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By Marlon Miranda
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nline courses have blown into the academic consciousness as higher education is leaning more on technology. GCC is preparing to take the steps needed to become a more cyber efficient campus. Fabiola Torres started her career with Glendale as an ethnic studies instructor, but now, as the distant education coordinator she is spearheading GCC into a new age of education — an age full of Moodle,Twitter and Interquette (internet etiquette). According to a poll conducted by the Academic Affairs Division, the average enrollment in traditional education classes grew by 1.1 percent in the past five years. Distant education, such as onlined classes, increased by 15.48 percent. Connie Lantz, an instructor support specialist, has seen the Vaquero cyber community grow in recent years. She noticed how students are flooding into online classes and has gotten so popular that GCC now has a 24/7 Moodle help-line. “Online classes have become very popular and the helpline is great. I can’t be in my office all the time,” Lantz said. “When students can’t remember their password or have trouble logging on, they can call the helpline.” Online classes have taken off in the last five years. Most students feel more comfortable in their own surroundings. The poll conducted by the state listed 37.6 percent of students prefered online classes [See Online page 3]
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A CELESTIAL SHOW: Jennifer Krestow, astronomy department head and planetarium director, hosts Afternoon with the Stars every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in CS 257. The full story can be found on page 5.
GCC Hallwofw w.elvaq Fame.com Honors New Members By Marlon Miranda
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lendale Athletic Hall of Fame inducted six new inductees to its 2013 class on Saturday, March 9. The inductees ranged from former players to coaches to an outstanding team. The new additions in 2013 include: Terry Coblentz for outstanding coach; Joe Staub for outstanding athletic achievement; the 2005 Men’s Tennis team for outstanding team; Dave Greenbaum for meritorious service; Hal Sears for pillar of achievement and Bill Stokes for outstanding athletic achievement.
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OUTSTANDING COACH: Former women’s tennis coach, Terry Coblentz, inducted into the hall of fame on March 9.
The 12th annual gala was full of Vaquero greats and turned GCC lore into legends. The participants received a
ribbon and a plaque as an acknowledgment for their achievements. Bill Stokes was inducted
to the hall for his outstanding athletic achievement. He was a baseball top 25 prospect and was drafted twice into the MLB. Once by the Toronto Blue Jays and again in 1985 by the Minnesota Twins. He was drafted by the Twins while he was a freshman at GCC.. Stokes also anchored the football team’s defense that led the Vaqueros to win the Potato Bowl in 1985. He still holds the school’s record with 24 sacks in a season. He capped his career with Glendale by earning AllAmerican honors. Stokes felt good coming back to campus. Returning brought back memories of his [See Hall of Fame, page 10]
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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No More Gun Shows at Civic Auditorium City-wide ban will go into effect next month after debate By Sal Polcino
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lendale Mayor Frank Quintero cast the deciding vote March 12, at the city council meeting, which passed an ordinance by a 3-2 margin, banning gun sales and possession on city property. The city will terminate its contract with the gun show at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. City Attorney Michael Garcia said that city property users must obey the laws, and the gun show would be in violation of the new ordinance. Council members said the ordinance will not affect anyone’s ability to purchase firearms or infringe on their rights in any way. There are 37 places to legally obtain guns in Glendale. More than 30 people, including GCC Trustee Anthony Tartaglia, spoke on both sides of the issue before the decision. The principles of the gun show, local business owners, concerned citizens and representatives of the Coalition for a Better Glendale, all had a minute-and-a-half to present their opinions to the council. “This isn’t about Second Amendment rights or selling illegal firearms,” Tartaglia said. “It’s about holding a gun show [across the street from] where 1,000 students are attending classes on a Saturday.” He also said that gun show attendees, although not leaving the show with guns, were seen walking across campus carrying boxes of ammunition. Steve Friesen, owner of the Glendale Gun Show, urged the council to avoid, “hastily crafted laws that they know deep-down could hurt law-abiding citizens.” Friesen’s attorney, Sean Brady, spoke of possible lawsuits against the city. Following Brady’s lead, Paul Payne, liaison to the executive vice president of the NRA, waved photocopies of checks written to the NRA from litigation victories in other similar cases. Manoukian, the councilman who sponsored the ban and is running unopposed for city treasurer in April, Payne said, “It’s ironic that [Manoukian] might have to sign those checks when he is city treasurer.” Dave Weaver, a 16-year
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TEMPERS FLARE AT GLENDALE CITY HALL: South Central L.A. Tea Party representative, Rev. Jesse Peterson, argues with Mayor Frank Quintero, as councilman Ara Najarian looks on at the Glendale City Council meeting on March 12. Peterson began a shouting match with Quintera after speaking past his allotted time and was escorted from council chambers.
veteran of the council, voted to send the proposal to the city attorney’s office on Jan. 22. After reviewing the ordinance, he said, “I cannot find a factual reason to pass [the ordinance].” Councilman Ara Najarian agreed with Weaver, calling the ban a “knee-jerk reaction” to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012. Council member Laura Friedman said, “I don’t believe it’s the responsibility of the city
to host that gun show.” Friedman said revenue from the shows, approximately $38,000 annually, could be recouped with different, more city-friendly events. Manoukian, a proponent of the ordinance, brought a similar ban to the council in 2006, which failed to garner support. “The gun show is held across from a community college, catacornered from an elementary school, north of a church and south of a park,” said Manoukian. After hearing the opinions of
Police Blotter 3/18-Theft: Theft reported in Administration 118. Investigation ongoing. Smoke odor: Students detected smoke odor in San Gabriel building elevator. Odor was investigated. Traffic Stop:Traffic stop made in parking Lot B Stall 341. Subject advised. Unlicensed Driver: Unlicensed driver caught in civic auditorium driveway. Subject was arrested. 3/14-Tobacco Problem: Individual caught smoking on north side of administration building. Subject was cited. 3/13-Robbery: Person suspected of robbery in Los Angeles found on campus. Suspect was arrested. 3/12-Drugs: Individual caught in possession of drugs near bus stop at Canada and Verdugo. Subject was cited. From March 5-March 18 there were seven elevator emergencies, 28 tobacco problems, and three incidents of vandalism on campus
council members, Quintero put the ordinance to a vote. With the council’s vote split, the tension in the room was palpable. Quintero, who had not stated his opinion before the vote, broke the tie with a decision to endorse the ban. The ordinance is expected to go into effect on April 18.
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News Briefs • Should the campus move the spring 2014 semester from mid-February to mid-January, summer and fall 2013 semesters will not be affected, but there will no longer be any winter semesters offered following the move. • T o supplement the loss of the winter session, at least two summer sessions will be offered in the 2014 academic year and further. • T he 15-minute late instructor policy is not in effect at GCC. Students can complain about chronic instructor tardiness to the respective division chairs. • T he Glendale City Council cancelled a planned fare hike of the Glendale Beeline, from $1 to $1.25, which was scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2013, due to increased funding from sales tax hikes in Los Angeles County.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Community Celebrates Norooz, Prop 30 Eases Deficit Persian New Year, in Plaza Vaquero Large funding gap remains By Jonathan Caballeros EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER
roposition 30, which raises taxes to fund education, passed on Nov. 6, 2012, helping K-12 schools and colleges. Although the proposition is helping GCC raise money, there is still a big gap in funding. With the college at a $3.8 million deficit, GCC Interim President/Superintendent Jim Riggs proposed financial reform to help the campus stay afloat, while boosting morale, student retention and funding for an emergency situation. Although Riggs confirmed an incoming state grant of $2.5 million, he plans to apply for a federal grant for the campus and plans to integrate divisions to save money. “We found that there were programs in our system that overlap with other programs,” said Riggs. “By integrating
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RED, WHITE AND GREEN: Members of the Persian community and campus converge to celebrate Norooz,
the first day of spring (March 21) and the beginning of the year in the Iranian calendar. The tradition is celebrated with special foods and rituals throughout the world wherever there are Iranian communities. Armineh Hayrabedian, a medical front office student, and husband, Rafik Mousukhani, an electrician, dance to the music.
Online Classes [Online, from page 1] over traditional classes because of work-related issues. Before her arrival, GCC didn’t have a distant education coordinator. Torres became distant education coordinator in September and she is taking measures necessary to make sure GCC keeps up with the ultimate cyber takeover. “Other campuses had an early start and felt the struggles we [GCC] are feeling now,” said Torres. “We barely started last September. We have done more since September than any other campus in the state.” She feels that there has to be a medium between the institution and students to have the GCC cyber universe take off. Students need to have better time management and faculty need to learn new ways of teaching, according to Torres. “The institution has to do
a better job filtering who gets into online classes,” said Torres. “Faculty need to be retrained to provide a learning environment that is successful in an online world. We need to redesign and reinvent ourselves.” Juan Garcia has been at GCC for two semesters. His first year he struggled and had bad grades. His grades picked up last semester as he took a couple of online classes. Garcia said he had an easier transition balancing classes and work online than he did on campus. “I have two jobs. “Both my schedules are never the same, because of that I missed a lot of classes my first year,” said Garcia. “Online I had a chance to study on my own time without having to be here [GCC] every Tuesday. Might not be the best for everyone but it worked for me”. Torres is setting the bar and trying to achieve a higher cyber standard by setting up what she
refers to as interquette. She is networking with other campuses and coordinators to make GCC a more cyber efficient school. Coordinators from universities and community colleges are aiding each other and raising the standard of distance education. “I would love if Glendale stopped all distant education for one semester, so we have time to redesign, redevelop and revamp our entire program,” said Torres. “We can campaign and come back stronger and have double the size of online classes that are taught effectively.” The student satisfaction survey done by the state reports that GCC has good reviews, but Torres thinks they can be better. She believes that nothing is impossible; with creativity and passion she said there can always be a solution. Marlon Miranda can be reached at email@example.com
certain programs with similar programs, the college can do more with less, while keeping everyone employed.” Ron Nakasone, executive vice president of administrative services, said it’s critical that the campus integrates programs to be efficient, while keeping everyone employed and saving funds to allocate to other areas of the campus. “We might change healthcare providers or share the cost for employees,” said Nakasone. “We’re hoping that we don’t have to make pay cuts or furloughs.” Riggs said the passing of Proposition 30, which raises sales tax to $6 billion in state budgets for the next four years, was vital to campuses in California, but it merely keeps the colleges afloat. “Prop. 30 only helped the campus from not sinking any further,” said Riggs. [See Gap, page 4]
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Spring Break NorCal Campus Tour By Kelsey Anderson EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER
or the price of a movie ticket, popcorn and a drink, students can visit four university campuses in a three-day excursion. An annual spring break event, the tour of some of the top UC campuses also includes hanging out in San Francisco and staying a night in Berkeley, all for a fee of $25. GCC also offers tours in Southern California during the spring semester. Transfer counselor, Kevin Meza, plans a three-day campus tour during spring break. This year, from April 15 to 17, students will visit the University of California in Berkeley, Davis, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. “I want to make sure that I go to all the campuses I applied to. I don’t want to choose a campus before going there and later realize this campus isn’t for me,” said 20-year-old political science major Stephanie Rojas. “I’m excited to see what the campuses have to offer.” While touring the different campuses students will be able
to meet with university staff, ask questions and partake in multiple tours including housing. This gives the students time to feel out the different campuses and find their best match. “It solidifies the college choice for some students.” Meza said. “It motivates others to seek these colleges and for some students they may not ever transfer there, but they’ll have a similar college experience at a community college.” Former GCC student Sona Ter-Yegishyan was able to decide where she wanted to attend university after attending this trip last spring. “The Northern California campus tour helped me realize that it’s important to visit the schools you think you want to go to in person, because no amount of pamphlets or websites can help you know if it’s the right fit for you until you actually step on the campus,” Yegishyan said. The trip helped narrow her options to Santa Cruz and Berkeley. She opted for Berkeley. The deadline for the Northern California College Tour has
passed, but it’s not too late to attend individual campus tours starting in May. Meza has arranged visits to as many universities as possible in Southern California. The top of the list includes University of California in Irvine and San Diego and also University of San Diego. Spots are filled on first come-first serve basis with a $10 refundable deposit. Each tour will include a tour, brief administration presentation and time to explore the campus. “Most students don’t make the extra push to visit the campuses,” Meza said. “They don’t make it a priority, but when the opportunity presents itself the students take advantage of it.” No dates have been determined yet. For more information call (818) 2401000, ext. 5443, or visit the Transfer Center located on the second floor of the San Rafael building. Kelsey Anderson can be reached at k.Anderson.ElVaquero@gmail.com
Funding Gap [Gap, from page 3] Approximately 150 classes were added to the spring 2013 semester, compared to the fall 2012 semester, due to new revenue from the proposition. Mentioned in the president’s proposal, the college administration is trying to generate funds through basic student retention rates by reallocating resources in the Garfield campus to offer credit classes, as part of the “strategic master plan for the Garfield campus.” The Garfield campus was recognized as a branch campus in 2007. It offers only non-credit, tuition-free classes to high school students and to those who want continuing education before applying to the main campus, as well as training for citizenship, GED and ESL classes. Riggs’ plans to add credit classes to the branch campus to better incentivize students to stay in classes and to ease them into higher-level learning. “After a student gets his or her GED at Garfield, credit classes and graduation are on the board for them,” said Riggs. “If the students can get a few units there, it would definitely raise retention rates.” On the main campus, the biggest shift to save funds is to move the spring 2014 semester to mid-January, skipping winter semester and allowing up to two sessions in summer 2014. The move allows the campus to close for two weeks, which would save on maintenance and energy costs. “Closing the campus for two weeks can help save the college around $300,000,” said Riggs. Nakasone also said that the move to mid-January would also help students finish a year of classes in nine months, compared to the current 10 months it takes to finish a year’s worth of classes, allowing students to finish in May rather than in June. Riggs also plans to keep students studying at Glendale by attempting to boost morale on campus. One way, Riggs said, is to make the college smoke-free. “The campus is so small, that
even if you’re not in a designated smoking area, you can still be exposed to it because of how close everyone is to one,” said Riggs. “Regarding our surveys, most students want this campus to be smoke-free.” Riggs plans to make this campus smoke-free as early as fall 2013. Although Riggs would like to reform the school into financial stability, he knows that the process could take years for the campus to return to prosperity. Should the campus face an emergency, though, Riggs also wants to make a “rainy day” fund to keep the campus on its feet, while not harming the funds allocated for other programs. “If we could get perhaps $500,000 on the side, for immediate emergencies, we could cover problems much faster,” said Riggs. “We don’t want another situation like the blackout that occurred in the fall to happen again.” The money for the “rainy day” fund would come from the money saved by reallocating d i v i s i o n s together, moving —Jim Riggs the spring semester to mid-January and other funds the campus can put away for an emergency. Amir Nour, the interim controller, said that even though Riggs has planned everything out, the campus won’t know if the overhaul would happen. “We won’t know if this will happen until about May or June this year,” said Nour. Should GCC be approved for the changes, the college will have a major overhaul in service, schedule and environment. Recovering from a recession, the campus has to do more with fewer resources. Riggs said he intends for the college to be more efficient, but also more attractive for new and returning students, while providing a safe environment to learn.
“Closing the campus for two weeks can help save the college around $300,000”
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Water Conservation Efforts Implemented on Campus water in some of our restrooms for flushing toilets,” Padilla EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER said. “We’ve eliminated water lendale Water and Power going to our urinals for all the is reminding consumers men’s restrooms. We are using that the city is suffering from waterless urinals, they don’t a water shortage and is asking require any flushing.” the community, which includes When the conservation Glendale Community College, to continued, all of Southern conserve water. California was forced into The Glendale water mandatory water conservation conservation program started mode in 2012 because there in 2009 because of an extreme wasn’t enough water. This water shortage in California. meant that GWP had to restrict “The reason water usage to its why we went into customers. mandatory water “We asked conservation was residents to because there was conserve 10 • Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth. a shortage of water percent of water in the reservoirs in • Do not hose down driveways, staircases and to cut down,” California,” said Haroutunian said. and balconies. Atineh Haroutunian People had to from GWP. cut watering their • While waiting for the shower to warm up, GCC is also landscapes down fill the cold water in a bucket and then use working hard to to three times it to flower plants. conserve water. Dan a week and to Padilla, the manager • Take faster showers. A shorter shower will save water they of maintenance were using in the save 2.5 gallons per minute. at GCC, said that household. After the school uses • Do not use toilets as trash cans. This will all the worry, reformed water the community save 1.6 gallons every flush. when watering the surprised GWP campus lawns. • Most importantly install water-efficient with their help, “It’s cleaned to products in bathrooms, for the landscaping according up and filtered and Haroutunian. and throughout the household. then sent back to Customers us chlorinated and were needed to that’s what we use save 10 percent, for watering plants,” said Padilla. but they were having a drought, but ended up saving 18 percent, He said that he believes that’s a so when we rely on that, we have which was amazing Haroutunian huge savings by itself because to go into a water shortage that’s said. instead of unnecessarily using called voluntary conservation.” GWP has joined Pasadena, regular water, they’re using Glendale Community College Burbank and Crescenta Valley reclaimed water. took that into consideration and to spread the word about the “There were pumping made sure it was doing its best three-day water schedule and restrictions from Northern not to waste any water. water conservation program in California, where we get the “We’re also using reclaimed residents’ daily lives.
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majority of our water pumped down from,” Haroutunian said. “There were legal issues with pumping restrictions for certain times of the year based on a certain species of fish so they couldn’t pump the water down.” GWP provides 8.4 billion gallons of drinking water to 33,500 customers across Glendale, but they found that their supply was limited. “What happens is we rely solely on the Colorado River,
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Padilla said that they’re on a tight schedule and they aren’t over watering in any way. The grounds department has also been trying to install drought resistant plants where possible so landscaping doesn’t demand as much water. Although the community is being asked to preserve water, Glendale is currently in voluntary water conservation, which means it isn’t mandatory to conserve as much. If people decide not to continue cutting back, then Glendale and other nearby cities may be in trouble in the future. “We recently lifted that conservation restriction, so our customers aren’t under that mandatory rule anymore, but we still encourage everyone to continue to conserve because we never know what’s going to happen,” said Haroutunian.
“We don’t know how long these shortages might continue, how long the Colorado River will be in a drought. If pumping restrictions do come down again this the summer, then we’d have to reactivate the mandatory water conservation,” Haroutunian said. Also, Haroutunian said water conservation saves money on monthly water and power bills, which will benefit everyone in the community. GWP suggests that residents follow some easy ways to conserve water around the house. Glendale Water and Power and the rest of Southern California are relying on their communities to help them with the water shortage by thinking before overusing.
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‘Afternoon With The Stars’ Provides ‘Edutainment’ By Monica Terada
EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER
oing up the elevator tower to the parking structure, two young women spied the mosaic tiled structure protruding from GCC’s campus grounds. “That’s a really pretty tiled dome,” one woman said. “I wonder what it is.” “Oh, that? It’s just storage, like for boxes and stuff,” the other replied. Luckily for them, Jennifer Krestow, the astronomy instructor
and planetarium educational coordinator, was standing right next to them. “Well, actually ,” said Krestow. The instructor told them that “the really pretty tiled dome” is home to the school’s planetarium. It stores a universe of radiant stars, which can be seen with a weekly program called, “Afternoon with the Stars,” as well as serves as a high-tech classroom for intent gazers of all ages, one of which happens to be 11 years old. [See Stars, page 7]
Campus Comments Are you aware of the water shortage, and if so, what do you do to conserve water? Mariam Khudikyan, 20
Guillermo Martinez, 19
Jamie Monrreal, 21
“When I brush my teeth I turn off the water or brush them in the shower.”
“When I tend my garden I don’t water as much as I normally would.”
“I didn’t even know there was a shortage. I don’t conserve water.”
Ira Lim, 20 Undecided “I conserve water by making sure the dishwasher is full before running it.” —Compiled by Kelsey Anderson
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Feminist Ideals Unfairly Misunderstood By Agnessa Kasumyan EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER
ell people you support equality for women and they just might hear you out. Tell them you’re a feminist and suddenly you’re a ball-busting, bra-burning, baby killer with a deep-rooted hatred for men. A common misconception today is that the ideals of feminism are wrapped in misandry and reverse discrimination, with women trying not to gain equal footing in social and professional environments, but to put the rights of men on the backburner for their own personal gain, making men out to be the “bad guys” in the process. For this reason alone, you see many women today hesitating to identify as feminists. Whether this stereotype has been encouraged by misogynists trying to suppress women or misandrists disguising as “feminists,” the fact is that it is simply not true. When first-wave feminism emerged in the 19th century, advocates for gender equality simply tried to make women equal to men in the eyes of the law. It was during second-wave feminism, commonly known
as the Women’s Liberation Movement, in the 1960s and 1970s, when bigger social issues, such as equal pay, abortion, and stricter laws against sexual assault, were put on the table. The intention of feminists was not to depict men as boorish, immoral fiends who were out to get women, or to blame the entire male species for the mistreatment of the opposite sex, but to have a patriarchal and male-dominant society recognize the fact that women were as capable and as competent as men. Hence, they not only deserved suffrage, but fair and equal treatment as well. Unsurprisingly, it was with great difficulty that activists tried ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would have guaranteed that “equality of rights under the law would not be abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” According to us.history.org, Phyllis Schlafly led the movement against the ERA, strongly emphasizing the “traditional” role of a woman. In an interview with Andrea Sachs for Time, Schlafly stated that feminists are responsible for “divorce, millions of fatherless children, and the
idea that it’s O.K. to be a single mom.” She went on to say that the feminist movement was not about empowering women, but victimizing them. It is not Schlafly’s place to decide what the role of a woman should be. As individual human beings, women have the right to decide their own roles and mold their own paths. Recognizing and giving them the right to do so doesn’t take away from a woman’s ability or any inclination she may have to bear and raise children, if of course that is what she chooses to do. There is nothing wrong with being a stay-at-home mom—it doesn’t make anybody more or less of a woman. Today, the fact that women have the option to choose is a great accomplishment. Gloria Steinem, one of the most famous feminists of the Women’s Liberation Movement who advocated for the ERA, was married to actor David Bale (father of Christian) from 2000 until his death in 2003. Single-handedly blaming women for divorce hits the very crux of sexism. There could be a thousand different causes for divorce—infidelity, financial difficulties, abuse…the list goes
on. If couples are indeed divorcing due to “feminism,” then perhaps certain men, not all, need to step up to the plate and accept the fact that women are no longer their inferiors. If a male individual were secure enough with himself, he would not be intimidated by or feel the need to divorce a woman because she wasn’t complacent and submissive. No doubt, having your partner agree with everything you say would certainly make having a relationship easy. Relationships aren’t supposed to be easy—they take time and effort. Another absurd and completely laughable stereotype placed on feminists is that they are homely women compensating for insecurities and shortcomings. Bring up the topic enough and you’ll eventually hear the words “you’ll never meet a goodlooking feminist.” There are two bones to pick here. Firstly, saying you will never find a good-looking feminist who believes in her independence and equal footing among men is like saying you will never find a handsome, Type-A alpha male who has a tendency to be domineering or handson in both his professional and personal lives. Acknowledging this notion feels as ridiculous as it sounds, but sadly this is the type of idiocy that currently inhabits the minds of both men and women alike. It suggests that a pleasing outward appearance is enough to make people feel good about themselves. Really, all it takes is a modicum of higher thought to completely shut this argument down. If all beautiful women were secure, we wouldn’t see so many perfectly attractive women starving themselves or constantly putting themselves under the knife to achieve a certain standard of beauty—standards that many claim are set by men, but are all the more encouraged by women. When Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting in the 1872 presidential election, she did so knowing that she would probably never see women gain suffrage in her lifetime. She defied the
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traditions and social norms of her time, facing criticism and arrest, to stand up for her firmly-held convictions. Does this scream insecurity? Feminists may have their insecurities, but that doesn’t mean that is why they are feminists. It simply means that they are human. Ergo, they have something they are insecure about. Secondly, the only shortcomings that feminists are compensating for is their lack of equality among men. Though women today are definitely a great deal more independent than they were merely a half century ago in certain parts of the world, including the United States, they still have a long way to go before they have to stop fighting for their place in a still mostly male dominant society. According to census.gov, a 2009 American Community Survey stated that women earned 78.2 percent of what men did, with women averaging around $35,549 per year and men $45,485. In a Huffington Post report, co-founder and executive director of Women LEAD, Claire Charamnac, claims women comprise only 20 percent of political leaders across the globe and only 19 percent of the U.S. Congress. She goes on to say that only 21 percent of women think of themselves as potential leaders. The numbers will definitely rise with time, but the fact that men still hold precedence over women in certain areas is only to be expected. As the adage goes, old habits die hard, so it will take some time before more women begin to feel comfortable with their positions among men and for males to get used to the idea of having women as competitors in the job market. This is what true feminists advocate—shared status, equality, and opportunity as well as female empowerment, not resentment towards all men. As stand-up comedian and satirist George Carlin put it, “men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.” Agnessa Kasumyan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sam Raimi creates new classic with ‘Oz’ By Taline Markarian EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER
any filmmakers have tried to repave the yellow brick road back into Oz, but nothing has compared to the 1939 film about Dorothy and her friends-until now. Nearly 75 years later, Sam Raimi (“Drag Me to Hell,” 2009) attempts to be the first director to come close to equaling the famed classic. “Oz: The Great and Powerful” is a magical, fun and wild ride, and Raimi’s direction makes viewers feel as though they’re in the middle of it all. And unlike the original film, the audience is introduced to the story behind the Wizard that Dorothy meets in the original story. In this prequel, the Wizard, Oscar “Oz” Diggs, lives in Kansas as a magician, a con artist and a ladies’ man. When the tornado pulls him into the Land of Oz, his outlook on life and morality begins to change. For the first time, he begins to truly care about others. Many would expect a simple adventure film, but by seeing the Land of Oz through the eyes of the sarcastic, witty Wizard, the audience is treated to healthy doses of comedy. The two-hour adventure puts an interesting twist on parts of the story. For example, there’s a place called Chinatown, where all the buildings and people are made of fine china. Besides the imaginative characters and settings, the production values are highly original. There are many point
of view shots, where the audience sees through the eyes of the Wizard. These shots bring this wondrous place to life and they give us a chance to join the Wizard on his journey. The special effects and 3-D also help bring childhood fantasies to reality. Photo Courtesy of Disney The special THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN: James Franco breathes new life into the old version of who the Wizard is in “Oz.” effects make a china doll almost real enough Raimi puts some fear into the James Franco, Michelle minions are flying baboons. to reach out and touch. The fight Williams, and Rachel Weisz Though there are some audience by creating two sadistic between the Wicked Witch of played their parts incredibly. It changes to the Land of Oz, like and evil witches who try their the West and Glinda makes the was as if they left their stardom the flying monkeys, Raimi, who best to tear apart Oz. viewer feel like theyre in the behind and became permanent is most known for the “Evil The creativity and detail in corner of the room. Dead” trilogy, sticks to the basic Disney’s $200 million film takes residence of OZ. A visually stunning scene Screenwriter Mitchell Kapner’s structure of the original movie. the simple characters from the occurs when Oz arrives in his hot take on L. Frank Baum’s original The audience is guaranteed to “Wizard of Oz” and remakes air balloon and the film transforms story paves the way for new see the yellow brick road, the them, creating a new classic. from a black and white picture characters, and he makes several munchkins, the scarecrows, and into brilliant color. clever spins on the old ones. For above all the green wicked witch Audience’s eyes are in for a example, the flying monkeys of the west. Taline Markarian can be reached at treat when Oz enters a massive are good and the evil witches’ The difference, though, is that firstname.lastname@example.org treasure room in the vibrant Emerald City. The visuals, characters and costumes are extraordinary, but one of the acting performances is disappointing. Mila Kunis (“Ted,” 2012) [Stars, from page 5] “You can see how clouds the only ones who can laugh seems forced and unnatural as move and if there’s a typhoon in at her jokes and learn from her “I’m taking a class called ‘Stars Theodora, pulling audiences out of the fantasy and into the movie and Galaxies,’” said Warren , who the Pacific or a hurricane in the lectures. She gives 30-minute theater. However, the rest of cast also goes by “Wa-wa.” [Editor’s Atlantic you can see that in real presentations on different subjects of the universe every Wednesday is flawless depicting the Wizard’s note: Warren’s mother requested time,” said Krestow. at 12:30 p.m. in the planetarium Krestow, who has been we did not print his last name] arrival to Oz. “I think this is my third week teaching at GCC for nearly seven in CS 257. “The initial series of public and I’ve been here for every years, is a native of Canada. She finished her schooling in Toronto shows was called ‘Evening with single class,” Warren said. Warren is a student at the before moving to the U.S.. Her the Stars’,” she said. “The general Foothill Progressive Montessori educational background includes public could come and enjoy. But School and he has been fascinated an undergrad in astronomy and a the general public didn’t know we by astronomy for as far back as he doctorate in physics. Though she existed.” Perhaps the two women who takes her field of study seriously, can remember. thought the dome was merely a “I’ve loved the moon ever she finds the humor in it as well. “There’s something about storage room could stop by the since I was 2, and I like learning astronomy that really triggers planetarium for a relaxing flight about black holes,” he said. Warren is at the right place to nerdiness,” Krestow said. “My past the Earth’s atmosphere and eyes are so used to going from into outer space. learn about all things celestial. See related photo, page 1 The custom built 30-foot light to dark that the muscles are diameter dome is hooked up to awesome. It’s the only part of my software that allows for “live” body that’s toned.” Monica Terada can be reached at email@example.com viewings of the universe. Krestow’s students aren’t
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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Brazilian Student Brings Talent to Theater Arts By Evan Ramirez
EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER
ith a more technologically driven generation come new platforms, and with new platforms come the ability to express one’s self in different formats. Since its inception in 2005, YouTube has taken over the Internet and provided the world with a new way to consume media. It’s the main hub for music videos and various other forms of entertainment. But it’s also an outlet for performers, whether it be comedy, dance or singing, as made evident by GCC student Guilherme Zaiden Arruda. Zaiden, who’s known in Brazil as Guilherme Zaiden, is a 24-year-old theater arts major who has accumulated 19 million views and 10,000 subscribers on YouTube. He accomplished this
after publishing only eight videos under his username GZAiDEN. After living in his native country of Brazil for two decades, Zaiden made his way to the U.S. a year-and-a-half ago. Since an early age, he knew that he wanted to speak English and to be an actor. “I guess every decision of my life somehow directed toward my coming here,” Zaiden said. Not only have his videos garnered millions of views, but they also landed him a role on a popular Brazilian soap opera, “India - A Love Story.” He was called in after people on staff saw his videos. “It’s weird when you think about a part of the Internet where rich, powerful, successful people watch YouTube as much as I do because they saw my videos and called me to be in their production in Brazilian Hollywood.” Without any production
companies or agents, Zaiden found himself being recognized by people on the streets. However, he never intended to be a web personality, but rather wanted to be a real actor.” “I wanted to do ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ he said. “I wanted to do the serious stuff.” Whether he thinks web videos act as a viable transition to film or television, Zaiden said, “It’s a platform. It can say whatever you want and people can watch it. Everybody can watch it. Everybody has a computer.” When he was 18 in 2006, he posted his videos to a relatively unknown site, YouTube. While watching American video bloggers, he didn’t notice a Brazilian presence on the site. “I had a vision,” Zaiden joked. “When I posted my videos on YouTube, I didn’t say that I’d have 8 million views in one video. But at the same time I
wasn’t really surprised because it about your ideas and what you wasn’t a badly produced video.” want to show people.” Nancy Greene, program The transition from the web assistant for the theater arts to the stage wasn’t necessarily department, believes that easy for Zaiden. After moving to YouTube videos and performers a bigger city to pursue his acting are the “way people are going career, he thought it would be a these days.” good idea to bring his characters While he’s racked up millions to the stage while people ate their of views dinners. online, some “Nobody was who know even paying him weren’t attention to what even aware of was going on. I his success. bombed. It was “I did so horrible. I not know thought I was that he was hilarious.” a celebrity But what in Brazil,” makes a YouTube Greene said. star, or even a Though celebrity? Do he only had you have to have minimal that odd gimmick equipment that’s going to to work with draw viewers in, early on, such or can you be as recording yourself? Zaiden his videos Guilherme Zaiden Arruda. believes that a with a digital lot of the popular camera and editing in Windows videos are simply from content Movie Maker, he believes that wasn’t even created for the that producing his videos in a web, such as Susan Boyle. professional manner helped. “I think people watch YouTube “I think that the editing of videos when they’re not produced my videos made them a success by Hollywood with different because a lot of people turn the eyes. If I’m watching a video of camera on and then they go on someone, a vlog or something and on,” he said. “I think you like that, I’m not expecting the have to do something interesting person to be brilliant. She doesn’t to be successful in any area of have ten writers to write jokes for life.” her,” Zaiden said. Looking back on his videos, Jeanette Farr, a assistant Zaiden is embarrassed by them, professor of theater arts and but looks upon it as a “good kind co-chair of the theater arts of embarrassment.” He thinks he department, directed Zaiden in did the best he could do with what Neil LaBute’s “Autobahn” last he had. year. More so than ever, web videos “I think that being humble as are being categorized as the an actor or actress is an admirable outcast of a group. Television trait, and I always find Guilherme used to be looked upon as an to be a good, hard worker and inferior product in regards to devoted to the craft,” said Farr. film, but now web videos are Though he’s dabbled in often pushed aside, much like different forms of entertainment, television once was. creativity is what really seems to However, as Zaiden sees it, matter. some people are making a good “I feel like whenever you living off it. “A lot of people in have obstacles to overcome, Brazil that came after me aren’t that’s when creativity really rich, but they make a living.” happens. Because I think it’s Often the argument that is those moments where you go, ‘I made regarding web content is in don’t have a tripod, what do I do?’ regards to its length. and then you create something,” “I don’t think hot pockets Zaiden said. made dinners go away. It’s just a Evan Ramirez can be reached at different thing.” Zaiden said. firstname.lastname@example.org “Rather than compare different mediums, it’s best to look upon them as various ways to consume entertainment, “It’s really more
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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New Hendrix Music Resurrected By Sal Polcino
EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER
lthough die-hard fans may welcome “People, Hell and Angels” with open arms, this latest posthumous release from legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, may represent the scrapings on the bottom of the musical petri dish. The distinct and clear-as-abell tone of Hendrix’ Fender Stratocaster and his masterful use of the wah-wah pedal are still prevalent and the re-mixed, remastered tracks should please the audiophiles’ tender ears, but the songs are lacking in substance. There is probably good reason these never-released songs were put on the shelf. The melodies are unmemorable. It is doubtful that listeners will walk away humming or whistling these tunes. While Hendrix’ laid-back singing style stands up front in the mix, his lyrics seem forced and unmetered. Hendrix’ first two albums were rife with heavy and recognizable guitar riffs such as “Purple Haze” and “Foxey Lady.” His third
album, “Electric Ladyland,” held haunting melodies such as “Voodoo Child,” and a version of Bob Dylan’s iconic song, ”All along the Watchtower.” Instrumentally, there are some incredible guitar solos and surprising funk grooves. If he had lived, Hendrix might have led the R&B movement of the ’70s. “Mojo Man,” featuring the sax and vocals of Lonnie Youngblood, an old-school soul musician that Hendrix had done sessions with, is a good indication of where Hendrix’ music was headed. “Hey Gypsy Boy” is reminiscent of Hendrix’ instrumental anthem, “Little Wing,” which has been covered by many other guitarists, including Stevie Ray Vaughn. Still, none of these songs quite hit the mark. “Valleys of Neptune,” the previous compilation of studio recordings released in 2010, featured the original “Jimi Hendrix Experience” members, and it was recorded in 1969. “People, Hell and Angels,” (Experience Hendrix/Legacy Recordings) recorded around the same time, brings together a few different combinations of
musicians. Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills and Nash) plays bass on the ballad “Somewhere,” and Hendrix himself over-dubbed the bass on “Inside Out,” the only real ’60s jam on the recording. “People, Hell and Angels” features four songs with Buddy Miles on drums and Billy Cox on bass. That trio, known as “Band of Gypsies,” recorded a live album, which was released in 1970, just six months before his death. “Earth Blues,” “Villanova Junction Blues,” “Hear My Train a Comin” and “Bleeding Heart” all being heavily blues oriented tunes. Of course all songs on this CD can be auditioned on iTunes or Amazon, but there are two songs that neophyte Hendrix listeners may want to download: “Mojo Man,” a soul tune with horns, much different than anything previously
Photo Courtesy of Experience Hendrix/Legacy Recordings
recorded, and “Hey Gypsy Boy,” the song that most represents the Jimi Hendrix that fans know and love. Nearly 43 years since his death, Hendrix’ “People, Hell and Angels,” debuted at number
two on the Billboard charts, but maybe it’s time to let his music rest in peace.
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Sophmore Track Runner Breaks Record By Dustin Rivera
EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER
he Vaqueros dominated the 3000-meter at the Northridge Invitational Saturday, despite early struggles in the javelin. Jason Ahn, who won the javelin event at the North/South Meet at Moorpark College on March 1, finished fifth in the men’s javelin with a throw of 52.05 meters, almost two meters shorter than his throw at the North/South Meet. “I didn’t do as well as I expected,” said Ahn. “My warmups felt amazing, but as the day went on I tightened up.” Javelin thrower Chris Uribe remained optimistic, though, after coming in 12th.
9:56.04 set a new “It feels school record in great to go the 3000-meter, against good previously held competition,” by Tove Berg. said Uribe. Graham“It’s a learning Z a m u d i o experience. improved on It gives you her previous something to time of 10:24.15 strive for.” that won the Despite their 3000-meter at last setback in the week’s North/ men’s javelin, South Meet. the Lady Vaqs The men’s ran extremely team also well in the dominated in the 3000-meter Photo By Jonathan Caballeros 3000-meter race. race. LIKE A ROCKET: Matthew Lopez launches during the men’s GCC took G r a c e javelin competition during the Cal State Northridge Invitational. four of the top 10 GrahamZamudio won by almost a Northridge and two runners from spots, with Kurt Lutz finishing first with a blazing time of second in the 3000-meter, ahead USC. Graham-Zamudio’s run of 8:44.73 seconds. He finished of two runners from Cal State
almost 12 seconds ahead of his closest competition. Enrique Ramirez took third place, while Mizrael Mendez and Jorge Serrano finished fifth and eighth, respectively. Jourdan Honore finished sixth out of a field of 75 runners in the 100-meter, improving by nearly a quarter of a second over his time from the North/South Meet. Both teams look to improve at the Coastal/Inland Meet at Antelope Valley College at 1 p.m. on March 22 and the Long Beach Challenge at Long Beach City College at 10 a.m. on March 30. To find a full schedule of the track teams’ meets, visit www.glendale.edu/athletics. Dustin Rivera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Obituary: Chuck Gibson By Marlon Miranda
EL VAQUERO SPORTS EDITOR
harles “Chuck” Gibson died from natural causes on Feb. 15, 2013 in Walla Walla, Wash. He was 91. In 1939, Gibson attended GCC and was the captain of the tennis team. He earned his associate’s degree at Glendale, bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley and a master’s degree at USC. He was a B24 radio operator during WWII, he earned six Air Medals and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a coach and trainer of the Guatemalan Junior Cup that won the South American Tournament in Bogota.
Gibson returned to coach the GCC tennis team, during his tenure, the tennis team won numerous conference championships. He started the intramural sports program at GCC and he also developed the curriculum for studies in ethnic relations. Gibson served as the president of the Glendale College Faculty Senate. He retired after 38 years of working for the district. He was part of the inaugural class inducted to the athletic hall of fame in 2002. He is survived by his four children, who all attended GCC. Photo by Sarkis Nazaryan Marlon Miranda can be reached at email@example.com
FIRST HALL OF FAME: Donna Mayhew, from left, Chuck Gibson, Carl Boldt, Cathy Ferguson, and J. Walter Smith are the inaugural inductees into the Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Obituary: Mike Andrews
Vaquero Sports Summaries Scores Women’s Tennis: March 11 — lost to Pima College, Arizona 8-1 March 12 — lost to Bakersfield 5-4 March 14 — lost to Santa Monica 7-2 Baseball March 7 — lost to Bakersfield 8-6 March 9 — beat Bakersfield 3-2 March 12 — beat Mission 8-4 Thursday — beat Mission 8-7
Men’s Golf: March 11 — placed fourth vs. Ventura Men’s Tennis: March 12 — beat Bakersfield 7-2 March 14 — beat Pierce 6-3 Softball: March 7 — lost to Mission 10-9,8-0 March 12— lost to Canyons 5-2 Friday — beat Oxnard 8-0, 15-0
Upcoming Events Women’s Tennis: April 1— at Bakersfield 2 p.m. April 2 — at Santa Barbara 2 p.m
Softball: Tuesday — vs. Citrus 2:30 p.m March 28 — vs. Valley (DH) 12/2 p.m.
Baseball: Thurday — vs. Valley 2:30 p.m. Friday — at Valley 2:30 p.m. Tuesday — vs. Santa Barbara 6 p.m. March 27 — at Mt. SAC 2:30 p.m. March 28 — vs. Santa Barbara 2:30 p.m.
Men and Womens’s Track & Field Friday — Costal/Inland Meet at Cal State Northridge 1 p.m March 30 — Long Beach Challenge at Long Beach 10 a.m
Men’s Golf: April 1 — vs. Allan Hancock at Santa Maria CC 10:30 a.m.
Men’s Tennis: Friday — at Amherst College 1 p.m. Tuesday — vs. Cerritos College 2 p.m. April 1 — vs. Bakersfield 2 p.m
For more information see: http://www.glendale.edu/athletics/
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By Marlon Miranda
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ike Andrews died earlier this month from a heart attack. He was 51. He played football for GCC in 1982. He earned All Western State Conference player while playing for Glendale. He returned five
years ago to coach the linebackers and running backs. Aside from coaching, he was also training players in the fitness center. He is survived by his mother, father and older sister.
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days as a Vaquero. “Glendale was such a special place for me. My time here was a brief, but special time,” said Stokes. “It’s a privilege and honor to be inducted, I’m humbled by the entire experience. The special relationships I had with players and coaches”. Another inductee, Coblentz, retired from coaching, but is an instructor at GCC. She was the women’s tennis coach and athletic director for 30 years. Coblentz said it is surreal to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for the sport she was told she wasn’t allowed to play. Coblentz has dedicated her life to make sure women get the same opportunities as men. She feels blessed by all the students she got to mentor as a coach. “This is the pinnacle of my existence here in Glendale,” Coblentz said. “I am thrilled and honored to be in the hall. With all my family friends here, I am nervous about the speech. I want to thank all of them and I hope I can do them justice.”
The 2005 men’s Tennis Team was inducted for outstanding team. Bob Mackay has been coaching for more than 40 years. In 2005 he recruited local players to form a winning Vaquero team. The team finished with a record of 15-3 and won the Western State Conference with an 9-0 record. Mackay turned a team of high school rivals to a championship unit. Kevin White was a member of the team and was considered one of the best players in high school. “Its pretty crazy seeing the school again. I forgot how beautiful the campus was except for those giants steps by the elevator,” said White. “I am excited to be inducted and it’s a great accomplishment. It’s the first time a tennis player or team has been inducted. I am especially happy for coach Mackay.” The night and ceremony was described best by the chairman and the voice of El Vaquero Jim Sartoris when he said, “Once an El Vaq always an El Vaq.” Marlon Miranda can be reached at email@example.com
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Calendar On Campus WOMENS HISTORY Womens History Month — Pheobe Brauer of Planned Parenthood is the guest speaker. She will share information about the organization and its resources. Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. in CR 225. Womens History Month — Resheduled from March 14, due to the Persian New Year event, also held in Plaza Vaquero. “One Billion Rising.” All are invited to join in a large dance led by dance instructor Phyllis Eckler and ESL adjunct Cheryl Anderson. Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Plaza Vaquero. Womens History Month — “The History of Gender Roles.” A lecture by J.C. Moore, asssociate professor of sociology. Free, guests welcome. Tuesday from 3:25 to 4:50 p.m. in SR 115. Womens History Month — “Women Reformers: Temperance, Abolition and Women’s Rights.” A lecture by Louise Ghandi, instructor of geography. Free. Tuesday at 7 p.m. in AU 117. Womens History Month — “Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: Mexican Nun, Poet and Intellectual.” A lecture by Stacy Jazan of the language arts department. Tuesday and March 28 from 1:40 to 3:05 p.m. in LB 205.
CLUBS Dodgeball Club — Their first game will be held today, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the San Fernando outdoor basketball courts. Theatre Guild — Thinking about theater? Learn more and have a sandwich by dropping by the Theatre Guild on Thursday at 12:20 p.m. in AU 201B.
Booksale — Both fiction and non-fiction books will be for sale to raise funds. Sponsored by the Hawak Kamay Filipino Club. Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind the Administration Building. AGS Carnival — The Alpha Gamma Sigma carnival will feature barbeque, music and games, all while recruiting new members. Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Plaza Vaquero. Essay Writing Contest — First place prize is $500. Winning entries will be published. Open to all current GCC students. Deadline for submission is April 1. Sponsored by the Scholars Club. For more information email: ScholarsJournal@gmail.com.
LECTURES Science Lecture Series — “3-D Printing.” Speaker is GCC math professor Andy Young. Free. Tuesday in CS 177 at 12:20 p.m. Humanities / Social Sciences Lecture Series — “Current Day Slavery and Trafficking: The Facts and What Is Being Done to Reduce Human Suffering.” Speaker is Vanessa Lanza, director of partnerships at CAST (The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking). Free. March 28 at 12:30 p.m. in Kreider Hall.
DONATIONS The Get On the Bus Program — The SPARK club is accepting donated children’s items such as crayons, puzzle books and postage stamps for Mother’s Day distribution. Drop off items at SM 266 or 267. For more information call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5789.
FINANCIAL Free Tax Preparation — Vol-
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unteer income tax assistance. Income limit $57,000. No appointment needed. Monday and April 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. in SR 116. FAFSA Workshops — Get help filling out your federal financial aid application. Free. Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, and March 28 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in SC 212, Room C. For more information call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5384. Federal Entrance Loan Counseling Workshop — Learn how to apply for federal loans. Advance sign up is required at the Financial Aid office in the San Fernando complex. Thursday at 11 a.m. and Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in SF 107. Additional dates TBA. For more information call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5916. Last Call for Free Money — If you have a 2.5 GPA and 12 completed units this is your last chance to apply for scholarships. More than 500 scholarships totaling $300,000 are available. The deadline to apply is today. For more information visit: www. glendale.edu/scholarships or call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5591.
TUTORING Math Discovery Center — The newly remodeled facility offers increased computer access and drop-in tutoring for math. Must be currently enrolled in a math course. Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in AS 103. For more information call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5362. Learning Center — Tutors are available in a variety of subjects. Referral from an instructor, counselor or librarian required. Computers available. Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in AD 232. For more information call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5333.
MOVIES Friday Flix: — A screening of the 1950 film “Harvey.” Directed by Henry Koster, and starring James Stewart with Josephine Hull. Free. March 29 at 12:30 p.m. in SG 334. A discussion facilitated by instructor Mike Petros follows the screeening.
PLANETARIUM Afternoon with the Stars — A lunchtime program highlighting the planetariums features. “837 Exoplanets & Counting” will be presented today and March 27 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in CS 257. Free. For more information visit www.glendale.edu/planetarium or call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5275
ROBOTICS GCC Robotics Competition — GCC and the Glendale Unified School District host a LEGO robotics tournament for middle school students and GCC and the REC Foundation host a VEX scrimmage for middle and high school student teams. March 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the San Gabriel Plaza.
ART GALLERY The Third Annual Student Projects Exhibition from the GCC Architecture Department — Showcasing student work and including the International Student Competition Project from the Tokyo Replay Center. Runs through March 28. Free. Monday through Wednesday from noon to 5:30 p.m., Thursday to 7:30 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located in the Library Building.
WORKSHOPS “Effective Resume” — Focuses on essential resume-writing principles, formats and content. Today at 4 p.m. Free. Career Center, second floor, San Rafael Building. For more information call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5407. “Outlining and Essay Structure” — Learn to write a clear outline from your brainstorming notes. Free. Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. in AD 238. Students are encouraged to register for the workshops online. For more information visit www.glendale. edu/learningcenter or call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5341. “MLA Requirements” — Learn about stylistic requirements mandated by the Modern Language Association. Free. March 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in AD 238. “How to Recognize and Correct Run-on Sentences” — Learn to recognize a variety of situations in which run-on sentences commonly occur; receive practice exercises. Free. April 1 from 9 to10 a.m. in AD 238.
HEALTH Mental Health Counseling — Free and available to all students. For information or to schedule an appointment visit the Health Center in the San Rafael Building. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nutritional Counseling — Free and available to all students. For information or to schedule an appointment visit the Health Center in the San Rafael Building. Compiled by Richard Kontas
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Dashing Against Stroke By Kelsey Anderson EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER
unning is a popular form of exercise, but for some people it serves as a way to give back to their community. GCC student Cathlyn Flores laced up her running shoes Sunday for the Glendale News-Press Downtown Dash 5K, which raises funds to help prevent stroke and to raise awareness about the potentially fatal effects. The Dash is hosted by the Glendale Adventist Medical Center, which has raised more than $400,000 since 2007. The race was estimated to raise $50,000 this year toward the center’s stroke foundation, according to center media coordinator Alicia Gonzalez. Flores, a 21-year-old administrative justice major, enjoys the competition of the event, but her main reason for running is personal. “I did it for my great grandma,” said Flores, who placed 10th in her age division. “She had a stroke about a year and a half ago.” Strokes are the second leading cause of death in the San Fernando Valley and the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. The money raised, known as “Dash Dollar$,” funded the first Stroke Medication Management and Education Clinic in the community. The center’s Neuroscience Institute helps stroke patients optimize the effectiveness of their medications. In addition, new technology has been made available for the Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center in Glendale, which is the area’s only immediate response facility for stroke victims.
The center also educates the local community and Glendale Unified School District by exhibiting an interactive MEGA Brain in 2011, which is an inflatable walk-through, human brain that offers a close up view of the brain’s functions and damages caused by stroke, brain trauma and other diseases. Glendale Community College Police Chief Gary Montecuollo, has been volunteering since the first race. He organizes traffic and parking around the course, and offers his administrative justice students an extra credit opportunity if they volunteer or participate in the race. “It’s a good way for the students to give back to the community,” Montecuollo said. Ariel Larios, a 20-year-old criminal justice major, raced for the extra credit opportunity and took second place in his age division. Samantha Wilson, 18, a Pasadena City College n u r s i n g student, has been participating since 2011. She plans to run or volunteer for as many years Photo by Kelsey Anderson as she can. “I like what they’re running for,” said Wilson, who volunteers at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. For anyone who wants to participate next year, but doesn’t know where to start, the center offers an eight-week, 5K training program. All registration fees are donated to GAMC Stroke Services. For those who don’t want to run, but still want to participate contact the center at (818) 409-8100 for more information about volunteering. Kelsey Anderson can be reached at k.Anderson.ElVaquero@gmail.com
Photo by Kelsey Anderson
RUNNING FOR A CAUSE: Ariel Larios (top photo) races to second place in his age division at the Glendale Dash on March 10. Runners (bottom photo) take off at the start line Sunday Morning.