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VOL. 28, NO. 8

FEB. 8 - FEB. 21, 2012

Police staffing shortage still a concern By John Glidden Staff Writer

Positions shift in student government By John Glidden Staff Writer

The president of the Associated Students of Solano College resigned from the position in January and was appointed to the Career Tech senate position the following week. Phil McCaffrey Jr., who served as ASSC president for one semester, explained the move saying that he felt could accomplish more as a senator. “I feel like the school administration only sees ASSC but never listens to ASSC,” McCaffrey said. “I believe that I can do more as a senator.” McCaffrey said that his decision to step down was predicated on the performance of the ASSC executive board during the fall semester. “I feel bad about leaving the team but they are doing a great job. I appreciate all their work and feel confident stepping down,” McCaffrey

said. Vice-President Kelsey Moran-Richardson was elevated to the office of president, under the ASSC constitution. “I was surprised [when McCaffrey resigned] but ready and excited to lead,” MoranRichardson said. McCaffrey is not the only elected ASSC officer to resign recently. Last semester, student-elected student trustee Mary ‘Lexi’ Parmer, resigned from that position. GovernJohn Glidden/Tempest ing Board senator Anamaria ASSC officers swear in for the spring semester. Eljach was voted by the ASSC several new students from ensenate to replace Parmer. Despite the number of appliAdjunct political science rolling in Political Science 50. cants ASSC Student Governprofessor Joel Powell will be Mostafa Ghous, director of ment is still looking for new the new instructor for the student services, confirmed students to join the class and Political Science 50 class, the that “we have several appli- represent the student body. one-unit lab course students cants for almost each posiASSC meets Tuesdays, must take if they wish to be a tion.” 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm in room The ASSC selection compart of student government. 1421. For more information mittee selected a full senate “I am excited and looking contact: President Moranforward to the semester,” during the Jan. 31 meeting; Richardson, (707) 864-7268, however, due to absences only Powell said. These changes did not deter eight senators were seated at the meeting.

MORE ONLINE AT WWW.SOLANOTEMPEST.NET - SCC faculty jogs for health on campus

The Solano Community College safety committee has expressed concern about the college police being reduced or replaced by outside services. In a memorandum presented to the district late last semester, the safety committee said that the college police force is already underfunded and further cuts would undermine campus safety. “Criminal activity and incidents undermining the safety of people and property have increased in the last several months and years, resulting in an increased need for sworn officers and support personnel,” the memo states. “The SCCD Police Department suffers from chronic and sizeable understaffing,” the memo states. Currently the district police department employs a chief of police, two full-time sworn officers, four part-time sworn officers, two part-time community services officers, and one parking enforcement representative, according to Steve Dawson, chief of police at SCC. “I consider my staffing shortage of full time sworn (officers at) 60%,” Dawson said. Jerry Kea, dean of the Vallejo Center, and a member of the SCCD Safety Committee said in an email that the memo “was written and submitted to the college in support of the administration’s interest to provide adequate safety to the district, while appreciating the ongoing challenges to be efficient as possible with our diminishing funds.” 8SEE POLICE, PAGE 6

Health center to provide mental health services to students By Virgil Talton Staff Writer

The student health center at Solano Community College is partnering with the Aldea Care Program to provide mental health services to SCC students. State-licensed Aldea clinicians will provide mental health care for individuals with or without a current health insurance plan. Clinicians will be at the health center on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. for appointments and walk-ins. For more Information call (707) 864-7163, or visit the health center in room 1409. Director of Student Development, Mostafa Ghous, relayed that SCC also plans to provide mental health first aid training on campus for staff, faculty and students. For more information on Aldea, visit:

QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.” - Rosa Parks



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Campus calendar Wed. Feb. 8 AED/CPR Training Faculty Lounge RSVP with Solano Police 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“Building a Professional Relationship with Your Instructor” Success Workshop Room 122 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“Power Googling” Success Workshop Room 101 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

“Research Smarter, Not Harder” Success Workshop Room 101 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Club Promo Day 1400 building 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tue. Feb. 14

Coaches vs Cancer 1700 building women’s game 5:30 p.m. men’s game 7:30 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 9 AED/CPR Training Faculty Lounge RSVP with Solano Police 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Last Day to Apply for Credit by Exam

Club Renewal Packets Due Room 1425 By Noon

Mon. Feb. 13

Dr. SSEX Safe Sex Clinic 1400 Lobby 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“How to Study Smart” Success Workshop Room 135 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Fri. Feb. 10

“What’s My Learning Style…” Success Workshop Room 135 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

“How to Get the Most Out Of Your Textbooks” Success Work Room 135 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. “Passing your Math Class” Success Workshop Room 1526 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. “Building a Professional Relationship with Your Instructor”

Success Workshop Vallejo Center Room 122 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 16

Sat. Feb. 25 A Night for Haiti 1400 Building tickets $40 7 p.m.

“Using MyMathLab” Room 712 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Fri. Feb. 17 No school

Sun. Feb. 19

Wed. Feb. 29 Food Demonstration and Nutrition Faire Vallejo Campus Downstairs Lobby 11 a.m. – 1 p.m

Ain’t Misbehavin’ Dinner and Musical 1400 building 5 p.m. tickets$40 Contact Peter Bostic (707) 864-7141

Last Day to File for Pass/No Pass Option Last Day to Drop with No Course or Grade Recorded

Mon. Feb. 20 No school

Mon. Feb. 22 Senior Night 400 Building

Workshop Times: 4:15-5:15 p.m. 5:30-6:30 p.m. 6:45-7:45 p.m.


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Solano Community College started a health and wellness program on Jan. 24 to help employees exercise. Charo Albarran, HR manager, partnered with Sally Baldwin, physical fitness instructor, to introduce the concept to SCC leadership. The eight- week walking program “Fit2Live: SmartMoves kicked off Jan.24 at the back of the cafeteria. At the kickoff employees engaged in exercises, contests, and door prizes. A representative from the American Heart Association was on hand to give the group information on the use of online resources to track their progress.

“The program was formed to help with individual health, physical activity, faculty morale and spread efforts to the student population,” said Albarran. There were 14 teams formed at the meeting. “Fit for Fiscal” with group members Deidra Taft, Bernardita Dagcuta, Lisa Collins, Haiyen Scoccia, and Melinda Grefaldia are determined to make the program work for them. Taft and Dagcuta can be seen walking around the back half of the campus after work. Read more on this story online at:

Check our website for our new podcast feature by Larry Ragland “In my opinon.”

...then there were four Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum: one of these for men will be given the nod by the GOP to carry the Republican flag into what is sure to be a brutal political struggle against President Barack Obama, who by all indications has no intentions of g o i n g easy. By Larry The bigRagland gest problem Staff that I see the LRagland@ Republicans having is articulating just what kind of conservative Republican group they fall into. They all agree that they are all around conservative, but they have very different approaches to expressing that. For example, Rick Santorum would be recognized by most voters as a social-conservative whereas Mitt Romney might be deemed a fiscal-conservative. Of course, these definitions mean nothing. In the end the only thing you can do is look at each man’s record and judge for yourself. The days of taking them at their word (I hope) are long gone. With the exception of Ron Paul, many are going to have an interesting time explaining their various positions over the years (a statement in and of itself that highlights the problem), and in the case of Mitt Romney the current front runner coming out of Florida it should prove to be an arduous task indeed; likely to be remembered as a herculean feat chronicled in the annals of American political history. Romney isn’t the only one with issues; they all have problems-major ones at that. Even the incumbent President Obama is going to have some hills to climb leading up to and during the election, no one is immune from the coming storm. The sad part is that if the level of dialogue we have heard so far is an indicator, there is a strong chance that the most expensive election to date will also be the most verbally brutal, something that I myself can’t stand to fathom. My only hope is that the primitive stew of backstabbing, double talking and flat- out lies will give the road to the more pressing issues of our time.

For some reason, I’m not very optimistic.


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IPO or new Farmville platform? We knew eventually Mark Zuckerberg would make Facebook public. On Feb.1 Facebook filed for its initial public offering (IPO). This means anyone can buy shares from the company on an open stock exchange.

the stock market, but the company does make a profit off of our commitment to making their site run every day by patronizing their site.

The “Social Network (much like the scenes in the movie of the According to a recent report by Dsame name) is growing from an ouglas Rushkoff of CNN, Facebook era borne of digitized communicawill create an IPO that will make tion. Zuckerberg is now placed in Google’s entrance to the public marthe esteemed company of AOL, By Deborah ket seem like child’s play. Zuckerberg Google, and Twitter. I can’t help Graham wants to make it clear that the combut wonder though what will this Online Editor pany’s expansion will play a large role change mean for the future of all dgraham@ in rescuing the economy. Facebook users? Facebook recently introduced a redesign of its interI feel it is a small slice of the pie face called “Timeline” where a user that’s being made available. Zuckerberg knows can see the entire history of posts they made this will make it extremely sought after when on the site without having to load individual the company finally comes public, and retail dates. The feedback from this venture has investors will no doubt have the hardest time been mixed. Many people, me included, are finding access. I wonder though how all this is just tired of changes being forced on us by the playing out with the members of Occupy Wall social sites we frequent. Street and their followers. Isn’t Facebook just giving into corporate greed and capitalism? The social network has become an entire ecosystem, supporting independent app makSome experts from the Wall Street Journal ers and gaming platforms like Zynga (ZNGA). have suggested that the social network could I don’t think Zuckerberg and his colleagues be valued between $75 billion and $100 bil- are worrying about a handful of people griping lion once it starts trading. No matter what the about any changes they make as they line their market cap, Facebook’s IPO is undeniably hot, pockets with my thoughts, photos, memories says Max Wolff, chief economist at GreenCrest and videos shared over the years. Capital. I am sure Mark Zuckerberg will soon have all I use Facebook as do million of other sub- of us “farming “on his personal Farmville, as scribers. I don’t receive any money for all the he makes the money rain down on Wall Street. posts I do or links I submit. The people of He definitely is not a part of the 99 percent. Facebook are a commodity. We are not tangible substances like many other products in

Zuckerberg will soon have all of us “farming” on his personal Farmville, as he makes the money rain down on Wall Street.

campus conversation

Do you think anything crazy will happen in 2012?

“Mass suicide, because everyone’s stupid. Honestly, if it’s meant to end we’re all gonna die anyways so what the f---.”

“Mass suicide because everyone’s getting no interest in 2013 thinking the world’s gonna end. ”

“People are gonna be more sexually active.”

-Adam D., 22 business

Briana Travis, 19 biology

Deborah Jojola, 18 undeclared

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-Victor Mares, 18 psychology

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“I don’t think something is gonna happen.”

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“You know how last year they were talking about the rapture and nothing happened. Some people might take it seriously and some not.” Ren Perez, 22 biology

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: postal address: SCC, Room 1861 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, California 94534



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“Ain’t Misbehavin’” revives Harlem Renaissance

“Dragon Tattoo” is an exciting thriller

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 5 “The Grey” compellingly “The Devil Inside” possesses some scares but captures survival in the amounts to little wilderness THE TEMPEST n FEB. 8 - FEB. 21, 2012


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By Sam Zaghloul Staff writer

Mike Padua (Left to right) Jennifer Fields, Bobby Ellison, Adam Wayne Gistarb, and Sydnee Ortiz perform Fats Waller tunes in “Ain’t Misbehavin’”

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For the first production of the 2011-2012 season, Solano College Theater celebrated an American musical icon in “‘Always…Patsy Cline.” For the second, they focused on a dark time in American history in “The Crucible.” For their third, they will celebrate a period of black cultural growth in “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Just in time for Black History Month, Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby’s 1978 Tony Award-winning musical revue will be performed at Solano for the first time. The play is a tribute to the musicians of the Harlem Renaissance which captures scenes of New York City nightlife with songs by Fats Waller, a 1930s jazz pianist whose songs have been performed by a variety of artists ranging from Louis Armstrong to Billie Holiday to Bill Haley & His Comets. “Artistic director George Maguire had seen the show on Broadway and said ‘I want to see Solano do that!’” director Dyan McBride said. “It’s a play where you need to have just the right student population to put it on, and we have that at Solano.” The play is unique in that it contains little to no dialogue, and the actors basically play themselves as they perform song after song. The production usually has only five cast members, but Solano’s version has 10, which means twice the

effort. “Having that many people definitely shows a variety of different colors of talent that we have,” actor Camryn Hutchinson said. The actors agree that the ability to just play themselves is a different direction for them. “In the opening number everyone’s introducing themselves, but as we get into solo songs, you can see a little more personality that comes from each of the actors,” said Adam Wayne Gistarb. “We get to be ourselves and over-exaggerate ourselves too.” Hutchinson noted that playing oneself is not as easy as it may sound. “It’s difficult being in your own character since this show is based on what you bring into it, and Dyan may want you to take it somewhere else, but you still have to find yourself in it,” he said. “You have to add your element to what she wants you to do.” McBride says that the commitment of the cast has made the play a great experience. “This cast is amazing,” she said. “They can sing, they’re great movers, and they’ve had to learn over 40 songs which is not easy, but they’re really fast and talented.” In addition, McBride is grateful that she’s been able to work with a close group of friends including musical director Joe Anderson and choreographer Staci Arriaga. “Having the team we have makes us feel powerful in rehearsals without too much stress,” she said.

The show has given everyone the chance to take risks, and they’ve all gained important skills from it. “It makes you stronger when you do something you’ve never done before, and if you don’t perfect it, you can always get better,” Gistarb said. “I’m happy

“Musical revues don’t always flow together, but this one’s fantastically written and performed with sophisticated material.” -- Dyan McBride that this is my first musical.” “The most important thing I’ve learned is discipline,” Hutchinson said. “This show is specific about how things are sung and performed, and you can’t just halfway do it. You have to do it exactly to the point, and discipline definitely helped.” With the combination of a hard-working cast and memorable musical score, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is sure to be an audience pleaser. “There’s a reason why this won a Tony Award,” McBride said. “Musical revues don’t always flow together very well, but this one’s fantastically written and performed with some sophisticated and often risqué material.”

The cast will be singing, dancing, and acting out vignettes to some of Waller’s most famous tunes, including “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around,” and the title track. “If you like jazz or music from the ’20s to the ’40s, you should see it because the chance to see this show again doesn’t come very often,” McBride said. “Ain’t Misbehavin’” will be performed from Feb. 9 to Feb. 26 at the Campus Theatre. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Fridays. Tickets are available at the box office and are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and faculty, and $13 for students and children. A benefit dinner and show will be held on Feb. 19 where the proceeds will go to the ethnic studies program.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’”

- Directed by Dyan McBride - Feb. 9 to Feb. 26 at Campus Theatre -7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays -2 p.m. on Sundays -$20 for adults; $18 for faculty, seniors, and military; and $13 for students and children.

’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the theater, not a viewer was stirring, they were too busy cringing. Okay, that didn’t really rhyme, but I’ve been on vacation, so sue me. Anyhow, one fair Christmas Eve, my dad took me to see “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” a remake of the 2009 Swedish film (itself adapted from the Stieg Larsson novel of the same name) that both he and I enjoyed. For all six of you who haven’t watched/read the original, here’s the brief synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), after losing a libel suit once all his evidence “disappears,” is contacted by aging industrial giant Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), and asked to find out what happened to his niece of 40 years. He eventually ends up with the help of Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara, in an Oscar-nominated role), a young computer hacker (who ironically works for the private detective firm that investigated him for Henrik) that can be charitably described as “damaged,” and uncharitably as “disturbed.” Together, they fight crime! Creepy, horrible crime. I was worried that the movie would be a shot-for-shot remake of the original movie, made as a quick cash grab for those lazy bastards who refuse to read subtitles. But under the direction of David Fincher, the man behind “Seven” and “Fight Club,” the movie takes on its own identity, especially with the cinematography. (Never before would I have thought that camerawork could be described as “sinister”) It’s hard to describe, but the look of the film reminds me of looking at a happy family picture, but then getting the distinct impression that they’re smiling too wide, and you think you can see the little boy crying because he’s been keeping his eyes open for so long. Everything looks ordinary, but you can’t shake the feeling that there’s something wrong, just lurking beneath the surface (which is an accurate description of the film itself, come to think about it.) Craig is excellent as always and Mara was absolutely fantastic. Her portrayal of Lisbeth was both alien and strange, but at the same time very human and approachable. To make a long story short, I highly recommend this film, and I’ve run out of clever things to say about it. Just see it.

By Mark Beierly Staff writer

Survival in the wilderness may look easy on TV, but in all likelihood, surviving the harsh terrain of the Alaskan wilderness after a plane crash is much harder. Joe Caranhan’s film “The Grey” not only shows that aspect, but when you put in wolves and harsh unforgiving weather, it’s damn near impossible. This manversus-nature predicament falls on a group of Alaskan oil drillers lead by Ottaway (Liam Neeson). Ottaway is a guard charged with the task of defending the rig from wolves and other dangerous wildlife. When the team boards a plane to head home, the unfortunate happens when the plane crashes in the wilderness. From there, it is an endurance test of the highest order as Ottaway and seven remaining survivors of the plane crash must survive the elements of weather, the vast alskan outdoors, and perhaps most the deadliest element; wolves. Carnahan (whose past work includes the very different “Smokin’ Aces”) puts a realistic dim outlook to the Alaskan wilderness, but it’s the way he shot various sequences that illustrate the danger in the wild that makes the film more enthralling, realistic, and scary. The shots of the harrowing plane crash put the moviegoing audience right there in its chaotic action and put the viewer right next to Ottaway as he holds on for dear life. Another sequence involves the survivors getting through a river to get across the wilderness. Carnahan frames the sequence as if we are there. As the camera moves between the water, the survivors struggle to swim across, nearly drowning to survive the ordeal. As harrowing as those two sequences are, nothing compares to the sequences with the wolves. Although they are not as frequent as the ads for the film indicate,

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Liam Neeson is powerful in “The Grey.” when they do appear the tension in these scenes are similar to the shark in “Jaws.” One scene concentrates on a wolf’s eyes, which is guaranteed to bring a viewer nightmares. The wolf’s eyes in their scenes are piercing and the sound quality of the howls brings such distinction and fear that it brings a sense of doom to the film’s characters. But as much as Carnahan’s direction is a highlight to the film, it’s Neeson’s performance as Ottaway that makes the film much more profound and thought-provoking. Scenes of anguish and the reflection of him living with his wife in the past bring much emotional resonance to the role. It’s perhaps no surprise Neeson channeled his own real life tragedy from when his wife Natasha Richardson died in a skiing accident. The result is a performance that is raw and heartbreaking. “The Grey” isn’t an action survivalist film; it’s more of a philosophical film about life and death. The film asks if you would keep fighting for your life, and if there is nothing to live for, would you still fight for your life. The questions of existential life are brought to characters’ quest for survival. Ottaway is a man who finds himself fading over the nature of life at the start of the film, and throughout the course of his quest, his will to survive strengthens with each battle, the very scary prospect of death comes closer and closer. Quite simply, “The Grey” is more of a resonant film about learning the value of life and the acceptance of death. It’s a dark, exhilarating, and rare film that makes the audience question if you are willing to fight for your life.

Demonic possession flicks have grown in popularity in recent years, and there’s no way to avoid comparing them to the granddaddy of the sub-genre, 1973’s “The Exorcist.” “The Devil Inside” is just the latest addition to this crowded category. A Catholic exorcism mockumentary, the audience expects the devil to win because the exorcists are all amateurs. Isabella Rossi (Fernanda Andrade) goes to the Vatican to check in on her mother Maria, a woman whose exorcism in 1989 ended with the death of a nun and two priests. Isabella invites a film director to shoot her appeal to the Vatican for a churchordained exorcism. The Vatican

priests say no, so she finds some rogue priests to do the exorcism. The mother/daughter drama should have played a bigger part in this film as the 87-minute runtime passes quickly and leaves us feeling utterly short-changed, not giving us enough time to finish that double bucket of popcorn. Audiences may get angry, (on Twitter and Facebook they already are) and bad word-of-mouth has bred a sharp drop-off at the box office. There is a scene where Maria is heavily sedated, but every time the camera focuses on her face she howls and seems to come back from the bowels of hell that she is trapped in. The movie then gets into comedy mode where Maria seems to smell her daughter’s pregnancy (though that could be a cleanliness issue on Maria’s part); she also is able to sense past guilty actions from each priest that comes in contact with her.

The scariest moment of the film occurs when Isabella finds the more frightened of her two priest helpers eating alone in the dark. His haunted expression when he turns the lights back off is still looming in my imagination. Under director William Brent Bell, some of the scares have real shock value, but it labors under a plot made of missed opportunities and untended mysteries. At the end of “The Devil Inside,” the audience is directed to a website called So in the end, was this movie created as just a trailer for a website? Even if the site offers all the answers to the mysteries the film leaves unresolved, it is sad that a film has to use hidden marketing to sell itself. I feel it used its trailers to draw you into seeing a film with subpar special effects and gross scenes and no real storyline. Personally, you are much better off waiting for the DVD.

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THE TEMPEST Future of campus police remains uncertain POLICE: FROM PAGE 1

The SCC governing board at its Feb. 1 meeting hired the two part-time community services officers, Jesse Branch and David Brannen, for permanent positions. The two CSOs serve as the security for the Vallejo and Vacaville campuses. “I feel happy about being hired as a permanent part-time CSO; it’s a long time coming. There needs to be more full-time CSOs at every location,” Brannen said. “Faculty is really concerned about campus safety,” said biology professor Gene Thomas. “We are opposed to eliminating the professional police and substituting with some outside contractor,” Thomas said. Thomas is also Vice-President of the Solano College Faculty Association, the union that represents campus faculty. Thomas visited the ASSC Student Government at their Jan. 31 meeting asking for student support to keep the SCCD police. The ASSC is expected to render a deci-

sion at their Feb. 7 meeting. “A majority of faculty support the police,” said business professor and Academic Senate President Thom Watkins. “Personally, I agree with keeping the campus police. Budget or no budget, we need the campus police,” Watkins said. The current stance of faculty is not new. During the Sept. 3, 2008 governing board meeting, history professor Diane White spoke to the trustees about an incident at the Vacaville Center when a female student was harassed. The meeting minutes state that Vallejo trustee Pam Keith responded that she was concerned about the situation. The governing board, through consensus asked for a detail report. At the time, the district had less police officers than they were authorized to have.

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Campus events and beyond Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science location in Vallejo, Calif. is looking for interested college students to volunteer. At The Inventors Lab kids will be working on science projects, building projects, arts and crafts as well as getting help with school work. Located at the Norman C. King community center 545 Magazine Street Vallejo, Calif. Students can gain volunteer experience helping kids with science projects at The Inventors Lab . For more information contact Danielle Widemann in the Geography/ Geology 900 building by phone at (707) 864-7000 x4526 and or email

Solano Community Recycle delves into new semester By Sharman Bruni Editor-in-chief

Joseph Zapantis has dedicated much of his time and devotion to promoting recycling and sustainability on campus during his stay at Solano Community College. Zapantis started the club Solano Community Recycle with the help of Dr. Pam Muick, his environmental science professor, and his classmate Alexander Miller in the 2011 spring semester and has been active in the club since then. During the club’s first semester $91 was raised and in the next semester nearly $300 in revenue.

The club was able to use a portion of the money to buy new recycling bins to place on campus. SCR applied and was accepted for funding by the ASSC and continues to look for ways to raise money to support their goals in recycling and environmental sustainability. While at SCC, Zapantis has come up with meticulous strategies and incentives to encourage students to recycle and be environmentally conscious. Zapantis discovered and brought RecycleMania to SCC, an intercollegiate competition ongoing in the United States and Canada.

Solano Community College has teamed up with the California Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (CCCMWBA), to support Coaches vs. Cancer with a night of fundraising and awareness. Solano Community College Superintendent/ President Jowel Laguerre is hosting a fundraiser celebrating Haitian cuisine, music and art, Sat, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the 1400 building. Proceeds from the din-

On Wednesday Feb. 8 at SCC gymnasium the Falcon men’s and women’s basketball team will host the Yuba College 49ers. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game follows at 7:30 p.m. ner will benefit the Water & Education School Project, which is currently in the process of building a school in Cherette, Haiti. Tickets are $40. Purchase tickets online at: keyword: WEI.

Second Annual Restaurant Week wraps up in Suisun City

According to RecycleMania’s website, “RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.” The club plans to present a trophy to the building that recycles the most on campus and has commissioned the help of the welding department to create the trophy. Zapantis will be transferring to Cal Poly in the fall while co-founder Alex Miller will continue his studies at Solano.

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Athenian Grill was one of the many Suisun eateries that participated in Restaurant Week in January. By Sharman Bruni Editor-in-chief

miliar with restaurant weeks in other cities particularly San Francisco and From Mexican cuiSacramento,” said sine such as La Ca- Cole-Rowe. baña to Italian restauTwelve of the thirrant Pane e Vino and teen restaurants in traditional American Suisun agreed to parfare like Babs Delta ticipate and the event Diner, Suisun City had enough success to offers a wide variety be brought back again of dining choices for this year. those living in Solano “We plan on doing it County and beyond. every year,” said Cast Suisun recently cel- Iron Grill manager ebrated its second an- Kathy Hoover. Cast nual Restaurant Week Iron offered a $25 at the end of January prix-fixe special with and 12 restaurants three courses includparticipated, includ- ing dishes like garlic ing Subway and the sautéed prawns and It’s It ice cream out- butternut squash ravilet. Eco-Delight Cof- olis. fee was on the list but As far as actually closed indefinitely on drawing business into Mon, Jan. 9. the city, Deby Starkey, Community consul- manager of Babs Deltant Laura Cole-Rowe ta Diner said that she presented the idea last noticed a few more year working with the visitors but not a sigSuisun City Business nificant difference Improvement District compared to other and the idea soon be- weeks. Babs offered came a reality. a prix-fix menu for “We looked around restaurant week with for ideas and were fa- $8.25 breakfasts and

a $7.75 lunch menu. Local residents Larry and Sandra Bauer have lived in Suisun for many years and enjoy dining in the city. “We’ve been to all of the restaurants,” he said.” Cast Iron has got good food, but it’s a little louder atmosphere than the others. Joy of Eating is good for breakfast, their sweet bread is supposed to be their specialty.” Larry goes for the ahi tuna at Cast Iron Grill while Sandra’s favorite is the rabbit. “You have to special order the rabbit,” he adds. While you wait for next year’s restaurant week and the deals that come with it, don’t forget to check out the wide variety of dining choices in Suisun and enjoy the beautiful view of the scenic waterfront.


THE TEMPEST n FEB. 8 - FEB. 21, 2012

Solano women’s basketball


Falcons hold off the Mustangs


By Ben Gogna Sports/photo editor

Jan. 18 -- Solano Falcons women’s basketball team entered the game against Los Medanos half a game behind the Mustangs. With Solano coming off a 60 - 53 loss Jan. 13 to Mendocino and with the season coming to an end, the team was looking for a win. “This game is for first,” coach Matt Borchert said. The Falcons, now 4-1 in conference and tied with Los Medanos for first, led the first half 25 to 18, both forward Shannon Rankin and forward Marissa Dunn leading the way with six points each. Guard Ruby Leon had five points and both guard Tara Cooley and off the bench, Aleesa Gilmore with three points.

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The Mustangs trailed at half with only 18 points. Leading scorer Paola Flores carried their team with nine points. Both teams are tied for first and now carry a record of 12-9 overall and 4-1 in the Bay Valley-Valley Division.

Each team traded leads with the Falcons leading at half. In a huddle during a timeout in the first half, Borchert calmly reminded the lady Falcons, “You’re better than they are!” With just minutes to play before halftime, the Mustangs pulled back in and tied 16-16, but with swift team passing to Cheyenne Sheperd, scoring two points, Solano pulled away for a 9-2 point run, to lead at halftime. Sheperd, playing off the bench, scored six in the first half. The Mustangs opened the second half the same as the first, scoring the first two fieldgoals. Cooley stole a pass and led a break for the first score of the second to Leon. Leon quickly scored five points, eight in the second half. “It’s not the prettiest win, but it’s a good win for us, a bounce back/ must win,” Borchert said. “We did a great job against #40 and the win tonight puts less pressure on the game on Feb. 10th.”

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The Mustangs opened the game with three points, but with just one shot, from Cooley, the game was even again. Cooley ended the game with nine points. Leon led the team with thirteen points.

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The Falcons play the final game of regular season with Los Medanos Feb. 10 in Pittsburg at 5:30pm.

Solano demolishes the Comets By Ben Gogna Sports/photo editor

Jan. 27 -- Extending the Solano College winning streak to three games beating Contra Costa, the Falcons conference record through January is 6 – 1. Solano, lead by forward Marissa Dunn scoring 15 and guard Tara Cooley scoring 14 played the Comets, led by guard Alley Roberts who scored six. The Falcons started the game scoring what ended up being the first 18 points of the game. With 9.45 seconds left in the first half, the Comets finally scored their first two. The Comets head coach Paul Debolt announced right before the shot that if they were to make two, he would give his girls a timeout. First half ends Solano 37, Contra Costa 9. Solano started the second half scoring 13 points, preventing Contra Costa for seven minutes and 15 seconds of game play before the Comets scored. Falcons defense, led by forward Shannon Rankin, who caused multiple jump balls, helped restrain the Comets to only scoring 13 points the entire game. Well there’s really not much to say about it,” Debolt said. “We’ve had three, four injuries, it’s not an excuse and we’re just trying to get through the season the best we can.” “We’re always happy that we win,” Solano coach Matt Borchert said. “We accomplished our goal of going 2-0 in the week.” When asked about the upcoming playoffs, Borchert said, “We’re not even thinking about the playoffs, we’re just thinking winning conference.”


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THE TEMPEST n FEB. 8 - FEB. 21, 2012

Falcons second in division

Solano’s Aleesa Gilmore leads a break against Los Medanos during the second half of their game Jan. 18, 2012 at Solano College.

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Solano beats Napa, but trails Laney and Los Medanos for division title By Ben Gogna Sports/Photo Editor

Feb. 3 - Playing a rival school and looking for their eleventh straight win over Napa Valley College, Solano Falcons head coach, Matt Borchert said that determination and a consistent defense held Napa to a low scoring offense. The teams met already this year, Jan. 4, in Napa. The Falcons came out on top 90 – 57. Leading scorer Shannon Rankin, a Napa resident, led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds. “We’re ready to go. We’re ready to bounce back from Wednesday,” Borchert said. Solano lost to Laney 48-64 Feb. 1. Solano did just that, outscoring Napa by 47 points. The game ended, Solano 79 – Napa 32. Forward Shannon Rankin led the way again scoring 20 points. Guard Ruby Leon scored 17 and forward Marissa Dunn scored 16. “I was happy with the defensive effort,”

Borchert said. “Very happy with the energy. I thought the energy was good.” “I thought we hustled, was not happy the first half with the turnovers, you know, kind of a lack with execution offensively, but overall, happy with a win.” When asked about the Falcon’s defensive plan, Borchert said, “I thought the energy stayed pretty consistent on the defensive side. We met our goal. We wanted to keep them under 35 points and we did that.” The Falcons’ next game is Feb. 8 against Yuba College at Solano at 5:30pm. They play again Friday Feb. 10 against Los Medanos in Pittsburg to end season play. Playoffs start Feb. 14.

Guard Tara Cooley drives down court, finishing with a layup. Cooley scored a total of 14 points for the Falcons against the Contra Costa Comets Friday Jan. 27.

Women’s basketball defeats Los Medanos and Contra Costa. See page 7

Photo by: Ben Gogna

men’s basketball

Men’s team still struggling Falcons beat Napa Storm 64 - 60 Feb. 3 - Solano played a tough defense, holding off the the Napa Storm’s strong comeback, winning the game 64 – 60. “I thought they did a great job of coming out with a lot of energy and we didn’t match that energy,” said Napa coach Steve Ball. “They did a hell of a job defensively and our guys kind of backed down from their pressure.” Guard Lequan Gomes led Solano with 16 points and Mike McKinney scored 14 points. With twin brothers Chris and Christian Edens playing, but on opposing teams, the rivalry match-up between the Solano Falcons and Napa Valley Storm had a twist to it. “Its always interesting coming over here because half our guys played against or with half of their guys in high school,”

Ball said. “I think it’s going to be a good game,” Ball said. Falcons coach John Nagle said, “I’m really excited, good preparation and practice yesterday. It’s always a rivalry game and we have twin brothers, one on each team.” “It was weird to see but I think our brother won the family match-up,” Nagle said. -- Ben Gogna - sports/photo editor

Falcons fall to Comets Jan. 27 - The Contra Costa Comets

pulled away in the second half outscoring the Falcons 41 to 26 and winning the game 70 – 52. Center Issac Jackson, with 15 points, and guard Justin Pollard, with 10, led scoring for the Comets. The Solano men’s basketball team came out strong, showing positive signs and optimistic that they would beat the Comets. During the first half, the Falcons kept

pace with the Comets scoring basket for basket and only trailed by three at half, 26 – 29. Leading scorers for Solano during the first-half were forward Chris Edens with six, nine total for the game. James Givens scored two three-pointers. Dustin Aubert scored four in the first half, leading the team with 10 overall. “First half we played really well, second half, unfortunately, we had a long offensive drought,” Falcons coach John Nagle said. “We were able to slow them down and took them out of their strength and abilities to attack the basket so I thought we competed really well and made some shots,” Nagle said. Ben Gogna/Tempest

“We’ve just got to keep getting better, we’re young, growing and developing, still overcoming a lot of injuries, et cetera. Still developing chemistry,” Nagle said. -- Ben Gogna - sports/photo editor

Solano’s Lequan Gomes goes up for a layup against a Los Medanos player during their game Wed. Jan. 18 at Solano College. Solano won 69 - 62 Solano plays Yuba College Feb 8 and Los Medanos Feb 10.

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