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Three Strikes law to go into effect



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lives disrupted by power outage last Thursday.


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New fashion class that will teach hands-on fashion branding and marketing skills.


Students loved the food trucks that came along with Club Rush.


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he Three Strikes law states that if a student has taken a course three times with grades of a D, F, NP (no pass), or a W (withdrawal), then they will not be eligible to take the same course at Saddleback College. This will go into effect during the spring semester of 2012. “It is really important to know that this isn’t a Saddleback rule or a rule that our district has created,” said Penelope Skaff, matriculation coordinator and counselor. “This is a rule coming down from the state, so it is something we have to do.” This is a California law, which means there is no wiggle room for an instructor to let a student in a course for the fourth time, even if there is room available. The Three Strikes law applies to every student enrolled in a community college in California. No one is an exception to this law. The highest priority is educating the students about this law, especially if it has the potential to effect them next semester. As the day to drop a semester course without a W approaches, a campaign will be put together in order to educate students about the Three Strikes law. For students that are effected by this law and are wondering how to fulfill the required courses in order to transfer, these courses can be taken at a different community college district. However, because Saddleback and Irvine Valley College are sister schools, students will not be allowed to take the same course for the fourth time at ei-

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STRIKES: Laura Oikawa, marine biology, 19, Kyla Timmons, 19, undeclared, and Ty Poteet, 20, Psychology, hold up three strikes which represent the Three Strikes law that will go into effect in Spring 2012. The law will affect all community college students in California by not allowing students to take a class more than three times in their school district. ther Saddleback or Irvine Valley. Since this law goes into effect during the spring of this school year, students would still have time to register for the second eight week courses. This semester, fall 2011, is the last chance to enroll in a course

for the fourth time. “I think universities should just take W’s a lot more seriously, especially if you have three or more in the same class. I just don’t think they should ban you from taking a class you need,” Michael McLaughlin, 19, biology said.

There are situations in which a student has to unexpectedly withdrawal from a class and receive a W. “Dedicated students take W’s. Serious hard working students receive substandard grades,” said Kevin O’Connor, dean of liberal arts and learning re-

sources. “But I think when people have followed the same path three times unsuccessfully, I don’t know how many opportunities, for that same student, the institution or the system wants to give that student.” SEE THREE STRIKES PAGE 2

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IVC pays tribute to fallen in 9/11 ceremony


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9/11: The Irvine Police Colorguard displayed the American flag while the Irvine City Mayor, Sukhee Kang, led the audience in the “Pledge of Allegiance” on Sept. 9 at Irvine Valley College. At the end of the ceremony, spectators participated in a moment of silence for the first responders and members of the military, the victims families, and those whose lives were lost. MICHAEL DORAME


large American flag draped down behind the stage, as speakers honored the fallen at the IVC 9/11 commemoration last

Friday. Nancy Padberg, Board President for the SOCCCD, introduced the ceremony, calling it a “solemn day of remembrance.” She said the event’s purpose was to “remember the cause of

untold national sorrow.” Marching onto stage, the Irvine Police Color Guard held the American flag as Irvine City Mayor, Sukhee Kang led the Pledge of Allegiance. After that, Linda Leyrer sang

“You Raise Me Up” the sound of her voice mingled with sobs in the audience. Among the officials present was Irvine Police Chief David L. Maggard Jr., who then spoke of the events that unfolded on

9/11. “For first responders, it was indeed a tragic day,” said Maggard. He then talked about current efforts to prevent terrorism saying, “It is incumbent upon all Americans to be vigilant, and report suspicious behavior to law enforcement.” Maggard warned that lonewolf terrorists should be of greatest concern at this time. Lone-wolf terrorists are people who act alone with the intent of carrying out wide scale massacre. Maggard cited the Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan, as an example. Michael Moore, Division Chief with the Orange County Fire Authority then told the audience about his visit to the towers on July 4, 2001. He referred to the events of 9/11 as “One of the darkest days in our nation.” Moore also talked about how we “saw the American Spirit shine through people” and how they rallied together. Another dignitary who took the podium was Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. She said, “We are here today to remember the victims and heroes of 9/11.” She went on to address the First Responders who lost their lives that day. “We owe it to them to continue to be eternally vigilant in our fight against those who would seek to harm us and our way of life,” Hutchen said. SEE 9/11 CEREMONY PAGE 2



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Saddleback and IVC mobile apps for Android phones released Android app now available to everyone for download at Saddleback college and Irvine Valley College. JESSICA OSIECKI Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College students and faculty with Android phones rejoice, the Android apps for both campuses phones have finally arrived. Jim Gaston, the associate IT director at SOCCCD, was the mastermind behind the app. “Gaston started the idea for the for the app,” said Amy Wheeler, the public information officer at Saddleback. “[He built the app to] communicate with the [students] in a way that they’re comfortable with and to

make use of the new technology.” The Android and iPhone apps have added a map and GPS feature that will show the specific location of classrooms or any area on campus. In addition, if an instructor is using Blackboard, students can now access class content and engage in discussions right from his or her phone. Saddleback College was actually the first community college to have an app for the Apple products, according to Wheeler. “I think [the Saddleback and IVC Apps] are great,” Wheeler said. “We hope to get them out on other mobile phones as soon as [we can]. That is our next step after launch.” The app will soon expand to Blackberry phones. Also, a mobile web version will be developed so that students will be able to access the app’s functions on any smart phone through a browser. “We have had over 6,000 downloads, so we’re pleased

with the level of interest our students have shown in [the apps],” Gaston said. The Android app and iPhone app are nearly identical to each other. Both apps can access the school directories, campus map, blackboard, the class index, and have a button for emergency numbers on campus. Android has separate apps for each campus, whereas the iPhone has one app that serves both campuses. Also available with the app is a feature called Contact Us that will allow students to view a list of frequently called numbers on campus. Both the Saddleback and IVC apps became available for download on Aug. 20. Students and faculty can go online to the Android store website to download the app. According to Saddleback’s website, the apps for Blackberry products are coming very soon.

APS error leaves millions powerless

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MOBILE: iPhones and Android phones can now access blackboard, class indexes, campus directories, emergency numbers, campus news, and even a map of the campus that shows the location of classrooms and parking lots. The services are available for both Saddleback and IVC. Scan below to download Saddleback’s Android application

ADAM JONES Routine maintenance near Yuma, Arizona, left more than four million people across the southwestern United States and northern Mexico without power last Thursday. The black out effected areas in New Mexico, Arizona, large amounts of southern California, and the majority of Baja California and Mexicali. It has been recorded as one of the largest power outages in North America. A spokesman for APS, Arizona’s largest electric utility, said “The outage appears to be related to a procedure an APS employee was carrying out in the North Gila substation.” The employee mishap resulted in a 500,000 volt transmission line from Arizona to California being temporarily disabled. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., millions of customers were left in the dark. All major power stations in San Diego Gas & Electric had to be taken off the grid, and many had to be shut down temporarily, in order to avoid damaging sensitive systems. A number of pump stations failed in San Diego county, causing boil water warnings and closing beaches over the weekend. More than 1.9 million gallons of sewage were released into lagoons and other waterways that lead to the ocean. Grocery stores and gas stations closed all through the region, and many customers were left wanting. With refrigerators

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IN THE DARK: A map showing the areas of Southern California that were effected by Thursday’s power outage. The outage extended into Arizona, New Mexico, and areas of northern Mexico. and freezers out of power, many businesses and homes suffered losses of perishable goods. Rumors of price gouging for gasoline, water, ice, and other goods quickly circulated, and continued into Friday. Anyone with evidence or reports of price gouging should contact local authorities. SDG&E held press conferences at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday to tell the public to remain calm, to explain what went wrong and what their plan was to restore power. Public schools in the San Diego School District were closed Friday as a result of the black out. Saddleback College closed Thursday after the power went out, and campus police guarded street entrances, directing traffic away from campus.

San Diego State University closed its campus and ordered students in on-campus dorms to stay with friends off campus or return home. Students who remained in the dorm had to surrender their ID cards so that campus officials could keep watch over them. SDG&E was given no warning that the outage was coming, and first noticed there was an outage when the power went out in the SDG&E offices. Three more outages, all smaller than Thursday’s outage, occurred Sunday in San Diego and south Orange County. The causes of these smaller outages are unknown, but SDG&E does not expect any relation to the Thursday outage.

Teacher preparation pipeline helps bring new teachers into the mix DAVID GUTMAN The Saddleback College Student Transfer Center provides hands-on training program to creating the future teachers of America with the EDUC 115 class and the Teacher Preparation Pipeline. The program is in its fifth year at Saddleback and meets Monday nights from 6 to 9 p.m., and is taught by instructor Carol Leaman. According to Leaman, students enrolled in the class itself are not required to participate in the TPP program. Students who wish to be in the program will be assigned by Leaman to one of several different high schools around the Capistrano Valley and Saddleback Valley school districts, and will become student aides to participating teachers.

“This program is basically designed for giving students a taste of what it’s like to teach,” said Azadeh Ghafari, a program technician with the Saddleback Student Transfer Center.

“We have a great need for great teachers.” The class is four units and is transferable to California State universities. Averaging 25 students a semester, the program has seen about 130 students go through the program aspiring to be teachers. The class is not limited to teaching high school courses. According to Ghafari, half of the students enrolled in the course have goals of working with special needs children at

many levels. According to Leaman, many students in the program teach at their old high schools and in some cases have become student aides to their old teachers. To begin the process, Leaman interviews several students at a time, discussing their requirements to pass the class. Students are required to exercise conduct becoming of a future teacher, such as school appropriate clothing and attitude. Students must also work as a student aide for at least 40 hours during the semester, culminating with the Saddleback student teaching one lesson near the end of the semester. “We have a great need for great teachers,” Ghaffari said. “Our objective is to expose people who have an interest in teaching and make it a passion.”

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For those students who have taken a course multiple times and, for whatever reason, cannot pass it, there are resources located on campus to help you achieve a passing grade. “The college does an amazing job with support for students with our Learning Assistance Program, with special services, our reading labs, and all the [free] tutorial that we offer,” Skaff said. The last day to drop a semester long course without a W is Sept. 23. The last day to drop a late start course without a W is Oct. 6. The last day to drop a second eight week course without a W is Oct. 31.

Hutchens said she was proud when she heard SEAL Team Six had eliminated Osama bin Laden. “The message was heard around the world,” Hutchens said. She then gave thanks to the military, calling them “our silent warriors.” She ended by quoting former President Ronald Reagan. “We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.” The ceremony will be held annually on the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies.

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How to use your phone in the classroom KIRALYNN EDMONDSON Whether you pull out your phone to look at the time or to see if anyone is trying to get in touch with you, We are all addicted to the technology in our hand held. most people are guilty of doing this in class. But the question is, should we be allowed to use our handheld in the classroom? Would learning be easier with it? Or will it take away from the lesson and distract students with social networking, texting, and other unrelated subjects? Handheld devices link us to the Internet, record lectures, and remind us of important due dates. They can be very helpful for students inside the classroom, and even more helpful when we leave the classroom to replay lectures while studying.

Just as handheld devices can be helpful to students, they can also become a distraction to the students sitting around you and also to the instructor. “An immature student will think its fun to do something other than learn in the class he/ she has paid for,” said Renee Garcia, a Saddleback anthropology instructor. “A responsible student may use it to check current news on a topic or to record lecture and set assigned due dates.” So how can we use our phones appropriately during class? Now before you pull out your phone in class to record a lecture, set dates, or check up on class related subjects, check with your instructor. According to the student handbook, Code of Conduct Section N: Unauthorized re-

cording, dissemination,and publication of academic presentations or materials. This prohibition applies to a recording made in any medium, including but not limited to, handwritten or typewritten notes. Although recording lecture can be very helpful to us students, we must check with our instructors before-hand to make sure they are okay with it. We need to use respect in the classroom when it comes to using our handheld devices. Yes, we do pay for our classes, and it is our own loss when we miss important points because we were playing with our handheld. But it is also blatantly disrespectful to pull out your device and start messing around with it while an instructor is teaching. It is just common courtesy to

at least pretend you’re listening, instead of making it obvious to the students around you and the instructor that you just don’t care. It’s a common respect that all of us students should have, when someone is speaking to us we give them our attention. We have been taught this since kindergarten and even before cellphones were popular. So think twice when you go to pull out your handheld in class. Think, is this an appropriate time to go on Facebook? Can it wait until after class? Same with texting. Wait until there is a pause in the class to pull your phone out and set a reminder in it. Use your handheld productively and respectively. Put it on silent, and check with your instructor before recording their lecture.



Nathan Myers, 20, history

Brittany Nelson, 21, physiology

“I think it’s fair, because if you have a student who slacks off it isn’t fair to the kids that want a slot in the class.”

“Some universities like Cal Berkley only give students two chances. Three chances is a lot better than two chances at a four-year school, I think the law is more than fair.”

John Repka, undeclared

Allie Holen, 19, animation

Power outage cripples Saddleback and south Orange County DAVID GUTMAN Four million people were brutally awakened as to how much they rely on electricity. They got a taste of just how powerless we are as people without an energy grid. Have we, as humans, become too dependent on technology? Last Thursday at approximately 3:42 p.m. millions of people across parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California and the country of Mexico, found out what it was like to not have one of the basic home utilities next to water. I happened to be sitting in a classroom in the BGS building taking notes while my instructor gave a power point lecture. Suddenly everything is turned off. The air conditioner included. As the room was heating up from the lack of cool air flow, my instructor analyzed the situa-

tion and quickly wrapped up his lesson and dismissed us nearly two hours earlier than usual. I would be lying if I wasn’t in the least bit happy about the situation, but I was also concerned. My instructor didn’t have a contingency plan to deal with the situation, and seeing as how school was cancelled for the rest of day, I would suspect that not many other instructors had one either. Getting out of class was one thing, but getting off campus was another challenge in and of itself. With the electricity off the traffic lights were off and traffic getting out of Saddleback was like trying to get out of a parking lot after a baseball game. Across the southwest and in to Mexico, people had to suffer through the night with no air conditioners and the loss of all perishable food items that

would have to be thrown out due to their refrigerators not working. According to ABC news, even gas stations couldn’t provide their services and people were stranded without gas in their tanks. We are clearly too dependent on power, when we are so easily crippled into the dark ages by a lack of electricity. This crippling crisis all because of the lack of electricity, we are too dependent on it. It runs our air conditioners, our refrigerators, our leisure items like video game devices, and yes, even our education. This crippling crisis all because of the lack of electricity, we are too dependent on it. It runs our air conditioners, our refrigerators, our leisure items like video game devices, and yes, even our education. But what choice do we have?

Well for teachers it may be a good idea to not rely on PowerPoint and other electronic media presentations so much. A classic approach may not be as fun but will hardly fail under these circumstances. To possibly avoid a room heating up like an oven without the air conditioner, architects should probably look into designing buildings in a way that reduces heat from entering a house or building. Instead of all of our food sources needing to be in a refrigerator, we should always have a safe amount of non-perishable foods to eat when the electricity is out. These are only small steps to avoid another crisis like this affecting us the way it has in the past.

“It’s a community college so it shouldn’t matter.”

“I understand we have limited seating, but some math courses are hard and people want to retake them.”

Editorial: The pros and cons of the Three Strikes law Starting spring 2012, the California law states that students can no longer take a class more than three times and students will only be allowed a second enrollment if they received a D, F, or a W.



1) The law will initial1) Every student has ly reserve seats for the a different life outside more serious students campus, so this law that are in the class will conflict with stuor trying to get into dents that may need the class to transfer or to take classes unexearn a degree faster. pectedly due to per2) After taking a class sonal issues. three times, the stu2) A student may dent will either underfail the first time for stand the material or family problems, the will not. If they do not second because a natunderstand it then they ural disaster, and the must know to move on third because the stuPHOTO BY ALYSSA HUNTER/LARIAT from the course. dent becomes deathly 3) The students GPA THREE STRIKES LAW: Kyla Timmons, 19, undeclared, ill may be reasons to will be raised since reads the poster about the Three Strikes law. be excused. they will be taking a 3) Taking classes course they could actually pass. can be stressful and very difficult, so students 4) As this law will be in effect soon, the stumay need a couple times to learn the material dents will have more pressure to succeed and to pass the class. focus to earn a better grade. 4) Limiting students to three times does not help the economy.

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John Bremer, 19, history

Hollie Mauss 15, culinary arts

“I think if you pay the money to take the class you should be able to.”

“If you want to learn then you should go for it and take the class again.”

Kevin Ringuette, 19, math

Maha Kamran, 23, health science

“ I think it’s fair, I don’t see why you’d have to take a class more than three times. The rule is pretty logical.”

“ I think it’s fair, I don’t see why you’d have to take a class more than three times. The rule is pretty logical.”

About the Lariat The Lariat is the student newspaper of Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College. The Lariat is an independent studentrun public forum. One copy of the Lariat is free. Additional copies may be purchased at the Lariat newsroom, located in the Student Services Center at Saddleback College. Letters to the editor are welcome. Please limit letters to

200 words and include a name, valid email address and signiture. All letters are subject to editing. Unsigned editorials represent the views of the Lariat’s ediorial board and do not represent the views of Irvine Valley or Saddleback Colleges or the South Orange County Community College District. was launched in Fall 2007.



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Fashion meets marketing in a new class offered “Craner recommends this course to every fashStarting Oct. 21, fashion ion student, and said it meets marketing and adver- would also benefit martising in a new course being keting students, design offered at Saddleback College students wanting to start called Fash 289, Fashion their own brands.” MELANIE ROBERTS

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FASHIONABLE: Michelle Craner poses before the Stoll fashion and technology shop in New York.

Branding. “We will look through the eyes of marketers as well as consumers and see how it affects them,” said instructor Michelle Craner. The course catalog from Saddleback describes the class as “fashion branding, brand development, product packaging, and the marketing of a product.” Craner said that the students will look at different types of branding, like logo and identity, and they will look at fashion companies that have been around a long time. Guest speakers and field trips will also

be available for the students. Craner teaches other fashion courses at Saddleback as well as Cal State Long Beach, and believes that this particular course differs from others similar to it. Over the eight weeks, students will take an in-depth look into the new ways fashion industry allows people to see behind the scenes of the image. Fashion branding goes outside of clothing and into lifestyle. Today’s fashion brands have more than just clothing, but fragrances and other entities as well, Craner said.

Craner recommends this course to every fashion student, and said it would also benefit marketing students, design students wanting to start their own brands, and entrepreneurs looking to start their own business. The goal is to prepare students for emerging careers. Craner will bring into the course a background in fashion merchandising, having earned two degrees and knowledge from first-hand experience during an externship with Paul Frank Industries as well as working with Clarence Merchandising. The 1.5-unit course will be eight weeks long, and will meet every Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

The powerful ‘Thor’crashes in for movie night on campus DAVID GUTMAN

Social{Live} presented by Saddleback College’s Associated Student Government, is showcasing their first movie night of the semester featuring Paramount pictures epic film “Thor” on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m in SM 313. “Thor” is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and was released in theaters on May 6, to positive reviews grossing $437,077,239 worldwide. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, “Thor” stars Chris Hemsworth as the titular character with Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Many people of Scandinavian descent may already be familiar with Thor. Thor is part of the Norse pantheon of gods ruled over by the head god Odin in the mystical realm of Asgard. “Thor” is the God of thunder and rain, being one of the more popular gods worshipped by the infamous vikings of ancient Norway. Thor is well known for wielding his distinctive war hammer named Mjolnir, which translates as “crusher” from the ancient Norse language. According to Norse mythology, along with Thor there is also Loki the god of mischief and trickery. In the Marvel comics chronology, Loki is written as Thor’s greatest nemesis, challenging “Thor” in a variety of

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LEAD ACT: Headling act for “Vaudeville at the McKinney” Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys. Photo by jdhancock/Flickr: Cc-by 2.0

THE MIGHTY THOR: .Comic book creators Stan Lee and Jack

Kirby collaborated on ‘Thor’ as far back as 1962. Eventually he was teamed up with other characters such as Ironman to create the Avengers.

ways and making life miserable for Thor and those around him. There are more than Asgardians in Norse mythology however, the main enemies of the Asgardians and “Thor” in particular are the Frost Giants who are nestled in a similar realm opposite of Asgard. According to the mythology, these fearsome creatures wield ice and cold itself to cause chaos for Earth and Asgard. Though Thor and the Asgardian deities are no longer worshipped, their influence still stands with the calender day Thursday having it’s root in the phrase Thor’s Day. However Thor, as many people most likely know the character from, was introduced in 1962 in the comic book Journey into Mystery issue number 83. Written and drawn by

renowned comic book creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The duo also created many other well known characters inhabiting the Marvel comics universe including “The Fantastic Four” and the “X-Men.” The movie and the comic book it is based on differs in many ways from the classic depiction of the Norse Gods, for example it is explained in the “Thor” comicbooks that he and his fellow gods are in fact not gods at all. They are a race of beings that are extremely long lived and are so advanced in technology that it can resemble magic to a mere human. In the comic books, when they appeared in northern Europe, they were revered as Gods.

CYNTHIA LEWIS Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, “The Help” stars Emma Stone as Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a south ern girl who returned from college to become a writer. When she gets offered a writing job in her hometown Jackson, she uncovers stories within the black community that leave her life-long friendships hanging in the balance of what society considers wrong and right.

“From their unlikely alliance, a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling in all of them the courage to transcend the boundaries that society defined their lives by.” Skeeter begins to find answers when she befriends her best friend’s housekeeper, Aibileen Clark, played by Viola Davis. Clark was the first to open up despite advice given to her by her friends in the black

The Saddleback Performing Arts Department is presenting an old-time stage and screen show, “Vaudeville,” at the McKinney Theatre. The event is part of a guest-artist series that will include a variety of acts such as song, dance, comedy, jugglers, acrobats and magicians. “Vaudeville” will take you back in time to an era of pure entertainment, laughs and fun. This unique show will be appearing in the McKinney Theatre Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 949-582-4656 from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or online at Ticket prices are $32 general; $30 students, seniors and Angels; $25 children 12 years old and under.

- Kiralynn Edmondson

‘The Help,’ puts a new twist on a classical American dilemma ‘The Help’ gives its viewers a unique insight into southern racial bigotry.

‘Vaudeville’ at the McKinney

community. While the intensity of the movie heightens, more women begin to speak up and tell their stories. From their unlikely alliance, a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling in all of them the courage to transcend the boundaries that society defined their lives by, and the realization that sometimes those boundaries are made to be crossed. Bring a box of tissues, as “The Help” will not only get your blood pumping with the classic issue of race in America, but draw tear after tear with the emotional ties brought about through its characters. Although there is plenty of pain displayed, the healing process is one worth experiencing.

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Clubbing it up in the quad: What a rush Michael Dorame White tents covered the Saddleback College quad; underneath, student leaders promoted their clubs behind colorfully decorated tables. The melodies of a live band echoed down the walkways, and the aroma of Korean barbecue filled the air as students signed up for their favorite clubs, all part of the Aug. 31 Club Rush. “We have a bunch of people looking to get involved and kind of add to their resumes, so I think that will be really important because students, now of all times, really want to be competitive,” said Andrae Vigil Romero, clubs assistant with the office of Student Development. “This gives them an opportunity to meet people, network, and see what Saddleback students have to offer.” Romero said he expected to have 40 to 50 clubs by the end of the semester. Setting up attractive booths is a large part of Club Rush. “We try to make our booth as decorative and as nice as possible and it really worked,” said Isiah de, 20, accounting, President of Appreciation of Filipino-American Culture. Fundraising is also a popular undertaking for many clubs. “We fundraise about close to $3,000 every year,” de said. Another group present at Club Rush was Ayudando Chicano Latinos A Mover Obstaculos. They were publicizing programs that help the community.

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Right to left: Steven Werner, 21, biology, and Cameron Deatherage, 23, culinary arts, utilize the large chess set that was set up in the quad during the Club Rush on Aug. 31. The next club rush is scheduled for Sept. 22. “We’re currently doing a fundraiser, the annual backpack drive, and we’re collecting as many school supplies as we can and donating it to a local elementary school here in south Orange County,” said Ariana Rosal, 20, sociology.

“We are also outreaching to our high schools as well.” ALCAMO promotes higher education in the Latino community. “A huge problem is, a lot of Latinos don’t know what to do after high school,” Rosal said.

Among other attractions, Calbi and Crepes Bonaparte catering vehicles set up on the pavement. Waiting in line to receive ice cream, Clint Songer, 50, a nursing student said, “Food trucks are great.

The food trucks should be here every day. Maybe one on this side and one over in the village.” Nearby, two students played chess with huge pieces moving them across a enormous mat set up for the event.

“One of my favorite things is that they had the live music playing, and all the tents were together so people just cruised by and saw everything there,” said Mario Huaracha, 23, business marketing. As a member of the Salsa Club, Huaracha summed up the learning experience with, “You come in, you learn the basics the first couple minutes of the class, and then you get paired up with a partner and you go and dance and learn moves and turns.” Out of all the activities taking place, getting sign-ups ranked as a top priority. “A lot of people signed our mailing list, and hopefully we’re going to have a successful club,” Huaracha said. A new club to the scene was the Young Democrats Club. “I’m a member of the Orange County Young Democrats, and they encouraged me to start a chapter here,” said Kathryn Pena, 26, history. “The challenge has been building up a network and getting to know people, but It’s working out pretty well.” Pena said, “My favorite part of Club Rush was the person who came up and told me, ‘I’ve been waiting for this club.’” Any students who would like to start a club for Fall 2011 can find a step by step guide at The next Club Rush is Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the quad.

Chili bowl cook-off helps support veterans through silent auction

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Chili Bowl Cook-OFf: Veterans, Brandon Houser and Jason Conway, escort a wreath to the veteran’s memorial in memory of those lost in 9/11 terroist attacks. Student Elizabeth Tepe stood at the lectern while student Chase Chandler played “Taps” on the trumpet during the ceremony. NIcole Bullard For the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Saddleback College held a commemoration ceremony at

the college’s veterans memorial on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. to honor the victims and those who died in action. Saddleback President Tod

Burnett, and Associated Student Government President Joseph Hassine, provided the opening remarks and Emergency Medical Technician Ruth Grubb led a

moment of silence. Marine Corp Veteran and student Elizabeth Zepe spoke and Chase Chandler performed Taps. The commemoration ceremony also honored the first responders such as the firemen and police force. “Ten years ago, our country was forever changed,” Burnett said. “Our commemoration ceremony will give us time to reflect on the heroism of America’s first responders and the commitment of the American people.” After the commemoration ceremony the Chili Bowl CookOff was held at the Fine Arts Quad. The proceeds from the tickets and silent auction were for the Veteran’s Memorial. The money is for finishing the construction of the memorial. The Veterans Club had a booth and were competing in the Cook-Off. “This chili is actually my grandmother’s

recipe,” said Kolin William, the Veterans Club adviser who was giving out chili to passerby. “It’s really good.”

“The Chili Bowl Cook-Off was to remember the brave Americans on 9/11 and the veterans who dedicated themselves to this country.” The Veterans Club are veterans who attend Saddleback. The club is an advocate of veterans at Saddleback and more. The purpose is to offer a community of individuals with the same experiences while attending classes to further education-

Study abroad opportunity in England and Spain Students interested in English and Spanish will have opportunity to travel Spring 2012. cassie rossel The Liberal Arts Department at Saddleback College is holding two study abroad programs for the upcoming Spring 2012 semester. The destinations are Oxford, England and Salamanca, Spain. Suki Fisher is the head of the England program, and Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo is the head of the Spain program. Both instructors have acquired a real passion for their programs through organizing

and participating in the trips to Oxford and Salamanca. With unforgettable scenery, historical landmarks, and excursions to world-renown museums, both programs are sure to grant each participant once-ina-lifetime experiences that will never be forgotten. “Through the study abroad program, students are given the opportunity to grow as individuals while living in a foreign environment,” Fisher said. The program in Oxford is mostly geared towards English or art majors, but is not limited to those fields of study. It offers general education classes such as English 1A, English 1B, and Art History 26. Instructor Fisher has been in charge of the study abroad program in Oxford since 2008 and raves that it “gives students a

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Oxford: Saddleback advisers take students on a walking tour of Oxford, England in 2009. broader sense of the world.” The study abroad program in Salamanca is mostly meant for Spanish majors, but all students of different majors are welcome

to join the experience. The program offers six Spanish language courses as well as several history of Spanish Civilization courses.

With over twenty-seven years of experience in study abroad programs, Hernandez-Bravo strongly believes that students who participate will come away

al experiences. “The reason I went into the military after high school was because of 9/11,” said David Lehtinen, who was in the U.S navy and a conventional mechanics on submarines.“I felt like I had to do something. I’m proud of what I did.” Another aspect of the Chili Bowl Cook-Off was the silent auction. Students in the ceramics classes had made the bowls for the chili, and participants in voting for the chili got to keep one. The price of the silent auction ceramics altogether was roughly $1,000. The money for this would have gone to the Veterans Memorial. The Chili Bowl Cook-Off was to remember the brave Americans on 9/11 and the veterans who dedicated themselves to this country. The Veterans Memorial will always be a monument to the 9/11 victims and veterans. from the experience with much more than just memories. “Students make connections for life through this program. It has the ability to change each student in a positive way,” Hernandez-Bravo said. This will be Hernandez-Bravo’s 12th visit to Salamanca with Saddleback students. “It is so great that our school is offering such a great program, and the opportunity to explore a whole new continent,” said Kayla Johnson, 19, undecided. Both Hernandez-Bravo and Fisher are very committed to making the Spring 2012 study abroad programs the best experience students will have while attending Saddleback College. Due to the power outage last Thursday, the informational meetings were cancelled. The meeting for the trip to Oxford will be held on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. at an undecided location. More details for these programs can be found on the Saddleback website.



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Gauchos dominate Pirates in season opener The game at Bakersfield College, scheduled last Saturday, was postponed due to lightning. It was to be replayed last Monday evening. CHRIS CANTWELL NOTE: Check next Wednesday for Bakersfield update. The Gauchos lived up to the hype of being ranked No. 10 in the nation after defeating Orange Coast College 44-20 on Saturday, Sept. 3. It was their fifth straight win over the Pirates. Saddleback College’s offense got off to a great start in the first half. Gaucho’s quarterback Ben Gomez, threw a pass that resulted in a 60-yard touchdown to James Poole. The Gaucho’s coach, Mark McElroy, believes that the offense started off strong right out of the gate because of the hard work the team has put into each practice. “We have been practicing very hard, and we play a very fast tempo style offense,” McElroy said. Saddleback’s defense did a great job shutting down the passing game, but had a difficult time stopping the running game. OCC’s quarterback completed only 11 of 30 attempts, a 37% completion rating. OCC rushed the ball 62 times and piled up 375 yards, but Saddleback’s defense still managed to cause four fumbles, three of which were recovered by the Gauchos. “Our defense is scary,” Gomez said. “I don’t like going

up against our own defense, because they are pretty nasty.” Gomez completed 19 of 34 passing attempts for 303 yards. Gomez said, “I felt in my mind that I played okay in the first game but there is a lot of room to improve.” He also threw four touchdown passes, no zero interceptions and earned a 169.56 quarterback rating. “I”m always pushing myself so it can show in my performance...keep pushing every single day, never take a day off.” “Ben was exceptional, especially since he hasn’t played quarterback since he was a tenth grader,” said McElroy. Poole finished the game with 98 yards, 60 from his one touchdown reception, and 38 off of eight rushing carries. “James is a hard working young man that’s very focused,” McElroy said. “He had a great performance that was based on his great work ethic.” Rodney Woodland finished with six catches for 58 yards, and Kasey Closs, finishing with 96 yards and a touchdown off of five receptions. Jake Johnston would lead the defense with 11 tackles, and Trumaine Smith finished with eight tackles and a blocked field goal. Darnell Morris added nine tackles. Junior Alvarado had a 16 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, and Kyle Larimer had a blocked punt.

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GAME DELAY: Bakersfield Memorial Stadium sits idle while officials decide whether Saddleback’s game against the Renegades can be played. Now that the first game is in the books, two top 20 ranked teams in Saddleback and Bakersfield are ready for a highly anticipated and important game. The game was originally scheduled for last Saturday but was rescheduled to this past Monday due to a rain delay. “We are going into the game realizing it is a very important game for us,” McElroy said.

UPCOMING GAMES Saddleback women’s golf: vs. SAC, Cuy, 9/14 11:30 a.m.; vs. OEC 9/19 TBA Saddleback women’s waterpolo: vs. RCC, 9/14 3 p.m.; @ Cypress 9/21 3 p.m. Saddleback men’s waterpolo: @Mt. SAC, 9/16 all day; vs. Concordia 9/21 4 p.m. Saddleback women’s volleyball: vs. Rio Hondo, 9/16 2 p.m. Saddleback women’s soccer: @ Cypress, 9/16 3 p.m.; @ FCC 9/20 3 p.m. Saddleback cross country: @ Cuesta, 9/17 12:30 p.m. Saddleback football: @ Chaffey, 9/17 6 p.m. IVC men’s soccer: vs. Rio Hondo, 9/14 3 p.m.; vs. Glendale 9/20 3 p.m. IVC women’s golf: vs. Cuyamaca, 9/21 TBA IVC women’s soccer: vs. Golden West, 9/16 3 p.m.

Local event to bring community together MEGAN CROTHERS The city of San Clemente has a long standing history of surf culture, with famous surf spots and recognized athletes, and this year will be celebrating this reputation with the Celebration of Surf. The San Clemente Celebration of Surf is a surf-oriented music and art festival aimed at recognizing the rich surf history of San Clemente. Many southern Orange County cities already have celebrations to recognize their unique strengths, such as Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters. San Clemente has yet to celebrate the surf culture and lifestyle that makes it a desirable destination for surfers worldwide, until this year. The San Clemente Rotary Club will be putting on the Celebration of Surf, in association with Hurley, Skullcandy, and Rainbow, on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Richard T. Steed Memorial Park. For the price of a two hour theater movie, patrons can enjoy five hours of live music, local art, and food and drinks while also contributing to charities such as Surfers Healing and Rock the Autism. This is the night before the Hurley Pro, and will likely draw in many professional surfers who will be in the area for the contest. The event costs $15 for general admission, $5 for children, begins at 5 p.m. and will rage on until 10 p.m. VIP tickets are also available for $50, and includes exclusive seating near the stage, a VIP buffet, and open bar access. The event will include music from Common Sense, members of Honk, Questions, So Lag Vibrations, and Mike Wilson. There will also be art and photography on display from local artists, and booths from over 20 surf vendors. “We will also be honoring many of the athletes,” said Tyler Johnson, president of the San Clemente Rotary Club. “Past and present who have left their

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FESTIVAL: The San Clemente Celebration of Surf is a surf-oriented music and art festival aimed at recognizing the rich surf history of SC.

“San Clemente has yet to celebrate the surf culture and lifestyle that makes it a desirable destination for surfers worldwide.” mark on San Clemente’s surfing heritage.” This includes the 21 surfers on San Clemente’s “Surfers Row:” Dino & Kolohe Andino, Matt Archbold, Josh Baxter, Shane & Gavin Beschen, Corky Carroll, Rich Chew, Mary Lou Drummy, Phil Edwards, Herbie, Christian & Nathan Fletcher, Dane, Patrick & Tanner Gudauskas, Joyce Hoffman, Jimmy Hogan, Colin McPhillips, Greg & Rusty

Long,The Paskowitz Family, and Mike Parsons. “The people in the industry here in San Clemente and across the region are really excited that this town is finally embracing its surfing culture,” said Joey Santley, a supporter of the Celebration of Surf, and also the founder of Green Foam, a company that takes old foam to recycle into new surfboards. “This town has arguably contributed more to surfing through athletes, innovators, and pioneers, then any other town in the world and its about time we chose to celebrate that,” Santley said. “I just know this event will just continue to grow each year as more and more people catch the vision of bringing the entire industry together for a huge party in its honor.”

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