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International book fair carries onward Book fair turns page despite budget cuts

Senate Vice President Stephen Faille motioned to reduce the amount of the sponsorship because ASG had previously given $1,000 toward the fair last semester. Faille cited the event’s popularity among students as a reason to continue to provide sponsorship, but added, “I think it’s really important that we monitor our spending and what we commit to.” “I think it’s very reasonable,” Escalante said before the ASG. “The demand is great; the resources are limited.” The City College Foundation periodically provides funding to the fair, but not this year. “We’re now in an alternating pattern with the City College Foundation,” Escalante said. “Every other year they’ll fund the book fair and in the meantime they’ll fund another program that may not have had support before (in) an attempt to make the distribution of limited resources equitable.” Escalante said that the American Federation of

By Adam Burkhart City Times Under a tight budget, the annual San Diego City College International Book Fair will carry on this year Oct. 1 through 6 with limited sponsorship from the Associated Student Government. The book fair is operating on a much smaller budget than it has in the past, which impelled book fair director, professor Virginia Escalante to try some more imaginative strategies to secure those funds. “We did the Macy’s thing, shop for a cause,” Escalante said, explaining that they sold $5 coupons for sale at Macy’s in exchange for the price of the coupon. “How desperate can you get?” Escalante said. The ASG approved a $1,000 sponsorship of the book fair at their meeting Sept. 14, which was $2,000 less than the fair’s organizers had requested.

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CAMPUS LIFE City clubs gather in Gorton Quad

Students check out club booths during club rush on sept 18. David L. Wells, City Times

Club rushing the quad By Lizz Carson City Times City’s annual Club Rush Week took place from Sept. 17 to 20 at Gorton Quad. It was hosted by the Inner Club Council and Associated Student Government. Several organizations and clubs on campus took part, hoping to gain attention from students and raise

awareness for their causes. Many of the clubs and organizations that take part in rush week offer access to internships and scholarships that students may no know are available. According to ICC President Christian Avila, City has 36 official clubs and organizations. President Avila also expressed that he expects

Rush Week to kick off a year full of events and club cooperation here on campus. Many club representatives agreed, saying that they would like to coordinate and hold events that are sponsored by multiple organizations. A reoccurring theme heard around the quad and booths was how these clubs and organizations help stu-

dents get involved with not only their campus, but their community as well. Clubs give students the chance to explore their interests outside of the classroom and offer many benefits to student looking to transfer. For more information visit


City College wins top honors on Rate My Professor By Andrew Hahn and Jennifer Manalili City Times

City ranked best community college in the nation Out of the 7,500 schools and 1.5 million professors listed on the website, San Diego City College was named the top community college in the

nation with Kristen Cole, a professor of psychology at the school, also receiving accolade ranking fifteenth on a list of the nation’s Highest Rated Professors. “This top ranking for our college and Professor Cole shows our students acknowledge the dedication and commitment we give every day to ensure the best college experience possible,” said City President Terrance Burgess in a press release. Rate My Professor serves as an online database for pro-

fessor ratings. Anyone can visit the website and search for their school or professor and read what past students have written about them. Each year the site compiles a list of the top professors based on ratings from students. Ratings on the site are anonymous and designed to offer students information about their instructors before they decide to enroll in a class. City was rated a 3.91, the highest in the nation, for professor average out of 834 pro-

CHANCELLOR’S FORUM Constance Carroll discusses the state of athletics in community colleges PAGE 3

fessors that are mentioned on the site. The overall school average was rated at 3.6. “Dr. Cole is the ‘best all around’ teacher...She has wonderful stories to share that bring the class to life! She gives great study guides before each test. She is the BEST teacher I’ve ever had,” wrote one enthusiastic student on the website. “I love SD City College. There is no better location than Downtown San Diego. The professors are phenomenal and the student body is

so diverse that it gives you the nation. The school was rated opportunity to meet all kinds of different people,” wrote based on the following categories: location, reputation, opportunities, library, campus, Internet speed, clubs and events, food and social activities. Site users often post about a professor’s style of teaching including how much homework they give, how well they another student. Just recently, a new fea- prepare the class for exams, ture was added allowing stu- how well they cover the matedents to rate the quality of the rial and even more personal school overall. This is where See Ratings, page 7 City was ranked best in the


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Scare up some CRACK CITYBy Michele Suthers food donations CAMPUS LIFE

By Benny A. McFadden City Times City College’s emergency food pantry is hoping to restock it’s shelves in October with “Scare Away Hunger,” an early Fall request for donations. Non-perishable food items such as canned goods, bottled water or juice and pull-top plastic fruit or pudding cups can be dropped off in the Student Affairs Office (D-106), CalWorks Office (L-121), or the City Library and bookstore. The pantry also needs gallon-size ziplock baggies

and individually wrapped plastic knife and fork sets. For those wishing to make cash donations, checks may be dropped off in the CalWorks office or mailed in, addressed to “City College Food Pantry.” The food pantry offers two free meals a month to any student who requests them. The food pantry is located in the CalWorks office. Contact Sandra Hostetter at email address below to learn more about donations, the “Scare Away Hunger” drive and the upcoming Thanksgiving turkey drive.

For food pantry info, email or call 619-388-3309

CALENDAR Compiled by Benny A. McFadden Get your event in the paper. Email us at or call 619-388-3880 nSept. 24, Monday World Cultures, Divya Devaguptapu: Bharata Naatyam Dancing, Saville Theatre, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

nSept.25, Tuesday World Cultures, Sin Pais (Film Screening), Faculty Lounge, D121A/B, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. nSept. 26, Wednesday World Cultures, Mo’olelo

Performing Arts Group, Saville Theatre, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. nOct. 1, Monday World Cultures, The Bro Code with Filmmaker Thomas Keith, Saville The-

atre, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. nOct. 1, Monday through Oct. 6, Saturday San Diego International Book Fair, Saville Theatre. Go to for daily schedule.


City fall festival canceled By Amanda Rhoades City Times The San Diego City College annual Fall Harvest Festival has been cancelled this year due to a lack of funding. The festival has occurred annually each October. For the last three years, a private source had individually paid for all of the free food and events offered at the festival. That source is no longer

able to fund the events due to personal reasons, they said in an email. In the past, the Fall Harvest Festival included pumpkin carving, music, Seeds@ City farm tours, a film screening, and craft sales. Last year, it was an official Food Day 2011 event. The food offered was prepared in the campus cafeteria. All other assistance was obtained privately. Usually

just a handful of student volunteers worked the festival. In place of the event, the dance department may invite children from the daycare center to dance in their costumes, but it has not yet been decided. The Harvest Festival could return if another person volunteers to organize and fund it.

A table of har vest produce from a previous festival. File Photo, City Times


The following are corrections of errors from our Sept. 11 issue. On Page 5, “Local alternative music festival in north county” Event did not take place at Camp Pendelton in Oceans-

ide. It took place at the Oceanside Pier. Page 7, “City teaches across boarders” Word "boarders" was spelled incorrectly. Word meant to be spelled as "borders."

It is the policy of City Times to clarify content or correct errors. Send them to the paper at or call 619-388-3880.

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Congressman Bob Filner at the Saville Theatre Sept. 17, speaking about the Constitution and Civil Rights. Benny A. McFadden, City Times


Filner speaks on Constitution By Benny A. McFadden City Times

Chancellor Constance Carroll speaks to assembled faculty and students during a forum held in City’s faculty lounge on Sept. 18. Troy Orem, City Times


Chancellor troubled by ‘assault on athletics’ By Amanda Rhoades City Times San Diego City College hosted a Chancellor’s Forum in the faculty dining room on Sept. 18 to address major changes in state policy affecting the San Diego Community College District. “Most troubling is the continuing assault on athletics,” District Chancellor Constance Carroll said, who went on to mention the irony that sports programs are not questioned at the university, high school, or K-12 level. What is often overlooked when cutting back on sports programs is that all students in athletics are full-time students, according to Carroll. “They have among the highest levels of retention and success. For many students that are highly diverse, it is their only ticket to the universities,” Carroll said.

Less than one percent of the budget goes to athletics and the rest of the money for those programs comes from independent sources, explained Carroll, who criticized the state of California for not considering these facts. Moving on to academic changes, Carroll noted that the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges now requires inclusion of Student Learning Outcomes to course syllabi. Compliance with accreditation standards is a requirement for community colleges to receive state and federal funding, in addition to most grants. City College President Terrance Burgess said that City is making excellent progress on the SLO requirement and indicated it was further along than some other schools despite the project

taking about nine years to complete. Another change, mandated by state bill 1440, decreases the number of units required to graduate from a California State University with a bachelor’s degree to 120. The first half of those units would make up an associate’s degree from a community college, encompassing general education and pre-major requirements. The second half would be upper-division courses for the major completed at a CSU. Although state bill 1440 has received some poor reactions for cutting the required coursework drastically for some majors, a Transfer Model Curriculum is being developed to create associate’s degrees that would guarantee students admission as a junior into CSU schools.

“Any of our students who has not gone through a degree program, a pre-major program that fits within this model, will be third place. This is not something we can debate about. If we care about our students, this is something we have to do,” Carroll said. Students with coursework completed along the TMC track will have top priority when transferring, effective this transfer cycle. “As soon as end of November, our students applying to transfer need to indicate on their application that they would like to transfer under the conditions of the 1440 legislation,” District Vice Chancellor Otto Lee said. Right now, SDSU has accepted nine TMC degrees and the community college district faculty is trying to get See Chancellor, page 5

U.S. Congressman and mayoral candidate Bob Filner took the stage at Saville Theatre on Monday, Sept. 17 to commemorate the World Cultures sponsored event, Constitution Week. Filner lectured on the U.S. Constitution’s validity as a legal document and told personal stories about his role in this country’s Civil Rights movement. “I got the honor, actually, of meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when I was thirteen years old. And I committed myself at the time to nonviolent, direct action. The particular set of events I was involved in was called freedom rights. What they were designed to do explicitly was to test the laws of segregation which were bound to be constitutional in the southern states,” Filner told the audience in the theater. Presenting himself with the kind of ethical class that has helped his success in politics, Filner made no mention of the upcoming mayoral race until the question-and-answer session with the audience following his lecture. He instead focused his entire time speaking on how the Constitution has been used throughout history to earn U.S. citizens equal rights under U.S. law. “Dr. King saw law with a capital ‘L.’ You broke a law with a small ‘l’ and took the consequences of breaking that law by going to prison.

You were upholding the whole notion of law with a capital ‘L,’” Filner said. “And then you test those laws by, you know, the various constitutions first at the state and then of the nation to see whether that law was applied correctly.” Pete Haro, history professor at City and City’s acting Academic Senate President, was responsible for inviting Filner to speak for Constitution Week. “We could have invited a Constitutional Law expert who understands that Constitution inside and out but who had never been involved with this document outside of a classroom, but how exciting would that have been?” Haro told City Times in an email about why he requested Filner for the speaking event. “Congressman Filner has literally been fighting for the last fifty years to make sure that people understand the importance of this document and that the principles enshrined in it should apply to all Americans.” Constitution Week at City also featured a book display in the LRC, a voter registration table in Gorton Quad and “Voices of a People’s History: America Uncensored,” hosted by Professor Larissa Dorman that featured students giving speeches at the Saville Theatre. For more information on Constitution Week and other World Cultures Program events, go to www.sdcity. edu/WorldCultures.


City driven to donate blood By Felisa Leonard City Times

San Diego Blood Bank accepts donations A blood and bone marrow registry drive was held on Sept. 11 from noon to 3 p.m in Gorton Quad. Blood Collection Specialist Denise Green prepares Dominic Shoopmann The San Diego Blood Bank for donation at Sept. 11 blood drive. David L. Wells, City Times had two bloodmobiles on site staffed with nurses and volun-

teers ready to take donations from anyone willing to take a prick of the needle for the greater good and fit the criteria for donation. The San Diego Blood Bank requires that donors be between the ages of 17 and 85, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Many City students and staff were more than willing to undergo the momentary discomfort necessary to donate such a precious resource. “People need (blood) and I can always make more. I’m always

willing to give,” said Daniell Zeigler, a psychology student. Denay Scott, a sociology student, has given blood many times and takes pride in that fact. “I like that I can do something good and (knowing) that my blood will help someone who needs it,” Scott said. The National Bone Marrow Registry was also present recruiting new registrants. The process for registering is much less painful than donating See Blood, page 5 | September 25, 2012


DubFX drops in on San Diego By Jennifer Manalili City Times Dubstep lovers will want to be at 4th and B when it presents “#Addicted to Dub,” a concert welcoming Dub FX with Flower Fairy, Dnareophobe, and Starfightez to their location at 345 B St. in downtown. FX, a native of Australia whose real name is Benjamin Stanford, first gained attention as a street performer. His live performances incorporate his trademarks which include using his own voice, aided only by the use of live looper and effect pedals, to recreate sounds that are reminiscent of the usual dubstep genre. His voice provides all of the vocals, beats and raps.

His promotion has been done completely independent of traditional advertising, using only his live performances, word of mouth, the availability of free samples, and the use of the internet and social networking to gain notoriety. He combines influences from various genres, including hip-hop and reggae, while integrating drum and bass rhythms. Fairy, Stanford’s fiancee, will be performing alongside him. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the concert will begin at 10 p.m. General admission standing tickets and reserved seating tickets are $15. They can be purchased at the 4th and B box office or by visiting www.4thandbevents. com.

#Addicted to Dub

4th and B located at 345 B Street San Diego, CA 92101 Doors open at 9 p.m. Concert begins at 10 p.m. Ticket price : $15

Artist DubFX performs, using his unique interpretation of the genre dubstep. Official Facebook Photo

Oceanside rocks the night away

‘I don’t know how we can top that’

A spectacular performance and excellent tribute to jazz greats In a stellar tribute to Etta James and Koko Taylor, Michele Lundeen and Blues Streak, with special guest Sue Palmer, performed for Jazz Live on Sept. 11 in the Saville MUSIC REVIEW TheBobby Whaley atre. The theater was a packed house with people lining the walls in the aisle. There was a brief runthrough of the night’s planned

course by a Jazz 88 staffer and then the music started a few minutes before the broadcast would go live. Blues Streak started with a brief jam, and about 15 seconds after the first note sounded, it was evident that this was going to be one heck of a show. Michele Lundeen See Jazz, page 5

(Right) Michele Lundeen performs on Sept. 11. (Above) Blues Streak rocking the Saville Theatre. Bobby Whaley, City Times

On Sept. 16, local alternative music radio station 94/9 threw one of the biggest parties of the summer when it brought the “Independence Jam: Coastal Invasion” festival to the Oceanside Pier.


Hundreds of people came out to watch the bands performing in this year’s lineup which included Fiona Apple, Best Coast, Oberhofer and Gardens & Villa. Fans were lined up and ready by 2 p.m. with doors opening at 3 p.m. Santa Barbara-based band Gardens & Villa started the day’s festivities with dance beats, rhythmic drums, synth and vocals of pure pop-rock. Lead vocalist Chris Lynch demonstrated great amounts of energy and was able to get the crowd bobbing their heads and dancing by their third song. New York City band OberFiona Apple performs during the 94/9 concert in hofer took the stage next, Oceanside on Sept. 16. Issa Lozano, City Times

just as the sun was shining brightly on the crowd. Lead singer Brad Oberhofer even ran offstage during one song, taking his wireless guitar with him and running towards the ocean and then to the top of the amphitheater bleachers. Afterwards, the crowd was more than hyped up for the next set by Los Angeles duo Best Coast. Bethany Cosentino took the stage in a 90’s Versace-esque dress Bob Brunno joined her in a black ensemble, topped off with a Prince t-shirt. They seem to have ditched all of the imagery from “Crazy For You” and have gone full force with promoting their sophomore effort “The Only Place.” Their set-list included the album in its entirety and a few songs from their previous EPs. Unfortunately, the entire set was plagued with large amounts of technical difficulties as Bethany’s voice reverted in and out of speakers. Nevertheless their show included a

number of angsty summer hits and moody love songs like “Our Deal” and “When I’m With You.” They ended with their hit single “Boyfriend” playing to the backdrop of a perfect setting sun. Last but absolutely not least, Fiona Apple hit the stage in front of an enthusiastic crowd. It was her first performance in San Diego after a six year absence and she was back to promote her new album “The Idler Wheel…” The crowd roared as she took the stage beginning her show with “Fast As You Can.” The singer wore eccentric zebra print clogs, purple tights and a simple shirt and skirt with a giant burgundy scarf wrapped around her body. She arranged the seemingly three yards of fabric in different ways during the duration of her set, alternating between a standing mic and gypsy like mantled piano, both of which stood on a beautifully lit stage.

Apple stood in an almost fragile state as she sang bitter, emotional lyrics. Her set included the hits “Every Single Night,” “Sleep to Dream” and “Extraordinary Machine.” The deep connection the singer holds for her lyrics was evident in the effortless concentration and rhythmic gestures she demonstrated, helping her evoke passion into each song. After playing about 10 songs to the mesmerized crowd she abruptly ended the show by approaching the microphone and yelling “Lauren I like your blonde hair!” and leaving with a cloud of security around her. No encore was presented despite the roar of applause from the crowd. Still, Apple gave a mind blowing performance and was able to leave the audience in awe. Independence Jam is held annually every summer. For more information on 94/9 visit

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Jazz Continued from Page 4 sprang to life in those 15 seconds. She used every spare inch of the stage as a dance floor and before long her pipes had walked away with the crowd’s hearts. John January, guitar, started out with some simple rhythm guitar work, and then as if a switch was flicked, began an amazing solo, with the guitar dropping from the background right in the crowd’s faces, seeming to erupt with the explosive passion it’s player was putting into it. The crowd burst into applause as January strummed his way back into a rhythm. Then, as if rising to a challenge, Walter Gentry, saxophone, took charge and proceeded to belt out a solo of his own, the saxophone coming to life and wowing the entire crowd into awe. When his lips finally parted

Blood Continued from Page 3 blood. A simple application form and a swab of saliva taken from the inner cheek is all that is necessary. However, unlike with donating blood, the responsibility of the individual does not stop with the cheek swab. Those


from his mouthpiece, the crowd once again burst into applause. The “On Air” sign flickered on and the announcer introduced the band and they took it away again, making their intro song seem like a pale shadow of what the band was capable of. They rocked the Saville Theatre for the next hour and a half, playing classic songs from Etta James and Koko Taylor. Sue Palmer, piano, the only person playing on stage who wasn’t a member of Blues Streak, played more than one stellar solo, each one topping the last, and the notes hitting a perfect frequency that vibrated through the crowd’s bones, striking awe as the crowd followed her detailed pieces. “I didn’t even want to play, I just wanted to listen to (Palmer) play,” January said after the show. The band didn’t play perfectly. They were not the

best musicians on the face of the planet, but as a group they just plain worked and to watch them enjoying each other’s talent, and how they formed as one, playing at an unexpectedly high level, was amazing. The band walked off stage at the end of the broadcasting time with the crowd on their feet, more than a few, myself included, wincing slightly in pain from clapping so many times during the outstanding performance. “I don’t know how to top that,” an audience member commented. Michele Lundeen and Blues Streak will be playing during the Adams Avenue Street Fair, and if they play at even half the pace they set during Jazz Live, you won’t want to miss it. For more information on her and her band check out The next Jazz Live is on Oct 9, and for more information check out

that register must be willing to donate their marrow if they are a match for a person in need. The process may be much more intensive than giving blood, but donors would still be saving a life. The San Diego Blood Bank holds monthly blood drives in Gorton Quad and encourages everyone able to come out and donate.

The next drive will be held on Oct. 18 from noon to 3 p.m. Appointments can be made via the blood bank’s website Walk-ins are also welcome, but making an appointment can drastically reduce waiting time.

Director Gus Van Sant (center) on the set of Milk. Official Facebook photo

Film festival brings back ‘reel’ movies By Jennifer Manalili City Times A shiny new version of a beloved annual event will debut as the San Diego Film Festival returns Sept. 26-30. Originally an event more renowned for its parties, a number of different creative renovations have taken place and the festival, in it’s eleventh year now, will launch under new leadership for the first time. For the first time in its history, the festival will include a second location, expanding from downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter to La Jolla. Screenings will be held at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 and

the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The festival will include more films, with nearly 200 this year plucked from over 1,300 entries from 55 different countries. At the forefront of the new additions will be a tribute and awards evening honoring Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant, a distinction that no other film festival has done before.

San Diego Film Festival September 26-30

Tickets start at $14 for pre-sale and $16 at the door. Day passes are available for $75 . VIP passes to screenings, premieres, events, and panels on all days are $300.

Madden has evolved yet again


From the moment you upload Madden 13 into your gaming console, it becomes obvious that the franchise has once again evolved.

accepted nine TMC degrees and the community college district faculty is trying to get those degrees ready for the next cycle of transfers. Eighty percent of the district’s students transfer to SDSU and around 81 percent of City’s students transfer to SDSU also, according to Lee. “We have a timing issue with application to San Diego State. Their app period opens on October 1 and closes on November 30, so during that two month period, students that are intending to transfer are going to have to

GAME REVIEW Michael Liggins

Ray Lewis, the starting linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, gives a captivating and motivating introduction into the Madden 13 experience. Lewis proclaims, “I want to live long after my records have fallen, long after my rings have tarnished… how will you be remembered?” The game’s theme song, “Leaving Your Mark” excites and entices the athletic spirit of a player’s soul. Fighting other NFL teams for the privilege to call one’s favorite franchise “champion” is what this game is all about. The developers of Madden 13 have really gone out of their way to ensure that they make the game experience as authentic as possible. A new addition to the game is the crisp and fresh audio score. CBS sports broadcasters Phil Simms and Jim Nantz take over the commentating duties for the game’s 25th installment. They speak on everything from what colleges the players attended, to their strengths and weakness in the NFL. Many times when faced

Gameplay of Kansas City Chiefs in Madden 13. EA Sports with making a decision on the field, such as running or throwing a pass, the commentators can provide valuable information. Simms will urge things like, “Make sure that defensive end can not ruin your football game. Double team him, chip him with the running back, hit him with the tight end. Make sure he’s not the difference in the outcome.’’ The sound coming from the players on the field and the realistic chanting of fans in the stadium give Madden 13 feeling and depth. Not only can you listen to quarterbacks commanding their offensive lines, but you can also hear their vocals change depending on how well you play the game. You can hear quarterback Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers

shouts, “Just settle down and do what you do.” Fans in the stadiums can either cheer a great play, or boo at a bad call. Also, ads for commercial products such as Papa John’s Pizza can be heard during game play. It’s the small things that add to the gripping experience of Madden 13’s game play. EA Sports developers have done an outstanding job of giving the game a refined and solid look. Graphic-wise, the action on the field is bold and detailed. Madden 13 gives players the ability to choose what time of day, or what weather they want to play in. Whether you want to see Qualcomm Stadium on a warm night, or Lambeau Field in the bitter snow, you control the visuals of the game.

The players also look fantastic while in action. Pittsburg Steeler Troy Polamalu’s hair flutters effortlessly in the wind, and every stutterstep and jump from Randy Moss looks just as real as if you were watching an actual NFL game. Even the facial expressions of the coaches and players on the field look great. Every single NFL match up is detailed to perfection in Madden 13. The Madden NFL series has been entertaining football fans for a quarter of a century. Fans of the franchise will definitely not be disappointed with what Madden 13 brings to the gaming experience. Great audio soundtracks along with deep and defined graphics make Madden 13 a great buy for 2012.

“Regional festivals are some of the best,” Van Sant told the U-T San Diego during a phone interview from his home in Portland, OR. “I’ve gone to a lot of different festivals over the last 30 years, and the smaller ones are some of my favorites.” A retrospective of his work will be showcased during the duration of the festival kicking off with a 15th anniversary screening of “Good Will

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identify the majors that they want to transfer into. We’re hoping eventually that we’ll have nine degrees in place by November that they can select from, but it’s going to be really key that they meet with their counselor and they make sure their ed-plan is updated,” said Burgess. One program was already changed in spring 2011. The majors seeing changes right now are psychology, communication studies, sociology, history, administration of justice, physics, math with a science emphasis, art with an art history emphasis, political science and theater arts with a new theater emphasis.


LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Killer plant invades the Saville stage


City Times reviews new album from The xx and food from The Market Place

SUPPORTING PROP. 37 Protesters take to the street


City students voice untold histories

DIABETES AWARENESS Team D club debuts on campus | September 25, 2012


Tablets or textbooks? This is a question that many college students face these days. There are benefits and pitfalls to both sides. So, which option should students be given? The easy answer is to give students both options and let them decide.


City Times Editorial Board Those that think tablets are the way of the future argue that the cost of textbooks alone makes tablets worth it, while students who prefer textbooks say the ability to physically highlight your textbook is worth the price. Schools should take a page from the world of journalism and offer both options, print and digital, leaving the choice up to the individual student. While there are plenty of people that crave the feeling of a book in their hands, there are also many that are welcoming more affordable digital books with open arms. Schools and publishers should be responding to all students needs and start to offer every option. When there are more options for students to choose from, they can choose for themselves what path would make them more individually successful. It may be difficult for some to retain information that they read on a computer screen, so offering only digital could negatively effect a

portion of the student population. There is also the fact that many students can’t afford the outright cost of a tablet, even though digital texts are purported to be more affordable. Not having to lug around a bag full of overweight, hardbound books might sell people on digital texts who otherwise would have never purchased one. Publishers, college bookstore buyers and administrators at colleges that are responsible for school finance should allow adult age students to make the educated choice. When students buy their own textbooks, they are being held accountable for their own education. If they choose to go digital they should be able to do so. The flip side of the coin is equally true. If students want to stick to traditional texts, they should have that option, as well. The choice to take your class materials into the digital age should be a personal one, not one forced upon students by a school administration that is looking to either save or make money. There are many alternatives to compensate for the cost of both books and buying a tablet. Re-selling your textbooks can be a great way to make some of the money back. No matter what, students should be able to choose the educational path that is right for them.

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We are the makers of music, we are the dreamers of dreams Throughout my life, I’ve wanted to pursue countless careers. But when I’d get bored of one, I’d always go back to my dream of being

WITH AN H Heric Rubio

a writer. At least until something else intrigued me for two weeks. However, a year ago, I decided to quit fooling myself and pursue the one thing I didn’t doubt my ability in: writing. The choice was easy, but the process? Not so much. To make a long story

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short, after e-mailing and submitting work to countless lifestyle blogs and literary magazines, I finally heard back from one: (shameless plug). They are a San Diegobased music blog dedicated to house music. I had e-mailed them on a whim. I knew very little about house music and really never expected to get a response. To my surprise, the very next day I heard back from Jon, the blog boss. Admittedly, I thought it would be a short-lived gig. Not because I wasn’t enthusiastic about it, but because what did I know about house music, other than it was fun to listen to? I’d never reviewed music before. I thought two weeks tops, he’d see through my B.S. and give me the boot. Phone: (619) 388-3880 Fax: (619) 388-3814 E-mail:

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So figuring I had nothing to lose anyway, I dove head first into the project. I spent hours upon hours upon hours of listening to music, countless questions asked, late nights and early mornings trying to find the perfect words, too much coffee, too much whiskey, too much … well, other things. Now, five short months later, what has it gotten me? What could I possibly have to show for all that work? I had some wild, insane nights and early mornings on both sides of the border and an appreciation for the music that I’ve come to love. I gained real world experience first-hand. I’ve grown as both a person and a writer. I’ve learned some of the politics and how to take criticism without taking it personally. What I am trying to get

at is that you should always follow your dreams, as cliché as that sounds, because you never know where they can take you. Surely, there are plenty of you out there that don’t know what you want to do. Lost and thinking about majoring in business or psychology because, sure, why not? Well, before you settle for that, go for that crazy idea everyone tells you is ridiculous. Buy that DJ equipment. Take that acting class. Paint that picture. Write that book. Break the rules and draw outside of the lines. Because in the end, it’s up to us, the dream chasers, to create the culture and the world that we live in and no one else. And that’s a responsibility I’ll gladly take on. Heric Rubio is a City Times Copy Editor.

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September 25, 2012 |


‘A country where democracy is just an illusion’ “Fraud, fraud, fraud,” is what millions of angry Mexicans all over the country yelled after the official results were released to the public: Enrique Peña Nieto is the new president of the Mexican Republic, despite all the evidence of fraud in this election. Peña Nieto represents the Institutional Revolutionary Party that ruled the country as a one-party state from 1929 to 2000. The PRI created a corrupted system. They have managed to create a country full of poverty, ignorance and social inequality. According to, “for millions of Mexicans who voted against neoliberal frontrunners - Peña Nieto and Josefina Vazquez Mota, candidate of the National Action Party (PAN)

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of President Felipe Calderón projection - the global elite support to Peña Nieto was an insult, and further evidence of the campaign to impose the PRI candidate.” Far from being transparent and exemplary as the television stations tried to make us believe, the election was filled with traps and vices that favored Peña. There were hundreds of complaints of irregularities and bribery. The Mexican Federal Electoral Institute spent more than 500 million dollars on election fraud. People in poverty sold their vote for less than 10 dollars. They felt that after the last election they might as well get some food out of it. And who can blame them? According to a report submitted by the National Council for Evaluation of Social

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ence at a more intimate and localized festival will help bring attention to local filmmakers. Highlights for the festival will include the opening night premiere of early Oscar favorite “The Sapphires,” “The Oranges” starring Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester, “Seven Psychopaths” with Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson

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missing brought about by the Army’s fight against drug cartels. Entire villages were depopulated due to crime, which also controls all states. Ignorance, the manipulation of the media and electoral fraud is how a candidate like Peña Nieto was able to win. The real winner was “Televisa,” the spanish speaking mass media company, who created an image of a candidate who serves their interests and destroyed the other participants. In 2006, as governor of Mexico, Peña Nieto ordered state police to attack a mass mobilization in support of local flower sellers in the town of San Salvador Atenco. Police killed two protesters, sexually assaulted dozens of women, and arbitrarily detained hundreds. The National Human

Rights Commission called the attack a grave violation of human rights, but Peña Nieto was not held accountable for it. German newspapers Die Zeit and Süddeutsche Zeitung agreed that Peña Nieto was elected thanks to the support of Televisa and that the true meaning of his victory is the return of the old PRI: corruption, fraud and nepotism. The return of the perfect dictatorship. According to a popular Mexican newspaper, Pro ceso, on Sept. 15, “Peña Nieto is young and handsome but his party is the embodiment of fraud and corruption. He says the party has good contacts with the drug lords. “ To many of us, the return of PRI and Peña Nieto is the worst setback in Mexican

history. The rich people in Mexico are becoming richer and the poor are becoming poorer. With a country in debt, poor people will pay more taxes. The Obrero Socialista added, “Even before the election was over, Peña Nieto already received official messages of congratulation from all over the capitalist world.” In a country with institutions full of corruption, the future of 120 millions of Mexicans looks uncertain. Mexico has one of the worst education systems in the world. Thousands of kids do not even get 6 years of schooling in their lifetimes. Once again, the PRI used their money and power to buy the dignity and the future of this country. A country where democracy is just an illusion.

Teachers union, which also sponsors the event, had to reduce its contribution to $1,000 from a previous $5,000 because of the recession and the need to share resources. In the past, the fair has drawn authors from outside California. A popular favorite, according to Escalante, was Luis Rodriguez, author of “Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.” “We had 500 people squeezed in (the Saville Theatre),” for Rodriguez’s appearance,” she said. “We had a near riot because people were saying ‘We came to see Luis Rodriguez and you won’t let us in.” This year because the fair’s organizers cannot

afford to accommodate nationally recognized authors from out of state the focus will be on authors from Southern California and San Diego. The fair, named “We read banned books,” coincides with National Banned Books Week. According to Escalante, three of the authors making an appearance have written books that were subject to Arizona’s House Bill 2281, legislation which resulted in the elimination of Mexican American Studies programs in the Tucson Unified School District and the removal of many books from classrooms. According to HB 2281, school districts in Arizona are prohibited from implementing programs of instruction that advocate the overthrow of the U.S.

government, promote racial or class resentment, or that emphasize students’ ethnicity rather than their individuality. “Precious Knowledge,” a film depicting the events will screen. Books by Chicano authors will be read aloud by faculty. Books that Escalante said fill in a chapter of history of the American Southwest. “Chicano authors are part of the literary canon in our nation,” Escalante said. “They are American authors too. And so they are significant voices that need to be heard in our curriculum.” The event will offer discounted books. Works by City student and artist Socrates Medina will also be featured. “We may be operating on gas fumes, but we’re going to have a decent program,”

Escalante said. All events are free and open to the public. Anyone who would like to donate to the fair can write a check to the City College Foundation indicating that it go to the San Diego City College International Book Fair. Faculty can donate by having a specified amount deducted from their paycheck each month. Also, if a faculty member makes a monthly donation to the AFT’s Committee on Political Action, the AFT will make a one-time donation to a charity or program of their choosing, including the fair. The single donation made by AFT will be for double the amount of the monthly donation to COPE. For a complete list of featured authors, speakers and a schedule of events visit

and Sam Rockwell, and “Grassroots” directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and starring Jason Biggs, Cedric the Entertainer, Tom Arnold and Lauren Ambrose. Another film getting early Oscar buzz is “The Silver Linings Playbook” starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. It was added to the lineup after receiving the

Blackberry People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Film selection is large, including a bevy of feature films, shorts, documentaries, world cinema features and children screenings. A new “Native American Voices” category has been introduced and the festival promises to include more industry panels and interac-

tive question and answer sessions with filmmakers. Despite the dramatic changes, the festival promises to deliver on old traditions by hosting a dozen parties and red carpet events throughout the week including an “Almost Famous” block-party that will open the festival. The festival hopes to integrate major regional media

to bring more attention to the festival and the growth it’s undergone through the last year. Originally founded in 2001, the festival is an annual event that is produced by the non-profit San Diego Film Foundation. For more information and a complete schedule of films and events visit

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Development Policy, “poverty in Mexico increased by 3.2 percent in the period 20082010. The percentage of the population that is poor is 52 million people.” Under President Felipe Calderon, poverty in Mexico worsened further. In a country so poorly governed with high poverty levels, people are desperate. Under PAN, unemployment and poverty grew. Since 2006, there have been 60,000 deaths and 10,000 people

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“There’s going to be more consequences and complications. Like if kids break it how are we going to replace it? Where is that money going to come from?”

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Phyllis Loughlin, 48 Alcohol and Other Drug Studies “I think it makes perfect sense for environmental reasons because there are so many textbooks it trashes the environment.”

Shevaun Faulkner, 28 Multimedia “I like having digital media at my fingertips but some of them are not so good. I wish there were more available. More options.”

CT SPORTS 8 | September 25, 2012

McGinnis makes plans for the coming season By Michael A. Liggins City Times Dean Kathy McGinnis has a very hands on and involved approach to her job. In charge of overseeing all of San Diego City College’s t sports programs, it is her responsibility to make sure everything runs smoothly. “Athletics teach people the necessary life skills needed in life. Someone who has been a student athlete has better grounding to excel,” McGinnis said. Excelling and dominating over opponents is what the City Knights have become known for in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. McGinnis is the head of an athletic department that has produced one state championship badminton team, one PCAC Title holding men’s basketball team and numerous league Athletes of the Week. Not only have City student athletes received praise, but their respected coaches have earned acknowledgements as well. Men’s basketball coach, Mitch Charlens received the title of Coach of the Year.

Men’s soccer coach, Milton Hidalgo also earned the Coach of the Year award. With McGinnis at the head, the City athletic programs run like well oiled machines. Funding and maintaining a profitable budget is the biggest issue facing City sports. “We fundraise as much as possible but it’s still an issue,” McGinnis said. Supporting 13 traveling sports team means quite a bit of money is spent on expenses. Many of City sports programs do not charge admission, meaning that students should feel free to support their fellow classmates on game day. Even the programs that do charge admission, such as men’s basketball, allow students to get in free of charge if they wear City apparel. Student attendance at games is appreciated because it adds to the home field advantage. McGinnis also oversees the school’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The program was started in 1990 to motivate young women to participate in sports. By the time young

girls reach the eighth-grade, many of them have lost complete interest in sports. So in order to reignite the competitive soul in young women, National Sports Day was established to bridge the gap between young girls and collegiate aged athletes. Girls from several elementary schools in San Diego County are bussed in, and McGinnis, along with other female leaders, engage them in clinics. “It’s an all day event with four different clinics,” McGinnis said. Proceeds from the event go to funding for the San Diego Breast Cancer Walk, The City College Food Pantry and many more charities. “We’re all about quality not quantity,” McGinnis said. By maintaining an athletic department that not only serves City, but all of San Diego, McGinnis serves her community wonderfully. The lessons and values that are instilled into City student athletes prepares them to not only excel on the field, but in corporate America, as well.

Knights Defender Thalia Gonzales blocks Jaguars Forward Bianka Saenz at second game of the season. The Lady Knights went on to lose the Sept. 18 game, with a final score of 2-0. David L. Wells, City Times

Men’s soccer team suffers loss in first season game By Michael A. Liggins City Times

The knights start slow with season opener The San Diego City College Men’s Soccer team came out victorious against the Pasadena Lancers at home on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Knights started the game off in good fashion, scoring twice in the first six minutes of the game. Freshman Tony Nguyen placed an excellent free kick into the middle of the penalty box where forward Roberto Diaz headed the ball into goal. The Knights scored again later in the 15th minute after Edgar Martinez knocked in a blocked shot that had bounced off a Pasadena defender. After opening the scoring, the Knights kept pres-

Dean of Athletics Kathy McGinnis talks about her plans for the season. David L. Wells, City Times

sure on Pasadena with great defending. City defender Jameel Sampson showed superb tactical awareness, great heading ability, and strong tackling. Sampson neutralized the threat presented by Pasadena forward Zachary Larson and midfielder Kevin Ramirez. Not only did Sampson show great defending ability, but also his talent to lead counter attacks against the opposing side was remarkable. Nguyen was instrumental in attacking Pasadena from the right side. Nguyen’s dribbling skills paired with his speed allowed him to slice through the Lancer’s defense. Freshman goalkeeper Oscar Vazquez remained strong in the goal for the Knights. By keeping the Knights defensive line organized and utilizing great positioning, Vazquez kept the Knights from being scored on until the 19th minute. The Lancers were able to

score their first goal when sophomore Irving Rosales powered in a low shot past Vazquez. From there Pasadena forwards attacked City’s goal with gusto. Pasadena’s front line continued to push forward, becoming more aggressive as the game pushed on. The Lancer’s eventually ended up giving away a penalty kick towards the dying moments of the game. Freshman forward Carlo Romero stepped up to calmly convert the penalty past Pasadena’s goalkeeper. Vazquez ended up making 19 remarkable saves through out the match. The Knights ended up defeating the Lancer’s by a final score of 3-1. The Knights have one last pre-league game before beginning play in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. Next, the Knight’s Men’s Soccer Team will face Southwestern Community College away from home on September 25.

Sports Lineup Compiled by Mariel Mostacero Submit events to or call 619-388-3880 n Sep. 25, Tuesday Men’s Soccer at Southwestern at 3 p.m. n Sep. 26, Wednesday Women’s Volleyball at Orange Coast at 5 p.m.

Women’s volleyball team plays against South Mountain on Sept. 20, losing in the final period. David L. Wells, City Times

Men’s Soccer at Mesa at 4 p.m. n Oct. 2, Thursday Men’s Soccer at Mira Costa at 4 p.m.

n Sep. 28, Friday Men’s Cross Country at Mt. Sac at 10 a.m.

Women’s Soccer at Mesa at 6 p.m.

Women’s Soccer at Mira Mesa at 3 p.m.

n Oct. 3, Wednesday Women’s Volleyball at Mesa at 5 p.m.

n Oct. 5, Friday Men’s Cross Country at Mission Bay at 10 a.m. Women’s Cross Country at Mission Bay at 10 a.m. Women’s Soccer vs Palomar at 1 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs Palomar 3 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs

Cuyamaca at 5 p.m. n Oct. 9, Tuesday Men’s Soccer at Imperial Valley at 3 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs Imperial Valley at 3 p.m.


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