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Student Voice Nov. 18 - Dec. 8, 2009

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Budget cuts force counseling changes

Shoaib Najmuddin Staff writer

Lack of funding and an increased student population have spurred administrators to rethink the counseling process across the district. Ventura College will introduce counseling workshops for next year’s incoming students, while Moorpark and Oxnard Colleges are consid-

ering an overhaul of their respective departments. The possibility of serious cuts to the Student Services Department, which includes counseling, is not unlikely, according to Oxnard College President Richard Duran. With next year’s budget cuts, the potential for dramatic adjustments to the counseling department is growing. According to Duran, if

cuts are required in these areas, the district will maintain its focus on student needs. “We are constantly looking to see how we can be more efficient,” said Duran. “With the budget cuts, we are starting to draw how we can best accommodate students should these other budget cuts come to fruition.” The current counseling model includes meeting with

students one-on-one, either by drop-in or appointment. According to Duran, if funding for this model is lost, then there will be an uncertainty within the district as to how to approach student needs. “All of us as at the district are looking at all this,” said Duran. “We just don’t know what is going to happen next year. We know we are going to get cuts, we just don’t know

where and how much.” According to Victoria Lugo, dean of student services at Ventura College, certain actions are already being taken to create an easier atmosphere for students, one in which they can receive the assistance required in a more efficient manner.

See COUNSELING, pg. 2

VC bowls over MC in Citrus Cup Wait for counselors

not so bad after all

Tim Weisberg Sports editor

It seemed only fitting for the Moorpark College Raiders to be put in the record books albeit a painful record: its first winless season in program history. Destiny laid in the hands of the Ventura College Pirates in this year’s Citrus Cup match-up. The Pirates (7-3, 5-2 National Northern Conference) edged out the Raiders 41-28 at Moorpark College’s Griffin Stadium Saturday night. The victory guaranteed the Pirates a chance to play in a bowl game next week. The Raiders (0-10, 06) had a reputation this season for having one critical mistake change the outcome of the game and déjà vu struck the Raiders when they attempted to move past the Pirates’ last stand. Raiders quarterback Ian Shultis made the mental mistake by not going out of bounds after scrambling away from Pirate defenders, as the clock continued to run with less than a minute left.

Michael Galasso Online editor

Photos by Kyle Ray

Back-to-back cup wins– Pirates’ No. 6 Deslonde Brown returns an interception with less than a minute to play while Raiders’ quarterback No. 12 falls after missing the tackle, above. A pile of Pirates and Raiders get involved trying to move the pile. See video footage and clips of the game on www. StudentVoiceOnline.com

See pg. 8

Ventura College student government pushes to make campus smoke free VC looks to follow example set by both Oxnard and Moorpark Ara Ortiz

Assistant Sports editor Moorpark and Oxnard College are both non-smoking campuses, but Ventura College is lagging behind. Every day, students can be seen smoking outside the Library & Learning Resource Center. However, under Ventura College’s current smoking policy, there shouldn’t be any smoking within 20 feet of a working door or the window of a building. This lack of enforcement has motivated the Associated Students of Ventura College into action. The Associated Students, with assistance from the Health Center, is working on developing a program named The Smoking Task Force, a committee of faculty

and students to come together and review the current smoking policy. “We are working on it,” said Raymond Morua, Associated Students senator. “We hope to become more like Moorpark and Oxnard.” Both Oxnard College and Moorpark College have banned smoking on their campuses and only allow smoking in parking lots and designated smoking areas. Students at Ventura College have gone to Morua and the Associated Students to complain about the smoking, resulting in the group taking action. Nobody follows the current policy, according to Morua, and the campus police, who are supposed to enforce it, are never around. Some Ventura College students don’t like

Students looking to speak with a counselor in preparation for the upcoming application deadlines will find smaller than expected waits at all three district campuses. With the Nov. 30th application deadline for UC and CSU transfer looming, students who need official transcripts, or want to plan out their final semester at community college, have come to expect long lines and large delays in semesters past. This fall, however, students seem to have planned ahead. “When I schedule my appointments, I schedule way ahead of time,” said Monet Penny, 21, a biology major at Oxnard College. “I have my stuff lined up.” By requesting transcripts early and spreading out counseling appointments, students have been able to avoid causing the traditional fall congestion seen in the past. When asked for about the current availability of individ-

ual counseling appointments, all three campus counseling offices reported meetings available the same week. Even so, some students are feeling a slight delay. “I wish it could be sooner, but there are a lot of students and I’m not in any rush,” said Monique Mujica, 20, an undecided major at Oxnard College. The Moorpark College counseling office is open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call (805) 378-1428 to make an appointment. The Oxnard College counseling office is open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To schedule a counseling appointment, call (805) 654-6448. The Ventura College counseling office is open Monday and Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Call Lucy Paez, (805) 9865816 for appointments.

Group urges GSA to help get Prop. 8 back to ballot Robert Pond Staff writer

The group Love, Honor, Cherish came to the Moorpark College Gay Straight Alliance to appeal for assistance in collecting signatures to repeal Proposition 8. The Moorpark College GSA hosted Michael Perl and Bahman Ghahremandi of the pro-gay marriage Love, Honor, Cherish. They are campaigning to get the issue onto the 2010 ballot.

Ghahremandi believed that the time is now to take a course of action. “We can’t wait for the right time, we must make the right time,” said Ghahremandi. On Nov. 4, 2008 California voters voted to make gay marriage illegal. This came after a California Supreme Court ruling legalized it on June 17 of that year.

See PROP 8, pg. 4

Photo by Angela Braza

Smoke free or free to smoke?– Ryan Greer, a 28-year-old undecided major at Ventura College smokes outside the library at Ventura College. Greer says he wouldn’t be against the idea of a designated smoking area.

the smoking and believe that those students who want to smoke should be provided with a designated area. “I think [smoking] should be a good distance from the door, in a designated area for

them,” said Kathleen Shaneyfelt, 18, undecided. Other Ventura College students aren’t pleased with the smoking around campus.

See SMOKE, pg. 3

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The great debate– Protesters on a street corner debate Proposition 8 earlier this year. The Love, Honor, Cherish group wants to get the proposition back on ballot.


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Oxnard College

Student Voice • VCCCD • Nov. 18, 2009

Poet shares the spiritual healing power of words Jesus Meza III Staff writer

People use different forms of art to express themselves. Deena Metzger discussed healing through poetry on Nov. 11 and shared some of her own poetry at the Oxnard College Literature, Arts and Lecture Series. The author of “Writing for Life,” “Ruin and Beauty,” and “From Grief into Fiction,” Metzger shared a few of her published poems with the audience to promote the power of the written word and a “person’s expression” through poetry. “Poems are a way to express what one saw or knew,” said Metzger. “A poet is someone who walksknows how to walk, and commits herself or himself to develop a certain consciousness to the world.” She began the lecture with a short autobiography, how reading books at an early age and seeing her dad as a writer persuaded her to write. “Once I wanted to be a poet, my life was characterized by two questions,” said Metzger. “What is it really to be a poet, and would I be good enough?” After overcoming her nerves, poetry flowed from Metzger. She shared some of her work with the audience. One poem talked about a tree and how it had gone through long, terrible events (freezing winters, rainstorms, being struck by lightning, and fires), but had never failed to provide a family with ripe fruit and protection from the sun’s harmful rays. The message of the poem and the lecture was that the tree knew the art of living, and that art was love, said Metzger. “I was pleased hearing her poems she presented,” said 17-year-old Christine Mendez, a creative writing major. “Each poem makes you think about the important subjects in life, and that is the ‘reality’ of our world.” Once the lecture was over, students were left with a new understanding of writing. “She’s a good inspiration, not just to poets and writers, but everyone,” said 23-year-old engineering major Oscar Padilla.

Photo courtesy Cathy Garnica

Inspirational–Deena Metzger reads excerpts of poetry from her books. Metzger claims that poetry is a powerful form of self-expression

Club explores Near East culture Alex Duenes Staff writer

The women are well rehearsed; everyone in the group is in sync with the foreign music coming from the boom box in the corner. The sound of jingling bells from their wraps and the tapping of feet match that of music. The Near East Multicultural Arts Association, or NEMA, is a group of women who study and practice various folk dances from the Near East, Mediterranean and North Africa, mostly pertaining to belly dancing. These groups of ladies found a passion for the dance as they go over their routines with grace. According to NEMA Advisor Jan Straka, the club has been at Oxnard College for about three years. “It has had a positive effect on our group,” said Straka. NEMA has turned into a support sanctuary for the women. Each has a different background, a different story, but the love of dance brings them together. “It almost turns out

to be a woman’s group. We’re all real supportive of each other. We’re not real critical of each other,” said Elisa Sanchez, NEMA president. “We just like to dance and keep ourselves emotionally healthy.” Others are there to overcome difficulties. “I’m really shy and I kind of close in. Belly dancing I feel more sexy and confident and I go out and meet people,” said 19-year-old nursing major Crystal Garcia. “When people see us dancing they’re like ‘wow.’ You feel sexy, you know you have curves and you’re just showing them.” Through all of the movement and self-love the women in the club gain, they also learn about the people and the cultures their favorite dances come from. NEMA recently had an impromptu Egyptian belly dance workshop with journalist and American belly dancer Shareen el Safy after she spoke at the Oxnard College Literature, Arts and Lecture Series. New members are always welcome to come and join the group.

Photos by Hannah Davey

Hips don’t lie– Members of the Near East Multicultural Arts Association, top, practice belly dancing. Below, Elisa Sanchez, a 27-year-old sociology major, Colleen Wilson and 19-year-old nursing major Crystal Garcia dance their cares away.

“Girls feel really good about joining our club. We’re just here to make each other feel welcome,” said Sanchez. “We love everyone.

We’re like hippies.” To see an exclusive video interview with NEMA President Elisa Sanchez, visit www.StudentVoiceOnline.com.

COUNSELING: Priority may go to incoming students Continued from pg. 1

According to Lugo, recommended counseling workshops at Ventura College, in which groups of 10-12 incoming students will meet with a single counselor to discuss what classes to take and to clear away any confusion a new student may have, will be introduced next year. This way, when the student decides to meet with a counselor one-on-one, he or she will have a better idea of what to ask specifically. Lugo believes that such preparation is necessary and helps counselors just as much

Holiday cheer for children Sherylyn Andaya Hannah Davey Staff writers

Oxnard College students have the opportunity to improve a child’s holiday by donating a new, unwrapped toy to the tenth annual Community Market Toy Drive. There will be a box outside Condor Cafe for students to donate the toys. “We try to make the kids happy for a day,” said Elio Lopez, community market manager. For the full story and more information, go to www.StudentVoiceOnline.com.

as it helps students. “I think it really helps the interaction between the student and the counselors,” said Lugo. “When new students come in without being registered in our systems yet, and they make appointments with our counselors, the counselors can’t really do much.” According to Duran, emphasis on increasing the efficiency of the counseling department is related not only to budget cuts, but also to an increased student population. This year’s student enrollment is the largest in district history. The changes in the size

of the student population can be explained by a rise in incoming students choosing to attend community colleges, rather than four-year universities, according to Duran. Such changes have caused the Ventura County Community College District to alter the emphasis on its goals. “Right now, we just take everybody on a first come first serve basis,” said Duran, regarding the Oxnard College counseling process. “Incoming freshmen might become a priority in order to get them into smaller sessions.” According to Moorpark

College President Pam Eddinger, there is a large focus on incoming students because these are the students that arrive at the colleges with the most confusion. “In community colleges in general there is a great deal of churning at the front door,” said Eddinger. “The students come in when they’re not ready, they take something that they’re not suited to take and they go out and then they come back again and it churns and churns. The key is to get the student to enter college and to achieve and then leave as quickly as they can so that first

of all they achieve and then they make room for someone else.” While Ventura College will create workshops for incoming students, Moorpark College and Oxnard College have yet to figure out what changes they will need to make in order to accommodate students. According to Eddinger, financial instability will not keep the district from fulfilling student needs. “Just because we don’t have the money doesn’t mean that the job doesn’t get done,” said Eddinger. “It’s just going to have to be done in a different way.”


Graphic imagery Angela Braza

Ventura College

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Student Voice • VCCCD • Nov. 18, 2009

Giving blood for a good cause Angela Braza

VC campus editor

VC campus editor

Students with a knack for graphic design have the opportunity to display their talents and help Ventura College at the same time. The Ventura College Reading and Writing Center is hosting a logo design contest that runs from Oct. 28 through Dec. 9. The contest is open only to Ventura College students and the winning design will represent the college’s new center. Sumita Lall, English instructor at Ventura College, is organizing the contest. “It would be great to see some designs that contain straightforward or easily identifiable images that are symbolic of the center’s focus,” she said. “The whole point of having a logo is to make the center easy to find for students.” Contest participants have the opportunity to win a cash prize, as well as a certificate from the center’s founding faculty. The winner of the contest will also receive recognition on the Ventura College website. Irene Menendez, a 24-year-old mathematics major, plans to enter the contest. “Being recognized by the school for something like this would be an honor,” she said. “I’m not an art major but I like to think I’m pretty good at graphic design.” The winning logo will become property of the Writing Center. “The winning design will be used for a variety of things, including advertising,” said Oxford. “The logo creation will help promote the center.” The Writing Center staff will select the winning entry a week after the contest concludes. All designs must be submitted in either the GIF or JPEG format. Students can submit via email to slall@vcccd.edu, or in person at the Reading and Writing Center, located in room 155 of the LRC.

Vampires may be all the rage right now, but there’s something even better than bloodsuckers, and that’s a voluntary blood donor. Students at Ventura College donated their

time and their blood, to the United Blood Services on Thursday, Nov. 12. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., over 25 volunteers lined up to check in with the organization and fill out the proper paperwork for donating their blood. “There are a lot of

great donors here at this school,” said Joan Winton, a United Blood Services representative. “Everyone’s always willing to donate.” Ventura College is no stranger to the blood drive. “We’re here every couple of months or so,”

Photo by Angela Braza

Bleeding love–Brandi Ward, 31, agriculture, reads a few facts regarding blood donation.

said Winton. “We usually set up anywhere big crowds are sure to pass by.” Eryn Horn, a 19year-old kinesiology major, signed up to give blood for the fifth time since she began donating. “I have Type O blood,” she said. “My blood is universal and it’s just a big help for anyone who needs it.” Representatives from the United Blood Services handed out pamphlets and fliers with information on the different blood types. “It’s incredibly important to know who you can give your red blood cells to and who you can receive them from,” said Jason Martinez, a 26year-old political science major who stopped by the blood drive to stretch his knowledge about blood donations. In an effort to get more donors, the United Blood Services has joined various social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and

Twitter. “Befriending us on sites like Facebook can quickly alert you when blood supplies get seriously low and when drives are happening in your area,” said Winton. The organization also handed out pamphlets and flyers promoting their new reward points system. Donors can collect a minimum of 100 points for each successful donation. “This motivates donors to give their time as often as possible,” said Winton. “We’re trying to appeal to different types of people, all with different blood types.” Through the reward points system, donors can win items such as Baskin-Robbins coupons, movie tickets, video games, CDs, and DVDs. “Attracting others with movie tickets and prizes is a good idea,” said Martinez, “but those who are eligible to give blood should just go for it. Give your time. Save a life.”

Pirates football players SMOKE: not only on the rushing to universities water, but also

Brett Arve

Staff writer Coming to the end of the regular season, the Ventura College football team has made it a successful one. They will be competing against Golden West in the Orange County Bowl after their 7-3 winning season. The Pirates are making their second bowl game appearance in just three years. Although it wasn’t the playoff-bound team everyone hoped it to be, the Pirates have some prospects looking to cash in on some scholarship offers. A big advantage for these student athletes is this year’s bowl game. “Scouts want to see you make big time plays in big time games,” said Nick Ruben, offensive lineman. “This is just another opportunity to get noticed.” Ruben has been able to talk with Missouri Western State University and hopes to get a few more looks following the bowl. Another player hoping to grab some attention after the

bowl game is the team’s leading tackler, Ryan Panapa. Players looking at future options include quarterback Greg Jimenez, who’s talking with Southern Utah University, defensive lineman Wayne Blackwell, who has a possible scholarship with big time football school University of Texas at El Paso, and offensive lineman Curtis Cole, who has been offered a full ride to West Carolina University. Even with all those big time players, the one Pirate everyone has their eye on is defensive back Travaun Nixon. Nixon has had a stand out year, with 38 tackles (four for losses and one sack) and a punt return average of 16.8 yards a carry. Nixon also has six interceptions on the year, with one for a touchdown. He has been able to get in contact with teams from University of California, Berkeley, University of Arizona, West Virginia University, Auburn University and University of Hawaii. What lies ahead for these athletes remains to be seen.

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Continued from pg. 1 Ve r o n i c a Huerta, an 18year-old psychology major, is upset with what she sees. “It bugs. It’s gross,” she said. “I don’t like when they pass by smoking and you catch the smoke in your face.” The Associated Students is aware of the problem and is working to find a solution that is fair to both smokers and non-smokers. “We don’t want to alienate them,” said Morua. Hopefully we can get them a section.” Contact the Associated Students for additional information.

Share the wealth with Food Share

Angela Braza VC campus editor With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Ventura College is working with Food Share to collect canned goods for the less-fortunate in Ventura County. The Associated Students of Ventura College is currently hosting a food drive that will end on Tuesday, Nov. 24. All canned goods that are collected from the food drive will be taken to Food Share and cooked for the impoverished onThanksgiving Day. Food Share is a nonprofit organization that aims to fight universal poverty. As Ventura County’s largest regional food bank, Food Share collects and distributes millions of pounds of food per year to those in need. “We here at Food Share have the ability to make sure people are fed and cared for,” said Karen Jensen, events coordinator. “We work with about 150 different

Photo by Angela Braza

Share the wealth– Bins like these allow donations of canned food. Families living in poverty will recieve the food on Thanksgiving.

agencies and without their help and support, none of this food would be collected.” Eight yellow barrels provided by Food Share have been placed around the college campus: two on the first floor of the Learning Resource Center, two in the Cafeteria and Student Center, one in the Athletic Event Center, one in front of the bookstore and one near the Science Building.

Students and faculty can bring canned food from home and drop them off in any of the eight Food Share bins. “Any canned food is good, from spam to sardines,” said Enoch Sales, Associated Students community relations director. “Canned goods are good as long as they are not expired, still have the labels, and no animal foods or products.” Food Share has been working with the Ventura College Associated Students for years to eliminate hunger within the community. “Giving canned foods to the homeless, and basically people who are starving, is one way of saying thank you to the community that has given us trust and support,” said Sales. According to Jensen, 54,000 people are in need of food every month. “We’re fortunate to have organizations like the Ventura College’s student government to help us help others,” said Jensen.


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Moorpark College

Student Voice • VCCCD • Nov. 18, 2009

Giving students an outlet for their art Douglas Austin

Contributing writer Poets, photographers, storytellers and creative types from all disciplines can seize the opportunity to be published this coming spring in Moorpark College’s award-winning annual creative arts magazine, the “Moorpark Review.” Moorpark College offers courses in a wide array of artistic forms, from ceramics to graphic design, to creative writing and painting. The “Moorpark Review” serves as a valuable outlet to these varied programs, providing a place for the talents of students, alumni, staff and faculty to be showcased. Hart Schulz, who cofounded the “Review” in 1998 along with fellow English Professor Tracy Tennenhouse, calls the magazine a “testing ground” for developing artists looking to experience the thrill of seeing their work in print. “As a campus magazine, it’s a place where (students and faculty) can kind of get their feet wet, and see what that feels like,” said Schulz, a full-time professor who will be returning from

a term-long sabbatical in the spring. “I mean, I can’t tell you how many people have submitted, thinking, ‘I don’t have a chance to get in this magazine,’ and then we wind up publishing them.” Submission for the 2010 edition of the “Moorpark Review” opened last February, and officially closes on or around Feb. 10 of 2010. All submissions are entirely anonymous up until the pieces are actually selected, at which point their creators are contacted for publishing permission. The courses English M47 and M47L are the way for students to garner their seat in the publisher’s office. Students meet Tuesday afternoons at 3:00 to read and view submissions, discuss and grade each piece and vote on them to be included or excluded in the publication. For their committed work, enrolled students receive CSU-transferrable credits and a valuable resume builder. They also take away a taste of what it feels like to cooperate as professionals in the fine art and publishing industries. Trista Payte, student-

editor of last year’s edition, and a contributing writer herself, elaborated on how she was affected by her time working on the magazine. “It showed me a side of the writing world that I hadn’t really experienced before,” said Payte, a mother as well as a student, who has since transferred to CSUN to pursue her English degree. “I think it’s good for writers as well as people that are just into reading fiction…to look at it from that point of view.” Co-founder Tennenhouse agrees, and wants there to be no misunderstanding about who they’re looking for. “Sometimes (the staff) are English majors, but not always,” said Tennenhouse. “A number of people have backgrounds in art, photography, graphic design (or) other fields. We want all of those people.” To submit poetry, short fiction, or visual arts for next spring’s edition of the “Moorpark Review,” to read the guidelines or to access online portions of past years, visit the “Moorpark Review” homepage at www.moorparkcollege.edu/review.

Image courtesy of Moorpark College Review

Creative types–“Surrogate Spouse” by Mathew Loniero, who submitted his work to the Moorpark College Review. The literary magazine accepts art in addition to prose and photography.

PROP 8: Group says now is the time to act Continued from pg. 1

Photo by Jake Henderson

Huddle up–The group Love, Honor, Cherish came to Moorpark College to raise awareness of their efforts to get Prop. 8 back on the 2010 ballot, and have it overturned. The Gay Straight Alliance plans to garner support from students for the cause.

Giving the gift of education One Laptop Per Child gives kids a chance Brennan Whitmore News editor

You can see students browsing the web and taking notes on laptop computers at anytime on campus. On other parts of the planet, a child is lucky if he gets to see one in his lifetime. One Laptop Per Child hopes to raise awareness of this problem on Dec 4, with a presentation in the Applied Arts Forum, according to

Year of Service Co-Chair Kathryn Adams. OLPC’s goal is to give children in developing areas a durable laptop for educational needs. “One Laptop Per Child helps students not just have computers to play with, it’s about giving them access to learning,” said Adams. “Through the internet, they can access other educational programs. They can learn, and interact with students in other schools in other countries.” The event planned as part of the Year of Service will feature a

presentation from OLPC Support Volunteer Caryl Bigenho as well as an area set up with the laptops themselves. Students can get a hands on feel for the $199 machines, and then decide if they want to donate money to the program or get involved in the group itself. Bigenho hopes that they can set up an OLPC university chapter at Moorpark College and get students and faculty involved with the program. Bigenho says that despite the name of THE organization, very often it’s five children to one laptop.

John GrzywacsGray, Year of Service cochair, says that planning something with OLPC is something he has been thinking about for a long time. Adams also says that this event can be an opportunity to expose students to the poor educational conditions in other countries, and how OLPC isn’t about taking away a student’s culture or norms. “It’s more about giving them a voice in our world,” said Adams. Editor David Lopez contributed reporting to this story.

Since then, many groups like Love, Honor, Cherish, have campaigned to repeal the ruling. The issue of education is an issue Love, Honor, Cherish is campaigning for. They believe that the more educated people are on the issue of gay marriage, the less likely they are to support a ban on gay marriage. They mention the recent result in Maine where voters overturned gay marriage on Nov. 3, 2009. “The education issue is alive…people (antigay marriage groups) in Maine admit their commercials were mislead-

ing,” said Perl. Perl and Ghahremandi are looking for volunteers to collect signatures and get the proposal on the ballot for 2010; they require approximately 1 million signatures or 5 percemt of the number of voters from the previous gubernatorial election to get it on the 2010 midterm election ballot. GSA Club President Jared Markowitz, 19, a Computer Science major, said if they are permitted, the club will set up places where people can sign in favor of getting the proposal on the ballot. “We’ll probably have tables where people get signatures,” he said.

Letter from the AS president Ryan Krebs AS president

We are the Moorpark College Associated Students, and we are working for you. We do so much more than just issuing Student ID cards. Among other things, the AS manages campus clubs, has giveaways and serves as a voice for MC students at the local, state and national levels. If you have been to our office recently, you may have noticed that the cubicles are gone. We removed them last month and plan to fill the area with a “Mini student union” (which we tentatively named “Raiders’ Cove”) where we plan to install TV’s, couches and areas to study. We hope that this addition will give students a place to hang out and relax between classes. On top of that, we plan to install student art on the walls there as well. This project is being funded by the Student Center fee, and we expect to complete it by the beginning of the Spring Semester. If you are interested in joining a club, we are the people to talk to. Just drop by at our

Krebs office for a list of our many clubs on campus. Or if you want to establish your own club, stop by and we can get you started. Or you can see the club list by searching “Associated Students” at moorparkcollege.edu. Discounts at businesses around the area are just one benefit of a MC student ID card. We now have a newly updated discount list that can be picked up at the office. Our weekly business meetings are Thursdays from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Associated Students conference room and are open to the public. Finally, you may have seen us around the campus on a golf cart giving out free stuff. Keep your eye out because we will be coming around the campus again soon. Also, watch out for free coffee and scantrons on finals week.


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OC McNish breaks the mold on traditional ceramics Katie Yates A&E editor

Janet Neuwalder’s choice of materials is raw and natural materials such as leaves, branches and twigs. Her message in her art, to provoke thought and questions that extends from her art and out into the world. A Ceramics professor at Oxnard College, Neuwalder strives to create curiosity in her art, as it will be on display for all to see at the McNish Gallery now through Dec. 9. “I hope that after seeing some of the work and perhaps connecting to some of it, they will be more curious to investigate the world around them and take time to notice and admire the world around their everyday life,” said Neuwalder. In “Fragmentation,” the piece provokes familiarity but also questioning. “Ambiguity here acts as an activating devise to engage the viewer in a process of questioning,” said Neuwalder. “I am hoping that these questions extend beyond the gallery door and into the real world.” Her biggest fulfillment is that a person will leave her gallery and see something that reminds them of a piece of her work. “Perhaps, in a point later in time, that viewer

Photo courtesy of Janet Neuwalder

Fragmentation- In this piece, Neuwalder uses clay, wood and saw horses to provoke thought and for her viewers to leave the gallery with more questions than answers.

might be out walking, see a fragment on the group and comment that the fragment they noticed reminds them of the piece they were trying to figure out in the art gallery,” said Neuwalder. Her childhood inter-

ests such as her collections, as well as her fascination of insignificant objects that held some kind of meaning to her took some part in the making of her work. “My grandparents had collections of shells,

minerals and small pottery antiquities from Ancient Greece and Rome,” said Neuwalder. “I always admired these when we visited their home.” She takes on her interests to draw from, to

Photos courtesy of Ryan Schultz

MC Dance Club finds inner strength A&E editor Whether your forte is ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom, hip-hop or you just like to dance to your hearts desire, Moorpark College’s Dance Club is looking for you. The Dance Club combines the rhythm of philanthropy projects with movie nights in the campus quad and social dances. This semester is the one of change for the club. They are resetting priorities and rebuilding their structure. Their focus now is spreading the word to the school, community and not only to Moorpark College, but to local high schools as well. “We want to reach out to the community, as well as present and future dancers,” said Nicole Garcia, the 22-yearold treasurer and secretary of the club. “We are highly involved in the community and want to be involved in everything.” Part of their priorities is getting people to join and raise money for different events. “We want to get people involved, the more people get involved the

VC students show off talents in ‘The One Acts’ Sal Attinello

Humanity-Top, MC dance club volunteers to help Habitat for Humnaity to build a condo during the summer. Below, President of MC dance club, Ryan Schultz hammers away.

Katie Yates

give her inspiration in her art. “Janet has found ways to successfully merge ceramic with sculpture and installation art,” said Christine Morla, Director of the McNish Gallery.

more we can do on campus,” said Dance Club President Ryan Schultz, 24. According to Schultz, the Dance Club hasn’t been active in the last year, so they are raising funds to put on events. They recently held a student produced dance concert that had no budget to stem from and minimal lighting. They need to raise money to hold fun events and at the same time help those in need. “We’re able to put on different events that are able to involve all walks of life,” said Schultz. “We are an ensemble, working together as a team.” Last October, the Moorpark College Dance Club participated for the first time in the Relay for Life, which raises money for breast cancer. Not only did they remember those who fought against breast cancer, they also honored one of their own, Noelle AndressenKale, who fought and survived breast cancer twice. “We dedicated it to Noelle, who has been through cancer and is also on our board,” said Schultz. They set up a booth

and sold glow sticks to raise money. “We had a dedicated group,” said Garcia. “We bounced from rehearsals and we really bonded.” Another way the Dance Club helped the community was last summer, when 12 members helped with Habitat for Humanity. The members spent the day in Santa Paula helping build a two-unit condo for two different families. “All day we were hammering, putting in the ply wood for the walls,” said Schultz. “It was a great bonding experience, it was great to help someone in need.” For spring semester,

the Dance Club has some events in mind. They will continue to do Habitat for Humanity, Relay for life in Moorpark and social dances. They are also going to bring back Dancing with the Faculty, a performance that has student teaching the professors. “Last year, Robert Salas, learned a dance to Britney Spears,” said Schultz. “I did a Beyonce “Single Ladies” look. For students who are interested, The Dance Club meets every 1st and 3rd Friday at 7 p.m. in the dance studio, PA107. Member fees are $15 for a whole year and a free t-shirt is included, or $5 per semester.

With her use of raw materials, Neuwalder displays her fasination and appreciation for natures complexity and its relation to human nature, a reaccuring theme in all of her works. “I find much poetry in the cyclical nature of living things, the complexity, strength and fragility of nature,” said Neuwalder. Besides the use of raw materials, Neuwalder breaks beyond the bounds of simple ceramics with her piece “Refuse.” “Refuse” uses trimmings from the pottery wheel to create spirals and irregular shapes that hang from nails on wall panels. “The curls, so lovely, delicate and interesting, are usually recycled and considered “refuse.” said Neuwalder. “I have elevated “refuse” waste, into art and artifact.” The wall installation, “Refuse” combines the art of ceramics and resemblance of anthropological displays. “She has created a space that is reminiscent of anthological displays found in natural history museums,” said Morla, “The way I see it, she will continue to experiment with these new approaches with clay while combining historical, personal and autobiographical content,” said Morla.

Staff writer Every year Ventura College Theatre students get the chance to show off their talents in the One-Act Play Festival. The Festival is a combination of short plays and skits, acted and directed by students. The One-Acts will be held at the Ventura College Main Stage and Circus Theatres and will continue Nov. 19-21 at 8 p.m. with a matinee performance on Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. “The One-Acts are a valuable experience for all of our theatre students because it gives them the opportunity to put the techniques they learn in class into practice,” said Ventura College’s Theatre Arts Department Chair Judy Garey,. “It is an exceptional learning experience for the directors because they are the ones in charge.” This 2009 Fall OneAct Festival has four short plays which this semester includes “Variations On The Death Of Trotsky,” a story of the famous Russian Politician Leon Trotsky and his ultimate demise by his gardener with a mountain climber’s axe. The play was written by

David Ives and directed by James Fraker. “Directing this play is really fun and I feel that it is a treat for actors and audience members alike,” said Fraker. “Directing is something completely new to me and it was fun and different from acting.” “Misreadings,” written by Nina Beber, explores an interesting tale of the fragile and complex relationship between student and teacher. “A great learning experience was directing this play,” said Wayne Hellstrom, director of “Misreadings.” “It was a great experience because you had to funnel the talents of the actors to see what parts worked the best with each actor.” “Night Visits,” a romance telling of loss, love and nirvana, written by Simon Fill and directed by Alex Manriquez and “Seven Menus,” an experience in dinning with many couples in changing relationships, written by David Ives and directed by Aaron Manuyag will also be featured at the One-Acts. Tickets are available at the door for $7 for the general public and $5 for students, staff, and seniors.


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Student Voice • VCCCD • Nov. 18 , 2009 Geek Culture

Make group counseling work

H annahs Take

–Editorial–>

Brennan Whitmore News editor

My uncle recently had a birthday party, and being one of the few members of my household who is not violently allergic to family outings, I attended in their place. One of my relatives son was slamming two toys together in a chair, and while they appeared to be deformed ninjas at first, upon closer inspection they were the one and only deformed ninjas. The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” It was an interesting moment to consider just how much nostalgia affects geek culture, and how things we love from our childhood manage to stay popular with the young people. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is completely ridiculous, and I’m just talking about the Madlibs name of the property. It centers on a team of anthropomorphic reptilians that are taught martial arts by a similarly anthropomorphic rat that usually has an eastern accent. Oh, and the turtles are all teenagers, so they say things like “radical” and “reaganomics.” You have to then wonder; are they selling these toys, video games and movies just for children? Or is the market of nostalgic college students that already are familiar with the “heros in a half shell” also being considered? Michael Bay’s “Transformers” movies have been a ridiculous success, and all because the director knows there are more than enough people who are willing to pay money to see their child hood robots on the big screen. We say we want new properties for movies, more original ideas. But we paradoxically flock to the familiar or the comfortable, the characters and story lines that remind us of when we were younger, and when the world looked simpler. And let’s be honest for a second; how awesome would it be if Michael Bay made a new live action “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie? Very awesome.

Starting next year, students of the Ventura County College District will have to face the fact that academic counseling appointments will now be pushed to be held in group sessions. With this news comes a choice: To either complain about it, or to accept it and make the best of it. Due to budget cuts, the district has had to cut everything they Illustration by Ashley Stark can, and the one- on- Group–Starting next year students will have to have their counseling sessions in a group one counseling sessions are one of those things. ology major, said that at Moorpark College, on-one counseling turns What this will mean for she was upset about the said that this change is into group sessions, but students is that instead group sessions, but real- going to be hard to im- students can make this of having a personal izes that she has to make plement because there situation work for them meeting with a coun- the best of it. “I guess I are only certain things if they try to look at it selor, students will now would just have to un- that can be done in a from a positive perspechave to share this time willingly compromise,” group session. However, tive. with other students in said Baisner. as tough as it will be to “Just because we a group session. AlHowever, if students make the change, it will don’t have the money,” though this isn’t an ideal realize that they are be possible with effort. said President of Moorscenario, it’s going to be forced into a counseling “We can do group park College, Pam Edsomething that students session with ten of their counseling, its just go- dinger, “doesn’t mean and counselors alike peers, they will then aim ing to be really diffi- that the job doesn’t get will have to learn to to be better prepared be- cult,” said Wendt. This done. But it’s going to deal with. Amber Bais- forehand. Corey Wendt, will be a change for stu- have to be done in a difner, a 21-year-old soci- the academic counselor dents as the era of one- ferent way.”

Should there be a salary cap for athletes? –Pro–> David Lopez Editor

We are in the middle of a tough economic down turn and unfortunately the sports world has been affected as well. So how do fans respond to this tough time? Let’s take a look at Los Angeles Dodger fans as they made one of the biggest stands of fans all across baseball. Dodger fans made a stand for all of sports, they said no more, and went out and set a new attendance record for all of baseball. Now, at this point I ask you fans, can sports be an escape from the real world? For about three hours you get the chance to go and watch professional athletes do amazing things that the average person simply can not. So you commit your life to your dream of being a lawyer, an actor, a business man. If you make to the top of your career you have made it and have become successful according to societies standards. Chances are you raking in more than five figures and are enjoying life. But, for some reason if it’s an athlete they are thrown to the waste side and their work is regarded as “easy” or “unproductive.”

–Con–>

All though the salaries may be on the high side who is to say that this income is bad or wrong? Look at the Ameri- Tim Weisburg can Dream and how Sports editor much it has changed. The days of two and a half There kids and was a time a white when propicket fessional fence are athletes long gone. did not Now-am a k e days it l a r g e seems as sums of though money. the dream In has turned fact, many into climb considto the ered Sanhighest dy Koufax point, and Don d o n ’ t Drysdale look back insane for and coldemandlect your ing a three riches year, one along the million way. Illustration by Ashley Starkey d o l l a r These Athelte–Too much money? contract in athletes 1966 ($6,565, don’t deserve the hate 844 in current dollar they get. terms, which would Society may say that equal about ($2,195,281 this is an absurd amount dollars a season). to be making in the first What ever happlace but when it comes pened to the phrase “for down to it, it really isn’t the love of the game.” anyone’s business how Maybe it is time to lower much these athletes get the amount a player can paid. make during a given seaIt’s just like Dodger son. Salary caps are imfans. The price of tickets posed on teams, but at a may go up but the fans very large sum. will still show up, as is According to the apparent. If you were so Sports Law website, the upset about the prices, average salary of a major then watch the game on league baseball player of TV or listen on the ra- 2009 is $3,260,000. dio. Today, baseball, and Until the stadium professional sports in is empty the prices will general, have become keep on rising. an expensive hobby for

Viewpoint

How do you plan to budget the holiday season?

Ventura– Cameron Mooney, 19

Oxnard– Vanssa Ramirez, 18

Moorpark– Carlos Mottu, 20

“Working extra hours at work.”

“Save all my money and not eat

“I don’t even budget my mon-

out at restaurants as much.”

ey.”

many sports fans. At Yankee Stadium, for instance, a low-row bleacher seat could cost you up to $125 a ticket. In today’s economy, greed has taken over the lives of baseball, basketball, and football players. Teams are willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money just for players to play the game. $23 million dollars over an 82-game season averages out to about $280, 48.00 a game! And players say they are here for the fans. Sure does not seem like it. If I have to pay over $100 just to sit in the nosebleed with a friend, I would rather watch it in the comfort of my own home. My solution to this problem: set a $5 million dollar max salary for a player per year. Maybe this will help motivate them to play for the love of the game. Ticket prices will lower, and this will allow ordinary citizens to enjoy the game at the park for a relatively low price. Some say its Socialism, I say let’s play for the love of the game; play the game like it was once played many years ago. Players need to give back to the fans. Do you really need $23 million dollars a year? Implement a substantially lower salary cap. Play for the love of the game. Do it for the fans Kobe, Cliff, and Manny. It’ll do the soul some good.

Hannah Coyle Opinion editor

Do you know what can happen in one minute’s time? All the difference in the world. Sometimes a simple smile can make someone’s day. It’s the little things that matter and they add up fast. So why not make every minute count? We all know the idea to live like today is your last, but really take a deep, long look at that concept. Realize that we don’t have tomorrow. It’s non-existent and each new day is a miracle. It’s a chance to make things rights, to be happy and it’s a chance to love. So the next time you feel caught up in the craziness of life, take a step back and look at the big picture. I recommend going out at night and looking up at the stars. It just makes you realize how small you and all of your so-called problems are. I know it sounds harsh, but really, if every minute counts and all you have is today, what really matters? “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein

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Editor-in-chief David Lopez Online editor Michael Galasso News editor Brennan Whitmore VC Campus editor Angela Braza OC Campus editor Hannah Davey A&E Editor Katie Yates Sports editors Tim Weisberg Ara Ortiz Student Life editor Serena Swanger Opinion editor Hannah Coyle Photo editor Tony Sintic Graphic artist Dustin Crozier Staff writers Sherylyn Andaya Sal Attinello Michael Prieto James Williams Pia Dizon Alexander Duenez Louis Hernandez Jesus Meza III Alyssa Avalos Brett Arve Shoaib Najmuddin Benji Guerrero Mallory Martin Tawni Staples Zack Poisal Robert Pond Dan Lovi Photographer Jeffrey Farrar

Ventura– Lorraina Suzman, 19 “Working my job, saving my money and trying to cut back at the cafiteria.”

Oxnard– Jenifer Galetti, 18 “Not buy anyone any gifts.”

Oxnard– Ahmed Guerrero, 20 “I don’t have really a budget system. It’s Christmas.If it will make someone happy, you buy it.”.

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Moorpark College takes WSC throne Dan Lovi

Staff writer The Moorpark College women’s soccer team clinched the Western State Conference title in a battle Friday against Ventura College, scoring on a desperation header in the winding seconds to end the game in a draw. An up and down game came to an unusual end when Raider forward Kendall Dreyer

was able to get her head on the ball and hit it into the back of the net. With the Raiders’ aggressive attack as stoppage time winded down set up Dreyer for the header off a corner kick, with virtually no time remaining. The tie game was enough for the unbeaten Raiders (13-0-4, 8-0-2 WSC) to clinch the Western State Conference championship with two games left in the regular

season. The Pirates (14-4, 62) opened up the game quickly with a goal from Jazmarae Strozier in the 5th minute off a corner kick. The Pirates were the early aggressors, but momentum shifted back and forth throughout the game. Dreyer tied the game in the 32nd minute with a strike after the ball was deflected off of several players.

The Raiders seemed poised to take control of the game, pushing the ball for most of the first half. However, the Pirates were able to heat up on offense, and scored in the 37th minute when forward Monique Orocio headed in a goal off a corner kick. The second half was up and down, as both teams controlled the ball for long stretches. Down 2-1 for most

of the second half, the Raiders were able to get a couple of shots on goal but failed to score. Seemingly out of time, the Raiders made one last push to score, attacking with all their players. Even the goalkeeper was hovering around midfield. The applied pressure got the Raiders a corner kick and one last chance to score. The ball flew into a crowded box where

Dreyer scored a goal by hitting a header into the net Dreyer’s second goal, the all-important equalizer, sent the Raiders team into frenzy and brought upon a disheartening look amongst the Pirates. The Raiders bench cleared in celebration, and for good reason, with the tie disguised as a victory, sealing a second conference title in three years.

Photo by Jeffrey Farrar

Ending A soccer dynasty- Moorpark’s Kendall Dreyer celebrates with teammates after scoring on a header in the waning seconds to tie the score in a Western State Conference game at the Ventura Sports Complex on Nov. 6. The Raiders clinched the WSC crown with a tie, ending the Pirates’ streak of thirteen consecutive WSC titles dating back to 1996.

Brother of USC player here at MC Board of Trustees approves plan for scoreboard at OC Tim Weisberg Sports editor

Jerell Thomas is part of a big football family. To him, he is simply another Thomas brother who carries on the tradition of playing football. He is the secondyoungest out of the four. His oldest brother, Kevin Thomas, is a fifth-year senior starting cornerback for the USC Trojans; the middle child, Marcelo Thomas, formerly played for Moorpark College before nagging injuries forced him to end his football career; and his youngest brother is a senior at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, and plays varsity football for the Spartans. Thomas, 19, was born in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Oxnard in 2001, at the age of twelve. He actually did not start playing football competitively until the 8th grade, and believed playing backyard football with his older brothers helped him pick up the game quickly. “Before that [playing football competitively] I played backyard football…I mean I got four brothers; we’ve always got a lot of people to play with,” he said.

Thomas, who plays running back and cornerback for the Raiders, went to Rio Mesa High School, following his older brother’s footsteps to stardom. By the time he was a sophomore, he was playing varsity. During his Rio Mesa days, he developed his game, and was recruited by a couple Pac-10 schools and other Division I schools, including San Jose State, Fresno State, UCLA, the University of Washington, and the University of Arizona. Thomas enjoyed his experiences playing at the Oxnard school, and believed the football program taught him teamwork among other things. “I think the program taught me how to work hard, and have heart and play the game with heart,” Photo courtesy of Jerell Thomas he said. In the end, howevLiving up to the hype- Jerell Thomas, right, attempts to break up er, he played his fresha pass on defense during a football practice at Moorpark College. man year at Mt. San Antonio College, but He also believed his lot…I mean they teach moved back home to be older brothers acted as me a lot about the game, closer to his family. role models for him, and how to love it, respect For the full story really taught him how to it,” he said. “You pretty and a slideshow featurplay the game right and much have to thank God ing Jerell Thomas, go to develop as a player. for everyday you have to www.studentvoiceon“I look up to them a play the game.” line.com/sports.

Tim Weisberg Sports editor

Oxnard College is the latest community college with new reconstruction plans, with a project calling for the installation of a softball field scoreboard. The agenda was presented and discussed at the Capital Planning and Facilities Committee meeting and later approved by the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees during a meeting on Nov. 3. VCCCD Chancellor James Meznek recommended that the Board of Trustees call for a contract with Taft Electric Company in the amount of $28,000 to fund the project. According to Terrance Greenlaw, who is in charge of capital planning at the Oxnard College maintenance and operations department, the funding for the project is through Bond Measure S. The measure helps fund the refurbish-

ing and rehabilitation of facilities on the three VCCCD campuses. “That’s how they have done the bigger projects (through Measure S) on different campuses,” Greenlaw said. Although the project has been approved, Greenlaw said that there is no set time as to when construction will begin. The contract with Taft Electric is still under negotiation, but should be resolved in the next couple days. “We’re looking to get a schedule (for the project),” said Greenlaw. “We’re on the paperwork side of the issue.” Oxnard College athletic director Jonas Crawford is happy to hear that money is being funded to improve the athletic facilities at Oxnard College. “The scoreboard will certainly improve our already outstanding athletic facility,” Crawford said in an e-mail. “I am happy anytime we can improve and grow as a department.”

Ventura College sweeps Oxnard College on Sophomore Night Tim Weisberg Sports Editor

It was sophomore night for Ventura College, and the Pirates volleyball team did not disappoint in the last home for two players’ careers, sweeping the Oxnard College Condors (25-16, 25-21, 25-11) Thursday night at Ventura. Sophomores Justine O’Connor and Elizabeth Gates were honored before the game for the two years they made a name for themselves at Ventura. The two certainly had stellar careers for the Pirates, with O’Connor receiving 2nd-team allWSC honors last year, as well as being second on

the team in digs. Gates is first on the team in kill percentage for the Pirates this season. The Pirates made sure they would not let down their sophomore players, but did struggle early in the first two sets. After taking a twopoint lead at 11-9, the Pirates (10-10, 5-4 WSC) pulled away from the Condors (5-10, 0-8), which was sparked by an 8-0 run to take a commanding 20-11 lead, before taking the set 25-16. The second set proved to be a big test for the Pirates, as the Condors took a quick 20 lead and scored four of the first five points of the set. It was 15-11 before

the Pirates cut the lead to one, and Taylor Edsell’s ace tied the set at 18. Another Edsell ace gave the Pirates their biggest lead of the set at 21-18, and a Condor service fault completed the comeback, as the Pirates won the second set 25-21. After a struggle to take the second set, the Pirates started off the final set strong by taking a 4-0 lead. The Pirates lead by as many as 13 points before completing the sweep, decisively taking the third set 25-11. Pirate head coach Mandy Arnold-Rodriguez believed her team played well despite struggling to find a rhythm in the first two sets.

“I was happy with the way the girls played,” she said. “I think we had really good hitting, especially from our outside hitters.” The Pirates complete their regular season with a trip to Santa Barbara City College on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Coach Arnold-Rodriguez believes that if the Pirates minimize their errors, they can beat the first-place Vaqueros, who would share the WSC title with the Moorpark College Raiders if they lose to the Pirates. “I think that we are going to have to eliminate our small errors,” she said. “A team like that is going to capitalize off those [errors].”

Photo by Tony Sintic

Serving it up- The Pirates Kayla Phipps serves during a set Thursday night. The Pirates swept OC on sophomore night.


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Leading the pack– Ventura College quraterback Antavias Sims runs out of the pocket and heads up field. The Pirates won the game 41-28 to claim the Citrus Cup title for the second straight season. With the win the Pirates tied the Raiders with 21 wins each over Citrus Cup history, which started in 1967.

Citrus Cup

VC 41

MC 28

Continued from Pg. 1 As if the Glendale game was not a bitter reminder of what an interception late in the game can do to you, Shultis was reminded again when he was intercepted in the waning seconds by Deslonde Brown, who shattered any hopes of an upset, returning the interception 34 yards for a touchdown to seal Moorpark’s fateful season of imperfection. Last week against Glendale, Moorpark appeared to be getting over the hump before Shultis’ pass was tipped into the hands of a Glendale defender, and returned for a touchdown. This time, with the implications of setting a quite painful record, the Raiders faltered in another close game. Pirates head coach Jon Mack did not hesitate to commend the Raiders’ efforts in a season full of misfortunes and missed opportunities. “They showed great char-

acter all year,” he said. “Their team is a lot better than their record indicates.” Having lost their last three games of the season by two touchdowns or less, the Raiders were not able to play well in close games this season. But Mack did not hesistate to point out that the Raiders were a better team than their record showed. On a positive note for the Pirates, Mack was pleased with the way his team performed through major adversity throughout the season. “We’re real proud of the way we stuck together,” he said. “We’re really proud of these kids.” The Raiders should be frustrated to say the least, especially if they were to discover that they had more yards of total offense (387) than the Pirates (317). Shultis was 37 for 57 on pass attempts for 305 yards, and had four touchdown passes, but nothing proved more

costly than his interception late that guaranteed a season of imperfection for the Raiders. Raider receiver Chris Gant put on a show for the Raiders offensively, racking in ten catches for 120 yards and three touchdowns. But despite the great offensive performance by the Raiders, they had to continue to play from behind, and could never quite get over the hump. The Pirates capitalized on turnovers, converting two of them into 14 points, and scored on three drives where they started inside Raider territory. It was a close call for the Pirates to say the least, who still have to play a bowl game next week. As Ventura heads into the bowl game, Mack has no preference as to his team will match up against. “At this point, you’re just honored to be able to play in a bowl game,” he said. “We’re honored to have finished as well as we finished.”

Bringing home the cup– clockwise from top: The Raiders��� Andre Garcia is met by the Pirates’ Robby Leith and Mike Davis, left. Pirates’ runningback Dominique Morris, above left, is met by two Raiders defenders. Tim Feralli leaps up over a Ventura player on a pass play, far left.

Photos by Kyle Ray


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