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San Diego City College, Mesa, and Miramar campuses will be conducting emergency communication tests on Wednesday February 27th. The tests are designed to gauge the effectiveness and technical abilities that alert students in the case of a real campus emergency. The test will send messages to students via phone numbers and valid email addresses on file. Further information and details will be provided at http:// — Heidi Stenquist

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Volume 62, Number 10

Covering the San Diego City College community since 1945

February 26, 2008

Face-lift begins for City College Whitney Lawrence and Alissa Wisniewski City Times The L building has recently been shut down, displacing programs like Trio Aspire, a tutoring center, CalWORKS and City Times. All programs have since been relocated to various buildings. Before any changes could be made, Vice President of Academic Services, Carol Dexheimer, said they had to first “complete the LRC classrooms and TM modular buildings, then we could empty out the L building.� Trio Aspire, now in room A10, currently has 220 students enrolled in the program and while they say word got out pretty well about the move, “It was stressful because the final touches, like getting the computers and printers hooked up, occurred on the first day of school,� Director Cathi David McAtee City Times Lopez said. Students walk to class February 19 in the new modular buildings that were installed while the L building is under construction. Both Trio Aspire and Calx3INCE SDCITYEDU Ramp WORKS agree that the profesRuss Boulevard S Shuttle stop vd. sional moving service the district hired was the biggest help. 10 ( “Those guys were like ‘Oh, E Faculty/Staff this doesn’t work for you? Lets tty Permit try this.’ We weren’t used to that,� Required Lopez said. “All credit (goes) to the 1 ( I movers. They really deserve Schwartz e Square kudos,� Cherie Bromley-Taylor e e said, Administrative Technician Student for CalWORKS. Permit ( Lopez said that the real issues 2 Required and delays were due in part to Ramp the planning and communicatRamp ing by the district. Also, the lack e e “TM� Classrooms of signs directing students to the ( 9 offices’ new location is a problem. tty S Lopez said the official signs have Handicap Permit Shuttle stop B Street been made, but a month into the Curran Plaza semester, just haven’t been put up e B Street Overpass yet. Not to mention the blocked ( e entrance to Trio Aspire, CalLearning Resource WORKS and New Horizons by a S Center garbage bin barricade used to Faculty/Staff collect water from a serious roof Permit 7 leak. Faculty/Staff 7A Required Faculty/Staff ( “The buckets are not welcom6 Student Permit Permit Required ing,� Bromley-Taylor said. CalWORKS has 240 students C Street City College enrolled in its program, and before the move would see an average of about 30 students per day, if not more. Since opening on Feb. 20, they have yet to see a student. *Map updates–see “We’d like to believe we did such great work before the move (that no one needs to come see us),� Bromley-Taylor said. The district projects that these displaced programs, also






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The photography department is sponsoring a trip to Greece and Italy for the upcoming summer semester of 2008. This trip is designed to give participants college credit for three or more photography courses. This trip, which costs $3950, includes college tuition, airportrelated taxes, twin room accommodations for twelve nights, and breakfast, a relative bargain compared to other college travel plans. This photographic adventure will travel through Greece for five days before heading to Northern Italy. Enrollment is limited. Applications can be downloaded at http://www. or stop by to pick one up. Got questions? Email Dave Eichinger at deiching@sdccd. edu or call  619-388-3368. — EJ Pennine

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Are you low on funds with no time to work? File your FAFSA by March 2 and you may be eligible to receive free financial aid. There is no fee to apply. Not able to file by March 2? No problem. All three San Diego Community Colleges are hiring students for full and part-time positions. In transfer news, any student interested in transferring to a fouryear university should visit the transfer center immediately. It is never too early to start preparing to transfer and deadlines are coming up quickly. For more information please contact the Transfer and Career Center in room A-111. — Kristina Long

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Face-lift Continued from page 1 including Military Education and New Horizons, will be able to move back in 18 months. Lopez and Bromley-Taylor have their doubts. “We’re anxious to move back, but we’re not planning,” Lopez said, “The word is 18 months but the way things go around here … they didn’t even start (the project) on time.” The old L building will be transformed

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into an “academic success center,” complete with math and English centers, an assessment center to be used for placement testing, a tutorial center and classrooms. It will also include programs like Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS), Trio Aspire, New Horizons and the Puente Program. City College will undergo multiple renovations in the future, including the construction of a brand new child development center, a remodel of the old gym, or P building, and combining the college police, cosmetology, nursing and photography programs into one building.

SDSU says no bad beef on campus Wendy Fry SDSU Daily Aztec SAN DIEGO (U-WIRE) — The largest beef recall in U.S. history will not affect San Diego State University diners, according to the Associate Director of SDSU Dining Services Rick Barber. The U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered a recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef Sunday after evidence that

a Southern California slaughterhouse abused and slaughtered animals that could not walk, according to The Associated Press. A Chino company that provides meat to school lunch programs across the nation, Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., is being investigated for violating health regulations by slaughtering the crippled cows, according to a news release from the California Department of Education.

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Students walk to class February 19 in the new modular buildings.


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February n Feb. 27 Emergency “TEST” Messages for students n Feb. 27 The Other Face of Mexico-Masks Saville Theatre 12:45pm - 2:10pm n February Celebration of Black History Learning Resource Center M-Th 7:30 am - 8:30 pm F 7:30 - 3:00

March n March 3 Last day to file a petition for Credit/No Credit grade option

n March 5 Judge Lillian Lim - Women and Justice Saville 11:10-12:35pm n March 6 Film: Women of Juarez A 213 9:35-11:00 n March 10 Antolin Rodriguez - Laughter Yoga 1:00-2:00 Harry West Gym n March 11 Areito Borincano - Music and Dance 11:10-12:35 Gorton Quad n March 17-22 Spring Break


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Dark as crystal: Documentary reveals the faces of meth shannon kuhfuss City Times On December 12, 2007, a powerful documentary titled “Crystal Darkness” aired on KPBS, which contained contributions from City College’s Wendy Zizzo, Assistant Professor of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Program, and some of her students. “Crystal Darkness” is a 30minute film demonstrating the toxic effects of Crystal Meth on our society today. In the documentary, various young people

confess the dark truths of how Crystal Meth has destroyed their lives and the lives of those around them. Their testimonies, though shocking and grim, are intended to warn today’s youth about the antagonistic effects of the drug. The film is a campaign in itself, which came to San Diego on Dec.12 and is working its way around the United States one city at a time. According to the film’s website, the campaign’s desired outcomes are to “raise awareness of methamphetamine problems and solutions, assure meth hotline

callers receive quality referrals, and to create linkages to ongoing prevention efforts.” The documentary explains the short and long term effects on the body, how the drug is made, and where it is made. The location of the Crystal Meth “cook houses” or production facilities is a concern to the San Diego community because most of the drug is being produced in Mexico and central California. In an e-mail interview with Zizzo, she states, “The most important thing everyone should

take away from this documentary is that addiction transcends all boundaries: race/ethnicity; religion; socioeconomic status; education; etc. And we should try to empathize with those who struggle with addiction instead of judging them.” The “Crystal Darkness” website states that San Diego had once been known as the meth capital of the United States. This lethal drug has since traveled across the country, but has not left San Diego. Programs such as the Alcohol and Other Drug Stud-

ies at City College set out to train the students to make a difference and counsel others dealing with their addictions. According to Zizzo, “City College’s biggest contribution to this documentary was our students who were willing to share their stories. Many struggle with regret and shame and they were very brave to face these feelings and share publicly so that others could learn.” Wendy Zizzo received her clini-

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‘Music Matters’ to kids in need Heather Richards City Times

Rainy day Valentine Students hurried to class and used anything from umbrellas to newspapers to keep dry as a surprised storm moved through San Diego on Feb. 14, bringing stormy weather and snow to towns such as Ramona. Storms have continued to douse the county throughout the month. Photos by NAILAH EDMONDSON City Times

Often in public schools the kids without means go without. For a lot of kids in San Diego the opportunities, specifically in the arts, are minimal at best because money is limited at home and in their school system. A project, “Music Matters,” started by Mark DeBoskey of City College’s radio station KSDS 88.3, is moving into its fourth year collecting donated musical instruments for the Community Council for Music in Schools (CCMS) who in turn refurbish and loan them out to children in musical education programs across the county. “I stole it,” DeBoskey says of the idea to use a radio station as a means to assist and promote musical education. Working in tandem with Coles Fine Flooring, KSDS is a means of publicity for the wider program and more recently has become a place for donations to be dropped. Sixty San Diego schools have benefited from CCMS donations with almost 600 instruments being filtered into schools. Since, “Music Matters,” became involved in 2005, 170 instruments have been donated, according to a, “Music Matters,” press release. “They donate because its important for young people to have this opportunity...hundreds of students would be left out,” says Ann Marie Haney co-head of CCMS. Haney is a direct link between the council and the schools. Many of the schools and their students are in economically depressed areas such as South East San Diego. Still, the program is far reaching meant to assist individuals rather than districts and neighborhoods. There is still a greater body of need than CCMS and, “Music Matters,” can provide for. “Anytime there is a student (who)

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Volume 62, Issue 10 February 26, 2008 Published as: The Jay Sees / 1945-1949 Fortknightly / 1949-1978 City Times / 1978Incorporating the newspapers Tecolote, Knight Owl and Flicks Nailah Edmondson Editor-in-Chief Heather Richards News Editor Whitney Lawrence Opinion Editor David McAtee Arts Editor Photography Editor Shevaun Brandom Advertising Manager Calendar Editor Whitney Lawrence Alissa Wisniewski EJ Pennine Copy Editors Susan Roden Michelle Suthers Graphic Artists City Times Staff Evonne Ermey, Jacob Fredericks, Sonjiala Hotchkiss, Mayumi Kimura, Shannon Kuhfuss, Kristina Long, Heidi Stenquist Contributors Lauren Ciallella, Daria Dameshghi, Emily Pfaff Roman S. Koenig Journalism Adviser

City Times is published twice monthly during the semester. Signed opinions are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily represent those of the entire newspaper staff, City College administration, faculty and staff or the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees. District policy statement This publication is produced as a learning experience under a San Diego Community College District instructional program. All materials, including opinions expressed herein, are the sole responsibility of the students and should not be interpreted to be those of the college district, its officers or employees. How to reach us: City Times San Diego City College 1313 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 Newsroom: T-316 Phone: (619) 388-3880 Fax: (619) 388-3814 E-mail: News homepage: Program homepage: Member: Journalism Association of Community Colleges, Associated Collegiate Press and California Newspaper Publishers Association

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Parking Etiquette 101: Pull forward, please Is it me or am I the only one who’s frustrated driving to school everyday, dealing with a lack of parking that’s made worse by several wasted spaces I could’ve parked in if someone had just pulled forward? Leaving large gaps of space between cars has got to stop. Please … it’s driving me crazy! The misfortune of not being able to fit somewhere because a driver decided to leave five feet in front and behind him is ridiculous! Still, several spaces are lost each day by this lack of consideration for others. So, I ask you to contribute

to your environment. Any smart move made will benefit us all. When parking anywhere, use common sense and think before you set the brake. Take a moment to check: Have I done it right? Have I curbed my wheels in the right direction? Have I left enough room for the other guy? Make sure that you’re not more than six inches from the curb. Get out of your car and look if you need too! Remember to pull ALL the way forward like you would at the gas station. This is especially important for the start or end point of


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any curb area. Have you done everything to maximize space for the next guy? Please DO! You could be sparing a fellow student a heart attack! That circling hawk, preying on the leaving class, scanning everywhere, waiting, burning up gas, driving in all the nooks and crannies surrounding campus, burning up gas … you know what I’m talking about!

What did you do on Valentine’s Day?

Vy Trang, 21 Journalism “I broke up with my boyfriend after a year and nine months. I just turned 21 and I didn’t want to be in a committed relationship anymore, plus he lives two hours away. He came down the night before, we talked about our relationship and both decided to move on, after a last ‘hurrah’ of course! I had school, came home and got butt-drunk on Heineken. I wanted to make a drunken call to my ex, but I passed out. The next morning I had a date anyway for sushi.”

Heidi Stenquist is a City Times staff writer

Faith in the dark

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My goal is to get drivers to contribute so that all shared space is best utilized and students think about how they are driving, and how each of us impacts the other. This could save you a ticket you can’t afford, spare you the curses spewed upon you when you have not pulled forward, and the BEST thing is that you will be making things better not worse, sparing other’s agitation and time because you have made room for them and thought not only of yourself.

Sarah Gidick, 25 Political Science “I had class till 6:45 that night. I was really tired. I took my dogs to Dog Park, came home and got a call from this guy that wanted to take me out. It would’ve been our first date so I didn’t want any of that Valentine’s Day pressure. I’m very comfortable with my single status but I thought it would be too uncomfortable so we talked till midnight while I drank lemon martinis.”

Johnny Flores, 48 Communications/Radio “I took my fiancé to a nice intimate café/restaurant/ lounge in National City called Café La Maze where they have a piano bar, romantic music and candles, and just a very personal setting. We had a great dinner, playing like teenagers under the table footsie, talking about how we met, what we had been through in our journey as a couple together and about our future plans to get married.”

Greg Dart, 28 Comm./Broadcasting “I ended up getting drunk. I went to the Ould Sod and walked the streets mingling. Basically, I was looking for a girl to take advantage of me. My advice to single men; don’t go stag to any bar, they’re going to think you’re some weird lonely guy looking only to get laid. It looks very desperate, though I have to admit I’ve met some pretty decent girls at bars. Valentines Day is ‘Single Awareness Day’ to me.”

Anastasia Olsen No major given “I stayed home with my boyfriend, he made me dinner. We watched ‘The Notebook,’ it was totally mind-numbing.”

Often times we find ourselves “busy,” “tired,” or just too self absorbed to care; it is in these times that faith can be our saving grace. Faith can save lives, and in America today we’ve become seriously un-safe. Americans are responsible for the deaths of millions each year in and out of this country. According to the website of the Democratic Policy Committee,


the majority policy party for Democratic Senators, an estimated 44 – 98, 000 people die annually due to preventable medical errors and another 18,000 premature deaths for the uninsured. In 2007 alone, iraqbodycount. org concludes that upwards of 25,000 Iraqi civilians – NOT terrorists — were killed. If that’s this year’s average, I’ll let the reader imagine the magnitude the Iraq and Persian Gulf Wars have had on the average Iraqi psyche. If you’d like the total of deaths of American soldiers, just turn on your nightly news. The only number they’re wary to discuss is the number of American soldiers returning from Iraq, much like their predecessors from Vietnam, maimed, traumatized and otherwise forsaken by the same government they signed over their

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Faith Continued from page 4 lives to. Much like Satan recruits the weak, the American government spends millions of tax dollars on ads endorsing the military, navy and marines to a public whose schools have become severely underfunded, a public whose idea of “rewinding” entails sitting for hours at a time in front of a brightly colored light bulb, a public whose self-image is abused, mistreated and misguided, and a public who has lost all sense of unity. “So many problems, so little time…” And unjustly so. We do have the time, we are capable and we simply choose to behave, to subsist so small; we choose to be nothing. We choose to be nothing because we are bred in a system that institutes nothing within each of us. Faith gives personal strength, guidance and encourages followers to practice self-discipline and respect for all things, at utmost the self! Faith in God, Allah, is a faith and belief in love. Love for God, love for one another, love for our world, and a remembrance of our spiritual and physical sense of being. Faith in the dark is the light of our times. Emily Pfaff is a City Times contributor


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MIT responds to inquiry on endowment, tuition Natasha Plotkin MIT Tech CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UWIRE) — MIT is compiling data to respond to the Senate Finance Committee’s request for information about the school’s endowment, financial aid, and tuition rates. The committee sent this request to MIT and 135 other universities in the country with endowments over $500 million on Jan. 24, in light of increasing concerns regarding hikes in tuition and unprecedented endowment growth. The request indicates that the Senate plans to more closely monitor university spending policies. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley (R), ranking member of the com-

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mittee, described the purpose of the request in a Finance Committee press release: “We’re giving well-funded colleges a chance to describe what they’re doing to help students. “More information will help Congress make informed decisions about a potential pay-out requirement and allow universities to show what they can accomplish on their own initiative,” he said. MIT Vice President and General Counsel R. Gregory Morgan, who was unavailable for comment, is coordinating the Institute’s effort to provide a response within 30 days, as the committee requested. The MIT administration has expressed concern at the possibility of increased government monitoring or control over tuition

rates. The Senate press release mentions that college tuition is rising faster than inflation, and that college endowments are exempt from a requirement that private foundations pay out five percent of their assets each year. President Susan Hockfield said at a February 20 faculty meeting that, in its request, Congress is being “over-simplistic” about how schools manage their endowments. She said that MIT has “a strong position on financial aid,” by, among other examples, supporting a need-blind admissions policy and providing 62 percent of students internal need-based scholarships. She said that MIT cannot be compared with similarly ranked universities such as Harvard

University and Yale University because MIT has a much higher percentage of students studying science and engineering, which are, in general, more costly than study in the humanities. She also noted that the financial backgrounds of MIT students are different than those of students at similarly ranked schools. MIT cannot match Harvard and Yale’s recent financial aid increases for middle income families without “eroding support” for lower income families. She told the faculty that MIT will make a public statement on financial aid in early March but that they should not expect any sweeping changes in financial aid, such as those announced by Harvard, Yale, and, most recently, Stanford University.

tion at the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic’s Drug Detoxification before joining the AODS Program at City College. The Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies Program at City College has been in place since 1990 and is the only community college program in the San Diego area that

is a fully state-accredited. Also, City College trains more Alcohol and Drug Counselors than any other college in the San Diego area. Any student who effectively completes the program at City College is directly eligible for an entry level job as a counselor. A full-time student can complete the

program within a year of training, including two semesters and a summer session. For more information on the “Crystal Darkness” campaign, you can visit the website at www. or call (877) No2Meth (662-6384) for immediate assistance.

comes by who wants to play a violin or a trumpet... I get a phone call,” says Mrs. Haney. So, when there are not enough instruments to go around, it’s “heartbreaking.” CCMS is a non-profit organiza-

tion working out of the San Diego State University Foundation to promote music as a viable and available source of expression to children from elementary to high school. Some fifty private music

organizations, such as Jazz 88.3 are part of the CCMS program. Donations can be made at any Coles Flooring or at the Jazz 88.3 office on City College Campus rm. C-125 from Feb. 1 to Feb. 29.


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SAN RODEN February 26, 2008 6 City Times ACK HISTORY MONTH LOGO ZE: Chic 8P X 11P Streetman’s ‘Syncopation’ uplifting blues OLOR 20-08 Heidi Stenquist City Times

The World Cultures program presented musical ambassador for peace and human rights Chic Streetman in the Saville Theatre on Feb. 13 in recognition of Black

History Month and Valentine’s Day. English professor and co-director of World Cultures, Elizabeth Meehan, says “students often forget the world is larger than their immediate lives.” She introduced Streetman as “a great man



who helps people who need to heal.” I sat back, anticipating that much needed healing. Taking a seat at center stage with two mics, a monitor and music stand, this tall, glowing man sits down with a big grin and asks the audience to warm up our voices and clap our hands; in an exercise he calls “syncopation.” He then says, “How many of you know that you’re beautiful, and I’m talking about the inner beauty?” He has us turn to our neighbors and tell them their beautiful, he asks us to hold hands and raise our arms in self proclamation. Each song had a story, a connectivity he shares with his audience, an intimacy of meanings, a feelgood interactive therapy session of sorts for “big kiddies” and we all joined in. Mixing blues with a folksy, old world sound, his songs were punctuated by every pluck of his guitar as he weaved stories of the lives he had touched with his musical healing. One story was about a woman named “Gladys” who wanted to end her life. A friend told him “Streety, take your guitar along and show her there’s something to be cheerful for.” He did, though later that night she took a bottle of sleeping pills and ended up in the hospital. Chic visited in the hospital and sang “Precious Lord” while she cried the whole time; he then sang it to us.

He said, “I was with her for one song but to her it could have been a lifetime, you never know how you’re going to impact others. Make it positive if you can.” Ironically 20 years later, Gladys’s son whom he had given a harmonica to, came to see him in Portland, Oregon, to tell him he had become a harmonica player and to thank him. Streetman founded Chic Streetman’s School of Performing Arts, has participated in multiple benefit concerts for The United Nations Human Rights Center in Geneva and Somalia, and was a featured artist at The United Nations Award Celebration honoring indigenous care-givers. He’s written and performed “A Black History of the Blues” for the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and composed music for the offBroadway show “Spunk,” earning him multiple NAACP awards. His upcoming works includes a play he’s written called “Haddie’s Ax” a tribute to his great grandmother, Haddie Beasley Smith, who inspired him as a boy with her love of the blues guitar. If you were lucky enough to see the show, you gained something. Patrick Williamson, who attended the shoe and won the door prize, said that he “liked his style, and how it appealed to old and young, and loved his storytelling.” I had to come home and look it up to know what it meant, and according to Wikipedia, “In

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Chic Streetman at the Saville theater music, syncopation is a stress on a normally unstressed beat, or a missing beat where a stressed one would normally be expected.” In Streetman’s show, every song was a surprise, each one involved participation of some kind and was attached to a message. His message? “All people are beautiful, can you tell ‘em? Tell ‘em about history, tell ‘em about roots, the beauty of diversity, where nobody’s better than anyone else.” He puts emphasis on positive things and sends a positive message, it was an enlightening experience. If you would like to read more or listen online, go to To find out about upcoming World Cultures events, go to

Multimedia show covers Jena 6, post-Katrina life Daria Dameshghi Contributor In celebration of Black History month, San Diego City College World Cultures Department presented “Uncommon Grounds,” a multi-media slideshow of George LeBeaud’s photography. LeBeaud’s photography was a touching documentation of post Katrina survivors, Mardi Gras Second Line, the Jena 6 antinoose rally, the March for Social Justice and the rebuilding of New Orleans. His photos have brought attention to the continuous violation of Human Rights. Co-director for World Cultures Karen Lim feels LeBeaud’s photos “represent a lot of struggles African Americans had.” George LeBeaud says he “strives to uplift people into becoming better human beings”. Uncommon Grounds is a testament to his dedication of opening peoples minds to the harsh reality of these events yet also showing hope of people uniting, helping and overcoming these struggles to make changes and thus make things better. According to San Diego City College student Tyane Lopez his photography represents a “Different side than what they show in the news.” In talking to a few of the City College students after the show, they were surprised at how little they knew about these events and how little coverage they felt it received in

the media. LeBeaud’s photography coupled with the “Uncommon Grounds” dialogue written and produced by DJ Watson and Bennie Herron intensified LeBeaud’s photos, portraying injustice and poverty and added a voice of strength during pictures of people rising up in stand for freedom and justice. George LeBeaud, World Cultures, the Black Studies department and City College have come together to bring art as a means of educating and honoring Black History. George LeBeaud grew up in New Orleans but left his hometown to go to college and soon after enlisted in the U.S Marine Corps. During his military training in the Hawaiian Islands, the wildlife, rainforests and beautiful valleys of the tropical terrain perked his interest in photography. Yet, LeBeaud’s interest in photography was put on hold while he focused on more pressing matters like staying alive during a time of war. It wasn’t until he left the Marine Corps and went back to New Orleans that he became an active photographer. His passion for documenting the “many actions of my people’s struggle for self-determination” led him to become an activist photographer of the civil rights/liberation movement. Artists Gordon Sparks, James Vanzee and Roy Decavern have all inspired LeBeaud to become a better pho-

From left to right: George LeBeaud, DJ Watson and Bennie Herron. Photos by Daria Dameshghi Contributor tographer just like “Uncommon Grounds: Photography of George LeBeaud” may be an inspiration to City College students.


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Urban Solace brings wellness to your wallet Possibly one of the best phrases in the English language, “pile of cheese biscuits with orange honey butter” had me so excited that I called my mom, sensing she would be proud of a daughter who had stumbled upon Urban Solace (3823 30th St), a fresh “feedery” nourishing the soul (and wallet) through upscale comfort cuisine. A further venture in cleansing North Park’s appetitive aura, Solace staged its September, soft opening to hardcore success as an affordable, neighborhood sanctuary. Solace’s sponged cake exterior (in texture and hue) sliced by white window trim and embraced by a ‘Big Easy’ style balcony (perfect for throwing beads), never alluded to the cultured kingdom unfolding inside. Lured by a fiery hearth of tasteful surroundings

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Urban Solace Courtesy Photo (stained glass windows, exposed brick and a spattering of original artwork), we were led past crisp linens and diabolically selected color schemes to a candlelit table for four (only after sipping stellar

wines at the well-lit, well tended bar and perusing a patio pulsing with electric warmth). Our waitress, Christine, bore no resemblance to Stephen King’s calculating car, but possessed a

type of enthusiasm that geared her standard of excellence into overdrive. She was always on hand when needed, but never overbearing and I was immediately lulled into coddled contentment. As we

perused the menu, we noticed executive chef Matt Gordon had taken his 17 years of experience, along with his new role as founding partner, and devised an inventive menu landing him on the comfort food fast track. This AAA approach (Ambiance, Attitude and Abundance of soul-soothing dishes) had all masterfully stuffed a comforter of serenity, delivering a complimentary order of “warm fuzzies” as we settled in to dine. Who needs gravy when you have orange honey butter? This citrus twist acted as wing man in America’s answer to chips and

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Jazz legend Jon Mayer kicks off tour and packs Saville Theater Evonne Ermey City Times

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Bill LeVasseur curated masks for an event at the Saville Theater Feb. 27.

Masks come to life at Saville On Wednesday, February 27, at the Saville Theater, Bill LeVasseur will be sharing his passion for masks and his travels throughout Mexico with “The Other Face of MexicoMasks” event. Ten masks from San Miguel de Allende will be danced in performances by special guest performer Silfredo Lao with the

San Diego City College Dance Program. Sponsored by SDCC World Cultures and City College President Terrence Burgess, the event begins at 12:30 pm and is free to the public. 2008 is the third year for cultural exchange that San Diego City College has arranged with San Miguel de Allende. The following day, in room

A103 on City College campus, there will be an informational meeting on the 2008 San Miguel Study Abroad program at 6 p.m. For more information, visit, or contact Candice Lopez at

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The Saville Theatre opened to a full house Feb. 12 as jazz fans stood chocked up against the sidewalk and ticket window for a chance to listen to the Jon Mayer Trio. The ensemble, which consists of veteran jazz pianist Jon Mayer, bassist John Belzaguy and drummer Roy McCurdy satiated the audience with a 90 minute set that included everything from emotive ballads to schizophrenic bop beats with a little bit of bossa nova wedged in. Jon Mayer emerged on the jazz scene in the late 1950’s and has performed with some of Jazz’s most celebrated artists including Jackie McLean, John Coltrane, and Sarah Vaughn. Originally from New York, Mayer took a 13year hiatus from the music scene in the late 70’s when he relocated to California, then reemerged as a force on the Jazz circuit once again in 1991. Many of the compositions performed were chosen from Jon Mayer’s most recent album, “So Many Stars” and his 2006 release, “My Romance.” The trio showed off their technical prowess, deftly maneuvering from complicated, barely-contained rhythms into smooth, perfectly synced melo-

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stalking, betrayal, mindless consumption, and an obsessive scenester named Tina. Each song stands pretty cloistered from each other on the album, joined together only by the slick

to throw your fist out the car window to on the way to a party on a Friday, so long as you can get past the squeaking whine of the vocal track on each song, replete with fake British accent in some places. Stand out songs include the aircraft metaphor heavy ballad

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dies with ease. Their opening song, “Never Never Land,” began with what Jon Mayer is renowned for, a piano solo. Much like its’ title, the song was playful and catchy with drums and bass building onto a breezy piano riff. “Jeanine,” another song from the “So Many Stars” album was a perfect example of the classic bebop that Mayer played in the beginning of his career, while the closing number “Azul Zarape” was a Latin flavored bossa nova arrangement spattered with intricate drum and bass solos. A standing ovation was rewarded to the trio as they exited the Saville Theatre stage.  The Jon Mayer Trio will be performing at various venues in southern California throughout Feb. and March. More information on The Jon Mayer Trio, including the tour schedule, can be found at



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Clip the coupons while living on a college budget As you make your way to your classes, finding parking and getting to all your classes on time, let’s take a moment to think about the many ways to afford the costs of student life while here at the concrete jungle. Many of you have jobs like me; perhaps you’re getting a little financial aide to help or took a student loan. Making your way toward a higher education is the goal, but several of us live beyond our means and on Friday night leave reasoning behind to go out and relieve the pressure of reaching that dream. Through the course of the semester this Frugal hopes to persuade you to keep your eye on the prize and to act in

ADVENTURES OF THE FRU-GAL Heidi Stenquist accordance to your budget. Each issue look for tips that could save you thousands and keep your stress levels down to a minimum. Or at least till test time! You’ve paid for your classes, the necessary health fees and are in the process of getting your books, you’re on the right track already, congratulations, but there’s much more to think about. Whether you live with family or roommates, the rising costs of

life impede on the daily struggle of satisfying one’s needs. So, with that, let’s take some easy steps to financing those needs so you might just have money for something you actually want. According to Maslow, the most basic physiological needs are food, water, shelter and clothing. We’ll look at food first. Buy groceries using coupons, these can be easily attained through the Sunday paper coupon sections for the cost of one on-campus beverage, or for free at any local Starbucks newspaper bin on Sunday. Many choose not to cut coupons, discarding them regularly without thinking twice. Maximizing your dollar makes

great sense and using them with advertised specials at a place that doubles them is the ideal way to go. Think about it for a second … say you have a dollar off coupon for lunch meat, and then you see an advertised special at your local grocery store, (Vons and Ralph’s double their coupons, by the way) used in conjunction with the sale price you could be buying two packs of lunch meat for a dollar! Plus, there are many discounted bakery outlets found by a click of the Google mouse. Start collecting coupons, this could mean the difference of saving up to 75% of your grocery bill! The time it takes is worth it! I look at it like a game of “How

much can I save?”, and I usually save at least 50%. Trust the FruGal folks; I’ve been able to even have friends over for dinner. With all the food you will be able to buy, it allows you to stock up for harder times, a smart investment for anyone willing to spend a few minutes a week watching your weekly advertisements and thinking smarter about ‘how’ you buy. You may think it’s just “junk mail” but inside they hold valuable deals if you’re willing to look for them. Good luck and smart shopping. Till next time, work hard and work smart! Heidi Stenquist (a.k.a. “the FruGal”) is a City Times staff writer

Digging through time

Peñasquitos Canyon serves as lab for City College archaeology students Sonjiala Hotchkiss City Times In 1995, students in City’s field archaeology class experienced the magic of excavating an area that was used by humans more than 7,300 years ago. Since 1992, students in the class, taught by Professor Steve Bouscaren, have been adding to the historic and prehistoric record of Peñasquitos Canyon, a federal park and natural wildlife preserve. Apart from being home to the oldest historic residential structure in San Diego, Peñasquitos Canyon also has several other historical features such as a spring house containing an artesian well and a zanja, an area dug out and then lined with rocks to serve as a passageway for water. Features are historical objects or structures that are not easily moved. The current class is working on unearthing the zanja, probably built by the Spaniards around A.D. 1800. A current class member’s mother, Susan Hector, did much of the reconstruction work on the spring house. Susan Hector taught at City College as an adjunct, and she also formerly served as Director of San Diego County Parks and Recreation. Bouscaren assures that students will also unearth historically significant artifacts during the process of exposing the zanja. Previous classes have found stone tools, shell, tile and beads, among other things. Federal laws define objects to be of historical significance if they are at least 60 years of age, while California laws set the limit to at least 40 years of age. Most professional archaeo-

logical work falls under the category of cultural resource management (CRM), the business of conducting archaeological surveys and excavations to determine whether a site has enough archaeological significance to halt, usually temporarily, any planned development. Pat McGinnis, now the senior archaeologist at a local CRM firm, was part of the student team that made the 7,300-yearold discovery. McGinnis, not originally an anthropology major, discovered during the field archaeology class that, “Wow, I can make money doing this.” McGinnis said that he enjoys hiring students and having the opportunity to give someone that chance that was given to him as a college student. McGinnis currently teaches part-time at City College as well. Bouscaren said that current students are often hired to work on CRM projects. Two anthropology majors were able to find work, one making $14 per hour and the other making $18 per hour, after taking the archaeological analysis class. The City College archeological fieldwork class has been featured on PBS radio and television broadcasts. The class has also been featured in local newspapers and media. Discovering artifacts that date human use of the site to over 7,300 years established Peñasquitos Canyon as a prehistoric area of greater interests. To quote a former student, the canyon served as a type of “prehistoric truckstop.” The abundant wildlife and bubbling stream make the canyon an ideal place to stop and refresh during


Steve Bouscaren, pictured above and below, leads City College students on a recent exploration in Peñasquitos Canyon.

a journey. Peñasquitos Canyon has been used by a variety of people in historical and prehistorical times, including Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and

Anglo peoples. With an excitement in his eyes that belies his years of experience, Professor Bouscaren speaks to students of magical feeling attached to placing ones hands on something

that was used by another human hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Speaking to students, present and past, it is clear that his excitement is incredibly contagious.

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Solace Continued from page 7 salsa. Just as you should never grocery shop when you’re hungry, ravenous impulses can be just as dangerous when ordering out. An immediate call for cheddar cheese biscuits ($4) threw a hot ball of chive ridden dough in our grabby mitts to avoid such dire dining decisions. A more opulent option for pre-meal munching was the Sonoma goat cheese and squash spread ($5) served with baguette and cornmeal crackers. This tangy, buttery dip was only upstaged by the cornmeal fried delights that Solace referred to as “crackers”. Appetizers opened with a thick, potent Caesar ($6.50) boldly grabbing Romaine’s whole leaf contours. Chewy croutons were soon forgiven for their true bread backgrounds (no pre-cut, box brand here) and as I find it nearly impossible to run across a decent Caesar, I found myself satisfied. Tender skillet shrimp ($7.50) had a strong side when it came to seasoning, but pearls of chili grit wisdom softened the blow with an unusual “Southern risotto” smoothness that occurs

ARTS when grits are prepared correctly. Sweet potato fries* (SPF*) ($5) were hailed my new favorite snack as I gorged on fingers of candy, fried starch contrasted by the pungency of blue cheese/ buttermilk dressing. Macaroni and cheese ($10.50) made a headlining debut in entrees (with co-stars bacon and charred tomatoes as part of their entourage), but we decided to split up this famous duo so we could all enjoy its creamy crescendos- and we did. Unfortunately, sour notes were hit with non-contenders (or “non-content-ers”) in the entrée arena, beginning with one companion wrestling with a cinnamon brined center cut pork chop ($15.25) that was one tough customer. Chicken and dumplings ($13.50) needed to be cooked longer for a certain thickness associated with the dish- not just julienne vegetables with lumps of Bisquik on top (though, when I had my leftovers the next day, the dumplings had melded nicely with the liquid and veggies, so maybe just more simmer time). Maine lobster and artichoke potpie with homemade, fennel infused crust ($15.75) sounded too good to be true since my east coast roots constantly have me longing for “the claw”, but there wasn’t much luck finding claw meat and when I

did it was a bit rubbery. The crust was homemade and flaky, but wasn’t enough to save the dish. Amazingly enough, my favorite mainstay of the meal was their burger ($8.75) – Brandt farms ground chuck married with a marinade that would surely provide many years of happiness to many loyal customers. Topped with white cheddar, sautéed onions and wedged in a holy “roll-er”, the egg bun, I was already taking mental notes of all the lunches I would schedule here for the same price as fast food (not to mention it came with SPF*). Desserts (all $6) ensnared us in a chocolate vice with the “warm and gooey chocolate cake” oozing cocoa lava out of its porous shell. On the tart side, we puckered and perked to key lime pie accompanied by a butter cookie reminiscent of my grandmother’s baking (with the addition of a clean, citrus finish). We weren’t brave enough to test Solace’s baked apple soaked in black cherry soda atop French toast- yet. And that’s when I knew Solace had tipped the scales in their favorI was already planning on my return visit(s). Acquiring a local, weekly go-to is just as rewarding as winning big at the craps tables. Dining out is usually a gamble and when you’re betting with $5

City Times chips instead of $25 chips, it’s easier to take a loss now and then because you haven’t broken the bank. Gambling at Solace’s tables gave high enough odds where I knew I would no longer be paying for craps. However, I would suggest sticking to appetizers, sandwiches and desserts for a taste of everything under $10 each (not to mention a corking fee of $10 for two bottles- unheard of!) Solace had already given me peace of mind, but knew I couldn’t be the only one. As we left, I noticed the dining room’s buzz of meditative chanting resembling, “Um”, but upon intent listening I realized it was the resounding sound of, “Yum”. Epilogue: Bluegrass Brunch I said I was going back and I meant it. It was on my fourth trip where the air wafted banjos and biscuits introducing Sunday’s Bluegrass Brunch. Twangs of guitar and a $6 bloody Mary continued the mental wake up call, alerting us to a menu boasting many of my previously declared Solace favorites (burger, Caesar, skillet shrimp), but adding an array of admirable breakfast triumphs. Did I say who needs gravy? Scratch that. I do. Sunday’s sausage gravy and biscuits had


me feeling whoosey as I slipped my fork into a golden, round setting bejeweled with topaz gravy and shimmering garnets of split sausage. I knew my “sausage jones” (not Casey Jones) would have me conducting brunch on this gravy train every weekend. Straying off track from steadfast rules of grammar, Solace decided to spell their BLT with an E in front for the egg on top. This EBLT earned its true place on the breakfast lineup, not only because of the “E”, but with brown sugar, cured bacon on sturdy egg bread that soaked in how simple elements could collectively bring out the best of each flavor (served with none other than SPF*). Small details like ceramic ramekins of salt and pepper (brought by request) were a classy touch and even more impressive was the fact I hadn’t noticed their absence in prior visits (a notorious pet peeve of mine since I hate feeling shamed to ask for salt) - good seasoning me thinks. Next time, I’ll be trying the butter pecan French toast and one of the benedicts…and there I go again, already planning for the next venture to my favorite new hot spot (better bring some SPF*). Lauren Ciallella is a frequent contributor to City Times

Mortenson serves ‘Three Cups of Tea’ to audience Sonjiala Hotchkiss City Times Greg Mortenson ventured to the Himalaya Mountains with his whole heart dedicated to a task. This task was inspired by a woman who was born less lucky than many of us. “Three Cups of Tea,” the book that chronicles Mortenson’s steps toward completing this task begins with a chapter titled, “Failure.” During his talk at the Saville Theatre at City College, he recounted the nightly steps his sister, who suffered from epilepsy, would take to prepare for school the next day. For Christa school was more a matter of just getting out of bed in time to get there. For many children, especially young girls, school was like the series of painful steps his sister had to take. Greg Mortenson did not have the satisfaction of creating a memorial to his sister, Christa, by placing her necklace at the top of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. When he failed to reach the summit of the mountain, he became lost and ill, and discovered a village filled with just such children. After being welcomed into the village of Korphe and nursed back to health, Mortenson followed the children of the Pakistani village to their “school.” The school turned out to be sandy ground in the village where sticks could be used to write out lessons. This school had no regular teacher because the village was too poor to afford one. The school had no walls, no supply closet, no desks, and no chairs. The school had one thing only, children dedicated to squeezing the most knowledge from the few lessons they had learned. Seeing this dedication, and touched by the request of a young girl in the village, Mortenson devoted his heart to a new task. He promised to build the children

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Greg Mortenson shares his mission with the audience at the Saville Theater Feb 19. a school, but had no idea how he would bring this promise to fruition. He paced the stage of the Seville Theatre with a restless energy. The packed audience watched as he walked. Mortenson told of his lack of experience at building schools or raising money to build schools. His energy drove him forward still. He sold his meager possessions for money. He tried writing to famous people for money. These efforts left him far short of his goal.

He then answered a call from his mother to share his story with the children in her class. One student’s pledge to donate the pennies from his piggy bank grew into a school-wide drive that eventually raised over 62,000 pennies. Mortenson had the money for the school, but he found other obstacles. He returned to the village to learn that a bridge would be needed before the school could be built. So he became a bridge builder. He raised money to build the bridge across the waterway near the village.

Mortenson raised awareness, his own and others, to build a bridge of cross-cultural understanding. This bridge withstood threats from the Taliban, kidnapping, hostility and fear. He dedicated himself to helping those born less lucky, particularly girls, by providing them with the tools necessary for education. During his visit to City College, Mortenson repeated that education was the stuff of hope and strength and peace. He told how education brought hope to a man seeing his two daughters learning

at their school. He told how education gave Pakistani mothers the strength to withhold the permission required by their culture for their sons to join groups such as the Taliban. He told how education was better than any weapon at promoting and maintaining peace. With every challenge, Mortenson kept up his frenetic pace. To date, he has helped build over 60 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan and continues to promote education for girls in those regions.



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Recent increase in shootings ignites debate about causes Theresa Avila UCLA Daily Bruin LOS ANGELES (U-WIRE) — The shooting Feb. 14 at Northern Illinois University has sparked debate over the various causes of mass violence in today’s culture: causes that can include mental health and media coverage, said Douglas Kellner, professor of education. In his new book, “Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombings to the Virginia Tech Massacre,” Kellner explores the complex nature of mass violence and the factors that may foster such behavior. Kellner argues that deadly episodes are the result of the explosion of violence and its glorification in the media, coupled with

an identity and hypermasculinity crisis where men feel the need to prove their masculinity. After World War II, men were seen as heroes, with the role of a soldier seen as an honorable position. The transition from being a soldier and a hero to a blue-collar worker led some to experience an identity crisis. “Men are not able to fulfill a lot of the traditional roles,” Kellner said. “This is a real crisis for men.” While the motives behind school shootings often remain unsolved, one of the contributing factors can also be bullying. Professor Sandra Graham of the Graduate School of Education and Information studies conducts research on bullying. She said incidents such as the Oxnard shooting, where a 15-year-old boy was shot and

killed, occur because there is a lack of acceptance on campuses. “(There’s a) lack of tolerance for difference. They are not only intolerant. They are actively retaliating against individuals who are different,” Graham said. While some victims of bullying might be the victims in shootings, it is not uncommon for them to be the perpetrators. “Sometimes it’s triggered off by bullying or being called gay and they have to prove that they’re men. Students are so alienated that they want to be something,” Kellner said. As bullying progresses, some victims may become reclusive, while others might become outwardly aggressive and retaliate against their perceived enemies, Graham said. Cho Seung Hui, the gunman at Virginia

Tech who killed 32 people, reportedly left behind a note in his dorm, in which he raged against rich students. In 2005, Cho was declared mentally ill by a Virginia special justice who cited Cho as being an imminent threat to himself. While some psychiatrists have cited mental illness as a possible explanation to the violence seen on campuses, Kellner said it is too simple of an answer. “A lot of people have mental health problems, usually there’s a multiplicity of causes,” Kellner said. Dr. Anandhi Narasimhan, a specialist in adult, adolescent and child psychiatry, said the underlying causes of such violent acts are multifactorial and can be hard to pinpoint because of the lack of research in the area.

Illinois students obtained shooting news in variety of ways Jessica Sabbah Northern Illinois University Star DEKALB, Ill. (U-WIRE) — As shots were fired Feb. 14 at Northern Illinois University, students who were on campus found out about the threat firsthand. Kristin McCafferty, a junior psychology major, was walking out of the Psychology / Computer Science Building when it happened. “I saw everyone sprinting and screaming and I saw two bloody people sprinting and screaming to ‘Get away; there was a shooting in Cole Hall,’” McCafferty said. “And there was a million police headed to Cole Hall.” Erin Rodino, sophomore physical therapy major, was also on campus when it happened. “I saw a girl running with no shoes on and she was freaking out,” Rodino said. “I

guess she was in Cole Hall. She was with three other girls looking for the police.” Another student, Cindy Rodriguez, junior business administration, was coming from the Art Building when she saw about 50 people running away from the Holmes Student Center. “About five minutes later, I saw this kid running with a bunch of other kids with him who said he got hit ... in the back of the head,” Rodriguez said. Two students, Jodi Furnald, a textiles, apparel and merchandising major, and Amanda Felber, a media studies communication major, were coming out of Wirtz Hall when shots were fired and was instructed to head to the University Bookstore in the Holmes Student Center. They heard shots and bangs, and saw a group of people running toward them. They started running with the crowd. Jalesa Haggard, freshman criminal jus-


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tice major, also heard by word-of-mouth about the shooting on campus. “When I came over here, everyone ran out and was saying someone came in Cole [Hall] shooting with a shotgun or something,” Haggard said. “They said two people got shot -- a teacher and a teacher’s assistant.” Others were unsure of how serious the shooting actually was. “I just saw a bunch of people running toward us and heard some shots,” said Brad Fox, junior hospitality administration major. “I didn’t know how serious it was until people were running behind me and screaming. I was confused and then I freaked out when I realized what was going on.” Police taped off the area in front of Cole Hall and near Neptune Central. Students and faculty stood around to find out what was going on. Other students were huddled by the

Holmes Student Center and on Lucinda Avenue. Brian Hemphill, vice president for Student Affairs, arrived and instructed onlookers to go home and back to the halls. Campus was locked down until it was clear that people could leave the buildings if they chose to do so. Some wounded were being treated at the University Bookstore in the Holmes Student Center, while other onlookers were instructed to wait in the lower level of the bookstore until they were given the clear. Employees offered people waiting snacks and refreshments. Some sat in silence, while others talked. Many students were unable to contact their loved ones initially because of clogged cell-phone lines or lack of reception inside the buildings. Employees offered their telephones to anyone who needed to contact friends or relatives.

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Yoga gives SDSU pitchers a different kind of workout Edward Lewis SDSU Daily Aztec SAN DIEGO (U-WIRE) — Stephen Strasburg and Addison Reed laid on their backs, sweating profusely. Out of breath and exhausted, the pair relaxed from another tough workout. But this was not their average San Diego State baseball workout. There were no weights, no baseballs, no gloves - only mats and a heater. It was Bikram Yoga. A style of yoga designed to perform 26 poses in a room heated to 105 degrees, with no pitching mounds or bullpens in sight. “It was maybe about a month ago,” freshman reliever Reed said. “(Strasburg)

came up to me and asked me if I wanted to go to yoga with him, and I was like ‘Yoga, why are we going to yoga?’ and he says ‘Trust me.’” Since that time, Reed’s one-week free trial has been upgraded to a one-month pass and he swears yoga has changed his whole mentality when he steps on the mound. “I feel a lot more relaxed up there,” Reed said. “Things don’t get to me as easily as they used to. I’ve learned to just be more in control of my emotions and I don’t freak out when things get tough.” The weekly trips to yoga sessions are just the tip of the iceberg of the bond that the two pitchers share. With Strasburg’s

transition from the bullpen to the rotation, Reed looks to fill the huge void left by the sophomore at the closer spot. And with Strasburg’s unselfish personality, he has been there for Reed every step of the way. “I did a lot of things (Strasburg) did last year, mechanically,” Reed said. “If he sees something out of tune he’ll tell me, ‘Keep your front shoulder in, make sure your stride is right and your weight is not falling forward,’ and stuff like that.” SDSU can only hope that Reed can match the brilliant freshman campaign of Strasburg. The reigning Mountain West Conference co-Freshman of the Year finished last season with a 2.43 ERA, 47 strikeouts and a team-high seven saves. But making

the transition from closer to staff ace is not expected to be a smooth one. “You’re going from being involved in every game to now pitching once a week,” head coach Tony Gwynn said of Strasburg’s new role. “It’s going to take him a little while to get used to, but I feel like he’s going to be just as successful as a starter.” With cross-town rival USD coming to Tony Gwynn Stadium this Friday for the season opener, the Aztecs won’t have to wait long to see what Strasburg and Reed can do in their new roles. “We’ve been looking forward to getting out here and playing somebody in a different uniform,” Gwynn said. “So let’s strap it on and see what happens.”

San Diego State’s basketball team’s hopes stay alive Eric Shannon SDSU Daily Aztec SAN DIEGO (U-WIRE) — The window of opportunity for the San Diego State men’s basketball team appears to be closing fast. With three consecutive losses last week, that opening may have even slammed shut. But with a victory at Wyoming on Tuesday night, SDSU kept its slim chances of finishing at the top of the Mountain West Conference standings alive. Another win on Saturday wouldn’t exactly make the Aztecs conference frontrunners, but it does give them hope. SDSU takes on first-place BYU at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Cox Arena. The Cougars (21-5, 10-1 in MWC play) have been on a roll lately. They have won nine consecutive contests and with their 67-59 victory over Utah last night they have

taken a two-game lead in the standings. The Aztecs (17-9, 7-5) sit in fourth place, but with upcoming games against BYU and second-place UNLV, they have a chance to do some damage. But the Cougars have been so hot, that before last night, they hadn’t played a close game since beating SDSU 59-56 on Jan. 23 in Provo, Utah. That was a streak of six consecutive double-digit victories for BYU. “We’re looking forward to BYU,” freshman forward Billy White said. “They beat us the first time, but we’ve got them at home so we’ve just got to play defense and play our game and maybe we can get the win.” The last time the teams played, the game was a scrappy, hard fought, defensive contest. Both teams shot the ball less than 37 percent from the field and 24 percent from behind the arc. It would be no surprise if the rematch

ends up the same type of game. Both teams regularly give offenses problems, and the Cougars even lead the MWC in allowing their opponents to shoot less than 39 percent from the field. And with those types of games, it often comes down to who makes plays in the final few minutes. “We’re a good basketball team,” head coach Steve Fisher said. “You’ve got to be

good, play well, get a little lucky and make plays down the stretch.” The victory Tuesday ended a threegame losing streak for SDSU, and Fisher is hoping the team can use that as a stepping stone. “The victory will do wonders for us,” he said. “We’re capable. “You can’t win two if you don’t win one.”

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City College softball players practice drills to prepare for upcoming season.

Softball team optimistic at start of season Nailah Edmondson City Times Pop flies soaring across the sky and grounders skipping through Betty Hock Field were the sight at last week’s practice, when City College’s softball staff helped simulate gamelike situations. “Today’s practice went really well probably one of the best practices so far, hopefully it carries over into tomorrows game,” Assistant Coach Monica Sny said. Although their regular season does not begin until tomorrow, the women’s City College softball team have dedicated their time and effort on and off the field since august. This dedication is because of the experienced staff of Head Coach LeeAnn Taylor and Assistant Coaches Monica Sny and Summer Ehrsam. So far this pre-season, their record is 4-5-1. With errors being their number one obstacle, “LeAnn Taylor says they know what they need to improve on and they are working on it.” First year Infielder at City College Yanitzia Jimenez had this to say about the season thus far: “We are working as a team, not winning as much, but in the end we will be champions.” In 2007, the determined Lady Knights won conference for the first time in City College history.

There are seven Pacific Coast Conference players that have returned for the 2008 season. “I expect a lot from them, but I know this team can deliver, Coach Taylor says more so than any team I have coached at City College.” She began coaching for City College in 2005. “I knew what I wanted to do with this program and I told them from day one we are going to playoffs and conference,” Taylor said. The softball skills and experience she gained at CSUN is what gave her the drive to become a coach and teacher as well. Before City College, she coached at schools such as University of San Diego High School, Point Loma Nazarene University and her alma mater of CSUN. Like many students at the community college level, she transferred from San Diego Mesa to Cal State University Northridge where she earned a full scholarship for softball. She soon after received a bachelor’s in Child Development. Not only are they team players on the field but off the field as well. This past December, the Lady Knights helped raise funds for Peter Gregory, a City College cross country coach, and his family after their home was lost in the October fires.

softball vs... Palomar at home 3:00 p.m. Men’s volleyball vs... Long Beach at home 6 p.m..

March n March 1 baseball at Imperial Valley 12:00 p.m.

n March 3 softball at San Diego Mesa 3:00 p.m.

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n March 5 Women’s badminton at Fullerton 3:00 p.m. softball vs... Southwestern at home 3:00 p.m.

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n March 8 baseball vs... Palomar at home 12:00 p.m. softball at Golden West, TBA

n March 9 softball at Golden West, TBA

M. volleyball at Palomar 6:00 p.m.

Knights defeated in last seconds Nailah Edmondson City Times Wrapping up the last couple of games of their season, the men’s basketball team ranked 7th in the Pacific Coast conference, battled it out against the 3rd ranked Grossmont Griffins February 20.

The Knights met their match. From beginning till the last minute, neither team trailed by much. The first half was a snail’s race for scoring on both sides. The halftime score was 3433. They continuously called foul after foul against City college

One of the lead scorers for City, Jesse LeBeau, was taken out of the game after fouling in the second half. Each team continuously scored back and forth, keeping the game neck and neck until the last minute, when the Griffins pulled away. The knights lost 63-68.

Nailah Edmondson City Times City College men’s basketball plays Grossmont at home on Feb. 20.


City Times is the student newspaper of San Diego City College.

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