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Volume 38, No. 5 February 2010

Windward Community College

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2 Travelers beware 6-7 Decade reflection

9 Going for gold 10 Kani ka pila time


Writing women back into history Leticia Colmenares, professor of chemistry, on “Rewriting Women Back into Chemistry”

Now you understand, Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about, Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, ‘Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.

Monday, March 8, 4:305:30 p.m. in Ākoakoa 105. Colmenares is a winner of a Regents Excellence in Teaching Medal. Although chemistry is a difficult subject for many, she keeps up to date with the latest technology to make learning easier and entertaining for her students.

Malia Lau Kong, history instructor, on “Telling Herstory”

— from “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou

by Monika McConnell Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


University of Texas / Ka ‘Ohana

aya Angelou’s lines from her poem exude confidence and strength. Her words give women confirmation that yes, they can be recognized for their accomplishments as well as their femininity. Throughout history women have ruled nations, led expeditions and made discoveries that have pushed us into the modern age. To honor their achievements, WCC sociology instructor Kathleen Frenc h is coordi nat i ng a ser ies of speakers for Women’s History Month 2010 this March. “If I could have asked all our fe-

male faculty to speak, I would have!” declared French. Instead, however, she chose six speakers from diverse topics: science, history, religion, disability counseling, sociology and astronomy. The Education Task Force of Sonoma, California initiated “Women’s History Week” in March 1978. The following March, the idea of a Women’s History Week expanded and by 1980 President Carter declared the week of March 8 as the first National Women’s Week. Today the observance has evolved into a month-long celebration. French brought Women’s History

Month to WCC in 2005. As an undergrad, she recalls attending lectures celebrating Women’s National History Month at her college. Participating in events that celebrated women “made me feel valued and supported, like my experiences mattered,” says French. And they do matter — all of our experiences matter — so this March join the celebration of “Writing Women Back into History” by listening to the inspirational words of some of WCC’s phenomenal women as they share their stories and views. The talks are free and open to the public. The speakers will be:

Tuesday,March 9, 12:301:30 p.m. in Ākoakoa 105. I f Ma l ia Lau Kong could change the history book s to include more facts about women, she would. She doesn’t think histor y is just about “h is story”; rather she views history as a long-running film with characters being highlighted at different times. “Textbooks would be a lot more appealing to students if they talked about women who played extraordinary roles in their societies,” Kong says. She adds that itʻs because “it would show that these women were not bound by what societies dictated their traditional roles to be.”

See the rest of Women’s History Month line-up on page 12: Sarah Hadmack, Ann Lemke, Jayne Bopp and Nancy Ali.

WCC enrollment keeps growing and growing S

by Alvin Hall Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

tudents are enrolling in UH community colleges in record numbers, with WCC leading the way with an almost 25 percent increase over last spring. Some people may be wondering: How can students afford schooling in this weakened economy?  Are there new initiatives helping students pay for school?  Will this surge in enrollment continue throughout the next few years? “Usually when the economy is down, the president

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WCC student enrollment reached 2,305 this spring semester.

increases funds for schooling in order to try and boost the economy,” offers Lui K. Hokoana, WCC Vice Chancellor

of Student Affairs. “This money is intended for, but not exclusive to, employees who have been dis-

placed to upgrade their skills and maybe find a more stable way back into the workforce.” Financial aid officer Steven Chigawa can verify the growth in student enrollment being tied to the economy. “We have seen an increase in people applying for student aid — (now) it’s about 2,000, so certainly more students are aware of the financial aid available,” he says. “Students are also figuring out (at a community college) they can save about $5,000 per year in the first two years of their schooling for the same level of classes offered at a four-year school,” Chigawa

says. “With the economy in the state that it is, people are more inclined to change plans in order to save money.” Another possible factor, Hokoana explains, is that WCC has developed more comprehensive outreach programs to let potential students know about resources earlier in their academic careers. Some of these resources include WCC’s distance education programs that have opened in Waianae and Waimanalo with an eye toward the North Shore for future programs.  These account for some of the increase.

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Danger increasing in Mexico by Bao Lam Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


n Dec. 23, 2009, Agustin Roberto “Bobby” Salcedo, a 33-year-old assistant principal and school board member in Los Angeles, was dining with a friend at a bar in Gomez Palacio in Durango, Mexico. This night would prove deadly for Salcedo and several other people who were killed due to increasing violence in Mexico. According to the Los Angeles Times, multiple armed gunmen burst into a bar called Iguanas Ranas, asking whose truck was parked in front. No one responded to the inquiry, so the masked assailants zeroed in on Salcedo and five other men, hauling them away. Several hours later, the bodies of the six men were found dumped in a field. They were killed executionstyle, with a single gunshot to the head. Authorities believe that Salecdo was an innocent victim and not involved in any drug or criminal activity and was in the wrong place at the wrong time. His story is one of many tragedies coming out of Mexico. The area t hat Salcedo happened to be i n has a well-established seedy reputation, known for kidnap-

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Bobby Salcedo was an assistant principal at Mountain View High School in El Monte, California.

pings, shootouts, and drug purchasing. According to the Los Angeles Times, “People are routinely stopped and checked by gunmen outside Santiago Papasquiaro [a gateway town to Durango].” The gunmen ask people about their gang and drug affiliations. One Southern California immigrant leader said they asked if he was part of the Zetas gang or Sinaloa cartel. The Sinaloa cartel mainly occupies the middle of Mexico. The cartel that the Zetas gang derived from, the Gulf Cartel, has been spreading to the northeastern border region and has been in conflict with the Sinaloa. The middle class in Mexico has been disappearing, and many of the families have

fled. This is due to the increasing crimes of extortion and kidnapping. Business owners have moved their businesses to their homes to avoid looking wealthy. Neighbors call, threatening and extorting each other. In 2006, Mexican president Felipe Calderón declared a war on drugs. He h a s s e nt m a ny m i l it a r y groups out to combat the drug cartels across the country. Since then killings and violence have increased. “Last year, there were over 600 people slain, making Durango the fourth deadliest state,” said Sam Quinones and Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Los Angeles Times. Crime has spread over Mexico due to the authorities’ ineffectiveness. Mexican drug cartels have been engaged in violent conflicts among themselves and Mexican security services. They fight over the narcotics trafficking control routes along the U.S.-Mexican border. In some of t he recent Mexican army and police c on f r ont at ion s w it h t he drug cartels, large firefights have taken place. During these incidents, U. S. c it i z e n s h ave b e e n trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area. The firefights mostly occur in the northern Mexican

Currently, the U.S. MIssion in Mexico restricts non-essential travel within Durango in light of a recent increase in assaults, murders and kidnappings.

states such as Tijauna, Chihuahua City, Monterrey and Ciudad Juarez. The recent violent attacks in Mexico prompted the U.S. Embassy to urge citizens to delay any unnecessary travel to Michoacán and Chihuahua. This violence “includes drug cartels and other associated criminal elements retaliating against individuals who speak out against them or whom they view as a threat to their organization, regardless of citizenship,” according to a U.S. Department of State Travel Alert. This alert states that violence in the country has been increasing and it is “imperative that travelers understand the risk of travel to Mexico, how best to avoid dangerous situa-

tions, and who to contact if one becomes a crime victim.” The USDOS recommends, “U.S. citizens should make every attempt to travel on main roads during daylight hours, which are generally more secure…and are encouraged to stay in well-known tourist areas. Do not display expensive-looking jewelry, large amounts of money, or other valuable items. “Common-sense precautions, such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours and avoiding areas where prostitution and drug dealing might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable.” – Writer Bao Lam is a former student of Mountain View High.

College enrollment up, student employment down Labor Statistics, the numbers of 16 to 24 year-olds employed in September 2009 was 46.1%, the lowest numbers ever recorded since the government began collecting data in 1948. If college students aren’t working then how are they able to live? For a few, parent assistance is the only source of income to help pay for school, gas, food, rent, books, and the other necessary expenditures of college.

by Carrie Vieira Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ationwide college enrollment rates are at an all time high while student employment is at an all-time low. The numbers of 18 to 24-year-olds attending college in the United States hit a record high in October 2009, driven by a recession-era surge in enrollment at community colleges, according to the Pew Research Center. Howe ve r, on e h a s to wonder, “will the lack of employment affect a student’s ability to finish what they’ve started?” According to Elysie Ashburn of The Chronicle of Higher Education in a January 2010 article, “71 percent of those surveyed who had quit college said that work was a factor in their decision, and more than half said it was a major factor. “About 35 percent of those who dropped out said they had tried to balance

during this period, based on the newly released information provided by the U.S.Census Bureau. It is harder for 16 to 24year olds to find employment in the current economy. Unemployment rates are at the highest level in more than a quarter of a century. This has had an especially harsh impact on young adults. According to the Bureau of


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WCC students rush through a crowd of people to get to class.

work and study, and found it too stressful.” Nearly 40 percent of all young adults, 18 to 24, were enrolled in either a two- or four-year college in October 2009 (the most recent date for which nationwide data are available). This is the highest number ever recorded for community colleges. University enrollments have plateaued

O t h e r s t u d e n t s m ay qualify for financial aid. Pell grants may pay for tuition while student loans offset living expenses. But even with the resources available, most students still need to work to make ends meet. After losing his job, one student was forced to quit school after finding employment that conflicted with his class schedule.

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Patrick Hascall Baron Hashimoto Fredrene Balanay Simone DiBiase Adam Gottlieb Alvin Hall Ashley Hobbs Darriel Miller Bao Lam


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Damian Lyman Monika McConnell Victor Siilata Carrie Vieira Kelly Wiles JOURNALISM WRITERS

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WCC students heading for Japan by Ashley Hobbs Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ow do you w i n a free trip to Japan when you’re going to school? Four currently enrolled WCC students — Micaela Gradie, Savannah Adler, Naia Arguire, and Elevila Thompson —found out by being awarded Freeman Foundation scholarships to Japan. Toshi Ikagawa, chair of the college’s International Education Committee, praised the students’ success, saying, “Four students were selected from WCC for the Freeman Japan Program! That is onethird from WCC!” “I’m pretty stoked,” said Thompson about her reaction to receiving the scholarship, which will allow her to experience a different country, different culture and language. The students will be attending and dorming at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology on the western side of Honshu, whereas in previous years students were dorming at Tokai University near Tokyo. While in Japan, these stu-

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(left) Naia Arguire, Micaela Gradie, sensei Lisa Kobuke, Savannah Adler and Elevila Thompson.

dents will be studying the Japanese language. The selected students are enrolled at Kapiolani Community College this spring to immerse themselves in a three-month-long, Monday through Friday class, learning the Japanese language and culture. Then they will be in Japan April 7 through July 31. Most of these students from Windward

have not been to Japan and are not majoring in Japanese. However, Arguire said, “I am leaning toward teaching English as a second language,” which she could research while she is in Japan. The scholarship covers tuition, room, books and most meals at KCC as well as roundtrip airfare from Honolulu, tuition, room, board, and stipend in Japan.

The students submitted an application explaining their general background, the different languages they speak, and school and traveling history. They also provided two letters of recommendation and a transcript showing a GPA of at least a 3.0 as well as a two- to three-page personal statement about how an international experience would help them

reach their academic and career objectives. Two weeks after submitting their applications, they were called into a group interview in front of a panel, including Ikagawa. The panel decides if these students would be able to work well together during the time they are in the program. The winners of the program are notified about two weeks after the interview process. Similar programs are offered for study in Korea and China with an application deadline of March 19, 2010. The Korea opt ion covers Summer 2010 study at KCC followed by spending Fall 2010 in Korea. The China program includes Fall 2010 study at KCC followed by Spring 2011 in China. Ken Kiyohara is in charge of the scholarship at the Honda International Center. If you’re interested in applying for the scholarshp, contact Ikagawa at 236-9216, or Kiyohara at 734-9824,

Grievance process resolves problems S

by Lance Sabado Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief

tudents have the right to exercise their freedom of speech about campus faculty members. But how far is too far? Whether it is a disparaging post on Facebook or an ill-intended sign put up on campus, st udents should know they are always accountable for what they say. They should also know that, according to the student conduc t code, da mag i ng discourse can be grounds for suspension and, if need be, immediate expulsion. WCC Vice Cha ncellor for Student Services Lui Hokoana explains, “The critical component of the student conduct code is that students are in violation if what they are doing is interfering with learning on campus.” Fortunately, there is a grievance process for students who feel the need to file a formal complaint about faculty members. It is described on page 21 of the WCC 2009-2011 course catalog. Basically, students have to go through the following four steps to resolve

a claim: • Resolve the matter with the faculty member within 14 days of the problem. • If the matter is not resolved, the student has seven days af ter t he last meeting with facult y member to file a complaint with the department chair (i.e. humanities, science, language arts, math/business) or the faculty member’s dean. • If the matter is still not resolved, the student has seven days to file a written compla i nt w it h t he Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. • Last, if the matter is still not satisfactorily resolved, the student has seven days to file a written grievance with the chairperson of the Academic Grievance Committee. R ic h a rd Fu lton , Vic e Chancellor for Academic Affairs, spoke favorably of the whole grievance process. Fulton says, “Department chairs and deans tell m e t h at c o mpl a i nt s a r e more common than actual grievances, but grievances are filed—most often over grades. As far as I know, any complaint to a department chair, dean, or vice

chancellor has always been investigated.” Hokoana adds about this, “Complaints can usually be taken care of at the faculty or department level. Most of the time it’s a misunderstanding or a miscommunication between student and faculty.” WCC st udent Tabit ha Salboro feels that students need to be more informed about the whole process. Salboro says, “The grievance process is not something that is talked about around campus. It should be known throughout school so that students know what to do and where to go to report a situation. “Also, maybe the school can have a confidential hotline for students who feel embarrassed about a situation that may have occurred—without all the spotlight,” adds Salboro. In any case, disagreements between students and faculty are inevitable. What the WCC grievance process does is ensure that these disagreements are effectively resolved. However, Fulton maintains that complaints at WCC

are rare. He says, “In my 35 years of academic administration, at six different institutions, I’ve heard fewer concerns by students about WCC faculty than anywhere else. “That speaks well for both the quality and seriousness of our students and faculty.” WCC also maintains formal procedures for resolving student conduct issues, such as impermissible behavior, academic dishonesty, cheating and plagiarism.

WCC Grievance Procedures (see page 21 of course catalog)

1. Try to resolve the issue directly. 2. If this doesn’t work, you have a week to meet with the faculty member’s dean or department chair. 3. Still not satisfied? Write a letter to the vice chancellor for academic affairs within 7 days. 4. Still not resolved? Send a grievance letter to the Chair of the Academic Grievance Committee.

Groundbreaking delay G

by Victor Siilata Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

roundbreak ing for WCC ’s n e w L i b r a r y Learning Commons, originally set for Feb. 25, has been delayed by a month. The new date for the groundbreaking ceremony is now March 19. The rescheduling is to give all contractors submitt i ng bids for t he projec t more time to complete their offers. This extension could save time down the road, according to WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra.

If the bids were accepted as scheduled, there is a chance some of the smaller companies could file an objection, and the appeal process could take months. The month delay will not affect the completion date if everything else goes according to plan, Dykstra added. S o i n t h e me a nt i me, students can enjoy another month of classes without noise, dust and traffic. For t hose wanting to see t he library get started, it’s just another small wait for a process that began long ago.

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Vet assisting interns live the wild life T

by Darriel Miller Ka “Ohana Staff Reporter

he sound of howling dogs, meowing cats and chirping birds filled my ears as I walked through the back doors of Feather and Fur Animal Hospital on my first day of interning. Don’t be fooled by the tranquility of the newly remodeled waiting room; it ’s simply a cover-up for the madhouse behind those closed doors. As an intern in WCC’s new vet assisting program, I’m going to observe and sometimes help with standard procedures common in veterinary practice. I’m scheduled to experience every aspect of the clinic, including the reception area, kennel house and surgery room. If you get a thrill working with animals or feel satisfaction when helping them, then the veterinary assisting program is for you. This

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Darriel Miller watches as two vet techs prepare to draw blood from a feline patient.

two-part introductory program gives you a firm foundation in the basics

of the veterinary field. Although this one-year program only offers a cer-

tificate in veterinary assisting, you may qualify to transfer to a school where you can become a licensed technician. The first semester focuses on building your scientific knowledge of biology and chemistry. Then the second semester gives you the opportunity to apply that knowledge with hands-on experiences in the laboratory and internships at participating veterinary clinics. After years of planning by instructors and animal hospitals across the island, Windward Community College has become the first college in Hawai‘i to offer veterinary-related courses and academic certification in this field. I’m so grateful that WCC was able to develop a program like this. Becuse now I’m able to witness the reality behind those closed doors and work alongside licensed veterinarians and technicians.

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New Rain Bird staff gets ready for their next edition. (from left) Maria Harr, Carrie Vieira, Kelly Sweden, Robert (Chicken) Barclay, Desi Poteet, Molly Arthur.

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by Carrie Vieira Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

ow under way is Rain Bi rd’s newest publ icat ion Ho’opuiwa: A journey into the Creepy, Freaky, and Frightening Realms of Hawai’i. Fo r t h o s e w h o do n’t know, Rain Bird is the college’s annual literary and art journal that publishes WCC’s best works of art, poetry, essays, short stories, and photography. Rain Bird is looking for stor ies a nd work s of a r t that represent the issue’s theme. “ Yo u r c r e a t i v i t y i s h ig h ly e nc ou rag e d. Us e you r i mag i n at ion!” says Robert Barclay, faculty advisor for the Rain Bird. So, if you’re interested in joining the thousands of t hose already published, here’s an easy step-by-step guide to follow: •Collect all t he work

you are entering. •Find an entry form located in the library, outside Rain Bird studio (‘Akoakoa 236), or in the bookstore. The yellow forms are for writing entries, and the bright pink for any forms of art. •Read t he d i rec t ion s carefully. •Fi l l out t he for m(s), at tac h your work(s), a nd drop into one of the creepylooking boxes found in the library, outside Rain Bird’s studio or in the bookstore. •The deadline for written work is Oct. 8, 2010. •The deadline for pieces of art is Oct. 31, 2010. Barclay adds, “We need more artwork this issue! I would love to see more photos, sculptures, ceramics, draw i ngs, a nd pai nt i ngs this year. “Last issue, we received ma ny photos f rom cel l phones, which we no longer accept.”

elcome Back! That was the theme for the Jan. 14 ASUH-WCC event. Live music got people jammin’, campus clubs got them interested and the pizza kept them full. The DeLi ma Oha na played a variety of music: a few oldies, some goodies and even a rendition of Bob Marley’s “Three Little Bi rd s.” The voc a l s wer e constantly met with loud applause. Safe Spaces, Phi Theta Kappa, Ku Pono and t he Music Club were some of the more familiar clubs that were there. Students for a Sensible Drug Policy and the Martial

Arts club are new additions that were also present. 24-hour Fitness also had a boot h t hat offered a wheel of various trial memberships a nd a draw i ng for a six-month free trial. Also, Nicole Kai is an official WCC celebrity since winning the tuition giveaway. Leslie Opulauoho “I was so thrilled to win,” Kai said. “This is Zach Fueston strikes a pose with spring my third time trying 2010 tuition winner Nicole Kai. (for the waiver). “No one educational assistant.” in my family has gone to For t hose of you who college. I’ve been at home missed t h is event, check for six years with my kids, out Mid-Month Munchies but now I want to get my throughout the semester and AA degree and work as an other ASUH-WCC events.

Students needed for new film club T

he Film Club at WCC (TFC@ WCC) offers students an exciting way to create and collaborate in a popular medium within the established structure of Rain Bird, Windward Community College’s literary journal. This semester, the newly launched film club will be producing two short films, as well as planning and preparing for future projects. Since film is not just a “point and shoot” activity, a skillfully rendered film requires the assistance of many hands. TFC@WCC currently meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 3 p.m. in Hale ‘Ākoakoa 236 and will begin film preparation in February.

They are looking for students who are interested in being a part of this groundbreaking club. Prior experience is not necessary. For more information, contact Robert Barclay (rbarclay@ or Desi Poteet ( Looking for: Actors – represent characters on screen. Art Director – works with the director to create sets. Director – responsible for coordinating all aspects of the film. Director of Photography – works with the director to set up and shoot shots. Editing – edits the raw foot-

age into finished product. Graphics – creates graphics for the credits. Lighting – sets up and maintains lighting for the shoot. Make-Up – works with the director and actors on make-up for each character. Music Director – works with the director to create/gather music appropriate to the film. Screenwriter - wordsmith Script Supervisor – maintains continuity from shot to shot. Sound – sets up and maintains the sound during the shoot. Wardrobe – works with the director and actors on clothing choices for each character.

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Transfer workshops scheduled by Adam Gottlieb Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


t some point in everyone’s education, the inevitable questions arise: What will I do next? Will I continue school? Will I enter the workforce? The answers to these loaded questions often do not come easy. However, WCC has a program to help students find the answer that best suits them. From January through March, the college is holding Transfer Workshops aimed at helping students from all academic backgrounds figure out where the next step should lead. Representatives from several universities and academic programs will be on campus to discuss the transition from WCC. These workshops are coordinated by WCC transition counselor Carla Rogers, who said, “Our purpose is not only to have a student get firsthand information, but to make initial contact with representatives from several degree programs.” Rogers added that stu-

dents should do some research and “shop around” for the program that fits them best. The counselors can provide specific information about prerequisite requirements, transfer credit availability, and in some cases, testing requirements. Rogers always urges students to plan ahead for their academic careers and make the most of their time at Windward. Many programs have specific class requirements, which can be satisfied at Windward if the student plans properly. The final workshop is the WCC Graduation Workshop. This is hosted by Rogers on March 9 and 10 from 12:40 – 1:20 p.m. in Hale ‘Ākoakoa 201. This is a mandatory session for students planning to graduate WCC this spring. In this workshop, students are given personal attention and help determining the specific steps in their educational future. Information about specific courses and majors will be presented and discussed to ensure that every student gets the most from their education.

Peer mentors are here to help

In addition to these workshops, WCC will host a series of satellite advising sessions, in which a student can schedule one-on-one time with counselors from UH-Hilo and select programs at UH-Mānoa. These are sessions where students can discuss their specific career goals with counselors providing specific personalized information. Students are free to contact Rogers by calling 235-7387. The following is a short list of some of the many workshops offered: • Thursday, Feb. 11 UHMānoa College of Arts and Sciences. Hale ‘Ākoakoa 201 12:40 – 1:20 p.m. For an individual advising appointment before or after, call Carla Rogers at 235-7387. • Tuesday, Feb. 16 Hawai’i Pac i f ic Un iver sit y. Ha le ‘Ākoakoa 201 12:40 – 1:20 p.m. • Thursday, Feb. 18 UHHilo. Hale ‘Ākoakoa 201 12:40 – 1:20 p.m. • Tuesday, March 2 UH -West Oahu. Hale ‘Ākoakoa 12:40 – 1:20 p.m. • Tuesday, March 9 and 10 WCC Graduation Workshop, Hale ‘Ākoa koa 201 12:40 - 1:20 p.m.

ASUH aims to help community

by Daniel Quinlan Ka ‘Ohana Writer

by Adam Gottlieb Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ave you ever needed a little tutoring help with that one tough WCC teacher? How about information on graduation and transfer requirements? Well, that’s why the college has peer mentors on campus every day school is in session. The mentors are here to assist you in almost anything you need help with that deals with college. They are students who can relate to what students are going through. They’re trained to provide students with information on general degree requirements, academic policies and transfer opportunities. The peer mentors lead student orientations and make students feel welcome by introducing them to teachers and giving campus tours. Hylie Santos, an experienced peer mentor and tutor, said “Every day is different. During the semester, we are either tutors or supplemental instructive leaders.” “We also help with academic advising and orientation as well as attend training sessions, monthly meetings,and complete required reports and evaluations.”


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Free service with a smile! WCC’s peer mentors and counselors can help you in your college adventure.

She added how much she enjoyed being a peer mentor because the group is like one big ‘ohana and hang out together. To become a peer mentor, you’re required to have attended college for at least one year and obtained a minimum of 24 credits and have a 3.0 grade point average or higher. According to Santos, “If you

contact Loke Kenolio, she will schedule an interview with her and two other peer mentors. “Also, you have to bring a resume with you, showing your background, such as schools, jobs, community service, etc. If they feel you would fit the team, they hire you.” She said peer mentors gain many benefits such as making a

whole new group of friends that will treat you like family. You will also be getting paid $9.45 an hour, which is the highest-paying job on campus, as well as working with supervisors who will be able to provide you with a letter of recommendations in the future. For more details, contact

his semester, the WCC student government is reaching beyond campus and aiming to make the community a better place. “I feel it is important for all students to take pride in their community and contribute to society,” said Senator Jason Kamalu-Grupen. On Feb. 11 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. ASUH-WCC will hold a speak out at the Palikū Theatre. The topic will most likely be the Mākua Valley live-fire military training. Mid-Month Munchies will return on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Hale No’eau. This is a chance for students to socialize and eat a free meal. The first evening, nachos will be served. On Thursday, Feb. 18 from 12 to 2 p.m. a fried chicken cookout will be held. Scheduled for March 4 is a fair aimed at convincing students to provide service for their community. Representatives from many service organizations, including the U.S. military, will be on campus.

The design of a new decade

What’s the Oscar buzz? by Kelly Wiles Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


his year, box office hits may very well win an Academy Award. It seems as though around Oscar time we try to figure out what the best movies of the year were. But our opinions don’t always matter when it comes to the Best Picture award. The Academy has to choose one movie that encompasses everything: a good screenplay, great directing and, of course, excellent acting. But the Academy is doing something a little different this year. It’s nominating 10 movies instead of the normal five for Best Picture. It may quite possibly mean that some of the movies we loved to watch will be nominated and one of them may win. There were several huge box office hits this year that come to mind immediately, like “New Moon” (a part of the ‘Twilight’ saga), “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,” and “Avatar” that broke records for box office gross this year. Unlike some years, the box office hits are actually get-

by Lance Sabado Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief


ack in 2000, cynics were saying the Y2K “computer defect” was a ticking time bomb that would bring the modern, tech-dependent world to its knees. Yet somehow we survived — even with 9/11, the Iraq War and the economic meltdown. What a difference 10 years makes: We have the first African-American U.S. president, tech devices for the palm of your hand, worldwide social networking and a mantra of “going green.” The advances of the past decade point us toward the next 10 years and maybe some hope for the future.

ting recognized. But who’s going to take Best Picture of the Year? Movie critic Roger Ebert said, “ ‘Avatar’ is not simply sensational entertainment, although it is that. It’s a technical breakthrough.” Chelsea Furtado, a WCC student said, “I think ‘Nine’ was a great movie. It had good music and a great story line. I feel even though it didn’t win the award for Best Motion Picture (comedy or musical) at the Golden Globes, it should still win for the Oscars.” John Lyman, another Windward student said, “I think ‘The Blind Side’ was the best movie because it was inspirational. The movie had a good meaning; it wasn’t just for entertainment.” Some of the box office hits may also be considered Oscar-worthy. So what does this mean for moviegoers? Maybe it’s possible for a popular movie to also have some substance. But everyone has to wait and find out who will win. So tune in March 7 and see if your predictions become the actual winners.

“Green” is in


And the Academy Award goes to... BEST PICTURE:

“Avatar,” “The Blind Side,” “District 9,” “An Education,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “A Serious Man,” “Up,” “Up in the Air.”


James Cameron, “Avatar”; Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”; Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”; Lee Daniels, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”; Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air.”


Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”; George Clooney, “Up in the Air”; Colin Firth, “A Single Man”; Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”; Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker.”


Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”; Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”; Carey Mulligan, “An Education”; Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”; Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia.”


Matt Damon, “Invictus”; Woody Harrelson,

“The Messenger”; Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”; Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”; Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds.”


Penelope Cruz, “Nine”; Vera Farmiga, “Up In the Air”; Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”; Anna Kendrick, “Up In the Air”; Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”


“Coraline,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Secret of Kells,” “Up.”

‘Avatar’ tops the charts with a classic story


by Simone DiBiase Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

t’s an age-old tale filled with action, romance and a belief in a better world, but is it the best movie of 2009? That judgment depends on whom you talk to, but from t he lines at t he box office, the movie has struck a c hord w it h m i l l ion s of people. The plot goes something like this: In the year 2154, a moon called Pandora is home to an indigenous humanoid species called the Na‘vi. However, their home is threatened by invading humans from the dying planet Earth who have arrived to m i ne a valuable mater ial called Unobtanium. Alt hough t he plot li ne may sound familiar, “Avatar” brings the images to life as never before through the wonders of computer and high-tech magic “It was a terrific retelling of an old and common story line — that of an imperial, colonial power attempting

error the avat a rs a re u nsuccessful in arriving at a peaceful resolut ion, a nd mercenary for c e s s e e m to be the only way to get what the hum a n s wa nt : Empire online the Na’vi peoJake Sully as an avatar played by Sam Worthington. ple to move. “ It wa s n’t a m i l it a r y to conquer and steal the re(unit) but a group of men sources of indigenous groups being paid by a corporation before adequately coming to to defend and provide serunderstand the group’s way of vices to the men in charge life, strengths, knowledge, and of Pa ndora,” said ret ired beauty,” said WCC religion Chief Warrant Officer Dan teacher Sarah Hadmack. Geltmacher. Through science, the hu“That makes them mermans create genetically grown cenaries with rules separate avatars of the Na’vi people. from the U.S. military,” he Their purpose is to find a added. diplomatic solution to moving The k nowledge avathe natives away from a rich tar driver Jake Sully (Sam source of Unobtanium. Worthington) provides the From the perspective of mercenaries is enough to Cpl. Jerome Zaid of the Marine destroy all the Na’vi. HowCorps, the movie portrays ever, his contact with their “how science is often used as culture helps him see a bigger a cover story. It really opens picture. Sully learns of their your eyes to what goes on.” Despite much trial and higher power, Eywa, and of

their deep connection to their surroundings. “The religious beliefs are very similar to what characterizes indigenous fa it h s: l iv i ng i n ha r mo ny with nature, showing g r a t it u d e a n d o f f e r i n g prayer when the life of an animal is taken, a strong sense of interconnectedness and more so, of interdependence, belief in a n i m i sm, a nd h av i ng a shaman for healing,” says Hadmack. Th i s con nec t ion a nd

faith is what leads Jake to fight with the Na’vi as one of them. In 1994, Cameron had an 80-page script with the title “Avatar” attached to it, but the technology to bring his vision to life was non-existent. He knew he had to wait. Now, more than 10 years later, his vision has been shared with millions around the world. Ent icing graph ics and special effects pushed “Avatar” to the top of the box office charts.


Love interest Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana, teaches Jake Sully the ways of the Na’vi and how to live harmoniously with nature.

new movement has swept the nation and the careful use of our natural resources has become a number-one priority. “Going green” is the cause, and the goal is for people to make environmentally efficient decisions and lead ecologically responsible lives. As consumers, the ultimate intent is to lessen consumption and “buy green.” Specifically, consumers are being asked to recycle, use less electricity and water and buy products that are eco-friendly. On the corporate side, the movement mostly involves saving energy. Big companies, like General Electric, are finding new ways to use less fossil fuel—as a CNBC report revealed that industrial use makes up for two-thirds of the energy consumed by the United States. All in all, “going green” is having global repercussions. The philosophy behind the movement is that by taking the right steps to save the environment, we can improve our overall quality of life. As Mohandas Gandhi once put it, “There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”

Preoccupation with online communication


riting letters has become a thing of the past—mainly because of sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Nowadays, you are out of the social loop if you haven’t subscribed to one of these networking Web sites. Recent Facebook statistics show that it has 350 million active users. MySpace, which has recently fallen behind Facebook in usage, boasts that one in four Americans is or has been a member of its site. According to Nielsen Online, Twitter had an incredible yearly growth rate of 1,382 percent, from February 2008 to February 2009. In addition, the same Web site indicated that “blogging and networking sites make up for almost 10 percent of time spent on the Internet—more than on email.” Clearly, online social networking has revolutionized our means of communication both locally and worldwide.

Obama overcomes odds


fter 43 presidents and over 200 years, America has elected its first black president. “In this case, hope has won over prejudice—this is good for the United States and the world as a whole,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin in a Reuters news report. From the beginning, Barack Obama campaigned that he would bring about change for the country—mainly in matters of the economy, health care, alternative energy and education. He’s even been quoted as saying that he wants America to hold him and the government accountable for this change. According to, a service from the St. Petersburg Times that measures the promises kept by politicians, Obama has made good on approximately 20 percent of his campaign promises in his first year as president. Many consider Obama becoming president a momentous feat. As he once said in a convention speech, “In no other country on Earth is my story even possible.”

Gadgets and gizmos aplenty


ellular phones with multiple applications, vehicles with a global positioning system (GPS) and little mechanisms that hold and play thousands of music files—these are some of the decade’s most cutting-edge inventions. It all started with the cell phone. First, phones that featured simple text messaging were popular. Then, phones with picture and video-taking capabilities became big. Now, the craze is touch-screen cell phones with Internet access. Also popular at the moment are automobiles with GPS. The function, which is to direct a driver to a particular destination, makes asking for directions unnecessary and, furthermore, getting lost unlikely. Last but not least, we have the infamous iPod. Although CD’s once seemed useful, they were limited to the number of songs they could hold and required lugging around a clunky player. With the iPod, you can download and listen to thousands of songs and fit it comfortably in the your pocket. We want our technology to be both practical and fun. Where simplicity was once sufficient, we have been spoiled by these new apps and can now have the best of both worlds.

Will you be my ‘green’ valentine? “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But wait a second, Romeo. There is a difference between an organically grown rose and one that is mass-produced for Valentine’s Day. Most of the commercially sold flowers in the U.S. are imported— most likely due to the low wages offered in other countries and free use of pesticides. So although Romeo was correct in his comparison for his time, in today’s world a locally or organically grown rose could smell a little sweeter. Why not forget roses altogether and go a bit exotic with an orchid or other tropical plants that are grown in Hawai‘i? But there is still another option: give a gift of seeds with an attractive container that can be personalized. If your valentine has a sweet tooth for chocolates, there

is a variety of choices —from organic, Fair-Trade or Rainforest Alliance chocolates. However, if you’re thinking of a little bling, take into consideration vintage, recycled or jewelry designed by local jewelers that use environmentally certified gold and conflict free diamonds as well as other gem stones. Hemp, a renewable resource, comes in a variety of forms. There is hemp lingerie and cards made from hemp as well. You can find them at www. and at Or instead of buying a card this year, why not make your own card or give your valentine a handwritten love letter during a picnic dinner at the beach or a romantic candlelit homemade dinner at home. The options are really limitless. Just be informed and add a bit of green to that red Valentine — Monika McConnell, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter this Feb. 14.

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Paliku Arts Festival set for 2011 by Akela Newman Ka ‘Ohana Writer


indward Community College’s firstever Palikū Arts Festival is set for spring of 2011 to affirm WCC’s status as a community cultural center and bid temporary adieu to drama professor Ben Moffat. It will feature a Cirquestyle performance, shows in Gallery ‘Iolani and Imaginarium, local music, food, and interactive activities for everyone. “The Palikū Arts Festival will celebrate the creative impulse in all individuals,” said Moffat, who also serves as humanities department chair. “It will promote WCC’s fine and performing arts programs, the University of Hawai‘i and will build goodwill in the community.” The humanities department and Moffat will manage the coordination of the familyfriendly event. The theme of the festival will be “Exploration: Reaching out and Trying Something

New,” according to Moffat. The goal is to make the event as interactive as possible, with hands-on activities in visual and performing arts scattered around Pālanakila’s building and lawn. Mof fat s ays st ude nt s will be the backbone of the operation. They ’l l be t ra i ned i n lighting, design, sound, and event management—valuable skills in Hawai‘i’s tourism industry—and will be offering short workshops in the arts, performing, and circus skills. Any and all students are invited to participate in the event. Also included in the festivities will be local artists and performing groups. The Arts Festival will also be a farewell for Moffat, who will resign from his teaching position at about the same time. He said he wants to focus on his own work and to help out his family in maintaining their historic farm in

Wisconsin. “My plan is to be there for six months, and here offering workshops for six months each year,” he explained. The estimated cost to produce the event is about $18,000. Income to support the event will come from grants, the drama club and the renting of tent space for food and craft vendors. Co-sponsors may also include Kokua Palikū, the Wi ndward Arts Cou ncil, ASUH-WCC, Hawaiian and other cultural groups. Moffat said he envisions an art village where anywhere you went, you could experience performance and art in a direct way. It has been the goal of many of WCC’s faculty to turn the college into a community cultural center, and the festival will help bring that dream to life. “I see (the festival) as gently surrealistic,” says Moffat. Anyone interested in participating in the festival can contact Moffat at 236-9138 or

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The Paliku Arts Festival will feature Cirque-like performances.

Best album 2009 ‘Bitte Orca’ Gallery ‘Iolani Exhibit W

CC’s Gallery ‘Iolani presents “Confrontation/Contemplation” through March, showing two emerging artists on the Hawai‘i art scene, Neale Asato and Joe Bright. Bright’s collage of humanity reflects on the human condition; Neal Asatoʻs work

by Damian Lyman Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


n t he realm of popular music, the ‘00’s followed a peculiar trajectory. Just nine short years ago, rap-metal was the most pervasive form of rock n’ roll. Rolling Stone wrote articles about how Limp Bizkit was the “future of rock n’ roll.” Luckily, their clairvoyance was clouded, and bands like Korn were out of a job by ’04. The second half of the decade saw the unlikely rise of indie-rock, a direct result of the Garden State soundtrack. Trust me, when music historians look back on this decade, they’ll agree. In 2009, the word “indie” went from unknown to ubiquitous to laughable. Indie’s previously good name was defaced; any band with a quirky singer and a synthesizer got haphazardly thrown in this category. 2009 saw a surplus of t he s e ba nds, some good (Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective), most bad (MGMT). The indie fad has engendered a new army of persnickety (yeah, I dropped the P Bomb), cooler-than-thou music fans who yearn for obscure music only to be

includes paintings, installation and video. Keiko Hatano curates the exhibition. The gallery is open Monday – Friday and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. and Monday, Tuesday 6 – 8 p.m. For more information, contact gallery director Toni Martin at 236-9150.

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Cover of 2009’s best album “Bitte Orca” by the Dirty Projectors.

able to drop a new band’s name in casual discourse. It’s infuriating. Dirty Projectors’ June release, “Bitte Orca,” was the best album of 2009 because it rose above all that snooty indie hoopla. It’s a fun, uplifting rock record without all that artsy pretense other new rock albums tend to have. Th e s o n g “ Te m e c u l a Sunrise” starts innocently enough, with lead singer Dave Long st r e t h’s te nor voice paired with upbeat acoustic guitar doodling. However, the floodgates give way at the chorus. Ex-

plosive cymbals and snare fills compete for space. Beautiful three-person harmonies swell and disappear. What sounds like 20 different guitars come and go. Time signatures change. Instruments float in and out of tempo. Nothing should make sense – but it does. On paper “Temecula Sunrise” sounds self-indulgent and scattershot – but it’s not. Somehow ever y t h i ng adds up on “Bitte Orca,” and the sum is irresistibly catchy rock music that you can dance to. I dare you to listen to this record and not be happy.

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From left to right, students Karen Bauder, Maria Harr and Seth Franke.

“The Velveteen Rabbit” Last chance to catch performances at the Paliku Theatre – Saturday Feb. 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m and Sunday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m.

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Team USA ready for Vancouver “W

by Baron Hashimoto Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter

Lindsey Vonn Women’s alpine skiing

In 2002, Lindsey Kildow married ith glowing hearts,” Vancouver, BC, Canada will play host fellow Olympian and former U.S. ski to the 2010 Winter Olympics. The opening ceremony is team athlete Thomas Vonn. Feb. 12 and the closing ceremony is Feb. 28. Born in St. Paul, Minn., Lindsey With over 80 nations participating in 86 events, Team USA has Vonn was on skis at 2 years old. four athletes in their 20’s who are hoping to bring home the gold. Ryan Miller, Apolo Anton Ohno, Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White are a few of the athletes Team USA can rely on to win medals.

Ryan Miller Men’s hockey, Goalie

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With his unique style of goaltending, Ryan Miller was selected 138th in the 1999 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabers. Miller, 29, attended Michigan State where he became only the second goalie to ever win the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best collegiate hockey player. There’s no denying hockey is in his

Apolo Anton Ohno

Men’s short track speed skating

When some hear the name Apolo Anton Ohno, they may think of the man who won the 2007 season of “Dancing with the Stars.” But at 27, Ohno is also possibly the best short track speed skater in the world. Early in Ohnoʻs childhood, his father, Yuki Ohno, was concerned that his son would become a latchkey kid. This encouraged him to get his son involved with competitive swimming and inline speed skating to fill his spare time. The young Ohno went on to win the Washington state championship in the breaststroke. But even with his success in swimming, Ohno still preferred inline speed skating. As an amateur athlete he was a finalist for the Sullivan Award, which recognizes the best amateur athlete in the U.S., in 2002, 2003 and 2006. In his first attempt for gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Ohno competed in three races — the 500m, 1,000m, and 1,500m. After getting disqualified in the

blood. Miller’s brother Drew and his three cousins also played in the NHL. Becoming a starter hasn’t been easy for Miller who worked his way through the Sabers system, but once he was given the job in 2006 he hasn’t relinquished his place between the pipes. In his six seasons with the Sabers, Miller has accumulated over 170 wins and was named the starting goalie for the 2007 Eastern Conference All-Star team. In 2006, Miller’s dreams of playing for Team USA were cut short due to a thumb injury, but now in 2010 Miller is healthy and a shoo-in for Team USA. On the side, Miller has appeared in an Amp Energy Drink commercial with fellow goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin, where they traded verbal jabs at one another in a competition called “The Dozens Shootout.” Miller eventually won with the line “Yo’ mama’s so ugly, she made an onion cry,” which he delivered in Chinese. But he’s not all fun and games. Along with his father, Miller started the Steadfast Foundation, which supports cancer patients and their families. If Team USA hopes to win a medal in men’s hockey, their dreams may lie in the hands of Miller. 500m, Ohno went on to win the silver in the 1,000m, and then won the gold in the 1,500m. Overall, Ohno has won five medals in the Winter Olympics (two gold, one silver and two bronze), which ties him

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Early in her career she became the first American to win at Italy’s Trofeo Toplino, a competition for skiers of 11-14 years old in slalom. Now 26 years old, Vonn is as ac-

complished as any downhill skier in the world with over 30 wins in World Cup compet it ion i n four disciplines: the downhill, Super G, slalom, and super combined. Vonn made her Winter Olympic debut in 2002 compet ing in the slalom and finishing sixth in combined. At her second Winter Olympics, Vonn crashed while training and was evacuated by helicopter. She returned the following day with a bruised hip and finished eighth in competition. This act of bravery earned Vonn t he U.S. Olympic Spirit Award, which is given to the athlete who best represents the Olympic spirit. In 2008 and 2009, Vonn accomplished something no American woman has ever done. She became the first to win back-to-back overall World Cup championships. With no Olympic medals around her neck, Vonn is reaching her peak and is undoubtedly an athlete who’ll be making noise on the slopes during the 2010 Olympics.

Shaun White Men’s snowboarding

Known as “The Flying Tomato,” Shaun White, 23, is a professional snowboarder and skateboarder from Carlsbad, California who started snowboarding at the youthful age of 6 and became a professional at age 13. This makes the high-flying redhead one of the youngest to ever accomplish such a feat. But before all the highs in his life, White went through two open-heart operations at the age of 5 because he was born with a congenital heart defect. White’s fame blew up, in a good way, due to the popularity of the Winter X Games snowboard competitions; he has medaled every year since 2002. With 14 medals at the Winter X Games (9 gold, three silver, and two bronze), he’s won the snowboard slopestyle four years in a row, making him the first male athlete to do so. White is also becoming recognized

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worldwide with his own video game “Shaun White Snowboarding.” A legend in the making, White looks to add to his already substantial collection of medals during the 2010 Winter Olympic games. The sky’s the limit for “The Flying Tomato.”

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with Eric Heiden for the most medals won by an American athlete. The 2010 Olympic games give Ohno a good chance to become the most decorated American athlete in the Winter Olympics.

“I couldn’t turn down the job after I’d been looking for over five months,” said Roman Yelton, former WCC student. “It really sucks that I can’t finish school now because I had to work, but what were my choices? I have to have gas and food to come to school. “My Pell grant was not enough money to cover the entire semester. I hope I can return soon, but I just don’t know how I can do it. Working fulltime at minimum wage doesn’t allow much room for class and study time.” This feeling may be shared by countless other students. We may nevver truly know the impact this recession has had on students nationally.

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WCC ‘Talk Story’ with the stars b y P a t t y Yo n e h i r o Ka ‘Ohana Assistant Editor


ward-winning singersongwriter Jerry Santos, best known for his work with the group Olomana and signature song ”Ku‘u Home O Kahalu‘u,” will be featured at the next “Talk Story” session March 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. at WCC’s Palikū Theatre. Santos has been recognized with many awards for both traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. WCC professor Ron Loo said, “Santos and many others have been a part of the Hawaiian renaissance and have helped to influence the sound of Hawaiian music today. “We have had some of the greats here: Aunty Genoa, Cyril Pahinui, Puakea Nogelmeier.” The list goes on. Also confirmed in t he line-up for this semester are local entertainment icons Nina

Keali‘iwahamana and Tony Conjugacion, scheduled to appear on March 10 at Palikū Theatre from 2 to 3 p.m. Loo explained bringing local stars to campus for “Talk Story” and Hawaiian music workshop series helps “to bring visibility to the Hawaiian studies program and showcase the Hawaii Music Institute (HMI).” He said the events also help to recognize the people who have been instrumental in some phase of Hawaiian culture, music, language and to show the contribution of these luminaries. “I think it’s important for us to witness this kind of talk story because it doesn’t happen too often today, and all of our greats are slowly slipping away or are in ill health. It’s important to recognize them while we still can,” added Loo. When recalling the many artists who have already par-

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ticipated in the series, Loo commented, “You can’t beat sitting just a few feet away from the best. We need to learn what we can from these great artists while they’re still around.” Loo is a professor of slack key guitar, philosophy, and the coordinator for HMI. He would like for people to know that HMI and the “Talk Story” series

“does not just do Hawaiian stuff. (HMI) has also featured top piano, voice, and wants to bring in banjo or bluegrass guitar to broaden what they do here.” Loo was passionate when he said, “We want to bring in and share the best. It’s important for our students and the surrounding community to know that this is a ‘community college’ and it

is here for them. We want to see them take ownership. “So, that’s where we’re going or where we hope to be. Hopefully, not long before I leave this Earth, I’d like to see a two- or three- day folk music festival here in five years. Do you think we’re ready for it?” For more information, contact Loo at

Students benefit from service-learning option by Fredrene Balanay Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter


ooking for a way to make your college career more meaningful? A growing number of WCC students are finding ways to connect their class work to community service through “service-learning.” The service-learning program on campus, coordinated by anthropology teacher Pam DaGrossa, has more than 190 sites where students can provide community service and earn course-related credit for what they do. Wo r k s i t e s i n c l u d e Hakipu’u Learning Center, Hawa i ia n Hu ma ne Soc iety, Blood Bank of Hawaii, ASUH-WCC, Democ rat ic Party of Hawaii, Boys & Girls Club Windward, Bristol Hospice, and more. “Service-learning allows students to put into practice the skills and education they possess in a real life situation, and to grow from it,” says DaGrossa. “It’s a wonderful way to enhance learning and, hopefully, promote awareness for one’s community.” H a k i p u ’u L e a r n i n g Center’s administrator Teri Maneha adds, “Volunteering opens career opportunities. My volunteer work prepared me for the paid opportunity I now call a career.” To qualify, students must first be enrolled in classes listed with the servicelearning component. They

Servicelearning coordinator Pam DaGrossa volunteers at the Hawaiian Humane Society.

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“The servicelearning option is a great opportunity to link personal interest, community service and academic learning.” – Pam DaGrossa must also complete at least 20 hours at an approved work site and other specified requirements from their instructor. At the end of their service and program completion, students receive a certificate of recognition and partial

course credit. Community service must be coursework related. For Kehau Iwashita, who attended the first information session this semester, service-learning is volunteering with a purpose. “I was interested in volunteering with Debi Hartman n (of t he Democratic Party) because I have some election experience. I worked the voter registration site at Windward Mall one election,” she says. “However, I was thinki n g a b o ut vo lu nt e e r i n g through the program for the experience, not really for a class. It’s better than randomly showing up at a place and being like ‘I’m here to

volunteer’.” Daniel Kamalu-Grupen, DaGrossa’s student aide, said his experience has opened him up to the opportunities and rewards of community service. “If I had more time, I would volunteer more. But I was accepted to serve with the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps on Maui this coming summer,” he explains. “It’s centered on rebuilding and protecting the environment. I think it will be a good experience, and I can hardly wait.” WCC student Michele Lorenz, who completed her service project last fall, said the program helped her understand how far community

service can reach. At Fi rst Presbyter ia n Church, her duties ranged from front desk clerical work to fundraising assistance, recycling projects, and gathering other contributions through the church for the community. “I was truly impressed with how the church helps so many people, both locally and internat ionally,” she explains. “The church even helped the orphans in the Philippines, and now those in Haiti.” Aside from her volunteer work, she was required to keep a daily journal of her activities and to write up her experience at the end of her service for her religion class. Lorenz is currently looking for another service-learning opportunity. “Apart from the satisfaction you receive from doing something for your community, service-learning is the inspiration to continue helping your community,” Lorenz adds. “I encourage all students to consider it because it feels great to help others,” says DaGrossa. “The servicelearning option is a great opportunity to link personal interest, community service, and academic learning.” For a complete list of courses and work sites, an application packet, and additional information, visit the Service-Learning Office in Hale Na’auao 132.

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What was the last decade’s biggest event? Will this decade be better than the last? MOST NEWSWORTHY EVENTS Events that are mostly played over in my mind are September 11, the presidential election of Barack Obama, the war in Iraq, and the effects of global warming. The reason being … they will directly impact my generation and my children. I think that September 11 is the most memorable event because it had a domino effect on everything else that occurred. Barack Obama’s ele c t ion i s not on ly i mp or t a nt because he is t he f irst AfricanAmerican president, but because U.S. citizens are looking to him to fix all of the issues. — Kellie Vause President Obama taking office is the most newsworthy event that took place in political history. Love him or hate him, he and his presidential campaign will fill chapters in our future history books. It shows how much our society has evolved. — Kaahu Alo The most newsworthy event was obviously 9/11. Without a doubt, it will forever define the last decade. It thrust us into a war that was long overdue in my opinion —the War on Terror. That si ngle ac t of ter ror ism was a final catalyst to involve the greatest nation on earth to openly confront those that would subjugate others to their beliefs via terror and intimidation. — Jamie Bronson I feel that this decade will be more historically significant than

the last. The U.S. currently faces much adversity and the decisions of this decade to come may define our country and its policies. The most memorable and newsworthy event of the last decade was, hands down, 9/11. The events that took place shook an entire nation and changed many aspects of life in our society. — Jake Crocker I am not sure whether this decade will be better than the last, but I sure hope it will be. As I look back I remember 9/11, President Bush declaring a “War on Terror” the Y2K scare, many natural disasters, and the economic meltdown. None are more memorable than another, but I think the biggest event was 9/11. Americans felt fear and did not feel comfortable living here. The whole world felt fear that terrorists could easily hijack a plane and kill thousands of people. — Samantha Tanginoa I feel that having Barack Obama win the election and become our first black president was amazing because back in the day we never accepted black people at all and now we put a black man in a position to run our country. … I think now that he is our president, when his years are over, there will be more African-Americans running for office. We have come from such a racial country to now an equal rights country and that took a big turn with the United States. — Teresa Donoghue

PREDICTING THE NEXT DECADE I don’t believe this decade will be better than the last because in the past 10 years we have done great damage that most likely won’t see a change for more than a decade. The situation with global warming is going to get worse because not everyone is doing his or her part to make a difference. By “going green” we have it in our hands to make a change; however, these are things that are out of our control like all natural disasters that have hit many, many people. This takes a toll on the world. ­— Jennifer Simao No, because the wars on civilizations need to stop. The leaders of the countries need to come together. The greediness of every country needs to stop. In order for this decade to be better our world leaders, our nations, our people need to be “educated.” We need to leave our children a better future. — Adrian Keohohalole I’m going on a positive note and saying that yes, this decade will get better. It’s been so bad these past years: the economy going down, the many natural disasters, war, and the idea that global warming is approaching us. I think that because of our experiences, some being personal, we realize that we need to do things the right way and prevent the bad and the negative from happening. — Mollie Bruhn What can one say about a decade that began with Y2K and ended with H1N1? I think many political, economic

and environmental movements were put into motion by the events of the past decade— event such as 9/11, the Iraq war, the economic meltdown, and various earthquakes and tsunamis. Sadly, I don’t believe it’s going to get “better.” These things have happened throughout history and the time between such happenings seems to be decreasing. — Arlena Nunes I believe that this decade will be worse than the last due to the economic meltdown. America’s debt has grown out of control, and for that reason our generation and future generations to come will have to carry that burden. Furthermore, global warming is a major international issue that is still on the increase because of a lack of cooperation by the people and a shortage of funds to finance projects that will result in renewable energy resources. — Kau Ohelo Yes, because every day that passes is a work in progress. We learn something new each day to better ourselves and better our lifestyles. In the last 10 years we have gone from emailing our friends constantly to going on Myspace and getting in touch with friends and family we haven’t talked to in years. Then came along Facebook. Now you can find and keep people posted with how life is, one sentence at a time all the time. — Joe Lichota

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Feb./Mar. Calendar


Graduates: The Bookstore will be taking cap and gown orders until Feb. 26 for those graduating this semester. Grade check with a counselor is required before placing an order.

“Confrontation/ Contemplation” Gallery ‘Iolani

Tue sd ay




Transfer Workshop Stargazing 7 p.m., Imaginarium Chaminade University 12:40 - 1:20 p.m., Hale ‘Ākoakoa 201



Through March 5




Transfer Workshop UHM College of Arts & Sciences 12:40 - 1:20 p.m., Hale ‘Ākoakoa 201



Cosmic Perceptions 7 p.m. Imaginarium


“The Velveteen Rabbit 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Palikū Theatre

ASUH-WCC Presents Speak-Up Series 12- 2 p.m. Palikū Theatre


“The Velveteen Rabbit 2 p.m., Palikū Theatre

Transfer Workshop Hawai‘i Pacific University 12:40 - 1:20 p.m., Hale ‘Ākoakoa 201


Chemistry Forum “Chemical Terrorism” 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ‘Imiloa 111









ASUH-WCC presents Mid-Month Munchies 4 - 6 p.m., Hale Pālanikila

Transfer Workshop UH Hilo 12:40 - 1:20 p.m., Hale ‘Ākoakoa 201

Hakuoh University Handbell Choir 7 p.m. Paliku Theatre

ASUH-WCC presents Mid-Month Munchies Noon - 2 p.m, Hale Na‘auo


Transfer Workshop Sky Pirates KCC Nursing Program 7 p.m. Imaginarium 12:40 - 1:20 p.m., Hale ‘Ākoakoa 201



Transfer Workshop Hawaiian Music Workshop ASUH-WCC Presents UH West O‘ahu Jerry Santos Speak-Up Series 12:40 - 1:20 p.m., Hale ‘Ākoakoa 201 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Palikū Theatre 12- 2 p.m. Pālanikila Courtyard

Women’s History Month line-up Wednesday, March 10, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in ‘Ākoakoa 105. Hadmack brings her vast knowledge and her subject to life. She makes clear the complex and transports her students to another realm of thought.

P. Jayne Bopp, WCC’s Office of University Partners coordinator and sociology lecturer, will speak on “Women in Sociology”

Tu e s d a y M a r c h 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Kuhina 115. Teacher, student, daughter and mother among other titles, Jayne Bopp, will offer a critique of feminism. According to the WHM Web site, she will talk about how this movement in the U.S. was started by white, middle/upper class, educated, heterosexual women. Also how, given this history, it has excluded large numbers of women in its fight for “equality.”

T h u r s d a y, M a rc h 11, 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in ‘Ākoakoa 105. As a young girl, Ann Lemke was inspired by other women, authors such as Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson and Flannery O’Connor. Lemke stays strong through adversity with her handsome yellow Labrador companion, Yukon, by her side.

Nancy Ali, WCC’s Imaginarium manager and lecturer/ instructor will focus on “Women and Archaeoastronomy”

T hursday March 18, 12:40 -1:20 p.m. in Kuhina 115. “I became interested in archaeoastronomy because it humanizes astronomy,” says Nancy Ali. Ali is the author of the “Eye on The Sky” column for the Honolulu StarBulletin, and will be talking about Anne Sofaer, the person who started the non-profit Solstice Project, dedicated to the study of Chaco Canyon.

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Chigawa thinks that since more generations of families are enrolling in community colleges, their children are seeing the benefits and college is not as intimidating as it once was. Also, since they are succeeding, students are building a stronger academic base and are able to stay in college. Both Chigawa and Hokoana speculate that the surge will maintain its present numbers but aren’t sure it will increase. Students seem to be coming to school for a variety of reasons — for better job skills or even to train for

from page 1 Ann Lemke, WCC’s disability/admissions counselor; Early Admit and Running Start counselor.

Sarah Hadmack, religion instructor, will highlight “Female Deities”



a different career. “I came back to school (here at WCC) to take an accounting course as a sort of refresher before I continue on towards getting my master’s,” says Tama Si’ilata, a University of Utah economics graduate. “It’s also cool because my brother and my cousin are enrolled here.” As for this reporter, I returned to school after about 13 years of working with troubled youth and felt a need to change fields due to burnout. Luckily, for me, WCC has the financial aid and academics I need to succeed.






Excellence in Education Conference No Classes

Orchid theft reported


ANTED: the return of a miniature cymbidium orchid plant taken from the current display in the WCC library. Its owner, circulation manager Diane Teramoto, said the plant has “great sentimental value” and has issued a plea to have the orchid returned — no questions asked. “The orchid was very valuable to me because both my parents loved orchids,” she explained.“I brought the orchid in a ceramic planter to complement the exhibit. I never dreamed that someone would steal the plant, and I was very disappointed.”

Workshop highlights science careers for women If you’re a woman interested in science, technology or engineering, you’re invited to attend a free workshop, “Light Magic — an Introduction to the Beauty of Optics” Friday, Feb. 19 at Leeward Community College. The two-hour workshop will be offered three times during the day at 9 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. The presenter is Leslie Bailey, an optomechanical engineer working for Oceanit Laboratories on Maui, a company that deploys small telescopes around the world. Of the students who attend the workshop, five will be awarded a trip to Oceanit Laboratories on Maui to see the career opportunities available in Hawai‘i for women interested in light engineering. The students will be chosen based on essays that describe the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers they hope to pursue. To register for the workshop, go to http://

Ka Ohana Feb 2010  

Student newspaper spring 2010

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