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El Vaquero June 2, 2010

Glendale College

Lilya Avagyan ASGCC President Says Goodbye Story Page 3 ASGCC Elections Story Page 4 Graduation List Story Page 15-18

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010


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Challenges to College

By Agnes Constante



ue to inadequate funding, nine areas of improvement have been identified for the college, which, if left unaddressed, could result in a warning sanction from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. As an accredited institution, GCC meets or surpasses the standards of quality set by the commission. Only such institutions qualify for federal funds, and only students enrolled in these schools are eligible for federal financial aid. Some of the areas in which GCC needs improvement include a shortage of maintenance staff and lack of a regular budget for information and technology services. “Several of these things involve [money, and] this is a really difficult situation we have with our finances,” said John Queen, president of the Academic Senate, who chaired the accreditation steering committee and was an editor



[See Accredidation, page 3]

In the May 19 issue, “From Leukemia to Legoland: Jonathan Larson’s Journey,” the age of leukemia survivor Jonathan Larson was incorrectly stated in the accompanying photograph. At the time of the interview, Larson was 8 years old, but he has since had a birthday. He is now 9 years old. Congratulations, Jonathan! In the article “Clark Student Awarded for Helicopter Camera,” the photo caption neglected to identify teacher Tom Ferguson standing next to wining student William Shaler.


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Should the commission find an institution “to be in substantial non-compliance” with its standards and requirements, or when the institution does not address the problems identified by the commission in earlier sanctions, it may ask the school to show cause. This is the highest sanction level and requires for the college to demonstrate why it should not lose its accreditation. During these sanctions institutions remain accredited. They are given a time frame within which they must resolve their issues, and are subject to status reports and visits by the commission. The frequency of these is decided by the commission. In its evaluation report for Glendale, the commission also made other recommendations, including: strengthening the links between the program review, planning and resource allocation processes; accelerating efforts to implement “student learning outcomes,” which tests students


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of the self-study report Glendale submitted to the commission. The college received recommendations from the commission and expects to hear from it by the end of June, at which time it hopes to receive reaffirmation of its accreditation. If the commission finds further problems, it may place Glendale on a low-level sanction. Before a post-secondary institution can lose accreditation, it is placed on levels of sanctions: a warning, probation and “show cause.” A warning is the least problematic sanction. This is issued if the commission finds that a college has followed a course that strays away from the commission’s requirements, standards or policies to a degree that concerns the commission. If an institution fails to address issues presented in a warning or “deviates significantly” from the standards and requirements set by the commission but not to a point where it deserves a higher level of sanction or to be stripped of its accreditation, it may be put on probation.

Letter to the Editor:

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Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter in regards to [GCC] Professor Jose Gomez. Words cannot describe the positive experiences I gained from spending a short time with Gomez in Health 104 this semester. He is the epitome of what a teacher should be, and any student would benefit greatly by having Gomez as an instructor, guide and leader.

His teaching ability is a reflection of his morals, standards and traits as a human being. Not only did I learn much through this semester, but he made me want to learn because of his motivational attitude toward student success. I can honestly say that he was the best teacher I have had at GCC. He makes his students excited to come to class and

willing to learn. Gomez is the reason institutions of higher learning are so successful. He encourages student learning while so many teachers simply do not put forth the same effort. He should be rewarded for his contributions to the college and to student learning. Ashot Rostomyan GCC Student

Wednesday, June 2, 2010



Student President Lilya Avagyan Bids Farewell By Sara Purington



et another term comes to a close for the Associated Students governing body as a new set of student leaders was elected last week. For current president Lilya Avagyan, it’s the end of a productive year. Through her one-year term, Avagyan has been involved in an array of tasks and activities some of which even caught the eye of the accreditation committee. “It’s been a pretty interesting year,” said Avagyan. “[As president] you never know what

the year will bring. The president doesn’t have a set schedule. You have your own plate.” Avagyan piled it high on her plate, including the large task of working on the school’s accreditation. Her participation surprised the agency that conducted the accreditation, which led to them to speak highly of student involvement in their report. The report said that GCC was the only college they had seen at which students are directly involved with the accreditation process and the students actually know what’s going on in their college.

According to the report, the agency was impressed by “the active participation of all members of the college community. The governing board, the superintendent/president, the faculty, the administration, the staff and student leaders participated in numerous committees and dialogues, and take an active interest in the development of college programs, services and initiatives.” “The committee was very surprised by how involved we were,” said Avagyan. She also left a good impression on President Dawn Lindsay. “I have seen tremendous

growth in [Avagyan] since she started as the student trustee last fall,” said Lindsay. “Lilya is an advocate for students and has demonstrated her commitment. She has been a pleasure to work with. I will miss our regularly scheduled meetings, her enthusiastic attitude and her passion.” Avagyan also had the opportunity to be a part of the interview process for the new president of the college. “It was one of those right moment, right time kind of things,” she said. “I was very fortunate to be a part of it, and I’m very happy about the results. [Dawn] Lindsay always

says this school is a jewel and I think she also is a jewel.” As she sits in her office covered with pictures and balloons and a huge poster filled with happy birthday messages, it’s obvious that Avagyan found a comfortable place as a leader at GCC. Avagyan grew up in Armenia and moved to America only three years ago, and started at GCC in the spring of 2008. “English was a big challenge,” she said. “I had to get used to conversation, and I wasn’t familiar with the American culture.” [See President, page 4]

Accreditation: Campus Takes a Hard Look at Committee Recommendations [Accredidation, from page 2] for skills or retention of class content; ensuring that all major policies, such as the process what to do in the event of sexual harassment and the Academic Freedom Policy, affecting students are published in an accessible manner by printing them in publications like the catalog; completing all overdue employee performance evaluations; using the Equal Employment Opportunity ethnic categories in order ensure diversity of faculty and staff; taking necessary steps to ensure the safety of the network servers so the computer system doesn’t shut down due to overheating; and developing and implementing a plan for funding its long-term employee liability, or retirement benefits, which may not be associated with a pension plan, under Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Of the issues identified by the commission, the college has addressed the publication of major policies in an accessible manner, submitted employee performance evaluations and reported the ethnicities of employees to meet Equal Employment Opportunity requirements. Queen expects the school to take steps to ensure safety of the computer servers soon. The other issues are expected to take more time to deal with, such as the implementation of student learning outcome assessment measures. “We’re waiting to implement some software, which will allow us to collect and sort data for the

student learning outcomes … which we’re expecting in August. Then we should be able to really start moving rapidly forward with [student learning outcomes] implementation,” Queen said. At present, the campus budget does not have a set allocation of funds for the development of information and technology. Due to fiscal shortages, this issue is expected to take longer before it can be dealt with. Inadequate funds also contribute to the lack of staffing levels for maintenance, custodians and security personnel. The evaluation report stated that there is a “lack of security between the hours of midnight and [6 a.m.]” and has requested that Glendale address this issue. “We’ve been aware of [the lack of staffing] for awhile, it’s just that the problem has been money,” said Queen. The issue of strengthening links between the program review, planning and resource allocation processes will be tackled during the summer and is already being discussed among leadership on campus, according to Queen. The implementing of a plan for funding the liability of postemployment benefits requires negotiations between the faculty and staff unions, so it may take more time before this item is fixed. Despite the multiple areas of improvement for Glendale, the college was commended for several aspects, including its governance, which brings people from various areas on campus

to work together to propose new policies. This system comprises committees composed of students, faculty members, classified employees and administration. According to Queen, the college received no recommendations in this area.

The commission also cited improvements in the college’s budget and financial management, and was impressed with its quality of instruction and support services for students. The commission visited the Glendale campus from March 15

through 18. Further information on the accreditation of community colleges is available at www. Agnes Constante can be reached at


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Summer Activites Keep Students Local By Eric Bourse



f someone wanted to ask what is there to do in Glendale, the most likely response would be, “the Americana at Brand.” However, that isn’t all there is here. Here is a list of summer activities for GCC students who are tight on money or for those who want to spend a nice afternoon without splurging at one of the many Glendale shopping centers.


The Doctors House Museum in Brand Park is open every

Sunday afternoon (closed during July) from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is only $1 and the tour is led by docents in full late 1800s garb. The house was built in 1888 and was owned by three doctors and later owned by silent film star, Nell Shipman. The house is decorated with furniture and items from the early 1900s. Forest Lawn Memorial Park at 1712 S. Glendale Ave. is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and the exhibit features art from around the world in many styles such as stained glass and paintings. During the summer, art from Francisco Goya and a selection of Forest Lawn’s stained

glass collection will be added to the exhibit. Noir fans will love the Glendale Film Noir Series. Three film noir classics that feature scenes shot in Glendale will be screened in Brand Park at 1601 W. Mountain St. The movies will be projected and audience members are encouraged to enjoy a picnic while watching the film. The first film, “Mildred Pierce” (1945), will be shown on June 27. The second film, “Double Indemnity” (1944) will be shown on July 25. The final film, “Gun Crazy” (1950) will be shown on August 22. Admission is free and all screenings start at 7:30 p.m. Movie fans will enjoy the

free sci-fi movie screenings every Tuesday throughout June in the Glendale Public Library at 222 E. Harvard St. “Serenity” (2005) will be shown on June 8.

The other films are “The Fifth Element” (1997) on June 15, “Galaxy Quest” on June 22 and [See Activities, page 5]

Associated Students of Glendale Community College

Fall 2010 Election Winners

Lilya Avagyan Says Goodbye to GCC [President, from page 3] But nothing stopped her. “I joined student government to learn more and meet people with different backgrounds,” she said. Avagyan started out as a senator of campus organizations and then became vice president of campus organizations before being elected as president last year. “This organization helped me to feel part of this country. I never thought I would adapt but now I feel at home,” said Avagyan. “I encourage everyone to join [ASGCC], whether you’re an ESL student it doesn’t matter. Leadership is up to you. Everyone can change the world. You just have to believe in yourself.” Avagyan’s real passion is her major: broadcast and television journalism. She started acting in Armenia when she was 6 years old and wanted to pursue a career in television, but coming from a family of doctors she postponed her dreams and went to medical school for two years. Before moving to America, Avagyan hosted a popular TV show called “Parenthesis,” on which she interviewed famous Armenian stars. “I view entertainment and politics as similar. I live in two different worlds and I’m always trying to combine them,” said Avagyan, explaining her combined love for politics and entertainment. Avagyan has been able to combine these two worlds through many events this year, such as

hosting the show “Gateway to Glendale College,” and also hosting a music club production that raised money for a student with cancer. With Avagyan graduating this year her time at GCC is coming to a sad but successful end. “I loved my experience at community college,” she said. “It was like a wonderland for me.” Her next step will be attending film school at Chapman University in Orange County. Then she plans to go to law school and become an entertainment lawyer. Even though she’s sad to be leaving the place she has called home, she is confident in the new leaders. She had the opportunity to be involved with newly elected president Janet Shamilian comma who has been the vice president of campus relations this past term. “She is a wonderful person and is very involved as vice president,” said Avagyan. “The first time I saw her, I can’t explain it, but I knew she was next as president. I’m very happy to leave the organization in her hands. It’s like in a family. I want to leave it to someone who will continue my legacy and I know she will.” Shamilian is excited about what the future holds for her. “I’m really, really happy about becoming president,” said Shamilian. “I’ve been observing for the past year. I’m ready to step up to the challenges.” Shamilian has been working under Avagyan for a year and is ready to take up the torch. “[Avagyan] is a great president, especially with all the things that

she had to deal with this year like accreditation and hiring the new president,” she said. “She works great with administrators and students. She is friendly and diplomatic. I know I have big shoes to fill.” Avagyan’s legacy is not one which will soon be forgotten. While in office she has fought hard against budget cuts, hosting two rallies on campus, which even received local news coverage. She also went to Sacramento and spoke with Sen. Carol Liu, D-Glendale, as well as other representatives. “We did our best to advocate for students. What will be the future of California without [students]?” Avagyan has also initiated new activities on campus, such as the campus cleanups and the health and wellness festival. During her term she has been involved in hosting the teacher of the year award, a family night for ASGCC and organizing the academic decathlon, which will happen in the summer. She is thankful for all the support she has received from administration and advisers. “They are like family, always with us and supporting us. They are real advisors. I’m very thankful for them and the support of administration.” As president, Avagyan has been going to the college board meetings every three weeks. The June 21 meeting will be her last as she inducts the new president. Sara Purington can be reached at

Photo by Jennifer Elbe

CONGRATS ASGCC ELECTION WINNERS: Front row, left to right, George Baltakian, Pedro S. H. Kim. Middle row, left to right, Anasig Boghozian, Anahid Jamshidian, Hasmik Manukyan, Nayiri Kolanjian, Ani Ohanessian. Back row, left to right, Naira Shirvanyan, Ani Tatintsyan, Armond Aivazyan, Tayra Quinones, Yna Mokhtarians and Janet Shamilian.

Senators of Administration Armond Aivazyan Hasmik Manukyan Naira Shirvanyan Vice President of Administration Results delayed, pending Election Code Review Senators of Finance Ballot #3 Ani Hovasapyan Anasig Boghozian Ballot #4 Pargev Karamanyan Aram Gambourian Ballot #5 Sose Khachikyan Tayra Quinones

President/Student Trustee Janet Shamilian

Vice President of Finance Pedro S. H Kim

Senators of Campus Activities George Baltakian Tyrell Hillman Vice President of Campus Hayarpi Nersisyan Activities Yna Mokhtarians Senators of Campus Relations Artur Galstyan Vice President of Campus Anahid Jamshidian Relations Grace N. Shirvani Ani Ohanessian Senators of Campus Vice President of Campus Organizations Organizations Nathalie E. Halajian Nayiri Kolanjian Ani Tatintsyan Sareen Tawilian

Wednesday, June 2, 2010



Schizophrenia Chiefly Strikes at Ages 17 to 25 By Isiah Reyes



sychology Professor Daphne Dionisio explained the symptoms of schizophrenia, which particularly affects 17 to 25 year olds, to a full audience in Kreider Hall Thursday. Dionisio explained that schizophrenia could be characterized by five major symptoms: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, disorganized behaviors and negative symptoms.

Negative symptoms include everything from staring out the window for hours to any other absence in traits found in normal people. Disorganized behaviors are when someone does something like moving his arms in circles for no apparent reason. The characteristic of disorganized speech, known as “word salad” in severe cases, is when a person says incoherent sentences such as “pots dogs table.” The two other symptoms, under the subcategory of psychosis, are

Summer Activities [Activities, from page 4] and “Gattaca” (1997) on June 29. All movies start at 2:30 p.m. Every first and third Wednesday starting on June 16 there will be free concerts at the First Baptist Church on 209 N. Louise St. Admission is free but lunch by Angela’s Bistro will be available for $6. Performances include “The Brad Dutz Quartet” on June 16, “Duos and Trios” on July 7 and a French violin recital on July 21. All shows start at 12:10 p.m. and end at 12:40 p.m. For more artist listings, check the Web site at http://www. glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot. com

HEALTH Nature enthusiasts will want to check out the Verdugo Mountain trail. The trail rewards hikers with an amazing view of Los Angeles and the surrounding mountains. The trailhead can be found on Beaudry Boulevard, to the west of Country Club Drive. The trail is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Glendale Farmers Market on 100 N Brand Blvd. is a great way to find organic produce from local farmers at a low price. The market is open every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information call (818) 5483155.

ACTIVITIES The Moonlight Rollerway is perfect for those who want to time travel to the roller skating rinks of the 1970s. Every Tuesday night from 8 to 10:30 p.m. the

owner performs live organ music. Experienced skaters will want to check out “Adults Only” night every Sunday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Prices range from $5.75 to $8. Skate rentals are $3.50. For a full list of prices and times, go to the Web site at http://www. Jewel City Bowl on 135 S. Glendale Ave. offers a great bowling experience and has money saving promotions. Every Sunday and Monday night starting at 9 p.m., patrons can buy one game and get one free. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 p.m. to midnight is “Dollar Daze.” Admission is only $5 and each game and rental shoes are only $1. For full pricing and operating hours details, go to http://www. Video West Arcade on 212 S Brand Blvd is one of the few arcade options in Glendale besides the small offering at Jewel City Bowl. All the classics are here, from Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Street Fighter III and the hard to find Dynamite Cop. Most games will only cost one or two quarters. For information call (818) 502-1731. Eric Bourse can be reached at

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delusions and hallucinations. People who have delusions sometimes think that someone or something is persecuting them or in some cases, they think that their thoughts are being inserted into them by an external being. People who have hallucinations can have them in a number of ways, from sensing, feeling, hearing and seeing things that aren’t really there. Three common hearing hallucinations are hearing voices in commentary like a play-by-play of what’s going on, voices that argue with each other, and commands to do things. A person needs only to show two of these symptoms for at least a month to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. The discussion focused on Jani Schofield, a 7-year-old girl who was born psychotic. Psychosis is an abnormal condition of the mind which leads to a loss of contact with reality. Her parents have to keep her mind stimulated so she doesn’t have the hallucinations. Their other child, Bodhi, 3, is constantly attacked by Jani, so they have decided to live in two separate Valencia apartments because of Jani’s aggressiveness. The parents alternate apartments every night so that no child goes

more than one night without each parent. Jani has attempted suicide four times. She tried to jump out of a building, crawl into an oven, run into traffic, and once she tried to break her neck. Jani has many imaginary friends, starting with just a few and growing to hundreds. They range from 400 the Cat to Wednesday the Rat. They all live in the world she calls Calalini, which exists between the real world and her world. She has been taken to many doctors and since her psychosis is severe, she takes medication that is intended for adults. She experiences hallucinations in four of her five senses and has been to UCLA to be examined. She has taken powerful antipsychotic medications including Clozaril, lithium and Thorazine. An average day for Jani includes going to Ikea, the Burbank Mall, going out for lunch, then to an animal shelter or a library. Her parents take her out to these places everyday of the week to provide constant stimulation. If her mind isn’t engaged, the hallucinations begin to “scratch and bite” her. Her parents want to make

sure Jani lives a happy life. They are worried that with the hallucinations, her imaginary friends may command her to continue the suicidal tendencies. Her parents’ hope is for her to survive to at least the age of 20. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, schizophrenia affects about one in 100 adults, with the average age from 17 to 25. Symptoms of schizophrenia don’t usually develop until, at the earliest, age 18 in men and 25 in women. Child-onset schizophrenia affects just one in 40,000 children. Children who are diagnosed with childhood onset schizophrenia are diagnosed before the age of 13 and are in constant psychosis (95 percent of the time). Dionisio teaches general psychology, physiological psychology and abnormal psychology at GCC . The psychosis of schizophrenia lecture was the last lecture of the humanities and social science lecture series. . For more information on Jani Schofield’s case, visit: http:// Isiah Reyes can be reached at


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Glendale Engineering Student Accepted to Caltech By Gerard Santos



he California Institute of Technology ranks among the 10 best schools in the world. The campus in Pasadena on 124 acres of land only has about 2,100 students, 950 of them undergraduates and the other 1,100 postgraduates. The university accepted only nine local undergraduates this fall semester, and the admission rate has recently dropped to 15 percent. People may get lost when dealing with a lot of numbers, but 20-year-old sophomore Aroutin Khachaturian can handle it. Don’t call it fate or refer it as something of a fairy tale. Khachaturian’s acceptance to Caltech has been a long time coming. At the same time he was building basic radio kits in the 2nd grade, he was declaring in his “what I want to be in the future” composition that he wanted to be an electrical engineer. And with so much planning and hard work, why should anybody be surprised? Khachaturian has been the top student in every school he’s been to, and things didn’t change when he immigrated from Iran to the States in 2007 at the age of 18. “People call me a genius and I don’t like it,” Khachaturian said. “I look at myself as someone who just works very hard. Whatever happens in the end is the result of hard work. This was something I

was not born with.” He enrolled in Glendale High school but was told that he would not be able to complete enough credits in time to graduate, so he was forced to drop out. He then applied for Glendale College in the winter of 2008. After setting his eyes on the highestranked university in the state, Khachaturian planned ahead and never looked back. All two years of his Glendale College career he’s worked with counselor Dr. Richard Cortes, who has prepared Khachaturian step-by-step to transfer to Caltech. Cortes, knowing how Caltech prefers students with an internship and research background, suggested he work with Paul Beuhler, the Glendale College planetarium technician. Beuhler enrolled Khachaturian an internship at the planetarium and also referred him to a student independent research fellowship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where Khachaturian now develops spacecraft flight path design. “It’s easy to work with someone who’s so driven,” Cortes said. “He came to me prepared with where he wanted to go, what his major was, what classes he wanted to take, and was willing to work as hard as it would take to get to Caltech.” With two internships, Khachaturian still maintains a 4.0 GPA and has recently completed the physics and math requirements needed to transfer to Caltech en

Photo by Peter Moyes

MARS ATTACKS: Aroutin Khachaturian, a Caltech sophomore, is interning as a planetarium technician here on campus. route to majoring in electrical liked to do and so I was already a As humble as Khachaturian engineering. Squeezed into such step ahead. All that was needed is, he’s not shy of sharing some a hectic schedule is karate school was to put in the time and hard wise words with his peers. When three times a week, church two work. It’s something that students asked what advice he would times a week, researching, reading shouldn’t be scared of doing.” give to those who struggle with articles and practicing his C++ The Iranian native isn’t spoiled schoolwork and wishes they were computer programming. Being about his schools. His work ethic as smart as him, he said “Look fixated on his goal since day one, would not change had he been at the final outcome. There are Khachaturian hardly needed any accepted by UC Berkeley, UCLA, only a few Shaquille O’Neals in further motivation. UC San Diego or UC Irvine, the this world but anybody has the “I know myself and that’s the other universities he applied to. capacity to become electrical most important part. I knew my Khachaturian had only visited engineers. If you work hard at goal, and I planned accordingly. Caltech twice. Frankly, he says, what you love to do, you will be Thanks to supportive professors the science program at Caltech successful.” and family members, it wasn’t was so good that even if the something that was impossible to campus was run-down, he would Gerard Santos can be reached at accomplish. I knew what I really still find a way to be studious.

Campus Census Provides Startling New Statistics By Eric Bourse



CC serves more students than the state funds according to the 2009 Campus Profile. The college went from 547 unfunded full-time equivalent students (FTES) in 2007-2008 to 2,347 in 2008-2009. “The budget will be negative next year,” said Associate Dean of Institutional Research and Planning Edward Karpp. “Glendale hasn’t cut nearly as much as other community colleges in the state despite the decrease in state funding.” The 2009 Campus Profile, compiled by GCC’s Research and Planning department, provides an

in-depth look at the college with an abundance of statistics, ranging from student demographics to the college’s fiscal condition. In the 2003 spring term, 42 percent of credit students reported having trouble getting the classes they wanted. In the next five years, the percentage of students having problems with scheduling decreased to 25 percent. However, in spring 2009, the number of students having problems with scheduling shot up by 8 percent to a new total of 33 percent. “Satisfaction went down because students weren’t able to get the classes they wanted because of budget cuts,” said Karpp. This fall, GCC will be

implementing the new “block schedule.” Karpp said it is unclear whether students will react favorably to the new scheduling. He also said that the current percentage of students having difficulty getting into classes may increase due to classes being cut because of the budget. The 2009 Campus Profile also includes a section on student and course outcomes, specifically in enrollment, retention and success rates by division. The report defines retention as the percentage of students enrolled who receive a grade other than a “W.” Success is defined as students who receive passing grades, such as a “C” or higher. In the 13 divisions, health

sciences had the highest overall success rate with 89 percent and mathematics had the overall lowest success rate with 49 percent. English had an overall success rate of 67 percent. Visual and performing arts had an overall success rate of 70 percent. These percentages were for the years 2006 to 2008. In the 2008 fall term, 58 percent of credit students were female. Out of 25,015 students, there are only 9,952 male students in GCC. Women have outnumbered men 60 to 40 percent since the mid ’90s. This correlates with national college statistics by the American Council on Education, which reported that 57 percent of college students are female.

The number of Glendale transfer students per year has increased by more than 70 percent since the late ’90s. Cal State Northridge and Cal State Los Angeles accounted for about 69 percent of all Cal State transfers in 2007-08. About 51 percent of all GCC students who transfer into the UC system transfer to UCLA. According to this year’s the Accreditation Evaluation Report, 51 percent of credit students are of Armenian and/or of Anglo descent. This is a 3 percent increase from fall 2006. Hispanics are the second largest group with 14 percent. [See Census page 7]

Wednesday, June 2, 2010



All About Inbreeding: Molecules Make a Difference By Oswaldo Diaz



single hair can tell us about a species’ past, future and how science could help prevent its extinction. This was the point made by Maria Kretzmann, a Glendale College biology instructor, at the May 25 science lecture, “The Use of Molecular Tools in Conservation Biology.” Kretzmann lectured on the advantages that molecular tools offer by providing scientists with information about the DNA and genetic makeup of living organisms. Molecular biology is the study of the structure, function and makeup of important molecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins. Partnered with existing methods of animal conservation and the protection of endangered species, molecular biology offers scientists

a detailed view into what drives a species to extinction and how it can be prevented. There are five key components in which scientists use molecular biology to aid endangered species. The first, functional diversity, analyzes ecological interactions such as among species. “Tasmanian Devil populations have dropped a staggering 70 percent since 1996 because a form of contagious cancer has spread throughout the population,” Kretzmann said. After analyzing the genetic makeup of afflicted Tasmanian Devils and comparing it to individuals who are immune to it, scientists have been able to discover that the animals with higher genetic variation are, in most cases, the ones that display an immunity to the cancer. The genetic variations are present in the major histocompatibility complex which is a gene-dense region of the

Surprising Stats [Census, from page 6] Asian and Pacific Islanders make up 13 percent and only 3 percent of credit students are black. There is an even larger ethnic discrepancy in the GCC staff. About 71 percent are white, while 13 percent are Hispanic. The other 16 percent are comprised of 8 percent Asian, 4 percent black, 3 percent Filipino, 1 percent American Indian and 1 percent unknown. Sixty-two percent of students at Glendale are under 25 years

old. 33 percent of students are 26-50 years old. Making up 5 percent of the student population, 819 students are over the age of 51. Copies of the 2009 Campus Profile can be found at Research and Planning located in SF100. For more information call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5390. The 2010 Campus Profile will be published in September.           

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mammalian genome that plays an important role in the immune system and autoimmunity. The second, population structure, provides insights into evolutionary processes and helps identify groups of individuals by their genetic makeup. A common practice in wildlife conservation is the use of tracking devices to follow migration patterns and analyze population sizes. Molecular biology adds an insightful layer to this practice by taking genetic samples from monitored individuals to create a form of genetic tracking for certain species. One of the drawbacks of migration tracking when analyzing population structures for wildlife conservation is that it merely demonstrates the movement of species but does not reveal whether a species is reproducing and at what rate. “Just because they move does not mean they are breeding,” said Kretzmann. By genetically tracking individuals, scientists can determine breeding patterns by the amount of variation in the genetic makeup of individuals. The presence of higher variation levels suggest that individuals are mating outside circles of inbreeding and therefor achieving a diverse genetic makeup that could benefit the species as these variations make them more resistant to environmental changes and disease. The third, forensic identification, is used in identifying specific individuals by breaking down their genetic makeup. Advancements in this area have prompted scientists to create the “Bar-code of Life” which aims to develop a mechanism capable of

generating a unique genetic barcode for every species of life on earth. Meanwhile, with the help molecular tools scientists were able to uncover the Japanese whaling scandal. After analyzing meat samples taken from a bush meat market in Japan, with the help of forensic identification, scientist were able to discover that the meat being sold was Blue Whale along with other rare whale species. This violated the 1986 IWC moratorium that condones whale hunting for scientific but not for commercial purposes. The fourth, kinship, uses molecular tools to analyze the individuals in captive mating programs in order to maximize genetic diversity and avoid inbreeding. To ensure the survival of their offspring female chimpanzees mate promiscuously to trick male chimps into believing they are the fathers of the newborns. Scientists then compare the DNA of the infant and the mother with possible fathers to determine if a dominant male is fathering most of the offspring. “If this is the case the dominant male is either castrated or relocated in order to allow for different males to mate and provide the Chimpanzee population with a higher genetic variation,” Kretzmann added. With a higher variation these chimps can better adapt to changing environments and built a stronger immune system. The fifth, hybridization, examines the process of combining different varieties of species and organisms to create a hybrid. With the use of molecular tools scientists have been able

to identify certain species such as the red wolf, a cross between a gray wolf and coyote, as hybrids. Population numbers for the Florida panther were so low that in order to promote a large, healthy and genetically diverse group a slightly different kind of panther was introduced from Texas to mate with Florida panthers to create a hybrid animal in order to save the species from extinction. While inbreeding may be counter beneficial to a population in the long run, breeding species that are too genetically different has a major drawback, outbreeding depression. This occurs when offspring from crosses between different populations have lower fitness than offspring from crosses between the same population. “I had no idea of the extremes scientists go to in order to save animal species,” said student Michelle Acuña. The work that is being done behind the scenes by genetic scientists in the conservation of endangered species often goes unnoticed by the general public. However, after a highly informative lecture, Kretzmann was able to convey the challenges and wonders of the use of molecular tools in conservation biology. For more information about the lecture and related topics contact Maria Kretzmann at (818) 240-1000 ext. 5363.

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Campus Comments What do you think about Arizona’s immigration law? Ida Baghalian 30 BIOLOGY

“I think it is correct. The illegal immigrants share everything and all other countries have the same law and don’t let people into their countries illegally We immigrants spend a lot of time and comey to come here legally.”

Ani Malkhanian 32


“Illegal immigrants have always come here and always will. Why not get something good out of it?”

Giovanni Mera 19

Narek Tumanyan 38


“Russia is facing the same problem along the China border. It is diffcult. If the population supports it then it is good”


“I think it unfair ‘cause it’s against your rights. They [illegal immigrants] tried so hard to get here. Isn’t this the place of opportunity, it should be fair.”

— Compiled and photographed by Jennifer Elbe


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Retrospective for Art Professor Held at Brand By Mike Skaf



obert W. Brown was professor of fine art Glendale College from 1948 1983. In addition he is known

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one of Southern California’s most important, creative and prolific artists of the 20th century. His work will go on display June 29 at Brand Library and Art Center Gallery. All the money that is raised

HE HAD HIS HANDS FULL: Art professor Robert Brown in his days at Glendale College. He taught from 1948-1983.

during this event will be given to the Associates of Brand Library, a nonprofit organization. “We want people to see them and have them,” said Arlene Vidor, director of special events for associates of Brand Library. He completed many commissions, his most local one a 52-foot architectural glass panel commissioned by The First Methodist Church in Glendale. He also did a commission for Temple Adat Ari EL in North Hollywood at which he GOT RHINOS?: “Suburb,” a 1975 serograph by Robert Brown, is among the installed 26 windows treasures on display at the Brand Library and Art Center Gallery on June 29. depicting the 12 tribes of Israel. also had many reproductions in College honored Brown with a When Vidor met Brown in many publications, including the retrospective exhibit of 55 of his 2008 just before he died it was his New York Times and Los Angeles serigraphs. wish for the work in his studio to Times. The exhibit runs June 29 be seen by people. “He was very Many of his prints have been through July 9. The hours are noon excited [at the time] about the exhibited since 1939 in one- to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, showing,” said Vidor. man and group showings. They noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, and Brown was born July 2, 1917 have been displayed in the Los 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and in San Francisco. He attended Angeles Printmaking Society, Saturday, with a closing reception CSU San Francisco where he Pasadena Society of Artists, for the Brown exhibit from 5:30 received his bachelor’s degree. as well as in the International to 8:30 p.m. July 9. He then went on to the California Exchange Exhibition of Prints in The Brand is at 1601 College of Arts and Crafts where Seoul, Korea. W. Mountain St. For more he received his master’s in fine His daughter Jan Reilly also information, call Vidor at (818) arts. He earned a second master’s commented on the June exhibit. 500-7675 or the Brand at (818) in fine arts at USC. “He would enjoy for people in the 548-2051. Throughout his life he worked community to see his work,” said as a printmaker and a designer Reilly. Mike Skaf can be reached at of architectural glass panels. He Before he retired, Glendale

Scholars Show Poker Faces at Fundraiser By Vanessa Aguirre



espite the stress of competing for scholarships, students in the GCC Scholars Program found a way to show off their poker faces in the mist of finals by holding their annual Casino Night May 20. “It’s more of a bonding type of thing,” said Alexandra Von Ritzhoff, GCC student and member of the program. “At these events we can hang out and have fun.” Held in the student center, $1 was all one needed to receive a stack of chips and get the ball rolling and unlike casinos the money goes toward scholarships for current and future scholars. Apart from the casino-style

table games, games of “Twister” and “Mario Cart” were also being played while upbeat music boomed in the background. The sound of the activities, side conversations over the snack table, and laughter of new friends, made for a light and playful atmosphere that seemed to put all those in attendance at ease, even with finals just around the corner. This event is one of three held during the semester, where honors students get the opportunity to sit back and relax with their fellow classmates. The Glendale Community College Scholars Program was started in 2008 to help academically accomplished students further their academic careers. It also offers them the opportunity to partake in a more

rigorous course of study. All full-time GCC students with a 3.0 grade point average or above and high school graduating seniors with an unweighted grade point average of 3.25 are eligible for the program. Different transfer goals and a variety of students with contrasting majors make for a very diverse group, and thus leads to an interesting learning environment that includes returning students, who have taken time away from college. “[The program] really gets you into what you want to do,” said scholar Natalia Basanta. “I found this program to be very helpful.” Those students who successfully complete this program receive priority admission to universities

including UCLA, UC San Diego and CSU Long Beach, as well as Loyola Marymount University, Occidental College and Azusa Pacific University. Adding to the perks, the Scholars Program is recognized by campuses nationwide and adds a competitive edge to students’ transfer application as well as showing the dedication acquired and the students’ passion toward furthering their educational goals. Scholars also can register for honors classes, which are limited to 25 students. Aside from the transfer assistance and academic growth made through the program, participants also develop a strong sense of community awareness. Those involved in the program are also eligible to receive cash

scholarships awarded by the program itself and scholarships given out by the Honors Transfer Council of California. The scholars program will host its third and final event of the semester, the annual Scholars banquet, on June 9, during which they will be saying their goodbyes to those who are graduating or transferring to universities and colleges around the state. Combining the best of both words, the scholars program is an asset to ones transfer resume but also helps students make life long friends. For information on the scholars program, e-mail Dana Marterella at Vanessa Aguirre can be reached at

Wednesday, June 2, 2010



Carnival Wraps Semester With a Big Bang By Vanessa Aguirre



opcorn popped, and people were dunked as students sizzled in the summer sun while enjoying the festivities at ASGCC’s end of the year carnival. Held on May 26 in Plaza Vaquero, the carnival included free food and refreshments along with games of goldfish toss, where students tossed ping-pong balls into glasses in hopes of winning a goldfish, and the High Striker, where players showed off their strength by hitting a lever that shoots a puck up to ring the bell. “This is an opportunity for students to get to know their AS officers,” said ASGCC adviser Tzoler Oukayan. “Every year the event and time changes, but the idea stays the same.” Along with fun games, all of which were free to students, the carnival also featured a dunk tank where students could get up close and personal with their AS

officers before sending them into a tank of cold water, while upbeat music boomed in the background, courtesy of 97.1 AMP radio. “This was one of our greatest events,” said Ani Karapetyan, senator of campus relations. “A lot of people who didn’t show up before came to participate.” Associated students contributes to most, if not all, of the events on campus, like that of this year’s dance production, which could not have happened without its support. Active for more than 30 years, the organization has been a leader in student advocacy and works hand in hand with its members to plan events that take place during the semester. “I feel really wanted at this school right now,” said student Mate Vickovic. “I’m really enjoying the fun atmosphere and the free food, I hope they do this again next semester.” The end of the year carnival isn’t an annual event, but is one of the many events thought up and hosted by them each semester

in hopes of getting the student body on campus involved with the clubs and activities offered to them. All of the funds need for the event came from their budget, which allowed it to be free for students. This was an even bigger incentive for the student body at GCC to get a little more involved, and provided a fun and relaxing atmosphere for students right before finals. “This event has been really fun and interesting,” said student Marquis Keeles. “I think it went really well and brought all of the students together.” The student government plans a variety of events every semester with the goal of engaging the entire campus community. For information about events, call Tzoler Oukayan at (818) 2401000, ext. 3033 or visit the Web site at

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RING MY BELL, BABY: Carnival activities included the High Striker, luring young muscle men to test their strength.

One-Stop Shopping Offered at Ceramic Sale By Liz Cameron



ifts come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and gleaming colors and this Saturday offers the opportunity to buy ceramics at the semi-annual spring ceramic sale. The GCC Ceramics Department will be selling functional and decorative works in porcelain, stoneware, raku, majolica and earthenware in SC212, as a fundraising event for the department. The fundraiser will be from 1 to 5 p.m. where “over 65 tables will be packed with pottery,” said ceramics instructor Richard McColl. Students will be selling their pieces from $5 to $100 with 80 percent of the money going back to the students. “Our department keeps 20 percent and that pays for the postcards, the Post-its and then what’s left we put into our account. When we need equipment or if we want to bring in a speaker or host a workshop that money goes towards that” said Mark Poore, instructor and

chair of the ceramics department. From what’s collected for the department, awards are also given out to the students. More than 30 students will be participating in the spring sale, depending on any given semester said McColl. “There’s jewelry, tiles, vases, bowls and plates. It’s almost like you get lost in there. There are so many pots, it’s like you can’t see the forest through the trees” said Poore. Allowing people a chance to meet the artists, students who participate will work at the sale and walk around answering questions about their pieces. The sale has been an ongoing event for many years. This is nearly the 60th sale. Poore said “it teaches students how to market their work, because we won’t price it for them. They price it themselves so they’ll know if [prices are] too high or too low. A lot of our students are in galleries and shows around the country. One student won a prize that included a trip to China; it was an international show and she won. We have a lot of really talented students.” They currently

have about four students showing their work at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Poore believes that once students have gone through the classes offered in the ceramics department, they are then capable of setting up their own studios. Students can also achieve a certificate in ceramics said McColl, but Poore warns that it’s not an easy program. “They’re not just making work, there’s writing involved too [and] there are tests,” said McColl. Once a student learns the process of ceramics, they are capable of transferring to any university in the country. “We give people the vocabulary to work with because [their] learning a new language, the language of form and language of clay, because what you see [the artwork] is not what get. You’re working with chemistry, geology, math [and] physics” said McColl. The fundraiser is a starting point for the students to show their work, “then we push them to get out in galleries and enter shows” said Poore. The pieces sold “are wonderful

for gifts, a lot of people come and buy in bulk and we’re carrying boxes out to their cars. They do shopping for birthdays and everything” said Poore. Free parking will be available adjacent to SC212 and in the new parking structure, entering

the campus center entrance from Mountain Street. For more information on this event contact Richard McColl at (818) 240-1000, ext. 3059. Liz Cameron can be reached at

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Track & Field takes honors at state Glendale Crowns A New State Champion and Nine All-Americans

TO THE VICTORS GO THE SPOILS: Glendales track and field team had a record-setting two days at Antelope Valley College’s State Championship meet on May 21 and 22. Pictured counterclockwise, starting upper left, Samantha Bogatz on her way to one of her two All-American finishes in the 200 meter (her other was in 100 meters); Shannon Azizi blasts off the starting block in the women’s 4x100 relay; Lady Vaqs from right to left, Karen Rosas, Rosa Del Toro and Nina Moore

finish 2nd, 3rd and 5th respectivley in the womens 5,000 meter; All-American Jonathan Alpizar in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase; Karen Rosas also garnered two All-American awards; Rosa Del Toro runs away from the pack to win the State Championship in the 1,500 meter; Top center, proud Vaquero All-Americans and State Champion Rosa Del Toro (back row, fourth from left) with their medals at Sartoris Field . For an exclusive slideshow visit

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010


‘Red Dead Redemption’ Hits Ratings Bullseye By Oswaldo Diaz



ncorporating montages of iconic moments that made Western movies memorable and exciting, “Red Dead Redemption” plays like an epic feature film that places the player in the starring role. In “Red Dead Redemption,” players take control of a rough but kind-hearted ex-con by the name of John Marsh. After being left for dead by his former gang members, Marsh sets out on a quest for revenge in the lawless land at the Mexican-American border. Being an ex-criminal, Marsh is a great shot with any weapon the player puts in his hands. However, as expected during the old West, weapon variety is limited. The player has to make do with pistols, rifles, knives and a trusty cowboy lasso that has a variety of uses. The game makes up for its limited weaponry by providing the player with a highly technical yet simple shooting system. With the push of a button players can switch to a slow-motion bullettime sequence in which Marsh targets several enemies and even specific body parts and then fires with deadly accuracy at all the target points selected. Just like in old Western movies, players can consult bounty boards and hunt criminals in exchange for a monetary reward. The player can either kill a criminal and collect the money or capture them alive with the lasso to

receive double the reward money. However, the tables can turn if the player decides to become notorious criminal, in which case a bounty will be put on Marsh’s head and bounty hunters will be out looking for him. The bounty on Marsh’s head accumulates as players commit more and more crimes. For Marsh this means constant pursuit by bounty hunters, and the town sheriff and his gang. In order to eliminate the bounty, players need to either pay it off or present a pardon letter that absolves them from their misdeeds. However, like most games developed by Rockstar committing criminal actions is encouraged and is not without its perks. Town folk will take cheaper bribes to keep quiet and other bandits will generally stay out of the player’s hair. Being a good guy also has its perks, like getting discounts at shops and being nicely greeted by the town folk. This is achieved by helping law enforcement capture bandits, doing favors for people and trying to capture enemies alive rather than dead. To help him along the way, Marsh enlists the help of several peculiar characters like the borderline crazy grave digger or the traveling medicine man who tricks people into buying phony cure-all remedies. The true personalities of these characters play out in cutscenes which replace the typical action sequences found in most games for witty dialogue that adds depth and realism to characters

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY HUNTER: Don’t tell PETA, but the rough yet kind-hearted ex-con John Marsh rides roughshod throughout “Red Dead Redemption” bringing home a five-star rating.

of the game. It is easy to become sidetracked in “Red Dead Redemption” as the game lures the player in with different activities present in every town such as poker, black jack, liars dice, horse shoe and many other. While the activities in the cities and towns offer variety to the game, the wilderness also becomes a playground as players can search for treasure, run into bandits, coyotes, cougars, bears and other animals. The desert environment might seem dull at first glance, but when examined the players will discover that there is always something happening in the wilderness. Be it random strangers in need of help, a pack of wolves or birds roaming the land, tough guys challenging

Marsh to duels or a train cutting though the dusty, beautifully crafted desert. All while riding on a trusty horse that will die if neglected but will always come back from the ashes a couple of minutes later. The game has a lot more to offer after the credits roll as players can share their cowboy experiences with up to 15 other buddies in a variety of competitive matches like capture the flag, domination or the Mexican standoff. In this last one the players line up in front of each other as they anxiously wait for the count down to shoot mercilessly until all the players in either team have been defeated. Rated M for mature and available for $59.99 at any game

retailer “Red Dead Redemption” is money well spent with its 20 to 40-hour campaign, entertaining multi-player, dozens of side missions, hidden treasures and collectible items that will extend the player’s total game-play hours to more than a 100 if one is trying to achieve 100 percent completion. For more information about the game visit http:// w w w. r o c k s t a r g a m e s . c o m / reddeadredemption. “Red Dead Redemption” receives my rating of five stars out of five.

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Dance Performance Ends Semester on High Note By Sara Purington



lendale dance students performed their way to success in this year’s student choreographed performance featuring a collection of different pieces. With budget cuts eliminating production support staff, the dancer’s raw talent shined even without elaborate costumes or sets. Dance Performance 2010 featured pieces choreographed by the students and included an assortment of pieces from hiphop inspired pieces like “4 out

of 5” by Aliem Jiles to the Latin flavored piece “Le Tango” by Pam Wellington. The performances ranged from small groups of five or six dancers to the larger groups where the students really excelled with the entire dance company of 33 on stage. Some pieces also included students from the jazz performance skills class. These pieces, like the first piece “Manipulation” by Amanda Richardson and the finale “Army of One” by Lily Sargsyan, utilized the large group by putting dancers on different levels of the stage to create the illusion of height and depth.

The piece “Ahhhhhhhh!” by Parker Harris, which featured the song “Do You Remember” by Jay Sean, was set in a classroom with the guy trying to get the girl. The piece included a shout out to the faculties’ current struggle when it ended with the teacher sitting in the empty classroom pulling out a cigarette. Some of the most entertaining pieces showcased dancer Reonaldo Cho, who was able to bring laughter with his remarkable talent of personifying his character. In “Fruge!” Cho played a love-struck man on a mission to deliver flowers to his lady love

in a posh and crowded club while being continually blocked or drawn away from getting to the girl. Another amusing piece was “Ahhhhhhhh!,” in which Cho played up his Asian charm as he made lovey dovey faces while pursuing yet another girl. “The Lady ‘MAN’ olades” by Harout Aristakessian was a play on the Lady Marmalade song made famous in “Moulin Rouge.” The very suggestive theme of this piece was obvious from the interactions of male with male and female with female dancing. From the soft and quite ballet pieces like “Looking” by

Reonaldo Cho, to the more loud and energetic pieces like “Impact Spill” by Patt Paczynski, the skills and abilities of the dance department shined. Even though the costumes and staging were very simple and bare it didn’t take away from the quality of the performance. Being a student choreographed performance with limited flourishes this production held its own. For additional information call Lynn McMurrey at (818) 2401000, ext. 5556. Sara Purington can be reached at

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‘The Sands of Time’ Move Slowly in ‘Persia’ By Sarkis Adajian



he expectations were high. The anticipation for the release was building. And all “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” did was deliver an absolute letdown. A movie with a decent cast (Jake Gyllenhaal, “Brothers” 2009; Gemma Arterton, “Clash of the Titans” 2010; and Ben Kingsley, “Shutter Island” 2010) a great producer (Jerry Bruckheimer) and an above average director (Mike Newell) would all add up to a pretty good film in a perfect world, but this world isn’t perfect, and this film is a complete dud. The action is all over the place, the fight scenes are annoyingly confusing and the scenery looks like it was shot on a set built by elementary school children. The story goes back and forth so much that losing interest becomes inevitable. The only thing that kept me

from leaving the theater halfway through the movie was the acting by Gyllenhaal and Arterton. The story takes place in the Persian Empire. The character of the king’s adopted son Dastan, played by Gyllenhaal, is traveling with his uncle Nizam (Kingsley) and his two older brothers to the sacred city of Alamut to confront the leaders of the city about selling weapons to their Persian enemies. The movie starts off with Dastan and his brothers taking complete control of the city, including Princess Tamina (Arterton) and the focal point in the movie: the dagger with the glass handle. The action takes a major turn when the king is killed and his adopted son Dastan is accused of the murder. Dastan flees the city with the princess and the dagger, which Dastan learns can briefly turn back time; and just like most other Hollywood movies they build strong chemistry and fall for each other.

During their love affair they attempt to prove Dastan is not the murderer, reveal the name of the person who really killed his father, bring their father back to life with the time-traveling capabilities of the dagger and save the Persian Empire all in less than two hours! The story has all the makings for a great adaptation of a video game, but fails miserably. The action scenes are short and Photo by Andrew Cooper everything happens IF ONE COULD TURN BACK TIME: A magical time-reversing dagger would spare too quickly. It goes theater-goers from the “life is too short experience” that is the“Prince of Persia.” Jake from one battle scene Gyllenhaal, in the title role, is seen here with his lovely sidekick, Gemma Arterton. to another before you realize what took place in the The budget was there, the plot ‘Persia’ is rated PG-13 for previous battle. of the story was doable and the intense sequences of violence. Fans of the “Prince of Persia” cast was as good as it gets, but the My rating is 1 out of 5 stars. video game will be disappointed movie could not have been any after watching this and realizing worse than it was. that it has joined the list of “video It runs for 1 hour and 55 Sarkis Adajian can be reached at games turned into bad movies.” minutes.

Tomo Sushi Serves Best ‘One More Night Stand’ By Kate Krantz



ne doesn’t have to sail the Seven Seas to find this hidden treasure. Beginning at GCC, it’s a short voyage from the 134 West to the 5 North to get to Tomo Sushi in downtown Burbank. Walking into the restaurant, through the beaded curtain entrance, the guests are greeted by the host’s traditional “Irasshaimase,” which means, “Please come in.” Although the restaurant has a hole-in-the-wall appearance, it is a unique atmosphere. The walls of the restaurant are draped with thousands of dollar bills, per satisfied customers, who have thanked the restaurant for its meals. Tables and chairs surround the room and the sushi bar is located in the top left corner. Once a customer is seated at the bar, the host brings a wooden plate with wasabi, ginger and a separate shoyu dish of soy sauce.

The itamae (a skilled sushi chef) and the owner of the restaurant, whom the public refers to as Tom, chops and rolls away diligently on his sushi creations. After ordering sushi and placing the order on a thin piece of paper, marking it with a pencil, the itamae unexpectedly places two pieces of sushi on the dish and says, “It’s on the house.” The itamae serves spicy tuna, deep fried with crab meat on top and a drizzle of sweet eel sauce. This type of sushi is more properly known as maki-zushi, rice and seaweed rolls with fish and/or vegetables. It can be prepared either futomaki (thick roll) or hosomaki (thin roll). The sushi chef then serves the spicy tuna roll, tempura roll, crunch roll and lastly, the one more night stand roll. Chuckling at the name of the roll, the itamae goes on to explain the story behind it. Laughing, he describes that the customers who were so fond of the previous roll, the one-night-stand roll, begged

for “one more,” so the chef has been preparing it ever since the first order. The one-more-night-stand roll is a deliciously cut roll, containing shrimp tempura, calamari, spicy tuna, crab meat and silky white seaweed. On a side note, it is difficult to eat the sushi with chopsticks, without it falling apart. Traditional nigiri style sushi is supposed to be eaten in one bite, however, this is not always easy (or possible) in North America where some restaurants serve huge pieces. Despite the trouble, it’s safe to try one’s best at eating each piece whole. After finishing the meal, it is polite to thank the itamae if one is seated at the sushi bar. If one is brave enough and wants to try Japanese, one may say, “domo arigato,” a courteous Japanese expression for “thank you.” Tomo Sushi’s (“tomo” meaning “friend” in Japanese) menu presents a wide range of Japanese cuisine, ranging from

udon noodles to chicken katsu to miso soup to green tea ice cream. However, it is more wellknown for its variety of deep sea delights, also known as sashimi, such as tuna, yellow tail, whitefish, salmon, mackerel, shrimp, king crab, octopus, clam, eel and more. The sushi portion of the menu offers the same choices of fish along with sea urchin, salmon eggs, smelt eggs, monkfish liver and even quail egg sushi. Special rolls can be prepared as well, including the California, Rainbow, baked scallop, Dragon, Philadelphia, or Spider roll, to name a few classic favorites. Tomo Sushi also serves lunch specials including beef teriyaki, chicken katsu and vegetable tempura, served with a side salad and steamed rice. Don’t hesitate to stroll in around noon. Although the restaurant is positioned in the busiest part of Burbank, it is worth the terrible parking search, however, unlike Glendale, the entire city has free

parking. The sushi is mouthwatering and both the chef and the single hostess are personable and on top of everything. Tomo Sushi, unlike the many other Japanese sushi bars, is not a chain restaurant. The ambiance as well as the service is very family oriented. The service is personable and the itamae will ask what are your favorite movies showing at the local AMC 16 theater. Tomo Sushi has proven that it’s possible to eat one’s body weight in sushi. Sushi prices are reasonable. Regular sushi rolls range from $4.25 to 6.75. Sashimi ranges from $5.50 to 10.95. Hand rolls and cut rolls range from $3.95 to 16.94, depending on the type of fish. It is located on 144 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank. For more information, call (818) 729-0808 or visit www. Kate Krantz can be reached at


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Ashleigh Diller Hits One Over the Net By Sarkis Adajian



ard work, determination and dedication sometimes add up to one thing: success. Glendale College 19-year-old volleyball star Ashleigh Diller has shown what it takes to be on top of her sport while also achieving in the classroom. Diller recently received a Scholar Athlete Award for her achievements in the classroom and as an athlete. Besides maintaining a 3.46 GPA while taking 15.5 units this semester, she excelled at volleyball. “When my coach first told me that I had won this award I was really surprised. I mean I always work hard to keep up my grades but I had no idea that I would win this award, but I am really happy that I did,” said Diller. A lot of students are good with the textbooks or on the playing field, but it takes a special kind of dedication and drive to be able to thrive in both these areas. Playing volleyball was not always easy for Diller. In her senior year of high school she suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee which caused her to miss the entire season.

But she was able to overcome adversity. In 2009, she played in 78 games and had 33 aces; all this while focusing on her major of psychology. “I wouldn’t say that I’m the best, volleyball is a team sport and I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere without my team and coach.” Success does not go to her head. “Ashleigh is a hard worker, she never settles for being mediocre. She wants the best for herself but more importantly her teammates. She looks out for the best interests of the team; she is very considerate, and an all-around dynamic person and athlete,” said teammate Jessica Alvarez. Although she received an athletic scholarship to Whittier College, one thing remains the most important — her education. “When I was a child, my parents have always told me that it is very important to do well in school, and with education I can go far,” she said. “They also told me that I should not just rely on sports to make it in life, because there is always a chance of getting injured, and if I don’t do well in school I will not have anything to fall back on. This is why I feel it is important to keep a high GPA.

Although I am flattered that I won the award, it means more to me to have a high GPA.” Diller’s passion for higher education while excelling in athletics could propel her to success in a multitude of areas. Teammate Ashley Veliz explained it best. “Ashleigh has one mind set: no matter what situation our team faced, it didn’t matter whether we were losing or winning, in her mind each point provided a new opportunity,” she said. “There were times when we went through tough situations but her head remained up. Whether it Photo by Peter Moyes was good or bad she kept her head in the game. It ASHLEIGH SCORES: She has shown winning ways on the court and earned amazed me how she never a 3.46 GPA to boot. let the result of matches or the has a huge impact on this team or control the firm resolve of a all while getting the job done in determined soul,” said American way she was playing affect her. “I swear her facial expression the classroom. It’s not like she author Ella Wheeler Wilcox. remained the same at all times is taking any easy classes just to Likewise, Ashleigh Dillers’ because she trusted her abilities pass. Ashleigh is taking all the determination to be the best at and the ability of our team. She’s necessary classes to receive her everything she does led to her degree. She is just a natural born success on and off the court. a true example of a leader.” Head coach Yvette Ybarra leader. She has love for sport and has also taken notice of Diller’s school.” “There is no chance, no success. “It does not surprise me Sarkis Adajian can be reached at that she received this award. She destiny, no fate, that can hinder

Track and Field Sprints to Awards at State Meet By Gerard Santos



he Glendale College track and field team made school history in the California State Championship at Antelope Valley College on May 21 and 22 as nine athletes earned All-American honors and sophomore Rosa Del Toro won a State Championship for the 1,500 meters. Mother Nature evidently did not want anyone breaking records that day. She had set her own hurdles with 22 mph winds, native to the hills of Antelope Valley, which relentlessly blew in the runners’ faces the whole day. The stage for drama was set with competition of more than 40 different qualified schools that included the likes of Laney, Sacramento, American River and Cerritos colleges, all ranked within the top 10 in the nation. Although the men’s team was unable to find its stride, finishing 38th out of 45 schools with a score

of only 5 points, the women’s team was highly successful in scoring a school record 58 points to place 5th overall out of 41 schools. Sophomore Jonathan Alpizar, despite being the only highlight from the men’s team that day, was the prime personification of Glendale’s resiliency. During warm-ups, Alpizar was inadvertently hit on the head by another athlete, knocked unconscious and suffered a mild concussion. While other athletes would sit out the event to risk further injury, Alpizar insisted he compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The All-American finished 5th with a time of 9:48.93, head confusion and all. “It was amazing,” head coach Eddie Lopez said. “I had asked him before the race if he was okay, if he wanted to sit out. He just shook it off and pulled through.” Glendale’s own sophomore sprinting sensation, Samantha Bogatz, would typically be a

shoo-in to place first in at least one event. It turned out that the statewide competition offered more women with better shoes — or at least, faster feet. Bogatz prevailed against harsh conditions in the 100 meters and clocked one of her best times of the season with 11.88, and finished the race in 4th place, earning her AllAmerican honors. Lauryn Newson and Shanae Roach, two sophomores from Laney College, placed 1st and 2nd with times of 11.60 and 11.65. Portia Bell from Antelope Valley College placed 3rd with a time of 11.74. It was evident that Bogatz wasn’t racing against just the Western State Conference or Southern California anymore. The State as a whole offered a lot better competition, and as talented as Bogatz was, she had her work cut out for her that day. She didn’t run as well as usual during the 200 meters, as she finished 5th by clocking one her lowest times of the season with

24.72. She was again topped by the likes of Laney, Cerritos and Antelope Valley College. The Vaqueros stayed resilient and showed that although the other schools may have faster sprinters, Glendale would still best them through endurance. Freshman Karen Rosas finished 2nd in the 10,000-meters with a time of 39:52.98, with her teammate Vivian Ochoa at 4th with a time of 40:10.14. The pressures of being a State Champion didn’t affect sophomore Rosa Del Toro, as she stayed ahead of the pack the entire duration of the 1,500meters. She finished 1st with a season-best time of 4:43.88 and freshman Nina Moore finished 8th with a time of 5:09.83. Three Lady Vaqueros would place in the top five for the 5,000-meters. Karen Rosas again finished 2nd with a time of 18:14.22, with Del Toro right behind her at 3rd with a time of 18:28.24. Moore placed 5th with

a time of 18:50.79. “It was tiring of course,” said Nina Moore of her longdistance running. “But I didn’t let that get to me. This is the State Championships and you’ve really got to bring all you’ve got because you never know when you’ll be back here.” Francisco Quijada could not find the same success in the men’s 5,000-meters. Quijada failed to secure the inside lane despite running in 2nd place the majority of the race. He was unable to recover, and finished in 12th place with a time of 16:31.64. Sophomore runner Angelina Gonzalez found herself in a similar situation for the 3,000meter steeplechase. Although running well in 2nd place in the beginning of the race, Gonzalez got lost in the crowd and ended up finishing in 6th place with a time of 12:19.78. For exclusive slideshow: Gerard Santos can be reached at

Wednesday, June 2, 2010



Glendale Community College Candidates For Graduation- June, 2010

Associate in Science Degree

Abeer Abdulahad Bella Abramian (H) Zhenik Agazaryan (H) Ofik Aghababyan Ara Aghajanian (H) Dro Aghazarian Sylva Aghmalian** Vanessa Lewis Aglipay** Shazia Ahmed Helen Akbari** Anet Akopian (H) Arpine Alaverdyan Kamo Aleksanyan Caroline Allahverdi (H) Nvart Almas* Meline A. Almasi** (H) Jeanine Louise Andersen Karine A. Asatryan (H) Edgar Avetisyan** Violet Ayvazian Any Babayan-Aghan (H) Verjeneh Baghomian Armine M. Baghumyan Arpine Bagumyan** Luz Viviana Barba** Yevgine Eva Barseghyan Jasmine Duyungan Barte** Zoya Bazikian** Ellery Louise Benitez (H) Anush Boyajyan Shiena Brillante Alicia K. Britt** (H) Jackie Irma Cahill Matthew Elliott Campbell (H) Jennell Renee Carpenter** Herrick Jay Sagmit Casipit (H) Andrew Cautivar Telly Helen Chalabian*** Susan Chen

Hannah R. Choi** (H) Melissa R. Chua (H) Jena Bianca Coo** (H) Andrea Michelle Crowder Walter Blaquera Cruz** Lidoush Danielians* Hannah Noelle Davis** (H) Tracy Ann de Guzman Elizabeth S. De Ramos Patiane Cassia Freitas* (H) Ana Marie Margallo De Leon Carine Der Hovanessian Essa L. Dillard (H) Jocelyn M. Dimacali Amberly Brooke Domantay** David Rudolph Dykstra***(H) Jennifer Yap Eclarinal (H) Armik Esagholian Michael Thomas Fabian*** Lauren Claire Fish** (H) Kerry Elizabeth Flammang** Frank Flores Irina Frangulyan** Aiko Fukuta** Sharon Gagne** Andrea Yinet Galarza Lili Galstyan** Meri Gevorgyan Marianna Ghazarian Christine Michele Golding Miguel Francisco Gomez (H) Svetlana Grigoryan Vahan Grigoryan (H) Elizabeth Guadiana** Carlos A. Guerrero** Guillermo G. Guzman Alenush Hakobyan Laura Hakobyan** Lida Hakobyan

Julie M. Hamanaka** Melike Hanparsun** Anna Harutyunyan (H) Rima Harutyunyan* Ani Hokhikyan Eden Elisa Hommes (H) Volga Hovelian (H) Marianna Hovnanyan Aren Hovsepian Mari Hovsepyan* Victoria Neary Huon Tammy Phuong Hy Erin Nicole Jackson Jessica Camille Jaramillo Heejung Jun Motoko Kabe Joyce Carlos Kattengell** Araxie S. Kelechian Melody Nancy Kharrazi Zara Khatchatrian** David Dae Yoon Kim Yonghwan Kim** Anna Kirakosyan* Dora Patricia Klee (H) Steve Kobashigawa (H) Hisae Konishi Khawinda Ivane Kuhn** Hyejin Kwon Kwan Wai Lau Eunice M. Lee John Lee Jacqueline Cecilia Leon Matthew Zhi Li** Linny Lieu** Joyce Dianne G. Lima** (H) Kate Nelson Litwinko** Erin Leigh Livingston** Jimmy Lo* Christine Locke***

Lisa Lucille Lopez Nelson James Luong* Asuka Maejima Emma Mailyan (H) Randy Magat Mallari Ryan John Maniti** Mariam Manoukian Margarita Martirosyan (H) Alicia Jeannine Mayaute Diana M. Medina Luba Raven Mirzazadeh** Lolita Edward Mkrtchyan Nune Mkrtchyan** (H) Arsineh Moradi** Bertha Moreno** Francia Noemi Munoz* Yuko Hyunsoo Nagasako** Papken Nalbandian** Lilet Manuel Navarro (H) Elia Vartan Nazarova Stella Nazarpoor** Michelle Galano Neverida** Linh Thi Kieu Nguyen Wendy Gerundio Nojor-Jose Juri Noyama*** Jay Robles Nubla** Trichele De Leon Nubla** (H) Tomo Numa Anait Oganesyan (H) Angela Marina Oganezova Kristine Oganian** Marisela Ortega Camille Albertine Pacificador** Greta Panossian (H) Frida Papazyan (H) Rosa A. Patti David Pichardo, Jr.** Larisa Poghosyan** (H) Annalisa Rayos Portugal**

Alma Veronica Ramirez (AGS) Anne Jeanette Reyes** Sohayla Rezayani** Sharon Adrienne Richmueller Rollan Villena Robles** (H) Rollan Villena Robles** (H) Veronica L. Rosales** Kenneth David Salmon** Kelila Danielle Sands Ruby Jane Santiano Karine Sargsyan (H) Arlene Sarian** Mia Oculam Sevilla** (H) Max Gerald Smalls Betty Sosikian** Licia F. Sousa Sarah Ann Sparnicht** (H) Andrew Suensanong Anzhela Tadevosyan Jena Tahmasian Aya Tajiri** Ani Taryan (H) Ishkhanuhi Terteryan** (H) Angelo L. Tolentino (H) Raul A. Torres Emelinda Osea Triggs Vardush Tsatryan (H) Rochelle May Velina (H) Rosalyn F. Villamar Silva K. Voskani Tammi Walworth-DeMasters Jesseca Wang Nicole Lauren Wellins Holly Hurley Marie West** Shizuka Yamada** Salpi Zakarian (H) Jilbert Zaroukian*

Associate in ARTS Degree Greta Abelian*** Anita Abkarian Artin Abnoosian Lernik Aboulian* Christiana Abraham* Liana Abrahamyan* Katherine Abramian*** Armine Abramyan (H) Gayaneh Aghajanian*** Mary Aghamalian Miganoosh Aghazarian Angela Aghazaryan Levon Agopian Alexander Victor Aguilar Sarah Ines Aguilar*** (AGS) Tomas Aguirre Arlett Akhourian Arpine Alaverdyan*** Liana Alaverdyan* Yana Aleksan (H) Jesse Alers Aleksandr Aleshkevich***

Aslik Allahdadi Luis Manny Alonzo* Christian Alvarado Samuel Alvarez** Garineh Amarkarian (H) Tameka Irene Nichole Amedee Claudia Marisa Anaya Bryan Padilla Aquino** Liliana Jocelyn Arrazcaeta Liana Arshakyan Luis Manuel Arteaga* Arby Artoonian Melani Artoun Livaskani Inessa Arutunyan Magnolia Arutyunyan*** Yuichi Asada* Ani Asatryan* Yukako Atsuchi** Tigran Avakyan Arin Avanissian** Varsenik Avetisian* Anna Avetisyan

Ellen Avetisyan* Diana Avila Benjamin Anthony Aviles* Soseh Axian Artur Azizkhanian** Soseh Azizyan (H) Alla Babasyan Jhaklin Babayan* Tro Babikian (H) Iskui Lucy Badalyan** Bernadette Badillo* (PACE) Yelena Bagdagulyan Sevana Baghdasarian Ani Baghoomian Arpi Nina Baghoomian (H) Angela Baghumian Anna Baghumyan** Liana Baghumyan** Sivan Bahbajian Nayirie A. Balian Sanahine Balian*** Shogoiq Antraniq Banalian

Andreh Bandari William Humberto Barrientos** Maral Basmajian Ashley L. Baucham* Aleksi Begijanian** Bernard Benitez Zakariya Kattani Beshti** Michelle Marie Bird Pico Diana L Bittinger Yenci Liliana Blanco* Julia M. Blandon Ankin Boghos** Eliza Boghossian (H) Anasheh Boghosian Angie Bolanos** Ani Boyadzhyan Sona Boyajyan Kinga Teresa Brown** (H) Vartan Bursalyan Araceli Geraldine Caran* Flormaria Cardenas Jammie Vanessa Castellanos**

Lauren Blair Castillo Timothy C. Castillo Aiza Ong Cayanan Tatiana Cerah* Veronica Cervantes* Verzhine Chaparyan Anait Anka Chatalian** David Chelepyan** Aiza Lyn D. Chua** Kristen Noelle Clay* Maria Agnes Constante Juliet Elorta Cordero Antonio Cordova* Justin Steven Corio*** Christina Corona Beatrice Corral (PACE) George Michael Coutin (H) Lidoush Danielians* Edward Dariush Dassian*** Shara Davoodi Armine Davoody Lusine Davtyan*


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Associate in ARTS Degree, continued Ajari Davu-Jianda* (H) Eddison Scott Dongallo Dayao Nicole Anne De Castro Nathan Gregory Deeds** Christopher De La Cruz** Mary De La Cruz Marc Gindap Dela Torre Roxana Elizabeth De Leon Karine Derkevorkian Nasha N Der-Sarkissian** Sharmagh Derzakarian Vivianne de Wijs Gina Nicole Diana** Sherville Dinush Dias Jael Diaz* Andrew Robert Di Lisio Ashleigh Dominique Diller Shahnaz Dirky* Arin Dolatian* Christopher Donabedian** Joan Jane Olive Doyle (H) Thomas Daniel Dryden* (AGS) Stephanie R. Duggan Jessica P. Duran Nadezhda Edrivanova (H) Yuriko Eguchi** Jeanette Eskandari Julio Anton Espiritu** Ryan Felix** (H) Lidia Adely Ferman Yessenia Flores Angelica Fraire** Erika Fraire* Rhona Jane Rasco Francisco Elvis Franco Loui Franco** Yukie Fukaumi Kiyo Fukuda Chiharu Fukuyoshi Narine Gabry Gabriela Galvan Astrid Daniela Galvez Rosa Elizabeth Gamarra* Sarkis A. Garabet* Diana Garcia Erik Alfonso Garcia Maria Elisa Garcia* Yexuani Garcia-Rojas* Ariel Dawn Gaughan Patrik Geragossian (H) Levon Gevorgyan* (H) Melina Ghadimian Lina Gharibian Sevak Ghazarian Joshua Vance Gilless Talin Golnazarian (H) Glendi Y. Gomez Keshia Mercado Gonda** Joey N. Gonzales (PACE) Leah Nicole Gonzales* Jose Gonzalez** Natale M. Gonzalez Roana Castor Gonzalez (H) Sergio Gonzalez Zarui Grigorian** Davit S. Grigoryan Lucy Grigoryan* Mariam Grigoryan Vahan Grigoryan***(H)

Vardan Grigoryan** Tatevik Gyurgchyan Megan Rose Hagedorn*** Lusine Hakobyan** (H) Sonya Hallabyan* Mari Hambardsumyan Bona Han Ying Han Kuniko Harada* Araksi Harutyunyan Emanuel Christopher Haug (H) Claire Elizabeth Hawley Aaron Marie Henson** (PACE) Jose Hernandez Perez (H) Natsumi Hiraga* (H) Nadia Hmeidan (H) Kuong Hoc Hyun A. Hong** (H) Shahbod Hosseini** Mary Hovagimian* (H) Karlin Hovasapian Ani Hovhannisyan** Vahe Hovhannisyan Alina Hovsoyan (H) Eugenia Hsieh Ani Ifiktchyan* Eri Iguchi Samantha Louise Indrieri** (H) Saknite Iniguez* Violeta Injighulyan Gwinn Ioka* Anna Isayan** Marie Ishihara*** Anni Issagoolian Sayaka Iwakawa* Susan Stacey Jischke Jaime Chantrice Johnson** Carlo Miguel Jose Dolores Priscilla Juhasz Kiyoko Kaneda Veroyer Karabidian Arthur Karapetyan** Julieta Karapetyan Karen Karimian Nathalie Christina Karimian (H) Karen Karoglanov** Chika Kawahara** Toru Kawamata** Armenouhi Kazaryan Kristi Dee Kelly (H) Jose Luis Kerch Cisneros Arin Keshishian Denis Keshishyan** Hrayr Keshishyan* Zardar Keshishyan*** Tagui Ketunyan Shooshik Khanjarian (H) Narine Khodjasarian*** Jennifer Khrimian Brian Joo Sun Kim* Hyeri Kim Jonathan Kim*** Ricardo Su Ung Kim (H) Yoo Jeong Kim (H) Anna Kirakosyan* Ellada Kirakosyan Eliza Kirazyan Latoya L. Kirkland Vittavat Top Klinmalai

Asami Koenuma*** Seta Kosker* (PACE) Antranik Tony Krikorian** Talin Hasmik Krikorian* (H) Solida Kry* (H) (AGS) Emily Jeanne LaGue Mark Robert LaPointe Maria Florencia Ucha Lassalle Philippe Bruno Leibzig (H) Joel P. Lepe Dolores M. Levine Sarah Liebard (H) Candy Mei Feng Liu Tyler John Locke (H) Rebecca Sahagun Loman Victoria Alejandra Lowe Rosa Amelia Luna Ryosuke Mabuchi* Lessly Macias* Anaeis Maleki* Sona Malkhasyan** Ronald Drummond Malliagh* Tanya Manamshian* Anaeis Manoukian (H) Alenoosh Tanya Mansoorian* Monika Manvelian** Angela R. Marabyan Gohar Maranjyan (H) Aldo Marin Jerry J. Markar-Araghi (H) Sevana Markosian* Hovhannes Markosyan Raquel Odily Martinez Roza Martirosova Dale Michael Mascari** Meri Matevosyan (H) Mlania Matousian*** Randall Patrick McCain Jennifer Rena McClure** Brian Thomas McCurdy (H) Carrie Marie McKinsey Jorge Luis Medrano Arlet Mehrabian* Jose Eduardo Mejia Jonathan Melendez Gaspar Melikyan** Froylan Mendoza Jose Luis Mendoza Sydney Brianne Merrill* Ashley Marie Messenger* Marian Georges Mikhail (H) Natalie Megan Miles* Stephen Alexander Miller** Noorvik Minacian (H) Sarineh Minasian (H) (AGS) Silvana Minasian Serineh Minasmasihi (H) Anet Minassian (H) Louiza Victoria Minasyan* Susanna Mirzoyan Michelle Katherine Mitchell Taku Miyamoto* Galust Raymond Mkrtchyan* Nune Mkrtchyan*** Rita Mnatsakanyan Michael Montenegro Loosineh Moradi Agatha Christine Morales Bertha Moreno*

Sally Magdi Morgan Jennifer Susan Morris** (PACE) Samuel Smoot Ledadom Selin Mousses Gima Mubaraka** Yuka Mukozono* Sonia M. Munoz*** Anahit Muradyan (H) Seda Muradyan Sergio Murillo, Jr. Lilit Nadjarian Maynor Alexander Najera** Masato Nakamura Rina Nakano** Takayuki Nakano** Shokoofeh Namiranian (H) Sandra Navia Nareh Nazary Anna Nazaryan Christi Winn Nelson (H) Priscilla Hanna Nemirovski Vanand Kevin Nikolian** Manae Nishiyama** Sean Matthew Nugent Denise Michelle Nunez** Isabel Guadalupe Oaxaca* Melina Oganesyan Sevak Deimitri Oganyan** Zaven Ohan** Jessica Tina Ohanian (H) Lisa Ohanian Ramela Ohanian Ayami Oikawa** Yuya Okuda Desiree Darlin Olea Daisuke Ono* Judith Adriana Oropeza Luis N Orozco** Armine Orudzhyan** (H) Yumi Oyagi* Olga Padisova (H) Christina Olivia Painter Valentina Panosyan* Julian Parada Mkrtich Patatanyan (H) Carlos P. Pena Rosa Evelia Pena Donald Perfecto Perez** Jorge Perez** David Petrosyan** Megan Rae Pickerill*** Clairliz Dorla Pierre-Louis (H) Nune Piloshyan** Veronika Pitross* Lilit Poghosyan** (H) Leeanna Lia Pogossian*** Joseph Alain Porras Dalin Prasert** (H) Elizabeth B. Quinonez** Justin Matthew Quitadamo Denise Ramos Steve A. Randall** Faisal Mohammed Rashid Denise Razana Ivette Reyes* Rafaela Del Carmen Reyes (H) Casey Ryan Riggs Kimberly Lizeth Rivera Jeffrey Brooks Robison Jr.*

Donald Joseph Rodgers Jr. Bielka Rodriguez Susan Stefany Rosero Lernik Rostami (H) Maria Regina Ruano* Olivia Leah Rufus Magda J. Ruiz** Moises Ruiz Arevik Saakova* (H) Justina Sadauskaite* Rui Saeki** Yuki Sagahara Mayo Sakagami* Joseph David Salaices** Reyna Samaniego Andrew Samonte* Ani Samsonyan Annalylia Sanchez Edgar Arath Santacruz* Hector Santacruz* Narine Sargsyan (H) Siranush Sarkisyan Christopher Patrick Saveanu* Silvard Semerdzhyan* Susana Sepulveda Javier Serna*** Dalar Helik Shahnazarian* Anzhela Shahumyan* Sona Shahumyan Ani Shaidzhanyan Anna Shakhkulyan* Ingila Shamim Lauren Arianna Shenian Sheng-Wen Shiao Lilit Shirinyan Deveron Shudic (H) Nvard Simonyan Vache Roger Sinanyan** Stacey Suzanne Singer* Katherine Denise Smith (H) Eilvna Soleiman Golpashin Jinho Song** George Sordia Katherine Irene Sosa* Ryan Adam Stanbury* (H) Hasmik Stepanyan (H) Ruzan Stepanyan* (H) Megumi Sugata* Karine Tagesyan* (H) Narineh Tahmasebian Odet Tahmassian (H) (PACE) Robert B. Tammae*** Pheakdey “Peter� Tang Qu H. Tang Miyuki Tanihara** Mike Tchakmakjian*** Julio Efrain Tejada Eugenia Ivette Tello** Anna Telunts* Anna Ter-Tadevosyan*** Emma Ter-Tadevosyan*** Ani Ter-Avanesyan* Ripsime Ter-Galstyan Mariam Ter-Petrosyan (H) Meline Terteryan** Talin Teymouriandolatabad (H) Sophie Claire Thomas** (H) Karen J. Tolliver-Chew (PACE) Karine Torossian*

Wednesday, June 2, 2010



Associate in ARTS Degree, continued Billy Torrez-Hernandez Christopher Tovar* Yevgenya Tovmasyan** Seiya Toyama*** Rita Tsadourian Oksana Tsaregradskaya Tatevik Tsarukyan Ashot Tsaturyan Lilit G. Tsrtataryan* Maasa Tsuchiya** Laura Tu Shearson P. Unda Kevin D. Uong (H)

Tatevik Urfalyan* Szabolcs Vaka** Paul E. Valdez** Galia Vardan-Grigorian (H) Karmen Vardanyan** Varduhi Vardanyan* Khrystyna Vardazaryan* (H) Talin Vartanian Makari (H) Satenik Vartanpour Jasmine Anneth Vasquez Ysidro Jr. Vasquez Carmen Vega Elizabeth Vega

Michelle Yvonne Vega Alex Velez Matthew John Verstraete Nipuna Divayuru Vidanapathirana Aracely Graciela Villarreal** Elianora Vladika** Michael-Paul Artur Volpei Masashi Wada** Judy Lynn Walley (H) Roisin Erin Ward Jung Hee Wee Lydia Hope Williams Willie Max Williams**

Michael Philip Wyatt* Shiori Yamaguchi Akane Yamashita Leydi Yau-Chung (H) Geoff Yazzetta* Arev Yeghiazaryan** (H) Anita Yesaian Narine Yesayan Jirair K. Yessaian Susan M. You*** Sam Sai Yu* Sheng Heng Yu* Jonathan Pak-Lung Yung (H)

Artin Zaghian Masihi* Tuba Zaher*** Ruzanna Zakaryan Lucy Lousineh Zargarian Zorik Zargaryan Johnny Zendejas Ninel Zohrabi Masihi (H) Carlos Abel Zuniga Ani Zurmachyan

CANDIDATES FOR CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION ACCOUNTING Zhenik Agazaryan** (H) Lusine Alikhanian Shakeh Ardashian Salmasy Karine A. Asatryan***(H) Any Babayan-Aghan (H) Yvette V. Davis** Carine Der Hovanessian Caroline Dolikhanians** Anna Gabrielyan** Artur Grigoryan Lida Hakobyan** Anna Harutyunyan***(H) Andre Issaian*** Nam Suk Kim* John W. Klingensmith*** Athena Kraskian** Henry H.C. Lee** Meri Matevosyan (H) Bedoor Nabboud Sabina H. Odemer* Marisela Ortega Tina Rostami Narine Sargsyan (H) Katrin Sarkisian Marina Markari Sarkissian* Vardush Tsatryan** (H) Armenoohi Zeinalvand


ADMIN OF JUSTICE Sergio Noel Castro Armando Garcia Jose Armando Mena** Veronica Pinos

BEGINNING CULINARY ARTS CERTIFICATE Craig Eugene Douglas** Wendy Carolina Gamero Abed Gharakhani* Daisy T. Hoag** Loena Bynum Rodgers*

ADVANCED CULINARY ARTS Neli Gharapetian Amy Katherine Henson* (H) Daisy T. Hoag** Veronica Luna Lopez ADVERTISING ART Jennifer Medina Loffredo ARCHITECTURE - CAD Varand Abrahamian** Yelena Jukova-Gevorgyan* Amour Zadourian

ARCHITECTURE - RESIDENTIAL Milton Herley Rozo*** ART Cecille Cejalbo Garcia* Loosineh Moradi AVIATION & TRANSPORTATION AVIATION ADMINISTRATION Dro Aghazarian* David Thomas Kenney AVIATION & TRANSPORTATION - FLIGHT ATTENDANT Lesly S. Aviles*** Catherine Stephanie Murcia** Ikue Muto* AVIATION AND TRANSPORTATION PILOT TRAINING Lawrence James Ludowitz

BOOKKEEPING Lusine Alikhanian Zhaklin Barseghyan* Yvette V. Davis** Nam Suk Kim* Henry H.C. Lee** Jorge Perez** Firoozeh Salarvand** Raluca Underwood**

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FINANCIAL PLANNING AND INVESTMENT Nancy Gomez Russi Daniela Haglund BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION GENERAL BUSINESS Armineh Arakisian Nancy Gomez Russi BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Yoon Ji Emilie Suh** BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY - GENERAL OFFICE Varduhi Hareyan CERAMICS Margaret Candace Norton** Layla Rachelle Rushing* CERTIFIED TAX PREPARER Nam Suk Kim* Karine Mkrtumyan** CHILD DEVELOPMENT/ TEACHER - INFANT - TODDLER Armenuhi Hovsepyan** Carmen Martinez** Neide Torres*** CHILD DEVELOPMENT/ TEACHER - PRESCHOOL Tanya Arat** Anush Boyajyan** Zepur Dilanchyan Ellen V. Dominguez Meri Gevorgyan* Sevan Gholoyan Haftvani Hripsime Madoyan Emelinda Osea Triggs** JoAnn Trujillo* Vartohi Zakarian***

CHILD DEVELOPMENT/ TEACHER - SCHOOL AGE CARE Zepur Dilanchyan COMMUNICATIONS Raymond Martin Camarillo** Mary Hovagimian* (H) Vazgen Val Hovanesian** Adalid Ramos* COMPUTER AIDED MANUFACTURING Ara Sarkisian* COMPUTER APPLICATIONS SPECIALIST Nicholas J. Pietrantonio COMPUTER APPLICATIONS TECHNICIAN Ana Berta Moreno-Poot COMPUTER APPLICATIONS/BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGIESGENERAL OFFICE Ofik Aghababyan** Anet Akopian (H) Caroline Allahverdi** (H) Ruzanna Arakelyan** Rozik Avanesian** Klara Ayvazyan** Karine Babayan** Marita Baghdasarian** Armine M. Baghumyan Zarouhi Bekhloian* Ying Wah Chan** Jasmen Davoodimasihi** Armik Esagholian** Khalida Kali Faizi** Carmen Gharibiansaki Alenush Hakobyan Ani Hokhikyan Sofya Khechikyan*** Hermine Macharyan Emma Mailyan** (H) Rima Meserkhani Rita Mnatsakanyan** Vardeni Movsisyan**

Emma Nanyan** Ofelia Nazarian* Narine Oganesyan (H) Karmen Sahraei** Hasmik Sargsyan Sita Karkour Sarkis** Araks Sarkisian** Roobina Shahkarami** Julet Shamirian Armine Shaverdian Edna Soleimani** Anzhela Tadevosyan Aida Torosyan** Silva K. Voskani Alice Zadouri Knarif Zarukian** COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS Hakob Hovhannisyan** COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST Lusine Alikhanian Yvette V. Davis** Nam Suk Kim** Andreh Shahbazianmilagerdi DIETARY SERVICES SUPERVISOR Camora Thomas-Gadie* Neli Gharapetian** Natalia Gutsal*** Susan Matevosyan*** Harold James D. Rosales** FIRE ACADEMY: VERDUGO FIRE ACADEMY Arin Aghakhanian** Joseph Michael Camacho** Nelson Arthur Craig** Avaran B. Fisher** Humberto Jose Martinez*** Zabi Polard** Carlos Francisco Torres** Ruben Eduardo F.Vasquez** Stanley J. Woo** FIRE TECHNOLOGY David A Escamilla** Sean Robert Sowersby***


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


CANDIDATES FOR CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION FITNESS SPECIALIST Martha Elisa Carrascosa* Telma Teresa Cifuentes Anne G. Haschka* Heejung Jun Naeemah Fatima Khan** Luis Esteban Romero* HOSPITALITY SUPERVISION Nelson James Luong** MACHINE AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY MACHINIST Henrik Arakelian** Ara Sarkisian* Matthew Lee Smith*** MANAGEMENT Armineh Arakisian MARKETING Kristen Ashley Payne**


Sofya Khechikyan Klaris Khudaverdian (H) Claire Joy Nabong Kintanar*

PHOTOGRAPHY Richard James Kontas** Nicole Ann Navarez


REAL ESTATE Serjick Issagholian* James C. Sutton, III* Mark L. Walters*

MICROSOFT OFFICE USER SPECIALIST - OPTION 1 Ana Berta Moreno-Poot* Nicholas J. Pietrantonio***



Congratulations, Class of 2010

RECEPTIONIST/OFFICE CLERK Ofik Aghababyan** Anet Akopian (H) Ruzanna Arakelyan** Rozik Avanesian** Karine Babayan* Jasmen Davoodimasihi** Armik Esagholian** Carmen Gharibiansaki Alenush Hakobyan Noyem Harutyunyan Rima Harutyunyan* Agavni Malumyan** Rima Meserkhani Rita Mnatsakanyan** Vardeni Movsisyan** Emma Nanyan** Anahit Safaryan** Karmen Sahraei Rita Sardaryan** Roobina Shahkarami** Amalya Shahnazaryan** Julet Shamirian** Edna Soleimani*** Aida Torosyan** Knarif Zarukian** REGISTERED NURSING Brenda N. Blanco Herrick Jay Sagmit Casipit (H) Iris Castaneda Cordero** Omar Cuevas** Jennifer Yap Eclarinal Donna Daniella Holguin Anush Keleshyan*** Dora Patricia Klee Kawaljit Kaur Madan Frida Papazyan (H) Nicole Marie Sharif Hong K. Tang** Lora Alimurung Velasquez** RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT Arthur Abramyan**

photo by Richard Kontas

Wendell A Cooper** Donna Sue Duffield Jeffrey Arthur Gammie John A. Gonzalez Dalton Gudelmann Michel Haroutunian Jerald Dwain Havard Melani Anne Lewis Nancy Lozano-Stecyk Margarita Martirosyan (H) Patricia A. Moore Lorna J. Nelson Cyndi Leigh Oatway Gilbert Arthur Persing Mario Portillo** Anthony Raymundo Mary Ann Rosendale Faurice Sorrell Russeau Deborah Ann Scott Mitchell D. Stein Evelyn Bustamante Tan Sharyl S. Tapia Vahe Ter-Yegishyan Gregory Patrick Thornton* Patricia Angela Van Beers** Naira Vardanyan Regina Rong-Quei Wang Betty Louise Williams Lance Everet Williams TELEVISION PRODUCTION - MASS MEDIA Sean Matthew Nugent TELEVISION PRODUCTION - VIDEOGRAPHY Yumika Kimura*** TELEVISION PRODUCTIONCORPORATE TELEVISION Genta Tamaki* WEB DEVELOPMENT Pablo Cesar Romero WEB GRAPHICS Jennifer Diamond Lynne Y. Hsieh* Alis Madatyan** Kumiko Ono* WELDING, OCCUPATIONAL (COMBINATION WELDER) Carlos Aguirre Castellanos*** Jason Colby Harris** Jeffrey William Kosztowny Diego J. Linares

(H) Academic Honors RESTAURANT SUPERVISION (PACE) Program for Adult Vartoosh Azarian* College Education Diane Elizabeth Shamhart** * Completed in Summer 2009 ** Completed in Fall 2009 RETAIL MANAGEMENT *** Completed in Winter 2010 Fabrizio Mangandi (AGS) Alpha Gama Sigma SPECIALIST IN ALCOHOL/ Honor Society DRUG STUDIES Fina Arellano*** Fay Marie Broughton Vanessa Louise Calvillo

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Calendar On Campus information Final Exams — Final exams for the Spring 2010 semester run today through June 9. The final exam schedule is available online at Fall Admission — The deadline to apply for admission for the Fall 2010 semester is June 17. For more information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at (818) 2401000, ext. 5901.

events Commencement — Keynote speaker will be Scott Lay, President and CEO of the Community

College League of California. Friday at 5 p.m. in Sartoris Field. Free and open to all. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Spring Ceramics Sale — Decorative and functional pieces made by students in stoneware, porcelain, majolica, raku and earthenware. Proceeds help fund equipment and supplies for the ceramics program. Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Student Center room 212. The sale is open to the public. For more information, call (818) 240-1000, ext. 3059. Annual Golf Tournament — The Glendale College Foundation Golf Tournament will raise money for GCC programs. The

tournament will be held Monday. For more information on how to participate, call (818) 551-5199. Swap Meet — Upper campus parking lot. June 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5805. Evening with the Stars — This planetarium show will introduce the stars, constellations and planets. June 18 at 8 p.m. and June 19 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets may be reserved online or purchased at the door. For more information visit www.glendale. edu/planetarium or call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5275.

music Applied Music Recital — Featuring GCC student vocalists and instrumentalists. Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. Jazz Band and Vocal Ensemble — The concert will be led by directors Craig Kupka and Clare Delto and will feature instrumental and vocal arrangements of jazz and popular tunes. Saturday at noon on the Auditorium Mainstage. General admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Big Bad Jazz Band — The concert will be led by director Craig Kupka and will feature guest art-

ist Plas Johnson, a renowned sax player best known for his tenor sax solo on Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther” movie theme. Sunday at 4 p.m. on the Auditorium Main stage. General admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

art gallery Annual Student Art Exhibition — This exhibition features the best in student work painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, 2-D and 3-D design, jewelry and photography. Exhibition ends Thursday. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.

Around Town events 2010 Student Showcase — Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. The 2010 Student Showcase will feature the top student performers in the Glendale Unified School District. High School, middle school and elementary school levels. Friday at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, visit or call (818) 243-2539. Deadline for Brand 39 Submissions — It’s not too late to submit art work for the Brand Library’s 39th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. The deadline for receipt of the entries is June 16. The exhibition will be on view from Oct. 2 through Nov. 5. For more information, visit or call (818) 548-2051. How the Hoover Dam Made America — Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. The Autry presents Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times writer Michael Hiltzik, author of “Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century.” Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Admissions is free. For more in-

formation and to buy tickets, visit or call (323) 667-2000.

exhibitions The Artwork of Robert Brown: A Retrospective Exhibition of a Life’s Work — Brand Library Art Galleries, 1601 W. Mountain St. This exhibition features a complete survey of Robert Brown’s artworks. All works in this exhibition will be for sale. June 27 through July 9. Admission to the art gallery is free. For more information, visit www.brandlibrary. com or call (818) 548-2051. Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture and Decorative Arts — The Getty, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. This ongoing exhibition is arranged according to period and theme. Parking is $15, but admission is free. For more information, visit or call (310) 4407300. Hiroshige: Visions of Japan — Norton Simon Musuem of Art, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Features approximately 175 prints by Utagawa Hiroshige, one of the most celebrated and prolific artists of his time. Begins

Friday and runs through January 17. General admission is $8 and free for students. For more information, visit www.nortonsimon. org or call (626) 449-6840. The 99th Annual California Art Club Gold Medal Juried Exhibition — Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. This exhibit showcases California Art Club artist members selected by an esteemed jury including contemporary plein air and traditional paintings and sculptures. June 13 through July 3. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $7 or $5 for students and seniors. Free admission the first Friday of the month. For more information, visit www. or call (626) 568-3665.

theater The Emperor’s New Clothes — Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. This interactive musical is based on the classic fairy tale about two weavers, a king and a very special suit of invisible clothes. Book and lyrics by Lloyd J. Schwartz and David Wechter. Now through July 10. Admission is $12 for adults and

$10 for children. For more information, visit www.theatrewest. org or call (323) 851-4839. Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo — Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave. Two homesick American soldiers, a tormented Iraqi and a displaced tiger collide on the streets of Baghdad in Rajiv Joseph’s dark comedy. Admission prices vary. For more information, visit or call (213) 628-2772. ‘Das Barbecu’ — Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. This musical comedy is set in present day Texas and features a country and western score. June 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for children 15 and under. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit or call (818) 243-2539.

dance Forever Flamenco! — Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Hollywood. This continuing series showcases a rotating roster of flamenco dancers, singers and musicians. Every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more information, and to reserve

tickets, visit www.foutaintheatre. com or call (323) 663-1525.

music Old Blind Dogs — Caltech’s Beckman Institute Auditorium, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. This acoustic folk band from Scotland returns for their show at Caltech. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children. June 12 at 8 p.m. For more information visit www.folkmusic.caltech. edu or call (626) 395-4652. L.A. Jazz Quartet — Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Coled by guitarist Larry Koonse, the L.A. Jazz Quartet includes saxophonist Chuck Manning and bassist Derek Oles. June 11 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (323) 857-6000. 21st Annual Mariachi Festival — Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. Enjoy an evening of traditional Mariachi music. June 19 at 6 p.m. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit or call (323) 850-2000. Compiled by Tina Hagopian


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


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