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SIFE wins again

Group takes 15th consecutive championship Roda Catapang City Times A sustained moment of unsettling silence following a presentation could unnerve any speaker, causing uncertainty and resulting in a hurried mental run through of their presentation, all the while wondering, “Did I do something wrong?” But SIFE team presenter Colette Desaulnier was unfazed by the brief quiescence that followed an unusually short round of questioning by competition judges. Desaulnier and fellow presenters, Vikrum Deol, Alberto Andrade and Alyssia Houge, had worked innumerable hours since the start of spring semester, building and preparing their presentation, and they were confident that what they had in their possession was a well-tuned presentation showcasing SIFE’s ongoing projects on City College’s campus and in the community. And they were right to not worry. The SIFE team walked away with the league championship, making it their 15th consecutive win at SIFE Regional Competition, which took place in Los Angeles on March 17 and 18, and earning them a finalist spot at SIFE USA National Expo in Philadelphia May 11 and 12. Two-year and four-year colleges from California, Nevada and Arizona competed at the regional competition where SIFE teams delivered their presentation to a panel of 20-30 judges who rated their presentation based on how effective the team measured and

demonstrated that it created economic opportunity by helping others.” Team supporter Yessica Vasquez noted that judges were so impressed by the team’s presentation that during intermission, prior to announcing the winners, judges were taking note of City College students they came across. “Judges were saying how well we had done,” exclaimed Vasquez, SIFE team supporter. “Every time they saw our badges and it said we were from City College … they would tell us how well we had done.” The presentation, also judged for the speakers’ voice projection and speech clarity, consist of a 24-minute presentation and five-minute round of questions by judges. After SIFE delivered their presentation, judges followed up with questions that may have come up during the presentation. What usually took up to five minutes and included several questions for clarification and elaboration was quickly completed in three minutes and ended with a compliment from judges. “I thought it was odd that they weren’t asking many questions,” Vasquez admits. “And the questions they did ask were simple.” Desaulnier expressed her belief that this was most likely because they had covered all that the judges needed to know in their presentation, which described SIFE projects on campus such as the student-run A La Cart coffee cart and their upcoming contest

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On March 24, as she moves from one class to another, Lidia Gutierrez purchases a coffee from Edward McChanon, one of the student SIFE employees. Gutierrez, a psychology major, refills her own coffee cup that she used earlier in order to limit waste. Every school day, students and teachers alike line up in front the student-run coffee cart in Schwartz Square to get their favorite flavor of java just the way they like it.

City College offers help for students during a tough job market Lindsay Tasior Correspondent

Today’s job market may qualify one with education, experience, and connections, but if you’re looking for a job and lack any of the above qualifications, you may be out of luck. Unemployment is the most important economic issue today. The search for the perfect job has quickly narrowed down to the search for a job as US employment rates continue to fall since February with now more than 12.5 million Americans unemployed.


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The economy has directly impacted City College, among widespread budget cuts, fewer staff and, questionably, more students? “More and more people have returned to school to get a better, more advanced degree,” said an admissions clerk at City College. “A better degree could mean a better paying job in the future.” Students enrolled at City College are offered opportunities to connect with surrounding businesses through a program known as Work Experience, a cooperative plan that links a student’s studies with the outside world,

allowing them to complete on-thejob training while earning college credit. Joseph D’Ambro, a student services assistant at the Transfer/Career Center located on campus in building A-111, said Work Experience allows the students to explore occupations related to their major. The program helps students build a marketable resume to help increase their earning potential. So, out of a job may not mean you’re out of luck. The Transfer/Career Center offers opportunities for internships and resume-building work-


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shops. The Center also offers listings for paid positions around San Diego County. Career assistants, like D’Ambro, guide students through the interview process and how to create a cover letter. That’s how Stephanie, a student at City College, landed her job. “I talked directly with a student assistant who helped me find a job that’s easily accessible and right for me. He prepared me for my interview and helped me put together a resume suitable for the position I was applying for.” Stephanie has worked at Ralphs market for a year now.

She said City College works hard to help students find employment in convenient, nearby locations. Students can also find employment on-campus. Jobs are offered at the cafeteria, the book store and the library. John, who declined to state his last name, is a second year student at City College and said that working in the cafeteria oncampus is “easy; a nice transition to [his] already stressful school schedule.” “School is really important, you can tell because everyone

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Associated Student Government works to revamp constitution NATE Hipple City Times On March 12, ASG Senator Christopher Conyers and Phi Theta Kappa President Christopher T. Ginn held a meeting to discuss the revision of the current ASG constitution — called the CG Bill. The acronym ‘CG’ stands for Conyers and Ginn, the studentleaders who want the ASG constitution to emulate the American Constitution’s system of checks and balances and establish executive power for the ASG president. On March 19, the CG Bill was approved by student government with a 4 to 2 vote. In two weeks, the bill goes before the Board of Directors to determine whether or not it will appear on the student ballot April 14. Ginn, a graduating senior, said he hopes the CG bill will help the next generation of student-leaders. The current ASG constitution, last updated in 2004, does not satisfy Ginn’s or Conyers’ vision of how student government ought to operate. Conyers and Ginn pointed to a lack of participation as the main issue.

“It’s hard to get people to come out and represent their clubs,” said Ginn during the March 12 meeting. “Sometimes we can’t even get a quorum,” added Conyers. Without a quorum, ASG members are unable to vote and in Conyers’ opinion this presents a wall for ASG’s progress. Ginn said he would like to see more representatives from student organizations increase their attendance at ASG meetings. The CG Bill establishes minimum attendance requirements and suggests reprimands for student-leaders who fail to meet the minimums. “We’ve tried many different ways to get the current ASG group to get involved in setting us up for the future, yet most of them are concerned with their own priorities such as the upcoming election,” Conyers wrote in an e-mail. The bill was peer-reviewed by several members of student government and has been thrice revised so far. “We’ve discussed what’s not working with the current constitution and came up with the [CG] Bill,” said Conyers. “In my eyes,” he said, “this is a victory for the student body.”

Water main leaves City students high and dry Jamie Worden Correspondent Having trouble finding somewhere to use the restroom? Many may have noticed the shortage of water, and in turn, rest room facilities available on campus lately. Don't worry, City students and faculty are not alone. The San Diego Police Department, McDonald’s, and many other businesses along B Street, C Street and 16th Avenue are in good company. The city of San Diego is replacing all the old water mains in the downtown area over the next few months. It seems, however, that they have had one surprise issue after another since beginning the project. According to a Facilities Services officer for City College, the replacements were seemingly well-planned, with temporary mains beginning to be laid on March 20 in the evening after classes and finished sometime on March 23. These lines intended to provide the campus with working water throughout the construction process were not activated by the City until that Tuesday morning, which is when workers discovered a serious problem. Due to inaccurate or outdated water line maps, City water employees failed to cap a main water line before activating the temporary

lines and high pressure water went “shooting out in every direction” according to Facilities staff. The years of corrosion coupled with the high pressure water caused part of B street right near the City College overpass to collapse, creating an emergency water situation on the early morning of March 23. A and T buildings were first to lose water service followed by TM, B, and M buildings. City College Administrators had no previous warning that so much of the campus would be incapacitated for most of the academic day on Tuesday and have no word yet of potential problems to come. Students were lining up to use the bathrooms in the Cafeteria and the Library as those were two of the only buildings left unaffected. Many students were late to class or forced to miss up to twenty minutes during class because they had to walk clear across campus and wait in line to use the restroom. Eugene, a City College custodian, was forced to be stationed at the Cafeteria bathrooms for most of the day as they had to be cleaned every half hour due to the high volume of usage. According to Derrall Chandler, the South Region Facilities

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Construction reaches new heights on 16th Construction moves steadily forward on the corner of 16th and B. With ground broken last year, Rudolph and Sletten contractors predict that City’s new facilities will be up and ready for use sometime in about a year. The rapidly rising structure includes a new cosmetology center, nursing department, photography lab, police station and much needed parking facilities.





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‘Maquilapolis’ a city of factories The film “Maquilapolis� (city of factories) chronicles the struggle of a group women in Tijuana who fought for their rights against international companies with factories in Tijuana. “Maquilapolis� was directed by Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre. How many of us think about where simple everyday objects are made or the people who make them? Women far away in Asia, or

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closer to home, right across the border in Tijuana, assemble parts for T.V.s or other electronics. These women have lives very different from are own, or do they? They go to work, send their children to school and dream. The women who work in the maquiladoras in Tijuana have been forced to work and live in conditions that we would find utterly foreign. Community activists, or promotoras, deal with the chaos of toxic waste left behind by factories, other environmental devastations, and labor violations. This film explores many complex issues from the view point of the promotoras, providing insight into how globalization impacted the lives of these women. This is good starting point for people

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The San Diego City College International Book Fair ’09 Spring Literary Series presented San Diego City College professor and award-winning author Laurel Corona, speaking about her latest work, “The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi’s Venice� in the D building March 24. In its sixth month of publication, it is already being translated into Spanish, German and French and is in its second print. In Introducing “The Four Seasons� professor Donna Watson enthusiastically spoke of how “’Vivaldi’s Venice’ will take your breath away.� “It leaves you hungry for more and more and more,� said Corona. Corona has written 20 books and her previous work, “Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance,� recently received the 2909 Christopher Award. “When you’ve written 20 books you pretty much feel like you’ve written about everything,� Corona said. A couple of years into teaching, Corona found a line in a humani-

ties book about Vivaldi working with female orphan musicians in Venice. This was before Google and I-phones, but, “The female orphan musicians jumped into my head and they had claws,� Corona said. Corona did intensive research on Venice, Vivaldi and the Pieta, the orphanage in which Vivaldi worked. Because of oligarchic attitudes towards marriage, dowries skyrocketed and many children were sent to convents/orphanages. The particular one in Venice called the Pieta housed 900-1,000 women and girls. Women here were very accomplished, but mostly forgotten, with the exception of being linked to their composer teacher, Vivaldi. An enlarged slide of the Pieta women in their red and white uniforms was shown and Corona read pages from her novel. In order to take the story out of the convent and into the culturally rich city of Venice, Corona created two sisters, one inside the convent and one out. “Penelope’s Daughter� and “The Laws in Motion� are two more intriguing titles soon to come from Corona.

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Popular Mexican restaurant under new management Vanessa Gomez City Times

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Teresa Contreras, owner of La Casita, helps multimedia center staff member Sean Ryan while Francisco Rodrigues, head cook, grills up some Mexican fare.

Water Continued from page 3 Services officer, City College will more than likely be dealing with “no notice water shutoffs� for the next few weeks. “This campus has already been without water at least four times

for this process,� Chandler said. He blames the inaccurate water line maps as the major problem the city water department is dealing with. The whole replacement process is expected to take a month or more, so City students and faculty should get used to the unexpected road and lane closures on 16th Avenue and surrounding

City students and staff don’t have to go far to get tasty Mexican treats. La Casita, located on C street right across the street from City College, has offered an extensive menu of inexpensive Mexican fare and family-owned for over 25 years. The restaurant also recently changed ownership, and plans to carry on the tradition Teresa Contreras, La Casita’s newest owner, took over the reigns of this City College staple after the last owner, Maria Navarro, decided it was time to retire. Navarro handpicked Contreras and her husband to take over her bright blue restaurant. Even though there might be a change in ownership, Contreras intends on making that the only change for a while. “I didn’t want to change anything,� commented Contreras. “I tell everyone the only change is that it’s me behind the counter

campus streets. The Facilities department has said that Vice Chancellor David Umstot is talking with the City of San Diego Water Department directly to try and solve the communication and planning issues so that they can more accurately covey water and construction interruptions to the students in the future.

now. Everything is the same; the ingredients, the flavors. If you look around ‘La Casita,’ you can see all our pictures and the history of this place.� Contreras kept her crew at La Casita small, with only four employees total. On the grill is Francisco Rodrigues, who has worked at La Casita for a total of 15 years. Her assistant cook, Angelica, also helps Contreras with making deliveries and taking orders. “Our business consists of downtown deliveries to high school and City College students,� continues Contreras. “We also offer party facilities and cater events.� In addition to La Casita, Contreras and her husband are coowners at Antojitos El Comal Restaurant in Chula Vista, offering a family style restaurant with table service. “We started this about a year ago, so when Maria came to us, I told my husband, ‘We can’t take on another place.’� Maria laughs. “But when stu-

dents that came to eat here years ago come in to say that now their kids eat here, you realize that there really is a lot of history here.� La Casita offers combination plates with rice and beans, moderately priced around $6 and a full assortment of tacos, tortas, burritos and tostadas. Contreras is still getting used to the prices on the menu, but that the California chimichanga ($4.99) and carne asada burrito ($4.25) are easy to remember as “they are definitely customer favorites.� La Casita also offers a fresh salsa bar, numerous choices of Mexican candy, and an outdoor seating patio that can accommodate larger groups. Contreras says she definitely feels the economy crunch and does admit “business has been slower. We usually get a lunch rush and a lot of students visiting us at 2 p.m.� She is enthusiastic that low prices and the history of La Casita will keep the students coming.

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Do City students not deserve r-e-s-p-e-c-t? Alondra Nelson, Yale professor and former City College student, visited City on March 11 to give a lecture on Genetic Genealogy Testing. I was excited about her visit until her vocal chords vibrated, her tongue moved and her lips parted. Nelson said she was advised by World Cultures staff to talk about her experience of going from being a City College student to being a professor at Yale and about her current projects. My experience is that such speeches usually have a heavy element of “and you can do it, too.” Instead, I waited with paused breath, to hear about how her “daddy Joe” was a simple carpenter. She spoke of her experience against the backdrop of the experience of her students at Yale as opposed to students here at City. Nelson told of how she was always that girl with the book and how she didn’t have the family

support, unlike her students at Yale, when it came to filling out college applications. I would think the girl who always had the book would rather advise City College students who shared that same lack of family support that books on applying to college can be readily found at the public library. As far as Nelson’s presentation of genetic genealogy information, the amount and quality of the information seemed sufficient given the time available. However, when she said with fauxfolksy smile that this information could be put in terms that even us regular folk could understand, I feared that I may have been caught in some sort of Sarah Palin flashback. Nelson demonstrated that she strode the same ivory-encased floors of those she criticized during her speech. Nelson said early academic speculation con-

Southern Audacity Sonjiala Hotchkiss cerning the Internet hailed it as the tool that would end sexism, racism, and oppression. Nelson commented that this view of the Internet showed a lack of awareness of the daily experiences of women and minorities which countered these pronouncements from the balconies of the ivory towers. Nelson with haughty aplomb gingerly stepped into this same rabbit hole of which she was so

critical. When I asked Nelson’s views of how being labeled “AfricanAmerican” might affect such a person’s self-perception, Nelson answered that she preferred the notion that people could call themselves what they wanted and suggested I should ask each of those persons so labeled concerning their self-perception. Do I even need to comment on the real world experience of people being able to call themselves whatever they want? If I had asked how being labeled “female” might affect such a person’s self-perception, would I have been directed to ask every female? Nelson appeared dismissive of my accurate claim that Jessie Jackson popularized the use of the term “African-American” during a Democratic Convention, saying we don’t need to go to Jessie Jackson. Continuing

her response, Nelson made reference to an earlier use of the term “Afro-American” in the academic literature. “African-American” and “AfroAmerican” come from two separate self-identity movements. I do not know whether Nelson was unaware of this fact or whether she assumed I was unaware. I certainly hope that a black woman saying the name Jessie Jackson does not have the power to turn off a person’s thinking capacity. Nelson is a self-described cultural anthropologist. The biography available at the presentation indicated that she is a professor of Sociology, African American Studies and American Studies. I expected answers that showed more cultural awareness and some minimal ability to ad lib cultural critique. I expected the same when a

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Budget cuts and cigarette butts: Extreme predictions and experiences Money, the passion and drive of many, can have some ego-trimming effects when there’s none left to spare after we put gas in our tanks and keep walls around our beds. The economy, eating away at the insides of our pockets like termites to wood, results me buying bags of generic “Crispy Rice” cereal instead of boxes of Kellogg's Rice Krispies. It results in the purchase of “Bismate” instead of Pepto-Bismol. Junk mail, once kindling for the bonfire, is now a coupon Mecca of assorted discounts for smog checks and Subway sand-

wiches. If it’s not on sale, it won’t be sold (to me). People waiting in line at the grocery store tap their feet, roll their eyes and flip through gossip magazines waiting for me to fish out the tens of coupons I have for cashiers to scan. It’s not only me who’s squeezing the copper out of every penny. My good friend Kyle, with whom I spend a random day once every couple of months, pulled out a pack of Marlboro 27 cigarettes at our last meeting. I noticed that it was out of his character to smoke the brand and jokingly asked about it. His

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Deserve Continued from page 6 member of the audience asked a question regarding the legal protections as far as genetic samples submitted to labs for genealogy testing. Nelson answered that once the labs had retrieved the genetic code from the samples, they didn’t need the actual samples anymore thus implying that the question was moot. Pardon me for thinking, but the above question seemed centered on legal protection, not samples vs. code. Nelson’s answer in this case and in the case of any questions of depth, were too often shallow and belittling of the questioner.

Nelson had acknowledged the need for privacy in regards to code when she saw the genetically coded genealogy report of one of the audience members, and told the lady to handle the information with care. This would appear to show that Nelson had present in her mind the thoughts necessary to answer a question about legal concerns regarding genetic information with more care. Several students gave the pro forma “thank you” to Nelson for visiting our school. I do applaud Nelson for her accomplishment. That said, I would like to add that her trip from Yale back to City would have been much more beneficial had it not been accompanied by what appeared to be a heaping helping of lowered expectations of the students. Sonjiala Hotchkiss is City Times’ online editor

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SIFE Continued from page 1 “Things People Throw Away,” projects representative of SIFE’s mission to create projects that better the community, and in turn better the world. Desaulnier noted that judges complimented the team on their work in covering each topic in detail, fulfilling the necessary criteria that would win them league championship and a chance to go to the national competition. Miguel Valdez, SIFE team support,


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is trying to go back.” John has applied for jobs around San Diego but said that many companies would not allow a schedule that fits into his already busy school schedule.


states that the national competition would be much like the regional competition, only grander, “more intense.” Before their journey to Philadelphia to compete at national, Desaulnier states that there will be some changes made to their presentation despite the many raves it received at regional. “There’s always room for improvement,” team members say, which is probably the kind of thinking that helped create championship presentations for SIFE in the last 15 years. But how much more room is there for a presentation that garnished several compliments from judges and competitors alike? Probably not much. So when asked what she would be doing to prepare for the national competition, Desaulnier replied, “Recuperating. We’re exhausted.” On-campus work has also helped him in many ways. City College offers employment preparation workshops every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. in the CBTE Center in room T-330. For more information, contact The Transfer/Career Center in room A-111, call (619) 388-3722, or e-mail

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March 31, 2009

Coach Jackson in training with new team Donovan Terblanche City Times The City Knights men’s volleyball team has undergone a drastic change because of the current financial climate that the Californian economy is facing. With the apparent inability by the governor to find much needed funds, students are starting to lose the most valuable commodity, the teachers. The faculty has changed the roles and duties of the deans and made them more focused on particular activities. Previous deans had an array of responsibilities spreading everyone very thinly. With the restructuring and reorganizing of different departments, this has allowed the dean of athletics to focus more on her responsibilities involving her department. The previous head men’s volleyball coach, Brent Crouch, Ph. D, philosophy, has moved with his family and now taken up a fulltime position with Oregon State. “It was a difficult situation and we were sad to see him go,” said Kathy McGinnis of Coach Crouch’s departure. The athletics department under Dean McGinnis has grown tremendously and the teams, including men’s volleyball, continue to grow in strength. The new coach, Curtis Jackson, came to City College in late August/early September. Coach Jackson came into a difficult situation, trying to pick up a team after the season had already started. Jackson was faced with a surprise on the first day of class, and in the process, adopting only three of the existing coaches’ players. Jackson kept two of the three and started building a new team with extensive recruiting, by post-

ing flyers and chasing down every lead. His hard work has paid off in that he has a full team of “really exciting players.” After many tryouts and struggles, the coach managed to get hold of a number of players’ information, and of the 29 men who tried out for the team, 14 would qualify and remain. Coach Jackson is only part time at City College, but went to say “I thoroughly enjoy being here, it is a great school.” The Harry West Gym is a venue for the men’s volleyball, having been built in recent years and well suited to hosting teams and spectators alike. The men’s volleyball team competes in the PCC and nonconference matches within the San Diego Community College District. They are working toward building a winning reputation. Jackson will be implementing a new training regiment this upcoming semester as he looks to improve on physical fitness often team. Jackson has his own business, Jackson Health & Performance, which specializes in assessment, nutrition and program design. Jackson also coaches Matt Olsen, pro beach volleyball player, Daron Rahlves, winter X Games skicross champion, and Mike Morrison, another pro beach volleyball player. Jackson is looking to implement a complete new regimen for the men’s volleyball team starting next semester. The new training set will consist of full body exercises and focus on “explosion,” such as the clean jerk and the snatch. These exercises improve leg strength and assist with clearance of the ground. Jackson is assisted by Don Samuelson, “who is doing a great job,” according to Jackson.

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Coach Curtis Jackson goes over drills with the men’s volleyball team in preparation for its game against Palomar.

City softball goes down to Palomar in tough battle

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Outfielders Olivia LaMar, Brook Gustley and Vynessa DiBlasio discuss plays.

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Aurora Tellez slides into home in plate to score. City would rally late and come back with 6 runs, but would still lose to Palomar.


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

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