TEMPEST THE VOICE OF SOLANO COLLEGE VOL. 30, NO.2
SEPT. 18 - Oct. 2, 2013
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Keana Hambrick-Hawkins stretches beofre dancing at the main campus
SCC dance suffers from cuts Jason Coleman staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Dancing has and has had a powerful presence in world culture for thousands of years. Even today, with popular shows such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, you’d think that everyone would want to learn how to get up and shake their bodies. However, poor funding and loss of staff have crippled the SCC dance program in recent years. Dance falls under the kinesiology discipline of the school of human perfor-
mance and development. The program once offered up to 14 different classes per semester at both the Fairfield and Vallejo campuses, including jazz, ballet, tap, modern, and dance production, giving students the opportunity to learn everything from moonwalks to pas de bourres. However, last semester SCC dance lost one of its full time professors, as well as several adjunct instructors. Today, SCC only offers three dance classes, all of which taught by the same instructor. “We lost an instructor last semester,” said Ginger Cain, who currently teaches the swing, ballroom and hip-hop dance classes, as well as several other health education
and kinesiology courses. She has also taught modern, jazz, yoga, and is taking over as artistic director of dance production next spring. Cain expressed a great deal of difficulty trying to manage the dance department with the loss of staff, stating in an interview that, “We need adjunct instructors to solidify a valid program.” In fact, unlike neighboring Diablo Valley College, Solano Community College does not even offer students the chance to earn their associates in dance. Professor Cain recently conducted a survey to see if her students would like to see such a certificate. Of the students interviewed, all approved.
“I want to help other dancers have more confidence and to have fun while dancing,” said Kim Alexie Gonzales, “It would be a pleasure to teach other dancers.” Offering a dance certificate would allow students to further their dance education and even give them the opportunity to have their own students. “I love, love dance” said Keana HambrickHawkins, who teaches her own classes at her church, “I would love to be certified.” We’ll have more information on the story as it develops.
NFL player visits SCC to help veterans with brain injuries George Visger advises ‘short choppy steps’ to succeed Carlo Marzan staff writer email@example.com
Former Super Bowl champion and NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers George Visger visited Solano Community College recently as a guest speaker at a veterans seminar on Solano’s main champus in the 1400 building. Working with Amy Utt, the veteran’s affairs coordinator at Solano, Visger helps veterans cope with traumatic brain injuries; something Visger also deals with since his career in the NFL. Visger spoke about having to live
with short term memory issues and dyslexia due to his brain injury. He also shared with the veterans coping mechanisms and techniques that could help the Veterans with their injuries as well.
strides, you’ll get there.
Visger approaches his issues the same way he would approach life, using such quotes as “Never say never”, “make a game plan” and “don’t take no for an answer.” “This goes way beyond football and military, all-encompassing for people dealing with anything in their lives” said Visger using the football terminology of taking “short choppy steps,” Visger says that though it would be hard, as long as you have a goal in mind and you take small steps, not long
“I’m very inspired by George and got to know a little about his background” said Philip Jamison after the presentation.
After his NFL career, Visger went back to school at Sacramento State University and earned his biology degree after six brain surgeries.
“Today was very inspiring and a very big eye opener about what goes on out there with individuals and the struggles that people go through that many of us do not know about,” said Jamison who is working toward the goal of becoming a motivational speaker.
“It was really a great day, it was a very warm welcome here in Solano and the Community College, this is really the kind of atmosphere that we feel veterans can succeed in,” said Khaled Dubin, an 82nd Airborne Division veteran. “If a community college and a community are very supportive of veterans, then veterans will make it.” “I was very happy with the information that George and Khaled could share with the veterans about their own process of going to school.” said Amy Utt. “His experience after all his brain surgeries and going to school after the NFL, our veterans are going through those same type of struggles and creates, personally
for me, an awareness within our faculty and staff on campus.” “They’re not aware of those individuals sitting in their classroom that have what we like to call Military souvenirs (brain injury); you can’t see it, but they’re living with it,” said Utt. “We’re really pumped up to be working with Amy and we’re going to take this to another level” said Visger said. “We want to fill an auditorium next time; we want a whole group of people.” For more information about George Visger and his group helping with TBI, visit www.thevisgergroup.org.
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OPINION campus calendar Sept. 18 Sac State Transfer Representative 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Drop in) Noon. – 2:30 p.m. (Appointment only) Building 400, First floor Writing Lab 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Noon – 3 p.m. Room 135 Brandman University Transfer Representative 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Building 400, first floor Student Health Center Outreach 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 400 Bldg. first floor Sept. 19 InterClub Council meeting 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Room 1421
Sept. 25 Blood Drive 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Back of the cafeteria Writing Lab 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Noon – 3 p.m. Room 135 Writing Lab Noon – 2 p.m. Vacaville Center Room 137 Test Anxiety Workshop 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Room 101 Student Health Center Outreach 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 1400 Lobby
Test Anxiety Workshop 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Room 101
ASSC funding requests due by noon Room 1425
How English Handbooks Can Save Your GPA Noon – 1 p.m. Room 101
Coastal Cleanup at Solano College 9 a.m. – noon Meet at the parking lot by the football field
Sept. 23 Test Anxiety Workshop 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Room 101 How English Handbooks Can Save Your GPA 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Vallejo Center, Room 122 Writing Lab 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Noon – 3 p.m. Room 135
An extremist group calling themselves al-Qaeda was found responsible for the attacks. There were four planes set for destruction that day. Two planes flew directly into the World Trade Center in New York City, the third plane attacked the Pentagon near Washington D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in an empty field near Shanksville Pennsylvania. We lost many lives that day, but we also lost trust in each other and our government’s ability to protect us. At the 10th anniversary forum commemorating 9/11, Michael Nacht, professor of public policy at U.C. Berkeley stressed the sense of vulnerability that haunts our nation. “It is hard to see a time when that will disappear,” Nacht said. “What happened was unthinkable, but it happened in front of our eyes.” We were
not prepared for this kind of attack on our nation. James Patterson, professor of history at Brown University, also present at the meeting, noted the attacks live on in the psyches of Americans who thought America to be invincible. “The strong messianic sense that we really are doing good things in the world made 9/11 all the more hurtful and confusing,” Patterson said. The fact remains that hateful act years ago has us now carrying one suitcase to the airport, taking off our shoes, going through specialized screening devices, carrying our toiletries in little seethrough plastic baggies and hoping all these procedures will make us safe. We eye suspiciously anyone with a turban on his head as the enemy. The recent bombings in at the Boston Marathon in April has only increased the fear that many people have.
By Deborah Graham Online editor dgraham@ solanotempest.net
Can the government fully protect the residents of this country? At what point will we feel safe again?
My question is, “Can the government fully protect the residents of this country?” At what point will we feel safe again?
How to Keep Your Life in Balance 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Vallejo Center Room 122 Writing Lab 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Noon – 3 p.m. Room 135 Writing Lab Noon – 4 p.m. Vacaville Center Room 137
Oct. 1 Mindful Eating 4 Academic Success 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Room 101
Writing Lab Noon – 5 p.m. Room 135
Writing Lab Noon – 5 p.m. Room 135
On Sept. 11, 2001, several Islamic extremists decided to change America and the world forever. As reported by CNN news, 2,997 people were killed, which included 403 police and firefighters.
Writing Lab Noon – 4 p.m. Vacaville Center Room 137
Mindful Eating 4 Academic Success 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Room 101
12 years after 9/11, paranoia prevails
Oct. 2 Writing Lab 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Noon – 3 p.m. Room 135
4. Said to be the new Batman (no one is happy about this) 5. Glee star that recently passed away 7. Popular female singer that you do not want to date and break up with 8. Rock group who used to have 5 members but now only has 3
1. Celebrity who had an unexpected and disturbing VMA’s (Video Music Awards) performance 2. Most talked about rapper for a recent verse calling out everyone in the game 3. A new celebrity baby with directions for a name 4. Most talked about celebrity who recently got a new haircut 6. ‘Nothing Was The Same’
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Balancing act: media coverage of Syria News about the Syrian government and the insurgents attempting to overthrow it has been thrust into the media's limelight recently. The uprising of protesters demanding the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad and the end of the Ba'ath party rule began March 2011, and has since escalated to violent tactics by the Syrian Army and the protesters. Critics have suggested that popular American news networks like CNN and Fox News report the Syrian rebels as protectors of the Syrian people and democracy, without exposing the complex political goals taking place, or the fact that there are many groups fighting for control in Syria. Mother Agnes Mariam, a nun who commanded high position in a monastery in Syria for 18 years told the Irish Times last August that media coverage of ongoing violence in that country has been “partial and untrue”, is “a fake,” and “hides atrocities committed in the name of liberty and democracy.” Mariam later refers to the substantial misconception in the
West that the Syrian government is protecting itself against a single entity of rebels. In reality, many sects and splinters of Islamic states are at play in Syria's civil war. Patrick Cockburn, long-time Middle-East correspondent for The Independent said “even by the standards of Iraq, the opposition forces are not just split, but are chaotic. The military units in Syria are mostly sort of independent brigades, maybe sometimes under a hundred people, sometimes over a thousand, different brigades, but nobody really controlling them. “ This is in opposition to what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in June 2013, “What is happening in Syria is happening because one man ... will not consent to an appropriate process by which the people of Syria can protect minorities, be inclusive, and have the people of Syria decide their future.” The information we receive about Syria's war seems to conflict itself at times, and can make the situation confusing. Reporter Cockburn describes that there is a “vacuum of
By Paul Quiroga News editor pquiroga@ solanotempest.net
information” in Damascus, where journalists are often kidnapped and killed, and that most of the sources that major Western news outlets rely on regarding the war are political activists themselves who may have conflicting interests. The Aug. 21 chemical attacks in Ghouta, Syria are alleged to be the work of the Syrian government, and the U.S. president has demanded that something be done to prevent the further use of such weapons. Context for the attacks is seldom found in mainstream media outlets. The CIA-backed opposition force Free Syrian Army (FSA) had just one week
prior began a march toward Damascus from the Jordanian border. The FSA met extreme losses by unexpected attacks from the Syrian Army, local jihadist forces (mainly the locally-raised Yarmuk Brigades), and even tribal units who fear the intrusion by outside forces on their domain. By Aug. 19 and 20, the FSA brigades were surrounded in three villages not far from the Israeli border. About the same time, a few widely known opposition leaders appeared on Syrian television to denounce their crimes against the local population; this lead to a near ubiquitous cease-fire, and practical ending of conflict in the city of Ghouta. Yossef Bodansky, senior editor on foreign affairs for the World Tribune reports “the last thing the Assad administration would do is commit atrocities against the Ghouta area and the local population which had just changed sides so dramatically.” In a speech given Sept. 10, President Obama said “What kind of world will we live in if the United States of America
sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas, and we choose to look the other way?” While I, among many, believe chemical weapons to be inhumane and excessively destructive, we cannot forget that there are many nations in the Middle East that have vested interests in seeing Assad's demise. The popular fight for democracy against the Syrian dictatorship is ironically supported by Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar; all of which are totalitarian states whose governments are actively being protested by their own people as well. Furthermore, The Syrian National Council (SNC), the main representatives of the Syrian insurgents, are led by Burhan Ghalioun, who has assured that if they win control of the nation will cut ties with Hezbollah and Iran; both are outspoken enemies of Israel. Meanwhile Russia and Iran overtly support the Syrian government with weapons and military supplies.
campus conversation reporter: Paul Quiroga
Do you think the U.S. should intervene in Syria?
“It’s not America’s job to intervene. If we get involved we’re asking for World War III.”
“Whether we do or don’t intervene, who’s to say what could happen? It could go either way.”
“Bombardments don’t solve these problems. The past has shown that military intervention doesn’t fix the issue.””
-Arianna Villasenor, First Semester Psychology
-Hailey Tazmon, First Semester Biology
-Casey Wysocki, Third Semester Criminal Justice
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“No we should not. World Peace.”
-David Panduro, Third Semester Physics
THE VOICE OF SOLANO COLLEGE
Christine Butler editor-in-chief
staff writers: Jason Coleman John Glidden Ben Gogna Dagmar Kuta Carlo Marzan Ruben Rangel Ryan Tucker copy editor: John Glidden circulation manager: Carlo Marzan
news editor: Paul Quiroga opinion editor: Mitchel Bobo sports editor: Christine Butler features editor: Rachel Sison online editor: Deborah Graham photo editor: Erin Marie Fritz
staff photographers: Erin Marie Fritz Ben Gogna Dagmar Kuta Andro Palting Steve Reczkowski *
faculty adviser: Samanda Dorger
photos: Dagmar Kuta
“I’m kind of leaning no. It’s a difficult situation; there’s a civil war going on.” -Kitty Luce, Librarian/LR10 Instructor
contact us: It is Tempest policy to correct any errors in the paper. Please contact us if you spot one. To get in touch with us: phone: (707) 864-7000, ext. 4361 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org postal address: SCC, Room 1861 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, California 94534
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FEATURES the arts
SCC students, staff garner county Arty Awards
Panel of the mural shows youths trying to maintain balance on a narrow path.
“If there was ever a facility that would benefit from the mural...”
Dagmar Kuta Staff Writer email@example.com
Left: The first panel of the mural depicts a bird that appears thoughout the mural. Below: Another panel of the mural.
Solano Community College students and faculty won several theatre awards Sept. 8 at the 29th annual Solano County Arty Awards. Student winners from Solano Community College included Conner Watson for Lighting Design for the Solano Repertory Theatre Company’s (SRTC) “Almost Maine” and Justin Hernandez for Supporting Actor in “Christmas Carol” by SRTC. Staff members Darcia Tipton and Dyan McBride won for Set Design and Director respectively for their work on the drama “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” by Solano County Theatre Alliance. Several SCC teachers were selected to present awards as well, including Barbara Bandy, Rick Bullis, Carla Spindt, and Dyan McBride, among others. The Arty Awards are awards for theatrical productions around Solano County, that include child, high school, and adult categories. The Arty judges consider acting, directing, choreography, and many other factors when reviewing dramas, comedies, and musicals for the awards.
Artic Monkeys’ new album “AM”wakes you up Mitchel Bobo Opinion Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
SCC students painted this mural for the Fairfield juvenile hall facility
The Arctic Monkeys have evolved through each of their studio efforts, always offering audiences something new with each release. Some would argue that this has been to the outfit’s detriment. “AM” is interesting new territory for the Sheffield group, presenting the group behind a glossy and sleek wall of production, allowing the band to flex their musicianship (which has grown by leaps and bounds since their debut). Rekindling his obsession for documenting late-night trysts and booty-calls gone awry, frontman Alex Turner’s labrynthian linguistics are where the band truly excels. Kinky and cryptic as always, the lyrics are a-typical of what one has come to expect from any Arctic Monkeys release – nothing less than sublime. Alex Turner is easily one of the best songwriters of today, not because of his ability to turn a phrase or make you laugh, but his ability to write lyrics so intrinsically evocative of his native England. His lyrics could be a script for a Guy Ritchie movie. Musically though, this is a mixed effort from one of Britain’s most talented groups. Most disappointing is what may be the repressing manner in which many of the songs seemed to have subdued the drummer, Matt Helders, one of the most exciting drummers today. The Arctic Monkeys released “AM” on Sept. 9, 2013 through Domino Records.
Mural By SCC art students
Color adds warmth to a cold juvenile facility Ben Gogna Staff Writer email@example.com
Solano Community College art professor Ferdinanda Florence and a handful of her students spent their summer at juvenile hall. Florence taught a six-week art class in which students painted a mural, ‘Make Your Next Step Your Best,’ at the Solano County juvenile detention center in Fairfield. “The first three weeks we weren’t even here,” Florence said. “We were going into the history, so we went to San Francisco, saw the three Diego (Rivera) murals and that was the start,” Florence said, at a recent unveiling of the mural. Then for the final three weeks of the summer session, working Monday through Thursday, four hours each day, five
students designed and painted a 44-foot-wide inspirational mural. The mural tells a story in six parts. Each of the six parts represents different and advanced levels of challenges and responsibilities. The first image in the series shows a bird perched on a set of stairs leading to different paths. The third piece shows a youth trying to maintain balance on one foot while traveling on a thin rope. A butterfly flies around his feet. The paths become gradually less precarious as the mural progresses. In the fifth piece, a youth walks on what looks to be a supported path and carries what looks like responsibilities in a container. This panel of the mural reads: “The path traveled comes with bigger and more responsibilities.” The bird appears in all six images, each image representing the difficult journey young people make as they move
forward through their lives. The last piece of the mural displays a youth at rest who has made peace with the bird, who has at times distracted these youths. In this image, the bird and student are calm and the student is drawing an image of the bird. “This was the right place to do it,” Florence said. “If there was ever a facility that would benefit from the mural … and it wouldn’t just be sugar-coating something.” The location of the mural, at a detention facility, did have an effect on the students. “There was a fight that broke out, but it was in one of the pods (one of four different detention areas), but the door was locked,” said SCC student Latifah Alexander. “I was a little panicked, but that’s just me personally…”
Alexander is a biology major at SCC and was the only nonart major student to help design and paint the mural. “I painted one of my first paintings ever and they (other students) saw it and they were shocked that I didn’t have any painting experience,” Alexander said. Next summer, the class may design and paint a mural for a new community building but there are no concrete details yet, Florence said. “There are a lot of challenging aspects to doing a mural,” Florence said. “It is not yours. A mural is really for someone else. The design you come up with isn’t really the design you would necessarily come up with on your own, personally.” “It was such a need for something to alleviate the kind of oppressiveness that is just inherent … in this kind of institution that this is,” Florence said.
The final panel.
“Labrynthian linguistics are where the band truly excels...”
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Students celebrate Solano Daze
Danielle J Novales (Class of 2015) and the rest of the members of the SCC nursing club shows their personality at what they do.
Criminal justice major Greg Shafer (center) joins in the celebration and dances in front of the 1400 building during Solano Daze free barbecue, Sept. 10, 2013.
About a dozen clubs participated in Club Promo Day Sept. 11 to promote their clubs and recruit members. Clubs that participated included the Floetry Club, (a poetry club), Japanese Art and Culture Club, theater club, cat club, auto body club, MESA, gamers club, ASSC student government, and the cosmetology club, among others. Visit the student development office in 1400 for more information about clubs on campus.
SCC’s library is ready for Low college enrollment takes change its toll on English classes Staff Report Solano’s library may be undergoing some changes soon. In wake of the announcement of a new library facility, members of the African American Male Scholars club met today with Chief Technology Officer Robert Clague to discuss the possibility of extending the library hours and opening the library on Saturdays. Other details
included implementing a color printer and a new scanner. “Some suggestions may not be doable,” said Clague, who is pushing to fund the new proposals. Clague plans on conducting a survey to determine what library hours are the most essential, and eventually develop a survey on what students want from the new library.
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English classes have been cancelled one after the other this fall semester. “One of my classes was cancelled just before the semester began,” said Erin Farmer, an English teacher at SCC. One of the reasons behind this is the low enrollment rate, said Michael Wyly, an English professor and humanities coordina-
tor at Solano Community College. “We have far fewer students going to school,” Wyly said. This has called for more focus on English courses that can be sustained, meaning, courses that will meet the minimum enrollment requirement, Wyly said. Another issue is the misconception about the availability of classes, Wyly said. Many students believe that English courses offered in the fall will be available
in the spring. Wyly said a solution would be to communicate that English classes will not necessarily be available in the spring just because they are offered in the fall. Farmer said that instead of cancelling low enrolled classes, the school should keep them going, to build up the class. “I understand the need for enrollment, I want the school packed, but you have to be patient,” Farmer said.
SCC library hosts pilot program for a greener library Staff Report Students lined up by the circulation desk at the SCC library to scan in their books and documents at the new scanner procured this fall semester 2013. Students in past semesters have used the copier located at the back of the library to copy book pages and other documents. The scanner is located at the circulation desk, an area where students can borrow text books to assist in assigned courses. “The library is on a pilot program to see the reception the new scanner gets, giving students a new greener option,” said Carla Maguire, circulation supervisor. “It still costs the same as the regular scanner, 10
cents a page but the flatbed is large so you can save money by printing two pages at once.” Maguire said the new scanner supports the go-green campaign from the college. The documents are being scanned directly into word input devices, such as: smartphones, emails, tablets, iPads, and Google docs. “It is a great tool that makes it more accessible for any student who can’t afford to buy books,” said Samantha Sipin, a library student worker. “The students are just loving it,” said Rashmi Johal, another circulation supervisor. “So far we have been getting great feedback concerning the scanner.”
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Bakersfield college defeats Solano women’s soccer 7FRDAY 13TH: FROM PAGE 8
Thompson Andreas shot the ball on net which Seals easily disposed with. “I feel we did well in the defense and mid-field,” Andreas said. “However, we could not capitalize on our many scoring opportunities with our offense.” “She’s been a solid player for us this year,” SCC head coach Jeff Cardinal said about Andreas’ play so far in the young season. Because of Solano’s defensive play, the Falcons were able to keep the score close. “We’re forcing them to make bad passes,” SCC women’s soccer head coach Jeff Cardinal said during the mid-intermission pep talk. “The high pressure we’ve been working on, it’s coming along,” Cardinal said after the game. In the second half, the Falcons brought pressure almost scoring at 37:30 in the second when the Falcons caught Bakersfield goaltender Seals out of the net. A Renegade defender stepped in and deflected a shot put
on net helping keep Solano scoreless. Reshana Watson made a mid-field pass to Casey Bryan at the 40-yard midcircle who sent the ball soaring through the air just out of reach of jumping Falcons’ goaltender Danelle Hendershot. The ball slipped under the crossbar for Bakersfield’s second goal.
Sophomore Crystal Thompson Andreas maneuvers around Bakersifeld defense in the first half of Solano’s losing home game on Friday. The Falcons lost 0-2, Sept. 13, 2013.
“They’re (Bakersfield) not that good,” SCC assistant coach Joe Koller said during intermission while attempting to energize the Lady Falcons. “The second half, we owned them, Koller said after the game. “We had some good opportunities.”
Solano midfield/defensive player Crystal Thompson Andreas tries putting the ball past Bakersfield goaltender Jenna Seals in the second half, but rings it off the top of the crossbar on Sept. 13 at Solano Community College. Andreas, previously played for a private school in Indiana and now is playing for Solano with hopes to continue on to another four-year university.
“Winning the ball in the air is not one of our strengths,” Cardinal said. “Defensively, we’re good.” Solano will host Modesto Community College at home on Sept. 20. The first league game will be against Contra Costa College on Sept. 24. The Lady Falcon’s first home league game will be on Sept. 27.
sports calendar Women’s
SCC - Falcon
4:30 p.m. and
Soccer Sept. 20
Tournament Sept. 24
Volleyball Sept. 30
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SPORTS Hope Grace chose volleyball over ballet Christine Butler Editor in chief/Sports editor email@example.com Sophomore Hope Grace was a backup outside hitter and defensive player last year for the Solano Community College Falcons volleyball team, but this year she is starting as an outside hitter and is also the captain along with Danielle Thelen. “This team is different from my high school team because we have more unity,” said Grace, a 2012 graduate of Rodriguez High School. “We spend a lot of time together outside of volleyball and have become a very close team.” Grace’s father encouraged her to join her school’s volleyball team when she was in the fifth grade, which he also ended up coaching. She has never played any other sport besides volleyball but she did do ballet for seven years. Due to conflicting schedules Grace was forced to choose between ballet and volleyball so she chose volleyball because she fell in love with the game. “I think Hope is a great player, said co-captain Danielle Thelen. “She definitely contributes a lot to the
team. She is hardworking, energetic and determined. Hope is a great person to play with and I’m lucky that I got the opportunity to play with her. Outside of volleyball hope is very outgoing and she loves to be goofy. She is smart and a lot of players look up to her,” said Thelen. Grace is majoring in nutrition science and would like to purse a career as a nutritionist, focusing on research on how variations in nutritional status affect the health and functioning of an individual. “Hope is such a positive student/athlete. She works hard on the court and in the classroom, she carries a 3.7 grade point average,” said women’s volleyball head coach Darla Williams. “She has a lot of power behind her hits. She has grown as a player from last season to this season, her timing with her approach and hits have made her a better outside hitter in her second year,” said Williams. “Hope is a role model to her teammates. They admire her work and study efforts. She pushes to succeed academically because she wants to move on to a university to study nutrition science,” said Williams.
Hope Grace, co-captain of the fall 2013 women’s volleyball team.
Grace would like transfer to San Diego State, Penn State, or Cal Poly in the fall of 2014.
Hope Grace is #2 and you can check out the volleyball team on at the home games on Wednesdays and Fridays this fall semester at 6 pm.
Erin Marie Fritz
“I lead my team by being a good role model. I work hard in school and in volleyball hoping to inspire my teammates to put in 110 percent in all areas of their lives,” said Grace.
“I lead my team by being a good role model. I work hard in school and in volleyball hoping to inspire my teammates to put in 110 percent in all areas of their lives,” - Hope Grace
Friday the 13th doesn’t prove lucky for Solano women’s soccer Ben Gogna Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophomore Forward Angie Dooley gets a shot past Bakersfield’s defense at Friday’s losing home game. Solano lost 0-2, Sept. 13, 2013.
On a beautiful afternoon, the Solano Community College women’s Falcons soccer team faced off against Bakersfield Community College Lady Renegades. What started off as a great day, soon soured for the Lady Falcons as they could not stop Bakersfield College from posting a
shutout and defeating the Falcons 2-0. Solano (0-3-1) stopped the pressure from Bakersfield (1-1-1) until the 21st minute during the first half when the Bakersfield Renegades’ first-year student D.J. Vidal scored the first goal of the game. Seven minutes later, the Falcons put pressure on Bakersfield’s goalie Jenna Seals by attacking. Falcons’ forward/midfielder Crystal 7See FRIDAY 13th PAGE 7