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Sweet sweets:

Goddard speaks up: A Virginia Tech shooting survivor is coming to DVC to talk about his new documentary. See page 6.

The baking program students show off their tasty talents. See page 8.

Vikings vs. panthers: DVC football beat Sacramento City College 51-3. See page 5.

Foam fight: The Inquirer Editorial Board discusses the lack of communication during the “switch-to-biodegradable” discussion. See page 7.


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Going green has a hefty price

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Point. Blank. Changes to open-carry laws prompt a debate over student gun rights on campus MIKE ALFIERI News editor

Gun rights and student safety have crossed paths in California, where this weekend open-carry rights for gun owners were revoked by the state legislature for the first time in state history. Some people on campus were in support of the notion of a state wide ban for open carry rights. “I don’t want to live in a society where everybody is armed,” said Mathew Morrissey, department chair of administration of justice at DVC. “I’m not opposed to people having firearms… but people who are untrained and carry firearms, there we have a problem.” But the National Rifle Association is gathering support for a bill which would allow students to carry guns on college campuses across the


This semester, a resolution that has been in the works for over five years has been set in stone. The faculty and students of DVC are now reaping the benefits of nonpolystyrene food containers, but the process of transitioning has not been simple. DVC’s Sustainability Committee has consistently been encouraging the college to dump toxic polystyrene food containers (better known by the brand name Styrofoam), in favor of a recyclable, healthy alternative made of corn or paper materials. The decision to transition was made after the Sustainability Committee went to ASDVC to ask for support in the endeavor. “I’ve heard from a lot of students that they were in favor of it,” ASDVC President Katerina Schreck said. “In the long run, it’s having a better effect on not just us but people that will be here in the future. Women especially; the toxins released from Styrofoam can be harmful to the reproduc-

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Dream Act provides immigrant assistance MIKE ALFIERI News editor

Illegal immigrants in California are now able to receive state-funded aid and scholarships at state universities. On Saturday, Oct. 8, Gov. Jerry Need to Know Brown signed the second half of the Undocumented California Dream students must Act, joining Calihave been fornia with only a brought to the handful of other United States by states that have the age of 16. similar laws in place. “Going to col25,000 students lege is a dream who graduate that promises inhigh school tellectual exciteevery year are ment and creative estimated to be thinking,” Gov. undocumented. Brown said during the signing of the Illegal immibill at Los Angeles grants must City College. “The Dream Act benwait till all other efits us all by givnon-immigrants ing top students a to apply for aid chance to improve before being their lives and the considered. lives of all of us.” The first half of the bill was signed in July, and allowed for illegal immigrants to apply for private scholarships and aid. AB 131, or the Dream Act II, as it was reDREAM, Page 2

Evacuation of campus leaves mixed reactions JOHN KESLER Staff writer

DVC was evacuated on Thursday, Sept. 29 as a result of a gas leak near campus. However, opinions on how the evacuation went have been mixed. As previously reported by the Inquirer staff and posted online, a three-inch gas line on the corner of Viking and Ruth was accidentally cut. According to Director of Marketing and Communications Chrisanne Knox, the leak made a loud hissing noise that could be heard on the southeast corner of campus, over by the football field. Student Maria Gusenkov noticed that there was something amiss around 2:45. “I saw the football team running away from the field. I thought it was just a routine, but they were yelling and some of them had bandanas or

Student Philip Jenkins asks a Pleasant Hill police officer about the gas leak. DVC faculty and staff are discussing how to streamline emergency evacuation.

their shirts over their mouths.” At 3:03 p.m., Gusenkov got a text from a friend who was an architectural engineer, who told her that there was a gas leak and to shelter in place. Around the same time, DVC’s Twitter page retweeted a post from the Contra Costa Times with a similar message. An email from DVC President Peter Garcia informing staff of an evacuation was sent out at 3:22 p.m. According to him, “police, safety monitors, and a group of managers, classified, and students working out of the President’s office” began to evacuate students towards the north end of campus around this time. At 3:40 p.m., DVC’s Facebook and Twitter page both reported that classes had been canceled for the rest of the day. However, official information on the inciEVACUATION, Page 3






CALENDAR Friday, Oct. 14 Women’s Volleyball Gymnasium, 6:30 p.m. Drama: Romeo and Juliet Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m. (also on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m.) $10 for students, $15 for staff and seniors, $20 for general Tuesday, Oct. 18 College Representative Visit CSU East Bay - Transfer Center, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Faculty Senate Council Community Conference Center, 2 – 4 p.m. (also on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 2 – 4 p.m.) College Success Workshop: Writing Your College Application Letter Student Union, 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (also on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.) Wednesday, Oct. 19 College Representative Visit University of Idaho Transfer Center, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Whistling Vivaldi Project Film: “Not In Our Town – When Hate Happens Here” Trophy Room, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

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tive system so when women hear that, they’re more in favor of it.” George Delfabro, Director of Food Services, said he has been forced to raise prices because of the material change. It is currently 25 cents per container at the Basement Cafe. On average, the price would be about 18 percent more on biodegradable Spudware, a product currently being tested by Food Services, than polystyrene utensils. Spudware is comprised of 80 percent potato starch and 20 percent soy oil, and is 100 percent biodegradable and compostable. Students and faculty have been affected by the changes. “I just got back to school. I took two years off to work full-time,” student Lindsay Davis said. “It sucks. It’s just another thing. I never had any notice of the price raising. So far, I’ve just accepted it and paid it.” Delfabro said Davis’ feelings seem to represent the general consensus. “I’m getting some comments from students that aren’t too happy about it. We haven’t gotten too much positive feedback.” DVC President Peter Garcia said that he supported ASDVC and was confident in their leadership on the issue. “It’s hard to be in favor of students paying more given the tough economic times,” Garcia said. “If you consider the future costs of clean-up for all citizens, I believe we’ve made a positive change that is worthwhile.” However, the campus-wide reaction to new “green” food containers has been motley. Dr. John Freytag, oceanography professor and member of the Sustainability Committee, has been a part of the res-

olution from the beginning. He said his research shows that “they could break even or even make a little bit of money for as little as an additional 5 cents per container.” But so far, Food Services has struggled. “It’s a lot more expensive than it was,” Delfabro said. “We sustain ourselves independently with the revenue that we make. The cost has to be absorbed somehow.” At a joint meeting on November 16 of last year, after Delfabro expressed his concern regarding the financial burden the change would put on students, Freytag stated that “the Sustainability Committee would help to find a DANIELLE BARCENA / The Inquirer cost-effective way to pay for The Basement Cafe is currently charging 25 cents per compostable container. the costs of switching to biodegradable containers.” “I felt like if I could do the data he had come up with. “Styrofoam is not only Delfabro.” groundwork, then it would be Hotel and Restaurant Man- harmful to us but to the Setbacks impeding the up to DVC Food Services to agement and Food Services ocean. It contains known car- change have also occurred, follow through on the imple- are separate departments that cinogens, does not degrade such as the process of dismentation,” Freytag said. “I provide food to students and and has an extreme impact on covering materials that are have nothing to do with the faculty on campus; the two aquatic ecosystems,” Freytag conducive to the food itself. ordering, but I did most of are independent of one an- said. Issues such as the melting of the additional research and other. Hotel and Restaurant As of June 10, 2011, sty- products when subjected to groundwork Managerene was announced as a new heat have arisen. Schreck said to help with “I believe that it is ment made “known human carcinogen” ASDVC is happy with the the transithe transition by the U.S. government and progression, but would like to a good investment from Styro- is especially dangerous when take it a step further. tion.” However, in our community’s foam prior subjected to particularly hot “Our next big thing will be research and to Food Ser- substances like coffee due recycling. I think that’s someeffort to become vices. Efforts to its tendency to leech into thing a lot of people want to data Freytag collected in more environmen- made by The food and drink. According see on campus, and we don’t preparation Inquirer to to Garcia, Chris Leivas, vice have our own program yet,” tally friendly.” for the transiget in touch president of finances and ad- Schreck said. tion has not with HRM ministration, and Delfabro For now, however, DVC’s ~PETER GARCIA been utilized were unsuc- were not only in charge of student population will be DVC President by Food Sercessful. operational changes but were contributing to the commuvices. “The responsible for the “numer- nity of the globally conscious, Potentially subsidizing the Norseman had already ous analyses” regarding price via one small, biodegradable added cost was also consid- switched over before we changes and getting the mes- container at a time. ered at the meeting, but has started working with Food sage out that prices would be “I believe that it is a good so far not been carried out by Services,” Freytag said. “I growing across campus. investment in our commuany of the involved groups. don’t know specifics about But when asked how much nity’s effort to become more Since the implementation the products that they’re us- more the biodegradable environmentally friendly,” of the switch, Freytag has had ing.” products cost compared to said Garcia. regular contact with the DVC The effects of polystyrene Styrofoam products, Leivas Administration but said he surpass health hazards and responded with, “I am not Contact CECILY TROWBRIDGE doesn’t know if DVC Food are detrimental on a more sure about this. You would at Services has used any of the global scale. need to check with George

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POLICE BEAT 9/22/11 Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle in front of the old warehouse. When officers arrived, it was determined that the occupant had an outstanding warrant. He was taken into custody and sent to Martinez Detention Facility. 9/27/11 A man was contacted by police for threatening to harm people if they didn’t give him cigarettes. 10/5/11 Two juveniles were caught trying not to pay for food at the bookstore. Their mother was called and she paid for the items. 10/6/11 A student’s tires were slashed at around 9 a.m. 10/6/11 A female student was experiencing chest pains in the Humanities building. She was transported to Kaiser in Walnut Creek.

ferred to, will require immigrant students to meet the same standards as all other students who apply for financial aid. However, illegal immigrants will only be considered for aid once all non-immigrant students have applied. Other stipulations mandate that the students must have been brought to the U.S before the age of 16. Rus Gurvits, co-founder of the DVC club Young Americans for Liberty, disagreed with the new law. “I understand the challenges of immigration; I’m from the Ukraine originally.…We should help people go to college, but it shouldn’t come from taxpayer money.” The law is different from the contentious federal Dream Act that has been on and off the floor of congress for the past decade. The latest version of that bill, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, provides a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in college or university. The new bill in California is seen by some as a response to the hard-line approach taken by states like Alabama and Georgia with illegal immigration. Alabama passed new legislation this year that allows police to question anyone suspected of being in the country illegally during a traffic stop, and hold them without bond if no proof of citizenship is provided. Pew research estimates that

there are as many as 2.7 million undocumented migrants in California alone. Each year nearly 25,000 high school graduates in California are illegal immigrants. The California Department of Finance estimates that 2,500 students will qualify for Cal Grants as a result of

the California Dream Act at a cost of $14.5 million. $1.4 billion is spent annually to fund the Cal Grants, so roughly 1 percent of all funds will be impacted. Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, first sponsored the bill in 2006 and was approved by the state legisla-

ture. The bill was however vetoed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cedillo was also present at the signing of the bill on Sunday. “The signing of now both parts of the California Dream Act will send a message across the country that California is

prepared to lead the country with a positive and productive vision for how we approach challenging issues related to immigration,” Cedillo said at the bill signing.



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-dent at the time was scarce. posted on the DVC FaceMath professor Patty Leit- book page that DVC should ner expressed her frustra- “reconsider” their evacuations in an email sent out to tion plan. “It should not take DVC faculty. She noted that over 20 minutes for students instructors were notified of to get in their car and find a the problem via email and way off of campus. Imagine thus were left out of the loop if something worse had hapif they were busy teaching. pened.” “There was nothing ofHowever, DSS Testing ficial,” Leitner said. “I just Accommodation Coordinaheard [about the gas leak] tor Ron Tenty did not have third-hand from another traffic issues. He was told to teacher and I went back to clear the building and “got my class to stay with them.” [off campus] in 10 minutes.” Leitner also noted that He only heard about the around 3:25 p.m., a police traffic jam the next day. officer “briefly burst into Castro’s car was in the mumy classroom and told us sic parking lot, over by the to leave the campus, giving gas leak. He decided to relax one sentence of directions instead of evacuating. “I got that were spoken so quickly my backpack and went over that we couldn't understand to the park by Safeway. I got him.” a text from my mom saying it Music student Neill Cas- was all clear and then I left.” tro was concerned with what DVC President Peter Garother students were doing cia said that traffic was bad, during the evacuation. “Out- but there was a reason. “The side I saw gas leak some peo- “There was nothing eliminated ple smokpercent official. I just heard 25 ing, which I of our northought was [about the gas leak] mal roadpretty stufor third-hand from ways pid.” exit. Half DVC stu- another teacher and of Viking dent and closed. I went back to my was photogra… In this class to stay with evacuapher Gustavo Vasquez tion, walkthem. was leaving ing rather his photogthan driv~PATTY LEITNER raphy class at ing would Math instructor around 3:30 have been p.m. when a more efhe saw students who were ficient manner to distance evacuating in the parking oneself from the most danlot. “[The evacuation] didn’t gerous area.” seem organized to me,” he President Garcia believes said. “People had cars on the that “on many levels…we other side of campus, and were successful, but our onpeople were outside when going challenge will be to they were told to be inside.” improve our plans for the The emergency siren did problems that have been not go off during the gas noted like traffic jams and leak. According to Knox, uneven communications.” this had to do with the deciIn response to feedback, sion to evacuate rather than Garcia said that “we need to shelter in place. to better coordinate our “Since the gas leak hap- various phone, internet, and pened off campus,” Knox face-to-face efforts to avoid said, “we were responding redundancy and accomplish [to other groups] rather than complete coverage [of infordeciding [what to do].” mation].” According to Knox, the He also noted that in orsiren is used only to alert der to do this, “we will need people to shelter in place. more DVC responders for In the end, the college presi- this effort. … Every employdent and the police depart- ee should eventually have a ment decided to evacuate the role and understand what we campus rather than to have expect of them in every situstudents shelter in place (on ation.” the advice of the Pleasant Also, he was working on Hill Police Department), and a “staff development and so the alarm did not sound. communication plan” to acWhen asked for comment complish this. In addition, in regards to the evacuation, Knox is working on logistics the campus police were un- to “make the president's ofavailable for comment. fice a more effective center There were also concerns for directing communicaover traffic. Gusenkov said tions and coordination” in that she “got caught in the his words. worst traffic ever. There were people walking around Contact JOHN KESLER at which didn’t help manners.” jkesler@TheInquirerOnline. Student Jorge Alvarado

News in brief

Nicola Place gets elected

DVC’s senior academic and student services manager Nicola Place was elected to serve on WACAC’s executive board and as a national delegate for the group. According to DVC’s website, Place represents the interest of California’s community college students on the board. Place said that she hopes to use the position to expand the knowledge of high school students in regards to using community colleges to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

DVC Calendar does not work on campus Students and facility still cannot access the DVC website’s Events Calendar from campus. The page can be accessed from off campus.

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Cuba study abroad returns to DVC JOHN KESLER Staff writer

After a six-year hiatus, DVC students can again travel to Cuba as part of study abroad dy tour set up by anthropology professor Dr. Lenore Gallin. She arranged five previous trips to Cuba and had recently received approval to hold the trip from Dec. 27 to Jan. 11. The last trip to Cuba was in 2005, after which the Bush administration placed a ban on travel there. “When the US government took the license away from colleges,” Gallin said, “I added another trip just before the license expired. I took two trips that year.” The ban was lifted in January, allowing her to arrange another trip to the island. In response to why she was holding the trip, Gallin said she felt “strongly in us living up to our ideals as a society, such as freedom of speech,… (freedom from) censorship, and free travel, (all of which) had been thwarted by the embargo and the travel ban.” The trip will visit locales all over the island, including

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Lenore Gallin, DVC professor of Anthropology, is organizing the trip to Cuba. Che Guevara's tomb in Santa Clara, Havana, and the “living museum” city, the UNESCOprotected Trinidad. One of Gallin's goals is to challenge previously held ideas about Cuba. “The Cuban people feel a great deal of affection towards us even though our government has been rude,” said Gallin. “They treat us

with such warmth, such open arms, and our people really reciprocate that.” Student Judith Pemberton, who went on the 2004 trip, had her perceptions changed: “I thought ... the people would be quietly despairing and unfriendly to the people whose leaders are responsible for the embargo that is a large cause of (their) deprivation.

Instead, the people are being very creative at eking out a living and there are artists in the parks and music everywhere.” Students interested in the trip will need to fill out an application included with a brochure on DVC's website and file it by Nov. 27. Contact JOHN KESLER at

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nation. The new open carry ban will be a hurdle the NRA will have to face. A public advocate for the right to carry firearms on campus, Amanda Collins was raped at the University of Nevada, Reno campus in 2007. In an interview with the NRA Collins stated, “My inability to carry allowed [her attacker] to continue assaulting women, and ultimately he murdered one too.” DVC’s Lt. Chad Wehrmeister disagreed: “Personally speaking, I think we are safer as a college community when we have less weapons on campus…the less weapons the safer for students.” The right to open carry a firearm in public has been allowed in California since the state’s inception in 1850. However, the right had not translated over to college campuses and schools. Even before the recent open-carry ban, guns could not be carried at all on school campuses, which are deemed gun-free zones. Attacks like those at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga where there have been two unsolved cases of rape in September in a span of only a few weeks have sparked debate over public safety both on and off campus. At DVC there has had no reported sex related crimes from 2008-2010 and a sharp decline in motor vehicle theft in the same time period. “We have found that most of our violent crimes are carryover incidents from off campus,” said Lt. Wehrmeister

Specific laws already prohibit the car- would be “a drop in crime” if students rying of weapons, including guns on were allowed to carry guns on campus. campuses. “There is a much higher exOne of the most infamous shootings pectation for students and staff to be in school history, the Virginia Tech shootsafe on college campuses and schools in ing took the lives of 32 students in 2007. general,” said Wehrmeister of police ser- Colin Goddard, who survived being shot vices for the community college district. four times, now speaks out in favor of Last week, Shatougher gun regulareef Allman shot and for the Brady “Personally speaking, tions killed three people Campaign. He makes and injured six others a stop at DVC on I think we are safer at his place of em18 to talk about as a college commu- Oct. ployment, a limestone this experience. quarry in Cupertino, “I’m not comnity when we have less before he was shot to ing in to take everydeath the following weapons on campus… one’s gun away, I’m day by police. the less weapons the just advocating for Some believe that background checks,” safer for students.” if there had been Goddard said in a citizens armed in Cuphone interview. ~CHAD WEHRMEISTER pertino the shooting “Once I realized what DVC Lieutenant could have been prewe don’t do [with gun vented. regulations] in this “If someone would have been openly country, I could not believe it.” carrying, they could have stopped him at Other gun legislation approved this the door… one, maybe two [deaths], but weekend by Gov. Jerry Brown calls for not six,” said Treytal Yan, owner of City the same records on rifle sales as handArms, a gun dealership across the street gun sales. This bill, along with the open from DVC. “It’s a right for people to carry ban, will go into effect Jan. 1 next carry; it’s not the wild west” year. Roman Kablan, part owner of City Arms, echoed similar thoughts: “PreventEditor-in-chief Julius Rea contributed to this ing people from openly carrying guns article. will not reduce crime in any way, because people who carry guns are law abiding Contact MIKE ALFIERI at malfieri@TheIncitizens.” Kablan believes that there Advertisement



Students fail to realize Al Davis’ contribution LISA DIAZ Staff writer

Viewed by many as controversial and hard-headed, the long-time owner of the Oakland Raiders organization, Al Davis, passed away Saturday. Many young fans were turned away from rooting for the storied local National Football League franchise because of Davis’ numerous courtroom dramas and questionable personnel moves. Raised by a lifelong, diehard Raider fan, I never questioned rooting for them. Times have been rough in Oakland since the Raiders’ last Super Bowl appearance in 2002, but my family always reminded me of all the great accomplishments Al Davis made. Because of the team’s recent futility, many people in my generation drew conclusions about Mr. Davis without realizing all of his pioneering and progressive contributions. You cannot tell the story of the National Football League without Al Davis. A few weeks ago, I learned just how uninformed young people are about the legacy of Al Davis. I gave an informative speech to my Speech 120 class here at DVC about what it means to pledge allegiance to the Raider Nation. I figured this would be the best topic for me since my senior superlative in high school, besides worst driver, was “Most Likely to Bleed Silver and Black.” Prior to writing my speech, I handed out a detailed survey for my class to answer about the history of the Raiders and Al Davis. Despite having seven Raiders fans in the class, I did not receive one positive response about Al Davis. I started my speech by asking everyone to put their prejudgments aside about Al Davis and went on to tell the story of passion, dedication, innovation and progression. The Raider Nation, arguably the most passionate fan base in sports, did not happen by mistake. The passion of the fans is a direct reflection of the passion the owner had for the team. Times have been tough, but the fan base is still as strong as ever. Al Davis was ahead of his time on issues of racial and gender equality. Al Davis was the first owner to hire a Latino head coach in Tom Flores and the first to hire an African American head coach in Art Shell. Mr. Davis was the first to recruit out of Historically Black Colleges in the 1960’s and refused to take his team on the road to Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans because of segregation in the area. The first and only woman chief executive officer, Amy Trask, was hired by Al Davis. To add to the list of his accomplishments, as commissioner of the American Football League, Mr. Davis played a major role in merging the AFL and NFL, creating the National Football League as we know it today. They did not realize how greatly Al Davis has shaped the NFL in a positive way. He was a scout in the NFL, an assistant coach, coach, commissioner and owner, making an impression every step of the way. As rapper Ice Cube put it: “It’s a sad day for anybody wearing Silver & Black. He was the Frank Sinatra of football. He’s going to be missed.” Contact LISA DIAZ at ldiaz@

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Breslin strikes fear into the hearts of his opponents Although Breslin’s career at DVC has been highlighted by success, it was Fear is one of the first feelings not always that way. In the start of his freshman season, running through the opposing quarterback’s head as they take the field he faced a huge set back with torn ligaagainst the DVC Vikings. Pain is a ments in his foot. The injury sidelined him for the close runner-up. The Vikings are 3-0 to start the sea- entire season. “It’s hard to be in the son due in large part to their outstand- stands,” said Breslin. “You want to be ing defense, led by starting defensive on the field to help your teammates.” Having dealt with adversity, nothend Morgan Breslin. Breslin is in his second year as a Vi- ing can be done to hinder Breslin’s progress. “If there is king and is committed to one word I could use play football for UCLA to describe Morgan, with a full-ride scholarit’s determination,” said ship, hopefully starting in Coach Morales. “He the spring semester. didn’t let it [the injury] During his time at slow him down.” DVC he got offers from ~MIKE DARR “If you’re worrying ten schools, including Head football coach about being injured, nationally-ranked footthen you’re not playball programs such as ing the game right,” Boise State, but for Bressaid Breslin. “You have to go hard the lin UCLA was an easy decision. “They were the best choice academically,” he whole time and do the best you can every play.” said. Along with that determination, UCLA is getting more than a hard worker in the classroom. Breslin is an Breslin is known for his extreme work explosive player, with seven sacks in ethic. “The guy is a real hard worker,” says Mike Darr, the Vikings Head the first three games of the season. The numbers, however impressive, Coach. “He deserves everything he don’t mean much to Breslin. “I don’t gets.” With so many accolades at such a care about sacks or tackles for a loss,” young age, it’s easy for some men to said Breslin. “As long as the team is lose their heads. winning that’s all I care about.” Not so for Breslin, who had these That explosiveness reminds many parting words: “I need to thank Coach people, including Defensive Line Coach John Morales, of another Vi- Morales for teaching me everything I king; albeit a purple one from Minne- know. It’s because of him most of us sota, NFL Defensive End Jared Allen. on the D-Line have Division 1 schol“He definitely has that motor in him,” arships this year. The whole team this year is stacked on offense and defense said Coach Morales with a chuckle. TOM RIZZA Staff writer

“He deserves everything he gets.”

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Morgan Breslin, No. 8, makes a tackle against a Shasta College runnningback in DVC’s first game of the 2011 season. and the only way we’re moving is up.” Breslin is a leader with his play, but it’s this kind of team-first philosophy that has given the Vikings their first-half strength. You can see Morgan Breslin and the rest of the undefeated Vikings face off against Chabot College on Oct. 15 at Viking stadium. Contact TOM RIZZA at

Morgan Breslin, No. 8, stands and listens to coaches with teammates during a game.

Vikings even with No. 1 team in state The goal keeping for DVC was good. Sam Liubicich played keeper in the first half and allowed two goals, but had a few good saves to keep the score tied going into half. When the second half started, Desiree When division rivals face off against each other, tempers flare and goals are scored in Mortensen took over the keeper duties and did well, not allowing a second half goal and makamazing fashion. On Friday, Oct. 7, DVC’s soccer team, ing great saves of her own. “Both of our keepers Sam and Desiree now ranked No. 3 in the state overall, faced off against the No. 1 overall team, Santa Rosa played well, both had a good game, with good Junior College. The result of the game was a decisions,” said head coach Cailin Mullins. “We are a better team with both.” 2-2 tie. The game was physical to the last whistle. “It was a good game for us… we would rather have a win, but it is still good to tie,” Margarin took the only card of the game, given out in the second half with said Christina Worsely, DVC 32 minutes left. athletic director. “We need to improve physiThe first half started with cality, but we handled the chala bang when Maria Bellalenge well,” said Mullins. “We fronte scored a goal on an need to continue to improve assist from Wendy Margarin ~CAILIN MULLINS game by game.” in the first minute. “I just Head soccer coach DVC played well together as got the ball, shot it to the a unit and head coach Mullins far corner where the goalie reiterated that sentiment: “We wasn’t,” said Bellafronte. “We played really played well collectively. It wasn’t the best game, good against a tough team, but we have anbut collective success and team effort gave us other tough week ahead.” After DVC took an early one-goal lead, San- strength to tie the game.” DVC soccer’s next game is against 21stta Rosa struck back with back-to-back goals in ranked American River College in Sacramento the first half from Cara Curtin. But DVC would not be let down, as Ana on Oct. 14. The next home game is Tuesday, Torres struck for a goal with less than five min- Oct. 25, against 16th-ranked Cosumnes River utes left in the first half to knot the game up College. at 2-2. “It was nice to score, but it was the pass Contact STEPHEN LANGSAM at stlangfrom Kayla (Turkovich) that set me up,” said Torres. STEPHEN LANGSAM Staff writer

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Upcoming Vikings games Cross Country Men’s/ Women’s

Friday Oct. 14 - Jim Middleton Invitational at West Valley HS Cottonwood - 3:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 21 - Toro Park Invitatioinal at Toro Park, Salinas - 3:00 p.m. Football

Saturday Oct. 15 - Chabot College at DVC Viking Stadium - 7:00 p.m. Friday Oct. 21 - Deanza College at DVC Viking Stadium - 7:00 p.m.

“We played well collectively.”

Water Polo Men’s

Fri.-Sat. Oct. 14 - 15 - Concordia Invitational at Irvine - All day. Stephen Langsam / The Inquirer

Kayla Turkovich assists on Ana Torres’ goal late in the second half of DVC’s tie against Santa Rosa Junior College on Oct. 7th. The tie propelled the Vikings to be ranked third in the state.

Fri.-Sat. Oct. 21 - 22 - Golden West Tournament at Newport Beach - All day. Water Polo Women’s

Wednesday Oct. 19 - Fresno City College at DVC Pool - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 26 - San Joaquin Delta Collge at DVC Pool - 5:00 p.m. Soccer

Friday Oct. 14 - American River College at Sacramento - 3:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 21 - San Joaquin Delta College at Stockton - 2:00 p.m. Volleyball

Friday Oct. 14 - Consumnes River College at DVC Gym - 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 19 - San Joaquin Delta College at Stockton - 6:30 p.m. Lacrosse

Saturday Oct. 15 - UC Davis Tournament at UC Davis - TBA

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Raina Saunders (24) steals the ball away from Santa Rosa Junior College’s leading scorer Cara Curtin during their Oct. 7th match. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Wednesday Oct. 19 - UC Santa Cruz at DVC Viking Stadium 7:15 p.m.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Dozie Iwaugwu runs over Raymond Bautista in DVC’s 51-3 rout of Sacramento City College on Oct. 7.

Courtesy of DVC Athletics

Vikings rout Ed Hall leads class Sacramento of 2012 into Hall City Panthers Ed Hall offers crucial instruction to his Viking players. Hall coached at DVC from 19831994.


receiver Cory Fisher for a touchdown on the next drive in the first quarter. After establishing ownage in the air, Van It was a crisp, clear night under the Brunt would give it up to running backs Viking Stadium lights as DVC opened Dozie Iwaugwu, Vince Ferrante and Alec its three-game home stand with a blow- Pica, who each had a touch down run in out win over the Sacramento City College the second and third quarters. Panthers, 51-3. The fourth quarter saw a meltdown on The staggering 48-point differential is the Panthers offense and special teams as the largest of this season, and only con- the Vikings scored on two consecutive firms DVC’s dominance. series. “We came in here and knew what we One score was a muffed punt recephad to do. Last year we lost a game, but tion recovered by linebacker Luke Walton this year our goal is to go undefeated,” for a touchdown. The otherwas a 65-yard said wide receiver Kevin Moss. “We never interception returned for a touchdown by lose on this field.” defensive back Turon Walker. The Vikings estabThe blowout perforlished themselves in mance brought praise the first quarter by from head coach Mike forcing the Panthers Darr: “Earlier this season to go three-and-out we had trouble finishing on the opening drive. off a full game.” The offense After five games DVC thanked the defense has outscored their opfor their hard work ponents 216-84. The deby marching down fense is led by Morgan the field on the ensuBreslin who leads the ing drive and scoring a state in sacks with nine. touchdown on a quarThe Vikings will try to ~KEVIN MOSS terback Spencer Van Wide reciever carry over the success of Brunt fade pass to this win to the next game wide reciever Andre as they host Chabot ColLewis in the corner of the end zone. lege on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at Viking Sta“We knew we had to get everyone in- dium. volved on offense,” said Lewis with a Our goal in practice this week was to smile. “So when the coaches called my put four quarters of complete football number, I knew I gotta make a play.” together, and tonight we did that,” Darr The Vikings stuck to this philosophy, said. as the following six touchdowns were all scored by different players. Contact TOM RIZZA at Van Brunt would connect with wide TOM RIZZA Staff writer

“We came in here and knew what we had to do. Last year we lost a game, but this year our goal is to go undefeated.”

His career highlights include a tackle against a young O.J. Simpson, who was playing for the national junior college This year’s DVC Hall of Fame inductees prove that the champion, City College of San Francisco. “We knew they number of players with professional-grade skills who choose liked to run him to the outside because of his speed, so we switched a couple personnel around and on his first touch I DVC to launch their athletic careers is immense. Ed Hall, the longtime Vikings head football coach (.658 ended up sitting him down in the backfield.” said Greerty, winning percentage), is among the headliners, as is softball speaking of his early clashes with Simpson, who would be held to under 100 yards rushing during DVC’s game against legend Angela Graham and football lineman Tom Greerty. Hall coached the Vikings to two Golden Gate Conference City College in 1965. Greerty was a first-team All-Golden Gate Conference titles and three bowl appearances during his career as head football coach from 1983-1994. His record (79-9-2) makes (GGC) selection in 1965. He later played at Oregon State, here he has already been inducted into the OSU Hall of him the winningest football coach in DVC history. “All of the people I had a relationship with -- and that Fame. Greerty has been an attorney for the past starts with the president of the college back in 30 years and was named Martinez Man of 1983 -- to the administration, faculty and staff the Year in 1993. “It’s all about fraternity members, it was always a great relationship,” and friendships,” Greerty says. “Skills on an he said. “They made my time at DVC quite athletic field beget relationships that last long pleasurable, and were an enabling factor in after playing days have ended and glory has our ability to provide an opportunity for these evolved into memories.” kids to succeed.” Other inductees in the DVC Hall of Graham had similar sentiments about her Fame: days as a pitcher on DVC’s softball team. Len Chaplin – Head Water Polo Coach During her sophomore season in 2000, at CCC and DVC, 1974-2005. Chaplin conGraham was the Bay Valley Conference’s tinues to lend his insight to the Water Polo (BVC) most valuable player and was selected ~ANGELA GRAHAM team and remains a crucial figure for DVC’s to the All Nor-Cal team. She later played proDVC hall of fame aquatic sports. fessionally in Italy, striking out United States inductee Kevin Searls – All Conference Cross Olympic slugger Crystl Bustos in all three of Country and All Nor-Cal selection in 1976 their head to head meetings. “Whether it was Division 1 or professional ball,” Graham & 1977. Searls would go on to transfer to Humboldt State said, “I always find myself comparing them to the coaches where he would become a two-time All-American in both Track and Cross Country. and teammates I had at DVC.” Scott Goucher - Only baseball pitcher in school history to Graham said her time at DVC was highlighted by the quality of coaching she experienced, starting at the top with earn All-American honors and win 10 or more games in both former head coach Theresa Flores-Lowery. “Coach Flo was years at DVC in 1996-1997. Goucher holds the conference fantastic,” Graham said. “A great coach is the catalyst for a career record for innings pitched with 201. Goucher was also team’s personality. She made me the pitcher that I was.” Dur- selected to DVC’s All Half-Century team in 2000. Kelly McCabe - All-American Water Polo player in 2002 ing her sophomore season, Graham led the state in strikeouts with 212. She racked up a 16-10 record and posted a tidy and 2005, All-American Swimmer specialized in breaststroke in 2003 & 2004, and All-Conference Basketball selection in earned-run average of 0.96. The final inductee, Tom Greerty, also had experiences dur- 2003-04 season. McCabe is the youngest inductee in this ing his years as a DVC lineman that he now regards as life- year’s class. long memories. Greerty was a defensive end and left tackle Contact GRIFFIN HENNING at for the Vikings from 1964-65.

Pirates prevail over Vikings in close contest

teams swayed and substituted in hopes of finding an advantage to expose. The Pirates would eventually hold on to snare a close one 27-25. DVC’s volleyball coach, Jackie Ponciano-Babb, Freshman middle Maggie Fishbaugh was outemphasizes the importance of confidence every standing for the Vikings. She passed the ball with week to her Vikings. adept finesse, and provided the tough, critical serves For Friday night’s match against Modesto Col- that kept DVC in the fight. lege, Ponciano-Babb asked the girls to bring their Michelle Galli came in as a clutch substitution favorite inspirational quote to and was “very effective” according share with their teammates beto Ponciano-Babb. fore they began warming up. The sophomore outside-hitter The hope was that the motiperformed admirably with malivational sentiments being shared cious serves and sprawled out to dig would become contagious, and a scoring attempt from Modesto. that the Vikings would develop “That comeback in the second the vigorous swagger they will game was really big for us,” said need to compete with the stronJessica Atkins, a sophomore at the ger teams in the Big 8 Conferlibero position for the Vikings. ence. “There was a lot of effort and we The Vikings certainly disperformed well under pressure… played a courageous resiliency It’s an uphill climb, but we’re fightthroughout their five-game bout ing.” with Modesto, eventually falling DVC staved off defeat in the short 15-10 in the forced final fourth game and managed a 26-24 ~JESSICA ATKINS game of the match. win over the Pirates, forcing a fifth Liberio position The first game went to game tiebreaker. Modesto 25-21, but the Vikings The Pirates, however, endured countered in the next with a 25-18 battering of the the siege and were able to outlast the Vikings in the Pirates that electrified the crowd in Pleasant Hill. fifth game and take the match. The third game was the most crucial of the match and proved to be a defining momentum shift. Contact GRIFFIN HENNING at It remained tight through the finish as the two GRIFFIN HENNING Staff writer

“That comeback in the second game was really big for us. There was a lot of effort and we performed well under pressure… It’s an uphill climb, but we’re fighting.”

“I always find myself comparing them to the coaches and teamates I had at DVC.”



Arts & Features

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Colin Goddard as depicted on the cover of “Living for 32,” produced by Maria Cuomo Cole. Goddard will discuss the film at DVC on Oct. 18.

Gun law advocate will discuss Virginia Tech experience at DVC Tech and began working in local politics, he was not ready to talk about his experience. This changed two years later, on April 3, As the snow gently fell and the wind whis- 2009, when Goddard turned on the news and tled outside the window on a crisp April day watched the shootings in the Binghamton in 2007, Colin Goddard was one of 16 college American Civic Association immigration censtudents participating in a French class discus- ter in New York City unfold. sion with their professor. Seeing the abundance of flowers, prayer What seemed to be a normal day of attend- vigils and burning candles — images Goding classes was suddenly interrupted with a dard associated with his own experience at bang. Virginia Tech — motivated him to call the Goddard and his classmates Brady Campaign, a non-profit gun believed the loud noise came Need to Know violence prevention organization in from the building next door, the United States, that night. which was under construction. Goddard now works as an advoColin Goddard Bang. cate for the Brady Campaign, lobwas shot durAfter a second, much louder bying for stricter federal gun laws ing the Virginia noise, it was clear that this was on Capital Hill and traveling the Tech shooting in country, speaking out to spread not the sound of the construction next door, but the ear2007. He will be awareness and get young people piercing sound of gun shots, talking at several motivated to change legislation. and the shooter was getting “It took me nearly losing my life universities and closer. to understand the reality of what colleges in CaliThe shooter, a mentally ungun laws in this country are,” said fornia. stable student and longtime Goddard. “I turned my experiences victim of bullying, entered the into a film to educate, advocate and “Living for 32” Virginia Tech classroom, in will be presented do something about gun violence in Blacksburg, Va., killing nine at 4 p.m. on Oct. America.” of Goddard’s classmates and Goddard’s compelling story has 18 in the DVC Goddard’s professor. Goddard been featured on Oprah, in the Forum. survived after being shot four New York Times and in a docutimes. mentary produced by Maria Cuomo Goddard’s physical recovery went well. He Cole and directed by Kevin Breslin, “Living is able to do everything he could do before. for 32,” which was screened during the SunHis mental recovery followed. dance Film Festival. Still, after Goddard graduated from Virginia Goddard’s next stop: Diablo Valley ColLISA DIAZ Opinions editor

Björk newest album bombs hooks or driving percussion. Many of the songs are in non-standard time signatures The end result is a soundtrack to spacing Icelandic musician Bjork’s latest project, out in a planetarium. “Biophilia,” is definitely not for everyone. It’s The album’s major flaw is also uniquely its not a lot like anything I’ve ever heard before. own. “Biophilia” is also being released as a Björk’s first album since 2007’s “Volta,” series of iPad Apps which expand upon sub“Biophilia” is a concept album about human- jects touched on in the songs. ity’s relationship with nature. I cannot comment on the digital aspect of In addition to featuring songs about na- this album, as I do not have a smart phone or ture, Björk also pens songs that make human tablet computer. things like love sound This leads me to scientific. feel as though “BioI have heard quite a philia” left me out of bit of Björk’s discogits digital art party. raphy, and I feel safe in Snubs aside, the saying that “Biophilia” music on “Biophilia” is unlike most of the feels diminished in music she’s made. light of it being the “Biophilia” reminds soundtrack to a mulme of a symphony. timedia project. None of the songs I feel like dropping really stand out, and the visual accompanithe listener has to pay ment takes away part a lot of attention to of the meaning. the music in order to Another gripe I reap enjoyment from have with the album Courtesy of ONE LITTLE INDIAN / WARNER it. It is not background / UNIVERSAL is the ending. music. The final song is really Part of the reason has to do with Björk’s good, but it seems to simply end the album in vocals. an abrupt fashion. It feels like having the TV This has been the case with all of Björk’s turned off while playing a video game. music to me, but I find with her more than Despite my laundry list of gripes, I still anyone else I have to zero my attention in to believe that “Biophilia” is rather good. The her vocals, due to her accent and delivery. album is extremely daring, even for Bjork, but In addition, a lot of the songs are really it still works. weird too. It is just rather difficult to recommend. The production is spacey and quiet. Half of the songs have barely any percussion either. Contact JOHN KESLER at jkesler@TheInquir“Biophilia” mostly lacks things like catchy JOHN KESLER Staff writer

Goddard, Brady Campaign advocate, leads a discussion about “Living for 32,” a documentary about his experience after getting shot four times. lege. In an event sponsored by the Model United Nations Club on Tuesday, Oct. 18, there will be a screening of “Living for 32” in the DVC Forum that will be followed by a discussion with Goddard about the film and his experiences. “Even if your political views are different from those of the Brady Campaign,” said Bryan Humm, the Model United Nations Club participant who is organizing the event. “From the human psychological standpoint to listen to Colin’s story and understand his resilience in overcoming such a horrific event is phenomenal. It gives the audience the chance to form a new perspective.” Goddard’s mission is to minimize gun vio-

lence through federal legislation that requires records to be put into the system and background checks performed for all transactions that involve guns. Stricter federal legislation will eliminate gun trafficking between states. “Background checks are a five minute inconvenience against the inconvenience of getting shot by someone who should not have a gun,” Goddard said. “And I’m alive. Many families lost their loved ones during the Virginia Tech shootings and you can’t even call that inconvenience.”

Contact LISA DIAZ at ldiaz@TheInquirerOnline. com


Thursday, October 13, 2011



What could be done to improve the quality of your education at DVC?


“Smaller class sizes; more availability, especially with getting into classes. It’s hard to get into classes at DVC.”

BRIAN FOGG, 20 Undeclared

“Lower the number of required classes.”

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Editorial ‘It’s not easy being green’

The cafeteria, Basement Café and Crow’s Nest on campus provide stressedout Diablo Valley College students and faculty places to purchase a meal or a snack, allowing a chance to refuel between classes. It is apparent that these dining areas are going through a rocky transition from using polystyrene (also known as Styrofoam) to more environmentally sustainable “to-go” containers, and customers are paying the price. Whether or not patrons are aware of the change, Food Services recently increased prices in light of the mandated switch. While the prices have been raised, communication with students about the changes has been stifled to say the least. The recent price increases and lack of student knowledge about the situation are the direct result of the confusion between administration, Food Services and the Sustainability Committee. Concerned by the negative financial effects of eliminating polystyrene, Director of Food Services George Delfabro raised the prices of food items in the cafeteria in order to protect his department, which is completely self-sustaining. The change from polystyrene products was

KYLE PAQUIN, 18 Business Management

“Smaller class sizes. The instructor has better control, and can tailor the classes better.”

mandated during the spring 2011 semester by a committee made up of the Associated Students of Diablo Valley College, the Faculty Senate and the Classified Senate, and was led by the crusade of the DVC Sustainability Committee. The resolution has one simple element: No polystyrene products. Dr. John Freytag, oceanography professor and member of the Sustainability Committee, did calculations from three different suppliers that showed that the switch from polystyrene to sustainable, compostable containers should not cost a student more than an additional six cents to seven cents. Freytag found that charging students an additional five cents per container would allow Food Services to break even, or even make a small surplus. “I felt like if I could do the groundwork then it would be up to DVC Food Services to follow through with the implementation,” Freytag said about smoothing the transition. “I have nothing to do with the ordering, but I did most of the additional research and groundwork to help with the transition,” he added. Freytag says he provided the research for the use of


Food Services, but Delfabro does not recall Freytag’s research. Although the possibility of subsidizing the cost of the switch was discussed in last November’s meeting, Delfabro says the price has not been subsidized by any group. That financial burden, and the ensuing confusion about the prices and container

material switch, is now placed on the students. It is difficult for anyone to see what is going on because since the meeting, there has been no public notice of the goings-on. Still, we shouldn’t be looking to point fingers. Instead, we, as a college, should be working toward better communication campus-wide.

If the establishments on campus are going to raise prices, the campus populace needs to be informed of the process that has led to the mandate and the increase, not to mention the details of what they’re paying for. But before that happens, all involved parties need to start discussing the problems openly.


YO-EL EREZ, 18 Undeclared

“It’s been a very good experience, aside from more funding.”



Re-evaluate ‘general’ education Have you ever asked yourself if General Education actually helps develop your interests, or just gets in the way? Astromony major Paulo Mandile claimed that he got interested in his major at an early age and thinks that “GE is a bunch of classes to fill in a bureaucratic requirement, nothing more.” Aiden Herrick, undeclared, said, “Why should I spend extra money on classes I don’t care about?” Not all students see Gener-

al Education as an obstacle. “General Ed expands my view to other corners the world,” said art major Mingjie Zhang. “I want my art to reflect the whole world not just the art world.” It is interesting to note how many American students make it all the way to college before they figure out what to major in. In China for example, middle school students take an exam to determine whether they continue to high school or go to a trade school to de-

velop blue collar skills. Also, South Korea and the United Kingdom also have similar systems where their futures are determined at an earlier age. Instead of being forced to choose a profession at an early age, students should be encouraged to develop their majors and talents. What if we made high school more like a college environment where students with their parents decide which classes to take? Rather than having a small


menu of skills that No Child Left Behind focuses on, schools should have a broad range such as English, science, life management, college prep, critical thinking and applicable math, along with

courses which developed or help discover the student’s unique talents. Leaving that responsibility to the state has resulted in the failure of the K-12 system. With students being allowed to think more independently and develop their interests earlier, there would be less of a need to require IGETC for every college student. Contact BRIAN DONOVAN at bdonovan@TheInquirerOnline. com

Letter to the editor

Parking fees need to be fair to part-time students MARIA TALAVERA, 22 International Business

“More hours for studying and using the library and resources.”

Interviewer: Vanessa Muniz Photographer: Alex Brendel

There are more than 20,000 students enrolled in DVC this year. Most of the students usually drive to school in Contra Costa County. However, have you ever waited for more than 15 minutes to find a parking space even though you got a parking permit? The parking fees were increased $5 more for cars and

motorcycles at DVC since May 2010. Although the parking fee was increased and the overflow parking lot was made, we still find numerous cars waiting for parking spaces on campus during the class times. Therefore, I believed the parking permits are not equal to the available parking spaces in DVC.

William Fu is a DVC student. During the first day of class in Spring 2011, he had been dropped from a class because he couldn’t find a parking space for almost an hour. Classes are become limited since DVC is experiencing budgeted cuts. Based on the parking issue in the college, the parking fees should be fair and scheduled based on the number of

Editorial Board



STAFF WRITERS Griffin Henning, John Kesler, Theresa Marie, Zuli Mohammad, Vanessa Muniz, Tom Rizza Sean Wilkey PHOTOGRAPHERS Alex Brendel, Pablo Caballero, Stevie Chow DESIGNERS & ILLUSTRATORS Kristiana Britanik, Eko Takada INSTRUCTIONAL LAB COORDINATOR Ann Stenmark ADVISER Mary Mazzocco

units that students take in the current semester. DVC is constituted by fulltime and part-time students. Full time students should pay a regular price of $40, and students who are taking short-term courses during the full-term semester should only pay half the price. Furthermore, students who are taking online courses and only have a couple meet-

ings at campus should need to pay only a one-day parking permit. This can also help the traffic problems inside the campus since students may choose to ride the bus rather than drive their car to school when they notice that parking fees have increased. Sincerely, Yan Yi Tai

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Arts & features The Inquirer - Diablo Valley College

Confection, convection

Thursday, October 13, 2011 Carrot topping sits atop a readymade cake prepared by students.

DVC culinary students perfect baked goods before selling in the DVC pastry shop. Photos by ALEX BRENDEL

Carol Phillips, left, sprinkles flour onto dough, while Jackie Contreras, right, operates the forwardreverse clutch.

Jose Castillo, left, squeezes a pastry bag to make ĂŠclairs in his first semester of culinary arts. Walter Medina, center, cuts into his lemon meringue. He is pursuing a culinary arts certificate. Anthony Najera, right, make incredibly true to life-like carrots for trimming a carrot cake.

A student loads cheese twists on a baking sheet into the oven.

Instructor Chris Draa demonstrates dough handling techniques to his students.

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