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SAN JACINTO TIMES e student publication of the San Jacinto College District

Vol.23, No. 2

October 1, 2012

Endeavor makes final flight

Vanessa Piña San Jacinto Times

According to NASA 20,000 people gathered one last time to give a bittersweet farewell to the retired space shuttle Endeavour on Wednesday September 19th. Many Houstonians huddled around while reminiscing as the shuttle made its final launch from Ellington Field on Thursday after sunrise. The shuttle made its final stop in Texas as it landed in El Paso to refuel and then headed towards its final destination. Just before arriving in California the space shuttle flew over Tucson, Arizona where former Astronaut Mark Kelly, who commanded the shuttle on its last mission STS-134, early last year, and wife former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords watched from a roof at the University of Arizona.

~Vanessa Piña

New security cameras up and Breast cancer touches lives at SJC; awarness key to prevention running at San Jac in Oct. Caty Christy Editor-in-Chief

The San Jacinto College district is in the process of placing new security cameras up around each campus in an attempt to increase security. This project has been in its planning stages for nearly two years. In early August, the district received the cameras and began installation. William Taylor, Chief of Police at Central campus expects the project will be completed in early October. “All the [equipment] is here, and it’s just a matter of getting the cameras mounted and working out the logistics of getting them started,” Chief Taylor said. Each campus is being allotted roughly 10-13 cameras depending on campus size and they will be mounted out-

side on buildings and in parking lots. Officials are focusing on stopping incidents that mainly occur in these problem areas. “Nothing outlandish or unusual [has happened] but this is one more measure to try to make things a little better, and hopefully [the cameras] would give us some documentation if something did happen out there,” Chief Taylor said, also adding that he hopes the presence of these cameras might prevent future incidents. Some might say that the implementation of new cameras has come just in time. On Friday, Sept. 14, three college campuses were evacuated in response to bomb threats. The University of Texas at Austin, North Dakota State University in Fargo, and Hiram College in northeast Ohio were the targeted schools. When no bombs were found, officials

announced classes would resume the following Monday. Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge was evacuated for similar threats that occurred Monday, Sept. 17, but allowed students to return to their dorms that evening. In an incident at the University of Houston a student was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday, Sept. 16. According to The Daily Cougar the student said two unidentified black males drove up to him displaying a black handgun from the driver’s side window and demanded the his property. By installing new cameras around the campuses, our police department is hoping to keep a watchful eye on the security and safety of all students, and possibly even prevent incidents such as these from occurring here.

Jaclyn Bates

Community Editor

It’s nothing new that breast cancer is a huge part of lives today. Survivors, spouses, sisters, mothers, and those who fought so hard but did not make it remind us that breast cancer is everywhere. From jewelry stores selling special bracelets to pink ribbons to an entire month dedicated to awareness. San Jacinto College also plays a part in the awareness through club activities, athletics, and student life. San Jacinto College athletics plays a large role in breast cancer awareness. San Jacinto’s volleyball team hosts a tournament every year called Dig Pink. In 2011, the volleyball team raised $773 for breast cancer awareness. The tournament this year will be held on October 12 against Lee College. This is San Jacinto’s fourth year to participate in the

Dig Pink rally. In the past, Dig Pink has held a silent auction. All of the proceeds from the tri-match tournament go toward organizations that serve breast cancer patients in all ways. Dig Pink is an event created by the Side-out Foundation. The

Side-out Foundation was created by volleyball coach Rick Dunetz. Rick’s mother was a breast cancer victim and he decided to share this story with his volleyball team.

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San Jac event raises money for cancer research.

The youth vote: an elusive enigma

College students were big factor in President Obama’s election, but will they show up again? Leif Hayman Staff Writer

With little more than a month left until the election on Nov. 6 and less than a week left until the Oct. 6 voter registration deadline in Texas, candidates are trying harder than ever to win over the young voters that determine elections. In 2008, 54 percent of eligible voters under the age of 30 turned up at the polls. Youth voters decided the election by demonstrating overwhelming support for Barack Obama. In contrast, the youth stayed home for the 2010 election with only 22 percent of that age group casting a vote. Their perception of Washington had shifted. As one of the most indecisive and diverse voting blocs, candidates and pundits alike are struggling

to predict how America's youth will approach and affect the coming election. Student loan debt recently exceeded $1 trillion in the U.S. with little hope for relief once students enter the job force. Increases in tuition costs further added to student debt because avoiding college altogether poses an even less palatable option. Although the job market appears bleak for college graduates, it is considerably worse for those who forgo it completely. With many unable to pay off the bank and find meaningful work, American college students are left with no viable option but to vote. The prevalence of smart phones Apps and social media websites have made registering to vote accessible to younger voters. 76 percent of eligible youth between the ages of 18 and 29 years old are

planning to vote. With unprecedented amounts of money being spent on advertising for the election, the youth vote has become big business. The College Democrats and College Republicans at Central campus aim to address the fledgling enthusiasm among college voters by assisting students in registering to vote. Leading up to the election, both groups will be conducting a variety of voter outreach programs. They hope to debate each other, but the logistics have not been hashed out yet. A report from the group Generation Opportunity found that most students cite the poor economy as their major reason for voting in this election. Morgin Tingle, a member of the College Democrats, says “Though I don't think there is necessarily a war on women, there are a lot issues being brought up, in this election in particular that

are really important and women need to pay attention to them, especially young women.” Although Tingle is not yet registered to vote, she still plans to vote for President Obama. Unemployed Army veteran, Christopher Carpenter, in the Process Technology program at San Jacinto College, says the major issues influencing his vote this year are the national debt and the unemployment rate. Carpenter is unhappy with all the candidates on the ballot and plans to pick from the list of write in candidates for President. He said he is afraid Mitt Romney will outsource jobs and increase the unemployment level, while he is unhappy with the tax that Obama's health care plan put on those who do not buy insurance. Carpenter tells students, “Regardless of who you vote for, you still need to vote. Regardless.”

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Minx Thinks: Alabama made monumental mistake

Asher Minx Staff Writer

New racial controversy erupted in Selma, Alabama after plans to restore a statue of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest were announced following the theft of the statue's bust.

General Forrest, famed historical figure and southern icon, was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The restored monument was to be moved to an elevated pedestal and encircled by a protective fence. While some locals call this project a way to preserve and honor their southern heritage, others see the statue as a celebration of bloodlust and racism. Growing up without a formal education, General Forrest first came into wealth through the trading of real estate, livestock, and people. When the Civil War began and one of his three major sources of income fell into jeopardy, General Forest enlisted in the Confederate Army. Although not trained in military tactics, General Forrest proved himself a natural strategist and became one of the few men to rise

Social networking stops serious students from studying in ILC

Anally De Leon Staff Writer

There are roughly 150 computers available for student use year-round at the Interactive Learning Center at Central campus. The computers are available for students to use for any purpose, and availability of the computers is based on first-come-first-serve. Students visiting the ILC are usually there to kill time between classes or catch up on work for their classes. However, those who are surfing social network sites far outnumber those who are doing schoolwork. Just by taking a glimpse at the computer screens around the ILC, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter can be seen the majority of the time. The ILC does not enforce time limits on computer usage. Therefore, students who have crunching deadlines or want to get ahead on assignments are often met with limited availability of computers. For those who are not doing classwork, SJC provides free Wi-Fi and signal can be picked up virtually anywhere on campus. The smartphones and other high-tech electronics many students own in this day and age, are able to accommodate fast web surfing. Laptops can also be checked out at the library for no cost. Students should be aware that the peak hours at the ILC are from about midday to about 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those who are leisurely using the computers should acknowledge the fact that other students need to get work done. Although college is a place to meet and interact with friends, there is a time and place for social networking. Above anything else, a college campus is meant to be an environment where students should have the resources needed to further their education.

Rodeo roundup

Liliana Delarosa Staff Writer

If you’re reading this, you most likely live in Texas, like me. When people outside the state think of Texas, they imagine cowboys, cowgirls, hats, boots, pigs and horses. I am actually offended by these stereotypes. The only time I see this is when the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo comes into town. This year, the Rodeo, which takes place across from San Jacinto College Central campus, was rather boring but had a few positive highlights. This is the 63rd annual Rodeo, so they must be doing something right. In reality, how many more cows, horses and pigs is it going to take until they realize it’s the same thing every year, over and over. First of all, who cares who has the fattest cow? Second of all these cowboys are risking their lives for entertainment. This does not sound reasonable. As I walked around the Rodeo on Saturday Sept. 15, 2012, I did not see many appealing attractions. All I saw was one mechanical bull, food tents, three “fun” rides for children, and two tents that sold clothing and accessories. Boring, boring, boring! The food was the usual, greasy and fattening. We had the typical barbeque plate, hot dogs, turkey legs and funnel cakes. Anything that could be deep fried, they had it. I was starving, so I

ate a turkey leg; not healthy but rather tasty. The children’s rides didn’t look like much fun, either. I witnessed a little girl crying to her mother that she did not want to ride the pony attraction or go down the slide. Poor girl, I understand her. I wouldn’t want to ride a pony going around in circles until I got dizzy either. Do not even get me started on the clothing tents. It was beautiful clothing, but I really did not want to spend my whole paycheck on one shirt and a pair of jeans. The prices were high and unreasonable. On the other hand, I was quite entertained with the country singer that performed that night, Kevin Fowler. Fowler put on such a great show he had me dancing in the stands, and I rarely listen to country music. Even though the rodeo was packed, I loved that it was family-oriented and that I ran into many friends. One reason I liked the rodeo is because I am a fashion lover. Let me tell you - for a minute, I was confused because it looked like the Rodeo had become a fashion runway for the country lovers. Everyone had their country look tied in with their own unique style. I think the reason people go to the rodeo is to dress up. Of course, not to be left out, I was happiest with the Rodeo because I got to rock my new outfit and cowgirl boots. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

from the rank of private to general during the conflict. Robert E. Lee called him "the most remarkable man, and finest soldier, produced by the war." At Fort Pillow, he led a charge that ended in massacre. At least two hundred black Union soldiers were killed after declaring their surrender. In his postwar years, General Forrest would go on to join the original incarnation of the KKK - an expanding group of former Confederate Army soldiers dedicated to suppressing the rights of African-Americans. There he was elected their first supreme leader, or "grand wizard." In the wake of investigations into the group's intimidation tactics, Nathan would eventually call for the organization to officially disband. Of course, the KKK unofficially continued its existence up to

the head by a police projectile and sustained brain damage during the Oakland incident. The corporate state and Staff Writer media pitted the police against peaceful citizens. Occupy was born from a perfect storm. The labor, antiThere is still time to stop our demise, but that chance is and civil rights movements that defined 20th century war, quickly evaporating. Soon, all we will be able to do is American identity were nearly faded from our collective watch. We will watch as everything we love is lost forever. memory. The struggles and hardships those movements Water shortages, climate catastrophe, petroleum dependhad become distant. We all watched anxiously defeated ency, widespread famine, endless war for profit, abusive the change we were promised only to be disappointed for exploitation, rampant disease, and mass extinction are by the realization that no one person is capable of dismanproblems we will face in our lifetimes. Occupy is a reactling the systematic corruption deregulated capitalism has tion. us. Nothing has gotten done in Washington since given On Sept. 17, 2011, thousands of activists descended on the arrival of the tea party. Wall Street in New York City to demand an end to the corIn late 2010 and early 2011, something changed. A porate corruption of American democracy. These protests new front appeared in the culture wars; cyberspace. and the subsequent police brutality sparked an internaHackers were attacking major corporations and winning. tional movement. Occupy encampments appeared all over revealed the true atrocities of the Iraq war. WikiLeaks world almost overnight. The spontaneity with which OcProtests sprung up all across the Middle East and democupy arose caught the world off guard. It was a response cratic resistance demonto the tea party and the that it could strated new conservative reoverthrow corrupt leadvival. The ultimate goal: ers. Over a hundred thouto get the masses thinkunion activists sand ing and united against occupied the Wisconsin the growing injustices; to state capitol to prevent start a conversation that Scott Walker from revokhad been silenced. ing their collective barIn the year since, these rights. Occupy gaining goals have all been met Wall Street appeared to varying degrees. suddenly in New York Washington has not Then, the state murCity. changed substantially, dered an innocent man, but the American converTroy Davis. This seemed sation has. Politicians Photo courtesy of Leif Hayman to be the last straw. and the rich elite could One of many signs held by defiant protestors in the In the days following do nothing but watch at face of growing economic instability Troy Davis' death, hunfirst. Then, they began dreds of occupations apthe process of sabotage peared in cities all over the world. That is when I made and co-option. The democrats wanted us to vote for them the Occupy Houston pages, dropped all of my classes at and the conservatives called us dirty commie, hippies, and San Jac, and started calling for an occupation in Housthen told us to “get a job.” ton. With help from key players in the national moveWell aware of the subversion around us, we stayed true ment, the word quickly got out. Two weeks after I made to our principles. We resisted the pull from the neoliberal the accounts on Facebook and Twitter, 600 people machine and proved Fox News wrong. The media was finally talking about the wealth disparity in America. As a showed up to occupy Houston. With strategic research, I found that Hermann Square result, record numbers of American youth plan to vote this Park was excluded from any formal laws dictating its election season. Thousands of people removed their hours. Without any prior permission from the city, we demoney from the banks and put it in credit unions during cided that would be where we set up camp. The first night Occupy's divestment campaign. under the skyscrapers and stars was magical. Never in my In Houston, I was one of 21 activists arrested on Dec. life had I ever felt at home with a group of total strangers. 12, 2011 during a blockade at the Port of Houston's main We started a conversation. We began learning how to dientrance. One day later, port CEO Alec Dreyer, as a result rect our pent up frustration toward constructive ends. of the recent media attention, publicly announced his resSleeping in that park for three months was one of the hapignation. Dreyer OK'd the building of a $100 million piest and most fulfilling times in my life. The friends I cruise terminal that has never been used and committed made are invaluable. That is the most prolific effect of Ocother abuses of power. cupy, the friendships and connections it created. More recently, as a result of the port arrests, it was reAfter the occupations served their main purpose, they vealed that undercover Austin Police officers bought, began to dissolve. The groups moved from physical space manufactured, and delivered criminal devices to Occupy back home to cyberspace. Since then, we have all begun Austin activists. The seven activists who used the deto focus our individual energies on specific issues. The fuvices to block the road at the port were all charged with ture of Occupy is in the escalation of tactics. Talking only felonies for what would otherwise be a class B misdechanged so much. Disruption of the capitalist machine and meanor. We are actively working to publicize this act of civil disobedience are the only options we have left. police corruption and entrapment. The truth is we have been lied to at every turn in our The Occupy movement as a whole showed the true nalives. American culture and our illusory freedoms are ture of our militarized state. There were countless indrenched in blood. We dwell in the shadow of the most stances documented of police brutality and useless arrests grotesque Goliath that history has ever known, the petroduring the last year. Three events in particular shocked the leum industry. This moment is a grave time in human hisnation and got its attention: the mass arrest of 800 people tory and we are privileged to experience it. Everything is on the Brooklyn Bridge, when UC Davis campus police not OK. That is why we must occupy. pepper-sprayed peaceful students, and the violent eviction of Occupy Oakland. Iraq veteran, Scott Olson, was hit in Leif Hayman

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intended to memorialize a man who established a record of hatred and extreme violence toward African-American." It is imperative that we denounce bigotry and historical revisionism without exception. Forrest sold and killed those who didn’t share his skin tone, and to feel any respect for him in spite of this is indicative of troubling priorities, to put it gently. While there is certainly a discussion to be had about what city governments should allow through their channels, it is difficult to look past the fact black residents are being asked to go about their lives near a monument to someone who didn’t afford them their basic humanity. As of press time, a petition to halt restoration of the bust has garnered 84,000 signatures.

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present day. Although General Forrest would live to tone down his views to what was relatively moderate for his time period, one has to wonder what proponents of this monument hope to honor. Todd Kiscaden, of the group Friends of Forrest, stated on the group’s website, "I would recommend this man for any young people to model his life after. The man always led from the front. He did what he said he was going to do. He took care of his people, and his people included both races." Bill Nuget, the Southeast Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, was blunt about his organization’s opposition, telling Selma’s mayor, "We believe the people of Selma would be well served if the project is shut down permanently since it is

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Monday, October 1

• Robotics Club Meeting, 3 p.m., N7.261

Tuesday, October 2 • Breast Cancer Awareness Event, 10 a.m., N12 Lobby • √Domestic Violence Awareness Presentation, 10:30 a.m., N12.200 • Men of Honor Meeting, 12 p.m., N6.108 • Psychology Club Meeting, 1:30 p.m., N7.132

Wednesday, October 3 • Hispanic Heritage Concert Series, 10:30 a.m., N1.103 • Psychology Club Meeting, 1:30 p.m., N7.132 • Anime Club Meeting, 2 p.m., N9.133

Thursday, October 4 • Ladies of Integrity Meeting, 11:30 a.m., N12.215 • Anime Club Meeting, 2 p.m., N9.133 • Phi Theta Kappa Meeting, 5 p.m., N12.211

Friday, October 5 • Math & Engineering Club Meeting, 10 a.m., N8.251 • Science Club Meeting, 12 p.m., N8.201

Saturday, October 6 • Free Workshop: Center for Healing of Racism, 8 a.m., N12.200


Monday, October 1

• Martial Arts Club Meeting, 1 p.m., C18.117 • College Democrats Meeting, 2:30 p.m., C2.224

Tuesday, October 2 • Crescent Circus, 12 p.m., Raven Café • National Society of Collegiate Scholars Meeting, 1 p.m., C1.233 • Sociology/Anthropology Club Presents Read a Book, 1 p.m., Library Lobby

Spotlight on Faculty

Leigh-Anne Williams on What Not to Wear

While on the show Williams learned that she did not have Commentary Editor to sacrifice being comfortable in order to look fashionA San Jacinto College facable. She learned to pick out ulty member recently travclothes that best fit her pereled to New York City where sonality and to be confident she had her wardrobe redone with what she wears. as a participant on TLC’s “My experience on What fashion make-over television Not to Wear was overwhelmshow, What Not to Wear. ingly positive. Stacy and Leigh-Anne Williams, Clinton helped me a mother of three to realize that it is and speech and depossible to be combate professor, was fortable and fashnominated to be on ionable at the same the show by her time, and that finlongtime friend ishing touches are Ashley Frankson worth the extra efand her colleague fort. I left the show Floyd McConnell. feeling very confiWhat Not to Wear is dent, positive, and a reality television energetic,” she show on TLC that said. takes participants She also menand transforms them tioned that upon refrom drab to fab. turning from New With the help of York and having fashion experts her style rebooted, Stacy London and she could not beClinton Kelly, hair lieve her friends stylist Ted Gibson, would let her walk and makeup artist around in her old Carmindy, contestCourtesy of scrubs and materants learn to dress nity clothes. better in order to Professor Leigh-Anne Williams gets a As Williams menboost self-confi- makeover on TLC’s What Not to Wear. tioned on the show, dence for a comshe would wear plete change. Once in New York, these clothes because they When Frankson found out that the show was coming to Williams got tips from Lon- were comfortable. Williams was not able to Houston she thought don and Kelly that would Williams would be a perfect help her pick out the right watch her televised debut becandidate. “[Frankson] al- clothes that would then be cause she was camping with ways joked about my approved by the stylists. In the Cub Scouts at the time wardrobe and my outfits. She addition, Williams’ makeup that the show originally aired would even pick out outfits and hair received an updated. (June 19, 2012). Thanks to for me when we would go The end result was an amaz- 21st century technology, she shopping but I would never ing transformation that would was able to record the show wear them because they were reflect, both her playful side on her digital video recorder too out there or I was not for her family, and her pro- and enjoy it with her family at a later date. comfortable,” said Williams. fessional side for work. Jose Alejandro

Her nomination landed her on a plane to New York City and in the hands of Stacy London and Clinton Kelly. London and Kelly offered Williams a gift card valued at $5,000, but under the condition that they would be able to go into her old wardrobe and throw out any items they didn’t like.

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Around Campus


Monday, October 8

• UH Clear Lake Transfer Recruiter, 9 a.m., N12 Lobby • Rec Sports Sign Up, 9 a.m., N12 Lobby • Hispanic Heritage Speaker, 11 a.m., N10.128 • Robotics Club Meeting, 3 p.m., N7.261

Tuesday, October 9 • Rec Sports Sign Up, 9 a.m., N12 Lobby • Financial Aid Workshop, 9:45 a.m., N6.108 • Rotaract Club Meeting, 1:30 p.m., N12.215

Wednesday, October 10 • Rec Sports Sign Up, 9 a.m., N12 Lobby • Lit’s Alive, TBA, N12.200 • First Year Experience Workshop, 11 a.m., N13.208 • Men of Honor Meeting, 12 p.m., N6.108 • Anime Club Meeting, 2 p.m., N9.133

Thursday, October 11 • Hispanic Heritage Concert Series, 10:30 a.m., N1.103 • Anime Club Meeting, 2 p.m., N9.133 • Culinary Club Meeting, 3 p.m., N12.215

Friday, October 12 • Breast Cancer Awareness Event, 8 a.m., N1.103 • Math & Engineering Club Meeting, 10 a.m., N8.251 • Science Club Meeting, 12 p.m., N8.201 • SJCN Choir Invitational, 5 p.m., N1.103

Saturday, October 13 • Free Workshop: Center for Healing of Racism, 8 a.m., N12.200


Monday, October 8

• Martial Arts Club Meeting, 1 p.m., C18.117 • College Democrats Meeting, 2:30 p.m., C2.224

Tuesday, October 9 • Mixteco Ballet Performance, 11:30 a.m., C14 Lounge • TSEA Meeting, 1 p.m., C20.263 • National Society of Collegiate Scholars Meeting, 1 p.m., C1.233 • Sociology/Anthropology Club Presents Read a Book, 1 p.m., Library Lobby

Wednesday, October 3 • Distracted Driving Simulator, 9:30 a.m., C14 Lounge A • Anime Society Meeting, 1 p.m., C15.115 • Martial Arts Club Meeting, 1 p.m., C18.117

Thursday, October 4 • Phi Theta Kappa Meeting, 1 p.m., C1.230

Wednesday, October 10 • Anime Society Meeting, 1 p.m., C15.115 • Martial Arts Club Meeting, 1 p.m., C18.117

Friday, October 5 • TACHE Meeting, 12:30 p.m., C2.210

Thursday, October 11

Saturday, October 6

• Phi Theta Kappa Meeting, 1 p.m., C1.230 • Gaming Society Meeting, 12 p.m., First Floor Student Center


Friday, October 12 • TACHE Meeting, 12:30 p.m., C2.210

Monday, October 1

Saturday, October 13

• MMA Meeting, 8:30 a.m., S21.120

• Gaming Society Meeting, 12 p.m., First Floor Student Center


Tuesday, October 2 • Coke Zero Sampling, 11 a.m., Student Center Lawn • SBF Meeting, 11:30 a.m., S11.111 • SGA Meeting, 2:30 p.m., S11.228 • Game Enterprises Guild, 3:30 p.m., S8.1062

Wednesday, October 3 • HSF Meeting, 1 p.m., S9.208 • Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Poetry Slam, 2:30 p.m., Under Large Stairs in Building 8

Thursday, October 4 • Crescent Circus, 11:30 a.m., Student Center Atrium • GSA Meeting, 2:30 p.m., S9.250 • Game Enterprises Guild, 3:30 p.m., S8.1062 • πPTK Induction Ceremony, 6 p.m., S11.250

Monday, October 8


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Tuesday, October 9 • SBF Meeting, 11:30 a.m., S11.111 • GSA Meeting, 2:30 p.m., S9.250 • Game Enterprise Guild, 3:30 p.m., S8.1062

Wednesday, October 10 • HSF Meeting, 1 p.m., S9.208 • WEBB Meeting, 2:30 p.m., S7.156 • Coyote Future Teachers Club, 3 p.m., S7.100

Thursday, October 11 • Game Enterprise Guild, 3:30 p.m., S8.1062

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do,” said Durham, now in his fifth year with the San Jac baseball program. “The best way my family and I could say thank you is to raise money for the organization that did so much for us and others. Our players and their families should also be applauded for all they did as well to help, because without them,

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College Outreach and Support Center for Adult Learners has also contributed to breast cancer awareness. In 2011, this support group raised $1,050 that went to The Rose breast cancer organization. In 2010, The Rose organization helped provide 33,784 screening and diagnostic procedures for those able to

Continued from Page 1 The team took it upon themselves to put their all into their practices and matches and ended up winning their district championship title. Rick’s mother attended as many of the games as she could and she found strength in the team’s determination. She found the strength to press on through her adversity. Side-Out is an independent nonprofit organization that dedicates the majority of donations to the translational research for breast cancer. SideOut focuses on their Side-Out Protocol. This is a clinical trial for patients with metastatic breast cancer that uses targeted therapy to determine the best form of therapy and treatment for each individual. Side-Out recently donated $160,000 to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to support a breast cancer clinical trial, called I-SPY 2, for patients with early stage breast cancer. San Jacinto’s baseball and basketball teams also play a part in raising awareness. Though these activities are not held in October, they are still notable. The baseball team holds an annual Play Pink game. This is a Courtesy of game that Assistant Coach The Gators bring awareness to breast cancer. Jimmy Durham holds very dear pay; 19,369 procedures at no this would not have been possito his heart. He lost his beloved charge for low-income, uninIn March 2012, the team ble.” wife to breast cancer eight years sured women; and 8,857free pasold barbecue plates, raffled a ago. At that time, they were livtient navigation services to pink Louisville Slugger baseing in New Mexico and used a patients without insurance. This ball bat signed by the team, and service called Angel Flight to aided in providing mammoney accepted donations. In also go to Houston for his wife’s mography screenings, diagnoMarch 2012, San Jacinto Coltreatments. Angel Flight is a sis, and access to treatment, lege raised over $3,100 for service that arranges free transalong with support for women. Angel Flight South Central. portation for those needing This San Jacinto College group In addition to athletics, the health care and other comheld an event called “It’s never Never Too Late at San Jacinto pelling human needs. “These Too Late to Palpate!” This known as N2L@SJC) (also pilots are amazing at what they

event promoted awareness and also featured demonstrations of techniques on how to self-examine for men and women. A bake sale and prize drawing were held to increase donations. "The only goal we set when we started our drive was to reach as many people as we could with the life-saving importance of our message, It's Never Too Late to Palpate!," said Kaye Moon Winters, N2L founder. "However, when your community is San Jacinto, and you get a core group of adult learners leading the way, the sky's the limit. Thank you, San Jacinto College community and kudos to The Rose." Learning about self-examinations saved one San Jacinto student’s life. Mary Matlock was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2008. "I heard about self examination on TV," said Matlock. "I found a lump and went to my doctor. I've heard women say they're afraid of the exams and of the possible outcome, but I say 'don't let the fear rule you.' Events like ‘It's Never too Late to Palpate!’ let women know that they're not alone in this." Mary survived breast cancer and has dedicated her life to teaching others the importance of self-examinations and receiving regular mammograms. There are two events so far at San Jacinto College for this breast cancer awareness month on October 12, 2012. The volleyball team will be hosting their annual Dig Pink rally. The Licensed Vocational Nurses program on the North campus will host a guest speaker. Dr. Miranda will be speaking about breast cancer in the Fine Arts Theater at 9 a.m.

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Helium crisis hits hard Anally De Leon Staff Writer

Medical centers are cutting MRI scans because they cannot cool down the magnetic system. Industries have short supply and are losing revenue. Party City sells a limited amount. A shortage of helium is the root of these problems. The shortage is being caused due to the fact that there is a low supply and high demand of the nonrenewable resource. There is an estimated 20 years supply of helium left in the world, making companies turn to alternatives. The Federal Helium Reserve in Amarillo, TX is controlled by the Bureau of Land Management. A 450-mile pipeline that contributes to 30 percent of helium production connects the reserve to a refinery in Kansas. However, the refinery shut down in June 2012 for maintenance, causing a significant delay in supply. Officials around the country are attempting to solve the issue. Pennsylvania-based Air Products and Chemicals Representative John Van Sloun stated, “New helium plants are scheduled to start back up in the next year or so, and that should help alleviate some of

the tightness in the marketplace." Popular retail store Party City is one of the businesses being hit by the shortage. The surrounding local stores near Central campus, who sell filled balloons, have been awaiting refills on their tanks for quite some time. Decorative balloons account for less than 1 percent of helium demand. Although the public use of helium is a minimal amount, the consumer still has a very limited access to the product when they need it. A Party City employee, who preferred to remain anonymous, stated that, “Customers become irritated at us when we explain to them that we cannot fulfill their tall orders.” Not only is the average consumer being affected by the shortage, even the Democratic National Convention resorted to using confetti in place of heliumfilled balloons this year. Due to this shortage there have been several private parties attempting to develop a substitution to the demand. An American upstart company is attempting to jump the gun and develop a fine wire that will replace helium to make balloons float. Until then, the consumer must resort to balloons on a stick.

Annaly De Leon San Jacinto Timeg

Balloon industry also hit by helium shortage.

San Jacinto Times

October 1, 2012

Disney offers students magical opportunities

Courtesy of Jasmine Salas

Jasmine Salas (bottom right) poses with other participants of the Disney internship program.

Araceli Bautista Staff Writer

Disney Resorts is offering college students the experience of a lifetime through the Disney College Program, which is aimed at providing collegians with valuable work experience in addition to an extraordinary educational opportunity. Application submissions for the spring 2013 term opened on September 6, and on that day alone, the program’s website was flooded with over 10,000 applications. Erin Sheffield, a theatre major at San Jacinto College, played Princess Ariel in the Voyage of the Little Mermaid musical production at Florida’s Hollywood Studios theme park. “I loved The Little Mermaid growing up, so being able to play her was literally a dream come true,” she said. Erin has been in theatre for 12 years and became involved in musical theatre when she was 14. According to Sheffield, her participation in the program during the spring semester gave her the experience she needed to further her entertainment career. “The show ran the whole day, and we had little prep time between scenes. It was difficult at times but the experience I got out of it has been so rewarding.” Disney has been operating the college program for over 30 years at

their Orlando, FL and Anaheim, CA theme park locations. Internships are available to students enrolled in any college or university in the United States and are open to students of all majors. As a college program, there is a classroom component to the experience. Students are required to take Disney-run courses where they can choose between collegiate, seminar, and self-paced offerings. Areas of study include Hospitality Management, Corporate Communications, Engineering, and Show Production. Along with the entertainment program, Disney also offers opportunities for culinary students. For those who are not interested in the culinary or entertainment fields, students still have plenty of other options. During the application process, candidates are asked to rank possible positions from high to low interest. These roles can vary to encompass any position from a hotel concierge, to a janitorial position, to a ride operator. Some positions may have little to do with a student’s major, but Richard Gonzalez, a spring 2012 participant, urged students to take any opportunity that Disney provides. “I’m an architecture major, and I was assigned a job at a food stand in Magic Kingdom. It had nothing to do with my major, but I made the best of it and had the time of my life,” Gonzales said.

While many of the students are 3,000 miles away from their friends and family, Disney makes sure they feel at home. Gonzalez pointed out that there was always something to do at the apartment complexes designated only for program participants. The living situation is much like college dorm life, meant to provide students with a friendly living environment. They can choose between one to four bedroom apartments, with two students per bedroom. “I met new people almost every day. It was so much fun,” Gonzalez said. Disney has given thousands of students a glimpse of real world experience while providing them a chance to live, earn, and learn. After a student’s first semester with the program, they can apply for the Disney Professional Internships, which is more competitive than the Disney College Program. Unlike the college program, these internships provide participants with a deeper look inside the business world. Jasmine Salas is planning to return to the program for the second time next spring. “My first time in the program just wasn’t enough. It was an amazing opportunity and has opened so many doors for me and I know it will continue to. Also, working for Disney looks great on any resume!” Salas said.

Student debt piling up Vanessa Piña News Editor

Topping $1 trillion, student debt has exceeded credit card debt, for the first time. With one in six students with loan default, the amount of defaulted loans has become greater than the yearly tuition bill, adding up to $76 billion. According to The New York Times the number of students taking out government student loans has exploded. A vast number of students have fallen at least 12 months behind in making payment estimating about 5.9 million people nationwide. Student loans have become the

way to higher education, which according to The New York Times can lead to up to $50,000 a year, leaving students with no other choice but to borrow. Students may have to cut down on luxuries and outings. For students, borrowing money for school has become the necessary way to continue and finish their studies. However, a degree won’t always pay back $100,000 in debt and the department of education is aware of it. In order to collect the money back the Department of Education paid $1.4 billion to collection agencies and other debt collectors to track down defaulters. However hiding

from the government is not easy. The federal government has come up with different ways to collect the debt, which includes seizing tax refunds and garnishing paychecks or even Social Security checks. According to the Huffington Post, the amount in loans can top off to $100,000 to $200,000 with 6.4 percent interest considering students have only six months to pay back their loans. After June 2012, Congress passed a transportation-student loans bill that prevents the interest rate from doubling, keeping it at 3.4 percent for the year. They are scheduled to revert back to 6.8 percent in the 2012-13 school year.

SGA steps up efforts

Courtney Mouton Lifestyle Editor

With the recent string of Government ads hitting the airwaves, the public is almost constantly being faced with the reality of the upcoming presidential election. As students become more aware of political standpoints, whether it is Democratic or Republican, nothing is more evident than their power to have a voice and the choice they have to make a difference. The same goes for students enrolled at institutions of higher learning. Students have a choice to be heard but will they take it? Lauren Ayala, the student government Vice President for San Jacinto College, believes that all students have the right to have their voice heard concerning all three San Jacinto College’s campuses. “The student government at San Jac is meant to give students a say

so,” said Ayala. “We create a direct pathway from the concerns and requests of the students to the elected officials of the college.” Ayala points out those students with majors like government or economics are not the only ones that can benefit from getting involved in SGA. “Well take me. I’m a theatre major,” Ayala said as she laughed. “It helped me step out of my comfort zone in a big way, it’s a great organization that takes students and develops them into leaders as they move on from their educational experience at San Jac.” Ayala believes all it takes to get involved is a little initiative. “When it comes to bettering the campuses of San Jac, it takes students who will stick there neck out and take a little initiative,” commented Ayala. “Smoking is a big issue at our meetings right now, where smoking areas should and

shouldn’t be allowed, it’s all up for discussion pertaining to what the students feel like the best choice is.” When an issue arises frequently at the SGA meetings President, Adam Guevara along with Ayala form a committee of students and chair holders alike that put together a presentation “to initiate the change,” said Ayala. According to Ayala, that is just the beginning, as the voice of the students is transferred over to members of the school board or, “the people who can get the job done,” commented Ayala. Meetings that are held every Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the T155 building will inform students and give them a platform of influence to speak about any concerns, problems, or ways they believe the campuses of San Jacinto College can become better unified. All meetings are expected to last and hour to an hour and a half depending on the information being discussed at each meeting.

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Student Life & Community

Construction woes enter Phase Two

Adrian Salas Staff Writer

Pasadena commuters will soon see lighter traffic when the first phase of the Fairmont Parkway improvement project is completed by Nov. 1, according to Jack Rodriguez, Harris County Senior Director of Road and Bridge and Capital Improvement Projects. Phase 1 is identified as the portion of Fairmont Parkway between Beltway 8 East and Space Center Boulevard where drivers have experienced snarling traffic delays since the project commenced in January. Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner, Jack Morman, said in a video release, “We are partnering with the City of Pasadena to add two new lanes from Beltway 8 to Red Bluff in order to accommodate the tremendous growth and to keep traffic moving. We are going to ask for your patience and assistance as we build this vital project. We know that road construction is always a hassle, but the project Adrian Salas San Jacinto Times will be well worth it once we are finished in Phase 1 construction is coming to an end 2013.” The City of Pasadena is attempting to miniPhase 2 will be the portion of Fairmont Parkmize the impact on commuters during construc- way stretching from Space Center Boulevard to tion by restricting lane closures to one in each Manordale, Phase 3 will be a bridge expansion to direction and limiting intrusive work to overnight Armand Bayou, and Phase 4 calls for a lane conhours. struction from Manordale to Red Bluff. There are four phases in this project. Phase 1 is The project, a result of a partnership between near completion. In a phone interview Jack Ro- the City of Pasadena and Harris County Precinct driguez said, “Phase 1 should be complete by 2, focuses on 3 major objectives. The first goal is Nov. 1, and the plan to have it complete prior to the addition of a new lane in each direction that the holiday season is on schedule.” Rodriguez will allow for more traffic volume and improve went on to elaborate that the goal of having the traffic flow. Second, the construction will enfirst phase complete by the holiday season was hance drainage in the area along Fairmont Parkso that there would not be construction for holi- way. Finally, U-turn lanes will be added to the day traffic. intersections at Fairway Plaza, Country Road, Phases 2, 3, and 4, which will be from Space Space Center, Rhodes, and Manordale. The UCenter Boulevard to Red Bluff Road and include turn lanes will relieve traffic congestion at interthe Armand Bayou extension, are currently up for sections allowing drivers to change their bidding. Rodriguez also said, “All three phases direction on Fairmont without going through sigwill be awarded together and we are scheduled nal lights at intersections. to receive the bids back by the middle of October. Students commuting on I-45 to get to San JacAfter we get the bids back, the contracts will be into College’s South Campus may be in for a litawarded by November.” When asked about the tle traffic relief as well. The Texas Department of complete project, Rodriguez said, “Once phases Transportation is set to complete construction on 2, 3, and 4 are started after the first of January, the Dixie Farm Road overpass in October. So, estimated completion should be by the third quar- leave early and drive patiently it will all end soon. ter of next year (2013).”

Holiday layaway here Amy Chandler Staff Writer

• Opening fee of $5 (Refundable to gift card upon full payment) • Total purchases must be over $50 and individual items over $15 • Final payment and pick up must be made on or before Dec. 14 at the same store layaway was initiated or the account will be canceled. • If an account is to be canceled, items will be returned to inventory. Down payment and payments made on your items will be refunded, but the $5 open fee will not be refunded.

The holiday season is fast approaching and most college students are short on cash. According to the website, 40 percent of the student population is in debt. tells us that the average amount spent on gifts per person during the holiday season is $646, but there is an option to keep from getting further into debt. Major department Toys R Us: Now through stores such as Wal-Mart, Dec. 10 Sears and Toys R Us • Makes it nice and easy. have brought back their • No upfront or initial fees until layaway programs to Nov. 1. help. • Starting Nov. 1 initial fee will Frequent Wal-Mart be $5. shopper, part time San • 20 percent of the total price Jacinto student and full must be paid the day items are time employee Samantha put into layaway. Shepard expressed her • Sears: All the time layaway, 8 feelings about the layweek option – Online and In away program. “I love store Wal-Mart layaway. It al• The service fee will be $5. lows me to get every• Cancellation fee will be $15. thing that I need in one • There is a $20 down payment store and I am able to due or 20 percent of the balance, make payments on everywhichever is greater. thing rather than having Amy Chandler San Jacinto Times • It will only be four easy payto stress about how I am Local retailers are reinstating ments at 25 percent of the balgoing to pay for my mer- layaway payment options. ance due. chandise all at one time. Between paying for school and gifts, money is tight, my family is not cheap,” said Shepard. Sears: 12 week option, in store only. Another student, and mother of a student, ex• The service fee will be $10. pressed her views on the layaway options that are • The cancellation fee will be $25. offered. Catherine Fredrichsen, full time student • There is a $35 down payment due or 20 perand part time employee feels the same way. “I cent of the balance, whichever is greater. love that there is no interest, it is all just simple • It will be an easy 6 payments of 16.7 percent payments. I also love not having anything to of the balance due after the down payment. worry about once I get the items out, because they are completely paid for,” stated Fredrichsen. A few employees of the department stores ofSusan Chandler, mother of a full time student fering layaway all agreed that option is great for paying for her daughter’s education said, “I have people who need to save money while purchasalways used layaway, especially now that I am ing gifts or any type of merchandise. According paying for a college education. Not only do I take to the employees, the stores receive a lot more advantage of it during the holiday season, but for business and it makes them happy to know that birthdays as well. I have used all three, Wal-Mart, the company they work for has options to make Sears and Toys R Us layaway programs. They buying items easier. have all been the way I’d rather purchase things.” Accumulating debt during the holiday season is often inevitable and can easily cause the “Scrooge” effect. Luckily with the layaway opWal-Mart: Now through Dec. 14 • Down payment of $10 or 10%, whichever is tion that is offered this year, “ Bah Humbug!” is gone and the holiday cheer can find its way back. greater.

San Jacinto Times

October 1, 2012


Men’s soccer on winning streak

Brooks Kubena Staff Writer

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After a rocky start, San Jacinto men’s soccer may have found their rhythm ranking 18th in NJCAA polls, as of press time, continuing a fourmatch winning streak in a 5-2 win over Coastal Bend College. The Coyotes found scoring opportunities throughout the game with sufficient ball movement and positioning. Five different players would score with midfielder Pablo Vasquez opening with a goal from an assist by Andre Wade. Head Coach Ian Spooner is trying to piece together a brand new team with only seven returning players on the 23-man roster. The Coyotes sought revenge against Tyler after losing in the second round of the Region XIV Tournament earlier this season, but would come away with a 4-2 loss to the seventh ranked team, after leading 2-1 at the beginning of the game. Since that loss, San Jac is unbeaten, defeating Northeast Texas Community College 5-4, Paris Junior College 3-0, Mountain View College 11-1, and Coastal Bend College 5-2. Ever since being shut out by Jefferson College at the start of the season, the Coyotes have had no trouble scoring, averaging 4.6 goals a game with 15 assists. The Coyotes are 29th in the nation in fouls having drawn three yellow cards and five red cards in eight total games. Disciplinary issues have been factors in a few of the games already and must be addressed. With the way the team has been playing in the past few games, the coyotes should have plenty of confidence in their attempt push their win streak. All stats and records current as of Sep. 26, 2012

The Lady Ravens beat out competion

Brooks Kubena Staff Writer

The Lady Ravens find themselves second in the nation according to NJCAA polls. They are currently on a 16-game winning streak after a 3-0 victory against Lee College. Beating Panola College, seventhranked Tyler, and Temple College in the San Jacinto Classic the week before, Head Coach Sharon Nelson has her team playing at its best. “I think that we have really good team chemistry.” Nelson said. “The girls get along really well on and off the court. They aren’t making any excuses for anything. They’re all walking out there doing their job, and holding each other to a really high standard.” That team chemistry has brought San Jac to a 20-1 record, including a win against Dodge City Community College earlier this season that accounted for Nelson’s 300th win as head coach for the Lady Ravens. In a junior college, players come in and out regularly, only playing for about two seasons before they transfer else-

where, which makes chemistry tough to build and maintain at times. With seven sophomore returners, much of the chemistry players developed last season has been preserved and built upon this year with the incoming players. During the recruiting process of last year, Nelson said that the team made the high school recruits coming in to visit feel at home, and that carried in to the following year. “They treated those girls like they were part of the team already.” Nelson said. “They made those incoming new girls feel very comfortable. When we came in for preseason everyone was treated the same. Everyone had the same expectations from the coaching staff and from each other. They’ve bought into the system that we have and you’re really blessed every now and then with a group, from one to 14, buys in. That’s this group.” With Laredo Community and Coastal Bend coming to San Jac in the coming week, the Lady Ravens look to continue their success in a season that has the potential for a national championship.

Girls’ volleyball spikes its way to victory

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Cancer prevention can begin with diet

Brandon Hurley Sports Editor

One in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink is everywhere and awareness is at an all-time high. Thanks to this, among many other factors, people have learned quite a lot about how to combat this disease, including what foods may help prevent it. While, it’s not as common, men are also at a significant risk. According to, about 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2011. So it is important for everyone to try and find ways to prevent the disease from occurring. There are many foods people can easily integrate into their diet that have the potential to prevent or treat breast cancer. One vegetable humans can utilize is the

baby carrot. These little carrots make a great addition to a salad or go great with creamy dips, such as ranch. Baby carrots are packed full of an antioxidant called beta carotene. Beta carotene is known to prevent many different types of cancer. This is the substance that makes carrots orange. This means that the more orange the baby carrots are, the more cancer fighting beta carotene they have. Aside from all of the other health benefits this vegetable provides, broccoli has been labeled effective in breast cancer prevention and treatment. When people eat broccoli, sulforaphane is released. Associate professor of the Oregon State Department of Nutrition and Exercise Dr. Emily Ho recently led a study on the effects of sulforaphane on the human body. "It is well documented that sulforaphane can target cancer cells through multiple chemopreventive mechanisms." Ho said in an interview with David Strauth of the OU

marketing department. "Here we show for the first time that Sulforaphane selectively targets benign hyperplasia cells and cancerous prostate cells while leaving the normal prostate cells unaffected.” The broccoli will need to be raw. If the broccoli is cooked, it loses over 90 percent of its cancer fighting properties. Certain fruits can aid the cause as well. It has been documented that the juice in concord grapes will actually protect breast cells from carcinogens that cause cancer. It is not necessary to eat a bag of grapes either. If one simply drinks Concord grape juice, the beneficial effects are still the same. Another tasty fruit that can help prevent breast cancer are dark cherries. Kathryn Meininger of says, “The anthocyanin in black cherries may help reduce your risk of developing some cancers, including colon cancer, brain cancer and breast cancer.

They may also help support pancreas function and insulin-secretion in type 2 diabetics.” Omega-3 fatty acids received a popularity boost a few years ago when it was discovered that they are instrumental in promoting joint health and they have a potential to prevent heart disease. What is not highly publicized is that they can also help to prevent breast cancer. The best way to increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids is eating cold-water fish, such as salmon and tuna. Though fish are healthy, certain types are high in mercury, which means people should limit their intake to about two meals a week. Omega-3 oral supplements are available as well. All of these foods are easily accessible at your local grocery store. Life can be more comfortable and rewarding for those who choose to make good health decisions when they are young.


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San Jacinto Times Fall 2012 Issue 2 was published October 1, 2012.


San Jacinto Times Fall 2012 Issue 2 was published October 1, 2012.