Fresno City College Volume CXXI, Edition 6
April 13, 2011
By Jesse Franz Rampage Reporter When Fresno City College students vote for their student representatives on April 26 to 28, they will be using an electronic voting system through their SCCCD email. All voting will be done online, rather than with the paper ballots which have been used in the past. To make sure that even those without home computers are still able to vote, the ASG is looking into setting up a computer bay where students can vote online on campus. ASG’s main goal, besides finding new officers’, is to increase voter turnout. With dismal participation in last year’s ASG election in which only 431 students voted, members of the student government are making all attempts
to get students more involved in the political process. With the college facing some of its biggest obstacles in recent memory, this year’s Associated Student Government (ASG) elections promise to be pivotal. Incoming ASG officers will face a myriad of different challenges, ranging from budget cuts to possibly implementing a new smoking policy. This pool of candidates is more diverse in this election cycle than in years past and feature 13 candidates who have all been involved in FCC in different ways. Each candidate is offering a different set of priorities, what they would change if elected.
Gai Drops Classes and loses ASG presidency
By Austin Verburg Rampage Reporter Associated Student Government President Daniel Gai resigned from office on Tuesday, April 5 after dropping all of his courses, which was in violation of the ASG requirements for being in office. Gai withdrew from his classes in early March with the intention of devoting more time to student government. Gai said he was overwhelmed by the accumulating responsibility of ASG, classes, and his personal life. “I’d noticed that he was obvi-
ously working a lot more on ASG stuff,” said Executive Vice President Vanessa Cabrera. “He was much more involved than any of us. He was very dedicated.” The stress of all three impacted Gai’s ability to do what he cared about most, which was leading the student body. Conflicted, Gai chose ASG over school. “I strived to represent the student body,” explained Gai. The ASG Constitution, Article V, Section 2, states that to be an ASG officer, “All officers shall retain a minimum of six units and a 2.0 cumulative GPA.” Gai said he had misunderstood the minimum
unit load requirement believing he only had to register for six units, not maintain them. “I believed that I could still get away with what I was doing under my own interpretation,” said Gai. “His heart was in the right place,” said Cabrera, “It’s just that he went against the rules. He didn’t let anybody know. That’s what is kind of hurtful because we’re all supposed to be a group.” Student Activities discovered Gai was not enrolled in classes when they verified ASG applicant
See “Gai Resignation” Page 3
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Three Vie for President
Canidadates for President
Reggie DeLeon DeLeon is a community activist, and claims to be the creator of the Jim Bean Facebook page, which helped Fresno to gain funding from the Wal-Mart “Fighting Hunger Together” campaign, this past December. Now, he hopes to bring his serving attitude to Fresno City by running for ASG president. DeLeon’s biggest concern is the lack of student involvement in ASG, and around Fresno as a whole. “We ask our community to rally around us, but have we really rallied around our community?” DeLeon said. He said that
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SCCCD Chancellor Proposes Pay Cut for District Employees By Sammy “Pro” Loproto wrote that the budget reduction Rampage Reporter Dr. Deborah Blue, Chancellor of the State Center Community College District, has proposed a pay cut for all district employees as part of a budget reduction plan to accommodate an expected $20 million shortfall next year. The proposed pay cut ranges from 5 percent for all academic and classified managers to 2 percent for faculty. Salaries of classified and confidential employees will be reduced by 4 percent. In an e-mail dated April 8, Blue
plan is based on the “worst case scenario” and an assumption that there would be no tax extensions and no funding from Prop 98. She explained that the disparity between the proposed faculty and classified salary reductions is because of the 50 percent law which requires that half of the district’s general fund be spent on classroom instruction. Blue’s email stated that she was hopeful that the district and the unions representing the faculty
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ENTERTAINMENT Nature’s Wild Flowers
Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies
Woman’s Badminton Team
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Interim President Cantu
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Asian American Month Celebrations Opening day for Asian American Month was held in the FCC theatre. That night featured the Celebration Night show and the Japan Relief fundraiser raised over $300 for Japan. John Cho, Asian American studies instructor, organized the events. He said the month originally started as a week, then, as more events and activities were added, the concept evolved into the month. “Asian American Month is to celebrate, learn, participate, observe and ponder on Asian
and classified staff can reach an agreement on the proposed cuts. Lacy Barnes, President of the State Center Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1533, stated in an email to instructors that that the district cannot impose a pay cut and that the chancellor’s recommendations are “in fact mandatory subjects of bargaining.” Barnes, who is also a psychology instructor at Reedley College, said the “Chancellor’s Budget Reduction Plan has no bearing on current agreements tentatively reached between the Federation and the District for the contract year 2010-11.” “We were present for the original budget proposal which was actually worse, targeting educators and administrators to the tune of about 6 to 9 percent reductions,” said Ernie Garcia, president of the Classified Senate Garcia. “Overall, the consensus seems to be that people are relieved that there is actually some communication coming out of
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the Chancellor’s office on how we are going to deal with this.” The District’s finance department delivered a revised budget plan to the Board of Trustees for the fiscal year of 2011-12 on April 5. The proposals include a reduction in the district’s surplus (reserves) by $6 million; a 20 percent reduction in the district’s maximum contribution to medical benefits; suspension of step and column increases for all employees; offers of retirement incentives for classified bargaining unit members for a savings of about $800,000, and a $600,000 reduction in operational funds.
Reactions around the campus
Garcia said he had been aware of the salary reduction plan for a while, but that it still is hard to digest. He said the budget outlook could be a lot worse and that other districts have experienced severe layoffs and program cuts. “Right
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By Paul Schlesinger Rampage Reporter
culture and issues concerning the
Asian AmeriCho said.
now, it is a wait and see attitude. We know that some people do live paycheck to paycheck, and with these proposed salary cuts, the numbers may grow,” he said. “The Senate meeting on Wednesday will certainly be a lively discussion.” Around the FCC campus, reaction to the District’s drastic cost-c utting proposal is mixed. The Arts department which has already shed numerous classes for the fall semester is required to trim 10 more from its spring 2012 offerings. Art department chair, Bob Kizziar, said, “For years, the Arts department has been carried to new heights on the backs of parttime instructors. Now that it is time to pay the piper, it’s the part timers once again. This time they will be the sacrificial lambs. Who will it be next time?” Art instructor, Susana Sosa, said she is disheartened about the inevitable cuts. “We realize that there is a necessity to undergo budget cuts in these times of crisis,” she said. “But, we hope we can maintain the integrity of the program we offer here at FCC. We may not be able to avoid layoffs in the spring of 2012.”
Striving for Homeless: Food Not Bombs
Mike Dana of the music department said he would rather “take a couple of furlough days than a pay cut.” He added that he willing to do either if it will “protect the quality of our program and help students get the education they deserve.”
Around the state
Last week, the Community College League of California teamed up with UC and CSU for a summit on higher education in Sacramento. The newly formed alliance teamed Chancellor Dr. Jack Scott with UC President Mark Yudof and CSU President, Charlie Reed. The trio met with Gov. Jerry Brown on April 5, advocacy day at the State capitol. “We are willing to join our voices to say there needs to be some kind of tax extensions; otherwise in all of our communities, we are going to see young people being turned away from our colleges and universities.” Dr. Scott was quoted in an article in the Sacramento Bee. “That is going to be a tragedy for them, but it is going to be a bigger tragedy for the future of California.”
In a country where there is an overabundance of food, there are still people that struggle everyday to find a bite to eat. According to the Community Food Bank, one in six Americans suffer from hunger. Fortunately, organizations like the Community Food Bank, Poverello House, and Food Not Bombs strive to help feed the homeless. The goal of FNB is to feed the homeless and the poor in the community by handing out vegan and vegetarian meals. The organization started in 1995 by anti-nuclear activists in Boston. FNB feeds the homeless and the poor every Sunday at the Fresno County Courthouse in downtown Fresno. According to Kevin Smith, a volunteer for FNB, about 20 to 35 people are served on a typical Sunday. The number is usually significantly lower during the winter and early spring when it rains. The food that is served is usually donated by area stores and farmers markets. A typical meal that is served by Food Not Bombs is a vegetable soup, salad, fresh fruit, bread, and bakery sweets. Water is also served with the meal. Any food that is left over is donated to a homeless shelter. The people that go out on Sunday to the courthouse to serve the food all share the same thing, the drive to do something and help. Roe Zore, another FNB volunteer, was inspired to help FNB while working near downtown as he, “noticed a need for helping the homeless,” he said. Roe says that the most memorable moment from working with Food Not Bombs is seeing the thankful faces and the peaceful environment when serving the homeless and the hungry.
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News Asg Committee Finds Mecha Violated Policies By Jesse Franz Rampage Reporter An Associated Student Government committee reported on Tuesday that it found MEChA to be in breach of administrative conduct code, subsections 11 and 15, pertaining to the use of language at a school sponsored event. The committee, chaired by ASG senator, Nathan Alonzo, investigated whether members of the MEChA club were in breach of the personal conduct policies of Fresno City College when they allegedly used foul language during the Rally for Community Unity event on March 14. In accordance with ASG’s findings, MEChA must present a formal letter of apology for their actions at the rally or appeal the ASG ruling by the April 26 ASG meeting. Alonzo said that if MEChA does not meet the deadline, ASG will “not allow the club to
participate in any event for the rest of the semester.” If MEChA further refuses to corporate with the ASG ruling, they risk having their club un-chartered for the fall semester. Clayton Richie, president of the CIT-0 club, had filed a report against MEChA at the weekly ASG meeting on March 29. Richie had asked ASG to endorse a letter of complaint against the MEChA club for what he perceived as inappropriate behavior at the Rally for Community Unity. Although ASG members voted not to support the letter, they launched an investigatory committee to decide if MEChA was in breach of the personal conduct policies of the college. Subsection 11 pertains to “Disruptive behavior, willful disobedience, and the habitual profanity or vulgarity” whereas 15 restrains students from “Lewd indecent, or obscene conduct… at District sponsored events.”
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signatures. While officials were reviewing the collected applicant support signatures, Gai’s name kept coming up as “not enrolled.” When confronted about this, Gai realized that his only option was to step down and send out his resignation letter via e-mail to his colleagues. “He’s not afraid to apologize,” Cabrera said. “If he knows he’s wrong, then he’s wrong. He’s not going to be arrogant about it.” Cabrera said she previoualy suggested that “there should be an evaluation on everybody in ASG. Now I understood why he didn’t want that.” For Gai, the resignation has not been easy. “This is something that’s really been troubling. I’m so upset and disappointed with myself,” he said. Cabrera said the situation will hurt how the ASG is percieved by the students and clubs they represent. “I know that there are people on campus that have been not in favor of ASG and they’re going
Rampage Wins Awards at JACC Conference
Some supporters of MECha have made allegations that this investigation is intended to disBy Karina Ornelas region of JACC. couraging the candidates asso- “Through tremendous efforts, Rampage Reporter ciated with MEChA from runwe have accomplished our goals, ning for ASG office this month. and in my eyes, succeeded,” said The editorial staff for the Fresno Senator Alonzo discredited these current managing editor, Sydney City College Rampage newspaper claims. Excinia, who has been with the won several awards, at the 56th “That’s probably inaccurate, Rampage for two years. Excinia annual Journalism Association of and it’s unfortunate that those also said she is proud of the staff Community Colleges convention, allegations would take place,” she works with. held in Sacramento. Alonzo said. “ASG is only acting The event from April 7 to 10 The awards were made for work on it because a student brought opened with a keynote speech by completed during the spring 2010 it up. It doesn’t have anything Joyce Terharr, managing editor and fall 2010 semesters. The Ramto do with ASG or any special interest that people might think have against anyone else.” However, besides the issue “Through tremendous efforts we of whether MEChA will appeal have accomplished our goals, and this ruling or not, there is the question of whether or not this in my eyes, succeeded. investigation was illegitimately chartered because it was formed - Rampage Editor in Chief, during the invalid administration of resigned President Daniel Gai. Sydney Excinia This issue will be evolving in the coming days and weeks. Follow it exclusively at fresnocipage won an award in the General for content at the Sacramento Bee. tycollegerampage.com. plans concerning the possible reform of FCC’s smoking policy, as well as the recently passed Ram-Pantry, regardless of if these things were done under Gai’s signature during the time he was in office illegally. Of the remaining ASG staff Gai says, “They have to stay together, and there can’t be an internal power struggle.” Gai said he heard rumors that some ASG members are vying for his position. “They
to scrutinize ASG even more,” Cabrera said. “But we who have been here know what ASG is about. They know the work that goes into it and how much work you put into it.” According to Cabrera, the issue could spark routine evaluations of ASG members to make sure that they are doing well in their classes while still being able to stay committed to the student body. If a member is having trouble maintaining the required 2.0 cumulative GPA, Cabrera says -Daniel Gai that the ASG is supportive enough so they can “Do what [they] need to do so have to stay focused on student [their] academics don’t fail.” advocacy,” urges Gai. “Just beCabrera said, “Everybody’s cause I’m not there anymore does here for the same reason and that not mean that the strategic plan is is to receive an education.” She not in place. It’s still in place, you added that an evaluation “at least guys [ASG] just have to finish it.” once a month would be great.” Gai says that he will not be According to Cabrera, ASG is returning to Fresno City College now faced with the task of review- until the summer. He hopes to ing the progress that was made finish the classes he dropped and between March 8 and April 5. be able to start classes at Fresno It is possible that ASG will State in the fall. “I have to get my have to recommission the life back together,” he said. previously passed legisla“He was here for the students,” tion. Under the leadership of Cabrera said on Gai’s legacy. “He Rebecca Ashjian, previously helped a lot of students on campus the legislative vice president, like DSP&S students. He brought now standing in as President them in under his wing to make for ASG. sure that they felt comfortable, “We’re still focusing on to make sure they were being lisaccomplishing what we tened to. He tried to make everyhave to finish,” said Ashjian. body feel comfortable that way.” “We’re still moving, still on According to Cabrera, things track.” Gai implemented while presiAshjian says one of the dent was a stricter office policy things ASG is focusing on that allowed for a better work is a smooth transition from atmosphere, as well as moving the old administration to the to have ASG work alongside the new one. “We have a lot of administration to have a voice for potential ASG candidates the students. right now.” “No one’s going to forget who The ASG plans to stand Daniel Gai is,” Cabrera said. “For Daniel Gai speaking at the by the Rally for Community good or for bad, he’s done a lot of March for Community Unity. Unity, going through with great things.”
“I have to get my life back together.”
Excellence category, which covers the overall reporting, content, and design of the newspaper. Former copy editor, Andrew Veihmeyer, won second place in the News Writing category while former managing editor, Kyle Calvert, and current online and entertainment editor, Max Rosendahl, won General Excellence in the Enterprise Reporting category for their coverage of the Health instructor, Brad Lopez’s controversy. Current news editor, Aly Diaz, also won the General Excellence award for her series, “DSP&S In Crisis” last semester.
Each of the three days of the convention was filled with workshops and on-the-spot competitions for aspiring journalists. The JACC state convention gathers faculty and students from 45 California and Rhode Island colleges to exchange ideas with others and encourage the development of an enriched educational experience for journalism students and instructors alike. In her the keynote address, Terharr addressed the current state and effects of online media she encouraged journalism students to not only effectively report and
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Rampage Team at JACC Conference Current art director, Austin Verburg, won first place for Editorial Cartooning and received Honorable Mention in the Critical Review category. Diaz and current production manager, Ramiro Gudino, won first and second place, respectively, for Online Student Designed Advertisement. The Rampage staff won fourth place in the Editorial Writing category for the Centennial Edition. Former production manager, Jessika Verdusco, won fourth place in the Inside Page Layout – Tabloid category. Additionally, Rampage reporter, Jesse Franz, won presidency of the Northern California
write, but also to accurately investigate a story. The JACC convention kept over 550 students and faculty busy, offering 13 on-the-spot competitions and over 70 seminar-styled workshops, led by journalism professionals from various well-known publications as well as instructors from various universities. Competitions incorporated many aspects of journalism, including writing, editing, editorial cartooning, photography, and layout. Keynote speaker Terhaar urged participants to embrace their role as journalists. She said, “You can create the future, and that’s a great place to be.”
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Candidates Continued from page 1 if elected president, he will “make an impact in our school by getting more students involved with ASG, so that they can voice their opinions and concerns.” Through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, DeLeon hopes to make ASG more accessible to the average students. He would also make himself “available for hours once a week by the big fountain,” to listen to students’ concerns. Gabriel Cordova Gabriel Cordova, a current ASG senator, is seeking to be president. Cordova’s motto is, “I’m here to serve you.” One of his biggest goals is to get students more involved in the shared governance of the college. Cordova said, “We want to get students more interactive with what’s going on campus.”
His plans, if elected, include instituting a more aggressive recycling program, making a weekly address to the students via Youtube and expanding his current ASG pet project, the Rampantry, a food handout through ASG that aims to attack student hunger. Cordova said his biggest accomplishment has been working with DSP&S to help accommodate students with disabilities and create easier access and better opportunities around campus. He has worked with the Student Welfare Committee and lobbied on their behalf. Cordova said, “I love serving students.” Cindy Quiralte Moving from Merced last year, Cindy Quiralte is a Chicano Studies major who hopes to go into law. She is best known at Fresno City College for her role as president
of the MEChA club. She said she believes she has a deeper connection with FCC students because of her humble upbringing. “I know what struggle feels like,” Quiralte said. “I know what it’s like to be lost and confused.” Through this connection she believes that she is better suited to serve the students than her opponents. Quiralte has three main goals that she will pursue if elected. They include lengthening library hours, establishing a deeper connection between teachers and students on campus, and having more cultural activities on the FCC campus. Quilarte is a self-described, “public servant.” She is currently the president of MEChA and is involved with the city council; she holds a part time job and is enrolled in seven classes with a 3.8 GPA. This has played a large part in her mission statement, which is “Help me help you.”
Executive Board Legislative Vice President
Karlton “King Tut ” Brown
Karlton “King Tut” Brown was born in Philadelphia, but migrated to Los Angles and Fresno in search of culture. Brown believes that this experience of culture has given him new ideas and a better viewpoint of the world, and makes him better able to serve in the position of government. About his experience at Fresno City, Brown said, “Ever since I’ve been on campus I’ve tried to show everyone what I’m about.” He added, “I want to help everyone, no matter what class, creed, or color, if they need some assistance I’ll help them, and if I need some assistance they’ll help me. That’s the system I drive with.”
James Miser is a write in candidate for legislative vice president, and former ASG senator who resigned earlier this year, to plan “March for Community Unity”, without the restrictions that his office presented. “If I was still in ASG I would not have been able to say the things that some people need to here,” Miser continued, “they had to have that one person that was not attached… that one person they couldn’t do anything too.” Miser is also a creator of WeAreTheCommunity. com, a website which is aimed to organize student civil disobedience against budget cuts and rising tuition at their schools.
Executive Vice President
Mirtha Watt Mirtha Watt is a current ASG senator, seeking the position of executive vice president for the 2011-2012 school year. If elected, Watt hopes to address the transportation costs for students who are trying to get to campus. However, she understands that to tackle issues like this that she will need to raise awareness. As she says, she has already begun trying to make people more aware, “When I was getting my signatures for nomination I just talked to students and encouraged them to get more involved.” Ben Anderson
President Pro-Tempore Ben Andersen is a current ASG senator, and candidate for president pro-temopore. His campaign stresses the need for interconnectivity on campus. He believes that clubs, ASG, and the student body as a whole need to come together. Holding to this ideal he has two plans to implement next year that he believes will bring the school together as a whole. One plan is to give FCC clubs a voice in shared governance. The other is to create a Rambox. This will be an industrial kitchen and meeting place near the main fountain area. There clubs, ASG, and students are expected to meet and express themselves.
Christopher Coronado is a Veteran of the US Air Force, and is running for Student Trustee. The main premise of his campaign is to “Help increase student participation.”, as Coranado continued, “Only 421 students participated in last year’s election. We have over 25,000 students. That equates to 2 percent of the population deciding how their voice is heard.” Although running for political office, Coranado makes it clear, “I am not a politician.” In his opinion this makes him better able to serve and address the student’s needs individually. This plays part in his motto, and life lesson oronado taken from his time with the Air Force, “Service before self.”
Linda Gardner came to Fresno City College to better her education and possibly get a better job, however as she started exploring everything that the FCC has to offer, she took a vested interest in extra-curricular activities. This is how she was first introduced to ASG. “I love the way the senate meetings are run.” However, as she says, “I’m not really a political person.” However, her interests are about getting more involved with the campus. She believes that she’s the best person to accomplish this because, as she says, “I have the organizational skills that are required to run.”
Daesha Black is a Fresno City College freshman this year. After observing the diverse array of clubs and ASG’s influence, “I just wanted to be a part of that.” she said. The theme of her campaign is awareness and unity. She wants to bring people together, because as she says, in her view, “People walk around her saying ‘what? I don’t know what ASG is’.” However, she thinks that students can come together for a common good. “I’m for unity, everybody, of different culture and different race, everybody coming together and being able to work together… when we unite we get things done.”
Nathan Alonzo is running for Student Trustee as a write-in candidate. Currently he serves as an ASG senator, as well as a sports and entertainment reporter on the Fresno City College Rampage staff. Alonzo’s campaign is based on, what he calls, “Opening the channels of communication.” By opening these channels of communication he hopes to save popular classes, pursue more diversity in the shared governance of ASG, and give a more powerful voice to students. Alonzo says of what he would do if elected, “I would advocate for student rights…. I will be the voice for students in (ASG) meetings.”
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RIO WALLER: A STRUGGLING PAST CREATES DESIRE FOR REDISCOVERY By Tomas Kassahun Rampage Reporter Her counselors had told her she should consider vocational school. Her parents never thought she would amount to anything more than a farm worker in Oklahoma. Her family suggested she would go nowhere and no one before he recieved a diploma. But in the end, Rio Waller was too stubborn to listen. She had to satisfy her desire to see a new world, to see something different and to discover who she can be. At the age of 17, Waller left behind the farm she had known her whole life, hoping to find a brighter path. With little money and poor grades, she moved to California and enrolled at Fresno City College. The adjustment to a new world proved to be difficult. Waller found herself learning how to navigate in a world that was not as sheltered as the world she had known. “It made me grow up real quick. I got a taste of the real world early on”, said Waller, who was making the transition from a party girl in high school to a serious student in community college. “I realized that a lot of the stuff that I thought that was fun to do was really self destructive,” said Waller. “I had to look at why I was doing that and how I was being self destructive.” In college, the challenges Waller faced since elementary school still haunted her. Among these challenges were reading phonetics. “I had to memorize words. I couldn’t sound them out. I felt like that held me back for a long time,” said Waller. It was not until after community college that Waller sought out help with phonetics. “It actually didn’t take that much effort to jump over what I thought was a huge
hurdle,”said Waller. “I just had to be willing to give it sometime.” Waller also had to develop study habits that she never had in high school.”I was still somebody very social. I had to learn to set limits on myself,” said Waller.”I would tell myself I had to get my work done before I go out.” At times Waller felt that the finish line was too far to reach. With the minimal funding she received, she had to depend on Top Ramen to make it through most days. When Waller was offered job positions, she refused, wanting instead to focus on her education. “Those were hard choices to make,” said Waller.”It’s alluring when someone is offering you money. There was something in me that pushed me to say that if I stuck with school, I would eventually be in a better position.” Having seen how her parents struggled, Waller was determined to not follow the same path. “What helped me make it through was wanting not to be my parents. I wanted something better,” said Waller. Her father had recommended studying agriculture, but Waller quickly learned that was not the road for her. “I knew from day one I did not want to be in agriculture. I was like, ‘why am I doing this’? The classes were not fun,” said Waller. Before long, Waller discovered a new path and this time, it was love at first sight. She learned from her counselors about Information Technology and enrolled in computer classes. Waller was in awe of what she was witnessing. “Just hearing about computers lit me up,” she said. “I took every computer class I can take.” When computer classes weren’t enough, Waller worked at the
computer department in the col- nutritionally dense food,” said done the best you can do.” lege. “It was so awesome. They Waller. “I didn’t need to eat as Waller now uses solar, captures put me in a big room with big much of it. In our society we are water for her plants and rides her computers and some manuals,” overfed and undernourished.” bike to work everyday. After all said Waller.”I just read manual Soon, the only hunger Waller her efforts, Waller has learned after manual and it was so fun.” felt was a hunger to see how far that being an environmental Waller continued to work in the she can push herself. She made ist is actually less expensive. computer industry for many more years, but A s it was not until she met a a computer instructor named Dan Owens that she found the best job yet. Owens had told Waller what a great teacher she would be, but Waller was not convinced. Still Owens remained persistent and at last convinced Waller to teach one web development class. On the first night of teaching, Waller went home and couldn’t sleep.”I knew I had found what I wanted to do,” she said. waller left her familiy’s farm for California At the age of 17. Waller was soon hired at Fresno City College as a full time running a ritual and eventually teacher, Waller has made a big teacher, but at the same time, she ran a marathon. She climbed Half difference in the lives of many pursued her masters degree. “It Dome, a rock in Yosemite with students and in the computer was brutal. I was a new teacher go- an elevation of 8,842 feet. “I felt department. Dean of business ing to full time graduate school and like my body was waking up. I division Dr. Tim Woods says “She full time working,” said Waller. had all this energy. I wanted to is absolutely passionate about The girl who had grown up eat- know what else I can do,” said student success. She has develing nothing but meat and potatoes Waller.”I thought I can do any- oped high tech lecture capture matured and took it up on herself to thing. There’s nothing I can’t do.” video that allows instructors to change her lifestyle. “I remember Waller decided to not only capture lectures and make them in elementary school when I was change her body, but also her widely accessible to students.” playing basketball and they made environment. She took a look at President of CIT 0 club, Clayteams based on weight. I had to the world around her and real- ton Ritchie says, “She is willing go into the older students division ized something had to change. to listen to students demand. because of what I weighed,” said She decided the best change she She teaches students how to Waller. Fueled by the haunting could make was a change to her- solve problems and work ahead memory, Waller began growing self. “The way I walk the earth is of time. She wants students to fresh produce in her own backyard. the best change I can make,” says work hard but work smart.” She discovered that the adjust- Waller. “Rather than complaining Waller says the most imporment was not as difficult as it had about what people are doing, be tant message she can send to seemed for so many years. “When the change and hope that people young people is to do what I changed the kinds of food I was can see that. They may or may not they love. “Be willing not to be eating, I realized I just need to eat see that but you know you have mediocre,” says Waller.”The world needs you to be much PHOTO BY ABEL CORTEZ
By Iesha Mendez Rampage Reporter Born and raised in Dinuba, Manuel Muñoz, author of two short stories collection, “The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue” and “Zigzagger”, read an excerpt from his new novel “What You See in the Dark” during his visit to Fresno City College on March 7. “I write because it is the art that I am best at,” said Munoz. “I think if you have a certain passion, you have to go after it and pursue it with the best of your abilities.” Currently, Muñoz resides in New York and has no sudden plans of moving back to Dinuba. However, Munoz said the valley was important to him; it is so important that it has become the focus of his stories. He also explains that he constantly writes about the valley because it shaped the person he is today. He added, “Not living here [the valley] al-
most haunts me.” His new book,” What You See in the Dark” is different compared to his other published works. His previous books were short stories; “What You See in the Dark” is his first novel. He said the transition was complicated because with a novel, he had to write the whole story and wait to the end of the draft for revisions. In contrast, with a short story, he explains he could manipulate and maneuver everything while still writing the story. Additionally, Munoz wrote “What You See in the Dark” in second person, which is different from his previous works. He admits wanting to experiment. He said that unfortunately, his parents can’t read his books since they speak and read only Spanish. Munoz’s siblings are lucky to be able to read his books; however, they choose not to discuss their opinions with him. He also said that with his books, he has a very
public voice and within his family, he essentially has to be quiet. However, this does not stop Munoz from writing. He said, “Knowing things can be surprising for people, especially when I’m here in the valley and people think about their own city, that it could actually be the setting of a novel or story.” While reading a passage from his own book, Muñoz urged students to have a desire to read and realize they live in a place that is worth writing about. He encouraged aspiring writers “to read.” He said one has to read a lot in order to know what is out there and what is going to inspire them. About his future plans, Munoz said his plans consist of continuing as a professor at the University of Arizona and starting work on another book. “Honestly, I wish people could do more reading,” he said, “because reading is the key to everything.”
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Author Manuel Munoz Urges students to read
Munoz, Dinuba native, visited Fresno City College on March 7
News Interim President Cantu is Focused on Sustaining College Amidst Budget Woes March 16, 2011
By Nathan Alonzo Rampage Reporter Tony Cantu can be described as a man of many hats -- he has been an instructor, a dean, a vicepresident. Now, he holds the highest office in Fresno City College: the presidency. His previous experiences provide him a rare perspective – he is able to appreciate the challenges instructors may face in the classroom; at the same time, he is focused on creating a studentcentered environment. Cantu said his time as president will be focused on sustaining the college and continuing on the current path amidst the current budget woes.
Q: You started off as an instructor, then became a dean,
then held an administrative position at Reedley College. Then you became the vice-president of instruction here at FCC. How did these work experiences in education help you become the leader that you are today?
They are different, but I think it’s the same skills that apply either way. In the classroom, part of what you do involves leadership; it’s not just about teaching, it’s also about getting ready, and getting active on campus. By going through those activities, you provide better service to the students.
In terms of administration, I went to Reedley College first as a dean for community campus, then I came back to FCC as dean of the Humanities Division. I then went on to become vice-president of instruction. Each of those positions have allowed me to become more familiar on how the district works and develop a global view. As I assume other positions it has given me a global view and broadened my perspective.
Do you feel there have been fundamental changes in the educational system since you became a college administrator?
I think in some ways, it has gotten better, and what I mean is that it seems that the expectations are clearly defined. When I started, there was a big shift in governance that was part of AB 1725; that was a big change for the better because it affected every single thing that we did.
Q: What are some of the hurdles that you feel students must overcome in order to be successful during these difficult times?
Not to give up, and to persist. Part of success has a lot to do with persistence and hanging in there, and making sure that you have clearly defined goals and are asking for help when you need it. What I mean is, life happens to our students, so there may have to
be a change in plans, but students should not think that it is reason enough to quit or to give up. They have to persist and continue, and actually find the resources that will allow them to reach their goal.
When did you realize that you wanted to work with students?
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A long time ago. I always knew that I wanted to be in education; I never considered anything else.
If you could change anything about the educational system, what would it be?
Probably the cost and access. The cost is too great, and it makes it much more difficult for students to attend and get help in a reasonable amount of time. We are getting challenged to have students complete programs and certificates in a reasonable amount of time, yet with the budget being the way it is, we are reducing classes. On one hand, we are being asked to focus on completion; on the other hand, we are making it harder for students to complete.
Tony Cantu is the interim President for FCC this campus. What I really appreciate about FCC is the strong student leadership. We have been fortunate for years to have a strong student government.
Can you reveal something exciting things that will be happening on campus within the next couple of months?
What’s unique about FCC and its students?
In the next couple of months what the push will be is graduation of course. We are focusing on graduation, accreditation, and the budget, not necessarily in that order either.
the mall during the afternoon or in the mornings. The richness of the diversity of Fresno is reflected on
How does this responsibility differ from your job as VP of Instruction?
Q: A: It is the diversity of the students. All you have to do is walk
is paramount. The other thing to continue is to support the variety of programs that we have, making sure that our fine performing arts are successful, as well as our athletics and student clubs.
What are some of the things that you would like to do differently?
At this point, I don’t think there would be anything that I would do differently. I think she put a lot of really good things in place, and for the time that I am going to be in the position, I think it is just continuing and making sure things get done.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being FCC’s president?
The scope is different, what I mean is that the scope is broader than before. Even though my involvement on campus has always been across all the different areas, now it is much broader. Now it’s not just focusing on instruction, but I’m also focusing on student services, administrative services. I’m looking at all the different components.
Did you have any thoughts of not accepting the role of president?
No, I was asked to do it, and at this point in time, it’s what we needed to do. FCC has always been a college where when we need to get things done, people come together and get them done.
Q: What are some of the obstacles that you will face in your time as president?
The budget, I think, is at the top of the list -- how we are going to get through what we need to get through while making sure that we go through the necessary process that everyone is aware, and that communication is out there.
What are some of the things that Dr. Azari did that you feel you want to continue?
Reminding ourselves that we are here for the students; that has always been my perspective as well as hers. I think that
The most rewarding part is being in the role and still being part of FCC, and that’s being here and being able to do things that benefit the institution and the district.
Q: A: I think it’s a positive relationship. I was a faculty memDescribe your relationship with the faculty at FCC
ber, committed to governance and all the different programs that we have. I think I’ve been very supportive of all the programs that we have.
How do you plan to maintain student access to you?
Students have always been able to see me wherever I have been. Whether I was teaching, students always had access to me. When I was a dean, I was always available, as well as when I was vice president. So I don’t anticipate that changing.
Q: A: I am getting towards the end of my career, so I will be here What are your plans for the future?
at FCC ensuring that we continue to move forward, and to continue to serve the students and provide the services that they need across the board.
Entertainment 7 Spring Break on a Budget
Iron Bird Paul Schlesinger Rampage Reporter
The third space for the growing population of young urbanites in downtown Fresno is the Iron Bird Café. The Iron Bird Café serves its coffee with a sophisticated, modern, urban flair. This can be seen in the beverages served at the coffee “Barista’s Whim” shop. On top of the usual coffee house drinks, the Iron Bird also breakfast sandwiches made in the serves beverages that have been morning with spinach tortillas created by the café called signature and fresh salsa, to deserts such as drinks. These drinks have creative cinnamon raisin sweet rolls. In the evening, the Iron Bird and interesting names that range from the Downtown Mocha to the Café hosts and participates in
March 16, 2011
Have a BBQ at Woodward Park: Barbecue spots are scattered across the park for your outdoor parties. Entry fee to Woodward Park is only $3, and is worth every penny. It’s one of the nicest spots in Fresno to kick back and relax. With acres of
homemade clam chowder or fish and chips can fit nicely into your schedule as well as your budget. It’s time to party: Whether you have a place or you have to convince a friend, throw a party! It is a guaranteed fun and memorable way to spend your spring break. Send out a Facebook invite or shoot a text to your contact list to come over for a kickback. Whether it is five friends or 50, tell your invitees to bring their favorite drink or ask to chip Illu str grass and a in for a keg. The ati on lake in the middle with by Aus point is to listen t big trees, pick a spot and unload in Verbu to some music, rg the cooler and blanket. There is a drink and have bike trail, lake for people who like fun with friends. Just be sure you to fish, volleyball court and hike can remember what happened the trail to keep you and your friends night before. entertained. If you have kids, Spend it with there are multiple playgrounds family: With work with rock walls and slides that and school, our will have your kids asking for a day-to-day lives seem so busy nap time. If the sun is out, this we can’t even think straight. If is a must. you are not living at home, being Take a day trip to around family may not be on the beach: Get your the agenda most days. So while best friends and school is out, invite one of your leave early to spend some time in parents to a movie or to grab some the fresh air and the sound of crisp tacos at Don Pepe. See if your waves. Pismo, Avila beach and siblings want to go to Rasputin Cayucos are about two and a half Record store for discounted CDs hours away, and it is worth it. Rent and grab a Jamba Juice. Whether a surf or boogie board for $15 it takes an hour or all day, time and spend the day in the ocean. If with family is important. If your you aren’t a surf-and-turf kind of family drives you nuts, maybe a person, there are unique shops and movie is a better idea since you galleries to visit. Grabbing some can’t talk.
Alexis Abrahamson Rampage Reporter
With gas at $4 a gallon and the stagnant economy, the vision of spending spring break in Miami isn’t realistic this year. But just because a plane ticket isn’t in your budget does not mean you can’t enjoy your break locally. You should think of your spring break as a mental break from the stresses of college, so relax your mind and make your break an amazing one. Your meager budget can accommodate many adventures. Here are some fun ideas that cost less than $100. Camping: The sweet outdoors is the best way to spend some free time with friends or family. Fresno is only a few hours away from some of the most gorgeous campgrounds in California -- Yosemite, Shaver Lake, Mono Hot Springs, not to mention the entire coastline. Call up some friends, and split the cost of gas. Don’t forget your camera and marshmallows. Wine Tasting in Paso Robles: It is only an hour and a half away from Fresno, and is home to some of the country’s best wineries. The drive is as gorgeous as it can get this time of year, and there are almost 40 different wineries. If you are not a wine person, there are beer tasting places available too.
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The Iron Bird Café on April 5. lavender infused Cosmo. Another different events such as open-mic drink under the signature drink and the once a month art-hop. menu is the Barista’s Whim. This Open-mic is an event where any drink is created by the barista in musicians or poets can perform at the way they want, the only input the café. According to co-owner the customer has into their order Gary Christiansen, if they are good is whether they would like their enough, the person might have beverage hot or cold. a chance to have their own solo Drinks are not the only things show. For their art-hop event, they that are available at the Iron Bird; host a different artist every month. food is also served at the Iron The artists range from painters Bird Café. The menu ranges from to photographers. The current art show at the café is called “Artisism.” The art shown is a showcase of the artistic talents of the children with autistic spectrum disorder at the Village Educational Center in Fresno. The show lasts from now until the end of April. Iron Bird Café is located at 1915 Fulton Street. Barista grinding coffee beans for espresso
Sober Nightclub Features Bands Crystal Hodges Rampage Reporter
Have you and your friends ever wanted to go out to a club where a designated driver was not needed? Or maybe you’re in the other crowd of college students who are younger than 21, and don’t want to be part of the drinking scene but wish there was something fun to do on a Friday night. If you meet any of those groups, Kuppajoe is the place to go. Kuppajoe is an all ages nightclub open Friday nights and some Saturday nights. Also, their cover charge is reasonable ranging from $6 - $12, depending on the bands that are playing that night. Kuppajoe opened up 12 years ago as a coffee shop by Dave Brown. Since then, they have realized how bands draw a crowd of people. Therefore, they feature bands such as Wavorly, Becoming the Archetype, Confide, A Current Affair, and My Beautiful Surrender. Some are local bands while others are nationally known.
While no alcohol is served, they do offer soda, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and energy drinks. All drinks can be purchased for just $1, except the Rockstar drinks that can be purchased at $2. Jesse Kennedy, an employee at Kuppajoe, explains, “There are many reasons why we decided to go non-alcoholic, but one of the main reasons is we want the environment to be safe. Kennedy adds that he wanted an environment, “safe for anyone to come and have a good time without worrying about intoxicated people causing drama, fights, etc.” You can find Kuppajoe located on 3673 N. First St. Fresno, CA. 93726, and online at www. kuppajoe.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Kennedy said, “Everyone come out and have a great time watching some of the most talented national and local acts. There’s a very good reason why we’re the longest running all ages nightclub in the valley.”
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March 16, 2011
Field of Beauty: Natures Wildflowers
Purple Owlâ€™s Clover Fiddlenicks and other flowers carpet the eastern end of the carrizo plain and the hills bordering the monument.
Photos and Essay Paul Schlesinger Rampage Reporter
Spring has arrived, which means warmer weather and the opportunity to witness vivacious wildflowers. Wildflowers can be viewed around the Fresno area from vacant lots in north Fresno, to the foothills of the Sierras. Since wildflowers are dependent on seasonal rainfall to survive, some areas might have more flowers than others, while sometimes you might not see any at all. The wildflower season begins in March and continues through May. Withstanding factors such as rainfall and temperature could make the season last shorter or
longer. Auberry road located in the Fresno County foothills, is one area filled with flourishing wildflowers for passers-by to gaze at. The 18-mile road travels from the valley grasslands to the oaks and pines of the foothills included with the Calif. state flower and the Calif. Poppy. When the San Joaquin Valley reaches above the average amount of rainfall, some parts of the valley and the foothills have carpets of wildflowers. Usually, the patchwork of colors can be seen in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, in the southern part of the valley west of Bakersfield. The inland valley is the largest remaining remnant
of the original San J o a q u i n Va l l e y habitat according to the Bureau of Land Management website. When traveling out to see natureâ€™s beauty, remember to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Also, make sure to bring a camera too.
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March 16, 2011
NAISA Celebrates Native American Day
Dustin Lemaster performing a grass dance
Naisa club celebrated Native American day with dancing, drumming, and rituals in the free speech area on Tuesday
Photos by Abel Cortez Rampage Photographer Stoney Dodson performing a grass dance.
Cavin Alvarado Jr. teaching children from the child development center
Antonia Hernandez in a prayer dance
March 16, 2011
Reviews: Your latest movies and Restaurants “Arthur” Alexis Abrahamson Rampage Reporter
Brand’s character was more of a party boy drunk, who seemed to come off as a moron, rahter than funny. Indeed, “Arthur” is a decent movie for those who are on a date and want a good laugh. Grade: C+
Throughout the rest of the film, Hanna is in pursuit running away from government agents and traveling through different parts of the world; exposed to things that she had only heard of in the Arctic wilderness. The cinematography in this film is outstanding. The close, angled scenes add to the overall excellence. Hanna is sterling and a guaranteed adrenaline rush for all audiences. Rated PG-13. Grade: A-
Thrilling, gritty, and suspense are few of the various elements that compile the high-power action style in Hanna. Directed by Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice and Atonement), Hanna centers around a teenage girl (Saoirse Ronan) who endures an excruciating existence in the forest of Finland;
training for a mission. Trained by her father Erik (Eric Bana), Hanna learns how to fight, speak several languages and memorize the encyclopedia, eventually transforming into the perfect solider spy. In the film, Erik later admits training Hanna for a mission, in which others try
and capture her. Since Hanna and her father live in the Arctic Circle, they are untraceable, completely undetectable. Both minds control their detection with the switch of a remote control. One the eve of Hanna’s thirteenth birthday she flips the switch, dramatically transforming her life. Soon after, she is ambushed by U.S. government agents held in their custody for interrogation. Intimidated by government agents and trapped in a holding cell, Hanna forcefully escapes.
I wanted to eat. I knew I wanted to try a sandwich, so that ruled out the salad option. They offered both cold and hot sandwiches included with a variety of meats: roast beef, turkey and pastrami. I decided something simple; a turkey and cheddar sandwich. My next challenge was choosing what size sandwich I wanted. The small sandwich sounded good at $4.85, but when I saw the size of the bread I knew that it wouldn’t fill me up. Instead, I went for the medium size at $7.25. They also offered a large sandwich for $9.70, which could be shared by two people.
Also, I decided to purchase a drink. Since Geno’s offered unlimited refills I decided to get a small size for $1.50—this was a mistake because the “Super Giant” size, which was at least five times bigger was only $0.30 more than the small. Additionally, Geno’s also offered sides to go along with sandwiches such as, macaroni salads, Italian salads, chips and cookies. My sandwich took about 3 minutes to be made and I was excited when it came out perfectly decorated with: lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard, oil, vinegar
and wax peppers. My first bite—and every other Geno’s to everyone that is bite after that—was amazing. The looking for a new sandwich bread was perfectly fluffy and place that has unlimited drinks, fresh. The sandwich as a whole great food, and amazing was probably the best sandwich service. I’ve had in my life. Even with the line out the door, I would definitely go back to Geno’s and wait for a sandwich. Even though I am always on a budget as a college student, paying $9.54 for my entire meal was worth every penny. I would recommend Geno’s is open Mon. -Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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other than himself. Arthur continues with a struggle, juggling romances with two women. In my opinion, it does not seem fair to have two beautiful women fighting over a skinny, alcoholic with a personality disorder. The money may be appealing but it’s hard to find any genuineness from Brand’s character that would make anyone think he deserves money or women. As a character, Arthur does not have depth, however, he is filled with witty comebacks for everyday conversations. Overall, “Arthur” is worth the movie ticket price, comical and witty. However, the movie would have been better if the classic 1981 “Arthur” traits had shown through the remake. In the original, Arthur was drinking to fill a void he never received from his parents.
The movie “Arthur” is a remake of the 1981 version with Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. The premise of the movie was about a rich bachelor (Russell Brand) in New York City, who hasn’t worked a day in his life due to the fact that his father is the wealthiest man in the city. This, in short, caused him to act like an immature adult with a severe drinking problem. While constantly baby-sat by his nanny (Helen Mirren), his father makes the decision for his son to marry the woman of his choice. After Arthur gets engaged to a businesswoman named Susan (Jennifer Garner), he falls madly in love with Naomi (Greta Gerwig),
the love interest that Liza Minnelli rocked in the original. Russell Brand (Get him to the Greek) was chosen to fill the stumbling shoes of Arthur. Brand played an interesting role considering he was much younger than the original 1981 character. For the most part, Arthur is a 30-something year old, who lives to make himself happy, while leaving the discontent of others who cross his path. For example, Arthur is obsessed with cartoons. He pretends he is Batman inside of his own Batman mobile. Since he was raised in a leisure and comfortable lifestyle, Arthur’s nanny, Hobson, attempts to teach Arthur facts about life and growing up. After his latest stunt in the
public eye, his snobbish workobsessed mother (Geraldine James) decides that the time has come for Arthur to grow up and benefit the family’s business. In this case, Arthur decides he must marry her brown-nosing employee Susan. If Arthur does not comply with his mother’s request, he could kiss his $950 million goodbye. So like any man, who wouldn’t shack up with a beautiful business woman for a filthy amount of money? Of course the minute Arthur makes a deal with the devil, he roams around Manhattan and meets a simple girl next door, Naomi. For Arthur, it was love at first sight, whether he was struck by her average Jane appeal or her illegal activity in the tourist industry. Naomi, an aspiring children’s book author, begins to spend time with Arthur giving him a chance to care about someone
Geno’s Sandwiches & Salads by Jessica Harrington
Spr in g is he re, an d summer and swim shorts sea so n is aro u n d the corner. As you contemplate the summer pool parties, you need to get into shape -- tighten your bulging tummies or put some mass on your noodle arms. It’s easy, but please try to do it the healthy way.
10 ways to lose weight w Phillip’s Korner: over spring break
Exercise. (O b v i o u s ly ) Don’t stay inside the entire spring break. Go outside and walk somewhere or just go somewhere. STOP TRYING T O E A T AROUND THE CLOCK! Just because you see food doesn’t mean you HAVE to eat it.
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Phillip Romar Rampage Reporter by
Photo by Karlton “Tutmoses” Brown
I have driven by Geno’s Sandwiches & Salads on Ashlan and Blackstone every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the past three semesters, always wanting to stop by and try it out. Finally, last week I stopped by to try their food. I was intimidated and more intrigued when I saw the line stretched outside of the restaurant. I decided to stand and wait, luckily the line moved quickly. While waiting in line, I looked over their menu figuring out what
I t w o u l d n’t h u r t to e at fruits and vegetables every now and then.
Do you know Wate r or you can gain Gatorade, soda 20 calories each time or crunchy Kool-Aid, you curse? Want to w atc h yo u r liq u i d lose weig ht? Sto p intake too. cussing. To te l l t h e truth, it would MIDNIGHT SNACKS ARE not hurt to miss a DIET BUSTERS. YOU m eal. Do n’t star ve yourself, but skipping DON’T NEED THEM! meals every once in a while might be useful. S to p e at i n g I have missed many fast food for meals in my life. When a week or two, and I was in high school, you should see some the only food I ate was Lunch. weight loss.
I f yo u s ave money, you will lose weight. Really. Put $50 in your wallet and keep it there for a week or two and watch your stomach shrink as the days pass.
It is a myth that smoking helps you lose weight. In fact, it makes you gain weight, and it can kill you too. If you are a smoker, stop it now.
March 16, 2011
Is it Ever Appropriate to Publicly Display Affection? Con Pro by Jesse
Franz Rampage Reporter
by Tomas Kassahun
dence, which are not hard to find. This is what future must be a treasure buried college students witness deep beneath the lust that when they come to take a covers the Earth. tour of their future. This is And as I walk across the factor that contributes the campus of Fresno City to the negative perception College, this facts beof community colleges. comes even more evident Don’t get me wrong, to me. I can’t help but I’m not saying couples cringe at the sight of two should act completely photos by Paul Schlesinger human beings devouring numb while in public. I each other like hot dog eating legend understand this is college and the five Takeru Kobayashi devours hot dogs. Why feet apart rule doesn’t apply here, but too these people feel the need to display their many students have crossed the line when affection in public is a mystery to me. it comes to intimacy in public. Just sitting on the benches at FCC has I can walk by the forum hall several become a difficult task for me. In fact, I times in one day and see the same people don’t feel like I’m sitting on a bench at every time, applying the same motions. all. Rather, I feel like I’m on the other It’s like watching frogs mating continuside of the bed, observing the process of ously for months without a second of rest. reproduction. Public display of affection leads to Sometimes I wonder how painful it serious issues such as sexual harassment must be to roll around on a rock hard cases. When the man goes where he does solid bench; particularly for the women not belong, the woman often turns against who normally carry the weight above him and conflicts arise. As a result, neither them. Wouldn’t there would be less pain the man nor the woman know what they and more pleasure if these couples ex- are getting into; therefore, increasing the pressed their feelings in the privacy of chance of a sexual harassment case. their bedrooms on a nice, comfortable Because public display of affection has Tempur-Pedic? become so abundant on college campuses, The only thing worse than the sight of students from high schools can migrate lust is the sound effect that comes along to colleges, where there is no principal with it. Upon hearing all the moaning to break apart their precious moment of and the groaning and the slurping noises lust and blend in with the other couples. of saliva,even the Dali Lama would put When more students realize the differtogether a string of adult rated vocabulary. ence between Hollywood and college, we Public display of affection is embar- can all enjoy a lust free campus. I can see rassing for the onlookers as much as it the beauty of a romantic scene between is for the performers. When the couples Leonardo DeCaprio and Kate Winslet, enter the classroom after having been but there’s nothing romantic about the engaged in deep intimacy, severe con- exchange of saliva between two college sequences follow. Sometimes lover boy kids. walks into class with Lady Gaga lipstick Maybe when Johnny Lee said he was all over his face. looking for love in all the wrong places, For the college, public display of af- he was talking about college. Because fection has a devastating effect. Just look apparently it’s not love in the air. It’s lust. at the designated slobbing areas for evi- And it stinks.
here they are: That couple in the corner eating each other’s chapstick. They are the couple who walk around with their hands in one another’s back pocket; the people whose only argument has ever been, “You’re cute,” “You’re cuter,” “No, you’re cuter!” Although their relentless display of affection is enough to inspire single people, like this writer, to regurgitate their last meal, are we so pompous to try and discern whether these actions are done out of lust or love? Pause and remember Allie and Noah, the main characters from the Notebook. Although fictional, they took PDA to a whole new level, and no one in their right mind would dare despise them for it because their act was committed in the name of love. However, when one sees two college kids making out in the hallway, they automatically assume it is lust. Now ask yourselves, who are you to say whether someone’s in love or not? We as a civilization have set a principle that love is in the eye of the beholder. Love is something that only an individual in it can perceive, despite what their parents, or their creed says to the contrary. This is the reason why nobody is in disbelief when two people say, “I do.” It’s the reason why Allie and Noah’s story was so heartbreaking, and yet so fulfilling. Love is an unperceivable connection between two people that only they can know, because only they are immersed in it. So how are you, as an outside observer, to say, “These kids aren’t in love, they’re in lust.” When we look at two people holding hands walking down the street we should feel inspired or fulfilled, not revolted. Inspired that one day you will find someone that you feel so connected to that
bother to come to class in the first place if they are not willing to pay attention in class and learn the material. For the rude students, the time seems to go by slower, and their patience is thin. On average, their grades are not above average. I have never encountered such an attitude in a class setting until I have come to FCC. Sometimes I will listen to these inconsiderate people and wonder, “They must not be scared of what their parents might say.” A classroom would benefit without them .The Quiet Students: The population in a class is 80 percent. Other students barely notices the quiet students because they do not ask questions, or speak out during a class discussion. The quiet ones always seem to be upset
for some reason and they never say much unless you speak to them, or if the teacher chooses them to answer a question. On average, their grades are ridiculously high. Back in high school, whenever I sat next to a quiet student I would exchange words with them and most of the time I would help them open up and become more active in class. Most of them were girls I would try to flirt with, and guys I would try to befriend. In return, they would help me with my homework. Without them, I would not be in college. I have to say that a class needs them - At least I do. The Class Clowns: The population in a class is 15 percent. The class needs a little humor every now and then. The class clowns are my favorite variety of students. Like me, these students always have other students laughing from their silly jokes. Their are few of these students I know that made fun of me. Instead of P.J., they would purposefully call me B.J., but I was never their only victim. Sometimes I would envy them because the class loved those people. Even the teacher thought they were funny. Other teachers would not find their jokes funny, and would become angry with them. On average, their grades are surprising. They are a lot smarter than one would
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you aren’t ashamed to kiss them in public, even if you’re embarrassed by the onlookers. Or if you have already met that special someone, you should feel fulfilled knowing that you’ll be holding hands with your beloved soon. Love is the only phenomenon that’s dualistic; a mental experience that causes physical side effects. So why then would it not be expected that those in love would pursue their emotions in physical ways, even in public. Of course those acts committed out of lust are better saved for the bedroom, and procreating in its essence should remain a private act, but you can’t throw out the baby with the bathwater, or in this case those in love with those who are making babies in the bathwater. Public display of affection also takes on the more sinister face of homophobia. When two straight people walk down the street they are never met with the confrontation of a glaring audience however, when two gay people do the same they are subject to the judgement of those who wince in the face of their love. The first step out of this principle of inequality in love is to accept PDA in all forms. To accept Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres, just as we accept Noah and Allie. If we cannot have equality in love, where can we have it? Overall, something like PDA – normally regarded as trashy – promises new hope for the future. Whether that is a future of equality, or the future of your own personal love. So hold someone’s hand in a crowded room, kiss your darling during the movie, or hold your sweetheart in the parking lot till the sun rises. Don’t put off showing someone how much you care about them, because tomorrow you may not have the chance.
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The Rude Students: The population in a class is 5 percent. The rude students always distract other pupils and teacher. The rude students say everything that pops in their heads, and they only pay attention to what they want to hear. I see no reason why they even
here are three types of people in a college classroom: The rude students, the quiet students, and the class clowns. Which one are you? There are many more, but we will just use these three examples for the time being. Based on the classrooms I have been enrolled in these are the polls of the classes at Fresno City College school.
think. Without them the class would be boring. I was a class clown sometimes, but people said I was only funny when I was
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Students Create a Different Atmosphere for Classrooms
mad or if something embarrassing happened to me. I was more of the goofy student. Whenever I am single, I tell girls the world’s worst jokes just so they will remember me. For the guys I would laugh at just about anything stupid that they said, but whenever I laughed, I kept laughing to show them that I thought they were humorous. I would be the only one laughing too. On average my grades were straight C’s, and not to sound cocky, but in my yearbook, I found out that a many of people said that the class was really fun with me in it. So I guess the classes that I have now cannot go without me because I bring humor and life into the classroom.
March 16, 2011
Government Shutdown: W o u l d A m e r i c a B e ne f i t f r o m i t ?
by Emilio Gutterez
ll the talk stemming from this government shutdown makes me tingle on the inside. It’s a sort of warm fuzzy feeling: the kind you get when you know something great is on its way. Let me clear the air first: I am not a sadist. No person of any ethnic or political background should s u ff e r a t the hands of another, let alone their government. Those depending on our social safety net cannot be allowed to fall further into desperation and destitution, and a government shutdown would do just that: tatter an already thread-thin safety net. At the same time, a government shutdown would do America a much needed favor. It would
frame the pathetically partisan interests of our legislature, put it on blast for all the country to see. Consider this: it is well-documented fact that the legislative branch receives most of their campaign contributions from corporate entities through PACs (political action groups), industries, and campaign committees. Because these entities are what
John Boehner (R-OH) raised over $12.9 million during the 2009-2010 election cycle. The top three contributors to Boehner’s campaign - the insurance industry, securities and investments, and retired - were a whopping $1.4 million. Aside, Boehner’s top PAC donors included AT&T Inc, FirstEnergy Corp, and the American
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) raised over $3.8 million. Her top contributors - the PAC ActBlue, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a law firm, and Torchmark Corp - donated $217,475. The top industries health professionals, lawyers/law firms and lobbyists - provided $778,300 to her campaign. This is just the House of Representatives, too - the Senate is about as clean as a downtown bathroom toilet seat. If you lasso these numbers to the fact that the case of Citizens United V. Federal Election Committee nixed any limitations on corporate contributions political broadcasts, you can understand why there is a secret constituency hidden behind a sea of greenbacks. Simply put, the law-making, tax-levying branch of our government answers to their donors, and these donors speak louder than individual, hardworking or
“The law-making, tax-levying branch of our government has a constituency that speaks louder than invidivual, hardworking or otherwise impovershed Americans.” provide the steam for a candidate’s campaign, it would stand to reason that elected officials would be beholden to them and their needs. According to a report filed by Opensecrets.org, House Speaker
Financial Group. Their donations, together, were just over $230,000. So we stamp out any semblance of partisan play – consider that the Democrats are nowhere near innocent, either.
otherwise impoverished Americans. It is why banks are bailed out, corporate executive officers can waltz away with billions in bonuses, and companies like General Electric can stave off death and the tax man. Of course, this is also why a government shutdown would do America a favor. If the circus de corporate puppets were to screech to a halt, we would see who is really looking out for whom. Corporate America can do without social services - average Americans cannot. Corporate America can do without Welfare, Medicare or Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Impoverished Americans - who already struggle to make ends meet - depend on such programs. A government shutdown would most certainly bring much unneeded suffering into this country. It would be our own self-inflicted crisis Unfortunately, crisis is most often a catalyst to change. For that, I say let it be, let the government shut down. Let Americans know who and what their country really stand for.
How to graduate from FCC: A Self-Help Guide for Students
by Jessica Harrington
s a student at Fresno City College, I, along with others, have come to realize that the counselors are not always helpful, or even available for that matter. Sometimes they can set you back, and sometimes they leave you with more questions than you walked in with before seeing one. However, once I figured out how to get out of FCC, I was no longer going to leave it in the counselor’s hands to get me out of FCC ina timely manner. I took matters into my own hands. There are four pieces of paper that you need in order to get yourself out of FCC in two years—the best part is you do not need the
counselors help except to check in with them occasionally to make sure you are on the right check track. Especially if you are focusing on a specific major, or school you are planning to transfer to. Figure out what you want to major in and then either go on to fresnocitycollege.edu and look up the major requirements sheet, or go into the counseling office and find the major requirements sheet that you need. You need to make sure that you take each of the classes in the core requirements AND the correct amount of elective units that are listed in the elective section by taking the classes that are listed. Find out what exactly what you want to transfer in. Once again, you can go on to fresnocitycollege.
edu or go into the counseling office and pick up the transfer requirements sheet. All of the requirements need to be filled before you can transfer, however, you do not have to complete all the requirements on the transfer sheet in order to graduate from FCC with an AA or an AS. Log on to fresnocitycollege.edu or go into the counseling office and grab a Fresno City College general education requirements sheet. Finally, you must decide whether you want to go to a CSU or a UC because the general requirements are a little different. The final sheet you need is the CSU or UC general education requirement sheet. Once you have all of these sheets, you are almost done! This is going to be the most
time consuming part of getting to graduation other than taking all the classes. Sit down lay out all four papers. Look over each section and try to match classes on all four sheets. When you have a single class that is needed on all four sheets write it down. This will be one of the first classes you take. Once you have gone through each of the sections and found all of the classes that are across all four sections, go on to the next section and see what is covered on three out of the four papers, then two out of four and there might be a couple classes that are required on only one sheet. Now, you have a plan of what classes you need to take and you avoid taking two classes where you could’ve taken one class to
cover two or more sections. I recommend checking in with the counselors and telling them your plan. Discuss exactly what you plan on doing and it should work perfectly. Be sure to stand behind your decisions and carry an unofficial transcript and the list of classes you are currently taking and what you plan on taking. This will help incase the counselors say you need to take a class not on your list. Remember not to disregard the counselor’s advice because they are the experts and they can tell you whether you followed the method correctly or not.
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Rebecca Williams, Business “Absolutely nothing. I am going to lay around and relax with my dog. I might go to the park on Easter, but I just want to hang around locally for the most part.”
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“I am going to spend as much time with my family as possible. After the everyday stress of school, it will be nice not having to get up early and get ready for school. I might do some yard work around my house as well.”
Chad Powell, Medicine “We are thinking about going to Six Flags on one of our days off. We will be working all break so, we can’t do much out of the ordinary.”
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“This will be my first spring break away from my home in Georgia. Hopefully I can get some of my friends together and take a trip around California.”
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f you are looking for yet another example of the American government attempting to oppress a minority population, one simply has to look to the state of Arizona. In the month of May of last year, Gov. Jan Brewer signed H.B 2281 bill, which placed a ban on the teaching of ethnic studies in state schools. We can thank Brewer for the one of the broadest and most strict antiillegal immigration measure in decades. Brewer signed this bill shortly after signing the S.B 1070 bill, which aims to identify, prosecute, and deport undocumented residents. The governor could not wait 20 days before dancing a pen across a bill that bans classes that supposedly endorse “resentment,” “ethnic solidarity,” or the “overthrow of U.S. government.” I do not believe that signing laws that specifically target and persecute Latinos, or any ethnic group, in a state where they make up 31 percent of the population will lead to any racial harmony and progress. Brewer’s political party has attempted to criminalize the study of Chicano and Mexican American studies for students of all races. Her intent is to hinder the possibility of more Latinos learning and becoming proud of their rich history and culture. The last thing that Gov. Brewer would want in the political climate of controversy that she has created for herself is
to have a large population of proud, politically active, Latino college students protesting and spreading a broader awareness of the injustice to humanity she has caused. Furthermore, the ban on ethnic studies could be a major deterrent for more non-Latino people who want to learn about the Latino culture and realize that Latinos are just as equal as other races. Throughout any civilization there is bound to be a population of people who either passively or aggressively advocate Nativism, or believe that immigrants are hostile or cannot properly integrate into the natural culture. Brewer’s political actions are a blatant attempt to oppress a racial minority that has been perpetuated to be described as alien and hostile to the “American way.” With Brewer’s political agenda having banned ethnic studies in Arizona that specifically target Latinos, is it possible that the ban will spread to the studies of other ethnic cultures? If it is possible to pass a law that specifically targets Latinos then it is certainly possible that there could be a ban placed on African American studies, Indian studies, Asian studies and many other cultural studies. For the sake of argument, let us suggest that in the near future the population of minority groups such as Asians, Indians and Middle-Easterners dramatically rises. If the mentioned scenario ever proves to be true, then it is possible that Brewer’s biases will force her
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pen to sign another bill that will target different ethnic groups for persecution. In our current American society, undocumented immigrants from Mexico have proven to be the face for the issue of illegalimmigration. If there were to be a different minority group radically immigrating to the United States, it could be very likely that this race would become the face of illegal-immigration. If this growing minority population were to be considered a threat to the existing order established in Arizona, then it is possible that laws will be implemented to target and persecute this ethnic group. The establishment in Arizona is governing what the population is allowed to be taught and what not will not be taught in state schools. This is one of the steps that are required for a society to accomplish totalitarianism. The ban on ethnic studies is another attempt to try to decrease the chance of more people learning about their own and various cultures. The reason for this is to try to decrease the number of ethnic minorities learning about their own history and culture. Furthermore, it is an attempt to Americanize undocumented immigrants or objectify them into criminal aliens. Proponents of the bill argue that they are banning classes that advocate “resentment” toward the American government. This is a type of establishment that seriously needs to be resented.
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Meet Your Athletes: Badminton Nicole Seymour Seymour has been playing badminton since freshman year in high school. This is her third year at FCC and her second year playing badminton. Her favorite part about badminton is playing with the girls, “I love my team,” said Seymour. Seymour said her favorite memories this season have come from the van rides because they are “very eventful. We eat, sing, and talk about all of our crazy superstitions.” Seymour said that she likes to read and considers herself a geek. She loves shopping and playing soccer and football.” After FCC, Seymour said she would like to continue working as a marketing assistant and gain more business knowledge. Then, she would like to go into human resources. Seymour said, “I like people, I like helping people, and I like to plan things, so hopefully I can get into some sort of human resources.” Akinew Her This is Akinew Her’s first year playing badminton at FCC, and plays both doubles and singles. Badminton is an enjoyable but difficult sport, according to Her. “It seems like a small court and seems easy, but so much work goes into hitting the birdie. Plus, I can get my anger out hitting the birdie.” Her also enjoys singing, and says her favorite singer is Hmong. She also sings at parties for her friends and relatives. She plans on playing more badminton and transferring to Fresno State. Her dream job is teaching 3rd grade. Windy Hang: This is Wendy Hang’s second year at FCC. She plays both singles and doubles, but prefers doubles because she says “there’s too much thinking in singles.” Her favorite memories this season came from their out-of-town trips, because of the van rides and stories. Hang likes playing volleyball and watching “NCIS” and “Criminal Minds.” After FCC, Hang plans on transferring to Fresno State, but is still
undecided on a career. Kellie Poindexter Poindexter has been playing badminton since her freshman year in high school. She plays both singles and doubles, but enjoys playing singles more. Her favorite part of badminton is the sport itself because she is good at it. Poindexter’s favorite memory so far this season has been playing with all of the girls because they get along well. Other than badminton, Poindexter has played soccer for 12 years and her favorite TV show is “The Office.” After FCC, she plans on transferring to CSU Channel Islands to continue majoring in business. One day she dreams of owning a café. Kia Her: This is Kia Her’s first year of playing badminton. She says she enjoys playing doubles because it is less challenging, and because she does not feel like she has enough experience to play singles. She says her favorite part of badminton is that it is a very mental game. Kia Her also enjoys playing volleyball and designing clothes, she has even completed a few small projects where she has designed and made her own clothes. She plans on transferring to California State University, Fresno, to continue with her major in psychology. Her’s dream is to one day open her own boutique where she can sell her own line of clothing. Manjot “M.J.” Pandher: Manjot “M.J.” Pandher is a second-year student here at FCC and her first year playing badminton. She says the most enjoyable part of playing badminton is “the adrenaline rush that you get when you’re playing.” Her favorite memories this season have been eating on the road trips, “because we order so much food and people look at us like ‘are you going to eat all of that?’, and we do,” Pandher said. When she isn’t playing badminton, she likes to play soccer with her family and occasionally participates in the Indian culture
dance shows. After FCC, Pandher plans on transferring to either San Francisco State or Fresno State majoring in psychology. She said she wants to get her master’s degree and possibly open a clinic one day. Melissa Vang: Melissa Vang is in her first year of playing badminton. She plays singles at FCC. Her favorite part about the sport is that it is very competitive. “Overall, I really like bonding with the girls,” said Vang. Outside of badminton Vang likes to play volleyball and has also been the assistant coach of freshman volleyball team at Hoover High School for two seasons. After FCC, Vang would like to transfer to a four year university and graduate with her bachelor’s degree. She said she would also like to coach volleyball. “That’s something I hope to do for a long time.” Lauren Garcia: This is Lauren Garcia’s first year playing for FCC’s badminton
team. So far, her favorite memories of the season came while traveling during the preseason games where, according to Garcia, she was able to get to know her teammates better. Outside of badminton, Garcia plays music - the violin and guitar. “I really like to sing too,” she said. After FCC, Garcia plans on transferring to California State University, Fresno, and majoring in psychology. Darlene Yang: Darlene Yang has been playing badminton since her sophomore year in high school and this is her first year playing at FCC. She plays both singles and doubles, but likes singles better. “You can take your time in singles,” she says, “in doubles it is very quick fast.” Yang said. Her favorite memory so far this year was her first out-of-town game because “we killed the other team,” Yang said. Other than badminton, Yang likes to play volleyball and watch
“Ghost Hunters”. She also likes to draw and is considering majoring in art. After FCC, Yang plans to continue her education by transferring to Fresno State. Thao “Amy” Xiong: This is Thao “Amy” Xiong’s first year of playing badminton, ever. She enjoys playing singles because she says she like the challenge that it brings. She also says her favorite part about badminton is practicing and having fun. “I have learned a lot from the coaches,” Xiong said. Xiong’s favorite memory this season is meeting all of the new teammates because they were very welcoming and fun to be around. Outside of badminton, Xiong enjoys playing flag football and acting. She attends acting club where she practices and learns from professional actors. After FCC, Xiong wants to transfer to Fresno State and continue majoring in liberal studies. She plans on one day being a teacher and possibly teaching 6th grade.
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ishes in the discus throw. Irwin also finished second in the discus throw at the Santa Barbara Easter Relays. Sprinter Michael Staab had his best performance of the season in the 400 m hurdle at the Delta Mustang Invitational. He finished first with a time of 55.97. Staab’s other strong performances of the season include a second place finish in the high jump relay at the American River College Beaver Relays and a jump of 2.06 m at the Run for the Dream meet. On the women’s side, the pole vault team has made a large contribution to the success of the team. At the Jack Albiani Invitational, Rebekah Morrison and Claudia Morrison finished second and third respectively. Karissa Bell also finished third at the Jack Albiani Invitational and third once again at the American River Invitational. In throwing events, Pilar Becerra has emerged as one of the top performers. Becerra was first in the Javelin throw at the Raydell Bark-
ley Relays and at the Jack Albiani Invitational. “I am very surprised on how well I’ve performed. After two left knee surgeries I didn’t expect to do much. Recovery has been hard,” said Becerra who is ranked 2nd in the state. She gives the credit to hard work and strong faith. Equipped with Christian hip-hop on her iPod, Becerra starts her day with a trip to the gym at 5 a.m., a mile run and some running on the stairs. “When I get on the run-way I pray before I throw and tell God that He is in control. When it’s my turn to throw, I look up at the sky and say this is for you Lord,” said Becerra. “When I do good, I give God all the glory. When I don’t perform well I work harder so that I can continue to share that light.” Becerra says her goal for the rest of the season is to have fun and work as hard as possible. “I want to be able to look back and say I did all I could,” said Becerra. “Whether I continue to do well or even if things turn around, I’ll always work hard to get that number one for Jesus,
our focus has become much better. Katherine McFeeters has inscribed the word “focus” on her tennis shoes. “We have worked hard every day. It’s a big commitment,” said McFeeters. McFeeters has improved in doubles play and become more aggressive with volleys. Estefania Salgado has made her reputation as one of the smartest and mentally toughest players on the team. “I give it a 120 percent. It doesn’t matter if I’m bleeding, I will play for three hours straight,” said Salgado. “I tell myself I can’t lose. I tell myself I have to run two miles if I lose.” Salgado is proud of the progress she has seen in her team. “Our sophomores have become much better and our losses are minimized. We are louder, we cheer for each other and we stay positive,” said Salgado.
Another player that has made huge strides is Andrea Pereyra. “We go into matches believing we will win,” said Pereyra.”We don’t think about other things when we’re playing, only tennis.” In one of her toughest and longest matches of the season, Pereyra battled hard but came up short. Pereyra lost the first set, won the second and lost the third. Nevertheless, Pereyra is not discouraged. “This time of the year it’s mentally challenging. Everyone is tired but we won’t give up. We’re in it to win it,” said Pereyra. This year the Rams will host the State Championships. The players believe playing in front of family and friends will gave them an added boost. Estefania Salgado said “We are proud to host. We want to play fair but we want to dominate.” The Rams will be competing against the best teams in the state. “It will be a fight, but we can overcome. Nothing can hold us
Tennis Endures by Tomas Kassahun
It has been a season of growth for the Fresno City College Women’s tennis team. The team that was once quieter than a Prius is now louder than the women of The View. “At first we didn’t communicate. Our moral has gone up and we understand each other better now. We even know each other’s strength and weaknesses,” said Amber Iqbal. There’s no one on the team that hasn’t improved. We have improved our strokes, footwork, speed and we have improved as competitors.” The team finished the season with a 12-2 record and is now looking forward to the playoffs. “It’s not as easy as it looks. We have worked hard since the fall to get to where we are,” said Iqbal. “Tennis is such a mental sport and
March 16, 2011
Making the Cut
Fresno City College Athletic Director, Susan Yates, is anticipating cuts across the board in athletics, and is planning how the department will continue on its course with decreased funding. : How severely are the cuts going to hit the athletic department? : I’m sure that the cuts will be spread throughout the college, and athletics Susan Yates, Athletic Director will take their share. cut costs where we can. Any cut is severe at this point, be: Would the budget cuts cause we have been cut already. affect the way that the : What is the specific teams here at FCC fornumber, as far as the mulate their preseason schedamount, that will be cut ules? from the department budget? : Absolutely, FCC has : I don’t know yet, I was made good fiscal decijust in a meeting about sions in the past. We may that. I thought we would not be hit as hard as other colhear something about it at the leges, but those other colleges board of trustees meeting, but are the ones that we have to play. nothing has been said yet. So in a way it does affect us, : Will cuts limit the because now they can’t come to amount of recruiting that play us, and we may have to find Fresno City College can someone closer. It affects us as do? And will it make FCC less far as preseason and scheduling attractive to possible incoming go. Now not only are we lookathletes? ing at preseason and conference : We don’t have a recruit- scheduling, we are looking at the ing budget, so as far as postseason now too. dollar amount, it will not : Are budget cuts going affect us. All the recruiting we to be an important issue do is coaches going out there for athletic programs in and hitting the pavement, our the Central Valley Conference? program speaks for itself, if they : Yes, and it’s those know about the program. In terms schools that don’t have of courses available, that hurts, any other place to cut because if we have a recruit that that will take the big hits. No is a throwback from Division-I one is really looking at eliminatthey usually come late, so that ing teams, they are only looking recruit arrives and there are lim- to suspend them - in essence a ited courses available, so in those furlough for this year. Maybe if terms it will affect us. they fundraise they won’t cancel : Is there the possibility the season, just the funding for that we could see some the sport. athletic programs cut : If the budget cuts are entirely? severe, what will the : I have not heard that, department do to offset but I think everything is them? on the table. Every single : In our department we program, pretty much everything are committed to taking at this college is on the table. any kind of hit across the I know that as far as a district board. We feel that our programs we are in a better situation than service a part of the campus, most because of the fiscal plan- a different part of the campus ning that many of our business community. We are committed managers have done through the to taking cuts across the board past couple of years. I think that in order to save all of our sports if there are cuts, they will be felt programs. across the board, and they will be : How do the cuts to well thought out. the athletic department : What are the changes affect FCC as a whole? that will be easily seen : I think that the cuts going into next semeswould affect the departter? ment a way that would : Course offerings I would bring the campus community say is one of the main onboard. An example would be one’s, because that is what that we would be limited to what is really out there. I know that we could do at homecoming, and athletically we are fundraising what we could do to spark interlike none other; we are anticipat- est in giveaways and all of the ing that we will have to do more little things that we do in order with less. So we are doing what to get the campus community we can to pinch every penny and involved in the athletic program.
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The Fresno City College Track and Field team continues to put up strong marks in several events. At the American River Invitational meet, Miguel Quinn ran the 100 meter with a personal best of 10.56. “It’s only my 3rd time running. I surprised myself by placing 4th. I should of won, I believe, but everybody wants to win,” said Quinn who continues a strong season. Earlier in the season, Quinn finished second in the 200 m at the Jack Albiani Invitational. In the same meet, he finished second in the 100 meter. He was also part of the relay teams that finished first at the Jack Albiani Invitational and fourth at the American River Invitational. Another athlete that continues to build on a strong season is freshman Willy Irwin. This season, Irwin has recorded four first place finishes in the shot put and two first place fin-
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March 16, 2011
Coach kadingo wants team to strive to be better
by Jessica Herrington
Carol Kadingo has been the Fresno City College Women’s Badminton head coach since 2000. What makes Coach Kadingo different is that she has never competitively played badminton. However, she is definitely no stranger to coaching. Kadingo has been coaching and teaching since 1977. Kadingo is originally from Pennsylvania where she first started coaching volleyball at a branch college campus of Penn State. While she was content with coaching volleyball, she felt that there was more that she could accomplish. “I felt like I was still moving through the ranks, I was still looking for that really great job, even though I wasn’t expecting to leave Pennsylvania as soon as I did, ” she said. Kadingo found a listing for an open position as head coach of the women’s basketball team at FCC. “I liked the difference in schools, the branch school that I was at had a little over 400 students and in comparison to FCC’s thousands of students, I thought ‘I like this. This could be a challenge,’” she said. Kadingo was the head coach of the women’s basketball team at FCC from 1984-1992. During her eight years as head coach, the women’s basketball team made five regional appearances. After coaching basketball, Kadingo had a seven year period when she did not coach. Then, the FCC athletic director at the time asked Kadingo if she would be interested in coaching the women’s badminton team. She said, “At first I was really reluctant to take the position because I had never played myself, and I didn’t feel like I could do the job from a competitive stand point. However, I have been able to do it with the tremendous help that my assistant coaching staff has brought along.”
In the transition from coaching basketball to coaching badminton, Kadingo admitted that she struggled with the completely different nature that each sport had. “I had trouble going along with the more relaxed nature of the practices. In basketball there were so many different things that we would do every minute of every practice, but the good thing about badminton is that you don’t need the entire team here to be able to practice. We can work individually with the girls on footwork, drives, or smashes to make them better.” Kadingo said. “Right now, I have great assistant coaches, Ray Tijahadi and Benedictus “Benny” Azali. They have a tremendous amount of expertise in badminton. I really let them run practice and then we come back together and corroborate as coaches on the players and the team,” Kadingo said. Currently, the badminton team is 2-2 in conference play and there are only two returning players on the team. Right now, Coach Kadingo says that the singles teams are stronger than the doubles teams, “There are a lot of new people that are working together and personalities really become a factor because they have to really meld together in order to do well.” The biggest challenge that Coach Kadingo says she faces in coaching badminton is working with the fact that badminton is not a sport that is started with girls at a young age. “Most of the girls start in high school or when they come here and play.” “Most girls who come through the program,” she says, “have only started playing badminton in high school and there is a major difference in competition level from high school to college. “When they finally start getting really good, their two years is
up and the rotation starts again,” Coach Kadingo said. While badminton is a sport that receives very little media attention and very little respect for its true competitive nature, Coach Kadingo and the women of the badminton team disagree with the reputation of badminton being an “easy” or “lazy” sport. “Badminton requires a lot of muscle memory, movement, footwork, hand-eye coordination, and a player’s response and reaction time must be quick in order to compete,” Coach Kadingo said. Player Manjot Pandher said, “Most people think this is easy, but we have to run so much and people think it’s easy and it’s such a small space to play in, but we run a lot.” “While we are happy about our wins, we cannot get too confident. For instance, our win against Mission College was great,” Coach Kadingo said. “But they also didn’t bring their no. 1 seed, no. 2, or no. 4, so our no. 1 ended up playing their no. 3, our no. 2 ended up playing their no. 5 and so on. So, when we go to play at Mission College we will probably have more of a challenge.” Coach Kadingo said, “Together, we’re trying to strive to be better players and have a good experience, we’re not the most popular or most well-known sport, but the girls have a good time with it.” Overall, Coach Kadingo said that she would like to win every match, but “realistically, I would like to see us continue to improve in order to make us stronger.”
Badminton 101 by Jessica Herrington
other team during the first round of singles. Their no. 1 plays our no. 2, their no. 3 plays our no. 4, etc. In the first round each singles match win is worth 1 point. In the first round of doubles, the no. 1 ranked team played the no. 2 ranked team of the opposing team, the no. 2 of the opposing team plays the no. 1 ranked team and the no. 3 ranked teams play head to head. In the first round, each doubles match win is worth 2 points except for the no. 3 ranked team’s game, it is worth 1 point. In the second round of singles, each of the singles players play head to head with the opposing ranking, no.1 plays against the no.1 rank of the opposing team, the no. 2 play the no. 2 and so on. Again, each game is worth 1 point. In the second round
of doubles, the doubles team play head to head with the opposing ranking, no. 1 plays against the no.1 rank of the opposing team and the no. 2 plays against the no. 2 rank of the opposing team. In the second round, however, the no. 3 doubles teams do not play. The total number of points possible in a match is 21. The winning team is the one with the most collective points from both the singles and the doubles games of each round.
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The girls on the badminton team are chosen to play either singles or doubles depending on skill level. Both the singles and doubles teams are ranked in a ladder system, like tennis. The singles and doubles team each have their own ladder. The strongest player/ doubles team is ranked no.1, the next best is no. 2, and so on. Badminton has six singles players and three doubles teams. While badminton is somewhat similar to tennis, it is also very different. It is a racquet sport, where a birdie, or shuttlecock, is hit back and forth over a net that is five feet high. Points are awarded when a player hits the birdie over the net and lands in
the opponent’s half of the court, or when the opponent fails to hit the birdie back over the net successfully. The birdie may only be hit one time to make it across the net and into the opponent’s side of the court. A match is held between two teams. In one match there are two rounds. In each round the singles and the doubles play. In the first round there are six singles games and three doubles games. In the first round for the singles, the no. 1 ranked player plays the opposing team’s no. 2 ranked player, the no. 3 ranked player plays the opposing team’s no. 4 ranked player, and the no. 5 ranked player plays the opposing team’s no. 6 ranked player. The same thing happens vice versa with the
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