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Student killed on train tracks

Authorities still investigating circumstances behind tragedy LARIAT STAFF wo people were killed and one injured in a commuter train collision in Mission Viejo on Thursday, September 9th. One of the dead was identified by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as Anastasia Bolton, a 17-year old who had attended Mission Viejo High School and was studying dance at Saddleback College. Investigators also identified the other fatally struck victim as Daniel Atkins, 22, of Mission Viejo. Another woman, Silvia Lua, 27, of Santa Ana sustained moderate injuries, as she was able to roll off of the tracks in time. The trio had been sleeping on rocks adjacent to the train tracks, said Sherrif’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino. “[Lua] said she heard the train coming and jumped out of the way and it nicked her arm and leg,” Amormino said. “It’s possible they were sleeping on the tracks but there was no evidence they were drinking at the scene.” After she was struck, Lua dialed 911 and awaited the arrival of emergency services. The trio had met the previous week through the social networking site Facebook, Lua told officers. They had decided to meet Wednesday and after spending the evening walking


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The Irvine police color guard pays tribute to the fallen heroes of September 11th, 2001 at the beginning of the 9/11 Commemoration ceremony at IVC Friday.

Saddleback and IVC commemorate 9/11

Heroes of 9/11 are honored for their deeds SARAH BLACK & LAUREN ECHOLS Saddleback and Irvine Valley College commemorated 9/11 in separate ceremonies at each campus last week. With a big American flag hanging on stage and blue and white stars projected onto the wall, Irvine Valley held its ninth annual 9/11 remembrance event. The theme of the ceremony was “never forget” and it was repeated over and over again. Several dignitaries gave

inspiring speeches, touching on how staying together as a community would be helpful for everyone. Don Wagner, board president opened with, “9/11 is all about dedicated and selfless military service people, police, and fire departments. Heartfelt thanks to all the men and women in uniforms.” Later on, a pledge of allegiance was lead by Marcia Milchiker, Trustee, along with the color guard, followed by a song for all the fallen men and women of 9/11. The ceremony also included the current firefighters, police, and paramedics who also put their life on the line for the greater good. The speakers sought to inspire everyone by saying that “a hero is no braver

than an ordinary man, but he is brave 5 minutes longer.” Bringing up Flight 93 and Times Square, where the heroic acts of average people saved lives, he showed how everyone has some inner heroism. There was a moment of silence held by IVC President Glenn Roquemore for the fallen men and women of the twin towers, followed up by “God Bless America” sung by instructor Matthew Tresler. “There will always be two Americas: the one before 9/11 and the one after,” Jeff Gilber said. There were many brave people in the twin towers nine years ago: everyday heroes, and of course, all of the fallen. S a d d l e b a c k ’ s commemoration of 9/11 was

held to honor the victims and those who were first to respond to the tragedy in front of the Saddleback College Veterans Memorial September 11, 2010. The first to speak was Jack Williams IV, a USMC veteran who served in Iraq. He said the events that marked 9/11 “fundamentally altered the course of my life.” After serving in the military he was able to recognize “that our nation is not naturally invulnerable. Americans need to support those who sacrifice their lives in order to protect the country,” he said. Featured guest Chief Rick Robinson from the Orange County Fire Authority said, “Seeing those three firefighters raise

a flag on the site of the World Trade Center is an iconic memory for me,” he said. “That day reminded me that heroes will arise unexpectedly in the face of dangers.” A rendition of “America the Beautiful” was sung by Saddleback College student, Trevor Drury, followed by a moment of silence while a wreath was laid at the veterans’ memorial by President Burnett, Chief Robinson, USMC veteran Williams, Saddleback Police Officer Santos Garcia and Academic Senate President Carmen Dominguez.


CSU spring 2011 application dilemma troubling for students LAUREN ECHOLS

he application filing period for spring 2011 term has experienced a problem dealing with budgets. Unfortunately, the California Governor and Legislature have not adopted a budget; therefore CSU does not know how many students can be admitted. Each campus has said they will process applications conditionally, but none will offer admission until they know more about the budget. Once a budget has been determined, each campus will notify applicants about their options: 1) If the budget provides funding then each campus will finalize a review of admission eligibility for the spring term. 2) If the budget doesn’tprovide funding, the


applicant will have to reapply in the fall 2011 term or request that their application be withdrawn and the application fee refunded. “ I just finished with all my credits for transferring and the one school I had my heart set on was San Diego state university, but they’re closed for applications because of the whole budget issue. This is really unfair to people like me who have worked our butts off and then get screwed over by the California Governor and Legislature.” Diane Rodriquez, 21, psychology major. “ I was really excited to start college but then I heard that even if I apply there’s a good chance I won’t be accepted, or I will have to wait until the next semester, which I feel is unfair. Then again, there’s nothing I can do about the situation except stay

positive and hope for the best.” Miranda Alexander, 18, undecided major. “ The CSU’s 2011 spring application cycle will remain open until September 27. For the students who were told the original date that the application cycle would have been closed, e-mails have been sent out.” Miki Mikolajczak, Transfer Center Coordinator Counselor. Campuses will notify new students who have applied for admission shortly after September 27 regarding the status of their applications. Typically, the CSU enrolls more than 30,000 new students during spring. Last year, as part of an overall strategy to address a $625 million cut in state funding, the CSU closed spring 2010 admissions system- wide.

The governor’s proposed budget-, which includes the restoration of $305 million, as well as an additional $60.6 million that would fund further enrollment expansion, would allow CSU campuses to reverse course and provide access in the 2010 and 2011 academic year to an estimated 29,000 additional students. If you’re a student looking to transfer or you’re looking for a community college just like Saddleback, then there’s a lot of websites you can go to that allow you to see what schools are open for applications and which are closed. http://www. The Transfer Center has all kinds of information and can answer any questions you may have. The Transfer Center has now moved to classroom cluster CC1 and their office hours are



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2 President Burnett on projects and accredidation


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Construction and academics to be college’s focus SARAH BLACK


addleback College President Dr. Tod A. Burnett has listed the top ten projects to improve Saddleback that he would like to finish in the 2010-2011 school year. The projects were addressed in his second Annual State of the College speech. Among them are reaffirming accreditation, raising money for scholarships, implementing a 2010-2013 strategic plan, and continuing construction and maintenance. “The library should be finished and ready to go by fall semester 2012,” said Burnett. Although according to project engineer Josh Maes the construction could be complete as early as next summer. The 40-year-old library will be “completely renovated,” said Burnett. “It will be upgraded to meet the needs of Saddleback students.” Along with library construction, President Burnett is adding another construction project for Saddleback’s campus. A design for a new science building is on Burnett’s

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CHILDREN: The child developement center is a place where children can have fun and be safe.

Child care helps students and families Children can now play safe at care center KYLIE CORBETT

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CONSTRUCTION ZONE: Construction on the library should be finished as soon as next summer, Project Engineer Josh Maes said. Saddleback College President Burnett said it will be ready for students to use in another year and a half. the once enormous collection list. The building will include of books to be relocated all science classes with temporarily in a much smaller updated lab equipment. “We building on the lower campus. Burnett is also seeking to desperately need it,” he said. The library has been under construction for the better SEE CONSTRUCTION part of 2010, and has forced PAGE 3


he Child Development Center has played a significant role on Saddleback’s campus throughout the years, as it has opened new doors for students and the community. Being open since almost the beginning of Saddleback, the center has contributed a valuable service to many students on campus. “It was seen as a [necessity] for students that needed child care, so they [are able to focus] on their course work,” child care Specialist, Wes Thomas said. In addition to working for students and children of the community, the center also works hand in hand with departments on campus (i.e. Psychology). The center is unique in that

the children are surrounded by natural objects to give a sense of comfort to feel more at home. “It turns into their environment,” Thomas said. Each room is different, suiting each child the best way possible. “Kids are very receptive to learning from other things [around them],” Thomas said. Bringing a natural atmosphere to each room, the center also focuses on keeping the same group of children together; including their adult staff member, to add a “family” feeling. “We call it our school of families so-to-speak, because kids get really excited about seeing each other. They help each other and learn to be social,” caregiver Shawn Norman said. The center has a well-rounded, committed staff, with plenty of experience under their belts. “What’s good for young children is generally good for adults as well. Adults that can set realistic limits for kids, problem solve and include kids in that process,” Thomas said.

Within each room there are self-directed activities, allowing the children to be engaged in whatever interests them most. “Learning takes part when there’s active participation of the kid,” Thomas said. In each activity, a child adds to the building blocks of their fundamentals; such as writing, speaking and reading. “When kids can connect their words to written words, it gives their words more power,” Thomas said. The center strongly stands behind providing a safe, adaptive, learning environment for every child. “[We] are always trying to help advocate for staff and parents to take classes [to ensure a better understanding of children],” Thomas said. For more information about Saddleback College’s Child Development center, visit

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VICE PRESIDENT: Dr. Juan Avalos in his new office with a photograph of his children.

New VP brings Ph.D to Saddleback MATTHEW GARVEY


all me Juan: Dr. Juan Avalos became the new Vice President of Student Services in July. It’s his job to oversee all Student Services programs, recruit new students, and to increase student success. Juan, as he asked to be called, is looking to put his extensive studies into action at Saddleback College. Juan strives to make personal connections with students, which he believes will benefit academic careers and life after college. What was involved in your decision to work at Saddleback? “There a number of reasons why I looked at Saddleback. One of the reasons is the reputation that Saddleback has. Saddleback College is known as a quality college: quality in the terms of its courses, in the terms of its programs so that was one consideration. Another reason had to do with the fiscal stability of the district. I think this district is known as being fiscally responsible. . I came from a district that was similar, a highly regarded district, Los Rios Community College district. It was also very stable. So I was looking for that. The next layer is that I am originally for southern California. I grew up in LA pretty much downtown LA. It has that added family bonus so my kids can grow up around

cousins and relatives. I think I made a great choice and I feel good about where I’m at.” What school did you attend? What did you study and what degree did you earn? “I have three degrees. My bachelor is from UC Davis it’s a BS in applied behavioral studies. I wasn’t originally in that major at UC Davis as an engineering major. I got involved in student services as a student leader as a peer advisor and there came a point in time where I did one of those reflection things where the jobs that I’m looking for that bring me the greatest amount of satisfaction are not in this profession that I think I want to do. There came a point in time where I went ya know, I’m not gonna do the engineer thing anymore. Then I chose the major that I thought was most fulfilling. From there I knew that I had to go to graduate school. I got a masters degree from UCLA in higher education. And I got a doctorate in higher education from UCLA. I got my doctorate at the age of 27.” What makes a student successful at Community College? “The content is important, but talk to many people who have gone to college and ask them the question: What is the most important thing they got out of college? The story that then ensues is not that class, or that content, it’s that relationship I had with that instructor and that mentorship that ensued. If you

pursue that that same question from an empirical perspective, being connected to a college being connected to a people is the single most significant factor in being successful. Student services plays that role for many different reasons. There is a service component for what we do that helps facilitate that process for you. We help you; we guide you through that thing called college from an administrative prospective. We teach you how to advocate for yourself. You can never have enough people in your corner. You can never have enough advocates. We understand this process we know how it works. Part of my philosophy is this I want to have positive interactions with students that add value in their lives, I want to be a resource but I also want to be very human with them. I want to convey, to come across as a regular guy who happens to be the Vice President of student services. And if I can be the source of inspiration for somebody then I want to do that too. So what do I try to do, I try to surround myself with pictures of my kids, my Oakland Raiders signs, some conversation pieces that connect us as individuals. When we can connect with someone at that level then that is where some of the wonderful powerful things of college can happen.”.


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INTERNATIONAL: The international students show their enthusiasm. NATHANIEL VAMVAS


ere at Saddleback we have over 150 international students from over 25 countries across the globe with an addition of 40 new students this semester. As the International Student Program grows, our campus becomes eminently diverse culturally. Almost anyone would expect there to be a majority of students coming from one particular country, however that is not the case here. Saddleback has accepted international students coming from more than 20 countries in the Fall semester alone. Additionally, 8 more students have come this Fall in comparison to 2009. For example, there are 4 students from Korea, 3 students from Japan, 2 students from Vietnam as well as students attending classes from Indonesia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Sweden, Oman and many more countries worldwide. Valerie Kasuku, a 22 year old Sociology major from Zimbabwe, said, “College in my country has been rated as one of the best over the last

years, but now things have changed economically, thus affecting the education system due to shortage of resources, teachers and professors.” There are many reasons why aspiring students from around the world desire a state-of-the-art education at Saddleback College. Classes are located in the beautiful climate of Southern California, only a few miles from local beaches along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. “I chose Saddleback as it has been rated as one of the top community colleges in California,” said Kasuku. “The reputation of the school is what attracted me to apply to your institution.” Of course, Saddleback is one of the most prestigious community colleges in California, providing excellent student services, elaborate academic curriculum and high transfer rates to nearby universities such as UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego and several others. In addition to the many attractions Saddleback has to offer, international students are provided with tremendous opportunities along with their education. For instance, our institution

offers numerous majors, academic programs, certificates and outstanding athletics which may not be made available by other community colleges. Saddleback may also appeal to parents because of it’s safe location and environment. Accessibility to major cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego gives way for many career opportunities as well. The International Student Program at Saddleback is run by Monika Pinto Connolly, International Student Program Specialist. The program is a superb addition to the campus due to the revenue generated by its department each year. According to Connolly, international students are required to pay $234 per unit. In doing so they are each provided with an F-1 student visa which allows them to stay in the United States for a total of 7 semesters. The International Student Program also includes F-1 student visa immigration advising, health insurance registration, academic workshops, seminars, and social events including a monthly coffee hour for both domestic and international students.

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raise another $220,000 for the Osher Scholarship Match in order to reach next year’s target of a $1.34 million. These scholarships can be applied to a variety of students ranging from veterans to awards for community service. Another big ticket item of Burnett’s list is reaffirming accreditation. Having Saddleback accredited will help keep intact Saddleback’s reputation. It will also qualify Saddleback students to move on to higher education, specialized institutions, or professional practice, according to the Accreditation 2010 Information Guide. Accreditation must be done every six years. From October 18-21 an accreditation team, filled with administers and faculty from other colleges, will be coming to evaluate Saddleback College. A review after the grading process will be given and

made available to the public. While all of the projects are important to Burnett, accredidation is number one. For the past year, Burnett and his staff have been working on the “Self Study Report,” which is now one full inch thick. Saddleback’s mission statement tells the accreditation team what Saddleback‘s intentions for its students are and how they will realize these goals. Saddleback is required to state their school values, among them “commitment,” “academic freedom,” and “success.” “I am confident that our college’s accreditation will be affirmed with flying colors,” said Burnett. “We have a talented faculty who are committed and extremely devoted,” he said. Dr. Bob Cosgrove, English teacher at Saddleback and cochair of Accreditation Self Study Steering Committee, said accreditation is mandated by federal authorities. “Reaffirming accreditation is to ensure the stability of the school as well as to ensure classes are

sound academically,” he said. “Students have already been directly involved by the accreditation process,” Cosgrove said. His committee makes an effort to attend student government meetings to explain the importance of accreditation, especially in terms of students transfer and work, he said. Burnett acknowledged much of his team’s work in helping last year’s improvements including governance groups, classified staff, and his management team, who are all helping him with this year’s projects as well. Final projects include reaching out to Saddleback alumni for support, developing its new management team, finding more jobs for students, and producing an education and facilities master plan.

In-Service Week Shows Fresh Faces S addleback College president Tod A. Burnett introduced several new faculty and staff during In-Service Week. The event was held between August 16 - 20 at the college and included a faculty breakfast and luncheon. The new faculty and staff members include three nursing instructors, a women’s track/cross-country coach, and a counselor. Despite the financial issues California is going through, Burnett stated that the hiring of new staff is integral to the college’s success. “The introduction of new faculty brings in fresh perspectives and skills to the students,” President Tod A. Burnett wrote in a statement. The hiring of new staff may come as a surprise, especially since the California budget crisis has placed a significant dent in educational funds. The increase of the UC and CSU tuitions skyrocketed to new fees, which caused aspiring college students to look elsewhere for classes. Community colleges such as Saddleback are a popular option for students struggling with the steep expenses of a higher-class education, but even these places were impacted by the budget crisis. Not only does it effect the students, it also effects the teachers who work there. Layoffs and furlough days are becoming commonplace in the UC and CSU system, but Saddleback College strives to not have them occur. Burnett stated that Saddleback College is one of the few community colleges in California that is hiring new staff members. This gives the newly appointed faculty a highly coveted job in the uncertain economy. Student enrollment has increased by 2% in this year alone, which seems to be a small percentage. However, the decreased funding for California’s education created impaction within the matriculation, as well as the Disabled Student Programs and Services. With these programs as well as others being affected, the future of Saddleback’s success seems bleak. The integration of the new faculty, the college will see an increase of student gaining better grades as well as an overall sense of satisfaction for the staff. Although the price of a college education seems to be ludicrous, one can count on the prestige of Saddleback’s new faculty to lead on.

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Proceeds from the Tonya Reed Gardner event goes toward future scholarships DAVID GUTMAN


n Saturday night Irvine Valley Collage hosted their 18th annual Tonya Reed Gardner Memorial Concert. The Performance featured past recipients of the award including those that received it this year. The proceeds collected will go towards the Music Scholarship fund with the amount doubled by the IVC foundation PROIVC Campaign. The Big question on everybody’s mind right now is: Who is Tonya Reed Gardner? Tonya Reed Gardner was born December 6, 1974 and passed away on April 1, 1993. She graduated from Irvine High School class of 1992 and attended Irvine Valley Collage. She started playing instrumental music at a young age and progressed to the Bassoon during High School. “She wanted to be a music therapist,” said Tonya’s mother “She wanted to make music

and perform for children with disabilities to make them calm and focused.” Her Teacher and friend Stephen Rochford related her tragic death. On a Sunday in March Tonya was in a car Accident with her friend and was in a coma. On April 1 she was pronounced dead. Still very shocked by the loss, Rochford met with Tonya’s parents to discuss ways to honor her name and legacy. That weekend the Tonya Reed Gardner Memorial Musically Endowed Scholarship fund was created. Throughout the rest of the year and into the next, people petitioned for money to kick-start the scholarships. Saturday’s concert counts the 18th performance by the scholarship recipients. These people are chosen by the Music Department for their quality of Musicianship, work ethic, and contribution to the programs. Every year depending on the budget and the student pool there can be anywhere from 3-5 student recipients. “There have been many international students as well, Mostly students from Taiwan and Japan,” said Rochford. Saturday’s audience was pretty small. Most of them were family members, but there were some music students there to listen and learn. Luckily with the emptiness of the auditorium there came


MUSIC MEN: Pictured from left to right: Ross Sellers, Mathieu G, Keith Ransons, and Jeff Ramos. a wondrous reverberation and sound quality. The recipients of the award this year are Keith Ransons on the trumpet, Jeff Ramos on the Marimba, Mathieu Giradet on the clarinet, and Ross Sellers on the guitar. The first performer was Keith Ransons playing a

very upbeat trumpet song accompanied by piano. Next was Jeff Ramos playing a very short but sweet song with two mallets in each hand. Mathieu Giradet was soon up playing the difficult Clarinet instrument. Later Ross Sellers was up on Guitar with a cellist and drummer playing a very

Art exhibit for the Earth MATT GARVEY


lanet Art Earth: Fragile Planet is the new exhibition displayed by the Saddleback College Art Gallery. It’s an exercise of art being used as social commentary. The message: Our environment is in crisis. Forty different artists are featured, mostly from The Society of Illustrators New York. Artists were given a forum to present their interpretation of our environment. “The theme is the major part of the exhibit. It seeks to bring awareness through illustrations,” said Bob Rickerson, Director of Saddleback College Art Gallery. The piece by Britt Spencer “Footprints through Appalachia: Mountain Top Removal” features a miner seemingly destroying mountains with every step he takes in pursuit of coal. Mountain top removal is an issue that has galvanized many in the eastern United States. A more local concern is depicted in Alessandro Gottardo’s illustration “A Tear of Water.” According to the artist it’s about the improper use of water and the waste of this essential source of life. “It’s very diverse in subject matter. It shows ways ecology has broken down. It shows what’s really going on right now,” said Isabella McGrath, 31, art. Unfortunately what the artists show about the environment today is not comforting. Many pieces depict a bleak future in which climate change accelerates resulting in a collapse of our ecology. Perhaps this mood is most clearly portrayed in “Doomsday” by John Hendrix. As the clock ticks away in this piece the problems of global warming, flooding, and famine slowly leads our civilization off a cliff. It’s suspected that there will be some patrons who will object to the implication of any doomsday scenario in the near future. The same people who believe that any amount of carbon dioxide can be polluted into the atmosphere with no ill effect. But even those who deny global warming

upbeat tune that he wrote himself, to help finish off the night. All these men won the scholarship award for this year and were accompanied by last year’s recipients. It is possible that next year these talented young men will join their posterity from the Music Department in the next

performance, writing their own music and setting the bar for quality in Music at IVC. Tonya Reed Gardner would be tearing up inside about how the Scholarship fund has helped out dozens of musicians over the years.

Musical trio brings energy to IVC DYLLAN LUJANO


eyboard series 2 0 1 0 - 2 0 1 1 IVC held an instrumental recital Friday night with a trio of musicians. An Irvine audience attended a benefit recital featuring Dr. Susan Boettger on piano, Lorenz Gamma on violin, and Peter Jacobson on cello, for an evening of music. Beginning the night with a piece by Claude Debussy the trio performed “Piano Trio in G Minor.” As the musicians plucked their instruments in unison, the cello player Peter Jacobson showed passion and much expression during his performance. Through out the four parts and 30-minute piece, the style switched tones from sweet and soothing to intense. “We personally find it charming, idealistic, and beautiful,” Said The Trio. The Next piece was “Café Music,” by Paul Schoenfield. The trio began in unison and high energy. The performance

was interrupted when Peter Jacobson’s cello slipped. The violin player Lorenz Gamma advised the group to start the song over. With styles of Viennese, light classical gypsy, and Broadway all represented the piece went from high energy, to a calmer tone with the violin and cello complementing each other with a sweet touch of piano. After a 20-minute piece, it comes to a dramatic end and the cello and violin player threw their arms and bows in the air. The final piece performed was “Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50,” by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. Starting out enthusiastic yet dark and romantic, the violin had a solo as the tone switched to a soft and soothing classical melody. Transitioning from a waltz to a fanfare finale, the second movement is described as one of the most difficult pieces Tchaikovsky wrote for piano. After the performance the trio seemed relieved at the completion, “it feels great to have the notes we played out in the universe,” said the trio.

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GIRRAFE ÅLLEY: Artist Tim O’Brien’s take on technology encroaching on animal habitats. can find much to appreciate in Earth: Fragile Planet. “There is a variety of mixed media on display. Including digital, ink, watercolors, and more,” said Rickerson. “Giraffe Alley” a painting by Tim O’Brien is one of the best composed pieces of the exhibit. It has a terrific use of depth and an attention to detail that separates it from other paintings. The texture of the alley way is vivid while the giraffe seems to jump to life. Another notable painting comes from Greg Swearingen, an artist from Orange County. His watercolor called “Release” is a composition

rich in green colors. It is a great effort from one of the few local artists on display. “The exhibit is really well composed. The strength is in the compositions and color. The art portrays a lot of meaning and emotion,” said McGrath. The question that lingers is what role can art play in changing the world? According to Rickerson the first step is awareness. After awareness hopefully art can inspire people to change their behavior “little by little.” Earth: Fragile Planet will run from September 13th to September 30th and admission is free. To keep up to date

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Jazzy instructors show how it’s done COURTNEY HUNTER


usic-faculty helped kick off the fall semester with a Jazz concert here at Saddleback’s McKinneyTheatre. The band of seven men consisted of Jerry Pinter on Tenor Sax, Ron Stout on trumpet, Jamie Rosen stringing the guitar, Gerard Hagen on the piano, and Luther Hughes on string bass. Director Joey Sellers was the host for the night and also played trombone. The crowd was diverse ranging from senior citizens to the elementary school children. The lighting and blue backdrop were very relaxing and set a great ambiance. With no formal start the band started jazzing away at 7pm sharp. The first number was an upbeat song titled ”Untitles Blues” composed/written by Holt Spillman. The crowd was interactive and clapped after every solo. The show consisted of improvisation, jazz composition, Saddleback Big Band, Jazz Lab ensemble and Jazz combos. One song, entitled Blue in Green was performed with piano, string guitar and sax only. All the



other ensembles were performed with the whole band. The band played a total of seven songs. Ben Cook, 20, music, said, “he looks forward to it every semester!” also adding, “they are so great to see perform!” Niko Dangond, 19, music said “It’s great. I have so much fun listening and am a big fan of music, especially jazz.” I also met with the youngest member of the audience, ten year old Adin Boyer from Portola Hills Elementary. He is a member of the All American Boys Choir in Costa Mesa. He wants to be a Musician some day and come to watch with his dad Greg. Luther Hughes, who played string bass commented after the show, “these guys are the best musicians. He couldn’t ask to play with better players.” They all have great senses of humor and we have so much fun playing together.” Hughes teaches the bass players at Saddleback and plays in his own band. The concert ended at 8:30pm and they were selling cds in the lobby for 10 dollars. The next Jazz event is on Sept. 14th.

LIVE DEMONSTRATION: (Clockwise from top) Jerry Pinter plays a solo on the tenor sax. Paul Johnson keeps up the beat on the drums during the song “Sister Sadie.” Gerard Hagen plays “Bolt Spillman” on the piano. Joey Sellers plays to the song “Horance Silver” on his trombone.



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nti-Muslim sentiment has found a sizeable perch in the American psyche in the past few weeks. Terry Jones, the leader of a tiny assembly of 50 people in Gainesville, Florida, threatened for the better part of two weeks to hold a Quran burning on the anniversary of 9/11. Rightwing pundits and picketers have protested during this summer the wisdom of building an Islamic Community Center two blocks from the still-vacant ruins of Ground Zero. An arsonist attempted to burn down a half-constructed mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Reason has still managed to contain the worst of the hysteria, of course. President Obama, General David Petraeus, and prominent opposition figure Sarah Palin all condemned the Quran burning, and the pastor backed down at the last minute. But while the mood of its citizens might shift and swirl with each news cycle, the actions of the United States government reflect the

same unstinting dedication to realpolitik, and the same willingness to treat with anyone possessing deep enough pockets. An arms deal worth a staggering $60 billion is set to be established with Saudi Arabia, already a major purchaser of American weapons systems. The Obama administration has stated that the deal is part of a larger plan to support “Arab allies against Iran.” Included in the sale are 178 helicopters divided among three models, 84 F-15 fighters, and upgrade kits for 70 more planes. The administration and Saudis have also expressed mutual interest in upgrading the Saudi’s missile defense systems, presumably to serve as a bulwark against any future Iranian threat. The absurdity of this sale is immediately apparent to anyone with even the basest understanding of history. The United States sold arms to both the Iranians and Iraqis in the 1970s and 80s, with disastrous results for both countries. Even today, insurgents in Iraq

continue to arm themselves with weapons stolen from loosely guarded caches overflowing with weapons bought on the international market. In that case, America played a repressive, theocratic regime against a repressive, secular state. In this sale, America is simply arming one theocratic dictatorship against another. Sales of arms to Iraq and Iran in the 70s played a major role in the prolonging of the long and vicious Iran-Iraq war in the 80s; saying that selling arms to a state in order to preserve the tranquility of that region is like a man tossing a gun into the middle of a fist fight and then claiming that now the fight should stop. The Obama administration’s rationale for this sale is that up to 75,000 jobs will be either saved or created thanks to this deal, jobs that are crucial in a sagging world-wide arms market. In Monday’s report to Congress, administration policy makers reported that the value of worldwide arms deals fell to $57.5bn in 2009, a

drop of 8.5 per cent from 2008, while the US signed arms deals worth $22.6bn - a 39 per cent share of the worldwide market. Even more distressingly, the U.S. has also approved of the sale of several advanced F-35 fighters to Israel, also with the stated goal of preserving peace. Although the deal is only valued at a comparatively small $3 billion, it represents the cynicism at the heart of American foreign policy. Iran’s saber-rattling could present a threat to an ally in the Middle East, so we had better provide them with weapons. However, we don’t really trust that ally, so just to be sure we’ll sell another ally even more advanced weapons. What kind of government pushes Israel to sit in on peace talks one afternoon and authorizes the sale of $60 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia the next? Peace in the Middle East will never be realized while the U.S. sells weapons to anyone who can fork up the cash.

Compiled By: Sarah Black, Courtney Hunter & Lauren Echols

How would you feel if the NFL shut down next season?

Kyle Waller, 18

Josh Beeler, 18


Computer Science

“I would say it would give me more time to watch TV that isn’t football. Everybody else in America is getting pay decreases, why shouldn’t they? I think it’s logical.”

“It would suck, [the league has] a lot of money, [the players] could get paid a little more.”

Sarah Watson, 21

Maxamillian Allen, 18



“I probably wouldn’t care. I don’t like football”

“Me and my dad

Today’s Relationship Status: Paranoia COURTNEY HUNTER


have met people online through these websites. I found jobs and reconnected with old friends. I couldn’t wait to get home and post new pictures or update my status. That was the good part. On the downside, it made cheating a more accessible option for those who give in easily to temptation. Living a double life can become second nature. You choose what you do or don’t want to tell your online friends. Obviously, you’re not going to tell the hot guy or girl who is trying to take you out this weekend that you’re taken. So, you don’t. We started talking and shortly after we were talking everyday. It was weird to me that I had met someone online and so far away. I came out to California in April and met for the first time. It was awkward and scary. Even though we had been talking nonstop for 4 months. So when I moved out here that June, we became official. It was nice to have someone to always hang out with and go places with. Especially since I didn’t really have any friends.

I was going to Saddleback but found it hard to meet people because I felt out of place. I hung out with him everyday. He didn’t mind that I tagged along because I was “cool” and “could hang with the fellas.” We both were growing up and

see what he was trying to pull over my eyes. I am no fool. To make a long story short, he had hooked up with a girl he met when he was out with friends. I called the girl and she told me everything. She emailed me pictures of them at the club

“A new friend request! They’re so cute!” Okay, you have a boyfriend/girfriend/herd of cats but they won’t find out, right? Wrong!” wanted to have more space. Two years into hanging out 24/7 we started to hang with our friends. Going out to clubs and bars with friends was okay and more often. We had been together for a long time and trusted each other. But, I knew something was up when his phone would vibrate. Normally he ALWAYS had it on ringer. He started lying and I knew I had to investigate, so I did. I let him think he was getting away with it for about a week. I wanted to

and a play by play of their secret meetings. She had no idea he had a girlfriend. I was in total shock and heartbroken! I demanded that he show me all his accounts and emails. I couldn’t believe he was flirting with girls and telling others he didn’t have a girlfriend anyone. He also took some girl to dinner shortly into our relationship! He even made a secret email address! I pretty much felt like dying. It really was one of the worst feelings ever to find out

your partner is being unfaithful on the computer and taking it to the next level. It’s not something I wish upon anybody. I have my reasons and sure he has his on the situation. We were both young and I believe everything happens for a reason. You know what they say about karma. I’m not too worried. I’m not saying these sites are bad. I’m simply stating how relationships can be made, rekindled or destroyed so easily, almost carelessly. Technology today is a wonderful thing. Being able to talk to multiple people at once, find out what your best friend was doing in Hawaii over the summer, or to watch the new YouTube video are all things I enjoy. However, we need to acknowledge the dangers lurking in the darker corners of Facebook. It might be great to be able to “like” friends’ statuses and comments, but it’s not so great when you log onto your significant other’s account and find that he’s been dating three other people at once!

The Proper Perspective To Take KYLE MILLER


bjects fit in our hand and sometimes we fit inside other objects. A bird’s eye view will show you rivers and lakes the size of a drawing. Peer out the window of the airplane you ride on next and study how large our planet seems. A three hundred mile drive will take a large portion of your day. You think to yourself and feel that the length of six hour drives feel forever. I could tell you that in perspective our planet is actually quite small, but that fact is worthless to most. Unless you

L ariat Jennifer Fink Managing Editor Stephanie Plese Sports Editor Julie Tran Life Editor

can actually see and feel the distance, you wouldn’t comprehend. Perhaps this is why some only see three inches in-

angles. I look off into the distance in an airplane and the world looks flat. A spheroid seems flat because of its sheer size,

“But that’s really all an opinion is now isn’t it? Just a relative thought gained through experience of the beholder.” front of their face, they just don’t understand the scale of things. I feel that peace could really ensue if man only knew how to comprehend the information fully from all

Shawn Heavlin-Martinez Editor In Chief James Maloney News Editor David Gutman Arts Editor

simply amazing to me. Mountains that could sit nicely on my desk from this height- yet could take a day to scale on foot. This world is massive in my eyes; it’s beauty

and wonder run through infinity. Earth could fit one million times in our sun and our sun could fit one hundred times and even one billion times in other suns across the cosmos, our solar system alone is filled with 400 billion suns. Statistics to those without a grasp on the proper perspective of reality. These are all just the collective thoughts and observations of myself to which I feel don’t matter relatively. But that’s really all an opinion is now isn’t it? Just a relative thought gained through experience of the beholder.

“Saddleback’s student-run newspaper since 1968” Kyle Miller Opinion Editor Kianna Columna Multimedia Editor Sean Lara Photography Editor

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wouldn’t have bonding time anymore. I would still be a fan.”

Shelley Dogen, 18 undecided

Ashley Stedman, 17

“[There would be] no football parties.”

“My dad would be pretty mad. [Football fans} wouldn’t know what to do. What would they bet on?”

Bert Stuck, 45

Mario MacLean, 42


medical lab technician

“NFL is not going

“I have some friends who

anywhere, they are

would be pretty mad. It’s

not going to change

all relative. I’m sort of

the teams.”





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Veteran teacher shares his experience Bob Cosgrove tells of his life experiences and teaching career COURTNEY HUNTER


addleback College Instructor Bob Cosgrove has been teaching at Saddleback since 1981. He teaches English, Greek and Roman classical mythology, and world literature classes. Born in October of 1941, Bob Cosgrove grew up outside of Chicago. He enjoyed being a Boy Scout. He was also very fascinated with his neighbor’s beehives and that is where he started bee keeping, a hobby he still entertains. “Bees are very gentle, my neighbor growing up had six beehives and I would go over and kick them. I got many toe prints in my back also; I was a stubborn kid,” he said chuckling. He is a commercial beekeeper. He has removed 78 beehives from Saddleback since 1981. Another interesting thing about Professor Cosgrove is that he flew around the world in 1967. It took him three months and he stopped in different countries along the way to explore until it was off to the next destination. He also has published two educational books. Cosgrove went to an all men’s military college, followed by Purdue University for his graduate degree. He did not want to become a priest, which was popular back then, he said, and enjoyed his teachers and their lessons on school and life. “I taught summer camps, swimming

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TIE COLLECTOR: Bob Cosgrove wearing one of his many ties at Saddleback College. He owns over 300 ties with themes ranging from world flags to bugs. and rope tying to children and enjoyed it,” said Cosgrove. While in college, Cosgrove was a bartender. In grad school his professors hired him for their private parties. He watched how they interacted with one another and quickly picked up on their lingo and mannerisms. Saddleback was the first community college that Cosgrove taught at. He started his teaching journey at Texas Tech University as the Director of Writing for three years.

He then headed to Southwest Missouri State University as Director of Writing and was later the Assistant Head of the English Department. He spent another three years at Illinois State University and started his career at Saddleback in 1981. During this time, in the mid 80s, Irvine Valley College was called Saddleback North and was seen as Saddleback’s little brother. IVC and Saddleback were rivals at this time. Cosgrove

ICC brings diverse clubs EVELYN CAICEDO


s of Sept 1, all clubs are in the process of being activated. Clubs such as the Enviornmental Awareness Club and the Appreciation of Filipino American Culture Club are currently Model United Nations, the Film Club and many others have not had any representatives and therefore may not become active. In order to create a new club or activate an existing one, it is essential to have an advisor that is a full time staffer or part time faculty member. That member would have

needed to attend the club orientation meeting. The Inter-Club Council (ICC) club orientation meeting began on Sept 14 at 2 p.m. in Student Services Center 212. Activation forms were given at the club orientation and will not be accepted before the club completes the activation course of actions. ICC will be hosting a club rush on Sept 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quad. Erin Long, the ICC and Clubs’ Advisor, is also available by appointment for information regarding the availability of club members and advisers.

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NEW CONSTRUCTION: Construction was recently completed in the Village, including this turn-around for cars to easily drop off.

helped bring the schools together. Funding and budget issues were a big problem and he was able to satisfy both the schools needs. “We were not going to lose our accreditation but we might have had to write another report the following year,” explaining that the college wasn’t exactly up to par with all the standards it needed to meet the requirements of ACCJC (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges). “I secured from the

District about $44,000 to hire folks to complete the report. We met the deadline. We satisfied ACCJC. We were not required to write another progress report,” said Cosgrove. Cosgrove served as President of the Academic Senate between 1985-87, 2006-07, and 2008 to May 2010. He also served as President of the Inter-College (IVC/Saddleback) Academic Senate for a year back in the 80’s. Cosgrove has a huge tie collection. “I have at least 300

ties, I wear a different tie to each class that relates to that days topic,” said Cosgrove. He was sporting a bug tie today. Cosgrove said, “I would love to take my wife traveling over seas more and am very proud of the fact that I teach at a 6 a.m. class here on campus.” Ending the interview Cosgrove said, “My soul was made in California, this is where I belong.”

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W E D N E S D AY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010

Football Begins Season On A Bad Note

Women’s Water Polo Off to A Tough Start MATTHEW GARVEY


addleback College women’s water polo tournament was held this weekend. It kicked off the start to the 2010 season for the Gauchos. The first match defeat to Chaffey was not how they hoped to start the season. But the team re-grouped and shook off the jitters to beat Southwestern 15-4 in the second match of the day. “We did a really good job making the other team swim, it tired them out,” assistant coach Danielle Peeler said. The tournament resumed Saturday. Unfortunately the Gauchos were not able to regain the magic they had against Southwestern. Both Ventura and Grossmont handed the Gauchos losses making the team 1-3 for the weekend. Now is the time for the Gauchos to show resolve after

Women’s Golf Finishes 1st of 9

Saddleback football may have started the season at No. 12 in the nation and took their first win of the year against the Orange Coast Pirates bringing them to No. 10 but when it came to their first league game against Bakersfield the Gauchos did not see the same results.

Stephanie Pleše/ LARIAT SPORTS EDITOR STRUGGLE: Gauchos tread for the ball in their game against Southwestern resulting in a win 15-4. defeats. In fact, sometimes losses this early in the season can be a rallying point. Hopefully, the team will bring a renewed commitment to the pool this week of practice. Assistant Coach Danielle

Gaucho Women’s Soccer Undefeated

Nate Vamvas/LARIAT STAFF BREAK AWAY: Quarterback Brad Curtis attempts to brake away from the Pirates.

STEPHANIE PLEŠE Girl’s soccer took their first home win of the season Sept. 10 against Mira Costa. The girls came back from a 1-1 tie at half to win the game 5-2. The girls are five games into the season and remain undefeated with four wins and one tie. The majority of the team this season is comprised of first year players and they are expecting a really good season. “We have some amazing talent on this team and when we work together … we do great,” first year player, Laura Chapman said. Chapman also stated, “We always practice really hard, push each other, and the team has a great team chemistry,” this is proven in the huge turnaround the team has seen from last year’s season ending with a total of two wins. The girls have their first league game Tuesday Sept. 21 against Riverside at the Norco Campus and are hope to continue winning.

of the we e k

Brad Curtis A 6’4” sophomore from San Clemente High School , the quarterback helped Saddleback by throwing three touchdowns in the Gaucho’s game against the Pirates. He accomplished 20-of-34 passes for a total of 252 yards. Curtis also represented Saddleback well in this past week’s game against Bakersfield where he threw 21-of-33 for 173 yards.

Kaelyn Kaichi Kaelyn Kaichi graduated Tesoro High School in 2010. The 5’4” Forward lettered in Soccer and track and field before graduating. Kaichi scored this past week against Mira Costa leading the Gaucho’s to a win. PHOTO COURTESY OF SADDLEBACK COLLEGE

Saddleback against Golden West. A win could help set the right momentum to carry the Gauchos through a successful season.

Beginner’s luck? Doesn’t seem that way. Gaucho Women’s Golf started off the season with a bang at the 5th Annual South Coast Classic in Santa Barbara. Winning by a marginal 24 shots, the team the competition in Ventura and then proceeded to lead by 15 strokes the following day. Not only is the team exceptionally skilled; the whole lineup is composed of freshmen! For those who aren’t familiar with scoring in competition golf, the team who ends up with the lowest number of strokes is declared the winner. Leading the charge on opening weekend was Grace Komoroczy, who had a remarkable total of 147 over both days; she also tied Nicole Rivera from Irvine Valley College for medalist honors. The medalist is the golfer who finishes first in the match or tournament. Closely following was Autumn Thomas, who came in third shooting 76 and 77. Also helping make the win possible were Brittany Lorack, Stephanie Raymundo, Samantha Godges, and Hanna Stuart, who all came within the top 20. A great initial start for the team can only mean they’ll keep on improving. The team’s coach, Gary Sabella, said, “I believe we have a lot of talent and feel that they will even improve as they get more experience playing college golf.” The team’s ultimate goal is to win the conference title and advance to the Southern California


Peeler says the team will “condition hard to get in shape [for their next game] and practice accuracy for shooting” Orange Empire Conference play kicks off September 22nd with a match here at

Regionals and then eventually to the State Tournament.


A thletes


defense picked up six sacs in the game. Bakersfield was able to take advantage of the opening kick-off resulting in a fumble gaining the first touch-down of the game. Saddleback did return quickly with two touch downs followed by a field goal giving them a lead of 17-13 at the half. The Gauchos almost saw an end to the third quarter with a comfortable lead of 24-13 given to them by Rodney Woodland until Bakersfield put together two 20 yard passes followed by multiple plays giving


Stephanie Pleše/ LARIAT SPORTS EDITOR GETTING READY FOR THE GOAL: Freshmen Forward Bailey Marquez calls the play as the Gauchos set up a goal.

In the game against Orange Coast College, Saddleback quarterback Brad Curtis was able to throw a 31-yard pass to Tavaurus Abram followed by a touchdown produced by Donnell Dickerson. Curtis also accomplished 20-of-34 passes for 252 years and two other touchdowns. Saddleback’s

them yards into the teens. Saddleback lost 41-24 and is now ranked No. 21 according to JCGridiron Dirty Thirty Team Rankings 2010 but the team plans to work their way back up to the top 10 in their game this Saturday against Chaffy at home.




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