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Serving the San Diego City College community since 1945

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Gym named for City legend By Hector Trujillo The San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees on Sept. 23 approved the naming of the new City College gymnasium after school legend and football great Harry West. In an emotional gathering of administrators, faculty and family members, West’s legacy was remembered and revered by Harry West all those who took the podium that day. Terry Scott, who played for and against West back in the early 1950s, was one of the See LEGEND, Page 2

When football reigned ...

Gridiron Knights long gone, but not entirely forgotten By Christopher Young Something is missing from City College. It’s been gone so long now that the students and faculty can hardly feel the pangs of separation. Balboa Stadium is now only grass and the goal posts are no longer the distance between glory and pain. The Knights foot-

ball team hasn’t played here in well over a decade, and won’t be returning in the near future. Before the program was cut from school activities in 1992, the Knights were the pride of San Diego City College. In the 1940s and ‘50s, according to administrators and City Times archives, they dominated the

Pacific Southwest JC League with players like Cosimo Cutri, ending several seasons with a Metro Conference Championship win. Even after these record breaking-players left, the Knights kept their reputation until the mid See FOOTBALL, Page 2

Students meet John Kennedy Presidential candidate, distant JFK relative, stumps at City By Luis Bahena Is there more than an A and B option when deciding whom to vote for president? The answer is yes, and his name is John Kennedy. John Joseph Kennedy, calling himself a true democratic candidate, joined the race for the presidency eight weeks ago, and will be a write-in candidate. His campaign included a stop at City Col-

lege on Sept. 15. Although not directly related to late president John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the candidate says they are indeed distant cousins. Kennedy got together with students in the cafeteria to talk about his campaign and what he plans to do if elected. After being introduced by Mario Chacon, dean of student affairs,

Kennedy sat at a table ready to take questions from students. Although the cafeteria was full of students, six approached Kennedy at the start to hear what he had to say. A peace activist, Kennedy aims to change national security policy and stop the war on Iraq.

Photo by Mike Sullivan Presidential candidate John Joseph Kennedy speaks with See KENNEDY, Page 11 students in the campus cafeteria on Sept. 15.


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and coaching career at City College, West was inducted in to the California Community College Hall of Fame for his contributions as both a coach and public servant. He died two years ago. The Harry West Gymnasium will open in November and will prove to be an excellent resource for coaches and teachers, according to campus officials. “Even though I only worked with him for the two years before he retired, it was his vision to build this gymnasium back in the early 1990s,” athletic director Cassie Macias said. “We want his legacy to live on as a student, coach, instructor, department chair and athletic director.”

Continued from Page 1 speakers to pay tribute. “He was a man of the community who inspired confidence and hard work to those around him,” Scott said. “I am privileged to have known him and know everything he has taught me will never be forgotten.” West was a student and football player for San Diego City College during the 1948-49 season, leading his team to an 8-1 record that year. As a running back for the then City College Jaybirds, West helped his team score a school record 279 points, a record that stands to this day. His contributions, however, go far beyond the football field and have impacted the lives of many people. “(West) was the man who hired me 17 years ago and was always a father figure to me,” assistant athletic director Kathy McGinnis said. “All the people that were around

City Times file Harry West is shown during his days as a member of the Knights football team in this Nov. 24, 1948, edition of The Jay Sees, the original name of City Times. him still consider him a father figure as well, and someone worthy of looking up to.” After finishing his playing

The most eloquent words however came from West’s widow, Leo West, after the vote on the naming of the new gymnasium had passed. “It is so wonderful that his memory will live on and I am very touched by how everyone keeps him in his heart,” she said.

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Football Continued from Page 1 ‘70s, when budget cutbacks and a drop in player turnout knocked them off the pedestal. So why are we without a team today? Jake Molina, the Athletics Department chairman, explained that budget constraints enacted in the early ‘90s require City and Mesa colleges to “share” their athletics teams. Whichever college “demonstrated sufficient funding and student enrollment” got to have the sport. Students from one college can travel to the other for the sport just as you might take a class from a different school. City College got soccer and women’s volleyball while Mesa has their Olympians football team. Athletics Director Cassie Macias said she is optimistic about the completion of the new gymnasium and the possibility of introducing more indoor sports to City College.

City Times file A story in the April 1992 of City Times covered the demise of the Knights football team. Budget cuts forced the team to merge with the Mesa College Olympians. Slated for completion in November, the gymnasium will have a state-of-the-art fitness center, and new indoor volleyball and badminton courts. The facility has been named after Harry West, a star halfback from 1949-50 who returned to the Knights as a coach and athletics director. When asked who was championing the cause of City College’s dusty football field, Macias said with a hint of regret that the Knights would not be riding out onto the gridiron again any time soon.

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Protest pays off — Moore to speak locally Filmmaker’s appearance at CSUSM was cancelled By Manny Lopez Following a Sept. 23 rally, the president of the California State University San Marcos student government, Manal Yamout, announced that the university

would honor a decision by students and faculty members to host controversial Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore and that no student money will be used. Officials at CSUSM had rescinded their invitation to Moore to speak on campus. Moore is currently traveling throughout the

country on his “Slacker Uprising Tour” in an effort to get millions of traditional nonvoters to the polls on Nov. 2. The new event will take place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. The North County Times reported that over $40,000 in unsolicited private donations came in from community mem-

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Parking structure planned

Fun and controversy at annual Club Rush By Donna Maranto The students of City College’s Cosmetology School “really enjoyed being outside announcing their services,” according to Kelly Lombardy, public events coordinator for the Associated Student Government, when the students had the opportunity to offer free haircuts during Club Rush on Sept. 14 and 15. There was also minor conflict when vendor Sunshine Arts opened its table with a display of knives and cigarette lighters, which campus officials consider not conducive to the academic environment. Campus police asked the vendor remove the items. According to Lombardy, the vendor “showed up selling knives and lighters on school grounds.” According to campus police Sgt. Headtke, there was no incident. However, witnesses at the event said there was a confrontation, which the campus police finally admitted, and, according to them, was put into Dean Mario Chacon’s hands. Sunshine Arts representa-

bers to pay for the filmmaker’s trip. The event will be open to the public. Tickets are $10. CSUSM students can attend for free. Cal State San Marcos made national headlines after revoking its invitation to Moore, who said he has spoken on many college cam-

District’s new chancellor discusses future projects, vision for campuses

Photo by Mike Sullivan Third-year Radio/TV student Lidia Abrkha sits for a trim by cosmetology student Brian Lobato Sept. 14 in Gorton Quad. Lobato joined other cosmetology students offering free haircuts to promote the cosmetology department as part of Club Rush.

By Donna Maranto A plan funded by the state calls for the construction of a new parking structure within three years at City College, which will provide adequate space for all students, according to new district Chancellor Constance Carroll. “The City College master plan has many buildings in it, the new gym being just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. There are many modernization projects in the works for the campus, which she said she plans to bring forward, as well as finding support for those projects not on the master plan list. In her capacity as chancellor, she said, “the vision comes from City College, rather than I imposing one on it.” The top three goals for all three district colleges (City, Mesa and Miramar) are: n The hiring of more full time faculty members; n Filling the gap so that there is sufficient support staff, including counselors, librarians and tutors; n Implementing and supporting co-curricuSee PARKING, Page 5

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CityTimes Volume 59, Issue 2 Sept. 28-Oct. 13, 2004 Published as: The Jay Sees / 1945-1949 Fortknightly / 1949-1978 City Times / 1978Incorporating the newspapers Tecolote, Knight Owl and Flicks April Garcia-Peete Manny Lopez Editors-in-Chief Hector Trujillo Sports Editor Opinion Editor Mike Sullivan Photography Editor Sandi Garcia Calendar Editor April Garcia-Peete Manny Lopez Advertising Managers City Times Staff Sarah Adair, Luis Bahena, Lauren Ciallella, Armando Diaz, Chris Ferguson, Rene Granados, Kimberly Humes, Robert Levacy, Donna Maranto, Gabriela Moreno, Michael San Juan, Mike Sullivan, Steven Vanica, Christopher Young Contributors Max Rivera, Kristin Tow Roman S. Koenig Journalism Adviser

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ASG members must unify to be effective “Without a strategic plan, you are not an organization,” explained Dean Mario Chacon. “You are just a gang.” The beginning of the 2004-2005 school year is off to a rocky start for San Diego City College’s ASG. Two weeks into the new semester, my husband came home with the word that every military wife prepares for, but few look forward to. Deployment. For me, this meant having to make some difficult choices. The first and the hardest was to resign as vicepresident of ASG. After my resignation, ASG President Ryan Schneeberger attempted to appoint someone to the empty position, which according to the newly amended constitution he does not have the authority to do. “I think that he just misunderstood his power,” says ASG treasurer Josey Arellano. But isn’t it the president’s job to know what is plainly outlined in the constitution which he is working under? Being president is a huge responsibility, but it is not without compensation, including monthly stipends from both City College and the San Diego Community College District (for serving as student trustee), and privileges such as a staff parking permit. While I am in no way implying that the constitution needs to be memorized, before any major change is proposed it should at least be referred to. His actions were not received well by members of his cabinet.


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Photo by Mike Sullivan Campus police Officer Robert Gonzales advises Sunshine Arts vendor Ed, who declined to give his last name, to pack up knives and lighters that were for sale on Sept. 14 during Rush Week. Only one week later, during Club Rush week, the unity that an organization needs to survive was still lacking because

a loud disagreement ensued between Public Events Coordinator Kelly Lombardy and Arellano over an “unauthorized vendor.” Arellano contends that the dispute occurred because Lombardy wanted the vendor to pay a $75 fee to set up shop, while Sen. Janet Clarke, who helped to plan Club Rush week, insisted that the problem was with the vendor’s wares (lighters and knives), which are illegal to posses on campus. Campus police, enforcing school policy, escorted the vendor off campus. Arellano plans to use this incident to “educate” the ASG on the difference between “corporations” and “sole proprietors.” She hopes to get policy changed to allow more sole proprietors the opportunity to take advantage of City College events by allowing them to set up tables free of charge or for a reduced fee. With the vice president position still open, and a date for strategic planning still in the planning phase, can this year’s ASG become more than “just a gang?” Only if they stop acting like crabs in a barrel and work together on what’s best for City College students as a whole. Teshonne Harper is a former ASG vice president and City Times news editor

Muhammad Ali example of strong character By Hector Trujillo The never-ending debate over whether professional athletes should be considered role models seems to have no end. Many people agree with the Charles Barkley school of thinking that pro athletes should not be role models for kids. I agree with this belief, to some extent, especially with all the scandals surrounding famous sports stars in recent years. However, there are some athletes how stand out not simply because of their achievements on the field, but also because of their impact on society. One of these athletes is the former heavyweight world champion Muhammad Ali. Regardless if you agreed or disagreed with Ali on his political views, what made him great was that he never shied away from controversy and was true to himself. Today we see athletes taking the safe rout and not wanting to comment on controversial issues or just defending the

status quo, not because they believe it, but because they think it is what most of us want to hear. Today the most controversial issue on the family table is the Iraq war. What do I believe Ali would say about the war? He would be totally and utterly against it. Ali saw the true reasons behind the Vietnam War and actually risked his career and freedom by rejecting induction in to the armed forces. He was a visionary who saw the lies behind Vietnam and would see the lies behind the war in Iraq. His religious convictions did not allow him to go and kill for something he did not believe in. Ali made many mistakes in his life and I did not agree with some of the personal choices he made. When it comes to issues that impacted society like poverty, drugs, and yes, war, he made the correct ones. Many people still consider him a coward

and some go as far as to call him a traitor. Is ask, a traitor to whom? He was not a traitor to his country because most people opposed the Vietnam War by the time he was drafted. Not a traitor to the millions of Americans who were being denied their civil rights and suffering racial discrimination every day of their lives. Not a traitor to all those living within the never-ending cycle of poverty and drugs that poisons society today. Certainly, and most importantly, he was not a traitor to himself because he backed up his beliefs with action and never conferred to the beliefs of others. Ali has inspired me to become in more ways that I can write here, hopefully, you will also find examples of your own as to whom you get inspired by. Hector Trujillo is opinion and sports editor for City Times

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lar programs such as athletics and journalism. One project under way on campus is the faculty-led Voter Registration Project. The project led to the review of practices regarding the use of public resources in relationship to matters before the electorate, as outlined by law, which states that public money cannot be used for partisan activities. “We have to make sure that what occurs with the drive is 100 percent nonpartisan,” Carroll said. “We must bend over backwards to avoid the intrusion or even the appearance of intrusion of partisan politics by our faculty.” The showing of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” however, is more a question of First Amendment rights, according to Carroll. “The showing of ‘9/11’ and the voter registration project are two separate issues,” she explained. “We must protect free speech at all costs. We must not use any funds from the Drive (to show the movie), or have any linking of it (to the project) - promoting it would be wrong in the classrooms, as the students would assume it would be linked.” For students at City College, there is talk of the recent loss of the City of San Diego’s credit rating. Could it have an impact on tuition? No, Carroll said. “The city has no business with the tuition,” she said. “It (the tuition increase) is offsetting the state budget - the

tives said they were informed by student government Treasurer Josey Arellano prior to coming that they could be a vendor on campus for free if they donated to the ASG’s raffle. “All vendors are supposed to sign an agreement, which is a contract and limits our liability and either provide a satisfying service to the students or pay the ASG,” Lombardy said. “This money does not go into any of our pockets just as the money saved this year from last years allocated funds will not. The bottom line is that we the ASG represent students in every event we put on ... I also had the owner of Sunshine Arts get in touch with SIFE and even they will be charging $25 to be a vendor at their event in October. They (Sunshine) also take up eight tables while other vendors take one. They also required an extension cord and TV/VCR. On Tuesday they paid nothing to be a vendor and gave the ASG a bad image. On Wednesday after telling him to pay $50 if they wanted to stay, they did so.” At the ASG meeting Sept. 15, Arellano proposed an additional discussion item, in which she distributed a memo. “ASG supports small business owners interested in participating in on-campus events,” Arellano stated in the memo. “Small business owners are sole proprietors operating their own sales or service business. Interested business owners may make a donation to the ASG from their business to pay the required fee. ... Why should the ASG support

Photo by Mike Sullivan Constance Carroll, former Mesa College president, now has her office in Mission Valley as chancellor of the college district. revenue goes to Sacramento, therefore it has nothing to do with the city or its current credit rating problem.” She further explained, “In the end, it is a horse trade. There are two forces - the conservatives who want to avoid taxes and therefore oppose contributions to the schools; and then there are the liberals pushing back saying that the government is not going to use the backs of the students to fill the gap.” In the interest of keeping the cost of education down, active participation in concerned organizations is one approach that often meets with success. Carroll was active with CalSACC (a student lobby group) in the successful drive, along with other organizations, to stop the practice of discriminatory tuition - those already educated being forced to pay more per unit than those new to college. Last semester, the City College’s Associated Student Government was active with two

lobbying groups, ASACC and CalSACC, but found criticism in regards to CalSACC. Traditionally, City College has remained with ASACC, one group more associated with the federal levels of government. Carroll said the college actually needs to be a part of both. “California tends to become isolated in all areas,” she said. “There are as many federal issues affecting community college students as well as California issues. To be effective, we need to be active at both levels.” In her response to the criticism of CalSACC, she said, “It can be seen as a sleeping giant. If the organization needs to be reformed, then it is time to become fully involved and to make it effective.” Carroll’s contract with the district will be honored for four years, which is the usual term of office; and she noted that she does have one new involvement — The Urban League of San Diego.

Phi Theta Kappa participates in Relay for Life By Sarah Adair Over the summer holiday while most students were relaxing, Mary Frakes and other members of Phi Theta Kappa were representing City College at the annual Relay for Life walkathon in Ocean Beach. Relay for Life is an overnight event where participants are required to keep at least one person from their team walking, jogging or running on the track at all times for 24 hours. For this event, PTK

raised more than $1,300 for the American Cancer Society by holding car washes, garage sales, and soliciting for donations. One of the highlights of the event was the luminary

ceremony, where people lit candles in honor of those who lost their battle with cancer. The candles were placed all along the track and spectators were allowed to pay tribute.

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the sole proprietors? Many of today’s students are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. With SDCC as a starting ground for their education many business owners will find it natural to come back to our campus for support as they develop their client base. These sole proprietors are also our community members whose tax dollars keep this campus alive. It is our duty as community leaders to show our support to all who support our campus.” The item was tabled until the next ASG meeting. In the end, Sunshine Arts complied and no longer displayed the unwanted items. Those attending the annual Club Rush had the option of receiving a free hair cut, one of the many perks offered by campus clubs and other school organizations. Thirty-two haircuts were given Sept. 14 and 35 on Sept. 15. Coldstone Creamery gave away 150 samples of ice cream Sept. 14 in 35 minutes, and 400 Sept. 15 in 45 minutes, according to the ASG. Music was also part of the fun. On Sept. 13, pop singer Marina Sena gave a concert, followed the next day by REV, which gave away CD to the audience. Radio station Magic Radio 92.5 arrived on Tuesday, offering movie tickets and T-shirts at its booth. The clubs represented were Trio Aspire, Science Club, student government, Phi Theta Kappa, Arabic Club, NSBE, SDS, SHPE, Students in Free Enterprise and LGBTSU. The Transfer/Career Center, English Center and City Times also had tables. Businesses on hand included Sprint PCS and Sunshine Arts. Student government members are seeking student volunteers for future club rushes.

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Epicentre focal point of good local bands Random teens wandered around, mingling with friends and dressed as if a huge rock show was about to take place. Tonight, however, would be unplugged. The free acoustic show at the Epicentre was a display of local musical talent supported by a close group of friends and musicians. The vibe was really calm and it was almost like watching a show at a coffeehouse but on any given night this place explodes with world famous bands and raging mosh pits. This would be very different. The music was awesome. I couldn’t believe these were local bands. Each band tore through their set and afterwards began disassembling their equipment, wrapping cables and moving monitors, making way for the next band. When Chasing Paper (San Diego) took the stage, what caught my attention was that they were older than the bands before them; not much but enough to notice in a place where I felt old and I’m only 19. Forget about the age difference because these guys rock. The chemistry between the two band members defines the sound. Chasing Paper is acoustic rock at its best and hopefully will influence the growing San Diego music scene. They took a break from their original songs like “Arlington,” about growing up in a small town with limited expectations, and played a cover. Not just any cover but a Tool cover. “Sober” is a difficult song to See MUSIC, Page 11

Photo by Robert Levacy Members of the ‘Newscene” team review their notes before the program begins. ‘Newscene’ is produced by City College broadcasting students.

Lights, campus, action!

Broadcast students take to the airwaves on ‘Newscene’ By Lauren Ciallella Have you ever wanted to be on TV? It’s a reality for the select group involved in “Newscene,” the 30-minute news broadcast which is written, directed and produced by City College students. Taped in the Radio/Television Department on campus, the show (which has been around since the 1970s) allows students to become proficient in the various roles that it takes to produce a news broadcast, from all sides of the camera. The stakes of professionalism are high since the program airs (taped live) weekly on Cox Cable channel 16 Friday evenings at 5:30 p.m., reaching not only City College students but elsewhere in the San Diego County as well. “It’s like a second job,” says Armondo

‘Brevity is what it’s all about.’ Cory Dalton, ‘Newscene’ team member Patricio, whose interest in sports and ability to work the camera earned him a spot “shooting” for the Chargers last season. He puts in about three days a week of his own time and is constantly scanning the television, Internet and various media sources for story ideas, hoping his hard work will eventually

land him a spot on ESPN. Cory Dalton, Patricio’s classmate/ news team member, also makes it clear that the time and effort contributed to a weekly show, must simply “become a part of your life.” Laura Castañeda, who now heads the department at City, encourages RTV student to “go, go, go. It will help you survive better as a journalist and make it easier for deadlines.” Two stories are due a week, covering issues from campus to world news (along with sports, weather and entertainment), which entails constant motivation to keep up with creative leads and visually appealing material. “Brevity is what it’s all about,” See ACTION, Page 8

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‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ makes case against Bush “Fahrenheit 9/11” is the most important movie produced in the last 10 years. This controversial film, released in June, has redefined the “documentary” as a powerful weapon. I left this movie furious. I woke up the next morning pissed-off. Now, I am skeptical about trusting my government. The film clearly documents the overt campaign of misinformation presented by the Bush administration (and circulated by an all-too-willing media) that has brought us to war in Iraq. Writer/producer/director Michael Moore used extensive media footage and interviews with high-level government officials to establish his case. Unlike in his previous films “Bowling

for Columbine” or “Roger and Me,” Moore rarely appears in “Fahrenheit.” Please be warned: this film is an emotional roller coaster. Early in the film you will laugh hysterically as the “cast of characters” is introduced (Deputy Director of Defense Paul Wolfowitz steals the show with his “beauty secrets”). Later, you will be furious as you see Bush talk to his elite “base” at a formal dinner. Finally, you will grieve for all our soldiers lost in this war, now totaling more than 1,000. There are two acts to “Fahrenheit 9/11.” In the first, we learn of the Bush family’s business connections to the Saudi government and to the Bin Laden Family, which Moore contends


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are the true reasons behind the war. The viewer also sees how, for over seven minutes, the president looked like a deer in headlights when he was informed “the country is under attack.” The second act focuses on the consequences of the Iraq War, highlighted by the grief endured by Lila Lipscomb, a government employee in Flint, Mich., whose son was killed. This part of the film is especially important since Americans have been denied the right to witness our fallen

soldiers’ return from war. Aside from a handful of photographs, we have not seen the coffins return, nor have we seen the funerals in TV. To date, none of the information in this film has been disproved. On, in fact, the key allegations raised in this film are itemized, along with the page numbers from the 9/11 Commission report that prove Moore’s case. The reason this movie has had such an impact is the actual footage of and quotes by President Bush and his associates are the “smoking guns” that can most harm Bush’s reelection campaign. “Fahrenheit 9/11” is still showing in theaters, and will be available on home video Oct. 5.

MoPA builds on quality The Museum of Photographic Arts has been around for about 21 years providing San Diego with a growing collection of amazing photographs from all over the world and especially of local artists. MoPA has gone from a small building a quarter of the size it is today, to a remarkable gallery located in the heart of beautiful Balboa Park, which is probably one of the most photographed Chris Ferguson areas in San Diego. It boasts a large general gallery space that can be adjusted to fit either one large show or sectioned off for smaller individual showings. There is also a library, a theater, and classrooms to help educate anyone interested in photography and the arts. This inspiring museum has lots to offer the public throughout the year. With a general admission of only $6 and numerous ways to discount the rate or even get in free, it’s become a very assessable and fun place to visit. Balboa Park also offers all of their museums on an exciting rotation of free Tuesday specials. MoPA is free to visit on the second Tuesday of each month and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and extends its hours on Thursdays until 9 p.m. for anyone who maybe can’t get there early enough other days. A recent visit to the museum allowed me to explore the current exhibits on display, which include Circle of Memory, Recent Gifts: For Eye and Mind, and David Fokus’ collection titled Borrowed Time. Each exhibit gives


Photos by Mike Sullivan Above, co-director June Richards (seated) oversees rehearsals for ‘A Chorus Line’ Sept. 16 at the Saville Theatre. Left, first-year theater student Eric Dowdy and choreographer Kathleen Calvin go over dance steps.

Students hope to join ‘Chorus’ By Donna Maranto Always an exciting event, the auditions for “A Chorus Line,” this fall’s offering by the Performing Arts Department at San Diego City College, were held Sept. 11 from noon till 2 p.m. at the Saville Theatre. Students Stephanie Jackson and Jonathan Allen were felt they had successful auditions. “I sang ‘Favorite Things’ for the vocal, but felt strongest in the

dance routine I was asked to perform, which was choreographed by Alicia Rincon,” Jackson said. Allen sang “If I Only Had a Heart” and, although his role has not been assigned, said he is looking forward to performing in this world-renowned musical. Last year, Allen performed as the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz” at City. See CHORUS, Page 11

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Eric Peterson, top, has one of many romantic dinners with himself at their favorite restaurant. By LISA CHENEY Local college student Eric Peterson recently announced that he’s entered a committed relationship— with himself. Peterson vehemently denied rumors that the two were dating other people. “We’re totally committed to each other. We’ve never been happier.” When asked what prompted the campus heartthrob to take himself off the market, he chalked it up in large part to his current financial situation, claiming that monthly fees from his checking account were making it too expensive for him to date around. “It was partly

a cost-effective decision on my part, but it’s been really nice for us to spend more time together.” Peterson was apparently unaware of Free Checking from Washington Mutual. It’s an account with no monthly fees and the option to add Deluxe services like free online bill pay. And he could have gotten Free Checking just by visiting a Washington Mutual Financial Center, then signed up for online bill pay at “Dang,” said Peterson, “if I had known about Free Checking Deluxe, my current dating situation would be different. I probably wouldn’t have settled down with someone so soon.”



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n SEPTEMBER 29: Information session on study abroad in Sydney (spring 2005), D-121A, 12:30 p.m. 29: Phi Theta Kappa Informational Open House, A-216, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 29: Scholarship Workshop I (presented by Phi Theta Kappa), A-216, 5 p.m. 29: Women’s Volleyball vs. Citrus, gym, 6 p.m. 30: Last day to file for a credit/no credit grade option 30: American Red Cross Blood Drive, Gorton Quad, 9am-2:30 p.m. 30: First Presidential Debate (George W. Bush & John Kerry), 6 p.m. n OCTOBER 01: Tony Gable: African American artist shares his creativity (presented by World Cultures), Saville Theater, 7 p.m. 05: Vice-Presidential Debate (Richard Cheney & John Edwards), 6 p.m. 07: Transfer Fair (presented by Transfer/Career Center), Gorton Quad, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 08: Second Presidential Debate (George W. Bush & John Kerry), 6 p.m. Pacific 08: San Diego Opera Unplugged (presented by World Cultures), Saville Theater, 7 p.m. 08: Women’s Volleyball vs. Southwestern, gym, 7 p.m. 13: Voter Awareness Day (presented by Phi Theta Kappa), Gorton Quad, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 13: Women’s Volleyball Alumni Match, gym, 7 p.m. 13: Third and final Presidential Debate (George W. Bush & John Kerry), 6 p.m. Pacific 14: Latino Heritage Panel: Celebrate with leaders in education and the arts (presented by World Cultures), Saville Theater, 11:15 a.m. 18: Deadline to Register to vote in the November election, Registrar of Voters,


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Dalton says, explaining that besides being short in length, the stories also have to be written in the most basic elements of the English language (around fifth-grade level) so the general public can understand. Patricio also admits that “learning how to write is the hardest part” for the show, but he has the opportunity to develop his media writing skills, even though he wants to pursue camera work.



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who have jobs throughout the media, behind the scenes. Dalton feels this success is also achieved by having “professors who have been in the business,” such as Castañeda, “and internships at stations.” He adds, “I know one doesn’t just walk into that position (anchor) ... You have to do a lot of reporting to get there.” Being well rounded in all realms of the field allows students to accept a variety of positions instead of being forced to compete in only one area of media. He says if students are willing to put in the time, it is “unlimited what they can do here.” “Newscene” members want to build a program that’s based around the student, both in creation and viewing. They encourage City students to give suggestions about topics that affect them and continue in their effort to build a television program that supports student interests, while using fin_17_5x6 8/4/04 4:18tool. PM Page 1 it as a key learning

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This seems to be the driving force behind “Newscene” — the ability to learn every role it takes to create a news broadcast, including production, TV/studio operation, writing for television and media performance. Castañeda admits it’s this hands-on approach that gives City students an edge. “That’s what separates City from other campuses,” she said. “Major universities may have nicer equipment and more editing suites, but their students aren’t on TV (after graduation).” Patricio backs up Castañeda’s claims, saying he had gone to San Diego State, where he only dealt with paperwork and quickly realized he wasn’t “going to learn like that.” He adds that the hands-on element makes all of the difference when pursuing a real career. There does seem to be a noteworthy success rate, specifically at City College, in radio/television. There are at least 10 graduates who have on-air jobs (including Lisa Lake at KGTV Channel 10 and Artie Ojeda at KNSD Channel 7/39), and many more

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Success Continued from Page 12 tournament held at UCLA. Despite the fact that her team only had eight players — compared with 15 players for the rest — Bodnar helped lead her squad to a stunning victory over heavily favored UCLA in the final. Bodnar’s achievements as a player came did not come without obstacles, however. While playing professionally in France, Bodnar was involved in a horrific accident that threatened not only her career but her life as well. She was told there was a chance that she would never play volleyball again and even a possibility that she would never walk again. After nine months of inten-

sive therapy, Bodnar was not only able to walk again but also played professional volleyball for a second time. Whether they are positive or negative, she is able to use all her experiences to make her a not only a better coach but also a better person. Bodnar has been able to find inspiration from several sources in order to help her grow. Among the people whom she admires are former UCLA coaching legend John Wooden. “He was such a classy coach and in turn he made the team classy,” she said. Other notable players that she points to are former tennis great Martina Navratilova, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and current University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt. “I love watching sports from


people who are not only great athletes but also great people,” she said, “because I love hearing stories of hard work, and the people that I admire all have a great work ethic professionally so I can learn.” As her resume shows, Bodnar is a quick learner. In 1998, Bodnar received the Outstanding Female Coach of the Year award from the U.S. Olympic Committee and Developmental Coach of the Year from USA Volleyball. “It makes me happy that, among so many people who could have been given these awards, my efforts have been recognized my along with my ability to teach young kids about the sport,” Bodnar said. The future has coach Bodnar involved in volleyball in some capacity, but regardless of where she may be, her efforts to help the youngster succeed will remain constant. “I hope that I am involved in either coaching or teaching and that people see the energy that I have each and every day thanks to the joy that I have for life.”

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and probably the most well known in the United States, is Manchester United. Man U is famous for the time and money they invest in the younger generation to help develop their abilities. Manchester United is probably most famous for developing the skills of midfield legend David Beckham — yes ladies the Spice Boy — who led his team to the UEFA Championship in 2001. “Think of European soccer as being a tracking system serving not just the player, but the club itself...the player is molded in to a system that the club finds successful,” Tomaschke added. Many countries are now emulating the European model of development in recent years. Let’s just hope that sometime in the near future we can play and beat the big boys from across the ocean.

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Kennedy Continued from Page 1 “I feel that we need to right the wrongs in this country. This is an inside job; we have to find out who was really behind 9/11. In three years now no one has been brought to justice,” Kennedy said. “It’s been three years and no one has been brought to justice.” As the discussion continued, many students joined in and started to question him on several topics. One man, who identified himself as Mr. K, talked with Kennedy about the choices voters have in presidential election. The participant questioned why the

United States has only two main political parties, Democratic and Republican. When Kennedy talked about how he wanted to bring dignity and respect back to the White House, a nearby student, William Cloud, interrupted. “The United States has been founded on lies and deception? How can you return dignity to the White House if it has never been there?” Cloud asked. Other students had questions for Kennedy, to which he wasn’t prepared to answer. He said was willing to learn more, and hopes that people help him in his quest for the presidency. Helping Kennedy with his campaign is vice presidential candidate Daniel Robert Rezac. Together, they brought

Moore Continued from Page 3 puses and that CSUSM is the only university to withdraw an invitation. Moore had originally been scheduled to speak last year, but due to the October wildfires, the engagement was cancelled. The university recently asked him back and student leaders voted 12-3 on Sept. 10 to contribute $6,500 toward the estimated $37,000 cost of the visit. Then, two days later, university President Karen Haynes announced she was canceling the event because she would not spend state money on partisan politics. Haynes said that her aim “was to be the good steward of public funds.” Haynes initially rejected the visit, saying there was too little time before the presidential election to provide a “balancing perspective” to the campus. According to an email sent to faculty and students, the president didn’t want Moore speaking on campus before the election because she felt the university would be unable to get a conservative whose stature ranks with Moore’s. University officials have acknowledged that they did

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Photo by Mike Sullivan Cal State San Marcos President Karen Haynes addresses the media Sept. 23 during a rally to bring controversial filmmaker Michael Moore to San Diego. not attempt to find any conservative speakers. Student leaders had invited Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar months ago but have not received a response. Their search for a conservative voice continues. Haynes said that Moore is a partisan political figure and that state law prohibits the use of public funds for partisan activity. Although Moore is not a registered Democrat and has not endorsed Dem-

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During his San Diego visit, Kennedy appeared on local television stations including KSWB, KUSI and XETV. He also visited San Diego State University, making a speech marking the San Diego wildfires discussing his campaign.

Photo by Mike Sullivan Presidential candidate John Joseph Kennedy speaks with students in the campus cafeteria on Sept. 15. Kennedy is running as a write-in candidate. their campaign to San Diego and Los Angeles. He was invited to San Diego by Rezac to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist

attacks. As part of the commemoration, Kennedy also was here to commemorate local fire departments’ hard work fighting last year’s wildfires.

ocratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry, he has publicly declared his mission is to get President Bush defeated in November. On Sept. 23, nearly 300 students and faculty members held a protest rally at the school’s Free Speech Area denouncing the cancellation of Moore’s previously scheduled appearance, slated for Oct. 13. Professors, students, parents of soldiers killed in Iraq and representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union gave speeches, event organizers said. The North County Times reported on Sept 21 that a group of campus employees called the decision to cancel Moore’s visit “an arbitrary use of executive privilege to silence a controversial speaker.”

Chorus Continued from Page 7 Michael Bennett’s “A Chorus Line,” written by William McKay, has a list of awards totaling at least 14, making it one of the most successful musical plays ever performed. They include Tony Awards in 1976 for Best Musical, Best Musical Book Score, Best Actress, Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Director of a Musical (Michael Bennett), Best Lighting Design and Best Choreography; a 1975 New York Drama Critic’s Award for Best Musical; the Pulitzer Prize for


In a letter sent to Haynes, the group said, “Our university must support those, like Moore, who open discussion Continued from Page 6 about whether our fundamental values — justice, reason, equality and democracy — play with a five-piece band let remain active forces in our alone two guys with acoustic community.” guitars, but they nailed it. “I think some Maynard guy Following the rally, Yamout stole it from us,” they said announced that the university afterwards. He would be would honor the decision by proud I’m sure. It wouldn’t be students and faculty members complete without giving back to host Moore and that no stu- to the fans as they sang an dent money will be used. impromptu “happy birthday”

By Donna Maranto The third annual San Diego Film Festival arrives at the Pacific Theater in Gas

Lamp Sept. 29 through Oct. 3, and will be showing special presentations, feature films and documentaries which are new on the

He has been endorsed by country singer Willie Nelson, who invited Kennedy to the 17th annual Farm Aid concert held Sept. 18th to help him with his candidacy. Nelson has also authorized Kennedy to use his song “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?” as a part of Kennedy’s campaign More information about Kennedy’s candidacy can be found at Drama in 1975; the Drama Desk Award in 1976; and the London Evening Standard Award for Best Musical in 1977. In 1984, a special Tony Award was given as the longest running Broadway show in history. “The cast list is still evolving,” said June E. Richards, who is directing City’s production along with Alicia Rincon, who is also the choreographer, with musical director Michael Farley. The show opens Oct. 29 and plays through Nov 14. The performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for faculty, staff and students. The production is not appropriate for children. to one of their biggest fans. The Epicentre is an awesome venue geared towards giving back to the kids that support it. Free concerts with local bands are a great way for unknowns to become known and for fans to discover something new. With tons of shows happening every week, check out who’s playing at and go support the bands whether you recognize the name or not.

scene, most of which are award winners. For more information, call up the festival’s Web site at

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European soccer still the best If you can’t beat them, join them. There is no place where this saying applies more than professional sports. We see players change teams or get traded in order to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming a champion. In soccer, leagues all over the world are becoming aware of the need to follow a model of success that can be found in one place, Europe. For decades European soccer has been successful in most international tournaments because of the way players are shaped. “They have a model of development that brings players along from an early age, as early as 5 or 6 years old, towards competitive soccer” assistant women’s soccer coach Jen Tomaschke said. “If you look at teams that has been successful playing international tournaments, you will find teams those Europe still dominating the sport because of this.” American sports fans can find some similarities in the way European soccer develops its youth by looking at what Baseball and football leagues do here. Whether it is Pop Warner, pony, or some other league, the age of the child is what determines where he or she plays. When it comes to soccer however, it is not a league that determines where you play, but the sporting club itself. One of the most famous soccer teams in the world, See SOCCER, Page 10


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Spirit of success

Women’s volleyball coach draws on inspiration

Photo by Mike Sullivan Head Coach Dede Bodnar leads the San Diego City College women’s volleyball team. Bodnar comes from a family of volleyball players.

By Hector Trujillo While other community colleges can brag about such things as their athletic prowess or traditions, San Diego City College has something — or someone — it can brag about even more. Women’s volleyball coach Dede Bodnar brings an impressive resume and a strong winning attitude to her team that she hopes will permeate among her players this season. She has been involved in coaching for over two decades and has been a teacher at City College for six years. Bodnar became involved in volleyball at a very early age, playing in a co-ed team with her brother and under the guidance of her father, who was also her coach. “I have been playing volleyball competitively since I was 4 years old, my brother played, my sister played, my whole family played,” she said. “I had a goal in the sixth grade to either dunk a basketball or get a college scholarship playing the game I love.” Bodnar’s dedication made her one of the most successful players in the country. Among her several accomplishments as a player is winning the Most Valuable Player award at the 25-team national invitational See SUCCESS, Page 10

‘I love watching sports from people who are not only great athletes but also great people.’ Dede Bodnar, women’s volleyball coach


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