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Gaucho Football Alumni Club Homecoming game recognizes alumni and past achievements.

WEDNESDAY, October 23, 2013


46 years

The Saddleback College Gauchos dropped their first game to

Fullerton College in four years, as the undefeated Fullerton Hornets rallied to johnny wilson beat Saddleback, 48-44, on Homecoming night.

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career passing yards. Belman also set the school record for most career passing touchdowns on Saturday, connecting with tight end Chris French for a 10-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the second half. “It’s an honor (setting the school records),” Belman said. “I would’ve liked to get the ‘W’ with the records though.” Belman said that it was the little mistakes that hurt the Gauchos by stopping their drives. “It’s a heartbreaker we had to lose it that way,” Belman said. “But we fought, and we fought till the end. That’s all I can say for the Gauchos.” The loss dropped the Gauchos to 3-3 on the season (1-1 in conference), and they are now tied with Palomar College for fourth place in the standings. The Hornets improve to 6-0 (2-0 in conference), and they have now won 11 straight games dating back to last season. Saddleback will go on the road for their next game, as they take on the Orange Coast College Pirates. The Pirates are 2-5 this year (0-3 in conference), and are coming off a 3816 loss at Santa Ana College. “We’re gonna bring it every single day,” Belman said, looking toward the next game. “We’re not ever gonna give up again. This is a loss we can rebound from.”


Going into Saturday’s game, the Gauchos had won their last three games against the Hornets, outscoring them 130-108. “It was a great football game,” Fullerton head coach Tim Byrnes said. “This year we were lucky to pull it out. [Saddleback has] won the last three games, so it’s about time.” The Gauchos went into the fourth quarter leading the Hornets 37-20, and added to that lead when Belman connected with wide receiver Eric Lauderdale on a 29-yard touchdown pass. The Hornets responded by scoring 21 unanswered points to close out the game, including a game-winning 92-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jose Escobar to wide receiver Eli Pleasant with just under two minutes left in the game. “I was confident, even though we started at the one-yard line,” Escobar said about his team’s game-winning drive. “Fourth and three, I like my chances with [Pleasant] on anybody in the country.” Belman finished the game completing 38 of 59 passes, for 476 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. On a 10-yard pass to running back Dominick Ela early in the first quarter, Belman broke the school record for most


George Hartman is coach


Ken Swearington becomes coach

Mark McElroy becomes coach


Won national championship

Stadium completed

First season as a team






Timeline of Gaucho football



Won national championship

Won national championship


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Lariat WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013


What the Affordable Care Act means to us college kids Obamacare will put a further strain on college students financial health



Should illegal immigrants be allowed to get driver’s licenses? “Why should they get their licenses? They should be deported. When they sign up at the DMV to get their license, we should deport them.” -MAX BLUMENCRANZ, 19, associative justice


Fact check: I’m alright, I’m on my parent’s insurance plan. Verdict: Not for long. As college students, the Affordable Care Act mandate hits close to home. Just as car insurance is mandatory for every driver, now health insurance is as well—even with college books and rising tuition costs are burning holes in wallets. Now at any age, even if health isn’t a concern, action needs to be taken in order to not be penalized by the government starting Jan. 2014.The fine per adult for not shelling out for health insurance starting in 2014 is $95. If that isn’t enough incentive to insure yourself, a few years may change all of that. In two years the fine will almost septuple. According to, “By 2016, the penalties do jump to $695 per adult, $347 per child and $2,085 or 2.5 percent of family income, whichever is greater.” “I don’t even have medical insurance—I pay out of pocket,” said Saddleback College student Dennis De Los Santos, a 23-year-old nursing major. “I don’t agree with how the government is basically penalizing you for not being able to be able to afford insurance.” With busy schedules and heavy class loads, working part time is a realistic scenario for those in the college-age bracket. Working as a part-time employee often means not receiving employer health benefits. “With school, it’s hard to study and get A’s when you’re working full time. My employer only offers benefits to full-time employees,” said Basel Assaf, a 25-year-old nursing major. Like some students, Assaf is

“I think they should be licensed. They are going to drive anyway. They may as well have an education of our road laws and be certified.” -CAMERON MOHEBBI, 23, criminal justice

nearing age 26—which means he’s almost at the end of his parent’s insurance benefits. He is hoping to find a full-time nursing career providing an individual health benefits plan that isn’t too costly. Many students currently have parents who are uninsured or may not have parents at all. In these cases, students will be fined unless claims of low personal income and parental income are stated to the government and results in Medicaid approval. Student Ryan Bitler, a 20-year-old literary journalism major, is on his parent’s health insurance plan and uses his benefits once a year. He works part time and attends school as well. “It would be difficult to pay for my own insurance because I go to school part time and don’t get paid enough at my job,” Bitler says. “To get insurance through my work I think I have to work full time.” On the bright side, some problems with

the health insurance industry are coming to a resolve. According to CNN, “Insurance companies are no longer allowed to advertise low ‘teaser’ rates that balloon when an applicant starts listing personal traits like age, gender and pre-existing health conditions.” Even with these changes, health insurance should still be a dinging bell in the back of everyone’s mind as the option to opt out of paying for health insurance is no longer. As college students with worries of deadlines and work schedules, be sure to know your choices and be wary of what the government mandate means to your wallet.

“I think the moment they are illegal they should send them back. What is the point of getting a green card and going through the whole process if you don’t even have to be legal to get a license?” -RENEE SCHIELKE, 21, undecided “I’m confused about it. In an idealistic world, I don’t think you should drive if you aren’t legal. However, because illegals are going to drive anyway, I think they should have to go through licensing and regulations.” -JULIA HIGGINS, 21, undecided

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will have recourse. They should have to pay registration fees, so the state can profit off of their privilege of driving. Otherwise we have a large population of immobile people who will use our education and healthcare systems and largely will be unable to contribute to our society. Illegal immigrants can apply for licenses in California, for the same reason people can see prostitutes in Nevada: Regulation, Safety, and State Income. I am a supporter of the strictest laws possible to force illegal immigrants to comply and legally get a license. They should be subjugated to strict criminal penalties for failing to do so. There are the laws of man, and the laws of nature. In nature, my sweet little red 1993 Nissan 240SX convertible could go 120 MPH down the Pacific Coast Highway. According to the laws of man I would get a big-ass ticket. We live in the most affluent country in the world, the opportunities that we are given as American citizens are unique. According to the laws of men, these rights as Americans citizens are reserved only to American citizens. To the south are countries who do not share our financial situation or employment opportunities. They are filled with highly motivated unskilled workers, who are willing to leave home for many years at a time to support their families. They are willing to work degrading jobs for minimal wag-


On Oct. 3, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown approved and signed into law bill AB 60, allowing illegal immigrants to apply for and obtain drivers licenses. The government and most private demographers estimate that around 11 million illegal aliens are currently living in the United States. estimates that over 2.5 million undocumented persons live in California alone, and make up almost 10 percent of the workforce. Illegal immigration is a problem in the United States, just as an influx of undocumented residents would be in any society. Common problems associated with large amounts of people entering a country without record include employment, education, healthcare and, in this day and age, national security problems. In 2010, the state of Arizona signed SB 1070 into law, giving law enforcement officers the right to inquire about a person’s residency status during routine traffic stop. A year later, Georgia and Alabama passed harsh immigration bills designed to dissuade illegal immigrants from working in the aforementioned states, especially in agriculture. It seemed as if the national trend would be to crack down hard on immigration. Then a funny

thing happened. Rational Americans started to realize that the laws being passed were a really stupid idea. For the 2011 spring and summer harvests in Georgia, there was a shortage of 11,000 men to pick crops, such as onions and watermelons. Shockingly, Americans, including ones who pushed for stricter immigration laws, did not want to work as migrant farmer day laborers. In the state of Arizona, which has a 30 percent Hispanic population, 3rd and 4th generation Latino Americans did not want to be harassed and questioned about their legality. Realizing the folly of previous policies, by June 2013, 10 states had already passed laws allowing illegal aliens to apply for driver’s licenses and a further 11 were actively considering such laws. The reality of the situation is that it is in everyone’s best interest if the illegal immigrants already here can contribute to our society. Illegal immigrants provide labor in jobs that Americans not only don’t want to do, but wouldn’t do for any realistic competitive wage. Illegal immigrants, who are may drive anyway, should go to the DMV and get their license like everyone else. They should have to pass a driving test, and take driving lessons. They should have to purchase insurance so the people hit by them


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es. They are willing to live in substandard conditions, so they can take care of the people they love. They are not criminals, and anyone who treats them as such must question their empathy. The great psychologist Sigmund Freud once was asked, “What makes men happy?” He replied “To work and to love.” This self-actualization is shared by all men, no matter what language they speak, or where they were born. We can fight the laws of nature, but we will never win. A smart society can compromise. Giving illegal immigrants the right to apply for a drivers license is that compromise.

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Lariat WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013


Open Mic features students creativity

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Inside the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center Music Hall, students displayed their skills for critique through the Piano Master Class Series at 4 p.m. Thursday. Professional pianists and instructors Dr. Edward Francis and Dr. Pei-Shan Lee from CSU Northridge were invited to the class to provide hands-on help and feedback to piano students. “This is the first year we have had an official master class series. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to able to perform and ask questions to the professors that they will be auditioning for and transferring to. It’s very helpful to have that connection between universities,” Music 59 instructor Susan Boettger said. Five students from the Music 59 (Piano Performances and Ensemble) class had the opportunity to play and have visiting musicians evaluate their performance. The master class is designed to help piano students advance their skills through mentoring from visiting artists. “We have been having guest artists for about three years now,” Boettger said. The music performed included: “Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata, mrt,” “Chopin’s Ballade No. 1-2nd half,” “Liszt’s Rhapsody in C sharp minor,” “Ginastera’s Sonata No. 1” and “Liszt’s Ballade No. 2-1st.”




PIANO MAN: IVC music student Jamie Lee is complimented by visiting artist, CSU Northridge’s Dr. Edward Francis. The Piano Master Class Series is an ongoing music workshop that gives IVC piano students the opportunity to work with visiting piano musicians. Both Francis and Lee gave demonstrations to the students after observing their approach to the piano. The visiting artists went over pedal usage, speed, energy and also proper posture when playing. After hearing Ha Young Kim play, Shen Lee said, “You are very brave, you have the passion, you have the drive and you have the music.” The visiting artists explained how speed plays an important role in enjoying the music. “It’s very important to go through the piece very slowly,” Francis said. “I think you could

be a little bit more academic, thorough and scholarly. It can be done by analyzing it. It’s going to take 700 percent the effort to retrain that DNA, so it’s very important to learn that well in the beginning.” “Rhapsody in C sharp minor” was played by IVC student Sam Kim, who was complimented on his intense playing approach to the keyboard. Francis added in his critique how intense playing can work against the performer. “We already talked about listening to the keyboard on the piano, so that you are not

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pushing it to it’s limit and sometimes you do,” Francis about Kim’s playing. Francis said that he enjoyed working on IVC’s campus and with the master class students. “This is my first time on campus, it’s been a pleasure. It’s a beautiful campus with wonderful facilities. The students were excellent,” Francis said. Thursday, the master class will have USC Emeritus Piano Instructor John Perry at 4 p.m inside the IVC PAC music hall.

The Fine Arts quad held The Open Mic from noon until 2 p.m. on Oct 16. The Open Mic was open to all Saddleback students and held to promote and raise student awareness of “Angels for the Arts.” ( A scholarship program for students in the arts.) Lucy Darby, a 20-year-old entertainment theatre major, organized the open mic series which runs every third week from noon until 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts quad. “We are a school of many talents,” Darby said. Bridget Cuevas, a 23-yearold art major, took the mic first performing a short poetry piece titled “Justice.” Brian Wittington, a music major, performed a song he had written and transformed into a poem. “Sweet Shade,” was performed without a guitar, yet Wittington nailed it. Known as “The guitar guy of Anaheim,” Wittington often Busks on Harbor Blvd. and Disney Way as a

source of extra income and for passerby’s enjoyment. Scott Addison tried his hand at stand-up comedy and gathered a few laughs. “I was nervous, but I had fun,” Addison said. Michael McCormick technical director of the theatre department and Bart McHenry dean of fine arts and media technology both had front row seats to the performances. “Lucy has put a whole lot of hard work in doing this and I’m very proud of her.” McCormick said. Lucy, who emcee’d the event was full of laughter and positivity. “Oh it’s going on Lariat news? You’re all witnessing my big break right here,” Darby said. Students at open mic are encouraged to perform spoken word, poetry of all types, original music, stand-up comedy, scenes from musicals or plays, monologues, and whatever else the performer desires. For more information call 949-582-4766.


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As Ken Lee steps over the finish line, of the Long Beach Marathon,he feels feels a sense of relief and accomplishment despite the pain. This year the run started before daybreak with an estimated 25,000 runners and ended for Lee with his elapsed time of 04:30:09:994. He came in number 1, 293 in his division, placing him number 62 in his age group. Lee said keeping hydrated and taking an energy gel every four miles kept him in good shape throughout the race, but the 55-year-old college instructor recalls wanting to quit around mile 21 of the 26.2-mile run. With so many people counting on him, he managed to push past the pain. “After the 14 mile mark, the pain started setting in. Mile 21 to mile 24 was uphill, and I could not keep up with the pace setter due to a previous knee problem and a twisted hip from last night’s run. It was a humbling experience,“ he said. “That pacer flag just kept getting further and further away.” Regina Lynch, a marathon runner and student of the landscape design program said, “I was very proud of him for signing up for his second race and combining his love of running with our trail project. I was happy to sponsor his effort.” This is Lee’s second marathon this year. He entered his first last March where he ran under 5 hours in the Los Angeles Marathon. Lee had to take a physical before his trainer would consider training him. Attempting a marathon with no previous experience at his age and only four months training, seemed impossible. “Not one person told me that it was a good idea.” Lee said. “They all said I was crazy because of my age.” Lee believes in being an example for others and tries to be a positive influence in the classroom and on campus. His main objective was to show students they can do anything. “First stop saying you can’t do it, second believe you can and third just do it,” Lee said addressing his students. “ You can do anything you want, you live in the best country in the world. Wearing a T-shirt, printed and designed by the graphic design class led by instructor Will Baldwin, advertising the Saddleback College Arboretum Trail Project was Lee’s second objective in running the marathon. His pledges brought in $600 the day of the race and donations are still coming in. “Ken Lee’s willingness to increase the Arboretum Trail’s visibility through marathon sponsorships helps ensure the viability of the project,” project specialist Michelle Mereks said.

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00:27:13.000 00:55:01.000 01:55:44.000 03:15:16.000 04:19:23.000

Korean born, Lee moved to the U.S. in 1981 and became a principle in one of the largest landscape design companies in the world, but came to teach at Saddleback College in 1991 part-time after work, then retiring from the corporate world two years ago when he became a full-time instructor armed with his bucket list. The Los Angeles Marathon in March was high on his list since he had to do it while he was still physically able. Running 5 miles two times a week and 12-15 miles on the weekends helped him run it in less than five hours. Checking off the first venture on his bucket list last January was Angkor Wat in Cambodia, first a Hindu, then a Buddhist temple and the largest religious monument in the world. Next on his list is to climb Machu Picchu in Peru, a 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 meters above sea level. “We can either hike from the bottom, which will take three days or take a train half way and climb the rest,” he said. “ We haven’t decided which yet.” Korean culture kept Lee from the kitchen growing up, but has recently learned some baking techniques from his wife. They are planning a trip to Tuscany so he can learn to make pasta from the masters in Italy. “I want to get into the joy of cooking,” he said. “The original place for pasta is where to learn to make pasta, plus we can see the country.” Lee admits his bucket list is pretty long, which means he might have to be with us for a long, long time.



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Lariat WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013


Saddleback Schedule: Football

10/26 at 7 p.m. at Orange Coast

Women's Volleyball

Gauchos set to raid the ship

• SPORTS COLUMN: Lariat sportswriter Keyyon Bush makes his prediction on the Gauchos' next matchup.


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fter coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the No. 4 ranked Hornets of Fullerton College on Saturday, the No. 30 ranked Gauchos of Saddleback College are set to make a trip to Lebard Stadium to take on the Pirates of Orange Coast College on Oct. 26 at 7 pm. After losing to Fullerton College in the final minutes of the game Satuday night, the Gauchos set their sights on winning at Lebard stadium against the unranked Pirates. The Gauchos have put the offensive playbook in the hands of their sophomore sensation quarterback Tim Belman, averaging almost 400 yards per game through the air, and will look to him heavily Saturday night. The Gauchos, who have put together an unstoppable offensive attack the past few weeks, shouldn’t have a problem against the Pirates. Belman looks intent on making the Pirates call the bomb squad as he’s going to look to drop a few into the hands of the talented receiving core which contains Dominick Ela the leading receiver in the conference, Lee Griggs a proven true freshman out of Las Vegas, and RJ Dedrick a sure handed 18 year old out of Alabama who’s tied for 2nd in the conference for receiving touchdowns (5). Based off of their stats, the Pirates will come into the game relying heavily on the hands of freshman wide-out D.J. McFadden, who trails Ela for receiving yards per game (78.9), and is tied with Dedrick for receiving touchdowns per game (5). Also to accompany McFadden is freshman running back Larenzo Williams, who’s fifth in the conference for rushing yards per game (69). My pick is the Gauchos to top the Pirates 56-6. Keyyon Bush

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10/23 at 3 p.m. OEC Tournament @ San Clemente GC

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Women's Water Polo 10/23 at 3 p.m. vs. San Diego Miramar

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