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April 9, 2003
Steve Chang and Alisa Vang model the Chinese Mongolian outfits.
Photo by Lenetta Huxley
Photo by Lenetta Huxley
Clovis Heiwa Taiko Group performs catching the rhythmic galloping of horses, and the illustration of a dragon mirrored by the sticks and arm movements of the taiko drummers.
Photo by Keith Kountz
A student of John Cho’s Kung-fu School, demonstrates a sword fight at the Asian American village.
Photo by Lenetta Huxley
On Wednesday, April 2, Noy Sisomphon, Sokheng Hien and Sreyna Chourn entertain the audience at celebration night for Asian American week at FCC’s Theatre.
Photo byKeith Kountz
Photo by Keith Kountz
XingQuan Chen, started practicing calligraphy at the age of 9. He is now 74, and a master of his craft.
Top: Tony Phoeun and Ginger Staley, a brother and sister duo, perform the Lion Dance at FCC’s Asian Cultural Village, on Sunday, March 30th. Left: Dr. Loretta Teng, left, models one of the 11 Taiwan Tribes costume alongside Somphone Onmavong during the Asian Fashion Show. Photo by Lenetta Huxley
Velásquez shines in her first film Rampage
April 9, 2003
By Veronica Rodriguez
Rampage reporter Young, 23-year-old Christian pop artist Jaci Velásquez proceeds with two projects. After 16 No. 1 top radio hits, 38 television appearances, being featured on 50 magazine covers, as well as performing before President Bush and the first lady for National Hispanic Heritage Month in October. Velásquez presents her eighth album titled “Unspoken,” and will also be starring in her first film titled “Chasing Papi” which will be showing in theaters on April 16. Velásquez was born in Houston, Texas on October 15, 1979. Her descent is Mexican, French and Spanish. She started playing piano at the age of five and stepped on a stage for the first time at the age of 10. In 1998, she signed with Sony Discos, a recording company. One of the worlds leading Latin labels, Sony has launched well-known pop artists, Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin. In the year 2000, during The Big Fresno Fair, Velásquez was scheduled to perform, but it was cancelled due to a storm. The following year, she returned to The Big Fresno Fair for the third time, with a different look. Her hair was cut to her face and layered. From her album “Unspoken,” under the Warner Brothers/Word Entertainment label, a song titled “The Real Me” portrays who she is. The song asks “Can you face it, can you feel it, can you deal with the real me.” Pushing through the pain of her parents’ divorce when she was 20, she still holds on a smile trying to get through her own personal relationships that left her hurt. “These songs reveal things I’ve always felt, but never had been able to come out and say.” How God “heals us when we are broken,” Velásquez says in her website. In “Chasing Papi,” she plays the role of a girl named Patricia, who is the heiress of a queen. “I’ve always wanted to give acting a shot, so doing this
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movie was really a dream come true,” Velásquez says. The film is about three women who have been dating the same guy without realizing it. The film is directed by Linda Mendoza and consists of a lot of Hispanic talent. Other actors and actresses are Maria Conchita Alonso, astrologer Walter Mercado, Carlos Ponce, Paul Rodriguez, Eduardo Verastegui, Sofia Vergara and Roselyn Sanchez, who will be in theaters with a total of three films at the same time which are “Basic,” “Boat Trip,” and “Chasing Papi.” Jaci Velásquez is headed for great exposure into the film industry. She has already demonstrated success in music, time will only say if she has succeded in the film industry. There are few female Hispanic artists who have been succesful in both music and film, like Lopez and Alonso. This film will indeed let the public know that there is a lot of talent.
Kumbia Kings are back Students show their talents with production No. ‘4’ Special to the Rampage by www.jacivelasquez.com
The sizzling cumbia (a type of dance popular among Hispanics) sensation band from Corpus Christi, Texas, A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings are back after a two-year break, with their recent production titled “4.” The album was titled “4” because it’s their fourth release to the market under the EMI Latin label. Their debut album “Amor, Familia Y Respeto,” (Love, Family And Respect) was the test material that proved they were loyal to the kings of cumbia. On this 14-track album, they were able to Luis Quezada collaborate with other Entertainment editor artists like the MexiMusic review can singer/songwriter legend Juan Gabriel. “No Tengo Dinero,” (I Don’t Have Money) Juan Gabriel’s composition, becomes a hit for the second time, but this time with a mixture of romanticism, cumbia, featuring El Gran Silencio, who adds a touch of rock en español. “Insomnio,” (Insomnia) “Llévame Al Cielo,” (Take Me To The Sky) featuring Aleks Syntek, another Mexican singer/songwriter and “Mi Gente,” (My People) featuring Ozomatli are songs with a lot of rhythm and beat that will make you jump out of your seat to start to dance. These songs are guaranteed to become hits. A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings have been placed as No. 1 in Billboard charts for their most recent release. Their music has passed borders reaching millions of people in
Artist: A.B. Quintanilla III presents Kumbia Kings Album: “4” Website: www.lk255.com Rating: ✮✮✮✮ other countries throughout Latin America. Other artists who participated were guitarist Chris Perez and Limi-T 21 who offer a version of “No Tengo Dinero,” with their traditional merengue dance style. This album should become part of any disc jockey’s collection, if they want to bring fun and excitement to any party. With A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings in charge of cumbia music, nothing can go wrong. Their musical quality is only expected to get better. In the CD there is a text message oriented to their fans: “We promise you that you will not be left disappointed.”
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City Singers students sing together with the student jazz band accompanying them in the Fresno City College Theatre for the Jazz Festival on March 28. By Luis Quezada
Entertainment editor The Fresno City College Jazz Festival united student instrumental and vocal performances in the College Theatre on March 27 and 28. The music department conducted a performance with FCC music instrumental students coordinating local high school students on March 27. High school students from through the Valley gathered to perform together at FCC. The following day, both instrumental and vocal music students combined their talents into one concert. Students performed solo pieces. The jazz band played an instrumental piece called “Sing, Sing, Sing,” to which the vocal students later added their voices. The performance lasted about an hour, allowing all 18 students to get exposure. The lineup of the singers was unique — all females were in the front row and all males
were in the back row. Julie Barron, a music instructor, introduced all of the performers within the performance. Barron also coordinated the performances. FCC is also scheduled to present High School Drama Festival, an all-day event that will take place on April 9. It is expected to be similar to the Jazz Festival. The difference will be that students will participate by showing their acting abilities. These type of programs give students a sample of what types of musical oriented courses FCC has to offer. Potential aspiring muscians may want to consider taking courses related to these. After graduating high school they can possibly start a hobby they have always wanted to dip into or even consider making a career out of it. For more information on the FCC High School Drama Festival on April 9, contact the FCC Theatre Box Office 442-8221.
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By Theresa Carr
ARIES — You have an extraordinary zest for life in April. This week can be an emotional time, especially if you insist on bringing up a touchy issue from the past. There’s really no reason to dwell on things that you cannot change. TAURUS — There’s a lot on your plate as April begins, but you have every intention of finishing it all. This week is a busy time in your social life, but you shouldn’t have any trouble making conversation with strangers or breaking the ice with a blind date during this time frame. GEMINI — Financial security is important to you, so you may put a lot of extra effort into your career these days. A safe and loving home life is desired by most Geminis, even though you are known for craving variety most of the time. You value a partner you can trust, and you go to great lengths to make sure that your best friend, family or spouse is happy. CANCER — You have definite ideas about what you want to do and how you want to do it, which can be either a good or bad thing depending on the way you go about it. Try not to be overly argumentative Although you might feel stubborn, you’ll get much further by considering a fair compromise. Creativity comes naturally to you, so if you are interested in taking an art class or finishing up an artistic project you’ve already started, this is the time to do it.
buy you more mistakes than you can afford to make. Go about your business as deliberately as possible, taking time to notice the details and waiting patiently for the critiques to come in before moving on to your next project. VIRGO — You have a lot to say, which is why you don’t take too kindly to being interrupted. Speak quick-ly when you’re in a group setting so that you can get out every word, but be sure to pause long enough afterward to make sure everyone understood what you had to say. You may feel vulnerable, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. LIBRA — Enjoy what life has to offer by being spontaneous and enthusiastic about every opportunity that comes your way. You can expect your friends to be happy for you and your competitors to be jealous. You might not like the uncertainty that not being on a rigid schedule brings this week, but you should be able to handle unexpected events by keeping a level head and thinking things through before you act. SCORPIO — It doesn’t matter that your ‘to-do’ list is a mile long, because working hard doesn’t faze you in the least. Although you don’t normally like to gossip, you might overhear a tidbit about a friend or neighbor that’s just too juicy to keep to yourself. Be careful about spilling the beans, especially if you believe in the concept of karma.
Sagittarius — Change is in the air and you’re more than ready to embrace it. You should have extra energy, making these perfect days to get up early or stay up late in order to put the wheels of your next big project in motion. Your versatility makes it easy for you to mix with a diverse group of people. Capricorn — Wasting time isn’t part of your game plan. You’re focused and confident, but don’t be too stubborn about getting your way. If you take everyone’s suggestions into consideration before making your final decision, then you won’t have to secondguess yourself after the fact. You get a dose of creativity, so don’t let it go to waste. Aquarius — Moving too quickly could do you more harm than good. Think before you act to avoid getting yourself into trouble that might not be so easy to get out of. It’s your prerogative to change your mind, but before you do, you might want to think about your reputation. Pisces — You can be a bit quick-tempered if you don’t get your way, but bullying the people who can give you what you want isn’t a very good way to go about it. People will be much more willing to help you if you can show them that you’re patient and willing to make a compromise if necessary. Boredom sets in easily, so see what you can do to shake up your regular routine.
Tyrese’s album makes you want to
Tyrese is back, and he wants to know “How You Gonna Act Like That.” This album is for lovers. Most of the songs are slow love-making songs. Jermaine Dupree is featured on one of the songs titled “Girl I C a n ’t H e l p It.” The song is Vetta Evans cool. Rampage reporter The best song Opinion is this album would definitely have to be “Signs Of Love Makin’.” Tyrese is representing for the Capricorns, and giving it up for the rest of the Zodiac signs. Let’s not forget “ On Top Of Me.” This is a song you want to play to get in the mood with your significant other. This album has so many good songs on it. I’m glad I won it from B-95. But if I had paid for it, my money would have been well
Artist: Tyrese Album: “I Wanna Go There” Website: www.tyrese.com Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮ spent. All you have to do is put the CD on No. 1 and let it play. If you’re listening to this hot new comeback album from Tyrese with your partner, it just might get a little hot in there, so take your time and proceed with caution — Tyrese is guaranteed to make it happen.
Jack stretches your dollars
Jack In The Box is crackin’ on Friday and Saturday nights. The 24-hour drivethru is packed with hot-ties, and Cynthia cuties, all coming Martinez from the clubs. Rampage reporter After clubbing, Restaurant nothing sounds review better than grubbing. The hottest spot is the Jack in
the Box located on Blackstone Avenue near FCC. What makes this restaurant stand out? The food. It’s hot and freshly made. They have the best seasoned curly fries, and the Jumbo Jack fills you up like no other burger. If you’re low on dough, check out the dollar items. Jack In The Box is also well known for bomb milk shakes. Try the banana-strawberry, mint or chocolate shakes — they’re killer! Haven’t had Jack In the Box
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April 9, 2003
Brady Anderson has nothing on me
o you want to know what D a journalism conference is like?
Too bad, I’m going to tell you anyway. At these conferences there are workshops, contests, dances, casino nights and good times. Because this is supposed to be a sports column we’ll give it a sports twist. Josh Butters First is the Sports editor drive to the Opinion hotel that’s in Sacramento. Two vans, lots of Rampage students and trash bags filled with unnecessary luggage. It was more cramped than being in a small closet with Butterbean. Then there is the smell through the farmland. The stench of manure as you take a trip that’s longer than a Mark McGwire homerun on the moon. Due to the lack of air you gasp for air through the crack of the window in the back. As you take a break at a rest stop, you realize that there are flies swarming around the trashcans like obsessed Derek Jeter fans around the Yankee shortstop. Overpriced concessions like at a baseball game. And then you arrive. Your wait to check into the hotel is longer than the time the Chicago Cubs will have waited to win the World Series… and then some. In the room you can play “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4” on Playstation at almost the same price it would take to pay him to hold a demo at your birthday party. Then the workshops begin.
Some are as empty as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ home games. Some are hidden treasures. There’s something for all. Then come the competitions. For the sports writing competition, writers were jammed into a bus and taken to a Sacramento Rivercats game. We were treated to all-you-can-eat tri-tip, barbequed chicken, hot dogs, chili, ice cream and soda. Others still at the hotel not in the competition enjoyed half-cooked hamburgers. I swear it was 25 degrees below zero before wind chill factor in the stadium. There were icicles hanging from Dinger’s (Sacramento’s mascot) whiskers. The guy in the suit had to be the warmest person in the stadium. Starring for the other team was Brady Anderson, former star of the Baltimore Orioles. His career had gone farther south than the Expos go for home games. Anderson went 0 for 3 with 2 K’s. Dinger could have done better using his tail like a bat. On the last day are the on-thespot awards. As the Rampage wins more awards than we can carry, the crowd goes wild; you can hear the roar of the thunderstix (some freak brought them over from the Rivercats game). As I win my first-place award for page design for a tabloid-size newspaper, I raise my hands like I’m a referee signaling touchdown. I almost spiked my plaque. On our way back, in the middle of the night, we are all falling asleep like spectators at a bowling tournament. Infuriated with winning only one award, I then realize, my average is better than Anderson’s.
Track and field teams Women’s R badminton compete in Relays COS wins men’s division, while Modesto wins in the women’s By Josh Butters
Sports editor The Fresno City College men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Fresno Relays April 4 at Ratcliffe Stadium, both placing fourth in their respective fields. I n t h e wome n ’s categories, FCC’s Amanda Baker won the 3 , 0 0 0 meter steeplechase with a time of 13:44.3, while Marcelite Colbert came in second overall in the 200 meter dash (28.89). Karen Hansen placed third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:31.12. Kristin Mondientz finished fourth in the long jump, leaping 15’ 8.5”. On the men’s side, freshman Peter Briones won the 400 meter dash (49.9) and sophomore Johnathon Holland placed fourth in the 100 meter dash (11.15). In the men’s high jump, Ryenn Austin-Brown cleared 5’ 10”, good
enough to tie for fourth. FCC’s Nathan Wilson placed third in the triple jump (42’ 6.25”) and Austin-Brown placed sixth (39’ 11”). In the women’s field Modesto won with 79 points, followed by College of the Sequoias (64), Contra Costa (57), Fresno (50) and American River (49.5). Sequoias won in the men’s field, scoring 71 points. Rounding up the top five were Contra Costa (69), American River (63), Fresno (52.5) Photo by and HartKeith Kountz n e l l (52). The Rams will travel to Walnut April 11 to compete in the Mt. San Antonio College invitational.
team seeks respect By Josh Hires
Arguably the most obscure team on campus, the Fresno City College women’s badminton squad is hop-t ing that V that will Regular season c h a n g e badminton schedule L t h i s Apr 22 @ CCSF 1 P.M. f Apr 24 DeAnza 3 P.M. season. Apr 28 Skyline 3 P.M. t With the May 1 @ Skyline 3 P.M. b lead of t Head Coach Carol Kadingo and a record of 2-0, the team is well on its way. w The Rams are led by high schoolg standouts Ratsamy Somphabmixay and Sameon Rom, FCC’s No. 1 ands 2 players respectively. t However, the team includes top players from Sunnyside, Sierra, andd McLane high schools, adding to thes team’s depth as well. f Despite this advantage, the teamt is facing its toughest challenge thist week when it faces DeAnza College April 8 at 1:00 P.M. in Cupertino. s “[DeAnza is] one of the tough-t est teams in the league,” Kadingo1 said. t Adding to the pressure is the travel involved. Kadingo also addedb that the noticeable absence of homes matches, and a lack of home gamet fans as factors in this season’sl schedule as posing a challenge for the Rams. “Most people are not aware that badminton is played as a college sport at Fresno City,” said Kadingo. “We would like to see more people at our home matches for support.” With only eight games this season, FCC is definitely betting that there strength will lie in team play while at the same time hoping that fans will show there support by coming to see the matches as well.
Rams win 21st conference title in 22 years By Pete Benevides
The Fresno City College men’s tennis team is once again Central Valley Conference champions. Led by first year coach Steve Loop, the Rams have gone undefeated in league play and worked there way to a No. 2 state ranking, behind No. 1 ranked College of the Desert. Loop is very proud of his team. “They’re a great group of kids who work hard and have given their greatest effort,” said Loop. Earlier in the season, Loop had stressed how he would like for his team to stay injury-free. “We had a few minor dings during the season but nothing to serious, we’ve had a variety of different line-up’s but the ladder of the roster has pretty much stayed the same,” said Loop. The Rams battled through adversity with tough losses to College of the Desert and Grossmont, the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked teams respectively in the state. “Overall our depth has been our biggest strength. The players are super competitive and the biggest thing I’ve seen has been the guys learning to win,” said Loop.
Remaining Tennis Schedule Men April 8 April 24-27 April 30 May 1-3 May 8 May 9-10 Women April 10-12 April 22 April 24-27 April 30 May 1-3 May 8
Dual Team Playoffs Ojai Tournament Dual Team Finals NorCal Tournament State Finals State Tournament CVC Tournament NorCal Semifinal Ojai Tournament NorCal Finals NorCal Tournament State Finals
Next up for the Men’s tennis team is a trip to Modesto for the CVC tournament. Each team will have their top six players and top three doubles teams compete. “We hope to do really well and also stay injury-free in the tournament as well,” said Loop. Overall the Men’s tennis have gone out and accomplished what they wanted to do, winning its 21st conference title in 22 years. Loop and his team have much to be proud of and it all started back in the beginning of the season with a goal, determination, team effort and a willingness to win.
2003 Rams Football Schedule Date Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Nov. 15 *Homecoming
Team @ Sacramento City College @ Butte College @ Foothill College San Joaquin Delta College @ Diablo Valley College West Hills College @ College of the Sequoias Modesto Junior College* Merced College @ Reedley College
Time 7:00 P.M. 1:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M.
April 9, 2003 FCC’s Alex
Rams knock off COS 6-1 April 9, 2003
Opie LaBreck throws onehitter while striking out 12 LaBreck improved to 8-1 on the season, striking out the side in the 7th and 9th inSports editor nings. The Fresno City College baseball team Sequoia’s lone hit came in the top of the was able to avenge its first conference loss of first inning when COS’s Kevin Perry doubled the year by defeating College of the Sequoias off a fastball. 6-1 April 5 at John Euless Ballpark. Perry would later score on a Rams throwFCC freshman pitcher Opie LaBreck ing error. went the distance, allowing only one hit and FCC improved to 26-5, 14-2 in Central striking out 12. Valley Conference play while COS dropped to 14-15-1, 8-8 in conference. FCC Baseball Remaining Schedule The Rams lost to Apr. 10 Porterville College 2:30 P.M. the Giants back on Apr. 12 @ Modesto Junior College 1 P.M. March 10 8-6 in an Apr. 15-17 Allan Hancock Easter Tourn. TBA 11-inning affair where Apr. 24 Reedley College 2:30 P.M. three FCC coaches Apr. 26 CVC/TBA TBA were tossed out of the Apr. 29 CVC/TBA TBA game by the game’s May 1 CVC/TBA TBA umpires. May 9-11 Regionals TBA FCC hosts the PiMay 16-18 Super Regionasl TBA rates of Porterville May 24-26 State Championships in Fresno TBA April 10 at 2:30 P.M. By Josh Butters
Photos by Wendy Alexander- Special to the Rampage
(Top) FCC’s Adam Matcham stretches out for the ball and an out in the Rams game against the Giants. (Above) Leonard Davis crosses homeplate after his homerun.