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Rabies bat found on Fullerton College campus. See page 3.

Volume 99, Issue 9 February 26, 2014

The Hornet The Voice of Fullerton College





A.S. proposal hits wall Plans to make A.S. fee a requirement for all students faces opposition from FC administration. GREG DIAZ Editor-In-Chief

Photo courtesy of Heather Plenty


The Fullerton College Associated Students have proposed making the $8.50 A.S. benefit fee a requirement for all FC students. The resolution, passed by the A.S. senate near the end of last semester, was made in the hopes of giving A.S. a budget on par with other community colleges in the district. The way that the A.S. fees work currently, students have to choose if they want to pay the $8.50 or not when registering for their classes. Under the new plan, students would be required to pay the fee during registration but would be able to opt out of the fee by attaining a waiver. The proposal faces some criticism from Toni Dubois, vice president of student affairs, who believes that the “opt-out” Kleinbergs policy would circumvent policies in the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Student Fee Handbook. The handbook states that, “Questions have been raised regarding the legality of the ‘negative check-off ’ approach.” A.S. Vice President Joshua Kleinbergs has been pushing for the proposal after working with the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, a group of student government officials that lobbies on behalf of community college students in the state government. “The student fee is just a way for students to actually have control over what goes on at their community college,” Kleinbergs said. The proposal would increase the A.S. budget from $15,000 per year to potentially upwards of $400,000 per year. While this would be a large increase to the school’s A.S. budget, Kleinbergs insists that it still pales in comparison to other [see Fees page 3]

Directed by Chuck Ketter • Fullerton College Theatre Department • Fullerton College Fine Arts Division Performances: Thursday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. | Friday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. | Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. | Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $12.50 pre-sale, $15 at the door

MARIAH DURAN Special to the Hornet

The Theatre department is bringing the farce to Fullerton College with their production of “Noises Off.” Due to its unusual short time period, the rehearsal for Fullerton College theatre department’s newest play, “Noises Off ” has become a very exhilarated process that has director Chuck Ketter and the cast working hard. “It’s a uniquely challenging project Normally we would have seven weeks to work on a show, but this year we only have five,” Ketter said. “That’s just how the calendar fell.”

Normally Ketter would be focusing on one play during the semester but due to Gary Krinke’s retirement, Ketter has been directing both “Noises Off ” and the upcoming “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” “Chuck is amazing, he has gotten so much work done, it’s a very professional work environment,” said Kailey Stewart, stage manager. “Noises Off ” is a play within a play, a farce on “Nothing On.” Nothing On is the type of play where many people are klutz, old men are dropping their trousers and doors are continually banging. Much of the comedy is shown through subtle

character flaws, both on and off stage. “It’s a very complex high-style comedy show. When I began the auditions, I told the students I would probably cast students that I’ve worked with due to the short rehearsal period,” Ketter said. “In reality I haven’t worked with half of them, they just impressed me that much at auditions.” “Noises Off ” will be performed at the Fullerton College Theatre from March 6-8 and on March 13. Students can purchase tickets at the Fullerton College box office. Tickets are $12.50 pre-sale and $15 at the door.













C A News Briefs U News

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Health insurance mandatory for everyone

Fullerton College students and staff must meet the health insurance deadline by April 1. The Student Health Center encourages everyone to stop by and view their informational board on Covered California. This board will give students a basic understanding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the different types of financial assistance available through Covered California. This information is updated on a weekly basis. For more information, visit the Health Center.

Feb. 18- Feb. 21

1. Feb. 18, 2014 Health and Safety Incident between 100 building and 400 building 2. Feb. 19, 2014 Trespassing 626.1 P.C. Staff Lot 3

3. Feb. 21, 2014 Traffic Accident/ Damage to District Property Staff Lot B2 East Campus Safety encourages students to report any wrong doing they may happen to witness. It also must be noted that anonymity is always an option.

Photo by Mathew Flores, The Hornet

Quad displays books of many genres for sale Today is the last day to buy books at the book sale on the Quad. Books of all types of genres are found and sold, from cooking to nonfiction. Prices vary between $5-$20.

Ceremony requires confirmations from staff

Faculty participating in the commencement ceremony must let Student Affairs know by Friday, Feb. 28. The RSVP will also confirm your place in the program. Student Affairs will also be taking regalia rental orders on Friday through 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in their office.

Emergency Contacts

Campus Safety Phone Number: Emergency Phone Number: Fullerton Police Department: Fullerton Fire Department:

(714) 992-7080 (714) 992-7777 (714) 738-6700 (714) 738-6122

Where preparing to return to the workforce balances with


OC restaurant week reveals best places to eat

“I have two young kids.”

The sixth annual restaurant week features Orange County’s top 100 restaurants. The menu prices are priced at $10, $15, $20 for lunch and $20, $30, $40 for dinner. Participating locations for lunch include Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, Gypsy Den and Wild Goose Tavern. For $20 dinners, some locations are El Torito, 118 Degree’s and Slater’s 50/50. For further venue information go to www.ocrestaurantweek. com.

Art takes over Downtown Fullerton sidewalks

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This downtown event is the first Friday of every month created by the Downtown Art Community. Venues for this artwalk are scattered all over downtown Fullerton including Eden Cafe, The Night Owl, Tranquil Tea Lounge and Fullerton Public Library. The four-year anniversary art walk will take place on March 7 and a majority of the venues will be in the Fullerton Musuem Plaza. For more information on venues go to

Courtesy of Improv Shmimprov

Improv Shmimprov provides comedy for all

This comedy ensemble began its days at the UCI Drama Department and now performs every Friday and Saturday at the Maverick Theater at 11 p.m., located on Walnut street in Fullerton. This group bases their comedy material off of audience suggestions so each show is unpredicatable. Price of admission is $5. For more information go to


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Feb. 23, 1973 A.S. moves offices into the south end of the Student Center building.

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Feb. 23, 1981 Prank on an astronomy class is played when someone enlists a robot as a student.

Feb. 24, 1974 Someone with a master key entered the Student Center and A.S. office and stole a file.

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Feb. 26, 1991 Books from the Library were stolen, vandalized and flushed down toilets.

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Bat found on FC campus



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Speaking Out: Attendees of the forum congregrate afterwards to discuss future BSU meetings.

Graphic by Abby Dergarzarian

Tensions rise when a stray animal found on campus tests positive for rabies. JENNIFER RIECH Copy Editor

On Tuesday afternoon, Fullerton College students gathered around the 400 building to take a peek at a wild bat that made its way onto campus. It still remains a mystery whether the bat got there by itself or with the help of a student. Scooping the bat out of a shoebox with bare hands, at least one student was witnessed handling the bat, patting him on the head and even calling him his “pet.” Orange County Animal Control was contacted and they seized the animal on site. Upon further examination and according to the Orange County Health Care Agency, the bat was discovered to carry the deadly rabies virus. Bats have small, needle-like teeth and can sometimes bite without the victim knowing they were bitten in the first place, often leaving no visible puncture wound or causing any noticeable pain. Anyone that had contact with the animal is highly encouraged to seek immediate medical attention as even a single bite or scratch from an infected animal can cause death. It is far more advisable to be safe rather than sorry. Below are more helpful information on the rabies virus, some of which is obtained from Center for Disease Control and Prevention online. Rabies infects the central nervous system in mammals. It ultimately causes disease in the

brain which can result in brain inflammation, convulsions, paralysis and mania before leading to imminent death. The incubation period for rabies, from the bite or scratch to the onset of symptoms, is usually four to eight weeks but sometimes varies. Once one begins to exhibit signs of the more severe symptoms, it is usually too late for treatment as the disease has begun attacking the central nervous system. Death usually occurs within a matter of days after onset of the more severe symptoms. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva or soft tissues from mammals, typically from a bite or scratch. Other, more rare forms of transmission are when the saliva of the infected animal comes in contact with a mucus membrane, such as the eyes, nose and mouth. Most cases are caused by exposure to rabid dogs. Other wild animals commonly known to host the virus are raccoons, skunks, foxes, possums, coyotes and in this case, bats. However, any warm-blooded animal can carry or transmit rabies, this includes your family cat or dog. You are highly advised to get them vaccinated at your local veterinary clinic for your safety and theirs. The beginning signs of rabies are akin to that of the flu, fatigue, headache, fever, chills, lack of appetite, sore throat, vomiting or nausea. Advanced symptoms include unwarranted anxiety, extreme agitation, hallucinations and excessive salivation Survival is unheard of at this stage and death follows soon after.

What can you do to prevent rabies?

cAvoid all direct contact with wild animals, which includes

handling and feeding. Observe them from a safe distance. cPrevent animals from entering your home by sealing noticeable cracks, covering window sills and screening chimneys or vents. cIf a wild animal is found in your home, avoid contact, seal off the area and call animal control immediately. cVaccinate your household pets against rabies and keep their vaccinations up to date, especially if they are frequently outdoors. cSupervise your pets when outdoors and do not let them come in contact with a wild animal. cRefrain from leaving pet food outside overnight. cReport stray animal sightings to OC Animal Care. cReport all bites to OC Animal Care. cImmediately wash all animal bites thoroughly with soap and water before seeking immediate medical attention.

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Event unites black students This forum aimed to educate and create an open platform for student involvement.

NUR SATTAR News Editor

The Black Students Forum, coordinated by the Black Students Union with the help of the Cadena Center opened up an environment for black students on campus to get together and voice their opinions on the issues most critical to them. The forum held Thursday, Feb. 20 was an arena for black students on campus to feel more connected and become better informed of the campus resources. It shed light on issues many of the students had with the tutoring center, book availability, financial aid and even Campus Safety. An issue that was consistently brought to attention was the lack of connection students felt with the campus and the lack of awareness many of them had of

the resources available to them. “I came here today to speak my mind and to get answers to the issues I am facing,” said Mister Merryweather, football player. Merryweather felt that the parking lot needs more monitoring because in the past, people have come and vandalized his car. Walker Christopher, treasurer of the Black Student Union and a coordinator of the event discussed how some students brought up the lack of emphasis placed on black history in some classes. He also pressed upon the need for the students present at the forum to keep participating in similar activities like attending Black Student Union meetings. “You talk about support, you talk about networking, you want to know you resources, come so we can give it to you,” Christopher said. Christopher urged the students to continue to attend BSU meetings, Justin Marsden, the Inter-Club Council

Representative for BSU, felt that many of the resource centers on campus could do a better job in providing support to students.

“I came here today to speak my mind, to get answers to the issues I am facing.” -Mister Merryweather FC football player

“I think that the counseling center needs to do more outreach. It needs to be more involved with requiring students and helping them get counseling appointments. I feel like trying to get counseling appointments is like pulling teeth,” Marsden said. Cecilia Arriaza, director of the Cadena Center stressed the importance of networking. She also went over a new annual report that will be conducted by gathering information from different student forums, which will be passed to administration.

Fees: allow for better resources

[continued from page 1] “To give you an idea of what other schools are getting, Orange Coast Community College, one of the highest transfer colleges, works with over one million for their budget,” Kleinbergs said. “Cerritos College works with $800,000.” With the extra funds, Kleinbergs hopes to give the A.S. the ability to provide more services to the students. They want to be able to fund more activities for campus clubs, bring conferences to the campus and invest more into the Care Bank to meet the increasing needs of students. “We have a great debate team that can’t travel to conferences,” said Jodi Balma, a political science instructor at FC. “We could fund that through Associated Students. We could fund the northern California trip, so that all students could go on a tour of transfer schools in northern California.” In addition to the services that the student government hopes to provide, there is also the sense that more funds will lead to more input from them both on and off the Fullerton campus. “The CSUs and UCs really treat their student government like an equal partner in shared government,” Balma said. “You have to have a source of income to do that. To advocate for the students.” Fullerton College, at this time, only has enough money to send one representative to the SSCCC delegation that represents students in Sacramento, Calif. With the ability to send more of the student government, it will allow them to have more of a voice in the laws that govern Fullerton College. When the state assembly passed Assembly Bill No. 955, which allowed community colleges to charge increased rates for intersession classes, Kleinbergs believed that the campus government should have had more input. “The only thing that we had to battle this with was with groups like [SDCCC],” Kleinbergs said.

For Balma, she believes that the extra money the student government can receive will give them more legitimacy when dealing with governing bodies. “For the vast majority of students that [$8.50] is going to be the least of the fees that are troublesome,” Balma said. “We have got to get textbook prices down. Ironically, by paying $8.50, your student representative could fly to Sacramento and advocate for cheaper textbooks.” For the administration’s part they are still resistant to accepting the proposal. DuBois feels that if the A.S. wants to increase their budget they should go about convincing students to opt for paying the fee. “I opposed it basically on the grounds that I don’t think it’s fair for the majority of students,” DuBois said. “If you want to participate and you want to pay your fee then that is what optional means. But optional doesn’t mean that we make you jump through a bunch of hurdles.” The possibility of this change in policy taking effect is still up in the air as according to Kleinbergs. Once the proposal clears the FC administration, it would need to be approved by Ned Doffoney, chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District. Since Fullerton College registers on the same system with Cypress College, any change to that process would require a similar change with that college. Kleinbergs believes that the likelihood of the required fee being in place at the start of next year is slim. For him, a transfer student next semester, this means that someone in the A.S. will have to pick up on his efforts after he is gone from the student government. “I think eventually it is going to happen,” Kleinbergs said. “Eventually some student somewhere down the line is going to get it passed.”



February 26, 2014

Center provides ample resources FC Health Center can meet a student’s various medical needs. ROSIE WADDELL Hornet Reporter

In order to enroll for FC, you must pay a health fee. This fee covers a number of health services, from first aid, hearing and vision screening, to six counseling sessions with a licensed psychologist. Additional services such as immunizations, birth control and other medications and in-depth physical exams are also available for a small fee. Many students do not know that the Health Center can even perform lab work on campus ordered by a student’s primary care physician outside of school. Students are encouraged to stop by for minor everyday problems such as a headache, cramps, an upset stomach, to receive overthe-counter pain medication. The Health Center provides privacy for students, as well as a friendly environment. Every service offered is completely confidential, ensuring students that they do not need to worry about the scrutiny of their parents or other prying eyes. According to Dr Vanessa Miller, director of health services, a survey in 2013 indicated that only about 45 percent of students are aware of these services. A possible reason for the lack of knowledge about these

services is that Fullerton College is constantly getting new students. The health services must constantly make an effort to inform the student body. Kaylee Gieser, a photography major, admitted she is one of the many students who do not take advantage of health services. “I’ve never been to the Health Center,” said Gieser. “I honestly don’t even know where it is.” Angela Presentadi also admitted that she does not use the services offered. However, she said she is aware of the services because she recently just started coming to Fullerton College after attending Cal Poly Pomona. “I know from going to Cal Poly about the services,” Presentadi said. “If you got sick, you could go the Health Center. You could get x-rays, medication or whatever you needed instead of going to the doctor.” Similarly, engineering major Armando Plascencia said he doesn’t know much about Health Services. “I have to assume that they kind of do what most college health centers do, like give out condoms or give flu shots,” Plascencia said. “I feel like I should be using it, especially because I’m paying for it. ButI’m not really sure what I could get out of it.” Miller mentioned that they also perform classroom presentations at the invitation of the instructor in order to inform

students. So far this semester, they have done at least 35 presentations. The push to get the word out about these services can also be seen at special events around campus, such as the upcoming Spring Fair in April. Health services staff will have a table out on the Quad passing out flyers and distributing information. Despite the push to get the word out, the Health Center is very busy on a daily basis. “Between Aug. 26 and Feb. 20, we have booked over 3,000 appointments,” Miller said. Perhaps, the busiest members of the health services staff are the personal counselors, who are completely booked every day with student appointments. The services are indeed being used, but only by the small percentage of students who are aware. “That’s definitely enough to keep us busy, but again, it’s less than 50 percent of students who pay for the services,” Miller added. “I guess it’s one of those situations where you have to say ‘be careful what you wish for’ because we are extremely busy here with seeing less than half of the students.” Appointments for the Health Center can be made by phone at (714) 992-7094.

Services offered by the Student Health Center Emergency/First Aid Hearing and vision screening Flu vaccine Minor surgery Breast and pelvic exams Crisis intervention STD and HIV tests Pregnancy tests Birth control Medications and/or prescriptions Health education/ counseling Immunizations Laboratory Tests Orthopedic supplies Referral to specialists

Meet and greet for new district vice chancellor District member visits FC to discuss her plans for the future. RIM DAKELBAB Hornet Reporter

Irma Ramos, a new addition to the North Orange County Community College District, discusses her plans to put students first at facutly event. Teachers and staff members came by the 100 building for a welcoming reception to meet the newly appointed district vice chancellor of human resources. “We’re excited to welcome Ramos from NOCCCD for this important position. She has just started after the retirement of Jell Horsley last year,” said FC President Rajen Vurdien. For several years, Ramos has been a mentor for the Puente program in which mentors and students become partners for the whole academic year. She previously worked at Mt San Jacinto College and Long Beach College and is planning on doing the same for Fullerton College as well. Ramos understands how important it is to have someone for the student body to look to for guidance.

“When you work in an office environment you don’t really get to see the student. So one of the ways to still click with the students is to be one of the mentors in this college," Ramos said. "So now that I’m in a position to do that, I want to continue to do that." One of the major things she is planning to start is a tracking system for submitting job applications online rather than filling out paper applications and going to the district. This new technology will allow people to be able to apply online from either their home or office. Elain Oropeza, a financial aid technician firmly believes that this new system could “help streamline the process that we have to deal with on a daily basis.” FC is hiring 20 new faculty instructors who can use this system and the same thing applies for other jobs for the bookstore and an office position. “It’s just wonderful to be here. Everyone is warm and welcoming,” Ramos said. “I just feel at home.” Ramos sees the need to support teachers and the staff because at the end of the day, they are supporting the students.

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Students should opt-in for A.S. The student government is trying to get more students to pay the A.S. benefit fee. A small price to pay for the benefits that could come the student’s way.

The Associated Students are pushing a proposal that would make the $8.50 A.S. Benefit fee required for all students when they register for classes. While the proposal seems to be a ways off from becoming reality, the move would have the potential to do a lot of good for the student body. First off, the fee is not that big. Fullerton College students that choose to pay the A.S. Benefit fee are only charged $8.50. That is the price of a lunch and a coffee. In fact, the student government charges one of the lowest fees of the colleges in our area. At Orange Coast College the fee is $22. At Long Beach City, their government charges $20. Golden West College charges

$18. At many of the community colleges in the district that fee is not optional. You don’t even want to compare that to the fees that charged by the University of California schools, which are routinely over $100. The problem with the student government fee that we have now is that it is not enough for the student government to actually make substantial changes with. Right now, they do not have the money to do much more than buy food for the student body and hire DJs at events. If, for example, the student government wanted to set up a 24-hour study


center, like they are working on at Cal State University, Long Beach, the Administration would say that they could not afford it and that would be the end of it. If the A.S. was able to fund half of the cost of a project like that it might be more feasible to the administration. The student government has also been unable to pay to have their website updated in some time. Without a current website it is harder and harder for them to keep students apprised of the organization’s activities. There is also more that they could do to help students with more funds. A.S. Vice President Joshua Kleinbergs stated that the Care Bank can only afford to give out 10 bus passes a month but have more students that could use them. Even though A.S. may not be able to get this proposal passed by the next school year, if you want your student government to better represent the student body, you might have to break out your wallet and fund their efforts.

One hour to save a stranger’s life

Donating blood regularly can help burn calories and save lives.

In 45-60 minutes, a person can donate one unit of blood that will be separated into four individual components that could help save multiple lives. According to the Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. This totals 44,000 blood donations needed every day. Fred Fletcher-Fierro, 35, cinema radio television major, donates roughly every two weeks at the Red Cross in Pomona. Unlike other people who struggle to donate a pint of blood every once in a while, Fierro donates platelets through the apheresis process. This medical technology passes the donor’s whole blood through apparatus that separates one particular constituent and returns the remainder to the circulation. Blood is not a product that can be made or manufactured in a factory, nor something donors can give for money. “Making time to help people by donating blood product is one of the most intimate ways that we can help each other,” Fierro said. “It makes me feel good that I’m part of it every time I finish the procedure.” The phrase, “donating blood saves lives”

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may seem like a cliché, but for Fierro, this is true, especially after losing a close family member to cancer. In 1995, Fierro started donating apheresis regularly to help cancer patients who have blood but requires injections of white blood cells in order to stay alive. Over the past two years, he has donated 42 times. “People only consider donating blood product when they get into a car accident or need to have surgery,” Fierro said. “The need for everybody is urgent every day. Now I go more out of habit.” David Echols, Fullerton College video and film instructor, worked in a hospital and remembers the hospital giving a paid day off to any staff member who donated blood. “It doesn’t have to be money, it could be a flash drive, a T-shirt or maybe a pizza,” Echols said. Echols hasn’t heard of the blood drive, he suggests printing T-shirts with words like, “Superman” or “I saved a life today.” “It’s a nice motivation. I don’t want to feel guilty, I want to feel like I’m a hero,” Echols said. Echols also supports the idea that

people can start banking their own blood. It motivates people to stop smoking, to get healthy and exercise. According to an article published in, blood donation removes oxidative iron from the body that causes cancer and heart attacks. People burn approximately 650 calories per donation of one pint of blood. To donate blood, the American Red Cross requires donors to weigh at least 110 pounds and maintain healthy iron levels in the body. Upon donation, ARC collects one pint of blood and small test tubes from the donor. The donation is stored in iced coolers until it is transported to a Red Cross center. The laboratory processes the blood to separate the transfusable components, red cells, platelets and plasma test. ARC then tests the blood to store them in refrigerators for shipping on demand to hospitals or confidentially notifies the donor if the test results are positive for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis or any other diseases. “The staff that works at ARC are very friendly and knowledgeable about keeping the patients comfortable,” Fierro said. Fullerton College students can start signing up for the Red Cross Blood Drive between Feb. 24-28 to help save lives. The blood drive is scheduled for March 11-12, 2014.

CVS pulling cigarettes off the shelves

CVS using the “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy to help people stop smoking.

In October of this year, CVS pharmacy will pull all tobacco products off of its shelves. It has been a long time coming and for a very good reason: tobacco should have never been sold in a health pharmacy setting in the first place. The health dangers of tobacco span back many decades and finally removing it from store shelves is a welcome sigh of relief. CVS pharmacy provides flu shots, vaccines and a plethora of hygiene products to its customers. Studies have scientifically shown that smoking and chewing tobacco causes cancer, other major health related problems and often times, death. Cigarettes and health care provisions quite simply, don’t go hand in hand, especially in the same retail setting. When tobacco is removed from its store shelves, it will hopefully trigger other major health related stores and

ERIK EDLUND Guest Contributor

retailers to do the same. Such a large chain hasn’t made such a bold move since Target did back in 1996, where they did the same thing CVS plans to do this year. The company expects to lose billions from pulling cigarettes, but it will only be a small dent in its $123 billion yearly earnings. CVS pharmacy hopes to make up for the lost revenue with a smoking cessation program that is planned to start this spring. The goal is to get half a million Americans to stop smoking. “This is the kind of offering we can bring to clients like insurance plans and companies,” said Helena Foulkes, executive vice president of CVS. “Many of which will pay for such a program.” The company is aware of the losses they will incur and are more than willing to take the risk in order to revamp their image. Even though pulling tobacco from its

store shelves is a good sign, it won’t put an end to smoking. Smoking is an addiction and getting people to stop is incredibly tough. However, making it harder to find somewhere to buy cigarettes is a nice step towards letting those who want to start smoking or are just beginning to smoke know that it’s a bad idea. Hopefully this will be a deterrent that will help those that already smoke and want to quit, from buying cigarettes with such ease. Whatever effect this will have on future generations will be a significant milestone in the fight against tobacco. Tobacco’s aggressive addiction and the toll that it takes on the human body is costing a huge debt in health insurance and medical bills along with countless lives. CVS pharmacy has made the right choice and I commend them for taking the next step toward battling tobacco and cigarettes.

Erik Edlund is a Fullerton College student majoring in history.



February 26, 2014

Is not having Wi-Fi at FC affecting you? The Fullerton College WiFi has been experiencing problems since the start of the semester. Students have been unable to log on and we wanted to know what impact that has had on the student body. “Not really because I have 4G on my phone and that’s all I really need. All of my homework is on paper anyways.”

Abiel Saavedra

Criminal Justice major

“This is the only place where I can get homework done because I don’t have Internet at home. I missed an assignment for sociology but I was able to make it up.”

Jasmine Gonzalez

Administration of Justice major

“It hasn’t really affected me but it probably affected others. There might have been information they needed from online and they couldn’t get to it.”

Mori Pugrad

Kinesiology major

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California needs all hands on deck to help with its current water woes Drought takes over California but there are ways to conserve water and save the state.

While the rest of the country suffers under the weight of heavy rainstorms, snow and ice, California continues to bask in all the sunshine and glory of beautiful weather. However, to the unforeseen eye, the state is actually suffering. California has had very little rain over the past couple of months, even years. Record high temperatures have brought lawmakers to their knees. A major drought has taken hold over the state and it continues to get worse. Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers have declared a state of emergency to combat this drought.


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Many reservoirs where water is stored is dangerously low. The creeks and rivers have dried up and drinking water and water districts in seventeen towns could run out of water in 100 days. Many other city’s water supplies are becoming more and more scarce. Thousands of businesses in the state, including agriculture and the wine industry, could be devastated by the drought. Brown has proposed 687 million in temporary relief, 549 million of that money will go towards local water conservation and recycling efforts, basically ground systems to capture storm water, and recharge groundwater supplies. The problems don’t just stem from lack of

rain, the state is also well over-populated. The state lawmakers never imagined that the state would grow to over 33 million residents and continue to grow. President Barack Obama recently visited local farmers and community leaders to find ways to solve California’s drought problems. “We’re going to have to figure out how to play a different game,” Obama said. “If the politics are structured in such a way where everybody is fighting each other and trying to get as much as they can, my suspicion is that we’re not going to make much progress.” After arriving in California, Obama proposed 100 million in livestock-disaster assistance for ranchers, 60 million for food banks to help families that are hurting financially because of the drought, five million for conservation assistance in

COUNTERPOINT F Would you be in favor of the A.S. fee

being harder for students to opt out of?

When attending a school, you want the student body to have a strong sense of school pride. School pride stems from a clean campus, good activities and in some cases a great sports program. The popular saying “money makes the world go round” could lend no truer hand to the idea of “school pride.” It is true that being financially stable isn’t the answer to all the world’s problems but it sure does help in making things a little easier. The rich history of Fullerton College has meant that we have lasted as a school and have thrived despite hard times economically and educationally. Ironically that longevity would not have been possible without change and as we all know change does not come easily. A.S. wants to keep that change going by making the optional A.S. benefit fee of $8.50 non-negotiable and mandatory for everyone. This has been met with much backlash and rejection purely in the name of wanting to save a few dollars. I can respect wanting to not spend any more money than needed, especially when we live in an era where young 20-somethings balance two jobs, school and sometimes a family. However, if thought is really put into it, the positives outweigh the negatives immensely. First off, let us really analyze


the importance of $8.50. Personally, I work at Disneyland and this is right under what I make an hour. So, with that being said I am sacrificing one hour of work for an entire semester of benefits through my school. Whereas we would usually spend that money on lunch or coffee from Starbucks for a week. Now instead, we could spend it on keeping our campus looking its best and the occasional free pizza lunch through the school year. I feel that any backlash that this is receiving is just selfish opposition to a cause that can only produce a positive outcome. The current school budget is only about $15,000 and with this proposed plan, it could be bumped up to almost $450,000 a year. This just isn’t for the free food. This bump in revenue for our school could fund school trips, bring both speakers and conferences to the school and help fund the care bank. In a world where a few dollars is merely a drop in the pot, this will be worth supporting the mandatory A.S. fee and embracing it whole-heartedly.

the hardest hit drought areas, five million for watershed protection and three million in emergency grants for rural communities with water shortages. However, more efforts from California residents need to be made. It would help if people cut down on irrigating the lawns, shorter showers, automated timers, flushing the toilet once, turning the water off while brushing your teeth, doing laundry once a week and washing dishes by hand. Everyone can do their part to save California’s water resources so that people can come live and visit this state. Why wait last minute to do your part on saving the earth when you could start now? Erik Edlund is a Fullerton College student majoring in history.

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As a college student, spending money is a tight subject. Most college students can’t afford to spend a lot of money. How often do you hear students say that they are hungry or they can’t afford to get food? This is the growing problem. The average budget for a college student at a two-year community college is $15,933, according to College Board Advocacy and Policy Center. If A.S. gets their wish then that budget will go up. College students can hardly afford to get food and pay bills. This is the reason that the Care Bank was put in place, but what will happen to those students who can’t afford to pay the A.S. fee? Most of the students at Fullerton College already get financial aid and they can hardly pay for much else besides their classes. Yes, there are perks to having A.S. benefits but the $8.50 that students would be forced to pay is going to cause a lot of students to scramble over bills. For some, this fee may be easy to pay but for others the health fee along with this new fee will cause them to panic over what they are going to do for the money. According to people in their early 20s, most of who are college students, are the ones filing bankruptcy. A lot of students are getting help by means of food stamps and other


government funding. According to the USDA’s statistics, 4,264,816 people in California alone were on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as of November last year. This is all of California. California has the highest participants in SNAP. There is not a lot of money in the state if this many people are on SNAPs. Students are struggling to make it. Some don’t get help from their parents or relatives and others get very little help from their families. This will be a burden on them. Some students who are struggling use the Care Bank on campus for help with food. Others use A.S. to help with things like a bus pass, gas cards and other services but some of the students who use these facilities cannot afford the fee. This is difficult because A.S. is suppose to help students who can’t afford things but if the fee is mandatory, then who is A.S. really helping? This will in no way benefit the students who can’t afford the fee; it will only benefit the students who can. This is just another fee that students cannot afford.

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The Muckenthaler turns 90 The Muckenthaler Cultural Center celebrates its anniversary MARTIN BECERRA Local Editor

It started with a dream to build the perfect home for a small practical family that also enjoyed the finer things in life. On top of a hill, the beautiful Mediterranean-architecture home with its landscaped gardens overlooked orchards in Southern California. Walter and Adella Kraemer Muckenthaler built their home, Muckenthaler Villa, in 1924, a time of growing prosperity in the region. The Villa which reflected Walter’s interest in Mission-style architecture was designed by architect Frank Benchley who also designed the now, Villa del Sol. The home was built in the Golden Hills area of Fullerton for $35,000 and was completed within six months. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center celebrates 90 years of the Villa’s construction this year. What the Muckenthaler’s intended for as a home for themselves has become a breeding ground for uniting a community through culture and arts. A home that has seen 90 years has many stories to tell, many rich and defining moments that have played a role in shaping the history and foundations of Fullerton. What makes the Villa special is not just that it has been around for 90 years, but what the Cultural Center and the Muckenthaler staff have done for the community. Zoot Velasco the executive director of the Muckenthaler has seen the Cultural Center tremendously grow since he took the position in 2007. Velasco described that this is his ideal job to work for a cultural center in a historic building. “I got the job in about a week and it was love at first sight,” Velasco said. “The board loved me and I loved the Muck.” Under Velasco’s leadership the Muck has grown from 94 members to 650 and from an audience of 512 to 11,778 since 2007. Ann Milazzo, the receptionist at the Muckenthaler describes that Velasco’s zeal for not only the Villa but the community is what has caused that growth and she credits him for their revival. “Everything Zoot has done has been wonderful. It’s a huge difference from before,” Milazzo said. “If it wasn’t for him, we would have most likely closed down.” The vision of the Cultural Center since 1968 was to be a regional cultural center that catered to North Orange County since there isn’t enough of the arts in the O.C. Velasco believes that the vision has always been there but just for a period of time it was lost. “It’s not like I came in and did

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90 years of history: A photo of the present day Muckenthaler Villa. Still is a glorious sight to many of the Fullerton residents that visit the center.

magic, there was a great board and staff here. It just needed leadership.” Velasco said. “What we are doing now is the original plan of 1968.” Velasco credits the growth to the board and staff at the Muckenthaler. He believes the growth came as a result of their support and approval behind decisions for the Muckenthaler. “We are getting a lot of the younger crowd now. When I started we had mainly an audience over 65 in 2007,” Velasco said. “But you look at our

Photo courtesy of Muckenthaler Cultural Center

From up high: An aerial view of the Muckenthaler Villa show that it was surrounded by orchids as it rested on Golden Hills in Fullerton.

events now and it is a diverse age made up of families. That is what reflects our community.” To commemorate their anniversary, the Muckenthaler will be hosting several events throughout the year; Sunday Social at the Villa, Gatsby’s Black and White Soiree, Oktoberfest and the Speakeasy: “The Golden Scarab Club”. The Cultural Center aspect of the Muckenthaler will be celebrating 50 years next year and has a list of events in the process.


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The visionaries behind the villa: Walter and Adella Kraemer Muckenthaler pose in front of their home which would eventually become a cultural center that the city of Fullerton would come to enjoy.

A Higher Degree of You



February 26, 2014

Artist in Fullerton brings life to salvaged, reclaimed wood through art. KAREN BALTAZAR Hornet Reporter

The Magoski Arts Colony is a hidden gem in Downtown Fullerton. Behind those enormous steel doors there is a community of local artists. Brandon “Monk” Muñoz is one of the artists that makes his art out of wood. Walking down the hallway there are all types of art forms, from paintings to Mosaic art. At the end of the hallway you will find Monkwood the name of Muñoz’s studio. Inside you will come face to face with a shark that holds his hand tools. Muñoz has been working with wood over

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More than precision: Brandon “Monk” Muñoz pours his heart into each of his handcrafted woodwork pieces. He believes what makes his artwork or any artwork special is that every wood has a story to tell and he enjoys sharing that with his clients when they buy his work.

normal job.” Muñoz has been living in Fullerton for about 3 1/2 years. He lived in London for seven years where he worked as a

London,” Muñoz said. He adds that although he is not a fan of staining wood. “I hate staining but I’ll do it once in a while for people.” Muñoz said. Muñoz lives a few streets away from Downtown Fullerton and after attending it several times he knew he would want to be a part of the Fullerton Art Walk. “I just started going to it and meeting new people. It’s a very open hearted community,” Muñoz said. The inspiration behind his artwork comes from Photo by Matthew Flores, The Hornet his spirituality, his family An eye for detail: Brandon Muñoz sands down one of his latest and going to new places. works with accuracy before he stops for an interview with the Hornet. Working with salvaged pastor at Freedomhouse. and reclaimed materials 16 years and specializes is a lot cheaper and it is in salvage and reclaimed Although working with wood was not his also better quality wood materials. main source of income but according to Muñoz His interest in building while living in London, what makes it interesting things started with he continued to build is the story behind it. making things out of furniture for his home. Muñoz loves telling his Legos and from there It was when he returned clients the story of where it would blossom into to California that he the wood came from. working with wood. realized how much he “We live in the age “It [wood] found me as loved working with where you just replace a medium,” Muñoz said. wood. rather than repair and I “It was a means to an end “I discovered it by think a story is a big part of paying my rent as a default, but when I really of that,” Muñoz said. “It student and it was a skill started to love it was helps sell the piece but that wouldn’t land me a when I moved back from it also helps it be more

meaningful to somebody who is getting it.” Besides his artwork being displayed at the Fullerton Art Walk it has been displayed at Urban Outfitters inside the Brea Mall. Muñoz work is also useful for every day use such as tables or chairs that he has designed with an artful twist which has also been purchased and is used by local tavern Hopscotch. This summer Muñoz hopes to start wood workshops, open to whoever is interested.

“I want to do furniture repair where I can teach people that they don’t have to throw it away,” Muñoz said. At the upcoming Art Walk anniversary he will be displaying a midcentury post-modern cabinet enclosure for a flat screen television. For more information on Brandon Muñoz’s work you can visit his website: www. or visit him at his studio; 223/225 W. Santa Fe Ave. 92832.

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Fun and games: Like the action figure that stands mightily atop the cubes on Brandon “Monk” Muñoz arcade booth wood art, Monk is on top of his field bringing artwork that appeals to all audiences.


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A field of dreams: The new scoreboard was unveiled the field was dedicated on Feb. 16 in honor of the late Fullerton resident and hall of fame baseball player Gary Carter.

Fullerton honors hall of fame catcher Sunny Hills High School alum Gary Carter has field renamed in his honor at Fullerton park. GREG DIAZ Editor-in-chief

Hall of Fame baseball player Gary Carter was honored by the City of Fullerton. The city dedicated Field No. 2 in his honor at the Fullerton Sports Complex on Saturday. Carter grew up in Fullerton and attended Sunny Hills High School. After excelling in little league and Pony baseball, he played both football and baseball for the Lancers.

After high school, Carter signed a letter of intent to play quarterback at UCLA before ultimately deciding to sign a contract with the Montreal Expos in 1972. Carter played with the Expos through the 1984 season before moving on to the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished his career with the team that drafted him in 1992. During his time in the major leagues, Carter was an 11-time all-star, winner of three Golden Gloves and World Series Champion in 1986. Carter died of brain cancer on Feb. 16, 2012. His wife, Sandy and his brother were in attendance.

Foundations of Fullerton

Relaxful Ride

Photo by Ernesto Carranza, The Hornet

STEPHANIE ORNELAS Contributing Columnist

Metrolink travelers can sleep a little easy now knowing that traveling by rail is getting a little safer every year. Metrolink announced that the first train with Positive Train Control System was ready for launch and the plan is to extend that system beyond just one train. Something our locals are enthralled about is that the test launch debuted to our very own Fullerton Train Station. The train left the Union Station for Fullerton last Thursday, being the first in the nation to begin having a fleet with this system. PTC is the new collision avoidance system required in all U.S. trains. Because of the tragic Chatsworth train wreck in September 2008 that left 25 people dead and 135 injured, all train systems are required to have them built in by December 2015. The Southern California Metrolink system will continue to be developed rapidly until it is fully active by fall of 2015. According to Metrolink’s CEO Michael DePalla, the PTC will be able to stop a train before it goes through a red signal

and could have possibly prevented the 2008 head-on collision between a Metrolink and Union Pacific freight train. DePalla went into detail about the accident and how the occupied engineer ignored the red signal and crashed into the U-P train that was there. “This (PTC) would never allow that to happen,” he said. The computerized technology will be able to take over the train if the engineer misses a light or a safety measure. The system, costs $210 million, uses GPS, onboard computers and intricate communication systems that make it so the engineer behind the train can also sleep just a little easier at night. According to DePalla, the global positioning that identifies the situation of the train and radio frequencies will send signals to the train to be able to control it and give it a command. With a mix of federal state and local funds, the system will be up and running by the end of next year. Being home of one of the busiest transportation systems in the state, the Fullerton Train Station is just one of many to experience this new innovative system.

Foundations of Fullerton is a biweekly column dedicated to overall infrastructure, transportation and buildings within Fullerton.




February 26, 2014

Cafe continues to bring taste of noir More than just a coffee shop in Downtown Fullerton. RACHAEL GARCIA Special to the Hornet

It’s a Saturday night and upon walking past the normal strips of overcrowded bars, there is a café on the backside of downtown Fullerton that many people have overlooked or may have never seen before. An old fashion black car is parked in front of the café that foretells what the inside is going to be like. Walking through the doors of Max Bloom’s Café Noir is like stepping back in time. In to the 1940s to be exact. The place is strewn with books, games, board games, guitars, and other things for people to amuse themselves with while the vintage décor welcomes the customer like a warm hug. This is the kind of place where a customer can sit on an old mismatched couch and drink a ‘cuppa Joe’ while reading a book, play a board game with friends, or perform on open mic night. Kevin Carter, owner of the café opened its doors five years ago. It had always been his dream to open a coffee shop that was like the original ones around in the 1940s. It wasn’t difficult for Carter to make Café Noir ooze with 40s decorations; he had owned most of the nostalgic memorabilia before opening the café. “Specifically, I was going for a mid-century Americana decor,”

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Living in black and white: Max Bloom’s Cafe Noir offers a different taste to its customers compared to the normal grind of restaurants and bars that could be located in the Downtown Fullerton community.

Carter said. “Since opening customers have donated some of their own memorabilia to the café.” For Tori Romero, 22, of Buena Park, this is her first time at Café Noir. Her stage name is Tori Larissa and she plays the ukulele and guitar. Her band, Ever in Bloom, which plays alternative folk music messaged her on Facebook about performing at the café. “I like all of the vintage posters, its very nostalgic,” said Romero. Carter, does everything from making the coffee to making the food and setting up for the events. At first Café Noir started

off as all coffee shops start off –with coffee and café foods, and then Carter started incorporating the event nights. He used to combine comedy night and open mic nights together on Friday night, but then he had to separate them because sometimes the crowds would want to hear more of one than the other. “In order to accommodate the two crowds I made Friday night strictly comedy night, uncensored, which has become the biggest night at the café.” Carter said. Carter makes sure he warns new customers that walk in on Friday nights so they can make

their own judgment call. “One of the reasons comedy night has a big following is because no other coffee shop in the area has comedy nights, especially uncensored, and I don’t censor it.” he said. Monday nights at the café is for anyone who wants to take a vocal styling class taught by Jerry Garvin a Fullerton College music instructor with over 30 years of performing and teaching. The class learns and rehearses a selection of classic tunes as a group. It’s $5 per class and is open to all levels of experience and ages but it is limited to the first 15 people who sign up.

A shot at a Guinness World Record

Hundreds gather at Santa Anita Park to participate in a beer tasting record. SULEYMI RECINOS Special to the Hornet

It will go down in history books as 490 participants attempt breaking the Guinness World Records largest beer tasting at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Saturday. Participants who attended this event were invited through Facebook and if they were yelp elite status members they received an invitation through the website. “It was originally open to the public on Facebook and yelp elite RSVP’s but we received an overwhelming response and had to end RSVP’s on Thursday,” said Diana Cheng, marketing assistant at Santa Anita Park. According to Guinness World Records the last largest beer tasting record was broken by 322 participants at the Oast House bar and restaurant in the United Kingdom in August of 2013. Admission and beers are free to all participants. It included: seating near the race track, a commemorative beer glass and three beer tastings. The beer tasting selection consisted of: shock top chocolate wheat, shock top Belgian white and Stella Artois. “I thought that the event was exciting. I had never been apart of any record setting attempt

so to hear that we were able to break the previous record for the largest beer tasting was great,” said Joseph De Jesus, Lakewood resident and participant. John kopcha, event organizer at Santa Anita park and Cheng brought the idea to Katie Abbott, director of interactive marketing of the racetrack to plan this event and decided to partner with yelp. It took three weeks of planning with a budget of $10,000. A cicerone from Dog Haus Biergarten made a special appearance. “Here at Santa Anita park, we are always looking for new ways to engage our audience of race horsing fans,” Abbott said. “This event is a fun and interactive idea

to allow old and new fans feel like they’re part of the Santa Anita family.” “We wanted to reach 1,000 people but the main goal was to put out a fun event for everyone and that’s what happened,” said Cheng. For the event to go into the Guinness World Records it needs to initially be approved by a process that it is currently undergoing. To see proof of the event Guinness World Records requires video footage, photographs and specific guidelines to be met in order to be recognized. Once Guinness World Records reviews this they will send an email to all participants with a

code to retrieve a certificate that states they were apart of this event. “Although our hopes are to shatter the current world record, our main goal is to host an out-of-the-box event where all guests leave with a memorable experience,” said Kopcha. Stewards and witnesses were hired to confirm the event. Stewards counted the amount of people that attended and witnesses viewed the event to confirm back to Guinness world records. Tickets for future events can be viewed at The Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W. Hunting Dr. Arcadia 91007.

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A toast to a world record: Many gather to the Santa Anita Park to take part in the Guinness World Records for beer tasting. The group attempted to break the previous record of 322 participants.

Tuesday nights are movie nights. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s is open mic night, where anyone can cover a song, perform an original, jam, or read poetry from 8-10 p.m. Saturday’s are for live music Carter books however with no restrictions. “Most of the events are heard of by word of mouth or seen on Facebook,” Romero said. While grass roots and community effort have made the café so successful, Carter also puts ads on Craigslist to attract new customers and possibly new talent. He books performers way in advance and is booked up until the end of April. “There are a lot of repeat performers here. I don’t pay them, It’s for exposure only,” said Carter. Not only are the events appealing for those who want to step off the beaten downtown Fullerton bar path, but the coffee is delicious. This unique and inviting café is a nice place to step back in time and enjoy its flavorful coffee while studying or socialize and partake in any of the events going on that night-especially listening to an alternative folk band. “I wish more Fullerton College and Cal State Fullerton students would come in, it’s a nice place to study with free Wi-Fi,” Carter said. “ The website calendar shows all of our upcoming events.” Max Bloom’s Café Noir is located at 220 N. Malden Ave,

Sewer replacement Fullerton pays $1.3 million for continual city upgrades by reconstruction of Bastanchury.


Fullerton residents will have to find an alternate route to commute on as a portion of Bastanchury Road undergoes construction. The construction project is a part of the city’s Bastanchury Sewer Replacement and Street Rehabilitation Project and will reconstruct the sewers and resurface the pavement on Bastanchury Road from Euclid to Morelia Avenue. The construction is being financed by the Sewer and Gas Tax Fund and will cost approximately $1.31 million and is expected to be completed within 15 weeks. Work on the road will be from Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will have one lane of traffic open in each direction. The project is part of Fullerton’s continuing effort to upgrade and improve the city’s infrastructure.


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French Film Festival is back


The fifth annual French Film Festival is ready for arrival at the Wilshire Auditorium and will be staying from March 6-15. This exciting cultural blend began when Dean of Humanities Dan Willoughby received an article a couple of years ago from the FrenchAmerican Cultural Exchange offering grants to colleges that would start French Film Festivals on their campuses, and it has become and annual festival since. The humanities department has been working hard on making the festival a hit and they have been satisfied with their success throughout the years. Each year this festival brings French cinema and culture to the local audience and it has become a fun learning opportunity for Fullerton College students. The film festival is also being incorporated as part of some of the grades of Fullerton College students. Some of the foreign language teachers are requiring their students to attend the festival as a part of the learning experience. The films are conveniently screened on weeknights beginning at 7:30 p.m. The festival will kick off with its first film next Thursday, with an exciting military thriller Forces Spéciales (Special Forces).

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Good military thrillers are hard to find, but Special Forces is one of the best. While covering the war in Afghanistan, journalist Elsa Casanova is taken hostage by the Taliban and faces execution, while the Special Forces unit sent to rescue her ends up in a life-or-death chase of their own. A timely and compelling story with amazing cinematography.

Friday, March 8 INDOCHINE

This classic movie is set in 1930, when French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. A wealthy French woman (Catherine Deneuve) who owns a rubber plantation, raises a Vietnamese princess as if she were her own daughter. Subsequently, they both fall in love with a young French army officer, which will change their lives significantly.


The intricate plot of this psychological thriller wends its way in a playful yet suspenseful manner through the elegant homes of several affluent FrenchSwiss in Lausanne, Switzerland. The story follows a famous pianist, Andre Polonksi, his wife Mika,a chocolate heiress, and a radiant young pianist who believes herself to be Polonski’s long lost daughter.


When he takes a job teaching music at a school for troubled boys, Clément Mathieu is unprepared for its harsh discipline and depressing atmosphere. But with passion and unconventional teaching methods, he’s able to spark his students’ interest in music and bring them a newfound joy! A moving film with an unforgettable musical score.

Saturday, March 15 THE INTOUCHABLES

When Driss, an ex-con is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat named Philippe, his job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure. As this unlikely duo overcome adversity of every flavor in this true story, they also shatter their preconceptions of love, life, and each other.

Do classic characters have to be frozen in amber? With the announcement of a new “Fantastic Four” coming to cinemas, some fans are up in arms about the casting of an old favorite. GREG DIAZ Editor-in-Chief

Last week Fox announced their new cast for a reboot of “The Fantastic Four.” After the announcement, opinions started pouring in over their selection of Michael B. Jordan for the character of Johnny Storm. The basis of the outcry seemed to stem from the fact that the character has always been a blonde, white male while Jordan is an African-American man. This gets to an issue that has cropped up repeatedly as an age of reboots and re-imaginings that has taken hold of entertainment in recent years. The age of ownership by the fans has come. It would be somewhat understandable if the creators of the characters had an issue with portrayals that did not fit with how they were originally conceived. But the fans

need to stop acting like the characters need to match the way they see the them. Jordan has proven himself to be a very good actor, with roles in “The Wire” and a starring role (and Oscar snub) in the Indie drama “Fruitvale Station.” The fact is that his casting has some fans more interested in seeing the movie as the last few attempts at a “Fantastic Four” movie have not been very fantastic. It has been almost 10 years since I remember this phenomena popping into the pop culture consciousness. Back then, the Sci-Fi channel announced that they were rebooting the failed show “Battlestar Galactica” to television.

Almost immediately, as production details started to leak, people objected to the notion that the character of Starbuck was changed from a man to a woman. Leaving aside the fact that people were objecting to something that they had not even seen yet, it ended up being a defining characteristic of the series. The creators made a character that was interesting, complicated and just plain bad-ass. Marvel especially has been at the forefront of this issue. They have made a push over the years to make their characters more diverse. Just this past month, Marvel released the first issue of the new Ms. Marvel. As usual, there was a vocal segment of the fans that had objections to their changes of the character from a blonde woman to a Muslim-American teen girl. This goes back to an idea that Marvel has tossed around its offices for awhile. They think that every generation deserves its own version of the characters. So while it may not be the version of the character that fits with some people’s preconceptions, remember that it might end up being someone else’s.

New book releases for March “Dark Tide” by Elizabeth Haynes, March 12 Dark Tide is the story of a woman who saves up to start a new life. Things are looking up when she buys herself a boat only to be confronted with a dead body.

“Middle C” by William Gass March 12 A man takes his family to London to escape impending Nazi occupation, but then mysteriously disappears. His son is relocated and discovers a great talent he never knew.

“The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout, March 26 Two brothers lee their small Maine town for New York after their father is killed in a freak accident when they are young. They are forced to return when their sister calls them for help.



Taking back the claim to fame

Shaun Cooper, bassist of Taking Back Sunday gives an inside scoop of what to expect from the new album. Online Editor

Taking Back Sunday is back at it again with original members reuniting after 10 years apart to tour North America and to release album number six. “Happiness Is” is scheduled to be released on March 18 through their new music label, Hopeless Records. The Hornet interviewed Taking Back Sunday’s bassist, Shaun Cooper for a quick insight on what to expect for TBS in their upcoming Los Angeles shows, their new album and what to expect for TBS and their fans in 2014.

This breathtaking film takes the action to a fresh battlefield-on the sea-as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. This action-packed film is based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the dramatically intense visual style of the blockbuster “300.” The film will be released March 7.

Hornet: What can fans expect from the new album? Cooper: It’s pretty diverse, more laid back with super catchy poppy songs. John [Nolan, lead guitarist] and Adam [Lazzara, lead vocals] really opened up. It’s very personal and less vague. They were comfortable in writing and expressing themselves where lots of people will be able to relate. Hornet: Why is the song, “Flicker, Fade” chosen as the first song to be released off the new album? Cooper: We just really liked it. It starts off heavy and the chorus is catchy. It’s a great representation of the record.

Veronica Mars

Photo courtesy of Natalie Escobedo, Hopeless Records

Band Members: (left to right) Shaun Cooper, Adam Lazzara, Mark O’Connell, John Nolan and Eddie Reyes on the set of new music video, “Flicker, Fade.”

what to expect and never know if people are still listening. It’s kind of an ego thing, hoping that people still come out and that people are buying tickets. Hornet: Is there one particular album that TBS will be playing a lot of the songs from or will it be a lot of songs off the new album? Cooper: We’re gonna work in new ones but we want people to go home happy. It’ll be a little bit of everything for everybody.

Hornet: What is happiness to you? What makes you happy? Cooper: Being a father. I have a little boy and spending time with him and my wife, making good music and working out. Hornet: You sold out the show on March 27 at The Hollywood Palladium in less than three days, was that expected? Cooper: I didn’t know what to expect. People are really excited. I won’t lie, I was relieved. We just never know

Hornet: What can be expected from TBS for 2014 and so on? Cooper: A hell of a lot of touring. We’re excited to come out and want to hit the road and tour. We want to play for everyone. This was a collective effort and we want the wheels to fall off. When we’re tired of touring, we’ll make another record. Hornet: Is there anything you’d like your fans to know? Cooper: Anyone who hasn’t heard of us should because everyone will enjoy it; everyone in the whole world. Bring your grandpa to the show! Taking Back Sunday is co-headlining with The Used and will be making a stop at The Hollywood Palladium on March 19 and 27. Tickets can be found at www.

March album madness Pharrell Williams

Foster the People

Following up the 2006 album, “In My Mind,” G I R L is to be released March 3. Pharrell collaborates with Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, JoJo and the Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Lea Michelle

Lea Michelle turns tragedy to triumph with her new album, “Louder.” The upcoming solo debut studio album by the American actress and singer-songwriter is set to be released Friday, March 28.

March Movie Releases 300: Rise of an Empire


Hornet: Why was “Happiness Is” chosen as the title of the album? Cooper: We’re happy, that’s it. There’s no deep, dark answer. Adam came up with it. We’re always moving forward and trying to make better songs. [This album] is the best collection we’ve ever written.

February 26, 2014

The Indie band’s new album “Supermodel” exudes emotion and passion. Following their single, “Coming of Age,” the album is described as “angry” by Mark Foster. The album is set to release March 24.


This self-titled album adds to Shakira’s sass as well as her confidence in this sexy, catchy album that includes her newest collaboration with Rihanna. Be the first to get your hands on this album on March 25.

Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown just in time for her high school reunion. After walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Mars gets caught up helping her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery. In theaters March 14, the film is based on the TV series where tragic loss leads to Mars’ passion for cracking the toughest mysteries.

Need for Speed

In a final attempt to save his garage, mechanic Tobey Marshall builds and races muscle cars on the side. Reluctantly partnering with arrogant and wealthy, ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster, the story chronicles a nearimpossible cross-country race against time — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but ends up proving to be one of redemption. Opens March 14.

Muppets: Most Wanted Mayhem follows the

Muppets everywhere including overseas, as they find themselves entangled in an international crime caper headed by the world’s number one criminal. A dead ringer for Kermit and his dastardly sidekick Dominic have to somehow find their way out of chaos while still embarking on a global tour. In theaters March 21.

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Hornet Sports Swinging Away

The Hornets beat Long Beach City 10-8, Tuesday, at home and pick up their fifth straight win. BENJAMIN SIEPAK Asst. Sports Editor

Entering the last game before conference play, the Hornets looked to extend their winning streak to five, with Long Beach City College Vikings standing in their way. They did just that with a 10-8 victory, Tuesday, at home. “We are feeling pretty good going into conference on a five-game winning streak,” said FC manager Nick Fuscardo. “We still have things to work on but we like where we are at.” Last week was a busy one for the Hornets as they played in four games, winning all four. Teams have had trouble pitching to Fullerton’s hard-hitting lineup, and the Vikings pitching staff were next to take on the task. The Hornets picked up right where they left off last week, winning their fifth straight, over LBCC, 10-8. They continued to stay red-hot at the plate by putting up eleven hits, and making it hard for the Viking’s pitchers to find a groove. Right-handed pitcher Kyle Lazcano started on the mound for the Hornets, facing right-handed pitcher Sean Hale of the Vikings. Both pitchers looked good to start the game, as neither team scored through the first three innings. The Vikings were the first team to cross home plate scoring one run in the fourth, but the Hornets responded. In the fourth inning the Hornets came alive offensively, and the Vikings defense gave them some assistance. A combination of hard hits and throwing errors opened the gates for the Hornets, as they put up seven runs in the inning. Hornet’s shortstop Jose Rojas had two atbats in the inning, and two base-hits. “I think it was more our defense than our pitcher, we really let him down defensively. It was ugly baseball,” said manager Casey Crock of LBCC. Coach Crook of LBCC decided to stick with his starting pitcher throughout the entire inning despite his trouble getting outs. With a deficit of 7-1 at the end of the inning, the Vikings bats got going in the fifth inning. [see Baseball on page 15]

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Fullerton softball’s offensive woes continue FC softball loses their third consecutive game, 9-0, to The Marauders, Tuesday, at home. JEREMIAH GIRARD Sports Editor

Fullerton College softball extended their losing streak to three games with a 9-0 loss at the hands of Antelope Valley College, yesterday at home. It was the second time in three games that the Hornets have been shut out. The other game was a 4-1 loss. The team has been outscored 23-1 in their last three games. “Haley [Shulman] pitched an incredible game for us today,” said Antelope Valley head coach Cindy Vargas . “We have been trying to get her to cut down on her walks and she did that today and got ahead of batters. She only walked two and that is her season low.” “Their pitcher did an excellent job hitting her spots and not giving us a

chance to get on base,” Mendoza added. “We are not a team that is really going to overwhelm anybody with power so if we aren’t getting girls on, we are in trouble.” The Marauders jumped out to an early lead on the Hornets but it did not have much to do with the Hornets’ pitching. “We had a few early errors that killed us,” said Hornet head coach Marian Mendoza. “Before we knew it, we looked up at the scoreboard and we were down 5-0 before we allowed an earned run.” They did not help their cause on the base paths either. They were only down 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth and they got their first two batter on base. However, after the second single, Alyssa Felipe got caught in a run down between second and third base. The next two batters then got out, and the little bit of momentum that they had gained was gone. FC is already into conference play and they have gotten off to an 0-3 start.

“In order to win games, you need to pitch, hit and play defense,” Mendoza said. “We have not been doing any of those for the last few weeks. We will not be able to win if we don’t do those.” Even though they have already lost to three conference opponents, the Hornets keep optimism going forward. “We have lost a few games but we get to see those teams again,” Mendoza said. “We get to see all of those teams three times and from what I have seen we are capable of beating all of them.” The Hornets (8-5, 0-3) will take on Saddleback, today, at 3 p.m. Saddleback is 8-5 and 1-2 in Orange Empire Conference play. A win for the Hornets would do a lot for their confidence and get them going in the right direction in the conference. “That game is crucial for us,” Mendoza said. “We need to start doing things the right way and putting wins on the board. It is big for us to start doing so now before we get in a deep hole.”

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Cooling down: Nicole Pratt pitching against AVC, Tuesday. After a 7-0 start the Hornets are now 1-5 in their last six.



February 26, 2014

Hornet basketball player shines after injury Joel Brokenbrough has returned to lead the Hornet basketballers after a scary injury. BENJAMIN SIEPAK Asst. Sports Editor

After what he thought was his last time playing the sport he loves, Joel Brokenbrough of the Fullerton College Basketball team has turned what looked to be a career-ending injury, into just a speed bump on his road to playing Division I basketball. The 6’6’’ sophomore forward was forced to medical redshirt all of last season, after suffering a torn ACL just weeks before the season tipped off. Entering last season, Brokenbrough was new at FC after having played his freshman year at a community college in Colorado. Brokenbrough decided to transfer here after a friend from his home town in Virginia, who was playing basketball at FC, convinced him that he would find more opportunities as a Hornet. His talent and athleticism immediately impressed Coach Smith, and gained respect from his teammates. His expectations were set high for last season, as he found his roll on the team and was projected to see a lot of minutes on the floor. With season just weeks away, things took a turn for the worse. It was just another practice as the team was preparing for the season, when he was dribbling down the court, drove into the paint, hop-stepped to lay the ball in the basket, and came down

BENJAMIN SIEPAK Asst. Sports Editor

Photo by Greg Diaz, The Hornet

Bouncing back: Joel Brokenbrough going rehabbing his knee injury in practice. The injury cost him the majority of last season but Brokenbrough ahs bounced back to lead the Hornets this season. he is averaging 19.2 points per game this season, which leads the team.

wrong. He immediately knew something was tweaked, and the pain was excruciating. It was a torn ACL, with a healing process of around nine months. “I thought it was over, and I would never be the same,” he said

about the injury. It was definitely an emotional day for the basketball program, but Brokenbrough wasn’t ready to call it quits. He was ready to go through the rehab for his knee, and nothing was going to stop

him from getting back on the court. He had a vision in his head that he would someday play for a Division 1 school, and an injury wasn’t going to erase that vision. After nine long months of building muscle back and trying to retrieve his balance an agility, he was finding other ways to improve his game. “I feel like I gained a lot of basketball IQ from watching the game, and now have more of a feel for the game,” Brokenbrough said. “I improved mentally.” Obviously he wasn’t 100% when he started practicing again, but it didn’t take long for him to realize that his hard work ethic would get him back to where he once was. Obviously he wasn’t 100% when he started practicing again, but it didn’t take long for his hard work to show. “It was definitely a big help to have him back on the court. He adds another piece to the team,” said Sophomore point guard Amin Sahwani. This season, Joel is averaging a team best 19.2 points per game and nearly 8 rebounds a game. Not only does his size allow him to dominate inside, but he isn’t a guy you want to leave open on the outside either. He has the ability to attack offensively in several ways, leaving a tough task for any defender that steps in front of him. He attributes his offensive success to his teammates. “My point guards have down a great job getting me involved and just taking what the defense gives me,” Brokenbrough said. With the season ending soon,

Will Michael Sam get to play in the NFL?

Michael Sam has proven on the football field that he’s ready to play with the best. Missouri’s All-American defensive lineman is coming off his best season yet. He led the SEC, which is considered by many as the most dominant conference, in sacking the quarterback and tackles for loss. He’s big, puts up the numbers, and has the ability to strengthen any defense he plays for. Why wouldn’t he be drafted? In an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Sam stated, “I am an openly, proud gay man.” Sam is poised to become the first openly-gay active professional football player and was projected as a mid-to-late round draft pick in this year’s draft, before the interview. He explains in his interview how he approached his Missouri football team with his sexual orientation. Sam decided to take that opportunity to express his sexual orientation to his team and had no regrets from then on. His team rallied around him in full support accepting him for his courage and honesty. Sam didn’t face any major problems, and tells ESPN that he couldn’t have been surrounded by a more supportive and amazing football program. His interview quickly went viral as it was breaking news in the sports world, Sam has received a lot of support. He received several tweets from both former and active athletes admiring his confidence. The sports world seems to have accepted Sam’s decision on being openly gay and that he hasn’t faced any major obstacles yet. There is no question that this is going to drop him down in the draft. When you look at it from a franchise point-of-view, do you really want to be the team to “break the barrier?” Most teams will not. Many head coaches were replaced in this offseason and some teams have first-year NFL head coaches. Don’t expect

any teams with a first-year head coach to take a chance with drafting Sam. Sam’s draft stock has been lowered and so is his potential earnings. Teams aren’t going to fork out a huge contract since they are unsure of the effect he will potentially have on the team and in the locker room. There is no doubt that Sam can strengthen a team and put them in a better position to win games when he is on the gridiron. However, there is so much more to being a professional athlete than the statistics you can produce. Opposing fans are cruel and will do or say anything that might get into the player’s mind in order to give their team the advantage. Sam will be a living target of fan-to-player trash talk and will hear the meanest words to ever be directed towards him. When it comes down to it, coaches want to win. Sam can make a lot of teams better who might be struggling stopping the ground game. He is a monster on the outside of the defensive line and quick enough to be made into an outside linebacker. There are some teams with veteran coaches who would be able to handle the pressure that Sam will bring. Green Bay, San Francisco and Baltimore are three teams with experienced rosters and coaches. They would be among the top teams to take him. Whether Sam drops in his draft stock or earns less money in the years to come, at least he will be able to comfortably sleep at night. He strongly believes that the way he has handled things was for the best, saying he is comfortable in his own skin. Sam’s life has changed forever and he is ready to see what the future holds, telling ESPN, “I’m not afraid to tell the world who I am. I’m Michael Sam: I’m a college graduate. I’m African-American and I’m gay.”

Brokenbrough won’t be wearing a Hornet’s uniform for much longer. “I want to go somewhere that I can immediately get playing time,” Brokenbrough said. Some of the schools that have showed their interest in Brokenbrough Joel include Nebraska University (D1), Iona University (D1), Long Beach State (D1), Cal State Dominguez Hills (D2), and Cal State San Bernardino (D2). He says that he currently is still not 100 percent healed from his injury, but is at about 90 percent. “He was a beast before the injury, he came back and he’s still a beast,” said Coach Smith. Brokenbrough is expected to play more of a wing or guard position at the next level. He will be surrounded with a lot of bigger players, and would have more opportunities at a guard position. To make the transition from forward to guard, he says he will need to improve his ballhanding and his outside jumpshot. “I think he’ll fit in at the next level, he’s got a lot of upside to him, and he still is not done growing as a basketball player,” stated Coach Smith. Wherever he decides to take his talents to, his future in basketball looks bright. His determination and ‘never quit’ mentality will bring out the best in him, just as it did at Fullerton College. “Overall it’s been a great experience here, I have met some great teammates, and came across some great opportunities,” Brokenbrough said.

Will Michael Sam face problems playing in the NFL? “Yes, he will face problems in the locker room. They crack a lot of jokes in the locker room, and he will be an easy target for harrassment.” Walter Lindo

Kinesiology major

“I think it doesn’t matter, as long as he’s a good player.”

Eddie Asfour

Engineering major

“I believe he will. People are rude and might think he’s not good, which he probably is.” Stephanie Reynoso Psychology major

“I think he will. The NFL is not so open to this type of situation.”

Kessio Viegas Business major

Sports 15 FC’s first standout African American athletes

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Two FC Hall of Famers, Edgar Clark and Leonard Guinn, changed the game of basketball while at FC. JEREMIAH GIRARD Sports Editor

Edgar Clark and Leonard Guinn are arguably the first two African American athletes to be star players at Fullerton College. “I know that we were not the first black athletes on campus,” said Guinn. “There was at least a couple that came before us. “ At the time they had to face racism just to be able to step on the court. “There was always people trying to get in our heads on the court with slurs,” Clark said. “It was also pretty hard to find someone who would let us stay with them. In June of 1959, Clark and Guinn packed their bags and left their homes in Detroit to come play basketball at Fullerton College. The head coach of the Hornets at the time, Alex Omalev, went to the same high school in Detroit as Clark and established the connection that way. “Coach Omalev was a legend as far as coaching goes,” Guinn said. “Edgar was the best player on the East Side and I was the best on the West Side so he wanted us over here.”

Right from the beginning, Clark and Guinn took over the California community college basketball scene by playing a style of basketball that was basically foreign to the area. “We were from the East, so we were used to a run and gun style of basketball,” Guinn said. “At the time, California basketball was more about setting your play up and passing the ball around. A lot of teams were not ready for us.” Edgar almost came to Fullerton a year earlier and if he would have, the Fullerton College record books would look very different had Guinn and Clark only spent one year together. “I almost came out in 1958, but the guys I was going to come out with went into the service and I did not want to come alone,” said Clark. “Then, in 1959, Coach Omalev came out to see his family and asked me if I still wanted to go. So on June 20, 1959, I came to Fullerton and I have been here ever since.” The 1959-1960 season saw the Hornets dominate play in Southern California before going on to lose in the State Finals against San Jose College. The 1960-1961 season saw the Hornets make it back to the championship game against the same San Jose team. This time, the result was different. “Winning that state title was really special to me,” Guinn said. “I lost the State Championship

Photo by Jeremiah Girard, The Hornet

53 years later:Edgar Clark (left) and Leonard Guinn (right) pose with Clark’s 1960-1961 State MVP trophy.

Game my senior year of high school in a row. So, to win one after losing two in a row, against a team that beat us the year before was really special.” The two men are etched in the Fullerton College record books to this day. Guinn is second all time in scoring behind fellow FC Hall of Famer, Walt Simon, with 1,436 points. He also still holds the

Baseball: Hornets extend their winning streak to five [continued from page 13]

“I would like to have it known that I was the leading scorer on the team over those two years by one point,” Guinn said. “He got that point on a basket they gave him when I tipped it in,” Clark added. Both men went on to enjoy successful playing careers at Orange State University (now Cal State Fullerton.)

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five-game winning streak. “We feel really confident with our fifth-straight win. We’ll take it one day at a time and go from there,” said Sweet. They look to get back to where they ended last season and play for another state championship. Their first game of conference will be at home against Golden West this Thursday, at 2 p.m. “Our conference is tough, we have to come out ready to play,” Fuscardo said. The Hornets may have to start conference play without starting catcher Oliver Jackson. Jackson went down in the seventh inning after a collision with Viking first baseman, Nolan Flashman. The extent of the injury remains unknown.

“I want to get started right away.”

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The Vikings started the inning with a base hit, followed by a two-run homerun by first baseman Jordan Ybarra. They didn’t stop there though, they matched the Hornets fourth inning by putting up seven runs of their own in the fifth. The Hornets were forced to make a pitching change, sending Parker Merritt to the mound. The Hornets came back from their one-run deficit the next inning by scoring three more. They were able to hold the Vikings to only one more run through the rest of the game, and Austin Sweet came in to close it for the Hornets. Fullerton will now enter conference play with a

school’s rebound record with 394 in 1960-1961. He averaged over ten rebounds per game that year. During that season, Guinn and Clark combined for 1,462 points, a school record for a pair of teammates. Clark was named state MVP for the season. Clark also was a standout on the track team for two years, where he won another state title.

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Sand Volleyball Fullerton College volleyball takes to the sand and looks to improve on third-place finish. JEREMIAH GIRARD Sports Editor

The Fullerton College women’s indoor volleyball team enjoyed a successful 2013 season that saw them advance to the second round of the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs. Now, it is time for the sand team, with many of the same players, to try to duplicate their success. The team finished last season unofficially as the third best team in the state. It is unofficial because sand volleyball is not registered as an official intercollegiate sport as of now. “It is going to vote in April to make it an official intercollegiate sport,” said head coach Eddie Rapp. “It seems like we have a lot of good momentum heading into it.” Even though it is not officially a sport, there are plenty of opportunities to compete. There are 28 community colleges teams. There are four conferences in the south. The Orange Empire Conference has been split into the OEC North and the OEC South. There is also an LA conference and a San Diego conference. Fullerton will be in the OEC North with Golden West, Cypress and Orange Coast. The Hornets know that they are in a tough conference and that

Photos by Mathew Flores, The Hornet

Digging deep: Samantha Palmer practices her digs at a sand volleyball practice.


February 26, 2014

aims for recognition

nothing will come easily. “During the indoor season we all kind of beat each other and were all in the mix in the standings,” Rapp said. “So, I do not really think that there is anybody who is a clear cut favorite.”

Similar to the indoor team in the fall, Rapp is very happy with the depth of his team and knows that there will be people competing for spots all throughout the season. “We are really about 20 deep,” Rapp said. “Each match consists of five matches between pairs so we have ten who compete each time. Today is the first day that I brought the current rankings of pairs. So, if the girls feel that they are not where they should be then it is up to them to prove that they deserve to be moved up.” The team is made up of a lot of the same players that helped the Hornets to a strong season on the indoor court, but also has a few girls that have not yet gotten a taste of college volleyball. One of those girls, Ellen Hansen, had never played sand volleyball at all. “I feel like we have a pretty strong team,” said Hansen. “We are all coming together and helping each other out a lot. The girls have been a big help in just helping me get used to the rules and the different game of sand as opposed to indoor.” Even for the girls on the indoor team, sand volleyball is a bit of an adjustment. “It is a completely different game,” said Alanna Hayhurst. “There is only two people on the court so each person has to cover a lot more ground. You need to make every little movement count.” The fact that four-year colleges are starting to recognize sand volletball as a sport will definitely help in the April meeting to determine if community colleges will start to do the same. Schools are starting to give out sand volleyball scholarships, and some schools, like USC, are in the

Practicing all aspects: Alanna Hayhurst, who played outside hitter for the indoor team practices setting. Players need to have a more complete skill set for sand volleyball.

middle of constructing million dollar plus venues. “Sand volleyball presents a big opportunity for us to be able to help get scholarships,” Hayhurst said. “I am still learning the game and I love it. I would like to be able to play both at a university as well.”

Sand Volleyball Schedule

March 14 OEC North Quad Tournament. At Goldenwest 9:30 a.m. April 4 OEC North Quad Tournament. At Goldenwest 9:30 a.m. April 11 State Playoffs. Site/Time TBD April 25 State Championships. At Irvine Valley College

The Hornet 2013-14 Issue 9  

The Hornet, the voice of Fullerton College since 1922. Publication date Feb. 26, 2014.

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