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Cosmetology student preps nails Academy aims to train students Sheila Broussard Staff Writer

New strides are being taken at EC this fall as a new Career Advancement Academy was established to help students prepare for work in vocational and technical jobs. “The focus of this program is to have students job-ready,” Naomi Tokuda, coordinator of the Career Advancement Academy, said. The Career Advancement Academy is a one-year training program combining technical skills, workplace readiness, workshops and academic skills. Students can earn certificates and attend a job fair with EC’s partner employers. “This is a good opportunity for me, because I get to attend a job fair at the end of this program where I could possibly get a job,” Turrell Ward, Career Advancement Academy student, said. “I don’t plan to go to a four-year college. I

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want to work.” To qualify for the program, students must be between 18 to 30 years old, have no prior college experience, have a desire to improve reading, writing and mathematical skills and be eligible to work in the United States, Tokuda said. Academy classes are offered on the EC and Compton College campuses. EC offers machine tool technology and welding and Compton College offers machine tool technology, aerospace fasteners and welding. The academy is funded by a $662,700 grant that came from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. “Students are already communicating with each other, helping one another out in all areas, this will be a great program,” Tokuda said. For more information about the Career Advancement Academy, contact Tokuda at ntokuda@, 310-660-3589.

Budget cuts affect students and faculty on campus Tayani Davis Staff Writer

Tuition is expected to increase from $36 a unit to $46 per unit during the summer session of 2012, administrators said this past Tuesday. President Tom Fallo said the legislature passed a bill, ABX1 32, that will delay the $10 tuition increase from winter session to summer session. “Without this (bill), colleges likely would have to implement the fee increase with only a couple of weeks of notice,” Fallo said. “Administrators would be placed in the untenable position of trying to collect higher fees from students who had already completed registration,” he added. Throughout the campus, not only is the tuition on the rise but many students are experiencing the direct affects of the recent budget cuts.

The latest cut means that printing has now been prohibited at the Writing Center. Barbara Budrovich, Writing Center Coordinator, said that eliminating printing has been a direct impact of the budget cuts. “We’ve had reductions and had to suspend printing,” Budrovich said. “We don’t have the money to hire technicians to monitor and run these print requests.” She added that the printers cannot be self-serve due to the students having abused printers in the past, printing a lot of unnecessary material. A year ago, the Writing Center had additional funding from the Enrollment Management Committee that looks at ways to assist different supplemental programs to help them be more effective, Arvid Spor, dean of Enrollment Services, said. However, funding was cut from the Enrollment Management Committee and it has been unable to give the Writing Center additional funding, he said. In addition to the Writing Center, the Natural Sciences Division has also taken a hit as a result of the cuts, Jean Shankweiler, dean of natural sciences, said.

“Class cuts are the biggest problem we see,” she said. “The classes are sequential, so students have to go in order and if that class is full there is no other substitute.” There seems to be more budget cuts in the future, Jeanie Nishime, vice president of Student and Community and Advancement, said. “We definitely anticipate mid-year cuts of 2.5 percent. We will know by Dec. 15,” she said. “Summer, fall, winter and spring sessions will be cut even further.” Nishime said that last year there were more than 19,000 full-time students while this year, there are about 18,000 full-time students. Some students are against the idea of another tuition increase, and had suggestions of their own as to how some of the budget cuts could be fixed. “To help fix our budget, we should stop wasting money on unnecessary things like Wi-Fi because we need more help like tutors and professors,” Jenny Guiterrez, 18, social work major, said. “There shouldn’t be a fee increase because things like books and classes are already expensive as is.”

Professor promotes health and fitness Ashley Marie Patterson Staff Writer

One out of every three people in the United States is obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. That’s one of the reasons why Charleen “Sharkie” Zartman, physical education professor, is advocating healthy living. Zartman recently launched a new radio show that encourages students and adults to embrace healthy lives mentally, physically and spiritually. The Internet-based show, “Pep Talk,” deals with topics such as fitness, mental health and happiness. She also gives “tips and pointers” on how to live a better life, Zartman said. “My goal for this show is to fire people up,”

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she said. “I want to give people the motivation to live life better.” Zartman said after doing press interviews for radio stations in New York, to promote her book, “Shark Sense,” she wanted to find a way to reach the South Bay public and educate the people about fitness. “When I came back (to the Los Angeles area) after the New York trip, I looked online for different ways I could possibly get on the radio and get my message out there,” Zartman said. “I came across and noticed they were looking for radio talk show hosts. I emailed the owner of the site and she instantly responded. I was on the air about two weeks later,” she added. Please see ‘PROFESSOR’ PAGE 2

Tuition from 2000 to 2012


This semester’s budget cuts bring fewer sections and fewer professors.

Year Tuition has steadily been increasing since 2000 when it was only $10 per unit.

Transfer Day Fair to take place on campus Sheila Broussard Staff Writer

To improve the process of transferring, students will have an opportunity to get help. The Transfer Day Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 4 on the Schauerman Library Lawn. “The universities are going to have a lot of information and handouts about the school and admissions as well as about their programs,” Sue Oda-Omori, Transfer Center Coordinator, said. “Students who are undecided can hit up a lot of campuses on one day,” she added. More than 70 universities will be at the fair, including all of the UC’s and most of the local Cal States. There will also be a lot of historically black colleges and out-of-state colleges, includ-

ing Arizona State University and the University of Hawaii. “It’s a good opportunity to be able to talk to representatives first hand,” Darrius Robinson, Automotive Technology student said. “I’m interested in USC and UCLA.” The fall transfer day fair is the largest transfer fair of the year, sponsored by the Transfer Center. Students are invited to visit the tables of each university and ask question, and make contacts with other representatives from different universities and colleges. “The funding for the fair comes from the associated students,” Oda-Omori said. “Students who buy the ASB stickers are funding the fair.” For more information contact Oda-Omori or Joe Holliday, Honors Transfer Coordinator, in the Transfer Center at 310-660-3593, ext. 3408.

Last day to drop classes is tomorrow

Date to start applying for Cal States is approaching

Club mixer will be hosted by the Inter-Club Counil

UC San Diego will host a tour for interested students

The last day to drop a class without a notation on a permanent record is tomorrow. Students can either drop using the MyECC website, or go to the Student Services Building on campus.

Students may start applying for the fall 2012 admission to all Cal State Universities starting Oct. 1. The deadline for the applications is Nov. 30. Students can go to to fill out applications.

The Inter-Club Council will host the ICC Club Mixer at noon tomorrow. It will take place at the Activities Center East Lounge. Students will be able to socialize with different club members from the campus.

There will be a UC San Diego tour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 7. A $5 refundable deposit must be made. Any interested students may sign up at the Transfer Center or call 310660-3593, ext. 3408



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Transferring gets easier with help of counselors

Man found on campus with bags of cocaine

Dilia Perez Staff Writer

Sept. 17, 12:15 a.m.—Officers approached a man who was loitering around the Shop Building. Officers saw he had a plastic bag in his mouth. The man tried to swallow it, but the officers stopped him. In the bag, he had three bags of cocaine. He was transported to the Torrance Police Department for booking.

Officers respond to theft in the library Sept. 14, 10 a.m.—Officers responded to a female whose laptop was stolen from the first floor of the reading room in the Schauerman library. It was reported that she left for five minutes and the laptop was gone.

Due to the recent state and college budget cuts, transferring is getting harder. Students who plan on transferring need to do the planning early, Sue Oda-Omori, Transfer Center coordinator, said. “Things are more competitive due to the state of the budget,” she said Oda-Omori said that there are many things that students can do to transfer, besides focusing solely on maintaining a decent grade point average (GPA). “Preparation towards a major is critical,” Oda-Omori said. She added that universities prefer students who have prepared for their major with activities such as internships. She

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Female requires medical attention Sept. 13, 7:25 p.m.—Officers responded to a female who was at the Shop Building and needed medical attention. She had stomach pain and seemed disoriented. Paramedics were notified and the female was transported to an area hospital.

—Andrew Lim, syndicated 24 hours, seven days a week, is a website dedicated to promoting the well-being of people. According to the values listed on the website, its mission is to eliminate fear, advance positive thought and encourage that (the public) is here for the greater good for all. Zartman said that she appreciates the opportunity to be a part of such a website. She said she likes to interview well-balanced people who can advocate the principles of healthy eating. She also likes to interview people who will not harm others with their information and

also said that for those students involved in extracurricular activities, a leadership position is another way of enhancing one’s image among universities. According to the California Community Colleges’ website, completing one’s major preparation course work and general education requirements while at a community college can make the student more competitive. “A student’s involvement in the community and personal factors are some things universities look at,” Oda-Omori said. However, students should not take on too much in an attempt to impress. Quality of involvement is better than quantity, she said Being the first person in the family to go to college and having different family responsibil-

who also can contribute to the website. “I don’t want to promote fad diets or things that hurt others,” Zartman said. “What makes my show different from the others is that I interview a variety of valid people who I know will promote inspirational information.” She added that everybody can do something to improve their lives and that she wants to give them the principles that are important to live a balanced life. Zartman said she interviews dieticians, coaches, athletes and anyone who has a background in healthy living. She said she has spoken to at least three faculty members from EC, including John Featherstone, football coach,

ities are factors also taken into consideration, Oda-Omori said. A decent GPA is no longer cutting it when universities become overwhelmed with applicants, she added. Joe Holliday, Honors Transfer Program (HTP) coordinator, said that it is important for students to make a habit of meeting with counselors. “Students should see a counselor every year and every semester that approaches transferring,” Holliday said. “Students are unaware of change of rules or requirements that a counselor could help with.” With the odds stacked against EC’s students, Diego Tirado, communications major, has begun to feel the pressure of applying for universities. “I think it is unfair to put

and Traci Granger, physical education professor. “I had a fun experience on the show,” Granger said. “She’s doing a really good job, and I think she is the right person to be a motivational speaker. It takes practice, but she is definitely on the right track,” she added. Granger said that during her interview with Zartman, she talked about athletics, competing and nutrition. The shows are recorded and archived, Zartman said, so that people and other students on EC can revisit the subjects relevant to their needs. “I just want to rev people up, fire them up and get them moving into healthy living,” Zartman said. “Everyone can live a good life, no exceptions.”

more obstacles in students’ paths,” Tirado said. “It is almost like denying students a higher education, which is the worst thing anyone can do.” Holliday also said EC is working on making it easier for students to transfer. “President Tom Fallo and the Transfer Center are working with Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Fullerton to include EC as one of its local area schools to make it easier for EC students to transfer there,” Holliday said. Despite the challenges presented to students, Holliday assures the students will be successful at EC. “We have one of the best and biggest colleges with good quality,” Holliday said. “No one is better than us.”

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A Workshop that provides students strategies for transferring to UC’s, will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 in Music Room 211. A Workshop that will help students with the UC applications will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Alondra Room. A Workshop that will help students with the Cal State applications will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5 inMusic Room 207

ICC Mixer to unify clubs Nicholette Raecke Staff Writer

With the Inter-Club Council (ICC) aimed toward unifying the different clubs on campus, the ICC mixer will take place at noon tomorrow at the Student Activities Center. “We look forward to the ice breakers bringing goups and clubs with common interests together,” Josian Fuentez, ICC president, said There are 60 to 65 clubs on campus and two clubs are returning to active status after a semester of hiatus: the Psychology Club and the Shepherd’s Club, which is a Christian-based clu. “This semester, we’ve ex-

tended the invitation to all club members, instead of certain ones,” Fuentez said. “We’ll be meeting with members we weren’t able to see during Club Rush. Emails were sent out over the weekend, with responses already coming in.” There are also some new clubs on campus, Fuentez said. “We are happy to have the El Camino Dreamers,” he said. “They represent AB540, undocumented students on campus who may need assistance as students here.” The mixer is a good opportunity to mingle with one another. “We’re going to get the new and previous members together to celebrate the new semester,” Fuentez said.


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Watch out world, the gaming industry is taking over Samantha Troisi Managing Editor

Midnight approaches and the line already wraps around the block. The anticipation is almost too much to take with displays of soldiers and battlegrounds teasing the patrons. They’re waiting for their copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Activision will make $360 million this day alone with the release of a single video game. According to Activision’s internal estimates, that figure includes the sales of Black Ops, released in November 2010, from North America and the United Kingdom making it the “biggest entertainment launch in history.” The popularity of Call of Duty: Black Ops is just one example of how video games are quickly becoming a part of life for many, including students. According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), consumers spent $25.1 billion on video games, hardware and accessories in 2010, and according to Courtney Takakuwa, assistant manager at the GameStop across the street from EC, most of their sales come from students. “It’s to the point where our busiest days are Monday through Thursday, the opposite of other stores, and summer is our slowest time of the year,” she

Photo Illustration by Sylwia Ozdzynski

said. Some students, like Jonathan Allen, respiratory therapy major, 22, spend more than $200 per month on gaming accessories. “I think people play games to escape from everything.” Allen

said. “I don’t mind spending the money, games help me relax and it’s worth it to me.” There are many reasons the gaming industry has become as large as it is, Courtney said. Now there is a game for everyone, and gaming is becoming more widely accepted. “Even my mom can play a game like bejeweled,” Takakuwa said. “Our culture is changing. Before there wasn’t a difference between hardcore and casual gaming, you were either a nerd or you weren’t. But now it’s accepted and it’s cool to be a nerd.” According to the ESA, 72 percent of American households play computer or video games, and many gamers say the love for video games was passed down to them from a parent or family member. “My older brother started with Atari,” Dylan Vazquez, undeclared major, said. “I’ve been into gaming since I was little.” Data compiled by a global market research company, and released by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) stated the video game industry made $10.5 billion in revenue from gaming consoles alone in 2009. However, according to the ESA, 55 percent of gamers play games on their phones or handheld devices. Danny Alvarenga, criminal justice major, 19, said that he believes the future of the gaming industry is mobile and that consoles need to constantly improve to keep up. Though many gamers are confined to their cell phones or mobile devices, one of the biggest appeals to console gaming is the ability to play online against friends and family. “I play games mostly for fun with my friends,” Vazquez said. “I have friends in other states because of college and it’s a way to keep in touch.” For the hard-core gamers, many companies are taking the game off the screen and arranging live events where gamers can immerse themselves in a world they’ve only known through a controller. On Sept. 2, Activision brought gamers from all over to Los Angeles where, according to Activision, they experienced complete immersion into the Call of Duty franchise. The event had televisions with the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multi-player game for fans to play against one another. It turned some of the fan favorite maps into a real life paintball yard and also arranged live performances from artists like Kanye West and the Dropkick Murphys. The entertainment industry is always changing, and video games are no exception. Every day more and more people are showing interest and are willing to invest in gaming consoles and hardware. “Games are being passed down through generations now,” Takakuwa said. “My mom bought Atari when it was new and passed it down to me. Games are for everyone now. They’re cool.”

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4 EDITORIALS Budget cuts shut down printing at the Writing Center

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Less and less is what students here and throughout California are receiving. Tuition fees increase while what students get decreases. Budget cuts are taking their toll on campus and on students education. Although EC has been affected and classes have been cut, winter session was eliminated and after what seemed like an endless debate between many faculty and students, it reappeared. Now, a new cut has been made. The Writing Center, which is located in the Humanities Building, has stopped the availability of printing. Many students are aware of the Writing Center, as it is a place where students can get help with any of their homework. Some instructors and professors even offered extra credit to get help from anyone at the writing center. But now, it is just another place that has been affected by budget cuts, leaving students to find a new place to print their homework. Even though there are other places on campus that allow students to print, the Writing Center was where most students relied on to print their papers. Now, students who get tutored at the Writing Center will have to either print out at home or the Schauerman Library. Then there are those students who do not have the advantage of printing at home. Some students don’t even have computers for their own personal use, let alone Illustration by Diane Vay

„ The issue:

The writing center no longer allows students to print homework.

„ Our stand:

Places on campus should help students and their printing needs.

printing. While printing can be costly, the effect of no printing on students is greater. Printing is a necessity in every students education. An option that students have on campus is to print out at the Schauerman Library, but it will be at a cost. While printing at the Schaeurman Library requires money in order to print, it is a reasonable price compared to those found at a nearest Kinko’s or printing establishments. While a few dimes might not be too costly on a students’ wallet, it is still money that many don’t have to spare, considering that printing is not a one-time event in the semester. All the costs eventually will add up. New budget cuts keep coming and affecting community colleges. While students keep hearing that education is important, the amount of money that keeps being deducted from the budget shows otherwise. —See related article on Page 1

Programs on campus give students options for a healthier lifestyle With different options on campus, students should utilize the available resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Sitting in the Schauerman Library, she studies for her next class in pure silence. Suddenly, her stomach begins to rumble, distracting the student next to her. Digging through her purse, she reaches for her wallet and walks to the closest vending machine. Scanning the food items behind the clear glass window in a rush, she chooses the cheapest snack she can find. A bag of chips. Exercising and eating healthy is one of the last things on any college students’ mind. With the time spent in classes, studying and working a part-time job, for most students eating healthy, and working out are usually the last thing on any students mind. With some students on campus having anywhere from two to four classes a day, leaving time for a healthy meal is

limited. As is the time for exercising. Some may say that eating healthy is costly, and being part of a fitness club is expensive, especially for a college students budget. However, what some students don’t realize is that there is a Fitness Center on campus which is free of charge for any students. This campus offers, many programs and an exercising facility for any students use. The Health Center is always looking to promote health and well-being to students on campus. Yes, fitting exercising in a student’s schedule is difficult, however, research shows that staying active and eating healthy will improve a students’ concentration. Most students don’t bring a lunch, but rather nourish their bodies with the food establishments on campus like Cafe Camino and The Manhattan. Let’s not forget, that we have McDonald’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Golden Bowl and the most healthiest, Subway which are all located across the street on Crenshaw Boulevard.

It is easy to make excuses as to why students don’t eat as healthy or exercise as much as they should. However, there’s so much on campus that can help motivate students to work on their health and fitness. Even though most of these places do offer a limited variety of healthy snacks and food choices, a class on campus allows students to focus on their fitness in class. Boot Camp Fitness Training is a course on campus that is taught by instructor Charleen Zartman. There she trains students in various vigorous exercise routines. Attending college-level classes on top of everything else that is going on in a students life, is a lot. Adding health and fitness to a students schedule, is more than some can handle. But with a bit more effort, it can surely be accomplished and help a student in the long run. After all, it is for one’s best interest. —See related article on Page 1 and 2

Internships are important to college education Tipping is no longer a choice, but an expectation This is my second year as a full-time student at Whether it’s extra change you throw in the jar Communication EC, majoring in microbiology. Like the vast major- CAMPUS after ordering a coffee or the rolled up dollar bills COMMENTARY and pre-law students ity of science majors, I am pursuing a career in the you hand to the valet driver, tipping is spiraling can join the debate social theory puts consumers health care and the medical field. Eventually hoping INSIGHT down to everyone. team and theater maon edge.

to become a trauma surgeon and eventually join the U.S. military. During my time on campus, I have learned many things about what a student needs in order to be considered when applying to universities, which we all know can be very competitive. When applying, it is obvious that one of the most important factors is a students’ GPA but there is so much more in order to stand out from those who are hoping to transfer, for example internships. When a highly competitive university like UCLA has thousands of applicants with the required GPA , they also look at the specific things that a student has done which sets them apart. There are clubs, internships, work experience and other extracurriculars activities. As you look for internship opportunities that will look good on your college applications, it is good to participate in things that are specific to your major. One should emphasize on things that will help one further is or her career. Having an internship while in college is very important and beneficial. For instance, as a biology major, I intern at my local hospital, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, do research at Los Angeles Bio-Medical and am also a member of the Red Cross Club. And there are plenty of opportunities for every major. For example, English and journalism major students can intern at local newspapers or write for their college newspaper to gain some experience.

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jors can participate in local productions. There is no shortage of chances for students going into any field to go above and beyond of what is expected of them. That isn’t to say if you Aalaa Abdallah don’t or haven’t done all of biology major these things that you won’t get into any universities. It is absolutely possible to get into a university with good grades alone. However, in a time when everyone wants an education and will go to any lengths to seem more appealing to potential universities and eventually employers, a little extra padding can do nothing but help you. Take advantage of the time spent on this very campus and all there is for students. Spend extra time doing internships because in the end, it will help you network, and gain work experience in the field you hope to be a part of someday. 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 adviser. This column is available to students and faculty. All articles may be submitted to Please note that articles may be edited for content and length.

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Suddenly adding funds to the end of every service transaction has become a responsibility of the consumer rather than an appreciation. With the service industry growing profusely in the recent years, tip jars are a fixture in many establishments. Americans have become pressured to leave more money than their budgets can handle. The coat check staff, the coffee barista, the ice cream server and even the restroom attendant are all looking for tips. It makes sense among waiters and waitresses in a sit-down restaurant where tipping has been a long standing reward for good service and relied on to supplement their salaries. Many employees rely on tips, and with the economy in the state that it is in, who blames them? But one should remember that it is not only those who are expecting a tip that are in need of extra cash, but those who are tipping as well. But with tipping jars prevalent in so many establishments, the main topic is when and how much, if at all, is necessary. According to a survey conducted by Synovate, the market research division of the Aegis Group, 45 percent of national consumers tip out of obligation and one third of them have a problem coming up with the appropriate tipping amount. Consequently, proven by the Synovate survey, Americans were the highest tippers. The survey went on to reveal that the psycho-

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As the dreaded tip jars stare consumers in the face, a sense of guilt creeps into the minds of many. After placing an order, the Ashley Curtin employee tends to watch your Arts Editor every move and an expectation is quickly set. But we must remember to ask ourselves, is every coffee poured and each ice cream cone handed forth a form of service worthy of a tip? Because this form of penitence no longer rewards quality or personal service, instead it suggests that the consumer is in a better financial position than the server. In an article from CNN Money, experts said “there’s no need to leave anything in the tip jar, it’s completely optional.” If you’re so moved to drop some change in, go crazy. If not, enjoy a guilt-free day and don’t feel as if you have to hand them a tip. Yet so many of people don’t want to look cheap, therefore many avoid the social awkwardness and rather tip without consideration. But this behavior only creates a dependency on tips. So while the tip jar creates angst among consumers, remember that filling it is only an individual determination of worthiness and should never be a staple of the establishment itself. Associated Collegiate Press Regional Pacemaker Award 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 California Newspaper Publishers’ Association General Excellence Award 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 Journalism Association of Community Colleges General Excellence Award 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011


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Are video games making people violent? Video games will remove hostile behavior. Violent video games do not cause violent or aggressive behaviors. According to an article published on PBS website by Henry Jenkins, a professor at MIT, more than 90 percent of men and 40 percent of women play video games, yet according to federal crime statistics the rate of juvenile crime is at a 30-year low. If video games cause aggressive behavior in young adults, there should be a surge in violent crimes. If the majority of the population is playing these games, and they’re causing people to act out aggressively, then it would be shown through young people running rampant through the streets. There is an argument that events like the Columbine High School massacre was caused by violent video games, but that’s certainly not the case. Research shows that young people who plan such acts of violence tend to already be mentally unstable, usually due to a rough home life or a chemical imbalance. To say a video game like DOOM, which at that time looked like giant pixilated blobs, caused such a tragedy is doing an injustice to young people who have severe mental issues. According to Jenkins’ article, almost 62 percent of the console market is geared toward those who are above the age of 18. The industry is catered toward adults who have already established the difference between what’s right and wrong or real and fake. The real issue would not be whether video games cause violence, but whether or not parents are purchasing mature games for their children without properly explaining or creating a basis of reality first. The ability to play video games online in either a head-to-head or cooperative setting allows for relationships to blossom. Being able to work together on a mission not only creates strong bonds and socialization, but also eliminates anti-social behaviors. According to Christopher Ferguson in an article published in Psychiatric Quarterly, “It may be that these games may prove valuable as learning tools, at minimum in areas related to visuospatial skills. For example, one game with violent content called Re-Mission, has been demonstrated to lead

Video games cause negative effects.

Ashley Marie Patterson Staff Writer

Samantha Troisi Managing Editor

to greater treatment adherence, quality of life, cancer knowledge and self-efficacy in youths with cancer who were randomized to play the game in comparison to youths who did not play the game.” Yes, parents should watch what their children are playing and explain what’s real and what isn’t, but they certainly can’t blame the video games anymore for aggressive behaviors.

On Jun. 7, 2003, in Fayette, Ala., 18-year-old Devin Moore was arrested on suspicion of stealing a car. After being taken to the police station, Moore, stole a gun from an officer and killed three of the officers on duty. He then stole a police car, leaving a bloody mess behind. According to the police report and an investigation by CBS News 60 Minutes, after the young man was captured, he simply stated, “Life

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is like a video game. Everybody’s gotta die sometime.” According to Attorney Jack Thompson, this young man’s violent rage was the result of hours of playing the popular video game, Grand Theft Auto. This video game, popular for its violence toward police officers, encourages players to go against law enforcement. Because of the violence in this particular game, Thompson filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the company’s makers and marketers stating that the game’s violence influenced Moore’s violent outburst. Video games such as Grand Theft Auto, who practically put real life people in a seemingly real situation, can have a negative effect on its players. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, in 2003, violence in video games are associated with increased aggressive behavior and thoughts. Also, according to the same study, unreal situations in video games that still include violence can have the same affect on a student’s aggression. On Sept. 27, 1993, Time Magazine reported that the characters in the video game Mortal Kombat favor violent moves and combinations to destroy their opponents. Although this study was done more than 10 years ago, the Mortal Kombat game has become more advanced in its violent moves, profanity, and realistic graphics. According to an interview with Ed Boon, co-creator of Mortal Kombat, posted on, the Mortal Kombat team has meetings specifically to implement the goriest fatality moves into the game. If the ideas do not make the other team members cringe, they do not even consider it. Students who spend hours playing video game can become socially estranged and eventually engage in violent behavior, according to a research report done by Bryn Mawr College. These studies are alarming. It is as if the gaming industry supports the violence in the lives of students and caters to aggressive behavior.

Oktoberfest provides insight to German traditions Germany might be closer than we think. In fact, you can find a little bit of Germany at Oktoberfest. Where students can find German beer, homemade Bratwurst and Polish sausages. Oktoberfest is celebrated at Alpine Village in Torrance. It is the home of the oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California, It is a seven-week celebration that goes on during September and October. The traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah big bands flown in from Germany. And guaranteed a belly that is sated by traditional German fare, and a thirst that is quenched by delicious German beers. Sadly, many of us attend not knowing how this celebration came about. Each year my friends wait for this time of year just to attend Oktoberfest. It is mostly popular among young adults because of the different types of alcoholic beverages that can be found there. However, drinking has never caught my attention. Aside from beer and liquor, I knew there had to be more to this event, so I decided to check what the hype was all about. Apparently, Oktoberfest is more than just another excuse to get drunk, but it is a reflection of the German culture. According to the alpine village website, the celebra-

tion began in Germany with the royal marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on Oct.12, 1810. Their marriage was widely celebrated by the citizens of Munich. According to, as the years went by the marriage was still being celebrated. In fact, many features were added to the event as time went by. Eventually, Oktoberfest featured horse races. These horse races were the most popular among the


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citizens of Munich. Later, there were carousels and swings set up which were followed by the establishment of beer stands that later became replaced by beer tents because of their popularity. Many of my friends attending Oktoberfest were oblivious to the fact that this event is about more than drinking. Now they are more aware that it is a reflection of a culture. This lovely event is not emphasizing the history behind it, which makes a beautiful event. This year, the Alpine Village will celebrate Oktober-


fest with Haderlumpen and Undelhoevner Dorfmusikanten, which are Oom Pah Pah bands, flown from Deutschland just for your entertainment. It is safe to say that this royal marriage had a great influence on its nation. A wedding such as this could indeed put the royal wedding of our time to shame. Just when we thought that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding was overrated; Oktoberfest gives us a reality check. I guess we will have to wait for their first anniversary to see what kind of interesting festival the people of England throw for them. For the rest of you who are only interested in drinking, assuming of course that you are all old enough to do so, the Alpine Village stocks more than 150 different brands of German beer and several different types of liquor. 2011’s Oktoberfest is the 44th consecutive celebration which has been chosen by USA Today as one of the best Oktoberfests in the world. I am sure those of you who attend Oktoberfest this year will enjoy it and if you aren’t, you are going to miss out. It is an exciting celebration that everyone should attend. Everyone should also take some time to enjoy the reality of German traditions because after all if it weren’t for them you wouldn’t have a legit excuse to be there.



Jasmine Hormati Committee member Recycling and Sustainability Committee Jasmine Hormati is a committee member of the Recycling and Sustainability committee. With 12 active members, the club meets at the ITS Conference room in MCS-104 every Friday at 11:15. Why was this committee created? The committee was created for students who share the same interests in recycling and keeping the campus green. A more sustainable campus is also hoped to be achieved through the help of this committee. Does your committee have a president or someone who oversees everything? There is no president of our committee. Since the committee is so new, there are only co-chairmen right now, but overall it is a group effort to keep the committee running. What are the main goals of the club/committee? The committee is still very new, but we hope to promote a more visible recycling system on campus and possibly bring back the Recycling Task Force that was created in the ‘90s, but disbanded due to lack of support. What kinds of events will you be hosting this semester? National Recycling Week is Nov. 7-13, so the committee will be trying to create some awareness during that time. We will also be planting trees on Arbor Day, nationallycelebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Educational films on stainability will also take place by some faculty and staff. What do you discuss during your club/committee meetings? Mostly ideas other committee members have. We try to take the club in a new direction and figure out what our ultimate goals are. Currently we are trying to get other schools involved in Recycling and sustainability on their campuses. Why should students join your club/committee? Sustainability is important. Becoming more aware of this now will ensure a better campus for future generations of students at EC. Boy Scouts always say, leave it better than you found it, and we’re trying to do exactly that. —Carly Michael

Are video games making people violent?

By Diane Vay

Michael Brionet, 22, kinesiology major

“No. I really don’t think there is a direct link between video games and people causing violence.”

Julie Gomez, 23, psychology major

“Yes. The younger the person is, the more violent they can become. There should be an age limit to playing violent games.”

Yanis Harik, 18, kinesiology major

“No. I’ve been playing these games all my life, and I haven’t been influenced. I think it’s all in the head.”

Maria Aguilar, 18, undecided major

“Yes. People are influenced easily. Children should not be allowed to play violent video games.”

Kenneth Wong, 21, nursing/firefighter major

Lynn Squires, 22, nursing major

“No. You can’t blame it on the video game. You can only blame the individual itself. It’s also a good way to release stress. ”

“Yes. I think that people playing violent games are unconsciously adapting to violent behavior. Its best to play in moderation.”


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‘Earth and Sky’ featured at the Art Gallery today Featuring the paintings, drawings and digital artwork of retired fine arts professor, Carson Gladson, the solo exhibit titled, “Earth and Sky,” will end at 8 p.m. tonight. Gladson is an internationally exhibited artist and his work reflects his reaction to the landscapes of California and the Southwest. Admission to the Art Gallery is free. For more information, interested persons may call 310660-3010.

Exhibit in Schauerman Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Michelle Juarez-Taylor’s art can be viewed in the Schauerman Library through the month of September. The untitled exhibit represents the former student’s Hispanic culture and honors her favorite artists and musicians. The exhibit is open to the public in the library lobby. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, interested persons may call 310-660-3519.

Digital Art Lecture in the Marsee Auditorium Learn about digital culture through a lecture and demonstration by Casey Reas, digital artist. His prints and installations have showcased in many art galleries and museum exhibits around the world. His “Process Series” starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 30. Tickets are $15. For more information, interested persons may call 310-660-3519.


Jazz Performance in Haag Recital Hall Both the Dance Band and Jazz Band will combine in a performance at the Haag Recital Hall. Under the direction of Kurt Festinger, the performance will start at 8 p.m. Oct. 3. Tickets are $10, or half off with an ASB sticker. For more information, interested persons may call 310329-5345. —Natalie Sripongkosol

Joshua Sherman /Union Sabrina Fuster, 20, music major, found success as a singer, songwriter and pianist at a young age and will take her musical talent on the road touring through Europe in the upcoming months.

Singer signs international record deal Ashley Curtin Arts Editor

It happened to her overnight. By day, she was meeting with the chief executive officer of a record label and by night, she was among his entourage on the stage of Whisky a Go Go singing and dancing the night away. Now, Sabrina Fuster, 20, music major, is on her way to stardom, recently signing with an international record label. “The universe and stars

and everything aligned and boom, my life completely changed,” she said. And that change came when Blue Pie Records in Australia offered her a record deal. But Fuster is no stranger to the spotlight. She grew up in the entertainment industry; her mother was an actress and her father is a screenwriter and director. And she immersed herself in the industry at a young age, singing at many Beverly Hills restaurants and other prominent locations. “I learned that this busi-

ness can be shady,” she said. “But you just have to keep people around you that you love and that love you.” Collaborating with a platinum-selling European pop artist named Suzanna Lubrano, Fuster will move to the Netherlands in January and tour with Lubrano for three consecutive months. “(Lubrano) is like my big sister in music,” Fuster said. “I am going to learn what it’s like to be on tour by actually doing it.” Fuster will play piano,

sing back up and be the opening act for Lubrano while on tour. Fuster said that Lubrano’s influence is providing a developmental process as well as sculpting her into an artist. “We influence each other through our musical background and these influences will give us a better sense of what the entire world is listening to,” Fuster said. Besides having Lubrano as an international influence, Fuster said The Beatles, Harry Chapin and

Bob Dylan are just a few musicians who have had a significant impact on her music. While Fuster performs a wide variety of styles, including her own work, Dane Teter, music professor, said this provides her with versatility. “In her musical performance, she brings in elements of originality and creativity,” he said. “And this is an inspiration to many of the students around her.” And while Fuster spends most of her days in

the studio recording tracks and writing music, she is still attending many classes, like public speaking. “No matter what you do and no matter where you go, speech is important,” Fuster said. “It tells someone the type of person you are.” While she eagerly waits to go on tour, Fuster said she is enjoying the experience so far. “This has been a dream come true,” Fuster said. “And I am truly excited to learn from this experience.”

Ashton Kutcher debuts in ‘Two and a Half Men’ Viridiana Vaca-Rios Editor-in-Chief

Dressed in black from head to toe, Charlie Harper’s brother, Alan Harper, emotionally shares a sentimental memory at his brother’s funeral. Looking out at a room full of bitter women, many of whom Charlie Harper had loved and left many times, he gets no sympathy. And throughout the opening scene, Chuck Lorre, the show’s creator and producer, was anything but forgiving toward Charlie Sheen’s off-the-set behavior. Instead, the show bashes the character of Charlie Harper, once played by Sheen. Although the first episode

was funny, providing a few amusing punch lines, the show will never be the same without Sheen and his doggish comments. The first episode of the highly anticipated show, “Two and a Half Men” premiered this week with the debut of Ashton Kutcher, playing the character Walden Schmidt, a billionaire with a broken heart. For viewers who have watched the past eight seasons and were used to the foul mouthed, vulgar and sarcastic Charlie Harper that has all changed because Kutcher’s character is not the new playboy in Malibu. Rather, his character is the complete opposite of Sheen’s.

He doesn’t drink and was once committed to only one woman, something that Charlie Harper could never do. Reprising their old roles are Jon Cryer as Alan Harper, Angus T. Jones as Jake Harper and Rose, Charlie Harper’s love interest before his death, played by Melanie Lynski. In the show, Rose’s character was responsible for explaining Charlie Harper’s death, which was described as accidentally falling in front of a moving train, or could it be she was the silent killer? Leaving the audience to wonder, the show quickly moved past this scene and set up for Kutcher’s debut.

Not only was Sheen’s character killed off in the show, but now his Malibu home, the set of the entire show, was in jeopardy, but that’s where Kutcher’s character will come in and save it. Since Alan Harper can’t afford the mortgage, their conceited mother, Evelyn, played by Holland Taylor, looks to make money off the sale of the house. But just as Alan was losing hope as to who to sell the house to and what would become of he and his son’s life, Kutcher’s character is standing at the back door. Alan Harper invites a dripping wet Walden Schmidt into the Malibu mansion who asks to use the phone to call his ex-wife

and to inform her of a failed suicide attempt in the ocean water. But a friendship quickly forms between Alan Harper and Schmidt as he plans to use Schmidt’s divorced situation to his benefit. While Kutcher’s character made a rather brief appearance during the premier, the show’s focus was that of Charlie Harper’s death. And everything else remained the same; Jake is still an underachieving teenager and Berta is still in part cleaning the Malibu mansion. An entertaining start leaves viewers wondering if Schmidt will take over the iconic Harper mansion.

Aztec dancer brings talent to Knotts Berry Farm’s cultural program Eman Elshiyab Co-Opinion Editor

Positioning a feather headdress on the crown of her head, she steps barefoot onto the grass. She begins to chant and pound her feet to the beat of the drum as the music spiritually takes over her body. A tradition of Mexican culture, Pearla CruzChavez, 39, uses the Aztec dance to represent her artistic and cultural spirit and has turned her passion for dance into a profession “It is a very personal and sacred dance,” she said. “It has different meaning to each dancer.” A Los Angeles native, Cruz-Charvez moved to Northern California at the age of 23 to help take care of a relative; it was there she was introduced to the traditional Aztec dance and instantly fell in love with it. “I knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” she said. Cruz-Chavez has been sought out by Knotts Berry Farm’s cultural dance program as a professional Aztec dancer where she participates in many dance routines at several museums all over the country. And to prepare for every dance, she dresses in tribal costumes and wears a large headdress made of pheasant, eagle and other bird feathers measuring 5 to 6 feet long, she said. Along with this traditional dress, CruzChavez paints her face with different Aztec symbols as part of each dance routine. “It is a very spiritual dance,” she said. “It is prayer through the feet and the rest of the body.” Cruz-Chavez dances to the beat of a variety

of acoustic native instruments, including wooden drums, blowing shells, flutes, whistles and tambourines. “The drum leads my heart and it represents something that can never be taken from me,” Cruz-Chavez said. Metal bells are worn around her ankles and serve as an instrument that represents her every move during performances, she said. “We do many different steps, a lot of spins, and several kicks and jumps,” Cruz-Chavez said. As the bells shake to her every move, most of the dance routines are done barefoot. It is a tradition which enables the dancers to feel the


STAR Earth under their feet and through the rest of the body, she said. With names such as “White Eagle” and “Wind,” these are just a few of the dances that represent the many different elements of nature and empower her to become in tune with the Earth, Cruz-Chavez said. And nothing has stopped her from dancing, she added. “I danced throughout most of my pregnancy with my kids,” Cruz-Chavez said. “I wanted them to feel the music in their blood, the way I do.” As a mother of three, she manages her time between home and school.

Currently a freshman in the cosmetology program, Cruz-Chavez participated in the hair stylist competition at EC last fall and won first place in both the cutting and dying categories. While she enjoys all the success the program has brought her so far, she said her biggest supporter and advocate is Patricia Gebert, cosmetology professor. “She is every instructor’s dream student and is an amazingly hard worker,” Gebert said. She added that Cruz-Chavez is a very influential woman who many students participating in the program look up to. “She is such a positive woman,” Gebert said. “I hope I keep in contact with her, because everyone needs people like her in their lives.” Ashley Young, 26, cosmetology major and classmate of Cruz-Chavez, said she also sees the determination she puts into her school work and enjoys learning from her. “She’s naturally good at what she does,” Young said. “I enjoy taking advice from her about everything and I know she is going to go far in life.” While she has met many wonderful people in the cosmetology program so far, Cruz-Chavez said she is excited to earn her degree and continue to pursue her passion as an Aztec dancer. She dreams to one day dance overseas with her family by her side. But ultimately Cruz-Chavez hopes to keep inspiring people all over the world through her cultural heritage. “I am so blessed to be a part of this culture,” she said. “I dance in order to preserve my Aztec culture and present how beautiful and rich it is.”

Gemma O’Donnell /Union Pearla Cruz-Chavez, 39, cosmetology major, is in a typical Aztec dance position taking in the elements of nature.

SPORTS 7 Warriors come back to tie San Diego Mesa

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Sergio Reynoso Staff Writer

CROSS-COUNTRY Saturday at 8 a.m. So Cal Preview at Ontario

FOOTBALL Saturday at 6 p.m. vs. LA Harbor College

MEN’S SOCCER Friday at 3 p.m. at Victor Valley College Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Mt. SAC College

WOMEN’S SOCCER Tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Victor Valley College Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Mt. SAC College

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Friday at 6 p.m. at Fullerton College

MEN’S WATER POLO Friday-Saturday all day at San Diego Mesa College tournament

WOMEN’S WATER POLO Friday-Saturday all day at Mt. SAC tournament Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Pasadena College

—Shane Utton

Sylwia M. Ozdzynski /Union

Down 1-0 in the 43rd minute, Yennifer Baca was awarded a penalty kick with a chance to tie the game against San Diego Mesa College. Baca lined up for the kick and with no hesitation nailed a shot that went straight to the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1. “I love shooting penalty kicks, so it was a simple task for me. I felt confident and relaxed with no pressure,” Baca said. “It was definitely a great feeling. I had my team supporting me as well as our family and friends that went to watch us and I couldn’t let them down.” “Personally, we felt a bit tired, but we couldn’t let that get into our heads and we had to keep playing our game,” Itchel Guzman, forward, said. After traveling from San Diego the day before the game, the Warriors were able to conjure up just enough to get the draw. “We kept working hard, and didn’t give up, even though we had just played Tuesday. I think it was a test to see where the team was physically,” Baca said. The team owes the tie to enough confidence in itself to get the win. “I feel like the team came out ready and focused,” Baca said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game, they

were very skillful and physical, but I believe that really brought the Warrior spirit we have as a team out.” Even though the team was unable to pull out the victory, it is proud of the outcome considering it traveled to San Luis Obispo and got home late Tuesday night. “We fought very hard and did very well. We had our opportunities, we just couldn’t capitalize on them,” coach Jaymie Baquero said. “San Diego was physically aggressive, and a 1-1 tie was a good result.” The team will continue to work hard and look to improve from some mistakes it made against Mesa. “We wanted to win but missed a few opportunities, so hopefully we can just learn from our mistakes, which will help us during the season,” Guzman said. “We have been improving and trying to fix all our errors, but like any other team they are going to happen.” The Warriors will be looking to continue their hot start to the season when they travel to Victor Valley College tomorrow. The game will start at 1 p.m. Baca believes the team hasn’t peaked yet and will continue to get better. “I believe that every game we step it up more and more,” Baca said. “The team has been improving and I can’t wait to see how far the team will get.”

Warriors’ forward Itchel Guzman fights for the ball at last Wednesday’s game against San Diego Mesa.

Volleyball team takes second place at San Diego Tournament Shane Utton Staff Writer

In an action-packed weekend, the Warriors got second place at the San Diego Mesa College tournament. This team’s only loss came at the hand of last year’s state champion, L.A Pierce College. The Warriors are now ranked fourth in the state. At the tournament, the team beat Glendale College 26-24, 25-20, 25-22, Glendale College (Arizona) 25-15, 25-16, 28-26, Grossmont College 25-21, 25-17, 26-24 and lost to L.A. Pierce College 2225, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25. “Lauren and Kaitlyn Edwards played really well and Sarah McFadden also had a great weekend,” Le Valley Pattison, coach, said.

McFadden and Lauren Edwards were both named to the all tournament team. “It’s an honor, but it’s an honor I share with the team because it’s a team effort,” Lauren Edwards said. The Warriors’ next game is tomorrow at Fullerton College at 6 p.m. “We’re feeling confident about tomorrow’s game. We just have to practice hard throughout this week and our goal is to play smart and hard and come out with a win,” McFadden said. The first match of the weekend was against Glendale College (California). The team didn’t play its best against the Gauchos, but was able to win. Miranda Gagnier, blocker, had five kills and Lauren Edwards, middle blocker had nine digs. “Glendale is a good team, but we were looking ahead in the tournament and we

didn’t play too hard because it was a long tournament,” Gagnier said. The second match of the tournament was against a quick and tall Glendale College (Arizona). This match proved to be tough for the Warriors, but they came out playing much better and the team’s passing game was much more fluid. McFadden, setter, had a good game with 42 assists and nine digs, while Kaitlyn Edwards, outside hitter, had 14 kills and seven digs. “Sarah and I were connecting really well and I was able to put a lot of balls away,” Kaitlyn Edwards said. “Everyone was passing really well, which allowed the middles to open up seams for me on the outside.” The third match against Grossmont College was still a challenge, but when

pushed, the Warriors found a way to retaliate and come out with the victory. Katie Childs, outside hitter, pounded home 13 kills and 14 digs and Tulia Barnes had four blocks to help the team. “The first game we didn’t do our best and knew we didn’t play our best, so we came out the next two games and just played a lot better,” Barnes said. “When you put pressure on us we are going to push back.” The final match against L.A. Pierce didn’t go as planned. Pierce was a step better, and it showed. The Warriors struggled on offense and the Brahmas took advantage and showed why they are the defending state champions. “They do a good job at defending our hitters. They have a really tall kid in the middle and when they connect, they will hit over us at will,” Pattison said.


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Football team rallies to beat Golden West 24-21 Warriors use last-minute heroics from offense to defeat Golden West College in a nail-biting game. Sheila Broussard Staff Writer

Sylwia M. Ozdzynski /Union The Warriors’ Kristine Wand takes a shot under pressure from an L.A. Valley player during Saturday’s tournament at El Camino. The team would go on to win,11-9.

Warriors sink all opponents Matt Simon Sports Editor

It came down to the last minute of the game as the Warriors were in a back-and-forth battle with L.A. Valley. The women’s water polo team was up four goals and then let L.A. Valley get within two goals until it was finally able to get the ball back and hold the ball until the clock ran out. “That was a tough game it really went down to the wire and we were never able to feel like we were go-

ing to win until the game was over,” Corey Stanbury, coach, said. The Warriors have started off the season fast and went undefeated at last week’s El Camino College tournament and took first place. The team defeated Rio Hondo 23-11 in a very balanced game where the team had five people on the team score three or more goals. Along with that game, the Warriors beat Santa Monica, 18-9, after starting the game 5-0. “That was a great game. We were able to have everyone play starters and our whole bench played,” Stan-

bury said. The team was led in the tournament by Kristine Wand, who scored 18 goals throughout the tournament and registered 12 steals. Along with Wand, Ariel Carillo scored 11 goals and Tamara Thebodeau who had 5 goals hit the back of the net. The team is led by some newcomers who are excited for the season. “For my first time, it was exciting and nerve-wracking,” Tess Mckelvy said. “I didn’t get to play much, but I look forward to working hard

to play more.” This team has been focusing scoring and has a great team-first mentality that Stanbury looks forward to, he said. “This is a great team, we have a good team mentality and it’s good that we also have a lot of returning players on the team,” Mckelvy said. The team is also without one of its best scores and will look to continue its winning when it travels to Mt. San Antonio for the Mt. San Antonio tournament tomorrow and Saturday.

Runners finish fourth at Orange Coast Invite Tayani Davis Staff Writer

After competing against four of the top teams in the state last week, the cross-country team wasn’t intimidated when it went up against six of the top schools in the state placing fourth at last Saturday’s Orange Coast invitational. San Bernardino Valley won with 43 points, right behind host Orange Coast in second place with 76 points, Glendale in third with 86 points, the Warriors finished in fourth with 116 points. Following his disappointing performance last week due to muscle cramps, David Rosales made sure that this time he wouldn’t have any problems. He ran with the lead pack throughout the race and took 8th with a time of 20:51 after moving through 3 miles in a quick 15:00 time and then he gradually ran through the dirt trail course. Dezhand Bland came in 22nd place finishing with a time of 21:00. Jon Nakai finished three places behind him in

25th place coming in at 21:17. Following those three runners, a pack of EC blue came in together 31st through 33rd place, including Alex Villescusa coming with a time of 21:24, Justin Carcoza at 21:25, and Drew Griffie at 21:28. Billy Sanders finished out the men’s top seven in 39th with a time of 21:39. The team was without one of its top runners, Anthony Lewis, who did not run due to illness. That is the second time Lewis has had something stop him from running, as he hurt his ankle in the first invitational of the season. If he is well enough to run in the upcoming invitational, Lewis will look to run the best time he can to make up for his previous absences. Glendale, the top ranked team won easily, Lofgren said with 27 points followed by host Orange Coast with 66 in the 18-team field. Chloe Stager once again led the women with a 97th place finishing with 22:37 over the rolling 5,000 meter (3.1 mile) course with freshman teammate Lauren Brown right behind her in 98th

place finishing at 22:38. EC has a new addition to the team, sophomore Julissa Vaca. Vaca was the other competitor for as the team prepares to run at the upcoming Southern Cal Preview Lofgren said. The Warriors’ next competition will be the Southern California Preview Championships Sept. 30 at Guasti Regional Park, in Ontario. The women’s race will begin at 11 a.m. and the men’s race will begin at noon. The team will competing against the biggest field it when it goes up against the 30-plus team event. It will look to have a great showing and it will give them an idea of where they are right now as a team. “I hope to see the team finish great and have a good outing,” Lofgren said. “We will look to improve and do better each and every week.”

With slightly more than five minutes left, the Warriors were down by four points to Golden West College. Omar Herrera, quarterback, hikds the ball and looksed for a receiver down the field. He found a receiver and threw a bullet to Kenneth Holmes, resulting in a touchdown. The Warriors recovered the lead and EC won, 24-21 As the Warriors look to stay undefeated with three straight victories, they will host Los Angeles Harbor College at 6 p.m. on Saturday. “It was a hard-fought game between the two good teams, but we won,” John Featherstone, coach, said. “We proved to be the better team.” With EC down 21-10 in the third quarter, Holmes proved to be the difference as he returned a kickoff for 87 yards to score a touchdown. “Herrera made some great throws to me, but the defense really won the game and not me,” Holmes said. However, Holmes injured his knee during the gamewinning play that will result in him being out for the rest of the season. Holmes’ 105 yards receiving and two touchdowns were the bright spot for the Warriors as he provided the needed spark to help the team rally and win the game. His 25-yard touchdown catch gave the Warriors the lead and eventually the game-winning score to leave the Warriors record unblemished. The game was a back-and-forth battle until the very end. The Warriors rushing attack that has helped the team win its first three games, was almost nonexistent totalling only 50 yards. The Warriors’ first drive of the second quarter was halted when Herrera threw an interception. On the ensuing drive, the defense stopped Golden West only to have Herrera throw another interception that resulted in a touchdown and had the team down, 14-3. The offense was also stopped by two fumbles, but was lucky enough to have both fumbles recovered by EC . The offense made up for it on its next drive, capping a 10 play, 70-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jarrad Shaw. Herrera passed for 220 yards and also threw two touchdowns for the game. “It was a good team win and good individual effort by Holmes,” Cody Thornton, player said. Ivan McLennan led the defense with two sacks and 10 tackles for the game. McLennan was followed by Derek Largent, who registered eight tackles. Taumoelau Kavienga was also one of the top performers on defense with seven tackles The team will now work on its mistakes and prepare for the cross-town match-up with Harbor. Harbor has already turned heads with their week one victory against Cerritos and EC will look to stop their high-powered offense this weekend. With Holmes gone for the season, the Warriors will look to find another person ready to step up when needed and help the team when their number is called, Featherstone said. “We’re going to work on the basics and come back ready next week,” Featherstone said.

Men’s soccer team uses a stifling defense and high-powered offense in 4-0 win over Moorpark Jorge Camarillo Staff Writer

With only a few seconds left, Nolan Dean found himself in a position he hasn’t been in all season. Moorpark was awarded with a penalty kick and it was up to Nolan to save the shutout and keep Moorpark scoreless. The kicker went for the kick and was stopped by Nolan for his 10th stop of the game, completing his shutout. That was his biggest save of the game and his second shutout of the season, which helped EC to a 4-0 shutout. The Warriors got goals by Ben Turnbull, defender, Oswaldo Martinez, midfielder, Chris Marckstadt, forward, and Charlie Gonzalez, forward. EC had plenty of memorable plays on Friday against Moorpark College that helped it pick up the win. “The most memorable play was when (forward) Charlie (Gonzalez) took on three guys and scored (the goal),” defender/midfielder John Mota said. The Warriors picked up their first win of the season and were proud of each other. “The team played well in part of the game and there’s some things we need to improve on, but it was good to get our first win,” Andrew Britton, assistant coach, said. The player’s were proud of their performance and expect to start a winning streak. “We played very well defensively and offensively,” Mota said. “The team looks to improve each and every game of the season.”

“We improved from our last game, started to find our style and play, but there’s always room for improvement,” Morales said. The key players of the game were defender Hugo Sanchez, Marckstadt, Turnbull had a goal and an assist, and William Campos, who set up the second goal. “Sanchez was solid in the back. Marckstadt kept his nerve and scored on a penalty kick. Turnbull scored his first goal and Campos came off the bench and set up our second goal,” Andrew Britton said. “It was good to score (my first) goal and more importantly to get a win for the team,” Turnbull said. John Britton, coach, was proud of his team’s play on Friday and hope’s they continue to play this way the rest of the way. “With a much improved team performance against Moorpark, we expect to continue this trend against Victor Valley (tomorrow) and get our second victory of the season,” John Britton, coach, said. The Warriors will continue to work on their team defense and make sure they work together as a team. “We still have shaky moments on defense and we expect to improve on this by working more as one unit, instead of four individual players on defense,” John Britton said. The Warriors’ next game is tomorrow when they travel to Victor Valley College for its game at 3 p.m. “Victor Valley is a similar team in transition as us, play a similar style as us, have a similar record as us and (we play common opponents), so we expect another close game,” John Britton said. EC will also be making up its Sept. 13 postponed game against College of the Desert on Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. at College of the Desert in Palm Desert.

Vanessa Adams /Union The Warriors’ Ramberto Villegas, No. 7 defender, shows his determination to maintain possession of the ball last Friday against Moorpark. The game ended with a 4-0 victory.

Issue 3, Sept. 22, 2011  

Union newspaper

Issue 3, Sept. 22, 2011  

Union newspaper