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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
SOCCCD seeks to avoid L.A. district woes Facilities department takes precautions to prevent pitfalls suffered at LACCD campuses
he South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees expressed concern last Monday about the problems that the Los Angeles Community College District recently experienced in regards to poor planning, frivolous spending, and shoddy workmanship with a number of contractors and construction projects. According to a recent Los Angeles Times investigation, tens of millions of dollars have been wasted due to a number of oversights in LACCD. The SOCCCD Trustees wanted to be sure that the same oversight would not plague the upcoming construction at Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, and the Advanced Technical Education Park campuses.
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SPENDING: Average annual budgets for LACCD’s, SDCCD’s and SOCCCD’s facilities departments. LACCD could be wasting tens of millions of dollars, according to the Los Angeles Times. “It is sincerely with heavy hearts that we see a neighboring community college district experience this confluence of construction pitfalls in such an overwhelming manner,” said Facilities Planning and Purchasing Director Brandye D’lena, for SOCCCD.
According to the LA Times, bond money has paid for many valuable improvements in the LACCD system. These improvements include new science buildings, libraries, stadiums, and computer centers. Unfortunately, despite these positives, a number of
costly blunders have denied the LACCD’s 142,000 students the full potential of one of California’s largest public works programs, according to the LA Times. D’lena was confident that these unfortunate circumstances would not befall the projects
planned on SOCCCD campuses. The SOCCCD Facilities Planning staff consists of D’lena, Walt Rice, the Assistant Facilities Planning Director, and Directors of Facilities John Ozurovich and John Edwards. “With the four of us, we are able to oversee all of our construction and capital improvement projects in a hands on effort,” D’lena said. “One of the major issues that was taken in the LA Times articles was that there were once removed or twice removed positions for the management there.” LACCD’s facilities department has spent, on average, $225 million per year on their nine campuses. SOCCCD spends, on average, $30.5 million per year at Saddleback, IVC, and ATEP. For comparison, the San Diego Community College district spent an average of $63.7 million a year. SOCCCD has a smaller amount of money to deal with, and plans to keep a watchful eye on where the funds are going. The layering of consultants, a process in which the
management hires a consultant, who then goes on to hire another consultant, and so on, can result in difficulty tracking costs and responsibilities. In LACCD, the layering of consultants may have lead to some of the problems that the district is now facing. “We do layer consultants here. We hire architects in order for them to provide us with a comprehensive design. Those architects need to hire engineers in order to do that,” D’lena said. “It is their liability. So we wouldn’t necessarily want to go outside of the architect’s purview, and assign to them engineers.” D’lena explained how the proposed science building at Saddleback could be done with the layering of consultants, or by directly hiring specific specialty consultants, to avoid layering. “The scrutiny around this matter, however, will result in our continued careful analysis,” D’lena said.
U.S. Supreme Court hears gender discrimination case on Wal-Mart SARAH BLACK
he Supreme Court opened to discuss oral arguments, including a gender discrimination case against Wal-Mart that holds between 600,000 and 1.5 million plaintiffs, on March 29. The case, Dukes v. WalMart, involves whether women who worked at Wal-Mart will get class-action status and sue the largest U.S. retail store for discrimination. The case is led by Betty Dukes and Christine Kwaponski, and if it goes to court, will be the largest classaction lawsuit in history. “It’s important simply because of the money,” said Jeffrey Tobin, former federal prosecutor, speaking on CNN’s “In the Arena.” When you have 1.5 million potential plaintiffs, all of whom are looking at, at least, multiple thousand dollars in wards, even a company Wal-Mart’s size is at some risk.” And if women can sue WalMart, they can sue other big companies, Tobin said.
It began ten years ago, when women employees of Wal-Mart filed litigation and charged WalMart with discrimination in hiring and promoting. The company defends themselves by saying they enforce “a strong anti-discrimination policy” at the corporate level and that they have “a strong record of advancement of women,” according to a statement by Gisel Ruiz, executive vice president of WalMart, on March 29. According to CNN, this case is the most important of its class and could potentially impact both small and large businesses. The workers involved in the lawsuit say that while women make up for more than 70 percent of the entire Wal-Mart task force, they rank as only onethird of its store management. Theodore Boutrous, an attorney for Wal-Mart, countered that the company’s figures show that at “90 percent of the store, there was no pay disparity.” After Joseph Sellers, attorney for the workers, followed up by talking about what he called the “Wal-Mart way,” which he said
was the “subjective discrimination (of managers),” when dealing with promoting and paying workers. But he was continually shot down by the Supreme Court judges, after being told his logic “really shows a flaw in your case on commonality,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy. However Sellers continued to go in the vein of the “corporate culture,” which leads to the “strong, centralized structure [that] fosters or facilitates gender stereotyping and discrimination,” and then ends up taking place at individual stores. “The store managers don’t make up their own pay and promotion policy -- they follow a common set of policies that are established by headquarters in Arkansas,” Sellers said. “There is extensive oversight of the decisions they make.” But the judges were still unimpressed. The plaintiff group can be as large as 1.5 million, and WalMart is claiming the “historic” number of plaintiffs is too large to hold merit.
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ORAL ARGUMENTS: A group of female employees working for Wal-Mart are looking for the Supreme Court to try their case to sue the retail store for discrimination in management hiring. “The plaintiff’s lawyers in this case went way too far. It’s the way the plaintiffs have framed the case, implicating every store, every person. There’s no way, one woman can be representative of a million women in a case like this,” said Boutrous. “The danger is that it would expose virtually every company in America to huge, costly, baseless class actions that’s bad for jobs, bad for the economy, and at the end of day it doesn’t help
the people on behalf the case is being brought.” Wal-Mart has already been slammed with previous discrimination suits including African-American truck drivers and workers with disabilities. In 2001 alone the company paid out $6 million to 13 different lawsuits. But the match isn’t over yet, as both plaintiff and defendant have plenty of data to back up their stories. Three women now
sit on the Supreme Court, the highest in history, but the court has been known to side with big businesses in the past, including the Goodyear Tire sex-discrimination case of Lilly Ledbetter. However, both sides agree that whatever the outcome, the workplace landscape will be changed forever for future generations.
Paramedics respond to call for ill OCTA driver Monday Bad case of flu is suspected at North Campus bus stop MARYANNE SHULTS SARAH BLACK
n Orange County Transportation Authority bus driver fell ill and called paramedics on Monday while driving his route that stops at the bus circle on the Saddleback College campus. Daniel Juarez, 33, said he left for work this morning with a cold. As he pulled onto College Drive, he started perspiring and felt nauseated. “At first, no one else noticed,” Juarez said. “I stopped the bus and called 9-1-1. It took them less than a minute to respond.”
At the bus circle, some of his co-workers expressed concern. “He said he was feeling fine, and one of his passengers asked if he was OK, because he looked really pale,” said fellow bus driver Everardo Orhellas. “He just suddenly threw up and then called 9-1-1.” Paramedics transported him to Mission Hospital by where he was waiting to be examined. Sitting in a wheelchair, receiving oxygen through a nasal cannula, Juarez was still pale. “I’m waiting for them to check me out. They want to make sure my vitals are al right,” Juarez said. “I’m feeling better. It’s probably just the stomach flu.”
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EMERGENCY: Bus driver Daniel Juarez, 33, was immediately taken to the hospital after he called 9-1-1. “I was swaying and then throwing up, throwing up,” Juarez said.
2 Skateboarding enthusiasts threatened by potential ban LEE EISLER
The birthplace of downhill skateboarding is considering a ban on eight of the city’s steepest, windiest streets, spearheaded by a group of residents. The group of Laguna Beach residents, led by Alan Bernstein, 62, oppose skateboarding down their hills and are trying to push for the city to place a ban to stop the sport. Bernstein lives on Bluebird Canyon Drive and says that skateboarders zip by his home at high speeds. Between him and other Bluebird Canyon residents hundreds of near misses, brutal crashes and broken bones have been witnessed. Drivers have reported close calls, having to swerve to avoid oncoming skaters. Many who have called the police to report these incidents found out that the skateboarders were doing nothing wrong according to the police officers. Many feel as though it would be a liability issue, using the example of a woman who sued the city of Mission Viejo for brain damage her son suffered after a fall. He was not wearing a helmet. Skateboarding in Laguna Beach has been around since 1957 and many consider it to be the birthplace of downhill skateboarding. With crews like the “Tuk ‘N’ Roller’s”
bombing the streets in 1959 to the history of Oak Street going all the way back into the ‘70s when the Oak St. Surf Shop began selling nylon wheels. In the ‘80s the popularity of the sport grew exponentially and someone cruising down the street with a surfboard under one arm was quite a
“New regulations... include requiring skateboarders to stop at stop signs, limiting speeds to under 25 mph or the speed limit if it’s lower, yielding to traffic and keeping to their lane.” common sight. Now it is more common to see riders traveling down roads at speeds averaging 40 mph sporting stylish helmets and specialized gloves with plastic attached. As of right now skateboarders are considered pedestrians. Getting caught will bring you a pedestrian in the roadway citation. After already holding several meetings pertaining to the issue, Laguna Beach city council met again March 29 to discuss the ban. Interested people stood in line and respectively waited their turn to speak. Many
spoke for the ban and many spoke against it. Both sides were very passionate for their cause. After several hours the city council voted to ban skateboarding on eight of Laguna Beach’s most dangerous roads. New regulations are also to be put in place. These include requiring skateboarders to stop at stop signs, limiting speeds to under 25 mph or the speed limit if it’s lower, yielding to traffic and keeping to their lane. The idea of creating a road to the water tower designed for downhill skateboarders was discussed as a possible alternative for boarders to use. As the sport’s popularity is growing, so is support for having no ban on streets. Younger kids are gaining their parents support in helping to practice the sport safely. People opposed to the ban argued that they should have similar rights as joggers and bikers who are often seen traveling down these roads with no helmet. The ban for the eight roads will be reviewed April 5. If it is finalized, the law will be put in place 30 days later. The council will then review the issue again in six months time.
Hands Across California brings awareness to student financial issues EVELYN CAICEDO Hands Across California plans to bring attention to the difficult times that community colleges are faced with when it comes to financial means. The organization joined partnership with Ken Kragen, who is the planner for “We Are The World,” and “NetAid,” to arrange the event which will bring all of California’s community college students together. “[Hands Across California] will create a unified statewide spectacle illustrating the impact of community colleges in the state, raise funds to benefit the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment, and create vast public awareness of the value of our colleges to their communities,” according to the organization’s website handsacrosscalifornia.org. They will be planning on traveling through Saddleback College in hopes that the students will get involved in the event on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. After hearing that Saddleback may be involved, Justin Huft, the president of the InterClub Council, decided to be the representative for the campus and felt motivated to get students involved. “I feel that because I go to a community college I believe it is important to be in this event,” Huft said. “Community colleges are important in the educational system because they provide a really valuable stepping stone.” Along with Saddleback, the non-profit organization will include 72 districts and 112 colleges in which the participants will all hold hands and loop the state of California.
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COOPERATION: Hands Across California unites students with the goal of having financial security when it comes to attending college. The peak of the loop will include a Northern California college, Woodland Community College, and the most southern college, Southwestern College in Chula Vista. By raising awareness, the association is also collecting donations for a scholarship fund in which it will placed permanently in the community colleges. “It is about raising awareness on the [lack of funding in the colleges] while also raising a $100 million scholarship that is large enough to be stuck permanently in the colleges,” Huft said. California’s community colleges have been known to provide opportunities for lifelong learning while also providing a gateway to higher education for more than 2.8 million students a year, according to the community college section in the Hands Across California website. “Whether it was the grades that a student didn’t have after high school, the financial means, or if the students simply wants to figure out what they are doing with their life, community colleges have a really important place in education,” Huft said. “Unfortunately, most of the time they are overlooked
when it comes to grants and scholarships.” With a statistic 10 percent, in the generation of 18- to 24-yearolds, are attending a community college, the attendance of these colleges in the state are rising compared to the previous years indicating the value of the college. “Saddleback students should get involved in the event because clearly community college plays some type of a role in their life,” Huft said. “Whether they are interested in getting grants themselves, or if they just want to leave a positive mark on the campus, it will benefit the colleges at the end of the day.” The event will be the 25th anniversary of the original “Hands Across America” which was on May 25, 1986, where it had 6.5 million Americans join hands in a continuous line across 17 states from California to New York. To help make a donation to the organization or learn more about the April 17 event, students can visit the website at www.handsacrosscalifornia. org. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tobacco Prevention and Cessation projects are made possible by Tobacco Settlement Revenue Funds administered by the County of Orange Health Care Agency/Tobacco Use Prevention Program.
‘To Write Love on Her Arms’ Saddleback College will host “To Write On Her Arms” on Wednesday, April 13, in the Bowl in front of the Health Sciences building at 6 p.m. Co-presented by Associated Student Government and the Inter-Club Council, this event is to promote TWLOHA, a non-profit movement dedicated to provide hope, awareness and assistance for those suffering with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Featured speaker and TWLOAH founder Jamie Tworkowski will share his objectives in starting the movement to help a friend. Music by Steve McMorran, lead singer and bassist for the Los Angelesbased band Satellite. Other attractions at this free event include the Kogi BBQ truck and open mic.
‘Things That Oughtta Bother You’ April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “Things That Outta Bother You,” presented by Community Services Program, is hosted by the women’s and gender studies advisory committee as part of their speaker series on Thursday, April 14, in the Student Services Center’s Room 212 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For information about CSP, visit their website at www.cspinc.org. Questions regarding the speaker series should be addressed to April Cubbage-Vega at email@example.com.
National Day of Silence On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools. Saddleback College will support this event on Thursday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the student quad.
Briefly Earth Week Beginning Monday, April 18 Saddleback College will be celebrating Earth Week with daily events presented by the Environmental Awareness Club, Toshiba, and Associated Student Government. The week will begin with guest speaker, Dr. Carl Cranor, author of the book, “Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants.” Dr. Cranor will be discussing his book and our everyday interactions with toxins in SSC 212 at noon on Monday. Tuesday’s events will consist of a campus clean up day. Students are encouraged to meet in the Quad from 12 to 2 p.m. to help pick up trash around campus. On Wednesday Disney’s Oceans will be presented in the Bowl at 7 p.m. on a 30 ft movie screen. The second annual Go Green Expo will be taking place in the Bowl 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. Local businesses, charities, and organizations will be presenting environmentally friendly products and educating people about ways to help the environment. The first 250 people to show up will receive a free gift. To show your love for the planet one can purchase an Earth Week T-shirt at the expo for $7 or two for $10. Friday will close the Earth Week celebrations with an Earth Day booth in the Quad from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Passers-by will be informed about ways to help the environment, homes, and how to save money.
It is never too soon to begin investigating transfer opportunities. Participating colleges and universities will have tables set up and will have representatives to answer any questions and to provide literature. Independent representatives from University of California, Santa Cruz, and American University will be on campus to discuss transfer information with individual students. UCSC’s rep will be available on Thursday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment, sign up in the Transfer Center, located in the classroom complex, no.1, or call 949-582-4328. American U’s rep will be in the quad on Monday, April 11 from noon to 2 p.m. The Transfer Center will host the first of three special events for the spring semester. The kick-off is a transfer college fair on Thursday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the quad. Visit http://www.saddleback.edu/transfer/events. html for a list of all colleges and universities attending. For students who are unable to attend a morning or afternoon fair, an evening fair is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the quad. The 2011 Transfer Celebration will be Thursday, May 5, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Services Center, Room 212.
Medical Lab Technician information Saddleback College’s Medical Laboratory Technician program offered an information session Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Health Science building, Room 134. This two-year program prepares students for employment working in a clinical medical lab serving the health care sector. Both an associate degree and certificate option are available. For those interested in discovering career possibilities in health information, an informational seminar will be Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m. in Room 138.
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Students plant their academic future in greenhouse ADAM JONES
Robert Farnsworth, department chair and instructor of horticulture, opened the door to the Saddleback College greenhouse as he spoke about what goes on in the horticulture department. “We offer associates degrees and certificates in horticulture and landscape design,” Farnsworth said. “One of the classes we offer is introduction to horticulture science, where one learns everything about growing plants, from what soil type a plant needs, to how photosynthesis works.” In introduction to horticulture, small groups of students are given a small plot of land to grow whatever they please. Tomatos, sweet peas, artichokes, broccoli, onions, carrots, and a plethora of flowers and herbs grow under student care. “We learn all about pests, pest management, soil, and
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FLOWER POWER: Plant Sprouts wait in the greenhouse for the horticulture department spring plant sale, April 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The sale will be held in the greenhouse.
fertilizers,” Farnsworth said, speaking about his introductory class to horticulture.
Students learn how to grow flowers and vegetables, and how to keep them healthy.
Farnsworth enjoyed showing off his students’ work, praising their hard work and
perseverance. “In introduction to landscape design we work on real life projects,” Farnsworth said. “We’re working on a home right now that is removing their lawn and putting in a whole new landscape.” On the landscape design side of horticulture, the department relies on local homeowners who are looking to renovate a yard, preferably a lawn area, and install a more attractive, water-wise garden. “We’re always looking for people who want to tear up their lawn. Tearing up your lawn is a neat thing these days, in regards to saving water,” Farnsworth said. “We’re very interested in responsible landscaping, and we base our class projects each semester on the renovation projects that homeowners come to us with.” Inside the greenhouse, and around the horticulture department gardens, sat thousands of plants awaiting the upcoming spring plant sale.
The plant sale will be held at the Saddleback greenhouse from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on April 14 and 15. Due to the success the horticulture department had with the plant sale, the ceramics department has decided to feature pottery and other works to go along with the plants. The sales from the individual departments will be used to fund scholarships for their students. “Last year we were able to hand out between $7,000 and $8,000 in scholarships for horticulture students,” Farnsworth said. The money was raised almost exclusively through the spring plant sale. For more information on yard/lawn renovations or the plant sale, please contact Robert Farnsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have your summer vacation and take a beneficial class too KIMIYA ENSHAIAN Though Saddleback College may not be the popular place for students to spend their summer days, taking up a few classes may have its perks. Considering that a transfer student needs to complete 60 units of general education coursework, followed by a varied number of major preparatory units, a student’s course load can get pretty heavy. In result sometimes taking classes only in the fall and spring semesters are just not enough. On top of the large load students carry on their backs at
school, work also takes up a huge portion of potential time to study or go to school. In 2008, about 45 percent of full-time and 79 percent of parttime college students ages 16– 24 were employed, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. The number of employed in that same age range rose from 1.8 million to 18.6 million between April and July 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Picking up two or three classes, or maybe even just one difficult course, over the summer can relieve the stress of getting through those necessary units
on time while also serving as a chance to take classes at a different pace. “I took summer classes last summer and they definitely helped me get two courses out of the way, said Jane Henninger, 19 kinesiology. “When fall and spring semester came around I wasn’t as stressed and kept up with all of my credits.” These classes are shorter. Eight-week or six-week classes are available for a range of courses. Any general education courses that may be less in units are good ideas to take during this time. For example, one semester of
a lab course pertaining to a specific science class is required of both students using the IGETC and GE plan. These courses are one-unit labs in subject areas such as anthropology and geography. They require four-hour class meetings, which is quite extensive and may be take too much time out of a fall or spring schedule. Also, if a student needs to take a course that they need to give more attention to because of its difficulty or the greater number of units, taking it over the summer could be an easy way to give full focus to that class.
For anyone needing to take courses such as the five-unit analytic geometry and calculus class, but feel that it may be too difficult to complete during the fall or spring, taking it in the summer would alleviate the pressure. The selection of classes available encompasses many of the classes available during the spring and summer so students definitely have their choice of classes to choose from. Beside it helping a students work load, taking up a fun exercises class or film class could be a nice way to spend the summer while gaining easy units. Summer classes are a good
way to keep my brain working while still relaxing from the the intense classes I took over both winter an spring semester,” said Brianna Pusztai, 20, undeclared. “We get our summer and we get a class or two done in the process. Work and play.” Both the eight-week and sixweek classes begin May 23. Following this, other eightweek classes will begin June 20 and July 4 while other six week sessions will begin July 5. For a complete list of summer 2011 classes visit http://www. saddleback.edu/cs/summer.html email@example.com
Planning ahead for a smooth transfer to your desired college KIMIYA ENSHAIAN The need-to-know tips for a smooth transition as a Saddleback College student to a fouryear student is not to be kept a secret. Nevermind the first semester, the whole first year of college can be confusing if proper direction and advice have not been given.
Speak to a counselor about transferring goals as soon as possible to avoid getting lost in the chaos. “This is my first year here and I’ve met with counselors a couple of times to make sure I’m using my time the best way I can,” said Tess Buchanan, 19, nursing. “I think the best tip I can give to students, no matter what their goal is, is to just stay on top of their grades.”
One place on campus with a sign that reads “Transfer Center” should be sought after as a haven for all the advice needed about transferring. Elliott Lucas, 19, sociology said, “One tip I recommend for all students is to visit the Transfer Center as often as possible with your questions.” Lucas, who is anticipating to hear back from his top transfer schools, University of California, Los Angeles and New York University, also said, “What helped me get on track to transferring was my visits with the counselors because they helped me pick classes and organize myself.” Students can visit the Transfer Center whenever they need to. Picking up useful fliers such as the “I’m at Saddleback College one more year because I didn’t...”, or the “THINK TRANSFER!” fliers can really
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STEP-BY-STEP: The second tip is to schedule an appointment for the transfer center and register for the necessary classes. help students out. These forms would be the second tip for all students to take advantage of, pick one up from the center and see how many of the required steps you’ve taken.
Some of the advice given on these sheets is to follow an academic plan, take English and math classes early on. Students should investigate the Transfer Admission Guarantee program if planning to transfer to one of seven applicable UC campuses. The TAG program gives students who meet specific requirements a guarantee of acceptance. These include specific academic requirements and GPA and completion of all major preparatory courses.
For all transfer students who know they have followed the necessary steps and have now approached the time to actually apply to schools, this tip is to meet all deadlines. Constantly check the university websites and find the dates to submit transcripts, recommendations and personal essays, certification requirements, and fees. If these deadlines are not
met, students must be aware that there are tons of other applicants applying who did meet the deadlines on time. Allow plenty of time to order transcripts from Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College that must be forwarded to the four-year college. A list with mailing addresses in available in the Transfer Center. Grab this handy sheet before going to the Admissions and Records office because they may not have this information. First, schools will ask for a student’s unofficial transcripts, serving as an example to see how the student has succeeded academically while in community college. Typically, unofficial transcripts are mailing two semesters before possible admission, so raise the bar high, aim for as many straight As and take some honors classes before this time. To complete the process, send out official transcripts along with the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or General Education certification.
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Campus Comment: What do you think about overnight pop stars?
Aaron Corbin, 22
“Anyone can be an overnight celebrity, if you’re brave enough to do something bold and original to get attention.”
“They have a different mindset from average people, and that leads to success, pursuing their passion with an attitude of whatever it takes.”
Devyn Higgins, 19 business
“It’s a lot easier now with YouTube. It’s not really talent, but more so getting people’s ’’attention.”
George Jeding, 21 political science “Sad how more people are focused on that than political conflicts. We have more people watching YouTube than what is happening in Libya.”
Leah Mah, 24 film
“If they have musical talent then they deserve it. People use YouTube to post stupid things because they aren’t talented.”
Kasey Valencia, 21 physical therapy
“I think it just takes a lot of work and dedication, a lot of pop stars come out of no where like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.”
How long do you plan on planting yourself at Saddleback? LEIF KEMP
Returning to school was an easy decision for me, the hard part was the execution. To go from traveling the country selling medical devices and meeting with CEOs and their various teams of marketers, purchasers, engineers and the like, to sitting in a classroom with today’s generation of South Orange County youth is an enormous life change. It takes courage and confidence. It takes a plan, and a commitment to making sure that plan becomes reality. Traditionally, a high school student graduates and heads straight off to college. A new city, dorm life, a fraternity or sorority rush, and a collection of stories to tell are only a few
of the initial experiences that await. A good time is had by all, and four years later you walk out with a degree ready to take the world by storm. With the economy wallowing in its current state, college budgets are being cut, acceptence rates to four-year schools are shrinking, and once you do get in, class cancellations are causing what used to take four years to look more realisticly like five and six years. In fact, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, only 56 percent of students at four-year colleges complete a degree within six years. Couple that with the fact that only 20 percent of firsttime students at community colleges get their associate degree or a certificate within three
years, and you are most definitely looking at six, even seven years to get that piece of paper. With that being the case, there has been a major trend of what is being labeled “nontraditional” students. According to NCES, 75 percent of
year community colleges. What does all of this mean? Where am I going with this information? What it boils down to is that chances are, there is someone like me in your classroom. A focused, competitive, and driven student. If you are
“Returning to school was an easy decision for me, the hard part was the execution.” today’s college students are now in the “non-traditional” category. Half of today’s students are financially independent, 49 percent attend college part time, 38 percent work full time, 27 percent have dependants of their own and 12 million are attending two-
here at Saddleback without a plan to get out of here, you are going to be here awhile. With fewer spots available at four-year institutions, those schools are going to accept students they feel are going to succeed. Candidates that have shown they can jug-
gle schedules, handle their responsibilities, and who schools feel will add to the culture and environment of their campus life are going to get in. Success in college requires the same tools required for success in corporate America. Success requires organization, time management, discipline, teamwork, the ability to finish what you have started, a positive attitude, and an ability to get up after you have been knocked down. Older students face some challenges when returning to school. Some of the challenges would include relating to a younger generation of students, becoming accustomed to newer technologies, funding their education while maintaining their current lifestyle, daycare
(or evening care for night students), and training the mind to get into learning mode versus the task completion mode the work force demands. Benefits include an ability to handle large work loads as likely their day-to-day work load typically is substantial, an eagerness and desire to learn, a clear and focused direction, life experience that can be used in relation to assignments, and an understanding that the money they forked over to attend school means they will make every effort to be in that seat. Because after all, if half the battle is simply showing up, it only makes sense to not waste anybodys’ time or money and show up. firstname.lastname@example.org
Abortion: The right to choose is again under attack DAVID GUTMAN Abortion is by far one of the most controversial rights protected by our Constitution. Ever since the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973 and a women’s right to choose, the right to have an abortion has been under attack. Abortion has and probably will be the most fought over right of our generation, ranked with the numerous debates over gay marriage and evolution being taught in public schools. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law on Mar. 29 a bill that will prohibit abortions based on race
or gender. Now many people think that this is no big deal and that having a baby aborted based on gender and race should be illegal anyway. An analogy that I currently use when I’m discussing this topic is that I imagine a constitutional right as a piece of chain mail, every time a link is broken off from the chain mail, the armor is that much weaker, and when enough links are taken out, the armor falls away completely. I use this whenever I talk about our rights as American citizens, whether it be freedom of speech or freedom to have an abortion. Now I want people to understand something
about our Bill of Rights: They are supposed to be 100 percent black and white. But still we always compromise for the greater good of all things. It is widely known that there is currently an American Nazi party. But there are people
ly. Like the first domino in a row of dominoes will come crashing down. In essence, if we as a people limit free speech and take away all of the “bad stuff” what is to say that what we like isn’t going to be labeled as “bad stuff.”
I support abortion to it’s fullest but I also want to stress the joys of adoption...” who want lawmakers to make it illegal to hold public events about Nazism. But the thing is, if we take away their rights, who is to say that our rights cannot be taken as swift-
I had a personal experience in my family with abortion. When my father was conceived to a teenage girl in 1960, she had two optionscarry my future dad to term or have
an abortion. I thank God every day that she wasn’t able to come up with the $500 to pay the doctor for the procedure. She gave up her baby to a loving family that wanted a baby but couldn’t have their own. I support abortion to it’s fullest but I also want to stress the joys of adoption because my father was adopted by a family that was childless and both parties were better for it. Some people will call me a hypocrite for believing in a women’s right to choose, but I see the bigger picture. This new law in Arizona may be better but what if we go even further? What if abortion is made illegal federally?
My theory is that women will get abortions anyway. Abortions have been performed for thousands of years. Is one law going to stop them from paying a doctor under the table for an illegal abortion? Is it very hard to imagine that there will be a rise in charlatans who will charge thousands of dollars to perform an abortion? Hey, why not take the cheaper route and let women do it themselves with a coat hanger. Yeah, pretty terrifying, but it’s not hard to imagine a women doing this to herself avoid delivering a baby she could never care for. email@example.com
The overnight teen sensation, who is Rebecca Black? DYLAN LUJANO Who is Rebecca Black? Millions of people have seen or heard of this young girl. The 13-yearold became an overnight sensation when her first song and music video, “Friday,” went viral. As of April 1, the video has received over 73 million views, even surpassing Lady Gaga. According to Black’s profile on arkmusicfacgtory.com, originally from Anaheim Hills, “She started dance classes when she was three years old and has continued studying dance since. She studied jazz, ballet, hiphop, and tap.” Several people
including Yahoo’s music blog, have commented on the singer’s song “Friday,” saying it is “one of the worst songs ever,” mentioned by ABC news. Pop star Miley Cyrus commented on Black on a recent Australian radio station saying, “It should be harder to be an artist, you shouldn’t just be able to put a song on YouTube and go out on tour.” That is definitely a great argument, how easy it may be to get famous and become a pop star these days. In a positive light, it exposes unknown talented artists that should get recognition, but on the other hand it can overexpose someone like Rebecca Black,
that may have not been able to get famous any other way. The shocking part is the outpour of negative comments she has gotten over the last few months. In an interview with Good Morning America, she was asked about a comment that someone left on her video on YouTube stating, “I hope you cut yourself, and I hope you get an eating disorder so you’ll look pretty. And I hope you go cut and die.” It is horrible that people feel like they can say those hurtful things, especially since she is only 13 and is just having fun with music; she isn’t trying to be the next Whitney Houston. In response to the negative
comments Black said, “I used to look at them all the time and I cried, you know, but I’m 13,” she said on NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. She went on to talk about how it’s hard being a teenager in general especially with all this media attention, and that she doesn’t read the comments anymore. “Friday” has reportedly been downloaded several hundred thousand times and is listed as No. 45 on iTunes best-selling singles list. This song does not showcase the talent Black may have. It will be interesting to see if anything else besides an over exposed teen that may come out
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Transitioning from a cartoonist to an artist Rob Padilla, former Saddleback student, has turned his passions for nature and the environment into an art form MCKENZIE SIXT With Mother Nature as his muse, artist Rob Padilla, creates cartoonish artwork through the use of large brush strokes and bold colors. Padilla’s self-taught artistic expression has been described as “the far side of cubism,” according to the biography on his website, www.robpadilla. com. His work is influenced by cubism creator himself, Pablo Picasso. Gary Larson and Latin modern masters are also sources of inspiration. Developed by Pablo Picasso, cubism can be described as a “geometrically analytical approach to form and color, and shattering of object in focus into geometrical sharp-edged angular pieces,” according to www.huntfor.com. However, Padilla’s whimsical creations were not always at the forefront of his artistic dreams. Initially he aspired to be a syndicated cartoonist. His work first gained recognition during his time as a cartoonist for the Saddleback College newspaper. “Saddleback allowed me to refine my work as a cartoonist,” said Padilla of his time on the Lariat.
Padilla illustrated for the cartoon, Rough Beat, in his early years. The cartoon series created by him, along with two writers he recruited, was about the life of a garage rock band. Rough Beat showcased Padilla’s talents and led to an award from California’s Journalism Association of Community Colleges for his editorial cartoons and magazine features. Since his days of Rough Beat, Padilla’s artwork has become bigger and more colorful. “I like sharing and I feel like I have a bigger impact with my
“His work first gained recognition during his time as a cartoonist for the Saddleback College newspaper.” statements,” he said. “I’m glad people are interested.” In 1997, after various jobs in other careers, Padilla moved to Ensenada, Mexico to rediscover his artistic passion. He called the small village of, La Boufadora home and the nature of the region his muse. He was inspired by the peace and quiet of Baja’s natural environment. “[It] allowed me to connect with the Almighty,” Padilla said. “I was really able to focus on my artwork.” This is where Padilla transitioned from cartoonist to painter through movement of bold brush strokes of lines and
color. Colorful and creative, his recent work features portrait of women in transition from “beauty object to a sort of heavenly environment, a place where true magic begins for the soul,” according to his website. “Rob Padilla sticks with the tried-and-true Cubist eyeballs and hearts in vivid Latin Expressionist primary colors... [they] are more like graffiti— big, bold emblems crawling over one another,” Rebecca Schoenkopf wrote in a 2002 OCWeekly article about Padilla’s work in “illumination focus marker tinderbox whimsy” at Broadlind Hotel Project Space, Long Beach. Padilla worked with other artists in the Broadlind exhibit, but his first solo debut as an painter was in 1997 in Laguna Beach. “I love the LBs,” Padilla said, “Long Beach, Laguna Beach, and La Boufadora.” Padilla shares his creativity not only through exhibits, but through live performances and audience interactive shows called Paint-a-longs. “Showing art, visually showing what I have to say, is what I do,” he said. Recently, Padilla has taken up interest in the community and surrounding environment. Having a positive impact on issues of the environment is important. Padilla said he wants people to enjoy life and stay excited with a positive attitude. firstname.lastname@example.org
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ROUGH BEAT: Padilla illustrated for the cartoon, Rough Beat, in his early years, a cartoon series created by him, along with two writers he recruited. Since then, Padilla’s artwork has become bigger and more colorful.
Multi-cultural musical ‘Aida’ coming soon A musical that portrays common themes such as loyalty, war, and love MCKENZIE SIXT The forbidden romance between Radames, captain of the Egyptian guard, and Aida, the Nubian princess, is set to a pop-rock soundtrack by Elton John and Tim Rice in Saddleback College’s spring musical, “Aida.” “Aida” draws from the book by Linda Woolverton and Giuseppe Verdi’s original opera first performed in Italy in 1871. It recounts the timeline of the star-crossed lover’s affair. Throughout the musical loyalties are abandoned, war is common, and true love is eventually attained through deceptive, Romeo and Juliette-esque twists and turns. This year’s spring musical is under the direction of Daniel R. Trevino. In an effort to expand their audience base, “Aida” was chosen because “we thought a rock musical with a great love story would appeal to college stu-
dents.” Also, Trevino saw it as a perfect piece to showcase young talent. Of the young talent in the musical, Jena Slipp is playing the female-lead as Aida, and Alex Walters is playing the male lead as Ramades. “We have a dream cast and the leads are so talented and very good looking,” Trevino said. Slipp tried out for the musical and landed the lead role as a newcomer to the Saddleback performing arts program. This will be be her first time participating in a Saddleback theater production. “Aida was a difficult character to master,” Slipp said. “There have been lots of ups and downs with my acting.” In preparation for her role, she and her co-lead, Walters, have spent many hours outside of rehearsals working together and have got to know one another very well. Especially at one rehearsal in particular when the first run of their kissing scene went on much longer than expected. The kiss is supposed to be interrupted, but the cast member missed the cue.
“No one interrupted, so we just kept kissing,” Slipp laughed. Trevino and his “dream cast” have been busy enjoying the process of putting together the show. “Aida is a very complex show,” Trevino said. The cast and crew alike have been working very hard to put it together. “It has taken the cast a long time to finally get focused, but it is finally coming together to be a masterpiece,” Slipp said. The masterpiece would not be complete without the choreographing by Ellen Prince, and musical direction by Lex Leigh. Opening night, the audience can expect, “beautiful scenery, great singing, acting, and dancing,” Trevino said. Saddleback’s McKinney Theatre will host, “Aida,” April 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. and April 9, 10, 16,17 at 3 p.m. General admission tickets are $13, students and seniors are $12, and ASB card tickets are $9. For tickets and more information call the Saddleback College ticket office at 949-5824656. email@example.com
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‘Sucker Punch’ is solely a visual treat JULIE TRAN The movie poster for Zack Snyder’s action thriller, “Sucker Punch” uses the tagline, “You will be unprepared” and the film lives up to the expectation in more ways than one. “Sucker Punch” is Snyder’s first film that he created with an original story in contrast to the comic book adaptations of “300” and “Watchmen.” For his film, Snyder relied on female protagonists instead of the typical male heroes prevalent in most action genres. The main protagonist of the film is a girl dubbed Babydoll (Emily Browning) who is sent to a mental institution by her father. Babydoll is sent to be lobotomized in five days and she goes under grueling treatment in the asylum. However, Babydoll recruits the help of sisters Rocket
(Jena Malone) and Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Amber (Jamie Chung), and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens). The five girls go on a surreal adventure to find five items that will help unlock their freedom from their tragic fates. One surprising aspect of “Sucker Punch” is its usage of music to transport the girls into their alternate universes. Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino), psychologist at the institution, uses music and dance to help the troubled girls communicate their emotions. When Babydoll performs to the music, the audience is instantly transported to different worlds based on a certain fantasy aspect. From a snowy Japanese landscape to a war-ravaged medieval kingdom, Snyder is a master when it comes to utilizing special effects. However, with all of the visual drama and
musical numbers dotting the film, “Sucker Punch” lacks a cohesive plot that can sometimes be lost during the movie. For example, the film jumps between the mental asylum, a cabaret bar, and the alternative universes and some people may be confused as to which is real and which is only the character’s imagination. In terms of characters, most of them fall flat, especially Amber and Blondie, who carry a very humdrum persona. In contrast, the dynamic between Rocket and Sweet Pea is an aspect people can relate to because it displays the love and connections siblings have with one another. Sweet Pea is the cool and level-headed older sister in contrast to Rocket’s feisty and optimistic attitude.
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Saddleback women’s tennis clinches third consecutive OEC title
Bertoglio leads the Gauchos to sting the Hornets 6-2 Friday night Maryanne Shults Saddleback College’s softball team claimed victory over Fullerton College 6-2 in a game last Friday that started slow but revved the engines at the bottom of the third inning. Earlier in the season, the Gaucho’s clobbered the Hornets 9-0 in a five-inning mercy-rule game. Saddleback’s pitcher Chelsea Bertoglio led the Gauchos offense, and she halted the Hornets from the mound the first three innings, stiking out three and allowing no hits. The highlight of the game was when she clobbered the ball in the fifth inning, adding three RBI’s to the game stats. “I knew she was going to throw something in the strike zone because I knew she didn’t want to walk me and load the bases,” Bertoglio said humbly. By the bottom of the third inning, the players were fighting fatigue set on by the unseasonably warm temperatures. But the heat was in the Gauchos favor. After Christina Bolin walked, Shannon Wilkison plowed a single to center field. Bolin never slowed as she hit the bag at second and flew on to third base. Mandy Gutierrez singled to left field, gaining an RBI as Bolin scored the first run, breaking the double-zero score. At the top of the fourth, the Hornets were primed. Starting at the top of the batting order, and a new strategy, Chelsea Rosario singled down the left field line. Second baseman Niki Hieda bunted to Saddleback’s Rachel Watson at third base, earning a sacrifice as
Rosario advanced to second. The effort proved futile when Allison Ledford grounded to Watson who once again drilled the ball with effortless precision to Gutierrez. The Gauchos were ready to rumble at the bottom of the fourth. Ashley Putkamer singled up the middle, then scurried to second when the Hornet’s catcher made a throwing error. Nicki Jacobucci gained an RBI when she hit a single to right field that allowed Putkamer to score. At the top of the fifth, Fullerton’s Monica Ferguson was feeling lucky. After hitting a ground ball to third base, she was safe at first on a fielder’s choice when Saddleback’s Watson opted to take out Katie Arreguin at second. Taking advantage of a wild pitch, she dug in and headed for second. Erica Taft flied to left field, but Wilkison fumbled and dropped the ball, allowing Ferguson to score. With the Gauchos up one, the Hornet’s pitcher Ledford appeared nervous. After Bolin and Wilkison walked, Bertoglio was up. Leading off the bases, like anxious fillies in the gate at a derby, Bolin and Wilkison were primed and ready when Bertoglio grabbed a solid pitch. The aluminum bat made a sharp crack and the ball sailed over the fence, bringing the score to 5-1. “It’s a different pitcher from the last time we played them,” Wilkison said. “Even though we weren’t hitting, we’re still manufacturing runs.” Coach Nick Trani concurred saying that hitting is the team’s strength, so he was glad to see runs, even it they were
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“The difference in this game is we manufactured some runs, by that I mean we had some singles, bunted them over and then we’d get a clutch single to score them instead of relying just on the long ball,” Trani said. “Although, we did have one home run today, we usually have two to three and score that way which is unusual for fast-pitch softball.” The Gaucho’s improved to 13-8 overall and 10-4 in Orange Empire Conference play with the win. firstname.lastname@example.org
On a scorching afternoon, both the Saddleback College men’s and women’s tennis teams came away with matching 5-4 victories over interdistrict rival Irvine Valley College last Thursday. While the men snapped a two-match winless streak to remain in the playoff hunt, the women’s team remained undefeated on the year, and clinched the Orange Empire Conference title in the process. The Gaucho’s women’s team replicated their 5-4 victory earned earlier this month against the Lasers, and in turn kept their 29-match winning streak alive. With temperatures registering in the mid-90’s on the courts, IVC kept the match close by winning the No.s 1 and 2 singles as well as doubles matches, Saddleback once again proved to be the deeper and more superior team. The Gauchos clinched the women’s match when Keyt O’Neil, the only double winner of the day for the women, teamed with Lauren Fetter to defeat their IVC counterparts 8-3 in a match that was never in doubt. O’Neil was victorious in her No. 6 singles match as well, winning 6-0, 6-4. The match was delayed fifteen minutes when IVC’s Mackenzie Shulter had a difficult time breathing.
“I had a hard time staying warmed up, inspite of the heat. That break was tough, but she had like five or six double faults after the break. It got to be kinda frustrating,” O’Neil said after the match. The victory improves the defending state champions to 11-0 overall, and 9-0 in OEC play. Saddleback takes on Santa Monica College tomorrow on the Gauchos home courts in a battle of unbeatens in a rematch of last year’s state finals.The match was originally scheduled for earlier this month, but the nets on the Saddleback tennis courts needed to be repaired. Matches begin at 2:00 p.m. Meanwhile on the men’s side, the brothers combination of Omeed and Eemaun Latifi scored an 8-3 victory in No. 3 doubles to secure the Saddleback team win. The Gaucho’s men had multiple double winners on the afternoon. Sina Sharifi took his No. 3 singles match 6-1,6-4, and teamate Jake Bernard earned a victory in the No. 4 slot 6-3, 6-1 before the duo combined to win their No. 1 doubles match 8-6. Omeed Latifi was the other double winner for the Gauchos crushing his opponent 6-1,6-1. The Gauchos improve to 8-6 overall, and 4-5 in Orange Empire Conference competition. email@example.com
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wound up: Saddleback pitcher Dylan Christenson winds up his pitch to deliver a devestating pitch to the Orange Coast College Pirates. The Gauchos lost the OEC matchup 7-2 Thursday.
Saddleback Gauchos’ baseball loses 7-2 to rival Orange Coast College Pirates in OEC matchup Dugout comment gets Saddleback Coach ejected in drama-filled ninth inning David Gutman Saddleback College Men’s Baseball lost to Orange Coast College 7-2 last Thursday at the Saddleback College Baseball Diamond. OCC stepped their game up quickly, scoring massive base hits, and putting men on the bases. Eventually OCC scored three RBI’s, overcoming the Gauchos on the scoreboard with a score of 3-1 in the second inning. Throughout the game, Saddleback struggled with the Pirates and their superior defense and pitching, but the Gauchos managed to bring the score 3-2 when outfielder Ryan
Forkel smashed a base hit to right field knocking in an RBI. The next inning however, OCC had no trouble raising the stakes when they scored two more runs, making the score 5-2. The rest of the game, the Gauchos tried desperately to counter their opponents offense, calling numerous timeouts to conceptualize new strategies and switching pitchers from Dylan Christenson to Chasen White. Eventually White was replaced by Bobby Castelanno, who closed out the sixth inning. The bottom of the eighth inning marked a possible comeback, with bases loaded and only one out, Mychal Kayberry stepped up to bat. After working the count full, he swung again but was struck out by a fastball. With the weight of the game on the line, Macauly Anderson stepped up to bring his teammates home. He hit the ball, but
to no avail as it was caught by OCC’s left fielder. Later, the home plate umpire suddenly delayed the game due to heckling. Earlier the umpire issued warnings to the Saddleback coaches to control their dugout ,and was now demanding that the person who heckled him step forth. When no one stepped forward , Assistant Coach Sommer McCartney stepped up to take the blame. “I didn’t say anything but I’d rather you throw me out than one of my players,” McCartney said, walking away from the baseball field in anger after being ejected from the game. The Gaucho’s record is now 12-12 overall and 5-7 in the Orange Empire Conference. With 12 more games to play until the season is over. firstname.lastname@example.org
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