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Enjoy the summer while it lasts . . .

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Vol. II Issue VIII May 2010

- Don’t Burst my Bubble! - Finding the Perfect Balance: Student Mothers - Meet Danial Shakeri: A.S. President Elect - Spring Semester Shots - Handicapable Cover by Kenny Rivera

Graduate with Honors and Some Help By Dannie Free “There is more than one award so students have a really good chance of being selected,” said Macalma. The annual Cypress College Scholarship Award Ceremony will be held in the theater May 17 from 1-3 p.m. Hosted by the Cypress College Foundation and Associated Students; everyone is welcome. While Remaining Honorable... A sea of blue squares decorated with yellow tassels and brilliant smiles illuminate the sunset. Cypress College Graduation time is here! The 43rd ceremony will commence May 26 in the Gateway Plaza at 6 p.m. Congratulations to the 855 students who have persevered through the many hours, instructors, exams, essays, hard work and dedication it takes to make it to graduation. Receiving a diploma is an experience shared only by those devoted to a higher education. We admire you for never giving up. We compliment your efforts in reaching this goal. We respect you for persisting as you completed each semester. We honor you with reverence as we applaud our graduating class of 2010. D From the Divergence Staff

Photo by Kenny Rivera A Helping Hand... Every spring, dozens of fortunate students are awarded scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000. Associated Students announced 16 students this year and the Cypress College Foundation along with various departments have awarded over 300 scholarships according to Grants and Special Projects Assistant Laura Stephens. “Although contributions vary from year to year, over 75 groups donate ranging from memorial to retirement to private donor funds.” Scholarships may not be as difficult as one might think to obtain. One can better the odds by applying for more than one. Scholarships are available through community, professional and religious organizations and foundations. Scholarships are usually awarded based on interests such as community service, leadership, sports, talent, vocation, high grade point average or financial need. Kristine Macalma was an A.S. winner for the Outstanding Service to School and Community scholarship. “The one page essay was easy to complete. Hearing I won when I returned from spring break was a pleasant surprise.” She suggested students obtain applications and apply for as many as possible. 2 Divergence Magazine

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Editor’s Note

o it’s the end of one more semester. It’s time for that final push so we can pass our classes, maybe transfer or graduate. Some of us have gotten into the school of our dreams; some are licking their paper cuts from the rejection letters. Some are graduating while others buckle down for summer school; it’s a stressful time and what keeps us going is the idea of summer. Summer break is right around the corner and we can feel the days warming up to it. Soon we will be able to simply relax. But we shouldn’t forget the events of this semester. They can still have lasting effects reaching us in the fall. The protests throughout the state against the budget cuts didn’t seem to make much impact on the legislature. We might be coming back in the fall to $40/unit and even fewer classes offered. If you need to save a little money for this possible fee increase, we have some suggestions on activities for the summer on our Preview section.

school; trying to better themselves while setting an example for their children and all of us.

Also this semester, we have elected new officers to Associated Students. They will represent us to the community, all the way up to state level. They will also provide us more opportunities to get more involved with our school. Meet our new president elect in an interview he gave to us. When I first volunteered to write for The Chronicle, I was just following a passion for words and the padding on my transcript. I never imagined that I’d end up editor in chief. But here I am. This is my first issue and the last one for this semester so I get to say, “Hello,” and “Good-bye” at the same time. Have a great summer and see you next semester! Juliana Nascimento

We didn’t want to let Mother’s Day pass, so we are celebrating the moms who attend the


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Editorial Staff

Juliana Nascimento Editor in Chief Danielle Parenteau Cychron Editor Karla Deras Managing Editor Denise Gomez Senior Editor Kenny Rivera Creative Director Mike Thoman Sports Editor Sydney Douglas Photo Editor Paul Febo C-Scope Producer Roxanne Reyes C-Scope Technician Bryce K. Cypress College Radio Manager Danielle Kinnischtzke PR Manager Vanessa Medina Art Editor Brandy Helt Circulation Manager


Adam Gomez, Rosie Coscio, Tania Poliektova, Dannie Free, Samuel Steven Alvarez, Anannya Yazden-Ahmed, Shaliah Snowden, Marc Mendoza, Christopher Schad.

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Nothing to do DUring Summer? Audition for a Play By Adam Gomez


ypress College’s theater and dance department presents the New Play Festival of Summer 2010. The festival will be available to students to audition for when a student enrolls into the three unit acting workshop that can be found in the summer catalog. According to the summer catalog, professional guest playwrights from Los Angeles will use their time at Cypress to work with students and workshop new material. Auditions will be held Monday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the studio theater, in the theater building. A one minute monologue will be required in order for students to audition. If a student passes the audition he or she will have the opportunity to create a role in a new play. Performances will be held July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5 at 8 P.M. This will be the 14th season of the New Play Festival. D

See a Dance Concert By Anannya Yazden-Ahmed


n evening filled with vibrant colors, exuberant beats, and passionate steps - People in Motion is an Annual dance concert presented by the Cypress College Theater and Dance departments. Dance concert consists of modern, hip-hop, tap and contemporary style dances. Directed by Erin Landry and featuring new choreography by Cypress College Dance Students. Lucas Garcia, a dancer, said, “This year’s dance concert is geared more towards a younger audience since it’s choreographed by the dance students. The concert has very diverse pieces and a big Spanish number compared to last year.” Concert is open to students and general public. Danielle Walker, a friend of Garcia’s stated “I’m missing out on a vacation to support Lucas! There’s a dance piece for everyone since it’s a diverse show.”

By Rosie Coscio


he Cypress Recreation and Community Services Department will host Concerts on the Green at the Cypress Civic Center Green starting June 12. The Cypress Pop Orchestra will be the first band to perform May 12, followed by classic rock band, Don’t Stop Believing May 19. Judy, of the Cypress Recreational Center, says about 200people are expected to show up. Carol, office assistant of the Recreational Center, says that the crowd usually depends on the performers and that the Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond tributes are usually very full. Concerts are every Saturday at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be available for sale. Not from the area? That’s not a problem Judy says,“Everyone is invited.” For more information you can call (714) 229-6780 or visit For students closer to the Buena Park area, the city’s fine arts department is hosting six, free outdoor concerts, too, at Boiserranc Park. The concerts are June 23 to July 28, every Wednesday from 7-9 pm. Some bands performing are The Platters Live June 23; The Wiseguys Big Band Machine, June 30; and Bumptown on July 7.

The concert times: May 14 and May 15 from 8 – 10 p.m. May 16 from 4 – 6 p.m. General admission for the concert is $15. Seniors 65 and over, Students with ID, and children 12 and under are $12. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling the Box Office at (714)448-7134. D 6

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Hard Work and Consistency Get Pickler His 1000th Victory The Coach By Danielle Parenteau


rad Pickler recently earned the 1000th victory of his career as the softball head coach.

Pickler said, “It feels good. It wasn’t something I was striving for or… keeping track of.” Photo by Mike Thoman

He did not expect to get 1,000 wins. “When we started out that first year in ’87,” with a record of 20 wins and 20 losses, “who would be thinking of 1,000 wins?”

It is likely that and his coaching played important roles in how his athletes have advanced past Cypress.

But he knows why he did.

“We’ve sent kids to Oklahoma, Arizona State, Auburn, Louisiana, [the University of] Louisiana- Lafayette, Cal Baptist, [Cal State] Dominguez [Hills], University of Washington, [etc.]. We’ve had really good success moving our kids onto the next level….I think our transfer rate is about 95 percent.”

“It’s our players, our coaches, our program. They’ve all got us to that level. I didn’t play in any of those 1,000 games; all I did was coach. It’s the players I have to thank for getting me to that plateau.” He knows how to handle his players.

Pickler’s career regular season record as head coach at Cypress is 1020-248.

“My philosophy from day one has always been: Don’t treat them like girls, just treat them like athletes.”

His biography on the Cypress College Athletics website states:

He summed up the reasons for his winning ways by saying, “I think the secret is to find yourself good coaches, good players, and provide them with a decent facility to play at... We pay attention to detail a lot. You’ve got to pay attention to the small things. What I was doing 20 years ago, I’m doing [now]. I think continuity and repetition of fundamentals [help]. I think the kids like that. Like the saying goes, ‘If it’s not broke, why fix it?’ I’ll be doing the same things I’ve always done until I retire.”

“In his 22 seasons, Pickler has led Cypress to five State Championships, 20 straight State Elite Eight appearances, and 14 Orange Empire Conference crowns.” In 1997-99, he led the Chargers to a record three State titles in a row. He has won nine Coach of the Year awards in the conference.”D The Man By Mike Thoman The man behind the milestone is just a local boy made good. Brad Pickler in his own words: “[I] grew up in Anaheim. I went to Walt Disney Elementary school. Went to Brookhurst Junior High and I went to Savannah High School. I played baseball and basketball in high school. I still have five or six friends from high school that I stay in touch with that I call. Couple of them on a daily basis.

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I think my dad was my biggest inspiration. He coached us in little league and he coached us in Babe Ruth and American Legion ball. We just all got interested in sports. My older brothers were in sports so I was probably inspired by them a little bit. They played baseball, played basketball so, I pretty much folCont’d on page 25 May 2010



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Street Fashion

By Tania Poliektova


utsk fashion characterizes fashion of any small town. A lot of people wear their best every day, they always think about their appearance. But in the last years, European style came to Lutsk – comfortable and natural. Television and newspapers dictate fashion. But mostly it depends on what people can buy in shops. So we can say that shopfronts dictate fashion tendency in our city as well. Spring brought a lot of colors to women’s fashion. Big glasses, short jackets and scarves are normal Lutsk women wear. Footwear this year also deserves attention. Last year it was fashionable to wear heeled shoes. But now Lutsk ladies prefer flats. Also tight trousers are popular. Women as you see wear leggings. Tight jeans and big glasses are also popular among glamorous guys. They wear shirt, plaid jacket and spiked hair. Big and interesting buckles give their style more expression. Lutsk glamorous boys understand it. But usually guys don’t care about fashion and wear clothing that is comfortable for them.

A lot of people in our city dress themselves as they want and don’t care about fashion and what people think. They are not afraid of experimenting with their clothes. We can call it fashion of their own fantasy. Old people don’t think about fashion. In Lutsk you can see old women with shawls on their heads. It goes with Ukrainian traditions (in the old days married women wore shawls). Another version is the shawls are to hide gray and sparse hair. Kids fashion is always cute. It is colorful with different funny pictures. Dogs in Lutsk are also fashionable. D

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Don’t Burst By Sydney Douglas


merican parents tell their children to never speak to strangers and always keep their hands to themselves. These two lessons become essential tools in avoiding personal contact with the unknown and the uncomfortable. However, such is not the case in all cultures around the world. U.S. citizens are a rare breed of those who find their personal bubble to be of the upmost importance and are quick to be irritated when it is violated. In comparison to other cultures, Americans believe much more strongly in the concept of proxemics. Proxemics is a term coined by anthropologist Edward T. Hall in 1966, used to describe the notion that people have informal boundaries that coincide with a certain level of intimacy. If one was 6-18 inches from the subject, they would be within the intimate distance zone. This space is often reserved for whispering or other such intimate acts. Personal space, also known as the personal bubble, ranges from 18 inches to 4 feet away. Those allowed in one’s personal or intimate space is largely dependent on cultural acceptance. Amongst Egyptians, it is common to be so close to a person while talking that their noses could brush up against each other at any time. Indians have essentially the same idea of personal and intimate space, often holding hands during normal conversation. It is in American culture that the guest list for such 10

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My Bubble! a close space becomes much more exclusive. This space is generally reserved for family members, loved ones, or very close friends. There is also little to no physical contact between two newly acquainted American individuals as opposed to other cultures. An American’s desire for personal space is even so predictable that some anthropologists can calculate how far from another individual a person will sit in a public area. The question is why we believe so firmly in an imaginary line? Kathryn Sorrells, an associate professor of communication studies at California State University, says, “In the U.S., it’s very closely linked to the ideals of individuals. There’s an idea that you have a right to this space.” This means that such a desire for distance could be traced back to the colonists’ dream of being far from those in England who treated them so poorly. With the freedom from persecution came the freedom to choose who was allowed close to you and who was forbidden. The new world was one of many choices and it was informally chosen to keep others at a safe distance. One could say that the distance is too great, however. When living in a society with little enforcement of proxemics, it could be assumed that the ability to make a meaningful connection with another individual would come much easier. The initial connection made through physical contact leaves a much larger window open for a relationship in the future. Americans are quick to shut this window if they even open it to begin with. Perhaps it is time for those in the U.S. to exercise their freedom to open their windows for some fresh air. D.

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Finding the Perfect Balance: Student Mothers By Rosie Coscio Three Moms tell what it’s like to take on the Student-Mom role.


others around the globe are known to have a lot on their plate. Whether they play the role of caretaker or provider or both, it is hard to imagine how a mom would have the time to fit school in her busy schedule. We found three mothers on campus to tell us what it’s like to be a student and a Mom at the same time. Master of Multi-tasking So is being a student/mom any harder than it sounds? It certainly isn’t easy says Elizabeth Gaughan. When reflecting on her two and a half years here at Cypress College as a mother, Gaughan says, “It’s been hard the whole time and it gets even harder when they get older.” Guaghan, 35, has two kids ages 7 and 11. She is a continuing student and is majoring in dental hygiene. This semester, Gaughan is enrolled in 17 units and has an 18 hour work-week, yet she still manages to keep a grade point average of 3.7. “It’s hard to spend time and still get the work done and get the grades that I want.” When asked how she is able to balance school work, household duties and spending time with her children, Gaughan says multitasking is one of her strategies. “I just have to be able to multi-task the whole time.” Gaughan says she gets the job done “By setting limits and boundaries on how much I can do and when I can do it.” While multitasking, Gaughan practices her carpentry skills, “I’ll be eating and putting together a desk for my kids at the same time.” Gaughan cooks and studies at the same time, feeds her kids and does homework next, and the list goes on. Gaughan doesn’t have to stress as much when it comes to household duties. Chuckling at first, Gaughan gave us her secret to maintaining a clean house, “We have a housekeeper,” she says. Gaughan says her best friend comes and cleans up every other week while she and her kids try to maintain it the days she is not there. Gaughan says there is no time for romance, “I tried dating last semester and my grades dropped, so I just said forget it.” Even though life is pretty hectic for Gaughan, she continues to stay motivated, “When I get the good grades, it makes me happy, and my kids look up to me.” When asked the question, “Who inspires you,” Gaughans response was, “Me- I inspire me, you have to inspire yourself.” Finding Faith Lynsey Lohr, 22, is a mother of a 3 year old son, “It breaks my heart when I have to choose homework over him. That hurts 12

Photo by Vanessa Medina Lynse Lohr and son me because I know he wants my attention.” She has been a student since Fall of 2007 and plans to get into the Nursing program to receive her Nursing degree. Lohr and her son are on a strict routine during the week but she still makes time for play, “It’s really hard, I’m so busy so I at least try and give 45 minutes of my time everyday to play with my son.” Lohr gives her strategy on getting her homework done. “There are times when I have to put him to bed early to do my homework.” After she puts her son to sleep, she gives herself two hours to finish up homework then she is finally able to rest her head. She finds support through family and friends, “My parents have really helped me, along with a couple of old neighbors.” She can also always turn to her co-workers for advice, “It’s kind of like having a support team at work.” Lohr says she also has her Grandmother, “She’s like my best friend. She’s motivated me to stay in school.” Lohr says her Grandmother taught her a lot about values and goals, something that has really kept her grounded. “She’s like my accountability partner.” Lohr also turns to her faith in Jesus Christ in times of need, “Prayer helps me get through hard times, believing that Jesus is going to help me, lets me know that I’ll be okay.” Some of Lohr’s favorite things to do with her son are, taking him to the park, to the movies, and baseball games. Lohr says, “He likes nature stuff and science.” She keeps him outdoors so that they can both explore. Happiest Place on Earth Sabrina Bouck is another mother of a 3 year old daughter and says, “Sometimes you just got to take a day off for the sake of spending time with your children.”

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since 2005. She is graduating this semester and is planning on transferring to Cal State Fullerton to study Human Services. After taking a year off of school, Bouck decided to come back in the summer of 2008, “I was more focused, I was more excited, and I found that I had a purpose.” Bouck says it wasn’t easy, “The days were long, and it was hard at first because my daughter would cry when I would leave her at daycare.” Although the separation was hard for both Bouck and her daughter, she continued to stay in school.

for Mother’s Day and says, “hopefully go to Disneyland.” Taking a look at what is only a glimpse of student/mom life can only show that it is no piece of cake to take on both roles. Determination, motivation, and support from loved ones are what keeps these three mothers going. They are driven for

So how does she does she get the job done? Bouck laughs and says, “I really don’t know, the best I can.” She says, “I take it one semester at a time, one week at a time.” Taking it step-by-step has helped her hold a 3.3 grade point average. Bouck says what keeps her in school is, “to model the type of woman I would want my daughter to be, which is strong, independent, kind and intelligent.” Bouck says, “I believe education is the way to independence and freedom.” “Seeing the women in the office do what they do lets me know that I can do those things too.” Bouck says of the women in the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services /Cal Works office that inspire her. Her daughter also plays a role in inspiring her. Her favorite thing to do with her daughter is going to Disneyland, “That’s our special place,” she says. “It’s totally worth it to get out and do something with your kid that you enjoy.”

Photo by Vanessa Medina Sabrina Bouck and daughter

Bouck plans to spend time with her daughter and boyfriend

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You know you wanted to take home one of the little ducklings when they hatched in April!

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Do your books end up always costing more than the damn classes? Maybe it will be different next semester with $40 units!

We all had a pretty busy spring semester S

pring semester tends to have a heightened level of excitement for students. Whether it be due to the approaching summer break, the large amount of student activities, or the unexplainable magic of spring itself, this semester has been noticeably lively since its beginning in January. Welcome Back Week and Club Rush started things off on the right note for everyone, making students feel supported and ready to take on classes. Soon rising textbook prices and substantial budget cuts motivated some students and faculty to band together in protest at campuses such as Fullerton College, California State University, Long Beach, and even at the heart of the city of Los Angeles itself. The increasing frustration couldn’t dampen spirits for long, though. Despite such discerning problems, Cypress College was alive with everything from enthusiastic recycling efforts to AS elections. As the days come to an end, students find themselves saying hello to final reviews and reluctant goodbyes to the resident family of ducks.

Nobody even knew where to find the Welcome Back bash! Did you even vote? If not, then quit your bitchin’!

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Handicapable By Adam Gomez


ichael Olson, a 20 year old student who has attended Cypress College for two years, has been interviewed by The L.A. Times, Channel 4 news and 20/20. He is an open book and he has an inspirational story to tell. He was born with a rare and an unexplainable disease, he was born without arms and legs. Olson said, “They don’t know what really happened.” However, Olson and his mother have a theory. Olson’s mother was a meter reader for Edison and moved to California when she was in her 20’s. According to Olson, when she was six and half months pregnant she remembered one day going through her bushes, and the city had been

Photo by Kenny Rivera sprayed with an insecticide called Malathion. She then rushed to the sink to wash her hands of the toxin. Malathion is an insecticide, widely used in the 1980’s in communities along southern California to kill the Mediterranean fruit fly. Helicopters would fly over the cities and spray communities with the insecticide. However, there has been no proven link to Olson’s birth disorder and the insecticide. When Olson turned 5 his parents divorced and Olson moved into his grandparent’s home in Cypress. At the age of 12, Olson’s grandparents encouraged him to learn how to take care of himself by learning how to take showers and how to dress himself. Olson is very thankful for his grandparents pushing him, because he knows that they are now older and won’t always be there for him. While attending Cypress High, Olson was pushed around in a wheelchair. According to Olson there was a California law that stated if you were in a wheelchair then you had to be accompanied by an aid. Olson was tired of someone always following him and decided to file papers to cease being in a wheelchair. Olson then walked around by himself the last 2 years of High School.

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Although Olson has no limbs, that does not stop him from being active. Olson is a gamer and competes in online tournaments in games such as Counter-Strike; he has won up to $4,000. Olson has participated in wrestling in high school and ran an 8 minute mile. He has also played baseball when he was younger. One might ask how Olson is able to Divergence Magazine

do these things and more with no arms or no legs. Olson showed Divergence a couple of ways he grips objects. He picked up a pencil and showed how he swings a bat. Olson’s cell phone was then called. He picked up the phone and talked to Divergence. Next, Olson went to a computer, got into the seat, then continued to log onto his Facebook. Olson says he can’t explain how he can do it, he can just do it.

graphic design professor at Cypress, is talking to a few people for a scholarship for Olson. Olson says if he gets this scholarship then he will change his major from communications to graphic design. Olson wants to be successful and make the best of his life. His wish is to let his grandparents see him be successful. D

Olson wants to major in communications and become a public speaker. Olson was able to speak to a class at Golden West College and share his story. At first, Olson was nervous because he did not know what to talk about, but when Olson was done talking with the class he told Divergence, “I wanna turn public speaking into how I can help people.” Next semester, Olson will take 16 units and possibly change his major to graphic design. Olson enjoys taking apart and rebuilding computers and wants to be a graphic designer. Paul Payment,

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Meet Danial Shakeri, A.S. President Elect By Shaliah Snowden


anial Shakeri was one of three candidates who ran for this years’ Associated Student Presidency. Shakeri ran on a platform of a passion for helping students and wanting to motivate while taking care of the student body. He wanted more school spirit as well as having the Cypress College student voice be heard on a state level. After a runoff with Luis Otero, Shakeri was named the victor. How did you feel about the run off? “I was really excited about the runoff; it allowed me and my opponent to debate in front of various classes as well as different clubs.” How are you and your vice president working together on this transition?

How did you feel about the debates? “I liked the debates. It allowed more people to become aware of what set me apart from my opponent, more than that it allowed people to know more about AS.” How has the current AS president, Jose Gonzales helped with your transition? “He has been really helpful with the transition, showing me what I have authority over and who I need to work with to get things done... I’ve been in training and meetings with the members of the board of trustees” What does president elect mean? “I’m not officially sworn in until May 17. There is a one week period after the results are announced where any legitimate complaints filed can get me kicked out of office.” How do you plan on handling school and your new position? “I took 21 units last semester to prepare for this position and I’m only taking 16 units next semester just to stay afloat.” 16 units is still a lot of units, are you sure you can stay afloat? “School has always been easy for me and I’ve tried to stay ahead of schedule.” What will be your first official duty as president? “I’m actually planning my first official duty now. I want to have a training session. My first meeting will be on June 1 with all of the AS members and there I’ll discuss how to make next semester better.” 18

“There are several vice presidential positions but currently we do not have an executive vice president or a vice president of public relations.” Why wasn’t there an executive VP elected? “We ran in groups and unfortunately that position slipped through the cracks” How did your group do overall? “We were all elected, so I’m pretty excited.” How do you plan on handling the open vice president positions? “Were going through that right now, we have a good group of candidates to choose from so we’ll see what happens.” You said in a prior interview that you want Cypress College to have more school spirit. Now that you’re president-elect what do you plan to do? “I definitely want more activities. I would like more club participation during AS activities. Right now most clubs just have a table where students can come up and learn about a club. I want to give each club about 10 minutes to host an activity. I’d like for clubs to do something like musical chairs during AS days instead of just being behind the table. “ Do you have any last words? “I want to make AS stronger than ever. So get ready for a good year.” D

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How would you spend $100,000? By Samuel Steven Alvarez


very semester, when the moment comes to pay tuition fees (on top of books, supplies, food, etc.), we come to a screen faced with extra options to completely drain our already broke wallets. One of those options, aside from the necessary parking pass, would be whether or not you would like to pay $6 for an Associated Students Sticker to go on the back of that card with your wonderful portrait. When you’re already paying a few hundred dollars in class units, one might think the extra six bucks out of your pocket must be worth it. It says benefits for crying out loud! But what exactly is it you are benefiting from? Associated Students is a committee of students at Cypress that coordinate events for the student body, and are responsible for promoting student involvement in functions around campus. According the 2009-2010 Associated Students budget, AS gets $102,825.12, up from last year’s intake of $85,181.

What could over $100,000 be spent on in one school year? $12,834.17 was spent on supplies and materials which is nearly twice the amount of last year’s supply expenses of $6,612.70. The AS Presidential Scholarship and the annual Year End Awards are each allotted $4,000 each, while the Outstanding Student Services Awards is allotted $10,000 in the budget. Over $12,000 is used for special events and activities around the school for the student body for events such as Welcome Back Week, Club Rush, Blood Drives, and the Thanksgiving Day Drive. Nearly a third of last year’s expenditure of $6,612.70 was spent on hourly wages for clerical and secretarial workers, which totaled $2,107. And do you ever question what the $1 fee dubbed “Student Representative Fee” added onto your tuition each semester? During the 2009-2010 school year, a whopping $15,839 was collected, and over 80 percent of that total went to student field trips and retreats. D

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244C The Birds by: Jarred Huntington

Horse Blanket ad by: Sophia Cornell

Joyce Patti’s Illustration 244 class at Cypress College is among a group of very creative and talented students. As an assignment they were asked to use their skill and techniques to create an ad design on any subject they wished to represent. And these are just a few of the unique idea’s they came up wtih Healthy Food by: Juliana Davis

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Fuel for Your Brain: Food for Finals By Anannya Yazden-Ahmed ate night study sessions, double shot espresL sos and a crinkled potato chip bag: the diet of a frantic Cypress College student during finals week. In approaching the end of the semester, it is important to keep your body ready for late night study sessions, early morning cramming and the anxiety involved in taking exams.

Photo by Vanessa Medina

Photo by Vanessa Medina

According to breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day. It provides energy and fuel for the body to run throughout the day. Lunch, dinner and snacks replace energy that is burned throughout the day and provide the body with enough energy to last through a long night of studying. Snacking is needed when you are a bit hungry but not enough to eat an entire meal. CollegeCandy. com suggests snacking is a great way to get more fruits, vegetables, and dairy products into your body. “Don’t grab a bag of potato chips or a cookie from the vending machine,” said student Erfan Ahmed.

Stay well hydrated choose your beverages well. Keep caffeine and sugar to a minimum. Too much caffeine can make you jittery and add to the nerves. Wiser choices include plenty of water; fruit juice, milk, and some green teas. J’Mi Ponce said, “Convenience is a big deal; I need things quick, fast, and easy. I don’t have time to cook all the time.” Like Ponce, other students are in the same boat. Major grocery stores today offer pre cleaned, washed, peeled, and cut produce or fruits that are sold in small baggies or boxes to take on the run. Local grocers like Fresh & Easy are carrying single serving fruit bowls and lunches to meet these demands.

Dairy products like yogurt and string cheese are good choices too. Pieces of fruit such as bananas, apples, oranges, and pears are a great way to add vitamins to help keep the immune system healthy.

Photo by Vanessa Medina

Finals week is hectic and stressful but it’s important to monitor what you eat in order to keep your body running at peak level. Don’t add to chaos. Help yourself by putting nutritious foods in your body. D Photo by Vanessa Medina 22

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Ask Uncle Paulie Dear Uncle Pauli

Ask Uncle Paulie your questions. Send them to

I always feel uncomfortable when I go out to a strip club with my friends. I don’t want them to think I don’t like women, but I just don’t find it that fulfilling. No matter where we go there’s a lot of images I’m against; the strung-out women supporting a habit, women addicted to fast cash and the ones who hate everybody in their life so they do it out of spite. The men in the clubs also make me feel uneasy. The weird guys who obviously treat women like trash for their own shortcomings or love lost that they never quite recovered from. Even the old man in the corner is looking at the girls as if they’re someone from his past. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I guess because some of those old men see lots of ex-lovers while there drowning in their beer. I guess it makes me feel dirty and guilty. Please Uncle Pauli, tell me I’m not the crazy one. -Ralph Well son let me lay some knowledge on you. Tiity bars are adult entertainment… meant for adults, be it sexually frustrated to sexually stunted men. People who go to these places don’t think about too many things. They go there to escape reality for so long and spend their money on women that don’t mind doing questionable things to questionable people… for the right price of course. What you are doing is looking them in the eyes and seeing a living ghost and you happen to have some humanity left in you so don’t do that. They call them Tiity bars for a reason, not cutie bars. You are not there to look at their faces. If you feel uneasy about these places don’t go to them. Friendship doesn’t’ get thrown away like the many dollars that get thrown at sweaty strippers. They may hound you and call you terrible names, but that all depends on the circle you keep. So don’t feel bad for noticing something most people refuse to notice or don’t care about. Keep your morals and do what you feel is right. -Uncle Paulie

May 2010


Enrollment Fee May Increase

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By Marc Mendoza


f you kept your ear to the ground then it is likely you have heard all the talk going around about fee increases at California community colleges. So we went directly to the North Orange County Community College District’s Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facility, Fred Williams to get some insight. As Vice Chancellor, Williams hears first-hand all the talk and debate happening in Sacramento about California’s education system.

Williams emphasized that the money goes directly to state level it is not kept locally saying that tuition prices are “not something we control at a local level. The system would like to keep fees low.” Students will have to wait another two weeks to see what the May budget revise says as it is not due until around May 14. If the fees do increase, how much should the students at California’s community colleges expected to pay per unit?

“Right now it is $26 on the governor’s budget. We will see what happens after May budget revise,”

According to Williams, “32 is the number that I keep hearing. It could be anywhere from 26-40.”

The Governor’s budget, which is available to view online, states that it’s “Proposed Budget Summary that includes the governor’s goals and objectives for the forthcoming year highlights significant issues, policies and initiatives of the administration reflected in the governor’s budget.”

This means that if tuition fees reach $32 per unit, the cost for a 15 unit semester would become $1920 a year; which according to the American Association of Community Colleges falls $482 short of the nation’s average. These tuition increases may help slow down the hemorrhaging state’s education budget, which according to the Washington Post took a devastating $520 million dollar cut over the 20092010 school system. That’s an 8 percent decrease within a year. D

What this translates to is if the revise shows an increased price of tuition for the state’s community colleges it is all but certain to happen. “The state has very strict guidelines on fees,” said Williams.“Fees do not require a two-thirds vote like taxes.”


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the eight foot baskets with my brothers and my son.

lowed in their footsteps.

I have an older brother. He was smart. He’s the rich one. He went into business for himself. He didn’t become a teacher… he had a son that played baseball here for my brother and he was on the water polo team at Cypress College… he was 11 years older than I was… so I didn’t get to know him until later in life.

Back in the day, we didn’t have video games. We were always playing wiffle ball or flag football or in the street doing something. We were never in the house. We were always playing over-the-line, three-flies-up things like that. Video games were not part of our repertoire back then. Pretty much the rules were when the street lights came on you had to come home... When we were like seven or eight, we would go to parks and recreations, Anaheim Parks and Recreations. We would leave at nine in the morning and come back at five in the evening. Parents didn’t really have to worry about us. We took our bikes. Sometimes we came home for lunch. Go to Seven-Eleven and have a Slurpee. Life was a little more carefree back then. People didn’t worry as much. It was a fun time though. When I was growing up, I used to watch UCLA basketball with my dad. We used to watch Happy Days all the time. It’s a cool show. When we were kids we used to watch Bonanza.

I have two sisters too. They were both cheerleaders in high school. My older sister Marcy, she likes to golf. And my other sister Ellen has sons that were athletes that went on to have college careers. My mom and dad were … the kind of parents that if you went to school and did something, they let you stay at home as long as you can … which is a good thing that I tell our kids on the team. If you can stay at home, stay at home. If your parents are going to take care of you, stay there until your 30 or 40 or until you get married or whatever. Move your family in there. Take advantage of it.”D

I met my wife through softball. She was a softball player here at Cypress. She … was on my first team 24 years ago. I think my hobbies, right now, are my kids. They keep us so busy. My son plays JV basketball and pony league baseball. My daughters into ice skating and she’s on the track team … over at Oxford Academy. So, those guys really keep us busy. David is 10 and Faith is 14. I started late. I had my kids later in life. So it’s worked out okay because they’re a lot of fun. I tell people ‘my kids are more fun than TV’. I like television. I like ESPN and the History Channel things like that. I watch a lot of history. They had a good one last night about America that started. I tell my son ‘even bad pizza is good pizza’. I’m into more toppings, He’s into just pepperoni but I’m into pepperoni, sausage and onions. [My brother Scott has] been the baseball coach for about 27 years. I’ve been here 24 years. It’s been fun. We’re not too competitive anymore, you know, he knows we have a better softball program than the baseball program. So, he’s finally resolved to that fact. That’s the way it is. It’s kind of fun when we both win on the same year. It happened in ’91 and ’97. We have the teams take pictures and things like that. In the state of California, I think it is kind of rare to have the success that we’re both having. The programs are both running pretty smoothly and we don’t have a lot of problems. I bowl. I’ve given up on softball and things like that because I can’t protect myself anymore…. The last slow-pitch game I pitched in, I broke my finger and I said ‘that’s it, I’m not playing anymore’. We still play basketball at the house with May 2010

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Out of the Classroom and Into the Sun By Anannya Yazden-Ahmed


t’s a breezy California summer morning of 86 degrees with the sun peeping through the blinds and dreams of fun in the sun with the whole gang, until you awake to an atrocious noise of BEEP-BEEP-BEEP – the notorious cell phone alarm! You realize it’s time for your summer school classes! Yes, that’s right long hours of compressed 18 week classes of summer school at Cypress College! Rest assured you’re not alone! Summer school is the option for many students this summer. It’s not going to be all fun and games. Just because you have to take classes or work, it does not mean you can’t travel or have a bit of fun. “My plans are to take a road trip. Then two weeks in Mexico and back before June 21, which is the day I start summer school and where I will be for the rest of the summer, Yuppy!” said Yvonne Del Real in a sarcastic voice. Let’s face it; summer school isn’t easy for most. “I hate summer school, I can’t do it!” said Jessica McMaster.

Imagine taking an 18-week course crammed into four to six weeks of four to five hour days. That’s a lot of material to know and understand by the time the class is about to end. It takes much dedication and perseverance to not stray from studying or ditch classes to go have fun. It’s ok if you don’t take classes in the summer too. Yes, if you can get two classes out of the way during the summer you will be ahead by about six units but if you take the summer off think of the endless possibilities you could experience - traveling, working, or just enjoying a long vacation and doing absolutely nothing. “It’ll be nice to get away,” said McMaster. Some people enjoy being young and not having to work if they don’t have to for one summer. “My goals for the summer are to complete my summer school classes while I enjoy being 21!” said Sean Galvin. Others plan to travel throughout the country, “my plans are to have lots of fun and enjoy every bit of the summer!” said Del Real who is traveling domestically to San Jose, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Many have to work to support themselves, families, education, or simply to buy that one item they’ve been wanting. “I have to work! I have no choice. My student loans don’t cover all my expenses and I don’t want to burden my parents more than I need to,” said Antora Yazdan. J’Mi Ponce, a recent graduate will be entering the workforce so she no longer has summer vacations. “It will be the first day of a new life – my first day at a full time job after graduation. I will be flying to New Jersey from Southern California in order to partake in training for the company to which I have signed my time and thus my life away,” said Ponce jokingly. Though Ponce will not be doing any personal traveling, she will be traveling for her new job. “In Jersey, multiple graduated new hires like myself will pair together in a two week training program supposedly teaching us all we need to know about the company we have joined and provide us the physical and mental tools we need in order to survive our first several months,” said Ponce. There are many community organized events going on this summer, so just because you are stuck taking summer school classes doesn’t mean you have to sit around and not have fun. D


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One more awesome semester come and gone! Have a great summer and see you in the Fall!

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