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November 18, 2013

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Mariah Roat's story pg. 7

Peering through the layers of societal conditioning Jessica Beaudry Staff Writer

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Ayano Healy teaches the Nov. 7 seminar “Mirror, Mirror ­- Reflecting on Positive Self Image,” where she and other members of the PEERS coalition encourage empowerment.

elf-image is how people see themselves. Self-image also results from how others see those people and how people perceive the way others see themselves. Facing various issues of self-image during its workshop “Mirror, Mirror – Reflecting on Positive Self Image,” the SRJC People Empowering Each other to Realize Success coalition examined reasons behind negative self-image and the steps towards a positive one Nov. 7 in the Bertolini Student Center. “This is by far the biggest turnout we have ever had,” said SRJC student Cheri McLean. As a PEERS member, she greeted the chatty group of predominantly young women occupying every seat and floor space available; among them were nursing majors, psychology majors and the entire women’s soccer team. Guest speakers Ayano Healy and Nora Bulloch from the Northern California Center for Well-Being presented ideas about positive self-imagery, action plans and positive selftalk. Bulloch, a registered dietician-nutritionist, came upon positive self-image while counseling patients on weight control. She explains to patients that being healthy is not simply taking pills and going about your day; being healthy is about changing your habits. Bulloch explained that our minds require a change of habit as well. Self-talk, which refers to the private conversation in our heads, can be extremely damaging to one’s self-esteem when negative thoughts take over.

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“What’s hard with behavior change and self-image is that you have to stop and listen and ask yourself, ‘What are you saying to yourself?’” Bulloch said. When an individual feels bad, this indicates negative selftalk. It is the “disadvantage that is the advantage,” the trigger telling an individual that something needs to change. “People should try to change the negative things they said to themselves into positive ones for the reason that if you don’t love yourself, you can’t love anybody else,” SRJC Continued on page 4

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PEERS member and SRJC student Cheri McLean greets the mostlyfemale attendees of their positive self image seminar.


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Project Truth preaches pro-life at SRJC

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Faith Gates Staff Writer

Gory pictures of baby fetuses. A guy giving out condoms. A group praying for peace. The topic of abortion brings out all types of people. Project Truth, a pro-life group that tours California colleges, came to the Santa Rosa Junior College quad Nov. 4 and 5, but they were not the only group that showed up. “Society that doesn’t value life is going downhill,” said Project Truth volunteer Aurelia, who refused to give her last name for security reasons. Aurelia drove two hours to participate in the Project Truth demonstration. She even brought her 11-year-old daughter. “I want her to value life, in a world where the most vulnerable get killed,” Aurelia said. “My daughter has a voice. I don’t want my daughter’s life to be in vain; she can save them.” Even though there was a lot of conflict going on, Aurelia said, “We’re not here to fight with people. Just here to help people value life.” She wanted people to know that there are other options, like abstinence or adoption. The biggest debate was about Project Truth’s very disturbing, very large images of aborted babies. “Their showing images that could be disturbing to women that have had abortions or miscarriages,” said SRJC student Lianna Reich, part of the prochoice protest group. “I think it’s disgraceful and shaming young women who have been through this,” said SRJC student Vanessa French. “They’re delivery technique isn’t effective; they just put fear,” said Vice President of Committees Macy McClung, “They’re visibly attacking people with images.” Aurelia says they use the signs because people are misinformed. While pointing at the image, she said, “That is a human!” Joshua Pinaula, Vice President of Organizations and CoPresident of the Atheist and Skeptics Club at SRJC, says if

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Features Mariah Roat: fight for her life PAGE 7

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Arts & Entertainment Les Misérables premiere, Nov. 22 PAGE 10 Sports Polar Bear Hockey PAGE 13

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Many different groups were represented at the Project Truth demonstration in the SRJC quad Nov. 4 and 5.

his mom hadn’t aborted her first child, he wouldn’t be here. “No one wants to have an abortion, but there are people who can’t afford [to raise a child],” Pinaula said. Pinaula says that Project Truth does no good at SRJC because 60 percent of woman who have an unplanned pregnancy drop out of school, while 90 percent who have the baby drop out. He also made accusations against Project Truth, saying they have

no statistics, information or references and they make a portion of their money by suing schools. “They come uninvited, unwanted. What they are doing is asking to be pushed,” Pinaula said. “This is doing nothing.” Angelica Lorbeer of the new Aquianas Club, a Catholic faith group, said the group was there praying for peace over the place. “Abortion is not the answer,” Lorbeer said, “That baby felt

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Historical Society revives interest in SRJC archives Faith Gates

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Santa Rosa Junior College first opened in 1918 using a Santa Rosa High School building, teaching only 19 students. This was not the Santa Rosa High School next to SRJC today, but a different one on Humboldt Avenue that mysteriously burned down in 1921. After that, classes were held in many different buildings until Santa Rosa High School was constructed in 1924 and classes were held there. SRJC finally got its home in 1931 with Pioneer Hall. The new Historical Society of SRJC aims to promote and preserve the history of the college. SRJC student Sarahi Robledo and former SRJC student Adrienne Leihy started the club Oct. 30. Robledo, a member of the Santa Rosa Historical Society, and Leihy, who attended SRJC from 2000-2006 and was part of student government, came up with the idea. “I’ve been interested in JC history since I started in 2000,” Leihy said. Monte Freidig is the faculty advisor. At the club’s first meeting Oct. 25, members discussed what

the group would be about. First, they want to digitize pictures that SRJC has. Archives in the second story of the library behind the circulation desk contain pictures, documents, yearbooks and even letters between World War II soldiers and SRJC presidents, but they are not open to students. The club also wants to get old yearbooks and directories that alumni students and staff tend to throw away. SRJC had yearbooks until 1969; some of these are on display on the second floor of SRJC Doyle library. “We’ll take care of them; we’ll put them to use,” Robledo said. Associated Students stores archives in garages on Elliot Street. “They’re just sitting there…it’s like a dumping ground,” Leihy said. The club also wants to start fundraising, mainly for the fountain in the quad. The fountain was built in the 1940s by students and groundskeepers on their own time, and broke around 2008. Now it just sits barren in the quad, but they want to get it working again. Another big project is the SRJC centennial, coming up in 2018. “We definitely want to

be a big part of the centennial,” Robledo said. The club plans to gather pictures, documents and oral histories to make the celebration better. The members hope to set up a video at the next Day Under the Oaks for alumni to tell stories. They also want to have pictures of the old buildings in front of the new ones during the celebration. The historical society hopes to one day have its own website with all the history it uncovers. “We’re open to all ages,” Robledo said. Leihy continued and said, “Obviously we’re a student club, but even if they can’t be official club members, we need them and their knowledge.” Students who want to focus on the oral history, work in the archives or volunteer to fundraise can join. “There is just so many great stories out there about the JC,” Leihy said. The next meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 25 in 1554 Emeritus Hall. Donations to the society can be made through SRJC Foundation and also student affairs. More information and pictures can be found on their Facebook page “Historical Society of SRJC - Santa Rosa Junior College.”

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The two dogs in front of SRJC museum today used to be at a mansion, but during World War II they were going to melted into bullets so the family loaned the statues indefinitely. The dogs are also hollow underneath and many letters have been found there. The bookstore used to be in Pioneer Hall until it was moved to the second floor of Analy, then to the Doyle student center and finally back to Pioneer where it is today. The campus used to have Quonset huts nearby for veterans and their families. The first president waited to see where students would walk before making paths.

Geary Hall was built in 1932 a little in front of where the library is today. It was torn down after it was weakened by earthquakes and it is speculated that instead of clearing the rubble they just built on top of it, which is the reason for the mound in front of the library today. SRJC used to be a feeder school to the University of California Berkeley, the Bears, which is why SRJC athletes are called the Bear Cubs. SRJC made national news when an SRJC teacher had a coffee mug thrown at his head after calling another teacher a communist.

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Newman Auditorium hosted the Bennett Freidman Quartet Friday Nov. 15. The gathered audience was an energetic mix of all age groups united by a love of music. The foursome dressed in suit jackets and button-down shirts over black slacks as they flicked, plucked, strummed and teased jazz notes into the air for the audience to experience. Bennett Friedman, Santa Rosa Junior College music professor and ringleader of the group, played saxophone. The white-haired gentleman on piano was Larry Dunlap. Dunlap’s playing was the second voice and counter-balance for the sax. The other snowy - haired gent on upright bass was Supertramp alumnus Cliff Hugo; he provided the cool, deep backdrop for the rest of them. Akira Tana, the intense percussion expert,

kept tempo with joy on his face. Each musician took turns in the spotlight, soloing regularly within each song. They flung headlong into “Sister Sadie,” a punchy tune riddled with sudden momentary stops in tumbling beats. Friedman and his sax played center stage out front, swaying gently in a slate grey shirt and coat. The sax gave way to the piano solo while Tana meticulously ticked the cymbals, keeping time as Hugo faithfully plucked the deep-voiced bass that provided cool contrast to the fiery notes of the sax as it rejoined the tune playing into the night. The quartet’s musical efforts evoked an atmosphere of metropolitan sophistication, as the stately wood walls of Newman auditorium gave the event grandeur without distracting from the group. The banter among the musicians between songs provided moments of levity and entertainment as they traded jabs and gave some background on the upcoming pieces. continued on pg. 10...

Correction In last issue’s “Ghost Stories” article, Dr. Sherry Forkum’s mother’s name would have been

Rehling, not Forkum. Additionally, no funeral service was held for Rehling. The family celebrated her life with a small dinner/memorial.


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Conference pans out new job prospects for SRJC students in liquid gold rush Erik Jorgensen Staff Writer

Sonoma County’s first-ever Beer, Cider and Spirits Conference tapped opportunities for Santa Rosa Junior College students in the county’s $200 million home-brewed industry. Speakers and panelists included 2nd District Assembly member Wes Chesboro and brewers from 20 breweries, five cideries and four distilleries in Sonoma County, the birthplace of the modern microbrewery. Chesboro said California’s 422 craft breweries, opening at a rate of about one a week, employ 48,000 people, pay $850 million in taxes and add $4 billion to the state’s economy. Chesboro described California’s craft beer industry as “guerilla capitalism” battling the “culture of sameness placing mediocrity over adventure” and tapping into the barrels of people looking for a new favorite. California Craft Beer Association Executive Director Tom McCormick outlined the industry’s positive impact on city and state economies, as well as Sonoma County’s worldwide fame as the cradle of the craft beer countermovement. When Sonoma’s now-tappedout New Albion Brewery opened in 1976, Jack McAuliffe transformed used dairy equipment to build from the ground up what became the first microbrewery in the U.S. McCormick said New Albion is known around the world, even in recently-visited Denmark where he said, “they treat you like a rock star if you say you’re a brewer from Sonoma County.” Tom Magee, owner of Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, delivered the keynote address, dropping only one F-bomb in the process. Lagunitas accounts for 70 percent of the county’s beer sales and half the county’s 680 craft beer employees, and their soonto-open expansion in Chicago will quadruple their production. Magee said the decision to expand came after “running the numbers” of their shipping costs of $150,000 per week and discovering he could borrow $25 million with that kind of cash flow. Magee also spoke about “bankers, not brewers” running multinational

beer conglomerates like InBev, the equipment to expand his Sonoma During the tasting session after money. If you just get to the almostworld’s largest brewing company that distillery, HelloCello & Prohibition the conference, some of Sonoma open point, but don’t have enough owns Budweiser, Busch, Löwenbräu, Spirits. County’s world-famous home- money to open, or once you get open Michelob, Natural Light and several Natalie Cilurzo, owner of Russian brewed legends offered advice to and can’t get people in your door, other brands found in supermarkets. River Brewing Company in Santa SRJC students intent on tapping into it’s not going to work. It looks like a Magee said Budweiser’s release Rosa, spoke on the “Brewing the craft beer industry. money-making venture, but it’s not; of American Ale was “full of Solutions” panel about the country’s “Biochemistry knowledge is it’s a money-spending venture.” capitulation; it most regulated critical if you want to be a brewer,” Santa Rosa City Council member gave drinkers industry. Of the said Lagunitas’ maketing head Ron Gary Wysocky, former adjunct permission nine regulatory Lindenbusch. “If you want to be in professor of accounting at Sonoma “Every aspect of to leave the challenges she the marketing end of things, SRJC State University, advised SRJC r e s e r v a t i o n” raised, waste has a great culinary program to students interested in any industry, your business must by offering an water topped be able to take the whole ‘beer & “It’s all about personal connections. be profitable, every option besides her list as a food’ thing to a whole other place.” You do what you can to get in front decision has to make the standard barrier for new Students interested in restaurants of people, you do whatever job is pilsner style. sense – but your bottom or expanding and hospitality, already in place for offered, and you work your way up “If the tail b r e w e r i e s . the wine tourism industry, benefit by the food chain. But people skills are line is not always key.” Cilurzo can wag the said incorporating craft beer into those what matter.” dog that hard, Russian River existing programs. “You learn that, Wysocky also said desire was -Richard Norgrove it’s not the tail B r e w i n g and then you try to put a ‘beer’ angle essential and “timing’s not the only anymore,” Magee Company, whose to it, and you’ve got something that thing – it’s everything. You can have said. Lagunitas annual limited has a dual purpose in the consumer’s forever-bad timing but you just have attracted the interest of several release of their Pliny the Younger mind,” Lindenbusch said. to be ready when that break comes Dartmouth MBA students “turning brought Sonoma County $2 million “There’s not currently any type your way – and it will. You just have their backs on the morass of in tourist dollars this spring, is not of brewing science class [at SRJC],” to be patient for it and ready for it.” soullessness of Wall Street.” considering expanding their world- Lindenbusch said, “but anything Don Winkle, business attorney Ken Weaver, author of “The famous brewery partly because of you know about making wine with Spaulding McCullough & Northern California Craft Beer regulatory barriers. translates into beer in a lot of ways Tansil LLP and moderator of the Guide,” sat on the panel “Branding While brewery waste water is not – a lot of the same chemistry, the Brewing Solutions panel, advised of Sonoma County.” Weaver said the toxic, it provides rich nutrients for same biochemistry. But you’ve got to SRJC students against sloppy texting county’s craft breweries benefit from organisms that overpower sewer make sure you’re old enough to drink habits to set themselves apart. “Learn the tourism industry already deeply systems. Assuming Russian River before I can encourage that!” how to write,” Winkle said. “Learn rooted and growing for another invested $1 million in a water Cilurzo advised SRJC students how to express yourself clearly and purpose, Sonoma County wine. treatment system for a brewery interested in opening a beer bar or a professionally and you will have Jay Brooks, a syndicated beer three times their current size that brewery that having enough start-up a leg up on many, many people – writer on the same panel, spoke discharged only 100 percent pure money is essential. “You need to have regardless of what degree you get.” about the built-in recognition of the water, sewage hook-up fees would tons of capital, and you need a plan,” For more photos of this first-of-itsSonoma name. While wine drinkers be $1.2 million in addition to any Cilurzo said. “You need money. No kind event go to our website at: www. might view Napa and Sonoma monthly fees, Cilurzo said. matter what you’re going to do, get theoakleafnews.com interchangeably, craft beer drinkers only know Sonoma. “Around the world, people know the Big Three,” Brooks said, referring to Lagunitas Brewing Company, Bear Republic Brewing Company and Russian River Brewing Company. “People come to visit the Big Three and find out about the other 17.” The panel on “Liquid Assets” included Richard Norgrove, owner of Bear Republic Brewing Company in Healdsburg, who said his biggest resource was his employees, but even with great employees a company still needs to have a product. “There is no such thing as a ‘loss leader,’” Norgrove said. “Every aspect of your business must be profitable, every decision has to make sense – but your bottom line is not always key.” On the same panel, Fred Groth Erik Jorgensen/Oak Leaf described using the Kickstarter Family-owned Devoto Orchards in Sebastopol presses organic apples into cider being poured by Stan Devoto [left]. website to raise $25,000 for

Self empowerment, continued from cover... student Anna Lucas said. Many shared their insight during an exercise in which participants were asked to explore their negative self-talk. One audience member said, “I always wished that I was smarter. I am dumb.” Another said, “I beat myself up and this inhibits me from moving forward.” Others shared: I am ugly, and I am not good enough. The negative statements were then turned into positive ones by Bulloch and Healy. “I am smart. I am learning. I am beautiful and I am worthy.” As a tip, Bulloch suggests using only positive words when creating positive self-talk. Never say, “I am not dumb, always

say ‘I am smart.” Bulloch also says to use adverbs; say “I am happily learning.” The five steps towards positive change include writing down those self-defeating thoughts, changing them to more rational and helpful thoughts, rehearsing, practicing and being patient. Bulloch expressed the importance of patience. “I am a big believer in the sticky note,” Bulloch said, suggesting that her audience members write positive sayings on them and place the sticky notes on mirrors and around the house. Healy then presented the Center for Well-Being’s action plan. First, it must be something that you want

to do, “not your therapist, not your friend; you,” Healy said. Next, make sure the goal is attainable, then answer the following questions: “what, how much, when, how often.” Last, assess your confidence level on a scale of 0 to 10. “Your gut check should be around a seven,” Healy said. If it is lower, see what needs to be changed. The action plan is structured for one-week intervals. “The most important thing with this action plan is to see it as a tool and as a routine, see what you want and break it down into a process,” Healy said. SRJC students shared their action plans varying from wanting to become a faster runner to taking time

out each week for some ‘me time.’ “By accomplishing this simple action plan and simple steps, this raises your self-esteem,” Bulloch said. Encouraging her audience to take goals one week at a time, Healy said, “We have to be patient, look at yourself and validate the success you are making this week.” Combining positive self-image and the action plan Healy and Bulloch led a final activity where participants wrote down positive selfattributes on paper representing a mirror. Many were pleased with the results, saying, “I ran out of space,” and, “It felt good. Sometimes you only say negative things and it’s nice to stay positive.”

Becky Fein, coordinator of PEERS coalition, shared a video of a model completely transformed by Photoshop. The footage shined a spotlight on media as a culprit in many individuals’ insecurities. “Images in mass media represent less than 3 percent of the population,” Fein said. Sharing her personal story of seeing Heidi Klum on an airplane, and noting how she “was pretty but not the drop-dead gorgeous woman you see on the magazines,” a participant supported this idea. “We all exhibit a different form of beauty,” McLean said.


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ess than 100 years ago, a person of any age walking down the street with a rifle would have been no more suspicious than someone walking with any other tool. Thirty years ago, a police officer would have at least faced an armed person to find out their intent. Andy Lopez was walking with a toy gun in his hand. A veteran sheriff ’s deputy wrongly perceived Andy as a threat, and fearing his toy gun, he killed him. No crime had been committed; Andy had issued no threat. Andy wasn’t even able to turn around and face the deputy. This killing was irrational, motivated by the unchecked fear of a gun and the prevalent law enforcement mentality that every person with a gun must die. Fear has our society firmly in its grasp. It’s why we lock our doors, use car alarms, put passcodes on phones, use multiple passwords on the web and take our shoes off to fly. We are a nation ruled by fear. Not the fear of spiders, or the zombie apocalypse, but the everincreasing threat of physical violence. From a gun in your face or a bomb on your plane to a kickedin front door, real violence exists everywhere - it’s the only kind of news we seem to hear about. With mass shootings every month in movie theaters, schools, malls and churches, there is no safe place. The specter of the gun is rampant. America has an enduring relationship with violence: our nation is founded on it. We are a violent people. We kill time, and when turning things off we use the kill switch. We jest about killing one another for petty reasons. “He said what? I’ll kill him.” To be successful, we make a killing in business. Our children learn that to succeed they must kill, crush, nail or annihilate any opposition. America is OK with violent death. We like it because we are the best at dealing it. It’s even our right to be able to dispense it at the individual citizen level. From action movies to video games to playing in the streets, our youths slaughter aliens, thugs and terrorists alike without questioning why. Between gun crime and carnage we are becoming emotionally numb to the horror of it all. Pulling a trigger is as commonplace as running a stop sign. We have become victim to our own cultural aggression. We seem more afraid of ourselves than global warming. We could stop making cops’ jobs harder by not publicly exposing guns and only letting criminals get caught with them, but law enforcement could also refrain from killing out of fear. The mindset of shooting every person with a gun is overreactive and the mistakes are too costly for everyone.

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s finals approach, some Santa Rosa Junior College students have to come to terms with the fact that they might fail some of their classes. Lack of motivation, trouble at home and the stress of working and going to school can all be contributing factors in the struggle to pass classes. If you’re one of SRJC’s approximately 13,500 students currently on fee waivers, the struggle to pay for your education could get more stressful. State community college leaders are considering a proposal that would tie students’ Board of

Governors Fee Waivers to their grades, requiring them to maintain a C average for two semesters or earn credit for at least half their coursework in order to keep their financial aid. The high rate of dropped classes among California community colleges is one reason officials are considering the change. Students who drop classes cost the system money, and SRJC shells out more in BOG Fee Waivers than it collects in tuition. While proponents of the measure maintain that it encourages students to focus on academics, the reality is that at-risk students who

find themselves paying full tuition will be discouraged from pursuing their education. Students will be able to appeal the loss of their waivers, although the cost of appealing that decision could be too costly for students to handle. Appealing the loss of scholarships or financial aid often involves proving extraordinary circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as a serious mental or physical condition. Proving such circumstances, particularly in the case of a mental condition, can be costly. To establish mental health circumstances beyond the student’s

control often requires a written statement from a licensed therapist, psychiatrist or psychologist, all of whom require costly sessions to assess the individual before providing such a statement. California community colleges’ board of governors will not take a final vote on the proposal until January, and the proposal would not be effective until 2016. Nearly half of SRJC’s students currently receive fee waivers. Adding the stress of losing those waivers to students already burdened by a myriad of problems is a recipe for disaster.

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Christians resist the rainbow dreams of blissful matrimony

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e’re in the midst of a social experiment that treats gays like people. Tensions are building as more states legalize same-sex marriage and the Christian right clings to ancient taboos. Gay relationships threaten the fabric of the Christian universe. They are zealously uncompromising on the issue. Do they have post-traumatic stress from being thrown to the lions? Has their own non-heterosexual curiosity become intolerable as they witness homosexuals living authentic lives? It doesn’t matter. Christians have the right to be exactly how they are. But knowing how they are, why would a gay couple go to a Christian bakery for their wedding cake? Maybe to make an example of them. Two lesbian brides-to-be are suing a bakery in Gresham, Oregon for refusing to make their wedding cake. They estimate their emotional damage at $100,000. Their wedding memoirs will include bagging some Christians. Besides a lawsuit, the bakers also face fines for discrimination. But that’s just the icing on the cake. Following months of relentless attacks by angry homosexual activists, the bakery shut down. The LGBT militia inundated them with threats, break-ins, harassing phone calls and e-mails. It expanded the bullying to vendors associated with the bakery. The bakery’s client base abandoned it. The owners pulled their kids out of school because of the media firestorm. Mob tactics succeeded in enforcing equal love rights. Are the bakers really victims? It’s a cake, for God’s sake. They weren’t asked to bless the marriage, just bake a cake. What biblical passage says, “Thou shalt not bake a wedding cake for lesbians”? A business operating under a public license has to abide by public laws. No one goes to a bakery to get a sermon. They not only denied the women their cake, they called them “an abomination unto the Lord.” Are they absolutely sure they haven’t baked cakes for illegitimate children, members of the KKK, Hitler devotees, or pedophiles? If you want to discriminate under the cover of religion, don’t operate a for-profit business. Or lie. You can still practice bigotry

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and stay in business. There are plenty of legitimate and legal reasons to decline service. Or make a lousy cake. There are no legal statutes against bad-tasting, poorly decorated wedding cakes. Gays won the right to buy a cake from someone who doesn’t want to sell them one, but eating food handled by people you’ve offended isn’t the smartest thing to do. Having your cake and eating it too might come with a lingering aftertaste of Christian urine. The number of gay couples suing businesses is growing. Gay couples sued bakeries in five states over the past year. In Washington, a same-sex couple sued a florist who denied service for their wedding. In Kentucky, a T-shirt company was sued for refusing to print gay themes. Two gay men in Iowa leveled a discrimination charge against the owner of a bistro for refusing to host their wedding ceremony. No shoes, no shirt, no morals, no service. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled against Christian owners of a photography studio who refused to photograph a gay wedding. The studio argued they didn’t want to convey conflicted views of marriage through photos. The line becomes blurred between bigotry and artistic

Should artists be forced by the state to use their talent in ways that violate their conscience? vision. Given that photography is a means of artistic expression, shouldn’t they be free to decide who and what they photograph? Should artists be forced by the state to use their talent in ways that violate their conscience? Baking, floristry and catering can all be considered art. But once you open a business and

offer these artistic services to the public for money, you’re required to follow the same rules as any other business. The public is everybody, not just people you share the same viewpoints with. Waiters, bartenders, musicians, reception hall owners, tuxedo and gown fitters, wedding guests - some of the people involved in making a wedding are bound to be uncomfortable with the idea of homosexuality. Some gays themselves are uncomfortable with it. Going after uncooperative vendors like a swarm of yellow jackets won’t change anyone’s beliefs. Refusing service won’t change anyone’s sexual preference, though. Christians want to counteract what they see as outof-control progressivism. For them, it’s a spiritual battle between the godly and the godless. They try to enforce morality. However, gays try to enforce normality. They demand that everyone celebrate gay love. Uncooperative vendors will be punished. Both sides suffer from inflated persecution complexes. Neither side wants to be seen as catering to the other. Both are willing to stoop to the lowest levels of decency over some cake.

t looks like the era of the Saturday evening rental is a thing of past, left to the mercy of Redbox, Netflix and Amazon. Dish Network shut down its remaining 300 Blockbuster rental locations and ended mail-order rentals. The blue and yellow video giant is now defunct because it failed to adapt to the new age of digital online streaming. It has been apparent for a few years now that movie rental stores are in a bad spot. No one wants to go and then return to the store or be hassled by rental fees. The development of online technology and streaming formats such as Netflix and Amazon Prime have made renting easier and cheaper. At $8 a month, Netflix streaming has led many people away from box store rentals. A lot of the television and movie studios have realized that Netflix and Amazon are the way of the future for video rentals. Blockbuster and other rental companies like Hollywood Video didn’t do enough to get with the times and were left behind. Blockbuster had a great idea starting a mail-order online service, which is top-notch. The company could have done so much more with the available technology and could have stopped Netflix right from the getgo with its own streaming service. I always thought Blockbuster would have ultimately beaten Netflix if they had just adapted. They had so many opportunities, but perhaps it’s because their owner, Dish Network, prevented them from changing their model or they were blind to Netflix creeping up on them. When the company was bought out there may not have been enough capital left to develop such services. Seven years ago, Blockbuster had enough cash to make a bid to buy Circuit City, which went out of business. Had Blockbuster invested that money in future technology and not in a dying box store, maybe they’d still be viable today. I don’t know how Netflix sneaked up on Blockbuster, or why from the beginning it was never taken seriously as a competitor. It always looked like Netflix was nothing more than a knockoff Blockbuster that people could turn to if they didn’t want to drive to a rental store to peruse the shelves of new releases. Netflix has ended up destroying the last of the dangerous competition in the rental business at this point. On the horizon, cable and satellite companies are already starting to feel the pinch in the realm of television with Netflix starting to produce its own content. There is nothing in the current market, other than Amazon or another company like Google or Comcast, that could eventually develop their own online streaming markets big enough to topple the Netflix empire. In the end, Blockbuster fell victim to its own inability to adapt its business model to the new age of digital and evolving technology. The time for action is now for nonstreaming services to either evolve or fade away like VHS.


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Unbreakable spirit: Mariah Roat’s fight R o s a , retained La Rosa Tequileria and Staff Writer M a r i a h after he and his Grille donates 100% of all ariah Roat wanted partners bought the sales Nov. 21 to Mariah’s to be in marketing. Cantina. “She’s always benefit. La Rosa is located In her fourth year had good energy. She at Santa Rosa Junior College, this makes this place family,” he on 500 Fourth Street. should have been the semester she said. “Mariah basically came with got her associate’s degree in business the building and there isn’t a single marketing. But something went bad bone in her body.” For three years Mariah waited wrong: early in the semester she felt stomach pains and didn’t sleep well tables, making friends with grabbing customers and staff. Mariah has v a r i o u s for weeks. “It felt like I was being stabbed,” a reputation for being kind and m e d i c i n e energetic, interactive and friendly bottles she said. and A single phone call from her to patrons. No one could mistake vitamin packets for doctor was all it took to turn her life the beautiful, graceful woman her morning routine. gliding between tables for anyone Her upside-down a second time. roommates and In October this year Mariah but Mariah Roat. friends look after her and Isabel Butler met Mariah at cook her meals. They are all the found out she had colon cancer. She went through surgery to remove a La Rosa. Butler’s dedicated time support she has. part of her colon. Unfortunately, post- and energy into taking care of her Butler makes sure friends can see operation scans revealed the cancer since she waited with her through Mariah whenever she has the energy Mariah’s first night in the hospital. to entertain guests. Near Halloween, already spread to her lymph nodes. Mariah went from a perfectly “She’s a very friendly and bubbly Butler organized a girl’s night where sweet. healthy college student to a stage four person. Once you meet her, you’ll One instantly fall in love with her,” cancer patient in less then a month. of Mariah’s Mariah lost her mother to cancer Butler said. “She’s obviously really r o o mmates, in middle school. When she was 19, scared, but she’s staying herself.” Anita Prum, couldn’t Mariah’s days deteriorated her father died of liver failure. For stop tears from rolling three years she provided for herself from working and studying to down her cheeks when she by working at the Cantina, now La lying in bed, barely having enough talked about Mariah. Rosa Tequileria & Grille, on Fourth energy to walk. After losing “She’s one of the strongest Street. While she worked and nearly 30 pounds, she could people that I know. She’s studied on her own, Mariah loved barely eat most days. an amazing human outdoor activities. “I really like Today Mariah may be being, ” she said running and biking in parks,” she smaller than usual between glances said. “Anything to get me outside but her attitude at her friend. certainly and active.” I n Since losing her parents, h a s n ’ t lieu of Mariah surrounded chemoherself with a new t he r apy, family. Darren w h i c h Chapple, CEO diminished. remains a last only and part She resort option, o w n e r recently had the Mariah wants to of La energy to get out pursue a holistic treatment of bed, but she made first to try and fight off the effort to greet people the cancer. Dr. Isaac Eliaz of whenever they showed up at the Amitabha Medical Clinic in her door. Sebastopol prescribed a cocktail of Each story she told was different vitamins and supplements followed by her laughter, to boost Mariah’s immune system. ringing clear and “They give me shots for my immune light through the “She’s a very friendly and system, vitamin C infusions. They house. Stepping bubbly person. Once you induce a fever to kill off cancer gingerly, she cells, give me acupuncture and I buses took the girls out and they walked meet her, you’ll instantly see a chiropractor,” she said. Every carved pumpkins. around, fall in love with her,” Butler The cancer completely changed morning she opens dozens of boxes Mariah’s diet. She’s juicing more, by and bottles and takes pill after pill said. choice, and converted to a fully vegan with breakfast. “My PET scan came back diet. She’s eating less processed food to help her digestion. A positive, so the doctors are holding friend was cooking for her chemotherapy until December,” in the kitchen, and the Mariah said. Her mother died yams and country undergoing chemotherapy and she’s potatoes on her concerned about the death rate and plate made the side effects the treatment is known whole house for. A college student living on her s m e l l earthy own, working a single job cannot and begin to cover the cost just for chemotherapy alone, not even including holistic treatment. The fundraiser site Give Forward has a campaign for Mariah, hoping to raise $500,000 to cover her medical bills and provide financial relief. La Rosa William Rohrs

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has a l i n k to the campaign on its website and donors can visit www.larosasantarosa. com to find the campaign on their home page. La Rosa is pulling out all the stops to help Mariah fight for her life. On Nov. 21, the restaurant is putting 100 percent of all sales towards Mariah’s fundraiser. Every waiter, waitress, host, hostess, busser and cook plans to donate all of his or her tips and work for free during the event. Chapple made deals with several beneficiaries and created a silent auction with all proceeds going to Mariah to accompany the food sales. Auction items include paintings from local artists and items from several businesses in Santa Rosa. To compliment the day of food and auctions, Chapple is unveiling La Rosa’s new menu to the public. He organized chefs to come and serve hors d’oeuvres throughout the day. Local bands will play acoustic music in the newly designed club upstairs. “She wants to come back to work. That’s what’s so endearing about her. She’s precious to us and she’s a wonderful person,” Chapple said. Truly extraordinary people are made through their worst moments. Mariah Roat lost both her parents. She developed stage four colon cancer. Some days she can barely get up. She’s thin, fragile­­—and yet she carries herself with such charisma and energy it masks the severity of her condition. Mariah is anything but ordinary.


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ANDY LOPEZ Story by Tara Kaveh Center Spread Editor Photos by Tara Kaveh, Anne Belden, Erik Jorgensen & Gabe Zermeno

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anta Rosa Junior College student leaders and organizations continue to pressure for transparency and justice for 13-year-old Andy Lopez, shot by a deputy of the Santa Rosa Sheriff ’s Department. By organizing massive rallies and meeting with local elected officials, SRJC students and leaders are using their voices to stand up for a cause that has left a tragic effect on the community. The community has pressured the local government to demand accountability for the death of Lopez through their freedom of speech and assembly, rapidly organizing meetings, protests, marches and campaigns joined by members of outside counties and even states. SRJC student leaders from Second Chance Student Club, 100,000 poets and the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanista de Aztian (M.E.Ch.A.) de Santa Rosa Junior College organized a massive rally on Oct. 29, with an assembly of more than 1,000 people. People of all ages, races and incomes marched side-by-side from downtown Santa Rosa to the sheriff ’s office with the streets cordoned off by the Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD) in the name of the cause: “Justice for Andy Lopez.” Organizations from as far away as Occupy Oakland bussed members over to attend the Santa Rosa rally. A demonstration was held under the oaks at SRJC where SRJC Student Trustee Robert Edmunds opened up the mic to allow community members to speak about the cause from all kinds of perspectives, including

a local musician rapping about Lopez. The assembly then marched to the sheriff ’s office where friends of Lopez, family members affected by police brutality and concerned community members spoke. The “us vs. them” mood was set with deputies dressed in full protective gear, with gates barricading off the area around the front of the sheriff ’s office, with

Gelhaus fired at Lopez eight times, killing him on the spot. The officerin-training did not fire, according to authorities. It took 10 seconds between the deputies calling in to report a suspect and then calling again to report the boy had been shot. According to the autopsy, some of the bullets hit Lopez in the back, before he had the chance to fully turn around to face the deputies.

snipers on the roof and a helicopter hovering above. The speaker opened with, “Andy Lopez died on Oct. 22. Ironically that is also national antipolice brutality day.” John Burris, the lawyer that represented Oscar Grant’s family in a similar case, also spoke at the rally in support of prosecuting Gelhaus. Sandy Mondragon, a mother at

the rally with her son, said, “We’re here supporting the parents of the boy. We have kids and it’s really scary that they can’t play with toys because they can be killed or something.” Vanessa Ventura, a Ridgeway High School student at the protest, said, “We get called names and these kinds of things because of the way we dress and the neighborhood we come from. Andy was an honor roll student and a boxer; he had dreams. Now his parents have to know that the person that was supposed to protect them killed their son.” After numerous rallies, protests and vigils, leadership groups organized a national day of protest to demand justice for Andy Lopez on Nov. 9. Supporters from Oakland, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Sacramento, San Francisco and New York City participated in protests and solidarity actions in honor of Lopez. At a meeting Nov. 7, community members and SRJC leaders met with Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Sheriff Steve Freitas in an open dialogue between the groups for Q&A. “Everyone knows the inequities exist,” Zane said. The question is whether annexation would or would not make a difference in the development and improvement of the fifth district of Santa Rosa. Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Duenas explained, “I grew up in Roseland. I remember when the annexation took place and the community asked for sheriffs to patrol the area rather than police… Now it seems like a police state, even I get the feeling. Would annexation stop that?” Nevertheless, Anne Belden/Oak Leaf

Riot police oversee the Oct. 29 “Justice for Andy Lopez” rally.

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The slogan “I am Andy Lopez and my life matters” covered signs throughout the protest.


the annexation of the fifth district—the district “shot without provocation or cause.” The SRPD that Andy Lopez lived in—is currently in the is conducting an independent investigation of works with the city council and board. the homicide, and the FBI is looking into the The major question in this quest for justice shooting. Gelhaus is currently on paid adminfor Andy Lopez, his family and the community istrative leave. is: what does “justice for Andy Lopez” entail? Gelhaus is a 24-year veteran of the office, an Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanista de Aztian Iraq War veteran, firearms instructor and con(M.E.Ch.A.) de Santa Rosa Junior College has tributing writer to gun publications. In 2006, Gelhaus replied to an online displaced forward five demands to ensure justice for Andy Lopez’s family and the community. cussion about being threatened by someone The M.E.Ch.A. proposal presented at the Nov. 7 with a BB or pellet gun, “It’s going to come roundtable meeting includes the following de- down to YOUR ability to articulate to law enmands: transparency during the investigation, forcement and very likely the Court that you a community Review Board with subpoena were in fear of death or serious bodily injury,” power to be created in order for transparency he wrote. “I think we keep coming back to this, to exist, community involvement in educating articulation—your ability to explain why—will our youth and families about their rights when be quite significant.” Officials said up until the Oct. 22 shooting dealing with the law enforcement, the continuous training of law enforcement agencies when of Lopez, Gelhaus had never shot at a suspect dealing with diverse communities and a me- before. Nevertheless, area resident Jeff Westmorial park created for Andy Lopez at the site brook came forward a few weeks ago to say that Gelhaus had pointed a pistol at him twice when of his death. Addressing the issue of training law en- he pulled Westbrook over for a traffic violation. forcement agencies when dealing with diverse He pointed the pistol when Westbrook offered communities, Sheriff Freitas explained that in to move his car to give Gelhaus more room on this past year every sheriff in the department the road shoulder and when Westbrook lifted has undergone a state-required 24-hour racial his shirt to show that he was carrying no weapprofiling and cultural sensitivity training. Since ons. The Santa Rosa Police Department is conFreitas has been sheriff, he created a Latino Advisory Committee with members self-selected ducting an independent investigation on the by the Latino community to consult with on homicide case involving Andy Lopez and the FBI said it also is lookimmigration changes and ing into the shooting. policy progress. FBI spokesman Peter Lee The last time Rodrigo said, “What the FBI is Lopez saw his son Andy In an interview with Arinvestigating is whether Lopez was on Tuesday noldo Casillas, the Lopez there were any civil rights morning; “I told him family’s lawyer, spoke violations. Did somebody what I tell him every about what justice means commit a crime based on day: behave yourself.” for the Lopez family, race, sexual orientation, On Tuesday, Oct. 22, two age and things like that.” deputies spotted 13-year“They are optimistic that Since the incident old Andy Lopez walking a critical eye will be used happened in an uninalong Moorland Avenue. and that justice will be corporated district, it has The boy, wearing shorts served. They hope that the brought light to the inand a blue hoodie, was officer will be prosecuted.” equities that exist in unholding an Airsoft gun incorporated districts in that resembled an AKSanta Rosa, that receive 47 and was missing the inefficient delivery of serorange tip that signified it as fake. The deputies’ car came up from be- vices, such as sewer, water and public safety. In hind and Lopez was told to “put the gun down” some areas, ditches run along the side of the roads instead of sidewalks. twice. In a TV news interview with Arnoldo Deputy Erick Gelhaus, who was training an officer that day, told investigators that he was Casillas, the Lopez family’s lawyer, spoke about afraid the youth would shoot after he did not what justice means for the Lopez family, “They comply with commands to drop the gun. The are optimistic that a critical eye will be used deputy stated he “couldn’t recall” if he identified and that justice will be served. They hope that himself as law enforcement when he called out the officer will be prosecuted.” In 2012, Casillas to drop the gun. Gelhaus claimed he believed won a $24 million jury verdict in Los Angeles the replica gun that Lopez was holding was real Superior Court against the Los Angeles Police and that the barrel “was rising up and turning Department after one of its officer’s shot and paralyzed a 13-year-old boy who was playing in his direction.” Gelhaus fired at Lopez eight times, killing with a pellet gun similar to the one Lopez was him on the spot. The officer-in-training did not carrying. The demands of the community have presfire, according to authorities. It took 10 seconds between the deputies calling in to report sured local government to resolve the case of a suspect and then calling again to report the Andy Lopez. It is clear that the social inequities boy had been shot. According to the autopsy, that exist in unincorporated districts of Santa some of the bullets hit Lopez in the back, before Rosa and the mistrust of local officers by the he had the chance to fully turn around to face community have surfaced through this incithe deputies. Witnesses’ perspectives are that dent. Although Lopez is no longer here to see Gelhaus kept firing after Lopez hit the ground and that the deputy proceeded to handcuff his justice carried out, community involvement and the perseverance of family and friends body. Lopez’s parents, Rodrigo Lopez and Sujey have created a demand for the improvement Cruz, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in U.S. and implementation of prevention measures District Court of San Francisco against Gel- like officer training and community training haus and the county of Sonoma, claiming that programs between the community and those Gelhaus has a history of reckless behavior and whose jobs are to serve them.

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Hundreds protesting the shooting of Andy Lopez march up Mendocino Avenue to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.

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Protesters at SRJC’s Hyde Park join the Oct. 22 march to the Sheriff ’s Department for Andy Lopez.

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Protesters at the Sheriff ’s Department speak under the watchful eye of armed officers on the rooftop.

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Protesters marching on Mendocino Avenue include junior high school students demanding justice for Andy Lopez.


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11/20 Fall Cinema Series Event: “Holy Motors” Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, Petaluma 6 p.m./ free for ASP members 11/22 Les Miserables Premiere Night Burbank Auditorium, Santa Rosa 8 p.m./ $10 to $18/+13 has brief strong language, adult situations and violent scenes. Ages 13+ 11/22 Pure Delight Concert Event presenting JeanEfflam Bavouzet Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa 7:30 p.m./$15 to $25 12/2 International Student End of the Year Reception Doyle Library Fourth Floor Reading Room 3:30 p.m./free 12/3 SRJC Forensics Team Fall Speech Night Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa 7 p.m./ $5 fee 12/4 Fall Cinema Series Event: “Samsara” Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, Petaluma 6 p.m./ free for ASP members 12/11 Fall Cinema Series Event: “Edward Scissorhands” Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, Petaluma 6 p.m./ free for ASP members

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Les Misérables is coming to SRJC Asa Hackett

11/19 The JC Salon presents “Technoculture” with presenter Karen Walker Bertolini Student Activities Center, Santa Rosa 3 p.m./free

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Grab your baguettes and prepare for revolution this week as “Les Misérables” opens in Burbank Auditorium. The story follows a recently freed Jean Valjean after he is released from wrongful imprisonment. With the help of a kind bishop, Valjean begins his redemption by helping a town prosper and becoming a philanthropist. In trying to help a prostitute’s illegitimate daughter, he becomes swept up in a 19th Century rebellion. Directed by Laura DowningLee, the Theatre Arts department chair, the classic musical will come to life Nov. 22 at SRJC. Downing-Lee collaborated with Santa Rosa Junior College faculty members Jody Benecke and Janis Dunson Wilson. “Les Misérables” is what is called a sung-through musical. All dialog is sung. “Jody is a professional opera singer, and it has been fabulous,” Downing-Lee said. Adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel, “Les Misérables” has been performed in 21 languages in countries all over the world. More than over 60 million people have seen the play. “The musical is very sparse in

some respects,” the director said. “The audience’s experience when watching the play is going to be quite different than watching the movie.” Forty cast members make the production one of the largest ever performed in Burbank Auditorium. Christopher Hohmann plays protagonist Jean Valjean. Anthony Guzman opposes him as Javert, a detective hunting Valjean throughout the play. Carmen Mitchell stars as Fantine, a mother forced into prostitution to care for her child. The revolutionary idealist Marius is played by Jordan Levine and Brittany Law plays Eponine, a lower-class girl infatuated with Marius. The play features college students, high school students and a few “child actors” between the ages 9 and 12. The younger children take turns being featured and in the chorus. A full orchestra backs the ensemble, and other community donations helped the production thrive. “The heart of it is the nobility of the human spirit,” DowningLee said. “One of the things most fabulous about ‘Les Misérables’ is how incredibly timely the story is.” The musical runs from Nov. 22 through Dec. 8 at SRJC. “It’s a different kind of experience to see it in the theater. A very powerful one,” Downing-Lee said.

Bennett Friedman continued from page 3 They next launched into a throaty tune by Michael Brecker, full of smooth anguish, like the guilty conscience of an angel. The tune conjured scenes of a hard-boiled detective in a smoky bar on a humid night, promising dangerous intrigue in the form of a dame in a red dress. The ever-attentive audience showed their appreciation with applause when each musician finished a complicated passage and yielded to the next featured solo in the song. Each solo, from sax beeping to piano tickling, was evocative of the best traditions in jazz. During Friedman’s downtime, as the others showcased their talents, the tall slender saxophonist would stroll to stage left, propping himself against the corner. The overhead lighting made him seem like a character against a lamppost: head down, hand in pocket, the sax resting against him, like a street philosopher who only spoke through the sax. During one solo, Tana crashed out notes on the drums in time with an imagined rain downpour on a hot Chicago night; slowly he played it down to a trickle. The crowd applauded enthusiastically and Friedman returned with a sincere-sounding phrase that seemed to say, “don’t go, stay; two hearts can be as one.” The tunes continued, each one a high-energy tumult of notes. The music never lingered for long before punching on to the next one.

The complex structure of the music tumbled and streamed into the audience, not to catch or be counted — that would be overwhelming — but to pass over them in delight. Never heavy-handed, the quartet played from powerful, brash calamities to soft but quick trickling interludes; each time the audience applauded their appreciation of the skill displayed. One song entitled “Peacocks”

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Victor Hugo’s, “Les Miserables” will debut in Burbank Auditorium Nov. 22.

resembled two birds strutting on a rich lawn, each competing to be more beautiful than the other, as the sax would play a phrase only to be imitated by the piano. The scales climbed higher and higher until the music spilled into an elegant tune; the sax and piano still tossing phrases back and forth like competing birds, ending by gently fading out; the winner, the audience. At times the music, with a rapid three count, would speed into chaos only to slow down to a zizag-

zipping-rata-tap-tap as the group short-bursted through it. In many of the pieces a flurry of short notes honked and beeped expertly by Friedman, followed by Dunlap’s piano interpretations of the sax’s phrase, leaving Friedman free to return to his darkened corner legs crossed, head nodding to the beat. The eruptive playing style continued, ending the night in a vigorous shower of standing ovation applause.

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During an intense percusion solo by Akira Tana, Bennett Friedman feels the beat in the jazz quartet’s performance.


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PS4 launch starts off next generation of gaming consoles with its clever sleek design and stunning new graphics.

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Review For the last 18 years, Sony has pioneered for the future of gaming, starting with the original PlayStation and continuing through the fourth version of the famed Sony console, the PS4. This is it ladies and gentlemen: the next generation of gaming has arrived and it’s coming out swinging. At first glance you notice how small it is. All those teasing promises that Sony has been dangling since February with their “see the future”

campaign hold up. Open the box and you are presented with the shiny, albeit fingerprint-attracting console, along with the AC adapter, controller and HDMI cable. The console elicits memories of Sony’s past. The structure and design is smooth and elegant. Measuring a mere 12.01 x 10.8 x 2.09 inches, it’s a lot more compact than its predecessors and considerably lighter, weighing in at 6 pounds. Located in the front of the console, the power button and disc eject are so sleek they blend into the structure, and are easily mistaken for part of the design. I tested people to see if they could turn on the console without telling them where the power was; it took most folks five to 10 minutes. It is also quieter when

the system boots up. You can still hear it, but gone are the days of having to turn up the TV to drown out its noise. The console was cleverly designed to hide certain features that have become the norm in consoles. The charging block is built into the system itself, so no more bulky AC adapters, and the vents are hidden so well you can barely see them. The system also features an HDMI out, digital out, ethernet and a camera port built right into the back. As sleek as the outside is, the true beauty is on the inside. To get technical, the PS4 houses an Octa-core x86 AMD Jaguar CPU, and Raedon GPU, which can bust out a whopping 1.84 teraflops of power. As if that was not enough, Sony also fit in a 8GB of

GDDR5 RAM. For those who do not understand tech speak, let me put it this way: this thing is so fast and powerful, you won’t have to worry about replacing it for a while - it’s 10 times more powerful than the PS3. The greatest consoles achieve ballance. In order to attain this, the controller’s yin must match the consoles yang. There are a lot of gripes about the PS3’s Dualshock 3 controller, and it seems Sony took them all to heart. The Dualshock 4 is easily the best controller the company has ever made. It’s the standard setup, but it’s much improved, with smoother edges and a better placement of the joysticks all to help you. One of the new additions to the controller is the touchpad built into the front, which works extremely well. The game I tested it on, “Killzone,” used it intuitively and it responded perfectly to inputs. It will be exciting to see what other companies will do with this device. The controller also has a new share button that when pressed will automatically start capturing your gameplay so you can upload it for the world to see. It also comes with a speaker within it for added effect. After the mandatory initial set up, it starts you off at the new PS4 desktop, which is another huge improvement over the PS3 XMB. It is smooth and easy to navigate. Putting a game into the system will start the downloading process, as games will require an install before being able to play

them. This might seem like an inconvenience but you can start to play the game while it finishes downloading, no more having to wait until it hits 100 percent. Another great feature that was not as hyped by Sony as it should have been was the remote play with a PlayStation Vita. It is amazing to be able to not only use the Vita to play the game, but also transfer it from the PS4 to the Vita to continue playing, kind of like the Wii U system but to greater effect. The last component of a great console is of course, the video games. At the time of launch only a handful of games are available and only a few are really worth the purchase. “Killzone” was one of the standouts, as it is the only game so far made exclusively for the system. It looks beautiful and almost surreal. Even if you are not a basketball fan, check out “NBA 2k14,” it looks so real in passing that it actually feels like an actual live game. In short, this is what we as gamers have been waiting for: the start of a new generation. The PS4 is the flagship of next-gen gaming. Everything about it screams ingenuity and its innovations are accessible to the gamers of the world without being dumbed down for the non-gamers. Go out and get one if you can, as the next year will see a slew of huge triple-A titles hitting the shelves. Did someone say “Uncharted 4”? As we say good-bye to the former generation of great systems, it is comforting to know that the next generation is in brilliant form.

Contemporary artists give perspective taste to everyday items Faith Gates Staff Writer

The pieces in the new Santa Rosa Junior College art exhibit “Making Special” are all made from simple, everyday objects that are often discarded. The gallery’s contemporary artists transform the ordinary matter into objects of wonder and mystery. One of the first pieces in the entrance is an enclosed glass dome with little bees that are crocheted completely around with yellow-dyed thread. Yes, real honey bees. The artist is Esther Traugot, who received an AA in fine arts at SRJC in 2002. She said her work is about taking objects of nature and attempting to put back what has been broken. On a wall in the second room you will see 144 black sticks of different shapes and sizes aligned in a perfect grid against the white wall. Artist Gygongy Laky says the sticks are like a language, a symbolic system that could mean something. She got the sticks from a neighbor who kept trimming his trees and throwing the sticks away before she asked for them. It wasn’t right the first time though; she says she had a few different patterns before she got it just right. Another one of Laky’s pieces was a question mark on the wall made from little toy army men. “I’m a pacifist, very anti-war,” Laky said. Laky said the meaning of the work could be a question mark of why we are at war, but she doesn’t even know

entirely what she means when she creates pieces, or what it will mean to people. “It’s good when there are questions still remaining,” Laky said. She is influenced by environmental causes and architecture. “All of my dreams are in architecture. I know that motivates me,” Laky said. Another intriguing work is three oddly shaped silver ovals on the ground. The artist Sandra Ono, the youngest artist in the exhibit, made them out of tin foil and glue. The piece next to it, a complex brown wavy square, is made of only rubber bands and glue. Hanging from the ceiling is a geodesic sphere made of 270 used hack saw pieces. The artist, Clint Imboden, said he enjoys using found and reacquired objects so he goes to the flea market four to five times a week. The way it is set up has a light shining on it that casts a beautiful pattern on the floor. There are also two other smaller spheres from Imboden in the gallery. Curator Gina Telcocci said all the works and materials blend together well, all of them using “cruddy, recycled or organic materials. I am trying to get my aesthetic point across,” Telcocci said. “It’s about respect for what’s in the world; what’s in it, even if it’s from the trash heap,” Laky said. “Making Special” is on display in the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery on the first floor of the Doyle library. It Gabe Zermeno / Oak Leaf opened Nov. 13 and will run through The opening reception brings contemporary art to the forfront at the “Making Special” art gallery Nov. 15 in Doyle Dec. 12. Library.


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Ender’s Game adaptation lives up to hype Jarrett Rodriguez Staff Writer

Review Thirty-five years after author Orson Scott Card released his novel “Ender’s Game,” we finally get a movie adaption of what the author once called an “unfilmable” story. With an amazing ensemble cast and the latest in technology, “Ender’s Game” has finally become a reality. But the big question remains: does it hold up to the book? I can without a doubt say yes, it is almost everything you wanted it to be. “Ender’s Game” tells the story of 12-year-old Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a strategic military genius recruited by Earth’s government to protect its people from another invasion of what the population named “buggers.” These creatures attacked earth 50 years before the movie takes place and only with the help of Mazer Rackham, who single-handedly defeated them, did humanity come out alive. In order to save humanity once and for all, the government starts training young children because they have a better grasp of technology and strategy than adults. They are sent to battle school to train and become the future soldiers the world needs. This film adaptation stays close to the source material for the limited

time constraint they have, hitting all the major plot points the book did. Director Gavin Hood, known for “X-men Origins: Wolverine,” had the impossible task of bringing such a detailed and smart story to life. He nailed it almost completely, though he did not do it alone; the cast truly drives the book’s message that war can make people do anything to win. Ender himself is animated by child star Asa Butterfield, who knows exactly how to display Ender’s emotions. When a fight in the bathroom halfway through the movie brings a horrible consequence, you can really feel the sadness eating him up inside. All in all, this is the best cast of kids I have seen since “Harry Potter” hit theaters 12 years ago. Aramis Knight, who plays Bean, did such an awesome job that I hope the movie studio goes ahead with Card’s parallel story “Ender’s Shadow” just to see more of him. The children were not the only ones who made the movie. After a 30-year absence from space, Harrison Ford finally returns in all his glory, playing Colonel Graff, a semifather figure for Ender who pushes him to awful limits. Viola Davis, who plays Major Anderson, also does a phenomenal job of bringing her character to life. Some fans may take issue with Anderson’s change from male to female, but it really

does not detract from the experience. In fact, some of the best dialogue comes from her conversations with Graff about Ender’s mental state. Hood did an amazing job of bringing the visuals of “Ender’s Game” to life, staying very close to Card’s original idea. The battle room sequences are intense and amazing. Hood actually studied physics to make sure everything was faithful to the book. And the final battle, which they probably showed way too much of in the trailers, was breathtaking in scope and size. No film in recent memory has done such giant battles, and watching the kids play these games in a “Minority Report” style was truly mesmerizing. Critics say the fantasy game Ender plays is too fake and CGI; for those people I say, you never read the book. It is supposed to look that way, as it is Ender playing a video game. It looks like a video game from the next generation of consoles and I was impressed that not only did Hood include these sequences, he stayed very true to them. For all the good the movie did, it missed a few details that do stop it from being a truly great film. The violence from the book is scaled down for the PG-13 rating, something I understand so that it may reach a wider audience but it takes

Spotlight on Les Misérables director

Rebecca Livingston Contributing Writer

Laura Downing-Lee is no stranger to challenges. Not only is Downing-Lee directing “Les Misérables,” but she is also a fulltime Santa Rosa Junior College instructor. Together the jobs are nearly 24/7. When asked how she balances such a hectic schedule, she said it comes down to taking it moment by moment and remaining present, which is important as a director. Downing-Lee also says it is important to do things outside of work, such as spending time with friends, to refresh herself so she doesn’t burn out. As an instructor and director, the cycle of giving and receiving energy is constant and time to recharge is necessary. The production of “Les Misérables” presented a challenge in itself because of its large-scale adaptation to the SRJC stage. It was a challenge because it’s not an ordinary musical, but a Broadway-opera, meaning that the show is entirely sung. Since music moves and punctuates the story, Downing-Lee says she had to learn a new perspective in directing, working

with the music to guide actors through the script. Luckily, theater is not a solo act but a collaboration. Downing-Lee worked with co-director Jody Benecke to coach the actors for the vocal demands of the upcoming performances. Janis Wilson, the theater arts music director, has also been a great help playing piano during rehearsals. Teaching and directing at SRJC is more than a job for Downing-Lee, it is a joy to help students learn. Every production has a unique life brought to it by its cast members. She used last fall’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” as an example of the magic that can be created on stage with an ensemble. When asked if she keeps in touch with former students, Downing-Lee said that they come back into her life now and then. She is always glad to hear that they are doing well. “We’re here to lay the groundwork for wherever they go and whatever they do,” she said. Putting on a show the size of “Les Misérables” is no easy task but it’s well worth the effort when she sees the expressions of awe in the audience. “It’s so priceless,” Downing-Lee said.

away the message that the book so brilliantly expressed, namely do the ends really justify the means in which we get there? The message is kind of there but without the violent aspects of Ender’s personality it does not hit as hard as it should. Other little problems are due mainly to the time constraint of the film.

Regardless of the little issues, the makers and the cast did a good job with the tremendous task they have of bringing this film to life. As a fan of “Ender’s Game” I am so happy to finally see this adaption stay faithful to the source. I cannot wait to see what comes next for Ender and his crew.

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Bear Cubs wrestling looks to make waves Robert Marshall Staff Writer

The Bear Cubs wrestling team is in the home stretch of the season with only a few meets left before the NorCal Regionals Dec. 7. The team has been strong with an overall record of 7-4 and 2-2 in conference play. The season started off well with two wins against Delta and Shasta. The Bear Cubs beat Shasta 31-17 and Delta 41-17. The following weekend they placed fifth out of 10 teams at the Sacramento City Tournament on Sept. 21. The Bear Cubs suffered a setback the next weekend with a shorthanded team, and were shutout 48-0 by Lenmoore. The tough part was once they arrived at the meet, they only had 30 minutes to get ready, which is less than normal. “Driving made it hard,” said head coach Jake Fitzpatrick. Logan Fore, 133 pounds, was injured and Colton Farley, 285 pounds, had the flu. The next night they placed eighth out of 10 teams, which was an improvement from the night

before. Jesus Moreno, 125 pounds, finished 3-3 and placed sixth. Aaron Pen–Kruger, 133 pounds, finished 3-2 and placed fourth. Pen-Kruger lost in the semi-finals 8-7. Kaden Martin, 165 pounds, was one match away from placing. Jose Anaya, at 184 pounds, went 2-2. They then beat Skyline 24-21, then placed eighth out of 12 teams in the Modesto Tournament Oct. 12. Daniel Larman, 157 pounds, placed fourth. Pen-Kruger went undefeated and finished first. At that point in the season, Pen-Kruger led the team with an 11-5 record and eight pins to date. At the Meathead Movers tournament they placed 12th out of 16 teams. Against Fresno State the Bear Cubs lost 42-3. In their first home meet, Nov. 6, they placed fourth out of nine teams in the NorCal Dualmeet. After a first round bye they beat Delta 50-3, then lost to Sac City 37-6. After that they beat Skyline, 27-18 and Chabot 28-13. The next week they wrestled Chabot again, and won a close one 24-22. At the latest meet on Wednesday

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Logan Fore, with a tight waist and arm bar, tips his opponent from Modesto to score near fall points Nov. 13 at SRJC.v

they lost 33-4 to Modesto. They have the Sac City Duals this weekend and hope to get back on the winning track as the season winds down. The Coast Conference Championship is on Nov. 23, and Fitzpatrick is looking for gold. “Hoping to come away with medals,

Polar Bear hockey skates to victory

[we] won tournament last three years,” he said. In the NorCal Regionals they are looking to make some waves. “Our goal is to qualify every weight class,” Fitzpatrick said. “Also, players have to step up; Daniel Larman, Isai Guzman, and Kaden Martin have to step up to

qualify,” Fitzpatrick said. The Coast Conference Championships are at 11 a.m. Nov. 23 in Hayward. The NorCal Regionals are at 9 a.m. Dec. 7 in Susanville.

Women’s water polo heads to NorCal Championships

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Bear Cubs’ Becky Kremer hurls the ball for a score against American River College Sept. 18 at the SRJC’s Quinn Aquatic Complex in Santa Rosa.

Fresno City resulted in a close fight, SRJC lost 8-7. SRJC went into the conference Staff Writer tournament seeded fifth. After coming out with a 14-5 win After a tough weekend at the against College of San Mateo Nov. Big 8 tournament, the Bear Cubs 1, the Santa Rosa Junior College readied themselves for the NorCal women’s water polo team faced championships this weekend. Diablo Valley College in the first “We know we have to bring Big 8 Conference game Nov. 8 in something new, something that Pleasant Hill. they have not prepared to defend in After a tough fight, SRJC won order to win this game,” said head the game with a close score of coach Jill McCormick. 10-9 and secured a spot in the “I think we’re just going to play North’s top six, guaranteeing them the game of water polo purely, and a bid in the Northern California go out there and do exactly what Championships Nov. 15 and 16 in we’ve trained for all season, which San Mateo. is to play and have a good time,” Center Michelle Pollastrani and Wolford said. field players Holly Cloud, Jillian The Bear Cubs finished the first Patalano and Nicole Groat all day of the championships with contributed goals. a 6-2 win against Fresno City, “Overall, I’m excited that we advancing to the semi-finals Nov. bumped ourselves up in the overall 16. ranking,” said team captain Brooke The Bear Cubs faced American Wolford. River College in their first semiNext the Bear Cubs faced final game, where they lost 2-11. American River College Nov. 9, They then faced Foothill College where they suffered a 15-1 loss. vying for third, but lost 4-7. SRJC field player Lexi Baldwin SRJC finished this season fourth scored the only goal. in the north with a final record of Though the next game against 12-14 for the season. Amelia Parreira

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Undefeated in PCHA Conference games, with only three losses suffered from Division 2 schools, the Santa Rosa Junior College Polar Bears are mauling the competition. There are no home games left this

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semester at Snoopy’s Ice Arena and after a month of travel games, they wont face off again until Jan. 4 on home ice due to cancelations. Friday Nov. 15 the Polar Bears destroyed Santa Clara University 10-2. The previous weekend they hosted a three-day tournament, the

Wine Country Collegiate Classic, Nov. 7-9 skating victoriously against UC Davis, College of the Canyons and Northern Colorado University. Polar Bear home games are free to attend.

Cross country looks towards state championships Robert Marshall

a time of 19:43:40. Next, in eighth place was Cristian Nazarek. Jesse Staff Writer Fenn took ninth and Matt Taylor Both women’s and men’s cross rounded out the top 10. Logan country teams continued their Stanley was 18th, Jon Ahnberg impressive seasons with secondfinished 20th and Grant Jeffcoat place finishes Oct. 31 in Modesto at finished 30th. the Big 8 Championships. The women finished second with The men finished second with a a total of 61 points in the threetotal of 42 points in the four-mile mile run. Leading the women was run. Jaime Silva came in third with Taylor Faulk in second place with

a time of 18:25:20. Liz Huerta was eighth, Tori Dwyer was ninth and Mariana Lecoeuche finished in 18th. Karla Torres took 24th place and Kelly Birkland grabbed 25th. The next meet is the State Championships, 10 a.m. Nov. 23 in Fresno.


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12-11 overall Bear Cubs have plenty of fight left Joseph Barkoff Photo/Sports Editor

After ending a three-game losing skid with a decisive win against conference opponent Cosumnes River College, Santa Rosa Junior College’s women’s volleyball team is confident and ready to host their final home game of the 2013 season this coming Wednesday. The Bear Cubs faced Cosumnes for the second time this season on Friday, taking three straight sets 2520, 25-13 and 25-17. Melissa Manni accumulated 28 assists, Nicole Purter and Luisa McInnis each stole 11 and 10 kills respectively, and Coutnie Morton had five kills, six digs and served up two aces against CRC. “I was happy with the win and I hope it was a good confidence booster for this coming Wednesday’s match versus Sierra College. This is a huge match for us and it is sophomore night as well as our last home conference match, so hopefully that will fire the girls up,” coach Kaitlin Ferguson said. Looking to defeat Sierra on sophomore night for the season’s rematch game between longtime opponents, the Bear Cubs are hopeful to repay Sierra for the 20-25, 18-25, 22-25 defeat in Rocklin Oct.

23. Sierra is one of the conference’s tougher opponents in a conference where anyone can win on any given night. After the tough losses the previous week against Modesto, away, and Delta, at home, a win at an away game could be a great confidence booster. “All I wanted is their full effort and passion and they gave that last week so I really can’t ask for more. Sometimes you end up with the win and other times you don’t, but this time it wasn’t for a lack of effort,” Ferguson said after the loss to Delta. The scores against Delta were 24-26, 23-25 and 20-25. With almost twice as many freshman as sophomores on the team it has been a silver-lining year for the Bear Cubs. It has allowed for a larger number of young women to step into roles requiring greater discipline, effort and commitment that might normally be expected of freshman—bolstering their ranks exponentially for next year’s season. This season is not over yet, not by a long shot, and with plenty of volleyball left yet to play, the Bear Cubs are fired up for sophomore day to propel themselves with a win into the post season. The final home game of the 2013 Joseph Barkoff / Oak Leaf season is 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in Haehl Megan Johnson dumps the ball over the net against Delta Nov. 8 at Haehl Gym Gym. in Santa Rosa.

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Bear Cub Athletics Calendar Football 3 p.m. Nov. 23 Golden Valley Bowl vs. Modesto

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country State Championships Nov. 23 in Fresno

Hockey TBA Nov. 22 vs. Sacramento State 10 p.m. Nov. 23 vs San Jose

Men’s Soccer TBA Nov. 15, 23, 26 NorCal Playoffs TBA California Community College Athletic Association State

Women’s Soccer TBA Nov. 23, 26, 30 NorCal Playoffs TBA California Community College Athletic Association State

Wrestling Nov. 22-23 State Championships in Riverside Volleyball 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 vs. Sierra First round NorCal Playoffs, location and time TBA

Water Polo Nov. 22-23 Out-of-state Championships in Riverside

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Santa Rosa Junior College men’s water polo rears up to shoot against conference opponent Modesto Oct. 9 at Quinn Aquatic Complex in Santa Rosa.

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Life is a process of learning from one’s mistakes, and the Santa Rosa Junior College men’s water polo team will have much to reflect upon between now and next year’s fall season. The team closed out the season with losses at the final tournament meet. The Big 8 Tournament, hosted Nov. 8-9 by Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, left the Bear Cubs with two more losses. They lost to Delta 17-5 and Modesto 17-6 during the two day tournament. “We lost to Delta the week before and I knew we would have to play the best game of our season to stay close to them,” said coach Tyler Denzie. With only one true sophomore

on a team of true freshman new to water polo, the inexperience was obvious throughout the season. The only true sophomore, team captain C.J. Chapple, led the Bear Cubs in exclusions. The year opened with losses that continued until the game against Merced. Ahead 7-6 at the half, SRJC was able to not only hold on but, showing signs of brilliance, shut out Merced in the second half and won the game 9-6. The second and final win of the season came against Palomar during the Golden West Tournament. Denzie’s emphasis on teamwork throughout the season paid off again in a 12-10 victory for SRJC. It was a tough year for men’s water polo, but good for learning. They finished the year 2-27 overall and 0-7 in conference.


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Chase Johnson focuses on transferring to Cal Poly for mechanical engineering when not driving Outlaw Sprint Cars.

Juggling a racing career and school isn’t your typical Santa Rosa Junior College experience, but that’s exactly what Chase Johnson is doing. Johnson, 18, dreams of joining the premier level of sprint car racing by becoming a World of Outlaw Sprint Car driver. Johnson has a reputation for being smart and well-liked, especially by fans. He earns a lot of respect from drivers for his driving ability. “Chase is a great driver, he’s fast and aggressive, but at the same time he’s respectful of other drivers and races clean. A lot of young drivers are fast but don’t give a s**t about the competitors around him, but Chase does and a little of it comes from being a fourth generation driver,” said Andy Foresburg, one of the top drivers in California. The crowd goes crazy when Johnson comes on to the racetrack and fans love talking to him after the races. He also races with his good friend Joe Stornetta, who has known

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Johnson since they were 7. “Since he races a family-owned car, he knows how much it costs to race these cars. He takes care of his equipment,” Stornetta said. His 12-year-old brother Colby also races go-karts when he is not at the track supporting or helping Johnson during race days. Johnson’s first racecar was a beginner go-kart with the number 24 at 5. After beginner, he moved up to a class 250 go-kart, then a class 500. At the age of 14 he strapped into the monstrous 360-cubic inch number 24 sprint car owned by his parents. Johnson has won six Outlaw Go-Kart Championships and he is the 2012 Petaluma Speedway track champion. He beat Bradley Terrell by one point for the championship, winning the race by coming from the middle of the pack in front of a raucous crowd including his family and friends. “It was a life-long dream to win a sprint car championship,” Johnson said. Johnson is taking 12 units at SRJC and plans to study at the JC for three years and then transfer to Cal Poly

for mechanical engineering. Johnson still has a couple races left this season. He will be racing Nov. 16 at Visalia in the Micro Sprint number 29k. He will also be racing Steve Kaiser’s Micro Sprint at Dixon in a couple weeks. “Chase is a great and wonderful, loving man in my eyes. I have watched Chase race since he was able to race a car,” Kaiser said. Johnson drove for Kaiser earlier this year and swept the whole night. In the off-season Johnson will look for sponsors for the car on his own, while most drivers hire other people to find sponsorship. He will start the 2014 season driving in the famed “Chili Bowl” event in Oklahoma for Cole Wood Racing. He plans on driving the same number, 24, and looking for other rides to drive for in 2014. Johnson is a fourth-generation driver. Look for him to end up in the ranks with Kyle Larson in NASCAR or in the sprint car world like Tim Kaeding.

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Alberto Chaparro heads the ball away from a De Anza midfielder at SRJC.

Bear Cubs hope for Big 8 victory Amelia Parreira

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Andre Davis breaks the plane of the end zone scoring a touchdown against College of San Mateo Nov. 16 in San Mateo. Joseph Barkoff Photo/Sports Editor

Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs football, seemingly halved in size and inundated with injuries from before the 2013 season even started, took the field for one more regular season game Nov. 16 in San Mateo against 8-1 powerhouse College of San Mateo. San Mateo has one of the best teams in the country in a conference where every point scored is a war scratched, clawed and gutted out in the trenches of the gridiron. The players were once referred to as “warriors of the gridiron.” San Mateo is both a large and highly ranked team, with tremendously sized players to match. The Bear Cubs, heading into the game at 6-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play, knew it was going

to be a battle at every phase of the game. CSM kicked off the ball, and the game, poorly. The kick was short and trailed out of bounds for a penalty. With decent field position the Bear Cubs ended their first possession with a three and out culminating in punt. The CSM punt returner gave great field position for San Mateo and they proceeded to drive the subsequent 41 yards ending in a 1-yard touchdown run and the first score of the game with just 3:20 gone in the first quarter. The Bear Cubs came out swinging, but couldn’t connect all the dots to maintain forward progress. One highlight for the Bear Cubs came in the second quarter when down fourth and fourteen, the Bear Cubs decided to go for it. After the first down and an explosion of a 25-

yard run by Damen Jones, SRJC had a first and goal on the three-yard line with 1:51 left. David Sowards connected to Andre Davis for a TD. The following PAT was blocked and with 1:43 left the score was CSM 27, SRJC 6. CSM then proceeded to run a two-minute drill, burning every time out they had in an attempt to score. “One play at a time,” head coach Lenny Wagner said during the half time break. “It takes a lot of courage to go out there, to go back out there,” Wagner said of his players. The Bear Cubs finished Wagner’s first season with an overall record of 6-4, good enough for a bowl bid. SRJC’s football team will square off against Modesto in the Golden Valley Bowl 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at their home Bailey Field in Santa Rosa.

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Bursting with determination. Pumped with energy. The Santa Rosa Junior College men’s soccer players are experiencing these feelings as they wrap up the final days of the 2013 season and ready to move on to the postseason. Head Coach Marty Kinahan believes that the team has greatly improved since the season’s beginning. “We changed formation and we changed our mentality on defense, and it’s proved to be beneficial,” Kinahan said of the team’s cooperation. Though the Bear Cubs enjoyed good outcomes in season’s second half, they remain cautious of their opponents and continue to learn from past mistakes. “We’re learning from our mistakes, and just starting to come together as a team,” said defender Nicholas Rogers.

The team now strives to maintain high levels of focus and teamwork in order to walk off the field with the best possible outcomes in the upcoming games. “Every practice counts now,” Rogers said. The Bear Cubs are not sure whether they are guaranteed a spot in the postseason series, which is why they will try their best to keep up their fight. “Since I’ve been here 16 years, this is the toughest our conference has ever been,” Kinahan said. The conference is competitive enough this season that last-place Delta College beat first-place American River College. Though the Bear Cubs cannot tell what the future may bring to them, they hope for the best. “I think we’ve worked really hard to get where we are, and we’re going to get everything that we’ve worked for,” Rogers said.


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