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Years of Fullerton College Theater

Army Wives Dealing With Loved Ones Overseas






DEPARTMENTS Editor’s Note College Reading Regimen Winter Date Spots

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5 Must-See Movies Bucket List Last Call

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More Than Just Music 100 Years of Building Legends Custom Car Scene Fullerton Hornets

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COVER CREDITS Model: Karina Velez Makeup: Leslie Feliz Photographer: Jenny Montes de Oca Car: Mike Balmer’s 1937 Chevy Special Thanks: Jeff Neppl’s 1950 Mercury on the back cover

Police Academy Army Strong Q&A: Storage Wars’ Barry Weiss

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Adriana Blanchard ART DIRECTOR Myra Vitela Amanda Barnes Emma Boggs Rebecca Breeden Jarrett Chandler Chelsea Cowles Dayan De La Barra Fabian Fioto Jonathan Flores

WRITERS Maritza Galvan Lauren Garcia Pahola Herrera Jannell Jimenez Shelley Kozeak Lydia Liles Anthony Marks Haywan Mulugeta Adrienne Stepter

Connie Nguyen Mary Pallais Ashley Powell Iqra Qadri Stephanie Ornelas Suleymi Recinos Alanna Reade Jaziell Sanchez

PHOTOGRAPHERS Fabian Fioto CONTRIBUTORS Jenny Montes de Oca Cynthia Sands Jessica Vitela ADVISER Jay Seidel THANK YOU Fullerton College Theater Department, Jeff Neppl, and Mike Balmer

Torch is produced every semester by Magazine Production, Journalism 135, at Fullerton College under the guidance of student editors and the advisement of Jay Seidel. Editorial and advertising content herein, including any opinions expressed, are the sole responsibility of the students in the production class. Information published herein does not represent the position of the North Orange County Community College District, Fullerton College, or any other officer or employee within.


mperfection, madness and ridiculous are the perfect words to describe my idea of my first attempt at Editor-in-Chief of the Torch magazine. Imperfection because I made mistakes. When in the spot light your flaws seem to have a way of showing themselves off. For example: procrastination, not my best flaw; but the beauty of it is, I work well under pressure. Some of my favorite ideas in the Torch this semester are ideas I came up with and decided on last minute. Madness because I am what my friends and family like to refer to as a stress ball! I am easily stressed out and I tend to over think absolutely anything and everything. My stress about the Torch left no room for fear. I like to think of that as pure genius. Without fear I accomplished a new goal I set for myself. A goal to not let my team down and give my staff the same opportunities I once received. Lastly, ridiculous because everything in my life that could have possibly went wrong, went wrong. Balancing my personal life on top of a college magazine wasn’t easy. It was most definitely anything but boring!

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I like to believe I would do almost everything different a second time around. Now that I see our finished product and I feel the effort involved and the passion, not only from myself but from my staff, I would not change a thing about this journey. I could not have accomplished anything if it weren’t for Jay Seidel. He is the reason I finally had the chance to refer to myself as a “little boss lady.” Through this entire journey his faith in me helped me to remember that I literally can do anything I set my mind too. I would like to thank Myra Vitela for making our image of a new Torch come true! With her beautiful simplistic style she helped the staff and I portray exactly what we wanted. Her hard work and dedication to the Torch is greatly appreciated. Lastly I thank my staff, without them our idea of beauty, genius and anything but boring could not have happened.

-Adriana Blanchard [Editor-in-Chief]

Illustration by Myra Vitela


COLLEGE By Emma Boggs College students live very busy lives, and most of us haven’t read in so long, how do we even start to get back into the habit. Well, here are top 10 tips for keeping an active reading life, outside of your classes.





Find a topic you like: This can help you to understand a topic you are interested in, or may think you are interested in.




If you find a book that strikes your fancy: Take it everywhere with you. When you get home take it out and put it in plain sight.



Read over the summer break: Reading over the summer will keep those reading muscles well oiled and make the jump from summer to fall much easier

Check the internet: Take a journey to your local or college library’s databases and you kind find tons of titles.

Look for autobiographies: reading about someone who interests you may not seem so impossible.


When hearing about a new book series: Instead of just listening to the hype, give it a try. Who knows, you may become a testimonial for yourself.

Ask English Teachers. Ask them about a book that either they have read and liked in the past, or about a book that they think you might like.

Browse the bookstore: It gets you acquainted with what is out there, and who knows? You may just find a diamond in the rough.

If you see somebody reading a book that looks interesting: Ask about it.

Make reading a regular part of your life, Tim Mountain (FC Library Manager) suggests. “There are so many wonderful books out there to read I hardly know where to start. Find a genre that you like and start reading.”


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Date Spots

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Arboretum .The Arboretum is a great place for a date because it’s filled with magnificent flowers and plants of all kinds. It’s the prettiest in the morning. There’s many animals such as turtles, squirrels and many different kinds of birds. Not only is it a good place for you and your date to hang out, it’s also known for photo shoots and weddings. There is no charge to attend, but they do accept donations at the entrance. Courtesy of Heroes Bar & Grill

Photograph by Jessica Vitela

Disneyland. Disneyland is always a great place to take a date, but winter time is by far the best time to go. The entire park is filled with uniquely beautiful Christmas decorations. The tickets are $87.00. Pricy, but definitely worth it. You can spend an entire day in the land of Disney and have a great time with that special someone.

Downtown Fullerton. Downtown Fullerton is a great environment that couples can go to and spend there night eating at a nice restaurant or just taking in the lights. The town is lit up beautifully and fits well into the holiday season.

Universal City Walk. Universal City Walk in Hollywood is known for having a variety of restaurants. There are various choices such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Johnny Rockets, Buca Di Beppo, and Tony Roma’s. Aside from all the restaurants there are decorations such as Christmas lights and fake snow that fall from the roof top. It gives the perfect winter feeling. The city walk also has concerts and other special events. This is a cute and fun spot to spend quality time with a loved one.

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Secret Of The Wings Ice Skating Rink. In Downtown Disney near the AMC Theater and ESPN Zone there is an outdoor ice rink inspired by Tinkerbell and her fairy friends. This is a magical rink filled with music while skating. If you or your date are a Disney fan this is the perfect place to go. It costs $15 for general admission and $3 for skates. The rink is open through January 6, 2013 and open Sunday Thursday 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m-11:00 p.m.




More Than Just By Maritza Galvan


ompletely surrounded by plenty of people and feeling her heart pound she couldn’t believe it. The day she had been looking forward to has finally arrived. Surrounded by good vibes and positive attitudes, she felt complete happiness. Everything she was trying to get away from had finally vanished. She couldn’t believe it. She was finally away from all the stress in life. All she cared about was the music, the people and the joy that was passed on by every person in that venue. The love that she had for this band was something unique. Once the band went on stage the cheers heightened and she had never felt this happy before. Everyday some people are looking for a meaning to live, something that gives them a reason to stay here; that’s where music comes in. Music has played a huge part in people’s lives. Everyday a person spends some time listening to music whether it’s a band or their favorite artist. While some people spend their weekends at college parties or high school parties, others prefer to spend it at a venue with people that share the same interests, which is the love for music. They’d rather be singing along to the songs that have saved their lives and feel the connection with everyone for one night. Society today shines a bright light on the mainstream music and doesn’t bring very much attention to another music scene that is slowly rising. The pop punk, hardcore, punk music scene has gained more fans that have found great meaning to this music. For those who may not know pop punk is known as a genre that combines punk rock with pop music, while hardcore on the other hand varies due to

the many different kinds of hardcore out there. From post hardcore, to metal core, to melodic and so much more. Man Overboard, Handguns, State Champs, Title Fight and The Story So Far are some pop punk bands that have risen in the music scene. Defeater, La Dispute, and Have Heart are more on the hardcore side of music. For some people they turn to the hardcore / pop punk music scene rather than the music that is heard all over the television and the radio. Being As An Ocean is a melodic hardcore band from Alpine that is very inspired by life itself and the people in it as well with all the emotions in one’s life. They are a prime example of what the entire hardcore music scene is and stands for. When talking about what makes Being As An Ocean different in the music industry one of the bands fans Shanna O’Neill says, “Their vocals and their sound, but overall their lyrics. They really talk about deep topics, more emotional and relatable.” Music has impacted this band greatly. “As weird as it is, music is just about the only thing that can make me cry. I can’t cry in an intense life circumstance until I’m listening to a song and running it over in my head. Music is just the soundtrack to your life. That’s what it is. Not something isolated that you listen to at one time,” says Guitarist Tyler Ross. Will Crafton the lead singer of the pop punk band Namesake has made it clear that music is something very important to himself and his band. He started to grow a love for music when he was young and would come home every day after school to watch music videos and be inspired by many bands on TV. “To be able to create music and share it and enjoy it is the biggest gift,” Crafton says


Band: Rotting Out, Photographs courtesy of Catherine Varela

Rotting Out is a hardcore punk band from Los Angeles. There shows tend to be intense but are very loved by many of their fans. Rotting Out has a strong message behind their music and focus on getting it across to others. “We’re not afraid to say or be who we are and neither should anybody else. No matter what we still push each other in the right direction and encourage people to do so as well. For some people life is hard and it’s really unfair but our message is clear that your life is yours and you make it what it is,” says guitarist Benjamin Ruiz. They usually get stereotyped but they don’t seem to care because what matters the most is the music. “Music feeds my soul like food fills my stomach, like a book fills my mind. Being able to play it our own way is the reason why we’re still doing it,” says Ruiz. Being involved with the hardcore/ pop punk music scene brings both positive and negative attention to both the band and fans. People usually make assumptions about this scene especially since it is very different from your typical music. “They think I’m a devil worshipper and satanic” says Cal State Fullerton student Cristina Lopez who has been a fan of this scene since she was a freshman in high school. Hardcore music usually comes off pretty aggressive because the vocalist uses different ways to sing. They come off screaming but those screams have an intense emotion. What others don’t listen to are the actual lyrics and emotions behind them that mean something to the bands themselves and their fans. Blake Johnson a supporter of this scene for over 6 years used to be put into stereotypes by many people because of his taste in

music. They believed he grew up in a bad environment and was angry at the world. “They think it’s unintelligent pissed off music,” says Johnson. People assume that these shows are filled with violence and hate towards each other. There’s more than just anger in the lyrics there’s a powerful strength to them. Aside from enjoying music people use it as a way to become closer with others and gaining a sense of belonging. There’s a different atmosphere at these shows. Johnson was at a show a few months ago and he was short $10 for a shirt he wanted to buy and a random stranger he never met before gave him $10 without the need to be repaid. “The bond you guys share brings you all together,” says Johnson. Music automatically brings friendship upon many people. There are many venues around this area that bands come to play at but the most popular is Chain Reaction in Anaheim. All bands from different genres come to play at this spot and it’s a crowd favorite. Aside from Anaheim there are local venues in Pomona, LA, Fullerton and Orange County. Johnson describes shows as “A home away from home.” These shows have the power to bring strangers together as one and turn everyone into a family. Without this music scene a lot of people wouldn’t be the same. They have been greatly impacted and changed for the better all because of the music.


100 Years of


By Mary Pallais


legend is made in an instant; yet there is no overnight success. The dreams, the fears, the lost applause will chime in the musings of our lives. Too often it is said, “If only I had the chance to be great; the chance, the luck, if only.” What makes one performer shine brighter than another? Are legends born or can both confidence and passion be inspired? The theater staff and directors at Fullerton College have watched the hopeful’s quit, burn out and not show up for one-hundred years of rehearsal time. Yet, fires are lit under a few who explode in the theater industry and burst forth as brilliant super novas. How? What is that impetus, the force, the thrust that catapults so few? In the analysis of what the legends have in common, Tess Jacobs, the Administration Assistant of the Theater Arts Department and an actor/director in her own right, has categorized what “that” is, as she states “The most important thing in theater is perseverance, it is an unpredictable journey to victory, if you even achieve success, you must be dedicated.” She further states that it is essential that you be accountable, punctual, responsible, and prepared. The legends are all that and more. The one’s that make the legend status didn’t mistake desire for discipline; they develop the self-control to observe and polish their craft. Every audition, every call may be that one event, that one director may sees the potential lying under the surface. Erik Sipple, a Fullerton College second year student, describes “that” as “a perfect storm made up of the work ethic, the talent and the exact time and place. These conditions are crucial to drive a young hopeful into


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“Sex,” “Drag” and “The Pleasure Man.” She was arrested and fined five-hundred dollars; her popularity rose. The first theater censorship continued with Eddy Cantor when his microphone was silenced while he sang “Me and My Baby are having a Baby.” Shh; can’t talk about sex. The movie industry began with Blackface Al Jolson in the first talkie in California while stage plays created the “Broadway” productions. It was in 1930, Plummer Auditorium opened on the FUHS campus. In 1931 the most distinguished legend enrolled in Fullerton Junior College; Thelma “Pat” Ryan, the future wife of Richard M. Nixon. She performed in the FJC Theater Arts Production of Broken Dishes in 1933 at the Plummer Auditorium. She continued her studies in acting but became a teacher of typing and shorthand. Ryan appeared as part of the ensemble in the 1935 film Becky Sharp and again in 1936 in the film The Great Ziegfeld. It was 1938 when her desire for the theater put her on the path that led her to audition at the Whittier Community Players production of Dark Towers, a mystery. She was cast alongside Richard M. Nixon the 37th president of the United States, who served as president from 1969 to 1974. It has been rumored that he proposed the same night he met her, but it is in doubt the she accepted the proposal at that time. Her “Legend”

Photographs courtesy of the Fullerton College Theater Department

a legendary performer that strides the red carpet.” As we look at those that have gone before us in the productions at Fullerton College, we begin to understand the concepts that have allowed these student actors to rise above the mundane commonplace emotions of life and project into the world of the theater, the world of the “Legends.” Fullerton Junior College (FJC) began in 1912 when the students of Fullerton Union High School (FUHS) graduated. Grade thirteen was created with twentysix students and a curriculum of 10 courses. By 1913, FUHS school board authorized a two-year post-graduate work, with the first graduating class in 1915. It was 1922, when the “Weekly Torch” was created and announced in January of 1923 that the “Tickets are going fast for J.C. Play “Maneuvers of Jane” to be given in the high school auditorium Friday, January twenty-sixth.” Tickets were fifty cents and thirty-five cents if all the stage could not be seen. By 1925, the excitement of the Vaudeville in New York swept the country. Fox Theater for stage performances opened in Fullerton just blocks from the college. The legendary performances of W.C. Fields and Mae West drew the crowds to Broadway. West was arrested for obscenity after three-hundred-fifty performances of



status was being written as she aspired to be in the spotlight. Little did she realize that she was to be written into the history books as Mrs. Pat Nixon, the First Lady of the United States of America. College classes were held on Fullerton High School campus until 1936 when FJC moved across the street to 14 acre campus. The Fullerton College (FC) structure of the Theater Arts Degrees has drawn the students that have a theatrical infatuation that quickly turns into a theater obsession before graduation. One-Hundred years of teaching, rehearsing, pampering, guiding, and just plain caring about the students have produced Legends in the entertainment field. When revealing the reasons for the successes that the FC students are experiencing, the behind the scenes influences must be acknowledged. The experiences that the teachers have brought to the wide-eyed promising students, helps to develop dreams of greatness. It has been said that it was the student, the audience, the perfect part, the set design or even the costumes that are all reasons for the success of a play and the actors, yet each aspect cannot be separated from the other. Fullerton College Professor of Theatre Arts, and resident Costume Designer, Mela Hoyt-Heydon has experienced that the atmosphere for the actors liberates their talent. She states that, “costumes and make-up help actors transform. . . It is when they start to see that character in the mirror . . . they understand the character. . . I can tell the difference from the tech run to first dress: they become those characters . . . The Anime concept for Tartuffe allowed the students to have absolute fun because those kids knew the cartoon-anime world, and the young audience loved it. The audiences looked at Moliere and yet did not hear that there was a problem understanding the language; it allowed them to look at both time periods differently, and to treat them as a new product and bring a modern edge to it.” In an after-the-interview comment, the excitement in the verbal acknowledgement by Hoyt-Heydon was evident when she relayed the information regarding one of her past students. The delight she had for this student to be a successful working actor was a feather in her cap when the actor had been cast into a part that gave him the reason to use the Renaissance costume on screen that he made in her costuming class. Was it the creation of that costume that gave him the desire to audition for the Renaissance period production? Kudos to you, Miss Mela. Hoyt-Heydon teaches Make-up, costuming, theater crafts and takes students to the London, England theater plays in the spring. In understanding all the characteristic of how the enthusiastic student acquires paid employment in this tough theater industry; “I wanna-be” is not enough. Kevin Clowes, Fullerton College Instructor of Design and Technical Theater returned to Fullerton College because he attended as a student. Kevin reveals that the most important thing in teaching theater “. . . is the student and the professional environment. The instructors and professors like to stress the importance of learning the skills of the technicians and designers . . . One of the buzz words that is promoted at Fullerton College is the “opportunity” and that is anything that has to do with the show. Opportunity can’t be found everywhere. One of the most important things in addition to an education and attitude - you must have soft skills, the ability to read, to

communicate, to show up for work on time, soft skills in general. A lot of students are graduating, who want to work in entertainment, and design. . . in this day and age you have to set yourself apart. . . it is not about me and the instructors; it is about the students and their opportunities in learning how to set themselves apart. ” To turn out a successful play that furthers an actor’s career, and maintains the students’ desire for the theater, the selection of how a play is chosen must be included. Charles Ketter, Professor of Theater Arts, relays that there are significant considerations in choosing a play for students, he states, “it is our job to cultivate new audiences and respond to their current trends when we can. Romeo and Juliette in Afghanistan; was assessable to the student population; this was done when the Afghanistan serge started. A story that may seem foreign to them because the typical image is swords, doublets and hose; the themes of the story was changed and not Shakespeare’s language. This made it presentable to a modern audience. Newer theater students may be intimidated by the language, yet, Shakespeare is very freeing . . . you can paint all sorts of pictures under his words . . . it is more actable, not meant to be read. The meter, the poetic structure, the heightened imagery, was all there, it was Afghan and American, a blend of cultures . . . yet, it was still Shakespeare at the end of the day. So many students wrote in their papers, “I now understand what went on in Romeo and Juliette” because the cultural class played well into that show.” Understanding a myriad of cultures, concepts and playwrights furthers a student’s ability to pursue the entertainment industry as performers, stage crews, or as members of the audience. The Theater Arts Department Coordinator and Director, Gary Krinke was enticed to Orange County when he discovered that FC had the team of theater teachers with which he could connect. In the late 70’s the same year that Hoyt-Heydon came to FC for costuming, Krinke directed his first production over the summer and currently teaches beginning acting, directing and performances of Brown Bag and “Go-To-Theater” - a show a week in and around LA & Orange County, also in New York for a week of Broadway shows. He directs many of the productions at Fullerton College both in the Campus and Dodson theaters. Krinke stated that the “it” factor that it takes to be a potential star becomes evident, “. . . when they have a since of what it takes to communicate with the audience . . . About the last two weeks of the first semester, either the light goes on and it stays on or it’s kind of dim or it never pops on at all. . . You begin to see that they get that this entertainment world is bigger than just themselves as a performer. I try to not divide them up and say ‘You get this, but, why don’t you try another avenue, or maybe you should try banking.’ There are so many times their hearts are right on their sleeves and they don’t want to know that . . . so many kids later on say, ‘you know when I went and tried some music classes, I can play a mean guitar. I am so happy you didn’t falsely lead me ahead.’” As a teacher, Krinke made it clear when he said “I love to have people dream but I also love to have those dreams become a reality. This is a tough industry and the sooner they can quit dreaming and recognize this as a business, the sooner I find it very healthy about what they are doing.”


Photographs courtesy of the Fullerton College Theater Department

When Krinke hears kids say they want to try this or that, he tells them, “That is why we’re here, to give you a shopping mall. Shop your way through your education here and pick what you like and what you get the best from. Don’t go to the discount store. Go to the top of the line; always try to get to the head of the table. Always try to be the best you can be anywhere in the industry. There are some really great actors who are even better directors. There are some great directors who are fabulous actors, and when that magic happens and they see the whole circle, then you got the student that you are proud of and you are ready to send out into the world and say, ‘grab everything you can, direct everything you can, for as long as you can. Say yes to everything.’ I think that leads to success. But you have to have an A to Z vision. And sometimes the actor goes from A to D some A to K and some go all the way and sees the full spectrum. I am so proud when that happens. They got it, go out there and continue to do it, but protect your heart on your journey. That is sort of how I tied this all together.” As parents helping their maturing children select a career, it is often difficult for the parent to understand the theater potential. Parents may realize the battle of becoming a top actor but they may not consider the entire realm of the art of the theater; the stage, scenery, lighting, writing and even the ushers are theatrically charged. The stars shine bright on the red carpet with all the paparazzi in the faces of the winners of the night: yet, for all the plentiful actors that it takes to produce a film, a play or a TV series there are numerous behind the scene teams that enhance the work of each performer. Yes, there are working actors along with stage crews, costumers, set designers, lighting and audio technicians on Broadway and many local theaters in almost any given year that went to Fullerton College with aspirations to be in the theater environment any way they could. The theater industry is a business that produces billions of dollars of never ending entertainment. The thrill of first dress and the heart break of strike cannot be explained or felt by anybody that has not experienced firsthand the family unit of a production pulling together to create something special that will amuse, delight or even frighten their friends and family. Legends are created out of the perfect theater storm when all the desire, drive, ambition, talent, fear, encouragement, preparation, study, research, auditions, monologues, scene studies, acting classes, and the personal dedication all comes together to create the overnight success of the celebrity because they were there at the exact time, in the right place with the precise training and work ethic. The actors trials of the times document both achievements and failures. History alone determines which hopeful had “that” quality, that “it” factor which warranted the designation of “One of the Legends of our times.”


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Southern California

& By Fabian Fioto

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y the early 1950s the streets of Los Angeles were being torn up by cars that were modified in ways of both style and performance. The young generation were taking cars and customizing them, weather it was fitting a Cadillac engine into a chopped Model A Ford or lowering a 1950 Mercury and finishing it off with a custom paint job. Little did they know, they were starting a revolution, one that would continue to echo years beyond. Today there is a large scene in Southern California with an entire lifestyle and culture surrounding it. This Phenomenon is undoubtedly hot rodding and the custom car scene in Southern California. This trend quickly swept across Southern California as well as across the U.S. throughout the 1950s and 1960s. New magazines came out that specialized in the field and the press picked up on hot rods and customs. Articles within these pages encouraged enthusiasts to build a hot rod or customize their car. “I remember every year everybody would go to the auto shows to see what the new cars were going to look like and see the prototype cars� says Robbie Freeman, LA resident since 1950. Inspiration for modifications came


from prototype cars that GM and Ford were debuting, as well as what other big name customizers were doing. Some noteworthy builders in the day were Dean Jeffries with his “Manta Ray”, Ed Roth with his “Beatnik Bandit”, and Norm Grabowski with his “Kookie Kar” to name a few. A big influence out of Hollywood was George Barris. He, along with his brother Sam Barris cranked out custom cars for many clients, mostly celebrities, such as Elvis Presley. Barris’ most iconic car which set a standard that still stands today is the 1950 Mercury full custom, The “Hirotata Merc”. By the 1970’s and into the 1980s kustoms were not as popular any more however hot rodding was still a hobby for many, but it had transformed and styles had changed. Although times were changing there were still people who had a passion for “traditional” hot rods and customs of the 1950s and early 1960s. Penny Pichette of West Coast Kustoms car club recalls “In 1980 we were going to Angelo’s in Anaheim for cruise night, It was the only cruise night in

Southern California, cruising had died.” Pichette explains that in Southern California they had very few car shows, and most allowed pre-1949 cars only, there wasn’t anything for hot rods, customs, or 50’s cars. It was at this time that Penny’s husband Rich started West Coast Kustoms car club for the few kustoms and 50s cars that were around, and in 1982 they had their first gathering in Paso Robles. By the late 1980‘s, there was a steady resurrection in the traditional hot rods and kustom cars as a hobby. However, since the 1990’s it has been recognized as much more than merely a hobby, but a lifestyle; and it is still growing today. “By the mid 1990‘s people started to dress the part, and their homes went back to 40‘s and 50‘s decor and they began to live the lifestyle” states Pichette. In Southern California people are still putting old cars on the road, from hot rods to kustoms, the scene is bigger than ever. 22 year old car builder Nick “Chopit” Fioto says “There is no greater feeling than when I’m behind

“Shows are more about culture today, not just about the cars, music, fashion, or art, but all of it as a whole.”

the wheel of my 32 Ford pickup, It’s just a blast to cruise around.” More generations of people are fascinated and getting to be a part of this lifestyle with a love for the cars, as well as 1950s fashion, style, rockabilly music, and art. Holly Gollob, promoter for Ventura Nationals car show, explains “Shows are more about culture today, not just about the cars, music, fashion, or art, but all of it as a whole.” There are many car shows and events in Southern California for hot rods and kustoms, most of which cater to the lifestyle by having vendors, rockabilly bands performing, and art shows. West Coast Kustom’s Cruisin’ Nationals car show, now held in Santa Maria, has been a big influence on the revival, and is one of the biggest shows still running today in Southern California. Style and fashion plays a big role in the lifestyle today. Many are into clothing of the 50s. Weather it be vintage or a little more modern, the car scene has adopted a style all it’s own, mixing 50s basics, rockabilly, greaser,


pinup styles, and vintage class. Guys sport the basics, such as cuffed 501 Levis, motorcycle boots and a t shirt. Gollob notes that “Cuffed jeans, a t shirt and a pompadour are classic, but today people have modernized the look.” For other occasions button down shirts and 50s penny loafers or wingtip shoes are more formal. When not wearing a pompadour a fedora or a derby cap is popular. For the Ladies, Chuck berry said it best in his song “Sweet Little 16”; “Tight dress and lipstick, she’s sportin’ high heel shoes.” Many sport classic 50s pencil skirts and dresses, from everyday styles to elegant. Women also wear cuffed jeans or pedal pushers with a stylish top and cardigan. “Different styles become more popular from time to time, but the red lips will always be there” says Gollob. Big inspirations were models and starlets of the 50s such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn. For the women hair is also a trademark, weather it is an elegant rockabilly up-do or simple bangs and long black hair like

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Photograph by Fabian Fioto


Photograph by Fabian Fioto

Betty Page. Within the past decade and still going strong, 50s and rockabilly style has been getting attention from mainstream media, influencing fashion around the world. “Come on little baby let’s tear the dance floor up, come on little mama let me see you strut your stuff”, as belted out by Johnny Burnette in his song “Tear It Up”. Music. Probably the most influential ingredient in the lifestyle right next to the cars. Sure you have the “bubblegum” pop songs most are familiar with and associate the 1950s with, but you also have other genres with deeper cuts such as Rockabilly, Swing, Country, Jazz, Doo Wop, Rhythm & Blues, and Rock ‘N’ Roll (when it was in it’s prime). It’s material like uncommon artists and rare recordings from the 50s that people are re-discovering and cherishing. Rockabilly fan Sidney Millar declares “I love rockabilly because it’s fun music, it’s not too racy.” Most feel it is incomparable to most mainstream music today. “You won’t ever hear a lyric in rockabilly music like “Smack da hoe on the flo.” chuckles Millar. Although many agree no one can ever replace the greats of the era, such as Elvis Presley, Wanda Jackson, Johnny Cash, or Etta James, there are many new artists and bands especially in SoCal that keep these genres and sound of the 50s music alive, doing shows at venues as well as part of car shows. Millar states “There is nothing more fun than seeing a rockabilly band on Saturday nights and swing dancing with some friends!” The car culture has grown into a large art community as well. Better known as “Kustom Kulture” in the art world, there are many artists today that are inspired by cars and the lifestyle of the 1950s, hot rods, and kustoms. Artists such as Keith Weesner, Max Grundy, and the Pizz are well known for creating paintings consisting of kustoms, hot rods, 50s pinup girls, and more. Von Franco is a well recognized artist in the car scene today, well known for his 60‘s style monster and hot rod paintings. Franco states “My style is heavily influenced by the art of Ed Roth and Robert Williams. Mediums I work with are mostly acrylics, as well as digital.” In the digital field photography has been growing a lot as well, artists are exploring different ways to capture cars, pinup girls, and the lifestyle through the lens. There is also the art of pin striping, which was done on cars in the 1950s, it has exploded today and is still going strong. There are many talented artists in this area, which requires an eye for design, and one hell of a steady hand. In it’s heyday, arguably the best and most influential pin striper was Kenneth Howard, better known as Von Dutch. The Ventura Nationals has been a big part of the expanding art scene over the past 10 years, featuring an art show on Friday night every year showcasing many


well known and new artists’ works. “The art scene is steadily growing, there are people who are new to the fine arts and are experimenting with different techniques and media, all related to cars and the culture” mentions Gollob. Although in the 40s and 50s mostly men in the service had tattoos, today it has also become a big part of the lifestyle. Many people sport old school ink, from WWII style pinups to tattoos of their cars, getting ink has never been so popular. There are many talented old school tattoo artists around the world, but some famed tattoo artists right here in SoCal are Don Ed Hardy, Kat Von D, and Jack Rudy, just to name a few. One of the biggest tattoo and culture shows is right here in Long beach held on the Queen Mary, the famous “Ink N Iron.” This show has become the mecca for the lifestyle, they state “People are here for the love of hot rods, kustoms, live music, burlesque, art shows, 50’s fashion, and of course the tattoo show covering three floors inside the ship.” With all that has spawned, it all traces back to the cars in the end. Ask most anyone in the culture, they will tell you their favorite part is the cars, hands down. Whatever aspect of the cars it may be, including finding a project car, building them, cruising them, racing them, and making memories with them. “It’s a real rush, although multiple thoughts go through my head the first time I pull my car out into the street, like did I tighten everything?, what’s that noise?, did I hook that up and double check that?... then I say Ahh what the hell, punch it!” says Beatniks car club member Aaron Stein. Weather your personal interest and taste lean more towards hot rods or kustoms, most can always appreciate both. Cars today are viewed in more of an art form, especially customs with major metal fabrication and modifications. These things of beauty are meant to be viewed and adored as well as driven. Same goes with hot rods, it is all about having fun. The passion for the cars will always be there. When asked if she ever thought the scene would be as big as it is today, Pichette replied “Heck No!” It is really amazing to acknowledge all the branches that the passion and hobby for hot rods and kustoms started and continues to grow. Pichette adds “I think it will keep growing, but I’m sure it’s going to change, nothing stays the same.”

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Photograph by Fabian Fioto



Hornets Photographs by Lydia Liles


ootball is an exciting sport to watch, and according to the football players, it’s a fun sport to play as well! They all play football for different reasons, and each of them like the sport in different ways. New England Patriots, Deion Branch, was originally from a junior college in Mississippi. He transferred to Louisville, where he soon got pulled to be on a professional football team. Branch was the leading receiver in the 2004 playoffs, in 2007 he got pulled by the Seattle Sea Hawks. In 2011 he finally ended on the Patriots team. Could any of the football players from Fullerton College be the next Deion Branch? Jose Escobar, the backup quarterback, says, “Football is my favorite thing to do, and I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’m hoping to get my education at the four year level paid for by a football scholarship.” Ja’Quan Dorsett, the running back, explains that it’s not just about him, “I play ball because of the inspiration I give fans when they see me doing my thing, and get happy for me, it’s just priceless. I want to play on Sunday’s, and build a life for my daughter, and yes, it is what I want to do with my life.” Melvin Lewis, on defensive tackle, states that, “When I first started playing, I didn’t like it because it interfered with basketball and I liked basketball more.”


By Lydia Liles He explains further that, “I’m playing football, to earn a scholarship for my family, and ultimately play in the NFL. I would go to USC if I could go to any four year college, because it’s my home team.” Lewis’ grandfather, Lewis Manning, played at USC and later went on to play for the Rams, as a Linebacker. Troy Becker, defensive tackle, plays for personal reasons, “The reason why I play is because it teaches me a lot life lessons, such as, disciplining myself by being on time for practice and being committed. Hard work leads me to good habits and good experiences, which makes me feel successful.” That discipline helps him on his position. “My job is to stop the quarterback with the given plays from my coach on the sideline. In my opinion, my team could work on discipline, we are all still getting used to each other.” Tim Hernandez, long snapper, plays for the love of the sport, “I am playing football because it has always been a passion of mine. I originally played it out of enjoyment when I was very young. Now, I play it not only to get a scholarship for a university, but also to learn more about the game that will allow me to eventually become a coach. I do still enjoy it.” For freshmen Travon Garrett, defensive back is something he has always done. “I’m a football player,

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because it is something I have been doing since I was four years old. I have always loved and had a great passion for football. I do want to become a professional football player, that is anyone’s dream who loves to play football.” However, Garrett knows the chance he takes; “Even though the percentage of making it to a pro in football is very low, I have enough belief and dedication in myself that I will make it and I will be successful. And that is why I go by F.I.N.A.O., failure is not an option!” Jamison Sterns, running back, says football is a new position for him, “To be honest, I just started playing football my senior year in high school, and after playing at my high school in Texas, I just fell in love with it. Now, I’m trying to make it to a four year school then hopefully to the NFL, if I’m blessed enough.” Aaron Trevino, wide receiver, says that his ability and training help to make him a better person. “The main reason why I play is because it separates me from everyone else that goes to school, gets good grades and goes home. It gives me a stronger sense of selfrespect because I do the same amount of class work as

others, but I have more demands and expectations for myself. Which will potentially build closer friendships with teammates, and get my college education paid for with an athletic or even academic scholarship.” Simon Poti states, “I would say football has impacted my life because it’s a team sport. It’s taught me that we all have to work together as one to reach our goal to win a conference and state championship. It’s almost like we’re a family that has a common goal.” The football team works very hard at practice. No matter what mood they’re in, they go to practice with smiles and good attitudes; because hard work makes good players. Their commitment to the team has helped them grow, and the drive to be committed is helping them to become professionals. They play as a team every game, so every game they win they deserve too. Most of them will be back next Fall, and it will be interesting to see what they look like next year now that they know each other better as teammates. Teamwork is key to the football students of a winning team at Fullerton College.


Fullerton College’s

Police Academy

A brief look into the Administration of Justice Program


n average, over the last decade, there have been 58,261 assaults against law enforcement each year, resulting in 15,658 injuries, according to The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. However, there are still students willing to take a risk and join the Police Academy to become some type of law enforcement officer. Many people do not understand the process these individuals go through to become an officer and uphold such high expectations in society. Rarely do these individuals get praised in the press for their good deeds. Despite the negative light that police officers are portrayed in, there are still students who have had longtime dreams of becoming law enforcement officers. The Administration of Justice program at Fullerton College is one of the best programs in Southern California and is often over looked, and most students are unaware that


By Chelsea Cowles this program even exists. However, the academy has been on campus and offered to students for more than 16 years. According to the mission statement by FC the police academy is committed to “community-oriented policing.” “This partnership, the police working with the community to solve mutual problems, is the vehicle by which communities hopefully will be able to overcome unwarranted actions by citizens.” Police Academy students have to be dedicated, motivated, and thick skinned to take on a position as a law enforcement officer. Luckily, we have many citizens willing to conquer and risk their lives to work in the industry every single day. Students who complete the academy typically get employed in their hometown and communities that they grew up in. Typically there are anywhere from 35-80 individuals to a

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Photograph by Cynithia Sands

class, and there are usually 2 women to a class. The academy also has more than 60 instructors and most of which are current on duty officers who teach these classes as well. Having said instructors bring real life scenarios into the class in order to better shape and guide the students through their schooling. Students get to learn from their instructors experiences, which really helps them out in the real world. Students who accept this challenging degree enter a ten month program which provides them with over 1,000 hours of California Commission Peace Officer Standards and Training. The cost of attendance is anywhere from $6,000-$7,000, and the staff at the program strives to keep the costs as minimal as possible every year. There are opportunities for financial aid, and nobody can be turned away from this program. Students meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, for lecture and physical training. All students are expected to be at school 30 minutes early on class days. Just like every other college class, cheating and cell phones are not allowed under any circumstances. However, careful consideration should be taken into account when thinking about going into this field. The first semester at the academy is typically lectures, and physical training and the second semester is the one that students love the most. They get to do driver training, high speed driving, combat wrestling, CPR training, dark shooting, and various other things that help them become successful law enforcement officers. Despite all of the negative things being said about police officers in California these students use the controversies to their benefit. “We use big controversies to our benefit. We adjust our training accordingly, and learn from others mistakes” says the director of the academy E.J Pelligrino. This is another big reason why the administration of justice program at FC is continuously successful. Police officers are held to higher standards than most individuals, and in most situations citizens expect them to be perfect in every situation. There are certain things that can affect ones employment opportunities such as: a person’s background, family, and even your credit score. Cynthia Sands, the programs secretary, who is often referred to as “the academy mom,” encourages all students to take these things into consideration before choosing law enforcement as a career. Most academies base their programs on being a stress academy or a physical academy, and this


Photograph by Cynithia Sands

“It is a commitment unlike anything they’ve ever experienced in high school or college. It takes integrity, dedication, and desire to be successful in this career.”


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Photograph by Cynithia Sands

is what really sets FC’s program apart from the others because it combines the two. “Most students have a normal 9 to 5 job, and then come to class at night until about midnight” says Sands. “They then still have to go home to study and do whatever else they have going on. It takes a very dedicated individual to get through these 10 months.” Not only do they learn skills needed to guide them for this occupation, but also have teachers who give insight and stories that help them learn from situations they’ve encountered in this industry. Students who have taken this program enjoy coming back and speaking to the new students who sit where they once did as well. “We encourage students to sit in on a class or volunteer at the academy, because it really puts things into perspective and they can come out with a better understanding of why cops think they way that they do” says Sands. The administration of justice program is run similarly to the military. It’s definitely not your average day at school. Uniforms are to be pressed and cleaned every day, expect an inspection before most classes, and attendance is mandatory. “It is a commitment unlike anything they’ve ever experienced in high school or college. It takes integrity, dedication, and desire to be successful in this career” says Pelligrino. The police academy at Fullerton College has the instructors and training needed to push these students every single day to be the best law enforcement officers that they can be.


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he car was silent, neither of them spoke. He kept looking over at her, but she didn’t look back. She didn’t want to show him the pain on her face. How could he do this to her? She looked over at him, trying to understand his decision to join the Army. “Army Strong”. When these words are read they are immediately associated with U.S. soldiers. But have you ever stopped to think about who the soldier leaves behind when they enlist? With the constant worry and limited contact, family members and significant others need just as much strength, if not more, to be able to handle the army lifestyle. It may not take physical strength to support your soldier, but the emotional strain can be unbearable at times. “I was depressed all the time,” Nikita Kranda, who now lives with her husband in North Carolina, states as she describes how she felt when he first deployed to Korea. Her husband, Jordan Kranda, is a combat medic for the U.S. Army, which means he’s always away. The amount of time away from your soldier, depending on their Military Occupancy Specialty (MOS), can range anywhere from six months to two years with few visits in between. Whenever someone joins the army the first place they are shipped off to is basic training, or boot camp. For


By Shelley Kozeak the Army, boot camp is a two month long process that tests individual soldier’s strengths and builds upon their weaknesses. “I left here and went to Oklahoma for four months,” the Fullerton College student, Devon Sancho, shares. During basic training the only contact available for soldiers is through letters and occasionally a phone call on Sundays. “When we did get our phones for the first time, immediately I called my parents and just started crying,” Sancho says about his enlistment into the Army National Guard, motioning tears down his face with his fingers. Keeping in contact with your soldier is important for both parties. Whether a letter or a couple of words are exchanged in your minute phone call, it’s a motivational tool. “It truly is an amazing accomplishment just to get out of bed everyday and to take care of yourself,” Nikita Kranda explains, as she talks about her experience as an Army wife. It is a surprise to discover how limited contact the Army allows, even after basic training. According to the US Army Recruiting Command website 64,000 people had to be recruited into the Army in 2011. Each year Army recruiters are given missions, and their mission is to recruit a certain number of people to join the Army. For the 2012 fiscal year it was 58,000.

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What a lot of people fail to realize about the Army is the fact that they operate in a different way that can be frustrating to families. Forrest Kranda, a soldier in the Army, describes his experience, “It’s hard for family members to understand that when a decision is made, a decision is made, you have to do whatever they tell you.” What makes it difficult is that you can plan to visit your soldier one weekend, but when you get there plans may have changed for your soldier and while it can be frustrating there’s nothing you can do about it. That’s just how the Army works. Eventually it becomes easier to adapt to the Army lifestyle. After the first couple months the situation becomes a familiar routine to get used to. When your soldier graduates from basic training they are shipped to where their Advanced Individual Training (AIT) is held. They can stay there from one month to two years depending on their MOS. During this period they’re given more privileges, such as having a computer and cell phone to keep in contact with family and friends. However, those privileges still vary depending on the training location. Beth Kranda’s two sons are both in the Army. “You don’t want your child to go to war,” she states. “And you’re scared all the time for them and their safety.” According to her the hardest part of having somebody close to you in the army is not knowing what they are doing. While the soldiers may have periods where they can contact you, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have the time. They might not even want to contact you. “There was one point while he was in Korea where he actually didn’t call me for three weeks,” Nikita shares her husband’s first deployment experience. “He was really depressed and had really bad alcoholism.” It’s an experience that is hard to relate to, having somebody you love and care about leave you to join the Army. Especially when their decision directly affects you, then you have to make a choice. “A lot of people don’t realize that if you don’t have a strong foundation before you start you’re kind of doomed for failure,” Forrest Kranda states while describing the amount of strain the distance puts on a relationship. It takes strength and courage to support a soldier. Not only do you have to be strong for them, you also have to be strong for yourself. From a mother’s point of a view Beth Kranda states, “It’s about letting go and trying to maintain the relationship and closeness with the limited contact that you get.”

“A lot of people don’t realize that if you don’t have a strong foundation before you start you’re kind of doomed for failure.”


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5MOVIES Must-See

The Godfather (1972) – written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola (based on Novel by Mario Puzo), directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Greatest movie ever made. Period.

The Night of the Hunter (1955) - written by James Agee (based on Novel by Davis Grubb), directed by Charles Laugton. Film noir as its finest.

Citizen Kane (1941) - written by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles, directed by Orson Welles. The birth place of many innovations still used today while telling the tale of a man’s rise to power and his inevitable fall.

As told to Mary Pallais

Jaws (1975) - written by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb (based on Novel by Peter Benchley), directed by Steven Spielberg. The film that started the summer blockbuster and kept audiences out of the water for generations.

Star Wars (1977) - written and directed by George Lucas. The film that started one of the most loved franchises in media history.



Victor Phan, Screenplay teacher and mentor, for Fullerton College Theater Arts Department, began his film career as a storyboard artist while establishing a foothold in the world of Horror and short stories. He has formed a partnership to create Torture Chamber Productions where he adapts screenplays to graphic novels and writes and produces thriller and horror films. --Phan is on the board of Orange County Screenwriters Association and is represented by Kelly LaMarr of Nancy Chaidez and Associates Agency located in North Hollywood:6340 Coldwater Canyon Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91606. For more information regarding the Screenwriting Classes at Fullerton College, contact Victor Phan at E-Mail:


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Never a dull moment. That basically sums up what it is like hanging out with everyone’s favorite storage locker buyer, Barry Weiss. Barry has been on the TV show Storage Wars since it started in 2010, and keeps it running strong. On the show his humorous persona will keep you in stitches, but even more so in person. Q. What did you do before the TV show Storage Wars? A. Fabian, prior to Storage Wars I was a top ranked International male escort with a client base of wealthy women worldwide. I still see a couple of clients when I am not attending auctions.” In reality Barry Weiss along with his family was in the produce business, supplying many restaurants with produce in the Los Angeles area. Q. How did you get on the show? A. “I got my start on Storage Wars from executive producer and creator of the show Thom Beers. I was cleaning his swimming pool one day and he asked if I would gently apply some sunscreen to his aching shoulders. Two hours later I was awarded the part and on my way to the very first storage auction and the rest is history!” He is actually friends with executive producer and creator of the show, Thom Beers. When there was talk of creating this show, Barry was ready to jump in and give it a shot. However, ask Barry how it happened that is what he will tell you. Many people notice the amazing cars and motorcycles Barry is always arriving to the auctions with. Barry has been interested in old cars and bikes since age thirteen. Q. What does your collection consists of? A. “Currently I own a 1958 Ford Ranchero mild custom, a 1947 Cadillac radical custom built by Frank DeRosa, a 1932 Ford Hi-boy Roadster, six motorcycles and the latest to the collection, a 1955 Ford radical custom; the “Beatnik Bubbletop” built by Gary Chopit Fioto. Q. What was your best find on the show thus far? A. “I found a carved wooden head sculpted by well known artist Mike Meadow, I believe I paid $1,500 for it. At the time it seemed like a lot to pay for just some head, but it was worth it...” Q. Are there any downsides of being on a reality TV show and being well known? A. “No downside so far, it has been a lot of fun. I got rid of a lot of old friends I’ve had for forty years or more because they are not in show business....BORING! I am running with a whole new crew now. The show biz folk have really taken me under their wing.” Whenever I see Barry he is always dressed in some killer clothing, from vintage clicker car club jackets to custom tailored 50’s style clothing. “My taste for fashion is all over the place, vintage clothing and style is something I have always felt comfortable with.” Barry is the coolest and friendliest person you will ever meet, even with fans he always takes time to talk and thank them for watching the show. Many young viewers of the show love him, and are in awe if they should see him in person. He always tells them “Now remember kids, stay in school and stay out of those storage lockers!” We all look forward to seeing more of Barry on Storage Wars. Q. What do you think the future might hold for your career? A. “The world is now my storage locker... who knows!


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Courtesy of A&E



Last Call

It’s funny how things turn out sometimes. This semester was my first with the Torch and I have to say that it was quite an undertaking. We had an undersized staff, but we worked hard to produce the content herein. Furthermore, we had to complete this issue within the newly established 16-week semester [as opposed to the preceding 18-week semester]. As the new Art Director, I looked to previous issues of the Torch to better understand the magazine. I wanted to introduce my own personal simplistic style, but tried to retain [what I felt was] the magazine’s essential tradition. Lastly, I would like to thank Jay Seidel for believing in me, Adriana Blanchard for being such a devoted editor, all the writers and photographers on the staff for your hard work, and everyone else who helped make this magazine production achievable. It takes a village to raise a publication and I’m glad I got to share this experience with everyone involved. And if, for some reason, I don’t see you again, I want to wish you the best in your educational career and your future life. I hope you get the chance to pursue your dreams and aspirations. Don’t Stop Believing. Myra Vitela [Art Director]


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Fall 2012 Torch Magazine  
Fall 2012 Torch Magazine  

Fullerton College's Torch Magazine, Fall 2012