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Changing pace: One game at a time After a rough in-conference start, men’s volleyball takes a new approach Rachel Roth / Roundup The fate of the Pierce College men’s volleyball season is on the line tonight. Currently a dismal 1-2 in conference play, the Brahmas must win their next three matches, starting with a home game against top-ranked Long Beach CityCollege this evening, if they want to make the playoffs. Eddie Stanislawski, head coach for the last two years, and his staff of former Brahmas — Brad Lyans and Rich Barraza — have amended the season’s goal from making it to the state championship to taking things “one game at a time.” “When we’re stuck at this slot that we’re in, being 1-2, we can’t think about anything ahead of the next step,” Lyans said. After jumping out to a hot 7-0 start, the Brahmas have dropped two of their last three Western State Conference games. Most recently they lost to arch-rival Moorpark College. “The beginning of the season (doesn’t) mean anything,” Stanislawski said. “The next week and a half is going to determine our fate.” If the Brahmas don’t win tonight, they will likely miss out on playing in the postseason for the second year in a row — something that has never happened in the history of the program. The biggest roadblock to victory appears to be the players themselves.
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FOCUSED: Pierce men’s volleyball player, Rodante Saballa dives for a dig during a practice session on Tuesday.
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‘Pink slips’ passed, pay cuts possible Board anticipates cutbacks for administrators Emily Kelley / Roundup
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REVAMPING: Calvin B. Madlock, project manager for the Degree Works Project, discusses the new LACCD student information system starting Fall 2009.
All Los Angeles Community College District administrators were scheduled to receive “March 15 pink slips” on Sunday, after the resolution to do so was approved by the LACCD board of trustees. The “pink slips” measure, which gives notice to the administrators that they may be subject to reduced pay or be reassigned to a different job for the following school year, was approved at their March 11 meeting. The resolution stated that these possible pay cuts were necessary to reduce the threat of layoffs due to the current budget conditions. “We hope that doesn’t happen. Fortunately, we are not anticipating having any actual layoffs. We are preventing that by given the authority to the board to cut days for everybody,” said Deborah Hirsh, senior associated vice chancellor for human resources. However, the vote to adopt the initiative was not unanimous. Trustee Nancy Pearlman abstained from voting and Trustee Miguel Santiago voted no. In other business, project manager Calvin B. Madlock demonstrated the Degree Works Program, a web-based degree tracker like program, for the board. “It will be used for when the counselor and student sit down to do their advising,” said Madlock. The Program is supposed to “improve student success, enhance college planning and streamline the transfer process,” among other things, according to the PowerPoint presented at the meeting. The program helps to set and track multiple goals, including meeting general education and AA degree requirements, achieving
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technical certifications and meeting transfer essentials. The program was taken on by Madlock two and a half years ago, and has been used at East L.A. College since Dec. 18. Pierce College will not be seeing the program until May 29, while half of the rest of the seven campuses should have the program available by the end of the month. Also, students entering the district in Fall 2009 will face higher math and English requirements, as voted unanimously by the board. The board adopted wording that requires the district to implement tougher requirements, in accordance with a previous vote by the California Community College Board of Governors that made the policy statewide. The legislation states students must “demonstrate competence in reading, in written expression, and in mathematics” by obtaining a grade of “C” or better in English 101 and Math 125 or an equivalent, according to the paperwork given to the board. “The old requirement only required high school level math,” said Marshall Drummond, LACCD Chancellor, at the meeting. “It’s a little hard to defend giving people college degrees with high school math.” Previously, students only needed Math 115, which is the equivalent of high school algebra, in order to meet the requirement. The board’s next meeting will take place at West L.A. College on March 25. •Additional Reporting by Oscar Ortega
ROOFTOPS: Workers from DW McCasland Inc. (one of the subcontractors with Swinerton company of this project) work in the Center for the Sciences building site. Pedro Guevara Project engineersays almost 60 sub-contractor work in this project.
Finishing touch The largest construction project on campus is slated to finish Nov. 09 Harold Goldstein / Roundup Construction on the Center for the Sciences, the largest building project at Pierce College, is expected to finish by Nov. 15, 2009. The Center for the Sciences was planned in 2000 by a Pierce facilities master plan that would enhance various educational programs to better serve students. When Prop. A was passed in 2003, the Center for the Sciences went through a development process and then construction started Aug. 27, 2007. Originally expected to finish June 26, 2009, the project was delayed for five months due to stormy weather conditions and building-design issues. “There have been several delays,” said Andrew Ramsay, deputy director of Swinerton Management
& Consulting and the Center for the Sciences’ project manager. “We’ve had a number of design issues. The primary issue that had to deal with design coordination was not understood until March 2007 when the project was well underway.” Located at the cross streets of Mason Avenue and Olympic Drive, the Center for the Sciences is measured at 110,000 square feet and estimated costs about $14.25 million. “(The project) was bid out in a competitive public works bid and we got a competitive low bid,” Ramsay said. “We actually estimated more than that based on 2006-07 prices.” The Center for the Sciences is a two-story building complex that brings together five different science
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ROUNDUP: March 18, 2009
Wake up and smell the tech
Get with the technological program
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Effortless test, peace of mind
Getting tested is the first step on early HIV/AIDS detection
ore than 36,000 people between the ages of 20 and 24 are infected with HIV/AIDS in the United States. A total of 1.2 million people are living with the disease as of 2007, according to the most recent figure available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, nearly 25 percent do not know they are infected. For students who have never been tested— and for the ones who have— Pierce College will offer free HIV/AIDS tests that will be available from Monday through Thursday. In her 16 years at Pierce, Health Center Director Beth Benne has known of two positive tests— but that shouldn’t stop you from getting tested. It’s free and relatively painless and quick, so there is no reason that out of a student population of more than 23,000, fewer than 100 take advantage of the service. Obviously more than 100 students are sexually active, so why don’t more people get tested? The entire process takes less than a half an hour and includes safe-sex education with results available in less
than half an hour. Positive tests require a follow-up. Participants have an option of a finger-prick test, which is like a blood-sugar test diabetics perform. It requires minimal blood and less pain that you would expect. For those who hate needles, albeit small ones, you can get a cotton-swab test inside your cheek. The tests, when done through a physician’s office, can cost up to $50. Although a push is made in March and October, anyone can get tested year-round for $9 in the Student Health Center. The old adage, “What I don’t know won’t kill me,” is not only dangerously false, but selfish. By not knowing the status of your health, you not only put yourself at risk, but take the chance spreading HIV/AIDS to those you love.
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If you’re like me, you’re probably Twittering, updating your Facebook and firing off a text message while reading this article. Our generation was raised with computers in our crib. We learned to type before we learned to walk. Technology has permeated every aspect of our lives; we think and process information in a completely different way than our teachers. Between my laptop and my iPhone, I’m connected nearly every waking moment. Juggling working full-time and taking 18 credits at Pierce, being “connected” is a necessity. I write thesis statements for English papers on my phone during 10-minute lunch breaks. Maximizing my time using technology is the only way I’m able to keep it all together. Every day, computers become more of an integral part of life. They’ve made access to information and learning incredibly easy. So, what’s keeping them out of the classroom? There seems to be a conspiracy among teachers to stop us from using our laptops and mobile devices for educational reasons. I write that only slightly tonguein-cheek. When I sit down for class, cell phones must be off and put away— and don’t even think about opening that computer. The crux of the argument seems to be either that the sound of the keyboard is a distracting and disrupting influence on the class, or
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that students would not be paying 100 percent of their attention to the instructor. They might even, gasp... send a text message while in class. The horror! Cell phones, laptops and mobile computing devices are here to stay. They can be extremely valuable in the educational realm and the ability to multitask is a downright necessity these days. A generational divide seems to be the reason that we can’t use them at school. Sure, some students will abuse the privilege of using these devices in class. These are the same students passing notes or having private whispered conversations in the back of the room. It’s time to accept the inevitable and take advantage of the benefits technology has to offer, not to punish the majority to spite the few bad apples. I’m here to learn, to graduate, and to be prepared for the job market that I’ll soon be entering. The purpose of an institution of higher learning is to educate and prepare its students for the world before them— not for a world of 20 years ago.
‘ttyl’ I’m in class The use of cell phones disrupts the learning environment
I’ll be the first to admit that I am the most wired person I know. No, I’m not drinking tons of energy drinks or coffee. That’s not the “wired” I am talking about. I am constantly on the Internet; even while asleep I’m plugged in. I’ve even caught myself checking my text messages while half asleep at 2 a.m. My phone is connected to my Facebook, MySpaces (yes, I have more than one), Twitter and my four e-mail accounts. But there’s a time and a place for checking these items. During class is not the time. In various classes I’ve taken, I’ve seen students time and time again walking with headphones on, ignorant and oblivious to anything that may be going on (including whether they’re late when they walk in). Then over the course of the classes, out of the corner of their eyes, everyone can see you wiggling your arms in your pocket in order to get your phone to text your buddy, “Last night’s episode of Scrubs was awesome,” or something unimportant like that. You think nobody’s able to see
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Senate fills open positions Kocs, Perret join the Education Technology Committee to improve technology in classrooms Philip George / Roundup Pierce College’s Education Technology Committee filled two vacancies Monday when members of the Academic Senate elected Constance Kocs, associate professor of arts and sciences and Joe Perret, adjunct instructor of geology, to terms during their bi-weekly meeting. With 15 of 22 votes, Kocs was the leading vote-getter in a group of 14 candidates for atlarge positions and was thus awarded a twoyear term, filling the seat vacated by Debbie
Swarens, whose term expires this month. “I think that they are going to be making some important decisions in the near future and I don’t necessarily want somebody to be making those decisions for me,” she said. Kocs views these “important decisions” to be ones regarding the campus’ allocation of funding to resources such as technology in the classroom and student and faculty access to such resources. “I’m interested in technology as it serves us and not as some great, grandiose thing that we must all embrace,” she explained. “My hope
is to bring to the committee a certain degree of skepticism along with my enthusiasm for technology in the classroom.” Perret, garnering eight votes, will complete the final year of Gail Hobbs’ two-year term. Hobbs, a former Pierce geography professor who focused a great deal of her teaching on global positioning systems and geographic information systems, died Feb. 8. “When you have committees, you have some people that will speak their mind and others who don’t say much,” said Academic Senate President Tom Rosdahl. “Gail was
always one who would speak out and say what was on her mind.” In Hobbs’ stead, Perret brings a tenured record to the table, having been involved in online teaching for eight years and with more than 50 courses. Prior to transferring to Pierce last year, he served as Chair of the Academic Senate Instructional Technology Committee at Los Angeles Southwest College.
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of half-court basketball: 3-on-3 competition, unified sports team competition and unified half-court sports team competition. For athletes with lower ability levels they participate in different types of competition like individual skills contest, team skills basketball -Merle Frost and unified sports individual skills Tri-Valley Special Olympics player competition which consists of one athlete and one partner. and the teams usually have three to five Experienced players like Frost, who games, allowing participants to have has been playing for 23 years, mingle fun all day long. in with newer players. Their first tournament takes place “This is my first game and I love it,” April 26 at 8 a.m. at the University of said Alex Urbano, who recently started California, Santa Barbara. with the program. “It’s fun playing other teams at the The program helps individuals to be tournament because we don’t know physically fit and productive members each other and our defense could be of society by training and competition. stronger and theirs weaker, or the other More information about the program is way around,” said player Merle Frost. available at www.sosc.org. ”Even if we lose it’s still fun and that’s what it’s about.” The basketball “Team Competition” events have three categories consisting email@example.com
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Special Olympics team trains in the South Gym Pierce College is helping support Tri-Valley Special Olympics by donating the basketball court in the gym every Friday night from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. through the end of May. Tri-Valley is our local area division out of the 32 area divisions of the Southern California Special Olympics. The SOSC offers 12 different types of sports programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. “They’re a great group of athletes, if one of them fouls they will raise their hand and say that was me,” said Coach Shannon Hall. “They’re very respectful and they love playing the game.” Tri-Valley uses the Pierce gym for basketball practice and matches against each other in preparation for tournaments that are hosted by different area divisions around Southern California. The tournaments take place on weekends starting at around 8 a.m.
Issue 2: March 11
It’s all about the game Gary Moratz / Roundup
CALENDAR Today, in front of The Library, the Anthropology Society will have a book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tomorrow is the last day to see the “Eye of the Beholder” exhibit at the Pierce College Art Gallery. Today at 12:45 p.m. the Foreign Film Lecture series will be showing German film “Nowhere in Africa” in the Student Community Center.
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DETERMINED: Marty breaks free from defender Alex to take a shot in a scrimmage game preparing for the Tri-Valley Special Olympics.
Friday, health professor Diana Kelly’s band, JAYLA, will perform at The Mint in Los Angeles. Doors open at 7 p.m. Band starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.
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Continued from Sciences on Page 1 departments: chemistry, life science, nursing, physics & planetary science and veterinary science. The center will feature 22 laboratories, seven lecture rooms, a planetarium, an animal teaching hospital, various preparation rooms, and an outdoor center courtyard that makes the complex feel like a medieval kingdom. Aside from boasting a 4,000-student capacity, the center will also accommodate 34 full-time faculty offices, five department chair offices, 17 adjunct faculty workstations and a dean’s office. Although it is the largest
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be moving into the new complex. “It’s a once-in-a-career opportunity,” said Isidore Goodman, Ph.D., chairman of the Chemistry department. “It doesn’t happen in everybody’s career that they get to design and then move into a new facility so I’m extremely lucky.” The Center for the Sciences is expected to be open to the public and ready for the new semester by February 2010.
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A WA L K THROUGH THE
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PASSION: Courtney Scheuerman, 24, plays Terry Randall, the lead character in the Pierce College performance of “Stage Door.”
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LIFE’S A STAGE: A scene from the Pierce College performance of “Stage Door,” directed by Valorie Grear, shows a group of aspiring actresses who live in the Footlights Club.
he must-see classic comedy play “Stage Door,” directed by Professor Valorie Grear,opens March 27 at 8 p.m. in the Pierce College Performing Arts Building. “Stage Door,” written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber in 1936, is set in a New York boarding house for aspiring young actresses called the Footlights Club. “I knew that this play had a lot of nostalgia for anyone who just enjoys that period,” Grear said. The play follows the lives of would-be actresses as they go through difficult and sometimes demeaning adventures of trying to reach that distant stardom recognition they long for. Just trying to get a part in the highly competitive world of acting proves to be challenging and arduous at times, but with the vivacity and milieu in the house, the girls manage to persist. The lead character, Terry Randall, is played by Courtney Scheuerman and revolves around a young actor in her 20s who takes odd jobs waiting for a theatrical part that will propel her career. She doesn’t want to sell out, and stays true to her craft even while enduring negative audition after negative audition. Scheuerman graduated in 2006 from the University of California, Berkeley with a Theatrical Performance degree. “This play really touched me because I am going through similar things in my life right now,” Scheuerman said. One of the girls, Kaye Hamilton (Elizabeth
Crabb), who loses her job, can no longer endure despondency and is pushed to her limits with catastrophic results. “I like this play because it represents how difficult acting is still to this day,” Crabb said. “It makes people crazy because they can’t imagine doing anything else.” The play’s lighthearted teasing is balanced with a side of camaraderie and a couple of helpings of warm-hearted, old-fashioned harmony right out of the ‘30s. The girls are kept in line by Mrs. Orcutt (Jackie Goldberg), the owner of the boarding house. She used to be an eccentric actress who never really made it big and decided to start a boarding house for theatrical woman actresses. “I love Mrs. Orcutt,” Goldberg said. “Mrs. Orcutt is probably like me if I would have been in those days because Mrs. Orcutt is a former actress and is always on stage, whether she is in the kitchen or she’s in the bedroom, she’s always on stage, that’s how I am.” This dynamic play boasts a large cast of more than 28 students with vivid costumes from the time period and a copious set filling the large theater in the PAB. “It provided an opportunity to get a lot of actors within our department a chance to maybe do their first play. But it’s been an interesting journey just trying to coordinate everyone’s schedules and we really have to pull together now,” Grear said.
Showtimes Showings will take place in the Performing Arts Building March 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. April 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. March 29 and April 5 at 2 p.m. General admission: $15. Student tickets: $12. More information available by calling
‘Slipway Fires’ doesn’t crash or burn
U.K. Indie-Rock band releases their third album
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“Slipway Fires” includes a variety of tracks, including some that are very upbeat and a few that are in the direction of a slower, more serious sound. The opening track, “Wire to Wire,” makes you question the theme of this record but in a good way. The piano introduction is followed by Borrell’s soulful voice slowly narrating a story about a woman seeking love, the “strangest of feelings.” “Tabloid Lover” quickly jumps back to that original Razorlight sound that can easily be a sing-along tune. Even more acoustic-based songs such as “60 Thompson” take you in a different direction yet still capture the flavor that is Razorlight. “Stinger” perfectly captures a sound reminiscent of Led Zeppelin (circa “Kashmir” off “Physical Graffiti”) with a heavier touch of angst. It explores potential denial or the hard attempt of a man resisting. What is he resisting? It’s for listeners to interpret for themselves. The direction that Razorlight is moving toward is done seamlessly and that in a way almost any artist and
fan can respect. Their maturing sound is timely and clearly illustrates that not only can they sell millions of records, but they can also continue to evolve as time goes on. Most recently, Andy Burrows left the band after five years. According to Razorlight’s Official MySpace Blog, dated Mar. 10, “The past five years in Razorlight have been an amazing experience...but for personal reasons I have decided to leave the band. I will be pursuing other musical ventures.” But this won’t slow down the band at all. They are embarking on a world tour supporting such bands as The Killers and Underoath, and taking part in such festivals as SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, Texas alongside PJ Harvey and John Parish March 21, and even extending to other parts of Europe and Australia, returning home to participate at 02 Arena and Manchester MEN and, of course, more festivals.
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Razorlight has been dominating the U.K. music scene since 2004, selling more than 3 million copies of their first two albums and celebrating their latest release, “Slipway Fires.” Formed in 2002, this Indie Swedish-Anglo quartet has built a reputation of having simple yet memorable guitar riffs, head-swaying bass lines and uplifting beats. Johnny Borrell, guitarist/vocalist, teamed with Swedish-born Björn Ågnen. Bassist Carl Dalemo, whom Ågnen met in Sweden, was joined by drummer Christian Smith-Pancorvo. They recorded demos which caught the attention of Mercury Records and were signed in 2003. Drummer Smith-Pancorvo left the band citing health reasons before the release of “Up All Night” in 2004. Andy Burrows debuted as the new drummer at a “secret show” soon after. After a grueling tour schedule, Razorlight took part in memorable performances at the Glastonbury Festival and Live 8 concerts in 2005 in the U.K.
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Having your brew: Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and other diseases
SIPPING TIME— (Above) Ali Fahimipour, left, 25, studies with his wife Aida Bagher, 27, while drinking coffee in the Freudian Sip. “It helps me to stay awake,” Fahimipour states about coffee. (Left) Mark Hein, disabled students tutor, drinks coffee at the Freudian Sip. “It replaces the sleep I don’t get.” Hein states about coffee. Photos by: Aisha Ahal / Roundup
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he sat next to her father in the freezing cold rain. Shivering as she watched her brother’s football game, she was able to find a warmth pour out of her father’s thermos, warmth which would greet her each morning until this day. Beth Benne, director of the Pierce College Student Health Center and long time coffee drinker recalled the day she first started drinking coffee. “It was the best thing I’ve ever had,” she said. “I think they (students) should know that coffee is a stimulant, it does give them a brief energy spurt and helps keep them awake,” said Benne. “On the other hand, the negative of that is that it can keep them awake at night. It doesn’t affect all people the same way.” Like Benne, most of the students questioned said they began drinking coffee to keep warm. “I only drink it when it’s cold- to keep me warm,” said 19-year-old student Lyanee Lopez. Most people don’t know however, that drinking coffee may help reduce the risk of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In a press release published in January by Karolinska Institute, one of Europe’s leading medical universities and the University of Kuopio, researchers claim that moderate coffee drinkers at midlife lower the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study found a 65 percent decrease in the group that drank three to five cups
of coffee per day. Researchers also studied the affects on tea drinkers and found that tea drinking was not associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. These findings come more than five
play a role in a coffee drinker’s health. “The other thing is what you put in your coffee, (…) your beverage choice if in order to tolerate a cup of coffee you have to pour a cup of milk in or a cup of cream or a cup of sugar for that matter,” said Benne. “There are certain times in a person’s life where physicians will tell them to avoid coffee like if you’re pregnant. Greg Osweiler, Bookstore and CopyTech man-Gabriela Guzman ager who oversees Student Freudian Sip said that The Bookyears after researchers claimed that coffee store gets a base of regular customers who consumption helped reduce the risk for includes faculty staff and students. Type 2 diabetes. “We haven’t seen anyone that comes The study conducted by researchers in, say five times a day to purchase cofat Harvard School of Public Health and fee,” he said. Brigham and Women’s Hospital found According to Osweiler, the Freudian Sip that men who drank more than six cups of has two rush periods, between the times of caffeinated coffee per day reduced the risk 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by “About 25 percent of our coffee busimore than 50 percent. Women who drank ness comes from traditional coffee and six or more cups of coffee a day reduced the remaining percentages come from the their chances by almost 30 percent. blended, like the espresso,” said Osweiler. The study also suggested that decafAccording to a cost of sales report feinated coffee provides benefits, however printed January, at least 27 percent of the have a weaker effect. Freudian Sip’s sales come from coffee and “That’s crazy. Five or six cups are way coffee related products. too much,” said Pierce College student, For the most part, students who heard Pontea Hariri. about the studies were relieved. Most people questioned seem to agree “I’m extremely happy that I’m a coffee with Hariri. drinker now,” said student Gabriela Guz“It’s just amazing how one minute they man, 18. are saying that it’s bad for you and then the next they are saying that it’s good for you,” said Herald Rose, 47. Benne explained that condiments also email@example.com
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ROUNDUP: March 18, 2009
Passion for Dance Left: Kim Flamma auditions for the modern/lyrical dance “Papa”. Below: Raymond Abad demonstrates hip-hop dance moves.
Written By: Jose Albarran Photos By: Alina Popov
ith the spring semester in full
swing, Pierce College students
“Besides being a way to keep in
were able to do a little swinging
shape, I dance because it’s a freedom of
themselves at the dance auditions that
expression. It requires a lot of commitment
took place Sunday at the Campus Center
but I love it,” Erickson said.
for the annual spring dance concert.
Students auditioning felt just as excited
A total of 110 students auditioned for
as Marian S. Weiser, dance director and
several types of dance which included
professor, who was pleased to see the
ballet, hip-hop and tap dancing.
“I’m here because I love to dance.
“I believe it is partly due to the
Above: Stephanie Mazzi puts on her shoes after tryouts.
Dancing, whether it’s to perform or not,
diversity in music we plan to showcase,”
is an ability to express myself while
Right: Jamaica Villegas in the moment of Tribal Dance.
also taking the opportunity to build
The spring dance concert will take
friendships,” said Pierce student Jamison
place May 15 and 16 in the Performing
Pasi, 23, who auditioned for five pieces.
Arts Building at 8 p.m. with a matinee
Even an infection on the left arm
show May 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be
combined with an allergic reaction was
available by the end of April to early
not enough to stop 23-year-old student
May, and reservations can be made by
Autumn Erickson from trying out for
Below: Auditions for the 2009 Spring Dance Concert attracted 110 people on Sunday morning.
ROUNDUP: March 18, 2009
... Coach blames player egos for recent losses
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PUNISHMENT: Men’s volleyball players Jon Gurr, Shaun Dryden and the rest of the team perform push-ups while Head Coach Eddie Stanislawski and Assistant Coach Richard Barraza during a practice session in the South Gym.
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tanislawski, who won a championship for Pierce in 2000, points out that his current team is the most athletic team he’s coached, which also seems to be the problem. He has a bunch of players who are used to being in the “spotlight” position because they were the best on their high school and club teams. As a result, they are having difficulty yielding to what’s best for the Brahmas. “We’re asking them to not think about themselves and do what’s best for the team. It’s a foreign concept to some of these guys,” he said. Stanislawski went on to say that even though the team is loaded with talent, they lack a crucial component — heart. “What we’re trying to get out of these guys is not the fact that they need to jump higher and hit harder, it’s (that) you need to
be the correct piece that fits into the puzzle,” he said. Lyans is worried that if the team has one more poor performance, there will be “mutiny” with a few of the players. “They’re gonna go out and they’re gonna kill each other,” he said. “We’re spending more time refereeing the kids rather than coaching at this point. It’s like Eddie said, wrong pieces, wrong players.” The guys on the team agree that the problem lies within their attitudes, not their ability. Co-captains Alex Cottier and Jackson Metichecchia feel that for the Brahmas to succeed, they need to start acting like a team. Both Cottier and Metichecchia accept responsibility for the fact it hasn’t happened yet. “That’s where I think as captains we’ve failed,” Cottier said. “We are like acquaintances that play ball together. There’s no real family. We don’t hang out other
than practice. There’s just no chemistry... Especially on the court. There’s just zero camaraderie on this team.” Jon Gurr, one of the starting opposites, concurs. He thinks there are too many individuals on the court. “Everyone wants to do their own thing,” Gurr said. “So much talent can only go so far.” Gurr wishes he could inspire his teammates to play better, but is quick to point out there is “not one person that needs to stand up, it’s all of us.” “One guy can make a difference, but it takes six to win,” he said. Cottier, who Stanislawski describes as someone who doesn’t get a ton of playing time, but is the guy who will “pick you up if you’re down and put you up on his shoulders and carry you,” would also like to see the team work harder. “Preseason we went 7-0 (and) I think everyone just kind of thought ‘Oh, we’re
good enough. We don’t need to keep working hard,’” he said. “Everyone on this team thinks mediocrity is good enough.” “We didn’t even really work to our full potential,” Cottier added. “Sure, we were 7-0, but we were barely making it. We never really crushed a team.” He decribes the practices leading up to tonight’s game as being “mentally tougher.” He hopes that by “disciplining an effort that’s not good enough” the coaches have instilled a new sense of discipline and responsibility in the team. “Hopefully we can turn it around this week,” he said. “I wish I could say that with absolute confidence but we’ll see what happens.” After the most recent loss against Moorpark, the coaching staff remained in the gym for three hours to do some “soul searching.” They discussed the right personnel for the upcoming matches and the elements that need to be fixed.
They’d like to cut down on the amount of critical errors, which are missed serves, hitting errors, net violations — things the Brahmas have direct control over. They’ve even contemplated shaking up the starting line-up. “We have to find people who are going to produce and who are going to produce in the right situations, not just when it’s easy,” Stanislawski said. “We have to have guys that, when we’re down a few, can (still) be aggressive and not take any (plays) off.” “(Tonight) might not be the prettiest game, but we’re going to put our best foot forward and go out there and compete at the highest level we can at this point,” he added. Game time is 7 p.m. in the South Gym. Admission is free.
Rock steady Look familiar? A nervous tic doesn’t hinder Brahma catcher Ryan Gaspora Jared Iorio / Roundup
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“It’s been 10 minutes since you did that thing,” Ryan Gaspora, starting catcher for the Pierce College baseball team, recalls a classmate saying to him once while taking an exam. That “thing” is his nervous tic, which started when he was 8 years old. A jerking nod of the head coupled with a two-eyed blink are the outward manifestations of what he considers just “a bad habit.” “When I’m concentrated, you won’t see me do it,” Gaspora explained. “It’s not Tourette’s. I don’t yell anything out. I can control it.” By controlling it, Gaspora likens his tic to innocuous habits like nail-biting or scratching an itch. He can put it off, sometimes for long periods of time. But, eventually the itch must be scratched. The Tourette Syndrome Association characterizes the disorder as multiple, involuntary motor and vocal tics lasting at least a year. It’s a somewhat rare neurological disorder, affecting between 1 and 10 in every 1,000 people. Without the vocal component of T.S., the diagnosis reverts to a nervous disorder, with not many treatment options. “Doctors pin it on family issues and baseball and just stress,” Gaspora said. The tic disappeared during his freshman year at Palmdale’s Highland High School, only to return when his parents divorced the following year. Head Coach Joe Arnold doesn’t notice his condition. “It’s been a complete non-issue,” Arnold said. “Catcher is the toughest position on the field, bar none. Physically, mentally, it’s the most difficult position, and he handles it well.” Judging by his progression so far, Arnold believes Gaspora has the talent, potential and work ethic to play professionally. “A left-handed catcher with power in his bat is a pretty valuable commodity in the baseball world,” Arnold said. “The dream is to get drafted,” Gaspora mused. “But I’m also looking at... four-year (schools). I’ll probably major in criminal justice. SWAT would be an interesting job.” Sophomore pitcher J.R. Bromberg doesn’t feel the tic has hindered Gaspora in the slightest. “Ryan’s a good leader,” Bromberg said. “In order to be a catcher, you can’t be quiet. You have to be a leader. If you’re not a leader you can’t really help the pitcher. He does really good at that.”
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BACKSTOP: Ryan Gaspora takes signs from the dugout at an away game on Saturday.
Making the long trek from Palmdale for school and baseball certainly doesn’t ease his stress, but Gaspora is optimistic his condition will be alleviated. “The doctors say it may go away little by little, hopefully by my mid-20s,” he said. When people ask about his tic, Gaspora doesn’t even blink, brushing the topic away with ease. “It’s never affected my personal life at all. I guess I’ve just been lucky. I let my personality just go to work.”
ROUNDUP: March 18, 2009
From Brahma to Bulldog Brahma pitcher J.R. Bromberg will play for Fresno State University next season Philip George / Roundup
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FLAMETHROWER: Despite a slow start this season, Head Coach Joe Arnold has confidence in J.R. Bromberg.
he Cinderella story of the 2008 College World Series has called upon Pierce College for its next chapter. The Fresno State University Bulldogs, which shocked the nation last summer when it defeated University of Georgia, have successfully brought aboard sophomore pitcher J.R. Bromberg, who accepted its scholarship offer in November. Bromberg was discovered by the university while pitching in last year’s Sophomore All-Star Game at U.C. Irvine following his freshman campaign. “I pitched pretty well down there and a lot of coaches contacted me, but Fresno State made the best offer, so I took it,” Bromberg said. Fresno state will cover all of Bromberg’s tuition and book fees, as well as half his housing costs, while allotting him $200 each month. “I can’t be happier for J.R.,” said Tom Seyler, Bromberg’s coach at Palisades Charter High School with whom he still keeps in close contact. “To go to Fresno State, the national champions? What an honor. That’s just outstanding.” Bromberg joined Seyler, then an assistant coach, as a freshman in 2002 and immediately impressed. “He had a lot of talent,” Seyler said. “He had a long arm, kind of a natural pitching motion, pretty decent pop as a hitter. He had a lot of potential at an early age.” But while the physical attribute of his game showed promise, his mentality needed some fine-tuning. “He was just like your typical freshman — undisciplined, not really focused on what he wanted to do,” Seyler said. “We set the limits on what we expected as a baseball player: hard
work, dedication, commitment, all those things. “We preached a lot of getting to the baseball field early, getting in a little bit of time before practice and then staying after practice and working a little more,” he continued. “Get to the yard early and leave late, and he definitely did that. He was out there early, he would stay afterward and get some cuts and work off the mound. He was a real hard-working kid.” Bromberg’s work ethic paid off in his senior year at Palisades when he led the Lions to a 15-0 record and the Western League title while serving as their right fielder and cleanup hitter, as well as a nine-game winner on the mound. The Minnesota Twins took notice of Bromberg’s stellar performance and selected him in the 32nd round of the 2007 First-Year Amateur Player Draft.
man he identifies as his baseball role-model, brother David Bromberg who led the entire minor leagues in strikeouts while in the Twins’ organization. “He motivated me a little bit to lose weight because I came back and saw my brother and I was like, ‘Man, J.R, you’ve been in the gym,’” David said. “I’ve lost 20 pounds just being motivated from my younger brother.” As the older sibling, however, David does his part to motivate his brother as well. “Every time he’s about to pitch a game, I call him up and tell him, ‘Hey, don’t [mess] around,’” he said. “‘Go in the dugout and sit down and focus before your start. Visualize what you’re going to do.’ I just tell him, ‘You’ve got to go out there with confidence no matter who the hitter is. You’ve got to go out there and know you’re better than any hitter up there.’” J.R. Bromberg has struggled so far in this young season, posting a record of 1-0 with an abysmal 12.60 ERA and mostly serving in relief duty— a potential red flag for scouts— but Arnold insists his star pitcher is healthy. “I think it’s more of a mental thing,” Arnold said. “I think it’s a confidence thing. I still have a lot of confidence in -Tom Seyler him and we’re going to get this thing Former Palisades Charter High School coach right.” As for how far Bromberg can go in the future, Arnold believes the sky is “When I was drafted out of high school, I the limit as long as he sets his mind to it. thought I was still young and not mature enough “That depends on J.R. Bromberg,” he said. to play pro baseball,” Bromberg said. “I came “He’s obviously got the size and the stuff to play to Pierce because [pitching coach John Bushart] in the big leagues, it’s just a matter of timing and was my pitching coach all my life and I knew luck and a lot of that you create for yourself. If Pierce was a good baseball school.” he continues to do the little things and have the In his freshman season with the Brahmas, discipline and the work ethic and continue to Bromberg posted a 3-2 record with a 4.83 ERA develop, he can go as far as he wants.” and was drafted by the Twins once again — this time in the 49th round of the 2008 draft. When concerns about a possible arm injury arose and prevented him from signing with Minnesota, Bromberg returned to Pierce and vowed to take firstname.lastname@example.org his health more seriously. “He did a great job this summer getting his body in shape with his running, in the gym, For complete schedules, doing those sorts of things,” said Brahmas head scores, and highlights, check coach Joe Arnold. “He’s transformed himself and got into the shape that he needed to get in. out the Roundup Sports Blog: Not just the shape to be okay, but the shape to be at the top of his game.” roundupsports.wordpress.com That transformation not only had an effect on Bromberg personally, but also on the
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