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VOL. 29, NO. 12
APRIL 17 - APRIL 30, 2013
Solano takes a stab at Three Musketeers
Robin Murray, one of the actresses in the Solano College production of the Three Muskteers puts her sword through the paper of Dumas (the writer of the original play) portrayed by Rick Steele. The show runs April 18 - May 5 at Harbor Theater in Suisun City. Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors/veterans/faculty, $10 students.
Where the wind blows Ryan Tucker Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The wind is free spirited. It comes, goes, and lifts your day. Sometimes that wind plays a ukulele and rides a longboard. This wind has a name and it’s Cassie Ordonio, a 21-year-old journalism major here at SCC. Ryan: So first off … you’re kind of short dude! How tall are you? Cassie: I’m 5 foot flat. I’m party size, OK? Ryan: What made you pick up longboarding? Cassie: My initial inspiration came from my dad, who was also a longboarder.
spotlight I was bad for a while but I kept trying and eventually I got pretty good. Don’t give me a skateboard though, I can’t ride them for shit! Ryan: Why not skateboard? Are there any major differences between the two? Cassie: There is. A skate board is mostly for tricks and competition. A longboard is mostly used for free riding. You know cruising. Longboards are great for when you want to go really fast. Skateboards can do it to but there not as safe as a longboard due to their smaller size. Ryan: Do you have any favorite Steve Reczkowski/Tempest places to ride? Cassie Ordonio cruises down Rockville road on her longboard. 8SEE wind blows, PAGE 6
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April 17 Earth Day celebration
May 1 Job & Internship Fair
10 a.m. -2 p.m. 1400 building
9 a.m.-2 p.m. 1400 building
Solano DAZE Multicultural week (through April 19) Main campus
May 5 Cinco De Mayo celebration 11:30 a.m-4 p.m.
April 18 - May 5 May 7 The Three Musketeers
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Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets: $20 general, $15 seniors/ veterans/faculty, $10 students Harbor Theater, Suisun City
RN Information Workshop 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Room 812
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April 23 ASSC meeting
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OPINION BOXING: Solano’s new sports program? “The possession of muscular strength and the courage to use it in contests with other men for physical supremacy does not necessarily imply a lack of appreciation for the finer and better things of life.” —Jack Johnson, First African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915). Many consider boxing to be barbaric. The sport’s true intent often gets overshadowed by its own violent nature, yet people don’t consider how boxing can do wonders for your mental and emotional well-being. The sport can act as a helping hand or tool that’s used to up-lift those that have the misfortune of being caught up in drugs, gangs, and or broken homes. These children and young adults often find solace and family within the walls of their respective gyms. Boxing can act as a healthy release of pent up rage and ignored feelings that, if left unchecked can wreak havoc on the individual and the people around them. These opinions are not only shared and thought by me; they’re
also felt and believed in strongly by others on the SCC campus-people such as student Arielle Ramos, who has an interest By Ryan Tuckerin boxing, staff writer proposed an rtucker@ idea. solanotempest.net Ramos suggested a boxing program here at SCC. With the financial problems here at SCC, you may think any new program, let alone a boxing program, would seem a little far-fetched. Ramos doesn’t let this discourage him, though. He suggested fundraisers, such as holding an MMA on our very own campus. Such a fundraiser would be a huge draw for the college and Ramos and I are almost certain it would raise a lot of money to fund a boxing program. The fund raiser would also be helping the many different MMA gyms that struggle with finding reliable ven-
ues to set up an event. Ramos also suggested that the fundraiser shouldn’t be a one-time thing but a first of many to get the ball rolling. Ramos and I envision the event being taken over eventually by the boxing program if it was offered at the college and the fighters competing would come from the program itself. Ramos says that the program has the ability “to plant the seeds of peace, athleticism, and comradery.” Like other sports, boxing creates and forms brother/sisterhoods, which gets tempered and strengthened through the days of blood and sweat. What’s so special about boxing is that there is no need or worry to “make” a team. Many students have had their dreams crushed by not making the team in a sport they love due to someone saying they’re not good enough. As a man with fighting experience I know firsthand how much
over but maybe the introduction of a boxing program could bring us back to that golden age, when boxing as a sport stood toe-totoe with baseball and football in America.
photo: Mark Jensen
work goes into preparing yourself mentally and physically for a fight. The confidence you get as you transform your body from training not only affects what you do physically but leaks over to everything you do in life. That’s what the boxing program could offer the young adults of SCC. These days only 25 U.S. colleges teach boxing. The sport is disappearing from colleges, a shame since that the U.S. Olympic team once relied heavily on colleges for talent. Those days seem all but
If Ali, Mayweather, and Pacquiao are who comes to mind when you think of boxing, think more than that. Boxing is more than heavy punching. Boxing requires strength, control and confidence. All of which helps you to maintain the inner strength and emotional connectivity to allow you to stay in form and stay strong, both physically and emotionally. Keeping in form requires aerobics and amazing flexibility. Even if you don’t want to be a boxer, either professionally or as an amateur, what you will gain from the boxing program will be a tremendous benefit for all other facets of your life. If you have any ideas or would like to support Arielle Ramos and I in this, please email me at email@example.com.
Let’s make this happen.
campus conversation reporter: Ryan Tucker
photos: Christine Butler
Would a boxing program help SCC students?
“Yes. I think it would help students who don’t have an interest in organized sports, such as basketball, baseball, and football.”
“Yes. It would be a fun and different way to exercise and remain healthy.”
“Yes. I think students would take it as a different type of selfdefense class.”
“Yes. It would help students build self-esteem and confidence.”
-Justin Lee, 19 psychology
-Sebastian, 22 X-ray technician
-Rikisa Patterson, 21 social services
-Maison Mdell Pasibe Wong, 19 psychology
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“Yes. It would serve as an alternative sport for students that can’t make it on a team sport like basketball or football. ” -Muhammad Alkurdi, 20, major undecided
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Shoe lovers amass collections with heart and sole Christine Butler Sports editor email@example.com
Michael Jordan, Labron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant; just hearing or seeing these names what do you think of? For a lot of people they think shoes, especially when it comes to Michael Jordan. Not only has he become legendary, but so have his shoes. A lot of people these days couldn’t afford the shoes when they were younger but now that they’re older they have jobs and find lots of other ways to get money for these iconic and expensive shoes. Which is why when new shoes come out everyone is doing everything they can to get them. A lot of people buy a pair or two or three and keep one and resell the others. However, for others just getting one pair can mean a lot to them.
every weekend. If you’re a ‘shoe addict’ you might know about all the websites to go to for info but if you need a little help, you can keep up with the shoe release dates at sites like sneakernews.com and nicekicks.com.
“I buy these types of shoes because I like to dress nice, and I pay the expensive prices because I have a limited shoe that not many people have,” -Ron Beverly, shoe collector
“I buy these types of shoes because I like to dress nice, and I pay the expensive prices because I have a limited shoe that not many people have,” said Ron Beverly, a shoe collector and student at Solano. “They mean a lot to me because, growing up, my friends and peers and cousins had them but I could never afford them. I was also a big Michael Jordan fan and basketball fan in general and his shoes remind me of everything he did in them.”
Ron Beverly’s keeps his shoe collection neatly stored in boxes.
For me, shoes are just shoes and I buy what I like and what I consider cool. However, my cool is not the same as everybody else’s cool.
A pair of Beverly’s prized possessions.
A lot of different shoes come out almost
Demetri Martin’s “Point Your Face at This” is short and sweet Paul Quiroga Opinion Editor PQuiroga@solanotempest.net
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“Reality is a concept that depends largely upon where you point your face” writes New York Times bestselling author Demetri Martin, in his newest book “Point Your Face at This”. Martin is most famous for his stand-up comedy and the humorous drawings he incorporates into his shows. He has also appeared in the films “Taking Woodstock” and “Contagion.” With 288 pages of wit and edgy jokes in “Point Your Face at This”, readers will find it easy to “read” in a single sitting. From sketches making political statements to quips about standing in long lines, Martin’s simple
drawings will make you think and keep you interested. Demetri Martin was born in New York, NY in 1973 and has been a professional comedian since the early 2000’s. His credits include writing for Late Night with Conan O’ Brian, and The Daily Show with John Stewart. He has released two comedy specials and produced and starred in Important Things with Demetri Martin on Comedy Central. This is Martin’s second book, after 2011’s “This is a Book”. “Point Your Face at This” was published in New York, NY, by Hachette Book Group, Inc. and is available in physical and E-book editions from Amazon, I-tunes and Barnes and Noble.com.
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Artist and comedian Demetri Martin drew simple, humorous and sometimes crude cartoons in his latest book.
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“The 5 Deadly Venoms” delivers action, face-punching Sam Zaghloul Feature Editor Szaghloul@solanotempest.net
Know what I like? Pizza. Know what I like that’s actually relevant to this article? Old Kung Fu movies. Blame it on me growing up and watching the Power Rangers, I suppose. That lead me to think that the answer to all of life’s problems is by punching them in the face, which is not as an effective life philosophy as I initially believed. But my sealed criminal record aside, let’s talks about the classic Shaw Brother’s film, “5 Deadly Venoms”. The movie is about the last student of the Deadly Venom School/Poison clan (depending on if you’re watching the movie subtitled or dubbed), which has a particularly nasty reputation (this is what you get when you name your martial arts school the Deadly Venoms School). The old teacher is worried that his five pervious students, each trained in a different animal- themed martial art style, will go after his former partner and instructs his last student to find them, discover their motives, and take them out if necessary (man, I thought my homework assignments were tough, none of my teachers ever asked me to kill people).
uSF, juST CLOSER.
Everybody was, quite literally, Kungfu fighting
To make things harder, they all trained wearing masksand using aliases; so that nobody knows who they are and what they look like-not even each other. Thus begins a movie that is half-fight film, and half-crime drama. Everybody’s trying to find out who’s who, and what their exact motives are, not to mention trying to just survive. At first, I found the film a bit hard to understand, with the subtitles not being as good as they could be, and I always had trouble following this kind of plot (I had to watch the Maltese Falcon twice before I
felt I had a good understanding of it). But after the first five minutes or so, everything clicked into place, and I really enjoyed the film. For those that can’t adjust to reading and watching at the same time (pansy) there is a dub available.But, you’ll run into the same problems you always get with early dubs-dialog doesn’t completely match up, voice acting is a bit wooden. Overall, however, it’s acceptable, and doesn’t distract from the film itself. The characters are interesting, both physically (one guy has nearly unbreakable skin) and in personality (to say more would be spoilers). The action is the right combination of ridiculous (Kung Fu apparently gives you the ability to stick to walls, among other things) and violent, if you consider orangish-fake blood to be gruesome. I, in whole, recommend this film to any lover of good, if cheesy, cinema and face punching.
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Student enjoys longboarding, reggae and island music 7 wind blows: FROM PAGE 1
Cassie Ordonio playing her ukulele at Rockville park in Rockville, Calif., April 12, 2013.
Cassie: None in particular. When I’m ready though, I want to go to the Napa back roads. Also I want to conquer Mt. Diablo one day. Ryan: I often see other students longboarding and skateboarding around campus. Is the college a good place to longboard? Cassie: It’s pretty good but mostly for cruising. The campus is definitely not my favorite place to longboard but it helps me get to class on time. Ryan: Do you have any particular brand of shoes you like to wear when you longboard? Cassie: My old beat up Vans. Ryan: Besides longboarding I know you to be a very musical person. What’s your favorite type of music? Cassie: Reggae and Island music. Ryan: Many students have had the pleasure of hearing you play the ukulele. What made you want to learn such a beautiful instrument?
Cassie: Reggae and Island music really inspired me to play. It was so chill. I couldn’t help but want to learn how to play it. I owe a man by the name of Izzy who I met and who taught me the basic cords in a deli shop called Munchies. Ryan: Since you’re into Reggae music. Has Bob Marley been an influence in any way on how you view and or live your life? Cassie: Very much so and in a very positive way. Bob Marley is legendary. He makes me want to be a more loving and caring person. His views has taught me to always see the good in people, because you never know what that person has been through to end up the way they are. Ryan: Ok before we wrap it up. Do you have any last words of encouragement for your fellow students? Perhaps a favorite quote? Cassie: “Who are you to judge the life I live. I’m not perfect and I don’t [live] to be, before you start pointing fingers make sure your hands are clean.” (Bob Marley)
Is flirting online easier than flirting in person? Alysha Reed Staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
There are attractive people all over the world, and when you see someone attractive you feel the need to flirt to get their attention. But is flirting easier online or is it easier in person? If you flirt online more than in person, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The web is influencing the way we flirt, according to a survey on flirting by Tagged.com. The survey revealed that 31.5% say they have met between one and 10 people online for the purpose of flirting.
It’s easier to type what you want to say instead of verbally saying it. Everyone has internet courage and all the confidence they need behind a computer screen. I asked eight of my lovely friends if it was easier to flirt online or in person and six said online, one said both, and the last one said in person. “Flirting online is easier,” Lakiya Scott said, “because you have time to think about what you want to say and you don’t have to see the other person’s facial expression. You can always type what you want and erase it and fix it but once you say it in person you can’t take it back,” Scott said.
Everyone that said flirting online was easier had the similar reasons to back up their choice. “Online flirting is way easier,” Kenesha Brooks said. “You don’t have to worry about getting nervous face-to-face, but then again when you flirt in person you know who you’re flirting with,”
Brooks said. I couldn’t agree more with Brooks. You never know who is behind the computer screen. From fake profiles to fake pictures you never know who you’re flirting with online, it may be easier to flirt online but it’s not always the safest way to go. When you flirt in person you see who you’re flirting with and you can tell if they are interested in you or not. “It’s easier for me to flirt in person, I ignore people online because I can never tell if someone is serious or not or if they are real,” Ashley Reed said. Not everyone feels online flirt-
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Softball is Autumn Price’s home Shaianna Rincon Staff Writer/ Photographer SRincon@solanotempest.net
Sports have been running through Autumn Price’s veins since the age of four. “I remember hitting my first home-run over the fence,” Price said. At that moment she knew softball was her home. As a child Price grew up playing softball and it wasn’t until she began high school, at Will C. Wood, when she got involved with volleyball as well. All four years there Price participated in volleyball and softball. Although she has played other positions such as shortstop and first base, Price says being the catcher has always been her calling. She was not only a starting catcher for her softball team, but a starting catcher on the varsity softball team. Autumn Price’s father has always been her motivation and inspiration. “I love to make my dad proud,” Price said.
After graduating from her high school in 2010, Price was given a scholarship to play softball at Bethany University in Santa Cruz. Unfortunately the university was overcome by debt and was forced to shut down. Price was determined to stay with the sport and transferred to Solano Community College to continue playing softball. Price’s personal motto is a Nike quote that she lives by: “Success isn’t given, it’s earned. On the track, on the field, in the gym. With blood, sweat, and the occasional tear.” Since being involved in sports Price says it has taught her how to be a team player. At Solano Community College, Price wears the number 6 and you will find her behind the plate playing the position she loves. She’s majoring in University Studies in Communications, and plans on transferring to a university to continue her softball career.
Catcher Autumn Price plays for the Falcons against Marin March 19.
Marin defeats Solano 8-5, March 9 Cordelia -- On April 9 solano had an upsetting loss against Marin in what turned into an 8-5 at Yarbrough Stadium, Fairfield, Calif. Marin made 3 errors which gave Solano a chance to score and
make the game 5 all and try to maintain the tie. However, they weren’t able to hold it. Solano’s pitchers couldn’t throw strikes and walked five of Marin’s players in the last two innings of the game.
the seventh inning,” said head coach Scott Stover. “He’s been very reliable for us.” Solano’s next home baseball game will be on Thursday April 18 against Contra Costa College at 2 p.m. -- Tempest Staff
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Jordan Tolbert pitches against Marin in the Falcons’ 8-5 loss March 9 at Solano College. Solano’s Danny Mills gets a hit during the sixth inning of the Falcons home game against Marin. Steve Reczkowski/Tempest
SPORTS CALENDAR Thur. April 18, 2013 2 p.m. - Baseball vs CCC
Thur. - Sat. April 18-20, 2013 10 a.m. - Swimming BVC Championships
Sat. April 20, 2013 1 p.m. - Baseball @ CCC
Tue. April 23, 2013 2 p.m. - Baseball @ Los Medanos
Thur. April 25, 2013 2 p.m. - Baseball vs Laney
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SPORTS Falcons take fourth place at the Solano Swim/Dive Invitational March 30 Christine Butler Sports editor email@example.com
Saturday March 30, the Solano Community College swim team came ready to show everyone whose house they were in. The Falcons competed against Laney College, San Francisco City College, Delta College, Marin College, Shasta College, and also PSC. Solano’s women, Kellie Long, Rachel Orr, Amanda Welch, and Ariel Velebit, finished fourth out of eight in the 4X50 medley relay with a time of 2:18.28. “We have a great team this year,” said head coach Scott Parrish. “They have a team GPA of 3.0 and they are very social and hang out outside of practice.” For Long, this is her first year on the Falcons swim team and she says she loves it. “I felt good, tired, cold, and relaxed about my second race,” Long said. “It was a lot better than the first one. I love my team and hanging out outside of practice is a lot of fun. We’re really comfortable with each other and really close. We’re like a family.” In the women’s 100 butterfly, Long
placed first with a time of 1:06.27 in her heat, beating a San Francisco City College swimmer’s time of 1:09.12. The time put Long in second place in the category. The men, Jordan Riordan, Brian Freeman, Austin Anderson, and Jackson Dekloe, placed in second out of seven in the 4X50 medley relay with a time of 1:57.90. Riordan is the team captain and he’s enjoying the season so far and seems to be handling the pressure of being captain very well. “I love it! It’s fun being able to lead the team,” said Riordan. “I try to transfer it to the pool. We say ‘Leave it all in the pool’.” Riordan came in second overall in the 100 Butterfly with a time of (57.21), third overall in the 50 Freestyle with a time of (52.20), and third overall in 100 Freestyle with a time of (24.12). The entire falcons swim team ranked fourth overall and the men placed second overall. The falcons swim team will also be hosting the Bay Valley Conference Championships from Thursday April 18 to Saturday April 20.
Team captain Jordan Riordan swims the breaststroke in the men’s 4X50 medley relay March 30 at Solano.
“We have a great team this year. They have a team GPA of 3.0 and they are very social and hangout outside of practice,”
head coach Scott Parrish
Matthew Mitchell doesn’t rely on anyone else to get his job done Shaianna Rincon Staff Writer/ Photographer SRincon@solanotempest.net
Matthew Mitchell started his baseball career as a little league star when he was 6 years old. Although he did play football for a small amount of time, Mitchell has only ever had the desire to play baseball; his most rewarding day might have been the feeling of hitting his first home-run. “The most influential person in my life would have to be my dad. He coached me for the longest time.” said Mitchell.
After starting high school at Jesse M. Bethel High School Mitchell played on the junior varsity baseball team, and in his sophomore year he moved up to Varsity to take his place as the starting third baseman.
Coaches recruited Mitchell to come play on the Solano Baseball team, although Solano was not his first choice, after graduating in 2012 Mitchell enrolled to be a falcon.
“I sort of push myself, I don’t really rely on anyone else.” said Mitchell.
Now a sophomore at Solano Community College and wearing the number 29 on the field, Mitchell is majoring in Criminal Justice.
“I always wanted to use sports to further my education.” said Mitchell. “It also keeps me in shape.”
He plans on transferring to a four year. His personal motto is “Suns out, guns out.”
“The most influential person in my life would have to be my dad. He coached me for the longest time.” Steve Reczkowski/tempest
Freshman Matthew Mitchell trains during batting practice Apr. 12, 2013.