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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Volume 159, Number 6

"So many awesome videos, so little time. How I came across? I don't know, but I'm glad I did. It Rocks!"

Sykes Signs Out After 38 Years

- MJEvanich, Online Subscriber

Photo by Beatrice Alcala/LA Collegian

The crew that keeps the campus running surrounds Willie E. Sykes as the clock winds down on his 38-year record of perfect attendance at LACC. (Top left to right) Mark Toomes, Amos Powell, domestic technician, Shelia Gibbs, Willie Sykes, 38 years, (bottom left to right) Erskine Jones and Winford Bullard. Full story on page 4

Good Samaritan Proves Honesty Still a Virtue By Victoria Safarian

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uture Los Angeles City College (LACC) student, Jamal McRae, proved how honest he is when he stumbled upon a wallet in a campus restroom on Nov. 21.

The wallet was on top of a fixture in the men's bathroom in the Administration Building. When McRae opened it, he saw several hundred dollars and immediately thought he had to get the wallet back to its rightful owner. "I put myself in his shoes,"

McRae said. "I’ve lost important things before too." The lost wallet contained a personal identification card and $743. McRae turned everything into the LACC Sheriffs Office. A few hours later, 72 year-old Richard Robinson wandered into

the sheriffs station and told Deputy Richard Pfeiffer how he had lost his wallet. He then got quite a surprise. "I was really shocked, especially with the economic situaSamaritan on page 4

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Cyclists Park by Any Means Necessary Full Story on Page 7

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Opinion

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News

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IMPORTANT DATES FALL FINAL EXAMS WEEK Dec. 15 - 20 Full Schedule on Page 12

Ronald Berg (center) converses with his defense attorney at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center (formerly the Criminal Courts Building) in Downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 18.

Investigation Continues, No Bail for Ronald Berg By Theresa Adams

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ail has not been posted for the 72-year old Los Angeles City College (LACC) finance instructor, who police charged with the murder of his wife on Sept. 28. Berg, who taught at LACC at

the beginning of the fall semester has remained in custody at the Los Angeles County jail since his arraignment on Sept. 30. The normally clean-shaven instructor entered the courtroom through the side door for his preliminary hearing. He was escorted by the BERG on page 4

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heriffs warn cyclists by leaving citations for illegally parked bicycles at Los Angeles City College (LACC). Bicyclists park where they can, only to return from class to find a red warning citation on their seat. There are more than 80 students who ride their bikes to campus on any given day, and approximately 58 spots. "The bike racks are always full and people are always locking them to fences," said Celine Briggs, a psychology major at LACC. "There aren't enough in front of specific buildings, especially Holmes Hall." Some classroom areas are busier than others, which makes it harder to find a place to park a bike. The rack near the Associated Students Organization (ASO) Office is usually full, while the Radiology Building has less traffic

and more slots on the bike racks. "Bicycles should be parked in the bicycle racks," said Deputy Keith Johnson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The bicycling community in Los Angeles is gaining momentum as gas prices rise and bike culture becomes hip. Orange 20, a retail bike shop located two blocks away from LACC, had to move into a larger building, two doors down. "We're just challenged right now as a campus because of the construction that's going on," said Dr. Jamillah Moore, President of LACC. "We're limited on space, but we give them an opportunity to lock up their bikes and work with the space we have." A common problem is that students do not use the bike racks that are not close to their classrooms. "Most people don't know where [the bike racks] all are," BICYCLE on page 5


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New Student, "Mr. Good Deed" Majors in Honesty

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eports of violent crimes, fires and corporate corruption fill the airwaves on a regular basis. Real estate prices are way down and Citibank will lay off approximately 53,000 employees. An opinion in a previous edition of the Collegian Newspaper asked what hap-

pened to the good news. The man who went into the campus sheriff’s office in search of his missing property will tell you that he had some of the best news he has received. To say he was surprised would be an understatement. The wallet he lost had been returned and the $743 it contained

was still safely tucked inside. Good Samaritans are recognized as people who respond with kindness to the needs of others without asking what benefit they might receive for themselves. You may have had the pleasure of encountering some of these people in your classroom. They hang

Letters to the Editor I am a long-time student at LACC and wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate your newspaper. With every issue released, I find that you poignantly cover the matters that concern students most, giving depth, scope and articulation to the issues of key importance. Specifically in the 3rd issue, I would like to comment on Megan Ayers article, "Think About Someone Other Than Yourself." This was a terrific piece! It is refreshing to see a young lady express such deep emotion and concern about others whom are living in far less fortunate circumstances. What impressed me most was how she eloquently shared the pain she feels over the homeless issue and how she wishes to give more, to sacrifice, in order to help others before herself. I am proud of students like Megan who embrace the ethic of selfless giving and her desire to start a club addressing serious issues affecting quality of life. I'm confident that many students will support her courage, vision and desire to making a lasting change that will hallmark the legacy of what our college represents. Follow your dreams to your last breath Megan.

My name is Tim Hane and I'm a registered student at LACC. I ride my bike to LACC from my home in nearby Hollywood. When I arrived on the first day of classes to the front of the campus on Vermont, I noticed there were only TWO bike racks, which were so small that they could each only realistically accommodate two bikes each. That meant there were only four bike parking spaces at the front of the campus. I did what many others did, which was to lock our bikes to nearby railings, etc. One day I came out to find a notice affixed to my bike with a rubber band giving me a warning that my bike wasn't allowed to be locked there. Here's my idea for a story: Where are the places to Lock up bikes? Why is so much attention paid to parking for the cars (new parking lot) and also getting people to school via public transport (LACC subsidized I-PASS/I-TAP) and seemingly so little attention paid to us bikers? If there are bike racks located on campus somewhere, why aren't there signs indicating this like those for the bike racks in the front of the school? The sign could read: "If bike racks are full additional racks at located …" Because of the current economy many of us are using bicycles. Those of us who are interested in minimizing our impact on the environment choose to use bikes. A bicycle actually creates ZERO greenhouse gases unlike public transportation which does create greenhouse gases. Could you please do an investigative story about this? I for one would like to know what the real situation is for bikers on campus? Why don't we have good quality bike racks at the front of campus that will accommodate more than just four bikes?

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out pretending to be ordinary people but when you need someone to step up and do the right thing, they are right there waiting to oblige. In times like these, when it is difficult to find the brighter side or see the glass as half full, actions like the one from the Good Samaritan help to

Parking Problems Continue

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he construction of the LACC parking lot started about a year and a half ago. The parking problem for the students and the residents, unfortunately, has been ongoing for years. New complaints started about the construction project when they put a big green fence around a small parking lot. There was a 3-D picture on a poster in front of the construction site, but there was nothing on the poster to describe the project. “What is this going to be, what are they build-

ing?” said a local resident in Armenian. “These people can’t even bother to notify the residents what this is going to be. This is ridiculous.” Once the construction got underway, the big problems began. Construction began around 5:30 a.m. and sounded like a war was going on just outside the front door of every home. The thing that bothered them the most was the smoke and dust coming up from the site. One resident complained that he had a difficult time breathing. “I have a balcony and I can’t enjoy it," said Vehanush Arabatlyan, an area resident. “There are people in this neighborhood who are over the age of 65 and they have breathing problems. This needs to stop!” Arabatlyan tried to get the residents to sign a petition to shut down the construction project but she

was not successful. The residents of Heliotrope had to go through a traumatic experience for a year and a half. After all of this, there was a huge, beautiful structure ready to be used and to solve all the parking problems in the area. The parking lot has been finished for almost a year now, but it’s very clear that the problem has not been solved. Many of the students say they did not know about the lot. There were no flyers or posters to notify us that the new parking lot was ready for use, so most continued to park in spaces meant for the residents. They also continued to be late to class as they searched the streets for a place to park. Two years, lots of controversy and the brand new parking lot has not been the solution to the old parking problems.

Will There Be Education for My Children?

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renew one’s faith in people. There is a popular commercial on television that says, “Here’s to you …!” So to the gentleman who did not allow himself to be motivated by greed or selfishness, “Here’s to you!” We applaud you for your integrity.

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hort staff, lost funding and the call of depression have led California schools to deny freshmen acceptance into various colleges for the upcoming term. It has been a little more than a week since the California State schools administrators announced that they would cut about 10,000 students from the 23 campuses in the upcoming school year. Schools have also changed the enrollment deadline to an earlier

date and increased the G.P.A. requirement so that fewer students will apply. The day after the announcement was made, students marched outside universities in protest of the change in the enrollment policy. Andrea Wilson, a 17-year old high school senior and several other students believe that the universities have made the right decision. Daniel Cruz, a current LACC student, believes fewer people may mean a better environment for learning. Those who agree with the policy believe that the best and brightest of the bunch will emerge. Those who oppose it express concern about whether or not the future of education is for society as a whole. Those in the lower socio-economic brackets, feel that it is unfair for students

in lower income areas to be deprived of an education because they do not have the same income as their privileged counterparts. Now comes the question that must be answered. Is the school system fair to the kids living in rural and urban areas? Next year, community colleges will be crowded with incoming freshman. Some students will opt for out of state colleges because they believe they may have a greater chance of getting in. Have California schools let our children down or is this just another adjustment people must make in this economic crisis? Right now, the one thing we do know, is that we can expect a longer line in admissions department.


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What tip would you give to other students to help them prepare for final exams?

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Sandra Valencia Major: Communication and Acting

Calvin Gualpa Major: Cinema

Christian Mumcian Major: Photography

Michelle Paraiso Major: Nursing

"If they are struggling [in] a subject they should go to tutoring."

"It’s very simple, study from the beginning of the semester, then everything will be easy."

"Stay away from distractions; try not to stay up too late studying and cramming everything in at once, and get a good night's sleep."

"Study your a** off, do lots of good research on the Internet. The Internet is the best resource for information."

"Endless coffee, and I’m not even kidding, endless! Endless coffee and good notes."

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tep through the doubledoors and your own reflection shines back at you from the perfectly buffed floors. Photographers bring their models here for photo sessions and City College Administrators use the building to show off the well maintained classrooms. The trash cans are empty. The bathrooms are spotless. A visitor could even chance it and possibly eat off the floors. It is the Chemistry Building and it has been this way since Willie Sykes began taking care of it nearly 40 years ago. "He is a hardworking guy, perfect attendance. I have no complaints," said Regina Cole, a supervisor who has worked with Sykes for the last four years. “It’s his baby. His building outshines

the other buildings. He wants to get the work done." When Sykes started at LACC, there were 27 people working in the Operations Department and a sub-list for workers waiting for a position to open up. He has worked for the District and also the LAUSD for more than 38 years. Sykes is assigned to the night shift, which begins at 7 p.m. Friends and colleagues say he will be on time and ready to work, because he takes pride in what he does. Sykes is originally from Arkansas and says that in the country, if you don’t get your work done, you get your rear spanked. He has been married to his wife Frances for more than 30 years and the couple has raised two sons. He is always busy working, so it is difficult to get a moment to

talk to him. If you get a chance to ask him anything about his time working here, he will tell you about the good old days. It was peaceful and quiet without all the people in the classrooms and buildings. From 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. “You could get your work done,” he would say. “If you don’t sweep these rooms every night, it’s bad,” Sykes said. “You’ve got to take pride in your work. How are students going to help you maintain things if you don’t take pride in your work?” Over time, things can happen to change the course of one’s life. Last year, Sykes and his family suffered the loss of one of his sons, who died at the age of 27 after an undiagnosed illness. His brother died three days later on a freeway when his car was hit by an 18-wheeler. His dedication never

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bailiff. Berg stood near the witness stand but never looked around the courtroom. He wore prison-issued blue pants, a yellow shirt and he was handcuffed. Police officers, attorneys and a series of public defenders sat in the first two rows on the left side of the courtroom facing Berg. The former instructor remained standing for the hearing of the People v. Berg. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Alex Ricciardulli, presided. The judge, who is also a professor of law at Loyola Marymount University, called the court to order and read the case for the record. "Mr. Berg, you understand you have the right to have a preliminary hearing within 30 days of today?" said Judge Ricciardulli as he looked directly at the defendant. Berg said he understood and agreed to a continuance until Jan. 7, 2009. Reginald Peters, the public defender, told the court that the

detectives had not finished their investigation. The courts returned Berg to Los Angeles County Jail, where he will remain unless he can post bail. Berg's new life as a defendant in a criminal case is a stark contrast to his years teaching at LACC, Trade Tech and in the LAUSD. Berg appeared oblivious to the crowded courtroom. There were men in suits and ties, girls in sweat suits wearing big gold earrings and guys in baggy jeans who leaned against the walls and sat on benches outside the various courtrooms. The victim's family attended the court proceedings. Abner Monleon, the victim's brother, and his sister Rhodora, sat near the last row on the right side of the room. They focused on every word articulated by the lawyers and the judge. Monleon, who previously stated that he thought the crime against his sister might have been the result of "elder abuse," sat with an advocate from the Victim-Witness Assistance

Program. "The service is offered through the L.A. County District Attorney's Office," said the representative, who did not want to be identified by name. "Victims of crime and families of homicide victims are often contacted by representatives to offer counseling referrals and support to the families at court appearances." The Monleon family plans to attend the next court appearance, but until then, they will consult with the Victims-Witness Assistance program. "We just take things day by day by day," said Rhodora Monleon.

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tion today, " said Robinson, who did not miss his wallet immediately. "I went to buy something at the 99-cent store and realized it wasn’t there. I was more concerned about my I.D card. You know, it takes so long to get all those things back, but I was surprised when I found out about the money." While Robinson was heading to the 99-cent store, Deputy Pfeiffer made a valiant effort in trying to track down the owner of the wallet. He even called Robinson's sister in the Virgin Islands. "Wallets with a large sum of money rarely get turned in," Pfeiffer said. "This student did an excellent job in doing so.” A relieved Robinson wanted

to reward the sheriffs for their assistance, but they declined. Robinson also telephoned McRae to meet the good samaritan and thank him for his kindness. "I couldn’t believe it," Robinson said. "You know? I didn’t [want to] take too much of his time because he was with his girlfriend, but I did give him a reward of $200. I wanted to give the deputy $100 so he could buy pizza for his crew, but he just told me to give the money to Jamal.” Robinson was a mathematics major at LACC 20 years ago and lives in the area. McRae, the good samaritan will begin classes at City College in the spring of 2009.

LACC Police Wire Complied By Tim Carpenter 11/14 3:30 p.m.-11/17 6:30 a.m.: Contractor reported theft of copper pipe. Location: Franklin Hall Basement. Loss: $4,000. 11/18/08, 6:50 p.m.: Student reported an individual attempted to purchase marijuana. Location: Jefferson Hall. 11/19/08, 1:30 p.m.: Staff member reported a student who failed to turn their cell phone off. Location: MLK Library. 11/20/08, 12:20 p.m. Student reported theft of bicycle. Location: Bicycle rack, Men’s Gymnasium. Loss: $60.

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wavered and he continued to show up every day, literally working his way through the pain. Other things are different as well. Now, only about 10 people work the night shift and there is no waiting list. Next month, Sykes will say goodbye to LACC’s campus and the Chemistry Building. His record of perfect attendance and desire to work is a model for success that will be difficult for others to replicate. Look down one last time at the beautiful floors polished by Sykes. Remember the care that went into every movement made with the polisher. While that is happening, Sykes will be somewhere remembering the good old days, as he enjoys his retirement and the latest episodes of “The Price Is Right” as well as “All My Children.”

Photo by Beatrice Alcala/LA Collegian

Willie Sykes in his final semester at LACC, looks forward to retirement after 38 years.

“I’m not going to half do anything. If I’m not going to do it right, I won’t do it at all.”


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said Deputy Johnson. One suggestion by Vice President of Administrative Services, Bruce Baron, could help alleviate this confusion. He suggested creating a special pamphlet that would outline the location of all bicycle racks as well as safety and storage tips to help students become safer riders and lower their risk of becoming

a victim of theft. He also offered a little good news for students. "We're adding several bike racks around campus," Baron said. "We'll suspend any warning [tickets] until we get the adequate number of bike racks."

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City College Professors: One Poll More Reliable than Others "It gives a broad aspect to the general election not just the presidential election but other election races across the country."

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Students secure bikes outside of Holmes Hall. The lack of bike racks on campus for cyclists to lock their bikes to any stationary objects.

allup polls went against the grain and predicted that Harry Truman would defeat Thomas Dewey in the 1948 presidential election. They have been correct ever since. Now that the 2008 presidential election is in the history books, professors are sharing their views on polls that varied so widely during the campaign season. Voters and media outlets focused on several. These included the Harris Poll, CBS, the Washington Post and Zogby polls. "There are approximately 15 to 20 polls that the American people notice," said Sociology Professor, Anthony Clark. “In my opinion the Gallup Poll is the most accurate used today.� A History Professor at Los Angeles City College, Horacio Fonseca, recalled

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how many pollsters predicted that former L.A. Mayor, Tom Bradley, would defeat George Deukmejian in the 1986 California gubernatorial race. "Tom Bradley was running for governor," Fonseca said. "And people told the pollsters that they would vote for him [Bradley], then on election day, voters went the other way." This is now called the Bradley effect. Some believed it could have repeated in the 2008 race for the White House with President-elect, Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain. Again, Gallup got it right. "Even though there could be potential errors in polls, Gallup is the best polling company in the world," said History Professor, Ron Pelton. Gallup does detailed work. The organization looks at many different factors like race, income and geographical location.

"There are approximately 15 to 20 polls that the American people notice. In my opinion the Gallup Poll is the most accurate used today."

"Gallup breaks down the way people voted and presents it so the [American] public has a better understanding on how Americans voted in the 2008 presidential election," Pelton said. In the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, assumptions were not always accurate. In an American Spectator online article, Kristen Soltis says it is hard for outsiders to trust a pollster's assumptions about the behavior of voters. There are many factors to polling, most of which can be manipulated. "You can have different results because most polls send out the wrong information to the media, meanwhile, Gallup is organized and professional with the way they conduct polls and surveys," said U.S. History Professor Rami Samuelson. "To me, Gallup is the best polling company out there."


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ever before in my life had I felt more acutely that I was in a foreign country. Or more accurately, that I was a foreigner. Having lived in a city as diverse as Los Angeles, it felt odd being singledout solely based on my color. After my arrival in Ghana, I was sent to Benin. There in the middle of the wet, clay roadside, a cluster of taxis and vans stood, parked around bread and concession stands. In the distance, the Good News Corps car that had dropped us off was fast disappearing around the bend. During the drive to Togo, I found that my guide’s name was Bienvenue, and that he was a missionary student in Benin. ‘Bienvenue’ means ‘welcome,’ which made me wonder if the Good News Corps chapter in Benin had deliberately sent him as my reception to Africa. Bienvenue purchased a loaf of bread from a vendor along the way. It was our sole sustenance throughout the eleven hour trip. Ripping off hunks of the loaf, I spotted a small insect crawling through the crust. Shrugging, I flicked the beetle away and continued biting into the bread without much thought. Chewing thoughtfully, I realized two things: 1) in America, I’d probably throw the bread away. 2) African bread has grains of sand in it. Finishing the sparse meal, I leaned my head against the window and, feeling a bout of exhaustion, passed out into sleep. Bienvenue shook me awake. I was groggy, sticky, hungry, and my contact lenses were blurring my vision. Dizzy and gagging from the smell of burning petrol, I realized that the car had stopped by a road jam packed

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Vendors at Ghana. They tend to gather around foreign tourists. Photo courtesy of Xie, Long-Sheng. Photos Courtesy of Daniel Oh

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formation he gathered by speaking to old family friends, Cook put together the background for "Blood Harvest." “I should do this now for the next generation," Cook said. "[I need to] let them know what really happened." His favorite part about writing is the “spontaneous creation” and tells fellow aspiring writers to “read really widely in the genre you want to write in and write regularly, at least three times a week. [If you] do it less than that, it never gets finished." His favorite book is “The Bottoms” by Joe Lansdale. Look out for his third book “Tommy Gun Tango,” coming out in July. “I don’t find it hard to find stories to tell,” Cook said. “Everyday you find 20 stories to use … the hard part is which one to use.”

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with motorcycles. Smog permeated the air everywhere and I attempted to roll up the window when Bienvenue pulled at my arm, motioning that we were to get off. Still light-headed, I stepped out of the car and looked at my guide, waiting for some kind of explanation. Curious as to where I was, I called out to a boy and motioned toward the surroundings, putting on a puzzled expression. It was my attempt to ask where I was. After a moment of thought the boy clapped his hands together and exclaimed, “ahhh!” Before running off he waved his arms at the buildings and said: “Cotonou!” Cotonou? I was in Cotonou, Benin? Already? The shock hit me as I sat down hard. It had been two days since my arrival to Africa, but it was there at Cotonou city that I realized “I’m staying here for one year...” Bienvenue returned at about this time, a motorcyclist following him. With half my luggage balanced on my lap, I rode precariously on the back seat, amazed at the sights of Benin as we rushed by. It was the last and most glorious leg of my journey. The first of many motorcycle rides through the city of Cotonou. Arriving at the concrete house that served as the GNC center in Benin, my chapter, Pastor Kim, welcomed me with a meal and a mat set out in an airy room. Completely exhausted, the last thing I remembered thinking was “my first night in Benin…” Collegian Africa Correspondent, Daniel Oh


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'UltraNeko' Infects Gamers with Online Show LACC student hosts web-based video game show seen all around the world. By Chong Lee

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he sneaks up and assassinates guards, fights a horde of zombies, treks a forgotten temple or dons Greek war paint and swings large blades. These are things "UltraNeko," a normally docile Los Angeles City College student does on a weekly basis. Thousands of video game enthusiasts flock to her site to watch her online exploits. Students can see a range of adventures starring the Internet game host from the comfort of a computer chair. Deep in the world of YouTube, the spunky heroine “UltraNeko” draws gamers into what seems like another world. She plays two roles: "UltraNeko," who is drawn into a virtual game world of survival by the scientist "Dr. Sadie,” who is her alter ego. The show is called "Sadie's Gaming Infection" and it's a world constructed and run by a City College student named Sadie. Video games are the entrée with reviews, interviews, and skits also on the menu. Fans from all around the world tune in and comment on her videos. "Sadie is still our favorite gamer ever,” said Canadian subscriber Ryan Westlake. “Love your reviews and attention to detail.” Sadie's show has gained immense popularity on the video website YouTube, where it is currently featured, earning more than 13,000 loyal fans and a growing recognition in the gaming community. She has been featured on YouTube's gaming section and has more than 100 videos, some of which have been “hit” more than 300,000 times.

"I have just discovered a new world; your channel!" said a fan from the United Kingdom. "I love your videos and your channel is awesome!" What makes Sadie's web-based show so engaging is her ability to appeal to a predominately male demographic with humorous insights and well-crafted skits. While her current role in video games sees her deeply immersed, her knowledge and exposure dates back to an early age in her life. "My biggest influence was my brother Sonny," Sadie said. She credits Square Entertainment's "Final Fantasy" series as the catalyst that propelled her into gaming. She then discovered the popular video-sharing website, YouTube. At first, Sadie posted videos sporadically, simply commenting on a game’s strength or weakness. Not long after, she realized she wanted the show to become more than just mere amateur videos. "It started as a hobby, but now it's become so much more," Sadie said. "I love making the show. It's a lot of hard work, but it's so much fun." The most interesting aspect of Sadie's videos is her ability to improvise hilarious commentary while playing games. Whether it's an interview, a skit or an observation during a gaming sequence, her comments garner responses from viewers who praise her humor. "I have a lot of fans that tell me my videos make them smile every week, and they look forward to it,"

she said. Legions of fans have embraced "UltraNeko" and her show, even going as far as declaring themselves "Infected Gamers," in honor of the name of the show. At a recent video game convention, fans spotted her among the huge crowds with requests for pictures and autographs. "I have a lot of really supportive fans," Sadie said. Fans contribute to the show with graphics, music and artwork. "It's great to have fans that want to help support the show." Sadie's interviews and connections with prominent people in the gaming industry have also been of great interest to viewers. Her chemistry in videos with gaming industry leaders like music composer, Tommy Tallarico and voice actor David Hayter of "Metal Gear Solid," have given her show credibility and appeal. “I've been watching your videos since day one and I'm a big fan of your show,” said a 19-year-old subscriber from South Carolina. “I look forward to your videos at the end of every week and they always put a smile on my face. Stay cool Sadie.” Sadie went to a small high school where girl-gamers were few and far between. "There are lots of stereotypes and negative myths about gamers,” Sadie said. “They are often considered violent or shut in." Sadie hopes to help change these stereotypes. Sadie's popularity continues to grow as more gamers see her videos and watch her weekly episodes. She remains ambitious as she reaches for a larger platform in the massive world of the internet.

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L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Offers Dialogue Over Freedom of Press By Danielle Rivera

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n the Oct. 8 issue of the Collegian, student journalists claimed that the Los Angeles County Sheriffs infringed upon their First Amendment rights. Sheriff Lee Baca gave a written response to the Collegian several weeks after it reported the incident to the L.A. County Sheriffs Department. "My goal is to ensure your complaint is fully investigated in a timely manner," Baca said in a letter to the Collegian. In his statement, Baca said

that he forwarded the complaint to Captain Ralph J. Webb, commander of the Community College Bureau. Baca directed Webb to conduct an inquiry into the matter. “I appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention ... it afforded me to evaluate performance of our personnel,” Baca said in his letter. Now that the Sheriff's Department has recognized the problem between the local sheriffs and L.A. City students, the rift between the two parties can potentially be mended.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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Arts & Entertainment

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Amanda Noret (right) crosses paths with the Big Bad Wolf while traveling to her grandmothers house in the on stage production of 'Into the Woods.'

LACC Karen Huie plays mother of An-Mei, as she feeds her blood to save and show the utmost respect to her sick mother.

Journey to 'Joy Luck Club' and 'Into the Woods' By Jamie Hong with additional reporting by Monica Olofsson

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aren Huie ran away from home at the age of 15, hung out in New York’s Chinatown as a gangster’s girlfriend, watched him pull the trigger to a man’s forehead and dropped out of college. She ended her first marriage at the age of 25 and now plays dual roles of Lindo Jong, and the Mother of AnMei, in the remake of Amy Tan's “The Joy Luck Club” in Downtown Los Angeles. Amanda Noret left Lubbock, Texas and moved to Los Angeles where she enrolled in City College. She now plays a

bratty Little Red Riding Hood in the Lyric Theatre's production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods," a fairy tale with a twist. Huie and Noret have never met, but their paths cross as they perform in productions that offer them a chance to shine outside of campus. Huie studied cinema, television announcing, screenwriting and photography classes at Los Angeles City College (LACC) and recently, she dropped all of them to dedicate her time to "The Joy Luck Club." Her family regarded her decision to act as an embarrassment and did not acknowledge her acting career until she became "Rush Hour" star, Jackie Chan's dia-

lect coach. Huie says she comes from a traditional Chinese family that was taught "not to make waves and blend in” for peaceful survival in the American culture. In many ways, she represents the rare flower that blossomed in a society blanketed with thorns. Huie speaks with a poetic beauty that emulates Amy Tan’s writing as if fate itself brought Karen and “The Joy Luck Club” together. Do not be fooled by her delightfully rebellious past, Huie's adventurous, youthful ways seemed to have blossomed into a woman with heart and wisdom. “I just believe that if you work really hard ... and take all

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of your personal baggage and you try to wrestle those to the ground, you’ll just be a free-er person," Huie said. Amanda Noret was born in Texas, but she has no trace of a hometown accent and sounds like the girl next door. She first starred as an actress in the production "Annie" when she was still in the fifth grade. Her first film project came when she was only 12 years old. Noret says her parents are very supportive of her acting and they enjoy coming to her shows. "The hours are sometimes very bizarre and you have to have support," Noret said. "It's very important." Noret has been studying business at LACC and

will soon transfer to Cal State Northridge. Noret, at times, resembles Academy Award winner, Reese Witherspoon with the celebrity's intelligent persona and refreshing attitude. In "Into the Woods," Noret portrays a “nofool” Little Red Riding Hood different from what audiences are used to. In fact, all the characters in the play are from well-known children’s stories, such as "Cinderella," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and" Rapunzel," but with somewhat more developed personas. "She is bratty, yet vulnerable," Noret said of her character. "She loses her family and is thrust into a world where everything that she had disappeared.

Everything she believed was right, is wrong. Her story is about the loss of innocence." "Lindo" and "Red" are both drawing crowds to "The Joy Luck Club" at East West Players on 120 North Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, and "Into the Woods" at the Lyric Theatre on 520 N La Brea Ave, also in L.A. "The Joy Luck Club" has been extended by popular demand through Dec. 21. For more information, call East West Players at (213) 625-7000 or email info@eastwestplayers.org. "Into the Woods" is playing through Dec. 14. For showtimes and tickets, call (323) 939-9220.

Vocalists Bring Back Broadway (Left to right) Bernadette Guckin, Robert Burnham, Mark Trigg and Sarah Moore pose at the end of their performance of "Dear One" from the musical "The Kiss of the Spiderwoman" on Nov. 13 in Clausen Hall.

Poetry in Motion with ‘Jean Micah’ By Jessica Russell Kimiko Micah Jean McCarthy is a 19-year-old girl of many talents. The New York native migrated to Los Angeles when her family moved here from Harlem when she was 10 years old. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to a Mexican and African American Mother and a father who is half Cuban and half Puerto Rican. Collegian: When did you first start writing poetry? McCarthy: I was 9-years-old when I first started writing poetry. The first one I can remember? It was about me and how I was feeling at the time – a lost girl, hiding from myself. Collegian: Has your poetry changed now that you are older? McCarthy: Yes. It’s evolved a lot. It’s not so dark. It’s deeper. Collegian: It seems like you are a girl of many skills. Do you have any other talCollegian: What are some things you ents? have written about that have changed McCarthy: Well, I sang opera for three years you? in high school. I wanted to be an R&B singer McCarthy: I wrote about when I first real- but my voice is too high. I’m a first sopraized that I was a lesbian. My fiancé asked no. me to marry him but he said I couldn’t be with girls any more. I loved him, but then it Collegian: How did you end up with a clicked. I was like ‘Oh well, that’s it. I guess Japanese first name? I’m a lesbian.’ So that’s one of my favorite McCarthy: Honestly? My mom’s name is poems. Kimberly and she wanted to name me something with Kim in it, but not Kim or Kimberly. Collegian: What styles of dance do you So, one day while she was pregnant with me, do? she sat down to watch television and saw a McCarthy: Samba! I absolutely love samba. Japanese girl named Kimiko. She looked it I am the samba queen. But I can also do up and saw that it means pureness, stands lyrical, hip hop, salsa, cumbia, belly dance, alone, and a leader not a follower. She loved African, meringue, Jamaican dance hall, it. So I got stuck with Kimiko. bomba – that’s the Puerto Rican national dance. Oh. I can pop lock.

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ocal students from the Los Angeles City College Music Department performed some of Broadway’s most famous and beloved songs in a musical theater concert in Clausen Hall on Nov. 13. City College students provided more than an hour of entertainment to a full house. Larry Leigh, the student who performed “King Herod’s Song” from Jesus Christ Superstar, sang the piece with fun and zeal. Leigh’s showmanship was extremely good, putting his heart and emotions into the song. “I like to sing good songs,” Leigh said. “I like to sing playful songs. In addition, I like songs I can have a little fun with.” Jane Blomquist organizes the LACC Musical Theater Concert every year, but she was ill on concert day. Music professor,

Christine Park took the stage and welcomed the audience in Blomquist’s absence. Gaspar Vargas offered another memorable performance. He sang a song called “Make Them Hear You,” from “Ragtime.” Gaspar has a good voice, one rich in soul. His delivery was very entertaining, lively and worth hearing. Sarah Moore and Mark Trigg also sang extremely well. Both students performed a song called “Dear One" from “The Kiss of the Spiderwoman.” Moore and Trigg sounded as though they have had substantial vocal training. Both had the sound of Broadway stars, and Moore confirmed she has had lessons. Members of the audience laughed as Luis Marquez delivered a selection from “Little Shop of Horrors.” He affectionately sang “Grow for Me” to a potted plant. Marquez did a great

job and the audience showed its appreciation with loud applause. One of the highlights of the concert came when Franchesca Parks sang “When You’re Good to Mama,” from the hit musical, “Chicago.” Her voice was wonderful, and she was beautiful, sassy and sexy, in the role of “Mama.” “I love the song, and I love the Broadway musical,” Parks said. “I would like to record professionally and maybe keep the theater as my second job.” Finally, Mark Trigg shined in his second performance. He sang “Johanna” from “Sweeney Todd.” Trigg has a memorable tenor’s voice and has been singing since the age of seven. Ten singers performed in the Clausen Hall free concert, all delivered outstanding performances.


News

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Lines at Bookstore Become Part of Campus Life By Ethan Ruiz

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ong lines at the LACC bookstore are as common as paying for classes, but the manager says it is due to insufficient space and resources. In recent years, there has been a steady increase of time spent in line for textbooks. At the start of each college semester, students face the harsh reality of buying overpriced textbooks that they will need for the coming school year. The groans and moans are heard by all students as they know they will be

buying books that might be expensive, and the state of the current economy is not making things any easier. Now there is a different kind of moan and groan reverberating among students. The sound of agony as they wait in line for hours to buy these much needed books. “I have had to call work at least twice to tell them I am coming in late because the lines have become so long and out of control,” said David Morgan, a third year English major. He says that the long lines and hassles of buying books at the bookstore have become “like a broken record that won’t stop.” Morgan believes the bookstore

could improve the situation by hiring more employees to work the registers and by staggering lunches. Students also complain about the conditions while they wait: no air conditioning, a hand full of employees working the registers and the close spacing in between the lines and bookshelves. These inconveniencies have forced many students to look elsewhere to buy their textbooks and question the value of the bookstore. “It all begins with the staff here at the bookstore,” said Christie O’ Connor an LACC Bookstore employee of 20 years. “When you have 16,000 stu-

dents needing books and a good portion of those are cramped inside that little building, it can become somewhat frustrating.” O’Connor is the manager of the LACC Bookstore and she says that the long lines have come as no surprise to her and her staff, as it is something they prepare themselves for each semester. The current location of the bookstore is where the LACC Cafeteria used to be. This explains its small interior and lack of modern facilities necessary to accommodate the large student population at school that flock to buy their books at the start of each semester.

“I have noticed that out of the five registers at the bookstore, only two are being used at a time when the workers know people are lining up for an hour to get their books,” said Jeannette Vasquez, a second-year English major. This was a major concern of students regarding the bookstore and the long waits, something they have little control over. O’Connor has revealed that in the coming semesters, students will be able to buy their books online through LACC’s Bookstore website and have the option of reserving books, a solution she hopes will reduce the lines.

Tuition Remains at $20 Per Unit, So Far

Cartoon by Adam Daugherty/LA Collegian

Murder-Homicide Shakes Community, a Short Distance From Campus By Veronica Reynolds

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olice believe that Jorge Cruz Iraheta, 31, violated a restraining order and entered the home of his estranged wife on Nov. 21, where he shot and killed his two children, Ashley, 7, and Andres, 9. After he shot his children and their mother, Marta, he pointed the gun at himself and took his own life, less than two blocks from campus. The mother survived and was rushed to the University of Southern California Medical Center where doctors treated her for a gunshot wound to the leg and is now in stable condition, according to the Los Angeles Times. Residents who were outside their homes on Normal Street Saturday night ducked as shots rang out on their block. "Gunshots went off and this woman was screaming wildly,"

said Heather Clifford, a resident of Normal Street. "I turned the lights in my apartment off. I was really creeped out." At 9 p.m., police received a call from Marta who complained about a violation of a restraining order. When police came to the scene the man had already left. Police spoke to the woman and left the scene shortly after with plans to return for a follow up visit to check on the situation. Approximately 50 minutes later, dispatch received another call that reported shots fired at the same location. Police returned to the scene to find two children and two adults victims of gunshot wounds. One police officer said that this type of incident where young children are involved brings sadness to the community it happened in as well as the police officers who responded.

Twenty-five new lawmakers took the oath of office this week, and must now make a decision on tuition hikes and budget cuts that will affect California students statewide. By Jamie Hong

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t least 2,000 classes could be cut throughout the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), with a possible increase in tuition from $20 to $26 by January of 2009. There could be a second hike by July which would take tuition to $30 per unit. This could leave an estimated 100,000 full-time students statewide without support as the State Assembly considers a 4.4% budget cut to community colleges by the winter session. Twenty-five new legislators have been sworn in as of Dec. 1, but i t is unclear whether they will handle the budget problem by the end of this year. The cuts and tuition hikes are still on the table according to the Community College League of California. They say the governor's proposal for $332.2 million in cuts to community colleges is still on

track. "You're paying more and getting less!" said Linda Tong, Associated Students Organization (ASO) Senator of State and Governmental Affairs at Los Angeles City College (LACC). "If the classes are reduced ... you're going to end up being here for three, four, five years," Tong said. It is highly possible that winter and summer sessions will be cut from three sessions to only one. Tong says the student body in the LACCD has had a 7 percent increase, but the state only pays for 2 percent. This forces the district to spend all of its money on the 5 percent difference, which could cause a reduction of 2,000 classes district wide. " M y

friend’s mother passed away and he had to pay for his mother’s $ 6,000 burial costs through car washes and it’s crap! [the tuition hike and budget cut]" said Carmela Gonsalez, an ASO Senator of Public Relations. "These are the community college students they are tuition-hiking. A lot

of UC students have been protesting against it … [due to the cuts in classes] if you want to advance in your IGETC or honors program [you can’t].” "The legislature keeps playing with the vote, if the legislature keeps changing the day to vote, how are students supposed to vote?” Tong said. The State Assembly has changed the day numerous times. Not only will the pocketbooks of students suffer, but the quality of teaching is at risk as well. A certain number of full-time professors are required in California Community Colleges. Tong says the current deficit means the district cannot hire more full-time faculty. With the retirement of 45 professors, there will be more part-time professors than full-time and the district can be fined as a result. "If the quality of teaching goes down, your quality of education goes down ... ," Tong said. Students can make a difference by logging onto http://www. ccleague.net/act/calltoday.html, type in LACC's zip code 90029, copy and paste the email shown and send it to the California State Assembly members listed on the page. Students can also sign an online petition to stop budget cuts at http://www. thepetitionsite.com/3/stopcutting-californias-educationbudget Chancellor Mark Drummond of the LACCD will be on campus Dec. 9. Students can address him personally on campus. For more information speak to the ASO office.

Students Attempt to Skate by College Policy Budget Cuts Shock Math By Michele Padilla

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hat started as a peaceful study session on a Thursday night, turned into the sounds of wheels clanging and wood scraping across a tabletop as a group of skateboarders skidded down the hill near the side of the Chemistry Building interrupting at least one student trying to study. The incident happened when Theatre Academy student, Mike Hernandez went outside to get a drink. He had some time to kill before his girlfriend picked him up so he decided to spend it memorizing his lines. "The sound of their wheels was very distracting,” Hernandez said. “I came out here because of the peace and quietness of the area. The last thing I wanted to see or hear were a bunch of skateboarders. Had I known they would be out here I would have stayed in class.” According to some on campus, this was not an isolated

incident. Skateboarders can be found riding on any given day or night. However, skateboarding on a Los Angeles Community College District campus is in direct violation of California Vehicle Code 21113. There is even a large sign that can be seen at the entrance to the college on Vermont avenue that reads, “No Skateboards, Rollerblades, Roller-skates or Bicycles Allowed.” A number of students have voiced their concerns over the dangers of skateboarding on campus. An elderly student who wished to remain anonymous said, she “is frightened by skateboarders who whiz by”, right as she steps out of class. She thinks skateboarding on campus is dangerous, not only for the elderly students, but also for the visually impaired. “A first offender may get a verbal warning followed by disciplinary action by the school or a citation,” said Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy, Richard Pfeiffer. The Los Angeles City Col-

lege website has a listing of standards of student conduct, which includes rules and regulations, that if violated will subject students to disciplinary action. Skateboarding on campus is a violation of Board Rule 2803.27 - “Performance of an Illegal Act, conduct while present on a college campus or at a location operated and/or controlled by the District or at a District-sponsored event, which is prohibited by local, State or federal law.” “Skateboarding is dangerous, especially with all the construction going on. There are a lot of blind corners,” said, Sports Medicine Professor Robert Horowitz. “It used to be even worse when they would come on campus to film themselves doing tricks.” Not all students on campus think skateboarding is dangerous or annoying. Some see it as a cheap, efficient way to get to class. “I don’t think there is anything wrong with skateboarding on campus, it’s not like we are doing tricks or anything,” said,

one skateboarder who wanted to remain anonymous. “It takes less time and is more convenient to ride a board than walk. The people that think skateboarders are always in the way are just mad that they have to walk.” The Sheriffs try their best to enforce the school’s policy. However, sometimes students resist. “Skateboarding on campus is a safety hazard. It is also disruptive to students trying to learn and is damaging to the landscape,” Pfeiffer said. “This is not a skate park, this is a place to learn.” Still students continue to disobey the law and ride their skateboards, bikes and a few even rollerblade. Violations of these offenses can result in fines up to a maximum of $250. “I believe it is OK as long as they are not causing a ruckus or just bursting through a crowd,” said computer science major, Adrian Espinoza. “If it helps them get to class faster more power to them.”

Students at LACC By Bianca Guerra

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utors sadly announced that the Math-Tutoring Center in Jefferson Hall 311, has cut hours of operation due to state budget cuts. The math tutors have been assigned fewer working hours as a result of the economic crisis that has struck California. School officials have been left with no other alternative, but to open the Math-Tutoring Center later and close earlier than usual. "For the past 10 years, the Los Angeles City College (LACC) Math Tutoring Center has dedicated itself to assisting students with any general math inquiries and helping them excel academically in their studies," said Norma Savakyan one of the math tutors. Math Department Chairman, Roger Wolf, explained that the budget deficit has been lingering since last year, but Gov. Schwarzenegger recently began

cutting education funds. Math instructors like Nellie Sow has always referred anxious math students to the center but now that will change. “We have never had a situation like this in all my 15 years of teaching here at LACC in spite of some budget complications. This would be the first time in history when students would have to seek outside resources for math tutoring,” Sow said. Since the newly implemented business hours have taken effect as of October, math students have flocked to the new Martin Luther King Jr. Library for help. “I feel so disappointed to find out that now I have to ask the librarians for help! It’s totally ridiculous,” said Michael Cruz who attends a Math 125 course at LACC. He hopes that school officials will devise another alternative soon to assist students with math.


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Sports

Los Angeles Collegian

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

City Sports Seasoned to Perfection A year in sports photography The good, the bad, and the painful Virginia Mendoza retaliates with an aggressive spike against the Lady Lancers at Pasadena City College on Nov. 10.

Photos by G. Flamenco/LA Collegian

LACC's Madison Tarr (right) and Magda Rogerz (left) attempt to return the 'birdie' in a doubles match against East L.A. College on April 11.

Photo by Benjamin Simpson/LA Collegian

Third Baseman Yuki Ishida (15) watches Catcher Christopher Espinosa (8) attempt to catch a foul ball in the fourth inning at Pote Field on Feb. 5, 2008. The new baseball coach, George Hinshaw and his team lost to the Saddleback Gauchos 12-4. Photo by Julio Huerta/LA Collegian

Cubs guard Branden Fisher #5 drives around Fighting Owls guard A.J. Gasporra #20 during the men's state basketball tournament at Citrus College.

Photo by Beatrice Alcala/LA Collegian

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Freshman guard Marvin Coats (10) makes an outstanding debut during the Tip Off Classic Tournament at LACC on Nov. 7-9. Coats makes his way with a steal against L.A. Harbor in return for a two-point lay-up.

Stephanie Cabrera makes a diving attempt as the Lady Cubs volleyball team suffer another loss to the Lady Vikings of Long Beach City College on Nov. 7.


Sports

Los Angeles Collegian Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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or the past 16 years, coach Mike Miller has roamed the Los Angeles City College (LACC) Men’s Basketball team sidelines. Since Miller took on the new position as LACC’s Athletic Director, it is up to coach Mack Cleveland to fill Miller’s shoes. The Cubs are now depending on the young, energetic coach to take over an inexperienced team. Cleveland, more commonly referred to as "Coach Mack," was announced as the new men’s basketball head coach on Aug. 1. “I am very excited, [Cleveland] is a good coach,” Miller said. “I’m pleased to give him the opportunity to be a head coach this year at LACC.” Cleveland is aware of City College’s winning history and is eager to carry on the torch. In the past 15 years the Cubs have dominated, racking up 14 consecutive South Coast Conference Championships. Cleveland has put a great deal of focus on building a team and not just star players. “[Miller] has done a lot of great things in junior college basketball,” Cleveland said. "He built up an impressive program and I am excited to carry on his tradition.” Even though it is Cleveland’s first year, he has commanded great respect from his players. “We’re a young team, he’s a young coach and I feel [that] together we can make a run [for the state championship] this

New Coach to Roam Sidelines

Photos by G. Flamenco/LA Collegian

New head men's basketball coach Mack Cleaveland begins the formidable task of filling former coach Mike Miller's shoes.

season,” said C.J. Davis, a Cubs guard. “I feel like he is a good recruiter,” said Brandon Fisher, returning Cub's starter. "He built a team that can run, which is good for the style of offense coach Mack tends to run. [He] runs a motion set offense and we all can get into the flow.” Becoming the head coach of

any program is no small task, especially for Cleveland. He grew up on the Chicago South Side and was raised in a single-parent home. You could always find him at the neighborhood playground, trying to emulate his brother. Fred, the older of the two boys, who was a street legend in his own right and Mack’s idol. Eager to step out of Fred’s

shadow and become a standout athlete himself, Cleveland remained focused and improved his athletic ability. He was able to produce an impressive high school and college basketball career. Cleveland was an allstar for three years at Thorn Ridge High School, where he averaged 20 points per game. After high school, he packed up his bags and headed west to attend Los Angeles Valley College. After two years at Valley, Cleveland earned a scholarship to play at Clark University in Atlanta, GA. Even though aspirations to play professional basketball were cut short, he continued his education. Cleveland attended Cal State Dominguez Hills and earned a Master of Arts in Physical Education. Although this is his first head coaching position, Cleveland still has an impressive resume. He began his coaching career in 2001 when he was hired as an assistant for Los Angeles Southwest College, where he helped the Cougars win a state championship. For the 2005-2006 season, he was an assistant coach at Pasadena City College. In 2006-2007, he also coached for the Light of The World Christian Academy in Atlanta, GA. Last year, he was an assistant coach and scout for LACC’s Lady Cubs Basketball team. This year, Cleveland hopes he can guide the Cubs to the state title along with a South Coast Conference Championship. “With any great program you have to challenge yourself and set high goals,” Cleveland said. “I truly believe that my team can go all the way this year.”

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work around that. Either way, we did what we had to do and finished the season strong.” The Lady Cubs season did not go as well as many of the players expected. After winning their first five games, a string of injuries and internal conflicts took their toll and the cubs missed out on their post season dreams. “We definitely had our ups and downs, but I think if we would have worked a little harder, we could have done better,” said Cheatam. “A lot of people are coming back, so I think we have a good chance of making the playoffs [next season]. We could have made the playoffs this season but there were far too many injuries.” The crowd was happy and the mood was cheerful as the Lady Cubs' supporters were treated to a victory, making the season finale a moment to remember.

n the night of Nov. 19, fans gathered in the Los Angeles City College (LACC) gymnasium to support the Woman's Volleyball Team as they ended their season with a victory over the Trade Tech College Beavers. Injuries have plagued the Lady Cubs for the length of the season, leaving them with only nine players suited up for their final home game. LACC appeared confident and relaxed as they warmed up. From the beginning of the first match, the Lady Cubs played with intensity and never let the Beavers gain momentum. Second year players like Virginia Mendoza and Stephanie Cabrera provided the leadership and energy needed to seize control. “I think we did good for not having blockers,” said Stephanie Cabrera, an outside hitter. “I played last year and we did a lot better [this year].” Nicolette Cheaham’s defensive stops anchored the Cubs when it appeared as if they might let another close game slip away. In the second match, the Lady Cubs focused and gradually pulled ahead Photos by G. Flamenco/LA Collegian to take the lead. “It was fun, it was a Womens Volleyball coach Mynor Mendoza little bit close but it was looks on as the Lady Cubs finally break fun,” said Mendoza. their 14 game losing streak as they come “We had two starters up with a triumphant victory over the Lady that quit, so we had to Beavers of LA Trade Tech.

Cross Country Latin Dancing Gets Ladies Into Shape Goes to State By Jamie S. Hong

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lthough Los Angeles City College (LACC) is not known for making too many strides in Cross Country running, this years women’s team has surged to the State Finals. Two members of the team qualified to compete at State. Mallory Calaya and Veronica Alaniz represented LACC at Woodward Park in Fresno California on Nov. 22. Calaya finished 15th with a time of 19 minutes 42 seconds. Aliniz finished 50th with a time of 19 minutes 56 seconds. Calaya, a freshman who graduated from Hollywood High, has had quite an impact on this year’s program. “She is a little woman with talent, discipline, dedication and a big heart,” said Sylvia Mosqueda, Head Coach of the Cross Country team. Aliniz, a sophomore and mother of two, has remained focused despite her many obstacles. Although her children were not able to watch the competition, Alinez’s mother and sister were there to cheer and support her. “She is a spit fire,”

Mosqueda said. “ [She is] a woman with two kids and a lot of guts, who has improved tremendously.” The Cross Country team trained at Griffith Park consistently this season. They also spent time in the Men’s Gym, lifting weights. Beach runs rounded out the Lady Cubs workout, which consisted of two hours every morning and the occasional evening trek. “ It was difficult,” Celaya said, “ There wasn’t just one tough team, every school was a challenge.” This year was a test for the Women’s Cross Country Team because they had to recruit athletes who were willing to compete and not just use the team as a way to stay fit. Mosqueda has completed her second season and is determined to continue to improve the program for years to come. “All of these girls get along great and have great team spirit,” Mosqueda said. “But most of all, they were a small team with heart and always gave me 100 percent.” This has been a big step for the Lady Cubs.

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alsa music fills the room with rhythm and an energetic atmosphere, as dancers, who do not worry about looking or smelling beautiful, concentrate on working up a good sweat. It is Saturday afternoon at Los Angeles City College (LACC) and women are here to dance themselves into shape. Each has her hair tied in a messy bun and strolls in wearing gym shorts, leggings and sweat pants. “These are women who just want to have fun and dance without feeling inhibited,” said Dolly Giner, a dance instructor with the Community Service Program at City College. Giner is a former LACC student who transferred to California State University at Photos by G. Flamenco/LA Collegian Northridge. She ultimately made her way to UCLA and currently works as an in-house Students participate in dance exercises in salsa class on Saturday, Oct. 18. Many of the students enrolled in the class dance to get into shape while others dance for fun. choreographer for industrial shows. “It’s more of a workout than a dance"All right, let's get started," Giner said. the same time (join this class)," said Maria, out,” Giner said. “You’re constantly moving. Constant motion helps with your cardio “It’s pretty much an open level class be- who lives in the neighborhood. “Dolly’s awesome!” said Sharmila, a and I always start the class with stretches. cause the steps are not really difficult. So, anyone can get it if they choose to be patient student as she pants while holding her waFirst, for five or 10 minutes, and then we dance for about 40 minutes and then cool with themselves,” Giner said. "It’s (salsa) ter bottle. “I work out all the time and this a very flowy and central dance. With the is the class that always makes me sweaty, down for about five minutes." Students who participate in the program cardio, it’s like you’re running for an hour. which is nice. It’s fun. I think one of my say they have a good time. The class is held It’s pretty much the same thing, but you’re gay boyfriends is coming to the next session. I like it 'cause you can kind of dance in the Women's Gym every Saturday during dancing to the rhythm of the music.” Men are noticeably absent from this by yourself to the mirror. It’s just a fun the fall semester. Giner rotates a variety of Latin influenced CD's. The music ranges in class. Women dance independently and class. You can’t take it too seriously, kind carefree. The dancers keep an eye on Giner of makes you laugh.” tempo, changing as the class progresses. As the sun sets, flushed faces stretched “If they (people) want to get a good as she begins to move, using the studio mirror to mimic her steps. to Leona Lewis' song “Keep Bleeding.” work out, this is the place to be,” said Kar“Flex your hands … Breathe,” she told Maria giggled and stuck out her tongue rie, a dancer and former LACC student who transferred to the California State the dancers as she rolled her hips and ro- in fatigue. The dancers breathed heavily and relaxed their muscles as the afternoon University of Los Angeles. “If I was work- tated her arms in circular movements. Giner does not say much because the wrapped up. ing out on my own, I would go only for 20 Dance classes are open to anyone in the minutes, but here I don’t really feel it (the moves are repetitive and easy to learn. The pain) … And it is a workout. Let me tell structure resembles a basic workout re- community and registration is available gime. Although big motions are quite rare, at the LACC Community Service Extenyou, I walk out of here sweating." As members of the class stretch their continuous movement keeps the heart rate sion Program Office, in the Administration arms, Giner hits the play button and salsa up and the body perspiring for a satisfying Building, Room 112. exercise. music begins to flow from the speakers. “If you like to exercise and have fun at


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Professor 'Cooks' Up Novel By Jamie Hong

book's success. “This [“Blood Harith 33 vest”] is a book based on y e a r s some stories my grandof film mother told me,” Cook directing and movie said. His grandmother business in his pocket, was a young bride from Los Angeles City Col- rural New England, lege Cinema professor, who, after marriage, Bruce Cook, moonlights never returned to her as the novelist, Brant hometown. Cook found Randall, the author of out that she had been USA BookNews Best driven out by the Klu Mystery of 2008 “Blood Klux Klan. Harvest.” “When “I have I learned been a what really film direchappened tor and in the 20s, writer for [I asked] 30 years,” why didn’t Cook said. they teach “It was this to me too painful in U.S. to make history?" movies. It Cook said. was such When Professor Bruce Cook hard physihe learned cal work that I didn’t the KKK were also anwant to do anymore ... ti-immigrant and antiso I tried to come up Catholic, Cook set out with a plan to become a in heavy duty research. novelist.” He subscribed to online “Blood Harvest” networks with access surpassed his first book to 30,000 newspapers “Philippine Fever,” and read up on a lot of which made it as a final- books from the same ist in the top five. Cook period. By combining says he was completely his research and the inDHTransferSantaM 11/14/08 4:47 PM Page 3 surprised by his second Best-Seller on page 6

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Chemistry Professor Meg Gifford (right), along with two students, shows the audience in Chemistry Rm. 3 how liquid nitrogen, along with other ingredients, can turn into ice cream in a matter of minutes.

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tudents at Los Angeles City College's (LACC) Chemistry Club's eighth annual Mole Day gathered in Chemistry Building to celebrate National Mole Day, which is conducted by colleges and universities from around the country. Experiments included, ’burning’ a one-dollar bill, freezing a tennis ball before it disingrated and mixing chemicals to create laundry detergent. Students were especially interested in seeing how fresh ice cream was made with the use of liquid nitrogen.

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John Freitas, the Chemistry Department chair, says Mole Day is celebrated in an unusual way. “Mole Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated in North America on Oct. 23 between 6:02 a.m. and 6:02 p.m.,” Freitas said. The time and date are derived from the Avogadro constant by the equation of 6.02 multiplied by 10 to the 23rd power and it defines the number of particles in a mole, which is one of the seven International System of Units. "Mole Day was a great success,” said Chemistry Club President Wali Muhammad, a physical science major.

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