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Volume 63, Number 7

November 20, 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, your new president Reactions to election of Barack Obama, the first African-American President of the U.S. EVONNE ERMEY City Times

Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press MCT Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks to his supporters after it is announced he has won the presidential election at his Election Night Rally in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, November 4, 2008.


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There is no doubt that the 2008 presidential campaign was an intense one. With two respected candidates, both equally passionate about the office that they stood to inherit, there were times when the race for the White House seemed more like a cage fight. In the end it was Democratic senator Barack Obama who won the election with 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 162, making him the United States’ first African American president-elect. “I was never the likeliest candidate for this office,” said Obama on Nov. 4 as he addressed an emotional crowd of his supporters, which included Oprah Winfrey and Jesse Jackson. “We didn’t start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington,” Obama said. City students’ reactions to the self-proclaimed “unlikely candidate” are largely positive, which is unsurprising given the overwhelming number of young voters Obama managed to appeal to throughout his campaign. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, an estimated 24 million voters between the ages of 18 to 29 turned out for this election and 66% of those voters favored Obama over McCain’s 32%. “I’m happy about it,” said nursing major Lily Chadwick. “He’s made history. We’re lucky to have this breakthrough. I believe we are at last heading in the right direction.” “Surprised? No. The term is thankful and grateful,” said David Keir, a City student who has been voting since Kennedy.“ He used the words “personable” and “eloquent” to describe Obama’s qualities, saying that “if he lacks in experience, well, so did Abraham Lincoln.” Now, Obama prepares to move into the White House and take the reigns from current president George W. Bush, but with his election, Obama inherits more than a title. He inherits a nation with a wealth of problems and a citizenry hungry for solutions. “I see it being a very rough term [for Obama],” said Jason

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Soaring gas prices and greening trends cause inaccessible bike racks NEWS / PAGE 3

Alicia Rincon and Terry Wilson bring the dance to City in a new way ARTS/ PAGE 4




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Conservation in the Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia. 11:25 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Room D121 Professor Rempala will discuss her recent expedition to Pulau Hoga in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. She will discuss environmental threats to the worlds most diverse reef system as well as highlight conservation efforts in the Wakatobi. Contact Erin Rempala, Professor of Biology, at or (619) 388-3712.

n Nov. 20

Dia de la Revolucion at Gorton Quad 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Women’s Basketball at Barstow Tournament TBA

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Women’s Basketball at Barstow Tournament TBA Men’s Basketball vs. SDCC Alumn at home 5 p.m.



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Vanthorf, an international security and conflict resolution major. “I don’t think he’s going to be able to accomplish the majority of things he wants to, not necessarily because of his faults, but because the country is where it is right now.” To use Obama’s own words, “ we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime-- two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.” Angela Romero, a professor of political

“An Evening of Dance” A Faculty and Student Dance Performance. Dec. 5 at 8 p.m., Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Saville Theatre. General $15 Students, Senior and Military $10. Contact Alicia Rincon, arincon@sdccd. edu, (619) 388-3563.

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Try-outs for “The City’s Greatest Talent Show” 12 - 6 p.m. and on Jan. 10. The talent show is open for students, faculty members, staff members, and our community members. If you would like to be a participant in the talent show and for more information, please contact Tandy Ward in A-110 (Counseling department) or call (619) 388-3679. The Talent Show will be held on Feb. 28, 2009, 7 p.m. at Saville Theatre. Tickets will be sold at $10 and $12 at the box office. Prizes will be awarded for 3rd Prize, 2nd Prize, and 1st Prize. All proceeds will go to the Counseling department’s scholarships.

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Let’s Talk About Sex: Educating College Students/Community Members About: Sexually Transmitted Diseases 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. D121-A&B

science at Miramar college, gave tips for those looking to stay abreast of the political climate. “I suggest that at a very minimum everyone keep themselves informed by reading and listening to a broad range of media. I particularly recommend independent media, whose existence and vitality are essential for meaningful democracy. So if you are watching Fox or CNN, or reading a major newspaper, wonderful, but broaden your reach by catching news from (and these are just a few) democracynow. org or the National Review,” said Romero Obama will be sworn into the White House Jan. 20.

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City parking woes not limited to student drivers CAROLINE CHA City Times With the declining economy and the hype to ‘go green,’ students riding bikes to campus have become a common sight. This past year, approximately 241 parking stalls have been removed due to construction, leaving even more students struggling to find a way to commute to campus. Parking lots are usually full as it is, and now with the increasing number of students riding bikes, more bike racks are necessary in order to accommodate the students. There are currently 12 bike racks available to the students. The lack of bike racks are leading to students parking their bikes in

other areas such as ramps and railings. There are also bike rack areas that do not provide the appropriate lighting for students who attend evening classes. The scarcity of safe and convenient racks is leading students to park their bikes in unauthorized areas, where they are likely to get ticketed. Associated Student Government Senator, Jose Aguirre, is currently working to fix the bike rack problem. Aguirre wants to replace the bike racks with more durable racks that can hold more bikes. His goal is to have the new bike racks on campus, ready to be installed before winter break. His main concern is accommodating the students and keeping the student body satisfied and secure.

The process of installing the new bike racks is not an easy one. The health and safety department needs to get involved in order to begin the procedure of installing the bike racks. The bike racks are becoming an escalating problem as students feel that they should not be ticketed because they do not want to place their bikes in an area where they do not feel comfortable. The lack of appropriate lighting is also affecting the bike rack problem and a solution is yet to be implemented. The concern over the bike racks began in September and the outcome is yet to be determined. Although it is not guaranteed, Aguirre’s goal is to have the new bike racks on campus and ready to be installed by winter break.

CARLOS MAIA City Times Overcrowded racks cause students to tie bikes to the railing outside the LRC building. ASG senator Jose Aguirre hopes to install more racks before winter break.

District replaces Marty Block as he makes his way to state Assembly VERONICA EISSA City Times


Eyes on the L: construction continues HAR construction workers, Antonio Esparsa and Martin Lopez, install windows into the L building. The newly renovated building will house math, english and tutoring centers. Completion of the project is slated for June 2009.

The two elected members for the Community College School District Board of Trustee’s begin their four-year term in January 2009. Bill Schwandt, who won the majority of votes on Nov.4 at 62 percent against retired engineer John R. Edwards, has been on the board since 2000 and will again preside as the area B representative. The area represents Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch, Kearny Mesa, Allied Gardens, Linda Vista and San Carlos. The other winner, Mary Graham, a community college professor, won her seat by 57 per-

cent against the non-profit executive/educator Dwayne Crenshaw. She will cover area D, which includes Rolando Park, Paradise Hills, Talmadge, Encanto, Chollas Creek, Oak Park, Kensington and Del Cerro. Area D had been covered by board President, Democrat Marty Block since 2000, but with his Democratic party won 55 percent over Republican John McCann. Block will now continue on to serve District 78 State Assembly. The school district board of trustees is lead by five members and three students who rotate on a yearly basis. They focus on serving students, teachers and staff with community college issues and the city’s continuing education matters.

California State system applications on the rise Applicants compete for limited space RYAN BUCHAN San Jose State Spartan Daily SAN JOSE (U-WIRE) — Just 12 days into the college application period, the California State University system has seen an increase in the number of students who have applied for admission for next fall. The CSU system has received about 50,000 applications, a 21 percent increase from last year, according to a news release from the university system. The amount is system-wide, and includes new freshman, transfer students and graduate students. The Web site stated that the number of high school seniors applying for admission thus far is 33,306, an increase of 14 percent. “It was really competitive to

get into colleges,” said Kristy Kay, a freshman animation illustration major. “It sucked. But I’m happy to be here.” The largest increase is with transfer students applying with an increase of 39 percent for the fall, the Web site reported. This trend has gone on at San Jose State University over the last five years. An SJSU Web site showed that in 2008, 9,000 more students applied to SJSU than in 2004, a 37 percent increase. That same Web site shows that SJSU has also increased the amount of students enrolled at SJSU every year, with 1,203 more students enrolled at the university in 2008 than 2004, an increase of 33 percent. “Personally, it does not affect me,” said Mike Yow, a senior business management major. “It does not bother me.” With the new California state budget, it is harder for SJSU to increase the number of students.

Pat Lopes Harris, director of media relations at SJSU, said the state government gives money to the university based on its enrollment numbers, but only to a certain point, and the budget has not allowed SJSU any room to grow. This is true of all CSU campuses, said Teresa Ruiz, a media representative for the CSU. “We want to accept as many as we can,” she said. “At some point we have to cut it off because we don’t have the money to accept everyone we would like to.” In a news conference on Oct. 8, SJSU President Jon Whitmore said the university currently has about 2,500 students who are not being funded by the state. “I think it’s of critical importance to manage ourselves down to the number of students we are being paid for,” Whitmore said. Lopes Harris said SJSU currently has a student population of about 32,700. She said she does not think that number will

increase much next year because of the university’s efforts to keep enrollment low enough that the money from the government will be sufficient. She said that there are two strategies the university could use to control enrollment: raise admissions standards or move up the deadline. This year, SJSU moved its application deadline from Feb. 1 to Nov. 30. Lopes Harris said the university did not choose to raise its standards because the university wants to be remain accessible to a lot of students. She also said that the university has seen that 80 percent of the students who have applied early are those who are most likely to attend the university. She said she thinks moving up the application deadline will stop those who are unsure about college from applying. At impacted universities, such

as Cal-State Fullerton, which averages around 50,000 applicants a year for the Fall semester has taken both methods, according to Paula Selleck, a spokesperson for the university. She said that the university has implemented both strategies several years ago. Ruiz said the CSU has six campuses that are impacted - Fullerton, San Diego, Sonoma, San Luis Obispo, Pomona and Long Beach—all of which have an application deadline of Nov. 30. She added that SJSU is not one of those impacted universities. Selleck said that the CSU schools serve specific localities and students from those areas have priority. Students outside that area must adhere to stricter standards for acceptance. Cal-State Fullerton, she said, serves Orange County and portions of other surrounding areas. Lopes Harris said SJSU does not give preference to any specific area.



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Get in the spirit of the season this year

November 20, 2008


City Times warms your soul with the latest must-sees The holiday season is upon us and there are many things going on around town to get you in the spirit for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. If live theatre is what you are after head over to Coronado and

Holiday Cheer Tom Andrew

The Twilight saga’s two lives

catch Lamb’s Players Theatre’s Festival Of Christmas. Every other year, or so, resident artist and playwright Kerry Meads will write a new show with plenty of standard Christmas tunes and a story line that will be sure to warm your heart and make you chuckle. This year’s offering is about a suffering novelist with writer’s block who gains inspiration after stumbling upon the deserted Angel’s Arms Inn and is titled Angel’s Arms. The show will run Dec. 2 to 28. For more information visit their website at Cygnet Theatre, now producing in two different spaces, will present two holiday classics this year. The first, now in its third successful year, is It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play which will run Nov. 20 through Dec. 28. Follow the cast of WCYG Radio as they recreate the classic movie It’s A Wonderful Life on the air. It’s A Wonderful Life is the classic story of everyman George Bailey who finds his life falling apart and wishes that he’d never been born. Clarence, an angel, comes to earth to show George what life would have been to those in his life if he had never been born. The second piece is none other than A Christmas Carol, running Nov. 28 through Dec. 28. Join the original Christmas grouch, Ebenezer Scrooge, as he is visited by three ghosts, Christmas Past, Present and Future, as they take him on a journey showing him how his life has affected those around him. For more information on these shows visit the Cygnet Theatre website at www.cygnettheatre. com or call (619) 337-1525. In Solana Beach, North Coast Repertory will also present A Christmas Carol, running Dec. 3 through Dec. 27 and of course,

Stephenie Meyer hit it big when her first novel, Twilight, was released in Sept. of 2006. Now a phenomenon, the book created a name for itself as “The Twilight Saga” unfolding over three more books (New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, all of which received mixed reviews yet went on to become best-sellers) which follow the intricate love story of the main characters Bella Swan and Edward Cullen.

Lit Review Luis Bahena

In the book we follow Bella Swan, who is new to the small gloomy town of Forks, WA., where she is suddenly the center of attention., something that she doesn’t necessarily appreciate. This, however, is not what attracted the mysterious Edward Cullen into wanting to find out more about the simple Bella Swan. As the book progresses, the Bella, as well as the audience, discover the secrets of Edward Cullen, like the discovery that he’s a vampire, the secrets of his family (who are also vampires), as well as his personal special abilities. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, more troubles arise when three out of town vampires arrive at the small town of Forks to pay a visit to the Cullen family. The trouble is that unlike the Cullen family who are “vegetarians” in the sense that they don’t feed from human blood

but rather animals, the three wild vampires have not adapted to that lifestyle and hunt human blood as opposed to animals. Feeding the public a complicated love story, Meyer’s tale of the forbidden fruit makes the book so enticing that it’s hard to put it down for the want to find out what happens next. In her freshmen release, the literature is amateur. Yet this could be due to the fact that the book is aimed at a young adult audience. This didn’t stop the book from receiving good reviews, falling under The New York Times bestseller as well as “Editor’s Choice.” The book flows very easily, not confusing the reader with character thoughts and actual dialogue. Although the book is an easy read, with a noticeably simple writing style, the love story and action of the book more than makes up for it. Fans have raved over Twilight, calling it a book to rival the Harry Potter series, yet both books live in very different worlds. It is no surprise that Summit Entertainment picked up the rights for the movie, which will be released Nov. 21. Chop Shop/Atlantic also released the Twilight Original Soundtrack on Nov. 4, which premiered number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums. For more about the saga visit the official website at www. or

‘Evening of Dance’ comes to City

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City College dance department students and faculty will showcase their talents Dec 5 and 6 in An Evening of Dance. The performances will take place at the Saville Theatre and will encompass different dance styles including jazz, modern dance, dance theatre, and hip-hop.

Student auditions take place Nov 13., where a committee of dance department faculty will judge 14 different performances. The judges include Dance instructor Terry Wilson, Director of the dance department and co-chair of visual and performing arts Alicia Rincon, and five other adjunct dance professors. There are 50 student dancers

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November 20, 2008

No room for Vox Populi vegetarians on turkey day

What are City College students doing for Thanksgiving Day? Questions and Photos by Tom Andrew

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Giving the homless a Thanksgiving



For someone whose nickname is “Carne” it may come as no surprise that Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday. I don’t need gifts to be happy, [just give me] cranberry sauce, a vat of mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie and most importantly, a seven to ten pound turkey. Don’t get me wrong, the other holidays are just fine, but none of them cater to the needs of a carnivore quite like Thanksgiving. Christmas comes in a close second in my book, but it involves so much more energy to exchange gifts, be merry and not to mention tolerate your family for as long as possible before sneaking out the back door. I was raised in a family of meat-lovers from Chicago. There was no room for vegetarians and therefore the idea seemed so foreign to me. When Thanksgiving came around I would always make sure to wear a loose-fitting sweater and eating pants. For those of you not familiar with the term “eating pants” they are the pants that either have an elastic waistband or are two sizes too big in order to leave room for stomach expansion. I can usually last four plates before the tryptophan kicks in and the food coma begins. Why do we eat so much even though we know it’s going to hurt? Well, I say why not? One day out of the year to cram as much food in as possible before cursing yourself for being so utterly disgusting is good. It takes me down a peg demonstrating that food has complete control over me and I can stoop so low as to reach for pie after knowing all too well that one more wafer may kill me. The audacity that my appetite has is astounding. This year I have been thrown a bit

The last Thursday in the month of November is when families young and old travel home, whether near or far, to sit down to a feast of turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, apple and pumpkin pie topped with vanilla bean ice cream, and celebrate Thanksgiving. In San Diego, over 7,000 children and adults are homeless and have no home to go to for Thanksgiving. Most live on the streets or in shelters. City College has many students and teachers who also have nowhere to go this Thanksgiving. Maybe because their families are on the east coast, or in Europe, maybe they work, or live alone, or maybe they just can’t afford to buy the food for a turkey dinner. There are many ways to help, volunteer, donate, or assist those who are homeless or who have no home to go to this year in San Diego. The San Diego Food Bank will be having The 7th Annual Run for the Hungry. “The race is a 10k run and 5k run/walk that will happen concurrently. We are in desperate need of volunteers for the event. If any students are interested, we would love to have them,” said Chris Carter, Director of Communications for the San Diego Food Bank. The run will start at 8 a.m. at Petco Park East at Imperial and 13th Street. For more information visit their website at www. Father Joe’s Villages will also sponsor a run. If you would like to donate your time, or run, join Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk. The race starts at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning at Balboa Park. For more information visit For those who would like to volunteer

Resa Jijon, 21 Graphic Design, “I am going to spend time with my family. We do the traditional type stuff for Thanksgiving, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. It’s also my birthday.”

Paul Kresge, 22 Fine Arts and Philosophy “I’m working. I’m a waiter at Pacifica Del Mar; it’s a busy day. So I’ll be eating Chilean Sea Bass. My family is on the east coast.”

Dennis Ivanov, 25 Business Administration “My friends and I are taking a road trip to Baja, CA for our 10-day break. We’ll probably be having tacos on Thanksgiving depending on where we are.”

Heather Johnson, 21 Landscape Architecture “I’m probably going to go up to my Aunt’s in Torrance. I am half-Filipino, so we don’t do a traditional Thanksgiving. It’s Filipino-style.”

Felicia Canales, 23 Communications “I am working and then going to Temecula to see my family. We do the traditional Thanksgiving thing. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce in a can. It’s good!”

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For those of you who are tired of the same old roasted turkey (not that there’s anything wrong with that), try this new recipe for a spin on your old traditional Thanksgiving favorite. Ingredients 1 turkey (as many pounds as you need; usually a pound a person) 8 – 10 ounces of cornbread, crumpled up 1 large onion, finely chopped (or pre chopped onions from any store) 4 cloves garlic, minced 3 teaspoons thyme 3 teaspoons sage 3 teaspoons marjoram 3 teaspoons savory 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper A good brown ale (12 ounces per pound of turkey) 10 strips of fatty bacon (optional, but really good if used)

Directions Marinate turkey in beer, 1 teaspoon of each of the dry herbs, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper for 24 hours; turning it once or twice to make sure the whole turkey is covered. Place oven rack to the bottom level and preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place turkey in a large roasting pan with wire rack and pour remaining beer over the turkey. Turn turkey on it’s side and roast for 10 minutes. Do the same for the other side of the turkey and baste, roast for 10 minutes. Turn turkey, breast side down, baste, and roast for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, basting it one more time. Turn turkey breast side up, drape with optional bacon, baste and roast for 20 minutes per pound, basting every 15 min-

utes, or so. When the turkey is about 30 minutes from being done, remove bacon, mince and save for a tasty addition to your gravy. Roast for another 30 minutes, or until your meat thermometer reads at least 165 degrees when inserted into the breast (without touching bone). Roast longer, if necessary. Transfer turkey to a carving board and cover with foil for about 10 to 20 minutes, make gravy, scoop out stuffing, carve and serve.

skewer the cavity shut. If you need more stuffing you can remake the above recipe and if you have left over, you can cook outside the turkey.

Food Recipe Tom Andrew

Optional Stuffing Recipe Mix remaining ingredients (except beer and bacon) in a large bowl. Add 1 ½ cups of beer marinade to stuffing ingredients and save remaining beer for basting. Stuff turkey and, if you can,




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City student weighs in on name change

What are your feelings on the results of Prop. 8? Questions and Photos by Shannon Kuhfuss

Amberly Edmond. 18 Undecided “It’s kind of unfair.”

Anh Nguyen, 37 Nursing “It’s unfair. It’s about equality. The Constitution is set up to give us equal rights.”

Abdulkadir Ahmed, 17 International Business “It’s a good thing for religious reasons.”

Stephanie Cerezo, 19 Social Work “I’m sorry that it passed. People should be able to marry who they want. Sexual preference doesn’t make them less of a person.”

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When I first read that City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans gender Student Union changed their acronym from LGBTSU to FAGS, I was not shocked or offended. I was annoyed. Jason Frye, the president of FAGS, is correct in saying they have a right to their name, but just because you have the right to do something, doesn’t mean you should. I have the right to punch myself in the face every morning, but I’m not going to. FAGS: You’ve made a scene, and now you’ve got the stage and a mic. Everyone is looking and listening. This is your opportunity to create change. Starting with your name. As a group associated with City College, you are representing the school. You are representing other students who are afraid to stand up for themselves and need role models to give them

Perspective Scott Landheer

the courage. You are representing future students who will benefit from the groundwork you lay. If you don’t want to play by the school’s rules, start an underground group. Meet off campus. Give this group to students who want to make a difference, and not just noise. The LGBTSU should be there for students who are confused or questioning their sexuality, not just those who are out, proud and flying rainbow flags from their backpacks. When I first came out of the closet, I didn’t say, “I’m a fag.”I can’t imagine that at the time I would have joined a group calling themselves FAGS. The name is exclusionary, uninviting and, in my opinion, doesn’t

even apply to lesbian, bisexual or trans gender students. The idea of embracing an epithet is interesting, but using it as a group name to try and reclaim it will never have the effect that educating people and leading by example will. Words don’t convey hate, people do. By changing people’s minds about the LGBT community, you will change the way they refer to us. It won’t help to cram the word FAGS down their throats. I’m sure that membership is up, but it’s not because the group is called FAGS. With the importance of this year’s elections, it seems like everyone wanted to get involved. My friends and I have been donating and volunteering like never before. An estimated 6,000 people showed up at the Center in Hillcrest on Nov. 1 for a No on Prop. 8 rally. There was no need for a contro-

versial name for the event. We all went because it was important. Instead of an activist in pursuit of change, Frye comes across a bit like a maniacal villain. “FAGS is my baby, I created it,” he said in a piece he wrote for City Times. “Point all of your hatred at me.” Really? I can only imagine that the rest of the group voted to be called FAGS not because they liked the name, but because they were influenced by Frye and got caught up in the excitement of creating controversy. One would hope that this group will benefit greatly from the guidance of an adviser and from input by LGBT activists and leaders throughout San Diego. And if something doesn’t get this group to really think, hopefully Frye will take his baby with him when he goes. Scott Landheer is a former City Times Editor-in-Chief

The battle of Prop. 8 shall continue On the Nov. 4 Election Day, the chance at happily ever after died for many Californians. It is sad to find out that perhaps some of our neighbors, some of our friends and some of the strangers that we may never meet decided to strip a vast majority a chance at their happily ever after. Why did the right to take away someone else’s happily ever after ever come to a vote in the first place? Why is it that something that doesn’t affect someone directly was considered a threat? It saddens me to think that there is still inequality in our neighborhoods. It saddens me to know that people voted on taking away someone else’s right to marriage just because it didn’t apply to their beliefs. When did Californians decide to take a step back in the battle of fighting inequality? Weren’t we moving forward against the war on division? Weren’t we making progress? In a time where it seemed like everyone was moving forward, getting past our differences, our beliefs, our races, our skin colors California took a major step back. I can’t really say that I know where to point fingers. Yet, who am I to pass judgment on others.

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Who am I to say that they were wrong. Yet who are they to say that we are wrong. The passing of Proposition 8 made many of us sad in a time when we should have been celebrating for our newly elected president Barack Obama.

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How are those that decided to ban gay marriage protecting marriage? Isn’t the act of marriage a way to express an eternal love for one’s partner? Isn’t marriage supposed to tie the everlasting bonds that bring two people together? How is taking away someone else’s right to marry protecting marriage? I have so many questions to ask that I don’t even know where to begin or where to end, let alone who to address them to? Do I look to the church to

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express my sadness or to those families with many wives and children? Do I look to my neighbors with the traditional home where the husband brings home the bacon and the wife watches over the kids at home? It’s surprising to know how close this fight was. About equal amounts of money was spent on both sides of Prop 8. Those who were for Prop 8 spent almost as much money as those who were against it. Yet, in the end, Proposition 8 passed with 52.3 percent leaving 47.7 percent of voters crushed in defeat. The fight, however, isn’t over, for there are still many that are protesting the passing of Proposition 8. The battle may have been won, but the war isn’t over. It’s hard to know what happens now, yet there is hope. Hope for a better America, and with that, equality. Newly elected President Barack Obama has promised change to the American population, change for a better America, an America without discrimination, without division and with a hope of equality for all. Perhaps there is still hope for the tables to turn and give those

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whose right to marry had been taken away their rights back. The right to marry shouldn’t be decided by the public, but accepted and celebrated. The right to marry who we choose should be cherished and admired for the mere belief that love exists. We don’t choose who we fall in love with, but when that time comes, we should still have the right to tie our bonds of love through marriage. Like straight couples that marry in demonstration of their love so should gay and lesbian couples be allowed to express their love through marriage as well. Love shouldn’t be put to a vote. As Wanda Sykes once said, “the biggest threat to marriage is divorce... they want to protect marriage... what they should do is ban divorce.” At least there is still hope for change. Change for peace and love, regardless of race, gender, beliefs and sexual orientation. The fight against Proposition 8 is not over, and hopefully, those who believe in equality for all, and not just a select few, will prevail. Luis Bahena is City Times’ features editor

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The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park will present Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, now in it’s 11th year. See the classic cartoon turned stage musical about the town folk of Whooville who have their Christmas taken away from them by the mean ole Grinch. For more information on North Coast Repertory, visit their website at www. and for the Old Globe at There is definitely no shortage of holiday films opening this season. Comedy, drama, musical, cartoon--all are covered this season so take your pick. Opening the day before Thanksgiving Day is the epic and Oscar buzzing film, Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, the comedy, Four Christmases, starring funny man Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, and Milk (in limited locations), starring Sean Penn. Australia is the story about English Aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a ranch in Northern Australia before World War II. Her new property becomes the plot of a takeover and she reluctantly enlists the help of a stockman (Jackman). The film,

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their time serving Thanksgiving dinner, the San Diego Rescue Mission will be serving dinner to the homeless on Thanksgiving Day. “The mission will be having a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22 from noon to around 5 o’clock or so. We generally serve

directed by Baz Luhrman, is the muchanticipated directorial follow-up to his smash hit, Moulin Rouge, and so far promises to be visually stunning. Four Christmases is the comedy that follows couple Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon as they attempt to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day. By the end, Brad (Vaughn) is counting the hours until he will be free of all family members, and Kate (Witherspoon) is realizing that the count down she is hearing may be of a more biological nature. Seth Gordon directs. Sean Penn brings Oscar buzz to the film Milk, the story of Harvey Milk, the openly gay elected San Francisco official, who was assassinated in 1978 along with San Francisco city mayor George Moscone. Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant of My Own Private Idaho fame, promises to be both controversial and riveting and given this months recent election, quite timely. Though these films all open around Thanksgiving, Christmas Day openings promise to be chock full with films like Disney’s Bedtime Stories, The Spirit, Valkyrie, Marley and Me, Waltz with Bashir, Last Chance Harvey, Revolutionary Road, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. For more information on these films visit

to the chronic homeless, handicapped, drug and alcohol abusers and those with addictions. We don’t see many younger people in here usually, but we are open to anyone who needs a meal.” Joshua Trinchero, employee, said. If you would like to donate money to help the cause, all it will take is $2.05 to feed a person a hot meal. For more information, visit their website at, or call (619) 687-3720 and ask to speak to the volunteer coordinator.


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participating in the auditions. “I’m so excited when we actually get to share space with students. I think they have a wonderful talent and creativity. They bring a different perspective,” Rincon said. Although the committee will judge 14 performances at the audition the number of performances that will actually be added to the program are undetermined. “We try to be as fair as possible by not


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back to Chicago to put on a binge eating show for my family. This year, I will be staying in San Diego and having my Thanksgiving with my roommate, my vegetarian roommate. I have tried numerous times to convert my roommate from veggie to carne, but I have yet to succeed. She’s not a vegetarian for the purpose of not killing animals, but rather the texture of meat makes her

Many City College students will spend their Thanksgiving either working or sitting at home alone. Sandy Campbell, an active artist in the San Diego area, has opened her home to a few City College students every year so they have somewhere to go. “It’s always nice to be able to sit down to a hot meal on Thanksgiving and share with people who wouldn’t have anywhere else to go otherwise. I have been doing this for about 4 years now and really enjoy giving


having a limit on how many choices we choose,” Rincon said. When determining which pieces will be performed judges look for originality in ideas, rich developed composition, varied floor plans and stage ideas, clean execution of technical lines and choreography and last, but not least, a strong performance. Whichever routines make the cut will be performed along side four faculty produced pieces. Regular admission will be $15 and $10 for military. Tickets can be purchased at the Saville Theatre box office.

cringe. The thought of eating tofu for Thanksgiving makes me cringe. I’m an extremely open-minded person, but there are some things that I will not budge on, and turkey is one of them. I don’t care if I have to make an entire turkey for myself and watch her eat a bowl of stuffing, there will be turkey! Grab your most forgiving eating pants, take a seat at the table next to your quirky aunt and dig in! Enjoy, you’ll be feeling it the next morning on Black Friday when you’re waiting in a line for eight hours for early Christmas presents.

back,” Campbell said. “I encourage anyone who may have an extra seat at their table to invite someone over so they have somewhere to go. It’s the holidays after all.” To help a student, or faculty member, in need, invite them to your house for dinner, or ask them to join you wherever you may be going. Happy Thanksgiving!


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City Knights tie with rival Southwesterns Jaguars ELIZABETH GARCIA Contributor The San Diego City College men’s soccer team tied with Southwestern College on Nov. 5, 0-0. This was the 20th game of the season and was played at the City College soccer field at 3 p.m.

In the first half, the Southwestern Jaguars narrowly missed scoring twice, but the City College Knights kept a strong defense. Toward the end of the first half, Andrew Ortega passed to Pier Sarabia who shot at the goal but was caught by the Jaguars’ goalie. In the second half, Southwestern’s Abraham Rojas was taken out of the game

due to a leg injury after the Knights took out and both teams were struggling to get control of the ball, which was in front of the Jaguars’ goal. In this half, the Knights had seven unsuccessful shots at the goal, all of which were blocked by the goalie, or kicked far from the goal. Southwestern’s Jesus Zapata made a close attempt at the goal, but the

ball was caught by City’s goalie Miguel Zepulveda. Both teams kept a strong defense the entire game as the offense gave numerous futile attempts at the goal. Earlier this season, the Knights lost 0-1 to the Jaguars at a game at Southwestern. The Knights now stand at an overall score of 7-10-3 with a PCC score of 4-3-2.

Aztec sophmore impressess local legend with 23 strike out EDWARD LEWIS SDSU Daily Aztec SAN DIEGO (U-WIRE) - In a 1998 National League Division Series game in the Major League Baseball playoffs, San Diego Padres pitcher Kevin Brown left the Houston Astros speechless while setting an LDS record for most strikeouts in a game. Former Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn remembers it well. “I thought he was filthy that night,” said Gwynn, now the head coach at San Diego State. After Friday night, Brown will take a back seat to Aztecs sophomore pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who set a program and Mountain West Conference record with 23 strikeouts in a 1-0 win against Utah at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The ex-closer allowed just four baserunners. “Seeing somebody punch out 23, I think I’ll remember that till the day I die,” Gwynn said. “Twenty-seven batters come up to the plate and only four guys put the ball in play.

I don’t think you’ll ever see that again.” Strasburg threw 128 pitches in nine innings and allowed one hit and one walk. His fastball topped out on the radar gun at 99 mph. “I’ve seen a lot of major-league games, a lot of minor-league games, a lot of games period,” Gwynn said. “I don’t think I’ll ever see that again in my lifetime.” Strasburg wasn’t just blowing fastballs by helpless Utes batters, though. He worked counts and used his entire repertoire of pitches to shatter former Aztecs pitcher Marcos Mendoza’s record of 17. “He changed speeds and worked both halves of the plate and he was in total control,” Gwynn said. “He’s really learning how to pitch -- how to pitch inside, how to change speeds, how to hold runners and that whole ball of wax that comes with being a complete pitcher. He’s starting to get all that.” Strasburg was perfect his first time through the Utah order, and after walking Corey Shimada in the top of the fourth, he

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struck out 16 of the final 17 batters. No Ute reached second base. “It’s pretty nice, I’m kind of just soaking it in still,” Strasburg said. “It was a big game. It was just one of those games where it was a real close game and we pulled it out.” The lone SDSU run came in the seventh inning when sophomore catcher Erik Castro scored on Utah third baseman DC Legg’s throwing error. While it was a sloppy play and an unearned run, it was the only support Strasburg needed as he picked up his fourth victory of the year. On Saturday, it seemed that Strasburg’s historic night rubbed off on another Aztec, sophomore outfielder Pat Colwell. Colwell recorded the first cycle in SDSU history as the Aztecs pummeled Utah, 9-2. “It was great to get your name on the leaderboard in school history,” Colwell said. “Coach Gwynn went here and great players went here so it feels great to be the first one.” Colwell recorded a single in the third

inning, a home run in the fourth, a double in the sixth and a triple in the eighth, leading all SDSU batters going 4-for-5 with five runs scored and two RBI. The most impressive part about Colwell’s cycle though was the home run. After Ute right fielder Tyler Relf dove for a ball and was unable to corral it, Colwell circled the bags and recorded an inside-the-park home run. When Relf again misplayed a deep fly ball hit off the bat of Colwell in the eighth, Colwell rounded second base and headed into third for a standup triple to complete the cycle. “My legs had been dead the whole day after the home run, so I was running around second base saying ‘Don’t die on me, legs!’” Colwell said. “It was just a great feeling.” The two MWC wins vaulted the Aztecs (20-15, 8-3 MWC) into first place in the conference standings. “Momentum is setting in,” Colwell said. “Hopefully this game and this series just helps us out.”

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