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ALMOST FAMOUS: Garrett Samuelian, better known as DJ Insomniac, is a Saddleback student who is being recognized worldwide for his popular trance music podcast.

Student DJ recognized worldwide KIANNA COLUMNA


arrett Samuelian is a rising star in the musical world of electronic beats. This Saddleback College student is his own recording engineer and producer and becoming a world-famous disk jockey. His electronic dance music style is mainly trance and progressive, with a few house and electro influences. “Trance is hard to put into words, once you hear it you can start understanding it,” Samuelian said. “It makes you move but it also makes you think.” Trance style is an emotional genre. There are plenty of different styles in a song

that will pertain to what a person is feeling. Contrary to popular belief, electronic music does not only consist of beats, percussion or tunes. “This type of music has some of the most talented vocalists,” Samuelian said. “Also, many artists are jumping into electronic because it’s so new.” Within the last two years, electronic in the music industry has exploded. Electronic music is starting to make its way into the mainstream. Artists such as Lady Gaga, are starting to use electronic tunes. “In fact, Lady Gaga’s song ‘Bad Romance’has samples of an old electronic 1990s song called ‘Dominator,’” Samuelian said. Samuelian predicts that elec-

tronic will become the sound of the future. What’s drawing people into electronic is because it’s such a new sound. He said there are an infinite number of different sounds one can create. As a DJ, Samuelian has to have excellent knowledge of the music. Electronic is complex to create, and there are a multitude of different layers to the music. His passion sparked while attending a youth group dance. Looking to have a good time, he requested plenty of songs to the DJ. Samuelian said that he began requesting song after song because no one danced to the music the DJ picked out. However, when Samuelian requested song played, everyone would dance.

Apparently the DJ wasn’t bitter about the audience’s preference. “The DJ taught me how to fade songs and stuff,” Samuelian said. After that night, he asked the youth leaders if he could start being the DJ at the youth group dances. He found his niche in electronic music, eventually teaching himself how to mix songs together and beat match. “I thought it was fun because a lot of people didn’t know about the music, this was back in 2006,” he said. His artist name is Insomniac. It’s meant to be a literal reference to him. After working about 40 hours a week and going to school as a full time student, he works on music about five to six hours a night.

“It’s a constant learning process. I never want to sit down and just stop,” he said. He is most famous for his podcasts on iTunes. His music is played in 31 countries, his podcast has 33,000 subscribers and about 55,000 downloads per month. His podcasts have been featured on the iTunes website under staff picks, and “what’s hot” for a consistent five months. “It’s exciting when you get an e-mail from someone in Chile saying that they love your music,” Samuelian said. “The best thing is being able to share the music with other people.” Samuelian said his music style has been compared to the leading SEE INSOMNIAC PAGE 5

New science building top priority for school, district MATT GARVEY


he construction of a new science building at Saddleback College has become a top priority for school officials and district staff because the current 38-year-old science building is suffering from a number of structural deficiencies and is struggling to meet the demands of a modern science curriculum. Implementation of the design phase for a new science building was listed as the No. 2 project for the campus by Saddleback College President Tod A. Burnett earlier this year behind only the recently finished accreditation visit. “It’s incredibly important for students looking to transfer and earn four year degrees to get the new science building built,” said Burnett. “I want to see a state-of-the-art building.” At the district level the sentiment is the same. “A new science building has become an extremely urgent project,” said Acting Chancellor for the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) Dixie Bullock. “Having served for a time as Dean of Math Science and Engineering (MSE), I know firsthand what the limitations of the

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Dr. Wright: The Dean of Math Science and Engineering discusses the need for a new science building. building are and how that limits what our science faculty can do in teaching their students.” While it’s clear that a new science building is a top priority, the steps to actually building the new facility remain uncertain. After being approved twice for matching funds from the state of California, the funding has still yet to materialize. But as the college waits for the funds, the nearly 40-yearold building is in desperate need of renovations. Due to the building’s antiquated state, it is no longer able to provide the education a modern science building should according to James Wright, the current Dean of MSE.

“Our labs are just old,” said Wright. “Science has to be taught in labs and it’s the labs that worry us.” In the biology department, students do experiments involving many different chemicals. To protect students from hazardous fumes or vapors a device called a fume hood is used to limit exposure. Wright said these fume hoods need to be replaced. He added that the heat, ventilation and air conditioning system is not working properly on the second floor of the building and the chemistry labs need new vacuum systems. Perhaps what is most obvious to the untrained eye is the water damage caused by leaks

on the first and second floors. “In one of the classes there was water damage,” said Guler MacDonald, 37, pre-nursing. “Or at least the signs of it.” Wright confirmed there are deteriorating conditions throughout the building. Recently 32 facility requests were made by the Math, Science and Engineering division to correct deficiencies in the building. Since the construction of the MSE building, a number of innovations have redefined the way instructors use a classroom. With the rapid development of technology in education, tools such as PowerPoint and sound systems and online use of multimedia could never have been planned for 40 years ago but now they play a crucial role in the way science is taught. The science department has managed to upgrade existing classrooms with some of this technology but Wright said that it still falls short of the standards for modern science buildings. Another strain for the MSE department is the influx of students needing to take their classes to transfer or graduate. It is typical for classrooms in the MSE building to be used from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. five days of the week. “We turn away 10 to 15 students for each class we teach

for math and science. We have high demand classes. There’s more demand than classes we can offer,” Wright said. “We cannot grow because we don’t have enough space for biology, chemistry labs and math classes. There are not enough classrooms or labs. We’re maxed out.” A unique problem that the MSE department faces when it needs to do renovations is that they have no place to hold classes while the rooms are under construction. The science classes depend so heavily on laboratory work that it is impossible to simply move those classes to someplace like the Village on campus. If the current building is going to be fully renovated then a new science building will need to be in place so the department can continue to offer classes. “The deans, the faculty and the students have all made it clear that the mass science building needs to be renovated,” President Burnett said. “It’s long overdue. We need a new science building to have state of the art facilities.” “The science building is everyone’s priority,” said Brandye D’Lena, Director of Facilities Planning and Purchasing for SOCCCD. SEE SCIENCE PAGE 2

he library at Saddleback College offers workshops to assist students with information research, but more importantly, to better familiarize themselves with the tools and resources available at that facility. The program is run by the library staff, including the department chair, Anna Maria Cobos. There are eight different 50-minute workshops covering plagarism, understanding how to decipher credible sources from those that are questionable, finding books, finding articles from print and online sources, Internet searching, organizing research, and properly managing time dedicated to research. “I’m here for an English project,” said Lea Garrison, 19, undecided. “And part of it is that I have to go to three of these seminars to better understand the project.” Every workshop that Cobos teaches, she hands out her e-mail and phone number and encourages students to call and ask her any questions regarding the subject manner. For every seminar there are at least 10 people, but sometimes, there can be in excess of 50 students, leaving only sitting room on the floor. “These classes are for students that want some extra help in English writing and information gathering,” said Cobos. “However, we have many instructors who assign their students to take a particular seminar for credit in the class.” To begin, Cobos explains about library’s hotline, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This hotline connection can be found on the school website and can be used for gathering information only found in Saddleback’s library. Strangely enough a lot of the time some of the operators may be found in countries such as Australia. Next, she directs the students to the online databases also available on the website. These databases hold nearly 99 percent of the schools’ books and newspaper articles. In essence these databases act like a Google search for the Library’s files. Most of the time these are labeled with all the text intact. Others are abstracts, or summaries. After the short introductory lecture, Cobos has the students complete a small exercise to help them figure out how to best use the library’s resources. More at

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D’Lena oversees planning and administration for new construction projects and districtwide purchasing. She has been involved with the planning of a new science building since initial reports were made back in 2006. After the initial planning a proposal was made by SOCCCD to the California State Community Colleges Chancellor’s office seeking matching funds for the construction. Matching funds means that funds provided through the state budget would be administered by the Chancellor’s office and result in the state paying for about 70 percent of the project while the district would pay the other 30 percent. After the first review of the plan in 2008, the project was approved. However, because of slow economic growth and budget problems in Sacramento the Chancellor’s office said they would be unable to provide funding that year and asked the dis-

trict to re-submit the proposal. Once again the proposal was submitted in 2009, and then approved, but no funding was available. Now the project is back in line to be approved with the Chancellor’s office. However, they are saying that no funding should be expected before the 2012-2013 fiscal year. “For the last two years running we’ve been recommended for funding and we expect to be recommended again,” D’Lena said. “But we have to start asking ourselves do we wait for the state to fund their portion?” The estimated cost for a new science building is $55 million. If the state was to fund their share that would be $35.6 million which would mean the district would only need to pay for the other $23.2. The Chancellor’s office has said that the district can begin the project of a new science building and those matching funds should arrive in the future, but if they don’t then the district is on the hook for the whole cost of the project. “Everyone at district level and board included are start-

ing to ask: should we wait? Or should we try to find those funds a different way?” D’Lena said. A different way to find those funds might be through what is called basic aid funding. Essentially this is funding taken in by the district through local property taxes. For the SOCCCD this fund is much larger than other districts in the state. “The district has a funding mechanism called basic aid funding. Those basic aid dollars

apply to capital improvement projects and apply to technology improvement. Anytime you walk into a new computer lab and have a new computer in front of you that comes from basic aid dollars,” explained D’Lena. A new science building would not be the only project competing for basic aid dollars. Currently construction on the library is absorbing some of these dollars and there always seems to be demand for new comput-

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CHEMISTRY SINK: Appliances begin to show deterioration and are in need of renovation. For more photos go to

ers on campus which could require funding through basic aid. “Well, the science building is kind of older,” said Alyssa Van Valen, 19, nursing. “It would be nicer to have a newer building but I don’t know if it would help me any because I’d be gone by the time it’s finished.” “The board wants to be very careful with its decisions because they always want to do what’s best for the students,” said D’Lena. “We don’t know if we are going to get any funds at all. We can’t wait anymore that’s the problem,” Burnett said. “We can’t wait for state matching funds. So the district and the board will have to decide what kind of funding will they use for the building.” “It doesn’t matter to me how we pay for it, we just need to pay for it,” Burnett added. The SOCCCD Board of Trustees is expected to receive a recommendation soon from the district about what action to take on the planning for a new science building.

SOCCCD combats civil prayer suit ANDRE MAHMOUDIAN

students and faculty will continue to be subjected to religiously divisive messages as the price for partaking of college life,” asserts the filing, according to a release on AU’s website. Hence, Westphal v. Wagner, is still ongoing. The lead plaintiff is Karla Westphal, a mathematics instructor Saddleback, representing the dissenting faculty and students. The lead defendant is Donald Wagner, president of the Board of Trustees of the South Orange County Community College District. The legal action specifically challenges the invocations held at Saddleback’s scholarshipaward ceremonies, commencement ceremonies, training programs for faculty, and in particular, during the SOCCCD

Board of Trustees meetings. “When the prayers initially started I hoped to get it settled without a lawsuit and that just didn’t happen,” Westphal told the Orange County Register. “The suit is a culmination of a long process. I’ve been working with Americans United for a long time. They wrote letter to the board formally asking for the change.” Another plaintiff in the case is Roy Bauer, a philosophy instructor at Irvine Valley College. Bauer is also the editor of “Dissent the Blog.” In this online blog he essentially reveals injustices made by school officials, among other things. After finding no invocations were involved in IVC commencement fliers from the past, he assumes

Salaries $90,000 posted online

and welfare. Benefits are applicable to individual employees. According to the report, the highest base salaries range from $248,009 for the Chancellor in the administrative category to $85,764 for the Director of Learning Assistance in the classified management category. A breakout of classified employees making over $90,000 was not provided, yet the summary totals on the last page of the report show there were 11 during that fiscal year. One counselor is shown to have made $143,000 for the 2007-2008 year while the payroll manager made $105,000 for the same year. Also available online are SOCCCD salary schedules, showing the various ranges from low to high for various fiscal years. For more information, go to


uring this time last year, a lawsuit was filed by the Americans United for Separation of Church and State on behalf of many faculty members and students from Irvine Valley and Saddleback College regarding orchestrated prayers by school officials during school meetings. In May, a federal district court denied AU’s motion for a preliminary injunction, saying the request was too broad – although the court conceded that some of the district’s actions might be unconstitutional. In a legal document filed July 12, 2010, AU asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to appeal that ruling. “Unless this Court intercedes,



nformation on South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) administrators, faculty and classified staff making over $90,000 is now available to the public. Salaries have already been posted in the SOCCCD board agenda, containing salaries of employees throughout the district including Saddleback, Irvine Valley College and district services. “The significance of posting salaries is that district employees are public employees, therefore salaries are public information,” said Tracy Daly, the district’s director of public affairs. “We are living in an era of increased scrutiny and accountability regarding sala-

ries and benefits of public employees, particularly in light of state and national budget issues and the controversy of the City of Bell salary scandal.” Daly added that the board has requested this report for the last few years. The most current report is from the 2007-2008 fiscal year and is put into the categories of academic administration, faculty and classified leadership, and then into base salary, additional earnings and total benefits. Additional earnings include overload, overtime, stipends and summer work. Total benefits include district-paid Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), State Teachers Retirement System (STRS), Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI), Medicare, unemployment and worker’s compensation insurance, and health

that the organized prayers began sometime after 2000 or 2001. “In my view, the pattern of actions taken by this district in recent years reveals an intent to provide and promote prayer in a manner suggesting imposition of religion (and typically a narrow kind of theism)...” said Bauer. “...despite the presence of numerous members of the public (and staff) who are not theists or are theists outside the Judeo-Christian tradition, Judeo-Christian prayers are offered and videos are shown, including one that declared that ‘Jesus’ died for our souls.” He also pointed out that Wagner often refers to the suit and plaintiffs as ‘the atheists.’ In fact, however, some plaintiffs are not atheists.

According to a Resolution by the Board of Trustees, the motives of the invocations include invoking “divine guidance and blessing,” showing “respect for beliefs widely held among members of the community,” promoting “patriotism,” and honoring “America’s heritage.” Wagner and the SOCCCD board are represented by attorney David Llewellyn, who is also a visiting professor at Chapman University who specializes in constitutional law. “The tradition opening public events with an invocation goes back to the founding of the country,” said Llewellyn. “It’s as old as the country and the district would like to continue with that tradition.”

DSC “Power of Words” KYLIE CORBETT

Saddleback College’s Diversity Student Council is currently looking into ideas for future events and campaigns. The promotion of awareness of social equality issues surrounding LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people has greatly influenced DSC’s interest in starting a Power of Words campaign. DSC will soon be purchasing a banner and flag due to the increasing numbers of suicides as the result of peer bullying. The banner and flag will encompass the idea of equality. This campaign will emphasize the use of better words and the importance of accepting one another. “The flag will be navy blue with a [yellow] equal sign on it,” said Courtney Fries, 18,

nursing, a member of the council. “The banner is actually divided into separate sections and in the sections there are various words in each section.” The banner and flag will be located inside the Associated Student Government room, advocating a judgment-free environment for all students, no matter their background or who they are as a person. “By having a visual aid such as an equality flag is a good start to showing that we are a fully accepting group,” said Jonathan Gossett, 19, business. For more information on this article, visit, for more information on the DSC, visit w w w. s a d d l e b a c k . e d u / a s g / diversitystudentcouncil.html.

Geography of death presents startling statistics ASHLEY PETERSON


he honors students of Geology 2: Cultural Geography each chose a global location where people are dying from a disease, event, or situation. After comprehensive research, the students created posters for a visual display and one-hour presentation last week. “The Geography of Death” showed how different cultures deal with death. Some of the presentations included tsunamis to genocide to traffic fatalities. Students judged each other on abstract expectation, content, illustrations, geography, layout, text, writing, mechanics and citations. According to the student’s statistics, the number one cause of

death globally is heart disease, followed by head trauma. Respiratory infections, HIV/AIDs, and pulminary disease complete the top five types of fatalities. The presentation about genocide in Darfur demonstrated the totalitarianism of the goverment. “Over the past five years, over 400,000 Darfurian civilians have been killed,” according to the poster. “Despite an abundance of oil and other natural resources, the vast majority of Sudan’s people live in poverty, and its government has been described as ‘the most repressive regime in the world’.” Lithuania has the highest suicide rate in the word, with the number of suicides steadily increasing over the last 20 years. “It has the highest suicide rate in the world. Suicides have

increased steadily since independence in 1990, especially among young men (up 195 percent) and women aged 50 to 59 (up 106 percent). In 1996 the suicide rate hit an all-time high of 46.4 per 100,000 people before settling at 44 in 1997,” according to the presentation. The poster showed compared suicide rates of other countries including Russia, Estonia, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain and Greece. Other presentations included deaths in Africa due to an overabundance of standing water, which attract mosquitoes. Research shows that malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. “My mom was raised in Af-

rica, she had Malaria. So did my cousin,” said Garret Schimitt, 19, global studies. “I’ve also been to Africa a few times so I decided to do this project.” Another presentations CAUSES OF DEATH: Studies around the included how world reveal the actual numbers of victims affected an epidemic by numerous epidemics. of AIDS in water earthquake, landslide, Swaziland is the nation’s deadly enemy, or volcanic eruption. More forecasting that the country rarely, a tsunami can be generwill not survive if the spread ated by a giant meteor impact of the disease is not halted. with the ocean. These events A tsunami is a series of great have killed many in Indonesia. More at sea waves caused by an under-



addleback College’s Center for Career and Life Development, aligning with TalentMarks. com, has offered webinars every Wednesday for the last seven weeks, with the final two scheduled the beginning of December. This series of web-based seminars feature CEOs, founders of websites, and other business professionals who inform approximately 150 career centers on the career topic of the week. “Cracking the Hidden Job Market,” with speaker Donald Asher, internationally recognized author and speaker, will be Wednesday, Dec. 1. Both remaining webinars will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Center for Career and Life Development, located in the Student Services Center, Room 140. For more information or to RSVP, call (949) 582-4575 or



tudents, faculty and alumni will demonstrate and sell handmade jewelry, holiday gifts, and other arts and crafts at the Annual Holiday Jewelry Sale at Saddleback College next week. An expected 25 students will be selling their wares and jewelry apparel. The Jewelry Club will receive 25 percent of all sales profit to sponsor guest artists and workshops in the jewelry classes. The creations will be for sale in the Student Services Center, Room 212 on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. Cash, check, MasterCard or Visa credit cards will be expected. Free parking will be available in Lot 5. For more information, e-mail



hi Theta Kappa held their induction ceremony Monday Nov. 22, from 7-9 p.m. in SSC 212. Saddleback President Tod Burnett made an appearance. According to the honor society’s advisor Basil Smith, the event celebrates the academic achievement of its members. Phi Theta Kappa is an academic honor society made up of a group of diverse individuals who share a common commitment to learning and a proven record of academic success.

Bookstore sale MATT GARVEY


he bookstore will hold faculty and staff appreciation days on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2. There will be a sale on select Saddleback College apparel and gifts in the bookstore for students and staff alike. Snacks and appetizers will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bookstore’s goal is to put on a staff appreciation day once a year to honor the commitment of people who teach and work on campus.




W E D N E S D AY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010

Urban Fusion show is a huge success EVELYN CAICEDO


Photos by Nathaniel Vamvas/ Lariat Staff

PICTURED: Keloie Koziol, 19, undecided walked down down the runway for the first time.

lement, RVCA, three fashion shows, and disc jockey John Henry were just a few of many participants at the Saddleback College fashion department’s Urban Fusion. “The main focus for events like this is so the artistic students have a place to exhibit their work and show what they can do,” said Robert Stuppy, the Urban Fusion host who is a standup comedian at the Pechanga Casino. “Anytime a community college can pull big-time vendors like Element and RVCA is a fantastic event.” Urban Fusion took place last Thursday afternoon in the Quad. Since it was during class hours, the event didn’t get as much hype as the directors hoped for but many students still attended and had time to pass by all the vendors on their way to class. “I think it turned out really well,” said Talia Samuels, 18, communications, the event’s director. “I expected to have a lot of other stress come out of it, but everything has fallen into place and it has all worked out. I am happy.” All types of retailers were a part of Urban Fusion this year from long-time store owners to first-time student vendors. Michaela Ammirato, 18, child development, has never sold any of her accessories before and she decided to make her first appearance and had great success. She said she spent the previous two months crafting knitted scarves, hair accessories and flower-tipped pens for the event. “It was really exciting being at my first event and getting to

show all of my hand-made accessories,” said Ammirato. Other vendors were there to support various social issue causes. Krochet Kids International’s representative Katrina Bookhout was there supporting Uganda’s rise above poverty selling crocheted hats, scarves, and laptop cases. “All of the proceeds go back into the program to give them a fair salary,” Bookhout said, “so they can send their kids to school and get the medical attention if needed.” Todd Larson, director of the Elemental Awareness Foundation, had discounted rates for all the merchandise they were selling to raise money for the non-profit organization. “Our mission is to work with inner city kids that love to skateboard and just try to give them an opportunity to spend a weekend in the mountains and to have a nice connection with nature that they wouldn’t have in an urban environment,” said Larson. “It really is life changing. I love it.” RVCA, a clothing company based in Costa Mesa, had 10 percent of all of their merchandise sales go to support the fashion department at Saddleback. “We love it. We are just trying to give back to the community where college kids are our core audience, so we just want to give them a little treat every once in awhile with the big sales,” said representative Anthony Piukehi. “Plus, anytime we can support the fashion department, that is great.” Along with all the clothing and art vendors, the culinary arts department had a chili

cook-off where students acted as judges. All the contestants had a great attitude coming into the competition, but all had teasingly competitive. But, frames of mind believing that their team would triumph over their peers. “It is great to be at Urban Fusion,” said Phong Ha, 32, culinary arts. “Everyone is coming by and having a good time which is always great.” Throughout the event there were three fashion shows with student models showcasing some of the vendors’ pieces. “It felt great walking down the runway,” said Kelsie Kozoil, 19, dance. “I want to be a model, so it definitely was a great experience to be out in front of a bunch of people and trying to work the runway.” The models were hand picked by the Urban Fusion directors in the beginning of the semester according to their model-like character. Many hours of practice walking the runway were logged prior to the event prior to their debut. “It felt great knowing that we accomplished it and that our hard work practicing our walk a billion times pulled off,” Koziol said. Urban Fusion has never had so many added features compared to previous years, making it an eventful one. “I hope all the vendors had success and I hope they had fun and enjoyed,” said Stella Amirkhanian, the director of the fashion merchandise program. “We will hope to do it again next year.”

“Winterdance” event chills the audience EVELYN CAICEDO


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RUNWAY FAME: The Urban Fusion show had many independant models but many were students.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Rodriguez

ON TOE: The lovely, classical ballet dance gripped the audience in perfect awe and wonder.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Rodriguez

FIERY TANGO: The Argentinian tango dancers showed enormous passion in this latin dance.

passionate tango piece, a native Hawaiian dance, and a tap dancing battle with a drum section were just some of the performances by Saddleback College students in “Winterdance 2010” presented by the dance department last Thursday and Friday in the McKinney Theatre. Winterdance provides the opportunity for dance students to showcase the hard work that they have put forth throughout the semester. It had some of the most popular dance styles as well as some unique finds. Twelve performances with over 50 students displayed a variation of dances, such as the first piece of the night, a ballet recital named “Esemplastic.” The curtains opened five minutes passed their designated time, but the dancers definitely captured the audiences’ attention with their skill through solos and simultaneous choreography. The background displayed different colors and scenes that paralleled the music. The next dance presented the passionate Argentinean Tango with the students in pairs. The tango dancers displayed their connection with their partners in an electrifying performance holding the audience in awe with the dance number. Next, a more contemporary piece, “Consequences,” set a completely different atmosphere. The dancers portrayed the story using a domino effect — when one dancer does something it results in consequences

for the others. The accompanying music had an unusual rhythm, almost like the beeping of a heart, creating emotion from the performance. Fourth on the stage, representing a native Hawaiian dance, the Pule Makai dance showed a more upbeat and colorful dance. Other dances included a Prince-inspired tap dancing piece, complete with sparkling outfits which made for another moving dance. Then last to perform before intermission was a smooth, rhythmic dance named “I Will Not Be Sad in This World.” The modern dance grasped the viewers’ emotions with their slow tempo beat and of their message of unison. Following intermission was the most popular dance of our generation, Hip Hop. Fifteen students swarmed the staged and revived the audience through the bass tossed out by some of the most well-liked songs of this age. Another more complex ballet presentation, “Beneath the Layers,” stunned the audience with the professionalism in their routine with the flawless precision in their steps and delightful outfits. Next to perform was a belly-dancing routine where the sound of their outfits jingled to the beat of the music making the viewers want to dance along. The second-to-last performance had a more comedic act where the two tap dancers had a battle with two drummers who mimiced their sound. Spectators laughed and cheered as their performance continued. “I loved the tap dancing act with the drums because it was different than

the rest of the performances,” said Elizabeth Hexeuberg. The finale highlighted the song “Somebody to Love,” originally recorded by the rock group Queen, but revitalized most recently as part of the hit TV show Glee. The performance was named “Revival” and that is exactly what it had done to the viewers. “The performance went really well. I have been attending this for about five years and I absolutely love coming each time,” said Ruth Slater, mother of Matt Slater of the “Revival” dance. “I especially loved the ballet piece, but of course my favorite was with my son in the last performance.” In all, the spectators and families could tell that the performers and choreographers spent many hours into making this performance as spectacular as it had showcased. “I thought that the whole performance was phenomenal.” said Adam Rtunda. “In fact it had inspired my 4-year-old daughter to dance, so this was perfect for her.” Linda Ruddy, parent of belly dancer Cathryn Ruddy, thought that they did a great job as well. “You can tell that they have done a lot of practicing, because they all appeared very professional,” said Ruddy. “It made me very proud that the college would provide this event for the students.” Winterdance 2010 was directed by Dorothy Anderson Garant and choreographed by instructors in the dance department. Proceeds go toward concert expenses and student scholarships.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Rodriguez

DANCE CENTRAL: Opening the show was the ballet “Esembleplastic” performed by six dancers.



Beducation udgetcutsleavestate in the dump KYLIE CORBETT


udget cuts have drastically changed student’s goals throughout all educational levels. Think back to freshmen year in high school. To a lot of students, it’s that year everyone got the kick in the butt they needed for that awkward transition from middle school to high school, a completely new environment. Most of us were told by our parents to succeed and get an over-the-top GPA or scholarship, allowing us to attend a four-year university straight after high school. But what happens when the economy takes a dump and cuts are

made within education? A fiscal emergency was declared back in January 2008, to an increasing state budget deficit of $14.5 billion. Fast forward to today. The state currently has a budget of $102.9 billion to cover, which is incredibly high. Three fiscal emergencies have been announced since 2008. One of the three took place to make the Legislature hold a special session in order to start making solutions. At this time, lawmakers are not certain on how to solve this ongoing crisis. However, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to call another fiscal emergency to have yet another special session of the legislature before he leaves office on

Dec. 6. On this day, a new legislature will be sworn in. Lawmakers approved new budget revisions to eliminate cuts in July 2009. There was an estimated $15 billion in cuts to education throughout all levels, including K-12 up to university level. As much as I wish this deficit could be fixed and not hurt damage as many people’s future as it already has, I know money will always be a problem to our society. Legislative analyst’s predict that California will reach a $25.4 billion deficit by June 2012. As a graduate of 2010, my class as a whole was one of the biggest classes that had ever attended my local high school. At every


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alloween is the one night a year that it’s OK for a woman to dress sexy and provocative. Yep, like a slut. She can wear a skirt so short or a shirt so deeply cut that if she bends at the slightest angle or has a few too many and forgets about her minimal attire, she may flash the world her va-jayjay, or flash a nipple without the media orgy about Janet Jackson’s “nipple oops” at the Super Bowl halftime show a few years ago. Hey, it’s OK, it’s Halloween. The next day she will return to work dressed in her more prudish business attire or to school with her hair in a ponytail, no makeup and wearing sweats. However acceptable for one who is over 18, how would you feel if it was

high school there are always those known people that you know will go far in life. As a junior and senior however, I even watched those people struggle when it came time to fill out college applications. Throughout all four years of high school, you work for this GPA that is going to get you into a four-year school. Suddenly however, you realize GPA isn’t the factor that will be deciding whether you go to a four-year or attend a community college first. The problem is now money. Although tuition and the cost of an education are on the rise, lack of money shouldn’t determine someone’s dreams of where they want to end up in life.


op music has recently transitioned into a more of a dance pop genre with synthesizers and major auto tuning. Lady gaga appeared in the music scene a couple years back, impacting the industry with fun dance beats and crazy fashion. Lately she has been on tour, seeming to have taken a break from appearances and not releasing any new music in over a year. Ke$ha calls her self “the new b*tch on

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I recycled the cat costume into that of a bumble bee, adding some yellow felt stripes and replacing the ears with antennae and the tail with a stinger. Catalogs and websites for costume shops show pre-pubescent girls standing in provocative poses in costumes such as Indian Princess, Punk Pirate, Lucky Leprechaun. Are they young preteen girls or kiddie porn stars? The costumes run the gauntlet from questionable to outfits only grown women would wear in the boudoir when sex is on the agenda. Over the years, the costume industry’s acceptable age to go from sweet to slutty has digressed from older teens, to the 10- to 12-yearold tweens, and now to those only 7 or 8 years old. But this fall a group of concerned moms held “Intervene on Halloween”

to show young girls and their parents “there are lots of other ways you can dress on Halloween.” In mid-October, they held a workshop at Hunter College in New York City. One of the event’s organizers, Deborah Tolman, wrote in the Huffington Post, “Raising a daughter with a chance at sexual health and sexual literacy is difficult enough; when sex is overused to oversell, it can feel like a Sisyphean task.” Please, let little girls be little girls. It’s sad enough that the media and society control the perception of what is acceptable. Be a parent. Be an older sibling. Do what’s right in your own moral conscience. Remember that before long, your innocent princess will be wearing JUICY across her butt.

the block.” Many people comparing her to Gaga, with her fashion choices and elaborate performances. When artists are in the same category they often get compared, just like the rival of the pop queens, Britney and Christina back in the day. I can see how people could compare Lady Gaga and Ke$ha, they are both popular female artists, with similar sounds. The major difference is that Gaga has great vocals, and is classically trainedwhich Ke$ha is not. Her style of singing [if that’s what you

want to call it] is talk-sing. Ke$ha’s songs are very well produced, and fun to dance to, but underneath the layers of editing, I am sure there isn’t anything extraordinary. Today we don’t see the great vocalists like Mariah and Whitney, the closest being Lady Gaga when she sits at a piano and just belts. When everything is stripped down, she sounds amazing, it’s magical and she captivates the audience, without the fancy clothes and over the top performances. If Ke$ha did that I don’t think her

vocals would be comparable to Gaga. Don’t get me wrong-Ke$a’s new album Cannibal is great, produced well, and fun to listen to. Her songs don’t get old; they are fresh and fun even after months of listening. Pop music is fun these days; the producers are doing a great job with new artists, without them they might not be as popular as they are. We can call watch and see if there is a rival brewing between Gaga and Ke$ha, but in the mean time its fun to listen to them and just dance!

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Heather Jackson, 21, musical theater “I’m going to the Gap and Banana Republic. They have crazy deals, everything is 50% off and there are cozy winter jackets!”

Dani Bryans, 19, undecided “I am working at 6 am on black Friday, so I’ll be with all of the crazy shoppers!”

Sabrina Adalat, 18, undecided “I hate waking up early, but if I had too I would probably go to Best Buy to get lenses for my SLR camera.”

Ian McMaster, 20, Communications “Black Friday is pretty crazy! I have work, but I will probably end up getting Call of Duty: Black Ops.”

Julietta Galkina, 20, Undecided “I’d wake around 9am and go to Urban Outfitters. I want warmer leather jacket with fur.”

Dillon Hodge, 19, engineering “I might try out Game Stop, ill probably wake up early that day and see if they have any controllers on sale.”

Saeed Marandi, 18, political science “Honestly I do have some holiday money, so I might go to Lucky brand and get another western style shirt. I’m not that hardcore committed...”

Jill Harvey, 48, nutrition “Black Friday scares me! The crowds and the chaos are too much for me! It’s not a priority, but I would go to Borders and get some books...”

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your 10-year-old sister or daughter wearing a militarythemed Drama Queen Major Flirt costume, complete with miniskirt, black boots, black fingerless gloves and a spiked choker. Oh yeah, don’t forget the makeup. Your young relative is now a pedophile’s orgasmic fantasy. This costume distributor, Spirit, lists a costume on their website SpritHalloween. com with the description, “Make any soldier with an attitude drop and give you 20 when you suit up as Major Flirt, the highest-ranking Drama Queen in the army! What happened to the days when a girl’s mom would make her a cute costume with craft store charm? My daughter was an assortment of creative creatures over the years including a black cat (made with black sweats and silver fabric paint with felt ears and tail). The next year

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Tutu-making class brings in intricate designs JULIE TRAN

Beginning in the spring 2011 semester, Saddleback College will add a class dedicated to the creation of classical and romantic style tutus. The course will be part of the fashion program, led by instructor Donna Dickens. The class will be a first for the campus since the course wasn’t taught in the south Orange County community colleges. “The tutu-making class is a great way for students to create and design as well as helping them get their foot into the fashion or theater business,” said Dickens. Dickens’ been creating tutus for the past 30 years, originally started out making costumes for her children. She attended Orange Coast College’s fashion program and transferred to Cal State Long Beach’s theater program. Dickens received a

degree in costume design while attending CSULB. The origins of the classical and romantic tutu were derived from the 1800s when ballet was introduced in Paris and Russia from Italy. The classical tutu was originally ankle length while the romantic tutu was the shorter and flatter-looking piece. As time passed, the names for the tutus reversed, so today, the romantic tutu is the ankle length version while the classical is the tutu that looks similar to an inverted plate. The process of creating tutus is an extremely laborious and long one with an average of 40 hours going into a basic tutu. Additional hours may be added into the creation of a tutu depending on what fabric is used, how many layers are featured, as well as any embellishments. Some of the materials used in creating a tutu can range from polyester, knits, silks, or tulle. Steel boning and wire hoops

are also used to create the structure necessary in the tutu. Dickens creates tutus for dance productions as well as private individuals who want to commission her work. Due to the lengthy task of creating one, many of them carry a high price tag. “A basic tutu will cost about $1200 and it will go higher depending on what fabric, trims, and decorations are used,” Dickens said. Among her works, Dickens uses her own skill to create not only tutus, but also the various accessories and headpieces for ballet dancers. For tiaras, Dickens handcrafts wire and Swarovski crystals to create intricate designs. As for some of her arm pieces or bodices, Dickens stitches tiny beads, crystals, or fancy embroidery thread to create a look fitting for the person’s specifications.

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artist in the industry, Armin Van Buuren. However, he tries to draw from all the different types of music he enjoys. “I have a broad taste of music. I don’t become stuck in one genre,” Samuelian said.

“The best thing is being able to share the music with other people.” -Garrett Samuelian

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GRACE: The tutu above is one of the items Donna Dickens has worked on and it’s an example of the Classical tutu style.

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FOR THE LOVE OF TRANCE: DJ Insomniac has been DJing since 2006 and has fans in 31 different countries from his podcast, “The Sound of Insomnia”.

“I like to build new boundaries and get people to move.” Throughout his establishing career, he has met famous DJs such as Tiesto, Kaskade, Armin Van Burren, and Markus Schulz. In the past, Kaskade has worked with him on his music. Majoring in business management and finance, Samuelian has an upcoming show in Salt Lake City on Nov. 27. Attendance is estimated to be around ten-thousand to fifteenthousand people. According to Samuelian, electronic music is beginning to play a major role in the music industry. “It’s slowly making its way into all genres,” Samuelian said. “If I can play a small role in enhancing electronic influence in music, I’d be happy. I want to share my passion with everyone.” Music fans can listen to Samuelian’s podcast titled “The Sound of Insomnia” with DJ Insomniac.

Cash for crops gives scholarships at plant sale DYLAN LUJANO


o raise money for scholarships granted by the Horticulture Foundation, the greenhouse across from the Technology and Applied Science building was open to the public last Thursday and Friday. People could purchase plants grown by the Saddleback College horticulture and landscape design department. Hosted bi-annually by the department, the sale is in its eighteenth year. Available plants and flowers included hanging baskets, seasonal color bowls, succulents, Madagascar palms, herbs and more. All were grown on the campus and is of high-quality and

low priced. “People lined up at 8 a.m. waiting for the doors to open,” said Johanna Browne, a greenhouse assistant.

“The community loves the sale and each year it gets bigger and bigger.”

- Yvonne Alliman, horiculture lab technician According to Browne, advertising for the sale is done mainly by just word of mouth and also advertised on the Sad-

dleback website. “I love the chance to be creative with the plants, combining colors and textures,” said Tina Maldini, succulent designer and greenhouse assistant. “There is so much variety, and very low maintenance.” The sale is popular among teachers on campus, who buy their plants and put them on hold during breaks in between classes. “Growing the plants is my favorite part,” said Yvonne Alliman, a horticulture lab technician. “The community loves the sale and every year it gets bigger and better.” Scholarships are bestowed at the end of the spring semester. Last year, a total of $7,500 was awarded.

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FLOWERPOTS: Shoppers at the greenhouse look at various plants before deciding on a purchase.

Family Night brings in hopeful students

Campus Visit: Dec. 1 10am – 1pm Quad Area

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amily night is the opportunity for potential students to get more information about transferring; the honors program; degree, career and certification programs; and concurrent high school enrollment opportunities. Gathered in the Student Services Center building last Tuesday evening, prospective students and their parents had the opportunity to get all of their questions answered about Saddleback College. The night began by speeches from many different representatives of Saddleback telling


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FUTURE GAUCHOS: Parents and potential students attended Family Night in order to get information regarding Saddleback College. their part in the department, such as the transfer center and the financial aid center. Having previously heard great things about the college, Ana Slater, parent of Janelle, 16, said she was excited to hear more information about Saddleback. The culinary arts department served gourmet dishes before and after the presentation.

Darlene Bayer-Knudsen, 31, culinary arts, was one of many in her department to serve the guests. “It is great to see all of the future Saddleback families go to this type of event and want to learn about their prospective school,” said Bayer-Knudsen. Following the representatives’ speeches, the families

circulated around the cafeteria area where booths were set up for students to take a look at specific areas of Saddleback. The Teacher Preparation Pipeline program table wanted to reach students that felt any desire to teach.

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W E D N E S D AY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010

Playoffs slip away for Gaucho football STEPHANIE PLEŠE



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PLAYING DEFENSE: Saddleback defense tackles Cerritos in the midst of the rain Saturday night in the fourth quarter.

IVC Golf wins state title JULIE TRAN


he women’s golf team at Irvine Valley College swept its way to its first state title this s e a s o n . The Lasers captured Orange Empire Conference and Southern California crowns, then rallied from five strokes behind at the two-day, 36hole state final to win by four strokes. College of the Canyons finished second, defending champion Sacramento City College finished third and Modesto Junior College was fourth. The state tournament was held Nov. 15-16 at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills. Freshman Chelsea Kasprowicz led the Lasers, slicing nine strokes off her total on the second day of the tournament. She finished with a 169. Freshmen

Foya Lazare turned in a team-best 78 on the second day and freshman Kaycee Fuller came in eight strokes better on her second round on the par-74 course. IVC sophomore Nicole Rivera came into the tournament as the Orange Empire Conference and Southern California player of the year. She finished with a 155, good for fifth place in individual competition. Rivera finished third statewide a year ago. As a team, IVC finished the regular season with a 27-3 record. Saddleback’s women’s golf team finished the season at 30-9 as a team and was second behind IVC in the OEC to advance to the SoCal regionals. Grace Komoroczy finished second in the OEC overall and was named all-conference.

Cross country runs to State finals EVELYN CAICEDO


omen’ s cross country finished in the fourteenth place at the state tournament Nov. 20 at Woodward Park in Fresno. Two freshman runners, Evonna Ramirez and Chelsea Owens, earned All-Orange Empire Conference honors. Ramirez finished the race in twenty third place with only 32 seconds away from the top-10 spot.

Saddleback volleyball ends season with loss DAVID GUTMAN


addleback’s women’s volleyball ended its season at home with a four-game loss against Orange Coast College, 25-15, 25-21, 17-25 and 25-21. The Gauchos played admirably against the Pirates, who finished their season third in the Orange Empire Conference. IVC volleyball made playoffs for the 2009- 2010 season. The women host Riverside yesterday at 7 p.m. Because of time usses the Lariat could not cover

Her final time on the course was 19:02:13. In relation to her previous race in the regional finals two weeks prior, she improved her time by 58 seconds. Owens finished fifty second overall and cut more than two minutes off her time at the Southern California finals. Her best time was 19:43:22. Following their performance, both freshmen were named to the ALL-OEC team. Ramirez was selected for the first team and Owens was chosen for the second.

he football team at Saddleback College ended its season last Saturday a couple of steps from where it had hoped. Instead of playing for the Southern California title later this week, the Gauchos are home following a 34-14 loss to Cerritos College in the Southern California Bowl. It was sweet revenge for the Falcons, who were beat by Saddleback, 28-24 during the regular season. Cerritos (9-2) plays at undefeated Mt. San Antonio College (11-0) in the regional final Saturday. Going into the game, Saddleback was seeded second and Cerritos was third. The final game stats were surprisingly even, although Cerritos held the ball five more minutes than the Gauchos. The Falcons were more efficient, however. Saddleback had 22 more plays overall. The game began the same way the last five wins started for Saddleback (8-3). Cerritos had the first touch down late into the first quarter. Saddleback fans did not lose hope considering most of their wins this

season have been comebacks after their opponents score the first touch down. A pass to Donnell Dickerson tied the score, 7-7, six seconds into the second quarter. The game continued differently for Saddleback when Cerritos scored a second touchdown, and a third, then a fourth before the half. In the third quarter Cerritos put another 7 points on the scoreboard making the score 34-7. Timmy Smith scored a touchdown for the Gauchos 23 seconds later with a 100-yard kickoff return. Michael Frisina helped with both extra points for the Gauchos. Gaucho defense played a strong fourth quarter keeping the Falcons from scoring any further but unfortunately the Gauchos could not score either. The Gauchos put up a fight this season and played their hardest against Cerritos. Donnell Dickerson, offensive player of the game Saturday, has a gain of almost 700 yards for the season. This was coach, Mark McElroy’s tenth straight bowl game. Last year the Gauchos held an overall record of 9-2 and this year the Gauchos stayed strong with a record of 8-3.

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SCORE OF 155: Orange Empire and Southern California player of the year Nicole Rivera.

The team qualified for the State meet when it finished eleventh at the Southern California finals in Mission Bay Nov. 6. Ramirez, Owens, Kristen Anderson and Amy Jystad led the team at the SoCal finals running the best times of the season in the three-mile race. Ramirez placed the highest of her team finishing in 20th place out of 194 runners. She ran the course in 20 minutes making her 27 seconds away from the top-10 ranking. Owens and Anderson finished 52nd and 54th. Jystad achieved her personal best at the SoCal tournament, shaving 30 seconds off her previous time.

Before the game, the coaches commemorated the sophomore players on their dedication to the team. The parents of the players were called down and give several gifts to the players and the coaches. The game began with OCC taking the first serve. They started to dominate the first period with Saddleback struggling to retaliate. Eventually Saddleback started to score their own points. Though a great effort, the first period was over with a 2515 victory over the Pirates. Saddleback fought hard and took a fresh 6-1 lead in the second game, but OCC eventually caught up, tying the score at 20-20. However, their battle was lost when the Pirates took five of the next six points and the game ended 25-21. By the start of the third period, both teams begin to show stress as they scramble more and more to get the volleyball over the net.

Saddleback uses this to their advantage; outscoring and outplaying OCC for a third period win. By the start of the third game, both teams began to show stress as they scrambled more and more to get the volleyball over the net. Saddleback uses this to their advantage; outscoring and outplaying OCC for a win of 25-18. By the forth game the Pirates managed to trick the Gauchos with fake spikes and other strategies, racking up their points, winning 25-21. OCC outplayed Saddleback winning three out of the five games and claiming the match. Allyson Horner led the scoring with 13 error-free kills, with Morgan Kavanaugh and Melissa Chavez right behind with 10 kills each. On defense digs, Amber Murrietta had 13 and Kirby Butterworth had 10. Overall, the Gauchos had 10 solo blocks.

the game but you may access /athletics/wvolleyball for more information on the game results. The Lariat will continue to cover IVC women’s

volleyball as playoffs commence. You may access www.lariatnews. com/sports for more information.

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