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Sweet sweets:

Goddard speaks up: A Virginia Tech shooting survivor is coming to DVC to talk about his new documentary. See page 6.

The baking program students show off their tasty talents. See page 8.

Vikings vs. panthers: DVC football beat Sacramento City College 51-3. See page 5.

Foam fight: The Inquirer Editorial Board discusses the lack of communication during the “switch-to-biodegradable” discussion. See page 7.


INQUIRER S tudent V oi ce

Volume 78 No. 3

Going green has a hefty price

Copyright © 2011 The Inquirer - Diablo Valley College


D iablo Val le y C ol le g e

Point. Blank. Changes to open-carry laws prompt a debate over student gun rights on campus MIKE ALFIERI News editor

Gun rights and student safety have crossed paths in California, where this weekend open-carry rights for gun owners were revoked by the state legislature for the first time in state history. Some people on campus were in support of the notion of a state wide ban for open carry rights. “I don’t want to live in a society where everybody is armed,” said Mathew Morrissey, department chair of administration of justice at DVC. “I’m not opposed to people having firearms… but people who are untrained and carry firearms, there we have a problem.” But the National Rifle Association is gathering support for a bill which would allow students to carry guns on college campuses across the


This semester, a resolution that has been in the works for over five years has been set in stone. The faculty and students of DVC are now reaping the benefits of nonpolystyrene food containers, but the process of transitioning has not been simple. DVC’s Sustainability Committee has consistently been encouraging the college to dump toxic polystyrene food containers (better known by the brand name Styrofoam), in favor of a recyclable, healthy alternative made of corn or paper materials. The decision to transition was made after the Sustainability Committee went to ASDVC to ask for support in the endeavor. “I’ve heard from a lot of students that they were in favor of it,” ASDVC President Katerina Schreck said. “In the long run, it’s having a better effect on not just us but people that will be here in the future. Women especially; the toxins released from Styrofoam can be harmful to the reproduc-

GUNS, Page 3 Graphic Illustration by DANIELLE BARCENA & JULIUS REA

SWITCH, Page 2

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dream Act provides immigrant assistance MIKE ALFIERI News editor

Illegal immigrants in California are now able to receive state-funded aid and scholarships at state universities. On Saturday, Oct. 8, Gov. Jerry Need to Know Brown signed the second half of the Undocumented California Dream students must Act, joining Calihave been fornia with only a brought to the handful of other United States by states that have the age of 16. similar laws in place. “Going to col25,000 students lege is a dream who graduate that promises inhigh school tellectual exciteevery year are ment and creative estimated to be thinking,” Gov. undocumented. Brown said during the signing of the Illegal immibill at Los Angeles grants must City College. “The Dream Act benwait till all other efits us all by givnon-immigrants ing top students a to apply for aid chance to improve before being their lives and the considered. lives of all of us.” The first half of the bill was signed in July, and allowed for illegal immigrants to apply for private scholarships and aid. AB 131, or the Dream Act II, as it was reDREAM, Page 2

Evacuation of campus leaves mixed reactions JOHN KESLER Staff writer

DVC was evacuated on Thursday, Sept. 29 as a result of a gas leak near campus. However, opinions on how the evacuation went have been mixed. As previously reported by the Inquirer staff and posted online, a three-inch gas line on the corner of Viking and Ruth was accidentally cut. According to Director of Marketing and Communications Chrisanne Knox, the leak made a loud hissing noise that could be heard on the southeast corner of campus, over by the football field. Student Maria Gusenkov noticed that there was something amiss around 2:45. “I saw the football team running away from the field. I thought it was just a routine, but they were yelling and some of them had bandanas or

Student Philip Jenkins asks a Pleasant Hill police officer about the gas leak. DVC faculty and staff are discussing how to streamline emergency evacuation.

their shirts over their mouths.” At 3:03 p.m., Gusenkov got a text from a friend who was an architectural engineer, who told her that there was a gas leak and to shelter in place. Around the same time, DVC’s Twitter page retweeted a post from the Contra Costa Times with a similar message. An email from DVC President Peter Garcia informing staff of an evacuation was sent out at 3:22 p.m. According to him, “police, safety monitors, and a group of managers, classified, and students working out of the President’s office” began to evacuate students towards the north end of campus around this time. At 3:40 p.m., DVC’s Facebook and Twitter page both reported that classes had been canceled for the rest of the day. However, official information on the inciEVACUATION, Page 3



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