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The Student Voice of Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California

February 18, 2009

Nacho average day Hundreds of Cuestonians gather and discuss student IDs and scholarships By Nick Lakey

Students take classes at Cuesta to save money. From left, Caitlin Barker, Ryan Moreno, Nate Wardlaw, and Teresa Reed.

Budget blues persist By Rebecca Wolfe Staff Writer

The Governor's newest budget proposal makes a genuine attempt to prioritize community colleges. "We are still going to take some hits," said Dave Pelham, president of Cuesta College, "But there seems to be a recognition in Sacramento that community colleges are one of the places the state needs to invest its money, especially in difficult times." Rather than eliminating $332 million in apportionment funding as had been proposed in November, the 18-month proposal shifts $230 million in payments to community colleges from January and February to July 1 2009, the next fiscal year. It also proposes deferring

another $200 million in funding from July until October. “It’s creating a cash flow problem,” said Ed Maduli, vice president of Administrative Services at Cuesta. “Without operating cash in the summer, how do we pay salaries and benefits?” While Maduli estimates sufficient funds to survive in terms of operations until May of 2009, he has requested a loan from Cuesta’s Foundation to handle any shortfall that may occur in June. In addition, the school has delayed in hiring replacements for vacant staff positions and has not been able to hire full-time faculty for this year, according to Dr. Cathleen Greiner, vice president of Student Learning at Cuesta,

Even though a total of 6.41 percent of all courses have been cancelled this spring, "Students have not had much difficulty getting into the courses they need," said Greiner. However, she says she is "anticipating that next year is probably going to be even tougher, especially as a result of increasing enrollment numbers." There is also talk at the state level to remove some financial aid grants in the near future, according to Dr. Linda Fontanilla, vice president of Student Services at Cuesta. Additionally, while a change in student fees is not included in the Governor’s newest proposal, “It probably is on the list of things to extend to the legislature for 2009-2010,” Maduli said.

The sun was out as students gathered around the library to mingle and munch on sizzling hot nachos, thanks to St udent Ser v ices a nd Associated Students of Cuesta College (ASCC). Nearly 700 Cuestonians filled the area, happily crunching on cheese and jalapeño smothered chips. Orchestrated by the Student Services and ASCC, the event served as a fun and creative way to give information to students. Among the information provided, the ASCC focused on the benefits of purchasing student ID cards. Unbeknownst to many, the cards provide discounts from many local businesses. Student Services also let students know about the thousands of dollars in scholarship money that goes unclaimed every year. They encouraged every student to fill out applica-

Cuesta students were excited about their cheesy chips provided by ASCC.

Cyclists race through Paso for the cure By Emily Devine Copy Editor

Every year, the top cyclists from around the world gather to compete in the most prestigious race in America, the Amgen Tour of California. On Feb. 19, the racers will be completing stage five in Paso Robles and everyone’s favorite cyclist, Lance Armstrong, will be amongst the riders. The race is, of course, supposed to be a great experience, but don’t be deceived by their smiling faces and celebrations. This race is for more than just fun. Amgen and the other sponsor, Breakaway from Cancer, are organizations that work to help people with cancer. According to the tour’s website, Amgen is, “A biotech-

nology pioneer with a mission to serve patients, Amgen applies insights into human biology to discover, develop, manufacture and deliver innovative medicines.” Lance Armstrong

Their website also explains that, “Breakaway from Cancer is designed to increase awareness of the important resources available to cancer patients from prevention to education, and patient care to advocacy and financial support.” Amgen’s tour is a Tour de France-style race extending 750 miles, beginning in Sacramento and finishing in Escondido. The top cycling teams from around the world come together to benefit a good cause and have some fun. For those who like riding bikes but aren’t professionals, which likely includes most college students, there are opportunities to ride with peers locally. Cuesta has a cycling club here on campus which races mountain bikes and will be

tions online or in the Financial Aid office. ASCC Coordinator Anthony Gutierrez pointed out that the association makes an effort to raise student awareness often. He said, “For the first two weeks of the semester, we generally do things like this to make people aware of what type of things we offer.” Dr. Cathleen Griener, Vice President of Student Learning, and Dr. Linda Fontanilla, Vice President of Student Services, were a few of the Cuesta staff members that lent a hand at the event. Working in a makeshift nacho kitchen, the two made a positive effort to connect with students and inform them about the campus. The nacho feed proved to be successful in the eyes of many students. Student Adrian Godby said, “It’s good to see students out and people actually coming together.”

Photo courtesy of Jay Thompson

Budget proposal creates both hope and uncertainty

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active again in the fall. "We started the club so we could compete in the collegiate cycling competitions that happen in California," said Nathaniel Lewis, who organized the cycling team last semester. Bikes are Happening, more commonly known as Bike Night, is a fun social event that allows students to ride together non-competitively. It is held on the first Thursday of every month at 9:30 p.m., after the Farmer’s Market. Every month, a theme is chosen and participants are encouraged to dress according to the theme. For more information about Bikes are Happening, visit and for more information about the Amgen tour, visit the website at www.amgentourofcalifornia. com.


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February 18, 2008


Cougar Comments How do you try to save money with the economy in its current state?

“I don’t eat out anymore. Instead, I pack food from home.”

“I try not to go to restaurants “I ride my bike.” as much.”

“I rent movies instead of going to the theater.”

“I work at Costco; when I run out of money for food, I take advantage of the free samples.”

Brian Ripple

Michelle Angel

Mark Fore

Kelsey McDonald

Josh Sanchez

Age 18, Culinary Arts 2nd Semester

Age 21, Recreational Comm. 4th Semester

Age 21, Photography 4th Semester

Age 18, Undecided 2nd Semester

Age 18, Forestry 2nd Semester

How can I learn by doing, when you won’t let me do? “What’s your major?” “Art.” “Trying to transfer to Cal Poly?” “Yeah.” Hours upon hours and more money t ha n you thought you ever had, spent on overpriced acrylic paints, “special” paper, and portfolio construction. The truth: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Art Major Transfer Statistics: Fall 2006: 117 applied; 31 accepted; Fall 2007: 105 applied; 23 accepted; Fall 2008: 133 applied; 11 accepted. These acceptance rates are dropping quicker than the jaws of the applicants when they find out that their academic path has been flooded by budget cuts. Those fortunate enough to have discovered an artistic passion in their early college years are being turned away from pursuing and developing it at the four-year university that we know as the home of the Mustangs. The result: forfeited confidence, maybe deflated motivation. Or how about this one, “I’ll just reapply under fruit science.”

And another artist surrenders his or her passion to the mere slice of tree dressed up in some calligraphy [the modern day bachelor’s degree.] The frustrating question surfaces: “I’m investing four plus years of my life into college, and as my wallet becomes thinner with each semester, why can’t I continue exploring this passion of mine? The answer: you can. Cal Poly is not the only school that houses the arts. Even the admissions office at Cal Poly will encourage you to consider other schools. How inviting. Consider your options. Time in college comes and goes like an offshore break at Morro Rock. Use it to discover what ‘passion’ is all about. Care about what you are studying. If students can integrate a genuine interest into their field of study, they will never actually have work to do. This word ‘homework’ will conform to the revised definition: an aid in helping students explore their passion while promoting an inquiry into their academic values.

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Don’t let a college limit an ambition. Let that ambition limit which college will best do it justice. Graduate with the knowledge that the degree represents, not just the degree, not just the piece of paper. Cal Poly says, “Learn by doing.” How about, “Learn [about life] by doing what you’re passionate about and not letting post-college practicality assume priority.”

“Are you really going to eat that?” By Libby Engles Staff Writer

You may feel that the five second rule applies to the Skittles that have been rolling around the back seat of your car for two months, and research shows that may be correct. Studies conducted at the University of Illinois show that many foods that have fallen on the ground collect fewer bacteria if picked up within five seconds of being dropped. However, certain harmful bacteria such as salmonella or E. coli find it hard to survive without moisture, but can still be transferred to floor food instantly. While some consider floor food forbidden, scientists across the country are beginning to find that germs can be beneficial, especially for infants building up important immunities. Dr. Joel V. Wienstick, the director of gastroenterology and hepatology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, feels that the viruses, bacteria, and worms that are found in dirt

may prevent the development of diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and asthma. This doesn’t mean you should feed your baby brother spoonfuls of mud. Instead, let them enjoy their dirty toy that fell on the floor. For student Sarah Wheeler, it is completely dependent on the situation. “If I dropped my brownie, I would probably pick it up, but if it’s broccoli or something, the odds of me going for it are slim.” More questions suddenly come to mind; what about different kinds of floors, in different countries, and what about that beer you spilled? It’s obvious this important subject requires more federal funding to diagnose floor-borne illnesses. According to the National Center for Infectious Diseases, 76 million Americans contract food borne illnesses every year, resulting in 5,000 deaths. The bottom line: take five seconds to pick up your food, then take another five to think about where you’ve dropped it. Enjoy your lunch.



February 18, 2008

Clubs support Hispanics

Extreme registration New system assists students with class enrollment

Two groups make a difference on campus

By Gina Lagunas

By Jens Norman

Staff Writer

Staff Writer

Students who applied but didn’t register before classes started were given the opportunity to do so through t he f i r st e ver “E x t reme Registration.” The January event was organized in an effort to boost enrollment. ASCC Student President Joe Vanherweg said, “The goal was to register those students who had applied but not signed up for classes.” The program had incentives such as pizza, walk-in counseling, and help with financial aid. According to assistant superintendent Dr. Linda Fontinilla, the number of students who fall into this category is roughly 25 percent of the student body.

Photo Courtesy of Danna Tejada

Women from the Latina Leadership Network create oppertunities. From the left: Margarita Ramirez, Maria Martinez, Dolores Huerta, and Estella Vasquez.

that they can continue with their education. According to Janet Flores, adviser of the Mecha club at Cuesta, students without social security numbers are eligible to attend any community college by paying their tuition as a resident if they graduate from high school. “Lack of education about laws such as AB 540 is the problem. That is how the LLN and Mecha clubs are helping these and other type of students by providing this information that makes a difference for them,” said Estella Vazquez, president of LLN at Cuesta. “This year we are focusing on helping AB 540 students obtain materials by collecting used books around campus and creating a lending library between students,” said Vazquez. These clubs are planning various events this semester

to promote Latino culture at Cuesta College, such as Cinco de Mayo, and with these events both organizations hope to increase student participation and awareness about Latino issues. For more information contact Janet Flores (, and Estella Vazquez ( or visit the web page at Cuesta has many other club options for students to join as well, including Alpha Gamma Sigma, American Institute of Architect Students, Art, Broadcast Communications, Campus Crusade for Christ, Cycling, Democratic, Drama, G ay/St r a ig ht A l l ia nc e, Grassroots, Interior Design, Juggling, Men’s Soccer, Polo, Recreation, Reentry (25 Up), Science, and Student Activists for Equality. For more information and to contact the advisors visit lead/clubs.html.

The event was advertised in New Times and on local radio, and attracted a few hundred students. Clubs Commissioner Shelby Komada volunteered to help, and like many other working students was looking forward to taking advantage of the after hours walk-in counseling only to find that many of the counselors had gone home early. “I needed my SEP to get my financial aid finalized, and I wasn’t able to because there wasn’t a qualified counselor on hand,” said Komada. “It was a great idea, but we needed more organization from our staff.” Schuli Cortez, a participant in the event, found the after hours help useful. “I have a busy work schedule and being able to talk to a counselor before school started helped a lot.”

Cuesta student, Erik Carr, searches for classes in registration office.

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Latino students continue to lag behind Euro-Americans and Asians in becoming academically eligible to enter California’s public university systems according to a recent state report. Since the number of Latino students has increased over the last few years, the Latino community offers two organizations to assist these college students with their education. The t wo organizations are the Latina Leadership Network and the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan. Both organizations are the most important organizations in the modern day Latino community. These organizations have created student clubs in most public high schools, colleges and university campuses in the Southwestern United States. Cuesta College is no exception, and it has supported both of these clubs for many years. As a result, many Latino students at Cuesta have benefited with the help they get from these two organizations. The purpose of these clubs at Cuesta is helping those Latinos who want to continue with their education after graduating from high school because many do not know



February 18, 2008

Rental market SLOing down Staff Writer

Real estate companies, rental owners, and apartment managers are bracing themselves for what could be the worst local rental market in recent history. “I know of several landlords that have noticed a real fall-off in demand in SLO, even right outside of Cal Poly, and are not used to having vacancies, let alone having to drop prices,” said a property manager who did not want his name used. Many real estate managers and landlords are planning to offer incentives to current tenants, lower rents, and be as student-friendly as possible to encourage students to use their rental agencies or sign leases with their rentals. As leases begin to come up for renewal, the market will begin to flood and this summer should be full of numerous open rentals. Ellie Malykont, the property supervisor for CaliforniaWest Properties, said they are going to “focus on retaining current tenants.” She mentioned incentives, and possible price drops depending on what the rest of the market is going to do. She said it is hard to project what is going to happen and that students are most likely just going to have to wait and see what happens. Malykont then said that California-West was going to

Poly Canyon and the economy are making landlords rethink their rental strategies try to be as student friendly as possible, produce a competitive product, and keep everything at a fair market price. Last fall Cal Poly opened 2,700 dorm/apartment spaces in the Poly Canyon complex and is scheduled to open 900 more spaces this coming fall. With a total of 3,600 beds, the complex will have an effect on the local rental market. In addition to Poly Canyon the falling real estate market may cause prospective home sellers to become landlords. “Most likely there will be more supply than demand,” said Malykont. Prices are bound to drop as landlords realize what is happening.

The anonymous property manager and Malykont agree that if prices drop, students who resorted to other local rental markets like Morro Bay, Los Osos, Pismo Beach, and Atascadero, will soon be migrating back to San Luis Obispo, and possibly filling some of those empty beds and houses. Students may have the odd option of being able to shop around a little bit when it comes to their new homes this fall. The market flood should help penny-pinching students find some new digs without breaking the bank. Renters may be able to bargain hunt and keep a little extra cash in their pockets.

Fall 2009 will add another 900 beds to the already massive Poly Canyon complex.

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By Matt Maltbie


McGee receives award Mathematics instructor recognized with Teaching Excellence Award By Barbara Rosenblatt Staff Writer

A longtime Cuesta College instructor has received the 2008 Teaching Excellence Award from the California Mat hemat ic s C ou nci l of Community Colleges. The award was presented to Barbara “Bobbe” McGee, a 20 year veteran of the mathematics department, at the Council’s math conference in December. McGee, who has taught a variety of courses from arithmetic to differential equations, was nominated by her colleagues in the mathematics department. According to Marie Larsen, Mathematics Division Chair, McGee is an outstanding instructor. “She has a way of getting the students actively engaged in their learning while creating a positive and supportive environment,” Larsen said. McGee works to help students overcome anxiety over math. Her biggest challenge is to “explain something in the way that everyone in the class can understand, while not boring those who do understand.” Trying to keep math relevant, McGee appreciates that newer textbook authors use realistic problems with real life applications.

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Barbara McGee

Larsen stated McGee is a valuable member of the department. She serves on numerous committees, including the Textbook Selection, Course Development and Student Learning Outcome Committees. “Bobbe is a team player and is always willing to ‘step up’ and help the division in any way she can,” said Larsen. McGee had a career in economics and teaching junior high school before discovering her true passion. The first job she really liked was teaching mathematics, economics and computer science at a private two-year college in Southern California. Since relocating to the Central Coast, McGee has enjoyed her years at Cuesta. “The students are good-natured, my colleagues are brilliant, and math lives and grows at Cuesta College,” McGee said.

A lurking danger for women By Jayne Poulos Staff Writer

Although most women who are diagnosed with cancer are middle-aged or older, there is still a chance, however small it is, that young women may be diagnosed with cancer as well. “There are more t ha n 250,000 women aged 40 and under in the U.S. living with breast cancer, and over 11,100 young women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next year,” said Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer organization for young women. Breast tissue is denser in young women, which makes mammograms much less effective in screening for cancer. Since there is not an effective way to screen for breast cancer in women under 40, it is important for young women to take the time for breast selfexaminations. However, it’s hard to notice any change in your breasts if you aren’t sure what is normal. A growing breast cancer organization titled ‘Feel Your Boobies’ recommends that women -- young and old -- ‘feel their boobies’ on a daily basis so they get in the habit of knowing what is normal. Cal Poly student, Cassie Bustos was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 18. Her advice: “When it comes to doing self breast exams you should go to the doctor and have them show you how to properly do them on your own.” Young women may be less at risk for the cancer, but those

Young women at risk for breast cancer who are diagnosed tend to have breast cancer that is more aggressive and responds less to treatment than in older women. According to researchers at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, young women’s breast cancers share different genomic traits than the cancers in older women. “The breast cancers we see in women under the age of 45 tend to respond less well to treatment and have higher recurrence rates than the disease we see in older women,” said Kimberly Blackwell, M.D., a breast oncologist at Duke. Breast cancer cannot be prevented, yet, but early detection and treatment can significantly increase the chance of survival.

What to look for: • A lump or thickening in an area of the breast • A change in the size or shape of a breast • Dimpling of the skin • A change in the shape of your nipple, particularly if it turns in, sinks into the breast or be comes irregular in shape • A blood-stained discharge from the nipple • A rash on a nipple or surrounding area • A swelling or lump in your armpit For more information, here are a few links: default.asp?page=3283 types/breast



Inspiration on display New exhibit moves into Cuesta’s Art Gallery

By Nick Powell • Staff Writer

By Lauren Stewart

Photos by Natasha Weldon/Cuestonian

Saturday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. All Ages FREE Damon Castillo (Rock/ Soul) Linnaea’s Café, 1110 Garden St.

If school is already stressing you out, then relax with meditative drawings by contemporary artist Tom Knechtel on display at the Cuesta College Art Gallery through Feb. 25. The exhibit, Synchronicity and Juxtaposition, is full of Knechtel’s artwork, inspired by the Yantras and folk-art he collects. “Yantras are diagramlike drawings that are sort of maps to walk a Hindu devotee through a prayer or ceremony,” said Knechtel. Inspired by this, Cuesta art students hung Knechtel’s drawings and a few pieces from his personal collection. “Students want to know what influences the artist. This is a chance to see the line of influence directly through the product,” said Tim Anderson, Art Gallery director. Knechtel used a Yantra to inspire a piece in 2001. “I was led into thinking of my drawings more as diagrams, rather than single illusionistic images as my drawings have often been,” Knechtel said. These pencil drawings are unique because there is no sense of actual space. “They are more free flowing and most importantly, they are a lot of fun,” said Anderson. Stop by the gallery, located in room 7172, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get a little Zen of your own.

Sunday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. All Ages $25-$38 Klezmatics (Afro/Latin/Jazz/ Punk) Harman Hall, 1 Grand Ave Sunday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. All Ages $14 Ben Taylor (Indie/ Folk Rock) Downtown Brew, 1119 Garden St. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. All Ages FREE Cuesta Jazz Band Linnaea’s Café, 1110 Garden St. Friday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. Jazz Festival Concert with Trombonist Andy Martin SLO Campus, Student Conference Center Friday, March 6, 8 p.m., $7 students, $10 general Cuesta Choirs with Templeton Choirs, Templeton High Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., $7 students Wind Ensemble Concert, SLO Campus, Student Conference Center Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., $7 students, $10 general Greg Abate in Concert, Beboop Master SLO Campus, Student Conference Center Saturday, April 4, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., FREE Choral Festival SLO Campus, Student Conference Center

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Will Pompe, a broadcast major, said he likes the hands-on experience and professional equipment KGUR provides him.

Tune in and hear the KGUR roar By Sarah Clifford Staff Writer

Cuesta College’s studentrun radio station, KGUR, is gearing up for another semester and is adding new talent to their already weathered staff. KGUR features a wide variety of music and can be tuned in to on 105.3 FM or on Charter Cable at 89.5 FM. If you are on campus, you can also hear The Mighty KGUR near room 6102, where it is broadcasted. Mike Miller, a TV/Radio Production major, worked

briefly with the station last semester, but this spring he has his own time slot. Miller is on air from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. He plays a montage of music, never sticking to one sound. “I just play good music,” he said. The songs he plays range from electronic to mellow rock to hip hop. “The music I play is more my taste, but I also like to mix in some popular music,” said Miller. Will Pompe, better known as “Cowboy Will” to KGUR, is a veteran to the station. Pompe

has worked with KGUR for three years and is back again with a show Fridays at 10:30 a.m., playing new country hits. KGUR is also looking for students who may be interested in having on-air time. Whether it is a talk show or playing your favorite tunes like Miller, KGUR is interested. The slots left are very limited so if you are interested, make sure you stop by room 6102 soon. “We prefer students with a background in broadcasting, but if you’re interested, just stop by,” said Pompe.


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The canvasses in the exhibit are enormous and the drawings are especially delicate. These enlarged images from Knechtel’s pieces are evidence of the conceptualized Yantra technique that influenced him.

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February 18, 2008

Local skater updater By Dylan Baumann

Atascadero Skatepark is raising funds

Managing Editor

How to get Warning free money status By Melissa Morral Reporter

Photos by Dylan Baumann/Cuestonian

Fu nd-r a i si n g f or t he George C. Beatie Skate Park in Atascadero is currently taking place. It is the only indoor skateboarding facility between Simi Valley and the Oregon border. Funds are being raised to upgrade the facility, keep it maintained, and to help kids who cannot afford memberships. Skate memberships cost $5 for one night or $20 for 30 days. Sponsorship applications are available at the skate park. They include three options, depending on the level of financial support you are willing to contribute. Kevin Campion, a man who has been involved in the skateboarding industry for 25 years, was recently appointed as the director of the facility. Campion is a volunteer and he has spent the past two months cleaning and upgrading the facility. He created a business to support the skate park. “The city of Atascadero is a hero for having this park, especially in this economy,” said Campion. “I just want to see this park work. I’m not looking for a return, I’m looking for sustainability.” Upgrades to the facility so far include fresh paint, new indoor and outdoor lighting, a new pro shop, concessions, video games, a ping pong table, a surround sound music system, lounge areas, and an area for birthday parties.


A skateboarder demonstrates a backside 5-0 grind on the euro gap box.

“This skate park is pretty good. My favorite thing to do is skate the euro gap,” said skateboarder Tyler Hjortland. Campion is also planning on having music venues and miniature golf to bring in additional revenue. The Atascadero skate park will also be hosting the first contest in this year’s Monster Skate Park Series. “I think all that Kevin has done for the skate park in taking responsibility is great,” said Cuesta student and skateboarder Christian Evers. “He’s doing it for the kids and every other skateboarder on the Central Coast because he believes this indoor park is a privilege to have.” There is free skating Monday through Thursday from 3-5 p.m. and membership skating from 5-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday there is free skating from 3-5 p.m. and membership skating from 5-9 p.m. There is a 21 and over

Skateboarders Christian Evers and Tyler Hjortland relax in the park’s new lounge area before skating.

skate session on Saturdays from 9-11 p.m. The park is also open for BMX from 9-11 p.m. on Fridays and 4-8 p.m. on Sundays. Everyone who wants to use the facility is required to wear a helmet. Helmet rentals are available for $2 per day. The park is located on 5493 Traffic Way in Atascadero. Anyone interested in renting the park or donating money should call (805)461-7606.

Cuesta students overcrowded the room in which Luke Downer from Edamerica, the nation’s eighth largest student lender, spoke about successfully applying for scholarships. Downer informed students by providing a list of practical tools to follow. • Ask your prospective school about scholarships. Many colleges like Cuesta also offer scholarships and grants. • Scholarships involve deadlines. Get organized by recording important dates, and photocopying applications. • When writing the essay portion, remember to read the directions carefully. If you are passionate about your work it will show. • Apply to as many as possible, no matter how small the amount may be because the money can add up. • Use current information. Be sure to check the copyright date on all scholarship books. They should be no more than a year old. • Many scholarships and grants require students to maintain a level of academic progress, or you must be a fulltime student. • Seek well-written letters of recommendation. Pick someone who is relevant to the sponsor’s goals.

By Jeremiah Lee Online Editor

Cuesta’s accreditation status was put on warning by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges on Feb. 6, 2009. The decision came after an accreditation team visited Cuesta in October of last year. “It is critical at this point for everyone to understand that this report does not mean that Cuesta has lost its accreditation,” said Dave Pelham, president of Cuesta College. “We remain fully accredited during the time we’re on warning status.” The commission team filed a report citing nine different recommendations for the school to improve on. Among the recommendations is one to improve technology at Cuesta. Pelham said this might be hard in these tough economic times. “Coming up with a plan by which we can essentially replace all our technology within a six or eight year period - that’s going to be real hard for us to do,” he said. A letter from the commission to Pelham stated that a “Follow-Up Report” must be filed by Oct. 15, 2009 that demonstrates the college’s resolve to the recommendations. Representatives from the commission will visit Cuesta following the report.

Gays and straights work together By Libby Engles Staff Writer

Cue st a’s G ay/St r a ig ht Alliance (GSA) meets every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Cultural Center, located in the back of the cafeteria. “Creating a fun, safe environment for all LGBTQ and straight students to just be themselves!” Stop by to chat and see what the GSA is all about. Refreshments are provided too.

Go to MySpace Groups and join today. cuestaGSA

Attention T he A SCC ’s c lot hing exchange takes place Wednesday, March 11. Load up your clean, trade-worthy clothes and come by anytime from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Introducing the e-textbook By Clare Geraghty Staff Writer

As textbook sales decrease with inflated prices, publishers have turned to an innovative way to lower student costs and boost their own sales – the etextbook. After looking into the available technologies to produce this contemporary version of a textbook, they found two primary alternatives – e-books in the form of .pdf files and ones from VitalSource and CourseSmart technologies. Wit h Vita lSou rce a nd CourseSmart technologies, students are able to virtually highlight pages, make notes, and participate in online study groups with students, as well as instructors. Students also have the option of buying single chapters, starting at $5 each, with the VitalSource technology. With the same information and page numbers as printed textbooks, students are easily able to complete assigned reading and homework. When they need a hardcopy of the e-book’s content, users can print out specific pages. Another feature of the etextbook is the ability to rightclick on words to find their meaning. In addition, students are able to instantly search other e-books in the virtual library. William Chesser, vice president and general manager of Education Solutions at Ingram

The 21st Century Version of Textbooks Digital, the pioneer of the VitalSource technology, pointed out how laptops coming into the classroom transformed learning. “We learned that the computer can help you actively engage with content,” said Chesser. “It allows students to collaborate together from all over the world.”

“Instead of buying the entire book, the option to simply buy a chapter would be great.” – Lisa Rasmussen Patrick Howe, Cuesta Journalism instructor and managing editor of New Times, is optimistic about the efficiency of the e-textbooks. “I believe that e-books are going to be a growing part of learning and can be really effective. With that said, I think the devil is in the details. You would certainly need a special type of reader to make this work,” Howe said. When asked if e-textbooks would be helpful for learning, Dr. Randall Gold, Cuesta Psychology instructor, said, “It would depend on how the student used the e-textbook. A student can be an efficient or inefficient learner us-

ing either a printed or e-textbook. Some students may prefer to have a book they take with them and be able to read in different settings.” One of the goals of e-textbooks is to lower costs for students. E-textbooks cut prices substantially and also offer many different purchase options. With VitalSource e-books, students are given a free seven-day trial before purchasing the book. Renting the book for a particular length of time is also an option for CourseSmart e-textbooks. In t his mont h a lone, CourseSmart states that students saved an average of $58.92 on each e-book purchased from their library. Although e-textbooks are less expensive than those in print, students disagree about the effectiveness of them. “I don’t like the idea of an e-textbook,” Cuesta sophomore Kaitlin Henning said. “Since I would be reading off of a computer screen, I don’t think I would retain the information as well.” Another Cuesta student, Lisa Rasmussen, said, “I like this idea a lot. I think it would make it so much more convenient for people to study. Also, instead of buying the entire book, the option to simply buy a chapter would be great.” To find more information about e-textbooks and to see if your textbooks are available in this form, please visit http://store. or http://www.

February 18, 2008


A degree in electrical technology can amplify your income By Nick Powell Staff Writer

Cuesta’s newly available degree in electrical technology is the only one in the state to be “fully independent in providing this training without union support,” said Engineering and Technology Division Chair, Chris Akelian. The training meets both California’s and the union’s rigorous standards. All licensed electricians must have 8,000 hours of work experience, take 1,200 hours of training courses, and pass a comprehensive certification exam. Everything but the work experience is now offered at Cuesta. “The demand for employment in general is down,” said Jon P. Treder, president of Electricraft, Inc. in San Luis Obispo. But according to Treder, journeymen electricians can earn up to $32.20 an hour, plus health and retirement benefits, if they join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “I’m not working right now anyway,” said 48-year-old Armstrong, a local electrician and student in the electronics fundamentals class. “I might as well take this time to catch up with technology.” “T h is cla ss def i n itely would ’ve helped me with the certification test,” said Armstrong.

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This mass fiber polisher utilizes complex nanometer technology.

According to Akelian, most of the required classes are hands-on and give students a chance to familiarize themselves with high-tech equipment. Some, like Intermediate Algebra, are traditional lecture courses. By adding general education courses to the electrician’s curriculum, students can earn a fully transferable associates degree in conjunction with their state electrician’s license. Anyone can enroll in the program but must register as an electrician’s trainee and pay a one-time fee of $25 in order to work. It is not necessary to work while in the program. Those who are working must maintain enrollment in at least six units per year. “Being highly trained is key,” said Treder. “In general, the world runs on power. Long term potential for highly trained employees with good work ethic is always strong.”



February 18, 2008


Cougars take down No. 1 Santa Ana By Sam Nunn

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Sports Editor

Above, Catcher Ty Muller is at bat while his team watches. Find the Cougars back on the field Feb. 21.

T he C ou g a rs st ripped Santa Ana of their No. 1 in the state rank ing, ta k ing them down 6-4 on the last day of the Pepsi Classic. There was no shortage of rain, and slippery grass and mud contributed to nine errors for both teams. The game stayed close until the fifth inning when Cuesta managed to open up by capitalizing on Santa Ana’s errors. All six of the Cougar’s runs were scored in the fifth and six innings and of those, five were unearned. Right-hander Joey Parsons earned the decision the hard

way. He pitched a six-inning plus marathon and only allowed three runs in. The bullpen was responsible for letting up another run. Sophomore lefty Matthew Estrada closed the game out and earned the save. The win puts the Cougars at 5-4 on the year. The Cougars have been steadily climbing the rankings in the top ten of the state coach’s poll. Now with a win over the top team, the Cougars will continue to move up higher in the ranks. The Cougars’ next home game is Saturday Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. against Saddleback College.

Women’s basketball Napoli named Coach of the Year Cuesta continues to fight after early injuries By Jason Benjenstorf Women’s tennis coach Mike Napoli was recently recognized as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) “Coach of the Year” for the 2008 season. He led the women’s team to a 16-1 record and State Regional appearance, not to mention a perfect conference record (12-0). Napoli is no stranger to receiving props; he has been recognized before as an ITA “Coach of the Year” but it’s the first time he has won the honor on a national level. Napoli speaks humbly about receiving the distinguished award. “It was unexpected. It’s an honor to be recognized considering it’s a national award and how many other good coaches I was competing against.” In his 21 year coaching career at Cuesta Napoli has proven that he is consistent in dominating the rest of the conference. His career record is 257-95, and for every odd year he’s coached at Cuesta, he has a conference championship to show for it, with eleven in all. He has also coached eleven teams to Top 5 state finishes. Napoli explains his success by emphasizing that off-thecourt-character and team unity is essential. “It’s the philosophy my teams have adopted. It starts with school. The most important thing is always academics. Second is becoming a team. Tennis is a team sport, and no person is more important than the other. My sixth

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Mike Napoli

girl is as important to me as my number one.” He continued, “We all respect each other. We respect our priorities to the team and one another. The girls discipline themselves by sacrificing the things most college students experience by taking care of their bodies and putting the time into becoming a better player by training and working hard.” Sophomores Chloe Redman and Whitney Whiting were asked to describe coach Napoli’s most beneficial quality. “He is always available. His players are his top priority,” Redman said. “He’ll stay after as long as you want and help you whenever you ask,” Whiting added. Napoli has spent his life around the sport. As a U.S. Pro, he competed in various top level national tournaments as well as the U.S. Clay Court Championships.

His passion and message in tennis are contagious. Whiting and Redman are testimony to that. When asked about how Napoli’s coaching has affected them they said, “He’s taken tennis from a hobby of mine to something I love and something I’m passionate about.” Yet to win a state championship, Napoli finished runner-up in 1998 and third on four other occasions. When asked what a state championship would mean to him Napoli replied, “Obviously a lot. But winning state is secondary for us. Our primary goals as a team are to develop and take care of our bodies. If we do our best at those things than the rest will fall into place.” This year’s tennis team is eager to continue the success of last season and looks ready to do it with a solid team from top to bottom. When asked what to watch for this season he responded, “Watch everyone. I expect them to play as a class act. Also expect to see them play quick, athletic, and fundamental tennis.” It’s clear that with his number of conference championships and his 250, Mike Napoli has done basically all there is to do in winning on the community college tennis circuit. However, it’s even more clear that Napoli’s legacy will be far more than just winning games and championships. His coaching philosophy not only sends players on to achieve great things and success in tennis, but it sends players on to be successful in life as well.

Cuesta puts out a fiery Pierce squad By Sam Nunn Staff Writer

This WSC showdown did not disappoint at all. Cuesta’s close 54-48 win was well earned as both teams kept high emotion and high intensity throughout the game. Joe Ayarza wasn’t physically 100 percent, but his inside presence was at full-force. Ayarza and the Cougar post-play dominated the paint and forced

Pierce to double the ball downlow; ultimately leading to the Cougars getting countless three point looks. The Cougars took the court after half-time trailing 26-23; and strangely, it seemed like no one was on the court with them. Pierce helplessly watched as the Cougars ran away with the game on an early secondhalf 17-2 run. From there, the Cougars never looked back.

Pierce’s last minute pushes fell short and the Cougars walked away with a 54-48 victory. Tom Schumacher led the Cougars with 17 points. Joe Ayarza dropped 12 behind him, including two three-pointers. The win puts head coach Rusty Blair one step closer to his 300th career win, and the Cougars one step closer to the post-season.

By Jason Benjestorf Staff Writer

The bruised women’s basketball team hosted its counterpart Wednesday in a healthy deep Pierce College team. Losing four starters to injury early in the season, the Cougars just couldn’t match the depth and healthy legs Pierce had to offer. Freshman Kayla Cribbs put together some solid drives

Katrina Jones runs point guard.

to the hoop, while freshman guard Wesleigh Chriss handled the ball well and did her best to control the tempo of the game and the offense flow. Freshman center Valerie Gee looked comfortable and composed with the basketball. Despite the diligent effort of the Cuesta girls, the constant resurgence of fresh legs from Pierce College just wore them down. Cuesta played solid defense with the given circumstances, lack of extra legs and energy. However, it wouldn’t have mattered if they had a few more subs, Pierce clearly displayed that they could knock down jumpers with hands in their face. With the loss behind them, the team is playing on and getting healthier everyday. Their youth and talent are continuing to develop, and their offense has turned into a dangerous threat when executed correctly. Carrying optimistic attitudes and diligent mindsets, these lady cougars continue to play as hard as possible and are looking to finish this season on a welldeserved high note.

SPORTS CALENDAR Swimming/Diving Fri, 2/27 LA Valley College Thurs, 3/5 Reedley College Fri-Sat, Mar 6,7 Cuesta Invite

2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. All Day

Women’s Tennis Thur, 2/26 Thurs, 3/5 Tues, 3/10

Bakersfield College Santa Monica College Santa Barbara College

2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m.

Saddleback College Ventura College Oxnard College

1 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m.

Baseball Sat, 2/21 Sat, 2/28 Thurs, 3/5

Softball Thur, 2/26 Tues, 3/3 Thurs, 3/12

Santa Monica College Bakersfield College Ventura College (DH)

2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 1 p.m./3 p.m.

Men/Women’s Basketball Wed, 2/25

Regional Play-In


All events listed are at home. For complete schedules of all sports, check online at

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