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Student center plan off ballot By Natalie Perino-Terashima Staff Writer

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Downtown march draws thousands Protesters flood the streets of downtown San Diego on April 9 during the March for Dignity, Respect and Hope. The rally attracted an estimated 50,000 people, considered to be one of the largest rallies of its kind in San Diego history. City College students took part in the march, which was held to protest congressional proposals to consider illegal immigrants felons.

The proposed Student Community Center has been removed from ballots for the upcoming Associated Students Government elections to be held April 26-27. City College students can expect to see the potential center on the ballot for the spring 2007 election. The Student Community Center would provide future City College students with a place to socialize, study and relax. In addition, the proposed center would house many student services including space for student organizations, seminars and exhibits. International student information, housing information, student referral services, an orientation center and the ASG office would also be part of this new facility. In order for the proposed center to be approved, a total of 3,000 students must vote in the election and of these students, 2,000 must vote in favor of the measure. “We felt we needed more time to publicize and get support (for the center),” said ASG President Francisco Fabian. The planned center would be constructed where the current D building resides and would add an additional level to the structure. Part of the M building would also be used.

Campus celebrates culture during annual Language Day By Shanika Whaley City Times “Language Day brings together the different world cultures represented at City College,” said Maria Clara Romero-Huerta, Spanish professor on campus and chairwoman of the Department of Languages. Language Day, held on April 20, is an event that takes place every year. For eight years, it’s been a large celebration on campus. Romero-Huerta is a primary organizer of the event, and City College students enjoyed

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The concept for the Student Center was developed by City College students and would be operated and funded by students as well. If approved by the student body, revenue for the center will be collected in the form of a Student Center Fee starting in fall 2007. The Student Service Fee will charge every student one dollar per unit, with $10 being the maximum amount charged to any one student in a whole year (two semesters). This money will be collected for a few years to build up a construction fund, and once the center is built, will be spent on maintaining and operating the facility. Construction costs would be partially funded by the district, although without a concrete plan underway, such details remain undetermined. “The difficulty is in showing students that we need a Student Center,” Fabian said. “I’m here all the time so I can see the need for it.” For more information on the Student Community Center, students can visit the ASG office in D-105.

— Professor Maria Clara Romero-Huerta Spanish professor Maria Clara Romero-Huerta dances with children and students during Language Day on April 20. Dashiell Kuhr / City Times

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‘Language Day brings together the different world cultures represented at City College.’

a diverse atmosphere, celebrating the traditions and cultures of many different countries. Teach■ Event highlights ers, faculty college’s diversity. members Pages 6 and 7 and clubs on campus got students involved with different cultures they may not be familiar with. Food, clothing and music were all a part of the celebration. Students from different countries demonstrated through dancing, food and music how other societies function and live in everyday life. From 10 a.m.



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ASG election candidate statements Potential ASG officers introduce themselves below to students. The statements are presented as submitted by the candidates, and only represent those candidates who submitted statements. ■ Presidential Candidate: Francisco Fabian: My name is Francisco Fabian. I am running for President because I understand the importance of having student representation at the table when decisions are being made that affect us. As a developing leader, I feel that I have the skills needed. I am enthusiastic, committed and ready to work hard for the students.” ■ Candidate for Vice President: Travis Pollock: As A.S. Vice President I can offer a unique perspective to this leadership role due to my former Military experience. As a political science major and current Legislative Analyst for the Associated Students, I have the knowledge and preparation for the position of Vice President. My leadership abilities have been developed through my past personal and professional experiences. The A.S. is the voice for students and raising awareness on campus will be my goal. I also believe in strong communication between students, faculty and administration. With this strong collaboration changes can happen at San Diego City College. I have a strong work ethic, a belief in public service and my academic aspirations are to transfer to U.C Berkeley. I have the determination and know how for the position of A.S. Vice President. Vote Travis Pollock for A.S Vice President.

■ Candidate for Treasurer: Daniel Luque: I feel that I am qualified for the position of Treasurer, because I am strong with recordkeeping, analyzing budgets, and reducing spending. As Treasurer I promise to make sure that student funds are spent properly and enhance student benefits.” ■ Candidate for Senator: Robert Leahy: Greetings to my fellow students, Let me start by saying thank you for all the support these pass 2 months in which I have already served as your student senator. If you re-elect me to this position I will continue my every efforts to improve the communication between the senate and the student body. My door is always open for questions comments and concerns. I am activley pursuing ideas to improve the morale for the students here at City College. I would like to see many improvements here at city college, I will be attending here for the next two years and I am more than confident that I can make a great impact on the lifestyle and the morale of my fellow students here at City. I am here to support you, and I will. I am qualified to be your senator because I have been in large organizations that require its personnel to be professional and open to everyone they communicate with, I also work very hard in anything I do no matter how big or small the task is. I also have a lot of time that I can dedicate to the Associated Students and the Student Body. So if you want a qualified and dedicated Senator then I am here for you my fellow students.”

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Students mark Chavez Day with protest Faculty members join protest at Chicano Park By Shanika Whaley City Times Faculty members and students from City College joined with area high school students in celebrating Ceaser Chavez’s 79th birthday at Chicano Park and protesting the HR 4437 immigration bill on March 31. Chavez was the co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union and also a labor activist who spoke out for migrant workers’ rights during the ’60s and ’70s. Maria Figueroa, English and Chicano Studies professor at City College said, “It’s wonderful to see the students demonstrating their democratic rights. As a community, parents, teachers and workers should guide them, relay them their history – like Cesar Chavez taught us, as well as other activists.” “This is a good opportunity to unite,” said Selina Calvo, a City College student and member of

Resistencia Estudiantil. “We get to tell how we feel, speak out about issues that are going on.” Resistencia Estudiantil is a club at City College. Students form together and discuss issues that affect everyone, not just Chicanos. Nohelia Ramos, City College student and Resistencia Estudiantil events coordinator, reported that they brought 200 people to Chicano Park, most of which were City College students. “It’s a great feeling,” Ramos said. “People are unifying, wanting to make a change. They do not want their family members to leave. Rights for all citizens.” Vanessa Lopez, a new member of the Estudiantils, said she was glad to be part of a club that dealt with real issues. “I’m glad there are clubs like this for students. All people, not just Mexicans, can unite and fight for the human race. The only difference is our culture, and we should all be treated

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Colleagues mourn longtime counselor By Natalie Perino-Terashima City Times

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ENVIRONMENT Mauro Aragon / City Times Environmental Club founders Justin, left, Daniel Aramburo, center, and Jessica Reeves are building the campus organization to raise awareness of issues such as recycling.

Awareness is campus club’s goal By Natalie Perino-Terashima City Times City College has a new Environmental Club that hopes to educate and motivate students to bring about change by making earth-conscious decisions. The club hosted Earth Week at City College April 18-20. The event took place in the Gorton Quad between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Local DJ Makeda Dread donated her time and services April 19. Dread played music and spoke about environmental issues throughout the day.

The club, organized by student Jessica Reeves, would like to make recycling at City College easier and more efficient by adding larger, more colorful recycling bins in more areas on campus. Other goals include coordinating beach clean-ups, environmental education programs for elementary through college-level students and ink cartridge and cell phone recycling events on campus. Reeves, who grew up recycling and donating to those in need, wants to educate younger

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The City College Counseling Department experienced a loss in early March after the death of Lem Lemons, a counselor who worked on campus for 25 years. While Lemons’ official title was General Counselor, he was also involved in some math instruction and is remembered as a hard worker who truly cared about students. Lemons began working at City College in 1977. During his tenure, he pioneered the development of the Math 32 program, which prepares students for higher levels of transferable math classes. Although Lemons was not a math instructor, he taught this course occasionally. Aside from the work he did at City College, Lemons also volunteered his time teaching math at Fanno Academy, an African-Centered Charter School in San Diego. Lemons was also hired by the federal government from time to time as a math consultant. “Lem was a 100 percent plus worker,” said Extended Oppor-

tunity Programs and Services Counselor John Sullivan. “He really cared about students and their futures.” Before working at City College, Lemons was a basketball coach at San Diego High School where his team won the state championship two years in a row. He also encouraged and helped students there receive Lem Lemons scholarships to four-year schools. In 2002, Lemons decided to retire because of health complications. He had struggled with kidney failure for many years, and after receiving a transplant, he was still not able to overcome the disease. Lemons was later diagnosed with bone cancer and was not able to regain his health. “Lem had an infectious smile,” said EOPS Counselor Margie Spikes. “I don’t know anyone who didn’t like Lem. He will be missed tremendously.” A perpetual scholarship will soon be available in Lemons’ name, and plans for a dedication plaque are in progress.

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Immigration debate needs bipartisan compromise The following editorial ran in the Iowa State Daily at Iowa State University on April 14, distributed by U-WIRE After months of deliberation, amendments and bipartisan efforts to reach an agreement, what seemed to be the most feasible compromise to federal immigration reform failed in less than 24 hours. “I think politics got in front of policy on this issue,” said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. Iowa State Daily The good senator could not be more right. The Senate proposal would have brought illegal immigrants out of the shadows and met the nation’s needs for labor and legitimized the millions of undocumented immigrants presence in the United States, as opposed to implying a level of guilt and criminality to their residency. The compromise plan would have created a temporary worker program that would allow 325,000 foreigners to fill jobs in the United States each year. Illegal immigrants who have lived in the U.S for five years or more (about 7 million) would be granted citizenship if they remained employed, had background checks, paid back taxes and learned English. Illegal immigrants who have lived here two to five years (about 3 million) would have to travel to a U.S. border crossing and apply for a temporary work visa, and would be eligible for permanent residency and citizenship over time. Those undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. less than two years (about 1 million) would be required to leave the country altogether and could apply for spots in temporary worker programs. But conservatives condemned the compromise as little more than amnesty for lawbreakers, and Democrats refused to allow a delay and amendments they say would have gutted the legislation. The issue looks to become even more politicized at the expense of a large population of Americans, as the Senate has adjourned for a two-week break. Other business, such as annual spending bills, is starting to pile up as the election draws even closer. Many lawmakers say the best opportunity to approve legislation may have been lost, leaving the all-too-likely possibility of the issue being left unresolved and pushed as a campaign/platform issue for the 2008 presidential candidates. This cannot happen. We call on Iowa Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter, R-PA, to return immediately to work on border policy and approve bipartisan legislation that solidifies an end to this national debate.


CityTimes Volume 60, Issue 13 April 25, 2006 Published as: The Jay Sees / 1945-1949 Fortknightly / 1949-1978 City Times / 1978Incorporating the newspapers Tecolote, Knight Owl and Flicks Dashiell Kuhr Editor-in-Chief Josie Salazar News Editor Nicole Cunningham Arts/Feature Editor Shane Crumrine Sports Editor Mauro Aragon Graphic Design

Jenelle Jung Abinashi Khalsa Nicole Ribera Copy Editors City Times Staff Michael Bolmey, Jose Cruz, Natalie Perino-Terashima, Shanika Whaley Contributors Laura Ferrise, William Humston, Nicole Koenig, Manny Lopez, Mike Sullivan, Cindy Wimer

Established religion threatens abortion rights In the March 21 issue of the City Times, contributor Cindy Wimer wrote an article titled “Abortion — it’s all about control.” While I commend Wimer for taking the opportunity to give women a voice through her article, I feel that there are facets to this argument that may have been left out. There is no doubt that this issue is all about control; most issues involving government typically are. However, I do not see men at the root of this issue, but rather established religion. Most anti-abortion groups are funded by church owned organizations. What’s more, the people who have been running our country for the last five years have made additions to the Supreme Court (Alito) based on the fact that they share the same “values.” The present state of abortion rights in the U.S. is a perfect example of the need for a clear separation between church and state and the sad fact that religion has woven itself into our government. Aside from this, society and the role of sex in it are also to blame. Young people are growing up idolizing “sexy” celebrities and behaviors. Anti-abortion supporters

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It is frustrating that our government is wasting so much time and money to reverse accomplishments that have empowered women to stand up for what they believe is right for themselves and their bodies may say the solution is simple — practice abstinence. However, instead of acting like the proverbial ostrich, we

as a society need to accept that we all have a responsibility to educate our youth to prevent unwanted pregnancies from occurring. And at the same time realized that no one is perfect and accidents will happen. It should be a punishable crime to force any woman to give birth to an unwanted child. I am sure we have all heard the saying “where there’s a will there’s a way.” Well if a woman does not want to have a baby — she won’t. We live in a time where the poverty rate is rising at an alarming speed; nearly half of Americans are living without healthcare and let us not forget we are also at war. To say the least, it is frustrating that our government is wasting so much time and money to reverse accomplishments that have empowered women to stand up for what they believe is right for themselves and their bodies. Ladies, it is time to speak up if you have not yet. At this rate, women may have to resort to less than civilized or sanitary means if they are serious about aborting a child. Talk about scary. Natalie Perino-Terashima is a City Times staff writer

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Protests matter in the battle over immigration reform MADISON, Wis. (U-WIRE) — When most people think of mass protests, they usually conjure up images of the 1960s: the civil rights movement, the antiwar movement and the fight for women’s and gay liberation that emerged from them. These struggles had tangible results in the end of the war in Vietnam, the erosion of Jim Crow and the legalization of abortion. Despite these successes, the concept of mass protest has been relegated to the annals of history, a distant place that is remembered with nostalgia but ultimately inaccessible to the millions of people who want to win equal rights and end the injustice they see in the United States and abroad. Many detractors say marching up State Street or attending a rally will change nothing, and that instead we should accept that the world is messed up but cannot be fixed, or else that we should focus on electing candidates who will go to bat for us. The eruption of a mass movement around immigrant rights and against anti-labor legislation in France has shown beyond a shadow of a doubt the true power and efficacy of mass protests. In response to a bill that would turn the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants into aggravated felons overnight, make lawbreakers of anyone who assists them, and fund construction of a

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The eruption of a mass movement around immigration rights and against anti-labor legislation in France has shown beyond a shadow of a doubt the true power and efficacy of mass protests massive wall on the United States-Mexico border, over a million people marched in Los Angeles, 500,000 in Dallas and New York City, and hundreds of thousands more in dozens of other cities across the country to demand equal rights for all immigrants. The pressure brought by this movement has forced Congress to drop the most Draconian measures of the bill, effectively shifting the terms of the

debate. Over the past month in France, hundreds of thousands of workers and students took part in frequent strikes to demand the repeal of a law that would create a two-year trial period for all workers under 26, during which employers could fire them without cause at any time. After students and workers took to the streets and shut down over a third of the nation’s universities and many of the airports and rail stations, the right-wing government of President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin was dealt the black eye of scrapping their prized legislation. In both of these examples, students have played an integral role. The 40,000 Los Angeles high school students who walked out of school and French students who occupied their universities were large contributors to the success of their struggles. These cases vindicate the strategy of mass protest and the importance of students in them. I know that I am not alone when I say that Monday’s protest made me feel that winning equal rights is not an artifact of our parents’ generation. The fight is alive. “¡S’, se puede!” Jesse Zarley is a columnist for The Daily Cardinal at the University of Wisconsin

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Day of Culture Photos by Dashiell Kuhr and Abinashi Khalsa Layout by Nicole Ribera


round noon on April 20 students and faculty gathered in the shade and sun to celebrate the many languages and cultures of the world. The day was a learning experience for all, with a definite artistic flair. The festivities included activities to educate as well as to excite the senses. With ethnic foods to taste, an array of photographs to observe and different dances to take part in, the day brought the many wonders of the world here to City College. The atmosphere of spoken word, singing and music, children dancing, different languages being spoken and people smiling created a Utopia of sorts. Language Day, a day many students would appreciate every week, is an annual event put on each spring by City’s Language Department. — Jenelle Jung

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No blues about Indigo Planted firmly in San Diego’s Little Italy, “Indigo Grill” spills its neon warmth in bold, scarlet font over the streets of Beech and Ash. A cold, metallic exterior provides a dramatic contrast to the “rainforest-like” atmosphere of its woodsy dining room (a large tree spanning to the ceiling resides behind the hostess stand). An elegant warmth draws you into this earthy, yet contemporary setting, making you feel as is you’ve fallen down a rabbit-hole and discovered a lost culture whose native cuisine is gourmet.

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City College actors perform during a dress rehearsal April 20 for “South Pacific” at the Saville Theatre.

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June Richards’ talents bring a ‘South Pacific’ breeze to campus By William Humston Contributor “I’ve never directed a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. It’s like doing Shakespeare for musical theatre,” said June Richards, stage director and member of City College faculty, about her latest production, South Pacific. With more than 100 plays under her belt, Richards wants to bring something new to City College’s Saville Theatre this spring. South Pacific, a Tonyaward-winning musical production, is set in an island paradise during World War II and focuses on many pressing issues that continue to resonate within today’s social climate. “It has beautiful music and a good story. It touches on racism and intolerance, and features one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s really great songs, ‘You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught,’” said Richards. “My first problem was finding people who can really sing. Many of the contemporary shows do not require real singing, but this one does,” she said. Before coming to City College, Richards taught

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Local performer nets spotlight By Nicole Koenig Contributor Ever since 22-year-old Brenna Briski was 8, she knew she wanted to act. “My class did the play ‘Little Red Riding Hood,’ and my teacher told my mom ‘maybe you should put Brenna in theater.’ She volunteered for every role,” Briski recalled. Today, with a bachelor’s in fine arts in musical theater from Syracuse University, Briski is just as eager to act. “I live from play to play,” said Briski. She is playing one of the leading roles in Rogers and Hammerstein’s award-winning musical “South Pacific,” which is showing at City College’s Saville Theatre. Briski plays the role of Nellie, a nurse who falls in love with a French planter while stationed on a island in the South Pacific The San Diego Union-Tribune / Courtesy Photo during World War II. “This role is different than “South Pacific” actor Brenna Briski was profiled in The San Diego roles I have had in the past Union-Tribune’s “Street” supplement on April 20. because a lot of the characters I play are typically good people without flaws,” Briski said. “Nellie has one of the biggest character flaws.” — Brenna Briski, While Briski adds that on a

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Spotlight Continued from Page 8 personal level she strongly disagrees with some of the choices her character makes, she also identifies with her role. “She is optimistic to a fault, there is even a song about it,” Briski continued. “I consider myself a very optimistic person as well.” This will be Briski’s fourth role in a Rogers and Hammerstein production, and second production of “South Pacific.” Her past experience includes roles in “Okalahoma” and “Cinderella.” Though she has a flair for dramatic

Richards Continued from Page 8 and composed musical theatre pieces in Northern California. Holding several degrees in theatre arts, she has studied alongside Uta Hagen in New York, and continues her association as a faculty member with the Drama Studio in London. Richards is truly a one-woman show: directing, producing and promoting this production. “Every show has a different set of problems to solve and that is why I enjoy directing,” said Richards, adding, “I’m also the producer, so I have to make certain all the backstage elements are moving forward like the set and costumes, etc. I have to be sure publicity is happening, ads are placed, the program gets done — a million details.” Alongside her directorial and production credits, Richards is an accomplished actress and playwright. Richards has appeared with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, as well as the Actor’s Workshop in San Francisco and the Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre in

roles, Briski said she loves playing funny characters. “It’s not as challenging acting-wise, but I have never had so much fun,” she said. Some of her more comedic roles include playing a fire chief at Legoland, in a more kid-oriented show. At the time Briski was interviewed, there were only two weeks left of rehearsals before spring break and tech week — and there was still much to do. “It’s hard working without a set,” said Briski of some of this production’s challenges, “but it all comes together in the end.” The production opened April 21 at 8 p.m. and runs through May 7. New York City. With opening night just weeks away, Richards says the cast and crew have spent countless hours rehearsing and editing this large-scale production. “I’ve watched every moment in rehearsal, and even after South Pacific goes in front of an audience, I will still make changes. Sometimes, you just have to go back and continue rehearsing,” said Richards. “So many times I’ve left rehearsal wondering, ‘is it going to be a great success or a great failure?’ The kind of doubt that always plagues me.” Years of experience, combined with meticulous eyes and ears for detail, has allowed Richards to press on for great performances this spring. “Lots of mistakes occur by the second weekend while all the disparate elements are coming together, but by the third weekend we usually have a great show.” Richards’ production of “South Pacific” opened April 21 and runs each weekend through May 7. Tickets are available at the Saville Theatre box office. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, visit http://www.sdcity. edu/savilletheater/events.asp.

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Culture Continued from Page 1 to 1 p.m., students watched, read and smelled the differences on campus. Sonija Ghattas-Soliman, the adviser for the Arabic Club, believes strongly in the knowledge of other societies. The club offered traditional food such as hummus, and falafel, and showed participants how to write their names in Arabic. “It’s important to share cultures,” Ghattas-Soliman said. “Students are interested not only to learn it, but speaking also.” Organizers of the event seemed happy with the turnout and interest. “It’s great to see students involved,” said professor Rosalinda Sandoval, who is the Spanish club adviser.

Indigo Continued from Page 8 you’ve finished this “pot of gold” and the small, yet meaty lamb chops, which will land you in a comfort-food coma (counting lambs, not sheep!). The second favorite is pecan encrusted rainbow trout with caramelized orangepasilla buerre blanc, accompanied by oven roasted potatoes and corn salsa. Swirled with crunchy bits of pecan and salty/sweet butter, the trout will have your mouth applauding “encore,” as it flakes off in thick, juicy clumps. The potatoes and salsa weren’t impressive, but the featured fish made up for it — no throwing this catch back. The only unfortunate experience was the pipian-rojo chicken, which was extremely pungent in flavor. “Just say

‘It’s important to share cultures.’ — Sonija Ghattas-Soliman, adviser of City College’s Arabic Club Wearing a bright red shawl, and a flowing black flamenco dress, you couldn’t miss Romero-Huerta. “It’s a promotion of different countries,” she said. “Belly dancers, salsa all to see.” Throughout the day, there was something new and interesting to see. Whether it was eating apfelstrudel, a pastry dish from Germany, or watching different the Italian folk dancers from the Dancers of Balboa Park, you could see it all.

no to rojo,” since the spices overwhelming the bird (stuffed with goat cheese, pancetta, dried fruits and arugula) made this chicken dish extremely foul. It was accompanied by journey cakes that had me longing for some pan fried goodness, but instead offered up tasteless squares of cornmeal. As for everything else, it was exquisite. Salmon with cucumber-dill moleto served on a cedar plank with squid ink pasta is refreshing, crisp and flavorful. Mojo (bone in) rib-eye with honey roasted garlic/corn relish, tamale and butternut squash in bourbon walnut butter also leaves you with a very happy belly. Appetizers ($7-$13), entrees ($17$28), full bar; $10 coupon in Uptown magazine. Lauren Ciallella is a former City Times arts editor




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City Times

April 25, 2006

Sociology club takes STAND after decade absence Turnout a pleasant surprise for group By Josie Salazar City Times City’s sociology club, Students Taking Action Never Divided, celebrated its first meeting in over a decade with an inauguration into the college’s club community April 4. A few dozen students and several faculty members, including Vice President of Instruction Ron Manzoni, turned out for the event. “I’m impressed, this is a wonderful event,” he said. Sociology professor Francisco Moreno said that he had not expected the big turn out of students and staff supporters at the club’s first official meeting. More students are showing an interest in sociology, and professors Sara Pitcher and Moreno created STAND for students to come together and discuss society’s problems. “I think that the number of students here suggests that there is a desire to have this club,” said Pitcher, adding, “it says that students want more out of sociology.” “We are really excited to get the school community together,” Moreno said to the group. “Most important is that I’m hoping you will take this role in the future and major in sociology,” he added. One student, Esmeralda Cortez, said that she joined the club because it will allow her to get involved and work with the community. “I think it’s important to have a club at college that incorporates the diversity on campus into one club,” said Luis Rosas, club president.

Photos by Abinashi Khalsa City Times A large group gathers April 4 for the first meeting of Students Taking Action Never Divided, City College’s sociology club. Right, club President Luis Rosas runs the meeting, which was held in the B building. Club organizers said they were pleased by the large amount of interest.

According to Rosas, the club plans to raise funds for scholarships and textbooks for sociology students. He also said plans include participation in community services and possibly even some traveling, in order to experience firsthand other socio-economic problems in other societies. For more information, contact Francisco Moreno at or (619) 388-3653.

‘I think it’s important to have a club at college that incorporates the diversity on campus into one club.’ — Luis Rosas, president of Students Taking Action Never Divided

UC Davis club aims to build awareness of Assyrian culture By Dyanna Quizon UC Davis California Aggie DAVIS (U-WIRE) — The first goal of members of UC-Davis’ newly created Assyrian club is to let students know that, yes, Assyrians still exist. “I usually get one of three responses when I tell people I’m Assyrian: ‘What’s that?,’ ‘Aren’t you extinct?’ or ‘Is that Middle Eastern?,’” said sophomore Sevini Shahbaz. The club, founded by Shahbaz and senior Shareil Nariman, was created last quarter to dispel the myth that Assyrians are extinct and to help bring members of the culture together, Shahbaz said. In his paper presented at the first World Assyrian Conference held in Moscow in May 2002, Dr. Khoshaba Jasim said Assyrians are a “stateless national group,” not the extinct nation that is a common misconception among some scholars. However, because Assyrians are registered in the United Nations as a socio-religious group, they are not eligible to assume or attain the status of a national or ethnic minority. Despite this label, Assyrian students say they are proud of their history and culture and hope to spread awareness to the rest of the student body. “We still hang on to our language,

traditions and customs,” Shahbaz said. “Most Assyrians I’ve met are the same. We try to balance blending in with American society and still holding on to our own roots.” According to Shahbaz, Assyrians were one of the first peoples to convert to Christianity and their language is a modern version of Aramaic, a Semitic language said to have been spoken by Jesus. Their calendar dates back to 4750 BC. The Assyrians celebrated their new year on Apr. 1. Currently, there are over 3.5 million Assyrians in the world, the majority of whom are indigenous naturals in present-day Iraq, according to Jasim. The rest are dispersed in over 40 countries including the United States and Russia. Shahbaz and Nariman are both from Turlock, which is home to a significant enclave of Assyrians. Shahbaz said she was prepared for the culture shock of coming to Davis, which has a significantly lower Assyrian population. “It was expected because I was used to going outside of Turlock and having people ask me if Assyrians were the people in the Bible,” she said. Currently, the club is still in the beginning stages — planning events, advertising the club and introducing members to each other in a comfortable environment, according to Shahbaz.

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Fitness Continued from Page 12 those who would like to continue PE 153 after four years. He explains that these courses are different from a student’s regular classes because one will want to take them again. “It’s because we have students here lifelong,” he said. The Fitness Center uses a circuit training approach to their fitness education. A workout begins with a 10-minute warm-up, then the student alternates between cardiovascular and muscular exercise machines. A voice command integrated into the energetic music in the room lets students know how long to spend at each station. The mantra at the Fitness Center reads: “Fitness for life starts here.” Greer speaks with much passion about the program. “We’re in the business of changing lives,” Greer said. “We’re the best kept secret on campus.” He believes this is because of their five key components: cardiovascular efficiency, muscular endurance, muscular strength, body composition and flexibility. The center can save you money. Thirteen

Greer Continued from Page 12 train to maximize their athletic potential. According to Greer, Balboa Stadium is one of San Diego’s historical monuments. Built in 1914, it is where the San Diego Chargers played from 1961-66 and where the Beatles once performed in 1965. Now shared between City College and San Diego High School, it is used for

Knights Continued from Page 12 from third. Love hustled down the line and beat out the throw to set up their clean-up hitter David Dennis with two men on. Dennis ripped a double down the first baseline on the very next pitch scoring Hill but Love was thrown out at the plate attempting to score from first. Billings continued his dominant outing pitching seven strong innings, allowing only one hit while striking out ten and walking three. Billings was taken out after the seventh due to minor injury to his finger. “He’s (Billings) had some outstanding pitching performances. He has really stepped it up for us doing exactly what he needs to do, and what we need to do to get us into the seventh inning with a chance to win,” said coach Brown of his sophomore pitcher. In the fifth inning the Knights loaded the bases with one out and Dennis up to bat. Dennis, who went 2 for 4 with one RBI on the game, grounded into what looked to be a double play ball, but Love slid hard into second taking out Mesa’s second baseman to score the runner from third. The umpire then made a controversial call saying that Love’s slide was dirty and called both runners out, which took back the run and ended the inning. The Knights bounced right back in the sixth inning scoring

dollars for a half-unit class and $26 for a 1-unit class gets you in for the whole semester. “Something like that in the open market is easily over $100 dollars,” he said. Exercise machines that Jenelle Jung / City Times are exceptionally taken care Danitsa Velarde, left, Lindsay of, friendly Dilorenzo, center, and Daniel hand-picked Morino work out in the Fitness staff and fitCenter on April 21. Dilorenzo and ness combined with educaMorino are visually impaired. tion make this a strong program, according to Greer. Greer invites City College students, “We’ve opened the doors here, welcome to the Fitness Center!” Check out what the Fitness Center has to offer and their hours of operation at City’s homepage:, click the “Student Resources” tab at the top and then choose “Fitness Center.”

local sporting and other events, including that of the SDTC. On a good day at Balboa Stadium, nearly 300 people will turn out. Greer is able to fit so many runners on a 400-meter track by using an approach commonly used in swimming. He organizes his runners by dividing them into three groups. Beginners are assigned to the outside lanes, intermediates run in the middle lanes and the faster runners get the inside lanes. The SDTC is open to the community, and anyone can join for a nominal, yearly fee. Members

of the club are entitled to benefits that include free year-round coaching sessions at Balboa Stadium track, a one-year subscription to the newsletter “San Diego Running” and discounted entry fees to all SDTC races. The club consists of runners of all ages and abilities, from recreational joggers to elite athletes. Its mission is to support the development of distance running, track and field and other related sports in the county. For more information on the SDTC, visit

two more runs. The runs came on back to back RBI knocks by Kevin Hofmockel and Luna who drove in Hofmockel with a triple that split Mesa’s defenders in right-center field. Once Billings was pulled after seven innings coach Brown pulled Luna from second base and inserted him as pitcher to close out the game. “There’s quite a few arms contributing here. Little Matty Luna coming in from second base, he’s been our closer. His nickname is Lights Out, Lights Out Luna,” said Brown, smiling, “and he’s come out and got the job done almost every time.” Luna shut the door in the eighth but ran into trouble in the ninth, allowing two runs before Mesa’s shortstop grounded into

a game ending double play. With six games remaining, the Knights have quite a challenge ahead of them if they want to stay in playoff contention. Their next two games come against the last place Imperial Valley team. Then they match up with conference-leading Palomar for two games, before ending their season with two against Grossmont who is currently in the battle for second place. “It’s a good group, you know. There’s no real, real all star on this club. It’s just a group of guys that like to play down and dirty baseball, and thats kind of the type of club we like here. They scrap, they battle and they hate to lose,” Brown said.

Chavez Continued from Page 3 with respect,” Lopez said. City College faculty members expressed their thoughts and opinions about the new immigration bill to the crowd. Professor Elva Salinas, a teacher of English and Chicano Studies, spoke to the people about being proud of who they are and not to be afraid of the media. “The right-wing media has this big concern about students not carrying the American flag,” Salinas said. “Why is it right to hold the American flag, but not the Mexican flag?” Sociology professor Francisco Moreno was moved by how so many people were impacted by this new law. He said that not only will it affect Mexicans but everyone who is an immigrant as well. “If this law passes, everyone will pay a big price,” said Moreno. “If passed, justice will be lost, and worse, families will be separated. We need a new reform bill but we need a better way to do it.” Gathering around on the center steps in Chicano Park, teachers spoke out on the new law, stating that Chicanos are part of the working force in America and that they contribute as much to society as born citizens. Virginia Escalante, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and English teacher at City College, agreed that the students should take a stand. “I’m impressed with the polit-

Friends Continued from Page 3 generations and fellow students about the benefits of recycling programs. “If we all have the mentality that someone else will do it, nothing will ever get done,” Reeves said. She also stresses the importance of every individual’s responsibility to make decisions in daily life to recycle and

‘I don’t believe they’re just walking out of school. They do know what’s going on.’ — Makeda Dread, San Diego radio DJ and community activist ical awareness of the students and their ability to mobilize,” said Escalante. “Society cannot function without Latinos.” “History has called to them to be active in their culture,” said Makeda Dread, executive director at the World Beat Center and DJ for 91X radio station. “I don’t believe they’re just walking out of school. They do know what’s going on,” Dread said. Another speaker at the protest was City’s Dean of Student Affairs Mario Chacón. He spoke to the crowd, thanked the students and congratulated them on trying to make a change. “We must change the conditions that we live under,” Chacón said. “We must bring our thoughts together.” “I’m happy we have such a deep visceral response,” Chacón said. “Young people are sensitized to what’s unfair, they come together in a primary response.” Both college and high school students organized the protest themselves through a popular Web site, News Editor Josie Salazar contributed to this report conserve resources. “It’s not the big things that make a difference, it’s all the little things,” Reeves said. Although the Environmental Club is not yet chartered, it currently has more than 12 prospective members. Meetings are held every Tuesday on the upper level of the cafeteria at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. All students are welcome to join at any time. For more information, e-mail Reeves at citycollegeenvironmentalclub@


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April 25, 2006

Knights squeeze out victory By Shane Crumrine City Times The San Diego City men’s baseball team improved their chances of making the playoffs on April 20 when they defeated Mesa 4 to 2 at Morley Field. The victory pushed their record to 12-7 in conference play, which currently place with six games remaining. “Right now this playoff race is very, very competitive because they take the top two teams from our conference, and we got three teams right now

(City, Grossmont, and Southwestern) that are just in a dog fight battling for that second place spot,” said City Head Coach Chris Brown. With Mesa defeating the Knights in their previous match up 3-5 on April 18, City was looking for revenge. Sophomore Eric Billings got the start for City. Billings, who is fresh off of being named Pacific Coast Conference Athlete of the Week, came out strong, not giving up a hit until the fourth inning. Mesa’s sophomore pitcher James Doss pitched well, but

ran into trouble in the third inning. Second baseman and closer Matt Luna led of City’s third with a single. After Louis Templeton flied out, centerfielder Stan Hill hit a double over the third basemen’s head to move Luna up to third. During the next at bat coach Brown gambled and it payed off when he put the suicide squeeze play on. Dante Love, who went 2 for 4 with one RBI on the day, layed down a perfect bunt which scored Luna

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Abinashi Khalsa / City Times City sophomore pitcher Eric Billings winds up to make a pitch to Mesa batters on April 20 at Morley Field.

Greer keeps runners on track By Nicole Ribera City Times

Fitness Center Director Paul Greer was recently recognized in The San Diego Union-Tribune for his significant contribution to the San Diego Track Club. Greer has been coaching for the club for 21 years. Founded in 1954, the SDTC is San Diego County’s largest running club. With its 300 or so runners, the club meets Tuesday evenings at Balboa Stadium for supervised workouts by Head Coach Greer. Also an assistant professor in Health and Exercise Science at City College, Greer has a master’s degree in physical education and a long, successful running career. He starred on the San Diego State University track team and competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1992. Greer was just a sophomore at SDSU when he began mentoring SDTC runners as a means to make up for his scholarship money running dry. “I asked my coach for more scholarship money, and he said that there wasn’t any more but that he knew about a job that paid a few bucks,” Greer said. At that time, the club consisted of only 15-20 people. Greer’s passion and pride for what he does, both as a coach and professor, is apparent in his work. “I love teaching and coaching,” Greer said. SDTC members meet on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Balboa Stadium’s all-weather track, located adjacent to City College at Park Boulevard and Presidents Way. Here they are taught track etiquette and

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Maylem Medina, left, and Cecilia Catlin, right, use the stationary bikes April 21 at City College’s Fitness Center. Director Paul Greer, shown at left, and staff are celebrating the center’s anniversary.


Fitness Center marks anniversary Story and Photos by Jenelle Jung City Times The City College Fitness Center has been around since 1991, and Director and Assistant Professor Paul Greer is very excited about this year — what he considers their big 15th anniversary. “We’ve impacted thousands over the years,” Greer said. Located across the street from San Diego High and next to City’s Harry West Gymnasium, it now serves between 500 and 600 students. Students in the offered courses range in age from 18 and up, and include athletes trying to stay in shape to those who want to lose weight or have medical concerns. Lifelong Fitness Lab (PE 153) is the foundational course, but they also offer Lifelong Fitness Behaviors (PE 150) and Fitness Applications (PE 157), which is a supplement for

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