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STAMPEDE: Fullback Joseph Blanc (Center) and running back Jacob Wims (right) block defensive back Wallace Daglish as wide receiver Rawsten Reddick runs the ball.

Pierce destroys Valley, 42-9 Football stays undefeated in conference, standing 3-0


“We should dominate every game like this game.” -Omar Black

Gabrielle Hutchinson Roundup Reporter

Pierce Linebacker

he Victory Bell rang loudly at Pierce College for THE fifth year in a row after a convincing 42-9 win over Los Angeles Valley College football team on Oct. 19 at Monarch Stadium. Coming off of a defeat at Moorpark College in the previous game, Pierce looked to get back on the winning track against their rival LA Valley College, a team known for its defensive strategy. Although it was a night of joy the reminder of the theft at Shepard Stadium was present in the form of extra security

on the field during the game. Pierce’s football team had all of their equipment bags on the field behind the team’s bench. Two security personnel were present at all times near Pierce’s equipment. The game ended with 27 penalties from personal fouls, false starts, delays of game and illegal substitutions. Pierce had 20 penalties called against them, while Valley had only seven against them. “Toward the end [the penalties] were very inconsequential,” said Efrain Martinez, head coach of Pierce College’s football

team. “We were playing a lot of guys that we don’t play and so sometimes it makes it difficult subbing guys in and out, and we are going to get penalties for that.” Valley had plenty of chances to open up the scoring in the first quarter after several penalties had been called on Pierce but failed to capitalize on the opportunity. The first quarter was plagued by penalties for both teams on offense and defense. “That was a big part of the game, we stepped on our toes,” said Larry Kerr, head coach of Valley College’s football team. “We had momentum going for us.” The scoring and defense picked up for Pierce in the second quarter while Valley struggled with its new quarterback Emilio Rodriguez. The first touchdown of the game came off a one-yard pass from Pierce’s starting quarterback Nick Arbuckle to wide receiver Earl Hargrove. After a successful field goal by Daniel Schlorf the score was 7-0. [See FOOTBALL, pg. 8]


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Clothesline Project Mall in front of The Great Hall 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Thursday, 10/24 Day of Politics The Great Hall 2 - 5 p.m.

Saturday, 10/26

Breast Cancer Awareness Night Shepard Stadium 6 p.m.

Sunday, 10/27 Vintage Market Lot 7 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.


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The Academic Senate members considered drafting a policy on Monday, Oct. 21 that would notify faculty of students with a history of violent behavior while still respecting the privacy of the students. It has come to the attention of the Ethics Committee that over the past year, several faculty members have had concerns about violent altercations they have had with students, according to Cara Gillis, chair of the committee. “The faculty members say that if they had known the student had a history of aggressive behavior or a mental condition they would have handled the situation differently,” Gillis said. Laws like the Health Insurance Portability, Accountability Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act forbid this policy from being approved. These acts prohibit people from distributing private information about students like their medical history, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. “The problem is if a student has had a violent past with previous faculty because of a cognitive condition, faculty is not allowed to know that,” Gillis said. Some teachers may be concerned for their safety and feel that they are entitled to know certain things about their students if there are problems, according to Gillis. Cassie Cain, professional development adviser, explains how she taught at Santa Monica College during the semester of shootings and how there is room to fear. [See SENATE, pg. 3]

Fantasticks Opening Night Friday, October 25

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REHEARSAL: Vance Wells (Mortimer) and Michelle Hallbauer (Henry) try to turn Mark Needle (Matt), to their way of life in The Fantasticks in the Performing Arts Complex on Oct. 21.

[For the full story and photos, see FANTASTICKS pg. 5]



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ROUNDUP: October 23, 2013


-Letter to the Editor-

Maria Salvador / Roundup

Re: Journalism Associaton of Community Colleges 2013 conference Congrats to you and your students on the JACC awards. You “done good.” All your hard work (and the students’) paid off. Pierce has another reason to be proud. Miriam Gottlieb Special Services Department Re: Journalism Associaton of Community Colleges 2013 conference Congratulations to you and your students. As a former journalism student at Los Angeles Valley College, I got to go to JACC state once and JACC regional twice. It was a great experience as a student. It is great that we can still provide that experience to our students, and it is great that your students did so well. It is a reflection upon both them and you. Sincerely, David Schamus Computer Science & Information Technology Department

-DOUBLE thumbs upUP: Sports winners Four of Pierce’s sports teams are undefeated in conference play and currently sit in first place in their respective divisions.

UP: Going green Facilities has begun sprucing up the area outside of the Industrial Technology Building 3600 by installing a new lawn.

Counseling Pierce students Students should know alternatives to appointments


ith the number of students attending Pierce College, it is not surprising that counseling time is difficult to attain, but the process of booking appointments could be improved. Career Center Director Joanna Zimring-Towne said that 10 full-time counselors averaged 193 appointments per week last semester to address the needs of a student body of more than 20,000. The Roundup has heard complaints from students about the restrictive and fruitless process of booking counseling times. A limited number of half-hour appointments per week are available to be booked only online and only beginning each morning at 8 a.m. If students fail under competition to book their desired appointment, they must rearrange or delay their life. If a student is lucky enough to secure a time, it may be during class or work time. But professors don’t want their students missing class and counseling is not a good reason to get in trouble at work. The counseling office does offer a few other options for students that are unable to secure an appointment or to answer general questions, but that

does little to console a student with in-depth concerns and limited time. Students may also wait for a 10 to 15 minute walk-in appointment with the next available counselor. But walk-ins may wait for hours. With a busy schedule of school and work, students rarely have the time or patience to spend hours in the counseling office. Students with only basic needs may stop by the office for lobby hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at which time counselors are in the lobby to answer brief questions. Students may also email the counseling office with questions and wait to receive an answer within three business days. Lastly, students could rely on online information to figure out how to transfer or graduate and hope come graduation time, they calculated correctly and have all the units they need. Pierce counseling should broaden its availability like that of East Los Angeles College, which offers priority appointments in person in addition to over the phone and online bookings. Not all students need to see a counselor each semester, but for those who do, the process shouldn’t be so burdensome.

classes, though some students complain about crashers at meetings and some faculty, like Pierce Automotive Service Technology, make loose associations between crashing classes, class sizes and student outcomes. Students are the unwitting and omnipresent victim of faulty planning and mismanagement of resources by college administrations. To contemplate blame of students who crash and drop would be like blaming a patient when a doctor prescribes the wrong medication. Forecasting the needs of students with more certainty must be addressed. There should not be a time when a group of students like Associated Student Organization (ASO) president, Gustavo Sandoval takes the school by surprise with a protest for basic English courses as they did last semester outside the Roundup newsroom. School administrators must utilize their resources frugally to ensure they offer nimble solutions that fit freshman student’s educational needs. If they do this well, then the only drop that will matter will be the drop in animosity in the first week of each semester.

satisfy the demand. If students knew that there were actual consequences for wasting class time and resources, they may take courses more seriously and may perform better. Perhaps, too, they might not add more than they could finish. With enrollment down slightly and an upcoming winter intersession, it would be a great time for campus leaders to consider a restrictive class-crasher policy. Admissions and Records can run a report to highlight students who have added basic and prerequisite courses. The Office of Institutional Research can run a report on students who have dropped the same classes. Administrators can establish an excessive level of drops per adds based on the reports. A wellformed recommendation could be presented to the Academic Senate and eventually given to Pierce President Kathleen Burke to sign within a semesters time. A policy to penalize students who habitually add and drop classes is fair to the students who complete classes. It also complements the mission of the college, which is to move students on to a four-year degree.

Penalize those who drop crashed classes Opinion -Con-

-Poll ResultsHow should the school communicate messages? Mobile phone applications - 34 Email - 21 Text - 16 Face book - 4

Dep * out of 75 responses from those on campus

Would you pay more to add popular classes? Yes - 61 No - 14 * out of 75 responses from those on campus

Opinion editor

Tim Toton In spring 2013, more than 3,100 freshman students enrolled at Pierce College while only 2,545 basic general education seats were available, leaving a potential 550 students only one option – crash the classes they need. Colleges nationwide openly encourage crashing classes – many offer tips on the practice. Some schools have the practice written into their policy manuals like Palomar Community College in San Marcos, Calif. whose counseling manual clearly defines the practice of crashing classes: “You must attend the first class … If there are no-shows (enrolled students who don’t claim their seats) or withdrawals (enrolled students who decide the class is not what they want), you may be allowed to enroll.” You will not find mention of academic penalties for crashing

Opinion -ProRoundup reporter

Gabrielle Hutchinson Students may crash a class at some point because there are too many students and not enough classes, but nothing happens to serial crashers who drop before the withdraw deadline. With the demand for classes high and seating low, crashers strip away and delay the learning opportunities of students with the drive to finish a course by taking their enrollment. Crashers should have an academic penalty if they drop, which may seem harsh but it’s about being fair to students who have lost out. Yes, there are times when life delivers a surprise and students drop classes they’ve crashed. So, common sense should prevail in policies. Also, student populations have grown and courses fill up fast or are not offered in the volume needed to



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Volume 119 Issue 4 Page 1: Jeanne Clery and the Clery Act are misspelled. Page 2: Gustavo Sandoval’s name is mistakenly printed in the Letter to the Editor closing salutation Page 3: Aggravated assault is mistakenly referenced twice in the “On campus offenses for 2010-2012 information box.” The correct number of assaults is 10. Page 5: Photo caption: Rachael Goodwein, Karen Ashley and Justin Morse paint a stage deck during the Set Design class in preparation for the upcoming play “The Fantasticks”. “The Fantasticks” is scheduled to open Oct. 25, 2013. Photo taken: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Photo: Mohammad Djauhari Page 6: Lauren Vellvé illustrated the dancers cartoon. Page 7: “Football head coach teaches math at local high school”

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ROUNDUP: October 23, 2013

incident report Oct. 6 - Oct. 16

The Walking Shield

– Compiled by Genna Gold

10-6 - Disturbance - A cadet was in the middle of writing a citation for a vehicle parked in the red zone in front of the Sheriff’s Station when the driver returned and tried to leave before the citation was completed. The deputy had to be called out to do a traffic stop on the vehicle.. 10-7 - Crime lab - The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s crime lab was on campus to fingerprint the visiting team’s locker room where a theft on West L.A.’s football team on Oct. 5 occurred. 10-7 - Suspicious person - A male student was talking and yelling to himself around the Center for Sciences. He was approached by an officer and was determined to pose no threat. 10-8 - Traffic collision -A student backed up into a staff member’s vehicle in Lot 1 in front of the Sheriff’s Station. 10-9 - Ill student - A student had a seizure in the South Gym and was transported by paramedics to the hospital. 10-10 - Stray animal - A student called campus sheriffs to remove a possum from the engine of their car in Lot 7. 10-12 - Petty theft - A Farm Center employee was caught stealing tickets used to enter the Harvest Festival and re-selling them to the public. 10-14 - Hit and run, parked vehicle - A parked vehicle was hit in Lot 5 and no note was left.

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10-15 - Lost or stolen iPad - A student left his iPad in the North Gym bathroom while he went into the stall; when he exited the stall the iPad was gone.

Student robbed on campus Tracy Wright News Editor


student was robbed by force around 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 near the student drop-off area by the flagpole next to Student Services, according to flyers posted around Pierce College by the campus Sheriff’s Station. The suspect – described as a black man, 20 to 25 years old,

approximately six feet tall with a medium build and short hair – was wearing a light-colored T-shirt and dark shorts, according to the flyer. He drove onto campus in a late model blue-green, four-door sedan and exited the vehicle from the passenger’s side, according to the flyer. The suspect grabbed the victim’s cellphone and unsuccessfully tried to steal his backpack, according to the Sheriff’s Station. The vehicle was last seen driving

westbound on Brahma Drive toward Shepard Stadium, according to officers. Students were alerted of the crime through an email circulated Thursday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has no immediate details on the driver of the vehicle and asked that any information be directed to the Pierce College Sheriff’s Station at (818) 719-6450.

Pierce gets prepared for quakes Kat Wilson Roundup Reporter


ierce College administration sent out an emergency communication to students and faculty Thursday morning, Oct. 17, during the school’s participation with the annual Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. The drill occurred at 10:17 a.m., with a communication test via phone and email. It was as easy as clicking a few buttons in a computer system to alert all Pierce students and faculty of the drill, Paul Nieman, director of facilities at Pierce, said. “I simply typed the message up, set the date and time, and pressed a button,” Nieman said. Additionally, recommended earthquake safety actions were

attached to emails sent to faculty and staff to further educate Pierce on the “Drop, Cover, and Hold on” method to stay safe in an earthquake, according to a ShakeOut flyer. The phone call consisted of an emergency safety message that repeated for one minute before ending the call. The automated voice instructed students that it was a test call, but if it was an emergency, there would be detailed instructions to help students stay safe during an emergency. Some students hanging around the Freudian Sip were so surprised, they immediately began comparing emails and calls with their friends and other students around them. “The call was really helpful,” nursing major Grace Santos said. “I don’t check my email often, so the call was more direct.”

Pierce administration sent out an email notice to students and faculty stating that the campus was testing the school’s communication system. “I really like it,” Leo Monjaras De Lao said, a 20-year-old Kinesiology major. “I got the email as a text, but the call was good too.” Both Santos and Monjaras De Lao felt safe while on campus, especially with this emergency communication method. Pierce is additionally working on different safety systems to execute a campus-wide evacuation drill in the future using an alarm system, Nieman said. “Pierce doesn’t have a campus siren system, but we’re looking at the options,” Nieman said. “Other than that, (the drill) was really successful.”

The Pre-Vet Club will be participating in The Walking Shield backpack drive that benefits less fortunate children on Indian Reservations in the mid-west region. The club will be collecting backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, clothing and shoes to be distributed to the children. Students can donate any of the above listed items are encouraged to contact the Pre-Vet Club or Lidia Hernandez before the Nov. 5 deadline.

Winter registration dates

[10/24] Priority registration for continuing students for the winter intersession begins Oct. 24, new student registration begins Nov. 4.

News Briefs Taco Thursdays

[10/24] The Hot Sauce Truck near the South Gym will be offering $1 tacos on Thursday, Oct. 24 to show continued appreciation for students and staff who support their food truck. As their truck says, this deal “is anything but a tease.” Topanga Vintage Market [10/27] Over 180 vendors will be selling antiques, vintage clothing and collectibles in Lot 7 on Sunday, Oct. 27 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Guests can anticipate live music, fine art, and food trucks. Entry is $2 per adult.



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Midnight madness

[10/30] The men’s basketball team will be hosting a fundraising “Red vs. Black” intrasquad basketball game after the women’s volleyball game on Weds, Oct. 30 in the South Gym. The game begins at 9:30 p.m. and funds raised will benefit the men’s basketball program.

Annual transfer fair

[10/31] The Career & Transfer Center will host their annual transfer fair on Thursday, Oct. 31 on the mall between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Students can expect to interact with representatives from 40 different schools within California and out of state to answer any questions or concerns about their transfer needs.

Behavioral policy in the works [SENATE, cont. from pg. 1] “It concerns me what could go on in a classroom,” Cain said. “My main concern is if I had a student act violent towards me –in email or in person- I might be hesitant to report it if I thought that student would know I made a report of their action against me.” Gillis is working together with Special Services and the Sheriff’s Office on what steps need to be taken to take control of this situation. “We have had David Phoenix from Special Services come talk to us with respect to students who had violent altercations in the past and he mentioned to the committee that there was some existing infrastructure in place with respect to students kind of making it OK for special services to divulge previous instances to existing faculty,” Gillis said.

Student Services Senator and Health Center director, Beth Benne, explained that all of the complaints the Ethnic Committee has been getting from faculty should be reported. “The behavior intervention team is up and running and any of these complaints from the Ethnic Committee should be immediate electronic behavior intervention referrals so we are tracking these students and their behavior,” Benne said. “We should know these things.” Jewel Dominguez, an 18-yearold child development major, explains how the policy could assist the faculty. “I feel the potential policy would be beneficial for everyone because it would help the teacher understand the various needs of a student and better help them if a tough situation

does arise,” Dominguez said. Gillis and the Ethics Committee are working together to come up with the policy but it is difficult since there are a lot of law and legislation in place that protects the students’ rights to privacy. “The committee is in the process of talking to different parties on the campus that have dealt with students with this aggressive behavior and once we are done with the investigation we will come up with a proposal to bring to the senate,” Gillis said. “It’s a conflict, but it looks like we are leaning in to coming up with some sort of policy that will work for everyone.” For more info on the Oct. 21 Academic Senate meeting visit

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Reference Computers with Microsoft office 2010, Internet connection, printing in both black and white or color


RETURNS: Paula Paggi, associate professor of library science and department chair, puts books back in the stacks on Oct. 17.

Leafing through life

Library science department chair ensures pleasant experience for patrons Jordan Nathan Special to the Roundup She typed away at the computer, her eyes fixed on the screen, then glanced back at the student who was waiting for her to obtain the information needed. “You’re lucky,” said Associate Professor of Library Science Paula Paggi from the reference desk. “There’s one more in house for checkout.” After the student thanked her for her help, Paggi smiled and returned to her work. When Paggi started working in the Pierce College library six years ago, she never thought that she would become the department chair librarian in charge of all the library departments. “I applied because I really wanted to work at a community college. I like the atmosphere. I like being part of a big team of people helping people,” she said.

Paggi had worked full-time as a librarian in several high school districts, including Burbank Unified and William S. Hart High School, during the late ‘90s to early 2000s before working as a staff librarian at Pierce. During the day Paggi can be found in her office, up-front at the reception desk or wandering around the library observing students as they come in to use the computers, read books, use the study rooms, work and talk to their friends. “If a student has an open hour you’ll find them coming in here to study. I don’t know any other place where a student can really access and have some of the resources that we have and the quiet areas we have,” she said. Miles Spencer, a sophomore at Pierce, has been working at the library for a few months. He works at the front desk helping the librarians. “She is a very experienced boss,” Spencer said.

every day in and outside of work. “She is very organized and has a lot of energy and has gotten everything in order here,” she said. For Paggi, it’s moments that she has with students that make her job more memorable on an everyday basis. She remembers when a student came in asking for help and advice. “I had helped a student who had waited till three days before his paper was due on reference and I showed him how to do the stuff he needed to do.. He came back the next semester and thanked me. That makes me happy and it makes it feel like it was worthwhile,” she said. Without question it is the students, instructors, and teachers that keep Paggi here at Pierce doing what she loves. “I really enjoy the staff here. I’ve enjoyed the instructors here and I’ve enjoyed the students as well. I give an example of each one that I enjoy because those are the reasons I work here,” she said.

“She is very organized and has a lot of energy and has gotten everything in order here.” -Lauren Valdes Professor of Library Science

The four staff librarians all under Paggi’s direction put everything together. Students come for reference, and when they have a question about how to do something. “We usually try to clarify their research question or to narrow their terms and help them to understand what their assignment is,” Paggi said. Lauren Valdes has worked at the Pierce library for 13 years and has known Paggi since her arrival six years ago. She speaks with Paggi

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On Guard: Fathers, Mark Lewis (Hucklebee) and David Colville (Bellomy) face off with their gardening tools in a duel while Michael Hovance looks on in the background. The three are performing in the Fantasticks at Pierce College on Oct. 21.

A Fantastick story of love

-Michael Sande Theater Managing Director

Cast List

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Shocked: Samantha Labrecque plays Luisa in the production of The Fantasticks, during a dress rehearsal, in the Temporary Theater Complex on Oct. 21.

David Colville..............Bellomy Michelle Hallbauer......Henry Michael Hovance.........El Gallot Samantha Labrecque...Luisa Mark Lewis...................Hucklebee Mark Needle.................Matt Ondrej Psenicka...........The Mute Vance Wells..................Mortimer Cassie Nickols..............Musical Director Taylor Cullen................Stage Manager Robert Cucuzza............Director

Pierce theater production brings more than a typical relationship


Kat Wilson Roundup Reporter

ierce College’s t h e a t e r department starts the 2013 - 2014 season with “The Fantasticks,” a production with magic tricks and enticing visual and sound effects, which premieres this Friday at 8 p.m. The production features a love story between a seemingly starcrossed couple, Matt and Luisa, according to Michael Sande, managing director. “The musical is magical, poetic, and sometimes even haunting,” Sande said. “It’s a classic. The most produced and longest-running show of any kind in the history of the world.” The storyline resembles that of Romeo and Juliet mixed with boy-meets-girl, where Matt and Luisa fall in love. As the musical progresses, they realize that they were set up and manipulated by their fathers, Director Robert

Cucuzza said. Matt and Luisa reject their love and split apart to experience the world. Only after they mature through their own adventures do they come together again with a deeper love for each other, according to a press release written by Sande. “The story is darker and weirder than I expected,” Cucuzza said. “It’s not sentimental hogwash, but it’s still a very charming love story.” “The Fantasticks” ran offBroadway for 46 years, from 1960 to 2002, and then re-opened in 2006 and continues to run to this day, according to the press release. In 1991, it was awarded the Tony Honors for Excellence in theatre. “In this era, the young crowd may not have heard of this show before,” Sande said. “But it speaks to generations, no matter the time period.” The show has a lot to offer, from a professional magician taking part in the show, to video and sound that will tempt the senses, Sande said. “It’s visually entertaining,” Sande said. “There’ll be lots of surprises. It’ll be the best show (the students) have ever seen,” Sande

There will be lots of surprises. It’ll be the best show the students have ever seen.

said, laughing. There’s everything an audience could expect, like big song numbers and love, but there’s also an “underlying tone of being yourself,” according to Samantha Labrecque, who plays Luisa. “The cast and director are phenomenal,” Labrecque said. “Bob has taught me more in this show than in high school. I’m so lucky to be able to work with him.” Furthering the magic, the Pierce’s musical production is dedicated to a longtime friend and former director of Pierce College, who turns 100 years old this November, Sande said. In 1969, Ellen Dow, a former student and director for Pierce, directed “The Fantasticks” when it was still a fairly new musical, Sande said. It only seems right that a slice of this production is shared with Dow for her birthday. “The Fanstasticks” will run from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 in the Temporary Performing Arts Complex. Tickets can be purchased for $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors by calling (818) 719-6488 or online at http://info.piercecollege. edu/theater/.

Showtimes Friday, Oct. 25

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Saturday, Oct 26

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Sunday, Oct. 27 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1

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ROUNDUP: October 23, 2013

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PERFORMERS: Julia Mann performs traditional dance with Jorge Valenzuela riding a Peruvian Paso during the Parade of Breeds at Pierce College on Saturday, Oct. 12. (Horse breeder and trainer)

A living breed Annual horse parade attracts students, staff and community locals

S Jasmin Miko Roundup Reporter

everal organizations revolving around the equine communities hitched their trailers and saddled up their breeds of horses to showcase to an audience during the Pierce College Parade of Breeds on Saturday, Oct. 12. With an audience settled under the shade of the campus Equestrian Center, families, equine students and other spectators watched more than 50 horses gallop and trot their way around the center. Organizations such as Taking the Reigns and Hearts & Hands Animal Rescue (HHAR) provided their horses, ponies and steeds. “Parade of Breeds is a place for students and for the public to come and see the different breeds that are really rare to see in one area,” said 22-year-old equine science student Scarlet Walker. “Even if you were a horse person, you’d never see these breeds.” According to Walker, the Equine Science program encourages its students to develop the

production. With a supportive horse community, the organizers have been planning the parade since October of 2012 to manage and collect an extensive array of horses to saddle and showcase in this year’s equine event. “We came all the way from San Diego and brought the horses we’ve rescued,” said HHAR intern Shenya Aguilar. “Hearts and Hands is a nonprofit organization where we’ve rescued horses, zebras, camels and donkeys.” According to clinic participant Melisa Lang, HHAR provided the parade with a zebra, a zonkey, a zorse, and a baby donkey born that Saturday morning. With the organization predominately equine, Lang explained that anything done with a horse can be treated with a zebra, mule or donkey. Another organization, Taking the Reigns, provided the parade an Arabian horse and a halfArabian. According to mentor Mary Varrientos, 16, Taking the Reigns is another nonprofit organization that is based in the middle of Los Angeles. It is an all girl’s program where they teach their students how to garden, take care of chickens, and ride and tend to horses. “Parade of Breeds is the best way to show off the horses you have,” said Varrientos. “They asked us to bring our horses so we did. This was

my first time showcasing our Arabians.” While the Parade of Breeds was a spectacle for the horse community, it was also an event where students found support in their major. Jesse Orozco, 31, majors in agricultural business and has attended the Parade of Breeds for three years. “I used to take horse classes as a part of my major,” said Orozco. “With the program and the Boots and Saddles club, it’s nice to see all the support from people who don’t even come to this school to watch the show. Then we have people from all over the state or even country to bring their horses.” The Boots and Saddles club is the campus equestrian club that was found on-site raising money for both the club and the program. Students enrolled in the campus course Equine 601 were found sitting throughout the bleachers trying to guess the breeds and colors of the showcased horses, according to volunteer Randy Ackermann who passed out the ballots to guess the 50-plus breed varieties. The Parade of Breeds was a family-filled event filled with awe as children and their parents watched the riders saddle their breeds, perform jumping tricks and gallop around the center.

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RIDER: Emily Fisk, a former Pierce student, shows off her 2-yearold American Quarter Horse, Twister, on Saturday, Oct. 12.

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MUAH!: A trainer kisses her white American Quarter Horse and Friesian cross breed during one of the shows at the annual Parade Of Breeds at Pierce s Equestrian Center on Saturday, Oct. 12.


ROUNDUP: October 23, 2013


Brahma of the Week Jacqueline Jackie Hilario

Age: 19 Year: Sophomore High school: El Camino Real Charter Major: Liberal studies Sport: Soccer Position: Forward

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SIBLINGS: The Suard sisters from left to right: Susanna (20), Sarah (16), Amanda (18), Melissa (20), Thursday, Oct. 17.

Suard Sister Squad

Four siblings unite their talents to spark the softball team Kate Noah Copy Editor


ierce College is no stranger to siblings playing together on teams, but the softball team is packing an extra powerful punch in the form of a triple threat: the Suard sisters. Twenty-year-old twins Susanna and Melissa Suard are returning to the team after playing last season, but this year their younger sister Amanda, 18, joins the team as well. They say that playing with each other brings out the best of their competitiveness and drives them to keep getting better. “I think we have a better advantage because we’ve played together ever since we started,” Susanna said. “We know each other’s weaknesses, strengths, and know how to build each other up. I think it keeps us closer together.” Sarah, their 16-year-old sister, is taking the softball class with her older siblings, but will not play on the team due to her age and status as a high school student. She is able to take classes at Pierce because she is homeschooled. The four sisters come from a family of 10 children, ranging from 11 to 24 years old, all of whom were homeschooled. They liked the experience, and believe that in homeschooling, their parents raised them to want to succeed on their own. “You can go at your own pace

and you don’t have the slower people pull you down,” Melissa said. “If you have a question, it’s just you and the teacher instead of you and 50 other students.” Susanna said that working at her own pace kept her from wasting a lot of time, and that she loved being able to stay at home and study with her best friends. Since they weren’t involved in

“We know each other’s weaknesses, strengths, and know how to build each other up.” -Susanna Suard Starting pitcher traditional schools, the Suards found softball through a Christian league, and joined teams at private schools. “They allow you to participate,” Sarah said. “They have work that you have to do for each age like normal schools, but you can do it at home, and then you have to turn in the grades to the school.” Susanna, Melissa and Amanda played softball for Faith Baptist High School, and each of their faces light up when they talk about their former coach JoAnn Quintero. They said

that she has a way of coaching that inspires her players. “When she helps you, she makes you want to push your hardest, no matter what,” Susanna said. “On the field, off the field: she makes you do your best.” According to the Suard sisters, Quintero makes softball a competition, driving her players to want to be the best while simultaneously having fun. “They’re very competitive,” Quintero said. “As sisters they all strive for the same goals, and that’s to win, and win as a team. If someone’s not doing their share, they’re very upbeat, positive: picking up the team. They always bring that to all the games.” Quintero said she coached each of the girls for three years, and saw their maturity and level of play increase with each practice and every game. She doesn’t see how they can walk onto a field and not come away with a scholarship. “They’re amazing girls. They just have so much life,” Quintero said. “All three of them have a little different personality, but when it comes to playing, they give you their heart.” The sisters are looking forward to the upcoming season, and while it is still undecided because the team is going through tryouts, Susanna will likely reprise her starting pitcher and first base positions from last season, while Amanda may be the starting catcher. Melissa played shortstop last season, but she said she will

Men’s basketball raises the bar Chaez Pearson Roundup Reporter Coming off a successful season, the men’s basketball team for Pierce College will try to build on the previous year and take its season even further. Last season, Pierce finished with a 19-9 overall record and accomplished an 8-2 conference record, good enough to win a share of the Western State Conference Championship. Pierce had not won a conference championship in more than 30 years. However, the team’s run ended in the first round of the playoffs, where Pierce held the fifth seed and lost a tough game to Palomar College. With key players JR Williams, Rodney Walters, and Hasan Pressley, all returning from last season’s championship team, there is much to look forward to this year from Pierce. “Our goal is definitely to win 20 or more games, our conference, and even make it to the Final Four,” said Pressley, sophomore point guard. “Coach Babayan really makes us play hard for each other. We can be really good this year.” In addition to possessing many

2012-13 season: Overall record : 19 - 9 Conference record: 8-2

Stat Leaders Points per game: D. Williams 16.4 Assists per game: J. Williams 6.2 Rebounds per game: C. Hatcher 10.1 Blocks per game: C. Hatcher 3.5 Steals per game: J. Williams 2.0 young and energetic players, more presses and higher intensity when it comes to its on-ball defense will play a key role in how many games Pierce will win this season. Though the Brahmas have lost some size inside with key big men leaving the team, the players believe that their quickness, experience and chemistry will propel them to win yet another conference championship.

“We have a really tight group and guys seem to get along a lot better on and off the court,” sophomore Center Jamel Morgan said. “Coach has really preached defense more than anything, and that’s going to be my job. Playing great interior defense and rebounding.” Pierce has a very competitive schedule this season, where the team will face other colleges such as Cuesta, Moorpark and Hancock, but the key match-up – which the majority of players are looking forward to – is against Ventura College. Last season, Pierce and Ventura split the two games that they played against each other, both of which were very fast, entertaining and hard-fought. “Our men’s basketball team is on the radar this year because of last season, and they’re going to have to work very hard to have the same success as the previous year,” Pierce Athletic Director Bob Lofrano said. “I expect the style of play for this team to be fast, exciting and entertaining. This should also help recruiting and bring more top players in the future.” The Brahmas are preparing for the new season and kick it off at the Miramar College Tournament starting Friday, Nov. 8.

probably play center field this time around. Melissa says she thinks the team will do well this year with all the new girls on the team. “All the girls get along,” Amanda said. “And I think the coaches are stepping up from last year.” Susanna hopes the team will do better than last year, when she said they had a lot of losses. “I just want people to have a lot of heart and drive to really want the Ws,” she said. “Practice gives you a W. If you give 100 percent in practice, that’s how you’re going to do in the game.”

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FORWARD: Jackie Hilario has scored two goals and two assists in the last three games.

RU: What is your favorite color? JH: Green. RU: Three things you can’t live without? JH: Soccer, food and family. RU: What is one of your favorite movies? JH: “The Dark Knight.” RU: If we turn on your iPod what would be playing? JH: Jay-Z. RU: What is your favorite type of food to eat? JH:Pizza. You can’t go wrong with pizza. RU: Who is one of your favorite professors at Pierce? JH: Angela Belden (instructor of psychology). RU: Who is the one athlete that you admire the most? JH: Alex Morgan (Olympic gold medalist and member of the US women’s soccer team). RU: What are your plans for after Pierce? JH: Play D2 soccer at Cal Poly Pomona. RU: How long have you been playing soccer? JH: 14 years. RU: What got you started in soccer? JH: My dad. He was my first coach.

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ROUNDUP: October 23, 2013




Women’s Volleyball (12 - 8, 5 - 0)

Football (5 - 1, 3 - 0)

Women’s Water Polo (9 - 1, 3 - 0)

Women’s Soccer (8 - 3 - 2, 4 - 0 - 1)

Oct. 25 - @ Allan Hancock 6 p.m.

Oct. 26 - vs. Santa Barbara 7 p.m.

Oct. 24 - vs. Cuesta 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 29 - vs. Santa Barbara 4 p.m.

Oct. 30 - vs. Moorpark 7 p.m.

Nov. 2 - @ Antelope Valley 1 p.m.

Oct. 30 - vs. Citrus 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 1 - vs. Allan Hancock 4 p.m.

Victory Bell rings for Pierce again [FOOTBALL, cont. from pg. 1]


ierce went on to score two more times during the second quarter. The two touchdowns were scored by running back Calvin Howard and wide receiver Bryson Martinez. Schlorf converted both field goals. The score heading into half time was 21-0. Pierce’s defense kept Valley scoreless throughout the first half and most of the second half until the fourth quarter. The third quarter was much like the second: Pierce continued to smother Valley on defense and offense. Running back Jacob Wims added more to Pierce’s lead in the third with a one-yard touchdown. Schlorf would keep his perfect night going by adding the extra point and leaving the score at 28-0. The penalties persisted for both teams. “Penalties are really frustrating”, said Martin Henry, linebacker for Pierce. “But we will focus on that in practice in the coming weeks.” Howard and Arbuckle piled on to the lead for Pierce as both scored rushing touchdowns to increase the lead, and Schlorf finished his night on a perfect six for six on field goal attempts. After the third quarter Pierce cooled down and brought in its reserve players. Valley finally scored off of a Pierce safety when, during a punt, the ball was thrown

into the end zone. This sparked Valley to score its first touchdown from a 44-yard pass from Rodriguez to wide receiver Spencer Elrod. After missing a field goal in the first quarter, kicker Bonifasio Rojas converted the extra point for Valley. “It was good to see [Rodriguez] make a play,” Kerr said. “It’s a growth process and it’s good for him to have a touchdown throw under his belt.” The game ended with the score of 42-9 as the Pierce players celebrated their third win in conference play. Martinez believed it was a big win for the team after its defeat against Moorpark. “It’s a confidence boost for us,” said Martinez regarding the win. “You start to doubt yourself. Can we score? Can we not score? Is our offense good? Are we not good? We come back out here and really play against a very good defensive team, a very good defensive coach, and score the points that we scored. That’s very impressive.” The excitement was tremendously visible in the fans, cheer team and mascot. The team was also very happy about their conference win, which placed them at 3-0. Overall Pierce is 5-1. “I was really excited,” Pierce linebacker Omar Black said. “We should dominate every game like this game.” Pierce’s next game will be against Santa Barbara City College on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Shepard Stadium.

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TOUCHDOWN: Pierce College wide receiver Bryson Martinez catches a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Arbuckle giving the Brahmas a 21-0 lead over Valley College. Pierce College would go on to win the game with a score of 42-9 on Saturday Oct. 19, 2013.

Volleyball team wins in sweep Chiara Perbil Roundup Reporter Pierce College women’s volleyball team defeated Cuesta College 3-0 at a home game Friday, Oct.18. Pierce was able to beat Cuesta in three consecutive sets with scores of: 26-24, 25-15, 25-18. Some of the players who impacted the game included: Kira Guarino scoring 10 kills, Jordan Conole scoring seven kills, Natalie Livermore and Paige McFerren each scoring six kills. Guarino, the sophomore team captain, played her best for the team according to head coach Nabil Mardini.

“Kira Guarino did a very good job for us. She was hitting the ball and blocking very well,” Mardini said. Guarino believed she was on point tonight with the game but explained that she believes there is room for improvement. “Personally I thought I played one of my better games but I don’t want to say I was content with my playing because there is always room for improvement,” Guarino said. Mardini believed the team really put effort into winning this game by following what they do in practice. “We served the ball really well,” Mardini said. “ We competed really hard especially in game two. I saw

the girls fired up and playing really well defensively and offensively. They followed what they did in practice and just killed it.” Outside hitter Shaina Barrett explained the beginning of the game was rocky but her team pulled through and conquered. “It was a rough start but we kept pushing throughout the game,” Barrett said. “We walked into the gym to get another win and we did what we needed to do.” Barrett also complimented McFerren with hitting in the middle and Guarino with blocking on the right side. For full story visit

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