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ollegian Los Angeles

The Student Voice of Los Angeles City College Since 1929

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Volume 159, Number 3

NEWS BRIEFS Compiled By Veronica Reynolds

Day of the Dead Latino Student Union will be hosting a "Day of the Dead" celebration on Oct. 30 in the Quad from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will feature altars in memory of those who have passed away. All clubs will be participating during this cultural awareness event. Write, Win with Love Submit an essay to the 2008 Creative Arts Contest, "Love's Not Supposed to Hurt." Submissions must have no more than 500 words, be double-spaced and typed. The competition is open to LACC students only. The deadline is Oct. 31. First prize is awarded $200, second prize, $100 and third prize $50. Submit your entry to the office of Student Life at the Learning Resource Center Building. Assistance Offered to Single Parents EOP&S is offers assistance to single parents pursuing their educational goals. Benefits include a meal ticket program, school supplies, gas cards, campus parking permits, academic and career counseling and child care. For more information about application information please visit the EOP&S Office at Clausen Hall, 111B or call Liz at (323) 953-4000 ext. 2311. Halloween Festival ASO is hosting 'Halloween Madness Feast' on Wed., Oct. 29 in the Quad from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free Flu Shots Only 200 free flu shots are available this semester. Shots are being administered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 25 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Mon., Oct. 27 and Wed., Oct. 29 on the lower level of Holmes Hall, Room 2.

College Celebrates Inauguration of Dr. Jamillah Moore By Theresa Adams


uests celebrated the inauguration of Dr. Jamillah Moore in a ceremony held at the newlydedicated Martin Luther King Jr. Library, during the first week of October. The selection of Dr. Moore as president of Los Angeles City College makes her the 15th person to hold the position and the first African-American woman “permanently installed” in the post. Dr. Moore’s mother and sister escorted her to the event, which was filled with members from the Los Angeles Community

College Board of Trustees, L. A. City Council President, Eric Garcetti and representatives from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The president smiled as she shook hands and greeted her guests. “That’s my baby,” said her mom, Velma Moore, who was a student at Los Angeles City College in the 1950s. The room on the third floor of the library was decorated with tables, which were covered with white tablecloths and flowers. Faculty and students mingled with officials who had earlier participated in the ceremony dedicating the new MLK Jr. Library. Dr. Moore's family waited for the

Police believe they have a motive in the murder of the wife of a City College professor. They say she told the professor she was going to leave him. By Theresa Adams


olice arrested Ronald Leroy Berg at his home in Los Angeles and charged him with the murder of Violeta Alonte MonleonBerg, his wife of 20 years. She was found beaten and stabbed to death inside the couple’s condominium in the 300 Block of Commonwealth Avenue on Sept. 28. Photo Courtesy of Abner Monleon Police say Berg himself Violeta Alonte Monleon-Berg, wife of City College Professor Roncalled 911 and said he had killed ald Berg, was stabbed to death in her L.A. apartment on Sept. 28. his wife. Patrol Officer, John Berg was reportedly exiting attorney has not been assigned Negrete of the Los Angeles Police Department, Rampart Divi- the building when police ar- to the case yet. Detective Lee does not besion, told the Collegian that he rived, according to a report in lieve the murder was a crime of the Los Angeles Times. Police was on duty and came in from the field to take the professor say Berg was dressed in a white passion. The detective said it is into custody and transfer him to T-shirt and brown pants. Berg not unusual for a man of Berg’s was quiet and “did not make a age to be charged in a murder Parker Center Jail. case. “He was very calm and mel- statement.” “I have seen homicides by George Lee, the lead deteclow,” said Officer Negrete depeople of all ages, nothing surtive in the case said Berg was scribing Berg’s demeanor durarraigned on Sept. 30 in Los Anprises me,” said Lee who graduing the booking process. “He geles Superior Court. A district ated from LACC in 1990. “It is seemed disoriented.”

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a tragedy. I am leaning more toward mental instability.” Detective York at the Los Angeles County Jail told the Collegian that Berg was transferred to the Twin Towers Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Bail is set at $1,040,000. He will be arraigned on Nov. 18, in Los Angeles Superior Court, Div. 32. If convicted, Berg could face life in prison. Neighbors described Berg and his 69-year-old wife as a quiet, friendly couple. They had no children. Neighbors say the professor’s wife retired a few years ago and was home most of the time. People in the 8-unit building were surprised when police woke them up at 7 a.m. on Sept. 28 to investigate the homicide. Sangwon Hahn moved into the building six months ago and lived next door to the couple. He left very early for work that morning. He heard about the murder from his roommate when he returned home later that day. He described the atmosphere of the building as quiet saying “unlike Americans, Asians in the condominium stay to themselves.” Although the Bergs did not socialize, Hahn says he had several conversations with the MURDER on page 8

Library Ceremony Draws Officials By Jessica Russell


ore than 100 people gathered under sweltering skies on Oct. 7 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of one of the most popular buildings at Los Angeles City College (LACC) right now, the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. City and district officials like the Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, Dr. Marshall E. Drummond and Los Angeles City Council President, Eric Garcetti, joined faculty and staff of LACC for a 30-minute program to celebrate the site’s completion. “There is no reason that our facilities should be less than those of UC Berkeley or UCLA,” said Kelly Candaele, President of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees. The new location is a product of the LACCD Bond Construction Program. The library now stands three stories tall, covers 63,315 square feet and will serve as “a source of pride for the campus and the Hollywood community,” according to the informational LIBRARY on page 7

Family Remembers Violeta Altone Monleon-Berg

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Dr. Thelma Day, Chair of Business Administration, Kelly Candaele, President of LACCD Board of Trustees, Pat Harvey, KCAL 9 Anchor, President Dr. Jamillah Moore and Board of Trustees members Georgia Mercer and Nancy Pearlman, gather after the inauguration ceremony.

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ceremony to begin. “I remember when she was a baby,” said her sister Felicia Phillips. “I took her to her First Communion. I remember getting her all ready. I remember kindergarten and now this. I remember high school and college and helping her write the paperwork for her scholarship.” The districts informations officer, Ron Owens, gave the audience a glimpse of Dr. Moore personality, as he described her time at San Francisco State University, her hard work as an administrator and her dedication to making things better for students. Speakers described what it was

Abe Olodort pictured with Ben Simpson, recipient of Fall 2007 Abe Olodort Scholarship given by Gamma Delta Upsilon.

Collegian Staff Mourns Loss of Founding Editor, Abe Olodort For full story see Page 7

here was nothing to prepare Abner Monleon, the brother-in-law of Professor Ronald Berg, for the loss of his sister Violeta Altone Monleon-Berg, who was found stabbed to death in the couple’s Wilshire District condominium three weeks ago. The family was completely surprised. Just two months earlier, Berg who was Jewish, told relatives he wanted to convert to Catholicism. “At first I thought there would

be, like culture shock but I didn’t see any of that at all,” said Abner Monleon, Violeta’s younger brother. “They were married in their late fifties. Ron had adjusted to the Filipino culture since he had been coming to us, almost every weekend when we go to my parents’ house.” The family is coping with their loss but Abner Monleon says they cannot forget the brutal and tragic way that they lost their sister. They remember her kindness, generosity, honesty and her faith. They also remember how much she trusted her husband.

No one knows what caused this tragedy but if given the opportunity, Monleon would like to talk to Berg and ask what happened. He remembered his sister fondly. “Her favorite color was green,” said Violeta’s brother, who is a clinical laboratory scientist. “She loved mostly Filipino food and she loved pasta and she’s a little bit picky with her eating habits.” Violeta was the fourth child in a family of 10 children. Her brother said the four girls and six boys had a happy childhood. VIOLETA on page 8



Los Angeles Collegian

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Progress Revitalizes City


ife, death and celebration are all changes we experience in our

lifetimes. We appreciate a life of success and we consider the ups and downs that we stumble upon along the way. We mourn the

death of soldiers and the loss of friends and colleagues. We hope for the best and cheer when we succeed. If possible, we take the lessons we learn and pass them on to the next generation. As the world embarks upon “a new day” City College also

prepares for exciting change. There will be the completion of safer, cleaner and more energy efficient buildings like the new Martin Luther King Jr. Library. The college president will present proposals for new ideas. As the sports teams take their

positions on the playing fields, cheers will resound when there is victory. Debaters will defend their arguments and who knows, the chemistry department might stumble upon a wonder drug that could help all mankind.

The campus is in a state of transition but the changes in progress will foster a more competitive environment. Evolution, opportunity, life, death and celebration, are all things that stem from change. Whether it is positive or nega-

tive, change is inevitable. So make the most of golden opportunities and while celebrating the positive, don’t forget to ask questions about how we can improve.

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Vote Against Legalized Hate Crimes

By Yana Pavlova


roposition 8, otherwise known as, Eliminate the Rights of SameSex Couples to Marry Act, is the biggest joke California has ever been faced with. It’s unbelievable that such an outright oppression of equality and personal choice is even being considered as a Constitutional Amendment in our ‘advanced’ society. Many celebrities have joined the campaign against Prop 8 but we know the situation is pretty

bad when even Google takes a stand opposing this gender version of ethnic cleansing. CoFounder Sergey Brin explained the search engine’s position on the official blog and described the proposition as having a “chilling and discriminatory effect.” This is certainly true. The prop claims its purpose is to “protect marriage,” yet we never quite understand exactly what type of marriage is being protected. I can’t help but notice that the Vote Yes on Prop 8 website states the proposition “prevents other consequences to Californians who will be forced to not just be tolerant of gay lifestyles but face mandatory compliance, regardless of their personal beliefs.” Right--Just the way Prop 8 is trying to force mandatory compliance on homosexuals regardless of their personal beliefs? What a classic example of hypocrisy. Unlike rape, murder or other

acts that need legal protective measures, gay marriage does not trespass on other people’s rights and is generally harmless. Wanting to eliminate the right to marry for gays is like wanting to eliminate interracial marriages, forgetting the fundamental fact that marrying is a personal choice. Maybe, just maybe, there was a reason that Proposition 22, which had nearly the same elusive wording as Prop 8, was defeated in the California Supreme Court in May. People should never be denied their inalienable rights and marriage between two people who love each other, no matter what sex they happen to be, is one of those rights. I side with Google on this one. Let us open our minds and hearts and have some equality please. I believe approval of Prop 8 would mean the legalization of a hate crime.

By Megan Ayers


ow fortunate I am! Amid a crumbling economy and the poor affairs of the state, I still awake every morning in a warm bed. I go to a job where I am paid to challenge myself and I am provided with benefits to care for my health. When I walk to class after work I am empowered by what privilege I actually have and I am haunted by the absence of

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ola! Yes I’m talking to you … all of the LACC Hispanic stu-

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population at LACC? Now, you are probably wondering what point I am trying to make. Here’s the deal. Election month is coming and I think it is extremely important that we take action. Our vote could make the difference. Our vote will speak for us and our vote may resolve some of our concerns. California's Hispanic population is the largest of any state in the nation. The most recent U.S. Census figures show as many as 13 million Hispanics reside in California. This is where we live. This is where we work. This is our country and this is our time. Did you know that for every five eligible Latino voters, three,

that’s right three, are not registered to vote? Are we going to sit back and allow someone else to choose for us? I will not. This November we can make change happen. We have to vote. It is our responsibility as young students to stand up. Become informed about the 2008 election. There are web sites like where you can find information about the candidates, propositions and other facts and news. There are more than 5 million Hispanics eligible to vote in California. I think it is time to stand up and shout, don’t you? Your vote es tu voz.

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grants, as well as volunteer activist organizations have provided assistance to the homeless population. From 2005 to 2007, there was a 15 percent decline in the rate of homelessness. I cannot help but speculate that more assistance on any level would benefit the homeless, our streets, our economy and our college! We cannot do any good with just a few nickels and pennies. There are currently no organizations or clubs on LACC’s campus that afford students the opportunity to address social issues such as these. We need to call on members of the community to help us address these problems. We are young and have a responsibility to help each other. We can make change on a local and global scale with enough support. Who will fight with me?

Hispanics Don’t Panic, Go Vote

dents. Do you know that we represent 40 percent of the student

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privilege around me. One need not look any further than right outside our college’s doors and out to the sidewalk of Vermont Avenue. “Spare any change?” I am asked as I exit the subway. Always sympathetic, I search my pockets, hand them the change, smile, and walk away. As I leave, I take a piece of their desperation with me. How did they get here? By what means does a human lose everything? What can I do? The statistics are difficult to calculate because of the fluctuation in time in the periods of homelessness. However, The Interagency Council on Homelessness estimated, in 2002, there were approximately 185,000 homeless individuals on the nation’s streets. Los Angeles accounted for 10 percent of this number. Since then, federal and state housing programs and

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ade from black. Wolf Blitzer appears on the television screen. Opposite Wolf on split screen we have three reporters. Wolf: So guys, what’s your take on the economy? Let’s start with you Jim. Jim’s face goes into a contortion as he yells, screams, gripes and moans about the terrible state of the economy. His colleagues have the same reply. It didn’t really go down like that, but you get the picture. The point is this, if you are like me and politics is your form of en-

tertainment and even though you know it’s 10 percent real and 90 percent B.S., it is likely you have followed the presidential campaign since the primaries. Senator McCain decided to show up for the debate after all. In my opinion he did better than I thought he would, especially in the second part when they talked about foreign policy. Did you see how his eyes lit up when he was talking about those European countries? I especially liked the part when he said that he looked into Putin’s eyes and saw the letters KGB. Senator Obama was cool and smooth as usual. That was to be expected. I think he held his own when it came to foreign policy, but he was at his best when he talked about the economy. I know what you’re thinking. What does all this have to do us starving students here at LACC? They were using terms like Financial Crisis, Corporate Excess Greed and Trickle down Effect. Man, I was trying to ex-

plain what all this meant to my girl. Not to oversimplify things but I told her John McCain is for the rich folks, those people that make over a quarter of a million bucks a year. Barak Obama is for the poor folks like us. Chris Rock said on Larry King that we’d be better off voting for Obama. Why you ask? Because he owns ONE house and McCain owns what, twelve? McCain could lose five of his houses and the dude would still be ok. If Obama loses his house, that’s it. I like the phrases used by the candidates. Obama said things like we’ve got to grow the economy from the bottom up. That makes sense. I remember when America used to be a world leader and produced goods and services others wanted to use. Now all we do is consume. All that stuff going on in Washington affects us here at LACC because it hits us where we feel it the most, in our pockets. Wake up sheeple! Power To The People.


Los Angeles Collegian Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Do you think Sarah Palin was a good choice for John McCain’s campaign and is she ready for the role of vice president? Compiled by: CJ Thomas


Glinda Smith

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"Neither of them are a good choice. I don’t trust them. The fact that Palin is a woman doesn’t move me; she is being trained to be part of the problem."

"No she’s not prepared, the reason why is because she has been governor of a town that’s probably the size of this school. I don’t think her experience scales enough for vice-president."

"I’m still unclear who the right choice for the country is. I'm definitely looking at the pros and cons."

"I don’t think Sarah Palin is well equipped for the job. She was not a good candidate for McCain and I'm hopeful people see her for the sham she is."

"I think Palin was definitely not the right choice, basically the last nail in the coffin. She’s inexperienced, [and] in no way prepared for the role as vice-president, let alone president. Women do not vote with their vaginas."


Gullible Me


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Arts & Entertainment

Los Angeles Collegian

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Theatre Academy Brings A Hell of A Good Time to ‘Judas’

Photo by G. Flamenco/LA Collegian

Mother Theresa (Chiara Russi) comforts an overwhelmed El-Fayoumy (John Christopher) after giving her testimony, while Judge Littlefield (Fred Fate) looks on in "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" presented by the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy.

Mother Theresa, Freud and Satan all share the same stage, as the faith of Judas is determined in modern-day purgatory By Monica Olofsson


n a dark stage painted with fiery red circles, a Judge's podium is surrounded by the audience full of anticipation because of the trial of the century: God and the heavenly kingdom vs. Judas Iscariot, the most famous sinner of all. Welcome to the nine circles of Hell, represented in the Los Angeles City College Theatre Acad-

emy’s second offering of the fall season, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” The stage of "Judas” is set with boxes filled with “hope,” “regret,” “remorse,” “loss,” and “greed.” The scene is set in downtown purgatory, a dark, smokefilled warehouse. This is where Judas (Erik Burris) is going to be re-tried after being sentenced to an eternity in hell for his betrayal of Jesus of Nazareth. The modern-day versions of Mother Theresa, Satan, Simon the Zealot and Dr. Sigmund Freud are among witnesses called to give their testimonies. “Judas of Iscariot,” performed by The Theatre Academy of Los Angeles City College and direct-

Pianist Captures Audience Emotions in Sonata Audience sheds tears as pianist David Rubinstein performs classic Schubert Sonata. By Chong Lee


is fingers slide down the keyboard like cascading dominoes. Sweating from the humid spotlight, he continues ferociously pounding the keys that echo notes of a brilliant composer. This is not merely a performance, but homage to that composer and his amazing work. Hailed as one of the greatest composers of his time, Clausen Hall travelled back to the 18th century to celebrate Franz Schubert’s legacy. Pianist David Rubinstein performed Schubert’s Sonata in A Major, D.959 in front of music students and classical music aficionados Thursday afternoon. Rubinstein described it as an “expansive piece” comprised of four movements that possesses various spectrums of emotions and audible levels. Rubinstein captured the genius of Schubert with his sweeping performance. The piece was a journey that began with a vibrant introduction that Rubinstein played with feverish speed. Followed by the movement “Andantino,” Rubinstein played the piece flawlessly and took audiences to a musical escape. Reminiscent of clashing waves in a river, the opening was an adven-

ture with its aggressiveness. Much of the middle movements, “Sherzo” and “Trio” are spent creating an exposition for the listener. They evolved from the previous movement and were emotional and dedicated to soft melodies that reached themes of tranquility and sadness. Some members of the audience shed tears from Rubinstein’s rendition while hypnotized by the movements. Rubinstein concluded the piece with rapid ferocity, darting around the piano keys like a tap-dancer on stage. The auditorium filled with tones of all ranges and melodies. The finish was climactic as Rubinstein built a rush of momentum for his finale, where the entire room stood to applaud him for his performance of a timeless piece. David Rubinstein is known throughout the world performing classical music in venues and halls around the U.S. and Europe. He has participated in recording sessions for film, radio, and live performances. Rubinstein is also a member of the Musicians Roster of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. His performance provided the audience with an escape to another dimension, where music paints a composition of a vividly alternate world. Schubert’s piece was played masterfully by Rubinstein supporting the theory: classical music will remain a timeless art forever.

ed by Al Rossi, is a contemporary play written by Stephen Adly Guirgis. It is an energetic and fun production with mostly fine performances, although it drags in certain parts; it could have been somewhat shorter without compromising the quality of the production. The first act invites laughter and offers a large cast of colorful characters, among them Judge Littlefield, (Theatre Department Chair, Fred Fate) who seems to enjoy his part as the obnoxious ruler of the court. Saint Monica (Martin Head) is loud, foulmouthed and a joy to watch, certain to bring many laughs to the audience. Satan (Tony Perzow) makes

a grand entrance in all his glory, rising up from the ninth circle of hell like a rock 'n' roll god from the underworld. Perzow gives an electrifying performance as a devil in a tailored Gucci suit. He is not the Satan we usually think of when we ponder hell and Lucifer. Instead he is quite the charmer and at times unexpectedly human. “Really Satan, you are very charming!” said El-Fayoumy (John Christopher) who represents the prosecution and flatters anyone who comes in his way. He is no stranger to praising every woman and man who enters the courtroom, even doing pushups in front of Satan trying to

Photo by G. Flamenco/LA Collegian

Satan (Tony Perzow) gives testimony after rising up from hell to be a witness in the trial of Judas during "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot."

impress him. ”Never say that the Prince of Lies stood in the way of truth,” said Satan, grinning as he reveals secrets about the people involved, who may know but may not recognize them. In the second act, the scene between Satan and defense attorney Cunningham (Kate Whitney) is emotional and raw. It makes up for the weaker parts of the play. The actors seem to be merely reacting to each other in a brutally honest way. A short but sweet performance came from Jesus (Tony Maggio). His role on stage is not large but his presence is. Could Jesus have prevented what Judas did to him?

Was the Judas kiss really a kiss of betrayal? The final scene between Jesus and Judas is quite beautiful and demonstrates terrific acting. It is a thought-provoking play that casts sinner and saints in a different light. “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” opens in the Camino Theatre tonight at 7:15 p.m and performances continue Oct. 23 at 7:15 p.m, Oct. 24, and 25 at 8 p.m. Matinee performances run Oct. 23 at 3:15 p.m and Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. For tickets, please visit or call the Theatre Academy Box Office at (323) 953-4000 ext. 2990.

LOCAL ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Tommy V Makes Grass-sitting Popular By Jessica Russell The Collegian came across Thomas Valencia lounging in the grass. He was surrounded by a circle of friends playing instruments and moving to their own beat. He is a 32-year-old Spanish major who, in 2001, produced his debut album, ‘Quarter Life Crisis.’ Collegian: Why did it take you so long to come back to school? Valencia: I went through some stuff and now I finally feel like I am mature enough to stick with it. I’m a late bloomer. Collegian: Why didn’t you major in music? Valencia: Because I want to be a Spanish teacher and follow in my mom’s footsteps. Besides, music is a difficult major. Collegian: How many instruments do you play? Valencia: I am like they say, 'jack of all trades, master of none.' I do percussion [and] keys but guitar is my favorite. Collegian: Were you ever in a band? Valencia: Yeah. I was in a band called Toca. We started recording in 1999. It was all fun and innocent at first but then it turned into a total train wreck. The label we signed with wanted to make us look like a boy band. You know, with the triangular formation and crappy haircuts. All of the politics and stuff afterward continued to destroy our brotherhood. By 2007, we were dysfunctional. At least the album came out before we broke up. We never actually talked about breaking up but we also never went on tour. I got a few band T-shirts out of it

and a couple of stickers. Collegian: Will you ever put out another album? Valencia: I have one coming out in January. It’s still untitled but it’s a fusion of cartoon music, bossa nova and electro-acoustic. Collegian: Since you are a musician, you must have groupies? Valencia: No. No groupies. I have a girlfriend. Well, maybe I still have a girlfriend. I might have just messed that up though. Collegian: Do you have any goals for the future? Valencia: Yeah. Be responsible. Keep my G.P.A. above 3.0 because I want to get into a UC school and get lots of scholarships. I’m just trying to stay focused.

Los Angeles Collegian Wednesday, October 22, 2008



Reporter's Notebook Notes from West Africa: Pre-departure Thoughts Been in Benin? • Capital: Porto-Novo • Official Language: French • Motto: Fellowship, Justice, Labor • Anthem: The Dawn of a New Day • President: Yayi Boni • Government: Multi-sparty Democracy • Distance from California: 7,535 miles • Flight time from California: about 15 hours Main Religion: Animism Independence from France in 1960

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Good News Corps volunteers of Los Angeles, from left to right: Chris Chu (UCLA, dispatched to Kenya), Thomas Williams (dispatch pending), Steve Kwon (LACC, dispatched to Togo), Daniel Oh (LACC, dispatched to Benin), Jae-woo Choi (Pasadena Art Center, dispatched to Israel).

By Daniel Oh


my life memoirs would calmly file for bankruptcy before the first book hit the shelves. I’ve never had any extraordinary experiences. No neardeath encounters, no heartbreaking dramas, no 30-second action-hero scenes of flames and bullet dodging. Not even one girlfriend. As the reader can gather, I haven’t experienced very much in the 22 years of my existence … which is probably why I’m panicking about the latest detail of my life: I am going to Africa. For one year. With no knowledge

of the native language, no money other than air-fare, and no vaccination shots. I am a Good News Corps applicant, and I will be living in an obscure nation in West Africa that I have no knowledge about and have trouble pronouncing: Benin (behnaeng.) Even as I hastily pack my last tubes of toothpaste, I sometimes doubt why I’m leaving Los Angeles. In the opinion of most of my friends, I am (A) crazy, (B) admirable and incredibly stupid at the same time, (C) short-sighted, because I should finish school first (C-subsection) and

ello, my name is Daniel Oh. I’m 22, KoreanAmerican, go to community college, and work parttime. I live life pretty aimlessly: wake up in the late morning, take a shower half-asleep, swallow a bowl of cereal before taking my bicycle to class, and try to stay awake the rest of the day. I’ve never been the very studious type. Usually I’m asleep in the Library with my textbooks meaninglessly open. When mid-terms hit, I cram and throw myself into a general state of panic. I’m not the most motivated worker either. I go to my job and file countless sheaves of bills, contracts and letters with an expression most people reserve for eating dirt. Dirt with earthworms in it. In short, I lead an uneventful life. Actually that’s a gross understatement. The sheer typicality of my life could be summarized by a book filled with the word “boring” in every different language in the universe. Any printing firm charged with publishing Daniel Oh's first street scene in Cotonou, Benin, in West Africa.

Students Get into Gear By Danielle Rivera


tudents from Marshall High's 'Gear Up' Program came to Los Angeles City College (LACC) for first-hand college experience. Last week, 10th graders came to LACC for 'Shadow Day,' where the students came and sat in on classes the entire day. LACC students who tutor at Marshall brought their pupils to

follow them through out classes for a day. "I went to Korean II," said Tanya Landererde, a 10th grader from Marshall High. "It looked like an interesting class, if I wanted to learn Korean." The ASO partnered with Marshal High's 'Gear Up' program last June to start the 'Shadow Day' experience. 'Gear Up' is a program for high school students who are at risk

of dropping out of high school or might not continue on to college. The program provides tools and gives advice so students can decide between college or vocational school. Sept. 24 was the first 'Shadow Day' of many more to come. "We are trying to give students a taste of college life," said Jeremy Villar, dean of the Financial 'GEAR UP' on page 7


because I will surely die a horrible, horrible death infected with malaria. As for me, many thoughts cross my mind before departure. Where would I live? What would I eat? What would I use for toilet paper? Banana leaves? Moss? Would there even be a toilet? Regardless, at this moment, in the middle of my last preparations, I have set my heart for Africa. As I balance shaving cream on my knee, writing this impromptu article, all I can see ahead of me is a tiny West African country across the Atlantic. As a member of the 1st American class of

My journey took three entire days ... but there in the city of Cotonou, surrounded by darkskinned women rustling by in finepatterned clothes, bread and fruit baskets balanced on their heads, with taxi motorcyclists wrapped in dusty yellow jackets, roaring by barely missing cars and pedestrians, I realized: 'I'm staying here for one year ...


Good News Corps volunteers, I have determined myself to leave for Africa. Reflecting on my20daily life, I can see that, from the time I wake to the moment I sleep, much of what I do is meaningless and purely self-centered. At this moment, with only a few hours left before my flight to Africa, the idea of suddenly living one year exclusively for others is somewhat terrifying. I feel that perhaps the most insurmountable challenge I will face is not the language, not the heat, not the poverty, but learning to live sacrificing my heart for others. My stay in Benin will not only be as a volunteer, or as an agent of journalism, but also as an average college student seeing a world beyond himself. During that period of time, I may be beset by clouds of mosquitoes, infected with fatal diseases, mauled by hyenas, but for the next one year, I will strive to record my life in Africa. I will record how Africa changes a person. Collegian Africa Correspondent, Daniel Oh, 09.18.2008

Inauguration from page 1

like to work with Dr. Moore in the past and expressed how much they looked forward to a successful relationship in the future. “It’s an amazing day, history made twice,” Eric Garcetti said. “History in the living sense of the word. This is hallowed ground, because Martin Luther King Jr. came [here], spoke, inspired the students and now we have a living kind of testament not only to his ideals but his practice, in Dr. Moore who is one of the finest education leaders in the country.”

KCAL 9 Anchor, Pat Harvey, spoke about the historical appointment of Dr. Moore and the “wonderful opportunities” students can look forward to with the success of community colleges. Dr. Moore then officially accepted the position of president. In a full circle moment, she talked about her mother’s time at the college and how counselors questioned her place at the school. What are the odds that a young girl, told by her mother that “there is no place for the Ne-

gro in higher education” would be the president of the institution that told her mother she did not belong? It seems the odds are in favor of growth and change that has allowed “mom’s baby” to become Dr. Jamillah Moore, President of Los Angeles City College. The president also received an Honorary Walk of Fame Star from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and flowers from the Board of Trustees.



Los Angeles Collegian

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Eatery gets Scoop on Obama A local ice cream parlor draws around 300 to 400 customers weekly. The owner credits the popularity of the business to the “hipster” community that enjoys his ice cream. By CJ Thomas


to educate customers [about] flavors and the current presidential campaign,” said Kim expecting a large turnout in the two weeks before the election. This October, Scoops is giving Los Angeles City College students and the community, a chance to suggest flavors inspired by the Obama campaign called “Flavors For Change.” Twenty percent of the money raised during the event will go to the Obama campaign. “Mint Bar(ac)k” and “Pork and Prunes” inspired by both the Obama and McCain campaigns are some of the comedic campaign flavors on the list. “I think it’s positive, funny and really catchy. It’s definitely going to boost the company’s business,” said Ever Aria, a cinema major and Obama supporter.

The owner has organized an Obama Ice Cream Social that will run on Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to highlight the most popular flavors and show support for the presidential candidate. “The last eight years our government has been bad, the current president has spent a lot of the money on the war,” Kim said. “Flavors for Change” is supporting the effort by involving its customers in the presidential transition by making it fun. The idea of small business owners supporting presidential campaigns is seen as a reflection of the community and the owner. “It is important because it brings people together and is a positive support for change,” said Kate Hall, a Scoops customer.

coops is serving up politics this fall in hopes of a White House win. Tia Kim owns the gourmet ice cream parlor on Heliotrope, and he is supporting the Barrack Obama presidential campaign with sweet and unusual ice cream flavors. “A small business is an extension of the owner’s philosophy," said Jason Bernstein, a Scoops volunteer. “It’s up to the discretion of the owner.” Kim is using his culinary expertise to make change and to unite Barrack Obama supporters. The man behind the multiple flavors has been creating imaginative and intriguing desserts a stone’s throw from City College for the last three and a half years. He was an art major who decided to extend his creative abilities into food design, and spent 10 years at Portland's Western Culinary Institute. Photo by G. Flamenco/LA Collegian “The goal of 'Fla- Volunteer Jason Bernstein helps two "Scoops" customers to an enjoyable vors for Change' is treat.

Photo by G. Flamenco/LA Collegian

Michelle Zamora (right), a former LACC student, won the grand prize of $1,000 and a Canon digital camcorder during the PAH Fest competition on Oct. 19 for her film, "Poet vs. Puppet."

Hollywood Name Makes Movies Accessible at City A member of the famous Coppola family brings stories to life with Project Accessible Hollywood Film Festival (PAH Fest) for one week at Los Angeles City College. By Danielle Rivera


mmigrants from Iran to Beverly Hills and Johnny Shakespeare's story about how he became the greatest actor on earth, have one thing in common, both were part of PAH Fest Hollywood. It held its closing ceremony last Sunday at L.A. Film School, in Hollywood after the festivals week-long run at L.A. City College. Christopher R. Coppola, famous producer-director, with more than 20 credits in episodic television, invited "non-traditional film students" from all backgrounds to participate in this unique film festival and tell their story. He chose LACC to be the "central hub" for PAH Fest, where contestants met and edited their movies. PAH meanwhile, held creative panels and other PAH Fest competitions, including digiportraits, cell phone art and tone poems.


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"We manage apartment buildings with many Iranian families," said Jon Lee, an LACC music major and member of “Team Landlord” for the Mobiflix competition. "We're letting her tell her story of how she fled from Iran to escape prejudice and migrated to Beverly Hills. All, so that her children could have a chance at a quality education, despite how much she and her husband had to struggle." PAH accepted applications for more than 1,000 movie ideas from anyone in the Los Angeles area who had a story to tell. Coppola only chose six to share their unique ideas and participate in the Mobiflix competition, for which the main requirement was a human story about either life or community. Coppola provided all the equipment, a coach and even a composer so that each "film maker" could "communicate their message" as clearly as possible. "Most of all, I want people to respect the creative process" said Christopher Coppola, founder and CEO of PAH. "It seems now that film students make films with cool effects only to get the money to make another film, and by doing that their films lose their soul." Coppola started this non-prof-

it festival in New Mexico two and a half years ago, when a man who sequestered himself in his home, sent a poem to Coppola. The burns over his body from an electrocution made him insecure, because he thought people would be frightened when they saw him. After a lot of coaxing Coppola convinced the man to come out and make his movie. Working with people in a creative process, the man began to “open up” and feel secure and confident. "I see this, and think to myself 'the creative process has healed this guy,'" Coppola said. Coppola realized how beneficial the creative process could be and decided to take his film fest across the nation and even to other countries to create his PAH Nation. Michelle Zamora, a former LACC student and director of “Poet vs. Puppet” was announced the winner of the Mobiflix competition at the closing ceremony. “Wow, I’m still surprised that they chose mine out of all the great films,” Zamora said. “I’m really glad PAH came to L.A. and let me share my story.” To see all the winners and every film from PAH Fest Hollywood 2008, go to

Los Angeles Collegian Wednesday, October 22, 2008



Lot 5 Provides Partial Relief for Parking Problems By Joe Jackson


here is no more waiting to park for many students, thanks to the new parking structure that opened at the beginning of the fall semester. Harris & Associates Construction Company completed Parking Lot 5 over the summer. According to the construction firm, there are 975 spaces, and 489 are for students located on the lower level and 489 for faculty are located on the middle level. There are also 22 spaces for disabled drivers, located in the student and faculty areas respectively. Students use

Dr. Jamillah Moore is flanked by members of the LACCD Board of Trustees and other officials during the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly constructed Martin Luther King Jr. Library on Oct. 7. LIBRARY from page 1

brochure. It houses 170 computers, two conference rooms, wireless Internet access, more comfortable seats, enhanced lighting, larger windows, 17 soundproof study rooms and other quiet areas for students to study in peace. The entire project came to an estimated $22 million. “This new facility encompasses the requests of the students given through surveys over the past few years,” said Barbara Vasquez, Chairperson of the Library Sciences Department. Vasquez later said that many of the building’s accommodations had to be left out of the plan to help keep the project under budget. One of the items that had to be omitted was an etching of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech should be presented at the

front of the building so that the students entering can always be reminded of their dreams, says Vasquez. Ironically, there were very few students actually listening at the time. Most were ignoring the large gathering, either hurrying to use the environs or rushing to class. Dr. Jamillah Moore, the new President of LACC, invited the Board of Trustees and the city officials who were present to say a few words before they cut the ribbon. Garcetti began with an anecdote about the impala, a beautiful antelope that makes its home in the plains of Africa and would never jump over a three-foot tall fence if it could not see what was beyond it. He then compared the impala to today’s youth, who will not go beyond what they know

because the have lost faith in each other and the community. “[King] is a man who gave this world more faith,” Garcetti said. “He is a man of God who gave us faith not just in God but in America.” LACC Alumnus, Councilman Bernard Parks, commented on how the campus has changed since he attended school here in 1960. He mentioned how he had driven past the school several years ago only to find that Snyder Field, where he had once played football, was gone. The field was also the location of King’s 1962 “The Future of Integration” speech. Parks was proud that the new library dedicated to the civil-rights leader had taken its place and he mentioned that the school "means a great deal” to him.

Repairs on 'Disabled' Doorways Under Way By Tim Carpenter


heelchair accessible buttons located at several buildings on campus are being repaired because of inoperable push-plates and doors. Disabled students had problems entering and exiting the Chemistry Building, Holmes Hall, the Life Sciences, the Learning Resource Center and Clausen Hall. Two weeks ago, the Collegian tested the doors and four out of five push-plates failed the test. Willie Richmond, Associate Vice-President of Administration, says the problem is now being addressed.


Collegian Pioneer Dies at 96 By Virginia Bulacio


be Olodort, an alumnus of Los Angeles City College, member of the LACC journalism society, Gamma Delta Upsilon (GDU) and two-time executive editor of the Junior Collegian (now Collegian), passed away on May 22, 2008 at the age of 96. Along with nine other students, Olodort founded GDU, a co-educational journalism society. The group has always been devoted to public service and upholding a high ethical standard in the newsroom. He attended almost every GDU reunion and paid for all of the cocktails and

other beverages served. In the spirit of his generosity, Olodort created the Abraham S. Scholarship, a $250 award granted to current members of the Collegian. At the last GDU reunion, his family and friends addressed the guests and reiterated Olodort's belief that he was always "a very lucky person." Olodort was born in Buffalo, New York on Oct. 22, 1911 but grew up in South Los Angeles. He graduated from Manual Arts High School and immediately became a student at Los Angeles Junior College. Olodort served as the Junior Collegian's managing editor. This is where he created the Student Handbook for which

he became the editor and advertising manager. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Olodort started his own wholesale men's clothing business and began buying up properties in L.A.'s garment and jewelry district. Olodort also became the managing editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press, where he became known for creating the "Snort a snort for Olodort," a traditional poem that they recited at the end of the GDU meetings. His ingenuity and generosity will always be felt at the Collegian.






The door at the east ramp of the Chemistry Building is in the process of being repaired,” Richmond said. “The rest of the wheelchair accessible doors and push-plates have been ordered to replace the existing doors and plates that do not work.” Richmond says the pushplates and doors will arrive in one to two weeks. To report equipment failure contact Plant Facilities at ext. 2083 or the Office of Special Services (OSS) at ext. 2270 or visit OSS located in Clausen Hall, Room 109 or Plant Facilities in the Administration Building, Room 320A.







entire parking issue to rest. “I use the new parking lot, [and] there should be more parking for students,” said Marine Palandzh, a second year student at Los Angeles City College. The top of the parking area will become a sports arena when it is completed in 2009. At that time, the official opening of Parking Lot 5 will be observed in a special ceremony. “There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the parking lot in 2009, after the construction company has finished building the soccer and softball [field], part of the project,” said Project Director, Christopher Dunne. 'GEAR UP' from page 5

Aid Department and the director of 'Shadow Day.' "We partner the high school kids with a tutor from LACC that has been working with them at Marshall. The high school students get to shadow their tutor for a day, to see firsthand what college is like." The tutors were assigned to groups of kids by ASO. "I took my little group to my cinema class," said Jose Quintero, an LACC math tutor. "We ended up just watching movies for the day, but it was good for them to experience the discussion we had." The students and tutors enjoyed a nice lunch for participating in 'Shadow Day.' "Over all this day was a success and the Marshall students really enjoyed it. We plan to bring a whole other set of kids next month when we plan to have another Shadow Day," Villar said.









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or pass up the new structure for different reasons including cost and convenience. “I use the new parking structure but at 12:30 p.m., I drive around to the back of the college, because it’s easy access to my class,” said Evelyn Mayen, a business major. The structure also includes a sports arena, which from design to construction cost $50 million. The officials at Harris & Associates say that there has been a lot of positive feedback from faculty concerning the new parking area. While the structure goes a long way in solving parking problems, it was never expected to put the



Students Discover 'Hidden' Benefits in Learning Resource Center By Joshua Brandy


ssistance provided by the Learning Resource Center could be the difference between success and failure for students enrolled in difficult courses. The Learning Resource Center is located on the basement level of what was formerly called the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Now, the name of the entire building has been changed to the Learning Resource Center (LRC). Within the LRC, there are two programs that work together to assist students. The Cal-Works Program, which is linked with to the Department of Social-Services, is available for students who are in need of assistance or support with school-related needs. The benefits provided for enrolled students cover everything from job placement and educational planning, to legal aid. Cal-Works also provides referrals for mental-health services. Counselors assist students in creating an educational plan that will best suit the student’s needs. Plato is the private computer lab that gives

Cal-Works students the priority to use computers in order to complete class assignments. However, in order to receive assistance, a student must maintain a 2.0 grade point average while enrolled in classes at LACC. The Cal-Works program can be looked at as its own little world and just another service available in the LRC. “The center is an academic intervention allowing students to succeed, assisting them to pursue their educational goals and career objectives,” said Professor Joyce Allen. "The center's motto is, 'It is never too late or too early to start learning.'” Right across from the CalWorks program is the nerve center of the LRC.If a student is having difficulty developing good study habits or experiencing problems with anxiety attacks brought on by new courses, the Learning Resource Center may be able to help. “The Learning Resource Center is the unsung hero,” said Oni Adunni a faculty member and tutor supervisor. The center has been active for many years and has assisted many students in classes such as statis-

tics, electronics, English and history. Students who are enrolled in the EOP&S Program will be eligible for two hours of private tutoring in each subject at the student's request. Any LACC student is eligible to receive one hour of private tutoring per subject each week. “We are here to serve the students,” said Professor Joyce Allen, who mentioned she loves to see the sparkle in students' eyes when they are successful. Frank Hernandez is a 38 yearold student who says he has lived the majority of his life incarcerated and addicted to mind altering substances. He said he came to LACC not knowing in which direction he wanted to go. Hernandez is taking advantage of what the LRC has to offer to earn a better life and to succeed at his first attempt at educating himself at a higher level. His goal is to become a drug and alcohol counselor. "There are programs here on campus to assist students, but the fact still remains you get what you put into it,” Hernandez said.

This Day In History – October 22 Compiled by Frank Elaridi-Preston

1836 - Sam Houston is inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas. 1867 - Foundation of the National University of Colombia. 1957 - Vietnam War: First United States casualties in Vietnam. 1964 - Jean-Paul Sartre is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, but turns down the honor. 1966 - The Supremes become first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A' Go-Go).

Los Angeles Collegian

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

VIOLETA from page 1

Violeta was born in the Philippines, and moved to Canada after college and then to the United States where she was hired as an administrator for the Los Angeles County College of Nursing. “She accomplished her career and she was happy with what she was doing,” Monleon said. “A lot of [the] time she would tell my nieces and nephews, the younger generation, education is very important. Without education it’s hard to prosper in this world and to get the quality of life, education is a must.” Monleon said the couple seemed happy and there was nothing disturbing about Berg’s behavior. The younger brother lives in the same building as his sister and brother-in-law and was shocked when the police officers came to his door. “Accidentally, they came to my door,” he said. “This is one building. Everybody from unit 101 to 110 is a suspect. They say it is a homicide-murder. I was in my place and that’s how I found out when they came to my door. I was totally devastated the first day, September 28th. I cannot accept anything. I was speechless.” Monleon wonders what he may have missed in the relationship and in his interaction with the couple during family gatherings and over the years. “I lost my parents through old age and sickness.” Monleon said. “This is a different kind of mourning. The grieving is very different. Never in this world would I imagine this would happen to our family. As I said to all my friends

and my coworkers, this only happens on TV and in movies. Now it’s happening in my own backyard.” There is something Monleon wants people to know about what happened to his sister. He believes there were signs of domestic abuse that may have been overlooked. He would like to find answers to Photo by Theresa Adams/LA Collegian many ques- A shrine, dedicated to Violeta Altone Monleon-Berg, tions. stands at the doorway of her apartment where friends “I would and family members left flowers in her memory. like to find out what triggered my brother-in- dedicated herself to the nursing law to do this to my sister,” Mon- students she encountered. They leon said. “The question I would will remember the person who like to ask myself and have an liked the color green, was picky answer from him and [relay it] to about her food, held on to her the world so this will never hap- faith and who loved her family. pen again.” Her name was Violeta. They will also remember the The family will continue to family vacations to Europe and search for answers and many of Asian and the yearly trips to the them will come from as far away Philippines to visit their parent’s as Canada and elsewhere, to face graves. They will remember their Berg, the man accused of taking happy childhood and how she their sister’s life.

MURDER from page 1

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professor. “Sometime, he [would] come to me and want to talk with me,” Hahn said. Ronald Berg “… He was always talking about the police coming to get him.” Hahn indicated he was not sure why the professor believed it was only a matter of time before authorities came for him but thought it had something to do

with the college. The Chongs also live in the building and returned from church the day of the murder to find the streets on Commonwealth blocked and 20 police officers in the condominium’s long hallway. They have lived down the hall from the Bergs for five years. Sunny Chong described them as a nice couple. “He liked to chat with all the neighbors,” Chong said. “He worked at Fairfax High School a long time ago. My daughters attend school there now, so we

Police Continue Search for Armed Robbery Suspect By Virginia Bulacio


ell phones, digital cameras, iPods or any electronic items can be a target for robbers in the area of the college. An armed robbery occurred on Oct. 9, as a female student waited for the bus at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Monroe. The student’s "T-Mobile Sidekick" cell phone was taken by a suspect, who police said had a “handgun” and is described as a "black male, 17-21 years old, 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 to 140 pounds, " in an e-mail sent by Deputy Richard Pfeiffer, of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs. "It is just an advisement, if you are going to be walking and talking on your phone at the same time, be aware of your surroundings," said Detective Beerer. "Or

wait until you get somewhere to use your phone." However, LACC is not the only area having these problems. Several crimes have occurred in the Rampart Division area. "As far as crime convictions, we are having a lot of crimes in the Rampart area, but a lot of the crimes are occurring where cell phones are stolen," Detective Beerer said. The case was placed in "category two," which means that the LAPD from the Rampart Division does not have any information on the crime. They are still waiting for the victim to report what happened to her at the bus stop during the robbery. Witnesses to the robbery can contact the Rampart Detectives at (213) 484-3400 or the LACC Sheriff's office at (323) 6625276.

For the Record Arts and Entertainment Section: Page 8, September 24 'African American Heritage Committee Hosts Reception' Correction: Angelea Reddock's title is Los Angeles Community College Trustee

would talk about that sometimes.” Chong may have been one of the last people in the building aside from Ronald Berg to see his wife alive. “I saw her around 4:30 [p.m.] on Saturday,” Chong said shaking her head from side to side. “She said hello and told me she was on her way to church. That was the

last time I saw her, so sad.” The 72-year-old professor graduated from USC in 1959. He taught Finance 015: Principles of Banking, at Los Angeles City College and also taught courses at Los Angeles Trade Tech. He was listed in Marquis Who’s Who in Finance and Industry 2000-2001 as a banker and business educator.

Los Angeles Collegian Wednesday, October 22, 2008



Women's Volleyball Team Loses, Playoff Hopes Still Alive By Gerson Bautista


reat effort was shown by the Lady Cubs as they fell just short of a win against Cerritos College during a home game last Friday. The eventual loss extended their losing streak to eight in a row. Early in the match, everything seemed to be going well. The lady cubs came out energetic and took the first two sets 25-23 and 26-24. The crowd cheered the Lady Cubs to victory, as it looked like they were going to sweep the Lady Falcons. As the match progressed, the mood in the Women’s Gymnasium changed. The Lady Cubs lost momentum and the Falcons took advantage as they won the match. “My girls gained confidence and worked even harder after taking the third set,” said Teresa Velasquez, Cerritos assistant coach. Both the Lady Cubs and the fans were stunned, as Cerritos made a comeback to even the

match two sets a piece. In the fifth and final set, Cerritos came out on the attack early, and built a 4-0 lead. LACC attempted a comeback but a crucial error allowed the Lady Falcons to take the match 17-15. Afterward, the Cubs were disappointed with the outcome of the match. "It was a great game, we ended up losing and I think we should have won," said City College head coach Mynor Mendoza. "We were up two games to none, I think the girls ran out of gas." Despite the loss, the team has not given up hope for the season. "We've lost a couple of tough games, but we still have hope for the playoffs, once we come together we're a solid team," said Lady Cubs setter Yesenia Jimenez. The Lady Cubs have endured tough injuries to key players this season. They are at the halfway point and if the Cubs want to make the playoffs, they need to maintain the same intensity from the start of the game to the end.

Outside hitter, Stephanie Cabrera, leaps into the air as she attempts a kill against Cerritos College during the third set last Friday in the Women's Gym.

outmatched against the taller and quicker Lady Vikings. City College’s inability to get anything going on both of the sides of the ball was evident and LBCC controlled the first set by a score of 15-25. Before the beginning of the second set, Cubs' head coach Mynor Mendoza told his players in the huddle to improve on both sides of the ball. “Look at how they [LBCC]

are setting up and then take what they give to you,” Mendoza said. LACC came out at the start of the second set and got off to an excellent start and built up a 13-4 lead early but several crucial mistakes made by the Lady Cubs helped the Vikings get back into the set and LBCC won the last five points to win the second set by the score of 22-25. Long Beach came out attacking in the third set and built up a

Photo by G. Flamenco/LA Collegian

LBCC Extends Lady Cubs' Losing Streak By Tim Carpenter


small but enthusiastic crowd came to the Women’s Gymnasium to watch the Los Angeles City College Lady Cubs (LACC) take on the 19th ranked Long Beach City College (LBCC) Vikings in a South Coast Conference match up. Despite fans encouraging “Go City” the Lady Cubs looked

large lead early and as the game continued, Mendoza and Lady Cubs assistant Russell Ramsey grew frustrated over the lack of communication displayed on the court by the Lady Cubs. City College tried to get back in the match after capitalizing on three Viking mistakes to close the 17-20 however, LBCC was to regain the advantage and close out the match winning by the score of 19-25.

Thumbs Up for Riders S

By Monica Olofsson

addles are piled high, buckets are filled with brushes and carrots, as a tiny dog searches the barn aisle hoping for any misplaced treats. It is early morning but the day here at the Traditional Equitation School (TES), which is located on the grounds of the Burbank Equestrian Center, started several hours ago. Horses have been fed and the many trees surrounding the barn have been watered in anticipation of the day's scorching heat. Two bay horses are out their stalls and the students are getting them prepared for class. This means brushing and tacking up the horses, which first-timers generally find difficult. “Tack” is the common word associated with horseback riding equipment. Although a tack course is required before the students actually start the class, the terminol-

ogy used in horseback riding is often times more of a hurdle than the riding lessons themselves. Not only are the terms difficult to remember but also the placement of the gear on the horse can be a task in itself. For example: a “raiser" is a small pad under the saddle that allows the balance of the saddle to be altered, and “boots” are leg protection for the horse. All 35 horses at the barn are named after states. Today, Anne Holabird is riding Florida and this is her first lesson ever. She says that her two daughters are both taking horseback riding lessons, so now it is "mommy’s turn.” "On Wednesday night I couldn’t sleep, thinking what do I need to do?” Holabird said. She put the Western saddle on Florida and it seemed to fit properly. They were both ready

to go. Holabird was not the only one who wanted to learn how to ride a horse. “I feel like my hips are spread very, very apart, I feel like I’m gonna break in two, "said Jesse Rhines, who assured a horse named Nebraska with a couple of pats to the neck as he mounted. “I know you’re testing me, I know you know I’m new.” Riding instructor Abi Burgui started out by telling the students how to get the horse to walk and stop. It is not only about the hands she told them, but also about the legs. “Never kick your horse right away,” Burgui said. “You need to ask, then tell him.” The students tried a trot while Burgui reminded them, “Sit straight, thumbs up!” At the end of the class, both Holabird and Rhines seemed comfortable with their horses and were looking for-

ward to next week and another lesson. Students enrolled in Los Angeles City College Community Services Extension Program who are taking horseback riding lessons will learn to walk and trot the horse. Most of TES’s students are beginners and after completing the course, many decide to continue by taking additional classes. In fact, a few get bitten by the "riding bug" and go on to purchase horses of their own. Any student who is interested in trying horseback riding needs protective gear, such as riding boots and a helmet approved for riding. For information about TES contact them at (818) 569-3666.

Photo by Monica Olefsson/LA Collegian

Instructor Abi Burgui (left) teaches Anne Holabird (Center) and Jesse Rhines (right) the finer points of how to get their horses to start and stop walking.

Afterwards outside hitter and team captain Virginia Mendoza there were several factors that contributed to the loss. “Our defense let us down,” Mendoza said. “We [LACC] made too many errors and we have to cut down on the number of mistakes the team makes.” Mendoza thought his team could have worked a little harder to stay in the contest. “At times we competed with

LBCC but we came up short,” Mendoza said. The only good news for LACC was the return of Grace Williams who missed two games due to an ankle injury. She says she was happy to return to the lineup and was not intimidated by the Lady Vikings. “My ankle feels pretty good,” Williams said. “We were keeping up with [LBCC] they’re not that good.”

LACC Sports Calendar Women’s Volleyball

Women’s Cross Country

Oct. 22, Wed., East L.A. College, Home, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 31, Fri., SCC Championships @ El Camino College, TBA

Oct. 24, Fri., L.A. Trade Tech Away, 7 p.m. Oct. 29, Wed., El Camino College, Home, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Fri., Mt. San Antonio College, Away, 6 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, Fri. – Sat. Junior College Jamboree Tournament Away, TBA

How to Block a Mistake By Victoria Safarian


t was cold and quiet at Los Angeles City College (LACC) on Fri. Oct 10. The campus was quiet except at the Women’s Gymnasium as the Lady Cubs prepared for their match against Pasadena City College (PCC). LACC’s mascot entertained fans before the game as both teams warmed up before the contest. The Lady Cubs began the season undefeated but lately have seemed to fall on hard times. “I hope to get a win, to get us back on the right track,” said Cubs head coach Mynor Mendoza before the game. Unfortunately, the Lady Cubs were not up to the task and lost the match by the scores of 24-26, 24-26 and 21-25. Both teams came out strong as Cubs team captain Virginia Mendoza played well, delivering amazing returns throughout the match and consistently helped her teammates with a follow-through of passes. Teammates Stephanie Cabrera maintained fierce serves and Ana Ocampo also played an excellent game. The Lady Cubs were aggressive on the offensive side but did not play well on defense and lost the first set.

“They need taller players and more communication on the court,” said Kate Henrikson, who is not an LACC student but came to support the team. “Also the coach should have used the timeouts more wisely.” The Lady Cubs missed one of their key players and it showed during the game. “Our middle blocker [Gracia Williams] was missing [and] that made a big difference," Mendoza said. "That has made a big difference the last two games, she averages about nine to 10 kills a game.” A kill is an attack that results in a point or side out [source:]. “We need to read the play a little more, we can improve on our passes,” said Virginia Mendoza when asked why PCC won the match. Although communication and 'missing Williams' were a key element in losing the contest, Pasadena City College had one distinct advantage. “They are way taller than us,” said Lady Cub Jennifer Morales. Hopefully, with the return of Williams to make up for the lack of height, the Lady Cubs can return to their winning ways and right the ship in time to qualify for the playoffs.



Los Angeles Collegian

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

City College Counselor, Football Star, Milt Davis Dies By Jonathan Velasquez


ilt Eugene Davis, former instructor and counselor at Los Angeles City College (LACC), died of cancer last month. He was 79. He was a member of the Baltimore Colts from 1957 through 1960 and was an integral part of one of the NFL’s most dominant teams of the late 1950s. After the 1960 season, he returned to California to become a teacher. Davis was born on May 31, 1929 at Fort Gibson, OK. When he was a toddler his family moved to Los Angeles. He graduated

from Jefferson High School, attended Los Angeles City College and earned a partial scholarship to UCLA. After retiring from football, he became a teacher at John Marshall High School and a teacher and counselor at LACC. “I remembered him as a coach from Marshall,” said Reri Pumphrey, counseling department chair. “Then I came [to LACC] and took a science class with him. He was so much fun.” In 1989, he and his wife retired and moved to Oregon. He is survived by his wife Yvonne and three children, Allison, Hilary and Brian. Photo courtesy of Paul Carter, Registered Guard, Eugene, Oregon

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