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Students break bread with elders Monica Valencia
OC Campus editor
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Sugar plum fairies–”The Nutcracker,” presented by the Ventura County Ballet Company at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, featured the Ventura College 52-piece orchestra. The ballet aimed to entertain children as well as adults.
A winter classic returns
Tammera McCabe Contributing writer
The Ventura County Ballet Company presented “The Nutcracker,” one of the most widely performed ballets in the world, at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center this past weekend. “This year’s performance is very exciting, we added the Ventura College 52 piece orchestra along with the singers of Master Chorale,” said Eileen Riddle, president of the board of directors for the Ventura County Ballet Company. The classical presentation of the famous ballet “The Nutcracker” brought giant dancing dolls to life through Princess Clara’s dream,
taking you to the Snow Forest filled with Snow Fairies, and to the Kingdom of the Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy. The intricate costumes and talent of the dancers made the performance. By capturing the audience’s attention with bright colors and striking backdrops, the performance came to life. The evening began with a special touch to the performance. Bo Jaxon, the party father, read a narrative for the young children in the audience, giving the background of “The Nutcracker” for better understanding. After the introduction, the audience leaned forward in their seats, looking at the red vel-
vet curtain, waiting to be drawn into the classic story. Robert E. Lawson, music director and conductor of the Ventura College Symphony and the Santa Clarita Symphony, did not disappoint either. Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece was played impeccably. “I loved it. My favorite part of the ballet was the little fairies,” said Linda Moore, a spectator. “I love ‘The Nutcracker’ and wanted to see the Ventura Ballet Company performance.” “The holiday classic brings something special for the children in the audience,” said Riddle. The company pairs
Haiti trip to lend aid Lucas Hinojosa Staff writer
Nearly 55,000 orphans are in desperate need after a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the country of Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. With the death toll reaching approximately 230,000 - nearly a year later - the blood and tears still flow. A group of Moorpark College studentsalong with Sandra Hunter, an English professor at Moorpark College, will embark on a life changing journey to visit Haiti and give their helping hands to a cause that will not only benefit the people of Haiti, but the professor and her group of students. What occurred at Haiti on one day can happen anywhere in the world - at any time. Hunter said she put the trip together with the two classes she is teaching and has a door open for any student who wants to join her on this once in a lifetime experience. “One of the pros of this particular trip is to look at potential for channeling students into
careers that have not only to do with non-profit or non- governmental organizations and work in several countries, but also developing agricultural ideas, energy ideas, conservation ideas, and environmental ideas that we can then develop in engineering that would just not only be for Haiti or for third-world countries but something that we can bring back to America as well,” said Hunter. The group will be working with Greg Barshaw, who is the head of a charity in Haiti that is setting up two orphanages for victims who need a home. “What Greg is doing is actually building lives of these young amputee victims so that when they leave the orphanage at age 17 or 18 and they have the means at which to support themselves and that is incredible to me,” said Hunter. “He is doing something really creative and giving these kids a chance to actually make a life of themselves and make a living for themselves as well.” The trip will take place over the course of
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the professional dancers with the pre-professional dance students. This gives young people the ability to hone their craft. Their mission, according to Riddle, is to serve young artists and an outreach program provides free tickets to performances at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center for under-served families in the county.
Amidst the approaching holiday season, Oxnard College students found time to donate to the third-age community as their way to say thanks. The OC Sociology Club and community members volunteered their time to the residents of the Camarillo Healthcare Center on Nov. 18, in hopes of bringing joy and festive cheer to their Thanksgiving dinner shared along with their family members. Liz Perez, Sociology Club secretary, felt it was a rewarding experience to see all the patients happy, since they often times don’t have very many visitors. “I just wanted to volunteer my time to help out the community in some way because I am a sociology major and it’s very important do to this,” said Perez. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be here with these people.” Camarillo Healthcare Center is a licensed, 114-bed skilled nursing facility equipped with two nurse stations, a rehabilitation center, a leisure courtyard, beauty salon, laundry service and full kitchen service that provides short-term and long-term care for their patients. For the Thanksgiving dinner, 70-80 patients and family members were expected. The Sociology Club and two community members that volunteered for this event assisted the center’s staff with seating the patients, serving and discarding the beverag-
es and food plates, folding chairs and picking up the decorations. Maria Valencia, community volunteer who says she bonded with several of the patients, will be returning to volunteer again in the future. “I wanted to help the elderly and share some happiness with them,” said Valencia. “I recommend that everyone take a moment in their busy lives to help those in need that don’t have anyone to help them. You never know, you could be making someone happy…even just for a moment.” Matt Huefner, administrator for the Camarillo Health Care Center, was thankful for the assistance of the students and members of the community. “The community involvement in healthcare is critical,” said Huefner. “Especially in long-term skilled nursing care facilities, we just don’t have enough resources to be able to meet every one of the patients’ needs.” The festivities continued with smooth piano music in one room and live singing and dancing in the other. The patients’ faces lit up with joy as they enjoyed the entertainment, a few glasses of apple cider and of course slices of turkey. Mayra Pacheco, Sociology Club treasurer, also volunteered to assist in the Thanksgiving dinner. “My favorite part about tonight was getting to know the elderly and being able to communicate with them on a personal level,” Pacheco said.
Hunter four days, where the students will be able to see the sustained impact of the massive earthquake and get an opportunity to visit the tent communities set up by Red Cross to house and feed the locals affected by the disaster. What Barshaw wants to do is redistribute aid from the cities to the town and villages where people came from through the churches in order to help form a community again. “I would really like to see this as a career option for students,” said Hunter. “Let’s bring the community back to Haiti and at the same time let’s bring the community into the community college.” For the full story, studentvoiceonline.com
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Parking wars–The parking structure will add more than 600 parking spots to Moorpark College
New parking structure at Moorpark Jennifer Santana Staff writer
A lack of parking has become a common complaint for students attending Moorpark College, and the issue has not gone unnoticed by the administration. District officials found a way to address this problem with a new parking structure. The project was approved in June during a Board of Trustees meeting. As Philip Abramoff, Co-Chair of the Facilities Committee explains, the structure will be south
of the Gymnasium and help add 600 or more parking spots for both students and faculty. It’s also planned to include a police station, and to make it more ecofriendly there will be photovoltaic structures on the roof. “The lack of available parking has been a chronic problem on the Moorpark campus,” Iris Ingram, vice president of business services at Moorpark College wrote in an email. “While this new parking structure will not entirely meet all of the parking needs, it will
help to mitigate a number of them as well as provide more adjacent parking for the newly opened Academic Center and Health Sciences Center, now under construction.” The project will not begin for over a year, but once built the structure should total around $12 million, costing roughly $20,000 per parking spot. This structure will also make the dirt lot used for overflow parking in upper campus not needed anymore. For the full story, go to studentvoiceonline. com
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OC hosts Geo Bowl competition Monica Valencia
OC Campus Editor
As many as 15 Ventura County high schools tested their knowledge in a competition that would grant the entire winning team the opportunity of flying over the heartland of Ventura County in a helicopter. The 22nd Annual High School Geography Competition was held on Nov. 20 at Oxnard College despite the cold weather. There were approximately 190 students who participated in an individual writing competition and a team competition that assessed their understanding of geography in areas of: the physical environment, world affairs, historical geographical issues and political geographical issues. Christiane Mainzer, geography professor and co-coordinator for this event, is delighted to have so many high school students participate in such a valuable competition. “Oxnard College is the only college on the West Coast that sponsors this type of high school competition in regards to geography in the western region of the U.S.,” said Mainzer. Jim McCrory, of Aspen Helicopters, who is also a member of the Geo Committee and
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Geo–The 22nd Annual Geo Bowl Competition hosted by OC.
helped design the geography questions along with Mainzer. The competition was sponsored by Oxnard College, Oxnard College Foundation, Oxnard College HIS STEM Grant, American Petroleum Institute, Aspen Helicopters and many others. Dr. Richard Duran, Oxnard College president, was honored to host such a valuable event. “I am very delighted that we’re doing this,” said Duran. “It’s a great opportunity to bring in the high school kids to test their geography knowledge. This is a great event for the campus to host because we look at our future students and they get to see what we have to offer.” The individual competition entailed a written test of about 50 questions. The team
competition was comprised of about 4-6 students that collectively answered the verbal questions on a piece of white paper. The teams were then proctored by several judges and volunteers that staffed the competition. Dr. Larry Miller, Ventura County Community College District trustee, believes that giving up a Saturday for a competition shows a lot of character in students. “I think these competitions help prepare students for life because you never do this again in college,” said Miller. “More importantly it helps them gain confidence, work together and prepare for something like this.” This year, Newbury Park High School trumped last year’s 1st place winners, Rio Mesa High, with the highest score ever received of 19
out of 20 points for the team competition. Still, Rio Mesa High shined in 2nd place, while Camarillo High received 3rd place for the group competition. To add to the celebration, Jake Perl of Newbury Park High, took 1st place for the individual written competition. “It feels great,” said Perl. “This is my first year, so it’s a really good way to start out a Geo Bowl Victory.” Amy Edwards, speech and communications professor at OC, was happy to be able to support the faculty at the event and believes it’s important for students to get involved with academic competitions. “It makes academics more fun,” said Edwards. “There’s this stigma that school is boring or that academics are lame when in actuality, to learn something every single day is pretty amazing.” Stan Mantooth, superintendent of the Ventura County School District (k-12), encourages students to participate in academic competitions. “This is only my third year attending this event and this is the largest turnout that I have seen,” said Mantooth. “And to see all these kids coming out and answer questions that most adults couldn’t is great.”
Tales of migration told at OC Lecture Series Monica Valencia
OC Campus Editor Bridging the gap between the world of immigrants and the world of journalism stands a man who ventured deep into the cultures of Mexico in hopes of telling a story. Author and journalist Sam Quinones was invited to Oxnard College to share his anecdotes about his 10-year stay in Mexico and the development of his two acclaimed non-fiction books titled “Antonio’s Gun And Delfino’s Dream: Truer Tales of Mexican Migration” and “True Tales from Another Mexico.” “It was a time of great growth as a writer, because I had a lot of raw material,” said Quinones. “The stories there were fantastic. I was almost addicted to them, that’s why I stayed so long. The lecture was part of the Oxnard College Literature, Arts and Lecture Series that was held on Nov. 17, which was titled, “Chalino & Delfino: True Tales of Mexican Immigrants’ Escape from Mexico City.” The lecture elucidated a detailed narrative of his adventures alongside the natives of Mexico, as well as his horrific encounters with lynch mobs and poverty. “People who leave Mexico are not terribly educated, not really pol-
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Tales–Sam Quinones shares his anecdotes with OC students and faculty on living in Mexico for 10 years and meeting interesting people with stories to tell, during the lecture series on Nov. 17.
ished, but they have the essential ingredient that every country needs,” said Quinones. “And it’s energy. That desire to walk through a wall to get what you want.” Quinones then tells the story of Delfino, a boy whom he met in Mexico City, after leaving his hometown to help his mother and younger brother with finances. This young boy arrived in one of the biggest cities in the world in awe of his surroundings. Many young boys like Delfino worked in hard-labor workforce to provide for their families back home and often times did not have a place to stay in. Many of the laborers were homeless, but some managed to find a temporary place to sleep along the way. “Mexico sustains
itself and relies on the labor from the surrounding states,” said Quinones. “These laborers are children….boys that work in construction sites, shower there, sleep there then move to another site once that one is finished.” Dr. James Harber, microbiology professor, is a childhood friend of Quinones. “He did something beyond what was a normal career strategy, which was to really take himself out of what was a safe, tried and true road in America. And do the reverse.” The audience was extremely receptive to Quinones’ story-telling methods. They sympathized with his difficult experiences and laughed at his comic ones. Jesse Hernandez, a
21-year-old nursing major, related to Quinones’ experiences in Mexico. “I was very fascinated when he was telling the story about the life of the young boy, Delfino Juarez,” said Hernandez. “It inspired me because I’m the first in my family to go to college.” Shelley Savren, English professor and coordinator for this event, was excited about hosting this author for the students to enjoy. “I think it was very educational for our students because he went to places where a lot of them are from or their parents are from,” said Savren. “He lived among the people very respectfully and got their stories and then brought them back and wrote about them. I think he honored them in that way.”
Nov. 24, 2010
What’s your education worth? Professor Kama’ila’s straight talk
Dr. Linda Kama’ila Guest Columnist
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Dr. Linda Kama’ila
You already know that California is in economic crisis and education is the single largest budget item, so tuition increases were inevitable. Students at the UCs and CSUs are protesting, resulting in violent confrontations with campus police. Tuition pays only for a small portion of the real cost of higher education. World-class universities like UCs are expensive, especially if they are on the cutting edge in medical and engineering technologies. Community colleges are the least expensive. Recently, the legislature tried to cope by capping funds to colleges. Previously, extra students meant extra money; marketing people were hired to get more students. This was good: the more educated the population, the more we all benefit. However, once the lid was placed on funding, California’s colleges and universities reacted with panic and a good deal of misunderstanding about what had just happened. Many schools immediately put a cap on class sizes, although budget alone is not the only factor driving how many can be in a class. Other classes are capped at the number of seats permitted by the fire marshal. Union contracts at the Ventura County Community College District dictates that if a teacher ends up with a large class (over 60), they get extra pay. The rush to cap classes could be seen as an attempt to make sure no extra money is spent on teacher salaries. However, many classes were capped well below 60. If a teacher prefers [and a room is available], she/ he could teach up to 60 students without increasing costs. But, many are unwilling to go from 35 to 60. Already struggling to grade and prep for 35, teachers are understandably reluctant. Still, that’s what some teachers are doing in an effort to help students achieve their goals. It’s difficult to envisage that the same amount of attention will be paid to term papers or individual problems, if teachers’ workloads are doubled. In this new environment, taking school seriously becomes crucial. Each student who is late, whose dog or hard drive “ate their homework,” who asks for a make-up because of their own poor planning is taking time away from students who are being responsible. That’s not how it should work. Computerized waitlists, add codes and online registration mean that teachers who decide to add as many students as possible face a bureaucratic maze. Hundreds of emails are sent by desperate students, often without enough information to know which class the student wants to add. Adding people late often means the class has to start all over again, consequently boring students who were actually there on day one. Some students show up just once, taking a seat that some other more responsible student might have had. Instead of teaching, teachers are now monitoring lists. Showing up every day for the first three weeks is the only way students can make sure they aren’t dropped. This rule is explained in the college catalog, but since most students register online, students rarely read the rules and in the past, teachers didn’t feel the need to enforce them. More teachers are enforcing rules now, to make sure that students who value their education get a seat, while students who are more desultory in their approach, are dropped. If a student is waitlisted, they should certainly show up for the first day of class. Education at VCCCD is almost free, especially compared to the UCs and CSUs. VCCCD has continued to serve its large student body, even though approximately 4,000 students are receiving no money from the state because we are capped. Faculty and staff have been fired and more positions are going to be cut back soon, but we are still managing to serve students despite the desperate lack of funding. Larger classrooms are planned, ones that hold 50-60. If you plan carefully and maintain your GPA during your time at VCCCD, you are guaranteed admission as a junior to an excellent public university. Be aware that your education at the community college level costs the taxpayers of California about $4000 annually. That’s quite an investment on the part of people who don’t even know you. Students need to treat education as if it were as dear as it really is. It’s not just about money, it’s about what the actual experience is worth. If you don’t attend, don’t do your reading, don’t pay attention in class, you’re cheapening education in a way that has little to do with money.
Spring scholarship applications now available online Monica Valencia
OC Campus Editor As the end of the semester approaches, Oxnard College Foundation office welcomes back their scholarship application program that grants students funds for their scholarly needs. The scholarship application process began online on Nov. 23 and will continue until February, 2011. Every student is encouraged to
apply for a scholarship in the 5 easy steps listed. Connie Owens, OC Foundation Director, believes scholarships are very helpful for students. “Once a student is awarded their scholarship, that money can be used for tuition, school supplies, fees, and books only,” said Owens. “We find that most students use the money for books since they are expensive.” The application is
5 Easy Steps to Apply: 1. Go to www.oxnardcollege.edu/scholarships 2. Choose your category: -High School student -Continuing/Returning student -Transferring student 3. Download the application 4. Fill out the application 5. Return it to the Foundation office by Feb. 2011
easy and students can apply for several scholarships that they qualify for. Rosie Infante, a 34-year-old sociology major, was a scholarship recipient last year. “It felt really good to receive a scholarship,” said Infante. “I really needed a laptop and I was able to buy one with my scholarship so it really helped me out.” Joe Milligan, OC Foundation President, believes it’s important
to award students with scholarships. “Scholarships are incentives,” said Milligan. “They help students move into the future by helping them complete their education.” Recipients of scholarships will be able to attend a ceremony in the spring, where they will be given their awards. For more information, contact the OC Foundation office at 805986-5889.
Nov. 24, 2010
AGS gives homeless a grand Thanksgiving Jurel Battad Staff writer
The holidays are just around the corner and the spirit of giving could not be more alive at Ventura College. The AGS Honor Society took on the generous duty of helping those in need and coined November 22nd as Homeless Awareness Day. The AGS Honor Society was presented with the task of attempting to end homelessness. The message was clear: On any given day, more than 600 people in Ventura are in need of a home. Along with the help of other clubs, AGS accepted donations of blankets, toys, diapers, and warm clothes. “We are just trying to bring awareness, and help them out as much as we can,” said Erlinda Laska, the AGS Gamma Beta Chapter President. The AGS received donations from sources like the East Campus, MECHA, Club Hope, and the Psycholog Club.
In addition, they also sold fun food items in which part of the proceeds will be sent to the Kingdom Center. Most of the donations consisted of warming apparel like sweaters, socks, and blankets, which are definitely a necessity around this chilly time of the year. Some of these donations are headed for the Rescue Mission. The items donated and partial proceeds were given to the less fortunate that same day; immediately following the event. Other clubs that helped in organizing the event included the Society of Hispanic and Professional Engineers and the Sociology Club. Teresa Montoya, the AGS Vice President, was pleased in how Homeless Awareness Day turned out. “We’re doing good, the clubs are in great spirits, and we’re all working together,” said Montoya about the club turnout,
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School over yonder—Thomas Day talks to students about St. George’s University MD and DVM Programs at VC.
Overseas pre-med opportunities presented to students in Ventura Channing Chea
While enjoying free pizza and merchandise, students interested in health majors listened as a guest speaker visited Ventura College to inform them about opportunities overseas. Thomas Day, Enrollment Counselor from St. George’s University, was invited by the PreHealth Society to share information about available health and research opportunities in the Caribbean. When asked, he explained what his main
goal was in talking to Ventura College students that day. “Just to provide information and options for students who are looking to get into the medical field; then more specifically into medical school,” said Day. The VC Pre-Health Society hosted the first of a series of meetings that will allow students who are interested to convene and learn about future possibilities. The meeting was set in room SCI230 on Thursday, Nov. 18. Pre-Health Society President Katia Nava
and Vice President Janessa Solorio decided to host an event, understanding that many students cannot attend distant pre-medical conferences. They approached multiple representatives at an American Medical Student Association conference hosted at University of California, Davis. “A lot of people— when they want to transfer for any major—if they don’t know what type of schools are out there, they might not know which one will be their choice,” said Solorio. “It’s better to get information earlier.”
Day gave a short presentation introducing students to the globally diverse SGU. Information pamphlets, pens and gym sacks were given to students also. “If there’s just two students that I touch, and the information comes across to them as a viable option, then it’s worthwhile,” said Day. The Pre-Health Society is looking for more people to join the club. The Society is available to contact through its email address: vcprehealthsociety@yahoo. com.
major at Ventura College, about how Guzman fares against the other teachers. “I will be taking another class with him.” This is Guzman‘s first year at Ventura College and he has become the first full time dance teacher there. He teaches Ballet, Modern Dance, Hip Hop, and Dance Appreciation. With his experience in dance, he has seen every type of body dance and knows what can make or break their steps. Watching him teach his Modern Dance class, anyone can see the passion he brings to the students. He helps the students remain at ease to create relaxation before and while they’re performing their dance. Guzman knew he wanted to dance since he was six years old. Being
a native from Chicago and living in Puerto Rico for many years, Guzman grew up knowing that dancing was in his blood. He is the only person in his family to be a dancer and being in Puerto Rico helped him like it more because of the culture around it. Due to insufficient funds for dance classes as a child, he waited until he entered college to try to accomplish his dream. He applied for Columbia College out of high school and got accepted as a dance major. Since he couldn’t afford going to the school, he applied and received many scholarships based on his academic achievements, race, and gender. “Not that many Latin men were applying for dance, and that gave me a wider range
of scholarship money,” said Guzman. Without any prior experience, Guzman started to take his dancing in stride. Slowly but surely, the passion of dance took over Guzman in his freshman year when his teacher started to notice his talents. After a year and a half went by, he started to dance professionally for Columbia College. He then left Columbia College for a while to join the Bryant Ballet. This is where he met his mentor and colleague, Homer Bryant. “This is where I learned about gender roles and how certain structures weren’t allowed in dance,” says Guzman about what he was taught under Homer Bryant. “I wanted to leave Columbia for a while so I could understand what dance was
like outside of the college settings.” Guzman came back to graduate from Columbia and then he started to teach there in 1994 and taught dance for 12 years. During that span he also helped teach dance at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Fairbanks University. After leaving Columbia College, he came to California to attend UCLA. He then graduated with an MFA in dance from their World Arts and Culture department. “I chose this program just in case dance doesn’t work out for me later on in life,” says Guzman about the choice of going back to school. Guzman came to Ventura having heard they were looking for a dance teacher. Guzman is now the only full time
dance teacher Ventura College has. “Krenly Guzman, the first full-time dance instructor VC has ever had, is an excellent addition to the VC faculty,” says Judy Garey, department chair of the Theatre Arts and Dance. “He was hired for the experience he brings as a professional and a teacher in the field of Dance.” He accomplished his dream and is inspiring people to fulfill their dreams as well. He may not have received millions of dollars or fans for what he does, but it’s what he wanted to do since he could remember. Dance is everything to him and he hopes that whoever has the same passion for something like he does with dance, just keep going at it, no matter what. “Life is a choreography,” says Guzman.
to create a scholarship fund. Leonard then presented the idea to the rest of the ASVC and was accepted as a project that will be brought to fruition during their term. The plan for the ASVC is to raise $7,000. This amount will then be matched by both the Ventura College and Bernard Osher Foundations, ultimately resulting in $21,000. This money shall then be banked, and the interest rate will guarantee at least $1,000 gained each year for the rest of the College’s existence. “ASVC has reached out to clubs on campus for help with this and will be contacting businesses throughout Ventura during the year to help us meet our $7,000 goal to make this legacy happen,” said Leonard. Students that qualify to receive the scholarship must be in his or her second year and
must have completed at least 24 units, and must be currently enrolled in six classes at VC. There is no G.P.A. requirement; however, the student’s financial needs will also be taken into account. One student will qualify for the scholarship each year. In order to help them raise money, the ASVC has also presented the opportunity to raise money to other clubs at VC at their weekly meetings. Out of the total 25 clubs, at least 23 are actively contributing to the fund. “As of now, it’s just our individual efforts,” said Tina Miller, Community Relations Director of the ASVC. All of the $7,000 needs to be raised before next June 2011. At this point, around $5,000 has already been accumulated. Despite the amount of money raised so far, Miller believes that the
process has been “a little slow.” “The actual fundraising part won’t be taking off until spring,” said Miller. She believes most of
the money should be obtained by the start of the spring semester. As a way to make money, the ASVC will be hosting the Game Day Tournament, organized
by Treasurer Jerome Washington. For more information about the scholarship fund are welcomed to visit the Student Activities Offices.
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Hopes for the homeless—The AGS received a myriad of supplies for the homeless.
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Ventura’s new dance teacher immerses students in culture Jarred Kiel
Contributing writer Dancing through the rows of students, punching his chest, breathing harder and harder, Krenly Guzman wanders around the Ventura College classroom dancing and explaining the history of post-modern dance. He believes that his students need to know the history of the time as well as the subject they are learning about. The students stand and join him as he teaches. As the students dance, Guzman defines every moment they make. A certain touch can change everything between the two people, and he embraces the finest details. The students like the interaction. “[It] explains dance a lot better,” says Cody Huffman, dance
Ventura College AS to offer new $1,000 scholarship; 23 clubs to raise money
VC Campus editor Ventura College students will soon have a new scholarship fund available to them thanks to donations made by the Ventura College Foundation, the Bernard Osher Foundation and the college student government. After a $50 million gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation, the California Community College Scholarship Foundation could be launched, thus creating an opportunity for community colleges to create their own scholarship funds. “It was the largest individual gift ever,” said Diana Dunbar, Development Director at the Ventura College Foundation. Dunbar approached the Associated Students of Ventura College President Kathleen Leonard about the opportunity
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Nov. 24, 2010
The life and times of a surfing poet Cinela Aziz
With a surfboard tucked under one arm and a book under the other, Hart Schulz is the ultimate Californian professor. Schulz, 56, has found that simplicity and modesty bring meaning to his life. “I’m all about humility,” said Schulz. “I think it’s the key to happiness.” Last year, Schulz underwent open-heart surgery for a coronary blockage. At the same time, his girlfriend of 10 years, Judy Ruiz, gave birth to Schulz’s only child, Jessie, three months prematurely. Luckily, both Schulz and Jessie have made miraculous recoveries. After being diagnosed with heart disease, Schulz has a new appreciation for life.
“I just want time to do the things I love, like holding Jessie,” he said. When attending California State University, Northridge, Schulz worked a number of odd jobs, including delivering newspapers, driving trucks, packing ceramics, and delivering food trays to hospital patients. He would wake up at 3 a.m. to deliver newspapers, drive to Zuma Beach for morning surf, and be back by 9 or 10 for classes and tutoring jobs. Originally a math major, Schulz stumbled upon The Beat writers and the Lost Generation and was compelled to be a writer. He credits a poet, who taught his contemporary literature class, with convincing him that he should teach. In 1984, Schulz published a collection of po-
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Too cool for school- Poet-Professor Hart Schulz.
ems in a book entitled “Wesly”. “I wrote tons of poems and stories and had a bunch published in little journals,” he said.
“I started to angle toward a career in teaching because a mentor of mine told me to. Seemed like a good idea because it would facilitate things
edge the service and sacrifices that those in our Online editor armed forces have made especially those who are Veterans were honnow students at Moorored during a Veterans park College.” Day observance held James Wong, a 25at Moorpark College year-old sociology maon Nov. 11 from 1:30jor, wanted his fellow 3:30 p.m. outside Founstudents to think about tain Hall around the “the sacrifices that have MC Fountain to honor been made throughout our history and be appreciative of them.” In her speech, Eddinger told the veterans attending that MC students and faculty appreciate all that they have Gabrielle Altabef done, “Freedom does Staff writer have a price. And all of you have borne that Psychological counseling is available to all stu- price for us. For that, we dents currently enrolled Moorpark College. are grateful. For that, we As long as a person registers and pays their health fee, no matter how many units they are taking, they are guaranteed six counseling sessions per semester at no cost. Short-term counseling, education and prevention programs are all made available to students. All records are confidential within legal limits and are not part of the student’s academic records. The Psychological Counseling Staff is made up of licensed Psychologists and post-doctoral psychology fellows and graduate practicum trainees. Some common issues that students may have include: abuse, stress, anxiety attacks, test anxiety, depression, drug or alcohol dependency, relaxation training, sexuality, and relationship issues. Although students are allowed up to six sessions per semester, if they decide they want more counseling or if that is recommended to them, suitable referrals will be given. When asked how exactly counseling is beneficial to students, Brian Licuanan, a Psychological Counselor at Moorpark College said; “It is beneficial because it allows students an opportunity to talk about issues and express themselves in a safe environment which they would not feel comfortable doing elsewhere, as well as obtain skills in addressing their problematic issues.” An anonymous student said of the service, “I was so grateful to have heard about this wonderful service offered here at my College. I tried it out and it helped me so much, I would recommend students try it out, no matter what type of issues they are facing.” If students are interested in taking advantage of this service, paperwork will need to be filled out, including a consent form. Students can schedule an appointment at the Health Center at (805) 378-1413.
will be ever mindful of the price you pay each and everyday.” A free lunch was given after the Choir sang the National Anthem. For a short video on the rememberance visit http://www.studentvoiceonline.com/news/ moorpark.
Veterans honored for their service
America’s veterans. Among the speakers were Moorpark College President Pam Eddinger and the Associated Students President Ebony Taylor. Taylor spoke to her peers about the significance of Veterans Day prior to the event, “It’s important to acknowl-
Psych counseling available at MC
I really loved: my writing and my surfing.” His classrooms have been unaffected by his heart condition. They are often open forums of discussions among students that encourage everyone to engage in self-expression. Ben Sparling, 21, is currently a student in Schulz’s American Writers II class. “Professor Schulz exhibits an uncanny ability to awaken within his students a passion and joy for literature that may otherwise lay dormant,” said Sparling. “He is a teacher in the truest sense of the word.” His students are not the only ones in awe of the self-proclaimed “steadfast loner.” Fellow Moorpark College English professor, Jerry Mansfield, had only positive things to say about Schulz.
“What sticks out most to me is that when Professor Schulz and I have conversations about teaching, we both almost always talk about students, as opposed to talking about programs, theory, or pedagogy,” said Mansfield. “I think that this individual approach says a lot about him.” In an effort to help students along on their path to becoming writers, Schulz has undertaken the Moorpark Review, the school’s creative arts magazine, for the past 11 years. “I love, love, love my job. I love seeing shy students open up,” said Schulz. “Art does that for them a lot, and the project really facilitates that. It’s a fine forum for nonconformity. And it’s great for me to model the joy that can come from artistic pursuit.”
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AS PresidentEbony Taylor, above right, speaks at the Veterans day rememberance. Veterans Day- Frank Bianchino, right, Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and former Moorpark Biology Counselor.
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There is good news for Moorpark College students who are planning to transfer to a CSU school next year. The deadline has been extended until Nov 30 to apply at most CSU schools. According to Christina Alvarez, a staff member at the Transfer Center at Moorpark College, all CSU schools are giving students until Nov. 30 to apply for Fall 2011 admission. Each school's deadline for Spring 2011 admission will differ. “Students can go to
csumentor.edu to check if the specific school(s) they want to go to are still accepting applications for spring. Individual schools may be different, it all depends on where students want to transfer to and who is accepting for what.” Jun Ishii, a Moorpark college student says, “I have been so caught up with work this semester, and had not yet had time to even think about when I will apply to schools. I assumed it was already too late anyway. Now that I know I have more time to apply for fall, it makes everything much easier for me.”
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Arts & Entertainment
Nov. 24, 2010
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40 years of artistic service appreciated at Ventura College Cameron Heffernan
Sports editor A retrospective of Carlisle Cooper’s 40 year unrelenting fostering of art is being displayed at the VC Media Art Gallery. Cooper’s testimonial to his commitment to figure- expressionism and teaching excellence has influenced many at Ventura College in his 40 years of instructing. Bob Moskowitz, Art department chairman and longtime friend, talked of his unique style and influence. “Carlisle is arguably the dean of art in Ventura,” said Moskowitz. “His unique sense of color and design deal with a lot of important subject matter.” Subject matters dealt
Like a fine wine... - Carlisle Cooper stands proudly next to his art at the Ventura College Media Art Gallery.
with the hardships of warfare to cultural differences that make us the human beings we are. Cooper put his work
in simple terms. “These represent years of hard work,” said Cooper. “I still enjoy art, and still enjoy teach-
ing very much, and that joy is what keeps me motivated.” The themes of his storytelling have spoken
Photo by Chad Jones
magnitudes to the years of his work. Former teacher from Ventura College and colleague Gerd Koch elabo-
rated. “He certainly is a master of expressionistic-story,” said Koch. Not waiting for the students, faculty and art fans, Cooper actively talked to the onlookers eager for their questions. Kate Martin, VC’s art gallery director, related about Cooper and his tenure at Ventura College, and what his students understand about him. “Carlisle is a kind, sweet soul and wonderful human being,” said Martin. “He’s a master and the students know it.” Carlisle Cooper’s gallery is on display at the New Media Gallery at Ventura College from Nov. 11 till Dec. 9, Monday –Friday, 12-4p.m.
Minds and bodies in Movement Articulation at its finest: The Read at Moorpark Ali Skinner
Staff writer The crowd was quiet in anticipation as the curtains rose, and the lights slowly dimmed. Suddenly, the stage took on a green and blue hue, reflecting the colors of the ocean. In a swaying, rhythmic motion, the first dancer glided a cross, drawing the eyes of everyone in the crowd. With all the hype, attractive posters and fliers floating around campus, “Speaking Movement,” Moorpark College dance department’s new concert, was expected to be something quite spectacular. And it never disappointed. 11 dance pieces were performed, and to add to the artistic effect, poets read aloud their writings
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Sway - Student dancers speak freely through dance.
inspired by the dances themselves. Living up to its name, “Speaking Movement” expressed personal stories relating to the dancers and sought to catch the hearts of everyone in the audience. From the toxic love story
portrayed in “The Ties,” to the heart-wrenching depiction of lost love in “Won’t Let Go,” the performances reflected the themes of the dancers’ feelings. Though the dances carried some emotional weight while portraying love and death, others were bubbly and fun, depicting the splendor of summer, a humorous look at a woman’s life, and the final riveting showcase of bollywood. After a four-day string of performances, “Speaking Movement” closed curtains on Sunday, Nov. 21, taking with it the shining example of expressive dance and poetry. For the full coverage of “Speaking Movement,” visit www.studentvoiceonline.com.
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Features editor The art of articulation was alive and well when Moorpark College’s library hosted the final gathering of poets for the semester at “The Read.” The sense of community and intimacy was palpable, in spite of the room’s large accommodations. Works ranged from poignant to comical, eliciting a strong response from the audience each time. Joan Day’s “Gotta Story,” was a charming and honest compound of one’s musings on the nature of society’s competitiveness and aggression, while Jane Jones’ “The Womb Is This Place,” was an empathetic painting of what the womb itself represents. The variety of the evening kept up an entertaining and exciting pace, always punctuated by applause and accolades from the attendees. Curated by Moorpark’s very own Sandra Hunter, “The Read” serves as a forum for people of all ages and influence, and as an opportunity for students to constructively articulate themselves in a healthy, positive environment.
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Wordplay -Brendan Constantine, special guest at “The Read,” passionately articulates the power of poetry.
Although this is the last meeting for the Fall semester, students who are interested in participating in “The Read” for the spring semester can attend a workshop on Dec. 1, spearheaded by Andy King. “It’s great that we have so many different age-groups [at the
workshop],” said King. “Anyone is welcome... and when you’re sharing your work at the workshop, people help you to succeed.” For those interested in becoming involved, attend the workshop being held in MC’s Fountain Hall, room 210A, on Dec. 1.
A Golden favorite returns Brennan Whitmore
Editor-in-chief Remaking the original Goldeneye for the Wii always sounded like remaking Citizen Kane. You just can’t. This is a game that has reached a kind of biblical nostalgia status, with some players worshiping the Nintendo 64 original as the perfect shooter. The good news is that the new Goldeneye is actually a well-made game. The bad news is that it will probably piss off those zealots. The game-play has been updated with most of the Call of Duty trappings such as auto aim and iron sights, which is made even better by the motion controls. Aiming with the Wii remote gives the player an almost ludicrous level of precision as you land headshot after headshot, which becomes a definite advantage in the games multiplayer. The game also supports the Classic and Gamecube controllers for players who can’t stomach motion controls. The game’s singleplayer has its high and low points. The highs
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License to kill - Keeping your friends close and your enemies dead in Goldeneye: 007.
generally being anytime in the game where you are shooting enemies in the face, and one notable low point being a level set in a night club where you are forced to slowly scan the faces of random people to find an informant. The problem is that the story for Goldeneye is idiotic, and actually manages to get in the way of the game play with overly wrought cut-scenes that can’t be skipped. The graphics are a mixed bag with good to amazing levels. The architecture is beautiful, and yet in contrast there are some characters that look like horrifying mannequin people from your
nightmares. Odd Job is also back, and since you can actually aim down, he isn’t such a cheap bastard anymore. But ideally the multiplayer needs to be played on a couch with a few friends, and with a full single-player campaign, the game manages to give you a lot in one package. If the thought of having Call of Duty mixed with Goldeneye drives you to nerd rage, steer clear of this game. For everyone else, this is one of the few James Bond games actually worth playing. For the full review, visit www.studentvoiceonline.com.
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Nov. 24, 2010
Obvious sex massage ads in local classifieds Legitimate massage therapists suffer from association with parlors Frank Runyeon Opinion editor
If you flip over to the classifieds section in the Ventura County Star, you will find more than just help wanted ads and quaint calls for antiques. Over seven columns are dedicated to suggestive massage ads in the VC Star. While the ads in the paper merely hint at the other services provided, they are not too discreet. Little hearts and stars adorn selling points such as “new girls,” “private rooms,” “full touch massage,” and “classy blonde.” Pain relief and experienced practitioners are hardly mentioned. I called the “classy blonde” to see if her services were really what they implied. Within two minutes, I was invited to her residence where she promised to wear “sensual lingerie” and treat me to her “silky touch.” Opting for a less personal approach, I consulted other resources. An online guide called Naughty Reviews, which, among other things, promises to help find “hot local escorts or a happy ending Asian massage parlor” listed over 70 percent of the massage places in the VC Star classifieds—and 16 of the 36 in the paper had detailed user reviews of sexual services received. Who knew that finding a sexual massage would be as easy as picking up the Sunday morning paper in your driveway? While sex massage parlors are not new to California, allowing them to continue to operate so openly has serious consequences. First off, massage is a bona fide therapeutic and medical treatment with real health benefits. In addition to reducing stress, therapeutic massage has been proven to reduce chronic pain. Advanced techniques like lymphatic drainage and oncology massage are now considered medical practices. Sloan-Kettering, the world-renowned cancer center, recently created an oncology massage program and many of the world’s leading hospitals have massage therapists on staff. It goes without saying that the numerous seedy
Photo illustration by Frank Runyeon
Turning a blind eye-–The VC Star and many other papers make an effort not to discriminate against businesses, but would these ads pass even your glance test for legitimate advertising?
sex massage parlors operating in our county degrade the legitimate work of these professionals. “We find it appalling that there are places like this. It tarnishes our image and makes us have to work harder,” said Karen Bruning, president of the Los Angeles/South Bay chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association. “AMTA has really worked hard for years to educate the public and to promote ethical massage.” In other states, licensed massage therapists, or LMTs, are required to graduate from certified schools and log up to 1000 hours of education before they can legally practice. Nationally certified therapists must pass a board exam and are bound by a strict code of ethics and boundaries. In California, however, a lack of understanding by government officials and coherent regulation has made massage the easiest point of entry for prosti-
Jocks shouldn’t get priority
tution into the business community, allowing sex workers to pose as minimally-trained masseuses. One hotspot is right on Ventura’s Main Street. “They are fairly bold, advertising in the main press,” said Sgt. Tom Higgins of the Ventura Police Department. Explaining the problem of prostitution in many of the Asian-operated, stand-alone establishments, Higgins said, “It’s just an easier business to do it in. You’re not going to find it in a yogurt shop.” The problem, according to Higgins, isn’t proving that these establishments are offering sexual services. “It’s not hard to prosecute it. We just don’t have the resources.” He added that a LAPD investigation proved there are links between sex massage and human trafficking in Ventura County. Another side of the issue to consider for those that would trivialize the matter. While groups like AMTA are working to slowly reform the state’s laws to accommodate therapeutic massage, we have to do more to protect well-educated, ethical massage therapists. “I have a sister-in-law that works in massage,” Higgins explained. “We want to protect those legitimate businesses too.” News organizations should hold themselves accountable for doing some reasonable screening. The classifieds should be a resource for legal businesses, not a page-long index of likely prostitution parlors. Nate Rodriguez, Director of Multimedia Advertising at the VC Star, maintains that the VC Star has a rigorous system to decide which ads are run. He says the paper regularly runs some ads that the pub-
“It’s not hard to prosecute it. We just don’t have the resources.” - Sgt. Tom Higgins, Ventura PD lic may find controversial. “We do take escort ads as well,” Rodriguez said. Granted, the Student Voice ran an ad for a marijuana dispensary in the past without checking its legitimacy, but massage is an industry plagued by sex slavery and continuing to print ads for explotive establishments does serious damage to actual therapists. Removing such ads won’t solve the larger problem, but double-checking is only responsible.
Proposal to give athletes first choice at class registration is unjustified Crystal Gonzalez
Contributing writer With the severe shortage of state funds, many colleges and universities have had to cut classes and other educational programs, prolonging graduation dates for many students. With a limited amount of class space available, the question arises: who deserves first choice from these limited spots? The Ventura Coun-
tion I pose is when did the physical ability to play a sport grant those individuals educational priority? I argue that priority registration should be granted to those who are closest to graduation, or it should simply remain with military veterans and low-income students. Dr. Linda Kama’ila, department chair of Anthropology, is not convinced by the proposal.
“I have yet to hear one good argument as to why athletes should get priority...”
- Dr. Linda Kama’ila
ty Community College District is reviewing a proposal from the athletic directors of all three campuses that would give athletes priority registration. The ques-
“I have yet to hear one good argument as to why athletes should get priority, as opposed to say, a returning student with a small child,” said Kama’ila. “We can’t give
“I’m lining up at Michael Kors and buying as many clothes as I can get.” -Raulin Manzanilla, 22, Bio/Pre-Med
it to everybody.” Athletes should not receive any special treatment. The concept of being a student athlete is being able to perform both in the classroom and on the field or court. Nobody forces them to be athletes. The reputation of a school does not depend on how great their sports programs are, but on the academic success of the collective student body. Jose Martinez, a 22-year-old art major, disagrees with the proposal and hopes that VCCCD will reconsider its implementation. “I can see why veterans and CalWorks students get priority registration, but not athletes,” said Martinez. “Every time you see an athlete on campus is because they’re hanging out in the quad all day and never go to class. So, how does this benefit
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Number 1—But should they be first in line to register for classes? The Moorpark College men’s football team celebrates victory as the 2010 Citrus Cup champions this fall.
them?” In many cases, athletes don’t prepare for the life after the sport, but merely for stardom. The stigma behind the “athlete” is conceptualized by the fact that the faculty themselves are lenient with their attendance and grading. How is that fair to students who work so hard and come to class to make the grade? Jennifer Quintana, a 25-year-old history major, was shocked to hear
of this new proposal. “Athletes get too many priorities,” said Quintana. “In my class they’re always late or always absent. I just think they get away with too much.” Still, there are those who believe in the academic abilities of athletes and support this proposal fully. Ralph Smith, OC veteran’s counselor, voted in favor of this item and welcomes athletes to the priority registra-
What are you buying this Black Friday? ...and what’s your plan of attack?
“I’m going to line up at the Camarillo Outlet, probably Pac Sun. I’m in need of jeans and shirts.” -Felipe Zinkewich, 20, Biology
“I won’t be buying anything...I used to work at the Camarillo outlets and I decided it was ridiculous.” -Julie Kenney, 24, Nursing
“Clothes. Get there early and beat anyone up who tries to get what I’m going to get...kick-ass fashionably.” -Alex Ayzman, 18, Criminal Justice
tion cohort. “Athletes must take 12 units, they must go to class or they get kicked off the team,” said Smith. “So why not do this for them? This is really good for the college and I think this is a fantastic idea.” Still, I can’t help but wonder how many slots will be left for other students. Who else wants priority registration? Monica Valencia contributed to this story.
“I’m going to camp out at Best Buy and buy a 46” plasma HD TV. I plan on getting there right after Thanksgiving dinner.” -Mayra Pacheco, 24, Sociology
“I’m actually doing a Secret Santa list...I will try to get there the earliest that I can possibly be there and get what I can get.” -Byron DeVera, 23, Sociology
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Double OT heroics save OC Nov. 24, 2010
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Cameron Heffernan Sports editor
OC keeps its CCCAA playoff hopes alive, beating Los Angeles Harbor after a last second penalty kick from Jesus Landeros while extra time wound down in doubleovertime. Milan Atlagic drove into the penalty box, head down realizing he was going to draw the crucial foul in the last seconds of extra time to set up the game winning penalty kick. “Straight away when [Landeros] put that ball in front of me I just put my head down and ran for it,” said Atlagic. “As soon as I looked up I saw the keeper in front of me and figured I might as well get it, he hooked my leg and we got lucky with that one.” This “luck” set up the penalty kick for Landeros. As intensity built and the crowd shouted obscenities, Landeros shot the ball right past Los Angeles’s keeper and OC began to celebrate. Los Angeles Harbor had other plans, as they took the ball to midfield to get play started again,
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Kicking it into high gear-David Torres, freshman, mid-fielder tries to create some last minute offense for Oxnard as he drives towards L.A. Harbor’s goal Saturday Nov. 20.
OC celebrating as if the game had ended was offguard. But Richie Vargas keeping alert to the play was able to foil Los Angeles’s attempt at a game-tying goal clearing the ball across the field. The Celebration was allowed to finally begin but the road to getting
there was a long one as OC held a 2-0 lead through the first half. They blew this lead midway through the second half after Erick Nieto scored back-to-back goals at the 17-minute and 34-minute mark. OC’s first half was absolutely dominating play keeping good
strides midfield and playing keep-away with Los Angeles Harbor. Sigifredo Torres started up OC’s offense with a free kick coming from beyond the penalty box at the 16-minute mark. The second goal came from a corner kick between Landeros to
Salvador Mendoza who headed the goal past the Los Angeles Harbor keeper, to put OC up 2-0. Landeros was the hero of the game. Not only having this assist but also capping off the game with his spot on penalty kick after the game Landeros was overcome with joy
from his heroics. “The game winner was the best feeling I’ve had,” said Landeros. “Next week we have Mt. SAC and they’re a great team, we have some things to work out, and we’ll be ready.” Head coach Ross Greaney, now in his fifth year as Oxnard’s Men’s soccer coach, was overjoyed in his team’s play after the game. saying there play was dedicated but as always there are things to work on. “If we play with as much heart, passion and energy as we did today were gonna give anybody a really tough game,” said Greaney. “ We got caught up on trying to hold the lead and stopped playing there for a few minutes, but we didn’t deflate and we could have and we could of given up a third and a fourth goal but we didn’t and we kept trying and followed through.” OC goes to Mt. SAC Nov. 23 in hopes to defeat the number one ranked team in the state, and move on to the second round of CCCAA playoffs moving one step closer to state champs.
VC put to the test MC take WSC crown in first round of CCCAA playoffs Richard Vinson
MC Campus editor
Brennan Whitmore Editor-in-chief
Number two in Southern California VC moves on to the second round of the CCCAA Regional Playoffs after a 2-1 win on a last second rebound goal after a missed penalty kick. During the extra time, VC turned into a determined team. Looking at a score of 1-1 with seconds left on the official’s watch, San Diego Mesa made a critical foul inside the penalty box. After the ball was deflected on the penalty kick, midfielder Taylor Steele brought it upon herself to make sure her team moved on to the next round putting the ball in the back of the net winning it for VC 2-1. The final seconds ticked away and VC began to celebrate, Yadira Toraya was ecstatic about her team’s victory after scoring the first goal of the game. “I think we worked really hard, we worked the best we could. We worked hard and backed
each other up, especially at the end,” said Toraya VC’s play midfield was solid as was San Diego’s, steadily playing back-and-forth the intensity was so thick you could cut it with a knife, as well as the cold tampering with the otherwise usual stellar play by VC. The first signs of relief came for VC on the foot of Yadira Toraya when she scored the first goal for VC at the 82nd minute. Assistant coach Steve Monka talked after the game about his team’s tense play. “The overall game back and forth, it could have been anyone’s game from the very start,” said Monka on the intense play from the first half. “I knew that if we would collect and settle and play ourselves, we would of come out on top. We had our chances; we just didn’t finish them off those plays.” Head coach of VC Steve Hoffman has had a storied career with Ventura winning six
WSC Coach of the year awards and taking the last 13 of 15 WSC titles in Women’s Soccer. The close game between VC and San Diego Mesa wasn’t a new struggle to the seasoned veteran, explaining his expectations for his team. “It was what I expected. The Pacific Coast Conference is a tough conference. No easy games for Sand Diego teams,” Said Hoffman. “They don’t get the credit that they deserve, so we kind of felt the game would go the way it went, it was very close, and, you know, a mistake or two. I think our first goal was very good.” The number two Pirates host number seven Santa Barbra City College on Tuesday Nov.23, Ventura Defeated SB twice this year, winning both games 2-0. VC winning moves them on to the third round of CCCAA playoffs, putting them one step closer to the CCCAA State Championship.
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Two on one-Taylor Benton defends the ball in an attempt to keep it inbounds. Nov. 20
Wearing their backto-back champion tees Moorpark Women’s Volleyball cruised to a third WSC championship title. Moorpark won in three games over Cuesta Community College in dominating fashion. Moorpark College Womens Volleyall Head Coach Steve Burkhart said after the game that the key of the game was the strong play of the sophomore stars. “I thought the kids played with a lot of heart and hung in there,” said Burkhart. “The sophomore kids really played well and came through.” Moorpark started off strong winning game one 25-10 and game two 25-14. Cuesta came back strong in game 3 however, and due to scor-
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Three peat-The 2010 WSC Moorpark College Womens Volleyball Champions.
ing mistakes, managed to take game three into overtime, but Moorpark managed to pull out the win 27-23. Stars in the game included Michelle Tanaka, Karissa Flack, Erika Smith and Jessica Soprano. Michelle Tenaka finished the game with 7 Aces and 4 digs. Her strong serves and defence managed to keep Moorpark in game 3.
Karissa Flack was dominant on the net with 15 kills and two blocks. Erica Smith turned in a strong defensive performance with 12 defensive digs. Jessica Soprano led her team with 17 assists. Looking to the future playoffs Coach Burkhart said that, “we’ll have a road game, so we’ll have to be tough and focused.”
this game,” said Tauau about OC’s dominant play. “Teamwork has been a must and our main priority.” OC led the entire game, from start to finish a relentless showing of offense as well as defense as the Condor’s pounded CLU throughout the night.
potential,” said Sherman. OC has started their year 4-0 with this resounding victory over CLU’s Junior varsity team. Guard Mariah Ladd felt that this game was a pushing factor for the success. “We came out more
OC cruises to 4-0
Cameron Heffernan Sports editor
OC dominated California Lutheran Universities’ Jr. Varsity Women’s basketball, cruising to 4-0 on the season. Sophomore center Samantha Strang led the Condor’s offense in their 83-36 dismantling of CLU, scoring 17 points and five assists. Not only to exert her offensive prowess defensively, she gathered eight rebounds and five steals. Strang commented on the determination of the team after this game. “We have to focus now more than ever, we’re coming together as a team and making strides towards our scholarships,” said Strang. Nikki Tauau also added 15 points and 7 rebounds; she has been a pillar for OC along with Strang. Tauau also added on the teams focus and drive to remain undefeated so far. “Our team needed
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Free throws-Guard, Mariah Ladd shoots a pair of free throws Nov. 18
Phil Sherman, head coach for OC stayed humble about his team’s play despite them winning by 47 points. “The team always has to play to its full potential, even though we lead the majority of the game we still always have to play at our full
focused then the other games,” said Ladd “We came together as a team and understood what we had to do to keep this winning streak alive.” OC looks to continue their winning ways, and go 5-0 against Pierce College on Friday Nov. 26.
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Nov. 24, 2010
Bookstore textbook buybacks begin Dec 8
Lucas Hinojosa Staff Writer
Finals are coming and spring semester is only a few weeks away. For most students, they currently hold a few textbooks in their hands. Although these textbooks are going to be history once you hand in all those finals in a few weeks, the question on every students mind may be: What should I do with these textbooks I have used and abused all semester? The answer is simple; do whatever you want to do with them. If you need that extra cash for this holiday season, then the best way to do that according to the Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura College Bookstores is to do the obvious and sell your text books back to the school that you are attending. Susan Royer, Ventura College Bookstore manager, said that all three campuses will be buying the textbooks back at the same cost and no college will be giving you more for your money compared to another—unfortunately. “The very best deal for a student, is
the student who comes in –let’s say for fall semester—and they buy a used book in the hopes that the instruction readapts that same book for spring,” said Royer. “That student can bring that book to buyback and they can get up to 50% off the new textbook price. That is the best deal in town.” An important aspect to remember about textbook buybacks is to pay attention to when the buyback dates are going to be taking place. Jay Kim, local offcampus book store manager located in Moorpark, said that the best time to sell a textbook back to their store—that say the college bookstore would not buyback—is not the end of the semester but rather the beginning of the next semester. “We could buy [a textbook] from a student and sell it back to a different student right away, and there is more profit coming in at that time,” said Kim. The off-campus bookstore, one of the only off-campus bookstores in Ventura County, buys the textbooks back at the same rate as all three campuses. Royer says a good
question to be sure to ask the sales assistant when you are selling your textbook back is to see if the current edition of your textbook will be up-to-date for the following semester. If it is not going to be, then the school will most likely not buy it back. In a case like this, the student now has an older edition book that they can choose to keep for the point of looking back to it when they need to refresh their memory, or another option is attempting to sell it on the internet. Online web sites like Amazon and eBay are both great places to attempt to sell your text book. Another consideration to make is that some teachers will allow students to use older editions of their textbooks for the following semester, depending on the subject. One problem students may run into when trying to sell back their textbooks online is the fact that the book they are hoping someone will buy may never be bought. The seller would likely have to sell the textbook for a low price
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- Remember to keep a close eye on buyback dates to get the best price for you
so that they would be one of the first people buyers would see, and that would drive people to buy the textbook from them at a low price. At the end of the day, it all comes back to the question of what do you really want in return
Kia’s 2011 Forte SX Coupe keeps its riders happy and comfortable Channing Chea
VC Campus editor As an answer to the many sports cars produced by other manufacturers, Kia recently introduced the Forte into their lineup. Created with the combined efforts of Kia’s newest designers (the former top designers from Audi and Cadillac), the car offers much more than expected. The name Forte means “special strength” and that being said, the car better have the ass to back up its name. The front end of the Forte resembles a Honda Civic, but with a more aggressive grill and hood. Its rear isn’t rounded like the Civic, it is much more rugged. This gives the Forte a very stylish, and might I even say, sexy appearance. The inside of the vehicle was exceptionally spacious and comfortable for both the front and back
seats. The interior was very appealing and definitely something any college student or 30 year-old would enjoy. A ring of light around the speakers on the door lights up and can even synchronize itself with the music being played. A gimmick that is shared with the Soul. Performance-wise, the Forte did not disappoint. One wouldn’t think a 156 horsepower, four cylinder engine that delivers 23/31 m.p.g. would be a fun drive, but indeed it was. The Forte SX comes with a sport tuned steering and suspension system. Fair enough, but add to that the responsiveness that the Forte has, and you’re ready for a race against any Ford Mustang. The Forte is probably the closest thing Kia has to a race car, so it’s a good thing it’s street legal. For those drivers filled with testosterone but have a large entourage, there is also an available se-
for a long, stressful, yet rewarding semester? The answer is simple; a little pat on the back and a pile of cash in your hands. Textbook buyback dates are Dec. 8-10. Buyback hours begin at 10-3 p.m. on weekdays and
9-6 p.m on Saturday. Do not forget to bring a form of ID when you come in to sell your textbooks back, and be sure to get it done and out, making room for next semester only a few weeks away.
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It’s in the name - great performance, speed and interior is the make up of Kia’s new 2011 Forte SX Coupe
dan model of the Forte. I had no complaints with the Forte and very much enjoyed my time driving it. This car seems to be one of many to appeal to a young demographic while keeping an adults best interests at heart. It’s all about what keeps the customer happy.
Humor- Sweet Black Friday deals at the black market Dustin Brewer
Student Life editor
The Black Market cuts down even further just in time for Black Friday Every year, the day after Thanksgiving is a chance for stores to go all out in an attempt to draw consumers to them, as opposed to the competition. To some, the annual hysteria of “Black Friday” proves to be the best shopping day of the year; seeing discounts and sales that are unheard of any other time of the year. One establishment set on boosting sales and trouncing the competition is the black market. Despite having already low prices year round, the black market will be slashing prices even further in an attempt to draw more people in. The market has the versatility of a Walmart; stocked with everything from AK-47s to bootleg DVDs of films like “Life As We Know It” and “Killers,” but with cleaner aisles and helpful employees. The market is open 24/7 and plans to start the sales promptly at 12:01 a.m. on Friday morning. Some of the hottest items that will be up for sale include; Faux-lex brand watches at a mere four rubies, a new kidney for that loved one in denial of their addiction for only 15 dollars and clothes for children featuring pop culture icon Mickey Moose. Stock of these items and others offered is abundant, shoppers need not worry about arriving early to ensure getting good deals like they do with stores like Target or the dumpster fire known as Walmart. For those people on your list that are a bit harder to shop for, the black market carries many unique gifts, sure to put a smile on their
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What are you selling–Your average sales assistant when shopping on the black market. Still better than K-Mart.
face. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a defunct land mine, a radio pried out of a Toyota Corolla, or a DVD of “Due Date” with a picture that only shakes for 45 minutes because the person filming it had to continually hide his camera while people walked by. So while others are lined up like buffoons, early in the morning and driving from store to store in search of the best deals, you can visit the black market for all your needs under one roof for a price that can only be described as a steal.