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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


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resident Barack Obama hosted a teleconference Monday morning with student journalists from colleges and universities across the nation to discuss steps his administration has taken to address higher education concerns of young Americans. In his opening remarks, the president said that the United States has fallen behind in education. “In a single generation we’ve fallen first to 12th in college graduation rates for young adults,” he said. “And if we’re serious about building a stronger economy, making sure we succeed in the 21st century, then the single most important step we can take, is to make sure that every young person gets the best education possible. …” In Obama’s 2009 State of the Union address he proposed that by 2020, the United States would once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. On Monday he discussed the policies his administration is planning to implement, as well as those that have already been implemented, to reach this goal. One of the steps the president is taking to make education more available to students is by changing the way federal student loans are administered. “Instead of handing over $60 billion in unwarranted subsidies to big banks, that were essentially getting this money to fulfill the loans that were guaranteed by the federal government, we’re redirecting that money so that it goes directly to students,” he said. “And that’s allowing us to support community colleges and make college more affordable for nearly 8 million students and families.” The passage of the Affordable Health Care Act earlier this year is also expected to help students, as it allows young adults to remain under their parents’ health care plans until the age of 26. Another step the Obama administration is taking is to ensure that higher education creates a workforce that will be ready for new jobs in the future. Obama said that community colleges will play a crucial role in this step and has planned a first-ever White House summit on community colleges for next week. “That way stakeholders are going to be able to discuss how community colleges can make sure we’ve got the most educated workforce in the world in relevant subjects that help people get jobs,” he said. The third step of the higher education strategy is to make sure more students graduate from college. The president said that more than one third of the nation’s college students and more than one half of minority students fail to obtain a degree even after six years. “And that’s a waste of potential, particularly if

folks are racking up big debt and then they don’t even get the degree at the end — they still have to pay back that debt, but they’re not in a stronger position to be able to service it.” Obama said that while it is ultimately up to students to finish school, his administration can help in eliminating certain barriers, particularly for students who attend school while working or raising families. “So that’s why I’ve long proposed what I call a college access and completion fund, which would develop, implement and evaluate new approaches to improving college success and completion, especially for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds,” he said. The administration is also ensuring that younger veterans receive educational support with a post9/11 G.I. Bill. The president has included undocumented students in his plan for a more accessible higher education and said that the DREAM Act needs to be passed. “Some of you are probably aware this is important legislation that will stop punishing young people who — their parents brought them here; they may not have been documented, but they’ve for all intents and purposes grown up as American young people,” the president said. The DREAM Act would allow these students to obtain legal status by continuing with their higher education or serving in the U.S. armed forces. President Obama entertained questions from four student journalists upon explaining the gist of his higher education strategy. Colin Daileda from Radford University in Virginia asked what other steps the president is taking to help students attain a level of stability after college, apart from the Affordable Health Care Act. “The key is for us to keep on improving the economy, and that’s going to be my number one priority over the next several years,” Obama said. “If … we’re investing in small businesses so they can open their doors and hire more workers, if we’re … investing in clean energy — all those things are going to open up new opportunities for young people with skills and talent for the future.” In subsequent questions, the president clarified other ways in which it would be easier for young Americans to obtain a higher education. In modifying the way federal loans are administered, student graduates will not be required to pay more than 10 percent of their salaries per month to fulfill their loans. Additionally, graduates who enter public service will be forgiven any remaining student debt after 10 years as long as they keep up with their payments. [See Obama, page 3]

On the Cover: Families gather on Olvera Street to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s Independence from Spain. See story page 6. More recently, Glendale’s Armenian community celebrated independence from the former Soviet Union last weeked. See story page 4 GCC students come from all over the world, not only Armenia and Mexico, see where some of our international students hail from and what brought them to Glendale, pages 5-6.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010



Fall Scholarship EOPS Counselor Dinh Luu Passes Unexpectedly Deadline Approaches By Agnes Constante EL VAQUERO COPY EDITOR



ong time Glendale College counselor Dinh Luu died Sept. 17 at the age of 63 due to a brain aneurysm. An immigrant from Vietnam, Luu arrived in the United States in 1975. She pursued a master’s degree in social work at UCLA, graduating in 1982. In that same year she began working at GCC as an Extended Opportunity Program and Services counselor, and also taught student development. “She started quite a bit before I did … she was a very loving person who took a real interest in people as people,” said EOPS counselor Greg Perkins. Throughout her 28-year tenure at Glendale, Luu was known as someone who was always willing to give advice, to both her students and colleagues alike. “Every time a student [needed] to have some sort of support in terms of a petition or an appeal,

even if she didn’t have time, she would make time to help that student out,” said counselor John Aque. “She was never too busy to give advice about anything, whether it was financial, planting, or raising children,” said EOPS counselor Shakeh Atatian. “I knew she had four children, so when I started having my children she was always there to give me advice.” Luu was also described as a generous person. “I was involved in a charity and every year as a way of giving a Christmas gift to the people in the office, she would donate a couple of hundred dollars to this social service agency that she knew of through me,” said Perkins. “And she would tell everybody that she made this donation in our honor.” In addition to working fulltime at Glendale, she also volunteered at various counseling conferences, including the AsianPacific Americans in Higher Education conference. Following her retirement in

President’s Message got to set their sights a little bit lower than their parents or Although young adults can their grandparents. And I just now stay under their parents’ want to remind people that health care until the age of 26, you guys all have enormous this provision of the Affordable challenges that you’re going to Health Care Act assumes that have to face, but you continue the person’s employer does not to live in the most vibrant, most offer health care. Should an dynamic, wealthiest nation on employer provide health care Earth.” for a young adult, this person He added that in order to cannot opt to be under his or overcome the obstacles faced her parents’ plan instead, and by today’s generation, students must accept the employer’s should maintain an awareness offer. of politics and actively take Obama closed by part. encouraging young adults to “We’ve got an election remain optimistic about the coming up. I want everybody future. to be well informed and to “I know we’ve gone participate. If you do, then I through a tough time these feel very optimistic about the last two years. And I do worry country’s future.” sometimes that young folks, having grown up or come of age in difficult economic times, start feeling as if their horizons Agnes Constante can be reached at have to be lowered and they’ve [Obama, from page 2]

2008 Luu remained active at the college’s EOPS as an hourly counselor. She is remembered as a person with a big heart who got along well with everyone she worked with. “Dinh added so much to the Student Services Division and to all of GCC,” said academic counselor Sandy Lee. “We will miss Dinh dearly, as a friend and colleague.” The EOPS will be creating a scholarship fund in memory of Luu. Anyone who would like to contribute is welcome to do so. Memorial services for Luu included a viewing on Wednesday and Thursday, and a burial on Friday at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier. Luu is survived by her husband, Thuong Do; daughter, Jean Do; and sons George Do, Richard Do and Edward Do.

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tudents at GCC may benefit from the biggest scholarship program in the state, according to Susan Borquez-Dougherty, head of the Glendale Community College scholarship program. “We are assisting students financially so that they can continue their education,” she said. The requirements are simple and straightforward. Students who have completed 12 units and have a GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply. Scholarships are available for both transfer students as well as for continuing students. She explained that once a student is ready to transfer, they may take the money they are awarded. When the program first began there were more than 500 applicants for the numerous and various scholarships, and last year the number doubled to over 1,000 applicants. “It’s important to apply now because the deadline for fall is Oct. 15, and by then you must

submit your application and ask a teacher and counselor to write you a recommendation which is all done online,” stressed Borquez-Dougherty. “If [students] miss this deadline they can apply for spring, which has more scholarship opportunities.” This straightforward application can be completed online at scholarships. Participating in school programs, such as being part of a club or ASB, greatly improve a student’s chances of receiving a scholarship. You are required also to write a personal essay in which you discuss your financial hardships and why you need a scholarship. Include your major and why you chose that specific major and how you can help others with your career choice. You are limited to 1,000 characters (not words) for the recommendation, in which you must include spaces and punctuation. [See Deadline, page 4]


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Armenians Achieve 19 Years of Independence By Rachel Elizabeth Mills EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


crowd gathered in Verdugo Park Sunday to celebrate the 19th Armenian Independence Day, which is officially on Sept. 21. Covered booths where set up in the middle of the park offering services, information, and items for sale. Outside the ring of covered booths was a kabob stand called the Original Kabob Factory. Near the service booths was a stage where Armenian singers entertained. A group known by the name of “Nor Serount” (New Generation) has conducted the festival for 12 years with help from the city of Glendale. Other contributors this year included Money Gram, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and the gas and power companies. The Armenian publication Yerevan was also present with a booth.

The people dancing to the music in front of the stage ranged greatly in age, from seniors to a much younger generation that seemed proud of their heritage and culture. Some of the dancing was unlike anything seen on television from today’s pop princesses and princes. Most of the dancing was traditional Armenian. Across from the stage was a covered booth containing artwork from a local retired art teacher who had attended the Independence Day celebration last year. The artist, Gloria Beyer, was so moved after watching the Armenian folk dancers that she painted a series of pictures featuring strong sensual Armenian women dancing. Two other pieces in the exhibit depicted landscapes. One landscape was of Mount Ararat, the mountain of legend where Noah landed after the floods.

The other landscape depicted an Armenian Genocide memorial. The retired teacher is not Armenian. She said that she came to the event out of curiosity and then saw the women dancing. She hopes that her art might bridge cultural gaps. Gary Sinanian, the event leader, was proud to be hosting this artist at the event. Sinanian believed that she helped to generate interest in Armenian culture. Steven H Gimian, one of the emcees, who has taken part in the event in previous years, recounts the moving experience from 2001 that helped bring the American culture and the Armenian culture together. “We were asked to not host the event (Armenian Independence Day),” said. He said that after the tragedy of 9/11, people did not think it was proper to celebrate like that. In response to the national tragedy, the

group gathered together and presented an award to the service people of Glendale. GCC Armenian studies Professor Levon Marashlian said that the importance of celebrating Armenian independence is that the time frame of Armenia’s independence has been such a brief time, comparatively. The people celebrating their independence on Sunday displayed what makes being an Armenian American unique. “They are a people that stay with the land in heart,” the professor said.

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CULTURE & CONTINUITY: Steven H. Gimian, master of ceremonies.

Food For Thought Helps Disadvantaged Students By Adrianna Orellana EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


ith the increasing price of textbooks, the cost of classes, school supplies, and other necessities, many students end up with hardly enough money for food and other basic necessities. The Food for Thought program at GCC offers aid to students who are in financial need. Food for Thought was started in 1995 by members Jeanette Stirdivant, academic counselor of Student Services Division; Joy Cook, associate dean of DSPS; and Valerie Rhaney, counselor at the Center for Students with Disabilites, as well as other faculty and staff members. They had noticed that many students were sacrificing food for books and school materials. “When we started this program, textbooks were

expensive, and throughout the years, textbook prices have increased tremendously,” said Stirdivant. “We want to help out students even more with this program so they can buy other things that they need but normally don’t, because they choose to buy the textbooks for school.” The Food for Thought program gives between 10 and 15 awards annually to those students who apply and are selected by the Food for Thought committee, which includes participating faculty and staff, the financial aid director, and participants and donors. On average, 150 to 200 applications are received annually. The awards of $1,000 are distributed throughout a 10-month period, during which recipients obtain $100 awards in gift certificates and local market gift cards. The applications are chosen by the committee

Scholarships [“Deadline,” from page 3] punctuation. Scholarship recipients will be chosen at the end of the fall and spring semester. If you are awarded a scholarship, letters will be mailed during the winter and summer sessions.

You will not be notified if you did not receive one. For any questions email Borquez-Dougnezty at Brandon Gardnercan be reached at

according to the financial need and personal statement of the applicant. Money for the program is collected through voluntary payroll deductions of faculty, staff and members who participate, organizations in Glendale that donate money to the program, ASGCC donations, and gift card contributions from Ralph’s supermarket. Throughout the years Food for Thought has helped out homeless students, single mothers and single fathers, and families where both young parents may be attending school but only one might be working to support the family. Students who have previously won a Food for Thought award have sent back thank you letters to the members who helped them out, describing their accomplishments in school and how receiving the award helped them when they needed it the most. Stirdivant recalled a letter sent to her by an award recipient which said, “I was able to take my child to the grocery store, and it was a simple yet rewarding experience to be able to buy things that we normally couldn’t afford. Or buy fruits that we usually wouldn’t be able to get.” Other students who have

benefitted from the Food for Thought program went on to transfer to the USC Physician Assistant program, complete the Registered Nursing program at GCC, transfer to CSUN, CSULA, and UC Berkeley, and complete the ESL program. For many students, it is financially difficult to buy the books they need in order to pass the classes necessary to obtain their degree. Ironically, they are attempting to obtain a degree in order to get a better job and to be able to afford food and other necessities. These students would rather buy their books than food. It is because of this cycle that Food for Thought hopes to lend students a helping hand. Forms are sent to faculty and staff members who may wish to participate in payroll deductions towards the Food for Thought program. Students who want to apply must be enrolled in a minimum of six units of academic or vocational course work as listed on their current Student Educational Plan (SEP), have successfully completed at least 12 units at GCC, maintained a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, met residency requirements of the State of California and be eligible for the Board of Governors Enrollment

Fee Waiver, and have a complete financial aid file as required by the Financial Aid Office. Once the requirements have been met, students must fill out an annual Food for Thought Program form, and submit it along with a copy of their current SEP signed by a counselor within the past six months. They must also submit a copy of their most recent federal income tax return and, if a dependent student (as determined by the Financial Aid office), a copy of their parents’ most recent federal tax return. Application forms are available at the EOPS office, the Financial Aid office, Center for Students with Disabilities, International Students Center, the Scholarship office, or any counseling office. Applications and additional required forms must be turned in at the Center for Students with Disabilities, located on the second floor of the San Rafael building. The deadline to apply for both the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters is Oct. 22 at noon. Late applications will not be considered and there will be no additional application period for this academic year.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010



International Students Adjust to Life on Campus

Graphic by Derek Stowe

WHERE IN THE WORLD?: Glendale’s International Students come from all over the world, but Sweden and the Far Eastern counties are the most represented. Nancy Yalley, clockwise from top left, is from Sweden; Anna Gharibyan, is an Armenian from Russia; Umi Ngom, is Japanese, but her father was from Senegal; Kawing Leung is from Hong Kong; Minh Tran, from Vietnam, has Chinese parents and Anh Nguyen, International student adviser and senior coordinator, is also from Vietnam.

By Derek Stowe



djusting to life at GCC is challenging yet rewarding for International Students. While dealing with culture shock and the language barrier, they must take assessment tests, follow an education plan, make new friends and ultimately complete at least 12 units. “It’s important to do well when first starting out,” said David Nelson, the director of recruiting international students, who travels the globe in his work. “Good grades, a good foundation in English, and working relationships with both teachers and classmates are essential,” he said. Nelson has had good luck when reaching out to Southeast Asia and Sweden. He is currently on a tour of educational fairs in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Vietnam. He said, “Sometimes, age differences can make the adjustment intimidating. Students, who are too young and have never travelled before, may be terrified when they first get here. But there are counselors, activities and a club for building a support system here.” Out of the 16,000 students attending GCC, more than 450 are international students with

an F-1 visa from more than 50 countries, according to the International Student Program office. Another 50 or so are here with other types of visas. To get an F-1 visa, foreign students must show proof of financial backing, have strong ties to their home country and possess the intent to return home after their studies. The countries most represented are Japan, Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong, Sweden, Sri Lanka and Armenia. Kawing Leung, 19, an economics major, was born in Hong Kong and was raised there until she came to the U.S. in 2008. She used to be a model, but now she plans to join the family business, which acquires bankrupt companies. International students may tend to isolate when facing a strange new environment. Besides her position as treasurer for the International Student Association (ISA), Leung mainly keeps to herself and her 300 friends on Facebook or watches soap operas, which she can get in Cantonese via the Internet. International student adviser and senior coordinator Anh Nguyen suggests that students “Get out there and meet new people” in order to avoid patterns of escape. Finding friends

or counselors to “lean on” is critical. “Stress is cyclical… very high from the first couple weeks of the semester.” Besides dealing with personal shopping needs, adjusting to a new housing environment, often suffering an illness, and dealing with transportation, an international student must learn what the expectations of teachers are and how the courses are run. “So we do a little hand-holding from the beginning to help students get off to the right start.” “Supports given to the international students here are, I think, the best amongst all colleges,” said Leung. “Counselors are so nice and are always of help for things like enrolling in classes or finding a roommate.” When it comes to Leung’s studies, her oceanography class is fine, but reading Shakespeare’s sonnets in English 101 really bugs her: “What was he trying to say?” she complains, “I have to look up almost every single word!” She dreads having to read a whole Shakespearian play. “College is a lot different from high school” Leung continues. High school in Hong Kong, which is not the same as high school in the U.S., is quite different than GCC. “The hardest thing that I am currently still adjusting to is

how the professors teach. In high school, teachers remind us and are of help every day, but in college everything is on our own. Also, relationships with classmates aren’t that close anymore; people get into the classrooms, take notes, and leave.” As for someone to lean on, Leung said “I just love my economics professor, Caroline Kaba. “Last semester, I was having problem with my family and was severely depressed. She helped me out and comforted me. If it was not for her, I think I would have had a nervous breakdown.” Leung added, “I used to find it hard to seek help from others. But things do get easier now as I am more active in the International Students Association (ISA). I can always seek help from fellow international students.” Minh Tran, 19, a business administration major, born to Chinese parents living in Vietnam, was elected ISA historian. He records the minutes and takes photos of the club’s meetings. He says the position helps him with his management, teamwork and leadership skills. His major obstacle in adjusting to GCC has been his English. “My English is now much more better since I first stepped into GCC,” he said. His goal is

to transfer to USC and become a promotions manager in the music industry or return to Ho Chi Minh City to work for the accounting firm KPMG. Tran is braving 16 units, including Calculus 2, but says his courses are not too hard. “The best thing about GCC is its dedicated professors.” Tran also likes GCC’s diversity. “I almost have any chance to meet people from all around the world. It’s always awesome for me to learn about new cultures every day and make new friends.” “I just love it being here,” said Umi Ngom, 21, a nutritional science major. She has a lot of U.S. and British friends in Japan, so speaking English has not been a challenge. Being of mixed race, Asian and African, she feels much more comfortable here in Southern California than she does in Japan. “The people are friendly to talk to,” she said, “especially my favorite teacher, math professor David Hassett. I was taking his class when my dad passed away in Senegal. Mr. Hassett was so supportive. When I had to go to the funeral and missed some classes, he arranged it so I could still keep up with the homework [See International, page 6]


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Mexicans Celebrate 200 Years of Independence By Luis Rodriguez


Cover Story


.A.’s celebration of Mexico’s 200 years of independence took place on Olvera Street, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 19. The celebration marked the 200th year of Mexican independence from Spain. The celebrations featured Mexican traditions such as performing mariachi groups and Mexican dances. Advertisements seemed to overshadow these celebrations at times. On Sept. 16, Olvera Street held its Bicentennial celebration with musical performances including mariachi bands from noon until 5. The performances took place under the gazebo in the middle of the plaza. Other celebrations like the event held at L.A. Live overshadowed it, but the actual celebration in Mexico could not be topped. The biggest bicentennial celebration was held in Mexico City, which featured musical performances and acrobats. On Sept. 18 and 19, Olvera Street hosted the Fiesta de Patria.

The Spanish language Telemundo Network sponsored the event. Corporate sponsors from various companies had their own tents. Orbit chewing gum had attractive women in white skirts handing free samples of their product to young kids and red-blooded males alike. Lowe’s Hardware store had a stand with a FIFA 2010 video game demo. The whole street had music coming from loud speakers. There were also mariachi bands playing on a stage across the street from Union Station.

There was a photo and art gallery on Olvera Street that was overlooked. The exhibit, celebrated the “braceros,” Mexicans who labored in the United States from 1942 to 1967. The exhibit featured art and actual photos from that era. It will run until the official Bracero Day on Sept. 30. Joaquin Perez, a former Bracero, had a few of his pictures in the exhibit. He commented on the Bicentennial celebration in Spanish: “I’m glad the young people are immersing themselves

Photo by Louis Roche

BICENTENIAL CELEBRATION: Crowds gathered on Los Angeles’ oldest street to celebrate 200 years of Mexican Independence.

with this information that we provide in this exhibit. In 2010, we have a reason to celebrate being Mexican. In 1910 [Mexican Civil War] we did not, because many of our people died and some were never found.” He then adds: “The Olvera celebrations are too commercial, nothing but big businesses doing

propaganda. Very little of it has anything to do with why we are celebrating.” The next event to be held at Olvera Street is the Day of the Dead celebration on Nov. 1.

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International Students [International, from page 5] and I got an A.” “Everything in Japan is cleaner than here, especially the bathrooms,” said Ngom, “So I love the GCC campus because it is so clean.” Her advice to new arrivals is the following: “If you are Japanese, stop hanging out with other Japanese because that doesn’t help English speaking. There’s a lot of interesting culture to explore, so get free of your homeland pals and meet new people.” Nancy Yalley, 27, a speech major, is from Gothenburg, Sweden. In adjusting to GCC, she has found, “There is not a lot to do here but to study, versus Santa Monica College, which has a lot more Swedish students to interfere with my studies.” What Yalley likes most about GCC is the great support she has received from her international counselor, Maria Ribeiro, and her boss on campus, teacher Dana Marterella. When Yalley had to go to traffic court to defend her right to use her international drivers license in California, she found the moral support she needed. “I couldn’t have made it this far without them!” said Yalley. The GCC professors have “extreme passion for what they do. That in itself creates an optimistic environment.” Yalley’s is of mixed race, white and African. Her only complaints about GCC are the lack of diversity and the lack of places to study. In other words, she has observed that GCC has very few black students. Also, she has noticed that the library is too often full. “Oh wait!” she said, “And the fact that 16,000

students are supposed to share ONE microwave!” Anna Gharibyan, 25, music major is a former international student. She now has a green card thanks to her parents who took care of most of the hard work involved in getting documentation. She now saves $181 per unit and pays much less than the tuition and fees of more than $2,600 per semester for international students. In Russia, Gharibyan had exceptional English teachers so she had less of a language problem when she got to America. She said, “Life at GCC is friendly and family-like. The teachers push you. Most of the time I work on music and I can say they have a really great department here. The dance department is amazing, too. You get everything you need to be a professional.” Sufficient grades and appropriate conduct are required in order to prevent the F-1 international student visa from being revoked. According to David Nelson, an entire article could be written on how the U.S. State Department favors some countries over others. Most international students can only admit privately that they would like to stay in America after their studies, for example by getting a work visa or by marrying an American citizen. Otherwise, these foreigners must return to their homeland after one or more years of education abroad. Adjustment to GCC may be challenging, but it is also rewarding, and GCC does appreciate its international students. “Some professors are so nice that two semesters after I’ve taken their classes, we still keep in touch,” said Leung. Derek Stowe can be reached at

Wednesday, September 29, 2010



GCC Swap Meet: A Family of Buyers and Sellers By Aaron Michael Carlos EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


very third Sunday of the month, GCC hosts a selection of interesting artifacts sold by an equally interesting collection vendors. The swap meet, located off Mountain Road behind the parking structure, is a unique experience. Local merchants can buy a space the size of three parking spaces for $50. Most of the vendors are local residents trying not only to sell their valuables, but also to connect with other members of the community. “It’s more of a family then it is strangers trying to buy and sell,” said Nicholas, a retired antique salesman from San Francisco. “It’s really quite enjoyable.” He said that he has been coming to the GCC swap meet to sell his valuables off and on for the last 10 years. Most people who attend the swap meet, whether as a merchant or just a curious shopper, have been doing so for years. Everyone embraces each other with a warm handshake and a sincere “how are you?” As a first timer to the GCC swap meet, I was amazed at just how friendly everyone was, from the parking lot attendant to the random people foraging for hidden gems

in the vast crates of the individual merchants. The warm climate made for a nice setting. Not too hot or too chilly, it was quite a pleasurable experience. “Everyone gets to know each other a little more each time….you see the same faces and eventually you get to know the people on a more personal level,” said Nancy, a patron of the GCC swap meet for the last 15 years. The swap meet has evolved while it’s been at GCC. “I’ve been coming here since before they built the parking structure,” said Cindy Baker, a longtime patron of the swap meet. “I remember when there was water running down that hill, it really is much better now; the elderly have easier access with those elevators.” Her son Rhys Wait was with her as well, selling their products and making small talk with the customers, creating a real family experience. “It gets better and better each time,” he said. “There’s a good variety and you look forward to seeing the same people.” The products being sold are unique. From ceramic dolls to VHS tapes, it all brings back feelings of nostalgia. Yet it’s the people that make the swap meet a continual success. The mood is very uplifting, seeing so

many people, and there are a lot of people, being courteous and caring toward one another. You hear casual conversations as you walk by each table. Discussion topics vary from politics, sports, movies, or just the casual “how’s your family?” You get the sense that even though most people don’t interact outside the swap meet, when they do see each other on that third Sunday, it seems as if their running into an old friend. Whether you’re just browsing or searching for something specific, attending the swap meet is a fun experience. The artifacts for sale are very unique. Fine China sets, lawn mower parts and handmade sweaters are just some of the things that will catch your eye. There is a strict no refund policy and all sales are final. The cost for a space is $40 if you preregister at http:// swapmeet.html The fee is $50 if you register on site the day of the swap meets. Attendance is usually estimated to be around 2,500 people. Admission is free and parking costs $2. The swap meet begins at 8 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. Photo by Isiah Reyes Aaron Carlos can be reached at

ONE OF A KIND: Nearly everything imaginable is for sale at the GCC Swap Meet — even mermaids.

‘Stars’ in Dome Explores the Final Frontier By Aaron Michael Carlos EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


wice a month the GCC planetarium holds an exciting and informative event in which the stars above are the main attraction. Since the beginning of time the human species has looked to the stars for hope, knowledge, and entertainment. The planetarium gives us a way to continue to search for these truths. It is a state of the art auditorium under a domed roof which seats 50. The setting is intimate which makes it a unique experience and a bit more personal. The theatre is a marvel. The seats are as luxurious as those found in a new Ferrari. They are very comfortable; more of a warm glove wrapped around your body

than a chair. The shows begin promptly at the time advertised, and since the doors must remain shut throughout the show, make sure to arrive early. The narrator for the show is also the planetarium administrator, Paul Buehler, a friendly and enthusiastic man who leads you on this journey through the stars. There are six projectors positioned around the ceiling linked up to nine computers. The system is constantly updated in order to keep up with the continual shifting of the stars. The show itself is entertaining. As the seats recline you get a sense that you’re about to experience something surreal. The lights go off and the projectors show a black screen. Then all of a sudden you’re zooming off from Earth and looking down on the planet. Seeing our world from

an aerial viewpoint puts things in perspective, like how precious our existence really is. The images are so clear; it’s like literally looking down on the earth instead of just seeing images of it. The narrator then describes how the planet’s rotation is what makes the sun rise and set. The show is very informative; it’s like sitting in a science class as a child. On this particular night, Saturday, Sept. 19, the audience was mostly children, who were completely in awe of what was being shown on the screen above. Their excitement filled the room, which in turn increased the enthusiasm of the rest of the audience. The children were not the only ones caught in complete admiration. As the show progresses, the occasional whisper of “WOW!” comes from some of the audience

members. “It makes you think about how lucky we are to have this technology” said Brandon Carignani, a 27 year old Astrology major at UCLA. “I feel like a lot of people take all these opportunities for granted. To have this great show at your school is such a treat. Those images really took my breath away.” The narrator continues with his lecture by showing all the satellites that circle Earth and their flight patterns. It’s bewildering to imagine how all these machines can orbit our planet in such precise formation. The images on the screen resemble a spider’s web with each individual line perfectly mapped out so that these contraptions don’t crash into each other. It’s breathtaking how far science has evolved since the days of Galileo.

The demonstration is interactive so don’t be hesitant to ask questions. The presenter is very friendly and takes time to answer each individual question. Asking questions is highly recommended and will add to the enjoyment of the show. If anyone has ever been curious about space, the stars, planets or galaxies this is the place to find the answers. For information on schedules or ticket information, can contact Paul Buehler, the planetarium administrator, at (818) 5515275 or visit planetarium. The planetarium is located above the Milky Way Café in the Cimmarusti Science (CS) building. Admission is $10.

Aaron Carlos can be reached at


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


‘Rocky Horror’ Show Celebrates 35 Years By Vanessa Duffy



t only took a 65-year-old man bending over in a stuffed thong to make the crowd go wild. Actor Barry Bostwick, who played Brad Majors in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” received a thunderous round of applause for each of his five reentries to introduce the movie. Corsets, fishnets and shiny, golden bun huggers were the scene at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles for the 35th anniversary of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Hundreds of people dressed up as their favorite characters like Brad Majors (aka ***hole!), Janet Weiss (aka Slut!) and the many Dr. Frank-NFurter’s. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a twisted musical where transsexual transvestites from planet Transylvania seduce and corrupt an innocent stranded couple (Brad and Janet) seeking

shelter. The bewildered couple falls into a singing, dancing, orgiastic cult. There really isn’t another film quite like this which is why more than half of the audience has been returning fans for with ages ranging from grandparents to young adults who keep the tradition alive. A slide show of photographs from previous anniversary screenings from all over the country were shown on the screen while guests danced to punk music on the stage floor. Sins Con was the host of the event and they entertained the audience with a preshow. They selected a few “virgins” (people who haven’t been to a Rocky Show) from the audience to go up on stage and make sexual innuendos for the crowd. After making the crowd scream their favorite curse words at the top of their lungs, they screened a short video. A “Rocky Horror Picture Show” entertainment group from New

Jersey called The Home of Happiness, created a parody of the song “Shots” by LMFAO ft. Lil John. The video contained the group’s Rocky characters drunkenly dancing around at a pool party. When it ended, the crew of The Home of Happiness danced down the aisles to the floor stage and thanked the audience. The cherry to the pre-show was the special guest star Barry Bostwick, who was accompanied by two additional actors of the film; Patricia Quinn (Magenta) and Nell Campbell (Columbia). Magenta wheeled Columbia out in a wheelchair. Then about two minutes later, Columbia tap danced around the stage and did the splits, proving that even at the age of 66, she’s still got it. They reenacted what Bostwick called “everyone’s favorite scene,” which was his welcome to the Transylvanian castle. Magenta and Columbia began undressing Bostwick as he commented that the rumors

of stuffing his underpants are not true and that it is indeed “all Brad.” A beautiful but sailormouthed woman walked on stage to explain the use of props in the film. In each $3 bag purchased, there was a variety of toilet paper, glow sticks, newspapers and playing cards to fling around the theater when the proper clip queue came on. People had a particularly amusing time teepeeing the seats with rolls and rolls of toilet paper. The enjoyment of watching the film live (aside from dressing up in drag and trashing a gorgeous theater without repercussions) is to observe the performers reenact the classic on stage. Sins Con recruited a large and international cast. Every scene gave a different actor the opportunity to play their character. There were about seven Brads, six Janets, and about 10 Frank-N-Furters. The costume design was impeccable. Every outfit looked

as if it was the original used in the film, from the corsets and shoes to fake tattoos and hairstyles. Even Riff Raff the handyman, possessed a galactic pitchfork gun which was molded to perfection. As entertaining as the screening was, one should definitely see the film first before attending a show like this; otherwise the audio wouldn’t make any sense. The reason why is because hardcore fans shout out comical commentary throughout the entire film. It’s as if they all had scripts in front of them and were asked to audition together by replacing the original lines from the film with profanity. Fox Home Entertainment will be releasing “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Blu-ray at the end of October. See photos online at Vanessa Duffycan be reached at

Tipping Cars, Climbing Ropes at GCC Art Gallery By Luis Rodriguez



man tipped over a working car with an engine using air mattresses. No this was not a taping of “Jackass”; it was the art gallery opening at GCC on Sept. 25. The college’s art gallery hosted the opening of a show of modern art curated by Jan Tumlir. Called Jerry/Jury rigged,”. It featured exhibits from local artists including Jennifer Moon, Jeff Ostergren, Chris Burden, Erick Pereira and Amanda Ross-Ho. There was a turnout of about 250 people, including the artists and their friends. Roger Dickes, the art gallery coordinator said “This is the biggest exhibit I’ve ever coordinated in terms of the artists involved and the turnout. “The major exhibit on display was called Red Storm Rising, a video of a car being tipped over by inflating several air mattresses underneath it. Jesse Sugarman, the artist, tried to recreate his work in front of the people visiting the opening. Unfortunately campus police

wouldn’t let him do it at first. “Sugarmann had practiced this stunt for months. Eventually, the inspectors and campus police gave into Sugarmann’s demands. Jan Tumlir, the curator, helped me get clearance for the car with an engine.” The campus police wouldn’t let Sugarmann tip over the car because it had an engine. Sugarmann usually uses a car without an engine. He was supposed to bring a car without an engine using a truck, but he couldn’t afford one so he used the same car that he drove to L.A. in. Sugarmann said: “It usually takes me hours to set up Red Storm Rising, but with the help of my wife it takes 15 minutes or less.” Many spectators in the crowd yelled out for the car to be tipped over, and then muttered “It would be cool if the car blew up”. Eight mattresses were inflated under Sugarman’s car and it tipped over. An officer prompted him to move the car off the campus. One of the other pieces on display was “The Facility” by Jennifer Moon. It is a contraption made from rock climbing gear,

and a climbing rope. It displays a workout regimen. There are vintage comic books and cd’s stacked on top of The Facility. A video exhibit on display was “Boot and Reboot” by Joe Dutch, which entailed a cop getting his car booted. This was one of the most popular exhibits on display, and seemed to get many laughs out of the crowd. Another video exhibit on display was “Pharmakondriac” by Jeff Ostergren, which was accompanied by a doctor’s smock. The video shows a group of doctors drinking wine while taking pills with various commercials of popular medicines such as Lunesta and Viagra running in the background. The video footage of the doctors plays in fast motion after the doctors take pills. “Frankly, I’m honored to be in this art gallery with heavy hitters like Chris Burden and the rest,” Sugarmann said.

Photo by Edgar Sanchez Luis Rodriguez can be reached at

CLAWING HER WAY TO THE TOP: Sophie Huebner demonstrates “The Facilty” at the GCC Art Gallery’s latest exhibit.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010



Mary Mirch Vice President Instructional Services

Dawn Lindsay Superintendent/ President

Sharon Combs Dean Admissions & Records

Jewel Price Dean Student Services

Ron Nakasone Exec. Vice President Administrative Services

Lisa Brooks Executive Director, Foundation

Rick Perez Vice President Student Services

Vicki Nicholson Assoc. Vice President Human Resources

Kristin Bruno Dean Instructional Services

Karen Holden-Ferkich Assoc. Vice President Continuing & Community Education

Ron Harlan Dean Instructional Services

Arnel Pascua Assoc. Vice President Information and Technology

Paul Schlossman Dean Student Affairs


Joy Cook Assoc. Dean Center for Students with Disabilities

Shereen Allison Assoc. Dean Instructional Technology

Dave Mack Assoc. Dean Curriculum Management

Jan Swinton Assoc. Dean Instructional Services and Workforce Development

Pat Hurley Assoc. Dean Student Financial Aid Services

Alfred Ramrez Assoc. Dean Continuing & Community Education

Elmira Nazaryan Interim Director EOPS/CARE

Brenda Jones Interim Director Library & Learning Resources



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Jeanette Stirdivant Division Chair

Rosette Aghekian EOPS

Donna Capka Academic Counseling

Kathryn Camp CSD

Polet Der Hovanessian EOPS

Roxanne Dominguez Admissions

Tina Andersen-Wahlberg CSD

James Castel De Oro EOPS

Nancy Getty Library

Jonn Aque Academic Counseling

Shelley Aronoff Library

Ramona Barrio-Sotillo EOPS

Elodia Collins Garfield Campus

Richard Cortes Academic Counseling

Teresa Davis Academic Counseling

Troy Davis Int’l Student Center

Sarkis Ghazarian Academic Counseling

Susan Hoehn CSD

Zohara Kaye Library

Osheen Keshishian EOPS

Judy Apablaza Academic Counseling Career Center

Sandy Lee Academic Counseling/ Career Center

Denise Leong Academic Counseling/ Career Center

Margaret Mansour Garfield Campus

Laura Matsumoto CSD

Kevin Meza Transfer Center

Paris Noori Academic Counseling

Ellen Oppenberg CSD

Crescent Orpelli Health Center

Lee Miller Parks CSD

Gregory Perkins EOPS

Joseph Puglia Academic Counseling

Valerie Rhaney CSD

Mariah Ribeiro Int’l Student Center/ Career Center

Murray Stach Academic Counseling

Mohammad Taghdis Garfield Campus

Wednesday, September 29, 2010



Karima Esmail

Marilyn Getz

Danny Ranchez

Jing Xu Johnson

Chris Rodemich

Emelyn Judge

Ben Salazar

Kohar Kesian

Tim Vale

Kathy McNeese

Fiona Virani

Michelle Ramirez

Karen Whalen


Lynn Mizuno Division Chair

Joe Beeman

Keith Conover

Javier Gago

Kindra Girard

Maria Kretzmann

Rob Mauk

Shelley Thai


Linda Serra Division Chair

David Glover

Brett Miketta

Larry Hitterdale

Marianne Nikodem

Walter Huber

Michael Scott

Phil Kazanjian

Sandi Sheffey-Stinson

Christy Kloezeman

Kristina Shroyer



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Pat Zayas Division Chair

Barbara Assadi

Megan Ernst

Alice Mecom

Paul Mayer

Debbie Robiglio


Kathleen Flynn Division Chair

Cheryl AndersenO’Colmain

Janet Langon

Elis Lee

Kay Baldwin

Brian McDonald

Forrest Fordyce

Glenn Gardner

Sandra Navarro

Young Gee

Richard Seltzer

Lin Griffith

Patricia Hironymous

Kirk Vaughn

Paul Vera


Jon Gold Division Chair

Joe Agoston

Brian Beauchemin

John Cicuto

Terry Coblentz

Bob Donaghy

Barb Erfurt

Eddie Lopez

Dianne Spangler

Yvette Ybarra

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Trudi Abram Division Chair

David Attyah

Annabelle Aylmer

Jayne Campbell

Richard Coleman

Byron Delto

Roger Dickes

Peter Green

Jeanette Farr

Dora Krannig

Mike Petros

Mark Poore

Beth Pflueger

Caryl St. Ama

Susan Sing

Ted Stern

David Yamamoto

Joan Watanabe


Michael Ritterbrown Division Chair

Alice Adams

Dennis Doyle

Bart Edelman

Denise Ezell

Michael Harnett

Susan Henry

Chris Juzwiak

Lara Kartalian

Rosemary Kwa

Dana Marterella

Sarah McLemore

Angela Morales

Michael Moreau

Francien Rohrbacher

Piper Rooney

Alexa Schumacher

Shant Shahoian

Steve Taylor

Monette Tiernan

Philip Vallicella

Michael Wheeler



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Kathy Holmes Division Chair

Mike Allen

Ashot Djrbashian

Kim Foong Chong Study Abroad

Yvette Hassakoursian

David Hassett

David Jones

Steve Marsden

Gary Massion

Narineh Frankian

Larry Newberry

Carol Paxton

Liz Russell

Isabelle Saber

Bill Shamhart

Charlotte Schulten

Peter Stathis

Thomas Voden

Pete Witt

Andrew Young


John Leland Division Chair

Judith Handley

Sevada Chamras

Dan Edgar

Robert Gellert

Richard Guglielmino

Jennifer Krestow

Stuart Nowinski

Asmik Oganesyan

Poorna Pal

Wednesday, September 29, 2010



Michael Dulay Division Chair

Gordon Alexandre

Steven Bie

Roger Bowerman

Victoria Buresch

Daphne Dionisio

Wendy Fonarow

Jessica Gillooly

Lina Gupta

Cameron Hastings

Caroline Kaba

Eric Johnston

Richard Kamei

Michelle Kim

Darren Leaver

Mark Maier

Levon Marashlian

Jiwon Moore

Deborah Owens

Randal Parker

Hazel Ramos

Mike Reed

Peggy Renner

Inger Thompson

Fabiola Torres

Makoto Tsuyuki

Ric Williams

Allyn Glanzer

Ira Heffler

John Queen


Jean Perry Division Chair

Stacy Jazan

Teresa Cortey

Michael Eberts

Ted Levatter

Michael Moreau

Flavio Frontini

Lourdes Girardi

Nick Sahakyan

Celia Simon-Ross

Shihoko Tatsugawa



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Melita Baumann

Sid Kolpas

Larry Byrd

John Kray

Dave Davenport

Marilyn Lammers

Leonard DeGrassi

Dinh Luu


Elizabeth Fremgen Division Chair

Barbara Flynn

Lynn McMurrey


Ray Glienna

Alan Frazier

José Mercade

Lynn Pomeroy


Rosemarie Shamieh

Rob Kibler

Dave Hurst

Judy Zamos

Tom Rike


Jean Lecuyer

Jan Young


Scott Rubke Division Chair

Andrew Feldman

Nino Battaglia


Michael Lao












Javier Gago Co-Director

Maria Kretzmann Co-Director

Bob Taylor Program Manager Cooperative Education

Sincere thanks to Ann Simon and Susan Cisco for providing the photographic services

Aram Ohanis









Project supervision done by Kindra Girard.


Composition by Casey Leslie

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review Film ‘American Century’ Ignites Controversy By Vanessa Duffy



n evening with friends, wine, delicious snacks and a film wasn’t expected to turn into an offensive and controversial debate between the audience and the film director. “The New American Century,” directed by Massimo Mazzucco, was screened on Sept. 23 at the Luna Playhouse in Glendale, leaving many unsatisfied. The film frames the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center as an “inside job” by the United States government, backed by the Unoco petroleum company for profits. The film revolves around conspiracies such as former President Bush’s attempted assassination, the planned demolition of the twin towers, and the neo-conservative group Project for the New American Century (PNAC). Mazzucco has clips of former CIA agents and government officials admitting to some of motives of the U.S. involvement in Iraq. PNAC was established in 1997 as a non-profit, educational organization to promote American global leadership. According to the conspiracy, Mazzucco demonstrates that PNAC is a neoconservative group that started during the Bush administration to ensure world domination. Its members were former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and several others within the Bush administration. Mazzucco suggested more than one reason for the war in Iraq. One was to intimidate Russia, whose power was increasing; and the other, to steal oil for profits. Another aspect of the film which has no relevant value is the portrayal of soldiers in Iraq who appear to act violent and trigger happy through video footage that Mazzucco picked up off the Internet. The footage showed troops excited about blowing up buildings and killing targets, almost like it was a video game. The director pulled emotion into the film by resurfacing the events at the Abu Ghraib prison. The clip displayed British and American troops torturing Iraqis

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by making them take their clothes off, putting black bags over their heads and tying them up to beds and bars. A slideshow of photographs had victims posed in profane and sexual positions, which disturbed the group. Luna Playhouse regular and host of the night George Keushguerian said he chose this film because it moved him and he likes to be informed. He asked a military soldier who was in attendance how factual the movie was in regard to the soldiers. “I didn’t appreciate the lack of evidence,” said the soldier, who was seconded by several others. “I saw 1 percent of the U.S. Military act that way the whole time I was deployed.” “They are not heroes,” said Aramazd Stepanian, Artistic Director of the Luna Playhouse, regarding the American troops. “They are trained killers.” The soldier across the room stood up and said, “Your argument is that all soldiers are nothing but killing animals, I’m going to prove you wrong by not killing you right now.” Then he left the room and didn’t come back for the discussion with the director. Stepanian expressed to the audience (which was mainly Armenian) that he felt so strongly because he believes U.S. troops are treating Iraqis the way the Turks treated the Armenians during their war. As arguments escalated, Keushguerian tried to mediate and the audience demanded a change of topic. A tall, middle-aged man in a blue-collared shirt silenced everyone by saying that they were missing the point. He said that the real debate is the waste of money spent for a war that should not have started in the first place. Indeed, the effective part of the movie was the statistics on death, annihilated cities and the expenses of war. Mazzucco used a C-SPAN clip in which Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was questioned about what the money that was being spent on the war. “Where did the $3.2 trillion go?” the judge repeatedly asked, as Rumsfeld refused to answer. Mazzucco’s final attempt at tugging the heart strings was with a statement about how

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Iraqi children don’t have enough water to drink. The last clip was a soldier in the bed of a military vehicle holding out a bottle of water teasing the children who were chasing after it. Keushguerian managed to get Mazzucco to answer some questions via Skype after the screening. One of the questions asked was where he had obtained the footage. “YouTube,” said Mazzucco. “The troops posted it themselves.” The quality of most of the footage was poor and there was no evidence to prove that it

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was indeed posted by the troops. “It’s not the soldiers’ fault,” said Sonia, a humanitarian and fan of the film. “They’ve been brainwashed,” following the same mentality as Mazzucco. “Justice,” said director Massimo Mazzucco when asked about his motives for making the film. “I’ve been fighting for the truth about 9/11 for seven to eight years.” Aside from some online statistics and CSPAN records, there were no legitimately credible sources. The point of the

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film was unclear. Was it about PNAC, oil or the soldiers? It seemed like a lot of up in the air facts without any proof. This left many guests unsatisfied. For his next event (if there is one), Keushguerian will likely choose a less controversial film because his wife, motherin-law, and about a quarter of the audience abandoned the playhouse in outrage.

Vanessa Duffy can be reached at


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Green Day Offers Another Smashing Show By Rachel Elizabeth Mills EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


rantic, fanatical anticipation filled the air Aug. 30 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine as Billie Joe Armstrong, lead vocalist and guitarist of Green Day took to the stage in one of the last stops of the group’s 21st Century Breakdown tour. It soon became clear that this concert was going to be a security guard’s worst nightmare, as Armstrong boldly proclaimed to the crowd that the pit was too small and that he wanted people from the stands to come down and fill it. After making this statement, Armstrong claimed that this was his concert and that he’d do whatever he wanted to do. Maybe it’s this fan-friendly appreciation and attitude that has helped Green Day maintain its claim to fame, namely, that it has the best live shows. The punkrock trio consists of Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool. Their recent concerts seem to have broken down the walls between themselves and their audiences, more so than on previous tours where they kept themselves isolated from the crowd. But it’s not just the fans

appreciation that helps make the Green Day concert experience so rewarding. The band adds to the overall mix by using a live piano player on stage as well as various other instruments, including a saxophone. Green Day, unlike other bands, exhibits a great deal of appreciation for these musicians by getting them involved in the stage action. They are not left out in the dark or forced to play behind closed curtains. Additional instruments and the group’s impish nature, aid in Green Day’s stage presence. It helps bring their performance to a level rarely seen or given by other bands during their concerts. Attending these concerts is better than listening to them at home. These three men, now in their late 30s, seem to exude natural talent and energy, especially Armstrong and Cool, who constantly push the envelope, and each in their own way. Armstrong’s on-stage antics included everything from using a toilet paper gun and a T-shirt cannon, to launch things into the audience, to pulling children on stage from the pit below in order to “save them” from the surging audience. The best of these moments was when Armstrong plucked two audience members

from the chaotic mass of people in the pit and hoisted them onstage to sing the bands’ oldie “Longview.” Cool proved to be just as impish, as he and his other band mates dressed in costumes for their song, “King for a Day.” Decked out in an old lady hat and a red bra, Cool became playful and flirty with Armstrong as the two came precariously close to each other while singing into the same microphone. It’s great to see this sort of interaction between band mates. Most bands at this point in their careers either have broken up or have badly disrupted the band by developing massive egos. If Green Day ever does develop a big ego, it will probably share in it equally. One problem with previous Green Day concerts, has always been that the band often fails to play it’s their lesser known material to their more mainstream fans. But this concert was different. This time they rewarded all of the fans by playing the song “Scattered.” In this same spirit, one often wonders whether Green Day has sold out, or has become a band that represents something less punk and more sellout. The boys quickly proved this to be wrong though, as they launched into

Photo by Kelly Huffine

MUSICAL MAYHEM: Billie Joe Armstrong’s guitar riffs wow audience.

their potent brand of punk chaos. All hysteria broke loose when a crowd of fans jumped onto the stage and joined the band. As the hysteria started to calm down towards the end of the concert, Armstrong returned back to the stage for a planned encore of one of the bands’ power ballads. He wrapped up the evening traditionally with their hit, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” It’s great to see

Armstrong perform during these high energy moments, because it reminds a listener just how human and emotional he can be. Good music, good personalities, and the wonderful energy of the crowd, make attending a Green Day concert, time well spent.

Rachel Mills can be reached at

Linkin Park Burns Like ‘A Thousand Suns’ By Agnes Constante EL VAQUERO COPY EDITOR


eaving behind the alternative metal and rap rock that gave it its claim to fame in the music industry, Linkin Park has chosen to pursue a risky route with its fourth studio album, “A Thousand Suns.” Linkin Park has taken such a different direction with its new music, that this album may well be considered a turning point for the band. Instead of the distinct rock beats and metal sound that characterize songs in “Hybrid Theory,” “Meteora” and “Minutes to Midnight,” the band has replaced these elements with slower tempos and a heavier use of synthesizers. Whether or not this album matches up to the previous three will all depend on the

expectations of the listeners. “A Thousand Suns” has 15 tracks, each one unlike any other on the record. The brief opening tracks, “The Requiem” and “The Radiance,” give listeners a feel for the theme of the album. “The Requiem” begins softly and gradually builds up to a point where synthesized voices sing, “God save us everyone…Will be burned… Inside the fires of a thousand suns.” In “The Radiance,” the voice of J. Robert Oppenheimer, quotes the Bhagavad Gita (a Hindu scripture), “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” Oppenheimer is often called the “father” of the atomic bomb. He also famously quoted another line from the Bhagavad Gita: “If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor

of the mighty one.” From this, the band derived the title “A Thousand Suns” as well as the concept for the album, which generally deals with war and nuclear warfare. Of all the tracks on Linkin Park’s new album, “Burning in the Skies,” “Waiting for the End,” “Robot Boy” and “The Catalyst” are the four standout songs. Synthesizers and electronic beats are characteristics of the band’s new sound, and are evident in songs like “Burning in the Skies” and “Waiting For The End.” Lead singer Chester Bennington and vocalist Mike Shinoda split the vocal responsibilities in these tracks fairly equally. Both tracks peak at a rather safe level of intensity. The high point of “Burning in the Skies” comes at 2:38 with a modest 29-second solo. “Waiting For The End”

GOD SAVE US: Linkin Park has a new, experimental studio album.

reaches its climax toward the end, where synth guitars combined

with the electronic beats make the [See Linkin Park, page 18]

Wednesday, September 29, 2010



Philippe’s Traditional French Dip Still Pleases By Adriana Orellana EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


tanding on the sawdust covered concrete floors while waiting in line to place an order at Philippe’s, any new customer, and even the older ones, know that just by looking around the room, what they must order is one of the “French Dipped Sandwiches” made famous at Philippe’s. They might even try a cup of their 9 cent coffee. Yes, 9 cents. Established in 1908 by Philippe Mathieu, and owned since 1927 by the Martin/Binder/ Downey family, Philippe’s is one of the oldest and bestknown restaurants in Southern California. As soon as you walk in, everything you see seems to be stuck in a time warp, which adds to the traditional and homely feel of the restaurant. Philippe’s is a place of tradition, where the prices seem to be the only thing that has changed. Inside we can still find the classic phone booths, the non-fancy seating arrangements made up of booths and stools, designed for quick dining, a small train display, and even some coat hangers in between some of the table divisions. The famous “French Dipped Sandwich” can be ordered with roast beef, roast pork, leg of lamb, turkey, or ham and is served on a freshly baked French roll, which has been dipped in the natural

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beats make the music more dynamic, and where lead singer Chester Bennington’s singing overlaps with the rapping of vocalist Mike Shinoda. The song “Robot Boy” begins as what sounds like a piano ballad, and may as well be considered one. Bennington and Shinoda harmonize so flawlessly in this track that appreciation for their vocals is inevitable. Toward the end, Bennington’s screaming is blended nicely into the background. The powerful lyrics of “The Catalyst,” the first single released from this record, reflect the album’s theme: “God bless us everyone/We’re a broken people living under loaded gun/And it

juices of the meat. Upon entering Philippe’s, it is important to get into one of the open lines along the display counter, where a server, or “Carver” as they are called, is waiting to take your order. Breakfast items include: eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, fried potatoes, omelets, cinnamon French toast, pancakes, coffee, and a variety of fruits and juices. For lunch, the “French Dipped Sandwiches” are made readily available, in addition to a variety of delicious soups and salads, including coleslaw, potato, and macaroni. Another specialty is beef stew, which is prepared daily. Beverages include soft drinks, beer, and wine. Many delicious desserts are also available, such as the New York style cheesecake, baked apples, tapioca, ice cream, and assorted fruits. It is a delightful experience when eating at Philippe’s. While waiting patiently in line, time seems to pass even faster as you become preoccupied with the rather large menu, meanwhile, wondering what you should order. Philippe’s is an attractive place to eat at, because the plates are made of paper, the neon beer signs cover the walls along with the menus, and the long tables with stools allow you to sit together with people from different walks of life. Philippe’s combines family, friendship, great food, and tradition.

can’t be outfought, it can’t be outdone/It can’t be outmatched, it can’t be outrun, no.” Although many of the band’s new songs are slower than those on their previous releases, a few of the tracks sound more upbeat than the rest. “When They Come For Me” and “Blackout” are two songs that convey a head-banging feeling. The first of these two relies on heavy beats, guitar, and heavy rapping from Shinoda for the first three minutes of the song. Together with synth piano, heavy beats and guitar, Bennington delivers his most powerful performance by screaming for more than half of “Blackout.” “Wretches and Kings” is introduced with part of the speech given by political activist Mario Savio at the beginning of

Photo by Louis Roche

THAT’S HOW WE ROLL: French dip sandwiches made Philippe’s famous, low prices and great food have kept customers coming back for more than 100 years.

As to where the name of the “French Dipped Sandwich” really comes from, the answer isn’t exactly clear. Many say it is because of the French roll that it is served on, while others say it’s because of Mathieu’s French heritage. One other theory is that one day in 1918, Mathieu accidentally dropped the sandwich roll into the meat sauce and sold it to a policeman, whose name happened to be “French.”

The policeman took it anyway, and returned the next day with his friends, asking for more of the “dipped” sandwiches. The history behind the sandwich name may be unclear, but one thing is for sure: everyone must go to Philippe’s to experience one of its delicious sandwiches. Philippe’s The Original is located at 1001 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles. The hours are 6

a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily. It is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Parking is available. Prices: $3 to $10. Cash only. Visit for more information call (213) 628-3781.

the Free Speech Movement. It relies on similar instrumental and vocal qualities as the other two upbeat songs on the record. The last several seconds also includes record scratching, which is a nice touch because the sound effect is characteristic of their previous recordings. Several brief numbers in the album allow the band to maintain the consistency of the political themes and also provide transitions between the songs. Tracks like “Empty Spaces” and “Wisdom, Justice, and Love” feature the sounds of gunshots, and parts of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “A Time to Break Silence” speech recorded over piano, respectively. Other tracks, like “Jornada Del Muerto,” which transitions out from “Robot Boy,” along with “Fallout,” which transitions into

“The Catalyst,” seem to serve the purpose of tying some songs together. Aside from “Robot Boy,” “Iridescent” and “The Messenger” are two of the slower tempoed tracks on the album. Gentler beats, strings and vocals help to create a mellower tone for “Iridescent.” “The Messenger,” is an acoustic surprise that wraps up “A Thousand Suns.” It is an arrangement of guitar, strings and piano. It seems as if Bennington is trying to scream appropriately for this song, but even after listening to it a number of times, it takes some getting used to. The band isn’t exactly known for songs like these, and there isn’t anything like it on any of its previous records. Despite this fact, the lyrics are still meaningful, especially where

Bennington nearly screams: “When love leaves us blind/Love keeps us kind.” Listeners looking for songs similar to “In the End” or “Numb” will probably be disappointed with “A Thousand Suns,” because there aren’t any. The lyrics on this record are somewhat more repetitive than those in previous releases, and the use of synthesizers on all of the tracks may negatively shock fans. However, those who give these songs a chance will learn to appreciate the music and lyrics, the thought behind the album, and the risk that the band took in growing musically.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Huskies Maul Vaqs in East L.A. Game By Brandon Gardner EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER


he East Los Angeles Huskies overpowered the Vaqueros Sept. 18, then devoured them with no mercy: 33-13. The first quarter in East L.A. started off positively for the Vaqs. Their morale was high and they looked forward to a fresh start, with hopes of winning the game. Glendale was rated higher statistically. Unfortunately, at 5:42 in the first quarter, the Huskies scored an easy touchdown and made the extra point, making the score 7-0. With the Vaqs’ morale still up, they took their revenge in the second quarter at 14:21 as Antonio Bray, with speed and agility, zigzagged through the swarming defense of the Huskies and exploded down the field en route to scoring a 60-yard touchdown. Once again, Bray went all the way. It was an ideal night for a football game. When the fans exhaled, their breath could be seen in the mist of the cool night air. There was an electric energy

present throughout the stadium, as rival fans from both sides were charged up for the game. But numbness began to overpower the Vaquero fans toward the end of the second half, as East L.A. scored another touchdown with 4:12 to go on a 50 yard run as well as an extra point for a field goal making the score 14-6. In the end, the Vaqueros were unable to rebound against the Huskie onslaught. East L.A. scored five touchdowns and three extra points. The Vaqueros scored a final touchdown in the last 51 seconds of the game, rallying the fans, but it wasn’t enough to save the game. The final score was 3313. “We’re young and that’s the hardest part for us,” Head Coach John Rome said when asked about the Vaqs’ performance. The majority of the players on the Glendale team are rookies, while most of the players on the Huskies side are veterans. “I saw some improvement,” Rome added. “We got a little better, but not quite good enough.” It seemed as though the topic

Photo by Richard Kontas

ALL DRESSED UP AND NOWHERE TO THROW: Vaquero sophomore quarterback Greg Jimenez looks in vain for an open receiver during a 33-13 loss against East L.A. College.

of the night for the Vaqueros was urgency. When asked about Saturday’s game, freshmen running back Antonio Bray said, “We got to fix some mistakes.” He explained that Glendale failed to capitalize on many opportunities they had throughout the game, from missing interceptions to fumbling the ball. The Vaqueros do have

exceptional potential to improve, according to John Rome. “Explosive plays here and there, [then] after there was nothing,” Assistant coach Alex Rome said. As for the quarter situation, which has been a serious issue since the first game, Quarterback Coach Kevin Mills explained, “We need to come out and have a greater sense of urgency.” He

added, “We need to make the proper throws.” Rome said finally, “We’re going back to the basics.” The next game will be played at home on Saturday at 6 p.m. against Los Angeles Valley College. Brandon Gardner can be reached at

Pumped for Vaq Victory: Pep Rally Inspires By Derek Stowe


[See related photo, Page 24]


he cheerleading squad performed crowd-pumping stunts as students gathered in the Plaza Vaquero last Thursday for a pep rally designed to encourage school spirit and to show support of the GCC athletic teams for the fall season. There was loud music and the excitement was at a high level, especially when the cheerleaders, women’s volleyball, football and cross country athletes showed off their dancing skills and then began a series of tug-of-war matches. All in attendance began to cheer with excitement for the squads and waved their banners that said, “GO TEAM!” “Wahoo! This is our chance to show a few routines and to get the people aware that we have some awesome sports teams and a great cheerleading program,” said cheerleading Coach Jessie Moorehead, who conducts cheerleading practices Mondays

and Wednesdays in the Verdugo gym. During the rally, coaches and players introduced their teams and gave inspiring words to boost optimism for both the teams and their fans. “Every game and every practice is an improvement,” said head football coach John Rome. “We will be better.” Despite GCC football’s record of 0-4 after Saturday’s 44-28 loss to Allan Hancock College, part of the slow start can be attributed to the fact that the team started with 10 freshmen on offense this year. Every game will be a challenge for this young team. “We plan to win, but we have to see how we respond. I hope it is good enough to win,” said Rome. It’s really nice of the student government to support all the teams today,” said cross country coach Eddie Lopez, in his 24th season coaching for GCC. “For the women, we may not have the Nina Moore and Rosa Del Toro front runners we had last year but we have a deeper team this year, where anyone could be number one. For the

men we have Ricky Avila in the front and then Rico Gutierrez, ‘our one-two punch’ we just need our third, fourth and fifth guys to move up.” said Lopez. To the amazement of the crowd, the cheerleaders balanced their fellow team members way up in the air and then tossed them up even higher as they performed a series of flips. Cheerleader Cassie Wright, 19, a marine biology major, said, “Our team this year is really, really good and we’re doing really well so far. The [football] coach and players tell us how much they like us at their games, and how excited they are. We really pump them up. It’s a lot of hard work; we practice really hard; it’s really dangerous; but we have a lot of safety precautions, and it’s really fun.” Her teammate, Britany Dapak, 21, a graphic design major said, “I love the cheerleading team. They’re so positive. This is the only team I’ve ever been on where all the girls really want to

Photo by Derek Stowe

GO TEAM!: Cheerleader Britany Dapak lends a hand during last [See Cheer, page 21]

week’s pep rally.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010



Vaqs Tie Up Pirates 2-2 in Soccer Match By Nik Brkic



Glendale team looking to assert itself as a tough team in its last preseason game, tied visiting Orange Coast College 2-2 on Friday night at Sartoris Field. Throughout the game the Vaqueros showed improvement from their previous matches. They had better on the ball composure and were able to lead their teammates with accurate through balls. The beginning of the game was a feeling-out process for both teams. Both sides were timid, not wanting to be the first to allow a goal to be scored. The first shot on goal was by Rony Epelbaum of Orange Coast in the 21st minute. It was drilled cleanly, but was stopped by Glendale goalkeeper Edwin Cabrera. A yellow card was given to Orange Coast’s Mike Herrman in the 30th minute after he argued with the referee. Shortly thereafter, another extraordinary save was made by Cabrera. He dove to the right side to stop a goal that seemed like it was almost certainly going to go in. The Vaqueros’ ability to put the ball in Oxnard’s danger zone provided them with the chance for its first goal. A ball was crossed in to the Oxnard box and after a bit of a scrum between the players, Ramsey Issa slide tackled the ball

and scored the game’s first goal. Glendale’s bench erupted, and Issa blew kisses to the crowd. All through the first half, Orange Coast’s Mike Anderson kicked and jabbed at Glendale players in an attempt to get into their heads. Coach Joe Agoston addressed this during his halftime speech. Agoston said, “Don’t let 23 get into your head.… He wants you to retaliate so we go down to 10 men.” Assistant coach Laura Matsumoto urged the club to stay aggressive. “Take everything from them,” she said. The game changed when Orange Coast’s Rony Epelbaum was able to go one better than his previous shot on goal when he finished off with a cross from David Torres and scored a goal in the 47th minute. Glendale was shocked by the quick goal but continued to play strong. The Vaqueros were able to answer the score by Orange Coast in the minute. Glendale’s Jason Acosta brought the ball up from midfield and was able to push it over an Orange Coast defender to Otar Chikhradze. As Chikhradze made his run towards the goal, Orange Coast goalie Alan Vilchez pressed him. Chikhradze shot and was able to get the ball through the goalies legs for the goal. When asked about what he was thinking when he shot the ball, Chikhrazde said, “You don’t have time to think, you just shoot.” A goalie change was made by Glendale for Hakob Boghossian

Photo by Richard Kontas

GOT SCURVY?: Vaquero freshman Jonathan Torres fends off a Pirate during Friday night’s 2-2 tie. in the 70th minute. Orange Coast scored three minutes later to even the score 2-2. The Vaqueros have a strong team this year that has a strong chance to make the playoffs. Ramsey Issa said, “We have to put away all the chances…. We are starting conference games where we might only get three chances per half.” The Vaqueros next game is Oct. 1 at home against Allan Hancock College at 7 p.m. Nik Brkic be reached at

Pep Rally [“Cheer,” from page 20] to be there. We always have people spotting, ready to catch somebody who might fall. Our coach is all about safety, especially when it’s a huge stunt.” When asked if she thought cheerleaders really make a difference, Dapak said, “Yes, the football team always asks if the cheerleaders are coming to our away games because they so look forward to having us at every game, home or away.” GCC sports fans can see the cheerleaders and student athletes in action at home and away football games, basketball games beginning Nov. 11, and other GCC team events.

Photo by Peter Moyes

AIRBOURNE!: Jessica Alvarado and Brittany Fredrick maximize the net to block a high-velocity spike in their well-fought game against Oxnard.The Lady Vaqs plucked the Condors clean in three games 25-15, 25-6, 28-26.

Photo by Derek Stowe

THE USUAL SUSPECTS: Members of the GCC sports teams join for a pep rally to honor student athletes.

The next home football game is Saturday at 6 p.m. against Los Angeles Valley College at Sartoris Field. Thursday’s pep rally will not likely be soon forgotten. Fans can

visit the athletics department online at for their favorite teams’ upcoming games. Derek Stowe can be reached at

Kill Leader:

Jessica Alvarez (13)


Roxy Domines (17)

Service Ace:

Cindy Sevilla (4) Jessica Alvarez (4)


Ana Flores (6)

Solo Blocks:

Sara Kert (2)

Team Block:

Brittany Frederick (2)


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Lady Condors Feast on Lady Vaqueros By Nik Brkic



he Lady Vaqueros showed skill and strength but early goals by Oxnard College led to a tough 4-2 loss, on Friday night. There was a strong energy circulating around the field when the game started. The Glendale bench was alive and cheering for its team. Some of that energy was lost though, when Oxnard College scored in the 2nd minute of the game. A shot from forward Marina Pedone of Glendale looked promising but just went wide. In the 13th minute, as an Oxnard player attempted a shot on goal, Glendale goalie Esther Rodriguez blocked the shot upward as it ricocheted off the top crossbar . The ball landed at the feet of Oxnard forward Brittany Charles, who shot it passed the goalkeeper. Head Coach Jorge Mena pulled Rodriguez out and put in freshman Carolina Gutierrez immediately after the second goal. Oxnard was able to get one more goal in the 20th minute when Ashley Arana made a run and drove a low cross to Ashley Castillo who kicked it in. Glendale generates the style of play which makes the other team create mistakes. Even though they were down by three goals, they continued to attack. The team had a great chance to score in the 25th minute, as forward Ashley Givens shot the ball to the far left of the goal post with pace. It was narrowly saved

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by the Oxnard goalkeeper. The Vaq’s were able to breakthrough in the 29th minute. A ball crossed in from the left and was headed in powerfully to the goal by America Lopez. This goal reenergized the team and made Oxnard a bit uneasy. This was evident when Mayra Aguiniga received a yellow card for pushing a Glendale player in the back. The team went to halftime with the score 3-1. Heat played a factor throughout the game, and this was evident during the second half as players looked extremely exhausted on both sides. The Lady Vaqs continued to press the Oxnard defense. Glendale’s Sharis Harootun made runs on the left side and helped to open up the field for teammates. She used a step-over move three times and each time she got the defender to bite on the fake. Harootun said, “They always fall for that.” Harootun’s tricks helped her score the best goal of the game in the 57th minute. She was attempting to control a cross for a teammate, but the ball bounced a little higher than expected. There was no time to wait for the ball because Oxnard defenders were closing in on her quick. Harootun kicked a half-volley with the ball two feet above the ground. The ball flew into the goal with extreme speed. Glendale now felt like it was able to come back and win the game. For the next 30 minutes, no real chances were made by either team. Oxnard was attempting to hold down the fort and take the win. In the closing moments Oxnard forward Ashley Castillo put the game out of reach when she scored to make the game 4-2. After the game, coach Mena gave a long speech to the team. He spoke about how important the first 15 minutes are. “Even professionals have ups and downs,” he said. Mena feels that his team can make the playoffs if the mental mistakes are eliminated. This was Glendale’s last preseason game. Their next regular season game is Friday at Citrus College at 3 p.m.

Nik Brkic be reached at

Photo by Ryan Tomey

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: Lady Vaquero freshman Alyssa Meredith delivers a goal kick against Oxnard College.

Vaquero Sports Summaries Scores Men’s and Women’s Cross Country: Friday — WSC preview meet in Oxnard Glendale Men finished first Glendale Women finished first

Men’s Soccer: Sept. 14 — lost to Irvine Valley 4-0 Sept. 17 — tied with Santiago Canyon 1-1 Sept 24 — tied with Orange Coast 2-2

Women’s Volleyball: Sept. 15 — lost to PCC 3-0 Sept. 21 — lost to Moorpark 3-0 Sept. 24 — beat Oxnard 3-0

Women’s Golf: Sept. 20 at Oakmont (WSC) Finished 4th

Women’s Soccer: Sept. 14 — lost to Rio Hondo 4-1 Sept. 21 — beat West Los Angeles 3-0 Sept. 24 — lost to Oxnard College 3-2 Football: Sept. 18 — lost to East L.A 33-13 Saturday — lost to Allan Hancock 44-28

For more information see:

Upcoming Events Men’s and Women’s Cross Country: Friday — Foothill Invitational at Legg Lake, El Monte 10 a.m. Oct. 9 So. Cal preview meet at Mission Bay, San Diego 10 a.m. Women’s Volleyball: Friday vs Ventura 7 p.m. Oct. 5 vs Bakersfield 7 p.m. Oct. 8 vs Santa Monica 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at West L.A. 7 p.m. Women’s Soccer: Friday at Citrus College 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Santa Monica College 4 p.m.

Oct. 8 vs Los Angeles Mission 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Oxnard 4 p.m. Women’s Golf: Oct 3, 4 at Morro Bay Oct 11 WSC vs Citrus at San Dimas Football: Sat. vs L.A. Valley 6 p.m Oct. 9 vs Pierce 6 p.m

For more information see:

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010


CALENDAR On Campus EVENTS or call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5591.

Student Services Fair — Featuring the variety of services available to GCC students. Booths will be open Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Plaza Vaquero. Sponsored by ASGCC and Campus Activities. For more information call (818) 240-1000, ext. 3033.

Blood Drive — In association with The American Red Cross Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Student Center, room 212. For more information or to make an appointment call Tzolar at (818) 240-1000, ext. 3033.

Voter Registration — Register to vote and exercise your rights. Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Plaza Vaquero. Sponsored by ASGCC. For more information call (818) 240-1000, ext. 3033 Free Money — Apply now for scholarships to be awarded in 2010-2011. Do you have a 2.5 GPA and 12 completed units? Scholarship opportunities await you. The deadline is Oct. 15 for more information visit: www.

“Addiction Summit 2010: Counselors, Clinicians and Community” —Keynote speaker is Renee Zito, director of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) for the state of California. The event is tonight from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Zito will speak at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium, followed by additional breakout session speakers in the Student Center. Sponsored by the GCC Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and student club and the

Nursing Dept. For more information call Orlando Rivera (818) 240-1000, ext. 1385 or visit: and click on the front page link.

MOVIES Friday Flix: “Bonnie and Clyde” — A screening of the classic gangster film with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, directed by Arthur Penn. Friday at 12:30 p.m. Free. SG 334. A discussion will be facilitated by instructor Mike Petros after the film. Hollywood and Noir: “Sunset Blvd.” — A screening of Billy Wilder’s 1950 film with William Holden leads off the One Book/ One Glendale Los Angeles Noir series. Oct. 12. at 6:50 p.m. Free. Student Center.

WORKSHOPS “Learn to Meditate” — Meditation can help to clear and calm the mind. Free. Every Wednesday starting today from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in AD 205. For more information call (818) 551-5192 “MLA Requirements” — Learn about stylistic requirements mandated by the Modern Language Association. Oct. 8 from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. in AD 238. Free. Students are encouraged to register for the workshop online. For more information, visit www. or call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5341.

clear topic sentences and appropriate use of transitions; compare examples of strong and weak thesis statements. Monday from 1:40 to 2:40 p.m. in AD 238. Free. Students are encouraged to register for the workshop online. For more information, visit or call (818) 240-1000, ext. 5341.


“Structure in Formal Essays: The Thesis, Topic Sentences, and Transitions” — Learn how to construct a strong thesis and

“Jerry/Jury-Rigged” — Art Gallery. This exhibition features work by Skip Arnold, Chris Burden, Joe Deutch, Jennifer Moon, Jeff Ostergren, Jorge Pardo, Erick Pereira and Adam Braly Janes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Jim Skuldt, Asha Schechter and Jesse Sugarman. Runs through Nov. 13. Free. Open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. For info call (818) 240-1000 ext. 5663.

dame Arcati, when an uninvited guest from beyond the grave crashes the party. 234 S. Brand Blvd. Opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 17. Ticket prices and show times vary. For more information call (818) 240- 0910 or visit

presents a concert of Armenian pop music featuring Forsh. The program is performed in Armenian. 216 N. Brand Blvd. One show only on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit or call (818) 243-2539.



Karen Elaine in Concert — Glendale Noon Concerts presents Grammy nominated violist Karen Elaine. She will perform works by Zoltan Kodaly & J.S. Bach for the solo viola. Free in the Sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St. Runs from 12:10 until 12:40 p.m. on Oct. 6. For more information call (818) 242-2113 or visit

Free Yoga in the Park— Runyon Canyon Park. Free yoga lessons are offered everyday at 10:30 a.m and 6 p.m. 2001 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 666-5046.

Around Town EVENTS “Halloween Horror Nights” — Universal Studios Hollywood presents the fifth annual installment of the event. Featuring all new scare zones and mazes, including Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D Zombievision.” Open Friday, Saturday and assorted dates through Oct. 31. 100 Universal City Plaza, Hollywood. For more information visit: or call (800) UNIVERSAL “33rd Annual Oktoberfest” — City of Montrose presents an authentic German celebration featuring games, rides, food, contests and family fun activities. 2300 block of Honolulu Avenue, Montrose. Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. For more information call (818) 249-7171 or visit www.

EXHIBITIONS “Any Ever” — Pacific Design Center. “Any Ever” is the American premiere of the artist Ryan Trecartin’s 2007-10 body of work, produced in Miami with collaborator Lizzie Fitch and contributors ranging from friends and artists to working

child actors. The entire exhibition space will be devoted to the non-sequential series of seven movies, which are structurally conceived as a diptych consisting of a trilogy, “Trill-ogy Comp” (2009), and a quartet, “Re’Search Wait’S” (2009-10). 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Free. Now through Oct. 17 . For more information, visit or call (310) 289-5223. “Printing the Grand Manner: Charles Le Brun and the Monumental Prints in the Age of Louis XIV” — The Getty Center. “Printing the Grand Manner” starting from the early 1660s until the middle of the 1680s, Charles Le Brun (1619–90) had unprecedented control of the visual and decorative arts in France. A prodigious artist and designer, he was King Louis XIV’s principal painter, leader of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture, and director of the huge royal manufactory’s workshops of hundreds of artists and craftsmen. 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Runs through Oct. 17. Museum hours vary. Admission is free and parking is $10 per vehicle. For more information, visit or call (310) 440-7300.

“Megan Geckler: Every Move You Make, Every Step You Take”— Pasadena Museum of California Art. The work of Los Angeles-based artist Megan Geckler lies somewhere between art and design, with architectural installations that are assembled from thousands of strands of multicolored flagging tape, a plastic ribbon typically utilized by surveyors to demarcate space on construction sites. The end result resembles an updated threedimensional version of string art that shares the seemingly kinetic territory of the Op Art and Light+Space movements. These site-specific projects are also strongly influenced by minimalism, but retain a sense of play and delight. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. General admission is $7 and $5 for students and seniors. Runs through Oct. 31. Museum hours vary. For more information, visit or call (626) 568-3665.

THEATER “Blithe Spirit” — A Noise Within. Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” is directed by Damaso Rodriguez. A novelist and his wife get more than they bargained for during an after-dinner seance conducted by the eccentric Ma-

“Bombay Bellywood ” — Alex Theatre. Bellydance Superstars presents Bombay Bellywood. Featuring 19 dancers and a percussionist, the Times of London has called them “The most important dance troup in the world.” 216 N. Brand Blvd. One show only at 8 p.m. on Friday. For more information, visit or call (818) 243-2539. “Forsh, Live in Concert” — Alex Theatre. Artists for Kids

“Letting Go of Bad Habits The Confidence to Change” — Brand Park Whispering Pine Teahouse. Feeling trapped by unhealthy habits & limited thinking? Learn simple yet effective meditations that we can use in our daily lives to shed the limitations that bind us as we strive to improve ourselves and be of greatest benefit to others. 1601 W. Mountain St. Cost is $12. Sundays 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. through Oct. 17. For information, visit www. or call (323) 223-0610.

Compiled by Richard Kontas


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Campus Pep Rally Held to Support Student Athletes

Photo by Derek Stowe

REACHING HIGH: Glendale’s cheerleading squad has been nationally recognized and immortalized in movies such as “Bring It On.” This rally showcases their talent while focusing attention on the fall sports teams. See related story on Page 20.

Sept. 29, 2010  

Cultural Histories Celebrated: “200 Years of Mexican Independence,” "Armenian Independence," Full-Time Faculty pages