Spring 14 - Issue 3 - March 13, 2014

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EDITORIAL Still fighting for full equality THE CAMPUS STAFF


Chris Mangels plays the part of "The Chairman," the play's master of ceremonies.

Women's history month - a time to celebrate the accomplishments made by women over the years towards equality. Shedding the stereotypes of the stayat-home mothers whose rightful place was in the kitchen, women have fought to not only become equal, but also to become some of the most influential people in the world. More women are obtaining college degrees, running powerful corporations, and becoming political leaders than ever before. Women have come a long way from Daniel Nunez/The Campus being seen as inferior individuals, however, complete equality has not yet been gained. In a world of powerful women who've seemingly passed society's harsh stereotypes, there are still women constantly twin brother Neville Landless (Ben Rawls) held back by the opinions and beliefs that , the Reverend Crisparkle (Steven Brassome place onto them. The idea that womwell), Princess Puffer (Sharon Burley), and en can't be as powerful or intelligent still Durdles (Tom Nance). lies inside many closed-minded individuThe musical itself is a play within a play als. with a unique twist. The author Charles Women's history month is no longer Dickens passed away before finishing the about the laws that allow the rights that novel so each the audience must vote in are owed, but it is now instead about the order to choose the finale. Therefore, each concept of women and who they are or showing of the play will have a completehow they are treated in society. ly different ending so attending multiple While many women are now capable showings would simply enhance viewers’ of being powerful in society, there are experience. still many that are constantly scrutinized General admission is $24 and students harsher than men for obtaining the same and seniors receive the discounted price of jobs. $20. Tickets are going fast but luckily they When it comes to the workforce, womcan be reserved by calling the box office at en are still judged by their appearance as if (559) 730-3907. it will affect their capability as an employJorydn White who plays Edwin Drood ee, their decision to pursue a career instead said, “I'm very excited for audiences to be of starting a family, or seen as "weak" coma part of this show. This show is very audipared to men in the same industries. ence oriented, so seeing how they will deAnd even when women surpass these cide upon the ending from the variety of options will be a lot of fun.” Continued on page 3 »

Theatre department ready to solve Mystery of Edwin Drood will be available to answer questions from the audience. Staff Writer Edwin Drood is a wildly warm-hearthe College of the Sequoias theatre ed comedy that takes place in the Music department has been actively pre- Hall Royale in Victorian England. You paring for their spring production, the mu- are welcomed to the Musical Hall by the sical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” under Chairman played by Chris Mangles. The story itself inthe direction of cludes John Jasper instructor and di(Terry Lewis), a rector James McGeneral admission: $24 choirmaster who Donald. Students, seniors: $20 is madly in love The show will with his music open March 14th March 14, 15, 20-22 - 7:30PM student, the fair and will continue March 16, 23 2:30PM Miss Rosa Bud through the 23rd (Munai Faust). at the COS theMiss Bud is enatre. There will gaged to Jasper's be evening performances at 7:30 March 14th -15th and nephew, young Edwin Drood ( Jordyn March 20th-22nd and matinees at 2:30 White). Edwin Drood disappears one pm on March 16th and 23rd. Thursday the stormy Christmas Eve and all suspicions 20th is student night which includes an lead to murder. The audience will be able audience talkback after the performance to cast suspicion on a variety of characters: where actors, directors, and show designers Helena Landless (Kayla Edwards), her ARIANA HENDREN



A fight for feminism: stand together or fall apart MARLEE SAETEURN

Staff Writer


There is a logo on the left hand side of the National Women’s History Project website that captivates me. It’s an abstraction of women’s faces and curved lines. A quote swirling in cursive letters reads, “Our History is Our Strength.” Have you ever wondered what women did in the past to make themselves remarkable? According to the History News Network, the idea was first conceived by a group of women from the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women in the late 1970’s. It was later adopted by the rest of the nation when former president Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation, declaring the Week of March 8th in 1980 as a National Women’s Week. It soon turned into a whole month in 1987 after Congress was persuaded by the same passionate group of women from Sonoma County. Today, National Women’s History month is celebrated in countries all over the world in March to celebrate women who had been educators, activists, and political leaders. Imagine if women such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, took a time machine to the year 2014. They would step foot in a generation where women no longer empower each other. They would be disappointed in the way we treat each other, because they didn't go through trials and tribulations for us, for nothing. We have our societal rights because they believed and supported one another.

I know all too well about attitudes clashing with attitudes, girls stealing other girl’s men or being intimidated to the point of envy. It happens. The feline instincts of a female prick every time her territory marked or tainted. She knows what and who is hers, and because of that she will fight to protect and defend it with all she has. I get it. Maternal instincts are engraved in us women, but when did being a woman have anything to do with purposely competing and disrespecting one another? It’s bad enough that our culture has given men the upper-hand since Adam bit the apple, eternally carving a Scarlett letter into the cores’ of our dignity. Adding assault to injury, women are constantly fighting each, and in worst cases, killing each other over men. It might not be anything new, but in this generation, women degrade themselves for someone else’s pleasure. Social media, television, music videos, and magazines administer examples of this every day. Maybe if we took the time to love ourselves before throwing ourselves at others, we would see that the biggest competition in life is not the girl standing next to you, but life itself. Whether we like it or not, we are one in the same. When we scowl at one another and deliberately throw each other under the bus, we run over the chances of ever uniting to become something bigger than ourselves. In honor of National Women’s History month, start by reminding yourself that feminism will not die as long as we are in this together. Let's make history simply by empowering one another again. Let’s begin to support each other and most importantly, respect each other, if not for the sake of comradery, but because civilized people make a better world. And maybe in the near future, the generation of women after us will be proud to say that their history is their strength, just as ours should be to us today.

Campus writer, videographer awarded

Two staff members from The Campus were awarded as semifinalists in a statewide college-student-only contest held by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. called Generation Next. The contest is split up into three categories: Journalism, Film/TV, and Social Media. The two students, Daniel Nunez and Jacob Wilson, were semifinalists in the Film/TV category.


College to hold budget forums

Photo Illustration: Daniel Nunez/The Campus

Fresh fruits and vegetables are available at the events.

Students take advantage of Nutrtition on the Go MARLEE SAETEURN

Staff Writer

The first "Nutrition on the Go" event held by the college's health center had a successful turnout. A total of 826 students came to the food drive held in the quad to receive canned foods, fruits, and vegetables. The health center partnered with FoodLink to provide the food drive, which will be held the first Tuesday of every month. Events could be held at other times during the semester if FoodLink has an abundance of distributable food. The program came about after students overwhelmingly responded that they would benefit from such a program in a campus-wide survey. Many students said that they also suffered from food insecurity ­— not knowing where their next meal would

The college will be holding three budget forums later this month. The forums will be led by the college's Vice President of Administrative Services Christine Statton and will discuss the budget analysis generated by the college's District Budget Committee. Hanford's forum will be held March 20 in Room E63. Tulare's forum will be held March 24 in Room B223 Visalia's forum will be held March 26 in Ponderosa.

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To celebrate Women's History Month, the College of the Sequoias art gallery will be featuring three female artists in its "Layered Perspectives" exhibit this month. The gallery is open now, and a reception will be held on Thursday, March 13 from 5-7PM. The gallery is located at Kaweah 214.



COLUMN Buy, support local MARIN HILGER

Opinion Editor

In our increasingly globalized world it is easy and convenient to shop at big box stores such as Walmart and Target, however in times of economic instability on a federal, state and local level it becomes more important to shop at locally owned businesses. America’s economy is fueled by entrepreneurship and the drive to better oneself therefore by shopping local we continue to keep making this possible for many American business owners. There are several ways that supporting small businesses contributes to the community. Cities and towns that are able to sustain a vibrant community of small businesses tend to retain small town charm which attracts tourists and pumps tax dollars back into our local economy. Small businesses also create local jobs and can often provide better wages and benefits compared to national chains. Finally, local ownership allows for community decision making to be in the hands of representatives of the community. Not all the benefits of supporting local business are economic. In some cases it may be slightly more expensive to buy from a local shop rather than a chain store, although the perks of shopping local should quickly become clear. Employees of locally owned businesses tend to be happier and deliver superior customer service to that of national chains. This makes the shopping experience exponentially more pleasant compared to walking into Walmart tripping over merchandise on the floor, getting bumped with carts and then being checked out by an unhappy employee who does not care about the level of customer service they provide. Chains treat lower level employees as replaceable whereas small businesses are on a more personal level with employees and provide them with everything they can to succeed and advance in their company. So while it is definitely easier to shop at big box stores it is at a disadvantage to yourself and your community. There are countless advantages to shopping locally and supporting your local economy. The views and opinions expressed in staff or guest columns published in The Campus are solely the opinion of the column's writer and do not reflect the views of other staff members, editors, The Campus, or College of the Sequoias.


Editor-in-Chief Tony Maldonado Ad Manager Elizabeth Brazil Social Media Editor Justine Gonzales Sports Editor Matthew Beavers Multimedia Editor Daniel Nunez Advisers Judy House Gary Kazanjian

Managing Editors Amanda Wilbur Marin Hilger Photographers & Videographers Ted Andrade David Rivera Artists Alejandro Santillan Jennifer Tran

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Commuting's pains JUSTINE GONZALES

Staff Reporter

Illustration: Alejandro Santillan/The Campus


Help night students feel safe, secure


Staff Writer

Imagine stepping outside classroom doors to a sky full of darkness and a night time full of foreshadowing mystery. There is much to be said about attending night classes, especially for women. Not only is the thought creepy, but it's difficult to feel safe and secure. The College of the Sequoias offers a variety of night classes to a variety of people who cannot attend day time classes due to work, children, or simply because it was another opportunity to fulfill a credit requirement. As a junior, I can recall taking a number of night time classes, at least one in every semester I attended COS. Every time I conjured down the darkened path to the parking lot I peered over my shoulder every other minute because I kept hearing the

sound of someone's footsteps. Granted, it was a classmate or sometimes even only a rustling of the trees. However, I personally, would like that murky feeling to disappear. School, regardless of the time of day, should feel comfortable. I propose that all scheduled night time classes should be taught in the same vicinity, or rather, be held in neighboring buildings. Why scatter students around? If all in the same premises, there would only be need for a few guards to patrol that area. Furthermore, adding a few more night lamps to keep the campus lit would also contribute to making it feel like a safer place. There is no such thing as a perfect campus, but with some slight adjustments, we could certainly make it feel that way.

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Windows down, Hank Williams singing through my speakers, bass rattling my rearview mirror, and flying like a phantom jet down the 198 East trying to make it to class on time. It costs approximately $20 in gas and an hour both ways (including finding a parking spot and getting out of the parking lot) to get from Porterville to the COS campus. My day at COS begins at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. This means, my day actually begins at 5:00 a.m.. Wake up, drink a cup of coffee, take a shower, make another cup of coffee, feed the dog, make breakfast, make another cup of coffee, do my makeup, do my hair, make another cup of coffee, change clothes six times before finally going back to the first outfit I put on, gather my books and laptop for school, spend ten minutes trying to find the car keys that are never where I thought I left them, make another cup of coffee for the road, and head out on that busy highway. With the rising cost in gas prices, who can afford to spend $100 in gas per week? An average semester at COS is about sixteen to eighteen weeks. This comes out to, give or take, $1,700 in gas alone per semester. This doesn’t include the gas spent going back and forth to work, running errands, picking up kids from school, and the day to day running around. Gas prices in Tulare County range from $3.35 - $4.16 per gallon — who can afford to get an education with the cost of gas? Of course, let’s not forget about the traffic. The traffic from Porterville to Visalia is absolutely insane. Drivers commuting to work, tractors pulling giant trailers full of oranges, and those really slow, overly-cautious drivers that nobody enjoys being behind. When you aren’t from the city you’re driving in, things tend to get really confusing too. Which lane am I supposed to be in? What is the speed limit? Where do the police like to hide? Am I going to get run over if I do the speed limit? These are questions that run through the head of most (if not all) COS students who are not from the Visalia area. How many students are going to spend that much money and that much time to get back and forth to school every day? How many students are going to make that long of a drive and risk getting a ticket by the good ol’ 5-0 that protects these highways? Kudos to you, commuting students, Kudos to you!

Open mic night free to COS students MELANIE SAECHAO

Reporters Jasmine Balderas Josh Ford Maria Garcia Ariana Hendren Melanie Saechao Marlee Saeteurn Jacob Wilson



Staff Photographer

Many college students, like myself, would like to go out and get away from the stress of homework and studying once in a great while, however, the clubbing and bar scene can get overwhelming and boring after so many night outs. Fortunately, a friend of mine found out about an open mic night and invited me to it. To my surprise, it was a fun and refreshing experience. The open mic event is held at the Lamp Liter Inn and hosted by local stand-up comedian Edward Sativa. The show opened up with the host introducing himself with a few jokes. The night consists of comedy and musical acts, alternating with a musical act after every two comedy acts. They also had two raffle drawings that night to win a free beer. The comedian will have you laughing non-stop with their hilarious jokes. After a few laughs, it calms down with some musical acts. Many of the

musicals acts sang original songs while some sang covers of popular songs today. This event is free to COS students with their ID card and $2.00 at the door for the public. Open mic night is opened to all kinds of acts besides comedy and music. If you would like to try something new or showcase your talent, then the open mic event is where you want to go. And to those who are over the age of 21, there is a bar for you get drinks. I went to the event not hoping for much, but ended up having a really good time. It was such a great and fun experience that I can’t wait to attend the next open mic event. There will be another open mic event on Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. and it will be held at the Lamp Liter Inn again. There will also be an event held at Sue Sa's Club House on Thursday March 27 at 6PM. I hope to see many fellow students at both of the events.




Sustainability club welcoming new students ARIANA HENDREN

Staff Writer

Jacob Wilson/The Campus

Velouria Records is located at 109 E. Main St, in the heart of Downtown Visalia.

Velouria Records: locally owned music shop JACOB WILSON

Staff Writer

Velouria Records is the one stop shop in Tulare County for all your music needs. The store, which opened in 2007, carries everything from vinyl, CD’s, cassette tapes and clothing. Velouria opened after Raging Records, another local record store, closed down. The previous owners felt a void, in terms of not having a music store, and decided to bring one to town. The store has gone through several changes in management since then. Tawnya Zito, the store’s current manager, bought out the store in 2011. “I took it over because I felt it was important to keep something like this here, because there aren’t any music stores around,” said Zito. “We’re the only store … in Tulare County.”


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come from or when it would be. As part of the initiative to help students' food needs, the health center has also started a food bank. The on-campus food bank is very small — it could only, at the moment, feed a small number of students — but Patricia Alvarez, the health center's coordinator,



Music enthusiasts from every walk of life can find something appealing at Velouria. “We have a little bit of everything. We like to keep something for everyone.” Even if they don’t have what you’re looking for, the store can special order any album. Special ordering may cost a little more than running to Target or Best Buy to pick up the latest record. On the other hand, it is important in a small town to support local businesses. Competition from major online and in-store retailers have put many local stores out of business. However, Zito said Velouria Records is hanging in there, despite the competition. Music lovers should aim to keep it that way. As a community, we need to help keep local mom and pop business alive. “[We’re] doing very well. We’re constantly seeing new people and new faces all the time…that’s always really exciting.” said that they are welcoming donations from any students, staff, or faculty that wish to donate non-perishable food. “We have a small amount, but we've just recently started,” Alvarez said. Donations are welcomed any day, but the health center promotes a "Food Friday" event through the college's internal email, Alvarez welcomes students and staff who are able to donate to do so, and encourages students who need to use Nutrition on the Go to do so.


College of the Sequoias' Sustainability Club was established under the influence of "Powershift 2011 - We are Powershift," which is an organization focused on empowering young people to restore our environmental state. The club meets on Tuesdays at noon in John Muir 122, and holds activities in the quad as well. The club's primary concerns include food security, locavorism, organic gardening, composting, ground water, renewable energy, anti-fracking, divestment efforts, Education Student Learning Programs (ESLP), and providing healthier food options on campus. They are currently the only club on the Food Insecurity Task Force (F.I.T.) and recently assisted with the first Food Link Nutrition on the Go delivery which took place on March 4th. “The sustainability club is one of the clubs that is most active within COS politics,” member J Cook said, “Being a part of the club has made me feel more involved in the direction my campus goes and more informed about issues on the inside.” Cook along with his fellow members have watched the club grow in terms of outreach within the past couple years;


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harsh judgements and achieve their goals, they are still paid less for doing the same work as men. Women's history month may demonstrate how far women have come, however, it also reveals the discrimination that still remains in society.

the sustainability club proudly became a chapter of the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) in the spring of 2013. Since then, with the help of co-outreach coordinator and sustainability club member, Matthew Deuser, the club is not only being active on the COS campus but throughout the community. In addition, members of the club have attended CSSC biannual convergences along with winter and summer leadership retreats throughout California since 2012. Members of the club have also assisted Professor Jeffery Basham with his organic garden on the old COS farm, fought the Carl's Jr. contract on campus, and have provided healthier food options at health events. The club plans to continue educating students and faculty on campus and hopes to gain more members. “Sustainability can't exist without collaboration and interdependence. Your voice helps all of us work towards a better world,” Deuser said. “Namely, embodying sustainability nurtures our ability to glean wisdom from our ancestors in order to impart their insights to our contemporaries and guarantee that this stewardship behavior and cognition shall benefit at least seven generations of humanity yet to be born.”

Society will not be completely equal until women no longer have harsh stereotypes to beat, or until a powerful woman is something that is not questioned, but instead, a cultural norm. Equality may have been achieved years ago in terms of what women are legally allowed to do, however, when it comes to what is approved in the community, there is still a long battle ahead.


Who do you think is the most influential woman in the world?

Photo courtesy Jane Thomas

Dr. Tom Lionvale's backpacking class offers an exciting, educational way to explore the natural treasures of the Central Valley.

Backpacking class offers adventure ARIANA HENDREN

Staff Writer


Miley Cyrus, because she expresses herself however she wants.


Hillary Clinton, because she has the possibility to become the next president, and she's a woman.



My ex-girlfriend, because I was selfish and I didn't appreciate what I had.



Beyonce.. because she's setting the tone for women. You don't have to be bound by the confines of the societal norm-you can do whatever you want.




My mom, because I look up to her.



Oprah, because she's a very strong woman figure in society. She has influential power over the people. FIDEL MADRIGAL, HR MAJOR

Dr. Tom Lionvale will be taking those interested on an overnight backpacking trip in the Sierras from May 2nd through May 4th. The trip will allow students to showcase what they have learned during four class sessions prior to the trip which are held on each Tuesday in April from 7-9 p.m. in Room 1 of the San Joaquin building on the Visalia campus. Students of all skill levels are welcome and will be taught basic backpacking skills such as what to bring and how to prepare along with tips on how to obtain affordable supplies. Lionvale believes trips such as this are necessary, “We have complicated daily lives and we need to unwind. Sometimes we don’t know we need to unwind.” The class will familiarize students with cooking, equipment technology, hiking in good and bad weather conditions, proper hiking attire, and the history of backpacking along with other hiking topics necessary for a successful trip. Lionvale has been hiking since he was young and has experienced the changes in regards to the equipment and clothing re-

quired for hiking. He has seen technology change for the better. “When I was in college I’d be backpacking for two weeks, it’d require 14 days of food, about 75 pounds,” Lionvale said. Luckily supplies now average about 35 pounds or less which make the weight much more manageable for even the less experienced explorers. These new innovations allow hikers to enjoy their experience without the stress of lugging around half of their own body weight. Lionvale said he takes students backpacking because he is good at it and is willing to take as many people as possible on the trip. The course requires students to provide a $100 tuition fee along with the costs necessary for supplies; the course provides only the knowledge essential for a safe, fun and most of all relaxing trip. Additional information about this class can be found at cos.edu/communityed or by calling the instructor, Dr. Lionvale at 559-733-7442. To register, please visit cos.edu/communityed and find the class under Travel & Leisure category. Click on the class and follow the registration prompts.




Sports Softball comes together, looks ahead MATTHEW BEAVERS

Sports Editor


Matthew Beavers/The Campus

Courtney Sartin, #22, during a game against Fresno City College.

OS softball began their conference games with an overall record of 9-7. Head coach Michelle Bolt is excited to begin conference with the team coming together and playing with heart. Having a tough beginning of the season, it's made it much easier to learn from mistakes and map out the rest of the season. "The success of the last five games is reflective of our maturity. The motto is learning and applying while transferring those lessons so we don't make those mistakes over and over," Bolt said. League openers start off with the heavy hitters from Fresno and Reedley. Coach Bolt is confident in the way the team has been playing going into these tough few weeks of ball to come. "I firmly believe the league is won across six seven weeks, and not 3 ball games. Our goal is certainly to control the things we can and stay consistent with that one percent better every day," said Bolt. Team captains for the COS softball team are pitcher Mayleen Mazon and third base Lisa Mejia. These two ladies represent the team

and show great experience. Lisa is very stable on field which helps all the girls stay grounded to be able to communicate with one another to execute their game plan. Pitcher Mayleen leads the field with great strength and the ability to lead and show great confidence to her teammates. "You want to have somebody with the confidence to be the captain that touches the ball every time," Bolt said. With only 11 girls playing this season, everyone is a starter and everyone has a big roll. All the girls have had a great hand in their successes this season. Players that have had a big contribution this season are: third base Lisa Meija, second base Natalie Frausto, center field Isabel Reyes, and short stop Courtney Sartin. Conference has begun with the girls starting off with a 1-4 record. Adversity like such is nothing new to the girls, rallying together will be a huge part in order to turn things around. The next game will be March 14th against Taft on their home field. The next home game will be on the March 16th at 12:00 PM. "We just have to keep doing the work," Bolt said.


Friday, March 14, 2:00PM at Taft College Friday, March 14, 4:00PM at Taft College Tuesday, March 18, 2:00PM at West Hills Thursday, March 20, 1:00PM at Porterville Thursday, March 20, 3:00PM at Porterville Tuesday, March 25, 2:00PM vs Merced (home) Thursday, March 27, 1:00PM at Fresno City Thursday, March 27, 3:00PM at Fresno City

Thursday, March 13, 2:00PM vs West Hills (home) Saturday, March 15, 1:00PM at West Hills Tuesday, March 18, 2:00PM vs Fresno City (home) Thursday, March 20, 3:00PM at Fresno City Saturday, March 22, 1:00PM vs Fresno City (home) Tuesday, March 25, 2:00PM vs Porterville (home) Thursday, March 27, 2:00PM at Porterville Saturday, March 29, 1:00PM vs Porterville (home)

Lisa Mejia Third Base # 24

Mikala Feijo Catcher # 44

Mayleen Mazon Pitcher # 15

Raeleen Torres Outfielder #5

Courtney Sartin In Fielder # 22

Natalie Frausto Second Base # 32

Karalyn Rosa First Base # 33

Isabel Reyes Center Field #4

Megan Dawes Outfielder #9

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