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Volume 110 - Issue 10

May 20, 2009

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Board opposes book bill

Campus buildings planned to be renamed

Law calling for justification of textbook changes moves through Senate

Proposals made to dedicate campus buildings

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Irina Pearson / Roundup A recent request to name the new science building after former geography proffesor Gail Hobbs, who died recently, follows the tradition that began in 1956 when the school became known as Pierce College in honor of founder Clarence W. Pierce. “Her work was one of the reasons for development of the geography information system here at Pierce,” said William Russell, geography and meteorology professor. “With the opening of the new science building it’d be appropriate to at least name a room after her.” The request came soon after an earlier suggestion to name the patio area between the cafeteria and the campus center after the late Helen Krahn, former academic senate president. The request, according to the resolution, was made in order to recognize Krahn as an outstanding faculty member who served as a college counselor and “pioneered our International Students Program.”

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-Sarah Tadayon Liberal Arts Major Naming buildings or other campus areas in honor of distinguished scholars and individuals still continues at Pierce. For example, the pool that is under reconstruction now was named after the late Steven Schofield — who led the Friends of Pierce College Pool from 1995 to 2007 — for his significant dedication and efforts on its behalf. However, every school has different rules and regulations about the process and Pierce is no exception. According to Pierce President Robert Garber, the board policy states that you have to make a “significant money contribution” to the development of a building in order to have it named after an individual. “Although I’m not opposed to the idea of naming the geography building after Gail Hobbs,” said Garber, “this is the first time I’ve heard about it, so it would need a little more discussion.” Some students agree with the current board policy in regards to naming buildings. “Just because someone is well respected doesn’t make it enough for a whole building to be named after him or her,” said Elona Brando, 18, who is studying to become a nutritionist. “That person should donate money toward it to help to make it.” Still others find that the academic and personal investments should outweigh the need to contribute money. “It’s the teachers who make students the people that they are,” said Sarah Tadayon, 19, majoring in liberal arts. “I think it’s a good idea to name buildings after them. It’s a way of keeping their spirit alive.” There are several buildings on the Pierce campus named after former faculty members. The Dow Arena Theater bears the name of its former instructor, the late Eugene Francis Dow, and his wife Ellen Albertini Dow, who many might remember as the hip-hopping granny from the movie “The Wedding Singer.” The Shepard Stadium is named after John B. Shepard. Through his dedication, Pierce was assured continuous enrollment growth “from a hundred to more than 25,000 at its peak in the early 1980s”, according to the Pierce College Web site. “Sometimes you can’t verbally show someone how much you appreciate them,” said Melody Bandary, 18, liberal arts major. “It’s the actions that will let you do that.”

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ROPED IN — Michael Brown, equine science student, helps test the integrity of the rodeo arena Saturday.

Grabbing the bull by the horns Wechsler, Pierce gets arena ready for the revival of the rodeo Gary Moratz / Roundup Polish your belt buckles and shine those boots, because the annual rodeo is coming back to Pierce College in 2011 for the first time since 2002. Agricultural professor Ron Wechsler has been a big part of the intercollegiate rodeo since the ‘60s and has spearheaded the rodeo resurrection. Wechsler, with the help of Tom Webb and Michael Brown, built the new arena spanning 160 feet wide and 270 feet long. “This thing is built so perfectly that if we were off by an eighth of an inch anywhere the panels fit into the post, it wouldn’t work,” Wechsler said. Webb, a former Pierce student, and Brown, a current Pierce student, volunteered countless hours helping Wechsler measure, weld and put together the arena, saving Pierce tens of thousands of dollars. The arena has to be reinforced to handle the weight of a 2,200 pound bull running into it without it busting open. “I guarantee you that if you hook a tractor to it with a chain, it’s not going to bend it,” Brown said. “This arena is going nowhere.” Its first workout was Saturday, when Wechsler, Webb and Brown brought in more than half a dozen bulls and cows to test their structure. “We needed to run the animals

through to see where we needed to make adjustments,” Wechsler said. “We only had three spots to adjust which is amazing.” Rodeo history at Pierce dates back to 1947 when students would ride dairy cows around before there was a real rodeo. “In 1948, Professor John Barlow put together an actual rodeo team,” Wechsler said. “So they wouldn’t keep riding the expensive dairy cows.” Barlow started the first Pierce

Wechsler has great respect for Barlow, who was one of his mentors early on. Wechsler and Barlow were the two advisers who really put forth the efforts of the rodeo for many years together. “If we could get this arena named ‘The John Barlow Arena,’ it would be the greatest thing in my life,” Wechsler said. The event also brought out protesting organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Animal Emancipation Inc. Although they would come to most of the rodeo events at Pierce, there never was any major trouble with them and once the Sheriff’s department became the campus police, they stopped coming around altogether. “I always invited them to -Michael Brown come down and inspect the animals,” Wechsler said. “I tried to educate them but they weren’t interested in that.” intercollegiate rodeo in 1956 and The animals are taken care of it continued without a hitch until very well, receiving chiropractor 1997 when it was cancelled due to work once a month along with other low ticket sales. treatments including checking their It would have been the 41st teeth, hooves and even drawing annual event for the rodeo, which blood to check for sickness or subsequently started up again the parasites. following year and continued until Some of the animals can sell 2002. for more than a million dollars and The Pierce rodeo was one of the cloning a bucking horse can bring biggest events put on by the college, in $250,000. drawing crowds of more than 7,000 spectators and even a whopping See RODEO, page 5 $50,000 in proceeds one year.

...if you hook a tractor to it with a chain it’s not going to bend it. This arena is going nowhere.

Legislation requiring community college teachers to justify textbook changes in an effort to curb student cost is being opposed by the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. Senate Bill 386, introduced Feb. 26 by Sen. George Runner (R-Antelope Valley), would require instructors in the UC, CSU and California Community College systems to give students and administration reasons for switching required textbooks within three years of the last change. The bill would ostensibly keep older books in circulation longer, allowing students to save money by buying used books at reduced prices. “This is one of the most important bills this year for students,” said Christian Marfil-Amatulli, president of the Pierce College Associated Students Organization. “Textbook costs are a big issue for community college students, especially in California.” Existing legislation passed in 2004 simply requires the governing bodies of the state school systems to meet with school’s academic senates to try and find less expensive methods of assigning textbooks. SB 386 seeks to bolsters these laws, laying out a concrete process in order to keep student costs down. The law would require teachers to justify a new textbook adoption by officially explaining the differences between the new and old versions of the book and requiring disclosure of any financial interest they have in students acquiring a new text. Rose Bustos, LACCD student trustee, feels this legislation would “tie professor’s hands.” “We are supportive of reducing the cost of textbooks in general,” Bustos said. “Publishers are taking advantage of students, but we’d rather partner with professors to reduce those costs.” Mark MacDonald, a legislative advocate with the LACCD’s lobbying firm, the McCallum Group in Sacramento, is part of the team that recommended the board oppose the bill. “Personally, I don’t think that (SB 386) would significantly impact the cost of textbooks,” McCallum said. “This bill comes with a significant cost to the district. My main problem with it is that there is no publisher portion. All of the burden is on the faculty member.” Prior legislation focusing on the publisher’s part in book prices was passed by the California Senate in 2007, but was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for being solely concerned with publishers and not taking into account the “shared responsibility among publishers, college bookstores, and faculty members,” Schwarzenegger wrote in a message accompanying the veto. “I just don’t see this as being a bad thing for teachers,” Amatulli said. “They will be able to do 30 minutes of paperwork, go before the school and wash their hands of any responsibility for changing books if it’s because a publisher changed editions, or got rid of the old editions. “The problem is, there is never a bill that addresses all the parties involved, but there are bills out there that attack publishers and bookstores,” he said. “We need a three-pronged attack.” Carl Ramsey, a cinema major at Pierce, is glad something might be done to reduce costs. “It needs to be stopped,” Ramsey said. “Some of us don’t have a lot of money. We might have kids. Who has money for $150 books? I’ve had classes where in the same year there will be a new book for the same class. I just don’t think much can change in that short of a time.” SB 386 has moved out of the Senate Education Committee, was recently amended and is awaiting release from the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file. The bill’s future is uncertain, but MacDonald believes there will be a better idea of whether the bill will move forward by the end of the month. A second textbook-related bill, SB 216, introduced by Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Canada), would require a list of required books to be posted on college Web sites 30 days prior to the first day of class. SB 216 is also in the suspense file of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Greg Osweiler, manager of Pierce’s Student Bookstore, thinks that SB 216, along with timely textbook requisition by faculty would be a more effective way to reduce prices. “Knowing which books will be required would allow the Bookstore the chance to buy more used books for students,” he said.

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ROUNDUP: May 20, 2009



Foreigners paying the price of a broken economy

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS— On a regular school day, computers and study rooms are used by many students on an almost constant basis. If the Pierce College Library could stay open for later hours, it would give many students the opportunity to prepare and study for one of the hardest weeks of the semester — Finals Week.

Beginning Summer ‘09, nonresident students who don’t mind being referred to as international students will have their pockets face another heat wave. The Los Angeles Community College District revised the policy as it relates to nonresident tuition and set it to $191 per unit from a lovely $20. The circulating letter that stated the above had the worst reason ever! Because “they said they would.” For students who arrived anytime before this spring, this comes as another ‘outsider’ payment; after a certain nightclub in Palmdale charged non-California-ID patrons an extra cent per piece of toilet paper. With the ongoing deficit, state agencies have been forced to squeeze out any remaining juice (cash) from an already dry lemon. International students sign a contract with schools upon efficient fees per study period. Since many schools don’t offer financial aid options to these students, they usually either rely on their sponsors or on campus employment; can’t this “great” new government do better to intervene and set considerable fees? Globalization is a key step towards development. This doesn’t only drive away potential income to the state due to a steady student volume intake, but also deprives our community of such diverse cultures. This surprise hike of prices can only be marched by a drunken Santa, ringing the door bell instead of climbing down my apartment chimney. Should we all just blame the recession or just move to Canada and get fake Canadian IDs? Sincerely,

Longer Higher hours grades Extending Library hours could give better studying environment for students of all schedules


he approach of finals is a stressful time at Pierce College as students prepare for the end-of-the-semester crunch. If the library remained open a few hours longer at night, more students would be able to utilize its services. During finals week, the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing students to prepare. While 24/7 might be a little excessive to keep a library open, extending the hours by just a little could benefit Pierce students. The Library is planning to open either Saturday or Sunday — the exact day has not been determined yet — as in past semesters, said Florence Robin, library department chair. Robin requested funding through the Associated Students Organization for a bigger budget to open both days of the weekend, instead of one, during finals. Los Angeles Mission College and Valley College are open every Saturday to accommodate their students’ schedules. Community college students often have varied work schedules and may find it difficult to benefit from the library’s current hours. Pierce President Robert Garber said he is supportive of the library staying open longer, but that it was up to the staff to determine. This year, it was not possible to fund both days


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because ASO had to work with a smaller budget, according to ASO adviser Brad Saenz. If the library were to prolong its hours, students should take advantage of this. A library without the cacophony of construction could be beneficial to students. Not everyone finds the chatter at Starbucks conducive to a proper learning environment.

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Suspension policies and ASO representation fees among the possible changes discussed Gary Moratz / Roundup Should the Associated Students Organization have full authority to approve student representation fees? This was one of the proposals brought before the Student Affairs Committee Friday. The question of who should have the right to approve the rep fees was up for discussion and clarification. The committee stated most students don’t know the fee exists and don’t know what they can be used for. This agenda item has been tabled until the next regular meeting taking place Friday. This will give John Clerx, vice chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, time to bring the matter before the LACCD board of trustees for further clarification. Another issue discussed was student disciplinary actions. It was agreed that all actions for a 10-day suspension must go before the disciplinary board prior to the suspension unless it is a life-threatening matter. This is clearly defined under the Education Code and will be further

discussed at the next meeting. For those students who hold an elected office, there is a difference between being suspended from ASO participation and being suspended from school. If an elected ASO member shows unacceptable conduct according to the ASO code of conduct, the member would go before the disciplinary board for a ruling. The board also has the authority to expel the student if the conduct proved to be serious, like harming another student. Who should the ASO clerk report to? The ASO pays for the clerk, so should the ASO have the authority to hire and fire for that position? Currently, the clerk reports to the advisory staff and they have full authority over that student worker. This will be brought to the LACCD board for a final ruling and the committee will be notified at the next meeting. The next meeting will take place Friday at 9 a.m. at the LACCD building, located at 811 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Senate Bill to affect textbooks Continued from TEXTBOOK, page 1

MacDonald also believes SB 216 would have a greater impact on prices than SB 386. “It would definitely allow students more time to seek alternative ways to purchase books,” MacDonald said. “In this economic climate, I am concerned about the cost to the district of this bill as well, but we don’t oppose this bill. We recommended watching its progress.” Amatulli agrees with the intent of SB 216, but thinks that with adjunct faculty turnover and teachers sometimes requisitioning books just weeks before the start of the semester, implementation of the bill “might just collapse.” Pieces of legislation that are projected to have a fiscal impact of more than $150,000 are placed in the suspense file of the Appropriations Committee and addressed together at a later date. After a review of costs and a budget analysis, some bills are then released to be voted on by the Senate.

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STRUMED OUT— Music majors Andrew Coellao, 18, and Edwin Franco, 20, performing at the Open Mic in Pierce College’s Great Hall May 13, presented by Direction Magazine.

Bike wheels keep on turning Bike to Work Week encourages healthy and environmentally friendly travel Anibal Ortiz / Roundup Highway information signs announced its arrival, transit agencies including Metro offered free services for a day — and yet very few people in the Pierce College community knew about Bike to Work Week. The week-long chain of events took place throughout Los Angeles County and ended Friday with Bike to School Day. “Last year we did something,” said Christine Valada, assistant administrative analyst and Pierce coordinator. “I wouldn’t have called it an overwhelming success.” Ricardo Alvarez, an 18-year-old business major at Pierce, rides his bicycle to school and work. “I’ve never heard of (Bike to Work Week) before,” Alvarez said. Without his license, Alvarez is forced to ride his bicycle. “It’s not like I have a choice,” Alvarez said. “If I were driving, I probably wouldn’t (bike) just because I’ve been riding for so long.”

Not everyone shares his feelings. “I think there are a lot of benefits in riding to work,” Ann Marie Aubuchon said. “I get some exercise and I help the environment.” Aubuchon, an instructional assistant in the music department and her husband, Philippe Aubuchon, performing arts technician, live close to campus. “I actually get here faster,” Aubuchon said. “I can ride right up to the trailer rather than drive the car, park in the parking lot and walk over here.” Although not on campus, students riding the Orange Line early Thursday morning may have noticed one of the “Pit Stops” set up for Bike to Work bicyclists at the Winnetka Metro Line Station. Bicyclists were also offered free transportation Thursday. “I didn’t stop (by the pit stop) because my route to the village is to come through Winnetka entrance,” Aubuchon said. She talked about some hazards that come across while riding

bicycles. “You have to watch out for drivers,” she said. “A lot of drivers will honk at me and a lot of drivers point toward the bike path.” Although she was not always a big fan of safety, Aubuchon said both her and her husband now wear helmets. “One of the students encouraged me to wear a helmet and we have lights that we use at night now,” she said. Criminal justice major Shahroez Fahimo, a 24-year-old motorcyclist, remains midway. “I wouldn’t ride a bicycle to school because I have my bike,” Fahimo said. “It’s easier to get around, gas is cheaper, insurance is cheaper and parking is easier.” Aside from Bike to Work Week, one more event is planned in L.A. County. The 9th Annual Los Angeles River Ride will take place June 7. Directions and information about fees is available at www.

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Direction Magazine continued its nearly 20-year tradition of showing off Pierce College talents May 13, making its debut in the Great Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Each semester, Direction, instructed by English professor Maria Bates, hosts an Open Mic event. “It’s to promote (the magazine),” said Shawn Oh, 20, in charge of Direction’s alternative section. “It (also) gives students a creative outlet.” The event usually takes place in the faculty dining area, but with the Great Hall complete, the magazine staff decided a change of venue was in order. “I really like the Great Hall,” Bates said. “Before, we couldn’t have bands… the only problem is the mall. The way it’s set up, it’s really hard to publicize.” Construction on the mall had no noticeable effect on the amounts of participants, which usually numbers around 100 students. “The number of people is the same. What’s different is the diversity of talents,” Bates said. Though musicians dominated the venue, students also brought

poetry, dancing and even standup comedy acts. Performer and Pierce student Daniel Sklut, 18, felt the event would be an opportunity to show off some of the jokes he had collected over the years. “I just have a whole bunch of notebooks full of my thoughts — some of them are funny,” said Sklut, who said he is not a comedian. “Everyone was going to do music,” he continued. “I could have brought out my bass and done a whole bunch of bass licks, but I decided to humor the people.” There was a positive reaction from the students. Scott Swanson, 18, brought three other students to watch one of their friends perform. “It’s a great way to lighten the day,” Swanson said. “I didn’t find out about it until two days ago. If there is another one, I’m going to [perform].” The spotlight wasn’t for everyone. When asked why he chose not to perform, Shawn Oh simply replied, “Too shy,” with a blush.




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he rodeo rides a ain The rodeo will return after a nine-year hiatus

Continued from RODEO, page 1 “One of the best examples I have ever seen was at the Denver Western National Stock show where they turned out seven generations of bucking horses, starting with the first one that is now 32 years old all the way down to a yearling,” Webb said. Many of the bulls in the circuit are like star athletes drawing large crowds to see them in action. “When they retire bulls at the professional bull rider’s circuit, there will be die-hard cowboys shedding tears,” Brown said. The rodeo also has Amateur Day, which starts with a pancake breakfast and offers people not on the rodeo team steer riding, barrel races and other events. Everyone would then move to the stadium for wild horse racing. Riders would do stunts like riding from one end of the arena at top speed and swing around another person who would stand at the other end of the arena, then pick them up so both would ride back just as fast in one continuous movement. Winners of these competitions could earn Pierce belt buckles, which students wanted more than any trophy. “The Pierce buckles were the most coveted buckles

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“If we could get this arena” named the ‘John Barlow Arena’ it would be the greatest thing in my life.

-Ron Wechsler Former Professor of Animal Sciences out of any school,” Wechsler said. “They were made out of sterling silver and solid gold.” The rodeo’s return is expected to take place around May 2011 and is greatly anticipated by Wechsler and his students. Anyone interested in learning more about the rodeo or animal sciences can contact Wechsler at 818-710-2980.

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SHOWDOWN— Michael Brown, equine science student, wrangles a steer in the arena, Saturday.

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ROUNDUP— Michael Brown, equine science student, groups a hurd of bull into the arena Saturday.


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Pierce goes ‘Nuts for Mutts’ Photos and story by — Louie Heredia The eighth Annual Nuts for Mutts Dog Show & Pet Fair took place once again at Pierce College’s Shepard Stadium Sunday to promote local and nationwide dog adoptions and rescues. The event benefitted the nonprofit animal rescue organization New Leash on Life. The show offered fun family competitions like Best Kisser, Most Ball Crazy, and Best Mix—Small and Large Breed for “mutts only” in front of a panel of celebrity judges including Mark Thompson (“Mark & Brian,” the morning talk show on 95.5 KLOS), Kimberly Caldwell (Season 2 American Idol contestant and “Idol Wrap” TV Guide Host), and Shirley Jones (“The Partridge Family”). Vendors sold pet clothing and toys, and an on-site pet photographer was available with a professional portable studio provided by Paw Prints Portraiture. “Doggie pools” were placed throughout the stadium to provide a chance for dogs to cool off in the 94-degree weather. Organizations including the Animal Advocates Alliance, New Leash on Life and the Dawg Squad were brought plenty of dogs ready to be adopted and rescued, and took in plenty of visitors who were looking to adopt. Dimitry Spektor, a vet-tech major at Pierce, attended the event with the Dawg Squad and Lansky, a pit-bull mix, to find the dog a home. Lansky was rescued from a shelter in Ohio where harsher kill laws are enforced. Anyone who would like to adopt a dog, or put one up for adoption, can visit (New Leash on Life), www.AnimalAdvocatesAlliance. org (AAA), or visit Lansky at Right — Kandu (center) takes part in the Best Kisser Competition at the 8th Annual Nuts for Mutts Dog Show. Far Right — Kathy Grady, with her two “mutts” Buddy (left) and Lucy awaiting their first round show events for the Dog Show. Bottom — Shady and Mamàs keep cool under the shade of a canopy. Woodland Hills hit a high temperature of 94 degrees making the pools a popular spot for dogs to cool off. Below — Competitors line up for the first competition the Perfect Mixsmall breed show.

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Showcase of thought Art show displays a mix of unique techniques and subjects

how it becomes whimsical.” Although several viewers argued that an artist should be allowed to create without any restraints from the public or scholars, it appeared the majority of the displayed work consisted of an abstract art only. “There’s not a lot of representation, it’s mostly conceptual art here,” said Arrash Modarres, 25, who is pursuing his degree in fine arts. “Meanwhile, outside of the university system there’s a revival of classical realism and we need more of those examples.” Pierce faculty and members of the administration also came to the show and shared their impressions. “I think it’s amazing how far people go with their flights of imagination,” said Nabil AbuGhazaleh, vice president of academic affairs. “It’s all a part of the experience of going to college. I wish we could see their earlier works to see how people were unsure at first.” Pierce President Robert Garber agreed with him. “It’s amazing what our students do,” he said, pointing out at the ceramic display of sea stars and shells called “Beauty Within.” Its creator, Nicole Dembowich, said she loved to scuba dive and the ocean was “a part of my life.” “I’ve been in love with it since I was six,” said Dembowich, 25. “All my pottery pieces are about the world of the ocean, something that not too many people get to see.” The amount of talent presented at the show this year drew a large audience of art lovers. “This is our biggest turnout,” said Armando Macias, who teaches Raku, a centuries-old Japanese pottery method during summer. “It’s because so many people are involved.” This year’s Art Show once again demonstrated the variety of talent, vivid imagination and hard work among the students at Pierce.

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he turnout for the Annual Art Exhibition was probably the biggest seen at the Pierce College Art Gallery. “The idea was to give students an opportunity to take their work out of the classrooms and celebrate their accomplishments,” said Constance Kocs, instructor of art at Pierce. She said the annual show was a chance for students to feel what it’s like being artists and having their creations displayed for the public. Crowds of excited students with their friends and family who came to support and admire their work filled the gallery as soon as it opened its doors. Many of them came from the lecture that was given just before the beginning of the show in the next-door auditorium by professor John Onians, the founder of the discipline Neuroarthistory. “There’s a very impressive mix of techniques and subjects,” Onians said. “A lot of human interest too.” Kocs said there was no specific theme for the show and any Pierce student enrolled in an art class could submit his or her work, although some of them were guided by their instructors. “We had to find an object we’re attached to and use it as a metaphor,” said Adorina Beit-Tchoutcheca, 17. “Mine was a pencil so I called it the ‘Road to Infinity,’ because I can create many things with it.” Several paintings scattered around the gallery followed one pattern, depicting various objects that seemed to have no connection between each other. Explaining the idea behind this mosaic, art major Lizbeth Beccera, 21, said her class was given an assignment to pick seven random words and combine them in their work. “Some of the words our group came up with were aging, innuendo, whimsical,” she said. “The theme that I had in mind was to show how we try to go against aging. Plastic surgery and all,

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LEFT— “Fountain Head” by Deppie Wieseneck TOP— “Former CEO Dr. Z” by Alec Dye RIGHT— “Pierce College art student Nicole Dembowich and Jim Heuston discuss her work entitled “Beauty Within.”

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Volleyball digs into next season

Brahmas work to improve on last season’s early exit from the playoffs Rachel Roth / Roundup “Don’t measure yourself by what you’ve conditioning coach Steve Ruys and weekly accomplished, but what you should accomplish with games on the beach, which the girls organize your ability.” themselves. Burke Bryant / Roundup The John Wooden quote remains one of the few “I’m not the type who’s going to give them HARD HITTING— (Left to right) Returning sophomores Kimmie Kester, Natasha Wilroy, Gracie Shedd and Brooke items Nabil Mardini, head coach of the Pierce College one of those artificial speeches, ‘Rah-rah’ McFerren train on Monday for the 2009 Women’s Volleyball season. women’s volleyball team, has not packed. speeches,” Mardini said. “You’ve gotta be However, when reflecting on his record for the driven, you’ve gotta be self-driven.” last eight years, his accomplishments are difficult to The main focus of every offseason is rebuilding. to win on the road.” Martin, who is still getting accustomed to her role ignore. This year, it appears as though everything is getting a Returning to the Brahmas are WSC South Player as a leader, said that right now her focus is building In 2001, Mardini’s first season as head coach, he new look. of the Year, Sarah Martin, who also led the conference team camaraderie and acclimating the incoming led the formerly last place program to a first-place Not only are current players expected to get in aces, and Brooke McFerren who was fourth in the freshman to the way Brahmas practice — most girls finish, and sparked the run of eight consecutive physically stronger over the summer, but the veteran conference in kills. show up an hour early to warm up. conference championships. leadership of captain Kami Ward and three firstJoining the roster are freshman recruits Amy Even though the season doesn’t begin until Sept. “I feel I’ve worked very hard to be in the position team all conference players—including two-time Edberg, Julianna Hicks, Alexa Micek and Kelsey Van 4 — an away game against San Diego Mesa College we are with the program,” he said. WSC assist leader Terry Soltani and offensive leaders Uden. Available — she couldn’t help but mention the illusive state Last year, the Brahmas Vanessa Murray and Janet “I’m very particular, very selective in the players championship. had their best season to date. Alvarado — must be that I’m recruiting,” Mardini explained. “Our goal, ultimately, is to win state,” Martin said. Mardini was voted Western replaced. Stringent recruiting by the coaching staff helps “But you have to build up to that point.” State Conference South The team will also to ensure that, from season to season, the program The last time the Brahmas got close was three years Coach of the Year, and the temporarily relocate while maintains its reputation. The main criteria for a player ago. They lost in the finals to Orange Coast College, team finished first in the the South Gym undergoes isn’t athletic ability — even though it’s important — the same team that recently knocked Pierce out of the state, winning 32 games out renovation. but that they fit the needs of the program and vice playoffs. of 34. “At the end of the day versa. “The have our number,” Mardini sighed. -Nabil Mardini In spite of their stellar you’ve got to be positive “I don’t recruit kids if I feel that this is not the right He also admits that while every year it is a (on the team’s chances of winning state) season, Pierce fell just about the changes they place for them,” he said. challenge to replace the players who are moving on, he Women’s volleyball head coach shy of winning a state are trying to make,” said Mardini looks to the returning players, like Martin usually feels like he ends up with the right people for championship. Mardini, who would prefer and McFerren, to set the example for the new girls. the program. Preparation for the new season has begun, but to play home games in the North Gym, if scheduling “Our sophomores do such a good job every year The right players and Mardini’s proven leadership, Mardini said the objective remains the same; “The and logistics — there aren’t any bleachers in the North spreading the culture, spreading the standards,” he give the Brahmas the ability to accomplish anything. ultimate goal, no question about it, is to win the whole Gym — works out. said. “They set very high standards in the gym and “It’s gonna happen,” he predicted, “I’ve got no thing.” “If we have to go off campus to play somewhere, so they make sure it’s communicated to all the girls. doubt. It’s gonna happen.” The team practices three times a week, has 6 be it,” he added “To me it’s not where you are, but who They make sure that everybody’s abiding by it and a.m. training sessions at the track with strength and you are. To win a state championship we have to learn respecting it.”

It’s gonna happen. I’ve got no doubt. It’s gonna happen

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Spring 2009 Volume 110 Issue 10

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