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WHY TRUMP'S "LOCKER ROOM" TALK DOESN'T FLY
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"I'm automatically attracted to beautiful-- I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait," Trump said.
FALL 2016 — ISSUE 3— OCTOBER 13, 2016
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Tiny house project competes statewide TONY MALDONADO
A group of construction technology students are placing big hopes on a tiny house. Students from the College of the Sequoias’ construction technology program have been working since 2015 to create a “tiny house,” and they’re going up against other community colleges -- and even four year schools -- this week in a statewide tiny house competition. Even though the students left the college’s Visalia campus with their finished Nicolas Gonzalez/The Campus product, the awards will be announced John Redden, a math professor at COS, tests out an Oculus Rift game made by a team of students: Paul on Saturday, Oct. 15 at an all-day event at Gonzalez, Alexis Contreras, Cory Lewis, Zachary Stafford, Gerald Jumper and Kyle Lewis. Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The competition is being sponsored by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and College of the Sequoias was one of the handful of colleges that were invited by SMUD and successfully made it through the process to the competition -- others include Fresno State, UC Berketo code, program and mesh 3-D models just to find an appropriate and intellectual ley, and Sacramento State. GEDAHN KASSAZ Judges took the week of the 10th to put for video games. There is also tutoring for atmosphere to do homework and socialOpinion Editor the house through its paces, testing varimath science; all of these opportunities are ize; an excuse and incentive to get work Every Friday evening, when the school offered for free to all students regardless of done and start cracking down on projects ous aspects of its construction and comand its parking lot are barren and desolate, their major. It's called: Friday Night Labs. that would otherwise be impossible to do. paring it to the other colleges’ structures. there is a vibrant buzz of activity happenJohn Rector, a Construction Technology Every Friday from 4:30 p.m. to around "At first I was only moderately interesting in COS' John Muir building. professor and the students’ faculty advisor 8 p.m., in the engineering lab inside the ed in this program, not enough to actually It might be one of COS' best kept seJohn Muir building, students are taking drive me to [it], until a friend of mine in- on the project, said that regardless of the crets. Few people outside of the college's advantage the services offered at Friday vited me to join," Alexis Contreras, a COS results, they’ve already pre-sold the house: Science, Technology, Engineering and Night Labs from toying with the Ocu- student said. "I bit the bullet and I came by. once it finishes its rounds in Sacramento, Mathematics (STEM) program are aware lus Rift virtual reality headset, or learn- Honestly I'm so glad that I did because it it’s headed to Washington’s Puget Sound. it exists. It offers a myriad of different acing how to program with the Unity video tivities such as playing with virtual reality, TINY HOUSE on 4 » FRIDAY NIGHT LABS on 5 » game engine. Some students flock here 3-D printing, opportunities to learn how
Friday Night Labs: tech
savvy students create their own reality
College testing magnets in order to protect students BRENDON REESE
New measures like magnets, improved speakers and glass screens are in place to create the safest environment for COS students, faculty and staff. There was a survey conducted shortly after an emergency drill at COS in August of this year. In total, 606 people responded to the survey. 367 of these people were students, 105 were classified staff, 77 were full-time staff, 29 were part-time faculty, and 28 of them were administrators. In the survey, some of these people said that the emergency alert drill was lacklusMegan Mcleroy/The Campus ter, the COS eNews bulletins were not enough to ensure that all staff and stu- The new LockdownMagnet keeps locked doors from shutting, allowing staff to remove dents knew that there was to be an emer- the magnet and instantly lock the door should a situation arise. gency drill and that the system needed provided to outfit glass walls with means emergency text system called AlertTC improvements for it to be able to func- to be removed in case an emergency occurs. was also implemented but the people said tion properly. The people who were sur- It was said that the classrooms should be that the school needs to ensure that all of veyed said the new emergency alert sys- fitted with locks that do not need to keys the staff needs to have this alert text sent tem should protect and alert students and to be locked from the inside. In case stu- to their phone when an emergency arises. teachers alike through multiple means of dents need to lock a classroom door that is Students had the option to have the communication. not also occupied by a teacher. emergency texts sent to their phones beThe surveyed people said that multiple Among the improvements listed is fore the drill. Alert TC was put on Bansystems should be added in order to en- the possibility of a speaker system loud ner Web as an option for students. Before sure the safety of everybody on campus. enough for all AlertUs messages to be the drill or the emails that were sent to the Screens and window coverings should be heard clearly throughout the campus. An student body, 275 people signed up for the
The Odyssey of Shirin Sadeh
Shirin Sadeh may rank as one of the most fascinating professors at the College of the Sequoias—and not just for her energy in the classroom. Sadeh, a professor of physics and mathematics for the past 28 years, is known for the way she practices her craft: sauntering side-to-side at the fore of the classroom, weaving her scientific pedagogy together
with the verve of a stand-up comedian. However, Sadeh’s effervescent teaching style belies a lengthy odyssey through the world of higher education that began in the Iranian metropolis of Rasht, a city bordering the Caspian Sea. “I was born in the northern part of Iran,” recalls Sadeh, wistfully reminiscing about her hometown while sipping tea in her office. “My home-
AlertTC messages. However, some students like Lupita Hernandez were in the dark when it came to the AlertTC messaging system. “I do remember getting an email,” Hernandez said. “But I didn’t even know that there was a text option.” As an answer to these issues, the school has taken action. Windows and glass walls have had coverings and screens added to them for additional safety. The District sent a speaker manufacturer to all three COS campuses to assess what options the schools have for adding onto the range and clarity of the speakers and they most likely will be added within the year. A lockdown magnet product is being implemented in multiple buildings for a keyless solution in classrooms this fall. Brent Calvin, the head of student services at COS explained what and how the school will be improving the lengths taken to secure the school and protect its students. He included all of the products including the window screens, coverings and the speakers that will help the students hear any alerts on campus. The lockdown magnet, however, was not what was
town being near the Caspian Sea, even though it has a million people in it, is breezy. It’s beautiful. It rains a lot, so the air is clean.” Sadeh enjoyed a happy upbringing in Rasht. Growing up in an environment that encouraged curiosity and academic success, Sadeh quickly found her calling in science and mathematics.
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Shirin Sadeh left Iran to study physics in Syracuse, NY.
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EDITORIAL Why Trump's "Locker-room banter" doesn't fly The Trump campaign was hit with a surprise blunder last Friday when the Washington Post released a 2005 audio recording of Trump making lewd and boastful comments about kissing, groping, and trying to have sex with a married women. “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” Trump said. “Grab them by the p---y. You can do anything." This was met by huge amounts of outrage from all areas of the political spectrum and American public. Most notably was the backlash and receding endorsements coming from the Republican Party. John McCain was one of the many prominent Republicans who withdrew his support for Trump this week. "Donald Trump’s behavior this week... makes it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy,” McCain said. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan took to Twitter saying he was sickened by the leaked footage, stating that "Women should be revered, not objectified." This is indefensible behavior for anyone who is seeking a place in politics, let alone the Presidency. Trump's temperament has already been in question for some time and this footage does nothing but reinforce the idea that he is unqualified to become our President.
Predictably, Democratic presidential banter" and attempted to skew criticism nominee Hillary Clinton took to Sunday's away from him and towards Bill Clinton. debate to express her views. “This was locker room banter, a private “What we all saw and heard on Friday conversation that took place many years was Donald talking about women, what ago," Trump said. "Bill Clinton has said far he thinks about worse to me on the And when you're a star, golf course— not even women, what he they let you do it. You can do close." does to women,” Clinton said. “And Labeling this mess anything. he has said that the as locker-room ban-Donald J. Trump video doesn’t repreter hardly reduces the sent who he is, but I damage and guilt bethink it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it ing imposed onto Trump. His actions are represents exactly who he is, because we’ve no less justified, and if anything, they are seen this throughout the campaign.” condemned more due to his claims of this This is true. To name a few, Trump has being "a distraction from the issues we are clashed and degregated multiple women facing today." As if the lack of egalitarian over the course of his campaign. He called values in a presidential candidate wouldn't Rosie O'donnell a pig on television; Fox be a concern to American voters. News host of the Kelly file, Megan Kelly, Trump is correct in that Bill Clinton was was repeatedly called a 'bimbo' by Trump accused of sexual assault by many women, on Twitter; and Arianna Huffington had that's undeniable—but he isn't running for her fair share of Trump-treatment via Twit- president, and the actions of an unfaithful ter, being called a "dog", and told that her husband have little to no correlation as to husband left her because she was "unat- how his wife does and will treat women. tractive". Indiana Governor and Trump's running Trump's judgment of women has proven mate, Mike Pence spoke at a campaign rally to persist today, as he is now 70 years old, in Charlotte, N.C. and said the following. and it was no more acceptable for him to “We all fall short of the glory of God,” conduct that behavior when he was 59 years Mike Pence said. “I believe in forgiveness.” old in 2005. In his apology video, released As Trump said in his apology video, he that same Friday, he not only apologized isn't perfect either. But we don't expect perto the American people, but identified his fect; we expect better. conversation with Bush as "locker-room
COLUMN Missed opportunities at the debates JEREMIAH NATION
As the first presidential debate approached, I allowed myself to become excited and hopeful for the first time that we may finally have substance and answers in what until then had been little more than a circus. One of my biggest complaints up to then about the election had been that both candidates seemed to avoid press conferences, and the media as a whole, by matter of policy. I thought finally we would have the candidates in one place where they could both be held accountable for untruths and be asked to commit to policies by providing a detailed path to make their policies realistic. Unfortunately, it is with a bitter taste that I walk away convinced of who I will absolutely not be voting for; but more disappointing is that I walk away with less
confidence in who I will be voting for. I had hoped, perhaps with some level of foolishness, that the moderators would be firm in truly tasking the candidates to explain not only what their positions are on issues but how they plan on enacting and funding major policy changes. It is in these moderators I am most disappointed. My belief is that the moderators have a responsibility to each and every voter not only to ask the questions we need answers to in order to make educated and informed votes, but also to keep reins on the candidates by not allowing them to deflect or distract from the real problems. Although the moderators touched on the issues plaguing voters, they failed us by allowing both candidates avoid giving real answers and permitted them to turn the the debates into some kind of Springeresque political version of a "yo-mama". The first two debates provided little more than low brow entertainment value at best. I hoped Hillary Clinton would finally have to convince us of how she expects the American people to have trust in her when after being subpoenaed by the FBI--her
staff wiped her server clean of over 30,000 emails and destroyed 8 of her smart phone devices. I wanted her to explain this blatantly shady spy-movie behavior if she has nothing to hide. I also hoped Clinton would be pressed to provide more transparency on issues of how the Clinton Foundation has been funded and where the money goes, as well as the release of transcripts of all speeches she gave to financial institutions. In the case of Donald Trump, there was a tide pool of questions I wanted answered. But most importantly, how he plans on enforcing a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., how he plans on funding his proposed wall, what forces he'll use in preventing entry of the wall, and how he plans to deal with the tens of millions of undocumented citizens in America today. Instead of having answers to these important questions answered, a 2005 video was released just two days before the second debate. This video depicting Trump essentially confessing to sexual battery on a married woman as a regular practice, became the highlight of the second debate.
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Just hours before the debate, Trump released a video press conference on Facebook in which he paraded and displayed women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment, as if this somehow justifies or excuses his own behavior. Trump even went so far as to request these women sit up front with his family during the debate. As if this behavior wasn't despicable enough, Trump took American politics to an all time low by pulling a page right out of the dictator's handbook. He vowed to appoint a special prosecutor to target and eventually imprison Clinton if he's elected. This is something one would expect from USSR or China, but in American Politics, its not only political suicide, it's illegal and unacceptable. After sitting through the first two debacles, I am left with no choice but to vote in the best interest and on behalf of the futures of my four daughters. I will be writing the name Bernie Sanders on my Ballot.
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Arts & Entertainment The Local Band Scene
albums Westing and Mountains on vinyl through Riding Easy Records. Daniel Rice from Slow Season shares his insight on forming a band, “We all knew where each other was coming from, we all liked similar stuff. Just different bands that we all appreciisalia is no stranger ated and thought they did to local bands playing on something right and we Main St.; be it the Cellar wanted to do things the way Door, the Lunch Box or we thought they should be other various bars. done. For instance, we self Forming a local band is record we have old tape probably a thought every- machines from back in the body has had once in their day and make our records lifetime. with.” It starts out with a group “As it goes on in life it of friends playing together. gets complicated. Like “We used to do it for fun,” there’s families and I have a Ryan Dean of Russian kid now; as far as the makMoney says, “It’s a long run ing music part of it I feel but every gig pays.” Rus- we make music together sian Money signed up with better than we ever have.” Spectra Music Group one Rice continues on about of the largest independent difficulties he faces now. record labels in the country. Rice gives advice to asToday, with the help of piring artists “Learn your Facebook, Instagram and instruments to the point Twitter small time groups where you can play on your can get a small following. own then you can make “Now bands can pro- music with other people mote themselves through at the same time if you’re social media,” said Amrik crappy at music and your Sandhu, owner of promo- friend is also crappy at mution company Arkphonic. sic you can get together and Amrik encourages bands become better together.” to understand and use soBands now can record an cial media correctly. Am- EP and share it via email, rik says, “Fans and people YouTube, Soundcloud and want to know the band’s soon enough will gather a personal activity; what the following leading to potenpractice room looks like, tially being signed on by a what motivated them to record label without ever write that song. [Fans] are leaving the house. more entitled to follow a Look around local bands band.” are everywhere, forming People don't seem to here on campus; on the realize how much social quad or in the practice media does to help these rooms in Sawtooth simply bands. It comes natural to because they met each othus fans to follow a band on er through coincidence and Instagram nowadays. play instruments. Visalia’s own Slow Season has released their JOEL BARBA
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Fabian Alvarado (Left) and Adrian Rodriguez (Right) of local group Sawtooth plays at The Lunch Box.
Taste the Arts to arrive in downtown Visalia MEGAN MCLEROY
Local artists and Arts Consortium, the official arts council of Tulare County, will be in Downtown Visalia on Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. presenting their art as well as activities for the whole family. There will be 70 regional artists, two stages with various performances, and workshops all at no cost to attend. Whether you are a seasoned artist or not, there is something for everyone. At the seventh annual Taste the Arts, there will be workshops for printmaking, an instrument petting zoo, food sculptures, and a drum circle.
Performances will be held on stage for ballet, folk dancers and a break dancing competition. Over at the Enchanted Playhouse Theatre, a free performance of Robin Hood will be available. Local, regional, and international artists will have booths selling their prints, watercolor paintings, oil paintings, sculptures, steel work, jewelry, and more. In the central valley, the art community is eye-catching with different events that Arts Consortium puts on throughout the year. These events help support artists and "create opportunity for creativity," says Mckenna FriendHoffman, Program Director at Arts Consortium. These events will be held in several locations: the Garden Street Plaza and the Old Lumber Yard, Garden Street between Main Street and School Avenue, and Downtown Visalia.
COS Theatre's Tartuffe NICK JARAMILLO
As the crowd gradually began to take their seats inside the darkened theater last Friday night to the premiere of Tartuffe, the COS Theatre Arts Department’s newest production, few among them were expecting as raucous and unforgettable a show as they witnessed. The 17th century satirical comedy written by the French playwright Molière was primed to showcase a style of debauched yet poignant theater seldom experienced by the general public. Tartuffe is, simply put, a story about trust. The titular character Tartuffe, played to magnificent bastardry by the scruffy yet charming Robert Langarica, worms his way into the inner circle of the up-and-coming politician Orgon (Zebulin Elliott), feigning holiness while covertly preying on any woman within his vicinity. Tartuffe’s morally corrupt and sinful ways are apparent to nearly everyone except Orgon, who spares no expense to make sure Tartuffe is comfortable living among his family, even attempting to marry him to his own teenage daughter Marianne ( Jaylin Chanelle Hensley). Orgon’s failure to trust his own flesh and blood over the scheming cad Tartuffe forms the central conflict of the play. While Langarica's Tartuffe steals a significant por-
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tion of the show with his Southern-twanged, televangelist-style approximation of gaudy, faux virtue obfuscating a troubling undercurrent of sexual perversion and lecherousness the play's true strength is the superior performance from the women of the supporting cast. In particular, Orgon's rebellious daughter Damis, portrayed with vein-popping fury by the vastly entertaining Brooke Rogers, struts onto stage clad in a vintage Ramones t-shirt with a veritable arsenal of weapons hidden on her person and elicits many of the play's biggest laughs with her seething, unbridled rage toward Tartuffe and his machinations. Another stand-out among the cast is the household's unapologetically quippy housemaid Dorine, played with dazzling panache by Tamla Quipse, who tries to thwart Tartuffe's unholy ambitions while blithely mocking the hapless Orgon all the while with her unforgiving acerbic wit. Elmire (Brittney Burris), Orgon's tenacious wife eager to rid the household of Tartuffe, and Cléante (Karly Butler-Shirk), Orgon's sardonic, wine-guzzling sister-in-law, also contributes to the show's constant stream of laughs. Despite these fantastic performances, they can not completely make up for Tartuffe's occasional failings. While Tartuffe was partially modernized by director Chris Mangels, the characters' antiquated rhyming couplet style of speaking is initially jarring and occasionally leaves some of the story's plot developments
difficult to decipher. The greatest sin committed by Tartuffe, however, is its thematic overreaching. Coming during the height of this year's election cycle, Tartuffe ventures to achieve some sense of relevancy in the wake of Trump's campaign trail antics, which mostly fails to catch fire. While the story of a hypocritical scumbag attempting to assert control over gullible subjects seems pertinent on the surface, further scrutiny reveals little substance. Other than their sexual depravity, Tartuffe and Donald Trump do not share all that many similarities, as Tartuffe is primarily characterized a con-man pretending to be a religious zealot. Rather than striving for a larger purpose, Tartuffe works best as a relatively straightforward adaptation of a classic French comedy. While Orgon and his family eventually tire of Tartuffe and his trickster wiles, the audience is assured to thoroughly enjoy this solid comedic production offering fantastic performances from the cast, with special consideration given to the wonderful supporting characters.
admission is $40, open from 1p.m.-10p.m.
atre on Main Street.
October 15: Tulare County Symphony 7:30 p.m. at the
October 15: Healthy Visalia Festival from 10 a.m.-
October 22: Turnaround Artists presents Russian
Fox Theatre Contact the Tulare County Symphony of-
1p.m. at Riverway Sports Park 3611 N. Dinuba, Visalia.
Grand Ballet's production of The Sleeping Beauty ,
fice for tickets (559) 732-8600, tickets are $30-$39.50.
October 21: The Beatles Tribute Concert starts at 7:30
prices are $39.50-$77, starts at 8 p.m. at the Fox
October 15: Tastemakers Festival at Rawhide Ballpark,
p.m. at the Lindsay Community Theatre located on 190
Tickets are online and general admission is $8, the fes-
N Elmwood, Lindsay.
Tuesday Trivia Nights at Barmaggedon, 126 E Kern
tival opens at 4:30 p.m.
October 21: The Purple Ones: Insatiable Tribute to
October 15: Three Rivers Fall Music Festival. general
Prince Tickets are $17-$45 at 7:30 pm at the Fox The-
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Shirin Sadeh majored in Math and Physics in her home country, Iran, and now she teaches multiple classes including Physics and Astronomy.
lution alienated many secular Iranians, including Sadeh and her family. “My mother never was a religious perContinued from p.1 “I majored in math and physics in high son," Sadeh said. "My dad was of Islamic school in Iran because they ask you to persuasions, but never a fanatic. He never choose a major in the 10th, 11th, 12th raised any of us to believe in anything that grade—the last three years. I picked math he necessarily believed in. He left it open and physics because that was what I liked,” and free for us to choose what we wanted Sadeh said. “I was on my way to doing to. I certainly was never a religious person something with these fields. And then, of of any kind. Not Islam or anything else. I was trained scicourse, I started “They shut down the universities entifically, so I college in Iran. and all other public places that the look for evidence During the first young people attended because they and that’s what’s year in college, were afraid of demonstrations and enough for me." Iran had a revo“None of my lution.” uprisings” siblings were reSHIRIN SADEH Disrupting a PROFESSOR ligious," Sadeh period of relasaid. "For them, tive prosperity, this new governthe revolution swept across Iran in 1979, transforming the secular, westernized na- ment was extremely fanatic. They didn’t like the way things were changing. But, tion into an Islamic Republic. Within a few tumultuous years, the pre- you’re a minority. What are you going to siding Iranian monarch, Mohammad Reza do in a situation where most of the people Pahlavi, was ousted by a popular move- want the change? They grinned and beared ment and replaced by the Grand Ayatol- it.” With the Iranian Revolution in full lah Ruhollah Khomeini, ushering in a new swing, Sadeh’s father sought to send her era of uncertainty and conflict. “They shut down the universities and all abroad to finish her studies in an environother public places that the young people ment less hostile to the scientific commuattended because they were afraid of dem- nity’s secular leanings. “I was sent to Syracuse, New York by onstrations and uprisings,” Sadeh said. my dad to continue my studies there,” “For about a year and a half, everybody was sent home from college, waiting to see Sadeh said. “I majored in physics at Syrawhat would happen with the revolution. cuse University, double majored math and What the new government would be like physics both. I got my bachelor’s degree and would they open the universities any and went to graduate school of physics in Connecticut. From there, back to Syracuse time soon.” The fundamentalist nature of the revo- for another graduate degree.”
Although Sadeh capitalized on the op- had to navigate many of the typical hardportunity to emigrate her troubled home- ships common to newly-arrived foreignland, her parents declined to follow. ers. “They’re traditional people who believe “You’re homesick, you’re a foreign stuin their own country and staying where dent in America, and you’re walking down they developed roots," Sadeh said. "I was the street missing your family,” Sadeh said. just a young kid without anything of my “I was used to having people around me. own other than my mom and dad and sib- That moral support, that connection that lings, so it was easier for me to take off.” is of the human kind was always surArriving in upstate rounding me. I came New York as a young here to the United States, Iranian immigrant, SaI was all alone, missing deh possessed more my family and this is in knowledge of Ameri1979. There were no cell can culture than most phones. Calling and condue to her upbringing necting with somebody in Rasht’s relatively coson the other side of the mopolitan milieu. world wasn’t as easy as it “We had a lot of foris today. Once a month, eigners in Iran," Sadeh maybe, I could afford to said. "And because our vienna santos/the campus call my parents and hear hometown was so close their voices.” This sense of isolation and estrangement to the beaches, we had a lot of our friends come and spend at least part of the sum- from her native culture was compounded mer in my parents home with an easy by the beginning of the bloody, eight yearcommute to the beaches. Among those long Iran–Iraq War of the 1980s. While people that spent a lot of time in my par- Sadeh was safely abroad working toward her academic goals in Syracuse, war was ents’ home were American friends.” raging back home. Language did not pose a significant ob“They [Iran] fought Iraq, a neighbor stacle for Sadeh upon her immigration. country,” Sadeh said. “It was very diffiAlthough Farsi is Sadeh’s native tongue, cult for everyone that lived there, espeshe gained an understanding of English cially if you lived anywhere near the borin her formative years through her com- der with Iraq. There were times when the prehensive education. Prior to the revolu- sirens would go off and they would have tion, English was taught as a second lan- to go hide under the staircase because the guage in Iranian schools, giving Sadeh a bombings were happening. The enemy was notable advantage over most immigrants there, bombing the city. Lucky for them, they’re far enough away from the capital, to America. Even with these advantages, Sadeh still SHIRIN SADEH on 5 »
Students built the tiny house from scratch since 2015 with the instruction of John Rector, who is a construction technology professor at College of the Sequoias.
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The college’s finished product will be judged on three structure-related categories: architecture, energy and home life. Students will also be judged on how well they communicate the process of building the house and document their work. Architecture and Home Life 300 points of the final 1,000 point score will be dedicated to the house’s architecture: its structure, its drawings, and how livable the final product is for up to two people. Another 200 revolve around “Home Life”: providing a safe and functional home, sustainably managing water and waste, and meeting the needs of the target client of the house. In the Architecture portion, judges will evaluate the use of materials -- the target construction cost, according to SMUD, should be $25,000, excluding the cost of labor and the trailer. If construction is more expensive, judges will deduct points on a sliding scale, where the $25,000 figure is awarded 35 points, and a $60,000 construction cost is awarded
zero points. Judges will also look at how easily reproduced the design and construction of the house is, the quality of the components used, and how easily the house can be transported. In the Home Life category, judges will look at how well entrants’ houses fit their target client, their interior and exterior “appeal,” and their strategic use of water. The house is fitted with two 65-gallon water tanks, one for clean water, and one for “grey water.” It also has a fully functioning “grey water” system, Rector said, that is used to provide water for toilet flushes and for watering plants. “Our filter is clean enough, you could really use it to take a shower again with,” Rector said. “The major filtration media is stand, and there’s a little polishing filter that maybe lasts about a year.” The students’ finished product will also be judged on comfort and climate. Important to both comfort and energy savings, the house does have a heating system, but it doesn’t have an air conditioning system since it’s destined for a coastal climate. “Just the efficiency of the house helps -- how it’s insulated, and how we move
air through it,” Rector said. “It has thermal heating in the floor. It’s a water heater that sits behind the unit, independently, that’s pellet fired.” “It’ll go through three days of testing when it gets there and gets set up. They close it up and they monitor temperature inside -- it has to stay within a 15 degree temperature range. You get outside of that, it’ll cost you points.” Energy and Sustainability A key part of the contest is centered around energy efficiency: another 300 points of the score is in Energy and Sustainability. SMUD is using the contest to promote “net-zero energy” building: producing at least as much energy as the home consumes. The home has eight solar panels, Schneider said, that produce 180 watts each, for a total of 1440 watts. The solar system hooks into a lead-acid battery backup system that can supplement power from the panels when there is limited sunlight. The house can also hook up to the traditional power grid. The energy portion of the competition puts the home’s energy and climate systems through their paces.
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“They run the shower twice a day. They want a 100 degree hot shower twice a day, so many gallons of water each time. They’ll flush the toilet two or three times a day. It has to boil water three times a day, like a half a gallon of water up to boil. It all takes energy to do that,” Rector said. “So, then, we have to calculate the energy that it’s gonna take to run this thing, and then run the system according to that.” Rector said that the house’s system is “probably twice as big as it needed to be,” since there are many cloudy days that would affect how much sunlight the panels receive. The panels might be about 45% efficient in Washington, but here and in Sacramento, it’ll be about 65%, he said. The house also must fully charge a cell phone and tablet from dead each day, provide a minimum of 800 lumens of light each day at the work space/kitchen, and handle a freezer load that can hold the temperature between -20 and -5 degrees Fahrenheit. For those that can make the drive out to support the college in Sacramento, the organizers will have music, prizes, food trucks, and a vendor fair. The event is located at Cosumnes River College’s Parking Lot D.
it! I began to realize that teaching was also something I could consider.” Before IBM or General Electric could Continued from p.4 that there wasn’t too many damages to the even attempt to persuade her, Sadeh was alcity. But, of course, what goes along with a ready fielding offers for teaching positions war is that food isn’t available, life just is in- at various universities, ultimately setting her sights on the Midwest. terrupted." “My first job at a college was at Iowa “They had to go through all those hard State University, where I taught physics in times," Sadeh said. "My parents really aged a lot more during that time than any other their physics department,” says Sadeh, bristime. It was hard on everybody. But I was tling with pride. “For the first time, they had a female professor of physics. And that was here.” Despite the catastrophic problems plagu- me. “I was very happy to do something no ing her home country at the time, Sadeh was woman had done at Iowa State University. beginning to acclimate to her newly-adoptThey had a lot of teaching assistants who ed American culture. Her first experiences with novel American behaviors and attitudes were female, but never a professor.” While this accomplishment made a fine fortunately skewed pleasant. feather in her cap, the Midwest was not “Some of the cultural shocks that I might have experienced in the beginning were of an ideal location for Sadeh. After a year of the most positive kind,” Sadeh said. “I’d be teaching at Iowa State, Sadeh left and began walking down the street in Syracuse and looking for other employment opportunisomebody coming from the opposite direc- ties. As it happened, one such opportunity tion would smile at me—a total stranger, was at the College of the Sequoias in the late American—smile, and say ‘good morning.’ 1980s. “I came to Visalia because I saw this job This was so precious to me! Because where I come from, you have to know somebody to opening and everybody said, ‘Visalia is like say ‘hello.’ If you actually say ‘hello’ to some- a stepping stone to everything else in Calione you don’t know on the street and say fornia that’s interesting! You know, Sequoia Park is nearby, LA and San Francisco are not ‘good morning,’ they It would be a great might think you’re a I was an experimental far. place to work,’” Sadeh little bit crazy.” physicist. That means I said. “I came here, It was during this was in the lab all the time. started teaching, and period of newfound comfort and contentDoing experiments, running the rest is history.” The transition ment with her life in equipment, analyzing data from teaching at East America that Sadeh had become my life for six Coast and Midwestfirst began contemern universities to years, at least. plating a career in education. SHIRIN SADEH a California community college took “When I was goSadeh by surprise. ing through school, I Rather than dealing with the advanced-level don’t remember giving teaching much of a thought," Sadeh said. "I was an experimental students common to large east coast schools, physicist. That means I was in the lab all the Sadeh was suddenly confronted with a stutime. Doing experiments, running equip- dent body less knowledgeable about science ment, analyzing data had become my life for and math. “I taught at Syracuse University when I six years, at least.” was a graduate student and when I was finSadeh’s profile had risen to the point where technology giants such as IBM and ishing up I taught conceptual physics," SaGeneral Electric were prepared to offer her deh said. "Big lecture, regular class, not just lucrative career opportunities and, thus, an assisting a professor. So, I knew the level of avenue for acquiring a green card. However, the students in the state of New York. Then by this point Sadeh had been bitten by the I taught at Iowa State, that was in the Midwest. And I saw that there was a decrease in teaching bug. “I noticed that the students were very the background level but not that dramatic happy with me," Sadeh said. "I had this at- compared to New York. But, when I came to titude of going in, ‘yeah, let’s solve a problem, California, all bets were off! This was someyay! This is really fun!’ And they really liked thing else." “When I came here, even though I was
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opened up a whole new door of possibilities of what I can do. Whole new experiences that I didn't know they offered here on campus. It's not just for [the programmers], there's also a huge variety. There are people building drones, robots, people are tutoring each other in math." Contreras and a team of students are developing a game for the Oculus Rift inspired by the classic video game Asteroids. Not only is it realizing that game in 3-D, but it's putting it in a virtual reality space. The player takes command of a weaponequipped spacecraft with the goal of surviving an army of asteroids barreling towards them. Whilst strapped in gear, the player controls the camera with the Oculus Rift and the blasters with an Xbox One controller. The entirety of the game was developed in-house, otherwise Contreras and his team wouldn't have the time or resources to even start development. "We really wouldn't be able to have access to, say, the Oculus," Contreras said. "They're the one that are really driving this project forward and the ones that are supporting us and giving us the resources we need to make this game possible." The game is at a prototype stage so it's lacking in art, assets and still needs some bugs and glitches squashed. "I'm thinking in the next two or three months we might actually be able to produce
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expected in the discussion of student safety. Calvin took out what seemed to be a bookmark which turned out to be a magnet like the ones somebody might put on their refrigerators. This is the new technology that the school will be using in case of an intruder on the campus. “It allows the door to stay open, but locked.” Calvin said, “So students can go in and out of the classroom all day long, but in case of an emergency, the door can be locked easily.” The magnet covers the hole in which they door may lock itself into so that the door may open and close freely throughout the day. When an emergency lockdown is proceeding, one just needs to remove the magnet
a playable game," Professor John Redden said. "Here at COS [and] Friday night labs!" Last year, Redden started a video game programming workshop, which was, at the time, the genesis of what would eventually become Friday Night Labs. Two games came out of that workshop: iThrowrock, a game where you accumulate points throwing rocks at targets, and Air Hockey SURGE, which does it's namesake. Both games are downloadable on Android devices right now. Physics and engineering professor Owen Lawrence had a Friday evening lab for his students as well. He took notice of how successful Reddens workshop was, so he decided that both labs should combine forces. "Friday Night Labs got started as an effort between myself and John Redden, who teaches mathematics and computer science," Lawrence said. "One aspect of it is to have a research experience for our undergraduate STEM students." On the Friday Night Lab's first night, last November, both professors had a turnout of 40 students attending. Both Lawrence and Redden were extremely surprised and knew they had something special going on. The lab also has 3-D printers students can use for free. Usually one starts by making a model of their name to get an understanding of Solidworks, the program that operates them. By no means are they akin to Star Trek's famous "Replicator," but these machines can be used to accomplish some ambitious projin order for the door to be shut and locked. Each magnet is worth $3.25 with free shipping. The COS campus in Visalia is currently the only campus that has these magnets, and is in possession of 75 to 100 of them. This seems to be a relatively small number compared to the number of classrooms we have on the Visalia campus, and the only faculty that were given the magnets were the janitors to assign to doors at their own volition. Calvin said that the reason for such a small number of the lockdown magnets is that the campus is in their trial stage to see if the magnets are a good choice for the safety measure that will be taken in the future. The total amount of money spent on the magnets would have come out to about $325. One can purchase them on their website, www.Lockdownmagnet.com. The principal of Elberta Elementary School in Alabama, used the lockdown mag-
just giving exams at the same level that I was lungs getting infected. I know that they need accustomed to in other universities prior to fresher air than this. I want to go where I here, I was known as somebody who is be- can breathe, I want to go to where my old yond-belief hard," Sadeh said. "To this day, friends from college are. We kept in touch I’m not an easy teacher. I put a lot of energy all these years, in spite of the fact that we’re into my classes. I want the best for my stu- 3,000 miles away. I think that would be a dents, so I like to train them in a way that better place for me to live.” they can go anywhere they choose." Sadeh is quick to point out, however, that “I don’t limit them retiring from COS I think my job is a good one as to where they can does not necessarily transfer to," Sadeh because I can help people mean retiring from said. "They could go altogether. achieve their goals. If, in just teaching to MIT and sucSadeh remains open a small way, I can make the to the idea of teaching ceed if they wanted to. They could go to future goals of a student at other institutions, Harvard, they could possible because this was with one particularly go anywhere. I don’t prestigious university a stepping stone, this class in mind. just limit them to lothat they take with me, and “One of the things cal stuff. Because you owe it to your stuthey were able to step over to I have on the sodents to raise their the next step, then my job is called ‘bucket list’ is to level so that they can teach at Harvard,” redone. choose for themveals Sadeh, her face SHIRIN SADEH selves. Who am I to alight with ambition. limit them?” “I’m hoping they will That ethos forms give me a couple of the crux of Sadeh’s teaching philosophy. part-time type positions to teach math and Rather than lower her standards to accom- physics at Harvard. I’ve always wanted to go modate lower-achieving students, Sadeh in- to Harvard as a student. It didn’t happen. So, stead challenges her students to rise to her I’d like to be able to teach there.” higher expectations. Despite the difficulty Retiring from the college also represents of her classes, Sadeh believes that they will an attractive option for Sadeh due to the ultimately benefit any student who possesses time it would allow her to spend with the other great passion in her life: family. the appropriate motivation and work ethic. “I think now my students just know that “I’m looking forward to spending more if they’re going to take a class with me, they time with my family that I haven’t had much need to be willing to work," Sadeh said. time with because of living here," Sadeh said. "They need to know why they’re there. And Family is very important to me. My mother in the end, they will have a good experience. is still living, she is 83 years old. I’d like to be They will learn a lot, hopefully, and go any- able to put more time into my mother’s life where they can from there.” and take care of her for all the years that she After 28 years of teaching at the College took care of us.” For the time being, though, Sadeh reof the Sequoias, Sadeh’s enthusiasm for her profession has not waned. However, she has mains content in her role as a professor of recently been contemplating retiring from physics and mathematics at COS. Despite the college, describing it as an inevitability. her longing to continue her grand journey Sadeh has even started planning her next through life outside of the Central Valley, Sadeh still greatly values her profession and moves after she departs COS. “I’m thinking I’ll go back east again," Sa- the contribution she provides to the world. deh said. "That’s where all of my good friends “I think my job is a good one because I from college are. That’s a way of thinking I’m can help people achieve their goals," Sadeh more accustomed to, even after 28 years of said. "If in just a small way I can make the living in California. I don’t see myself as a future goals of a student possible because Californian, but I see myself a lot more like a this was a stepping stone, this class that they New Yorker, or somebody from Connecticut. take with me, and they were able to step over I don’t mind the colder winters, because the to the next step. Then my job is done. I did something productive and made more proair is cleaner." “My lungs have been under attack here ductive human beings for the society. I think for 28 years," Sadeh said. "Every winter I that’s pretty good. Independent people that get seriously ill, and it all stems from the are going places.”
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3D printers are available for students to use at Friday Night Labs. ects. COS Alumni Vyllen Valdez 3D printed stuff." an operating prosthetic arm, with the wrist, Everything at Friday Night Labs is kept fingers and tendons all functional. free thanks to grants from the PASEO proSome students are more tranquil, however, gram, the COS Foundation and Science and use Friday Night Labs as a means of get- Undergraduate Research Group Experience ting some help with their homework from (SURGE). All of it is done for the sake of givtheir peers and tutors. Paul Gonzalez is one the ing student access to resources to conduct remore active students, contributing his effort search and have hands-on experience. to making smartphone games, the Asteroids "I fully believe [that] 'hands-on' is a great project, and even assisted Redden on mak- compliment to learning the theory of the ing a free online graphing calculator at www. classroom," Lawrence said. opengraphingcalculator.com. But some days, Anyone can attend Friday Night Labs. he comes only to do homework and socialize. However, professors encourage students to "I made a lot of friends here," Gonzalez join the SETA Club, which meets bi-weekly said."A lot of people who help me with other at John Muir 101. subjects, like physics and biology and all that net when a shooter walked onto campus threatening her sister. “Teachers and students immediately went into our established lockdown procedures,” Hope said. “Having the lockdown magnet on all the classroom doors proved critical in the split second response of the adults in the building.” Brent Calvin expressed his doubts about the lockdown magnet and some of the issues that may be faced when using them to separate the students from a possible threat. “It’s not perfect,” Calvin said. “We’re trying them, there has been some concern that those things are going to walk off, they’re going to get lost, people are going to steal them. All that is valid. We’re concerned about that, too.” Another answer to the safety issues at COS campuses in the past were called the Purple Trees. They were posted in classrooms
throughout the campus. Purple Tree Technologies is a privately owned company designing products to help protect people from impending dangers. Unfortunately, the company went out of business and stopped updating their products. The company is based out of Columbia, Missouri and they are the developer of Emergency Alert System, or EARS. The Purple Tree broadcasts to cell phones and all free standing devices. Some impending dangers the Purple Tree can warn of is tornadoes, terrorist attacks, child abduction, and many other emergencies. Calvin then said that they are planning another emergency drill to test out their new products to see if the students are protected properly and that everyone can get to a safe, secure location with as little hassle as possible. The test will most likely be early in the Spring semester of 2017.
Fall sports: how's the season so far? ISIAH RODRIGUEZ
he fall sports season is approaching its conclusion, as each of our Giant teams are approaching the last part of the schedule with hunger and ferocity, making full effort for a playoff run. Although some of our teams were not as successful as others, the fire being shown lately has propelled some teams to higher levels: for example, our Women's Soccer team has won back-to-back games, making their record 2-5-1. They look to keep the improvement consistent, and are in full-stride for a last-minute playoff push. The Men's Soccer team have found some success as well, as they are 6-4-1, including an 11-0 home win against the College of the Siskiyous. Six different players scored a goal, including two hat-tricks (3 goals) from Freshmen forwards Rafael Gutierrez and Christian Ibarra. Eight different players also totaled an assist, showing off the incredible teamchemistry. This team looks poised for a playoff-run and a strong finish in league. The defense has been tremendous as well, as the team as a whole has only allowed 1.27 goals a game, outscoring opponents
The football team lost its homecoming game against Sacramento City College 28-0. by over a full point per game. Men's Soccer, although very competitive, is starting to belong to the Giants' young group of players. The Giants football team, albeit losing 26 players to scholarships, have positioned themselves incredibly well for league, as they enter the Bye Week with a record of 3-2 after their homecoming game, which they fought hard in front of the home crowd, but ultimately succumbed to the talented Sacramento City team 28-0.
Still, many did not expect too much of this team, and they are proving the doubters wrong, being led by running back Elijah Porchia and quarterback Thomas Wilson. The pass defense has been excellent as well, giving up only 240 pass yards per game. The cross country team has performed extraordinarily, as the womenâ€™s team has won four events, and placed fourth at the Fresno Invitational. They are led by Fresh-
man Alyssa Block, who has placed first three times and placed in the top ten at the invitational. Our menâ€™s team has excelled as well, having placed second, led by Adam Gonzalez placing third out of 71 racers, at the Tour de Cuesta invitational. Whether the Giants make a deep playoff run or not, improvement and winning streaks encapsulate each team's will to compete for a championship, if not this year, then the next one.
"Curse" of the Gator bites the Rawhide yet again ISIAH RODRIGUEZ
Is the "Curse" of the Gator real? For the second straight season, local minor league baseball team Visalia Rawhide made it to the championship series, sweeping Bakersfield 3 games to 0 as they hope to accomplish what they couldn't they year prior. However, Sept. 15-17, the exact opposite would happen, as the team would get swept in the finals by High Desert by scores of 4-5, 0, and 4-7. The team is still hunting for it since 1978, which they had a special player by the name of Joe Charboneau, 1980 American League rookie of the year in the Major League with the Cleveland Indians. He was not only special for his batting though. He owned a pet alligator that lived at
home in his tub. That's right. A pet gator living with an iconic baseball player in Visalia sounds weird right? Well this was the case throughout the 1978 season, as the Brazilian gator named Chopper won over the hearts of fans. "He was a great pet, I was really attached to him," Charboneau said according to the MILB (Minor League Baseball) website. Charboneau would eventually, however, have to move to Illinois, having to leave Chopper behind due to his growing issues. Being trapped in a tank, Chopper tried to make a leap out of the tank, but ultimately made it short, hitting his head and instantly taking his own life. The baseball team has yet to win a championship since then, making it 7 times.
Coincidence? Many people have said otherwise, as the rumor floating around the most is that Chopper's spirit haunts the field angered
at being left by his owner. The team wears gator-themed jerseys each year in hope to get rid of the curse, that has now lasted 38 seasons.
Is the NFL splitting apart due to politics? ISIAH RODRIGUEZ
A majority of people reading this will agree: The presidential election between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has contained no shortage of drama. Due to recent polls done by Bleacher Report on athletes in the National Football League, that drama has risen. According to the poll, 21 out of 21 Caucasian players will vote for Trump, while 20 out of 22 African-American players will vote for Clinton (the other two voting for Trump). Many questions raise about racism and stereotypes, causing stir that is seemingly dividing the NFL. According to Bleacher Report, two anonymous players had a relationship that ended because one of those players believed he "can't be friends with anyone who would vote for Donald Trump,"
which is only hurting the bond and harmony the league and its player have with one another. Being an activity loved throughout the nation, fans look towards football following what is being looked at as tough times in the United States. Remember events like Hurricane Katrina, where fans packed the Super Dome in New Orleans, Louisiana for a Monday Night Football game following the devastating hurricane over a decade ago. Opponents are now kneeling and holding each others hands during the national anthem. With this election showing a difference in opinion not only socially, but racially, the bond between the league is crumbling. An example is Rex Ryan, head coach of the Buffalo Bills, who was at one of Trump's campaigns. According to an anonymous black Bill's player, this did not sit well with the organization. "Some African-American players on
the team were not happy about Rex doing that," the player told Bleacher Report. Now, does this necessarily mean that the whole league is going to tear each other apart and be unable to coexist? Not at all. This is a league built off love, grit and camaraderie; I would expect that after the election, these players will unite once again, may it be from a tragedy or not. But for the time being, the players have to agree to disagree, which is very difficult at the moment. Will it translate to the field? The league and fans alike will be hoping otherwise, but there has been heated incidents over pointless situations, so the thought of it happening is very much alive. Riots have started at Trump and Clinton rallies in the past due to arrogant voters believing the other candidates do not belong in the race as much as their favorite. This is the worrisome part for NFL players, as these are at least ordinary peo-
ple who have never met one another doing the actions and will not be remembered by a majority of the nation more than likely. The players, however, will always have heat for one-another, as that is part of the competition. The election gives them more reason to tear the house down by beating each other on and off the field. This does speak of the volume these elections have in the world as well, while also showing how much prowess Trump and Clinton have with their words, be it good or bad. The matter of fact is that it does not matter to these two. The more publicity, the better it seems for them. That does not mean the NFL has to ruin a unity built upon the first ones to step on the gridiron over 100 years ago. With a little less focus on the election and a little more on football, more problems are guaranteed to lessen.
Why did Jose Aldo depart from the UFC? ISIAH RODRIGUEZ
Connor McGregor is the UFC "poster-boy" as many fans of mixed martial arts know. He has been the main-event in many of the past few events the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and while holding the featherweight championship, he is set to fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship in hopes to become the first UFC fighter to hold two belts. This does not set well with interimfeatherweight champion Jose Aldo, who has requested his release from the company after he was promised either a fight with McGregor or gain the undisputed featherweight championship. "After all this, I see I can't trust any word from (UFC) president Dana White,"
Aldo said via Brazilian website Combate. Aldo also stated that White said McGregor would have to forfeit the featherweight title if he fought Nate Diaz at 170 pounds, which he did at UFC 202. No action was taken, however, which led to Aldo stating he wants to retire. "Who's in charge of the promotion now is Conor McGregor," Aldo said. Those words are echoed strong, as Aldo is only 30 years old and still in his athletic prime. Perhaps it sent a message throughout the entire UFC roster that McGregor is running the entire promotion? If it was, one has to wonder how loud Aldo's voice became. Perhaps one of the greatest fighters of all time, Anderson Silva, has joined Aldo as he feels he has been mistreated by the company as well. Silva took the sport to
new heights it had never seen, and produced moments that could never be forgotten in many different ways. "I was really disappointed with the lack of respect from the UFC," Silva said according to Brazilian website UOL. In a sense, he has a point: White has yet to show any action or make any statements regarding the featherweight championship. McGregor also earned a gross net earning of $3 million, the first ever to reach that price in company history, and even when punished, he still brags. "I get fined more than these bums get paid," McGregor said via twitter after receiving a $150,000 fine for antics at the UFC 202 conference, when he threw a water bottle at Diaz. Sounds like a man with power. On the contrary, however, the UFC is a
well-oiled machine that will keep running long after McGregor barring a ridiculous event. White has also said he will take the title after the Alvarez fight, which means an announcement should not be made until after the fight rather than cause a stir before the fight. For all we know, White is preparing what he will say to McGregor. In the big picture, McGregor will more than likely dominate the UFC headlines for years to come, only due to the fact his career record is 20-3 including 17 TKOs and also having the loudest mouth in the world. The UFC will be fine once his career is over, however, as they were jumping the horizon and dominating before with many athletes such as Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell. The sport, as a whole, is run by the company, not by the most popular face of the sport. Expect action from UFC soon.