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SPRING '14 ISSUE 2 FEB 27, 2014

College weighs drought response COS looks inward as state scrambles for drought solutions MARLEE SAETEURN

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OS is waiting for direction from the city and state governments to take further action in response to the drought. The Water Resources Department claims that this year may end up being the driest year California has seen since 1923.

Facilities director Eric Mittlestead said that COS will follow up with immediate action when directions or possible restrictions are mandated by the state. At the moment, no change has

NEXT EDITION: COS AG DEALS WITH DROUGHT been made on the “watering-routine” on campus. An aerial view would reveal that COS’s landscape is minimal compared to the vast majority of concrete pavement Mooney Boluevard is made of. There are only a few options left to the campus for saving water, said Mittlestead. The only “wasteful” aquatic usage is on the swimming pool and baseball field. An AstroTurf practice soccer/ football field was built in place of a traditional field, which saves water because real grass is not planted. Mittlestead said that if needed, restrictions such as not watering the lawn or capping showerheads could be possible. Xeriscaping, which means to plant plants that use little water, is another possibility. However, retrofitting existing building structures and implementing new procedures would be costly. Unfortunately, COS is limited on resources. Central Californ i a

has a naturally arid climate. In fact the 20th century was unusually wet in California. Lack of rainfall that has lasted several years has contributed to a drought that persists. State local officials are now seeing the need to act in response to the drought. “I think the policy makers are working on it, whether it be at the state level, local city level, or at the college level,” Mittlestead said. “They are working on both, a short term and long term solution.” Most people aren’t aware that Visalia moved to Stage 3 of its Water conversation ordinance 23 years ago. According to the Visalia Times Delta, this ordinance included mandatory watering restrictions. For example, restaurants began only offering water upon request from diners. Now some councilmembers are inquiring that Stage 4 will soon be implemented within the following year. This stage is labeled as “emergency” which will restrict “hand-washing” vehicles to commercial car washes. This also bans watering golf courses and emptying and filling swimming pools. The drought is, in the simplest terms, complicated. We live in the Tule Lake Basin, which is adjacent to both the Sacramento and San Jaoquin River basins. Domesticated and agricultural water received in the Central Val-

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· If you love showers, opt for showerheads that are “water-sensitive.” Using a WaterSense showerhead could save you up to 750 gallons of water a month. · Take a 5-minute shower instead of a bath. · Turn the water off when brushing your teeth. You could save up to 4 gallons of water by simply turning off the faucet. · Put a brick in the tank of your toilet. It displaces water in the toilet so it doesn't fill up as much. · Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. · Check your pipes for leaks regularly.

ley originates from the Sierra Nevadas. The dry climate of the past few years is beginning to surface and aggravate many because now agricultural prospects are being diminished. The Department of Water Resources announced last week that it would be cutting off all deliveries from the State Water Project to local agencies. An estimated 25 million people and 750,000 acres of farmland will be “water-less.” The political controversy attributed to the situation comes from muffled reports and speculation.

Another faulty claim is that the government is causing the entire drought. “Whether the government lets you get your water or not, the government can’t let you get it or take it away or make it if it’s not there,” Biology professor Rob Hansen said. A pair of twin orbiting satellites named Grace (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) provides proof of this. Grace measures the Earth’s gravitational pull caused by the changing frequiences below. National Geographic claims that in We have to face the reality that 2 0 1 2 we live in a desert and we are a n d over-using the amount of water 2013, Grace that nature gives to our state, detected and we’ve been doing it for a long that the time. c o m ROB HANSEN, BIOLOGY PROFESSOR bined Sacramento Reports claim that it’s as and San Jaoquin River basins lost polarized as “Farmer vs. 10 cubic kilometers of freshwater. Fish,” but that’s not the case. The truth of the matter is that The delta smelt is an endangered the college is not alone in its need species that inhabits the Delta, to act on the “drought problem.” where all the basins meet. De- For residents of the Central Valtouring the water by bringing it ley, there are still lots of things southward to the farmers is not that can be done to preserve hapnecessary because there is already piness and fulfillment of life. The a canal that carries water to south- first step is digesting the veracity. ern California, called the Califor“We have to face the reality nia Aquaedect. Unbeknownst to that we live in a desert and we many, the livelihood of the fish is are over-using the amount of waa portrait of what Californians are ter that nature gives to our state, doing to life’s greatest essential and we’ve been doing it for a long for surivival—water. Ignoring or time,” Hansen said. disrupting nature’s ecosystem will “If we did that with our bank have severe consequences for the account’s, we’d all be bankrupt.” future of California.

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Water Conservation Tips

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· Never dump out left over bottled water. Use the remaining water to water plants or to feed pets. · Go through a drive through car wash as opposed to washing your own car. Most commercial car washes reuse the water dispersed on vehicles/ · Refrain from watering your yard as much as possible. · Adjust your watering pattern to the season. In the winter time, water every 5 days, and in the summer time, water every 3 days. · Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running tap. This way, every drop goes down you and NOT the drain.

Health center starts Biggest Loser

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Correction on Hanford ATMs

The College of the Sequoias Health Center is starting a "Biggest Loser" contest starting March 3 through May 15. The Health Center will award prizes based on the highest percent of weight lost and the most frequent participant. For more information on signing up or the contest, go to the Health Center or call (559) 730-3880.

The COS Theatre Department will be putting on their Spring Musical starting March 14 and running until the 23 with evening and matinee shows available. General admission is $24 and student and senior admission is $20. Tickets are available through the COS Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12-5 p.m. — or reserve tickets with your Visa or Mastercard by calling (559) 730-3907.

In a column titled "Hanford students inconvenienced by ATMs" we incorrectly stated that College of the Sequoias and Higher One had not came to an agreement regarding the installation of a Higher One ATM at the college's Hanford Center. A Higher One ATM is coming to the Hanford Center later this semester.

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COLUMN CSU or UC? MELANIE SAECHAO

Staff Reporter

What is the difference between California State Universities and University of California colleges? There are many factors as to what makes both of them different, such as cost and ranking. As many of us know, UCs are considered superior to CSUs. However, UCs are also more expensive and harder to get into compared to CSUs. The UC system is more focused on research and theory in their based studies. Whereas the CSU system is known to focus more on practical application and nonresearch oriented career candidates. Both systems are great in their own way depending on what major is being considered. Another factor that makes both systems differ is the class size the school caters to. If you are the type of person that is a self-motivated, a self-starter, and an independent learner, then a UC will be a better route for you. UCs have larger class sizes, while CSUs tend to have smaller and direct class sizes to allow students more contact with the professors. Many people choose to go to certain colleges based of their financial situation, location, and reputation of the school. However, you shouldn't let those alone be the deciding factors to attend the college. Regardless if it's a CSU or UC, make sure to research the college of your choice to be certain they offer a program that would work for you in your major. I’m not an expert myself to say which system is better than the other one. Personally, I believe that it doesn't matter which system is superior, all that matters is how beneficial the school is to the person and their career.

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COLUMN Balance religious freedoms with healthcare needs ARIANA HENDREN

Staff Reporter

H o b b y Lobby, home of pretty much everything to do with arts and crafts, wishes to become exempt from the Affordable Care Act and has requested the Supreme Court hear their case. Under President Obama’s new healthcare law for-profit business owners are required to provide health insurance to their employees including various forms of contraceptives. This is where Hobby Lobby owners object and why they seek exclusion. The new law would provide their employees with contraceptives that are not permitted by their religion. They believe forms of contraception, such as Plan B are equivalent to abortion. The company wishes to deny services provided by the government because they don’t correlate with their religious beliefs. The craft store owners are infamous for operating their business under religious morals; they’ve been open about their beliefs

since the beginning. However, their beliefs have not affected their employees in a personal manner, until now. I must admit they are generous for starting their employees above the minimum wage and for closing their doors on Sundays in hopes that their workers will spend time with family and friends. However, while these perks may be associated with the company’s religious beliefs they do not force their employees to share their religious practices. This is where I object. If Hobby Lobby refuses to provide contraceptives in their healthcare benefits they will be forcing their beliefs onto their employees while simultaneously making it more difficult to have access to health insurance. Even if they did agree to provide health insurance I’m sure David Green, Hobby Lobby’s founder and CEO would find some way to prevent employees from using these so called abortion contraceptives. “This legal challenge has always remained about one thing and one thing only: the right of our family businesses to live out our sincere and deeply held religious convictions as guaranteed by the law and the Constitution. Business owners should not have to choose between violating their faith and violating the law,” said Green. While creating his business Green should have expected that he would have

to accommodate to his employee’s needs which might occasionally interfere with his beliefs. The owners should consider all the benefits of providing health insurance to their workers and not let this single aspect be the determining factor as to whether or not his company provides insurance. Contraceptives are not the only aspect of health insurance; but really, if you’re so against abortion wouldn’t you support contraceptives? In our current society it is an admirable attribute for a business owner to adhere to their beliefs while successfully running a productive business. However, the Hobby Lobby owners are crossing a boundary by requesting exemption from a nationwide healthcare system. The first amendment does protect Green’s freedom of religion but it also protects the rights of his employees. This is a matter involving the personal wishes, needs, and most importantly health of their employees; it is not a matter of religion. They do not own their employees bodies and therefore do not have the right to control how their employees use their health insurance. They are simply being asked to follow the law and provide access to health insurance so their employees can determine their own health care needs.

ily doesn't believe I am capable of getting a girlfriend and want proof ". For $29.99 the "Getting Serious" option becomes available. This option includes all of the cheaper options plus the option to have your Facebook status changed to the always coveted "In a Relationship," because like I always say its not official until its Facebook official. And for those who want to further bury themselves in a humiliating lie there is the "Almost Engaged" option for a wonderful $49.99. This option includes the ability to customize your girlfriend. Because she may be fake but she still needs to meet your high standards. The app is presented with good intentions and if used that way may not be such an embarrassing app. But I find it hard to believe that people will not get it to show

off to their friends or in the worst case scenario to lie to themselves that they are in a relationship. The usage by the LGBT community, who are not yet ready to come out, in my opinion is an absolutely acceptable usage of the app and is in no way embarrassing. According to the creator Matt Homann he is developing Invisible Boyfriend and says that it will also be LGBT friendly. Im sure many people will get the app for its intended purpose but there will no doubt be many basement dwellers who are in a fight with their elf girlfriend on World of Warcraft and are looking for something a "little more real". So for those that idolize Mant Te'o — don't worry. You will soon be able to have a fake relationship of your own.

COLUMN "Invisible Girlfriend" promises tangible results — for a price SEAN GREGORY

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In a world where almost everything is available with the click of a button a new app will soon be gracing our smart phones that will give you a girlfriend or even a fiancé, and no they aren't from Russia. The app is called Invisible Girlfriend and it will allow users to have a fake relationship to fool their friends and families. The app is being aimed towards those people who are always asked by their friends and family "dating anybody?" and don't want to be hassled anymore. The app is also directed towards the LGBT community for those who haven't come out to their family or friends and want to fake a heterosexual relationship. Usage of the service is not free and requires a monthly subscription. Because its not bad enough they help you be embarrassing but they have to charge you for it. For a fee of $9.99 a month users will be paying for the "Just Talking" plan. The plan includes interactive texts, phone calls, an emergency interaction button, and the option to give yourself small gifts. My question is what constitutes an emergency? My guess it would be "my fam-

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TRiO students go to national event in Sacramento Feb. 21. The TRiO programs are federally fundollege of the Sequoias helped 35 ed student services targeting assistance for income, first-generation college stuhighTRiO school students attend at NaCOS Programs thelow California State Capitol. dents, students with disabilities, foster care tional TRiO Day in Sacramento on Friday, JUSTINE GONZALES

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COLUMN A new journey in politics

Universities and colleges. I enjoy being a lifelong learner, with various certifications, ranging from emergency medical technician to notary public. I am glad to be learning journalism, so I can see what makes the solutions known. My experience as a student is instrumental in this race to Sacramento. Part of this journey was meeting key people in the government. For example, I had dinner with the Supreme court chief justice of California, Thani Sakauye. I also invited Mona Pasquil, the Lt. Governor of Arnold Schwarzenegger, to give a talk in Tulare County. I have learned much from both, and they have been my inspiration in the realm of politics. Creating a new record may take hard I understand that anyone can have an work, but it is a thrill. these days, I have effect on policy, from voting to running for been busy running a seatand to represent Julio, OrosiforHS, Chopper, sharePolitics theirprovides storyour a seatCOS, in government. District 26 in the California State Assemcommunity with platform for letting our and TRiO have positively affected them. bly. Thishow is the first time a programs current COS stuvoice be heard, both in keeping our cherdent pursues this government position. ished traditions and in making progress So far, I have collected at least 3,000 sigabout relevant matters. It is important to natures, especially around the COS campus, care about out government to ensure the and I have garnered the support of many wellbeing and freedom of our people. That COS students and faculty. I have particiis why I am excited about this journey. pated in forums, where I aimed to express In politics, I believe, "There are no permy goals and love for the community. This manent enemies, and there are no permaexperience has been crucial for me. Being a nent friends." For me, this race is beyond voice for others requires that I use commucompetition, but it is also about collaboranication and critical thinking skills. tion. It is about making our home stronger This has been a journey for me since and happier. Like in journalism and in any working in the Office of the Executive Secfield in life, the best ways in politics involve retary to the President of the Philippines integrity. before I immigrated to the United States. I want to give back to the community, In my 12 years as a Visalia resident, I am Such as by addressing concerns of farmglad to have studied in COS, where I served ers, veterans, and students, and this is my a a student ambassador of ASB, received a opportunity. I will not quit until the job is Service Award, and was nominated to the done. Who's Who Among Students of American TERESITA ANDRES

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Abdullatif Touncara plays in a drum circle on Wednesday. The COS club Students Taking Action to Reach Success put on an improvisational drum circle to raise awareness for Black History Month. The club meets on Wednesdays at 11a.m. in the EOPS room in Sequoia. Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is celebrated in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom as a recognition of significant people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. The prototype for Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week, which was chosen to correspond with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass who were prominent figures in the abolition of slavery. The expansion of Negro History Week into Black History Month was first proposed by Black United Students at Kent State University in 1969 and as a part of the American Bicentennial President Gerald Ford officially recognized it by the U.S. Government in 1976. It was adopted by the United Kingdom in 1987 and by the Canadian government in 1995. I wish the weather would make It continues to serve as a platform for discussion of black history and to raise awareness of up its mind. It's being kind of the culture and tradition of African-American citizens.

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The Campus has it covered Friday Feb. 28 RAIN 60°/ 47° Sat. March 1 RAIN 64°/ 44° Sunday March 2 CLOUDY 68°/ 47° Monday March 3 CLOUDY 68°/ 48° Tuesday March 4 CLOUDY 71°/ 49° Weds. March 5 CLOUDY 73°/47° Thurs. March 6 CLOUDY 72°/43°

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College of the Sequoias student Zach Macintosh, a science major, covers his head from the rain with an edition of The Campus.

Timing The Hit: Bright Outlook for COS Baseball ageable for the team. Gene Cachu, Cole Compton, Omar Hernandez, and Tyler Beardsley are just a few of the COS pitchers who have been getting COS's Baseball team has started off the season more playing time so far this season. Returning with an 8-5 record. This seasons team has experiplayers like infielder Nick Stoll, outfielder Chris ence with 17 sophomores and 10 freshmen listed Calistro, outfielder Davy Vartanian , second baseon the roster. man Ross Feeley, and right fielder Rudy Navarro Leadership on the team consists of two team set the stage for incoming freshmen and have the captains: Ross Feeley Infielder and Rudy Navarro experience to lead on the field. Catcher. Incoming freshmen "They do a good job at have played a huge roll as leading by example, they Having a sophomore club, you well. Having helped win both work real hard. Havhave guys that have been around the last two of three games ing a sophomore club, it before so they kind of know against Reedley, infielder you have guys that have Flo Perez, outfielder Wyatt what to expect. been around it before so Champlin, catcher Dillon they kind of know what JODY ALLEN, BASEBALL COACH Kelley, and infielder Joey to expect," COS's baseball Gallegos have all come tocoach, Jody Allen, said. gether to contribute winWhen asked about team chemistry Allen said, ning efforts for the team. "Chemistry is good but sometimes you have The game has changed according to Coach Alsophomores that don't have good chemistry, but len. The bats that are being used are much harder to overall the team chemistry is good. " just slug the ball out of the field; there is more of an Every game is a "BIG" game according to Alemphasis on players to have great technique when len. League games are played in a three game seapproaching the bat. ries. Winning the last two of three games last week "The power hitter is not the power hitter of the against Reedley was a good start for the team. old, were just trying to teach guys how to hit, hit at "Your goal, obviously, is to be in a situation the right time, and take the right approach to hitwhere you at least win two out of three games every ting" Allen said. week. I don't think we are so talented that we can The season continues on with the next three just show up to win, we have to play well when we games against Taft. After making it to playoffs last show up to win," Allen said. year with such a young team, Allen is hopeful of Having a slew of pitchers makes games manthis seasons success. MATTHEW BEAVERS

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Should Bieber get the Boot? MARIN HILGER

Managing Editor

Within the last few weeks teen idol Justin Bieber has come under a lot of negative media attention after a burst of minor crimes and run ins with the law. This caused a “We the People” petition to be created on the White House website in favor of deporting the star and with well over the required 100,000 signatures the Obama Administration now has to respond. His crimes: In March 2013 he was accused of spitting in his neighbors face but was exonerated of any crimes. And let’s not forget his encounter with German customs officials who confiscated his pet monkey for improper documentation. In June he was sued for assault. Then in July Bieber once again channeled his inner llama and had two more spitting incidents once at a nightclub and once at a crowd gathered outside his hotel. Then In January of 2014 his house was raided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department after being accused of thousands of dollars worth of vandalism to his neighbor’s house. And most recently he was arrested in

Florida for driving under the influence, resisting arrest and drag racing. Under the laws of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act none of these crimes are actually grounds for deportation. However, Miami police reports note that Bieber confessed to having marijuana and prescription medication in his system. Under the INA only a confession of drug use is required for removal so it is possible that the star could be legally removed from the United States. Is it likely? We can only hope. If the United States government did decide to remove the star from the country it would cause outrage of Belieber’s everywhere. It is perceived that Justin Bieber’s stardom is good for the American economy and given the minor nature of his crimes it’s not likely that he’ll actually be removed. Many people who signed the petition believe that he has become a bad influence on America’s youth, however if those are the standards we judge our teen idols with a red flag should also be raised for Miley Cyrus and many others.

COLUMN Football: An Equal Playing Field? MATTHEW BEAVERS

Sports Editor

Missouri's Michael Sam has told the NFL and the world that he is the first gay football player in the league's history. Michael Sam makes history becoming the first NFL player, prospect, to announce that he is gay. In the world we live in today, old fashioned standards and views of gay men in society have not only been morally accepted, but legally changed as well. It is now legal for gay men and women to get married in several states, so what is the big deal with the first openly gay man playing in the NFL? The problem lies within the idea that gay men cannot play football like straight men. A person's sexual orientation should not hinder their ability to play a sport. His efforts on the field should speak louder than his personal affairs. Michael Sam, a defensive lineman out of Missouri, had an outstanding football season this past year. He was named All American defensive lineman and was also announced as the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year. Playing

the SEC division is no walk in the park, but Sam managed to shine through with tenacious spirit. Leading the SEC with 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss most NFL analysts predict Sam being drafted middle round, likely the third round. Sam is also ranked as the 12th best outside pass rusher according to ESPN scouts. In August, Sam spoke with the entire football team and coaching staff and told them openly that he is gay. Sam's team along with the coaching staff have rallied around Sam and supported him tremendously throughout the entire season, "I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am," Sam said. "I'm Michael Sam, I'm a college graduate, I'm African American, and I'm gay." Sam is a pure athlete that has dominated in one of the toughest college conferences in the SEC. His ability on the field echos a superb athlete. Football is a team sport where players rely heavily on each other to achieve victory. Sam hopes that if drafted into the NFL in May, teammates will accept who he is and rely on him just like any other teammate. Football and sports have always been a spring board for many athletes because it is a outlet that allows players to excel in their sport and give themselves a steady future. Sam has endured a lot of tragedy while growing up. Having lost two brothers and an older sister during birth, he takes telling the league and the world that he is gay much easier than past events. Becoming the first publicly gay football player should not hinder Sam's accomplishments and future in the NFL. He will be a colossal benefactor to any team that will look past social barriers. Michael Sam is and will be an impact in the NFL. He deserves a fair shot.

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ASL Club members sign "ASL". The club meets every Tuesday from 1-2 PM in Kern 715A.

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ASL club active once more MARIA GARCIA

Staff Writer

After being inactive since 2010, the American Sign Language Club (ASL) is now back on its feet. The club meets every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. in Kern 715A. The President of the ASL Club, Carlos Medina, inquired about it a few months ago, before the start of spring semester, seeking to bring it back. ASL is very important in Medina's life. He is a part of the deaf community and ASL is a language that has become imperative to communicate with others. Each meeting is directed using sign language along with advisor Catrina Campbell Gates who interprets for those who are not familiar with the language. "Taking part in ASL Cub is a fun way for students to learn ASL and socialize with deaf students to better understand the culture," Gates said. The main focus of this club is to raise

awareness of the deaf culture and provide a way for students to interact and practice with the language. In hopes of recruiting members, the ASL club, along with other clubs on campus, took part in Club Rush a few weeks ago. They set out a booth in which they talked and informed students about their club. This Saturday, March 1, and every first of the month they will be holding an event that will not only be open for COS students who would like to learn more about the language, but also to the community. This months location will be at Ethel Reds, previously known as Big Bubbas, starting at 6 p.m.. More information about the ASL club's monthly events can be found online at DHHSC.org or on Facebook under College of the Sequoias American Sign Language Club.


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