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Avid protestor now a V.P.
Luis Rodriguez Staff Writer
The Associated Students filled its last vacant vice president position after starting off the school year with three unexpected vacancies, selecting a firebrand known for clashing with the administration. Sarah Belknap, who has been an active voice on campus in the past, was appointed as the AS Vice President for Sustainability at an AS meeting on Sept. 25.
Belknap has frequently made lem,” Belknap said at the time. appearances at protests and Belknap is now eager to use board meetings, voicing frusher time on the AS Executive tration at the administration’s Board to benefit PCC students. actions. She was escorted outside “[Associate Students] has of the Creveling Lounge as been operating with not enough recently as a July 17 Board of students for the first half of Trustees meeting after quietly unfurling a “Bring Back Winter” the semester,” Belknap said. “I was excited to take some of that banner. load off and do my fair share. I “I sat with information in my hands with my hand raised wanted to come out of the gate for over an hour that transfers running.” would not be able to go in [for Belknap was quick to sign up fall 2013 transfer]. This was a BELKNAP page 6 completely foreseeable prob-
Campus prepares for ‘ShakeOut’ Samantha Molina Staff Writer
“Drop, cover and hold on.” This is the drill that will be practiced on campus and worldwide on Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. as a part of the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Two different drill scenarios will be practiced in the C building, D building and the Shatford Library, according to Sergeant Bill Abernathie. “There will be a complete evacuation drill in the C building and a non-evacuation drill in the D building and library which includes the basic ‘drop, cover and hold on’ response,” Sgt. Abernathie said. At 10:17 a.m. fire alarms in the C building will signal the beginning of the 15-minute earthquake drill. At that time students and staff in the C building will evacuate and gather near the mirror pools. Those in the D building and library will be instructed to drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk and hold
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on for 60 seconds as if an earthquake were happening. “The whole purpose of getting involved in the Great ShakeOut is to get people to think about what they would do if an earthquake were to happen right now,” Abernathie said. “Instead of panicking and running out of the building they will be properly prepared for an earthquake.” The Great California ShakeOut began in 2008 primarily in Southern California but has now been expanded to all of California as well as more than 20 regions. Those regions include states in the Southeast, Northeast, Rocky Mountains and Central United States. The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills not only take place in the United States but in other countries including Canada, Southern Italy, Japan and New Zealand. As of Sept. 30, over 20 million participants have registered for the 2013 Great ShakeOut with over 8.7 coming from California, according to shakeout.org.
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Zombie Headshots Walk through zombie shooting grounds at Haunted Hollywood
Council calls for mediation to quell campus turmoil Christine Michaels Editor-in-Chief
File Photo Courtesy of Neil Protacio Campus Police deny student protestor Sarah Belknap from attending the Board of Trustees in the Creveling Lounge of the CC Building on July 17, 2013.
The college plans to hire an outside mediator to try to repair the fractured relationship between administration, student and faculty groups to avoid potential problems when accreditation begins in 2015. Matt Jordan, interim associate dean of general education and a member of the Institutional Planning and Research team, spoke with the College Council at its Sept. 26 meeting regarding the fate of the college if collegiality amongst shared government groups was not improved. “I try to be authentic and honest. I just have to say that communications have really broken down between shared governance constituencies where there is no communication,” Jordan said. “Colleges are receiving sanctions because they have received repeated recommendations and not fully addressed them,” Jordan said. In the college’s last accredita-
tion report in 2009, accreditors recommended it fix issues with collegiality, shared governance and campus climate. Over the last two years, shared governance groups such as the Calendar Committee, the Academic Senate and the Associated Students worked together to make recommendations regarding a major calendar change and a restructuring of the college schools and administration. When the recommendations to keep a winter intersession and to keep the college structure virtually unchanged went up to the College Council (the shared governance group which makes recommendations that go directly to the Board of Trustees), the recommendations were changed and then given to the Board. Many campus constituents were outraged by the recommendation alterations, leading to a hostile campus climate and much blame directed at President Mark Rocha.
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AS expresses accreditation concerns Raymond Bernal and Justin Clay Staff Writers
Members of the Associated Students expressed concerns and optimism this week about PCC’s upcoming accreditation process scheduled for 2015. To help inform members of the Associated Students, Stephanie Fleming and Matt Jordon, planning and priority committee, made an accreditation presentation during an AS meeting Wednesday. Miranda Alvarado, AS vice-president for student services, praised the committee for reaching out to the AS and for trying to be transparent ahead of a visit from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College in the spring of 2015. But she did have some accreditation concerns. “I would say my main concern is the major changes at PCC which may affect our accreditation negatively, such as
Justin Clay/Courier Dean Matt Jordan and instructor Stephanie Fleming update the Associated Students on PCC’s efforts to stave off the loss of the school’s accreditation during its meeting on Wednesday.
switching to the Canvas system, cutting staff and students feeling they aren’t being reached out to,” Alvarado said. “Transparency and communicating better with our students is key.” The presentation focused on trying to learn from past mistakes. “We are focusing on past recommendations from the ACCJC previous three cycles such as integrated planning and governance collegiality campus climate
among other recommendations,” Fleming said. AS President Jordyn Orozco expressed a solution that he says may help with reaching out to students. “Appointing a panel that may help address and investigate student communication issues will be a good start,” said Orozco. “We [AS] are also trying to help with the communication problems by making ourselves accessible to students.”
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Opinion Editor Raymond Bernal Asst. Opinion Editor Aubrey Quezada Arts & Entertainment Editor Paul Ochoa Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor Samantha Molina Features Editor Emily Chang-Chien Lifestyle Editor Luis Rodriguez Sports Editor Daron Grandberry Asst. Sports Editor Andrew Salmi Photo Editor Antonio Gandara Asst. Photo Editor Anthony Reyes Online Photo Editor John Novak Scene Editor Matthew Chan Chief Photographer Benjamin Simpson Staff Writers: Bryan Acosta, Aerika Dave, Tiffany Herrera, Talia Karaalp, Tiffany Roesler, Benjamin Simpson Staff Photographers: Justin Clay, Bianca Kruspodin, Corey Harris, Rene Henriquez, Teresa Mendoza, Mary Nurrenbern, Rene Rojas, Meg Symanow, Caitlin KellyThompson, Daniel Valencia Faculty Adviser Nathan McIntire
Obamacare ultimately benefits students Daron Grandberry Staff Writer
By 2014 every American, with few exceptions, will have to have some form of health insurance or face fines. October 1 marked the first time Americans were able to shop for private insurance in health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Open enrollment runs between Oct. 1 and Mar. 31, but financial experts at the Wall Street Journal suggests holding off until December because plans bought through the exchanges won’t start until Jan. 1. Many Americans will be eligible for government help to pay for their plans, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The question remains: how will our government, on the brink of bankruptcy, be able to afford caring for those who can’t afford proper health care? Helping those who are financially unable to care for their own well-being is the morally correct thing to do. However, with the deficits and financial problems this country faces it remains to be seen if Obamacare is any different from our current system. Our government seems to be in limbo. The government wants to help the less
fortunate, but only at the expense of the middle and working class. What varies with the plans is cost. Some plans will carry higher deductibles, while others will ask for higher co-pays. Costs will vary based on where you live. The Congressional Budget Office also predicts employers will provide insurance for three out of every five Americans in 2014. Starting in 2014, Obamacare will offer a number of new rights and protections that will benefit the American people. Because of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans can’t refuse to cover treatment for pre-existing conditions. Coverage for your pre-existing conditions begins immediately, according to healthcare.gov. All insurance plans are required to cover preventative services and provide new health benefits. The idea is that more healthy people will buy insurance, and the money the insurance companies save on them will cover the costs of insuring the older and sicker people who will now be in the insurance system. While it seems like a system that can work, the government, as well as those in a position of power, both financially and politically, are afraid of change. If you don’t sign up to get insurance, you’ll list that on your 2014 tax return.
The fee for the first year without coverage is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child. Fortunately for us residing in the golden state, California is one of twenty states looking to expand Medicaid. According to healthcare.gov, states choosing to expand Medicaid will expand the government’s resources to everyone under 138% of the poverty level. Medicaid coverage varies from state to state, but out-ofpocket costs are generally modest. Smoking status is not taken into account in Medicaid eligibility. As sticklers for penny pinching and saving money, it’s time for us students to begin shopping for another bill to pay. However, this bill is much more important because starting next year it will be mandatory to have health insurance. Students we have to continue to stay financially responsible and inquire about the different health insurance outlets. Whether it’s through your parents, or from your job, we must stay educated and get insured because the government will start charging us if we do not. If you want to see what your bill may look like, the Kaiser Family Foundation has put together a calculator on their website at kff.org. The foundation provides an estimate of your costs depending on where you live and the kind of coverage you pick.
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“I wasn’t planning on signing up. I’m not insured though so I’m definitely considering researching it more.” Levi Helmuth, architecture
“I would if I needed it but I am covered under my parents’ insurance. I am proObamacare.” Spencer Doughtie, undecided
“I’m not signing up for it because I have the money to pay for insurance.” Brittany Gore, biology
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“Not me because our school has pretty good health care. But I have a daughter who is 26 and I want her to sign up for it.” Dave Douglas, Dean of Sciences
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“No, my mom thinks Obamacare is not helping hospitals and she’s a nurse.” Sarah Pante, undecided
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ONLINE POLL RESULTS Online, we asked: Do you think the Lone Shooter posters effectively promote campus safety? Results as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Yes, they are helpful: 21% What posters?: 43% No, how does throwing a chair help?: 36%
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Cellphones vs. the classroom
Paul Ochoa Staff Writer
There is no denying that cellphones, in particular smart phones, have made people’s lives easier. If you need to call someone, no need to stop at a payphone when you have a phone in your pocket. Need to look up directions? That same phone probably contains GPS. However, there is one place where cellphones have not always been welcomed with open arms: the classroom. There are professors who feel hand-held devices like cellphones or tablets can help improve the classroom learning experience. Michael Gougis, journalism instructor, is not one of them. “There are circumstances which I could see a hand held electronic device being a useful classroom tool,” Gougis said. “But there are times where I can see a handgun being a useful classroom tool.”
BELKNAP to be an AS representative on the College Council alongside AS President Jordyn Orozco and Miranda Alvarado, vice president for student services. Orozco criticized College Council for inconsistencies concerning meeting times and locations. “They’re very up in the air right now about where they meet and how they meet,” said Orozco. College Council is an advisory committee that incorporates faculty, staff, management and
Gougis explained the problem is that cell phones attract your attention when it should be focused on the instructor. “Nobody can look at a cellphone, answer a text message and pay attention at the same time. Your brain cannot do two things at once,” he said. “You’re going back and forth between two different things and you miss things. There’s no such thing as multitasking, any psychologist will tell you that.” Barbara Leos, speech, agrees that cellphones are not only a distraction but they can be harmful to the learning process. “When you use your cellphone in class its hurting you because your missing out on what the professor is saying,” said Leos. Sandy Lee, design tech instructor, feels that if done properly, technology in the classroom can be beneficiary to the student learning incoming. “It really depends on how you incorporate technology as a teaching tool. It’s Continued from page 1
not to say one way is better than the other. If it is incorporated meaningfully as a way to learn I think it’s very beneficial,” said Lee. Alex Matei, audio engineering, disagrees with the zero tolerance cellphone rule and feels that cellphone usage should depend on the instructor’s policy. “I have had both classes and it depends on the class. When you’re allowed to [text], students are still able to focus. I haven’t noticed a problem. I do it myself but I feel I could be trusted to discern when it’s a good time to text and when I should be focused in the class,” said Matei. Tikhon Schnitke, music, believes it is rude to use a phone during class, regardless of the professor’s policy. “Even if the professor doesn’t mind it is not something you should do. Texting in class is not right. Unless it’s an emergency,” said Schnitke. would all have their schedules set in a year in advance,” Fraser said. “Students don’t get release times for classes.” The executive board is now complete and working cohesively in contrast to last spring, when AS was embroiled in internal conflicts. “I’m really excited about this new position,” said Belknap. “I’m bringing a lot different speakers to campus to talk about sustainability, the environment and some of the eco-crises we face like global warming and pollution.”
students that advise the president before he goes to the board. Orozco compared the situation to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters from the Harry Potter universe—a hidden train platform only accessible by inside knowledge of the magical world. Student Trustee Simon Fraser echoed that the scheduling and timing of the meeting isn’t conducive to student participation. “There seemed to be some sort of agreement that this year they
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Grassroots: a health haven Tiffany Roesler Staff Writer
Nestled in the corner of a bustling shopping center in South Pasadena sits the humble family-owned health food store Grassroots Natural Market and Kitchen. “Your health is our business,” is displayed on a huge banner as customers enter the oversized single automatic sliding door. Those new to the world of health foods and clean eating might be apprehensive about the unfamiliar labels and vocabulary, but the fresh and savory smells of the kitchen and juice bar are hard to ignore. Wall-to-wall chalkboard menus hang above the kitchen area offering anything from home-
made fresh smoothies to vegan lasagna. Noah Puni, a PCC and UC Berkeley alumnus was back at his family’s store and with him, a whole new attitude and headful of ideas about healthy living. The former business, agriculture, and environmental policy student has a newfound appreciation for the store, along with enthusiasm to preach a healthy lifestyle to the community. “With Grassroots it’s funny because I’ve kind of come full circle. I didn’t really appreciate what I had and I didn’t realize what was at my disposal,” said Noah. “This store is so great and it’s what I studied. It’s the nexus between business policy, environmental policy, and agriculture. I’ve grown into the store.”
Shooting zombies: a new take on haunted attractions Matthew Chan / Courier Frightening characters in full zombie make up from Haunted Hollywood Sports in Bellflower on Sept. 27.
A lover of all things chemical free, gluten-free, organic, raw, and vegan, Noah always had a healthy homemade meal growing up, which was usually fresh from the store itself. “The lunch I had at school was always the one kids were like ‘what the f**k, I’m not going to trade anything with you,’” said Noah. “My dad sometimes takes an hour talking to people about their lives and health and what not,” said Noah. “Not even to sell them our supplements, just to see how you’re doing and just give you advice... We’re not like whole foods, we’re a little ma and pops.” Grab-and-go coolers were another helpful idea that involves recycling the kitchen’s leftovers Emily Chang-Chien Staff Writer
Halloween is nigh, thus begins the ample selection of attractions synonymous with gore and macabre. With the application of realistic FX makeup paired with Hollywood theatrics, anyone can expect a good thrill as long as they’re willing to pay up. Haunted Hollywood Sports, located in Bellflower, offers an experience where attendees can face their fears literally, as participants are allowed to fend for themselves against the undead with Airsoft guns.
John Novak / Courier Noah Puni next to raw milk sold at his family owned health store, Grassroots Natural Market and Kitchen, on Sept. 21.
and turning them into a packaged meal that customers can take. It’s efficient and helps avoid wasting perfectly good food. “He’s creative and he’s just trying to help us regroup and structure better,” said his mom and Grassroot’s owner Marla Puni.
“Supplement guru” Meir Puni, Noah’s dad and the store’s owner advises anyone who’s trying to become healthier to just evaluate their mind, body, and spirituality. It’s a simple piece of advice and doesn’t involve consuming raw milk or switching out Splenda for Stevia.
According to the director of the event, Candice Catron, the attraction grounds have traditionally been a paintball and Airsoft park. Now in its second year of fruition, the park moonlights as a Halloween attraction with walk-through mazes, scarezones, and killhouses. “The Airsoft environment is kind of different from a normal haunt,” said marketing coordinator Jerry Paxton. “[The] zombie killhouse is a little more tactical. … You’re supposed to shoot the zombies, that’s part of the experience.” Character actor Geoff Muller echoed the sentiment. “How many places do you get
to shoot ‘live zombies’?” said Mueller. Additionally, producer and co-owner of the Hollywood Sports park Giovanni D’Egidio revealed that the playing fields are all movie sets that incorporate actual props and set pieces from blockbusters such as “Starship Troopers,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Mad Max,” “Tomb Raider” and “Water World.” Some sets also mimic scenes from video games like “Call of Duty.” The haunt officially opens on Oct. 4 and takes place every Friday and Saturday until its finale on Oct. 31. Admission to the event costs about $30.
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Jordan explained that in his research with Academic Senate member Stephanie Fleming they could not find a specific problem that led to collegiality issues. “We had a question mark. We couldn’t identify specifically what was happening at the college to make improvements in this area,” he said. College Council member Dan Haley asked if Jordan and Fleming had any suggestions to fix shared governance issues. “What do you think we should do?” he asked. Jordan explained the college could bring a third party mediator to look for possible solutions to the shattered campus climate. “I could make a recommendation based upon the strategies that were re-implemented by colleges that received sanctions,” Jordan said. He recommended the statewide Academic Senate as possible outside mediation. “We would hear from the experts that would help us from these issues,” he said. College Council member Carole Robinson was concerned that there was no data from other colleges with strategies to fix collegiality to make a recommendation from. “I don’t see any research [about] what have other people done in the past,” Robinson
said. “Did you look up anybody that’s done this? [Is there a] history of anybody that’s brought in a third party that’s been successful?” College Council Chair Mark Rocha explained that it was odd for colleges to not have outside mediation in general. “Not having third party assistance is unusual. This is a pretty common recommendation but we can gather a long list of colleges who have had consultants,” Rocha said. Rocha also stressed that the administration had no part in recommending a third party consultant, but that shared governance did need to be fixed on campus. “This is an independent recommendation. There has been no involvement from the administration,” he said. “I have no interest in getting to a fixed result but we all have a shared interest and we all wear the same jersey in moving towards the same climate that the accreditors said we haven’t had in a long time.” “As to the implementation, my hands are off, because I want a solution, not because I am right, but because I want a solution for the college and for the next president,” Rocha said.
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October 3, 2013
Football unravels against Cougars Philip McCormick Managing Editor
The Lancers football team came out looking strong in the first quarter but couldn’t keep up against the regionally ranked No. 7 College of the Canyons Cougars. The final score was a dismal 56-10 in the SCFA National Northern Conference opener. The Cougars are the only team out of the 53 California Community College opponents that the Lancers have faced that they have never beaten. “They are a tough team to play against,” head coach Fred Fimbres said. “They are obviously one of the better teams in the region.” PCC scored first, opening the game with a five-minute drive down the field. That led to a 38yard field goal by kicker Richard Cardenas, giving the Lancers a 3-0 early lead. That would be one of the very few bright spots in Saturday’s game. “The defense got tired,” said wide receiver Turner Jackson, who had 189 all-purpose yards
in the game. “That was [the offense’s] fault. We need to do a better job in executing the game plan.” The first half ended with the Cougars leading 20-3, but in the third and fourth quarters, they tacked on 34 more points. On top of that, COC piled up the first downs, ending the game with an overwhelming 32 to the Lancers’ 12 first downs. “The defense was out there a little too long in the second half,” defensive coordinator Carl Lopez said. “They had many opportunities to read our schemes and were able to make adjustments.” A few players did have some very good moments in the game, showing great effort. Runningback Marciss Grigsby carried the ball 11 times for 94 yards, while linebacker Roy Torres and defensive back Rodon Ogilvie had seven tackles apiece. “We need to play through the entire game,” Jackson said. “And not just stop after one quarter. We’ll work on execution and Teresa Mendoza/Courier come back next game and see Lancers runningback Kitlo Meme being brought down by players from College of he Canyons at the first SCFA National Northern Conference game of the season at Robinson Stadium. what happens.”
Last second win for men’s soccer Benjamin Simpson Staff Writer
Benjamin Simpson/Courier Diego Rodriguez runs down field while being chased by Daniel Lumbrano during the conference opening game away at El Camino College.
With no time left on the clock, the score tied at 0-0, and both teams scrambling to get a shot in before the final whistle, the Lancers collected a free kick at the mid-field line at El Camino College. Goalkeeper Gaetano Perez came forward to take the kick and launched it into El Camino’s 18-yard box. A leaping Luis Flores then headed it into the back of the net, and Pasadena City College walked away with their first league win in Torrance on Oct. 1. “Excited, happy,” said a smiling Flores after the game. “We got our first win. It was a team effort, but I was lucky enough to score. All I tried to do was get a head on it. I knew that if I got
a head on it it was likely to go in. We won our first league game, that’s exciting.” “We gave it everything on the last play of the game and it worked, it was a team effort,” Perez added. It was a hard fought game, with tackles coming fast and often. The referee allowed a free flowing game, only handing out two yellow cards to players. One went to Andreadavy Cervantes of El Camino and one to Lancer Midya Housepian for a hard tackle. But there were two other yellow cards: one for each coach. John Britton, the coach for El Camino, received his for complaining about a call not made, and then a short time later Lancer head coach Edgar Manelyan received a yellow complaining about an uncalled foul.
Both teams had numerous chances on goal, with Perez making some excellent saves to preserve Pasadena’s clean sheet. “El Camino is a heck of a good team. It was back and forth, it could have gone either way,” Manelyan said. “We got the goal at the right time, I am very proud of my boys. We played really, really well.” “We did good, we moved the ball better than usual, played around in the midfield better, connected passes and sprayed the ball to the forwards more,” forward Zack Larson said. “I think we did better than the preseason because we know each other better. We are going to do good in the future.” The Lancers next game is against East Los Angeles College at home in Robinson Stadium on Friday Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.
Scoring drought over for women’s soccer Benjamin Simpson Staff Writer
On their first conference game of the season, away at El Camino College on Oct. 1, the Lancers built a 3-0 lead by the end of the first half and kept El Camino from scoring in the second half, completing their fourth clean sheet of the season by only allowing four goals in their last seven games. The Lancers dominated the game and the first goal came from perfect team play. Helena Macintosh—who scored a hat trick in the last game—slotted a ball between the defenders for Amanda Papac, who then chipped it over the keeper. “I got a beautiful ball from Helena Macintosh, she placed it perfectly and I was lucky enough to get the
shot off before the keeper came out,” Papac said. The second goal, also scored by Papac, was a bit messier. With the ball chipped into the center, both Papac and the El Camino keeper Daisy Gudino went up for the ball. The ball came loose and bounced away, allowing Papac to knock it easily into the net. The El Camino players complained that the ball was in the keeper’s hands, but the goal stood. The third goal came from a cross by Carmen Aguilar. Isabella Montano was waiting at the back post and headed it back across the face of the goal. The keeper touched it, but was not able to keep it out. “I was just in the right spot and I put my head on it,” Montano said. With six goals in the last two games, the preseason scoring drought has quickly come to an end.
“Thank God. It’s about time,” Papac said. “We’ve definitely found our rhythm and it’s going to start picking up a lot more from here on out.” Two of the Lancers leading forwards are out with injuries. Papac left the game near the end of the first half with a knee injury. She is estimated to be out for two weeks. Cassandra Saavedra is out for three weeks with an ankle injury. “The last week we have been working on our attack and it’s coming around,” Coach Reggie Rivas said. “They are going great, I am very proud of the girls. They are working really hard in training and its getting results in the game.” “Overall I think we did pretty good, not a bad way to start off league,” Montano added.
Benjamin Simpson/ Courier Amanda Papac, just prior to scoring her second goal, connects with El Camino keeper Daisy Gudino, in their opening conference game victory against El Camino College in Torrance.