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New registration procedures reduce enrollment options
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To serve and protect
Waitlists reduced while priority registration changes considered Shoaib Najmuddin Staff writer
The registration process will be seeing changes as the student waitlist has already been decreased to five slots and priority registration is being reviewed for an overhaul. The waitlist was limited to 10 students this fall semester, but after months of discussion, the administration for all three campuses has agreed to cut the amount to five. According to Executive Vice President of Ventura College Ramiro Sanchez, the reasoning for reducing the waitlist was for the benefit of the students. “This allows students to make other choices earlier rather than waiting until opening day and then searching for an open section when they are unable to get into the class where they were waitlisted,” said Sanchez. See WAITLIST pg. 5
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The Ventura County Police and Sheriff’s Reserve Officer Academy cadets salute while in their marching block. The Police Academy gives students the opportunity to train to become either a fulltime or reserve officer. According to Sgt. Timothy Lumas, this year’s class, which will be graduating in January, is the largest ever, with 47 students. See full story pg. 8
Buyback helps students recoup book costs Sal Attinello Staff writer
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Decisions - Andreyna Perez, 18, an undecided major, discusses course options with OC counselor Dr. Emma Waits. Planning will become key after registration changes go into effect.
Student Services fee to help revamp MC Student Union Center
David Lopez Editor
With $1.8 million raised from the Student Center fee, the Moorpark College Associated Students has decided it is time to dip into the well and give students a new place to study in a group atmosphere. The Student Service Fee, implemented in 2000, is the one-dollar per unit, per year fee that students pay for every semester at Moorpark College, according to AS President Ryan Krebs. “Our main plan is to finally use the Student Center Fee,” Krebs said. “We want to finally give students a place to hang out.” Among the items on the list of things to be installed in the empty space, just outside of the Associated Student offices in the campus center, is to new carpeting, fresh paint on the walls, couches and add one or two televisions. “Our goal is to be done with the remodeling by the first day of the spring semester,” said Krebs. One of the motivations behind the building of this “Raiders’ Cove,” was the need for a place for students to study, and not just a place to lounge, according to Patricia Ewins, dean of performing arts
and student life. “I want to create areas around campus where students can study alone or in groups that is a not the same as a library,” Ewins said. “I want something that will give students or maybe even clubs an area to meet and work academically.” According to Krebs, the AS plans to set aside a currently empty office in the room to allow for students to get an opportunity to study, and keep the TV on something educational, like the National Geographic Channel, throughout the day. For the Associated Students , their motivation is to take a step forward in welcoming students into the campus center. “It has to be welcoming,” said AS Vice President Michael Fields. “If it’s just us and our friends then it is all a complete waste.” Fields estimates the spending to be around $20,000 all told on renovations. Both Ewins and the AS are working together towards the common goal of making the Student Union Center a more appealing location. “This will be a much a more attractive way to use that area,” said Ewins.
Every semester, Oxnard, Moorpark and Ventura colleges use a system to help students recoup some of the costs from their textbooks. The Ventura County Book Buyback helps students receive money for some of their previously used books. The Book Buyback is run by an outside corporation that helps students receive up to 50 percent of the price they originally paid for their books. The price is determined by the condition of the books and whether or not each school’s classes will be using the books for the upcoming semester. “This program is very effective for students because it gives them the opportunity to receive money back for books they don’t need anymore,” said Chuck Wilson, an employee at the Ventura College bookstore. The number of students that participate in the Book Buyback varies for each campus. Based on estimates from last year’s events, about a third of Ventura College students take advantage of the Buyback, while half the Moorpark College student body and some 100 to 200 students from Oxnard College also participate. “I feel that it’s great that so many students can see how well this program works and I believe that it has even more room to grow as more students use the program,” said Gina Brenner, an employee at the Oxnard College bookstore.
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Cash money– Students will have the opportunity to sell some books back to their respective campus bookstore.
VC women’s soccer championship run comes to an early end in Final-Four Tim Weisberg Sports editor
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Keep Away - Pirates Midfielder Jazmarae Strozier’s deft moves weren’t enough to secure a championship victory for VC.
The Ventura College Pirates were knocked off their ship and forced to jump into the sea of elimination, joining the other eighty-four teams that were dealt the same fate in Fridays CCCAA State Final Four. The Pirates women’s soccer team (19-4-1) certainly battled their way to the State Final Four, winning two games in overtime during the first and second round to put themselves in position for a trip to the State Final Four Pirates Head Coach Steve Hoffman believes that the journey itself is something to be proud of, and to have the ability to make it this deep into the playoffs. “I tell these play-
ers it’s the journey that counts, it’s not necessarily the destination,” he said. “We’ve had a great journey and lost to a very, very good team at home.” However, the journey the Pirates embarked on soon ended when they were knocked out of their first State Final Four appearance in the program’s 14-year history with a 3-0 loss to Consumnes River College Friday morning. The Pirates were able to control the ball movement early, on a couple of great feeds from midfielder Jazmarae Strozier to forward Alyssa McDonald. Despite some close looks, the Pirates were unable to capitalize offensively, which proved to be the weak focal point. See SOCCER pg. 9
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Feliz Navidad for county Mixtecas James Williams Staff writer Students have been bringing in presents for the Mixteca children in Ventura County, resulting in enough donated food to feed 200 families and presents provided to 1,000 children. The Mixteca Toy Drive captures the spirit of the holidays by giving Christmas to children who have never truly experienced it. All through November, Christmas presents have been piling up in the office of Professor Mayo de la Rocha for the Mixteca Christmas, held on Dec. 5. “I love doing it,” said de la Rocha. “I have done it for six years in a row. It’s just about the best thing I do all year.” According to de la Rocha, there are 20,000 native Mixtecas, Mexicans from the state of Oaxaca, living and working in Ventura County. Many come from an area where they have never before experienced Christmas, and many have no idea who Santa Claus is. “It’s a beautiful project,” said de la Rocha. “You can’t beat it. This is what it’s all about.”
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She blinded me with science–Under the tutelage of Patricia Fausset, students taking the Introduction to S.T.E.M. Disciplines class at Ventura College check the efficacy of gene uptake using RT-PCR.
Ventura program nurtures sciences
VC Campus editor Students with an interest in the math and science fields are encouraged to join an exciting new program called S.T.E.M. Power. Sponsored by the S.T.E.M. grant at Ventura College, the program is dedicated to providing support and services to students majoring in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Gema Espinoza, the Student Outreach Specialist, provides ongoing support for students in S.T.E.M. “The S.T.E.M. program has several goals,” said Espinoza. “One is to give students hands-on experience using high-tech S.T.E.M. equipment. Another is to show students the interdisciplinary nature of S.T.E.M. research. A S.T.E.M. class seemed the best way of reaching these goals.” Espinoza handles recruitment for the program, identifying current students and recent high school graduates with an interest in any of the S.T.E.M. majors. Almost 150 students are currently associated with
the program. Jonathan Couey, a 20-year-old mechanical engineering major, is among the students involved with S.T.E.M. “The program is useful because it allows us to have one-on-one interactions with a specialist in our intended major,” said Couey. “It’s like having another counselor.” Students who join S.T.E.M. will find a number of opportunities knocking on their door. Those involved with the program receive valuable information regarding scholarships and internships in their field of study. Students also get the chance to meet with professionals from a variety of S.T.E.M. fields and get proper training on how to use state-of-the-art equipment. S.T.E.M. also offers one-on-one tutoring and mentoring services. Carlos Maciel, a 20-year-old civil engineering major, is very pleased with another benefit that comes with joining S.T.E.M.; receiving a book waiver for math and science classes. “I’ve saved about $600 dollars on books this semester,” said Maciel.
S.T.E.M. Power is currently looking for students to join the “Introduction to S.T.E.M. Disciplines” class next semester, a one-unit course that will help undeclared S.T.E.M. students find the major that is right for them. “The class is geared towards helping students focus on what research interests them, so undeclared S.T.E.M. students would be best served,” said Espinoza. “Having said that, however, the class is open to anyone who wishes to enroll.” According to Espinoza and Jamie Whiteford, professor for the S.T.E.M. class, students can expect to work in a fun, interactive, and informative environment. The class will help students find the right major, but the course will also guide these students down the proper career path. The class is designed to help students identify what they would like to do within their selected major. “Anyone interested in S.T.E.M.-related research and excited by the idea of using high-tech equipment should definitely take this class,” said Espinoza.
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World Aids Day prompts lecture on awareness Jesus Meza III Staff writer
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Rescue Heros– Above, cadets of the Oxnard College Regional Fire Academy march to their next lecture. Below, Jorge Figueroa, 23, rappels down the side of a wall upside-down to simulate a rescue situation while instructors and classmates look on.
Fire cadets prepare for future Sherylyn Andaya Hannah Davey Staff writers
Jorge Figueroa hated heights. The 23-year-old was rigged into a climbing harness and was putting all his trust into a few meters of rope, some carabineers and the men above him. He was rappelling down the side of a stairwell simulating an old apartment building in an exercise to prepare him for an actual rescue if an emergency should break out. Figueroa is a cadet in the Oxnard College Regional Fire Academy. The Oxnard College Regional Fire Academy trains firefighter hopefuls and gives them the skills they need for their future careers. According to Academy Coordinator Jim Peterson, being a firefighter is one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs. “It’s more than fighting fires,” said Petersen. “You have to be of high character. We see the
public at the worst timeyou have to be able to make it better.” The Oxnard College Regional Fire Academy is an accredited California State Fire Marshal program that provides certificates from several safety and rescue organization. To qualify for the program, a student must take the required prerequisite courses including Fire Protection Organization and Emergency Medical Technician Basics. The academy cadets go through rigorous training at the fire academy: 960 hours of training that includes hose operations, ladder drills, vehicle rescue and other simulations. “Always be ready to work. It’s not easy,” said Jason Clark, 23. “They expect a lot out of everybody. If you’re going to do it, be serious. Train like your life depends on it.” The cadets of Battalion 32 will be graduating Dec. 13 at the Oxnard College Regional Fire
Academy at the Camarillo Airport in a ceremony at 10 a.m. The cadets will be running a number of simulations before the ceremony, showing off
their newly acquired skills to friends and family. For the full story and more photos, go to www.StudentVoiceOnline.com.
In observance of World AIDS Day, audience members at the Oxnard College Auditorium were inundated with a cluster of valuable information all concerning HIV on Dec. 2. The lecture, part of the Oxnard College Literature, Arts and Lecture Series, drew attention on the risks of contracting HIV. Joined by William Bradley, member of the AIDS Awareness Society, speaker Danny Delgado provided his personal story of living with HIV. Delgado grew up in Ventura County, never getting out of line in school. “The worst thing I ever did when I was in high school was throw toilet paper on a neighbor’s lawn,” said Delgado. When he turned 19, he started drinking and attending parties, becoming sexually active. He attained a job that required him to have a checkup at the doctor’s. It was there that he discovered he had HIV. “I was completely shocked when the doctors told me I’d contracted HIV,” said Delgado. “When my job found out, they had to let me go and I was unemployed for quite some while.” His contraction of the virus also cost him to lose three of his closest friends. He began taking expensive medications that delayed the process of developing AIDS, but the medicines would get him sick a lot of the times. “I would throw up constantly,” said Delgado. One day he got an opportunistic infection, a type of skin cancer, that left him severely ill, thin, and weak in the hospital for weeks. He was given a new medicine one day, which greatly increased his T cells, saving his life. As a survivor, he continues to live his dreams, traveling the world and creating international awareness and prevention for HIV while taking 14 medications daily to slow the growth process of HIV. He said there are five ways in which HIV can be transmitted: semen, blood, vaginal fluid, breast milk and pre-ejaculate. “Sexual intercourse is the number one cause of HIV transmission,” said Delgado. “Although condoms are a good way of preventing HIV, it is not onehundred percent effective, for they can break. So the best way of prevention is ultimately abstinence.” Delgado recommends everyone should get testing. Currently, there is no cure for HIV, but there are medicines that can exptend the life spans of those who live with HIV. Nineteen-year-old criminology major Elizabeth Santiago said the lecture was excellent. “As a woman who’s sexually active, I like to know ways in preventing STDs like HIV,” said Santiago. “Being safe is my top priority, and this lecture really helped. For the full story and more information, go to www.StudentVoiceOnline.com.
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Nursing through technology
Mallory Martin Staff writer
Photo by Tony Sintic
Shout–Megan Raiyzor performed an excerpt from Carolyn Steele Agosta’s “Flags Waving” as part of the fundraiser.
Forensics team acts for funding
Mallory Martin Staff writer
The forensics team explored the human condition through performance while raising funds. The national awardwinning forensics team at Moorpark College held a fundraiser at the Performing Arts Center Nov. 2. The team showed off their skills while raising money to pay for this year’s tournament expenses. The speakers performed stories and situations of love, loss, cruelty, and even the dangers of free speech. The team is led by coaches Rolland Petrello, Neal Stewart, Jill McCall, August Benassi and Jim Wyman. For Petrello, his favorite part of working with the students is watching them learn. “[The best part is] watching students grow from being nervous about speaking to win-
ning state and national championships in as little as a few months,” said Petrello. “The skills and confidence they get from that is something that many of our alums have said has completely transformed their lives, regardless of the career path they pursued.” The night started off with an oral interpretation speech by team newcomer Stacy Treible. Oral Interpretation is a collage of literature centered around a central point, in Treible’s case, the things you miss out on if you are too busy. Treible was followed by silver medalist Emma Buel, with a persuasive speech on human trafficking. Buel was excellent, stating her points clearly and intensely. She easily paced the stage while informing students about the truth of modern slavery. For the rest of the story, go to Studentvoiceonline.com.
The needle pierces the fake plastic flesh of the mechanical man, his pulse races, his oxygen levels continue to fall; the nurses race to find another solution to his needs. At the Moorpark nursing program, up-todate technology gives nurses-in-training the chance to practice without the need of a real patient. “Our faculty is mostly made up of working professionals, and I think that drives how we teach and interact with our students,” said Carol Higashida, coordinator of health sciences at Moorpark. “We hold very high standards for our students, and I think that pushes students to high standards. We want to train them not only in safe care, but in quality care.” “Sim-man,” or simulation man, is one example of a device used to prepare and test students’ reactions to realistic situations they may encounter in the field. Teachers control the robots by altering blood pressure, oxygen levels, or adding other symptoms. Currently the major is so popular that it has at least a two year waitlist to enter. The program accepts around 44 students per semester, and more than 90 percent of graduates go on to pass the national registered nurse licensing exam. The program has out grown their original location at the trailers, and
was in need of a new facility. In September of 2008, the construction of the new Health Sciences building off Campus Road began. “It’ll be really nice when we get the new building in, so we can expand.” Higashida commented. The Health Sciences building is scheduled to
be finished at the end of the spring semester. Lindsay Locquiao, a 22-year old nursing major, has been very happy with her experience so far. “We have peer tutors, and all the teachers are always willing to help with any questions,” Locquiao said. Hedien Etminani,
a 25-year-old nursing major, was also positive about the program. “You know that you are getting top qualifications for applying to jobs,” Etminani said. “If a UCLA student and a Moorpark College Nursing student were applying for the same job, I think they would pick the Moorpark student.”
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Plastic patients–Moorpark College Instructional Lab Technician Christina Woo, left, guides Hazel Duran, 48, through the Virtual I.V. program in the Nursing Lab. Virtual I.V. is a computer simulation that allows nursing majors like Duran to practice intravenous catheterization.
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WAITLIST: Fees need to be paid Continued from pg. 1
In addition, Sanchez said the new waitlist has encouraged students to enroll in open courses and has allowed students to look at other course selections that fit into their educational plan. Sanchez also says that it reduces the level of false expectations that students will automatically be admitted to a class. Executive Vice President of Moorpark College Ed Knudson expands, “Right now we have fewer sections being offered and enrollments are high. Just because you’re on a waitlist does not mean you’re definitely going to get into the class so what we’re trying to do is reduce students’ expectations that they’re definitely getting into the class.” According to Knudson the administration wants to encourage students to explore their options and enroll in open courses rather than remain on waitlists, falsely believing that they will be admitted. Executive Vice President of Oxnard College Erika Endrijonas further explains the benefits of a reduced waitlist. “It helps with faculty because again when you have a lot of people on a waitlist you might have another ten show up to class. With a smaller waitlist it becomes a lot easier to deal with just the students that we have in the class.” According to Endrijonas adjusting the waitlist had been in the works for last two months and took effect when priority registration began for the spring semester on Nov. 16. Another item of discussion between district administrators has been changing the order in priority registration. The current process includes giving priority to students with more units. This model gives the highest priority to students with 45 or more units and the lowest to new students. The model in discussion would give the lowest priority to students with 60 or more units. “If a student has 90 units compared to a student with 40 units we have to ask ourselves why does this person have 90 units? Are you actually trying to work towards a degree? If you’re not then we want to give priority to someone with 40 or 45 units and who really is trying to get to 60 units so that they can graduate on time and transfer or take a licensing exam or whatever it is they’re trying to do,” said Endrijonas. According to Knudson, all changes are intended to help students. “More than just becoming more efficient, we just want to create a better atmosphere for students,” said Knudson. “That’s our main purpose here. We just want to help our students achieve their goals.”
Ground broken on new Learning Center
OC Campus editor Students, faculty, staff and members of the community joined Oxnard College President Richard Duran and members of the board of trustees for the groundbreaking of the new Learning Resource Center on Dec. 3. Bond Measure S makes the continued improvement of the campus’s face possible. Ventura County citizens voted to approve the measure in March of 2002 to renovate and construct educational sites across the community college campuses. The Learning Resource Center, a twostory, 38,000 square foot facility will include updated reference and media collections, an electronic classroom, distance learning, study rooms and a 400-station computer lab. Duran is pleased that the plans for the Learning Resource Center contain so many tools for students. “The knowledge base has expanded exponentially and it’s important that we house resources for that knowledge base,” said Duran. Duran says the addi-
Photo by Hannah Davey Artist rendition courtesy of Laurie Nusser
Above, members of the VCCCD Board of Trustees and President Richard Duran break ground for the new Learning Resource Center. Right, an artist’s rendition of the building design.
tion of the Learning Resource Center, will cause OC to come full circle. “We have a comprehensive college,” he said. “With this the campus will be complete. We have the facilities to help our programs.”
ASVC plans for future Moorpark College biology student center remodel professor running for congress
Alyssa Avalos Staff writer
ASVC is currently planning a remodel of the Student Center at Ventura College. Funds for the renovation would come from the accumulated money set up by the Student Center Fee. The Student Center Fee was passed in the fall of 2002 and is now being looked at by ASVC to be used. The fee is one dollar per unit up to 10 units for students taking classes at Ventura College. According to ASVC treasurer Octavio Higareda by June 30, 2010 the Student Center Fee will have collected over $1 million. ”We were surprised when looking over the accounts to see how much money was there,” said Kea Kanamu, ASVC president. A gourmet coffee stand is part of the renovation already being negotiated. Having the stand would provide student jobs and coffee for students to purchase. Further plans are not able to be moved for-
ward on until the original wording of the Student Center Fee’s purpose is found. Having been passed through previous administrations, finding the original documentation has proved to be a problem. The description for the Student Center Fee when registering addresses expansion and remodeling as part of the purpose for the fee. While there is still the issue of documentation, ASVC is coming up with other ideas for remodeling. Proposed ideas are replacing games in the arcade for new ones and creating a better lounge for students. Kanamu even proposed a room with a projector for students to watch movies. “We hope to bring back a lot of activity that I think we have been lacking,” said Kanamu. Time is of the essence for ASVC seeing as elections will be in April of the Spring Semester 2010 and many members of ASVC will be transferring in the fall.
Brennan Whitmore News editor
One Moorpark College Professor feels that the educational system in California has a few flaws, and she plans to do something about it. Biology Professor Marie Panec is running as a Democrat for the US Congress in California’s 24th Congressional District, with the Congressional Election coming up in 2010. Panec feels that as an eduMarie cator, she can bring a new mindset to her District. “I don’t think education has enough voices in our political system and I think as a result they’re seeing policies that are well intended but have a lot of repercussions that people don’t understand,” said Panec. Panec says that her three main campaign goals are to address the local economy, education and the environment. Political Science Pro-
fessor Lee Ballestero says that Panec running for congress is significant in that it reminds people that regular people can get into politics. “You tend to see people who end up in congress as having relatively the same kind of jobs, same demographic characteristics,” said Ballestero. “So it’s nice to see somebody who is like the average person running.” Panec says that California needs to return to an educational Panec system that was present thirty years ago, where the state had one of leading systems in the country and spent an adequate amount of funding on education. This all changed with the passage of Prop 13 as well as the slashing of the tax structure, which as a result has led to California spending less on education. One of the agents of change, Panec feels, can be the federal government.
“What you want government to do is to level the playing field and make sure basic rights are guaranteed for all citizens,” said Panec. She also feels that the other two goals of her platform, improving the economy and green policy, can go hand in with each other, with research in alternative energy creating a need for more jobs. “If we look historically at job creation in this country, science and technology have always led the way,” said Panec. She gave an example of the automotive industry at the beginning of the 20th century, where whole new jobs were created for assembling vehicles. Panec says that she can represent the needs of Ventura County, something that she also says Sen. Elton Gallegly has not done. “He doesn’t actively present bills, he doesn’t advocate for the district, he doesn’t take issues up with the district, and I decided that that is an area I think needs to see some change.”
Students give technology to change lives Brennan Whitmore News editor
Photo by Tony Sintic
Strong hold– Kathryn Adams takes a look at the XO laptop. This is the computer they send out across the world.
The first semester of the Year of Service ended with a presentation from a group that wants to give an educational tool to children in need. Caryl Bigenho, a support volunteer for One Laptop per Child, gave a presentation on Nov. 4 in the Forum to persuade the audience to start a university chapter on campus. One Laptop per Child provides children around the world with the XO, a ruggedly constructed green and white laptop computer that has a variety of educational programs. Bigenho pointed out how the goal of the program was more than just giv-
ing away a machine. ”It’s an education project, not a laptop project,” said Bigenho. A university chapter would allow students to volunteer with the service to help repair the laptops, design programs, research and help write technical manuals that would be included in the machines. Bigenho also stressed how they were in need of programmers to help them make more applications for the machines. “So many of our programs are written by volunteers when a need is seen, and if a need is seen they can do that,” said Bigenho. For the full story, go to www.StudentVoiceOnline.com.
Arts and Entertainment
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VC artists learn lessons in landscape Alyssa Avalos Staff writer
A very important part of an artists work is to be shown not only to its viewers but the location as well, to enhance the artists work that they have laboured so hard over. The students of the VC landscape class got to show their work to their friends, family and members of the community at the Blanchard Community library in Santa Paula in a special reception held on Nov 12. Ventura College Art Instructor Dorothy Orr pressed the importance of the artists being able to show their work in such a manner. “Presentation is an important part of the package,” said Orr. “They get to see that here.” Attendees were able to observe the art produced by members of Ventura College’s Land-
Photo by Alyssa Avalos
Presentation- Students of the VC landscape painting class presented their art in a reception for friends and family on Nov. 12.
scape Painting, Water Color Painting and Ink Technique classes. At the time of the reception, pieces produced during class were shown as well as additional pieces.
Guests were also able to meet the artists. Orr went on to explain that the location of the exhibit was chosen when the program was at the Ventura College
Saving Trees. Participating artists were asked to price their own artwork and all proceeds will go to the Rainforest Action Network. “I am so excited to be a part of something like this because of the wonderful people that are helping to make this art walk happen,” said McBride. “This is all about communal cooperation and it is so beautiful to see it manifest.” The art walk consisted of not just paintings, but also photographs and drawings. Many participating artists were first time painters, including 22-year-old
Brandon Moats of California State University, Northridge. “My inspiration came from the fact that I usually never paint,” said Moats. “It would be my first time painting on canvas and if the money raised went to saving a rainforest I had to.” Artists Saving Trees will continue to accept submissions and will be hosting art walks every first Saturday and Sunday of the month.For those who are interested in donating a painting, contact Megan McBride at FeelMystic@gmail. com. Visit RAN.org or FeelMystic.com for more
East Campus in Santa Paula. “I decided to continue it here because it is a well lit place during the day that is open to the public,” said Orr.
Artists were able to enjoy the work of classmates and mingle amongst the crowd of approximately 70 guests. Tristan Richter, a 19-year-old Studio Arts
Major, is taking three art classes in his second semester at Ventura College. “We actually go to a different place each week,” said Richter. “When I come to class, it’s a challenge.” Others commented on the bond formed between the classes. One such person is Mason Sexton, a 21-yearold Art Major. “It’s more like a family. They’ve really been able to grow together,” said Sexton. Sexton also commented on his over all sentiments about the evening and the support shown by others. “Especially with something like this, I think we enjoy it and find a lot of fulfillment in it,” said Sexton. The exhibit for the Ventura College Landscape artists will remain open to the public at the Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula through Dec. 29.
MC art student raises rainforest awareness Tawni Staples Staff writer
Trees are used by human beings and animals around the world. Through trees, people gain wood for building, oxygen for breathing, and the materials for a canvas. Twentyone-year-old art major, Megan McBride took it upon herself to bring awareness of rainforest preservation to Ventura County by hosting an art walk at the Simi Valley Town Center. McBride gathered friends co-workers, and fellow classmates to donate paintings for Artists
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Rainforest- Lindsey Connick Sheldon and Andrew Murphy view “Robo Love” by Seam Kale. All proceeds will go to the Rainforest Action Network.
Switchfoot dominates at Ventura Theatre David Lopez Editor
Photo by J. Carlos Zavala
Relativity- Monica Brupbacher and Suzanne Richardson perform aerial dance styles in the VC fall dance concert Dec. 4-6.
VC dance concert hits the mark Brett Arve
Staff Writer The Ventura College dance department has spent 27 years making a name for themselves with their annual fall concerts and 2009 was no exception. The event was organized by department chair Cathy Jean Butter, who seemed excited and pleased with what the dance team has put together this year. “What’s great is almost the entire recital was student choreographed,” said Butter.
V.C.’s dance group was able to team up with guest choreographers Marlon Pelayo, Conner Casavan and Monica Brupbacher. Casavan has performed in Las Vegas, Pelayo is a dancer for the Fanatix Dance Company and Brupbacher is a well-known local artist. 2008’s fall concert, entitled “Planet Dance,” represented the theme of being ‘eco-conscious.’ The student’s dance work in that concert was designed to raise awareness of environmental issues and interpret sustainable liv-
ing situations. The concert also had an original ‘rock-operetta’ called “Reboot Earth,” written and composed by local artists Loren Evans and Tamarasue Varney. This rock operetta was a comparison of the recurring environmental movement versus the established industrial struggle. This year, the dance ensemble put together a wide variety of different dance styles, including everything from aerial dance routines to contemporary dance and even modern abstract dance
In a world dominated by drugs, sex and rock ‘n roll, it’s hard to imagine taking down a shift in today’s culture. Switchfoot, howeever, has perfected that art, and proved it at the Ventura Majestic Theatre on Dec. 5. With a combination of electronic melodies that clash with the typical guitar riffs and rip roaring drum beats, Switchfoot is just like any other typical experimental rock band now a day.The only difference is their message. “I like to write songs about the things I don’t understand,” said singer Jon Foreman. “Those two things are typically girls and God, it’s all an explanation to understand these things that I don’t quite understand.” This central theme was underlying throughout all the songs, but it took nothing away from the concert. If anything, the breath of fresh air was almost like an ocean breeze up from their hometown of San Diego, it was just different. What set Foreman apart from other per-
formers was that while he was being lifted up into the crow by security, he almost fell flat on his face. Yet throughout this whole performance hiccup, he never missed a beat, and more importantly, never missed a note. Switchfoot put a lot of faith in their fans when they came out and performed their set list, which consisted of playing the album “Hello Hurricane” from top to bottom. After a two minute intermission, they came out and performed the Switchfoot classics, including singles going all the way back to their first hit album, “The Beautiful Letdown.” However, Switchfoot did prove to have some fun with the crowd, as they performed there single “Gone” and mixed in a cover version of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.”Overall, the concert experience was intimate for both fans and Switchfoot. During several points of the concert, Foreman would come down for one more visit with the crowd, making a good performance all the more impressive.
Last concert before remodeling begins on VC theatre Sal Attinello Staff writer
The Ventura College Music Department “End of an Era” program marks the last concert to be performed in the old VC Theatre building before it is closed for remodeling. The concert, being held on
Dec. 12 begins with the college choir’s rendition of “Christmas Oratorical,” a compilation of 10 songs related to the season. “Watching your friend’s solos at Ventura College, what could honestly be better than supporting your friends?” says Dr. E. Burns Taft, musical
director at Ventura College. Pepperdine Professor Louise Lofquist playing in “First Piano Concerto” a musical piece done by world famous Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich. The piano solo also features a trumpet solo, blending the sounds of trum-
pet and piano with string accompaniment. “Our concert is going to have much more variety than any that could be going on that night,” said Burns Taft. “One big orchestra with one theme. Also a very recognizable piece with the choir.” The concert begins at
8 p.m. Tickets may only be purchased at the door the evening of the concert. Admission runs $10 for general admission and $5 for students, staff and seniors. For more information contact Dr. Burns Taft at 805-6546400 ext. 3210.
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‘DJ Hero’ gives wannabes a time to scratch –Review–> Brennan Whitmore News editor
It’s really a shame that DJ Hero has had such low sale numbers because it’s the breath of fresh air that the music game genre needs so desperately. It has a steeper learning curve than the pick and play Guitar Heros and Rock Bands. But for those willing to take the time to learn it’s intricacies, players will find that that DJ Hero is one of the best faux musician games in years. DJ Hero is controlled by a turntable controller, with the ubiquitous Guitar Hero colored buttons on a record platter, a crossfader, a star power/ euphoria button as well as an effects dial. You “play” a song by hitting buttons in the time with a song as well as holding them down to “scratch” and using the crossfader to keep the track playing. This set up can take some more getting used to than it sounds like, especially managing the crossfader. Once you get a handle on it, however, the game becomes second nature. Scratching in a song just feels right, and gives you a feeling of control-
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ling the music arguably better than Guitar Hero. To help with the difficulty, it’s not possible to really fail a song. You can completely flub a track and earn zero stars, but the song ends regardless. Of course, the best control in the world means nothing if the
soundtrack is lacking or made up entirely of covers of the Hamster Dance, and here the game doesn’t disappoint. Featuring more than 90 mixups of songs by Beck, Daft Punk, Eminem, Jay-Z and Queen, DJ Hero has some unholy combinations that have no right to sound
as good as they do. Vanila Ice and MC Hammer together should sound hilarious, not one of best mixups anywhere ever. Also, Marvin Gaye with the Gorrillaz? Sweet Jesus yes. Every song in the game sounds and plays amazing, despite some
songs being mixed multiple times. Put simply, there needs to be an album with every one of these concoctions released. Also, to combat the no fail aspect, there is a ludicrous amount of songs, characters, outfits, decks, headphones and samples to unlock.
Even after 20 hours play time between several Student Voice staff members, we still haven’t unlocked everything. It’s just that big. In addition to a few original characters the characterize certain aspects of DJ culture, you also get a real life spinsters to play with such as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the late DJ AM. Even Daft Punk can be unlocked, space helmets and all. One of the games biggest missteps, however, is in the fact that some songs are mixed up too many times. It can be fun to scratch “Holla Back Girl” the first time, but four more times? It doesn’t matter what the other song is, it’s too much. Whoever decided to mix “Boom Boom Pow” more than zero times needs to be fired as well. It’s also hard to justify spending $120 on the game and turntable, especially considering that your average music game fan probably has a living room stuffed with plastic instruments. Despite this, DJ Hero manages to be worth the investment and then some. It may just be one of the best music games released yet. A copy of the game and turntable was provided by developer Activision for the Playstation 3.
New director, new vision makes a great ‘New Moon’ –Review–> Hannah Davey
OC editor The undeniable world domination by lecherous, blood-sucking fiends continues with the release of the second segment of Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” saga, “New Moon.” For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past four years, “Twilight” is the new worldwide literary-cum-cinematic phenomenon, filled with romance, action and magical creatures. The series begins with “Twilight” where shallow, vapid and hallow Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) discovers that her soulmate, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), is a vampire. In “New Moon,” the hot romance is pushed aside by peril when Edward leaves Bella. She goes into a psychotic depression, riddled with night terrors, starvation and monotony. However, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), a new romantic interest, slowly brings Bella out of her funk. In comparison to “Twilight,” “New Moon” surpasses the film by leaps and bounds. “New Moon” Director Chris Weitz gave Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner more to explore with their characters in this movie rather than having them lie in a meadow and gaze dreamily at each other, similar to Catherine Hardwick’s direction in her masterpiece (or monster-piece, however a viewer looks at it), “Twilight.” Granted, “Twilight” has a mere budget of $37 million according to “Entertainment Weekly”
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(http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20211840,00. html) while Summit Entertainment granted $50 million dollars for “New Moon” according to the L.A. Times (http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ctnewmoon21-2009nov21,0,7638993.story). A little more money and a better director can go a long way, however, the lead actors are not Oscar worthy themselves. However, Weitz is well known for his special effects in movies, most notably the film adaptation to Philip Pullman’s novel, “Northern Lights,” better known as “The Golden Compass.” In “New Moon,” we are introduced to the world of the La Push werewolves (more like shape-shifters, but the argument is better left to Geek Columnist Brennan Whitmore.) The wolves are described to be about the size of a bear and Weitz brings them to life and height in the film with his special effects. However, while it’s difficult to imagine six-foottall werewolves while reading the novel, it’s even harder to stomach while watching the movie. The blame is cast on Meyers: who can really see six-foot-tall werewolves in their mind? Despite the overabundance of corny lines and awkward moments, the best courtesy of Mike Newton (Michael Welch), there are a few highlights to “New Moon.” Javier Aguirresarobe’s cinematography was brilliant. The transitions of time during Bella’s depression was clever and the camerawork during a werewolf fight was faster than lightning, but still managed to make sense and kick ass when it came to the action. Through it all, Michael Sheen stole the movie as
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Aro, one of the leaders of the Volturi, the vampire royalty/government based in Italy. While Sheen is not unfamiliar with playing creatures (he played Lucian in “Underworld”), he is best know for his role as David Frost in “Frost Nixon.” Aro, however, was a complete turnaround from the talk show host turned journalist. It seemed like Sheen based some of his character on Dr. Hannibal Lecter, how Aro found everything as a puzzle and the fact that he observed his guests with fascination, and slightly creepy eyes. You could see the work Sheen put into finding Aro because even though he held a small role, the depth could be seen in the mere movements he made. Overall, four stars and two thumbs up for “New Moon” simply because Lautner’s biceps and abs are worth the $12.50 to get into the movie.
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Police Academy–The Sheriff’s Reserve Academy marched to the Oxnard College Regional Fire Academy nearby to offer them gifts of ice cream and stuffed kittens as a prank on Nov. 2.
Academy students to graduate in January Ara Ortiz
Staff writer The Ventura County Police and Sheriff’s Reserve Officer Academy is an option for students that want to do something different and give back to their community. Ventura College’s Reserve Officer Training course is offered by the Ventura County Police and Sheriff’s Reserve Officer Academy and allows people who are interested in learning the skills needed to serve and protect their communities. Reserve officers are similar to regular police
officers except they don’t usually get paid for their work. They have the same duties as police officers such as conducting stakeouts, booking, patrol as well as other tasks. Since reserve officers are similar to police officers, they also need to pass the same tests, background screening and physical tests as full time police officer needs to. The academy lasts 21 weeks and meets four days a week. At the academy, cadets are taught all the rules and regulations about it the law and how
The road ahead after transfering
Contributing writer Kaitlin Gardiner drives to California State University, Northridge and makes sure she arrives early to class. She enters the classroom, sits down at a desk and begins studying. Gardiner transferred to CSUN for the 20092010 school year as a business management major after earning her associate degree in business administration at Moorpark College. The path to Northridge had its obstacles for Kaitlin, but she would eventually discover which direction she wanted her life to start heading. Gardiner may be your typical college student, but the journey that brought her to the Northridge campus is different than the route taken by hundreds of thousands of high school graduates every fall. Instead of enrolling at CSUN straight out of high school, Gardiner transferred from Moorpark College. “I am glad that I went to a community college first,” said Gardiner. “I learned a lot about myself in the process.” Gardiner used her time at Moorpark College to explore different subjects because she wasn’t sure what to major in. “I had numerous of-
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fers to go away and compete collegiately in track and field, but I was not ready to move away,” said Gardiner. Gardiner’s decision to attend a community college was made easier by the fact that she wanted to still be close to her friends and family. Gardiner explored different subjects, focusing on kinesiology, but switched majors to business management after realizing her passion was to help operate her family business, Produce Available. “There are so many opportunities with this major and I am a person who hates to limit my options because I get bored rather easily,” says Gardiner. For the full story, go to Studentvoiceonline.
to enforce it. To join the academy, a person must be 18 years old and have some physical ability to complete an obstacle course, run long distances, jump over high objects and carry over 150 pounds. Sgt. Timothy Lumas of the Oxnard Police Department is one of the instructors at the Reserve Officer Academy. Lumas believes the program, once started, will lead someone down a career path in law enforcement. “This program is a stepping stone to attending a full time or an extended academy,”
said Lumas.“The academy was initially started in 1980 for people who wish to give time back to their community, but already have full time jobs,” said Lumas. The academy today is still in favor of those who work a full-time job as the program is created around their schedule. Some of the cadets who are in the academy are in it as a starting point to join a law enforcement agency. Richard Smith, a 28year-old ex-member of the Navy, and has a project management major already under his belt, is hoping to become a po-
lice officer. “This is similar to a military class, but it’s different because they throw academics into it as well,” Smith said. “From a college standpoint, this is the hardest 12 units you will ever earn.” Smith respects the job a reserve officer does. “Tim Roberts, a 20 year-old criminal justice major is also hopeful. “This is a step in the right direction to get a job in full time law enforcement,” he said. “This is the best reserve in the state of California. So that helps us
when we try to get jobs as reserves or as a full time peace officer.” Some of the police agencies that recruit graduates from the Ventura County Reserve Officer Academy are police departments from Oxnard, Burbank, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Port Hueneme, Pasadena and Glendale. The Sheriff’s Departments of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura countries also recruit graduated cadets. The class is one of the biggest the program has had and will graduate 47 cadets at the beginning of Jan.
easily incorporate this seasons trends into a classy look. Simple dark denim is a great investment, if you choose to wear denim and make it pop with a nice dressy shirt and a fitted blazer. To make this look more formal wear it with a shoe that has a heel, either boot or pump. Sequins and metallics can be intimidating at first because they are such a statement, but it’s important to know how to keep it the focal point with out going over the top. Choosing a nice cocktail dress is a good way to incorporate sequins and metallics. When choosing the right dress, it’s all about preference, but after choosing one, it’s all about how you style it. A nice pair of opaque tights is a great way to compliment dark sequin
dress, but with metallics, it’s best to not pair it with tights because your outfit can look too choppy. Because a dress is a much bigger statement you can get away with flats. However, a good pair of heels does enhance the look. For guys the best
way to take these over the top trends into your wardrobe is with accessories. Sequins and metallics can be easily translated into a nice tie. Satin and velvet are a strong trend with coats this year. For full collumn, go to Studentvoiceonline. com
A guide to winter fashion Benji Guerrero Staff writer
With the end of the year right around the corner, whether it’s a holiday or New Years party, your wardrobe should not fall flat. If there is one fashion don’t during these celebrative times it’s showing up to a party underdressed. Like previous years the end of the year is bringing back more sequins, satin, velvet and metallics in both men and women’s wear. When dealing with women’s attire you can
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Join Foodshare in feeding the hungry
Hunger is hopefully not something that most of us are worring about this holiday season, however, for a growing number of people in Ventura County, hunger is a daily issue. According to the Ventura County Star, more than 100,000 men, women and children don’t have enough food in Ventura County, with more than 20,000 of them being children. Hunger is growing along with unemployment and foreclosure rates. The holiday season is a perfect time to think about this problem and how we can help. An organization called Foodshare is an example of how one group is helping address this problem. Begun with a small number of people and run out of a garage, Foodshare is now a large organization serving 54,000 people in Ventura County. The Student Voice will be partnering with Foodshare during the holiday season, placing bins on campus for food donations and accepting monetary donations through a PayPal account until Dec. 18. The need for food is growing alongside the recession. According to Rebecca Reed, executive assistant at Foodshare, the organization is feeding 37% more people than last quarter. “Some of these people are having to choose between paying utility bills, rent or food,” said Reed. “One in eight in Ventura County are hungry and one in five of those are children.” Food-
share operates two warehouses in Oxnard and distributes the food through approximately 150 different agencies throughout Ventura County. The food bank receives donations for the community year-round and holds special food drives at times during the year when supplies are diminishing. “We can’t do it without the support of the community,” said Reed. Even though the number of people going hungry is staggering, a small donation can make a difference. One dollar given to Foodshare provides seven dollars worth of food. Now more than ever, help is needed. According to Jeanne Benitez, the development manager at Foodshare, volunteers are what keeps Foodshare going. “Volunteers are really the soul of this organization,” said Benitez, “Personally, it’s a labor of love, I am very passionate about our cause.” Foodshare began small, but with the help of many, it has grown into an organization that allows people to keep their homes, because sometimes it comes down to paying for food or the mortgage. Even if it’s something small, every bit of help counts. “It makes such a huge difference in the lives of the people we are serving.” said Benitez Please join the Student Voice in helping feed hungry families in our own communities this holiday season by contributing to Foodshare.
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Volunteer– Hal Felkerson from a Catholic charity in Santa Clarita lends a hand at Foodshare.
Holy war over “New Moon” Sarah Palin: A danger to society
Brennan Whitmore News editor
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A new movement is in the air, and it features impossibly pretty glitter vampires and shapeshifting werewolves that are violently in love with a shallow teenage girl. And nerds everywhere are grinding their teeth as they mentally repeat a single phrase: That. Should. Not. Be. Hello, this is another Geek Culture where I declare a jihad on “Twilight” and the latest movie, “New Moon”. If you’re a “Twilight” fan, grab a chair and a drink (preferably a stiff one). If you want to yell things at me over the internet, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. “Twilight” has taken our favorite spawn of Bram Stoker, the vampire, and turned them into literary teenage girl porn. I knew this. I had learned to live with this. “New Moon”, how-
ever, features buff vaguely indian looking men who morph into wolves. “New Moon” took an embodiment of man’s fear of both nature and his own animalistic desires, the werewolf, and castrated it. They are shirtless teenage men by day, and idioticly big wolves whenever they damn please. It’s almost like the original author wanted something like a werewolf but decided the whole transforming into a half man beast angle wasn’t sexy enough, so she farted out a gimped hybrid. Imagine if the next Twilight movie features zombies that have non decaying skin and fringe hair cuts. Also, when shot in the head they don’t die, but hello kitty stickers fly out of the wound along to the sounds of Death Cab for Cutie. Yeah. Now you know how I feel.
Alongside 2008 republican presidential candidate, John McCain, a special lady helped publicize his campaign. That woman was Sarah Palin, and after losing the 2009 presidential election and resigning as Alaska’s governor, she knows there is money out there to be made. Not only is she on every social networking site, she also wrote a book called Going Rogue which came out on Nov. 17 and has recently appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote her new book. Some may think this great, good for Sarah Palin, but others like me are just wondering why? The point of the matter is that Palin has a huge impact on society, which I find to be incredibly dangerous.
In the middle of her campaign she had an interview with Katie Couric who asked Palin what medias she read and kept up with before being tapped for vicepresident and Palin responded, “I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press for the media…,” but she spoke of noth-
ing specific. After being asked several times by Couric, Palin responded “all of them, many of them...,” but still nothing specific. Then there is her blog, TheSarahPalinBlog.com. This blog, has a huge support system as the writer spits upon other politicians such as former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and President Barack Obama. TheSarahPalinBlog.com also includes ‘speeches never given by Palin’ including her acceptance speech written by Matthew Scully, who has also worked for former President, George Bush Jr. America just cannot get enough of Sarah Palin, and it is distressing that this is where majority of society’s focus goes to. Sarah Palin is distracting everyone from real problems we as a country and as a world are facing.
Children have been taking a leading role in many reality television series as of late. TLC is packed full of shows like “Jon and Kate Plus 8” and “18 Kids and Counting.” This brings up the point, is it healthy to put Photo courtesey of of tlc.discovery.com children in front of the Family- The Gosselin family at a birthday party for their kids. camera so early? Lynn
Meschan, a professor of child psychology at Moorpark College, feels that it is too early to determine the affects of this relatively new phenomena, as long term research is currently unavailable. Dr. Meschan did however see a correlation between what is happening in these households under scrutiny and research outcomes on bacteria.
“Bacteria grows faster under observation,” said Meschan. She feels that this same idea could easily apply to the televised children. “Children growing up in the glare of the camera are not going to grow the same way as those raised under regular conditions. I would not recommend it and I would not do it with my kids.”
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Jon and Kate exploit their eight on television Mallory Martin Staff writer
–Letter to the Editor–> Dear Editor, In response to the Editorial from November 18th, 2009 titled “Make group counseling work” as well as the front page article “Budget cuts force counseling changes:” I appreciate the editorial and the fact that potential issues that concern students are being addressed. However, a few things in the editorial need a response. To begin with, the first sentence is inaccurate in the “Make group counseling work”. We have no plans to stop oneon-one counseling and “push” students into group counseling. You would not want to see your personal physician in a group setting and we feel much of academic counseling deserves the same privacy. What is left out of both articles is what we are already doing in groups at all 3 colleges. The front page was limited by interviews with the President of Oxnard College, Moorpark College and the Dean of Student Services at Ventura College. A balanced approach should have included
interviews with faculty in each department. I will only speak for Moorpark College in saying that we currently do a number of groups for counseling and advising such as New Student Orientations, Probation Workshops, Transfer Workshops, Orientations for Athletics and others. I believe our administration understands that individual needs are best met in a oneon-one environment. I know we will continue to provide as many opportunities as possible for currently enrolled Moorpark College students to meet individually with counselors. We will continue to explore ways and opportunities to meet student needs to the best of our abilities. Although we serve a large number of students, we highly recommend that each and every current student make an appointment and keep their appointment with a counselor to discuss and develop a plan to meet their educational and career goals. If the articles get students to think about the importance of making an appointment early in the semester, that’s great. I strongly encourage students to make appointments during a less busy time. At Moorpark College, this is usually from late Janu-
ary to early April and from September to October. Perhaps the Student Voice can help promote this. We see many students during drop-in or at the Express counter that have never had a 30 minute appointment. Express counseling might be sufficient to meet students’ immediate needs, but Express is limited to very quick and general questions (five minutes). Express by no means should substitute for a 30 minute appointment. So to recap • We are not planning on eliminating one-on-one counseling. • We will continue to develop and offer group counseling sessions to more efficiently and effectively serve students during this financial difficulty time. • Students need to take advantage of the “slower” times of the semesters to make and keep their appointments. • Express/drop-in is not a substitute for an appointment. Thank you, Corey Wendt, Counseling chair, Moorpark College
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Corrections The Student Voice Editorial that ran in the Dec. 8 edition incorrectly portrayed the counseling changes in the district. The changes to counseling are not going to be mandatory next year.
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The pirate offensive- Pirates defender Jennifer Arauz-Martinez looks for a player upfield to pass the ball to as Consumnes River College’s Trinidad Gallo, right, and Madison Zehnder, left, attempt to stop the offensive push. The Pirates struggled to find an offensive rhythm, and were shutout 1-0 in the State Final Four semifinal game Friday, Dec. 4 at Consumnes River College. The Pirates made their first appearance to the state semifinal despite failing to win the Western State Conference crown for the first time in the program’s 14-year history.
SOCCER: VC’s journey through playoffs ends in State Final Four Continued from Pg.1
The Hawks (16-4-4) soon controlled the tempo of the game, and the Pirates even got a lucky break when goalkeeper Adilene Pimental went for a ball out of the box, leaving an empty net. A Hawks’ forward headed the ball in, only to have it bounce off the top post. Despite dodging a bullet, the Hawks’ offensive push proved to be too much when fresh-
man forward Dani Arellano slipped a shot past Pimental in the 35th minute to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Pirates could not find an offensive rhythm, and the Hawks continued to control possession. The Pirates started to play choppy, getting a yellow card inside the box in the 72nd minute. The Hawks’ Madelyn Roberts then converted on the penalty kick, to put the game out
of reach at 2-0. Sophomore midfielder Arrianna Fragoso added insult to injury with a meaningless goal in the 86th minute to give the Hawks a threegoal lead. Hoffman mentioned how difficult it was to win on the road, and how his team has struggled to win away from home in the playoffs the past couple of years. “My team has lost every road game in the playoffs,” he said. “It’s very hard to win on the
road.” The Pirates relied on Strozier throughout the year offensively, but the Hawks defense was able to shut her down. Strozier might have not been able to help the Pirates offensively, but she remained proud of her teammates’ deep run this postseason. “We’re proud of what we have accomplished and how far we got this time,” Strozier said, “…and just bring it back next year and come out stronger.”
Coming up short- Pirates defenders Taylor Steele, above, attempts to gain control of the ball while Haley Wilson, below, kicks the ball up the field. The Pirates struggled offensively, losing to the state runner-ups, Consumnes River College.
Run for your life- Pirates defender Haley Wilson takes the ball away from a Consumnes River College defender in the State Final Four game Friday morning at Consumnes River College in Sacramento. The Pirates were making their first-ever appearance in the state semifinal, and ended their postseason run in a 3-0 loss to the eventual state runner-ups, Consumnes River College Hawks.
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Building the real “park” in Moorpark Tawni Staples Staff writer
The weather may have been dreary, but those who attended the grand opening of the Moorpark skatepark were looking on the bright side. Skateboarders of all ages, from beginners to pros, gathered for an afternoon of skateboarding, music, and fun. Designed by Scott Rice and built completely from concrete, the park contains two bowls for skating, jumps, and open space for skaters to ride on Saturday, Dec. 4. One of the ramps even incorporates a carved letter “m,” representing the city. “We worked with the community [and] got the local skaters involved,” said Rice. “We listened to what they wanted, and looked at how to make it all work together in one piece.” Rice worked with Mr. Nikolai, project manager for California Skateparks, to bring the park to the community. Completed in only six months, it came in under budget and on time. “It was very stressful; we were given limited amount of time to
build the project,” said Nikolai. “This project should have been built in about nine months; it was built in about six months.” About 10 pro skateboarders, including Lance Mountain and Brad Edwards, came to check out the newly open park. “All skateboarders are really grateful of any city, doesn’t have to be their own city, just the skate population in general, doesn’t matter if you’re in another state, skaters hear about a new park,” Edwards said. “Skaters are reading about this right now whether it’s from Twitter or our message boards.” According to Cpt. Ron Neilson of the Ventura County Sheriff Department, there were no problems during the festivities, other than a few skaters getting kicked out for not wearing helmets and knee pads. “I think they should be a lot less gnarly about pad laws,” said Casey Morrisey, a 22-year-old Val Surf employee. Although one skater was allegedly arrested for repeated attempts to enter the park without a helmet and pads, there will be no guards or police officers regulating the skatepark.
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Getting some air- Jackson Stern of Ventura airs it out on the quarterpipes at the newly built skatepark in Moorpark, while spectators look on, The event celebrated the grand opening of the skatepark on Dec.4, which indluded an afternoon of skateboarding and music. The event saw more than 10 pro-skateboarders, including Lance Mountain and Brad Edwards, attending the festivities.
Cancer surviver contiues to play volleyball for love of the game at Moorpark Michael Prieto Staff writer
Freshman Libero Erika Smith, an 18-yearold nursing major, has been playing volleyball for eight years yet she faced her toughest opponent in June 1999 when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Smith was diagnosed with Leukemia following her eighth birthday. After a fall off a chair led to difficulties walking a couple weeks later, she went to see a doctor. Following an X-ray, a cast was put on her leg. Though she had a fever as well, Smith and her family never connected the two. An MRI would reveal that her bone marrow in her knee was being pushed out. Smith’s doctor called informing her and her family to pack their bags and head to UCLA hospital where her mother would find out some very difficult news on a piece of paper. Her mother saw that the paper said Smith had Leukemia. Smith didn’t know exactly what was going on concerning her own health, but was scared nonetheless. “I was just sitting there in a wheelchair,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going on. I thought it was scary be-
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Preparing for the dig- Erika Smith, No. 3, plays the back row in a match against Ventura College. The former cancer survior continues to play the game she loves at Moorpark College.
people throwing up.” The next day Smith would begin her treatment as well as her twoand-a-half year journey to recovery. Her journey would have its fair share of difficult moments, mainly centered on her family. Smith’s relationship with her sister was tough during her illness be-
the other had. “Me and my sister fought a lot because I would get a whole bunch of gifts, and she got to play sports…so it was hard on my house, it was harder on my family than me,” Smith said. For the full story and interview with Erika, visit www.studentvoiceonline/com/sports.
Pirates dominate from the start, remain No.1 in state David Lopez Editor
The Mt. San Antonio College Mounties won just a single battle against the Ventura College Pirates on Sunday night in the championship game of the 12th annual Ventura College Tournament of Champions game, and that was the opening tip off. The Pirates suffocated any offensive run the Mounties tried to put together in a 6643 blowout, en route to their fourth tournament championship trophy and second consecutive title. The Pirates were led by sophomore Amanda Padilla, who finished the game with 24 points and was crowned tournament MVP. Pirates’ coach Ned Mircetic, in his 20th season with the team, said that Padilla ran the offense the best he had
ever seen. “She executed that offense as well as anybody at any level,” Mircetic said. “A lot of teams in the NBA run that offense, and they don’t orchestrate as well she did. They typically do it once or twice, but she did it for the whole game.” Padilla received help from sophomore guard Erika Ward, who racked up 19 points, and sophomore Chanelle Brennan, who put in nine points, and was named to the 2009 All-Tournament Team. The Pirates came into the tournament ranked No. 1 in the state, and left the Mounties, ranked No. 2, in the dust early. The Pirates jumped out to a 16-3 lead after five-and-a-half minutes. From there, the closest the Mounties were able to cut the lead down to was six with 2:18 remaining in the first half.
After the first minute of the second half, the game was never closer than 14 points in the Pirates’ favor. The tournament victory took the Pirates one step further towards a repeat of last year, when they finished the season 34-1. “I’m happy right now,” said Mircetic. “We’ll enjoy it tonight and early tomorrow, but the games start coming pretty fast, you have to let this one go pretty quick.” However, Mircetic did not overlook the team’s performance in the two games leading up to the tournament championship game. “For the last two games, we were pretty average,” Mercetic said. “To put out this kind of effort, it really gives you hope for improvement, and it gives you hope of being able to add to this.”
and are 40-1 since the start of the 2008 season. Despite the stiff competition and a stellar dynasty that has comfortably had stellar domination in conference play, the Condors have already accumulated half of their win total from last year in their first six games. The Condors improved to 4-2 on the year with a 54-51 victory over Barstow College to capture the consolation tro-
phy at the Pierce Invitational in Woodland Hills on Saturday, Nov. 29. The Condors won two out of three at the Invitational. After finishing a disappointing 8-20 last year, the Condors have already won four games, and hope to continue their success into WSC-
OC wins two of three at Pierce Invitational Tim Weisberg Sports editor
The Oxnard College women’s basketball team is on a mission to revive a stagnant basketball program that has struggled to find success in a competitive Western State Conference. The Condors are up against the No. 1 team in the state, the Ventura College Pirates, who have won an astonishing 19 straight WSC titles,
play. The Condors open up conference play at Allan Hancock on Jan. 9. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.
Student Life Student Voice • VCCCD • Dec. 9, 2009
Brennan Whitmore News editor
Two characters dance on screen, exchanging blows in a duet that culminates when one falls to ground, knocked out. This is how some students like to unwind during finals. “I’ll play against someone even if I know I’m going to lose instantly,” said James Marzec, a 20-year-old psychology major and frequent visitor to the Moorpark College Arcade. “It doesn’t bother me.” The arcades at the three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District all have different machines and locations. The main goal of them all, however, is to create a sense of community among students, as well as give them something to relax with. “I think there should be more opportunities for people to hang out, and I noticed for the arcade it’s kind of like a meeting place,” said Ryan Krebs, Moorpark Associated Student president. “I always see a lot of people playing games and hanging out, talking.” Krebs also noticed that despite the small space, there are usually more than a few students crowded around the machines. Whereas in Oxnard, despite having an air hockey table and a jukebox, the game room is usually deserted, according to Oxnard Associated Student President Anna VanderStouwe. “ H o n e s t l y, most of our students don’t know about it,” said VanderStouwe. “I don’t think our games are used that much.” While VanderStouwe says that a game room can help students feel more relaxed on campus, she would like to also have an area with a big screen TV or projector for movies and other activities. “As a student myself, I’ve never attended the game room, and I can’t see large use for it,” said VanderStouwe.
Moorpark College Photo by Tony Sintic
Oxnard rents the machines from a vendor who splits half the profits with the Oxnard Associated Students. According to Maureen Ecki, administrative assistant for the b usiness office at Ventura College, the arrangement is the same there. At Moorpark, however, the money goes back to the college and covers the overhead for the machines themselves, according to Moorpark College Business Manager Darlene Melby. “I got to tell you it’s kind of a losing proposition for us, we don’t really make any money at the end of the day,” said Melby. Melby estimated that in a good month Moorpark College earns $400 off the machines, which after upkeep and electricity costs, usually results in breaking even or sometimes taking a loss. Despite this, she says nobody has officially proposed taking out the machines. “It’s more of a public relation, student relation tool,” said Melby. “We never really saw it as a huge profit maker.” Melby also added that the college has paid for a new change machine for the room, which cost them $828. Krebs said that if they could open up suggestions to students on what kind of arcade machines they would want to see installed, it could bring in some extra profit. “A big money maker would be a claw machine, people would really get into it and you could have a claw machine with like a DS or something like that inside,” said Krebs. Melby said that the idea of opening up recommendations to students has never been brought up before, and she sees no reason why it couldn’t be done. “I don’t think there is any problem with anybody bringing forward recommendations,” said Melby. “We’re pretty open to it.”
Photo by Franz Tinio-Lopez
Ventura College Photo by Angela Braza
Transfer Center offers resume review Mallory Martin Staff writer
Writing a resume can be the most challenging part of preparing for a job interview. Judi Gould, the coordinator of Moorpark College’s Career Transfer Center, has some tips for students on how to write a good resume. “The most important message I would give to students is that you have to have more than one resume,” said Gould. Job seekers should have a basic resume, very detailed with all skills, references, numbers, salaries, and other information on it. This basic resume should be a reference point for the resumes that are actually turned in. For each job application, a new resume should be created that is tailor-made to the company being considered. Each business is looking for different things from their employees. One way to help mold a resume to the specific company is to research before hand. Know what the companies’ values are and what they want from an employee. Then, keep these points in mind when setting up the resume. “Companies will find it impressive to see that you have a specific resume for them,” said Gould. “They will immediately begin to feel the match.” There are different formats of resumes that people can use to market themselves. The three formats that Gould suggested are the reverse
chronological resume, the skill-based resume, and a combination of the two. In all three designs of resume, it is best to outline the objective clearly at the top, underneath the contact information. The objective should be different for each job interview; it needs to apply to the desired position at the company. According to Gould, a reverse chronological resume begins with the most recent position and works backwards. Applicants want to use this form when seeking a job in a field that is similar to where they’ve worked before. The negative side of the reverse chronological form is that it will draw attention to any large gaps in employment. A reverse chronological resume begins with your most recent position and works backwards. You want to use this form when: • Seeking a job in a field that is similar to those you’ve worked in before. • Your careers show a steady progression in responsibilities (ex. From hostess to waitress) • When you’ve held impressive job titles and have worked for big-name employers. Gould suggests that if applicants want to draw attention to specific job skills, then the skill-based resume form might be better suited. The format focuses on professional skills and puts less emphasis on past work experience. This form is preferable when: • You are changing careers and want to show
off specific transferable skills. • You have minimal work experience, or you have been working for one employer for a long period of time • You have worked in many different areas, or in very similar areas of employment • When you have little work experience, but very relevant coursework or training. • When you have noticeable gaps in employment. Combining the two formats isn’t as commonly done, according to Gould, but it can be good because it utilizes the benefits of both styles of resume. It’s best to do this when: • Each position you’ve had had involved a different job. • You want to highlight internships and volunteer positions related to the job you are applying for. • You want to highlight and support your listed skills with your employment history. You have to be sure to make this style of resume very clear and logical, and be certain that your points obviously support your objective. All three campuses offer weekend workshops regarding things like writing resumes and interviewing techniques. For more information call Moorpark College at (805) 378-1536, Oxnard at (805) 986-5838 and Ventura at (805) 654-6411 or (805) 654-6473.