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OCTA fares to rise 25 percent Angie L. Pineda

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Efraim Medina, who has been purchasing the bus pass as a disabled commuter, voiced his thoughts on a potential increase. “Its too much for me,” Medina said. “I don’t have a job, I can’t do it, it’s impossible.” Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) proposed a 25 percent increase of bus fares to the Orange County community at the bus council meeting in the Santa Ana, on Sept. 20. The city council bus meeting gathered in the Southwest Senior Center mixed with the OCTA board members, community members, and Spanish

interpreters. The room was colorfully decorated with piñatas hanging around the room and a large projector that would soon introduce the next stress induced issue into the OC commuters’ lives. Although the meeting was announced publicly as only a proposal for the Orange County transit consumers, Vice Chairman of the board, Gregory Winterbottom, promises an increase during the recorded meeting. Andrew Oftelie, director of Finance and Administration, said that there’s a fare adjustment every four years. He continues to explain that in order to receive funding from the state, that they need to condition the sales tax. According to the Transpor-

tation Development Act (TDA) the consumers must pay at least 20 cents for every dollar spent on transportation service. OCTA will be forced to cut bus services if they fail these agreements. “Wouldn’t you rather pay more than have less service?” Oftelie asked. “Five percent of the bus service will be cut if we do not raise fares.” “We are trying to get people to ride the monthly pass, because it’s the cheapest way to go.” Winterbottom insists. The passengers are paying $55 for the monthly pass, but early next year they will be paying $69. Alejandra Arcos, community member of Santa Ana, said, “Let’s just say gas goes down, will you think about lowering

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BUST: Saddleback’s bus loads could decrease with a fare increase. the fares?” to price increase. Oftellie ex“That will never happen,” plains that when they had last Winterbottom responds. increased fares, they had lost The passengers continue to 8 percent of their riders. “But battle the meeting with con- they come back,” he contincerns asking the board members ued, “but the 92 percent stay what will happen if passengers and pay the increase anyway.” discontinue using the bus due

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Homecoming tailgate provides food, games, and charity options prior to football game K i r a E d m o ndson

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Paint it red: Allison Williams, 5, Mission Viejo, (right) enjoys a face painting session from a member of ASG during the Gaucho Homecoming tailgate festivites last Saturday at Saddleback College.

The Saddleback Associated Student Government hosted a tailgate party for the Gaucho Homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 29 in front of the Saddleback stadium. ASG provided activities for the tailgate party for children including a Waffle-Licious food truck and a DJ. ASG also had many charities attend to help donate to the public. The activities that ASG provided for the children were rubber ducky races, pumpkin decorating, face painting, balloon paint dart game, a can toss and bounce houses. For each booth that had an activity, ASG provided a jar in which parents could help donate to the local charities. “People are not required to pay for the activities, but they are welcome to donate to help the charities,” said Sahar Ghassemi the Senator of Kinesiology for ASG. There were also different charities attending to inform the public of their services and to accept donations. Among the charities that attended were the Ronald McDonald House, Village of Hope, McKenna Claire Foundation and Maxlove. The Ronald McDonald House gave out a wish list for the needs of Orange County Ronald McDonald House. The wish list included kitchen goods, cleaning supplies and other miscellaneous items. To find out more about how to donate to The Ronald McDonald House please visit their webpage at Maxlove informed the Tail-gaters of childhood cancer and the small amount of research funds that are available to research childhood cancer. September was their national awareness month for childhood cancer. Maxlove is selling fedora hats and sending five dollars of the proceeds to the St. Balricks Foundation. And for each beanie that is sold Maxlove will donate an addition beanie to a child fighting for cancer. To find out how to get your head wear visit

Harris appointed chancellor of state community colleges Jose ph es piritu

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Longtime Los R i o s C o m munity College District Chancellor Brice Harris W. Harris was appointed as the 15th Chancellor of the California Community Colleges in a unanimous decision by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, Thursday. “It is humbling to be asked to lead such a tremendous system of colleges serving the educational needs of California,”

Harris whose record includes serving as president of Fresno City College and as Vice Chancellor of the Kansas, MO. community college system will head the state’s community college system, the largest in the nation at 112 campuses. “I have had the pleasure to know and work with Dr. Harris for many years beginning with my time working in the state chancellor’s office in Sacramento,” Saddleback College President Tod Burnett said in a campus-wide e-mail. “Dr. Harris is a superb leader and advocate of our California Community Colleges and I cannot think of a better person to succeed Dr. Jack Scott as chancellor.”

Harris will overlook colleges in 72 districts beginning Nov. 6 and will also take responsibility of the more than 2 million students enrolled in the state’s community colleges “It is gratifying to see that my longtime friend, Dr. Brice Harris, has been selected to lead California’s great community college system. As we navigate our way through unprecedented economic and structural challenges, I am comforted to know that Dr. Harris will lead the community colleges back to full strength,” Irvine Valley President Glenn Roquemore said in a district-wide press release.

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Boys in the Hall: Former NFL quarterback Colt Brennan

(left) and Texas Ramgers pitcher Robby Ross (right) walk in the Saddleback Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday.

78 inducted into Hall of Fame

Seventy-eight former Gaucho athletes were inducted into the Saddleback Athletics Hall of Fame in a cermony during halftime of Saddleback’s homecoming football game on Saturday. Athletes are only inducted every four years. The induct-

ees selected for the ceremony competed between 2004-08. Eighteen of Saddleback’s 19 athletic teams had members selected. Inductees included NCAA record-setting quarterback Colt Brennan and Texas Rangers pitcher Robby Ross.

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Faculty face-off with IT during Senate meeting Academic Senate discusses honorary degrees, student success and solutions to IT challenges. Joseph espiritu

Staff Writer

Concerns about student success, honorary degrees and the IT challenges that plague the campus were hot topics during the fourth Academic Senate meeting of the semester. The committee examined items in the President’s Report that included topics such as the renaming of the new Library Resource Center to include former college president Richard McCullough’s name – a motion that is still up in the air. The report also mentioned a proposed building in the lower campus to be converted into shared offices where instructors can meet with students that will include a lounge and filing drawers for each faculty member. In addition to the proposedchanges around the campus, the Senate also had a lengthy discussion pertaining to the process of awarding honorary degrees in which Item 1C from Administrative Regulation 6200, which previously stated that honorary degrees shall be conferred by the college President, was re-amended to say that honorary degrees will instead be con-

ferred by the respective college faculty. Moving onto student success, the committee further discussed the IT challenges that have badgered instructors and students since the beginning of the semester, with the Dean of Business Science Division, Rocky Cifone, bringing up the issue of the shortcomings in the preparation of laboratory computers, on behalf of the IT Department that affected his division. “We are here specifically to discuss the impacts that the lack of IT preparation had not only on the teaching and learning experience, [but] the impact that they had on our students and the impact that the lack of preparation and timely follow-up had on student success,” Cifone said. Cifone further addressed that while this issue might be considered a blip in the radar by some of the faculty, he and his colleagues think otherwise and have loss faith in the IT Department by saying that this issue will repeat itself - pointing out the failure of follow-ups in the work orders as the primary reason why. “Nothing beats the sheer sense of helplessness when you’re a dean and to not be able to get students what they need in the classroom,” Cifone said, adding that the problem is sure to have campus-wide ramifications if not handled immediately. In support of Cifone, instructors from the college’s Computer Information Management

“Nothing beats the sheer sense of helplessness when you’re a dean and to not be able to get students what they need in the classroom,” Business/Science Dean Rocky Cifone

division also spoke out, detailing the 62 work orders that were submitted during the spring semester for the 135 computers in their classrooms and labs that were not met. “When you have an 8-week class and by the end of the fourth week you don’t have a server, the student’s have no way to do their assignments,” CIM Instructor Carolyn Gillay said, pointing out that she has had a couple students drop her class to avoid a “W” on their academic records. Mark Schiffelbein who directs the college’s Technology Services rebutted by saying that their focus was directed toward the LRC since it was given to them as a high-priority assignment, but that they never meant to neglect all the labs in the campus. Schiffelbein cited late orders on software and troubles that he and his crew ran across while installing computer hardware

that snowballed preventing their efforts in completing the work needed on time. “We have 28 different computer laboratories around the campus and each supports a very select group of instructors and programs,” Schiffelbein said, denoting the specialized programs that each requires. “It’s quite a juggling project to get all the software working together.” Ultimately, both sides agreed that the problems arose due to a lack of IT staffing, but also acknowledged that not just anyone can grasp the fundamentals required to operate said labs. “It’s not just a situation where we can bring somebody in and say if you need extra help grab someone and bring them in,” Schiffelbein said. “These people have worked with the instructors and those programs for years and years just to get an understanding of what needs to be put into those labs – so outside help is usually not that beneficial, especially at the last minute.” A proposed solution was to cross-train the existing IT staff, but according to Schiffelbein that in itself is difficult considering some technicians can man up to five labs at any single time. Students who were affected by the lack of re-imaged computers and had to drop are urged to contact their instructors to discuss a possible refund of their tuition.

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University highway Adri a nna Mendoz a

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An overwhelming number of universities and four-year institutions took over Saddleback's transfer center quad on Thursday, Sept. 27. Representatives from universities such as Chapman, the University of San Francisco, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of California, San Diego were in the quad from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. answering questions asked by Saddleback students. Booths were set up all around the quad, each university-specific. The majority of the schools in attendance were California schools, with the exception of Arizona State University and University of Colorado. According to sophomore student, Vlaho Asic, who is 19 years old and currently undecided on his major, the transfer fair is one thing in particular that he looks forward to. "It's a lot more productive than seeing a counselor here because these people actually work at the schools I'm interested in, and they can give me specific details as to what I

need to transfer." Another student, an eighteen-year-old, business major who wished to remain unnamed, expressed his views on the number of representatives at each booth, stating that there needed to be more reps. The student went on to say, "I only have a couple of minutes in between classes and UCLA only has two reps and a line of five people. It sucks." With more than 20 different schools attending Saddleback's transfer fairs annually, most students find it crucial to use this time to talk to representatives of their school of choice. This is true especially if students cannot fly out to talk to representatives of schools that are far away, such as the University of San Francisco. Although it is understood that not every student can make it to the transfer fairs when they are held, most representatives still believe it is important to make an effort to contact the school's counselors, even by email.

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District addresses six-point plan E va n Da Silva

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The South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees met for their monthly meeting, Monday Sept. 24. Topics discussed included the the board’s strategic plan for 2011-2014 and its progress. Saddleback and IVC’s expansion of their English programs, the renaming of the district’s retiree liabilities budget shortage, and the proposal of Proposition 30. District Director of Research and Planning, Denice Inciong, presented the district’s six-point strategic plan for 2011-2014. The six points include: 1) A district wide culture 2) supporting of innovations in student readiness programs 3) maintaining technological leadership and future advancement 4) increasing the effective use of resources for/by students 5) use of data-driven decision making of the district’s through surveys, and 6) assessing the educational needs of certain districts and boundaries within the districts. Fourteen objectives and 76 action steps have been implemented in the plan to ensure its success, and in its first year 44 percent of these have been completed. This is the first ever district plan to be adopted by the district. Dr. Brenda Borron, Irvine Valley College English Professor, and Dr. Jonathan Alexander, University of Irvine Campus Writing Coordinator and English Professor, discussed English, writing, and articulation workshops held by IVC, and UCI used to inform students of requirements of higherlevel English courses as well as IVC’s current concerns with their English department. The instructional workshops were led jointly by IVC and


UCI English instructors and informed visitors, both students and the general public, of English composition requirements for both schools and gave them hands-on learning experience with those instructors. Issues facing the IVC English department however seemed to be a serious concern among professors as they spoke of overcrowded classrooms, a lengthy curriculum, and too little time to teach students, however these problems appear to be affecting local Irvine high schools as well. Borron went on to quote Irvine high school teachers on what they feel is limiting their English departments and causing their students to be less prepared for college-level curriculum. “The cognitive ability of our students does not match with the academic standards/ demands for their grade level,” Borron said. “The quantity of students we have limits what we do; we have huge numbers,” Borron later said. In an effort to address these issues and better prepare instructors heading into these conditions, IVC and local high schools will be taking a series of steps including: 1) AWPE (Analytical Writing Placement Examination) scoring for high school teachers 2) upper-division scoring workshops for community college instructors, and 3) a summer institute on the teaching of writing. The most pressing issue of the board meeting was presented by the district Vice Chancellor Debra L. Fitzsimons who informed the board that the Retiree Health Benefit Liabilities trust fund is more than $15 million over budget for this fiscal year. The original amount of assets planned to be paid to the fund was slightly over $69 million, however, the projected li-

ability for this year totals close to $85 million. Not paying the amount in full would result in a hit to the district’s credit rating and a loss of retiree benefits. “There were more retirees around this time,” Fitzsimons said. “Normally each year we have six to eight retirements and with 52 retirees for faculty, that was a huge spike.” Before allowing additional spending to fund the trust, the board motioned to send the report back and have the numbers validated. Once the report has gone through this process, the board will then decide on a plan of action. Finally, district Executive Director of Fiscal Services Kim McCord spoke on Proposition 30, which would increase funding to community colleges while raising a few key taxes. These taxes include a .25 percent increase in California’s sales tax for the next four years, a one percent income tax increase on Californians making $250,000-300,000, a two percent increase for those making $300,000-500,000, and a three percent increase for those making over $500,000 each year over the next seven years. “The budget reductions over the past several years have really had a tremendous impact on the community college system,” McCord said. Since 2008 state-provided community college funding in California has dropped $809 million, course selections have dropped by 123,000, and enrollment has decreased from 2.9 million to 2.4 million. Voting for yes on Proposition 30 would result in an increase in the taxes mentioned above and more available revenue that could potentially be used in the community college system, though where was unspecified.

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Gauchos’ struggles continue, fall to 1-3 on season

Lauderdale spoke after the game, saying that connecting early on offense was a part of the problem for the Gauchos. He said that it has been slightly challenging with the changing of the team’s quarterbacks. “We need to work on chemistry,” Lauderdale said. “We’re just trying to get to know each other.” After seeing limited time in the loss to Riverside due to an ankle injury suffered in the second week of the season, opening day starting quarterback Tim Belman saw himself on the sidelines for almost the entire game Saturday. McElroy talked about the change in starting quarterbacks after the game, saying “Belman is fully healed from (his ankle injury), now it’s just a decision of which quarterback will be the best option for being successful on offense.” The Gauchos (1-3) will look to turn around their season on Saturday, as they play the undefeated Ventura College Pirates (5-0). Despite falling to 1-3, McElroy remains confident in his team. “Our kids are good kids,” he said. “Our kids give great effort, and they practice hard every

Micha e l Gre nne l l Staff Writer

As the Saddleback Gauchos football team walked off the field at Saddleback Stadium on Saturday night, one thing was clear. This was not the same team from last year. After losing to the Santa Ana Dons 33-20, the Gauchos fell to 1-3 on the season, their worst start to a season since they started off 1-3 in 2000. “We made a couple of stupid mistakes early,” quarterback Jake Geringer said. “I made a couple of bad reads at the end, including the (interception return for a touchdown), which really hurt us.” Among the stupid mistakes Geringer talked about, were a couple of penalties the Gauchos incurred early on. Penalties have been costing the Gauchos all season, and that trend continued on Saturday. Two weeks after being charged with a season high 95 penalty yards in the loss to Riverside, the Gauchos set season highs in penalties committed (15) Michael Grennell / Lariat and penalty yards (114). One key penalty came with just Blown Away: Gauchos wide receiver Exavier Edwards-Ford blows past a Santa Ana defender to catch a touchdown pass from quarterback over five minutes remaining in the Jake Geringer in the first quarter of the 33-20 loss on Saturday at Saddleback Stadium game. The Gauchos appeared to conGeringer got off to a hot start in the first 90 or more yards, but it was also the second vert on fourth down on a 14-yard pass from half, completing 19-of-26 pass attempts for 166 straight game in which he failed to find the end- single day.” Geringer to running back Anthony Cade. But yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 17 zone. Geringer, while disappointed with the team’s Saddleback was hit with a 10-yard holding pen- yards. He struggled in the second half though, Freshman wide receiver Eric Lauderdale performance so far, still believes that the Gaualty, which nullified the completion and forced completing 10-of-22 passes for 65 yards and continued to see an increase in his production chos can turn it around. the Gauchos to punt, ending any chances of a two interceptions, while rushing for 31 yards. on Saturday, as he led the team with 63 yards “We’re just not executing like we should, we fourth quarter comeback. Despite going up against the best run de- receiving on seven catches. After only catch- are killing ourselves with penalties, with quar“It’s difficult to have a penalty called on fense in the SCFA Southern Division, Cade ing five passes for 33 yards in the Gaucho’s terback reads, whatever it may be. We are just fourth and ten at that time in the game,” Head once again put together a good game, rushing first two games, Lauderdale has lead the team killing ourselves. I don’t think there is any reaCoach Mark McElroy said after the game. for 101 yards on 16 attempts, while also catch- with 13 catches for 144 yards over the last two son we can’t beat any team we play.” “This game it was very difficult to overcome ing eight passes for 50 yards. Saturday marked games. Over this span, Lauderdale is the only the penalties.” the third time this season that Cade rushed for Gaucho with over 100 yards receiving.


SADDLEBACK COLLEGE 9/26: Women’s Volleyball 0-3 Loss to Grossmont 9/29: Football 20-33 Loss to Santa Ana 9/25: Women’s Soccer 0-3 Loss to Orange Coast 9/26: Women’s Water Polo 7- 24 Loss to Fullerton

IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE 9/25: Women’s Soccer 1-3 Loss to Norco 9/28: Women’s Soccer 1-1 Tie with Saddleback 9/25: Men’s Soccer 0-3 Loss to Cypress 9/28: Men’s Soccer 0-1 Loss to Fullerton Women’s Volleyball 1-4 Loss to Golden West

Saddleback, IVC battle to a draw


SADDLEBACK COLLEGE 10/3: 3-4 p.m. Men’s Water Polo vs. Golden West 4-5 p.m. Women’s Water Polo vs. Golden West 6-7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Orange Coast

IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE 10/5: 3-4 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Santiago Canyon 6-7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Cypres 10/9: 3-4 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Orange Coast

Women’s water polo falls flat, sunk by Fullerton

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Er ik W oo d s Staff Writer

The IVC women’s soccer team played a tough game against Saddleback on Friday, securing a tie within the last 10 minutes of the game. IVC picked up speed within the last half of the game as they had possession of the ball the majority of the time. NonetheRachel Schmid / Lariat less, it was with some accidenStruggle: Saddleback’s Alexa Winder (7) and Itvine Valley’s Yasmin tal help from a Saddleback de- Hart (10) fight for ball possession in the latter stages of Friday’s match. fender that the Lasers earned a goal. The first half displayed excellent defending “They wanted to win, and they from both teams. The Saddleback Gauchos took four unsuccessful shots on IVC Laser’s goalie, showed it...” Amanda Rashtian. The Lasers were only able to -Head Coach Joe Supe make one shot on goal which was deflected by the Gaucho’s keeper. The second half began with no successful goals from either team. Rashtian stated. “We communicated with each With almost 19 minutes left in the second half, other, and we stayed strong throughout the whole Saddleback sophomore student Kacey Curran game.” swiftly maneuvered around the Lasers defense. Head Coach of the Laser women’s soccer Curran took a hard shot at the goal, and the ball team, Joe Supe, was also impressed with the pergrazed off the goalie’s fingertips and landed in formance of his team. the net for the first point of the game. “I thought we dominated the game for the The Lasers didn’t lose courage from Saddle- most part, and I saw a lot of good possible moveback’s lead though, as IVC Freshmen Julian Hy- ments from the team,” Supe stated. odo stated: “In the last ten minutes we wanted [to The ferocity of the Lasers in the latter part of win] extra badly, because we were losing, so like the second half didn’t go unnoticed by Supe eiit kinda put a fire in us.” ther: “They wanted to win, and they showed it In the final minutes of the game, with Saddle- within the last ten minutes. They were there and back in the lead, Hyodo saw an opening for a they were pressing.” shot, and went for it. The ball hit the head of a The Laser’s overall record is 2-5-2, while the Gaucho defender trying to deflect it, and it unin- Gaucho’s is 2-3-2. tentionally flew past the Gaucho goalie and into Next Tuesday, the Lasers defend their turf at the net, which ultimately lead the teams to tie. 3:00 pm against a team ranked third in the state: Rashtian wanted the Lasers to win overall, but Santiago Canyon. was glad with the skills her team displayed. “I think we connected as a team very well,”

Wednesday afternoon the Saddleback women’s water polo team (1-9, 0-3) played host to the Fullerton Hornets (9-1, 1-1). The Hornets defense was quickly put on its heels as Melissa Klaeb started the scoring for Saddleback. Shortly after Sarah Tennis fired her own goal past the Fullerton net-minder for a quick 2-1 Saddleback lead. Not wasting time, the Hornets offense jumped to life scoring three unanswered goals before being interrupted by Tennis’ second goal of the half. With the first quarter expired, and the second starting, Saddleback looked to get back in control. A couple saves early in the quarter by Tiffany Grey kept the Gauchos alive, but only temporarily. Saddleback was penalized several times in the second quarter, and Fullerton capitalized taking the score to 9-3 before Saddleback could regroup. Fullerton had scored six unanswered goals before Shelby Schmidt added herself to the short list of Gaucho goal scorers. The score was 9-4 Fullerton lead going into the third quarter, when things got ugly for the


Gauchos. Fullerton scored three quick goals to start the quarter before Coach Jennifer Higginson called for a time out. Fullerton quickly went back to work following the timeout, scoring another five goals before Saddleback called for another time out. The score was now 18-4 and the Gauchos were exhausted, while Fullerton continued to add fresh players thanks to their larger roster. As the final seconds expired, Fullerton claimed victory by a final score of 24-7. When asked later about their efforts during the game Sophomore Shelby Schmidt said, “They’re a tough team, and I thought we played hard to the very end, but realistically, we need more players on our bench to give some of our girls a rest.” Schmidt said that the team needs to stay positive and learn from the loss. “The biggest takeaway from this game would be to just move on, and learn from the mistakes we made,” Schmidt said. “This is a new team, and new teams do take time to meld together.” Saddleback’s next game is Wednesday against Golden West, and then they travel to Modesto for a two-day tournament on Friday and Saturday.

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Splash: The Hornets sting the Gauchos in a 24-7 win to up their record to 9-1 while Saddleback falls to 1-9.





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The birds: Murder of crows fly around the parking lot of Saddleback College during the evening after their daily scouring, continuing their annual traditional flight that has been gracing the campus for many years.

A murder of crows at Saddleback don congjuico & Rachel schmid

Staff Writers

Have you ever thought of staying on the Saddleback campus just to watch sunset? If you haven’t, then you’ve missed out on one of the most beautiful and natural occurrences the campus offers. This is because at dusk, the orange sky swarms with

hundreds of birds- crows to be exact. Beginning in fall and ending at the start of summer, the crows flock away from campus in the early morning to find food, and they return at dusk to settle into the tall trees behind parking lot 5A. This pattern has been repeated for years here at Saddleback. It is a rewarding sight to someone whose mundane life of studying needs something inter-

esting and fresh. Misty Orzechowski, a 27-year-old fashion design major, has seen the crows descend over campus many times. “It’s nice that the crows have a place to go,” Orzechowski said. Fellow fashion design major, 24-year-old Katrina Toice hasn’t let this spectacle go unnoticed either. “It’s really cool and really

pretty when all the sudden you see a group of crows... or a murder of crows as you put it,” Toice stated. Remember though that these are birds, so make sure to have some sort of cover over your head as you watch. It is known that these crows release a healthy dose of fresh droppings on the unsuspecting on-looker. Don’t count on looking at this scene from your car either.

It blocks the full range of rotation your head needs. Appreciate the beauty these synchronizing birds create as they fly away from the sunset. Since these are crows, expect nothing peaceful to the ears. After a hard day of classes and long lectures that seem to go on forever, take a step back and go to the village parking lot about half an hour before sunset. Take a deep breath and en-

joy the view with the sunset and the birds flying around. With the cold weather starting to creep up, bring a jacket or coat. Take a seat or stand outside. Anywhere is a good place to observe since there are so many of these creatures passing by. Then wait. Look up and enjoy the view.

Japanese-American war film series premieres at Irvine Valley College Kat r ina andaya

Staff Writer

Irvine Valley College’s Japanese Program screened the first documentary of their Japanese American Film Series, Friday. The documentary called “442 Extreme Patriots of WWII,” focused on the 442nd Regimental Combat Team’s 100th Battalion during World War II. The film showed the remaining veterans of the 442nd who survived the war, and their interviews as they tell stories about the struggles they faced at the time of war; some telling their stories for the first time. The 100th/442nd was made up of Japanese-American soldiers. Even after their people were discriminated against, labeled as dangerous and forced into internment camps, although many of them were born in the US, the 442nd still remained loyal, fighting for the country. “You not only fought the enemy. You fought prejudice -and you won,” President Harry S. Truman said, recognizing the achievements of the 100th Battalion after the end of the war. Their heroic efforts included liberating Bruyeres, Italy, rescuing the Texas Battalion, the Battle of the Gothic Line and many more. The regiment is known as the Purple Heart Battalion due to the 21 Purple Hearts that was awarded to them. “The older soldiers of the

glory: Documentary honors Japanese-Americans who fought in WWII.

“It’s a great movie for the awareness of JapaneseAmericans”

-Professor of Japanese Program Fumiko Ishii war had a positive attitude even though they went through the misery of the war,” Ting Liu, 19, administration, said on what really caught her eye in the film. Their tremendous courage, loyalty and heroism during the war still remains remembered and celebrated around the globe. “It’s a great movie for the awareness of Japanese Americans,” said IVC Professor of Japanese and Japanese Program

instructor Fumiko Ishii. “People should be aware of it. Not many Americans know about this [442 Regiment], so I thought I would make it available.” The goal of Ishii is to explore the JapaneseAmerican efforts that were made during the war. Ishii is enthusiastic to be able to present all war-based films during the semester at IVC for the Japanese Program. “MIS -- Human Secret Weapons” will be shown on Oct. 26 and “Toyo’s Camera- Japanese American History during WWII” will be shown on Nov. 30. For more information contact Fumiko Ishii at






Rumor has it incoming freshmen have upper hand in Cal State Long Beach transfers

Don Congjuico

Staff Writer High School freshmen get priority to transfer to Cal State Long Beach. There are rumors circulating that high school seniors are getting priority into Cal State Long Beach with impacted majors. If this is true, the community college system can suffer a potential crucial blow to the number of admitted students that look to community college as a second option. As a college student myself currently in the community college system, I think this eventually leads to time lost studying in community college. Students in the current system thought it would be a good idea to take general education classes for cheap that are still equal to Cal States and University’s standards. For returning students it dims the light of re-invention and takes away the valuable resource of time. Community college is a place for rebirth whether it is for the unsure sophomore who doesn’t know what he or she loves to do yet or the successful entrepreneur who wants to live their life a little more adventurously. The priority rumored to be given to high school seniors to go into these higher institutions is actually counterproductive in terms of being economical. At this day and age it is very important to save money wherever possible. High school seniors that have little to no work experience end up getting loans if they can’t afford it or get the money from their parents. It is true that some students graduating their senior year are in the top of their class but the odds of them transferring to a Cal State school when there are better schools for them are close to none. The majority of seniors graduating this year are going to end up in a com-

What’s cooking in the kitchen Steven Jung

munity college or a Cal State school but why must they go into a school that forces them to pay three times as much when they can get the same education for less. Pre-requisites are offered at both schools but why pay more to get the

same quality education for a more reasonable price in this economy. Why take out a loan to get these subjects when you can just work part-time and get the subjects you need at your pace? It would be better to avoid these problems and just not give priority to

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long the dream of the community college student wanting to make it into a higher tier school. For the parties involved in this, hopefully, it is just a rumor.

Campus Comments

“What is your favorite thing about fall?” Jasmine Pourazar & Ashley Reyes

Staff Writer Last Wednesday the culinary lab was going to prep a linguini pasta dish. The students were going to use whole wheat pasta with some vegetables such as zucchini and peppers, as well as some herbs like parsley and oregano. Dalton Pacino, Taylor Gauthier and Melissa Armstrong all said, “The culinary lab is awsome.” “I prefer the lab because i am a more of a hands-on type of person,” Gauthier said. They stated that they have only had three recipes to cook, but their favorite so far was the turkey meatloaf. The only thing none of them like about the lab is that the stools are uncomfortable. They also said that the instructor is very informal compared to what is seen on TV such as “Hell’s Kitchen” where they have to answer “Yes Chef.” It is clear that the students studying culinary arts not only enjoy the lab but the delicious recipes they cook themselves.

these freshman that go with the allure of being in a “real” college. I’m guessing that’s what they think but when it comes down to it, community college is a better option in general. If the rumor is true, it will trample a high school senior’s wallet and pro-

“It starts cooling off” – Garret Wright, undecided

“I like the weather” – Mara Gonzales, music

“Its nice weather. I’m from Vegas, so I’m sick of the heat” – Taylor Schettler, business management

“Probably the weather and Halloween” – Elijah Ari, film

“How the leaves change color, they’re a nice brown” – Reyna Farias, nursing

“Halloween!” – Jennifer Guy, communications

“Pumpkin Spice lattes at Starbucks!” – Felicia Leclair, theater


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6 A&E Pianist strikes a harpsichord at IVC Aniba l Sa nto s

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Linda Carver played Saturday night at IVC’s Performance Art Center. She played a combination of the harpsichord and the piano. Carver’s performance is part of IVC’s Guest Artist Series. Lucinda Carver has played with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She is a current instructor of piano, harpsichord and conducting at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Carver interpreted Sonatas from Domenico Scarlett, Les Baricades Misterieuses from Franois Coupenin before the intermission. After the intermission she con-

cluded with Johanannese Brahms’s Rhapsody in B minor and Franz Schubert’s Sonata in G. In between the sets she presented the audience with a backstory. “This is a piece of music that is of funny satire,” says Carver when describing the Baricades Misterieuses. “In the last act all hell breaks loose because of all the monkeys and bears break loose,” said Carver. The performance was enjoyed by the audience, which included also included visiting students from USC. “It was amazing and wonderful. It’s a great program,” says Kyle (last name not provided,) a music student from USC. “A fine attention to detail, good



to hear harpsichord and piano,” says Peter (last name not provided,) a student of Carver. IVC’s keyboard instructor Susan Boettger praised Carver’s mastery of her renditions. “It was an inspiring program playing from 1600-1800,” Boettger said. “Carver described such pieces with such humor…it was very clear,” Boettger said. After the performance Carver spoke to the Lariat about her thoughts on being part of the Guest Artist’s Series. “It was a real pleasure to play here, I’m really happy to be invited,” Carver said.

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Pianist: Linda Carver fills IVC Performing Arts Center with sweet melodies Saturday.

IVC welcomes back student musicians A n g l i e L . P i neda

“Being here today is special to me because it feels like home” -Michelle Packman

Staff Writer

Courtesy of PlayStation Europe I t ’s a jungle out the r e : Animals run wild all over the streets of Toyko in post-apocalyptic Japan.

Surviving Tokyo Jungle Mat thew B ruce

Freelance Writer

Originally released in Japan back in June, the PS3 exclusive Tokyo Jungle finally makes it’s way onto PlayStation Network. Coming from the team at PlayStation C.A.M.P., Tokyo Jungle is a survival action game that revolves around animals in post-apocalyptic Japan. While a few things fall flat, Tokyo Jungle is surprisingly addicting and provides exciting action. Mankind is extinct, the once vibrant city of Tokyo is rotting away and now animals must fend for themselves. Everything from lions, tigers, hippos and beagles roam the streets. The main story campaign in Tokyo Jungle follows a once spoiled Pomeranian who now must learn how to fight for himself. The story really doesn’t evolve or go anywhere exciting and the ‘true ending’ the game gives you is less than satisfying. That being said, the main star

in Tokyo Jungle is it’s survival mode. Tokyo Jungle’s survival mode is addicting and exciting. In survival mode, your goal is to survive as long as you can. You do this by taking over territories, hunting down other animals to rank up and then finding a mate to create a new generation. This may sound simple but each objective has it’s own challenge. For example, there are different levels of mates: desperate, average and prime. Prime gives you three offspring, average gives you two and desperate only provides one. The more offspring you carry, the longer you’ll be able to survive in the next generation but, in order to mate with the prime you must be ranked high enough. This mechanic, among other ones, really adds a variety of strategies to the game, allowing enough room for you to experiment. Tokyo Jungle does an excellent job of constantly giving

new challenges and rewards to go for. For each play through of survival, you’ll be able to take on up to 20 different challenges which all have different rewards. Some of the rewards are basic, such as medicine, but certain challenges reward you with a new animal to play with. It’s rather addicting to keep unlocking new animals and go through survival mode with them. With well over 20 animals to unlock, that alone is enough to keep you busy for a very long time. Tokyo Jungle may look a bit absurd from afar, but it’s addictive gameplay and consistent rewards will hold anyone’s attention for quite some time. It’s definitely the standout on the PSN this year and with the asking price of only $15, Tokyo Jungle is hard not to recommend. Tokyo Jungle is available for download now on PS3’s PlayStation Network. ••• Overall Score: 7.5

The main stage at the Performing Arts Center in Irvine Valley College welcomes back students who’ve once filled the halls with their music, inviting them to perform again Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. Eight students who studied music within the walls of IVC reunited Friday night honoring the school with their talents that have evolved since they left.  Andria Gaskill, Michelle Packman, Edward Park, Mathieu Girardet, Ashley Johnson, Jeff Ramos, and Ross Sellers, and JP Marquez returned to the familiar stage and performed their music pieces to the 400seat theater.    Although the theater was only 70 percent filled with an audience, the artists still performed enthusiastically.  Opening the performance was Andria Gaskill in her beautiful purple gown and a voice that earned the audiences attention. The soprano singer delighted the listeners with an Emily Dickinson song, “Nature, the Gentlest Mother,” from “Twelve Poems by Emily Dickinson.” “I am so happy to be able

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to come back and perform in a theater that is so comfortable to me,” Gaskill commented. “I was first here when the building was being developed, and I was one of the first performers to sing here.”   The 4th Annual Alumni Recital began this musical tradition in 2009 when the new Arts Center was built by Arquitectonica, so the center is still a new, raising IVC artists and letting them go on their way to explore what more may come.   “It’s such a wonderful and warm environment,” Ashley Johnson said about the IVC theater. “It’s so nice to come back to our teachers who actually care about everything we are doing.” Johnson, also a soprano, stood onstage with a deep blue flowing dress, and cheeky mannerisms to fit the song, “Fair Robin I Love” from the opera, “Tartuffe.” She was accompanied by pianist Dean Erick, who played

for every solo and duet. Together they bowed as the audience were entirely grateful to hear Johnson’s outstanding voice.   “Being here today is special to me because it feels like home,” cello player Michelle Packman said. The girls haven’t lost touch since they’ve left IVC.  As Erick and Packman synchronize keys and strings, the audience is silenced. They performed the piece called, “Strubs from What?” composed by artist Edward Park, who after the song had ended, came onstage and bowed.   Packman also performed as a soloist with only her cello, and a projector that emitted art which related to each piece of music from the “Gallery Suite” written by American composer Robert Muczynski.    More talents joined the performance including, clarinet player Mathieu Girardet, Jeff Ramos on Vibraphone, Ross Sellers, and JP Marquez as a jazz combo.  All of these performers either attend CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, or have now entered the arena of musical arts as a vocation.

A&E Up to dat E:

mo v i e s , Mu s i c & v i d e o g ames


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Volume 45, Issue 3 - October 3, 2012  

Third issue of the Fall 2012 semester of the Lariat, Saddleback and Irvine Valley Colleges' student newspaper.

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