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D EAR LEGEND READ ER, Th an k you p ickin g u p t h e Sp rin g 20 19 ed it ion of Leg en d m ag azin e. I am con f id en t you w ill f in d t h e st ories in t rig u in g an d in t erest in g . I also w an t t o t ake t h is op p ort u n it y t o t h an k all of t h e su b ject s of t h ese art icles for op en in g u p an d sh arin g t h eir ow n u n iq u e st ories w it h ou r rep ort ers an d au d ien ces. W it h t h e p u b licat ion of t h e m ag azin e, m y t en u re as Ed it or-in -Ch ief of Cit y Tim es an d Leg en d is com in g t o an en d an d I f in d m yself in a reflect ive st at e. I w ill b e g rad u at in g f rom San D ieg o Cit y Colleg e in M ay w it h an associat e d eg ree in Jou rn alism an d t ran sferin g Sacram en t o St at e Un iversit y. As I look b ack at n ot on ly t h is p ast sem est er, b u t b ot h sem est ers in w h ich I w as g iven t h e op p ort u n it y t o serve as EIC, I can 't h elp b u t feel p rid e in all of t h e aw ard -w in n in g w ork t h at t h e en t ire st aff h as p rod u ced . M an y rep ort ers an d ed it ors, like m yself, w ill b e g rad u at in g t h is sem est er an d con t in u in g on t o fou r-year u n iversit ies like SD SU. I am very h on ored t o h ave h ad t h e op p ort u n it y t o w ork alon g sid e t h ese very t alen t ed jou rn alist s an d w ish t h em n ot h in g b u t t h e b est in t h eir ed u cat ion an d careers. I h op e t h at t h e fu t u re allow s u s t o cross p at h s an d w ork t og et h er ag ain at som e p oin t . Read in g an d ed it in g t h e con t en t p rod u ced b y t h e n ew er w rit ers t h is sem est er leaves m e very op t im ist ic t h at t h e Cit y Tim es an d Leg en d are left in very cap ab le an d t alen t ed h an d s. Not on ly are t h e w rit in g skills evid en t in t h e w ork t h ey?ve p rod u ced , b u t t h e lead ersh ip q u alit ies are t h ere as w ell an d I kn ow t h is g rou p of st u d en t jou rn alist s w ill con t in u e t o p u t ou t aw ard -w in n in g w ork . I look forw ard t o read in g t h e con t en t even aft er I?m g on e. I?d also like t o t h an k p rofessor Nicole Varg as for h er g u id an ce. I kn ow I w ou ld n ot b e g rad u at in g in M ay if it w asn ?t for h er en cou rag em en t . I h op e you en joy t h is m ag azin e an d en cou rag e you t o keep read in g t h e Cit y Tim es w eb sit e, n ew sp ap er an d fu t u re Leg en d ed it ion s. Sin cerely, Jon n y Rico Editor-in-Chief

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h e Cit y Tim es w eb sit e t ook h om e a Gen eral Excellen ce aw ard at t h e 20 19 Jou rn alism Associat ion of Com m u n it y Colleg es st at e con feren ce in Sacram en t o. Th is w as Cit y Tim es' f irst en t ry in t o t h e p rest ig iou s com p et it ion sin ce t h e h irin g of fu ll-t im e ad viser Nicole Varg as b efore t h e fall 20 18 sem est er. Th e D ecem b er 20 18 ed it ion of t h e Leg en d m ag azin e also b rou g h t in aw ard s in m u lt ip le cat eg ories for st aff m em b ers. ?It 's in sp irin g t o b e su rrou n d ed b y st u d en t s w h o are so com m it t ed t o em b racin g d ig it al jou rn alism ,? Varg as said . ?It is an h on or t o b e recog n ized alon g sid e so m an y ou t st an d in g p rog ram s in t h e st at e.? Ed it or-in -Ch ief Jon n y Rico received an ach ievem en t aw ard for st u d en t lead ersh ip at t h e con ven t ion , as w ell as recog n it ion for h is feat u re st ory, Th e Un cert ain Road Hom e, t h at covered Cit y Colleg e st u d en t an d m ot h er Lola Ch eat h am an d h er st ru g g le w it h h om elessn ess. Th e p h ot os accom p an yin g t h e st ory w on an aw ard in t h e m ag azin e p h ot o st ory-essay cat eg ory, t aken b y Tiffan y Rih an a, t h e form er m an ag in g ed it or of t h e Cit y Tim es, an d Rico. Art s an d En t ert ain m en t ed it or Brian M oh ler w on

t w o sep arat e aw ard s for h is st ory, Fat e of t h e In t ern et Bu fferin g in Cou rt . Th e art icle w on for feat u re st ory an d in form at ion al g rap h ic, a visu al ou t lin e ad d ed t o t h e st ory on t h e h ist ory of n et n eu t ralit y. M oh ler also w on an aw ard last sem est er in t h e on -t h e-sp ot n ew s w rit in g con t est at t h e JACC reg ion al con feren ce at Cal St at e Fu llert on . Art D irect or D ian g ela Veras w as also recog n ized , receivin g an aw ard for m ag azin e d esig n /layou t . "Th is is a g reat recog n it ion an d valid at ion of all t h e h ard w ork t h at t h e en t ire st aff p u t in ," Rico said . "W e d on 't d o it for t h e aw ard s, b u t if w e con t in u e t o d o t h in g s rig h t , m ore of t h ese are com in g in t h e fu t u re." Th e 3-d ay st at e con feren ce rot at es f rom Sacram en t o t o Sou t h ern Californ ia an d allow s m em b er sch ools t o com e t og et h er for sp eakers, w orksh op s, con t est s an d m eet in g s. Som e of t h e w orksh op s at t h e con ven t ion in clu d ed t alks ab ou t t h e an at om y of fake n ew s, jou rn alism law , u sin g d at a in st ories an d p it ch in g st ories w it h im p act . Th e Cit y Tim es st aff t h at at t en d ed w ill b e sh arin g w h at t h ey learn ed at t h e even t w it h t h eir st aff d u rin g t h e secon d h alf of t h e sp rin g sem est er. April 2019 | LEGEND| PAGE 5

D IFFEREN T Y P E O F FA M I L Y D R A M A Father followsin hisson'sfootstepstothedrama stage By Jonny Rico | Editor-in-Chief @Jonyrico


he stage has become the family business for the Tallaksen family. But this endeavor did not follow the traditional father-to-son route. Instead, it was the son, W illiam Tallaksen, who inspired and passed along the love of the craft to his father, Gary Tallaksen. W illiam Tallaksen is a former San Diego City College drama student who now lives in Oregon. Before he left, he issued an impactful challenge to his dad, who he believed was capable of being a part of the drama program, too.

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?I dare you to do it,? W illiam Tallaksen told his father after his final performance at City College. Gary Tallaksen was hesitant at first. ?It took me six, seven years,? he said. But after his son moved out-of-state, the loneliness of not having his son near him drove Gary Tallaksen to City College to enroll as a student. ?Everywhere I looked (I thought) ?W illiam was in this theater, W illiam did this play? and it just got me excited to do more and more.

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" I d ar e y o u t o d o i t ." - W i l l i am T al l ak sen t o h i s f at h er Tallaksen in unexpected ways. H e started classes and wanted to learn as much as possible but never thought of getting on stage when he weighed about 400 pounds. Gary Tallaksen also suffered a T IA, also known as a mini stroke, due to his weight. According to U.S. National L ibrary of M edicine, ?a transient ischemic attack (T IA) is a stroke that lasts only a few minutes. It happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly blocked.' The T IA served as a wake-up call for Gary Tallaksen, who was now inspired to turn his life around. H e lost over 150 pounds, which he credits to walking all over the City College campus. Now back in school, Gary Tallaksen is doing something he enjoys, although he never thought he?d be a performer. The closest he ever got was a radio DJ job. ?I worked at an AM radio station

working midnight to 6 a.m. for a short time,? he said. ?I was intrigued by that, so when I came to California I got into the Columbia School of Broadcasting (but) when I found out how much it was going to cost, I stopped.? June Richards, the former drama director at City College when W illiam Tallaksen was a student, has had the opportunity to see

the elder Tallaksen perform on stage. ?It meant so much to see you on stage and to have time with W illiam,?wrote Richards to Gary Tallaksen in an email after having seen one of his plays. W illiam Tallaksen drove to San Diego from Oregon, picking up his former professor along the way to come see his dad perform at the Saville Theatre. ?It was an extraordinary gift for me to be welcomed back to San Diego by W I LLIAM M Y ST UDENT,? wrote Richards to Gary Tallaksen in another email. In his time at City College, Gary Tallaksen has participated in two New Play Festivals in addition to playing King M idas in last semester?s production of M etamorphosis. According to Gary Tallaksen, one of the biggest obstacles he has found is memorizing his lines. H e thinks it might be due to the T IA he suffered, but current City College drama director

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Katherine Rodda said it is normal for some students to struggle in that aspect. ?L ike most people, learning lines can be a challenge,?Rodda said. ?For some it comes easier than for others (but) he knows the work that he has to put into it.? And it is the work ethic that Gary Tallaksen brings, which shines to the rest of the cast members in the productions he takes part in. ?H e is a very dedicated man,? said Vanessa Flores, who played his daughter in M etamorphosis. ?H e puts a lot of thought into what he does. H e puts in a lot of time running over his lines outside of the theater.? Flores also pointed out the amount of time Gary Tallaksen puts into looking for feedback from the shows directors and from the drama professors. H e seeks advice and ways in which he can better himself and his performance. Gary Tallaksen?s time on the City College stage might be coming to an end soon as there is a limit to how many times a student can sign up for the drama production classes. H e is now mentally preparing to take the more general college classes like math and English in order to complete his associate degree. One aspect of college life that Gary Tallaksen was not able to avoid is the social media insecurity. ?There?s still something lacking there,? he said. ?M aybe it?s a Facebook thing, cause I ?m on Facebook all the time and post all my pictures from the shows. (But his son) he never gets on and likes anything on my page. ?And as a dad, from my son who was an actor, I ?d like (that recognition).? H e is now thinking of trying Instagram.

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anessa Tirado is more student than athlete. That isn?t a knock on her ability. In fact, Tirado has been instrumental in the San Diego City College softball team?s surprising turnaround this season. But Tirado is different than her teammates and most other student-athletes at City College. Unlike her teammates, who may make their way to Betty Hock Field from campus across the street, Tirado does so from the UC San Diego campus in La Jolla, where she attends classes full time. Her decision to attend both schools simultaneously is a rare one, but not unheard of. Teammate and longtime friend Alyssa Gonzales did so last season, splitting her studies between SDSU and City College before deciding to attend City exclusively. Similarly, while she was a student-athlete on the badminton team during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, badminton coach Darby Duprat attended UCSD full time. ?It was very stressful,? recalled Duprat. UCSD is on a 10-week quarter system as opposed to the 16-week semester system used at City College, which caused scheduling conflicts between Duprat?s sport and her studies. PAGE 12 | LEGEND | April 2019

?My finals (happened) when we had state championships both years, so I was really stressed,? she said. The added stressors did little to keep her away from the sport, however. ?I really enjoyed badminton, so I still played,? Duprat said Sports weren?t always in Tirado?s plans when she moved to San Diego from Stockton. Her freshman year at UCSD was spent away from the

game entirely while she focused on her studies. ?I thought that I was done (with softball),? the 19-year-old said. ?I thought I wouldn?t be able to do both school and sports.? Tirado was so sure she was done with sports, that it did not factor into her choice of university at all after she graduated from high school. ?I picked UCSD for the education,? the biology major added. ?I could have gone to another school for softball but I chose UCSD because that was the best education that was available to me.? A year spent away from softball did not take away Tirado?s desire to compete. ?I ended up being really bored ? It?s been a part of my life, all my life,? the shortstop said. "So last year without it, I was just bored. I didn?t know what to do with my extra time.? Extra time is no longer a problem for Tirado. Being a Knight requires her to maintain a full course load at City College, which she does through her sport and online classes. These units, combined with her courses at UCSD, put her at 25 total units for the


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education classes. Staying on top of her education and sports, while trying to maintain a high grade point average, takes its toll on her social life at times. She remembers nights with little sleep after returning late with the team and having to study for classes the next day. The fatigue does not show in her play. She is an impact player on a team full of them.

Tirado is tied with teammate Sabrina Figueroa for second most stolen bases in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. Knights catcher Carley Grant is the only player in the conference with more. The California Community College Athletic Association named Tirado co-player of the week last month when she went 8-for-11 at the plate with an OBP of .786 over three games. She also scored seven runs over that span. She has maintained a batting average over .400 for most of the season. Tirado partially credits sports for keeping her out of trouble while she was growing up in Stockton, which was listed No. 10 in USA Today?s list April 2019 | LEGEND | PAGE 13

"(Sof t bal l 's) been a par t of my l if e, al l my l if e." - Vanessa Tir ado of the most dangerous cities in the United States in 2018. Her parents, Albert Tirado, an educator, and Brenda Estacio, a senior data analyst, were both high school athletes, playing baseball and soccer respectively. Vanessa Tirado played shortstop and second base for St. Mary?s High School, a Catholic institution, and is one of three former St. Mary's students on the Knights roster. Sisters Alyssa and Alexis Gonzalez are two of Tirado?s teammates and hometown friends. They were a major influence in her decision to play for City College

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specifically. ?Their family takes care of me,? Tirado said. ?When I was down here last year, kind of by myself ? I wanted to get off campus and do stuff. I missed softball so I used to come out and hang out with them and watch their games.? She first attempted to jump back into the sport at UCSD. Tirado asked the softball coaching staff at the university about walking on to the team, but was only offered a role as a pinch runner. Additionally, Tirado said coaches there would not allow her to try out for a position at all. She declined, opting to look for a team that could offer her more playing time. Juggling obligations at two schools has its disadvantages for the team. Tirado missed her team?s March 12 contest against Riverside Community College in order to take a final exam. Head coach LeeAnn Taylor is happy to have her on the roster, even if it sometimes causes predicaments like this. ?They are student-athletes,? Taylor said. ?If they need to take a test, I get it.? There is uncertainty in regards to Tirado?s future both on and off the field. It remains to be seen whether she and the rest of the Knights can

maintain their high level of play and make a playoff appearance for the first time since 2008. Leaving San Diego completely may be in the cards for her future. Most recently the coaching staff of Harvard has been in contact with her and has requested more information from her for a potential transfer. She has also applied to other Ivy League schools and UCLA, which was her first choice after high school. A change in her major may also be in order now that her career plans have changed. ?Originally I wanted to go to med school, but I thought about it and my dad is a teacher and my auntie is actually a superintendent of schools,? she said. ?I?ve always been around the classroom volunteering.? Most recently, Tirado volunteered at the Preuss School, a grades 6-12 college preparatory school partnered with UCSD. It is designed to assist potential first generation college students. ?For seven months I tutored a literacy enrichment class and I really liked it,? said Tirado, who is considering changing her major to history. ?I think I want to go into education.? The only certainty in the next chapter of Tirado?s atypical college career is that it will happen away from City College. But for now, she is happy to be where she is. ?I?m just glad I got the opportunity to play this year,? she said.

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HELP YOURSELF, HELP SOMEONE Techniques f or well-rounded ment al healt h By David Ahumada | News Editor @David_G_Ahumada

hen was the last time you checked on your friend?s amount of sleep, meals they?ve eaten in a day or their caffeine intake? ?We all have bad days and run into rough patches,? said M arciano Perez, dean of Student Affairs and a member of the City College Collaborative Care Team. ?No one is immune to this.? Community college students have a substantial amount of external struggles. M ost juggle a professional and personal life. W hether it?s work, school, friends or themselves, finding a balance can be extremely difficult. M aintaining grades, turning in homework, showing up for class and eventually transferring all add to a student?s plate. Paying bills, keeping their hours at work, preserving friendships all while attempting to keep their sanity is something that everyone struggles with on a daily basis. ?People talk about exercise, dieting, and taking care of their bodies but they kind of neglect their mental health,?said


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Abigail W iseman, peer educator coordinator. San Diego City College has resources for students to access help. The $21 student health services fee allows students to visit the Student H ealth Center in A-180. Student H ealth Services and M ental H ealth Services are both in the same building. Students are eligible for walk-in mental health counseling, or by appointment, M onday through Friday. M ental health counseling, peer educators, disability programs and support services (DSPS), as well as a Collaborative Care Team, are available for City College students. ?There seems to be a stigma around getting help for mental health, but you?d certainly go to the doctor when you have a headache, why not visit student health services when you?re struggling mentally?,?said Perez. It can take some people a long time to find out that their loved ones are struggling, but if you start to notice signs that a friend might be struggling,

it might be time to open up to them about seeking help. M ental health counseling provides a helpful infographic on how and when to help friends. If your friend is experiencing one or more of the following signs, they may be feeling a change in mental health: - talking about suicide - acquiring means to self-harm - isolating themselves - feeling hopeless, desperate or trapped - using drugs or alcohol more than usual - suddenly changing mood, sleeping patterns or eating habits - experiencing anger, anxiety or starting to exhibit reckless behavior ?Feeling suicidal or having suicidal thoughts does not mean you?re always going to feel that way,? said W iseman. ?They might be a sign of being completely overwhelmed and disconnected. That person just may need someone to validate their experience. ?Just by talking with them can save


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lives.? To help your friends, start by being patient and supportive. Talk them through their issues and let them know that they will get through their struggles. Reach out to professionals and counselors who can lend support. Reassure them that it?s okay to ask for help, and that they can feel better. Supporting and including yourself in getting help with them can really aid them through their rough time. Anyone can help a student or a family member in crisis by talking and staying with them," W iseman said. Some things that you shouldn?t do are invalidate their experience or minimize their struggles. Don?t back off if your concerns are rejected or encourage poor coping mechanisms like drugs or alcohol. You shouldn?t feel bad about betraying your friend?s confidence to seek outside help if it benefits them. Don?t minimize the need for professional help.

Dr. Juan ?Doc? Rivera, professor of the Personal Growth 140 class, shared tips about preventing a crisis. ?Believe in the dreams that you hold dear, because your inner motivation can help protect against crisis," Rivera said. ?One practical way to use this is to connect your dreams to your school work because, if we can choose our classes wisely, then it?ll (eventually) contribute to our dreams. ?H aving actions that are also consistent with your meaningful purpose also inoculates against a majority of crisis in places like home, work or school. Seeking solutions rather than assigning blame gives you energy and direction to avoid crisis. Develop close relationships that are mutually supportive and accountable so you can ask for help and give help when needed." Doc mentions that combating crisis is different for everyone. ?Each person is unique and beautiful, but these suggestions would be adapted

for each person?s thoughts, dreams and lives.? M editation, yoga, art therapy and group counseling all offer ways to de-stress at City College on a weekly basis. Students can walk up to the mental health counseling table and get help and have someone listen to them right on the spot. ?Everybody that?s on this City College campus is a part of the City College family, and there?s a resource for them,?said Perez. ?It can be as easy as a 'hey, are you okay?' just to let them know that other people see them and that they matter, (to let them) be the best person that they can be on campus.? Suicide Lifeline: If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night, text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Lineat 741-741 or chat online. April 2019| LEGEND | PAGE 17

2019 summer ev ent s

20 19 Comic-Con Int ernat ional: San Diego ? July 18-21

The much anticipated event where fans can dress up as their favorite comic book character and embrace their fandom. This event brings thousands of people from around the world so be sure to plan in advance. 20 17 phot o by Mike Madriaga

San Diego Cit y College Commencement Ceremony 2019 ? May 24 The graduation ceremony for San Diego City College students. The ceremony starts at 5 p.m. and is located at the San Diego Convention Center in Ballroom 6A.

2019 San Diego Count y Fair ? May 31-July 4

Imperial Beach Surf Dog

This year?s theme is Oz-some, and attendees can walk down the yellow brick road to a world inspired by ?The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.? Guests can visit the Emerald City, then follow the yellow brick road to hop on one of the many carnival rides.

It?s dogs surfing! Watch over 60 dogs hang twenty as they surf the waves in Imperial Beach. This family friendly event begins at 8 a.m at the Imperial Beach Pier/ Portwood Pier Plaza.

Compet it ion ? July 28

Big Bay Boom! ? July 4

Legacy Week ? May 24-27

Cardif f Dog Days of Summer ? Aug. 11

Southern California?s largest fireworks show can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Coronado Ferry Landing or boating on the water.

This event, located at the USS Midway Museum , includes a wreath ceremony, benefit concert, blood drive and family activities. The celebration of military heritage will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Freedom Concert will feature Daughtry on the flight deck.

The 14th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer is a free event that has overs 140 dog-related vendors, rescue groups and adoption agencies. It also features dog contests, live music and food trucks. It runs from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Rock ?N?Roll Mrat hon San Diego ? June 1-2

San Diego Pride Parade and Music Fest ival ? July 13-14

Luau and Legends of Surf ing Int ernat ional ? Aug. 16

Beginning at Balboa Park, this rock ?n roll themed marathon infuses music and running. This event includes a marathon, a half-marathon, and a 5K. Runners can register for free through the St. Jude Foundation.

Pride weekend kicks off with a free 1.5 mile parade starting on University Avenue and Normal Street at 10 a.m. Afterward, celebrate and dance with thousands of people honoring the LGBTQcommunity with live entertainment from over 100 entertainers in Balboa Park (6th Avenue and Laurel Street).

Located at Scripps Pier, this surfing competition focuses on participation and support of the cause -- surfing abilities are not the focus. Sponsored teams will be paired with a surfing legend. This is a fundraising event that benefits Moores Cancer Center.

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YOUR BLOOD IS NO GOOD HERE FDA reg ulat ions k eep healt hy st ud ent s from d onat ing b lood By Scot t Gard inier | Staff Writer lood donation vans often come to San Diego City College to provide a life-saving service, especially during a time when blood is in high demand. However, not everyone is eligible to donate blood and healthy students are being turned away due to FDA regulations. Students who passed the screening and donated blood just once will have saved about three lives, according to, but some students are turned away due to laws that the American Medical Association regards as discriminatory. One regulation specifically tar-


gets LGBTQ men. According to the FDA website, a man cannot donate blood for 12 months after sexual contact with another man. The AMA has called for an end to what they refer to as the ?gay ban.? ?The lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men is discriminatory and not based on sound science," AMA board member Dr. William Kobler said in a statement. ?There isn't an easy answer,? wrote Xan Peralto, a former nurse with the San Diego Blood Bank, in a Facebook message. ?Through screening, they try to

eliminate risks as much as possible.? City College student Emily Cooper believes this law to be unfair. ?Simply denying someone the ability to donate based on same sex sexual partners is prejudiced,? Cooper wrote in a Facebook message. ?I think if you have proof of a clean record, it shouldn?t matter who you sleep with.? Countries like Italy have switched to individual assessment testing and have seen no rise in transmitted infections from blood donors, but the U.S. still has the 12month waiting period. April 2019 | LEGEND | PAGE 19


PAIN & GLORY Film by Cit y College alumnus recount s t he hist oric men?s basket ball season By Vick y Pined a|Assistant Sports Editor @vee_xo25


avid Pradel was a student reporter for Newscene during the fall 2016 semester, working on a sports package for the weekly television news broadcast, when he noticed something. Pradel, who played basketball during high school, discovered something different about San Diego City College men?s basketball team that made it unique. H e noticed the players became more than teammates. They became brothers. ?They were all in it to win,? said Pradel, who was working toward an associate degree in communication and had already obtained a degree in journalism at the time. ?W hen they told me that they were going for the state championship in the interviews, I didn?t think much of it because that is something they typically say.

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?It wasn?t necessarily the way they were playing. It was the way they were acting on the bench.? Pradel had no idea when he started, but by the season?s end, the Knights would finish as state champions, a first for City College. D uring that unexpected run toward a title, Pradel lived experiences that he would later on cherish, some captured by his camera and other in his memory. Pradel said he would park his car by H arry West Gym even when he wasn?t covering basketball games and eat his lunch. H e would watch the men?s team practice to kill time before reporting on other sports. ?Seeing the love they had for each other as brothers -- they weren?t just teammates, they were family,?Pradel said. ?I learned a lot just from watching them, and hearing what coach M itch (Charlens) had to say during practice. There?s things that

you can take away from that and apply it and use it for life.? Being a support system to others and not letting anybody feel down after they made a bad play were values Pradel took and applied to his media studies. W hile at City College, Pradel took courses in Radio, Television and Film as well as Digital Journalism. H e also reported for Newscene, the City T imes and L egend magazine, winning awards for his work. ?Being there for someone else, that stuck with me since that season, always lending a hand, being there and appreciate the person that is next to you,?Pradel said. A month after the Knights won the championship, on the morning of April 18, 2017, one of the Knights?leaders, Nate Edwards, took his own life. ?D uring the season, he was the


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" ...THIS IS A PASSION PROJECT FOR ME." - DAVID PRADEL guy that was pushing me,?said Pradel, who is now studying Television, Film and New M edia at SDSU. ?Every time, before the game, he would come up to me and ask me how I was doing and (say) ?I appreciate the video you made.?That made me feel great.? Through it all, Pradel gained skills that would help him not only produce an award-winning documentary about the Knights?winning season, but open a discussion about mental health and suicide prevention within a community in which is it often overlooked. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The organization, though, estimates actual numbers to to be higher due to the stigma surrounding suicide that leads to underreporting. H aving a mental illness like depression significantly increases suicide risk among black teens and adults, according to the Suicide Prevention Resource

Center. As a high school student at Clairemont H igh, Pradel worked on high school sports highlight videos. W hen he started City College, he was interested in TV media, but wasn?t really into hard news, preferring sports. Pradel started with the City T imes in 2014 as sports editor. That was when he first met Charlens and started his sports reporting. ?I did a year at City T imes, got the hang of it all, writing for print, interviews, getting a feel for sports reporting,? said Pradel, who won second place for a profile in L egend magazine at the 2014 Journalism Association of Community Colleges Southern California Convention. D uring Pradel?s final semester at City College, he took Radio News Production with professor Scott Chatfield. Pradel

recalled that he didn?t think audio was a big deal before the class, but he learned valuable audio editing skills in this class. ?If it wasn't for this class, I don?t think I would've learned so much about audio storytelling and how to tell a proper story through audio,? Pradel said. ?I started to play with audio, something different, something new. ?(It) kinda inspired me to think outside the box when it comes to telling a story with images, (to) not just think about the images. Think audio first.? Pradel learned a lot in his time at City College, from audio and storytelling to meeting deadlines and perfecting his interviewing skills. Pradel edited, narrated, directed and produced the entire ?The City?s Champions?documentary. ?I

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thought about having an assistant but this is a passion project for me,?Pradel said. One of Pradel?s creative consultants was Billy Khang, a former City College student who worked with Pradel on Newscene. ?David?s eyes would light up when he talked about the men?s basketball team,? wrote Khang in a Facebook message. ?W hen David had told me that one of the players had taken his own life tears came down his eyes.? Khang, who now works for KYM A News 11 in Yuma as a multimedia journalist, encouraged Pradel to go through the process of creating the documentary. ?David was the closest person from Newscene to the team,? Khang wrote. ?W hen he thought about the idea of making a documentary I told him he should. I motivated him to put

everything he had in this story so that others who might be suffering as well can do something and maybe he could save a life. ?I ?m so proud of David and everything he?s done with the documentary. To David it was more about using the funds generated from the film and setting up a scholarship for the players children. That?s how big of a heart David has. It?s always in the right place. Proud to call him my friend and colleague.? The documentary won an award for best student film in the Oniros Film Awards in Italy. Pradel will also be screening the film in New York in June, and will be joined by Nate Edwards?mom, Cassandra Edwards. Pradel and Cassandra Edwards recently returned to City College for a screening of his documentary and a discussion with City College?s Mental

Health Counseling. Charlens was also there. ?This film is so well done, it stirs up all the same emotions as when it first happened,?Charlens said. Pradel has a new project in mind and is planning to use the skills he learned at City College and from Nate Edwards to do more than multimedia journalism. ?I did it for him,?Pradel said. ?You can (also) say because of him, that?s how I was able to make sure this idea never just faded, because if he was here he wouldn?t want me to give up.?

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aria Salazar, who has over three decades of experience doing hair, is back in school at San Diego City College. Salazar is working toward her barbering and esthetician licenses at City College?s barber school. The Barber Program at San Diego City College is an evening program designed for students who have finished or are almost finished with the cosmetology program. The students are pursuing a license in barbering, also known as the ?barber conversion.? The program also offers haircuts to students and the public. A regular haircut costs $7 but City College students receive a 50% discount with their student IDs. Salazar has had her cosmetology license for nearly 35 years, which gives her the advantage of entering straight into the barbering program. Sudie Phillips, a professor and department chair of the cosmetology program, designed the curriculum. City College offers two programs together, cosmetology and barber.The programs require students to finish 1,600 hours of a cosmetology program and an additional 200 hours to be able to apply for a second degree in barbering. According to Phillips, students avoid paying the high fees of private barber programs, which can run up to $10,000. At City College, students only have to pay for six units, each only $46 and purchase a barbering book that costs $155. ?I was happy,? Salazar said. ?I was thinking ?Oh my God, this is an opportunity and they're going to save me a lot of money because I?m not going to a private school.?? The barbering program is being led by Ken Mayor, an experienced barber who has been juggling working at a barber shop and salon

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"al ways hav e y our goal in mind"- Car ina Sant a for the past four years. Mayor also worked at Paul Mitchell as an instructor. ?My job goes with me. I don't go with my job. I wanted to be able to take my job anywhere,? Mayor said. He believes that professionalism is the main priority and key to succeeding in the barbering industry. The main goal of the barbering program, according to Mayor, is for students to pass the state

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board and obtain a license in cosmetology and barbering. According to Phillips, City College students have obtained a 100% pass rate. The success rate of the program also correlated with the dedication that the students put in. ?I can only work on Saturday and Sunday,? said Salazar, who attends City College on a daily basis, often putting in nearly 15-hour days. ?My goal is to have my two licenses by the end of the year, and I?m going to do it.?

She plans to open up her own business and salon. ?I have gained a lot of new techniques for men?s haircut," Salazar said. "We also learned the 14 steps of shaving. I'm going to be able to use the razor and then I?m going to be able to shave. ?The only thing that is different is that the barbers can shave, cosmetologists can't," Phillips said. "Almost everything (else is) the same.? Carina Santa, a student who has dealt with the many challenges of

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one without a specific date,? she said. Santa also appreciated the significant difference in the cost compared to private barbering schools. ?Oh my gosh, you can't compare getting quoted $26,000 for a program,? she said. ?(And) getting money back from financial aid for barbering, it's literally either $300 or $6,000 for the same exact crossover program.? Santa mentioned that her son and daughter are also very

passionate in cosmetology and barbering. ?Hopefully in the future (we can) open up our own family business,? she said. Santa gave helpful advice to students who are considering joining the program, stressing the fact that there will be challenges along the way. ?Just always have your goal in mind, your end goal and just go through it,? she said. ?You control what you do.?

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THE M A GICA L M IND A monster loving student of mythology and occultism with a fetish for teaching, drawing and tattooing By Brian Mohler| A&E Editor @apointinlife


attoos stuff eyes with wonder, but the wonderfully wicked stuff Clayton L lewellyn creates crawls into the mind like a spider laying eggs. L lewellyn is a tattooer at The Vishuddha Creatives in South Park and works as an adjunct art instructor at M ira Costa and Cuyamaca community colleges where he teaches illustration, design, drawing and art history. H e?s also a full-time dad. ?I grew up drawing pictures of babies on spikes,? joked L lewellyn, lovingly cradling his eight-week-old daughter. ?I ?m a just a 43-year-old goth kid.? The artist paints a portrait of himself drawing at age two, but his voracious passion for art developed in the 1990s when he attended San Diego City College. L lewellyn?s favorite professors were YC Kim and Deborah Babylon, the later of whom is now a colleague at Cuyamaca. H e transferred to SDSU?s art program and earned his master?s degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. L lewellyn briefly taught sketching for illustration and communication at City College. ?I ?d take students out in the community to do sketches of L ogan H eights or the Navy shipyard,?L lewellyn said. L lewellyn?s friendship with an aspiring tattooer, Christopher Ryan, a student he taught drawing at Southwestern, led to L lewellyn becoming a tattoo artist. H e started going to Ryan for tattoos, becoming the pupil and their friendship led to

L lewellyn helping Ryan open Vishuddha Creatives in 2010. ?I taught him drawing and he taught me tattooing,? L lewellyn said. ?Ryan is one of my biggest influences still. ?Our shop is a non-competitive space. I ?m always asking him for input, ?W hat do you think about this??? L lewellyn likes Nikko H urtado tattoos. H e?s also into line work and the German trash polka style developed by Simone Pfaff and Volker M erschky. Artists that inspire L lewellyn include Francis Bacon, Phil H ale, Jenny Saville, Robert Rauschenberg and Piotr Jab?o?ski. ?Jab?o?ski did all the art for the video game Dishonored,?L lewellyn said. L lewellyn is an avid gamer who grew up playing D ungeons & D ragons. ?I ?ve got all the old books,? L lewellyn said. ?I was born in ?76 and bought my first (D& D) set in ?81 at the (Kobey?s) swap meet.? Now he plays Pathfinder with a group of guys he?s known for over a decade. ?M y friend moved to M innesota,? L lewellyn said. ?We still FaceT ime and play online over Roll20 on a flat TV.? L lewellyn said he doesn?t like nuts and bolts? he?s drawn to the wonder, magic and mystical aspects of life. ?I try to un-know things,? he said. ?I ?d like to imagine gremlins are running my car engine. ?M y philosophy is to forget the designation between reality and magic. I really like the journey ? the point of departure in art.?

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L lewellyn utilizes the digital drawing techniques he teaches students to ease and speed up the tattooing process, sketching everything he does in layers on an iPad using Procreate. ?I ?m thinking of getting a doctoral online in mythology and occultism,? said L lewellyn. ?M y left leg is mostly sigils and magick symbols. ?I have an Abracadabra tattoo, which comes from Aramaic. It means: ?as I speak I create.?The phrase used in H arry Potter, Avada Kedvara, is the opposite, meaning ?as I speak I destroy.?

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?I made the middle C blue as a sort of joke? stare into the deep blue C.? The mesmerizing Abracadabra tattoo glamours the arm he tattoos with. ?The tattoo is on my power (right) hand side,?said L lewellyn. ?The other side (holding his baby girl) is my protector hand.? H e?s proudest of a small heart tattoo on the thumb on his protector hand. H is 10-year-old daughter helped him tattoo it when she was nine. The protector hand might have saved his life in 2011. After Vishuddha Creatives? first art show,

L lewellyn drove home after drinking. ?It was my last drink and I crashed my car and basically severed my hand all the way to the bone,? said L lewellyn. ?I can palm things but the hand doesn?t work. ?I can use it to pin down for tattooing but not much else. Sometimes I wish I had a hook,?joked L lewellyn, still holding baby. L lewellyn thinks they?ve had around 40 arts shows now at Vishuddha and loves keeping actual art on the walls instead of the normal tattoo flash that decorates other shops. Their art show last month, Petals to



the M etal I I, was flowers and heavy metal themed. One of their previous art shows called Cabinet of Curiosities, essentially describes the Vishuddha. Originally built in 1914, the 30th & Fern shop is housed in what was historically the Burlingame Garage, and the decor is full of the strange and unusual, from mythological objects like crystal skulls to unnatural taxidermy and magical masks. ?Ryan is a diver, he collects stuff, but people bring us stuff too,? L lewellyn said. ?Some of the stuff came from Paxton Gate in San Francisco and Necromance in LA. ?We?ve got stuff like giant slugs, a two-headed chicken and a jar of teeth supposedly from an old mental institution. ?M y house is full of stuff similar

to the shop? stones that supposedly came out of a dragon's belly, sperm whale teeth, goat skulls, and lots of Jack Burton from Big Trouble in L ittle China, my favorite movie character of all time.? Roald Dahl once wrote those who don?t believe in magic will never find it. For L lewellyn magic isn?t all hocus pocus because the way the way he sees the world? life is full of magical moments. ?Being an artist isn?t easy,? L lewellyn said. ?Even if I won the lottery ? I ?d still teach and tattoo.? Disclosure: The author is a client of Llewelyn and accepted a free tattoo in the past.

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Profile for City Times

LEGEND Magazine Spring/Summer 2019  

San Diego City College student Vanessa Tirado balances life at City and USCD. Gary Tallaksen follows in his son's footsteps to the drama sta...

LEGEND Magazine Spring/Summer 2019  

San Diego City College student Vanessa Tirado balances life at City and USCD. Gary Tallaksen follows in his son's footsteps to the drama sta...