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Campus Cafe offers new food, choices Lizette Contreras Staff Writer The Campus Cafe has remodeled its interior and added a variety of food options. Subversions, Pizza Spot, Castillo’s Mexican Grill, Chef ’s Corner, Cafe Courtyard and Simple to Go are just some of the new restaurant food options that the Campus Cafe offers in partnership with Sodexo, a leading provider of integrated food and facilities management services in the country. Michael Jackson, food services director, recently joined the staff and has been working on the improvement of the food served on campus. Jackson brought in new ideas, such as opening a new dining area next to the Campus Café. “Behind the building, there’s going to be a whole new dining side with multiple concepts,” Jackson said. He also said that he wants to have a much bigger Campus Cafe building which he said he hopes to see up and running in two years. The great amount of students going in and out of the Campus Cafe has impressed Jackson. “The first week was crazy, because I’ve never seen so many kids in my life,” Jackson said. Jackson said he plans to continue to improve the food on campus to coincide with the feedback that students give him. “I hope to get some feedback from people (to see) if they like it because I’ll be doing some surveys as we go along,” Jackson said. The Campus Café is not the only thing that has changed its food on campus. The Mountie Grill has also changed its menu and name. The


Students wait in line at the Campus Cafe. new WOW Café and Wingery serves wings, chicken, hamburgers, salads and rice bowls. Toni Albertson, professor of journalism, was not thrilled with the changes at Mountie Grlll. “They no longer have my favorite grilled cheese sandwich and taquitos,” Albertson said. Rachel Platt, 20, a pre-law major, has tried food from Subversions at the Campus Cafe. “The food is really good, it’s just a little pricey,” said Platt. Prices of the new food at the Campus Cafe range from $1 to $8 along with daily specials.

For 89 cents, you can buy a roll, 99 cents gets you lime rice, pinto beans, chips and salsa, and cinnamon crispa. Yvette Reynoso, 21, cashier, who works at Common Grounds inside the Campus Cafe said, “ I think its fantastic.” She said that she enjoys eating on campus and has tried most of the new food sold there since the prices are reasonable and the food is fresh. “Everything is made ready that same day; that’s what I like about it. I think people should definitely give it a try,” Reynoso said.


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As the summer months approach, students look forward to sunshine, relaxation and some good old-fashioned treats. The Los Angeles County Fair delivers treats and food, all wrapped up in a unique experience. The Los Angeles Fair began in 1922 with a few food stands and now is host to 300 food venders. A favorite is Charlie’s Chicken, whose specialty is the art of deep fried foods. For over 25 years, Charlie’s Chicken has been creating unusual fried treats that attract thousands of people to the fair. “We are first on Yahoo and second on Twitter,” said Matt Bognos, 20, manager of Charlie’s Chicken. Bognos has worked for the family business for over six years. He travels to the San Diego Fair, Orange County Fair, Los Angeles County Fair, and the Big Fresno Fair. The deep fried Kool-Aid balls made its debut this year. Between the Del Mar Fair and the Orange County Fair, over 250,000 deep fried Kool-Aid balls were sold. “The deep fried Kool-Aid balls taste like cherry cake,” said Maria Angulo, 23, child development major. “It was surprisingly good.” Other popular deep fried battered items include fried Twinkies, fried Krispy Kreme chicken sandwich, deep fried Oreos and deep fried Klondike Bars. Most items on the menu range from $5 to $8. “I love sweets, but the fried Oreos were way too much for me,” said Victavia Kelley, 19, film major. She added, “ the richness was overwhelming.” Jasmine Sierra, a 29-year-old business major, looks forward to the foods. “Each year, I look forward to the new wacky fatting foods to enjoy with my family,” Sierra said. Rich Yap/MOUNTAINEER If interested in going to the fair, Mt. SAC students get in for free on Pictured: Deep fried Klondike Bar, Deep fried Kool-Aid balls. Sep. 22.




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Funny, smart and passionate are words used to describe Ralph Spaulding, 66, professor of history. “Professor Spaulding inspired me to write my senior thesis in history,” said Matthew Foresta, 21, Associated Students interclub council senator-senator pro-temp. “He has reignited my passion for history.” After 42 years of teaching history at Mt. SAC, Spaulding is passing the torch and saying farewell to his position. “Either I must love it or I must be crazy,” he said. Spaulding said he has been thinking about retirement for a couple of years, and now was the perfect time to do it. He said he has no regrets and that ‘it is better to trade a player one year too soon than one year too late,’ a famous quote of the Dodger’s General Manager Branch Rickey. Spaulding said he loves his job and is confident about his teaching. “I’m not being cocky but I’m damn good at what I do, and still am,” Spaulding said. Spaulding reflected on some of the highlights of his career. He recalled a female student in the late 1990s that enrolled in his class. She was legally blind and suffered terrible headaches but was determined to transfer to a university to get her bachelor’s degree and become a historian. However, she could only take about two classes per semester because that was all she could handle. It took her six years to finish but she finally transferred and was accepted into California State University at Fullerton and received her bachelor’s in history. Spaulding attended her graduation ceremony. “That’s what it’s all about, she did it,” he said. He added that although she may have

never been able to teach due to her physical conditions, “nothing stopped her.” Spaulding also said that being asked to speak at one of Mt. SAC’s graduations was a “big deal.” For the past four years he also served as chair of the history and art history department. He also served on Academic Senate in the 1980s, was recognized as Educator of the Year in 1994, and has received numerous of letters and e-mails from students who were accepted into schools like Fullerton, Berkeley, and Stanford, all

Ralph has provided leadership in the times of turbulance. -James Stone, professor of political science thanking him for making them work so hard. “These were nice things that happened unanticipated. Not bragging, but it’s just nice to be recognized,” Spaulding said. He said that a con of his job is having to let people go from their jobs. “I am the person that had to tell three part-timers that they no longer have a job. It’s not fun, but it’s part of my job,” he said. James Stone, professor of political science and colleague of Spaulding said that Spaudling is an advocate for faculty and students. He remembered how hard Spaulding fought the budget cuts for faculty and students, and how he made everyone feel equally respected. “Ralph has provided leadership in the time of a lot turbulence.” Spaulding is excited about his upcoming free time and said he plans to do things he

never had a chance to do. The first thing on his list is traveling. “I want to go to Greece, spend my Christmas in London, and I want to see the leaves change colors in the fall in England,” Spaulding said. Although he is retiring, he said it is not a farewell but more of a “see you later.” Spaulding said he plans to work on campus eight to 10 hours a week but pointed out that it not a volunteer position, because if it was, it might not taken as seriously. He said he wants to mentor new faculty, create curriculum work, and other various activities. “They could pay me a buck, I don’t care. And if it is a significant amount I’ll donate it back, but it’s really not about the money. I just want a mutual commitment on both ends,” he said. He said that everyone at Mt. SAC is like family, something he realized when his wife died in 2003. That afternoon, Rita Cavin, former vice president of Mt.SAC, came to his doorstep with bags of groceries and other necessities. Also, past president Christopher O’Hearn sent him a note telling him that he understood that it was a difficult time but whatever he needed was available to him. “These are things that don’t have to be done, but they do them,” he said. Professor of History Bill Jones is happy for his colleague. “I am delighted for Ralph, he has given this school so much at every level, teaching great classes, being a tremendous colleague, and being a real mentor to younger faculty in the department,” Jones said. “I can’t think of any single faculty member I know who’s done so many different kinds of things here. He’s developed curriculum, he’s been a mentor to students both in and outside of the history discipline.” Jones added, “He’s a person who fell in love with community college teaching once he got into it. He will be missed.”

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