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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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Volume 85 Issue 3
Arming teachers in schools controversial Students, staff skeptical of Trump’s proposal BY ALIX DUHON TIMES STAFF
President Trump suggested the idea of arming teachers in the wake of 17 deaths in a mass shooting on Feb. 14, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Only the teachers highly trained to manipulate weapons should be allowed to carry guns, in exchange these teachers would receive a pay bonus, Trump said. Angel Coronado, 27, communication major, thinks that it is not a bad idea to give protection to the teachers but to arm them with ammunition and guns would be an extreme way to take action. “We should think about preventative causes and teachers having weapons as the last resort,” Coronado said. “That idea should just be out of the question until it’s really necessary.” Dorothy Holland, 38, communication major, agrees with more security on school campuses but not
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with armed teachers because they could be uncomfortable carrying guns. “The teachers already have a lot of stress and a lot of responsibility
with students to try to compose, to have a gun, no one may not even be comfortable with the gun,” Holland said. She also mentioned the fact that the teachers’ job is to
teach students. “They are there to teach and not there to be super heroes, or try to feel like they have to save someone’s life,” Holland said.
The news of the shooting was, for some students, not surprising in the wake of so many other shootings. “Unfortunately we’ve seen it before … These things are getting so common,” general education student Carlos Pinal, 32, said. “It’s not the first time, and it’s probably not going to be the last.” The responsibility for this trend of gun violence, broadcasting major Daniel Habteyes (alias DMoney) said, belongs to everyone. “We have to point fingers at ourselves and take the time to learn, educate ourselves about guns, how to use them, how to store them, and what they are good for and what they are not good for,” Habteyes said. SJCC faculty members reacted too. Political science professor Lisa Herrington said she appreciates having security guards on campus, but that as a teacher she would not carry a gun. “I became a single Mother when my kids were four, three and 15 months old,” Herrington said, relating to the need for security at home and at school. “I developed a few rules for survival … one of which was: no alcohol or guns in the house.”
I became a journalist overnight
10/10 would recommend BY JOEANNA LOPEZ TIMES STAFF
On the first day of my journalism class, I walked into room 302 and there were barely any students in a class full of computers that led to a conference room. All walls in both of the rooms were covered in award certificates and plaques. A whole award-winning print and online newsroom. I came to the class expecting to get an add slip to learn about Media Production. I figured we would learn how to generate content for online websites, maybe learn about apps and media ethics. I had no idea I was also going to actually produce the newspaper. But I instantly liked the idea. Instead of a traditional classroom structure, I would instead seek stories, schedule interviews and work more collaboratively with classmates than ever. Not only is this so different than any class I have ever taken; this is easily the most engaged and interested I have ever been in any class. To physically hold a finished piece of work you were a part of
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Editor Benjamin Castro has four awards, but only two hands. PHOTO BY JOEANNA LOPEZ / TIMES STAFF
Times staff showing their stuff, from left: Gio Gaxiola, Joeanna Lopez, Tammy Do, Nick Johnson, Reginald Webb and Benjamin Castro. made for people that probably of the success and populardon’t even care or know that it ity vinyls have had in recent is made entirely for them feels years and that we win over and amazing. Seeing my name in capture readers’ attention. These print for the first time took me traditional methods of music and out! 10/10 would recommend. news are supporting the arts, too, I really like that I am the comyou know! poser of something; I don’t sing It is no phenomena or trend or play, but I can put sentences that students have plenty to say together. and that our voices are as valuBeing that it is a school able as they are important since newspaper, we are encouraged to nearly ever. cover stories that would be of inOur adviser Farideh Dada terest and benefit to the students, guides us and is available for our audience. advice, but does not determine And to be entirely honest, it the subject or content of articles. feels as though we don’t have a She does not censor our work, very captivated audience. We’re holding out hope that our newspaper will catch some See JOURNALISM, page 3
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Times staff wins dozen
Photographer wins for sports coverage
The Times swept up 12 awards from Long Beach at the 2018 California College Media Association Awards on Saturday, March 3. Six former and present staff members received recognition for their work for the paper, in categories including editorial writing, photography, ad design, illustration and social media use. w First Place: Best B&W Advertisement - Benjamin Castro w First Place: Best Sports Photograph - Benjamin Castro w Second Place: Best Illustration
Cartoon - Magnolia Lonero w Second Place: Best Special Issue/ Section - Times Staff w Second Place: Best Infographic - Benjamin Castro w Second Place: Best Photo Illustration - Benjamin Castro w Second Place: Best Online Ad Benjamin Castro w Third Place: Best Editorial Jordan Elliott w Third Place: Best Non-Breaking News Story - Anne Caillat w Third Place: Best Use of Social Media for Single Story - Patrick Jenkins w Honorable Mention: Best Headline Portfolio - Times Staff w Honorable Mention: Best Social Media Platform - Jordan Elliott, Rudrik Suthar
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2 Opinion A tale of two campuses Tuesday, March 13, 2018
EVC vs. SJCC
BY GIOVANNI GAXIOLA TIMES STAFF
Reporters & Photographers John Lopez Reginald Webb
When you live in San Jose and decide to go to community college, you are left with two choices: to attend Evergreen Valley College or San Jose City College. While the schools are technically “sister schools,” they are way different from each other. As someone who has been going to community college for five years to both EVC and SJCC, I could tell the difference right off the bat, which leaves the question: which school is really better? Let me start with EVC. Anyone who lives in the San Jose area knows EVC is a real popular choice for community colleges. They are an established college with great professors. The campus is evolving and adding new buildings by the year. The only downside to EVC is the small campus. It also is lacking school spirit. With only soccer teams to root for, there is zero sports recognition on campus. Finally, EVC is a true transfer school. You make no friends and stay to yourself like an introvert. While I do love EVC, it does have its blemishes. Sadly, the transfer rate for EVC is horrible. According to collegetuitioncompare.com: EVC has a graduation rate of 24%. Of that only 7% transfer to four year universities. Those are horrible numbers for a school trying to show itself as a transfer school. SJCC is way different. The campus is much larger and with the addition of the new sports complex, it’s only getting bigger. With sports teams ranging from football to basketball, there is always a team to cheer for. It seems that SJCC also offers more
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classes in certain majors rather than EVC. The only downside with SJCC is that it feels like a high school 2.0 with people hanging out in groups and cliques. While this may feel comfortable for some, I am not a fan. The main problem for SJCC is ... THE LOCATION IS HORRIBLE. Who thought it was a good idea to put a college campus right next to the freeway? Good luck trying to leave campus around 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., prime traffic time. You’ll need at least an hour or two to get home. The transfer numbers for SJCC are a little bit better than EVC. According to www. collegetuitioncompare.com, SJCC has a graduation rate of 26%. Of that, 11% transfer to four year universities. It’s a bit better than EVC, however, it’s nothing to brag about either. Daniel Gonzalez, a second year student at SJCC, has attended both campuses. “While I have spent more time at SJCC rather than EVC, SJCC feels more like a four year college,” Gonzalez said. “I like the feel of a big campus, unlike a small campus like EVC.” Tina Nguyen, a first-year student felt differently. “I’m always in a hurry. I like how EVC is in a convenient location,” Nguyen said. “EVC is starting to look good as a campus. We are knocking old buildings down to build bigger and better classrooms. I also really love the new MS-3 building.” While I have attended both campuses, there can be no clear winner. Everyone will give a different answer on which school is better. It all depends on your major and the way you want to live your first two years of college. Do you want to go to a school that focuses on transfers, or a school that focuses on more than transferring?
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Club day underway on Feb. 26 in the Student Center.
Club Day serves up pancakes Rained in, not out BY JOHN M. LOPEZ TIMES STAFF
Because of rain, Club Day was held inside the Student Center and not outside in the G.E. quad as originally planned. The event was held on Feb. 26 and included the Mental Health Client Association Club, the Media Club, the Communication Club, the Nihon Kai Japanese Club, the United World Student Association and last, but not least, the World of Journalism Club. “The International Club is planning a field trip for March,” said club member Unike Kaur. The objective of the clubs was to answer students questions and by doing so, gain members. A catered breakfast of fruit and pancakes was served for the event which had originally been scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, but continued on until almost 1 p.m. The entire event was planned by the Associated Student Government Director of Programming Angelita Canales. “Our club gained 24 new members,” Manuel Chacon vice president of the Communication Club said.
Back in May 2016, the game Overwatch was released. With a fresh new take on FPS (First Person Shooter) games, Blizzard wanted to make an esports league out of the game as quickly as they can. Who knew that two years later, the Overwatch League would start off and become one of the biggest, most watched esports of all time. First off. What is Overwatch? Think of a first person shooter game like Call Of Duty mixed in with elements and supernatural abilities like League of Legends. There are currently 26 playable heroes to choose from. Each one has their own unique abilities and weapons that makes them stronger or weaker to other heros. Some heroes focus on doing damage, others are tanks and absorb damage. There are even heroes who are made to heal your teammates. No two characters are alike. That is what makes Overwatch way more than just your normal shooter game. The complexity of picking the right hero at the right moment can be all the difference from a win or a lose. From the first week of Overwatch League, viewers came in by the thousands to watch the teams play. The gaming streaming service Twitch was broadcasting the games world wide for everyone to see. The next week, sponsors started to buy in. Big names like Toyota, Taco Bell, HP (the computers used by all players) and Sour Patch Kids were some of the brands that
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had bought into the league. The biggest sponsor was wireless carrier T-mobile, who bought the rights to be the Overwatch league MVP title sponsor. With such big brand names buying in and sponsoring the league, who knows what sponsors are to come for the stages to come. The league is made up of 12 teams ranging from all cities in the world. From teams in San Francisco, Houston, and all the way to China. These teams run like your traditional sports team. There is a majority owner on some teams. Like the Boston Uprising’s owner is Robert Kraft, the current owner of the New England Patriots. Or the Los Angeles Gladiators, who are owned by Stan Kroenke of Kroenke sports group. He also owns the Los Angeles Rams and is part majority owner of Arsenal F.C. Other teams are owned by groups such as San Francisco Shock’s ownership group NRG eSports, which has big named
investors like Shaquille O’Neal and Jimmy Rollins. With so much variety in team selection, there is always a team for someone to claim. Overwatch League is broken into four stages. Each stage last five weeks. Teams play two games a week at the brand new Blizzard arena in Burbank, CA. The games are played on four maps. A winner is crowned by winning three out of four. Each map is based off of a famous locale around the world. For example Hollywood and Nepal are just a few of the maps. Each map has its own different objective to win. One map may involve pushing a payload from one point to another, while another map is a control type map where the team to take a control point the longest is the winner. The top three teams with the best records during that five weeks make the “Stage Playoffs,” where the No. 2 seed faces off against the No.3 seed. The winner faces the No.1 seed (the team with the
best overall record in the league). The winner of the playoffs earns a prize of $100,000, while the losing team gets $25,000. You can see why teams are trying to win the whole league. The playoffs were the Houston Outlaws against the London Spitfire. The winner would go one and face the top team in the league, The New York Excelsior. While the Outlaws put up a great effort, The Spitfire were to much to handle. A lot of experts and fans alike had New York Vs. London in the finals. The two teams had been dominant all year. The championship match was a best of five maps winner. While New York went up 2-0 early on in the game. The London Spitfire came storming back to win the next three maps and the match, claiming the stage one championship. With such an exciting first stage in the inaugural season in Overwatch League, words can’t express the potential of the league for years to come.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Black Panther dazzles on screen NICK JOHNSON TIMES STAFF
This review contains mild spoilers. “Black Panther” opened Feb. 16 to rave reviews and tremendous box office success. As the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this isn’t terribly shocking. The movies produced by Marvel Studios have a reputation for being surprisingly well constructed for being based on comics, and this is coming from someone who reads and collects them. “Black Panther,” however, is different in one key way: it’s the first of 18 films in the series to feature a predominantly black cast. It’s also one of the series’ best. Directed by Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”), Black Panther does a lot very well. Chadwick Boseman returns to play T’Challa, the Black Panther, in his second MCU appearance (first showing up in “Captain America: Civil War”), where he returns to the fictional nation of Wakanda to be crowned king after the events of Civil War. Wakanda plays a huge role in the film as a hidden nation built on top of a deposit of Vibranium, a fictional metal with almost magical properties, and untouched by war
or colonialism. Much of the movie revolves around the Black Panther’s internal conflict of deciding how to run his country – does he keep it hidden, or use his resources to aid countries in need? The supporting cast is full of strong and likable characters. Black Panther’s sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), is a teenage genius responsible for much of the Afrofuturist tech seen throughout the film. She serves as comic relief for the most part, and has some of the best lines in the film. Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) round out the main group and serve as Black Panther’s love interest and leader of the royal guard respectively. Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) play major roles after also appearing in Civil War. Perhaps the most interesting character in the film is the antagonist, Erik Killmonger,
played by Michael B. Jordan. Raised in Oakland by a Wakandan spy, he’s radicalized after his father, Black Panther’s uncle, is killed by the former king. A rightful heir to the throne, Killmonger challenges the Black Panther for the right to be king in order to use Wakanda’s resources to arm the people of oppressed nations to revolt and take power. The changing of Killmonger’s hometown to Oakland from Harlem made the character easier to relate to as a Bay Area native, and serves as a nod to the director’s origins. Despite having a sensible, if radical motivation and some of the film’s best lines, his character suffers from being a villain in a comic book movie, being violent and mean at every step in order to establish that he is in fact the bad guy. From a visual standpoint, this movie looks great. The costumes, sets, and effects are all very vibrant, and the Wakandan technology and architecture is beautifully designed, perfectly infusing African aesthetics and science fiction. The Afrofuturist elements present in the film were fantastic, the standouts for me being the holograms formed using Vibranium sand that could be picked up and manipulated. Unfortunately, some of the action scenes suffered from awkward camera angles and
cuts that made everything seem strangely weightless or floaty. Additionally, some of the special effects and CGI looked less than stellar, a particular rhino in the first act looking very out of place among the characters. While there is certainly a lot of hype surrounding the film, for good reason of course, this is another Marvel Studios film, and thus, isn’t anything particularly mind-blowing or thought provoking. While having elements and themes that suggest a deeper reading, it’s hard to overlook the fact that it was made by Disney. What Black Panther succeeds in doing is being a great super hero movie, in line with the quality of the other entries in the MCU, bringing diversity to the super hero action genre, and getting people talking about how great it does both.
pass us by not because we don’t necessarily want to participate or care but simply because there is not enough “coverage.” News coverage, reporting, and the ways they are consumed are evolving. I joined the class to evolve along with them and as somebody who has struggled with declaring and sticking to a major, I was happy to
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(One last thing I have to add as a comic book guy: please try the comics if you like this movie! The current Black Panther run is written by famed African-American author Ta-Nehisi Coates, and is considered to be one of the character’s best. The collection of the first four issues also contains the first appearance of Black Panther in Fantastic Four from the 60s. Support your local comic shop!)
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nor is it approved by her. This is truly our platform. The class has already shown me that a press pass is a laminated piece of privilege. Both are just as great as I always imagined, press pass and privilege. Journalism 32 has also made me aware to the everyday happenings/opportunities/activities we let
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
One bad inning costs Lady Jaguars Late rally in the seventh falls short BY GIO GAXIOLA TIMES STAFF
The Lady Jaguars hosted to the San Mateo Bulldogs on Tuesday Feb. 28, looking to end San Mateo’s 11 game win streak. Through the first four innings of play, the teams were scoreless, thanks to both teams stellar defense. Second Basemen sophomore #24 Amber Yumen was doing her job by making sure no hit went past her and turned many double plays. The starting pitchers had brought their A-game. Sophomore Starting Pitcher #1 Stefanie Troja kept the San Mateo Bats at bay. Trouble started to brew in the 5th inning. A costly error in the outfield for SJCC would eventually turn into two runs for San Mateo. The Lady Jaguars bats were surprisingly quiet, gathering only two hits as a team through five innings of play. However, the Bats would come alive in the next inning. In the sixth inning, SJCC scored their first run of the game cutting the deficit in half. The top of the seventh, aka the last inning of the
game is where teams make crucial plays to help get that victory. San Mateo scored one run making it a 3-1 game. With SJCC being the home team, they would get the last chance to bat and score. They would put on a great rally. With the bases loaded and two outs, the rally would unfortunately fall short when the batter grounded out. SJCC lost by the final score of 3-1. While they were unable to beat the number one team in the North Coast division, Head Coach Debbie Huntze-Rooney found the positive notes of the game. “There is always room for improvement.” Rooney said. “We kept up with one of the best teams in the area. If we didn’t have one bad inning, we could have had a real shot to beat this team.” Number 1 Stefanie Troja was happy with her start.“ I felt like I was constant throughout the whole game,”Troja said. “I got a lot of ground balls. I felt good on the mound throughout the game.” The tough loss must have served as fuel for the team. The next game brought the beginning of conference play. The Lady Jaguars went on the road and faced one of their rivals, West Valley. The offense came out firing early.
Jaguars Catcher Natasha Sachdeva (3) prevents a run from scoring by tagging out Bulldogs Short Stop Leaness Donn (3) before she can slide in to home plate during the top of the Fifth inning. The Bulldogs would finish the inning with the lead scoring the first two runs of the game.
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First Baseman Rebecca Ralston (22) from San Jose City College prepares to catch the ball for an easy out against College of San Mateo’s Third Baseman Allyson Sarabia (8) during the top of the second inning of the Jaguars match up against the Bulldogs on Tuesday, Feb. 27. scoring in the second through fourth inning. The final score was 11-2, SJCC the winner. There is no better feeling to start conference play then with a convincing win against one of your rivals. The Lady Jaguars look to keep the winning ways going with upcoming games against: College Of The Redwoods, Monterey Peninsula and Hartnell.
Left:Jaguars Second Baseman Keelin Spencer (12) watches as Out Fielder Haile Landrum (33) jumps in the air to catch this pop fly ball during the top of the Fourth Inning.
Left:Jaguars Pitcher Stefanie Troja (1) winds up for the pitch during the top of the seventh inning.
Second Baseman for the Jaguars Amber Yumen (24) reaches first base safely before Bulldogs First Baseman Alexis Riccardi (10) can bring in the ball. Yumen would eventually make it to home plate safely for the Jaguars first run of the game, bringing the Jaguars within one run going into the seventh inning.
With two outs and the bases loaded during the bottom of the seventh, Bulldogs Pitcher Lauren Quirke (15) pitches to Jaguars Second Baseman Amber Yumen (24). Although Yumen made contact with the ball she would not make it to base safely and the Jaguars rally would fall short, losing to the Bulldogs 3-1.
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Published on Mar 13, 2018