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The United States of Russia? CIA report confirms Russia’s involvement in US election BY MELISSA MARIA MARTINEZ TIMES STAFF

Following the report released by the Center of Intelligence which indicates that Russia played a role in the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, a question as to what Russia has in store for the U.S. and why, after President Donald Trump was informed of this, does he continue to promote a sunny future between the U.S. and Russia?

• Freeze all pending regulations,

Does Trump simply hold a favorable view of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, or is he a plant of the KGB—Russian version of the CIA.

• Freeze federal workforce hiring,

In either case, the trust in America’s democratic system has been compromised and the consequences remain to be seen.

• Reinstate the Mexico City abortion policy which block the use of US tax dollars to fund foreign nongovernmental organizations that perform or promote abortions,

• Take the U.S. out of the trans-Pa-

cific Partnership (also known as TTP,)

• Approve the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines to continue construction and operation,

• Expedite environmental reviews on infrastructure projects,

• Promote made in the U.S. pipe-

Meanwhile, since taking office, President Trump has used his executive authority to:

• Review domestic manufacturing

• Provide relief from the Afford-

• Increase border security mea-

able Care Act (also known as Obama care,)

lines, regulations, sures and pursue undocumented immigrants.

Remaining vigilant These resources are here to help

To continue low theft trend

Support services offered to students





Crime on campus is low but when it does occur it can cost your money, time, effort and personal data – leaving you wide-open to identity theft. “There were a total of 10 thefts that occurred between Sept. 1, 2015, and Nov. 10, 2016, which involved cell phones, computers and iPads at San Jose City College,” District police sergeant Norma Chappell said. Chappell reported that one cellphone was stolen on SJCC campus. Cell phones can carry your entire life on them: contacts, direct access to your emails, social media and even to your bank accounts. Therefore, it is extremely important to maintain vigilant in order to prevent this kind of theft. Students play a role in limiting these types of thefts by remaining vigilant. Your phones locking mechanism is key since a thief must recover the PIN code to bypass the mechanism. Beyond protecting yourself, help each other by keeping your eyes open and by reporting suspicious activity to campus police.


1) San Jose City College Caesar

4) SJCC Library’s Online Data-

Classroom textbooks are available to check out at the front desk for a certain period of time.

Credible resources can be found by visiting San Jose City College’s online library database. It also provides the proper source citation in MLA and APA formats.

Chavez Library

Library hours have been extended to 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. and they are open on Saturdays. Make sure you bring your student ID card.

2) Reading and Writing Center Tutors and instructors are available for students in the Reading and Writing Center located on the first floor of the library to help students with their essays, research papers or brain storming. It’s a free and useful service.

3) Tutoring Center Student tutors are also available to help students with their homework, quizzes and review for classes. Instructors also have office hours in the tutoring center. All levels of math are available.


5) Financial Aid ​The Financial Aid Office helps students apply for and obtain funds from a variety of financial aid programs. Visit the office during office hours or attend one of several workshops held throughout the year. Check with the Financial Aid Office for more details.

6) Transfer Center Helps you develop an academic plan for future transfer.

7) Health Center SJCC Health Center located next to the entrance of student center. Students need to call during clinic hours to schedule appointments. Health center offers basic services for example, blood pressure checks and vision screenings.

Get your free ecopass

VTA’s eco pass is offered to students at the information desk in the Student Center

Elections are coming up If you are interested in being apart of the Associated Student Body leadership visit the welcome desk to find out how.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caravan coming to SJCC Thursday, Feb. 16 from 10am-1pm in the Student Center

You can get your ideas and or artwork published. Sign up for Journalism today. There are no prerequisites. You can promote campus events in The Times or request for an event to be covered by sending an email to:


2 Opinion

Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

A movement with no direction

Painful experience turned into healing opportunity

Ideas without informed debate are dangerous

SJCC alumni to promote sexual assault awareness on stage BY JANIS HILLARD




Respect. It’s missing. Not in the way you think. We’re being respectful of one another until one’s ideology clashes with its opposite and then we find it very difficult to give respect to those that disagree with us. Somewhere, close to the beginning of that disagreeable turn, our implicit bias kicks in and you either find yourself talking down to another or they are publicly shaming your lack of tolerance to the world. No real attempt to fully understand their point or time to appreciate the journey it took to form. No chance to let it really challenge your own ideas and beliefs; which makes improving them near impossible. Recently, it’s become clear that young political energy is useless and easily manipulated without a clear grasp of pertinent historical context or the acknowledgment that one issue has many possibilities and sides. Many of us find it comfortable voicing our beliefs and ideas proudly amongst like-minded agreeable peers. But an idea with no debate is dangerous. Practicing healthy debate can be difficult but not impossible. In fact

the opportunity to create and develop one’s foundation can be found in journalism. The job of students who join journalism is to engage the reader. This can only be successfully executed when a large team pulls their talents and works together toward a common goal. In journalism, healthy conflict is enviable and students learn that in order to accomplish the goals agreed upon its necessary to learn how to pick your battles, developing healthy communication skills everyone benefits from. Its a unique experience that allows students a chance to develop their ability to demonstrate natural leadership characteristics which is also an advantage when presented with leadership opportunities in the future. Students that believe in activism will find journalism a great platform for getting ideas and information out to a campus of over 10,000 students. It’s a healthy way of keeping the campus informed while learning how to work with others in a demanding environment.

From ages seven to 16 I was raped by a relative. It wasn’t until he moved on with his life and stopped tormenting me that I was able to move on with mine. And by “moving on” I mean burying the pain and pretending as if it had never happened. Two thousand and five was a big year for me. Not only did I start an academic journey but a personal one as well. Three months before walking on SJCC’s campus, I confronted the man who had fundamentally changed my life, the man who raped me. The day I confronted him to make him aware I was no longer willing to deny or pretend it ever happened was the day I truly started to live again. Ten years of abuse makes you feel as if you’ve been living in a fog, when that fog is lifted everything seems more clear and bright. The road to recovery and self-acceptance was not an easy one. It was laden

with a host of scary memories that I couldn’t control and depreciating verbiage I heaped upon myself because I thought it was well deserved. It wasn’t, of course. It was never my fault and it took me years to fully understand that. I’ve always wanted to help those who may still be suffering in silence from the aftermath of sexual violence. It’s important that they know they are not alone and is never their fault. Hence, my creation called Edipus Concert. Edipus is a concert that I am bringing to the Bay Area in the spirit of sexual violence awareness and compassion. The goal is to have men only perform at this concert because in my opinion there isn’t enough male support with this subject and if we want to eradicate rape we need both sexes to fight. With public support, Edipus will be a success. It’s been years since I walked onto SJCC’s campus

Janis Hillard is a former SJCC student. She transferred to East Bay where she earned her BA in Psychology.

feeling clear and fog-free. My dream now - through Edipus - is that every survivor of rape and sexual violence who are still suffering in silence will someday breathe the fresh air of peace. With publics support, Janis is planning on opening Edipus in the summer of 2017.

The shift to thrift store shopping

Students find value in national trend BY REGINALD LUCIOUS WEBB TIMES STAFF

Resale stores and thrift store shopping is on the rise in America. People from all income levels are using resale stores as an alternative to the traditional department store for savings, particularly, young people Within a square mile from campus there are 5 thrift stores, and this close proximity fosters even more shopping by consumers. On San Carlos St. alone resides Moon Zoom, Black and Brown, Goodwill, and The Crossroads. Savers is on Parkmoor and Race. The last two mentioned are the more traditional super stores with everything and an occasional kitchen sink. The others are smaller, boutique, and focus on clothing and shoes. They are in the business of buy, sell, and trade. An afternoon in Moon Zoom and Black and Brown has made me realize I would be content if I did not shop anywhere else for clothes. The value received for the price cannot be beat. Amongst millennials, summoning their inner James brown, “trying to be hip”,

would agree with me and prefer retro-oriented fashion. I have been retro for longer than I care to admit so it’s great to see a resurgence in my direction as far as what is cool and stylish. Moon Zoom is exclusively vintage clothing and the quality at which they obtain their clothing is impressive. Meanwhile prices are reasonable; several price tags for shirts and pants consistently between $16 and $25. Expensive for a thrift article of clothing at a Goodwill or Savers, but Moon Zoom offers vintage clothing that is hard to find in the condition they have it. The store has been open for 26 years according to one of the owners, Reed Wetter. Moon Zoom has multiple owners and the business is actually co-opted; within the store sections are owned by different owners. A customer looking for an outfit for a 1970’s or disco theme party will certainly find a stereotypical outfit for such an event, but the store offers vintage clothing anyone would wear for any occasion. Conveniently Black and Brown is a few blocks away which makes for a good shopping experience. The store is a good alternative to Moon Zoom. The name represents

the presence of both modern and vintage design, black representing the modern and brown the vintage, according to manager Kim Nguyen. The shopping atmosphere is very cool; a helpful staff, cool 90s hip hop, and a very organized room provides a very shopper-friendly environment. One does not have to go through a bunch of uninteresting stuff to find something they want to buy. The attention given to the aesthetics of the store, subtleties and hints of vintage design mixed with modern, is a theme throughout the store both with regard to the decor and merchandise. Again, prices are extremely reasonable despite the new clothing. Claire Whitlock, an avid thrift shopper, says finding “that diamond in the rough” is the best feeling. Shoppers will go through a ton of merchandise to find that article of clothing that has the value and savings they can brag about. As student Andy Barnes put it, “It’s all about bragging rights when you find something that’s still new and you paid nothing for it.” PHOTOS CREDIT/ REGINALD LUCIOUS WEBB

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Campus News 3

Earning while you are learning Work-study, a valuable experience BY MELISSA MARIA MARTINEZ TIMES STAFF

When students attend college various support services are offered to help with education and living expenses. Federal Work-Study is one avenue to consider after Financial Aid determines eligibility. FWS provides part-time employment while enrolled in school and is available to both full time and part time students with a financial need. To qualify students must apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and check the box that says Work Study. Student will know if they qualify for the program after receiving their award letter from financial aid. The letter will indicate how much of the student’s financial needs are covered. If the letter indicates there is a remaining financial need that qualifies the recipient for FWS follow

the letters instructions and check for an email with information regarding work-study orientation. This orientation is mandatory in order to participate in the program. “The process is like any other job,” Financial Aid Specialist Xiomara Martinez said. “To qualify students must be enrolled in a minimum of six units and carry a minimum 2.0 GPA.” Martinez said she and several of her work mates entered into full time employment with SJCC through the FWS program. “I worked at the ESL lab for four years,” accounting major Shemirem Betelieh said. They pay the same amount, $10.30 an hour.” Betekieh works at the Welcome Desk in the Student Center. “The process depends on how fast you bring your papers in, but if you

are missing some paperwork it will take longer,” Betekieh said. If you have CalWorks the process may be easier but the same training and paperwork apply. Jobs vary from library assistant, nursing, teacher assistant, bookstore clerk. There is also an opening in the journalism department working as a marketing coordinator for the newsroom. Other than earning extra money, there are other benefits to being a work-study student. Working closely with campus faculty gives students an opportunity to build a good rapport for a future job or college application reference, it adds professional work experience on a resume and students get to learn about real work expectations in a safe learning environment.

Student textbook resource guide Buying and selling course required materials BY MAGGIE ZOU TIMES STAFF

As students begin the new semester its wise to consider effective options in acquiring course related materials. 1. The bookstore is always the most convenient way to purchase books and San Jose City College provides both new and used books, however these used books are more expensive than other sources. Professors may require you to purchase a specific workbook they have authored themselves like chemistry for example, which can only be purchased in our school store. 2. Check the billboards on the walls around campus. Sometimes other students will post advertisements to purchase their used books. 3. Normally students can find all the books on Amazon but new books can also be really expensive to purchase.

Note that Amazon offers student discounts if you use a student email. At this point, students can always choose to buy a used book at a much lower price. Books that are in good condition may only cost about $20. 4. Ask your professor whether they know of previous students who want to sell the textbook. 5. Outside Brandon Yanari’s office there is a yellow clipboard with a list of books for sale. Name and contact information of the seller are also listed. His office is located on the second floor of the student center next to the transfer center lobby. When it comes to purchasing books many students have different methods so it never hurts to ask the student next to you in class either.

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6 Campus Life

Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

Coloring can relieve stress and improve memory Students can use proven technique as calming mechanism BY DARYL VON DUNKER TIMES STAFF

A strange phenomenon has hit the world of higher education. The book industry has seen an increase in the production of coloring books. In the 90s, professors found that students retained information on hundreds of bones and muscles better if they colored them. “I’ve used coloring to distress, but I’ve usually painted and never used books.” Evolution biology major Cristela Ramirez said. The process of coloring involves two senses; touch and

sight, as well as use of the frontal lobe, language and speech cognition –retaining what you read and how you place the colors on the page. It is organized fun. “I would imagine they (coloring books) would be really good as de-stressing and relaxing tools.” 20-year-old history major, Francis Anderson said. At SJCC’s campus bookstore, coloring book choices have increased. At the beginning of the semester, they carried three: “Fairies

in Wonderland,” “Enchanted Forest” and “The Secret Garden.” Today they offer: “Game of Thrones,” “Doctor Who,” “Hot Dudes,” “404 Not Found,” along with Harry Potter’s “Fantastic Beasts.” “I have used 3 or 4 coloring books,” Early childhood education major, Angelica Chavez, said, “when I’m bored or stressed out.” So, whether you are looking for a way to ease the stress of exams or just trying to have fun, consider coloring.

Learning big lessons working in small groups Working with a team, making a positive difference BY MELISSA MARIA MARTINEZ TIMES STAFF

Public speaking and group projects require communication skills, which are learned and developed with exposure to group projects and assignments. Through these experiences, students are able to practice group etiquette and develop characteristics ideal when communicating with others. In their Small Group Communication class, Coms 45 students have this opportunity. “Group work isn’t anything you can learn in a book,” Matthew Najera said, “it is really involved.” This service learning class is about accomplishing goals while learning how to work with others. Group Development In Cause for Paws, members learned that even when a group has good chemistry and high morale, life can always get in the way, but the mission is what matters and when the group lost their leader they did not lose their direction. Having taken the right steps in drafting their group’s mission statement during the “forming stage” they were able to continue in their cause and raise more than their expected goal. Group Participation Caring and Catering group members

learned that a group with so many members does not have to turn into a power grab nor should members feel complacent. “The meetings and the GroupMe app really helped us stay in contact with each other throughout the whole process,” C&C group member Spencer Pee said. Group Progress Veggiemates members learned how to be productive as a group--even as members faced conflicts. Success happens when all members respect each others time, understand each others limitations and acknowledge the group norms agreed upon.

“Group work isn’t anything you can learn in a book,” Matthew Najera said, “it is really involved.” “I really like communication but it is something that I could definitely work better at,” Veggiemates member Arcadia Alatorre said. Group Outcome Harvest Blessings were blessed to have an experienced group of skilled collaborators who were not afraid to challenge themselves.


Leader of the Veggiemates group, reporting on the group’s progress


Katarina Haviarioa Rac of Veggiemates introduces group created logo and begins group presentation for Small Groups Communication class project

“We definitely got some real world experience,” Harvest Blessings member, Matthew Najera said. “We had a lot of good meetings, both virtual and in person.” The group chemistry and shared effort helped make their project a glowing success each member seemed pleased to have been a part of. Small Group Communication helps student’s develop vital communication skills. The class gives students the tools they need to work as a group while learning about themselves. “I learned that it is not as easy as everyone would think it is,” communication major, Kyle Fitzgerald said, “but having multiple people working on one common goal makes it a lot easier.”

Cause for Paws group logo

Caring Catering group logo


Thien Tran of Veggiemates explains the dynamics of their group norms.


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Unveil the undiscovered masterpieces


Joey Furtado examines his art instillation displayed in the art gallery at San Jose City College for ‘Undiscovered’ exhibit Dec 9.


Art 76 students hosted “Undiscovered,” their art gallery debut, Dec. 9 at the San Jose City College Art Gallery.


First row from left: Artist and work of Christian Bravo, work of Carolyn Meredith; second row from left: work of William McBride, Margaux Chock, Jazzmyne Sharpe, Iliana Lizarraga; Allison Mendoz is the artist of the drawing below.

The art exhibit showcased the works of 10 different artists; from colorful abstract paintings to portrait sized photography pieces. A great rainbow ribbon spiral, floated seamlessly in the middle of the gallery. “The spiral rainbow is a representation of a breakthrough moment,” Furtado

said, “when everything changes.” Throughout the room artists work occupied a space in the gallery. “In passing, it did not look as in-depth as it did when I actually took the time to walk-in, it caught me.” Evolution and Ecology major Cristela Ramirez said in reference to

the large portrait photograph of a woman named Rosealie by Christian Bravo. The extraordinary piece had a captivating effect on exhibit attendees throughout the evening. “I actually came back tonight to look at this instillation,” Ramirez said. “It’s really breathtaking.”

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