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THE VOICE OF SOLANO COLLEGE
VOL. 27, NO. 9
MARCH 2 - MARCH 15, 2011
Estimated budget cuts presented By Angeline Aroha Todd News Editor
Solano Community College’s finance and administration departments held several budget forums to explain the planned cuts, answer questions, and get feedback. Yulian Ligioso, the vice president of finance, presented a PowerPoint summarizing the estimated changes to SCC’s budget after the statewide cuts take effect. Before really getting into the numbers, Ligioso explained that the situation is bad: “We’re going through some tough times,” Ligioso said, and went on to explain that the problem is spread through all the colleges in the state, not only SCC. He added, “I hope you don’t shoot the messenger.” After showing slides of the state’s cuts to education,
Ligioso said that the administration has been doing its best to preserve the mission of the college as well as the employment level. The new budget is also meant to do the most possible with limited funds. Ligioso called it a “Tough budget for tough times.” The new “tough budget” has not been finalized yet; the finance department cannot make anything official until the state budget cuts have been voted on. With the lack of any definite budget, Ligioso provided some estimates for different situations. The PowerPoint showed the amounts of money which could be cut, the amount which could be raised with higher student fees, and the estimated number of students lost—because with these new budget cuts, community 8SEE BUDGET, PAGE 6
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SCC faculty and staff asked Ligioso questions about futurechanges at the budget forum.
It takes an Umoja village ASSC freezes SCC
By Deborah Graham Staff Writer
Lala Myrick sits at the computer finishing up a homework assignment. Tutor Tim Eng sits nearby to assist. Diane CrosleyMayers, supplemental instructor for the program, peeps out of the Umoja office and asks, “Everything going alright?” They nod in unison. This is a typical day in the Umoja Village. Less than two years old, The Solano Community College Umoja Scholars Program (UPS) seeks to improve academic success for at-risk, educationally and economically disadvantaged students. The program provides academic support, tutoring, mentoring, and counseling to African-American students and other students. The word Umoja is a Kiswahili word meaning “unity.” The re-
By Tessa Terrill Staff Writer
African figurines are placed just inside the office for the Umoja Program, reminding members of cultural heritage. source center is known to its 40 participants as the Umoja Village. “The program seeks to educate the whole student body,
mind and spirit,” Mayers said. “They have access to computers, tutors and students can come into the Umoja Village 8SEE UMOJA, PAGE 6
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Not only is SCC working to pinch pennies, but the organizations within the school are also taking action to save money. According to Jennifer Sandoval, ASSC vice president, ASSC recently passed a motion to freeze funding requests. Every fall and spring semester, ASSC invites clubs, campus organizations, and divisions to apply for funding requests. These requests have provided funds for things like a new skeletal and heart model for the science department’s tutoring center and one student’s trip to a National Society of Black Engineers conference, which led to a new club on campus with the same name. Public Relations Representative Kelsey Moran-Richardson said that in the past, $30,000 a year was devoted to Funding Requests. Two years ago, ASSC reduced it to $20,000 due to decreasing revenue. Now, they have frozen the funds until further notice. Vice President of ASSC Jennifer Sandoval said, “Like the college, we are doing everything to try and conserve money, deciding what is more beneficial to students at Solano.” The reason for the freeze is a drop in ID card and vending machine revenue for ASSC, according to ASSC treasurer Lillian Nelson. Moran-Richardson says that the funds should be unfrozen by fall 2011, but there are no guarantees.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK “None but ourselves can free our mind.” - Bob Marley
March 2 Financial Aid: priority Cal Grant Deadline to submit application for 2011/2012 year
March 8 SCC Nursing Program Workshop room 812 5:30 p.m.
March 13 Day Light Savings Spring clocks forward
Theatre March 3- March 20 SCC Theatre Presents Eurydice
March 3-5 Solano Theatre 7:30 p.m.
March 6 Solano Theatre 2 p.m.
March 10-12 Solano Theatre 7:30 p.m.
March 13 Solano Theatre 2 p.m.
March 17-19 Solano Theatre 7:30 p.m.
March 20 Solano Theatre 2 p.m.
Lack of turn signal puts everyone at risk By Matthew Johnson Opinion Editor
Many of us remember watching Red Asphalt from Drivers’ Ed. classes, but when the rubber meets the road, too many of us forget that we are flirting with death every second we commute to school. Too many drivers put others in mortal danger every day just to save 60 seconds; it’s time for us to open our eyes. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, since the “Click it or Ticket” campaign debuted in California in 2005, seat belt usage has increased from 92.5 percent to a record high of 96.2 percent in 2010. The average cost of a seat belt infraction is around $150 and continues to increase. This, and the gravity of the campaign has increased the number of California motorists who use their safety belts by 1.3 million people. There is such a wild movement to encourage people to do something that only prevents them from further injury in case of a wreck, but why aren’t we focusing on the root of what causes accidents in the first place? Over the last five years, I saw Click it or Ticket everywhere I went. What I could not find from any government web site, billboard on the highway or local law enforcement is a campaign for drivers to use their turn signal. The simple act of using the turn signal can indeed save lives, however, it has become an insignificance to many drivers on the road. Exiting our parking lot here at SCC made me realize just how important it is to tell drivers where you are going. Our
“why aren’t we focusing on the root of what causes accidents in the first place?” main entrance is a very hazardous place, with cars yielding to students entering the lot at often already dangerous speeds. Too often, I have seen students pulling in through the three way intersection with complete disregard for the other lives on the road. Students often neglect to use their signal when merging onto the road to the rear parking lots. To the drivers waiting and yielding for the chance to go, if someone doesn’t have their signal on, this tells the stopped cars to enter the intersection. I have seen far too many close calls just here at one intersection at SCC and I have seen my fair share of accidents caused by lazy or ignorant drivers on my commute home. If the state wants to truly fix problems that can save lives on the road and not just rake in traffic citation revenue like the parking infraction crack down in San Francisco, we need to focus on real issues. The Click it or Ticket movement was successful, so why not invest enforcement efforts on something that can prevent accidents from happening in the first place.
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Dark days ahead for Planned Parenthood House passes bill to terminate funding of widely used health services
Is this the year 1916? The recent bill passed on Feb. 18 by the conservative-controlled House of Representatives makes it seem so. The bill proposes to cut all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Undoubtedly this will be seen as a huge victory for pro-life supporters if the bill is passed. Margaret Sanger, a trained nurse, opened the first Planned Parenthood in 1916 after witnessing the devastating effects that unplanned and uncared for pregnancies had on poor women. During that time, a measure called the “Comstock Act of 1873” was still in effect. This law made contraception illegal and pronounced that any information given out about family planning and birth control was “obscene.” Women lined the sidewalk hours before Sanger’s clinic even opened. As soon as the police found out, Sanger was arrested. Today, Because of the Hyde Amendment, abortions have not been federally funded since 1976. Furthermore, abortion only accounts for 3 percent of all services Planned Parenthood offers. So, if abortion is already out of the question, then what other reproductive services is this bill proposing to cut? Well, everything else. Planned Parenthood offers a variety of free reproductive
health services which include: birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, prenatal care, STD testing, screenings for breast, ovarian, cervical, prostate, and testicular cancer, and Pap tests. They offer counseling services for eating disorders and sexual orientation. Many of the centers even provide general health care, such as cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure screening, and flu vaccines. According to the Planned Parenthood 2009 report, 3 million women use their health centers annually. Overseas, they serve an extra 700 thousand through their International Program. If the bill was passed, where would all these women go for affordable care? How many cancer cases and STDs would go untreated? How many babies would die not because of abortion, but because lack of readily available prenatal care caused them to be born with fatally low birth weights? This bill is not about abortion, no matter how much Congress wants the public to believe it is. This bill is not even about women’s rights, although women should take offense at this attempt to reverse years of progress, regardless. Rather, this bill is an attack on social services and any of
“How many babies would die not because of abortion, but because lack of readily available prenatal care caused them to be born with fatally low birth weights?”
By Gretchen Smail Staff Writer
the low-income citizens who benefit from them. It’s a flagrant violation of who we are as a country. In a campaign speech made on Aug. 7, 2006, Obama said that the greatness of a nation rests on the ability of its citizens to empathize and support one other. The government should provide protection and services that reinforce, not subvert, that unity. This bill is being proposed in order to solve the deficit. If money is a concern,
Local Events: “March for Choice” Saturday, February 26, 2011 Oakland, CA Noon – 3:00 p.m.
then consider this: Sanger started Planned Parenthood because she believed that a woman should have a child only when she is ready and financially stable enough to do so. Studies show that when a child is provided for in a loving home, they are less likely to turn to crime and instead become productive members of society. This in turn saves money from funneling into the now $37 billion prison industry. Doesn’t it make sense to keep an institution with more benefits than not. As educated men and women, we must see that an attack on any social service that provides for our fellow human beings is an attack on all of us. To help the cause, visit the online Planned Parenthood Action Center and sign the petition. Write to your congress person. Everything helps. Remember, Ghandi once said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
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“What would you do if SCC cut the proposed 200 classes?”
“I would probably go to a different school because there’s not a lot of classes I would be able to take here, and it would really affect a lot of other people not just me.” -Antoinette Barbarosa, 20, ECE
“It depends on the classes that were cut... if they were classes that I needed to take for my major, I’d honestly consider just up and leaving to another community college. “
-Jed Brolliar, 21, Business
“I think I would stop taking classes at Solano.”
-Alisha Rosario, 19, Electrical Engineering
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“Cut 200 classes, I would transfer right away.”
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4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Art through different eyes By Anthony Peters Editor-in Chief
With the talk of budget cuts being thrown around like darts in a pub, the art department did its best to show the value of Solano’s behind the scenes people in an exhibit called Super-Vision, which consisted of works of art created by the art department’s lab technicians. “I think the show is a good reminder that the art techs are valuable resources,” show curator Janene Whitesell said. “This was a good way to show it is a needed position.”
Another piece from Kearns, which utilizes broken shards into the rebirth of a new piece.
Super-Vision displayed works of Kathy Kearns, Tracy Lukehart, and Nancy Morgan among other artists. The art techs of Solano usually work as a liaison between the students and the teachers and Super-Vision was a way to bring their work to the forefront. The work varied from ceramics to photography as well as sculptures. Each work was complimented by the work around it, playing off of certain themes. Kearns work focused more on ceramics and the history of the art. “I’m very passionate about the history of ceramics,” she said. “People’s needs haven’t changed through the years. We still need cups and containers.” Morgan’s work was also heavily ceramic but her passion came from the process of the work. “If you want to figure something out, struggle,” Morgan said. Lukehart’s work which was all photography included a self portrait involving pigs and abandoned houses. “The self portrait is how everything dies in the end and also how childhood stays,” she said. Overall, the exhibit was a success that propelled the work of the lab techs that are usually in the background. “This was nice because it’s helping to make lab techs known,” said Morgan, referring to the fact that they often feel overlooked in their work and dedication. Sharman Bruni/Tempest In synch with the gallery, a special ceramics workshop will be held on Friday, March 4 Kathy Kearns stands proudly beside two of her works being disin room 1306 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. played in the gallery.
Former Solano student finds her niche in the Vallejo artistic community By Sara Dowling Staff Writer If you happen to make your way into Panama Red Coffee Company located in downtown Vallejo on a Tuesday or Friday morning, you will encounter artist Evelyn Rincon displaying and selling her art to local passersby and commuters. “Evelyn’s good, she’s really talented… she’s a good local artist and we love her here, she brings more to our store,” said Panama Red employee Tai Leifi. Rincon said that one day she drew a picture inside Panama Red of the menu posted above the cash register and decided to give it to the owner, who turned out to be a supporter of the arts. He asked Rincon if
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Rincon’s depiction of the Canadian slaughter of baby harp seals.
she wanted to show her art in the Cupping and Tasting room in the back of the store in May of last year, which she did for three days titling her temporary gallery, “Evelyn Rincon: Lifetime Collection”. Since then, Panama Red has served as a platform for Rincon to reach out to the Vallejo community and sell her art. Directly to the right of the cash register, Rincon pushes two tables together and drapes a table cloth over each one. On top of the table she displays her works: paintings of different sizes, bookmarks, and homemade jewelry. Rincon sits on a stool behind her art, attentive to the questions that customers may have about her work. “The whole crew that works here is awesome.” Rincon said, “They are like a little family and they support artists like me and that’s totally huge.” Rincon is trying to stay committed to showing her art in Vallejo, and feels that people in other cities have more opportunities to learn about art and wants to give the Vallejo community the chance to learn as well. Rincon grew up in Vallejo and attended Solano Community College, where she took art classes including ceramics, which she found to be very therapeutic. “I really haven’t had any bad experience with any art instructors since they always say the same thing: art is never right or wrong, it is in the eyes of the viewer, and they all taught me that and that is what I walked away with.” Rincon said. Throughout her time in school, Rincon had to work in various professions to support herself in tough times, but work was unfulfilling because she could not focus on her art. Rincon decided that she was going to make her passion her profession. She said, “I am focusing full-time on my art, and I cannot say anything good about it financially, but as far as me feeling good and positive, I’m not stressed, I’m not in a commute… art keeps me alive, really. It keeps me grounded. I am able to communicate my fantasies about how the world should be a little better.” The majority of Rincon’s art focuses on the environment. Rincon is passionate about preserving the
planet and being a voice for animals and individuals who are not able to communicate for themselves. “I tend to talk about the overuse of oil consumption and the overuse of our environment… I think the environment around us is the most important. The ground we walk on- we couldn’t be here unless the ground we walk on is taken care of.” Rincon said. She says she tries to convey specific messages in her work and sometimes people don’t understand it, but “some people get it right away, and to me that feels better than actually selling it… I feel like I’ve passed on a message and made people more conscious about what’s going on around them” Rincon said. Rincon can be found every Tuesday and Friday morning from 6 a.m.-12 p.m. at Panama Red, located on 289 Mare Island Way in Vallejo.
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A painting done by Rincon of the ArmenianAmerican band System of a Down.
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Fox adds tasty new dish to their lineup By Sharman Bruni A&E Editor
Walking through a shopping mall in Georgia, a peculiar image caught my eye on the large TV screen to the side. I was mesmerized by what I saw, and my curiosity caught up with me later to discover it was Fox’s new show entitled “Bob’s Burgers.” Being able to watch all the current episodes online for free at Hulu.com, I begin to delve into the quirkiness and offbeat humor that encompasses “Bob’s Burgers” and have started looking forward to new episodes with a strange fascination. Taking a look at the makeup of the characters on the show, it is not unlike the family setting of “The Simpsons” “King of the Hill” or “Family Guy”, which is a common premise on Fox shows. What separates “Bob’s Burgers” from other Fox shows centered on the family is that it takes place in a work environment and focuses on the dynamics of surviving in today’s economy and how a dysfunctional, but loving family
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 5 deals with the visit of a health inspector who has come to check out the rumor that burgers are being made out of human remains from the crematorium
order to impress her fellow classmates, subsequently leading to the health inspector’s visit. This scene is a perfect deals with the everyday problems that example of Bob’s three children who seem to jump at are constantly stirring up trouble in them right and and out of the restaurant with Louise left. (Viewer beas the ringleader of it all. ware: although Another episode deals with Bob’s this show is in-laws coming for a visit and how about a famwhile fixing a leaking ceiling, Bob ily, it is not recfinds the house’s crawl-space and ommended for devices a plan to get “stuck” in there young audience for the duration of the in-law’s visit. members due to When he actually does get stuck, Louthe type of huise lends him her glowing Kuchi Kopi mor present.) nightlight and eventually Bob starts Loren Bouchard hallucinating and imagines himself in hails as the proa speakeasy in which the glowing toy ducer, with past tells him to kill his in-laws. Hilarity exploits as the ensues and the show only continues shows Dr. Katz to get more obscure and interesting as and Home Movthe episodes go on. ies, a popular Though the type of humor presentcomedy which Fox ed in this show is definitely not for ran for four years Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords) stars as Louise, a mis- everyone, “Bob’s Burgers” has grown on Adult Swim. chievous girl with a penchant for trouble. on me and I’d have to say that just like Currently there next door. There is a flashback of Bob’s a juicy cut of steak, this show is well are five shows are on the air and a new youngest daughter Louise telling her done but you have to consider that not one is set to come out every Sunday class at show-and-tell that her dad’s everyone eats meat. at 8:30 p.m. on Fox. The pilot episode burgers are made from human flesh in
Liam Neeson takes viewers into the ‘Unknown’ By Rebecca Naranjo Staff Writer
Liam Neeson makes a return to the box office this year in his starring role in Unknown. This suspense thriller is full of hard hitting action and a storyline with an amazing twist. The movie begins with Dr. Martin Harris exiting the airport in Berlin with his wife Elizabeth Harris (January Jones) where Dr. Harris is scheduled to speak at a biotechnology summit. Once Dr. Harris arrives at the hotel, he realizes he forgot his briefcase at the airport. He heads back to retrieve it as his wife checks into their hotel room, hail-
ing down a taxi driven by Gina (Diane Kruger). Halfway to the airport, chaos ensues and the taxi is involved in an accident, sending Dr. Harris and Gina over a bridge. Four days later, Dr. Harris awakens from his Acoma in a hospital bed, barely able to remember who he is. Once released from the hospital, Dr. Harris heard back to the hotel to look for his wife. When he finally sees her again, she claims to not know him, and is even married to an imposter claiming to be Dr. Martin Harris. Realizing that he must prove his identity, Dr. Harris seeks the help of private investigator Ernst Jürgen (Bru-
no Ganz) to help him confirm what few memories he has. Jürgen advises that Dr. Harris seeks out Gina to help him remember any details of the accident and why he was in her taxi in the first place. Soon the movie is turned into a fight for Dr. Harris and Gina’s lives as agents of a mysterious organization try to eliminate the pair. The best thing about this movie was the amazing storyline. Each of the characters were well rounded and not one dimensional. They go through a large series of conflicts as the story evolves and adapt to the best of their abilities. There was never a dull moment as the constant action or emotional conflict
between the characters continues to move the plot along. The plot twist toward the end of the movie was by far the best part of the film. The acting was also very good and Liam Neeson did a fantastic job in his role. The acting is frequently reminiscent of his role in Taken as he paints a realistic portrait of the struggles his character goes through. Diane Kruger also played her role as Gina well. She had many emotional scenes that she played very well. Overall, this was a good suspense thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait for its release onto DVD so I can see it again.
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Volunteer EMT saves life By Khyrstan Policarpio Staff Writer
On Friday, February 18, at around 8:00pm the Winter’s Fire Department received a call concerning a man who had been involved in a road incident. Daniel “Kealoha” Callison, a volunteer at the Winter’s Fire Department following his completion of EMT training at Solano Community College, was included in the team dispatched to the scene. After they arrived they found that the man who was involved in the accident was sprayed with pepper spray, but wasn’t in need of serious medical attention.
California budget cuts mean SCC loses money 7 BUDGET: FROM PAGE 1
Callison cleared the room, administered chest compressions and CPR, dislodging the object and saving the woman’s life. As the team waited for further orders, waiters came rushing out of the Buckhorn Grill in the Winter’s Community Center, looking for medical attention for a woman who was having trouble breathing. At the scene, the woman was being laid on the ground, had not been attended to, and had lost consciousness. Callison
cleared the room, administered chest compressions and CPR, dislodging the object and saving the woman’s life. Ambulance and paramedics, who were not far off due to the previous call, were there immediately. The entirety of the situation took about five minutes.
colleges may have to start turning away students. The announcement that SCC may turn away students caused a disturbance in the audience, with several people asking what that entailed and why it was happening. Ligioso and President Jowel Laguerre said that SCC would try to accommodate as many students as possible, but with less money and fewer classes, not as many students will be able to fit in the college. “These are unprecedented times,” Ligioso said. Occasionally, Ligioso did not have the answers to questions asked. Laguerre explained to the audience, “This is some-
“These are unprecedented times.”
--Yulian Ligioso, Vice President of Finance thing that Roy Stutzman spent a lot of time working on for us… and [Ligioso] inherited some of these numbers from Roy.” The numbers are not official yet, but the estimates are available for anyone to look at online. The PowerPoint Ligioso used is posted on the SCC website under “administration” and “district budget.”
SCC’s Umoja Project supports every student 7 UMOJA: FROM PAGE 1
Students do their homework on the computers provided in the Umoja Project classrooms.
and work on whatever class work they have. They can get information on how to locate employment, referrals and most of all get encouragement to be successful.” “The faculty and students work endless hours for free to keep it going despite limited funding,” said Jocelyn Mouton UPS coordinator, “The sole purpose is to assist students in becoming successful here at the college until graduating or transiting from the college,” Mouton said. Participants in the Umoja community have required courses. The courses include Ethnic, Racial, & Minority Group Relations in Harmony & Conflict (Sociology 22) and Career/Life Planning (Counseling 50), which was offered last fall. This semester students are taking Sociology of African Americans (Sociology 23) and Applied Psychology (Counseling 83). There is one English teacher connected with the program so students don’t have to go to a different English teacher each semester. Senior member Gilda Butler related how last year the Umoja group was successful in organizing fundraisers, which included a carwash, a 5k run, a loose change drive, and a toiletry drive for Haiti relief. They raised about $2,000. “It started from an English project given by Professor Patrick Vogelpohl about the conditions in Haiti,” said Edward Clark, another senior member of the program. “We took it beyond the classroom and this inspired us to do something for someone else.” Karen McCord, professor of
“The faculty and students work endless hours for free to keep it going despite limited funding.” --Jocelyn Mouton, coordinator of the Umoja Program. psychology and ethnic studies, who teaches LC 001 Umoja Program Scholars (Sociology 23), gets positive feedback from newer additions to the program. “This has been an upliftment to me and has helped with some of the problems not only facing me but helping me recognize the problems facing me in my community,” said Earl Taylor, a new Umoja participant. For more information on Umoja Scholars Programs, Umoja Club, or Umoja Committee, contact coordinator Jocelyn Mouton, at 707-864-7000 (ext. 7134)
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The sky is the limit with women’s softball SPORTS CALENDAR Mar. 2 – March 15, 2011 Detailed information regarding games can be found at solanotempest.net/sports.
Thu Mar 3, 2011 2pm - Baseball - College of Marin
Tue Mar 8, 2011
2pm - Baseball - Laney College
Thu Mar 10, 2011 1pm - Softball - Mendocino (DH)
Sat Mar 12, 2011 1pm - Baseball - Los Medanos
Tue Mar 15, 2011 1pm - Softball - Napa Valley (DH)
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Women’s Basketball Sat Feb 26 @ Delta 62-70 L
Tue Feb 15 - Am River 11-3 W Tue Feb 22 – Sierra 5-2 L
Tue Feb 15 - Sierra 0-9 L Thu Feb 17 & 18 vs. Sierra – Rained out Sun Feb 20 vs. Sierra 3-2 W Tue Feb 22 @ Am River 16-8 W Thu Feb 24 @ Mission 3-1 W Sat Feb 26 - Mission 5-4 W
By Kirk Jackson Staff Writer
Coming off their fifth consecutive Bay Valley Conference championship season, the Solano Falcons look to defend their crown and continue the success that has preceded them the past five seasons. The Falcons have a good chance of repeating as champs under the leadership of coach Terri Pearson-Bloom, last year’s conference Coach of the Year, and a strong line-up of returning players Kim Perreira, Nicole Punla, Melissa Logan, and Katie Payne. Last year, the Falcons posted an overall record of 28-12, with a conference record of 23-1. In conference play posted a win percentage of 96%, the Falcons were 12-0 at home and 11-1 on the road. The next best in the conference was Mendocino College with an overall record of 23-17-2, with a record of 16-8 in conference play. According to coach Pearson-Bloom, the strengths of the Falcon team include strong pitching, overall team speed, effective hitting and base running. So far the Falcons are 2-1 at home and 2-2 on the road and are currently tied with Los Medanos for first place in their conference with a record of 4-3. Coming off a 5-2 loss to Sierra, the Falcons look to continue the process of improving every game. “We learn every game. Every day we get better offensively and defensively,” Pearson-Bloom said. The Falcons will participate in a 3-way school showdown in Fremont, going up against Ohlone College and Siskiyous College February 26. The first conference game will take place March 10 at 1:00 p.m. against the Mendocino College Eagles.
Solano Community College softball catcher Crash Armijo looks
Softball Overall Percentage Player 11 Melissa Logan 2 Nicole Punla 21 Lynzie Ryan 3 Katie Payne 1 Sarah McKnight 4 Dana Manibusan 12 Kelcie Brenner 00 Kimberly Perreira 7 Jennifer Ringle 6 Lena Gonsalves 8 Carrie Armijo 27 Janeice Faulstich 18 Danamaria Rivera 68 Hannah Wilbur 29 Dayla Deal 10 Rachel Sponsler 24 Kayreen Lopez
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AVG 0.667 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.357 0.348 0.333 0.286 0.235 0.2 0.182 0.167 0 0 0 0 0
AB 15 14 10 15 14 23 9 21 17 5 11 6 1 0 0 2 0
R 3 4 4 7 4 4 2 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
H 10 7 4 6 5 8 3 6 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
2B 3 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
3B 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
HR 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
RBI 5 0 3 4 6 3 3 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
BB 5 1 0 6 0 0 1 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
SAC 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SO 1 1 3 1 4 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
SLG 0.867 0.571 0.5 0.733 0.5 0.522 0.444 0.286 0.294 0.2 0.273 0.167 0 0 0 0 0
OB% 0.75 0.533 0.4 0.571 0.357 0.347 0.4 0.285 0.35 0.333 0.25 0.285 0 0 0 0.333 0
SB 1 1 1 3 0 2 1 3 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
ERR 2 0 3 1 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FLD% 0.818 1 0.666 0.9 0.92 1 1 0.882 0.9 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0
NFL lockout could put 2011 season in jeopardy By Cutter Hicks Staff Writer
In 1982 a 57 day workstoppage cause the NFL season to come to a screeching halt.
Sorry football fans, looks like the Coors Light kegs and potato chips will have to be preserved ’til the following season. The National Football League’s collective bargaining agreement, which defines terms of player and owner wage scales, spending, health, and safety conditions, will expire March 3 if the league owners and players association do not come to agreement. “On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a 14,” said DeMaurice Smith, member of The NFL Player’s Association, during an interview with the May issue of Sports Illustrated. With no discussion of an agreement the 2011
NFL season looks faint. The biggest problem with the agreement is money. Owners claim they don’t make enough money and athletes insist on receiving raises. If both sides do not meet in the middle there will be no football. This could last for days, weeks or months. If the lockout continues through the summer, football fans will be devastated from the NFL’s nonexistence. Money aside, talk of increasing the regular season by two games (for a total of 18) upsets most players because it increases odds of getting injured. Whether the athletes play or not owners have negotiated television deals which will guarantee them revenue. Either way it looks like a win-win situation for the owners.
THE TEMPEST MAR. 2 - MARCH 15, 2011
Falcons confidence stays steady for regular season The Falcons first conference matchup will be at home Thursday 2p.m. against the College of Marin. Solano Communtiy College baseball pitcher Andre Garcia throws a pitch during a preason game against American River. February 4, 2011. Katrina Tuttle
By Rebecca Naranjo Staff Writer
The Solano Community College men’s baseball team ended their preseason with a record of 8-4, making it the number one team in the Bay Valley Conference. “This season has been full of ups and downs,” said Falcons head coach Scott Stover. “But we’re not going to focus on the losses. We have to stay focused on every game since we have such a tight schedule.” The Falcons have won their last four games, their longest streak of the season. Pitcher Ethan Gibbons has proven to be especially impressive pitching eight innings against Sierra College when Solano faced San Mateo. He also attained the highest number of strikeouts in a single game for Solano according to the California Community College Athletic Associations website, striking out a total of nine players. Other notable players are catcher James Mossholder with a preseason record of 10 runs scored, the highest for the team thus far. Shortstop Patrick Johnson and outfielder
Derek Crenshaw are tied for the most hits with 16. Johnson also leads the team with 31 assists. Utility Tony Uyeno has a total number of 15 putouts. Third baseman Trevor Matern doesn’t just have 23 total assists in the pre-season, he also has a high GPA and is an aspiring Ivy Leaguer. “Trevor is quite a bit more academic than any of the players I’ve had on my team in the past,” said Stover. “I think he’s only ever gotten a B once the entire time he’s been at Solano. He’s a straight A student and a very good valuable player.” Despite their talent, there is still some nervous tension in the Falcon’s clubhouse. Going into the regular season, there is no team favored to win the Bay Valley Conference. The Falcons continue to shoot high in their struggles to make it to the Bay Valley Conference which begins mid-April. “The Northern Division really is wide open.” said Stover. “We just have to keep focused and we can go far.” The Falcons first conference matchup will be at home Thursday 2p.m. against the College of Marin.
Overall Baseball Stats Player avg ab r Crenshaw,Derek .462 39 9 Johnson,Patrick .327 52 7 Romero,Victor .286 42 8 Uyeno,Tony .281 32 4 Nanney,Gene .259 27 6 Mossholder,James .250 40 10 Matern,Trevor .212 33 2 Rowe,Brian .185 27 6 Ard,Derron .129 31 4 ---------- Miller,Cody .333 6 1 Aplin,Eddie .250 4 2 Stout,Steven .211 19 3 Coburn,Kyle .111 9 0 Borja,AJ .095 21 2 Golden,Cody .000 5 1 Gibbons,Ethan .000 2 0 Pezzola,Anthony .000 1 0 Totals .254 390 65 Opponents .246 406 49
h 18 17 12 9 7 10 7 5 4
fld% .970 .887 1.000 .950 1.000 1.000 .825 .929 .962
2 1 4 1 2 0 0 0 99 100
1.000 1.000 .750 .000 1.000 .833 1.000 .000 .953 .954
Stolen Base Percentage 1. 2. 3. 4.
Johnson,Patrick Crenshaw,Derek Ard,Derron Mossholder,James
1.000 .500 .500 .333