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America’s addiction Prescription drug abuse plagues young adults
rescription drug abuse has become a huge problem in the United States, particularly for young adults. It is easy to blame individuals for abusing these drugs, but drug abuse is an issue that needs to be tackled by making larger institutional changes. American culture is all about instant gratification and there is a pervasive belief that there is a pill to solve any problem, whether the issue is physical or psychological. Instead of dealing with the underlying issues, doctors and psychiatrists are quick to prescribe medications. The number of children being prescribed amphetamines to deal with their attention deficit hyperactivity disorders has been increasing steadily for children ages 4 to 17, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even if a child is not prescribed the medication, they will likely encounter another child who is, for ADHD or a number of other reasons. This normalizes the idea of drug use from an early age, even if the drug has been prescribed by a doctor. Young adults ages 18 to 25 are most likely to be abusing prescription drugs, especially opiates and amphetamines, like Vicodin and Adderall, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Many college students use prescription stimulants as study aids, especially around midterms and finals. Others believe it is all right to use opiates even without a prescription to relieve pain and some just want the high, but self-medication is risky. “More people in the U.S. died last year of drug overdoses than in car accidents, making prescription drug misuse the third leading cause of accidental death,”
according to the Clinton Foundation. The issue is exacerbated by the media’s portrayal of individuals who abuse drugs as glamorous and witty, whether they are fictional characters or celebrities. Reality shows centered around interventions and drug rehabilitation have sprung up all over the place. On top of that, pharmaceutical companies are given free reign to advertise on all media platforms, giving the impression that there is a drug to solve every problem. These commercials may even plant the idea in a suggestible person’s head that there is something wrong with them when there is not. In general, the government needs to do a better job regulating the pharmaceutical industry and the media. Prescription drug advertisements should be banned entirely. If a person is ill, his or her doctor should be competent enough to prescribe the right medication. Doctors should also stop prescribing children under a certain age stimulants and, when they do, parents can refuse to give them to their kids. Brain development lasts well into young adulthood, so prescription drugs should be the absolute last resort. Until those larger institutional changes are put in place, we as individuals can make healthier choices when dealing with our problems. For instance, instead of procrastinating and taking Adderall to study for a final, you could spend time developing better time management and study skills. Regardless of the drug of choice, medication is always a crutch and never a solution. It is time to get in touch with what is really behind this epidemic, so we can begin the process of healing our wounds holistically.
Have you ever applied for a SPEAK scholarship? Why OUT or why not?
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Name: Inga Akopyan Age: 28 Major: Cosmetology I haven’t applied for a scholarship because I didn’t know the cosmetology program offers them.
Name: Navid Masserrat Age: 22 Major: Chemistry No, because I was unsure about the future.
Name: Nicole Cirimele Age: 28 Major: Nursing No, because I haven’t done enough research to find out what scholarships are available.
By Sonia Waraich / Times Staff Name: Khalid White Age: 33 Position: Ethnic Studies Instructor Yes I have because it’s free money to go to school.
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Your work will be recognized, or maybe not... Dear Editor,
In case you haven’t heard already, SJCC President Byron Breland announced to the Senate Ad Hoc Committee that the administration will not demolish the theater and will devote more money to vocational technology programs. Your article in the Times was very influential in this debate and had a hand in this outcome. You deserve credit for your excellent investigative reporting. Padma Manian History Professor
Recently SJCC held its first Annual Creative Arts Contest. Congratulations to the winners! Two of my classes were interrupted several times to spread the news of the first art and photo contest. I was among the many students who were excited to enter and display their work, though many questions about the fledgling contest -- the cost per entry, how to enter and how to display our works -- lingered. Everyone who entered, received an email with directions to pick up their piece and to arrange to install it in the gallery for viewing. I was told I was emailed in error and my work would NOT be displayed in the gallery. I find it very distasteful and aggravating to be told after the email that my time, effort, creative energy and entry fee were wasted because of disorganization, unclear contest selection and false emails. If the initial email was sent out in error to ALL participants, then a follow up email should have immediately followed with correct information to all contestants in a timely fashion. All students who entered deserved to display their works regardless of top selection. Aisha McCullough, Photography major
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Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
How to keep up New Year’s resolutions BY ADBEL ESPINOZA TIMES STAFF
It’s a brand new year and the end of January is a time when resolutions are weeded out and die off. To keep the spirit of bettering yourself alive, here are some simple ideas that will help you follow through with almost any resolution. Often enough, an early mistake in planning resolutions is taking on too many at a time. Focus on a single resolution. With less on your mind, it will be easier to focus all of your motivation on one goal thus increasing the chance of success. The buddy system has been proven effective in helping complete a goal, whether long or short-term. Losing weight or quitting a bad habit is easier with another person’s honesty to hold you accountable and on the right track. Setting general goals can hinder progress by allowing
you to slack off or expect less. Losing weight is a prime example. How much weight? By when? How? Thinking more along the lines of “I will lose 20 pounds by April,” or “I will learn to swim before summer” is best for keeping an attainable goal and propelling your enthusiasm and motivation. “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on Jan. 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for,” said psychologist Lynn Bufka in a study for the American Psychological Association. “Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.” Tying together daily routines with smaller goals is a way to motivate yourself from a different angle. If you want to eat healthier each morning then set your keys next to the oatmeal. Or push yourself to floss every day by storing the floss in the shower.
Phone alarms and sticky notes are small but effective ways to remind yourself of your goals. These constant reminders will keep you focused on your goal no matter the size. Rushing or diving into a new routine is risky at best. Gym memberships, buying a new instrument or committing to a new class or group can prove to be costly and draining. Give yourself some breathing room: take trial runs for services or memberships, borrow a friend’s guitar or volunteer/intern instead of fully committing to a group. Having stumble room will ensure success. Keep close measurements of your progress. Even if a simple, daily goal such as keeping a calendar or checklist to track your success reinforces the idea of continuing. Your smartphone or mobile device probably has a vast array of tools to help you reach your goals. Scales and calorie counters for monitoring weight loss in addition to stopwatches and GPS devices for measuring distance or speed will help you track your progress no matter the task.
Civility starts with active listening BY SONIA WARAICH TIMES STAFF
When emotions are high, it is easy to get carried away and regress into a juvenile bully, but being a part of a community means maintaining good relationships with the members of that community. As the world gets smaller, it is inevitable that we will come into contact with people with radically different ways of thinking. There are a million different ways of living and seeing the world. Not everyone has the same values or the same way of expressing themselves. Disagreements are natural, but they are an important component to progress.
We may not always agree with the way another person thinks, behaves or expresses him or herself, but we need to be more tolerant and patient when we encounter differences in others. The important thing is to find a common ground where everyone feels included and heard. Instead of jumping to unfair and hasty conclusions, we should ask questions and really try to understand where others are coming from and why they believe what they do. This requires having a little bit of sympathy. Instead of focusing on the countless reasons you dislike someone, it would be more productive to focus on his
“The type of sexism affecting women has become much more subtle.”
Necessity for feminism Sexism takes a more discrete form
BY SONIA WARAICH TIMES STAFF
Feminist is a word with a negative connotation in American society. The days of being barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen are over, but now the type of sexism affecting women has become much more subtle. The media plays a large role in normalizing damaging perceptions of women. Women are almost always portrayed as ornaments in the lives of men and are almost never seen talking with other women, especially about anything besides men. Even in this newspaper, some of the images of women could be mistaken for images from soft-core pornography, but that is how many female celebrities choose to market themselves. Thanks to technology, now there are more ways to manipulate ads and make women appear thinner than humanly possible. Often, only parts of a woman are visible or her body has become incorporated into an object. Research, such as that of Caroline Heldman and Michael Cahill of Occidental College, shows this has created a phenomenon of self-objectification among women and girls of all ages, meaning they think of their bodies as objects of others’ desires. “Girls are taught to view their bodies as ‘projects’ that need work before they can attract others, whereas boys are likely to learn to view their bodies as tools to use to master the environment,” according
to research in “The Beauty Myth and Female Consumer.” Girls and women “who monitor themselves through the eyes of the male gaze ... deny themselves food, have anxiety about their bodies and bodily functions, and are likely to develop eating disorders and depression,” according to Heldman and Cahill’s research. Additionally, they have lower GPAs, lower political efficacy and are more likely to experience sexual dysfunction. Of the 535 seats in the U.S. Congress, women occupy only 99, or 18.5 percent. The numbers in other sectors of American society, such as the media perpetuating this system, are equally dismal. The average women in America makes 75 cents for every dollar a man makes for the same job, even though women tend to be more educated, according to the Department of Labor. On a global scale, the picture is even worse. Women “work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half of the world’s food, but earn only 10 percent of the world’s income and own less than 1 percent of the world’s property,” according to the United Nations Development Programme. We can’t change our consumer society, but we can stop consuming damaging media and change how we treat each other. We can stop judging women based on their appearance and refrain from using derogatory language to refer to them. We should also be willing to start having conversations about difficult topics, such as sexism, so we can leave the world more equal than we found it.
or her positive or neutral qualities. Doing so may even help draw them out. Even if we cannot manage to sympathize, if we focus on what is being said rather than getting personal, it will be easier to stay rational and address the larger issues. Being civil does not mean not disagreeing and not standing up for what you believe in, it just means refraining from personal attacks, interrupting and other rude behavior. It also means giving people the chance to speak and voice their concerns, comments and questions with proper time and acknowledgment. Not only does being uncivil hurt
people on a personal level, it keeps them from forming bonds that might otherwise strengthen the community. We can start being more civil by being more active listeners and making sure we fully understand what a person is saying before we respond. Not only would this keep people from overreacting or having inappropriate responses, it would lead to more productive dialogues. We often get attached to our own point of view and get angry when another person’s perspective contradicts ours. Instead of getting upset, listening can be the first step in synthesizing new, more well-rounded ways of seeing the world and dealing with problems.
Do’s and dont’s for students BY LARRY HARRIS TIMES STAFF
Dear new student, welcome to San Jose City College. Here are few do’s and don’ts to make your stay at SJCC a successful one. First thing (and possibly your most important task to insure your college success) is to purchase a student calendar from the campus bookstore to keep track of all of your assignments, due dates and your personal life in one convenient place. You will always know where you are at with this handy, at a glance tool. Read your class syllabus thoroughly and make sure you understand your professor’s class expectations. Don’t overload yourself with classes your first semester. Take the required core classes, but factor some light fun classes into your schedule as well. Manage your time well and allow yourself ample time to work on your assignments. Particularly, your English courses; good writing requires rewriting that takes time. Have fun. As a member of the college community you are responsible to maintain proper relationships among your fellow students. Texting is not allowed in class. This practice disrupts the attention of students who are serious about course work. Texting in class is extremely disrespectful to your fellow students and the instructor who has
invested a great deal of time preparing materials for class. Many of our professors will mark down students. Another sign of disrespect to your fellow students and instructor is being habitually late and disrupting the entire class upon your late entry. This may result in a grade reduction. We are a non-smoking campus with non-smoking signs posted throughout the grounds. Many of your fellow students are severely annoyed by second hand cigarette smoke. So don’t smoke on campus. You may smoke in the parking lots away from the campus foot traffic flow. Loud music or conversations on your cell phone which can be overheard by others is disrespectful If you can be overheard by other students then you are in the public square and subject to the public norms of propriety. If you want to use the “F” word at your Thanksgiving dinner with your grandparents, family and little sister setting around the table go ahead; when you are in the public square kindly have respect and sensitivity toward your fellow students. According to the handbook, professors have a right to ask you to leave class for using disruptive profanity. The rules for a successful experience at SJCC are simple and a matter of common sense.
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4 Campus Life District addresses campus incivility
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
Respect, demanded or encouraged?
BY MARISSA TRIGOS TIMES STAFF
The board adopted a new civility statement on Oct.8. The civility statement is expected to be a working document that will be useful to the District over time. Chancellor Rita Cepeda said that this civility statement will act as guidelines of behavior for everybody to follow. Sam Ho, director of employment services and diversity, is concerned how incivility affects the district. “A breakdown in civility affects how we treat one another,” Ho said. “This breakdown prevents us from bringing forth our resources in a trustworthy manner and in a respectful environment.” Cepeda said that this was a concern for the board of trustees when she was hired in 2010 and that it is a requirement for accreditation. The College Planning Council did not endorse this statement because a majority opposed it.
As one of the members of the CPC, instructor Padma Manian was one of the members who voted against this policy. “I think the civility statement is unnecessary and possibly detrimental to free speech,” Manian wrote in an email. “Especially in an educational institution we should be able to have a free exchange of ideas even if some of the ideas are uncomfortable and upsetting to some.” She said she believes that the school does not need authorities to tell them how to be civil. “Too much concern about not appearing to be uncivil and thus drawing the ire of the ‘civility police’ could inhibit the expression of controversial ideas,” Manian said. Cepeda said this statement is not about forcing anybody to be civil; it is about encouraging everybody to treat each other respectfully. “The hope is that we will create an atmosphere of respect for one another,” Cepeda said, “regardless of your position.”
Four simple steps to getting a scholarship BY ROLAND BOUGH TIMES STAFF
n Step 1 - Compile a list of possible scholarships to which you wish to apply. Do this by visiting the scholarship search engine(s) of your choice. Answer a few questions and you will be given a variety of results. You should do this in December or January of the year before you want to get scholarship funds. Deadlines fall throughout the year, but a majority of them fall between February and April. n Step 2 - Apply, apply, apply. Each opportunity requires you to follow a specific set of instructions. Some scholarships require essays, letters of reference, an interview or online submission, in addition to other requirements. n Step 3 - Follow up. You may or may not hear
back from the scholarship committees, but the ones you can find contact information for, you can follow up with and find out more about your candidacy. It never hurts to ask and follow up a month or two after the deadline.
n Step 4 - Refine your application materials and try again next semester or academic year. Upcoming deadlines and more information: The Learn to Drive Scholarship sponsored by Shift Insurance Deadline: March 1, 2014 Application and information: http://bit.ly/1gJ7LV8 San Jose City College’s Scholarship Program for 20142015 Deadline: March 13, 2014 Application and information: http://bit.ly/1dTaHd3 Other scholarship opportunities can be found at: http://bit.ly/JI8xn5
Disagreements arise over hiring proposals BY SONIA WARAICH TIMES STAFF
After years of budget-related cuts in staff, the district’s improved fiscal situation has led faculty to expect a wave of hiring. But that doesn’t appear to be part of a redesign proposal Chancellor Rita Cepeda is expected to deliver to the board of trustees as early as tonight. No full-time faculty positions are listed in the proposal. “This (the district) is like a wheel,” said David Yancey, history professor and president of the Faculty Association, “At the center of the wheel is faculty.” Cepeda said faculty undergo a yearly hiring process that is unavailable to other types of staff, which is why the Redesign is focused solely on non-faculty positions. The Redesign will be implemented over the course of five years in three phases. Cepeda said, in this time, faculty will have undergone several rounds of another independent hiring process. But Yancey said almost 50 full-time faculty positions were lost in the last 12 years, with EVC losing 10 full-timers in the last 2 years. He said 10 years ago there were 272 full-time faculty teaching 70 percent of classes. Now there are 223 full-time faculty and 50 percent of the classes are taught by adjuncts whose numbers amount to about 500. Cepeda said the district meets its Faculty Obligation Number, a state-mandated number for the required number of full-time faculty. “The FON is a floor, not a ceiling,” Yancey said. Yancey said he believes the chancellor should be looking in the opposite direction. “Research shows students do better when there is a full-time faculty member heading their department,” Yancey said. They have more time to devote to students and to find extra opportunities, such as scholarships and conferences, that would enrich their students’ academic experiences. The draft proposal would impact about 143 positions by either adding new positions or repurposing old ones. Most of the positions are
classified; the rest are managers, such as deans, and supervisors, such as the overseer of IT staff. Repurposed means redefining a job position and its duties. For instance, combining an admissions and records and financial aid position, so students can see just one person when they enroll as opposed to two. The district’s financial issues led to a reduction in staff that was felt mostly by classifieds. Support positions such as secretaries, technicians, custodians, instructional assistants and most of the district employees are considered classified employees. Yancey said many of the classified staff positions should be added, but faculty should also be considered since they are the most crucial part of student success. SJCC faculty also complained about not being included in the process. Yancey said he heard about the Redesign in passing during a conversation in July 2012, but no details were provided and faculty were not included before August 2013. Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Kim Garcia said the Redesign is an ongoing process and revisions are being made as feedback is received. In July 2012, Garcia said each department looked at data -- program reviews, staff input, student comments, facilities -- to suggest positions to be added or repurposed. In August 2013, the district office and the two college campuses shared the information they compiled to see if there were any discrepancies that needed to be addressed. “There were some revisions based on that and then we started sharing on the campus level,” Garcia said. Cepeda is presenting a new draft of the Redesign to the board of trustees either tonight at the District Office at 6 p.m. or the next board meeting in early February. The new draft will show faculty hiring alongside the impacted classified, supervisor and management positions. Cepeda said she hopes this will clear up any confusion about the proposal. “The chancellor made a mistake by not including faculty,” Yancey said, “but I believe she is sincere and look forward to working with her.”
T UESDAY, JANUARY . 28 , 2014
2013 music year in review
Disappointing divas and ruling rappers occupied the charts BY JUSTIN SAN DIEGO TIMES STAFF
COURTSEY OF RCA RECORDS
He also released “The 20/20 Experience Part 2,” which went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. San Jose City College students agreed Timberlake had the best album this year with 27 votes in the City College Times poll for favorite album of the year Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” dominated as this year’s top female album with 23 votes from SJCC students. “Bangerz” sold approximately 260,000 copies in its debut week. “We Can’t Stop” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard chart and the No. 1 “Wrecking Ball” hit became the most watched Vevo video with more than 400 million views.
Macklemore and Lorde all made Macklemore debuted with the funky club hit “Thrift Shop,” then made the unique and emotional track “Same Love” about homosexual acceptance, even though he is heterosexual. L o r d e , 16-year-old New Zealand native, had a unique debut hit with “Royals.” The song is a rebuttal against everything pop music represents, such as sex
materialism. Lorde’s album “Pure Heroin” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and many critics gave the album positive reviews. Billboard critic Jason Lipshutz rated the album a 94 out of 100. Rivaling divas Lady Gaga and Katy Perry both released No. 1 albums this year. Perry’s “Prism” was voted more favorable by SJCC Students and also racked up more sales. Lady Gaga’s “Artpop” features hip-hop collaborations from R.Kelly, Twista, Too Short and T.I.. Lady Gaga’s new CD has creative lyrics and a fresh production, while Perry’s is more vocal and uplifting. Both pop powerhouses were slightly disappointing this year because they did not have the top-sellers, which many fans and critics expected. None were more disappointing than Britney Spears’ “Britney Jean,” which debuted at No. 4 on the charts and sold 115,000 copies. Perry almost had this artists, if it had not been for Beyonce’s self-titled end-of-the-year release which shockingly sold over 600,000 In the rap genre, Kanye West’s “Yeezus,” got one more vote than Eminem’s “Marshall Mathers LP 2,” with 19 and 18 votes respectively. Both albums went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. With almost 800,000 copies sold, Eminem’s new CD had the secondhighest behind Timberlake. West’s on the Billboard 200 with “Crash My Party,” which sold 1.3 million copies.
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independent label band to debut at No. 1 in the U.K. Lavigne created what may be the best album of her career with the self-titled album.
summery anthems “Here’s to Never Growing Up” and “Sippin’ on Sunshine.” The Yeah Yeah Yeahs released “Mosquito,” the band’s fourth LP. The band retreats from their last album’s mainstream dance sound to more experimental, garage-band tracks such as “Sacrilege” and “Area 52.” When people look back on music this past year, most likely a naked Miley Cyrus riding a “Wrecking Ball,” a “Suit and Tie” wearing Justin Timberlake, several top-selling rappers (Eminem, Kanye West, Drake, Lil’ Wayne and Macklemore,) and Beyonce surprising 17 songs accompanied with music videos will all come to mind. Overall, many big releases couldn’t pass 300,000 sold copies, thus not living up to expectations. However sales don’t always indicate an album’s real quality and the fans of those artists will probably still love those CDs.
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new album, “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” and “Drink a Beer,” all peaked within the top two slots on the Country Billboard chart. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys and Avril Lavigne all received seven votes in the SJCC poll. A r c t i c Monkeys, an English indie rock band, released new album “AM.” With this
She returns to her punk princess r o o t s with fun
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If music was a contest, the winner for 2013 would be Justin Timberlake. Timberlake produced the top-selling album of the year “The 20/20 Experience,” which sold
6 Arts & Entertainment
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
Artists sketch out new club Campus expands creativity
By Justin San Diego Times Staff
After two years of being inactive, the SJCC art club will resume educating and supporting students who are interested in art. The club is motivated in covering all fields of art including fine art, studio art, graphic art, painting, ceramics, media arts, film, photography, performance art and more. “I want members of the club to influence what the workshops are and what the club plans,” said club president
Christyne Pritchard, 35, art major. The club meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building room 214. The club would like to focus on having activities related to the current holidays. For its first activity of the semester, the club plans on doing a workshop for decorating cookies and Valentine’s Day cards. The art club welcomes nonart students who want to be social and make crafty projects. Bringing friends to workshops and activities is encouraged.
Pritchard said she would like to have an open mic or talent contest around March. This event would focus on dance, theater, music, poetry and other types of performance arts. “I hope to see a community where we can teach and learn from one another,” said club member Sean Foley, 19, deaf studies major. Students with experience in an art or craft will get to lead the workshops and help other students. If you are interested in leading an art workshop, contact one of the officers in person, email sjccartclub@
yahoo.com or message their official Facebook page. A calendar of meetings, workshops, SJCC art events and off-campus art events is available at: facebook.com/ ArtClubSJCC. Club adviser Eve Mathias said she is interested in planning field trips for the club. Visiting museums, attending plays and visiting local events are some ideas club members have for fields trips. The club is embracing students of all skill levels. Foley said, “This club is a great community builder for people involved in art of any degree and to expand skills and knowledge.”
Seven students earn prizes for contests entries Times staff
The Creative Arts Contest received 51 submissions from SJCC students competing to win one of the seven prizes distributed at the reception Monday, Dec. 16 at the Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Gallery. The first-place winners for photography and fine art each won a 8-inch Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet with 16 GB. Golandam Tahmooresizadeh, 32, undeclared major, was the firstplace winner in photography with the photograph titled “Mood of Day.” Tahmooresizadeh described her art by saying, “It’s a photograph of a man sitting on a couch wearing a hat looking exhausted and worried.” Tahmooresizadeh said she was shocked when she found out she won to the point that she couldn’t talk. Robert Quihuis, 27, fine arts major, was the fine arts first-place winner. “Current State Perpetuating” was the name of his piece. “This is a sketch of a demonic figure made with pencil on paper,” Quihuis said. He said this is the first contest he had entered and was excited to be a part of it. “I thought there were some great pieces
that also deserved to win,” said Quihuis. The second-place students for both categories won 7-inch tablets with 8 GB. The third-placers each won $50 vouchers for the campus’ cafeteria. There was also a people’s choice winner, who received a $100 Best Buy gift card. Carolann Espino, art major, organizer of the Dia de los Muertos exhibit in October, was among the seven winners. She submitted four paintings. “I have never been a part of a contest,” said Espino, “I feel that the staff at SJCC made me a better artist.” Espino’s painting “The Scorpion Fish” won her third place. This was an environmental piece about a species that is at risk of extinction, Espino said. The contest was organized by Director of Activities Andy Nguyen. Nguyen thanked SJCC’s studentartists, art teachers, Associated Student Government senators, Interim President Byron Breland, Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Chancellor Rita Cepeda for their help, support and involvement. Students had to pay $5 for each artwork they submitted. SJCC faculty judged the contest and determined the winners. The Creative Arts Contest honored
Book helps young adults
Fagan’s new book guides readers through jobs, relationships and more by taylor atkinson
around laptops in coffee shops and cafes, taking advantage of the free WiFi while sipping on the same cold cup of coffee all day long. She was “I’m Only Here for the one of them. WiFi,” by Chelsea Fagan, does These young adults are making the a great job explaining how to most of the free Internet for a number navigate life in your twenties. of reasons, including searching for The book is easy to read, and it is easy to skip from chapter to chapter jobs on websites such as Craigslist. But because of the way Fagan grouped each what if you decide you actually want to work at said coffee shop? topic into a different chapter. “For every coffee b---- position available The book is short (192 pages) and funny, and for those who typically dislike reading, in an office in a big city, there are going to Fagan includes a variety of diagrams and be at least 500 20-somethings clawing each other’s eyes out to get it,” Fagan illustrations to keep the reader said. “So you have to be creative, interested. be persistent and stand out from “From those just realizing the crowd.” that a college degree doesn’t She wrote that life is a variable necessarily equal career tapestry of gray areas as with success, to all those looking many things in adulthood. Each to party on the cheap, Fagan point is as open to interpretation offers a healthy mix of and tweaking as the next, and commentary, humor and real your job is to make all those advice that every reluctant blurry lines blur just enough in adult will enjoy,” according your favor. to Running Press. Fagan tackles the issue of The book is aptly titled, finding and keeping a job in her “I’m Only Here for the WiFi” book, in addition to providing because Fagan has firsthand experience with young Courtesy of Running Press thoughtful insight on the subjects most young adults struggle with, adults found crowded times staff
Art club president, Christyne Pricthard explains club goals and regulations at a club meeting Dec. 9 in Fine Arts building room 214.
Creative classes at SJCC
Artists awarded Galaxy tablets
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First place winner Robert Quihuis photographs with his new Galaxy tablet 3 at the Carmen Castellano Gallery Dec. 16. students’ effort and teachers who have been involved in developing students’ skills. The contest rewarded students for their art, displayed their art in the gallery and collected $255 from submission fees that will support typhoon victims in the Philippines. such as: n Hobbies: Or, How to Find Things to Do That Don’t Depend Entirely on Drinking n Going Out: Or, How to Justify a $12 Cocktail by Screaming “This is My Song!” n Love and Dating: Or, How to Appease Your Mother When She Asks If You’re Seeing Anyone n Finances: Or, How to Finish the Month Without Crying into Your Ramen n Friendship: Or, How to Find Cool People Who Aren’t the Same Five Coworkers And finally: n Growing Up: Or, Making the World a Better Place by Doing Something Other Than Suckling from Society’s Ravaged Teat Becoming an adult is no easy feat, and for many of us, it is a step we are forced into taking. Just remember to refer to Fagan’s guide the next time you find yourself in need of some tender loving reassurance and encouragement. Fagan wrote, “The truth is, that no matter how much you feel as if you and only you are a giant f----- and everyone else around you is laughing and dancing as romantic success and hundred-dollar bills rain down on them, everyone is confused” Price: Paperback Original; $14 Rating: 5 out of 5
n Art History-Prehistoric-Gothic era - Art 91 - 3 units A lecture that informs students of the major art movements including prehistoric, Egyptian, Greek, Early Christian, Romanesque, Islamic, Medieval, and Gothic. n Ballet Beginning -Dance 10 - 1 unit Taught Tuesdays and Thursdays by Amber McCall, this class teaches techinique, form, terminology and expression. This class physically will help students with balance, control, flexibility and strength. n Beginning Ceramics - Art 46 - 3 units Students will construct their own clay figures, learn about glazing, firing and the potter’s wheel. There’s six different classes for beginning ceramics. n Beginning Painting - Art 60 - 3 units Students learn and practice painting with oil and acrylic while they explore using color, schemes and different techniques. This Course is only taught by Eve Mathias on Mondays and Wednesdays. n Hip-hop dance, fundamentals Dance 32A – 1 unit Students are introduced to primary positions, isolation, gestures and jumping steps of hip-hop dance. n Newspaper – Journ 32(A, B, C, or D) – 3 units Students learn and directly apply skills in creating the newspaper of SJCC. Enroll to be a writer, designer, photographer, editor or videographer. Students get their work published in paper for the student body to view. n Professional practices and portfolio development – Art 76 – 3 units A course that focuses on career exploration, students will get help in furthering their chances in finding work as an artist or photographer. n Theater workshop major production – Theat 31 – 0.5-2 units Students will rehearse and act out a play for the public. You could be one of the stars of the production of “Reckless.” Auditions will be held Feb. 3 and 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. n Web design – Art 079 – 3 Units Learn how to build, design and operate a website. Students can learn about HTML, CSS and graphics.
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Fighting, winning and loving it Student athlete training to maintain undefeated status BY TAYLOR ATKINSON TIMES STAFF
Standing just above 5 feet 8” tall, undefeated boxing is a dedicated athlete working toward his goal of becoming a professional boxer. Looking to put San Jose on the map, Vences was happy to take a break from his hectic training schedule to talk a little about himself over a cup of coffee. boxing? when I was a kid and then he put me in soccer. I never scored a goal so he put me in martial arts where I practiced for three years. I really liked it, but I wasn’t succeed. I don’t like stretching, at school and I started getting he didn’t see improvement in two months then he would take
wake up in the morning and I’m really sore, I ask myself if I want to get better or if I want to stay the same. There are some days when my body doesn’t respond, but I still end up going to the gym later. I don’t want to spend the rest of the day mad at myself because I didn’t go. I’m just mad that I didn’t go in the morning.
I look up to my dad because he taught himself how to do martial competing in a huge tournament when he came to the United I look up to my coaches too and their accomplishments. I was little, I looked up to Oscar
belt in those weight classes that would pretty much complete is the world championship belt, and it’s worth the most so not just anybody gets that belt; you really good. keeps you going? the adrenaline. You kind of get hooked on that rush and that’s what keeps me going.
Olympics then he went pro, and his overall character inspired me. last semester?
Salinas, and it might be televised
but I had to pull out because I
motivates me; I just have really good work ethic. Fighting is something I really enjoy doing
boxing doesn’t work out.
and I was busy. I’m going back spring semester for electrician school. I’m planning to take one class a semester until I complete the electrician course so then I have something just in case
kind of like a swing bout, which means if the main event and the there will be a gap of time that in then I’ll be in that gap.
COURTESY OF ANDY VENCES
Andy Vences boxing in the ring in a quest to put his hometown of San Jose on the map.
BY ADBEL ESPINOZA TIMES STAFF
This recipe is modeled after a snack time favorite, applesauce. Since it’s easy to make and clean up after, this is a fun project to whip up as the cold winter season starts to take its toll.
¾ cup packed light brown sugar ¼ teaspoons ground cloves
brown sugar, spices, baking soda and salt. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until the dry ingredients are slightly moist, but be careful not to over mix. confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon if desired. Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. ANNIE MONERA / CONTRIBUTOR
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
Jags Crossword How do you plan to stay on track this semester? COMPILED BY MARC SERRANO / TIMES STAFF
Submit this completed crossword for a chance to win a $20 Streetlight Records gift certificate. Entry instructions: n Use your smartphone to take a photo and email a picture of the crossword to email@example.com n Bring the cutout to Technology Center room 302. n Drop it in the newstip boxes located in the Student Center or Technology Center by Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Make sure to include your name and contact information. Winners will be anounced in our next issue on Feb. 18.
Name: Michael Royal Age: 23 Major: Computer Science Study more in study groups and use the tutoring center.
Name: Karlen Kirkland Age: 17 Major: Marketing A lot of planning and organization.
We buy, sell and trade video games, Blu-rays, DVDs, CDs and vinyl. 980 South Bascom Ave. San Jose, CA, 95128
Name: Abibat Oshiobugie Age: 19 Major: Microbiology I’m going to base it off what worked last semester and try to plan better for this semester.
Name: Khanh Vuong Age: 25 Major: Administrative Justice Use my agenda and motivation.
1. Which club meets every second and fourth Monday?
5. What is the last name of the musician who had the top selling album in 2013?
2. Who is the district chancellor? (last name)
6. What habit is the girl in the editorial cartoon quitting?
3. Who is the author of “I’m Only Here for the WiFi?”
7. Who wants to put San Jose on the map?
4. What is a commonly abused class of drugs?
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Published on Jan 31, 2014