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Men’s v-ball team wins the state title

‘42’ touches all the bases in this biopic Entertainment Page 5

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Nothing on earth is ‘unnatural’

Riverside City sweeps GWC in softball

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ASGWC posts and $1 fee on student ballot

Peace on earth

Some positions will be unfilled By Catherine George Westerm Sun staff writer Students at Golden West College can decide not only who will fill five positions in campus student government, but also whether to assess themselves a $1 fee for “student representation.” Voting will conducted April 29-May 2 via Blackboard Learn (see sidebar for instructions), according to the college Student Activities office. Those elected will serve for the 2013-24 academic year. Running for president of the Associated Students of Golden West College are Thuy Nguyen and Mitchell Jimenez. Running unopposed for vice president is Catherine Bui. Seeking the post of activities commissioner will be Carolina Ramirez and Lisbett Jimenez. Running unopposed will be Kyle Murphy (finance commissioner) and Porscia Horsath (club commissioner). The posts of student advocate, public relations officer and sustainability commissioner attracted no qualified candidates, so will be filled in the fall either by presidential appointment or an election. Studentts must carry at least five units of academic work at GWC and maintain a garde point average of at least 2.5

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n Log onto Blackboard Learn (https:// gwc.blackboard.com/). Use your myGWC user name and password to login. n Once signed in, click the link for “GWC Student Elections” under My Organizations” to cast your vote. The $1 fee being proposed would go towards lobbying on behalf of community college students at the local, county and state levels. Even if student voters approve the levy, individuals can still opt out of paying during the registration process, as they also can for the College Services fee. In ordet to go into effect, the fee would have to get twothirds approval from a voting turnout of 95 voters.

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ARMAN SADEGHI spoke to an audience of several hundred in the Student Center at Friday’s Seventh Annual Peace Conference at Golden West College. Sadeghi, founder and CEO at All Green Recycling, spoke about the proper way to recycle electronic waste such as computers, monitors and cell phones. He was one of 21 guest speakers for the event, which aims at “creating peace through sustainability, education, non-violence, conscious democracy and artistic creativity.”

4th college system coming? By Carly Kazempoor Western Sun staff writer Technology is definitely shaping the world in many different ways, but how is it going to affect our education system?  That question may be answered with the proposal of a new system of higher education- – the New University of California. Possibly joining the University of California, Cali-

fornia State University and California community colleges, this new system stands out from the predecessors. It would not charge tuition, hire professors or even offer classes. The plan is to award degrees based on mastery of skills and subjects, despite the student’s educational background. Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-Santa Calrita) came up with the idea, claiming he desires to

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make college more accessible for Californians. He then proposed a bill to the California State Assembly for this new type of higher education institution, in which passing exams earned students course credit, eventually earning a degree after passing enough exams in their field. Titled AB 1306, the bill explains that the goal of the university is “for its students Continued on page 2


Sarah Craig will play for Great Britain

Tom Cruise takes you to ‘Oblivion’

Entertainment Page 7

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Goodbye to opinions forever

Baseball team lands four on all-OEC team

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Volume 47, Number 14 n Golden West College n May 8-22, 2013 n www.westernsun.us

$1 student fee hike rejected by GWC voters

Summer classes to start soon By Carly Kazempoor, Western Sun staff writer It’s safe to say that most of us look forward to summer, the heat, the movies and the time to relax with no classes to attend to. Of course, too much of anything can eventually get tiring. If you’re looking for something else to occupy your time this summer, sign up for summer classes. Thanks to the additional educational funding of Prop 30, Golden West College is offering 95 classes this summer, a huge increase from previous years. A variety of different subjects are being offered. Summer classes can provide a student the opportunity to take classes that are required to graduate. Depending on your situation, financial aid may be available for summer courses. To apply for financial aid, students can go to the financial aid office and complete a FAFSA, or the FAFSA application can be found on-line under the financial aid services at the Golden West College web site. In order to determine if a student is eligible for financial aid, a FAFSA application must be completed. Even if you are not planning on attending summer session, it is a good time to complete any financial aid paperwork in order to be considered for Fall 2013 and spring 2014 session. Registration for summer courses begins May 20th for continuing GWC students, May 24 for new and returning Continued on page 3

Michael Jimenez has been elected the new student body president for Golden West College by the same voters who rejected a proposed $1 student representation fee. In results announced Monday afternoon, Jimenez outpolled Thuy Nguyen by a margin of 55 percent to 42.3 percent out of 161 votes cast. The fee, which required a two-thirds vote, failed to even get a majority, losing 57 percent to 39 percent. The $1 levy would have gone toward lobbying on behalf of community college stu-

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THE CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDEN at GWC.

HIDDEN BEAUTY By Dan Bourland Western Sun enterainment editor For years the Golden West College community garden has been a place hidden away but now we can get an inside look at this unique garden. The garden is located next door to the newly built library on the Goldenwest Street side of campus and has been a work in progress for nearly 40 years under the care of former groundskeeper and currwent volunteer Dan Songster. The garden features dozens of native plants and is inhabited by native birds and creatures. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this beautiful place. The garden has been around since the Seventies but the garden is not yet completed. According to Songster, the garden

dents at the local, county and state levels. In other results of Associated Students of Golden West College balloting, Catherine Bui won 86 percent of the vote for vice president, running unopposed. Porscia Horvath, also unopposed, won the office of club consultant with 90 percent of the votes. The race for student activities commissioner saw Lizbett Rodriguez win with 55 percent, compared to 42 percent for Carolina Ramirez. Kyle Murphy, running unopposed, got 83 percent.

Graduation ceremony set for May 23 here The Golden West College commencement ceremony for 2013 will be held on Thursday, May 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the central quad area of campus. Graduation exercises are expected to last two hours. A reception for all graduates and their guests will be held in the quad immediately following the ceremony. A graduation rehearsal will be held in the central quad at 1:30 p.m. Grads should check in a 4:30 p.m.; the processional formation is set to start at 5:30 p.m. To participate in the commencement, a graduate must

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Shop without emptying your tank

Holdouts holding up loyal fans Sports. Page 11

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Heads up!

Three spots in ASGWC council are now open Finance, club, activities posts up By Dale Lendrum Western Sun news editor Looking to be more active on campus? Interested in testing the political waters? Or perhaps you would just like to play a leadership role and expand your horizons here at Golden West College? Whatever the case, the Student Council of the Associated Students of Golden West College is seeking to fill three vacant council positions by A.S. presidential appointment. The positions of finance commissioner, activities commissioner, and club consultant are currently vacant and any student whom have completed, and are currently enrolled in, 5 units or more at Golden

West College with a G.P.A. of 2.5 or better at the time of appointment, may apply. Student Leadership applications are available in the Student Activities Office and online at www.goldenwestcollege.edu/sa . Applications for vacant Student Council positions must be submitted to the Student Activities Office no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 11. Qualified candidates will be interviewed at the Sept. 14 Student Council meeting where after, the council will discuss each candidates qualifications amongst themselves and cast their votes accordingly. Mary Avalos, the student Continued on page 2

Cameron is new A.S. vice president By Dale Lendrum Western Sun news editor Finance Commissioner Cameron Smith has been selected as the new vice president of the Associated Students of Golden West College for the 2012 -2013 term. Smith, a second year business finance major at GWC, was elected as finance com-

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College of the Canyons soccer players try to take advantage on a corner kick on Thursday Aug. 30. Golden West lost 3-0. For story and additional photo, see page 10.

Chefs for Scholarship on Sept. 27 Local firms helping to raise more for Golden West College students By Dale Lendrum Western Sun news editor

missioner in the spring 2012 general election. When those elections failed to place a candidate on the ballot, the Student Council was charged to elect a new vice-president from the current council membership as required by the ASGWC Standing Rules and Constitution, the governing documents of the

The family fun, fine food and beverage fest that is the 7th Annual Chefs for Scholarships will take place Sunday, Sept. 23 from 4 – 7 p.m. on the Golden West College campus. The premiere scholarship fund raising event of the GWC Patrons, Chefs for Scholarships is more than just a campus event; it is a community gathering with something for the whole family to enjoy. Over 30 local restaurants,

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THE 2011 Chefs for Scholarship event.

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