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October 10, 2013

Immortalized in the Hall of Fame

Story on Page 8 >> Teresa Mendoza/Courier Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Tarkanian stands with his son Danny Tarkanian (R), and President Mark Rocha (L) next to his bust at the Hutto Patterson Gym Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday. Tarkanian will be immortalized in the Court of Champions.

College accepts ‘Navigating Pornography’ prof’s resignation Paul Ochoa Staff Writer

Following a tumultuous history at PCC marked by numerous sex scandals, the school accepted the resignation of porn professor Hugo Schwyzer on Tuesday, according to a district statement. “This brings to a conclusion all matters relating to Dr. Schwyzer’s employment at PCC,” the statement reads. Schwyzer had claimed he’d been fired and voluntarily placed himself under conservatorship last week, following a DUI arrest. “After getting fired and going to jail in the same week, I have voluntarily placed myself under a LPS Conservatorship run by an attorney,” said Schwyzer.

However, in an emailed statement sent to the Courier Wednesday, he confirmed that he resigned from the college. An investigation being conducted under the supervision of outside counsel into Schwyzer’s alleged sexual relationship with students has now been halted and will not proceed any further. Earlier this week, Schwyzer emailed the Courier stating he had released names of students he allegedly slept with on his blog, but he deleted the post shortly thereafter. He had no comment on his resignation and referred to the district statement. Schyzwer has been making news after being involved in a sexting scandal in July, confessing to sleeping with students in August, and crashing his car in a DUI accident in September. Schwyzer’s court date is Nov. 5.

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Missing Student Found President receives salary raise Philip McCormick Managing Editor

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A PCC student who went missing last month while on her way to school was found safe and reunited with her family this week, her family said. Gale Anne Williams, 22, left her two-year-old daughter at her grandmother’s house in La Puente on Sept. 25 and was believed to have been on her way to the El Monte Bus Station to board a bus to Pasadena City College, but she never made it, according to her step-mother Lorin Williams. Lorin Williams expressed relief at having her daughter back home and safe. “She was not harmed. She did go somewhere and got herself into a situation that she was having trouble getting out of,” said Williams, declining to elaborate

Photo of Gale Anne Williams from the “Missing” flier that was out on campus this week.

further. “Luckily the detectives were able to locate where she was and brought her back to safety.” Detectives from the Los FOUND page 7

The Board of Trustees extended Superintendent-President Mark Rocha’s contract through June 30, 2017 this week, granting Rocha the same pay raise of 4.79 percent over two years recently approved by the Board for all the administrators and classified staff. “This will ensure that we will have [Rocha’s] effective leadership through our reaccreditation effort, the full implementation of our Educational Master Plan and the development of our facilities Centennial Master Plan,” board president John Martin said during the Board’s Oct. 7 meeting. “The entire Board is grateful to [Rocha] for guiding PCC safely through the state budget crisis and maintaining PCC’s high student success

outcomes.” Student Trustee Simon Fraser abstained from the vote, noting that he hadn’t been involved in closed session discussions about Rocha. The Faculty Association voiced its displeasure with the Board’s decision to approve a raise for Rocha and not for them. Faculty Association president Roger Marheine said that the FA was “very saddened” that the Board had “turned its back” on the Faculty. “Obviously the Board has dismissed us and not given a distinguished faculty the respect that they deserve,” Marheine said. “The FA is most concerned that the district has refused to negotiate pay raises for full time and part time faculty across the campus. We are disappointed that the district has chosen not

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New site to offer eighty more classes Christine Michaels and Philip McCormick Staff Writers

Midterms are on the horizon and yet PCC will be offering 80 more sections to help students get more classes they need at the newly added Pasadena City College Rosemead site. “The opening of this new campus in Rosemead reaffirms one of the goals of the college,” Board of Trustees President John Martin said. “[Those goals] are to offer more seats, and serve more students without increasing the costs.” The school lucked out in getting the location. According to Robert Miller, Senior Vice President of Business and College Services, the El Monte Unified School District was looking to lease the space after it was unable to keep the former Adult

School open. “We were able to lease it from them at a very desirable rate,” Miller said. “It’s already set up to be a teaching environment.” Rosemead community members were requesting Pasadena City College to keep an off campus site in the area as well. “They had requests from the community,” Miller said. “They really did want us to go there.” The site will also help the college meet its Full Time Equivalent Student (FTES) quota, which is the unit of measurement colleges use with the Chancellor’s office to receive state funding. This year, the FTES target is 21,682, which is 18 percent higher than the quota last year, according to Miller. “There’s more access now,” he said. “[The site] allows us to fully vet the op-

portunity [to raise FTES].” The site will allow 80 more sections to open, which gives not only more FTES, but will be more accessible to students who need more classes. The classes also range from Chinese to Speech Theater Arts, which gives more variety for majors, according to the college website. Student Trustee Simon Fraser said that he would be taking a philosophy class at the Rosemead site and was intrigued to see how it would go. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the site operates and how the experience is different from being on the main campus,” Fraser said. “This will be a good opportunity for me not only as a student, but a trustee of the district to experience Benjamin Simpson/Courier first hand the new services that the college The new PCC Rosemead satellite campus will be opening on Oct. 21 at 4501 will be offering.” N. Rosemead Blvd. “Late-start” classes begin on Oct. 21.

Senate expresses concerns about third-party consultant

Madison Miranda Online Editor

The Academic Senate voiced its concerns this week about PCC’s consideration of hiring a third-party consultant as recommended by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The ACCJC has recommended the campus improve upon the shared governance process, collegiality, and campus climate in the last three Accreditation Evaluations. This third-party consultant would make recommendations about disputes, so as to better the climate on campus. “It is recommended that a neutral, third-party consultant be

engaged to facilitate discussions and resolution of issues with campus climate, collegiality, and shared governance,” reads the handout provided at the Oct. 7 Senate meeting. The College Council report, made by Pat Rose, sparked a debate about possible problems surrounding this potential position. Rose spoke of the concerns that College Council had, which the Senate echoed. Senator Stephanie Fleming asked if the person would be a consultant or a mediator. “Those are two very different things,” she said. According to Fleming, a consultant would make recommendations while a mediator would

help to reach an agreement between two parties. Referring to the handout, it was confirmed that the person would be a consultant. “Dr. Rocha did decide to do this,” said Rose. Fleming agreed, saying that while this is a developing process, it seems that Mark Rocha, superintendent-president of PCC, is supporting the idea. “I got the sense that he was concerned about the atmosphere on campus affecting accreditation,” commented Senator Dan Haley. One of the biggest concerns was the effectiveness of hiring such a person. According to Rose, the College Council has asked for evidence that this per-

son would actually help. Another question was whether this position was just for show to help with accreditation, or would the consultant actually have some power. “Would they have any teeth?” asked Rose. The thing that got the Senate talking the most was the concept of how the consultant would be chosen. The Senate wanted to be able to have some part in that decision. “The Academic Senate should have a voice at the table of who is chosen as the third-party consultant,” said Lauren Arenson, anthropology instructor. She wanted to make sure the appropriate consultant was chosen, not just who the administration

thinks would be best. “I’m not speaking for AS,” said Student Trustee Simon Fraser. “But I know they want a voice [too].” Fraser explained that since it could affect accreditation, AS would want to have a say in who the consultant would be. Accreditation decides whether the classes students take at PCC count toward transfer or if they, as Fraser put it, “…are not worth the paper they are printed on.” The idea was that those who would use the consultant should have a say in choosing the proper person for the job. “Everyone should have a say,” said Fleming. “I completely agree with that.”


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Courier 2012 JACC General Excellence Award-Winner Editor-in-Chief Christine Michaels Managing Editor Philip McCormick Online Editor Madison Miranda Asst. News Editor Justin Clay Opinion Editor Raymond Bernal Asst. Opinion Editor Aubrey Quezada Features Editor Emily Chang-Chien Lifestyle Editor Luis Rodriguez Arts & Entertainment Editor Paul Ochoa Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor Samantha Molina Sports Editor Daron Grandberry Asst. Sports Editor Andrew Salmi Photo Editor Antonio Gandara Asst. Photo Editor Anthony Reyes Online Photo Editor John Novak Scene Editor Matthew Chan Chief Photographer Benjamin Simpson Social Media Editor Concepcion Gonzalez Staff Writers: Bryan Acosta, Aerika Dave, Tiffany Herrera, Talia Karaalp, Tiffany Roesler, Benjamin Simpson Staff Photographers: Concepcion Gonzalez, Bianca Kruspodin, Corey Harris, Rene Henriquez, Teresa Mendoza, Mary Nurrenbern, Rene Rojas, Meg Symanow, Caitlin KellyThompson, Daniel Valencia Faculty Adviser Nathan McIntire Photography Adviser Tim Berger

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Government shutdown: justified? Tiffany Herrera Staff Writer

The media would have you believe that the shutdown was the Republican Party’s fault because they don’t like the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. However, that is not the case. The shutdown happened because Democrats decided that they don’t have to negotiate with Republicans. Republicans in the House have tried negotiating but Obama and the senate Democrats won’t negotiate because they think they’re right. According to Speaker of the House John Boehner’s website, he urged Obama and senate Democrats to come together with Republicans to “find a path forward on government funding, the debt limit, and protecting all Americans from ObamaCare.” Boehner recognizes that the American people don’t want politicians up in Washington fighting like children. “You know, Americans expect us to work out our differences. But, refusing to negotiate is an untenable position. And frankly, by refusing to negotiate, Harry Reid and the president [are] putting our country on a pretty dangerous path,” he said. Foxbusiness.com says the mandate in Obamacare forces every individual to buy health insurance by March 2014. If they don’t they will face a $95 penalty

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per year or have one percent of their annual income deducted, depending on which is higher. Congress is clearly divided between the Democrats not willing to compromise and Republicans not willing to back down. “In a divided government, the American people expect us to work together,” said house republican leader Eric Cantor to Fox Business. Republicans want to see this mandate either rolled back to 2015, just like the employer mandate portion, or completely repealed. “The way to resolve this is to sit down and have a conversation to resolve our differences,” Boehner said on his website. Obamacare is the law. So no one should be exempt from this law just like any other law. If Obamacare is as good as Democrats say it is, then Congress and big corporations should sign up just like everyone else. Congress needs to stop playing the blame game with who is at fault for the shutdown. The government needs to stop punishing the people. An example of this, according to the Washington Post, is the recent incident where World War II veterans came to visit the memorials. Congress should come together and compromise. Both Republicans and Democrats need to work it out for the good of the country, putting people over politics.

Christine Michaels Editor-in-Chief

As the U.S. is in its second week of a partial federal government shutdown, many are placing the blame on the Republican-run House of Representatives. The bigger issue at hand, however, has more substance than the bickering of some frugal old white men over the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The real issue is the major polarization of our political system, where Democrats are all for raising the debt ceiling (which is another major topic of concern with doomsday looming on Oct. 17) to cover national bills, and Republicans are against spending any money on anything somewhat socialist, like Obamacare. It’s gotten so bad that the parties cannot make any bipartisan decisions, not even on our federal budget. Because of a major gridlock over our budget and mainly over Obamacare (which, by the way, went live the day after the shutdown anyway), over 800,000 federal workers are on furlough until further notice. Here’s the kicker: some workers are not guaranteed their jobs back. Some people may say the shutdown is not affecting the general public. Here’s some food for thought: This past week, the Los Angeles Times reported a severe increase in salmonella poisoning

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in California. This is because food inspectors, the people who check the chicken, spinach, and virtually everything you eat, have been put on furlough as non-essencial government workers. Not only are hundreds of thousands of people left jobless, but businesses are getting hit as well. So far, the shutdown is letting about $160 million go down the drain every single day because of national park and museum closures, according to Business Week. Republicans in the House did attempt to create a bipartisan committee to end the shutdown, but it was rejected by Democratic President Barack Obama on Sept. 30 minutes before the impasse began. Obama responded by saying, “I’m not going to negotiate.” There is nothing to negotiate anyway, since Obamacare is currently getting a growing signup list. As far as one can see, the only way this hurtful, painstaking impasse will end is if there is some good bipartisan negotiations. A federal budget cannot be passed without the consent of both the Republican-run House and the Democrat-run Senate. These party fights have already done enough damage to our government and economy as it is. Will the Democrats and Republicans learn to embrace bipartisanship to fix this country? We’ll have to anxiously wait and see.

What are your thoughts on the government shutdown?

“It makes me mostly unhappy because we’ll have museums close…NASA is losing funding.” Michelle Aldana, English

“We are going to keep going through ups and downs no matter what...I’m not going to get gray hairs over this.” Zeeshan Khan, undecided

“It’s kind of cowardly of the government to just shut down on their people like that.” Estefani Mantanico, sociology

“It’s affecting my medical care… It wasn’t unexpected. ” Eliana Lopez, child development

“I think it’s really ridiculous. Do they really need to shut down?” Loraine Rios, health

“I think I heard that they are going to stop financial aid so that might affect me.” Jason Carrillo, computer science

“It’s very unnecessary for them to shut down. I mean what’s the purpose of it?” Samantha Ramos, business management

“The media over exaggerated to the extent that Republicans and Democrats feel like they can’t back down.” Oishee Shemontee, molecular biology

“The government should always be open. It shouldn’t be able to be shut down by certain things.” Matt Porter, communications

“I got a job recently and I needed to get a social security card and because of the government shutdown I can’t.”

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ONLINE POLL RESULTS Online, we asked: Do you think the government shutdown is justified? Results as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Yes: 19% No: 73% Don’t care, it doesn’t affect me: 7%

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Anthony Reyes/Courier Joe Bey, 43, and Sophia Bey, 10, travel from Eagle Rock to practice Calligraphy at the 2013 South Pasadena Moon Festival on Oct. 5.

Anthony Reyes/ Courier Clark Chimp, 25, a local from Highland Park displays his creative depiction of a snake for the 2013 Moon Festival in South Pasadena on Oct. 5. 2013 marks the year of the snake according to the Chinese Zodiac.

Matthew Chan/Courier The South Pasadena Moon Festival takes place on the lawn and sidewalk of the South Pasadena Library off El Centro Street, Oct. 5. Anthony Reyes/Courier A chalk drawing (artist unknown) depicting a full moon for the Moon Festival in South Pasadena on Oct. 5. Anthony Reyes/Courier Various cakes and sweets being sold at the Moon Festival in South Pasadena on Oct. 05. Some cakes contain traditinal styles and flavor and some are crafted with colorful contememperary tastes.

Matthew Chan/Courier Fourth princess of the Miss Los Angeles Chinatown Pageant, Amber Phung, rides a Segway as the South Pasadena Moon Festival comes to a close Oct. 5.

Mary Nurrenbern/Courier Performers from the San Gabriel Valley Chinese Cultural Association perform a traditional dragon dance at the Harvest Moon festival on Oct 5, 2013 in South Pasadena at Library Park.


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Break the fast Bryan Acosta Staff Writer

Skipping meals like breakfast or lunch happens because students are too busy or too stretched for cash to eat right. However, starting the day off right with the most important meal of the day could be beneficial both physically and mentally. Breakfast-skippers have a higher risk of obesity according to a 2003 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Eating earlier in the day prevents people from overeating later. It also suppresses concentrations of insulin, a hormone in our body that encourages fat cells to take up fatty acids and store them. A small 2005 study published in the journal of Physiology and Behavior found that elementary school kids who ate a breakfast of oatmeal had better shortterm memory than students who did not. Breakfast foods contain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to jump-start your day. If you’re running on empty, it won’t be long before you begin feeling tired and cranky. A 1999 study published in Physiology and Behavior showed that adults who kicked off the day with a solid breakfast had a “greater positive mood” than subjects

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Marching band to debut new uniforms 17-year-old tattered outfits to be replaced by the 2014 Rose Parade Paul Ochoa Staff Writer

Concepcion Gonzalez/Courier Lisa Morrison, 21, undecided, orders a breakfast burrito for the first time at Lancer’s Pass, on Tuesday.

who ate nothing. Unhealthy eating habits may put someone in harm’s way when it comes to developing certain types of chronic diseases. Unhealthy eating could lead to nutrient imbalances in the body. Fat intake is usually high when someone is choosing unhealthy foods and this can lead to heart disease, which is still the number one killer of Americans in the US, according to PCC instructor and registered dietitian Victoria Pacheco. “Breakfast means to break the fast from the day before,” said Pacheco. “There is also newer research that is linking meal skipping to the development of type two diabetes. Currently there are 92 million people in

the US that are considered to be ‘pre diabetic.’ Skipping meals usually leads to a bigger meal. This bigger meal is a stress to the pancreas, which eventually tires out the pancreas, and less insulin is produced.” Making a conscious effort to eat better may be a challenge but it is well worth it, health science instructor Priya Venkatesan said. “It is time to prioritize, strategize, and ace your commitments,” said Venkatsen. “Depend on others and get stronger together. ... What are you waiting for? Imitate good habits and network in your classroom. Irrespective of your ultimate academic goal here at PCC, you all need to be healthy to be at your best.”

After 17 years of marching in the same tattered old uniforms, the PCC Band is on its way to obtaining a new wardrobe that they will debut in the 2014 Tournament of Roses parade. “The reason they’ve lasted 17 years is because of the fact we’ve really made a point to take such good care of the uniforms, but typically the average lifespan of a uniform is ten years,” said Kyle Luck, director of the band. The new uniforms will cost approximately $119,000, according to Bobbi Abram, director of the PCC Foundation. The band has raised $108,000 after fundraising for more than a year, said Abram. “We started the campaign last fall [and] at this point we’ve got $11,000 [left] to raise. So far we’ve raised $108,000, of which the Tournament of Roses Organization contributed $60,000 with a pledge toward the campaign and is matching donations two to one,” said Abram. The campaign to raise the funds was a diverse one that involved calling up former alumni and promoting at local businesses, among other things. “We did a phone-a-thon where we called band alumni, a public relations campaign where we took posters to the local businesses, a presentation at the Chamber of Commerce to involve more businesses, and we did some grant writing to get grant funding and we got a grant from the Rotary Club of Pasadena and the Jerry and Terri Kohl foundation,” said Abram. For the last part of the campaign, Luck is hoping to get the

support of faculty and staff. “We are hoping that maybe the last part of this campaign is to ask if the faculty and staff can help contribute towards that goal,” he said. “We are doing a campaign that is 300 for 300. Three hundred dollars to purchase a uniform and sponsor a uniform,” said Luck. Even though the band has been marching in old uniforms and dealing with the problems that arise from that, Luck said the students have been good sports about it. “The students have been wonderful about it but they know the uniform crew has been frustrated trying to keep them clean,” said Luck. Tania Hernandez, baritone trumpet and assistant manager for the uniform crew, talked about her personal experience with the old uniforms. “It’s always tearing up. This year I put on my jacket and when I lifted up the horn the hem ripped. It doesn’t hold anymore after being fixed so many times,” said Hernandez. Paola Martinez, flute and uniform crew, has seen the toll the uniforms have taken over the years and feels the band should not only sound good, but look it as well. “I’ve been in the band for five years so I’ve seen a lot of wear and tear,” Martinez said. “There’s a lot of them that are worn down and we desperately need new uniforms. We represent PCC, Pasadena itself and the Tournament House. We need to look better than we already do even though we sound great.” Luck also brought up the importance of the image of the marching band, especially since the band represents the school in the Rose Parade. “We are the only community college band that represents in the Rose Parade. This will mark our 85th consecutive appearance this coming year, so we have a long-standing tradition,” Luck said.

Photo Illustration by Antonio Gandara The 300 for 300 brochure from the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band invites the public to donate and help them raise the money to purchase 300 new uniforms. Contributions will be greatly appreciated and will revamp the band’s appearance for years to come.


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Campus is safe according to crime report Justin Clay Asst. News Editor

Violent and drug crimes are on a steady decline on campus, according to the Annual Campus Safety Report (ACSR). The ACSR is an annual compilation of crimes and violations on or near college campuses required under the 1990 state law known as the Clery Act. According to the report, there was one instance of aggravated assault on PCC’s main campus in 2012. There were five reported

vehicle thefts in 2012, which is down from 8 in 2011. PCC Police Chief Don Yoder cites surveillance cameras as well as increased patrols as some of the reasons that crime on campus is in decline. “We’ve tried to get back to the basics,” Yoder said. “You see more foot patrols versus driving the parking lots, so more of a community oriented policing feeling. We’re trying to get students, faculty and staff educated how to protect themselves and not be a victim.”

There was one reported forcible sex offense, which is down from 2011, when there were two. Drug law violations, the most recorded incidents, were reported 19 times, which declined from 25 in 2011. There were seven liquor law violations in 2012, a decline from 11 the previous year. Many students feel that campus police is doing a great job protecting PCC. “I haven’t ever seen anything on campus that would make me feel unsafe,” said cosmetology major Alexandra Magana.

was a big shock and I was in disbelief at first, I couldn’t believe they said my name. I stepped on the stage, a swarm of media surrounded me, and its just been a whirlwind ever since. This whole experience has been like a roller coaster except all highs and no lows.” Hansen is thrilled at the chance to give back to the community that she grew up in and has been so good to her. “I get to serve the community in many ways,” said Hansen. “We go to different events like going to children’s hospitals and convalescent homes. On Halloween we will be spending time with kids who are diagnosed with terminal diseases.”

Hansen hasn’t been going at it alone, though. She’s had her supporters by her side every step of the way and couldn’t be more grateful. “Originally it was my dad who encouraged me to one day try it,” said Hansen. “I took it lightly but now that I’m here at PCC I was able to officially do it and my whole family is supporting me along with my friends and my church.” A ceremony was held in front of the Rose Court House Monday morning with all 25 girls attending. At this ceremony, seven were chosen join the court and compete for the title of Rose Queen.

“Although I don’t feel as safe at night because the campus is pretty empty,” she said. Alicia Cowans says that the presence of law enforcement puts them at ease while on campus. “I see cadets and police patrolling often, so I feel pretty safe when I’m here,” she said. Not all students are confident with the efforts of campus police, however. “Sometimes campus police gets called and it takes them a half hour to show up,” said

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Carlos Reyes, geology major. “I wonder sometimes if they’re too busy writing tickets or if they really care about the wellbeing of the students.” Colleges and universities are required to publish their Campus Safety Reports by Oct. 1 of each year in a report that details crime statistics for the previous three years in order to continue to participate in federal student aid programs. The law is named after Jeanne Clery, a freshman at Lehigh University who was murdered on campus in 1986.

PCC student in the running for “Rose Queen” Bryan Acosta Staff Writer

The Rose Parade is just around the corner and PCC’s Sarah Hansen is in the running to be given the title of “Rose Queen.” Each year more than 1,000 girls between the ages of 17 to 21 try out for the Tournament of Roses “Royal Court.” Six princesses and one queen are chosen from the Pasadena area, and Hansen was named a princess in a ceremony this week. “After they called the fifth person I kind of accepted that I didn’t get it, then they called my name sixth,” said Hansen. “It

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FOUND Angeles Sheriff County Missing Persons Division located the young student in San Bernardino County and took her to her aunt’s house in the city of Murrieta in Riverside County, Williams said. “I have not asked her exactly what happened because she’s still in a fragile state,” said Williams. “Right now our focus is in trying to get her the proper mental medical attention she needs.” Gale Anne Williams’ friends posted missing person flyers of her throughout campus and the community on Friday. “I’m extremely happy and relieved that’s she’s OK because I

RAISE to give us a proposal that would meaningfully improve the lives of faculty on campus.” The FA did not agree with the elimination of winter intersession, which sparked tension between it and the administration. However, during Rocha’s time here at PCC, there have also been many bright spots. Last year, Pasadena City College won the State Chancellor’s Award for Student Success for its Pathways Program that has significantly increased student achievement and has grown to over 1,500 students. This fall, PCC will have offered more class sections to students than any other time in the college’s history, according to

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was starting to think the worst,” said Williams’ friend Angie Contreras. Williams’ mother was very thankful to the college and the local press for their efforts in locating her daughter. “They all acted very quickly in getting the information out to students and the community,” she said. “And her friends also did a wonderful job.” Ashley Talledo, another friend of Williams, also expressed relief. “Having my friend back has put my mind at ease, especially knowing that she’s safe,” Talledo said. continued from page 1

Senior Vice President Robert Miller. “I am very grateful to the Board for its support,” Rocha said. “We have the best faculty, staff and managers [here at PCC] than anywhere. I am more optimistic and hopeful about PCC’s future than ever.”

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PCC legends inducted into HOF Christine Michaels Editor-in-Chief

Teresa Mendoza/Courier Former Lancers record-setting quarterback Nathan Chandler, who was one of the athletes inducted into the PCC Sports Hall of Fame.

Hundreds of people from the community witnessed history in the making at the Hutto Patterson Gym last week when 10 highly accomplished athletes, coaches and alumni were inducted into the PCC Hall of Fame. The highest honor was reserved for a quiet, fragile man in his 80s, who has made history beyond PCC. Jerry “Tark the Shark” Tarkanian, a decorated basketball coach considered one of the greatest basketball coaches in California community college history, was immortalized with a bronze head bust that will be placed in the Dick Ratliff Court of Champions along with the busts of 16 other Hall of Famers. Tarkanian could not come up to the podium to thank the college for his induction, but he sat with a smile across his face as his son Danny Tarkanian warmly accepted the induction for him. Everybody got up to give a standing ovation, and rightfully so. Master of Ceremonies Robert Lewis chronicled Tarkanian’s accomplishments to the crowd,

and the list was long. Some highlights of Tarkanian’s career include a record four community college state championships in a row, becoming a NCAA Division I championship coach with a .794 winning percentage overall in the NCAA, and in 38 years of coaching in which he never had a losing season. “We were able to honor one of the greatest basketball coaches in the history of college sports, Jerry Tarkanian,” Lewis said. “Reading Jerry Tarkanian’s accomplishments and trying to show our appreciation as a college to him and his family—that was special for me.” After the induction ceremony, Tarkanian slowly moved with his walker to stand next to the bronze version of his head and took pictures with dozens of attendees. Among the other inductees were tennis grand slam champion Anna Marie Bernstein, record-breaking quarterback Nathan Chandler, one of the school’s leading rushers Addison Hawthorne, national hurdling record-breaker Grant Neiderhaus, 2004-’05 basketball State Player of the Year Dionne Pounds, 1984 water polo Olympian John

Siman, former NBA player George Trapp, and 1982 track and field triple state champion Michael Turner. Another inductee was gymnastic champion Bill Wolf, whose twin brother Dennis attended the ceremony as well. “I couldn’t have done it without the PCC Foundation,” Wolf said. Wolf won the U.S. title in gymnastics in 1965. Larry “The Hoff ” Ross, a PCC “Golden Gloves” heavyweight boxing champion, PCC football receptions record-breaker and All-American honorable mention, was also inducted at the ceremony. The induction was not only met with standing ovations, but also with sentimental tears. All-American soccer player Jennifer Fish gratefully accepted her plaque with tears in her eyes. “My dad never got to see me play,” she said. Fish said she hoped her father would be proud of her induction into the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest soccer players in PCC history. Lewis was honored to meet all of the inductees. “That’s important that people don’t forget how much they meant to the PCC sports success of the past,” he said.

Football’s offense drops ball vs. Cerritos Philip McCormick Managing Editor

The Lancers football team played solid defense against the Cerritos College Falcons on Saturday, but struggled when it came to offense. The Falcons sent PCC home with an 0-5 record in the 30-5 loss. “There were some flashes there where we looked pretty well,” head coach Fred Fimbres said. “We fumbled the ball a couple of times and threw an interception… Turnovers really hurt us.”

The offense turned the ball over four times in the game, giving Cerritos great field position. On top of that, they failed to reach the end zone, marking the first time in eight years that the Lancers did not score a touchdown in a game. PCC’s defense kept giving the offense a chance, even tackling Cerritos punter Osborn Umeh for a safety at one point in the game, but the Lancers offense couldn’t capitalize. On a bright note, linebacker Roy Torres and lineman Dalyou Pierson led the way

for the Lancers, setting the tone for the defense. Pierson had eight tackles and 1 ½ sacks in the game. Torres had 10 tackles along with a sack. “It was really [Torres’] coming-out game,” defensive coordinator Carl Lopez said. “He was injured early on in the season and wasn’t able to play as efficiently as we knew he could play. As for [Pierson], he is very consistent with what he gives us. He leads by example.” Pierson is leading the team with eight sacks on the season and is currently on

pace to break the PCC record of 14 sacks in a season (which was set by PCC Hall of Famer Curtis Seagrove in 1966.) “It’s great to be in that discussion,” Pierson said. “I hope I can get there by going out and playing to my strengths.” The Lancers will host Golden West College next Saturday. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. at Robinson Stadium. “We have keep trusting each other,” said Pierson. “That is the biggest key. The team has to go out there and execute our game plan.”

Men’s soccer remains unbeaten in conference Daron Grandberry Sports Editor

After an imposing 3-0 victory against East Los Angeles College on Friday, the Lancers men’s soccer team (3-2-5) traveled to play host Long Beach Community College (3-3-4) Tuesday in what turned out to be a physical 1-1 tie between the two South Coast Conference rivals. The Lancers were first on the scoreboard after a goal in the 20th minute by freshman midfielder German Alfaro, who put the Lancers on the board after he broke free down the left sideline on a breakaway pass from sophomore forward Luis Flores. “Our success has really been a group effort,” Alfaro said. “Our team is made up of multiple leaders and I think that’s what separates us from other teams.”

The 1-0 lead would be short lived as the Vikings answered with the game-tying goal in the 27th minute by freshman midfielder Erik Carbajal. Carbajal scored on a free kick from 30 yards out, off the left goal post and by PCC goalkeeper Gaetano Perez. Production and leadership from goalkeeper Gaetano Perez has been a tremendous help to this year’s young squad. “Gaetano’s a great leader and goalkeeper,” Flores added. “His leadership is great and he really gives us that vocal leadership on the field that we need. Having a great goalkeeper gives our team a lot of confidence in the back. We know that if there’s a shot on goal, more than likely he’ll be there to save it.” Perez is ranked third in the conference in total saves (35)

and is first in the conference in save percentage (.946) and goals allowed (2). “Having a great goalie helps us tremendously,” Alfaro added. “He sees everything from the back, and because he’s a great leader he lets us know what adjustments need to be made. He’s one of the biggest leaders on the team.” The Lancers were outshot by the Vikings 18-12, but the quick hands of Perez were able to come away with four timely saves, including three key saves over the final five minutes of the game. “Everything we do is a team effort,” head coach Edgar Manvelyan added. “Our preseason goal was to win the state championship. I definitely think we have that squad capable of making a run in the postseason.”

Mary Nurrenbern/Courier PCC Lancer Luis Flores (10) is held back from kicking the ball by East Los Angeles player Eric Chavez (14) in the Mens Soccer game on Oct. 4, 2013 in Robinsons Stadium at PCC. Lancers went on to take the win with a final score of 3-0.


PCC Courier 10/10/13  

Pasadena City College Courier October 10, 2013 Vol. 108 Issue 7

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