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Bus fares may climb

VOLUME 78, NUMBER 14

FEBRUARY 10, 2005

ROYAL GATHERING

By Christine Amarantus

comes out of sales tax. Our other revenues from the state and federal Public transportation student cus- government are really flat right now. tomers were stunned and enraged to Bus fares are the only source of hear that all monthly bus passes income we can control.” could increase by $10, inter-agency The transfer agency will instill alltransfers would increase and student day passes, $2.50 for regular and stucash discounts and local bus trans- dent riders and $1.50 for disabled and fers could be abolished starting July senior riders with proper identification, 1, should a fare adjustment proposal to replace the local 10-cent transfers. be approved. The all-day passes would allow riders The Long Beach Transit Board to use the bus an unlimited number of of Directors scheduled a public hear- times for the day purchased. ing for Monday, Feb. 28, to welOther systems like the Orange come comments about the local bus County Transit Authority and fare raise proposal. Metropolitan Transit Authority use Brynn all-day passes, Kernaghan, Kernaghan transit exec“I didn’t know about the pro- said.L o n g utive director for com- posal. I’m quite shocked to Beach Transit munications also will place hear about it.” and cusa 50 percent Robert Broon increase on tomer serstudent D i a l - a - L i f t , vices, said Tu e s d a y, reserved-seat Feb. 8, “We van service for haven’t raised our fares in 10 years. disabled persons, going from $1 to We wanted to delay the raises as $1.50. long as we could.” Sitting on a bus bench on Clark Among thousands of bus-riders at Avenue, 20-year-old student Robert LBCC, returning student Lori Wood, Broon said, “I didn’t know about the 53, said, “I feel that this is complete- proposal. I’m quite shocked to hear ly unfair to those students who are on about it. I buy a monthly bus pass. I a very fixed budget and can’t afford a think it’s unfair to increase the fare car. With my family, for instance, we for students in general.” buy one special and three student bus The bus agency encourages cuspasses. In one year’s time it regularly tomers to attend the public hearing costs $960, but it will go up to $2,400 Feb. 28 at the Long Beach City for the year.” Council chambers, 333 W. Ocean Wood further explained how the Blvd. from noon to 2 p.m. and from rising costs of attending LBCC cou- 4 to 6 p.m. Spanish, Khmer and sign pled with a raise in her rent has eaten language translation will be availinto her food budget. With the able. increase in bus fares, Wood is unsure For people unable to attend, comwhat can be done. ments may be mailed to “Fair Wood said, “I’m thinking about Adjustment Proposal” at 1963 E. starting a petition about it. This will Anaheim St., Long Beach, Calif. force students to either quit school or 90813, phoned to 489-8485 or ecarpool.” mailed to fareadjustment@lbtranKernaghan said, “It’s either raise sit.com. fares or reduce the service. The fares The transit’s website comments really only cover 25 percent of the must be received by 5 p.m. March 7. cost to operate the buses. The rest

Anne Roberts/Viking Queen of the Nile founder Sakkara Ingrid Thomas speaks alongside Trista Bullock, Daniel Kirkendoll and Dorrian Winton, from left, of Cabrillo High School at the PCC Lawn for Black history program on Wednesday, Feb. 2. See story and more photos on page 8.

Admission denied ■ Records office to be closed every Friday as a result of inactivity.

Students looking to fill out address change forms and transcript requests are greeted with red signs on the doors of the Admissions and Records building that say the office is now closed on Fridays at LAC and PCC. Dean of Admissions and

Records Ross Miyashiro said that the move was made to accommodate the employees so that they could catch up on the backlog of requests that the office receives. “Fridays are generally slower,” Miyashiro said. “We get about 25 students for the entire day,” Miyashiro added that the department is reorganizing to handle the increase of transcript requests and to train the employees and test out new services that will be provided for students online through PeopleSoft. “We’re pulling the staff together to train them in

2004. “Pam was a multi-talented flyer, cheer and dance gymnast with a great attitude,” cheerleading adviser Diana Galias said. Mongkilkasetarin is survived by her parents and a sister who attends Cal State Fullerton. Pamela was eulogized and cremated Monday, Feb.7, the same day the team won its championship. The cheerleaders became the United Spirit

Association west coast collegiate national champions in Las Vegas, Nev. LBCC cheerleader team members pinned a little angel on a Viking toy bear, named it “Pam” and dedicated all performances and competitions to her for the rest of the year. “Pamela was a loving person who got along with everyone,” close friend Sareth Vong said. “I will really miss her.”

By Navy Keophan

Cheerleader dies of cancer By Anne Roberts Cheerleaders at LBCC dedicated their weekend championship to teammate Pamela Abby Mongkilkasetarin, who died of liver cancer, her friends and adviser said Wednesday, Feb. 9. Although Mongkilkasetarin had suffered from on-and-off back problems for more than two years, the cancer was not discovered until Jan.

8 after a magnetic resonance imaging exam, her friend Arturo Angel said. She died Jan. 28 in UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. Until Jan. 8, she was given pain pills and sent home, Angel added. The MRI was not prescribed until the pain became too much, Angel said. Mongkilkasetarin, 21, had been part of the cheerleading team for more than a year when a foot injury kept her from competing in Fall

PeopleSoft software so that these services can be available to students,” Miyashiro said. “I was informed that they needed to be tested out first to make sure they work.” Miyashiro also said that it is not rare to see offices opened for half a day or closed for one day of the week. He points out that financial aid is opened for half a day on Wednesdays.Admissions Arlene Aguirre, who was handling some business for her husband on Wednesday, Feb. 9, thinks it is a bad idea. “I find it to be an inconvenience,” Aguirre said.

PAMELA MONGKILKASETARIN


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'451' contest hits campus By Kori Filipek

Grahame Hammond/Viking A group of kids from the current Child Development Center participate in the groundbreaking ceremony at the PCC on Wednesday, Feb. 9. The groundbreaking was done by the children in a sandbox to honor the center, which is being built to benefit the youths.

Breaking ground at PCC

■ Ceremony is start of 10-year plan for building renovations.

By Grahame Hammond The groundbreaking ceremony for the PCC Child Development Center on Wednesday, Feb. 9 officially marked the beginning of a 10year construction and modernization project on both LBCC campuses. The event featured numerous speakers, including President Jan Kehoe, and the actual groundbreaking was done by the kids from the current children’s center, armed with plastic shovels and yellow hardhats. The event was sponsored by the Bovis Company, which is in charge of the renovation and construction projects. “We are right on target and hoping to move our projects along a little more swiftly now,” Kehoe said.

The original $176 million Measure E bond passed in 2002, which provides the funding for the majority of the proposed projects, has been supplemented by Propositions 47 and 55. In addition to the child center, the state funds will help build a Library/Learning Resource Center, two new technology buildings and will renovate and modernize four of the teaching buildings. “We are regularly informed from Bovis on all construction updates,” PCC Provost Pauline Merry said. At the LAC the funds will facilitate the building of a new warehouse located on a portion of the Veterans Stadium parking lot. The warehouse will temporarily serve as the home of the aviation and automotive programs while the new structure is being built on the PCC. In addition, the LAC will receive a major modernization renovation for the

Library/Learning Resource Center from the funds. The cost of the warehouse is estimated at $6.2 million and, according to a recent press release, construction of the building will temporarily cause Conant Street, between Clark Avenue and Faculty Avenue, to be closed down to one lane until mid-March. The concrete sidewalk for the new automotive and aviation technology building was poured Tuesday, Feb. 1 and the installation of all underground electrical to the building is now complete according to the PCC Provost’s weekly newsletter. Site lighting and electrical underground conduits are still being installed in the MM and Horticulture buildings at the PCC, with actual replacement of fixture scheduled for the first week of March. Construction updates are available on the LBCC website at http://facilities.lbcc.edu/Constructi on.html.

Candidates named for V.P.

By Navy Keophan

The search for a new vice president of academic affairs has been narrowed down to three candidates. Current dean of creative arts and applied sciences Gary Scott, William Farmer of Los Angeles Mission College, and Robert Simpson of Fullerton College were named as the finalists for the position, which has been vacant since August 2004. “I think the process is going great,” Academic Senate President Janice Tomson said in an e-mail Tuesday, Feb. 8. Tomson also added that a session will be conducted Monday, Feb. 14 for teachers to meet and ask the candidates questions. The sessions will be from noon-5:15 p.m. at three locations at LAC. Each candidate

will spend 45 minutes in each group and answer questions. Teachers will then be able to participate in a 30-minute evaluation period after they meet with the candidates. The seat has been vacant

since former Vice President of Academic Affairs Mary Callahan retired June 30, 2004. Joyce Black has been serving as interim vice president while the college continues its search for Callahan’s replacement.

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Students are being offered the opportunity to meet award-winning author Ray Bradbury as part of a creative contest entitled Impressions. The contest is scheduled to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the novel “Fahrenheit 451.” LBCC is sponsoring the contest, which coincides with Long Beach Reads One Book from March 13-20 and Bradbury’s visit to the LAC on March 14. The Impressions contest encourages students to interpret one of Bradbury’s most famous works, “Fahrenheit 451,” through almost any medium, such as musical compositions, artwork, dance, film, photography, persuasive essays, poetry or other form. Contest sponsor and reading teacher Jordan Fabish welcomes

“anyone’s artistic response to the book.” Michelle Vyvlecka, a math major, said that the Impressions contest is “a great opportunity for students to express themselves and a great chance to meet a literary icon.” To enter, students must first read “Fahrenheit 451” and then respond to the book utilizing whatever medium they choose. All entries of the contest are due with a completed entry form to the Writing and Reading center by Monday, Feb. 28. Winners of the contest will not only receive the chance to meet Bradbury, but will be honored at a citywide event at the Long Beach Center Theater on Wednesday, March 16. Students may either pick up an entry form from Fabish in L145 or visit the website, http://lib.lbcc.edu/fahrenheit.ht ml, for more information.

Fire alarm prank disrupts classes By Lisa Cameron Students who were in classes in the D Building about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25 were suddenly evacuated when the fire alarm went off. About 100 students gathered outside staring at the building as the lights flashed off and on. They waited for the Long Beach Fire Department to arrive. Chemistry major Erik Thompson said, “We were sitting in class when the alarm went off.” Police kept every one outside and while they were waiting for firefighters.

“I just came by to drop off my homework that was due today, but I guess I’m not going to be able to do that now,” fashion major Marianne Fortin said. LBPD arrived about 8:30 p.m. and entered the building where they found no evidence of any fire. “It was just a malicious fire alarm pull,” Long Beach firefighter said. “We come here all the time.” Anybody person with information about suspicious activity are encouraged to call the police at 938-4910 at LAC or 435-6711 at PCC.


NEWS Elections fill spots FEBRUARY 10, 2005

By Maurice Lozano and Vince Scott Elizabeth Dosta has collected 34 votes in the race for AWS secretary and Carnell Hunt won the AMS presidency with 23 votes at PCC on Wednesday, Feb. 2 and Thursday, Feb. 3 at LAC. Both candidates won their positions in uncontested races. Other positions remaining vacant include AWS treasurer and secretary and AMS treasurer, spots that will be filled by appointment. Meanwhile, Cabinet members were encouraged by ASB President Mike Brignac to become more involved during the ASB’s future meetings on Monday, Jan.

31. He asked Cabinet members to record their hours even when discussing Cabinet matters in ASB meetings areas. “The issue is for Cabinet members to be available for students,” Brignac said in defense of his new idea to resolve the problems the Cabinet has been facing. “This is my attempt to find a solution,” Brignac said. ASB Student Life Manager Damon Bell, who has served as an adviser to the ASB Cabinet, has taken some time off due to health concerns, and his position will be filled by Student Activities adviser Bill Webb. “Nothing is going to be set back,” ASB secretary Jo-Ryan Salazar, referring to Bell’s

absence. “Were not stopping.” Webb said, “I was called in to talk to the vice president about the ASB role the Friday before school started. I believe it will be for this semester. This is very close to other responsibilities I’ve had here.” Webb has had previous experience as a teacher and student. He also advises the student Senate and was a Cal State Long Beach and U.C. Santa Barbara student. Dean Felton Williams addressed the Cabinet and said, “Participating in school activities like the ASB offers students a chance to test themselves.” Williams added that it is important for student leaders to receive the training needed to enhance their education.

to the institutional research and academic services department, which is responsible for the production of the schedule of classes. “I’m not sure why it’s not in there. The information was provided to them,” Hayes said. Administrative Dean Fred Trapp helps coordinate the information for the schedule. “I handle the data section of schedule. There are 38 departments that provide information to us. We send a final draft for a final approval,” Trapp said. Student Life Manager Jeri Carter at LAC said, “When we get the statistics, we post them on the general information board.” The

board is located in the Fish Bowl in Building E at LAC. Student adviser Derek Oriee at PCC said, “We post the statistics in the Student Life office. It’s where you get your picture taken for the student I.D. card.” The Fall 2004 schedule of classes crime statistics are on page 138. The statistics reflect 12 different categories of offenses and cover a three-year period from 2001-2003. Statistics for January 2005 are not available until the third week of February. Meanwhile, a Jan. 28 safety advisory states, “As a result of two recently reported sexual assaults

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FAIR GAME

Lisa Cameron/Viking Students gather information from more than 25 universities that participated at the transfer fair at LAC on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

2005 crime stats not accessible in schedules By David Caffrey Despite an alleged rape and a sexual assault, crime statistics can only be found in one location for each campus at LBCC. According to LBCC and state law policies and procedures and state laws, crime statistics are to be provided and available through the college’s schedule of classes or from the college’s police unit at LAC. The Spring 2005 schedule does not include the statistics. Public information provided by Brendan Hayes, project manager and police services contact at LAC, submits the crime statistics

that have occurred at LAC, the Long Beach Police Department’s City College campus safety unit would like to provide the college community with crime prevention and safety information. The notice was sent to all students through the new student email system. It provides information about a personal safety training class Thursday, Feb. 16. Criminal justice major Lawanda Johnson talked about the assaults. “I read about the first one. I didn’t know there was a second,” Johnson said. “I didn’t know statistics were available.” Students Lupe Lopez and Janneth Revelez were interviewed

about the assaults. “I didn’t know about any assaults,” Lopez said. “I don’t always have time to grab a newspaper. They (school officials) should post more information on the boards around campus. I always stop to look for available classes and books for sale.” Revelez added, “Maybe there should be some announcement about these assaults on the school radio.” Meanwhile, police spokesman Det. Greg Schirmer said Wednesday, Feb. 9 that there were no new leads and no new information regarding the sexual assaults.


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'Horizon' re-played

By Sean Belk

Anne Roberts/Viking SISTERS IN ARMS: In "Mrs. California," Rebecca Cherkoss, left, stars as Mrs. Los Angeles, a former WAVE in the Navy. Kari Bouffard-Cheng, right, plays her best friend Babs, an electrician in the war.

'Mrs. California' set stands for feminism

By Anne Roberts “Mrs. California” a 1955 feminist comedy written by Doris Baizley will open on the Main Stage in the LBCC Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 17. The play is set after World War II in a Los Angeles hotel where the happy, good and beautiful homemaker contest is in progress. “Mrs. California” is an effective look at women who worked jobs like greasing machinery, repairing planes and coal-mining while the men were at war, director of the play Jan Quinn-Weyant said. Women proved to be much better workers than the men, she said, but had to do what society dictated and return home as housewives and were now

competing in a homemakers’ contest. Mrs. Los Angeles, also known as Dot, is a former decoder in the Navy who competes against Mrs. Modesto, Mrs. San Bernardino and Mrs. San Francisco while her best friend Babs, an electronic wizard who wired bombers during the war, helps her to victory in unconventional ways. “I would like all women to come out to see this play,” Quinn-Weyant said. “It’s pertinent for today dealing with feminism from a comedic standpoint. Choices for women are greater now, but I think it still has a voice.” The cast includes Rebecca Cherkoss as Dot, Kari BouffardCheng as Babs and Lito Cabra as

Health services offers healing

By Agatha Braganca

basically let them know that we bring our services to them, counseling is Despite low funding, Student personal,” Tyler said. Health Services at LBCC continues As part of the promotional work to strive to provide a selection of student health services is focusing on, health services for students, employ- outreach assignments have been set ees say. up at LAC and PCC on the topic of Advertising at PCC and LAC, the relationships. During the outreach health service offers programs such assignments, fun relationship-happias first aid, personal counseling, med- ness questionnaires are handed to stuical consultations and referrals to dents and then reviewed by councommunity and private mental health selors. agencies to the student body. At the outreach event at PCC on Coordinator of Health and Wednesday, Feb. 9, Fleurette Psychological Faoliu, a student Services Joanne at PCC, said, “I Tyler said, think the health “There are rich "There is a nice center its helpful resources within the for a lot of people community feeling in Long health center that peo- who don’t have Beach and there access to other are rich resources ple don't know about.” health care. The within the health Joanne Tyler center’s service is center that people Coordinator of health services good.” don’t know While most about.” She also responses were said, “that is why it is our job to edu- positive, Mariana Martinez, also a cate the students on this.” student at PCC, said, “I didn’t even At the LAC, the center is not large know about the program and some and only one nurse is on duty, yet of the free services.” many services are free. If students in Furthermore, free STD/HIV need of immediate attention come testing will be administered through into the center aware of what illness a mobile van from 9 a.m. until 1 they have, a self-care waiver is p.m. at LAC on March 8, April 5, signed and medicine may be given April 19 and May 3. without nurse consultation, Tyler PCC student body treasurer Gail said. Tapp said, “It’s wonderful that we Tyler also puts emphasis on the have access to health-care services fact that psychological services may and resources on campus. The cenbe provided as well. “People think ter provides the campus with a flathere’s a stigma in counseling so we vor of love.”

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Dudley, Michelle Gil, Patty Ramirez, Jessica Mendivil, Aaron Pressburg and Mike Squires. The play runs for two weeks from Thursday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 27. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the ASB Bank in the LAC Bookstore only at $10 for general admission and $7 for students, employees and seniors. No credit-card purchases may be made. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office 45 minutes before each performance. Parking permits are required at all times during performances and are available for $1 in Lot E. Police said parking will be enforced during the weekend.

With eyes wide, children stared in amazement , as performer Kevin Blake burst on the stage riding a skateboard and cursing racial slurs at what was supposed to be an Asian woman driver. Students from the EOP&S/CARE program sat down with their children in the PCC Student Center on Saturday, Feb. 5 for a second viewing of “Horizon Line,” an educational one-man performance about hate crimes. The play generated so much response in December that EOP&S scheduled a second performance and encouraged students to bring children, restricted to ages 13 years and older due to the strong language and serious subject matter. “We wanted to make it available to you and your young ones,” said EOP&S Program Director Tasha Willis, who helped organize the second showing as a handful of students came to watch it again. “Horizon Line” is about a young white man named Danny Curtis who is on a path to self-destruction and encounters several different characters who have negative and positive effects on his life. The multi-personality of Blake’s performance showed his range of perspective, shifting in and out of character. As Danny’s hopes of becoming an artist grow, he gets involved in a hate crime because he hangs out with the wrong influence. The National Conference for Community and Justice, a humanrelations organization based in Los

Angeles, produces the one-man show to promote awareness of hate crimes and generate questions from the audience. “He was confused. He wanted to be an artist, he wanted to be a part of something,” said student LaRonda Taylor, who wasn’t able to bring her two sons, 11-year-old Earl and 7-year-old Kevin. Taylor explained that her brother had been killed during a hate crime and that she wants to educate her children on the dangers of gang violence. “Words can hurt more than killing, it’s a constant thing,” Taylor said. “When it first happened to me I wanted to hate, but people need to be open-minded, whether it’s just by words.” Facilitator Lui Amador said, “A hate crime doesn’t have to be physical as long as they can prove that the intent is there. Through proactive measures on how to interact with people, we’ve worked extensively with youth through workshops and programs to engage students.” Nursing Student Mia Lewis brought her daughter Stajha Bellows to see the play after finding out about it the day before. “I liked it and we are also involved in the church,” Lewis said. After the performance, Blake tried to give insight into the meaning of the play. “There are resources out there. We do have a role in this play, so let’s write that role,” Blake said. “To look at people from different perspectives is what I try to do in my personal life.”


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FEBRUARY 10, 2005

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Vikes’ offense explodes By Tracy McDannald The Viking softball team has been clicking, scoring 32 runs in its last two games, and has started the season with a three-game win streak. Shortstop and lead-off hitter Amy Layns paced the Vikings in an 8-3 win over visiting Moorpark on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Layns finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base for the Vikings, who were able to overcome a slow start defensively. The Raiders jumped on the Vikes with three hits in their first four at-bats, including a two-run single to left by right fielder Jaime Palacios. Moorpark would add one more

and jump out to an early 3-0 lead with the help of two errors. “We kind of just fired them (the players) up,” LBCC assistant coach Melissa Angel said. “We told them they needed to score and find a way to get those three runs back.” LBCC answered back by batting around and plating four runs of its own in the bottom of the

T.R. Quinzel/Viking SWING BATTER: Viking designated player Jynifer Nordorf takes a cut at Raiders' pitcher Amy Pilkington's pitch during the first inning of LBCC's 8-3 win over Moorpark on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Nordorf knocked in center fielder Liz Sequeira on the play.

Moving on out

first, highlighted by RBI singles Vikes off-balance at times with from first basewoman Mallory her change-up. Anderson, right fielder Jessie “We had to sit back and wait on Petzolt and second basewoman it,” Layns said. Emelie Palmcrantz. The Vikings were coming off a Layns, Petzolt, left fielder four-inning, 24-run offensive Katerina Captanis and third base- explosion in a 24-1 rout of host woman Jessica Mendez each Glendale on Thursday, Feb. 5. recorded two hits for the Vikes LBCC received contributions while designated player Jynifer from every position player offenNordorf led LBCC with two RBI. sively. Freshman catcher Tammy Viking startWeiner roped ing pitcher Anna two doubles Lowery picked “We get people on, we while Captanis up her first win legged out a move them and score triple in the vicof the season after settling tory. runs. It’s simple.” down and “We get peoAmy Layns ple on, we move allowed just one Viking shortstop hit over her next them and score three innings. runs,” Layns Lowery logged four innings, said. “It’s simple.” allowing three runs on five hits The Vikings also edged while walking one and striking out Grossmont, 4-3, in their home one. opener and debut of new head Reliever Sade Hayes no-hit the coach Erika Blanco on Tuesday, Raiders the last three innings, Feb. 1. walked one, struck out one and hit Blanco is taking over for a batter to close out the game. Shellie McCall, who decided to Moorpark starter Amy take a leave of absence in Pilkington, now 0-2 on the season, November to pursue a doctorate in went the distance and allowed forensic psychology. eight runs, six earned, on 11 hits LBCC (3-0) will travel to while walking five and striking Irvine to compete in the Green and out two. Gold Tournament on Saturday and Despite the rough outing, Sunday, Feb. 12 and 13. Pilkington was able to keep the

SERVING IT UP

LBCC athletes who have signed national letters of intent to transfer DEFENSIVE TACKLE FRED MCCUTCHEON (San Jose State)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE ALII SEIULI (Sacramento State)

DEFENSIVE END MAURICE MURRAY (New Mexico State)

WIDE RECEIVER JOE GARCIA (University of Nevada)

WIDE RECEIVER JERRYLL MARTIN (Minnesota State of Mankato)

QUARTERBACK TIM BESSOLO (Sacramento State)

OFFENSIVE TACKLE ROBERT MAREKO (Iowa Wesleyan College)

STRONG SAFETY JAMAR BARNES (Central Missouri State)

Lisa Cameron/Viking LBCC tennis players and cousins Bryan Barnum, left, and Hubert Barnum open the first set of doubles against Irvine Valley College on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the LAC tennis courts. The Lasers swept all three doubles sets and defeated the Vikings, 8-1.

Baseball team hits slide By Tracy McDannald

CORNERBACK CHRIS WEINGARTEN (Humboldt State)

DEFENDER KRISTEN SONSMA (Metro State of Colorado)

MIDFIELDER AMIRA EBEL (Metro State of Colorado)

FORWARD KANTEY LOCOH-ADAMAGAN (Vanguard University)

DEFENDER ANTHONY BURROLA (Vanguard University)

DRIVER JACKIE PRINE (U.C. Irvine)

DRIVER DUSKO SARGIN (Loyola Marymount)

DRIVER MILO PARKER (Cal Baptist)

T.R. Quinzel/Viking READY, FIRE: Starting pitcher Steven Conradi delivers a pitch during LBCC's 5-3 loss to Santa Barbara on Saturday, Feb. 5.

The Viking baseball team dropped back-to-back games including a 7-1 road loss to Irvine Valley College on Tuesday, Feb. 8. LBCC’s lone run came in the opening inning as center fielder Kevin Monahan singled home third baseman Rene Chavez. Irvine Valley responded with two runs apiece in the second and third innings. First baseman Wes Oberlin led the team, going 2-for4 with a homerun and 3 RBI. LBCC’s Tommy Peale was charged with the loss. He surrendered six runs, four earned, on seven hits, struck out one and walked one in five innings. Irvine Valley reliever Joel Garcia picked up the win and gave up just three hits and struck out four in five innings.

The Vikes also dropped their home opener, 5-3, to Santa Barbara on Saturday, Feb. 5. Monahan and second baseman Ryan Averkieff contributed two hits apiece. Left fielder Eugene Edwards and Averkieff each drove in a run. Five different players drove in runs for Santa Barbara. LBCC starting pitcher Steven Conradi went five innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits while walking one. He also dropped to 1-1 on the season. Santa Barbara’s Justin Aspegren picked up his first win of the season, allowing three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out two in six innings. LBCC (3-3) was scheduled to return to the field against host Riverside on Wednesday, Feb. 9.


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LIBRARY Library hours are tentative and are subject to change. Hours are also available at: http://lib.lbcc.edu LAC Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday CLOSED PCC Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday 10 am-2 pm Sunday CLOSED

FINANCIAL AID LAC A105 Monday, Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Information: 938-4257 PCC AA122 Monday, Wednesday,Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Information: 938-3955

POLICE Evening escorts are available to people at LAC and PCC. Students may contact police to arrange for an escort to meet them on campus. PCC: 435-6711 LAC: 938-4910 Personal safety training class Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. in the Nordic Lounge, Building E

THEATER

"Mrs. California" will run for two weeks in the LAC Auditorium. Feb. 17-20 and 24-27. Show times are Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Information: Yancey Gulley at 938-4563 or e-mail to ygulley@lbcc.edu

Slaying the grammatical dragons, the use of subjects and predicates. Feb. 10, 1:302:30 p.m. P109

CALENDAR

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ACTORS APPLY WITHIN

Thesis: Definition and developement, Feb. 15, 11 a.m.noon, K102 Examine Frederick Douglass's writings, Feb. 17, 2:45-3:15 p.m., L141 Contact Margaret Shannon, coordinator, at 938-4519

ESL Students who have ESL challenges are offered tutoring by Lesli Shishim, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m and 5-6 p.m. Appointments are made in L149 at LAC

MATH TUTORING Free one-hour, one-on-one tutoring appointments available Monday-Saturday. PCC: GG116 LAC: L117 Information: Barbara 9384669 or Sandy 938-4705

SPORTS AT HOME Women’s basketball Friday, Feb. 11, 5:30 p.m. vs. Cerritos Men’s basketball Friday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. vs. Cerritos

INTRAMURAL SPORTS Men's volleyball league Thursday, Feb. 10 small gym 11a.m. Court 1: Jakes vs. Styles Court 2: Aztlan vs. Underground Superstar events Thursday, Feb. 10 Golf Mall 2 p.m (50 yard. dash, softball throw, football kick) Information: Walt Webber, 938-4248 or e-mail at wwebber@llbcc.edu

CONTESTS Long Beach Reads One Book creative contest interpreting Ray Bradbury’s "Fahrenheit 451." The deadline is Feb. 28. For an application and information, contact Jordan Fabish, L145, 9384919 or jfabish@lbcc.edu. Women Change America essay contest deadline is Thursday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. Information: 938-3987

Lisa Cameron/Viking Students practice lines waiting outside H103 where auditions for the play "London Assurance" were conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 2. The play will run for two weekends, April 7-10 and April 14-17. Tickets may be purchased at the ASB Bank starting in mid-March.

WI-FI PCC hot zones: Indoor Student Center - Building EE Outdoor: The Lawn LAC: hot zones: Indoor: Admissions Building A, Student Center Building E and the cafeteria Outdoor: The Quad

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PCC African market place - every Wednesday, 9 a.m-4 p.m. at the Flag Pole Blue's School House, Thursday, Feb. 10 at noon on the Lawn Lecture on William Dawson, Wednesday, Feb. 16 noon1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Photography exhibit in the Learning Center, MondayThursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m.-2 p.m. LAC African market place - every Thursday, 10 a.m-6 p.m. at the Quad

MEETINGS ASB Cabinet LAC Mondays, 2 p.m. College Center upstairs Valhalla Room PCC last Monday of every month 2 p.m. Dyer Hall Information: 938-4551 LAC Student Senate Tuesdays, noon College Center basement Gokstad Room Information: 938-4666 LBCC Board of Trustees Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. in Dyer Hall FF107 at PCC. Information: 938-4121

OPPORTUNITY DRAWING Students are raising funds for a trip to Ghana in West Africa. Tickets are $2 each, 4 for $5 or 10 for $10. Prizes range from a DVD player to a gift certificate for Hometown Buffet. Trip information or tickets are available from Janét Hund, room M231, 938-4190

ENTERTAINMENT Senior Studies program will offer a series of spring tours. Reservations are taken in Building FF. Information: 938-3048. Rhythm and Reason: Life Around the Drum. The photography of Joseph Franklin. Through Feb. 28. PCC Learning Center Gallery

TAX PREPARATION Free every Tuesday and Thursday through April 15 from 5-9 p.m. in Building E, Valhalla Room, second floor at LAC. No appointment necessary

SERVICE HOURS Service hours are available by donating to the tsunami disaster relief. Checks or money orders may be made payable to American Red Cross. $1 equals one service hour, maximum of 10 service hours per student. January/February service hours are due by Thursday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. in the Volunteer Resource Center, Building E at LAC

STUDY ABROAD Madrid, Spain, 4 weeks, requirement of Spanish 2 through 25. Second payment for trip due March 28. Departure date is scheduled for June 3 Information may be obtained by contacting Chris Carter, study abroad coordinator, at 938-4188 or e-mail to ccarter@lbcc.edu. Havana, Cuba and Trinidad, March 25 - April 1 - cost $2,799 Information: Mary Drobny, 439- 2828 or e-mail mdrobny@lbcc.edu

Long Beach City College C l a s s i f i e d s FREE FAMILY PLANNING MALE & FEMALE ALL FREE: Birth control pills, patch, shots, morning-after pills, STD checks, medications, PAP smears, etc. if qualified. Mario O. Lopez, M.D. (562) 436-4933

“Two Pigs and a Chicken” - A love story. Now at the LBCC Bookstore, and cseligman.com If you are interested in placing an advertisement, call the advertising manager at: (562) 938-4284 or e-mail her at: rbookey@lbcc.edu. We offer a great deal for students and employees of LBCC. Run your buy, sell or trade ads with us and save money at the same time. $2 classifieds (up to 85 characters)


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Library page turns slowly The fact that LBCC is unable to support its Library system due to a lack of funding is a severe blow to the self-esteem of the entire student body. To know the required research materials are updated and available, the newest edition of books that professors recommend are shelved, or class-related CDs or DVDs are available in the college Library is as important to the college experience for students as attending classes and meeting new people. The unavailability of resource materials affects the grades of students, employee morale and takes up time most students don’t have to visit another college Library. The Library should reflect the self-image of the college. The business of any learning institution dictates that all current and updated materials necessary to remain competitive in attracting future customers, or students, should be readily accessible. In many instances, a Library with new books to support all curriculum, new books to reflect

the growing diversity of the student body, new books to support transfer programs, career and occupational programs, basic skills and continuing education serves as an educational plus as well as an enticing reason to enroll in that college. People who decide how money is appropriated should reevaluate their decisions to cut the Library budget and not expect students to search for help outside the realm of the college. Students are expected to pay the increase in school fees, materials, books and even higher food costs without question. Now students are asked to pay again by donating not less than $5 to the adopt-a-book program sponsored by the LBCC Foundation. While the adopt-a-book program is worthy, introducing it to people who regularly donate to the college also may prove profitable. PCC Librarian Marion Hinton said, “I don’t think the Library is being slighted. We did receive some money to obtain periodicals and online data bases.”

Hinton suggested that clubs should consider adopting a section of the Library. “Their donations will help buy new materials that support their interests.” Hinton also warned that while the average book cost $25 and a reference book might cost $50, shipping, handling and processing fees add up to more than $20 and also must be considered. “As long as money is designated to the Library, students can donate $1,” Hinton said.

Julio Salgado/Viking LBCC’s Libraries struggle to stay less than a year or more behind in research materials. A time exists in every budget to count beans and a time to decide what to cook with the beans available. LBCC needs innovative chefs to prepare our minds for the competitive world. It’s shameful to come to a college for a free exchange of ideas, to improve our lot in the world through education, only to be short changed at the checkout counter.

Students tend to believe that the answer to everything pertaining to his or her college studies can be found within the walls of the college Library, also known as the backbone of any higher learning system. If the LBCC Library is not up to par, nor are its employees or students. College administrators must come to realize that their support of the Library is reflected through the decisions they make whether the state supports them or not.

COMMENTARY

Ex-soldier asks war value

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Democracy has proven to be a tuned in to watch television sets costly endeavor. As wars rage and as the war unfolded. people die, it becomes clear a While sitting at Pope Air Force price always needs to be paid. Base in North Carolina, waiting After serving in for the C-130 that the Army for three would fly my compayears, I am aware of ny and me to war, I the immense price by realized the predicapersonal experience. ment I was in was not America is a a show on television; nation unlike any this was real. other in the world. It Soon I would be is a great country on Iraqi soil to where opportunities emphasize the spread flourish. of democracy on a During my time country thousands of Agatha of service in Ft. miles from my home. Bragg, N. C. and Was the evidence Braganca Camp Kyle in South for war justifiable? Korea, I was proud to be a solWas this war righteous to me? dier. All these things ran through Yet as I began to understand my mind. The answer was simthe politics of the war in Iraq, my ple; no, this did not seem right. ideals changed. I found myself in a dilemma A case for war was made by that could not be solved on matter the government. All of America of opinion because I had no

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choice in the matter. “I am a soldier, I choose this willingly and if this country calls upon me, I have no choice but to fulfill my duties and do what I have to do.” I looked around and saw the faces of my fellow soldiers, some only 18, others in their 30s. Some beginning their young lives and others married with children. The age barrier meant nothing to us at this point; we were one and the same, locked in this thing that was greater than all of us. Weapons of mass destruction and links to Al Qaeda, these statements plagued me. Although the world knew Saddam Hussein was a terrible dictator, weapons were not found in Iraq and CIA reports linking Al Qaeda to Saddam were inconclusive. The war in Afghanistan began due to terrorism on American

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soil, now the United States would be the ones invading. It all proved too disturbing to think about. Whether soldiers understood the full depth of the situation or not, it did not matter. U.S. forces already were occupying Iraq and the war could not be stopped. Iraq has become a harbor for terrorism. Civilians and soldiers face death and destruction every day. Propaganda to justify the war explains that the U.S. must spread democracy to countries oppressed by dictatorships and terrorism. I ask the government this question then, what about North Korea, Uganda and Palestine? Will democracy be spread to them as well? If democracy is imposed by force, it is no longer popular sovereignty, thus collapsing the entire belief system it was built upon.

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HISTORY MONTH

FEBRUARY 10, 2005

Celebrating heritage

GET TO STEPPIN’: Cal State Northridge Phi Beta Sigma fraternity steppers Jermell Robinson, Axel Delcid and Mark Edmonds, from left, perform their dance on stage on the Lawn at PCC on Thursday, Feb. 3.

PAGE TURNER: Librarian Marion Hinton, Provost Pauline Merry and President Jan Kehoe, from left, look over “The People Could Fly” during the annual African-American read-in in the PCC Student Center on Monday, Feb. 7.

Historic read

By Sean Belk

For the first time, librarian Marion Hinton hosted a worldwide participation of the 16th annual African-American literature read-in chain on Monday, Feb. 7 in the Student Activity Center at PCC. The National Council of Teachers of English, the Black history month consortium and the PCC Library sponsored the presentation with refreshments and bookstands filled with African American literature for students. Students and employees all participated in the spell-binding event sharing poems, stories, folk songs and illustrations commemorating the works of African American writers. The main attraction was the appearance of Ruth Graham Siegrist, a storyteller and reading education professor at Cal State Fullerton. Siegrist is the daughter of author Lorenz B. Graham, a famous African American writer, and she read from his book, “How God Fix Jonah,” as Hinton passed around musical instruments from Africa for the audience to use during the reading. “As the African storyteller would come to the village the people would gather like we are here,” said Siegrist, who spoke in a mixture of Portuguese and Spanish accent. Siegrist noted that W.E. DuBois wrote a forward in the book and that her father knew him and many other famous African American authors well. PCC Provost Pauline Merry read “I Live In Music,” a piece written by Linda Sunshine that

expressed legends told by the drum and history of Africa through illustrations. “The music lives on in me,” Merry said. Among the other readers were PCCStudent Life manager Robert Hill, who read Langston Hughes’ “Dream Deferred,” 90-year-old Bernyse Hunter, who read “Women and Single Truth” and student Malia Mason, who read “To Be Young Gifted and Black,” written by Lorraine Hansberry. “If you’re going to correct the ills of society it starts with literacy,” Hill said. He explained that Hughes’ works are still prophetic today in jazz and hip-hop. LBCC President Jan Kehoe came to in support the event and read an excerpt about friendship from a book titled “Eight Habits of the Heart” by Clifton L. Taulbert. Kehoe interpreted the story with metaphors to explain the importance of friendship referring to the “heavy tops” that hold all the different spices and seasonings together. Sociology teacher Janet Hund explained that she is taking her class on a study abroad trip to Ghana, Africa this Summer and shared a selection from Maya Angelou’s, “The Heart of a Woman” expressing woman’s civil rights. “What are we here for? Trying to look cute while men talk about important issues?” Hund read. Wildlife biology student Alex Zmarzly stopped by on his way to English 105. “It seems very intriguing. I came down here to see what they have to say,” Zmarzly said.

WE GOT THE BEAT: Los Angeles drummers produce traditional rythmns for students in celebration of Black history month in the Student Center at PCC on Monday, Feb. 7.

RIGHT TRACK: Jordan High School students Myeisha Banks, Brittney Bezart and Rochelle Gunter receive information from Grambling State University representatives Pat Westbrook, left, and Nevada Hudson on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Photos by Anne Roberts


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