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Spring Issue: - District Budget News - Cardboard Robots - Where is Media Streaming Headed? Vol. III Issue V February 2011

Cover by: Ashley Adkins

A.S. Hosts Welcome Back

By Seimone San Juan

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he Associated Students drew a colossal crowd to its “Welcome Back” event.

The event, held Feb. 2 and 3, gathered both the curious and the hungry. Students wandered through a jungle of information as they gathered brightly colored fliers and pamphlets about student support services and club information. “I was walking across the quad and then I smelled chicken,” explained Erin P. Truesdell, student. The A.S. provided free lunch consisting of fried chicken, salad, and water. The line for food was about a 15-minute wait, stretching from the College Complex to the bookstore entrance. Tables lined the Gateway Plaza of Cypress College to showcase everything that the school offers. Yellow, blue and white balloons held on to their strings as they blew in the wind this afternoon. Some organizations came prepared with banners, decorations, and elaborate displays to grab the attention of passersby. One of the most eye-catching tables belonged to the Human Services Club. With neon tablecloths, Rubik’s cube giveaways and club officers sporting vibrant sweatshirts (paying homage to the movie “Flashdance”).

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The club was one of the few to stay true to the “Flashback” theme. The Puente Club members, clad in 50’s poodle skirts and Contd. on pg 27 February 2011


Editor’s Note

Editorial Staff

Juliana Nascimento Editor in Chief Spencer Custodio Managing Editor Danielle Parenteau Cychron Editor Dawn Southern Copy Editor Christopher Schad Photo Editor Nicole Herbalt Art Editor Nathan Schulz Literary Editor Andrew Linde C.C.M.N. Manager Karla Deras Ad Manager


ebruary can be a tough month for people to get through. Classes have just re-started and you’re struggling to get acquainted with new material and new people. It’s still cold but not in that new way so the air isn’t so much as crisp as it is biting and the layers of clothing start to weigh on us, especially in southern California. Not Contributors Ashley Adkins, Robert Galvan, Tejon Hayes, to mention there is Valentine’s Day, smack-dab in the middle of it, which Steve Valencia, Robert Specht, Patrisha Elliot, nowadays seems to evoke some pretty passionate feelings, just not all lov- Diego Villalobos, Felicia Ochoa, Thomas Willett, Emily Dahlen, Renee Stweart, Grace Kim, ing. It just seems like a lot of pressure for such a short month. Patrick Zajac. Being back to school also brings some money issues back to mind. New Cypress Chronicle governor Jerry Brown came out with his proposed budget which affects Cypress College 9200 Valley View St. Cypress, CA 90630 community colleges in a big way. Our district has made some contingency plans based on variables that can change the budget. There are lots of tors that leave the budget up in the air until at least June and all this ing about it just seems to put people more on edge. One thing that seems certain is the proposed increase in tuition of $10/unit, which many believe will drive more students away than it will help. Maybe that’s what the legislature is going for. February is also Black History Month and the end of award season in the entertainment industry which, this year, seem to have some controversial overlap. Some speculate the Academy overlooked African Americans actors, writers and directors altogether this year. Maybe, but if you look at the movies out last year, there aren’t that many worthy of watching let alone a Oscar nod that featured African American artists prominently. Maybe the point people are trying to make with this issue is not that inferior movies should be rewarded for the sake of equality but that there are just as many good and moving stories to be told that include all ethnicities so why are there years like this one when studios choose not to make them? Garden Style 1, 2 and 3 bedroom Apartments 2-Story Townhomes I know it seems like it’s all bad Central Heat and Air Conditioning Generous Floor Plans 2 Relaxing news, however, we should look at Pools - Lush Park-Like Setting it as a challenge. We need to start standing up for what we believe Walk to ABC School District with Direct Elementary, Middle and is right, be it the budget situation High Schools Near 2 Regional Parks, Local Shopping and Dining by getting involved and letting our Call Today – 866.268.5592 legislature know we won’t take it $100 off Move In With this ad anymore or the Oscars situation by patronizing the kind of movies we want to see get noticed. There is alTowne Center Aparments ways a way to make yourself heard, 12350 E. Del Amo Blvd so speak out. Lakewood, CA 90715 -Juliana Nascimento D

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Table of Contents Did the Academy snub African Americans this year?


Report from Nov. and 10 Crime Dec. 2010


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Find out the NOCCCD contingency plans for the uncertain budget

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Class Makes Cardboard 21 Art Movie

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club rush offers food and info By Tejon Hayes

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place where 26 clubs join together, and we feed you!” said Jennifer Caspellan, ICC Representative, about Club Rush this

Club Rush is coming up February 16 and 17 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Club Rush is a time where 26 different types of club join at “Club Ally” by the bursar. “It’s there to support clubs and inform new students about the new clubs that we have here on campus for them,” said Caspellan. There is even a chance for people who may not see a club they would like to be in, to create one of your own. Club Rush is not just a chance to see what the campus has to offer but to see and meet the new and old students who attend. Food and music will be provided with a positive attitude. Go out and try and open up to a new idea and take your cypress experience to another level. D

A.S. Sponsors Blood Drive By Steve Valencia


he Cypress College Associated Students are sponsoring a blood drive that will be held at the Student Activities Building 8 on Feb 23 and 24 of this month from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students, Staff members and other participants willing to donate blood on those dates must meet the following requirements to be eligible: be in good health, bring a valid photo identification, weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old, drink plenty of water or fluids prior to your arrival, eat a nutritious meal and not have any tattoos done within the last 12 months. Blood donations from the drive will benefit our community Memorial Care Hospitals such as Orange Coast Memorial and Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital. Medical professionals from Long Beach Memorial Hospital will be on site to assist with the blood donations, and respond to any questions or needs of the donors.

In gratitude of their donation, all donors will receive a ticket to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific along with a tee-shirt. An appointment can be made by calling Becky Rojas at (714)-484-7189. Students and Staff members and all other participants are also encouraged to participate and “Join the Marrow Registry, Be the one to save a life.” D 6

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Chargers Baseball 2011 Campaign Is Underway By Dannielle Parenteau he Cypress Chargers baseball season is just underway. Their 2011 campaign opened Feb. 3 at against the Grossmont College Griffins in the first match of a three-game tournament at the College of the Desert. They won their season opener 3-2. The Chargers’ home opener came Feb. 8 against the College of the Desert Roadrunners.


The Chargers will be looking to improve on last season’s success. Last year, they reached the Super Regionals. However, they were victorious in one out of three games in the round, defeating the Palomar College Comets but losing twice to the Allan Hancock College Bulldogs. The Chargers’ overall record last year was 25 wins and 17 losses, including the playoffs. In the regular season. They won 22, lost 14 and were 13-8 against the Orange Empire Conference. The players seem confident about the team’s chance for success this year. “Our goal is to win state, and I think we’ve got the team to do it,” writes freshman third baseman Willie Shaw (No. 20) in an email. “We’ve got solid team leaders and great team chemistry,” elaborates Shaw.

There are 23 new additions to the Chargers roster this year, including five who transferred from other colleges. Two of the transfers have come to Cypress from universities. Arby Fields (No. 7) was the starting center fielder and played running back as a football player for the Northwestern University Wildcats. He won a Scholar-Athlete Award and was on the Principal’s Honor Roll at Alta Loma High School. Out of Alta Loma, he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball player draft. Right-handed pitcher Tommy Nance attended California State University Long Beach prior to Cypress. He is studying engineering and was an honor roll student all four years of high school. Out of the 34 players on the Chargers’ roster, 18 are from Orange County, 10 are from elsewhere in California, three are from out of state and three from other countries. The three out of state players are freshman shortstop Max Price (No. 1), freshman left-handed pitcher Joey Rocha (No. 17), and sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Page (No. 32). Contd. on Pg 13

Off the field, Shaw is majoring in psychology. Sophomore Bryan Aanderud (No. 6), another third baseman, went more in depth in discussing the Chargers’ prospects, also via email. “I’m optimistic about the season simply because of the work ethic our team [has] consistently put forth,” writes Aanderud. “…hard work and efficient work has a tendency to take teams a long way.” In addition, he writes about how the Chargers will benefit from the players’ baseball intelligence. “We also have a roster [that] thinks and understands the game of baseball and in a sport as such, where wins are often determined by inches and being mentally tuned in, it should give us a great chance.” He continues, addressing the aptitude of the pitching staff. “Our starting pitchers have a great deal of skill and much will really [depend] on their ability or inability to consistently hit their spots. For if they do, not too many runs will be given up by them, which will give us a fighting chance.” Aanderud is a political science major who was named to the California Community College Baseball Coaching Association AllAcademic Team last year. His interests outside of sports include classical literature and theatre. He batted .388 last season. February 2011


Photos and Review by Chris Schad


n a small town located in the San Gabriel Mountain range you will find Wrightwood. A town filled with cozy cabins, little cafes, and a local grocery store. Heading further up the road you arrive at Mountain High Resort the closest and easiest of the resorts to get to in Southern California. Mountain High originally started as one small resort and then expanded into the resort that it is today. The place consists of three individual resorts that offer different levels of terrain for each skill level. For the beginner or family there is the north resort which has a nice lodge and plenty of beginner and even some intermediate runs. The north resort has a peaks out at 7,800ft and hosts shorter runs than the west and east resort, but is also a great place to go and beat the crowds on a busy day at the famed west resort. One of the other nice things about the North resort is that the scenery while riding is great. Trees, and a nice quiet and calm feeling overwhelms you while you are taking your runs down the resort. Another thing to mention about the North resort however is that there are no park features but if you look for them you can find natural things to jump and jib which truly gives the North resort a character of its own. The West resort on the other hand is where everyone seems to want to be and be seen. The West resort hosts a peak of 8,000ft and it caters to all abilities and skill levels. There is the terrain park that changes frequently to keep the riders’ attention. Mountain High has a jib or a jump for literally every skill level. The majority of the features are found at West both at the top of the mountain and down towards the base with a few sprinkled in between. The West also has many different dining options but the Blazin Burger at the Bullwheel is by far one of the best burgers to be found. One of the other main allures to the West is the various competitions held throughout the season. The largest being the Cholula Triple Air which has a purse of $30,000. This year at the contest riders were throwing down some of the sickest tricks and did not disappoint the crowd. Garrett Warnick took away the top prize of $10,000 in the open men’s division. 8

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While Nirvana Ortanez took the women’s prize, and Mcrae Williams took the skiers division. With all the action and activity at West it can be a little intimidating for the beginner but with one of the best winter sports school staffs around. Even the most apprehensive and inexperienced rider can gain the confidence and ability to ride and manage the conditions safely. The winter sports school does an amazing job with all ages and skill levels. The kids program starts with little shredders as young as 4 and can have them riding by the end of an all-day lesson (which includes lunch!). Another great offer the resort has is the 3-peat for success. This program is $129 and consists of three one hour and forty five minute lessons, rental equipment and a lower mountain lift ticket which can be upgraded to an all mountain ticket for $12 more. The methodology behind this is that it takes about three lessons for a beginner to truly grasp and get the concept of riding. So with all of the options at west and north one would wonder why bother to go to east. East resort is certainly more for the intermediate or advanced rider but does have a couple of runs for the beginner. The East is a beast with some very nice long runs that also have spectacular runs. There is a base lodge and dining up at the top of the lift which has all the same food that you would find at West but with a different dining feel to it. The East resort has quite a bit more parking than the west resort but it can fill up fast on a busy day so it is recommended to arrive early. And when the conditions are right the East is by far the best place to be riding out of the three resorts that Mountain High operates. In looking at the Mountain High experience one can come to expect a short drive, friendly service, attention to rider’s needs and safety. And an endless amount of terrain all within a short distance from each other. Plenty of good food, events, and promotions to keep even the biggest critic impressed. Be sure to check out their website for all of the other promotions, giveaways, snow conditions and any other bit of information that one could ever want. D February 2011



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Tuition Likely to Increase to $36 per Unit to Cover Budget Shortfall By Patrisha Elliot he state is facing a $25.4 billion deficit and legislators are doing all they can to keep the California economy alive. California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a spending plan for 2011-2012 that includes profound cuts to higher education, as well as services for the poor, disabled and elderly. The new spending plan will equate to almost $1.4 billion in budget cuts.


At a Sacramento news conference Governor Jerry Brown said, “These cuts will be painful, requiring sacrifice from every sector of the state, but we have no choice.” Brown called the spending plan “a tough budget for tough times” that will close the state’s structural deficit and provide a “strong and stable foundation” to meet future needs Barbara Dunsheath, President of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, said in an interview “The Board of Trustees does not set the fee rate. That is set by the California legislators. As a part of the Governor’s proposed budget, he has recommended fees increase from $26 per credit hour to $36. NOCCCD’s Board of Trustees is just as displeased regarding the large fee increase as the students.”

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education states, “Cal Grants is the state’s largest student financial aid program.” They found that California and its students are missing out on these substantial funding from federal financial aid. “Only 15.5 percent of California community college students who were enrolled in 2003-04 received federal Pell Grants, compared to 25.4 percent of community college students in other states.” The financial aid is available student just need to apply. Student Stephanie Nader stresses that the increased tuition will affect students drive to learn. Nader said, “Sooner or later students will stop going to school because they can’t afford to pay for classes. As everything gets more expensive people will have choose whether to go to school or work.” Nursing Major Marjorie Reyes said, “I don’t think this will solve the budget shortfall. The debt just keeps getting bigger and bigger and we will just have to pay for it.” For students who want to share their story about how the budget Contd. on Pg 13

Right now, a full time student with 24 units a year pays $624. After the tuition goes up, a full time student will pay $864. This equals to a $240 rise in annual tuition fees. A student could spend about the same amount on a new PlayStation 3 at Best Buy. According to a report published in 2007 by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, “In comparison to other states, California has the lowest tuition in the country.” California tuition fees might still seem high, but it is nothing compared to the tuition fees in Iowa. At Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City, an Iowa resident’s tuition is $118 per credit hour. That means a typical three-credit hour course will cost about $354. The annual tuition for an average, full-time student with 24 credit hours is $2,832. The tuition is even higher at the Community Colleges in Vermont. Community Colleges in Vermont have an in state tuition of $205 per credit hour for students. That means annual tuition for a fulltime student with 24 credit hours is $4,920. That is five times more than what we will be paying if the budget passes. Even with the $10 increase to the tuition, the fee to attend Cypress Community College is still manageable in comparison. There are many federally funded financial aid programs to help students pay for school. Cypress College strongly encourages students to apply for financial aid. The most common types of financial aid are Pell grants, Cal Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity, Grants Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waivers and Federal Work-Study funds. February 2011


NOCCCD Presents Three Different Contingency Budgets

By Juliana Nascimento


he state budget was the main focus of discussion at the North Other than these state level variables, our district faces its own unOrange County Community College District Board of Trustees certainties. It depends on transfers of redevelopment funds, course first meeting of the year on Jan. 25. repeatability issues and workload measure reductions among other things. The new governor came out with his proposed state budget over the Boards’ winter break and this was their first chance to weigh The way the districts are dealing with this uncertainty is by makthe different scenarios it presents. Vice Chancellor of Finances ing contingency plans. In one scenario, the community college and Facilities Fred Williams presented to the Board three possible budget suffers a reduction of $600 million; this is in case the tax reductions to the district’s budget and how each would affect it. package doesn’t come to pass. It would leave our district with a $13.7 million reduction. Best case scenario, California Community Colleges take a hit of $400 million. According to Williams, our district would actually The final and more dreadful scenario is a reduction of $900 milbe able to absorb the $7.8 million incurred to us without further lion to the community college budget, reflecting $21.2 million in cuts in classes or any other drastic measures if the operational our district’s, this in case Prop 98 is suspended completely. reductions of $4,378,052 take place. This Williams said that if either of those verbudget is also counting on the $10 increase sions realized, our district would be put in in student tuition, a 38 percent hike that a tough position and our one-time funds takes it from $26 per unit to $36 per unit. wouldn’t be able to cover them. A reason for the low impact on our district What this means for students is the followis because of discretionary and one-time ing. funds we have available due to budget strategies such as keeping faculty vacanWith the tuition increase also comes a cies open. Another reason is our district full-time enrolled student (FTES) fund already accounted for a deficit of 2.5 milcut. This translates into the state asking for lion brought on by items like a negative more money from students and funding Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). less of them. We will lose anywhere from 1,292 to 3,515 FTES at Cypress College Williams did stress that these cuts are not alone depending on which version of the temporary. They require a change in the budget passes. way the district does business, meaning the district needs to get used to less funds Also, if the worse budget cases become from the government permanently. reality, Williams urges the Board to start considering more drastic measures that However, this rather optimistic version of will affect students and faculty alike. In his the budget depends on a series of unlikely presentation he suggested capping medical variables. benefits, salary rollbacks for full and partThe governor’s budget assumes voter’s time faculty, furloughs of one day a month approval of a tax package in June. This for 12 months, increase faculty loads, Photo: Chris Schad package would basically allow the continual taxing of the people layoffs, eliminating release time, eliminating summer school and and generate $12 billion to the state. Unfortunately, the tax packathletic programs. age appearance on the ballot is unlikely according to Michael At the end of the presentation, Cypress College Student Trustee Matsuda, Trustee of Area III, as it requires two thirds of the state Ryan Billings expressed concern for the tuition increase of $10/ senate’s approval and the governor doesn’t have their support. unit, taking it from $26 per unit to $36, a 38 percent increase on Another assumption it makes is the funding of Proposition 98. top of the 32 percent increased two years ago. He said that while $36 per unit is still a bargain compared to other states, he believes Prop 98 passed in 1988. It requires a percentage of the state budget that it will still affect and prevent many students from taking the to be spent on k-14 education and guarantees an increase in educa- necessary classes. He reasoned many students who need financial tion funding every year. This year it is being minimally funded and aid and don’t receive it will suffer with the potential $360 a year might even be suspended altogether, leaving another hole in the increase in tuition. D budget. 12

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Price is from Denver. He has not yet decided on a major. Rocha is an architecture major from Phoenix. Page is from Overland Park, Kan. and is studying biology. He attended Orange Coast College for a year before coming to Cypress. The 23-year-old has eight siblings—five brothers and three sisters. He appeared on “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” because his ear was reattached after a dog had bitten it off. The Chargers added some distinct international flavor to their roster this year. The three foreign players are freshman right-handed pitchers Oscar Carlstedt (No. 28) and Alon Leichman (No. 12) and sophomore infielder Wade McConnon (No. 15). Carlstedt is a native of Stockholm. The Stockholm team he played for won two Swedish championships in a row. He has been named the European Academy Tournament’s Best Pitcher.

cuts have personally affected them Cypress College’s Associated Students’ office wants to know. A.S. is encouraging students to “write a short letter describing how you or somebody you know was affected by these budget cuts.” Then on March 14, Cypress College along with thousands of other students from across California, will march to the Capital in support of education and advocate to legislators. The letters will be handed to the legislators for them to see the amount of people that have been affected by the cuts. Gabriel Rubio from A.S. said, “It is important that we as students stand together as one in advocating for higher education.” Rubio went on to say, “by simply spreading the word about this campaign to your friends and classmates is a great way to get more students involved.” D Sources: Financial+Information/A.?OpenDocument

Carlstedt is majoring in kinesiology. He decided to come to Cypress because he “heard great things about the program,” according to his biography on the Chargers’ website. Leichman is from Kubbutz Gezer, Israel. He spent three years as a member of the Israeli army before coming to Cypress. The 21-year-old has been on Israel’s national baseball team since he was ten years of age. He was a participant in Major League Baseball’s European Academy. He is a black belt in jiu-jitsu. Leichman’s major is undecided. McConnon hails from Rowville, Australia. In 2007, he played in Canada with the Australian national team. He won a State Championship in Victoria, Australia in 2009. Like Carlstedt, he is studying kinesiology. He was a First Team allAcademic Region pick in his time at Southeastern College. McConnon’s hobbies and interests include Australian football, motorcycles and surfing. Scott Pickler is entering his 27th season as head coach of the Chargers. His career record with Cypress is 825 wins, 404 losses and four ties, through 2010. That makes his regular season winning percentage .671. In the playoffs, he has posted a win-loss record of 96-43, good for a .691 winning percentage. His Chargers have been Orange Empire Conference champions seven times, made it to the State Finals nine times and won the State title four times. D

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Bear Mountain Resort Guide

Photo: Chris Schad

By Diego Villalobos


ou have to drive mountain roads to get to a real mountain� was something mentioned during a visit to the beast known as Bear Mountain. With over 748 acres of terrain 12 fast and comfortable lifts and a peak of 8,805 feet Bear Mountain is certainly a place for both the beginner and advanced rider. Bear Mountain hosts a variety of services to cater to each individual whether it be rentals, retail, lessons or just a lift ticket, the fast and friendly service made the visit worth while. One thing that was interesting is that although many mountains cater to a variety of clientele, upon arriving and scoping out the patio scene, one can see that bear is a place for the younger crowd, or in some cases the young at heart. Drinks are plentiful and fairly priced considering it is a mountain resort, music is always pumping through the speakers and even the staff is fun and light hearted. When it comes to the fun on the slopes, although it was a weekend the lift lines were not unbearable and the staff kept the runs well maintained and the features creative. One of the newest things that Bear is is their progression park. This is an area set up with very small features and is designed to teach beginners about proper freestyle riding and etiquette. The park is laid out and has signs that explain the feature and how to properly approach, ride, and land. This is a creative and safe way for those who are new to riding to try out their park skills without having to risk their neck on the larger and more advanced obstacles. After a great experience at Bear Mountain it is no wonder that so many people from southern California drive to this great resort. Be sure to check out for the latest news, info, and promotions going on up on the mountain. It is certainly the place to be when tournaments and tours roll into town. D


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Snow Summit Resort Guide

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By Felicia Ochoa


uality, innovation, and value all come to mind when someone mentions snow summit. The experience is a large part of what this resort is about. The staff was courteous in helping people find their way, get a lift ticket or find the nearest place to get something to eat. Snow Summit has been one of the leading innovators and resorts in southern California and was actually the location of the first X-Games event. Being under the umbrella of Bear Mountain Resorts one would expect the same kind of attitude and approach to running the resort as seen at Bear Mtn. To the surprise of many it is run in a completely different manner. Bear Mtn. and Snow Summit are the Yin and Yang of mountain resorts. While Bear has the more younger and lively side of things, Snow Summit has a mellower and quieter approach. The riding is great at Snow Summit, -beautiful views of the lake and ideal snow conditions paired with terrain that meets the expectations of both beginners and advanced riders. Many people that Divergence interviewed at the resort were very impressed and almost half that were interviewed it was their first time at Snow Summit. All of this is certainly something to expect from a resort that has been running for almost sixty years. Snow summit has put in a very large snowmaking system and has taken many measures to ensure sustainable practices on the mountain while still keeping ticket prices reasonable. With high speed chairs and short lift lines it is the place to go if you want to really ride and get some runs in. It is also a great place to go just to cruise and enjoy the mountain experience with the family. They have a great instructional program for both kids and adults and safety is always a top priority at Snow Summit. The food on the mountain is everywhere and the quality and price is amazing. The taco bar is a must but those that wish for a whole different meal can head up to the View Haus. The View Haus is a restaurant located at the top of Chair one and there you can dine on items such as pastas, salads, and deli sandwiches. This is more of a place to grab a bite relax and enjoy the mountain. The bar area at the bottom lodge is really well decorated and is a fun place to grab a drink and hangout. And the board/ski check in is a great way to keep your gear safe while you grab something to eat or relax for a bit. And if you forget something that is certainly not to worry snow summit has an affordable rental facility and even a retail outlet carrying all that you would need. Snow Summit is certainly a place that features quality service at a good price and unparalleled value for what you pay for. With one lift ticket you get access to both bear mountain and snow summit so you get the liveliness of Bear with the tranquility of Snow Summit. D February 2011


African Americans Snubbed at Oscars? By Andrew Linde


ebruary is a major landmark in the movie industry. Each year the Academy Awards are held in this month. The Academy Awards recognize great performances by actors, amazing writing by screenwriters, and other technical distinctions from the past year. Another noteworthy trait of February is that it is recognized as Black History Month. When better then Black History Month to recognize great African-American actors and film-makers? The Oscars feature the top actors, directors, writers, and others as chosen by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and awards them with the golden statuette. These voters come from the industry and the voting is simply a process of choosing films that deserve to be recognized. The processing of the Academy’s votes is complex and often quite confusing to the public. The Academy’s voting system is known as proportional representation. Each voter chooses five potential nominees for each category they are specifically allowed to vote for, except in the case of Best Picture where they pick ten nominees. Their votes go towards their first choice, except under certain conditions. If their first choice for nomination already has 20 percent of the vote, or at least enough to be nominated by the complicated percentage system, then their vote goes toward their second choice. If their first choice is eliminated for any reason, their vote goes toward their second choice, and so on. Once the five or ten nominees are chosen, then a new ballot is sent to each voter to vote specifically for their choice to win.

“For Colored Girls” is the tenth film from Tyler Perry. Perry is known for his films featuring a character known as Madea, whom he portrays in drag. “For Colored Girls” features Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton and other prominent black actresses. The film is based on the stage play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange. According to the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, “For Colored Girls” received a freshness rating of 33 percent. A rating under 60 percent is considered “rotten” on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Perry released another film in 2010 called “Why Did I Get Married Too” featuring Janet Jackson again and Tyler Perry himself in an acting role. “Why Did I Get Married Too” received a 27 percent freshness rating, securing it as another “rotten” film according to the Rotten Tomatoes website. Tyler Perry had not previously been nominated for an Academy Award in any category.

This year’s nominees for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor are diverse thematically, but not racially. The only non-white nominee from that list is Javier Bardem, who is nominated for Best Actor for the Spanish language film “Biutiful.” Bardem previously won Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2007 film “No Country for Old Men.” Not one of the nominees is black. For some people, the lack of diversity in nominations represents a lack of films that featured actors who were black. Others disagree and attempt to call out the Academy for favoring whites. This can easily be settled by looking at all the releases in 2010 and finding those that featured black actors in lead roles. A list of approximately 15 films from 2010 can be made featuring black actors or actresses in lead roles. These films come from such well-known black actors as Tyler Perry, Will Smith, Denzel Wash16

ington, Forest Whitaker, Morgan Freeman, and Tracy Morgan. To fairly judge their worth, each film will be rated by their freshness score on the website Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes aggregates many critics’ scores and boils them down to a percentage that indicates whether the film is considered “fresh” or “rotten.”

Will Smith produced “The Karate Kid” starring his own son Jaden Smith. “The Karate Kid” was a remake of the 1984 also called “The Karate Kid.” The film earned a 66 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film’s greatest chance at earning a nomination was in the Best Song category, for the song “Never Say Never” performed by Justin Beiber and Jaden Smith. Jaden Smith has never been nominated for an Academy Award, but his father Will Smith has been nominated several times for Best Actor. Denzel Washington starred in two films in 2010. “The Book of Eli” had Washington in the lead role as a man protecting a sacred book. “The Book of Eli” received a rating of 48 percent securing it as “rotten.” “The Book of Eli” was one of the few films from 2010 to actually be directed by an African-American man. Washington also co-starred in “Unstoppable,” a film about two men who attempt to stop a speeding train. Washington’s co-star in the film is Chris Pine. The film received a freshness rating of 86 percent from Rotten Tomatoes. Washington has previous been nominated and won in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories. Don Cheadle appeared as a supporting actor prominently in both

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“Brooklyn’s Finest” and “Iron Man 2.” “Brooklyn’s Finest” received a score of 43 percent and “Iron Man 2” received a score of 74 percent. It is important to note that in “Iron Man 2” Don Cheadle was replacing another black actor in the same role from “Iron Man.” Cheadle had previously been nominated for Best Actor for the 2004 film “Hotel Rwanda.” The most recent film from Kevin Smith, “Cop Out,” co-starred Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis. The film received a Tomatometer score of 19 percent. “Cop Out” is Kevin Smith’s lowest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes. Morgan also starred in the ensemble comedy “Death at a Funeral” which is a remake of the 2007 British comedy of the same name. “Death at a Funeral” earned the score of 40 percent from the Tomatometer. Morgan has not been nominated for any Academy Awards. Another ensemble comedy released in 2010 featuring an allblack cast is “Lottery Ticket” starring Bow Wow and Ice Cube. “Lottery Ticket” was rated at 35 percent. Neither Bow Wow nor Ice Cube have been nominated for any Academy Awards. “Just Wright” is a romantic comedy starring Queen Latifah. It follows Latifah’s character’s relationship with a professional basketball player. “Just Wright” received a rating of 46 percent from the Rotten Tomatoes website. Queen Latifah has been previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

“Nerd’s Eye View” is a twice weekly webcast on Cypress College Media Network(CCMN). Andrew Linde, Thomas Willett and Matt Esposito talk about the latest in movies, television, and video games. Special guests often drop by and disagreements are solved with lightsaber duels. If you’re missing your weekly needs for Simpsons quotes, classic film director talk or reasons to hate Michael Bay, then listen in! “Nerd’s Eye View” airs on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3p.m. cypress-college-radio or

“Takers” is a crime film featuring Chris Brown and Idris Elba. On Rotten Tomatoes it earned a 28 percent rating. Neither Brown nor Elba have received nominations from the Academy. “Frankie and Alice” starred Halle Berry as a woman with multiple personality disorder. “Frankie and Alice” earned a 9 percent on the Tomatometer. Berry was previously the first African-American woman to win the Best Actress Award for “Monster’s Ball” which was the same year that Denzel Washington won Best Actor for his work in “Training Day.” “Repo Men” featured Forest Whitaker as a supporting actor. It was rated 22 percent according to Rotten Tomatoes. Forest Whitaker was also in the film “Our Family Wedding” playing a man whose son is marrying a Mexican-American girl and the clash between the two different families. “Our Family Wedding” was graded at 14 percent freshness. Whitaker previously received a Best Actor award. The film “RED” was known for its use of older actors and featured Morgan Freeman as a retired CIA operative. “RED” received a 70 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Morgan Freeman was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor and has won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Looking over this list of films, actors and their achieveContd. on pg 19 February 2011


A Hornet With No Sting By Thomas Willett


here are very few things that are associated with early mass media and America. There’s Milton Berle, Jack Benny, the Marx Brothers, and even “War of the Worlds.” However, few have stood the test of time through various remakes as much as the “Green Hornet.” Starting out in 1936 by creators George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, the stories of millionaire Britt Reid’s journey as an undercover vigilante has inspired numerous spinoffs, including several movies, comics and a 1966 TV show that introduced the world to Bruce Lee as Reid’s side kick, Kato. I’ve always been appealed to this character, enjoying him more than Batman or James Bond, notably because he was the anti-hero. True, Reid’s rolling arsenal the Black Beauty had a few gizmos, but his weaponry was rather flimsy in comparison to the likes of Kato. So, of course I was passionately awaiting the results of this latest installment. Even as a big Seth Rogen fan, I was not buying him as a good Britt Reid from the start. With Michel Gondry directing, I was equally baffled, as I felt he was too art house to be considered for a possibly very mainstream film. However, I was totally cool with ditching Nicolas Cage for Christoph Waltz (as you can see, Cage made the right choice with Seasons of the Witch). Is it possible that a group of people I respected lose some credibility because the production just screams miscast (ugh, even Cameron Diaz was in this)? There is a line in the movie that I feel best suits this answer. When Britt Reid is explaining to Kato (Jay Chou) the dynamic of their partnership, he says “You and I are like Indy and Shortround. I am Scooby and you are Doo.” The reason this sums the movie up perfectly is because it features several brilliant nods to the franchise and stays true to the lo-fi nature of the Green Hornet. However, moments later, it is followed by a very censored Seth Rogen, whose f-bombs are replaced with goofy words as he sings Coolio’s “Gangster’s Paradise” and punch people in the crotch; All in the integrity to get a PG-13 rating. However, all of this tomfoolery seems to threaten the quality of the movie by making it into a ridiculously tame version of Pineapple Express. True, Gondry gets to have a few shots at art house that are not as terrible as I assumed, but for the most part, there is little to believe this is his best film. His efforts on scenes, such as the fights, shows that he still has a knack for making even mundane nonsense attractive. At the end of the day, I’m still wishing someone more stylistically in connection with the series had taken on this project. This is not to say the movie is terrible. Christoph Waltz as the villain Chudnofsky may have been underdeveloped, but he managed to make the most of his post “Inglourious Basterds” career by showing how lazy the rest of the staff was. His notable achieve18

ment is his ability to enter the pantheon of Christopher Plummer narration that makes the phone book sound menacing and grasps you on even the most pointless concepts. He may not have set up the most original traps, but his take on villains is both fresh and much needed to keep this from becoming a really bad Seth Rogenas-a-superhero show. With a ridiculous end fight at Reid’s office at the Daily Sentinel, I was lost for words. It was no longer going for lo-fi, but Michael Mann action extravaganzas and failing to capture the energy as a whole. While it ends with a great nod to the TV show, it’s a reminder that, while it started off as Indy and Shortround, it ended up as Scooby and Doo: a confusing conundrum with strong ambition but no logic. I just hope that this is not the Green Hornet that goes down in this generation’s memory, as I am still waiting for them to clear the rights to release the 1966 series on DVD so I can soak up its awesomeness. D Thomas Willett is co-host of Cypress College Radio’s Nerd’s Eye View (Monday/Wednesday at 3p.m.).

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Contd. from pg 17 ments, it appears that only a few of those films could even be considered worthy of nomination. Looking to the past, just last year at the Oscars Mo’Nique took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her work in “Precious” and Geoffrey S. Fletcher won for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Precious.” Fletcher is the first African-American man to win for Best Adapted Screenplay. Yet, Morgan Freeman said on “60 Minutes” that Black History Month is “ridiculous.” “You’re gonna relegate my history to a month?” Freeman said. Freeman brings up a valid point. He then says that, “Black history is American history.” African-Americans in film should be recognized for their great performances, not just because it is a requirement to recognize them. Each year the Academy Awards features the films that are nominated by their members. These films are limited to what is released each year. Not every year will feature fantastic films with people from various walks of life. It would be wrong to think that the Academy Awards should shoe-horn a certain type of film into the show simply to fill a quota. D Sources: - North Jersey - Oscars snub black performers black_performers.html - Reuters - Black actors face snub at Oscars 69018R20101001?pageNumber=2 - Voting Process - Morgan Freeman on Black History Month Andrew Linde is the manager of Cypress College Radio and host of Nerd’s Eye View (Monday/Wednesday at 3p.m.)

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short movie about robots will be filmed by the fine arts program. The fine art students will put on a brief “robot act comedy act using cardboard” said Kyle Johnson. The costumes are being produced from cardboard on the first floor of the Fine Arts building. Fine Arts staff member Dan Stephens, said that a Hollywood production company is going to film the production in Gym II Feb 9 from 7-11 a.m. Stephens is the former Art Gallery director. “This project will be based on a robot party and should be full of humor” said Johnson this film will be put into a gallery and presented when the film is completed You can check out more of Johnson’s robot art at D

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Weapons of Mass Distraction


By Nathan Schulz

ver a year ago, a young student tried, like many other students before him, to get rich quick. It did not not go the way he intended. But perhaps you can learn from this experience, good reader. Learn... or be cursed to live through it yourself!

first thing I saw in the “lobby” was a Pin Ball Machine with a lame sci-fi theme. And behind the machine was a little alcove that I figured was supposed to be connected to a secretary’s desk. Instead, there was a large bearded man with an obscure T-shirt, looking at me with bored disinterest.

“Announcer auditions?” said the man who’s soul must have died when he sat down at that desk many mornings ago. I woke up early for me. About 8:00 am. That is early for me, but “Uh, yeah,” I responded, with growing concern. “Sign in,” he automatically replied without even listening to not for most people. My sleep schedule is attrocious, and this me. will be one of the things I will work on this coming year. I did so, and was immediately reminded of Faust. I got ready and headed and over to Justin’s house to pick him up for the drive to LA. We were going there for a job interview/ The bored man held down a buzzer that unlocked the door for me to enter deeper into their sanctum. Oh yeah, everyone audition for “American Radio Network.” We could either be knows buzzing a door unlocked is the height of class. Justin On Air Announcers, Technical Directors, or Freelance Producers. The pay for an employee gig looked to be from $15 to $20 went through the same process, and we were then told to walk an hour, while the Freelance gig looked to have the potential to down a hall and turn left at the rope. There was no rope, but make almost $200 a show. Wow, who could pass this up, right? there was a large lady handing out pencils and pointing towards a door. And through this door was... This job sounded too good to be true. A sad, desperate room with sad, desperate people.

...job sounded too good to be true. ...too good to be true. *ECHO* Yeah.

The room was darkly lit, and was no bigger than a small High School History class. There was row upon row of mismatched chairs, each with a clipboard of its own sitting blankly on it. And at the other side of the room was on an old Big Screen So I picked up Justin and we headed over to where the interProjector TV, the kind that kids in 1986 would have said was view/audition was being held. It was this less-than-impressive “rad.” But on the second day of 2010, was just a low-definition building with a commanding view of a lovely 99 Cent Store right across the street from it. Oh, be still my heart. Oh, and was warning sign. And playing on this TV was the unexpectedly saddest story ever. that a crappy donut place right next to you? Will my wildest dreams never cease to be answered? The whole place looked It was the Story of Radio, and to make a long story short, evlike a sad mockery of a bad idea. erybody involved died either miserable, broke, or both. I can’t So we ate at said crappy donut place. We regreted that decision, make this up, folks. This was 100% true. but were glad to find that we had killed a sufficient amount of time to head over for the interview/audition/what-the-hell-isthis-again?

My god that room was depressing.

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began. The speaker was a fellow I shall change the name of to Honathan Jurtz. (The smart ones of you will figure out my clever disguise and know to stay the hell away from this man). I have to give it to Honathan, the dude knew how to spin a tale. He mentioned money enough to distract those who had none. He mentioned fame in modest doses, just enough to wet the appetite of those who wanted to be famous. And he went into depth with the level of creative freedom available, for suckers like me who wanted to create something they could name their own. Honathan was really, really good. To the point that I forgot to ask basic questions like, “Uh, excuse me, but what in the Sam Hill stations does American Radio Network actually play on?” You know, silly questions that would only raise other silly questions. I was too distracted by the Golden Picture he painted. I hope you burn in hell, Jurtz! But his best Weapon of Mass Distraction was the Audition piece. This horrible little commercial about Paradise Wine. And Honathan knew how to put just enough emphasis on how important it was to get the audition JUST RIGHT. I mean you could be nervous, of course, but if you mess up TOO much, well, shucks the job might not be yours....

radiator was working fine, and that the sensor was just acting up. I’m still waiting for any surprises, on that front. After getting Jiffy Lubed, the next stop was Amoeba Records. Why? Damn it, I needed the simplicity of looking for cheap music, that’s why! It was really packed, and cheap music was procured. Amoeba is awesome. There isn’t much to report on that front. And then we headed back to the O.C. to get something to eat, and to leave the tainted beauty of LA behind. We were eating at Lucille’s when the time hit 6:00 pm. We called... and were both congratulated on our “Accepted” status. We were asked to come to the next Orientation meeting! *mumble mumble* don’t forget the non-refundable $40 *mumble mumble* You are now an employee of ARN Broadcasting! Yay! AN EASY VICTORY! And because it was so easy, we stopped and thought to ourselves, “Wait one muthertruckin’ second! That was way too damn easy. Wait another muthertruckin’ second! What $40? No one said anything about a non-refundable $40!”

It was the perfect amount of stress to keep us on our toes. DIA- Finally, our cynicism kicked into full gear. Justin was even friggin’-BOLICAL. more cynical than me. And I vowed that when I got home, I would look up American Radio Network online. And then they called people in to be auditioned. Four at a time, and quickly at that. You couldn’t possibly feel confident on your And oh boy, did I! reading, especially with only a few minutes to possibly work on it. So you would be stressed out about how well you would do I googled them for a quick review: BEFORE, and then you couldn’t help but worry about how you did AFTER. The only entry that didn’t mention “TOTAL SCAM” in it was the ARN Broadcasting website. Everyone else, and I’m includDid I mention that he added this bonus amount of distraction ing the Better Business Bureau, said to keep away from the during the Q&A session? Like we could think of anything other American Radio Network. I should have done this before, I than our prospects at that point. thought to myself. But what can I say? I liked the dream for the few moments it lasted. And the cherry on top of all this? We would have to call in to know if we got the job or not by 6:00 pm that night. So we I look back now, and find myself nearly impressed with the would spend the whole day worrying about making the cut, or sheer obviousness of their obvious scam. By the absolute ambitrying to distract ourselves from it, which would in turn keep tion and balls. It was hid so poorly, you almost found yourself us, again, from asking silly questions like “Wait, isn’t this job believing it. I’m not even angry (and I attribute this to the fact too good to be true?” that I did not give them a damn cent). Anyways, I got wonderfully distracted by my car, which decided I was out of engine coolant. You know, the stuff that keeps your car’s engine from catching on fire and killing you? Yeah, that was fun. Justin and I went to Jiffy Lube, I got to have the honor of spending $97 on my car to have the coolant replaced. Unfortunately, the little warning light would not go away, so I ended up turning around and going right back to Jiffy Lube to make sure I wouldn’t die from car fire. They assured me that the

Really. They gave me a story to tell. They gave me a kick in the head to start thinking big again. In fact, I came up with a really fun show to do. ARN won’t get their filthy paws on it, but the idea is mine either way. Also, I had BBQ for dinner, so really, how angry can a fellow get? -D

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Saint Valentine Saves the Day By Renee Stweart years. Whether they know the true story of Valentine’s Day or not, on Feb. 14 the students of Cypress College will be celebrating the day of love with the people that mean the most to them. Michael Cabanilla, 22, and Marjorie Reyes, 19, have been a couple for more than two years. “We know that Valentine’s Day is a couples Day,” said Reyes, “what we love most about this day is we get to celebrate a romantic day together.” Last Valentine’s Day the couple spent a romantic evening dining at the Cheesecake Factory, “it was amazing spending my Valentines Day with my boyfriend and it will be more amazing this year because we get to celebrate again with one another.”


This Valentine’s Day Cabanilla has a few tricks up his sleeve. “He hasn’t told me what we are doing this year, he says it’s a secret for now,” said Reyes.

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or most people Feb. 14 is a day to go to nice restaurants, buy cards and candy, and be with people you love. There are also people who believe Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people spend money on unnecessary items. Many do not know the real story behind Saint Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is named after the Saint Valentine a priest and martyred saint of Ancient Rome. At this time the Emperor Claudius, who was not a public favorite, ruled Rome. Claudius wanted to build a big army and expected men to volunteer to join. Many men did not want to leave their wives and families. So Claudius figured that if men were not married they would not mind signing up for the army. So Claudius made a law banning any new marriages and forced engagements to be called off.

While many young couples head out to enjoy their romantic evening, many other young adults will head out to celebrate their single lives. “I am definitely going out to party and celebrate being young and single,” said Cynthia Solares, 27. Not everyone’s favorite thing about Valentine’s Day has to do with love and romance. “My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is the chocolate and colors.” Solares has a different approach towards celebrating Valentine’s Day. “My girls and I plan to go out to a nice dinner have a few drinks and party the night away at Disneyland. Who knows, maybe we will find next years’ valentine?”

Although, last year’s Valentine’s Day was spent a little different. “My boyfriend, at the time, had an extravagant night planned out. He surprised me at work with flowers, and once I got off work he had a nice romantic dinner planned and a very nice diamond braceSt. Valentine, a priest and lover of romance, did not obey this law and continued to marry young couples in secret. It was not long be- let for me. It was one of the best Valentine’s Day I had ever had.” fore St. Valentine was caught and sent to jail with the punishment Solares, like many others, think the romance of Valentine’s Day of death. Even in jail St. Valentine remained a public favorite and has been lost through the years. “I heard the real story of Valenreceived many visitors show they too were believers in love. tine’s Day and St. Valentine’s heroics and thought it was incredibly One of Valentine’s visitors was the daughter of a prison guard. The romantic. If only everyone knew that story, maybe they wouldn’t two would sit and talk for hours getting to know each other and she take love and romance for granted,” said Solares. would help him keep his spirits up. She agreed with St. Valentine Dianne Galindo, 21, has heard the Valentine’s Day story two differfor secretly marrying couples. ent ways. “I heard it was about a priest who would secretly marry couples. I’ve also heard the one about a man who’d go around On the day of his death St. Valentine left a note for his friend passing out candy on Feb. 14.” thanking her for her friendship and signed it, “love from your Valentine.” This started the tradition of giving love notes on ValenGalindo describes her discontent with Valentine’s Day. “My least tine’s Day. favorite part is the fact that it’s the one day where you need to do the most romantic gestures for your significant other. That should This story of the St. Valentine’s courage and determination will happen all the time because when one is in love they want to show live on in the hearts of many for years to come. It is a true testimony of love and romance. But this message has been lost over the it.” 24

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Now that Galindo is older her view on Valentine’s Day has changed. “Valentine’s day doesn’t hold any special meaning to me anymore. When I was younger it was all about the candy and giving the boy I liked the most special card that said I liked him with a cool character.” Galindo’s plans for Valentine’s Day will be to celebrate, “with my single friends by watching some chick flicks.” With the day of love and romance steadily approaching the long lost story of St. Valentine and his courageous efforts to keep love alive is sadly overlooked by children signing their valentines, young couples finalizing their extravagant plans, and married couples trying to find the perfect gift to give their spouse. So remember with every valentine given and candy eaten there was a man who fought to keep love alive and thriving. D


“To Be Announced” is a weekly news show that covers the things you didn’t even know you were interested in. The hilarious combo of Adam Clease and Kevin Mastron will leave you clutching your sides (maybe even a hospital visit). When you tune in each week you will find that you don’t want it to end. Don’t be scared when it does because it’ll be back on again next week. Too much of the greatness will overload the viewers. Don’t forget to watch “To Be Announced” every Thursday at 2:00 PM

Cypress College Media Network (CCMN) is a network of live broadcasts made by students of Cypress College. CCMN features a variety of shows touching on topics that students are interested in. “Nerd’s Eye View” is the show for people who enjoy movies, television and video games. “Eat My Sports” gives the current situation on Cypress College and national sports. “To Be Announced” is the news show all about Cypress College and what is happening nearby. “Keep It Real Radio” features discussions about the latest in hip hop and rap. There’s a show for something every student at Cypress College is interested. CCMN also features a channel dedicated to local and unsigned artists and a channel with footage from Cypress Charger games on campus. Check them out at The Most Delicious Sports Coverage on Campus Is your stomach nauseous? Do you foresee a visit to the toilet in the near future? This is unquestionably caused by foul reporting of Charger athletics. “Eat My Sports” is a bi-weekly webcast from Cypress College Media Network (CCMN) and is centered on your Cypress Chargers. The show broadcasts live Monday and Wednesday from 1p.m. to 2p.m. on The show is also archived at Hosts Nick Ingram and Matthew Esposito use their knowledge and passion for sports to dissect the week’s athletics with analysis, interviews and a corny joke or two. The shows coverage does not halt at Charger athletics though, Nick and Matthew also breakdown the weekly happenings of sports around the world. They cover everything from baseball to soccer, Supercross to basketball and MMA to golf. Nick and Matt love the sporting world and hope you will say no to foul Charger coverage and enjoy “Eat My Sports” because it is delicious. February 2011


Find on Why get an A.A. Degree By Grace Kim


sually a two year program includes coursework that students typically take for their general education before transferring. The coursework in the A.A. degree program at Cypress College include courses in science, math, human communication, arts and humanities electives.

The course work for the associate degree program covers about half of the required courses for a bachelor degree, therefore is manageable for students.

Psychology major Jennifer Lee explains why she’s uncertain about getting an associate degree. “I heard that some of the classes This program is ideal for students that aren’t sure about what major are harder to transfer if I transfer to a university so I’m not sure I to chose. The associate degree program is less expensive than a should get the A.A. at all if my goal is to get a BA.” said Lee. bachelor’s degree at a four-year university. An associate degree also allows students to pursue a degree while determining the next After being informed about how many four-year universities prefer to accept candidates with associate degrees because it shows that step in their academic career. the student can follow through. Lee went on to add, “If having the Andrew Ramirez, who is undecided about his major, was asked A.A. has more advantages than disadvantages, I might just get it why he was pursuing an A.A. degree. Ramirez said “I’m not sure because I have to take the same classes any ways.” D if I’ll be able to transfer,” Ramirez went on to say, “Tuition is too expensive but I think getting an A.A. would look good on my resume.”

Cypress College Alumnus Trevor Hoffman Retires From MLB The greatest closer of all time calls it quits after an 18 year career By Patrick Zajac


ver the winter recess, Cypress College alumnus Trevor Hoffman retired from professional baseball.

It was not until the minors that Hoffman made the transition from shortstop to pitcher, and while in the San Diego Padres organization, he developed his breathtaking change up and unmistakable “It’s turning the page, a new chapter in my life,” Hoffman high leg kick. No other pitcher in baseball history could match told the Associated Press about his retirement. “It was a little bit of change ups with Hoffman, even in his final years. The late, self-reflection, trying to be honest with where I was at in my career downward movement of his change-up baffled hitters and allowed skill-wise, and realizing it was time for a change.” Trevor to keep his closing duties no matter how much velocity he lost on his fastball. As his fastball speed dipped to 84 miles per Hoffman will forever be immortalized for his record breaking 601 hour and lower, Hoffman never slowed down because of the massaves. Even with New York Yankee Mariano Rivera only behind sive and deceptive movement of his change-up. him by 42 saves and likely to pass Hoffman this upcoming season, the longevity of Trevor’s career cannot be ignored. No closer “He was a shut-down closer that did his job day-in and day-out,” in baseball enjoyed a more consistent career than Hoffman. His said lifelong baseball fan and close observer of Cypress College MLB-record nine seasons of 40-plus seasons prove that hard work baseball, Albert Rodriguez. “Hoffman is a model of professionaland consistency is timeless when it comes to baseball. ism and consistency.” Adjustments are a big key to prolonging a baseball career, and Hoffman’s relentless work ethic allowed him to always be a force in the game, despite his climbing age late in his career. In an interview with the Cypress College Public Information Office, Cypress baseball head coach Scott Pickler said “Hoffman was a better basketball player than baseball player in high school,” which speaks volumes about the talent and athletic ability he possessed in general. “His work ethic was amazing and he later played for the University of Arizona as a Short-Stop,” said Pickler about Hoffman’s brief career here at Cypress. 26

In an era of high profile names and gaudy contracts, Trevor Hoffman’s calm demeanor and endless work ethic is what most will remember him by. Rather than keep fans on edge over whether or not he will retire like a pre Madonna quarterback, Hoffman retired in the same way he pitched: with his unflappable personality and respect for the game of baseball. D

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saddle shoes, were also ready for this event since they “had a meeting last week about it” according to Gillian Caceres, activities coordinator. Some clubs opted to not be as showy as others. Linda Nguyen, Chemistry Club president, grabbed what she could before Welcome Back stating that “Club Rush” is where her club needs to “pull it off”. Due to her and the other members’ busy schedules, Nguyen was glad that “At least someone’s here.” Some of the other organizations present at Welcome Back were the Anime Club, Veterans Organization, Travel Club, and Honors Program. A.S. officers took turns on the microphone between the top 40 hits that blasted through the speakers. Games like musical chairs were played to keep the energy of the event up. Jennifer Caspellan, vice president of student organizations, encouraged players to do retro dance moves as they circled their chairs to upbeat songs. “I think it turned out well, I really liked how many more people came this semester…the abundance of school spirit,” said A.S. President Daniel Shakeri. “The participiation--all-around, from everyone was amazing.” The next event, Club Rush, will be held Feb. 16 and 17. D February 2011


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