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Some Prop. 30 funds in jeopardy College may not qualify for all $6.7 million in tax measure money TIFFANY ROESLER Staff Writer
Matt Chan / Courier The Calendar Committee reviews the new 2013-14 calendar at a contentious meeting in the C Building on Jan. 31.
2013-14 calendar excludes winter term EMILY CHANG-CHIEN Staff Writer
A three-semester calendar for the 2013-2014 academic year, excluding any winter intersession, was presented to the Calendar Standing Committee on Jan. 31. The spring 2014 semester would start on Jan. 6. The absence of a winter session on the proposed calendar ignited passionate discussion from committee members and
other attendees alike. “The Board should reconsider based on the input of faculty and students,” said committee member Cynthia Smith. “There is overwhelming evidence that [winter is to the] students’ advantage. We are here for the students — for them to be successful.” However, Senior Vice President and committee cochair Robert Bell continually refocused discussion to the present. “The Board of Trustees …
made a decision for an academic calendar at [PCC] which includes the fall, the spring, and the summer term — that’s where we are now,” he told the committee. “The calendar before us is a Board approved calendar.” “Now, we can talk about the advocacy of a winter term, but I don’t know if that is the singular purview of this committee.” Committee co-chair Krista Walter commented about the outrage that committee mem Continued on page 7
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PAUL OCHOA Staff Writer Antonio Gandara / Courier. The north-east corner of Parking Lot 1 is one of the four designated smoking areas available for staff and students on the 53-acre campus.
smoking policy and make recommendations,” said Buczko. Buczko says the committee is leaning toward recommending the campus become smoke free because of the ineffectiveness of the current smoking policy. “We’ve tried designated areas and it’s not happening. What we
are looking at now is, do we want to become a smoke free campus?” said Buczko. She also feels, though, that with any policy, enforcement is what plays a major role in its effectiveness. “I think no matter what policy you have the true Continued on page 7
The Black History Month celebration was kicked off Jan. 29 in Creveling Lounge with a celebration of African-American heritage. The event featured speakers from the PCC community, a raffle, and a musical performance from the upcoming “Hairspray” production. The event began with a performance of the Negro National Anthem: Lift Every Voice and Sing, sung by Sandra Collins. President Mark Rocha and Senior Vice President Robert Bell then addressed the crowd on the significance of Black History Month. “I was sitting with my 80-year
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Change to smoking policies considered The Health and Safety committee is working toward a proposal to have the college become a smoke free campus. According to Jo Ann Buczko, coordinator of student health services and Health and Safety Committee member, the Board of Trustees has asked the committee to review the current smoking policy. “We’ve been asked by the Board to look at the current
Matt Chan/Courier The Calendar Committee reviewing the new calendar, which continues to exclude a Winter session.
Campus officials warned on Jan. 31 that the school may be short of enrollment count to qualify for all of the $6.7 million Proposition 30 money. Proposition 30, the ballot measure that was passed in the November election, requires the college to have about 19,900 full time equivalent students (FTES) within the 2012-2013 academic year, according to Senior Vice President Assistant and Superintendent of Business & College Services Bob Miller. The school is approximately 1,200 students short of making that number. “We were able because of our calendar situation, to quickly load back additional classes for the spring,” said Miller at the Budget Resource and Allocation Standing Committee Meeting on Jan. 31. “Because we have kind of a dual summer session opportunity before June 30, we have
old mother [watching the inauguration] and she [burst] into tears. This nation has come a long way. February is when we identify specifically the contributions of African Americans, but we should do that all year,” said Bell. Rocha commented on the good job the organizers did putting it together and the educational opportunities it brought. “I think the program staff and students have put together is amazing. The good thing about Black History month is that it’s a good educational opportunity,” said Rocha. Aaron Niainger, fine arts was glad to see community leaders at the event interfacing with staff. Continued on page 2
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Upcoming Events Thursday UC Berkeley Rep. visit – Transfer advisement for UC Berkeley. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. L110. Pacific Oaks College Rep. visit – Transfer advisement for Pacific Oaks College. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. L110. Friday “What’s Next Workshop” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. L110. Find out what is the next step for you in your transfer process to the CSU system. Saturday Piano Recital – the twelfth annual piano honors recital, featuring PCC’s finest pianists. 8 p.m. in Harbeson Hall. Tickets: $5 for General admission and $2 for students. Monday UCLA Rep. visit – Transfer advisement for UCLA. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. L110. CSU LA Rep. visit – Transfer advisement for CSULA 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. L110. Academic Senate Board Meeting. Circadian 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday University Day at PCC – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Quad. Opportunity to meet with admissions and outreach staff and departmental representatives. Compiled by Jonathan Biles
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LA Times journalist to visit campus SHELLY MALDONADO Staff Writer
Author and Los Angeles Times columnist Hector Tobar will visit the campus on Apr. 2 to discuss his two novels, The Tattooed Soldier and The Barbarian Diaries, as well his career as a Los Angeles Times journalist. Tobar’s two novels, which are a blend of the fictional and the personal as he examines the relationship between Latin America and Los Angeles, will be the main topic of discussion upon Tobar’s second visit to the campus. He will be reading from his works and discussing the inspiration behind them. He will also be discussing his career as a columnist for the Times. Coordinators of the event say the main focus of Tobar’s visit is to bring a living author to campus to
speak about the books students are reading. “Several of our instructors in English are teaching his novel, The Tattooed Soldier,” said English Instructor and coordinator of the event Beverly Tate. “They want our students to meet the author of the text.” Academic Senate President Dustin Hanvey also a coordinator of the event, believes this will enhance class experience for students. “Most of the texts we read are from authors who are long gone, and this is an opportunity to meet a living author,” said Hanvey. “There is nothing more enriching than meeting the author of the text you are reading.” Hanvey believes this will be an enriching opportunity, even for those who are not familiar with Tobar, or his work. “Hector Tobar is going to tell us his life story…just that life experience
will be valuable to many students who are trying to find their path. That is what community colleges are for: finding your path to wherever you want to go,” Hanvey said. “Seeing a living, breathing, successful artist and hearing their story can inspire people from various fields and the actual work itself is almost secondary. Additionally, Hanvey is working toward making this an annual event, hoping that it will emulate a more university-like experience at the community college level. “At a university it is very common for this kind of thing to happen on a monthly basis, and I think often community colleges don’t feel that they have the same opportunity,” Hanvey said. “I see no reason why community colleges can’t have that same opportunity.” The event will be held in the Creveling Lounge at noon on Apr. 2 and
January 23 A student reported being confronted and verbally threatened by two men in Lot 5, level 5. Both men were telling the student they were going to take his laptop. The student went to the Library Circulation desk and made a call to campus police. Compiled by Vivian Meza
Tobar will be signing copies of his books at the conclusion of the event. While Hector Tobar has participated in numerous events like this one, there is one thing that he always looks forward to. “It is wonderful to meet people who have read my books and relate to them and the ideas,” Tobar said.
Senate to award scholarships ANTHONY RICHETTS Online Editor
Police Blotter January 22 A student collapsed in the LL Building. A rescue ambulance was requested due to the student’s lip being seriously wounded. A student reported a laptop being stolen from a classroom in the E Building. A suspect was seen with the student’s laptop at Burger King. A woman called California Highway Patrol stating she needed medical assistance in the U Building. She became hysterical when asked what was wrong and told the Pasadena Fire Department she had been assaulted.
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Lights, camera, commercial! The Mirror Pools were a filming location for a commercial by Japanese company Cente Services on Monday. The commercial was for the telephone company NTT and featured local talent playing with colorful plastic balls and baseball bats. The two other filming locations were the baseball diamond at Victory Park and the fountain at Ambassador College, both in Pasadena. John Novak / Courier
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“I think it’s really great to see community leaders come out. I
don’t think there’s enough interaction between staff and community leaders. There’s so much we can learn from them and we don’t interface enough with them,” said Niainger. About the performance from the musical Hairspray, Richard Kuller, performing arts instructor and director of the production, explained its relevance to the event. “How does Hairspray tie into black history month? It takes place in the 1960s. Hairspray is a valentine to all outsiders,” said Kuller. After the performance a raffle was conducted in which the winners received copies of Connie Rice’s book Power Concedes Nothing. Kelsea Gustin, business, was impressed by the event and the other Black History month events that will take place throughout February.
“[It was a] really nice program and well put together. I am glad to find out about all the events happening for black history month,” said Gustin. Also included was a screening of Susanne Rostock’s documentary Sing Your Song, which documents Harry Belafonte’s contributions toward social justice and civil rights. After the screening there was a round-table discussion on social issues affecting youth. Ryan Taylor, film, liked the importance focused on Black History month and the racial diversity in the audience. “Its important to celebrate black history because typically at schools they don’t [do] it as much and I think its great PCC was able to celebrate it. Also [it’s good] to be able to see not just blacks in here but a diverse crowd,” said Taylor.
The Academic Senate is currently accepting and reviewing applications for a yet to be determined number of scholarships for students who are transferring to a four-year accredited university within the next academic year. Academic Senate President Dustin Hanvey has yet to confirm how many scholarships will be awarded. But he is hopeful that there will be more awarded this year than what the Senate normally awards. “It is still undetermined but at least ten are being given out,” said Hanvey in an interview. “The tradition has always been ten. It may well be higher than that this year, but we’re still working on the details.” Hanvey confirmed that the Senate would award at least $10,000 in the ten traditional awards given. Should the Senate determine it has more in its scholarship fund, then more scholarships may be awarded. Funds for the scholarships come from many sources, Hanvey said. “We all are [contributors]. I am, members of faculty are. In the past [former instructor] Keith Miller has been a large contributor to our fund, giving as much as $5,000 a year. Many of us have money taken out of our paychecks to go to this fund, including faculty, staff and staff managers.” According to the application, scholarships will be awarded in two categories: the Dean’s Honors Scholarship and the Keith Miller Educational Scholarship. Aside from the 3.4 and 3.7 GPA requirement, all applicants will be required to provide letters of recommendation from two of their instructors, along with an essay describing the applicant’s academic and work experience, as well as their educational and career goals, and their unofficial transcripts. For the Keith Miller Educational Scholarship, applicants would have to give details about their teaching career goals in their essays. Applicants have until noon on Feb. 14 to submit their applications along with all the required material to the Academic Senate in room C227.
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Gun control laws are ineffective PHILIP MCCORMICK Staff Writer
Self defense is essential
The thing with gun control is that it does not work. The only thing that it will accomplish is taking away a means of protection from those who would use these weapons for safety reasons. Gun control should be as limited as possible. The founding fathers put the Second Amend-ment in the Bill of Rights for a reason. It was to make sure that a tyrannical government could never disarm its citizens. Thomas Jefferson once said: “No man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest
reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves again-st the tyranny in government.” These famous words were spoken by Thomas Jefferson. Having a gun in your house for protection allows a person a certain peace of mind. “The belief is not necessarily a delusion,” says Gary Kleck in his article ‘Guns and Violence: A Summary of the Field.’ “People who use guns for selfprotection in robberies and assaults are less likely to have
the crime completed against them (in a robbery, this means losing their property), and, contrary to widespread belief, are less likely to be injured, compared to either victims who use other forms of resistance or to victims who do nothing to resist. (Criminals take the gun away from the victim in less than 1 percent of these incidents.) The evidence does not support the idea that nonresistance is safer than resisting with a gun,” Another issue at hand seems to be that people with mental health problems are getting their
hands on guns. Jefferey Swanson, PhD, said in his ‘Good news and bad news about gun laws, mental illness and violence’ article that depressive illness is not a disorder that gets most patients a gun-disqualifying record. “In other words,” said Swanson, “people suffering from the one mental health condition that is most closely and frequently linked to suicidal [tendencies] are unlikely to show up in a gun background check.” The government shouldn’t choose to make getting guns impossible for everyone. They should put in a few more precautionary measures.
Should women be allowed to take on combat roles in the U.S. military?
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“For the brave women who do have the balls to [serve and protect our country], I commend them.” Asia Morris, communications
I used to serve in the military....A lot of the women on my staff I would depend on better than my men.” Paul Wilkinson, instructor
[The military is] the only [field] that’s fallen behind as far as equal opportunity [for genders]. They need to catch up.” Claudia Fotiou, kinesiology
“Males have more physical strength, so [women] wouldn’t be relied on to carry men out of combat.” Erik Anderson, business
“If women want to pursue a career in the military for themselves and love of [our] country, they should be allowed.” Jazmine Harris, cosmetology
“I’ve heard [that] women won’t do their physical part, but if women are trained properly that shouldn’t be an issue.” Qiao Liu, English
“We shouldn’t let them. [There are] too many single mothers already, and we don’t really need more single fathers.” Cal Compton, graphic arts
“One gender isn’t superior to another. This way women won’t feel separated.” Leo Bermudez, mechanical engineering
“I know some women in the military. They’re tougher than I am; it shouldn’t be an issue.” George Garcia, facilities
“They should be allowed because we are all...in times of equality, so it will be a step forward for the [U.S.]” Edmund Chua, film
“If they have an all women’s combat [unit], you might try that first.” Joshua Allen, screenplay writing
“Women can’t handle the stresses of combat; it is the opposite of their nature.” Atefeh Momeni, design
“While it puts women in harm’s way, if they die, they die for their country.” Ea’Monte Davis, television
“To keep my beliefs in gender equality, everybody should have the opportunity to be in the front lines [of war].” Hope Algeo, theater
“If women want to protect our freedom, who are we as men to restrict them?” Kevin Liu, anthropology
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Luis Rodriguez Many on campus gain a newfound appreciation for squirrels. “Food, trees, we’ve got everything they need,” said Cara Burres-Jones, zoology instructor. “They’re the basic fox squirrel.” Squirrels are known to splay their bodies to release heat in a practice known as “heat dumping.” Their usual diet of nuts now incorporates fast food items such as fries. “We do tend to have tree squirrels here as opposed to ground squirrels,” said Burres-Jones. Squirrels share the campus with natural predators such as cats as well as unnatural predators, cars. They may not be seeking a higher education but at the end of the day they do look a little smarter than most. 1. Mary Nurrenbern/Courier
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Arts & Entertainment
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Architecture in exhibition at Art Gallery TIFFANY HERRERA Staff Writer
Dozens of students flocked to the Art Gallery on Jan. 31 for PCC Architecture, an exhibition of work produced by architecture students. The visitors were discussing the works, taking pictures and video, interacting with the different pieces, and enjoying the exhibit. Some of the works are abstract creations and many are different structures, such as a design for the Westfield Mall in Century City. Some of the works had pictures of the inspiration and their process of coming up with the final product. Thao Trinh was in charge of putting together the exhibit. This was her first experience being in charge; she seemed to be happy with the results. Trinh said the most difficult obstacle in putting together the exhibit was figuring out how to organize the entire room. She said the most fun thing was getting to work with everyone involved. “We had our frustrating sides. Like [something didn’t] look right so we had to remove it and put it back again,” Trinh said. Griffith’s class was there checking out the work and seemed to be learning from the “field trip” to the exhibit. Zenan Guo, architecture, stood looking at some of the works on the wall. His favorite piece was UCLA School of Journalism and New Media. “[I like the piece because] I think it’s very cre-
ative,” Guo said. Christian Landaverde, architecture, walked with a few of his classmates and discusses the different aspects of each piece. His favorite piece was Untitled but he described it as an “amoebalike structure.” “The composition is really well put [together] and the source pictures that were used to create the actual piece actually transition really well,” said Landaverde. Another piece he was interested in was Fom by Greg Morgan, Steven Valdez, Storm Campo and Chris Marsudidjaja. “Foam is always fun. Using new materials in architecture is always one of the greatest challenges,” said Ladaverde. Morgan watched students check out his group’s foam chair, encouraging them to sit on it. “We spent a couple months just researching the material itself,” Morgan said. “We started with a random assortment of household objects and a couple of us came with different spongy materials. Mine was a grouting sponge and another had a kitchen sponge,” he said. Morgan explained that the group decided on furniture foam because they found that they could buy large quantities of the foam from a manufacturer. He said the foam was unique and gave an emotional quality. “Every time someone would touch it, they would keep doing it. It made people happy so we knew there had to be some form of human interaction,” said Morgan.
Teresa Mendoza / Courier The Architecture Department exhibition opened at the Gallery on Jan. 31. Leena Feidi, accounting, above, is seen with the piece “Natural Landscape” by student Sapeer Hillel. Left: Greg Morgan, art, sits on his groups’ creation “FOM” (pronounced fum)
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A tune that makes you tap your feet and want to join the answering chorus plays in Harbeson Hall; a slave work song from the mid 1800s with “heavy, deepsouth dialect” titled Grey Goose. Music instructor Ray Briggs teaches the Afro-American music class and asks students to heed to the lyrics of the song, which tell the story of a goose that cannot be killed, cannot be eaten and even survives being sawed. The song ends with the goose seen flying over the ocean. Briggs explains the goose represents an AfricanAmerican slave who flies over the ocean back to Africa. Briggs explains to the students that Afro-American music was an outlet for the slaves to say what they meant without being detected. The music empowered the people who had no rights. “Music helps us transcend the physical context we are in,” said Briggs. According to Briggs, in the new world’s cultural mixing wherever Africans were, they tend to develop some kind of popular dance music, such as Salsa in Cuba, Samba in Brazil. In North America early music moved from work songs, to blues, ragtime, jazz, R&B all the way to hip hop. “The history of slavery allowed for the different influences to show up,” said Briggs. “It is essential to know how the things that are valued have developed.” Violin player JoyAnna Hatcher
sees Afro-American music as an integral part of American culture. “It’s easy to look at music and culture as a final product, disconnected from the process that created it,” said Hatcher. “With this class, I am able to connect many types of music to its roots” Students like Emilia Maysonet, sociology, learn the important complexities of racial inequality and social identity. “I try to get a feel for all the different elements that impact African-Americans today, anything from sociology, history, psychology, and the arts,” she said. The history of how enslaved Africans developed unique musical traditions is based on their African past but also partly based on the European influences and to some degree also the indigenous influence of the people that inhabited the new world, according to Briggs. Film major George Gonzalez de Cossio, whose eclectic music taste includes electronic, rock, metal, alternative, pop, classic, ethnic music, takes the class to understand how music has evolved and the people responsible for that change. “You could say I'm a music and history junkie,” he said. “Having the chance to study Afro-American music in detail and African music in other parts of the new world, I see all the kinds of connections in music,” said Briggs. “The influence of African music is so prevalent because the slave trade dispersed Africans in so many places.”
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Basketball team dominates the glass in home win JONATHAN BILES Staff Writer
The Lancer men’s basketball team eked out a victory over the Long Beach City College Vikings 74-70 on Jan. 30. This win makes PCC 7-13 on the season with a 3-4 South Coast Conference record. The Lancers started the game with a 7-0 lead which then alternated between teams before PCC finally took the lead with 4:43 left in the second half and held it until the final buzzer. PCC clung to a one-point lead for most of the game and was fortunate to hold the Vikings to 70 points. “It was a good game and we were lucky to get out of it with a win,” said PCC Head Coach Mike Swanegan Sr. “If we just compete and fight until the end, we’ll win these games.” The Lancers’ game plan was to play offense from inside out – get the big men involved and get them involved early. The Lancers were led by 6’6” sophomore forward Alec Tatum who had a double-double with a team-leading 16 points and 20 rebounds. PCC out-rebounded LBCC 57-46.
“We tried to work the ball inside because we knew that we had a size advantage,” Swanegan Sr. said. PCC’s leading scorer sophomore guard Mike Swanegan Jr. finally regained his shooting confidence, accounting for 14 points and two successful three pointers. Swanegan Jr. has had a nagging wrist injury and had the wrist on his shooting side taped for the game. “I’ve been in a slump for a while and having my wrist taped up took some getting used to,” Swanegan Jr. said. “Once I make that first three, I start to get more confident with my shot.” The Lancers had to play without sophomore guard Evan Brooks or sophomore guard Chris Smith who was sidelined with injuries. Lancers trainer Alfonso Flores is feeling confident about his players near future. “Evan [Brooks] tried to play but we thought it was best to keep him out for tonight’s game,” Flores said. “Swanegan [Jr.’s] wrist is getting better. Brooks is scheduled to play in our next game, and Smith is progressing well.”
Lissett Matos / Courier Lancer forward Alec Tatum fights to make a pass against the Long Beach City College Vikings at HuttoPatterson Gym on Jan.30. Lancers won 74-70.
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bers felt. According to Walter, the committee felt a great sense of dissatisfaction from simply being handed a calendar that it has never seen before. “This is not the calendar we worked on. … This is the Board’s invention.” Committee member Glenna Watterson was upset and felt that the role of the committee was undermined. “We are to support
the pedagogical and operational needs of the students, so we should have more to say,” she said. “The Board doesn’t approve a calendar before we recommend a calendar; this has never happened before.” After the meeting, committee member Matthew Henes questioned the point of having a committee when its deliberations are not even considered. “It feels like we are just rubber stamping
what’s given to us,” he said. Committee member Loknath Persaud shared this sentiment, and remarked: “This whole [process] is upside down.” Although discussion of a winter session dominated the meeting, Bell said that he did not think that a recommendation from the committee for another calendar would change the current predicament. “I completely understand that
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members of this committee — clearly members of the [public and college community] — have a lot of concerns and disagreements with this calendar: one, the calendar itself, two, the process we came to arrive at the calendar, and three, the fact that we are in the position of having to make decisions with this calendar that is presented to us now,” Bell said. “Please hear me when I say I hear that and I understand that. Again,
our charge as a committee is to consider the operational dates under the calendar.” Towards the end of the meeting, the committee approved to identify Aug. 26 as the start of fall 2013. Academic Senate president Dustin Hanvey was not present at the meeting, but saw the calendar document. “I would rather have no comment at this time,” Hanvey said, via email.
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kind of a dual summer session opportunity before June 30, we have a shot at actually getting back our 1,200 to1,250 FTES.” According to Miller, the school is aiming to spend most of the expected money on additional spring and summer sections, assuming all the expected funds are received. “The Board of Governors can reward districts that were able to ‘respond to the workload’ and provide money plus additional growth money,” said Miller. “Or they can say [that] what they [were] asked to do was unreasonable [and] can extend that opportunity to
2013-2014 so we can recover.” The school is currently holding on to its safety net in the form of the general reserves. According to Maria Descalzo, interim executive director of fiscal services, the school has about $18 million in reserve trying to increase to $25 million. Because of last year’s school budget cuts the college had to dip into unrestricted general fund in June to cover payroll until more money came in, according to Descalzo “One big advantage of having a fund balance was during the tight cash problem that we had was that we were able to use [those funds] for daily needs,” said Descalzo.
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issue is enforcement,” said Buczko. Juan Diego Ashton, Associated Students vice president for sustainability and Health and Safety committee member, also spoke about the ineffectiveness of the current smoking policy. “My experience [is that getting] compliance with that policy hasn’t been successful. I think anyone you talk to that understands it knows that it’s not working,” said Ashton. He also spoke of the dangers of secondhand smoke to others. “I see it as a public health issue when students smoke in passage ways. I’m worried [about] the majority [of] students dealing
with second-hand smoke exposure, especially when students smoke together,” said Ashton. Others on campus expressed their concerns about a smoke-free campus. Kevin Orellana, English, said smokers would encounter inconvenience with a smoke free campus. “I think it’s a bad idea because some people can’t quit smoking just like that and it’s going to be a hassle to get off campus to smoke,” he said. Chris Sanchez, criminal justice, supports a new smoking policy and is annoyed with second hand smoke. “I’m for it. It’s irritating and gives me headaches,” said Sanchez.
Women’s hoops wins with free throw efficiency LUIS RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer
Bridget Sanchez / Courier Desiree Loving looks to pass against LBCC at Hutto-Patterson Gym on Jan. 30.
Thanks to a new one-handed free throw approach, the women’s basketball team maintained a comfortable lead to beat the Long Beach Vikings 56-44 at the Hutto-Patterson Gym on Jan. 30. It was evident early on that the Lancers had a good chance of winning, prompting the Viking’s coach Michael Anderson to throw his small coach’s whiteboard on the floor causing his marker to awkwardly roll on to the court during play. Lancer Head Coach, Joe Peron, credited the success to nailing free throws. “We made our free throws, we shot them with one hand and we made them,” said
Peron. “That has been a difference in about five of our ball games that we lost; [we were] missing free throws, too many of them. And not giving ourselves chance, so tonight we gave ourselves a chance.” At the end of the first quarter the Lancers were leading 34-28 and the Vikings didn’t get close to gaining a lead in the second half. “We played as a team. It was about heart tonight,” said Desiree Loving, guard. “We were determined to come out with tenacious tenacity. Coach Peron really emphasized us being perfect and making sure in practice we go extra hard and get all of our jitters out and make sure we come out ready to play.” The hard work paid off, letting Loving score four of five attempted free throws. “I know we changed our free throws,” said
Kaitlyn Parks, center, who racked up 20 points. “We shot with one hand, that was different. That’s to balance yourself. Coach [Peron] came up with this new way to throw free throws, so we put one hand behind our back to balance our body and we shot with our dominant hand.” Proving that practice makes perfect, the Lancers are now in third place in the South Coast Conference. “We practiced two hard days to prepare for this team,” said Shay Jackson, point guard. “We just executed it well and kept our composure. In our first game with them in conference they held me to zero field goals. We told ourselves we were going to be more active and do what we had to do to win.”
February 7, 2013
Baseball splits season-opener series ANDREW SALMI Staff Writer
The Lancers started off their 2013 baseball season Feb. 1 with a 4-3 loss in 11 innings playing host to the Antelope Valley College Marauders, but bounced back with a strong performance visiting AVC in Lancaster on Feb. 2 with a 10-6 victory in which sophomore third baseman David Halstead made an amazing leaping catch in foul territory against the fence to record the final out of the inning. “The ball was in the air and I noticed it was getting really close to the line, so I tossed my hat so nothing would get in the way,”said Halstead. “Then I ran, jumped over the fence and caught it. It was intense and pretty fun.” Friday's game was competitive from start to finish, but the Lancers were haunted by leaving 20 runners on base while only scoring three runs. “We need to practice situational hitting so that we’re getting the concept of the runner advancement,” said Head Coach Evan O’Meara. “On both Friday and Saturday with runners in scoring position, they were swinging like they were trying to hit home runs, and that’s not how we want to advance runners.”
With Friday's loss on opening day at Jackie Robinson Memorial Field, the Lancers had standout performances on offense from sophomore shortstop Josh Clark and freshman catcher Corey Richards. Clark, the Lancers' leadoff batter, had two hits on Friday's game while Richards had three hits and a run batted in. “Josh and Corey are going to be anchors for us. If we don’t have a guy behind the plate like Corey controlling the game and keeping the pitcher on his game, then we’re going to struggle,” said O’Meara. “Between Josh and Bobby Fraijo, they helped lead a terrific defensive day.” In Saturday’s victory at AVC, the Lancers got off to a very fast start with five runs in the first inning. Freshman right fielder Aaron Correa smacked a triple to center field with the bases loaded in the first inning, bringing in all three runners that were on base. The Lancers got into a tough spot in the third inning, giving up two runs to the Marauders. Despite Friday's extra-inning loss, the Lancers got a stellar pitching performance from sophomore starting pitcher Trevor Gleason, who struck out eight Marauder batters in 7.2 innings pitched. “I thought I had a really good
Jordan Harris / Courier Christan Ybarra, midswing, gets an RBI and places the Lancers in the lead against Antelope Valley at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field on Feb. 1. The Lancers lost 4-3.
outing and the team played very well, but I felt that we were a little nervous since it was our first game,” said Gleason. “But we definitely picked it up the next day.” In Saturday’s win, freshman knuckleball specialist and starting pitcher Tim Shiba threw for
seven solid innings in route to the Lancers’ first victory. Assistant Coach Dave Walters was extremely impressed with Gleason and Shiba’s pitching performances from Friday and Saturday respectively. “Trevor (Gleason) was able to come up with a performance
that he hadn’t shown all fall. We’d seen flashes of it, but that’s by far the most consistent he’s ever pitched,” said Walters. “Tim (Shiba) did exactly what we’re trying to get him to do by getting guys to hit weak pop-ups and ground balls. It worked really well for him.”
Women’s hoops falls to rival No. 1 Mt. SAC TIFFANY ROESLER Staff Writer
Good things come to those who wait, such as chances for great shots or well-executed plays. However, patience didn’t come easy for women’s basketball as the team missed crucial shots and opportunities to break Mt. SAC’s undefeated streak. The outcome was a seven-point defeat by No. 1 Mounties (24-0, 11-0), 52-45 on Feb. 1.
No. 10 PCC remains in third place in the South Coast Conference 6-4, and falls to 16-6 overall. “[It was] a lack of discipline, which caused quick shots and mistakes,” said Head Coach Joe Peron. “That cost us the game, basically.” Both teams never gained much of a lead, remaining close in points throughout the entire game. Just when one team start-
ed to break away, the other did its best to top it. With eight minutes left to play, PCC had its final lead 4241, before Mt. SAC went on a 113 run. Freshman center Kaitlyn Parks played a pivotal role with a game high of 13 boards and three blocks while contributing 10 points and two steals. “We played our butts off, but it wasn’t good enough,” said Parks. “It isn’t a negative thing, it’s the truth. We played really
well compared to the best team in our conference. What more can we ask for?” As the first half was winding down, freshman guard Desiree Loving made a shot to tie the game 19 all, and dished out eight of 10 points back-to-back, including two free throws. “I was just so excited to win and keep my team going, [but] I really needed to slow down and keep the momentum slower,” said Loving.
“I just tried to keep my head in the game, and not let my mistakes get to me.” Sophomore guard Stella Ghazarian and freshman forward Tyler Crockom added nine points apiece. Crockom contributed four boards and four steals. “Our defense was much better [and] our intensity was a lot higher,” said Peron. “We played 35 minutes of basketball this time.”
Softball cruises in doubleheader Jazmin Hernandez connects with the ball and lands herself on first base in PCC’s 7-0 win against Barstow at Robinson Park on Jan. 31. John Novak / Courier
ADAM MITCHELL Staff Writer
The Lancer softball team dominated the Barstow Vikings on Jan. 31, cruising to 8-0, and 7-0 wins in a doubleheader at Robinson Park. The pitching and defense played well with first game starter Melissa Izumida throwing a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts, and second game starter Cierra Newton also keeping Barstow scoreless with a shutout of her own. “[I got] motivation from my coaches. [They] are always reminding us that we’re champs,” said Izumida, “that we
have a fire under us and no to let it go out.” In just her second season as head coach, Brittany Williams had her team on track against the Vikings. “[We] came out and played solid defense. We made the plays we were supposed to make,” said Williams. “The pitchers got ahead and when they were ahead they didn’t throw many mistakes.” The Lancers offense was also clicking, with a very one-sided hit count in each game of the double header. PCC outhit Barstow 13-2 in the first game, earning an early end to the game with the 8-0 run rule put into effect.
The second game was much of the same, with PCC again out hitting Barstow heavily 16-4, with some great hitting from Sara Quintero going two for four with two RBIs. “[I] had more control over my legs today and I felt good out there,” said Quintero. Audrey Serna also contributed in the second game going fourfor-four and scoring two runs, leading the offensive onslaught for the Lancers. It was an all around effort led by pitching and anchored by solid defense. The Lancers earned the two victories against Barstow pushing their record up to 3-4.