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Books eating at your wallet? Thinking of drinking that cup of coffee? You should. It’s mighty good for you. But don’t go overboard, it can be detrimental to your health. Scan the QR code for an informative video.

Aguirre breaks 35-year-old track INSIDE THE MARKS and field recor rate my 2 Rating professor. Is it reliable?


Payment for parking an inconvenience. Alternatives?

California 4 Editorial: splitting into six states is tedious.

stand out in 5 Actors latest play, “Rebel Without a Cause.”

Ray L. Duey’s 6 Chef food demonstration. breaks 7 Aguirre 35-year-old track

‘Access to Textbooks’ campaign seeks relief from pricey textbooks Jacqueline Naranjo Staff Writer

The Social Equality Club kicked off its “Access to Textbooks” campaign last Tuesday. The campaign is designed to help alleviate the pricey textbook problems students face and make them more accessible. Textbooks are a vital item for students, but with most of a student’s money being spent on other essentials like tuition and student fees, textbook prices are becoming too expensive. According to a study released by U.S. PIRG, students spend an average of $1200 on books and school supplies every year. The study also showed that students have become concerned that the cost of textbooks will impact their grades and how many classes they will take each semester. In a Social Equality Club meeting, members discussed the start of the “Access to Textbooks” campaign to help those students who are worried that textbooks impact classes and grades. The club announced that that there are two goals involving the cost of textbooks. The first goal is to educate the students on campus about the reason why text books are unfairly priced. Jennifer Ovalle, child development major and member of the club, said, “Within the textbook market there are only five publishers that control the market, three distributors that control the distribution of books on campus and only one campus bookstore available.” Fernanda Gudino, nursing major and attendee of the meeting, thinks that what the club is trying to do is a good idea.

She went on to say that the type of structure is named the oligopolistic market structure, in which the market is dominated by a small number of companies that are able to increase product prices as much as they want. “What the club is planning to do is really great since a lot of people complain about high book prices but many don’t know why books are so expensive. So getting the information out there is important,” Gudino said. The second goal the club has is to renegotiate the contract with the Follet Corporation. The Follet Corporation, provides the educational products to the college. The plan is to look into the contract Cerritos College has with Follet and get the bookstore to supply the library with more textbooks. Carolina Morales, history major and member of the club said, “We want to have more books in the reserve area of the library because often times students can’t afford books or they can’t buy the books right away. They are often left behind in their school works. So by having reserves we offer accessibility.” Professor Mike Huang believes the club’s campaign will become a very helpful resource for students. “That’s great. It’ll help a lot of students but they shouldn’t just rely on library reserves. Students should still buy the book if they want to do well in class.” For more information about textbook costs and The Social Equality Club’s initiative to address the concerns with the “Access to Textbooks” campaign, visit

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How would you feel if California was split into six states? Rosa Gonzalez

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“It wouldn’t really be California then.” See more responses on Page 4

CERRITOS’ HISTORY This month in Cerritos College History: March 2, 1976: Grammy nominee Janis Ian performs in an ASCC sponsored concert.

March 1, 1989: Manufacturing Technology Department holds seminar on stealth B-2 bombers. March 1, 1990: Burnight Theater shows “Batman” starring Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton.

Health care: (From left to right) Martha Rodriguez, psychology major, works with Ariday Avellaneda, nursing major, to promote health insurance information to students at Cerritos College. Rodriguez and Avellaneda were hired by USC, which is working with Project HOPE, to spread the word on health insurance.

Young Invincibles provides health care information Alexandra Scoville Editor-in-Chief

An organization by the name Young Invincibles teamed up with the Adult Education Department at Cerritos College to provide health care insurance information to students as well as community members. The information was presented at a workshop on Saturday from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Health Science Building, room 102. Maria Beltran, California outreach coordinator for Young Invincibles, was in charge of the event and planned along with the Adult Education Department. Beltran spoke at a spanish version of the workshop earlier Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Young Invincibles has launched a campaign called Healthy Young America, where presentations take place all across the country. Two members, Tamika Butler and Michael Oyewole, took turns presenting information through an english version power point presentation.

Beltran feels that both workshops had good turnouts. “People were really engaged and had great questions.” Some of the information was geared specifically toward young adults. This fits in with Young Invincilbles’ mission of educating the young community. The presentation stated that about 18.1 percent of California residents lack health insurance, and 17.4 percent of all U.S. residents lack health insurance. Audience members were encouraged to go to coveredca. com to see if they qualify for health insurance. Earth science major, Jeff Anderson felt as if the information was about “60/40” meaning he felt 60 percent was advocacy and 40 percent was informational. When going to users will have to enter personal information into a calculator, such as how much money they make, where they are from and their social security number among other things. Anderson felt that security would be an issue when entering this information online. “The questions I had regarding security of personal information were not answered and it is those concerns that keep me from going on that calculator.”

He went on to say that he did find information about Medi-Cal to be useful to him. If residents of California, who don’t have health insurance, want to apply for health insurance must do so by March 31. If the deadline is not met then residents may have to pay a $95 fee or one percent of his or her total income. Residents are encouraged to seek health insurance soon because the fee will only increase over the years to come. To educate students on the deadline and other health insurance information was nursing major, Ariday Avellaneda and psychology major, Martha Rodriguez who have been hired by USC to promote Covered California. USC has worked with Project HOPE at Cerritos College to train and hire students to do outreach for Covered California. Avellaneda and Rodriguez said that they have been working together since January but say it’s getting more important as the deadline approaches. “It’s usually not to bad to manage, but I feel like you have to be responsible and prioritize school over work, but we get through it,” Avellaneda said.

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Students are influenced by rating website Alexandra Gomez Contributor

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Online tutorial now available for students Larissa Morales Staff Writer

There is a new, free online tutoring service for students offered at Cerritos College who need a few extra hours of tutoring for their classes. Smart Thinking, the name of the company who is providing the online tutoring, is a service that is available 24/7 for any student who is either taking an online course or whose professors enable it for them through TalonNet. Carl Bengston, dean of library and educational technologies and acting dean of academic success, said, “We in the Success Center had talked about [Smart Thinking] to support our distance education program, or online courses, because we’re supposed to have equivalent services available to students in Distance Ed courses, as the ones in face-to-face courses.” According to Bengston, in order for Cerritos College to receive its accreditation, there needs to be equal services offered to all students. There are many students that take online courses at Cerritos College, either because they chose to take those classes or they cannot get to school for any reason. Smart Thinking is supposed to try to reach out to the students who need the extra help in their courses. “Tutoring is one thing that’s accessible for faceto-face students. They’re on campus, they come to the Success Center and they get tutored. Our Distance Ed students, some of them live a distance and it’s not easy for them to get to campus or maybe impossible for them to get to campus, depending on what they are doing, but they need to have access to tutoring as well,” Bengston said. The service is running a trial right now to test out and see if this is something that will be continued to March 6

Workshop to inform on healthy eating iFalcon Club will be hosting a nutrition workshop given by dietitian Hazel Ng and ASCC President Juan Ramirez on healthy meal preparation and tips on managing a healthy diet, while being a busy college student. 11 a.m. at the Learning Resources Center

be offered to students and to see how the faculty feels about continuing it. Smart Thinking will not be available to every student. Professors who are teaching face-to-face courses will be able to enable the setting through TalonNet in order for their students to access it. It will be up to professors on whether or not they will allow the service to be accessible for their course. If a student has at least one class where the professor decides to use the program, then the student will have full access to Smart Thinking and will be able to use it. As of now, the students are limited to five hours per term for tutoring, and the school, which is funding the entire program, will receive feedback from Smart Thinking and see how students are using the program. “If students use up the five hours and still needs more tutoring, they can come into the Success Center or if that’s not possible then we will make arrangements to provide more tutoring to get them where they need to be,” Bengston said. Students around campus had mixed feelings about the program. “I believe that Smart Thinking will be a useful tool because most of the time when you try to get different information on assignments and how to do things, the professors aren’t available all the time, so I think it will be good that the service will be available 24/7,” Jasmine Dennis said. Mario Alarcon, an interpreting major, felt that it was unfair that students who aren’t taking an online course or whose professors don’t enable the program for their class, won’t have access to the service. “I think it’s a good idea that students are going to be able to have a one-on-one with the instructor and they’re going to be able to get really good help,” Alarcon said. Online Poll

Accreditation team visits March 3 to 6 to evaluate campus; Cerritos College doing a good job? A. Yes, I like the way the campus is being run. B. No, I think they should be doing more for the students. C. I don’t know, I never really do much other than go to class. Vote on

Aside from looking at who has more chili peppers on RateMyProfessors, students navigate through the website to determine what professor is an ideal fit. Out of 100 students on campus, a combined 63 of them said the website had a profound influence on whether or not they chose to enroll in a professors’ class. “It’s a pretty helpful tool. I use that site to help me choose my teachers,” Bridgette Erickson, nursing major, said. This site allows students to rate their professors based on their helpfulness and clarity, then averages the overall quality as a professor. Janet Danielo, an English professor, said she understood why students used it but also saw the faults in its nature. “The website for students is like Yelp for the consumers,” Danielo said. “If there are bad reviews at a restaurant, I don’t go to eat there. Even though logically, I know that there are many people that go to that restaurant and they just don’t leave a review. Usually people leave reviews when they are angry.” Christian Hernandez, undecided major, agreed with Danielo that sometimes the ratings don’t accurately reflect the professors. “I looked up my economics professor and it said she was a bad teacher, when in reality she was great. So I think it’s useless and not really accurate.” Both students and professors agreed that the best tactic for choosing a professor is by word of mouth. This way, students are able to listen to the opinion of someone they trust and bypass the inaccurate depictions of professors. Though this website is an outlet for students to give feedback on a professor, Danielo said students should keep in mind that professors are human and have feelings, too. On the other hand, if students take the time to write constructive criticism, professors are more likely to take into account their opinions. When professors are first starting, the curiosity about their performance leads them to check their reviews, according to Jaclyn Ronquillo, a psychology professor. Alex Vega, psychology major, said, “If the professor is confident in the way he teaches, then I don’t think he cares. But, for professors who are looking to improve, then maybe they might find it useful to look at it.”

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Quantity of parking machines not enough Students think it would be of great benefit to generate more machines around campus. Amairani Mendez Arts Editor

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“Pay here”: Damani Williams, a computer science major, paying his one-day parking permit at the Cerritos College parking lot by the Automative Technology Complex building. He is one of many students who believes that there should be more parking machines as the seven machines available are not enough.

The amount of parking machines throughout Cerritos College has been inconvenient for students like Damani Williams, computer science major, with the seven machines in the parking lot said to not be enough. Williams said he feels that there should be at least two parking machines in each aisle on campus. However, he said that the price of $2 is still reasonable. Tom Gallivan, Captain of the Cerritos College Police Department said that the parking machines are about 13-years-old. As of now he is not aware of any future plans on getting new one-day parking machines. He knows that students tend to make a big line to pay parking permits and that causes them to be late for classes, but he thinks that there is something students can do to fix this issue. “It’s more economic to get a pass. That would eliminate a long line if students purchase a parking permit before the semester starts. It would be cheaper in the long run.”

According to the Cerritos College website, offcampus parking is restricted, as the permits for parking in residential areas is soley for city residents, and not for Cerritos College. If students don’t buy a semester pass or pay for a daily pass, then they may receive a ticket worth $40. Daniel Padron, administration of justice major, believes that parking should be free, as it can be a struggle for students with financial problems. “Why are they charging us to park in a publicly funded place? Even after Prop 30 was approved,” Padron said. Associated Students of Cerritos College vice president, Aldemar Sanchez, thinks that it would benefit students if Cerritos College received more parking machines, as the problem of students arriving late to class would be reduced. He said that getting new machines may take a while, so a temporary solution would be to have passes that cross over throughout semesters. He went on to say that it may also be beneficial to change the price of daily passes from $2 to $1. This would require Sanchez to work with Student Government and Facilities, which would take time, but he hopes to have this worked out by the next Fall semester. Parking permits could be purchased on the MyCerritos website. In addition, it can be bought in person at Campus Police and at the Admissions and Records office.

Essay contest in full swing Larissa Morales Staff Writer

March is now upon us and with this month brings Women’s History Month. In honor of this, Cerritos College’s gender studies faculty is hosting a writing contest. Linda Palumbo, an English professor, said, “We coordinate with the national theme each year for women’s history month in designing the essay topics.” Any student at the college may enter to win. The first place prize winner gets $200, second place will receive $150, third place will receive $100 and honorable mention gets $50. The contest is funded by the Cerritos College Foundation. Winners will be announced in April in the Daily Falcon. According to the National Women’s History Project, the theme for this year is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.” The judges of the contest will include members of the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, classified staff and students. The essay must be composed of 750 words and about a woman who deserves to be written into the history books on the basis of the theme of Women’s History Month. This woman can either be dead, alive or even fictional if the writer chooses to do so and her contribution can be from any field, but the essay must include this woman’s achievement and why she should have a prominent place in history. Laura Gonzalez, whose major is undecided, said that if she were to write about a woman in history, she would write her essay on Rosa Parks. “She was a brave woman. [Rosa Parks] made me realize that nobody can take anyway anyone’s privileges,” said Gonzalez. The deadline to enter the contest is Friday by 5 p.m. and the essay must be placed in Palumbo’s mailbox along with an electronic copy of the essay placed onto Anyone who is interested in entering the contest is encouraged to contact Dr. Palumbo or Professor Julie Davis through their emails for further information.


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“I’m going to consider doing more research about that to see exactly what it is.”

“The change would be uncomfortable, what state would I fall into and so on? What are going to be the differences?”

“I don’t really feel like anything cause I don’t think its going to happen in my life time.”

“I think that would be a little weird well I don’t know cause I’m used to traveling both north and south.”

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it that’s my opinion, I mean it’s not really necessary.”

“I don’t know I don’t think I really care.”

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Fair take on sports isn’t equivalent to the popularity of women’s sport and that is maybe why covering either is different. Men’s sports are more popular, so covering the story is more important. From the beginning, sports heroes were considered to be men, that maybe because the origin of many sports was linked to war and about a 100 years ago, sportsmen were considered to be like soldiers and that was an activity unrelated to women. Things have changed since then and women sports have come along way, but until this day, women’s sports hasn’t spread across the world as much as men’s sport has. Sexism is a part of why one is more popular than the other. and fragile to be soldiers and to be a soldier you needed to fit the profile. Men’s sports aren’t more popular because of talent one has over the other and it isn’t because the quality of one gender possesses better quality than the other. Favoring gender has become a social norm whether people mean to be sexists or not. Many




norms whether they realize it or not. It’s like loving a song because everyone else does or liking an outfit because it’s in style. Some people lead and the rest follow as people are blinded by many false ideals and beliefs. People often avoid the truth because the truth is hurtful and demeaning, but the truth here is that women have just as much potential to be great in sports as men. The only difference between women and men’s sport is gender and that’s it.


Cutting California with caution

Venture Capitalist, Tim Drapper, has pushed a proposal to divide California into six different states in order to save California from colapsing as a state. The fact that Drapper needs about 800,000 signatures in order to get this proposal on the ballet November, there is a possibility that this won’t happen. There is also a slight possibility that Drapper might be given an extension to find his signatures. Drapper would be given up to the year 2016 which would pretty much guarantee a spot on the ballet. California has already been often considered as too big a state to be governed. Possibly splitting California in order to provide a better state sounds like a decent idea, but is 6 different states really the way to go? There are too many issues to be created if congress were to divide California into 6 differnet states. The intentions are indeed good because each state would be closely represented by their government. Not only will Drapper’s proposal only benefit certain parts of California, but Drapper’s home town of Silicon Valley will immediately

become the richest state of the newly divided states. Althougt Drapper denies it, this division is incredibly biased. California already has economic issues and dividing it into several states would only help the areas that have high economic income such as Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego. Other rural areas such as Fresno or the Central valley would suffer from an economic struggle. Drapper is enthusiastic about his proposal claiming that in the next few years the new states would eventually grow and be the richest of the nation. “All six will be among the richest states in the country,” Drapper says in an interview with an LA Times reporter, “though that might be 10 years down the road.” California’s economy has agriculture, high tech, manufacturing, and entertainment throughout the state. The state’s economic diversity helps throw off the common economic cycles and swings because our economy thrives from different areas that don’t always follow the cycles. Dividing California puts certain areas at risk of being in an economic crisis.

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“How would you feel if California was split into six states?”

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Editor in Chief Alexandra Scoville

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Also, all of our laws would need to be placed on the ballot again in order for the new states to be properly represented. That would mean taking steps back in growing as a nation with the possibility of getting laws such as homosexual marraige abolished in certain areas. Also, we as Cerritos College students currently reside in an area of California that would most likely benefit off of this proposal, but if you plan on going to school upstate after this propsal is successfull, be ready to pay extra money because you will be attending a newly out of state college. Drapper wants to seperate the states so that we feel more at one with their government, but is willing to leave the states with the difficult issues to solve on their own. If Drapper gets his extension the bill will most likely end up on the ballot and can eventually become a reality because many people will sign something they know nothing about. Inform yourself of what you may be signing before you sign it. Take the time to learn about a proposal before you help put in on a ballot because it may help avoid a catastrophic idea such as this.

This month is Women’s History Month and it should be noted that although women have come a long way in the past century, there are still many obstacles women face every day around the world. Every day women are discriminated, objectified, harassed, raped, sexually assaulted, battered and abused by people they may or may not know. Men also face these monsters too, but it is considerably disproportionate to women. For all the advances this country has made, obstacles still exist deeply rooted in society. It is not just the usual culprits like the media and politicians who are sexist. When a joke is said that is not meant to be harmful, but has sexist undertones, that’s sexism. Even at Cerritos college for example when a woman does not feel comfortable with what she wears in fear that she’ll be objectified by her classmates, that is sexism. When a woman is told she’s acting like a “bitch” or is asked if she is on her time of the month when being assertive about her beliefs, that is sexism. Belittling women is not a joke. Women themselves also discriminate other women. Womenon-women hate occurs often. Some examples are slut-shaming, passive aggressive remarks, rumors and criticisms. Why should anyone care about a woman’s sex life? What she does is her choice and it does not justify calling her a slut in any way. Men are not called derogatory terms for having sex with many women, it is actually celebrated instead. These are only a few examples of what women face in their everyday lives. Women should help each other grow and succeed, not hurt each other and tear each other apart. National Women’s Month should be every month. Women’s achievements should be celebrated every day. Women in general should not be treated anything less than a person with feelings, hopes and dreams.

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Advice: Jim Stark played by Ivan Oyarzabal, gets advice from his father. Mr. Stark is played by Jorge Arevalo. This was Arevalo’s first acting performance at Cerritos College, while Orayzabal acted in his first leading role in “Rebel Without a Cause.”

Actors stand out in ‘Rebel’ Theatre department is off to a great start with the first play of the semester “Rebel Without a Cause” Grester Celis - Acosta Associate Opinion Editor

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Closer: Jim Stark, played by Ivan Oyarzabal, gets closer with Judy played by Tiffany Mata. “Rebel” opened Feb.28

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Together: Members of the cast look to action on stage during a scene of “Rebel.”

The first play of the spring semester is here with the opening of “Rebel Without a Cause.” “Rebel Without a Cause” was unexpectedly great and enjoyable. Every scene was exceptional and the main protagonist Jim Stark, played by Ivan Oyarzabal, was lovable. The show is about Stark who is a new student at a high school and falls in love with a girl named Judy Brown, who is played by Tiffany Mata. There is conflict with this young love because Judy is in a relationship with a bad boy called Buzz, who is portrayed by Adam Haze. Both Jim and Judy also have problems with their families and Jim becomes friends with Plato who is played by Cristian Paul Martinez. The story is basic for the most part, meaning that there are no twists, just dramatic moments with a group of one-dimensional characters. What really pulls you in, is the superb acting by the cast. Everyone did an excellent job portraying each character. The ones that stood out the most

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Locked up: Members of cast take part in a scene at a police station during “Rebel.”

were Jim and Plato. Both Oyarzabal and Martinez were great. The audience felt the emotion that these two actors showed while they portrayed their respective characters; especially at the end of play. The most enjoyable moments of the play were the dramatic scenes like the chicken run scene and the scenario at the end when Jim tries to reason with Plato for the awful mistakes he committed. There are also a couple tragic moments that are spread out throughout the play. “Rebel Without a Cause” did come with its fair share of problems. For instance, the first half of the play was hard to follow. The audience had trouble figuring out what was actually going on, it was like a puzzle game trying to connect the dots together at the end of every scene. Also the sound at times was too loud, which made it hard to hear the conversations that the characters had with one another. Another problem was that there were times when jokes were trying to be forced to get the audience to laugh, but it never worked and made things seem awkward. There were also problems with the pacing of the play. For example in one scene Plato and Jim meet and a friendship starts to form and then in the next scene Plato is talking about how they are best friends to Judy. It just felt rushed because there was no development to their friendship leading up to that scene. But all these problems were

overshadowed thanks to the ending. The audience was touched and uncomfortable during the resolution because of what happened to Jim and Plato. The ending was emotional and everyone in the audiences felt touched and sad as to what happened. When a play, movie, book or video game has a great ending, than all the problems it has are overlooked because all the attention is attached to the marvelous resolution. That is what made “Rebel Without a Cause” a great play to watch. Go and watch this play because it will not disappoint. For the most part you will feel satisfied and not disappointed. The next play produced by the Cerritos College Theatre Department will be “The Boys of Syracuse”. It will be a musical comedy directed by Jerry Prell, with musical direction by Hector Salazar. Dates are set for May 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 8 p.m. and May 11 at 2 p.m. For more information visit

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Discussion: Two cast members discuss an action plan during a scene of “Rebel.”

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Faculty perform during music gala Armando Jacobo Copy Editor

The 30th semi-annual Faculty Gala presented by ASCC and the Cerritos College Music Department at the Burnight Center Theatre took place on March 2nd. The Faculty Gala is a benefit concert held every semester to raise scholarships funds for students in the applied music program. The applied music program offers private music lessons in all band and orchestral instruments, as well as piano, organ, voice, electric and acoustic guitar. Music styles range from both classical and jazz. This spring semester faculty gala featured performances by: Paul Da Silva, Conrad Immel, Sung Ae Lee, Christine S. Lopez, Andrew Maz, Angela Romero, Fang Fang Shi Inouye, Greg Schreiner, Keren Schweitzer, and Tammy Tsai. Marina Macias, music major, reflected on the performances and change in perspectives. “I thought it was great. It was a really special, really special event to see because you hardly ever get to see the actual masters on stage, they’re teaching us most of the time and you learn from them a lot, they were all great.” Michael Enriquez, music major, also echoed a similar response about the spring Faculty Gala and talked about his favorite performance. “I thought, it was a lot to take in with some of the pieces, overall it shows the talent of the teachers and what they can do and what they provide to the students as far as what they need to move on as a musical career.” “I liked Dr. Maz and the classical guitar because I’ve been around

in that scene with my friends, I can tell how much work and effort that goes into it and those pieces kind of hit me as very emotional and things I can relate too in my life.” The instructors showed why they are the ones in charge and through their teaching methods, students and audience members alike can achieve similar musical success. “I never came to one of these. My teacher (Tammy Tsai) played, so I wanted to see what she does. Tammy Tsai was really good, she blew me away, no wonder why she is teaching me.” “I like the one that she did with the flute that one was probably my favorite piece. “I think just hearing the flute and piano playing together, the harmony between the string instrument and wind instrument, it just sounded really nice.” Cynthia Castro, business administration/human resources/ music, gave her input on how attire can change a performance. “They were all really great, they all performed their best, their outfits were really cool too, it’s good to go on stage and look nice, you don’t want to look and come in your pajamas and bunny slippers.”

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What’s cooking?: After his demonstration ended, Chef Ray L. Duey showed a crowd of people the proper way to mount together the fruits and vegtables he cravs.

Chef Ray Duey demonstration Armando jacobo Copy Editor

Rain doesn’t stall chef Ray L. Duey’s fruit and vegetable carving demonstration On Saturday February 28, Cerritos College played host to a demonstration, in the student center, of the culinary art of fruit and vegetable carving by renowned culinary artist, Chef Ray L. Duey. Chef Ray L. Duey is a certified executive chef with over dozens of medals in competition and specializes in teaching the culinary art of fruit and vegetable carving. More widely known as Chef Garnish, his work is also featured in many television shows and movies.

Chef Duey showcased his philosophy and methods toward mastering the art of carving fruits and vegetables to those in attendance with a set-up of cameras, mirrors and music. Unlike other casual ordinary demonstrations, Chef Duey encouraged participation from his audience all throughout the demonstration. “Well it’s interactive, otherwise you’re just talking to them like you would children, if you get them to interact you’re spurring them to think and that’s the objective of college.” Life is about visuals and being able to see what people are doing and getting people to come up and demonstrating and play with the tools, so that it’s immersive.

It was eye opening ... it was definitely a change of pace from what I do as a cook.

Daniel Alcala Culinary arts alumnus

If you want to learn to swim, you don’t read about it, you jump in the pool, feel the water and actually do it.” The fruit and vegetable-carving specialist left audience members feeling inspired and motivated for their career in the culinary arts. Fellow Cerritos College alumnus Daniel Alcala, A.A degree culinary arts, reminisced on the seminar and conveyed a revolu-

tionary sense to his approach to the culinary arts. “I think the whole presentation by Chef Ray L. Duey was really amazing, it was eye-opening, it was definitely a change of pace from what I do as a cook. If there are opportunities like these where it can change your whole life around” even one little tiny step can change the way you see food or the way you want to be.” It was more toward motivation to traveling the world to motivate myself to become a better cook, have a better career, have a better life, there’s always opportunities and we have to take initiative to take them no matter how small they are.”

Film Club explores black and white genre Carlos Holiguin Associate Arts Editor

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Through the lense: Flim Club vice president Josh Craft views Film Club president Malory Padilla and film major Alexandra Cabriales throught the camera while preparing to film ‘The Papercup Caper.’

While the equipment for a day of filming was being set-up, film major and Film Club member Alexandra Cabriales looked over lines for the scene ahead. The scene was from the ongoing film project “The Papercup Caper,” a Film Noir spoof. Film Noir refers to a black and white film style from the 1940s and 1950s centered on crime-ridden dramas that usually follows around a detective or officer. This genre contained famous actors like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Cabriales plays a waiter in the film that fills in the role of the femme fatale, damsels who come to the detective for help or to seduce him. Her character is, however, unaware of this position. “I’m actually just a very confused employee,” said Cabriales. “I saw the script and went ‘Oh, I’ll do this one.’” Cabriales plays opposite Film Club president Malory Padilla, while vice president Josh Craft is directing the film. Padilla will be playing the role of the bumbling detective.

What type of art goes into your daily life? Photograph By: Solmayra Mendez

Complied By : Amairani Mendez

Marissa Plascencia

Daniel Navarro

Maria Rocha

Communications major

Marine corps major

Administration justice major

“I like to dance and sing in my room alone.”

“A lot of street art.”

“I sing to myself.”

Music Concert

Dance Concert

Music Concerts

Music Concert

Band & Orchestra Exchange Concert

Spring Dance Concert

Scott Henderson memorial Concert

Do You Hear What I Hear?

March 13 & 14 at 8 p.m. and March 15 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. $15 General $12 Students, Seniors, Children

7 p.m. at the Burnight Center Theatre Buy tickets online

11 a.m. at the Burnight Center Building Music Department Rm. BC-51 a piano lecture/concert series

Buy Tickets Online

Free Admission

March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Student Center

Free Admission

“The purpose of the club is to celebrate cinema by creating it,” said Craft. The decision to make a noir film was not any one person’s decision though. It was the club’s choice according to architecture major Kevin Padilla. “Every month we get a different topic and try filming something within that time.” Previous works dived into both the horror and silent film styles such as ‘One (Miss) Direction’ and ‘Paperboy.’ Using their own equipment, including boom microphones and Cannon Rebel cameras. The club members will record the entirety of the film on campus with students from Cerritos. In addition to this, the film will be released in black and white just like the traditional noir style. “It’s a very important part of American cinema,” stated Malory in regard to Film Noir. “ I want people new to film to see something aesthetically different then what you see today.” ‘The Papercup Caper’ is just one film the club is hoping to finish before the end of this semester. “We plan on making more films throughout the semester,” stated Craft. The film will be released on club’s official YouTube page, Film Club Cerritos (

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 •

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The No. 7: High jumper, Adam Aguirre, performs jumping drills as he warms up for practice. He broke Dean Sears’ 1979 high jump record with a height of seven feet.


Aguirre’s seven-foot jump toward history 35-year record snapped by track athlete.

was a big passion of mine. I love doing track. So I just went with my gut feeling and followed my passion for track and it’s turning out alright, so far.” And “alright” it is going for Aguirre, to say the least, as he continues to perform at a high level, acDenny Cristales News Editor cording to Richardson. He, at least in a “short-term sense,” thinks Aguirre made the right decision staying with track and field. He soared and soared and soared. And when he “This shows that his committment to track is kind came down, it’s almost as if he never did because all of exuberated by his performance. Overall, he’s a conAdam Aguirre found was history. Aguirre, who specializes in high jump among sistent performer. He’s always doing well and is always other events, broke the high jump record set back in going to compete at the highest level.” 1979 by former track and field athlete Aguirre strives to maintain and Dean Sears. exceed his performances. Just this The new mark is seven feet, while past summer he noted his strength the old one was six feet and eleven ... To break a school record at Cerritos College gains due to his increased training inches. load, all with the aforementioned The record came as a non-sur- says something about the intention of not only reaching seven prise to Aguirre, as his intents before ability level of an feet, but also impressing collegiate the beginning of the season were to individual. recruiters. notch seven feet, with no intention of Christopher Richardson breaking a record. Currently in his last season, AguTrack and field director “It’s good to know that your irre has schools knocking on his name’s going to be there,” he said. door, yet the one place in his sights “The record has been there for almost is Ole Miss, The University of Missis30 years now, so it’s a good feeling.” sippi. With three-plus decades of time in between the Where ever he goes, Destiny Mack-Talalemotu, two records, Christopher Richardson, the track and shot-putter for women’s track and field, knows he’ll field director, said that such longevity with these statistics is a testament to the quality of athletes that have continue the push. come and gone throughout the years. “He’s a real fun person to hang out with,” she said. “The Cerritos College school records are pretty “And when he works, he works hard. So he deserves outstanding compared to other programs in the state everything that comes to him.” … So, to break a school record at Cerritos College reAguirre will indeed push, he will indeed soar once ally says something about the ability level of an indiagain, as he has that same urge, that same intent that vidual.” Aguirre was a dual-sport athlete, with him being a made him reach his seven-foot high goal. And there’s still plenty of track and field left. part of both the track and field and football teams, yet “I’ll jump, stay consistent, stay around seven feet he elected to stick with one sport, a sport that he loves. “My heart wasn’t in it. I’ve always known that track and go even higher.”


Wednesday, March 5, 2014 •

Player warms up to California Alexus Aragon

Staff Writer

hopes for the transfer freshman outfielder Jensen. “Roxanna has come in and

Freshman Roxanna Jensen, out- worked hard to improve,” she said. fielder for the softball team, is a “She’s out of Montana, so they have transfer student from Montana that a little bit different level of softball came to Cerritos College to meet new friends and further her time compared to Southern California, she’s had to learn to be a little more playing softball. Jensen’s time in California and aggressive.” the Cerritos College softball team Bud Murray, assistant coach, said has been beneficial to her as she had Jensen has dealt with the change very an even better experience as a freshwell and loves sharing stories with man transfer. “It’s pretty good, I her teammates. live with my grandma “When Roxanna and I’m making friends Everyone is pretty came back from Christon the team,” Jensen nice and I defiantly like mas vacation, she was said. the warm weather betShe believes the ter than cold Montana telling the women about friendly environment winter. the spot light and going is welcoming and offers Roxanna Jensen out shooting jack rabbits Softball outfielder the opportunity to conat night,” he said. nect with teammates. “The women “Everyone is pretty nice and I definitely like the warm couldn’t believe any of them shooting weather better than the cold Monthose rabbits. It was kind of a funny tana winter,” she said. Roxanna’s decision to transfer to story,” Murray said. Her stories have brought her Cerritos College was based on her dad, who looked at a couple schools closer with her teammates and hopes but was won over once they made a to expand her friendship. visit to Cerritos College and he met Teammates of Jensen said that softball head coach Kodee Murray she came in and worked hard to help for the first time. “My dad looked at colleges here. the softball team while having a open We were visiting my grandma here mind about new things. and just got convinced to play softJensen will look to improve her ball here once I met coach Murray,” skills with the team while making Jensen said. Murray had nothing but positive new friends here at Cerritos College.

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Got to love Cali: Roxanna Jensen and her father found the warm Southern Californian weather very pleasant and decided to stay at Cerritos College. Jensen practices her batting as coach Murray focuses on strong team batting.

Cerritos College to host State Championships Denny Cristales News Editor

Through unanimous votes from community colleges, Cerritos College will begin its first of two straight years in hosting the basketball State Championships at the Falcon Gymnasium from March 14 to 16. Hosting the tournament is a two-year cycle, and it rotates every two years between community colleges from north and south. The cycle is in its south stage, and Cerritos College has been selected to host, as it submitted an application. “Now that it’s new, (The Falcon Gymnasium) (is) one of the nicest gyms you can have in the state of California,” Dan Clauss, the athletic director, said. “It seats up to 2300 people and the max capacity is about 2455. It’s a unique structure compared to most community college gyms. So it was kind of a nobrainer to have us host.” Andrew Malesala, undecided major, said, “It’s good. The school will get publicity.” Clauss has been going left and right taking care of each individual responsibility at the event. Conference calls have been made to address issues of security and custodial work to simple things like running the snack bar. “It’s a little bit stressful,” he said. “There’s a lot of preparation, a lot of management. Making sure you have the right staff to manage, the teams that are traveling know where they’re going and making sure people have a good time.”

A partnership was formed with the Holiday, a hotel in La Mirada, in order to accommodate to player and family needs, allowing them to stay in during the State Championships. The weekend is not limited to State Championship basketball, as events, such as the Coach’s Association basketball hall of fame, where former Cerritos College basketball coach Dean Ackland will be inducted, and a sophomore recruiting basketball game in Cypress College will also take place. Julius Sitala, business administration major, said, “It’s good for the school. It’ll get some money. Overall it’ll benefit the school.” Tickets for the State Championship games will be $10 for adults and $8 for students, children, seniors and the military. “We collect the funds throughout the whole weekend and we pay the officials, the expenses of staffing and security,” Clauss said. “Once everything is paid for, any money that is left over is sent back to the state.” Clauss wants the event to go smoothly, as he has been orchestrating the preparation as such, but it’s ultimately because of his desire to make Cerritos College the premiere destination for attendees. “I always make sure when you arrive on the Cerritos College campus, that you’re treated as a No. 1 guest. And that they (attendees) walk away from Cerritos College saying that that was the best State Championship I had ever participated in. I take a lot of pride in that.”

Denny Cristales /TM

Attacking the defense: Sophomore guard Victor Jones with the leaning jumper during a Feb. 14 match against Long Beach City College, prior to the playoffs. He is averaging 10.9 points per game off a 39.9 field goal percentage.

March 5

March 6

March 6

March 6

March 7

Men’s basketball travels to face Antelope Valley

Tennis teams play away at two different schools

Baseball team plays home against El Camino

Softball travels to meet Mounties

Track and field squads compete in Cerritos meet

The Falcons will hit the road in an away match in the third round of playoffs.

While the women’s team will face Glendale, the men’s team battles El Camino. Both games are at the same time.

The Falcons receive El Camino College in a home game. Cerritos College has a 7-6 overall record.

The Mounties brace for the arrival of the Falcons as Mt. San Antonio brings Cerritos home for an away game.

Both the men and women’s teams will compete in the Cerritos College Quad Meet.

Game time at 7 p.m.

Game time at 2 p.m.

Game time at 2 p.m.

Game time at 3 p.m.

Meet at 1 p.m.


The April 2, 2014 issue of the Talon Marks newspaper.

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