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Student leaders to their boards: ‘Ban smoking’ By Scott Landheer City Times
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Going after the Griﬃns
City’s men’s basketball team warms up at Harry West Gymnasium before their game against Grossmont on Feb. 8. Find out how the team did on page 7.
Bill would make vaccine mandatory in state By Blair Socci UCLA Daily Bruin LOS ANGELES (U-WIRE) — A bill that would require pre-teenaged girls in California to become vaccinated against the human papilloma virus has controversy brewing between advocates of the vaccine and those who are concerned that parents should have more say and that the vaccine will promote promiscuity. The bill, which was introduced in December and amended last week, would require girls in both public and private schools to have the vaccine before entering the seventh grade. Gardasil, released last June,
is a vaccine that prevents the four strains of HPV that cause 70 percent of cervical cancers and 90 percent of genital warts, according to Reuters Health Administration. “This (bill) is about preventing cancer and saving lives, so I believe it vital to make the vaccine as accessible as possible,” Assemblyman Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), the lead author of the bill, said in a statement. Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently signed a similar executive order mandating that girls between the ages of 11 and 12 get the vaccine before entering the sixth grade, and also making it available to all females between the ages of 9
and 21. Gardasil costs $120 per dose and requires three doses in a six-month window. The vaccine is covered by some major insurance companies, and Medi-Cal will cover the shots for women between 19 and 26. The Vaccines for Children’s program also provides the vaccine for free to girls as young as 9 years old, according to the Los Angeles Times. Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D-Mountain View) was the primary writer of the proposed California bill, but Hernandez took over as carrier of the bill after Lieber dropped her sponsorship. She did so, citing a
See VACCINE, Page 8
Kensington Grill wows from the ﬁrst bite Arts, page 5
Student leaders from both the San Diego Community College District and Imperial Community College District voted on Feb. 9 to urge their governing boards to ban smoking on all campuses. The 7-0 vote asks ofﬁcials to immediately impose designated smoking areas on campuses for the next year and to ban smoking completely after one year. Cuyamaca College and Miramar College did not attend the meeting. The resolution also calls for smoke prevention programs on campuses to help students, faculty and staff who want to quit smoking. The vote was taken at the monthly meeting of Associated Student Government presidents or their designated delegates. They decided to start working on the smoking ban in November 2006. “Students have spoken loud and clear to their districts today, urging immediate change in our smoking policies,” said City’s ASG President Francisco Fabian. “There is no doubt now of the ill effects of cigarette smoking, and in particular, second hand smoke. It’s time we took steps to ensure all students are able to learn in a healthy smoke free environment.” If the two districts pass a smoking ban, they would become the ﬁrst completely smoke-free counties in the California community college system. Mesa College is leading the way for the rest of campuses in the two districts to follow. After a transition period with designated smoking areas in June 2006, Mesa became the fourth smoke-free campus in California. The ban came after a freshman at Mesa, who was a severe asthmatic, addressed the San Diego Community College
District Board of Trustees to express concerns about secondhand smoke on campus. She teamed up with staff and other students after the meeting to begin a smoke-free campaign and found the Smoking Investigation Committee. Their efforts helped lead the ■ Find out what students think about way to a smoking the smoking ban in ban on our Vox Populi campus. Page 2 Chanc e l l o r Constance Carroll said that when the issue ﬁrst came up the district decided that each campus is a separate community of people and they should be the ones who decide what is best for them. Aside from enforcing state laws that prohibit smoking within 20 feet of doors and windows or inside closed doors, the district doesn’t want to impose a top-down solution that would be binding on every campus. She would like to see campuses look at the “excellent process followed at Mesa” and use it to come up with a solution that is best for everyone. She said Mesa’s process of involving everyone from students and faculty to staff and administration was very important. Now that Mesa is smokefree, they want to keep it that way. The campus held a heath fair on Feb. 5 to educate students on the effects of smoking. Student Health Services offers free programs and counseling to help students quit. Fabian is optimistic that ofﬁcials will be receptive to their recommendations. “I know that the rest of the district is looking at Mesa to see how successful they are in implementing this new rule before the other schools follow,” Fabian said, “I believe that once the other schools, through their shared governance process decide to go smoke free, the board will approve a district wide policy.”
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Do you support a smoking ban on campus and why? “No. If we’re in an open area, it’s acceptable, but if we’re in a narrow corridor, we don’t smoke. We’re respectful that way.” Roger Dietz, ﬁne arts “No, we smoke in open areas and respect guidelines of not smoking near classrooms.” Tony Hyde, social work “Yes. I don’t know why people say it takes away stress. Smoking is nasty.” Erica Chriss, undeclared
“I would agree. If it’s that much of a problem for other people, then I guess it’s okay.” Ruben Fierro, undeclared “It sounds like a good idea. Smoking kills you anyway. I don’t want people committing suicide on campus.” Jack Minihan, undeclared “It’s a good idea. Not everyone likes to smoke, and this way non-smokers, like people with asthma, will know what areas smokers will smoke so they can avoid them.” Jacqueline Gallelli, hotel management
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Blind student inspires with wisdom
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Josie Salazar / City Times Classiﬁed Senate’s Secretary Susan Gregory (right) hands out Valentine Goodies to student Cynthia Michalas.
Classiﬁed Senate sells sweets for Adopt-a-Family By Josie Salazar City Times San Diego City College’s Classiﬁed Senate held a Valentines Day bake sale on Feb. 14th to beneﬁt this years AdoptA-Family program and various other projects. The amount raised made was not readily available. For the past four years, the
Senate has selected participants whose needs in qualifying for the program range from dire ﬁnancial difﬁculties, to special circumstance and number of dependants. The proceeds from their various fundraisers will help sponsor a Family for the next Holiday Season and help with upcoming projects through out the year.
“It’s not just about the selling, it’s about interacting with others” said Susan Gregory, the Senate’s Secretary. The purpose of the Classiﬁed Senate is to enhance communication between classiﬁed personnel, faculty, administration, as well as the general welfare of SDCC through unity, shared governance and professional responsibility.
Members of the Classiﬁed Senate includes classiﬁed employees of the San Diego Community College District assigned to SDCC including permanent, probationary, and hourly employees, Members also include Operations, College Police and ABSO Service Staff, as well as selected students.
‘Veronica Mars’ makes appearance at City College By Brittany Arquette City Times Neptune, California may be the ﬁctional town where college student/private investigator Veronica Mars resides, but it also might be where you hang out every day. That’s because the show is taped right here in sunny San Diego, including right here at City College. The ﬁlm crew from the show “Veronica Mars” was on our campus Feb. 2, ﬁlming extras around the A and M buildings, and the Gorton Quad. Students taking intersession classes may have noticed extra “students” walking around, and the four large trucks occupying the student parking lot. Though the show’s studio is in Kearney Mesa, they’ve previously taped on San Diego State’s campus on several occasions, and various times here at City. The show is in its third season, and the production company, Stu Segall Productions, is always looking for fresh college faces to be extras in the show, and hold open auditions through out the year at their studio on Rufﬁn Rd. No word if Miss Veronica Mars herself, played by Kristen Bell, was present, but keep an eye on your television this year for City College’s 30 seconds of fame. For more information about becoming an extra and when the next audition dates are, you can call the studio’s prerecorded hotline (858) 974-8970 EXT 477 or visit their website http://www.stusegall.com
The CW Network / Courtesy Photo Kristen Bell stars as Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 19-year-old apprentice private investigator in The CW’s drama series “Veronica Mars.”
Lawrence Walker is an exceptional student we can all learn from. Lawrence completed 16 credits last semester with a 4.0 average and he is legally blind. City College”s Disability Support Progrms & Services (DSPS) have helped provide the structure for Lawrence to make use of his extraordinary abilities. Lawrence, a 58 year old business major, returned to school in spring 2006 to further his education in what has already been an interesting, educated and successful life. He has been a licensed real estate agent, worked in ﬁnancial markets and is now continuing his studies in business. He credits his high academic standing and achievements to Debra Wright and the DSPS team for assisting him in learning to use RFB&D (Reading for the blind & dyslexic) and other adaptive computer services for the disabled. He uses e-textbooks and prefers software with human voices as opposed to computer generated voices. He is presently achieving honors grades and is moving toward being a member of the Honor Society. He is also a member of the Alpha Theta Kappa fraternity which is an honors society for high achievers. “The important thing is to decide education is your goal and to pursue it with all your heart,” Lawrence said. Lawrence ﬁrst overcame serious disability when he contracted spinal meningitis at the age of ﬁfteen. He was told he would never walk again, yet after one year of hospitalization including physical therapy, he left the hospital of his own volition. Lawrence ﬁrst made the National Honor Society in high school. He spent three years at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and then served a tour of duty in Point Loma, for the United States Navy during Vietnam. He said he liked the weather here in San Diego and has resided here since. Lawrence said his 80-yearold father has been an inspiration in his life. He also credits Christopher Reeves with being a real Superman. Lawrence advises students not to postpone education especially with consideration of their economic futures. He enjoys school and its challenges.
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New Beginnings I always look forward to starting a new semester, for there are always many things to look forward to. Being on the staff for City Times, I’m always happy to see the many students that decide to join the newspaper. It’s interesting to see the many different styles of writing each student brings to the newspaper. There’s always something too look forward to as well, with exciting news and events always happening on campus. In other news, the editors here at City Times have been discussing the idea of having the newspaper run on a weekly basis. This is an exciting development for us since the newspaper hasn’t run on a weekly basis since back in the 1980s. However, nothing has been decided just yet. As mentioned, we’re still discussing the dynamics of how we would go about it if we decided to follow through. As we begin the new semester, I’m also Luis Bahena excited to welcome our new batch of staff writers here at City Times. I know that each will do their very best in providing the most up-to-date news with professional detail and delicacy, not to mention their very own style and voice. I have conﬁdence that this year will be one to remember not only for the changes that City Times promises to achieve, but also for the many possibilities that City College may bring. With more resources available to students than before, one can only expect that this year will deﬁnitely be a pinnacle for modernization here at City College. Expect great things to happen in the up-coming years as the college will hopefully expand to new heights and possibilities. As always, please feel free to send us any feedback or comments on any of our stories. City Times is run by City College students, any questions or comments to our writers and editors are always greatly appreciated. To contact us, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Road To Higher Education
Emily Pfaff / City Times
Scholarships for drug convicts? Closing doors after having them locked does not make sense... People need to stop hating and start giving more support to education. If a group of people wants to give out scholarships to students who have had a drug conviction, then let them do so. I don’t see why Berkeley students would have problems creating a school fund for students who want to earn an education. Nationwide, 200,000 students don’t get to apply for federal aid. As a student who faces a community college daily, I see people defending their civil rights. I see the gathering of believers that rise against the harm of students, and what might get in the way of their academics. Not assisting students with ﬁnancial aid because of a previous offense in drug convictions is an obvious lack of understanding.
Give them a chance I believe that each individual who walks into an educational campus already found the meaning to an education, and has a mission to accomplish. Education is endless to one’s being. Awful is the person who forgets that it can not be prohibited, it is a constitutional right. Everything is attached to politics, and United States politics change all the time so why not make the right changes and stop being selﬁsh to one another. A person that commits an error with the law cares less about the U.S. system because it allows the person to open a world not seen by many. In a
level that shows to be incredibly immense and low at the same time, it is failure. It needs therapy; it needs roots and space to recover from such pain. Rising up after falling is not an easy task. Making a difference will be harder, representing and showing awareness will be unpredictable. Fitting in will not be so easy, ﬁnding a job will be the hardest, for the government will not help. But, to be honest enough to tell the world that to meet your needs as a student is only willingness to improve and to move forward would be a lie. But like anybody else, chances will
See CHANCES, Page 6
The liberal hippies at Berkeley need to look at the big picture... UC Berkeley’s Associated Student board members must be on drugs themselves for giving students with drug convictions ﬁnancial aid. What’s even more shocking is where the money will come from: fellow students’ pockets. The Federal Government sent a message to students loud and clear in 2000 when they cut off ﬁnancial aid to students with drug convictions. The government has no obligation to pay for anyone’s college. Receiving money is a privilege, and just because your mom forgives you, doesn’t mean the government should. After all, the government already pays for your high school education regardless if you’re addicted to meth, pot, or any other drugs by providing an alternative source of education such as Options, a high school program designed speciﬁcally for students who were expelled
No second chances from school and are unable to enroll elsewhere. Once you graduate, you’re an adult, and an education is no longer served on a platter. If you want help with school, you have to prove you’re worth helping. Under Berkeley’s new plan, however, a student with a drug conviction could receive $400 in school stipends every year that will be paid for by the activities fee all students must pay initially. In other words, a small part of your tuition could go towards helping a pot-smoking, cokesnorting druggie sitting next to you in class. “It is absolutely ridiculous that a school would support a kid who’s bringing drugs on to its campus. I’m not saying they
should deny them their right to education, but they shouldn’t give them any money,” said City College parent Laurie Briscoe. Berkeley is only the fourth university in the U.S. to use a school funded scholarship program to help students with a history of drug use. Just because Berkeley is known nation wide for its liberal view on drugs does not mean they should get special treatment. Not surprisingly, in the late 1990s, the school had more drug arrests on campus than any university in the country according to the Los Angeles Times. In fact, California schools as a whole have a major drug problem among students. One
See NO CHANCES, Page 6
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Up on their ‘Grill’ The following day only brought thoughts of my return to this cosmopolitan cavern in hopes of recreating one of the best meals I’ve had in San Diego. Opening a fresh chapter on noveau cuisine, Kensington Grill surpasses expectations through all verses of the meal. From vignettes of vinaigrettes to sonnets of sea bass, poetry on a plate has been mastered at 4055 Adams Ave. Cream-colored walls bathed in luminescent oranges and autumnal hues integrate cozy appeal with breezy sophistication. Cool blues backing the bar contrast warm tones in the well laid dining room (not a bad seat in the house), reﬂecting sultry light on white, woven chairs bound with South Beach nuances and relaxed reﬁnement. The idea of enjoying upscale dining without the stuffy aesthetic has noses turned in the air, this time only to smell delectable kitchen aromas. Our genial, attentive waitress was true to her reliable character from our ﬁrst sips of readily retrieved cocktails to our euphoric exit. Happy “appy”-tizers made me smile involuntarily as each well constructed creation passed though my upturned lips and landed in my thoughts as personal favorites. Succulent morsels of duck conﬁt perched on miniature pillows of joy- “melt in your mouth” gnocchi, whose delicate red sauce gave a buttery afterglow with subtle, garlic undertones and the potent earthiness of arugula pesto. Mixed greens
As part of a citywide effort to keep music alive in San Diego schools, KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM and Coles Carpets & Fine Flooring are collecting new and used musical instruments for the third annual Music Matters program. Although Music Matters ofﬁcially collects instruments until Feb. 28, anyone interested in donating instruments to lowincome students can do so to the Jazz 88 ofﬁce on campus or to any Coles Carpets location throughout the year. Volunteers for Music Matters collect the instruments and turn them over to San Diego City Schools’ music programs, giving more children the opportunity to experience music. Music Matters, according to the Jazz 88 website, exists “because music matters.” The program aims to give all children in San Diego the opportunity to enhance their education in music without the worry about the high cost of instruments.
Kensington eatery wows from ﬁrst bite to last Review Lauren Ciallella
Ariana Gallagos / City Times Kensington Grill offers a fresh perspective on noveau cuisine. with feta, pine nuts and balsamic vinaigrette even had my “meat and potatoes” companion munching on its myriad of simple, agreeable ﬂavors. Served with chopsticks and Asian accents (bean sprouts, carrots and peanut sauce), the calamari was also a spiritual awakening, as my counterpart became versed in a religion other than baptism by marinara. The full bodied peanut sauce anointed crisp veggies
and tender squid deigning this dish as heavenly. Pulled pork empanadas were fried delights with a ﬂaky crust and roasted red pepper coolie, but did not strum memorable chords on my palate like the others. The arrival of entrees quickly had my affections doting upon fork-tender short ribs that easily pulled apart into luscious, shredded mouthfuls. Housing the inﬁnitely braised meat was a spicy island
Jazz 88 sponsors drive By Rebecca Saffran City Times
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This year’s instrument drive got an encouraging start when a donor anonymously gave a brand new Conn trumpet. Along with incredible quality and market value, Conn has a history helping students through music. Carl Greenleaf, past president of C.G. Conn, Ltd., noticed a downward trend in brass music and initiated the ﬁrst campaign in U.S. history to introduce band music in schools. Today, San Diego Jazz 88 continues Greenleaf’s efforts by sponsoring programs like Music Matters. “Part of our role [at Jazz 88] is education, part is outreach, and the other part is to give exposure to this campus”, explained Mark DeBowskey, station manager. Music Matters allows young people to learn about what DeBowskey terms “the one true American music form,” or jazz. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a Jazz Festival on March 17. For more information, visit the station’s website at www. jazz88online.org
of jalapeño/ cheddar cornbread encircled by a moat of sweet corn with cream. Insisting on top performance from its ordinary components these down home ingredients seamlessly transformed from “country” to “country club”. The sea bass arrived dressed to impress with its crispy horseradish coat and a drizzling of scallion oil. Crisp, clean and uncomplicated this fashionable star, seated on a throne of garlic-mashed pota-
toes, entertained each taste bud while remaining a light character. At times pasta can be a disappointing temptress when dining out (due to differing opinions on texture), but here the linguine warmly wrapped itself around sausage, shrimp, grape tomatoes and broccoli rave with a gentle heartiness. Accentuated by white wine and lemon “gravy”, a symbiotic balance brought softness to a multitude of traditionally dense components. Reading like an open book in their approach to ﬁne dining, Kensington Grill has spun a hard luck tale of risky, yet commonplace ingredients into a culinary “happily ever after.” Most of the players mentioned — duck, calamari, pasta and short ribs — can easily go astray in preparation. The beauty lies in the seeming simplicity of the dishes as they reach the table and the effortlessness in which they shine. A coming of age story within themselves, the menu items present a pristine image that never let on about their difﬁcult nature. Appetizers range from $6.95 to $15.95 and entrees from $12.95 to $26.95. Kensington Grill also offers an early bird menu from 5-6pm (Mon-Fri) — including salad, entrée and dessert for $19.95.
Photos by Nicky Burdette
Students audition for the spring musical, “Gypsy,” at City’s Saville Theatre on Feb. 10. The production is loosely based on the life of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and hits the stage in April. For dates and ticket information, contact the box ofﬁce at (619) 388-3676.
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come, we are people, and we all have dreams. Those who have been convicted under a drug assault mature their future. I’m a ﬁrm believer that what does not kill you makes you stronger. Making things extremely difﬁcult does not help in any way. Not assisting former drug convicts in ﬁnancial aid is not a form of teaching the accused a lesson, but it shows no support for that person wanting to become the new person they may have in mind. Not giving an opportunity to a person who wants to improve in this society where an education is needed is only enduring them to go back to bad habits. We as United States citizens must
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No Chances Continued from Page 4 in every 278 students who apply for federal funding is denied due to drug convictions or refusal to provide such information. The way to ﬁx that problem isn’t to give them a different type of scholarship, but to cut them off entirely. This isn’t high school anymore. A slap on the wrist and one week’s suspension isn’t how the real world works. If you mess up, there will be consequences to pay. Under current laws, you are disqualiﬁed from federal ﬁnancial aid for one
help the ones that need help. Ex-convicts have a different struggle, but the same goal. Think of all the disasters these convicted people had to go through. Jails aren’t pleasant, ﬁnes aren’t 100 bucks, a felony or misdemeanor is antisocial, and the embarrassment a family must go through isn’t such a great feeling. Amazing is the one that recovers and takes back life by going back to school. Trying to make things right is not so easy for everyone. Closing doors after having them locked does not make any sense. I don’t see why it would be wrong to help former drug convicts earn a scholarship to stay in school. Most of the people who commit a law offense didn’t know the importance of life until that moment. I’m not supporting drug dealers; I’m supporting people who are convinced that an education will help them earn a decent living in world where apparently not everyone ﬁts in.
year after your conviction. So even if you were caught with drugs your freshman year, you could still qualify for ﬁnancial aid your sophomore year. It is only when you have three drug convictions, or two drug-sell convictions, that you are permanently disqualiﬁed. Not too harsh for a problem that’s sweeping over California schools. The liberal hippies at Berkeley need to look at the big picture of their decision. They may intend for this program to help students in their current situation, but instead are enabling students by not making them earn the privileges they receive. And in the real world, no one will hand you money you didn’t earn.
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Men’s v-ball takes to court New team joins growing sports scene at City College By Shanika Whaley City Times
Photos by Cameron Mason / City Times City sophomore Onani Wilson looks to pass the ball during a game against Grossmont on Feb. 8 at Harry West Gymnasium.
Men’s basketball team is on the rise By Cameron Mason City Times The San Diego City College men’s basketball team has come a long way in just a few short years. At time of print the Knights have compiled a 16-16 record, which earns them fourth place in the very competitive Paciﬁc Coast Conference. Coach Mitch Charlens took over the men’s basketball program in June 2003, following a dismal seven-win season. After restructuring the entire team, then implementing an unselﬁsh, offensive scheme focused on even ball distribution and balanced scoring, the men’s basketball program ﬁnished the next season an impressive 12-2 in conference play, 18-10 overall and a staggering 10-0 at home. Led this year by forward Cornell Williams (6’6”) and guard Shawn Brooks (5’10”), the Knights have pieced together impressive victories over Mesa College, a tough Palomar College team, and most recently cross-town divisional rival Grossmont College. The Knights dominated all facets of their Feb. 8 game against Grossmont from start to ﬁnish. Guard Jesse Lebeau, graciously listed at 5’9” on the team roster, led the Knights
Freshman guard Omari Johnson runs the ball during an 80-70 win over the Grifﬁns. in the ﬁrst half on 4 of 6 shooting from beyond the three point line, ﬁnishing with 13 points and three assists. Forward Ervin Dunson (6’7”) provided the Knights with a huge defensive spark snatching two early steals and providing clutch rebounding, helping the Knights jump out to a 15-point lead only six minutes into the ﬁrst half.
The Knights at one time led by as many as 23, and never came within eight points of losing the lead. They ﬁnished the game with an 80-70 win over the Grifﬁns. Prior to the game, Coach Jerome Sherman seemed quite upbeat about the future of the Knights Basketball program. “We have some deﬁnite Division I talent on this squad with
Cornell Williams and Shawn Brooks… And our freshman crop is excellent with Djuan Stewart, Jesse Lebeau and Emmon Preston, so were pretty excited about next year as well,” said Sherman. The men’s basketball program is looking to the future and hoping to build on a solid program that will attract strong recruits and fan base.
San Diego City College has a new men’s volleyball team made up of 11 freshman players, a new head coach, Brent Crouch, and a new coaching staff. Try-outs took place in the fall when players were recruited through a series of clinics and then picked by Coach Crouch and his staff. About two weeks ago, the ﬁnal men’s team was composed and they played their ﬁrst match on Feb. 9. The team traveled to Los Angeles Pierce College where they battled against the ﬁvetime State Champions. The Knights ended up losing three games, but their spirit was not defeated. “We’re a very competitive team,” Crouch said, “and I see our team continuing to improve quickly.” Given a second chance for redemption, the Knights played the ﬁve-time Champs again in a play-off match at Palomar. This time they won. “I see us competing for a state title in the next couple of years,” Crouch said. “Our guys are that devoted, and our coaching staff is top notch, young and energetic,” he added. Crouch heard about the opening for this job and applied last summer. After an interview with the athletic director, the job was his. Crouch started playing volleyball when he was thirteen years old. He went on to play at Texas A&M from 1993-97 and has taught high school and college level teams for 10 years. Helping coach the team is Assistant Coach Jarett Jensen, who was a UC Irvine player and Assistant Coach Reuban Danley, who played for UCSD. The Knights’ goal is to compete in the Paciﬁc Coast Conference in March. With an experienced and dedicated coaching staff, the men’s volleyball team has a great opportunity to compete for the top spot.
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conﬂict of interest because her husband’s family has $14,000 invested in Merck and Co., which manufactures Gardasil, according to the Times. The National Cervical Cancer Coalition reports that there are 370,000 identiﬁed cases of cervical cancer annually. While Gardasil has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and has the support of the American Cancer Society, the proposed bill has some conservatives and parents’ rights groups up in arms. Some parents and religious groups have been raising objections to mandatory vaccination, including that the bill will violate their right to raise their children in the manner in which they choose, that it encourages pre-marital sex, and that the vaccine is too new to mandate. Robert Schilling, a professor at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Public Affairs, said he believes Gardasil is an important breakthrough. “Most public health advocates would say that it should be treated as any other vaccine,” he said. “It is not very often that a vaccine with such potential for preventing disease comes up. This is very important.” Cathie Adams, president of the conservative-watchdog group Texas Eagle Forum, said she believes parents should be the ones to decide whether children get the vaccine. “What (mandatory vaccination) does is beneﬁt the pharmaceutical companies, and I don’t want pharmaceutical companies taking precedence over the authorities of parents,” she told The Associated Press. Merck’s revenue from Gardasil is expected to reach $1 billion per year if states start requiring the vaccine, drugindustry analyst Steve Brozak told the AP. But Hernandez noted in his statement that $1.7 billion is spent each year in the United States to treat cervical cancer. Rose Ohanesian, a UCLA third-year history student, also said she believes getting the vaccine at a young age makes sense because of its long-term beneﬁts. “It is a lot like the vaccinations that we have to get as children,” she said. “I don’t see a difference. People are going to have sex anyway. If not when they are young, it will be when they are older. I think it is better to be safe then sorry.” At least 18 states are now considering mandating the vaccine for school-aged girls. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not taken a public position on the bill but has allotted $11.3 million toward HPV in his proposed budget for the 2007-2008 ﬁscal year, according to the AP.
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