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May 2011

ASG: Leaders of the New School

We have just experienced the most involved and historic EVC ASG campaign that our fine college has ever witnessed. We will have a return of 5 current ASG officers to our 2011-2012 group. Two will be moving to new positions; the first is the current AS Secretary, Amy Dundon, who will be moving into position of Internal Vice President. Additionally, David Nguyen will be moving from Senator at Large to our External Vice President. This is an exciting prospect for the AS because both proved worthy in their positions in the past year, and with that year of experience, they will surely be prepared for the challenges in the year to come. Plus with the additions of the new VP of Finance Edgar Guzman, Secretary Julie Ngo, Activities Director Timothy Burpee, and Public Relations Officer Edward Balaoro, we will have a diverse group with the strength and support of many students with whom they have already worked with in their previous clubs.

No pic So with out further ado, we humbly present to you your 2011-2012 ASG Cabinet: (Pictures left to right) President: Jessica Diaz

Internal Vice President: Amy Dundon External Vice President: David Nguyen Vice President of Finance: Edgar Guzman

Looking Past the Cover

Mariah Galviz Staff Writer Driving down Curtner Road what you see is a plaza, a cemetery, and apartment complexes. However, there is more than meets the eye. Behind the ritzy apartments lies a tent that Thomas, 46, and Brenda, 29, call their home. As I approached the scene, I felt a rush of butterflies flutter through my stomach, and I couldn’t help but notice the stench of old garbage and stale water. Frightened by the living conditions of the couple that lived here, I nervously continued to enter their territory. To my surprise, this friendly stranger greeted me and welcomed me into his humble home. My interview started off quite vague and slow. Thomas began by telling me how he got himself into his present predicament. “I messed up”, said Thomas. He gave an honest response for a stranger I had just encountered. That struck me as odd and refreshing; we continued our interview. see Thomas pg 2

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Going Green: A Way of Life Amy Dundon Staff Writer

Few things are as important to me as saving the earth. So writing about eco-friendly living, being resourceful, going “green” and the like seem to be a perfect fit for me to write about. But where to start? I decided to talk to a person who inspires me in the ecological realm; a person who further opened my eyes to “treading lightly” in nature. This person is Professor Al Gonzales. Last summer, I took Environmental Science 010 with Professor Al Gonzalez. The class was amazing and it changed my perspective—and honestly, my life – in countless ways. The curriculum involved rigorous coursework, but the take-away from the class was more than just simple knowledge for me. I learned so much in just a summer, but I still had a few more questions see Green pg 2


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for Mr. G (as his students call him) on his start in the Eco-field. I stopped by his office on a whim, and he graciously agreed to answer a few questions I had about his career choice. I wanted to know how he got interested in Environmental Studies. I knew his accolades were impressive to say the least; he earned his undergraduate from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and from there he went on to attend Yale University. But I wanted to know what allowed him to achieve so highly, where the inspiration stemmed from, and why he chose Environmental Science. Mr. G explained that the root of his passion was his grandparents. They played a large role in how he was raised. To them, conservation wasn’t trendy; it just made sense. Food scraps were thrown into a compost heap to fertilize the garden. Ladybugs were caught for entertainment. Laying hens were kept for their eggs. Ingeniously, cans were collected in order to teach the children how to work in order to earn money. Having a low income simply meant making the most of things, and ultimately it meant energy efficiency. He and his family wore sweaters when cold, as opposed to bumping up the thermostat. At a very young age, Mr. G learned that everything had a purpose, everything was related, and living beings should be respected. Mr. G grew up in the east side of San Jose. He later attended Evergreen Valley College, where he learned that one could be paid for studying the environment. He learned that along with hard work he would also have to study hard. A faculty member here at EVC guided him to the idea of graduate school. He coupled his new knowledge with that of his strong base-knowledge from his upbringing. The rest, as they say, is history. Professor Gonzales’ grandparents worked tirelessly and were also smart and tactical about the work they assigned him. Their hard work indeed is what led Mr. G to becoming the accomplished man he is today. The life lessons and the work ethic instilled by his upbringing have lead Mr. G to be one of the most inspirational professors I have ever studied under. I felt privileged to have taken his class. Professor Gonzales also holds his students to high standard with required coursework. No doubt, this is an effect of his compassionate and rather structured upbringing. The affect of this heightened standard is, above all, a very rewarding outcome. It is apparent that the fruits of his grandparent’s labor (coupled with Professor Gonzales own work ethic and personal standards) have certainly paid off. Mr. G is an amazing educator, he inspires hard work, compassion, and for most a change in outlook—absolutely for the better.

May 2011

Thomas from page 1

Soon I found out that he was a veteran of war and had not been given his dues. He had suffered various injuries as a result of the services he had provided in several countries, and has yet to be given a cent. “I am still grateful for everyday that I wake up. As long as I am alive, it’s a great day,” he remarked. Due to all of his travels around the world, he has witnessed poverty beyond his own comprehension. This type of insight has framed his views, and has built in him a tolerance for corruption in terms of what he values. As a consequence of the financial support denied to him by the government for his military services, he knows how important it is to “treat others how he would want to be treated.” Fortunately, the condition he finds himself in has not hindered his kindness or gratitude towards those more fortunate than he. Thomas was just an ordinary man; he has had several jobs: police officer, security guard, and working at the Hilton Hotel, just to name a few. He has had good luck in the past. Little did he know then that his life would someday transform into a financial nightmare, causing him to be homeless. With almost nowhere to turn to, Thomas searched for help everywhere. He found sanctuary in programs and organizations helping the poor. Sacred Heart is just one of the organizations that provides Thomas and his wife with clothing and food. With family spread out all over the country, Thomas hides his pride. “Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I was raised with the mindset that men never asked for any help. and men are always prideful and independent; well now, pride is not a problem.” This middle-aged man puts his wife and his dog—which he treats like a child—before himself. He values this family unit more than his kids and other family across the country. Throughout the interview I received answers with a lot of heart, and I could tell Thomas was honestly a genuine man. He was very inspirational, and even though he is in a terrible situation, he is still hopeful and very optimistic. I realized that it takes a lot of courage and strength deep down to have a positive mindset, especially when one survives in a small tent, with little help and little money. After this half hour conversation, I couldn’t help but feel a sort of enlightenment and appreciation for what I have. Thomas, the extremely humble veteran from Philadelphia, counts all of the blessings that God, has given him.

ADVERTISEMENTS: SELLING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE Francisco Zarate Assistant Managing Editor Recently, having gone to a Native American powwow, I came to the realization that, sadly, everyone’s past culture has been reduced to a novelty. Supposedly these merchants were selling Native American things, but every tribe was mixed to create what can only be described as “Indian Things.” A mix of dream catchers, wolf pictures, bow and arrows, and cookie-cutter pottery filled their stalls. What was once a way of life has changed; today, people tend to experience cultural heritage as some cheap rip-off that is being sold for $9.99. We live in the culture of consumerism, overwhelmed by clothes, cars, and electronics. Because we live in the age of money, too often the past has been forgotten and replaced by the “now.” People are becoming selfish and self-involved, far too greedy to look beyond what is in front of them. When we walk outside our doors, we are immediately pummeled in the face with advertisements. That is if we weren’t already suffocated

by the ads inside our house (i.e. television, radio, mail ads). Billboards everywhere are telling us what to buy, much like the side of busses and the front of stores. With every new advertisement the world is becoming one large commercial. After looking closely at ads, it seems like most of them are trying to sell others a human experience. “Try this tooth paste and your teeth will be whiter,” or “you’re life will be easier if you purchase this micro-wave.” That’s not so much a problem because in today’s world we all are looking for comfort and ease. However, it becomes something incredibly terrifying when the human experience advertisers sell masquerades, as “real life.” Consider how life insurance commercials hook viewers with lines such as, “Wouldn’t you want your loved ones to be in a good place if something happened to you?” They are selling families’ life insurance by playing on their fear of death. Pharmaceutical companies are just as outrageous as they assure customers not to worry—their lives

will be safe, providing, of course, that they buy all of the medications being advertised on the television. They reach out to viewers with lines like, “Wouldn’t you want to continue living more? Ask your doctor about this medication.” Ironically, the United States of America is remains one of the few countries where potentially dangerous pharmaceutical medications are allowed to be advertised in the comfort of one’s home. Awful, huh? People might say, “Hey Francisco, that’s not me; I don’t pay attention to ads.” Perhaps! Yet, when they look down at their clothes for a second, they’ll notice we are all slowly becoming walking advertisements. Unfortunately, since only corporations make clothing lines today, we are all now branded with designer logos, sports teams, and well…brands. Its not that we choose to be this way, but that America has forced this lifestyle upon us. We unconsciously (and sometimes consciously) make the choice to wear brand specific

articles of clothing. We go to Target and buy specific brand name toothbrushes, dish soap, deodorant, and gum. Is it because those bigger brands work better than the lesser brands? Maybe not. It is most likely because we’re willing to shell out a few more clams for the brand name because it’s something that’s been instilled in us. Brand names like Crest, a name most of us have seen on commercials since we could stand on two feet, has built a following with their ads of white suburban moms brushing their impossibly white teeth. (It’s shocking that since we were small children we have been brainwashed by a toothpaste company.) We need to take back our pride in being individuals instead of being living, breathing, walking advertisements. If you don’t know that much about your cultural background, then we should go back and learn about our ethnicity and culture before we subscribe to being dressed head to toe in Nike gear. Let’s make changes for the better.

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May 2011

30% Restocking Fee? 30% Restocking Fee!? Is that possible? Alexander Daryanani Managing Editor

Today, sources revealed that the company that independently operates the EVC bookstore is proposing a restocking fee to any and all returns of books. Potentially up to 30% will be charged to students when they have to return a textbook. So for example, if students paid $100 for a new, unused book, they will only receive $70 back. This proposal has not yet been finalized, however, and we will learn more in the coming days. What’s troublesome is that we only learned of this negotiation after it was nearing its final stages. Students should have the right to hear this kind of proposal at a public hearing. From the very start, we should all be made aware of the changes at the college that affect each and everyone of us. A 30% restocking represents a lot of money when one considers the initial costs of the text at the schools bookstore. How is this proposal fair and equitable to students who already struggle financially to afford college? We already are being subjected to a rate hike for our course fees. Now the bookstore wants to guarantee us to lose more money if we have to drop a class and bring our books back. That’s wrong, and hopefully our college can advocate for students, work it out, and stop the restocking fee from being implemented at Evergreen Valley College.

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Review of 2011 Latina Leadership Network Jessica Diaz Creative Director

Evergreen Valley College, for the first time in years, was highly represented at the Latina Leadership Network. The 24th annual conference was held in Redding, California and was attended by multiple colleges around the state. The conference spanned three days and consisted of educational workshops, speeches, a field trip and an election that took place amongst the students present. With a total of ten students, Ever-

green Valley College was able to forge new relationships with the chairs and organization leaders. The attendance of these students was made possible by the funding given by Evergreen’s Student Government. An inspirational conference, the Latina Leadership Network (LLN) is not exclusively by women and for women, but men too know the importance that a conference like this can hold. This year’s attendance of

men was the highest the conference had seen in years. The conference is held yearly and is highly regarded amongst the women leaders of our community. The support from teachers and students, Evergreen’s involvement in the LLN can be an annual custom, which will afford many students the opportunity to network with their peers and build relationships with women role models. The biggest goal of the event, be-

sides the networking it offers, is to relay the importance of pride, not only in one’s race, but also in gender. Many of the workshops dealt with heavy topics, such as, a person’s sexuality and abortion, while some handled lighter topics. All the sessions had one goal in mind, to make young women comfortable with themselves because then success in all facets of life is really attainable.



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May 2011

JEWL INCORPORATED Lisa Mae Enrile Staff Writer

We’ve all taken a class on U.S. History and if you haven’t, you’ve probably taken a world history class. What is offered in most elementary or high school classes are just a tip of the iceberg. Some pieces of history gets left behind and left untold while the narrative chosen for your particular class continues on, leaving out huge chunks of information that you will never know existed or even occurred. Groups of people’s histories get marginalized and if you wanted to take a much more in-depth look at history, you would have to take a specialized college course on the subject. When one knows their history, there is a feeling of richness and community. JEWL Inc. is an organization that brings light to those people in the margins. They preserve and provide the history of AfricanAmerican social progress in relation to the United States and world history. One of their goals is to connect young African-Americans to the rich history that their heritage contributed to the United States that they might not have known. For example, during a presentation on JEWL, Director Lessie James opened with how African-Americans fought hard for the independence of the United States. One person she mentioned in particular was Crispus Attucks. Of the first attacks made during the Boston Massacre, Crispus Attucks led the charge against the British. Not only was he the first African-American to die but the first of anyone to fall for his country despite being a slave and despite the treatment of African-American people. The Institute plans to pay tribute to Attucks every March. Not only does JEWL Inc provide African-American history, but also the history of countries like Hati. Dr. Syverian gave information about Haitians offering their ammunition, money, people and resources willingly and sometimes forced to many different countries. What many people may not know is that Haitians fought in the Battle of Savannah for the United States in 1779. During 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte tried to use Haiti as a footstool to take Middle America from the United States. When Haiti gained their independence from France in 1804, it caused a stir among the slaves who desired to be free as well and Jefferson wanted to stop this news from spreading around the U.S. When Simon Bolivar started the the invasion of Venezuela, he fled to surrounding areas, requesting for arms and ammunitions but was denied every time. When he fled to Haiti and asked for those things, Haiti happily helped out his campaign on the condition that he will abolish slavery. Haiti came to help when Greece needed to fight off the Ottoman Empire’s invasion. While Haiti was helping all these countries fight for freedom, France placed an embargo tax on the country as “punishment” for gaining their independence. The amount is equivalent to $21 billion dollars of today and they

continued to pay this amount from 1804 to 1875. The keynote speaker of the presentation was Superior Court Judge, Keith Brooks who shared a rich history of African-American’s involvement in the military. He also shared that his father, Colonel Nelson Brooks was a Regimental Cadet Commander of Tuskegee Airmen as well as part of the ground crew. The main duty of the units on the ground was to escort the bombs to the flyers. This unit is known for never losing a bomber, but he wants to clear up the rumors and say that they indeed lost some bombers, just less than other units. Judge Brooks also shared some history on African-Americans in the Revolutionary and Civil War. He says that African-Americans involvement predates the Revolutionary War. They were the people who protected the barely forming colonies from Native American raids, though this was a prevalent problem in the North rather than the South. In Massachusetts during March 1775, many African-Americans volunteered to join the minutemen militia. They were not limited to fighting, but usually they had roles similar to what they did as slaves. In May 1775, that was changed as there was a growing fear for enlisting and arming slaves in the militia. Washington lobbied a ban that no African-Americans were allowed to bear arms. British caught wind of this and issued the Dunmore Proclamation. The British promised that if African-Americans were to fight for them, they would free the slaves. Within a month, 300 African-Americans signed up and formed the Ethiopia Regiment. This alarmed Washington and forced him to lift the ban and 500 African-Americans listed to fight with the North and South. Still, African-Americans did duties revolving around what they had done as slaves, no real army fighting. The first permanently fighting regiments involving African-Americans were the Buffalo Soldiers. This was a big change because African-Americans started to rise in the ranks to officers. What Judge Brooks concluded with is that though African-Americans started in menial labor in the military, they rose up to be one of the major gears of the U. S. war-machine in WWI, WWII and all other major wars since. JEWL Inc. is an organization that does many things for AfricanAmerican history and heritage. JEWL strengthens the bond between elder and younger generations by connecting them to each other with the use of oral history through books, articles, music, recordings and photography. They also archive for those that have passed on, those whose names and experiences were a major contribution to African-American heritage but are not remembered because of being marginalized. This institute is for those that have given their lives for country despite experiencing inhumane treatment. They believed in what the United States stood for and remembering these actions is a dedication and honor to their souls.

Monthly Trustee Report Linda lam Student Trustee

Hello Evergreen Valley College! It’s the end of the school year and the end of a chapter. It’s been an extremely eventful year both on campus and at the District mainly due to budget cuts. Unfortunately, the underlying theme during my entire term this year has been budget cuts and the results it has given us as a college. We have had our course unit prices raised, sections and services cut, and it isn’t even over. Who could have known that the fiscal state of California’s finances would affect us so strongly and directly? Is it over? Not even close. Unless California passes the November tax measure to raise taxes, there is a huge likelihood that our unit price per classes will jump even higher. Meaning that we will have further cuts that will

directly impact Evergreen Valley College. We would have even less class sections, student services and the like. I am proud to say that I have been reelected for another term as your Student Trustee. I will be bringing you back monthly reports on what is going on at the District, and updates about how these activities affects our campus. One of the major things that’s happened at the SJECCD this month was the closing of the Child Development Center at our sister college, San Jose City. Why am I reporting something related to San Jose City? The closing of the Child Development Center affects some of our students directly and indirectly. The EVC CDC was closed last year under the agreement that

San Jose City College’s CDC would stay open. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts and the cost of fixing and maintaining the center left the Board of Trustees in a precarious situation. It was either cutting the CDC or further cutting sections. It was an unfortunate situation that has happened. What is in store for Evergreen next year? Check back in the Fall for the next issue. I will be bringing a resolution to the Board of Trustees in the coming 2 months. Please join me every 2nd Tuesday in June and July at the district boardroom at 6 to support bringing back blood drives Hope you all have a happy and wonderful summer!

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EVC CAMPUS POLICE REPORTS DISTRICT POLICE INVESTIGATING FORGED CHECKS CASE On the week of 04/14/2011, an attempt to deposit 3 fictitious SJECCD County of Santa Clara warrant checks were made to 3 separate banks in the east coast. The total amounts of the checks were approx. $8,800. These 3 checks were verified as fraudulent copies of SJECCD checks originally issued to students. 3 possible involved parties were found ad an interview of them is currently being pursued. The banks where the checks were returned from have been notified and an investigation to the identities of the suspected parties is underway.

May 2011

Eating Disorders Resource Centers Alexander Daryanani Managing Editor

Often times we don’t realize the problems of our neighbors; sometimes we don’t even notice the problems we may have. Even worse, sometimes we know someone with a problem, but we are too afraid to help. Thankfully organizations like Eating Disorders Resource Center reach out and help people with the eating disorders they have. The EDRC hosts a free support group for parents and loved ones of individuals suffering from eating disorders on every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. As well, they host a free support group for individuals with body image & eating disorders the first Wednesday of the month at 6-7:30 pm and 3rd Sunday from 5-6:30 pm.

Vehicle Burglary in EVC Lot 8 being investigated by District Police

Raj Sharda brought the existence of the EDRC to my attention; a student here at EVC, Raj became a volunteer and advocate for their cause after learning about it. I asked Raj about how many groups like the EDRC were working in the United States, and according to him, EDRC is the only one that serves our county. And like many other social service groups throughout our nation, it too a non-profit. So do not be discouraged by EDRC. The group purely wants to help and spread awareness. Raj informed me that the percentage of eating disorders in our county alone is “approximately between 20-25%.” That is an alarming number, and it suggests that some of us here at EVC undoubtedly struggle with this disorder as well.

On 04-28-11, at about 3pm, an EVC student reported to District Police that on 04-27-11 between 9am and 2pm, her vehicle was burglarized in parking lot # 8 at the Evergreen Valley College (EVC), 3095 Yerba Buena Road San Jose, CA. The investigation revealed that the unknown suspect(s) broke into the victim’s locked vehicle (White, 2005 Ford F150 Pickup Truck) while she was in class, and took a women’s handbag that contained a wallet with a bank credit card, and other miscellaneous papers. The suspect(s) also took a camera and an I-POD from the victim’s vehicle and vandalized the vehicle’s left side mirror. The value of the loss from the burglary was approx. $900. The suspect(s) is / are still outstanding.

Raj explains that he would have never learned about eating disorder statistics if he had not become a volunteer for the cause. When I asked him what initially drew him to the cause, Raj explained that though we hear “about eating disorders from celebrities, like Paris Hilton, and Nicole Ritchie, there are a lot of average people like us [females and males] who do [also] have this disorder and don’t come out with it.” Raj wanted to help and make a difference, and we are all the better for it. As a volunteer right now, Raj is being trained to make presentations on behalf of the EDRC. His goal is to have his first presentation at EVC to help inform, and hopefully change the lives of those whom he attends this fine school with.

The investigating officer from the District Police Department has begun the process of attempting to obtain any video footage from 3 national banks on the suspect(s) that cashed the checks at their bank branches. The investigator has contacted the FBI and the local law enforcement agencies in the cities where the fake checks were cashed. The investigation continues to be pursued by District Police.

District Police investigators are following up with bank officials to attempt and trace the suspect(s) identity via the usage of the stolen credit card.

DISTRICT POLICE CHIEF REMINDS CAMPUS TO EXERCISE SAFETY AND REPORT SUSPICIOUS PERSONS You may have already heard about the shooting deaths of 3 people at San Jose State University last night May 10, at about 8:35 pm. This brings violence on campus much closer to home as our neighboring university campus police department and San Jose Police experience the aftermath of attempting to piece together suspect, victim and witness information, suspect motives and other investigative leads, that led to this tragedy. I have also extended any assistance needed to the University Police Department as part of our mutual aid agreement. As in the past, I have instructed all District police personnel to further enhance police visibility and patrols on our campuses. I also urge all members of our District community to stress to their students, the importance of reporting any suspicious individuals and behavior they observe or hear about, to Police Dispatch at (408) 2706468 immediately. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any member of the Department on how we can further address your safety concerns. Sincerely, Ray Aguirre Chief of Police San Jose/Evergreen District Police Department

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Higher One Alexander Daryanani Managing Editor

As many of you may have heard or are noticing in your mail, EVC is going to be making some drastic changes with the way we receive financial aid services. Starting this summer semester, students who participate in any and all financial aid based programs will receive ATM Debit cards that will allow them to access their finances without the worry or hassle of cashing a check. It is replacing the old method of receiving a financial aid check in the mail at the beginning of the semester. The new service is being provided to the student body at no additional cost, and it will actually be saving the school money to boot. The new program would allow for direct deposits into either an account with Higher One (the company who handles the new debit cards) or to your regular bank through ACH (Automated Clearing House) transfers. Don’t worry; you can still receive cash if necessary. At any Higher One ATM you can access your account for free and get the cash you need. There will also be two Higher One ATM machines installed on campus during the summer. If you’re in an area that does not posses a Higher One ATM, you still can pull cash from any other ATM, though you will have to pay the processing fee from the Bank ATM you utilize. Be advised that you will have a charge added to your purchase if you use your Higher One ATM card at a store UNLESS you charge the card as credit. You can also request checks for your account from Higher One, make online bill payments, as well as transfers to other accounts. For more details on account transactions visit One For Your Money, Higher One’s information hot spot and forum for student feedback any time at



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Club Advisors: Marjorie Clark Ralph Nichols Sterling Warner Editor in Chief: Alfredo Knowls. Chief of Graphic Arts Department: *Edward Balaoro.

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Marketing Director: Hanh Vu.

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Managing Editor: *Alexander Daryanani.

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Assisting Managing Editor: *Francisco Zarate. Senior Staff Writers: Jessica Diaz, Michael Felix, Irene Lopez.

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Many Thanks or what I am famous for saying to friends “Spanks”, and many Goodbyes to all that be at Evergreen Valley Colleges. I have had a profusely vivid and awesome experience at EVC. Regardless of what many outside critics say about our school, if it were not for EVC, I would have never develop into the all-star person that I am. I learned how to learn from every teacher that taught me, except from Mr. Bruce Carroll, the math teacher. Never, NEVER take his classes, trust me. A vivid memory I have from his Math 11A class is of him screaming his head off at a young female student. I was there, this is not slander! I was a witness! I tried to get him in trouble but some how I failed. Other from that Mr. Carroll I have had an amazing experience at EVC. And you will too, as long as you stick it through! Evergreen has much to offer, especially in leadership roles. Even through I was at odds sometimes with many people, I was always offered amazing leadership opportunities. For much of my 3 years at EVC, administrators such as Victor Garza, Irma Archuleta, Kuni Hay, and our former President David Coon have assisted me with the development of my student leadership responsibilities. And I thank them for always having time for me, even through I could be a bit of a knucklehead. If I could leave students with three jewels from EVC, the first jewel would be to approach these administrators for leadership skills, and to develop strong relationship with them. The reason why is because much of my learning from EVC has been the open-door kindness from Teachers, Deans, and Counselors. I strongly encourage you to take action and build relationships with people that are being PAID to help you through your educational experiences. Big Kudos to Marjorie Clark (Counselors) and Sterling Warner (English Professor) for helping me concreting on the newspaper here at EVC and being our advisors. If it was not for their integrity and awesome leadership this paper would never have taken off like it has. Spank you (Thank You). My second jewel to the students of EVC is to get involved. Whether it is with a club, ASG, or just helping out with Student Leadership Projects. The major benefit of being in a club is that you are able to deal with real life issues. Issues such as: how to be a friend to someone you absolutely do not like, how to have courage in times of challenging events, and, my favorite part, building working relationships with the awesome people. Its science, humans want community, and what could be better than hanging around incredibly motivated people. Trust me; get involved, it also looks good towards colleges you apply to. But better then you looking good on paper, it is indescribable about how you will grow as a person and the friends you will meet. And of course my third jewel I would leave to students at EVC is to JOIN THE NEWSPAPER CLUB! Especially if your reading this article right now. You got through most of it which means you are an interesting, and awesome person, which is what the Newspaper club is seeking for. From the Three clubs I have been in, the NEWSPAPER CLUB has been the most political, fascinating, and challenging club I been in. It sounds crazy because of all the resistance, yet the resistance made it fun. Fight for your right! Plus you’re welcome to come and speak about whatever you feel are issues the students should know about. Maybe you feel that there needs to

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Cochitelhaul-li On Thursday May 12, 2011 Cochitelhaulli held their Third Annual Benefit Ball “Breaking Through the Barriers to Education”. It was a well-put together event with several inspirational guest speakers. SJECCD Trustee Mayra Cruz was the opening speaker, and she gave very impassioned speech about the need for education and hard work. As well with Trustee Cruz, the keynote speaker, Blanca Alvarado, former Santa Clara County Supervisor, gave a passionate and humorous speech about the importance of education and community involvement. Saying, “we all have a responsibility” to helping in the progress of our communities, how ever large or small. Her ac-

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May 2011

Alexander Daryanani Managing Editor

counts of her career in politics as well as her part in grass roots movements in our community was very inspirational to the audience. As well as the guest speakers, several students and members of Cochitelhaul-li and OASSSIS gave accounts of their hardships and struggles to accomplishing their goals. One of the students, Mirna Henriquez, spoke on how she has come to EVC despite being accepted to several UC’s and CSU’s to save money. This is because of the state and federal laws that prevent AB-540 students from receiving the same financial benefits that all other students have access to. Despite those roadblocks she has not let it deter her in her quest

for an education. Everyone should take this an example that no matter the problems that come, there is always a way to work through them. The event also had two musical performances by two participants at last months EVC’s Got Talent show. Toefuiono Faaleava sang two beautiful songs and Gerardo Olvera played several smooth Spanish songs on his guitar. Both preformed very well and were well received by the audience. It was a nice touch to have students performing at the Benefit Ball, because the event is for the students and the showcasing of what students can achieve if they strive for the goals.

EVC Got Tallent

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Arts & Entertainment

May 2011

Sick! All there is to say is sick!

Bekki Zarco singing a beautiful Nicaraguan lullaby

Jason Mora playing some sweet harmonics on his bass solo.

Jerry Huizar cutting it up and getting the crowd hyped

Jason Burse rocking out an awesome drum solo, Words do not do justice to the force his play brings.

Good Karma Allan Pham Staff Writer

In downtown San José, on First Street between San Carlos and San Fernando Street, there are several places to eat. There is a Subway Sandwich shop for the average corporate dinner, and for the adventurous type, there is “Good Karma Vegan House” next door. The first word that is usually associated with “vegan” is “hippy.” In our popular culture today, people often fail to understand what a “hippy” (a term coined by the media) is, but it might be understood as someone who freely expresses oneself in alternative means, and that’s exactly what you get at Good Karma. The average cookie-cutter of corporate take-out claims to be an alternative healthy choice, but serves plain and forgetful food with a major lack of flavor. People do not just go to Good Karma for a meal, they go there for an experience-- an experience enriched with intense flavors and an influence that spans across the world. Each bite you take is a whole new experience, something that you never tasted before, an

intensity that is created with natural ingredients, ingredients that are only picked when perfectly ripe to ensure the finest quality of each flavor. All of which was created without meat or animal bi-products (I.E. milk, eggs, cheese and meat). It is truly a good source of alternative healthy foods without sacrificing flavor. The only thing that “Good Karma” lacks in their food is presentation. Ironically, the colors of the food are somewhat dull and unsettling for the first time diner. Usually vegetarian fanatics would associate intense and rich flavor with a bright and varied color scheme. Naturally, we eat with our eyes before we eat with our mouths. To everyone who goes out and eat at a restaurant for the first time, first impressions would usually make or break the experience. Sadly though, Good Karma does not make all that great of a first impression with its shabbily painted walls and the use of microwaves in their preparation method. But if you would only sit down and

take a second look at the place you are dinning at you can easily overlook its faults and see it for what it truly is. Good Karma is a gathering spot for the inspired and creative; local artists have illustrated restaurant with paintings. The rich ambiance is validated by creative foods they serve to their customers. Although the servers might not be the usual kind we would expect, these people have a kind of vibe that makes the food taste all that much better with their kind and outgoing personalities and willingness to educate someone who is not familiar with vegan cuisine. Though the presentation of the food is not all that great, in the end, what you put in your body at Good Karma is good stuff. Good Karma 37 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 294-2694

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Arts & Entertainment

Powder Face Allan Pham Staff Writer

Not many people in this area know what a “beignet” is. “Beignet” literally means “fried dough” in French, is a donut like pastry that is popular in the south. Powder Face is truly a little piece of New Orleans in San Jose. The reason why people in this area do not know what is a Beignet is due to the fact that not that many places that serve them. Recently, however, a small café called “Powder Face” opened up; it is located on Keys Road in front of the Wal-Mart in San Jose. The main appeal to Powder Face is clearly the novelty of eating a Beignet; it’s just pure fun! Sadly though, that one appeal easily wears off after one realizes the amount of time it takes to get an order. If you are planning on going to this place be warned, you are going to be sitting there for awhile; expect to be waiting for at least 20 minutes for your order. Now the wait might be worth it, but that is entirely up to you. For the optimist, it is worth it because of the edgy interior

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design that radiates a level of relaxation because of the bright natural lighting and open space. Indeed, it offers an environment where someone can just decompress after a long day with a nice treat and a good cappuccino.

May 2011


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Clubs / Calendar / Ads

May 2011

Club info

Author’s Guild

English Majors/Language Lovers Club

ESA (Enlace Student Association)

http://www.facebook. com/EVC.ASG

Enjoy writing of many forms ranging from poetry, fiction, prose and nonfiction when you become part of Evergreen’s writing community

Come and enjoy the company of other students who enjoy and appreciate the writings of classic and esteem authors

Experience the beautiful Latino heritage in this cultural family. ESA influences individuals to keep motivation as well applies teachings of leadership into daily lives.

Office Hours Mon - Thurs: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesdays 11-12 pm Located in the club room

Thursdays 2-3 pm Located in the club room

Thursdays 2 pm Located in the library

Newspaper Club

Pacific Islanders Club

Racquet Club

Hang with the friendliest people in the world! Learn about the islands and chill in a atmosphere that hosts a yearly luau, tribal dance, and drum events - learn every aspect of each Pacific Island cultures.

Represent our campus in sports like badminton, racket ball, and tennis. Enjoy the fast pace sports while you learn about sportsmanship within a “hostile” atmosphere that’s drenched with friendly competition.

Regeneration is composed of a group of believers in Jesus Christ, who are students at EVC and are committed to (1) Encouraging and strengthening the faith of fellow believers, and (2) be ambassadors of Christ to the students, faculty, and staff of EVC.

VSA’s primary mission is to support and associate Vietnamese students in school’s affair. VSA also aim to develop , diffuse, and celebrate Vietnamese culture as well as Vietnamese traditional holidays

Tuesdays & Fridays 2 pm 12 pm

Message your ASG for more information at -

Thursdays 1 - 3 pm

Located at Gullo II

http://www.facebook. com/EVC.ASG

Gullo II (2112)

Mondays & Thursdays 9 - 9:30 12 - 12:30 10 - 10:30 2:30 - 3:00 12 - 12:30 Gullo II and Cafeteria Facebook: EVC_VSA

Interested in joining a club? Message the ASG for more information at -

-ORStop by Gullo II: G2 110

Alexander Daryanani Newspaper Club Editor in Chief Eddie Balaoro Chief of Graphic Design

Evergreen Valley College’s Newspaper Club, formerly known as EVC Flyer. Our aspirations are to impart news to students in and out of campus about local activity such as changes, clubs, and many other important information of student interests.

Tuesdays *2 - 3 pm 9 - 10 pm

Gullo I (Cyber Lounge) Facebook: EVC Flyer

Regeneration VSA (Vietnamese (Christian Club) Club)

Clubs without descriptions: Art & Design Organization, B.S.U. (Black Students Union), Cochitlehuali - Li, E.N.S.A. (Evergreen Nursing Students Association), Math & Science Club, Parti Squad, Pride, S.A.C.N.A.S. (Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science ), S.K.Z.A. (Shuolin Kung Fu Zen Academy), S.P.A. (Student Para-Legal Association, Running Club. Message your ASG for more information at -

Pacific Islander Club Annual Luau Friday, May 20 -- 6:30-9:30 Gullo 2 As well as the past, The P.I.C of Evergreen Valley College is hosting a Luau to fund raise for scholarships. Food will be provided as well as entertainment. There is a cover charge of $15 for general admission and $7 with a student I.D. We appreciate your effort in supporting our event. It means so much to us. These scholarships are the only way some of us have to pay for school so we strive to raise this money. Donations are welcome :) So mark the date and hopefully we see you all there. Thank you generously for your time and support! Evergreen Valley College Pacific Islander Club


Clubs/ Calendar/ Ads

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EVC Carnival

Free HIV testing & End of year party

May 2011

E.V.C. P.I.C. Semi-Annual Luau & English Finals

Free HIV testing

End of Spring Semister.



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be more involvement with kids; maybe you want to highlight some part of the community you feel is important. Whatever it is, the Newspaper Club wants to find out! Contact your new Chief Editor Alexander Daryanani at Also, contact your new Student Government President Jessica Diaz for community involvement. Jessica Diaz will provide many opportunities to help give back to most of the elementary, junior high’s, and high school’s in San Jose. Salutations from your former Chief Editor, Alfredo Knowles. GO HAWKS!!!!! Even though I am now a Bison at Howard University. I give Special Thanks (Spanks) and Tribute to ALL the NEWSPAPER CLUB STAFF— LOVE YOU GUYS AND DUDETS!!! To All of 2010-2011 Associated Student Government; Kelley Wells – Philosophy Teacher (thank for always giving me time); Sterling Warner – English Teacher; Marjorie Clark-Counseling & Guidance Teacher; Harvey Gipson - Affirm Counseling/EOP&S (Greatness, should be your name, thanks for everything) ; Savander Parker- Fast-Track, Affirm ( Savander, Thank you for your Black-American Leadership, I treasured every moment of it, you really cared for me); Samuel White- English Teacher ( you have been a blessing in my life, Thank You!) ; Jonathan King - Dean of Business & Workforce Development ( I learned a different view of the world from you, Thanks); Alexandra White- English Teacher (I wouldn’t have gotten into Howard if it wasn’t for you, Spank You!) VICTOR GARZA -DIRECTOR OF STUDENT LIFE (a big shot out, love u Bro; we had a crazy year and made it. Keep it up, I know it was tough dealing with me, thanks), Kuni Hay, - VP of Academic Affairs (Thank You, you taught me how to act, somewhat. Thank you for your example); Irma Archuleta- Vice President Student Services (also Thank You, you made me have a awesome experience at EVC), Lorena Mata- Librarian (Thank You for always being so sweet with me, and kudos to all the library staff); The entire Tutoring departments, William Nguyen- Main Tutor (Thank you for all your support, I cherished it); Flora Payne and Everyone else in Affirm—Awesome program!! Caritha Anderson - Affirm Counselor, Elizabeth Eckford - AFFIRM Program ( You really have always been there, Thank You); Keith Aytch- Dean, Language Arts and Library & Learning Resources (Keep it cool Man); Celso Batalha- Physics/Astronomy ( you’re the coolest Brazilin I know, keep crossing the equator); Karen Rowe-Tinsley- Communication Studies Teacher (you’re a Life-Changer, for real!); Mike Masuda -Physics/Astronomy (Thank You, you have changed my life); Nancy Wambach English/Honors Program Professor (Gratitude to my first Professor at EVC) Henry Gee -Political Science (Loved your Class, and You’re an awesome political person); Phuong Banh English Teacher ( Thank you for looking out for me), Stephen Blades -English as a Second Language/Psychology Teacher ( Remember without you I would have never gotten my tattoo, thanks man. PS> your too hard on Students), Shelley Blackman Librarian ( you always been cool) , Tammie Gilkerson -Dean, Counseling and Matriculation ( You got Style Tammie), Ralph Nichols –Journalism Teacher, Elvis Raby- Business Services Supervisor English/ESL; Joe Barraza - Network Technician; George Bouzek- Network Technician; Mark Carey- Automotive Technology; Octavio Cruz - Dean of Admissions and Records; Jack Da Silva - 3D Arts: Jewelry-Metal Arts Teacher, 3D Design, Sculpture; Rita De La Cerda - Administrative Secretary, VPA; Frank Espinoza - Counseling/Enlace (always excites me to see you, a True Activist) ; Elizabeth Nava-Social Science ( Ms. Nava I never had you as a teacher, yet all my friends love you, thank you); Assembly Member Paul Fong, ; Mark Gonzales -Dean, Social Science, Humanities, Arts & Physical Education (thanks for giving or club a chance); Alfred Gonzalez III -Biological Science Teacher ( Your probably my most informative Teacher, Thanks bro); Lynn Gulkin; Teck Ky- Mathematics Teacher; Rachel Lazo – Art Teacher; Elaine Ortiz-Kitsch- Counselor; John Payne - Physical Education; Felicia R. Perez, - Physical Education Teacher; Patricia Perkins - General Counseling; Ivanna Ramirez - Sr. Division Administrative Assistant, Counseling Robert Rivet - Senior Account Clerk Paulette Romano -Executive Secretary ( Thank you for always scheduling appointments for me with the President.); Ingrid Rottman Outreach/Recruitment Specialist; Ruppenthal, R.J. (2005)- Legal Assistant/Paralegal Studies; Janice Tomisaka -Distance Education Program; Wei Zhou - Dean of Math, Science & Engineering. Thank you all and if I know you, and you know you have impacted me, THANK YOU!!

The Messenger_May 2011  

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