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President Miner’s Message to the Students Welcome to Foothill College! You have joined a truly vibrant community of faculty, staff and students who are responsible for Foothill’s reputation as one of the most outstanding community colleges in the nation. Our college is distinguished in many ways: high transfer rates to prestigious institutions, successful graduates in a broad range of fields, accomplished faculty and staff members, enthusiastic support from businesses and our surrounding community, beautiful buildings and grounds, a tradition of dynamic innovation and so much more. Even though budget challenges have everyone on their toes, we are committed to maintaining high standards in our instructional programs and support services. We will continue to update our curriculum in response to transfer requirements, changing needs in the workplace and the latest academic research. We will continue to assess our level of customer satisfaction in the utilization of services and participation in extracurricular activities. And we will continue to ask ourselves: “What is the best for our students?” I wish you the very best during your time here at Foothill College. Whether you leave with a degree, certificate or units from a single course, know that you are always welcome to return and be part of “the loop” in a college that cares! With warmest wishes,

Dr. Judy C. Miner, President


round Our Loop

Cultural Heritage Months • • • • • • • • • • • • 8 Foothill: A Truly Warm Melting Pot • • • • • • 10 Catapult Your Dream Company! • • • • • • • • 12 An Introduction to the Workplace • • • • • • • 13 Foothill Owls • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 14 Foothill Student, De Anza Athlete? • • • • • • • 15 Pass the Torch • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 16 Scholarly Scintillation • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 17 Your Path to Success • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 18 Design Your Destiny • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 19 A 37-Year Full-Circle Journey • • • • • • • • • • • • • 20 Krause Center for Innovation • • • • • • • • • • • • • 22


ays of Our Lives

Mysterious Animals • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 24 From Saving Lives to Chasing Squirrels • • • 25 Twitter or No Twitter? • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 26 Parking Fun Facts • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 27 10 Things Vanishing in America • • • • • • • • • • 27 Outdoorzi Enthusiasts • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 28 Six Handy Web Sites • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 29 Concluding the Two Years • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 30 How Much Do You Know? • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •34 Reverse Transfer Students • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 35


Table of Contents


Why YOU Should Join the ASFC • • • • • •36 Meet the Functional Group • • • • • • • • • 37 Helping Them Electrify • • • • • • • • • • • • • 38

ooking Back

Looking Back at the Past • • • • • • • • • • • • • 40 Going Back to School • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 42 Help For Your Computing Career • • • • • • • 43 Forensics Team: Driven to Success • • • • • • 44 Foothill in the National Spotlight • • • • • • • • 45 Near-Death Experience • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 46




Check Up • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 48 Our Health Depends on Them • • • • • • • 49 How To Party Hearty Safely • • • • • • • • • 52

orld & you

Ocean Pollution • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 54 The Emerald City • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 56 Charting Gas Prices • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 58 How Fuel Efficient is Your Car? • • • • • • • • • 58 How to Drive Fuel - Efficiently • • • • • • • • • • 59 Proposition 8 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 60

TEAM LOOP Faculty Advisor Dr. Scott Lankford

Student Publisher Edna Chan

Editorial Jason Chung, Editor-in-Chief Akul Aggarwal, Associate Editor Nora Brannen-Burt Heather Lee

Art Ken Ku, Executive Director Tatiana Scutelnic, Art Director Yoshiko Kitamura, Creative Director Pearl Lin, Production Director ASFC Design Center

Creative Consultant Elfina Ho

Photography David Lees, Karen Johns, Debbie Hayes, Todd DiRenzo, Neeley Main, Jeff Wintor, Alan Yagatai

Illustrations Alice Amigassi, Katya Belaya, Julia Bradshaw, Amanda Graham, Justina Jong, Jeremy Liu, Yoichi Narisawa, Brian Nguyen, Edric Yamamoto, Kendra Sammarco

Staff Alric J. Althoff, Elizabeth Anderman, Adrian Au, Dominic Booth, Brenton Bowen, Johnson Chan, Shawn Chan, Bosco Cheng, Christina Remolador Cheng, Queeny Chow, Jada Ko, John

Acknowledgments “At Foothill, students come through and move on. How can we etch our existence into its history…?” Our title The Loop carries a double meaning: we are both physically encircled by Loop Road and ‘in the loop’ of campus life. Bright idea, isn’t it? For many years, ever since the death of the old Sentinel, Foothill has languished without any type of campus-wide publication. That’s why you could say The Loop has a triple meaning: Now, for the first time in history, Foothill College has its own student-driven publication! I cannot begin to name everyone who has shown their generous support – from setting aside funds for our experimental project, to attending endless meetings, to spending hours in front of computer screens in the ASFC Design Center and making sure The Loop turns out visually appealing; not to mention wading through my thousand-word announcements – but believe me when I say, your forbearing sacrifices are deeply appreciated. With all the love and care we have showered on it, our ‘baby Loop’ is born! To my ever-patient Loop Team, you have also provided us with newborn friendships and fortified a united vision for our campus as a whole. We were genuinely held together with no obligations, restraints or ill-feelings: this is the true definition of being a part of something. Thanks for teaching me such a valuable lesson. Many thanks are to be given to Beth Grobman and Reza Kazempour from De Anza College, the people who first taught us what we know about producing a magazine. Of course, even more thanks to Professor Scott Lankford, our loving advisor who suffered from blistered fingertips as a result of Blackberrying article edits whenever they’re asked of him. Let’s hang onto this little slice of reality and make it a celebrated tradition which our Foothill community can be proud of! Edna Chan, Student Publisher

Kutay, Isaac Lee, Michelle Lee, Joey Leung, Jan McCutcheon, Jamila McIntosh, Spencer Montgomery, Dan Neumann, Vicky de Monterey Richoux, Tarek Saleh, Randal South, Cheng-Fu Tsai, Andrea Tuttle, Brian Yiu

Special Thanks to Associated Students of Foothill College (ASFC) Foothill College Honors Institute Foothill College International Programs Foothill College Health & Psychological Services Foothill Entrepreneur Center (FEC) LGBT Faculty and Staff Network Dr. Judy C. Miner, College President Naomi Kitajima, Health Services Daphne Small, Student Affairs & Activities Don Dorsey, Student Development and Instruction Sirisha Pingali, Student Accounts Kent Manske, Fine Arts & Communications Maureen Chenoweth, Transfer Center Kurt Hueg, Marketing and Communications Outdoorzi Club Renewably First

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Cultural Heritage Months


ultural Heritage Months at Foothill give a spirited nod to the diversity of our campus life. From January through June, each month is dedicated to celebrating the heritage of a specific subculture, highlighting their backgrounds and accomplishments. Here is a look at our list of lively commemorations of the past, present and future of these motivated groups. January’s Jewish Heritage Month is a time to sample complimentary refreshments available at many of its events, check out traditional Middle Eastern games and gather round to meet notable Jewish speakers. From analytical showings of quirky modern comedies like Friends to deeply passionate testimonials from Holocaust survivors, January is a time to celebrate prized Jewish traditions.

by Michelle Lee

Last, but not least, we have Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Heritage Month in June. Celebrate the progression we have made in acceptance through inspirational movies, speeches and fairs. Take the initiative to advance LGBT awareness and pride by participating in one of the organized Bay Area events in our community. Do not hesitate! Thoughtful, intellectual, school-organized events do not have to be dry and boring, and our cultural events certainly are not the latter – far from it! You are part of our dynamic, diverse and delightful student body, so get yourself to these equally excellent events – it is a celebration of you, me and us.

Black History Month kicks off in February with performances from the world-renowned Dallas Black Dance Theatre, our very own Foothill College Gospel Singers and various accomplished artists whose repertoire include a full lyrical journey of African American history presented through music. Also not to be missed are interactive discussions on the importance of identity and empowerment. March is Women’s History Month, a time for observing the strength and leadership of women in our community as well as globally. Events range from discussions, artist exhibitions, dance troops, celebrity speakers, debates and fairs. You will learn and grow from activities such as self-defense crash courses and talks on women’s rights and empowerment. Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month takes place in April, and covers the many traditions of Asian cultures in our community. Begin with a free course in Survival Japanese Conversation, admire models at an Indian fashion show or participate in a friendly Foothill-De Anza Sports Championship, courtesy of the Hong Kong Student Union. Latino Heritage Month takes place in May. Find out the history of Cinco de Mayo, listen to “Voces de Nuestra Gente”, or Voices of Our People, to grasp the Latino pointof-view on current issues. Bring your family to the cultural ceremony, where you can enjoy food, the live Mariachi Band and watch Ballet Folklorico Dance performances.


Illustration by Brian Nguyen

Foothill: A Truly Warm Melting Pot by Edna Chan International Programs

From the bus stop to the classrooms, the cafeteria to the library, we are constantly encompassed by groups of smiling faces. Watching their seamless interactions might make you overlook the fact that many of them have flown across oceans to get here. Over the years, Foothill has attracted many International students from all over the world with its recognized academic excellence and superior transfer network; but personally, I think it is the caring International Programs that make our school the cream of the crop.


A step towards settling in

To help newly arrived students adjust to our campus, community, or even country for that matter, the International Programs puts together a highly organized and thorough Orientation at the beginning of each quarter, mandatory for all F-1 students. Students are given detailed packets, briefing them on all the essential information including placement testing, health insurance, housing, tuition payment, where things are and how to get to them. I remember keeping the campus map with me all day long when I first got here!

Enriching your non-existent social life

Let’s face it: being away from home is a lonely and scary experience. That’s why the International Programs staff is here to make sure you feel comfy in your new home and start building a new circle of friends right away! At the beginning of each quarter, new international students are invited to one-of-a-kind field trips to magnificent landmarks such as the exciting Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the enchanting beaches of Carmel. For a mere $10 per trip, International Programs will take care of everything, including transportation, entrance fees and even boat fares! This is a great chance to send impressive photos to your parents and exchange numbers with those you’ll be bugging in the next two years!

Promoting cultural awareness

Just because you’re not ‘new’ anymore, it doesn’t mean they will stop caring for you. After you have found your stable footing at Foothill, you can start being one of the ‘cool kids’ and root yourself in many cultural activities on campus! As one of the most active traditions at our school, Foothill


celebrates different Cultural Heritage Months from January to June every year. Be sure to go see what the events are about, or better yet, join one of the planning committees and help others discover the mysteries behind different heritages!

Comforting your lonely soul

Aside from promoting cultural awareness, the International Programs also offers many remedies to cater to your sentimental needs. International Student Coffee Hours are set up every month at lunch times for you to enjoy complementary coffee, hot chocolate, tea and various baked goodies while reuniting with familiar faces you rarely get to see in your busy schedules. Different themes are also explored at these gatherings: you are invited to show your festive creativity from Spooky Halloween to White Christmas! During Thanksgiving and Lunar New Year – the times when most local students can easily head home to their families – we International students can only watch and envy. But fear not! Joining forces with the ASFC, the International Programs puts together our own homey celebrations to give you a reason to feel loved; from oven-roasted turkey to bright red attires, there will always be a group of friends who will share your emotions and cheer you up. Finally, one of the most highlighted events at Foothill is the annual International Night Extravaganza in May. This well-planned event consists of a multicultural feast (!), a fashion show and a variety of performances representing different cultures and traditions. As a part of the Food & Dinner Committee this year, I would say this experience has definitely justified many of our weekly ‘sampling’ food-hunts! Just in case you missed our fun and enchantment last year, be sure to watch out for next year’s planning committee announcements!



We know how hard it is to deal with the Forms ABCDEFG about your I-20, F-1 Visa, Social Security, tax returns, insurance and other papers just because you’re an “alien”. That is why the International Student Office (ISO) has experienced staff and advisors to guide you to the right path! Most answers to your problems can be found in our comprehensive monthly I-News e-newsletter*, but if you have more complex questions, feel free to physically visit us in Room 5922 (Temporary Village). Intricate immigration questions can be answered by Arthur Levine, our experienced International Student Advisor. His immigration advising and consultation drop-in hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Even though students at Foothill College do come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, they will all appreciate the same universal language – a heartfelt smile.

Difficult Start

Saving your back

As an International student, there are many rules you have to follow in order to maintain your F-1 status valid in the US. Fortunately though, the ISO is always here to answer questions about your Visa, update you on new regulations, and remind you about important deadlines (You remembered to file your tax forms by June 15, right? You need to do so even if you did not work last year! Speaking of which, the ISO provides free CINTAX passwords to help fill out your tax forms. Go onto their helpful and comprehensive Web site for the most updated information!). It is always wise to consult the helpful people here whenever you run into problems like obtaining your Social Security card, travelling abroad for vacations or failing to maintain enrolment in a minimum of 12 units. Don’t worry, these are extremely common situations and the ISO staff is very experienced at handling these issues.

Being an International student myself, I have become quite acquainted with the ISO and moreover involved in quite a few activities on campus. That, however, did not stop me from shamelessly bothering the friendly ISO staff whenever I ran into silly problems regarding my I-20. I am always impressed at their professionalism and the fact that they are always ready to take care of the clueless. So fear not! Stop by the International Student Office (Room 5922 or 5403) and say Thank You to the patient helpers for being your friend and solving your problems!

*I-News publication: inews/inews.htm

Want to work off-campus now and even after you graduate? The ISO offers Practical Training Workshops to tell you the options and requirements for off-campus employment and internships. There are many regulations F-1 students have to follow, and there is no one better than the ISO to seek advice from.


Catapult Your Dream Company!

Business Plan Competition

by Brian Yiu


ver dreamed of pitching your brilliant business plan to a panel of real Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs? If you’re one of those students who want to translate your idea or passion into reality, here is your chance to shine! The 3rd Annual Foothill Business Plan Competition organized by the Foothill Entrepreneur Center (FEC) will be held in Winter 2010. FEC is a non-profit, innovative instructional program at Foothill College, serving to develop today’s students into tomorrow’s business leaders through student learning and community involvement. This competition is open to Foothill students and the community: registration is free and you can make full use of the resources provided by the FEC (Room 5912). Last year the Annual Business Plan Competition offered up to $10,000 in scholarship awards to its winners. This two-phase competition welcomes all full-time and part-time students who will benefit from the opportunities it provides: you get to maximize your potential by exchanging ideas and networking with experienced business leaders from Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. The Competition is held to the highest professional standards. They make it a point to review and abide by the competition guidelines established by faculty members and members of the FEC Advisory Board. Judges of this prestigious competition include successful business professionals of the highest caliber, such as Michael Millman, Vice President and Senior Private Banker of the Wells Fargo Private Bank, and John Shoemaker, former EVP of Sun Microsystems and current Chairman of Sonicwall, Inc.. Take full advantage of the opportunity to learn from these experienced leaders who can foresee the competitive future in their industries. You never know if they’ll decide to invest in your viable business plan! You won’t be competing for pretend money either. The winners of each year’s competition are rewarded with thousands of dollars in scholarship awards! So light that entrepreneurial spirit in you no matter what you do. Start planning for your dream and enter the Foothill College Business Plan Competition!


An Introduction to the Workplaceby Dominic Booth

Foothill Entrepreneur Center


ne former Foothill student is currently running a successful business importing tequila. Another is importing clothing. What do they have in common? “I encouraged them to get into business and marketing,” said Professor Glenn Violett, director of Foothill’s award-winning Foothill Entrepreneur Center (FEC) and faculty advisor for Foothill’s Business, Economics & Accounting Club (BEAC). Watching his students move on to achieve palpable real word success is what drives him to devote his time to overseeing the club and the FEC. If you have ever thought of preparing for a future career in the sciences, arts, the business world or a non-profit corporation, we have good news for the hidden entrepreneur in you! The BEAC provides the perfect medium for acquiring practical knowledge and valuable experiences needed for students to learn new skills for a real job in the real world. Together, the BEAC and FEC provide students with useful resources such as workshops, guest speaker events, student business incubators and business plan competitions to get them started in their quest for success. The FEC is the perfect place for students and community members who are actively looking for: 1) Speaker events that spark their interests, 2) A place to start their business, 3) Scholarships up to $10,000 from winning the Business Plan Competition, 4) Internships or involvement in real word settings and 5) Networking opportunities. “As the club grows, we can add more scholarship and internship opportunities and bring in real world business leaders to mentor our students,” remarked Mr. Violett. Ready to begin building your own business plan? More information regarding the programs may be found on the FEC Web site at, or by attending the open BEAC meetings that take place in Room 3015 from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Hope to see you there!


Foothill Owls Football Team

by Brenton Bowen


s Foothill carries on its competitive streak in one of the toughest Junior College conferences in the nation, they continue to push themselves on the field and in the weight room with hopes of starting the season like they ended it last year by going 7-0. Spear-headed by their sturdy defense, our team looks again to be one of the conference favorites. They’re hoping to follow in the footsteps of the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose impenetrable defense led them to victory in Super Bowl XLIII, because everyone knows “defenses win championships.” With the return of several key starters on defense, led by conference linebacker Jeff Thomas and defense lineman Joape Pele, the Owls appear to have few weaknesses. The defensive front seven is impenetrable with the bulk of Coach Nautu Branch’s players returning. Pele will continue to lead the defensive line along with City College of San Francisco (CCSF) transfer Trevor Robertson. With Robertson’s help, Pele will no longer have to deal with the consistent barrage of double-teams he received last season. When Paul Taufalele left last year, the Owls had trouble replacing their inspirational defense leader, but with Jess Newman and Chris Fuga remaining, the hole left by Taufalele is all but filled. The linebackers promise to be just as strong. Jeff Thomas will anchor the strong side with his tough-nosed Brian Urlacher-esque mentality, while Owls strongman Paul Davis will guard the weak side. The strong side safety position vacated by the departures of Will Paia and


Jake Richardson will be filled by two promising players: Bubba Stevenson and Antoine Briggs. The two will split time, giving Coach Doug Boyett the flexibility to switch players depending on in-game situations. Briggs, the more natural cover safety, can act as another defensive back when playing pass-heavy teams like Santa Rosa. When playing run-heavy teams like the College of San Mateo (CSM) and College of Sequoia though, Stevenson may help support the run as a linebacker. The Foothill secondary will have an entirely new crop of players next season after the Almond twins, Mike and Donte, transfer to Portland State, cornerback Brian Logan to San Diego State and Joe Sampson to CSM. But second-year coach Tyrone Peace is ready to pick up right where he left off, with the emergence of hard-hitting Connor English and John Evans as likely starters at Safety. The corner position remains open as a group of strong candidates, led by R. Jay Benavides, vie for the starting positions. The road remains unseen for the Owls as they still have games to play against the perennial CCSF and last year’s National Champion, Butte College. But if their defense plays half as well as they look on paper, the NorCal Conference Championship shall be Foothill’s once again.

Foothill Student, De Anza Athlete? Track and Field


ne benefit of Foothill and De Anza being sister schools is that students can take classes at one school while competing at the other. For example, Foothill does not have a Track and Field team – but De Anza does. Therefore, if a Foothill student wants to compete in Track and Field, they can continue taking classes right here at Foothill but still compete on the De Anza Track and Field team. Welcome to my world. I’m not the only one taking advantage of this opportunity. For example, just like me, Anthony Hall also competes in Track and Field at De Anza while taking classes at Foothill.

It didn’t happen by magic. First off, in order to study at Foothill but compete at De Anza, I‘ve had to enroll at both campuses simultaneously. This means extra registration paperwork at the beginning of each quarter – but hey, for a chance to compete at a collegiate level, it’s definitely worth it! To be a student athlete, there are some other adjustments I have had to make. One is scheduling. Since I have practice every day from 1:30 to about 4 p.m., I have to schedule my classes around it. Usually I have two classes on Monday through Thursday and one class on Fridays. Personally, I do not like attending classes after practice because I am sweaty and tired. That means my professors probably don’t appreciate it either! Because of this, I have to take 100 percent of my classes before practice – and that means early. Typically I have one class at 8 a.m. and another class at 10 a.m. Since my 10 a.m. class ends at 11:50 that gives me just one hour and 40 minutes to get back over to De Anza to be ready for practice. Fortunately, this is more than enough time so I can have lunch and get some homework done as well.

by Jamila McIntosh

Sometimes I feel like I’m running a race just to get all my homework done. Here’s my average day: I am at Foothill and De Anza from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m.. I get home around 5 p.m. and try to go to bed at 9 p.m. because I have to wake up at 6 o’clock for my 8 a.m. class. This gives me four hours to shower, eat dinner and do homework, which is not always enough time. Then the process starts over again the next day. Like running laps, it seems like I have to constantly keep moving in circles to succeed on the track and in school. Careful planning helps too: If I don’t make a carefully planned schedule of when to study, do homework and get help, I can easily fall behind on my school work. Then I get stressed out and do not perform as well out on the playing field either. But especially during finals week, going to practice feels more like a great study break than a chore. True, being a student athlete isn’t easy. But these are just the sacrifices I have to make to achieve my dreams. Even when I’m crawling out of bed at 6 a.m., I wouldn’t have it any other way because of my love for the game. Sometimes I’m not sure where I’m running faster – on the track at De Anza or dashing to campus for my morning classes here at Foothill!


Pass the Torch


ollege is tough, just ask Joe. In his struggle to pass classes, he’s pulled off some interesting maneuvers including watching “educational” YouTube videos and wearing non-prescribed, intelligent-looking glasses. I’m no psychic, but I can predict that many of you readers have gone through a similarly awkward experience to desperately pass a class. Don’t fret though, for help is on its way. Thank goodness for Pass the Torch! Pass the Torch is a peer-tutoring program comprised of twostudent study teams, a Leader and a Member. Anyone can become a Member, but Leaders must satisfy some simple prerequisites. All participants receive priority registration as early as the 10th week of the quarter, given that they’ve completed the required Training class. For Members, not only will they receive the help they need, they can also earn one CSU-transferable unit. Don’t worry future Leaders, you also get your perks. Robert Garcia, Pass The Torch Outreach & Teams Coordinator, explains, “Leaders receive one unit of credit...and are paid for two hours of work per week starting at $12.00. After completing two units of Leader Training, the hourly rate is increased to $13.00.” That’s a whopping $5.00 more than minimum wage working at a local coffee shop! The idea behind Pass the Torch is that students can “pass the torch” of knowledge to their peers once they’ve succeeded in some of their own pursuits. This program is truly unique due to its acceptance and respect for each student’s individuality regardless of their background or situation. Pass the Torch is structured to resemble a tutor-tutee relationship, but without the pressure of an intimidating adult tutor. “Students learn better from fellow students,” Robert explains, “because there is no feeling of inadequacy or time restriction that they might have if they were to ask their instructor a basic question that they are struggling with.” Also, working with peers has proven to be an extremely effective method for struggling students because they “can explain to another student in a way they can relate to and they also share in the same common college experiences,” Robert adds.


by Heather Lee

Looking outside the Foothill Loop, our Pass the Torch has disseminated its program to other community colleges and four-year universities. UC Davis and UC Berkeley in particular have already adopted the Foothill Pass the Torch model. If you ever feel you’re struggling in a class, please do not attempt any of the methods stated in the introduction. Instead, drop by the Pass the Torch office in Room 5999 (Temporary Village) and talk with a coordinator. As Mr. Garcia says, if you “follow the Pass the Torch core value of Attendance: Preparedness, Follow Through, Teamwork, Communication and Commitment,” you will be “well on [your] way to a successful academic future.”

Scholarly Scintillation Stanford Honors Symposium


en students from Foothill College made their way to Stanford on April 17, 2009 to compete in our local version of the academic Olympics: the Stanford Symposium. Presenting their original research before a consortium of professors, Honors Program directors and like-minded Honors students from nine other community colleges across California, members of the Foothill Honors Institute strutted their stuff – intellectually, of course – throughout the day-long gathering. With topics ranging from “Herbal Abortifacients in the 19th Century” to “Globalization 3.0: The Flat World Video Game Industry”, over 10 percent of this year’s presentations came from Foothill. Now in its second year, the Community College Honors Research Symposium drew students, parents and other supporters to Stanford, eager to make the rounds during the three presentation sessions. The event was even kicked off by our very own Honors mentor MaryLou Heslet, who acted as Chief Organizer and Master of Ceremonies. Wow. In but a word I can communicate the energy and enterprise reverberating around the Stanford Alumni Center that morning. After opening remarks by a Stanford admissions officer, everyone was treated to a speech by Patrick Emelife, a community college student – and former CCSF football player – who made the leap to Stanford himself four years ago. His was a tale of true tenacity, and it was genuinely satisfying to see a representative of all the hard work Honors students put in, day in and day out, as he nears his Stanford graduation. And his message was clear: This could be you!

by Tarek Saleh

Spread out over three sessions, our Foothill delegates – and the many others – exchanged results of their research across a wide range of academic disciplines. Every topic was unique. Yes, many might leave you scratching your head in initial bewilderment. For example, one session featured a presentation titled “Wag the Dog 2008: Hollywood Satire and the Obama-McCain Campaign”; followed by a second presentation titled “Politics: The Alternative American Pastime”; rounded off by “The Crude Caravanserai: SaudiUS Petrocommerce and Its Effects on Popular Culture.” The day came to a close with a jaw-dropping Bhangra dance performance by students at Stanford. A traditional dance from the Punjab region in Northern India, this was yet another example of the diversity in extracurricular pursuits that drew so many to Stanford in mid-April. Next year should prove even more exciting. The Honors Symposium is open to any Honors student currently enrolled in the community college system. One needs only consult an Honors professor and submit a project proposal! But in the academic equivalent of the annual Stanford-Cal Big Game, next year’s Symposium will be held at Berkeley.











Your Path to Success

Foothill Honors Institute


he centered headline on the Foothill Honors Institute Web site, at, reads “Give Yourself a Competitive Edge.” We hear that phrase again and again, but as a student in the Foothill Honors Institute, I can say this one counts. Ask me to sum up the Foothill Honors Institute in one sentence, I’d tell you it gets you to where you want to be. Our Honors Institute pushes its students to study everything from society to science to art, across a wide range of academic disciplines alongside highly-motivated scholars just like you. It’s a culturally diverse learning community with an academic edge. As Honors student Alric Althoff observes, “The greatest gifts that I have found are students who are not only deeply involved in their studies, but are also interested in the camaraderie inherent in any labor towards common goals.” Along with an opportunity to collaborate with other students, Foothill Honors Institute also provides life-long personal skills needed in any field. “I have gained study skills, improved my time management and good general education

by John Kutay

from the Honors courses I have taken thus far.” Foothill Honors also offers a competitive learning environment. “In my opinion, the people who sign up for Honors courses are usually a lot more motivated than others,” says Honors student Akul Aggarwal. “Also, the courses are tougher, as we may have an extra book, extra project, or extra reading or something.” Above all, Foothill Honors Institute offers opportunities. Honors students can participate in events like the Honors Research Symposium held at Stanford University this year, where students can present and discuss their own work. The Institute also offers the UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (TAP), which is offered only by a handful California community colleges, wherein students experience an 85-98 percent transfer rate to UCLA. Honors Students can also earn the “Honors Scholar” designation on their transcripts, which can be the x-factor in any college application. At the Foothill Honors Institute, your success awaits you.

Ask me to sum up the Foothill Honors Institute in one sentence, I’d tell you it gets you to where you want to be.

Illustration by Edric Yamamoto


Illustration by Edric Yamamoto

Design Your Destiny Career Center

“Do you have a job yet?” Those fear-inspiring words bounced around endlessly in my head as I admitted to myself, for perhaps the 80th time, that I didn’t want to take that step. I laid awake in bed that evening, staring at the patterns on the ceiling. I attempted to run through a list of people who I could call and plead with to act as references, but it was hopeless: the list was an imaginary blank sheet. I would be a professional freeloader forever. My relationship with the Foothill Career Center began the next day when I walked in on a whim. It was a welcoming place, full of people ready to help me take the steps I feared to take alone. I was enlightened to discover there were people at Foothill who could, and would, act as my references. I first sat down with Gabriel Buenrostro, ex-Interim Career Center Coordinator, who fed me almonds as we discussed what Silicon Valley recruiters look for in job applicants. He was very down-to-earth, providing me with an easy-tounderstand and realistic outlook. At the end, I found out all the work I had done in the past actually amounted to a rather impressive wealth of skills for employers to draw from. I was then guided by counselor Jerry Cellilo on a major hunt. From his on-line course, CRLP 70, I produced the résumé that I used to get the job I have now. I also got to interview

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people in career fields that sparked my interests and received information more in-depth than just their salaries and benefits. Through this experience, I learned that regardless of these people’s jobs, happiness still takes priority in their lives. Laureen Balducci, Director of the Career Center, says we should turn our passion into a career. Find the thing we love to do, and discover ways to turn it into a career. She also stresses the importance of choosing a career field that aligns with our other lifestyle desires. For example, a person who wants more free time to spend with his family should not try to become a corporate lawyer, who may work up to 80 hours per week, unless they have a plan to deal with this scenario. Ms. Balducci, along with the Career Center team, can, and will, help you do just that: construct a plan to suit your talents, desires and the things you value in life. The hardest part of the process is taking that first step through the door, then the rest is smooth sailing. All the tools and people to help you begin or continue your search for a fulfilling future are all inside. They have personnel to supply aid in every step of the job-acquiring process. Thanks to their resources, I’m now fully self-supporting. From an initial discussion of career possibilities, to experienced help with the fine crafting of a résumé that makes you look like a rock star, the Career Center team has got you covered.


A 37-Year Full-Circle Journey

Don Dorsey

Looking Back

by the way been “very rewarding”), he will also miss the rapid progression of campus life that is structured around the calendar – everything moves in cycles from orientating new students, helping them anchor and find their paths, to concluding each year towards Commencement. Most importantly, he will miss watching the budding of seeds (new student involvement such as this magazine project!): the scale of student involvement in leadership, clubs and campus life when he started was minute compared to its exuberant state today. “What I’m definitely not going to miss,” chuckled Mr. Dorsey, “is the two hours of commuting every day.” Isn’t it amazing how far one can go just to show their dedication?

Throughout the years, countless students, staff, faculty and community members have benefited from his contributions as he gradually took on greater responsibilities. Beginning as a Classified Employee and then becoming a member of the faculty, he moved from the Multicultural Program into the Counseling Division, becoming Program Coordinator of the Bridge Program. “I loved my role as a member of the faculty,” smiled Mr. Dorsey, “…where I was helping Foothill continue to be different and seek out innovative ways to serve students.” His involvement in student life grew even deeper when he became Director of Student Activities, eventually being selected as Dean of Student Affairs and Activities. As current Interim Vice President of Student Development and Instruction, “I do miss that,” says Mr. Dorsey, referring to the student contact he was able to have while working in Student Affairs & Student Activities.


It was almost 40 years ago when Don Dorsey first heard about Foothill’s job opening from a close friend in Graduate School at San Jose State. The school was looking for someone to coordinate tutoring services in math and sciences. Shortly after being hired, he was selected as Associate Coordinator for the Multicultural Program, specifically designed to serve historically underserved students and help them succeed in their pursuit of higher education. Back at a Eurocentric Foothill, Mr. Dorsey didn’t hesitate to rewrite history and help the campus understand and engage in the discussion of cultural diversity. Look at how much we have moved forward today!

Speaking of which, I shamelessly asked him what he would miss most from “the old days”. Having worked at Foothill for 37 years, there are many long-standing friendships both on campus and in the community which he hopes to keep. The lifestyle of a school setting also stays; not only will he miss “the annual opportunity to refresh with a new group of students”, helping them create their own paths (which has


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Just like back in the 1970s, here on campus among us today are many brave young souls who had just returned from serving the country; you are not alone. Believe it or not, Mr. Dorsey also did his share of combat duty in Vietnam, and still recalls how much he grew from that 12-month experience. Drafted at the ripe age of 23, he became a combat platoon leader after graduating officer candidates school. His tour of duty in Vietnam includes service as a liaison officer with a Vietnamese Marine Brigade and being stationed with them in a Vietnamese community. In this unique position, he had an opportunity to get a different sense of the war – and how it was affecting a community and the lives of the actual people. Looking back 40 years later, Mr. Dorsey mused, “it helped mold my character, and gave me a greater appreciation for service… and life.” He needs not say more; through that silent reflection in his eyes, I caught a whiff of the impact which the horrors of war had brought to his youth, his perspective and his life. After a long silent pause, he adds, “Having that experience so young in my life really formed my understanding of war, and the consequences of political decisions on young people in our society.”

Our Campus Life Program is a model for the state.

His Greatest Contribution

In our eyes, this list can go on and on, but which of his achievements is most significant to him? “That’s easy,” he said without much hesitation. “Our Campus Life program is a model for the state.” Referring to our exceptional Certificate Program in Leadership & Community Services, Mr. Dorsey led to the creation of a leadership program that was sustainable. “As you move through life, one of the main responsibilities is being able to replace yourself [in the future], and making sure you leave things in a better condition than you first found them.” He also pointed out the importance of “honoring the legacy”, where new student leaders come in and build upon the foundation their predecessors have built.

Closing Thoughts

Mr. Dorsey was also instrumental in shaping the design of our fabulous new Campus Center – undeniably the new heart of our campus life. Look around for yourself: we now have an array of involvement on campus stronger than many other schools, even some four-year universities! Much appreciation is owed to Mr. Dorsey for his diligent collaboration with students and faculty throughout the years. You can see it in all the structures and windows and bridges (both literal and symbolic) he leaves behind here as part of his legacy. Stepping out of Mr. Dorsey’s office, I suddenly felt I’d grown just a bit wiser. Maybe it’s always been that way. For I now feel certain his legacy will shelter and inspire many more students just like me for years to come.



Krause Center for Innovation


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The Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) building sits snuggly on top of the hill next to Parking Lot 4, and you might be fooled by its vintage appearance at first sight, to assume nothing but 50-year-old chairs awaiting inside. Step into the building and see plasma TVs and impressive photography hanging on the walls of this white-domed Cyber Café – you’ll be amazed of the level of sophistication and technology hidden inside.

What’s In It for You?

Holy Cyberslam Batman! What’s that you say? Your laptop unexpectedly crashed and you have an assignment due the next morning? The KCI’s got your back. Its location on Loop Road not only benefits careers of offcampus educators, it also makes your life as a Foothill student much easier and manageable. The Open Access Multimedia labs are open to all Foothill students from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Running both Macs and PCs, there are roughly 75 computers waiting to save your day (or your grade) as they are equipped with the common applications you’ll need. Since they open earlier than the Media Center (which opens at 8 a.m.), you can squeeze that extra hour to complete that assignment due at 8 (highly discouraged, despite own actions) and even print it out! Need a place to study on Saturday? Again, you may not find the Cafeteria or the Library open, but the KCI is available to you. Remember though, no food or drinks are allowed.


Hi-Tech Capabilities

Apart from the Multimedia Open Lab, the KCI also houses four classrooms and a Cyber Café that are connected to a free Wi-Fi network. Classrooms here are modeled to provide flexible learning environments, with both Mac and PC desktops and MacBook Pros available for students to use in class. Large plasma screens are also mounted on the walls for real-time media playback, replacing the oldfashioned manual projector instruction. Not only is the Cyber Café a place where you can buy coffee and refreshments, it is also a place where you can go online on your laptop for free! With power outlets conveniently embedded into the tables, you can easily work on your homework while sipping your coffee and appreciating the KCI’s tranquil environment.

Perfect Location

Not only is the KCI placed on a beautiful spot on campus, it is also placed with much thought to maximize its usefulness. While we do have a Cafeteria and two coffee stands on campus, they are far away from the Sciences and Engineering classrooms. Between Math and Science classes, I frequently visit the KCI to meet a friend and chat or simply work on my homework. It is a lifesaver, especially on those days when I’m falling asleep during Math class – I can step outside during break time, head towards the KCI, grab some coffee and run back. All in under six minutes.

Additional Future Use

When the old Vet Tech area is taken down and the new, ultra-modern Engineering and Science buildings are finished in its place, the KCI will serve as the closest dining and social area for the Science and Engineering students who frequent the area, not to mention any other students with various other majors.

Cool New Technology

I went to use the KCI’s computer services one day, and behold! The magic touch-screen HP computer was there on display. As seen in commercials every day, there it was, for anyone to try out. Not only that, I was offered a gift card for trying it out and filling out a survey! Well, that’s all the motivation I needed. I did end up forgetting to do what I was there for, but I think I can forgive them for that (wink).

A Brief History of a 10-year-old Star

Opened in 1999, the KCI has received much local, statewide and national recognition for its influence in equipping local educators with up-to-date technological skills. Replacing the old Foothill Planetarium, the totally remodeled KCI is now committed to exploring “inner space” by ensuring that teachers and instructors are effectively integrating technology into their classrooms. Here are just a few of the nationally-recognized programs they offer: KCI Merit Program (formerly Earn While You Learn) a project-based summer program equipping Bay Area educators with the newest skills to integrate the Internet and other technologies into their curriculum. This eight-year-old, highly selective program has already benefited over 500 teachers with valuable skills and stipend awards. For more information, visit LINC-FASTtech – a series of short, affordable and convenient classes designed to meet the technology training needs of elementary, middle, secondary and community college educators. For more information, visit Adobe Train the Teacher (T3) Program – a program targeted towards K-12 teachers to familiarize them with Adobe products to implement in their classrooms, such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Acrobat etc.. Certificate Program: Essential Computing Skills – the KCI also offers a 12-unit certificate for everyone, which provides hands-on, practical and essential skills for your computing needs. SJSU Instructional Technology Master’s Degree Program A two-year instructional technology master’s degree program, which enables teachers to earn a master’s degree from San Jose State University. For more information, visit



ays of Our Lives

Mysterious Animals


f you ever feel the need to brag about Foothill College or throw a good comeback at your friends attending Stanford or Yale, I’ve got a good one for you: My school has farm animals, does yours?

themselves. Foothill has been caring for animals since 1982. But if you don’t remember seeing them, do not feel bad; for years they’ve resided up by where the Krause Center for Innovation is today.

But if they answer yes, then...well, you’re out of luck.

Dr. Peter and his program are accredited by the American Vet Association and USDA licensed. His team includes two full-time veterinarians, two registered veterinary technicians and student caretakers who look after the animals twice a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.

Don’t say you’ve never wondered why there are horses and goats next to Lot 7, because I sure know I have! Where did these mysterious animals come from? Who do they belong to? What on Earth are they for?! To solve this mystery once and for all, I took on the challenge of trying to approach the animals. With every possible entry blocked off by various gates, doors, chains, locks and keypads, one would think these animals are part of the Federal Witness Protection Program. But like most professors at Foothill, director Dr. Karl Peter doesn’t bite (no pun intended) and he was more than willing to discuss their origins with me. These furry creatures are all members of Foothill’s Veterinary Technology Department, serving as teaching animals for students in the program. But before you rush off to call the ASPCA, know that they aren’t harmed, tested or used for research in any way. On the contrary, these animals help students learn clinical skills like drawing blood, analyzing it with lab equipment and monitoring health. All the animals living on the campus were adopted from random sources, many of them unwanted animals from shelters or vet clinics. The newest additions include two horses who moved in just last Fall. As for our smaller fuzzy friends like the cats and dogs, the team finds them homes, with many parents being the student vets


by Heather Lee

So the next time you whiz down College Loop, please refrain from making “EWW” faces. Show your love and flash them some pearly whites. Your fellow peers sure worked hard to keep theirs bright.

Show your love and flash them some pearly whites.

From Saving Lives to Chasing Squirrels by Andrea Tuttle

Campus Police


includes pigeon patrol, squirrel herding and escorting he Foothill-De Anza (FHDA) Police Department hawks to freedom. Birds get curious and fly or scamper into serves 45,000 students, faculty, administrators classrooms, while the Smithwick Theatre is oddly popular and staff. On the team are eight full-time officers among squirrels. Whether they want to watch, audition (seven men and one woman), one on duty during each shift or just hunt for popcorn is a mystery to all of us. Officers at the two colleges. They’re in constant communication usually open windows and doors to shoo birds or beasties with each other and their bases on campus, where various back outside. little black devices beep, light up, tweedle, ring, squawk or speak. Some of these devices are attached to Officer If you do the math, each officer is responsible for 5,625 J.R. Dorcak: a lean, heavily tanned and personable man students, not including pigeons and squirrels. That’s a lot of who has been working for the FHDA Community College people to attend to. So the next time you see an officer on District Police Department for five years and is currently campus, give them a nod to show your appreciation. serving as its Association President. This is his second career – he previously served as a recruiter for Silicon Valley companies – and he’s also taking classes here. Apart from enjoying classes like Public Speaking, he gives an orientation for International students each quarter, introducing them to local laws and getting If you do the math, each officer is them acquainted with the campus police as a helpful, protective group of people. responsible for 5,625 students Police officers patrol on foot, in cars and on bicycles every day of the year. There is a certain rhythm to the job. Parking tickets peak at the beginning of each term and taper off in number as students get used to the drill. There are more medical calls during Finals week, when stress contributes to any health issues students may have. Though serious crimes sometimes occur, the FHDA police helps keep our campus environment one of the safest in the State. Most crimes are minor: misdemeanors, traffic offenses or disagreements between people. Officers opt for educating students rather than frightening them, especially since many of them are new drivers, possibly also living in California or the United States for the first time. One thing that makes FHDA unusual is that its officers follow cases through from beginning to end. Since there’s no specialized department to pass work off to, students dealing with FHDA in cases involving investigative work or court appearances are often accompanied by the same officer throughout the entire process. When questioned as to the more offbeat aspects of police work, Officer Dorcak grinned. He was not about to snitch on humans, but admitted sometimes his job description



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by Heather Lee And then there were three. Twitter is the newest member to the teen-crazed Internet social-networking family, joining star siblings MySpace and Facebook. Almost everyone is “tweeting” these days, and if you have no idea what that means, you’re in luck; as here’s your quick dose of Twitter 101.

What is Twitter?

A simple site where you post what you’re doing at this very moment for the world to see. Yep, that is it.

Advantages of Twitter?

• It’s not a popularity contest where you befriend any human that has the slightest, remote connection to you. It’s clean and neat and gets to the point. • Many celebrities and important people have Twitter, so you can see what they think of the newest Miley Cyrus video the moment they finish watching it. • It’s easy to track people (like seeing where they are at exactly 4:02 p.m. and “accidentally” meet them there). • You can participate in live discussions of events such as football games, TV shows and concerts.


No cornucopia of pictures.

To Twitter or Not to Twitter?

Surprise, surprise: I say Not. Unless you are Miley Cyrus and have millions of devoted (borderline stalker) fans, or a super mad scientist on the verge of destroying the world, Twitter just makes it seem like you have no life.


Before you start throwing rocks at me, let me put it out there that I am guilty of having a Twitter account. I only use it to get updates from the artists and bands that I like though. Some of my dearest friends have Twitter accounts too, but as much as I love reading about their lives, there is nothing they can’t tell me over a simple text message or phone call. Maybe it’s just me, but I just don’t feel it is necessary to post little inane “tweets” every other second during the day. I personally feel silly tweeting because frankly, no one really cares if I burned my finger on the hair straightener or found an ant in my sandwich. Only if I were a very important person would I feel comfortable tweeting because I would know people truly care. For all the devoted Twitterers out there, I am sorry if I either bursted your bubble or offended you in some way. You should go tweet about it. Either that or volunteer to write for the next issue of The Loop so you can publish a full-length, 20,000-word tweet rebuttal.

Parking Fun Facts

by Shawn Chan


udging from my experience with traffic at 10 a.m. in the mornings, I’m guessing most of our students drive to school. There are literally hundreds (feels more like thousands, to be honest) of cars looping around the campus everyday. Sometimes, when I’m stuck on El Monte inching my way to Parking Lot 3, my mind wonders about the cars on our campus. What are the most popular colors of car amongst our students? How many tickets do our students get in an average quarter? Are we safe drivers?



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Curious as I was, I went out and conducted surveys. Over the 11 % 2% course of a week, I recorded the colors of cars I saw from my little observation post at the top of that long flight of 87 % steps leading from Lot 3 to the campus. The results were nt far from interesting though, ts i D id ic k e t y y n o u r e c eiv e a with white and silver being dominant, dark colors like black, blue, green, etc. coming 2% 11 % in second and the occasional 11 % yellow or red trailing behind.




As for tickets, of the students 76 % I surveyed, only 11 percent received tickets in the past six months, most of them for ou If ye dy s, how s di t e k c i parking and one for speeding. t m an y Therefore, we can reasonably assume our students are mostly cautious drivers. If you think about it, the results make perfect sense too; some of us take so long to park that we don’t even realize we’re holding up people behind us (just kidding, but I’d do it just for laughs).


10 Things Vanishin g in A m e ri


No Forgot

by Cheng -Fu Tsai

Out with the old, in with the new. As modern innovations began making life more convenient, some things are bound to become obsolete. Here’s a list of 10 things in America that are rapidly vanishing from our daily lives, thanks to advances in technology. Paper maps Satellites are not for government-use only. Film cameras A bag full of roll film, or a 0.1-inch thick memory card? Hmm… What a hard decision.

Sitcoms with laugh tracks I hate being told when to laugh. Bring back The Office. Hand-written letters No one wants to wait a week before their letters arrive through Snail Mail, let alone sit down and write one by hand. Walki-Talkis Today’s cell phones contain a million tools, ‘nuff said.

CD players I think the main reason CD players got replaced by MP3 players is simply style. Only One Two More then two Forgot

Personal checks When was the last time you touched your check book? “Made in America” tags Everything is made in China today. CHINA. Fax machines Ever heard of scanners and e-mail?

Daily newspapers Why bother with a paper version of something I already read online last night?

Of the students who answered “Yes” to the previous question, 76 percent received only one ticket, 11 percent got two and two percent had three or more in the past six months. If you can do basic mathematics, you’d notice the numbers don’t quite add up. Where’s the other 11 percent? Well, they developed amnesia and “forgot” how many tickets they had. But if you ask me, I’d say they’re either too rich to care, or the amount is so astronomical that three-dimensional beings like us would explode just from hearing the number. Don’t believe me? Go ask them yourselves.


Outdoorzi Enthusiasts


ey, you! The one on the couch! Yeah, I’m talking to you. How long has it been since you last exercised? Don’t give me excuses about how you’re busy, as I’ve found the perfect solution for you! Established in Fall 2008, the Outdoorzi Club’s mission is to simply give students a chance to exercise in the great outdoors and escape the confines of their study rooms. “Even having an opportunity to exercise once a week is amazing,” says Misha Tavaf, Founder and President of the club. To ensure students get their fair share of exercise, the club holds meetings every Friday from 12 to 1 p.m., providing a range of activities such as belly dancing, cycling, hiking on Foothill’s trail and golfing. While Misha, an experienced dancer herself, teaches the belly dancing, club advisor/coach Kara Giannetto teaches golf on Foothill’s own golf course. I didn’t even know we had a golf course on campus! And for the future, Misha has several other activities planned for club members and interested students. Think there’s no way you’d have time for the Outdoorzi Club? Or that you’d only want to do stuff at school that will help you transfer? Well, guess what? “You can earn one unit in Leadership or Sociology” by joining the club, Misha tells me. All you would then have to do is talk to Gabe Buenrostro, our Interim Director of Student Activities. Also keep in mind that it “looks good on [your] transcript,” explains Misha.


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In addition to some good wholesome exercises and a boost on your transcript, the Outdoorzi Club gives you the benefit of exploring parts of the Foothill campus you wouldn’t otherwise visit, such as the gym, the figure-eight track and the golf course. A common first impression of new students or guests on Foothill Campus is how vast and beautiful it is. Author Jonathan Curiel exclaimed during his visit that it reminded him of the beautiful hills of Pakistan. Yet, we start to take for granted where we are and forget or never discover all that our school has to offer. Misha makes sure her club never misses the chance to discover everything available to us at school, and along the way, “You can make really good friends.” Always on the lookout for new members, Misha insists her e-mail address,, be listed so you would know where to find her. Stop being a couch potato and join the Outdoorzi Club today!

Six Handy Web Sites


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et’s face it, college is no walk in the park. Education is one of the most important things you should have when you step into the world, and for good reasons. Whether you’re looking to work or transfer after your stay at Foothill, you need every extra advantage you can get to maintain that competitive edge. Fortunately, we live in an age of technology, and the Internet is full of hidden yet valuable resources that can put you miles ahead of your classmates. Here are six free Web sites your friends might not know about that will help you get ahead of the game, and on with your life. No student should underestimate the value of picking the right teacher. RateMyProfessors hosts a database of user-submitted reviews of millions of teachers throughout the country where students submit anonymous feedback on a professor’s class and their overall teaching quality. Knowing which instructor fits your learning style will ensure you’re getting the most out of your education. EasyBib is a simple yet useful Web site that creates MLA citations for different types of sources. Just select the source type, input the information and you’ll instantly get a perfectly formatted MLA citation. Once you’ve added all your sources, you can also export it to a Word document in the form of a Works Cited page. The new, updated version will even “fill in the blanks” for you based on a book’s ISBN number or a Web site’s URL.


Cramster Cramster resembles an online study group that contains an extensive system of study aids to help students with their classes. Users can submit and review step-by-step explanations to problems found in many common college textbooks. Cramster also has a comprehensive database of practice questions, which can be customized into personal practice quizzes.

GoogleDocs GoogleDocs provides a free browser-based word processor, where you can create and edit documents within your account. Files are saved directly to a Google server for immediate access at any computer with Internet access. No matter what kind of written assignment, GoogleDocs will make sure you can take your files with you wherever you go. It’s also great for group projects, since multiple users can access – and edit – the same documents. When caffeine is no longer enough to keep you alert, GopherNow provides a huge database of restaurants that can give you that extra boost. No matter the time or location, you can find a list of nearby restaurants that meet your food criteria. Included with each listing is contact information, reviews and a GoogleMaps location.

MIT OpenCourseWare The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has recently opened their course content over the Internet free of charge! MIT OpenCourseWare gives dedicated students access to top university material covering a multitude of fields and studies. Users can obtain access to lecture notes, class quizzes, exams, project outlines, labs and related resources for any class being held at the university. Save yourself $100,000 and attend MIT for free!


Concluding the Two Years

by Heather Lee

Steve Anderson, A S F C S t u d e n t B od y Pr e s i d e n t Name + Title:

Steve Anderson, ASFC Student Body President

Pr a t h a S a n ga r , A S F C V i c e Pr e s i d e n t of F i n a n c e



Previous Education:

Henry M. Gunn High School 2006 in Palo Alto, California.

Transferring to:

University of California – San Diego.

Name + Title:

Motivation, leadership abilities, prepared well because exposed to opportunities.


Gained From Foothill:

Liked Most About Foothill:

Small classes, individual attention and not much distractions.

Favorite Memory:

Rebuilding ASFC and revitalizing student interests.

Pratha Sangar, ASFC Vice President of Finance Finance and Economics.

Previous Education:

Henry M. Gunn High School 2007 in Palo Alto, California.

Transferring to:

Miss Most:

Deciding between University of California - San Diego and Santa Clara University.

Additional/Past Activities:

Leadership skills and how to be a good college student.

The whole college. Made many memories, changed life for better. SSCCC Representative.


Get involved on campus – gives you a social life, looks good on transcript. Don’t take all hard/easy classes in one quarter. Don’t put off stuff for later.

Gained From Foothill:

Liked Most About Foothill: Approachable instructors.

Favorite Memory:

Accounting presentation on HP – nervous, but pushed through it with professor’s help.

Miss Most:

Friends, student government, [small] class sizes - everything.

Additional/Past Activities: Student Accounts employee.


Get involved on campus if you have extra time; get help if you are struggling with classes; get to know the professors; keep up grades.


Pa o l a Pe d r oza , I n t e r n a t i o n a l N i gh t Co - Ch a i r

Name + Title:

Jessica Lays, President of Foothill Business, Economics and Accounting Club


Name + Title:

Previous Education:



High school in Singapore.

Transferring to:

University of California – Berkeley.

Gained From Foothill:

I have gained many life-learning experiences and skills which can be applied to different aspects of my life. I have learned to recognize and harness the energy and passion in me to make things happen with a positive impact.

Liked most about Foothill: The beautiful greenery and hills.

Favorite Memory:

Creating the hotel resort model for my business plan that took three weeks to complete.

Miss Most:

The walking alley of the BSS 3000 Buildings.

Additional/Past Activities:

Vice-President of Indonesian Club, Foothill Entrepreneur Center Coordinator, Women Intercollegiate Tennis Player and Business Tutor.


Make it a point to visit the counselors so that you are on track of your academic and career goals. Add variety to your Foothill experience by making full use of the wonderful resources Foothill has.

photographed by Karen Johns

J e s s i c a La ys, Pr e si d e n t of Foo t h i l l B u s i n e s s, Ec on om i c s a n d A c c ou n t i n g Cl u bs

Paola Pedroza, International Night Co-Chair Biology.

Previous Education:

Liceo Cambridge High School in Bogota, Colombia.

Transferring to:

Deciding between University of California Davis and Santa Cruz.

Gained from Foothill:

From Foothill I get incredible friends and memories. Friends from all over the world that taught me about their unique and amazing cultures.

Liked most about Foothill:

The friendly and home-like atmosphere.

Favorite Memory:

The first time I came to campus and saw the beautiful landscape. I thought it was the perfect place to start my college career.

Miss Most:

From Foothill I’ll miss all my friends and all the friendly staff members.

Additional/Past Activities:

International Students Office employee.


Plan ahead and stay focus in your future. Foothill is a great place to start the beginning of your successful journey. Make sure to take advantage of all the resources the school offers you.


Personal Messages F

How Many of These Teachers Do You Know?

From Your Professors

Teachers do care :)

How Much Do You Know? How much do you really know about Foothill College? Test yourself with this easy quiz and find out if you’ve been making good use of these two years to get to know what’s in the Loop! 2. Students are free to use the public computers for educational purposes in the following locations, except: A. PSME Center (formerly Math Center) B. CTIS Computer Labs C. Media Center D. Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) E. None of the Above

1. Foothill is a.. A. Alcohol-free campus B. Drug-free campus C. Smoke-free campus D. All of the above 3. If I want to grab a coffee, fresh coffee is sold at __ locations on campus. A. 2 B. 3 C. 4 D. 5

4. These may happen to you if you are found guilty of Academic Dishonesty, except: A. being placed on disciplinary probation or suspension B. being expelled C. having your parents come meet with the principal D. receive a permanent F on your transcript

5. What should you do to be eligible for Financial Aid? A. Earn at least $5,000 in annual income B. Register with the Selective Service, if required C. Prove how needy you are by achieving poor grades D. Apply for aids that give you more than your financial needs 6. I’m struggling to catch up with a certain course, I can seek help at the following locations, except: A. Pass the Torch B. The Foothill Honors Program C. Tutorial Center D. PSME Center 7. There is often free food at: A. The Counseling Office B. The Student Lounge C. The Intramural (Recreation) Room D. Club Day

8. You can get your Student Body Card (OwlCard) at the: A. Smart Shop B. Cafeteria C. Admissions and Records Office D. Bookstore Illustration by Yoichi Narisawa

Answers: 1. D, because we don’t encourage drugs or alcohol use on campus. You got to have a clear mind to learn! 2. E. Yes! Aren’t you glad you’ll always have a place to type that last minute paper? 3. C. Coffee can be found at KJ’s Café in the Campus Center and in the Breezeway of the 6000 buildings, the cafeteria and the Cyber Café in the Krause Center. 4. C. C’mon! We aren’t kids anymore, we are responsible for our own mistakes. 5. B. If you are a local student, you’re actually required by law to sign up for Selective Service once you hit 18 (if you want benefits from the government). 6. B. While the other choices have excellent tutors who’ll help you get through your homework, the Honors Program is for those who would like to challenge themselves by taking more advanced courses. 7. D. Club Days usually happen early in the quarter when all of our clubs put up kiosks and attempt to lure you into joining them with delicious munchies. 8. A. The Smart Shop is like your on-campus Kinkos, except cheaper. They do everything from photocopying, faxing to making OwlCards.


Reverse Transfer Studentsby Spencer Montgomery The rising prominence of reverse transfers

Traditionally, community colleges like Foothill College have been stereotyped as stepping stones where students with shaky academic records or troubled finances can garner support before transferring to a four-year institution. However, many students today come here in the opposite direction: starting their college careers at a four-year university, then switching to a community college. These students are known as reverse, or 4-2-4, transfers. An analysis by the American Association of Community Colleges revealed 32 percent of community college students had previously attended a four-year college, and that percentage is rising. You might be surprised to know many of our peers are actually reverse transfers, but with the current economic recession and rising tuition prices, Foothill is expecting to see even more.

What’re the reasons for becoming a reverse transfer student?

Although some reverse transfer students switch to community colleges as a result of academic complications experienced at a four-year institution, many have other reasons for doing so. Some experienced financial difficulties, and believe the lower fees and campus proximity to their homes would make community colleges a more affordable and convenient choice—especially in a recession. Other students may have conflicts with faculty members, feel unprepared to live away from home or simply feel their previous school wasn’t a proper fit. Finally, many students have simply discovered (as we have ourselves) some of the best college classes on earth can be found, at a super-discount price, right here at community colleges like Foothill.

What’re the benefits of becoming a reverse transfer student?

First, the cost of attending a community college is far less than that of a four-year university. For students who are finding the cost of a traditional college too high, becoming a reverse transfer has the immediate, tangible benefit of lower fees. Second, community colleges tend to have smaller classes with greater teacher accessibility. The average class size at Foothill College is only 27 students, considerably smaller than most UCs. Third, many benefit from the flexibility that community colleges offer. Night classes allow students to hold jobs and pursue other interests while earning valuable education. To add to this, Foothill College provides a vast amount of transfer opportunities with programs like the UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (TAP), which increases students’ chances of admission to a top public university. Finally, athletes who were unable to get game time at large universities often have an opportunity to shine on a community college team.

To conclude…

While most students are continuing to follow the traditional educational path, a growing number of students are deciding to take an alternative route as a reverse transfer. If you’re considering transferring from a four-year institution to Foothill, know that you’re not alone. Many Foothill students have made the wise decision of becoming a reverse transfer and are reaping the benefits – and the savings! – of a community college education.

…some of the best college classes on earth can be found, at a super-discount price, right here at community colleges like Foothill





ack in May, many of you voted in the annual ASFC Election – or at least heard and seen candidates campaigning almost everywhere. Why are students so eager to earn their way to a year-long commitment? What is motivating them to attend strenuous meetings and give back to other students? I don’t know about you, but I think these are some pretty convincing reasons to get involved - I did!

Turbo-charge your resume

Studies prove that schools and employers often prefer an all-rounded 3.5 to a 4.0 who befriends nobody but books. Not only can you help other students as a student leader, you can also convince that Admissions Officer that you are so much more than a reciting machine!

Sharpen those people skills

Unless you want to grow up to be an igloo architect stationing in the North Pole, you will have no choice but to deal with people – lots of them. You’d better start getting used to it at Foothill where others don’t judge, or you might lose that dream job over a silly argument.

Get a life

When you get along with the people you work with, you’ll be more than just colleagues. These people can actually become your lifelong friends, and better yet, wean you from video games and microwave dinners.

Grow up and make your mom proud

Being “in charge” of something not only boosts your confidence, it also makes you responsible for making decisions for the sake of others. It’s time to stop thinking only about yourself – be a productive individual in your community! Unfortunately, you’re not the center of the universe anymore – your mom doesn’t go here.


Interview With C a n d i da

Why You Should Join ASFC

by Edna Chan



The Loop went out to ask some students running for office about what they believed to be motivating them: “I believe that the student government is a bridge connecting students to the school.” Ashley Chan, candidate for VP of Administration

“For me, ASFC is a way for me to connect with other students while staying completely involved on a community college campus.” Tessa Morris, candidate for ASFC President

“I ran for student government because I am proud of my community college and my goal is for students to come to Foothill for other events then just class.” Jessica Hawkins, candidate for VP of Activities

“I have paid expensive international tuition to come here; so I want to be more involved to make my experience worth the money I have spent.” Dominic Wong, candidate for Senator

“The student body and the lack of activities offered on campus after 1 p.m. motivates my campaign.” Dustin Ruttenberg, candidate for VP of Intramurals

“Instead of just asking, I actually want to listen and understand what it is that students want.” Seti Taei, candidate for Senator



Meet the Functional Group

by Heather Lee

Sure, everyone has heard of the ASFC (Associated Students of Foothill College), but do we really know what they do? Let’s take a look at the different branches of ASFC, perhaps you can find something that suits your interest!

ASFC President

The Executive Officer of the approximately 40-member ASFC council. Oversees what goes on among the many Boards. “The ASFC President presides over council meetings and acts as liaison between the faculty and the students.” Steve Anderson, ASFC President

Intramural Board

Hosting events in the Intramural Recreation Room, along with hosting entertainment events such as tournaments, film screenings…etc. “We focus on sports and recreational events and help organize tournaments.” YatPong Ho, VP of Intramural

Activities Board

Organizes campus activities such as dances and welcome week. Its main goal is to increase the social aspect of campus life. “We plan campus activities and make sure there’s always something going on to encourage social life on campus.” Rachel Mbassa, VP of Activities

Marketing Board

The newest addition to the ASFC, Marketing notifies students of events and activities taking place on and off campus. “The Marketing Board [promotes] ASFC and our activities through different types of media such as radio…flyers and TV.” Tessa Morris, Marketing Director

Administration Board

Finance Board

Gilbert Chan, VP of Administration

Pratha Sangar, VP of Finance

The Admin. Board takes care of interworking of the offices, and represents Foothill offcampus and at a statewide level. “VP of Admin basically coordinates everything in the office and also deals with issues at the state level.”

Organizations Board of Directors

Also knows as OBD (Organizations Board of Directors), they’re responsible for managing all aspects of Foothill clubs. “OBD’s responsible for helping clubs expand and prosper. We make sure clubs have funds, advisors and facilities available to them.” Jada Ko, VP of Organizations

In a nutshell, the Finance Board babysits the budget and controls the distribution of the $500,000 allocated for Foothill spending. “We are dedicated and committed to spreading resources to all specific programs on campus.”

Senate Board

They serve as the bridge between students and the ASFC and figures out what students want from the student government. “We [are] directly communicating with the student body [to] help bring important issues to the attention of ASFC.” Fatima Traore, VP of Senate


Helping Them Electrify

Daphne Small


hen you walk across the bridge towards the cafeteria, have you ever wondered what lies inside that semi-revealing glass office? That, my friend, is the workplace of Daphne Small, Interim Dean of Student Affairs & Activities. Active and petite, she can often be seen trotting along to her office in Room 2003, to the Student Council Chambers or to the countless other meetings she’s scheduled. As the head honcha overseeing everything from student government to Judicial Affairs (like when you insist you didn’t plagiarize that essay), one cannot help but be dazzled by her 20-year service to Student Activities and her unbeatable patience in dealing with the headaches that come with student life. Even student leaders who’ve been around for a few years only get to witness a small fraction of Daphne’s overall duties. Having been the Director of Student Activities since 2000, she works directly with the ASFC and leadership classes, inspiring students to serve their campus and activities, take on challenges in working with others and develop their ever-important communication skills. This experience, she says, “is very rewarding to both students and staff.”

Sizing up to previous students

Student leaders today know little about how different things were 10 years ago (gee whiz, I was in elementary school!). When asked to compare today’s student administration with previous ones, Daphne graciously starts by saying, “First, every administration is unique.” Students nowadays are more tech-savvy, have access to more technical and physical resources – a brand new and bigger office, for example – and they are doing a good job at using these resources to be successful. “Regardless, every ASFC administration has done something significant; it is now simply easier to get things done, while back then student leaders would have to work a little bit harder.” Did student leaders of the past walk ten miles uphill through deep snow just to get to campus? Not exactly. But they didn’t have Facebook, MacBooks and spacious offices with a million dollar view either.

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Student leaders attending statewide conferences

Aside from all the fun and Facebook contacts, student leaders today learn valuable lessons though attending various statewide conferences. From more general ones like the California Community College Student Affairs Association (CCCSAA) Conference “students get to learn and enhance the skills they acquired from our leadership classes.” There they interact with other campuses and share with them new ways of getting things done. At other, more legislaturebased conferences, such as the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC), student leaders get to see the bigger picture of how their decisions ultimately affect statewide legislatures in terms of critical issues such as student fees and textbook costs.

How do I know if I’m a good leader?

Daphne has a simple answer, “If you feel you’ve made a difference for the sake of others, not yourself, I think that qualifies you as a leader.” As long as you better not only yourself with growing confidence, but also improve your leadership skills and use them to serve others, “you can contribute to all the things that make Foothill such a vibrant campus” – from Cultural Awareness activities to Club Day, you’re sure to find something to your liking. You’ll be awarded with unforgettable experiences while electrifying others with a job well done!

Remarks on the 08-09 administration

Promoted to Interim Dean since Fall ‘08, Daphne now gets to observe rather than fix every glitch out there. “I can now see [the students] differently,” says Daphne, who is very proud of this year’s administration. This year, she says, the students have taken their mission of “reaching out to students” to a different level, with efforts such as the MockElections, the Textbook Rental Program and various Shared Governance responsibilities. They were very pro-active and worked very well together as a team, making them so much more effective as well as raising the bar for the next group of student leaders.

Moving on to the next year…

Since this year’s students have set such a high standard in effectiveness and leadership, Daphne hopes the new administration will follow their footsteps and “continue to use the resources they have in this new building to help them succeed.” As the generation of the future, they can also look into using technology to reach our active on-line community, creating a presence in the entire Foothill dimension.

Now to the fun stuff

Overseeing such an extensive and complex operation must be very demanding, both physically and emotionally. The Loop is curious about how Daphne manages to alleviate her stress and always remain so energetic. Believe it or not, Daphne works out in the Fitness Center almost everyday. “I put on my little iPod and work out the stress, and soon I will feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the next challenge.” That’s an admirable habit and determination that I personally find it hard to maintain. And she’s running half of the school on top of that? Imagine how you’d manage even if you grew another six tentacles! Yet these responsibilities are only the tip of the iceberg in a Student Affairs Dean’s job, where she literally becomes the multitasking octopus that keeps the whole campus running smoothly. So the next time you see Daphne racing across the Campus Center bridge to her big glass fishbowl of an office, try shaking one of her eight hands to let her know how much you truly appreciate her leadership and guidance!



ooking Back

Looking Back at the Past


s another academic year comes to a close, we must say goodbye to yet another batch of students. From the inauguration of the first non-Caucasian President to the legalization and banning of same-sex marriages, from a sudden fluctuation in gas prices to huge budget cuts for education, much has happened during our short stay here. If my calculations are correct, then Foothill College is at its 52nd year now. Surely the campus must’ve seen its fair share of changes as well. To find out exactly how our school has evolved over the years, The Loop has done some research on the campus’s past. Structurally speaking, the most obvious modification to our campus is the renovated Campus Center and the addition of the Administration building and classrooms in the 8000 block, completed in 2007. As some of you may know, the main campus lies directly on top of the Monta Vista fault – meaning we’ll be the first to fall to the center of the earth and die a fiery death if there is a major earthquake. The new buildings aren’t only greener, but are also safer thanks to modern architectural designs. Oh, and did you know the “Loop” surrounding our campus used to be a two-way road until 1997? Henry Jung, our Admissions and Records Day Supervisor of three years, told me “due to the huge number of auto accidents involving people driving in the wrong direction, [the school] decided one-way is safer.” And I’ve got to say, with almost every student driving their own cars to school nowadays, if traffic was still both ways, we’d be spending more time stuck waiting for tow trucks than driving home.


by Jason Chung

Every succeeding generation is bound to be different from the previous one, so to keep up with the times, our administration altered many of its policies to cater to new demands. For example, when instructors began worrying about fairness as some students suffered whole grade point drops just because their work was slightly shy of earning an A, administrators agreed to implement a “+/-” scale to better reflect our achievements starting the Fall of 2008. Aside from emotional trauma, the tragic events of 9/11 took its toll on Foothill in terms of the classes offered as well. Due to the subsequent step-up in security, our once unique, Federal Aviation Administration-accredited Aviation Program had to be shut down as a precaution. Time was, we actually had a flight simulator at the Middlefield campus which only charged a small fee to help students earn their pilot’s licenses. As for the student body, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that today’s population cannot be more different from yesteryear’s. It’s hard not to fall in love with the latest gadgets when we’re so close to some of the most innovative tech leaders in the world. Whenever Apple or Google comes out with a new product or service, our community is usually the first to get our hands on them. As a result, we’ve become highly tech-dependent. In case you haven’t picked it up from my tone, this is a bad phenomenon. Our Media Center Day Supervisor Linda Robinson testifies over her 32 years of services in the FHDA District, “It’s a huge change. When we first started, papers had to be typed on actual type-writers or

To those graduates eager for your next great adventure, remember your time at Foothill College well. specialized machines... Nowadays, it’s all word-processed through computers.” So when a computer glitch accidentally deletes or denies us access to our hours of hard work, we’re often left helpless because we no longer keep hard copies. Fortunately, there are positive changes too. Lauren Velasco, our Communication Studies instructor of nine years, points out that the political awareness among students today has become much more sophisticated. “I remember a student saying [in 2000] that ‘it wasn’t like it made any difference because one President versus another [was all the same],’” she says, “I would never imagine a student now saying that because they’ve been through...9/11...the Iraq War [and] they understand the implications of having different people in power.” Not only that; today’s students, young and mature, are far more active in promoting causes we believe in. We often see various student groups and clubs organizing events to raise awareness. Fundraisers for victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Szechuan earthquake, drop-boxes gathering clothes and canned foods for the less fortunate, volunteers running around campus offering to help students register to vote, etc.– you name it, our students have attempted it. And with a new wave of ASFC student leaders coming in next year, who knows what else they’re going to promote? To those graduates eager for your next great adventure, remember your time at Foothill College well. Because you never know! With The Loop’s debut and our newly-established Foothill Entrepreneur Center constantly pumping out new ideas, there may be even more earthshaking changes on campus to come. The Foothill College you knew might only exist in your cherished memories.

















ollege can be an exciting entry into adulthood for many students. Or a daunting task demanded by parents. For older students, like myself, going to college is a life-changing decision.





I remember how excited I was to attend college, back when I was 18. I wanted to meet new people, go to parties and maybe even learn something along the way. I lasted for only two quarters. I decided that boys and parties were more exciting. Obviously, that didn’t contribute to much success. This time around, I’m much wiser, and yes, older. At the age of 32, I have learned so much more about myself. I’ve experienced some successes and many failures. Through my failures, I’ve learned how to pick myself up and try again. I now know what is important to me. As a single mother with a four-year-old son, I have no other choice but to be successful. I heard about Foothill College’s amazing English and Creative Writing programs, so I registered for the Winter Quarter. It was nerve-wracking. So many questions flooded my brain. I’m so old, will I be able to keep up with the work? What about the tests? I’m over a decade older than most typical students, how am I going to relate to them? Can I juggle this along with my son and work? What the heck was I thinking? After about a month, the gnawing questions stopped. Compared to things I have been through in my life, going back to school was far from difficult. I began to relax and actually enjoy the experience. My teachers were amazing. Tests and essays became easier. I established a routine at home that allowed time for homework, playtime with my son and sufficient sleep. Once I loosened up, I was pleasantly surprised that Foothill houses students of all ages, and most of them are actually quite friendly. So much has changed for me in the past 14 years. Playtime is no longer partying and clubbing, but coloring and Hullabaloo. I now understand the importance of getting good grades. They give me pride and motivation. I enjoy learning a range of subjects, and appreciate the opportunities to do so. In a way, I’m glad I didn’t finish school when I was 18: because right now, I know what I want, and I have the dedication to pursue my goals.

photographed by Debbie Hayes


Help For Your Computing Career by Randal South ACM Club


ant a career in the computing industry? The Foothill ACM Club is here to help! Founded in 2009 by Foothill student Randal South, the club’s goal is to help students advance their computing careers through providing on-campus lectures, scholarship opportunities, student discounts for professional seminars and conferences, as well as leadership opportunities for those interested in helping plan the club’s activities. Through the Foothill chapter, ACM will assist students with career direction, success at school and finding the job of their dreams! The ACM club is a division of the Association of Computing and Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, dedicated to advancing computing as a science and a profession. They feature the field’s premier Digital Library, which serves its members with leading-edge publications, conferences and career resources.

So what’re the perks of becoming a member? For starters, you get assistance with IT-related schoolwork, research papers, discussions and developing theses from one of the 92,000 ACM professionals, 500 ACM student chapters worldwide or 34 specialized interest groups. But there’s more! ACM student members may also seek job-hunting advice from ACM’s own Career Resource Center. There has been some discussion going on about moving the ACM Data Mining SIG (Special Interest Group) to Foothill, and it looks like this could very well be the club’s First Official Meeting! While the Foothill ACM Club has the resources to help students succeed, they can’t help if they don’t know how to find you. If you would like to attend an ACM event and/ or subscribe to our newsletter, send an e-mail to with “Subscribe Event” and/or “Subscribe Newsletter” respectively as the subject line or by contacting Professor Brian Murphy, our faculty advisor. More information about ACM may be found on ACM’s Web site at Get your headstart in the computing field by joining us today!

For starters, you get assistance with IT-related schoolwork, research papers, discussions and developing theses from one of the 92,000 ACM professionals, 500 ACM student chapters worldwide or 34 specialized interest groups. But there’s more!


Forensics Team: Driven To Success Speech and Debate


ommunity colleges are often looked down upon as places people go when they can’t transfer directly to a four-year institution. But is this really so? I beg to differ. Here at Foothill College, we have a range of clubs and teams whose level of integrity and excellence rival that of many major universities.

by Jason Chung

and they thank the judges and shake hands with their opponents,” she remarks. “It’s a level of sportsmanship that is highly regarded but not seen often enough.”

I bet you’re impressed by now, so I’ll let you in on a little secret. There are two key elements that contribute to the debate Among them is the Foothill College There are two team’s success: attitude and peerForensics Team (also known as the Speech key elements support. Students who self-select to and Debate Team for those of you who can that contribute be on competitive teams are really only associate the word “forensics” with to the debate driven people. “They put pressure on dead bodies). Their success story began in team’s success: achieve,” says Ms. January 2001, when student demand led to attitude and Velasco, “[Our] success as a team is its creation. Coached by Communication peer-support. that we don’t...put that pressure on Studies instructor Lauren Velasco, who at anybody. In fact, it’s the opposite.” one point was ranked fourth in the nation Students drive and motivate each at parliamentary debate, the team is a other throughout their speech regular contender in the Northern California development processes, providing positive critique Forensics Association circuit against schools like UC and suggestions. “In public speaking, we are always Berkeley, UC Davis and San Jose State. To give you an idea of how good our team is, let’s just say they’ve won our own worst critics,” she adds, “and [this] kind of feedback is different from a [coach’s] because it’s over 100 awards in less than nine years! peer-support...Teachers may be supportive under a lot of circumstances [when peers are not], so when But for the forensics team members themselves, peers on the team are really supportive, it’s an extra it’s not about the awards. During the winter, when boost for the students.” the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) circuit becomes active, our team fearlessly Want to join but are afraid you’re not up to it? pits themselves against champion schools such as No problem. “The vast majority of people who Columbia, Harvard, Yale and Bates. “Typically, participate in the team don’t have prior experience... the students that we face [in APDA] are the most [and are] certain they aren’t going to compete [or] experienced, upper-division students at their schools participate on-campus, [but] then end up doing it,” that have been flown in to compete because they might reassures Ms. Velasco. The team doesn’t require win the national championship and they’re getting anyone to compete. In many ways, it’s a place practice,” says Ms. Velasco. “So when we compete where you can “do something to challenge yourself, there, we go there to learn.” step outside your comfort-zone [and] have fun.” Remember, “You can think a lot about debate, but On the speech and debate circuits, our team even it’s really getting out there and trying it that leads to has a reputation. “Foothill is known for being very success.” consistent. Whether they’re up for the championship title or whether they’re with somebody competing for I’ve already joined, so what are you still waiting for? the first time, they go in there and they’re smiling—


Foothill in the National Spotlight Martha Kanter


n April 2009, the national spotlight has turned to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. President Barack Obama has nominated our Chancellor, Martha Kanter, to be his new Under Secretary of Education. But before Kanter can begin her journey to D.C., she needs to gain the approval of the United States Senate. If she wins the required number of votes, she will become the first community college Chancellor to become the Under Secretary of Education—an important step forward for all community colleges nationwide.

by Johnson Chan

Director, Dean and subsequently Vice Chancellor for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento before becoming the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at San Jose City College, where she created the first program for students with learning disabilities. Afterwards, Kanter spent a decade as President of De Anza College. She was named the Chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in 2003. Under Kanter’s leadership, the Foothill-De Anza District has ranked first in the state for transfers to the University of California, and third for transfers to the CSU system. In total, the Foothill-De Anza District has achieved the highest transfer rate in California.

Thanks to her, Foothill-De Anza’s outstanding academic achievements As Under Secretary for our an important step have also sharpened our alumni’s current Education Secretary forward for all community competitive edge— according to Arne Duncan, Kanter will be colleges nationwide. state statistics, a student with a responsible for superintending two-year degree or certificate saw U.S. policies regarding their wages jump from an average of postsecondary education, Federal $25,600 to $47,571 within just three years. student aid, adult education as well as vocational education. In an interview conducted by the Those who have worked with Kanter in the past, San Francisco Chronicle, Kanter told the interviewer all speak highly of her. Jack Scott, Chancellor of “she plans to focus heavily on opening up the the California Community College system, praised college pipeline”, referring to the system that feeds her nomination. “She’s a very bright, hardworking, community college students to four-year institutions, experienced CEO. She’s a person of real integrity, an in order to increase the number of students who have energetic sparkplug,” Scott told the reporter. “And it access to higher education. doesn’t hurt that she’s from California.” Kanter brings a lifetime of insight and experience in The nomination of our Chancellor will help keep leading community colleges to Washington D.C. She California’s community colleges “in the loop” in has always been an educational pioneer. According Washington, D.C. to Kanter’s official Web site, she earned a Doctorate in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco after obtaining a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Brandeis University. When she came to California in 1977, she served as


Near- death Experience


amed Rohini, like any other student at Foothill, suffers from a symptom very common among us: he works way too hard. Believe it or not, this resulted in a near-death experience for him. Hamed regularly exceeds 20 units per quarter, yet still remains a straight-A student. He hopes to major in Physics, and later in Medicine; therefore he spends a considerable amount of time studying. In addition, he works on Friday and Saturday nights at a hospital, making sure patients under his supervision are sleeping comfortably through the nights. Ironically though, there was nobody to save him when he fell asleep on the morning of September 28th. On that Sunday, Hamed was heading home from a long overnighter at work. The first week of the Fall quarter had just ended, and he had already been up for over a full 24 hours. Struggling with his fatigue, he briefly closed his eyes behind the wheel on Interstate 280. The next thing he knew was his car busting through the metal rail guards and over the edge of a bridge. As his car smashed through rail after rail, his eyes opened. He was hurtling down approximately six stories at freeway speed. Driving at a minimum speed of 65 miles per hour with his eyes shut, Hamed never had the chance to slow down before his car flew off the bridge.

Hamed found himself trapped inside his car, smashed into a tree, upside down! Truly, it was a scene straight out of a Hollywood action flick. “I tried all the doors,” he says, “and couldn’t open them.” Fearing an explosion, Hamed crawled his way out from his car’s trunk. Dazed, he found his phone intact and called his mother. “I don’t know where I am, I just know my car is upside down,” was all he managed to stutter out. Surrounded by a dense forest of trees, the police had loads of trouble locating him. In the meantime, “I tried to ask [myself] find out if I was alive or not,” says Hamed. He couldn’t even see the freeway he had just driven off of, but could hear sirens somewhere off in the distance. When the police got there, they tested him to see if he was driving under the influence by moving a finger in front of him. “But I couldn’t really follow it because I was shocked,” explains Hamed. After a few tries, he asked, “Do you think


by Akul Aggarwal

I’m drunk? It’s obvious I’m coming from work.” When asked if his outlook on life changed after the accident, Hamed’s answer was a “Yeah!” He later found out that “some people were hiking [near where he crashed],” he says, “and a small distance off could’ve killed them.” He no longer takes life for granted after learning that, and so “decided to do some volunteer work” to make up for it. Hamed was lucky to have survived the terrifying accident with barely a scratch, asserting that it was indeed a miracle. His car, on the other hand, was totaled. The windshield was covered in spiderweb cracks, a side-view mirror was missing, the front bumper hung from a single hinge and the doors busted closed. He now says if he ever feels sleepy on the freeway, he will pull over to take a brief nap, or at least make sure he has an energy drink in hand. I too had pulled an all-nighter the day before Hamed told me his story, and am convinced to never drive home at night without a cup of coffee. Dear readers, Hamed and I offer the same advice to you. Well, that and get enough sleep!

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Check Up


by Jan McCutcheon


by Akul Aggarwal

ow long has it been since you last had a medical checkup? Did you know our on-campus Health Services offers this and a range of other free-to-low-cost health care services?

I went downstairs from the cafeteria to check it out, and was welcomed by Sung Cho, a warm and friendly medical assistant working at the desk. She gave me brochures about the services offered: among them are physical exams, emergency health care, first aid, pregnancy testing and contraception, blood work, blood pressure checks, nutrition counseling, hearing and vision testing, strep throat testing, HIV testing, TB testing, over-the-counter medication, low-cost immunizations, flu vaccines, preventative health literature – and the list goes on. They can even help you stop smoking! After spending some time in the waiting area, I noticed that everyone gets treated very well. No one had to wait too long before being served, despite the fact that the Health Services was short-staffed that day. Several people passed through and grabbed some free supplies with no questions asked. Curious, I walked over to the supplies shelf and was shocked by the number of different items available to choose from! They have toothbrushes, tooth pastes, lip balms, sun-screens, condoms, dental dams, aspirins, ibuprofens, band aids and much much more. They even offer 50-minute acupressure massage sessions for $45 to students or $65 to faculty members!


Our Health Depends on

Meet the people who work behind the scenes to keep our students happy and healthy! Health, Nutritional and Psychological Services are just three of many underappreciated departments that make Foothill such a top-notch community college. These are the people us students never think of until we either get sick or need to grab some free supplies. Yet our best interests are on their minds all the time. Do you know who’s responsible for managing our Health Clinic so you’d have a place to go to when you don’t feel well? Remember the person who helped you get back into shape by redesigning

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. According to their brochure, “Foothill/De Anza Community Colleges are required to maintain health services and insurance for campus injuries and accidents for all registered students.” Even if you’re one of the luckier students who have their own insurance, the school will still provide secondary coverage. So even if you’ve got a large deductible that you’d have to pay out of pocket, they’ve got you covered.

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The Planned Parenthood office located within the Heath Center offers anonymous annual exams, Pap Smear testing, diagnostic and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, Hep B vaccine, counseling services, prevention education material and even birth control options. From Nuva rings, Ortho Evra patches, Depo Provera, IUD, diaphrams, condoms and emergency contraception like Plan B, Planned Parenthood works in conjunction with Health Services to protect you as well.

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about the person who found you relief for your Dead Week anxiety and the many other stressors that comes with being a student? No? Don’t worry! We’ve put together an department just for you, so you can get to know the people who might one day save your life. Or at the very least, know what they look like.

Photographed by David Lees

Naomi Kitajima –Health Services Director

Naomi has been the Health Services Coordinator and a Nurse Practitioner at Foothill for 23 years, and if you’ve ever picked up a condom or any other form of contraception there, you have her to thank. When she first started working here, “They didn’t want any literature about condoms or AIDs at the [Foothill] library.” That may seem ridiculous today, but it was an epic uphill battle to get condoms out in the Health Services office for students. If there’s one thing Naomi believes in, it’s that we should educate our campus communities – youth in particular – about safer sex. “I want you to be informed, ready and be able to protect yourself,” she states. To those who say kids should be taught to wait, Naomi has this to say: “Statistics don’t show that people are going to wait...I choose to live in reality.” She believes that information about safer sex practices “can save [students’] lives,” even appearing on Channel 4 News when she first arrived at Foothill to broadcast her beliefs.

Melanie Hale – Director of Psychological Services

“We don’t care how small you think [your problems] are, we’ll counsel you,” says Melanie Hale, our director of Psychological Services. The center provides counseling services with depression, anxiety and relationship problems being most common. They’re also equipped to deal with unique cases such as trouble adjusting to new environments and a new form of addiction to the Internet and video games that can deprive you of much needed sleep. Suicide is a serious concern for Melanie because clients bring up the subject “very often”. So they perform “safety checks for anyone who calls or...comes in to make an appointment” hoping to catch even the slightest signs. Don’t be afraid to seek guidance from Melanie and her team, especially when everything’s kept confidential. And in case you’re uncomfortable with counselors of a specific sex, Psychological Services “has both male and female counselors [and] two licensed therapists on staff.”

Mary Mahoney – Registered Dietritionist and Nutritionist

“Come see me if you have any diet questions or concerns,” says Mary Mahoney. Yes! Foothill has its own Nutrition Program along with a dedicated nutritionist on staff. Mary completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Santa Clara University before moving on to study Dietetics at Sacramento State. Completing her internship at Fresno State in 2004, she began her Foothill career in 2006. A counseling session lasts 45 minutes, in which she’s very specific with her questions. Do you exercise? What kind? How often? What do you eat? When do you eat them? How much do you eat? “As you can see, I get very nit-picky with students about what they’re having,” she tells me after I revealed my diet. Everything is recorded so she can thoroughly analyze the data and make suggestions accordingly. Aside from nutritional counseling, Foothill offers free cholesterol and blood screening as well to help students monitor their diet in our stressful environment.


Health Services Clinic Location New Campus Center, Room 2126   Clinic Hours: Monday - Friday:    8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. Closed the fourth Tuesday  of each month:   3 - 4:30 p.m.  

Clinic Contact: Phone: (650) 949-7243 Fax: (650) 949-7160

Free for all students with OwlCard. Sounds too good to be true?

How To Party Hearty Safely by Nora Brannen-Burt Bring a friend

This lesson is important for both guys and girls. Bring a friend whom you trust will curb your risky impulses such as hooking up with that “sketch guy” in the corner. Together, work out a checks-and-balances system and harness each other’s behavior. For example, even if you aren’t aware of your own limits, a friend can often tell when you really don’t need that extra drink. A good friend will try to protect you from making decisions you’ll regret the next morning. Normally if you’re alone at a party, you’ll have no one to talk to before the initial tension eases – unless you’re really outgoing. Going alone will also make you more vulnerable to predators who could spike your drink with date-rape drugs, the most popular being GHB and “roofies”. Not only could this lead to severe physical and emotional trauma, you could also contract any number of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). All these could be prevented if only you had a pair of trustworthy eyes watching over you!

Don’t get arrested

Once in a while, parties do get out of hand and the police are summoned. To stay out of trouble, DO NOT try to talk to them; instead, answer their questions as calmly and collectedly as possible. Be polite and courteous even if you’re annoyed. This second tip is common sense, but vital nonetheless. DO NOT ever drive under the influence (DUI). You’ve probably heard this many times, but despite how sober you think you are, buzz driving is still the same as drunk driving. In 2007 alone, there were 15,387 drunk-driving fatalities in the U.S., so unless you want to become a part of the statistics, get a cab or a designated driver.

Drink with caution

Know when too much is too much. The legal limit of blood alcohol content in California is 0.08 percent. At this point, you will experience lack of inhibition, extroversion and impaired senses. Your reflexes, reasoning, depth perception, distance acuity, peripheral vision and glare recovery will suffer as well. This may feel fun, but if you drink anymore you may end up cutting the night short – in the form of short-term memory loss, blacking out or puking. This might also reduce the number of party invitations you receive in the future: no one likes to invite the person who can’t handle his or her alcohol.


Say yes to latex

There are several reasons why using condoms is a good idea, whether they be for males or females. In addition to reducing the chances of an unwanted and unplanned pregnancy for women, you’ll also reduce the risk of contracting an STI (sexually transmitted infection). While some STIs have cures, infections such as AIDs, Herpes and the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) last a lifetime. HPV has many strands, four of which may lead to serious consequences. Strands 16 and 18 may lead to cervical cancer while Strands 6 and 11 can cause genital warts. Women between the ages of nine to 26 can now receive a three-dose vaccine called Gardasil to reduce the chances of an infection. Still, it’s vitally important that you use protection, even if you’re in a trusting, monogamous relationship and both partners have been tested.


Gardasil is available in the Health Services. Check to see if you qualify for the free three vaccine series.

Avoiding morning hangovers

Avoiding the morning-after hangovers is as easy as remembering this simple rule: NEVER drink on an empty stomach, or else the alcohol will be absorbed into your system much faster, creating killer hangovers and an allaround bad day at school/work the next day. If, unfortunately, you do have a hangover, don’t throw a fit. Drink lots of water to reduce dehydration, and subsequently, the pain. Avoid caffeine and anything else that will further dehydrate you. Take multi-vitamin pills to reinforce your body’s defense and try not to engage in vigorous activities for the rest of the day, least you want to feel the wrath of alcohol mixed with adrenaline. Treat your body the way you would if you had any other kinds of sickness. FUN doesn’t have to cost you a lot.

Better yet, why even risk getting that killer hangover at all? Limit your alcohol intake instead or, better yet, volunteer to be the stone-cold-sober designated driver for your group of friends. You’ll save lives, hang with friends, avoid a splitting headache, and dodge the catastrophic carpet-cleaning bills that come with puking all over someone else’s apartment. Once you’ve memorized all of these steps, you should be better equipped than Rambo to raid those parties. Have fun and be safe!



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Ocean Pollution


by Christina Remolador Cheng

ouldn’t you like to spend your leisure time on a beautiful beach with fine sand and clean seawater? Here in the Bay Area, we’re blessed with a vast selection of scenic beaches for walking and surfing whenever we desire, courtesy of California’s acute sense of environmental awareness. Unfortunately for our fine finned friends, marine life doesn’t have a choice. The ocean is their home; they were born and raised there. They spend every moment of their lives in the water, as does their food. However, ever since pollution managed to find its way into the oceans, marine animals have been swimming and eating in toxin-filled environments. When a poisoned fish is consumed by a bigger fish, the poisons continue to climb up the food chain; until one day, they end up on our plates. But it’s not too late! By educating ourselves on the causes, resourceful college students like us can still make a difference if we wanted to! To start you guys off, here are the most important causes of ocean pollution.


Toxic Waste

Toxic wastes are the leading cause of death and illnesses in humans and marine life alike. When factories illegally dump or bury their industrial by-products into nearby canals and ditches just to save a couple of bucks, river currents and rain wash these toxic chemicals into the seas. Over time, these toxins build up enough to spread and mask over entire areas, poisoning (if not instantly killing) anything in the vicinity. Since toxins cannot be biologically broken down, unsuspecting predators that devour contaminated prey may further spread the poison to other parts of the ocean. Through this method of transmission, many species of marine animals are on the verge of becoming extinct. However, humans are no safer from toxic wastes than they are because we never know where our seafood came from or whether the area where our food was caught was contaminated or not.

Marine Debris

Marine debris are another serious problem affecting animals and plants in the ocean. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Marine debris is any persistent solid material that is directly or indirectly disposed of or abandoned into the aquatic environment.” The primary sources of marine debris come from ships, fishermen and offshore oil drilling and exploration, while found on beaches and along shorelines are trashes such as plastic items, medical wastes and even fishing nets unintentionally left behind by litterbugs. Various factors like wind, rain and sewage drains – including the storm drains on the Foothill Campus– could contribute to pushing them towards the shores and eventually, the ocean. The reason why marine debris is causing so many problems is that most debris are nonbiodegradable solid wastes produced for human use, which sea birds, fish, sea turtles and marine mammals often mistake as food. Not only are they lacking in nutrients, they pose as potential choke hazards as well.

Oil Spills

Oil spills are a huge concern for environmentalists too. The oil itself is bad enough, but the chemicals used to dissolve oil remnants just add to the problem. Since oil and water don’t mix, oil spills tend to linger until a chemical agent is introduced to break them down. However, this is just replacing one problem with another. Instead of slimy black oil, we’re getting toxic chemicals again that are no better than toxic wastes. Since there are still no sure-fire ways to clean up these types of messes, the best course of action is prevention. For now, we can push oil companies to double-hull their oil tankers. In the long run, easing our reliance on fossil fuels and foreign energy sources will make oil-transport obsolete. Knowing oceans everywhere else are being polluted in so many ways, doesn’t it make you wonder when our own beaches will be next? Wake up and smell the toxins: it already happened here. Remember the oil tanker that collided with the Bay Bridge in the fog last year? Thousands of birds and other marine creatures already died right before your eyes. If you care enough to want to help, here are links to two organizations to broaden your knowledge of ocean pollution. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we have, a Web site that lists and explains the various problems contributing to water pollution. Then there’s Oceana (http://, an International organization dedicated to ocean conservation through education and direct action. Show the world how capable Foothill students are and join the fight to save our oceans today!


The Emerald City


any of us are familiar with Dorothy’s line in The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.” Foothill’s Mia Casey has modified that infamous line to, “Being green begins with me,” and slapped it on a poster showing Dorothy’s emerald green – instead of ruby red – slippers. The poster reads “The Emerald Campus”, which Mia hopes will promote “a lot more sustainability.” Mia is a Foothill student working towards an AA degree in Independent Studies, who also works for President Judy Miner as a Special Assistant. In addition, she is on the Sustainability Committee, where her passion truly lies. Recently, I got her to sign off as the official club advisor for the Green Environmental Future Club. During the Fall of 2008, Mia introduced the idea of building a garden at Foothill. She worked hard and fast at getting the idea picked up, and finally a location was approved. If you look now between the KCI and Parking Lot 3, instead of a grassy hillside, you will find a terraced organic vegetable garden with approximately sixteen beds that measure about four by ten feet each.

by Akul Aggarwal

Many of these “will be available for different groups to ‘rent’ for a year and they can raise food for a shelter or for some other purpose,” Mia tells me. I have worked with Mia several times to prepare the garden, including taking down chain-linked fencing (hundreds of feet of it), salvaging plants for a plant sale and turning compost. Currently, we are working on building a small shed for the garden, using as much old material as possible, because as Mia says, “We’re all about sustainability here” in the Emerald City. According to Mia, despite the fact that “budget reductions have had a big impact this year” on many projects at Foothill, she persists in what she believes in. There are many ways to accomplish what you want, and Mia knows that. For example, a big challenge on the Organic Garden project had been getting volunteers to donate their time; Mia was able to offer PAA (Professional Achievement Awards) and PGA (Professional Growth Awards) credits for faculty members, which garnered support for the project. She believes that “it’s going to be like a small ecosystem on campus” when she’s through with it, although she admits that “I think it’s coming, but I think it’s a slow process.”

If you look now between the KCI and Parking Lot 3… you will find a terraced organic vegetable garden with approximately sixteen beds that measure about four by ten feet each.

Illustration by Jeremy Liu


8th Annual

Book Arts Jam 2009 Regional celebration of the book arts, print arts and paper arts.

Book Arts Jam 2008

Book Arts Jam 2008

Saturday,October 17 10 am – 4 pm Foothill College Campus Center Co-sponsored by the Bay Area Book Artists and Foothill College

Print & Book Arts

at Foothill College

The Book Arts Jam is funded in part by Associated Students of Foothill College(ASFC) and a grant from Arts Council Silicon Valley, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Charting Ga$ Price$


by Jason Chung

emember when gas prices rose to over four dollars? I sure did. I ate only one meal per day so I could feed my car instead. Then there was a period afterwards when prices fell below two dollars, which I also remember, because I had gained five pounds.

became tricky. Compound this with China’s and India’s ever-increasing demand for oil to power their rising industries and hurricanes shutting down oil refineries in the Gulf, the result is a huge imbalance between supply available and market demand.

Prior to those 10 months in 2008 when the value of gasoline at the pump rose and dropped to levels not seen in half a decade, a gallon of regular unleaded cost around $3.20 in the Bay Area. Gas wasn’t cheap then, but at least the increase was stable and on par with crude oil prices and inflation.

Towards the end of July, we experienced a decline as abrupt as its rise. By early December, prices had dived down to a mere $1.75, marking the largest average monthly drop since 1937. Economists claimed this was the invisible hand at work because gas was never meant to be so expensive. Fortunately, after hurricane season passed and oil companies regained control of their refineries, the normal flow of supply was restored, and with it, consumer confidence.

However, starting February prices suddenly spiked up to $4.60. Media frenzy ensued. Oil companies were blamed for price gouging. In defense, they claimed they were merely following market prices and that it’s not their fault their investment suddenly rose in value. Despite the accusations, various experts later attributed the problem to simple supply and demand issues. When stability in oil-rich countries turned from bad to worse, like the war in Iraq and the rebel uprising in Nigeria, acquiring crude oil

Today, we’re looking at a steady climb towards $3.00 again. But how far up will prices go before they level out? Some say prices will climb due to competing foreign demand, as well as the continuing Iraqi War. Others say they’ll stabilize because our nation’s oil reserve is nowhere near depletion. I say we should just all ride bikes to school.

How Fuel-Efficient is YOUR car?

by Akul Aggarwal

Foothill is quite known for being a commuter school. Take it from someone who drives forty-five miles a day to get to and from school. The reason? Foothill is considered one of the best Community Colleges in the country. In fact, two of our students drive five hundred miles a week, because their work, home and school are far from each other. That is why The Loop went out to survey 40 students and find out about their cars’ fuel efficiency and their driving habits. 2%

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How to Drive Fuel–Efficiently by Vicky de Monterey Richoux


e’ve all heard tips on saving gas, but which of the many suggestions out there really work? At, they’ve done the tests. Here are some of the most popular ideas, and the facts or myths behind them. Happy motoring!

A heavy foot makes for a light wallet.

The painful truth is that our hurried lifestyles contribute to the tendency to accelerate quickly. According to experts, that habit alone is costing us up to 37 percent more gas per trip. Smooth-move discount: taking it a bit slower means less wear on brake pads, resulting in lower maintenance costs and less annoying downtime over the life of the car.

Take it to the limit, and use the cruise.

The second largest savings, the folks at Edmunds say, come from reducing speeds. This takes a bit of planning at first, as we come to judge the time for a commute based on our former speed, and must recheck it when driving at a new lower speed. One way to help us stay at lower speeds is to use cruise control on the highway. According to Edmunds, that alone can rack up 14 percent savings. Karma points: fewer speeding tickets results in lower car insurance premiums.

Blasting the A/C uses more gas. Or does it?

Testers at refute the idea of significant savings from keeping windows up and air-conditioning off. They used a 55-mile track to check out some popular gas-saving assertions. They determined that windows up or down, and air conditioner on or off, don’t make a doubledigit difference, so they recommend you “make yourself comfortable”.

Air in the tires keeps gas in the tank?

According to the folks at, keeping tires optimally inflated turns out to be more of a safety issue than a gas-savings strategy, depending on what kind of car you drive. When tires deflate, the car can end up riding partly on the sidewalls, which have no tread for traction. This can lead to blowouts at high speeds if the weakened tire walls give out. It’s advisable to check tire pressure about once a month and before long trips.

Idle, or just resting?

When you stop for a brief wait, should you keep the engine running or turned off? This wisdom originated from the olden days, when starting a cold engine sent a flash flood of fuel through the carburetor. Newer cars have technology that compensates for start-up conditions. The one-minute rule applies: if you’re going to be stopped for more than a minute, it’s cheaper to kill the engine than keep it idling. Everyone’s driving habits are different, so pick one or two changes that seem to apply to yours. To gauge whether your efforts are paying off, keep track of gas consumption per mile for the month prior to making any changes. If you drive a lot, even ten percent savings might come to some serious money, enough to inspire you to make those new habits permanent.

A/C OR NO A/C Illustration by Yoichi Narisawa





by Vicky de Monterey Richoux & Queeny Chow


ast fall, the buzz over the General Election was louder than ever. In California, it was overwhelming, not just because of the presidential race, but also because of the controversial Proposition 8. Busy students may wonder, what was Prop 8 about? How did its passage affect our lives? What changes does it hold for us in the future? According to an initiative filed with the California Attorney General, Proposition 8 authorized an amendment to Article I, Section 7.5 of the California state constitution stating, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California.” On November 4th, voters passed it with a 52 percent approval rate. Then on May 26, after months of legal effort, the California Supreme Court upheld the decision that Prop 8 is valid. In short, same-sex marriage is once again a No-No- in California.

An Los Angeles Times article from November 22nd illustrates how Prop 8 differs from many other California ballot initiatives – instead of cooling down the issue, the final vote count heated up the battle even more. “Election Day has come and gone, but the campaign is clearly far from over,” says Eric Jaye, an active political consultant who has worked on gay rights campaigns around the nation and has also advised Mayor Gavin Newsom. “The question is not if

this will be back on the ballot. The question is when this will be back on the ballot.” So who supported it? Generally opposed by liberals and championed by conservatives, many notable Republicans, including then-presidential candidate John McCain and some celebrities, were vocal supporters. Republicans, churchgoers and some parents of schoolchildren were polled as having voted for the proposition as well. Opponents were surprised when the NAACP also came out in favor of Prop 8. Then who opposed it? Equality for All, Equality California, Human Rights Campaign and other organizations led the campaign against Prop 8. Proponents of separation of church and state, and organizations such as the ACLU that work to protect equal treatment under the law, also provided support. Not surprisingly, Gavin Newsom, mayor of San Francisco, has been a vocal opponent of the proposition too. According to the polls, gays and lesbians, non-churchgoers and liberal Democrats made up much of the opposing vote. And what’s the current status? Proposition 8 is currently in effect - same-sex couples cannot marry in California. However, the 18,000 existing same-sex marriages are still recognized by the state. When the Proposition won the vote count in November, opponents were quick to bring the case


Did you know that numerous same-sex couples from Foothill College officially “tied the knot” this year, including faculty, staff, students and former administrators? Several of these happy couples have been together for more than twenty years – long enough to remember a time in the early 1990s when Foothill/ De Anza became the first community college district in the entire United States to offer same-sex domestic partner health insurance benefits.    That’s why the Foothill Gay/Lesbian Faculty Staff Network is a proud co-sponsor of this first edition of the new Loop magazine.  As teachers, parents and professionals, we’re very much In the Loop here at Foothill College – and always have been. Scott Lankford, Department of English


to the California Supreme Court. After hearing arguments on March 5th, 2009, the court upheld the validity of the proposition on May 26th, but ruled that it has no retroactive effect. There’s a catch though: the fight is far from over. Rather than ruling Prop 8 as a constitutional revision that permanently changes the definition of marriage in California, the judges decided to leave room for debate and passed the proposition as an amendment that may still be struck down in the future. Since the ruling was not in their favor, opponents plan to put a proposition on the California general election ballot in 2012 to attempt to nullify Prop 8 again.

supports three out of five types of gay-based marriages! That’s 60% - an impressive majority to be sure, gentle reader.

While proponents enjoy their win and strategize to prevent a future overthrow, ironic and sometimes bitter humor is plentiful as their opponents’ campaign to legalize same-sex marriage continues. Contributing writer Steven Shehori wrote in the Huffington Post the biggest misconception is that Californians are against gay marriage, when actually they are merely against “functional” gay marriage. Implicitly reminding us of the 50 percent divorce rate among heterosexual marriages in the US, Shehori asserts many people don’t want to see gays do better. He cites the biggest misconception about Prop 8 is:

Meanwhile, to vent their feelings over the voters’ decision, some Hollywood marriage equality activists put together a humorous video called “Prop 8 - The Musical” giving a new reason why even conservatives should support marriage equality.

Naturally, the assumption is that conservative Californians would rally against these sitcomy pairings, citing potential erosion of the ‘traditional definition’ of marriage. And yet this isn’t the case. For reasons yet to be explained, a lion’s share of the state’s voters find such wacky scenarios far more reasonable than, say, two lesbian women in love hoping to legally exchange vows.

In an issue that raises moral, ethical, legal and religious issues, arguments for and against seem to get personal very quickly. One thing is clear though – neither side in this argument will step down quietly any time soon. Just listen: months after the court’s decision, you will still hear students arguing about this all over campus.

The one that states Californians feel homosexuality and marriage go together like margaritas and mayonnaise. Or sandals and sports socks. Or Madonna and a film career. That’s been the commonly held belief since Election Day, n’est-ce pas? The truth however, is that despite Prop 8, gay marriage has been embraced in California since that first studio exec flew business class out of the Earth’s primordial goo four billion years ago. The only twist? Well, let me drop some science on you. California’s government and voters have perpetually stood by their dysfunctional - and 100 percent legal gay marriage options. They are: • Lesbian marries straight dude • Gay dude marries straight woman • Gay dude marries lesbian Using these figures, it would appear California already Illustration by Amanda Graham


Just in case you didn’t know about our dazzling activities last year, you haven’t missed all the fun just yet! For your convenience, we have put together this little calendar to tell you what to watch out for next year!


Foothill New Works Festival (Drama Production) Orientation Sessions for New Students International Students Field Trip



Don’t miss…

International Education Week 13th Annual Silicon Valley Bowl Game ASFC Thanksgiving Dinner Fall Plant Sale

Political Awareness Day ASFC Volunteer Fair Annual Book Arts Jam ASFC Halloween Dance Transfer Day


Free Flu Vaccinations Theatre Arts Department’s Annual Production Dance Department Holiday Open House


Jewish Heritage Month Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon & March Chinese New Year

February March

Women’s History Month Study Abroad Information Sessions Sexual Health Awareness Events 3rd Annual Business Plan Competition through May

Black History Month Dallas Black Dance Theatre Performance 12th Annual Black Caucus Leadership Conference 12th Annual African American Achievers Awards Gospel Concert


Asian Pacific Islander Month Earth Day Annual Student-Directed OneAct Play Festival on Stage Volunteer Fair Bone Marrow Drive

There is always something happening on campus!. Don’t forget about the recurring activities such as: - College Hours every month - Astronomy Lecture Series - Foothill College Authors Series - Guest Speakers for Clubs and Heritage Months - Career and Transfer Workshops


Latino Heritage Month Study Abroad Info Sessions Plant Sale 4th Annual Environmental Awareness Fair 9th Annual International Night Career Programs Showcase Repertory Dance Concert ASFC Elections


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Heritage Month Commencement Ceremony

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