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October 17, 2013

‘Gatsby’ makes it to the big stage

STORY ON PAGE 6 >> Concepcion Gonzalez/Courier Ned Kirby as Nick Carraway, left, Casey Kenyon as Jordan Baker, Anna Dawahare as Dasiy Buchanan, and Daniel Kingsland as Jay Gatsby, in rehearsal at the Sexson Auditorium, Oct. 9. Kingsland (Gatsby) is seen pleading with Kenyon (Daisy) to leave her husband Tom Buchanan.

Contractor lawsuit against former employees dismissed Philip McCormick Managing Editor

A Superior Court judge has dismissed a bribery lawsuit filed against former Vice President of Administrative Services Richard van Pelt and former Facilities Services Supervisor Alfred Hutchings, according to Hutchings’ attorney Craig Renetzky. The suit filed by LED Global Corp, LLC in July of last year was dismissed on Oct. 10 after LED principals Robert Das and Salia Smith failed to appear at two mandatory settlement conferences in August and September. Das and Salia were sanctioned $6,000 for their failure to appear. On Sept. 18, Das and Smith’s attorneys from the Layfield Law Firm of El Segundo, requested that they be relieved of their responsibilities to represent LED Global, which Bruguera granted. “The dismissal of the case was a long time coming, because Das and Smith did not have a single piece of evidence that could support their wild claims,” said John Schmocker, van Pelt and Hutchings’ attorney, in an email. “The harm caused to van Pelt and Hutchings can never be repaired, and a malicious

FA attempts contract negotiations Philip McCormick Managing Editor

Daniel Nerio/Courier File photo of Rick Van Pelt, former Vice President of Administrative Services on Nov. 2, 2010.

prosecution lawsuit against Das and Smith is being prepared and will be filed if they return to California.” According to General Counsel Gail Cooper, the LED Global case was dismissed by the Court for procedural reasons only. “It was not a decision on the merits of the case against Hutchings and van Pelt. We understand that the District Attorney’s Office is planning to file charges against them soon,” she said. Hutchings and van Pelt were fired after the school found out that they were being investigated by the District Attorney’s office for “conflicts of interest.”

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A proposal for new contract terms from the Faculty Association (FA) was presented at its meeting on Oct. 10, where the FA also called out the Pasadena Area Community College District for not meeting with FA leaders since May 30. “We have been frustrated with [Superintendent Mark Rocha,]” said FA president Roger Marheine. He also said that it seemed as if the FA and the District were in two separate “rooms” and that nothing was getting accomplished that way. Marheine proposed that the two sides continue the negotiations without mediators and attorneys present. He felt that they would be able to move toward meaningful discussions that way. Rocha has said that if the union did not accept the Districts’ terms back in March, negotiations would be mediated through an outside organization and that would prolong the process. NEGOTIATIONS page 7

Into the underground: A look at PCCs most hidden secret Christine Michaels Editor-in-Chief

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They are hidden beneath us as we walk along this campus, accessible only by descending a long spiraling staircase. And at the bottom lies one of the college’s biggest secrets: an underground mobile tunnel system. The enormous room, 20 feet below the campus walkways, is dim and cold with massive hunks of machinery lining its walls, lies 20 feet below the campus walkways. To the left, a door with the words “To C-Building” written on sharpie leads to the underground tunnel system. Facilities Supervisor Donald

Eckmann unlocks the large steel door, revealing a small ladder leading to a square opening only about three feet wide. “This one is pretty small, as you can see,” Eckmann said. “There’s not a lot of room. They all vary. Some of them you have to crawl through. There are very few of them that you can stand up and walk through.” In virtually every building on campus, there is at least one entrance to this underground system. From the V Building to the C Building, from the E Building to the GM Building, from the Facilities Services offices to the TUNNELS page 2

Benjamin Simpson/Courier One of the many tunnels underneath the PCC campus, this one leads from the V building to the C building, Oct. 7. The tunnels probably date back to the construction of the first buildings in 1924.



Upcoming Events Today: Shakeout Drill: 10:17 a.m., on campus Jazz Trio: Quad at noon. Family Circles Auditions: 3:30 p.m. in the Little Theater, C-106. Scripts on hold in the Library. Great Gatsby: 8 p.m. in the Sexson Auditorium, C Building. Tickets sold at the door only. Friday: CSUN Campus Tour: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at L-110 to sign up for transportation. Women’s Soccer hosts Cerritos College at 3 p.m. at Robinson Stadium. Great Gatsby: 8 p.m. in the Sexson Auditorium, C Building. Tickets sold at the door only. Saturday: University Rep. Essay Review: 9 a.m. in C-217. Bring your applications essays to be reviewed. Great Gatsby: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Sexson Auditorium, C Building. Tickets sold at the door only. Monday: CSU Application Workshop: Noon in L-110. Academic Senate Board meeting: 3 p.m. in the Circadian. Tuesday: University Rep: 8:30 a.m. in L-110. Studio Jazz Singers: Noon in the Quad. Men’s Soccer hosts El Camino College at 1 p.m. in Robinson Stadium. Women’s Soccer hosts El Camino College at 3 p.m. in Robinson Stadium. Compiled by Christine Michaels

Police Blotter October 7

A man was reportedly sitting in his car smoking marijuana in Lot C at CEC. The man was contacted and cited for possession of marijuana. October 8

of a man saying he wanted to of the R building. The student was contacted and taken over to Psychological Services for evaluation. October 13 A female student fainted in W-201. The student refused medical attention and was assisted to her residence. Compiled by Daron Grandberry


October 17, 2013

Mirror Pools are tradition-less Daron Grandberry Staff Writer

Every educational institution has its own history and traditions. From Occidental College’s birthday ritual, where they toss the birthday student into their memorial fountain, to UCLA’s Undie Run, students are always creating different—and sometimes weird—traditions at their alma maters. But for students attending PCC, our traditions are not well known. “I really don’t know of any traditions here on campus,” said LaToya Andrews, kinesiology. “I don’t know if you would consider it a tradition, but students are always hanging out around the pools. Sometimes you wonder if they’re even going to class.” Built in 1937, the mirror pools continue to be one of the campus’ most popular places for students to relax, socialize and sometimes study. During any time of the day you can catch students around the two pools, the larger about 150 by 50 feet. “I hang out at the mirror pools here and there when I have time between classes,” said Wendy Gonzalez, nursing. “The mirror pools are just a nice place to be, that fact that it’s shaded is a plus and the water just gives that added tranquility. It’s a place I come alone and with friends.” “A lot of people hang around

TUNNELS high secrecy of it all. Many students have no idea that the tunnel system exists, meaning this secret has been very well kept. But why is there so much secrecy regarding the tunnels? To Eckmann, the tunnel system is a weapon in disguise. “We kind of want to be cautious about talking about them,” he said on the phone discreetly. “In the event of an issue, we may not be able to get into Director of Facilities Rueben Smith whispered one morning that the tunnels have many faces to them that must be kept under wraps. “There are certain things we don’t want people to see,” he said. According to Eckmann, the tunnels have many uses, including some that were not so top secret. Facilities Services uses the tunnel system on a regular basis to make repairs on heating units, optic cable lines. Yes, the tunnels are used to transport hundreds of data lines, sewage pipes, and hidden escape routes. The Campus Police also use the tunnels, but just for training Jose Arechiga. “The SWAT team even uses them for training from time to time,” he said. So when did these tunnels

Students sit on the edge of one of the mirror pools outside of the C building. Mary Nurrenbern/ Courier

the pool,” Andrews added. “ I used to think the mirror pools were gross and disgusting, but they’ve been looking ok lately.” Thanks to a great job by the facilities staff, the mirror pools are cleaned once a week. “We clean the pools weekly and remove the leaves and coins” added facilities worker Mike Jennings. “It takes some time to clean both pools, but we make sure they’re cleaned and looking nice for the students.” Knowing that the mirror pools are cleaned weekly is good news to Valerie Belis, communications, who admits that she doesn’t normally hang out at the pools. “We don’t normally hang out here, but it’s the little things like the cleaning of the mirror pools Continued from page 1 show up? The answer is not concrete. According to CAD technician Jamie Flitter, the tunnels have been here as early as 70 years ago. “Looking back at our site plans, it appears that the tunnel system—or some version of what is currently there—was in place fairly early on. I have plans from the 1940s that show these tunnels,” she said. Some of the tunnels have been built and closed off in tandem to certain buildings on campus as well, according to Eckmann. In the hidden room below the V Building is another tunnel entrance on the opposite side. When the door opens this time, however, a cement wall appears. “Some of the tunnels have been closed off,” he said. “This one used to go to the old T Building. The Center for the Arts is there now.” Flitter, who has worked at PCC for decades, thought the tunnels were historic and very neat, even if they have to keep hidden. “The tunnels are pretty cool,” she said. “[But] we have to be conscientious of our distribution of plans and site information, as it is a safety concern.” Maybe one day these tunnels will see some more light of for now, these hidden treasures will be kept under our feet.

that might make students more comfortable at this school.” Belis said. “One minor detail can make a huge difference.” When asked about the traditions on campus, many of the students and faculty questioned had a hard time naming those weird and wacky traditions that stand out on other campuses across the country. But for faculty members like campus use specialist, Marcie Ambrose, PCC’s traditions have always been to give back to the community. “Every year the Veteran’s club has a Veteran’s Memorial Service for Veteran’s Day,” Ambrose added. “It has also been a tradition for the associated students to have Christmas activities for those less fortunate. Here

at PCC we have our tradition is to give back and help others succeed. The Lancers also have a Tournament of Roses Honor Band. “It has been a long tradition for the band to participate in the Rose Parade.“ Ambrose added. Although most colleges have their own wacky or superstitious traditions, here at PCC those traditions are hard to come by. Because PCC lacks a common tradition or superstition that students are aware of, the Courier Staff is encouraging you, our beloved readers to come up with a mirror pool tradition for us students to take part in. Comment on the story at and who knows, maybe you can be the next student to make history at PCC.

Benjamin Simpson/Courier One of the many tunnels underneath the PCC campus, this one leads from the V building to the C building. The tunnels 1924 and include old heating steam tunnels, modern communication infrastructure and passages.


October 17, 2013

Courier 2012 JACC General Excellence Award-Winner Editor-in-Chief Christine Michaels Managing Editor Philip McCormick Online Editor Madison Miranda Asst. News Editor Justin Clay Opinion Editor Raymond Bernal


What makes an excellent weapon against lone shooters? Cartoon by Aimee Scholz

Asst. Opinion Editor Aubrey Quezada Arts & Entertainment Editor Paul Ochoa Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor Samantha Molina Features Editor Emily Chang-Chien Lifestyle Editor Luis Rodriguez Sports Editor Daron Grandberry Asst. Sports Editor Andrew Salmi Photo Editor Antonio Gandara Asst. Photo Editor Anthony Reyes Online Photo Editor John Novak Scene Editor Matthew Chan Chief Photographer Benjamin Simpson Social Media Editor Concepcion Gonzalez Staff Writers: Bryan Acosta, Aerika Dave, Tiffany Herrera, Talia Karaalp, Tiffany Roesler, Benjamin Simpson Staff Photographers: Justin Clay, Concepcion Gonzalez, Bianca Kruspodin, Corey Harris, Teresa Mendoza, Mary Nurrenbern, Rene Henriquez, Meg Symanow, Caitlin KellyThompson, Daniel Valencia Faculty Adviser Nathan McIntire

Are ‘lone shooter’ posters effective? Raymond Bernal Opinion Editor

Some may find the “Lone Shooter” posters around campus silly and others may even snicker at them but the life they save may be your own. With hundreds of millions of guns in private hands throughout America, unfortunately it’s quite possible that there will be a shooting on campus someday. According to the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey published in, the U.S. has the best-armed civilian population in the world, with an estimated 270 million total guns in private hands and tens of millions more in official use. Just this past summer and a few miles away from PCC, six people were killed by a lone shooter near Santa Monica College. A few years ago 32 students were shot and killed and 17 others were wounded at Virginia


Tech. At Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., 26 people were killed, mostly first-graders. Both of these shootings involved a lone shooter. One may ridicule these informative posters and pamphlets but the campus police department, especially Chief Yoder, should be commended for being proactive in trying to inform the student body and staff in ways that can literally save their lives. This is nothing to laugh about. We are talking about our lives and all positive efforts should be applauded. Since campus police aren’t allowed to carry guns, we are basically on our own until help arrives. One isn’t saying that a single poster can save a life but it’s the information within these posters that may help one to survive. We should all take the time to read these “Response To An Active Shooter” posters and if we do we might just live.

Luis Rodriguez Staff Writer

They’re plastered on classroom doors and walls, available in convenient pamphlet form and even blown up to draw attention. These posters aren’t advertising the latest art exhibit or a new business. They’re instructing what to do when an active shooter is on the loose with advice like “hide behind large items” and “throw items and improvise weapons.” It’s plainly clear that the Pasadena City College Police released these various forms of propaganda in response to the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings which became much more relevant when nearby Santa Monica College had a lone shooter on campus. PCC even went as far as to make a “what-if ” video featuring laugh-worthy scenarios of students running away from a dark figure in a trench coat


reminiscent of Neo from “The Matrix” and students creating a barricade in a classroom. The video is even set to electronic dance music and uses transitions identical to those utilized in horror movies. Most students and staff have not seen the video. It has only 300 views on YouTube. It can be found by searching for the “pcclancer” YouTube channel. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers almost identical advice on their website. No amount of posters will match survival instincts in a lifeand-death situation. PCC is the only community college in the state without armed officers, limiting their response to using sticks and stones to defend a campus of over 25,000 students until an armed police department can respond. It’s clear that PCC needs an armed police department on campus to protect our lives.

VOICES: Do you think the ‘lone shooter’ posters are helpful?

Photography Adviser Tim Berger Advertising Coordinator Daniel Nerio

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“I haven’t seen any of the posters for the ‘lone shooter’ but I have seen the earthquake posters. They stand out more.” Giselle Bonilla, film

“It seems like the school has a plan but… It doesn’t seem like it’s going to work out for me.” Anna Li, sociology

“I guess it’s more of a reminder so you don’t panic because a lot of students may panic in a situation like that. ” Alyssa Guerrero, television production

“It is helpful because usually people don’t know what to do.” Hector Zepeda, undecided

Reporting by: Tiffany Herrera

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“It was interesting…I like the steps of it, like stay calm and don’t do anything.” Rebecca Ip, communications

Photos by: Meg Symanow


Teresa Mendoza/Courier Patrons at the Pasadena Museum of California Art during Artnight on Friday.


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Matthew Chan / Courier La Canada High School student Leana Aparacio, 16, sketches figures during a busy Pasadena Art Night inside the Norton Simon Museum on Friday.

Teresa Mendoza/Courier CEC students Yoana Rubio and Poe Lay attend the Pasadena Museum of California Art during Artnight on Friday.

Matthew Chan/Courier Mary Donald’s “Necklaces” piece on display inside the Boone Art Gallery on Friday.

Concepcion Gonzalez/Courier Pasadena City Hall lit with color for Pasadena ArtNight on Friday.

Teresa Mendoza/Courier Dancers Roubina Lalaian, Susana Elena and Isaac Albeniz perform “Sevillanas” at the Lineage Performing Arts Center during Artnight on Friday.

Matthew Chan/Courier Visitors enjoy original works of art created by PCC instructors inside the Gallery on the Quad on Friday. Matthew Chan/Courier PCC Jazz trio, Francesco Canas on violin, Bryan Dedlow on guitar, and Alex Hefflin on mandolin, perform “In a Sentimental Mood” by Duke Ellington on the 2nd floor balcony of the Center for the Arts during Pasadena Art Night on Friday.

Teresa Mendoza/Courier Patrons at the Pasadena Museum of California Art during Artnight on Friday.

Matthew Chan/Courier Assistant professor in drawing and painting James Morphesis makes an appearance inside the print making exhibit on the 5th floor of the R building on Friday.



Concepcion Gonzalez/Courier People wear 3D glasses to view the multi-dementional art during Pasadena ArtNight on Friday.



October 17, 2013



‘Gatsby’ brings the 1920s flair to campus Tiffany Herrera Staff Writer

It’s a good time, old

REVIEW sport.

The 1920s were brought to life in the Sexson auditorium on Friday night when the theater department put on the play the Great Gatsby. After a successful first night, director Suzanne Jenner was satisfied with how everything went. “It’s really hard to have perspective after you’ve been rehearsing for five weeks [but] I was really pleased,” she said. “I just told the actors, ‘go for Concepcion Gonzalez/Courier your objectives…and create real life Ned Kirby as Nick Carraway and Casey Kenyon on the stage.’” as Jordan Baker dances in rehearal at the Sexson Knowing that the Great Gatsby has auditorium on Oct. 9 . graced the silver screen four times,

first in 1926 and most recently in May of this year, Jenner decided to really focus on the relationships when tackling it for the stage. “We really wanted to tell the story clearly,” she said. “We just wanted to give life to all these characters into the story, which is still a story of today [with] the decadence of the rich and the American dream.” Jenner seemed proud of was the diversity of the cast. She used that to relate immigrants to the American dream, exploring how they sought out the dream that everyone wants but never achieved. Jay Gatsby was brought to life by Daniel Kingsland, as “sort of an enigma,” he said. Kingsland prepared to play Gatsby by putting his personality aside and

focusing on who Gatsby is. “I sort of tried to forget about myself and try to think, ‘what does Gatsby want? What is his goal,’” he said. “I try to start drawing something, see what kind of images come to mind. See what kind of thoughts I have to Gatsby.” All that work that Kingsland put into becoming Gatsby paid off, but that didn’t stop him from looking to better his performance. “I look forward to developing the character [further] and delving deeper into who he is and really just fully embodying him, his thoughts, [and] his mindset,” said Kingsland. There are four more performances on Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Gallery holds artist reception for exhibition during ArtNight Aubrey Quezada Staff Writer

The city was abuzz with thousands of people bustling between Pasadena’s many museums and art galleries during the bi-annual ArtNight on Friday where students and various other patrons of the arts enjoyed a free evening of art. Eighteen of Pasadena’s prominent arts and culture institutions opened their doors to the public and free shuttle busses were provided to allow people easy transportation between each one. “Pasadena is a city that’s well

known for its involvement in the arts,” said Kevin Donofrio, graphic design. “It’s a city wide event that incorporates every form of art you can think of. How can you not be impressed? And there’s free beer [at the Armory], which makes it a bajillion times better.” Coinciding with ArtNight, PCC held a reception for the artists of its exhibition, “In Two Places at Once.” The exhibition is spread between two galleries—the Gallery on the Quad and the Boone Family Art Gallery in the Center For the Arts—and features work

from 47 artists and designers who are also faculty members at the college. The title of the exhibition refers not only to it being displayed in two different galleries, but also to the artists being instructors as well as continuing to practice their crafts and produce art, according to Brian Tucker, gallery director. “We thought it would be great to draw people from the busses on Colorado Boulevard, along a bent axis from the [Gallery on the Quad] and have them continue to the Center for the Arts,” said Joseph Futtner, interim dean

of the visual arts and media studies division. “What was once kind of an ugly walk is now considerably enhanced by the new destination.” According to Charles Jones, gallery manager, about 700 people showed up to the exhibition. “It’s wonderful that the kids get to see what their instructors are producing. Sometimes when you’re creative it’s hard to take criticism from people when you don’t know what they’re all about,” said Miriam Peralta, a former PCC student who attended ArtNight with her family. Peralta said that her favor-

ite piece in the exhibition was Eamon Conklin’s untitled digital c-print, which shows a closed window looking out at a dry deserted landscape. “It reminds me of being trapped in a little room in the middle of nowhere and all you have to see is a corner of this barren, depressing scene with rocky hills in the back. I want to break out and escape beyond those hills,” Peralta said. “In a broader sense it makes me want to get out of my surroundings...I want to see everything outside my metaphorical window and not limit my view.”

‘Laugh Lines’ is a crack-up Samantha Molina Asst. Arts and Entertainment Editor

“Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the show. Goodnight,” director Whitney Rydbeck said to loosen up the crowd before the start of the show. Laugh Lines, directed by Will Ahrens and Whitney Rydbeck, is the first set of One Act shows in which students perform a selection of one-act plays. The seven plays were chosen from a book of the same title with a collection of short comic plays written by Shel Silverstein, Paul Dooley, Jonathan Rand and more. The plays deal with relationships, marriage, a daughter’s surprise gift, friendship and dating trouble. “We chose these plays because they were pretty darn funny and some actually had some heart and you felt empathy for the characters, not just laughs which makes for a good evening,” Rydbeck said. Laugh Lines opened up with Kevin Chrisney and Emily Gray sitting in a waiting room. David, played by Chrisney, is hesitant to speak to Sue, played by Gray, fearing that she will think he’s creepy. But it is his last chance to speak to her because it is his final therapy session. They both admit that they have dreamed of each other’s lives and have a conversation before saying goodbye

to each other forever. The most touching play of the night was “Post-Its” written by Paul Dooley. The play follows a man and a woman, played by Gabriel Rousset Jr. and Michaela Escarcega, through their blossoming relationship communicating only by post-it notes. The play ends with the man discovering a box that contains all the post-it notes he had ever wrote to his wife and him wishing he kept all of hers. “Post-Its turned out to be my favorite,” Ahrens said. “It wasn’t my favorite at first but as we worked on it in rehearsal it really grew on me and I felt the emotion. It almost made me cry.” The night concluded with “Check, Please” a play that illustrates a situation many people are familiar with: terrible first dates. From a self-absorbed asshole to a suave ladies man from New Jersey, Jacqueline Ju experienced the worst dates a girl can get. On the opposite side of the stage, Nicholas Bruno also endured his fair share of bad dates. After all the dates they both survived, Ju and Bruno’s characters bump into each other as they exit the restaurant and leave together realizing that they are both normal unlike their dates. Laugh Lines proved to be true to its name by delivering lots of laughs as well as a few heartwarming moments.

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October 17, 2013



Basketball teams are madness Tiffany Roesler Staff Writer

Red flashing lights, fog, loud music and students with glow sticks filled the stands of the Hutto-Patterson gym. No, it wasn’t a rave. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s basketball season. The Pasadena City College basketball programs held their

Benjamin Simpson/Courier Bryce Clifton dunks as part of the Men’s basketball demonstration during Midnight Madness in the Hutto-Patterson gym on Oct 10.

annual Night of Madness event on Oct. 10. “To us, midnight madness means it’s here, it’s time,” said sophomore forward Averie Guzman. “It reminds us the season is coming and gets us pumped. It gets us ready, and knowing that the other athletes are here to come and support us just means that it’s game time. It’s time to win.” A huge inflatable screen set the backdrop for performances from the school’s band, dance and cheer teams, and of course, both basketball programs. The emcee warmed up the crowd, which was a mix of athletes from almost all sports programs, staff, and students, with giveaways and trivia while waiting for both teams to make their entrance. As fog filled the left hand corner of the stands, all eyes moved toward the big screen where each players’ bio and technologically enhanced dancing image appeared as they individually made their way out onto the court. Shortly after, the women’s team showcased their moves – dance moves that is, and a favorite with the crowd. “Its fun, and we are with our

Benjamin Simpson/Courier Kandice Payne, part of the Women’s Basketball team, dances during introductions at Midnight Madness in the Hutto-Patterson gym on Oct. 10. Midnight Madness is an evening to introduce the 2013 Men’s and Women’s basketball teams.

teams the whole night. That’s the best part,” said Guzman. Following that, both teams gave the audience a sneak peak at what to expect this season with drills and light scrimmaging while pom-poms and megaphones were being handed out.

“I had to do this for a project, and I wanted the free giveaways,” said student Sarah Ruben, a first timer at Night of Madness. “It’s really cool.” Finally, a dunk and 3-point shooting contest topped off the last of the main activities.

Health starts with eating right Tiffany Roesler Staff Writer

Didn’t your mother ever tell you to eat your fruits and vegetables? Now late nights, attempts at working out and cheap food make up the all-too familiar lifestyle of college students. Supplements claiming to enhance workouts, increase metabolism, and give you higher levels of energy or make your hair grow longer have become ubiquitous in the health world. Whether those supplements being consumed are working is a whole different story. Pasadena City College’s registered dietician Lorrie Gray recommends taking simple vitamins to help compensate for nutrient deficiencies. For example, people are more likely to be deficient in iron and calcium, which is where taking vitamins becomes beneficial. “If people want to take a supplement, they don’t need to get anything complicated,” said Gray. “They don’t have to go to special health food stores or anything like that. They want to look at just getting an all-purpose multiple-vitamin and then kind of think about what they want to achieve.” However, if taking vitamins has become an alternative to eating your fruits and vegetables, then you might want to reconsider. “In the case where someone is taking them because they choose not to eat those things [dairy and vegetables] then that’s where it becomes interesting,” said Gray. “One of the reasons why people are encouraged to eat certain fruits and vegetables [is that] there may be other protective benefits to those foods that we get as well. Things that are part of the food, that you can’t package as part of the vitamin or mineral.” For all the gym rats, aspiring body builders, and athletes, supplements play a part in that lifestyle. It’s one of the first things that pop up on the website: “Everything you need to succeed. Information, motivation, plus supplementation equals transformation.” They left out the nutrition and exercise in that equation. “I take Herbalife [products] and Gold Standard whey/casein protein from Optimum Nutrition,” said football player Nash Mo-

NEGOTIATIONS The Faculty Association’s proposal “was an extreme departure” from the independent Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) Fact Finder’s recommendations on June 5, General Counsel Gail Cooper wrote in an email.

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“Our position since June 5 has been that the District is willing to accept the Fact Finder’s recommendations; the Faculty Association is not,” she wrote. The Fact Finder’s recommendations are a nine-page statement officially known as the District’s

Pretty soon the court turned into a dance floor as the DJ played music until midnight. Nov. 7 will mark the start of the season for the men’s basketball team at Ventura College, as the women’s team hosts their home season opener on Nov. 14.

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rales. “Supplements help get extra calories and protein you need to perform and see results, but they aren’t a necessity.” Football player Lawrence Charles Wilkerson IV also believes that supplements are helpful, but he emphasized that it’s still important to eat right to enhance the effects of those supplements. “I took creatine, and I know it helped while I took it,” he said. “I also had whey protein and it gets you big if you lift hard and eat right.” So if the supplements you take turn your pee the color of Mountain Dew (yes, you aspiring Arnold Schwarzeneggers out there who are taking premade packets of horse pills) or simply help balance out your folic acid intake, Gray recommends that you know what’s in the vitamins and supplements you consume.

According to Renetzky, the District Attorney relied on the allegations made by Das and Smith to begin an investigation. Renetzky also said in a press release that PCC also relied primarily on the accusations made by Das and Smith to terminate the employment of van Pelt and Hutchings. “This is not accurate,” Cooper said. “I cannot discuss the evidence that was relied upon to terminate them, but I can [say] that it was independent evidence that did not come from these two individuals,” she said.” In the lawsuit filed on July 26, 2012, LED Global accused van Pelt and Hutchings of a host of illicit requests on top of a solicitation of bribes. According to the complaints in the lawsuit, van Pelt and Hutchings had offered LED Global a “purchase agreement” to the tune of $5 million. This deal entailed the purchase for energy-efficient lighting. Additionally, LED Global agreed to honor many of van Pelt and Hutchings’ requests, including high travel costs for the two to go to Mumbai for a factory site visit.

Last, Best, and Final Offer. A deadline had been given for the Faculty Association to accept the offer before certain elements expire, such as a retirement incentive and salary increases, among other things. The FA did not accept this offer and negotiations have since

not have been able to make any new proposal to [the FA] without consulting with me and the Board,” Rocha said in an Oct. 9 email. Rocha said that the negotiation team would do so at the Board meeting on Oct. 16. Additional reporting by Emily Chang-Chien

Daniel Valencia/Courier Pasadena City College’s dietician Lorrie Gray explains that students are not properly making up for the loss of nutrients by only taking vitamins. Student Health Services is encouraging students to eat a well-balanced diet.

come to a complete halt. According to recent email correspondence, Rocha indicated to Marheine that the Oct. 16 Board of Trustees meeting will be the first opportunity to actually consider FA input and reopen contractual conversations. “The negotiation team would




October 17, 2013

Water polo sinks with loss to El Camino

Daron Grandberry Sports Editor

The Lancers water polo team could not overcome a slow start against visiting South Coast rivals El Camino College and wound up losing 15-4 in a rout. The Lancers were only able to manage one shot attempt in the first four minutes of play. Despite Mariana Silva’s early steal that gave the Lancers a defensive push early in the first quarter, the offense could not capitalize. The Warriors defense proved to be superior, recording three early steals that would lead to three fast break goals for the Warriors (6-7, 3-3). Despite the early 0-5 deficit after the first quarter, head coach Terry Stoddard continued to motivate his injury plagued team. Though the Lancers carry a 2-15 record, Stoddard sees the growth and improvements in his young team. “This team is so much better than we were in the beginning

of the season,” Stoddard added. “Each girl has gotten better as the season has progressed. It’s kind of hard dealing with injuries, but the ladies’ health is most important.” In the second quarter, the Lancers looked much improved on both ends of the pool. Freshman center-forward Caroline Liu came within feet from scoring as two of her shots hit the crossbar. Although the Lancers allowed eight goals in the first half, freshman goalie Alenoush Aslanin remained poised and didn’t give up, recording seven saves to help keep the Lancers within striking distance. “I just try to stay positive for the team,” Aslanin said. “My job is to keep the team positive and motivate them to continue to play hard. Our goal is to improve every game and that’s our main focus.” In the second half, the Lancers got off to another slow start after allowing two goals within the first two minutes of play. After a missed shot by fresh-

Caitlin KellyThompson/Courier Lancer player Caroline Lui being surrounded by El Camino while trying to make a goal.

man center-forward Stephanie Velasco with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter, the Lancers team seemed to pick up their intensity. “In the beginning we started off slow,” Velasco said. “Our defense continues to improve,

but our speed is what gets us. We have to work on that.” After another timely save by Aslanin, the Lancers’ first goal came with 4:44 remaining in the third quarter from Velasco. Velasco would go on to lead the Lancers in scoring with three

goals and sophomore utility player Mariana Silva added one goal to go along with two assists. The Lancers water polo team looks to redeem themselves Wednesday as they host Mt. San Antonio College at 3 p.m. at the PCC Aquatic Center.

Men’s soccer smashes defending state champs Christine Michaels Editor-in-Chief Lancer Luis Flores maintains control of the ball while under pressure from Mt. Sac defenders at Robinson Stadium.

After a sore 3-2 loss against LA Harbor on Friday, the Lancers men’s soccer team (4-3-5) demolished the four-time defending CCCAA state champions Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) on Tuesday in a 5-2 win that Lancers head coach called “one of the biggest upsets of all time.” The Lancers were down 0-2 near the end of the first half on Tuesday until sophomore forward Zack Larson scored a goal at the 44th minute, drawing PCC within one. But when Mt. SAC’s freshman midfielder Juan Ortega severely injured himself attempting to head the ball in the 43rd minute, to the end of the game adding five minutes of injury time. Sophomore forward Luis Flores

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scored the equalizer in the 58th minute, drawing the score to 2-2. As the women’s basketball team’s cheered the team on from the stands, the Lancers then piled on three more goals. Head coach Edgar Manvelyan raved about his team’s performance after the game. “This was one of the biggest upsets of all time,” Manvelyan said. “This was a team effort and we attacked and put pressure [on Mt. SAC]. I am very proud of the team.” Sophomore forward Eric Chavez scored the final two goals in the 89th minute and in injury time. Leaving Robinson Stadium on Friday, women’s basketball coach Joe Peron was astounded by the end results. “That was crazy!” Peron said. “I thought they were going to lose for sure.”

Lancer football’s record drops to 0 - 6 after blowout loss Andrew Salmi Asst. Sports Editor

The Pasadena City College Lancers football team could not overcome critical turnovers and penalties as they fell 45-10 to the Golden West College Rustlers (5-1) on Saturday, Oct. 12 at PCC’s Robinson Stadium. The Lancers (0-6) managed to tally 12 penalties that cost the team 105 yards of field position as well as two lost fumbles and a momentum-killing interception. The crucial interception by backup quarterback Andrew Mathews occurred late in the third quarter with Pasadena driving, down only 24-10 at the time. Mathews replaced starting quarterback Darrian Cazarin in the third quarter, but threw the interception deep in Rustlers’ territory. “It was absolutely an ill-advised throw,” said Lancers head coach Fred Fimbres. “The quarterback had some green grass in front of him and rather than just running the ball, he tried to force a throw. I don’t think anyone in football advises a quarterback to throw against his body.” On the drive prior to the interception,

Mathews had a touchdown throw to wide receiver Turner Jackson called back because of two separate penalties for holding and a personal foul. Earlier in the first quarter, facing a 7-0 deficit, Pasadena got on the board with a safety when defensive back Andre Taylor blocked a punt that went through the back of the end zone. The score at the end of the first quarter was 7-2 in favor of the Rustlers. The Lancers’ lone touchdown of the game came on their first drive of the second quarter when running back Marciss Grigsby ran for a nine-yard touchdown. Backup quarterback Darius Robinson ran in the two-point conversion, making the score 10-7 with the Lancers leading. “On that drive we were finally able to drive down the length of the field,” said Fimbres. The Lancers were unable to capitalize on opportunities the rest of the game, which resulted in 38 unanswered points by Golden West after the Pasadena touchdown and only 208 total yards on offense for the Lancers. Almost half of the Lancers’ time of possession on offense was in the third

quarter alone, but they were unable to score because of penalties, turnovers and the conversion of just one of 13 third down opportunities. The game was put out of reach in the fourth quarter following the Mathews interception when the Rustlers scored on three straight possessions, resulting in a lopsided 45-10 loss for the Lancers. Pasadena was again led Daniel Valencia/Courier on defense by Dalyou Running back Marciss Grigsby scores the first Pierson, a six foot three touchdown of the night for the Lancers at Robinson inch, 260-pound defenStadium. sive lineman who had night. another two sacks to bring his total to 9.5 Coach Fimbres and other members of sacks on the season. With four games rehis staff were quick to praise the defense, maining on the season, Pierson is closing who forced two fumbles, but fatigue in on the sack record of 14 held by PCC began to show late in the game. Hall of Fame player Curtis Seagrove, “Our defense did keep us in it, but which was set in 1966. they were out on the field too long in the Also contributing on defense was defensive back Austin Alexander, who led second half,” said defensive coordinator the Lancers with nine total tackles on the Carl Lopez.

PCC Courier 10/17/2013  
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Pasadena City College Courier October 17, 2013 Vol. 108 Issue 9