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$180-per-unit classes unlikely to be offered Large majority of PCC board members are opposed to the concept of a two-tier system NICHOLAS ZEBROWSKI News Editor

Blair Wells / Courier Demo specialist Robbie Sabako demonstrates a new, interactive whiteboard.

New whiteboard showcased DUSTY EARL Staff Writer

A new high-tech whiteboard was presented to teachers and administrators on April 3 in the Shatford Library. Product demo specialist Robbie Sabako from Digital Networks Group led the demonstration, explaining the benefits and features of the ENO Interactive Teaching board. The new technology is being considered as part of the SMART 18 initiative that aims to improve

the technology in classrooms on campus. The board, manufactured by Polyvision, is an interactive learning board, incorporating multiple technologies and functions into one moveable base unit. One useful feature is the projector being mounted above the screen. The short throw projector may make the ceiling mounted projector a thing of the past, and will put an end to “glare from the projector when a teacher looks back at their students,”

according to Sabako. The ceramic and steel based projector screen also serves as a standard white board. It can also be digitally written on with a built in pen, that can change the color and size of the digital ink by touching a magnetic tool strip on the board. The screen material is also essentially tag-proof. Sabako demonstrated this by writing on the screen with a permanent marker, then wiping it off Continued on page 9

A two-tiered tuition system- in which some students could pay up to $180 per unit- is unlikely to be offered at PCC. A large majority of members of the Board of Trustees contacted are opposed to the concept. “ [The two tier tuition system] is a mistake,” Board President Geoffrey Baum said. “I understand the need to increase revenue, that does not seem to be an effective way.” A controversy drawing national media coverage erupted last week at Santa Monica City College (SMC) where the Board of Trustees in early March approved such a two-tiered fee system. The SMC Board on Friday responded to a request from the Community College Chancellor’s office and canceled the summer pilot program postponing the entire two-tier tuition system. Chancellor Jack Scott had requested SMC wait for a report from the state Attorney General about the legality of the system after angry protests at an SMC Board meeting led to several people needing medical attention.

Speak out! Would you pay $180 per unit if it was the only way to get into a class? vote at A legal question arose concerning the non-profit organization set up by the college to manage the high-cost classes. PCC Trustee Linda Wah said she is not in favor of the two-tier tuition system. “The way it was implemented was not the correct way,” Wah said. “There needs to be some way to subsidize affordable community college [for] the entire community.” Scott expressed doubts in a telephone interview. “[The twotier tuition system] is an attempt to offer more classes, but I am not sure if this is the correct way,” he said. “To price [classes] this high appears to me to have problems with equality.” He added that such high-cost Continued on page 10

CHP veteran appointed as new police chief PHILIP MCCORMICK Staff Writer

A 27-year California Highway Patrol veteran has been appointed as the new PCC Chief of Police. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor appointing Stanton Perez for the position of Director of Police and Safety Services in its April 4 meeting. “It’s my passion for law enforcement that drew me to this job,” said Perez in a telephone interview. “This opportunity was ideal for me, so I applied.” Perez started his law enforcement career with the CHP and stayed with it for a little more than 27 years. He rose through the ranks and reached the position of regional chief of the valley division before retiring. As chief, he was responsible for CHP operations in 13 counties.

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Perez is also currently working as an adjutant instructed here at PCC, teaching Homeland Security through the college’s Criminal Justice program. “We look forward to meeting our hopefully future Chief Perez at the next board meeting,” said President Board of Trustees President Geoffrey Baum at the board meeting. Perez said that one of the first things he plans to do when he gets situated as chief, is to learn about the PCC community, and figure out what it is the campus needs in terms of security. “I plan on fallowing in [Interim Police Chief Frank Scialdone’s] footsteps,” said Perez. “But I also want to put my own stance and flavor on the police force. I love working with people and I’m looking forward to this job and the experiences it will bring.”

PCC contracted Bob Murray & Associates to look for someone to fill the position. The company narrowed it down to 12 applicants, who were screened. A panel of various staff members from different departments reviewed those 12 and narrowed it down again, to four. The panel interviewed the top four applicants and chose two finalists. President Mark Rocha had the final say in which of the two got the job, and selected Perez. “[Perez] is a nice guy,” said Interim Chief Scialdone, who is retiring. “He is very bright and articulate. I think he’ll do just fine.” Perez begins his duties as chief on Monday. “I look forward to that day,” said Perez. “With [Scialdone’s] help, it should be a smooth first week.”

Blair Wells / Courier Stanton Perez is the newly appointed Director of Police and Safety Services at PCC.

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Academic Senate elects new president

Campus embraces spring break



Sun shining, beating down on the walkways of the campus. Students hurry to classes but on April 13, all that ceases as spring break arrives, leaving time for students, administration and faculty time to fulfill other needs. “I will be going ot Six Flags Magic Mountain in the beginning of the week and the rest of the week catching up on sleep,” said CJ Peralta, speech pathology.

Clarification A statement for by student Spencer Major was inadvertently misquoted in the April 5 issue of the Courier. It should have been: “The shooter should not be the main focus of the issue. The law of Florida should be the one in question. There is injustice due to the legal system. Zimmerman can’t be prosecuted because of legal laws in Florida.” In addition, Spencer Major is the vice president of the Veterans Club and his statement does not represents the position of the club as a whole.

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Justin Clay/Courier Students Thomas Vanila, 20, mechanics, Ana Delacerda, 18, undecided, Delaney Hopkinson, 20, English and Gabriel Chacon, 20, film, not wanting to wait for spring break, enjoy a beach ball and floating toys at the Mirror Pools on Tuesday.

For some people, it is a time to get things done. “I teach at the Art Center,” said Stan Kong, instructor of industrial design. “I don’t really get a break but I will take a day or two to goof around.” Carma Howard, secretary, is doing a mix of fun and chores. “I am doing much needed spring cleaning, but I also am going to Long Beach to see the pier,” Howard said. “It is so nice.” No more classes, no more books, or is this the case? “I will be studying for chemistry and also reading the Bible over spring break,” said Sarah Burton, biology. “It is not very exciting but it is productive.

It is a time to do planned trips and fulfill goals. “I am doing a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles with my cycling friends,” said Javiar Chavez, geology. Chavez has been planning this trip for months and is proud of the work he has put into it. Goals aren’t only for students. Faculty member Sandy Haynes, art history instructor, is planning courses for the study abroad program in Florence, Italy in fall. Students, faculty and administration take this time to relax and have fun. It is a time to put away the books, paperwork, study guides and relax, a time to be friends and family.

English Instructor Dustin Hanvey has been elected president of the Academic Senate according to Pat Peach, nomination and election chair of the Senate. Hanvey was elected with 112 votes while his opponent obtained 97, in an election with “unprecedented participation” said Martha Bonilla. During the current term Hanvey has served as Vice-president and as representative of the Senate in several committees. In an interview last year Hanvey expressed his desired of being more involved in the campus and during the last week’s Senate’s meeting he said “I feel honored and humble of being appointed.”

Hanvey said that during his term he plans keeping the same good work that the current president has been doing and that he would also like to create some office hours for the participation and input of ideas from the community.” I’d like to formalize some officers hours in which the faculty or any one with concerns or ideas could free to share and contribute” Hanvey said during the Academic Senate on Monday. Along with Hanvey A.C. Panella will serve as Vice-president, Jessica Igoe will take Bonilla’s place as secretary and Dan Haley will remain as Treasurer. Former president Ed Martinez jokingly congratulated all the “victims” the new board of the Senate and expressed his desired that they could be successful and all their future endeavors.

Veteran’s conference to return GALEN PATTERSON-SMITH Staff Writer

The Road Home 2.0: The Next Step Symposium featuring training workshops for faculty and staff to help them teach veterans more effectively, will be held on April 25 and 26 in the Creveling Lounge on campus. A documentary titled “Service: When Women Come Marching Home” will be screened on April 26, with its award-winning director, Marcia Rock in attendance. In addition to the film, there will also be a women veteran’s panel that will discuss and answer questions relating to women’s experiences in the military. The event will hold a workshop titled “Invisible Wounds of War,” intended to develop effec-

tive strategies to increase academic efficiency for veterans with cognitive difficulties. Dr, Joseph Currier, a professor of psychology at Fuller and a former VA therapist, will speak about “Wounds of the Spirit,” a topic overlooked but very important to many veterans. “Student veterans are an asset to every campus. They bring a diversity, experience and world view that is different from other students,” said Patricia D’Orange-Martin, veteran services coordinator. The first “Road Home” event was presented three years ago and since then, has grown, said D’Orange Martin. The event will also have a workshop designed to help attendees from other colleges to start a veterans club and keep it going.


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For profit detention centers slammed


Study abroad class again heads to Italy BRANDON DREXEL Staff Writer

Money that is made off of the undocumented CICELY CHISHOLM Staff Writer

Students and faculty learned about the money privately owned detention centers make for the incarceration of undocumented immigrants on April 2 in the Creveling Lounge. “People set up this private industry to keep [undocumented immigrants] detained, even if [they] were going to be deported,” said speaker Dr. Jesse Diaz Jr. “You should be [angry] your [taxes] pay $140 a night before they get deported. The prison industrial complex is all about money.” Diaz, a sociology professor from California State University of Dominguez Hills, presented his research to expose the injustice of the criminalization and detention of undocumented immigrants. “I’ve been an activist for a few years, especially for human rights. This research has [those affected] in mind. I want to prepare the next generation with insight,” said Diaz. Introducing Diaz was Tony Juge, a PCC sociology instructor. “For all of you who don’t understand the issue of immigration and only see what politicians present, it’s easy to get

Daniel Nerio/Courier California State Domingez Hills professor Jesse Diaz Jr. speaks to students and faculty about immigrations and crime at the Creveling Lounge on April, 3rd.

sidetracked. It’s important to realize the importance of humanity and recognize the struggle and emotions humans share,” said Juge. Diaz shared statistics, stories, and common misconceptions about undocumented immigrants, including the crime rates and attitudes. “People have a tendency to believe the media, which blows immigrant crime rates out of proportion,” said Diaz. He added that neighborhoods with a high number of immigrants generally have lower crime rates due to a fear of being discovered as undocumented. Both speakers emphasized the importance of being aware of the issues that surround undocu-

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A group from the Study and Travel Abroad Program again will be heading to Florence, Italy during the fall semester, said college officials. The trip will give students a chance to experience the culture and history of Italy, said Rita D’Amico, an instructor in the languages division, who is also the lead instructor to the trip. “Studying abroad is so important,” she said. D’Amico added that students who travel abroad generally come back with a strong set of leadership skills. “It’s a life changing experience,” said D’Amico.  Students will be able to take for credit classes that are all taught by PCC instructors. The classes are all structured around teaching Italian culture. That includes Italian langue and the history of Italy, as well as art classes, said  study abroad coordinator Joseph Sierra. Sierra added that Florence is the most popular trip that the program offers. He said the trip to Florence usually take between 30 and 35 students. “It’s a very popular trip,” he said. Sierra added that students from other areas apply to the program as well.


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Courier CSU freeze will hurt economy, education 2011 JACC General Excellence Award Winner Editor­in­Chief Neil Protacio News Editor Nicholas Zebrowski Assist. News Editor Paul Ochoa Online Editor Galen Patterson­Smith Assist. Online Editor Ander Arostegui Arts & Entertainment Editor Jessi Alva Assist. Arts & Entertainment Editor Mary Nurrenbern Opinion Editor F.E. Cornejo Assist. Opinion Editor Philip McCormick


California State University officials may see that closing the doors on enrollment is a solution towards the budget crisis, but by doing so they’re taking away the chance for students to create a better life for themselves. Axing thousands from the opportunity to attend college will not only hurt the future of the economy but the future of education as well. According to CSU statistical data, 37, 911 students transferred from a community college to a CSU in 2011. This means that a similar number of students in

2013, when the enrollment freeze may occur, may be left in the dust. The economy will be hurt because these students would be the future of American business. The thousands of students hoping to land positions in these potential jobs may never get the chance now. President Obama said, “No issue will have a bigger impact on the future performance of our economy than education. It will determine whether there’s going to be an abundance of good middle-class jobs in America.” Why is the education of students in California being halted? Instead, we should be trying our

best to get more students into college if education really is a stepping stone towards a better country. Now, CSU, the largest, most diverse and most affordable university system in the nation, is planning to unjustly turn away thousands of young minds from finishing their education, unless voters pass a tax hike in November. California’s Master Plan for Education, since 1960, has created ways to help unprecedented numbers of students attend college even through “severe budgetary constraints.” So it seems ludicrous to leave the fate of enrollment into a CSU in the

hands of voters who may be unaware of the situation, but the truth of the matter is we are left with no other choice. More cuts to education will occur if voters do not pass the tax increase. More cuts to school funding will not solve the budget problem, but create more trouble. The reduction in the number classes and faculty at CSUs will inevitably follow an enrollment freeze. The pressure to save education should be felt by all Californians. If Californians vote “No” on this proposal, then we will deny opportunities to thousands of students who could become the future of this economy.

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Trayvon Martin’s killing motivated by racial profiling

Assist. Sports Editor Brenda Renteria


Features Editors: Cicely Chisholm, Christine Michaels Photo Editor Gabriela Castillo Assist. Photo Editor Teresa Mendoza Chief Photographer Daniel Nerio Online Photo Editor Louis Cheung Scene Editors Buren Smith, Max Perez Social Media Editor Justin Clay Multimedia Editor Natalie Sehn Weber Staff Writers: Antero Barrantes III, Brandon Drexel, Dustin Earl, Mercy Fabila, Jesus Gomez, Tiffany Herrera, Amar Kasopovic, Edwin Lee, Michael McGrath, Raymond Pecson, Luis Rodriguez, Karla Sosa, Colin Sum Staff Photographers: Kevin Balmadrid, Katherine Bussey, Megan Carrillo, Nikki Debbaudt, Minela Dela Cruz, Steven Fuel, Ya Ling Hsu, Ronald Johnson, Anthony Richetts, Sasha S. Tracy, Steven Valdez, Blair Wells

The Trayvon Martin shooting unavoidably has race written all over it: Martin’s skin color, George Zimmerman’s racial background, even the teenager’s hoodie. Now set that aside, and one is left with the core issue: What right did Zimmerman have to interrogate Martin in the first place? He is not a police officer. The answer is race. Zimmerman saw black man walking near a white community. Some focus on “stand your ground,” the Florida law which permits a victim to protect himself if there’s reasonable fear of being physically injured or killed by another individual. This is the same law Zimmerman’s former attorneys had applied to their client, who claims to have shot Martin in selfdefense. Zimmerman was charged with seconddegree murder on Wednesday and is being


held without bail. Maybe Martin did attack Zimmerman, maybe he didn’t. People will argue both sides. But that shouldn’t be the focus; it should be Zimmerman’s initial intentions before the tussle. Zimmerman was charged with seconddegree murder on Wednesday and is being held without bail. Zimmerman had no right to follow or question Martin about his business while he was walking past the white community. The 17-year-old had come back from a convenience store with a bag of skittles and iced tea, and was on his way to his girlfriend’s father’s house, according to police reports. Some argue that Zimmerman had probable cause to believe the young man was up to no good, and therefore followed and interrogated Martin. But probable cause applies only to law enforcement; the police. Zimmerman is a neighborhood watch volunteer, a vigilante; this is a big difference. It is important that we

distinguish between the two. A volunteer watchman does not wear a police badge, or carry a gun. It’s quite simple: Zimmerman saw an African-American walking past a white neighborhood and proceeded to find out why. Zimmerman placed the 9-1-1 call and was asked by police to stand down. But apparently Zimmerman refused to do so. He wanted to be the hero who would save the white community from a man of color, who was no threat - he hadn’t a gun, not even a knife, just some junk food. Unfortunately Martin was of the wrong skin color, who just happened to pass by at the wrong time, the same time Zimmerman was there. Until there is proof that Martin was an imminent threat to that community, he is simply the victim of a racially motivated killing that occurred as he made his way home from buying candy.

Is $180-per-unit for a community college class justified?

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“The system has to consider that people don’t have that much money right now.” Dave Cea, Cinematography

I think it’s wrong. It’s a good thing people are standing up.” Diana Ybarra, Child Development

It’s always terrible when you have to resort to that kind of retaliation over classes.” Anthony Grafton, Undecided

“It’s unfair the prices are so high. It creates an uneven playing field.” Christian Samortin, Psychology

“Education should be way cheaper so everyone can have access to it.” Estefania Lopez, Kinesiology

“It’s a mess and I wouldn’t know where to start on how to fix it.” Isabella Navar, Liberal Arts

“Isn’t it a community college? Shouldn’t anyone be able to get into it?” Serena Morales, Culinary Arts

“I actually saw the [protest]. The cops felt like they had to defend themselves.” Alex Martinez, Business

“If people can’t get into it, it’s not good at all.” Hayk Hovhannisyn, Electrical Engineering

“I don’t have a problem paying that much per unit.” Ryan Rocha, Communications

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AS vice president a vocal force NICHOLAS SAUL Staff Writer

Associated Students Vice President of Public Relations, and key member of the PCC Feminist Club, Mon-Shane Chou is all about progress. A self-proclaimed introvert, the irony is not lost on the vocal feminist and public relations officer. Despite her quiet disposition, the twenty year-old perpetual full-time student still makes waves by sitting on more committees and government bodies than Leslie Knope. “I don’t sleep very much,”

Chou smirked when asked how she gets it all done. Chou boasts a bevy of titles and accomplishments which include, but are not limited to Committee Chair for the AS Publicity Committee, a student representative for both the PCC Web Redesign Advisory Committee and College Council, and the current ICC Representative and Web Master for the PCC Feminist club. Chou gets around. “I’ve learned that she takes a lot of things very seriously,” said fellow AS Vice President Joseph Garcia. “Sometimes to the point

where I think she needs to take a break and relax. She’s a workaholic to the core.” In her current stint as Vice President of Public Relations, Chou’s goals revolve around the idea of innovation and progression, a continuing theme with Chou’s philosophical make-up. “These days, public relations is really all encompassing,” Chou said while describing the AS’ new interactive web site. “We’ve never had a web site with that kind of functionality before. ‘Its great that we’ve got it up and running.” Even though Chou was a

major factor in the completion of the website, she still believes her proudest accomplishment was when she played an instrumental role in having PCC become the first community college to host Coming Out Day, an event initially started at Harvard in which “organizations [come] together to promote gender equality.” “If we live in a society that hands out death threats to people who don’t want to be subjected to discrimination, to sexism, then I need to be part of something that’s going to change that,” Chou said.

Louis C. Cheung/Courier AS member Mon-Shane Chou promotes progress as Associated Students vice president of public relations.

Driven to a new career

A look back: English Instructor Robert Oventile

Automotive lab not a car repair shop

KARLA SOSA Staff Writer


The Automotive Technology Lab in IT 105 could be mistaken for an auto repair shop at first glance. But it is first and foremost, a classroom. According to Jason Norris, automotive technology instructor, a career in the automotive field is feasible because like the healthcare industry, most of the hands-on work cannot be exported. “We’re still going to be repairing cars here. You’re not going to ship your car to Japan [for repair],” said Norris. Any concern about job opportunities is warranted, however, amid the 10.1 percent unemployment rate in California according to the US Department of Labor website. “The automotive industry from 2012 to 2020 is looking at a 15 percent increase in workforce. A bunch of us are getting old,” said Norris. According to the PCC Catalog, a certificate can be earned in two semesters such as a Certificate of Achievement in Air Conditioning or one in Underhood Technician. It’s obvious from the small crowds of students huddled around cars working feverishly in their safety glasses that they’re

Anthony Richetts/Courier Ed Valencia, 21, automotive tech, takes apart a transmission during his engine operating and testing class on April 3.

passionate about making it in the auto industry. “It’s a career path. I’m trying to make it in the automotive repair industry,” said Eddy Valencia, automotive technology, as he worked on a European transmission for a BMW. Some of the cars in “the shop”, as students like to refer to it, are the student’s own, but more come in as donations. “Most of the cars are donated by dealerships,” said Richard Dang, automotive technology.

Child center plans fundraiser LIZBETH AURORA GALLEGOS Contributing Writer

The PCC Child Development Center and parents will host a donation day fundraiser on May 19 to help raise funds for materials needed for the children’s programs and ease budget restrains. Participants will be collecting donations for the fundraiser 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 19 in the CDC parking lot, 1324 E. Green St. Pasadena. “Don’t forget to come out and donate your gently used items to clear out space in your home as well as help the center,” said CDC toddler teacher and specialist Brenda Trejo. Since a lot of the center parents

are students and are aware of the budget squeeze, parent committees are very active. “I love being involved, I like knowing what is going on at the center, how are they doing, because my children’s education is most important,” said Charita Roberts, 23, child development major and mother of two. This is the first time the center has partnered with Goodwill of Southern California to collect items for the “Stuff a Truck” fundraiser, officials said. “The state used to provide funds for curriculum supplies but we have not seen them drop down from State Department of Education,” said Nicki Harmon, Director of Child Development Center.

An overwhelming majority of students in the program are male and consequentially the room emanates masculinity. “I think there’s three or four students who are girls. One of the past [female] students is now working at Acura,” said Norris. “I know we’re trying to move towards mass transit but that’s still a certain number of years off.” Norris noted that his division gives out the second highest number of certificates at PCC.

English Instructor Robert Oventile was a student here about 30 years ago before he transferred to UC Berkeley where he majored in English. One of the best things Oventile remembers was the transition from Arcadia High School to PCC and then transferring to a four-year university. “I was able to decide what I wanted to major in, after exploring different classes,” said Oventile. One of the worst things about college was when Oventile went to his graduate program at UC Irvine. “The friends that I had at PCC mostly all went to Berkeley. After graduating we all went our separate ways. Being at UC Irvine was hard for me especially since I was being separated from my friends that had been with me throughout my college life,” said Oventile. The most interesting thing Oventile learned while being in college was how much change a college course could bring about in a student. “The experiences I had at PCC as a student really carried me through Berkeley and UC Irvine,” said Oventile. If Oventile could go back and change something it would be to take more lecture classes. “I did take some lecture classes but I wish I could have taken

Fuel/Courier Robert Oventile, English Division, April 10, 2012. Oventile has been at PCC since 1992. He will be attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in August.

more at PCC,” said Oventile. One thing Oventile knows now that he wish he could’ve known back then, “it’s never too late to start doing what you like,” said Oventile. “I would recommend his class to other students, because I know he is a great professor,” said Mayra Jaime, history major and past student of Oventile. Oventile published his first book, “Impossible Reading: Idolatry and Diversity in Literature” in 2008 and is currently working on his new book, entitled “What is a Muse?”

Global club presents Chinese festival Students gathered around to watch the annual Chinese Culture Day presented by the Global Club and Developing Virtue Boys School on April 3, in the Boone Sculpture Garden. Boys from the school performed dances from ancient China like the Dragon Dance. Free refreshments were provided by AU79 Teahouse who helped sponsor the event. Gabriela Castillo / Courier



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Buren Smith/Courier Students access the internet on their various portable devices at the Wi-Fi lounge in the CC Building.


Blair Wells/Courier Mary Huff, 23, theater arts, relaxes in the Wi-Fi Lounge while using a lap top she rented from the Student Affairs Office.

Plugged in and turned on

Max Perez/Courier Natalie Holstead, 19, English, works on her laptop in the Quad on Tuesday.

Campus connected with portable devices Andrew Beckerman, 21, undecided, plays the popular fighting game, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Max Perez/ Courier

Blair Wells/Courier Melissa Truong, 20, business management, and Meggan Shu, 21, international business, multitask together on cell phones and a lap top in the Wi-Fi lounge on Tuesday.

Minela Dela Cruz/Courier Shaun Hornback, accounting, uses his laptop as a tool to help him study for his test in the Shatford Library.




April 12, 2012

People of the Stairs pass on the legacy

Plan weighed to allow credit classes at nearby college


MICHAEL MCGRATH staff writer

Many passersby have noticed the ever growing group of people who linger on the C Building steps. What most people don’t know is the legacy of these “people of the stairs.” The “people of the stairs” began decades ago, according to computer information systems major Michael Back. “My mom used to play hacky sack and hang out here. She was just as weird as we are too,” Back said. Many of the “stairs” members have been around to see the legacy grow. Back describes how previous group members have taught the ways of accepting anyone, no matter what, to the newer members. The “people of the stairs” not only embodies tradition, but a chance for love, as Back has discovered. He met his girlfriend of five months, Paola Martinez, music, at the stairs. “It’s nice to find someone just as weird as me,” said Back. Psychology major Jessica Cavallarin said she felt proud to be part of the “stairs” legacy. “It’s a shame the last generation isn’t here, since we aren’t the first group. But, it gives the group an opportunity to grow,” she said. “Plus, we get a lot of foot traffic; we meet a lot of people

A new proposal under discussion would allow Pacific Oaks College to offer bachelor level classes in the child development field to PCC students struggling to find classes. Officials from both colleges met March 29 to discuss the possibility of PCC students being able to earn college credit in certain fields that Pacific Oaks College specializes in. The proposal still being considered by both parties will have to go through the appropriate channels, said Robert Bell, student and learning services vice president. “The next step would be talking to the [early childhood development] teachers, he said.” Pacific Oaks College is a not-for-profit, accredited higher education institution offering bachelor's, master's, and certificate programs in human development, counseling, education, early childhood education, and teacher credentials, according to the colleges website. Due to the budget cuts to higher education, students might be trying to find alternatives to earn the college credits they need and a not-for-profit college might be a solution. “They are exploring offering bachelors level classes for our students who wish to go into that field [early childhood education],” said Mark Rocha, PCC president, via email. Currently PCC students can apply to earn college credit for courses taken at previous colleges, both public and private said Rocha. “We evaluate these transcript transfer requests on a case by case basis,” said Rocha.

Louis C. Cheung/Courier Kale Hurtado, undecided, found the Stair People where he can fit in over the stair in front of C Building near the Mirror Pool. Below, Michael Black met his love Paola Martinez, another member of the "Stair People" on April 3.

here who end up joining us.” Many members are new, including art major Aimee Schloz. She explained how she feels glad to find a group so accepting of newcomers. “It was nice to find a group to hang out with as soon as I got here,” she said with a smile. All the “stair people” agree that the group is very welcoming. Many members, including English major Delany Hopkinson, see the group as fun. “It’s a good support system,” said Hopkinson. “You can just hang out, and nobody judges you.” Others find the steps to be a place of relaxation. Erroll Cayald, holistic medicine, felt comforted when he joined the group a year ago. “It’s like a mini vacation where you can take a nice break from class,” he said. The “people of the stairs” unanimously agree the group is like a family. Psychology Major Nadia Casso cried

out saying, “We’re one big dysfunctional family!” Casso was invited to the group by Martinez, whom she had met in a class last semester. “She took me in, and now, I have even more friends,” said Casso. At the end of the day, the “people of the stairs” say they feel like they belong. English major Rebbecah Sanhueza, who joined the group with Cavallarin after graduating high school, smiled. “[The stairs are] home away from home, just with more siblings,” she said.

April 12, 2012



International students lose visas after class cuts CHRISTINE MICHAELS Co-Features Editor

While the spring forward intersession aided many students in regaining full time status, 85 international students lost their F -1 (student visa) status, and some could not wait for the intersession to begin, according to the Assistant Director of International Students Amy Yan. International students do not have high priority registration, but when they arrive at PCC in January, they are registered into the required classes they need along with accumulating at least 12 units, according to Interim Vice President of Instruction Robert Bell. To his surprise, many of the displaced international students found a way to return to full-time status with out the help of the Spring Forward intersession.

“They are extremely resourceful and quickly learn how the [admissions] system works,� he said. Bell explained that he worked extensively to help inform international students about how to get back to full time status with the Spring Forward intersession. “I almost got carpal tunnel [syndrome] responding to emails from [the international students],� he said, chuckling. Yan explained the International Students Office had been working hard to aid the displaced students. “By myself, I helped 22 students,� she said, “but 10 students left PCC.� With the requirement of 12 units and no financial aid to help pay for the high cost of tuition, 10 lost international students amounts to at least $36,540 that could help with the budget crisis.

This is calculated by multiplying the minimum international student tuition fee of $3,654 for 12 units, according to the International Student Tuition and Fees section on the PCC website, by 10, being the number of lost international students. This loss of direct revenue for the campus is detrimental, according to Yan. “Everything is costly. Revenue is important for opening more classes here,� she said. However, the importance of international students staying at PCC, according to Yan, is not just about revenue, but their benefit in equipping all students with a sense of a globalized world. “Cultural awareness promotes world peace,� she emphasized. “[PCC] is behind in going global [compared to other campuses].�

Fuel cell plant coming to campus LUIS RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer

In another step towards environmental sustainability, the college has entered into an agreement to acquire a fuel cell to cool classrooms and heat the swimming pool, officials said. The fuel cell plant will not cost the district any money. “At no time will the district own the plant. We will be paying a discounted rate for the purchase of the electricity that the plant produces,� said Richard van Pelt, Vice President of Administrative Services. “Then we will also get the cooling and the heating capacity of the plant for no additional cost.� Hanna Israel, Associated Students of PCC vice president for sustainability, praised the development. “I have seen several presentations at many conferences about fuel cells, but the cost of such technology alone made the feasibility of implementation on our campus discouraging. So, the

initial savings it will bring to PCC is a great step towards energy and cost reduction,� she said in an e-mail. The plant will be located in and around the Boiler Room. It is not expected to make a significant amount of noise because fuel cells have no moving parts. “The loudest part will be the cooling tower which is not very noisy at all,� said van Pelt. The fuel cell co-generation plant, supplied by UTC Power, will operate at a high efficiency. According to van Pelt, it is a viable alternative energy source. “It creates electricity via an electro-chemical process, rather than through combustion. The burning of a hydrocarbon creates a great deal of pollution, whereas a fuel cell creates electricity, heat, water, and far fewer unwanted by-products, such as carbon dioxide,� said van Pelt. “Fuel cells are considered to be the most reliable generators of electricity,� he added. The US Department of Energy

predicts that global energy usage will rise 53 percent from 2008 through 2035. PCC is one of the first community colleges to utilize fuel cell power along with larger universities like UC San Diego. “We have done dozens of sustainable projects on campus, the latest of which include the conversion of fluorescent lamps to LED lamps in almost all campus buildings, and the replacement of high-wattage (500W) incandescent lamps in the swimming pool with LED (58W),� said van Pelt. �29 lamps were replaced. That means that three of the old lamps drew as much power as all 29 new lamps now draw,� he added. “The goal for PCC to be grid neutral is important,� said Israel. “I think investments in sustainability as a means of revenue enhancement are necessary.�  The fuel cell is set to be up and running by the end of this year.


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classes would contradict the mission of California Community Colleges, which is to offer affordable education to those who need it. Scott emphasized that the Attorney General may say it is unclear whether the plan is legal or not, and more review will be necessary. “[PCC] is following state law and we will have to wait and see what the Attorney General says,� said PCC Trustee Bill Thomson. He added that he believes there in no chance of PCC implementing a two-tiered tuition system. The state Legislature sets tuition prices, he said. According to Trustee Jeanette Mann, there was some discussion of the two-tier system in the statewide Student Success Task force on which she served, but it had decided that such a scheme would be illegal. “I agree 100 percent with the

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April 12, 2012



Award winning director shares experience MICHAEL MCGRATH Staff Writer

Emmy award winning director Kevin Carr motivated students interested in the technical side of television at The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) second club meeting on April 3. Students listened intently as Carr realistically described his history in television and emphasized determination, selfreliance, and knowledge as the characteristics of a successful technical director. “Be the first one there, and the last to leave,” said Carr. Carr has worked on hit shows such as: Divorce Court, Access Hollywood, Passions, Super Bowl XXVVII, Rose Bowl, and is currently working on General Hospital. Carr has 32 years of experience and over 60,000 hours logged as a technical director. Carr had also stressed making a name for oneself in the film industry, telling the aspiring technical directors to, “Build your own brand.”

Emmy award winning technical director Kevin Carr speaks on Tuesday to The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers about his experience working in television. Anthony Richetts/ Courier

“[Technical directors are] not just button pushers, they are the supervisors of the whole crew,” said Carr. “It’s about managing people.” Although he warned the students of the realities of the job, his passion for the craft

was unmistakable. “[Television] is the most amazing art form,” said Carr. “His realistic portrayal of the business with emphasis on the personal responsibility and motivation was important for our students to hear,” said Carmen

Porreca SMPTE facility advisor. “PCC has a large population of fledgling technical directors,” said Tamica Davis, SMPTE club chair. Davis was excited for club members to realize the advantages that come along with being their own producer and how important it is for them to produce things themselves. “Social networking, YouTube, producing blogs and web series are great ways for students to display their skills,” said Davis. Students were excited to hear from such a celebrated, well respected veteran. “Mr. Carr is a man with a lot of experience in this area, and hearing his stories really brings alive this technical side of the business,” said Josh Weikle, SMPTE member majoring in major multimedia production. Carr’s knowledge and passion for the field was reflected by the students. “[It is] not the writers or the actors that make the artistic content, but the craftsmen [production crew] who actually take the performance and turn it into electricity so it can be transmitted,” said Weilke.

One-acts bring out cast’s best performance

Singers get ready for shows

EDWIN LEE Staff Writer

While most students are nose deep in their textbooks for midterm week, the choral students in room V- 111 are hard at work rehearsing for their spring concert at the Sexson Auditorium on Saturday at 8 p.m. The concert will include performances from the PCC Orchestra, directed by Robin Sharp, the Concert Choir, conducted by Lori Marie Rios, and the Chamber Singers and Madrigals, conducted by Donald Brinegar. Music Major Paola Martinez will be singing as a second

The cast of “All in the Timing” took in the energy of the audience to bring out their best performance in front of a packed house on their last showing on Tuesday. The Performing and Communication Arts Division, Theater Department took the work of David Ives to the stage of the Little Theatre. The three different plays had dialogue that was interrupted by bell ring that would change the dialogue of the conversation or would advance the story forward. This gave the play a comedic feeling throughout the entire night. Due to an unfortunate accident, one of the actors was unable to perform. “The show must go on,” said Director Anita Adcock as Stephen Castillo was a late

addition c to the cast. “I have a love for theater and doing this [play] was a pleasure,” he said Adcock felt the production was wonderful and that the actors did a great job with Ives’ work. “The most difficult part was getting the timing down,” she said referring to different cues throughout the play. Actor Bryan R. Stern, marketing, took a few weeks to learn his lines. “[Tuesday] was my favorite night, the energy from the audience and cast was great,” he said. Actor Calvin Chacon had a couple of miscues during the first play. Chacon plans to improve on his cues in the future. “Tuesday was the best audience and a full house gave us the best energy,” he said. Joseph Garcia said, “[The play] exceeded my expectations.” Garcia enjoy the play because it was short and sweet. Derek Vuong, said, “The play was funny and really short.”

soprano in the chamber choir. The Chamber Choir is a group of choir students who auditioned and were selected for the group. She explained the choirs have been practicing since the beginning of spring semester. “We’re doing very well, we’ve been taught a lot these past few weeks,” Martinez said. The groups will be performing the Requiem by composer Gabriel Faure. Martinez said she feels nervous about the performance, but tries to move past it. “If you think of something, it’ll affect your singing,” she said. – Christine Michaels


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Swim team wins 2 ways at Invitational BRENDA RENTERIA AND KARLA SOSA Staff Writers

At the PCC Swim Invitational where the swim team raised $3500 in their annual raffle, Lancer Cario Liu won first place on the men’s 200 Breaststroke. Eighteen colleges from all over California participated in the diving and relays competitions over the weekend. Stephen To, Mikela Velasquez, and Liu placed second in most of the relay competitions they were in. One of PCC’s top swimmers, Liu won second place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.76. To won second place in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 51.28. Velasquez got second place in the women 100 Freestyle with a time of 55.48. In the men 200 Freestyle, PCC’s team A got eighth place with a time of 1:31.59. In the women’s team ranking PCC came in fifth place and the men’s team in eighth place. Before the swim team started with their relay competitions, Assistant Coach of the swim team, Bianca Marquez helped the team with their warm-ups for about an hour. “The PCC swim team practices every day and twice a day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, to be in shape for the meets they have every weekend,” said Marquez. Kathleen Little, marine biology, competed in three relays. “I love the swim team. They have taught me a lot about swimming,” said Little. Paul Felix, criminal justice, joined the team this year, “it feels great being part of this team, it reminds me of my high school team,” said Felix.

Natalie Sehn Weber/ Courier Freshman Stephen To swims toward first place in the Men’s 200-yard Butterfly competition at the Pasadena Invitational.

The swim team also sold raffle tickets at the invitational and raffled off the prizes. “The money will be used for equipment needs that are not covered by the Aquatic budget, [and] we are raising money for next years’ teams,” said Swimming Equipment Attendant Dana Stoddard. A total of 30 prizes were raffled off on

Friday and Saturday at the twelfth annual PCC Swim Invitational. “There were a few winners present and they were very excited to win,” said Stoddard. The prizes included an iPad 2, a $200 gas card, and a $50 Visa gift card. All prizes were donated from either businesses near PCC or the swim team members them-

selves. The Starbuck’s on Colorado Boulevard donated bags of coffee, 4Seasons Swimwear donated swimming apparel and various gift cards came from the swimmers said Stoddard. “All if the swimmers did a great job selling tickets and bringing in prizes,” said Stoddard.

Baseball gets shut out again in lackluster season DUSTY EARL Staff Wrier

The men’s baseball team suffered its worst shutout of the season April 3 at Fullerton College, falling 12-0 to the home team Hornets. “They just weren’t very good today,” said coach Evan O’Meara.

Left handed starter Adam Wickham gave up 11 hits and 8 runs before being pulled in the fourth inning for left handed reliever Cory Burgard. He got out of the inning, but not before adding a few runs of his own to the scoreboard making the score 9-0. Burgard pitched through the seventh inning giving up two

more runs making the score 11-0 when righty Trevor Gleason started the eighth. Gleason gave up 2 hits, a walk, and hit a batter, in six Hornets faced, ending the inning with a score of 12-0. “My arm has hurt for a week,” said a frustrated Gleason, throwing his glove down after walking off the field.

Pitching wasn’t the only issue for PCC. Four Lancer fielding errors, and weak bats contributed to the loss. “[The problem] is effort errors where you don’t even try,” said O’Meara, adding that some players may have checked out on a season filled with setbacks. “They really want to be doing well, they’re just so incredibly

frustrated.” The only Lancer with multiple hits was designated hitter David Halstead, who went 2 for 4, and the only extra base hit was a double by center fielder Charles Smith in the top of the fifth inning. Second baseman Matt Chavez and shortstop Tyler Dominguez also singled in the game.

Track comes up big at ‘Tiny’ event Cassandra Lew runs the 1500 meter race in the Tiny Lister Classic at CSU Los Angeles finishing in 10th place. Teresa Mendoza / Courier


Staff Writer The largest field of competitors in meet history competed Saturday at the Tommy “Tiny” Lister Classic at Jesse Owens Track on the campus of CSULA. The men finished second in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 41.08 falling just short behind the CSULA team which finished with 40.90. Diane Lombardi finished second in the women’s 1500-meter run being out edged by Regina Lopez from CSU Pomona. Lombardi finished with a time of 4:56.24 just a second behind Lopez. Lancers, Arielle SteimerBarragan finished 11th with a

5:04.4 and Elizabeth Lyons finished 13th with a 5:05.52. “I only get nervous when I’m on the line. Before the race I’m just excited because I like competing,” said Lyons. Cassandra Lew finished 10th in the Women’s 1500 meter run finishing with a time of 5:27.44. “I’m nervous [before races] definitely,” said Lew. “Especially wanting to transfer and to impress the [other] coaches from universities.” Lew has an unusual mindset before every game, “I break down the race into segments to plan how I’m going to attack it,” she said. In the men’s long jump, Malik Gillins finished 7th, jumping 6.48 meters, edging CSU

Bakersfield jumper, Brandon Washington. “I usually stretch and pray before I got out there,” said Gillins “I wish I did a better job today with all the scouts watching.” Coach Larry Wade was very impressed by all of his runners that competed on Saturday. “We had a great day,” said Wade. “All our distance runners ran their personal bests, it was fun.” “We use invitational’s like these to learn from them, this is kind of like our mid-term,” said Wade. “This is the time of the year when coach Armand Crespo and I gel well together.”

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