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CSU transfer deadline approaches JULIE TRAN

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BYE BYE BIRDIE: Fans gather around Conrad Birdie in IVC’s latest production of Bye Bye Birdie.


New Board Member to Replace Wagner MATT GARVEY For the first time in seven years, a new Board of Trustees member was elected for the South Orange County Community College District. In a close election, T.J. Prendergast defeated his opponent Kevin Muldoon by less than two percent of the vote. Prendergast, an American Government teacher at Beckman High School, said that he follows local politics and when a seat opened up on the board he thought that he could make a difference for students. “I teach seniors and I will see them a year or two later and I’ll hear them say that their class was cancelled or that the waiting list was longer than students in the actual class,” said Prendergast. “Right now I don’t know the

answers to these questions because I’m not on the board but it peaked my curiousity.” The candidates were competing for Area 2 of the district board, a seat being vacated by Don Wagner who has moved onto the California State Assembly with his election Tuesday. Prendergrast will be the second board member with classroom teaching experience. Aside from being an American Government teacher he also coaches water polo for the Beckman Patriots. He hopes that his experience from the classroom will be able to translate into success on the administrative side of education. “Why is it that we only elect lawyers to political positions?” said Prendergast. “Why not elect an educator who

likes to teach for a position dealing with education?” Prendergast said that he will work for three groups at community colleges: the students, the staff, and the taxpayers. He believes largely that the board has done a good job of managing the district and supporting students. As a new member of the Board of Trustees, Prendergast will have to become more familiar with board procedure and rules if he wants to have impact. “It’s going to be a steep learning curve andI’ll have to learn quickly about whats working and what’s not working,” said the new board member. “But I am not coming in to shake things up. I want to look at things logically and make the best decisions.” Reading accounts through the

paper on the Board of Trustees Prendergast noted that there seems to be some tension as of late. Being an outsider, Prendergast hopes to be, as he put it, “a healing force,” that would help the board by “using logic and being levelheaded.” The new board member was careful not to give the wrong impression about his intentions for the Board of Trustees. “I’m not coming in saying spend, spend, spend. That’s not who I am,” Prendergast said. “But if there is the situation where spending will help students and staff and be efficient for the taxpayers then I will have to consider it.” A priority for Prendergast will be looking into the reserve holdings of the Board of Trustees. While districts by law are required to hold onto

reserves, the SOCCCD decides to hold a higher percentage of funds than dictated by law. “As a taxpayer I don’t pay taxes to have my money sit in an account and earn interest,” said Prendergast. “I pay taxes to offer services to the community.” One of the things Prendergast said he wants to continue is the accessibility through email that his predecessor Don Wagner had with students. If students want to reach him the he said he will be there to listen. While campaigning on campus at Saddleback, Prendergast had conversations with students and tried to identify their concerns. One conversation that he mentioned was with the Poetry Club. Prendergast said SEE BOARD MEMBER PAGE 2

Anti-texting tour rides through Mission Viejo JAMES MALONEY If student drivers happened to look up from their phones on Thursday from 12 to 2 P.M., they may have noticed a large bus that appeared to be scribbled with signatures. The bus was covered with anti-texting logos and phrases as well as comments from police officers and students. It was parked at the foot of the stairs leading down from the SSC building, and near the tennis courts. Students passing by had the opportunity to take a pledge where they agreed that texting and driving was a bad practice, and then promise to do everything they could to

avoid it for the next 12 months, in effect saving lives. Most students accepted the pledge, with only two refusing to sign. Many of the students seemed skeptical at first, but the enthusiasm seemed to continue to grow as more and more stepped up. Nathan Eshoiee, a biology major, was asked if he w a s aware of the nation-wide issue. “I’ve heard that texting and driving is dangerous mainly from commercials on TV,” he said. The bus has been all over the country as part of the Textkills 2010 Tour to alert people to the dangers of texting while driving. Saddleback is the 19th college that it has visited. With more than 12,000 signatures, the bus has traveled from Washington

As the California State University application period reaches its halfway mark, students all over the state must have all of their information ready in order to qualify for transferring. In order to guarantee admission to a California State University, students should have all of their official transcripts from any colleges attended within the year. In addition, students should have at least 60 transferable units, preparations for their major, as well as a competitive grade point average. “It depends on what GPA each CSU requires, but a 2.0 GPA is the minimum for most of the campuses,” said Miki Mikolajczak, Transfer Center coordinator. Mikolajczak also stated that for students to qualify for transferring to a CSU, they must also complete the “Golden Four” class requirements, which includes a writing class, a critical thinking class, a speech class, as well as a math class. All of these courses must be completed before the spring semester prior to transferring. Among the colleges that have a large amount of students vying to get in, three of them include Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Diego State University and Cal State Long Beach. The three campuses are known to be one of the most popular for students to transfer to and with the budget cuts, they prove to be a challenge to get into. “Although these three campuses are popular for our Orange County students, I advise them to apply to Cal State Fullerton as a fallback school,” Mikolajczak said. “They have a local service area for students living within the county and they tend to accept people who live close to the college.” She said that despite the fact that this fall semester is a difficult time for students to transfer, the center is successful when it comes to getting students prepared. The final day for submitting CSU applications is at Nov. 30, but Mikolajczak recommends students send in their applications by Nov. 15 in order to avoid feeling stressed.


DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE: The Textkills bus has receieved over 12,000 signatures, and continues to rise. D.C. to San Francisco, visiting tour, Iconosys Inc., is a leading of distracted driving and campuses such as the University developer in applications for its many potential dangers. of Denver and Simpson College. smart phones geared towards Students weren’t the only preventing texting while If you would like to sign ones giving the bus autographs. driving. Applications such the bus online, please visit Police officers including the as DriveReply help drivers w w w . t e x t k i l l s . c o m / b u s LAPD, the band Later Days, and resist the urge to text by even one of Oprah’s bodyguards sending automated replies to have all left their marks incoming messages. Iconosys during the bus’s long journey. CEO Wayne Irving hopes the The company behind the tour will increase awareness

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Board Member CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 that he was eager to look into the funding of clubs and how the process can be made easier. “Clubs are really important for student involvement. Its about school pride and a connection to the campus,” he said. “And if the process to get funding is too difficult, as some in the Poetry Club told me, then that’s something that will have to be changed.” At IVC the students told Prendergast that closed courses were their top priority. “If there’s a waiting list of students that is equal to a class size that already exists then logic tells you that a new class

PRENDERGAST: Donald Wagner’s replacement, Beckman High School Government Teacher T.J. Pendergast, hopes to make students, past and present, proud of their college. needs to be opened,” Prendergast said. “If that means turning part-time staff into full-time staff or hiring new instructors then we need to look into that.” Prendergast was a former community college stu-

dent himself, attending Santa Ana Community College before transferring to University California Santa Barbara where he majored in history. For students, the newly elected board member com-

mented that part of his job will be not only representing students of the present, but also past and future students. “I want students who attended Saddleback and IVC to be proud of their former schools,” he said.

“And for high school students to know that these institutions will be there for them in the future.” While Prendergast said that he was not familiar with the concerns of faculty about campus infrastructure and Saddleback College President Tod A. Burnett’s desire to build a new science building, he said that these were issues that he will look into once sworn into office. Prendergast, who was showing the beginnings of a mustache, remarked that he usually does not have facial hair. “This is for Movember. Movember is a campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer,” he said Prendergast. “When someone asks about the mustache, I tell them about Movember and the importance of being tested for prostate cancer.”


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Irvine Valley College honors all who serve EVELYN CAICEDO


eterans Day is dedicated to thank and honor all those who served in the military, both in wartime and peacetime. It commemorates not only those who have died, but any person who has sacrificed and done their duty, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ website. This national holiday began 20 years after the end

of World War I on Nov. 11, 1938. The day was chosen to be on the 11 hour of the 11 day in the 11 month, to celebrate “The Great War” ending. Irvine Valley College will honor veterans on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., in Quad B. “What I have tried to do with the Veterans Day program is to incorporate as many campus veterans as I can,” Director of Veteran Affairs, Darryl Cox, and the master of ceremony,

said. “I am seeking out those who have a veteran’s experience by not only inviting them to the program but including them in the program in many roles that they would play.” Glenn R. Roquemore, the president of IVC, will open the ceremony, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and words from a member of the South Orange County Community College board of trustees who will speak to the veterans.

Cox said the ceremony will be include all faculty, staff and the administration that want to share their perspective on the day hoping to get statements from the student veterans’ perspective, and to have comments from the faculty who served in the military. All of the community of Irvine will be invited, Cox said. Last year, family members from the local community took part in the ceremony represent-

ing families those loved ones had served in the military, and who had been searching for a place to observe. Cox was very pleased. However, this year he hopes to reach out to more student veterans as well. “This would also be a good chance for the veteran students who attend IVC to meet the veterans who work here,” Cox said. The student veteran population has risen from only 50 students to more than

300 over the last six years. “Many of the returning veterans are finding their way to Irvine Valley College and we are pleased with that,” Cox said. “[They] are looking for a place that they can have educational benefit, processing, meeting other veterans and finding more information about the campus for who to see and who to go to for aid.”

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fter his first attempt as a college student didn’t suit his life goals, Jack Williams chose an optional path he had considered since childhood. In Jan. 2006 he enlisted for a four-year commitment to the United States Marine Corp. As a little boy, Williams always knew he wanted to be in the military. “I think every little boy wanted to be in the military at some point in his life. Most of them grow out of it. I’m not sure that I ever did, completely,” Jack Williams IV, 24, history, said. Williams questioned the idea of joining however, when he thought he’d enter his father’s line of work. “For a while I thought that I’d follow in my father’s footsteps and take up print journalism,” said Williams. “But the Marine Corps never left my mind completely.” He later made the decision to join after his first attempt at college ended differently than planned. “I had something to prove. I was a failure for the first time in my life when I left Mercer University in my native Georgia,” Williams said. “For some reason, I felt like that would be the first of many if I didn’t make a drastic change.” However, college was not the only thing motivating Williams to become a part of

the Marines. Service, sacrifice, and brotherhood also played an important role. “I thought of the Marine Corps as a kind of unique warrior institution that brought out a man’s best traits,” Williams said. Reality later set in for Williams after he joined. “The Marine Corps is not really the egalitarian warrior brotherhood that I expected,” Williams said. “People get ahead that don’t deserve to get ahead, [while] people get left behind that don’t deserve to get left behind.” In the USMC, there are general job fields and specialties within those fields. “For example, within the infantry field there are riflemen, mortarmen, machine gunners, assaultmen, and missilemen,” Williams, said. “Many of these jobs, however, do not relate directly to what a Marine does in combat or in training.” Williams was originally trained as a missileman. “But in Iraq, I manned a machine gun atop a Humvee for the first part,” Williams said. “Later, I commanded a vehicle and was responsible for four junior marines.” In northern Iraq, Williams believes the weather was difficult to deal with, as it got very cold and wet throughout the year. “Living like a nomad in the outback doing border interdiction was pretty bad,” Williams said. Williams comes from a military family. Both of his grandfathers were enlisted; one in the

Navy and the other in the Army. His brother is a former Marine. “My maternal grandfather was enlisted in the Navy and my paternal grandfather was a rifleman in the Army 4th Infantry division,” Williams said. “He would have been at the front, but his command learned that he could type and speak French. Williams is now a student at Saddleback College, majoring in history with an emphasis on the Middle East. He is also the Vice President of Saddleback’s Veteran’s Club. “Although the ‘civilian’ way of thinking is supposedly bred out of us in boot camp, it tends to creep back in after a year or two,” he said. Due to Williams giving four years of his life to the Marine Corps, he feels as though he is disconnected from his peers. “The fact that my peers are college graduates or in grad school is irksome,” he said. The concepts of authority and responsibility are distinguishably different between the Marine Corps and day-to-day life. “It’s difficult for me to adjust to lack of authority or responsibility to take action when people are disrespectful in class or around campus,” Williams said. Williams encourages people to join the Marine Corps only if they are a believer in its system and in return, dissuade someone if they aren’t.

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Bye Bye Birdie says hello JAMES MALONEY


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THE MAN OF THE SHOW: Taylor Campbell portrays Conrad Birdie and sings along with the cast during the song “Honestly Sincere.”

rvine Valley College Performing Arts Center hosted their premiere night of Bye Bye Birdie on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. The production featured a live band underneath the stage and a black and white montage of old photographs of the play as an introduction. For those who may not be familiar with the musical, it revolves around a fictitious Elvis-inspired 1950s pop singer named Conrad Birdie, in this case played by Taylor Campbell. Birdie travels to a small town in Ohio to give his last performance and kiss one of his fans before being drafted into the Army. The lucky teenager, Kim MacAfee, portrayed by Jennifer Anna Fink, is part of the family who lets Birdie stay in their home during his visit. Her feelings constantly clash between the nerdy boy who’s she’s been ‘going steady’ with and and the pop singer who she’s always dreamed of. As the play progresses, her opinion of Birdie drastically changes until she discovers his true colors. Various substories include the personal problems of Birdie’s manager and the frustration of MacAfee’s parents realizing their daughter is growing up.

Other notable performances include Sean Williams as Albert Peterson, Masaya Palmer as Rosie Alvarez, Brandee Williams as Mae Peterson, and Cameron Moore as Hugo Peabody. Kim MacAfee’s parents were portrayed by Terry Christopher and Amy Hallas. The overall quality of the production seemed well-rehearsed and received, with clever set design and smooth transitions. The singing performances were great, except for Conrad Birdie’s first song, which was somewhat hard to distinguish over the live music. Thanks to IVC for creating a magnificent production of a well-renowned play, and all of the actors and contributors who made it possible. For those who haven’t seen Bye Bye Birdie, it’s not too late. Performances will still be held at Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center on Nov. 11, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. Performances of IVC’s next production, An O. Henry Christmas, begin Dec. 3. In the interest of full disclosure, Lariat staffers Jennifer Fink and Dylan Lujano performed in this musical.

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A LOVE STORY: Pictured from left to right, Sean Williams plays Albert Peterson, Masaya Palmer plays Rosie Alvarez, and Kim MacAfee played by Jennifer Fink. Kim MacAfee talks to her friend about leaving the Conrad Birdie Fan Club moments before she is told she will be kissing him on national television. Albert Peterson and Rosie Alverez share a touching moment in the spotlight while dancing towards the end of the show.

Brighton Beach Memoirs entertains and engages EVELYN CAICEDO


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BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL: Eugene is played by Aaron Spann. In the play, Eugene talks to the audience to describe his thoughts. Breaking the forth wall is a term used for these kinds of situations.

he Department of Fine Arts presented their debut of the “Brooklyn Brighton Beach Memoirs” play, which opened last weekend at Saddleback’s McKinney Theater. With high expectations for the grand opening, the audience very much enjoyed the 1930’s play with lots of laughter during the performance and loud cheers at the end. The opening of the play was on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. with ticket prices up to $12. The audience was seated at 7:30, anxiously waiting for the show to start. Even starting ten minutes behind schedule, the play was definitely worth the wait. The theater played music from the 1930’s to set the general mood, and displayed the classic household set in which the actors would be performing shortly. Before the doors opened, the patrons gathered behind the theater doors waiting to be seated. Perhaps they were a bit nervous as most of them appeared to be relatives of the performers. The crowd ranged from only a few toddlers and younger ones to many older attendees. Larry Clifner, a spectator, came with his family and thought that it was very well done and said that his favorite

part was the main character Eugene, “with all his entertaining comments of family and life”. This coming of age story for Eugene (acted by Aaron Spann) showed in the beginning scenes the struggles he had to keep out of trouble while his “angelic” sister, Laurie (Reese Ravner), received all the attention.

Ò If I could put it into three words: I thought it was engaging, it was heart breaking, and very entertaining, all at the same time!!Ó - Anthony Baratta As the story progresses you could see his character evolve into the man he becomes at the end of the story. With the hardships and bliss his family endures, Eugene overcomes the obstacles. The author, Neil Simon, incorporated the dramatic device called an “aside” for Eugene so that the audience would know and understand his feelings and thoughts. This is a great way to understand Eugene as well as relating

with the character. It was a great and unusual touch of writing. The second half of the play seemed to become more dramatic and heartfelt as there began moments of Eugene developing into an adult. The father and mother of Eugene, Kate (Kathleen Gray) and Jack (Gary Keene), played traditional parents and acted with clear Brooklyn accents. “I thought it was a fantastic play ably performed by all the cast and with perfect accents,” fellow New Yorker viewer Anthony Baratta said. “[It seemed like] they all liked working together.” Simon sends the audience through an emotional rollercoaster with a mixture of high moments and low moments dealt by the family. However, it finally morphs into a touching story. “If I could put it into three words I thought it was engaging, heart breaking and entertaining all at the same time,” Baratta said. Overall the show appeared to be well performed. It is a great play to be seen with your family as everyone could relate to a different character. Show times and other upcoming events are shown on the Fine Arts department section on the Saddleback website.




Dark matter, dark energy, global warming; All bad terms of modern science- the after party nickname that you hate but everyone else loves to use anyway. Just right off the bat I’m going to explain what these are. Global warming is the most cringe educing misconception of our generation. Global warming is a VERY wrong term to describe what is going on with the world today and really needs to be stopped being used. Climate change. Climate change. Climate change. Stop calling climate change global warming. But Kyle, what IS climate change? To best explain I asked everyone’s dear friend professor climate change is a long-term change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods of time that range from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in the average weather conditions or a change in the distribution of weather events with respect to an average, for example, greater or fewer extreme weather events. Climate change may be limited

to a specific region, or may occur across the whole Earth. What does that all mean? To be simple climate change is just that- change. What causes all this change? What caused the change? Why do things change? The best way to find out answers is to research the subject for yourself. Plenty of evidence shows that plate tectonics, solar output, orbital variations, volcanism, ocean variability and of course human influences are all causes of climate change. It should be noted that Human influences have been documented and extensive studies have been made that prove they are a major cause of climate change. FUN FACT: Unlike UFOs and religious prophets, evidence has been documented and the existence of climate change has been proven. Many people, myself included, are easily confused about dark matter, dark energy, dark flow, dark fluid. Though these all share “DARK” as the first word that is there only similarity. Dark matter, according to Wikipedia, in astronomy and


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cosmology, dark matter is matter that is inferred to exist from gravitational effects on visible matter and background radiation, but is undetectable by emitted or scattered electromagnetic radiation. Dark energy - in physical cosmology, astronomy and celestial mechanics, dark energy is a hypothetical form of energy that permeates all of space and tends to increase the rate of expansion of the universe. Dark energy is the most popular way to explain recent observations and experiments that the universe appears to be expanding at an accelerating rate. In the stand-ard model of cosmology, dark energy currently accounts for 74% of the total mass-energy of the universe, according to wikipedia If these are all just theories how do we know they exist? Why should we even care about what we can’t see? All valid questions, allow me to shed some light on the subject. We don’t know, to be completely honest. We do have our theories and pretty good ideas but with all our cards on the table we’re still working on it. These

studies are very important because we don’t know enough about them to dismiss them as useless information. Take into account the discovery of the atom. In its time it was considered about as useful as dark energy, but over time man has found many uses from the studies and theories stemmed from its discovery and adaptations. The first computers were calculators but over time we grew and created what we have today. Once spaceflight and putting a man on the moon were considered tomfoolery. There was a time where man thought the Earth was flat, the cure for a headache was a head drill. Dark matter and dark energy is the future of cosmic understanding. FUN FACT: the “dark” in dark terms (matter, energy, fluid and flow) all derive from what we do not know. Scientists have theories and pretty good ideas about what’s what but like discussing the cosmos and topics in the “weird” there is no way we can be 100 percent on our assumptions.

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Brian Chapman, 27, English “I believe it is a myth. There’s so much money for research that those researching it aren’t motivated to look at the contrary evidence.”

Deidre Cavazzi, dance instructor “I think it’s one of the most important issues of our time and we need to take steps to address this in our community.”

Elvira Douzandeh, 22, biology “Pollution, factories. I do recycle and help the planet.”

Jamal Jones, 18, undecided “It doesn’t have an impact on my life at all. But, I do recycle bottles.”

John Reyes, 21, psychology “I think it’s one of the most important topics of our generation. We seem to ignore it when it could be a real problem.”

Kelsy Smith, 19, undecided “I do recycle, but I haven’t thought too much about [climate change].”

Lindsey Smith, 30, undecided “...That our ozone layer is diminished and our weather changing and climates changing around the world.”

Vincent Breck, 20, american sign language “It’s very real and we need to deal with it before our children and children’s children are stuck with the problem.”

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ANDRÉ MAHMOUDIAN The health of the environment is a big topic of discussion today. There are those who believe technological innovations will save the environment and there are those who advocate a different alternative: socialism. The first possible solution will never be achieved. To simply just create better and more efficient technologies will do nothing for the environment. In fact, the environment will deteriorate even more because, as demonstrated in Jevons paradox, more efficient ways to extract resources will increase consumption. In addition, it will cause more destruction and more pollution. The second possible solution

will work. Socialism is based on the needs of human beings and of the environment. It is the direct opposite of capitalism, which has to due with the accumulation of profit with no care for human beings and the environment. The problem is capitalism and the modes of production it advocates. Capitalism or the profit motive will destroy the environment. Marxist theorist Chris Harman describes capitalism as a zombie. As the zombie sucks blood from its victims it continues to need more and more blood to sustain itself. So as more and more capital is accumulated the economy or companies need more profit to even function regularly. That is not even mentioning growth, another



You have undoubtedly talked to friends looking for work. The typical response includes discouraging phrases about businesses not hiring or companies not wanting to take on inexperienced workers. While major newspapers and television stations focus on the nine percent unemployment rate for the entire workforce, the 18-25 year olds in this country with unemployment rate of twenty-five percent has gone largely unnoticed. The unemployment and under employment of the youth workforce is going to have many profound impacts. Our age group is falling behind in regards to experience, which will negatively impact our future earnings. Recent graduates are struggling to meet student loan payments and the burden

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socialism, the environment and human beings are destined to someday diminish. Another man who knew of the gravity of this situation was Karl Marx. He said, “From the standpoint of a higher economic form of society, private ownership of a globe by single individuals will appear quite as absurd as private ownership of one man by another. Even a whole society, a nation, or even all simultaneously existing societies taken together, are not the owners of the globe. They are only is possessors… they must hand it down to succeeding generations in an improved condition.”

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of debt hoisted upon them for an education continues to grow. Less obviously, couples hoping to start families, own their own home, and become a part of the traditional fabric of American culture are putting these plans on hold until their employment situation changes. Joblessness for 18-25 year olds is becoming a crisis. Some might still label the youth by their apathy but this trend will not continue if their need to work is not met. Joblessness equals restlessness. As their contempt for an economy that is not able to meet their needs grows the young will make their voices heard. It’s interesting that amongst our generation the tunnel vision focus on profits, expensive automobiles, and mansions is not as strong as our parents. A large section of the youth want to do work that would allow

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principle capitalism is based on. One could make the futile argument that “human nature” is the problem, or that people are inherently selfish and greedy but that is not true. Human nature allows people to adapt in the best way possible to their given environments. So it isn’t human nature to be greedy. It is human nature to adapt. With a conscious decision to move into a socialist way of life, human beings will adapt to socialism and this will be more beneficial for human beings and the world than capitalism. Men like Barrack Obama do not get the gravity of the situation. But there are surely some who do. Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela and Evo Morales , the President of Bolivia understand that without

them to be creative or be service to their community. But where will these jobs come from? When the unemployment rate during the Great Depression was twenty-five percent for the entire country, the government decided that inaction was no longer an option. Government would cease being a do nothing institution but would step in to help people looking for work. Our generation doesn’t want welfare. We want jobs. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was the largest New Deal project. The government used the WPA to pay citizens to carry out public works projects. They worked on infrastructure with roads and highways; they built the Griffith Observatory, and paid women to make blankets for the cold and poor. A modern day youth WPA is what is needed. This youth

works administration would do infrastructure repairs but would also focus on beautifying our cities with murals and other ideas drawn from one of the most creative generations. We could put the youth to work doing jobs to increase the living standards for certain groups of our nation. But this article is late. A new Congress has been elected that vows to stop spending. Our unemployed generation, filled with vitality, willingness to sacrifice, and ingenuity will now be governed by modern day Herbert Hoovers. Although a nice thing about our democracy is the next election is already only two years away. The party that cares about America and the country’s youth will have to offer a plan to get our generation to work.

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“Howl” poetry reading sheds light on LGBT bullying H&M grand opening in Mission Viejo Mall receives fans ASHLEY PETERSEN


n memory of some recent LGBT suicides, the Poetry Club held a reading of “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg last Wednesday, Nov. 3 in the quad. The poem was read by four different people. The intention of the club was to make the event as happy as possible and to remember the deaths in a respectful manner. As opposed to expressing their beliefs by protesting, the Poetry Club hoped to demonstrate that reciting poetry is a potent way in getting one’s point across. “Music and poetry help people connect better than shouting,” said Austin Messick, 20, journalism. “Stand up against bullying against homosexuals and everyone. Poetry is a soul-

ful expression. It helps to collectively uplift society,” said Messick. Another reader of the poem “Howl” and member of the Poetry Club Kristi Kountz, 27, social behavior, said that being part of this reading for the LGBT suicides is a “good way to shake people up, have more awareness, and make people more open. It was also a lot of fun” Irena Llic, 18, English/environmental studies, said that the reading of “Howl” was “very much for the support of homosexuality and against bullying of any person.” Under the pseudonym “Loki Freeman,” the leader of the Poetry Club said ,” It also expanded freedom of speech. ‘Howl’ is also not just about homosexuality it’s about lives, family, people and how the dollar value

affects society. How there was a

“It’s a howl that says, ‘I’m here.’ I don’t think anyone should apologize for being gay.”



uests from all around Orange County visit the Shops at Mission Viejo Thursday afternoon for their grand opening celebration, where the first 100 customers in line get a free gift for their shopping experience in the new southern Orange County loca-

tion. “I am definitely excited about H&M opening at the Mission Viejo Mall,” Saddleback College student Dylan Lujano said. The customers have anticipated the launch of this new Southern OrangeCounty store for years. “There have been people waiting in line with sleeping bags since 6 p.m. last night,”

Amber Meglone of San Clemente said. H&M operates in 37 countries and has 76,000 employees, bringing people high fashion clothing at the cheapest prices possible. With the current economy, stores like H&M have been gaining worldwide recognition and a niche market it fulfills well.

friend in an asylum for depression. ‘Howl’ isn’t a howl of pain it’s of joy. It’s a howl about how it’s OK to be yourself. It’s a howl that says ‘I’m here.’ I don’t think anyone should apologize for being gay.”

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FANFARE: H&M, a Swedish fashion powerhouse, recently opened a store in the Mission Viejo Mall. PRINTS: A recent exhibition dedicated to the print exchange between the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and the Black Church Print Studio from Dublin, Ireland is still running at Saddleback CollegeÕ s Arts gallery. Several of the prints will be displayed in the gallery from Nov. 3 - Nov. 24. Admission is free.

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RECITATION: Members of the Poetry Club read out the poem Ò HowlÓ by Allen Ginsberg out in the Quad. The club hoped to do the event in order to remember the people involved in LGBT suicides.

Israeli crime drama “Ajami” makes debut Film shows tension between three religious groups ANDRE MAHMOUDIAN


nstructor Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo, with the help of Saddleback’s Associated Student Government (ASG) and other clubs on campus, has arranged a showing for an Israeli crime drama entitled Ajami. The foreign film will be shown tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 11. at 7:30 p.m. in SSC 212. Students who are majoring in a humanities subject, a social sciences subject, or who just have an interest in world cultures may find this film extremely interesting.

Entertainment Weekly magazine gives the film an A rating. Writer Owen Gleiberman says Ajami is “emotionally mesmerizing.” Ajami takes place in the coastal beach city of Jaffa, in a neighborhood called Ajami. This particular neighborhood is very dynamic and tense because Arabs, Palestinians, Jews, and Christians all live in close proximity with each other. The story is told through the eyes of four of the city’s inhabitants: a young Israeli boy, an illegal Palestinian refugee, a Jewish police detective, and another Palestinian. The movie’s official website says, “As their stories intersect – and the film’s narrative shifts back and forth in time – we witness a dramatic collision of different worlds and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.” In essence, the movie shows how three conflicting ideologies

play out in an action-packed drama. Ajami includes drug usage, family and urban conflicts, and violence. It was nominated for an Academy Award and it has won numerous awards in Europe and Israel. “It is one of my goals to show films from different perspectives, cultures and countries. In the fall semester, I show all the nominees for the 2009 Oscar as the best Foreign Films. In the spring semester, I present other films nominated in the Cannes Festival, Goya, Oso (Berlin), Venezia, etc,” said HernandezBravo. Anyone who is interested is welcome to the showing on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in SSC 212. The showing is free of charge and some refreshments will be provided.

Family Night aids to bring in transfer hopefuls Student Outreach Program holds event for high school transfers SARAH BLACK


addleback’s Student Outreach Program is hosting a Family Night on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Services Center, Room 212. The Student Outreach Program has invited many students from the nearby high schools, including schools from the Saddleback Unified School district and the Capistrano district, appealing to potential Saddleback students and their families. The event is open to anyone

wishing to come. The event will host nearly every department from Saddleback College. They will provide information on transferring, honors, degree programs, and financial aid and scholarships opportunities. “Family Night is a great time for our future students and their parents to see what Saddleback College has to offer, from our outstanding degree and certificate programs to our wonderful offerings in arts and athletics,” said Saddleback President Tod A. Burnett. “I look forward to meeting our prospective students and their families and encourage them to take advantage of this great opportunity.” Saddleback College’s Culinary Arts Program will provide refreshments and appetizers for students’parents. Erin Long, acting outreach coordinator, said tables will be set up with

information regarding each department. Presentations will be held for the Career Technical Education. Another presentation will be held for students wishing to transfer. “The Career Technical Education program will be giving information about the programs under it’s umbrella,” Long said. “Most of these programs are contained in the Advanced Technology and Applied Sciences Division such as Fashion, Automotive, Culinary Arts etc.” Free parking will be available in parking lots 5, 5A and 13 and no advanced reservations are required. For more information about Family Night, contact the Student Outreach Center in the Student Services Building.

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Playoff birth on line Saturday for football team SARAH BLACK


resh off a victory over Palomar College, highflying Saddleback College can earn a playoff berth with a victory Saturday against Fullerton College. Game time is 1 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton. Last Saturday, the Gauchos ran up nearly 600 total yards in their 53-38 National Division Southern Conference victory over the visiting Comets (4-5, 1-3). Saddleback is 7-2, 3-1. Wide receiver Julian Williams caught eight passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Sean Reilly completed 31 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns. Fullerton (6-3, 3-1) , also fighting for a playoff spot,lost to Mt. San Antonio College last weekend. Saddleback also has a loss to the Mounties and Gaucho coach Mark McElroy said after the Palomar win that he believes the winner Saturday will rematch with Mt. SAC. Fullerton “is a tough opponent,” said safety Matt Reza. “We gotta saddle up for next week,” he said In the game Saturday, Plomar took the lead in the first quarter, having more than nine minutes of possession and scoring a touchdown in the first 5 minutes. Gauchos called out from the sidelines in support of their defensive line, chanting “Defense!” Unrest came about when Saddleback’s punter Zach

Spiering was knocked down by Palomar, and Gauchos fans raised a cry of “roughing the kicker.” The call wasn’t made, and the Comet’s fullback Jason Klingerman was later injured. “We’ve got these guys pinned now,” said defensive end Kyle Long to his team near the end of the first quarter. Saddleback scored a 22-yard field goal resulting in a 3-7 score at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter Saddleback scored a 35-yard field goal, while Palomar continued the lead by getting a touchdown and making the kick for an extra point. In the last minute of the second quarter Saddleback crouched at the 32-yard line and quarterback Sean Reilly maked a complete pass to running back Chris Pierce at the 11- yard line. The Gauchos took their second time out, and with 43 seconds left in the first half. Wide receiver Julian Williams made a catch and ran the ball into the end zone. This play put Saddleback in the lead with the score at 19-14 at the end of the first half. Saddleback started strong in the third quarter, missing a close touchdown but succeeding in scoring a 20-yard field goal within the first two minutes of the quarter. Then team then scored a second 39-yard field goal. Less than a minute later, the Comets stepped it up when their wide receiver Nigel Westbrooks made a 52-yard touchdown, bringing the score to 25-21. “[Palomar is] fighting to stay in the playoffs,” said safety “G.S.” Gary Stevenson. “We’re fighting to keep our composure.”

Sister schools show down COURTNEY HUNTER


addleback College Women’s volleyball hosted Irvine Valley College last Friday. IVC was up on Saddleback throughout the first game. At the first timeout for IVC, the Gaucho women were only one point behind. Both players and fans were very cheerful and kept one another in the game mood with lively spirits. IVC took the first game 19-25. IVC set the bar when they got the first point of the game. The Gaucho’s fell further behind quickly and after a few minutes, the score was 1-6. At the second time out for IVC, they were up 2-11. The home team was having a difficult time siding out. It finally got a break when IVC served the ball short bringing the score to 6-21. The final score for the second game was 7-25, with IVC needing only one more game to win the match. Beginning the third match the Gauchos were not going to let IVC walk away easily. The IVC came back with two scores in a row putting them in the lead by one point with a 9-10 score. The Gauchos returned to tie the game once more at 10-10. Another point was made by Saddleback putting them in the lead. However IVC immediately hit another spike and ties the game once more to 11-11. Each team score another goal leaving the game tied at 12-12. Saddleback takes the lead with another goal bringing the team to a close score of 13-12. IVC scored two more times raising the score to 13-14. Saddleback needs to win this period to remain in the rest of the game. However IVC scores again putting them ahead by two

points with a 15-13 lead. Saddleback hits one more bringing the score up to 1514. IVC came back and raised the score to 17-14 nearing the end of the third game. The Gauchos played strong scoring another goal making the score 17-16 with IVC ahead by one point. Irvine Valley’s women’s team was determined to win the game raising the score again to a twopoint lead against Saddleback. Saddleback scored hoping to catch up. IVC brought in two more goals bringing them ahead to 21-17. Things were started to look up for Irvine Valley. Saddleback served another point against IVC resulting in a score of 18-21. IVC came back again taking the lead up two more points bringing the score to 18-23. The game ends in favor of Irvine Valley with a score of 18-25. Saddleback was led by Allyson Horner with seven kills. Morgan Kavanaugh added five kills, five blocks, and two service aces. Lindsey Sappington had 13 kills for Irvine Valley with Hillary Crone adding 12 kills without an error. Christie Allen was responsible for 38 assists.


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Saddleback came back quickly though, and Williams made the second touchdown of the evening only 20 seconds later, running 69 yards into Palomar’s end zone. Solidifying their lead, Saddleback’s running back Donnell Dickerson made a run into the end zone. After a good kick by Michael Frisina, Saddleback led 39-21 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Palomar made small headway by scoring a 22-yard field goal, but running back Donnell Dickerson ran off with hopes of a comeback by making a touchdown with about six minutes left in the game. With the score at 46-24, Palomar made another attempt to catch up by scoring a 35-yard run into the end zone, resulting in a touchdown and a good kick, the score now 46-31. Twelve seconds later, the Gaucho’s running back Michael Campana responded by scoring a 34-yard running touchdown. Saddleback led 53-31. Palomar’s final sendoff occurred with about four minutes left in the game when the Comet’s quartnerback Nate Ong throwing a complete pass to Geoff Akpom who ran it into the end zone for their final touchdown. Saddleback won the game with a final score of 53-38. “I’m feeling great,” said wide receiver Williams, as he celebrated with his family after the game on the field. Williams, who is headed for the pros, said Saddleback will continue to work hard and practice for future games. “We

Women’s soccer

Saddleback women’s soccer won Friday against Golden West College, 4-1. The Gauchos (10-8-1, 6-8) had two of their goals scored by Kaelyn Kaichi in the first half of the game. Kaichi’s first goal was eight minutes into the game. It was assisted by Devyn Higgins. She was helped twenty three minutes later by defender Devyn Higgins. Higgins cleared the ball past the Golden West defence to Kaichi. Diana Kim added the two goals from the second half leading the women to a win. Kaichi almost added a fifth goal to the scorebored when she had a brakeaway but she over shot the net and missed.


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TOUCH DOWNS: (TOP)Julian Williams brakesaway from Palomar’s Brandon Green before he can tackle him, resulting in a touch down. (BOTTOM)Wide reciever Julian Williams works on his third touch down of the night against Palomar helping the Gauchos take another home win. have to stay focused,” he said. While Saddleback did give up some plays at the end of the game by allowing Palomar to score, Gaucho’s Temini Brewster said the team played well.” “After coming off a loss we needed a win,” said Reza, “and we got one.” Next week determines whether the Gauchos are headed for the playoffs when they play The Fullerton College on the Hornets home turf. After missing the playoffs by only one game last season, winning this next game means a lot for the Saddleback team.

Women’s golf

Both Irvine Valley and Saddleback’s women’s golf teams did well in their tournament Monday and Wednesday of last week. IVC took home first place from Chino Creek course. The Gaucho women’s team won second in the conference tournament. Autumn Thomas and Grace Komoroczy posted a 36hole score of 161. Hanna Stuart added a score of 165 and Sam Godges completed the weekend with a 167. Both, IVC and Saddleback, advanced to the Southern California Regional Championship that were held Sunday and Monday at Alisal Guest Ranch course in Santa Ynez.

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Men’s Women’s water polo water polo Saddleback men’s water polo lost to the Orange Coast College Pirates, 8-5. The teams played less then two weeks ago ending in different results. This brought the Gauchos into the faceoff for fifth place against Santa Ana College. The Gauchos won 14-10. The game opened with Santa Ana scoring and Saddleback came back to tie it 1-1. The Dons scored another two goals before Saddleback had to come back and tie it 3-3. The Gauchos had a 6-3 lead before half time. Saddleback ended up winning after the third quarter ended in an eight to eight tie.

Women’s water polo for the Gauchos had a conference tournament this weekend. They lost to Orange Coast 14-6 and then to Cypress 9-4. In the game against Orange Coast College Cheyenna McCartin received two assists while Ana Augustson received two goals. In the game against Cypress, Ana Augustson had two goals while Carolina Conway had two assists. Kylee Dobbs added two goals to the bored while both Lauren Nichols and Rena Phairojmahakij assisted. Goalie Nicole Elias had seven saves.

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