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Penn Society hosts the first dance of the year at Club 88— 8

FALL TV SHOWS: A guide to this fall’s television goodies— 11

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September 17, 2009

H1N1 strikes Whittier campus

New ashtrays College steps up educational outreach and prevention strategies designate smoking Whittier College students received areas an e-mail from Dean of Students Shelley Converse-Rath NEWS CO-EDITOR

Jeanne Ortiz on Friday, Sept. 11, alerting them to the confirmation of a case of Influenza A/H1N1 flu, more commonly known as swine flu on campus. In previous weeks, Ortiz had sent e-mails out to the student body cautioning of the possibility of swine flu appearing at Whittier College and detailing different preventive measures to keep students healthy. “Based upon the World Health Organization’s (WHO) designation of this particular strain of flu as a pandemic in June, as well as the fact that children, young adults and individuals with suppressed immune systems seem to be affected, the College is stepping up educational outreach and prevention strategies for all community members,” Ortiz said. This included an update of the pandemic plan, modeled after the response to the Avian flu threat in 2007 by the Safety Committee, a group comprised of individuals from a variety of offices on campus and chaired by Chief of Campus Safety Bernard Alex. Though local and national media coverage of the virus has died down since it was declared a pandemic in June 2009, the WHO has declared that the H1N1 virus is now the dominant influenza strain in most of the world. The threat level to Whittier College, according to Ortiz, was also determined by the WHO Web site, which monitors global disease outbreak. On the Web site (www.who. int), weekly epidemiological records for H1N1 are available, in addition to FAQ, various news articles on

Adrienne Bosworth FOR THE QC

When “NO SMOKING” signs went up, confusion about school policy arose. Even with a large amount of student participation, forums, and help from the Campus Center Committee of Senate, much of the information remained unclear to a large part of the smoking student body. Returning students may see that Whittier’s campus is seemingly clear of cigarette butts that were, in previous years, scattered carelessly over the ground. Around 30 to 35 ashtrays have been placed in convenient locations throughout campus. These new ashtrays, designed by Area Coordinator Tea Bogue, carry the message “Please Dispose of Cigarettes Properly,” with a sweating earth-headed animal, difficult to miss. Dean of Students Jeanne Ortiz had the idea to recycle cans from Bon Appetit and transform them into ashtrays. In addition to the ashtrays, a designated smoking area will soon established outside the Spot. Junior Chair of the Campus Center Committee and Student Body Representative for Senate Jennice Ontiveros has been working administration and student run grounps to create a smoker friendly place that meets the policy. “Although we had wanted advice to move the area to outside AJ Villalobos Hall, with the suggestion of Maintenance and with our available budget, it is now most convenient LINDA PARK/Quaker Campus

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OPINIONS

Staff Editorial Dispose of them! We could not be more thankful for the encouraging cigarette receptacles placed around campus. They will undoubtedly make a huge difference – that is, if we use them! Well, smokers for that matter. Today I saw a student finish his last puff and drop his cigarette in a puddle on the ground in the Campus Center. While it may seem like a harmless gesture, the attitude that “someone else will pick that up” is vile. Walking up the steps to Wardman Hall last year was a reminder that the little things add up – tobacco accumulated on my shoe with every step. This aesthetic unpleasantness was not only unnecessary but completely avoidable. Within ten feet of that unlucky puddle in the Campus Center was an ashtray on the top of a garbage can. Yes, the difference is not great, but neither is the effort to keep our campus clean. If you smoke, please take responsibility for your butts. As easy as it is to throw it on the ground, please walk the few extra feet to dispose of it properly. Tea worked really hard on those coffee cans! And using them really will help keep our campus beautiful.

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Beware of the plastic card Denni Toneva STAFF WRITER

Is getting a credit card going to help me or hinder me? As students enter college this year, this question seems to be handled with much more care than the statistics can show for previous years. Until recent drastic economic downturns, college credit cards were handed out like candy, wrapped in shiny foil of offers for free iPods and t-shirts. A step to change this was taken in May this year, when new legislation concerning college student credit cards was passed. The new laws which do not become effective until February 2010, prohibit credit card companies from issuing cards to anyone under 21 years of age (unless they hold proof of income or have an older co-signer). It also makes it illegal for companies to use free gifts as incentives to college students applying for credit cards. This means that if you are a young college student with no stable income, this fall is probably your last chance of acquiring a credit card. Not so fast! As an international student, there were many aspects of credit and banking which I was unfamiliar with when I first arrived at Whittier College, not because credit cards or loans do not exist in other countries, but simply because they are reserved for older, more experienced individuals. Outside the U.S. the process of applying for any type of credit is much more tedious, and unless you have a solid job and proof that you can afford payments, you will not even be considered (or encouraged to

apply for that matter). At 19, I had never even entertained the idea of borrowing money. Yet here I was receiving credit card applications in the mail and being bombarded by bankers about how vital it was for me to build credit history. This sounded both tempting and “important for my future”. A kid who has relied on her parents an entire lifetime for finances can suddenly handle her own? I was not entirely sure and two years later, I am still a college student without a credit card and doing perfectly fine. As finances tighten and bills rise, that is one less thing for me to worry about. Unfortunately, many students are tempted into making the mistake of getting cards they cannot afford to pay for. As a result, they hurt their credit and finances for years to come. As credit laws become stricter and interest rates sky-rocket because of banks struggling to collect payments and secure their liabilities before they are out of business, students need to soberly realize that there is no such thing as “free money”. While building credit history has become a vital part of survival in the modern fast-paced American economy, an opposing trend has emerged and bad credit can hurt more than ever. If shopping for a credit card, take your time and do your reading. Look out for cards with no annual fee and a low interest rate. Good sites for reference are www. creditcards.com, www.bankrate.com or www. indexcreditcards.com. Other options are secured credit cards or becoming an authorized user on a parent’s card. Our college predecessors bought shiny new things and are now paying the price with no jobs and a whole lot of debt. So think hard and spend slow.

Cheers + Jeers Cheers to being serenaded by Video Production Club at lunch.

Jeers to the fact that you cannot sign into the C.I. for food. Grrr...

Cheers to cheering whenever we want.

Jeers to certain offices losing papers.

Cheers to to the Senior class gift. Donate! Cheers to the football team for winning their season opener! Cheers to KPoet. Hey neighbors! Cheers to Nutella. It’s cheaper at Target. Cheers to duct taping things. Backpacks, wallets, flowers, hats, bowties...go see Jeff. Cheers to funny laughs that make other people laugh! Cheers to Amazon Kindle ! It is a perfect companion for everyday reading and a money saver! TM

Jeers to work study being cut. Jeers to senioritis...as a junior! Jeers to people with service jobs that fail at serving. Jeers to the Amazon KindleTM. We do not like it. Jeers to waiving your health insurane and still having a charge on your account. Jeers to still being in a triple. I want a dresser. Jeers to having no time even during the first week of school. Wow. Jeers to overdraft fees.

Cheers to the QC voicemail working again. Leave us a message!

Jeers to losing your study buddy. How else are we going to get anything done?

Cheers to Spanish Heritage Month. Free churros!

Jeers to best friends not returning to school.

Cheers to newspaper subscriptions. Everybody’s parents should get one.

Jeers to swine flu. I mean the H1N1 virus.

Cheers to the weather, it has been beautiful out lately!

Jeers to not being able to get a loan and having to use work study toward living expenses.


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OPINIONS

September 17, 2009

Kindle is controversial for fellow students Does the Amazon Kindle intrude on our well respected world of information on paper?

Jade Hernandez A&E Editor

Ever think of a world where “open your books up to page 274” would never be heard again and instead, six-inch electronic devices that ultimately destroy the written world had taken over? The Kindle is neither a solution to global warming nor is it a reasonable alternative to text books for students. Books might be heavy, but children everywhere have grown up in a society where the written word is king and flipping pages is a part of life. The Kindle 2 is the second version of Amazon’s digital, and pricey, e-book reader, where books can be bought (for a “cheaper” amount) in digital form and viewed on the Kindle’s screen. This sounds great upon advertisement and gushing reviews from celebrities like Oprah, but there are many problems with the mere idea of the Kindle. For one, the reader is quite expensive, used Kindles can go for up to $279 (amazon.com). New Kindles are priced up to $299, and at six inches, this handheld device would not even fit in most people’s hands or pockets. To be reasonable, the size is made to mimic the average size of a novel, but I thought we were trying to get away from having to handle the huge clunky books by having this reader? Kindle’s design is a contradiction of itself.

Along with Kindle there are other readers created with the same idea. The Kindle is said to have horrible screen quality, but that is beside the point. And with the iPhone basically being able to do the same thing in a much more accessible, user friendly and compact device that reads all types of files and not just those made for Kindle, how is Kindle still around? In an age where written word is dying and information can be easily accessed via the internet, why would we want to push our youth further away from the solid strength of books? Is our generation even aware of how to do research at the library anymore or is everything as simple as an easy search on Google? Is it not satisfying to turn a page, to feel its actual existence beneath our fingertips as we interact with literature and study physics? If we want our youth to see that they have to work to earn things, then would not one of the easiest ways to do this be to start simple and have them turn a page, or use the library and not Wikipedia. The Kindle is not the best solution to saving the environment either. Books are not the friendliest to the environment, but with the information we know about recycling paper and conserving, books should still be a real option. The weight

of books can sometimes become bothersome, and for that I agree that the kindle can be a good device, but even then, accessing pages or even quotes via the Kindle is difficult. Each section of a book is given a number, so realistically looking for a page might not even be a task, instead what someone is looking for is in section 5078. Size, money, price, production cost and even environmentally, the Kindle fails at being anything other than a marketing scheme. Literature was made to be in print, not digital.

Liz Reitzell STAFF WRITER

The Amazon Kindle, a device for reading e-books, is a taste of the future. It is less than a pound and has a stylish and versatile exterior. The software is easy to set up and connects to your amazon.com account for simple purchasing of books and other media. The Kindle, which sells most new high-demand e-books at $9.99, is a cheaper option for readers than buying books. O v e r 350,000 e-books are available for purchase on Kindle, as well as top newspapers, magaz i n e s, a n d blogs. Also, it is much more convenient than buying books at a bookstore, or buying online and then waiting for the shipment. Instead of having to lug around heavy books, the Kindle encourages

people to read because it makes the task so simple. It is instant gratification: almost any book can be bought at any time. No books are ever sold out, and after purchase there is virtually no waiting time. The lightweight Kindle can hold up to 1,500 books at a time, so it’s like being able to hold a library in your hand. This easy-to-use new technology will make modern books a thing of the past. Besides being so portable and sleek, using Kindle is an environmentally friendly choice. Other than the instruction manual, much paper is saved in the way of mag azine and book pag es. Since everything about Kindle is digital, many less trees will be killed especially once more people have converted to reading e-books rather than regular books. Amazon Kindle is the newest technology for bettering the leisurely lifestyles of the American citizens.

“ Since everything about

Kindle is digital, many less trees will be killed especially once more people have converted to reading e-books rather than regular books. ”


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NEWS

September 17, 2009

SMOKING: Cigarette depository canisters a first step in addressing smoking policy continued from page 1 to move the designated smoking encourage people to smoke close area to the grass area [outside the to the residence halls, rather just spot],” Ontiveros said. to encourage them to put their Two to three benches, along with cigarettes there instead of on the several receptacles, will establish ground.” the smoking area. “It will be a While the administration has similar atmosphere as the old bench provided a more convenient way set up from the Campus Center for students to dispose of cigapre-renovation,” Ontiveros said. rette butts, their efforts have not Senior Ronstopped. “We ny Nevo hopes “We also put new small c a n a l w a y s that the addition ashtrays by most of the make more so of the smokif there is a doors to the residence ing area will place someone remain within halls. This wasn’t to believes there close proxim- encourage people to needs to be ity to other so- smoke close to the an ashtray at, cial areas, “No residence halls, rather please let me smoker wants just to encourage them know,” Bogue to feel ostra- to put their cigarettes said. cized because there isntead of on the Junior Zack of their habits,” ground.” Knight believes Nevo said. that encourageThe rule ment is needed Tea Bogue seems to be to get people to Area Coordinator simple: Where smoke solely there is an ashin designated tray, there is a designated smoking areas and to keep butts off the area. The smoking policy (found on ground. the last page of Residential Life’s “Ashtrays create peer pressure Guide to On Campus Living) goes to clean up after yourself,” Knight on to say that “smoking is permit- said. ted in those areas ONLY.” Administration and faculty alike However, seeing as the policy would like to remind students to states that smoking is prohibited respect the grounds that many within twenty feet of entryways or students call home. Bogue comwindows, the cigarette receptacle mented, “We see too much trash placement seems a bit off. “We and too many cigarettes on the also put new small ashtrays by ground around campus. We have most of the doors to the residence a beautiful campus and we’re just halls,” Bogue said. “This wasn’t to trying to keep it looking nice.”

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Around 30 to 35 of these cans have been placed throughout campus to encourage students to dispose of their cigarettes appropriately.

L.E.A.D program to document student leadership achievements Daniela Romero STAFF WRITER

“The Poets L.E.A.D. program is centered around helping students develop core competencies that are essential for the 21st century,” Dean of Students Jeanne Ortiz said. Modeled after a successful leadership competency project at Texas A&M University and new to Whittier College, Poets L.E.A.D. allows students to demonstrate active learning outside the classroom and Ortiz said that it includes the essentials of a liberal arts education, such as critical thinking, interpersonal communication and community service. Ortiz stated the program was developed to provide students with a way to document their “achievements in leadership roles outside the classroom” and demonstrate proficiency in leadership classes. “The reason why we developed the leadership program was because we know students are engaged in many leadership

positions on campus,” Ortiz said, adding that the program’s leadership curriculum would “complement what happens in the classroom.” The program entails students to complete either INTD 15 or INTD 17 for the rank of competent leaders, proving that they

“It’s a way to recognize what we know students are doing already and assess the learning from the activities they’re already engaged in.” Jeanne Ortiz Dean of Students

have reviewed the 17 leadership competencies and demonstrated them at a proficient level. In addition, students are given the option of completing INTD 18 and “completing a capstone project” in order to earn the rank of advanced leader, upon completing the program at the

competent level. The “capstone project” entails students to organize a real activity or service project from a particular area of expertise in the “real world” that would demonstrate outstanding utilization of leadership skills “in action” and then create a portfolio of their experiences, according to Ortiz. Instructors of these courses are expected to evaluate students on different levels of leadership competency including time management and the planning and organizing of effective meetings. Leaders include but are not limited to on-campus club officers, though anyone who can plan a successful event according to Ortiz. “It’s a way to recognize what we know students are doing already,” Ortiz said, “and assess the learning from the activities they’re already engaged in.” Poets L.E.A.D. info sessions will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 12:20 p.m. at the Campus Center Student Lounge and 8 p.m. at Club 88.

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OUTBREAK: Whittier encourages prevention strategies for H1N1 continued from page 1 the virus and recommendations for people with diabetes, day camps, individuals and communities. pregnant women, and colleges and Information and advice from the universities —which, according to Center for Disease Control (CDC) Ortiz, is where the Safety Committee also played a large factor in determin- derived much of their plan. ing the school’s approach to H1N1. Although it is unknown for how Advice given to students in the e- long the H1N1 virus will continue mail, including basic practices such to be a considerable threat, Ortiz as washing one’s hands and covering stresses the importance of followa cough or a sneeze with an elbow or ing preventative advice: “We are shoulder and immediately inform- really encouraging students to foling roommates low the prevenand Health Cen- “We are following CDC tion guidelines, ter staff if one standards as closely as including hand feels ill, “We are possible and following sanitization, not following CDC the examples of other sharing drinks s t a n d a r d s a s institutions that have had or food, getting closely as pos- a greater number of cas- e n o u g h r e s t , sible and follow- es than Whittier.” keeping rooms, ing the examples keyboards, and of other institutelephones Jeanne Ortiz tions that have cleaned with anDean of Students had a greater tibacterial cleannumber of cases ers. These stratthan Whittier,” Ortiz said. “The egies are the best ones to prevent recommendation is, if possible, for the spread of any disease,” Ortiz students to make arrangements to said. “The regular flu shot has no go home. If a student is not able protective value against the H1N1 to go home, the strategy is to try to flu but the College is encouraging isolate the ill student, provide, meal students to get both the regular flu support, to periodically check in on vaccination and the H1N1 vaccinathe student, and notify instructors tion when it arrives because they are through the Dean of Students Of- two different viruses.” Flu vaccinafice. In addition, healthy roommates tions will be available outside the may consider relocation and the C.I. on September 17, 23, and 24 Residential Life Office can assist from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. They are with this.” also are available by scheduling an The Center for Disease Control appointment at the Health Center. Web site (www.cdc.gov) offers similar The cost is $12.00. articles and advice to that of WHO While the flu vaccine is still being but also offers preventative infor- tested, according to Ortiz, “It apmation for specific groups such as pears as though it will be available at

LINDA PARK/Quaker Campus

Hand sanitizers have been installed in various locations on campus. This has been one of the preventtive tips recommended by the Safety Committee to stay healthy. the end of October or the beginning of November. When the vaccine is available, the College will order a

supply to administer to students.” Though there has only been one case reported on campus so far, “As with

any flu, there is always the potential for spread. This is why prevention is so critical,” Ortiz said.

Day cut from orientation saves $50,000 Neslie Tumulac NEWS CO-EDITOR

Whittier College saved approximately $50,000 worth of expenses by cutting a day of new student orientation. The decision to reduce orientation from five to four days was not a necessary action and came about after the program’s objectives, learning outcomes and the time required to conduct orientation was evaluated. “After evaluating all of these factors and the costs and benefits, we made the decision,” Dean of Students Jeanne Ortiz said. “We evaluate every program or service we deliver so making this change was part of a process that we regularly employ.” This year’s orientation was not the first to be shortened from five days to four. One day of orientation was also initially cut in September 2008 in an effort to assess how goals and activities could be achieved in a more condensed schedule. “We wanted to see what impact it would have on the quality of the program, and after assessing last year’s orientation, we decided that we could eliminate one day without adversely affecting the objectives of new student orientation,” Ortiz said. Although modifications were made to the orientation schedule, this year’s orientation was very similar to previous orientation programs and retained some of its

usual activities such as the summer reading for new students, the StoJo House Party and various speakers on topics ranging from date rape to diversity. Students were also able to take Math and Language placement tests ahead of time online and choose their linked section on Moodle, which saved almost an entire day of time. “This [saved time] allowed us to focus on major transitional issues such as alcohol and drug use, sexual ethics and decision making and diversity–all important topics for students entering college,” Ortiz said. One change in this year’s orientation was replacing the President’s Welcome Dinner with a Welcome Dessert hosted at the President’s house for first-year, transfer and peer mentor students. In addition, while earlier orientations had more free time for students, this year’s orientation offered discounts and an opportunity for students to visit Whitwood Mall by van shuttle. A large portion of the $50,000 saved in cutting a day of orientation is due to the food catered for students, which can average $35,000 a day based on past years’ costsw. By removing a day of orientation this large food cost was avoided. “The larger portion of the orientation budget is food,” Ortiz said. “We analyze last year’s cost in comparison to what the catering costs will be for each event, and we

monitor the numbers of participants closely to make sure that we are not paying for more participants than are necessary.” For the past two years, the Dean of Students assesses the students’ learning and collects feedback for orientation by surveying new students’ experience. According to

“We try to be good stewards of the resources we have available and are constantly looking for ways to reduce expenses without sacrificing the quality of the program.” Jeanne Ortiz Dean of Students Ortiz, feedback from both years has been fairly consistent despite the changes made to the orientation schedule. Whittier’s orientation cut has been noted in a New York Times article discussing nationwide college and university budget cuts. Examples of such cuts include the removal of free student services for laundry, cable and printing, a reduction of printed materials such as brochures as well as the elimination of programs. “I can only speak to the programs and services in Student Life,” Ortiz said, “But I know that our team

carefully watches expenses, looking for alternative ways to accomplish programmatic goals without sacrificing quality.” In order to save more resources in orientation, Student Life has also moved more contents of the new student binder online and shops around for the best price on new student reading and in negotiating with speakers brought on campus. “In terms of where the money ends up, there are always other priorities that emerge such as staffing needs, a desire to start a new program such as the interfaith initiative, and the need to reserve funds for the new student orientation program during spring semester,” Ortiz said. “We try to be good stewards of the resources we have available and are constantly looking for ways to reduce expenses without sacrificing the quality of the program.” Whittier has also tried to cut its costs in other ways by reducing compensation increases, deferring position replacements, canceling annual professional development and improving energy efficiency. According to Vice-President of Finance Jim Dunkleman, over the past year, Whittier has replaced many plumbing fixtures to reduced-flow devices. In addition, this past summer, more energy efficient lighting was installed in the Athletic Center and a more energy efficient heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system and lighting was

installed in the Hoover building. Another way Whittier has cut costs is by reducing waste in the Campus Inn dining hall and saving close to $30,000 in a semester after the removal of trays. This feat was also highlighted in the same New York Times article, and efforts to reduce waste in the Campus Inn will continue this year. “Administration is open to considering [further] waste and cost reducing initiatives that Bon Appétit may recommend,” Dunkleman said. In addition to budget cuts initiated by administration, there are ways that students can help reduce financial costs. According to Dunkleman, students can reduce energy and water use as much as possible and reduce wear and tear on residence halls and academic buildings. “Even something as simple as turning off lights and other electrical equipment in [the] residence hall rooms would help,” Ortiz said. “The college also spends a tremendous amount of money on keeping the campus free of litter and cigarette butts each year. That money could be redirected to responding to repairing maintenance requests in the residence halls. In addition, damage to the residence halls, although charged back to students, has indirect costs that are born by the College. Respecting college property is another way to help reduce expenses that ultimately show up in students’ tuition and housing charges.”


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NEWS World News In Brief

September 17, 2009

Courtesy of BBC news

Birth defect rate rose again in Beijing last year

Gene cure for color-blindess found in monkeys

Sept. 15, 2009

Sept. 16, 2009

The city’s birth defect rate has almost doubled in the last decade.The causes of such defects are not clear, but there are concerns they could be related to heavy pollution. A growing number of babies in China are being born with abnormalities - ranging from extra fingers and toes and cleft lips to congenital heart disease.

A US team was able to restore full color vision to adult monkeys born without the ability to distinguish between the colors red and green. Experts believe that the same treatment can potentially be applied to humans although more research is needed.

Kenya begins to clear residents in Africa’s largest slum Sept. 16, 2009

Venezuela and China make hefty oil deal Sept. 16, 2009

The Kibera settlement in Nairobi is home to about one million people who have had to cope with overcrowding, soaring crime rates and poor sanitation. Officials expect the clearing to take two to five years. The first people being moved are being rehoused in newly built apartments nearby.

Venezuela announces a $16 billion deal with China for oil exploration in the Orinoco River, after a similar agreement with Russia.

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LAST DAY TO ADD CLASSES 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Constitution Day Faculty and students will discuss possible amendments and talk about founding documents. Hoover 100 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Flu Clinic Information to take care of yourself and others will be given by the Health Center Campus Center-Table outside the CI #2

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Seniors Welcome Back Dance

Faculty Musicale

Music Department Faculty perform. Memorial Chapel

Online Insurance Waiver Deadline Deadline to change Fall Meal Plan

Sunday 20 National Student Day

10 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Wet and Wild

A party hosted by the Metaphonian and Lancer Sociey consisting of a foam pit, dance floor with a mechanical bull. Campus Center

Monday 21

ROOM CHANGE PERIOD 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. ASWC Senate Meeting Sit in a meeting and voice your opinion Campus Center - LEAP Conference Room LAST DAY OF SUMMER

Wednesday 23

Flu Clinic

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Club 88

ROOM CHANGE PERIOD 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Tuesday 22

ROOM CHANGE PERIOD

7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Lecture by Dr. Melissa Fitch A lecture about Latina and Latin American Women’s Issues Villalobos Hall

Thursday 24

ROOM CHANGE PERIOD 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Tango Dance Lessons

Melissa Fitch will provide beginner tango lessons Campus Center - Club 88

8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monster College Advantage Shannon Center - Robinson Theatre

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Off Campus Events Friday, Sept. 18 @ 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants Dodger Stadium 1000 Elysian Park Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Sunday, Sept. 20 @ 7 p.m. - 10 a.m. Long Beach Triathlon, Long Beach, CA Ocean Blvd. & Shoreline Dr. Long Beach, CA 90802

Saturday, Sept. 19 @ 7 p.m.- 11 p.m. Terrible Yellow Eyes: Exhibit on the book “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. Gallery Nucleus 210 East Main St. Alhambra, CA 91801 (626)458-7482

Sunday, Sept. 20 @ 5 p.m. Destruction Of A Rose Concert Green Turtle Bar & Restaurant 11464 Whittier Boulevard Whittier, CA

If you are intersested in being part of the Senior Class Gift Committee or volunteering to help, contact Alicia Massel 562.907.4917 amassel@whittier.edu


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CAMPUS LIFE

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Angel Gonzalez CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR

Under the light of the moon from the Campus Center looking outward toward the upper quad, people could be seen heading down. In belted shirts and high heels, jeans and vests, Whittier College students came down to Club 88 to kick-off the semester by dancing the night away at the William Penn Society’s Welcome Back Dance. Hosted Friday, Sept. 11 at Club 88, the event served as a

great get-together to gather with friends we missed over the summer and gain some new ones. “It was nice to see everyone who came back and it was fun to dance and get a little wild on the dance floor,” sophomore Amy Palmer said. A mob of people were dancing and grooving to the latest tunes, while on the wall hung a “Penn Triangle” with red, black and other glow-in-the-dark colors. Many took a bit of time off from dancing to take their photo with the triangle as a background. “I liked

how most people were dancing rather than just standing around,” first-year Steele Frey stated. He adds that he, “had a great time dancing and getting to meet new people.” Even though some crowds stood outside to cool off from the heat of the dance floor, you could still spot them bending their knees, bobbing their heads and feeling the rhythm. Others did not mind the heat kept dancing inside the whole time.” It was a lot of fun! There was great music and I had a great time,” sophomore Maryrose Vigorita said.

Senior William Penn President Alex Tallarida poses along with DJ Marc Pacheco at Club 88.

Left to Right:Juniors Doris Youmara and Russell Tanaka dance along with sophomore Nicole Romo at the Welcome Back Dance. ANGEL GONZALEZ/Quaker Campus

“It was a good chance to see and citement of the campus. I know meet the new first-year students.” this excitement will carry on to In the beginning a light show other events on campus.” pumped up everyone as they all As the night came to an end, rushed into Club 88 and began some grabbed a partner and ran in to dance. “I really enjoyed the their 4-inch heels to catch that last light show, it was pretty cool,” song while others took off those first-year Drue Grahman said. 4-inch heels and grabbed a glass “It was a great start for the year,” of water. Whatever the case, they William Penn Society Social Chair grabbed one thing for sure and senior Joshua Guerreque said. “I it was their dancing shoes. With was really happy that everyone people jumping up and down in the from freshmen to upperclassmen air and waving their hands, the Welarrived to the dance. It was a great come Back Dance came to an end. turnout and really shows the exhow people were dancingrather Left to Right: Junior Allison Castro, senior Tristan Churcia, senior Ronny than just standing around,” firstNevo and Junior Donnielle Kalachi seem to be having a good time as year Steele Frey stated. He adds they bust a move or two on the dance floor. that he, “had a great time dancing and getting to meet new people.” Even though some crowds stood outside to cool off from the heat of the dance floor you could still spot them bending their knees, bobbing their heads and feeling the rhythm. Others did not mind the heat and grooving to the latest tunes, while on the wall stood a “Penn Triangle” with red, black and other glow-in-the-dark colors. Many took a bit of time off from dancing to take their photo with the triangle as a background. “I liked

HYPNOTIC int xication THE MIND IS A POWERFUL TOOL

Erika E. Perez COPY EDITOR

“What is your name?” Hypnotist Keith Karkut asked the students a simple question. “I don’t know. I don’t remember.” The audience inside the Shannon Center remained mostly quiet as they waited to confirm that the students had indeed forgotten their names. When Karkut looked toward the audience to mock the students’ statements, the audience snickered at the scene. Previously, Karkut had waved his hand over the students’ eyes and announced he had just erased their memory. With simple movements, such as this and the sound of his

voice, Karkut manufactured numerous unusual and hilarious scenes. He also showed students a life-size example of how irresponsible drinking can go terribly wrong. Over 40 Whittier College students volunteered to go up to the stage at the Shannon Center on Thursday, Sept. 10. Karkut went over some instructions for ease, such as remembering that they stood on high ground, avoiding the backstage and not touching the plants. The volunteers were urged to become aware of their arms, in particular their right arms, which Karkut insisted were constantly getting heavier and heavier. At this point, Karkut applied force to each of the students’ arms and in this

way determined who he would use in his show. About 25 students remained after the eliminations. After the show, Karkut explained that the fact that he did not use some students on the show did not mean they were not hypnotized. “Everyone gets hypnotized, even the audience. It just means it’s not gonna work out today,” Karkut said. In fact, everyone is somewhat hypnotized throughout the day. When daydreaming or even when submerged in an engaging movie people are focusing their attention and forgetting about the outside world. Since it is a naturally occurring state, even the students who were hypnotized for more than an hour

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will say it felt normal, like they were simply relaxing the whole time. “It’s like I wasn’t afraid of doing anything in front of people.”sophomore Amy Palmer said. I only remember bits and pieces. I saw the video where I danced like Britney Spears and people ask me if it was fake, but people who know me know I don’t really do things like that,” According to Karkut everyone can be hypnotized if willing, but there are different methods that may work better than others may. Subjects who are hypnotized are aware of everything around them, but on a subconscious level instead of a conscious level. This allows hypnotists like Karkut to take advantage of their concentration and direct their focus to his interest. Although Karkut’s ability to convince a student that the number two does not exist; that the person next to them has just pinched their butt; that as the legendary Tarzan he must yell and search for his companion Jane; that they must cry because they are watching a heart-wrenching movie (on an imaginary blank white screen),that

his name is Betty, B-e-t-t-y, that as Usher, Britney Spears and N’Sync they must sing and dance when their music plays,that their feet are glued to the floor; that he is a great samurai who must protect everyone from the evil hypnotizer, and that he should be angry because the guy with the colorful shirt in the audience is controlling the chair that is shocking him, he was also here to urge students to drink responsibly. In the last situation, Karkut convinced the volunteers that they were at a party and that the water they were drinking was actually the best alcohol they had ever tasted. He brought life to a typical college party right on the stage so that the audience could witness the effects of alcohol on the mind. The hypnotized students continued to “intoxicate” themselves, until eventually a student passed out. “I do this show to send a message to students,” Karkut stated. “You don’t have to get drunk to have a good time. You are in charge of your destiny especially when it comes to drinking alcohol.”


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September 17, 2009

Viva

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“The Hispanic Student Association kicks-off Hispanic Heritage Month with treats”

Senior HSA member Maria Alba serves the Director of Career Services Linda Ross some tasty agua fresca de sandia. Angel Gonzalez CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR

HSA President junior Jennice Ontiveros gives cotton candy away to a student as she passes by.

“Y volver, volver, voolveeeer!” is what could be heard by the campus center on Sept. 16 at lunch time. Songs from popular Latin countries were being played by KPOET as the Hispanic Student Association started off Hispanic Heritage Month with a celebration. As people walked towards or out the C.I. after lunch, they did not hesitate to stop by and take one of the snacks offered. HSA was offering free snacks that consisted of brown sugary churros accompanied with an agua fresca de sandia (watermelon water). There were also refreshing paletas which are like popsicles made

from lemon, strawberry and other flavors. “A lot of people stopped by to grab some horchata and churros. “We ran out of horchata and churros within like 15 minutes!” sophomore Abbee Hilton said. Cotton candy was also given away and students came back for more. A little fact sheet was given away with each snack about the Latin American countries. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the Hispanic culture and is a period in which many Latin American countries celebrate their Independence Day. With the wind blowing and the papel picado waving as they hanged from the Campus Center, only a small ice chest with a few popsicles was left.

The hustle and bustle of Los Angeles Brianne Kamaladin FOR THE QC

Tropic of Orange: the 1997 novel written by Award winning novelist, playwright and director Karen Tei Yamashita about the hustle and bustle of the City of Los Angeles. On Monday, Sept. 14, Whittier Poets welcomed Yamashita, author of Tropic of Orange and were treated to an informative and enjoyable discussion on the novel that first-year and transfer students were required to read as a summer assignment. Poets attended the New Student Convocation at 7:30 p.m. with mixed feelings about the novel. Many students found the book confusing while others found it interesting. First-year Mark Hausmann said, “It was a little unclear, and I wasn’t ready for how dramatic the symbolism would be.” “Overall it was a good story, but the themes and aspects she (Yamashita) was trying to get across were confusing,” first-year

Wendy Ruiz commented. However, the confusion was cleared up as Yamashita connected her life experiences and inspirations to her novel. One of the characters, Buzzworm lived off of Jefferson and Fifth Avenue, which is Yamashita’s old neighborhood, and

Students read their quick Latin American facts. ANGEL GONZALEZ/Quaker Campus

she named seven characters after angels. The Tropic of Orange does not follow the classic storyline (rising action, climax, falling action, etc.), but rather constantly shifts chapters from one setting and character to another (time, place, etc.). To make the novel come alive, Yamashita read passages in the character’s voices. Although there were many interpretations about the novel and its meaning, Yamashita explained how stereotypes were truly an important aspect in the novel: all the characters represented a stereotype in modern society. Los Angeles is portrayed not as the glamorous city of Hollywood stars and adventure but for what it truly is. Yamashita also shared with the audience a passage from her upcoming novel I-hotel, set to be released in 2010. The novel takes place in San Francisco and is set during the Asian American Movement of the 1960s and 70s. No matter what the themes, motifs and symbols were supposed to have meant, as Yamashita stated “It doesn’t matter what I think, the book is Taylor chin/Quaker Campus not mine. It belongs to you.” Tropic of Orange author Karen Tei Yamashita listens and responds to students’ questions at the Shannon Center.

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Organic treats down the street

1. PHOTOS BY LINDA PARK/Quaker Campus

Colleen Mundy A&E ASST. EDITOR

From shoes, dresses and accessories, to fruit and vegetable stands and the highly popular barbeque and kettle cor n, people from all over Whittier can walk down Greenleaf Avenue and immerse themselves in the many cultures represented at the Farmer’s

2. 1. Fresh, ruby red strawberries sit out in the afternoon sun with no preservatives, batched together in small cartons. 2. Perfect size for popping into your mouth, these grapes make an appearance in the produce section. 3. In bright yellows and green, some bell peppers make fit in containers lining the tables. 4. Want something just as organic as the fruits and vegetables but with a little more flair? A worker prepares some kettle corn. 5. A couple walks down the street looking at a variety of offers at the market which also included “Balance,” a financial program.

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Market. “[The best thing is] the diversity of booths and being able to sightsee without the obligation of digging into my already very low college budget,” junior Jonathan Brasfield said. Many people swar m to the Farmer’s Market for the low priced and many times organic fruit. Santiago Soto, an all organic fruit and vegetable company, has been at the Whittier Farmer’s Market for three years. “We want to sell only all organic,” Marcus Soto said about the decision to frequent the Farmer’s Market. George Huante’s caricatures are relatively new features of the Farmer’s Market. Huante, a former artist for the University

of California, Los Angeles newspaper, had been drawing caricatures for five years before deciding to sell his caricatures at the Whittier Farmer’s Market. “I used to do [caricatures] for parties, but the Farmer’s Market is good for practice and for business,” Huante said. The Farmer’s Market runs Wednesday evenings from May to October and Friday mor nings year round. The market is located on Greenleaf Avenue between Philadelphia Street and Hadley Street. At such a short distance from the Whittier College campus, the Farmer’s Market is an excellent opportunity for students to experience the diversity of the city of Whittier.


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September 17, 2009

VAMPIRE CRAZE Taking over entertainment Jade Hernandez A&E EDITOR

It is something dirty. It must be kept a secret. These are the types of thoughts that pop into my head when I think about my addiction. “You’re one of those girls,” my friend said, placing an emphasis on the word “those” while pointing to my collection of books. Yes, I am one of those girls, but I will not sit here and let vampirism addiction take over my life — I will survive. Like millions of fan girls and fan boys across the globe, I take joy from reading about vampires, watching them on TV and even wearing their gear (Team Jacob, for the win!). Vampires are the perfect example as to how imagination and creativity is still very much alive in the lives of everyone. From books, to corn mazes, make-up lines and candy, vampires are everywhere. Some might say that the vampire craze started up just a few years ago with the dream turned multi-millionaire dollar novel success, Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer. But even before this was the long-running TV series “BuffytheVampireSlayer,”andinthe1700speople were actually staking those who were thought to be vampires. And while a lot of light has been shined upon those who in myths could not be in sunlight, vampires have always been a curiosity to people. Vampirestranscendrecenttrendsandarelegendary and are as well known as God in some parts of the world. The term “vampire” became popular in the

1800s as a vampire scare was popularized— let’s face it, the popularity in vampires has become bigger than the last five years. Whatistherenottolikeaboutvampires?Multiple variations of their similarities or lack thereof to the living makes them mysterious, which is often times looked at as a handsome and attractive trait. Ever heard of the phrase tall, dark, and handsome? While these fictitious beings might not always be the most beautiful, they can be dark and are at least always sinister— that is a type of dark. What is darker than what appears to be a human who is deceptive, sneaky, and lives off the blood of others? Whether or not bloated on blood, insane, partially dead, a walking corpse, or a person that can turn into a bat in the blink of an eye, one thing is often times agreed about vampires: they drink blood to sustain their existence. Because of this, the ideas of vampires existing is often times feared; they are harmful beings that ravage mortals for their selfish existence. Phobias of vampires often times lie with superstitious cultures ponder upon how one even becomes a vampire. But the times have changed. Instead of being scared of vampires, literature, movies and television shows have recently shown us the lighter, softer side of the undead. Here, vampires do not take blood from unwilling human beings, but instead live alternative lifestyles. They do not enjoy being feared, instead they seek the human companionship of others and even sparkle in the light, which they can now walk out into just like everyone else.

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Corn field versions of Twilight characters Edward and Jacob. Beneath the left reads “Team Jacob,” and the right, “Team Edward.”

Vampires have been marketed to those who are simply curious. More risqué vampires have been shown lately on HBO (who can sometimes make anything more revealing and sexual) in their new hit series, “True Blood.” “True Blood” is based on the book series The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. In this world created by Harris and HBO, vampires are out in the open living with people who are aware of their undead, unchanging state. Because of a drink that substitutes the nutritional value of blood named Tru Blood, vampires no longer have to drink or kill human beings to sustain their own life. The catch is, many vampires do not want to live this new life, and many problems ensue. On its second season and already signed on for a third, “TrueBlood”hastrulycapturedthemindsof many. While it might seem ridiculous, waiting to see how a vampire will react to events is as interesting as television can currently get. Other shows that do not necessarily take place in the South like “True Blood,” have also become famous. The Vampire Library (www.vampirelibrary. com) is a place where vampire novels are categorized for fun if anyone is interested in finding a vampire book. But nothing beats the fandom of the Twilight series. With four books, one movie out and another topremierethisfall,Twilightisoneof themainpulling forces in the vampire lure. Here, Meyer has created a world where vampires come out during the day, live on animals other than humans and engage in

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Twilight make-up line, “Twilight Beauty.”

a delectable teenage romance. Written from the first person perspective of the main character Bella Swan, guys and girls across the world have entered a world that is unique and exciting, created by the love and mysteriousness of vampires. Have you ever seen a “Team Jacob” or “Team Edward” shirt? Well, this is where those come from. From bracelets to erasers, jackets, wigs and jewelry, Twilight is a marketing empire, complete with their own conversationheartsforValentine’sDay. Shockingly, in Utah, there is even a corn maze depicting Twilight characters Edward and Jacob. Make-up lines and jewelry lines complete the fan craze. Whether it is a documentary on the History Channel as to the myths about vampires, or a book, or even a shirt that has some fake blood on it,vampireswillalwaysbethecharactersthatconfuse and interest us. Everyone might have their own version as to what a vampire looks like, or what they act like, but this craze is a perfect example of how beautiful the imagination is. Enjoying vampires is not only for the teenage girls— it is a new world of entertainment and curiosity for everyone.

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“True Blood” themed waitress outfit from the show and a bottle opener with a bottle of Tru Blood.

Megadeth revives 80s great thrash metal Matthew Grant Anson FOR THE QC

Thundering drums? Check. Throbbing bass? Check. Shredding guitars? Check. Characteristically snarling Dave Mustaine vocals? Check. Welcome to Megadeth’s latest offering from the thrash metal pits, “Endgame.” Dave Mustaine’s reconvening of one of 1980s thrash metal’s greatest bands pulls equally from each of Megadeth’s best periods. There is the early speed metal, the progressive song structuring, and the commercially tinged production job which in the end actually magnifies the stunning musicianship. Joining the ever-changing ranks of Megadeth is Mustaine-approved lead guitar virtuoso, Chris Broderick.

Broderick, formally of Nevermore and Jag Panzer, brings a whole new level to the Megadeth sound. Not since Marty Friedman has Megadeth had a lead guitarist that was so worthy of wearing the “Deth badge.” Mustaine, famous for his control freak manner of music and living in general, lets his new axe man have free reign over his rhythm riffs. Broderick’s shredding is incredibly clean and sounds so easy for him, like a knife going through butter… if that knife was a chainsaw. After a few licks, one starts to see Broderick as being just untouchable, until Mustaine decides it is time he ought to make an appearance. Soon, you have a Mustaine solo in one ear, a Broderick solo in the other and your jaw on the floor. Lyrically, it is typical Megadeth, and pretty much what you would except

coming from a band who takes its name from a term used to describe one million deaths. You have got songs about war, politics, medieval torture devices, etc. But then there is also

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some much needed variety. “1,320” is a highlight complimented by its lyrics about drag racing (“1,320” being the amount of feet on a drag racing

track). Megadeth even knows when to let the music do the talking, with instrumental album opener “Dialectic Chaos” setting the mood and leading right into This Day We Fight. Of course, any Megadeth album must be compared endlessly to Metallica, due to the history between the two. Once upon a time, Dave Mustaine was Metallica’s original lead guitarist, writing many classic early Metallica songs. Musically, things were great. Internally, things were… not so great. Metallica gave him the boot for drinking too much, fighting too much, and pretty much being a jerk too much. They stuck him on a Greyhound from New York to California a month before recording their debut album, and Mustaine made it his life’s mission to be “heavier and faster than Metallica.” So, how does

Endgame hold up when paired with Metallica’s Death Magnetic, released less than a year ago? The fight is over before it starts. While Death Magnetic was a desperate attempt to reach back to the good old days, it just came off as a rehash of early music paired with declining musicianship and vocals. To top it off, it was overlong and poorly produced. Endgame draws from early Megadeth albums, but does so in a way that shows influence, not a dry well of inspiration. While modern Metallica goes by the philosophy of basic Metallica thrash by numbers (aka ridiculously long, redundant songs), modern Megadeth knows what worked in the past, what will work in the present and how to blend elements of both for something that will certainly hold up in the future.


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September 17, 2009

New television shows beat boredom ‘Glee’: extracurriculars resonates mature themes Alison Vasquez FOR THE QC

Although it shines a spotlight on a high school performing arts group, Fox’s highly anticipated new show “Glee” is a far cry from the innocence of High School Musical. Coming to us from the creator of “Nip/ Tuck” Ryan Murphy, “Glee” follows the efforts of young teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) in his attempt to revive the school’s dwindling glee club. Members of the McKinley High School Glee Club include Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), the fame-bound leader of the club and

Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), the jock turned “gleek” who is constantly pressured by his peers to leave the club. The show delves into the insecurities of both the school administration as well as those of the students. The romantic connection between students Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson is cleverly paralleled with that between Schuester and Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), the school guidance counselor. The show offers up a handful of fresh faces, including Michele, Monteith, Dianna Agron and Amber Riley. These relative newcomers add to the show’s charm and appeal, along with comedic

veteran Jane Lynch (The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, Talladega Nights, Role Models). Lynch’s portrayal of the sinister cheerleading coach who is out to defeat the glee club is hilarious. At times, the humor in “Glee” can be surprisingly irreverent, in a good way. Considering that the show’s main focus is a high school performing arts club, it can be expected to be chock full of great performances. The pilot alone featured enjoyable dance routines with standout vocal performances. Overall, “Glee” offers great singing, a fresh cast and a terribly funny script. Check it out Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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‘Melrose Place’ reboot mediocre ‘Heroes’ transitions back Kaitlin Cassidy FOR THE QC

“There’s a secret to kill for.” Sounds enticing enough to check out “Melrose Place” right? Not exactly. The rebooted series fails to leave a substantial impact. Too many cliché characters and seemingly irrelevant subplots clutter the beginning of the pilot episode. However, things pick up when Violet, the doe-eyed darling who is new to Los Angeles, discovers Sydney, the feisty landlord and blackmailer extraordinaire, dead in the pool of the apartment complex. Everyone becomes a suspect

because at Melrose Place the tenants are full of secrets, which they are desperate to keep hidden. Two suspects become clear: Colin, the mysterious chef, and David, a trust fund baby and a possible former lover of Sydney. Questions begin to arise about a fake alibi, the burning of bloody clothes and someone swiping a picture of Sydney. If the show focuses more on the murder aspect it can be enough to pick up the ratings and encourag e viewers to stay

hooked and tune in. To watch “Melrose Place” tune into the CW Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. or download the pilot episode for free on iTunes.

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S C O R E S Cross Country ranked 10th in West Region &

schedules for the week

Football (1-0) Sat, Sept. 12 at Sul Ross St. @ El Paso, Texas Whittier 31, Sul Ross St. 28 Sat, Sept. 26 vs. Menlo Starts at 7 p.m.

Men’s Soccer (1-2) Thurs, Sept. 10 vs. La Sierra Whittier 0, La Sierra 1 Wed, Sept. 16 vs. Redlands* Whittier 2, Redlands 1 Sat, Sept. 19 vs. Pomona-Pitzer* Starts at 11 a.m. Wed, Sept. 23 at La Verne* Starts at 4 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo (3-2) Sat, Sept. 12 @ Loyola Marymount Whittier 3, Loyola 11 at Pepperdine (scrimmage) Whittier 0, Pepperdine 0 Sun, Sept. 13 vs. Occidental @ La Verne Whittier 12, Occidental 6 Sun, Sept. 13 vs. Concordia (Cal.) @ La Verne Concordia 9, Whittier 5 Sat, Sept. 19 vs. Fresno Pacific @ Cal Lutheran Starts at 8 a.m. Sat, Sept. 19 at Cal Baptist @ Cal Lutheran Starts at 1:15 p.m.

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The women’s cross country team placed sixth at the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday Sept. 5, and are currently ranked tenth in the West Region. Both the men’s and the women’s team have started out strong, each finishing in 16th place in their first meet of the season at the Titan Invitational on Saturday Sept. 5. With a significant number of returning runners, the team expects great things. “The team will do great, especially when it matters most,” Head Coach Greg Phillips said.

“They will give 100 percent and the results will tell which SCIAC college has the strongest pack of endurance runners for that particular SCIAC race.” The cross country team even attended a training camp in Mammoth, California. “Train hard and train often,” Phillips said. Last year, two members of the women’s team, senior Darlene Partida and sophomore Michele Callaway, were recognized by USTFCCCA (The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association). They were among 219 studentathletes that received a spot on the team.

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a fundraiser at the Firehouse Grill, where they will be acting as celebrity waitresses. Although it is in their job description, things for the Whittier College cheerleaders are not always as cheerful as one would expect. The squad feels as though it has not gotten the respect or support it deserves. “The coaches from the other sports acknowledge and respect us; however, the Athletic Department does not. Somehow, the squad is not seen as part of the Athletic Department, yet is still overseen and limited by them,” Guereque said. The squad does not have the proper facilities or equipment and pays for everything they do have either out of pocket or through their own fundraisers. The coaches and leaders say that they just want more support and recognition from both the student body, and the administration. Despite such hurdles, the squad is able to maintain a positive outlook. Overall, the squad is filled with good energy and an optimistic attitude. The cheerleaders are working hard and are excited for the upcoming school year.

Sat, Sept. 19 at Pomona-Pitzer* Starts at 11 a.m. Wed, Sept. 23 vs. La Verne Starts at 7 p.m.

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* Conference game Scores and Schedules are from WCPOETS. com and may not reflect recent changes.

Members of the women’s soccer team run along the Mammoth Trail.

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15 SPORTS Volleyball starts season with an Alumni game S C O R E S

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Jordan Vega STAFF WRITER

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The Poets look forward to the 2009 volleyball season with determination, motivation and inspiration in order to make a strong impact in the SCIAC league this year. “We would like to finish in the top half of the conference,” Head Coach Ali Oliver, who is in her third season as a coach at Whittier College, said. “It takes about three years to turn a program around and this year it is definitely our time to shine.” Oliver has made many beneficial changes to the team this year. The most outstanding change came with a new assistant coach, Jeff Nygaard, a three-time Olympian in both beach and indoor volleyball. Nygaard is a four-time all-American at UCLA, where he attended college, competitor on the United States National Team for eight seasons (1993-2000) and player on the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece where he finished 19th. “He’s the man, an unbelievable assistant,” Oliver said. The Poet’s coaching staff is also joined by Melissa Burns, an assistant coach, who is “a positive and competitive role model for the girls,” Oliver stated. The Poets team is made up of 14

Volleyball (0-1) Sun, Sept. 13 vs. Alumni Whittier 0, Alumni 0 Fri, Sept. 18 vs. Caltech* Starts 7:30 p.m. Sat, Sept. 19 vs. Mills Starts at 5:30 p.m. Sat, Sept. 19 vs. La Sierra PHOTOS BY TIM BECK/ Quaker Campus

LEFT TO RIGHT: Junior Kashima Patridge spikes the ball. Junior Shannon Orlins watches as Patridge prepares to spike the ball. Orlins in the middle of spiking the ball.

players, with nine players returning and five newcomers. Amongst these newcomers are first-year recruits Ashley Terich and Katie Lord. Terich, from Rancho Cucomongo, California, is a setter on the Poets team. “She has a nasty jump serve, is very competitive, and means business out on the court. We expect major points from her this year,” Oliver said. Lord, from Upland, California, is a defensive specialist. “We are pumped to have her on the team because she is a positive influence on the team and have high expectations for her this season,” Oliver said.

Transfers on the team this year are junior Vanessa Amran from Burbank, California and junior Aya Nikano from Mie, Japan. Arman is a setter who transferred from Pasadena City College and is “a court leader and quite the competitor,” Oliver said. Nikano is an outside hitter who played last year at Glendale College and is a “bright ball of energy on the court,” Oliver stated. Seniors on the Poets team are Melissa Johnson, a mid-blocker, Natalia Barajas, an outside hitter and transfer from Cerritos College, and Katie Sharpe, who

is a defensive specialist that has been on the Poet team since her freshman year. Poet captains are junior Vicky Larioso, from City of Commerce, California, and junior Aya Nikano. The Poets have their third game of the season versus Caltech on Friday, Sept. 18. “I expect the girls to play their best, total domination, we’ll sweep them in three matches,” Oliver said enthusiastically. “I don’t play the best girls, I play the best girls that mesh and bond together and find a way to win. After all, that’s what volleyball is all about, teamwork.”

Starts at 8:30 p.m. Tue, Sept. 22 vs. La Verne* Starts at 7:30 p.m.

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SPORTS

September 17, 2009

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LEFT TO RIGHT: First-year Ian Cromwell dribbles the ball past the Redland players. First-year Kevin Hartsough attempts to take the ball from a Redlands player.

Poets edge out Redlands in overtime 2-1

Fellow Poets help lift Whittier soccer to victory in complete turnaround Sean Bahar FOR THE QC

The Whittier Men’s Soccer team came from behind to win this overtime game against University of Redlands. Eighty minutes into the game it seemed as if the Whittier men’s soccer team would fall to Redlands who had a one point lead going into the final minutes. Then there was a

sudden change in the atmosphere as the entire Poet’s football team which had just finished their own practice, lined the side of the field and really brought the noise. To cheers of the crowd and the riled up Poet football team, the offense gained momentum and began to unleash barrage of shots. Eventually, sophomore Adolfo Santos drilled a shot into the back of the net off a corner

to force overtime. This followed several great shots and even an acrobatic bicycle kick in front of the goal that was somehow caught by the Redlands keeper. This sudden explosion of momentum carried the Poets into overtime where they were quick to take the offensive and charge downfield. Two minutes into overtime Whittier’s first-year Srdan Jovanovic placed a shot into

the bottom left corner of the net with an assist from Santos. The Redlands players were stunned by the sudden goal as fans and football players stormed the field. Poet Head Coach Paul Walmsley was ecstatic after the game. “This was the greatest game I’ve ever been involved in.” he said. “I asked the players for heart and got a lot of it. Thank you and

much love to the football team and the crowd because they got into it and played a huge factor late in the game. It was simply amazing.” The Whittier men’s soccer team now stands at 2-2 for the season (1-0 conference play) as they prepare for their next game against Pomona-Pitzer. Game starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

Cheerleaders get involved around campus Alison Vasquez STAFF WRITER

Built from the ground up in just three years, the Whittier College Cheer Squad looks as though it is going to have a very promising season. Busy with cheering at sporting events, practicing for competitions, hosting fundraisers and fighting stereotypes, the Poet cheerleaders have quite a year ahead of them. “We have a really good squad this year,” Guerrero said, “Since half of the girls are new, they don’t know the struggles we have had to deal with, so everyone is really

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excited and positive right now.” Not only will the squad be out supporting all of the other sports on campus, they too will be competing. Competitive cheerleading has been growing in popularity over the past decade, and this year, the Poet cheerleaders will be trying their hand at it. The competition season begins this spring. The fresh new squad of 18 is being led this year by sophomore Korrine Hilgeman, junior Monique Guerrero, junior Elle Foran and senior Tawnya Gorecki. The squad also has a group of coaches and advisors helping them to continue to grow and improve. These

coaches include: Cheer Moderator Monica Guereque, Cheer Coordinators Mandy Chacon and Ashley Black and Choreographer Ashley Perales. Aside from working year round attending games, practicing three times a week and competing, the squad plans to participate in other local activities. Last year, the squad held two pep rallys, volunteered at The Boys and Girls Club and hosted a cheer camp for local high school students. They plan on taking part in the same sort of activities this year and on Monday, Sept. 21, the squad will be hosting See CHEER, page 14

-- COURTESY OF ELLE FORAN

Whittier College Cheer team photo taken on Founders Hill in front of Deihl Hall. LEFT TO RIGHT: bottom row- senior Nichole Kuykendall, senior Erika Gutzeit, Angie Pietrantoni, junior Monique Guerrero, senior Tawnya Gorecki, sophomore Meagan Dominguez, senior Allie Spitz. top row- sophomore Brenna Laegreid, sophomore Jennifer Newshan, sophomore Korrine Hilgeman, junior Elspeth Foran, sophomore Sydnie Cervantes, sophomore Melissa Nunez.

Volume 96 Issue 2  

September 17, 2009

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