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Volume 60, Number 4
Oct. 11, 2005
Rush raises funds for hurricane victims
Joyelle Rabato performed traditional Filipino dance on campus Sept. 26 during a presentation by the Pasacat dance troupe. The event was part of City College’s World Cultures program.
Annual event introduces students to campus clubs By Ivette Servin City Times
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Center New Orleans students reﬂect focuses on studying in San Diego on student Classes offered for hurricane victims success By Josie Salazar City Times
Despite the devastation and disruption Hurricane Katrina has caused, two Tulane University students from New Orleans keep a positive perspective on collage life. Jennifer Powell, from Northridge California attending her ﬁrst year, and Lydia M a r i n a Suazo, a longtime Lydia Marina resident of New Orleans Suazo and in her ﬁfth year, are now attending San Diego State University after ﬂeeing from Tulane University in New Orleans during the mandatory evacuations. Suazo, as a long time resident of New Orleans, remembers most evacuations were routine and last only a couple of days. But this time it was
By Tiffany Stecker City Times Yes, there is indeed life after community college. The Transfer Center in room A-111 has proof. Year round, the Transfer Center provides resources and guidance to students who wish to continue their higher education at a four-year university. “The reason [the center] came about was to help those students who weren’t transferring,” said Duane Short, director of the center. According to Short, the state became aware several years ago that community college students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds were transferring to four-year universities at a higher rate than those students from less wealthy backgrounds. Short, a former Mesa student and graduate of Stanford University and SDSU,
San Diego City College is offering two late-start fall semester classes speciﬁcally for current and potential college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Courses begin Oct. 24 and end Dec. 15. ■ English 245: Writing Creative Non-Fiction ■ Health 101: Health and Lifestyle(s) Both courses are free to Katrina evacuees, are transferable to colleges and universities throughout the country and require only a high school diploma or GED. For other late-start classes offered at City College, go to www.sdccd.edu or call English/humanities professor Laurel Corona at (619) 388-3597.
very different. As the events unfolded, these two students, like so many other students affected by Katrina, waited in limbo to ﬁnd out what was going to happen to their collage aspirations. As time went on, and they saw the horrifying events unfold, both realized they would not be attending school at Tulane anytime soon. “And I was just beginning to bond with my roommate too,” which she says “made it
even harder to leave.” When it became apparent that neither of them was returning to Tulane, they both started to worry about their future in collage, and started to make some phone calls. Powell, who had already applied at San Diego State University before opting to go to Tulane, was readily accepted by the school. “San Diego State University has done a phenom-
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The Associated Student Government raised nearly $500 Sept. 20-22 during the annual Club Rush week to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Many clubs and students contributed by selling accessories, clothes and food. “We took advantage of the whole event,” said AS Secretary Vanessa Carrillo, stating that all proceeds will go to those affected by the disaster. Club Rush week was intended to provide the opportunity for all clubs to advertise and promote themselves, and to encourage students to become members of one, or several different clubs. The event was also designed for students to obtain information regarding speciﬁc clubs and how to join them, as the ASG is not always capable of providing enough information to students on an individual basis. “The AS has information on how to ﬁnd a club, but not the beneﬁts of it. Club Rush is straight to the point,” said Carrillo. During Club Rush, all clubs gave their information and explained the beneﬁts on becoming a new member to anyone who was interested. There was more involvement with students, long lists of new members, and several new clubs promoted themselves with posters and signs around the campus. AS President Francisco Fabian noted this year’s presentations from clubs and participation from students were very good. “The event went well,” he said. “We had the ACLU speaker, and a lot of new members signed up.”
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City Times wins Press Club awards City Times is among three local community college student newspapers that have won awards from the San Diego Press Club. The awards will be announced Oct. 27 during the group’s annual dinner.
City Times staff members who have won awards are former Sports Editor Hector Trujillo, Jerry Webber, former Arts Editor Lauren Ciallella, current Photography Editor Mike Sullivan and spring 2005 Editor-in-Chief Sandi Garcia.
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Students Continued from Page 1 enal job in welcoming me,” she says in appreciation. Suazo reports that she was offered to stay with her cousin in San Diego, and was urged to check into San Diego State University. Suazo says that everyone has been very nice, and the school has been very accommodating. Both students say that it is always hard to start collage and the recent events just made it all that harder. But both remain optimistic in their perspective about their collage futures. And believe that returning to a routine as much as possible will help to go on with their lives. Suazo says, “When you’re keeping yourself busy, you do not have to reﬂect on the past, and you can move on with your life easier.” And that going to school is necessary in helping to not get so over-
‘When you’re keeping yourself busy, you do not have to reﬂect on the past.’ — Marina Suazo whelmed with what she went through, saw and heard of this devastating experience. Suazo, in reaching out to her family whom had to scatter about in the after math, states “The hardest part is not being with my family and friends who are still going through putting their lives back together, I miss them very much.” Both students report that strong family ties are very important in recovering after a tragedy like Hurricane Katrina. They remark that the best thing for any student who goes through such a tragedy is to stay strong as much as possible, and “never give up hope.”
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Professor protests Iraq War Teacher seeks peace studies program By Dashiell Kuhr City Times
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A study in warm weather
City College student Carlos Maia takes advantage of a sunny day while reading in Curran Plaza on Oct. 4. Warm weather the past couple of weeks has made the fall semester seem more like summer again. Forecasters call for more warm weather after a brief weekend respite.
On Sept. 24, City College professor Stephen Bouscaren attended a Stop the Iraq War rally held in Balboa Park. He carried a sign that read: “We need a peace president, not a war president; someone who builds bridges not blows them up.” The rally was organized by a coalition of 23 local community organizations. Martin Eder, former sociology teacher at City College, was the event’s emcee. The rally coincided with numerous others across the nation in opposition to the war in Iraq, the Bush Administration, and global injustice. More than 2,000 people participated in the San Diego march, including a handful of City College students. According to the
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Funding issues put historically black colleges’ future in doubt By Lolly Bowean KRT Campus NEW ORLEANS — Just as Southern University of New Orleans was about to begin classes for 3,800 students, its largest enrollment at this campus, Hurricane Katrina swept in, ﬂooding all of the college’s buildings and sending the entire student body packing. Then Hurricane Rita followed. Standing in front of the windbeaten, water-soaked, moldinfested administration building recently, Robert B. Cannon, Southern’s assistant vice chancellor for administration, said he doesn’t know where to begin cleaning up. The ﬂoors that used to gleam are covered in a thick, black slime. Desks and computers are scattered around. Trees that once shaded students lounging on the yard have been knocked down. Most of the grass and greenery are dead. All of the classroom resources — paperwork, books, research materials — have bathed in water for weeks. “The smell is unbelievable,” he said. “It was a beautiful campus. Now it’s a mess. It’s going to be a massive undertaking to get this campus up and running again.” For years, New Orleans has been a hub of historically black colleges devoted to producing black doctors, scientists, teachers and social workers. Southern, Dillard University and Xavier University are within 10 miles of each other.
But now, all three campuses have been devastated. Unlike their counterparts Loyola and Tulane universities, which have large endowments, Xavier, Dillard and Southern rely heavily on student-paid tuition to function. With no students, the schools’ futures are in jeopardy. Just as city and state leaders have begun pleading for federal aid and tax incentives to help bring the city back to life, leaders of these colleges have started their own drives to get funding to revive their schools. Their survival is critical: All three specialize in producing hundreds of black professionals. The federal government and the state must value the legacy and history of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, “which have 75 percent more success in graduating its students than mainstream universities,” said Marvalene Hughes, president of Dillard. The colleges “have played a signiﬁcant role in diversifying the workplace all over the world,” she said. Indeed, Dillard has graduated some of the highest-ranking teachers in Louisiana and is highly recognized for its nursing program. Xavier University produces more black doctors than any other undergraduate college and has educated one-fourth of the country’s black pharmacists. Southern, which also has campuses in Baton Rouge and Shreveport, was known in New Orleans for its premier school of
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Center Continued from Page 1 became the Center’s director over three years ago. In addition to providing guidance to those who wish to study at a four-year college, the Transfer Center also provides resources for career exploration, job experience, and employment preparation. The incorporation of employment and career resources in the Transfer Center sets the City center apart from other transfer centers on San Diego community college campuses and from most centers across the country. Carlos Perez uses the center regularly to use the fax machine, copier, and printers when applying for jobs. He is currently searching for per diem pharmacy jobs to supplement his income. “It has everything I need,” said Perez. Approximately 48 percent of students use the Transfer Center for transfer services. 25 percent use it for career exploration, 12 percent for job preparation, and 5 percent for the work experience program, which provides the opportunity for students to gain career experience and units while working. “Many students don’t know that they can get credit for what they’re already learning on the job,“ said Short. In his three years at the Center, Short and the staff have spent a lot of time and energy reorganizing the space and making guides on how to use the center and its resources. Resources include brochures, college catalogs, online databases, job boards, and workshops.
Tiffany Stecker / City Times Information Assistant Donny Munshower advises at the San Diego City College Transfer Center on Sept. 20. Some immediate goals include creating a Frequently Asked Questions sheet and building an online employment database with City’s sister colleges. As for long-term goals, Short would like to create a transfer class in which students could enroll. Maritza Gutierrez and Erica Estrada came to the center for the ﬁrst time to seek guidance. For a career, Gutierrez wants “something that helps kids with problems,” probably as a counselor. Estrada wants to study criminal justice at SDSU in order to become a probation ofﬁcer. Both students took the DISCOVER Career Assessment Test, a computer program that
generates possible careers based on rankings of values, abilities, and interests. Students rank whether they enjoy doing tasks like “adjust a clock to keep accurate time,” or whether they would prefer to work a 40-hour week or follow a more ﬂexible schedule. “I didn’t like the careers,” said Estrada, referring to her results. According to the DISCOVER test, she would make a good accountant, a choice with which she disagreed. “The choices were more accurate for me,” said Gutierrez. Both plan on researching each major at SDSU that might lead to their dream jobs.
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Stand up, students Last year when I returned to college after a 20-year break, I was ﬁred up. It was an election year and I wanted to get politically involved and what better place to do it than a college campus. I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I got here. It seemed like the youth of today were disinterested in politics and didn’t seem to care as long as they had their cell phones and Starbucks. There were a few who voiced opposition, but not what I expected. Cindy J. Wimer This year I am happy to see that several clubs on campus like Resistencia and LGBTSU who were once considered radicals are now more mainstream. Even SIFE (Students for Free Enterprise) has shown that Generation XYZer’s are concerned about politics. And they should be. The policies of the Bush administration are going to affect all of us for many years to come. It will especially be hard on the younger Americans who are going to be left with the ever-growing tab of these supposed “conservatives.” I do not expect everybody to agree with my opinions but my hope was to create a dialogue about what’s going on in this country. Based on the recent letters to the editor that hope has apparently become a reality. Believe it or not there are some things that I do agree with “real conservatives” about. But this group that has taken over all three branches of our government are NOT “real conservatives.” Their reckless spending is proof of that. So I call on all students of City College to voice their opinion about current events and send them to the City Times and you just might see your name in the “City Voice” section. One of my favorite quotes is by Martin Luther King and goes “Never be silent about things that matter.” Words to live by in these uncertain times. One of the letters I received talked about courage and different types of courage. I also believe there are different types of courage, I just don’t happen to think that George W. Bush has either one. What does take courage is speaking truth to power and standing up for what you know in your heart is right no matter what the consequences.
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Constitution bad ﬁt for Iraq Any high-school history class in America will teach that the American Revolution was an effort to gain freedom from the tyranny of MotherEngland, thus allowing those freedoms to resonate and superimpose themselves onto its citizens. The reality of U.S. history is quite different; from slavery to genocide of NativeAmericans. Americans have been intolerant of almost every non-Arian race since the country’s conception; from the Ku Klux Klan’s rule of the south to Japanese internment camps during the Second World War. Today is no different — “The War on Terrorism (whatever that means)” has brought out many American’s ingrained hatred toward the non-Arian. “We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” (Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America.) When America’s forefathers sat down to write the constitution they had people in mind: themselves. White males with means. They were the “haves,” not the “have nots.” With a now “free” Iraq, America is “assisting” in its rebirth. The United States in its arrogance is repair-
Perspective Jonathan Pivar ing an Iraq that it has just destroyed in search of nonexistent weapons of mass destruction — and continues to attack. “U.S. F-16s launched airstrikes near the Syrian border, destroying three houses and killing a “known terrorist,” the U.S. military said.” (Associated Press, Aug. 30, 2005) Ironically, the U.S. is trying to employ “democracy” whilst causing chaos and yet another reasons for terrorists to have justiﬁed hatred. On Aug. 5, a draft of the Iraqi constitution was made public. Terrorism was mentioned twice, showing a heavy American inﬂuence. At ﬁrst glance, other than the terrorism citations the draft seems to be a retrospective of the nation of Iraq with a wishlist of civilization. After several re-reads, the Iraqi constitution as compared with the U.S. Constitution is vastly different. Firstly, it’s very speciﬁc with statements like “to create a new Iraq, Iraq of the future, without sectarianism, racial strife, regionalism, discrimination or isolation.” It took America decades to streamline its laws to come anywhere close to that verbiage (whether or not those laws work are another matter). The other huge difference between each countries constitutional preamble is the inclusion of religion in the
Iraqi’s. This is one of the major ﬂaws in the Iraqi document: trying to include God’s laws with the country’s laws will not bring sovereignty, but on the contrary is a potential catalyst for a civil war. “We the sons of Mesopotamia, land of the prophets, resting place of the holy imams, the leaders of civilization…” The opening sentence is written as a proverb, not an “earthly” law. The most critically ﬂawed part of the Iraqi constitution preamble as compare with America’s is the section, “Set ways to peacefully transfer power, adopt a manner to fairly distribute wealth and give equal opportunity to all.” This sentence has a potential for socialism or communism, which the U.S. (mainly out of fear of the word socialism) is against for the most part. The manner to fairly distribute wealth in essence seems to be that of: model America (which won’t in the long term for Iraq or the U.S.). The problems facing Iraq are monumental. The constitution that has been drawn up for them “modeled” after the American ideals of democracy and republicanism probably won’t work in a country that is so religiously locked. Furthermore, by having this forced adoption of U.S. government in essence will make Iraq an American colony with a mock government. Something sounds familiar, isn’t that why America broke away from England? Jonathan Pivar is City Times’ arts editor
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City College student athletes demonstrated their abilities and shared information about their teams during Sports Day on Oct. 6 in Gorton Quad.
“The goal today is to raise awareness about sports on campus promote student involvement,” said head baseball coach Chris Brown. “Most people aren’t aware that we have eleven collegiate sports here at City. In the last six years City College has produced nine baseball players that have been drafted including Sergio Metre who plays for the Chicago Cubs.”
Tommy Arnold, shooting guard for the Knights demonstrates good form.
City College psychology major James Lienhard takes some good cuts at the plate. Lienhard, an avid athlete, used to play football for Mesa.
Yoko Anderson is the No. 1 singles and doubles player in women’s tennis.
Basketball player Tito Littleton (far right) and volleyball player Caroline Soria battle for the ball with a student in Gorton Quad during Sports Day.
Volleyball player Caroline Soria plays a match against members of the Lady Knights soccer team Oct.6 during Sports Day. Soria was athlete of the week for that week.
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Stars and Stripes news service, an estimated 250,000 people attended protests in Washington D.C. “It has never been more important for youth to be involved,” Eder said. “It is their brothers and sisters who are not only dying, but also might be drafted for this war, which is costing the U.S. 1.5 bilarents 5x6 8/10/05 6:57 PM Page 1 lion dollars a week.” Two marches led into the rally at Sixth and Laurel Streets. One began at City College, led by the Palestine Right to Return Coalition (Al-Awda). 60 booths sold literature, T-shirts, and other merchandise for fundraising purposes. Guest speakers from various organizations and
ethnic backgrounds spoke out against the war. According to Eder, who works for Activist San Diego, the war in Iraq has made that country a number one target for terrorist activity. Bouscaren asked, “If war really works, why do we still have war? War just leads to more war.” Bouscaren, who has been teaching for 17 years at City, is developing the Peace Processes Interdisciplinary Program, what he describes as a new as viable alternative to a militaristic career or lifestyle. Bouscaren currently teaches archaeology and an anthropology course, presented this year in a cross-cultural, War and Peace format. “It has been a dream of mine to establish a peace program at City,” he said. “It is a culmination of many years of working with colleagues to put on peace workshops for students, faculty,
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‘It has never been more important for youth to get involved.’ — Martin Eder, former City professor
Dashiell Kuhr / City Times Archaeology and anthropology professor Stephen Bouscaren wants to see a peace studies program at City College. “This program is offering an engaging way of bringing about peace through an intelligent process,” he says. and teachers.” Bouscaren has worked with City College colleagues Jim Miller, Kelly Mayhew, Nancy Cary and Roberta Alexander
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support to reopen next semester and continue offering higher education tailored for minorities. Already the schools have started securing grants, reaching out to private corporations and leaning on alumni to help them reopen. Late last month, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., held a fundraiser in the District of Columbia to help. Even as the schools begin to clean up the campuses and ﬁnd more stable ﬁnancial footing, they face other hurdles that could hinder them from reopening as soon as they’d like. Where will faculty live? How will they house all of their students in a city with so many damaged homes in New Orleans? How will they recruit with such dramatic destruction evident? “There are a lot of questions,” said Elizabeth Barron, Xavier’s vice president for academic affairs. “But our reputation is worth saving. We didn’t earn the reputation for beating the odds without deserving it. Students will still want their degree to be from Xavier. They’ll come back because of it.” When Hughes took over the top position at Dillard in July, she vowed to preserve the school’s legacy of nurturing blacks and helping them start careers. Particularly now, she said, she must remain loyal to that mission.
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Jazz 88’s jazz fest off to a rousing start Over 600 fans and locals enthusiastically received the inaugural Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Jazz Festival held Sept. 25, on the corner of Newport Avenue across from the Ocean Beach Hotel. The weather was superb and the Paciﬁc Ocean provided a fantastic backdrop for a talented lineup of international jazz notables, which included the Jazz 88 All Stars, Sue Palmer’s Motel Swing Orchestra, Bonerama, The Red Holloway Quartet and Grammy Winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. The brainchild of Jazz 88, Station Manager Mark DeBoskey and San Diego Community College District Trustee Rich Grosch, believe this groundbreaking event has begun what will no doubt be an annual tradition for Jazz88, which already has a long history of hosting great jazz shows. “Successful jazz events don’t just happen. They require a strong commitment and a lot of hard work. The seeds of this event were laid a long time ago. The tricky part was developing a show that we could be proud of,” said DeBoskey. Grosch said, “I’ve been wanting to put on a jazz event for the past ﬁve years that would provide freedom from your typical jazz show. When we began talking, I wanted the show in Ocean Beach because I knew it would be a perfect venue. The ocean, the cool breeze, great music, it
Mike Sullivan / City Times “Gatekeeper” ﬁlmmaker John Carlos Frey spoke on campus Oct. 3.
Gritty realism propels ‘Gatekeeper’ Director John Carlos Frey discusses ﬁlm during campus event By Teshonne Harper City Times The 25 members of the San Diego City Police Department moved quickly. They had received a tip from a city asbestos inspector who had been hired to certify a building. When he got there it was a fully functional lab for making the drug known as crystal meth. Not knowing what to expect SDPD donned full chemical suits and with guns drawn raided the small run down shack. But what they found was completely unexpected. Chemicals, a cooker, even hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ﬁnished product. It was a gift wrapped felony. Or so they thought, until they discovered it was all a fake. “Now why he would think that a drug dealer would need an asbestos test, I don’t know,” said ﬁlmmaker John Carlos Frey of the overzealous asbestos inspector. “But he did and we managed to fool the San Diego Police Department. That says volumes about how realistic our set was.” Although the incident made national news, it wasn’t the realism of the set that thrust the “Gatekeeper” into the spotlight. It was the raw subject matter, and the gritty, honest depiction of illegal migration from Mexico. “Can you imagine not only living, but feed-
ing your family on the US equivalent of $5 a day?” Frey asked of the City College students that came to hear him speak on Oct. 3. “That is the norm in many places in Mexico. So if you are starving, and your children are starving and the only thing separating you from the richest country in the world is a fence why wouldn’t you try to cross?” Frey began his career as an actor, and worked on mainstream Hollywood television shows such as Fox’s “Married With Children,” but in 2002 threw his hat into the arena as writer, director, producer, and star of the independent ﬁlm “The Gatekeeper.” The ﬁlm is based on a Mexican-American boarder patrol agent who, ashamed of his heritage teams up with an openly racist radio talk show host to “catch” illegal immigrants crossing the boarder from Tijuana. But instead of “exposing criminals” he becomes caught up in the plight of people who sacriﬁced everything to be sold into virtual slavery by corrupt coyotes. With no way out their fate becomes his fate, and he gains a better understanding of his own history. “I don’t think I’m a social cause ﬁlmmaker,” said Frey. “I love a good story and the best stories are the ones that show human drama.” Gatekeeper has won several ﬁlm festival awards both nationally and internationally.
Review Manny Lopez just doesn’t get much better than that.” Red Holloway, who is no stranger to Jazz 88 said, “ This is one of the best things that could happen to Jazz 88. It feels like being in Spain. The people, the ocean it’s just great. After her performance, headliner Dee Dee Bridgewater, who currently lives in France said, “I had a ball. I’m happy to come down here and discover this area. This is my kind of place.” Overall it appeared that everyone in attendance had a good time. The mood of the audience was low-key and neighborly. Parking for the event was surprisingly adequate. There were concessionaires selling festival t-shirts, caps, et cetera. There were booths with food and of course alcohol. Attendees could sit at tables with umbrellas located in the rear of the venue or up front near the stage in chairs. If you didn’t make it to this years show, don’t worry. Plans are already underway for next year’s event and the staff of Jazz88 promises a show that is guaranteed to please. Manny Lopez is a City Times senior staff writer
S.D. ﬁlm festival ran hot and cold this year The glitz … the glamour … the red carpet … in San Diego? That’s right, the San Diego Film Festival relocated Hollywood for a few days of ﬁlm, parties, awards and of course over-rated actors Sept. 21-25. And I’d like to thank the academy … Colin Hanks did, being given the “Soaring Star Award.” His acceptance speech was almost as ﬂuid and eloquent as his father Tom Hanks’ retarded Forrest Gump. Perhaps Colin was being nurtured a bit too much during the retard role. “Lifetime Achievement Award” went to Joan Collins, and leaving the crowd standing wondering why. Unfortunately she seemed to be the infantile SDFF’s main draw; ﬁlm lovers of San Diego can only hope that SDFF picks up momentum to draw in bigger stars with substance like Pierce Brosnon, Greg Kinnear and Uma Thurman who’s ﬁlms were premiered at the festival although they did not attend. Oddly enough, the highlight of the awards ceremony was the American Screenwriters Association’s David Angell Humanitarian Award issued to John Walsh. His acceptance speech was absolutely proliﬁc, giving a brief background on his start on Fox’s
Review Jonathan Pivar America’s Most Wanted after the abduction of his son, and recalling the number of criminals apprehended as a result of his work with the show, including terrorists. He went on further to explain that the show was based on a U.K. based program centered on terrorism and its success rate. Though a lengthy 20 minute speech, the open-air venue was quiet with the exception of planes overhead. Kudos to Robin and Karl Kozak who started the festival four years ago and have now seen it come to fruition year after year. Karl Kozak, an Oscar winner himself has seen the need for ﬁlm south of the LA border and is steadily achieving it. As for the ﬁlms, many were already reviewed in past issues of the City Times for reference, and a search on www.sdff.org should provide all the information anyone should wish to know about the festival and its upcoming events year-round. Jonathan Pivar is City Times’ arts editor
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Softball coach prepares for spring By Jessica Brown City Times
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Members of City College’s women’s volleyball team get ready for play during a tournament Oct. 1 in the new Harry West Gymnasium.
Special season for the Padres The San Diego Padres cinched their fourth National League West title in their 36-year history. The 82-80 record ties them with the New York Mets 1973 record of 82-79, for the least amount of victories by a division winner since the beginning of the expanded playoffs in 1969. The Mets made it to the World Series. However, few, if any, experts are predicting the same for the Padres. Opponents in the series are defending National League Champions, St. Louis Cardinals, which only serves to build on the Padres underdog status. “Time to write your own story,” Trevor Hoffman, team closer and veteran leader, said, whose 43 saves were second-best in the NL. It was a momentous occasion for fans when Padres Manager, Bruce Bochy, brought Hoffman out to close out the winning game against the San Francisco Giants. “I feel honored that I got a chance to close this out. It’s very special,” Hoffman said. He had the privilege of closing out the last three NL West championship games. “To me, this one is very special,” Hoffman said of the ﬁnal game. “People kept saying we were going to collapse, that too much had happened, that we weren’t going to win the division. But this team has shown a lot of character. I think it’s
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One consistency has been right ﬁelder Brian Giles. Though Giles was pitched around most of the year, his league leading total in walks proves his strength as a player. He still led the team with 83 RBI and a .301 batting average. going to get very interesting now. This team just keeps surprising you.” The Padres 24-6 record catapulted the team to ﬁrst place, a spot which it never relinquished. In a division riddled with injuries, the Padres players took their lumps, just like everyone else. During the last two months, the team has been without Adam Eaton, its second-best start-
ing pitcher, behind NL strikeout leader, Jake Peavy, due to a strained ﬂexor tendon in his throwing hand. Eaton won eight consecutive games before his injury. The Padres also lost former Most Valuable Player, Mark Loretta, who is making his ﬁrst playoff appearance in his tenyear career, coming off the disabled list due to a thumb injury received while sliding into ﬁrst base. One consistency has been right ﬁelder Brian Giles. Though Giles was pitched around most of the year, his league leading total in walks proves his strength as a player. He still led the team with 83 RBI and a .301 batting average. “I think this is special in a lot of ways,” Giles said. “So many injuries, big and small, so many lineups, and combinations. Damian Jackson and Robert Fick have played so many games for us, that people don’t realize they weren’t here the ﬁrst month of the season. So many close games.” Despite the team record, there is a tangible buzz among fans in the area. The team is in its second year downtown in a new ball park. The Padres may shock the sports world by winning this series, bringing a National League Championship to the Gas Lamp Quarter. Shane Crumrine is City Times’ sports editor
Cross country on winning path By Edgard Guerrero City Times City College cross country will face some rough miles this season as head coach Greg Simmons works with the few but brave runners on the team. Simmons is the coach for both men and women’s cross-country. As an experienced coach, Simmons has already made an impact as both teams did well at the Palomar Invitational on Sept.16. A graduate of the University of Redlands and S.D.S.U., Simmons demonstrates that there’s more to life than sports. As an educated man, he shows his athletes that mental power is also a very important factor when running those meets. For their second competition the teams did well. In the women’s division, two were among the ﬁrst 10 to ﬁnish. And the men’s belonged to Francisco Aguirre who by himself had an excellent meet. This past meet showed that being limited with runners is no excuse to not do well. To make Simmons’ job easier, the schedule has been set at the same time and the same place for both teams. So far it has worked out.
City College head softball coach LeeAnn Taylor knows that a team’s win-loss record is not the only measure of success, and feels that hard work and dedication made last year’s 6-28 squad a winning lineup. “Given the fact that we only had one returning player from the previous year, last season was a really tough situation,” Taylor said. Despite her prior experience on the coaching staff LeeAnn at both Point Loma Naza- Taylor rene University and Cal State Northridge, Taylor faced a new set of challenges in her ﬁrst season as head coach of the Lady Knights. “I wasn’t sure in the beginning that we’d have enough girls to ﬁeld a team,” she says. Last season, 11 players made up the ofﬁcial roster, ranging in skill from ﬁrst-time athletes to players with more than ten years of competitive experience. “The important thing,” Taylor says, “was that the athletes from last season’s squad were team players.” “A lot of people will look at our record and say we were unsuccessful, but I totally disagree with that. If you had come to a game in the sixth inning, you wouldn’t have known if we were winning or losing. Nobody gave up.” In preparation for the coming spring season, Taylor spent several weeks watching prospective high school athletes, and she also recruited two new assistants to her staff. Lisa Field, a recent PLNU graduate who went to the College World Series four times in her playing career, will assist Taylor in the spring season, along with volunteer Chris Alexander. Returning from last season’s staff are assistant coach Angela Rock and pitching coach Joey Miller. On the ﬁeld, Taylor expects to return seven of the nine eligible athletes from last season. She is also eager to work with her freshman recruits, whom she hopes will bring speed to the outﬁeld and on the bases. Three new pitchers were added to the roster, and Taylor looks for their experience to have a great impact on the squad. “I’m really excited for the girls who are returning this year to be able to play with a solid team,” Taylor said. The softball season begins at home Jan. 29 against Mount San Jacinto College.