a page from their book. They need to organize themselves and make their voices heard. If we do not stand up for what we believe in, we cannot expect anybody else to do it for us. Nannini agrees with some of the chants he hears on campus, but believes, “it’s important that they hold us accountable for what were thinking. Even if it’s heated or inaccurate, we need the discussion.”

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Santa Monica College student Yarden Ben wants to be a floral designer for weddings and events in Los Angeles when she graduates. She says, “I try and practice my skill as much as I can, and read up on the current trends in the floral design industry.” When Ben isn't at school, she goes to the Downtown Flower Market in Los Angeles.

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Ben explains the incredible discounts and varieties available at the market. I am able to practice my skill because of this place.

Ben's favorite flower is the peony. Ben says, "They are known to symbolize prosperity and good fortune."

At the front of Professor Everett LaGrange’s English 1 class stands a young woman reading a story. Assigned to read on any topic of interest, she decides to talk about flowers. She knows their names, their various symbolisms, and the feelings they provoke. One could close their eyes and imagine each petal distinctly by her vivid descriptions. Yarden Ben, the floral storyteller at the front of LaGrange’s class, went on to describe how she came to Los Angeles from Toronto, Canada. Originally from South Africa, she speaks with a distinctly unique accent. When asked about her evident passion for flowers, she answered, “People use flowers for every occasion. I think they are important to everyone, whether or not they are conscious of that fact. Flowers are a part of our lives. That’s what I love.” Ben, who came to Santa Monica College to study business, hopes she can ultimately create her own floral company. “One of the first places my dad took me to when I moved to LA was the Downtown Flower Market. I literally thought I was in heaven. I go there to get inspiration and to practice my skills.” Ben also

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says that she works on her craft as much as she can, so that when she eventually receives her AA, she’ll be prepared to start a business. Because Ben is an international student, she is unable to work in her career field. “I hope that when I graduate, I’ll be sponsored so I can start working on weddings and events here in LA,” she said, adding that she has found many frustrations in her quest for recognition. “I am going to keep working hard at it until something works out. I know of all places, this is where I want to be,” she said. Ben gives credit to her professors on campus for the business skills she has acquired. “My business teachers have helped me know what to do and not to when it comes to my business. Even my psychology teacher Max Gladwell has taught me about human nature, which directly ties into business.” She ended her story with a quote by Walter Hagen, “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” As she left the podium, with her favorite purple peony in hand, she placed it on one of her fellow student’s desk and smiled as she made her way back to her seat.


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Women’s Tennis Doublesrd Place 3 in State Sophia Villegas Staff Writer Tennis captain Criss Rodriguez and doubles partner, freshman Juliana Nelkin, competed in the Women’s State Tennis Finals Championships this past weekend in San Diego, but fell short of the doubles title when they were knocked out of the semis to newly crowned state doubles champions, Julianna Bacelar and Layne Gallimore of Ventura College 6-4, 6-2. “It was very disappointing losing to a team we know we can beat,” said Juliana Nelkin. “It was heartbreaking and I felt that I did not play up to my level. For some reason I could not get into my groove.” Going into the tournament, Rodriguez and Nelkin were ranked #2 in doubles in Southern California. On the first day of the tournament, Rodriguez and Nelkin faced duo Elise Cusenza and Presli Pilati of Modesto College, who are ranked #4 in Northern California, and beat them 6-0, 7-5. Rodriguez and Nelkin then when on to face Monica Borowicz and Kelsea Thomas of Santa Rosa Junior College, who are ranked #3 in Northern California, and beat them 6-1, 7-5. This landed them a spot in the semi-finals against doubles duo and #5 ranked in Southern California, Juliannna Bacelar and Layne Gallimore of Ventura College. Coach Richard Goldenson was really proud of the their accomplishments. “Criss and Juliana played amazing tennis,” said Santa Monica women’s head tennis coach Richard Goldenson. Despite the loss in the doubles category to Ventura College at the semi-finals, Rodriguez and Nelkin came in third place at the doubles competition in the state finals. “I want to look back on this season as a positive learning experience,” said Nelkin. “Criss and I did very well in both singles and doubles and accomplished a lot this season.” Sophomore and Captain Criss Rodriguez also qualified in the singles state competition. Rodriguez ranked #2 in Southern California for singles, and lost in the quarter finals to #1 ranked Northern California singles player Daria Kulbikova of Sierra College “It was a very good experience and I learned a lot about myself,” said Rodriguez. “My coach, Richard Goldenson, was a great support and I owe him a lot of credit for my performance. If it wasn’t for him, I probably would not have made it this far.”

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Brian “Fame” Hawthorne Reaches for Greater Heights Marisa Bojiuc Contributor Brian “Fame” Hawthorne still remembers the day when he was introduced to football during a friend’s practice, and when he first showed up to practice wearing baseball cleats. Born and raised in Compton, California, Hawthorne embraced the sport of football and became an outstanding defensive back for Santa Monica College during the last two seasons for one reason; he needed it. “Football saved my life,” said Hawthorne. “Without football I would probably have been a lost soul.” Recently, Hawthorne has decided to be a preferred walk-on at Washington State University as a cornerback starting in the fall of 2012. “When I first got here, I was very hungry,” said Hawthorne. “I had stuff to prove.” Hawthorne entered the season prepared and well trained, but he did not get a starting position. But when the defensive backs were lacking in performance, Hawthorne was called in during the 3rd quarter of the 2010 season’s first game, and made his first interception. In the second game, a starting defensive back for SMC injured his knee. Hawthorne was again called upon, and played the rest of the game, making three interceptions, seven tackles, and was nominated to be “Player of the Week.” During the 2011 league championship game against West Los Angeles, Hawthorne made two interceptions and helped the team win the 2011 Pacific Conference Championship. In 2011, he was also voted first team in the Pacific Conference League. “We’re really proud of Brian,” said SMC Head Coach Lindheim Gifford. “He is an All Conference player, had 14 interceptions in two years, which is very good. Also he’s so good in attacking the football, and is such a competitor.” Hawthorne has developed a lot as an athlete both physically and mentally while playing at Nathaniel Narbonne High School and SMC. “I have to constantly develop my game,” said Hawthorne. “As a football player, if you don’t train, you can only decrease. I feel like I have increased in all aspects of my game.” Additionally, when it comes to training

Adrian Galicia Corsair Brian Hawthorne will attend Washington State University as a preferred walk-on for the football team. He played as a cornerback for The Corsairs during the 2010-11 seasons.

and playing, Hawthorne pays attention to details. “I like to be well rounded,” said Hawthorne. “I’m a technician.” Hawthorne loves learning, but also dedicates his free time to teaching and mentoring with Dreams Are for Real, an organization which Hawthorne is creating along with his teammates to help mentor aspiring football players and one day host free football camps. “Anything is possible,” said Hawthorne. “But in order for it to be possible, there are things that you have to do. I love teaching and helping people.” Hawthorne strives towards one day playing in the National Football League. His nickname, “Fame,” is part of his

motivational tool, which stands for: “Faith, Accountable, Mature, Execution.” “That’s my dream, and dreams are for real. It is possible,” said Hawthorne. Hawthorne’s dedication to the academics and athletics was what most impressed his coaches and teammates. According to Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Steven Garcia, what a lot of people don’t know is that Hawthorne attends two colleges simultaneously. At SMC, Hawthorne studies liberal arts, and at the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles, he studies audio engineering. “There’s a difference between good and great,” said Hawthorne. “I always strive for greatness.”

Men’s Soccer Team Forming at SMC Robert Gutierrez Staff Writer Eager soccer students practiced their shooting and goal keeping on the Corsair Field last Wednesday morning, while Men’s Soccer Head Coach Tim Pierce observed the team from the sidelines, looking forward to what will be the first men’s soccer team at Santa Monica College in nearly a decade. “I am happy to be one of the people to bring men’s soccer back to Santa Monica College,” said SMC President Chui L. Tsang. “We have a great tradition with the women, so I hope that men’s soccer will be just as popular as the women’s soccer.” According to Pierce, it took a long time to get the team back on the field because the Western States Conference wasn’t admitting any new teams. The almost 10-year-hiatus from men’s soccer was due to the team’s expulsion from

the league after both a Title IX violation and a fight that the team had started. But now that men’s soccer has returned, they are training for upcoming competitions this fall in the Western States Conference. “I don’t have a confirmed, solidified team yet, but there are about 37 guys I’m looking at closely,” said Pierce. “And there is about a handful that I know are going to be amazing players.” Coach Pierce has been an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at SMC for nearly eight years, as well as doubling as the Director of Coaching for the Galaxy Alliance Soccer club. “We are extremely excited and happy to have men’s soccer back,” said Coach Pierce. “There is a huge soccer following here in Santa Monica. I know that the president of the college is a very big fan of soccer.” According to Pierce, SMC’s President Tsang was a real driving force in returning

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men’s soccer to SMC. “He really pushed it up on the agenda,” said Pierce. For Tsang, the decision to bring back men’s soccer at SMC was easy. “After talking to students, I came to realize that this was a sport that was very popular,” said Tsang. SMC students will now have the opportunity to play soccer, which may attract more students to the college. “I was very disappointed that SMC didn’t have a soccer team,” said Oscar Castillo, a 20-year-old SMC student. “I had to go and find a team outside of school. I love soccer, and I wanted to play for my school; maybe now I’ll finally have a chance to.” The first men’s soccer game is scheduled to play on August 31 against Santiago Canyon at SMC on the Corsair Field.

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8| ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT CORSAIR CALENDAR GLOBAL MOTION SMC’s Global Motion World Dance Company presents ‘Olakino,’ a Hawaiian word meaning ‘health.’ Founded by Judith Douglas, and under the direction of Raquel Ramirez and Sri Susilowati, the production features traditional and contemporary dance styles, contemporary Ballet, Belly Dance, Flamenco, Hawaiian, Indonesian, Mexican Folkloric, Jazz, Lyrical Hip-hop, Samba/Cha Cha Cha, Swing, Texas Two-Step, and West African dances. May 18 @ 7:30 p.m. & May 19 @ 4 and 7:30 p.m. The Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center $18 ($15 for SMC students) (310) 434-3005 33RD ANNUAL SMC STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT Annual juried exhibit of works by SMC photography students. This is the first year the show will include video. Opening reception on May 19 @ 6 to 8 p.m. (show will run through June 2) SMC main campus, 2nd floor of Drescher Hall Free Admission (310) 434-4289

‘CHORAL CHESTNUTS’ SMC Chamber Choir presents this concert directed by Niké St. Clair. The concert features Morten Lauridsen’s ‘Dirait-on,’ Duruflé’s ‘Ubi caritas,’ and Mozart’s ‘Ave verum corpus,’ amongst other selections. May 19 @ 2 and 4 p.m. The Edye Second Space, SMC Performing Arts Center $10 (310) 434-3005

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Holy Guacamole Karolin Axelsson Staff Writer 2906 Main St., Santa Monica - a little turquoise building sits with pink window frames, no name on the front, and the only thing that reveals that this place is a restaurant is the neon sign in the window proudly displaying, ‘tacos.’ Not until you walk through their swinging doors do you see the name ‘Holy Guacamole’ painted on the tilted ceiling. I caught wind that Holy Guacamole serves authentic Mexican food at affordable prices, so I decided to check it out for this week’s $10 expenditure. Except for the ‘Holy Guacamole,’ the walls are white and basement-like, and the place is small and rather dark. Four small dark wooden tables with chairs are placed against the wall on the right side of the joint. On the left stands a bar - one end for placing your order and picking up your food, and the rest is composed of bar stools where you can sit and watch chefs preparing the tacos and burritos that you are about to consume. The restaurant serves their tacos on small corn tortillas with tomato, onion, cilantro and your choice of meat, just like a Mexican street taco. Their tacos cost $2.73 (fish $3.20), and two are about the right amount to fill you up, along with the tortilla chips and hot or mild salsa that come on the side of every order. You can also add Guacamole to any taco for an extra 50 cents. Al Pastor is the house’s self-proclaimed specialty, a grilled pork marinated in Mexican barbeque sauce. Don’t forget to put salsa on this one, as the Mexican

barbeque sauce does not add much taste, and the meat is a little bit dry. Their pollo (chicken) on the other hand is more exciting. Not too mild and not too spicy, just add some guacamole to make it perfect. If you're a big eater, or just very hungry, a burrito would be the wise choice. Served in a flour tortilla with rice, beans, tomato, onion, cilantro, and your choice of meat, you can get a huge burrito for $6.87. You can also make it ‘wet’ for $2.54 extra, meaning your burrito arrives with guacamole, molé sauce, melted cheese, and sour cream ladled over the top. Sides offered include: beans, Spanish rice, guacamole, and chips and salsa, each for about one or two dollars. Don’t forget to try their pickled carrots, jalapenos, and radishes - free for the picking by the side of the register. Beverages offered are Jarritos sodas of different flavors, non-alcoholic sangria and Mexican Coca-Cola in glass bottles. Mexican coke is sweetened with real cane sugar, unlike the American version that is sweetened with corn syrup. The real sugar gives the beverage a different and more natural taste that I recommend for the Coca-Cola fan. Holy Guacamole is perfect for lunch as well as dinner. If too crowded, utilize the outside window facing Main St. for to-go orders. The spot is open until 12 a.m. on weekdays, and 2 a.m. on weekends, which makes it a perfect after-bar snack. There is parking on the street and in the rear, but unfortunately not for free. Yay! – Free chips and salsa with every order. Nay! – Seating can be hard to find, as the place is often busy.

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Local DJ experiences sudden fame Samantha Perez Staff Writer David Dann explained to The Corsair why he has been so successful in his field. “I think with talent, you either have it or you don’t. Hard work will always exceed talent, but if you can coincide both of them at the same time, then there’s no real recipe for failure.” Dann is a DJ who once roamed the Santa Monica College campus as a student. At the ripe age of 22, he is set to receive a degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, but not before completing a tour of South America to promote his first dance album, ‘To Each His Own.’ One of his friends told him that he was number 76 on the charts, and the next morning his sister woke him up and told him he was number 19, “in front of Kaskade!” Then finally, not too long after, the young DJ broke into iTunes’ Top 10 Dance albums list. Originally from Long Island, NY, as a child Dann lived a transient lifestyle. He went back and forth between California and New York for years before finally settling in Los Angeles. “I grew up with a kind of rough parental relationship. My parents never really got along,” said Dann. As a result, he and his mother developed a close bond that would prove to have an enormous impact on his musical career. Dann’s mission in life was clear from the start - he would pursue a life in music. “Music held a very delicate place in my heart. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it, but I knew it was always something that I breathed for,” he said. With a mother who forced him to play the piano at the age of 14, Dann had only been playing for a year and half when he joined recitals alongside kids who had already been playing for four to five years. “I kind of knew that I was good at it, and I loved it, but I couldn’t bear being taught how to play an instrument. I just don’t believe in being taught how to do those types of creative things,” he said. “I bet my mom regrets putting me into piano lessons now, because she doesn’t really like what I do.” Now that he has gained notoriety and a certain degree of fame, his mother’s girlfriends constantly congratulate her, and that has “opened her eyes,” as Dann put it.

“My older sister is super supportive, and my younger sister is my biggest fan,” said Dann. “Now I have a bunch of cousins coming out of the crevice since the album dropped, hitting me with text messages like, ‘I love you! So happy that you’re my cousin,’ and I’m like, I haven’t spoken with you since I was ten, but that’s family.” Dann considers the support system he has behind him, along with a tightly knit entourage, as his “team.” These people are spread throughout the U.S., from Los Angeles to Miami, and some located in Brazil. “No one on the team had any idea that we were going to hit the top of the charts, so when it came out, we were super amped. I had no idea how many albums we sold, I didn’t even care. For two days I didn’t sleep, I just didn’t need to sleep,” said Dann. His mother shared in the excitement and shock; it had hit her too. “She was a little more confident in me after that,” Dann said. “I just want to bring real music to people’s ears, that’s my main goal. I think most artists today are just completely saturated and garbage, so I want to give people the opportunity to know the difference between good music and bad music.” Dann described his music as a blend of vocals and house beats, and has drawn inspiration from artists like Sade and Eric Prydz - a smooth jazz songstress and an electro house disc jockey. The House/Dance genre of music has been overflowing with aspiring artists, but David Dann hasn’t concerned himself with such stats. “I don’t worry about competition. I don’t believe in competition if you’re really good at something,” he proclaimed confidently. Dann concluded: “It definitely isn’t a race to the finish line in life. Find your passion, wake up every morning and do what you actually like doing, rather than taking an engineering position or a doctor position, or whatever you’re kind of forced into. You should do what you like to do, and the money will come.”

Global Motion this semester “not another waltz” Mai Sims Staff Writer The idea of ballet as being pink and fluffy was blown out of the windows of the Santa Monica College gymnasium during this semester’s Global Motion run-through on April 23 - the dancers fiercely performed their routine in pitch-black tutus, to the intense sound of Rammstein’s heavy metal classic, ‘Du Hast.’ One piece that really stood out was the French Ballet, as the combination of music, make up, and dark attire set it aside from more traditional routines. Kardale Holland, a film major at SMC, danced in the last piece of the run-through. “It feels great,” said Holland. “Every time I dance, I always try to do more.” Holland is a dancer of both hip-hop and modern techniques. According to Holland, even though they are two very different styles, the approach, rules, and passion remain similar. Charlotte Richards, currently an associate professor at SMC, was asked to choreograph this semester’s ballet routine. “I wanted something different. I didn’t want to do another waltz,” said Richards. “People don’t

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think that ballet is cool, but it is.” The choreography of Global Motion was inspired by The Global Citizenship theme of 2012, “Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness.” With last fall’s Global Motion themed around the pursuit of happiness, the spring semester’s routine conveys the theme of health. “All of the pieces were choreographed with the theme of health,” said Judith Douglas, founder of Global Motion and department chair. “The last dance is an African piece that depicts a young woman who is infertile, and the shaman helps her to health in order to successfully conceive.” According to Douglas, the dancers still have some minor training to do, but with work, the pieces will be perfected in time for the big performances. “The students don’t just learn the steps, they have to study the origin of the piece and the people,” said Douglas. “There are a lot of academics behind it.” The dancers will perform everything from Swing, Texas Two-Step and Jazz, to Mexican Folkloric, Hawaiian, Samba, Belly Dancing and Flamenco on The Broad Stage, May 18 and 19.

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Inspirational ballet teacher Zippora Karz teaches about the lightness of the body's movements to Santa Monica College students, on May 9 at SMC. Karz was invited to lead a class and talk about her career with the NYCB, her early onset of Type 1 diabetes, and her recent memoir “The Sugarless Plum.”

Photos by Daniela Berzuini Corsair Santa Monica College students attend class led by Karz.

BELOW: Students attend Karz’s ballet class.

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Zippora Karz hated ballet when she started dancing as a child, but after her parents divorced and she was abused by her mother’s boyfriend, ballet became an escape. She spent most of her time in the studio, and took up to four classes a day; she didn’t want to go home. When she turned 21, her world came crashing down as she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. On May 9, Karz taught an advanced ballet class at Santa Monica College, as part of the ‘Masters of Dance’ guest lecture series. She also shared her life story, a narrative which she published in her memoir entitled, ‘The Sugarless Plum.’ The series has been organized by the dance department for 30 years, and was funded by the SMC Associates. According to Dance Department Chair Judith Douglas, well-known professionals are invited every semester to instruct students in different kinds of dance styles, and to serve as a source of inspiration. At the age of 15, Karz’s teacher encouraged her to move to New York and attend the New York City Ballet (NYCB). At the time, a famous choreographer and co-founder of the NYCB, George Balanchine, was still alive. Karz worked with the most talented dancers, choreographers and teachers, and had a bright future in her sights. “At a very young age, I started having these experiences in ballet class, where all of a sudden you are not thinking anymore,” said Karz. “You are just existing in that moment and having this pure expression with the music.” In her second year with the ballet, Peter Martins - who was in charge of the NYCB along with Jerome Robbins after Balanchine’s death - gave her the role as the Sugarplum Fairy in the ‘Nutcracker,’ one of her favorite roles. “I was so humbled by the fact that I was there [at the NYCB], and it really wasn’t even about getting into the ballet,” said Karz. “It was just about being touched by genius.” During her lecture, Karz stated that she started to develop symptoms in her third year

at the NYCB. She was constantly thirsty and hungry, and had to urinate all the time. With classes in the morning, rehearsals up to six hours a day, and a performance every night, she thought she just was burned out due to her daily schedule. After she discovered bad sores under her arms, she went to see a doctor who diagnosed her with diabetes. Suddenly words like heart attack, stroke and kidney failure became stuck in her mind. At first, Karz was in complete denial of her disease. “Diseases like that don’t happen to me,” she recalled thinking. “This is something that you give money to at a charity event.“ After years of wrong treatment due to a misdiagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, (instead of 1) and risking her life several times on stage, Karz finally got the strength to face her disease. She said she thought about giving up dancing several times, because she didn’t know how to manage both dancing and her disease. “The biggest thing for me was to let go of having to be perfect all the time,” said Karz. “I had to redefine what my potential was. I had potential as a diabetic.” Twenty-five-year-old SMC student Artur Varjapetian came to the United States four years ago from Central Asia, and started dancing only two and a half years ago. He especially liked ballet, because it required a lot of strength and discipline. “I love when I’m in the dance studio,” said Varjapetian. “You just dance, and if you want to enjoy it, you have to forget about all your problems. You just focus on the given moment.” Varjapetian found Karz’s lecture very inspiring, especially her energy and positive attitude. “It’s nice that our dance department brings so many professional people to teach and share these kinds of stories. They inspire us, and make us think,” said Varjapetian. It took Karz nine years to get promoted to soloist, because she had to prove that she was consistent and reliable. After her diagnosis, she danced for 13 years in the NYCB before she retired in 1999. She now teaches ballet, serves as a diabetes spokesperson, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post.

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10| HEALTH + LIFESTYLE

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Zach Johnson Contributor Rockstar, a brand of energy drink created in 2001, has recently come out with a new type of beverage. This new drink, called Rockstar Relax, contains ingredience such as triple-ďŹ ltered puriďŹ ed water, citric acid, phosphoric acid, sodium hexametaphosphate, natural ďŹ&#x201A;avors, rooibos tea extract, benzoic acid, sorbic acid, passionďŹ&#x201A;ower extract, rose hips extract, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, L-theanine, and chamomile ďŹ&#x201A;ower extract. This cocktail of chemicals, vitamins and herbs is made to help a person unwind after a long day. It can also be taken as a sleep aid. It is said to be unsafe to operate machinery when under the inďŹ&#x201A;uence of Rockstar Relax. So if you decide to pick one up at a local gas station, you might not want to drink it on the drive home.

Relaxation in a can? Christina Sziatinszky Staff Writer

For Santa Monica College student Eduardo Lovo, tiresome and stressfilled days come as no surprise. Whether he is stuck in traffic, running late for class, cramming for finals, or finishing papers, being a college student exhausts him. Rockstar has recently released a new guava-flavored product called Relax that is meant to help individuals like Lovo unwind after a long, hard day. Contrary to energy drinks that induce caffeine highs, Rockstar Relax is a zerocalorie, sugar-free and caffeine-free drink designed to deliver a dose of relaxation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would maybe use it for one

and comes with the same warning label. Blue Cow contains some of the same ingredients as Rockstarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s product, but allegedly does not cause the drowsy side effects. According to the health information search site WebMD, the chemicals that are found in passionflower have â&#x20AC;&#x153;calming, sleep-inducing and muscle spasm relieving effects.â&#x20AC;? L-theanine, which occurs naturally in green tea, reportedly has a similar calming effect, and is commonly used to treat anxiety disorders and high blood pressure. However, overconsumption of any of these ingredients, especially passionflower, can make a person drowsy, which is why consumers

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"If you need something to relax, dim the lights, put on some soft music, turn off your computer and phone, and drink chamomile tea." -Deborah Novak of those days when I want to stay home and get a good nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep,â&#x20AC;? says Lovo, who typically prefers to drink coffee or tea over energy drinks like Rockstar. Rockstarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website states that the product contains ingredients such as chamomile, passionflower extract and L-theanine, which all reportedly have calming effects. Despite the natural ingredients, Deborah Novak, SMC nutrition professor and registered dietitian, does not recommend consuming these beverages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These kinds of drinks contain added nutrients that most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really need,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are no real nutritional advantages.â&#x20AC;? Rockstar Relax comes with a warning label that states that it may cause drowsiness, and that individuals should avoid driving and operating heavy machinery when consuming the drink. Rockstar Relax is not the only anti-energy drink on the market. Neuro Sleep contains melatonin

are informed about the effects. Carole McCaskill, a nursing professor at SMC, believes that the product is relatively safe and does not pose any real health threat. However, she does advise against using it while performing any activity involving concentration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that driving, or doing anything that requires concentration, might be dangerous if one gets too relaxed,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sounds like a very mild tranquilizer to me.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d only use it when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m staying at home,â&#x20AC;? says Lovo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to fall asleep in my car, or in class, where I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even need it.â&#x20AC;? Though anti-energy drinks appear to be safe, Novak recommends using natural methods of relaxation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you need something to relax, dim the lights, put on some soft music, turn off your computer and phone, and drink chamomile tea,â&#x20AC;? says Novak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is all-natural, has antioxidants and is calorie-free.â&#x20AC;?



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SMC’s Spring Symposium explores link between education and happiness Susanna Svensson Staff Writer Is there a relationship between education and happiness? This question is being explored throughout the week as Santa Monica College’s Public Policy Institute presents the First Annual Spring Symposium. This year’s Spring Symposium is a sequence of events taking place on and near campus May 15 through May 17, with topics pertaining to education’s effect on happiness. The Public Policy Institute was founded in 2010 with the idea of promoting community education on public policy. Led by its founding director, former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, and its associate director, SMC political science professor Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, the institute offers the only associate degree in public policy in the state at SMC. “We’re going to graduate over 35 students this semester, in our second year, with AA degrees in public policy,” said Tahvildaran-Jesswein. “It’s a big first class. So with that in place, another one of our objectives was to do a symposium annually.” Tahvildaran-Jesswein said that the symposium’s theme stems from this year’s Global Citizenship theme of “Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness.” “To work in partnership with other

initiatives and support the mission of the college, we developed a program that focuses on education policy,” said Tahvildaran-Jesswein. The symposium not only provides an opportunity for students and staff to learn about policies that affect their lives, but also involves the community. All events are free and open to the public. “It’s always a good thing to engage students, faculty, community, and staff in coming together to think about current issues in the larger sense like we’re doing this week,” said Kuehl. “This is not about a specific policy in a specific town. This is really thinking in the larger sense about relationships between decisions made about your education.” The events kicked off Tuesday with “Implementing the California Dream Act,” a panel discussion led by Angelica Salas, the executive director of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. “There was an expectation that anti-immigrant interest in the state of California would have generated enough signatures to force a referendum on the California Dream Act, and we thought that would take place this June,” said Tahvildaran-Jesswein. On Tuesday night, SMC faculty and other educational leaders held a discussion on the essence of happiness entitled “What is Happiness? A

"The American society has decided that public education is a very big part of the ability to seek equalities, and therefore happiness." -Sheila Kuehl Roundtable Kickoff.” “I would say students at Santa Monica College are made unhappy by the fact that they can’t get the classes that they want, when they want them,” said Kuehl. “They’re made unhappy by the fact that they take more than two years, and in some institutes more than three years, to get their AA degree.” For those who missed Tuesday’s events, it is not too late to take part in the discussion. On Wednesday evening, the 2006 film “Walkout,” based on the 1968 East L.A. student walkouts, will be screened at the Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex in Santa Monica. Following the screening will be a discussion led by director Edward James Olmos. On Thursday, Jonathan Mooney, author of “The Short Bus,” will be on campus to speak about “Learning Outside the Lines: Finding Happiness through an Inclusive Education Movement.” The event will take place in room 165 of the Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall at 11:15 a.m.

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“The approach has to do with [asking] ‘what is education?’” said Kuehl. “Does it have to be one size fits all? Or can the flexibility in the way things are taught really help students who don’t fit the general description of students?” Kuehl’s roundtable program entitled “Looking for Happiness in the Constitution?” will close the symposium on Thursday evening. Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of UC Irvine School of Law, and UCLA law professors Christine Littleton and Cheryl Harris will speak about whether the law and the Constitution can promote happiness. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in room 123 of SMC’s Bundy campus. “Public policy is also related to unhappiness,” said Kuehl. “If you go to school where you feel that the society doesn’t value educating you, then it’s a collective unhappiness that I think goes to the contentment of a society. The American society has decided that public education is a very big part of the ability to seek equalities, and therefore happiness.”

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WEDNESDAY MAY 16, 2012 - SANTA MONICA COLLEGE

Unique L.A. brings culture and community Zoie Matthew Contributor

Anisa El-Khouri Corsair Guests of the Unique L.A. spring show admire handmade necklaces hung for sale at the Love, Nail, Tree booth at the fourth annual show at the California Market Center. More than 325 designers and artists displayed their work for guests to purchase made-in-America goods.

Michael Yanow Corsair Roman Leguizams, 4, claps after winning tickets at the ball drop game at Caine's Arcade. Anisa El-Khouri Corsair Downtown's California Market Center drew a crowd of crafters, art-lovers and local enthusiasts.

“Unique” seems like a logical word to use when describing an event that brings together a gaggle of Los Angeles locals specializing in everything from crafting wooden neckties, to creating jewelry out of guitar strings, to practicing modern-day herbalism. That word is incorporated in the title of what is now the largest independent design show in the country, “Unique L.A.” The festival, which first started in December of 2008, celebrated the fourth anniversary of its annual spring show with a two-day shopping event at California Market Center downtown last weekend. The event featured over 325 local designers, restaurants, craftspeople, and artists selling their wares, as well as a number of free workshops, and a photo booth where attendees could use an array of props and pose for a free picture, compliments of Oh! Snap Studios. On the event’s website, founder Sonja Rasula states that her mission is to “bring modern made-inAmerica design to the masses,” and to “help small businesses grow and become sustainable, to support the local economy, and to teach shoppers the value of conscious consumerism.” The site also stresses the event’s emphasis on community. In the past, Unique has partnered with a number of local environmental groups, including Heal the Bay and Friends of the Los Angeles River. Last weekend’s show supported 826LA, a local organization that provides creative writing workshops and after-school tutoring to students in the community. Local designer Juliana Hung, who sold her ceramic jewelry and plantholders at this weekend’s show, says that there is a sense of community at the event. “It’s great,” says Hung. “Everyone is really nice, and we kind of help each other out and learn from each other.” Hung says she enjoys the dynamic nature of the show’s patrons, and draws from her background in industrial design to create something “fun and unexpected” in her ceramic and leather jewelry. “There’s a really big diversity of categories, and all different crafts,” she says. “It’s really interesting to see the energy.” Though the show is over, there are several upcoming events presented by Rasula and her team. Unique will present its first annual San Francisco show on the weekend of June 30, and also reportedly has a New York City event in the works. Rasula also curates a monthly movie night at L.A.’s Echoplex, which includes pizza, a movie, and drinks for $10. The next movie, the 1955 film noir classic “Kiss Me Deadly,” will be screened on May 21.

Michael Yanow Corsair Shoppers walk the aisles.

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Volume 103 Issue 12  

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