Stomping ground Cynnamon Baker
Staff Writer @ECCUnionCBaker
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Although thunder cut the track meet short, many EC runners placed top three in their individual events in the non-scoring Cerritos Invitational held last Saturday, according to coach Dean Lofgren. Coming out strong in the beginning, the Warriors were neck and neck against leading Riverside College. They were coming up to the 200 mark, and were near last place, but freshman sprinter Cameron Emmanuel hit his kick and won Antwon Parker’s 400 meter race. “Rain or shine, we have to run regardless,” Emmanuel said. “The conditions were pretty rough, but you have to make the best of it and win races.” The Warriors competed against top ranked Southern California track teams, such as Riverside Community
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College, Cerritos College, Pasadena City College and Long Beach City College. “These meets are important to see the growth and performance of our runners,” Lofgren said. “Teams like Riverside and Cerritos are ﬁerce competitors, so if we can beat them in events we will be ready later this season.” Along with the meet’s success, sophomore throwers Matt Larson and Christopher Street currently hold the ﬁrst and second place conference titles for SoCal in the Javelin. With Street being the Shot Put Conferences winner in 2013 as a freshman, he hopes to remain holder of his title as a sophomore. “I’m doing pretty well in conference and ranked in the state. So it’s going to be crazy this season,” Street said. [See CERRITOS, Page 8]
March 6, 2014
Giving EC the green thumb Celine West
Staff Writer @ECCUnionCeline
Intent upon educating students on sustainable horticultural practices, EC students have recently come together to form the EC Horticulture Club. “Their goal is to educate, to practice sustainable horticultural practices, and to learn more about growing edibles in the landscape,” Ron LaFond, environmental horticulture supervisor, said. “There is a big push for that.” While demand for a horticulture club is nothing new, it’s only recently that students came together to organize one. “I had students in the past say, ‘You know, there should be a horticulture club,’ so I say to them, ‘Start one,’” LaFond said. “It’s a student club, so I don’t think it’s up to faculty to start them, but I’m there as a faculty advisor.” The club’s foremost priority is education. The students want for guest speakers to come in and hope to go on a variety of ﬁeld trips. We’re going to have speakers from different backgrounds come in, from chemistry to environmental restoration, Samson Lozano, 21, earth and biological sciences major, said. We want people to see this ﬁeld as a career option. Among the most basic lessons the club hopes to teach is the ability to grow plants, regardless of space. “We ﬁnd a lot of people who say, ‘We don’t have a lot of space,’” Reginald Fagan, 56, horticulture major, said. “You can grow stuff in containers. You can grow vertical gardens. We want to break that barrier.” The club’s members also aspire to change peoples’ relationships to their food. “We can get people reconnected back to growing and having control over their food,” Fagan said. “We want to give people a sense of stewardship.” “Every citizen on this planet
should, in some way, feel a connection, a responsibility,” he added. “If it’s not growing vegetables then maybe it’s growing ﬂowers.” Fagan hopes students feel welcome and comfortable approaching the club about horticultural questions. “This is a campus place where you can come and learn certain things,” Fagan said. “We’re making sure there’s an area where people in wheelchairs can come and work. We want to make sure we integrate other groups, like students with disabilities, and the other clubs.” Among the events currently planned by the club will be an Earth Day event. “We’re going to put on an Earth Day program and have short, one-day courses for the students and the community,” Fagan said. “We’re going to have compost workshops, and a whole array of workshops and vendors. The kick off is going to be on April 22.” While the club is still growing in its early stages, it hopes that such events and a positive reputation will aid recruitment. “In forming the club, we are relying heavily on word of mouth,” Lozano said. “We created an email account and a facebook page, and we asked horticulture clubs of past times. We were also at Club Rush and we passed out ﬂiers.” The efforts seem to be paying off, and Lozano only expects their membership to grow. “We have around twenty people and within a few months we expect there to be more,” Lozano said. “Some of our groundskeepers are honorary members. They have been a big help to us. In the end, the club is focused upon spreading very basic, horticultural ideas. “A lot of my students are backyard gardeners,” LaFond said. “They try to grow edibles and that’s a lot of what they are trying to push in the club - growing and using sustainable practices.”
Space Science Day 2014 Free and open to serious-minded science students in grades ﬁve through 12, Space Science Day will take place March 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m in EC’s planetarium and science classrooms. To learn more, contact the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Memorial Committee at 310-660-3487.
ABOVE: Horticulture club found-
er Reginald Fagan (left) and club member Samson Lozano (right) tend to plants at the environmental horticulture facility. Fagan and Lozano are members of the newlyfounded horticulture club.
LEFT: Located between lot F and the former Murdock Stadium, the environmental horticulture facility provides a place for students and club members to get hands-on experience growing plants. Photos by: John Fordiani/ Union
Nursing Information Session Considering a career in nursing? The counseling department will host a nursing information session March 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Distance Education Room. For more information, contact the counseling department at 310660-3595, ext. 3458.
Calling all English majors
UC Strategies Workshop
The Transfer Center has scheduled a workshop for English majors March 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Humanities Building, Room 302. For more information, contact the Transfer Center at 310660-3593, ext. 6137.
Students planning to apply to the University of California system are encouraged to attend the UC Strategy Workshop scheduled on March 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Distance Education Room. To learn more, contact the FYE department at 310-660-6936.
San Diego State University Tour Students planning to transfer to San Diego State University can attend a campus tour March 15. Reservations are required in order to attend. To sign up, visit the Transfer Center or call them at 310-660-3595, ext. 3408.