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A First Amendment Newspaper of the Mt. San Antonio College Journalism Program

Wednesday,  June  5,  2013

Walnut, Â Calif.

Volume  79  Issue  8

These students got better skills

Flying team soars high at nationals


Jose  De  Castro 7OV[V,KP[VY (M[LYĂ&#x201E;UPZOPUN[OPYKPU[OL:HML[`HUK Flight  Evaluation  Conference  (SAFECON)   H[:HSPUHZ(PYWVY[[OL4[:(*Ă&#x2026;`PUN[LHT brought  home  the  American  Airlines  Safety   Trophy  at    Ohio  State  University  Airport  earlier  this  month. 0[^HZ[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[L]LY(TLYPJHU(PYSPULZ Safety  Award  for  the  college  in  the  competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  feels  great,â&#x20AC;?  said  Nelson  Contreras,   JVTTLYJPHSĂ&#x2026;PNO[¸>PUUPUN[OLZHML[` trophy  means  so  much  to  me  and  to  my   team.â&#x20AC;&#x153; 'It  feels  great  because  knowing  that  the   team  you  are  a  part  of  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  from  a  small   community  college  beat  some  top  schools  in   the  country,â&#x20AC;?  he  added. Out  of  the  29  schools  that  competed  in   the  National  Flying  Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  national   JVTWL[P[PVU4[:(*Ă&#x201E;UPZOLK[O^P[OH score  of  65  points  and  second  among  twoyear  colleges.  The  team  placed  12th,  scoring   WVPU[ZPU[OLĂ&#x2026;PNO[L]LU[Z â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  extremely  proud  of  the  team,â&#x20AC;?  said   ,]LS`U4HYX\LaJVTTLYJPHSĂ&#x2026;PNO[¸6\Y captain,  Taylor  Ewing,  worked  really  hard  on   instilling  the  practice  of  safety  in  our  team. We  all  lived,  slept,  and  breathed  safety,  and  

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7KH0W6$&Ă \LQJWHDPEURXJKWKRPHLWVĂ&#x20AC;UVW$PHULFDQ$LUOLQHV6DIHW\$ZDUGDWWKH 1DWLRQDO,QWHUFROOHJLDWH)O\LQJ$VVRFLDWLRQŇ&#x2039;VFRPSHWLWLRQ it  showed.â&#x20AC;? In  the  individual  events,  the  Mounties   fared  well  against  the  rest  of  the  schools.   Taylor  Ewing  (pilot)  and  Samantha  Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien   VIZLY]LYWSHJLKĂ&#x201E;M[OPU[OLUH]PNH[PVUL]LU[ out  of  29  schools.  In  the  message  drop  event,  Evelyn  Marquez  (drop  master)  and  Josh  Spolar  (pilot)   scored  a  112  and  placed  11th  out  of  56   participants.  Spolar  placed  in  ninth  place  out   of  25  in  the  Instrument  Flight  Rules  simulated   Ă&#x2026;PNO[L]LU[ZJVYPUNH 6Âť)YPLUWSHJLK PUZL]LU[OV\[VMPU[OLJLY[PĂ&#x201E;LKĂ&#x2026;PNO[

7OV[VJV\Y[LZ`VM4[:(*(LYVUH\[PJZ instructor  event  scoring  144.   0U[OLHPYJYHM[WYLĂ&#x2026;PNO[PUZWLJ[PVU,^PUN and  Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  Brien  placed  12th  and  21st,  scoring   33,  30  and  timed  in  14:49  and  14:31,  respectively.  Marquez  and  Ewing  placed  seventh   and  21st,  respectively,  in  the  top  scoring   rankings.  Lynette  Lopez  brought  home  the   outstanding  team  member  award  for  the   Ă&#x2026;`PUN[LHT â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  great  seeing  the  team  do  well  as  we   did,â&#x20AC;?  said  Josh  Owen  Spolar,  22,  commercial   Ă&#x2026;PNO[¸0[NP]LZTLHUKL]LY`VULLSZLVU[OL team  the  initiative  to  do  better  next  year.â&#x20AC;?

Summer backpacking through Europe, beyond Kevin  Flores :[HMM^YP[LY Summer  is  near,  but   planning  a  backpacking   adventure  through  Europe   is  not  completely  out  of   reach  and  may  prove  to  be   cheaper  than  one  thinks.   And  if  people  are  fortunate  enough  to  be  in  the   midst  of  planning  such  a   life-altering  odyssey  then  it   goes  without  saying  that  it   can  be  an  exhilarating  yet   overwhelming  and  onerous   process.   Depending  on  the   length  of  ones  stay,  there   may  be  many  things  to  tick   VMM[OH[WYLĂ&#x2026;PNO[JOLJRSPZ[ Assuming  people  have   HSYLHK`IVVRLKHĂ&#x2026;PNO[[OPZ %DFNSDFNHUVWUDFNVWKURXJK(XURSHDQG guide  will  help  you  navigate   various destinations of interest. through  the  mĂŠlange  with   7OV[VJV\Y[LZ`VM5PJR1VULZ some  heed-worthy  advice.  

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And  for  those  who  havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   yet  considered  a  get  away   this  summer,  then  perhaps   it  may  awaken  the  wanderlust  within.   Cost  is  usually  the  most   prohibitive  factor  in  planning  a  trip  across  the  pond.   While  the  current  exchange   rate  does  not  favor  Americans,  the  cost  is  still  not   exorbitant. According  to  Lonely   Planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  European  Travel   Guide  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excluding  transport   costs,  you  can  get  by  on   about   40  to   80  [about   $50-$100]  a  day  in  Western   Europe.  Eastern  Europe  is   the  cheapest  region,  costing  a  daily  total  of   30  to   50  [about  $40-$65].â&#x20AC;?   Of  course  these  are   only  approximations  and   one  should  always  overestimate  in  the  case  of  

unforeseen  expenditures.   Also  noteworthy  is  that   not  all  countries  use  the   Euro,  such  as  the  United   Kingdom,  Switzerland,  and   many  countries  in  Eastern   Europe. With  so  much  to  see   and  do  the  early  stages  of   planning  usually  involve   hashing  out  a  rough  itinerary.  Consider  budget,  travel   dates,  and  must  see  destinations  while  in  the  throes   of  marking  up  your  map. Thesavvybackpacker. com  warns,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without  planning,  you  waste  a  lot  of   time  on  trivial  stuff  that  you   could  have  easily  done  at   home  and  you  end  up  missing  a  lot  of  great  things.â&#x20AC;?

Nine  Mt.  SAC  students  competed  and   placed  in  the  top  three  in  their  respective   categories  in  the  SkillsUSA  State  competition  in  San  Diego.   Four  students  won  gold  and  three  students  gained  the  opportunity  to  compete   at  nationals  in  Kansas  City,  Mo. SkillsUSA  is  a  competition  in  disciplines  that  prepare  people  for  a  viable   workforce.  Many  disciplines  are  featured   in  the  regional  and  state  competition  such   as  electronic,  robotic,  mail  care,  technical   drafting,  welding,  culinary  arts,  and  more. However,  not  all  of  the  disciplines  are   featured  in  the  nationals,  meaning  those   who  received  gold  for  a  discipline  that   is  only  featured  in  the  regional  and  state   JVU[LZ[Z^PSSUV[ILX\HSPĂ&#x201E;LK[VJVTWL[L in  the  nationals.  One  of  the  students   that  won  gold  at  state  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  be  going   to  nationals  leaving  only  three  students   representing  Mt.  SAC. Max  Lizzarraga,  advisor  and  co-chair   of  engineering  design  technology  and   industrial  design  engineering,  couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   be  happier  with  the  outcome  of  the  state   JVTWL[P[PVU3PaaHYYHNH^HZJVUĂ&#x201E;KLU[ in  the  nine  competitors  representing  Mt.   SAC.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  had  good  candidates  with  a  competitive  spirit  that  we  strive  for,â&#x20AC;?  he  said.   ¸0[ÂťZUPJLHUKYLĂ&#x2026;LJ[P]L[VZLL[OH[[OL`HSS placed.â&#x20AC;?   Rhiannon  Britney,  engineering  design   technology  major,  is  one  of  the  three  Mt.   SAC  students  going  to  nationals.  A  feat   that  Britney  never  imagined  since  she  did   not  expect  to  place  at  state. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  think  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  win  anything.  I  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   think  I  had  done  well  enough,â&#x20AC;?  she  said.   However,  Britney  ended  up  winning  gold   in  drafting  technique,  an  award  she  truly   thought  would  go  to  her  classmate  Rodolfo  Herrera. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He  knew  the  program  better  than   me,â&#x20AC;?  Britney  said.  .  Of  course,  Herrera   did  not  go  home  empty  handed  and  won   silver  for  drafting  technique.  Britneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  winning  design  was  that  of  a  wheel  hub.

  See  TRAVEL  Pg.  11

Observatory  creates  new   opportunities  for   space  research  

Aviator  soars   above  the   clouds  



See  SKILLS  Pg.  11

College  among  top   teams  in  the   nation   7N




Observatory opens up the stars for astronomy program Adolfo  Tigerino ,KP[VYPU*OPLM ¸:WHJL![OLĂ&#x201E;UHSMYVU[PLY;OLZLHYL the  voyages  of  the  starship  Enterprise,â&#x20AC;?   President  and  CEO  Bill  Scroggins  jokingly   said  at  the  grand  opening  of  the  observatory  on  the    rooftop  of  Building  60  on  May   17. The  dome  will  allow  astronomy  students  to  do  their  own  research  instead  of   looking  at  raw  data  from  other  universities   and  colleges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  very  excited  of  the  possibility   for  our  students  to  do  research,  and  use   this  facility  for  learning  everyday,â&#x20AC;?  said  cochair  of  the  astronomy  and  Earth  science   department  Julie  Bray-Ali. The  $590,000  dome  has  a  state  of  the   art  Meade  16-inch  tracking  cassegrain   YLĂ&#x2026;LJ[VY[LSLZJVWL[OH[YLĂ&#x2026;LJ[ZSPNO[;OL 21-foot  dome  rotates  freely  with  a  vertical   separating  shutter  aperture,  the  slit  that   opens  in  the  dome  to  allow  light  in.  The   project  took  over  four  years. This  type  of  equipment  is  not  readily   available  to  many  four  year  universities  let   alone  to  community  college  students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having  a  telescope  of  this  size  with   a  high  quality  camera  lets  us  do  real   research,  lets  our  students  have  that  opportunity  that  is  not  something  that  most  

community  college  or  four  year  college   students  have,â&#x20AC;?  said  astronomy  instructor   Michael  Hood.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Giving  students  a  chance   to  observe  the  sky  in  a  different  way  than   they  can  with  their  own  eyes.â&#x20AC;? When  comparing  the  Mt.  SAC  Obser]H[VY`[V[OL.YPMĂ&#x201E;[O6IZLY]H[VY`PU3VZ Angeles,  the  Mt.  SAC  telescope  is  bigger   by  four  inches  in  diameter.  The  telescope   has  a  diameter  of  16  inches    which  means   â&#x20AC;&#x153;we  can  see  objects  that  are  about  70   percent  dimmer  than  what  you  can  see   MYVT.YPMĂ&#x201E;[OšHJJVYKPUN[V/VVK The  astronomy  program  was  involved   in  discovering  asteroids  last  semester  and   this  telescope  will  allow  it  to  take  images   of  these  asteroids  and  help  discover  new   ones.   Astronaut  Kathryn  Thornton  said   that  she  was  in  awe  on  the  facilities  on   campus. As  well  as  opening  the  dome,  the   department  opened  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploratoriumâ&#x20AC;?   or  the  Science  Exploration  Center,  a   science  museum  containing  meteorites,   telescopes,  minerals,  fossils  and  the  Meek   Natural  History  Animal  Collection.  The   museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  collection  has  been  acquired   through  donations. The  instructors  and  Dean  of  natural   sciences  Larry  Redinger  look  to  encourage  students,  children  and  the  community  

Binge drinking tied to long term health effects Anthony  Ruybalid *VSSLNL3PML,KP[VY

A new study shows that binge drinking can lead to heart complications later in life. The report shows new facts that fall in line with burgeoning studies showing that youth does not always protect against unhealthy behavior. Research has shown that longtime alcohol use correlates with a wide range of health problems, but little research has been done to look at the long-term effects of heavy alcohol consumption in early adulthood. The study performed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, found that the affects of binge drinking were equivalent to a lifetime of daily heavy drinking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discoveries and advances in many different areas of medical science have cautioned against the notion that youth protects against the adverse effects of bad lifestyle behaviors or choicesâ&#x20AC;? said study co-author Mariann Piano, PhD, RN, and professor and head of the department of biobehavioral health science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Numerous attempts to contact the Mt. SAC Health Center for comment went unreturned as of press time. 2

The study, published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, assessed the health risks of binge drinking between the ages of 18-25. The University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a study looking at the health of 36 men and womHQFODVVLĂ&#x20AC;HGDVELQJHGULQNHUV ZKLFKZDVGHĂ&#x20AC;QHGLQWKHVWXG\DV ´FRQVXPLQJĂ&#x20AC;YHRUPRUHVWDQGDUG size drinks (12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of 80 proof spirits) in a two-hour period for males and four or more standard size drinks in a two-hour period for females.â&#x20AC;? The other 17 subjects were â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;abstainersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which the study labeled as â&#x20AC;&#x153;having FRQVXPHGQRPRUHWKDQĂ&#x20AC;YHGULQNV in the prior year.â&#x20AC;? The study found that binge drinkers had impaired function in two main cell types that control blood Ă RZ7KHUHSRUWDOVRVKRZHG no increase in blood pressure or cholesterol, two well-known risk factors for heart disease. Despite this, binge drinkers were found to have changes in vascular function similar to the type caused by cholesterol and high blood pressure. Study authors suggest a need for more research. Also mentioned was the potential need to screen patients for a history of binge drinking when looking at risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

-D\=DFNVDPHPEHURIWKH3RPRQD$VWURQRPLFDO&OXEORRNVWKURXJKRQHRIWKH WHOHVFRSHVLQWKH6FLHQFH([SORUDWLRQ&HQWHURQ)ULGD\0D\ 1VOU3LL4V\U[HPULLY to  explore  the  world  of  science. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  goal  is  to  see  what  science  is   like  and  not  be  intimidated  by  it,â&#x20AC;?  Redinger  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;When  I  see  the  little  kids,  and  I   see  them  wanting  to  come  in.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  thrilled.â&#x20AC;? The  Exploratorium  is  available  for  students  to  browse  through;  there  has  been   UVJVUĂ&#x201E;YTH[PVUVU^OLU[OLVIZLY]H[VY` will  be  open  to  public  viewings. Redinger  said  the  museum  is  a  work   in  progress  and  they  look  to  expand  it  to  

further  peek  studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  interest  in  science.   The  underlying  theme  throughout  the  night   was  to  inspire  children,  students  and  the   JVTT\UP[`[VĂ&#x201E;UKHUPU[LYLZ[PUZJPLUJL â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  hope  that  having  the  opportunity   to  observe  the  sky  will  give  our  students   the  chance  to  see  for  themselves  a  small   piece  of  whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  out  in  space,â&#x20AC;?  Hood  said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;And  that  this  peak  will  lead  them  to  want   to  learn  more  about  astronomy,  and  science  in  general.â&#x20AC;?  



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Former professional singer rocks LAC Adolfo Tigerino ,KP[VYPU*OPLM Amongst the vast groups of tutors in the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) there is one that knows several languages and is “20 Feet from Stardom.” It was a regular Monday afternoon with what seemed like a crazy commotion,yet it was organized chaos with tutors assisting students. Claudia Lennear sat amongst the tutoring students. What many students do not realize is that she has led a “rock star” life. Her name is known amongst the 60s and 70s soul and rock music fanatics, mainly in the music industry. She was a background vocalist for many bands starting with Ike and Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and several other well known bands. She seemed to have dropped off the face of the Earth for many who followed her career, but she &ODXGLD/HQQHDUVLWVLQIURQWRIKHU/$&GHVNZDLWLQJIRUVWXGHQWVWRWXWRU has emerged again into the music (KVSMV;PNLYPUV4V\U[HPULLY world. Lennear had a big influence in the music industry. It is alleged that Mike Jagger from the Rolling Stones wrote “Brown Sugar” for her, and David Bowie wrote “Lady Grinning Soul” for her. “Why should I sit around and be obsessed if whether they wrote a song about me or not. Why didn’t they write a song for me to sing, that would have helped,” Lennear said while laughing and smiling. “I can’t say I don’t care. I think it’s really really nice.” Gil Friesen had a production company approach Lennear last year to be in a documentary about background vocalists, their influence, and what they have been up to. As she sat in the chair with a desk filled with papers and tutors in the background teaching students, she said in awe, “I never met Crow, but she brought up my name to the producer and director. It’s fantastic.” The director Morgan Enville, had the idea to put a thread through all the background vocalists in the 70s and 80s and see what their lives were like, and how they influenced the music industry. The background vocalists in the documentary will include Love, Lisa Fischer and Táta Vega. “Somewhere along the line we all touched bases, but we never met,” Lennear said and added that she has only recently met them at a premiere of the film a month ago The story is unraveled through Bruce Springsteen, Bowie, Jagger, Stevie Wonder, and Sheryl Crow in the documentary “20 Feet from Stardom.” They tell the story of these highly unknown background vocalists in the albums of many of bands like the Rolling Stones, Bowie, and Stevie Wonder. However, Darlene Love, one of the background vocalists was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame a couple years ago  See  4V\U[PL^PYLJVTMVYM\SSZ[VY`





EDITORIAL: Ending repeatability bandage, not cure          Thanks  to  shortsighted  bureaucratic   policies,  starting  with  the  approaching  Fall   2013  semester,  many  classes  that  were   once  repeatable  will  no  longer  be  available  to  students  who  have  already  passed   those  classes.          This  broad  brushstroke  to  save  California  money  is  nothing  more  than  a  quick   and  simple  solution  to  a  complex  problem.   Course  repeatability  is  disallowed  without   looking  at  the  needs  of  individual  courses,   class  families,  and  student  career  and   education  paths.  This  policy  could  wind   up  having  a  litany  of  ill  effects  as  faculty   and  advisors  struggle  to  stay  within  both   the  spirit,  and  the  letter  of  this  new  policy.            The  only  repeatable  classes  available   at  community  colleges  this  fall  will  be  in  

intercollegiate sports  and  competitive   academic  classes.  This  means  that  courses  that  have  generally  been  considered   repeatable,  such  as  music,  dance,  and  art   are  now  only  available  for  students  once.          This  denies  students  the  power  to   retake  courses  to  help  remain,  or  become   TVYLWYVÄJPLU[PU[OLPYZRPSSZHUKLK\JH[PVU5V[[VTLU[PVU[OLKPMÄJ\S[`MHJ\S[` may  have  in  effectively  giving  students  the   knowledge  they  need  while  also  creating  a   new  trajectory  of  courses  which  students   can  be  prepared  for.      The  reasoning  behind  this  change  in   policy  is  understandable,  but  will  likely  be   ineffective  in  the  long  run.  Policy  makers   are  seeking  to  cut  expenses  by  cutting   repeatability,  with  the  intended  result  of  

moving students  through  community  colleges  quicker,  reduce  classes,  and  have   less  students  taking  up  room  in  classes.   The  notion  makes  sense,  but  falls  on  its   face  for  several  reasons.        The  largest  of  all  is  that  the  policy   doesn’t  take  into  consideration  the  multitude  of  complex  reasons  many  students   tend  to  hover  around  community  colleges   like  Mt.  SAC  for  several  years  before  moving  on.   ;OPZTLHUZ[OH[Z[\KLU[Z^PSSZPTWS`ÄSS spots  in  other  classes  unrelated  to  their   ÄLSKVMZ[\K`KPZWSHJPUNHUV[OLYZLJ[PVU of  students  rather  than  truly  clearing  up   space  in  classrooms.      Clearly,  a  reduction  of  classes  will  not   solve  many  problems  for  students  unable  

to enroll  in  the  classes  they  require  for   their  educational  goals.          At  the  same  time,  this  policy  will  not   save  money  since  many  of  the  courses   could,  depending  on  the  individual  community  college  decisions,  simply  be   replaced  with  new  ones  containing  slightly   different  descriptions.      Thanks  to  these  inherent  issues  with   such  a  broad  policy,  all  that  his  been   done  is  slap  a  bandage  over  the  issues  of   course  policy  and  student  transfer  rates  in   community  colleges,  not  to  mention,  fail  to   save  money  as  the  policy  fails  to  address   the  complex  problems  affecting  today’s   community  college  students.

Finding your  inner  soul  in  a  very  complex  world Sean  Gallagher Staff  writer Utopia  is  an  idea  that  every  human   being  fantasizes  about.  It  is  a  seemingly   impossible  fantasy  that  is  the  product  of   every  man’s  dream,  where  nothing  and   nobody  ever  goes  astray.  The  word  is  derived  from  Greek  words  for  “good  place”   and  “no  place”,  which  seems  to  give  the   impression  that  it  is  an  impossibly  good   place  that  does  not  exist.  It’s  impossible   nature  seems  to  serve  only  to  make  the   concept  of  a  utopia  even  more  bewitching,  but  what  would  it  take  to  truly  create   a  utopia?   Human  beings  have  dreamed  of  the   causes  and  conditions  necessary  to  enable  such  a  place  for  centuries.  In  Plato’s   Republic,  he  proposed  as  close  to  a   utopia  as  he  could  conceive. In  The  Allegory  of  the  Cave,  Plato   describes  a  situation  that  appears  to  be   somewhat  of  an  illusion  among  the  cavedwellers.  They  believe  that  what  they  see   is  truth  and  reality  in  its  entirety,  and  their   ignorance  leads  them  to  believe  that  they   are  living  in  a  utopia.  When  one  prisoner   is  released  and  sees  the  world  outside  the   cave,  only  to  return  and  speak  about  it,   the  other  prisoners  not  only  are  unable  to   comprehend  and  believe  in  the  things  he   is  saying,  but  in  fact  ridicule  and  attack   him,  taking  him  for  a  madman.  This  mindset  is  only  further  enforced  by  the  fact   that,  after  seeing  the  light  and  immediH[LS`YL[\YUPUN[OLÄYZ[WYPZVULY^HZO\Y[ and  “much  too  dazzled  to  see  distinctly   those  things  whose  shadows  he  had  seen   before.”  Therefore,  the  other  prisoners   believe  that  he  has  not  become  enlightened,  but  just  stupider  and  less  alert,  and   become  scared  to  leave  the  cave,  believing  that  their  current  condition  is  already   perfect,  somewhat  of  a  utopia.  They  reject   the  mere  idea  of  anything  outside  the   cave  even  more  violently,  refusing  to  see   the  world  outside  their  line  of  sight.  Plato,   however,  stated  that  it  was  the  task  of  the   enlightened  “not  only  to  ascend  to  learning  and  to  see  the  good  but  to  be  willing   to  descend  again  to  those  prisoners”  to   share  their  troubles  and  honors  and  attempt  to  free  them  from  their  own  minds,   even  if  they  are  ridiculed,  attacked,  and   threatened  with  physical  harm  or  death.   The  Allegory  of  the  Cave  paints  a   clear  picture  of  ignorance  and  enlightenment,  and  of  the  dangers  associated  with   each,  and  shows  that  ignorance  can  lead   to  a  false  illusion  of  utopia  even  when   the  reality  is  far  from  it.  Every  human   must  experience  the  rain  to  appreciate  a   sunny  day,  pain  to  appreciate  pleasure,   hunger  to  appreciate  nourishment,  thirst  


to appreciate  water.  The  human  psyche   and  mind  is  made  up  of  a  very  complex   system  of  desire,  need,  want,  and  satisfaction,  and  without  this  delicate  balance   IL[^LLUULLKHUKM\SÄSSTLU[[OLYL^PSS be  no  perspective  in  which  to  put  utopia. [According  to  whom]  believe  that  it  is   perhaps  feasible  for  a  group  of  humans,   after  experiencing  life’s  troubles  and   suffering,  to  create  a  society  of  utopia,   of  detachment  from  suffering  and  the  absence  of  troubles,  but  only  after  they  have   experienced  reality.  A  child  born  into  a   utopian  society  will  simply  be  ignorant  and   sheltered,  and  will  not  be  able  to  survive   the  outside  world.   Finally,  despite  all  the  money,  power,   resources,  and  perfect  conditions  on   this  world,  it  is  impossible  in  our  realm   to  escape  the  four  great  realities,  which   Buddha  and  many  other  philosophers   spoke  of:  childbirth,  old  age,  ailment,   HUÄUHSS`PULZJHWHISLKLH[O:PKKHY[OH Gautama,  the  Indian  prince  who  became   Sakyamuni  Buddha,  was  living  in  as  close   to  a  utopian  condition  as  possible  before   his  great  journey  outside  the  palace  -  his   father,  in  a  desperate  bid  to  make  sure   Siddartha  would  become  a  king  and   inherit  the  kingdom,  sheltered  him  from  all   suffering,  showering  him  with  abundant   wealth,  food  and  drink,  and  entertainment,   all  while  keeping  him  in  the  lavish  palace,   free  of  all  suffering.  Guards  or  people  who   became  sick  were  hidden  away  outside   of  the  palace  walls,  and  Siddartha,  being   only  a  teenager,  had  no  recollection  of  his   own  birth  or  experience  of  old  age.  However,  one  day  Siddartha  was  able  to  take   a  journey  outside  the  palace  to  see  his   kingdom,  and  he  was  exposed  to  the  suffering  of  life.  He  saw  a  mother  giving  birth,   which  is  extremely  painful  for  both  mother   and  child,  an  elderly  man  walking,  with   many  pains  and  a  failing  body,  a  sick  begNHY^P[OÅPLZZ^HYTPUNHYV\UKOPTHUK Å\PKZSLHRPUNMYVTOPZIVK`HUKÄUHSS`H funeral  procession  with  the  lifeless  body   being  carried  to  its  grave.  All  of  these  concepts  were  foreign  to  him,  and  gave  him   the  shock  he  needed  to  search  for  true   utopia,  true  happiness  within.  Therefore,   he  began  his  journey  as  an  ascetic  and   attained  enlightenment,  achieving  his  personal  utopia  through  giving  up  all  worldly   WVZZLZZPVUZPUZLHYJOMVYPUÄUP[LZWPYP[\HS wealth. However,  there  is  a  big  difference   between  utopia  and  ignorance.  It  is  instrumental  that  this  difference  is  understood   and  considered  when  in  search  of  utopian   conditions.                                                                                                                                                                                                  cartoon  by  Sean  Hughes




Gaming is more than a lifestyle for former Mountie

Former Mt. SAC student Michael Ross, left, competes in a national gaming competition. His gaming career started unexpectedly in high school. Photo courtesy  of  Michael  Ross

Stephanie Lim Staff  writer As  people  grow  up  they  may  have   their  own  vision  of  what  their  future  will   be  like.  Others  may  go  with  the  hand  they   were  dealt  and  others  may  deviate  from   the  plan.  For  Michael  Ross,  being  paid   for  playing  video  games  wasn’t  what  he   envisioned  in  his  future.   Ross’s  gaming  career  unexpectedly   started  during  high  school.  Ross  and   some  friends  would  go  across  the  street   from  school  to  Video  94,  a  video  and   video  game  shop  that  has  a  few  arcades   inside.  Ross  and  his  friends  would  occa-

ZPVUHSS`NV[OLYL[VWSH`Z[YLL[ÄNO[LY While playing  one  day  Ross  was  approached  by  a  guy  who  had  watched  him   play,  the  guy  went  up  to  Ross  and  said,   “Hey  you’re  pretty  good  kid,  you  should   go  to  this  place  Southern  Hills  Golf  Land,   that’s  where  the  best  in  all  of  California   go.”   Subsequently,  Ross  went  to  Southern   Hills  Golf  Land,  and  during  his  time  there   he  played  against  the  world  champion  at   the  time.  He  beat  him  in  one  game.  That   was  the  moment  Ross  knew  he  was  good   at  video  games.   Ross  became  a  serious  gamer  in   2009,  when  Street  Fighter  4  came  out.  

He attended  a  tournament  that  had  about   100,000  people  competing  throughout  the   United  States  and  placed  second.   “That  was  when  I  realized  that  this   something  that  is  serious  and  maybe   I  should  try  to  pursue  it  and  see  what   comes  about  it,”  Ross  said. His  family  didn’t  understand  his  gaming  career  until  the  last  three  to  four  years.   His  brother  went  to  an  event  with  him  in   Las  Vegas.  He  saw  everything,  the  crowd,   the  energy,  and  said  to  Ross,  ”You  can   never  stop  doing  this.”   Ryan  Gutierrez,  a  friend  who  works   with  Ross  on  their  YouTube  channel  said   he’s  not  what  you  would  expect  of  a  

competitor. “When  Michael  is  playing  against  you,   he’ll  make  it  like  you’re  playing  against   one  of  your  friends,”  he  said.  “He’ll   talk  with  his  opponent  and  share  a  few   laughs.” While  watching  Ross  during  a  match   you  would  think  that  he  is  calm  and  cool   but  that  is  far  from  the  emotion  the  gamer   feels  inside. “I’m  a  very  angry  competitor  on  the  inside.  While  playing  a  match  one  time  while   I  was  losing  I  punched  a  solid  surface  near   TL0KPKLUK\W^PUUPUNÄYZ[WSHJLHM[LY all  of  that”  Ross  said.   Ross  has  competed  in  the  Evolution   Championship  Series,  an  annual  video   game  tournament  that  focuses  mainly  on   ÄNO[PUNNHTLZ9VZZOHZJVTWL[LKPU[OL tournament  the  past  three  years.  In  two   VM[OLSHZ[[OYLL`LHYZOLOHZÄUPZOLKPU fourth  place  out  of  thousands  of  participants.   Eliver  Ling,  who  has  played  against   Ross  and  lost,  commended  Ross’s  work   ethic.   “Mike  puts  work  in,  at  one  point  he   was  practicing  really  hard.  Over  the  years   that  comes  and  goes,  but  I  think  he  down   plays  the  amount  of  time  and  effort  he   spends  training  and  trying  to  be  good,”   Ling  said.  “He  stays  sharp  and  focused.”    Because  of  competitive  gaming  Ross   has  had  the  opportunity  to  travel  the   world. “Doing  this  has  allowed  me  to  go  to   Canada,  Japan,  Singapore,  China,  Korea,   Caribbean,  Australia.  A  bunch  of  places  in   the  United  States  you  didn’t  know  existed.   It’s  usually  for  a  tournament.” Michael  Ross  grew  up  in  Walnut  with   his  brother,  mom,  and  dad.  Ross  went   to  Nogales  High  School  then  went  onto   Mt.  SAC  studying  communications  with   HULTWOHZPZVU[LSL]PZPVUHUKÄST/L received  his  degree  in  2004  from  Cal  State   LA. Ross  and  Gutierrez  have  created  a   YouTube  series  that  highlight  what  it’s  like   to  play  at  a  competitive  level  of  gaming.  

Forensics coach finds his team’s accomplishments rewarding Jessica Wang Staff  writer Upon  entering  the  forensics  room  on   a  lethargic  afternoon,  the  air-conditioned   walls  offer  a  welcome  so  comforting   one  could  forget  the  triple-digit  heat  that   looms  outside.  Next  to  the  door,  mirrored   shelves  stand  proudly  as  they  accommodate  various  trophies  and  awards  acquired   by  Mt.  SAC’s  Forensics  Team  throughout  the  years.  In  an  adjoining  little  room   nearby,  Forensics  Coach  and  communication  instructor  Jeff  Archibald  typed  rapidly   on  his  laptop  as  he  discussed  travelling  to   Europe,  his  disdain  for  spicy  food,  love  for   music  and  attending  concerts. “I  have  a  list  of  bands  that  I’m  trying   to  see  before  I  die  or  they  die,”  Archibald,   38,  said  as  he  talked  about  the  concerts   he’s  attended  such  as  Phish,  Prince,   Bruce  Springsteen,  and  the  Rolling   Stones.  “That’s  one  of  my  favorite  things   to  do  –  is  to  go  to  concerts.” Aside  from  discussing  his  love  for   T\ZPJJSHZZPJTV]PLZHUKUVUÄJ[PVUZJPence  books,  Archibald  opened  up  about   growing  up  in  the  suburbs  of  Philadelphia   and  the  importance  of  education  instilled   on  him.  Having  started  high  school  at  the   age  of  12,  it  was  in  his  sophomore  year   that  he  began  competing  in  forensics. “I  was  always  the  young  kid  –  that  

was how  people  knew  me,”  he  said.  Archibald  attended  college  at  Cornell   <UP]LYZP[`PU5L^@VYR^OLYLOLÄYZ[ started  as  an  engineering  major  but  ultimately  acquired  an  undergraduate  degree   in  political  science.  He  then  went  on  to   obtain  a  master  in  communication  from   Illinois  State. “He’s  probably  one  of  smartest  people   I  know,”  said  fellow  Forensics  Coach  and   Communication  Instructor  Shae  Hsieh.   An  alumna  of  Mt.  SAC,  Shae  was  also  a   student  of,  and  coached  by  Archibald. Now  in  his  13th  year  of  coaching   and  the  team  having  just  won  its  eighth   UH[PVUHS[P[SL(YJOPIHSKYLÅLJ[LKVU[OLYLwarding  aspects,  as  well  as,  his  gratitude   for  Mt.  SAC’s  support. “Watching  the  students  transform   HUKNHPUJVUÄKLUJLPU[OLTZLS]LZ¯\Z\ally  when  they  leave  here  they  develop   ZVT\JOJVUÄKLUJLPU[OLPYHIPSP[PLZ¹OL said.   He  also  praised  fellow  coaches  for   their  dedication,  along  with  students  of   the  team  for  the  passion  they  harbored. “The  best  thing  about  working  with   Jeff  is  how  straight  forward  he  is  with   everyone,”  said  student  and  forensics   member  Rachel  Tennell.  “He  tells  it  like  it   is  all  the  time  and  I  appreciate  that  about   him.”   Talking  to  members  of  the  forensics  

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team, the  students  shared  adoration   any  instructor  would  hope  for  during  the   course  of  their  career. ¸/L»ZKLÄUP[LS`VULVMT`MH]VYP[L professors  so  far,”  said  student  Josh   Hartwell.  “I’ve  just  been  so  impressed   because  he  knows,  at  least  in  my  opinion,   just  about  everything.”  “I  look  to  Jeff  as  more  of  a  life  mentor   than  I  do  him  as  a  coach,”  said  student   David  Kim.  “We  always  joke  around,  we  

say like  he’s  our  dad.” However,  next  to  his  career  as  an   instructor  and  coach,  Archibald’s  proudest   moment  lies  within  his  last  six  years  spent   in  the  Marine  Corps  Reserve.  Having   Q\Z[ÄUPZOLK\WOPZ[PTLPUIVV[JHTW he  opened  up  about  taking  a  sabbatical   from  Mt.  SAC  in  the  summer  of  2007,   and  being  surrounded  by  much  younger   people  in  training  at  the  age  of  32.                    See  FORENSICS  





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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lonely at the Mountie top Athletics  caps  off  another  successful   spring  campaign.  Mt.  SAC  captures  two   state  championships,  four  conference   JOHTWPVUZOPWZHUKOHZT\S[PWSL[VWĂ&#x201E;UPZOLZ Numerous  coaches  and  athletes  receive  post   season  accolades  again.

Randy  Vazquez Managing  /Sports  Editor They  say  old  habits  die  hard.  For  the   Mt.  SAC  athletics  program  capturing  state   and  conference  titles  has  become  a  habit,   a  habit  that  did  not  die  during  the  spring   2013  season.  The  Mounties  captured  two   California  Community  College  Athletics   Association  state  titles,  four  South  Coast   Conference  championships,  and  multiple   [VWĂ&#x201E;UPZOLZ;OLSV^LZ[4[:(*WSHJLK in  any  sport  during  the  2013  spring   season  was  third  place.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unbelievable  support  from  the  top   down.  Joe  Jennum  our  athletic  director,   Debbie  Cavion  our  assistant  athletic   director,  and  Marc  Ruh  our  assistant   director  and  all  the  coaches  have  worked   extremely  hard  to  make  sure  that  all  the   coaches  have  what  they  need  to  continue   to  have  success,â&#x20AC;?  said  Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  basketball   Coach  Clark  Maloney.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right  now  things   look  bright  and  it  is  a  good  time  to  be  a   Mountaineer.â&#x20AC;? One  of  the  more  memorable  titles   that  will  be  cemented  in  Mt.  SAC  lore  was   the  historic  men  and  womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  basketball   teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  state  championships.  It  marked   [OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[[PTLIV[O[OLTLUHUK^VTLUÂťZ programs  from  the  same  school  have   claimed  the  state  championship  in  the   same  season.   The  womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  basketball  team   captured  its  second  consecutive  state   championship  in  an  impeccable  fashion.   The  Mounties  capped  an  undefeated   season  (34-0)  by  defeating  Mt.  San   Jacinto  College  55-44  at  Consumnes   River  College.   Guard  Morgan  Mason  along  with   Long  Beach  City  Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Talia  Rayford   won  Co-SCC  players  of  the  year  awards.   *LU[LY(ZOSL`)\YJOĂ&#x201E;LSKHUKN\HYK3L[PJPH .HSHYaHYLJLP]LKĂ&#x201E;YZ[[LHTHSSJVUMLYLUJL honors  for  a  second  consecutive  year.   Forward  Shawlina  Segovia  also  received   Ă&#x201E;YZ[[LHTHSS:**OVUVYZ.\HYK(ZOSL` Carter  and  guard  Rachel  Williams  received   second  team  all  conference  honors.   Coach  Brian  Crichlow  captured  his  


second  state  championship  since  taking   over  the  helm  of  the  womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  basketball   program  and  was  named  SCC  coach  of   the  year. The  menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  basketball  team  captured   P[ZĂ&#x201E;YZ[Z[H[LJOHTWPVUZOPW[OPZZLHZVU lead  by  two-time  SCC  player  of  the  year   Corey  Allen  and  CCCAA  tournament   most  valuable  player  Garret  Nevels.  The   Mounties  caped  off  a  historic  season  with   a  102-88  win  over  Chaffey  College  in  the   state  championship  game.   Coach  Clark  Maloney  was  named   SCC  North  division  coach  of  the  year.   Nevels  and  forward  Christian  Cooper   YLJLP]LK:**UVY[OKP]PZPVUĂ&#x201E;YZ[[LHT honors.  Forward  Cliff  Sims  received   honorable  mention. What  many  may  have  considered  one   of  the  best  teams  in  the  state  at  one  point   in  the  season  the  Mt.  SAC  baseball  teams   season  ended  in  the  super  regional  round   of  the  playoffs  with  a  loss  to  eventual   state  champion  Cypress  College.  The  Mt.   SAC  baseball  team  captured  the  SCC   title  for  a  second  consecutive  year.  The   Mounties  (30-13;  16-5)  won  the  title  in   dramatic  fashion  in  the  last  game  of  the   ZLHZVU(M[LYKYVWWPUN[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[[^VNHTLZ of  a  three  game  series  against  El  Camino  

the  super  region  round  of  the  playoffs  as   Mt.  SAC  fell  to  eventual  state  champion   Palomar.   Softballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  historic  season  was  cut   short  but  still  managed  to  break  several   school  records  including  an  undefeated   conference  title  (40-6;  21-0). Coach  Ruby  Rojas  was  named   CCCAA  coach  of  the  year.  Pitcher  Emily   Seidel  received  pitcher  of  the  year  honors.   First  baseman  Alendrina  Pichardo,   V\[Ă&#x201E;LSKLY(SL_HUKYLH:PTTVUZ[OPYK baseman  Vanessa  Bracamonte  received   all-state  honors.   ;OLTLUÂťZ[YHJRHUKĂ&#x201E;LSK[LHTJSVZLK the  season  on  a  high  as  the  team  placed   second  in  the  state  championships  at   College  of  San  Mateo  and  second  in   the  southern  sections  championships  at   Antelope  Valley. 100-meter  runner  Dominic  Jones  and   110-meter  hurdler  Toure  McCully  were   named  SCC  athletes  of  the  year.  Jones   and  McCully  were  also  named  to  the  allconference  team.   Also  receiving  all-conference  honors   was  pole-vaulter  Adrian  Ramirez.   The  Mt.  SAC  4x100  meter  team  of   Jones,  McCully,  Kyree  King,  and  Marquise   Cherry  also  received  all-conference  

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right  now  things  look  bright,  and  it  is  a  good  time  to   be  a  Mountaineer.â&#x20AC;?

shy  of  capturing  the  SCC  championship.   El  Camino  edged  out  Mt.  SAC  by  25   WVPU[ZKLZWP[L[OL4V\U[PLZĂ&#x201E;UPZOPUN undefeated  in  conference  dual  meets  (70). ;OL^VTLUÂťZZ^PT[LHTĂ&#x201E;UPZOLK SCC  dual  meets  undefeated,  as  they  won   every  one  of  the  dual  meets  going  into  the   conference  championship  but  were  unable   to  hold  off  Chaffey  College  and  Cerritos   College  for  the  conference  title.   The  menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  tennis  (9-4;  4-2)  team   Ă&#x201E;UPZOLKZLJVUKPUJVUMLYLUJLWSH` this  season.  Two  players  received  SCC   conference  honors.  Marcelo  Bautista  and   Andrew  Lieu  received  singles  honors  and   doubles  honors.   Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  tennis  (14-2-1;  7-1)  fell  one   NHTLZO`VMĂ&#x201E;UPZOPUNHZ:**JOHTWPVUZ as  they  lost  to  eventual  winner  El  Camino   5-4.  The  womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  tennis  teams  journey   ended  in  the  super  regional  round  of  the   playoffs  as  they  fell  to  Riverside  5-3.   Multiple  members  of  the  tennis  team   received  all-conference  accolades. Mariel  Bautista,  Alvenna  Lee,  and   Heather  Mac  received  all-conference   honors.   Four  members  of  the  womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  tennis   team  received  all-conference  doubles   honors.    The  pairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  team  of  Mariel  Bautista   and  Alyssa  Penner  and  also  the  pairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   team  of  Alvenna  Lee  and  Elaine  Chan   received  all-conference  doubles  honors.  


-Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  basketball  coach  Clark  Maloney Compton-Center,  Mt.  SAC  was  able  to   come  away  with  a  dominant  17-4  win  to   win  its  second  consecutive  conference   championship.   Many  of  the  players  on  the  baseball   team  received  post-season  recognition.   Steven  Mancilla  was  named  allconference  player  of  the  year.  Coach   Stacy  Parker  was  named  conference   coach  of  the  year.  There  were  also  four   members  of  the  baseball  who  earned   Ă&#x201E;YZ[[LHTHSSJVUMLYLUJLOVUVYZWP[JOLY John  Werner,  utility  Cameron  Pongs,  third   IHZL(KYPHU-YHUJVHUKV\[Ă&#x201E;LSKLY*HSLI Romo.   Two  other  Mounties  received  second   team  all-conference  honors,  pitcher   +LYYPJR7LUPSSHHUKV\[Ă&#x201E;LSKLY+^PNO[ Tardy.   First  baseman  Caesar  Murillo   and  pitcher  Luis  Martinez  received  allconference  honorable  mention.   In  the  eyes  of  many  the  softball   season  left  a  sense  of  what  if?  Softballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   season  ended  prematurely  with  an  exit  in  

honors.  The  Mt.  SAC  4x400  team  received   all-conference  accolades,  Michael   Torres,  Shane  Flowers,  Pedro  Herrrera,   and  Hakeem  Fairweather  received  allconference  honors.   ;OL^VTLU[YHJRHUKĂ&#x201E;LSKWYVNYHT fell  short  of  the  conference  championship   this  season.  The  women  and  menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  team   fell  to  eventual  state  champion  Cerritos.   ;OL^VTLUÂťZ[YHJRHUKĂ&#x201E;LSK[LHT Ă&#x201E;UPZOLKZLJVUKPU[OLJVUMLYLUJLHUK placed  fourth  in  the  state  championships   at  College  of  San  Mateo.   400-meter  runner  Ariel  Burch,   10,000-meter  runner  Miriam  Jiminez,   400-meeter  hurdler  Bria  Edwards,  pole   vaulter  Tizlana  Ruiz,  shot  put  Melanie   Samvalian  all  received  all-conference   honors.   Also  the  4x400  team  of  Robyn  Brow,   Danielle  Foxvog,  Bria  Edwards,  and  Ariel   Burch  received  all-conference  honors.   The  menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  swim  team  led  by  Coach   4HYJ9\OĂ&#x201E;UPZOLK[OLPYZLHZVUQ\Z[

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Athletic aviator a man of many talents Jose  De  Castro Photo  Editor

It  is  amazing  what  a  picture  can  do.   Just  looking  at  a  photo  can  change  the   outlook  of  a  personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  life.    At  a  young  age,   Josh  Gordon  had  such  a  realization  while   entering  a  restaurant  at  Uplandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Cable   Airport â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  would  go  there  to  eat  breakfast   and  it  was  sort  of  a  rare  occasion.  I  think   P[^HZ[OLYL[OH[0^HZSPRLÂş0^HU[[VĂ&#x2026;` airplanes,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?  said  Gordon.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ever  since  then   I  thought  it  was  really  cool.  I  saw  pictures   VMHPYWSHULZHUK0Q\Z[^HU[LK[VĂ&#x2026;`š Gordon,  20,  is  not  just  a  pilot  for  the   4[:(*H]PH[PVUĂ&#x2026;`PUN[LHTI\[HSZVY\UZ PUIV[O[YHJRHUKĂ&#x201E;LSKHUKJYVZZJV\U[Y` teams.   Despite  being  involved  in  many  activities  Gordon  does  not  devalue  any  of  them   and  is  equally  driven  in  all  of  his  endeavors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  wanted  to  run.  I  wanted  to  be  good   at  it,  so  I  tried  really  hard  in  practice,â&#x20AC;?   ZHPK.VYKVU¸0^HU[LK[VĂ&#x2026;`HUKP[ÂťZUV[ HS^H`ZÂşVO0ÂťTQ\Z[NVPUN[VĂ&#x2026;`Âť`V\NV[[V pay  for  it.â&#x20AC;? .VYKVUÂťZĂ&#x201E;YZ[Ă&#x2026;PNO[PUZ[Y\J[VY4VUH Naik,  echoed  his  goal  setting  determination. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When  a  goal  is  set,  Josh  will  sit  down   HUKĂ&#x201E;UK[PTLPUOPZZJOLK\SL[VTLL[OPZ goals,â&#x20AC;?  said  Naik.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Josh  is  enthusiastic,   always  a  positive  thinker,  focused,  hard  

working  and  has  awareness  of  what  it   takes  to  get  the  job  done.â&#x20AC;? With  a  sense  of  urgency,  Gordon  is   determined  to  do  all  of  that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  had  to  do  a  lot  of  extra  things  to   THRLZ\YLP[JV\SKĂ&#x201E;[PU[VT`ZJOLK\SL and  pay  for  it,â&#x20AC;?  said  Gordon. Co-chair  of  the  aeronautics  program,   Robert  Rogus,  sees  that  Gordon  brings   his  focus  and  work  ethic  from  sports,  and   carries  it  over  to  the  aviation  program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  be  that  successful  in  sports   without  having  a  lot  of  discipline  and  that   discipline  crosses  over  into  aviation.  I   think  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  good  combination  for  him,â&#x20AC;?   said  Rogus. Gordon  won  the  Clay  Lacy  Scholarship,  a  $5,000  award  given  to  students   pursuing  a  career  in  aviation.  Winning  the   scholarship  sold  Gordon  into  the  aviation   program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  was  already  dedicated  to  aviation   ILMVYLI\[[OH[^HZ[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[[PTL[OH[0 actually  saw  the  rewards  you  could  get   from  it,â&#x20AC;?  said  Gordon. Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  aspirations  of  being  a  pilot   go  beyond  earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  atmosphere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  want  to  be  in  the  space  program  at   some  point,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  be  interested  working  with   O\YYPJHULO\U[LYZĂ&#x2026;`PUNPU[VO\YYPJHULZ and  doing  upper  atmospheric  research,â&#x20AC;?   said  Gordon.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;There  are  certain  people   who  I  hear  want  to  be  a  certain  thing  in   aviation  but  I  want  to  do  it  all.â&#x20AC;? .VYKVUZH`Z[OH[P[^PSSILKPMĂ&#x201E;J\S[

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Jose  De  Castro/Mountaineer

[VNL[PU[V[OLHLYVUH\[PJZĂ&#x201E;LSKI\[P[PZ something  he  feels  is  not  impossible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  going  to  take  time,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not  like   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  going  to  space  right  after  I  graduate   but  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  going  to  happen  in  my  mind,â&#x20AC;?  said   Gordon.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  see  all  of  the  things  that  I  want   HUK`V\NV[[VĂ&#x201E;N\YLV\[^OH[P[[HRLZ[V get  those  things  and  you  got  to  go  for  it.â&#x20AC;? .VYKVUÂťZUL^Ă&#x2026;PNO[PUZ[Y\J[VYHSZV named  Josh  Gordon,  hopes  his  student   follows  through  with  his  plans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  certainly  hope  that  he  follows  his  

aviation  dreams  of  becoming  a  professional  pilot  and  even  an  astronaut,â&#x20AC;?  said   instructor  Gordon. Gordon  decided  to  go  to  Mt.  SAC,   originally  was  to  avoid  college  debt.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   second  I  got  here,  things  started  to  happen  and  I  do  not  regret  for  one  second   coming  to  Mt.  SAC,â&#x20AC;?  said  Gordon      See  ATHLETIC  FLIGHT  Pg.  11

Student inspires others to preserve environment through hard work

Samantha  Romero Editorial  Assistant

The  aroma  of  freshly  brewed  coffee   Ă&#x201E;SSLK[OLHPYHZ`LHYVSKLU]PYVUTLU[HS major  Rebekkah  Castellanos  sat  studying. It  was  an  environmental  science   course  that  originally  inspired  Castellanos   to  pursue  a  career  in  environmental  studies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It  was  just  really  mind  opening  compared  to  a  lot  of  the  other  classes  where   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  just  study  a  subject,  pass  the  test,   get  a  grade,â&#x20AC;?  she  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;This  was  more  of   study  a  subject,  think  about  it,  live  it  and   so  I  wanted  to  study  it.â&#x20AC;?  Recently  Castellanos  has  found  inspiration  from  her  biology  instructor  Mark   Cooper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just  the  way  that  he  thinks  and   educates  people  is  not  for  you  to  learn  a   subject  and  pass  a  test,â&#x20AC;?  she  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  to   learn  it  and  to  apply  it  to  biology,  zoology,   and  a  lot  of  other  subjects.â&#x20AC;? Castellanos  hopes  to  gain  experience   I`PU[LYUPUNPU[OLLU]PYVUTLU[HSĂ&#x201E;LSK â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  know  for  sure  I  want  to  start  off   ^VYRPUNMVYHUVUWYVĂ&#x201E;[/VWLM\SS`PU[LYUing  with  NRDC  (Natural  Resources  Defense  Council)  in  Santa  Monica,â&#x20AC;?  Castellanos  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  always  just  think  about  how   the  little  things  will  add  up  and  push  me   further  into  what  I  want  to  do.â&#x20AC;? Castellanos  plans  to  teach  others  after   she  attains  her  masters  and  doctorate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just  take  lessons  from  what  Craig   Petersen  [biology  instructor]  and  Mark   Cooper  have  done  for  me  and  really  instill   [OH[PU[VWLVWSLJVTPUNPU[V[OLQVIĂ&#x201E;LSK now.â&#x20AC;? Castellanosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  is  also  passionate  about   her  photography. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  went  to  China  last  summer  and   instead  of  taking  pictures  just  to  look  nice,   I  took  a  lot  of  pictures  to  represent  how  I  

felt,â&#x20AC;?  Castellanos  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;And  the  things  I   took  away  from  my  trip  in  comparison  to   life  in  China  versus  life  in  the  U.S.â&#x20AC;? Castellanos  continued  to  collaborate   with  writers  and  photographers  such  as   >PULHUK)V^[PLZPUP[ZÂťĂ&#x201E;YZ[HY[ZOV^H[ the  Sancho  Venue  in  Los  Angeles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her  photography  is  very  natural,â&#x20AC;?   said  Max  Gibson,  25,  creative  director  of   Wine  and  Bowties.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;In  the  sense  that  all  of   her  photos  seem  to  develop  organically.â&#x20AC;? Most  recently,  Instagram,  a  photo   sharing  application,  has  served  as  a   source  of  inspiration  for  the  photographer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  insane  that  people  can  capture   this  on  their  phones,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  just  beautiful,â&#x20AC;?   she  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being  inspired  by  people  like   that  has  really  helped  me.â&#x20AC;? It  still  amazes  Castellanos  how   Instagram  has  changed  peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  outlook   on  photos.  She  is  currently  working  on   personal  photography  projects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  traveling  to  Utah  and  Michigan   this  summer,  so  I  hope  to  capture  a  lot  of   things  that  I  see  out  there,â&#x20AC;?  she  said. The  visual  artist  also  shares  a  talent   for  videography. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  shoot  a  lot  of  behind  the  scenes   videos  for  other  photographers,â&#x20AC;?  she  said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  shoot  media  work  for  Espresso  Republic,  I  do  wedding  photos  and  videography   and  I  also  do  personal  videography  on  the   side.â&#x20AC;? Some  of  her  projects  include  collaborations  with  friends.  She  has  made  music   videos  with  21-year-old  electronic  musician  Edrina  Martinez  who  is  better  known   as  Astronautica. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She  told  me  that  she  would  make   music  but  she  wanted  me  to  make  music   videos  for  them,â&#x20AC;?  said  Castellanos.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;So  I   was  like  cool,  I  could  do  that  in  my  own   time.    See  ENVIRONMENTALIST  Pg.  11



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“The second  I  got  here,  things  started   to  happen  and  I  do  not  regret  for  one   second  coming  to  Mt.  SAC,”  said  Gordon.   ¸>OV[\YUZKV^UHM\SS`WHPKÄYZ[`LHY[V UC  Santa  Cruz?  Nobody.  I  don’t  regret   the  decision  one  bit.” Since  coming  to  Mt.  SAC,  Gordon’s   SV]LVMÅ`PUNOHZNYV^UHSVUNZPKL[OL knowledge  he  has  gained  in  aviation. “The  longer  I’ve  been  in  this  program,   the  more  I’ve  wanted  to  become  a  pilot.   >OLU`V\Z[HY[Å`PUNP[»ZSPRLº>V^0JHU do  this’,”  said  Gordon.  “You’re  even  more  

inspired and  this  is  exactly  what  I  want.” Mt.  SAC  was  not  originally  an  option   for  Gordon  as  he  had  every  intention   on  going  to  Embry-Riddle  Aeronautical   University.   “That  was  my  dream  school,  that’s   ^OH[0^HU[LKP[ZHPKº1VZO.VYKVU»HSS over  it,”  said  Gordon. Gordon  was  also  accepted  to   four-year  colleges  such  as  University  of   California  Santa  Cruz  but  money  would   damper  his  aspirations  of  attending  those   schools.

“The problem  was  applying  to  a  college,  getting  accepted,  then  learning  how   much  it  was  going  to  cost,”  said  Gordon.   “Embry-Riddle  was  going  to  cost  me   $56,000  and  we  were  talking  about  over   the  4  years.”   ;OLOLSW.VYKVUYLJLP]LKMYVTÄUHUcial  aid  was  not  enough,  as  it  only  lowered   the  cost  to  $44,000.   “I  knew  that  it  was  going  to  cost  me   money,  I  never  really  thought  about  it   and  I  realized  that  all  of  the  schools  that   I  was  applying  for  were  going  to  cost  me  

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Continued TRAVEL from page  1 Of  course  once  in   Europe  you  can  opt  to   TVKPM`[OPUNZVU[OLÅ`PM something  novel  arises. Once  people  got  an   idea  of  where  they’ll  be   heading  it  is  probably  best   [VÄN\YLV\[OV^[OL`»SSIL getting  around.  Car  rentals   in  Europe  can  be  quite   expensive  and  truly  only   economical  if  traveling  in   a  larger  group.  Also  keep   in  mind  that  most  cars   in  Europe  are  stick-shift   and  sometimes  automatic   transmission  cars  may   be  unavailable  or  more   expensive.   Luckily  one  does  not   need  a  car  to  get  around   to  most  places  on  the   continent.  Europe  has  an   L_[LUZP]LHUKLMÄJPLU[ rail  network  that  can  best   be  taken  advantage  of  by   purchasing  a  Eurail  pass.   This  is  one  area  where  bePUN[^LU[`Ä]L`LHYZVSK or  younger  can  be  a  major   advantage.   The  Eurail  website   offers  steep  discounts   to  “youths”  on  various   passes  which  accommodate  journeys  of  every   type  and  length.  Traveling   by  rail  can  provide  some   much  needed  downtime,   beautiful  scenery,  as  well   as  convenience.  Pro-tip:   Utilizing  overnight  trains   for  long  distance  trips   will  save  you  money  on   lodging. The  unfortunate  foible  

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and people  will  be  pleasantly  surprised  by  how   eager  many  of  them  are   to  show  you  around  their   town.  A  big  plus  is  people   will  get  a  less  touristy  and   more  local  experience.   *V\JOZ\YÄUNJVTVMMLYZ an  entire  community  of   people  willing  to  open  up   their  homes  for  you  along   with  photos,  references   from  other  travelers,  and   information  about  the   host. Also,  if  people  have   friends  or  family  living   abroad  in  Europe  then   people  may  want  to  grace   them  with  their  presence   in  exchange  for  a  few   nights  stay. Finally  we  come  to  the   neurosis  inducing  packing   phase.  First  off,  people   want  to  take  a  deep   breath,  and  stop  worryPUNILJH\ZL[OLPYÅPNO[PZ only  six  hours  away.  Now   people  should  make  sure   they  have  their  passport.  Now  check  again   and  once  more  for  good   measure.  If  people  don’t   already  have  a  passport   they  can  usually  apply   MVYVULH[[OLWVZ[VMÄJL One  can  also  go  to  http://  in   VYKLY[VÄUKV\[^OLYL[OL nearest  place  to  apply  is   located. Once  people  got  their   passport  sorted  out  they   may  commence  to  pack   the  rest  of  their  stuff.  The  

money, big  money,”  said  Gordon. Even  with  kinesiology  being  his  back   up  major,  there  was  never  a  shadow  of  a   doubt  that  aviation  would  take  the  pilot   seat  in  his  life. “I  never  really  second  guessed  it,  it   was  always  aviation,”  said  Gordon.  “There   ^HZUL]LYH[PTL^OLUP[^HZº0KVU»[ know  if  I  want  to  do  aviation,  do  I  want  to   do  kinesiology  instead  or  do  I  want  to  do   something  else?’”  it  was  always  aviation,  I   never  had  a  time  where  I  never  wanted  to   do  aviation.” advises  buying  a  lightweight   quality  backpack  with  an   internal  frame.  These  can   be  easily  found  at  most   ÄULV\[KVVYVYZWVY[PUN goods  shops. People  quickly  learn   that  summer  can  be  quite   unpredictable  in  Europe.   For  example,  during  the   summer  in  Berlin  it  may   be  humid  and  rainy  one   day  and  the  next  a  warm   sunny  day.  For  this  reason   taking  a  weather  resistant   jacket  is  advisable.  Other   regions  will  vary  between   hot  and  chilly  depending   on  altitude  and  location   so  packing  layers  is  ones   best  bet.   Other  essential  accoutrements  to  pack  are:   HÄYZ[HPKRP[JVTMVY[HISL shoes,  toiletries,  earplugs,   photocopies  of  your  passport,  a  camera,  an  outlet   plug  adapter  along  with   any  electronic  chargers   you  require,  and  a  towel.   Okay  that’s  it,  you’re   ready  to  go.  Don’t  forget   your  passport.  Bon  voyage  et  au  revoir.  Buen   viaje.  Auf  wiedersehen. (The  author,  Kevin   Flores,  has  traveled  and   backpacked  extensively   throughout  the  United   States,  Europe,  Australia,   and  Asia  and  has  developed  a  keen  sense  of  the   essentials  of  travel.)  

1\KNLZSVVRLKMVY[OLKLZPNU with the  most  accurate   features  that  followed  the   standards  of  Geometric  Dimensioning  and  Tolerancing   (GD&T).  The  GD&T  is  basically  the  rules  of  engineering.   Britney’s  even  got  the  opportunity  to  see  her  design   physically  after  it  was  printed   from  a  3-D  printer  which  she   described  as  “neat.” Although,  Britney’s  career   path  in  3-D  design  was   not  always  intended,  she   was  diagnosed  with  severe   dyslexia  while  working  on   her  bachelors  for  a  different   major  at  Cal  State  Northridge.  They  also  discovered   that  she  scored  a  98-90   percentile  in  spatial  relation.   After  some  research,  Britney  

decided to  pursue  a  career   in  3-D  and  has  been  working   hard  at  it  ever  since  enrolling   at  Mt.  SAC  last  spring.  Her   hard  work  has  even  landed   her  on  the  President’s  List   and  hopes  to  make  it  into   the  Honor  Society. Britney,  along  with  two  other   students  from  Mt.  SAC,  will   be  heading  to  Kansas  City,   4VMVYUH[PVUHSZPU1\UL In  preparation  for  nationals,   Britney  has  been  studying   the  program  used  in  3-D   design  along  with  practicing  and  timing  herself  with   sample  designs.  “I’m  going   to  give  it  my  best  but  I’m   KLÄUP[LS`NVPUN[VLUQV`[OL experience  and  Kanas  City,”   Britney  said.

Continued  ENVIRONMENTALIST  page  10 “She  told  me  that  she   would  make  music  but  she   wanted  me  to  make  music   videos  for  them,”  said   Castellanos.  “So  I  was  like   cool,  I  could  do  that  in  my   own  time.  I  can  edit  them,   so  I  started  making  videos   and  they  would  just  be   abstract  clips  and  I  would   just  piece  them  together  to   her  music.” However,  Castellanos’   JYLH[P]LV\[ÅV^KVLZUV[ stop  there.  After  singing   along  to  songs  in  the  car   with  her  boyfriend,  the  two   decided  to  create  their   own  music. “We’re  doing  it  to   share  it  with  our  friends,”   she  said.  “Because  we  believe  that  music  should  be   shared  with  a  lot  of  people   that  we  know.” The  name  of  the  band   is  Xolo.  So  far  the  band  

has received  positive  feedback  from  their  YouTube   and  Instagram  accounts. “People  from  around   the  world  are  emailing  us   and  telling  us  how  much   they  like  it,”  Castellanos   said.  “It’s  just  kind  of   motivation  to  keep  doing   it,  so  we  really  don’t  want   to  stop.” The  pair  has  already   released  an  extended  play. “It’s  a  self  titled  EP   with  four  different  songs   on  it  and  that’s  just  an   album  that  has  a  real  nice   sweet  amateur  feel  to  it   ILJH\ZLP[^HZV\YÄYZ[ foray  together,”  she  said. In  addition  to  balancing  school  and  artistic   pursuits,  Castellanos   also  works  as  a  barista  at   Dripp. “Rebekkah  just  has   this  naturalness  to  her  

she has  this  realness  to   OLY¹ZHPK5PJOVSHZ1HZVU Rodriquez,  22,  Barista  and   Team  Lead  at  Dripp.  “If   something  comes  up  that   she’s  passionate  about   then  she’s  going  to  speak   her  mind  and  be  passionate  about  it  in  a  very  respectful  and  engaging  way   that  makes  you  interested   to  hear  more  about  what   her  opinions  are.” Castellanos  has   already  applied  what  she   has  learned  about  the  environment  to  her  personal   life. “A  year  and  a  half   ago  I  became  vegan   and  I  changed  my  whole   perspective  about  the  way   that  we  eat,”  she  said.   “Something  so  simple  the   way  that  we  eat  and  how  it   affects  the  environment.” Because  of  her  vegan  

lifestyle Castellanos  often   gets  bombarded  with   questions  about  her  diet,   but  she  sees  it  as  an  opportunity  to  inform  people   about  the  environment. Castellanos  said,  “I   think  that  just  opens  up   the  door  to  tell  people,   do  you  really  know  what   you’re  doing  to  yourself   and  to  your  body,  and  to   the  environment?” Being  involved  in   multiple  endeavors  may  be   time  consuming  for  Cas[LSSHUVZI\[P[PZHZHJYPÄJL she  is  willing  to  make. “It’s  a  lot  of  dedication.  It’s  a  lot  of  bearing   the  grunt  of  doing  homework  and  just  doing  a  lot   of  things,”  she  said.  “And   just  knowing  and  refreshing  my  mind  and  that  it’s   for  a  good  purpose.”






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