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Foothill-De Anza students advocate for affordable housing in Flint Center


Session supports children held in detention centers “Being able to have not just housing in the Flint Center, but affordable housing ... that’s something that’s important, not just for students, but for the entire community to see.” -Maya Burns DASB Vice President


DASB Vice President Maya Burns spoke in favor of affordable student housing in the on-campus Flint Center at the Oct. 7 Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees meeting.

Jonathan Cabrera STAFF REPORTER


oothill and De Anza College students advocated for affordable student housing in the Flint Center at the Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 7. Though the Flint Center was not on the meeting agenda, students from both colleges spoke during the public comments section regarding the future use of the Flint Center. Students shared their experience

with housing insecurity in the Bay Area, where affordable housing can cost between $1,200 to $1,500 without including utilities according to Samuel Martin, 18, accounting major. “It’s actually an understatement that housing here is very expensive,” said Martin. “As someone who interacts with real estate agents and property owners all the time, it’s striking and apparent to me, this housing crisis we have here in the Bay Area is an anomaly.”

DASB President Shelly Michael said De Anza needs to offer affordable housing on campus. “We want student housing, we want affordable student housing. I don’t know how to reiterate that more,” said Michael. “We’re here to better benefit the community and better benefit our students.” Carley Koz, 21, neuroscience major, asked the board to include language in a construction bond



of De Anza students face housing insecurity


are reportedly homeless


were unable to attend class due to housing insecurity


slept in a car or other place not intended for housing Source: De Anza College Office of Institutional Research and Planning ETHAN BENNETT

Foothill-De Anze Board of Trustees members Pearl Cheng, Laura Casas and Patrick Ahrens and student trustee Genevieve Kolar listen to student speeches at the Oct. 7 meeting.

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Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, a professor at the University of San Francisco, will speak on Oct. 15 about the treatment of children in detention centers. She is joined by graduate students who are participating in a humanitarian mission for children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers in Texas. The event is accepting donations of socks, underwear, backpacks, coloring books, small toys, Target gift cards and money, either to the event, or to the Equity and Engagement Division office in MLC 250. The event is part of the Undocumented Student Week of Action from Oct. 14 to 18. The week aims to raise awareness about the struggles of undocumented immigrants and fight for programs that support them. The event is sponsored by the De Anza Latinx Association, Higher Education for AB 540 Students and Bay Area Border Relief The session is held in Conference rooms A and B in the Hinson Campus Center from 1 to 3 p.m.

Annual crime report available The Foothill-De Anza Police Department 2019 Annual Security Report displayes crime statistics on both college campuses from 2016-2018. According to the Clery statistics, on-campus crime at De Anza is higher than crime at Foothill. In 2018, there were two reported cases of hate crimes at De Anza and none at Foothill. Again in 2018, De Anza had 16 arrests related to drug violations, and Foothill had five drug arrests. The report provides information on how to report crimes in-person, anonymously and by phone. The Clery Act includes a breakdown of campus emergency notifications, student safety, access to campus facilities and education regarding sexual assault, harassment, drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence. The security report is available to the public online at www. A paper copy can be requested from the FHDA Police Department in room HC175 in the De Anza campus center.



Tuesday, Oct. 15

Children in detention centers

1-3 p.m. Conference Rooms A & B Hinson Campus Center

Come to this information session led by Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, professor at the University of San Francisco, and graduate students who are participating in a humanitarian mission to aid children who are leaving ICE detention in Texas. CSU application workshop

1:30-3 p.m. RSS 202, Registration & Student Services Bldg.

Workshops will include a page-by-page review of the online application system, with time for questions at the end. You must register in advance.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 Free student flu clinic

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Don Bautista Room - Hinson Campus Center

Free influenza vaccination for currently enrolled De Anza students. This season, protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu vaccine. Don’t be out sick for finals week! UC transfer admission planner workshop

Noon - 1:30 p.m. RSS 202, Registration and Student Services Building

Workshops will include a page-by-page review of the online application system, with time for questions at the end.

Thursday, Oct. 17 Transfer day

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Main Quad

Got questions about transferring to another school? Come to the annual Transfer Day event in the Main Quad to meet and talk with representatives from dozens of universities and other institutions.

Friday, Oct 18

Last day to request “Pass/ No Pass” for 12-week classes

All day event.

USF representative visit

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Transfer Center, Registration & Student Services Meet with a University Representative for drop-in advising.

Short Course: Finding your way through the night sky

6-9 p.m. Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College

Learn to locate constellations and to identify some bright stars and planets. Understand the changes in the moon, the motions of the sky and the seasonal changes in the visibility of stars and planets.

Monday, Oct. 21 SFSU representative visit

10 a.m. - 2:p.m. Registration and Student Services Building - 2nd floor

Meet with a University Representative. Registration is required; please schedule your appointment.

Thursday Oct. 24 UC Berkeley representative visit

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration and Student Services Building - 2nd floor Register in advance online for this presentation about the transfer process and Transfer Center resources.

Friday, Oct. 25 Womens soccer game

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Foothill Community College

Monday, Oct. 28 UC Irvine representative visit

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration and Student Services Building - 2nd floor Meet with a University Representative. Registration is required; please schedule

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Academic Senate: Semester system for district, academic renewal, enrollment Ethan Bennett MANAGING EDITOR

Semesters at Foothill and De Anza colleges? It could happen. Karen Chow, Academic Senate president, presented a letter from vice chancellor Dorene Novotny and Kathy Perino, chief negotiator of the faculty association, announcing a new task force that will gather and discuss information about changing the current academic year. Some suggested changes include switching to a semester system, a compressed schedule or a flexible schedule. The feasibility taskforce is currently looking for faculty representatives from Foothill and De Anza to serve as the core membership. Despite this, meetings are already pre-scheduled with the first one happening on Nov. 13, Wednesday at De Anza. Bob Stockwell, political science professor, said this suggests that “broad inclusion was not one of the primary goals of this taskforce.”

“If you set up a taskforce and one of your goals is broad inclusion,” he said, “then you establish meeting times based on the availability of those willing to participate.” “Establishing meeting times in advance limits participation to those who can accommodate the pre-ordained meeting schedule.” The feasibility task force will present ideas and recommendations to Chancellor Miner by June 2020.

Academic renewal Academic renewal allows students to request to exclude a non-passing grade from their cumulative GPA. A maximum of 45 units can be excluded from the GPA calculation. Currently, students may petition for academic renewal two academic years after completing a course. Dean of Enrollment Services Nazy Galoyan presented suggested changes for students to apply for academic renewal. With the change, students may now petition to have a class

removed after three consecutive quarters plus a summer quarter. “It definitely makes it easier for students to apply,” transfer counselor Betty Inoue said. The transfer center does not receive a lot of students asking for academic renewal, she said. “We do have the occasional student asking for academic renewal,” Inoue said. “Usually, we look at the records and consult with the student if they need renewal for a certain class they had and they don’t want it reflected on their GPA.” Students may repetition for academic renewal if their request is denied but once granted, the renewal is irreversible. Removing a class, grade or unit will still reflect on a student’s official transcript. Fall enrollment down Interim president Cristina Espinosa-Pieb appeared briefly at the Sept. 30 Academic Senate meeting and said that college enrollment is down to 1%. “It is the smallest percentage in over six years,” she said.

But Tim Shively, faculty association union representative, said that the statistics of full time equivalent students point to a lower enrollment number than actual enrollment. “The 1% is just a rosy number to look at,” Shively said. According to recent census data, De Anza enrollment is down to 2.5% with a district-wide 3% decrease in enrollment. President search update Chow said the chancellor’s office hired a search consultant and will conduct focus groups within the campus starting in November. A survey will be handed out to all staff, faculty and administration that will be used to “assess the college based on organizational characteristics,” according to a letter addressed to the district by Chancellor Judy Miner. The focus groups comprised of several faculty and students will assess the state of the campus and “envisioning what the campus wants to see in the new president.”


The search committee will begin late November along with another search consultant to be hired by the chancellor. The hiring committee will comprise a minimum of four faculty members appointed by the Academic Senate and two students appointed by the DASB Senate. “As in past searches, all constituency groups, including students, will have representation on the search committee,” said Becky Bartindale, FoothillDe Anza coordinator of communications and public affairs. Hiring and appointing a new president does not follow existing administrator hiring procedures. “The president and vice chancellor positions are hired at the discretion of the chancellor,” Bartindale said. Public forums for the community will be held next year to provide additional input. Chancellor Miner will make a final recommendation to the board by June 2020.

DASB Senate pushes affordable on-campus housing Kathleen Quinn STAFF REPORTER

Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees member Patrick Aherns and student trustee Genevieve Kolar presented the potential future of the Flint Center, including use as affordable housing at the DASB Senate meeting on Oct. 2. The Board of Trustees made the final decision on June 10 to demolish the Flint Center following questions about the structural integrity of the building. Aherns said involvement could be a “once in a generation opportunity” for students. Kolar said students should “challenge the generalizations made about students,” in the sense that the community may have a distorted view of what De Anza students want. Even though Cupertino houses De Anza, according to the most recent college census, only 5.1% of its students are residents of Cupertino, with most commuting from San Jose. The unofficial Housing Coalition, a grouping of multiple service-providers and advocates of homeless students at De Anza, sees the site as a possible housing solution for

students facing rising rents and limited housing stock. According to the Homeless and Hungry in College Report, 18% of De Anza students are homeless. The Homeless Shelter Directory shows no homeless shelters in Cupertino, with the nearest being the Graduate House Shelter in Mountain View. “Right now we have homeless students on campus,” Ahrens said. “Right now we have homeless employees and people living in their cars. It’s unconscionable.” Bryant Abbot, a 28-yearold nursing student, said that adding the housing would be a good idea. “It’s very expensive to live here and a lot of people are just one or two paychecks away from being homeless,” he said. Any proposed solution for the site will be years in the making with several hearings before a final decision is made, likely long after current students see the benefits. Providing housing at a community college would be an unprecedented step for the Bay Area. Only 11 of the 112 community colleges within the state of California offer housing, none of which are located in the bay.



Students speak to Board of Trustees


Above: DASB President Shelly Michael was one of the student speakers at the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 7. “We want affordable student housing, we want students to have access to housing,” said Michael. Bottom left: Student trustee Genevieve Kolar and De Anza student Ali Sapirman talk at the meeting. Bottom right: Foothill-De Anza District Chancellor Judy Miner and De Anza Academic Senate President Karen Chow listen to student stories.


> FROM: P.1 for affordable student housing. “Now that the Flint Center is permanently closed, we have a potential and very accessible place for student housing,” says Koz. “Taking into account the increasing cost of living in the Bay Area, and the students we inherently meet have less time to spend working to make money to try to pay these bills.” Foothill Student Body President Leonardo Blas, 22, computer engineering major, said in the hearing, “We’re here to support this smaller population who can’t fend for themselves.” Referencing De Anza’s census last year, Elliot Ki, 22, sociology major, said 18% of students reported facing housing insecurity. ‘ “We’re in the midst of the biggest housing crisis in this generation,” Ki said. “It’s hard being a student and a worker at the same time.” Ki said students struggle to maintain their school work and mental health when struggling to meet basic living standards. Some student speakers reported facing housing insecurity themselves, while others spoke on behalf of the Foothill-De Anza student body. The student speeches were a continuation of advocacy for student housing from the June 10 Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees meeting.

Zero-cost textbooks prove De Anza to search accessible to more students for new mascot


Some professors at De Anza have implemented zero-cost resources and textbooks in their curriculum through Open Educational Resources. The driving force of using OERs is to alleviate students’ financial anxieties by providing easy-to-access, free resources. “Any opportunity for a student to minimize the cost associated with going to school is good for students,” said Mallory Newell, Supervisor of Institutional Research. Newell cites a recurring problem that many students will not buy the textbook if it is out of their financial ability, thus limiting students’ ability to be successful in the class. Buying textbooks from providers are often expensive. With new editions coming out every few years, editions fall out of use. Buying a textbook for single or limited use is not beneficial for students overall, let alone those

who receive financial aid or come from low-income backgrounds. With OERs, students are able to access materials for class right away rather than waiting to buy textbooks or not buying textbooks at all. These zero-cost textbooks can be downloaded as PDFs across mobile and laptop devices. OERs also come in interactive graphics, websites and videos. While accessibility for students is important, professors who implement these resources can also now customize their curriculum and relate their materials to students much more successfully. “Traditionally, when an instructor selects reading material, they don’t have to look at it very closely,” said OER coordinator and psychology professor Mark Healy. “When you start to wade into this world of free and low-cost materials, it takes a little more work to check out what’s out there which really forces you to customize.” The world of OERs is

constantly growing. The large community of contributors has the ability to update and add vast amounts of knowledge at zero cost and at a much faster rate than publishers can update their own textbooks. Recently retired professor of mathematics at De Anza College, Barbara Illowsky, along with her colleague, Susan Dean, created the first OER textbook for Math 10 in the mid-1990s. This textbook eventually became the prototype for OpenStax, a nonprofit organization. According to Illowsky, the textbook is currently used at nearly 700 colleges in the United States and has saved De Anza students, specifically, over $3 million. The effort behind this implementation of open and free resources in college and university classrooms is not just limited to helping students save money. It truly is educators’ and academics’ – who know well the struggles of students in higher education.

Annalise Freimarck CAMPUS BEAT EDITOR

After 10 years of debate, the DASB Senate and administration will officially change De Anza College’s mascot from the controversial Don. The idea to change the mascot was first proposed by the DASB Senate in 2009, after some controversy arose surrounding the origins of the mascot, according to a La Voz article from 2009. The Don is commonly associated with Spanish colonizers and their conquests, which some of the student body believes to be insensitive to indigenous people. Associate vice president of communications and external relations Marisa Spatafore does not want the new mascot to have any offensive connotation. “What we’re absolutely requiring [is] absolutely nothing that could have any sort of racist, sexist, any sort of offensive connotation,” Spatafore said. “We’ve been suffering with it for years and years.”

According to the last general election from winter quarter, 79% of students who voted wanted to replace the mascot. In order to change the mascot, DASB Senate is sourcing opinions from the athletic department, a subcommittee of four DASB Senate representatives and the DASB Senate. A poll will be sent out to students and faculty with options, and the top voted result will be taken into consideration for the final decision by DASB Senate. The proposed mascots include the archers, bobcats, defenders, diamondbacks, sun devils, wildcats, bears, grizzlies, lions, the ‘67s and mountain lions. Shelly Michael, DASB president, said she wants the mascot to be something students are content with. “No one’s really proud to be a Don,” she said. “We’re trying to revamp the mascot to something students are really really proud of and happy to have as their mascot.”



DA Voices: What has surprised you about De Anza? Jamie Rangel STAFF REPORTER

Sierra Martinez 24, business administration major

Isaac Little, 18, communications major

Janelle Ortiz, 18, nursing major

Kishore Srinivas, 17, computer engineering major

Yusuf Rashid, 18, justice administration major

“Nice facilities, resources, and feel like a good place to strive for success, I can’t wait to check out the art clubs on club day!”

“I came from a small school where everyone knows each other, man I was caught off by the effort it takes to make new friends.”

“I was surprised to see the diversity in personalities, and styles!”

“During the summer, the campus was empty, but, on the first day of classes, I was surprised by how many people come here.”

“This freedom to do what I really want. Unlike other high schools, my high school was a closed campus.”

Student clubs promote membership, activities

U.S. Census needs student help, input blocked by the Supreme Court after states like New York and STAFF REPORTER California sued to prevent its addition. Shay Dognia, media specialist Joana Mendoza, 18, biological for the Census Bureau, wants to science was concerned about why make sure students are aware of the possibility of the question the opportunities the census can being added. provide as well as the importance “Why would you do that in the of being counted in the upcoming first place?” she said. census. The Jason Mendoza, constitutionally 18, networking and mandated census computer science, aims to count feels it could cause every individual percent of an undercount within the United students self of certain States every 10 demographics. identify as nonyears, and will “No one wants to white take place in out themselves,” he spring 2020. said. The census Title XIII i n c l u d e s prevents the census percent of information on from disclosing demographics students identify p e r s o n a l l y such as race, identifying as Asian age and income. information to any For students, government agency filling out the regardless of the census helps to question. percent of get an accurate “Nothing has r e p r e s e n t a t i o n students identify as changed in the Latinx a b o u t information we demographics on collect,” said campus. Dognia. According An undercount to the End of Term Credit for the census would mean less Headcount for the spring quarter money for schools and less 2019, about 80% of students selfpolitical representation in the identify as some race or ethnicity area. other than white, with 43% of The census is hiring right now students at De Anza identifying for full and part-time positions as Asian and 25% identifying as starting at $32 an hour in the Latinx. field, at the office or their workThe results of the census from-home partner specialist provide valuable data used to position. make budgetary decisions not Many of the changes that just at the national level, but also are coming to the 2020 Census on the state and local level. include new ways to answer The census reaches residents it, such as online and over the throughout the country on April phone, rather than on paper. 1, 2020, asking everything from In the Bureau’s attempt to ethnicity and age to the number ensure that everyone counts of occupants within a dwelling. this coming April, Dognia said The Trump Administration that homeless individuals can previously requested an complete the census as well by additional citizenship question being counted in what the census be added to the 2020 Census refers to as “group quarters” such which stirred concerns about an as a homeless shelter. undercount. This question was

Kathleen Quinn



All clubs who participated in Club Day gather for a photo in front of the library, holding their respective banners.


Bottom left: Members of the InterVarsity club, Jen Powe, 19, education and Paul Li, 20, linguistics pose next to their banner. Bottom right: (left to right) Jasmine Monty, marketing major, Diana Fierro, nursing major and Valerie Aguilar, education major, hold up their poster advertising the De Anza College cheer team at their booth on Club Day.




De Anza nursing graduates give aid in Cambodia Ethan Bennett MANAGING EDITOR

Flying from California to Cambodia, De Anza College nursing graduate Emily Miller had no idea what she was about to face. She joined the Jordan International Aid mission in January along with several other volunteers to help treat adults and children in rural villages in Cambodia. What she saw there shocked her. Little to no clean drinking water. Families struggling with poverty. Malnourished children. A stark difference from her place of comfort and familiarity. “It was a culture shock,” Miller said. “We had to soak up all the knowledge about this place.” But soon the work began. Miller and the volunteers travelled to four villages and treated over 400 patients, most of them children. They provided clean water filters that will last for five years to each family and taught them how to properly use them for drinking water. Dentist and doctor assessments were performed on adults and given daily supplements. Children participated in games and arts and crafts activities prepared by the volunteers. Pediatric nurses checked their health and taught them the basics of washing hands and brushing teeth. Miller said the children had fun learning how to brush their teeth. “They were playing around with the toothbrushes and it was a really rewarding experience educating patients on their treatment,” she said. Portia Whiteted, another De Anza nursing graduate and

volunteer, said experienced nurses travelled along with the volunteers. “There were so many experienced nurses,” she said. “There was a pediatrician there helping me with the children and she taught me how to diagnose the kids. It’s one of my goals to become a pediatrician so it was very encouraging to have experienced people help us.” Whiteted recalled how helping there has a long-term effect on the people they treated. “When you’re there, you don’t see an immediate impact yet,” Whiteted said. “We helped out for only a few days but the doctors and nurses there have treated these families every week.” She recounted the story told to her of a two-year-old baby suffering with a heart defect. “She was two years old but she looked like she was just 10 months old. Her family couldn’t pay for the surgery so they approached doctors from the mission and asked to help them out,” she said. A surgery was performed shortly after and when Whiteted visited the villages, the doctors pointed her out. “The things we do here have long-term effects and seeing those effects is so exciting,” she said. As the mission came to a close, Miller reflected on the experiences and lessons she learned treating people who don’t have access to basic medicine or treatments. “I learned that you really cannot judge a book by its cover,” she said. “As a nurse, you don’t know what they’ve been through and you need to give them the care that they deserve.”


Above: Local kids pose for the camera, displaying their bags with new toothbrushes and toothpaste. Bottom left: De Anza nursing graduate Emily Miller makes a peace sign and poses with kids. Bottom right: De Anza nursing graduate Portia Whiteted plays with kids.

De Anza College joins ‘It’s on Us’ consent initiative Nathalia Moran STAFF REPORTER

Students took pledges to be an active bystander in addressing consent, relationship violence, and sexual harassment as a part of the new It’s On Us initiative booth at De Anza Club Day on Oct. 10. The It’s On Us initiative aims to engage students in a discussion surrounding consent education and intervention in cases of college sexual assault. The It’s On Us initiative began in 2014 under the Obama administration. Mary Sullivan, health, education and wellness director, is spearheading the initiative at De Anza College. Sullivan said she first came into contact with the It’s On Us initiative when a student asked what to do if they saw harassment, assault or violence happening to a friend on campus. “Hopefully we can expand it and empower them to speak to others about it,” she said. “We don’t want to be a police state, but we want to hold each other accountable.” At De Anza College, the It’s On Us chapter is in its infancy. “We want to recognize these

things can happen, identify ways to intervene, how to intervene safely and create a pool of safety,” said Sullivan. Natalie Ramos, 20, business major, believes that the initiative’s aim will work well at De Anza. “They wants to make it more aware to students and the community just in preparation if something like that does occur,” said Natalie Ramos, 20, business major. “If it has occurred to someone, they’re trying to do steps to prevent it.” The annual Clery Act Crime Statistics reported criminal incidents of assault, rape and dating or domestic violence on De Anza’s campus at zero to one case per year since 2015 until the latest report published in 2018. These statistics report criminal incidents occurring each year on campus property, public property and non-campus property. Foothill College’s Clery Act Crime Statistics, also reported that their number of cases ranges from zero to one case per year within the same time interval. With such results from two campuses where thousands of students enroll each year, the new

initiative serves to help students feel more comfortable speaking up about any experienced trauma. “You’ll look at a situation and think, ‘Do you want to tell me why that is? Sounds like this was scary,’ Sullivan said. “We want to give them permission because they’re holding it in. We want to keep them safe.” Using It’s On Us’ three main educational tactics, bystander intervention, survivor support, and consent education, De Anza also aims to spread this mission across all aspects of student life. It’s On Us had a booth at the Main Quad on Club Day, where students took a pledge to bring awareness to college sexual assault. Those who pledged were given a free t-shirt. “The pledge depends on the person,” Sullivan said. “Some people pledge to be a designated driver.” She said students can pledge to be an active bystander, in whatever form they choose, to prevent incidents of assault and violence from occurring at De Anza or to be a friend to survivors of trauma. “Once people realize it does happen, it might help them out,” said Nedim Sherif, 18, business major. “It can help start a discussion.”

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Fall fashion: Student style Nathalia Moran and Jenny Hong STAFF REPORTER

“Messy,” says Kyra Forsyth, 19, photography major, about her sense of style. Her fashion inspiration is Madeline Pendelton, founder of Shop Tunnel Vision on Instagram. Kyra wears green Levi’s jeans and white platform docs. She also wears a white shirt from Michael’s with a Beastie Boys logo she hand-painted. “Beastie Boy merch is like $500, so I was just going to make it myself.” Kyra listed sweaters and baggy pants as fall stapes of hers. (@madelinependleton + @shoptunnelvision on IG are her fashion inspirations)

“Beastie Boys merch is like $500, so I was just going to make it myself.” -Kyra Forsyth, photography major

Left cut-out: Kyra Forsyth, 19, photography major walks through the S-quad in white platform Doc Martens, along with her entirely second-hand outfit. Right bottom: Kyra Forsyth shows off her hand-painted Beastie Boys t-shirt.

Yoel Yimer, 19, “I always engineering major also considers A$AP Rocky his stay cozy.” fashion inspiration. “You already know I’m putting -Yoel Yimmer, my MCM belt,” says Yoel. “I’m engineering major wearing Fresh Society jeans, too.” When he thinks of fall fashion, he thinks of soft pink, hoodies, and sweats. “I always stay cozy,” says Yoel.

Right top: Kyra Forsyth exhibits multiple blue rings, proving style is in the details. Right middle: Kyra Forsyth displays chunky white platform doc martens to complete her fall look.

Right: Melody Williams, 17, undeclared wears a corduroy dress with a loose, floral button up and combat boots. Bottom: Melody Williams displays floral sleeve details for close-up

"I like the

Top right: Yoel Yimer, 19, engineering major with Fresh Society jeans covered with patches, combined with a bright yellow sweater covered by a denim jacket, and a pink durag. Top left: Yoel Yimer wears an MCM belt

“My look is inspired by the retro look.” Giselle ballet. I like the retro -Melody Williams, look and some Asian fashundeclared ion too,” says Melody Williams, 17, undeclared. She wears a corduroy dress over the top of a floral button-up. She also wears combat boots. “I don’t usually buy clothes from a store, I usually go to thrift stores,” said Melody.



DA Voices: How old is too Collegiate athletes old to be president? Why? deserve compensation Francisco Medina PHOTO EDITOR


Elif Mutafoglu, 19, physics major

Jaime Fuentes, 23, mathematics major

“I think they should be younger, like 35, that way they can relate to younger people and their perspectives.”

“I don’t think there’s such a thing as too old as long they have the experience.”

Jayel Medd, 18, paralegal studies major

Priscilla Cadena, 20, neuroscience major

“70 is too old because they may have older beliefs that wont connect to the younger crowd.”

“50, because you can begin to lack energy at that age.”

Student athletes should be compensated for their performances at the collegiate level. For years, college athletes have proven themselves to be great enough players to play in professional sports. Unfortunately, only a small percentage actually get drafted by professional teams where they make a lot of money. With the Fair Pay to Play Act signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 30, California college athletes will be able to make money through their own name, image and likeness. The bill will take effect January 2023. A huge part of a school’s popularity results from the likeness and image of big name players. In professional sports, athletes get paid through sponsorships, endorsements and contracts. From a team owners perspective, in order to have those things, you need to be a better player and get drafted into the pros. The problem I could see with this type of thinking is the fact that college players getting drafted into the pros is a rare thing. It seems more harmful than good to athletes because not everyone makes it past the collegiate level. It’s almost like free labor from athletes for these colleges. Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green, even compared the NCAA to a dictatorship in a press conference saying, “You spend so


Daniel Avelar, 18, animation major

“I’d say 80 since that’s pretty old and something is bound to go wrong with their health and emotions.”

“I say 60 becasue your health starts to deteriorate at that age.”

I believe that zero-cost textbooks are a good idea. It will reduce some of the cost of school supplies that students have, and it has a chance to make accessing course material easier. According to an article on insidehigher. com, a new legislative-funded effort to provide community college students with zero-cost textbooks has made ground. The course materials provided through Open Educational Resources are primarily online, free, and open sourced. High-cost textbooks might add an unnecessary burden for students who are unhoused, struggle with food insecurity or rent-burdened. Providing the course materials free would help cash-strapped students. Even though I personally prefer paper,

Open Educational Resources: Raksha Basnet, 18, business management major

Vladimir Koroteev, 30, computer science major

“60, because that’s close to the basic age of retirement.”

“Age is not an issue if they have good mental health and lots of experience.”

much time in college broke, with no money, and yet everybody else was living very well.” Some students who get a scholarship to go a university come from poor backgrounds. Many student athletes still struggle to afford clothes, food and a place to live. In the end, they can only afford an image. Of course I feel the more star power an athlete has, there should also be a decent payout for them as well, or just enough to get by. I feel like that will still keep athletes striving to do better, and keep things stable for students at the same time.

Zero-cost texbooks recommended for students Alex Woolner

Daniel Cervantes, 25, engineering major

With the Fair Pay to Play Act signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 30, California college athletes will be able to make money through their own name, image and likeness. The bill will take effect January 2023.

Free online media and resources intended to educational and research purposes

this program would be a huge boost. It’s hard enough to afford classes as it is. Providing the material online has other benefits. This means that students don’t need the physical textbook on hand in order to study. OER material can be directly edited by users or through solicitation and incorporation of user feedback. Teachers have the ability to modify these textbooks and materials for their class. A bonus is the use of different media formats. Since it’s online, the text can be used alongside videos which may make the material easier to learn. However, there are cons to this system. Quality of the material would be an issue since many of the OER repositories allow for anyone to post material, meaning that some resources may not be accurate. Despite the fact that material can be easily updated, sustainability would be an issue. OER creators don’t receive payment for their work which means there’s no incentive. Another issue is that OERs require a computer with internet access. This can limit accessibility for students. There is currently a bit of a language barrier. Most of the resources are only available in English, but there is an effort to make them accessible in other languages. Zero-cost textbooks are an absolute must have thing. I have some reservations about it being online but I would recommend that students take advantage of it.



Vaping: Dangerous, unhealthy trend among De Anza students


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Bhuvaneshwari Natarajan STAFF REPORTER

Electronic cigarettes should be banned from the De Anza College campus. Students should start a petition to ban the use of any form of tobacco on campus for the betterment of students’ health. Nothing good happens to one’s body by inhaling a vapor created by an e-cigarette. It contains a vaporized form of nicotine, which is much stronger than traditional cigarettes. It does more harm than the feeling of excitement or addiction it gives after consumption. Buying traditional cigarettes is considered old fashioned nowadays. E-cigarettes are the cool new product for generating vapor but both create the same ill effect on the lungs. De Anza has a dedicated area for students to smoke, which is busy all day long. People do not realize that it is not only harming the students engaged in this act, but also passerby’s such as students and faculty, making them a victim of passive vaping. Vaping is a major health crisis, and even though it may result in sales going down or shutting shops, it is an issue that has to be dealt with immediately. Primarily aimed at teenagers, vaping is illegal for those under 21 as per California law. Young adults might argue that that it is


not dangerous for them since it does not generate smoke. I personally would never endorse vaping on campus. My suggestions for our campus would be the need for more educational workshops on this issue and offering frequent health

checkups for students vaping on campus. This would give them an analysis of their health chart so they could possibly consider quitting e-cigarettes. As a student, it is our duty to educate the population on campus exposed to vaping about the long

term health and wellness issues associated with it. We may not succeed in convincing all of them but we can surely bring about change in some. Banning e-cigarettes on campus must be done sooner than later.

Comedy: Take a joke Smaller classes are beneficial and effective or take it seriously Michelle Memoly STAFF REPORTER

In Medieval times, the court jester was said to be the only one that could place over the king and queen. The jester was able to tell the king and queen what they were doing wrong or what they did that was wrong in a humorous form. To sentence the jester to death was a sign that dark times were to fall upon the kingdom. Dave Chappelle released a comedy special on Netflix titled “Sticks and Stones” that has been deemed to be full of hate speech by the mass media. He talked negatively about the LGBTQ+ community and spoke out about abortion that some people thought was just too far. This being said, I agree that, occasionally, comedy can be taken too seriously. More and more things have become too sensitive in today’s world. There have been a few comedians that cross the line but they stretched their topic at hand into a gray area instead

of jumping off the deep end as Dave Chappelle has done. Being able to laugh at the weird or taboo things makes the world around us a little less foreboding. If we were to take away our comedy and become too sensitive about what is said than we might as well be the king sentencing our jesters to death. I watched this comedy special and it does tiptoe past the grey area here and there. I don’t agree we should ban comedians as they allow us to laugh at things that make us uncomfortable today and help us process how we feel about it. As a society, I believe we should attempt to define what comedy is and isn’t. This will be a challenge given everyone is different with different boundaries. We might never have a clear line when it comes to what is allowed and not allowed. There will always be a gray area. We should at least define what will never be okay to joke about at all costs moving forward.

Francisco Medina PHOTO EDITOR

Class sizes can play a big part in De Anza College students’ success with options such as a smaller, more intimate class setting or a larger setting like courses offered in the forum buildings. Having experienced both in the past, I prefer the smaller setting because there is a significant difference in being in a class with 25 students compared to one with 60. The biggest difference was the relationship between the students and the instructor, causing the large class to feel like a regular lecture with no sense of engagement from either side. According to an article written by Dr. Jessica Spallino, CEO of Method Schools, students felt more comfortable asking questions and seeking help in a smaller class and teachers felt more effective and comfortable in addressing those needs. With a large classroom, students tend to want to sit far away from the teacher and it’s a given that they will be more susceptible to

distractions since the teacher is focused on instructing the entire class. Unlike a smaller class, students and teachers are well within each others line of vision and it can encourage students to stay on task or engage with what is being taught to them. In no way am I saying that it’s easier to learn in one class setting than the other because everyone learns differently but it’s easier to feel included and a part of the class if there’s less people. It was more advantageous to be in a setting where everyone is focused on the instructor and the material instead of being surrounded by students doing their own thing. There are times where students won’t have the option of enrolling in a small class but a piece of advice for that situation is to just simply sit in the very front and stay engaged. Sitting in front may make up for the large class setting but it won’t be as benefiting as a small class since there’s a chance all the scattered students won’t be bringing out the best of the teacher and the lecture.



OCTOBER 14, 2019

Vegan Veganos Mexican food truck offers twist to classic dishes



Vegan Veganos, a Mexicaninspired street food truck, is a mouthful and can instill fear. Vegan Mexican-inspired food? Most people would never think to try it. But the pop up truck, based in San Jose, travels around the Bay Area and sells their food all while

trying to spread the message of becoming vegan. With an everchanging menu and a pseudoexclusivity, Vegan Veganos is most definitely an interesting eatery of the Bay. Owners and chefs Dalena and Manuel said their most popular and their personal favorite item is their tacos, a staple in their menu. Tag on some rice and beans, and a whole meal comes into being.

Travis Scott’s single ‘Highest in the Room’ bores Dylan Newman STAFF REPORTER

Travis Scott, fresh off his critically acclaimed 2018 album“Astroworld,” returns with a new single titled “Highest In The Room.” The song begins with a spooky whistle tone canvas that Scott’s voice promptly paints over, giving the listener a true Travis Scott experience. “HITR” seems to follow the same formula that “Astroworld” used, using particularly synthetic beats with his signature low toned under the breath voice. “HITR” holds very true to the narrative that Scott has been following across all of his discography. Scott focuses on rapping about his wife Kylie Jenner and being far-gone off drugs in the room he is residing in, thus, “Highest In The Room.” The backtrack sticks with its whistle tones but throughout the song, an acoustic guitar makes appearances as well as the hiphop famous 808 drums. It holds up to be simplistic at best and encompasses Scott’s style in that manner. The polarizing issue that stands out with this song is its similarity to Scott’s recent discography. This song feels like a track that didn’t make it onto “Astroworld,”

and was left in reserves to hold his relevance in the hip-hop scene until his next album. If you’ve listened to a Travis Scott song before, you have unconsciously listened to this track. It simply does not stand out from the crowded world that Scott has created for himself. The one thing that does stand out from this song is the beautiful piano outro accompanied by a quick synth melody. This thirtysecond outro feels like something off of Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” which could be considered the gold-standard of modern-day hiphop. Fans on Twitter quickly caught onto this, describing it as a transcending experience. If Scott stuck with this disposition across the whole track, this song wouldn’t feel extremely basic. “Astroworld” conceivably was Scott’s magnum opus. It’s plainly unfortunate to see Scott develop a copy-paste mentality when it comes to making music. Travis Scott needs to stray away from his formulaic music-making and experiment more. Scott has proven in a thirty-second snippet he has the potential to create aesthetically magnificent music, but is lacking in his performance of providing that in his single discography.

The tacos are full of those bold Mexican flavors and spices that don’t hold back. The small pop up restaurant stays true to their mission statement, as written on their website, of serving the Bay Area authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine based with vegetable alternatives. Despite the delicious and authentic flavor, one downside is the constantly changing menu.

Only a handful of the dishes listed on their website are offered at each pop up location. While the prices for each freshly-made, vegan dish and any add-ons are quite reasonable, another downside would be the limited forms of payment: either cash or Venmo only. And speaking of downsides, it’s almost a hassle to be constantly tracking down their

locations through their Instagram or website. They are, after all, a small local business based in one truck and trailer. Is it worth it in the end? There are a lot of places with great Mexican dishes and many are starting to offer vegan options. But if you’re seeking solely for vegan Mexican cuisine, Vegan Veganos is your place.


FIFA 20 graphics, gameplay a step down compared to previous editions of franchise




Francisco Medina PHOTO EDITOR

EA Sports released the newest edition of their FIFA series on Sept. 24 but aside from new game modes, FIFA 20’s gameplay feels like a step down from last year’s edition. The FIFA series has been around for about 25 years and each year, EA has tried to introduce new and innovative ways to improve how the game plays, looks and feels. In previous years, EA has given gamers the opportunity to play as women’s teams, story and online modes and even Champions and Europa League modes, which happen to be real professional football tournaments. This year, one of the major highlights of FIFA 20 has to be the reintroduction of street football in a game mode called Volta. Street football isn’t anything new for avid FIFA gamers but Volta does spark a sense of excitement since the last street football game was released in 2012. The idea of bringing back street football to FIFA is a great one but those who have played the street games in the past will notice the game mode is not an accurate reflection of the old games. This mode’s gameplay is very similar to the regular FIFA style in its simplicity but EA did do a good job in capturing what real street football scenes are like in South America and Europe. Volta allows gamers to personalize their player with fun outfits while they embark on a journey to different cities to play against their best football teams. Aside from Volta, the entire

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game is not anything special and it does not help that FIFA has always been repetitive even though EA is constantly claiming to making significant changes every year. The graphics are high quality but they look identical to the last couple of years which were already good enough. The gameplay is played at a slow pace and the mechanics make it hard to play for beginner and experienced gamers. As a loyal FIFA aficionado that has been playing these games since 2001, I will say FIFA 20 has hit a brick wall and this year’s release is not what I imagined or hoped for. EA can’t change the entire game but a positive thing is the company’s efforts to keep the FIFA community engaged by releasing frequent updates meant to create a better experience.



De Anza men’s water polo crushed by Ohlone


De Anza College men’s water polo lost 23-7 to Ohlone College in a home game on Oct. 9. Their next game is on Oct. 16 against Las Positas College.


De Anza’s men’s water polo lost 23-7 to Ohlone College in a tough game on Oct. 9. The game had an exciting start with the first goal going to Ohlone. De Anza’s defense was off to a bad start during the first period. While the team and goalie seemed very alert, Ohlone’s shots kept going straight through De Anza. The first goal didn’t happen until the second period, 13 minutes into the game. De Anza’s

offense missed multiple shots. There were a number of fouls called out by the referees throughout the first two periods. During the second quarter, De Anza was able to make a decent steal and get the ball to Ohlone’s side, but unable to make the shot. The team’s defense made a slight comeback with some saves at the end of the second quarter, which ended with a score of 11-4. The third period started off well with a quick score by De Anza but Ohlone soon responded with their own. De Anza was again able to

steal the ball but not able to score. The team had some good defense towards the end of the third quarter. There was a lot of back and forth as the teams went from one end of the pool to the other. Ohlone was able to make another score in the last 30 seconds of the period, which ended 15-6. There was a block by De Anza during the fourth quarter. An Ohlone center player was able to score with a spin move. Another attempt was made but it was blocked by De Anza’s goalie.

The game ended with a final score of 23-7. Danielle Altman, men and women’s water polo and swim team head coach said that “this was the worst game so far. Our previous games went a lot better than this.” “We could have done a lot better. One of our teams strong points for this game was pretty good counter defense,” she said. Elijah Breedlove, 20, film and TV production major, and the captain of the polo team said, “We are half-way through the

season with 12 games left, and that this was the worst one so far.” “The team had a low morale for this game, but had a good talk afterwards about how they could improve.”

De Anza 7 Ohlone 23 Oct. 9

DA Voices: Which professional sports team are you excited to watch this year? Gabe Barrenechea SPORTS EDITOR

Mohsin Khan,18, politcal science major

Erastus Kuria, 18, nursing major

Abraham Jaurgui, 20, aviation major

Christian Moreno, 20, radiological technology major

Christopher Tercero 19, mathematics major

“Im excited to see the Kansas City Chiefs play. “They almost made it to the superbowl last year. To see them almost beat the Patriots was nice to see.”

“I’m excited for the NBA because I love basketball. “I guess the team I’m excited to watch this year is the Celtics because I love Massachusetts.”

“I like watching the Patriots so I’m excited to see them continue their run. “I want to see them go back to back and to see Tom Brady maybe play his last season.”

“I’m excited for the 49ers. “They’re currently undefeated and hopefully they can go on a playoff or wildcard run.”

“The 49ers definitely the team I’m watching this year. “Right now they’re one of two teams that are undefeated and that’s pretty exciting to see.”

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