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CENTENNIAL City College a journey through time
By Adam Burkhart City Times
City Times file photo An image captured in September 1971 (above) depicts the City College campus as it stood 41 years ago. Prior to the construction of Curran Plaza both the L and C buildings had direct access to B street. Notice the evolution of the surrounding buildings and the skyline when compared to an image captured Dec. 6. (right). Troy Orem, City Times
Collecting 100 years worth of City’s history By Ally Browne City Times The countdown has begun for the centennial anniversary of City College in 2014. “I’ve been excited about this for about a decade now, and it’s finally close enough that everyone else can be excited too,” joked Heidi Bunkowske, information officer and head of the centennial planning committee. “We can actually start planning now.” San Diego City College opened in 1914 as the first community college in San Diego and the third in the state of California. It only had 35 students and four instructors, with classes taking place
in San Diego High School. In 1921, it moved to share a campus with what is now SDSU to accommodate its growing size. After 25 years there, it moved back to the high school before finally settling into its permanent home in 1953. The first buildings ever constructed were the A and T buildings. Throughout the 70s, City College grew exponentially and added many other buildings. Now, City offers over 200 programs and has close to 30,000 students enrolled. “One of the biggest things we’re trying to do right now is we want every student, faculty, and staff member who’s
ever attended City College to go to centennial.sdcity.edu and connect with us. We’re calling it the City 100 Roll Call,” Bunkowske explained. “If anyone has stories they want to share with us, all they have to do is click submit, and now they’re a part of the roll call,” she said. Students and staff, past and present, are encouraged to go to the City College home page and look for the roll call icon in the lower left corner; or visit the link above, click “learn more” and look for the roll call icon. There they can share their best memories, how City College has affected their life and where they are now.
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However, students and staff can share more than just stories. “We’re also really looking for people to share memorabilia. Maybe old photos people have, even way back from the ‘40s and ‘50s. Someone might find something in their attic. Someone might find something from their parents or grandparents,” Bunkowske said. The website offers an option to upload photos from your computer, and a drop off time and location can be arranged for any memorabilia. Some examples of memorabilia could include sports See Centennial, page 2
A zero pressure balloon capable of flying at an altitude of 40,000 feet, aircraft wing structural dynamics, a fully articulated prosthetic human hand. These were a few of the subjects City students from the Math, Engineering, Science Achievement program investigated along with graduate students from San Diego State and UC San Diego over the summer. The Research Academy, as it is called, was funded by the California Space Grant Consortium as a way of introducing community college students to laboratory practices and research methods through partnerships between community colleges and universities. Twenty students from the MESA programs at City
and Southwestern colleges were thrown headfirst into graduate level research environments in a week-long investigative shadow, which included building their own prototypes in technologies ranging from human prosthetics to aeronautics. City students Daniel Caldera and Alejandro Levesque joined researchers at San Diego State at work on the sensorimotor prosthetic hand, a type of prosthetic that receives electrical signals from the brain through sensors attached to the skin. “Your brain sends electrical signals into your muscles, telling them to contract or expand,” Levesque said, explaining how those signals can also be used to manipulate a prosthetic, the brain’s natural function harnessed to control an artificial limb. The prosthetic reacts to the brain’s See MESA, page 2
Engineering student Frank Bogart assembles the on-board computer for last Summer’s zero pressure weather balloon experiment. Photo courtesy of Mauricio Marquez
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impulses as would a normal hand. Levesque and Caldera explained that e-skin, a pressure-sensitive artificial skin developed by engineers at UC Berkeley, could be used to provide feedback to the brain. Levesque and Caldera presented their findings from the week-long investigative shadow to City students Nov. 13, in one of a series of presentations titled “What is Research?” Ivan Ruiz and Christian Villa spent the week of the Research Academy at UC San Diego constructing and testing scale-model wings in tests meant to measure the capacity of different wing designs to hold up when sub-
Centennial Continued from Page 1 photos, jerseys, awards, play programs and apparel. The first event of the centennial celebration will take place Jan. 18, 2014 with a float in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade. The Associated Student Government produces a float annually and has won the past two years. In 2014, City College will create a float with a centennial theme. Currently, there are no solid plans for the centennial celebration beyond the parade, but there are many
jected to a uniform distributive load. Ruiz and Villa said that they had learned the work in wing structural dynamics that researchers at UC San Diego perform can have repercussions for agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. Working on a larger scale, MESA students Melissa Ramon and Mauricio Marquez joined graduate students at UC San Diego in developing the zero pressure balloon, a helium-filled highaltitude probe used to collect meteorological data. “What we wanted to do, eventually, is to capture images, like 3-D images of space, and then collecting particles and analyzing them,” Ramon said.
“There was another time that they sent one up with a cockroach,” she said, to see how it would fair at high altitude. Ramon described the week at UC San Diego as intensive, cramming large amounts of work into a short amount of time, forgoing breaks to have the balloon ready to launch by the end of the week. The day of the launch was no exception. “It was like a 9-3 day and we stayed until 6,” Ramon said. Ramon said the total elapsed time from launch to landing took about five hours, and the flight scored the team a new record in altitude. “We set a goal (of) 40,000 feet,” Marquez said.
great ideas. One idea is to have each week of the centennial year focus on a different department.
case their programs, through open houses, events, alumni, demonstrations, displays or whatever else they come up with. Other ideas include a street festival involving both City College and the downtown community, a time capsule, a special commemorative 100 year graduation and having a professional historian compile a history of the college. “In a nutshell that’s kind of where we are right now. The centennial will grow as people think of new ideas,” Bunkowske said.
“The centennial really needs to be owned by each department. However they want to celebrate the centennial best for them, they can do their own thing,” Bunkowske said. Each department would have a chance to plan their own creative way to show-
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Voters elect Rhinerson to join Trustees The San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees will have a new face representing the district come Dec. 13. Bernie Rhinerson, former chief of staff and district relations for the San Diego Unified School District, garnered 46.3 percent of the vote in the Nov. 6 election for a total of 15,601 votes. District Chancellor Constance Carroll and other current members of the board were pleased with Rhinerson being elected, as well as the passing of Prop. 30, according to a district report. “Proposition 30 will begin to make new revenue available to public education so that we can begin to restore the cuts that have been made in recent years,” Rhinerson told City Times in an email. “We need to continue to be actively involved with our Sacramento representatives and continue to pressure the governor to make education funding a top priority in next year’s budget and in subsequent years so that the promise of Prop. 30 are realized,” Rhinerson added about plans for his first year in office. Jim Mahler, president of local AFT Guild 1931, which represents district employees, had expressed concern to City Times before the elec-
tion that faculty and students’ needs might suffer if Rhinerson was not elected. “I’m extremely happy that Bernie Rhinerson, an experienced educator, won the seat. He will best serve our students,” Mahler said after the election results were announced. City President Terrence Burgess echoed Mahler’s sentiment, saying, “I’m delighted that he was elected. I’ve always had a great admiration and respect for him.” Thew district has been hopeful in emails to students and press releases about how the passing of Prop. 30 would help community college students. Prop. 30 will reinstate “approximately 150 classes” on all campuses within the district, according to Rhinerson. Burgess confirmed those figures, stating that around 40 classes, or about one-quarter of the classes being reinstated district wide, would be reinstated at City. Scott Hasson, who came in second place to Rhinerson for the trustee position, was not so enthusiastic regarding Prop. 30. “I think the passing of Prop 30 will be a band-aid to the bigger issues. We don’t have revenues to keep up with spending,” he told City Times in an email. See Trustees, page 14
Yesenia Macias, a City student, addresses the audience of the eight hour series of panels discussing border issues and the developing culture that borrows from both sides Nov. 29. Troy Orem, City Times
Panel describes the new culture from both sides By Adam Burkhart City Times Take two governments, place them on the same continent, draw a line on the ground, and watch as circumstances beget a thousand cultures. For the third year at City’s Binational Conference on Border Issues, presenters from City and outside universities have attempted to define what makes the border what it is. From a discourse that ever strays from the tangible line in the ground, to vague intimations of a border identity, the conference encompasses all factors --topographical, political, cultural -- from both sides of the border, and made to fit, however awkwardly at times, into
one perspective. Scholars are enticed to put a name to this perspective, one which does not compromise the reality in favor of a pithy phrase. One suggestion has been “fronterizo.” Yesenia Macias, a City student who addressed those assembled at the conference on Nov. 29, described a fronterizo as having a perspective “from neither here nor there,” a binational, bicultural and possibly bilingual person who would be equally at home on either side of the border. Last year, Macias directed a documentary, “Una Identitad Sin Fronteras” (“An Identity Without Borders”), a collection of personal responses in English and Spanish on how the subjects self-identify.
City Times recognized By Amanda Rhoades City Times City Times was named third best college newspaper and second best college news website at the San Diego Press Club’s 39th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Oct. 23 at the Hall of
Champions in Balboa Park. Fernando Yates and Troy Orem were awarded firstplace in the feature layout and design category, while Anulak Singphiphat also took third in the category. Orem also won third in the photography category, and with Singphiphat took
City Times staff past and present, from left to right: Michele Suthers, Mariel Mostacero, Amanda Rhoades, Anulak Singphiphat, Jennifer Manalili, Fernando Yates, Sandra Galindo, Troy Orem, Roman Koenig (advisor) and Adam Burkhart during the San Diego Press Club Awards dinner on Oct. 23, at The Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. City Times
tion in the column writing category. Singphiphat won thirdplace in the front page third for their cover design, layout-tabloid category and received honorable mention “Don’t Glorify War.” Sandra Galindo won first in the inside page layout-tabplace for column writing and loid category. Michael Liggins took third in sports writing. Tom Andrew received third place in the review category. City Times also won several awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ Southern California conference Oct. 6 at CSU Fullerton. Writer and designer Mariel Mostacero won second-place in the on-the-spot @sdcitytimes competition for news judgement/layout in broadsheet, as well as fourth-place in the on-the-spot opinion writing category. Mail-in entries from last year’s City Times staff also yielded a number of awards, including one for general newspaper excellence. Orem received secondplace for the photo story/ facebook.com/ essay category as well as sdcitytimes honorable mention; Galindo also received honorable men-
“One of the interviews which is so interesting to me was ... a guy that just got deported from San Diego,” she said. “He argued that he considered himself an American.”
The media doesn’t know what to do with border people Laura Casteñeda
By Benny A. McFadden City Times
‘Neither here nor there’
“I did everything that an American does. Even more,” Jose Hernandez states in the documentary, “I’ve been there since 2 years old, I lived there, I went to school from kinder- to high-school, I had my family over there, I worked over there, I did my taxes over there.” “He said on the docu-
mentary ... ‘I don’t know the Mexican culture. I studied in the American schools, I know American history. I don’t think I’m Mexican,’” Macias said. Chicano, Mexicano, Latino, fronterizo -- all are labels, either self-imposed or used to describe others, which compose the population existing in the border region, where cultures proliferate with each wave of migration. The process is one of perpetual assimilation, which might be why, as Laura Castañeda, chairperson of City College communications department, argued, the media has not given much attention to border people. See Panel, page 14
Feeding others at City College
Cal Works helps students stock their pantries for the holidays By Andrew Hahn City Times Raffles, donations, charity and a happy Thanksgivng; Latrice Dickers was the lucky winner of the Cal Works Food Pantry raffle in Gorton Quad on Nov. 15. Out of the 223 tickets sold, Dickers had sold 153 of those tickets and kept only one for herself. Dickers spoke before the crowd after receiving an $80 gift card. With tears in her eyes, she explained how the money was going to help her as a single mom about to send her only child to college. The Cal Works Food Pantry has been working since October to raise food donations and provide
anyone who is in need with a free meal. Bags of assorted canned and dried foods are available in room L-121 for any student with a college ID card. Throughout the month of October, the pantry has been able to collect 40 pounds of food, including two turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving, all in the form of donations from faculty, staff, the athletics department and other generous members. Sandy Hostetter who oversees the operation passionately explained her position in the Cal Works program. “I’m not going to turn anybody down who is hungry. We are students feeding students with help from campus support.” The Cal Works Food Pantry is open to visitors looking for aid or wanting to donate in room L-121. They can also be reached at (619) 388-3796.
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Open online courses closed Future of open online courses on hold at City By Fahima Paghmani City Times Earlier this semester, City College President Terrence Burgess tried to attain a grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the implementation of Massive Open Online Courses, known as MOOCs. The foundation awarded 12 grants Nov. 13, totaling more than $3 million in new investment in MOOCs. MOOCs utilize open access through the web to reach larger groups of students. “We were not awarded the grant, however we need to speak about these issues further,” Burgess said. “Sometime in spring we will have a meeting regarding this action. It has caused faculty to talk about this program, and we need to inform ourselves more about this program. I want everyone to learn about different educational programs, these are all ideas and possibilities.” The psychology department was on board with the grant when approached about it. However, a few days after
the grant was mentioned, rumors spread over unhappiness that the MOOCs were being forced upon the psychology department. “It was not necessarily the whole department, rather than a faculty staff member who was feeling bad with the program,” Burgess said. “I can understand why the staff member could be upset about this program since the role of an instructor can be devalued,” Burgess added. “My reason why I applied for the grant was I saw a possibility for students and future students that can help or encourage (them),” he said. “I was impressed that the chancellor immediately recognized that more information was needed regarding MOOC. So she is assembling a task force to research and explore the complexities of offering MOOCs, and the possibility that this format will help the college meet the education needs of more students,” said Lori Erreca, dean of behavior and social sciences. “Many students benefit from the value of face-toface courses, and that is a format experience during which faculty can individually address students’ needs and learning styles,” Erreca said. “MOOCs can possibly reach more students and is
Students need alternate funds By Ally Browne City Times
City College students complete online assignments in T-328 Information Technology Center, Dec 7. David L. Wells, City Times an educational format that needs more exploration.” MOOCs, as with any developing program, have been a target of both criticism and praise. Two pros of MOOCs are they are free for all who are interested, and they have flexibility, which allows a student to “attend” when he or she has available time. Cons include the necessity of basic digital literacy, and students’ feeling isolated from the real world by the lack of in-person socializing, presenting and practical experience. The MOOC was cre-
ated by Canadian professors George Siemens and Stephen Downes. In October 2011, Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun and Google Director of Research Peter Nor vig decided to offer a class on artificial intelligence while teaching at Stanford University. It was a free online course featured alongside the real class, and enrolled over 160,000 students online. Many universities use MOOCs, including Harvard, MIT, and Duke.
Noon on Dec. 6 marked the deadline to apply for City College based scholarships for the 2012-13 year. The Scholarship Selection Committee will make their decisions and notify all applicants via mail by the third week of March 2013. All the awards will be handed out at the San Diego City College Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon, which will take place on April 27. Last year’s student’s received more than $350,000 in scholarships, including both national and international honors. Even though it is too late to apply for city scholarships, it is not too late to apply for outside scholarships. Students can visit the City College student services Web page for a list of sites that provide scholarship information year-round.
Students can also meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss financial aid options for the upcoming semester. Another decision a lot of students are considering are internships. Internships are wonderful opportunities to gain real hands on experience, make connections, and get your foot in the door. Many internships often lead to jobs in the long run, or at least a reference. There are both paid and unpaid internships, though all are for credit and line up with the beginning and end of the semester. While not all majors and programs offer them, many of them do. The only way to know whether or not your program participates in any internships is to speak with your department head. They can provide you with information, let you know the requirements, and may even be able to let you know of current local internships.
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In the last five years, the district lost about $4 million dollars from reductions. “Prop. 30 passed and that tends to stabilize us and gave us a little bit of a boost up again but we still will have all that money we lost in the last five years,” Burgess said. Prop. 30 is a step up and Burgess said he has been speaking with people in Sacramento who have been following the issue closely. “It will probably be at least 10 more years before community colleges come back to where they were before the massive budget cuts started back in 2007 and eight,” he said.
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Equal standards WHY SO SERIOUS? By Adam Baird for public figures Treating politicians the way you’d want to be treated Any public figure, whether it be a celebrity or a politician, can expect to lose a certain amount of privacy. But how much of their personal lives should matter to the public? Just because we can access personal information doesn’t mean we should, and just because information has
City Times Editorial Board been collected doesn’t mean that it’s relevant. With access to information on millions of people available to any lonely kid with a Wi-Fi connection, the world today is not as private as it once was. Anybody with a Facebook account could be considered a ‘public figure,’ even if their page only has a few hundred views. So why do we hold politicians and members of the military to a higher moral code than we do with our celebrities, or even ourselves? The leaders of nations are still human themselves, so expecting them to act like saints in their personal lives is like asking children to act like adults. To think of them as having moved beyond the basic carnal desires that the rest of us have is highly naive. They may be on their best behavior while you’re watching, but the second your back is turned, they’ll do as they please. The idea that politicians should be above reproach is too idealistic. Of course, we
want the men and women that represent us on a national level to be the best specimens that our country has to offer... but they also need to be a true and accurate representation of what this country is about. There should never be a reason to call for a politician to resign because they had an affair. Nor should they feel that they must resign because they were caught being unfaithful. It’s not like Brad Pitt was asked to stop acting when he cheated on Jennifer Aniston, and you wouldn’t ask your co-worker to quit because they were cheating on their boyfriend. If we believe that everyone has a certain level of expected privacy, it should be demonstrated in the way we treat all of our public figures. Unless you’d be willing to air all of your dirty laundry on CNN, you shouldn’t expect anybody else to do it. Before we judge people who have chosen a career that puts them in the pubic eye, we need to look at ourselves. Equality isn’t just about race or sex; it also applies to socioeconomic status. Every single person deserves the exact same treatment despite his or her chosen profession or security clearance. If you wouldn’t condemn your best friend for cheating on his wife, then you shouldn’t hold a public figure up to a different standard for doing the same thing. If we are still in love with Brad Pitt, despite his cheating ways, then we should still have confidence in David Petraeus; your personal life and politics shouldn’t mix. Besides, can you think of a time that your pillow talk involved national security?
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Barrio Logan: Living in the shadows of success Inequality, that’s what I noticed while canvassing for votes at Barrio Logan during last election. Walking into some of its streets reminded me that segregation is still common, even when census data indicates that racial separation has diminished since the 60s. Barrio Logan, considered as one of the most diverse areas in the city of San Diego, is inhabited predominantly by Latinos, African Americans and a high concentration of poverty. In some areas there are people sleeping on the street and starving, many of them war veterans, an ironic reminder of the U.S. empire. I noticed that in some areas the urban decay is How to reach us: City Times San Diego City College 1313 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101 Newsroom: T-316
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in grand buildings located downtown, but their salaries were still low. According to the many stories these workers shared, exploitation in San Diego is hidden but common, and many of the people I interviewed hated their jobs. It didn’t surprise me to learn that some of the Barrio Logan neighbors have spent more than 20 years as legal residents. They didn’t have the money to become citizens. It was either that, or paying the rent and feeding their families. They have being excluded from participating for being poor. I also noticed a complete lack of public lighting that See Logan, page 7
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Abusive undertones leaves ‘Shades’ lacking This year’s literary hit glamorizes a destructive relationship Arguably the biggest phenomenon to hit bookshelves and e-readers this year is “Fifty Shades of Grey.” CNN reports that between March
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and July the erotic novel sold over 31 million copies worldwide, with 20 million in the U.S. alone, and the number is still growing. The origins of “Fifty Shades” are rooted in “Twilight” fan fiction (stories written by fans of a specific band, show, movie or book and usually published on the Internet), where author E.L. James -- then known as
Snowqueens Icedragon -plucked Edward Cullen and Bella Swan from vampire folklore and moved them to a BDSM love story she dubbed “Master of the Universe.” Bella is reimagined as Anastasia Steele, an insecure, naive college student and virgin who’s never had a boyfriend or even touched herself before. She nicknames her subconscious her “inner goddess,” a reference she makes a total 58 times in the first book alone. Enter Christian Grey, James’ excuse for Ana’s sexual awakening. Imagine a combination of “Batman” star, Bruce Wayne, with “American Psycho” Patrick Bateman’s issues, and you’ve got the man that women worldwide are swooning over. Grey is extremely attractive and known as Seattle’s most eligible bachelor. James attempts to give him depth. He is a billionaire entrepreneur -- Christian says he
makes $100,000 an hour -but even with his cars, planes and expensive penthouses, Grey is lonely. He’s neurotic, has no friends outside of his adopted family, has never been in love and
hates to be touched -- the last dates back to trauma he experienced as a child at the hand of his drug addicted prostitute mother and her abusive pimp. For something that has to be marketed under the guise of erotica and sold shrinkwrapped in plastic to keep curious eyes at Wal-Marts across the country away, the book is an utter disappointment. The sex scenes aren’t sensual or dirty but tiresome and redundant. James is a horrible writer, her love scenes reminiscent of a child trying to write about sex. Ana refers to Christian’s voice as “Warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel … or something” and being “caught up in his cool vanilla spell.” At one point she even refers to his penis as a “Christian Grey flavored popsicle.” I can imagine 13-year-olds giggling over this, but grown See Abuse, page11
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America needs loyal politicians Throughout the years there have been many scandals from affairs to misuse of power within the people we trust to run this country. When it comes to a politician and someone of high-ranking power there personal life should weigh-in on their career.
Tristen Fernane In the most current scandal David Petraeus, CIA director, was having an affair with Paula Broadwell, an author who co-wrote his biography. Could you imagine how devastating it would have been if Petraeus leaked top secret information to her? She could have inserted information into a book or submitted an article to a newspaper. If Petraeus is so incapable of being faithful
to his family, how could he be faithful to his nation? With access to top secret information he needs to have more self control then what he showed. Thankfully, he did resign from the position. In the past, we have had high public figures step down from office due to black eyes on their personal affairs. President Clinton, for example, was impeached for his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Public figures should be a representation of what the nation stands for. To be reflected as liars does nothing but tarnish the reputation that the U.S. has upheld. In our society, cheating is seen as taboo no matter who you are. So, why should we let our public figures slide by when they hold so much power? They should have a personal life that makes people proud that this person
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is serving our country. If in their personal life they can’t treat their loved ones properly or show a certain level of responsibility and maturity, I sure as hell don’t want them in power. It isn’t even just about having affairs. There is President Nixon and the Watergate scandal, who used tax payer money to hide his tracks. Looking into someone’s personal life can also reveal if they are making decisions for personal interests, only doing what benefits their personal life and not the nation. Nowadays, with all of the new technology coming out, it is really hard to keep anything personal. A personal life has become a far-off ideal and not reality. When someone such as a politician, or high-ranking member of the military takes their position,
they should expect to be watched closely within the public eye. What someone does on their personal time shows the kind of person they are. If they abused animals or did a drug for recreational purposes, then it would be clear that the person would be a horrible candidate to handle the wellbeing of our country. Overall, public figures really don’t have a fine line between their office and home lives. When dealing with such powerful information and decision-making, the person has to be trusted to not involve outside sources or abuse the power responsibility has given them. What happens in someone’s personal life can effect what happens in the office along with his or her performance. Tristen Fernane is a city times staff writer
Seperation of sex and state President Obama was disappointed to hear that CIA director David Petraeus was to resign, due to his involvement in an extramarital affair, according to a statement made in a press release. The president was not the only one who felt it was unfortunate that Petraeus would resign from the position over a personal issue between himself and his wife. “From his long, illustrious
Andrew Hahn Army career to his leadership at the helm of CIA, Dave has redefined what it means to serve and sacrifice for one’s country,” said the director of National Intelligence James Clapper, “After hearing how well respected Petraeus was and how confident other people were in the work he was doing for the country, his resignation is a clear loss to our country.” If we imagine a world of politics where everyone resigned who was guilty of infidelity, our country would not be the same. Thomas Jefferson may never have made the Louisiana Purchase. Roosevelt, Kennedy, Clinton and other iconic presidential figures would never have made their contributions to our nation’s progress. Infidelity is not unusual in politics, but sudden resignations because of them are. Investigators were concerned of an information leak to the journalist Paula D Broadwell, who had been living with Petraeus in Afghanistan for a year while interviewing him for his biography, “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.” Sometime during the development of the biography, a romance novel was quietly writing itself as well. However, in a trial two days after Petraeus’s resignation, it was determined she possessed no knowledge that any such information was leaked. Petraeus was one of the the highest authority figures in the U.S. armed forces, so it seems strange for him, or anyone, to forfeit a position of such prestige. It’s normal
for a couple to get divorced because of infidelity, but resigning from their jobs is a different story. Petraeus may have felt threatened by today’s society, a raging twitter mob, waving laptops and smart phones like pitchforks and torches, imagining them ready to nail him to a cross on the front page of the Washington Post. Surprisingly, according to a CNN poll, 48 percent of Americans supported his resignation and 48 percent opposed it. Two days after his resignation, a hearing was held regarding the situation in Bengazi. Petraeus was present at the hearing, but because he was no longer a member of the CIA, he did not clarify details that would have been expected of him. For example, it was never determined if Al Quaeda was involved in the attacks, or if the September 11 occurrence was coincidental. The timing and immediate resignation of Petraeus was brought into question, but it seems to have been determined to be unrelated to the Libyan incident. The controversy would have been unnecessary if our society did not hold people professionally accountable for the mistakes made in their personal lives. For an ethical trespass to validate the termination of a persons employment, the trespass should be relevantw to their job performance. If a teacher is found guilty of drug distribution to minors, or if a bus driver gets a DUI, it clearly questions their employability. Petraeus issued a statement announcing his resignation, saying, “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment...such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.” Petraeus resigned for personal reasons, not for social ones. Marriage is a partnership between two people that decide how to handle each others mistakes, without the public’s judgement. Andrew Hahn is a City Times staff writer
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“Yes, just because they make the law does not mean they are above the law.”
“No, I don’t think you can ever completely remove your personal life from your job no matter what it is.”
“I don’t think people need to know everything they do. They just need to know their policies.”
“Politicians are essentially public servants and they should not abuse it.”
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We get emotional over the holidays
SEXUALLY EXPLICIT Bobby Whaley & Lizz Carson So, just for the holidays let’s concentrate on the emotional side of things, because at this time of year we should at least pretend to care about one another. This is also a common time for relationships to go awry, thus providing us with all sorts of hilarious stories to tell during future holiday seasons. In particular, there are five scenarios that you will inevitably hear, or tell the tale of, during some sort of holiday party with friends. First up is the story of hooking up with an old flame while you were home for the holidays. Almost everybody
Logan Continued from Page 5 contrasts with the wealth of beautiful buildings in downtown, nice area so full of light and that is visible from some of the areas in this poor neighborhood. A rough contrast of what we see here, even though it is the workers who create the rich peoples’ wealth. Many other neighbors had no idea of who the candidates were. Some others were completely apathetic to the election and refused to register to vote, using excuses like “nothing ever changes” or “they don’t care about us.” Many politicians do not
is guilty of this at some point, which while understandable, is still rather depressing. Nobody likes to be alone during the holidays, and now you’re stuck in your hometown for a couple of weeks. So, why not try to rekindle things with your ex-high school sweetheart? It seems like an easy way to get some love. So let’s skip ahead a few days. You’ve gone to coffee with your ex, perhaps a movie, most likely slept with one another (again), and now you begin to notice things: the over-chewing of their food, how ridiculously slow they walk, just how grating the tone of their voice is, or the fact that they still say “like” every fifth word. Whatever it is, you will remember the precise reason that you stopped sleeping with them in the first place. But your screwed, because now your going to have to find a way to survive them for another week or three, and your holidays are ruined. So calm down, deal with it, and make the best of it. Besides, crazy in the head is crazy in bed, right? Board your plane back to your life,
knowing you will never go down that road again... until next year. Soon, you will be able to tell the story of the Christmas you spent shackled to the psycho you dated in high school. Now for the story we all hate to hear and love to tell: the good-old “how we met” story. This is the one where, in most cases, the estrogenbased half of the relationship starts the story off, and soon the couple is taking turns detail by detail, ending each others sentences. It’s so happy, cute, and loving that you get the taste of the half digested pumpkin pie that you ate an hour and a half ago, mixing with the fresh one-part eggnog and three-parts brandy that you started drinking after the first five minutes of their “wonderful” story. The third holidayrelated relationship story you’ll probably hear at some point is the story of a hook-up getting serious over the holidays. Unlike the previous situation, this is a relationship that hasn’t lasted. Usually the story will start around Halloween, but before the storyteller knows it, it was Decem-
include people in politics, they only need their votes. They are demagogues who know poor neighborhoods have some of the lowest voter turnout in the county, but in elections, every vote counts. Since Democrat Bob Filner won, many now see this as an opportunity to better their neighborhood. Mario Ortega, a 47-yearold, says he hopes they’ll be among those who get help in their neighborhood, but he’s skeptical of any change in the barrio. “Politicians live in total ignorance. They lack of respect for us, common sense or ethics.” said Ortega. Neighbors worry that the politicians will neglect to leave room for them in
their master plan. They poverty. One of the lessons after have repeatedly failed them before; why believe them the last election is that politicians cannot minimize any now? vote. Minorities worked Politicians live in together to achieve a common interest by electing total ignorance a mayor interested in their Mario Ortega neighborhood, who said in his campaign that he cares Some members of the about their communities. Our community agrees community agreed that they need African Americans and with Filner that quality of life Latinos to realize their politi- depends on the vibrancy of cal power and urge the gov- our neighborhoods. We, the ernment to narrow the gap working poor who are barely between the have and the scraping together enough to get by, deserve better than have-nots. With almost 68,000 this; we are waiting for a people unemployed in the time when race won’t be an city of San Diego, we need issue at all. We demand now, the jobs that Filner prom- equality of opportunities for ised. We need jobs with ben- all and to put people first. Sandra Galindo is a City efits and better salaries to stop the continuous circle of Times staff writer
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California’s edict for streamlining I began my studies at City College in 2009 as a member of the out-of-work residents of San Diego, and had been unemployed for so long, that returning to college to seek a degree made more sense than endlessly applying for jobs to no avail. My first two years at City were spent living in my 1989 Chrysler on Park Boulevard, where I had a short walk to the campus and studied in the early mornings before classes. I had first learned about City’s Radio and Television department from former local news anchor Bree Walker, who once spoke at my elementary school as a guest
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Whether it is the beginning of a beautiful lifelong partnership, or just someone to warm up your sheets with during the cold December nights, the holidays are a common time to start all kinds of relationships.
ber, and they were trying to decide which matching ugly sweaters to wear to their hipster friends’ parties. Soon the fireworks are blasting over your head, signaling the new year. You realize in the moment between your lips meeting and parting again that your in a relationship, and you’re stuck for the next few days, at least. At most, you’re screwed until Valentine’s Day . This story ends with a follow-up on Valentine’s Day, where you realize that you don’t actually even like the person you’re dating, but more on that in February.
orator when I was a child and it had always been the collegiate program I wanted to attend if I ever decided to go back to college. Recently, as quoted in City Times, Mark Rocha, president of Pasadena City College, when referring to students who take financial aid and the new transfer policy SB1456, said, “You can’t come here and hang out anymore.” While those of us who are, at times, literally students on the verge of starvation would like to believe Rocha and other administrators who helped pen the bill have the students best interests at heart when they make changes like this, many of us who have experienced cost-cutting policies at corporations or been laid off from jobs, not because of our work ethic, but because the companies we worked for were poorly managed and
losing money, skeptically view this kind of change as a “run the bums off” policy. I would like to thank the current Chancellor of our community college district, the current President of our college and all current faculty administrators, staff and employees for fighting for the district, City College and the students here during this abominable financial crisis that has ensued since the bottom dropped out in 2008. However, in my time here at City, that I admit has drawn on way longer than I ever anticipated, is going to be referred to as “hanging out,” then I am going to call the kettle black. Streamlining the educational careers of college students is a dangerous idea for many of us returning students over the age of 25. We are not attending college to find a new party scene or “discover ourselves.” We are searching for stability; educationally and economically. When a college district like SDCCD cancels summer classes, limits the availability of classes offered during fall and spring semester and blames state and federal funding for these cuts, a plausible assumption can be made that these cuts to our access to education are realistic in regards to the current financial crisis and temporary adjustments to survive said crisis. SB1456 does not appear to be a temporary adjustment, though. It appears to be a major, permanent overhaul of how California community colleges operate. Over half of the people my same age that I know who have college degrees earned them in more than four years. What bewilders those of us who used to have full-time employment and supported ourselves with our own labor See SB1456, page 11
Push for over-the-counter contraceptives Seattle Times MCT Campus Women’s health groups long have advocated for making oral contraceptives available over the counter. Their argument received a significant boost this month from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, whose physicians issued an opinion affirming the benefits of providing pills without a prescription outweighed the risks. The pharmaceutical companies’ participation is needed to begin a robust public-education campaign around a topic that is easily
misunderstood. The various brands available now through prescription will not be accessible over the counter anytime soon without Food and Drug Administration approval. Many women cannot afford the cost of birth control or the doctor’s visit necessary to access the different methods sold on the market. One consequence is that half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, according to the ACOG. That figure hasn’t changed in 20 years. The cost to society and taxpayers is high. In Washington state, for instance,
Medicaid pays for more than 40 percent of births statewide. When children are born into poverty, they are at a higher risk for suffering health and developmental problems. Research has shown that women who access birth control easily are more likely to use it consistently. Other forms of contraceptives, including intrauterine devices and shots, are not part of this equation. But after decades of study, birthcontrol pills have proved to be a common, cost-effective method for many. No drug is without risk, not even aspirin. Do we trust
women to follow instructions? Are they capable of detecting adverse side effects and seeking help if they need it? The ACOG’s decision was based on evidence that suggests they are. In recent news reports, the FDA has signaled a willingness to explore the issue, even if no drugmakers have publicly expressed interest. They must consider cost, whether the insured would still be covered and the role of pharmacists. The bottom line is that access to family planning is essential to ensure children in Washington are born when their parents are ready.
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DubFX says farewell to America By Lizz Carson City Times
Bob Magnusson provides rich and smooth basslines in a special appearance with the Jamie Valle Jazz Quartet. David L. Wells, City Times
Laying down ‘Live’ grooves By Fahima Paghmani City Times Jazz admirers gathered in the Saville Theater on Nov. 13 at City College to listen to the fine tones of the Jamie Valle Jazz Quartet, while KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM recorded the live 90 minute performance. It was as though New Orleans came to City College, and guests varied in makeup and age. The stage was set up with the finest instruments, the background displayed an appealing burgundy and chocolate design and the lighting was dim, complimenting the stage, instruments, and performers. All performers were set in front of their instruments, with great anticipation of starting the show, which began at exactly at 8 p.m. City College sampled a bite of jazz music from world class musicians: guitarist Jaime Valle, bass player Bob Magnusson, drummer Richard Sellers, conga player Jean Perry, and pianist/percussionist Allan Phillips. Diverse sets of music were played, pieces which came from South America, Central America, and Latin America. Words are not suited to describe the tones that were delivered; All instruments were used elegantly and timely, the sounds from a guitar, bass, drum, conga drums, piano, and percussion filled through the walls of the theater. This gave guests a significant role in the show, by nodding their heads and tapping their shoes at the pace of the music, encouraging the performers to keep playing. Every artist had a sig-
nificant role, and each had their own solos which brought a pleasantly intense attention. Carol McFarlane, Valle’s special guest, sang three songs, pleasantly hitting every note appropriately. McFarlane’s songs twirled in English and Portuguese, giving guest a surprise in each song. By the end of the concert, guest came to the realization, the most diverse and challenging genre of music is jazz. To be able listen or to play a piece of jazz harmony is stimulating and rewarding. Not only is jazz soulful, rhythmic, and rich; it’s full of culture and character. “Blues is the foundation of jazz,” Valle said about the concept of jazz. “You have to be intimate with your instruments. You will slowly start expressing yourself. It becomes very enjoyable when you start expressing yourself.” “Jazz is the outcome of art. Every jazz musician has their own interpretation of art and something that many people may not know about jazz is, most pieces are improvisation,” Phillips, the Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe of our time said. “I am like a sponge. I grasp from many different people. Whatever comes to my mind when I am playing came from a wide variety of artists,” Phillips said. “If you can feel how spontaneous it is, once you jump into 12-bar blues,” he said, as a tip to new jazz listeners. We should all be like sponges and soak into diversities of music by tuning into Jazz 88.3 FM to listen to the soulful, rhythmic, and rich jazz music.
One thing is clear from the jump at a DubFX show: everybody is there to experience something more than music. At the final show on his North American tour, DubFX himself was no exception. His usual companion Flower Fairy couldn’t make it to this show, and as a result there was a much more intense and raw aspect that wasn’t present at his previous San Diego show earlier this year. When asked about the low turnout, nobody seemed to worry. “You’ve got to give Americans a blowjob before they’ll come (to shows),” said Cade Andersen, a friend of Dub’s and a guest performer for the show. DubFX himself said he wasn’t concerned about the low turnout in San Diego, indicating that other venues on the tour were packed. “I just did Canada, and people came in numbers,” he said explaining that show turnout in different countries can be all over the charts. “(America) (above) DubFX performs at the 4th and B venue in what was his has a more wide-span cullast performance of his North American tour Nov. 2. ture,” he said See DubFx, page 11
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Havana-inspired artwork from City By Michelle Moran City Times and Donna Maranto Contributer The Luxe Gallery at City College opened a new exhibit on Friday, Nov. 30, featuring the work of the photography department’s faculty and students after their return from Havana, Cuba this past summer. Students and faculty members traveled to the country during the beginning of June and were able to explore and capture some really great photos. The group of 22 left Los Angeles International Airport on June 17 and arrived at Miami International six hours later, where they boarded a charter flight to San Juan Airport in Havana, Cuba. The faculty members included Dave Eichinger, Lisa Vella, and Marv Sloben. The tour was made possible with President Obama’s lifting of time restrictions on educational visits to Cuba.
They returned on June 24. The photographs were recently showcased at Cuba Foto, an exhibit that received a lot of good feedback. Roughly around 200 people were in attendance, music was played and food was provided. The photos capture everyday life in Cuba, including the rugged streets, old Cuban cars and the people that grew up there. Randy Barnes, acting vice president of instruction at City College, was there to see the work. “The Luxe Gallery was an amazing venue for the Cuba Foto exhibit. The photos vividly expressed the culture and architecture of Cuba. Kudos to the students and faculty who were involved with this outstanding exhibit,” Barnes said. Photography professor Dave Eichinger was one of Vistors of the Luxe Galler y take a look at artwork from the faculty members who students and faculty who had returned from Havana, took part in the trip. Cuba over the summer, creating works based on their time there. Photos courtesy of Stephanie Fong (above) amd See Havana, page 14 Donna Maranto (below)
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One-man show brings Picasso to life at City City College faculty, staff and students had the opportunity to see Herbert Siguenza’s one man show: “A Weekend With Pablo Picasso” at Saville Theatre on Nov. 7. Siguenza, a ChicanoAmerican artist known principally as a co-founder of the ground-breaking
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Latino comedy troupe, Culture Clash, plays the life of Picasso, the Spanish painter and one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. With a very receptive
audience and in a production skillfully directed by Siguenza, he explored the later years of the artist’s life playing the role of Picasso. The play is set in Picasso’s home/studio in Paris in 1957 during the peak of his fame, when he was 76 years old. Picasso allows a group of art students -- the audience -- to stay at his studio while his family is away; a supposition that allows Siguenza to directly engage us with stories and insights into the artistic life from Picasso’s interviews and writings. With countless famous quotes, Siguenza engaged the audience, “We must work hard … inspiration does not
exist; if it does, it needs to find you working.” The solo turned into an assured, charismatic and well researched performance. Spectators were taken on a journey through the important moments in the history of modern art; it was as if Picasso came alive. One of the interesting aspects of the play is that the works are painted in real time while he is performing. Siguenza impressed spectators, showcasing his talent as a painter when he asked a student to go up the stage and made her a portrait with impressive results. After 30 minutes from the original hour-and-a-half play,
Siguenza finished by saying: “Because I had the courage to live my life in broad light, and I am life, death, and Zoot Suits,” referring to other major roles in his acting career. A lifelong admiration for Picasso led Siguenza to create the show, and his ability to paint gives him credibility in his hero’s style. Siguenza highlighted some formative events of Picasso’s life and attracted us into his artistic world. After the performance, the public had the opportunity to ask questions. Siguenza shared that when See Culture, page14
Curl up with a good movie By Jennifer Manalili City Times With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas nearing, many television networks will be airing some great movie classics. Here are just a few staples that you should make some time to enjoy during this season! 1. “Elf” - (2003) As an orphan, Buddy is raised as a Christmas elf with other enchanting characters at the North Pole to keep him company. It soon becomes apparent though that his real destiny awaits him in New York City where he soon encounters his birth father - a Scrooge like character named Walter Hobbs.. Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel star in this whimsical story that will entertain both adults and children alike. 2. “Home Alone” (1990)The film that helped introduce Macaulay Culkin to audiences worldwide was an instant success and comes from writer John Hughes, the same mind behind classics like “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off.” Culkin stars as mischievous 12-year-old Kevin McCallister who is left behind while his family goes on vacation.
New Line Cinemas Alone, Kevin is left to fend for himself and defend his house against two home robbers nicknamed “The Wet Bandits” (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). 3. “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” - (1992) This sequel to the 1990 hit finds McCallister being left behind in the big city after a mishap at an airport as his family tries to go on another vacation. He faces off against The Wet Bandits again, this time using tools in an abandoned apartment complex. McCallister brings new tricks to the table and this is a sequel we can all have fun with. 4. “A Christmas Story” - (1983) What would the holiday season be without pink bunny costumes, leg lamps, “Chinese turkey,” and Ralphie Parker warning us all about BB guns. Be careful or “You’ll shoot your eye out!” 5. “Black Christmas” - (1973) Almost a decade before he worked on “A Christmas Story,”
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A sampling of four hand-crafted beers, only a few of many beers offered across San Diego. Andrew Hahn, City Times
On a ‘Mission’ for craft beers Mission Brewery recently opened in East Village inside the old Wonder Bread factory and I had been looking forward to visiting it ever since. My greatly anticipated review of the Mission Brewery was foiled by their early closing hours, which came as a great disappointment. The entire workday I had planned on drinking beers in shades of golden sun, desert sand, maple syrup, and chocolate cake.
THE FOODIST MANIFESTO director Bob Clark released this cult holiday classic, a horror film following a group of sorority sisters being terrorized by a killer while on Christmas break. 6. “Jingle All The Way” - (1996) A ‘90s guilty pleasure, the film pairs Arnold Schwarzenegger with Sinbad as fathers teaming up to search high and low to secure the hottest toy of the season, a Turbo-Man action figure, for their sons as hilarity ensues. 7. “It’s a Wonderful Life” - (1946) After being hit with a financial disaster, a young husband and father contemplates ending his life on Christmas Eve until an angel shows him what the world would be like without him. 8. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” - (2000) A big budget, live action adapation of the Dr. Seuss book and cartoon of the same name. The Grinch (Jim Carrey), a green creature who lives outside of Whoville, is intent on ruining Christ-
mas for everyone. That is, until he meets Cindy Lou, a child that befriends him and helps him change his ways. 9. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1967) Troubled by the materialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown is determined to find the true meaning of the Christmas season in this Emmy winning primetime special. 10. “Love, Actually” (2003) A wonderfully done British film that follows eight different love stories, all of them weaving together in quirky ways and set against a backdrop of London during the Christmas season. This is the film that inspired such lackluster knock-offs as “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve,” only it’s done right. 11. “The Muppet Christmas Carol” - (1992) Jim Henson’s beloved Muppets retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a rich but grumpy old businessman who is visited the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. 12. “The Santa Claus” - (1994) After inadvertently killing Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, a divorced father (Tim Allen) finds he must now take over the job in this hilarious family comedy
Andrew Hahn After looking through the closed windows with a sad, puppy-dog face, I peddled off to a near by pub called Bare Back Grill, located on Market Street. The Gaslamp District is a bourgeois makeover on a long-rotting, cockroach infested concrete ghetto. Today it’s where women from cruise ships, Marines in striped button-down shirts and anyone else not from San Diego goes to spend a Friday night out. Bare Back Grill has kept that all outside. As you enter the pub the first thing you see is a life-sized Jenga game, and the food is good! I ordered the lamb sliders and I asked for mint on the side, because everyone knows mint and lamb are delicious together. The sliders are great. They come with goat cheese and caramelized onions. I suggest adding mint, or even strawberry if you’re a true aficionado. My favorite beer to order with this meal is Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA, which is a little more expensive than other India pale ales, but for a good reason. When you drink a truly refreshing and quality IPA, you will know where that extra money went. These quality IPAs are not cheap malt liquors overloaded with hops to mask the flavor of rotting ingredients. Too many
San Diegans have bought into imitation IPAs because they wear hipster labels, but they taste like cheap perfume. After the Bare Back Grill, I was feeling rose-cheeked and decided to go for one more drink at Monkey Paw, so I huffed it over and ordered an Allagash White, a favorite of mine. It’s a Belgian-style wheat beer that is smooth, creamy and flavorful. I also recommend Allagash Curieux, which is aged in Jim Beam barrels giving it a very distinct oaky flavor. I also sampled a couple of holiday beers worth mentioning. One was brown and tasted like gingerbread, the other was black and tasted like chocolate. I did not care for either of them. My final closing message is this: hats off to you, San Diego, and your local microbreweries especially. In just the last decade this city has grown into a beermetropolis that is becoming the envy of the rest of the United States. I pray that we do not sacrifice the high standard that San Diegans are thirsty for to offer cheap mockeries. I’m sure there are buyers for a Mickey’s IPA if it ever comes out, but I personally believe that it is our buying choices that will determine product development and supply. Cheap beer definitely has a place at Super Bowls, Sunday barbecues and Christmas, but I’m strictly boycotting these impostor microbrews that pretend to be made with high-quality ingredients and craft flavors when it’s just cheap malt liquor overloaded with hops to cover up the flavor of molding barley. There are good brews and bad brews but you have to drink to know, so cheers! Drink a lot, as much as you can, but please be responsible. Remember, even though it tastes like the nectar of the gods, it still gets you drunk. San Diego has become a tourist destination for beer drinkers and the locals are hopped up and proud.
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The 12 games of Christmas Angry Birds Star Wars: (iOS, Android, PC) Definitely not an obscure game, but the new Star Wars theme is worth noting. Easy to learn, but hard to master.
Pokemon Black/ White Version 2: (DS/3DS) An updated version that contains more challenges, different story lines and of course, more Pokemon.
Hitman Absolution: (PS3, 360, PC) A new studio took the helm for this fourth installment, and critics have noted that the stealth-based game-play has been brought back from the acclaimed original.
Fruit Ninja: (multiple platforms) This is an addicting time-killer, and the Kinect version makes for a great holiday party game.
Assassin’s Creed III: (PS3, 360, Wii-U, PC) A highly polished action/ adventure, transporting players in the midst of the American Revolutionary War.
New Super Mario Bros. U: (Wii-U) The first sidescrolling Mario game to be released with a new platform in over a decade, this is classic Mario gameplay with plenty of new features and multiplayer.
Organ Trail: Director’s Cut: (iOS, Android) A zombie genre re-imagining of Oregon Trail, this light RPG is even more fun than the original.
LEGO: The Lord of the Rings: (PS3, 360, Wii-U, DS) Spanning the entire Lord of the Rings series and re-imagined in a LEGO format, this is fun for kids and adults alike. Halo 4: (360) With a new publisher at the helm, Halo 4 has a completely new storyline, and the “Spartan Ops” online feature, in which new episodes to the multiplayer are released weekly.
Skylanders: Giants: (PS3, 360, Wii-U, DS) Sequel to the massively popular Skylanders, in which real-world toy figures are used for playing within the game. Minecraft: (multiple platforms) A tough game to classify ... think of it as a virtual LEGO World, in which you can do pretty much anything you can imagine, from building entire cities, battle monsters with friends, or create your own games.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game: (PS3, 360) A traditional side-scrolling beat ‘em up that can be played with friends, this game recreates moments in the comic series with the original artwork manifested in 16-bit form.
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Holiday guide for the true gamers at heart ... By Adam Baird City Times The holiday season is finally upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts; especially if you haven’t already. For new and veteran gamers alike, the holidays don’t seem complete without receiving at least one must-have game. One of my earliest memories is when I received “Super Mario Bros. 3” for Christmas (yes, I‘m that old). I wondered if Santa had enough to go
around for all the other kids, and if he didn’t, how would he choose who got it or not? Was I good enough that year? My grandmother thought so, but my mom wasn’t so sure, saying, “You have to be good all the way up until you go to bed the night before.” Sigh … moms. Of course, I ran into the living room Christmas morning, and amidst all the other presents under the tree lay a small, inconspicuous package. Those were the early days of video games, so Santa
didn’t know to wrap the box in a way that us fledgling gamers wouldn’t know what it was. But I could tell. It was still early, so I snuck over, and ripped a tiny corner from the wrapping, looking for the magical glint of yellow that was Mario 3 ... and there it was. I had to see more, so in a delirious frenzy I tore the front half of the paper off. Mario, in all his raccoon-tailed glory, smiled back. I stared blissfully at the box clutched in my hands for a while, before I realized that
I was in trouble. We weren’t allowed to pre-open anything. Frantically, I jumped up and dashed to the kitchen, threw open the drawers and after finding some tape, I created such a clatter that I woke the house up. Luckily, I had developed some gamer skills by then. With a steady focus and furious dexterity, I mended the shredded gift, and piled a few gifts on it. Later, when it came time to open it, my mom picked it up, gave me ‘the look,’ and knowing that I had
been caught, asked, “ What happened here?” Now at the time, I didn’t realize the genius in my reply. I was desperate, and had to say something quickly. “I dunno, Santa must have dropped it on the way.” There was a brief silence, followed by my grandmother exploding with laughter. My mom just stared at me, shook her head, and sighed. To this day, my mom suggests that I should invoke Santa anytime I get into trouble. I still sometimes get that
golden-ticket-feeling when I get a game for Christmas. Back then, I would get to play it later at night, so it effectively felt like opening another present. Even today, I still wait until everything is winding down before I pop it in. With an avalanche of quality games that are recently, or soon to be released, making a list (and checking it twice) would take me until New Year’s Day. Instead, I present to you highlights of some of the better games, as well as some older ones that may have passed under the radar.
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women swooning? The irony of it beginning as fan fiction is that James could’ve simply logged onto a plethora of fan fiction sites, read better stories and learned how to write that way. If you have read anything, and I mean anything remotely sexual in the past, this will prove underwhelming. So if it’s not hot or sexy, lets talk about what “Fifty Shades” really is: a lackluster plot masquerading as erotica, a story romanticizing an abusive relationship between a deeply insecure girl and a controlling egomaniac. Let me be clear: Christian is not screwed up because of what he likes to do in the bedroom. And I can only imagine how those involved in the BDSM community resent James for portraying a BDSM relationship as unhealthy and abusive. From the beginning, it’s an inaccurate portrayal because Ana doesn’t like the pain Christian inflicts on her. She feels guilty for safe wording and only partakes in the activities because she thinks it’s what Christian wants and will make him happy. Christian is an a--hole for treating Ana the way he does: stalking her, trying to control her outside of his “playroom,” being possessive and cruel, and openly admitting he’d like to beat her throughout the story. After they are married, the behavior continues. When Ana sunbathes on their honeymoon, Christian is enraged that she would do so in front of their bodyguards. She must ask him for permission to go out drinking or to see her friends. Ever the a--hole, James tries to forgive his behavior by making him spew ‘romantic’ lines like: “I want you … and the thought of anyone else having you is like a knife twisting in my dark soul.” We all might know an Ana, a girl who’s fallen for a bad boy who controls her, who won’t listen to what she has to say and whose behavior will go excused because like Christian he may be messed up but he ‘loves’ her. But this is real life and all “Fifty” does is romanticize these sentiments. How many women are reading this book and growing inspired to stick with their own emotionally handicapped bastards so they can wait out fairy tale endings? How many of us have known women with this mentality? Women who choose to stick with men who are damaged, dangerous, threatening and destructive in the hopes that they will be the special snowflake that can cure him with their magical love and change him. I’m glad women are beginning to feel confident in their sexuality -- just look at the year’s other big success, “Magic Mike,” and it’s clear. But ladies, can we stand up for something that has substance next time? Can we stand up for something that’s actually good? Jennifer Manalili is a City Times desk editor
The fourth holiday story is quite possibly the most entertaining. This is the splendid tale of that time your 76-year-old grandmother walked in on you “exercising” with one of the people mentioned above. If you don’t have one of these stories yourself, congratulations. But life is just getting started. Most people find it embarrassing to even speak on subject of procreation with their family, and much less do they want to hear the graphic description of what that person saw. Its best to keep calm, try to think happy thoughts, and smile as everyone laughs at the “Vienna sausage down a hallway” references. Remember, at some point your father had his head buried between
SB1456 Continued from Page 7 without college degrees is when people in authoritative positions make laws, change rules, or skew the system to make it more difficult for students to plan their lives around a broken educational system. I’m on financial aid and taking student loans. Regardless of my personal financial situation, City College does earn money from my being a student on campus. How the powers-thatbe spend their salaries, which vacation resorts they travel to during summer months and how many cars or houses their families own is none of my business. It truly is insulting though, when some of these administrators treat myself and others on campus, who help pay their salaries simply by registering for classes, as hapless bums who are working the financial aid system like secretly wealthy sign flippers on street corners, while the reality is that we are homeless, under or unemployed
DubFx Continued from Page 8 explaining that the size and freedoms of our country make it harder for performers to really breakout here. He expressed his feelings that dub music is still in its infancy in North America so he wasn’t surprised to hear that an artist like himself was considered “underground.” DubFX is unique even in the dub scene. Instead of using various computer programs to created background music he uses his own voice and looping equipment to create his own background tracks during every performance. This contrasted with
11 your mothers thighs, and your grandmother, despite how she acts, did not have an immaculate conception. The final story you will have to endure through is the retelling of how your friend slept their way from one end of their hometown to the other to avoid anything similar to the stories you have had to tell. If she’s a woman, you’ll call her a slut in your jealousy, and if he’s a man, you’ll name him hero and hoist him on your shoulders... because the world isn’t sexist, of course. If you get the joy of telling this story, try not to be too smug. Just tell your tale and try to play it off as if it “ wasn’t anything special”, because being humble doesn’t hurt. After all, you already won, hopefully more than once or twice. Lizz Carson and Bobby Whaley are City Times editorail staff members
and hardly scraping by on a day-to-day basis. I would recommend to the entire California community college district system a different approach to solving financial burnout with a wet blanket and a bag of sand. Today’s financial realities call for all of us to earn our own. Not to pray at the alter of magical, voter-approved tax increases, or pretend, like a lot of other policy makers, politicians and wealthy business interests in California, the wealthiest state of the union; that poor lechers who are too lazy to work are the sole reason for today’s economic woes. We are in a global recession. Mismanagement of government and public institutions is just as much to blame for California’s bleak economy as the housing crisis and the devaluing of every currency in the world. I suppose this much is true: you can always afford to blame the poor for treason if you can afford two buckets more of unrest for the season. Benny A. McFadden is a city times staff writer
his other San Diego show which had a relaxed feeling, this show was raw and showed fans a side of DubFX that they might have been unaware of. With much heavier beats and more pointed lyrics coming from Cade, the show seemed to function as a catharsis for DubFX. Without his usual companion Flower Fairy there to balance his act, he was able to say goodbye to North America on his own terms. After the show DubFX and his crew joined fans and fellow street performers outside for a session of freestyle rapping and beatboxing. He left America with the final statement: “I don’t give a s—t if anyone likes it, as long as I do.”
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Muffins decked in sugar and spice These muffins are not only easy to make, it requires a household staple that many of us already have in our homes: pancake mix! The pancake mix gives the muffins a super soft and fluffy RECIPIE texture. The nutmeg really Michelle Moran gives them a nice taste, accompanied with the sugar and cin-
Student Angel Lacy (right) stands holding a Yellow Rose of Fellowship and a candle symbolic of the ‘Torch of Knowledge’ at the Phi Theta Kappa induction, preparing to take the official oath. Troy Orem, City Times
Honoring new members’ academic achievements By Lizz Carson City Times Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society held its induction ceremony on Nov. 30 in City College’s V building theater. The organization was established in 1918 and recognized as the official International Honors Society of the two-year college in 1929. City College President Terrence Burgess spoke at the initiation, stating that PTK offers students many benefits including enhanced transfer options, access to
scholarships and the ability to network with other successful people. Burgess told the inductees that they have taken the first step toward a bright future by surrounding themselves with other successful people. In his speech he outlined “You Can Make it Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success” by Stedman Graham, a book that was given to him by a previous Phi Theta Kappa president. After Burgess spoke the initiation ceremony took place, with PTK President Sergio Sandovol light-
ing candles symbolizing torches of knowledge for each of the 19 inductees. After being inducted into the club, many new members joined older members to take the officer’s pledge alongside the club’s two advisors. After taking their pledge, both advisors spoke to the members of PTK. Elizabeth Meehan focused on the PTK ideal of commitment to the community. She stated that members of PTK must link scholarship to service and urged
members to “Reach out to all your classmates who are struggling to find their place.” Advisor Rapheal Alverez told students “PTK is not making you who you are … You have made you who you are.” He praised the inductees and members for choosing a path of success. `For more information about City’s chapter of PTK including how to join and the benefits of becoming a member, visit their website at www.sandiegocityptk. com.
Language clubs gather in Gorton By Fahima Paghmani City Times Students and faculty surfed through tables at the Language Festival that took place in Gorton Quad on Nov 14., collecting information about language and culture while listening to music and purchasing souvenirs from vendors. The event held a show that included fashion from Arab countries, Lebanese dancers, and live Italian musical performances, including a belly dancing demonstration done to the sounds of Arabian instruments. “Golden,” said Carolina Chivas, after being asked what the Arab culture and language mean to her. “Arabic is golden. It is difficult to explain the culture and language in just one sentence.” “Rich in history,” said Benjamin Montz after being asked to describe German culture and language. “La vie est bell,” said Brian Vader, president of the French club, “Life is beautiful. They cherish day-to-day life, the smallest encounter they take into consideration.” “Family oriented” and “traditional,” are the words Walter Sois and Herrian Maldorado used to describe Italian culture and language.
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1. Preheat oven to 400°. 2. In a medium bowl, stir together pancake mix, water, sugar, vegetable oil, egg, and nutmeg until just blended. 3. Spoon batter into a lightly greased or paper-lined 12-cup muffin pan, filling each two-thirds full. 4, Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 5. To prepare the topping, melt butter and set aside. In a small bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon. 6. While muffins are still warm from the oven, dip into melted butter and then cinnamon-sugar mixture.
The flags of numerous nations are strung across the Gorton Quad as decoration for the Language Festival which took place Nov. 14 featuring performances from City language clubs. Troy Orem, City Times On the authenticity of the cast of popular reality television show “Jersey Shore,” Sois and Maldorado both agreed that, “...it has nothing to do with culture and it’s embarrassing to watch, hearing them call (themselves) Italians,” said Maldorado, “I find it degrading, and I am a Mexican!” There was also an information booth
called “Proworld,” which is for students who want to study, volunteer or intern abroad and experience what life is like in a developing country. Students can gain this experience in one-week, onemonth, or three-month sessions. For more information about Proworld go to www.proworldvolunteers. org.
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City Times : The holiday gift guide By Michelle Moran City Times The holidays are right around the corner. Let’s just face it: a lot of us like to wait until the last-minute to get gifts for friends and family. Whether it is
for adults or children, there are many items on this list that can help you prepare for the holiday season. There are a variety of things you can use to create a thoughtful, homemade present. It’s never too early or late to make a gift for someone special on your Christmas
list, and nothing shows more love than making a present right from home. If you’ve got a tight budget for the holidays this year, these homemade gift ideas are sure to give you some thought about your choices!
A Mix CD Create a playlist with 10-15 songs that you think your recipient would like and put them on a CD. If they love music, they can enjoy your favorite tracks as much as you do. If you are up-to-par with the latest technology, you can upload a playlist on their iPod or other mp3 player.
Pickling You can pickle pretty much anything that you want. Cucumbers, peppers, carrots, beets, you name it. The ingredients needed for this task is a jar, desired produce, vinegar, salt, sugar, and spices that you would like to incorporate for the taste.
Recipe Book You can view and print many recipes off your computer or share some secret family recipes to create a recipe book! You can decorate a binder or book and really put some time and effort into creating a thoughtful gift.
Photo Journal Gather all those precious moments captured on camera and turn them into a personalized journal. Now’s the time to get decorative and have a little fun. You can design the front cover and work your way through the pages to give it some flare. This idea is not only sentimental, but your recipient can enjoy these pictures over and over again.
Cookie Jar It’s so easy to make a batch of cookies using staples from your household. You can make a variety of cookies to put in a nice jar. For example, you can make oatmeal, chocolate chip, and sugar cookies to have a nice mix as opposed to one flavor. You can attach the recipe to a card with some string to make it look nice and thoughtful. To top it off, you can decorate the jar with ribbons or a bow.
Who doesn’t love cupcakes or brownies? Baking up a batch of goods can please anyone’s stomach. Bake some banana bread or a batch of cookies to go along with a gift basket. This gives you the opportunity to be creative with the decorations.
An unsuspected ingredient yields delicious results See that bottle of olive oil that you probably got stored in your cupboard and have reserved for pasta and other savory dishes? What if I told you that you could make some delicious chocolate chip cookies with it? You can! I first tried this recipe about two years ago and it has become my favorite, tried and true, go-to cookie recipe. You’ll have a batch of cookies in no time as there’s no waiting around for butter to soften, and you probably have all of the ingredients already! Skeptics, don’t be afraid of this recipe. I was a skeptic in the beginning, too, but you can’t taste the olive oil at all. It provides more of a
background flavor, giving the cookies a sort of delicious toffee undertone. The cookies themselves come out moist and will rise and bake up beautifully.
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With the holidays here, it’s the season for gift exchanges and cookie baskets again. Be sure to make these for someone you love! I’m sure they will be quite thankful.
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. 2. In a large bowl, combine the sugars, vanilla and olive oil. Mix for about three to five minutes until the consistency of the mixture looks like wet sand. Beat in the eggs
one at a time. Gradually beat in the flour mixture, then add in a tablespoon of milk to make the dough a bit firmer. Add another tablespoon if you need it and the dough is too sticky or dry. (I added one tablespoon and three teaspoons of milk.) Mix in the
your hands and place on a greased or lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly golden and set. These can tend to overbake, so make sure to take them out early! Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies From CrepesofWrath.net, adapted Allow the cookies to cool on from SliceofFeast.com the baking sheet for a bit before Cook time: 12 minutes transferring to a Makes about 24 to 28 cookies plate and serving. Enjoy! 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
chocolate by hand. 3. If the dough is a little wet, you can put it in the fridge for a few minutes to toughen up. Roll the dough into balls with
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ cup granulated sugar ¾ cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 to 2 tablespoons milk 1 cup chocolate chips
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Panel Continued from Page 3 “Before today, I’ve never heard the phrase fronterizo,” Castañeda said, “But the media certainly hasn’t heard of that. And a lot of times the media doesn’t know what to do with border people, or fronterizos. So, just like you have some question of self identity, the media does, too.” Seven percent of City’s population, or 1,223 students, were reported as immigrants
Basketball Continued from Page 16 up 41 points in the first half. While City tried to close the gap they just couldn’t seem to pull together enough in the second half losing their
in City’s fall census. Additionally, 420 students were reported to hold a visa other than from the U.S. “You don’t have to be crossing the border everyday to be a fronterizo,” Macias said, “To be fronterizo can even be just staying on one side of the border, but being affected from the other side.” Newscene, a news program produced by City students, happened into border reporting on an unfortunate story: the murder of City student Diana Gonzales and
the year long search for her estranged husband, Armando Perez, which ended when he was captured in Tijuana. “A wonderful student of mine by the name of Alice Kim, who’s Korean-American, who doesn’t speak Spanish, was my best reporter at that time, and I said you gotta go, you gotta go,” Castañeda said. “She went and she called me that night in tears. Because she had the most unplanned day of her life. She had never crossed the border walking. She got
caught by one of the ‘Oh, come in this line, get in the van, it’s much faster,’ (people). You know, the pedestrian line where they pull that on you; ‘Oh, it’s just $5.’ Well, she didn’t get home until almost 9 o’clock that night.” Justin Akers Chacon, a Chicano studies professor, traced the present border issue to the ideas of Ricardo Flores Magon, a figure of the Mexican Revolution. “Philosophically, through the words of the Magoni-
final game and taking second in the tournament overall. It is obvious when the Knights play that their success isn’t dependent on any one individual, but on everyone that is involved in City’s basketball team. From Coach Charlens providing excellent
leadership down to the freshmen team members with their enthusiasm and talent, every single person is a key element of this team. With enthusiasm backing every move the Knights play basketball like the game was meant to be played – like
a real team. There are no superstar players that hog the ball or play for the spotlight, and the coach actually cares about his players and their success. Watching Knights basketball beats watching an NBA game any day.
Trustees Continued from Page 3 Rhinerson will be inaugurated to the board in a “Hail and Farewell” ceremony Dec. 13, along with incumbent board member Mary Graham and retiring trustee Bill Schwandt, whose seat Rhinerson is filling, following their
board meeting at USD. Rhinerson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in public administration from San Diego State, is a supporter of the Student Success Act, Senate Bill 1456, which Gov. Brown signed this past September. “To increase completion rates, I support the recom-
mendations of the student task force, which Chancellor Dr. Constance Carroll participated in,” Rhinerson was quoted as saying by Michael Higham on the Interactive Video Network. “These recommendations would make substantive changes to student assessments, registration policies and other policies that will help students make
progress on their educational plans and help move them toward a degree and skills certifications.” The Student Success Act, as defined by Santa Monica College’s faculty blog, is a “Twenty-two point blueprint on how to move students more expeditiously through their community college experience.”
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“It’s been a great experience. Most of us didn’t know what to expect when we got there. When you’ve heard so many stories about Cuba, it’s kind of scary,” said Eichinger. “Turns out that, like, even the police don’t carry guns down there. It seemed like a really safe environment.” Normally, Eichinger travels to Europe over the summer for the photography trip, but the opportunity arose to go to Cuba, and the group gladly accepted. The trip included a two unit class offered through Los Medanos College in the Contra Costa Community College District. The tours included lectures on the history and art of Cuba, with an emphasis on the influence of Hemingway in Havana. The photography exhibit will be on display at the Luxe Gallery, located on the 5th floor the V building at 16th and Broadway through Christmas. It will remain open until January.
Tennis Continued from Page 15 Jones also explained the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, which will be held sometime in spring. It will be the very first conference Jones will be a part of. “The simple way I can
sta press, the idea that the nation state had the right to determine who could move across the border and who couldn’t was a flawed idea,” he said, “Flores Magon and his co-thinkers asserted the idea that sovereignty existed in the people.” Martha Carolina Preciado is co-founder of the All My Friends Music Festival, held annually in Tijuana. It’s creators said it was designed to erase the negative stereotypes of Tijuana as a dangerous place, and to strengthen
Culture Continued from Page 9 he was 7 years old, his mother took him to “The Private Life of Pablo Picasso.” “I had an obsession on art, and Picasso was the perfect vehicle to spark a big flame to credit it. I was always reproducing Picassos on my brain … and painting my own images of Picassos. 90 percent of what you heard today were Picasso’s actual words,” said Siguenza. “There was always three of us interacting; doing one man play is difficult; it’s just you, it’s a great experience,
Knights Continued from Page 16 Lady Knights had to work much harder to maintain their score, ultimately losing the game 71-57. A quick glance at the box scores gives a hint as to why the Lady Knights struggled in this game. Every single Saddleback player that was on the court had at least one attempted field goal, whereas the Lady Knights had three players who had no field goals or attempts during their time
cultural ties with its sister city to the north. “I use a lot the word reclaim, because instead of looking at it negative, ‘Oh, I don’t know where I belong,’ or ‘Where should I be?’ I just embrace the fact that I don’t know where I’m supposed to be and this is who I am,” Preciado said of the fronterizo identity. “I don’t have to be in this category of Mexicano, or Chicano. I’m a fronterizo. I’m a person who crosses the border.”
real scary but real satisfactory. It feels great. I wanted people to experience an experience, not a play. What will happen if you spend a weekend with Picasso?” he said. Siguenza finished by saying “I am developing a ‘60s radical way to protest, in a very theatrical manner. I think it’s brilliant, the idea of communicating important messages through the plays I am in.” Herbert Siguenza is an amazing, multi-talented artist. Whether in theatrical ensemble work as Culture Clash, to solo projects such as Picasso, he always keeps the audience engaged.
on the court. In college basketball you truly are only as strong as your weakest player, and relying on one or two key girls to carry the game can lead to disappointment as it did against Saddleback. The season opener was a bitter loss, but the Lady Knights still have a whole season to play. To see the Lady Knights roster, schedule, season stats, and coach and team profiles visit www.sdcity. edu/CampusLife/Athletics/BasketballW.
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describe tennis is it’s an individual sport but team oriented. It is also a very focused and strategy-filled sport. Tennis requires a great amount of movement and it requires skills, however it is also a fun and social sport.” Jones also explained the benefits of playing tennis and
how easy it is to play the sport. “A sport that you can grow up with, it will always be around. You would just need one person to play against,” Jones said. Any female who wants to join the women’s team cancontact Coach Jones at email@example.com.
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Women’s volleyball finishes strong By Mariel Mostacero City Times The Lady Knights wrapped up their volleyball season with a home game against Imperial Valley College Arabs Nov. 14, winning 3-1 in their final match. They finished off with a fourth place standing in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference at 6-6, with nine overall wins and nine losses for the team, a respectable close to the 2012 fall season. It was a touching game for the Knights, beginning with an introduction of players as usual, but also a farewell for the players. Each player on the City College team received not only an introduction, but a bouquet of flowers from coach Dede Bodnar. Player Tessa Butterfield, who was also named player of the week earlier in the season, was given a banner in her name which hung over the gym ceiling, with Bodnar giving a speech on her accomplishments this year. Butterfield had recently signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of Alaska, making her the only player transferring to a university next fall. The game was considered
a bittersweet end for Bodnar, with the team’s loss to Palomar College in the previous game costing them their third place standing at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. “I was really bummed about what happened the match before. The match before we lost,” Bodnar said. “I thought we should have killed, and one of our girls was on a recruiting trip. We had two girls injured, you know, just random things. But we still should have beat them.” The game was a nail-biter from the beginning, with Imperial Valley stealing the lead at 1-4 in the first period. Luckily, the team performed in sync, making kills left and right in hopes of taking back the set, which they accomplished halfway through, finishing with a score of 25-16. The same goes for the second period, with City College barely holding on to a one-point lead. They were able to pull ahead easily, gaining four more points in the lead and winning the second set, 25-20. Imperial Valley gained some energy during the third period, once again stealing the lead but actually keeping it throughout
the entire game. Because of minor mistakes, such as hitting the ball out of bounds or missing a hit, the Knights sacrificed a perfect threegame win to the Arabs and the set moved into the fourth period. In the fourth set, City managed to regain their momentum, taking the match with a 25-18 score by the end of the set, winning 3-1 overall. The season ended favorably for the team, and all the players got a chance on the court this season, showing potential for next year. “Every girl got to play that last match, which was a wonderful way to end the season,” Bodnar said. “Every girl improved. Some people, like Heather Lee, made some really nice hits in the warmups and it shows potential to go a great distance.” With only one player transferring, the team’s coach has high hopes for next year’s lineup, especially if all 10 remaining players return. Losing even one member though does leave room for new faces and gives the team the opportunity to gain more talent and come back even stronger. “If all 10 come back, we’re
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Knights team members cheer after scoring the winning point in the second set of the game against Imperial Valley on Nov. 14. Mariel Mostacero, City Times huge. I still need to recruit; you always need a dynamic player and even though I’m losing Tessa I have an outside hitter who can fill her spot, but to get a step up I would like to have some other girls come in,” Bodnar said. With veteran players and new recruits, Bodnar’s goal is to see them become more
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The San Diego City College men’s soccer team finished out its 2012 season with a grueling 0-1 overtime loss to the Southwestern College Jaguars, bringing an overall dignified season to a close. The Knights began the season off to a bumpy start, losing to the Long Beach City College Vikings 3-1 back in August. However, the Knights battled back in pre-league play to demonstrate their dominance over Los Angeles county teams. The streak began with an away 2-1 win over the Long Beach City College Vikings. The Knights followed up with a 3-1 home win against the Pasadena City College Lancers. And on the last game before the beginning of league play, the team grinded out a 2-2 tie against Compton City College. The Knights maintained an impressive form
throughout competition in the Pacific Coast Atheletic Athletic Conference. They remained unbeaten at home in league play, suffering their first loss of the season at Southwestern College. The Jaguars would prove to be the only team that could defeat the Knights in the Southern California region. The team gave the MiraCosta Spartans a 5-0 thrashing away in Oceanside. Next the Knights completely shut out the Imperial Valley Arabs away in El Centro, with an amazing 7-0 game. During play at PCAC, the Knights men’s soccer team recorded nine wins, five ties, and seven losses. The leading scorer for the Knights this season was sophomore forward Devin Garcia, a Point Loma High School alumni. Garcia notched nine goals and created three assists throughout the season to give him a 36th place standing in most goals
Southwestern player tries to reach the ball and make the final goal in the game at Southwestern College on Sept. 25, one of the first league games the Knights played. Mariel Mostacero, City Times scored by a field player in the PCAC. Freshman goalkeeper Oscar Vazquez also earned statewide recognition this season. In his first season playing between the post for SDCC, Vazquez made 226 saves and played for over 1400 minutes during the season. He also ranked 28th in the state when it came
nating, finishing plays, more decisive on their contacts, and when all of that stuff happens, which I think it can with more repetition and more practice, we can be better,” Bodnar said. If all goes well, and with a little more practice, the City College volleyball team plans to dominate league next year.
Knights tennis team welcomes new coach By Fahima Paghmani City Times
Knights just fall short of goal By Michael Liggins City Times
explosive and dynamic on the court. The coach hopes to see players focus on their skills over break and train during the spring, seeing them as a force to be reckoned with if they have the drive. “I think we can win league next year. Yes. They’ve got to be more explosive, termi-
to goals allowed, keeping his average down to 1.4 per game. The City College men’s soccer team will be saying farewell to six sophomores following this season. Oscar Vasquez, Fabian Salazar, Jose Torres, Devin Garcia, Bryce Bell and Jameel Sampson will all be moving on to different endeavors in the future.
City College welcomes Jami Jones this year as the new head coach of the women’s tennis team. Jones is replacing Getchen Margers, who brought more than 30 years of experience to the program and has led the team to many victories. “I got a full-time job with amazing benefits at a four-year university, Claremont McKenna College, as the women’s tennis coach and physical education faculty,” said Margers. “I am the coach of three of the schools in the five-college system; Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Scripps College.” “Jami is an experienced coach and will do great at City College. She (Jones) will have the most eager and willing students of her coaching career. Go Knights!” Margers said. One of Margers’ memorable moments as coach at City College was when “Kentra Merriwether gutted out a win at 7-5 in the 3rd set against Cuyamaca. The match was tied at 44 ... It was a hot day and Kentra was exhausted. She reached down deep and came up with the win.” “I hope to move forward with the tennis team. I hope
I can lead these girls to success and push forward what she originally started,” Jones explained. Jones promises her commitment to City’s tennis team by using her experience as a tool for making the girls achieve the success and recognition they deserve. “A little bit of my background information regarding my experience with tennis is, I have played tennis throughout my life. I received a tennis scholarship to the University of Miami where I played tennis for four years,” Jones said. “Afterwards I became an assistant coach for the tennis team in the University of Arizona. Shortly I became the coach for Long Beach State Division one tennis team.” “There will be about ten matches in the season. This will start in spring. We are looking for players from now to January,” Jones said. Jones explained the expectations of future players who are interested in joining the team. “Anyone can join the team, but I have noticed the students who have some experience in tennis enjoy the sport faster,” Jones said. See Tennis, page 14
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Lady Knights basketball loses season opener By Lizz Carson City Times
The Knights practice in Harr y West Gym, honing their skills for the upcoming season. Troy Orem, City Times
Teamwork overcomes Knights basketball starts season 6-5 By Lizz Carson City Times When you watch NBA basketball you can’t help but notice how many successful teams are carried by a few key players, you hear how amazing Kobe played, or how LeBron is the new Jordan. But collegiate-level basketball has an entirely different focus: Teamwork. By training all the players to do their best and work together, City’s men’s basketball coach, Mitch Charlens has created and maintained a championship-winning basketball program here at City. City has been a winning team ever since Charlens
took over as head coach in 2003, and he plans to keep it that way. By fostering teamwork and commitment to the sport in his team he has laid the groundwork for a legendary season here at City. Charlens has led the team to three individual Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship victories in his time at City and he doesn’t plan on slowing down. Most recently the team won the 2011-2012 PCAC championship, and plans on defending that title this season. The team has the raw talent to win another championship, but where they triumph over other teams in the PCAC is with their ability to work as a well-oiled machine. When the Knights take the court it is easy to see the enthusiasm and excitement that Charlens tries to reinforce in them. As well as
winning the conference last year, Charlens was named coach of the year and former player Stephon Lamar was named player of the year. As demonstrated in the annual Knights Invitational that was hosted at City Nov. 16 through 18, the Knights know what their strengths and weaknesses are, and they know how to play to them. Even when the Knights fell behind it was their ability to pull together as a team that made them formidable opponents. In the first game of the tournament, the Knights pushed the Cypress Eagles into a triple overtime, leaving the fans on the edge of their seats the entire time. In the final seconds it was sophomore players Devyn Inglehart and Justice Howard who secured the win with an amazing pass and layup, bringing the final
score to 116-113. With returning players like Inglehart and Howard to help guide and refine the skills of freshman teammates, they work together in practice with an efficient and clean style. The comradery that the team shares in practice is obvious when it’s time for them to put points on the board too and this gives them an edge over other teams in the PCAC. Their plays run smoothly and each teammate’s skills are highlighted immediately when they hit the court. The Knights had an upset in their third game of the tournament though falling to the Mt. San Jancinto Eagles 95-86. The Knights struggled with their defense during the first half of the game allowing the Eagles to rack See Basketball, page 14
Women’s soccer ends on a high kick
Lady Knights For ward steals the ball from Southwestern Defender on Sept 18 Match. David L. Wells, City Times By Michael Liggins City Times The Lady Knights soccer team ended the year’s season with a 2-0 defeat of the Imperial Valley Arabs in El Centro on Nov. 9. The win brought an end to a season in which the group of young, talented players matured into a very powerful team. Head Coach Andi Milburn and the Lady Knights began
league play in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with a rough start, losing to both Grossmont College and Miramar College, but also league rivals Southwestern College. However the team pulled together to defeat the MiraCosta Spartans with a score of 3-1 in the last game of September. By far one of the season’s highest accomplishments was the Oct. 9, 7-1 win over
the Imperial Valley Arabs. Freshman forward Brenda Renteria scored an amazing hat trick: three goals for City College. Her three goals also gained her recognition within the league, as she was named PCAC Athlete of the week in October. The Knights were able to defeat Southwestern College 1- 0, away from home in the last meeting of the season between both teams. Mid-
fielder Sayanet Altimarano scored the game winning goal against the Jaguars, while defender Alexandra Convey created the fantastic assist. Freshman forwards Brenda Renteria and Monzerrat Tavera led the team in the number of goals scored during the season. Renteria notched eight goals and Tavera scored three goals along with creating five assist. On the defensive end, first year goal keepers Alyssa Busby and Erica Ichaurregui did a good job of keeping the Knights from getting scored on throughout the season. Busby made 137 saves for City College this year and Ichaurregui made 78 saves for the team. The City College women’s soccer program says goodbye to sophomores Vanessa Santana, Renee Lopez, Larissa Santiago and Maricarmen Guevara.
The Lady Knights basketball team opened their season at home with a disappointing game on Nov. 13. After hanging close in the first half, the Knights lost their edge by allowing the Saddleback Gauchos to maintain control of the court with their strong offense. The Saddleback College women’s team showed no mercy against the Lady Knights and played like the defending champions that they are, making it a hard game overall. The Lady Knights played with heart,
but seemed to still be practicing on the court, making the game difficult to watch. It appeared as though the Gauchos were running the game even when they sacrificed points to the Lady Knights. They managed to hold Saddleback to a close score throughout the first half of the game, getting to halftime with a respectable score margin of eleven points. As soon as the second half started, though, it was obvious that the Lady Knights had lost the promise of a comeback. Although they scored a total of 29 points in the second half, the See Knights, page 14
Knights player Nicole Vander Woude (42) prepares to make a shot to help gain the lead over Sadleback College on Nov. 13. Mariel Mostacero, City Times
4K Run raises funds for fitness center By Fahima Paghmani City Times The San Diego City College Fitness Center held their 8th annual 4K Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser at Mission Bay/ Tecolote Shores at 8 a.m. on Nov. 10. The event came at the end of Fitness Week, and was a great way to benefit the fitness center through a fundraiser and help participants get in shape. “This is normally a small crowd of students and volunteers who come out and participate in the 4K which is about two and a half miles,” said Coach Paul Greer, the event’s coordinator. Greer said that every participant received a race souvenir and other prizes. 25-year-old Darnell Prude, a student at City College, came in first place finishing his run in 10:27 minutes. “I thought it was going to be longer but it was pretty short. It is fun and motivating,” Prude said.
When asked about the importance of fitness, Prude said “Fitness is extremely important, I would say do anything to get off the couch and move. A few minutes a day can’t do any harm. It can only help you in so many ways.” 23-year-old Daniel J. Trujillo was the pace coordinator for the event. “I guide the first runner to where the track was leading them. I had to be at their pace, however I did have to be a few steps ahead of them,” he said. Trujillo, who is also on the cross country team at City College, said “ I was told by my close friend if you start training yourself, for three months (for cross country) you will feel better and at that time I was pretty out of shape.” He added that having a great leader or couch is also a great help. The final time completed by a walker was was 25:20. The event helped make $1,213.00 which will go directly towards the fitness center.
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