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Bribery case details bared Lawsuit against van Pelt and Hutchings alleges solicitation of $250,000, fancy trips and prostitutes NICHOLAS SAUL Editor-in-Chief

A lawsuit involving two fired school officials reveals details into bribery allegations that may be the centerpiece of a District

Attorney’s investigation of the two men. The lawsuit targets ex-Vice President of Administrative Services Richard van Pelt and former Facilities supervisor Alfred Hutchings and was filed by LED Global, a firm that lost the bidding for new lighting on campus. Philip Layfield, the attorney that represents LED Global, confirmed that the allegations made in the lawsuit are the same alle-

gations that make up the DAs investigation. “That is correct,” Layfield said. “Our documentation is the same documentation that the DA is using.” A counter suit was filed by van Pelt and Hutchings which claims that LED Global conspired to commit fraud and slander them. They deny all the allegations. Van Pelt and Hutchings were both fired after the school found out the DA was investigating them for “conflicts of interest.”

The two men had founded a company together, Sustainagistics, which according to the California Secretary of State specialized in import logistics. “My clients are outraged, it’s a total fabrication,” said John Schmocker who represents van Pelt and Hutchings. “The problem is [LED Global] are fraudsters and tricksters and they’re Continued on page 8

Silenced and Cuffed

Daniel Nerio / Courier Fired former Vice President Richard van Pelt.

Teaching divisions restructured Thirteen consolidated into five schools, executive cabinet changed CHRISTINE MICHAELS Staff Writer

Justin Clay / Courier Protester Lawrence Gandara is escorted by Campus Police out of the Board of Trustees meeting held at the Community Education Center on August 29. He was later charged with battery on an officer.

Former student claims unlawful arrest ANTHONY RICHETTS Online Editor

A former PCC student says he was wrongfully arrested at the Aug. 29 Board of Trustees meeting at the Community Education Center and he had no intention to cause trouble. Police say the matter was handled appropriately. Lawrence Gandara, 25, said he attended the meeting as a concerned member of the community in support of the students against the cancelation of the winter semester. “At the beginning of meeting the

president [of the board] asked everyone to follow the rules,” Gandara said. “The students were there to follow the rules.” When the Board allowed public comments on an unrelated topic during the discussion of the calendar, a student who accompanied Gandara stood up and shouted her concerns on the matter. The Board asked the police to escort the student out. Three PCC police officers began to approach the woman, who according to Gandara seemed aggressive. “Growing up in a community where I’ve seen police abuse, especially in

A radically new structure for the teaching divisions of the college was approved by the Board of Trustees on Aug. 29. The number of teaching divisions is reduced from 13 to six. The newly approved structure contains two senior vice president positions, one vice president position, six dean positions, four executive director positions, and a five – school system. The recommended proposal consisted of permanent deans for each school. Thirteen divisions have been merged into five schools. The school of Humanities and Social Science consists of the English, Languages and ESL and Social Sciences divisions. Continued on page 9

Divisiveness emerging amongst faculty groups

communities of color, I felt that she was endangered,” Gandara said in an interview on Tuesday. In order to protect his friend, Gandara said he stood between her and the police with his back to the police and his hands in the air saying, “Don’t touch her!” He claims that he did not approach the officers aggressively. According to Campus Police Chief Stanton Perez, Gandara got between the officers and the female student, Gandara took a step in an aggressive

The emergence of the Coalition of Progressive Faculty caused quite a commotion at the Aug. 29 Board of Trustees meeting. The CPF of eight to ten members — some of who are also members of the Faculty Association — formed in response to the Aug. 1 emergency Faculty Association meeting. According to Josh Fleming, a member of the CPF, the group formed due to growing dissatisfaction

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Men’s soccer


Club Week aims to foster school spirit

PCC loses in last­second heartbreaker

Campus featured in many Hollywood productions

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Student charged after joy ride in cart PHILIP MCCORMICK Staff Writers

Two students allegedly jumped into a facilities vehicle on Tuesday afternoon and took it for a “joy ride” around the campus. Facility workers called in the missing vehicle to campus police and as a result, one of the students was apprehended and charged with grand theft auto, campus police officials, said. “We are in the process of identifying the second suspect,” said Chief of Police Stanton Perez in an interview Tuesday. “We identified one of the suspects as Raymond Yu.” Yu’s accomplice allegedly got in the facilities cart, which was parked right in front of the

Bookstore, and took off. Yu soon got into the vehicle with the other man. The two students took the cart for a ride to the south side of the R Building, said Officer Mike De Spain in an interview Wednesday. “The cart belonged to Facilities Supervisor Sarah Flores,” said De Spain. “She called in to the facilities dispatcher to report the missing vehicle, who relayed the information to our dispatcher and I was assigned to the case.” At some point during that time, the driver got out of the facilities cart and Yu took his place in the driver’s seat. Yu returned the cart to its original spot and went into the Bookstore. “He was coming out of the

Bookstore when facilities saw him,” said Officer James Karch. “I gave chase when I saw him.” Yu took off running across the Quad as soon as he saw facilities workers walking his way. De Spain was driving from the Community Education Center and arrived at Lot 8, which is in front of the L Building, just as Karch was making the arrest. “We read him his Miranda Rights,” said De Spain. “He didn’t know how serious it was until that moment.” Yu was transported to Pasadena Police Department by De Spain, after being questioned by police. De Spain said that police had a description of the other suspect and would pursue pressing charges if they caught him.

Max Perez / Courier Officer Mike DeSpain drives away with student Raymond Yu, who was charged with grand theft auto.

New budget reduces spending by $7 million NICHOLAS ZEBROWSKI Managing Editor

Justin Clay/ Courier Jordan Waller, an electrician for Facilities Services cuts a metal beam in the TVR production studio.

TVR studio still incomplete PHILIP MCCORMICK Staff Writer

The Television Production Studio was scheduled to get a makeover and be renovated with state of the art equipment before the fall semester began. Two weeks into the semester and the studio, which is on the first floor on the C Building, is still incomplete with students who are enrolled in TVR production with no new studio to work with. “It’s very inconvenient,” said Barbara Naylor, who teaches television production. “I’ve had to group all my lectures together for the beginning of the school year, so it can give them time to finish the [construction] work.”

James Arnwine, dean of performing and communication arts, said that facilities workers were put on a tight deadline to finish the studio. “The facilities crew had to be sent to the Science Village,” said Arnwine. “They had to make sure the village got finished before school started. It’s been a challenge. The construction should be done about the third week in October.” The TVR production classes have been moved to the Little Theater in the C Building, but students in the advanced classes say it is very disappointing not to have the new studio ready. “We were promised a new studio to begin the semester with,”

said Justin Naranjo who is majoring in film. “It was too good to be true.” Naranjo said the only good thing about being in the Little Theater was that it was bigger and gave students more room to work in. But, he also said that the audio was poor and the production room was small and claustrophobic.“It’s stressful,” said Naylor. “It has had a negative impact on the students.” However, Naylor was “delighted” that the studio was getting some new gear. The old studio was run with analog equipment; the new studio is supposed to introduce the students to new digital technology.

Wellness Center to help with stress MARY NURRENBERN Staff Writer

A wellness center will be started at PCC with a grant for $244,540 that was received from Proposition 63 funds, according to Theresa Reed, Educational Adviser. According to Reed Student Learning services will be turning the basement of the L Building into a wellness center for staff and students which currently is the staff lounge and will be repurposed to serve the PCC community. “We are working on getting

Wendy Garcia / Courier Educational Advisor Theresa Reed will be organizing on the Wellness Center

the facility in place, painting, getting computers and getting office space,”said Cynthia Olivo,

Associate Dean of Counseling and Student Success Services who is working with Reed on the Wellness Center. “I am excited to provide a sense of relief in this time of high stress,” said Reed. The wellness center will offer seminars and workshops for all. “It will be a relaxing atmosphere filled with aromatherapy, running waterfalls and comfortable seating, “ said Reed. Reed said she is hoping for it to open in October. “Sometimes it is not a matter of fixing it all, sometimes it is just helping someone get through the day,” said Reed.

A new budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year that reflects a cut of almost 600 class sections and reduces spending by nearly $7million was approved by the Board of Trustees Sept. 5. PCC will be offering 578 fewer sections in the 2012-13 year. Many of these cuts have already been announced. Around 200 of the sections cut are from the elimination of winter session. “Five hundred and seventy eight sections would cost close to $3 million, which unfortunately we don’t have,” said Senior Vice President and Assistant Superintendent of Business and College Services Bob Miller during the discussion. The Board voted unanimously for the approval of a roughly $111-million budget. The budget took into account around $9-million of cuts in state funding this year according to Miller. This budget has been prepared in case of the failure of Proposition 30 in November. The school reduced spending by $3.1-million dollars for the 578 sections. The rest of the reduction went into reassignments of faculty time ($750,000), unclassified hourly ($900,000), vacant positions ($800,000), and reduction of Board of Trustee Election funds ($400,000). Senior Vice President and Assistant Superintendent of

Academic and Student Affairs Robert Bell said that the school will be offering 4,777 class sections with state funding on 201213. Last year PCC offered 5355 sections. “We are going to put as many classes as possible into spring,” Bell said, “Forty percent of the [state funding] may apply to summer.” According to budget documents, the projected budget fiscal year of 2011-12 was $116-million in projected expenditures. The actual expenditures of 2011-12 were $110-million, leaving over $7 million in surplus, much of which has been deferred. Faculty Association Treasurer Daniel Hamman argued that the school is not in a budget crisis. “Suggestion of a budget crisis has been presented by the board to short circuit shard governance,” said Hamman. “Dipping into [reserves] during difficult times to provide a few more classes is what reserves are for,” Hamman said regarding the Capital Outlay Fund 41, which currently has about $18.3-million in reserves. “Investing more in the class sections now is not an investment, it’s an expense,” said Trustee John Martin. “This should’ve been done a long time ago,” said Trustee Bill Thomson. “Budgets can be changed and are changed throughout the year.”

Police Blotter

September 2 A staff member reported a person lying on the sidewalk on Bonnie Avenue. The person was found to be intoxicated and uncoscious.The person was trasported to Huntington Memorial Hospital.

September 6 A woman reported her iPad was stolen from Building D. She stepped outside the classroom to make a call. When she returned the iPad was missing.

September 4 Cameras recorded a man taking a backpack from inside the Bookstore. Officers found the man, cited him and released him.

In a photo caption published September 6, the name of the artist was incorrectly attributed. The painting was the work of Instructor Jim Morphesis.

Compiled by Anthony Richetts



September 13, 2012



Town hall sheds light on calendar problems CHRISTINE MICHAELS Staff Writer

Jordan Harris / Courier Teacher Maribeth Henry, sits in front of the class explaining the do's and don'ts at the Pasadena Christian Center.

Free parenting classes offered at CEC ALAN LOPEZ Staff Writer

Free parenting classes will be offered this fall through the Community Education Center. The classes are taught by certified instructors that have backgrounds in marriage and family counseling and child development, according to Gia Blount, director of the program. Class time includes creative play, music and movement, and snack time, according to Blount. The classes are split up into age groups, such as infant, toddler, and ages 2, 3 and four. The

infant and toddler classes are further divided into groups of six month increments, such as 06 months, 7-12 months, and so forth. A family is eligible to take up to 2 classes. There are also dads-only, bilingual, and courtmandated classes, according to Blount. The classes are integrated and designed so that the students will be observing and interacting with their children. The class educates parents on different stages in a child’s development. “What makes these classes unique is that they are designed for both the parents and the chil-

dren,” said Blount. The parenting classes are aimed at young or inexperienced parents, though any student with a child 4 and under may enroll. “We even had one couple say that the class saved their marriage, it really put things into perspective for them,” Blount said. Classes are offered during the fall and spring semester at PCC at various locations in the Pasadena area including Altadena, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Temple City and Arcadia. The program is in its 79th year, according to Blount.

Students and faculty alike raised questions and concerns about the new three-semester calendar to intently listening officials at a town hall forum sponsored by the Academic Senate on Tuesday. The forum, moderated by Senate Vice President A.C. Panella, included Senate President Dustin Hanvey, Associated Students President Simon Fraser, Assistant Superintendant Vice President Robert Miller, Assistant Superintendant Vice President Robert Bell, Librarian Daniel Haley and Counselor Dean Cynthia Olivo. English Instructor Martha Bonilla questioned the rationale behind moving winter session to a second summer session. “If we don’t have the funding for winter intersession, then how can we move it to summer?” Bonilla asked. Miller explained the shift had to do with the timing of possible funding from the state. “If Proposition 30 passes, we will have an additional $6.7 million for [class] sections,” he said. Bonilla continued to question the decision to shift to a three semester calendar, saying the decision was hasty and was not given proper presentation to the shared governance groups. Bell explained the calendar had been an ongoing discussion, but that

he hoped the discussions among faculty, students and the administration would be much more transparent. “[The calendar] isn’t a one size fits all, but we are going to work with a much more open, broad, and direct feedback from students and faculty,” he said. Others questioned the effectiveness of shorter terms that may occur during the summer intersession and the beginning of spring semester. Bonilla expressed concern that students may take an overwhelming number of units in one semester. “Having such short sessions might encourage students to take up to 20 units or more. How is this going to promote student success if they are going to be overloaded?” she said. Counselor Olivo explained the overload petition process for students who wish to take 19.3 units or more per semester. Counselors check a student’s past academic record to see if he or she may be able to handle a high workload. Students can be denied if the counselor does not believe he or she can cope with an overloaded class schedule, Olivo explained. Some faculty members were concerned they would not have enough time to plan their classes without the winter intersession. Bell explained there would be a discussion with faculty to assist with workload contract fulfillment.

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manner and made physical contact with one of the officers. Police attempted to restrain Gandara. In the scuffle, Gandara claimed one of the officers grabbed and twisted his arm and as a natural reaction he pulled his arm back and put his hands up. Gandara said he tried to take a step back to show the officers that he was not trying to be an aggressor. He claims that the officers tried again to restrain

him and that they twisted his arm again. Gandara said he again pulled away and that in the process he accidently touched one of the officers. He then followed his friend as she was being escorted out of the building. Chief Perez said his officers handled the situation in the appropriate manner, that they never twisted Gandara’s arm when trying to restrain him. They were trying to calm the situation down, he said. In order to prevent any further escalation

they decided to take Gandara into custody Outside, Gandara said, three officers surrounded, restrained and detained him. He was lead to the back of the building to be taken off site. The official reason for the arrest, Chief Perez, said was battery of a peace officer, a misdemeanor. Perez said that his officers are trained in gentle handling techniques when in a situation like this, and to simply escort the suspect out of the building.

He explained that it is never their first intention to make arrests. He added that out of the six different incidents that night, Gandara’s was the only one that resulted in an arrest. “I believe it was a perfect police response.” Chief Perez said, “My officers handled the situation in textbook fashion.” Gandara claims he was not read his Miranda rights and that one of the officers told him: “I don’t have to read you your rights.” As they arrived at the campus police facility, Gandara says that he continued to ask to be read his rights, and that officers responses were the same. Gandara was then taken to the Pasadena Police Department for fingerprinting and booking. Upon arrival Gandara claims that the reason for the arrest given to the booking clerk was protesting. Regarding the claim that Gandara was never read his Miranda rights, Chief Perez explained that in order for Miranda rights to be read to a

suspect, the suspect must be taken into custody for questioning. Since Gandara was not taken in for questioning, there was no need to read him his rights. Gandara is scheduled to appear in court to face the charges in October. Gandara he said that he had no intention of causing a disturbance at the meeting and that he never intentionally or accidentally caused any physical harm to a police officer there. As an active member of the community he does not want what he believes to be a false accusation to smudge his record. “I just want to clear up my name. I don’t want these false accusations to follow me,” Gandara said. “I just want to organize and unite the people for a better community, both in and out of the schools. After I’m done, I want to be an educator and I’m going to do whatever I can so I can erase these accusations from my record.”


Courier 2011 JACC General Excellence Award Winner Editor­in­Chief Nicholas Saul Managing Editor Nicholas Zebrowski Online Editor Anthony Richetts Opinion Editor Christine Michaels Sports Editor Philip McCormick Assist. Sports Editor Karla Sosa Arts & Entertainment Editor Paul Ochoa Assist. Features Editor Emily Chang ­ Chien Photo Editor Buren Smith Assist. Photo Editor Antonio Gandara Online Photo Editor Teresa Mendoza Scene Editor Max Perez Staff Writers: Alfonso Ardon, Ander Arostegui, Raymond Bernal, Geness Gilkey, Maggie Ho, Alan Lopez, Shelly Maldonado, Mary Nurrenbern, Elizabeth Piedra, Amanda Pimentel, Luis Rodriguez, Benjamin Simpson, Mykeisa Willis Staff Photographers: Cicely Chisholm, John Garcia, Wendy Garcia, Connie Gonzalez, Gabriela Gonzalez, Jordan Harris, Makoto Lane, Triana Melendez, John Novak, Anar Nyantaisuren, Patricia Reyes, Daniel Valencia, Alexis Villanueva, Ryan Yamamoto


Get out to the polls and vote With the election quickly approaching, it is vital for every person to be informed and ready to vote. Propositions on the California ballot will vitally affect the state’s tax dollars, moral issues, as well as corporate ethics. The removal of the death penalty, tax increases, prohibition of human trafficking and sex slavery, the repealing of the “three strikes” sentencing law, a ban on corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates, mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food and car insurance rates are all on the ballot. All of these propositions affect each one of us, and every community

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in California. The most important one, however, is Gov. Jerry Brown’s Tax Increase, also known as Proposition 30. If Proposition 30 passes, PCC may receive as much as $6.75 million more for classes. If it does not pass, however, we may lose $12.2 million. With the state colleges and universities tightening their belts these past few years, admissions and transfers may either be restricted, or not exist at all this coming semester for some campuses. CSU Fullerton, for example, decided if it does not receive state dollars, it will be closing its doors for admissions and transfers in the spring

semester. Other campuses have been closing down intersessions. Like PCC, Rio Hondo Community College no longer holds a winter intersession due to budget cuts and preparation in case Proposition 30 is rejected. With your vote, you can decide whether or not California colleges and universities will have an opportunity to continue to provide the classes and transfer opportunities they do now. Or not. The deadline to register for the November election is Oct. 22. So get out there, get informed, and go vote. Your future may depend on it.

Pot: An economic case for legalization ANTHONY RICHETTS Staff Writer

Why is marijuana not legal? Legalizing marijuana has become a topic of debate in recent years. Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control & Tax Cannabis Act in the 2010 midterm elections brought the debate to the voters to decide whether marijuana should be legalized, regulated and taxed. It failed, receiving only 46 percent of the votes. Proponents of legalization in the meantime had to settle for decriminalization in 2011, making possession of pot an infraction, with punishment for possessing under an ounce a $100 fee. In the upcoming elections in November, three states – Washington, Colorado, and

Oregon – have proposals on their ballots to legalize marijuana. Currently marijuana is allowed for medicinal uses in 17 states, including California and Washington D.C. An October 2011 Gallup poll found that a record high 50 percent of Americans are in favor for marijuana legalization with 16.7 million Americans over the age of 12 saying that they have tried marijuana and 70 percent of those polled favoring making marijuana legal for medicinal proposes. So the question is, with so may in favor of legalization, why is marijuana not legal? Talking about marijuana legalization may be political suicide for any politician, which is why most senators and congressmen shy away from away from it and pass the buck down to the states

to decide. But why? With the economy in bad shape, legalization can provide some economic relief for the country, both as a way to cut spending and as a new source of revenue. A 2008 detailed report released by the Cato Institute shows that the United States would save about $8.7 billion dollars from the legalization of marijuana alone, an average $5.3 billion that is spent on the state-level and an average $3.4 billion spent on the federal level to prohibit marijuana. Part of that includes housing prisoners in federal prisons for marijuana related crimes. The report also shows that if marijuana is regulated and taxed at the same rates as tobacco and alcohol, the U.S. would receive about $8.7 billion in new revenues, $2.9 billion sent to the

state level and $5.8 billion sent to the federal level. Now let’s do the math. With $8.7 billion in cuts from ending marijuana prohibition and enforcement, another $8.7 billion in new revenues by regulating and taxing the sales of marijuana, that’s $17.4 billion that can be cut from the deficit. Despite the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana and the fact that half of the country is in favor of, there still has not been a national discussion on this issue. If Washington, Oregon, or Colorado can pass their respective legalization bills this November, they hopefully will offer a first step in bringing this debate to the national stage. Until then the country will just continue to spend too much getting rid of something that can provide so much.

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Comments recently posted to stories published online The following comments were posted in response to “Editorial: The end of collegiality?” Here is just one simple example of the flawed logic the administration is using in support of the new calendar – the “flexibility” it will provide in recording our Full Time Equivalent Students – apparently one of their stronger and more important arguments since they spent 20 minutes emphasizing it at the last two board meetings. The Administration stated that the new calendar would allow “flexibility” in recording our FTES because if summer session starts before June 30 (end of fiscal year) and ends after July 1 (beginning of next fiscal) we can count the FTES towards either fiscal year. That is accurate. They just forgot to mention that our current calendar has summer intersession starting before June 30 and ending after July 1 so we already have that flexibility. This new calendar does nothing to increase flexibility! – Anonymous Shared governance is not the same as shared decision making. While student input can be considered, the students are not the final say. I support Vice President of Instruction Robert Bell and President Mark Rocha. Can you imagine what a mess the school would be if students implement

their every whim? YIKES! – Christian What a slap in the face not only to everyone who works at PCC, but all the voters in the community college district. Does the board feel it unnecessary to consult its constituents when they make decisions affecting every one of the members of the PCC community? Do they not remember they will soon face the angry voters when they run for reelection? There clearly is enough money for winter classes. The only conclusion every voter can draw from this botched decision was that board members do not care about community participation. Shame on them! – Concerned Voter The following comments were posted in response to “Faculty dismayed by winter cancellation.” Of course faculty members are upset. Quite understandable. First, they were totally diss’ed by the Board and the administration. Second, their lives have been upended … it for some, it will cost REAL money. A huge majority of teachers were not expecting to have classes to teach in January. Many have made other arrangements – part time jobs for extra income? Vacation reservations that are non-refundable? Family commitments that will be broken?

This ill-considered decision by the Board has REAL WORLD consequences for real people who matter. Ooops. Guess they didn’t have time to think about that. And THAT is the entire point. – Frustrated Faculty Member The football team is not the only group on campus that fumbled the ball at the start of the school year. The Board of Trustees and the college administration has really dropped the ball with the elimination of the winter intersession. For years, the administration worked harmoniously with faculty, students and staff to decide what was best for the campus. This Board and this administration, however, have basically eliminated even the pretense of shared governance. The new policy has become “we’ll do what we damn well please, and if you complain too

much, you might have a family emergency that will force you to give up your position at the college.” How sad! – Maria Elena Of course this is emotional. People’s lives are at stake. There is nothing passive about losing education, losing opportunity and losing time. Not only has one of my production classes been scheduled without a studio and therefore essentially useless, but the winter intercession was pivotal in finally completing my certificate in the spring. Now, after classes being canceled this past summer, I fear I will never be able to complete my studies and move on with my life. This is a very big deal to thousands of us. So, yes, it’s emotional. -Student Peterson Make your voice heard! Visit and post a comment to one of the Courier online stories.

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How did you mark the anniversary of 9/11?

“I was terrified and crushed by [the terrorists], especially because everything did was against the principles of Islam. [the Muslims for Life blood drive was created] to give life, instead of taking life.” Ibrahim Naeem, CEC Director

“I am donating blood...I am doing my best to be an American citizen.” Anna Torres, business

“I will be visiting a cemetery. My friend was around the area when 9/11 happened.” Laura Ruiz, music

“I actually visited the Twin Towers three weeks before they went down. I was shocked since I was just there and I still think about it every year.” May Hang, nursing

“It’s a very sad day in America, to even have to remember. I was working here when it happened. Everyone was shocked.” Michael Jennings, Facilities Service Worker

“It’s not very emotional for me. I didn’t have any family there and I was too young to understand.” Kevin Liu, anthropology

“It was devastating. It made you realize that you have to live your life to the fullest, because those people had their life unwillingly taken.” Shelly Francisco, bio chemistry

“I don’t think we can ever recover from [9/11]. We just have to learn to live with it now.” Raven Palmmera, Geology, English

“I don’t try to remember the attacks beause it was just such a bad day for the U.S.” Bary London, business management

“My heart goes out to all those people who have dealt with somebody that they’ve loved or known or cared about [who died].” Breeze Arnold, psychiatry

“I spend time talking to my daughter about [it]. She was six weeks old [when it happened]...She has grown up in a country that has been at war her whole life. It’s very different from the way I grew up.” Adela Contreras, history

“I think of the lives that have been lost and what we can do to support our country. There are a lot of children who now have no parents or coworkers. It is a day of rememberance.” Tameka Alexander, Counselor

“It’s just another day, really...yeah it’s an important part of history, but what is there to do?” Jesse Velasco, English, psychology

“Just remembering. It gives me a flashback of when I was a kid and I saw it on T.V.” Cecilia LeGaspe, art

“Remembering where I was when my dad told me about it. I was only 10 when it happened so I didn’t understand what was happening or how important it was.” Chris Parham, automotive technology

“In recent years we have gone back to doing everyday things. That might seem disrespectful but it’s part of the healing process.” Sam Huddy, TVR

“As I walk around campus I am overwhelmed with many of my friends reminding me how important this day was and the mark it has placed in American history.” Ryosuke Tarui, business

“Today is a day of rememberance. A lot of young people died that day, people that still had a lot to live for. Keeping their memory alive is what today is what [9/11] is all about.” Marco Randia, music

“When I think about it that day is blurry, but the memory and affect it had on the people surrounding me is what really involves me. I remember this day because my peers remember it.” Christian Stoic, film

“I was in the first grade when the attacks happened. It never really affected me then, but now as an adult I find myself thinking about it more.” Brian Ramos, chemistry

Reporting by: Luis Rodriguez, Shelly Maldonado, Emily chang - Chien, Amanda Pimentel, Tiffany Herrera, Alfonso Ardon, Yeyson Caballeros, Photos by: Max Perez, Ryan Yamamoto, Gabriela Gonzales, Teresa Mendoza, Jordan Harris, Garcia



September 13, 2012

Cicely Chisholm / Courier Club Week, as seen from the second story of the CC Building, drew in a large crowd of students to the Quad to see the different types of clubs PCC has to offer..

Ryan Yamamoto / Courier The Reunited Organization Of Pilipino Americans,also known as TROPA, showcases its various activities in the quad, Tuesday. The brightly colored board attempts to reel in passerbys and pique interest in the club.


With over 71 clubs, the bi-annual event aims to foster a sense of belonging

Cicely Chisholm / Courier Alexandra Camacho, fashion, displays a colorful dress for the Fashion Club, along with sketches, materials, and future events for the club on Tuesday.

Cicely Chisholm / Courier The Astronomy Club had a few telescopes, including this one, on display for students to see and interact with as a way to attract new members on Tuesday.

Concepcion Gonzalez / Courier Stepanie Bautista, left, 23, sociology, Belen Rodriguez, 24, accounting, Gonzalo Martinez, 19, international business, talk about United Without Borders and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship on Wednesday.




September 13, 2012

A look back: Film Instructor Rod Foster TIFFANY HERRERA Staff Writer

Passion for film and television came at an early age for Instructor William [Rod] Foster. Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s, Foster watched television shows and movies from the 1930s and 1940s. Sitting in his office chair, remembering his childhood, Foster smiles. “[I watched] everything from cartoons to John Wayne films,” he said. In 1964 Foster attended San Diego State University right out of high school at the age of 17. Although he had a passion for film, he didn’t pursue that field right away. Foster was in the fraternity Alpha Tau Omega. He had fun partying with his fraternity brothers and meeting the sister sorority girls. He wore nice suits with a tie to dances and parties. “This was before [the culture of] the hippies. That wasn’t until the late 60s when the Vietnam War started,” said Foster. Although he enjoyed student life, he still kept a B average in his classes. Foster was also on the debate team. He said that everyone on the debate team wanted to become lawyers, so he declared

his major to be pre-law with the rest of them. Eventually he changed his mind and left SDSU. He spent time surfing and joined Vista, which is a part of the peace corps. When he went back to college at Chapman University, he was a different man and student. He was a matured 22-year-old who was a straight A student and a serious reader. He graduated Chapman in 1970 and majored in Communications at graduate school. He worked at CSU Fullerton for nine years and in 1985, started working at PCC. Today he is an instructor for Communications 1, Theater Arts 7A, and 7B. He wrote the book “Early Film History” and “Contemporary Film History” which are used in all the theater arts 7A and 7B classes. Best thing about college: “[When in college] the best thing was just having fun. Now that I look back, [the best thing] was [gaining] the intellect. Worst thing about college: “The dorm food.” Most interesting thing about college: “[My] professors.” If you could go back and change one thing about yourself, what would that be?: “[I would] take time [off] before high school

John Novak / Courier William (Rod) Foster is seen with his extensive collection of film books in his office in the C Building.

and college. I was young, I was 17.” What do you know now that you wish you knew then?:

“Savor every minute of [the experience].” Student Opinion: “He’s very theatrical. He makes you [want

to] learn. He is a passionate teacher. He cares about his students,” said Garnet Reyes, criminal justice.

Music major is also artistic jack of all trades ALAN LOPEZ Staff Writer

Concepcion Gonzalez / Courier Aria Noelle Curzon, 24, is a current music major but has been acting since the age of six.

From an early age, music major Aria Curzon has been enamored with performing arts. The native Californian has worked as an actress in Hollywood, as well as projects on music and dancing. At age 6, Curzon decided that she wanted to try her hand at showbiz. “The first thing that made me want to try acting was Shirley Temple. I loved her, as a little kid.” Curzon said. It wasn’t long before Curzon’s mother helped fulfill her daughter’s wishes, when Curzon did her first TV commercial for Crayola. Her many credits now include work on the upcoming NBC TV show “The New Normal” and a role in the 2011 “The Muppets” movie. She also has voice credits

on the animated Disney film “Tarzan.” According to Curzon appreciates many of the arts. She also has interests in music, dancing and theater. She plays the violin for fun. To Curzon, it comes as no surprise: both of her parents are musicians. “I love bluegrass, I love, like, folk music and jazz. I studied jazz and classical here [PCC],” Curzon said. “One thing I would love to do in my lifetime is tour with a band. Because, I mean, that would incorporate my singing,” said Curzon. Curzon has also been involved in dancing throughout her life. She is associated with an Irish dance group called “Celtic Spring,” which she has performed with on and off since age 13. She also has experience in theater productions. Curzon takes her work seriously and does-

Fired school officials’ bribery scandal detailed Continued from page 1

trying to manipulate the District Attorney.” In the complaint filed July 26 in the Los Angeles Superior Court, LED Global LLC and its two principals Robert Das and Saila Smith accuse van Pelt and Hutchings of a host of hedonistic requests on top of a solicitation of bribes. According to the complaints, van Pelt and Hutchings had offered LED Global a “purchase agreement” to the tune of $5 million after the company agreed to numerous requests, including expensive travel for van Pelt and Hutchings to Mumbai for a factory site visit. “During the course of making arrangements for the factory site visit to Mumbai, Hutchings and van Pelt began to make unusual and expensive requests,” the court document says. The requests included business class travel, accommodation at five star hotels (the Four Seasons in Mumbai), an excursion to the

Taj Mahal, more than $2,000 worth of Cuban Cigars, and the demand for prostitutes, which, LED Global denies providing. Van Pelt and Hutchings also requested they be paid $250,000 in commission for the contract they made with PCC and, after introducing LED Global to other community colleges, “to be personally paid by [LED Global] a 5 percent commission on the value of any contract entered into between LED Global and any other college in the State of California.” These commissions were to be paid to an off-shore bank account, according to the lawsuit. Last week, van Pelt and Hutchings filed a cross-complaint in which they claim “[LED Global] conspired and agreed among themselves that if they did not receive the substantial lighting contract with Pasadena City College, they would instead accuse [van Pelt and Huthings] of alleged wrongdoing and would seek substantial damages

against [van Pelt and Hutchings] to compensation for the lost contract money.” The court document then alleges LED Global’s acts were “done knowingly,” with “malicious intent,” and the “statements and representations about [themselves] have caused each of them [van Pelt and Hutchings] to lose his respective job and income from Pasadena City College and my have far reaching consequences as far as future ability to obtain other employment.” In the initial complaint, representatives of LED Global claim they felt Hutchings was flexing his muscle as a former police officer with the LAPD. Hutchings allegedly bragged about beating and killing people as a means to “intimidate and implicity threaten [LED Global].” In the cross-complaint, van Pelt and Hutchings state they were also threatened with physical harm if they did not complete the contract.

n’t forget the people who have helped her throughout her career. She credits her parents and her hard work for her success and PCC for growing, musically. “She has a willingness to work hard,” said Instructor Donald Brinegar who taught Curzon in one of his voice classes. He pointed out that she is very energetic, yet has a calm presence. Curzon also has a love of animals and likes to help out with organizations that help animals. “She is one of the most genuine people I know,” said Damone Williams, a friend of Curzon. He described Curzon as caring, outgoing, fun, and a very positive person. Curzon has big goals for the future. “As far as my life goals, I love to be involved in change for the better,” she said.

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Glimpses of campus seen in Hollywood fare AMANDA PIMENTEL Staff Writer

Throughout the years, people worldwide have been able to take a glimpse at PCC through films, television shows, and award shows which have used the campus as a production location. According to IMDb, films such as Scary Movie 2 (2001), The Dentist (1996), Reunion (2009), Performance (2006), and Art School Confidential (2006), have featured the campus as a backdrop to their films. Scenes from these movies have been filmed all around the campus including inside the C Building, outside the R Building and even in the school’s art rooms, ensures Campus Use Specialist Marcie Ambrose. “PCC is an attractive school. Parts of the school look like a real college and parts of the school look like a high school depending on what part of the campus you’re on,” said Film History Instructor William [Rod] Foster. T.V. shows such as Desperate

Anar Nyantaisuren / Courier. The campus has been featured in several Hollywood movies, including “Art School Confidential,” with John Malkovich as an art school professor. This art class room is on the fifth floor of the R building.

Housewives have also used PCC’s facilities to film the hit series. Celebrity Eva Longoria was filming around the PCC pool area during the second season of the show says Ambrose. In 1996, the Sexson Auditorium was the location of the 50th annual Emmy Technical Awards. Famous actors such as Betty White and Edward Asner - the voice of Mr. Fredricksen in

the Pixar movie UP -- were in attendance that evening, according to the history of PCC on the school website. Not only has the school been the setting for many films, but the marching band has also made it on screen, appearing in movies such as Primary Colors (1998) and Jingle All the Way (1996), said Marching Band Director Kyle Luck. Luck notes that the marching

band has recently worked with Mariah Carey in her music video About My Face, and has been in national commercials for RadioShack as well as ESPN 3D. “When [production companies] call us it’s because they want our look as well as our performance; many times we play live,” said Luck. However production of any kind is not scheduled during school sessions because it is

intrusive to the educational environment around campus. When production companies come to PCC they fill up the parking areas and store props all around campus, disrupting the positive work environment for students, says Ambrose. “[Production] is allowed when it’s conducive to [the] student population and academic schedule,” says Ambrose.

New structure for teaching divisions approved Continued from page 1

The school of Science and Math consists of the Natural Sciences and Kinesiology, Health Sciences and Math and Computer Sciences divisions. The school of the Arts and design consists of the Performing and Communication Arts, Visual Arts and Media Studies, and Fashion and Architecture divisions. The school of Career, Technical and Professional Education consists of the Business division and the Engineering and Technology departments. The Community Education Center will remain unchanged; with a gradual move of programs to the “appropriate academic unit” according to the Aug. 29 Board packet presentation of the tentative realignment

plan. The realignment plan includes a Dean of International Education, a Dean of Faculty, a Dean of Library and Learning Resources, and a Dean of Online and Hybrid Education. “Divisions will work together in a School ‘pod’ with one dean as pod leader,” according to the Board packet. A pod, according to Associated Student President Simon Fraser, is the cycling of faculty members as the head of a school for a certain term. “My concern with a rotational model is the lack of continuity. How will it affect the efficiency of collegiate business,” said Fraser. The realignment diagrams created by the Administration explained a school will eventually migrate to one dean through

attrition. “Each discipline will migrate to a faculty governance structure as determined by a mutual agreement between the Academic Senate and the Administration,” it explains. Vice President of Instruction Robert Bell said there was a dis-

Some on campus baffled by sudden restructuring CHRISTINE MICHAELS Staff Writer

Members of the campus community are upset, confused, and ashamed by the Aug. 29 vote by the Board of Trustees to radically restructure teaching divisions at the college. Librarian and Academic Senate treasurer Daniel Haley explained at the meeting that the shared governance groups’ recommendation was not integrated into the new realignment plan. “The Academic Senate and College Council voted to retain academic divisions with all the deans in place. This is a completely different proposal,” he told the board. Performing and Communication Arts Division Dean Jim Arnwine felt that everyone may be confused, but he is not afraid of change. “We don’t really have a clear vision of the faculty chairs, though,” he said.

Faculty Association Secretary Paul Jarrell said it was a shame the Board would not consider the opinions of the shared governance groups on campus. “It really is a shame that we would like to move forward, that we really like to get wins for the students,” he said to the Board. “I wish you would make good, informed decisions with the faculty and students, not against them.” Vice President of Education Services Robert Miller explained that while the discussion had been extensive, it was not until the past year that more people were involved. “In many people’s minds, we rushed to the finish line. But they didn’t realize the race had already began,” he said. Assistant Super Intendant and Senior Vice President Robert Bell felt the same. “It’s kind of like a movie. But we didn’t have a lot of time to make the Trailer before the premiere,” he said.

cussion of the model last fall. The plan was based on a recommendation from the administration and the planning and priorities committee. “We do believe it will be better for students and for efficiency [with college duties],” he said.

The integration of faculty chairs – of which comprises the “pod” of current division deans will allow the faculty to have more stakes in the decision making for divisions and schools, according to Bell.




September 13, 2012

Water polo wins 2, loses 2 BENJAMIN SIMPSON Staff Writer

Despite winning only two games of four at the Saddleback Women’s Water Polo Tournament on Sept. 7-8, the Lancers walked away with confidence for the rest of their season. “I’m really excited about this season,” said Coach Terry Stoddard, “We came here with a lot of anticipation and hope, and I think we are going away with a lot of confidence and focus. We want to play together, we want to play as a team, it’s still early in the season. I’m disappointed with our losses, because … we

could have turned those around.” The Lancers came into stride on Saturday morning in their third game of the tournament against the hosts Saddleback College, winning by six goals, 14-8. Both Makenzie Blank and Ashli Gonzales-Griffin scored five goals, and Giselle Mendieta stole the ball five times for the Lancers. “Personally, in the beginning I was not excited,” said Blank, the Lancers leading goal scorer of the tournament, “I was not ready, but towards the end of the weekend we pulled it together.”

Benjamin Simpson/Courier Shelby Gregg saves a shot during the Saddleback Tournament.

The Lancers played the Palomar College Comets in their fourth and final game of the tournament. Despite going down three goals in the first quarter, the Lancers fought hard, never letting the Comets pull out a large lead. PCC’s goalkeeper Shelby Gregg displayed her prowess by making numerous one handed saves to keep the score close, while the Lancers kept up constant pressure on the Comets goal, although they ended up losing 11-7. On Friday morning the Lancers played their first game of the tournament against the Grossmont Griffins. PCC racked up 18 shots on goal, but lost the game 9-2. Friday afternoon the team played its second game against the Southwestern Jaguars. With 5 goals by Makenzie Blank and 13 saves by Gregg the Lancers won 8-4. With PCC’s 1-1 record after the first day, and the Grossmont Griffins winning their second game, the Lancers were dropped from Group A to play in Group B for the second day. “The purpose of the tournament is to find out your weaknesses,” said Coach Stoddard, “What you need to get better at, and where you are out of shape … we played well as a team …. I’m really proud of them, because I think that they are excited about this season, a coach is always happy when that happens.”

Alexis Villanueva /Courier The Womens Soccer team plays a home game against College of the Desert at Robinson Stadium on Friday.

Women’s soccer team rolls over Roadrunners MARY NURRENBERN Staff Writer

The crowd at Robinson Stadium enthusiastically cheered the Lancer soccer team in its third game of the season on Sept. 7, when it thrashed College of the Desert with an overwhelming final score of 6-0. The lancers started out strong, scoring three goals within the first 40 minutes of the game. Half time hit and the score was still 3-0. “At half time, we talked about mistakes of the last game and then came out and focused,” said Hallie White, Nursing. In the first half of the second period the Lancers played good defense but still not scoring additional points. There were many attempts but the ball kept bouncing off of the goal post, as the crowd sighed. In the middle of the second period the Lancers scored another point. “We played well, had good possession” said Amanda Papac, Communication. With 27 minutes left to go in the game, the Lancers scored another point, as the game headed towards the finish.

“The team has good speed, technical skill and size,” said Coach Randy Lilavois. The College of the Desert Roadrunners did all they could to get the ball but the Lancers gained control and the crowd screamed as they hit the ball into the net. As the game neared the end and was at 10 minutes, the Lancers scored again making the final score, 6-0 “We talked before the game about how we had opportunities in the previous game but we did not score a lot of goals. We had a lot of opportunities in this game and we were able to put the ball in the net. That is the big difference,” said Lilavois. With the season just starting there are many more games to go and the Lancers are prepared. “ I want to beat teams we are afraid of and get as many goals as we can,” said Papac. Lilavois talked about his expectations for the season after the game. “We want to be competitive and go to the conference [finals]. Hopefully we will finish at the top,” said Lilavois.

Conflict emerging within faculty Continued from page 1

with how faculty union meetings were being conducted: the meetings lacked transparency, left questions unanswered, and the opinions of other faculty members were not taken into account, he said. A week after the Board meeting at which the CPF aired its grievances, the FA leadership team circulated a peremptory letter via email. “The [FA] is shocked and angered at the events that transpired at last Wednesday’s [Board] meeting,” the letter read. “The FA had written a letter to the Board outlining the necessity of collegial process and contractual integrity. Our letter was ignored. Faculty and students were ignored. We fear that we are in a new era of rule by edict.” Although this letter is a passionate and compelling statement, actions should have been discussed with the faculty before being presented, Fleming said via email. The CPF is circulating a petition that “calls for [collegiality] and a transparent, democratic, effective faculty union. It is [the coalition’s] sincere hope that this petition will

lead to a stronger, more effective faculty union that truly represents the concerns and priorities of its members.” Faculty Association Secretary Paul Jarrell had signed the petition. Upon the coalition’s presentation at the Board meeting and subsequent public frenzy, however, Jarrell asked that his signature be taken off. “Those are my colleagues — I respect them, but I don’t respect what they did,” Jarrell said. According to Fleming, the presentation of the coalition’s petition was a result of unfortunate timing, and has led members to be deemed as “anti-union.” Coalition member Katie Rodriguez described the outbursts as disheartening, awful and truly horrendous. The coalition expressed regret after witnessing the disorder that occurred. However, the coalition continues to stand by its decision to make a presentation. “There are so many people that feel the same way that I do, [but are] not ready to put themselves in the firing line,” Rodriguez said. “I am not going to be intimidated, and this is something I feel strongly about. It’s time to stand up for what I believe in.”

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JUNE 24, 2013

FREQUENTLY FREQUENTL LY ASK ASKED QUESTIONS QUESTION: So if all you’re doing is flipping the calendar, keep the calendar calendar r, why not just ke as it is? ANSWER: The primary reason for the calendar change is to improve p stu udent success. The current calendar was itself an experiment that began only in 2004. Since that time state data show that PCC’s student success outcomes have flat lined or declined, especially among basic skills students, our most at-risk students for not completing. Data shows that students in basic skills English, ESL and math usually complete at higher rates when instruction occurs consistently over an academic year without a long winter break. Why can’t the District just fund extra winter session classes under the same calendar as it always has done? The severe state funding cuts for 2012-2013 alreadyy had forced the District to eliminate most winter session classes. At the Board meeting on September 5, the Trustees adopted a FY 2012-2013 budget that would stay within its state funding and its historical policy of going over statemandated enrollment by no more than 2%. Under the old calendar, PCC would have had a winter session, but no winter session classes. The newly approved calendar insures that all students will have classes in the winter starting on January 7. Why is this called a “tentative” calendar? Should I plan to be here on January 7 or not? The Board of Trustees has already approved and adopted the new calendar and fully intends for it to be implemented this year. In the official action item before the Board of Trustees, the calendar was termed “tentative” due to the legal requirement that the District negotiate with its faculty and staff unions about the impacts on their wages and working conditions of this calendar change. To be clear, the negotiation with the faculty and staff unions is not about whether the calendar will be implemented. It is about addressing the negotiable effects of the change

on faculty and staff. The calendar change can go forward while these negotiations continue. So,, as a p pra actical matter, all facultyy, staff and students should plan p on the calendar ch hange g and should p plan to start classes on Mondayy, Januaryy 7,, 2013. By October 1, or thereabouts, O the administration will make a final announcement on the operational details of implementing the new calendar. I’m a student planning to graduate and transfer in the Spring and I was planning to take a winter session class to meet the requirements of my educational plan? What do I do now? You will still get need. g the class you y (But, first, remember that under the previous calendar there were no classes offered during the winter session.) All students who are in this situation and who are within 12-18 units of graduation/transfer will be identified and given the classes they need. If you are in this situation, email p I’m a student and I was planning to work full time or travel winter. ravel during the winter r. Now what do I do? You still can work or be away for January 7- February 15. We will be scheduling a late spring session of classes to meet the needs of such students. If you are in this situation, email calend p

to set up your spring classes, while it is less busy. Will the fall 2013 term finish after the holiday break?

requirements for admission (e.g. completion of the golden four and 60 units by the end of the spring term). Please contact a counselor or university rep for more information.

No. The fall term is scheduled to finish before the holiday break as usual. This includes finals and the submission of grades by faculty.

I’m a full-time faculty member and I’m not scheduled to teach in the winter and I have already made other plans to be away. away y. What do I do?

When will the spring 2013 class schedule be available/ posted online?

This may be an “impact on working conditions.” First, make this clear to your union so that they can negotiate such issues with the District. The District is prepared to accommodate faculty in this situation and there are a number of ways that this accommodation can be done without any disruption to you or the class schedule.

The spring 2013 class schedule will be on the PCC website by mid to late October as usual. Will the new calendar cost students more in fees? No. Enrollment and tuition fees in spring 2013 will remain unchanged: 12 units at $46/unit, plus $13 Health Fee, $1 ASB Fee and $10 Student Activity Fee per term. Will there be summer classes? Yes. The first six-week summer session begins on Mayy 13 and ends June 21. The second six-week summer session is scheduled for June 24 and ends August 2. The state budget cuts still may not make extra summer classes available, but students who need a class to get to a university in September will get what they need.

OK, so when and how will I register and get my classes for the Spring semester?

To be eligible for guaranteed ssummer session I courses, students must provide the Degree and Transfer Center with the following information per dates posted:

There’s plenty ty of time. Yo ou will register the way you always have on the PCC website. You will be assigned a registration date based on your priority.

% Before 12/7/12: A list of all CSU and UC campuses to which fall 2013 applications were submitted and the transfer major declared

Registration assignment dates for continuing students will be posted on Lancerlink on October 1. New/ Returning students will be emailed their registration assignment dates upon confirmed receipt of their admission application.

% Before 3/1/13: A list of all independent campuses to which fall 2013 applications were submitted and the transfer major declared

It’s so important to make an appointment to see a counselor now

% Upon immediate receipt from independent institutions: admission status notice and/or requirements Note: CSUs and UCs have minimum

I’m a faculty member and I’m scheduled to teach a new course in the Spring and I was counting on the winter break to prepare. This is also an example of a possible “impact” of the calendar change and faculty should make the Faculty Association aware of this situation. Again, the administration is prepared to work closely with the Faculty Association to accommodate faculty in this kind of situation. There will also be a number of special meetings in the next few weeks with the Academic Senate and the Committee on Academic and Professional Matters (CAPM) so that the administration can address any and all faculty issues. I’m a classified staff member and I’ve heard that there may be furloughs this January. January y. Is this so? No. When the Board adopted the new calendar, it also eliminated the need to ask managers and staff to furlough during the winter session when no classes would be in session. The adopted budget proposed to the Board for FY2012-2013 does not include furloughs for managers or staff. The administration has therefore instructed General Counsel to rescind its previous request to negotiate the possibility of furloughs for January.

Questions? Email:



September 13, 2012


Men’s soccer team comes up short BENJAMIN SIMPSON Staff Writer

“Blow the whistle! Blow the whistle!” yelled the San Bernardino Coach Joshua Brown from the sidelines as the Lancers threw everyone forward in the last minute of Pasadena’s away game against the San Bernardino Valley College Wolverines on Sept. 11. With just seconds left in the game the Lancers goalie abandoned his goal to join in the attack, standing at one bizarre moment next to the Wolverine goalie. The ball came flying in from yet another Pasadena corner kick, bounced around the penalty area like a pinball stuck between bumpers, every player standing in a 15 foot radius, a sea of legs and arms. “Kick it out! Kick it out!” screamed Coach Brown. A foot connected with the ball, and it flew away from the goal, back toward center field. The referee blew his whistle, the game was over. Pasadena had lost again, 2-3. With the whistle to begin the second half, and the score tied 11, the Lancers set out to continue their first-half dominance, but within seconds the Wolverines raced down the left flank, centered the ball, and, after a bounce or two, Alexander Turkson volleyed the ball into the Lancers net.

This goal seemed to catch Pasadena off guard and suddenly they were on the back foot, reacting, not creating. It was only a few minutes later when Gregory Olivas scored again for Valley, making the score 3-1. “We played a very very good first half” said Lancers Coach Edgar Manvelyan “Unfortunately we gave up that first goal, and [in] the second half we gave up two mistakes, and that was the game right there.” Dazed as the Lancers were at the beginning of the second half, it took a moment of beauty by Victor Menchaca in the middle of the second half to lift Pasadena’s spirits for the remainder of the game. Menchaca made a run off the ball through the defense, Larson timed his pass perfectly, and Menchaca chipped the ball over the sliding Wolverine goalie to pull the Lancers back into the game 3-2. “Every time we start a game [the coach] gives us a little YouTube about what we should do,” said goal scorer Menchaca “He always told me ‘run, try to make open space, attract players.’ So when I saw the midfield had the ball in their possession, and I saw my forward closing in, he created a space for me so I ran wide and I told Zac [Larson] to pass me the ball through the space, and he did.” In the first half Pasadena was the first on the board, but not in

Benjamin Simpson/Courier Victor Menchaca leaps over the Wolverine’s goalkeeper after chipping the ball into the back of the Valley net, on Sept. 11.

the way they were expecting. Zachery Larson crossed the ball straight along the 6-yard line, with five players chasing the ball. It missed everyone but Miguel Garibay of the Wolverines, who unluckily passed it back into his own net. The Lancer pressure continued on the Wolverine goal all during the first half, with attempts on

goal coming thick and fast. Among many were Larson and Edgar Menendez both just missing a floating cross. Menendez and Irving Rosalez broken up in the last second in the box. And a Victor Menchaca chip pass to Rosalez who just barely lofted it over the bar. But despite the domination in the first half by Pasadena, the Wolverines took advantage of

the few chances they had. From a set piece Mario Montiel crossed the ball into the 18-yard box to connect with Diego Castro who, after one touch, buried it in the Lancers net. In the end, it was the referee’s whistle that ended Pasadena’s comeback chances. The Lancers are 0-1-2 for the season.

A double win for the Lancers volleyball team SHELLY MALDONADO Staff Writer

A strong kick-off to the 2012 season continued for the Women’s Volleyball team as it triumphed in Friday’s game, beating both Cypress and Santa Barbara in three matches each. The first match concluded with a score of 25-19, the second was 25-18, and the third was 25-12. Coach Tammy Silva spoke with resounding gratification about her team’s performance against Cypress. “The team came out strong in the first match,” she said. “We had a team hitting percentage of .422 [and] totaled five solo blocks and

twelve assisted blocks.” The game against Cypress featured some exceptional performances by some key players. Sophomore Kailey Faust (setter) stepped up on game day. “She totaled 67 assists for the day, was aggressive and ran a fast tempo offense. She was a strong leader,” said Silva. Outside hitter Jennifer Estrada was a standout player in Friday’s game as well, but believes everyone played an equal role. “I feel that we did well as a team…everybody did their part,” said Estrada. Another key player, sophomore Yanise Joseph (outside hitter), was no exception

to the realm of outstanding work in the game against Cypress. “[Joseph] hit an impressive .818 with 9 kills and no hitting errors,” said Silva. Joseph also felt confident about her contribution to Friday’s game. However, she believes that there is always room for improvement. “I still have a lot that I need to work on and execute,” said Joseph. The performances from the team failed to diminish in the game against Santa Barbara. Another game won in three matches concluded with a score of 25-19 in the first match, 25-23 in the second, and 25-17 in the third. Defensive players Cassandra Delacruz, Jennifer Estrada, Viridiana Gallardo, and

Briana Hilton were the standout individuals in the game against Santa Barbara. “Our defense was a game changer versus Santa Barbara,” says Silva. “[They] all played aggressive in the back row, totaling 112 digs which is an average of 18.2 Digs per game.” The games against Cypress and Santa Barbara started off strong, with minimal mistakes. The team ended even stronger. “We are ranked eighth in the state and we are only going to get better as the year continues,” said Silva. The team’s performance in the season thus far shows significant promise in the games to come. They are a force to be reckoned with in the 2012 season.

Football team, overwhelmed with penalties, in second loss JONATHAN BILES Contributing Writer

Jordan Harris / Courier Chetachi Jackson, wide receiver, avoids trouble.

“Obviously we expect to win every game,” Lancer Head Coach Fred Fimbres said after a 27-10 loss to Orange Coast College on Saturday. The expectations off the field and the performance on the field proved to be unlike each other, as the Lancers find themselves 0-2, losing their home opener to OCC. The Lancer football team was able to fix its turnover problem

from the previous week, but was unable to prevent a costly number of penalties. The Lancers have been highly penalized in their first two outings, racking up 153 yards last week and 169 yards in penalties this week. “Penalties are part of the game,” Fimbres said, “We just need to control how we play and not allow the penalties to get us flustered.” PCC’s running game was solid with 137 yards rushing and no

fumbles – a vast improvement from 42 yards rushing and four fumbles last week. With Marciss Grigsby having 14 rushes for 70 yards, Zander Anding having 20 rushes for 63 yards, and a few rushes for Zach Sinclair, the Lancers have a stable of running backs that could relieve the anxiety of their coach. PCC held out its starting quarterback Justin Posthuma due to an injury, but freshman Zeek Julien managed the game well. He scored the only Lancer

touchdown with a quarterback keeper. Overall the ability to score when we get the ball in the right area is key, according to coach Fimbres. “With so many guys who haven’t played a lot, a positive is that we’re getting more experience,” he said. With an inability to prevent the Pirates from scoring, struggling to function in the redzone, and having an aptitude for committing penalties, PCC needs all the experience it can get.

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