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Anatomy students get hands-on experience Dehydrated limbs in a white cloth, island tables bearing human cadavers, students analyzing muscle tissue—this is the human anatomy class at Solano Community College. Biology instructor Patrick Mallory said students should have a hands-on experience “To a medical dissecting human cadavers. The cadavers are “willed bodstudent: ies,” meaning an individual willingly donates their body This is my body. to science. The shell of my An open letter from a being which is willed body donor reads: “To a medical student: given to you in a This is my body. The shell of final offering to my being which is given to you in a final offering to the the world.” world. I share the elements of life from these old bones, -Anatomical gift donor these ligaments my sinews and my nerves. May that life force that ran in me shine forth once more and pass to you the knowledge and the power that help sustain the miracle of life.” “I was really grossed out and I wasn’t really prepared for it,” said nursing major Hayley Peets, 19. “But once you keep doing it, you get used to it.” “It was shocking to see a whole body, it’s like you’re seeing an actual human being that was alive,” Peets said. “I was looking at the face, I felt bad, because it had hair. I don’t know how to explain this feeling, but you get that knot in your stomach.” Hollywood movies don’t explain the experience of seeing a human cadaver in person, Peets said. “Sometimes you got to block out things when you dissect,” Peets said. “I’ve got to block out the fingers, because there was still skin and nails in it, which makes it feel real.” Peets said the experience was like breaking the fourth wall.. “The smell stays in your fingers all day. In your clothes. Washing with soap doesn’t work,” Peets said. 8SEE CADAVERS, PAGE 6
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Campus calendar Nov. 3-20 Arthur Miller’s The Crucible First Friday shows start at 7:20 p.m. Location: Solano Theatre Nov. 7 Tips for writing the UC Personal Statement Workshop Time: 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Location: 400 building Nov. 8 Election Day High School Counselor’s Financial Aid Workshop Time: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: SCC campus Theatre Nov. 9 Planned Parenthood Express Clinic Time: 9a.m.-Noon Location: Student Health Center Room 1409 Nov. 10 Stop Smoking Class Time: 12:30 p.m.1:30p.m. Location: ICC Room 1409
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The end of the world has yet to happen The end of the world was Oct. 21, according to Harold Camping, a 90-year-old radio host and Oakland minister. Now that Oct. 21 passed, can we expect this doomsday happening anytime soon?
know a doomsday. I don’t think Harold Camping will know this,” Apolinario said. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” said Margaret Abel-Quintero, a full-time Spanish professor at SCC. “Laugh. Laugh. Laugh. ‘Cada loco con su tema.’ Basically it translates in English to: ‘Each nut with their crazy ideas,’” Abel-Quintero said.
This isn’t the first time Camping was wrong about a doomsday. On May 21, Camping predicted this day as “rapture day”. Individuals spent over $100,000 on advertisements for this “doomsday.” When nothing actually happened, Camping said a physical rapture wasn’t happening, but a spiritual rapture took its place. Really? This seems like one of those times that a prophet predicts something happening, and then nothing happens, so the context changes. The Associated Press tried to talk to Camping about the failed doomsday prediction and was only able to get hold of Camping’s daughter, Susan Espinoza. “I’m sorry to disappoint you, but we at Family Radio have been directed to not talk to the media or the press,” Espinoza said. “Camping is not a Nostradamus,” said Dylan Apolinario, 19, a biology major at Solano Community College. “His prediction comes out of nowhere; coming from him makes me skeptical. In Christianity, it says only God will
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“Some people have a tendency to put people in boxes, because it orders their world and makes their world more recognizable and manageable. It’s a very big complex world out there and stereotyping obscures it, more than enlightens it.” - Dale Crandall-Bear
“Some people say that’s the way they all are. That’s a stereotype,” said Dale Crandall-Bear, a world history professor. “Most Christians disagree with the idea that all people believe in the same idea. Some people have a tendency to put people in boxes, because it orders their world and makes their world more recognizable and manageable.” “ It’s a very big complex world out there and stereotyping obscures it, more than enlightens it,” Crandall-Bear said. Instead of focusing on the end of the world, why don’t we live with what we have? Isn’t a doomsday like escapism, when the saved leave their clothes and float into heaven? Why don’t we stand our ground and face our problems?
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Awareness, not profits
Well, it’s that time of the year again. The leaves are starting to turn colors, the air is getting crisper and the football players are starting to wear pink. If that last part seems a little weird than you must not be a fan of the National Football League, who is currently in the middle of their breast cancer awareness campaign.
However, my issue isn’t just with the NFL’s campaign but with most of the other companies that use events like breast cancer awareness as a way to advertise. And in my opinion the NFL is starting to flirt with that line.
The campaign titled “A Crucial Catch” is being used to help raise awareness of not just the disease but the importance of getting annual mammograms. The NFL is not only auctioning off game worn jerseys, special coins, game balls and apparel worn by the coaches and staff.
Personally, I find it morally reprehensible to use something like breast cancer awareness as a way to brand a company, in this case the NFL, to a certain demographic. Though the NFL claims that 100% of the gross revenue of the auctions is donated to the American Cancer Society, I had a hard time finding exactly how much of the profits from their apparel sold on its website is donated.
Overall, I agree with the campaign and everything it is trying to do. I have an aunt that is a breast cancer survivor and she was lucky that they were able to catch it early.
There is a growing concern in some circles as to whether companies provide pink products as a way to make profits instead of awareness. The website www. thinkbeforeyoupink.org raises
Picks which are dental flossers sold at such fine establishments as Walgreens has produced some pink flossers that are intended to help raise money for research. Brenner’s argument is that according to the company’s website the company is donating to breastcancer.org, which doesn’t do research, and is capped at $15,000. This brings to mind the question of whether those flossers were intended to raise money or profits.
By Anthony Peters Copy editor
these questions and provides ways that you can find out whether or not that pink flosser is actually raising money for research. In a post titled “Yet another reason to ask critical questions before buying pink…” Barbara Brenner, the executive director of Breast Cancer Action raises some questions about some of these products. According to the post Soft
I understand that a company needs to make profits to stay afloat. However, if they are going to be committed to a cause than be 100% committed. If Soft Picks would have sold $100,000 of pink flossers and only donated $15,000, which is their max, than that is $85,000 profit off of cancer awareness. People can call me a cynic or something else that may be more
colorful, however, I just feel that if a company or a person were actually invested in the pursuit of a cure for cancer they would do more than just bump their chests every October. People diagnosed with cancer don’t just have it for October. Also, I believe in when you do something like donating to charity or volunteering your time, you should do it anonymously. When done this way it assures the fact that you are doing the good deed as a way to help out and not just a way to make yourself look good. Overall, breast cancer isn’t going to be defeated anytime soon and it isn’t going to be done through football players wearing pink gloves. It’s going to be done by people who dedicate their lives, not just one month out of the year, to the cure.
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What do you mean I can’t criticize this movie? You’re never too old to appreciate a good family film. Movies like “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” and nearly everything in the Pixar library offer stories that are engaging for young children and can even appeal to adults. However, for every good family film that comes out, there’s more than enough bad ones. These movies tend to aim for the lowest common denominator by frequently employing pointless pop culture references, toilet humor with no rhyme or reason, and seem to exist more for selling merchandise than telling a good story. I have often voiced my disgust with movies like these, and what’s the response I often get? “They’re made for kids. Don’t be so hard on them.” This statement bugs me because it seems to assume that since I’m not a kid, I’m not qualified to talk negatively about kids’ movies. Actually, I was a kid once, so I’m just as qualified to talk about family movies as the average 7-yearold. If I think a film doesn’t have value for the kids or their parents, I should be allowed to explain why. First of all, I’m not talking about what films I think kids should like. I don’t mind if certain kids prefer
movies like should be “Alvin and the “dark” to be Chipmunks” successful, to something but they like “Up.” should treat What I do have kids like they a problem with are older and is screenwriters smarter than t re a t i n g they think children like they are. they have the Now, I don’t IQ of a sponge. go out of my They seem to way to see a By Nick Sestanovich think films film I think A&E editor need to be looks bad, safe or cutesy, but anybody otherwise they won’t resonate who has young children or has with the kids. Basically, they’re been on an airplane has seen treating their audience like, well, more than their share of lackluster children, and I find that insulting. family films. If I sit through a “The Lion King” may have film I think is not only terrible in terrified children with the image quality but terrible for children, I of Simba’s father falling off a cliff, should be allowed to express why. but it did more than scar kids for Admittedly, I’ve sat through a few life. It exposed kids to a real-life films where I’ve thought, “Well, situation without sugarcoating that did nothing for me, but I can it, and it allowed them to have a see how kids might like it,” but serious dialogue with their parents. what if I think a film is morally Along with the similarly themed reprehensible for children or has “Bambi” and “The Land Before no substance for growing minds? Time,” it went beyond being a Am I supposed to just keep my simple children’s movie by giving mouth shut because “It’s made its young audience important life for kids”? That is a horrible excuse lessons. Did the recent adaptation for making a low-quality film. Just of “Yogi Bear” engage its viewers because a director makes a movie in such a way? I think not. for children doesn’t mean they I’m not saying every family film
can’t put effort into it or treat kids like they have a brain. Bad dialogue and gigantic plotholes are inexcusable in other films, so there’s no reason why they should be acceptable in kids’ films just as there’s no reason why adult viewers shouldn’t be allowed to point them out. The same applies to guys reviewing chick flicks or atheists reviewing religious films. They may not be made for them, but they can still point out what’s wrong with them. Family films are so named because they can engage the entire family, not just children. If adults don’t like certain family films, they should be just as much fair game to criticize as movies made for adults. Expressing your opinion on movies (or any medium for that matter) has nothing to do with who you are as a person but how well you can articulate what you liked or didn’t like about it. Just because a film is “made for children” doesn’t mean adults can’t debate their effectiveness. Want more A&E stories? Keep up with the Tempest staff’s views on current pop culture items at SolanoTempest.net.
Mayer Hawthorne brings much-needed soul to current music By Mark Beierly Staff writer ALBUM REVIEW
Listening to Mayer Hawthorne’s sophomore album, “How Do You Do,” one might think that it was recorded back in the soulful early days of ‘60s Motown. It is not. This album is a modern day throwback to the days of soulful Motown music. Hawthorne himself was raised in Detroit and grew up on
Hawthorne is an artist that sings about the modern day themes of love and loss and transports them when music had meaning, romance, and most importantly soul.
the influences of The Temptations and Marvin Gaye. The former disc jockey and Motown blues singer independently released his debut album, “A Strange Arrangement,” which started his soulful nostalgic style to the days where Motown
Hawthorne’s album is called “The Walk,” a bitter breakup song with Motown sensibilities combined with the modern lyrics of a jilted lover such as: “Baby, what you’re doing now/you’re pissing me off/ But your hair is luxiourious and your lips are so soft.” Hawthorne Universal Records continues his That’s not Elijah Wood. It’s Mayer soulful theme Hawthorne. of love with tracks “Get to Know You,” which is about was king in pop music. Mayer getting to know somebody. Hawthorne developed this retro Another track, “Finally Falling,” sound of piano notes and guitar complete with an up-tempo strings tying to Hawthorne’s piano and drums, is more about soulful vocals. Hawthorne’s the realization of falling in love. Motown soul style is a sound that Hawthorne pays tribute to Detroit is never an overproduced or auto- with a soulful guitar driven tuned style that is dominant in piece known as “A Long Time.” today’s popular music. Hawthorne One of the biggest surprises of is essentially the ultimate Hawthorne’s album is “Can’t throwback who manages to write Stop,” a track that features the the modern day sensibilities of only cameo on the album, and love and transport them to the that belongs to rap artist Snoop smooth soulful days of Motown Dogg. Snoop surprisingly does music. Mayer Hawthorne’s second not rap but sings along with Mayer album, “How Do You Do,” Hawthorne on the track. The result masterfully continues Hawthorne’s is surprisingly effective singing Motown style and is one of the about the manifestations of a most addictive albums of the year. dream girl haunting a man’s mind. The first official track from The best song on the album is
“Dreaming,” a positively bright track that manages to convince you that you’re listening to The Beach Boys. It’s a song with an upbeat piano tempo that manages to capture Hawthorne’s falsetto and Motown soulful voice at the same time. And it’s in these kinds of tracks Mayer Hawthorne produces like “Dreaming,” “Finally Falling”, and “The Walk” that best represent the throwback soulful style of a ‘60s Motown artist. Hawthorne is an artist that sings about the modern day themes of love and loss and transports them to a time where music and expression had meaning, romance, and most importantly soul. All of these are prevalent on “How Do You Do.”
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John dies at the end...or does he?
“John Dies” is dark, witty, and insightful. By Kayla Doria News editor Have you ever pondered the vast meaning of existence? How utterly unsubstantial humans are in the great scope of the universe? Have you ever wondered what lurks in the corners of your room, what that moment was in the peripheries of your vision right as you turn off the light? Have you ever, within your darkest hours, dreamt up the possibility of talking to your best through a three-dollar hot dog? “John Dies at the End” is one of the most mind-bogglingly intense and hilarious books I have ever read. The book started out as a writing experiment for David Wong (the pen name of Jason Pargin) and eventually gained enough popularity to be made into a book. The book is very well-written; even in first person, there’s a way that Wong connects the words that makes the story flow, even as it begins getting crazy. Though the book is highly implausible (and in some parts, completely ridicu-
For those who only enjoy serious literature, this book may not be for you, but it has enough comedic value to make a bad day good.
lous), there are certain concepts that really end up staying with you. Most notably, the shadow men that can erase your existence and the various monsters that cloak themselves in the darkness will make you think twice about writing off the things that you see when you turn your head too fast at night, or the reflection in the mirror of something not quite human when you off the lights. With all of its insanity, it’s a little hard to keep up with the book at times. Written in segments, the story can sometimes seem disjointed. The story line unraveling in the beginning is not the same as the one that you will be following in the end. On top of that, the book doesn’t 8SEE JOHN, PAGE 5
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Boo! “Paranormal Activity 3” has interesting visuals but few new ideas MOVIE REVIEW
By Kayla Doria News editor
Two weeks ago, “Paranormal Activity 3” opened in theatres. According to Moviefone.com, the movie was estimated to have earned more than $54 million in its opening weekend. This is hardly a surprise given the success of the first two installments of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise. The premise is easy enough to follow: the entire story is told roughly 18 years before the first two movies, following the life of the young Katie (from the first film) and Kristi (from the second), detailing the startling events of their childhood, and how they came to grow up under the care of their grandmother. Katie (Chloe Csengery) and Kristi, (Jessica Tyler Brown) live with their mother Julie (Lauren Bittner), and their mother’s boyfriend, Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith). The problems begin when Kristi starts talking to her invisible friend, “Toby,” who—shock of shocks—ends up being less benevolent than once expected. Dennis is the only one who believes that “Toby” isn’t just a figment of Kristi’s imagination and slowly convinces his wife that his suspicions are correct. The story relies less on the character’s communication and more on video evidence of the strange happenings within the household. “Paranormal Activity 3” seems to have an equal amount of virtues
and flaws. The film is fantastically well made. Beyond that, the dialogue is believable (for the most part), and the characters are interesting enough for viewers to be at least mildly invested in their well-being by the end of the movie. It offers the same level of fear as the other two movies, as well— that, however, is not a good thing. The first movie had a level of ingenuity and innovation that really shocked audiences, and brought about a new level of fear; the second movie had the same effect, but instead of a new take on the idea, it was just the same thing. The third movie was simply a remake of the first two— meaning that you were expecting the lamp to move, the other adult to not believe anything was wrong until it was too late, the sudden, actionpacked ending and the short, “Ooooh, what will happen next?” ending. This movie could be seen as the beginning of another “Saw” movie franchise, with a wonderful first installment followed by money-grubbing travesties that simply wept desperation (like all the other “Saw” movies). The movie was good if you’re easily scared, or if you’re a die-hard fan of the “Paranormal Activity” series, but for horror movie buffs or people expecting an entirely new take on the popular movie series, you’ll be a little disappointed in the end. All in all, “Paranormal Activity 3” was worth watching once, but it will fade quickly from memory and end up a shadow of its predecessors.
Terror strikes in this scene from “Paranormal Activity 3.” 7 JOHN: FROM PAGE 4
take itself very seriously, coming from the perspective of an angry, cynical man (David Wong) and his hilariously obtuse, borderlineinsane best friend (John Cheese). For those who only enjoy reading serious literature, this book might not be for you. Those who can’t appreciate surprisingly well-placed and almost classy toilet humor probably won’t like some of the content of this book. Overall, the book is worth reading, if only because it has enough comedic value to make a bad day good. Both David Wong and John Cheese are based on real people and for anyone who is interested, David Wong—the writer and narrator of the book itself— is the editor-in-chief for humor site Cracked.com.
Much of the humor throughout his articles is very similar to the way the book is written. On top of that, John Cheese is also on Cracked, and his articles hold all of the ridiculous humor that he seems to have throughout the book. A film version of “John Dies at the End” is currently in production and stars newcomers Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes as John and Dave respectively, while familiar faces Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown round out the cast. Until that comes out, you can catch up on the book and revel in its twisted sense of humor. For more information on the book, the movie, or David Wong himself, visit http://www. johndiesattheend.com.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 5 “Karas” is not your typical anime By Sam Zaghloul Staff writer
Instead of a yapping on about the latest soulless Hollywood release, I’m going to talk about a series I found hiding in the bowels of Netflix: A two part Japanese animated film (Wait! Don’t run!) called “Karas.” Originally it was a six-episode OVA but was edited into two hour and a half movies for English release, subtitled The Prophecy and The Revelation respectively. It’s set in fictional version of Shinjuku, Tokyo, which is inhabited by both humans and mythological creatures called youkai, guarded over by a superhuman being called a Karas, empowered by the will of the city itself. Okay, maybe it’s just me, but I find the idea of a city giving someone superpowers incredibly fascinating. Cityscapes have always been an important part of the superhero concept. It’s not very impressive to leap over a barn in a single bound, so the idea of the city being the source of the hero’s power just works on every level for me. Eko (pronounced like “Echo”) who has been the city’s Karas for over 400 years, has grown jaded and decided that humans have grown arrogant and need to be cleansed. To bring about his apocalyptic dream, he has created the mikura, youkai fused with machines, turning them into blood drinking monsters. The plot follows three different people and their attempts to stop Eko’s scheme: Otoha, the new Karas with an unknown past; Nue, a wolf mikura who has a personal reason to go gunning for Eko; and Kure, a recent transfer to the police’s youkai department.
“Karas” offers great visuals and a strong story. of the best looking films I’ve ever The story, like “Kill Bill,” is diseen, on par with “Avatar” and vided into two parts, and like “Kill “Tron Legacy.” It’s like AngeBill,” the first half is mostly action lina Jolie and Antonio Banderas while the second half is more story making passionate love to your focused. The idea seemed to be bisexual eyes. It’s one of the few that the action would suck you in times that traditional animation and get you to stay for the rest, but and CGI have blended together this means throwing a lot at you almost seamlessly. Normally when at once without giving you any you put computer animation in a context, which can be confusing, traditionally animated movie it’s so much so that the official DVD just jarring and out of place. But release came with a short comic not in “Karas.” Here, the animabook to include context. Some tion flows like a river. Every action other reviewers felt that the charscene moves at a breakneck pace, acters were underdeveloped, but I dragging you along in its wake. disagree. While they could expand Even if you don’t have Netflix, on the characters a bit more, they you can still watch it; MANGA still do a good job of establishing Entertainment has put both movwho everyone one is in the time ies on YouTube, so you don’t have they have. And the visuals more an excuse to not watch “Karas.” than make up for it. This is one
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Lecture teaches about Mexican culture By Jeff Stock Staff writer
Netzahualcoyotl Avelar spoke at the student union on Tuesday, Oct. 18 as part of Solano’s Ethnic Studies Enlightenment Lecture Series. Avelar’s presentation was intended to familiarize the audience with the history and celebration of Mestizo Independence Day and the Day of the Dead. To begin explaining the traditions involved with “El Dia de Los Muertos”, the Day of the Dead, Avelar had the audience stand as he lit a bundle of incense. The audience was then asked to face south and one at a time call out the name of anyone who had died. Once a name was called, everyone said loudly “presente”. The audi-
ence then faced north and called the names of any children who have died, faced west and called the names of women, before finally facing east and calling names of men who have passed on. This blessing of the four directions is one of the rituals done on the third day of the four day celebration of “El Dia de Los Muertos”. Irrespective of the name, the Day of the Dead is a celebration of life, Avelar said. Oct. 31, the first day, is a day dedicated to remembering children. Families make thick hot chocolate and bread. Avelar emphasized the thickness of the hot chocolate several times. On the second day, All Saints Day, families make small skeleton figurines and eatable “tumbas” or tombs and decorate skulls with bright colors and festive patterns.
Netsahualcoyotl Avelar The third day, All Souls Day, celebrants gather at the temple. People prepare and bring favorite dishes of passed loved ones. Places are set at the table for those who are no longer with us, and it is believed that they journey back to feast with the living.
The celebration ends Nov. 3. “It was pretty amazing to see the similarities and differences in cultures,” Kalen Hammond, 22-year-old computer engineering major said. To end the explanation of how death is viewed in Latino culture, Avelar explained “La Llerona”. Although stories differ, La Llerona is a mythical woman who is not allowed into the spirit world until she finds her children, whom she drowned. She is cursed to fly around water crying “¡aye, mis hijos! Where are my children!” “I really did like it. He reminded me of my grandpa,” Pattijo Manhart, 27-year-old nursing and psychology major said. Manhart said she was raised on stories of “La Llerona” and appreciated the chance to hear more about Mestizo Independence
Day and the Day of the Dead. Avelar explained how the oppressive hierarchical society created by Spanish colonization of what is now Latin America caused the people in the lower class to revolt. These people were called “Mestizos” because of their mixed heritage. Anyone who was not of full Spanish blood fell into a lower-class category, the name and rank of which depended on the non-Spanish ancestry. On September 15, 1810 the Mestizo’s claimed their independence from Spain. According to 30-year-old aeronautics major Jaime Garcia, Avelar was successful in reaching his audience. “He introduced humor, and seemed to get everyone involved,” Garcia said.
Accreditation team evaluates progress of SCC Third annual
Peter Bostic The accreditation team addresses questions from the audience at the SCC theatre last week.
By Deborah Graham Online editor
An accreditation team visiting campus last week plowed through reports, interviewed faculty, students, and others to ensure standards are being kept. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC) visited last week as a follow-up to a self-study report that SCC completed in August. SCC’s accreditation troubles
began in 2005 when the commission recognized several areas that needed improvement. Some of the deficient areas involved financial aid, student achievement, the governing board, leadership, and communication. The college was placed on probation. The ACCJC upholds standards in the areas of: institutional mission and effectiveness, student learning programs and services, resources, and leadership and governance. The college worked to correct issues in those areas and in Janu-
ary 2011 the ACCJC officially removed the probation status from the college. The standards were explained in depth at one of the forums opened to faculty and students last week. “It is important that Solano Community College is adhering to the core values,” said Kathryn G. Lehner, the team’s chair. The team has noted the great improvement since 2005 and hope this visit will reflect all the improvements.” “I came to the forum because I wanted some assurance from the visiting team that all the issues are
fixed,” said Kay Green, a psychology major at SCC. “I am just not that confident in our school right now.” Green said that, with all the budget cuts and layoff of faculty staff, she wasn’t quite sure that SCC would still be around. “It is with open arms that we welcome our colleagues from throughout our accreditation region to Solano Community College,” said Jowel Laguerre, SCC President/ Superintendent. “The peer-evaluation process, also called accreditation in the United States, is the best of its kind in the world,” Laguerre said. “It gives peer faculty, staff and administrators an opportunity to gauge the extent to which a college or university is living up to some standards that are agreed upon.” Laguerre said he doesn’t expect the college to be put back on probation or for the commission to issue other sanctions. “There are things in life you don’t choose when they happen,” Laguerre said. “There are events that you do not control. I am sure that if Mr. Obama wanted to be president, he probably wouldn’t have chosen this time…” “It’s the same way for us...with accreditation; accreditation is not an evaluation of a year-round process, but rather a picture in time…the important thing is not to hide your issues, it is to continue to work on your issues,” Laguerre said.
Turkey Trot is Nov. 24 at SCC Solano Hearts United will host their third annual Solano Turkey Trot 5k walk/run and 10k run beginning at 8 a.m. at Solano Community College Nov. 24. Solano Community College students who are interested in participating can register with a discounted price for a limited time only. Interested students can register online at www.solanoturkeytrot.org. They will receive $5 off their registration fee by using the discount code “solanocollege”. This discount is good Nov.16 - 17. Solano Hearts United is a collaborative group composed of Solano County, California non-profit organizations: Children’s Nurturing Project, Heather House, Meals on Wheels of Solano County and Mission Solano. For more information about Solano Hearts United, visit www. SolanoTurkeyTrot.org or email SolanoHeartsUnited@yahoo.com.
Turkey Trot 5k walk, 10k run Nov. 24, 8 a.m. SCC main campus
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The framework of the cadaver anatomy class was built by John Nogue, a professor of 32 years. The students used to dissect cats and pigs, until Nogue started the human cadaver program. Ventilation systems were installed to the cadaver tables, so the air is drawn down to the floor, instead of rising up toward students’ faces. Measure G provided funds to remodel the lab and install island tables, Mallory said.
Bay Area donors provide the cadavers—the department receives two to three cadavers a year; the minimum requirement is one, Mallory said. Students need to see a cadaver dissected from beginning to end, Mallory said. “This gives students a brief hand-on dissection, as well as observing different aspects of human cadavers.” Photography is not allowed in the cadaver lab. Giggling and fainting are rare in class, Mallory said, but when high
school students visited, the experience was like “bells and whistles and dead bodies,” Mallory said. Ownership of human cadavers is restricted, Mallory said. After several semesters of use, the cadavers and cadaver parts are cremated, Mallory said. In California, it is legal to own human bones—the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, which helps conserve Native American bones. Georgia and Tennessee restrict the ownership and transportation of human
skeletons. In other states, it is legal to own human skeletons as long as NAGPR is applied. Older cadavers are transferred to another table and a new cadaver takes its place the next semester. In time, Mallory parts out the pieces of the cadaver. Some parts are too valuable to let go of, Mallory said, so they store them in the backroom. In his own first days of dissection, Mallory said he was surprised by the different textures, the embalming, and the structure. Mallory
said he wasn’t bothered by the cadaver. He said they seemed like alien forms. “Our honors dissectors show these students a performance,” Mallory said. “One performance is on skeleton. One performance is on circulation. One performance is on nervous system. One performance is on muscular tissue. The students’ behavior is business-like,” Mallory said.
THE TEMPEST n NOV. 2 - NOV. 15, 2011
Falcons remain undefeated in Bay Valley Conference By Jeff Stock Staff writer
Solano 0, Fresno 2 A bitter wind swept the pitch Tuesday, Oct. 25 as Solano Community College hosted Fresno City College in a non-conference match. Solano head coach Jeff Cardinal says he likes to schedule a tough team late in the season to make sure the team is ready for the regional playoffs. Fresno did not disappoint beating Solano 2-0. The win for the Rams did not come easy, however, as the Falcons stepped up their physical game. “They held their own,” Cardinal said. “Teams at a higher level will be more physical, we have to play the same way.” Falcons freshmen Karlie Mast and Yvette Correa, earned yellow cards with their physical presence. According to coach Cardinal, By Jeff Stock Staff writer
Solano 3, Contra Costa 0 Solano Community College women’s soccer team continued destroying Bay Valley conference rivals with a 3-0 win over the painfully alliterative Contra Costa College on Friday, Oct. 21. Solano began the match attacking aggressively. Within the first seconds, freshman Megan O’Dwyer stole the ball from the Comets goalkeeper and fired a shot just high of the mark. The offensive pressure didn’t let up as the Falcons tested the visiting keeper, forcing her to come up with big saves. After being frustrated for the first thirty minutes of play by Contra Costa’s game plan of desperately kicking the ball in any direction as hard as possible, Solano sophomore Corina Petty managed to find the back of the net. The Comets continued the retreat in the second half, but did manage a few feeble attempts at scoring. Falcons’ goaltender Ashley Yoell faced her first shot of the game at about the twenty
playing physical is more than banging bodies, but is also chasing every loose ball and applying pressure to the ball carrier. “Fresno’s one of the higher ranked teams in the state. Considering who we played, it was a good game,” Cardinal said. “This was a monumental game for us. The team played better than I’ve ever seen,” team captain and starting goal tender Briana Scholtens said. Scholtens had a stellar performance in net coming up with several key saves throughout the game and stonewalling a Fresno breakaway late in the second half. Nevertheless, she gave respect to the defensive unit that played tenaciously in front of her. Karlie Mast, whose play stood out among defensemen, said it is important not to get cocky as Solano sets their sights on Bay Valley Conference rivals the Yuba Community College 49ers. minute mark. “They played their game,” freshman Janelle Richards said. Richards scored two goals in the second half. “We came out really slow,” assistant coach Andrea Salvador said. “We started to move the ball a lot better in the second half.” Falcons’ head coach Jeff Cardinal said he would have liked to have seen his team play more aggressively and take more shots, but playing against an opponent like Contra Costa afforded the team some unique opportunities. “We got to run four different formations in a game situation,” Cardinal said. He went on to say how this will come in handy in the future should the team need to make adjustments on the fly. According to Cardinal, no changes need to be made in the Falcons’ play going into their next home game against the Fresno City College Rams. The Rams, ranked sixth in the state, are the kind of tough opponent Solano likes to face every year at this time as the playoffs approach, Cardinal said.
SPORTS CALENDAR Nov. 2 – Nov. 15 Detailed information regarding games can be found at solanotempest.net/sports.
Wed, Nov. 2 6p.m. - Volleyball @ Kentfield College of Marin Fri, Nov. 4 3:30p.m. - Soccer VS Los Medanos College 6p.m. - Volleyball VS Napa College All Day - Waterpolo @ Fremont Coast Conference Tournament Sat, Nov. 5 1p.m. - Football @ Eureka - College of the Redwoods All Day - Waterpolo @ Fremont Coast Conference Tournament Tues, Nov. 8 3p.m. - Soccer @ Napa - Napa Valley
College 5:30p.m. - Volleyball VS Los Medanos College Thu, Nov. 10 3p.m. - Soccer VS College of Marin 6p.m. - Volleyball VS Contra Costa College Fri, Nov. 11 All Day - Waterpolo @ San Mateo Nor Cal Championships Sat, Nov. 12 5p.m. - Football @ Redding - Shasta College All Day - Waterpolo @ San Mateo Nor Cal Championships Tue, Nov. 15 6p.m. - Volleyball @ Marysville Yuba College
Solano’s Alyssa Orme was the first Falcon to score during Friday, Oct 28 game against Yuba College. By Jeff Stock Staff writer
Solano 2, Yuba 0 The Solano Community College women’s soccer team remains undefeated in the Bay Valley Conference after defeating the visiting Yuba College 2-0 Friday, Oct. 28. Solano came out guns blazing in the first half. Sophomore Corina Petty found the back of the net within the first few minutes of play, but the goal was waived off as Petty was ruled to
be off sides. The second half saw Yedith Martinez connecting with fellow sophomore Alyssa Orme, who sailed a shot just under the crossbar to break the tie. “We played our game,” freshman Megan O’Dwyer said. O’Dwyer beat Yuba’s goalkeeper less than three minutes after Orme’s goal, with sophomore Alexsa Gonzalez getting the assist. The Falcons didn’t let up the offensive pressure until the final whistle sounded, firing several shots on net.
“They were real sharp today; firing on all cylinders,” head coach Jeff Cardinal said. Coach Cardinal was especially pleased with the substitute’s play as they maintained the tempo of the game. “They have to show something, and they did that today. There’s going to be some competition for starting spots,” he said. “We’re really coming together as a team. I’m pretty confident, if we keep it up we’ll do well in the playoffs,” Orme said.
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Falcons hold on for 22-21 win By Anthony Peters Staff Writer
It may have been ugly, but at the end of the day a win is a win. At least that was the case in Solano Community College football team’s 22-21 Bay Valley Conference win over Contra Costa College Saturday at Doc Hollister Stadium. The win was spurred by the Falcons (4-4, 2-0 BVC) defense which cemented the win intercepting a Comets pass on its final possession. “The defense is continuing to play well,” Solano coach Floyd Burnsed said. “They keep giving us turnovers.” Things didn’t look as rosy for the Falcons early on as they quickly fell behind and struggled on offense. Contra Costa quickly got on the board on a 28-yard pass from Jeffrey Anderson to Tavio Howard. After the extra point, Contra Costa held a 7-0 lead. The Comets added to their lead in the second quarter with another Anderson touchdown pass this one to Phadre White. After a tumultuous first quarter, which saw quarterback Justin Gomez fail to complete any of his first eight passes, the Solano offense found some traction with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Gomez to Josh Lee. After kicker Keith Leenders, extra point missed the Falcons had cut the score to 14-6. After the Falcons defense intercepted an Anderson pass, Gomez gave the ball back on the ensuing play on an interception. Anderson then converted the turnover by connecting with Najee Lovett in the back of the end zone giving the Comets a 21-6 lead after the extra point. On the following kickoff Solano finally began to swing momentum
Solano Community College football player Cody Jensen rushes during the second quarter of Saturday, Oct. 28 game against Contra Costa College. Jensen would go on to run 61 yards before scoring a touchdown. Ben Gogna/Tempest
in their favor. Angelo Perry returned the kickoff 84 yards tip toeing the sideline for the Falcons score. After a Leenders extra point they had pulled to within eight. In the third quarter, Leenders kicked a 39-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 21-16. Two possessions later, Cody Jensen flew into the end zone after a 15-yard dash to give the Falcons their first and winning lead. After trading possessions, Jedidiah Cox hauled in the final interception to give the Falcons the win.
Solano Community College quarterback Justin Gomez passes to a fellow Falcon during Saturday, Oct. 28 game against Contra Costa College. Gomez had a total of 95 passing yards for the duration of this game.
Falcons continue success in Bay Valley Tournament By Jeff Stock Staff writer
The Solano Community College women’s volleyball team made short work of the Laney College winning three straight games on Friday, Oct. 28 bringing Solano’s conference record to 6-2. “I’m happy we won in three; last time we beat them in four. We stepped up and did a lot better,” sophomore opposite hitter Julia Schraer said. The Falcons took the court and dominated their opponents in the first game winning 2517. The Eagles put up a little more of a fight in the second
game, but still came up short, losing 17-25. In the third game, Laney College took the lead for the first time, but the Falcons ramped up their efforts to end game 25-21. “We executed perfectly,” sophomore setter Micaela Sylvester said. Sylvester went on to say the team is one of her favorites that she has played with, making her last season with the Falcons bittersweet. Head coach Darla Williams is very happy with the team’s performance, the offense in particular. “We let our offense shine,” coach Williams said.
Pilar Washington blocks a shot from a Laney player during their Friday, Oct. 28 home game. Ben Gogna/Tempest