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EL VAQUERO Glendale College

Volume 88 Number 4



Don’t forget to vote on Nov. 8. Proposition 76 affects school funding.

Vaquero Football Team Aiming for Western State Conference Title have been sophomore wide receiver Darion Donelly, who EL VAQUERO SPORTS EDITOR leads the team with ten touchdowns; sophomore defensive harging through a five-game lineman Jason Bonwell, who winning streak, and with broke the all-time only two more team sack record of games remaining 17; freshman runin the regular seaning back Jamal son, the Vaquero Rashad who filled football team, in for injured runwhich has an overning back Samuel all record of 6-2 Ledford and has and is 4-1 in the rushed for 1031 Western State yards; and freshman Conference South, defensive back Matt have a good shot at Patterson, who had the WSC South 10 tackles in the championship and game against West a bowl playoff. L.A. College last The Vaqueros, Saturday. who haven’t made The Vaqueros a bowl appearance next game is since 2001 when Saturday against they beat Fullerton Santa Monica College, are curCollege at 5 p.m. rently tied for first This will be place with Citrus Glendale’s last College, which has Photo by Jane Pojawa home game of the taken the crown Jamal Rashad scores a touchdown against West Los Angeles College. Quarterback Steve Martinez celebrates. regular season. for the past two On Nov.12 the Vaqueros will The team has been led by years. That might not happen is the top group that has play their last game of the reguagain for the Owls this year, come through for the program sophomore quarterback Steve Martinez, who just last week lar season against East Los because the Vaqueros, who beat in 20 years.” Cicuto credits his team for not guided his team to a triple over- Angeles College. them 40-34 on Oct. 22, have been unstoppable this season and only doing an impressive, hard- time win over West Los Angeles are showing no signs of slowing working job on the field, but also College with a score of 56-54. Violeta Arrazola can be reached at Other contributing players off the field academically. “They down. By VIOLETA ARRAZOLA


Child Development Center tricks and treats Page 6 EVENTS

Classified Council’s Halloween festivities enlighten and entertain.

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Dias de los Muertos, the Latin American celebration of the Day of the Dead, at Hollywood Forever. Pages 8-9 SPEECH & DEBATE

These students have something to say.


“I feel blessed to have a team like this this year,” said head coach John Cicuto, who is in his 17th year as head coach and 31st year of coaching at GCC. “This

accept the philosophy the school comes first…their attitude is great and that has really been successful to the team,” said Cicuto.

El Vaquero Nets Record Number of Wins at Community Colleges Convention By JANE POJAWA EL VAQUERO EDITOR IN CHIEF

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he El Vaquero staff was recognized on Saturday for this year’s achievements, as well as some spontaneous accomplishments. The Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) hosts conferences for member schools in Northern and Southern California in the autumn, and a state-wide convention in the spring. Approximately 70 member colleges participate, with staffs as few as Glendale’s, or as many as 20. The weekend gatherings feature guest speakers, workshops and seminars as well as mail-in, bring-in and

on-the-spot competitions. El Vaquero generally does well in these competitions, but this year the newspaper staff outdid itself with 20 awards, which we believe to be an all-time high for this campus. As Editor in Chief, I would like to congratulate my team on a job well done, and thank the staff that preceded us for setting the bar so high. To credit these winners, here is a list of competition, ranking, and name:


4 Daniel Antolin HM Geghard Arakelian


HM Jessica Lopez NEWS STORY

3 Jeremy Casabella HM Jeremy Casabella SPORTS GAME STORY

HM Ramtin Jamshidi ONLINE PHOTO

1 Cynthia Perry 4 Cynthia Perry See JOURNALISM, Page 4

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Student Senator Appreciates Ramadan Story French Professor Responds Dear Pauline, Thank you for writing the article about Ramadan in the new issue of El Vaquero. I’m personally very happy to see that

the school newspaper takes into account the vast diversity of the student body at this college. Once again, I would like to thank you and wish you the best in your future endeavors.


to Cultural Diversity Article

Narek Begijanyan, Senator of Campus Relations Committee

Dear Editor:

‘Caterpillar Soup’ Is Sweet, Not Bitter By KASIA FAUGHN EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


earing at her limp skinny legs arranged in a wheelchair, Lyena Strelkoff screamed and cried in defiance over her fate. Her performance elicited muffled cries and tears from the students and faculty members gathered in the audience, many of whom were disabled and in wheelchairs themselves. Strelkoff lost all sensation in and control of her lower body in 2002 when she fell off a tree branch while hiking at a park in Malibu Mountains. In “Caterpillar Soup,” brought to GCC by the Ruskin Group Theatre on Oct. 26 as part of the Disabilities Awareness Month, she focused mainly on her life after the fall. As she described her journey through pain and therapy, she also gave the audience an account of the emotional process she went through before she realized that she had to give up some of the privacy for the sake of her health and convenience of everyday life. In a matter-of-fact voice, Strelkoff spoke about the aftermath of her accident and how her and her boyfriend, Dean, have had to deal about catheters, urinating on schedule, infections and countless accidents related to her uncontrollable bodily functions. The title of the play refers to a long, messy and painful process a caterpillar has to go through before it becomes a beautiful butterfly. Strelkoff saw this process as a symbol of her transformation from a frail, broken down victim of a tragic accident, which rendered her a paraplegic, into the strong, resilient woman that she is

As you know from the Division Meeting, I initiated Joe Wang’s Cultural Diversity lecture on October 20, 2005, and read the article on it with particular interest in today’s El Vaquero. I had called a week previously on the spur of the moment in somewhat of a panic, when the speaker, unexpectedly attending the film Tug of War shown by Tom Hogue, requested an interview with a reporter. Kasia Faughn was available, came promptly to my office, interviewed him then, and came back to my office yesterday, before the lecture, for a further interview, then walked with the speaker to the lecture, interviewing him again, then

took copious notes during the lecture, and obviously wrote them up quickly for today’s paper. She did a wonderful job, devoting a whole page, with a photo, to the event, and the issue. She furthermore was gracious and pleasant and gave the man a positive impression of the college. I wish to commend her to have you know what a fine reporter you have under your wing. She is a wonderful asset to El Vaquero and GCC in general. Congratulations! Teresa Cortey

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From chrysalis to wings, Lyena Strelkoff flies despite her disability.

today. This actress, writer and former dancer was given a standing ovation at the end of her performance as many wiped their tear-streaked faces. The love and support she experienced in her life after the accident, turned the story of a spinal column break and a subsequent paralysis, into a tale of hope and success. Strelkoff graduated from UC Irvine where she studied acting and dance. Later she attended Jerzy Grotowski’s Work Center in Italy where she studied dance with other international interns. Grotowski was a Polish theatre theoretician, educator and creator of acting methods. The Work Center he opened in

Pontedera, Italy in 1985 is a highly prestigious school. Before the fall that rendered her paraplegic, Strelkoff was a member of Presences en Regard, a multilingual theatre group in Paris, France. Today Strelkoff continues to perform and uses her personal experiences and talent to educate the community about spinal cord injuries and their consequences. To learn more about Strelkoff or to contact her, visit her Web site at .

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Dance, Duels Make ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Lively donated by Dave Baker. The costumes were designed by Royce Herron, and the stage set was designed by Guido Girardi. Many of the cast members assisted in the construction of the set. A high marble balcony where the famous dialogue between the lovers takes place dominates the left side of the stage, and archways and pillars capture the rustic romance of Verona. Two entire rows of seats were taken out from the front to make room for the huge set. The actors also make use of the entire auditorium, entering from the auditorium doors and walking down the aisles in some parts of the play. Randel says that the experience of working on the play was “very enriching.” “I completely enjoy collabo-



Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name, or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.” These immortal words, spoken by one of the two classic characters who epitomize the concept of tragic love in everyone’s minds, ring through the auditorium. Standing at the balcony on the left side of the stage is Juliet, her face bathed in a soft spotlight. On the right side of the stage, in front of the blue house of Montague set, stands Romeo, gazing sweetly at his beloved. This is one of the more popular scenes in the theatre play “Romeo and Juliet,” which opened at the GCC Mainstage Theatre on Oct. 27. This version of the Shakespearean tragedy, presented by the Theatre Arts department, is directed by Melissa Randel, a Dance and Theatre Arts instructor, and features a cast of 32 students. The familiar love story, set in the city of Verona, revolves around two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, whose families are caught in a feud. The two meet, fall in love, get married in secret, and die all in a matter of days. Powerful swordfights, lively characters, romantic rendezvous and moving dance choreography enhance the dramatic chain of events. Nick Campbell, who portrays the Prince of Verona in the play, says that the cast has been “rehearsing since the beginning of the semester.” “We practice Monday to Friday, every night,” Campbell says. When asked why the department decided to produce a version of the classic play, Randel said she wanted to do a play that was “age appropriate.” “The characters are all really young. Even the adult [roles] are young,” Randel says. “There are a lot of good roles for young people.” The universal themes of love and rivalry were also good rea-

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“Romeo and Juliet” features drama, dance numbers and sword fights.

sons for staging the play. According to Randel, the play appeals to the public because most people can relate to these themes. Members of the cast agree. They say that the audience can look forward to “killer sword fights, tender love scenes, a little bit of domestic violence, and suicide” from this version of Romeo and Juliet. The play was given a different twist in two unique ways. First of all, the narration is done by a minor character in the story: Peter, a servant in the house of Capulet, who appears in many scenes, often as a silent observer. Played by Travis Reiner, the role of Peter is given a touch of goofiness and adds comic flavor to the story. Randel believes that doing this allows the audience to view “Romeo and Juliet” though a different perspective while still following the traditional version of the play. “Servants are allowed to be in the [master’s] rooms,” she says. “They listen in on conversations, so they often know what’s going on.” Randel compares this version of Romeo and Juliet to the movie “Gosford Park,” which is also told through the servants’ eyes. Secondly, the story is framed by the “ghosts” of the two

lovers, embodied by the gold statues which Lord Capulet and Lord Montague promise to erect in honor of the couple at the end of the play. One or both of these statues appear silently in the sidelines in all of Romeo and Juliet’s scenes, observing the chain of events as it unfolds. The play opens with the two statues frozen in an embrace on a pedestal. They suddenly come to life and perform a passionate “pas de deux” (duet dance) choreographed by Randel herself. Another significant dance number in the story takes place at a masque ball at the Capulet residence. The choreography for this colorful piece, which involves around a dozen partygoers in full ball attire twirling skirts and changing partners, was done by Kelsi Snoke. Aside from the dance numbers, the play is notable for its swordfights. “The sword-fighting is very dynamic,” says Randel. “There’s fighting throughout the show.” According to Randel, the actors enjoy the fight scenes tremendously. Choreographed by Ed Douglas and Nicholas Bonora, both professional fight choreographers, there are three fight scenes in the play. The actors use authentic swords and daggers designed and

rating with my colleagues,” she says. “I really enjoyed watching students find things in the text and make it their own. That makes the play more interesting.” But the beauty of Romeo and Juliet, Randel says, lies in the thrilling but tragic romance. “When you’re young, it’s easier to love like that,” says Randel. “Romeo and Juliet are immortalized as the quintessential lovers…theirs is a very pure, selfless love.” Romeo and Juliet is showing at the GCC Mainstage Theater through Nov. 13. For showtimes and tickets, please contact the Theatre Arts Department at 818240-1000 extension 5618. Pauline Guiuan can be reached at

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Special Olympian Carries the Weight By PAULINE GUIUAN EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


tall, brown-haired man built like a brick wall lies slowly down on a gym bench and flexes his biceps. Behind his glasses, he carefully contemplates the barbell suspended above his head. He grasps the metal bar, and with a mighty grunt of effort, he lifts the barbell above his chest. A satisfied grin spreads across his innocent face as he realizes he has just lifted 400 pounds of metal. This is Michael Bierman, a 29-year-old powerlifter with a shy smile and an easygoing gait. What makes him so special is not just his ability to lift 400pound weights. Bierman is one of 10,000 athletes who competed at the Southern California Special Olympics at Cal State Fullerton last Saturday. He is intellectually disabled. Casual in gray track pants and an Orange County Choppers’ shirt, the 6-foot-3. 235-pound powerlifter from Thousand Oaks walks into the Titan Student Union Theatre to

join his teammates from Ventura County. “He’s been training for this since last year,” says Bierman’s coach, Brian Koster. “He’s doing really good.” Bierman confidently says that he has been competing for 10 to 12 years now, and can bench press up to 438 pounds. “It makes me happy and proud, I believe,” he says with a grin. “I think I just got involved in the different sports that I do, like bowling, tennis [and] skiing.” But Bierman’s true passion is powerlifting, which he started training for in 1995. “I practice every Sunday,” Bierman says proudly. “My personal best is 438 [pounds]. But my limit is 500 [pounds]. I don’t want to hurt my back.” Bierman is extremely proud of all the athletic competitions he’s won. “It feels pretty good having all those medals,” he gushes. “I take them out of my closet and count them to see how many I have.” The athlete has already competed in basketball and volleyball, but mentions that the one

sport he would never do was swimming. When asked about how his diet helps prepare him for competitions and whether he believes in healthy eating, Bierman looks a little confused. “At my last powerlifting competition, I was trying to lose a lot of weight,” Bierman replies finally. “Then when I get home I eat all the junk food I want.” He also explains that he eats a lot of steaks to stay healthy, but not fish because he doesn’t like fish. He also says that the one person who really inspires him to improve his sport is his girlfriend, Alison Wilks, who is also a weightlifter. He has his arm around her as he waits fro his turn to compete in the theatre. “I do my bench press then I go see my girlfriend,” he says happily, blushing a little under his glasses. “She’s my queen [powerlifter] and I’m her king [powerlifter].” Wilks is one of the powerlifters on the Ventura County team who competed in this year’s Olympics. When asked for more details about his girl-

friend, Bierman blushes deeply, covers his face and backs away. Bierman goes on to say that his role model is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “My favorite Arnold movie is ‘Terminator,’” he adds with a grin. Tim Redmond, Chairman of the Special Olympics’ Advisory Council, explains that this is because of the Governor’s support for the organization. “He’s a long-time volunteer,” Redmond says. “And his wife Maria’s mother is the heart and soul of the Olympics.” No wonder Bierman is so hung up on Schwarzenegger. When asked for his other interests, Bierman talks about his love for motorcycles. “I love American Chopper,” he says. He goes on to mention all the American Chopper shirts he has, including the one he was wearing. “I even have Mikey Spike,” he adds. For Bierman, powerlifting bring passion into life because through this sport, he can “just enjoy” himself. Redmond agrees and

explains that this is the very reason why the Special Olympics is held every year. “These people [with mental disabilities] can do things they could never achieve otherwise,” Redmond says. “It has nothing to do with competition…They overcome obstacles.” As for Bierman, he is confident that he will do well in this competition and hopes that other people with the same disabilities would overcome their handicap as well. “Powerlifters should work hard at home,” he says with a gleam in his eyes. “They should get really strong and really, really healthy.” It seems like nothing on the world can stop Michael Bierman from overcoming any obstacle – be it in the competition or in life. This article was written for the on-the-spot feature story contest at J.A.C.C. It won first place. Pauline Guiuan can be reached at

Journalism Wins Are Big for El Vaquero Continued from Page 1

Bring-in / On-The-Spot:



HM Violeta Arrazola

3 Elizabeth Linares HM Benjamin Grenard



1 Marie Pauline Guiuan 2 Cynthia Perry FRONT PAGE LAYOUT


HM Kasia Faughn


3 Maria Kornalian INSIDE PAGE LAYOUT


4 Oliver Tan




UR El Vaquero


HM Jane Pojawa

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El Vaquero’s award-winning staff: clockwise from bottom center, Oliver Tan, Elizabeth Linares, Alison Geller, Kasia Faughn, Jane Pojawa, Olga Ramaz and Violeta Arrazola. Not pictured: Pauline Guiuan.

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‘Multicultural Manners’ Politely Corrects By PAULINE GUIUAN EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


ever give yellow flowers to an Iranian. Don’t leave your chopsticks sticking up in the middle of your rice bowl when dining with a Japanese friend. And if you ever visit Albania, shake your head if you mean “yes” and nod if you mean “no.” These are just a few of the proper social practices discussed at a lecture titled “Multicultural Manners” on Oct. 27 at Kreider Hall. The second in the Social Science Lecture Series, the lecture was given by Norine Dresser, a book author and former ESL professor at GCC. The lecture is titled after Dresser’s newly published book. Moderator Mike Eberts introduced Dresser by saying, “She has carved an important niche for herself that is very appropriate in a very diverse multicultural area like Southern California.” Dresser explained the importance of knowing and observing the proper manners in the presence of people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds. The idea is to not “offend people” and to not create disharmony,” Dresser said. “The whole point of multicultural manners is to show that

we’ve learned to establish an environment of respect for another,” said Dresser. The lecturer gave many examples of situations in which a person was offended by another person’s ignorance of these manners. She shared a story about an Australian businessman who was doing business in

and put it in the right place; bow to the person; and accept the card with both hands.” Doing this, Dresser says, establishes respect. Dresser believes that Americans in particular need to pay more attention to multicultural manners, especially when speaking.

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Author Norine Dresser explains international etiquette during a fun and informative lecture. Her new book tells how to be respectful of all cultures.

Japan and had offended his Japanese clients by accepting their business cards with one hand and then sticking the cards in his back pocket. Dresser then asked the audience what the Australian should have done to avoid the social faux pas. She then summed up their answers: “Look at the card

“Americans speak in such a direct way,” she said. “The rest of the world doesn’t.” She added that this results in confusion and misunderstanding, and advised the audience to avoid “yes-no questions” and always give details when talking to foreigners. She told a story of a woman


Deer have been showing up in all the wild places; mostly in the upper parking lot, also known affectionately as “Heart Attack Hill.” This young buck, with a distinctive left prong, was sighted on Oct. 22, and again on Oct. 26. Deer are notoriously shy and this one seems to be rather wary as well, but it bears repeating that wild animals need to stay wild for their own protection. Do not attempt to feed or pet campus deer. Jane Pojawa can be reached at

Photo by Jane Pojawa

This deer was spotted in the upper parking lot on Oct. 22.

who worked at the cafeteria in another college and was confounded with Bosnian students who would order hamburgers and only eat the pickles and the burger patty. “They thought that the bread was pork, because of the word ‘ham’ in hamburger,” Dresser explained. This is because Bosnian Muslims do not eat pork. Dresser also reminded the audience to be aware of other people’s religious practices. For instance, she said, people who practice Hindu find it disrespectful when the left hand is used to pass food, and it is also insensitive to invite Muslims to dinner during Ramadan while they are fasting. She explained that a gesture could mean one thing in one culture and have a different meaning in another culture. Giving yellow flowers to an Iranian means “I hate you,” according to Dresser, but to an Armenian it could mean, “I miss you.” Other gestures that could convey cheerful or positive messages in American culture could be offensive in other cultures, according to Dresser. Examples of these are the peace sign (holding up two fingers in a “V” shape), the thumbs-up gesture and the “A-Ok” sign (holding up the last three fingers while the thumb and fore-

finger form an “O”). All of these gestures have obscene and insulting meanings tantamount to cursing in other cultures. However, there are also some people from other cultures who do not observe their own traditional social rules and etiquette. “Just because someone belongs to a particular group doesn’t mean they follow rules exactly,” Dresser said. “There are always variations.” The lecture culminated in a question-and-answer portion, during which several members of the audience were able to share their own experiences that were related to multicultural etiquette. Harout Farajian, a GCC student, said that he thoroughly enjoyed the lecture. “It was very interesting,” he said. “I learned a lot.” Dresser’s newly published book, “Multicultural Manners,” is already in its second edition and is only one of the author’s several published books on cultural differences. A book signing session was held outside the hall after the lecture. “Every culture has its goals,” Dresser said. “We just have little tiny differences in the way we carry these goals.”

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Little Goblins Are Treat for Campus T

he Glendale Child Development Center got into the Halloween spirit with characteristic enthusiasm. The Dragons (4- to 5-year-olds) and the Crickets (3- to 4-year-olds), along with their teachers, a few parents and student workers, headed down to the campus on Halloween and went trick-or-treating

among the college faculty and staff offices. Armed with colorful bags and baskets for the anticipated heaps of candy, the children dressed up as popular cartoon characters and superheros ranging from Cinderella and Princess Jasmine to Batman and Buzz Lightyear. Photos by Jane Pojawa

Little Cricket princesses Jacqueline,background, as Snow White and Gracie as Cinderella seek their treats.


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Jordan, is a shy superhero, but he enjoys trick-or-treating with his cricket classmates.

The 3- and 4-year-old Crickets show off their colorful Halloween costumes. Front row, from left: Jean Luc, Adam, Emma, Gigi, Lucas, Victoria, and Max. Back row: Cricket teacher Sylvia Turrentine, Jeremy, Cricket teacher Tatiana Zargarian, Chelsea, Jacqueline, Maya, and Brianna. In the back are two moms and a student worker.

Gigi beams proudly as Wonderwoman.

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Anthropology Professor Illuminates Day of the Dead and Halloween By OLGA RAMAZ EL VAQUERO ARTS AND ANTERTAINMENT ADITOR


he aroma of bright yellow zempasuchil (marigolds) dance among the smell of home cooking, scents which collectively work together to wake the spirits of loved ones who have passed away. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to celebrate the dead, a day for the living to come to grips with the unavoidable reality that is death, and a day to summon spirits from their eternal sleep. Speaking on the subject of Day of the Dead was Club Anthro adviser and Anthropology professor Wendy Fonarow, who for a third year in a row presented a lecture before the GCC Classified Council on a theme relating to Halloween. “It has become a sort of tradition,” said Classified Council member Catherine Crawford. “She has such an extensive knowledge of the subject that I anticipate she will be able to provide us with lectures for years to come.” The theme for this year’s lecture is a result of last year’s speech when the topic of diverse attitudes towards the dead came about in a discussion. With this particular lecture, Fonarow wanted to demonstrate the differences between Halloween and Day of the Dead festivities. Fonarow illustrated Halloween as being more of an impersonal holiday as opposed to Day of the Dead which is more family oriented and geared to unite the living with the dead. Celebration for Dia de los Muertos stems from the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico who believed that the souls of the dead returned each year to visit with their living relatives to eat, drink and be merry, just like they did when they were living. Extravagant altars are made to honor the dead. These altars often consist of the favorite

foods of the deceased, mementos, pictures of the dead, lit candles and bunches of marigolds used in order to attract the dead. It is said that the strong smell of the marigolds, the scent of the food and the brightly lit candles guide the spirits back to their homes and beside their loved ones, which is the main purpose for setting up these altars. In contrast to Day of the Dead, Halloween calls for another approach which differs greatly from the other cultural celebration. For Halloween, people of all ages dress up in costumes and wear masks in order to deceive the spirits. The idea of saying “trick-or-treat,” as Fonarow explained, is threatening and forces people to give treats to those looking to cause mischief. Preceding the lecture Fonarow took the time to open up the floor for a question and answer segment, during which a member of the council asked a question relating to Halloween iconography. This spurred some interest from both Fonarow and the council to make it a possible topic for next year’s lecture, lectures which Fonarow enjoys very much. “For me, it’s [lecturing] is a way to stay up-to-date on what’s going on,” she said. “They’re topics that people like, but when they get to know them more, it just opens them up to something different.” In addition to Fonarow’s lecture, she was asked by the council to judge a pumpkin carving contest. All three of the pumpkins on display for judging illustrated a typical Halloween scene. Fonarow decided on a winner based on creativity and which pumpkin stuck most to the Halloween theme. The winning pumpkin depicted the typical, spooky hollow tree complete with reallive leaves placed delicately on the stem of the pumpkin. The magic began when the

lights in AD 217 were dimmed and the candles in the center of the pumpkins illuminated the room generating several “oohs and ah’s.” Winners of the pumpkin carving contest were said to have having learned new things about Day of the Dead. “Wendy Fonarow is totally engaging as a lecturer,” said Crawford. “Her knowledge about Halloween is so extensive that she literally can answer any question that is thrown at her.” Olga Ramaz can be reached at

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Wendy Fonarow judged a pumpkin carving contest sponsored by the Classified Council and gave a lecture on the difference between Day of the Dead and Halloween.


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Dia de Los Muertos Haunts Hollywood Forever

Club Anthro Consorts With Dearly Departed at With candles in hand, Club Anthro members Chris Jennings, Sarett Naldsian, Professor Fonarow, Danielle Forlizzi and Marina Gost prepare to observe the spirited festivities. Photo courtesy Club Anthro

Historic Cemetery


nthropology students from Club Anthro observed the spirited festivities on Saturday at the historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Day of the Dead observances, brought to Los Angeles from Mexico and Latin America, are becoming increasingly popular with the nonLatino population as a way to expand the celebration of Halloween. See related story on page 7 For additional photo coverage, see

Revelers apply haunting skeleton faces and create elaborate grave alters, like the one at the right, with personal items, fruit and flowers, and symbols. A grandmother’s mirror on a grave alter, left, frames a reflective moment.



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Revived Speech Team Grabs Victories By ALISON GELLER EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


fter not competing in tournaments for the past 30 years, Glendale’s Competitive Speech Team brought five medals home from Pasadena City College on Oct. 29 and 30, the fourth tournament they’ve been to this semester. Robert “Hot Stuff” Cannon and Dave Hale received a second place medal for their open duo interpretation of the short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber. Cannon, 26, a double major in Cinema and Photography, took two other medals as well. He came in second for his presentation in the after-dinner speaking event. His topic was about how American society views pornography. He came in fourth for the program oral interpretation speech; the theme was technology. When asked how he felt about his wins, Cannon replied “AOK,” adding that he felt elated.

Hale not only earned the second place medal for the duo interpretation, but also received fifth place for his prose interpretation of “Birth” by Amy Sedaris. Ira Heffler, a speech teacher and one of the team coaches, was gratfied when the other coaches came up to them and congratulated them for their wins. According to Jean Perry, Division Chair of Language Arts, GCC has had a competitive speaking team as far back as the 1950s and 1960s and have been competing in service clubs ever since. However, they hadn’t gone to tournaments since the mid 1970s because there were no coaches on staff. The Competitive Speech Team is a group of students of various majors. Several speech teachers on campus coach the team and help them practice and perfect their speeches. In a mutually supportative atmosphere, the team members also coach one another. When Zena Long was practicing her “speech to entertain” for

the Cal State Long Beach Arts Division. Perry was Long’s Speech 101 Tournament, held Oct. 15, she was coached by Perry and professor and after Long had Heffler as well as fellow team given a speech to entertain for members Luis Dela Rosa and the class, Perry, who liked the speech, told her about the comCannon. Long likes this system of get- petition. At first she wasn’t really interested, but Heffler talked ting feedback from the team. “I’m new,” said Long. “And her into it. “I’m glad I did [join],” said I need a lot of help. The more people who give me construc- Long. “I really am enjoying the competition.” tive critiAnother cism, the student who better.” at first did not S h e really want to came away join was Tim from that Peterson, 20, competialso a busition, which ness major. was her Peterson first, with had taken first place some classes in the with Heffler novice — Tim Peterson in the past. division At first he for her speech on sex changes. She said he was doing it as a favor to received a trophy, a skull that Heffler, more than for himself, because he really liked his lights up. Long is a second-semester teacher. And although he was very business major and a student worker in the in the Language wary going into the competition, he had to wear a suit and tie, not exactly something he was looking forward to. However, after the parliamentary debate, that he and debate partner Alex Kang did Oct. 21 at Azusa Pacific University, he felt a bit differently towards the team. “It was the most fun I’ve ever had and I would recommend it to anyone,” said Peterson. Peterson and Kang won two out of the six rounds in the debate. Since it was the first time GCC had a debate team compete in years they did great according to Perry. “Everyone is on a learning curve right now, both the students and the coaches,” said Heffler. Both Peterson and Kang said they were excited about the debate and want to go again. Kang, one of the few who joined by his own volition, said he joined

“ It was the most fun I’ve ever had”

because he wanted to get better at interviews. And in debating you need to quickly think of a reply, similar to being in an interview. Kyle Aaron, 22, a Graphic Design major and a member of the team who did impromptu speaking at Long Beach, heard about the team during his Speech 103 class, which both Perry and Heffler teach together. “Whether people like it or not, they need to come out of their bubble,” said Aaron. “It’s good life experience. I like it more than I thought I would.” “I would recommend it [to other students],” said Long. “It’s fun, for one. And it keeps you focused. It’s a lot of work, I’ve found out…to compete against these people because they’ve been doing it for years. You don’t go there to lose.” Students need not fear being in front of a large group of people though. Usually it’s just the judges, the other competitors and a few spectators. Long however prefers the audience with more people; at least with the speech to entertain. At the finals, where the crowd is usually the biggest, there were about 30 spectators. “You feed off the crowd’s responses, the laughter,” said Long. “If there are a few people there and they’re not laughing you feel like your not doing well.” The Competitive Speech Team has done rather well, besides the wins this weekend. In the warm-up competition held at El Camino College, Sept. 23 and 24, Alex Mandelberg received an Excellence Certificate (second place) for his speech to entertain, novice division. Long received first place for her speech to entertain at Long Beach. And also at Long Beach Cannon and Hale made it to the finals for their open duo interpretation for the same piece that they won with this weekend. They were the only team from a two year college to make it to the finals. There are no prerequisites for the Competitive Speech Team and it looks great on college applications. Students don’t See SPEECH, Page 11

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Students Vie for Minute of MTV Fame By OLGA RAMAZ EL VAQUERO



ou don’t want none,” said Sam Ledford, a 19year-old business major who shooed away passers-by as they curiously approached the auditioning table for an upcoming MTV show, “Yo Momma.” “I really don’t think anybody can beat me in trash-talking,” said Ledford. “I’m a showman. I think I got what it takes to be on the show.” Auditions for this new TV show, which is being produced by Wilmer

Valderrama of “That ‘70s Photo by Jane Pojawa

Edwin Alvarado: “Go ahead, talk **** about my momma.”

Show,” were held Oct. 26 at Plaza Vaquero. “It was a success, a huge success,” said casting associate Rachel Stevens. “I enjoyed meeting all the students. I think we had some great interviews of people with great personalities.” One of the first students to participate in the casting was Edwin Alvarado,who did not think twice about jumping on the opportunity to be on MTV. Alvarado demonstrated his trash-talking skills by challenging casting associate John Unger to a battle of words, a task that did not come as easy as he thought it would. “I am pretty good at bagging on people, but right here, I was coming into this relaxed,” said Alvarado. “I have to be in a state of mind. I can’t be relaxing and just be like ‘your momma’s so fat.’” The casting producer for the show, Katie McIntosh, said that the concept of the show spawned from the mind of Valderrama, who believes that a show like this could be the next big thing and even went as far as comparing it to a sport, but in the area of trash-talking. The auditioning process included several forms, a Polaroid snapshot, a quick interview and an impromptu showcase of the hopeful’s best jokes.

Competitive Speech Continued from page 10 have to have taken any speech classes to join the team. The one thing that makes both Heffler and Perry kind of disheartened, is that once they get the students trained in the art of speech, it’s almost time for them to transfer to a four year college. And who knows, maybe they will have to compete against each other. The team does not have a specific meeting time or place, though some of them can usually be found in Room AD 205 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. Their next competition is this weekend at CSUN and there will be over seven students going. Aaron will be doing impromptu speaking,

Dela Rosa will be doing pros interpretation of “The Psycho Ex-Game” by Merrill Makor and Andy Prieboy and Cannon will be doing five different speeches. Going into this tournament Heffler has high hopes. “Each time we go to competition we do significantly better then we did at the one before,” said Heffler. For more information on joining the team, or to attend a competition, go to the Language Arts Division Office in the Administration Building, Room AD 217 A, or call (818) 2401000 ext. 5504 for Jean Perry and ext. 3113 for Ira Heffler. Alison Geller can be reached at

Among those who were auditioning for the show was Amanda Ainsworth, who was initially hesitant to audition, but in the end was persuaded to fillout the proper paperwork and participate in the casting. “I felt bad about just putting someone down that I didn’t know,” said Ainsworth. “But they [casting associates] explained that it was a controlled environment and it was just out of fun.” The show will be based in Los Angeles and is scheduled to air in February, Monday through Friday. The winners that emerge throughout the week will have a final showdown on Friday to crown the ultimate champion of trash-talking. Each day’s winner gets $1,000 and if this victor takes home the crown at the end of the week, they walk away with another $1,000.

“It’s a really cool thing to be able to go on MTV, be funny and get paid,” said McIntosh. “There’s nothing to lose.” The casting was held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and even after the casting crew was set to call it a day, students continued to approach the table, drawn by the iconic MTV logo. “I definitely think we’ve gotten a lot of quality people from GCC and probably everybody that we’ve met here has potential for being on the show,” said Stevens. Casting for “Yo Momma” will continue all throughout the greater L.A. area and Unger does not rule out another visit to the campus. “I would say Glendale ranks in the top for how receptive they were,” said Unger. “Hopefully we’ll come back.”

Photo by Oliver Tan

Sam Ledford: “When they ask me to perform, I perform.” Olga Ramaz can be reached at


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Lineman Sees Anything As Possible University of Washington, and the University of Minnesota have all looked at Bonwell. His ultimate dream would be to make it to the NFL so his mother won’t have to work anymore and so he could build a church for his father, who is a pastor. “My mom has been holding four jobs for as long as I could remember and she’s 51 now,” said Bonwell, who is the second youngest in a family of 10. “I’m tired of seeing her work.” Bonwell also plans to defy all the people who have told him he can’t make it because of his age. As inspiration, Bonwell uses Mike Anderson, tailback for the Denver Broncos, as an example. Anderson, who was also in the Marines and didn’t end his service until he was 25, went on to a community college and played football, got a scholarship to Utah State and then got drafted to the NFL at the age of 29. Anderson then went on to win rookie of the year. “Every time I think that, I think ‘if he could do it, than so can I,’” said Bonwell. For Bonwell, where there’s a will there’s a way. The sky is the limit.



ell him it can’t be done and he’ll tell you it can be done. Tell him it’s impossible and he’ll tell you anything is possible. Discourage his hopes, dreams and aspirations and you’ll find he won’t budge. This is the strength of mind of Jason Bonwell, 24, starting defensive lineman for the Vaquero football team. His drive and love for the game of football has help to thrust his team into its best start in years with an overall record of 6-2. Part of his hard-work ethic has come from what he learned when by serving four years with the U.S. Marines. After graduating from high school in 1999, Bonwell, who in fact played basketball at John Muir High School in Pasadena, made an agreement with his mother that if he didn’t get a full scholarship to play basketball, he would join the military. After receiving only partial scholarships to some of the schools that were recruiting him, Bonwell decided it would be best for him to go into the service. Two weeks after graduation, Bonwell was off to boot camp at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside. Bonwell continued playing basketball for the Marine basketball team and also went to school on base to learn to become an electrician. In July 2002, Bonwell and his platoon, the 1st Combat Engineering Battalion, were sent on a training mission to Okinawa, Japan. But in March 2003, their training was abruptly ended when the war in Iraq began. Bonwell was then sent to Baghdad, Iraq in April 2003, where he fortunately only stayed for two months. During his stay in Iraq, Bonwell lost friends during combat that he had trained with in boot camp, but knew he had to stay strong. “It was hard to adapt to, but life has to go on,” said Bonwell. “If one man goes down, it doesn’t stop the whole operation. That is what I signed up for and they said this could happen.” After two months in Iraq, Bonwell had completed his four years of service in the military.

Photo by Jane Pojawa

Jason Bonwell hopes that his hard work on the gridiron will propel him to his goal of making it to the NFL.

But when he started his civilian life over, he realized it was harder than he thought. “I was so used to that [Marine] lifestyle…getting three meals a day, not having to worry about what to wear or about rent, that I considered going back to the Marines,” said Bonwell. That didn’t happen though because Bonwell’s father convinced his son that he had other options. “My dad talked me out of it,” said Bonwell. “He told me to use my athletic ability and to make something of it.” The advice surely paid off. This season, Bonwell has been named defensive player of the week twice in the Western State Conference and has broken the team’s single season quarterback sack record of 17, a record that had been unbroken since 1985. And for his hard work and determination, he has helped guide

his team to a tie for first place in the Western State Conference. “He’s just a great leader and a hard worker,” said head football coach, John Cicuto. “He brings a positive attitude to the games and practice and is always willing to help the freshmen.” Since Bonwell joined the football team last year, which was his first year playing on an organized football team, Cicuto said the player has made some extensive improvements and has worked really hard off-season to better himself and the team. “His transition from his freshman year to his sophomore season has been incredible,” said Cicuto. Bonwell can also add father to his resume; he has a 2-year-old son. Cicuto also gives credit to Bonwell for taking care of school as well as family. “He has a lot of responsibilities and has managed to take care of school,” Cicuto

said. “He’s a great father.” Bonwell, who will graduate this spring with his associate’s degree in Social Science, wants to get a full ride to a division one school, UCLA in particular. “If UCLA doesn’t happen, that won’t stop my career,” said Bonwell, who plans to attend whichever school offers him the best scholarship. Currently, Arizona State, the

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Bi-Weekly Vaquero Sports Updates Š Scores Š Highlights CROSS COUNTRY The Vaquero men and women dominated the Western State Conference Championships last Tuesday at Allan Hancock College by winning both titles for the first time in tandem since 2001. The men won their first title since 2003 and 15th in the last 19 years and the women won for the first time since 2001 and for the eighth time since 2001. The men’s team scored 43 points and easily distanced Ventura which finished second with 73 points and Oxnard which had 93 points to finish third. Luis Castenada was the top Glendale finisher over the four-mile course in 21:18.9 to finish second overall as three Glendale runners finished second through fourth. Ivan Perez was third in

21:19.7, Joseph Lopez was fourth in 21:29.9, Preston Richardson was 10th in 21:42.9 and Alberto Ramos was 24th in 22:29.4. The women scored 57 points to win ahead of second-place Bakersfield with 76 points and third-place Cuesta had 102 and was led by Liliana Hernandez who placed fifth over the three mile course in 19:58. Vanessa Murillo was eighth in 20:11.7, Maribel Cespedes was 10th in 20:24.1, Ana Rodriguez was 14th in 20:42 and Maria Castenada was 20th in 21:10.05. Glendale competes in the Southern California Championships November 4 in San Diego. FOOTBALL It took four quarters of regulation play and three overtimes but Glendale finally overcame a slow start with a frantic finish to defeat West Los Angeles College 56-5 4 Saturday. The victory improves

the Vaqueros overall record to 62 and they are 4-1 in the WSC South and are tied with Citrus for first place. Glendale was ranked No. 10 in Southern California in the COA Poll and 20th in the state by J.C. Grid wire last week. Offensively, the team was led by quarterback Steve Martinez and receiver Darion Donnelly who both earned WSC Player of the Week honors. Martinez ran for three touchdowns and passed for four touchdowns and was 14 of 21 for 261 yards. Donnelly caught nine balls for 151 yards and three scores including the game tying touchdown in the third overtime as well as the 2point conversion pass from Martinez that clinched the win. Running back Jamal Rashad shook off an injury to run for 176 yards in 33 carries to spearhead the ground game. Glendale hosts Santa Monica Saturday at 5.p.m in its final

home game of the regular season at Sartoris Field. The sophomores will be honored before the game for their contributions to Glendale College Football. WOMEN’S SOCCER Glendale split a pair of games last week and is now 11-6-1 overall and 5-3-1 in WSC. They fell to Santa Monica 3-1 last Tuesday and then beat Canyons 2-1 Friday. In the win over Canyons, Janet De Lao scored both goals for the Vaqueros. The Vaqueros play at Pierce Tuesday and host Bakersfield Friday at Sartoris Field at 7:00 p.m. MEN’S SOCCER The Vaqueros swept a pair of games last week to improve to 49-4 overall and 2-3-3 in WSC. They beat Santa Barbara 1-0 last Tuesday and beat Oxnard 2-1 last Friday. Glendale was to have hosted

Citrus tomorrow night but the Owls will forfeit that game. They will host Mission Friday at 5 p.m. at Sartoris Field. WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL The Vaqueros dropped a pair of matches last week to fall to 014 overall and 0-7 in WSC. They Vaqueros lost to Bakersfield in three games last Tuesday and fell to Citrus 3017, 30-17, 30-14 Friday. In the loss to Citrus, Christine Hyman led Glendale with 10 kills and Amber Barton added 10 assists. Karla Martinez had nine digs and Dani Regan had two service aces. The Vaqueros play at Santa Monica Tuesday and host Canyons Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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Magician Boasts ‘A Natural Talent for Deception’ By PAULINE GUIUAN EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


stocky man in a long black coat and a green silk vest stands alone at the edge of the stage. He holds up a long piece of rope for the audience, which waits with bated breath. He sprinkles imaginary “pixie dust” on the rope and speaks the magic words, “Sim Salabam!” And voila, the rope is magically cut into three separate pieces in the twinkling of an eye. This is Whit Haydn, a professional magician who was the star of a magic show on the main stage of the Auditorium Tuesday. Haydn was invited by the Associated Students of GCC (ASGCC) to perform his tricks on campus as a postHalloween treat.

Haydn began the show with the traditional trick of pulling a red scarf from an egg. Under the pretense of divulging the secrets of his magic to the audience and “explaining how things are done,” Haydn said that the trick was to “get all of [the scarf] inside your hand…and leave a hole in the eggshell the size of your thumb.” Having stuffed the scarf inside the hole in the egg, Haydn then peels off the red spot which is supposedly the “hole” where through which the scarf can still be seen – the “hole” had transformed into a round red sticker, which Haydn then stuck on his forehead. He then shows the audience a completely intact egg, and cracks it on a glass to prove that the scarf is not inside it. “It’s what we magicians call

‘the element of surprise,’” Haydn said. The next trick was the rope trick. “This secret comes from an ancient knot,” Haydn said as he held up a long white rope. “It’s called the ‘Mongolian Pop Knot.” For this trick, Haydn twisted the long piece of rope, pulled it tight and sprinkled some imaginary pixie dust on it. When he released the rope from one hand, it had become three separate pieces of the same length. After pronouncing the magic words again, the three pieces had magically changed into three different lengths. The magician’s tricks were enhanced by his lively, animated demeanor and jokes. When asked by a member of the audience where he gets his “pixie dust,” Haydn assumed an

expression of mock severity. “I grind my own,” Haydn replied. “I need to send my children out of the house because pixies make a hell of a noise in the blender.” Haydn also kept the audience involved by asking for volun-

were met with much laughter and applause. When asked how long he has been performing magic, Haydn replies, “Since I was 10 years old.” “I found out then that I had a natural talent for fraud and

Photo by Elizabeth Linares

Nune Aleksanyan is surprised by Magician Whit Haydn’s linking rings trick.

teers to assist him with his tricks. For his “Chinese linking rings” trick, Haydn had a female student hold the large steel hoops as he mysteriously interlocks them by just running one hoop through another. For his card tricks, he approached members of the audience and asked them to pick a card that would magically appear on top of the deck, in the magician’s pocket or underneath the volunteer’s shoe. Another trick was performed using a transistor radio-like contraption that Haydn said he had invented. Haydn asked a member of the audience for a dollar bill and stuck it on the tip of the contraption’s antenna, and after a few seconds the tip of the antenna had erupted into flames that consumed the bill. Haydn then picked up a lemon, sliced it down the middle, and lo and behold, there was the dollar bill - with the same serial number as the one that had been “burned.” “You guys are a wonderful audience,” Haydn said. “I only wish I had a better act.” All of the magician’s tricks and jokes

deception,” he said. “That was 46 years ago.” Members of the audience said that they loved the show and would like to see more magic shows on campus. “It was funny and very entertaining,” one student said. Pauline Guiuan can be reached at

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CALENDAR O N C AMPUS EXHIBITIONS “Shaky Peanuts” — The GCC art gallery presents sculptures by Donald Morgan and Mason Cooley, running through Nov. 12. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, and by appointment Saturdays. For more information, call Roger Dickes, the newly appointed gallery director, at (818) 240-1000, ext. 5663 or go to gallery.

PERFORMANCES “Romeo and Juliet” — The GCC Theater Arts Department presents William Shakespeare’s tragic love story in the Auditorium’s Mainstage Theater. Performamces are today, Saturday, and Thursday through Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. Matinees are at 2 p.m on Sunday and on Nov. 13. Admission is $10, $6 for students and seniors, and $4 per person for groups of 10 or more. For information and reservations, call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5618. “Phanatics” — The Glendale College Dance Department presents its annual fall recital, called “Phanatics,” Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Sierra Nevada dance theater. Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5556. “Last Leaves of Autumn” — The Glendale College Jazz Band will be in concert Nov. 20 at 4

p.m. in the Auditorium Mainstage Theater. Instrumental arrangements of jazz and popular tunes will be performed. Raymond Burkhart directs. Tickets are $7 for general admission, and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5621, or visit SPORTS Women’s Soccer — • The team meets Bakersfield at GCC today at 3 p.m. • The team plays Citrus at GCC at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. • The GCC team meets LA Valley at LA Valley on Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. Men’s Soccer — • The team faces LA Mission at GCC today at 5 p.m. • The GCC team meets Hancock at Hancock on Tuesday at 7 p.m. • The GCC men play Moorpark at Moorpark on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. • The GCC men meet College of the Canyons at GCC on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball — • the GCC team meets College of the Canyons at College of the Canyons tonight at 7 p.m. • The team faces L.A. Pierce at L.A. Pierce on Tuesday at 7 p.m. •The team plays Bakersfield at GCC on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. • The GCC team meets Citrus at Citrus on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. • The team plays Santa Monica at GCC on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Football —

• The team plays Santa Monica at GCC Saturday at 5 p.m. • The GCC team meets East L.A. at East L.A. on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Women’s Basketball — • The GCC women’s team faces Hancock at Hancockon on Nov. 12 at 5.30 p.m. • Women’s Basketball Vaquero shoot-out at GCC on Nov. 17, 18, 19 and 20. Men’s Basketball — • The GCC team meets Chaffey at GCC on Wednesday at 7 p.m. • Men’s Basketball Vaquero TipOff Tournament at GCC on Nov. 11 and 12. • The GCC men face L.A. Pierce at GCC on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Cross Country — • Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Southern California Championships at UCSD today.

Humanities / Social Science lectures are presented from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays in Kreider Hall. The series features: • A panel of experts will talk about what to expect if a high magnitude earthquake hits Southern California. “The Big One and How To Survive It” will cover the question of what we can do to survive The Big One and its aftermath. Nov. 17. For more information, call coordinator Mike Eberts at (818) 2401000, ext. 5352.

TRANSFER NEWS • Jim Dines of the L.A. County Museum of Natural History will give a lecture in conjunction with the current exhibition on display in the Cimmarusti Science Center Exhibit Hall, “Bones: The Hidden Structures of Life.” The lecture will be held at the Camino Real building in Room 234 on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.

LECTURES / FILMS Science Lecture Series — Glendale College’s Science Lecture series are presented on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Santa Barbara Room 234. The series: • JPL senior systems engineer Trina L. Ray presents “The Cassini Mission” on Nov. 22. Lectures are free. For information, call coordinator Sid Kolpas at (818) 240-1000, ext. 5378. Humanities / Social Science Lecture Series — Glendale Community College’s

Go to • Mental Health counseling is available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Health Center is located on the first floor of the San Rafael building and hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5909.

Evening Transfer Fair— • University representatives will be on campus on Nov. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. The fair will be held at San Rafael Plaza. For more information about the fair and the list of colleges and universities visit the Transfer Center at

HEALTH CENTER Health Center — • Come into the Health Center for first aid, RN evaluation, over-the-counter medication health literature, hearing tests and vision screenings. TB testing is also available on select dates. • The Health Center is offering free and anonymous HIV testing Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Nov 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Flu Shots are no longer available. The American Lung Association has a Web site to locate local flu clinics.

OTHER ACTIVITIES The Competitive Speech Team —GCC’s speech and debate team will be competing this weekend at Cal State Northridge. Parlimentary Debate is today and Saturday. Events will be held through Sunday. For more information go to the Language Arts office AD 217 A, or call (818) 551-1000, ext. 5504. To submit a listing e-mail

A ROUND T OWN EXHIBITIONS Artists’ Market — The Artists’ Market is from noon to dusk on the third Friday of very month at 101 N. Brand Blvd. Local artists display their photography, jewelry, paintings and more. For more information, call (818) 548-2780. “The Romantic Spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright” — An Exhibition of photography by Carol Bishop of

the architect’s work at the Huntington Library in San Marino runs through Sunday. Today 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $6 $15. For more information, call (626) 405-2100.

PERFORMANCES “The Master Builder” — The Noise Within Theatre located at

234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, presents Henrik Ibsen’s drama. The play opens tonight at 8 p.m. and runs through Dec. 11. Admission is $45 on opening night, $36 on Friday and Saturday evenings, and $32 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, and weekend matinees. For reservations, call (818) 240-0910, ext. 1. Nari Dance Group — The Alex

Theatre presents Armenian folkloric dance Saturday at 5 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $25. “Candide”— The Alex Theatre presents “Candide,” a play based on Voltaire’s satirical novel. Performances are on Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. General admission tickets are $20. For information, call (818) 243 -

ALEX from noon to 6 p.m. Wicked Tinkers — Celtic muscians Wicked Tinkers and the Celtic rock band Tempest will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at the historic a Scottish Rite Center, 150 N. Madison Ave., Pasadena. Admission for adults is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For ticket reservations, call (818) 548 - 4566 or visit online at

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‘Romeo Juliet’’


classic love story by William Shakespeare about two star-crossed lovers caught between their fueding families. Romeo, of the House of Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, capture each others eyee and fall in love only for it to end in tragedy. “Romeo and Juliet”is performed Thursday Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Nov. 13. For more information or reservations call 818 240 1000 x5618. General admission is $10, seniors and students are $6 and the group rate for six or more people is $4. See related article on page 3

Top: Tybalt, played by Ben Marquis, shows off his sword- fighting skills. Right: star-crossed lovers Romeo, Nicholas Helack, and Juliet, Zarah Mahler, share a romantic kiss. Bottom: The Masquerade Ball where the two lovers meet for the first time. Above: Lady Capulet, played by Jenny Halterman, Juliet and Nurse, played by Valerie Walker, share secrets about men.


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