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Jasmin Huynh Staff Writer On the brink of confirming Associated Student election candidates for next semester, there has been recent confusion about the role the 2013 election code plays in relationship to the AS constitution. A discrepancy in the language between the election code and the constitution left a student's right to run for AS presidency disputable. As Santa Monica College student Noke Taumalolo pursued a spot on the election ballot, he noticed a difference in the two official documents that would prevent him from running. Article 2, section 4, of the constitution states that, “in order to assume office, the AS president and vice president [candidates] must have completed a minimum of 20 units at SMC” and “have completed eight units with a minimum of 2.0 GPA at SMC in the fall semester immediately preceding the semester in which they are elected or currently serve as an AS director, commissioner, or as an active member of the Inter-Club Council as a representative or an officer in the semester in which they are elected.” The election code, which was approved in February, replaces “or” with “and,” effectively doubling the requirements to run for office, according to section 2.A, point 2C of the AS constitution. Since Taumalolo has neither been active in the AS nor in the ICC, he would not be able to run for office, based on the election code of 2013. According to Taumalolo, he was told by an ICC adviser that the election code

Daniel McCarty Corsair Associated Students President Parker Jean listens to items on the agenda during the AS board meeting on Monday.

superseded the constitution, depriving him of his eligibility for presidency. “It feels like they’re taking my rights to bear arms, my right to vote, my freedom of speech,” said Taumalolo. "Nothing overrides the constitution." During the AS board meeting on Monday, where Taumalolo contested his ineligibility, ICC adviser Deyna Hearn referred to the difference in language as a “typo in the constitution.” “I have no idea how ‘and’ was changed to ‘or.’ It should be ‘and’ in there,” said Hearn.

However, ICC chair Spincer Tudor Versele recognized that the previous election code of 2012 read ‘or,’ and had been changed to ‘and’ for the 2013 election code. “I take responsibility for changing the ‘or’ to an ‘and,’” said Versele. “To me, that was the correct decision. We are looking for somebody who is in good standing, academically wise and has the foundation in leadership. To me the ‘or’ never made sense. I saw it as a typo.” Versele said in e-mail after the AS board meeting Monday evening that Taumalolo

will be allowed to run. But he admitted to have underestimated the discrepancy in wording. “I saw in the constitution the ‘or’ what should have been an ‘and’ for me, but didn't think that it was much of a big deal, until it comes around and bites you in the backside,” he said. “I thought it would be one of the quick fixes.” The “various boards” will meet over the next two weeks in order “to attempt to sort a problem in the language that had persisted since 1991,” said Versele.

AS moves against poverty Jasmin Huynh Staff Writer On Monday evening, Santa Monica College students attended a panel discussion about the movement against poverty. Approximately 30 students joined Green Party vice president nominee Cheri Honkala, activists Niki Okuk and Daniel Lee, and Matt Sedillo, a two-time national slam poet and author of “For What I Might Do Tomorrow.” Parker Jean, Associated Students president and host of the discussion, saw this event as an opportunity to raise awareness among students and to offer them the chance to learn and to challenge the different perspectives of the guest speakers. “I feel that poverty is a topic that’s hidden and I wanted to get a discussion to open people’s eyes,” Jean said. “A lot of these problems are intertwined. I wanted to show the students the connection between these problems. But I also wanted them to be able to challenge the speakers and all the different viewpoints, which is what we are supposed to do at a college.” The main issue that was addressed during the discussion was the country’s current state of poverty and the unproportional power and wealth of corporations. According to Honkala, the current government sets wrong priorities for the country. “There is no reason for poverty, hunger

and homelessness in one of the wealthiest places in the world,” said Honkala. “We learned to use the term human rights’ violations. Everybody has the right to not only the basic necessities of life but the right to thrive.” According to Occupy activist Okuk, poverty and injustice mainly affect lowincome communities and people of color, particularly in the enforcement of foreclosure. “This is not about people making bad decisions,” she said. “It’s about people being served bad products.” Lee, an activist for Move to Amend, a movement to amend the constitution, recognized a possibility for a social and political change in the limitation of corporations’ influence. “Corporates’ rights have to be eliminated,” Lee said. “It is not a solution, but it gives us a start to create the type of democracy and society that we actually deserve.” Honkala emphasized the importance of students’ involvement in the movement against poverty. “It is incredibly important that students are at the forefront of this fight for the next generations to come,” she said. “They depend upon each and every one of us beginning to become active participants in this movement.” As stated by Honkala in an interview after the discussion, students can get involved

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Andrew Mcnab Corsair Cheri Honkala (left) adresses students at the Cayton Center on Monday evening.

by spreading the word, participating in occupations or representing the movement through their art. Honkala set an example for her audience by helping people around the country to move into abandoned buildings and to defend themselves from foreclosure. “We think it should be against the law to have empty houses when people are living on the streets,” she said. One of the examples for art expression of emotions and thoughts related to poverty was Sedillo, who performed two of his @t h e _ c o r s a i r •

poems during the event. “A social movement is alive when art and culture are at the center of it, particularly in such a multi-cultural college,” said Honkala. “There is a way that art and culture can build bridges and connect commonalities. We are all artists and need different forms of expression. It’s a way to knit a very diverse campus and a very diverse country together.” According to Honkala, students can find events and opportunities in which they can participate on

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Incident results in jail Vanessa Barajas Staff Writer Last Wednesday morning, a male student was arrested and booked at the Santa Monica city jail after a female Santa Monica College student was being bullied by a group of female students in the cafeteria. A male SMC student defended the female victim by approaching the badgering bunch of girls and explaining the ramifications of bullying. This exchange caught the attention of another male student sitting with the group of suspected female bullies. The second male began to challenge and threaten the defending male. The second male was shortly arrested and booked at the Santa Monica city jail for failing to follow directions from an officer. Further details could not be released

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pending review for prosecution by the city attorney’s office. According to Sgt. Jere Romano, this arrest is the first on record that involved being transported and booked at the city jail. Although this case in particular required jail time, arrests by citation in lieu of going to jail have previously occurred this semester. In other news, a stolen vehicle belonging to an SMC student was recovered Friday along with a missing main campus parking permit. Last Wednesday just before 1 p.m., a hitand-run occurred at Parking Structure Three nearest to Corsair Field. The driver’s side rear panel was struck and received minor damages.

Enrollment slump sparks recruitment

AET satellite campus closing Kandace Santillana Staff Writer

The Santa Monica College Academy of Entertainment and Technology satellite campus, located on Stewart Street and Olympic Boulevard, will be closing for remodeling over spring break. The $62 million project will officially begin on April 8, closing the AET campus for about two years, according to Greg Brown, director of facilities and planning at SMC. Classes on the AET campus will be transferring to either the Bundy or Airport campus as soon as students return to classes on April 15. Professors are informing their students about which satellite campus they will move to, in order to avoid confusion on the first day back from break. The location of the classes will be the only factor affected. Meeting times and professors teaching the courses will remain the same. According to Bob Isomoto, SMC's vice president of business administration, the campus will be gaining a new, more technical look. "They will be adding a bigger parking structure," Isomoto says. "They will also add a new building for KCRW." According to Brown, the existing building will be remodeled, and there will be an

addition with an auditorium, television studio, and video and audio editing. Cindy Martinez, 21, a third-year student at SMC, wonders if this major change will affect the way classes are being taught. "My first semester at SMC, all of my classes were at the AET campus," Martinez says. "Now I only have one class at the Bundy campus, but just to think that the classes from AET will be moving here worries me that it will get a lot more crowded." Martinez says that she is concerned about other classes moving to different campuses, fearing that the parking situation will get a lot worse. "There will be some disruption during the move, but there will be great improvements with the new facility," Brown states in e-mail. "We are provided sufficient space using portable buildings, but parking will be tight." The Bundy and Airport campuses are both located next to each other near the Santa Monica Airport. Each campus has its own parking area. According to the AET campus website, this campus is specialized for students who wish to gain technical proficiency, offering areas of study in fields such as graphic design, entertainment technology and interior architectural design. To learn more about these programs, visit for more information.

Lorentious Barry Staff Writer Chui L. Tsang, president and superintendent of Santa Monica College, announced an intensive new student recruitment campaign last week due to a dive in student enrollment last semester. The highest increase in enrollment normally occurs in the fall semester because high schoolers graduate in the spring. However student enrollment increased in the spring semester of 2013 due to the passage of Proposition 30, according to Trena Johnson, assistant to the dean of enrollment at SMC. According to Hannah Lawler, director of institutional research at SMC and assistant to the associate dean of recruitment, in the past, due to the elimination of money for recruiting in the budget, no enrollment campaigning ensued. “Our campaign stretches out to schools

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across the street and across the nation,” said Lawler. “At the same time, we do not lose sight of locals in the community. Lawler said the use of social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube is used to increase enrollment. Members of the staff also send newsletters and e-mail blasts to recruit. Counselors may visit local community events to promote college enrollment. According to the student gender comparison chart from the SMC institutional research center, from 2008 to 2012, female enrollment has dropped from 56 to 53 percent, a loss of over 1,000 female students. Over this same period, the student male enrollment climbed three percent, from 44 to 47 percent. Students on campus provide a different perspective on the issue of student

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LA celebrates Nowruz Sara Cheshm Mishi Staff Writer


raditional Iranian music pumped through the speakers at the Los Angeles Times Central Courtyard at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Four girls with colorful traditional Iranian costumes entered the center, and started gracefully moving to the music while people gathered to watch the show. Nowruz, the Iranian new year, is a celebration that stretches over a period of 13 days, beginning on the first day of spring this year, March 20. LACMA and the Farhang Foundation, which supports Iranian arts and culture in Southern California, hosted the fifth annual celebration on Sunday. “The best way to educate people about culture is through the arts,” said Gilda Gilak, a foundation member. The event began in the morning displaying a Haft-sîn table. Haft-sîn is a special tradition and feature of Nowruz that consists of seven items whose names in Farsi begin with the letter “S,” said Gilak. The seven items included a red apple to symbolize beauty, vinegar to stand for patience, garlic for medicine, sumac berries for sunrise, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish to symbolize rebirth, wheat germ pudding to signify prosperity, and the dried fruit of the oleaster tree to represent love.

HaJung Shin Corsair Persian dancers strike a pose at LACMA for the Iranian new year celebration event on Sunday.

Families gathered with their children in the Director’s Roundtable Garden at LACMA to participate in the youth activities that are related to Nowruz traditions, such as egg decorating, storytelling, a photo booth where children dressed up in traditional Iranian costumes, along with music and dancing. Live music was provided by Shayan Sarfar and Yasi Hariri. “This is the third year in a row I brought my granddaughter to LACMA,” said Ali Elahi, an event visitor. “It is a great

Awards honor local eco-heroes Simon Luca Manili Staff Writer


eaders of Santa Monica filed into the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica last Wednesday to honor businesses in the area who have made positive changes to the city as well as the environment. The Sustainable Quality Awards celebrated these businesses in three categories: economic development, social responsibility, and stewardship of the natural environment, according to the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce website. The awards began in 1995, when the SMCC president at the time, Dan Ehrler, created the awards after his success with a similar program from his work with the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, according to the SMCC website. The awards are organized by the SMCC, the City of Santa Monica, and Sustainable Works, an environmental nonprofit organization. The three big winners of the event were Yogitoes, Tiato & An Catering and Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau who were all awarded the grand prize for leading sustainability in all three of the main categories. Catherine An, owner of Tiato & An Catering, was grateful for the recognition. “This is definitely an honor and a personal achievement for me and my family,” she said at the event. Tiato & An Catering is LEED certified, meaning it has been verified as a green building. It was also awarded for its

programs and involvement in the community, including discounts for bicycle riders. Yogitoes, a local yoga product business, was awarded for using recycled materials in their mats, and for donating various yoga products to the San Quentin yoga program. “I want to thank everybody for the Sustainable Quality Awards, and for acknowledging our 24/7 work in sustainability,” said Susan Nichols, founder of Yogitoes. The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau was lauded for its sustainable initiatives in tourism, including their biggest accomplishment to date, the Third Street Promenade, which encourages consumers to walk or bicycle-ride locally, according to the awards program. The Big Blue Bus was also recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly bus lines in the nation. Actor Ed Begley Jr. and Sheila Kuehl, founding director of the Public Policy Institute at SMC and former California state senator, each received the Individual Stewardship Award. Begley Jr. praised Kuehl for her efforts. “Sheila Kuehl has done [a lot] for the environment as well as key issues, such as women’s issues and health care. No one understands affordable health care like Sheila Kuehl,” said Begley Jr. “He lives in a solar powered home, he drives an electric car,” said Kuehl as she introduced Begley Jr. “He had an electric car back when,” said Kuehl. “This is a guy who not only walks to walk but talks to talk.”

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opportunity to educate children about their culture and heritage.” Nowruz is estimated by a solar calendar, and was adopted around 1,000 B.C.E. by the Zoroastrians. The tradition has nothing to do with religion of any sort, according to Gilak. Preparation for Nowruz includes house cleaning, setting the Haft-sîn table, buying gifts and preparing for a festive dinner. On the actual day, families and relatives gather at an elder’s house where the younger ones receive presents. It is also tradition to eat steamed rice mixed with herbs with fried

fish, Gilak said. “I am going to celebrate Nowruz with my mother and friends,” said Rozalin Asgharzadeh, an Iranian student at Santa Monica College. “Nowruz is one of the highlights of the year, so I’m very glad that my mother is here to celebrate it with me this year.” Shanay Baseri, also an Iranian SMC student, is planning to cook Iranian food and invite friends over. “It’s hard being away from the family, especially during this holiday when it’s all about being with family,” said Baseri. “But I can only make the most out of it.” The Farhang Foundation chose six short films that were being shown on a loop in the Brown Auditorium at LACMA. The films were chosen based on their originality, creativity, storytelling, production value, and conception of the Iranian culture, said Gilak The Farhang Foundation was founded in 2008 in Southern California with a mission to promote, research and teach Iranian arts and culture. This is done through university program funding, support of cultural events such as Nowruz, art shows, poetry readings, musical performances, films and dances, according to Gilak. “I had no idea that it was the Iranian New Year,” said James Woodward, a museum visitor. ”I just brought the kid here to play around, but we are learning a lot we did not know about the Iranian culture.”

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During last year’s Los Angeles Marathon, Charles Delvalle was in a wheelchair, watching the marathon on television while recovering from a coma, unable to participate in the race he had been running since 1995. On Sunday, he was back on the course dressed as Uncle Fester, a character from the television show “The Addams Family,” as he had over the past few years. “This is my coming-back-to-life marathon,” Delvalle said. From elite runners who make a living running marathons, to ordinary people who run for a cause, a charity or for fun, the LA Marathon seemed to bring those who participated together. Unlike Delvalle, who ran the marathon just for fun, Abigail Gregg had a more personal motivation for making the 26.2 mile trek across Los Angeles. “I ran the marathon because 30-something years ago, my mother ran it,” she said. “It was sort of one of those things. I was living in Los Angeles for four years. I was carrying on the tradition.” Sunday’s marathon was Gregg’s first, much like her mother, whose first marathon was in Los Angeles as well. Julie Weiss, a Santa Monica native, is a mother herself. On Sunday, she ran her 52nd marathon in as many weeks in an attempt to @t h e _ c o r s a i r •

raise awareness for pancreatic cancer, an illness that ended her father’s life in 2010. “I knew that I needed to do something dramatic, something big, to make a difference, to spread awareness,” said Weiss, who also has a full-time job as an accountant for a commercial real estate company. Another runner who participated in the race for a cause was Christian Alvarado, a blind 27-year-old who lost his vision due to optic atrophy while in high school. He ran this year’s marathon on behalf of the Fulfillment Fund, a charity that helps high school students do well in school and enter college. “One of the reasons why I do it is to prove to the community that my blindness is not a disability; it’s just an additional challenge that motivates me to accomplish all my goals,” Alvarado said. “Anything is possible. There is nothing that can stop you except your mind.” Jeffrey Lemberger is two years sober, after having been addicted to drugs and alcohol for 10 years. He ran the marathon as a part of Team Beit T’Shuvah, a residential treatment center in Los Angeles. “I’ve gained a sense of spirituality through running marathons,” Lemberger said. Lemberger said Sunday’s race was his 10th in the past year. His goal is to run 20 by December. Larry Rosenblatt chose to run his 22nd marathon to raise funds for a family in

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“Anything is possible. There is nothing that can stop you, except your mind.” - Christian Alvarado

David J. Hawkins Corsair Runner Espen Tomter, 42, from Beverly Hills finishes the race with a time of 4:24:17.

David J. Hawkins Corsair Philemon Baaru grabs a second cup of water at one of the water stations en route to the finish line.

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s a marathon need. Through his employer, Synchronoss Technologies, Rosenblatt ran to support the Everett family, whose four children, all under the age of 20, lost their parents during Hurricane Sandy. “This is a heartfelt tragedy,” he said. “It touches all people.” For runner Cesar Marquez, the marathon was more than just running a race. He proposed to his girlfriend, Miroslava Rojas, as she crossed the finish line. She said yes. The marathon started early Sunday morning at Dodger Stadium, with the wheelchair participants taking off at 6:55 a.m. Shortly after, the elite women runners began their 26.2-mile run, 18 minutes and 35 seconds ahead of the men. The race ended on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, just blocks away from the Santa Monica Pier. Thousands of people gathered to meet their loved ones and cheered for runners as they crossed the finish line. In her marathon debut, Aleksandra Duliba of Belarus came in first for the elite women with a time of 2:26:08, leading her to win the gender challenge. Erick Mose of Kenya won the men’s race with a time of 2:09:44. Merissa Weiland contributed to this report.

Paul Alvarez Jr. Corsair Fans wait behind the fence in the designated area at the finish line, as they cheer on family members and friends.

“I’ve gained a sense of spirituality through running marathons.” Paul Alvarez Jr. Corsair Andrew Martinez, 18, who finished with a time of 3:40:03, collects his snacks from the ground after the race.

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Bonjour, LA L u i s A r i a s • S taf f W r i t e r Theatre Raymond Kabbaz will present "A Week of French Language in Cinema" from March 18 to March 22. The theater will be showing a different foreign film each night, all in French with English subtitles, according to the event's Facebook page. The event kicked off with a reception in the courtyard in front of the theater, with plenty of appetizers and beverages. The Facebook page also indicates which movie will be playing each night. After the final film, there will be a reception, which was sold out before the first night began. Some people attending the reception were unaware of the featured films. "I'm not sure what is playing," said Francine Vaught, who came to the event with her husband because they enjoy French films. "It's free, so you can't beat that." However, other attendees were excited about all the films that will be showcased throughout the week. "I am planning on only catching a few of the nights of the festival, because I have to work," said Deborah Wilson, an event attendee. "But I am a big fan of all French films. I wish I could watch them all." Wilson said she has attended the festival in the past, and has watched many other films that the theater shows, and has never been disappointed by the selection. The film festival is free. To attend, those interested must RSVP at rsvp.trk@ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz is located at

HaJung Shin Corsair Guests line up in front of Theatre Raymond Kabbaz for the French Film Festival on Monday in Los Angeles. The film screening continues until March 22.

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A couple observes political posters at the Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk on Saturday.

Aviation and art are not normally put into the same sentence. But on Saturday, the two were brought together with flying colors. The city hosted its seventh annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk on Saturday, which included artists from the Santa Monica College Art Mentor Program, a one-year program that helps student artists develop their personal work. “This is our advanced students population, those who have gone through our regular foundation course,” said Ronald Davis, chair of the art department at SMC. “These are students who are now preparing to go to four-year schools, universities and art schools.” According to Davis, many SMC student artists have recently moved on to study at New York University, University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Irvine. Ozzie Juarez, fine arts major at SMC and part of the Art Mentor Program, was present at the ArtWalk. “The Art Mentor Program has helped me because it has developed me as an artist,” he said.

Juarez said that his motivation for becoming an art major came from the inspiration he received from his professors who have helped him along the way. Juarez was initially studying aviation. The main reason he said he makes art is for the feedback. “It makes me really happy seeing people stop to pay attention to my art,” Juarez said. This year’s ArtWalk was SMC professor Emily Silver’s first with students. Silver teaches three-dimensional design and beginning drawing, and believes an event like ArtWalk is beneficial for college artists. “I think it’s important to know your audience as an artist,” Silver said. “You make work to put out into the world, and it’s great that they can come to the classroom and talk about their artwork.” SMC art student Anthony Johnson described his bright, colorful paintings as surreal expressionism. The Airport ArtWalk was his first exhibition of any kind. “My inspiration really comes from everything art, science, everything that is around me,” he said. “The mentor

program is changing everything for me.” Six buildings along Airport Avenue were filled with artists’ personal studios. SMC had one of these buildings, where 60 student artists showed their own studios. The Airport ArtWalk also showcased work from local artists like Jody Fuchs. She explained that her art is inspired by her spiritual practice of yoga, calling it “spiritual graffiti taking unseen parts of me to the canvas.” “I always like to show new work and it’s exciting getting feedback,” she said. Andrew Mahlangu, a film director from South Africa, heard of the event through a flyer. He attended the event with his daughter, Rosie Turner. “Except for being drawn by the love of art, I came to check out art to see if there’s something I might like or buy,” Mahlangu said. “We love the paintings more, but I’m a filmmaker, so I’m fascinated by all kinds of art forms.” Other activities of the day included kids planting small pots from reusable glass jars, and filling them with seeds and soil. Walls also were available for children on which to paint.

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Anthony Johnson, a member of the SMC Art Mentor Program, draws during the Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk on Saturday.

SMC film program growing Ja s m i n H u y n h • S taf f W r i t e r Supplemental to the existing film studies program, Santa Monica College is planning to give students the opportunity to earn a certificate and an associate degree in film production, in addition to learning the craft of screenwriting and filmmaking. Although practical film classes have been provided before at the college, the faculty is working on a new program, according to SMC film professor Salvador Carrasco. The vision for the new program involves working like a real production company, collaborating with different campus departments and creating a comprehensive study of film in critical analysis and the development of practical skills, Carrasco said. According to professor Josh Kanin, who has been teaching film studies classes at SMC for 16 years, students are trained to critically analyze movies in a historical and aesthetic context and are taught the craft of filmmaking. The classes

prepare students to transfer to four-year universities or film schools, and to pursue careers in the film industry. "We are very strong in critical studies and production film writing studies, which gives us the edge over other community colleges," Kanin says. "And we have really great instructors who have experience in working in the film industry. They bring their experience into their teaching." Carrasco believes it is the students that make the college's film program stand out from the rest. "There is a fierce competition, especially in LA," Carrasco says. "But our students can distinguish themselves in terms of their strong work ethic, level of craft, impeccable attitude on set, and their diversity." SMC students do not only learn from their instructors, but also from guest speakers who have made a name for themselves in the film industry. Those include producer, director and

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perennial Academy Award winner Oliver Stone, director and writer of "The Naked Gun" series David Zucker and Jim Abrahams, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Christine Choy, and actress Hilary Swank, who took one of Kanin's film studies classes before her breakthrough in the film "Boys Don't Cry," according to Kanin. One of the recent course offerings is a class on directing short films, which builds on the previous two courses on beginning and advanced digital filmmaking. For the new program, this class sequence was reinvented and developed so that students have the opportunity to learn and acquire hands-on filmmaking experience on set. "I want my students to have a seamless transition when they leave SMC for their first professional job," Carrasco said. "Of course, that means that we have to be rigorous and demand a lot from them. This is as real as it gets." The short film directing class of spring 2012 recently produced their first original @t h e _ c o r s a i r •

movie called "Solidarity," written and directed by SMC student Dustin Brown. It was submitted to several festivals, and will be shown at the Vilnius International Film Festival, the largest cinematic event in Lithuania. According to Carrasco, the movies from the two digital filmmaking classes, which are showcased at the end of the semester, reflect the quality of SMC's film education. "We teach the students at a very high standard, but at a fraction of the cost of what private institutions and other film schools charge," said Carrasco. "We are working on being one of the best film schools in the country. We have the human potential, which is the most valuable source." SMC's film studies program is part of the media studies and communications department. It offers students film classes in critical analysis, screenwriting and film production.

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Didn’t I just buy the latest iPhone? Niklas Thim Staff Writer If not attached at the hip, my iPhone seems to be an extended part of my hand. However, as the rumors of the new iPhone start to spin, I am ready to ditch my extended ligament in hopes of a new technological miracle to re-attach. Reportedly heading into production next month, according to Tech Radar, a technology news website, the iPhone 5S could hit shelves as early as June. Bloggers’ posts and YouTube videos hashing out predicted details of the new smartphone have attracted a large audience over the past few months. CNET TV released an “Apple Byte” on YouTube, with more than 200,000 views, offering viewers a sneak peak. Although nothing points to the fact that the new iPhone will be any different from its predecessors — even though many on the Internet believe it will have a hologram function and will be able to read your mind — we all know it will be a massive hit, regardless. Everyone has high expectations that this product could not possibly live up to. The differences between the iPhone 4 and 5 were minimal, and it was disappointing. But I know I am going to want the latest version. Nancy Grass-Hemmert, communication and media studies department chair at Santa Monica College, connected our obsession with our electronic devices to Maslow’s

hierarchy of needs, proposed by Abraham Maslow, known for his psychological theories. According to Grass-Hemmert, when our basic needs of well-being are already met, we turn to the latest gadgets to fulfill needs for love, belonging, self-esteem and self-actualization. “If you have the latest, greatest iPhone, your friends and neighbors will be impressed with it and, by extension, you, thus fulfilling your self-esteem need for respect by others, even if only for a few minutes,” GrassHemmert said. Consumerism is a bad habit for spendthrifts, but, even if temporary, buying the latest and greatest can make people believe they are happy. According to Statista Inc., an Internet statistics company, the original iPhone, released in 2007, sold 6.1 million units within the first year. Over the following three years, the original iPhone, iPhone 3G and 3GS sold a total of 73.5 million units. The iPhone 5 alone sold 27.4 million units during the final quarter of 2012, according to Trusted Reviews’ website. Eighty-three percent of iPhone 5 owners upgraded from a previous version, according to Statistic Brain’s website. Up to this date, the total sale of iPhones is somewhere around 318 million units, and the total revenue has burst through the $150 billion wall, according to CNET Networks. Since the end of 2011, there have been more iPhones sold each day than babies born, according to CNET. It is clear that I am not the only one attached to my iPhone. For as long as I have owned a smartphone, the market has been dominated by Apple.

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More recently, however, other companies are producing equivalent, if not more innovative, smartphones that consumers have shown interest in. It is no longer the choice of the latest iPhone. The market has broadened significantly in the last year with endless wallet-emptying opportunities. Apple still sits on a throne, but there will be competitors, which benefits the happiness of consumers. Every other manufacturer will put out their best product, with the lowest price, to try to push Apple down from their top spot. Consumers expect holographic functions and mind reading capabilities, and, as crazy as that sounds, Apple needs to step up. Steve Jobs often quoted Henry Ford when he described his visions. “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses.’” I never knew that I needed an iPhone, until Jobs introduced it. After that I cannot imagine a life without it — not even life without the latest version.

The digital divide Jenna Crowley Staff Writer As a student, think about how often you use the Internet. From referencing a database in a research paper, to turning in assignments on eCompanion, a student constantly relies on Internet access in order to do well in school. But simple access is not enough; students have to be media literate, and must be able to critically think, analyze, evaluate and decode media messages, as well as create content. Otherwise the Internet can be frustrating, according to Santa Monica College media studies professor Lauren Movius. According to a talk given by economist Aleph Molinari, 70 percent of the world is digitally excluded. Here lies the digital divide. The remaining 30 percent is shared primarily between North America and Europe, while the rest of the world seems to be swirling in an uninformed, dark hole. Those who do not have the access and know-how are destined to be less informed, less inspired and less responsible than their tech-savvy counterparts. For college students, this gap can be detrimental to education and can be directly correlated to efficiency in schoolwork and career advancements, according to the Advanced Digital Services website, a company that helps people become media literate.

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If you are taking Advanced Placement courses specifically to reduce the amount of credits you will have to take once in college, or to have classes waived during your first year, be aware that every college treats these credits differently. Finding a school that will accept your hard-earned AP credits could become a challenge, especially when each school is allowed its own policy regarding transferable credits. For instance, Dartmouth College, a member of the Ivy League, will no longer be accepting AP credits. Run by the College Board, the AP program includes more than 30 courses in languages, history, calculus and science. If colleges — led by a credible Ivy League like Dartmouth — begin to reject AP credits, high school students will not be as inclined to take the courses. Horacio Romero Castillo, undergraduate admissions intern at Dartmouth, said that taking the most advanced classes will better a student’s chances of being admitted to any college. In most cases, those classes are AP. The College Board has an AP credit index on each college’s policy information. But currently, many colleges will continue to accept the credits under fair circumstances. According to policy information from the University of California, Los Angeles, AP classes are important in the college admission process. UCLA’s specific policy is as students should expect; students receive college credit for AP exams with scores of three or higher, and can be placed in higherlevel courses. While many colleges stress the importance of AP classes, some have begun to place restrictions on them, which unfairly impacts students, and does not meet their expectations. Santa Monica College students who plan to transfer to Dartmouth will be forced to face this reality. Worse, students should be prepared for other colleges to mimic Dartmouth’s policy change, potentially affecting other SMC transfers. Students are encouraged by colleges to take classes that are almost equivalent to college level work while in high school. Course credit should be rewarded to prospective first-year students who pass their APs. With so many graduates taking on mass debt, online education is becoming a smarter and cheaper choice, as opposed to a community college. Students without ready Internet access will not be able to take part in those opportunities. Colleges have to start thinking about the digital divide in much more complex ways. Schools should provide learning experiences for students so that they have a chance to be successful in college. As “digitally privileged” students at SMC, I hope that we can realize how important it is to help all young adults like ourselves grow alongside and advance with us for a promising intellectual future.

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Paul Alvarez Jr. Corsair Elin Hedberg winds up a swing against Glendale on Thursday.

The Santa Monica College women's tennis team endured the hot weather, retook the Western State Conference Championship, and secured a spot in the playoffs by defeating the Glendale College Vaqueros on the road. The singles matches were hard fought as SMC's first-ranked Carmel Peterson lost to Glendale's top singles player Sofia Tavitian 6-4 and 6-4. The exchanges between Peterson and Tavitian were heated, but Peterson could not convert them to a win. Peterson had a stronger showing in her doubles match with partner Victoria Mamatova, winning 8-6. "We started attacking and mixing up shots," said Mamatova. "They pulled close to us toward the end, but we stayed the course and pulled through." Mamatova was able to wrangle a win

The light at the end of the tunnel seems to be getting further away from the Santa Monica College's men's volleyball team. The Corsairs lost three sets to none against the Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros on Wednesday night. They followed it up with another defeat against Moorpark College on Friday. SMC has had a problem with closing out sets all season, and it was more of the same against Santa Barbara. "It has happened quite a bit this year where we have started strong, we have been ahead, and kind of let a team slowly creep back," head coach John Mayer said after the game. "We have not been able to figure it out." The second set was most indicative of the Corsairs' struggles, as they gave up a 13-2 run after being ahead 16-11, and eventually lost the set, 25-21. The Corsairs were within striking distance throughout the first set, and were even tied with the Vaqueros at 16, but fell short at the end. In the third set, SMC and Santa Barbara were tied at 22, but the Corsairs gave up a 3-1 run, icing the set and the match. SMC opposite hitter Charlie Schmittdiel felt that a lack of focus for the entire sets is the reason for the losing streak.

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in her singles match in three sets against Glendale's Ashley Sumudio, 6-1, 4-6 and 6-3. Kaori Tsuda, SMC's second-ranked singles player, won her singles match against Glendale's Alexandra Amor, 6-4 and 6-1. "It started off slow; it was very hot so my control wasn't good," said Tsuda. "I wasn't concentrating and I had to get used to the heat. Santa Monica is so much cooler." Tsuda also won her doubles match with partner Juliana Nelkin, 8-5. "We tried to keep communicating on court," said Nelkin "They were attacking my backhand, and Tsuda poached a lot." Tsuda and Nelkin rank first in doubles on the team. Nelkin, who ranks third in singles, easily won against her opponent Fnu Nerrissa, 6-1 and 6-0. SMC's Jessica Goldbeck pounced on her opponent, winning her singles match against Glendale's Amanda Dring, 6-0 and 6-0. Goldbeck and doubles partner Elin Hedberg managed a win 8-6 in their doubles match. "We had less unforced errors, and we rallied well because it usually ended up with them hitting the ball out," said Hedberg. But Hedberg lost her singles match to the Vaqueros' Sydney Farzadkish, 6-3 and 6-1. "It's hard to play when it's hot like this," said Hedberg. Farzadkish had only one singles loss this season, and that was last month to Mamatova. "We improved our score in doubles, our quality of play, and we also played better tactically," said Goldenson. "This is the third time in four years they have been champions of the Western State Conference." The Lady Corsairs will gear up for the playoffs with three home matches against Bakersfield, Ventura and El Camino.

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"We get to a certain high number, like, maybe 16, and we kind of lose focus in the game, and we want that win, and we think we'll get the win just by coasting," said Schmittdiel, who had a team high of 10 kills. Mayer said that the losses have come from making too many serving and hitting errors. The recent tough stretch has made Schmittdiel and the Corsairs hungry for a win. "I have a bunch of guys coming up to me saying we can't be doing this," Schmittdiel said. "I want revenge on everybody in the conference." Wednesday's loss dropped SMC's record this season to 3-8. They are also 0-4 in their conference. Mayer said the team's confidence is low, but believes that one win can get the team moving in a positive direction. "If we break through in one, I think it will make a big impact on our guys and we can build off that," Mayer said. "So hopefully we can break through the next one." The Corsairs look to end their slide against Los Angeles Pierce College on Friday at 6 p.m.

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David J. Hawkins Corsair SMC swimmer Paul Czer continues his family’s legacy of academics and athletics.

Resembling the once popular television show “7th Heaven,” the close-knit Czer family of seven children continues their legacy of transfer success stories. Paul Czer, a pre-medical and history major, is the sixth and most current sibling to use Santa Monica College as a stepping stone toward accomplishing academic and athletic goals. The Czer legacy began with Peter, the first to attend SMC. He was followed by Luke, Laurel, Andrew, Christa, and now, Paul. The youngest child, Adam, will be attending in 2014. Paul Czer is only the third out of his brothers and sisters to have taken up swimming. Before attending SMC, he was a baseball player. He has taken up swimming in hopes of passing his lifeguard test and becoming a lifeguard, like his older brother Andrew. According to Steven Contarsy, SMC's head swim coach, Paul Czer did not pass his first time around, but is confident that he will next time because “he is a strong athlete.” While not only following their athletic backgrounds at SMC, Paul Czer said he also hopes to continue his family's tradition of transferring to UCLA. The path to UCLA began with Czer's father, Lawrence Czer, who attended directly out of high school. The oldest of the siblings, Peter Czer, was the first to attend SMC. “You save money and you get just as much of a quality education, if not better, because the class sizes are smaller here,” said Paul Czer. “It's a great environment. I've had so much fun here, especially being part of the swim team.” Contarsy said he believes that Paul Czer has what it takes to make it to UCLA.

“Within the footsteps of the family legacy, Paul Czer is making his own path,” said Contarsy. The closeness of the family was the deciding factor for each of the children staying so close to home and attending the same school. They have even had a few classes together, both at SMC and UCLA. Although their father bypassed community college, the younger Czers see SMC as a beneficial experience. “UCLA wouldn't have been the same if I went out of high school because SMC prepared me and made me more well-rounded,” said Christa Czer. “I learned how to play guitar. I took a lot of art classes. I would recommend it for everyone.” Younger brother Andrew Czer agreed. “SMC is the best of both worlds — a diverse homogeneous mixture where you have to be open,” he said. “It’s kind of a blessing, and it’s just the perfect segue to UCLA.” The family also stresses the importance of character building through sports, which is why each of them have been so heavily involved with SMC’s athletics. “Being part of a team makes you open to other people,” said Andrew Czer. Each of the siblings who have come through SMC have maintained contact with former coaches and professors, and the college has forged lifelong relationships and academic prosperity for the family. Paul Czer’s girlfriend also attends SMC, and Andrew Czer recently married his girlfriend who he met at SMC. “I squeezed SMC for all its worth; I benefited, and even found my wife there,” said Andrew Czer.

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