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pproximately every 14 minutes someone takes their own life, leaving behind family and friends. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and 300 people die by suicide every year in Orange County alone. Many people involved in suicide prevention typically become involved after losing a family member or friend,

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is trying to start up a chapter in but the

Orange County, to bring awareness to the community and provide support for those that may be struggling with suicidal thoughts. “Even though AFSP is not a crisis center, we always have individuals that work with us to support people in crisis,” Jessica van der Stad, area director of AFSP, said. “We have events to reach out to people in crisis and give them the needed information and often times it’s just a matter of getting the hotline number out there, to educate people that suicide is preventable.” The national organization host walks to raise money for research and education programs such as the

“Out of the Darkness” community

walk at the Bill Barber Memorial Park that raised $57,486 with a record 718 pre-registered participants. The walks, as well as other events held by the AFSP, are a medium to distribute information and offer assistance to those who are survivors of suiSuicide cide or struggling with suicidal tendencies. Prior is a result of to the actual walk, a disease of attendees browse the various booths the brain, and from supporting not a sign of a o rg a n i z a t i o n s , such as the Jacquecharacter flaw lyn Bogue Founor weakness.” dation, that work - Michael Lamma, to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “1,100 kids die every year at the college level and so we have 1,100 backpacks on the ground -there were pictures and personal stories, all kinds of artwork and embroidery,” Linda Borders-Killian, volunteer for the Jacquelyn Bogue Foundation, said. “People were just walking around reading these stories, they’re going, ‘Oh, man. I

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had no idea.’ We got word latLocal foundations er that one kid left a note, and it work to “eliminate said, ‘Thank you for this wonderful exhibit. You know, I was suicidal, but I don’t the stigma of think I’m going to do it because I wouldn’t want to suicide.” leave that legacy for my family.’” Along with the informational booths from organizations, the event had a Remembrance Tent set up where wrote letters, drew sketches and posted pictures of those who passed from suicide. Honor beads were distributed to participants as a symbol of why they attended the event. Each color represented a different reason, such as loss of a child or loss of a friend.. Kameron Jones has been involved with suicide walks and events since his college best friend Owen Thomas’ passing in 2010. Jones said events like this show those at risk that there are people who care. “It makes them realize that it’s okay,” Jones said. “They shouldn’t feel like an outcast, depressed or sad. It’s not just them. It’s common and they can open up about it.” The suicide walks aren’t only to support those with suicidal tendencies, but also the families impactcollege kids ed by the loss of a loved one. die every year “The AFSP walk is a community walk that the first intention is to create hope in from suicide the community,” volunteer Che Hernandez said. “They can come and be with others that have already lost people in folks. They can look at resources the OC die that might be available that can give them hope in their own life from suicide and their own struggles.” each year According to the AFSP




“90 per“eliminate cent of people the stigma of who die by suicide have a suicide.” diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.” website,

10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Resources: (800) 784-2433

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(left) Kay Warren,

wife of Saddleback Church’s Pastor Rick Warren, hangs up a photo of her son, Mathew, lost to suicide in April 2013 at the age of 27, at the “Out of the Darkness” walk in Irvine, Calif. on Oct. 27.

(right) 3-year-old

Audrey Osburn works on arts and crafts with her mom, Melanie Osburn at the Rememberance Tent.

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Parking lot to close for construction Michael Grennell


After several years of planning, construction will finally begin this week on the new sciences building at Saddleback College. The sciences building will be built on part of what is now Parking Lot 5, located behind the Student Services Center. Beginning on Nov. 9, Parking Lot 5 will be completely closed off for two years during construction of the building, but Parking Lot 5A is expected to



remain open and unaffected. The closure of Parking Lot 5 will result in the loss of 270 parking spaces. According to the plans, the sciences building will cause the permanent loss of around 70 spaces, while the rest of the spaces should reopen at the end of construction. At the South Orange County Community College Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 28, Executive Director of Facilities Planning/Purchasing/Materials Management Brandye D’Lena gave a presentation on the progression of the construc-

tion and budget for the project. During her presentation, Student Trustee David Robinson asked D’Lena about the loss of parking spaces that would result from the construction. “We’ve had lengthy conversations around (the loss of parking),” D’Lena said. “We’re talking about putting some parking in ‘The Bowl.’” “The Bowl” is a nickname that refers to the grassy depression located between the Health Science and Business and General Studies buildings. D’Lena said that “The Bowl”

would be able to handle around 110 parking spaces. According to a press release from the school, the temporary parking in “The Bowl” would be available beginning in Spring 2014. Despite the temporary parking that would be available, students may still see an impact when trying to find parking in the mornings as there will be roughly 160 spots that will not be replaced by temporary parking. “I’m mad, because that’s where I’ve parked for the last



two years,” Lexi Saba, an 18-year-old business major, said. Jessica Morton, a 19-yearold child development major, also said she was upset about the lot closure, saying that she usually parked in Lot 5, and would now have to find parking further away. According to the September Facilities Plan Status Report, the budget for the sciences building project is almost $60 million, and is expected to be completed in Oct. 2015.

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A former Saddleback College student announced over the summer that he is running for a seat in the United States House of Representatives next year.. Greg Raths, a retired Marine Corps colonel, announced at the end of June that he intended to run for the 45th Congressional District seat. The seat opened up when incumbent Republican Rep. John Campbell announced his retirement following the completion of his term. “I feel that there is a starving for leadership in Washington,” Raths said. “The American people are fed up with the status quo. They’re fed up with all these politicians being paid off by special interest groups to run their campaigns and then having to do what (the special interest groups) tell them to do.” Raths graduated from Saddleback in 2009 with an associate degree in Political Science, after serving almost 30 years in the Marine Corps and retiring in 2004 as a colonel. Raths served as the Chief of Staff for the White House Military Office from 1996 to 1999, acting as a liaison between the Pentagon and the White House. This experience of working in Washington D.C., along with his years in the military, are why he feels he is the strongest candidate. “I’ve been in a leadership position, and I believe Washington needs leaders,” Raths said. “There needs to be a change, and we need to send a guy like Paul Revere on a horse and stir things up in (Washington D.C.), and that’s what I plan to do.” If Raths is elected to the House of Representatives next year, he wants to work on cutting on the government spending money that it doesn’t have. “The federal government, and the federal bureaucracy is so bloated, and so out of control with the spending of money, that I don’t even think the bureaucrats understand it,” Raths said. “Our country was founded as a republic with a small central government. The government is supposed to take care of the national security of the country, provide for common defense, and to print common money for all the states. It’s grown into this enormous hog, or pig, that’s just getting fatter and fatter. Unfortunately it’s gotten so out of hand, we’re spending money we don’t have.” According to Ballotpedia. org, Raths is one of four candidates to have formally declared their intent to run for the congressional seat. John Moorlach, the Second District Supervisor on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, state senator Mimi Walters, and local businessman Pat Maciariello are the other three candidates for the position. Raths remains confident in his campaign, and wants to make a difference in Washington D.C. “My number one concern is to go to Washington, and be a figure like Ted Cruz,” Raths said. “You know, a young buck who can get there and make changes.”




Education: The money Campus Comments: hungry system

Higher education is costing more and more for students each year KAYLEE JOHNSTON


Although education in the United States is only compulsory up until a minimum of age 16, it is becoming more apparent that schooling through college is the more accurate requirement. With jobs often only opening up to those with a college degree, students have no choice but to drown in student debt from various loans and other supplemental purchases that accompany the “college experience.” The amount of outstanding student debt has risen from less than $250 billion to about $1 trillion, according to the Huffington Post. With such a high amount of debt appearing hand-in-hand with a college diploma, it almost seems that not going to college would make life easier. Starting work instead of going to school would allow for saving money and not falling into debt with student loans, right? Well, unfortunately that isn’t the case as it is becoming less likely that those without a college degree even get hired for simplistic, minimumwage jobs. A college diploma, or even just some amount of college education is becoming a necessity in acquiring jobs.


The unemployment rate of those who have a high school diploma versus those who have a college degree is a 2.1 percent difference according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If the requirement for a job is a college degree, landing a student in debt before they can even get a job seems like quite the Catch-22. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in the past 20 years, tuition fees for four-years have gone up from about $3,500 to about $22,000, and tuition fees for two-years have gone up from about $2,200 to about $9,000. The increase in tuition, appearing to be an average of an 8 percent increase per year according to, will only continue to drive student loan debt farther into the ground. College isn’t simply a matter of tuition anymore, though. Books. Computer programs. Connect links. College is becoming

the voiceover from an infomercial: “But wait, there’s more!” Half of the items purchased often become a waste of money rather than a gain in education. Handing out $200 for that math book seemed like a good idea until you see it building dust on your desk from the rare use of it. The building up of supplemental costs on top of already expensive tuition fees for two-years and four-years isn’t going away anytime soon, and students are taking the hits from the loans.

Considering education is becoming a more technologybased system, textbooks and other supplemental materials should only be required in an online format. Although this would still cost money, online purchases are often less costly.

What do you think about the upcoming closure of Lot 5? “I mean, I guess it’s necessary because they need to build more buildings. But, at the same time, parking is already a problem. I feel like you have to get to school an hour early if you have a nine o’clock class or a ten o’clock class, so it will be interesting to see. ”

-WALKER BROCK, 23, nursing

“It’s going to make things a lot worse, and it’s like it’s not even worth buying a parking permit now. I might as well park over in the mall area because it’s free. Why would I spend sixty dollars not to be able to park here?”

-KELLY MURRAY, 23, undecided “I don’t know how big the building’s going to be, but the only thing is parking is already bad, you know. So, I think it’s going to get a lot more flustered, a lot more traffic, but I think after two years it will pay off.”

-ALEX BATEMAN, 22, computer science Illustration by Anibal Santos

Why it’s important to see a counselor before receiving one that a counselor had to go over with me. Now wanting to further my education in a nearby university, It’s apparent requirements for entry into a California State University are different than those for a University of California and the requirements for a chosen major come into play depending on which type of university I choose. One might think that’s the end of it, but not quite. When students are ready to fill out our transfer application, they find that not all of their units are transferable. And have they completed the “Golden Four?” There are special counselors with an entire office dedicated in this endeavor. An appointment is also needed. Plus there is a workshop they can sign them for to help us through this process. Zak Beard, a 21-year-old majoring in Business said, “The system can be kind of complex and confusing and there’s a lot of systems to transfer out, so you’re really making sure you’re on track and able to get out, because it can be tricky and there’s a lot of nuances and a lot of little speed bumps to knock you off track.” So students can be happily cruising at a nice speed until they round the last turn to find a hole in the gas tank. They had not pre-



The first thing a student should do when enrolling in college is to make an appointment with an academic counselor. This person has all the assets and knowledge to get your train going down the right track. Pam Barr, a generalist counselor said, “One of the major differences between high school and college is the choices the students have to make at college, and in order to make sure they’re taking what will meet their needs and help them reach their goal, they want to work with counselors from the very beginning.” Barr especially wants freshmen to know that a counselor in college is different than one in high school. They are here to help you, whereas if we saw one in high school, we were probably in trouble. “I think in high school, counselors deal a lot with disciplinary issues and students here are under the impression you only see a counselor if you’re in trouble though it’s a totally different role that we play and we basically are student advocates,” Barr said. After obtaining a horticulture certificate, I decided to pursue an associate’s degree; but there are specific requirements to fulfill


pared properly for our intended outcome, sometimes even with well-intended parental help. It is also important to see a counselor before registering each semester because changes may come down that might affect students. ”We do really encourage students to find a counselor and stay with the counselor and see someone every semester,” said Barr. “ It is very difficult for us to keep students informed of all the recent changes and they really need to take the responsibility to become informed for themselves.” Saddleback has all the services available to help prepare students as they transition on their academic quest.They can save ourselves a lot of time and money if we contact the counseling office in the Student Services Center and make an appointment. “There are three ways to make an appointment. One is going online to the website, second one is I’d recommend a person come here in person, it’s a lot easier. And the third would be over the phone, but we get a high volume of people calling at one time,” said Author Araiza counsel office assistant.



Free coffee and creamer are only two of the wonderful perks to the frugal lifestyle as an unpaid intern. Well, depending on the employer. Aside from the coffee, internships are great gateways to other work opportunities in the professional world. Internships can turn into a career or even just further along your knowledge in the field. Though the salary for busy days in an office carrying out grunt work is often nothing, working for free to gain experience is well worth the devoted time and stress. Prices vary depending on which school the student is attending. Yes, to gain school credit for an internship, price per unit still applies. Saddleback College is no exception. The good news is that Saddleback charges community college rates per unit, so it’s less than through universities. The price per regular class unit is $46. For a three-unit accredited unpaid internship this would cost a student $138. You could say that $138 is a steal compared to the $600-$1500 price placed on accredited internships charged by four-year CORRECTIONS: In the Oct. 16 issue of “Lariat,” Iman Moujtahed was quoted as referring to the loss of her 2-year-old niece to cancer. Moujtahed actually lost her 11-year-old cousin to cancer. In the Oct. 23 issue of “Lariat,” former

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Gauchos shoot down Comets Lauderdale had 10 catches and two touchdowns in Saddleback’s 45-17 blowout of conference rival Palomar

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The Saddleback College football team came away with the win Saturday night, as they blew out the conference rival Palomar Comets 45-17. With the win, Saddleback is now 4-4 on the season, and 2-2 in conference play, while Palomar drops to 2-6 (1-3). The Gauchos are currently tied for third place in the National Southern Conference with the Grossmont College Griffins. The Gaucho’s offense and defense played sound, with the defense holding the Comets to minimal scores and the offense capitalizing on various plays. Saddleback quarterback, receivers and kicker led an air assault against the Comets with 38 points in the air. Wide receiver Eric Lauderdale had an exceptional night with 124 yards and three touchdowns on 10 receptions. It was Lauderdale’s fourth game of the season with more than 100 yards receiving, and his second straight game with multiple touchdowns. Humbled by his performance, Lauderdale said, “I think I performed well tonight. It’s not my best game, but I think I did my job and so did my teammates.” Gaucho quarterback Tim Belman set a national record for most career pass attempts on Saturday, breaking the old record of 833 pass attempts, previously held by quarterback David Pittman of Pasadena City College. Belman now has a total of 868 pass attempts in his two seasons as Saddleback quarterback, with two games left in the regular season. Belman threw five touchdowns in the win, as well as 372 yards thrown (33-46). The Comets had a hard time warming up and only scored 2 touchdowns and a field goal. Lamb linked up with receiver Sam Browning for both touchdowns.


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11/8 at 6 p.m. vs. Santa Ana

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11/5 at 7 p.m. vs. Irvine Valley

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11/6 at 6 p.m. @ San Clemente GC


RECORD BREAKER: Quarterback Tim Belman broke a national record for the most pass attempts in a 2 year career during the game against Palomar, Saturday. “We had opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of and we came out the third quarter and really didn’t get anything established,” Palomar Head Coach Joe Early said. “They put points on the board and we played catch up from there on out.” Saddleback defense made key turnovers in the second half that gave the offense room to breathe. In the third quarter on a kickoff, Gaucho Doug Ruggles recovered a fumble from the Comets, which led to a Saddleback score on the following drive.

Then in the fourth quarter, defensive back Davontae Merriweather intercepted Comet quarterback Ryan Lamb which led again to another Gauchos score. Saddleback’s next game will be on Nov. 9 at Grossmont College at 1 p.m.

Growing with focus the 2012-13 season. “Last year I wouldn’t consider myself a leader throughout the team, as like the number one leader just because I was the incoming freshman,” he said. “It’s grown a lot since last year.My team has grown a lot of trust in me.” During the current season Belman recently ADAM KOLVITES broke a national 2-year pass attempt record set Sports Editor by Pasadena City College quarterback David Pittman in the 2006-07 season. n walkthrough day, Fridays, the SadBypassing the old record of 833 pass atdleback College football team realisti- tempts by 35 throws adding to a total of 868 cally fills the “Snake Pit” between 2:00 attempts in his career. pm and a couple minutes before the first whistle On the season, the Gauchos are .500 in both of the 2:30 pm start of practice. regular and conference schedules while Tim is Walkthrough practices are the last official averaging three to four passing thouchdowns a practice of the week, and coaches make one-on- game and tossing just over 400 yards a game. one critiques with players before game day. Tim Belman is a classic Saddleback College “cheesehead,” Brett Farve fan, quarterback Tim Belman who has been a unofficial ofsaid,”(walkthroughs)...It’s a fensive general since middle main thing that we always do the school. day before a game, rejog your memory, reIn other words, Tim is fresh it, what plays you’ve been running all a Green Bay Packers fan, throughout the week, what you’re trying to who grew up idolizing Brett get accomplished in the game.” Farve the Packers quarterBelman, starts out with the offense at back, morphing him into a 2:30 p.m. running through his gunslinger young leader himself. style quarterback plays. Belman grew up with a strong The attitude on the sideline for offensive family atmosphere where sports focus differs from the defensive sideline were encouraged, not only a footfocus as though Belman and Head Coach ball player Belman started playing Mark McElroy are threading their final soccer when he was five needle for the final patchwork years old and is continued ADAM KOLVITES / LARIAT of the week. to be pushed to be successAfter “touch ups,” Belman Belman looks to move on to ful by his parents today. said, coach McElroy shows the next level in football. Belman stood out at inspirational clips that he feels Laguna Hills High School are based on the week’s emphawhere he led the team to sized word. conference championships and only lost a total Belman said, “He picks certain movies to of three games in his two years there. base upon what our weekly word is. The words Tim feels when he arrived at Saddleback as he picks are what a leader should have, one of a freshman his teachers really impacted his acaactually was respect as a leader you want your demic progress which helped him really step up teammates to respect you in a certain way, you his focus on the field. don’t want to be disrespected or disrespect This being Belman’s last season at Saddlethem.” back, he has been talking to 4 year universities Belman grey shirted his first year playing like University Nevada, Las Vegas and has inSaddleback football so being with coach McEl- terest in Florida, yet he hasn’t decided on his roy for three years has shown Belman you will next move. experience your ups and downs, “any team can “Hopefully I have the best opportunity to lose,” said Belman, referring to big game upsets make it on the next level, the D-1 level, then he has experienced first hand. ultimately I would love to play in the NFL,” Belmans relationship with the team and Belman said. coach has grown in the past two and a half years, from “dipping my toes into the water,” Belman said, to leading the Gauchos as National Division Southern Conference champions in

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Student falls asleep at wheel in parking lot A Saddleback College student fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a tree in Parking Lot 10 on Monday Nathalie Lozano

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David Kirk Gonzales, a 24-year-old pre-medical student, crashed into a tree at 12:50 p.m. in parking lot 10 on Monday. He fell asleep at the wheel after working a 24-hour shift. Gonzales works 24-hour shifts at the Fire Department Ambulance Company. He also works as a CPR trainer and as a YMCA employee. “Well, between three jobs and school, do you blame me?” Gonzales said. Gonzales was taken to the student health center by Sad-

dleback Registered Nurse Jana Kaffer, and later released after ensuring he was stable and healthy. Saddleback Police Officers Mike Looney and Santos Garcia arrived at the scene to make a police report after being called by student Ashley Huffman, a 25-year-old pre-medical student. “It was very unexpected,” Huffman said. “I saw him speed up and heard tires screeching and I got on my phone immediately.” Saddleback College protocols differ depending on the type of accident. Any accident involving an injury will be deferred to medical aid. Saddleback Police Officers are able to handle any situation that the CHP or Orange County Sheriffs can handle. “For something this bad we’re amazed he’s not hurt. We usually see minor fender bend-

ers, but not this bad,” Looney said. Students gathered quickly around the incident and approached the victim to ensure that he was safe. The accident shocked student Yoselyn Chu, a 37-year-old health major. “He just walked out of his car looking a bit dizzy. A car can be replaced, thank god he is safe and nobody else got hurt. It was very unexpected. He was going slow at first, and then quickly accelerated,” Chu said. Gonzales’ 2013 Hyundi Elantra was less than a month old with the dealer’s plates still on. The collision caused major front-end damage. The tree trunk was implanted in the front end causing the hood of the car to crunch up. The airbag was deployed with the back windshield being shattered by the impact from tree branches. The tree was taken down by Saddleback maintenance crew


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David Gonzales sits in his car after crashing into a tree on Monday.

in order for the car to be towed. Saddleback Maintenance worker Emerson Abbot was part of the on-campus cleanup crew. “This is why it’s important to have enough equipment in

case of an emergency, especially with all the greenery around the campus. We were able to act quickly,” Emmerson said. “We fortunately have two bins, one for maintenance waste and

the recycling bin. All of todays incident will be taken to the maintenance recycling yard,” Abbot said.


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