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Volume 10 Issue 8

Xuan Bui By Juliana Franco



uan Bui is a trained auto mechanic, licensed masseuse, nail salon owner and former officer for the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. He is 57 years old and now he is the new custodian at the College of Marin, where most just call him Sony. In 1972, Bui, with a year of officer training in the Vietnam Army served as a second Lieutenant for the Continued on page 3

Budget Cuts By Jamie Eichar



n top of $400 million in cuts this school year, Governor Jerry Brown shocked the Community College system this February with a surprise cut of an additional $149 million, bringing the total losses to over $550 million to California community colleges. Yet COM does not seem to be affected by the states’ immense cuts. “Relatively speaking, we haven’t cut a lot of sections, we haven’t Continued on page 2

Anthropology teacher recieves award By C.J. McCormick ECHO TIMES


or more than 15 years, Betty Goerke has been closely analyzing and transcribing baptism, marriage, and death information from the remaining Mission records. Working closely with her students in order to help each other decipher the meaning of the some times illegible script, Goerke would come Continued on page 5

Photo courtesy of Kati Garner Students, teachers, and concerned citizens march in Sacramento to protest the new budget cuts.

Students march on against budget cuts By Elisa Bryant



n March 5, just short of 10,000 people were gathered together and standing in front of the State Capitol in Sacramento. A large majority of protestors were students advocating for lower school fees, more classes, teachers and affordable textbooks. Every year since 1987, students, teachers and supporters from all over California have united at our state’s capitol in order to voice their objections against the cuts in the budget where education is the concern. The focus for students and educators has always been that they want to be heard and have been asking that our government make higher education a number one priority. All kinds of banners and posters were held up, demanding more financial aid for students and asking millionaires to pay their fair share of taxes to help support education. The first “March in March” happened on April 6, 1987, and the protests this year took place on March 25.

“I’ve been here before and I’ll be here again until they make some needed changes in education,” said Tammy Spano, a Political Science teacher from Saratoga City College. “We must voice our needs and educate those who know nothing of this atrocity.” California community colleges are the most affordable system of higher education in the United States. According to, the official

education so they can get a good job and earn a decent living,” Puseuhe said. However, he made a point to justify his part in the protest, along with the other disappointed educators that attended the march. “The cost of getting even just a two year degree to enter into a steady career with a long term security package is getting more expensive every year, and that is discouraging to anyone struggling financially to get an education,” he said.

“I really feel education should be our government’s number one concern,” website for “March on March”, The 112 community colleges in the system have more than 175 programs for almost three million students and offer more than 125,000 degrees per year. Nathan Puseuhe, Financial aid advocate at Butte Community College, said community college graduates are one third of our nation’s working population and one third of our national taxed public. “These people go to community college to get an

According to http://www., the California Legislature voted to increase the fee from $36 to $46 per unit this year, and that is a 300 percent increase in tuition over the last decade. Billions of dollars have been cut from public education since 2009, and students and their families are the 99 percent of those taxpayers who make up 100 percent of people paying for it. “I really feel education should

be our government’s number one concern,” said Julie Peters, student body president and senior from Solano North High School. “I wish that they would justify the cost of getting a degree with the payoff of having and educating an adult population that could make choices concerning what’s best for our country, nationally and internationally.” This year California community colleges systems were not alone. The University of California systems and the California State University systems also joined in the march. College of Marin gets their funding from property taxes generated from Marin County home owners and is not directly effected by the state cuts that were being protested at the March in Sacramento. Anthony Roberts, Director of the mentorship program for disabled students from Santa Rosa JC said, “It’s really all about advocacy and making sure the ones who want and need an education get it. It’s more about the message than the money really.”


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COM evades the recent budget cuts

Budget Cuts continued from page 1 n top of $400 million in cuts this school year, Governor Jerry Brown shocked the Community College system this February with a surprise cut of an additional $149 million, bringing the total losses to over $550 million to California community colleges. Yet COM does not seem to be affected by the states’ immense cuts. “Relatively speaking, we haven’t cut a lot of sections, we haven’t had any layoffs (and) employees haven’t been asked to give anything back,” Stated David Wain Coon, Superintendent and President of the College. Other colleges like the City College of San Francisco took an initial cut of $13.5 million, and now with the surprise in February, are seeing another $3.6 million taken from their budget. This huge hit is forcing them to cut 67 classes, and if things get worse to the degree that they are considered financially unstable, they could be placed under the charge of a state administrator. The difference between COM and the schools that are going to the capitol to protest, is that we don’t get our main source of funding from the state. College of Marin is one of three schools in California that is designated a Basic Aid District, meaning we get our money from local property taxes and student fees. Al Harrison, Vice President of Operations at the college stated, “Property taxes are a better deal right now while everyone is bleeding, but it can go either way, it’s not a guarantee.” The other two schools that fall under this category are South Orange and Maricosta Community Colleges. Back in the 2001-02 school year COM did not choose, but was designated as a Basic Aid District by the government. Harrison explained the reason, paraphrased here: The money we were getting from property taxes and student fees amounted to more than we needed from the state. If we had been receiving less, the state would offset the amount not gained through taxes and enrollment fees. So in 2001-02, College of Marin was receiving enough money from property taxes and enrollment for the state to declare it a basic aid district. At the time it wasn’t necessarily seen as a big blessing. Being a Basic Aid district, even if property tax money increased five percent in that year, the limit on increased


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Info-Graphic by Gustavo Goncalves

funding would cap off at just two percent. All the other colleges that were receiving state funding at the time could get a much larger increase in the budget. Yet now with such drastic cuts in State funding, that two percent increase can be seen as a blessing, because it is still an increase. While being a Basic Aid District does not mean we escape all cuts and problems, it does mean that we are under a system that is mostly set apart from the states’ cuts, which at the moment is quite fortunate. “Legislature giveth, and legislature taketh away,” Stated Harrison. Fortunately, COM is safe for now but it doesn’t mean that we will be forever. To understand funding system at COM, here is the breakdown of our budget: To fully grasp the budget you have to understand that there are two major funds we use in order to fund school programs, classes, and faculty. The first being the unrestricted general funds, second the restricted general funds. You can refer to the charts while reading this for a visual. The first fund, which amounts to $45,282,534, is considered “unrestricted” money. These funds can be allocated into what COM sees fit in order to schedule classes and pay teachers and workers. About $40 million of this money comes

from the local property taxes (replacing the major funding we would get from the state). This large number nearly amounts to our entire unrestricted fund, but there are a few other main sources to complete the fund. The enrollment fees amount to more than $2 million, and with course fees increasing this fall to $46, this number could grow even more. The only cut we have seen from the state this year was from a one million dollar fund called Partnership for Excellence. About $500,000 was cut from the block grant, and the other half will be taken next year. The general fund, which amounts to $20,305,365, is seen as “restricted” money. This money comes from the local state and federal government and is given to every community college around the state. This account was not affected by this years cut, but could be in years to come. The federal government is funding more than $12 million of this fund, which is mostly going towards financial aid. State funding amounts to just over $3 million, and is broken into a lot of services and programs such as Disabled Students Programs and Services which took a cut two years ago, but hasn’t seen any since. Lastly, local sources amount to over $3 million as well, which are given to other specific programs. The main thing one has to understand about this money is that it is given by these sources for specific programs, which gives the students and faculty no say in what way they are appropriated. For more information on COM’s budget, the official Adoption Budget for the fiscal year 2011-12 can be found online at http:// SSUMPTIONSMay2011B oard.pdf

Info-Graphic by Gustavo Goncalves

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Xuan Bui a custodian, soldier, entrepreneur Xuan Bui continued from page 1 Republic of South of Vietnam Army. While there he lead a platoon of 42 soldiers. He was imprisoned and his family gave him up for dead. After six years of confinement he tried to escape by boat out of the prison camp in North Vietnam. In June of 1986 NVA (North Vietnamese Army) shot him and put him in prison for three more years. He escaped by boat for one week on the pacific ocean where his destination was Malaysia. In 1988, He was moved to a Refugee camp in Bataan, Philippines where he served as Assistant Social Leader for the refugee community. On October 25 of 1989, he came to California, where after one month he got his green card. “Everybody knows that U.S.A. is the country of opportunities,” said Bui. With no money and minimal knowledge of English he came with his wife and son. Nghiem, his son, was only seven months old and born in Terengganu, Malaysia a Refugee Camp. In the first ten years in the United States he received help from the government with 500 or 700 hundred dollars a month for his family to survive on. To make up for the government assistance he accepted any job. He worked in the library, Japanese Center, became a logger and is a masseuse. Bui worked for three years without holidays or weekends. His wife Sujanne nguyen, 56 years

old, was a manicurist running her own shop in San Rafael, but she had a pre-existing brain condition that led to an infection after a motorcycle accident in Vietnam. She stopped to work because until 2009 she required multiple surgeries for it to be removed. Each day he left his son at daycare at COM while he went to English classes. In 1994, two years after, he was certified as an auto technician, and as a mechanic at Toyota Marin, and Imperial Automotive in San Rafael. After years of effort and dedication, he put his son Nghiem at Branson School, where he went on to study Theology at Boston College. Now at 23, he is studying for a Masters of Education at Northwestern University in Chicago. Nghiem is a Kindergarten Teacher for a class of 32. “Without question, my strong work ethic and discipline are the result of my father’s teachings”. Nghiem. “With time, I would like to take on an administrative role

Photos courtesy of Xuaan Bui Xuan Bui pictured during his time as a Lieutenant in South Vietnam.

in the spring of 2010, and last year he began working for College of Marin, Wednesday to Saturday from 3:00pm to 11:00pm and Sunday from 7:00am to 3:00pm. Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings he work

“My father’s story motivates me every day and I hope that others will find the inspiration they need to overcome their own obstacles,” as head of a low income, high-performing elementary school”. Bui went back to school and got his custodian certification at City College of San Francisco. He took Custodian classes


for Home Depot. Monday and Tuesday are his “day off” but he spends his “free time” working in his own salon and organizing his house. Juan Obregozo, Supervisor of

Custodial Department said, “With just five months working full time as a custodian at the college he is recognized as a responsable worker.” Sony has a new Toyota Highlander, and is a homeowner, owns a rental property and a small business called “Holistic Healing”, a nail salon and massage center at 300 first Street, San Rafael. “I´m tired, because I do eveythings by myself, and my family are far away,” said Bui. “I get the satisfaction that I have given to my son a good education.” “My father’s story motivates me every day and I hope that others will find the inspiration they need to overcome their own obstacles,” Nghiem said.


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The fine art of problem solving Sindy Smart



tudents, teachers and lab aides have been complaining about the new Fine Arts Building since it opened a year ago. It all seems to revolve around weather, space and storage. The structure’s design flaws surfaced during recent rains. “The temperature in the classroom is always uncomfortable and it’s hard to manage it manually,’ says Tron Bykle, who teaches printmaking, painting, and drawing in a studio on the third floor of the building. “When it rains,” he says, “The wind forces water under the door in Room 313, flooding the entrance and creating a hazard. The roof also leaked, but that’s been fixed.” Designed to qualify for LEED certification, the three-story, 22,500-square-foot facility was originally designed to be energy efficient and cost effective. Its large windows provide natural light. The facility operates on natural ventilation and was supposed to improve indoor air quality. Drought-tolerant native plants surround the building and provide roof insulation. The use of these sustainable building practices received praise from students and faculty. But budget cuts compromised the original building plan. Contractors promised to complete unfinished work and address structural problems in three weeks. That was in January 2011, when the building opened. But there’s still issues that need to be resolved in the new Fine Arts Building, said David Snyder, the Dean of Arts and Humanities. “The main issue is weatherization,” says Laura McCarty, director of Modernization for COM. In other words, the building needs more protective covering from wind and rain. “There is no student common area,” says Deepa Jayanth, who has an economics degree and is taking several art classes

here. “On a rainy day there’s no place to sit or hangout. If we have some time in between classes, where are we supposed to go in this rainy weather with our artwork?” McCarty says many of these issues are being addressed. “There will be a roof over the central staircase,” she said. At ground level, canopies will protect the outdoor ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture workspace. In addition, a glass wall will be built, creating an atrium effect, says McCarty. “We’re going to keep trying until we get to the bottom of the list.” Students and faculty are concerned about health issues, as well. “The ventilation sometimes works in the dark room, sometimes not,” says Bykle. There are hazardous chemicals being used in many of these studios and classrooms. Proper ventilation, disposal, or storage creates concern over environmental and health safety. One student, who refused to give her name, complained, “The storage spaces are so small that you can only fit your lunch in them. It’s just absurd. There’s no way a painting, sculpture, or even sketchbook, can fit in them. Instead, we have to carry our stuff with us all day and bring it back and forth from our homes.” Design teams and board members are trying to address complaints as they occur. The structure will soon be going through more upgrading to solve some of the rainrelated problems. Despite these complaints, students and teachers appreciate their new classrooms and work space. “The views are awesome,” says Holden Crane, a sculpture and art major completing his third year. “We get awesome light. The new equipment is great. It’s a little bit cramped, but it’s a great improvement from the old building. We’re not in the basement anymore.” “It’s as close to heaven that I will get,” says Bykle.

Photo by Gustavo Goncalves New sculpture area only has covering over the equipment, but not the walking distance.

Photo by Gustavo Goncalves The new Fine Arts building is the first erected at the Kentfield campus from Measure C.

Photo by Gustavo Goncalves The center staircase currently acts as a wet wind tunnel to get to classes and the art office.

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Anthropology teacher recognized for dedication Anthropology continued from page 1 across entries where ink had bled through, making transcription no easy task. Theresa Brunner, Museum Curator at Mission San Rafael Archangel, and Art History teacher at Solano College and Napa Valley College, nominated her for the award. Brunner described Goerke as “tireless and endless,” and as “someone who is driven and motivated to get the answers.” Brunner has worked at the Mission San Rafael Archangel since 2005 and was in Goerke’s Physical Anthropology class in 1981. “We created this special award to honor her pursuit of research and understanding of Native American culture during the contact period with the Europeans,” Brunner said. “Her book (‘Chief Marin: Leader, Rebel, Legend’) was groundbreaking. She shows a side of Marin County that most locals have never seen.” Nancy Miller has been working closely with Goerke for the last 15 years, and took her Physical Anthropology class in the late ‘90s. Miller went on to UC Berkeley, graduating with an English degree. “Betty is a very good scientist, and when she gets going she doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” Miller said. The impression Goerke has made on her students and those she has encountered over the years is consistent. Miller describes Goerke as “generous, kind, and tenacious,” and that “she cares so much about her students and really takes the time to get to know them. She is a pleasure to spend time with.” “We worked with her at her dining room table,” Miller said. “Transcribing copies of the Mission Records was a challenge. It was a puzzle, trying to figure out some of the words. The Priests would make ‘marginalia’ a foot note in the margin. That was where the stories were. You would get a glimpse in the window of their lives 200 years ago.” Miller went on to say that they would all “work on different areas, and as a result the knowledge base got bigger every year.” Even though Miller hadn’t been a student at COM for many years she stayed because, she said, “Betty asked me to help. That’s what makes her a good scientist, she’s persistent.” That persistence has served Goerke well. She was born March 16, 1931 in the college town of Evanston, IL and in the midst of the Great Depression. Goerke recalls memories of times past. One of her fondest was when the local college students would volunteer at her elementary school. They would help put on plays and instructed the eager students how to play music. It was around this time Goerke discovered her special talent. “I was born with the ability to hear something and play it on the piano,” Goerke said. This talent, known as “absolute pitch,” occurs 1 in 2000 people and enabled Goerke to hone her musical skills early in life. “I played at every event at school, parties, plays, graduation events, you name it.” As a child, Goerke’s mother would require her to practice the piano regularly. “I didn’t like to practice and I’d put up

Betty Goerke pictured, has advanced the understnading of Native American Culture.

a novel and read it at the same time I was playing.” This alternative practice mode proved useful for Goerke when the lights went out during a concert she was performing in during high school. “I was playing a Rachmaninoff selection and needed the light. At the concert, I made some mistakes, but it wasn’t as unusual as people thought it would have been,” she said. It was in the 4th grade that Goerke had her first exposure to the Pyramids in Egypt. It was then that Goerke decided to become an archeologist. She later went on to Radcliffe University where she made

Goerke was determined to find out more. Teaching at COM in 1972, Goerke offered students the opportunity to delve further into the Legend of Chief Marin. Students, along with her children at times, would participate in digs throughout the locale including Mill Valley. While looking for further documentation they found themselves searching the Mission records. The first evidence found was a death record for Chief Marin (also known as Marino) from Mission San Rafael Archangel. Mission San Rafael Archangel was founded in December 1817, Father Gil being the first appointed priest, stepping

“We created this special award to honor her pursuit of research and understanding of Native American culture during the contact period with the Europeans.” her aspirations clear. “My first archeology professor advised me to marry an archeologist if I wanted to [pursue that field of study].” It speaks of her tenacity and determination that she didn’t pay him any heed. She went on to graduate from Radcliffe College with a BA in History and Archeology in 1952. By 1969 Goerke was living in California and had graduated from San Francisco State University with a MA in History. Goerke moved to Mill Valley and was inspired to learn more of the deep history of the town. She read a study published by Nels C. Nelson, “Shellmounds of the San Francisco Bay Region.” Coming across a reference to Mill Valley being the birthplace of Chief Marin in the study,

down some two years later for health reasons. The following story about Father Juan Amoros, who took over in 1819, struck a bittersweet chord with Goerke. “Father Amoros did not stay at San Rafael, waiting for the Indian’s to come to him. In their zeal for converts, both he and his predecessor traveled from San Rafael to the Tomales-Point Reyes area in November of 1819 and 1820, seeking Indians who were too sick or incapacitated to come to the mission, even baptizing them in bed if necessary. Amoros also took a newborn baby back to the mission to baptize her before she died; the baby’s unbaptized mother, unable to breastfeed her newborn, granted him ‘permission” to take the baby to San Rafael so that the child could be baptized in order to ‘be a

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member of God’s heaven.” (Chief Marin, pg. 77). “At first I thought that was terrible,” Goerke said. After further reflection, “the baby died at five, which was something because the death rate in the Missions were very high for women and children.” While living to the age of five in the 21st century isn’t considered an accomplishment, it was during the Mission era where disease ran rampant. While the baby was on its deathbed at the time and separated from its mother, this child was able to survive by going to the mission. In this case, a seemingly abhorrent act produced a relatively positive outcome. Alexander Coughlin, a student attending UC Berkeley, is a Coast Miwok descendant. Coughlin is also a former student of Goerke’s, and has been working closely with her on the Mission records. “I’ve always had a high opinion of Betty, she is one of the most prolific anthropologist’s around,” Coughlin said. “I respect her level of excitement and dedication, and I’m amazed at how humble she really is.” It is no surprise Goerke was the recipient of the President’s Award from the CMSA. Her years of research and experience come together in a way that brings the history of the Coast Miwok and the Mission alive. “There aren’t a lot of sources to learn about the Ancient Coast Miwok, what she’s produced is engaging and thorough,” said Coughlin. “If it weren’t for people like her, I wouldn’t know much about the history. Her contribution to the legacy of my tribe and family is invaluable.” And that is to say the least.


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An Air Force vet reveals his wa After 18 years of military service, a student looks back on four tours of duty in Germany and the Middle East Part 1 / War Medic

Paul Trinidad



There was so much to do. Cleansing and irrigating the wounds with sterile water, applying silvadene creme to help them heal faster, bandaging and splinting… As medics, we were constantly on call to assist doctors and nurses with surgeries. It was time-consuming work. Sixteenhour days were not uncommon. Busloads of wounded soldiers arrived from combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Life and death situations were handled in the operating room. Some were already in body bags and needed to be transported to the morgue. Others were sent to the Psych Ward.

ine years ago this month, the United States attacked Iraq to stop Saddam Hussein from developing weapons of mass destruction. At least, that’s what the Bush administration told us. That same month, I got a phone call from my commander telling me that I had to report within 72 hours. At the time, I was enrolled at City College of San Francisco and was in the Air Force Reserves. I Before 9/11, had already served my active duty 10 years. routine involved On March simple medical 10, 2003, as part procedures for of Operation veterans, retired Iraqi Freedom military personnel and Operation and active duty Enduring Freedom, troops and their I was deployed to dependents. Landstuhl Regional Up until then, Medical Center, Former Master Seargeant Paul Trinidad I had experience near Frankfurt, in triage, but not in Germany. During World War II, it was Hitler’s main Nazi war. World War II and Vietnam War movies military hospital. Our unit set up medical stations to prepare for combat injuries. It like “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Full was a Level 3 emergency treatment center Metal Jacket,” “Platoon,” and “Saving Private Ryan” don’t compare. You’re not – five hours by air from the war zone. When we arrived, we immediately in danger in a movie theater. You don’t get began stocking supplies of bandages, the sense of fear… The smell of burning splints, IV drips, medical instruments, flesh. This time I was seeing these scenes in surgical gloves, and medications. We were prepared for a war. In meetings, we real life with my own eyes. I was shocked talked about and prepared for worst-case to see the devastation that the war brought scenarios. But simulated emergencies to the lives of these very young soldiers, could not prepare us for what was to come. many of whom had sacrificed their lives As our troops advanced to Baghdad, and health to fight for their country. While I was taking care of the troops hundreds were injured. Bullets penetrated their flesh, sometimes splitting their bones in my ward, I had the opportunity to get to in half, sometimes exiting the other side of know many of them. I asked one soldier how old he was their body. Some suffered injuries from and how long he had been in the service. “Sir, I am 21-years-old and have been explosions, which tore their muscle tissues and removed parts of their limbs. The in for three years,” he said with pride. “I’m blood that oozed out of their wounds dried in Bravo Company (an infantry unit). We on their hospital blankets, creating a stench are your front lines -- the first soldiers to engage in battle.” that could make you vomit. Insurgents fired rocket-propelled As a combat medic, I treated thousands of wounded soldiers. Our team was grenades and mortars at his unit as they composed of doctors, nurses, physical and advanced on Baghdad. He lost his leg respiratory therapists, and other medical when a mortar exploded near his Humvee. personnel. During treatments, you could He survived, but barely. Two of his friends hear constant screaming in the corridors of did not make it. There were other casualties as well. Several troops had been injured the hospital. It was horrifying. I was assigned to the second floor during the attack. “Sir, I feel like I let my unit down. I of the medical-surgical ward 10 Charlie/ Delta. Patient care was overwhelming. should be there.”

Iraq / Afghanistan War Casualties Casualties in Iraq:

Casualties in Afghanistan:

U.S. troops killed: 4,414 U.S. seriously injured: 41,882

U.S. troops killed: 1,140 U.S. troops seriously injured: 3,420

Iraqi troops killed: 30,000 Iraqi seriously injured: 90,000 Iraqi civilians killed: 864,531 Iraqi civilian seriously injured: 1,556,156

Afghan troops killed: 8,587 Afghan troops seriously injured: 25,761 Afghan civilians killed: 8,813 Afghan civilians seriously injured: 15,863

Total killed in Iraq: 930,338 Total injured in Iraq: 1,690,903 “What do you mean?” I asked. “I feel guilty for not being able to help our battalion, which is still fighting… I should be there,” he repeated. I couldn’t find the words to comfort him. I just listened to his story. That was all I could do. At the time, more than 4,000 U.S. troops had suffered combat injuries. Another thousand had lost their lives.

Total killed in Afghanistan: 19,629 Total injured in Afghanistan: 48,644 During my tours of duty, I saw the devastating impact of war on our troops before I ever saw Iraq. I was stationed in Germany for two tours, in 2003 and 2004. I was redeployed to Kirkuk, Iraq in a forward operating base from 2007 to 2008. That’s where I saw the impact of war up close and personal. But that’s another story… Part 2 / War Medic: Next issue

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ar experience as a medic

Photos courtesy of Paul Trinidad Above: Medics use a Black Hawk helicopter to help evacuate wounded soldiers in Iraq. Top right: Medic Paul Trinidad, right, helps treat a wounded soldier in Kirkuk, Iraq. Middle: Trinidad starts an IV on a dehydrated airman. It was 125 degrees that day. Bottom: Medics prepare for mass casualties during an alert in Kirkuk, Iraq.



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News Hawaiian class says ‘Mahalo’ to COM Students learn island’s culture through dance

By Enrique Lopez



raditional Hawaiian Dance class is a great way to integrate the ancient culture and stories of our 50th state, while including authentic and thoughtfully choreographed dance routines. Hula dancing is lead by dance instructor Lisa “pua” Saunders, who is head of a professional hula performance company. She was a student of the oldest Hula teacher, George Naope, a celebrated master (Kumu Hula) of Hawaii chanter and a preservationist of Hawaiian culture worldwide. “Uncle George”, as he is known, adopted Lisa in accordance with tradition - she was his apprentice for ten years. In that time she learned the spirit and significance of Hula. Hula Kahiko is the ancient style of hula dancing, predating the missionaries. The missionaries banned hula dancing due to its religious meaning and suggestive movements. The class begins with Kaholo dancing, a mixture of stationary and shifting movements. Saunders writes the words lele (leap) and ki’i (kick), explaining the different pronunciation and meanings of the vowels. She brings up a dance routine from the previous class and begins playing music. The attention of the class instantly focuses on her movements, making sure they are doing them right by practicing in front of the mirror. “That sounds right,” was whispered in class as everyone began dancing. Most students wear colorful pa’u skirts. saunders leads the class with a smile on her face, trying to encourage her students “You have to trust it and it will come to you,” Saunders says as a student shouts, “It just isn’t coming!” “Glorious is Hawaii, with Lehua flowers, an unforgettable island, a place you will not forget,” says Saunders to the class as she moves her hands and carefully shifts her body in order to show the class the meaning of the dance moves and language. Different gestures mean different parts of the story. They use figurative and poetic dance routines to pay tribute to different trees, mountains, spirits and animals. “Hula is music culture, it’s a language and an art form,” said Betsy Best Martini, a student. “We are not learning the new stuff, there’s an emotional factor and I get totally emerged in the culture.” “Hula is for all ages and bodies, its comfortable for everybody and great fun,” said Carl Hughes, a fifth semester student of Saunders. “The teacher shows passion and a lot of enthusiasm.” “Its different more calm and wavy, I like it,” said Johanne Barbesgaard, also a student in Saunders’ African Dance Class. “It’s a wonderful class, but its like rubbing your head and patting your tummy,” said student Deanne Wilson with a smile on her face, as her friend Jenny Church turned around and said, “It’s a lot harder than it looks. You can’t stand still,

Photo by Gustavo Goncalves Lisa Saunders rehearses a dance with her students while emphasizing the meanings behind the movements that tell a story through movement.

you have to sway with the music.” Hula dancing is great ways to relieve stress and get a good workout. Some students use it for therapeutic purposes. Valinda Rae has been a cancer patient for the past two years, and takes the class in order to keep her body strong and her mind focused. “Hula is the exact thing I need for upper body,” said Rae. “It integrates the mind and body in a unique learning experience, and it’s the perfect thing to help me prepare for surgery.” Whether you are looking for a calm workout or a unique cultural experience, Hula Dancing is a great way to focus your body and learn the culture of elsewhere.

Photo by Gustavo Goncalves Instructor Lisa Saunders keeps the beat.

Photo by Gustavo Goncalves Betsy Best (left) and Johanne Barbesgaard (right) wear traditional hula skirts as they dance.

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Mar. 3 - Mar. 26, 2012


Campbell, COM trustee remembered By Nash Kurilko



ate on 16th February Kimo Campbell passed away due to complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease, known clinically as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He is chiefly remembered for his political activism and leadership Hawaiin Pohaku Fund. The fund is donor-based and in regards to environmental protection and sovereignty. Born Feb. 11, 1947 in Los Angeles, Campbell lived at Ewa Beach with his adoptive grandmother Alice Kamokila Campbell. The daughter of a wealthy Irish immigrant industrialist, the Campbells benefited from a substantive family trust. Ewa Beach is located on the southern side of Oahu island, in Honolulu County. Perhaps due to the proximity with Honolulu city, he attended the Punahou School until coming back to California in 1966. He enrolled at College of Marin and studied journalism at the Kentfield campus. He won the Marin Independent Journal’s 1967 outstanding student journalism award and by 1968 was editor of the College of Marin Times. In addition, he pursued freelance jobs and positions with the Marin IJ and the Pacific Sun.

Courtesy of Bob Rogers Campbell will be remembered for his political activism and college leardership.

But he is also known for his activism and outspoken opinions on public authority. As he said in a 1977 interview, “The one way to insure that you have no political power is not to do anything. I don’t have a lot of patience with people who say there’s no use in doing anything because everyone is corrupt. We can’t afford to have people on the sidelines.”

He was a frequent site at local antiVietnam or environmental protests, such as the oft-referenced action against a plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to dig a concrete flood channel for Corte Madera creek. The channel in design severs COM’s Kentfield campus in half, and Campbell felt strongly about enough to bodily block a bulldozer. Nonetheless the channel was

dug and finished as we see it today. After a long turbulent period of protests actions and assignments, Mr. Campbell was elected to the post of COM student body president in 1970. A noted local figure, Mr. Campbell was seen on small television shows including debate program Firing Line with William F. Buckley. While still a COM student, he launched a first campaign out of four to win a seat on COM board of trustees. He was 27 in 1975 when the board voted him in by a 16 point margin. Throughout the seventies and eighties his career continued at a steady pace. He opened a Hawaii specialized publishing house quartered in Kentfield. By 1992, he was appointed to the college board of directors. He continued to positively interact with both students and colleagues. He is survived by his wife, Kerry Tepperman Campbell of San Rafael, his two children, Mahealani Campbell of Sebastopol and Kawika Campbell of San Francisco. Donations in his name can be made to the Hawaii Community Foundation or the ACLU of Northern California. The Campbell family has held a private funeral.

Mar. 3 - Mar. 26, 2012



Calendar Women’s Softball COM vs. Los Medanos at COM 1pm Thur. Mar. 29 COM vs. Solano at Suisun 1pm Tues. April 3 COM vs. Mendocino at COM 1pm Thur. April 5 COM vs. Yuba at COM 1pm Tues. April 10 COM vs. Napa at Napa 1pm Thur. April 12 COM vs. Contra Costa at COM 1pm Tues. April 17

COM Swimming & Diving Solano Invitational at Fairfield, all day: Sat. Mar. 31 Chabot Invitational at Hayward, all day: Sat. April 7 Nor-Cal Diving Championships at Meced, all day: Sat. April 14 Bay Valley Championships at Fairfield Thur. - Sat. April 19-21 CA State Championships in East L.A: Thur. -Sat. April 26 – 28

Men’s Baseball COM vs. Laney at COM: 2pm, Tues. Mar. 27 COM vs. Napa at COM: 2pm, Thur. Mar.29 COM vs. Napa at Napa: .1pm, Sat. Mar.31 COM vs. Contra Costa at San Pablo: 2pm, Tues. April 3 COM vs. Contra Costa at COM: 2pm, Thur. April 5 COM vs. Solano at COM: 2pm, Tues. April 10 COM vs. Solano at Suisan: 2pm, Thur. April 12 COM vs. Los Medanos at COM: 1pm, Sat. April 14 COM vs. Los Medanos at Pittsburg: 2pm, Tues. April 17 COM vs.Yuba at Marysville: 2pm,Thur. April 19 COM vs.Yuba at COM: 2pm, Sat. April 21

Arts & Entertainment Fairfax Documentary Film Festival March 30 – April 1, 2012 Questions? E-mail Sam M.Parry@ Eligibility, Northern California Documentary Filmmakers

Spring Dance Concert at COM, SHIFT Fri. Sat.Mar.30,31, April 6,7 at 8pm COM Performing Arts Theatre, corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Laurel $15. General, $10. Students, seniors,employees, alumni, Box Office: 485-9385 Choreography by COM Dance Faculty. Production design by Ernie Ernstrom Spontaneous Theatre Festival, COM’s “Brown Bag” directed by Paul Killam with William Hall and Lisa Klein. Improvisational performances, curve ball comedy, one of a kind experience. April 26, 27, 28, 8pm May 4, 5, 11, 12, 8pm May 6, 13, 2pm matinees $20. general, $12. seniors $10. students,employees Studio Theatre, PA building, Kentfield

Other Important Events Free income tax service: Jan.23 – April 17 COM SS rm.124 Mon.-Thur. 11: am-6:30pm, Fri. 9-4:30 call 415391-7427 for appointment, walk-ins ok AGS Charity Drive 10:30 - 2pm, Apr. 23 - 26 Table in quad outside of LC Building Come see us! David Lindley Thur. March 29. 8pm A unique multi-instrumentalist Throckmorton Theatre Mill Valley, 415-383-9600



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Mar. 3 - Mar. 26, 2012

Sports Mariners suit up for swim season By Natalie Way ECHO TIMES

Baseball update fter coming off of an exceptional 2011 season, finishing second in the Bay Valley Conference, the Mariners are off to a good start this season with a record of (2-3) in the conference and (7-10) overall. The team, comprised of an even split of freshmen and sophomores, has had an up and down season so far, perhaps due to the high expectations of last season. Nonetheless, Head Coach Steve Berringer says the team is dedicated to achieving the same success. “Those results will come.” said Berringer. “It’s all about working the process and sticking to the things that have worked in the past.” Berringer is satisfied with the mix of returning and new players, and is impressed with the camaraderie that has been rallied so far. “I’m pleased with the group of guys this season. They are all extremely motivated and have been working really hard on and off the field.” The upcoming schedule has the Mariners facing some of their toughest opponents of the season. But with their strong pitching roster, Berringer says that his team has stamina and can put up a fight.


Full swimming and diving squad off to a good start his year’s swimming and diving team has 23 members, 8 of them are returners. 23 members is the biggest team in 15 years. Warren Lager, head coach, said having 23 swim and divers, “creates a great training environment”. “The conference scores to 24th place,” said Lager, “So in addition to having good swimmers, having a full squad is important. It also helps for relays.” The seventh annual Marin Invitational took place Saturday, March 10 at the Indian Valley College Swim and Dive center. Diablo Valley College, a top 10 California college in Swim and Dive, participated in the Invitational. Pasadena, a top 3 California college in Swim and Dive, also participated. Notable male finishers included Ed Foka, achieving first place in the 100 meter individual medley. A diver (ask Warren for name) achieved first place in the 3 meter dive. Top female finishers included Raquel Newman, who performs the breast stroke and Jordan Boyer, who performs the back stroke and free style.


Jesse DeLong hustles to keep up with practice.

Photo by Sindy Smart


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