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Volume 131 - Issue 8

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


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Yee haven't seen anyone like her

Prodigy student and child actress Vivian Yee takes over the ASO presidential seat AARON ESTRADA Reporter @AirOnNews Do you remember what you were doing at 13 years old? The Associated Students Organization’s (ASO) newest president Vivian Yee does because she didn’t turn 14 until today. Yee was elected as the new president weeks after former president Angel Orellana was impeached.

Yee said she found out she was a gifted student at a young age and believed Pierce was the best institution to further her education. “I took a test when I was young and scored highly gifted with the LAUSD test, which allowed me to go straight to college,” Yee said.“I had a very unique academic needs, so I decided to go to Pierce College. I started at the age of 12 in the fall of 2018.” Aside from being classified as “highly gifted” by the LAUSD, Yee is also recognized as an official

member of Mensa, an organization reserved for those who score in the top 98th percentile on approved IQ tests. Yee says she doesn’t like to be categorized as “highly gifted” but instead wants people to look at her determination in her work. “ Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard,’” Yee said. “‘Smarts can get you to a certain level, but after that, it's always just hard work and persistence.”

[see VIVIAN on pg. 4]

Katya Castillo/ Roundup Vivian Yee, the Associated Students Organization (ASO) president, holds the ASO letters in Rocky Young Park at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Nov. 4, 2019.

Enrollment challenges MARC BLAIS Reporter @MarcTBlais1

Benjamin Hanson/ Roundup Players celebrate Jalen Sartor's (23) interception during the homecoming game against the LA Harbor Seahawks at Shepard Stadium in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Nov. 2, 2019. The Brahmas won 17-2.

Brahmas ground Seahawks

Interim Head Coach Anthony Harris gets his first win on homecoming night PETER VILLAFANE Reporter @pcavillafane


ffective on both sides of the ball, the Brahmas beat the undefeated LA Harbor College Seahawks on Saturday night. Pierce got the win over Harbor 17-2 in the first victory for acting head coach Anthony Harris. “We're such a better team than our record is,” Harris said. “I think our structure and organization over the last couple of weeks and getting our plays in got the guys really believing in themselves.” Receivers coach John Austin credited the win to the Brahmas’ defense strategy. “Defense played a perfect game,” Austin said. “They played turnovers fundamentally sound. They played smart today--no mental errors.” Harris plans to build on the high morale from this win. “When you have success, you feel good about yourself, and when you feel good about yourself, you start to practice better,” Harris said. “You start to pay closer attention to the details.” The Brahmas’ lead began with a

field goal by kicker Juan Perez during the first quarter. During the second quarter, a 37yard touchdown from quarterback David McCullum to wide receiver Brandon Brock brought Pierce’s lead up to 10-0. Defense continued their lights out strategy, preventing the Seahawks from completing passes. Defensive back Eric Best intercepted a pass with two minutes left in the second quarter. Harris said the defense was instrumental in the Brahmas’ win. “Our defense had been playing lights out and we got shut out tonight,” Harris said. “We're really proud of them for that.” The first half ended with the Brahmas attempting a 47-yard field goal, which was wide to the left. The score remained 10-0 at the half. During the third quarter, an offside penalty, a holding penalty and a fumble held back the Brahmas. Austin and strength and conditioning coach Dylan Flannery cited penalties as an issue the team needs to work on going forward. In the last few minutes of the third quarter, a touchdown from quarterback Andrew Young to wide receiver Kareem Miles brought the Brahmas’ lead up by 17 points. Incomplete passes by the

Seahawks maintained the Brahmas’ lead going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Seahawks gained safety points after running back Kevin Ascencio was tackled in Pierce’s end zone. The Brahmas’ next game will be against Allan Hancock College,

a tough opponent according to Flannery. “It's going to just come down to heart because [Hancock is] going to try to take the will out of you,” Flannery said. “They're gonna try to beat you down and that's when they usually start separating with the

score. So we'll see what kind of heart our guys have this coming week.” Following this win, the Brahmas’ record is 2-6. They will travel to Santa Maria on Saturday to face the Allan Hancock Bulldogs. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Members of the administration, faculty, staff and student body met on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Faculty and Staff Center to discuss issues regarding enrollment. The meeting was led by Transfer Center Director Sunday Salter and Dean of Academic Affairs Mary Anne Gavarra-Oh. There were many different constituents present in the meeting, from the janitorial staff to Pierce College President Alexis Montevirgen. Montevirgen said that it is important for all of the members of the Pierce campus to be involved in the conversation of enrollment. “Enrollment management is a campus-wide concern, and is something that needs a campuswide approach in order to be able to get everyone on board,” Montevirgen said. “From the leadership on down, we see the importance of bringing the campus together to address this type of concern.” The event started by addressing the issue of how to bring in more potential students. In the fall of 2018, Pierce had 5,013 applicants but only 2,253 students enrolled. Everyone present was given the opportunity to speak and suggest ideas on what can be done to either attract more applicants, or keep students from leaving.

[see ENROLLMENT on pg. 3]



investigation ongoing CHRIS TORRES Editor-In-Chief @chris_t_torres

Benjamin Hanson/ Roundup Kevin Ascencio runs through the line during the homecoming game against the LA Harbor Seahawks at Shepard Stadium in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Nov. 2, 2019. The Brahmas won 17-2.

The internal investigation of Head Football Coach Carlos Woods is underway. Pierce College President Alexis Montevirgen confirmed that the investigation is still going and has not given any updates on it. “I don't want to provide any additional update at this time until the investigation has had a chance to proceed,” Montevirgen said.

Campus Life

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Transfer Day helps students keep calm and transfer on.

"Backwards Baseball" makes its spooky return.

Volleyball drops to 2-9 on the season after loss to SBCC.

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ROUNDUP: Nov. 6, 2019

From the desk of the Roundup: Editorial

Turn back the years with Pierce

Advice from the alumni


f Pierce College is serious about student success, holding an alumni panel for graduating students is one way to show it. Students don’t go to college for fun. Especially with community colleges, the ultimate goal is to get on track to a career. A panel of working professionals who graduated from Pierce could impart their experience and expertise to graduating students. This could give them an opportunity to learn more about transferring to a university from someone who used to be in their shoes, as well as help them begin to navigate the difficult challenges of the job market that face them. For many students, graduating is similar to being dropped alone in a wilderness with a piece of paper as the only tool for survival. Inadequate preparation for university transfer and the job market can turn what should be a path to success into a bittersweet accomplishment. As it is, students don’t get enough help after graduation. One of the things that makes USC so effective at getting students working in their field is its wide range of options available to current students and alumni. USC holds multiple panels and interactive events including one where international students can get advice about how to navigate the job market from alumni. Colleges that provide job placement services and focus more on students transitioning into the job market are usually private colleges with higher price tags that most people with an average income can’t afford. It doesn’t have to be this way. Public community colleges and universities should pay more attention to the needs of their graduates to assure a higher success rate in the job market. Some community colleges have tried this and seen positive results, such as Guttman Community College in New York, which has been holding alumni panels for five years. Their annual event features two panel discussions with a networking hour in between. According to Inside Higher Ed, only one in five community college graduates makes it to a university. An alumni panel held twice per year, one in fall and one in spring, might help to increase the amount of graduating students that transfer by shedding light on the difficulties involved and the methods that have worked for former students. Providing graduates with a glimpse into their future could benefit everyone. Inviting a panel of Pierce College alumni would be a costeffective step in the right direction toward student success.

Remember the graduates


s each semester ends, students are getting closer to finishing their time at Pierce to move on to bigger things. Whether it’s transferring to a different college, going straight into their career or finishing their education here, their stay has not been a wasted one. While some may want to make new memories elsewhere, others don’t want to simply forget what would be considered one of the first of many stepping stones in their life. Pierce College should have an annual yearbook each spring so that students who are graduating can remember their final year on campus. Although college memorabilia, such as hoodies and shirts, can be bought in the bookstore, these items don’t really bring the same connection that pictures do. Students want a keepsake that they can bring home with them so it can be kept and shown for years to come. Not only would it serve as a “souvenir” for students, it’s also a piece of history for the college. Past and future students and faculty could potentially look back 10to-20 years to see what the campus used to look like, what events were celebrated each semester and see some of the students and professors that made the college what it is today. Starting the production during the fall would provide enough time to get content for the next graduating class. Portraits would have to be taken for administrators and faculty from all departments. A section could be used to show some of the different departments,


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clubs, sports teams and organizations, such as ASO and Umoja, that are on campus. The largest portion will most likely be to highlight the events on campus such as ASO’s Club Rush, the Performing Arts department’s play productions or sports games. ASO could begin the process of putting it together, however it would have to be a team effort from the whole college to get it completed. A group could start a yearbook club, however it could potentially grow to be a joint class offered by the English and Media Arts department. Like the commencement ceremony, students graduating in the fall or spring can voluntarily choose whether they want to be in it by deciding to send a photo of themselves or not. The Media Arts department could charge a small fee so that students could have their portraits taken in the photo studio. The yearbook could be uploaded online for $15, but those who want a physical copy would have to pay $60. Perhaps a pre-order system could be set up to cover the cost in advance. Students could opt-in online during enrollment to pay a cheaper price of $40. The funds earned could be used to make the number of copies ordered plus additional ones that could be purchased at a later date at the bookstore. A table could be set up during the graduation ceremony so that relatives could buy the extra ones that are left. A yearbook would be a momento students could look forward to taking with them to celebrate the end of their educational journey at Pierce with farewell messages from their professors and friends.

What is the better device?

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Illustration by Jesse Bertel



ne man’s vision of a “computer for the rest of us” has brought technology to where it is today. Cell phones have become a normal part of day to day life. While they may simply be screens, smartphones and computers are capable of revealing different parts of a person’s personality, habits and behaviors. Although there are various devices and softwares available, Apple’s iOS is usually favored by most people. According to, the iPhone has been the most popular amongst the other products sold by Apple. “The iPhone’s share of Apple’s total revenue reached the highest figure to date in the first quarter of 2018, when 69.74% of Apple’s total revenue worldwide was generated by iPhone sales.” Apple Inc. is one of the biggest names in the tech industry alongside Android. However, iOS is usually more reliable to customers in terms of security and privacy. According to, Apple goes the extra mile to provide its users safety, “The latest example is Face ID, which securely logs you into the iPhone using a 3D scan of your face via a

TrueDepth sensor.” With better quality apps and long-lasting battery life, iOS wins the battle again. Offering pleasant and appealing icons, they are often aesthetically designed and easily catches one’s eye. The improved cameras in the iPhone 11 has 12 megapixels compared to the 8 megapixels in the previous version. With newer features such as its wide, ultrawide and telephoto lens, the three cameras have gotten a lot of attention from the media. When there’s a problem with an Android device, users can try to find a solution online or by calling their carrier. With the iOS system, help can be found by looking through the frequently asked questions (FAQ), booking an appointment at the Genius Bar or with the live chat support. Android does not offer face to face services for their system, instead the customer has to go to the carrier or the phone maker to get assistance on any issue. Therefore, they do not have that direct relationship with its customers. While the iPhone is of high quality, users aren’t deprived of the newest and fastest technology because they are made for the average person.

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he internet is filled with memes portraying Androids as the source for pixelated pictures, emojis replaced with vertical rectangles and the infamous “we had that already” said by its users. It’s been shown that smartphones users who buy androids have a tendency to stay with android devices. According to the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), Android had a customer loyalty of 89% to 91% from Jan. 2016 to Dec. 2017. Why android devices sell more and have a loyal consumer base can be the cause of many factors. One of the more obvious reasons is the price tag attached to the devices. Android is known for having a wide variety of prices for their devices. The Moto G7 is priced at $300 while the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is priced at $1,000. For avid smartphone users, a long and durable battery life is a must, whether it’s for picture taking or gaming. Although both systems have similar battery specs, Android has the upperhand.

According to Simon Hill for Digitaltrends. com, apart from having a longer battery life, Android devices that are capable of fast charging will always carry the adapter in the box. Android has also been known for having smartphone devices that can fit the needs of its user. Hill reports that you can add widgets, shortcuts, and change the entire interface with launchers on an android phone. The Android path is the path for those who want to store cherished memories and countless amount of information. Android devices will automatically back up pictures and videos to Google Photos through the photos app on the device. Google Photos also has an unlimited amount of free storage space. Hill said Google offers free 15 GB cross platform storage when it comes to cloud storages. He adds Google priced 2 TB of storage at $10 a month and the cloud storage is easier and more effective. Overall, Android makes budget friendly devices that can be customized, have a longer battery life and generous storage space. The percent of loyal customers are there to prove it.

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Counting on Eddie

Faculty member elected west vice president of AMATYC EDUARDO GARCIA Reporter @egarcia_023


hair of Mathematics Edouard “Eddie” Tchertchian was recently elected to represent all community colleges in California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah as west vice president of the AMATYC. The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) is a nationwide organization dedicated to the improvement of mathematics instruction in two-year colleges. “It's a great way to represent Pierce College and southern California, but it's a little wider than just us,” Tchertchian said. “We have to represent all these schools. We have 115 community colleges in California alone.” Dean of Math and Sciences Donna-Mae Villanueva said Tchertchian is a campus leader who cares about student success. “When he started at Pierce College, he was not just a fulltime math faculty,” Villanueva said. “He also applied and became our instructional math specialist working very closely with our center for academic success, and he heads the tutoring program for all the math tutors.” According to Math professor Sam Pearsall, Tchertchian has excellent leadership qualities. “I've been involved in education for about 33 years; the middle school, secondary school and now college level,” Pearsall said. “In all my years...he's one of the best that I've worked with.” Tchertchian will be sworn in on January 1, 2020. Tchertchian explained that he has many plans for the department. “My goal is to make sure that the voice of the faculty in those regions is heard when it comes

[from Enrollment on front] People who didn’t verbally suggest their ideas could also write down their thoughts on an index card and place it in a suggestion box. Gavarra-Oh explained that this is an important conversation to have. “It is great to hear the ideas coming from all constituents, faculty, staff, administration and the students, because sometimes we make these decisions in silos and it is great to see different perspectives on attacking these issues,” GavarraOh said. Salter said that she believes this event will help members of the Pierce campus get more involved. “I think a lot of the time we


are really quick to say ‘oh it is a problem in that office’ or ‘oh it is the student’s problem,’ when there are things personally that I could change or do to make a difference,” Salter said. “I think today’s event helped people see that they have a role and they can actually do something.” Among the ideas suggested were simplifying the enrollment process, and promoting attendance at sports games and theater productions. Montevirgen said that he is looking forward to hearing more ideas about what Pierce can do to try and solve these issues.

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10/28 11:19 a.m. •Student Incident Female student reports being followed around campus by a male student. A campus incident report was written.

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Edouard Tchertchian wears his math conference badges in his office 1409-E at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Nov. 5, 2019.

to certain issues of placements, removing equity gaps, improving math education overall issues that are important to math teachers,” Tchertchian said. Tchertchian also talked about the role of technology in mathematics. “We’re going through an interesting period of time because there are so many changes with technology, so many changes with placement, relevance of mathematics and how they’re applied to other fields,” Tchertchian said. “One good example I can give is the growth


of biostatistics or all these areas that could essentially combine aspects of mathematics with.” AMATYC has one vice president for each of its regions. Tchertchian said the organization’s board is comprised of the nine vice presidents, the president and the president-elect. Tchertchian explained that the role of AMATYC vice presidents is to bridge the gap between the state and national bodies. “Work with your constituents in the region and bring up any relevant issues that the region has towards math education,”

Tchertchian said. “So essentially I'm the liaison between those states and the national body, and I get to represent them on the board.” Tchertchian ran unopposed and won because the leadership did not select anyone else to be on the ballot. “That was a great honor,” Tchertchian said. “And, of course, anyone who is still able to run is like a write-in. It was great to get that phone call and I'm very excited for it.”

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Vivan Yee, Associated Students Organization (ASO) President, stands in the ASO building at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Nov. 4, 2019.

[From Vivian on Front Page] Yee says she felt like her age would make her seem less approachable and was anxious when she first attended Pierce. “I was so nervous,” Yee said. “Like the night before, I was like looking through my clothes for something that would make me look older. And then in my mind, I was thinking, how do I make myself act older” Aside from balancing her position as ASO President and being a full-time student, Yee is

also a working actress, a passion she has followed since she four years old and professionally began at eight. “I was in ‘Boss Baby’ as Staci, Alec Baldwin’s assistant, and it was so humbling,” Yee said. I am also a series regular on Vampurina.” Yee likes her new job as President, she mostly enjoys interacting with students. “Just being able to talk to students and faculty and bringing a sense of openness,” Yee said. “I really want students to know that they can always come by if they have any issues, I am always here to listen.”

Stephanie Lopez, vice president for ASO said Yee brings new energy to the committee. “With Vivian, it just seems like it’s like a new environment,” Lopez said. “It’s like we came out of a dark space and it’s a lot brighter”. Lopez said the committee is ready to support Yee every step of the way and through any growing pains. “We’re a family here and we need to support each other,” said Lopez. Whether it has to do with ASO or anything, we are here to support each other. No one’s alone

in this situation.” Brandon Le, ASO treasurer said that a person’s age doesn’t outweigh their abilities to do a job. “I don’t necessarily define a person by their age because when you judge a person by the age, you kind of tend to have a preconceived notion.” Alexis Montevirgen, Pierce college president said we shouldn’t pay attention to her age but her drive in helping the Pierce community. “ Knowing and having been in my own footsteps and understanding that age simply is not necessarily the

best indicator of one’s experience of one’s preparedness,” Montevirgen said. “I think for me, I wouldn’t put too much attention on the fact that she’s only 13. I would put more interest in the fact that at such a young age she’s already interested in and committed to this campus, and how we could help develop her leadership skills along with the rest of the board.” Juan Carlos Astorga, ASO advisor said he believes she will be a great leader. “I think that she is wise beyond her years, dedicated and genuine.

I anticipate that her leadership is going to shine really well.” Astorga said. Yee said she was grateful to have such a supportive community around her. “I think the people around you are such a big influence,” Yee said. If you have a really great support group, it’s going to help you so much. And that’s definitely what helped me a lot”


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Peer Review of PIQs with UCLA Mentors 11 a.m.-2 p.m. CTC Workshop Room

CSU Application Workshop 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. CTC Workshop Room

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Pierce helps transfer fears into opportunities

Colleges from across the nation came to campus and set up booths in the Great Hall to pitch their programs to prospective students AARON ESTRADA Reporter @AirOnNews & MAJA LOSINSKA Reporter @RoundupNews


nstead of ghosts and monsters, perhaps college students’ greatest fear is transferring—or rather how to pay for it. Students found some relief at Pierce’s annual Transfer Day and College Fair on Halloween, as counselors helped explain the ways to apply for financial aid. The event, held in the Great Hall, also provided the opportunity to meet representatives from colleges and universities across the country to help them narrow their future education and transfer possibilities. Transfer Center Director Sunday Salter highlighted the importance of having a FAFSA booth at the event. “We have a lot of students who have a fear of applying to transfer because they think that they will not be able to afford it,” Salter said. “Often, what they do not realize is that when you do your FAFSA, the year before you transfer, you have

to list every school that you want to apply to.” Financial Aid Director Anafe Robinson, along with her team, were present for the first time with iPads to give step-by-step guidance to students in filling out FAFSA information. “We teamed up with Sunday Salter to set this up,” Robinson said. “If they have issues or challenges on how to upload their documents or complete their application, today is the day for us to help them with a hands-on approach.” Salter addressed the reason and need for this first-time addition and what it hopes to address. More than just transfer information was provided as California State University Northridge’s Josefina Gudino the Advisor for AIMS² , a program for students pursuing a major in Engineering and Computer Science. “It is important for us to come out and let students know what we are doing, the program and about opportunities that they have upon coming to CSUN,” Gudino said. Alexis Smith from the Pierce Transfer Center empowered students by providing current information on workshops, peer mentorship opportunities and connections with universities.

Kevin Lendio / Roundup Pierce College students and school representatives meet during the Transfer Day in the Great Hall at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Oct. 31, 2019.

“We offer drop-in hours for students to get physical assistance on applications, we do resume help. We also have not only transfer services, but we have career services too.” Smith said that there’s a high attendance for the workshops offered by Transfer Center. “We do a lot of marketing throughout campus, whether that’s having posters or us going physically out, handing in and

letting students know,” Smith said. Taking the advantage of having representatives from campuses around the country conveniently in one spot, students were also provided with snacks, live music and prizes. Students like Construction Management Major Taylor Bridge know all too well how available majors affect transfer decisions. Bridge took the opportunity to get quality interaction with his school

A shop built for scares

AARON ESTRADA Reporter @AirOnNews

Kevin Lendio / Roundup SME club president Jeffrey Lerner wears a mask inside the horror maze in room 3643 at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Oct. 31, 2019.

machines and power for many of the machines will be cut at the main breaker so that the machine can't be activated.” Welding Club representative Travis Gonzales took time from his pursuit of a Welding Certificate to partake in the Horror Shop and encouraged others to experience it as well. “It was extremely scary, blood everywhere, I would highly recommend it,” Gonzales said. “If you want to be scared out of your mind, check it out.” While he enjoyed the maze overall, there were a few things about the maze that stuck out to Gonzales. “Rotating heads on a lathe machine, a guy doing some grinding that was pretty cool.”

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Gonzales said. Even though he went into the shop with knowledge and intent of being scared, there were still some aspects that caught him off guard. “I've actually taken a class in that room,” Gonzales said. “All of this stuff that they did and the whole experience was really good and the way they transformed the [room] was very impressive. Club President and Genetic Engineering major Jeffrey Lerner explained that when the club is not trying to scare the student population, they are busy at work using their talents to bring ideas to life. “We’re making a case for Raspberry Pi,” Lerner said. “We need to make several prototypes as well as back up money and are

hoping to raise $600-$900.” Despite the name, the case is not for a delicious dessert, the Raspberry Pi is a computer chip, and as such the case will provide more than just protection. “It will cool down the motherboard so that it can be overclocked a higher project processing ability,” Lerner said. “We are also going to make it waterproof. These capabilities will allow it to be in robots in turn, expanding their abilities.” While this is their first hosting the event, the SME club hopes it to be a continuing event that they can do every year and start building traction.

Probably the water fountains because they're kind of dirty, and most of them don't work. And the internet, because a lot of the times it's pretty bad around here. -Jose Lopez Psychology I think we need to spread a little more awareness about certain things like the CAS, especially because people don't know about that. And it's a really beneficial thing for students here. And it's the opportunity for them to boost a grade, from a C to an A. It's all free and it's something really important that people should know about it.

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The Society of Manufacturing Engineers club remodels their workshop into "Horror Shop" for Halloween

Severed body parts, machines covered in cobwebs and a bucket of blood are all features one would hope to avoid in a machine workshop. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers club worked day and night to decorate and incorporate their machines to transform their workshop to a three-day donationbased haunted maze they dubbed “Horror Shop” to fundraise for their club, as explained by SME Advisor Bryce Garter. “The shop at night is kind of creepy,” Garter said. “We were brainstorming a fundraising opportunity and it being Halloween season, the group kind of elected to convert the shop.” Using machines for terrifying demonstrations and to create a pathway through the shop, materials to blackout the windows and well placed decorations, the SME used their skills and elbow grease to give Pierce some real scares. Garter also explained that while the scares were real, so were the safety precautions necessary when dealing with a room full of dangerous machinery. “Shop safety is number one,” Garter said. “We issue safety glasses and we will observe the rules of shop safety. Only trained personnel will be operating the

of choice CSUN. “My major is a little more niche,” Bridge said. “They are actually one of the few schools in the country that have a specific major dedicated to Construction Management.” The benefits for college fairs are far from one-sided, as UCLA Arts representative Nikki Klepper explained. “UCLA Arts is a small visual performing arts professional school

on UCLAs campus,” Klepper said. “We have five different Bachelor of Arts programs, and we have a separate application process and portfolio requirement and we are here to talk about that.” Maximiliano Trujillo from Mount Saint Mary, a predominantly all girls campus, also shared his experience with transfer fairs. “Actually, a lot of males inquire with us,” Trujillo said. “They have never heard of us, so they just assume that we're a typical co-ed school which gives us the opportunity to explain to them we do offer programs in nursing, as well as night and weekend classes for them in business.” Students also had the opportunity to partake in scavenger hunt of sorts. Upon arrival, they could take a sheet of paper to be signed by eight different booths that they visited to receive a raffle ticket giving them the opportunity to win $100 visa gift card. As long as there are students looking to further their educational pursuits and transfer to other colleges, there will always be a need for transfer events like this and Pierce is more than happy to continue to provide. [For the full story visit]

SAMANTHA NEFF Reporter @sam_neff_ Professors from various departments will be hosting the French Film Festival in November for four days that will take place at the Great Hall and will be open to everyone. The event is free admission and even though all the films will be in French, there will be English subtitles. The first day of the festival will include Higher Education and Language Attache of the Consulate General of France Olivier Ngo, along with Dean of Student Engagement Juan Carlos Astorga opening the activities. It will begin on Wednesday, Noov. 6, from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. President of the French Club Tara Jovicic said that she believes this event will be very beneficial for students who attend. “Not only are we trying to spread word about modern languages and French language and culture as well, but it's a good opportunity for American students to see movies rather than American,” Jovicic said. “Not only French, but there are so many other great foreign language movies with others perspectives and it's very nice. I think they're going to be gaining a lot.” Event coordinators French professor Denis Pra and English professor Donna Accardo said that the event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of other professors on campus, who have stepped up to help present the films and host a Q and A

so that students are able to get more information about the films. “I have to thank many colleagues who accepted to participate and to even have these movies as part of the curriculum of their class, so it's nice,” Pra said. “Other professors accepted to have the students do extra credit based on the movies.” The six films presented throughout this event will be “Le Retour Du Heros/ Return of the Hero” and “Le Corbeau/ The Raven” on Nov. 6, and “Polina” will be on Nov. 7. The films “Les Quatre Soeurs/ Shoah: Four Sisters” and “120 Battements Par Minute/ BPM” will be on Nov.13, and “Tazzeka” will be presented on Nov.14. Each of these films will address a real world issue that Pra and Accardo are hoping will spark discussion among students and grab their attention. The professors presenting the films have been specifically selected by the coordinators to present because the film will relate back to the subject that the professors teach. “The films are all really wonderful, for instance one of them, “Les Quatre Soeurs/Shoah: Four Sisters,” is the story of women surviving World War II, the holocaust,” Accardo said. “It’s a documentary, so we asked two professors from communications to present that film.” The event will also be hosting a few more attractions, including French pastry and Moroccan food tasting throughout the four days. [For the full story visit]

I think first-year academic planning. I wasn't quite prepared for that in the first year, so that's kind of why I'm here three years. I didn't quite understand how I should plan it out. So because of that, I'm here for one extra year. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but I could've saved a lot of time if I had just understood exactly what it meant to have more units and to have a stronger academic plan. -Braxton Eddy Animations More shaded areas to sit. Unfortunately, there are a lot of areas that are exposed to the elements when it's windy or when it's hot. So, it'd be nice to have a few more places that are shaded to sit around. And the parking, definitely. -Evan Mitchum Information Systems

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Sam Brand swings at the ball during the backwards baseball game at P Kelly Field. Photo by Cecilia Parada.

Ryan Barry, dressed as a dinosaur, fields a ball during the split-squad Halloween game at Pierce College’s Joe Kelly Field in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Oct. 31, 2019. Photo by Benjamin Hanson.

Pierce College’s baseball team exchanges their uniforms for costumes in the backwards baseball game at Pierce College’s Joe Kelly Field. Photo by Benjamin Hanson.

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#SQUAD GHOULS (Left to right) Kenny Baumgartner attempts to tag Chris Hammond during the backwards baseball game at Pierce College’s Joe Kelly Field. Photo by Cecilia Parada.

game at Pierce College’s Joe Kelly Field. Photo by Cecilia Parada.

On a day where many students dressed up, baseball joined in the Halloween spirit by playing their annual Backwards Baseball Game. This is a tradition that was started by baseball’s head coach Bill Picketts as a way to have a break from the normal practices. “The players love having fun. In the years we did this, it was successful. It is a challenge though because they have to do things differently. They must run backwards, throw and catch with their opposite hand,” Picketts said. The players were required to do everything backward. They hit from the opposite side, threw with their non-dominant hand and ran to third base after putting the ball in play. They even had to run facing the base where they were previously. The majority of players decided to dress in traditional Halloween costumes, such as Superman and Scooby Doo, but Kenny Baumgartner decided to dress as Picketts. Hakeem Yatim wore a magnet with baby chicks glued to it. He said it was his first time participating in this tradition. “I had joined the team in the spring. It is a great way to let loose for a bit. Some people will have good plays, while others will mess up,” Yatim said. “I feel I have to be creative with my costume.” Zack Garcia dressed as a UPS delivery man for his mom, who works for the company. “My mother does so much,” Garcia said. “And even though it was tough to run backwards because I fell down, it was fun and I enjoyed it.” Copy by Felipe Gamino

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he Pierce College women’s volleyball team couldn't keep their winning ways as they lost against Santa Barbara City College in Friday's conference game. Volleyball had won their game against Mission College Wednesday in five sets getting their second win of the season. The Brahmas won the second set 26-24, however the Vaqueros won the other three sets 25-18, 25-15 and 25-17. Head Coach Edison Zhou said the game was really good. “When we played Santa Barbara, the first time we lost,” Zhou said. It was 0-3. Today was 1-3. I think we got a lot better. Starting in the second set, we didn't miss all serves very much. So, it was why we took it the second set. We need to work on the middles. We still have time to work on the skills and blocking for the other two matches.” Madi Mullins led the Vaqueros with 11 kills, while Lauren Wold had 13 assists SBCC Head Coach Kat Niksto said she thought her team played well. “We had a little bit of a wall in that second game where we got off to a slow start, and I was a little disappointed that we couldn't recover quicker. But overall, I thought we kind of got better throughout the match as it went on, which was good

for us tonight,” Niksto said. Brahmas’ Assistant Coach Carrie Wright said she thought her team was competitive and adjusted to the opposing team’s performance. “So, in the first game there were only little details that we needed to change, and we talked about it in the circle before our second game and they made those adjustments,” Wright said. Wright said their serving improved in the second set. “We were not letting them score points against us because we made those adjustments. I think that overall we did some really nice stuff. We just have to be a little more consistent, but I felt like we were competitive," Wright said. Brahmas’ volleyball player Angelica Gonzalez said game was good compared to past games, but that it could have been better. “So, the talking was there. The passing definitely could be a little bit more, it was like 90%. We can get that extra 10% from like everybody else. Serving - getting ace on the serves, getting more smart kills. It doesn't always have to be a hit. It would be a deep push. And more energy – that’s our biggest problem," Gonzalez said. The Brahmas with the loss drop to 2-9 on the season, 1-7 in conference play. Pierce will serve the ball against the Ventura College Pirates Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m.

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Soccer still has playoff hope after win FELIPE GAMINO Sports Editor @fgamino13 Following their draw to the Hancock College Bulldogs, soccer went on the road to face the Oxnard College Condors. In a close game, Pierce returned to winning ways beating the Condors 2-1. Head coach Adolfo Perez said his team were down in numbers, but still managed to get the win. "We only had 12 players available. We lost Gabriela [Portillo] after the Hancock game which is obviously a blow to us," Perez said. Pierce only needed 11 minutes to take the lead through Diana Millan off a Preet Kaur assist. However 18 minutes later, Oxnard tied the game through Cassandra Martinez. Perez said the Condors were tough in a difference to last time

where the Brahmas cruised past them.. 13 minutes into the second half, Amelia Weckhurst scored the winning goal for the Brahmas. Weckhurst was proud to have contributed to the team's win. "I feel great to have scored, but it is all thanks to my teammates who helped us get the W," Weckhurst said. Millan said Pierce were all over the place against the Condors. "We weren't fully focused, but something that helped us out was finishing our chances which is what Adolfo instructed us to do," Perez said. Pierce still has a remote chance of making the playoffs, but they must win or tie their next games and wait for a miracle. Brahmas host Cuesta College Friday at 4 p.m.

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