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— Nimaro Grace Read the full stor y, page 5 Nimaro Grace, a representative for the San Diego-based non-profit organization Invisible Children, spoke Feb. 14 in the Saville Theatre about her experience in war-torn Uganda. Troy Orem, City Times
Veterans name new leader
Change of command makes way for new vision and direction By Brian Lett City Times
Maurice Martin (right) the founder of VFP, has stepped down after two years as president, Navy veteran Maria Mustacchio (center) will replace Martin as president, with Army veteran Br yce Schierenbech (left), assuming the position of vice president. Troy Orem, City Times erans, 40 of which are members of VFP. Of those 40 Mustacchio is the only female. Increasing women representation was a driving factor for Mustachhio’s appointment. She and Martin hope her involvement will help break the stigma of the organization of being an all boys club. “Having a veteran woman in a key leadership role will let women know that a veteran organization is
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“It had my family in fear every single night that passed by.”
For the first time since its inception two years ago, City’s Veterans for Peace club will be under new leadership this semester. Navy veteran Maria Mustacchio is the new president of the club, and Army veteran Bryce Schierenbech will serve as vice president. VFP’s former president and founder Maurice Martin created the club in the 2010 spring semester and has been presiding over it ever since. Martin intended for the club to serve as a brotherhood for veterans new and old alike to share their experiences, heal and help each other. After four semesters of leading the organization Martin felt it was time to bring in fresh faces that could better represent City’s population of student veterans. “It was time for new leadership, new vision and direction,” said Martin. “My intention has always been to create an opportunity for other students to take a leadership position. “At the same time I wanted it to be more current to attract more women, and attract more Afghanistan and Iraq veterans.” According to Martin, roughly 900 of the 18,000 students at City are vet-
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here and we welcome them,” said Martin. Martin met Mustacchio through Amikas, an organization that provides housing aid for homeless veterans and was also co-founded by Martin. Both he and Mustacchio were members of the board of directors. During her 15 years in the Navy, Mustacchio served as a hull technician repairing ships. Throughout
her service she deployed to many different parts of the world, including Beirut, Somalia, and multiple countries in Europe, as well as serving in the Gulf War. She was discharged honorably as a petty officer second class and is majoring in labor studies. Mustacchio’s vision for the club is aligned with Martin and she hopes See Veterans, page 9
Tijuana police arrested the prime suspect in a murder that shook City College in October 2010. On Feb. 20 San Diego police announced that Armando Perez was arrested in the early morning hours on Avenida Revolucion in Tijuana. He is suspected of having murdered City College student Diana Gonzalez. Hours later, Tijuana police presented him to the press, an event witnessed by the victim’s mother, Concepcion Gonzalez. “My daughter is not going to come back, but this gives me some peace,” she said according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Why did you do this to her?” she repeatedly asked Perez, according to the paper. Perez is said to have sobbed and said he was sorry in a low voice. He is to be extradited to the United States, where he faces a murder charge. Gonzalez, a nursing student, was found stabbed to death in a men’s bathroom in M building on the evening of Oct. 12, 2010. As details emerged, it was clear that Gonzalez’s murder was a result of domestic violence. Three weeks before her death, Gonzalez reported to police that her estranged husband, Perez, then 35, had abducted, assaulted and raped her. Perez was detained by police but was released days later when the District Attorney’s office decided not to file charges, citing insuficient evidence. Her murder united City College against domestic violence. Students, faculty and staff held a candlelight vigil in Gorton Quad two days after her murder. Since then several events have been held by campus organizations to help the family and create a scholarship for Gonzalez’s daughter.
Tijuana police presented Armando Perez Feb. 19.
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Take Note Calendar Compiled by Fernando Yates Get your event in the paper. Email us at email@example.com or call 619-388-3880 n Feb. 21, Tuesday Résumé Workshop 11 a.m.- 12.p.m. at A-111 Seven Habits of a Successful College Student 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at A-103 n Feb. 24, Friday “The Vagina Monologues” 8 p.m. at Saville Theatre n Feb. 25, Saturday “The Vagina Monologues” 8 p.m. at Saville Theatre
n Feb. 27, Monday “Don Long: Travels to Brazil” 11:15 p.m. at D-121 A/B Academic Senate Meeting 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at D-121 A n Feb. 29, Wednesday FYE Academic Success Workshop 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. at A-103
n March 3, Saturday Jazz 88 presents the City College Educational Jazz Festival 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Saville n March 6, Tuesday Zaquia Salinas: SpiderWoman 9:40 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Saville Theatre
n March 2, Friday Hermanos Unidos/ Brothers United Conference 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Saville
Ed Headtke is City College’s new administrative sargent. Bobby Whaley, City Times
Bands to take Saville By Benny A. McFadden City Times KSDS Jazz 88.3 will be hosting its 8th annual City College Jazz Festival in partnership with the California Association for Music Education Saturday, March 3
from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The festival gives high school students a chance to perform in a professional setting, as well as check out other talent. Twenty-four bands from numerous schools in San Diego County will perform that day in the Saville Theatre
and in the Radio and Television Department’s television studio and in Room C-211. This is a free event and features more than twice as many bands as last year. So, if you’re planning to attend, get there early, find a schedule and stake out a spot.
UC students ‘fix’ tuition By Victor Hernandez City Times A groundbreaking proposal would change the way that students pay for their education, essentially turning tuition on its head. Students of the University of California system would no longer be required to pay tuition if the proposal by Fix UC, a student run organization, is adopted by the University of California regents. “What if instead of charg-
ing students upfront for their education, students would attend the UC with no upfront costs whatsoever,” said Chris LoCascio, a junior who heads the UC Riverside organization. According to the proposal, graduates would not be required to pay tuition until they have entered the workforce. Most graduates would pay five percent of their wages for two decades. Students from other states and
nations would pay six percent per year. Average UC tuition for undergraduate students is $12,192 per semester, not including room and board and other campus fees. “I’m very impressed with the proposal despite the obstacles we see (in its) implementation,” said UC President Mark G. Yudof at a recent meeting. UC officials said that the proposal is vague on how payment would be enforced.
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New leader for City’s police department By Bobby Whaley City Times San Diego Community College District has the fourth largest college police department in California. At City campus alone, there are three patrol sergeants, one administrative sergeant, 14 officers, four campus service officers and a partial support staff. City has a new administrative sergeant, Ed Headtke, who is in charge of keeping equipment in check, management of campus police, keeping campus officers up to date with training programs, and being a public liaison. The 14 officers deal with calls and patrol the campus. The four campus service officers deal with parking and car troubles, such as dead car batteries, parking tickets, even lockouts. The officers of City Col-
lege have a large amount of training, being required to go through more training than normal police officers after they graduate from the police academy. The Firearms Training Unit, or FTU, trains officers in the use of their pistol, the less lethal bean bag shotgun, and provides training to rifle officers. The district’s Firearms Training Unit also goes to campuses across California to train their officers. Eleven officers on City campus are rifle trained and if the need arises can use semiautomatic rifles, mostly of the .223 caliber. On campus there are four officers assigned to a bike team, which goes through training on how to ride up and down stairs, even how to take down a fleeing subject from a bicycle. The district has one field training officer, who has the
job of training new officers and making sure officers know the campus. RAD, a nationwide rape defense program, is offered by the officers to women on campus, every few months. The campus police offer other programs. For more information on these you can stop by the campus police office in the V Building. The campus officers have five squad cars, which are outfitted the same as the San Diego Police Department’s. There is always a minimum of two squad cars patrolling. The squad also has two less-lethal shotguns, loaded with bean bag rounds to subdue subjects without doing lethal damage. Campus police are located on the first floor of the V-Building on Broadway and 17th Street. To report a crime call campus police at 619-3886405.
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Influx is European-inspired gourmet café and more With classes back in full swing, everybody needs to get up, get moving, and energize those long hauls into the night. You could either stop by Starbucks, where you can enjoy a more expensive cup of coffee or venture to a local coffeehouse. Influx, which is located just a few blocks away from the City College campus on the corner of 20th and Broadway, is a café that offers a great atmosphere. They also have another cafe located in Little Italy, on the corner of India and West Fir streets. With a long couch and a multitude of tables, the café is a comfy place to study and socialize. The contrast of whites and vibrant reds give it an interesting color scheme without being too distracting.
If you’re looking for some food for while you study, Influx has a wide array of sandwiches, salads, soups, and pastries to choose from. Yogurt is a personal favorite of mine and Influx serves a good helping with a nice smooth flavor at $6.25. The size of the helping is plenty and you can choose to top the yogurt with fresh fruit and granola. They also serve oatmeal, granola, and fruit bowls for those looking for breakfast food at anytime of the day. Most of the cafe’s sandwiches are $6.50, which is slightly on the high side but the size and flavor makes up for it. With a selection that includes feta, turkey, ham and even tofu sandwiches, they
have something for everyone. I went with a tuna sandwich and was surprised with what I received. Personally, I am used to tuna being mixed with relish and mayonnaise, but at Influx they go all the way by mixing the white albacore tuna with red onions, capers, basil, garlic and kalamata olives topped with sliced red onions, tomatoes, and a mix of crisp greens. My sandwich was brought to me on a baked roll, however they also serve their sandwiches on focaccia bread. Influx serves a multitude of pastries from danishes and cinnamon rolls, to cupcakes and muffins. The speed of the service is quick and outstanding. My iced mocha was done before I could find a seat. A mocha goes for $3.95, which might seem expensive until you compare it to a slightly smaller Starbucks mocha that costs well over $4. With drinks that come in a larger size than most chain coffee houses, and a well rounded bold flavor, Influx makes a really good cup of coffee. Stop by Influx for your next study session, or check them out online at influxcafe. com.
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The Internet is said to be like the Wild West, with thieves and gunslingers stealing copyrighted material and attacking websites. For years now, governments all over the world have been trying to regulate the Internet without violating privacy and censorship laws. France for example, has implemented a three strikes law called HADOPI that lets copyright holders file complaints to Internet service providers, ISPs, about infringing users. After three complaints users have their Internet access suspended for a period of two months to a year. In the United States, interest groups and lawmakers have tried to pass several similar laws over the years, the most recent being the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Both were essentially vague laws that gave broad powers. Both acts lost almost all support after several large Internet companies like Google, Wikipedia, and Reedit protested the acts on Jan. 18 by taking down their sites and running splash screens to inform all of their
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users of the acts. The following day the U.S. Justice Department seized the domains of file hosting site Megaupload and arrested the owners of the site for copyright infringement. The Internet has taken notice of the seizure and a chilling effect has spread across similar file hosting sites and torrent sites, all of which serve legitimate functions even though many users use the services to violate copyright. Torrent site BT Junkie actually shut down Feb. 5 in a response to the seizure of Megaupload and the recent legal action against torrent site The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay founders have been in and out of court over over the years, and have been sentenced jail time and fines. Recently, the site has changed its top level domain
to a .se, the top level domain for Sweden, to ward off being shut down like Megaupload. Seizing sites and arresting violators to scare everyone else might not be the way to go about things though. While the Wild West was tamed, crime still existed. Copyright holders should try to tame the pirates and not attack them since they will never beat them. Services like Netflix, iTunes, and Steam all make content affordable and convenient. If the price is reasonable then users will pay, sometimes even out of impulse as we have seen with the 99 cents price point for apps. If content is available conveniently, why waste time stealing content that may be broken, low quality or contain viruses? The best way content creators can combat piracy is to change their distribution and models. Make things cheap and available so its not worth pirating. It worked for comedian Louis C.K., who reportedly made a $200,000 profit in three days by distributing his comedy special online for $5 a download.
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Quick and easy enchiladas rojas By Jennifer Manalili City Times My first cooking memory involves trying to make a grilled cheese sandwich in the microwave. I grew up as an only child with a single parent after my father died when I was very young. Before high school, where I was ultimately inspired to cook by the Food Network and a little show called “30 Minute Meals,” we relied heavily on fast food and microwave dinners when my mom had no time to cook. Luckily, I began trying out recipes and cooking became something I quickly fell in love with. Cooking is something that can be both creative and rewarding. You don’t need too much money or time to create good meals and I hope I can show you that learning can be easy too. Living in San Diego means being surrounded by good Mexican food, but you don’t always have to go out. Here is my favorite recipe for enchiladas. Enchiladas Enchilada sauce From bread-and-honey.blogspot. 2-3 cups shredded chicken com (I used some leftover boiled 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock chicken but any leftover chicken 3 dried California chilies, seeded you have around will do. Rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is a and soaked great substitute.) 1 clove of garlic Shredded jack cheese 2 tablespoon chili powder 2 cups of homemade enchilada 1 tablespoon of cumin sauce 1 tablespoon corn starch 1 4 ounce can of chopped green 1-3 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar chiles 1 8 ounce can of tomato sauce 1 2 ounce can of black olives White sugar (A few pinches if the 1 15 ounce can of black beans sauce tastes too sour.) 1 15 ounce can of corn kernels Salt Cilantro Green onions (scallions) Seed the dried chilies and soak in Cumin cool water for a few hours until pliChili powder able. Salt and pepper to taste Combine all of the ingredients 12 corn tortillas in a food processor or blender and blend. Taste the mixture periodically and season to taste.
Enchiladas may look difficult to make but they are not. Jennifer Manilili, City Times Rinse and drain the black beans and corn. Heat a pan with 1-2 tablespoons of oil and then add the black beans and corn to the pan. Stir for about five minutes. Add the can of green chiles and stir, let cook for another 3 minutes. Add a pinch of chopped cilantro, salt, and pepper. (Not too much. You’ll season everything again before filling the tortillas.) Shred the chicken with two forks and add it to a large bowl. Add half of the black bean, corn, and green chile mixture to the chicken along with 1/2 cup of shredded jack cheese, 2-3 chopped scallions, 1 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything together and taste as you go. Take a few tortillas at a time and wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave them in 30-60 second intervals. This will soften the tortillas and make them easier to handle. Spray a pan with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
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Begin assembling the enchiladas. Pour enough red enchilada sauce to coat the bottom of the pan and then begin layering on top of it. Take one tortilla and fill it with your chicken filling. Be careful not to overfill the tortilla or it will burst. Roll up the tortillas and place them seam side down in the pan. Repeat this process with the rest of the tortillas – you will probably have extra filling leftover. Pour the extra red sauce over the enchiladas. Shred some more cheese and sprinkle it all over the enchiladas and top with the sliced olives. Take a sheet of foil and spray one side of it with cooking spray. (The side that will be facing the enchiladas. This will keep the cheese sticking to it as it melts.) Bake for 30 minutes. Take out and remove the foil and then bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese is bubbly. Top with chopped cilantro and scallions and serve with sour cream. Enjoy!
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San Diego City College’s World Cultures program is holding a series of events leading up to its production of “The Vagina Monologues.” The Vagina Jam was held Feb. 9, and included an open mic session where artists and poets showcased their talents. On Feb. 14, Vulva-Palooza took place. Organizers sold balloons and interviewed students. “The Vagina Monologues really allow a safe environment to talk about vaginas and things that are taboo,” said director Rebekah Ensley. The goal of the show is to get people in the community to help stop violence against women and girls. The play will be held at the Saville Theatre on Feb. 24 and 25. For the second year, proceeds will benefit Diana Gonzalez, a victim
of domestic violence who was slain on campus in 2010. Gonzalez’s family and daughter will receive 90 percent of the proceeds, and the remaining 10 percent will go to the Spotlight Campaign to help women and girls in Haiti. The play is a series of monologues portraying different scenarios of a woman’s sexual life. City College first staged a production of the play in 2010 but it was limited to only one performance. “The Vagina Monologues” was written by Eve Ensler in 1996 to help end violence against women. After the creation of the play, came Vagina Day, also known as V-Day which is a global activist movement meant to raise awareness and raise money to benefit female victims of domestic violence. For more information on “The Vagina Monologues” visit http:// sdcity.edu/CampusLife/WorldCulturesProgram.
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Teresa Elliot sings at the Vagina Jam Feb. 9. Troy Orem, City Times
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‘The Rescue’ Documentary captures the horror ‘invisible children’ endure in Central Africa By Cecilia V. Areta City Times
Nimaro Grace a young woman from Uganda, and a teammate of the group Invisible Children was silhouetted as she spoke to the crowd in the Saville Theatre Feb 14. Troy Orem, City Times
The World Cultures Program held a special screening of 2009 documentary “The Rescue” at the Saville Theatre Feb. 14. The film portrays the ongoing war in northern Uganda that has lasted for 23 years. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the government of Uganda have been at war that has left millions of innocent civilians maimed, killed and displaced. The government’s attempt to protect its citizens from this rebel militia has been unsuccessful. Millions of children have been kidnapped by the LRA’s leader, Joseph Kony, in his ongoing war for power. According to the International Criminal Court, Joseph Kony is the most wanted man in the world. Nimaro Grace, the special guest speaker at the event, told her story of life in Uganda. She spoke of the constant fear that she and her community endured at the hands of the rebel army. She described her meeting with the San Diego-based organization, Invisible Chil-
dren, which changed her life. She won a scholarship the non-profit offers and was able to go to college and earn a degree in business computing. “Schools where closed down during the time of the war. My parents could not raise money for me to go to school,” Grace said. “I appreciate Invisible Children for what they had done in my life.” “The Rescue,” produced by the organization, details the atrocities the LRA committed against the people of several countries, including Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan. The army has abducted more than 66,000 children to fight its war. Jeannie Clark, an Invisible Children roadie team member, was so inspired by the film that she decided to join the cause and now tours to educate others by presenting the film and providing information on how others can get involved with the program. “The Invisible Children: Kony 2012” tour is traveling to communities all across the United States to spread the word about the terrors of
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‘Calculus’ makes the grade as a musical Play explains advanced math concepts with humor By Fernando Yates City Times While a musical based on calculus may sound like a bad episode of “Glee,” “Calculus the Musical” feels more like an hour-long medley of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and “Schoolhouse Rock!” City College hosted the touring production out of Cincinnati Feb. 15 in V-101. Created by Marc Gutman and Sadie Bowman, “Calculus: The Musical!” began as a teaching tool in Gutman’s classroom.
The show follows Isaac Newton as he develops the key concepts of calculus, such as derivatives, integrals and limits. The play is broken into several chapters with each one focusing on a concept. The concept of the chapter is then explained in song. For example, the Power Rule is sung to Petula Clark’s “Downtown” while Riemann Integrals are explained in the rap styling of Eminem, and the show ends with a tribute to the French mathematician Guillaume de L’Hopital sung
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‘XIII-2’ not new but improved If you ever played “Final Fantasy X-2”, Square-Enix’s first direct sequel, there’s a good chance you had a great deal of trepidation and nausea when they announced they’d be giving the same treatment to “Final Fantasy XIII.” Fear not. “Final Fantasy XIII-2” manages to do a lot of things right and in many ways improves upon its predecessor, however there are still a number of problems that prevent the game from reaching its full potential. The story picks up three years after the events of “Final Fantasy XIII,” except instead of playing as the former game’s heroine, Lightning, players will take control of her sister Serah and newcomer Noel, a time traveller from the future. Together Serah and Noel spend the course of the game traversing multiple timelines in an attempt to save Lightning who is lost in a world outside time. While I found “Final Fantasy XIII” to be quite pleasurable, there was one glaring problem that plagued the
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overall experience: it was incredibly linear. This time, players will be able to chose from a number of branching timelines to complete and explore at their leisure throughout what’s known as the Historia Crux. Levels are much more open and players won’t feel herded to their next objective like in XIII’s long corridors. The slick, fast-paced combat from XIII is back and also improved. Just like last time, players can chose from a number of different group roles, called paradigms, but now paradigm shifts are instant. This allows for a much more strategic approach to battle where players must quickly switch roles to react to enemy cues in the midst of their attacks.
Serah, a moogle and Noel are the main cast of “Final Fantasy XIII-2.” Square-Enix Also spicing up the combat is the inclusion of quick time events, known as Cinematic Action. While some may chagrin at the addition of QTEs to Final Fantasy, these sequences are few and entertaining enough to enhance battles. Characters advance
through the Crystarium system once again, which has also been modified for the better. Now all roles are leveled in tandem with one another instead of individually, which works to streamline their development to progress much more quickly. Not surprisingly, the game
looks fantastic, continuing SE’s reputation of making stunningly visual games with top-notch graphics. Lip-syncing is spot on and the voice acting is not too shabby (with an exception here or there). In light of all the amendments, it seems that for every bad thing that was fixed, a
good thing was taken away and the game suffers for it. Perhaps the most glaring omission is the absence of Eidolons, or summons, one of the biggest staples in the Final Fantasy franchise. With the exception of See Fantasy, page 8
Cult classics, slasher films and ‘Madness’ at Ken Cinema By Jennifer Manalili City Times The tradition of midnight movies will return to San Diego with the start of the Midnight Madness series at Ken Cinema. The series kicked off earlier this month with a screening of the campy, and appropriately titled horror anthology film “The Theatre Bizarre” and will continue through March with a handful of equally colorful films. Following “Bizarre,” was a weekend full of cartoons made for the 18 and older crowd with the arrival of “Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation” and the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Over the top gore gags will welcome the premiere of “Father’s Day” on Feb. 24 and 25. The film is distributed by Troma Entertainment and is a reflection of the company’s fondness of 1950’s horror, grindhouse and exploitation films with this story of a serial father killer and rapist. Troma Entertainment coowner and the film’s producer Lloyd Kaufman will appear at the Sunday screening. The George Lucas and Steven Speilberg 1984 film “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” starring Harrison Ford will screen on March 3 and 4. “Donnie Darko,” the 2001 psychological science-fiction film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will follow with screenings of the original theatrical cut version of the film on March 9 and 10.
According to Ken Cinema, “The Room” is a “midnight cult sensation and quirky black comedy” that has already enjoyed a run for more than six years in Los Angeles and follows the relationships surrounding five friends. The film will premiere March 16.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will return on March 17 with “Crazed Imaginations,” San Diego’s official “Rocky Horror” cast. Similar to the tradition of its live stage productions, “Crazed Imaginations” will integrate the film with the fans by includ-
ing audience participation to make for a fun evening. Tim Burton’s widely beloved stop-motion animation classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will screen on March 23 and 24. The madness concludes with a screening of Joss
Whedon’s “Serenity” on March 30 and 31. The film takes inspiration from both cowboy westerns and science fiction and is inspired by Whedon’s television series “Firefly.” All tickets are $8.50 and all showings are on Friday and
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And the winner is... By Tom Andrew City Times The 84th Annual Academy Awards will be airing on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. on ABC and will be hosted by Billy Crystal. Crystal stepped in after Eddie Murphy backed out a few months ago. The nominees were announced on Jan. 24 and created some stir, as they usually do. This years race still has some amazing actors, directors and writers and it will be tough to decide who will take home the golden statue beforehand, but lets try. If you are like most people you may be having an Oscar party. If you need a ballot sheet for those nominated this year you can go to http://theenvelope.latimes.com/awards/
oscars, there you will find everything you need for the Oscars. This years Best Film is a tough category. Most insiders feel that whoever wins Best Director will snag this award, but in years past that hasn’t been the case. There were many amazing ground breaking films nominated, from “Hugo” to “Moneyball” and from “War Horse” to “The Artist.” Some also may feel that “The Help” has a pretty good shot as well, but when the dust settles, “The Artist” will most likely take away the award for being the first silent film in some time. It’s an amazing film and reminds us of the way things used to be. “The Help” or “War Horse” will be a close second. In the Best Director category, again we have a bunch of amazing directors who have turned in some riveting work. Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” is a huge departure from what he normally does and yet has pulled off a beautiful film, and the return of Woody Allen with “Midnight in Paris” is also great, but director Michel Hazanavicius for “The
Artist” will win. The Best Actor category may be the easiest category to pick in some respects. This race is really between Brad Pitt for “Moneyball” and Jean Dujardin for “The Artist.” Dujardin has been taking home every Best Actor award this year, and it looks like he will continue his winning streak here, but it would be nice to see Pitt win. His performance in “Moneyball” is endearing, honest, and some of the best work this actor has ever turned in. The race for Best Actress should be a shoo-in, but as in years passed that hasn’t been the case. Actress Meryl Streep has been nominated 17 times for an Oscar and has only taken home the golden statue twice. This year she turns in yet another unforgettable performance as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” She has been winning most Best Actress awards this year for her performance, but like most years, the Oscar has seemingly eluded her. This year should be her year. The only other actress that may come close will be Viola Davis for her role in “The Help.”
The supporting categories also have amazing actors, and this is where most of the upsets will, and have, occurred before. This year’s Best Supporting Actor should go to Christopher Plummer for the film “Beginners,” although be prepared to see Max von Sydow be a surprise winner for the film “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Best Supporting Actress will be a tough one to decide. All were great performances, but Octavia Spencer’s performance in “The Help” should come out on top, that’s if Melissa McCarthy’s hilarious performance in “Bridesmaids” doesn’t squeak past her. The rest of the categories are chock full with amazing artists, so tune in and catch the whole show.
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‘The Grey’ is a bleek film experience THE ANDREWS REVIEW Tom Andrew
“The Grey” is a tedious, poorly written survival film about a group of oil drillers whose plane goes down somewhere in Alaska. They are faced with trying to survive with barely any food, no shelter, and no way to contact anyone and horrible weather conditions. The film stars Liam Neeson (“Taken”) as Ottway, the leader of the group. Through a series of flashbacks and some voice over work we see that Ottway is depressed and planning to take his life. His suicide attempt is thwarted one night when he hears a wolf howling in the distance. He and his group board a plane and crash soon after takeoff, leaving only eight sur-
vivors. They are stranded somewhere in the wilds of Alaska during a blizzard and soon realize that the storm and lack of supplies are the least of their problems. A ravenous pack of poorly crafted CGI wolves is closing in on them and killing Ottway’s men. They decide to start their journey to safety by leaving the crash site, and also hopefully leaving the wolves behind. But the wolves continue to follow them, taunting them by eliminating them one by one. The talented cast is completely wasted. Neeson grunts and groans his way through the film, and it’s not until the end of the film that we find out why he was attempting suicide in the first place. His supporting cast, Dermot Mulroney (“The Family Stone”), Dallas Roberts (“Walk The Line”), Frank Grillo, Joe Anderson, Ben Bray and James Badge Dale wear frostbitten makeup well but that’s about it. If they had a better script maybe we’d get to see why they were hired.
Liam Neeson prepares himself to fight off the elements and wildlife in ‘The Grey’ Open Road Films The film is based on the short story “Ghost Story” by Ian Mackenzie Jeffers and should have stayed a short story. The screenplay, written by Jeffers and director Joe Carnahan, is flat and goes nowhere. “The Grey” comes at a time when most people will be scrambling to see the films that have been nominated for Oscars, which is a
good thing. That way most people will forget about this film, at least until it comes out on DVD. 1 out of 5 stars
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Spirituals preserve and share rich US history
Troy Orem, City Times By Cecilia V. Areta City Times To help celebrate Black History Month, the World Cultures Program had a viewing of “The Spirituals” at the Saville Theatre that included a special discussion with the film’s director, Erin McGinnis, on Feb. 7. In spite of a small audience turnout, the 2007 “The Spirituals” documentary helped viewers understand the importance of preserving the art and culture of our ancestors. McGinnis and her film crew spent one year researching the history of African-American spirituals, which are being revived by groups like the American Spiritual Ensemble. Spirituals were created by enslaved Africans and were primarily used as an expression of religious faith. During the 1800’s, at a time when slavery was very much alive, slaves
Fantasy Continued from Page 6 Gestalt mode, the summoning system in XIII was amongst the best in the series and their exclusion here takes away from the overall experience. To take their place we’re treated with a different feature, monster catching. The third slot in the party is reserved for monsters that are captured in battle on the field, leveled up, and then joined in battle alongside you. And not a pokeball in sight. I’m sorry but this goes a long way from replacing Ifrit and Shiva. Weapon upgrading was fun and exciting in XIII and offered a varied arsenal to
Award-winning filmmaker Erin McGinnis (upper left) screened her 2007 documentar y “The Spirituals” which featured The American Spiritual Ensemble (above) Feb. 7 in The Saville Theatre as part of the World Cultures Program. Jonathan Palmer sang spiritual songs to pass the time and encourage other slaves to continue working and send hidden messages to each other. In order to help keep the history alive, groups like the American Spiritual Ensemble tour the country to educate and demonstrate the songs that helped strengthen the unity of
choose from. Now what we’re left with is an abysmal selection of non-upgradeable arms that are few and far between. While Cinematic Action is a welcomed addition to the franchise, the other interactive inclusion, called Live Triggers, do more harm than good. Live Triggers are moments in the game where players are asked to select a choice from four responses in certain conversations. These conversations are meant to flesh out the events they pertain to and players are often rewarded with items for their selections. The problem is that the whole sequence is awkwardly rendered and feels more like a distraction.
their enslaved ancestors. McGinnis and her film crew followed the American Spiritual Ensemble on tour. “It was a pleasure to record their audio and what’s amazing to me is that they’re all such great singers that everything they do is in tune… What they do to preserve the culture
of their ancestors is important,” said McGinnis. The event was originally scheduled to take place on Feb. 9 but the City College homepage and the printed fliers did not take note of the date change to Feb. 7. Because of the date confusion the opportunity to meet filmmaker McGinnis was
All in all “Final Fantasy XIII-2” definitely takes many steps in the right direction that future entries in the series can take advantage of. Combat is the best in the series and the gameplay is more cinematic than ever. But at the end of the day I can’t shake the feeling that perhaps these efforts would have been better spent in an all original addition to the series, like a Final Fantasy XIV per se. One can only wonder what Square-Enix has in store for us with “Final Fantasy Versus XIII,” their next game in line to hit the shelves. 3.5 Joysticks out of 5 Students support the group Invisible Children by purchasing handmade clothing from Uganda in the Saville Theatre’s lobby Feb. 14. Troy Orem, City Times
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lost except for a few students who checked the City College website calendar that had been updated the day of the event. For more information about World Culture events visit Room 2A or call 619-388-3552. More information is available at americanspiritualensemble.com
Kony’s reign. Audience member Anna Gumbayan seemed receptive to the message. “We’re here and not really doing anything … having a voice can help,” she said. Invisible Children began as a grassroots movement in the spring of 2003. Three young filmmakers, Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, Laren Poole, traveled to Africa in search of a story. They originally planned on document-
ing genocide in Darfur but discovered the conflict in Central Africa surrounding Kony. The little media attention of the conflict compelled them to make the documentary. Invisible Children Inc. has it’s headquarters in San Diego. Their programs rely on the commitment of volunteers and young activists who use their voices for peace. The aim of their programs is to provide aid to Central Africans impoverished by the conflict by providing access to education, reuniting families and rais-
ing awareness of the need to stop Kony. For more information on World Cultures events visit Room 2A or call 619-3883552.
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Veterans Continued from Page 1 to increase awareness about the organization and what it offers. “We want to bring veterans in and let them know we are here to help them and that they have a place to go,” said Mustacchio. Schierenbech served in the Army as a military policeman initially, then with Special Forces. During his service he deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq and was discharged in 2005 after seven years. Schierenbech was acquainted to Martin through a City professor after expressing a plan to create a group on campus to help veterans on their way. At the time he was not aware of VFP. “When I first came to City College (two years ago) there wasn’t really a whole lot going on as far as veterans,” said Schierenbech. “It was pretty much ‘figure it out as you go along’ and it was really a struggle. “I really thought it would be nice to have some sort of safety net, or peer program to
Love comes alive in jazz concert Quartet tours romance around world in five languages By Gardner Stevenett City Times On Valentine’s Day night, the KSDS 88.3 “Jazz Live” concert series celebrated by welcoming singer Allison Adams Tucker for a memorable performance at Saville Theatre and broadcasted live at KSDS 88.3. Acclaimed and admired for her passion for world cultures and her fluency in
multiple languages, Tucker, with the help of a three-piece band (piano, drums, bass), appeared before a packed house, performing a selection of love-themed songs from all across the globe. Within an hour and a half, Tucker dissolved any cultural and language barriers that might have been present in the auditorium with performances of songs in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Tucker’s song choice was superb, with each number emphasizing a particular “face of love”. In exploring different “faces” such as inspiration,
obsession, new perspectives, the journeys and even the games born out of love, Tucker masterfully eschewed the clichés often associated with love songs. “I had fun selecting songs that weren’t your typical love stories, but showed the various phases and angles of love in everyday life – regardless of language or cultural background. Love isn’t always pretty and can’t be defined, but it is universal and makes for great music.” she said. It was a spirited, passionate, and surprisingly energetic night— not to mention a positive success for Tucker— as evidenced by the smiles
on the faces of concertgoers, mostly couples, leaving the building hand in hand. “She really did a wonderful program; she put a lot of thought into it,” said Laurie Hawkins, a member of the audience. “I loved having the different languages. I thought it was a terrific program, especially for Valentine’s Day.” For more information on Tucker and her future performances visit www.allisonadamstucker.com. For details regarding Jazz Live’s upcoming concert on March 13, with Judy Wexler, visit the KSDS website at www.jazz88.org.
Musical Continued from Page 5 to Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Presented by the Math and World Cultures Department, “Calculus: The Musical!” had a full house. “It was awesome. I’m glad we brought them in,” said Misael Camarena, co-chair of the math department. The show ended with a
fall back on.” With his background as a leader in the Army and desire to help fellow veterans, Schierenbech was a shoo-in for a leadership role in the club. Now he hopes to help alleviate the struggles he was facing as a new veteran on campus. Together Mustacchio, Schierenbech and Martin continue their effort to make life on campus for veterans easier, and welcome any veteran who wants to be a part of their community. Veterans for Peace will be holding their next meeting on Feb. 24 in room A-220, anyone is invited to attend. For more information about the organization email firstname.lastname@example.org
standing ovation. The cast drove from El Paso to perform at City College and San Diego High School. Actors Joshua and Breona Murphy, who are also newlyweds, say they are not math whizzes. “It’s fun. I like this job,” said Breona. The production is touring the country as part of the Know Theatre of Cincinnati.
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The Allison Adams Tucker Quartet took the stage of the Saville Theatre for a Valentine’s Day performance on Jazz 88.3’s “Jazz Live” series. The vocalist was accompanied by Danny Green on piano, Evona Wascinski on bass, and Gilbert Castellanos on drums. Tucker (above) selected their songs based on the “phases of love,” delivering them in five languages, to the delight of the audience. Troy Orem, City Times
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Since the boom of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, employers and recruiters have actively used social media to screen potential candidates during their hiring process. According to Forbes, nearly 90 percent of companies plan to use social networks to find job candidates. Facebook is free. Twitter is free. LinkedIn is free. Why pay for a background check that only gives limited criminal back-
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ground when you can see what a candidate has done every day—for free? More than just your application and resume, social network profiles are in need of more and more tweaking to meet the approval of others. There seems to be no limit to the ways employers and recruiters can gain information on potential hires. Reppler, a social media monitoring service, conducted a survey of 300 random individuals involved in the hiring process for different companies. Ninety-one percent of the total polled said they use social media to determine candidacy. Worried about what they are seeing? You should be. Sixty-nine percent of employers have rejected applicants based on what they’ve seen on their social network page. The biggest reason: lying about a qualification. The Atlantic calls angry posts and risque photos “digital dirt.” What a great metaphor. Everything that is posted online, whether it be a photo of a family pet or that night out with your friend Jose Cuervo, is forever embedded in the crevices of the Internet. It might be time to do some cleaning up. Despite the horrific numbers mentioned before, don’t be too alarmed. Sixty-eight percent of candidates screened have actually been hired mainly due to positive impressions of their personalities and organizational fit. Other qualities looked upon positively were professionalism and creativity. So, before Facebook enforces their timeline layout, you have the opportunity to do some digital housecleaning. Delete those photos of drunken escapades and remove the “I hate my job” posts.
‘I had so many beaners working for me’ “Why doesn’t he speak English? Is he stupid or what? What the hell is he doing?” Those are the welcoming words from my 87-year old employer when I arrive to work at her home every Monday. Elder abuse is not only the one perpetuated against elders but against people who work for them. Fernando, a 56-year-old undocumented immigrant, is the elder employer’s gardener and driver. Fernando doesn’t speak English. He has worked at her home for 12 years despite the constant abuses. Complaining that she “can’t pay to fix repairs around the house,” Fernando says he has saved her thousands of dollars in repairs. Fixing the roof and pool, painting the house and repairing all the electrical connections are part of Fernando’s chores, with no extra reward. But not even those savings have prevented her from ranting against her employee. “My water bill runs $200 a month. This has to be fixed. I’m sure not happy with him. Too many people need jobs. The illegals come by the tens of thousands,” the 87-year-old tell me.
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Many of these elders are depressed since they are abandoned by their family members or because they are disabled and are forced to go on assistance. Having a low-wage worker allows them to live with minimal care in their own homes and have a better alternative to the isolation of living in an elder-care facility. Many immigrants have worked for elders by cleaning their homes and gardens, running errands, driving them to the doctor, getting their medicines, preparing their meals and bathing them. But, for some, the many years working under their elder employers does not ensure a better treatment. “I had so many ‘beaners’ working for me that season, so I could hardly know who did it,” the
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87-year-old lady tells me, after complaining about a broken patio statue. Racist comments against undocumented immigrants are the norm but Fernando knows it’s better than working in his beloved Tijuana. He was unemployed for four months, surviving only from what his wife could make cleaning houses. After applying at many factories, he gave up because maquiladoras tend to hire younger workers. “They want people up to 27 years, that is why many companies do not hire us,” Fernando tells me. Fernando is now working on building a fence. He won’t even get compensated for gasoline or for his time shopping at Home Depot. But Fernando is OK with that. When I asked him to ask his elder employer if he could be compensated for his additional errand, he says, “No, she is going to get mad, pobrecita, (poor lady). I want to help la Doña (my boss). She is always alone and her children do not care about her. We take more care of her than her kids.” According to the Population Resource Center, the number of people age 65 or older will “nearly double between 2000 and 2030.”
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With no family members to provide support as they age, many of them lack the funds, so they turn to immigrant workers. Karen Gaia, author of an article for Population Implosion, “Graying of the Population and Negative Population Growth” asks, “Who would take care of the old people in the United States?” In the article one of the few answers is to “let immigrants do it.” The employer does know that the recession forces immigrants to accept these jobs. Without these workers, the life they may face in institutions will not improve from what they have now. Many senior citizens live in long-term care facilities. Ironically, long-standing racial and ethnic differences prevent both populations from enjoying the opportunity to live better and meet the needs of other. Fernando is the perfect candidate for abuse, and as he says, “Her bigotry against Mexicans is getting me tired. I only want to work. If I leave her, she would have to pay much more, she doesn’t get that I am helping her. We can help each other, but instead, I have to deal with her hate, every day.”
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Employment: the new social network
We are what we tweet What does your Facebook say about you? Are you self-absorbed because you post 100 plus times a day, or just up to date? Are your a wild drunkard because of that photo album, or do you have more experience because of it? We all want to find the right job, and no one likes being laid off because of a bad fit. No one in management enjoys firing someone because they are nothing like the picture their resume paints of them. Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites are a constantly updating picture of you, and companies should look at them, not so they can see all the college photo’s that make you look like a drunk idiot, but so they can see the strong community ties you have, and the charisma that keeps people trying to contact you. Every post can help you find the right job, while a bank might not hire you to be teller after finding out that you stay up until 4 a.m. at clubs four
Bobby Whaley times a week, those clubs might think you will make a great bartender or waiter. The picture of your blue hair and pink suit might not excite a accounting firm, but a indie magazine might think it makes you the perfect person to manage their accounts. As America is in a recession, all American companies need to get the right people for the right jobs, and that means that they should use every tool available to do so. Furthermore, sites like Facebook and Twitter already use the information found on your profile to streamline advertisements, and then sell that information in bulk to advertising firms. Google has long funded itself by practicing this. If these companies were to sell the same information they use to specialize advertise-
ment to people looking to hire you, that would enable them to increase the size of their company, creating more jobs. And while they expand in size and create more jobs, the companies they are selling the information to are able to be more accurate in their hiring process, making it so the company as a whole is more efficient, which will lead those companies to expand, thus creating more jobs, in a ever increasing circle that pulls our entire country out of a recession. So why shouldn’t these sites sell the same information to human resource departments and be able to expand and create more jobs in the process of doing so? They should, and they are starting already doing so. So get online, clean yourself up, and make sure your profile represents the real you, so that instead of it being used against you, it simply acts as an edge to show that you’re the perfect fit in the perfect job at the perfect place, for you.
Facebook is not my résumé We were taught as kids to not judge a book by its cover. Well, your Facebook status just might determine whether or not you land that job you are fighting for. Websites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter or Myspace have allowed us to create our identity in a technological world. If we don’t like who we are in reality, we can always give our profile a face-lift and update our profile picture. We are ultimately in charge of how we perceive ourselves out on the web, however, there is a fine line between professionalism and snooping around a potential employee. Just because our profile is set to private, it does not mean we are trying to hide anything from a job we are trying to work at. It just means we know how to distinguish between our private life and our profes-
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Should employers be able to use social networks to determine elegibility?
Kristin Sorianosos sional life. Whatever we do outside of the office is on our personal time. College students should think twice about posting crazy photos or public tweets like, “Who needs work? It’s thirsty Thursday! I’m getting hammered!” Sharing our crazy happy hour moments with a TwitPic to the rest of the world might be a turn-off to our bosses, but we are off the clock. It’s imperative to keep a positive online reputation, but according to a study by Corperate Executive Board, 66 percent of job-seekers were turned down by a potential employer because of some-
thing they learned online. Résumés are handy and well-polished to the way we want to be known, but profiles on sites like Facebook tend to be a gray area. As noted before, we can ultimately reinvent ourselves with our profiles. Determining employment based on the things online about us is unreliable and questionable. If companies are checking out our Facebook profiles, will they start looking at our Match.com profiles next? It’s ridiculous and an invasion of our privacy. But it is better to be safe than sorry. So let’s go and clean up our online reputation before someone starts judging our sense of character by that crazy, wild photo album that is lurking around the Internet sphere.
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“They shouldn’t do that, Facebook is for entertainment, not for your professional life.”
“I don’t agree with that because you have your personal life on Facebook. They should base it on résumés instead of looking on your Facebook.”
“I think the company has every right, if you’ve made the information public then that’s the choice you’ve made.”
“I think that’s dumb, it’s your private life and that’s different from your professional life.”
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Sports Knights advance to PCAC playoffs By Michael Liggins City Times The City College Knights suffered a tough home loss at the hands of the Southwestern College Jaguars, but five days later clinched the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Title. They advance to first round of the PCAC playoffs that start Feb. 22. The Knights came into the game against the Jaguars, Feb. 10, confident as they were ranked No. 12 in the state. With only three league games remaining in the season the Knights were playing a team they had already beaten, but the night proved to be an evening where history would unfortunately not repeat itself. As the game began it quickly became apparent that the Jaguars were not planning on ending their season quietly. The Knights were challenged in the first half by Southwestern’s aggressive offensive weapons. Southwestern guard Derrick Thompson and forward Blake Yocum were too much
to handle as the Jaguars dominated in the paint. City’s Menas Stephen’s shooting abilities looked good from both the three-point and free-throw lines. Freshman guard Marvin Sykes also looked strong in front of the basket and led his team in scoring through out the game. Unable to break-through the lead in the first half, City went into the locker room trailing by eight points. The Jaguars’ defense held strong as the game went into its second half. Many times the Knights looked overpowered, not able to contend with Southwestern’s speedy field goals. Coach Mitch Charlens decided to add some flavor into his team in the second half by putting in freshman guard Bren Haley. Haley showed great hustle as well as great maturity as the Knights gained some crucial free-throws with five minutes remaining in the game. The Jaguars committed a badly timed shot-clock violation with 4 minutes remaining, giving the ball back to the Knights. Marvin Sykes landed a
Despite losing to the Southwest Jaguars at the Feb. 10 game, the Knights finished the season strongly and advanced to the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference playoffs. Troy Orem, City Times superb 3-point shot with 1:25 left in the game, but sadly it was still not enough to beat Southwestern College. San Diego City College fans and family members left
the Harry West Gym that night feeling a bit confused over the home team’s loss. Five days later it was a much different outcome. Playing Feb. 15 against the
Imperial Valley Arabs on their court, the Knights prevailed 86-79. The win gave the Knights the PCAC Title. In their last game of the
regular season, Feb. 17, the Knights won big against Mira Costa Spartans 96-80. The Knights ended their season with an overall record of 20-7.
Heartbreaking season ends for women’s basketball By Nicole Gonzales City Times After a difficult season, City College’s women’s basketball team played their final home game on Feb. 10 and were defeated by Imperial Valley 46-69. The game was a special night for both teams because it represented something more. It was played for awareness and funds for cancer research in which all proceeds from the game went to The Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Lady Knights donned pink socks and
The University of the Southwest’s tennis teams pose for a photo at the Feb. 11 round robin tournament held by City College. Troy Orem, City Times
New Mexican Mustangs trot to round-robin tournament By Benny A. McFadden City Times City College’s men’s tennis team hosted an interconference round robin tennis tournament Feb. 11. The Knights played the University of the Southwest Mustangs, who were visiting from Hobbs, New Mexico. “This is the farthest we’ve ever traveled in the history (of the school),” the Mustangs’ Coach Paul Baker said. It is a 17- hour drive from
Hobbs to San Diego. Baker gave Knights’ Coach Brandon Lupian credit for organizing the tournament. Southwest is a four-year university in the Red River Athletic Conference. It’s only the second four-year school that the Knights have ever played. Lupian explained that his team is always willing to play four-year schools but it rarely happens because those teams are typically in upper divisions. They do not
have to play on the community college level if they do not want to. The team’s first met at a tournament last year in Phoenix. Baker said he was so impressed with Lupian’s coaching style that making the trek to San Diego was worthwhile. He added that it was a good chance for his team to take a fun vacation before the start of the regular tennis season.
pink shoelaces and were determined to add another win to their record. Despite being outnumbered, they managed to trail not far behind and were even tied at one point in the game. According to Coach Brian Lupian, the team played “with the mind-set of going out at home,” but it was not enough to improve their overall record of 1-21. According to freshman guard Priscilla Contreras, motivation is what keeps the team going after 21 losses.
Sports Lineup Compiled by Bobby Whaley Submit events to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 388-3880 n Feb. 23, Thursday Baseball vs. Fullerton 2 p.m.
W. Tennis at Imperial Valley 2 p.m.
W. Tennis at Cuyamaca 2 p.m.
M. Tennis at Imperial Valley 2 p.m.
n Feb. 29, Wednesday Softball vs. Imperial Valley 1 p.m.
n March 2, Friday Badminton at Grossmont 2 p.m.
Badminton vs Fullerton at 3 p.m.
Softball at Grossmont 2 p.m.
W. Tennis at Palomar 2 p.m. n Feb. 24, Friday Badminton at Grossmont Tournament 10 a.m. M. Tennis at Arizona 2 p.m. Baseball at LA Harbor 2 p.m. n Feb. 28, Tuesday Baseball vs. Grossmont 2 p.m. M. Tennis vs. Palomar 2 p.m.
M. Volleyball at Palomar 6 p.m. n March 1, Thursday Baseball at Southwestern 2 p.m. M. Tennis vs. Grossmont 2 p.m.
M. Volleyball vs Grossmont 6 p.m. n March 3, Saturday Baseball vs Mesa 12 p.m. n March 6, Tuesday Baseball vs. Palomar 2 p.m. M. Tennis at Mesa 2 p.m.