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Wednesday, Â June Â 5, Â 2013
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Volume Â 79 Â Issue Â 8
These students got better skills
Flying team soars high at nationals
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Jose Â De Â Castro 7OV[V,KP[VY (M[LYĂ„UPZOPUN[OPYKPU[OL:HML[`HUK Flight Â Evaluation Â Conference Â (SAFECON) Â H[:HSPUHZ(PYWVY[[OL4[:(*Ă…`PUN[LHT brought Â home Â the Â American Â Airlines Â Safety Â Trophy Â at Â Â Ohio Â State Â University Â Airport Â earlier Â this Â month. 0[^HZ[OLĂ„YZ[L]LY(TLYPJHU(PYSPULZ Safety Â Award Â for Â the Â college Â in Â the Â competition. â€œIt Â feels Â great,â€? Â said Â Nelson Â Contreras, Â JVTTLYJPHSĂ…PNO[Â¸>PUUPUN[OLZHML[` trophy Â means Â so Â much Â to Â me Â and Â to Â my Â team.â€œ 'It Â feels Â great Â because Â knowing Â that Â the Â team Â you Â are Â a Â part Â of Â thatâ€™s Â from Â a Â small Â community Â college Â beat Â some Â top Â schools Â in Â the Â country,â€? Â he Â added. Out Â of Â the Â 29 Â schools Â that Â competed Â in Â the Â National Â Flying Â Associationâ€™s Â national Â JVTWL[P[PVU4[:(*Ă„UPZOLK[O^P[OH score Â of Â 65 Â points Â and Â second Â among Â twoyear Â colleges. Â The Â team Â placed Â 12th, Â scoring Â WVPU[ZPU[OLĂ…PNO[L]LU[Z â€œIâ€™m Â extremely Â proud Â of Â the Â team,â€? Â said Â ,]LS`U4HYX\LaJVTTLYJPHSĂ…PNO[Â¸6\Y captain, Â Taylor Â Ewing, Â worked Â really Â hard Â on Â instilling Â the Â practice Â of Â safety Â in Â our Â team. We Â all Â lived, Â slept, Â and Â breathed Â safety, Â and Â
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Summer backpacking through Europe, beyond Kevin Â Flores :[HMM^YP[LY Summer Â is Â near, Â but Â planning Â a Â backpacking Â adventure Â through Â Europe Â is Â not Â completely Â out Â of Â reach Â and Â may Â prove Â to Â be Â cheaper Â than Â one Â thinks. Â And Â if Â people Â are Â fortunate Â enough Â to Â be Â in Â the Â midst Â of Â planning Â such Â a Â life-altering Â odyssey Â then Â it Â goes Â without Â saying Â that Â it Â can Â be Â an Â exhilarating Â yet Â overwhelming Â and Â onerous Â process. Â Depending Â on Â the Â length Â of Â ones Â stay, Â there Â may Â be Â many Â things Â to Â tick Â VMM[OH[WYLĂ…PNO[JOLJRSPZ[ Assuming Â people Â have Â HSYLHK`IVVRLKHĂ…PNO[[OPZ %DFNSDFNHUVWUDFNVWKURXJK(XURSHDQG guide Â will Â help Â you Â navigate Â various destinations of interest. through Â the Â mĂŠlange Â with Â 7OV[VJV\Y[LZ`VM5PJR1VULZ some Â heed-worthy Â advice. Â
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And Â for Â those Â who Â havenâ€™t Â yet Â considered Â a Â get Â away Â this Â summer, Â then Â perhaps Â it Â may Â awaken Â the Â wanderlust Â within. Â Cost Â is Â usually Â the Â most Â prohibitive Â factor Â in Â planning Â a Â trip Â across Â the Â pond. Â While Â the Â current Â exchange Â rate Â does Â not Â favor Â Americans, Â the Â cost Â is Â still Â not Â exorbitant. According Â to Â Lonely Â Planetâ€™s Â European Â Travel Â Guide Â â€œExcluding Â transport Â costs, Â you Â can Â get Â by Â on Â about Â 40 Â to Â 80 Â [about Â $50-$100] Â a Â day Â in Â Western Â Europe. Â Eastern Â Europe Â is Â the Â cheapest Â region, Â costing Â a Â daily Â total Â of Â 30 Â to Â 50 Â [about Â $40-$65].â€? Â Of Â course Â these Â are Â only Â approximations Â and Â one Â should Â always Â overestimate Â in Â the Â case Â of Â
unforeseen Â expenditures. Â Also Â noteworthy Â is Â that Â not Â all Â countries Â use Â the Â Euro, Â such Â as Â the Â United Â Kingdom, Â Switzerland, Â and Â many Â countries Â in Â Eastern Â Europe. With Â so Â much Â to Â see Â and Â do Â the Â early Â stages Â of Â planning Â usually Â involve Â hashing Â out Â a Â rough Â itinerary. Â Consider Â budget, Â travel Â dates, Â and Â must Â see Â destinations Â while Â in Â the Â throes Â of Â marking Â up Â your Â map. Thesavvybackpacker. com Â warns, Â â€œWithout Â planning, Â you Â waste Â a Â lot Â of Â time Â on Â trivial Â stuff Â that Â you Â could Â have Â easily Â done Â at Â home Â and Â you Â end Â up Â missing Â a Â lot Â of Â great Â things.â€?
Nine Â Mt. Â SAC Â students Â competed Â and Â placed Â in Â the Â top Â three Â in Â their Â respective Â categories Â in Â the Â SkillsUSA Â State Â competition Â in Â San Â Diego. Â Four Â students Â won Â gold Â and Â three Â students Â gained Â the Â opportunity Â to Â compete Â at Â nationals Â in Â Kansas Â City, Â Mo. SkillsUSA Â is Â a Â competition Â in Â disciplines Â that Â prepare Â people Â for Â a Â viable Â workforce. Â Many Â disciplines Â are Â featured Â in Â the Â regional Â and Â state Â competition Â such Â as Â electronic, Â robotic, Â mail Â care, Â technical Â drafting, Â welding, Â culinary Â arts, Â and Â more. However, Â not Â all Â of Â the Â disciplines Â are Â featured Â in Â the Â nationals, Â meaning Â those Â who Â received Â gold Â for Â a Â discipline Â that Â is Â only Â featured Â in Â the Â regional Â and Â state Â JVU[LZ[Z^PSSUV[ILX\HSPĂ„LK[VJVTWL[L in Â the Â nationals. Â One Â of Â the Â students Â that Â won Â gold Â at Â state Â wonâ€™t Â be Â going Â to Â nationals Â leaving Â only Â three Â students Â representing Â Mt. Â SAC. Max Â Lizzarraga, Â advisor Â and Â co-chair Â of Â engineering Â design Â technology Â and Â industrial Â design Â engineering, Â couldnâ€™t Â be Â happier Â with Â the Â outcome Â of Â the Â state Â JVTWL[P[PVU3PaaHYYHNH^HZJVUĂ„KLU[ in Â the Â nine Â competitors Â representing Â Mt. Â SAC. Â â€œWe Â had Â good Â candidates Â with Â a Â competitive Â spirit Â that Â we Â strive Â for,â€? Â he Â said. Â Â¸0[ÂťZUPJLHUKYLĂ…LJ[P]L[VZLL[OH[[OL`HSS placed.â€? Â Rhiannon Â Britney, Â engineering Â design Â technology Â major, Â is Â one Â of Â the Â three Â Mt. Â SAC Â students Â going Â to Â nationals. Â A Â feat Â that Â Britney Â never Â imagined Â since Â she Â did Â not Â expect Â to Â place Â at Â state. â€œI Â didnâ€™t Â think Â Iâ€™d Â win Â anything. Â I Â didnâ€™t Â think Â I Â had Â done Â well Â enough,â€? Â she Â said. Â However, Â Britney Â ended Â up Â winning Â gold Â in Â drafting Â technique, Â an Â award Â she Â truly Â thought Â would Â go Â to Â her Â classmate Â Rodolfo Â Herrera. â€œHe Â knew Â the Â program Â better Â than Â me,â€? Â Britney Â said. Â . Â Of Â course, Â Herrera Â did Â not Â go Â home Â empty Â handed Â and Â won Â silver Â for Â drafting Â technique. Â Britneyâ€™s Â winning Â design Â was Â that Â of Â a Â wheel Â hub.
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Observatory Â creates Â new Â opportunities Â for Â space Â research Â
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Observatory opens up the stars for astronomy program Adolfo Â Tigerino ,KP[VYPU*OPLM Â¸:WHJL![OLĂ„UHSMYVU[PLY;OLZLHYL the Â voyages Â of Â the Â starship Â Enterprise,â€? Â President Â and Â CEO Â Bill Â Scroggins Â jokingly Â said Â at Â the Â grand Â opening Â of Â the Â observatory Â on Â the Â Â rooftop Â of Â Building Â 60 Â on Â May Â 17. The Â dome Â will Â allow Â astronomy Â students Â to Â do Â their Â own Â research Â instead Â of Â looking Â at Â raw Â data Â from Â other Â universities Â and Â colleges. â€œWeâ€™re Â very Â excited Â of Â the Â possibility Â for Â our Â students Â to Â do Â research, Â and Â use Â this Â facility Â for Â learning Â everyday,â€? Â said Â cochair Â of Â the Â astronomy Â and Â Earth Â science Â department Â Julie Â Bray-Ali. The Â $590,000 Â dome Â has Â a Â state Â of Â the Â art Â Meade Â 16-inch Â tracking Â cassegrain Â YLĂ…LJ[VY[LSLZJVWL[OH[YLĂ…LJ[ZSPNO[;OL 21-foot Â dome Â rotates Â freely Â with Â a Â vertical Â separating Â shutter Â aperture, Â the Â slit Â that Â opens Â in Â the Â dome Â to Â allow Â light Â in. Â The Â project Â took Â over Â four Â years. This Â type Â of Â equipment Â is Â not Â readily Â available Â to Â many Â four Â year Â universities Â let Â alone Â to Â community Â college Â students. â€œHaving Â a Â telescope Â of Â this Â size Â with Â a Â high Â quality Â camera Â lets Â us Â do Â real Â research, Â lets Â our Â students Â have Â that Â opportunity Â that Â is Â not Â something Â that Â most Â
community Â college Â or Â four Â year Â college Â students Â have,â€? Â said Â astronomy Â instructor Â Michael Â Hood. Â â€œGiving Â students Â a Â chance Â to Â observe Â the Â sky Â in Â a Â different Â way Â than Â they Â can Â with Â their Â own Â eyes.â€? When Â comparing Â the Â Mt. Â SAC Â Obser]H[VY`[V[OL.YPMĂ„[O6IZLY]H[VY`PU3VZ Angeles, Â the Â Mt. Â SAC Â telescope Â is Â bigger Â by Â four Â inches Â in Â diameter. Â The Â telescope Â has Â a Â diameter Â of Â 16 Â inches Â Â which Â means Â â€œwe Â can Â see Â objects Â that Â are Â about Â 70 Â percent Â dimmer Â than Â what Â you Â can Â see Â MYVT.YPMĂ„[OÂšHJJVYKPUN[V/VVK The Â astronomy Â program Â was Â involved Â in Â discovering Â asteroids Â last Â semester Â and Â this Â telescope Â will Â allow Â it Â to Â take Â images Â of Â these Â asteroids Â and Â help Â discover Â new Â ones. Â Astronaut Â Kathryn Â Thornton Â said Â that Â she Â was Â in Â awe Â on Â the Â facilities Â on Â campus. As Â well Â as Â opening Â the Â dome, Â the Â department Â opened Â the Â â€œExploratoriumâ€? Â or Â the Â Science Â Exploration Â Center, Â a Â science Â museum Â containing Â meteorites, Â telescopes, Â minerals, Â fossils Â and Â the Â Meek Â Natural Â History Â Animal Â Collection. Â The Â museumâ€™s Â collection Â has Â been Â acquired Â through Â donations. The Â instructors Â and Â Dean Â of Â natural Â sciences Â Larry Â Redinger Â look Â to Â encourage Â students, Â children Â and Â the Â community Â
Binge drinking tied to long term health effects Anthony Â 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€œDiscoveries 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€? 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€HGDVELQJHGULQNHUV ZKLFKZDVGHĂ€QHGLQWKHVWXG\DV Â´FRQVXPLQJĂ€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€? The other 17 subjects were â€˜abstainersâ€™ which the study labeled as â€œhaving FRQVXPHGQRPRUHWKDQĂ€YHGULQNV in the prior year.â€? 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.
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further Â peek Â studentsâ€™ Â interest Â in Â science. Â The Â underlying Â theme Â throughout Â the Â night Â was Â to Â inspire Â children, Â students Â and Â the Â JVTT\UP[`[VĂ„UKHUPU[LYLZ[PUZJPLUJL â€œI Â hope Â that Â having Â the Â opportunity Â to Â observe Â the Â sky Â will Â give Â our Â students Â the Â chance Â to Â see Â for Â themselves Â a Â small Â piece Â of Â whatâ€™s Â out Â in Â space,â€? Â Hood Â said. Â â€œAnd Â that Â this Â peak Â will Â lead Â them Â to Â want Â to Â learn Â more Â about Â astronomy, Â and Â science Â in Â general.â€? Â
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Adolfo Tigerino ,KP[VYPU*OPLM Randy Vazquez :WVY[Z4HUHNPUN,KP[VY Jose De Castro 7OV[V,KP[VY Anthony Ruybalid *VSSLNL3PML,KP[VY Samantha Romero,KP[VYPHS(ZZPZ[HU[ :LUPVY:[HMM>YP[LYZ Kevin Flores, Sean Gallagher, Desarae Gomez, Stephanie Lim , Oscar Lin, Jessica Wang, 1\UPVY:[HMM>YP[LYZ Sarah Alumbaugh, Johnathan Alvarez, Dolores Alvarez -Zuniga, Joseph Arellano, Caitlin Cadman, So Man Chan, Devoree Ealy, Jasmany Flores, Drake Gutierrez, Remy Mallett, Julian Muhr, Arthur Rice, Erika Romero, Emily Seidel, Amanda Shinn, Eileen Tay, Megan Viste, Lauren Walden )SVNNLYZ Dolores Alvarez- Zuniga, Ariana Ayers, Ferry Baylon, Janelle Busch, Allen Chen, Simone Gadlin, Laura Garcia, Zachary Gonzales, Sean Hughes, Batool Jaffer, Damion JulienRohman, Adam Kijak, Sofia Klof, Samanda Lam, Breanna Lemus-Belcher, Anissa Lozano, Nicole McElroy, Juan Naranjo, Jeffri Norat, Jacobb Ozaeta, Stephanie Ramirez, Ricky Rodriquez, Kristy Rojas, Saikat Sen, Michael Saucedo, Breanna Thomas, Christian Topete-Ramos, Nicole Torres, Brian Varela, Davina Vidana, Sharese West, Kassandra Zavala 7OV[VNYHWOLYZ Adolfo Tigerino, John Lee, Tyler Johnson, Jacqueline Bonilla, Jose De Castro, Raul Pinedo, Edward Valencia, Clarence Williams =PKLVNYHWOLYZ Diamond Cruikshank, Oscar Lin, Adolfo Tigerino, Randy Vazquez +LZPNULYZ Bryan On, Michelle Fonseca (K]LY[PZPUN+PYLJ[VY Ariel Carmona (K]PZLY Paul McLeod (^HYKZ American Scholastic Association Press first in its class 2013. The Mountaineer is a First Amendment publication
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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`
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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
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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
Forensics Coach Jeff Archibald stands in front of trophies the team has acquired throughout the years. The forensics team won its eighth national title this year. Raul Pinedo/Mountaineer
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€™s lonely at the Mountie top Athletics Â caps Â off Â another Â successful Â spring Â campaign. Â Mt. Â SAC Â captures Â two Â state Â championships, Â four Â conference Â JOHTWPVUZOPWZHUKOHZT\S[PWSL[VWĂ„UPZOLZ Numerous Â coaches Â and Â athletes Â receive Â post Â season Â accolades Â again.
Randy Â Vazquez Managing Â /Sports Â Editor They Â say Â old Â habits Â die Â hard. Â For Â the Â Mt. Â SAC Â athletics Â program Â capturing Â state Â and Â conference Â titles Â has Â become Â a Â habit, Â a Â habit Â that Â did Â not Â die Â during Â the Â spring Â 2013 Â season. Â The Â Mounties Â captured Â two Â California Â Community Â College Â Athletics Â Association Â state Â titles, Â four Â South Â Coast Â Conference Â championships, Â and Â multiple Â [VWĂ„UPZOLZ;OLSV^LZ[4[:(*WSHJLK in Â any Â sport Â during Â the Â 2013 Â spring Â season Â was Â third Â place. Â â€œUnbelievable Â support Â from Â the Â top Â down. Â Joe Â Jennum Â our Â athletic Â director, Â Debbie Â Cavion Â our Â assistant Â athletic Â director, Â and Â Marc Â Ruh Â our Â assistant Â director Â and Â all Â the Â coaches Â have Â worked Â extremely Â hard Â to Â make Â sure Â that Â all Â the Â coaches Â have Â what Â they Â need Â to Â continue Â to Â have Â success,â€? Â said Â Menâ€™s Â basketball Â Coach Â Clark Â Maloney. Â â€œRight Â now Â things Â look Â bright Â and Â it Â is Â a Â good Â time Â to Â be Â a Â Mountaineer.â€? One Â of Â the Â more Â memorable Â titles Â that Â will Â be Â cemented Â in Â Mt. Â SAC Â lore Â was Â the Â historic Â men Â and Â womenâ€™s Â basketball Â teamâ€™s Â state Â championships. Â It Â marked Â [OLĂ„YZ[[PTLIV[O[OLTLUHUK^VTLUÂťZ programs Â from Â the Â same Â school Â have Â claimed Â the Â state Â championship Â in Â the Â same Â season. Â The Â womenâ€™s Â basketball Â team Â captured Â its Â second Â consecutive Â state Â championship Â in Â an Â impeccable Â fashion. Â The Â Mounties Â capped Â an Â undefeated Â season Â (34-0) Â by Â defeating Â Mt. Â San Â Jacinto Â College Â 55-44 Â at Â Consumnes Â River Â College. Â Guard Â Morgan Â Mason Â along Â with Â Long Â Beach Â City Â Collegeâ€™s Â Talia Â Rayford Â won Â Co-SCC Â players Â of Â the Â year Â awards. Â *LU[LY(ZOSL`)\YJOĂ„LSKHUKN\HYK3L[PJPH .HSHYaHYLJLP]LKĂ„YZ[[LHTHSSJVUMLYLUJL honors Â for Â a Â second Â consecutive Â year. Â Forward Â Shawlina Â Segovia Â also Â received Â Ă„YZ[[LHTHSS:**OVUVYZ.\HYK(ZOSL` Carter Â and Â guard Â Rachel Â Williams Â received Â second Â team Â all Â conference Â honors. Â Coach Â Brian Â Crichlow Â captured Â his Â
second Â state Â championship Â since Â taking Â over Â the Â helm Â of Â the Â womenâ€™s Â basketball Â program Â and Â was Â named Â SCC Â coach Â of Â the Â year. The Â menâ€™s Â basketball Â team Â captured Â P[ZĂ„YZ[Z[H[LJOHTWPVUZOPW[OPZZLHZVU lead Â by Â two-time Â SCC Â player Â of Â the Â year Â Corey Â Allen Â and Â CCCAA Â tournament Â most Â valuable Â player Â Garret Â Nevels. Â The Â Mounties Â caped Â off Â a Â historic Â season Â with Â a Â 102-88 Â win Â over Â Chaffey Â College Â in Â the Â state Â championship Â game. Â Coach Â Clark Â Maloney Â was Â named Â SCC Â North Â division Â coach Â of Â the Â year. Â Nevels Â and Â forward Â Christian Â Cooper Â YLJLP]LK:**UVY[OKP]PZPVUĂ„YZ[[LHT honors. Â Forward Â Cliff Â Sims Â received Â honorable Â mention. What Â many Â may Â have Â considered Â one Â of Â the Â best Â teams Â in Â the Â state Â at Â one Â point Â in Â the Â season Â the Â Mt. Â SAC Â baseball Â teams Â season Â ended Â in Â the Â super Â regional Â round Â of Â the Â playoffs Â with Â a Â loss Â to Â eventual Â state Â champion Â Cypress Â College. Â The Â Mt. Â SAC Â baseball Â team Â captured Â the Â SCC Â title Â for Â a Â second Â consecutive Â year. Â The Â Mounties Â (30-13; Â 16-5) Â won Â the Â title Â in Â dramatic Â fashion Â in Â the Â last Â game Â of Â the Â ZLHZVU(M[LYKYVWWPUN[OLĂ„YZ[[^VNHTLZ of Â a Â three Â game Â series Â against Â El Â Camino Â
the Â super Â region Â round Â of Â the Â playoffs Â as Â Mt. Â SAC Â fell Â to Â eventual Â state Â champion Â Palomar. Â Softballâ€™s Â historic Â season Â was Â cut Â short Â but Â still Â managed Â to Â break Â several Â school Â records Â including Â an Â undefeated Â conference Â title Â (40-6; Â 21-0). Coach Â Ruby Â Rojas Â was Â named Â CCCAA Â coach Â of Â the Â year. Â Pitcher Â Emily Â Seidel Â received Â pitcher Â of Â the Â year Â honors. Â First Â baseman Â Alendrina Â Pichardo, Â V\[Ă„LSKLY(SL_HUKYLH:PTTVUZ[OPYK baseman Â Vanessa Â Bracamonte Â received Â all-state Â honors. Â ;OLTLUÂťZ[YHJRHUKĂ„LSK[LHTJSVZLK the Â season Â on Â a Â high Â as Â the Â team Â placed Â second Â in Â the Â state Â championships Â at Â College Â of Â San Â Mateo Â and Â second Â in Â the Â southern Â sections Â championships Â at Â Antelope Â Valley. 100-meter Â runner Â Dominic Â Jones Â and Â 110-meter Â hurdler Â Toure Â McCully Â were Â named Â SCC Â athletes Â of Â the Â year. Â Jones Â and Â McCully Â were Â also Â named Â to Â the Â allconference Â team. Â Also Â receiving Â all-conference Â honors Â was Â pole-vaulter Â Adrian Â Ramirez. Â The Â Mt. Â SAC Â 4x100 Â meter Â team Â of Â Jones, Â McCully, Â Kyree Â King, Â and Â Marquise Â Cherry Â also Â received Â all-conference Â
â€œRight Â now Â things Â look Â bright, Â and Â it Â is Â a Â good Â time Â to Â be Â a Â Mountaineer.â€?
shy Â of Â capturing Â the Â SCC Â championship. Â El Â Camino Â edged Â out Â Mt. Â SAC Â by Â 25 Â WVPU[ZKLZWP[L[OL4V\U[PLZĂ„UPZOPUN undefeated Â in Â conference Â dual Â meets Â (70). ;OL^VTLUÂťZZ^PT[LHTĂ„UPZOLK SCC Â dual Â meets Â undefeated, Â as Â they Â won Â every Â one Â of Â the Â dual Â meets Â going Â into Â the Â conference Â championship Â but Â were Â unable Â to Â hold Â off Â Chaffey Â College Â and Â Cerritos Â College Â for Â the Â conference Â title. Â The Â menâ€™s Â tennis Â (9-4; Â 4-2) Â team Â Ă„UPZOLKZLJVUKPUJVUMLYLUJLWSH` this Â season. Â Two Â players Â received Â SCC Â conference Â honors. Â Marcelo Â Bautista Â and Â Andrew Â Lieu Â received Â singles Â honors Â and Â doubles Â honors. Â Womenâ€™s Â tennis Â (14-2-1; Â 7-1) Â fell Â one Â NHTLZO`VMĂ„UPZOPUNHZ:**JOHTWPVUZ as Â they Â lost Â to Â eventual Â winner Â El Â Camino Â 5-4. Â The Â womenâ€™s Â tennis Â teams Â journey Â ended Â in Â the Â super Â regional Â round Â of Â the Â playoffs Â as Â they Â fell Â to Â Riverside Â 5-3. Â Multiple Â members Â of Â the Â tennis Â team Â received Â all-conference Â accolades. Mariel Â Bautista, Â Alvenna Â Lee, Â and Â Heather Â Mac Â received Â all-conference Â honors. Â Four Â members Â of Â the Â womenâ€™s Â tennis Â team Â received Â all-conference Â doubles Â honors. Â Â The Â pairâ€™s Â team Â of Â Mariel Â Bautista Â and Â Alyssa Â Penner Â and Â also Â the Â pairâ€™s Â team Â of Â Alvenna Â Lee Â and Â Elaine Â Chan Â received Â all-conference Â doubles Â honors. Â
-Menâ€™s Â basketball Â coach Â Clark Â Maloney Compton-Center, Â Mt. Â SAC Â was Â able Â to Â come Â away Â with Â a Â dominant Â 17-4 Â win Â to Â win Â its Â second Â consecutive Â conference Â championship. Â Many Â of Â the Â players Â on Â the Â baseball Â team Â received Â post-season Â recognition. Â Steven Â Mancilla Â was Â named Â allconference Â player Â of Â the Â year. Â Coach Â Stacy Â Parker Â was Â named Â conference Â coach Â of Â the Â year. Â There Â were Â also Â four Â members Â of Â the Â baseball Â who Â earned Â Ă„YZ[[LHTHSSJVUMLYLUJLOVUVYZWP[JOLY John Â Werner, Â utility Â Cameron Â Pongs, Â third Â IHZL(KYPHU-YHUJVHUKV\[Ă„LSKLY*HSLI Romo. Â Two Â other Â Mounties Â received Â second Â team Â all-conference Â honors, Â pitcher Â +LYYPJR7LUPSSHHUKV\[Ă„LSKLY+^PNO[ Tardy. Â First Â baseman Â Caesar Â Murillo Â and Â pitcher Â Luis Â Martinez Â received Â allconference Â honorable Â mention. Â In Â the Â eyes Â of Â many Â the Â softball Â season Â left Â a Â sense Â of Â what Â if? Â Softballâ€™s Â season Â ended Â prematurely Â with Â an Â exit Â in Â
honors. Â The Â Mt. Â SAC Â 4x400 Â team Â received Â all-conference Â accolades, Â Michael Â Torres, Â Shane Â Flowers, Â Pedro Â Herrrera, Â and Â Hakeem Â Fairweather Â received Â allconference Â honors. Â ;OL^VTLU[YHJRHUKĂ„LSKWYVNYHT fell Â short Â of Â the Â conference Â championship Â this Â season. Â The Â women Â and Â menâ€™s Â team Â fell Â to Â eventual Â state Â champion Â Cerritos. Â ;OL^VTLUÂťZ[YHJRHUKĂ„LSK[LHT Ă„UPZOLKZLJVUKPU[OLJVUMLYLUJLHUK placed Â fourth Â in Â the Â state Â championships Â at Â College Â of Â San Â Mateo. Â 400-meter Â runner Â Ariel Â Burch, Â 10,000-meter Â runner Â Miriam Â Jiminez, Â 400-meeter Â hurdler Â Bria Â Edwards, Â pole Â vaulter Â Tizlana Â Ruiz, Â shot Â put Â Melanie Â Samvalian Â all Â received Â all-conference Â honors. Â Also Â the Â 4x400 Â team Â of Â Robyn Â Brow, Â Danielle Â Foxvog, Â Bria Â Edwards, Â and Â Ariel Â Burch Â received Â all-conference Â honors. Â The Â menâ€™s Â swim Â team Â led Â by Â Coach Â 4HYJ9\OĂ„UPZOLK[OLPYZLHZVUQ\Z[
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Art Gallery showcases student talent Mt. Â SAC Â hosts Â its Â 65th Â annual Â student Â art Â exhibition Â from Â May Â 16 Â to Â June Â 6. Â The Â Mt. Â SAC Â exhibit Â will Â showcase Â original Â artwork Â by Â art, Â animation, Â and Â photography Â students. Â The Â exhibt Â is Â located Â in Â the Â Art Â Gallery. Â Gallery Â daytime Â hours Â are Â Tuesday Â through Â Thursday Â 11a.m. Â to Â 2 Â p.m., Â evening Â hours Â are Â held Â on Â Tuesdays Â from Â 5 Â p.m. Â to Â 7:30 Â p.m.
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Athletic aviator a man of many talents Jose Â De Â Castro Photo Â Editor
It Â is Â amazing Â what Â a Â picture Â can Â do. Â Just Â looking Â at Â a Â photo Â can Â change Â the Â outlook Â of Â a Â personâ€™s Â life. Â Â At Â a Â young Â age, Â Josh Â Gordon Â had Â such Â a Â realization Â while Â entering Â a Â restaurant Â at Â Uplandâ€™s Â Cable Â Airport â€œWe Â would Â go Â there Â to Â eat Â breakfast Â and Â it Â was Â sort Â of Â a Â rare Â occasion. Â I Â think Â P[^HZ[OLYL[OH[0^HZSPRLÂş0^HU[[VĂ…` airplanes,â€™â€? Â said Â Gordon. Â â€œEver Â since Â then Â I Â thought Â it Â was Â really Â cool. Â I Â saw Â pictures Â VMHPYWSHULZHUK0Q\Z[^HU[LK[VĂ…`Âš Gordon, Â 20, Â is Â not Â just Â a Â pilot Â for Â the Â 4[:(*H]PH[PVUĂ…`PUN[LHTI\[HSZVY\UZ PUIV[O[YHJRHUKĂ„LSKHUKJYVZZJV\U[Y` teams. Â Despite Â being Â involved Â in Â many Â activities Â Gordon Â does Â not Â devalue Â any Â of Â them Â and Â is Â equally Â driven Â in Â all Â of Â his Â endeavors. â€œI Â wanted Â to Â run. Â I Â wanted Â to Â be Â good Â at Â it, Â so Â I Â tried Â really Â hard Â in Â practice,â€? Â ZHPK.VYKVUÂ¸0^HU[LK[VĂ…`HUKP[ÂťZUV[ HS^H`ZÂşVO0ÂťTQ\Z[NVPUN[VĂ…`Âť`V\NV[[V pay Â for Â it.â€? .VYKVUÂťZĂ„YZ[Ă…PNO[PUZ[Y\J[VY4VUH Naik, Â echoed Â his Â goal Â setting Â determination. â€œWhen Â a Â goal Â is Â set, Â Josh Â will Â sit Â down Â HUKĂ„UK[PTLPUOPZZJOLK\SL[VTLL[OPZ goals,â€? Â said Â Naik. Â â€œJosh Â is Â enthusiastic, Â always Â a Â positive Â thinker, Â focused, Â hard Â
working Â and Â has Â awareness Â of Â what Â it Â takes Â to Â get Â the Â job Â done.â€? With Â a Â sense Â of Â urgency, Â Gordon Â is Â determined Â to Â do Â all Â of Â that. â€œI Â had Â to Â do Â a Â lot Â of Â extra Â things Â to Â THRLZ\YLP[JV\SKĂ„[PU[VT`ZJOLK\SL and Â pay Â for Â it,â€? Â said Â Gordon. Co-chair Â of Â the Â aeronautics Â program, Â Robert Â Rogus, Â sees Â that Â Gordon Â brings Â his Â focus Â and Â work Â ethic Â from Â sports, Â and Â carries Â it Â over Â to Â the Â aviation Â program. â€œYou Â canâ€™t Â be Â that Â successful Â in Â sports Â without Â having Â a Â lot Â of Â discipline Â and Â that Â discipline Â crosses Â over Â into Â aviation. Â I Â think Â itâ€™s Â a Â good Â combination Â for Â him,â€? Â said Â Rogus. Gordon Â won Â the Â Clay Â Lacy Â Scholarship, Â a Â $5,000 Â award Â given Â to Â students Â pursuing Â a Â career Â in Â aviation. Â Winning Â the Â scholarship Â sold Â Gordon Â into Â the Â aviation Â program. â€œI Â was Â already Â dedicated Â to Â aviation Â ILMVYLI\[[OH[^HZ[OLĂ„YZ[[PTL[OH[0 actually Â saw Â the Â rewards Â you Â could Â get Â from Â it,â€? Â said Â Gordon. Gordonâ€™s Â aspirations Â of Â being Â a Â pilot Â go Â beyond Â earthâ€™s Â atmosphere. â€œI Â want Â to Â be Â in Â the Â space Â program Â at Â some Â point, Â Iâ€™d Â be Â interested Â working Â with Â O\YYPJHULO\U[LYZĂ…`PUNPU[VO\YYPJHULZ and Â doing Â upper Â atmospheric Â research,â€? Â said Â Gordon. Â â€œThere Â are Â certain Â people Â who Â I Â hear Â want Â to Â be Â a Â certain Â thing Â in Â aviation Â but Â I Â want Â to Â do Â it Â all.â€? .VYKVUZH`Z[OH[P[^PSSILKPMĂ„J\S[
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[VNL[PU[V[OLHLYVUH\[PJZĂ„LSKI\[P[PZ something Â he Â feels Â is Â not Â impossible. â€œItâ€™s Â going Â to Â take Â time, Â itâ€™s Â not Â like Â Iâ€™m Â going Â to Â space Â right Â after Â I Â graduate Â but Â itâ€™s Â going Â to Â happen Â in Â my Â mind,â€? Â said Â Gordon. Â â€œI Â see Â all Â of Â the Â things Â that Â I Â want Â HUK`V\NV[[VĂ„N\YLV\[^OH[P[[HRLZ[V get Â those Â things Â and Â you Â got Â to Â go Â for Â it.â€? .VYKVUÂťZUL^Ă…PNO[PUZ[Y\J[VYHSZV named Â Josh Â Gordon, Â hopes Â his Â student Â follows Â through Â with Â his Â plans. â€œI Â certainly Â hope Â that Â he Â follows Â his Â
aviation Â dreams Â of Â becoming Â a Â professional Â pilot Â and Â even Â an Â astronaut,â€? Â said Â instructor Â Gordon. Gordon Â decided Â to Â go Â to Â Mt. Â SAC, Â originally Â was Â to Â avoid Â college Â debt. Â â€œThe Â second Â I Â got Â here, Â things Â started Â to Â happen Â and Â I Â do Â not Â regret Â for Â one Â second Â coming Â to Â Mt. Â SAC,â€? Â said Â Gordon Â Â Â See Â ATHLETIC Â FLIGHT Â Pg. Â 11
Student inspires others to preserve environment through hard work
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The Â aroma Â of Â freshly Â brewed Â coffee Â Ă„SSLK[OLHPYHZ`LHYVSKLU]PYVUTLU[HS major Â Rebekkah Â Castellanos Â sat Â studying. It Â was Â an Â environmental Â science Â course Â that Â originally Â inspired Â Castellanos Â to Â pursue Â a Â career Â in Â environmental Â studies. â€œIt Â was Â just Â really Â mind Â opening Â compared Â to Â a Â lot Â of Â the Â other Â classes Â where Â itâ€™s Â just Â study Â a Â subject, Â pass Â the Â test, Â get Â a Â grade,â€? Â she Â said. Â â€œThis Â was Â more Â of Â study Â a Â subject, Â think Â about Â it, Â live Â it Â and Â so Â I Â wanted Â to Â study Â it.â€? Â Recently Â Castellanos Â has Â found Â inspiration Â from Â her Â biology Â instructor Â Mark Â Cooper. â€œJust Â the Â way Â that Â he Â thinks Â and Â educates Â people Â is Â not Â for Â you Â to Â learn Â a Â subject Â and Â pass Â a Â test,â€? Â she Â said. Â â€œItâ€™s Â to Â learn Â it Â and Â to Â apply Â it Â to Â biology, Â zoology, Â and Â a Â lot Â of Â other Â subjects.â€? Castellanos Â hopes Â to Â gain Â experience Â I`PU[LYUPUNPU[OLLU]PYVUTLU[HSĂ„LSK â€œI Â know Â for Â sure Â I Â want Â to Â start Â off Â ^VYRPUNMVYHUVUWYVĂ„[/VWLM\SS`PU[LYUing Â with Â NRDC Â (Natural Â Resources Â Defense Â Council) Â in Â Santa Â Monica,â€? Â Castellanos Â said. Â â€œI Â always Â just Â think Â about Â how Â the Â little Â things Â will Â add Â up Â and Â push Â me Â further Â into Â what Â I Â want Â to Â do.â€? Castellanos Â plans Â to Â teach Â others Â after Â she Â attains Â her Â masters Â and Â doctorate. â€œJust Â take Â lessons Â from Â what Â Craig Â Petersen Â [biology Â instructor] Â and Â Mark Â Cooper Â have Â done Â for Â me Â and Â really Â instill Â [OH[PU[VWLVWSLJVTPUNPU[V[OLQVIĂ„LSK now.â€? Castellanosâ€™ Â is Â also Â passionate Â about Â her Â photography. â€œI Â went Â to Â China Â last Â summer Â and Â instead Â of Â taking Â pictures Â just Â to Â look Â nice, Â I Â took Â a Â lot Â of Â pictures Â to Â represent Â how Â I Â
felt,â€? Â Castellanos Â said. Â â€œAnd Â the Â things Â I Â took Â away Â from Â my Â trip Â in Â comparison Â to Â life Â in Â China Â versus Â life Â in Â the Â U.S.â€? Castellanos Â continued Â to Â collaborate Â with Â writers Â and Â photographers Â such Â as Â >PULHUK)V^[PLZPUP[ZÂťĂ„YZ[HY[ZOV^H[ the Â Sancho Â Venue Â in Â Los Â Angeles. â€œHer Â photography Â is Â very Â natural,â€? Â said Â Max Â Gibson, Â 25, Â creative Â director Â of Â Wine Â and Â Bowties. Â â€œIn Â the Â sense Â that Â all Â of Â her Â photos Â seem Â to Â develop Â organically.â€? Most Â recently, Â Instagram, Â a Â photo Â sharing Â application, Â has Â served Â as Â a Â source Â of Â inspiration Â for Â the Â photographer. â€œItâ€™s Â insane Â that Â people Â can Â capture Â this Â on Â their Â phones, Â itâ€™s Â just Â beautiful,â€? Â she Â said. Â â€œBeing Â inspired Â by Â people Â like Â that Â has Â really Â helped Â me.â€? It Â still Â amazes Â Castellanos Â how Â Instagram Â has Â changed Â peopleâ€™s Â outlook Â on Â photos. Â She Â is Â currently Â working Â on Â personal Â photography Â projects. â€œIâ€™m Â traveling Â to Â Utah Â and Â Michigan Â this Â summer, Â so Â I Â hope Â to Â capture Â a Â lot Â of Â things Â that Â I Â see Â out Â there,â€? Â she Â said. The Â visual Â artist Â also Â shares Â a Â talent Â for Â videography. â€œI Â shoot Â a Â lot Â of Â behind Â the Â scenes Â videos Â for Â other Â photographers,â€? Â she Â said. Â â€œI Â shoot Â media Â work Â for Â Espresso Â Republic, Â I Â do Â wedding Â photos Â and Â videography Â and Â I Â also Â do Â personal Â videography Â on Â the Â side.â€? Some Â of Â her Â projects Â include Â collaborations Â with Â friends. Â She Â has Â made Â music Â videos Â with Â 21-year-old Â electronic Â musician Â Edrina Â Martinez Â who Â is Â better Â known Â as Â Astronautica. â€œShe Â told Â me Â that Â she Â would Â make Â music Â but Â she Â wanted Â me Â to Â make Â music Â videos Â for Â them,â€? Â said Â Castellanos. Â â€œSo Â I Â was Â like Â cool, Â I Â could Â do Â that Â in Â my Â own Â time. Â Â See Â ENVIRONMENTALIST Â Pg. Â 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
of owning a body is that eventually people will need a place to lie down and sleep. Not to worry though, for many options abound. If you are on a budget one should forget about most hotels as the prices tend to be rather steep and tend to seize the whole spirit of backpacking. No, the real zest of travel is not found in swanky hotel foyers but in the hostels, where giving up a few unnecessary comforts will yield dividends in the form of conviving and connecting with fellow travelers. Hostels in Europe are generally as safe as hotels while being much cheaper, providing free breakfast, and offering a common area which most times include a bar and a communal kitchen. Of course, the proactive ways to make sure people are booking quality accommodations is by researching and booking online. Hostel hunting is no different and a great website for this is hostelworld.com which provides extensive reviews and ratings by other fellow travelers who have previously passed through. Two other options that should be considered if one is on a meager budget are camping and couch Z\YÄUN;OLSH[[LYPZHMHUtastic way to meet locals
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:// iafdb.travel.state.gov/ 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.”
savvybackpacker.com 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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