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Pasadena City Councilman Terry Tornek will again ask the city council to reconsider the zoning board’s approval of a Chick-fil-A restaurant across the street from PCC. The council will review the company’s permit request again during a public meeting scheduled for April 7 after the Board of Zoning approved the request on March 19.

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Rocio Vera/Courier Coach Caleb Wood, right, with the discus, shot put and javelin team of Yvette Bastidas, Bianca Addison, and Nathan Wolitarsky at Robinson Stadium on Tuesday.

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Lancers mourn death of former basketball player

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Throwers are going to great lengths The track and field team is having one of the better seasons of any PCC sports team this semester, but lately it’s been the athletes who throw barbaric objects through the air for distance who are turning heads. “This team definitely has the potential to go to the state championships and place well,” throwing coach Caleb Wood said. “What they have done the past few weeks is impressive.” The throwing team placed in five events last week at the 71st annual Pasadena Games, getting two first places, two seconds and a third. A big part of that success has come from being a tight-knit group. “It really helps when you know your team has your back,” said Nathan Wolitarsky, who specializes in the shot put. “With the way this team is, we have a really great chance of making it to the championships and placing well in the events there.” The throwing team is composed of Wolitarsky, Yvette Bastidas and Bianca Addison. Bastidas and Addison specialize in the Discus throw; however, Bastidas has shown to be versatile in the shot put and javelin. Bastidas has placed five times in the past two track and field

“I have asked the City Council to call up Chick-Fil-A because I am concerned about the expansion of a non-conforming use (drive-through),” Tornek said in an email. The restaurant plans were originally approved by the city last December. However, Tornek appealed the approval and students and the administration vehemently opposed the restaurant’s proposal because of its history of supporting anti-gay groups.

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Senior Vice President Robert Miller said at the March 19 public hearing that he, President Mark Rocha and other administration members had a responsibility of working within the scope of the college community, which includes many LGBT students. Tornek said that there was a need for further discussion on the significance of expanding the drive through. Student CHICK-FIL-A page 2

After a tough two-year battle with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, former Lancer women’s basketball point guard Angeline Jefferson died Sunday. She was only 21 years old. A member of the 2012-13 women’s basketball team, Jefferson touched many lives both on and off the basketball court and was an inspiration to everyone she came in contact with. “A.J. was that spirit that held out team together both emotionally and spiritually,” former women’s basketball player Shay Jackson said. ”She definitely made me see something different. For her to be so young and to see what she went through really showed me a lot. She was definitely a fighter.” A sophomore reserve guard for the Lancers two seasons ago, Jefferson joined the Lancers only a few months after her cancer went into remission. In 21 games, Jefferson averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 assists, but her leadership was immeasurable, according to head coach Joe Peron. “Her wisdom that she expressed and shared with the team last year as a player, and this year as a part of our staff was unmatched,” Peron said. “She was good for our program. I’m glad she came here to play for us after leaving Cal State LA.” A native of Sylmar, CA, Jefferson played prep basketball at Blair and Maranatha High School before earning a scholarship to play basketball at Cal State LA. Before being diagnosed with cancer in March of 2012, Jefferson finished her first season with the Golden Eagles, where she appeared in 25 games and started the last six games of the season. “I remember watching her in high school,” Peron said. “A.J.

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was an exciting point guard that made things happen on the basketball court. When I had a chance to coach her I was thrilled because of the excitement she brought to the game. She was a great passer and she never took a play off. She was a hustler on the court and so special off the court.” Majoring in Child and Family Studies, Jefferson was on target to graduate from PCC later this year. “AJ was a hard worker,” assistant coach La’Nette Dillard said. “She was outgoing and very optimistic on life. She was just a fun person to be around. She was definitely the heart of this program and she will be greatly missed.” Despite her battle with cancer, the point guard, whom Peron called “electrifying,” was a leader and inspiration to everyone she came in contact with. “AJ was fun and a joy to be around.” Jackson said. “She had a great spirit and even bigger heart. She accomplished a lot of things that none of us could have in the short time she was here. She was overall a good person and her spirit was very motivating. She was the mother of our team.” A PayPal account has been setup for contributions at

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April 3, 2014

New Senate victors virtually uncontested John Peters II Asst. News Editor

The Academic Senate completed the elections for its new Executive Committee members last week with only one of the four positions contested. No one opposed President Eduardo Cairo and Secretary Patricia Rose in their reelection bids and the new Treasurer, Manuel Perea, faced no opposition. For the vice president position, challenger Kris Pilon, who teaches graphics communication technology, defeated incumbent Earlie Douglas, a business instructor. Senator Matthew Henes would have liked to have seen more than one candidate run for office but offered a reason for the lack of candidates. “There’s a steep learning curve involved with senate leadership, and it’s quite a commitment,” he said. “I applaud those who are willing to do it.” While only one race was contested, two out of four executive committee members are new.

Cairo liked the committee’s composition. “I think when you combine two members of the board who have a year’s experience with two new members that bring years of experience from the Academic Senate, I think it is a good match,” he said. Perea was “thrilled” to have been elected to the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate and agreed with Cairo’s sentiment. “I have every confidence that the new Executive Committee will work well together,” he said. One of Pilon’s goals is to work towards creating a greater sense of unity among faculty regarding the important role they play at PCC. “With my colleagues in the senate, I hope to contribute to strengthening mutual respect and consideration between the faculty, the Board of Trustees and the administration,” she said. With ongoing debates on evaluations, calendar committees, CAPM, and block scheduling, one of the biggest issues facing the Academic Senate and Executive

Board next year is shared governance. “If everyone on campus that shared governance includes were to follow it, more than half of our problems would be wiped away,” Cairo said. Manny Perea’s two goals in his new position deal directly with this issue. “My primary goals are…to continue giving our attention to 10+1 issues, asserting the Senate’s prerogative to take the lead on such issues...and to convince the college administration and board that respecting shared governance is necessary for a healthy college climate,” he said. Former Treasurer Dan Haley said that convincing the administration to adhere to shared governance policies was the biggest challenge and expressed confidence in the new committee members. “I think the four officers elected are highly qualified to meet this challenge,” he said. However, Henes said the Academic Senate and Executive

File photos by Concepcion Gonzalez Academic Senate President Eduardo Cairo and newly elected Vice President Kris Pilon.

Committee’s biggest obstacle is an apparent inability to move forward. “The new executive board looks a lot like the old executive board,” Henes said. “I don’t see much change in the wind.” Perea’s enthusiasm for his new position offers hope that this obstacle may be overcome. “Ultimately, I’m less interested in dwelling in the past and more interested in moving forward,” he said.

These varying perspectives are what Cairo sees as one the key strengths of the Academic Senate and new Executive Committee. “It’s precisely because of these perspectives that we are able to come up with wonderful solutions,” he said. An official report on the election results will be provided at the Academic Senate meeting on April 7.

Associated Students argue no student input in surveys Jessica Arceo Staff Writer

The Associated Students aired their concerns Wednesday about student workers being barred from participating in the Campus Climate Survey distributed by the administration. Last week Student Trustee Simon Fraser asked why students are not included in the campus climate survey that assesses the campus work environment and conditions for employees. The answer that they got left some members somewhat unsatisfied and also shed some light on what they described as a lack of protection afforded to student workers. “Faculty working conditions are student learning conditions,” said Sarah Belknap, the AS vice president of sustainability.

Benjamin Simpson/Courier Vice President for Sustainability Sarah Belknap at the Associated Student meeting in CC212 on March 26.

Dustin Tamashiro, a senior research and planning analyst for institutional effectiveness, provided the board members with some background about the survey and explained that the reason

students are not included has to do with other surveys that better access student needs. Random sample sections on campus are given an annual Fall Student Survey that has questions


March 24th A student reported that his mountain bike was stolen outside Science Village. A major power outage affected PCC’s Main Campus, Community Education Center & Child Development Center. All buildings were evacuated for safety reasons. Shuttle service was suspended and the college administration was notified. March 26th Student Affairs reported a homeless Asian male sleeping the Wi-Fi Lounge in the CC Building. Students reported homeless man showering in the Men’s locker room in the GM Building. March 27th Activists and students on the north side of the C Building became verbally agitated over political


March 28th Facilities custodian Corinthian Bates reported a chemical reaction occurred with a cleaning solvent and hydrogen peroxide in a toilet on the first floor in the D Building. The area was fanned out by Pasadena Fire Department and hazmat personnel deemed no further treatment was necessary. A moderate earthquake occurred but no damages or injuries were found. March 29th A man fell down in IT-200, minor first-aid was given. A transient man found in the Men’s locker room in GM Building.

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on student perception of the campus, learning environment etc. Students are also provided with a bi-annual Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) that helps the school set a benchmark against other schools. Simon Fraser said that the Campus Climate Survey is something bigger than the standard survey and needs to include students who are constantly being pulling into different disputes. He also voiced his concern over the lack of representation for student workers should they find themselves in troubling situations. “The climate between faculty association and the administration does directly affect the learning environment,” Fraser stated. Belknap echoed Fraser’s sentiments and felt that in order to get a better idea of what is going


Today Transfer orientation- L110. 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Speech team showcaseWesterbeck Recital Hall. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Oral interpretations will be performed. Admission is free.

Monday Transfer advisementDeVry University. Quad 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Academic Senate board meeting- Circadian 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Friday UC Riverside campus tourSign up in L110. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Men’s and Women’s swim teams swim in the Pasadena Invitational at the PCC aquatic center at noon.

Tuesday Academic Senate Town Hall meeting- Creveling Lounge. Noon-1:30 p.m.

Sunday PCC Flea Market- The Corner of Bonnie and Colorado. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wednesday Transfer advisement- University of Phoenix. Quad 10 a.m.-noon.

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on in campus with the faculty and administration, the school needs to survey students because if there are any issues, the students will be affected in the classroom. She also stated that the tools in existence like the Fall Student Survey are only being utilized once or twice a year. “Anytime were not being consulted or their not collecting data, that just always them to say that nothing was wrong,” she said. She also stated that by not including students not being part of the survey, they’re voices are not being heard. “They also work here… they are also part of the campus climate, they are also people trying to provide for their families and for themselves,” she said. Auriana Duffy, vice president for cultural diversity, also felt that not having students in the survey is an issue.


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Trustee Simon Fraser said at the time that he was “exceptionally disappointed” about the Zoning Boards decision to approve of the restaurant. “It’s fantastic that finally, the city council will discuss it,” Fraser said. “I understand the concerns of the councilmember are not the same as mine, but that’s irrelevant. He has legitimate concerns as well. I look forward to the council meeting.” The Zoning Board was mainly concerned with the removal of two trees on the property and expanding the current drive-thru. Zoning laws in Pasadena currently prohibit any new drive-thru being built for restaurants. Chick-fil-A applied for a permit for the expansion of the drive-thru, which was approved by the board.


April 3, 2014



Student Life dean receives award Jessica Arceo Staff Writer

If Hebba Griffiths had one wish, it would be to have a few extra hours in the day. Between being a mom of two young children and overseeing a number of student programs as the interim associate dean of student life that include all Trio programs, the flea market, Project Leap, and Dream Keepers, Griffiths’ time is stretched thin. While it can be a challenge to head an office that needs constant channeling of communication between faculty, advisors and students, she loves that she is able to help students in any way she can. “I love what I do, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world,” she said. For the past 13 years, Griffiths has dedicated her career to helping students achieve their goals and finding their passion in life. Many of the programs that Hebba oversees have the common goal of helping low income, first generation college students get support and the chance for access to a higher education, which she identifies with as since she is a first generation college graduate. Her family immigrated to the United States from Egypt in 1984 when her parents began to see the lack of opportunities in the country for their five children. Like many who have to make a new start in a new country, they did not have much and had to make sacrifices.

Despite her background, she was able to get the motivation and direction she needed to go to college when she participated in the Upward Bound and Trio Programs in high school. “When you make community with peers who come from the same background as yourself, who have the same goals and dreams as you, your more likely to move forward together,” Griffiths said. Griffiths was also fortunate enough to come across an Upward Bound counselor who went out of her way to help her both inside and outside the classroom. Despite being an undocumented student unsure of how to pay for college, she was able to help make Griffiths’ dream of going to college a reality by helping her find other financial means. “She was able to advocate for me, advocate for family, and be the personal support, the academic support I need,” Griffiths said. Her enthusiasm for helping students grew as she attended college at UC Santa Barbara and began to work with Trio programs similar to the ones at PCC. She became more involved around campus and with high school students around the communities where she lived. While she thought law school might be in her future, her thought process began to shift toward giving back to her community and getting her Masters in Education with an emphasis on guidance and counseling. “It gave me the tools to be

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able to come back and really help students on a holistic level, not just inside the class room,” Griffiths said. Prior to moving into her current position, Griffiths was Director of the Trio Programs, which are federally funded programs that work with low income first generation students. Beatriz Sapiens, the acting director of the Upward Bound Program, said that Griffiths’ natural ability to lead and her approachable personality actually motivates her personally and professionally.

“She pushes me to want to grow and be a better person,” Sapiens said. Associated Students President Jordyn Orozco said working with Griffiths is really easy because she understands student life. She also has a level of empathy that is “rare to find in adults that work closer with community college students,” he said. Hebba’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. She recently received a service award from the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP) and she was chosen

among other nominees for her length of service for educational equity programs. “She has provided so much leader and guidance to our professional association,” Sapiens said. The interaction Griffiths has with students on a daily basis gives her the motivation to keep going. “My favorite part of the day is the interaction with the students, listening to what their needs are,” she said. “Sometimes all they need is to be listened to.”

Florence Study Abroad explores worlds

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Rocio Vera/Courier Interim Associate Dean Of Student Life, Heba Phillip Griffiths in her office located in CC-105 on Friday.


Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience for many students because not only do they have the opportunity to travel to another country, but because they learn to appreciate a new culture while completing general education classes. PCC is the only community college that has a study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Students will spend three months living in the heart of the city and learning all about the Italian culture. The lead instructors this year are Dr. Karen Carlisi, associate professor of linguistics, English and English as a Second Language (ESL) and Dr. Rita D’Amico, associate professor of Italian. “It’s a life changing experience and a great way to be in one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” Carlisi explained. Christopher Rodriguez, a former PCC student, participated in the Florence study abroad program in 2008. “It was the best experience I’ve ever had,” Rodriguez said. “I met so many great people and learned so much about the

Italian Culture.” D’Amico stressed the fact that students shouldn’t wait to study abroad once they attend a university because the cost only increases. Based on a minimum enrollment of 25 students, the cost per person will be about $8,200, excluding airline taxes and PCC tuition. But financial aid may be available from PCC and scholarships are available. Any student is welcome to participate. The only requirements are they must have completed one semester of college and be 18 years of age. “Studying abroad shows a student is mature, responsible, and faces different challenges,” D’Amico said “I encourage strongly how important it is for everyone to leave and study abroad.” Students are required to enroll in an Italian language course and to take a minimum of 11 units. “It was fun learning Italian,” Rodriguez said. “I never felt completely out of place because I learned enough Italian to always find my way around.” Some classes that are being offered are, Humanities 1: Introduction to the Humanities, Italian 50: Italian Film as Dra-

matic Literature and Linguistics/ English 12: Intercultural Communication. The school week is typically only four days, leaving many opportunities for students to travel. There is also a 10-day break near the end of October, which allows students to travel and explore more than just Italy. “We want to encourage students to broaden their horizons,” Carlisi said. “This is a life changing experience that allows so much personal development.” Included in the cost is a museum pass for each student, which allows unlimited free entry to various museums and chapels, a three-day, two-night stay to Rome as well as other accommodations. Application for the Florence program are available online, in the Academic Affairs Office, Room C229 or by calling 626-585-7480. And the deadline to apply is the end of May, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. There will be an informational session Apr. 17, 12 p.m. in C111 and 6 p.m. C217.



2012 JACC General Excellence Award-Winner Editor-in-Chief Christine Michaels Managing Editor Philip McCormick Asst. News Editor John Peters II Online Editor Justin Clay Asst. Online Editors Tiffany Roesler Opinion Editor Raymond Bernal Asst. Opinion Editor Tiffany Herrera A&E Editor Samantha Molina Features Editor Aubrey Quezada Asst. Features Editor Monique LeBleu Lifestyle Editor Paul Ochoa Sports Editor Daron Grandberry Asst. Sports Editor Andrew Salmi Photo Editor Antonio Gandara Asst. Photo Editor Nagisa Mihara Online Photo Editor Benjamin Simpson Scene Editor Billy Skelly Social Media Editor Concepcion Gonzalez Staff Writers: Jessica Arceo, Aerika Dave, Matthew Kiewiet, Emma Koffroth, Janel Leonard, Mary Nurrenbern, Lucy Patrikian, Robert Tovar, Kristina Wedseltoft Staff Photographers: Joseph Adajar, Josh Balmadrid, Jorell Brittenum, Victoria De La Torre, Andrew French, Christopher Martinez, Mary Nurrenbern, Barney Soto, Daniel Valencia, Rocio Vera, Charles Winners


April 3, 2014

Metro fare hike: Good or bad? Christine Michaels Editor-in-Chief In August 2010, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (GLCA) made a landmark decision to open a bid to a public/private investment in the extension of the Gold Line rail to Azusa. This new hybrid business model allowed private contractors to work with a public entity on a major transportation system – one that would cost well over $450 million. And it was a project that was welcomed in the past, as many riders were happy to finally be able to take the Gold Line for just a $1.50 from Montclair all the way to Union Station. What a deal! With the assistance of hundreds of millions of dollars from committee resources, the extension committee was able to cover almost all of its costs for the project. All that is left is something just over $36 million. How will this be covered? Well, in addition to this new model that marries public with private entities, new ways to pay for multi-million dollar projects has to be developed as well. But it seems recently that the public is exceptionally upset over paying for the rest of the project’s tab. The GLCA meeting to end all meetings happened on



March 29. A four-hour public hearing began where hundreds of members from the public spoke out against a proposed Metro fare hike. If it passes, fares would go up to $2.25 and $1.10 for seniors and the disabled within the next four years. For college students getting metro passes, the price would go up from $24 to $29 a semester this year. If you think about it, it’s not much. But if you think that paying a little extra is, so is a brand new 27.9-mile long Gold Line extension to your house in Montclair. Members of the committee argued that if the fare hike did not go through soon, the deficit for Metro projects could get up to $225 million. The deficit would not only get bigger, over 1,000 Metro employees may need to be laid off and over one million hours of bus and rail service may be cut next year. There are two evils in the situation, but the lesser of the two is to pay an extra 25 cents for your bus or rail fare or an extra $5 per semester for your student pass. It should go without saying that if you want something big and pretty in this day and age, you’re going to have to pay for it, too.

Daron Grandberry Staff Writer If you depend on the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to commute to school or work, your pockets may see a little less coins with the MTA’s recent fare increase proposal. On Saturday, hundreds of students, workers and activists packed into Metro’s downtown boardroom to voice their dismay with the latest fare increase proposals. There are currently two plans before the board and both involve raising the basic cost of bus and rail trips. On the surface, it appears that Metro no longer cares about its millions of riders who rely on its services daily, because they have sent a very stern message. ‘The public will have to pay more money out of our pockets’. Sure, it’s easy to say, “They’re only raising the fare a quarter or two,” but with the latest Goldline plan, one that would extend the Goldline as far as Montclair, I am worried that these fare increases will only be the first of many to come. In May, Metro board members are scheduled to consider two fare-hike proposals. The first proposal would raise the basic $1.50 bus and rail fare to $1.75 in September, to $2 in four years and $2.25 in 2021. Fares for seniors and the disabled would double to $1.10. A $75 monthly pass would increase to $100. Most people who take the bus or train cannot afford another increase. If you are like myself


and you rely on more than one bus per day to get you to your destination, this fare increase can make a significant difference on your bank statements. For example, I take two buses to get to school, another bus to work, and then two more buses to get home. In four years from now my daily commute would cost me $10. The only people agreeing with these fare proposals are those who are riding shotgun in mommy’s car or driving their own. Why is it ok for Metro to make decision after decision at the expense of our pockets? Their motto seems to be build first, pay second, and that cannot be allowed. We can’t come to school and get our education first, and then pay; so why is Metro different? Under an alternative proposal, base fares would remain at $1.50 during non-peak hours. However, rush-hour fares would rise to $2.25 in September and more than double to $3.25 in 2021. A $5 day pass would increase to $13 in 2021, according to Metro officials. Although my pockets and bank accounts strongly oppose these current fare increases, I hope to God the second proposal doesn’t see the light of day because it will seriously penalize all the hardworking citizens who rely on Metro to get to school and work during rush hour. What is absurd is that majority of the people who ride the bus are already struggling to make a living. $13 or $1.75 per bus ride might not seem like a lot to most, but for those less fortunate, that can be the difference between dinner and school.

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April 3, 2014

Social media plays vital role after earthquake Paul Ochoa Staff Writer

When a 5.1 earthquake hit last Friday, it did not take long for Angelenos to take to social media to post their thoughts and reactions to the quake. With posts coming minutes, even seconds after the quake, it raises the question: what is social media’s role in an event like this? Whether it’s for the attention or to cope with the situation, the use of social media during an event like an earthquake is something used by students and professionals to learn more about it. Doug Givens, a geology instructor who also works for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), says that the USGS looks to Twitter to help detect earthquakes. “We monitor Twitter for tweets that contain ‘earthquake’ or ‘quake’ in them,” he said. “It’s called Tweet Earthquake Dispatch and we can detect earthquakes and their locations with nothing more than the tweets.” For some like Emilio Steiner, film, social media is a way to find out about breaking news. Steiner, who was driving when the earthquake happened, only discovered there was one when he logged on to Facebook. “I didn’t feel anything but I remember my wall was exploding with Facebook post,” he said. Steiner feels that the reason people immediately flock to social media is less about spreading the word about an event like this and more about keeping with a routine. The tone of posts on social media doesn’t always reflect the seriousness of the situation. Social media allows people to make jokes and thus makes a potentially serious matter less so, Steiner said. “It’s become instinctive now and while some were serious most of the posts I saw were funny,” he said. “I feel like peo-

ple don’t take it seriously. Yeah, it is there and it allows people to be witty but an earthquake is a serious matter.” Others like Brenden Maier, mechanical engineering, feel that the reason people post funny and casual comments on social media is because it is their way of coping with the situation—a way to ease the nerves by making jokes. “Because some people don’t want to deal with or think about something bad happening, they might go on and post something funny,” Maier said. Esther Justafort, psychology, thinks that while posting something on social media can help calm the nerves, the reason most do it is for the attention. “I would hate for there to be panic, I’d rather have people posting stuff,” she said. “But also people go on Facebook and Twitter to get that attention, especially when you have something to post about like an earthquake.” And while social media can help out the situation by calming the nerves Givens says students can also use it to keep themselves informed on events like earthquakes. “Students can sign up for our Earthquake Notification System at our website Earthquake.usgs. Gov,” Givens said. “From there you can see real time earthquakes, if they want to get direct info they can sign up for USGS Twitter feed where we tweet information.” Whatever reasons students might have for using social media after an earthquake, Givens warns students to be prepared to deal with the situation without relying on technology if a major earthquake were to strike. “People have become so dependent on their phones for info you should give some thought to how you will function with out it,” he said. “After a big quake your cell phone will not work, try texting rather than calling, it is more likely to function.”

Photo Illustration by Charles Winners/Courier Michael Chavez shows his Facebook post about the recent earthquake in the Quad on Tuesday.




Sophia Kapri takes on the world

Courier/Daniel Valencia Sophia Kapri, an aspiring musician who also hopes to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, waits for track practice to start at Robinson Stadium on Wednesday. Matthew Kiewiet Staff Writer

Attaining a college degree, pursuing a music career and training for the 2016 Olympics are all commendable, full-time commitments by themselves, but PCC sophomore Sophia Kapri is taking on the challenge of tackling all of these things at once. Versatility is something Kapri admires in her heroes, and she counts the late singer Aaliyah as an influence. “Aaliyah sang, danced, modeled and acted,” Kapri explained. It is hard to imagine dealing with the pressure and stress that comes with Kapri’s dreams, and the way she can handle everything with her positive energy and class has inspired others. “She’s a little ball of energy, good energy,” said throwers coach Caleb Wood. Kapri is also a Michael Jackson fan, and this becomes apparent after listening to a few of Sophia’s tracks. Even though she emulates Jackson’s style, each song is infused with her originality. It’s hard to classify her in a specific genre. Her music isn’t quite pop, hip-hop or R&B. If you had to describe

her sound with one word, it would be “Sophia.” At the beginning of her college career, Kapri moved from her hometown of Glendale to Michigan so that she could run track and field for Michigan State. Due to financial burdens, she found herself back in Pasadena. Coach Larry Wade welcomed her with open arms and Coach Cedric Hill has been preparing her for the next level. Kapri is currently training to run hurdles for the Philippines in the Rio Olympics in 2016. “It’s really all about grit, a growth mindset, positivity and balance,” Kapri said. “She’s very focused,” added teammate Bianca Addison. For Kapri, the time to turn her dreams into reality is now. Even though it can be overwhelming both physically and mentally, Sophia not only takes everything in stride, but even with a little extra pep in her step. “Sometimes I even breakdown,” she admits. “As a track and field hurdler I exert so much energy at practice every day, and even when I sing I exert so much energy and emotion. In the classroom I know that I have to get As in all my classes because being a student-athlete is my way out to a college that is paid for.”

Speech and debate team showcases skill Aerika Dave Staff Writer

Students articulated their gift of gab last week in the first night of the PCC Forensics Speech and Debate team’s public performances, which will continue tonight in the Westerbeck Recital Hall. Debate coach Allan Axibal-Cordero said he has complete faith in his team ahead of a national competition in Denver. “The students are very sharp as well as knowledgeable in assigned speeches and debates,” Axibal-Cordero said. The first day of performances consisted of research speeches about a specific topic, informative speaking, communication analysis, and a fun speech called STE—Speech To Entertain. Some students will partake in a competition in which they are given a short amount of time to prepare with no prior information on the subject at hand. Coach Cindy Phu said the rigorous training and multiple techniques learned by the team will be implemented at nationals. “We even gave them a Nationals Survival Kit,” Phu said. Phu reminds her students that the real prize is not the trophy, but the listening cognitive interpretation skills being gained are the true trophies. “Being a respectable team member and a good listener are very important skills to attain,” Phu concluded. Phu praised Sean Regan, who is competing this year in the Speech to Entertain category and he spent hours on end perfecting his comedic speech. “It was difficult to time my speeches,” Regan said. Students like Thomas Morgenroth, who comes from a background of theater, understand that all students are not comfortable with public speaking. “Taking Speech 1 will help anyone,” he said.

Rocio Vera/Courier Thomas Morgenroth, presents an impromtu dance to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” in the Westerbeck Recital Hall on March 27.

Having great coaches and mentors to guide and properly teach how to better articulate is a definite plus. Coach Axibal-Cordero said he is thankful for the funding received every year for this occasion. “We are fortunate,” he said.



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Tucker Kaufman, left, and Janet Pascual dance while taking a quick break from working on a film project at 7:49 p.m. (Billy Beans Skelly/Courier)

Alanna Carrol relaxes in the grass near the reflecting pool while reading “No-No Boy,” by John Okada for her history homework at 12:58, Apr. 1, 2014. (Billy Beans Skelly/Courier)

The PCC Courier captures what happens in a 24-hour period of school life on April 1, 2014 Scene Editor/Billy Beans Skelly

Shainna Tolentino, nursing (left), Sally Wong, child development and Taj Spencer relax in the hallway of Hutto Patterson Gymnasium at 5:20 p.m. (Mary Nurrenbern/Courier)

Concert goers mingle after a Choral Musical Recital conducted by Jenny Ching Yee Wong of the USC Music School by the Center for the Arts building at 8:56 pm (Benjamin Simpson/Courier)

The PCC Lancers football team gets ready to do practice drills on Robinson Field at 5:30 p.m. (Mary Nurrenbern/Courier)

The PCC Winter Guard practice in the W Building gym for their upcoming championships on April 12 in Fountain Valley, at 8:37 pm. (Benjamin Simpson/Courier)

The Intro to Engineering class taught by Professor Arineh Arzoumanian gets ready to race the boats they designed and made at the Mirror Pools at 9:12 a.m. (Nagisa Mihara/Courier)

While Armen Dubtyan, construction, drills a screw into a piece of wood, Sandra Folchi, construction, looks on at 8:15 p.m. (Billy Beans Skelly/Courier)

Chinese students celebrates the Chinese New Year on April 1 at 12:30 p.m. to share their culture to a multicultural crowd hosted at Pasadena City College. (Victoria de la Torre/Courier)

Ling O’Connor, a professor of environmental science, and Michael Macapagal, music composition, practice Tai Chi near the mirror pools at 10:29 a.m. (Charles Winners/Courier)

Joshua Bernardo (left) and Mitchel Baker (right) are both students in PCC’s Jazz Combo Music 57A class at 1:31p.m. (Christopher Martinez/Courier)

Taylor Hall-Smith, art, practices some tricks on his skateboard by the student pick-up area on Colorado Boulevard. (Billy Beans Skelly/Courier)

Wendy Sit holds the camera and Stanley Chen performs and Daniel Ursus holds the light while making a film project for their advanced cinematography class on the Mirror Pools at 8:46 p.m. (Benjamin Simpson/Courier)





April 3, 2014

To leave the nest: PCC students weigh in Justin Clay Online Editor

An 18th birthday is supposed to be one of the major milestones in a young person’s life. The 18th birthday grants many new rights and responsibilities. At 18, a person can own property, apply for military service, serve on a jury, purchase tobacco and pornography, and drive unrestricted in most states. But the 18th birthday can also be a source of anxiety for some, as they are expected to embrace the title of adulthood that has suddenly been dropped into their laps. Earlier this month, Rachel Canning, a high school student from New Jersey, tried to sue her parents after she alleged that they kicked her out of the house and cut off all financial support when she turned 18. Canning attempted to sue for living expenses, tuition for her private high school, and access to a college fund. The lawsuit was later dropped but the story garnered international attention and raised questions about how much parents should support their adult children. Some choose to strike out on their own once they reach adulthood. “I moved out at 17,” said Victoria Garcia, psychology. “My

parents helped me out a little at first, but when I turned 18, I told them that I wanted to be completely independent.” Another student who decided to grab life by the horns and move out on her own is Rose Mackenzie, undecided. “I started working when I was 15 and when I graduated high school, I got a second job and moved into my own apartment,” she said. Mackenzie said that her mother still worries as much as any other parent whose child has left the nest. “She still worries about me, but she understands that I can take care of myself,” she said. Sometimes a student has to leave home because their school of choice is far away from their home. “I was already a student at PCC and I was on the basketball team when I turned 18,” said Kaitlyn Parks, kinesiology. “I already had a plan to move out because I’m originally from Barstow but I decided on playing for the Lancers.” Parks and a few roommates found a place near campus but she says that her mother still helps her out from time to time. “My mom still helps a lot because financial aid can’t cover everything. She sometimes helps with groceries and sometimes she gives me home cooked

meals,” Parks said. “I’m her baby, so I know she still worries about me.” Some parents don’t mind continuing to support their adult children as long as they maintain focus on their studies. “When my parents sent me to school, they told me that I didn’t have to work, just keep my grades up and transfer,” said Jordan Griffin, visual communications. The arrangement has paid off because he is planning on transferring to Grand Canyon University next semester, he said. “My parents still plan to help me when I transfer, but I’m also applying for grants and looking into on-campus jobs,” said Griffin. Some students stay at home and contribute to the overall responsibilities of the household. “In my family, we tend to stay together. As of now, I still live at home but I help out with living expenses,” said Melanie Gutierrez, undecided. “After my dad passed away, I knew I would have to help more with expenses.” Gutierrez said that being at home insulates her from a lot of stress as she pursues her education. “I save money while living at home which makes it easier to concentrate on my studies,” she said.

a classic fantasy baseball statistic board game that began in 1961. Originally a game he played at home with his family, Gomez now brings it to school to share in between class times with friends in the PCC Piazza cafeteria. “It is based on real life baseball player stats,” said Gomez. “It’s based on the probability with the dice. How good [the players] were in real life, that’s how good there are in the game. My dad introduced me to it, and I’ve played it for a long time.” Like other social gaming students at PCC, Gomez goes to Game Empire directly across from PCC, but not just to play. “I’ve traded in games and old video games at Game Empire,”

he said. “But we just don’t play the game there. They don’t sell Strat-O-Matic.” Game Empire store owner Chuck Robbins opened the 6,000 square foot space in 2011 specifically to allot a large portion of its space towards the student-rich popular tournaments of the various games sold in the store, turning 3,500 square feet of it into a highly social hub that is electric with energy and passionate play. Robbins called his social gaming customers “the motor of the store.” “Because that’s what this generation is all about, is social networking and community,” he said. “So they like coming here because they want to be part of a group. They like being connected. All the games that we play here are very social.” With its interior paint replica “stone castle” walls and stained glass painted by a Disney Imagineer and theme park designer, the store is a featured landmark visit on an official metropolitan AAA map of Los Angeles. The store attracts social gaming PCC students–about 20 percent of the stores regular customers– who come between class times and after school in order to play a myriad of both classic, new and intensive strategy games with their friends and competing players from all over LA County. “Pretty much everyone is a gamer,” Robbins said. “You watch football, you play poker, you watch game shows, you play

Charles Winners/Courier Michael Newman at PCC’s Center for the Arts on March 25 said making your own decisions is key to being an adult.

PCC’s Women’s basketball coach Joe Peron believes that turning 18 is a still a long way from becoming a full-fledged adult. “As a parent, I believe that at 18, you should take care of your

kids like you did when they were in high school,” he said. “Eighteen classifies you as a young adult. And that means that they still need nurturing and as much as they don’t like to hear it, they still need guidance.”

video games. There’s a zillion ways to game.” PCC students and other players who are socially withdrawn often frequent the store. “They like to come and play here because they don’t always have to get into chit chat,” said Robbins. “They can sit down and the game becomes the medium of communication. And because they often play with post-collage age people, they get more opportunities to see how an adult reacts to situations.” The store employs several PCC students and student gamers as well, such as 21-yearold retail manager Jess Harvey, business, who is also a social gamer and tournament organizer. She plays Euro-style games like Tokaido, which she describes as a non-direct conflict game involving “a traveler [character] going along a set specific path looking to create the richest experience by collecting meals, views, experiences and souvenirs.” Working at the store enables her to balance school and work and provides her a social outlet where she said that social gaming has taught her skills such as patience and tolerance. “I am a lot more patient,” said Harvey. “And I understand more now that everybody has their own perspective and their own point of view. Gaming is great hobby. And it actually teaches you a lot of social skills. And I am much better at math now actually, because of gaming.”

PCC freshman Jerry Wu, 18, business and accounting, spends sun-up to sun-down at the college. In lieu of long commutes back home, he does social gaming with his friends during the several one and half-hour breaks between classes. “I feel kind of tense when I am doing homework for six hours,” Wu said, emphasizing the need to reduce the stress he feels in his 18-unit course load. “I would go insane just being at school, doing homework, being in the library. This is where I reclaim my sanity.” His primary game of choice is Magic: The Gathering, a popular, artistically intricate trading card game where Wu keeps each card sleeved for care and preservation. The process of learning gaming strategies has taught Wu skill sets he may not have otherwise gained in his spare time between classes, he said. “Reading into people,” said Wu. “You need to analyze what they do, what they are looking at, where are they looking, and how much time they are taking to think. Even with the plethora of exciting online games available in virtually every household and hand-held gaming platform, the social gaming community is clearly here for the long haul and the good company, as well as good gaming, enables and arms student gamers with hard-earned skills for the ultimate game of life.

Social gaming provides creative outlet, fills gaps Monique LeBleu Staff Writer

Student gamers desiring a social outlet are using social gaming on and off-campus as a way to combat stress while simultaneously gaining skills in ways they never had imagined. Although the campus provides many open spaces intended for study, such as the student center and the library, students often gather at the Piazza cafeteria or across the street at Game Empire to play card and board games in an openly social atmosphere as a respite from their often heavy course loads. PCC music major Rafael Gomez plays Strat-O-Matic,

Mary Nurrenbern/Courier PCC student Connor Perreira, left, and former student Ashley Rodelo, right, play Magic: The Gathering at Game Empire Friday.


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The right choices at wrong places Tiffany Roesler Asst. Online Editor

Dieting and ways of eating healthy have evolved drastically over the past several years. From Weight Watchers to couning macros, there are numerous avenues people can take to get their ultimate dream body. Personally, my fat destroying weapon of choice is the method of counting macros, or macronutrients. To simply put it, I can have my cake or donuts or ice cream or bacon and eat it too. That makes me happy and sane. If you think that your stuck with eating spinach, chicken breast, and quinoa out of plastic containers for every meal, thing again. I’m a fan of going out to lunch (when I can afford it), and sometimes there are days where I’m completely out

of food. That’s where knowing what to order and how to order it comes in handy. The one restaurant that is extremely unavoidable: McDonald’s. Need I say more about their well-known greasy fries and mystery chicken nuggets? So how exactly do you even begin to remotely eat decent there? First, scale down your food portions. If you still have a hamburger and fries, don’t get the Big Mac combo—choose the kid’s meals instead. You’re still able to get a taste of the fatty goodness without consuming the your days worth of calories. Second, modify, modify and modify some more. Instead of a double cheeseburger and fries, opt for the grilled chicken sandwich with no sauces and take off the top bun. Substitute a side salad for the fries, and get light vinaigrette instead of ranch. Nowadays, most fast food places and restaurants offer healthier alternatives, although it’s all still processed. For example, most sit-down restaurants can fix up

chicken and vegetables with no oil upon request. Lorrie Gray, one of PCC’s registered dieticians, informs students on a daily basis that there are always healthier alternatives. “Students can establish a healthy eating lifestyle, even when they dine out, by learning to focus on a balanced variety of nutrient-rich foods, moderation, and appropriate portion sizes,” said Gray in an email. “Compare the sodium and fat content of your options by looking at the restaurant’s nutrition information listed on their website or in their pamphlets.” Another simple step to lower calorie consumption is by not drinking your calories. Soda is a big belly buster, and don’t even think for a second that a shaken iced passion tea lemonade from Starbucks is any better. “Think about what you drink,” Gray said. “Ask for water, or order unsweetened iced tea or coffee, or a diet soda. The calories from beverages can add up


quickly, especially if you have multiple refills.” If all that is around you is a Carl’s Jr., one of your best options is a turkey burger with no spread, side salad, and iced tea instead of that 5-piece chicken tender combo with a medium lemonade. My favorite fast food chains are Chipotle and El Pollo Loco. I hardly feel guilty eating there because of easy modifications and choices I can make. However in the end, if you can prep your own meals and get creative in the kitchen (it’s easier than you think), that’s the best way your body can get nutrients it needs without the added sodium. “It really boils down to making wise food choices in the context of the total diet,” Gray said. “A healthy diet should include vegetables, fruits, lean protein, whole grains, and calcium-rich foods. Manage your portions and lower the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and added sugar you eat.”

Learning hospitality one scoop at a time and both are newcomers to the ice cream business. They specialize in fresh, unique flavors. “We more or less woke up one day and decided to start an ice cream company,” Mortarotti said. “Essentially I had to start teaching myself how to make ice cream,” Mortarotti said. “I knew the type of flavors we wanted to do, which we called garden inspired flavors.” With a shared kitchen in downtown Los Angeles working in the back of a pizza restaurant, the couple began by selling ice cream various farmers markets, and later through their vintage 1975 ice cream truck, until word of mouth spread. Beginning with the ever-present big seller, the Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean, and unique flavors like Lavender Honey, Rose Petal, Earl Grey Tea, and Cucumber sorbet and then later Salted Caramel, a Guinness beer ice cream was developed about six years ago for Saint Patrick’s Day.

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For a PCC college student, finding the perfect job to fit a school schedule is hard. Finding one that fits an education goal is a unique flavor all its own. PCC senior Jessica Corcio, hospitality and restaurant management, has been simultaneously learning while working. While on staff at Carmela’s creamery on Washington Bouelvard, Corcio has been putting her education in hospitality to use. “It is tough balancing school and work sometimes, because I do work lot,” said Corcio. “Constantly studying and keeping up with everything. But it teaches you how to balance things out, and manage your time, and what-not. And since my major is hospitality, so I get experience with people and how to help with [product questions].” Jessica Mortarotti owns the shop with partner Zachary Cox,

Benjamin Simpson/Courier Jessica Corcio, a PCC student majoring in hospitality, makes fresh waffle cones at Carmela’s Ice Cream and Sorbet on Washington Boulevard in Pasadena on Friday. Carmela’s makes all their own ice creams and sorbets fresh on the premises.

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looking chalkboard, crystal chandeliers, and nostalgic trim and decor-including an ice cream trolley cart outside the store front, which does get used for catering. “I am a pretty good home chef, as far as teaching myself to do things,” said Morarotti. “So that helped in terms of the physical product. But I think beyond that was having the vision – a very strong vision – helped as lot in seeing what we wanted to create and then taking steps methodically towards it. We are putting a lot of passion into it.” Corcio, whose goal is to transfer to Cal Poly after the fall semester, still plans to continue to work at the mom and pop ice cream shop. Since the store is less than a mile above PCC, Corcio often serves PCC students

and fellow classmates who come to the shop popular flavors like Salted Caramel. “Guinness is popular with the young crown,” Corcio said. “Also an Affogato, which is ice cream with a shot of espresso.” Although her personal favorite is the Lavender Honey, because the ice creams are seasonal, she has favorites from the past, including one that will return with the coming hot summer days. But even with more college looming in the distance, and a future that may take her further still in her travels, Corcio is not anxious to move on from her job of mutual passions. “I love working here,” she said. “It’s so amazing. Had I not gone to PCC, I don’t think I would have found them.”

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Graphic novelist attracts hundreds John Peters II Staff Writer

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang attracted an enormous crowd of PCC students at Harbeson Hall last week for the presentation of his new book “Boxers and Saints.” “It was spectacular!” said Dr. Doosdeemalachanok Thongthiraj, Asian Pacific Islander Visiting Scholar (APIVS) committee member. She estimated that over 200 students attended. “He is a real celebrity.” Yang is the author of the award-winning graphic novel “American Born Chinese,” National Book Award finalist “Boxers and Saints,” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series. Stephen Lee, art, summed up why so

Daniel Valencia/Courier Autographs were given by Gene Luen Yang after a presentation on his new graphic novel “Boxers and Saints” on March 28.

many students showed up to see Yang speak. “I like graphic novels, I like Gene Yang, and there’s free food,” he said. “You can’t beat that.” Thirty minutes before the event, free Chinese food was served to attendees as part of the Cross Cultural Center and AVIPS event in honor of Asian Pacific Islander month. Some students came specifically because they were fans of Yang’s work. “I’m excited to see this speaker because he is the “Avatar” creator,” said Zione Hong, art. “I love that series and I love his work.” Tony Salinas, theater art, said he really enjoyed the “Avatar” television series and that Yang kept the spirit of the series in the comics. “That is the most important thing for me,” he said. “If (the comic) doesn’t have the same spirit, it’s not a real continuation.” Some came because of his success as a comic book writer. “I was curious about the speaker because I saw my friends reading his books and I wanted to see how he became so successful,” said Daniel Cho, automotive technology. Others came because of the extra credit offered by some professors. “I think it is very culturally rewarding and culturally stimulating,” said Joseph Beltran, sociology, “but no one would be here if not for the extra credit involved.” The students lined up 20 deep before and after the presentation to take pictures with Yang and to get his autograph,

Festival season: Is it worth the money? As people start to gear up for festivals such as Coachella, they are constantly asked the question, “Is it really worth the money?” Put simply, it is absolutely worth the money. Owner of the Peppertree Grill in Sierra Madre and former PCC student Ryan Lopez remembers his time cruising around the green grass of the festival grounds. “Coachella was an amazing getaway with great music and even greater friends,” he said. The most popular way to attend Coachella is to camp in the designated lots just outside of the festival entrance. Each car camping pass allows you and your friends to have their car in a 10-foot-by-30-foot space. Before even walking into the venue, campers have the opportunity to take yoga classes, play arcade games, shower, and even play a few games of dodge ball. Once people enter the gates, there are food trucks from famous restaurants across the country, ranging from Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood, to Bau Haus of New York City, and even food options for special diets such as vegan, raw vegan, gluten free, kosher, and paleo. Coachella takes pride in offering the most diverse line

up across every genre of music. This year’s line up offers everything from a Ramone’s tribute band (Gabba Gabba Hey), to fist pumping electro DJs, to “old school” DJs such as Cajmere and mainstream alternative rock such as Muse. To top it off, Outkast will be getting back together to headline the main stage. “I’m looking forward to exploring new types of music,” says biology major Nicole Kim. “I’ve been pretty EDM heavy for the last couple of years and haven’t bothered to really dive into other genres, but I feel like Coachella has such a wide array of music to discover!” Some people cannot afford to fork over hundreds of dollars at once for a ticket. To make sure they are not left out, Coachella offers a payment plan, where people can make seven monthly payments. The $434 cost—face value for a general admission ticket with a car camping spot—doesn’t just pay for admission, and all the great things it has to offer, including the chance to meet like-minded people. “My best friend of seven years and I first met at Coachella,” recalls marketing major Alden Tseng. “Because of Coachella I was able to meet someone who shared my ideals and someone who would always support my decisions.”

proving that everyone wasn’t there for extra credit. While Yang did talk about his trajectory from self-published writer to writing the “Avatar” comic series for Dark Horse Comics, the primary focus of his presentation was on his newest graphic novel “Boxers and Saints”. It is set during the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900, following a protagonist on each side of the conflict. It took Yang six years to complete. “The Boxer Rebellion embodied the conflict between Eastern and Western ways of thinking, which I personally have felt at different times in my life,” he said. “I think that anybody, especially an immigrant’s kid, who grows up in between two cultures will feel these conflicts from time

to time.” Before the “Boxers and Saints” presentation, Yang conducted a question and answer session in Thongthiraj’s Asian American Literature class on his graphic novel “American Born Chinese.” “It is thrilling for an author to have people take your work seriously,” Yang said. “It was obvious from their questions that they did a deep read.” Thongthiraj said the APIVS program had wanted someone who would be a well known Asian-American author, artist, or scholar to hopefully have a good turnout. “It exceeded my expectations in interest and in turn out,” she said.

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Double the success for swimming

Daniel Valencia/Courier Mohammad Esmaeilian gains second place with a 22.64 on the Mens 50 Yard Freestyle competition at PCC’S Aquatic Center on Friday.

the field, and she may be even more valuable than that because of the scoring system. “It’s pretty fun,” Fukushima said with a big smile. “I enjoy swimming a variety of races.” Shannon Cheung also produced another standout performance. “Shannon showed her range,” Stoddard said after Cheung won the 50-yard freestyle. “We always put her up against the other team’s best, so she knows she needs to bring it every time.” The two adjectives that immediately jumped out of Coach Stoddard when asked about the women’s showing were “sup-

portive and together.” “We’re like family,” Fukushima remarks. “Getting one, two, three in a race is huge,” he said. “And it just exemplifies our togetherness.” Sophomore breast stroke specialist Arolyn Basham was pleased with her team mates’ drive as well. “The whole team is doing much better at racing,” she explains. “We’re finishing races stronger and doing the things we need to do, like punching the wall, for example” It’s difficult to make such an exhausting sport appear so easy,

but that was exactly what the Pasadena women did on Friday afternoon. While the men did not have quite as impressive of a showing, losing to Cerritos 210-56, and El Camino by a score of 200-63, freshman Mohammad Esmaeilian showed why he is one of the premier swimmers in the SCC. Esmaeilian won both the 100 and 200-yard freestyle swims. The Lancers get back in the water at the Aquatic Center on April 4th and 5th when they host the Pasadena Invitational.

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lifting. Not just anyone can do what we do.” Addison said that the season started out with some uncertainty in the air, not knowing if they would have a coach or not to help them improve. She said that Wood was one of the biggest reasons for why the team was doing so well. “[Wood] has a ton of experience,” Addison said. “With the experience he brings, he helps us all. I’ve improved a lot under him.” Wood said that he was grateful that head coach Cedric Hill asked him to help coach the throwing team. “This group is like a family,” Wood said. “They are so positive, which is exactly what you need in this sport. The team this season seems more dedicated than past teams. I believe in them.”

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The Pasadena women’s swim team looked nothing short of dominant on Friday during their dual meet with Cerritos and El Camino College, coming within a literal blink of an eye away— .11 seconds—from sweeping all 14 events as they topped Cerritos 136-133 and beat El Camino 170-90. The Lancers set the tone right out of the gates by winning the 200-yard medley relay. Victoria Leflang followed with a seemingly effortless victory in the

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Lancers baseball suffered their fourth consecutive loss Tuesday on the road against the Cerritos College Falcons, falling to 1-12 in the South Coast Conference play and 4-20 overall for the 2014 season. Despite a brilliant pitching performance from Lancers freshman starting pitcher Jason Marquez, the offense was unable to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them against Cerritos and PCC ultimately lost 4-2. Marquez pitched eight innings and had four strikeouts, allowing four runs with only three runs earned in the tough loss. “I wouldn’t necessarily say it was my best start because there’s always something you can take from the game you can improve on,” said Marquez. “My team did the job of giving me the lead, and my job as a pitcher should be to keep my team in the game and protect a lead, even if it’s just one run.” The Lancers were able to load the bases three times during the game in the second, third and fifth innings, but were unable to capitalize nearly as much as

women’s 1,000-yard freestyle. The most impressive victory of the afternoon was the women’s 100 yard butterfly, where the Lancers swept the top three spots, all crucial victories because only the top five spots are scored. Courtney Fukushima is having a solid year for the Lancers and led the charge. “Every time she swims she gets faster” coach Terry Stoddard said. “Having a swimmer that can swim in any race and place is huge.” Stoddard compared Fukushima’s versatility to a baseball player who can play any position on

they wanted to with the golden opportunities presented to them. “It can be very disappointing that we can’t execute,” said freshman center fielder P.J. DeZotell. “We don’t always have opportunities to score and when we have runners on and fail to score them, it gets pretty frustrating.” Down 1-0 in the top of the second inning, the Lancers were able to load the bases with nobody out. Freshman designated hitter Nick Perez grounded into a double play, but freshman catcher Macrin Gallardo was able to score on the play to knot the score at 1-1. In the third inning, PCC was able to load the bases yet again and Gallardo came to the plate with the chance to cash in more runs for the Lancers. Unfortunately, he grounded into a double play to end the inning as Pasadena would come away with no runs in the inning. The Lancers managed to take the lead in the top of the top of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded yet again and nobody out, DeZotell hit a sacrifice fly to score freshman third baseman Eric Grajeda, giving PCC a 2-1 lead. DeZotell and Grajeda, along

with sophomore second baseman Kai Nakamura, each had two hits on the day. Despite only scoring two runs in the loss, the Lancers tallied 10 hits compared to the nine hits by the Falcons. “We need to do a better job of getting runners on and hitting them in,” said DeZotell. “Our defense needs to stay crisp and not give up any more free base runners.” This was the last damage the Lancers could do on offense, as Cerritos would take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with consecutive RBI singles. In the top of the eighth inning down 3-2, the Lancers would put runners on first and second base after singles by Gallardo and Nakamura. No runs were cashed in though, as sophomore catcher Jason Clark flied out and freshman right fielder Dylan Kicken struck out to end the threat. PCC looks to put forward a more complete effort on Thursday as they host Cerritos at Jackie Robinson Memorial Field. The first pitch will be at 2:30 p.m.

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doesn’t let her motivation die there. “I’m always striding to break my personal records,” Bastidas said. “In this sport, your worst enemy is yourself, and that’s who you are competing against. I want to break my personal record discus at the next event and practicing with my team will help me achieve that goal.” Wolitarsky said that a lot of time goes into the sport, with athletes having to stay fit and focused. “The technique that goes into each throwing sport is insane,” Wolitarsky said. “People look at us and think it’s easy. But the footwork is tough to learn for shot put and discus. We put in five days a week for practicing and weight

Rocio Vera/Courier Yvette Bastidas throwing a shot put at practice on Tuesday at Robinson Stadium.



April 3, 2014

Lancers shine at Pasadena Games Justin Clay Online Editor

PCC runner Christina Shamirian won the steeplechase event and went to number 10 in the state for times during the 71st annual Pasadena Games held at Robinson Stadium and the Caltech campus on Friday. “I think overall we were pretty successful. We came off of a pretty big high after the Redlands invitational where most of the team performed really well,” said assistant coach Armand Crespo. “I think the ones that didn’t perform well at Redlands did come back and perform better at home, having the home field advantage is important.” Shamirian won the steeplechase with a time of 12:01.03, sending her to No. 10 in the state rankings. “It was a nice feeling because I was running with my teammates,” said Shamirian. “I felt more relaxed because it was on my home track because we train here, so it was familiar.” “My teammates always pick me up, they’re stronger than I am sometimes and it’s nice,” she added. Sophomore runner Breanna Clark also turned in an excellent performance. Clark ran a season best of 24.95 in the 200 meters, moving her up into the No. 4 ranking in the state. Clark also holds the No. 4 position for times in the 400 meters. “That was a great race for Breanna for the fact that she ran it solo, and in the past, she’s run

Tiffany Roesler Staff Writer

Benjamin Simpson/Courier Torus Stephy races toward the finish line and first place while running the final leg of the Men’s 4x100 meter relay at the 71st Pasadena Games in Robinson Stadium on Friday.

against professional athletes to pull her to that level,” Crespo said. “It’s difficult to run fast, when you don’t have anyone to chase or anyone to push you, so that was a great mark for her.” The throwing portion of the games took place at the campus of Caltech, where sophomore Yvette Bastidas won the discus throw, came in second place in the javelin throw and came in third place in the shot put. “I felt okay about my performance, but I still have a lot to work on,” said Bastidas. Bastidas was nursing a foot injury leading up to the games.

“My foot was injured so I thought that I wasn’t going to participate,” she said. “But the day of the event, I felt good enough to compete.” Men’s thrower Nathan Wolitarsky won the discus with a throw of 37.31 meters and also came in second in the shot put event with a throw of 12.99 meters. “I feel like I did okay, but I think I could have done better,” said Wolitarsky. “But I got points for the team so I was happy about that.” Wolitarsky attributes the throwing team’s success to great

coaching and preparation. “Caleb Wood is our throwing coach and he’s made a big commitment to be out here with us,” Wolitarsky said. “He has really sacrificed a lot of his time to work with us, and he has prepared us really well. I’m thankful to have him as a coach.” The Pasadena Games is an annual event held every spring and showcases a range of track and field events featuring athletes from local colleges and high schools.

Badminton takes backseat to ELAC

Josh Balmadrid/Courier Carmina Ortiz of the PCC Badminton Team plays defense against ELAC at PCC’s Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium on Friday. Kristina Wedseltoft Staff Writer

The Lancers badminton team was seeking revenge against East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium but ultimately fell short, losing 15-6.

Softball downs ECC Compton 11-6

The Lancers faced ELAC earlier this month and lost 14-7. With this recent loss, the Lancers have allowed the ELAC Huskies to win each of the last four meetings between the two teams. This loss gives the Huskies a commanding two-game lead in the standings, threatening to end PCC’s

streak of winning five consecutive South Coast Conference titles. “This loss definitely puts ELAC in the drivers seat for the conference title,” coach Bill Sanchez admitted. “We need to keep improving on a daily basis.” Sanchez had concerns that this year’s team was young and lacked experience in matches near the beginning of the season. “ELAC is very good and deep in talent,” Sanchez said. “They are just better than us right now. We will improve, it’s just going to take time.” Carmina Ortiz defeated her first opponent Yuki Tai in a 3-set match, but the win did not come easy. The game became quick and intense as each player was trying to figure out the other’s next move. “The first time I played [Yuki] I lost,” Ortiz said. “It felt really good being able to beat her.” As teammates cheered from the sidelines during a quick break, Sanchez told Ortiz to “stay strong”, and that’s exactly what she did.

“She [Yuki] would drop it at the net and it tires you out having to go back and forth,” Ortiz said. “But I learned to read her moves and tried to hit near the net.” Alejandra Palacios was also victorious in her first match against Shaojin Wei. Palacios found the right corners to hit the birdie and was persistent in making Wei work for any point she received. “I made all my serves, so that helped a lot,” Palacios said. “Each game picked up and became more challenging, but I was good at moving around the court.” The Lancers won five of the 12 singles games, but went 1-4 in doubles. The points received from the doubles match came from sisters Ying Wen Lin and Ying Hong Lin, who defeated Chumeng Cheng and Han Le in two matches. The Lancers take on El Camino College Compton April 4 at 2 p.m. in Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Women’s softball turned to freshman second baseman Justine Zavala for an offensive boost after star catcher and leading hitter Allie Lacey hurt her ankle during warm-ups in Tuesday’s 11-6 victory over El Camino Compton Center. With Lacey out of the game, first baseman Sara Quintero moved to the catcher’s spot, which gave Zavala the chance to step up. She took on the role of star hitter and went 5-for-5 at the plate with two triples (third and sixth innings) and collected three RBI. “Justine ‘Jay Z’ Zavala led the way for us, which is very impressive,” said head coach Monica Tantlinger. “Having consistency like that will always put us in a position to win ball games.” The change in line-up did not stop the Lancers from continuing their aggressive offense — especially against a scrappy team like Compton Center — that has been successful over the second half of the season. Freshman Jennifer Pegg, who took over first base, batted 3-for-5 with one double and one RBI. Outfielder Audrey Serna went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. “The team had a sense of urgency. Not panic, but urgency to manufacture more runs and they strung some quality at bats together,” Tantlinger said. Freshman pitcher Breanna Rodrigo (5-7) pitched an outstanding game, striking out five Tartars and only allowing two earned runs. “Breanna pitched a really good game, that was definitely a big contribute,” Quintero said. “Rodrigo really stepped up in the circle and threw a great seven innings for us,” Tantlinger added. “She also threw to Quintero, who did a fantastic job behind the plate to help support the team.” The Lancers play against state ranked No. 11 Cerritos College today at 2 p.m. at Robinson Park. “Cerritos is a tough team, but if we play like we have been playing on defense then we should be good,” Quintero said. “We need to go hard.”

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