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Volume 117 - Issue 9

November 21, 2012

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No gun in Monday road rage incident Sheriff ’s personnel responded with guns drawn amid claims of firearm during arguement

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“He thought he saw him reach for a possible weapon,” Guerrero A Pierce College student was said. “It turned out to be a large detained after police were alerted misunderstanding.” of a possible gun threat in Parking Although crowds gathered at the Lot 1 on Monday, authorities said. scene, authorities said no arrests Sheriff Al Guerrero, who was were necessary. patrolling on the Mall, was flagged “No crime was committed,” down by a man yelling that there Guerrero said. was a person with a gun. When interviewed after the “There was no weapon found,” incident, the man that alerted police Guerrero said. said that a weapon was involved. The man “The guy suspected of tried to hit having a gun me with a was stopped crowbar and in his vehicle threatened by sheriffs my life,” who then drew said the man their weapons who flagged in front of police. the Student -Deputy Al Guerrero A Roundup Ser vices photographer Building w h o around 3:45 p.m. witnessed the scene heard the The man that alerted police of driver threaten the man that hailed the threat but refused to release his the police because he was talking to name, said he was walking through the driver’s girlfriend. the parking lot when a man “driving A friend of the driver, who was violently” in a black Mercedes on the phone with him at the time nearly hit him. of conflict, arrived at the scene and “A male student ran up to me was detained for interfering with and said there was a gun. He police investigation. yelled,’Gun! Gun! Gun!’” Guerrero “He came over to help but his said. “I initiated a felony stop. It’s emotions got the best of him,” a high risk stop when somebody is Guerrero said. armed.” The situation was resolved “There seemed to be an argument after law enforcement pieced the over somebody’s driving habits,” situation together, and all parties Guerrero said. “There was a student were released without charge. that claimed that he was almost hit; Video footage of the high risk the other student said he didn’t, and traffic stop can be viewed at www. an argument ensued.” theroundupnews. com.

“He yelled ‘Gun! Gun! Gun!’”

Jose Romero/ Roundup CUFFED: A man who refused to give his name is handcuffed by Security Officer Pedro Pineda before being placed in the back of Deputy Al Guerrero s police cruiser after a traffic altercation involving the man s friends. The unidentified man is not a Pierce student.

Out in the first round

Prop. 30 could pay off soon

Women’s soccer team looks to rebuild after losing round one of Southern California Regional Playoffs

Over 100 sections considered for summer 2013 intersession

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Funding from Proposition 30 will be used to open 100 to 125 sections at Pierce College this year, though restrictions on allocation are still unclear. Administration expects to open a minimal number of the added sections during Spring 2013, and the bulk of new sections will be opened during an expansive 8-week Summer 2013 intercession, Pierce College President Kathleen Burke-Kelly said at an Academic Senate meeting on Monday. “We will probably have a beefed up summer,” BurkeKelly said. “It means added sections. There will be more options for students,” Academic Senate President Tom Rosdahl said. It has not been decided which sections will be added, said Beth Abels of the Scheduling Advisement Committee. “It’s probably a guess at this point,” Rosdahl said of the new course offerings. The college is waiting for confirmation from the Los Angeles Community College District before it

The Pierce College women’s soccer team was knocked out of the playoffs, losing to the Orange Coast Pirates 2-1 on Nov. 17 at The Pit. Saturday’s heavy rainfall drenched The Pit and made for less-than-ideal viewing conditions by spectators. Though the heavy rain subsided before the match, the slippery pitch created an extra opponent, as the game played out more like a mud bowl than a playoff match. For the Brahmas, the first round playoff loss is not uncharted territory. “It feels like déjà-vu,” head coach Adolfo Perez said. “We were here a year ago and the same thing happened.” All scoring was done in the second half with Orange Coast scoring in the 49th and 53rd minute, making the score 2-0. Edith Dominguez scored the only goal for Pierce off a penalty kick in the Emad Ebasi/ Roundup 59th minute. DEVASTATED: Head coach Adolfo Perez cannot hide his reaction as the The game was physical from beginning women s soccer team loses to Orange Coast on Saturday, Nov. 17. The loss to the end, and the undersized Pierce knocked Pierce out of the Southern California Regional playoffs in round one. team paid the price throughout the match. “All year we had a hard time with other teams being With many Brahmas having already played in their physical,” Perez said. “We knew how it was going to be last match, consistency will be key next season. from the scouting reports.” Younger players will need to step up if they want to There were a total of five yellow cards given by match this year’s 12-5-4 squad. referees during the highly contested playoff round. When asked what she felt she could of done better, “They were physical but we should have got it,” freshman midfielder Jennifer Sontay said. “Me Jacqueline Hilario said. “For next season we need to be personally? I wasn’t a starter, but there was more I more consistent.” could have done.”


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makes final decisions on spending, Rosdahl said. As mandated in the proposition, money cannot be spent on administrators or administration, and it’s use on other resources, like instructional supplies, is still unclear, Burke-Kelly said. After allocation restrictions become more clear, a budgeting committee will decide how the remaining funds are spent, Burke-Kelly said. “Rather than unilaterally deciding, I would like to take it to the budget committee,” BurkeKelly said. John Zayac of Physics and Planetary Science is part of the budgeting committee. “The classes are going to come out of the schedule advisement committee,” Zayac said. “And the monies will be done by the budget committee who recommend where the money should go.” Burke-Kelly would like to use the remaining funds to reestablish tutoring services and increase the budget for instructional supplies, Burke-Kelly said. “Some of it is going to have to fall under the


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category of how we audit it or account for it,” BurkeKelly said. For faculty, the added sections may mean an eventual hiring increase of full-time faculty, Rosdahl said. “It’s more than likely that there will be reasonable hiring next year,” Rosdahl said. “At some point in the near future, we will know how many people.” The Faculty Position Priority Committee presented the list before the senate earlier in the month regarding the department hires and who would have priority. It was unanimously approved by the senate. Cinema is ranked first, due to an automatic rehire as per senate policy when professor Karin Stellwagen left the department at the end of the spring 2012 semester. There is also a reading specialist position at the Center for Academic Successes as per senate policy to replace Lori Nelson. Other departments ranking high on the list are microbiology which ranks 4th and horticulture which ranks 7th.

The senate also unanimously agreed to lower the number of students required to keep advance courses from closing on the first day of class. An advance course or a third level course is defined as a course which requires two CSU or UC transferable prerequisites at both Pierce College and the transfer institution, according to the advance course policy to be approved by the senate. In the pass 15 students were required to be enrolled in the course to continue, it has now been changed to require only eight.

Kathleen Burke-Kelly

Final decisions on spending, course offerings and faculty hiring will be made in December, Rosdahl said.


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ROUNDUP: November 21, 2012


Top bus stops near campus Victory Boulevard’s Metro Line 164 has food and fun for cheap


our professor has just dismissed you from class. You have gathered all your supplies and are finished for the day. With your whole day ahead of you, you walk to the Metro stop and wait for a bus. Stepping on a Metro bus is a daily standard for an average of over one million people on weekdays according to Metro. With stops running through Woodland Hills to North Hollywood for a price tag of $1.50, it provides a great service to the community. But for the Pierce student with an open agenda, where along the bus route should you go? Here are a few suggestions.

Four fun spots near Pierce College Woodland Textbooks

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Metro Line 164 has it all Save yourself gas, time and money


he parking lots on campus aren’t getting any easier to negotiate, indicating the large number of folks that drive to campus daily. Many students already use public transportation to get to and from school. But if you drive, you might not realize how useful the bus can be, just for short trips during the day. Whatever your direction, whatever your fancy, Victory Boulevard’s Metro line 164 bus has something for every student at Pierce College. Victory Boulevard runs along the northern border of Pierce College, so this main artery through the community is already in place serving students, faculty and staff. There are so many small businesses on Victory catering to students, we need look no further than the bus stop to find what we are looking for. Students can easily catch a bus at either the Mason Avenue or Winnetka Avenue stop, go eat lunch at any of the dozens of restaurants, food fast joints, and cafes along the line, and be back on campus within the hour. Aside from the obvious fuel savings, you avoid wear and tear on your vehicle, leave a smaller carbon footprint, and

lower your chances of being injured during your commute just by leaving your car in its parking spot. Whether you need lunch or dinner, books or clothes, ball parks, dog parks or skate parks, you will find it at a bus stop along the 164 line. The diversity of people on the bus always promises an interesting ride, with all walks of life represented. One of the hidden benefits of taking the bus is that you are free to relax and let someone else drive you around. Well, not free– but pretty cheap. At $1.50 per ride, paying cash could be cost-effective for long trips. Of course, there is always the TAP card for frequent fliers; er, riders. You may be surprised by how calming it can be to jump on the bus, just for a change of scenery. We are fortunate to live in a city with public transportation, and we are very fortunate to have our beloved college situated along one of its premiere thoroughfares. The Metro 164 Line runs East and West across the San Fernando Valley, with timetables listed on their website. And yes, there’s an app for that.

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Woodland Textbooks, at the De Soto Avenue stop, is a great stop for the Pierce student strapped for cash. One can get the books they need for class at a cheaper price than at the campus Bookstore, new or used or even for rental. For the student who needs to shed some old textbooks, Woodland Textbooks also has a yearround buyback program. Sure, you will not get full value, but if you need some quick cash, this is a great program. Hours: Mon. – Thurs.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Closed Phone: (818) 712 - 9462

Discount Hockey Superstore

Also at the De Soto Avenue stop is the Discount Hockey Superstore, and they are not joking about the superstore title. The DHS has everything the avid or recreational hockey player needs to get going. You could get set up with a full array of pads for the skater or goalie, ice or inline skates, jerseys of all sizes, and do not forget the sticks, tape and pucks. DHS even has a knowledgeable staff that can walk the beginning player through all equipment decisions, and will even sharpen your skate blades and trim your stick of choice down to size if needed. But that is not all. DHS has a small shooting range for the shopper who wants to let a few pucks fly while they shop. Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: (818) 735-0699

Anthony C. Beilenson Park

Victorious volleyball

Fierce football

A solid thumbs up to women’s volleyball for ending the regular season with a perfect record and making it to playoffs looking at a third straight state championship.

Another solid thumbs up to the football team for winning the Patriotic Bowl in double overtime and ending the season 9-2 after going 3-7 last season.

Anthony C. Beilenson Park, formerly Balboa park and surprisingly found at the Balboa Boulevard stop, is a fantastic place to go to unwind and relax after a long school day.

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Nick McNamara There is plenty of open space to walk around and get some exercise and think. A.C. Beilenson Park also has a massive amount of grass, so anyone looking to start up a game of football, soccer or even ultimate frisbee would not have trouble finding room to set up. There are also courts for those looking to play a game of basketball or even tennis. Those with kids can bring their young ones to the park’s colorful, 19,600-square-foot playground with two sections based on age and sporting a maritime theme. A.C. Beilenson Park also holds Balboa Lake, which is open for fishing as well as feeding the ducks and even swans that occupy the water. Not a bird person? Nearby is also a dog park where anyone can go and take their dog for a little socializing with other four-legged friends. There is something for everyone at this extensive recreation area. Hours: Mon. – Sun.: Sunrise till Sunset Phone: (818) 756-9743

Awesome Thai

Lastly, for those with a rumble in their stomach, take the stop at Reseda Boulevard and walk down to the Victory Boulevard intersection. There you will find Awesome Thai, a small restaurant serving food with big flavor. To start, try the Chicken Satay ($7.95), which is grilled chicken strips served skewered by a wooden stick with creamy peanut sauce and a side of sweet cucumber salad. Pull the chicken off the skewer and dip it in the peanut sauce for maximum nutty goodness. For soup, you cannot go wrong with the Tom Yum Kai ($6.95). Tom Yum Kai is a hot and sour chicken soup with tomatoes, mushrooms and onions cooked in. The soup has a powerful flavor, unique flavor, so be warned. But for those who go to Awesome Thai, you cannot leave without trying the Green Curry ($6.95). The Green Curry comes with your choice of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp for $1 extra and seafood for $5 extra. It is cooked with bamboo shoots, basil, carrot, bell pepper, and eggplant in the green curry sauce. The aroma is practically intoxicating and the flavor leaves you practically in a state of shock from the wonderful spices. While they do not have the cheapest prices for entrees, it is hard to complain for this quality of cooking. Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs.: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday: Closed. Phone: (818) 344-1677

Letter to the editor

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Academic Affairs vice president praises publication I wanted to take a moment to commend you and your staff, for the quality of the Roundup publications this semester. Although the Roundup staff always works to provide interesting, thoughtful, and quality information to the campus, it strikes me that this semester the publication is particularly well done. You and your staff are selecting articles which are relevant, heartfelt, and thought provoking. While reading this semesters papers I have learned, laughed, and most recently shed a few tears. All of these experiences have been the result of your hard work- and I wanted to say thank you. You, your faculty editor, and the Roundup staff as a whole are doing excellent work! Anna Davies Vice President of Academic Affairs

Volume 117 – Issue 8


Front Page -Asieh Moradi Kashkouli’s name was misspelled in “Class mourns student death.” Arts & Entertainment [Page 5] -Kirsten Quinn wrote “Vegan by moral imperative.”

Volume 117 – Issue 8

News [Page 3] -Lieutenant Melva Mitchell’s name was misspelled in “Religious dispute results in hate crime.”

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3 Geographic technology connects people worldwide News

ROUNDUP: November 21, 2012

Geographic Information Systems day shows how professionals are using technology in numerous ways including crime analysis Gonzalo Rey /Roundup

As part of the worldwide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day celebrations, Pierce students gathered in the Great Hall on Nov. 13 to hear presenters speak about the technology used to create maps and charts. “This is the second year that we’re doing the event,” said Adrian Youhanna, an assistant professor

of geography. “We have a GIS program at Pierce and we offer a skills certificate program, so it’s to draw to attention the program and basically to this technology.” The event included presentations regarding thermal sensing, linguistics, crime analysis and even the property values of homes located near synagogues – all used to demonstrate the numerous and diverse ways GIS can be used. “The idea behind the event is

to show students from various different disciplines or majors that they can use this tool – this skill set – and apply it to their own field, to their own interests,” said Youhanna. Steve Graves, a professor of geography at the California State University, Northridge, gave a presentation on how GIS can be used to identify and analyze health disparities, telling attendees that geography is much more than simply memorization. “I’m not sure I even know the capital of North Dakota. It doesn’t even matter,” he told the crowd. “The public school system of the state of California I think does a poor job of explaining or teaching geography as it should be taught,” he said. “This is an opportunity to come and explain how it’s a problem solving tool, rather than just a bunch of facts to be memorized.” Other presentations were given by Tim Smith of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Rebecca Nagy of the L.A. Police Department and two Pierce students currently enrolled in the school’s GIS certification program. “They like us a lot,” said Smith to the audience. “The fire department really likes GIS.” David Wilcox, one of the student

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POWER: Steven M. Graves, professor of geography at California State University, Northridge, speaks about Power of Maps.

New Student E-mails Flu Season Warning


BRIEFS –Compiled by Monica Velasquez

Construction Update The Learning Crossroads building was originally scheduled to be completed in October 2012. It was delayed due to different features of the library not being up to code. The structure is now scheduled to open in Fall 2013.

Beginning in spring of 2013, students will have to use their new Los Angeles Community College District e-mails in order to log into Moodle. This will authenticate all of the Moodle accounts, which will meet accreditation requirements. Students can retrieve their assigned e-mails by logging on to the Student Information System with their Student ID number. The e-mail accounts do not work if students try to use Outlook software, Microsoft Live Mail, cell phones, or Macs.

Spring Schedule The new Spring 2013 schedule of classes is now available online at http://www. The spring semester is scheduled to run from Feb. 4 through June 3.

The 2012-13 flu season is alive and well, according to Beth Benne, director of the Student Health Center. Anyone with body aches, headaches, fever higher than 102 and upper respiratory symptoms, should call the Student Health Center. Flu shots are available at the Student Health Center for $10, and the window to vaccinate is coming to a close. There are 36 vaccines left after the center’s largest annual supply of flu vaccines to date, Benne said on Monday. “The flu season is becoming active as we speak. It’s time right now to get the vaccine,” Benne said. “We’ve had some flu, so I really want students to get the vaccine. I want them in people by the end of the month.” If sick, remember to stay hydrated, get plenty of rest and treat the symptoms with over the counter medications.

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EXPLAIN: Tim Smith from the L.A. County Fire Department explains how they uses GIS to fight fires in the Great Hall on Geographic Information Systems Day. presenters, gave a proposal for the locations of electric car charging stations. “Overall it was a good turnout, and the speakers were really good,” Wilcox said. “There’s a variety of different jobs.”

ASO Gives Back When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, people came together and gave back to others. Associated Student Organization President Shane Mooney turned to ASO Vice President Kevin Sparks with the idea to collect money for hurricane victims through the American Red Cross. The ASO was able to collect $952, but strives for a four-digit mark so another collection day is scheduled for a later date.

Application Deadline The last day to apply for Fall 2013 for both California state universities and universities of California is Friday, Nov. 30. There is a Personal Statement/ UC application Scholarship workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. for all students in the Transfer Center, located on the first floor of Student Services.

Incident Report for November 11-5-12 There was a traffic collision between two vehicles on the intersection of Mason Avenue and Olympic Drive. 11-8-12 A student’s laptop and a statistics book were stolen from the library.

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Campus hate crime investigation completed No criminal charges filed against either party Billel Bensalem/Roundup Investigation for the hate crime that took place in the Village two months ago is closed. Detective Spelatz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Community College Bureau says the case was presented to the city attorney’s office in Van Nuys, where the case was not determined to be a hate crime. An argument between two students resulted in pushing and hitting, according to Spelatz. “I don’t want to say it was over religious beliefs,” Spelatz said. “The argument was over belief in God.” Because there was a hint of religious aspect about the argument,

there may or may not be a hate crime, according to Spelatz. “The attorneys decided this was not a hate crime incident,” he added. “Both parties were summoned at the Van Nuys Courthouse.” “The investigation is complete,” he said. “The city attorney’s office decided an informal conference setting would be more appropriate.” No criminal charges have been filed against either party, but charges could be filed later on if there are further disturbances. Spelatz says the involved students initially filed for criminal prosecution against each other, but later withdrew their decision. Both students will be meeting for counseling in an informal setting in Van Nuys.


Photo Essay

ROUNDUP: November 21, 2012

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Agriculture Technician Russ Schroteboer feeds a calf that was born Nov. 6 at the Pierce farm.

Life on the farm

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A billy goat waits to be fed in an isolation pen on Nov. 9.

A variety of animals such as cattle, chicken, goats, horses and sheep can be found on the farm and Equestrian Center. Pierce College recently hosted Agriculture Field Day 2012– designed to assist middle and high school students in their career path through college– at the Equestrian Center on Nov. 14 for Future Farmers of America. During the seasonal transition from fall to spring, students can observe live births on the farm. Three newborn black Angus calves are frolicking close to their mothers. The goats are expected to give birth within the next few weeks, according to Dominic Gasperi, the general foreman. Gasperi will be moving the goats into the Goat Barn as a safety precaution. Four fields of winter oats, which are used to feed the cows, have been planted and will be growing through the winter cold, setting up the farm for next year’s feeding. Once named Clarence W. Pierce School of Agriculture, Pierce College continues to teach the art and science of farming since 1947.

Story by: Kristen Aslanian

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Pre-vet major Jennifer Campos, 19, feeds horses grass at 7 a.m. on Nov. 20.

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Will Friday, 48, a horse science major, speaks to students from Canoga High School about freeze branding and its similarities to a barcode during the Agriculture Field Day on Nov. 14. According to Friday, freeze branding is “permanent and more humane than hot iron branding.”

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ROUNDUP: November 21, 2012

Art in motion Photos by: Martin Lester

Student dancers and choreographers twirled, tapped, and showcased their talents during “Interim,” this semester’s dance concert, which took place Nov. 16 to 18 in the Performing Arts Complex. The three-day event, which was organized by the dance program of the Performing Arts Department, included dances ranging from modern dance and musical theater to tap and folk. Among the performances were “Cameroon,” which was choreographed by Kameni Ngahdeu and “Elements,” featuring Chris Womack.

Above: Dance “Un-Urban” choreographed by Mr. Lanz is performed by student dancers.Top right: Dance “Cameroon” choreographerd Kameni Ngahdeu. Bottom right: Dance “Elements” choreographed by Tin Nguyen is performed by dancer Chris Womack. Right: Dance “Caliente” choreographed by Diana Cabrera is performed by dancers Diana Cabrera, Jordan Morales, and Lauren Regina.

Witty comedy coming to theater Matt Gottesman/Roundup This winter, the Los Angeles Pierce College Theater(LAPC) will host a production of “Art,” a quickpaced, Tony-Award-winning comedy. With a spartan set and a cast of three, the players are slated to rely on deft acting skills to convey a story of three friends torn apart by an expensive piece of modernist art. Written by French playwright Yasmina Reza, better known for her more recent “God of Carnage,” and translated by British playwright Christopher Hampton, “Art” won a Tony for Best Play in 1998 for a Broadway performance and an Olivier Award in 1996 for Best Comedy. “It’s a thinking person’s play,” said Valorie Grear, the play’s director. “The language is very exciting. It’s about a serious, sometimes intellectual battle, but it’s also extremely funny.”

Its combination of a minimal set and cast, and a snappy yet introspective script have made “Art” a popular choice for smaller theaters, like Pasadena College’s theater where the play was performed last season, after the recent budget cuts. “You see more and more regional theaters that are trying to save money in tough economic times doing smaller plays like this,“ said Michael Sande, the managing director at the LAPC Theater. In a 1998 review in Newsweek, the play was said to be “a nonstop cross-fire of crackling language” that was “like a marriage of Molière and Woody Allen.” While the setting shifts throughout the play, the set remains static and unmoving throughout the course of the 90-minute comedy, with one exception. “It takes place in three apartments in Paris,” Sande said. “The only difference you see in the apartments is

a painting.” In a production of smaller size like “Art,” Grear feels that more weight is placed on the shoulders of the actors. “With only three actors, it’s very challenging and demanding,” Grear said. “You can’t have a weak link.” Sande shares that sentiment, and said that the actors are up to the task. “We have three really great actors,” Sande said. “Anytime you do a show with this few people, they have to be pretty good.” Marc, a pragmatist and aeronautical engineer played by David Klane, is unsettled by his friend Serge, an accomplished dermatologist played by Michael Hovance, when Serge shows Marc a nearly-blank canvas that he bought for 200,000₣ (about $40,000). Yvan, a mutual friend of Marc and Serge played by Robert Briscoe Evans, presents himself as the trio’s balancing force, if not an on-edge flip-flopper.

Contest to celebrate student creativity Gonzalo Rey/Roundup

Pierce College students will have a chance to demonstrate their creativity and compete for prizes in an upcoming art contest by the ‘Icebox Journal,’ a visual art and literature journal created by philosophy professor Melanie McQuitty. The contest will consist of two parts: literature submissions – written short stories, monologues, poetry and plays – and short film video submissions, both exploring the philosophical ideas behind “Pandora’s Icebox.” “The student contest is an opportunity for students to actually submit work, win a cash prize and be published in our journal,” McQuitty said. “It’s like a win-win situation because you get a prize just for submitting, and you get a cash prize if you actually win.” The theme of the contest will be

“Pandora’s Icebox: The Agony, the Ecstasy, the Artistry of Reality,” a theme which will encourage participants to “explore the concept of reality through creativity,” McQuitty said. “The chaos that we associate with Pandora and her box is a catalyst of creativity. So we’re getting people to try to engage in the artistry of their own reality,” said Tista Morgan, the editorial assistant for the “Icebox Journal.” Morgan, a sophomore philosophy major, is one of the interns helping with the organization of the event and the journal. Students in McQuitty’s “Philosophy and Cinema” and “Introduction to Philosophy and Literature” classes will also be judging contest submissions. “Part of why I wanted to have interns for the journal was to teach students practical skills that they can bring out in the workplace, and starting now,” McQuitty said. “I’m

trying to provide students with a bigger skill set than they’ll just get in their classes.” Louis Barreto, a junior nursing major, will review art submissions for the contest. “The ‘Icebox Journal’ actually helped me develop more my artistic view on life, and it’s going to help me broaden my search on what exactly is art for me,” he said. “The contest itself is going to help everyone broaden. Everyone’s going to understand that maybe there is more to art than just pretty pictures.” Contest submissions must meet certain guidelines and must be submitted electronically before Nov. 26. Winners will be announced at the Philosophy Club’s biannual “Philosopher’s Cabaret” in the Great Hall on Dec. 3, 2012 at 3 p.m., where the inaugural issue of the “Icebox Journal” will also be presented. “We just want it to be a celebration of creativity”, McQuitty said.

“As they argue, it brings up deeprooted resentments they’ve had for quite some time,” Sande said. “Their friendship is actually threatened by this painting.” The three characters are wellversed in art, but Grear says that there’s more to the play. “There’s a lot of internal conflict about ideas about art. But it’s really about friendship,” Grear said. According to Grear, the script permits the characters to be thoroughly fleshed out, “offering the actors a real challenge in terms of carving their character in contrast to the other two.” Grear said the play’s solid script provided for more intimate rehearsals when compared to a larger production. “I think what’s drawn us together is a remarkable appreciation for the material. It’s just fun to work on,” Grear said.

Show Dates:

Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are priced at $12 for students and seniors and $15 for general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets call (818) 719-6488.



ROUNDUP: November 21, 2012


Men’s Basketball

Women’s Volleyball



Women’s Basketball

Women’s Soccer vs. Orange Coast Nov. 17 - (L 2-1)

vs. Canyons Nov. 14 - (W 3-1)

vs. Glendale Nov. 17 - (L 81-71)

@ Imperial Valley Nov. 18 - (W 89-41)

See online for playoff match results

@ San Diego City Nov. 23 - 5 p.m.

vs. Cerro Coso Nov. 23 - 7 p.m.

Overtime needed Freshman phenom off to big start in football win Preseason tournament MVP looks to spark Brahmas offense Brahmas take Patriotic Bowl 37-34 Navid Khoi/ Roundup Pierce, despite letting another double-digit lead in the fourth quarter slip away, survived through two overtimes to defeat Mt. San Jacinto 37-34 in the Patriotic Bowl on Saturday at Tahquitz High School in Hemet, Calif. Thoughts of being in a bowl game just a few weeks ago seemed impossible for the Brahmas after blowing a fourth quarter lead at Santa Monica College for one of their two losses of the season. Their other loss on the season came early in the year when they lost to Mt. San Jacinto 44-30 on the road in the team’s second game. “Obviously, we wanted that rematch against them,” assistant head coach Jason Sabolic said. “We won this rematch because of watching film on what we did wrong the first time we played them.” Pierce made the game closer because of self-inflicted wounds that they put on themselves, as they blew a 24-7 lead in the fourth quarter. “It was a disappointment to blow the lead, after dominating so much of the game both offensively and defensively,” said head coach Efrain Martinez. Pierce had a special team miscue and an interception thrown to help start the rally of Mt. San Jacinto in the fourth quarter.

“Our defense played great for three quarters, but the fourth quarter they were put into a bad situation,” Sabolic said. “They kept having to go back onto the field after stops they made because of our offensive and special team mistakes.” Mt. San Jacinto scored 17 unanswered points, which included a 37-yard field goal make with one second left on the clock, all occurred with less than 8 minutes in the game. “Our defense played great throughout the game, so I wasn’t too worried about going into overtime,” said Martinez. Both teams scored a touchdown on each of their possessions in the first overtime. “Offensively we just felt good going into the overtime, we weren’t going to lose this game after having the lead,” said Sabolic. Mt. San Jacinto kicked a field goal in the second overtime, setting Pierce up for either a touchdown for the win or a field goal to force a third overtime. Freshman running back Josh Mathis scored a touchdown on a run of two yards to give Pierce the win in the second overtime. “It was a great win for these players, they fought till the end and wanted to go out as winners,” said defensive coordinator Ty Greenwood. This win gives Martinez and his coaching staff nine wins on the year, which is the most they’ve had since taking over in 2006.

Latrise Simpson/ Roundup Pierce College’s freshman point guard J.R. Williams has already began to make a name for himself on campus. After taking home the most valuable player (MVP) in his first collegiate tournament, Williams is becoming a force to be reckoned with on the Brahmas team. “It was a really big accomplishment for me,” Williams said of taking MVP in the tournament. “I’ve been working hard this whole offseason and in season, but I have to give a lot of thanks to my teammates because without them I wouldn’t have achieved such a big goal by myself.” Born and raised locally in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Williams has been playing basketball since he was in the second grade. He attended Cleveland High School sporting the same number he does for the Brahmas, number one. The 5-foot-10 shortest player on the team, extremely soft spoken and shy starter relies on his family to keep his head up and as an inspiration on and off the court. “My family is very important to me, they’re like a huge support system for me,” Williams said. “They keep me upbeat. My brother Michael is someone I look up to, he always challenges me to do better.” Although Pierce wasn’t Williams’s first choice in selection of colleges, he came to Pierce for the very reason he took home an MVP, basketball. “No, it really wasn’t my first

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WILLIAMS: Freshman point guard J.R. Williams poses for a photograph on Monday, Nov. 19. option, I came to play basketball.” Williams said. Williams also played football, but he never tried out for the Pierce football team. “I played quarterback, wide receiver, running back, safety, linebacker, and corner,” Williams said with a laugh. “I played everything.” Williams majors in business and communication and holds his academic success as one of his greatest accomplishment. “I’ve held a 3.0 GPA for the past

four years,” Williams said. “That’s a big achievement to me.” Williams’ teammates describe him as a good friend and good teammate as well. “As a friend, he’s cool, a shy kid, but he’s coming around,” said sophomore wing Donte Williams. “As a teammate, he’s unselfish, I enjoy playing with him. I want to see him mature on the court, making decisions.” Teammate and sophomore forward Codye Hatcher agrees with Donte Williams, and hopes to see

J.R. grow as a player. “He’s young, unselfish, shy, fast, a real nice point guard,” Hatcher said. “[I want to see him] lead his team and be more vocal.” In the future, Williams hopes to reach his dreams of playing in the National Basketball Association and to play for one of his favorite teams. “I would like to play for the Lakers, Clippers, or the Bulls,” Williams said. “But if not, I want to own and manage my own sports shop.”

Women s volleyball claim perfect regular season Two-time defending state champions reach 27-0, head to playoffs Nick McNamara/ Roundup The Pierce College Women’s Volleyball team honored its sophomores prior to their 59th straight match victory against rival College of the Canyons in the South Gym Wednesday. The Brahmas continued their streak with a match win (258, 19-25, 25-17, 25-21), but not uncontested as Pierce lost its first set since its Sept. 22 game against Bakersfield College during the 3rd Annual Pierce College Brahma Invitational Tournament. During the Sophomore Night ceremony, Pierce players presented the three COC sophomores with roses and the seven Brahmas were met by their families on the court. “Not too many players can say ‘I came to Pierce and went undefeated,’” said Head Coach Nabil Mardini. “It’s quite an accomplishment.” But the festivities soon ended when the game began, with the Brahmas coming out strong in the first set. But the second set did not go so smoothly, with Pierce and COC trading points before the Cougars took the lead and kept it through the set, not allowing the Brahmas to get into a rhythm according to Mardini. “Our hitting was off, our serving was off, our passing broke down like I had never seen it before,” Mardini said. “We didn’t win the serving and passing battle, and you’re not going to win a lot a games by losing that battle.” But Mardini did give credit where he said credit was due. “They came with a game plan and did an outstanding job,” Mardini said.

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SPIKE: Danetta Boykin (6) aims for a kill during Pierce s win against College of the Canyons on Nov. 14. Sophomore Jessica Burns said the next two close sets and won out match was a learning experience. the match, but not without some “[They’re] just simple things we scrappy plays and a few head shots need to fix and we’ll fix them this from sophomore outside hitter week,” Burns said. Danetta Boykin (17 kills). “Some of them are personal, I’m “All I care about is one win, not even [going to] lie,” Boykin that is the finals and going to said. “I go faces and if it happens, state championships.” it happens.” - Head Coach Nabil Mardini But Mardini is not worried about the win steak, he only has one win Mardini also said the team had on his mind. to build off of this and was glad the “All I care about is one win, game went the way it did from a that is the finals and going to state certain perspective. championships,” Mardini said. “Teams are going to come Pierce is scheduled to face Rio gunning for you and you have to be Hondo College on Tuesday, Nov. 20 prepared,” Mardini said. and with a win will play again on Pierce came back hard the Saturday, Nov. 24.

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