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Fire Academy demonstrates drills at graduation Protesters demand pay cut
from top administrators Thomas Schmit Staff Writer
Mike Williams/ Union Recruit Thomas Studley, mans the fire hydrant during a demonstration at the EC Fire Academy last week.
Occupy El Camino sought to restore the 2013-14 winter session after debuting its new “Chop from the Top” proposal at the April 16 board of trustees meeting. The proposal calls for a 20 percent decrease to the salaries of EC’s President and five Vice Presidents, money which would be used to fund the currently canceled winter session, OECC Organizer Robert Dewitz said. According to a document released by OECC, administrator salaries have increased an average of 20 percent since 2007 and the cuts could save the college up to a quarter of a million dollars yearly. “We’ve been cutting courses, counselors and raising student fees. So far we’ve only been cutting from the bottom, so it’s only fair to make cuts to the top,” Dewitz said.
However, any hope for an easy victory seems unlikely, judging from board president Will Beverly’s response. Comparing the proposal to Karl Marx’s philosophy of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” Beverly added that it “was not as simple a process as that”. “Should we all contribute what we can and receive the same rewards? Some would think so, but that seems to not work out in many societies,” Beverly said. “A lack of incentive will prevent good people from taking the job. It’s a complex subject,” Beverly added. Far from being discouraged however, OECC has launched a new campaign aimed at garnering student support for “Chop from the Top,” Dewitz said. “We’re circulating petitions, See ‘Salaries’ on page 2
CSUs inquire about students sexual orientation Kenneth Berry Staff Writer California State colleges and universities are developing plans to ask students about their sexual orientation on next year’s application or enrollment forms. The plan itself is still in preliminary stages. Then inclusion of the optional questions is based on a littleknown state law that aims to gauge the size of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations on UC, Cal State, and community college campuses in order to access enough services such as counseling. The law that these potential questions stem from is called Law AB 620. It was written by Assemblyman Marty Block, D-San Diego and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last fall. AB 620 calls for students to adopt policies that discourage bullying and harassment of gay and lesbian students. It also asks, but doesn’t require, state campuses to allow students and staff to identify their sexual orientation gender identity and gender expression on any forms used to collect such other demographic data as race and national origin.
“I think the LGBT community would be really upset about it and petitions would probably start and I think it would stir up a big discussion.” President of the Gay/Straight Alliance Club, Edlin Burciaga, 19, nursing major said. “If just a couple of us already think it’s not right.” If it becomes nationwide, it’s going to
Fullerton, Long Beach and even a community college like EC or Santa Monica College.” Marcell Barrett, 19, journalism major said. “It’s going to disturb them because they’re going to be thinking do I fill this out, put my sexuality and possibly be criticized or judged or do I step back and wait to see what happens?” “If it’s not required then its good because I don’t think we’ve reached a level in society where we’re comfortable with homosexuality and as bad as that is we still have to recognize the majority of the population isn’t comfortable yet,” David Saldana, 19, geology major, said. “The only benefit I would see would be more help for bullying in the LGBT community,” Burciaga said. One belief is that the questions are an invasion of privacy. The other belief is that the LGBT community is finally getting more recognition. “If you’re not ashamed of who you are then put it down because you have nothing to hide but if you are ashamed or you just don’t want to put it down then don’t,” Linda Massarotti, academic probation and transfer counselor said. “Some people might say well what are you hiding and then someone might respond to that by saying nothing and it’s none of your business.”
be something that I don’t think the nation is ready for.” If the plan to ask students about their sexual orientation is implemented, California’s state colleges and universities would be the largest group of schools in the country to do so. “The questions can scare a lot of people who may be thinking about applying to a UC like UCLA, Cal States like Northridge,
MBHS building on schedule to be completed Robert Ceaser Sarah Bremme Union Interns At last, the sounds of construction on campus will be winding down. Construction of EC’s newest Math, Business and Health Sciences building is continuing on schedule and with little issue, Mike Dickson, the project superintendent, said. This means that the facility should be ready according to schedule, in spite of a few political and communication issues in the way of the project. “The challenges of this job have been the politics behind it and the people who are in contact with the contractors,” Dickson said. Those contractors include Issac Leon of
Irrigation Labor Landscaping, who is still with the project five months after his estimation that his work should take two weeks. Between 50 and 60 workers such as Leon are on the project at a time. Most work Monday through Friday with the occasional Saturday shift, paid for by the project’s $21 million budget. Part of the budget is also going toward special medical equipment that will be installed on the fourth floor, including X-ray machines and hospital beds. Sections of the student parking lot near the facility’s site were rotationally closed this week as a part of the construction, which has captured the attention of many students. Students such as physics major Vanessa
Alarcon, were unaware that the closures would be happening and were unsure as to why. “There’s always so much traffic even when there’s not closures,” Alarcon said. Thankfully for students, workers were able to get a large portion of work done during the spring break, which “was a relief” Dickson said. The official MBHS Building project hit its two year mark this month and is expected to be complete by fall of this year, Dickson added. It is currently unclear whether the facility will open in time for fall semester classes.
Robert Long /Union The construction on the new Math, Business and Health Sciences Building.
Children to take part in ‘Childrens Day’ this Saturday at EC Aryn Hicks Staff Writer
Giggles and laughter accompanied by the pitter patter of small feet will be heard on campus as the Child Development Center will host Children’s Day on Saturday April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will take place at the Art Patio. Children between the ages of 2 through 8 can attend. The event is free and open to the public. “It provides opportunities for children to come
and explore things they don’t get at home,” child development professor, Michelle Moen said. The students that participate create activities for children and see if children respond to them. Activities include art projects, learning about science and music, and obstacle courses will also be at the event. These activities will help the students implement and evaluate age appropriate activities and help the children use their motor skills and senses. “Children get a chance to come and experience activities that improve their motor skills”
Noemi Santa Cruz, Liberal Studies major, said. Moen said that Childrens Day allows parents to learn about age appropriate activities and let their children interact with other children. As well as the students getting to practice what they learned in class and get hands on experience with children. “ I like how we apply everything we learned and see if they work,” Nancy Alvarez, 30, Child Development major said. Children’s day is an annual event that happens once a year during each spring semester. Moen also said the department has been host-
ing this event for many years and hopes to continue in the coming years. For most of the students in the child development department, participation in Children’s Day is required but all the students are encouraged to come and participate in this day. Faculty even suggests that students bring their own children. The faculty also advises that parents bring extra clothes because the stations can get messy.
UCLA Transfer Conference to take place
CSULB tour for interested students
Financial aid workshop scheduled
Win a Pirate’s Dinner Adventure for two
Workshop for a smooth transition
There will be a college tour tomorrow at UCLA for the “STOMP Transfer Conference.” Interested persons should visit the Transfer Center located on the first floor of the Student Services Center, or call 310-660-3593 ext. 3408.
There will be a college tour tomorrow at CSU Long Beach. Interested persons should visit the Transfer Center located on the first floor of the Student Services Center, or call 310-660-3593 ext. 3408.
A Financial Aid training workshop will take place Monday, April 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Student Services Center Room 204 G. For more information interested persons may call 310-660-3493.
Win a Pirate’s Dinner Adventure at EC with ASB today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Library Lawn. Look for the ASB table to enter the drawing and win dinner for two at Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park.
Presented by the honors transfer program, Achieving a Smooth Transition to a University workshop will take place today from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in Room MCS 100A. Interested persons may call 310- 660-3593 ext. 3815.
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POLICE BEAT By Daniela Messarina
Student rushed to hospital after seizure
April 26, 2012
Science Club goes to Grand Canyon Mayu Kataoka Staff Writer
Frigid air and an endless view of some of the tall orange-colored pillars was what the students in the Science Club experienced with their visit to Bryce Canyon. The trip was filled with scenic hikes, educational talks, and unforgettable memories. “It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” Ian Walker, 33, geology maAttempted burglary on jor, said. “It was an amazing trip to obparking permit machine serve so many places all within six days.” Walker, the president of the Science April 18 1 p.m.—An on-duty Club was one of the many students who service community officer ob- attended the trip that included a drive to served someone trying to break Utah, where they toured the Zion Nationinto the parking permit machine al Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. in Lot L West. An attempted “They pack in so much beauty,” Walkburglary reported was filed. er said. “It was definitely an experience none of us will forget.” Female injures self The club drove down to Arizona for the latter part of the trip to see the Meteor while cleaning Crater, Sunset Crater and Walnut Canyon. April 20 1 p.m.—A female “Sunset crater is amazing in that it’s the staff member slipped and fell youngest crater created by a volcano and while cleaning the restroom on still contains hardened lava flows; giving the second floor of the MCS it’s viewer a glimpse of what it might be building. She was transported to like during an actual explosion,” Natalie Garcia, 25, microbiology major said. an area hospital. April 17 1:05 p.m.— Officers responded to a medical aid call between the Administration and Humanities Building. A female student was experiencing a seizure and was transported to an area hospital.
However, both students agreed that none of this would have happened without Joe Holliday, who has been the advisor for the club for more than 20 years. “Without him, we wouldn’t have had a guide or the fee waivers to get into the parks,” Walker said. “It would have been a much different trip.” Holliday was ecstatic about the overall outcome of the trip; he was able to get fee waivers to six of the national parks they traveled to and said he is forever “indebted” to the Inter-Club Council for helping them out. “I think it was the best field trip ever,” Holliday said. “It was the largest in both the number of students going but the amount of days as well.” The students were able to gain a whole new level of respect and knowledge about the Earth’s magnificent creations left behind for them to discover. “They’re national parks for a reason,” Walker said. “There is so much to see, and you don’t even have to go far.” The Science Club frequently takes trips like these and hopes to inspire other clubs to start exploring the wonders of the world as well. “It’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before,” Holliday said. “Everything from
weather patterns, to the trees, and animals.” Garcia she said it was an experience that will last a lifetime in the minds of the students. “It was an amazing experience, spiritu-
Photo courtesy of Joe Holliday
ally, physically and educationally,” Garcia said. “We learned the reasons for the geographical occurrences in every park we went to, and were able to experience first hand the nature that created it.”
ASO student elections underway Salaries Mayu Kataoka Staff Writer With the end of spring semester around the corner and many students getting ready for finals, the Associated Student Body is busy preparing themselves for their upcoming elections for the 2012 fall semester. Students running for office include: Nathan Wofford for director of student and community advances; Dillan Horton for vice president; Sheldon Trang for senator of business; Jasmine Hormati for student trustee; Ka Ng for senator of business; Brooke Matson for president; Derrick Moon for director of finance; Simone Jackson for director of academic affairs and Dorothy Chan for director of finance. Official campaigning started on Tuesday, which allows the candidates to go around campus and publicize their desired position of office. “I’m running for senator of business be-
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cause I want to help business students receive efficient information about their major,” Ka Ng, 18, business major, said. Many of these candidates are running for office to reach out to students and ensure that
they have the best experience while at EC. “I want to make sure that communication is flowing,” Brooke Matson, 18, economics major, said. “That’s why I’m running for ASO president.” Voting starts May 7 until May 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. out on the Schauerman Library
Lawn. The second part of voting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Activities Center. “I want to push myself as a leader,” Jasmine Hormati, 20, biology major, said. “I think becoming a student trustee would be beneficial for everyone.” ASO will also be having a rally on May 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. out on the Activities Center outdoor stage. There students will be able to make decisions and hear what some of the candidates will have to say with the opportunity to give a short speech. Some candidates are current ASO members. “Since I already have experience, I’ll be a good director of finance to budget money for events,” Derrick Moon, 19, business administration said. The candidates will be on campus campaigning around campus.
planning a week of action followed by a rally on April 30, and we’re reaching out to the media for support,” DeWitz said. “While we’re proud to have saved winter session for the next semester, a lot of us feel like it’s only a partial victory if we can’t get it continued longterm,” Dewitz added. Despite the new campaign, “Chop from the Top” still has a long way to go, with two major obstacles to its success. The first is the same issue that EC’s administration has been wrestling with, the California school system’s uncertain economic future, Andy Bradford, Geology major, said. “There’s a lot of uncertainties right now, and if there are
more major cuts, $250,000 might not be enough to save the winter session,” Bradford said. “It’s frustrating, because there’s not a whole lot that an individual El Camino student can do about it”, Bradford added. The second issue “Chop the Top” faces is a matter of time; with only about a month left of the semester, DeWitz expects the campaign to continue on into the fall semester. “Some of us won’t be here come fall, and while some of our key members will still be around, we’re really hoping we’ll get new members from the influx of new students,” DeWitz said. For the latest EC news updates, follow us on Twitter: @ECCUnion
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THE S Y O B H C A BE After two decades the band reunites for their global ‘Celebration’ tour.
Roy Moore Staff Writer
magine being a teenager during the 1960s in a time and place of endless summer days, warm, sunny beaches, beautiful girls and large ocean swells while feeling nothing but those “good vibrations” all the time. As a child growing up in Rhode Island, The Beach Boys’ music gave Christopher Mello, music instructor and director of the guitar department, the impression of California being a utopia of permanent sunshine, constant surfing and millions of beautiful girls. From “California Girls” to “Surfin’ USA,” The Beach Boys’ music created a romanticized notion of what life was like on the West Coast, Mello said. “Their music sold me as a kid on the idea of the Southern California beach culture growing up,” Mello said, who, over the years, formed a personal relationship with Brian Wilson, a member of The Beach Boys. “Coming from an all-boys Catholic school in Rhode Island, my experience with girls were very limited. So after listening to ‘California Girls,’ the girls in Rhode Island were no comparison to the girls in California.” With the recent reunion of The Beach Boys, the surviving members of the band will begin their 50-date global tour this month in commemoration with its 50th anniversary. The Beach Boys, a 1960s American rock band that originated in Southern California, was first made up of brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and a friend, Al Jardine, forming one of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll bands in music history. The band went on to sign with Capitol Records in 1962, according to www. thebeachboys.com, and eventually produced many top 40 hits including, “I Get Around,” “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls,” “Be True To Your School,” and “Surfin’ Safari.” Their fame, from a musical perspective, helped redefine the 1960s era of pop music, Mello said. “If you listen to ‘Good Vibrations’ all the way through, it has a number of different sections where the field changes, where the keys change and the way the backup vocals change,” Mello said. “That was unheard of in the music of the ‘60s until The Beatles came along with ‘Sergeant Pepper.’” But before The Beach Boys found such success, two of the band members were enrolled at EC to pursue much different careers. Al Jardine, who attended college from the summer of 1961 to the spring of 1963, aspired to pursue a degree in the field of dentistry, according to an article published in the Warwhoop, the name of the college’s student newspaper at the time. Brian Wilson also attended EC during the fall of 1960 through the spring of 1962 and studied history and Spanish. While they both played football together at Hawthorne High
School, it wasn’t until the two ran into each other again on the campus’s football field where they often talked about sports, cars, girls and, ultimately, music. But according to an excerpt in Wilson’s autobiography “Wouldn’t It Be Nice: My Own Story,” he had long term plans of becoming a psychologist. Due to the abuse Wilson suffered at the hands of his father, he started to used music as a means of escape. And eventually his passion and love of music became the primary focus of his life and he left college to pursue a musical career. After the release of The Beach Boy’s best selling album, “Surfin’” in 1962, Jardine continued to take classes at EC until he later decided to rejoin the band in 1963 and he left college behind. Throughout the years, The Beach Boys’ creative talent came from Wilson, who wrote or cowrote many of the band’s songs. “I’ve known and worked with Brian before, so I know that he is the master-mind behind all of the Beach Boys recordings, the production and the whole Beach Boys’ sound,” Mello said. ”He’s just somebody that really loves music. It pours out of Brian Wilson even if you are having a conversation about anything.” Wilson’s writings were a personalized look into his own insecurities as an angst-ridden adolescent, according to his autobiography, which is why many students said they can identify with the content of the lyrics. “A lot of their music fits in perfectly with the way I think,” Rafael Portillo, 21, music major said. “The music that is coming out now, (such as) Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, is unsophisticated and not very deep in its choice of what it’s expressing.” Another student also said she relates to many of The Beach Boys’ songs “I like some of the more obscure songs that (Brian Wilson) wrote that didn’t quite make the top of the charts,” Jessica Asbell, astronomy tutor, said. The legacy of The Beach Boy’s music helped define an entire generation of American idealism and pop-culture, Mello said. “The Beach Boys really started to evolve out of cars-and-girls sort of music,” Mello said. “They were really taking chances in terms of both what was happening in the studio and what they were doing in their writing. There was a lot of evolution of what they and The Beatles did.” The Beach Boys will perform live June 2 at the Hollywood Bowl.
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Rise and Shine at El Camino College
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As the morning sun rises over the horizon, a lone student is silhouetted on the second level of the Humanities Building.
Ian Schmidt Staff Writer In the hours before dawn, El Camino College is lifeless. Nothing stirs and the frigid air makes the silence seem louder. Classrooms are empty and buildings deserted under an umbrella of dampness and dark. Then comes a spark. The first ray of sunshine creeps over the campus. Golden light touches the trees, and the concrete is illuminated as college employees and faculty members arrive for work. Construction workers lift their tools to signal the start of their day. A leaf blower roars in the background. Across the campus, workout warriors head to the track.
From left, El Camino police Cadets Anthony Senior, 20, criminal justice major and Taylor Cardenas, 24, criminal justice major prepare to fly the American flag. The flag is raised weekday mornings around 7:30 a.m. outside of the police station, at the southeast corner of the campus.
A woman in sweats charges up the bleacher steps. A man stretches and does calisthenics. On the athletic field, a groundskeeper drags the dirt in preparation for the day’s softball game. EC police adets unfurl the flag, before sending it up the pole. The first cars arrive to fill the parking lot. Sleepy students trudge to class, with coffee in hand. Others need something stronger and head to the café for a triple-shot espresso. Everybody shakes off the grogginess. Soon, all areas of the campus bustle with people. Classroom seats are filled and professors begin their lesson plans. So begins a new day at El Camino College.
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Dawn breaks over the EC campus last week as people walk past the tennis courts and south gym, toward the Arts Building.
Mike Williams /Union Above, Joe Saldana drags the playing surface of the Warriors’ softball field in the early morning. Saldana, the EC Grounds and Operations Supervisor, has been landscaping the athletic fields for more than 30 years.
Mike Williams /Union To kick off her day, Lianne Kitaoka, 23, graphic design major, goes for a run up the bleacher steps near the EC track.
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ON THE SCENE By Jorge Maldonado
Theater “Momentum” Dance your way into spring with “Momentum”, EC’s department of dance spring concert. “Momentum” will be showing at 1 p.m. today through Saturday in the Marsee Auditorium. Tickets are $15. For more information, interested persons may contact 1-800-832-ARTS or visit the Ticket Office.
Music “Farewell” Concert Performing a “Farewell” concert, “James E. Mack, Clarinet Concert” will feature works of Beethoven, Mozart, Gould, Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Goodman and Hampton. A pianist and other musicians, including the EC Alumni String Quartet & Friends, will join Mack in the farewell concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Haag Recital Hall. Tickets are $15. For more information, interested persons may contact 1-800-832-ARTS or visit the Ticket Office.
Art Wayne Alaniz Healy art exhibit Recognized as one of the most important contemporary Chicano muralist Wayne Alaniz Healy shares his exhibit “The Expressive Line of Wayne Alaniz Healy: Murals, Paintings, Prints, Sculpture” from noon to 8 p.m. today in the Art Gallery. Interested persons may contact 310-660-3010.
Molly Stolba /Union Molly Stolba/Union (Left to right) Eric Whitehurst, 21, pre-nursing, Elijah Laraunt, 19, dance, and Mychal Harris, 23, dance, (Left to right) Nicole Leger, 19, dance/interior design, and Samyra Delgado, 21, undecided, play Tweeddle assist Hailey Weishaup, 19, dance, in a lifted turn in this years Dee and Tweedle Dum in an “Alice in Wonderland” inspired dance.
Dancers bring “Momentum” to campus Diane Vay Staff Writer Vividly colored dresses move along with every dancers movement as bright lights stream across the dance-floor in this year’s dance show titled, “Momentum.” Pamela Santelman, dance instructor said each of the 10 dances all have a different look and set design. “Every single dance has a set of different costumes and props,” Pam Santelman, dance instructor, said. “The lights are coordinated with what you will see with the dances.” Kim DeShazo, costume designer said that included in the various dance themes are mira-
cle dances where students will wear flowy dresses in green, pink and brown. Another dance will include Grecian wear, all inspired by greek movies. Attendees may also expect to see dancers in unitards, a costume that goes from the neck to the ankle. Daniel Berney, dance concert director, said “Momentum” may be described as eclectic, a combination of various styles of dance and choreography. “There will be a variety of dance styles such as ballet, modern dance, and street dance,” Berney said. “We have several students who do student choreography, which represents their own choreography.”
Accountant pursues passion for dance Eman Elshiyab Staff Writer As the song plays loudly on the speakers, she sways her body back and forth. Sweat drips down her face with every move she makes but she never misses a step. Lesley Washington, choreographer and dance major, has been drawn to music and the stage ever since her first ballet class. Her passion inspired her to put aside her professional accounting and finance career and decided to pursue her dance dream. “There is a stage in Erickson’s theory that states if you don’t pursue your own path, you often go back to it at some point,” Washington said. “I guess I’m at that point.” She’s traveled internationally from Hong Kong to Barcelona teaching and performing New York Style salsa dancing. She’s also performed the last three semesters of LoTech/NoTech with choreography by EC’s staff of instructors such as Kim Bogaro, Pam Santelman, Daniel Berney and Jamie Hammonds. Washington has been choreographing for approximately six years. “I utilize the art of dance to express personal emotion, opinions and a love for movement by stepping outside the numeric cadence to dance, and continually challenge not only our bodies, but our minds, rhythmically in choreography and social dancing,” Washington said. With the experience and passion she has for dance, Washington said she plans to open a school that incorporates dance therapy into an educational curriculum that combines the theories of psychoanalysis and early child development to foster positive psychological and emotional growth for young children. “Through the movement of dance you are not only able to express emotions and feelings,
Kyle Borden /Union Lesley Washington, choreographer and dance major, plans to intergrate her passion for dancing with her interest in early child development.
she said. A few of the genres incorporated into the dance therapy program she said would include improvisation, ballet, modern, and Afro Cuban. The hardest part for Washington is the music selection because she said there are so many infinite possibilities.
dance instructor, sees a lot of passion in Washington’s choreography. “She is very efficient and developed,” Funderburk said. “Her choreography has a lot of in-depth meaning.” Patricia Bonner, 26, administrative justice major and dancer, also thinks Washington is an excellent choreographer. “She’s well rounded in all fields of dance,” Bonner said. Wa s h i n g t o n said this is something she was meant to do all her life and couldn’t be any happier with her decision to pursue dancing. “Dancing is ‘selfless’, Washington said. There’s no wrong or right to dancing because life is like an improvisation.”
“I think finding music is the most difficult task and takes hours upon hours and days upon days to come across that one song that not only inspires me, but captures my attention in the introduction of the song,” she said. Michelle Funderburk,
One dance that will be performed for the show is “Clue of Wonderland,” choreographed by Chonee Palmer, 21, dance major. “This piece was inspired by “Alice In Wonderland,” Palmer said. “This is where Alice gets caught in the game board and the villain, Clue, is caught in a caterpillar.” For “Clue of Wonderland,” Anne Marin, lighting designer, said she already had an idea of what she would do to match the scenario. “The beginning has the music that’s more of a Disney feel, so I will add some pastel with circular lights,” Marin said. “When the catepillar is dying, I will accumulate lightning
flashes.” Another dance included in the show is “Breathe,” choreographed by Samara Williams, 19, dance major. “I choreographed “Breathe,” which was influenced by the “Garden of Eden” story,” Williams said. She said “Breathe” starts out with the Tree of Life and dancers holding on to moments of happiness that flow out from the tree. “You want to take little, single moments of happiness and hold on to them,” Williams said. For this dance, Bryan Bates, theater technician, said he used a dead branch he found on campus.
“The choreographer told me she was going to hang some other things on it,” Bates said. One dancer, Haley Weishaup, 18, undecided major, said this semester, everyone has come up with great ideas for their dances. “Preparing for the show is a lot of fun and a lot of hard work,” Weishaup said. “You need full commitment.” “Momentum” will be performed in the Marsee Auditorium today at 1 p.m. and April 27-28, at 8 p.m. The dance department encourages students to attend. Tickets for the performance will be sold in advance for $10 and $15 on the day of the show.
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CSUs offensive questions inspire a social uproar
Illustration by Dan Baldonado
Name. Age. Major. Sexual orientation. Sexual orientation? Why is it necessary for the university of your dreams to know what your sexual orientation is? According to an LATimes article, “the voluntary poll would come in response to a law that seeks to gauge the size of LGBT populations and whether they are being adequately served.” However, is it really needed for students to inform the college whether they are same-sex orientated or not? If the reasoning is so CSUs can offer enough services to better help the LGBT community, why is it necessary to know exactly how many LGBT students are attending their campus? At EC, there are a variety of workshops available to help students with anger-management, anxiety and drug related problems. Were there any questions in any registration forms to ask students if they had any of these problems to better serve the targeted demographic? The answer is no.
College applications did not ask if a student had an anger, anxiety or drug-related problems to find out how many services were needed to offer those programs. If the purpose of this is to offer enough services for stu-
The Issue • CSUs faulty reasoning for crossing privacy lines.
Our Stand • Treat all targeted demographics with equally.
dents, colleges should offer them already. While some can argue that budget cuts won’t allow for spending on services on campus and doing this would let the CSU’s know how many services are needed, the college can take a look at the workshops offered now that have a large number of enrollment and decide what workshops should
stay and which should go. Let’s not forget that college is a time when students learn about themselves and while some students are comfortable and open about sharing their sexual orientation, many students are not. While this is a good effort to raise awareness for the LGBT community, it is unnecessary for anyone to give up personal information to get the campus to offer any counseling for them. The same LA Times article stated that if it is “made clear and if UC keeps its promises that an individual’s information will be confidential and only used in aggregates” it will be OK to ask this question. When it comes down to it, a question should not be what is keeping a college or university from providing help or services to LGBT students. Whether students are gay, straight, lesbian or bisexual, students are students and everyone is entitled to the same kind of services, counseling and education.
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Travel outside of classrooms can supplement college education Extracurricular activities can broaden students’ world views while also improving college and employment applications It’s no secret that extracurricular activities are important for students. In high school, counselors touted the importance of clubs, sports, volunteering and anything outside of classes that would make students more interesting to college admissions offices. In college, the counselors say the same things. Some students still need extracurricular activities for college transfer applications, but students who don’t plan to transfer can still benefit from taking trips outside the classroom. Over spring break, El Camino’s Science Club took a trip
—the biggest in EC history— to visit some of the country’s geological wonders like Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. After the trip to Bryce Canyon, Holliday took the students to Arizona to view the Walnut Canyon as well as the Meteor and Sunset craters. Holliday not only took students to experience unforgettable sights, but also taught the students how the Canyons and Craters were formed. Students left the trip with nothing but statements of amazement and appreciation. Holliday had given our peers an experience that you visual-
ize and immediately want the chance to experience at some point in your life. The details of the trip make you want to avoid the average visit to Palm Springs, Vegas, or any other usual vacation location. Holliday delivered memories and lessons in a location that may only be amazing when you have a mix of both. With knowledge of this trip one should already begin looking forward to joining Professor Holiday on his next venture. How can anyone be against such an experience? The fact that the school could afford the trips with the
state of the budget is amazing alone. There is no reason why one shouldn’t contribute to the school by going on a trip that offers nothing but positive outcomes in life. Give some thought into actually experiencing visiting a canyon for spring break. You get your vacation, learn about the canyon and how it was formed and you get an experience that rivals your usual hobbies. Realistically the school offers a vacation and a learning experience that you would get cheaper than taking a trip that would offer the same in a pack-
age deal. Now incorporate that view into a trip that you could take at a university. This would possibly convince the universities to offer more funding for future trips. Not only would you gain an opportunity to share the experience of previous students, you would have an impressive extra curricular activity on your transcripts that would set me apart from other applicants. Extra curricular activities not only show colleges that you are outgoing, they give you a story to tell. That activity can be the opening to a entertaining con-
versation during the your interview with a campus official. You could possibly teach someone something and you can give them interest in an area they were not familiar with. The best part of these extracurricular activities is that they all give you new experiences, new ways to learn, and stories you can tell for years to come. One should have no problem giving it some thought. Check it out and potentially boost your transcripts and chances of acceptance to universities. —See related article on Page 2
CSUs outs students on application Bullying rises through social networks CAMPUS INSIGHT Today while attending my GSA meeting, the club president told us CSUs are now asking student applicants their sexual orientation. She was asking us how Claudia Gutierrez Arts Major we felt about it and our reasons why. I didn’t say anything because it didn’t hit me until I was walking to my next class. Why would they want to know that? Does the sexual orientation of the students really matter to them? Do they really care? People asked me how I felt about the changes and if they are right or wrong. I think it’s wrong to ask for the students’ sexual orientation when they are applying to schools. Would this information change the CSUs’ perception of the applicants? Would this influence these schools to turn students away? This is an extremely personal matter and a violation of privacy. Many students may not want to answer because they feel like the there is a chance that they might not be accepted for who they are. There are students who have struggled with acceptance in the past and because of that, they now have built a defensive trust wall to protect themselves from the outside world. The saying “never sacrifice who you are just
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because someone has a problem with it.” has always stood out to me. This quote is saying that you should be proud for what you are and who you are and no matter how much people judge you in the end you don’t have to please them but please yourself. Be yourself. The CSU schools shouldn’t ask future applicants what their sexual orientation is because they don’t have a good enough reason to know. If they want to use the number to gauge how many counselors they should hire for the LGBT community, they should take another route. Try taking a survey of the students that are already attending their school. There is no reason why applicants should be the only students to face this issue. This question should be optional on the applications and maybe even deleted as a whole. They can either answer it or leave it blank. Either way it shouldn’t affect the chances of students getting into the schools they apply for. The views expressed in Campus Insight are those of the authors. They do not represent the views or opinions of the Union, its staff, editorial board or advisers. This column is available to students and faculty. All articles may be submitted to eccunion@gmail. com. Please note that articles may be edited for content and length.
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COMMENTARY Young students continue dealing with harmful and insulting words as the power to manipulate and harass innocent people fuels bulDaniela Messarina lies. Staff Writer Factors ranging from self-esteem issues, media influences or simply a lack of attention from parents, can influence bully behavior. But, punching someone in the stomach and leaving them paralyzed from the waist down? Serious action needs to be taken, and right away. A recent documentary, “Bully,” screened in theaters on March 30, where young individuals shared their stories and experiences of being bullied. The director was bullied throughout his childhood and believed it was best to expose this issue. There have been multiple cases where victims of bullying no longer resist the abuse and eventually take their lives, such as a 17-year-old boy who hung himself after years of being tormented by bullies, according to the documentary. So, what happens to those students who graduate high school as bullies? Do they continue bullying others in college? One would think bullying stops right before The Union is published Thursdays by Journalism 11 students at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, Calif. 90506, and one copy is free to the student body and staff. Unsigned editorials and cartoons are the opinion of the editorial board and do not reflect the views of the student body, the staff or the administration. Letters to the editor must be signed and must be received one week prior to publication in the Union office, Humanities Building Room 113. Letters are subject to editing for space, libel, obscenity and disruption of the educational process. Single copies of the Union are free; multiple copies can be requested through the Union.
college, since the atmosphere and maturity levels are different. According to stopbullying.gov, young adults being “bullied” are required a different type of attention from teens. Actions, such as hazing and harassing are considered a crime under “federal and state law that led to severe consequences after the age of 18.” Many think “bullying” only happens from K-12. Well, ever heard of cyber bullying? Cyber bullying is a form bullying another person through the Internet without face-to-face communication. College students are constantly on their laptops writing papers, chatting with friends on Facebook, or sending constant tweets and photos on Twitter. An article dated April 4, 2012 from USA Today, said a study was published last year, where “22% of college students reported being cyberbullied and 15% reported being bullied.” The slightest comment can hurt and with today’s generation, more people take advantage of the opportunity to harass and bully others through the Internet. Research finds at least one fourth of Americans will experience some form on bullying at work, according to the pbs.org website on ‘adult bullying.’ Bullying may seem to be a children’s issue, but it’s not. Maybe a future documentary will air in theaters regarding facing bullying in college and at work.
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UP FOR DEBATE
Should priority registration units be limited? Priority registration gives an unfair advantage.
Eva Ziss-Patton Staff Writer be required to have an education plan. An education plan would help students keep their focus and direction by knowing what classes they do and don’t need. Implementing this stipulation on all students would ensure students don’t waste their time or anyone else’s on the path to graduation or transfer.
Priority registration may seem like an unfair advantage, but it is a well-deserved necessity for many students. And those students should be able to sign up for whatever classes they want, up to the 18 units per semester El Camino allows all students to register for, according to the 2011-2012 EC Catalog.
Students who receive priority include the handicapped or disadvantaged students “for the purpose of providing equalization of education,” according to EC’s catalog. Next, continuing students have priority based on the number of units they have completed and are currently enrolled at EC. Continuing students with a GPA over 2.0 are given priority over those who do not stay academically eligible. The point of priority registration is to level the playing field. Many student athletes are limited to early classes because of afternoon practices. These students should be able to register for the maximum number of the units, regardless of whether or not they keep all of their classes. It would be unfair to limit all priority registration students because some might take advantage of the system. These students have the benefit of registering early in order to fit the classes they need into a busy schedule. Students who receive priority based on their involvement in athletics, campus clubs and Associated Student Organization will likely not register for the maximum amount of units, as they are often very busy and receive priority based on the difficulty of scheduling classes around these activities. But if they are able to handle a heavy course load with their activities, they should be allowed to attempt it. And if they discover they can’t handle it, they cannot be penalized for dropping a class. They deserve that opportunity. Illustration by Dan Baldonado
Transferring students can’t lose focus before the semester ends COLUMN
Daniela Messarina Staff Writer
College acceptance letters are starting to roll in, but I can’t celebrate yet! Transfer students, we still need to tough it out this semester. I know many of you are on the edge of your seat waiting to hear back from your top col-
lege choices. Well, remember last fall? It was the worst, at least for me. Last semester wasn’t just about maintaining the grades, but spending hours behind a computer filling out college applications and trying to perfect a personal statement. I stressed, cried and even starved from all that time and effort we put into achieving our goals. This semester, I seem to be lagging in every course I am taking. Over spring break, I was relaxing, listening to music, sleeping in and going on adventures instead of studying for my academic classes. I know some students spent
By Mayu Kataoka
Priority registration is earned and shouldn’t be restricted.
Kenneth Berry Staff Writer Any student who has priority registration will probably tell you they are lucky. Just being able to enroll in a single class is more difficult than ever. The process for registering for classes in itself is quite stressful, but students who have priority registration have much less to worry about. Due to the fact that continuing students get priority registration, first year students are left to fight for whatever classes are left. When school starts, a lot of the classes students need to take end up full, but somehow those same classes are almost empty at the end of the semester due to students with priority registration dropping the class. Someone who really needed to take a class for their major can’t because the class is full. Students in their final semester at EC might need a particular class to graduate, but students with higher priority can take up space in that class. It could be several semesters before that student can take the class, leading to a never ending loop of uncertainty. That is why stipulations must be put in place to prevent students with priority registration from abusing the very system that awards them the privilege of enrolling in classes during such catastrophically crippling economic times. EC’s rules for priority registration state that a student can take no more than 18 units. An added stipulation should be that if students with priority registration want to continue to keep their priority registration status then they should
their entire spring break cramming and studying for an upcoming midterm. That’s how my spring breaks were and I am sure I will experience many more of those brutal breaks once I transfer. I remember sitting behind a desk all day, reading page after page, filling out flashcards and highlighting key words, or editing tedious papers during my spring break. As much as I wanted to give up, I didn’t. I knew I couldn’t waste the opportunity of being the firstgeneration of my family to go to college. Getting accepted to six out of the eight universities I applied to so far is an accom-
plishment, especially with the education crisis going on today. Don’t lose your focus now. The end is near, but classes still count. It’s easy to want to turn your back on EC and set your sights on a bright future at a university, but remember that your time at EC gave you the opportunity to get where you are now. Remember all that hard work, and don’t let it slip away! Transfer students have their own brand of “senioritis” that we all remember from high school, but the cure is focus. Spring break is over EC students. Sooner or later, June will be here and many transfer students, like myself, will be
ready to graduate and attend a university. Good luck to all of you and hang in there! Please connect with me by email at daniela.messarina@ gmail.com Follow me on Twitter @ECCUnionDaniela Join the conversation online at www.eccunion.com The views expressed in this column are those of the author. They do not represent the views or opinions of the Union, its staff, editorial board or advisers.
Mike Stallings Adviser Architecture Club
Mike Stallings is the faculty adviser of the Architecture Club. The club meets Thursdays at 1 p.m. in Room 253 of the Technical Arts Building. What is Architecture Club? The architecture club is a group of 159 students who are in the club and that want to find out more about the environment we live in so we take that on many levels. We travel and visit the many architectural landmarks. We also usually go to a university near that landmark because most students are thinking about transferring to a university in an architectural program. Who can join? Any student can join the club. You just have to be an El Camino College student. So we’re always out there on club rush. Why should students join? I feel that it’s important for them to go and see these university campuses and their programs because every school at a university level has a philosophy behind how they teach architecture. I tell my students that they need to go and see which environment or schools they feel they’ll feel fit in best with. There are 200 schools in the United States, but I try to show them the ones around California, even though we visited the Arizona schools at the beginning of December. What is the club working on? We’re working on a totally green sustainable building. We’re going to build that out in the construction yard. It’ll be like a library but used as lecture hall as well. What plans does the club have this semester? We’re planning to go to San Diego at the end of the semester. There are two schools of architecture down there. There are also some new green and sustainable buildings down there that I want to take the students to see.
Should priority registration units be limited? By Daniela Messarina and Kyle Borden
Denae Preston, 20, Nursing
Son Vu, 18, Psychology
Kylie Huerta, 19, Business
Gustavo Rodriguez, 20, Business Accounting
Nadia Lozano, 19, Sign Language
Andrew Caldwell, 21, Undeclared
“No. Putting a limit isn’t getting us the classes we need at all. People want to get out of here and transfer.”
“Yes. Students have to spentdtime for homework, have family responsibilities, and maybe even have a job.”
“No. There are a lot of students who are trying to get out of here and they need to take as many classes as they can.”
“Yes. Some try to register for eight to ten classes. By the end of the semester, they drop three because of the pressure.”
“No. If students pick that many classes it’s because they feel capable of taking them and not wasting their money.”
“Yes. We’re all paying the same amount of money. I don’t think anyone’s more important than anyone else.”
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Hunter leads the pack Diane Vay Staff Writer While standing on the volleyball court waiting for the game to begin, his eyes move from one opponent to another, and with the referee’s blow on a whistle, the first serve is made. Hunter Hovland, 20, outside hitter, may start a volleyball
record,” Hovland said. “I ended up making eighteen.” Richard Blount, coach of the volleyball team, said Hovland had an unusual pedigree since his father, CBVA Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee, Tim Hovland is one of the “best volleyball players of all time.” “His father was a very successful and fiery player, and so
“This year, he has become more patient,” Ihde said. “He doesn’t blast out of bounds, he keeps it to himself.” Not only has Hunter grown patient, he may have also become a supporting figure among his teammates. “He makes players better in his own way,” Joseph Tanuvasa, setter, said. “He does so by im-
to do, he did it anyway.” Hovland said he believes having an off-the-court relationship with teammates would help the team grow stronger. “I love these guys, we are great friends and we get along pretty well,” Hovland said. While Hovland may continue to build a relationship with his teammates and coaches, he
“If I had a daughter, I would have her go out with him.”
—Richard Blount, head coach of the men’s volleyball team
game with a few pre-game rituals. “There is definately a lot of superstition. I always clean my shoes, some gyms are pretty dirty,” Hovland said. “I always wear the same brand of socks and underwear.” However, starting a game may take more than leadership as a team captain and rituals, but his relationship with teammates and coaches. “He holds everyone including himself accountable and has a competitive fire,” Kurt Peters, assistant coach, said. Known for his competitive fire by his coaches and teammates, Hovland has made more than 200 kills, 40 blocks, and 141 digs during this season. Hovland is the record holder for having the most kills in EC history. “During one game, I had to make thirteen kills to make the
Michael Williams/ Union Hunter Hovland, team captain of the volleyball team and record holder for having the most kills in El Camino history.
when I heard Hunter was coming, I didn’t know what to expect,” Blount said. One teammate, Dustin Ihde, middle blocker, said during the last game season, Hovland would often bring the best out of the team or get angry.
proving everyone else’s skills.” Blount said during the last year, Hovland would drive a student who lived in Long Beach on game nights. “I ask my captains to do a number of things,” Blount said. “The one thing I didn’t ask him
does not forget his influence, a figure in his life that brought him where he is today. “My dad has never forced it upon me to become a great player,” Hovland said. “Seeing him play motivated me to become a great player.”
Hovland said as a child, his family would often go to watch his father play volleyball. “My mom has always been there,” Hovland said. “She would always drive me to tournaments.” By the age of 13, he began to play volleyball competitively. He attended El Segundo for four years and began to show his talents on the court. “So far, so good. One CIF when I was in high school,” Hovland said. “I made a few honors an played in a few beach tournaments.” He said he plans to go to USC, where his father played volleyball. “He’s been really good for us the past two years, his numbers have improved and he competes really hard,” Peters said. “He definitely has the potential to play wherever he likes.” Outside of campus, Hovland may be found playing other sports such as baseball, soccer, basketball, swimming, hockey, surfing, and beach volleyball. “It’s like an everyday ritual for me, it feels weird not playing it,” Hovland said. The volleyball team recently ended its season in the first round of the playoffs. Although the Warriors were not able to win the championship, they were able to hold a No. 2 rank throughout the end of the season, with the help of Hovland. “We are lucky to have Hunter. He is six feet five inches tall, knowledgable, and a good player,” Blount said. “If I had a daughter, I would have her go out with him.”
Hunter Hovland-#9 Games Played
Record holder for number of kills.
Was ranked No.2 in South Coast Conference
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Warriors’ defense shines in series win
Ian Schmidt Staff Writer
Jorge Maldonado Staff Writer
BADMINTON Tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Pasadena City
SWIMMING/DIVING Today - Saturday all day, at East L.A. for State Championships
TRACK/FIELD Tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Compton for the South Coast Conference Finals
BASEBALL Today at 2:30 p.m. at EC vs. Pasadena City Tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Pasadena City
MEN’S TENNIS Today - Saturday, at Ojai for the Ojai Tournament • For the latest updates on the Warriors, follow us on Twitter: @ECCUnion
What could have been a four game winning streak against the Long Beach Vikings instead turned into a loss due to fly balls, groundouts, and strikeouts, on April 21. Errors, on part of the Warriors, enabled the Vikings to earn runs in the fourth inning. “It was a hiccup game, if you want to call it that,” Cole Trezek, sophomore third baseman, said. The top of the fourth inning began with Daniel Catalan infielder from Long Beach reaching on an error and advancing to third base, gaining an RBI. Failing to add another run after the first inning, the Warriors lost, 1-3. “A lot of us were swinging with the first pitch instead of being patient,” Sean Isaac, freshman first baseman, said. The previous two games against the Vikings were victorious with wins for the Warriors. April 17 and April 19 were wins, 5-4 and 5-2, respectively.
Michael Williams/ Union Bryce Savage, second baseman, throws from one knee after making a diving play, that retired Long Beach’s hitter at first base for a win on Thursday that earned him 3 RBIs.
“Long Beach is always a good and competitive series, it was good to get a series win,” Asaro said.
The playoffs are in a week and the Warriors’ current standing in the South Coast Conference is third.
“We can’t be worried about letting games get away from us,” Asaro said. “We’re taking it game by game right now, but
Warriors get ready to end season Basketball team welcomes new head coach Kenneth Berry Staff Writer Battling physical and mental exhaustion in an intense double-header with Pasadena City on Wednesday, the women’s badminton team lost both games, 15-2. “Pasadena’s a really good team,” Jaymie Baquero, coach, said. “We battle and we take them to three games and sometimes we do not come out on top.” First year player, Becca Maier played Pasadena’s fifth and sixth ranked players. “I wanted to finish off strong and I definitely improved,” Ma-
ier said. Alona Barnes played the seventh and eighth ranked players for Pasadena. “I won both my matches and I’m really happy with my performance,” Barnes said. “I haven’t lost any matches this season.” The Warriors’ last game of the season is at home against East L.A. this Wednesday. “I’d say that our defining moment was our first game against East L.A. because everyone brought their A-game,” Belandres said. “They wanted to continue playing better and they have.”
Daniela Messarina Staff Writer The men’s basketball team was two games away from qualifying for the state championship in early March and must now find ways to go further next season. The Warriors will not only challenge themselves in practices and during games, but will experience new coaching under a new face. EC announced last Thursday in a press release that head coach Michael Fenison was recently replaced. Athletic director, Tony Barbone mentioned that the
department is fortunate to be offered the chance to fill the full-time position. “We are grateful that our institutions saw the value in this position,” Barbone said. Although no further comments were elaborated on Fenison’s departure, Barbone says it was a committee decision. “The committee recommendations were made to the president and the presidential decision was forwarded by the president to the appropriate board members,” Barbone said. The Warriors will now be led under Robert Uphoff, who will be starting his position this summer as head coach and will
also be teaching physical education and health classes. “I am ecstatic about the opportunity, because it’s a time of excitement,” Uphoff said. Uphoff has not met the team yet, but plans to help the players fulfill their goals. “The first thing is to meet with them and give them a sense of confidence, as well as get a feel for the returning players” Uphoff said. Tryouts will be held in late June. Any student interested in being part of the basketball team is welcome to register for the summer class. “I am looking forward to a challenge,” Uphoff said.
we’re looking forward to the playoffs and making a run on the title,” he added.
25th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame On Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m., EC will be holding the 25th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony. It will be located at the Ayers Hotel in Hawthorne. You can vote for your favorite Warrior to be nominated for an award. Voting has already begun so make sure that you visit www.elcamino.edu/ athletics for the nomination form.
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Golf team excels in No. 2 spot Kenneth Berry Staff Writer All season the men’s golf team has come in second place to heated rival College of the Deserts (COD). At Canyon Crest, April 19, the Warriors were finally triumphant. In terms of the team score 360 was par for the course and EC won with a team score of 388, which was 10 strokes better than COD’s score of 398. David Thomas came in third place at 3 over par, which is a 75. “Our pregame ritual is that we give everybody a handshake and tell them we hope they play well,” Thomas said. “That’s all you can do when it comes to golf.” EC is now ranked 10th in the state. COD is tied for first place with College of the Canyons of the Western States Conference. The team is still in second place with a record of 35-19-1. Stacy Komai, coach, stresses to the team that
they should “not worry about anything and just go out and play golf and have fun.” At Canyon Crest David Thomas, James “JP” Harper, and Ryan Saldana were all individual medalists. “I excelled at putting the ball in play,” Thomas said. “I need to improve on my wedge game from 80 yards.” The only matches left for the team are conference finals, regional finals, and state championships, which each golfer is eligible for. “I just want to learn as much as I can,” Mike Phillips said. Harper came in fourth place at 5 over par, which is a 77. Saldana came in fifth place at 6 over par, which is a 78. “You can’t put a lot of stuff on your mind,” Thomas said. “Let the game come to you.” Thomas is ranked 27th. His average is 77.8. Harper is ranked 30th. His average is 77.9. Saldana is ranked 57th His average is 79.6 “They’re improving every match,” Komai said.
Warriors qualify for state championship Mayu Kataoka Staff Writer
Michael Williams/ Union James Harper, freshman golfer, follows through after a beautiful tee shot on the seventh hole of Los Verdes Country Club.
Stepping onto the platform with the long lane in front of her, she takes a moment to tell herself that everyting was going to be OK because she has done this a million times before. She heard nothing but the anticipated sound of her heartbeat while she readied herself in position to wait for the starting command that would set her free into the water. Erica Bender, along with the rest of her teammates, competed in the South Coast Conference Championships in Pasadena. As a whole, the swimming and diving team placed fifth. Bender, along with two of her other teammates qualified for the state championship. “Our team shocked everyone with how well we did for being such a small team,” Shanese Douglas said.
Vincent Fiamengo, assistant coach, was pleased with the overall outcome of the meet. “The meet went really well,” Fiamengo said. “Every swimmer got at least one life-time best times.” The conference championships determined who would qualify for the upcoming state championships next week. Steven Sorbom, Brandon Gregory, and Erica Bender were the three swimmers from EC that qualified. Bender recalls asking herself, “I did what? Another whole week of swimming?” as she heard that she qualified for the state championships for the first time. “I was really nervous,” Bender said. “But in the end, I just gave it my all.” With 16 men and 8 women, they were all able to pull through and place fifth for their overall score. “They were all well rested,” Fiamengo said. “So they were
all able to swim their fastest and try really hard.” However, it took more than rest to come up with a good meet for the team knew that this was their last chance to give all of what they had. “I can’t say it wasn’t tiring swimming our event twice a day plus a relay and having to do that for three days straight,” Douglas said. “But we were able to pull through the tiredness and put up great swims.” Although Douglas did not make it to the state finals, she was happy that she had the opportunity to swim with one of the best people she has ever met. “I couldn’t have asked to swim with a greater bunch of swimmers than the team I got to swim with this season” Douglas said. The three state qualified swimmers will take on the state championships next week at East Los Angeles College.