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Brahmas mauled by Wildcats A Dream Football loses home opener 62 - 26, drops to 0 - 2 on the season

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urnovers and tackling struggles were apparent as the Brahmas lost their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 14 to West LA College. The Wildcats flipped the score on the Brahmas, winning 6226. Strength and Conditioning Coach Dylan Flannery said he was shocked by the score but at the same time, he wasn’t shocked by the outcome. “Our guys have a lot of room to grow as young men. Focus, effort, discipline, respect throughout the week,” Flannery said. “We got all the potential in the world if we can tighten this up, but if they come back with the same attitude, focus, same work ethic, same attendance, if it’s that same old song, yeah, I wouldn’t be shocked if this turns ugly.” The game didn't start well for the Brahmas. A fumble that was recovered by the Wildcats led to Justice Powers scoring first. Pierce responded immediately through Brandon Brock, who scored two touchdowns against the Wildcats.

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Assistant Coach Nick Walker consoles Martin Zelaya during halftime at a game against West L.A. College at Shepard Stadium in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Sept 14, 2019. The Brahmas lost 62-26.

“I tried to do what I have to do to make my team win,” Brock said. “You won’t see this again. This is our worst game, but we will bounce back.” It turned into a back-and-forth

between the teams before West LA took a 24-14 lead heading into the second quarter. “We played well in the first, but at the end of the day you got to play well in all four quarters.

We gave up a lot of big plays in the first quarter,” Head Coach Carlos Woods said. “We didn’t execute, and the better team won. It wasn’t up to our standards and you can see the end result.” In the second quarter, it all went downhill for the Brahmas. Keeshawn Johnson scored in the opening minutes, followed by a long run from quarterback Austin Amor. Devean Randall would score the next two TD’s to add more insult to injury, giving West LA a 52-14 lead at half time. The Brahmas started the second half scoring through David McCullum, but Darrian Boyd respond with a touchdown of his own. Brahmas’ wide receiver Lord Jones went on to score his third touchdown of the season, making the score 59-26. “I felt pretty good. Came out second half but it felt good, but its regular, I do this all the time,” Jones said. “That was our worst play, we are way better Ben Hanson / Roundup than that. I don’t know what Clearance the Brahma cries during a home football game against West LA College at Shepard Stadium in Woodland happened today, but I guess Hills, Calif. on Sept. 14, 2019. The Brahmas lost 62-26. everyone came out sluggish.”

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A field goal extended the Wildcats’ lead to 36 points. Woods talked about what he’d like to see from the team in their next game. “Just starting fast, making sure we start with a lot of energy and cut down on the penalty. Way too many penalties, we got to play much more disciplined football,” Woods said. Flannery said he hopes this was a wakeup call to the team. “I hope this opens up their eyes to being humble and they see that their way doesn’t work,” Flannery said. “As Soon as we can address the problem as individuals, and as a team, then come together and build on that, I think will be alright. We have so much talent. That’s the big piece where I am shocked.” Flannery said that they must be disciplined and focused because talent isn’t enough in football. “Everyone wants to be a champion, but very few are willing to do what it takes to be a champion,” Flannery said.

The Dream Resource Center will provide more than 600 undocumented students with the tools they need to succeed. It will open Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Library / Learning Crossroads courtyard according to Kimberly castillo, a staff member for the DRC. “We want to honor this accomplishment and celebrate with everyone,” Castillo said. The DRC collaborates with the I.D.E.A.S. club at Pierce to expand their outreach to undocumented students. I.D.E.A.S. Club President Yajaira Garcia explained the clubs responsibilities. “We try to do workshops, events, and collaborate with other clubs to get the word out and make sure that everyone here at Pierce can have the same opportunities and same successes that other students have with their residency,” Garcia said. The DRC will assist undocumented students in finacial aid, peer mentoring, applications and scholarship information. “I’m there to support them and guide them in the right direction,” Castillo said. “Roughly, as of right now, I want to say we have a little over 600 students. I haven’t met with all of them, but I want students to know that this space is there for them.” Aside from mentoring and assistance, the center also has computers and tables that students can use. [For the full story visit

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Thursday concert series debuts with soulful trio KATYA CASTILLO Photo Editor @PhotosByKatya Hunched next to a 120-year-old double bass that towered over him, the musician closed his eyes and swayed to the music as his fingers slapped the strings and jazz filled the crowded room. Next to him, a man sitting at a bright red drum set subtly switched his sticks to accommodate the shift in tone and volume. All the while, a longbearded guitarist improvised, his fingers barely visible as they

jumped from one string to another. Together, Jake Leckie (bassist), Shawn Baltazor (drummer), and Nadav Peled (guitarist) make the Jake Leckie Jazz Trio, who performed Thursday Sept. 12 at the Performing Arts Building at Pierce College. Leckie, the bassist, composed the majority of the music. He says, “my rule for composition is that it’s one page long, easy to read, and fun to play.” The line-up included songs from Leckie’s debut album “The Abode,” which focused on his connection to New

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York and its feeling of home. The first song, “The Abode,” introduced the trio. Each instrument was showcased in small, improvised solos throughout the song. The next song, “Métis,” began with just the bass. Leckie plucked and slapped for almost a minute before Baltazor played his first note. Gradually, the drums and guitar grew louder and the sounds of each instrument rang throughout the theater. [see JAZZ on pg. 4]

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Drummer Shawn Baltazor from the Jake Leckie Jazz Trio plays the drums on Sept. 12, 2019, during the Performing Arts Department's Thursday Concert at Pierce College's Performing Arts Building Mainstage in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Photo Essay Club Rush takes the mall once again.

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Sports Like a good neighbor, Diana is there for the assist.

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h ile t he f i rst few week s of school m ig ht be a bit of a mess for bot h st udents a nd facult y, more ef for t by eit her Pierce or t he LACCD should be put i nto not if y i ng st udents t hat t here has been a cha nge i n t hei r schedule, especially when it’s a week before school st a r ts. St udents receive lit tle i n t he way of not if icat ion if a class has been d ropped by t he school, or if a professor has been replaced wit h a not her person at t he last m i nute. T here’s also not much of a safet y net if t h is happens eit her, because if a st udent’s class is d ropped , t he on ly t h i ng t hey receive is a ref u nd. W h ile t h is may be a problem i n t he f i rst few week s of school, t h is lack of not if icat ion could st ill could cause a lot of u n needed con f usion among st udents i n what is a rg u ably al ready t he most con f usi ng per iod of t he semester. In t he 2017-2018 LACCD A n nu al Repor t, t he est i mated a n nu al average of en rolled st udents in t he Los A ngeles A rea was bet ween 20 0,0 0 0 -240,0 0 0. Pierce College est i mates on its website t hat has a populat ion of 20,0 0 0 ma k i ng up roug h ly a rou nd 10 percent of t he LACCD’s populat ion. Wit h a populat ion of t h is st at u re, a few su r pr ise d rops could send hu nd reds of st udents on a t ailspi n. O ne si mple way of add ressi ng t h is would be to send a not if icat ion t h roug h ca nvas (a n app t hat most st udents have a nd use) to aler t t hem t hat a class has been or will be d ropped i n t he nea r f ut u re. T h is solut ion generally would have t he la rgest out reach to most st udents on campus.

A not her possible way of not if y i ng st udents would be to have t hem give t hei r st udent email add ress to t he professor af ter t hey pu rchased t he class. If somet h i ng happens t hen a n automated would be sent out to t hose st udents. T h is would requi re st udents to check t hei r st udent email fa r more f requently, but t h is st ill would at least st ill be a way of not if y i ng st udents of t he discou rse. Usi ng t he Pierce website to list recently ca ncelled classes on t he f ront page would also be a good a nd easily doable solut ion. Just about ever yone on campus uses t he website, so t he i n for mat ion would be seen by a much la rger audience. O ne met hod t hat could possibly work would be to leave a n automated voice message for st udents whose classes have been d ropped. T h is would requi re st udents leavi ng t hei r phone nu mbers when register i ng a class. Aside f rom d roppi ng classes, teachers may have to leave due to personal reasons but have a back up teacher t a ke over before t he class is of f icially d ropped for good. W h ile not as big of a problem as t he for mer, t h is could st ill leave ma ny st udents con f used on t hei r f i rst d ay wit hout pr ior not if icat ion. A si mple email or t he professor’s name bei ng cha nged on Ca nvas m i g h t alleviate some of t h is to a degree. I t ’ d be for the best t hat t he LACCD

proposed n e w n o t i f i c a t i o n r u l e s t o a l l i t ’s s c h o o l s that f it under its umbrella. Some st udents f rom Pierce may also be t ak i ng classes (o n l i n e o r i n p e r s o n ) a t other com mu n it y college campuses, and these surprise cancelations might affect them, as ent i re com mutes would need to be changed. If Pierce could get behind such changes, much of t he st ress cau sed i n t he f i r st few week s of school could be alleviated for both staff and st udents alike.

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Students who are fresh out of high school are often confused during the start of their path toward higher education. Community college can be overwhelming and deciding on the right major could already leave new students feeling stuck. The transition from high school to a two-year institution will bring a new environment and more challenging curriculum, and first generation college students are prone to more academic challenges. Pierce College has a First-Year Experience Center on the first floor under the Library Learning/Crossroads building. The center offers counseling after first attending a mandatory New Student Counseling Group. The purpose of the group is to prepare new students for taking community college classes and learning the academic policies of LACCD and Pierce. Finding a way to fit in the community can be another emotional barrier, so a way to familiarize with the new campus is a vital part to extracurricular growth. There are FYE programs within the California Community College system available as a valuable resource for students to participate in. According to the Pierce College website, “The mission of the FirstYear Experience Counseling Center is to serve the educational planning, matriculation, and adjustment needs of Pierce College students who are new or have completed under 24 units from any US regionally accredited institution.” Counseling is an important part to staying on a solid academic path, and FYE is one way to help students keep up with appointments and meet with other students for academic support. FYE is not limited to counseling, as the program includes others tools for students to make their higher education journey smoother.

According to a peer review from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, “Programs and initiatives commonly considered to be a part of an institution’s first-year experience efforts include, recruitment and admissions efforts; new student orientation programs; welcome week activities; first-year seminars; academic advising; academic support centers; supplemental instruction; undergraduate research initiatives; and learning communities.” Certain institutions are making FYE a requirement to receive benefits, such as the California Promise grant. All College Promise students must be a part of the FYE Program at Los Angeles City College, according to their website. Other colleges offer the California Promise grant to community college students who meet the requirements. Making FYE a mandatory program at Pierce for at least the first year can significantly improve students’ awareness of academic policy. The FYE program aims to help students who want to improve their academic growth through a clear path. According to results of a national survey from Ithaka S+R, “Institutions with an FYE program are more likely to offer programming that is targeted specifically to subgroups of underserved students, including low-income, low-performing, and high-achieving students.” It could even be possible to hold more FYE workshops or New Student Counseling Groups on Fridays; a day when not many classes are in session. It could make a difference for students who have no idea how to pursue their academic goals and could give insight about transferring to a four-year institution. Making FYE mandatory or more accessible for first-year students can help boost student success rates or transfer rates among students who wish for extra educational support. newsroom.roundupnews@gmail.com

Canceled classes: now or never? Con: Cancel classes late

Pro: Cancel classes early MARC BLAIS Reporter @blaismarc20161 There is a debate about whether it is better to cancel a class due to low enrollment weeks before the semester begins or to wait and see if that class will eventually be filled up. It would be fair to students and teachers if classes were canceled weeks before the semester begins because it allows them more time to make the necessary changes in their lives. College students deal with more than simply school. Some deal with jobs, families, sports or other extracurricular activities. Not to mention, most people don’t have access to their own car. They may rely on their family and friends to drive them, while others depend on public transportation. Having to find a new class to replace the one that was canceled may require them to find a new way to get to school. Lots of students relate to having to balance school while also working a job. They plan out their class schedule ahead

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of time so modifications can be made for work schedules. However, almost every semester they have to add and drop multiple classes in the first week. Not only is it stressful to have to find another class to enroll in, but there’s also the need to reschedule or cancel plans that were already made. Letting students know before the semester starts that a class is going to be canceled would mainly help students. Giving the students a heads up allows them time to not only find a new class that will fill their requirements, but also gives them time to make adjustments in their lives out of school. While students should be given the opportunity to make the necessary changes in their lives, teachers deserve it as well. Canceling a class doesn’t affect only students, it also troubles teachers. Believe it or not, teachers have lives outside of school. There are professors that teach at other colleges and some have children they need to take care of. As with the students, if teachers are given advance notice that one of their classes is going to be canceled, they can find a way to alter their outside

of school priorities as well. This doesn’t only affect how teachers balance their obligations, it also may inf luence their pay negatively. According to the article, “The Average Adjunct Pay at Community Colleges” by Tony Guerra, “Adjunct faculty pay at community colleges is usually on a per-class or per-semester hourly basis.” In other words, some professors are paid by each hour that they teach. If one of their classes is dropped, it could have a significant financial impact on them. If they were to know that a class is being canceled ahead of time, then they could have time to try and find a new way to make up for that loss of pay, whether that be by teaching a different class or finding another job. Some believe that it’s more beneficial to try and see if more students will enroll in the class once the semester starts, and sometimes the classes do get enough students. However, is it worth the risk of throwing students and teachers lives into chaos simply to see if a class gets filled?

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PAOLA CASTILLO Reporter @paaolacaastillo The majority of students have experienced the dreaded email stating that a class they signed up for has been canceled. Those students are then burdened with the task of having to find a seat in another class. If they are lucky, they’ll find one that meets their requirements. If they are unlucky, they’ll either have to waitlist or wait another semester to take the class. The classes that would be canceled should at least be given the benefit of the doubt before it’s completely removed. Canceling a week or two after the semester starts may be the better option. Waiting to cancel would benefit students who enroll in college last minute. By the time they’re ready to start adding courses, classes are either waitlisted or closed. This limits their options to almost nothing. Keeping the classes open would motivate them to enroll, which in turn would fill more seats. Part of the reason these classes have low enrollment can be because they are being

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canceled. Canceling the classes results in them being forgotten. The students won’t know about it, and that will lead to it having low enrollment. Also, if the students recognize that the class has the potential of being taken away, then they will be discouraged to enroll in it. Distrust towards the class schedule may ensue. Students could find that the class schedule isn’t as reliable since the classes that are offered sometimes don’t take place. What should also be considered are the last minute changes a student may make in regards to their academic plan. They may realize that the class that got canceled was one of the classes they needed to take. It’s possible that the other options they have are full or simply didn’t interest them. Depending on the college, 10 to 15 is the number of seats that a class has to have filled for it to stay open. The problem is that the students are seen as seats rather than students. A class that isn’t filled to the brim doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. The small number of students willing to take the class are equally as important as a full class of students. The class exists for a reason.

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If a student is genuinely interested in a certain class they should be able to take it. According to responses on a forum on The Chronicle of Higher Education, some colleges allow students to take the class regardless of the number of students that enrolled. They either treat the class like normal or teach it through independent study. It gives classes a level of importance and value that may not otherwise be there if they are canceled. Some might say that if the class is that important to the student, then they can most likely find it elsewhere. Yet, some students are limited on how far they can go to school. Some students don't have the ability to go to another college for the class that got canceled. Taking them online isn’t an option that is available for every class, so that is another risk that they face. The stress of a new semester is enough for a student to deal with. Canceling a class and having to make them find another is something they shouldn’t have to worry about. Classes should be given the chance to fill up before it’s completely removed.

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The unifying power of reading

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STEM program AIMS Bringing the campus together, one book at a time for student success THOMAS DILLON Reporter @TheRoundupNews

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n a class of 30 students, an average of six are homeless. One Book, One Campus aims to emphasize this statistic with their choice of novel this semester. The program, which encourages students and faculty to read a common book, is exploring student homelessness with the novel “The Soloist,” by Steve Lopez. The novel is a biography about Nathaniel Ayers, a talented Juilliard musician who ends up homeless due to his mental illness. Outreach Librarian Lisa Valdez said they chose “The Soloist” because the story is relevant to college students. “Around one-fifth of community college students are classified as homeless,” Valdez said. “We chose this as a global issue, because we have a very diverse campus. We want to speak to the experience of people in their homes.” Another big part of One Book, One Campus takes place through their planned events. During the 2016-2017 cycle, Valdez said that there were many well attended and engaging events that revolved around the book “I Am Malala”. “We had an exhibit that we had on loan from The Getty. The students were able to write little notes and letters to women who are suffering around the world. They got the chance to even volunteer or advocate for different groups,” said Valdez. “The program provides these great opportunities.” The program also encourages Pierce campus involvement in local community outreach. “Sometimes people come to school, and they’re interested in being involved in a career that will make them the most money,” Valdez said. “When they are exposed to these different subjects, sometimes they change their careers. They find that they want to do non-profit, they

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One Book, One Campus highlights a new novel each semester. The featured text for Fall 2019 is "The Soloist."

find that they want to advocate for things.” English Department Chair Brad Saenz said certain professors end up using the books as part of their curriculum. “I’ve only heard positive things about it,” Saenz said. “From professors I’ve heard who use the books, they say it usually works

well in their classes. It's typically something simple, accessible, and current.” Student Valerie Mena talked about the significance of “The Soloist” and why other students should be interested in it. "Student homelessness is something that's going on in society nowadays, and it's important to

learn more about it,” Mena said. While at the moment there are not any planned events for the fall semester, students and faculty can expect campus events for “The Soloist” in the spring semester of 2020. tdillon.roundupnews@gmail.com

STEM students at Pierce now can get hands-on research experience and make some extra money while pursuing their interests in both the computer engineering and science fields. California State University, Northridge offers paid summer research programs called Attract, Inspire, Mentor, Support Students (AIMS2), to qualified undergraduate students who are interested in engineering or computer science. The program provides access to all the tools that the CSUN engineering department has to offer, including theoretical research and machine work. Pierce had more students participating than any of the other community colleges partnering with CSUN. Project Coordinator Elizabeth Cheung explains that she would encourage anyone who is interested in STEM fields to participate in this program. “It's one thing that has been shown to be really effective in improving student success because they get to see how what they're learning applies to the real world,” Cheung said. Engineering student Anthony De Leon talks about how the program provided a different learning experience than the engineering classes he had taken at Pierce. “The main reason that I wanted to do this program was because I had never really had experience in any type of engineering, because I had only had classes where I learned about the theories behind engineering, so I had never actually seen it in practice,” De Leon said. “It was also paid research, so I was able to gain experience and make a little money on the side.” Engineering student Sherlyn

Villasis said this program provided her with an opportunity to discover her potential career path. “The program definitely helped me to learn a lot because the projects that we did, I didn't know how to start before,” Villasis said. “When we did it though, after the research, we are exposed to the matter and the actual subject now.”

“It was also paid research, so I was able to gain experience and make a little money on the side.” -Anthony De Leon Engineering Student De Leon explains how after the research and projects are completed, the students present their work at CSUN. “It was really good because we got to present everything we had done throughout the entire summer to other researchers who were there doing their own projects in the summer as well,” De Leon said. “You also get to present in front of CSUN faculty and your family members.” Students go through an interview process before being accepted into the program. They then are able to choose what projects they would like to do research on and work with the instructors at CSUN to help them get started. sneff.roundupnews@gmail.com

Bees make Pierce home Swarm disrupts campus peace

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Bees in a partially removed beehive by the North Gym at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Sept 16, 2019.

BRYAN CARBALLO Reporter @TheRoundupNews They make sweet honey, but there’s nothing sweet about thousands of bees swarming in front of your class. A beehive was removed from the northwest corner of the North Gym earlier this month, but a new hive has returned. Pierce College student Jose Rodriguez was startled when he saw the bees. Rodriguez claimed that the hive was at least the size of two baseballs. “I was coming out of the gym and I was confused to see what appeared to be a hive in the corner,” Rodriguez said. “I just saw bees coming out of it and I found it alarming.” Operations Manager of Plant Facilities Rodney Allen called a bee removal company to resolve the issue. According to Allen, bees are a protected species in California, so they don’t spray

pesticides, which contain toxic chemicals that can harm the ecosystem.

“Every now and then, we have to close off classes until the bee company comes out.”

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Operations Manager of Plant Facilities “When the bee company came, they located the queen bee and stored her in a box,” Allen said. “The others followed her into it, and once they were all gathered up, the company took them to a farm where they wouldn’t be a

nuisance to anyone.” They are required to comply with the California Code of Regulations Pertaining to the Protection of Bees that is set to protect not only bees, but all other wildlife that can be found on campus. Secretary of the Math Department Jonathan Gallay explained that this isn’t the first time they’ve had an insect infestation on campus. “I put in a work order September of last year to remove a wasp nest that was on the west side of the aisle from the 1100 and 1200 building,” Gallay said. That nest was also safely removed by the Plant Facilities team. Allen explained that these types of inconveniences to students are not uncommon on campus. “We understand that the bees do affect the students here,” Allen said. “Every now and then, we have to close off classes until the bee company comes out.” bcarballo.roundupnews@gmail.com


4 Campus Life Wed. 09/18 Student Services Fair 10:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m.

Thurs. 09/19 UC TAG Application Workshop 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Choosing your Major for UCLA 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. CTC Workshop Room

[From FRONT, pg. 1] In their song “A Beautiful Wind,” the trio improvised simultaneously. Each musician, with closed eyes, created something unique and different from their counterparts. The three instruments complimented one another and battled in a thundering symphony of jazz. Only one of the songs wasn’t written by Leckie or the trio. “Yematibela Wef,” composed by Assefa Abate, is an Etheopian song that translates to “a bird that’s not to be eaten,” according to Peled, signifying a free-spirit. In total, they played seven songs, each lasting a few minutesw. Each song started and ended with a theme, while the middle was filled with improvisation. “That’s how you make one page

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of music last for seven minutes,” Leckie said. The trio performed for an hour, answering questions at the end from audience members, and even sticking around to talk to interested students about the instruments and their careers. Prior to moving to Los Angeles,

“That's how you make one page of music last for seven minutes.” -Jake Leckie

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each of the three had lived in New York, though their paths hadn’t crossed. It wasn’t until they landed the same gigs in Los Angeles

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that they met and began playing together. Individually, they’ve studied and played professionally with various styles of music, including rock, jazz, and classical. They’ve each performed in various cities, and even internationally. As a trio, they play around LA and decided to play at Pierce because Leckie is also an adjunct music teacher at the college. This semester, the Thursday Concerts all feature professors from Pierce. For those interested in future performances, the free concerts run from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Building Mainstage. The next performance will be on Sept. 19 and will star Kevin Good, a percussionist. kcastillo.roundupnews@gmail.com

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“I’d probably start an electronic music club because I know how to produce music myself and I’ve been doing that for a very long time. I have a lot of experience with it and I feel it would be great for someone to have that experience who’s trying to reach a business music major, like myself, or music industry major.” -Raz Davidov Music Business

“I would start a creative writing club with more of a focus on writing novels rather than poetry.” -Hadia Chaudhry Psychology

“I brought my karate gear but I don’t see any karate clubs so I would be really excited to start one.” -Emily Kumagai Nursing “I would start an eco-friendly club. I would hope to bring awareness to what we wear, how much pollution goes into making one t-shirt and how what we eat affects everything around us.” -Gizzelle Rangel Film & TV “A Filipino club to show people more of our culture and to have potlucks for food.” -Bea Aguilan Nursing and Psychology

Angelica Lopez / Roundup Bassist Jake Leckie performs some tracks from his album "The Abode" with his jazz trio on Sept. 12, 2019, during the Performing Arts Department's Thursday Concert at Pierce College's Performing Arts Building Mainstage in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Clubs on the rush

The event makes its bi-annual return on The Mall DANIELA FREIRE Reporter @RoundupNews Cheerleaders and Brahma mascots scurried down The Mall, celebrating campus spirit in the name of Club Rush. The event on Wednesday and Thursday was hosted by the Associated Students Organization (ASO) and was attended by dozens of clubs and hundreds of students. Students had the opportunity to visit potential clubs that sparked interest while grabbing snacks and participating in fun activities. It was a beneficial opportunity for students to join a community atmosphere and meet new connections. Club booths, such as Pierce College Democrats and the English Club came from the campus to help recruit incoming students into their specific communities. Shirley Baker, a Pierce student, was not able to attend Club Rush last year but she was excited to attend and see what would spark her interest. “It was great to see all the different kinds of clubs that Pierce has to offer while being able to be with my friends and participate in extracurricular activities,” Baker said. Clubs can appeal toward a student's academic interests, political leanings and hobbies. The bi-annual event also consists of booths that are there to spread awareness that some students may find appealing in a political climate. Michelle Xai is not only here at Club Rush to talk to students about clubs, but is here as a part of The

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Kevin Lendio/ Roundup American Welding Society Club member Travis Gonzales puts up a sign at the pole of his tent, Sept. 12, 2019, in Woodland Hills, Calif.

National Get Organized for an Actual Revolution Tour. Their aim is to get students involved and aware of the crisis that is happening around the world. “We are spreading the word that the world as it is right now is a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be this way,” Xai said. “We are going to different campuses letting people know that there is actually a leadership science strategy to actually put an end to this nightmare.” ASO had their own booth up with the others, providing giveaways and games for students to sign up and participate. Nicole Alfaro, Club Council President, organized club rush with the help of ASO senators. “My favorite part of Club Rush was getting the opportunity to meet all of

these outstanding student leaders and advisors who want to make an impact on campus with their club,” Alfaro said. She said she made snack buckets and handed out water cases to students during Club Rush with other members. “I also help clubs charter for the semester and make sure the application is filled out properly, as well as guiding these student leaders on the right path and being there for them when and if they need help,” Alfaro said. Students are still able to join the many clubs Pierce has to offer through the ASO website. For more information about clubs or how to make one, visit Pierce College’s website and search ‘clubs’ to find additional information for meeting times and locations.

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Features

ROUNDUP: Sept. 18, 2019

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Parisian street art, ‘The Little Prince’ and Pierce

New art professor returns from Paris to bring art and culture to campus NAVODIA DHARMASIRIWARDENA

Reporter @NdezyNs

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espite driving across the country twice, moving to different states and even taking up residence in foriegn countries art professor Lyndsay Phillips is now here to stay, make this the permanent home. Phillips is now teaching almost all subjects in art at many different colleges. Art is a strong passion for her, among many other subjects. “I always made art but was not terribly great at it,” Phillips said. “Since I was a kid, I was interested in creating art. And learning about artists and how they reflect the world around them.”

“I really enjoyed that sense of community that was being created one person at a time in these random, often dirty alley ways. was beautiful. ” -Lyndsay Phillips Art Profesor

While Phillips enjoys teaching general art, she also has a special interest in history as well. “I get the opportunity to talk about a lot of things,” Phillips said. “History is really interesting to me, understanding the way that people have lived throughout time is really interesting to me, seeing how artwork can reflect that in

Kevin Lendio/ Roundup Lyndsay Phillips, the new Art professor, stands in front of a mural painting at the Art and Architecture Department of Pierce College, Sept. 10, 2019, in Woodland Hills, Calif. Phillips teaches both Art History and Art Appreciation. society.” an interesting place that shows its profession here at Pierce. outside of the United States was There are many ways to look at true colors in many ways.. “I’ve been a waitress and the graffiti and street art found all art, but understanding the history “Pierce College had been kind bartender for a long time,” across Paris. and culture behind the art gives it of revealing itself to me the past Phillips said. “I did makeup and “I’ve been in Paris since 2009,” greater depth. couple of weeks,” Phillips said. “I special effects for film and print Phillips said. “And graffiti and “Everyone can look at an feel a little disconnected from the and music videos, I was an online street art were pretty big over here image and take something from rest of the campus however, it’s editor for the daily news for a already, but over there it was poetry it,” Phillips said. “Helping them to really that we have this space. Up couple of years, I’ve had a lot of on the walls. I really enjoyed that see things differently and connect in the mountains.” odd jobs in the middle of it, this is sense of not really being alone, with other cultures and maybe Phillips has had just about the best job though.” that sense of community that was historical period.” every job under the sun, with a One of the biggest influences being created, one person at a To Phillips. Pierce College is few notable ones prior to current on Phillips during her time time in these random often dirty

alley ways, was beautiful.” Ironically, one of the other major influences on Phillips also comes from France, that being “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. “The Little Prince, which is my favorite book,” Phillips said. “It is really written for children in quotes, but it is actually very philosophical. I have read it many times, I’ve read it in French, English and German. On my arm are tattoos from the book in French, which is the original.” While adjusting to American life again can be both difficult and stressful, Phillips likes to clear her mind and relax from the stresses of the day by doing what she loves most, art. “I’ve been doing some crafting mindless; I don’t care if it looks awful,” Phillips said. “I love hiking, traveling and camping and I try to go to a new thing. And I go to a lot of museums. I like to disconnect as often as I can. During the week, I work work work, and on the weekends, I’m off the grid.” Douglas Arciga is a current student at Pierce College and is taking an Art History class for the first time with Professor Phillips. “She is a great teacher, I love how she teaches in class, she is very nice and kind to everyone. It’s pretty nice to learn from her about the history of art.” said Arciga. Sarin Esagholian, a Nursing major, believes that what makes a good professor is their efforts to help see students make it. “A good professor is one that wants to see their students succeed, and build a good relationship with their students,” Esagholian said. Even Pierce staff members, like fellow art professor Monika Ramirez Wee, are interested in Phillips. “I am looking forward to collaborating with her.” Wee said. ndharmasiriwardena.roundupnews@gmail.

The ‘been there, done that’ English professor

Former globe-trotting marine returns to Pierce College to teach classes to believe that they can be successful, he is really big on that and I think he takes special pride in identifying students who are kind of like on the edge.” Corning said. “Trying to bring them in and helping them see that they can do it.”

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Reporter @NdezyNs

From the Marine Corps, to a security guard at Warner Bros., to finally becoming an English professor, Jason Freudenrich is a man who has ‘been there’ and ‘done that’. Freudenrich is an English Professor at Pierce College who was born and raised in Minnesota. While serving in the marines, he traveled the world three times over. But when teaching became his passion, he settled and never changed his mind. After spending years in the Marine Corps, transitioning to a new life began with a new job. “When I got out of the Marine corps, I actually became a security guard at Warner Bros.,” Freudenrich said. “Then I started going to school and I actually started here at Pierce College, then I transferred to California State University, Northridge (CSUN), which led me back here as a professor.” Despite having done very little planning in life, it seems that life already had a plan for the Freudenrich, leading him back Pierce College. “Fate, its all fate. It was almost like it was meant to be,” Freudenrich said. “I mean it’s so hard to explain. It just happened. Now when I look back, it has all happened. So fate.” For Freudenrich, life at work is great and there are reasons to keep coming back every semester. “I love my faculty, I love my students. I don’t know if I can express enough how much I love my students.” Freudenrich said. Freudenrich’s English Professor colleague, Christopher Corning, Freudenrich is a champion in the classroom. “Really motivating students

“Fate, it’s all fate. It was almost like it was meant to be.” -Jason Freudenrich English Professor Daniel Castanedo, a freshman music major, believes that a good professor is dependant on how willing they are to work with their students. “They need to be open with their class,” Castanedo said. “Engage with them and be able

Navodya Dharmasiriwardena/ Roundup Jason Freudenrich, English Professor, poses for a photo at the Club Rush event at the Pierce College Mall in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Sept. 12, 2019.

to teach them at their level.” Teaching is a strong passion, but Freudenrich does have his hobbies outside of his school life. “I like to build, I like to blacksmith, I like to do all kinds of other things.” Freudenrich said. Aside from his hobbies, Freudenrich also likes to show his support for different utilities around the area. “He is a big supporter and proponent of our utility sources in the Los Angeles area. He loves the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.” Corning said. While Freudenrich’s life is filled with man interesting twists and turns, but to Freudenrich, just about everyday can be (and usually is) interesting. “I think everyday is interesting, I mean tod ay is interesting, yesterday is interesting, so I can’t really specify a specific point that is interesting that I want to talk about.” said Freudenrich. ndharmasiriwardena.roundupnews@gmail.

Cecilia Parada/ Roundup Yellow flowers grow tall in the Botanical Gardens at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Sept. 11, 2019


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Matthew Wolfson, a licensed real estate broker and a lawyer, stands by the table of PoliSci Society Club in which he has been a member for many years at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Sept. 11, 2019. Photo by Kevin Lendio.

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The Pierce Democrats Club display mason jars with presidential candidates, candy corn, and a sign asking “Who are you voting for?� The club set this up at the Mall at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Sept. 11, 2019. Photo by Katya Castillo.

Nicholas Silletti tries on a virtual reality headset from the Chinese Club at the Mall at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Sept. 11, 2019. Photo by Katya Castillo.z

B Students stand outside the fence to watch and pet the goats that were brought to the Mall by the members of Veterinary Science Club at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Sept. 12, 2019. Photo by Kevin Lendio.

rahmas stampeded the Mall in the hot weather during Club Rush to connect with the campus community. Pierce clubs and sports had information and sign-ups for students to join a variety of activities, including Chabad Club, Cheer and Dance. The Associated Students Organization (ASO) hosted the bi-annual event. Missed the rush? Visit the ASO Clubs page on the Pierce website and browse club descriptions along with the time and location of meetings.


Sports

ROUNDUP: Sept. 18, 2019

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Football

Women's Volleyball Sept. 18 @ West LA 6 p.m. Sept. 20 vs. Citus 6 p.m.

Sept. 21 @ San Diego Mesa 6 p.m.

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The Pit's conditions? The pits! Soccer home games relocate to John Shepard Stadium PETER VILLAFANE Reporter @pcavillafance

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arge amounts of rain + poor drainage = a ruined field. That’s what the soccer team was faced with in January when rain flooded The Pit, the soccer field on campus by Parking Lot 7. Months after the water was released it remained unusable. The Pit has been inoperative because of issues between Pierce and the company tasked with fixing the field, which led to it being closed for months. It is unclear when it will be reopened. In lieu of being able to use their field, the soccer team has had to practice on the grass near it or at Shepard Stadium. The team lost an asset not being able to use The Pit, according to head coach Adolfo Perez. “They’ve had a hard time because The Pit is an advantage to us. We’ve Photo illustation by Pablo Orihuela lost 12 games in 18 years at The Brahmas soccer played all of their home games at The Pit. Due to the poor maintenance, all home games this have Pit. We’ve already lost three [this been relocated to John Shepard Stadium. This issues started last semester due to the floods. season]. The home field advantage was definitely taken away,” Perez said. is actually easier on your knees. Turf began,” Martin said. The Pit was more efficient for the is not as forgiving as grass. When As The Pit remains in its team to use, and it provided them you make a turn that is very drastic, disordered state, nature has taken with a leg-up over other schools, it could actually impact or break your over, according to Pierce President according to team captain Diana knees or your toes,” Martin said. Alexis Montevirgen. Millan. The heat has also exacerbated the “I've heard reports it is not in “Every other school has turf, so difficulties of playing on turf. good shape because there are certain they’re not used to the slow place “It actually diminishes the animals that have made that a home of the grass. Last year we had a players’ capacity. It kind of drains and burrowed all over to the point really long throw-in, so the short them. The Pit would be a lot cooler,” Max Martin where it might even be unsafe,” field helped get opportunities to Martin said. assistant coach Montevirgen said. “But when it’s score,” Millan said. “We just started In addition to the feel of the turf dry, it actually works perfectly as a practicing [on the turf] August 15th, field, the size is also an issue. The soccer field.” which was a week before the first Pit’s dimensions are 108 by 68 feet the goals have been strewn aside. For now, the team will havve to game.” while Shepard Stadium is 122 by The team has not been able to use play the rest of its games this season The turf field at the stadium has 72 feet. This adjustment has been a The Pit since last year, according to at the stadium while they wait for any been challenging for the team to hindrance to the team. Martin. news about The Pit being repaired. work with, according to assistant Currently, The Pit has patchy, “We have no clue when it’s going “I’m praying that it gets done," coach Max Martin. uneven, mostly dead grass. No lines to be done. We were told it would be Perez said. "That’s our best bet." “When you play soccer, the grass have been set up to make a field, and done by August, before our season pvillafane.roundupnews@gmail.com

“When you play soccer, the grass is actually easier on your knees. Turf is not as forgiving.” -

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Where do you see improving? "In every aspect of the game. Blocking and getting better as a receiver and being more vocal." How do you want to be remembered by? “As a great player that gave 110% every game.”

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Reunion of generations

Current roster plays alumni in pickup game KATYA CASTILLO Photo Editor @PhotosByKatya The sound of cleats kicking the ball across the field echoed throughout Shepard Stadium during a generational clash with the current Brahmas soccer team and the alumni. The team were originally scheduled to face the West LA College Wildcats, however it was canceled. Head Coach Adolfo Perez, decided to have a little fun without wasting a game. “I texted a few of my old captains and word got around,” Perez said. The Brahmas played against 20 past team members from various years. Faces included Diana Salonga, Gisell Cruz, Angie Verduzco, Sara Hernandez, former goalkeeper Cindy Godina among others. The teams played three 30-minute halves. Jackie Hilario and Daisy Alvarenga scored for the alumni. In the final minutes, Yessina Marquez cut the deficit to 2-1. Within the first 10 minutes of

the second half, Marquez scored her brace to tie the game at two. The Brahmas started the third half with their third goal scored by Diana Millan. As time ran out, it seemed the Brahmas would win 4-2 thanks to a goal by Preet Kaur. The game was competitive yet lighthearted as the girls poked fun at one another. Leading up to the game, the alumni had mixed feelings. Alexis Mendias played for the Brahmas from 2013 to 2014 and was slightly anxious to come back to play. “We were mostly worried if we were still going to have it, but it just comes naturally, we figured it out,” Mendias said. As the game went on, the competitiveness increased, so did the laughs. Gisell Cruz, who last played with the Brahmas in 2018 was happy to return. “I was really looking forward to seeing that competitiveness and having fun on the field,” Cruz said.

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Earning accolades with her leadership Team captain led overall in assists last season

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n and off the soccer field, Diana Millan is always aiming for the goal. Earning last season’s record for the most assists in the state, she strives for a repeat and knows it is going to be a team effort. Soccer has always been a team endeavor for Millan who first started playing at the age of four and has never viewed it as a solo endeavor. “It’s a family thing,” Millan said. “My mom and dad, and my brother [all played soccer].” Millan also gives special credit to her older brother for encouraging an interest in the sport. “I would just always go to my brother’s games,” she said. “So I started kicking the ball around at his games so that kind of just started it.” Millan plays for more than just herself, which is reflected even in the number she wears. “Number 8, Gisell Cruz, she was on the team last year. She’s my best friend and that’s her favorite number,” Millan said. “It actually used to be my mom’s number, so I got the opportunity to wear my mom’s and my friend’s number. Head Coach Adolfo Perez said that Millan has a crucial role on the team and is praised her for her leadership. “Very important, she’s a leader,” Perez said. Teammate Corina Salgato also had praises for the captain. “She’s very vocal, she

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“It's a team sport, so everything you do before the goal leads up to that. I think assists are really important. They get the goals.” -Diana Millan captain

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Diana Millan kicks the ball during a game against Irvine Valley College on Aug. 30, 2019, at Pierce College's John Shepard Stadium in Woodland Hills, Calif. Pierce lost (2-1) n their second game of the season.

controls the middle which is what you need. She’s a great person on and off the field,” Salgato said. “She has earned [title of team captain] for sure.” Though she earned the record for the most assists in the state

last season, she never forgets that soccer is a team sport. Being no stranger to comebacks and having won many of their games last season coming from two to three point deficits, Millan knows the steps

to take in order to turn their season around and is eager for the challenge. “Our team has talked about this, our mentality. Every year is a building season for college sports,” Millan said. “Every

practice now, we have to make it ‘game like.’ How we practice is going to show during the games.” Like many great athletes, Millan never stops looking to improve her game and knows she has to do her homework. She credits professional athletes for their inspiration. “I actually really like Tobin Heath,” Millan said. “I like to consider myself a playmaker. I’m not really one who scores goals, it’s more of me making the plays so Carli Lloyd.” Without a doubt, Millan strives to be a leader by action. “Me playing hard makes them want to work hard,” Millan said. “Being an example on the field.” While her accomplishment may not be a score related accolade, scoring is still at the forefront of her strategy while still maintaining a strong team focus. “It’s a team sport, so everything you do before the goal leads up to that,” Millan said. “I think assists are really important, they get the goals. My mentality is ‘this is going to be the goal,’ every time I try to look for a forward its ‘they’re going to explode off that pass. My pass is going to lead them to score.’ I just rely on my team a

lot, I’m not a one player person.” Diana also acknowledges her teams’ worth and hopes to gain more support from the student body. “There’s never enough people at our games,” she said. “We’ve won 11 championships out of 19 years and that says a lot.” Like her vision on the field to set her team up for a score, Millan looks to do the same for her own future, pursuing a Kinesiology degree. “I want to finish school and play at the same time, so I’m looking at Cal State LA, it’s a good school,” Millan said. Millan is working to someday become a physical therapist specializing in rehabilitation. The decision stems from her own experiences and triumph over adversity. Having overcome her own set of injuries in her knee she hopes to someday do the same with other athletes. Do not let her fool you though, Diana maintains as down to earth as it gets which is illustrated in her post game meal. “Honestly I love Chick-fil-a, I either get the chicken nuggets or the spicy chicken sandwich, no pickles.”

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Brahmas prepare to improve on last year's finish MAJA LOSINSKA Reporter @Maja75134940 After a transition season which involved a new coaching staff and players, women’s volleyball prep this year looking to show signs of improvement. The Brahmas ended with an overall record of 1-12 and finishing last in the conference standings at 1-7, the new season looks very promising. Head Coach Edison Zhou is pleased with the team being a lot better than last year and said they have been working very hard. Zhou spoke very highly of his newcomers and the competitive mindset from the start. “I’m looking forward to the championship. I think the newcomers are good and have a lot of potential. Some of the players have played 3 or 4 years,’’ Zhou said. Assistant Coach Meaghan Wheeler said they have talent to choose from. ‘’We have a lot of talents, good hitters and servers. We have a lot of players to choose from and we have the depth,’’ Wheeler said. Despite the team consisting mostly of newcomers, there are a few returners that will be crucial to the Pierce’s success. Women’s volleyball setter Davina Meza is one of just a few returning players this season and she will lead the Brahmas as the team captain along with outside hitter Catelynn Pulido. “Davina and Catelynn seem very mature and they know what they’re talking about,’’ Wheeler said. Meza said she has gained knowledge from listening to Zhou. “Coach teaches us a lot and we just try to work hard every day,’’ Meza said. Meza said in order to achieve

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Assistant Coach Carrie Wright shows players on the current roster a volleyball drill during practice at Ken Stanley Court on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif.

a promising season, the Brahmas will have to go through many tough opponents. ‘’Moorpark will be the most challenging team this season for Pierce. They were pretty good last season,’’ Meza said. Wheeler said Moorpark have a lot of club players. Outside hitter Phoebe BlochMandel who spent the last 4 years playing for North Hollywood is one of the new faces on the team. “Everybody is super supportive and nice. It’s nothing like high school,’’ Bloch-Mandel said. Bloch-Mandel said the reason the team is well-knit, is because some of the girls have played against each other in High School. “It was easy to come in and that just helps with building,’’ BlochMandel said. Zhou wants his players to learn how to play at least two positions. “As a volleyball player you should know how to play volleyball on every position because it’s the team work and you should know what your

teammates are thinking,’’ Zhou said. Zhou said team unity is the key to success and without it, a team would be unable to function efficiently. ‘’Team comes first and If you don’t have a team, you have nothing,’’ Zhou said. Among other technical factors, the team focuses on serving and serve receive during practices this season. “It’s the most important part of the game,’’ Wheeler said. “We practice transition footwork and hand placement on blocking as well,’’ Wheeler said. According to Wheeler, players are making a lot of progress. Wheeler is excited to see what players bring to the team once they start competing. ‘'They are very hardworking, and they have really good attitudes,’’ Wheeler said. Brahmas open their season Wednesday at West LA College before hosting Citrus two days later. Both games start at 6 p.m.

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