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DivergencE T he C ypress C hronicle

Vol.V Issue V

March 2013

The Engineering Behind the Feb. 11 Power Outage, page 4 Bicycle Safety still plagues Cypress College, page 6 Putting Names to Faces:The Victims of Ali Syed, page 10 Double Lives: Students, Video Games, and Choices, page 12 Active Shooter Drill on Campus, page 22


This is the total number of people killed by guns since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Connecticut. In less than three months, over 2000 people lost their lives. By the time you read this magazine, that number would probably go up by more than 50 people. With school shootings like this being commonplace in the news these days, how safe are we here at Cypress College?


Editors’ NotE

What Power Outage?


Your Wheels are in Danger


Putting Names to Faces

Double Lives

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t’s safe to say this semester did not happen with a great start. Between back up generators failing, a black out, and six people in Orange County killed/injured in one day, it’s no wonder why some students are already done with this semester. Bikes have been stolen and the not so robust shooting drill are just a couple of events that have happened to students here at Cypress College.

Additionally, a rough estimate of 253 people have been killed just this year in California alone by gun violence. Gun violence is not a joke; it can cost someone their life. So all of us here at Divergence and The Cypress Chronicle want to remind you guys to stay safe! Just because the semester had started off a little rough doesn’t mean it cannot turn around! The AS Blood Drive has already been a success, and we have brand new shows this semester every week, as well as more news than before. We here at The Cypress Chronicle will try our hardest to get the right news out to all of our readers. Take a seat, sit back and read about what has been going on in this new issues of Divergence! DIVERGENCE / Victoria Cardenas and Sam Islam

Dirt Roads

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Sam Islam Victoria Cardenas Gerard Avelino Carolina Peralta Jeff Lopez Nicole Islam Cesilia Gutierrez

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Staff: Jacob Alarcon, Allyn Bernardo, Chelsea Braudo, Carlos Carmona, Tiana Sumer Ellis, Greg Kolano, Donna Martinez, Nick Miller, Mari Nunez, Alex Siliceo, Kaleb Stewart, Joseph Truckey, Angel Walden, ShaQuanna Washington Robert Mercer Faculty Adviser

Cypress Confidential

The Theory Of Kissing The Cypress Chronicle Editorial Team discusses the meaning of liplocking.

Kissing, the art of a person pressing his/ her lips against another person or object. Kissing is a concept that was developed back in the 19th century meant for a mother to show her affection to her infant. It started to developed into intimacy in early 20th century. Many countries, Greece, India, Rome, Assyria, made kisses into something that occurred between lovers and married couples. But many countries, like Africa, did not even show affection, like kissing, in the early centuries. Egypt was not even aware of the concept of kissing. Over the years, the concept of kissing developed into what we know today in society.

Kissing has a huge range on its meaning in different societies. In some cultures, kissing is a sign of respect and friendship. They signal this with kisses on the cheek or a light kiss on the lips. In most culture, kissing is an intimate, sexual concept. Most couples use kissing as their way of showing how much they care for their significant other. The types of kissing vary into what couples prefer. There are some who just like the simple kisses; others use their tongue in kissing for a most intimate, sexual pleasure. the way that kisses are received can have multiple meanings as well. I simple light kiss could mean like an everyday kiss or a friendship kiss. A deep, passionate kiss with no tongue could mean that the people are really into each other. Sometimes this happens with the first kiss that is given between couples. A passionate kiss with tongue can mean that they are trying to arouse one another or they are hooking up for the fun of it. We had our own experiment with kissing. Kisstixx sent the newsroom fire and ice lip balm and chocolate and strawberry lip balm. This lip balm was designed to bring sensations and different tastes to the lips of the couple. A couple gladly tried out Kisstix lip balm and shared with us their experiences. Adam Wong, 23 Mechanical Engineering Major and Somrenuh Lok, 19, Biology majorwas the special couple that was experimented on. Wong's response to the strawberry and chocolate balm was, "Nothing special about it, kinda like chocolate" while Lok confirmed that the lip balm tasted "kinda like chocolate when we kiss".Then the couple was asked about the fire and ice balm, Wong responded that the fire lip balm "Tastes Good like cinnamon with tingly sensations" while the ice lip balm had a "cold feel to it".Lok also remarked that the fire lip balm made her lips burn and

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gave her a tingly sensation while the ice lip balm gave her a "minty cool sensation". When asked if they would buy the lip balm Wong said "For shits and giggles" while Somerenah said "I would buy it" Society today has had mixed emotions on the publicity of kissing. There is a constant battle between whether or not is should be acceptable in society. There are many who do not with to see this type of public affection when they are out. It is frowned upon because people do not wish to see or have the younger generation be exposed to such public display of affection. Let's face it, not many people want to see a couple "going at it" , making out, when they are out at the grocery/department store. Many see this a an action that is suppose to be done behind closed doors. Yet there are some in society who say it is acceptable to have this kind of affection shown in public. Many say this because the couple is "in love" and should not care what society thinks about what they do out in the social world. Give us your feedback on what kissing means to you or if you have any kissing stories you would like to share. We are all guilty of kissing and telling. But don't worry, everything is confidential with us. D ART BY Cesilia Gutierrez

Comments? Questions? E-mail us! We would love to hear what you have to say on this topic and others on relationships, dating, sex, and feminist issues.. 3

Power outage...? Where?

Experts weigh in on the Feb. 11 power outage that severely affected class schedules that day. STORY BY Alex Siliceo


ost faculty, staff and students experienced a complete loss of electrical power at Cypress College on Monday February 11, 2013 at approximately 10:40 am. The question on most everyone’s mind that morning was what happened? Others wondered… why are the doors not opening? Or what happened to the lights? Why are students gathered outside the building? The most urgent question of all… why can’t I get out of this building!?

The engineering Theory Consulting Gustavo Caldera, (Electrical Engineer/Principal at FBA Engineering) to give me a quick assessment or theory of what might of happened at the Cypress College that morning. Mr. Caldera expressed that it was very strange that there was a total power outage at the college. He proceeded to ask a few basic questions to better understand the events of the day: “Were there any lights working in the buildings? Did the exit signs have power? “Were the Fire Alarm Stations working? “Were the building doors automatically opened for staff and Students to evacuate safely?


“Were the Emergency Safety Plan Procedures followed and non-chaotic? “Were there any emergency agencies (police, paramedics, fire department, etc.) called for assistance? “Was the Facilities Department available and organized?” All electrical design in large facilities ex. (schools, hospital, hotel etc.) should make life/safety a priority. Life/Safety or Emergency Power provides all buildings in the facility power for at least 90 min via battery packs; to give enough time to evacuate buildings safely. Simultaneously the Emergency Generator will start up and provide power to vital equipment only such as, exit signs, night lights, fire alarm, electrical doors, servers and elevators.

Once the power is restored by local power agency the emergency generator will transfer over and become dormant until there is an incident again and the facility can continue business as normal. After chatting with Mr. Caldera about the events of on Monday February 11, 2013, he strongly suggested that the facility hire an Electrical Consulting Firm to do a thorough investigation of the electrical systems of the facility. The Emergency Generator of Cypress College should be evaluated and verify its capacity and capabilities.

The conTracTors’ opinion Dave R. Huffman is owner of DRH Construction; this firm specializes in building

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Traffic was chaotic after all students were asked to evacuate Cypress College Campus. It took over an hour and half to clear traffic in most parking lots on campus. PHOTO BY Alex Siliceo large facilities ex. (Hospitals, schools, office buildings). I contacted with Mr. Huffman to share with him the events that happened Monday morning of the total black out, he was baffled! Mr. Huffman proceeded to ask similar questions that were very similar if not the same as Mr. Caldera. It seamed that both participating parties agreed with the possible problems at the facility. Any school campus of that size needs to have an Emergency Safety Plan; such a plan key should include key department heads, facilities department, and staff. An on going program of training and education for Emergency Scenarios should be implemented at the college. He said “The priority is and will always be the safety of human life at any facility.” He believes that with a detailed investigation of the existing electrical design and assessing the Plant Operations area of the facility, the issues will surface and therefore a solution can be found. He also recommends a verification of the Emergency Safety Plan at the campus; to make sure it’s up to date and properly used by all participating members. Information about the power outage at the college was not available and/or limited to most students and staff as it was developing. Most students seemed confused and even clueless about what had happened at the College that Monday morning. .Rather than having a controlled, safe environment with an Emergency Safety Plan procedure in place, it seemed obviously chaotic and disorganized. The bottom line is… most of the questions asked by the experts seem to be unanswered or maybe there is just no answer yet… stay tuned! Do you as a student, staff, human being feel safe at your School!? D

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Your Wheels are in Danger

Cypress College students react to growing threat of bicycle theft. STORY BY Carlos Carmona, PHOTOS BY Kaleb Stewart


ince the fall semester of 2012, crime has gotten significantly higher throughout September and November. The main crime is bike theft, which most bikes being stolen near Gym 1. Walking through campus students with bikes were asked questions whether they felt that their bike was safe in certain areas around campus, such as the crowded area of bikes between the humanities and science and math building, and whether these students would park in certain locations such as the bike racks in front of the Science and Math building. Jonathan Higa, 19, is focusing on becoming a recording artist. Higa usually parks his bike near the Humanities and the Fine Arts building with all the traffic of bikes lures. When asked whether he feels safe with his biked parked where it is, he replied “I’m not too afraid” Higa was then asked does he always park his bike between the Humanities and the Fine Arts building, he replied “Well I usually park my bike here, because there is usually a bunch of people with bikes here, and so if someone were to try and steal my bike it would cause a commotion.”

Higa continued to say “ I don’t feel much less safe over there.” He added he prefers bikes because “I don’t want to deal with parking”.

Lee also added how “If someone fiddled with it, it would be tough to see” Lee also mentioned how thief would cut off a lock off a bike and bystanders would just watch the bike being stolen. Even though Lee doesn’t feel safe being at the bike racks, he does his best to stop anybody from stealing his bike, by buying an expensive lock. With bike safety increasing since the fall semester, questions arose about what was being done to enhance bike safety.

Shirley Smith, Director of Public Safety, said, “We were able to identify a susJonathan Higa, 19, feels safe with his bicycle parked at the Humanities building. “I After asking him pect using the camera don’t want to deal with parking,” he adds. if he would park his system”. Smith reasbike near the Science sured us that safety and Math building, he replied “ I wouldn’t regulations are increasing, since “camermind parking my bike over there, but it Johnny Lee, 30, Undecided Major, has as and signs were installed near the bike would probably be if I were really late different views on bike safety. He also racks. This has reduced the bicycle statisfor class. It is just depending on whether parks his bike between the Science and tics this semester.” I was coming from that way. I’ve parked Math building and the Fine Arts building. my bike all over the place, but I mean like, Bike safety seems to have gotten better even though I feel safest here”. Higa refWhen asked if he feels safe by those since the last fall semester. Students have ered to the bike racks near the humanities bike racks he replied, “ I don’t feel safe less to worry about this semester, yet like building. here, because the crowded section of bikes Lee said,“There is always a risk”. means anybody could steal a bike”.


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Bicycles are also commonly parked in front of the College Complex. New signs now say that the area is under camera surveillance.

New signs such as the one above have recently been seen around campus near bicycle racks. Shirley Smith, Director of Public Safety, said that they had been able to identify a suspect with this camera system.

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The Super-Mom of Pop STORY BY Mari Nunez

Sold out Staples Center, February 16P!nk takes to the stage in a blaze of musical glory.Truly one of the hardest working women in show business, P!nk astonished the audience of 20,000-plus screaming fans by flying over their heads, half-naked, all while singing and spinning on silk.

some circus tricks way more difficult than the stunts she showed she was capable of at the Grammy’s. Once she lands, she goes on a super-charged, “the P!nk that we love”, musical streak with “Walk of Shame,” ”Just Like a Pill” and “U + Ur Hand.”

Ok, she didn’t actually fly over my head; I was sitting in the “obstructed view” area, stage left. But that’s ok, because at the end of her show she flew into the sky on silk, then was dropped below the stage, into a pool of water, and came out soaking wet, just like her super memorable Grammy performance. Remember that? She was dripping wet and singing in the sky and we were all very impressed.

The intensity slows with the ballad “Try”, a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” “Just Give Me a Reason” and “Are We All We Are.”

This was the third show in a 26-date North American tour, and P!nk already has the makings of one of the best tours ever. “Raise Your Glass” is the opener and she enters with three male aerialists for

All know P!nk’s feelings about love, and the rage, betrayal, excitement and adventure that comes with it, but what happens next no one saw coming. ”Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” closes the main set, and after two encores, she ends the show with a profound statement about true love by showing a video of her and her daughter, Willow. You got it, P!ink, that’s the truth about love. D

WHO: P!nk WHAT: Wife, Animal Rights Activist, Film Actress, Dancer, Guitarist, Pianist, Singer, and Drummer. WHEN: Pink was born on September 08,1979 WHERE: Born and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania WHY: Because her name was Alecia Beth Moore, and Pink just sounds bad-ass. Did you know she got her name from a character named Mr. Pink from the movie Reservoir Dogs? That’s this guy:

Yeah… I don’t see it either; I guess you had to be there...

Set List: Raise Your Glass Walk of Shame Just Like a Pill U + Ur Hand Leave Me Alone Try Wicked Game Just Give Me A Reason Are We All We Are How Come You’re Not Here Sober Family Portrait Who Knew? Perfect Most Girls – There You Go –You Make Me Sick Slut Like You Blow Me One Last Kiss Encores: So What? Glitter in the Air Opening act: The Hives


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CCMN Launches new shows for Spring 2013 Voces de Cypress


The Cypress Chronicle Media Network is proud to announce a lineup of all-new shows for the Spring 2013 semester. Watch out for quality programming such as Cypress Survival Guide, Cypress Confidential, Truckstop Sports, all coming this semester to the CCMN Ustream. One show has led the pack in their broadcasts so far, Voces de Cypress, airing Tuesdays at 4PM. Making the jump from Tumblr blog to webshow, Voces de Cypress is a new, Spanish-language addition to the Cypress Chronicle’s lineup of shows for this semester. Hosts Carolina Peralta and Yvette Manriquez delve into the most recent news impacting the Hispanic community. Reporting news as well as entertainment, this webshow is your source for the latest info of on the Latino nation. D

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Courtney Aoki, 20

Jeremey Lewis, 26

Melvin Lee Edwards, 69

Putting Names to Faces A Profile of the Victims of Ali Syed


don't want to hurt you. I killed somebody and today's my last day. Give me your keys.” According to Tustin police chief Scott Jordan, this was how shooter Ali Syed justified his first car-jacking after the murder of a twenty-year old woman. Following this event, two more victims met their demise.

With intentions to end his own life, he also ended the lives of many others Feb. 19. Sometimes it is hard to comprehend the actions of what one man did without putting faces to the names. Human beings are more than just words in a news report. Hopefully, this article has helped to shed some light on the victims of shootings such as these. The first victim was a woman whose dead body was found within the home of Sayd, a twenty-year old woman by the name of Courtney Aoki. Reports claim that the woman had no direct connection with the family, and that Sayd’s parents did not recognize the woman in question. “Our son lives with us and I think they got into a fight or something and we heard a gunshot,” Syed’s father was reported (by the New York Daily News) saying to a 911 dispatcher. “My son is younger, he sometimes has friends over. I don’t know all the details at this point.” This has opened up room for speculation of what sort of relationship she had with Sayd, if any at all. Professor Gary Zager, who works here at


STORY BY Kaleb Stewart and Angel Walden

Cypress College, had his own thoughts on the issue: “Sensationalism sells. Stories of stability do not.” Zager continued to say, “Initial reports are typically very false. Police do not want to reveal information at the investigation’s compromise, as well as the misconstruction of information.” Guessing at the connection between the shooter and the victim is like grasping at straws without concrete evidence, but it is reasonable to assume that the woman had a reason to be in his home. Perhaps she was a new acquaintance of the soon-to-be shooter, or perhaps she was not. The verdict is still out until more information is revealed. The second victim was a construction worker by the name of Jeremy Lewis. He was shot down at age twenty-six. "Everybody's missing Jeremy," fellow co-worker Shane Caporaso revealed to NBC LA. Caporaso was a fellow co-worker whom had been shot by Syed, but his friend Jeremy was not as fortunate. “This isn’t about me. I’m okay. I had a friend who didn’t make it.” Melvin Lee Edwards, a sixty-nine year old business owner, met his demise in much

the same fashion. According to the Herald Sun, Police Corporal Anthony Bertagna from Santa Ana illustrated the fashion of the shooting: “He orders him out of the vehicle, walks him to the side of the curb, and executes (the) victim.” Jeff Osborn, brother-in-law of Edwards, was quoted from the Daily News: "The family is still processing the shock and grief of the whole event. He was a great dad and a great friend." In a statement from the same publication, Edwards’ family as a whole stated: "He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and was always generous with his time and heart. He carried himself with great dignity and civility, and lived by example.” All of this was ended with a single bullet. As student Matthew Smith (age 22, major English) stated when asked about the impact of seeing a victim’s face: “It makes it more intense when you actually see the person. Because now they’re gone, you know? It does bring a deeper aspect to it.” Sometimes it is hard to realize that ‘real people’ had their lives snuffed out until you are looking into their eyes. D

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New Cychron Social Media Launched This semester here at the cypress chronicle we decided to try something a little different. We are growing more accustomed to Facebook, Twitter and Nationbuilder. Facebook Go to our like page, facebook. com/TheCypressChronicle, and you can post about anything you’ve heard about, want to know more about, or even just random things. We guarantee that we can turn anything into a story relevant to the student body. Our staff is making it a point to post new stories to Facebook as soon as they happen on campus. We hope that, through this, getting impor-

tant information to the student body would be more accessible. TwiTTer

When you tweet something on Twitter, make you sure you hash tag it with #cychron. This way, we will be able to get news around faster and more people can see who’s talking about campus issues at that time. For any questions or concerns, you can also follow @cychron, where we will continue to deliver breaking news together with our Facebook feed. NaTioNbuilder

here at The Cypress Chronicle. This website is a completely new platform where all of our news where we report will be on. Our name is still the same, it is just a different sight to make things easier for our audience. This site will allow our staff to build an audience on social networks, such as twitter and Facebook. It will connect the audience and writer, allowing the audience to interact with the actual article. This is especially essential for the journalism of today, with all the misuse of social media, we have found a great way to beneficially use it to our convience.

Nationbuilder is a huge risk for us

Professor Gary Zager, a Human Resources professor at Cypress College, says that sensationalism paid a key role in the reports of the murders of three Orange County citizens Feb. 19. PHOTO BY Angel Walden

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DOUBLELIVES Students,Video Games, and Choice


STORY AND PHOTOS BY Kaleb Stewart ART BY Heather Lynn Korn

n campuses across America, students are leading double lives. Whether it is between classes or in their rooms late at night, they have found passages to other worlds. When within these realms, their actions are completely disconnected from their reality here on Earth. Within these new frontiers, they suffer only ‘imaginary’ consequences. In these worlds, a change of sex and appearance is as simple as pressing a button. They can be angels or devils if they wish to be, and even these roles can be changed with a single whim. They can begin over from square one, and rebuild themselves without a second thought. The portal to these new lands is through video games, which is capable of generating unique player experiences that accounts for the playing styles and choices of the player. “I feel that when you play a video game, you want to be someone else,” nineteen year old


Brandon Ramp, psychology major, explains. “Like, I would actually like to be Commander Shepard. But I still have her do things that I feel the character would do.” This feeds into the fact that, in games where players are allowed to assume the role of a character, much of who the character becomes is in the hands of the player. Whether they want to make them completely like themselves, or try to make them the polar opposite. Unlike Brandon, Heather Korn, 22, costume design major, attempts to make her character act as she would. “I try to make

my characters look like me… as an elf or whatever other fantasy archtype is open. See, I would give the character short hair, because I have short hair. I would give them what ‘I would imagine’ I would act like given the situations that happen. And I try to make my characters super conservative; because I think it’s stupid that girls have to walk around with no clothes on in games.” For players like Heather, relating to their avatar creates a sense of immersion. “It helps me to get into the games. It allows me to escape from the here and now and get kinda lost in this fantasy world where I kick butt. Let’s

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put it this way, it is nice to come home and not have to worry about your ‘assignments’ or ‘school’ or ‘work’ or anything like that. Just go into the game world, and everything is awesome.” The choice between making a character either male or female has become common place within many games, though it is rare to find truly inspiring female icons within gaming. Unless you are nineteen year old Taylor-Pickett Childs (undeclared major), who creates her own characters to look up to. “I switch it up every now and then,” Taylor said referring to her choice of in-game genders. “But typically when given the option, I like to go with a female character. Because it is kinda cool to see a female character get empowered and be awesome and actually stand-up for herself.” When a game gives you the option to be either male or female, there are cases where choosing a particular gender has its own in-game perks. “There is a part in Vampire: The Masquerade (my favorite game),” Heather illustrated. “If you’re a girl this option pops up where you can flirt with this guy outside of your apartment. After you flirt for long enough, he starts to trust you and offers you fifty dollars. I sucked his blood and left him passed out in the alley.” Heather grinned. “Cause I got my money and I got my blood.”

a good character where I won’t steal. I’ll try to roleplay my character and be this ‘good champion’ of goodness. I won’t steal and stuff to make the game harder.’ For some, being virtuous in the face of adversity is its own reward, whether it be for the challenge, or just that warm feeling you get for doing the right thing. Some things never seem to change, whether you are doing them in an imaginary world or here on Earth. In-game love interests add another layer of depth to a character’s story, and with it a greater attachment to one’s avatar. “Every now and then there will be a game where you say something to a ‘male or female’ character that makes me decide ‘BOOM!’ Those two are together,” Brandon mentioned concerning his character’s romances. Though his options lean a bit on the ‘traditional’, Taylor’s in-game relationships are more ‘risqué. “They’re totally promiscuous,” Taylor noted with a smile. “My characters sleep around a lot.” She laughed before elaborating. “To be fair though, the reason why my characters do that is because I myself would not. So it gives me the freedom to be like ‘I can do this.’ Like, I can sleep around. I can do that

sort of thing without the consequences of the real world.” In ‘the real world’, there is no going back. Actions are irreversible, and there is no way to foresee all outcomes. Through the power of the reset button, games allow the player to witness all possible outcomes, something we aren’t afforded in the real world. “”If I play a video game I usually want to try the ‘good side’ and the ‘bad side’ so that I can see the difference in rewards,” Taylor said. If a game

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Though choosing ones gender and aesthetics is a powerful hook, it doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of what draws these students to video games. Besides the skill based challenges of reflexes and wits, it is the freedom to go down whatever moral path that tickles the player’s fancy without having to deal with the repercussions of reality that have helped the longevity of gaming. “There are times in different video games where I feel like I would rather see the ‘outcome’ of a bad person,” Taylor admits. “I tend to lean with more bad choices because it tends to be more fun.” Every alignment typically comes with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. From Brandon’s perspective, “Video games punish you for being good a good lot of the time. They always make the good decisions sound like the hard ones.” Difficulty spikes based on whether you choose a righteous path or a shady one brings up moral conflicts for the player. Is it more worthwhile to play as a good character and deal with the hardships that come with virtue, or is it just easier to kill everyone who looks at you the wrong way? “Most of the time I will pick evil for the rewards,” Brandon continued. “But if I feel the game isn’t challenging enough (like Skyrim), I will be

ABOVE: Heather Lynn Korn at the theater building. Korn says she plays video games to “escape from the here and now.” OVERLEAF: Taylor-Pickett Childs and Brandon Ramp playing games on their portable devices. 2013 / March



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to be continued

Street Buzz

“How do you feel about Christopher Dorner taking his matters against the Los Angeles Police Department into his own hands?” INTERVIEWS BY ShaQuanna Washington

Darryl Smock, 21, Entrepreneurship and advertising major If I was in his situation, I probably would’ve have done the same thing. Who’s to say that he didn’t feel like this since no one was trying to hear him out in court, and that this will be the only way for him to be heard and for those people to get the justice they deserve. But then again, no one should let their mind get that far gone to have them killing cops or even innocent people. At the end of the day, all those lives are lost. What does that help? Did those cops and innocent people really bring justice or just cause more commotion?


Alejandra Gonzalez 19, Communications major

Coreyon Oakly, 23 Business major

When I first heard about what was going on, I didn’t know what to think or say. It was really a shock to me to think someone would just snap like that and kill innocent people. I respect him for wanting justice for those people who were harmed by the police but I do not believe he was right for the killings. It should have been done another way .

What Dorner did was extremely wrong, just as well as what those cops did to the those people. It doesn’t create any justice by killing anyone, it just creates more problems. No one will truly be satisfied with any actions taken, so I feel that Doner should have left it up to God to take care of them. Never is it okay to take a life we didn’t give.

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Double Lives

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with a moral choice system is well-developed, it can warrant completion multiple times just to explore all of the ‘branching paths’ within the storylines. “The only game that I really bothered going down the different paths was Vampire,” Heather admitted. “I loved it so much on the first playthrough that I wanted to see all of the possible storylines. There is a lot of choices, and most of them are kinda messed up. With that game there was four different factions that you can be a part of, and which one you choose effects the way that the game unfolds. It also changes depending on what species of vampire you are. But…” She shook her head. “…No matter what choices you make, you usually end up dead.” So the next time that you see a friend or family member getting lost in their television set, be sure to identify the ‘gamer glare’. Do they exhibit furrowed brows and a slack jaw? Are their eyes focused in the dead center of the screen, only scanning across for the occasional powerup? If they do display such symptoms, consider that they may not be themselves. They could be a brave samurai warrior, a rampaging orc prince, or a pixie firecracker. In the wide world of games, anything is possible. Do you know anyone leading a double life? Could you be leading one yourself? D

Active Shooter from page 22 Kyle Shramek is also a student working as a safety cadet on campus. He is currently majoring in kinesiology, or the physical therapy. Shramek says that he couldn’t find any other job so he filled out an application and was soon hired. He is the part of the night safety crew on campus. “I think there is more crazy stuff during the day…there isn’t as many people on campus during the night”, said Shramek. Shramek was on campus during the active shooter drill. He said that it was really easy because all he was told to do was stay in front of the door and make sure nobody came or went of the classroom. The active shooter drill was a success in some aspects. In providing effective and efficient communication to the students there is room for improvement, but improvement comes from looking at what’s wrong and listening to the students, something Cypress College is focused on. D

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Divergence Picks Staff Picks Special:The Journalism Department’s favorite albums.


o you need something new to listen to? Just can’t find that special album that makes your toes tap and your heart flutter? This week we decided to ask the editors and writers at the Cypress Chronicle what their ‘Favorite Albums’ were and why they spoke to them. Why not take some suggestions from the minds behind this very magazine:

The Wall by Pink Floyd It has gotta be The Wall. When I was feeling lonesome in LA (for some history, my dad was getting chemo therapy at UCLA at the time), it really spoke to me. It showed me that the anger and hurt I was feeling (which was spewing in all different directions) was perfectly normal, BUT that I shouldn’t let it build barriers between me and other people. I had built a lot of walls during the couple of years that my dad was sick, and Pink Floyd sorta showed me that I should be knocking them down. Otherwise, ‘the worms would get into my brain’.

~ Kaleb Stewart, 21, Business major

Dum Spiro Spero by Dir en grey The Wall by Pink Floyd

My favorite album is Dum Spiro Spero by a band called Dir en grey. It is one of those has gotta be The When I was feelingforlonesome in LA (for some history, my albums where when I first listened to theItsamples, it was justWall. thirty second samples dadamazing was getting therapy at UCLA atI the each song, I knew it was going to be an albumchemo from top to the bottom. wastime), it really spoke to me. It showed me that the anger and hurt I was feeling (which not disappointed when I got it. It was that album that made Dir en grey my favoritewas spewing in all different directions) perfectly normal, shouldn’tone let of it build barriers between me and other band of all-time, and ever since then was I haven’t turned back.BUT Theythat are Iprobably people. I had built a lot of walls during the couple the most important bands in my life right now, and I absolutely adore them. I highly of years that my dad was sick, and Pink Floyd heavy sorta metal, showed me that I death shouldmetal, be knocking them down. Otherwise, ‘the recommend it to anyone that is into hard-rock, progressive worms would get into my brain’. and that sort of thing. It is just an amazing album.

Kaleb Stewart, 21, Business major ~ Sam Islam, 20, Journalism~major

Brand New Eyes by Paramore My favorite album is called Brand New Eyes by Paramore. It is a really good album because it was in the transition from when the band was going to break-up and then them getting back together. I could really relate to the lyrics. At the time in my life when the album came out, it got me through a lot of things with my personal life.

~ Victoria Cardenas, 19 Veterinary medicine major


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Öö Mu Kannul Käib by Ott Lepland I have a weakness for European power ballads, so when Estonia’s Ott Lepland took the stage in Baku, Azerbaijan for the Eurovision Song Contest last year, I immediately fell in love with his powerful voice. Öö Mu Kannul Käib is Lepland’s third studio album, compiling his best songs from 2012. The first track, “Võitmatu”, never fails to send chills down my spine. The way Lepland’s voice acquires that subtle growl when he gets into the higher registers is, without a doubt, breathtaking. His heartfelt Eurovision entry, “Kuula”, also made it into the album. Even if Ott got sixth in the Eurovision Song Contest, he sang his way to first place in my heart.

~ Gerard Avelino, 20, Physics major

The Origin of Symmety by Muse

Origin of Symmetry, which is by Muse, is a really great album. I really love the diversity of the songs, like in the song “Newborn” they had a piano rift immediately followed by this huge guitar rift. And then there is the song “Megalomania”, which is more like an organ style. It is a lot darker in sound. The song “Plug in Baby” is the one they get recognized for a lot. Like when they play in concert you will hear the riff from it in some of the other songs.

~ Carlos Carmona, 22, Journalism major

Drunken Lullabies by Flogging Molly One of my favorite albums is Drunken Lullibies by Flogging Molly. I really enjoy the irish punk rock beat it has along witha bit of folk. Most their songs are upbeat so it keeps you happy and it is a lot of fun to sing and dance to. I like being able to listen to their music and knowing that it will keep me upbeat. I like to dance as it is so this album was great in my opinion. I started listening to this band in 2007 and since then I don’t regret picking up this album.

~ Donna Martinez, 20, Photojournalism major

What’s your favorite album? Tell us!

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FASHION on campus STORY AND PHOTOS BY Tianna Sumer Ellis


s I walked around campus these past couple of weeks, I noticed a few recent trends that really caught my eye. I was truly amazed to find that a lot of students here at Cypress have a really unique sense of style. I saw a little bit of everything; styles ranging from girly all the way to punk.

For many people, fashion is a way of expressing who they are. Someone’s style usually says a lot about them as a person. Photography major Maritza Galvan says that fashion is a big part of her life. It’s her way of expressing her individuality in society. “You usually see people wearing the same things,” she says. “It’s nice to see some people with a different look every now and then.” Since the weather has been a bit colder lately, oversized clothing has been very “in”. Large sweaters are the perfect addition to a wardrobe. Pair a sweater with sheer tights or leggings and you have a perfectly comfortable and cute outfit to get you through your classes. Oversized coats can also help complete your overall look. These keep you warm during those cold, rainy days while still looking stylish. Along with oversized clothing, I’ve also seen slouchy cardigans flooding the hallways. You can’t go wrong with topping off your favorite outfit with a cardigan. They’re perfect for those “in between” days where the weather isn’t too hot or too cold. Black clothes have been taking over the wardrobes of students all over campus. You can never go wrong with dark clothing. Alejandra Moreno, a psychology major here at Cypress, says that wearing black is one of the lat-

◄ Maritza Galvan, 18, Photography major, wears all black sporting her favorite band tee and a pair of Dr. Marten’s. Fashion is an important part of her life because it’s her way of expressing individuality in society. 20

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est trends in fashion. “I really like black,” she says. “It goes with everything.” Alejandra loves dressing up when she goes out with friends. “If you don’t look good, you don’t feel good,” she says. Another trend that really caught my attention was numbers of people, both guys and girls, sporting the “army” look. Army green jackets have been flooding the hallways and this really stood out to me. It’s definitely a unique and fashionable way to express your personal style. Combat boots seem to be one of the biggest trends right now at Cypress. Na-

tallia Mak, a business major here at Cypress College, owns three pairs of combat boots. “I wear them all the time,” she says. She claims they are her favorite thing in her wardrobe. Whether they’re Dr. Marten’s or Steve Madden’s, a drastic shoe adds a lot to an outfit. They can play up a feminine dress and give your outfit a lot more character. It’s so interesting walking around campus seeing all the different, inspiring styles that students wear at Cypress. No matter what trends are going on, don’t be afraid to be yourself and reveal your personality through the clothes you wear. D

◄ Natalia Mak sports the “army” look in her camouflage jacket and combat boots as she studies for her classes.

Alejandra Moreno wears a comfortable yet cute outfit for school. Her closet “must-haves” are her leggings and combat boots. ▼

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‘Active Shooter Drill’ held Feb. 21

Drill helps College assess communication infrastructure; alert systems put to the test. STORY BY Jacob Alarcon and Mari Nunez

On February 21st Cypress College ran an active shooter drill on campus during morning and night classes in order to see the affectivity of their contact with students. The drill was successful in providing feedback for the communication on campus. Students were alerted about the drill through three different type of methods. The first method was used for all students outside or inside the Humanities building, which are equipped with loudspeakers. This is referred to as but not officially named the Internal Public Address. Depending on the effectiveness of the speakers in the humanities building there is a possibility of putting spearkers in all the buildings. The second way students and faculty are alerted is on the classroom phone systems as well as the student’s phone themselves. All the phones in the classrooms are part of paging system that is designed to alert the teachers and students immediately if there is any cause for alarm, or in this case to inform about a drill.

The third and most successful way the students were reached was through their social networking sites like facebook and twitter. The theory behind contacting students this way is the ability to have one student tell another, and then those students tell two more. Eventually, the whole school hears about the news by word of mouth. Mike Posner, Cypress College’s Public Information Officer, says that these systems are “not particularly robusts systems” but they are working improving communication to the students. “We definitely have more to work on with our text messages,” said Posner. He also said that even though the systems of reaching the students are imperfect they are doing things to improve them and that “the purpose of the drill is to be prepared for the actual emergency…to give us a glimpse of what it would be like.” Posner also said that they do try to have a drill every semester if possible and that the Cypress College body is “pretty good at evacuating buildings.” Cypress students, once evacuated into

their classrooms or nearby buildings, watched a twenty minute video clip on what to do if there was ever an active shooter on campus. The Department of Homeland Security also issued a pamphlet on what to do if there was ever an emergency. Students are instructed to evacuate immediately. If for whatever reason that student is unable to evacuate then that student is then instructed to hide in a safe place. In said hiding place the student should lock all the doors and remain quiet. If all these options are futile the student should confront the shooter with hostility and throw heavy objects at their attacker. This is only in extreme situation and if the students life is in serious danger. When the police do arrive a student should cooperate and remain quiet as the officer gives instructions for evacuation. Daniel Tillgren, an undeclared major student as well as one of Cypress’s on school Campus Safety Cadets, was on campus during the shooter drill as a student. He was on his way to his geology class when everyone was rushed inside to their classrooms. “We tried to watch the video but we could only hear the audio,” said Tillgren, “I heard that from other people as well.” Tillgren said that most of his training as a safety cadet is to negotiate rather than take action against the shooter. “In the end I’d probably rush to the safety office if I noticed anything suspicious.”

Daniel Tillgren, one of Cypress’ on school Campus Safety Cadets, sits busy at work in the Business building,Tillgren was on campus during the shooter drill as a student. PHOTO BY Jacob Alarcon


Tillgren says that his job as a Safety Cadet comes with its fair shair of responsibilities like writing tickets and surveying the hallways but for the most part, “It’s laid back and not that stressful.” Tillgren does notice that whenever he is in the hallways people tend to get quiet. “They act like I’m going to bust them for something,” said Tillgren.

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Active Shooter:

What You Can Do An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, we must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

But how? 1. Evacuate If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to: • Have an escape route and plan in mind. • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow. • Leave your belongings behind. • Help others escape, if possible. • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be. • Keep your hands visible. • Follow the instructions of any police officers. • Do not attempt to move wounded people. • Call 911 when you are safe! 2. Hide out If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Your hiding place should: • Be out of the active shooter’s view. • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., a classroom with a closed and locked door) • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement. To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place: • Lock the door

• Block the door with heavy furniture. If the active shooter is nearby: • Lock the door. • Silence your cell phone. • Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions) • Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks) • Remain quiet. If evacuation and hiding out are not possible: • Remain calm. • Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location. • If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen. 3. Take action against the active shooter. As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by: • Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her. • Throwing items and improvising weapons. • Yelling. • Committing to your actions. How to react when law enforcement arrives: • Remain calm, and follow officers’ instructions. • Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets) • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers. • Keep hands visible at all times. • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety. • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling. • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises.


Good practices for coping with an active shooter situation: • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers • Take note of the two nearest exits in any classroom or building you visit • If you are in a classroom, stay there and secure the door • If you are in a hallway, get into a room and secure the door • As a last resort, attempt to take the active shooter down. When the shooter is at close range and you cannot flee, your chance of survival is much greater if you try to incapacitate him/her. CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO! EMERGENCY SERVICES: 9 -1 -1 NON-EMERGENCY INFORMATION: 949-770-6011 LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT: 714-229-6600 LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT: 714-573-6000 ANAHEIM MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER: 714-774-1450


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Associated Students holds blood drive

Associated Students held their semesterly blood drive for Cedars-Sinai Hospital Feb. 27 and 28.


STORY BY Donna Martinez, Nick Miller, and Greg Kolano PHOTOS BY Allyn Bernardo and Chelsea Braudo

ypress College once again had their semesterly blood drive. On February 27th and 28th, the Associated Students (AS) and Cedars-Sinai Hospital put on a blood drive where students were able to donate blood between 10am- 4:30 pm in the Student activities building, right next the cafe. Students were able to make appointments ahead of time or be a walk-in to donate 2 pints of blood to Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Students who participated were to be in good health, weigh at least 110lb, and have no tattoos within the last 12 months. Participants had to have drunk plenty of water, and eaten a good meal before donating blood. These precautions help donors from fainting or feeling nauseated while give blood. Those who did participate were

given the choice of a t-shirt or a coupon for a pint of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream and were given two tickets for the Laugh Factory. Cheryl Berlow, the coordinator of the blood drive for Cedars-Sinai, has been coming to this campus for the past 11 years

hosting the blood drive. “This is my first year as the coordinator for [Cedars-Sinai]. This is probably my 18th blood drive,” stated Berlow. The blood drives on campus usually generates between 220 to 240 pints of blood between the two days. The rocord for this campus is 242 pints of blood. Berlow explained that CedarsSinai uses about 1200 pints of blood per year. Since the hospital is one of the few trauma centers around, it goes through blood quickly. Berlow stated that a single transplant could use around 50 pints of blood. She encourages students to help those in need of a blood transfusion. Many students participated this semester in the blood drive. Kevin Estrada, 18, nursing major, has given blood six times already, and gives blood whenever he can as long as time permitted. “I am a nursing major and want to help out people as much as I can,” he said. Mason Pauu, 21, communications major, had the same idea as his peer. “I give blood every couple of years when I can." He donates his blood to help others who need it.

Robert Parlor, 21, English major, the Associated Students President, shares a thumbs-up moment with AS Senators Armando Gutierrez, 19, English major, and Sean Murray, 25, Nursing major.


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Students who gave blood were given water bottles, juice, crackers, and snacks to rejuvenate their body from the blood loss.

A number of Cypress College students donated blood today at the event hosted by Associated Students. From left to right: Steven Sulivar, 18, computer engineering major; Leona Singh, 20, costume design major; Dyllan Franks, 20, sociology major; Amber Wolfe, 25, political science major. There are some students who did not participate but were there helping out or supporting their friends. Tiana Buttice, 20, an Associated Students member, was helping students fill out the paperwork in order to give blood. “I can't give blood because I don't weigh enough. But, I would give blood if I could,” she says. She and some of her fellows do what they can to help out. Ben Skylar, 30, mortuary science major, is deathly afraid of needles and will not donate blood. He later stated that if it was a life or death situation, he would face his fears and donate. Not only was Cedars-Sinai offering people the chance to donate blood, they were given a chance to be a bone marrow donor. Raquel Amezquiex, the coordinator for the bone marrow donation, gave students the chance to sign up to be a bone marrow donor. The students had to be between the ages of 18- 44 years old. They had to be free from any heart disease, cancer, HIV, foreign disease or illness. Students did not have to give blood to be able to sign up to be a donor. They also did not have to have been in good health or free of tattoos in the past year, as when someone has to donate blood. Students who wish to be potential donors fill out a form and use a cotton swab to do a mouth swab. These students are then put onto a list to see if the will match anyone who needs a transplant due to a blood cancer.

Mason Pauu, 21, communications major, rests up after donating blood. “I give blood every couple of years when I can,” he says. "Most of the people who get on the list have a 1 in 500 chance of matching to 1 in a million chance. I really depends on how rare their tissue marker is," said Amezquiex. If students are found to match a patient, they are given the option of donating or not; they are not required if they do not wish to anymore. "This really helps save lives because for these patients this is the last option that is going to help them with their blood cancer."

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Students who are interested in being a donor for bone marrow can go to http:// and type in the promo code HOPE4ALL to start the online process for filling out the medical forms. Those who still want to donate blood even after the blood drive can donate to their local hospital. Students that are willing to donate are encouraged to do so. D


Bookstore jobs still uncertain Employees face being replaced or transferred as bookstore privatization looms. STORY AND PHOTOS BY Jacob Alarcon


ypress College Bookstore employees face the possibility of being replaced and transferred to a different area on campus as the bidding between private companies begins. The bidding will be decided by June 30th, as the transition from traditional textbooks to e-books has finally left its mark on the way things have been done since the bookstore was opened. David Okawa, the Cypress College Bookstore Director, has been working on campus at the store for 16 years. He is a former assistant manager to the CSULA bookstore. Okawa, who has been a part of the bookstore industry for some time, has noticed in the last few years a trend in the industry with an increasing number of people buying books online or in e-book form. Due to this change the Cypress College Bookstore is now up for bidding between some major companies, some of which include Barns & Noble, Follet Higher Education, and Missouri Book Services. These prospective companies spell change for long time


employees like Okawa. He has been informed that his position will be redirected but Okawa says, “I’m grateful to even have a position.”

Okawa is not angry about the change because he says, “Its just the way things are going for college stores,” but has mixed feelings about how the new private companies will run the store. His biggest concern will be with the customer service. Okawa, in his experience, has seen a privatized bookstore refuse to order a book for a student on the basis of not wanting to take time for a single student. Okawa says that

not all private companies are like this but for the most part they’re primary concern is revenue, not customer service.

Ruben Martinez is the Cypress College Supervisor. He has been there for 12 years and like Okawa has noticed a growing trend in the sales of e-books and online shopping. He too will be placed somewhere else on campus. He sympathizes with the students and is well aware of what conveniences come equipped with these new technological products. Still, Martinez prefers the old way of reading books and the atmosphere of the bookstore itself. “I enjoy working with people,” said Martinez.

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Martinez, in his experiences, notes that when it comes to private bookstores, “it seems like customer services goes down,” and even though this is by no means the inevitable outcome or the majority of stores, Martinez also said, “ I take it personal when we don’t have something for students.” Jorge Sarti is a student currently working for the Cypress College Bookstore. He is majoring in Biology and hopes to go into nursing. Prior to his employment at the bookstore he had worked at CVS and Target, two companies that often neglect a student’s schedule. “We’re all pretty close here,” says Sarti, “we talk to each other when customers aren’t around just like friends.” Sarti says he doesn’t mind being placed somewhere else as long as he can be on campus with a flexible work schedule. Guadalupe Fajardl is a Liberal Arts Major working as a cashier for the bookstore. She has been there 6 years, ever since she was a junior in high school. The bookstore is her first job. Since she was employed during high school Fajardl admits to being a little nervous when students were coming up to asking her for books she knew nothing about. By the time she was here though she said, “I was able to find all my own books.” Working for the bookstore has taught Fajardl the concepts of being a considerate customer. “Now when I go to the store I always put stuff back,” she said laughing. The bookstore also has new employees. Nicholas Andrew Toste is a Dental Major considering a career path in business management after not being able to find work in the dental field. He was referred by a job developer that help students with learning disabilities find work. Toste has a minor problem with learning, often taking longer than others but says, “ I don’t think of it like that.”

For security purposes, a customer hands his bag to bookstore employee Nicholas Andrew Toste for safekeeping. Employees like Toste may be forced to transfer to another job because of the college bookstore’s impending privatization.

“Life leads me,” says Toste and as long as he as work he is content with being placed somewhere else on campus.


Toste is also works at the Krikorian Movie Theatre.


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