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Tuesday, April 1 , 2014

State of planet drives away aliens

Chance to join spacefaring community lost BY TYLER BAR-NESS TIMES STAFF

The world is abuzz over the first contact made with alien life from beyond Earth’s atmosphere. People of the world were shocked by the news that humanity is considered too troublesome to join the interstellar community. “Your nations are divided, your leaders are in gridlock, and your programs to leave your homeworld’s atmosphere have stalled,” said Vhluuhgotha, ambassador and vice president of the Uplifting Evaluation Committee, whose name has been shortened for convenience and inclusion of sounds that the human mouth cannot pronounce. “As far as the Galactic Senate has seen, sharing our technology with your people would prove catastrophic.” Scientists have estimated that the exchange of technology, particularly the faster-than-light engines that allowed these foreign life forms to discover our planet, would propel human progress into the stars. “The chance to visit our sister planets, and the chance to exchange ideas with species able to travel between stars has been lost to us,” said Dr. Sigmund Brandon, chairman of the recently-founded Committee for Interstellar Relations. “It’s ridiculous,” said Malcom Dalton, another committee member. “These aliens have in their power the ability to solve world hunger, cure diseases that have plagued mankind, and they want to deny us representation in the Galactic Senate because we’re divided?” Not all experts are offended by this blatant statement of mistrust from our fellow creatures.

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DaQuane Fox, 19, journalism major, and Chad Stewart, 26, creative writing major, rehearse for the play “Reckless” in the Theater on Tuesday, March 25.

Students prepare to get reckless Theater production of contemporary play set to premiere on April 4 BY SONIA WARAICH TIMES STAFF

Facing life’s challenge and learning to cope with them are the central themes of Craig Lucas’ 1983 play “Reckless,” which

is set to run at the SJCC Theater from April 4 to 6. “There’s a lot of humor,” said actor Chad Stewart, 26, creative writing major, “but it’s very dark.” Actress Casey Jane Satterlund, 24, art education major, said she enjoyed the play because of the abundance of varied roles and personalities, making it “a great character study.” “It’s kind of about what each individual character is hiding,” Satterlund said, “and

Volume 77 Issue 5 how each character deals with the traumatic experiences they’ve had.” Stewart said the title of the play hints at the central theme, “the recklessness of humans … and how people cope with those (reckless) decisions.” “It’s a pretty surreal play,” Stewart said. “It’s one of those things where you’re not sure if it’s a dream.” Stewart said Dennis Sloan, professor of theater arts, was a big help in preparing for the play, providing exercises through the theater production class coursework. “A lot of it is keeping a journal, character analysis, that kind of stuff,” Stewart said. Sloan said he provided students with exercises focusing on different aspects of their acting, from the emotional and psychological to the physical and vocal. The exercises have a wide range of functions. Some are for expanding the range of an actor’s pitch, others are breathing exercises to ensure one’s voice does not get damaged, while others are tongue twisters meant to improve enunciation. “It’s pretty exhausting, I scream a lot,” Satterlund said. “Even when I’m not screaming I’m talking in a pitch that’s not natural for me, so it’s kind of demanding in that way.” Satterlund said she did not mind the amount of work and was having a lot of fun with the cast, which includes 10 student actors and six students who are focused on the technical side of things, such as the set and lighting. “There are 22 roles,” Sloan said. “It can be performed by as few as seven actors or as many as 22, so it gives us some flexibility.” Admission to the play is free with a donation of canned food, which will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank. “There is also an idea in the play that you can, in many ways, create a family,” Sloan said. Sloan said the characters in the play lose their families in one way or another, but still end up finding and becoming a support system for each other. “It is a subject matter that I think appeals to students because it is contemporary,” Sloan said. “It was written in the 80s, but I think the themes are pretty universal.”


A construction worker exits the newly added green fence that restricts student access to parking in the back lot near the field while construction to the old 100’s building early morning on March 24.

Construction blocks access to campus New fence brings parking problems


Many students were surprised to see a giant, green fence when they arrived at school on Monday, March 17. The green fence, installed in the back parking lots near the 100 buildings, cut off the parking lot and access to the campus for students parking on the public street and coming from nearby. Construction on campus in the past year has been ongoing as several upgrades and changes to the campus are underway.


The most notable addition is a wroughtiron fence that went up around the campus last semester. Before, students could enter the parking lot next to the softball field from the adjacent street. Students can no longer drive into the parking lot; it is only open to pedestrian traffic. Now that the construction project to remove the three 100 buildings is underway, the new fence is locked so the adjacent parking lot can be used for construction staging. Elgin Hawkin, 20, biology major, said he feels “inconvenienced and frustrated by having to walk around the Child Development (Building), adding an extra six to seven minutes to get on campus.” Since recent construction began and the green fence was installed, parking has become

a hassle for many students. “They can send a text or email about stolen catalytic converters, amber alerts or help with taxes, but how come they cannot send one that will talk about the parking situation or major construction?” said Pedro Sanchez, 23, biology major. Since campus upgrades began, 49-year-old Magda Gonzalez was struck and killed by a construction-related accident near the Fine Arts Building in 2013. Kathy Bruga, yoga professor, said, as a faculty member, she received updates from Gilbane about on-campus construction. Bruga said she has to park in the student parking lot and walk farther to her morning yoga class, which is located in one of the buildings slated to be part of the new campus upgrades.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Freedom of speech drives democracy

Controversial ideas provide insight even if they offend

Recently,.controversial pamphlets featuring post-abortion fetuses were distributed and left around campus. It bothered a few people enough to complain, call the police or throw the pamphlets in the trash. Their ideas may have been controversial and offensive, but being allowed to believe whatever you want and express those beliefs in a peaceful way is fundamental to democracy, which is why those rights are guaranteed by the First Amendment. As college students developing critical thinking skills, it is important for us to be exposed to a variety of ideas, humor those ideas and integrate them into our understanding of the world. That means being able to, without emotion, look at what conclusions are being drawn and question them intensively until you have a thorough understanding of the underlying arguments backing those claims. Reading through the pamphlet, it is clear only one side of the argument is presented. As an individual with initiative, you could look up statistics on abortions, stories of women who did not regret it and more

Editorial arguments for both sides. A benefit of being exposed to highly biased information is gaining awareness of what kind of values and ideas people around you hold. If you find the information out of touch with the times, address it and question it. You can choose to ignore it, but that will not make those views stop existing. Direct, open and honest conversations are difficult, but they are the only way to understand what people think and why. Understanding controversial ideas can help individuals come up with better arguments after they have had time to digest that information. It is possible an individual will go on believing whatever they want after a conversation, but there is also a possibility that you may open their eyes. On the other hand, it is difficult to draw the line between hate speech, propaganda and legitimate information. Some students on campus may have had abortions and seeing post-abortion fetuses could cause

them extreme emotional distress. Our culture already pushes issues affecting women into the background and treats them as less important. If we have regulations protecting other disadvantaged groups from hate speech, why not also women? Even though the demonstrators were peaceful, their message came across as shaming women who have had abortions and garnering hatred toward them by comparing their decisions to extreme violence such as genocide and slavery. Still, it is more important to acknowledge that idea is true in someone else’s head. Everyone is in the middle of a neverending learning process, so it is important to be understanding when others say offensive or ignorant things without realizing. And when you are on the other side of the equation, it is important to be open to listening to the other side of the argument and acknowledging a mistake when you have made one. Whether in class, with friends or at home, do not be afraid to say what is on your mind; it just might give someone else the courage to express what is on theirs.

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‘First Kiss’ film goes viral, questions raised Just how much meaning does a kiss truly have? BY AISHA MCCOULLOUGH TIMES STAFF

Filmmaker Tatia Pilieva rounded up 20 friends who did not know each other to capture their first kiss. Pilieva’s video showed the awkwardness, tenderness and vulnerability of kissing a perfect stranger for the first time and how it helps to create some lasting impressions. “The First Kiss” video sparked a national media debate, over the persons Pilieva chose to cast in the video as strangers, as millions of shares on facebook and tweets on twitter about the subject of strangers kissing for the first time. Movies, television and pop culture create that glorious first kiss between two strangers. It is romantic, touching and often enough to bring on skin chills or swoons for viewers. Researchers at Oxford University surveyed over 900 men and women aged 18 to 63 from around the world about kissing, and the results were published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. The first study found that women tended to find kissing more important than men. Men and women who rated themselves as being attractive, as well as those who said they tended to have short-term relationships and casual encounters, rated kissing as more important than other survey participants. Kissing is one of the first forms of touch a

human receives as affection or connection and as a child kissing is generally part of the basic human experience. Kissing a stranger is perfectly acceptable as a greeting, or out of respect and considered a norm in many nations such as Spain and France. In the U.S., it has been acceptable for random strangers to pucker up and kiss out of sheer joy. A testament to these times was the moment captured when a sailor kissed a woman he did not know in the 1945 Times Square V-J Day photo. It is not necessarily a federal offense to steal a kiss, but it may not be viewed as a smart move to make publicly and for some considered to be too risky. Planting a kiss on a stranger may cause trouble for the kisser and has the potential to bring penalties or in extreme cases, a lawsuit. In Iowa, acts of kissing making it unlawful are still in the books. Kisses may last for no more than five minutes, or a man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public, according to the website iowa It would not be wise if a student decided to kiss an adult and that person turned out to be a police officer, a teacher or someone of importance. While having a kiss stolen without warning or consent may be annoying, uninvited, disheartening or even disappointing to those anticipating a first kiss, there is a difference between romantic kisses and formal kisses. Non-consensual kisses can be forgotten or overlooked with time and are definite proof that random stupid activities happen in human lives. The fact is that when two peoples lips meet for a kiss, they will be no longer kissing a stranger. If the same people share a kiss again, the kiss will have emotion, passion, intent or consent. This kind of kiss should be regarded as the standard for a most memorable kisses.

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American icon dies

Legacy of famous photo lives on BY AISHA MCCOULLOUGH TIMES STAFF

When it comes to iconic images of Americana, one of the most recognizable is the 1945 picture of a World War II sailor stealing a kiss from a dental assistant, who at that time dressed the same way as nurses, in the street on Aug. 14, V-J Day (Victory-over-Japan Day) after it was announced that Japan had surrendered, ending World War II. On March 9, 2014, the life of Glenn Edward McDuffie, thought to be the kiss stealer, ended at the age of 86 in Dallas, TX. The image, shot in Times Square by famous photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, was printed by Life magazine, forever linking it with romanticism and the overall unifying freedom that the world felt that day in 1945. McDuffie had told the Associated Press he was changing trains in New York when he learned that Japan had surrendered. He said he saw the woman hollering at him and he went up to her, gave her a big wet kiss with no tongue and then got on a train to visit friends in Brooklyn. Eisenstaedt was a prolific contributor during his career with more than 90 cover photos and 2500 photo stories, according to Life magazine. McDuffie was identified as the male sailor in the picture at the age of 80 in 2007, after 99 photos were examined by Lois Gibson, a

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forensic artist from the Houston Police Department, reported by USA today. The female in the photo has been confirmed as Greta Friedman on the The Library of Congress website’s American Folklife Center Veterans History Project interview of Aug. 8, 2005, where she shared her experience about being kissed and photographed. McDuffie’s life may be over, but the euphoric, stolen kiss image is immortalized in the 25 foot bronze statue, “The Kiss,” in San Diego and replaces the original weatherworn statue, “Unconditional Surrender,” in the Port of San Diego’s USS Midway Museum. Scott McGaugh, a spokesman for the USS Midway Museum said “nine couples who got married during World War II renewed their vows during the ceremony (unveiling of the new bronze statue), which left many spectators in tears as they watched the men and women in their late eighties and early nineties pledging their love to each other.” McDuffie a humble man, a romantic and to have enjoyed the fame and notoriety gained from the photo. He spent his last years signing autographs and taking pictures kissing women exactly the same way he did as a young sailor. McDuffie married several times and is survived by his daughter Glenda Bell and two grandchildren as reported by the Associated Press.

4 Campus Life

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Calendar Tuesday, April 1

Wednesday, April 9

Softball vs. College of San Mateo San Mateo 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 10 Softball vs. West Valley College West Valley 3 p.m.

Academic Senate meeting Student Center, room 204 2:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Safety Committee Student Center, room 204 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 3

Friday, April 11

Speeches from mayoral candidates for City of San Jose Technology Center, room 415 6:15 p.m.

Associated Student Government meeting Technology Center, room 415 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Student Success Committee Student Center, room 104 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 12

Friday, April 4 Reckless SJCC Theater 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 5 Softball vs. Fresno City College SJCC Softball Field 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reckless SJCC Theater 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 6 Reckless SJCC Theater 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8 Softball vs. Hartnell College Hartnell 3 p.m. Board of trustees meeting District Office (Evergreen Valley College) 6 p.m.

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Monday, April 14 Diversity Advisory Committee Student Center, room 104 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15 Softball vs. Cabrillo College Cabrillo 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 17 Softball vs. Gavilan College SJCC Softball Field 3 p.m.

Monday, April 21 Facilities Committee Student Center, room 204 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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March 19

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March 25

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March 24

8:36 am - Student Center Disturbance - no report needed 6:46 pm - Lot B Vandalism - malicious mischief occurred between 4:30 and 6:00 pm


PAGE 1 “As we are now, we cannot be trusted with that kind of power,” said Lydia Goddard, sociology professor at University. “History has shown that when people are given technology and exposed to cultures they are not ready to experience, disaster has followed.” Goddard has spent several

10:43 am - 100 Wing Suspicious person/activity 7:52 pm - Multi-Disciplinary/ Fine Arts Building Alarm call - burglary alarm No report taken 8:07 pm - Lot E Disturbance - in progress No report taken

March 17

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years abroad studying the origins of civilization in the Middle East, researching claims of previous visits by aliens. She is one of the many academics who believe the Galactic Senate is correct in their assessment of humanity. “The Galactic Senate has every right to deny us. We are still fighting wars of imperial aggression, there are people killing each other over religious beliefs. Nobody can say we are truly ready for what Ambassador

Participation in campus math contest fluctuates Test highlights problem solving


Some were drawn in by the $3,000 national scholarship, most were allured by the chance for extra credit in their math classes, but a few were led to the semi-annual math contest by love. The American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges test is given by more than 170 junior colleges across the country twice a year, once a semester. The schools have a two-week window to administer the exam, which was given at SJCC on March 6. “The AMATYC is an intriguing test and one of my favorites,” Sameer Khanna,18, bioengineering major, wrote in an email. “It uses simple algebra,

yet forces one to think hard about the questions.” Michael Divinia, professor of mathematics, said the benefit of the test for students is getting to “explore familiar math in new and interesting ways.” “Some of the questions are based on logic,” Divinia said. They do not involve numbers, only critical thinking skills. The test still requires an understanding of precalculus, so Divinia said it is important for students to know algebra, probability, logic, geometry and trigonometry. The highest score possible on the exam is 40 points and the individual with the highest score nationally gets a $3,000 scholarship. Team scores, the average of the highest five scores, determine the school’s national ranking. Marc Frodyma, physics and math professor, said last semester 111 students participated, while this

semester participation dropped to 68. This fluctuation in participation is not out of the ordinary, according to Divinia’s records of contest participation, which cover the 17 years he moderated the exam from 1993 to 2010. Participation has never sunk as low as the years extra credit was not offered. “The first few years the turnout was low,” Divinia said. “Eleanor Kendrick (recently deceased math professor) suggested giving extra credit.” After the math professors began giving extra credit, participation skyrocketed from nine participants in spring 1993 to 108 in fall 1994. Khanna wrote that the extra credit was great, and the test served to remind him why he loved math in the first place. “It helps you develop your critical thinking, refines your algebra,” Khanna wrote, “and gives you a good challenge.”

5 simple steps to practicing meditation BY TAYLOR ATKINSON TIMES STAFF

Meditation can reduce stress, improve concentration and even promote a better night’s sleep. It is a practice commonly used in yoga, but anyone can meditate to create positive change in his or her life. Some schools even have meditation rooms for students. San Jose City College does not have a room, but meditation can be done almost anywhere. Here are five simple steps to finding your inner bliss: 1. Find a place where you feel comfortable. To ensure you practice meditation daily, this place might be a quiet space inside your home or the area near your bed. 2. Set time aside to practice. Meditation is most effective when practiced at the same time each day. Meditating upon waking and before the sun rises is especially effective. Meditating before you go to bed is also helpful to release the stresses of the day and calm the mind.

the mind and promotes restful sleep. Others find solitude in kneeling on the floor or sitting with their legs crossed. If you plan on meditating in a seated position, remember to focus on your posture.


exhale until you feel every last bit of oxygen has left your lungs.

3. Find a relaxing position in which to meditate. Many people lie on their backs in savasana or corpse pose, which is usually done at the end of a yoga class. In corpse pose, you will lie on the floor or on a yoga mat with your palms facing upward and your legs turned out. This pose reduces stress, calms

4. Clear your mind. Start out by meditating for five minutes each day, and count the number of breaths you take if you find yourself getting distracted. Clear your head of past and future concerns and focus only on the present moment. Breathe in deeply through your nose for as long as you can, using your stomach to inhale as much oxygen as possible. Pause for a moment then

5. Keep track of your progress with a meditation journal. Record your thoughts and feelings after meditating and use it as a guide for future practice. If you are uncomfortable meditating in silence, listen to calming music. You could also join a yoga class or meditation group if you are more interested in guided meditation. It is impossible to master the art of meditation overnight, but with time, you will find that you will be able to meditate for as long as you like without getting distracted.

Vhluuhgotha and his kin could give us.” The alien ship was first identified outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City hovering in place. “Our computers analyzed your transmissions and data, and identified your ‘United Nations’ as the closest resemblance of a planetary government,” Vhluuhgotha said. “So we made ourselves known there.” The ship appeared above New

York City with little warning beyond a garbled transmission over several radio stations. Due to New York City’s prohibited airspace, there was a tense standoff between the then-unidentified ship and United States Air Force fighters before the visitor’s intentions became clear. An emergency general assembly meeting was called to session before Ambassador Vhluuhgotha appeared before the assembly. Vhluuhgotha

entertained questions from the assembly for several hours with his speech translated through a series of intricate computers. As the questions came to an end, Vhluuhgotha informed the general assembly that while humanity as a whole shows some promise as potential members of the greater galactic community, “With your current state of affairs in mind, that future could be far off.” Just kidding...April Fool’s!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Paintings inspire poetry

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Creative writing students respond to campus art exhibits BY SONIA WARAICH TIMES STAFF


Eva Floyd, psychology major, reads from her poems inspired by Sandra Smith-Dugan at the Ekphrastic Poetry open mic at the Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center on March 17.

Inspiration comes in many shapes and sizes. For a few creative writing students, it came from the campus art gallery. “Some of the best inspiration comes

from some specific input from the outside world,” said Jessica Breheny, English professor, “so art is a really good place to get that.” Eight of Breheny’s students returned to share poems they wrote amid some of the paintings that inspired them at the Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center on March 17 for the Women’s History Month Ekphrastic Poetry Open Mic. “I really like ekphrasis poetry, which is poetry based on art,” said Breheny, who was the first to share a poem. Despite examining the same paintings, the reactions to them varied based on the personal experiences of the observers, which led to the poems covering a broad range of themes. Mildred Davila Perez, art major, said she was inspired by Johanna Uribes’ “Iridescence,” which captured a portion of a bespectacled woman’s face. Davila Perez said she saw wisdom, knowledge, experience, hard work and tears in the woman’s eyes. “Every time I see a person with glasses, it brings alive the face of my mother,” Davila Perez read from her poem. Linda Balcazar, English major, took a fantasy-based approach when writing about Uribes’ “Intense Eyes.” “I was thinking is it a cat, a wolf, a witch,” Balcazar said. “I said I’ll make make her a witch.”


Jessica Breheny, English professor reads a poem at the Ekphrastic Poetry Open mic at the Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center on March 17.

Sheena Henson, 24, art major, wrote about the works of Sandra SmithDugan using themes relevant to her own and many college-aged students’ experiences, such as the darkness that accompanies a good time. “I knew I could write about that,” Henson said, “just because it’s a lifestyle I know about.” She said her poem was about the party scene, full of young people who do not express their emotions and are only looking to have fun. “After everything is done, it’s a reflection of how you feel,” Henson said. “I could just kind of therapeutically let it out.” A similar sentiment was expressed by

Eva Floyd, psychology major, who said she was inspired by Smith-Dugan’s paintings “Good Times” and “Single.” “I thought they were related,” Floyd said. “One had a beginning and the other one finished it, but it was unfinished.” Floyd said how she saw darkness in the painting “Good Times” and wrote about the confusion of youth, when there can often be a fine line between having a good time and a bad time. “A lot of times a piece of art will pull you in, but you don’t really know why, you just have a reaction,” Breheny said. “The writing process can help you unpack that reaction.”

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Ceramics ignites creativity on campus

Students build art and comradery in class By Justin San Diego Times Staff

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Surviving a dead world Project Zomboid rises from dead genre By Tyler Bar-ness Times Staff

Zombie games have enjoyed a spot in the limelight in video game culture, mostly action and first-person shooters. Focusing on brutal combat, many of these games have neglected the horror of living in a world overrun by zombies. For gamers who prefer the struggle of survival there is now Project Zomboid, a survivalhorror game by team Indie Stone for purchase on Steam and Desura, digital distributors for computer games. The game is in alpha testing, but it is available for playtesting and early access. Gameplay | 3/5 With simple controls that are easy to remember, the gameplay of Project Zomboid is enjoyable. The only definable objective of the game is survival. In a world infested by the living dead, this is easier said than done. Houses with security systems may attract hordes of the living dead, and forgetting to turn off the oven could leave zombies with a fresh, cooked meal. There is also the matter of food and water. With nobody around to stop the player, grocery stores and pharmacies are fair game. However, the food will eventually spoil, and places such as this are sure to be home to zombies. Food and water are not the only necessities. The player must keep his character occupied, to stave off the depression and boredom brought on by a world without people. By reading books or keeping a journal, the character can stay positive as he rebuilds. There are three single-player modes: survival and sandbox are both described above, where sandbox allows players to edit their game’s settings. The third mode, last stand, is a fight against waves of zombies, where the goal is to kill as many zombies as possible. There is a multiplayer survival mode as well. With friends, there is the added safety of numbers, but players are only as safe as their weakest link. One friend can forget to turn the oven off or

trigger an alarm, dooming his companions. Narrative | 1/5 As far as plots go, Project Zomboid does not give the player much to gnaw on. There is one goal: survival. Players are set down in a world where man has fallen, and the player measure their success by how long they can last. Visual | 3/5 Project Zomboid uses pixel art in a skillful manner. While it cannot compete with larger developers, the game’s appearance has a retro charm. The style is clear enough to tell the difference between a player’s character and a zombie, but not so detailed that it crowds the models. Music | 3/5 With a small soundtrack, Project Zomboid manages to avoid being an entirely silent game. The music establishes a lonely, tense atmosphere. Audiophiles may wish to look to other independent games for a more musical experience. Depth | 4/5 At the moment, this game has more depth than length. With a simple crafting system for furniture, player-made buildings and a variety of recipes to prepare food, Project Zomboid is on its way to being an immersive, indepth survival game. There is room for improvement. Technical skills could grant the player more options when raiding houses or preserving food. The ability to turn off house alarms and lights before entering a home could mean the difference between a safe search or a race to gather supplies before the undead arrive. The game lacks the personal touch that trading and surviving with another character provides. The developers have confirmed they are planning to add nonplayer characters, but for now there is only one non-zombie character. In the End Project Zomboid is on its way to becoming an example of content over visual quality. With a simple combat system and stillgrowing crafting list, it could become a must-play survival game. The lack of narrative is not a mortal blow, as surviving day-to-day was a challenge, but Project Zomboid has a lot of room to grow. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The ceramics department at San Jose City College offers creative outlets for students while educating them on the fundamentals of working with clay. The campus offers three different classes for ceramics: Beginning Ceramics I (Art 46A), Beginning Ceramics II (Art 46B) and Special Projects in Ceramics (Art 89). Students can earn three units for taking any of the courses. The classes are held jointly in the same room at the same times. Michelle Gregor, the only full-time ceramics professor, has been teaching at SJCC for 12 years. Instead of tests, Gregor holds class critiques where each student explains the type of clay, paint and glaze they used. She grades art by technique, craftsmanship, glaze application and concept. “The class is busy, friendly, and inspiring,” said second-semester ceramics student Truc Anh, 26, social work major. Gregor makes each student explain what they would have changed about their work and which other student’s piece they admire. Leslie Urbina, 52, liberal arts major, is taking ceramics for the third time. She created a sentimental series of bowls that were associated with her family. One bowl represented her relationship with her father and included a crossword puzzle, a National Guard symbol and the text “Hey Dad, (Big Hug) I Love You.” Urbina said she and her dad never said “I love you” to each other, and he passed three months after they started saying it. “For someone who’s not into art, this class helps discover another part of yourself,” Urbina said. Many beginning students’ works are technique driven, but advanced students use emotional and cultural components.

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Truc Anh, 26, social work major, works on her project during ceramics class March 24. Gregor said one of the most challenging aspects of the class is learning how to use the potter’s wheel. Starting next semester, a ceramic sculpture class will be taught at SJCC for the first time. “Function is not a goal when creating sculptures,” Gregor said. Bas relief is a style of ceramics that attaches to a wall. Hollowing is building armatures that are empty in the middle. Gregor said she plans to explore both techniques in ceramic sculpture. There will be a material fee of $25 for each student taking any ceramics class. Evergreen Valley College does not offer ceramics classes, making SJCC the only college in the district to offer them. Many ceramics students expressed having a high interest in the Beginning Ceramics class and were interested in taking the class again.

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Jags win 9 out of 16 games last month San Jose City College showers 133 hits in the month of March BY ZACH TATAR TIMES STAFF

With a 40 percent chance of rain at game time, the Jags battled through the elements achieving the win 7-2 at home Tuesday, March 25 over the Coast North Conference Mission College Saints (0-16 ,0-10). The weather did not stop the San Jose City College (17-11, 6-4) batts that rained down 11 total hits. Sophomore pitcher Gianna Cavallaro rested her arm during the game, but Coach Debbie Huntze-Rooney had her name on the lineup card. Cavallaro said she was going through a slump, but came ready to hit. “When I saw my pitch fastball down the middle,” Cavallaro said, “I swung.” With two home runs and four runs batted in, Cavallaro said she has been working on hitting and is pleased with the results. Sophomore catcher Treasure Rodriguez finished with three hits in four at bats, while sophomore centerfielder Krystal Rock added two hits, a triple and two stolen bases. Freshman ‘knuckleball’ pitcher Jessica Wakeman pitched a complete game, allowing 4 hits and 1 walk. Wakeman gave up two back-to-back home runs in the third inning and the Jags,

three hits in three at bats, a double and scored two runs. Wakeman pitched all five innings and Huntze-Rooney said she had great command, getting ahead in the count against batters and mixing up her pitches. “We tried some different things and at which point Coach Rooney sent a pitcher down to warm up in the bullpen area. After we kept the hitters off balance,” Huntzethe game, Wakeman said it was the two Rooney said. The Jags participated in softball’s version curveball pitches that got away from her, of March Madness, a tournament in Fremont right over the center of the plate. “In that inning I was struggling with the during the weekend of March 15. By the curve a little bit,” Wakeman said, “and they end of the weekend, the Jags finished 3-2. The team traveled to Ohlone College (18(Mission College) were hanging over the plate a little and were able to get ahold of 10,7-3) on Tuesday, March 18, but came up short 7-5 after scoring 4 a few.” runs early. Wakeman battled her Huntze-Rooney said way out of the inning, “We tried some Ohlone continued getting getting Saint hitters to different things and not solid but ‘dinker’ hits ground and strike out. and key walks, setting Coming out of the the table for them to 6-0 win over ross-town we kept the hitters score most of their runs. rival De Anza College on off balance” Wakeman was pulled Tuesday, March 11, the out after three innings Jags finished 2-0 overall Debbie Huntze-Rooney, and giving up four runs on Thursday, March 13, on four hits, four walks winning in 10-run rule and a strikeout. fashion over the City Freshman pitcher Alex Hernandez College of San Francisco (4-15-1, 1-8) in finished the final three inning, giving up five innings 10-2. Sophomore third baseman Stephanie three runs on six hits. The Jags had a different approach in Pickard hit her first collegiate home run and their 11-3 victory over Cabrillo College finished with three runs batted in. Pickard said it hitting her first home run (6-16, 1-8) on Thursday, March 20. The at home was special, and it felt really good team racked up 11 hits, 11 runs and nine runs batted in, with teammates hitting in to get the win. Freshman shortstop Kallie Klinger had whoever got on base.


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The team had two home runs coming off the bats of sophomores Rodriguez and Rock. Rock also added another stolen base to her 11 on the season. Every time the team gets on base, they are looking for the best pitch and the best hitters count to steal the base said Rock. Cavallaro pitched five strong innings, allowing five hits, two walks and three strikeouts Ohlone hitters. She held down the win for the Jags, who finished the week 1-1. Rooney said the team’s approach will be to take one inning, one pitch, one out at a time, and to play as a team. The Jags take the field again Thursday, March 27 at San Jose City College (17-11, 6-4) playing Foothill College (13-13-1, 6-5) after the 7-2 win over Mission College,

Thrower Jayme Gonzalez is regarded by David Flynn, head coach of the track and field team, as their “best all-around thrower.” Gonzalez, sophomore, 19, graduated from Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, Calif. where she qualified for the Central Coast Section Championships. The CCS Championships are annual championships for high school sports where schools from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Monterey Bay Area compete against each other. Gonzalez began track and field in eighth grade but started throwing in sophomore year of high school. “A lot of people think it comes from your upper body,” Gonzalez said. “A lot actually comes from your legs.” Gonzalez said her biggest role model was her throwing coach, Coach McKee. “He was a thrower, himself,” Gonzalez said. “Everything we do, he’s done.” Gonzalez said her biggest accomplishment in high school was making it to the CCS Championships, and her goal for the rest of this season is to beat her personal bests. She loves to read and draw. Gonzalez listens to all genres of music, but her favorite is country. She enjoys Mexican food and her favorite dish is tacos. Her preferred subject in school is math. Gonzalez said she hopes to pursue track and field for as long as possible. “Maybe I’d study sports medicine or become a coach,” Gonzalez said, “something to stay with the sport.”

Golf team places second of six BY ZACH TATAR TIMES STAFF

The San Jose City College golf team entered its seventh tournament of the season at Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel on Monday, March 24, finishing second among six teams and scoring 10 under par. Freshman Owen Hutchison led the Jags, shooting a 72 to equal course par, while freshman Connor Lawrence shot a 76, adding to the final team total of 385. The team finish just behind tournament winner Chabot College, who shot 12 under par with a team score of 378.

“We feel fortunate we came in second just because I felt we didn’t play very well,” said Coach Don Stagnaro. SJCC is ranked third in conference with 48 points, behind first-place Reedley College, with 51, and second place Cabrillo College, with 49. Stagnaro said making the postseason as of now looks good. “We want to win conference, and unless we bomb the next seven tournaments, we should be in pretty good shape,” Stagnaro said. Fourth-placed Monterey Peninsula College has 28 points in current Coast

Standings, and Coach Stagnaro said they needed a dramatic turnaround in order to catch up to the Jags moving into the final seven tournaments. Stagnaro said this year the team is showing signs of past championship seasons he has coached at SJCC. “The team is close knit, and like the last championship team in 2007, for an individual sport they were very team oriented,” Stagnaro said. “This group has that.” The top three teams from each conference move on to the NorCal Regionals, and the Jags are positioned to take that third spot.

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What are your spring break plans? COMPILED BY MARC BRODEUR / TIMES STAFF Name: Nghi Ung Age: 19 Major: Psychology “Be crazy with family, friends and my boyfriends. Don’t drink though. Will go to the zoo and have some parties.”

ACROSS 2. The memorial service for _____ Kendrick is scheduled for April 4 4. Marvin Gaye was ____ by his father on this day in 1984. 5. France switched from the Julian calendar to the _______. 6. The _______ contest took place March 6. 7. ____ Zomboid has a retro art style.

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Name: Sergio Molina Age: 21 Major: Art “Have fun and improve my skills in art and gaming”

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Name: Victoria Arroyo Age: 23 Major: Teaching / Child Developement “My plans for spring break are to take a trip down to San Diego and see what it has to offer, plus the beach” Name: Jon Aymon Age: 76 Major: Physics “Take pictures at locations from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. If sunny, will use color film. If cloudy, will use black and white film.”

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Dear Jazzy, I am a 20-year-old sophomore, and I’ve started dating an ambitious, straight-A City College student. He is so handsome and he treats me like a queen! But on a recent date, he blew up at a waiter over something that wasn’t really that big a deal. Is this a bad sign? His parents are from another country and have very high expectations for him. I’m very attracted to him, but wondering if this is the man for me? Signed, Puzzled

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Dear Puzzled, It sounds like you have found someone who really cares about you and that you care about. Maybe he was stressed and the waiter was the final push to a series of dominos that came crashing down. While I do not know the circumstances that caused him to blow up, I would not let this incident come between you two. However if you are just getting to know this person, you may want to see if he is one to easily “fly off the handle.” You should also use this as an opportunity to sit down and discuss the incident with your boyfriend. Try and come to an understanding of why he was so upset. Communication is always key to a healthy relationship.


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On April 1 in history: 1700 – April Fool’s Day was made popular by the English. It is believed that April Fool’s Day dates back to 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian, resulting in the new year starting on Jan. 1 instead of March 25. “Those who continued to celebrate the end of New Year Week on April 1 were referred to as fools,” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.


Chocolate chip cookies BY MARC BRODEUR / TIMES STAFF

1963 – ABC television network premiered the soap opera “General Hospital.” 1970 – Richard Nixon signed legislation banning all cigarette ads on television and radio. 1984 – Marvin Gaye, American singer-songwriter known for his hits “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” was shot and killed by his father. April 1 celebrity birthdays: 1961 – Susan Boyle, contestant on “Britain’s Got Talent” and singer known for her debut album “I Dreamed a Dream,” which was one of the UK’s best-selling debut albums. 1977 – Jon Gosselin, reality television star from the TLC production “Jon and Kate Plus 8.” 1983 – Matt Lanter, actor and model best known for his role as Liam Court on “90210.” 1986 – Hillary Scott, lead singer of the hit country group Lady Antebellum. PHOTO BY AISHA MCCULLOUGH / TIMES STAFF


If you enjoy soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies, then this simple recipe is perfect for you. Ingredients: 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 stick unsalted butter 1 stick salted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 large eggs ¾ cup granulated sugar 2 cups chocolate chips

1924 – Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was sentenced to five years in Landsberg Prison, where he worked on his autobiography “Mein Kampf.”


Start to finish time: 45 minutes Servings: 20 cookies


Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. 2. In a medium mixing bowl sift together flour, baking soda and granulated sugar. 3. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and eggs. 4. Slowly combine the dry mixture with the wet mixture one cup at a time until fully combined. 5. Mix in the chocolate chips. 6. Scoop cookie dough onto a parchment-paperlined cookie sheet with two inches between each cookie. 7. Place in the oven and bake for four minutes. After four minutes, rotate the cookie sheet and continue baking for another four minutes. 8. Remove cookies from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.



April 1, 2014  

Volume 77 Issue 5

April 1, 2014  

Volume 77 Issue 5