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Vol. 8, No. 1
VCCCD schools to go through a validation process Monica Valencia OC campus editor
With a Fall semester in full swing, Oxnard, Ventura and Moorpark College are expecting a group of professional peers who will serve as an assessment team for an significant inspection this coming October. “My primary focus for this inspection is to have the best site visit,” said Oxnard College President Dr. Richard Duran. “I want the evaluators to have access to whatever they need [including faculty and students], in order for them to validate us against the standards.” The Department of Education has granted the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to conduct the inspection. Through accreditation, students are able to transfer their credits to other regionally accredited colleges or universities, and institutions qualify for financial aid eligibility on this basis. At Oxnard College as many as thirteen follow-up reports had to be addressed from the previous accreditation inspection since 2004. The inspection team will review paperwork and conduct interviews of faculty, staff and students throughout their four-day visit. Ed Knudsen, executive vice president of Moorpark College said the process has been a
long one, saying they began the process in Spring 2009, which was the beginning of MC’s Self Identification Process. “I fully believe the accreditation will be reaffirmed,” said Knudsen. “[It will] commend the work the faculty and staff have done.” Connie Owens, president of the Classified Senate at OC was involved in completing the Self Study Report for the Accreditation. “This inspection should be very important to students,” said Owens. “If we remain accredited, students will be able to pay for their education through the financial aid programs that are authorized to us through accreditation.” According to Ventura College Executive Vice President Ramiro Sanchez the accreditation team will be talking to all the components of the school, including faculty, staff, maintenance and even some students. “As far as the regular study week goes, I don’t anticipate much interruption,” said Sanchez. “They may talk to students randomly.” The last accreditation visit at OC began on October 19, 2004, which continued with a series of follow-up visits for six years thereafter. Duran expressed some concerns relating to the Student Learning Outcomes, See Accredit P. 2
CSU Spring 2011 enrollment returns Brennan Whitmore Editor
The application deadline for the Spring 2011 term for California State University has been extended to Sept. 27.
Despite this, the enrollment of new students will still be dependent on a currently uncertain state budget and the restoration of funding, according to a statement issued by the CSU Office of the Chancellor.
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Healthy take down- Deardre Robinson (right) is body slammed by Shanae Clark (left) while in sumo suits at Moorpark College’s Health Fair Tuesday, full story at studentvoiceonline.com.
OC remembers 9/11 with service Channing Chea Staff writer
The Associated Student Government of Oxnard College organized the school’s first weeklong event for the purpose of honoring both those lost in 9/11 and the troops who served during the middle eastern wars. On Monday morning, OC began their day with a moment of silence. But instead of ending there, the ASG went further by adding celebration. On the week of Sept. 12 (Monday through Thursday), the ASG welcomed all students to join in on the fun. Activities were held near OC’s Campus amphitheater including patriotic face paintings, messages for the military written on Memory Tiles and giveaways. For the Troops, an organization that delivers care packages to soldiers, was also present to accept any donations OC students gave. From Remembrance Week, FtT gained a surplus of food. Donations came from both students and the Ventura County Food Bank. President Richard Duran gave a speech to open the first day while OC’s Social Science faculty member Dr. Carolyn Dorrance gave a speech to close. Aside from Dorrance, any student who wished to speak on that day was also welcomed. Michelle Nolan, 26, was one student who spoke after the moment of silence, emotionally related her story of where she was during the attack. “I was a 17-year-old girl just joining the military,” said No-
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Somber but strong-OC President Richard Duran speaks while Anna VanderStowe, Michele Nolen and Deserie Mandujano look on, waiting for their turn to speak.
lan over the phone. “And then, boom—the World Trade Center was attacked.” The first Remembrance Week turned out somewhat successful. The ASG, which has grown in recent years, took on the responsibility of organizing Remembrance Week. While planning out the events that would take place for the school year, the idea emerged to commemorate 9/11 for the whole week. By doing this, ASG hopes to attain a greater sense of student pride. ASG felt that having a week when students can come together and show their support for a common cause would be beneficial to the spirit of the student body. “It was a bonding experience,” said Vice President Elizabeth Rangel. “Especially with our new people.” Despite the remote loca-
tion, the ASG anticipated a good turnout. This did not happen, unfortunately. The ASG only had a month and a half to plan and schedule the events and between learning to work with each other and hustling to pull together the activities, they certainly had their hands full. “Don’t judge those who try and fail,” said Senator Richard Bejar. “Judge those who fail to try.” They were able to get support for the event, however. In order to create the Memory Tiles, the ASG worked with one of the arts classes at OC. Ventura College heard of OC’s Memory Tiles and is also considering adopting the idea for its own Constitution Day events. On September 11, Moorpark College President Pam Eddinger also welcomed all who wished to join in a moment of silence.
E-books new way to do the textbook shuffle Lucas Hinojosa Staff writer
With a new wave of e-book readers hitting stores, recently the question has been raised if students would prefer to read on a screen or to continue reading on paper. New devices like the e-book reader are attracting students and readers by having the access of purchasing novels, news, and even textbooks all in electronic text. Diane Rausch, Oxnard Colleges Bookstore manager said that students are able to purchase e-textbooks right in the campus bookstore itself. With the price of e-textbooks being lower than regular textbooks, Rausch said that she thinks that e-textbooks are an excellent option for students. “I think the overall trend with the current generation would be going more digital, which is great, and the bookstore is actually poised to adopt more digital textbooks at Oxnard College as well as Moorpark and Ventura for next semester,” said Rausch. At Moorpark College, 75 percent have an e-textbook available to purchase in the bookstore, according to Vice President of Business Services Iris Ingram. Students that purchase e-textbooks and choose to drop the class are
unable to get their refund for the book once the digital textbook is activated, and the file becomes deactivated once the class is finished. Nikki Miller, a 21-year-old nursing major at Moorpark College, says that she would prefer to still read her text books on paper, but would love to read her favorite novels electronically with
the new e-book readers. “I do not like the idea of buying each chapter online,” said Miller. “I would rather buy the textbook, that way I would have all of the chapters with me at all times.” “I can easily flip through pages, I would also have the pictures and graphs that I like to see in books, and
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The book, simplified- Digital textbooks take the clutter out of the textbook retaining process and on top of that digital book readers can contain newspapers, refrence books and fiction.
one picture or graph can make all the difference in understanding what you are trying to learn,” Miller said. Most e-chapters can be purchased online at the low price of only $1.99 per chapter. If you are one who still enjoys reading on paper you are capable of printing your e-chapters from your home printer. A customer representative for the Kobo e-book readers said that students are capable of purchasing e-books with many websites called the Kobo Desktop Top Application. “There is a lot more of a call for the e-chapters and e-textbooks since the ebook have now become popular,” said a customer representative for Kobo ebook readers. “There is a lot less paper being printed because people have (sic) a lot more access to computers, where they can read the books written on ine and they can download free apps from K1obo to their iPhones, smart phones and for iPads as well.” Ventura College student, Bernnedette Medina, 21, Psychology major, believes in time to come most college students will be catching on to e-chapters and e-texts. “I would totally want to purchase e-chapters online,” said Medina. “Sometimes the bookstore won’t even buy back a book that I spent at least $100 on.”
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Oxnard College ASG sponsors Special Olympics team Monica Valencia OC campus editor
A Special Olympics team made up of 30 current and former OC students traveled to San Diego to compete in a tournament thanks to ASG. They sponsored three teams that make up the Ventura County Conejos. This event included a softball tournament that took place this past Sunday, Sept. 12 at Morley Field. All teams have been preparing to participate in another year of competition. Although the tournament included athletes with developmental disabilities, the Special Olympics were unable to fund the trip because it was not an official event. Therefore, the ASG stepped in to cover the costs. Deserie Mandujano, ASG President and a
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Ventura County Conejos pose for team picture alongside coaches, wearing their Sports for Exceptional Athletes Tees. 20-year-old psychology major, said she was honored to have been able to provide these teams with this opportunity. “I believe it’s important for us to show support because it is always hard to get sponsored,” she said. “So it’s good to have students like us sponsor a team because it gives them a chance to
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However, a special committee has been formed in order to quicken the development of SLOs. This would allow the faculty; who are discipline experts, to fully expand on what the experience of each student should be. Duran welcomes this visit, hoping that every college is held accountable for what students are learning. He also posed the question, “How do you know students are learning?” He continued to explain that our faculty must research this question and assess if students are learning what we expect them to learn. “A certain system needs to be put in place,” said Duran. “We have a deadline and by 2012 we need to be at least at proficiency level.” Associated Student Government President Deserie Mandujano was also part of the team involved with developing the Self Study Report. “The entire Ox-
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OC Self-Study Guide Logo
nard College community should be interested with what this inspection is all about,” articulated Mandujano. “Even reading the abstract will help everyone understand this process better.” As the district welcomes the Accreditation inspection in October, Duran would like to encourage students to read the Self Study Report in order to give perspective on what will make the schools a better college. “[Students] will know they are attending an institution that does what it says it is going to do, and meets the high standards set by the accrediting committee,” said Knudsen.
go all the way.” The Ventura County Conejos are part of an annex to SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes (S4EA) that also serves San Diego and Riverside counties. The team is led by Linda Fintel, who is a coach with the Special Olympics organization. “It is wonderful that
the Oxnard College ASG would sponsor us again this year,” stated Fintel. “I am really appreciative.” Fintel explained that many of the athletes are adults who live either independently or in group homes. She also mentioned that events like these are great opportunities for them to
experience new ventures outside of their home. Their financial needs are met through their SSI benefits and it barely covers their sustainability costs, so they would not be able to pay for their trip to San Diego on their own. According to Fintel. There were 30 athletes who participated in
the softball tournament. “This event will broaden their horizons and their views of the community,” said Fintel. “They also get to see new places, build friendships, and meet new people.” This year, all three teams will be able to attend thanks to the Oxnard College ASG. No fundraising was needed to accumulate the funds for this sponsorship. Amber Macaulay, ASG Treasurer spoke highly of the Special Olympics organization and the S4EA program and had no qualms in making this happen. “With our budget, we decided to support the Special Olympics team this year,” explained Macaulay. “It was a unanimous decision to do so.” For more information on the this event, visit www.s4ea.com
Students embrace bodies with art Raeana Reed
Art students at Oxnard College welcomed a live model to Ichiro Irie’s Life Drawing class on August 17, to understand the fundamentals of art and develop their creative talents using the human body as the still image. The mood was very relaxed and professional as students sat in a semicircle, glancing from their sketchpads to Andrew Cahner’s frozen position in the middle of the room. “In a coloring book, the lines are so dark and solid, it creates a very flat image,” said Cahner. “Here, it is very important to pay attention to the shading and depth to create this 3-dimensional image.” When horizons of
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Nude model Andrew Cahner stands still as artist Urian Muro depicts his bodily contours.
the imagination were broadened that evening, learning is exactly what took place. Urian Muro, a 21-year-old art major, put the night’s events into perspective. “It’s cool because
when any individual turns their sketch pads around, it’s so different from the person sitting next to them. It’s like seeing [the world] through their eyes,” said Muro. Irie’s main objective for the night was to
have his students understand the proportions of the human body and the effects of the center of gravity on a live object. “Forget about being a great artist here, right now, we’re focusing on learning,” said Irie.
McNish Gallery hosts new exhibits
Fashion runway fights human trafficking Monica Valencia
OC Campus Editor An ensemble of local designers showcased their vintage fashions and trendy accessories along the catwalk this past Saturday Sept.11, in hopes of raising funds for a charitable event that included food, music, and donations. “Pins and Needles III” collaborated with “Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth,” to fight human trafficking, an illegal slave trade that continues to exploit youths in
the US. According to the “Sex + Money” documentary, 300,000 youth are trafficked any given year in our country for reasons that range from commercial sexual exploitation to labor trafficking. The average age of children forced into prostitution is 13-14. Melissa Nitsch, the coordinator for “Pins and Needles III” packed the house with over 200 attendees.
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Chloe Wooodruff, left, and David Veta observe a painting at the “Not Just a Shelter” exhibition on display at the McNish Gallery at Oxnard College. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 24.
For more information on this cause, go to www.sexandmoneyfilm. com
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Models strut on the runway flaunting the vintage fashions of local designers to benefit victims of human trafficking.
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A piece of art made of wood is featured as part of both exhibitions, while students browsed along in the gallery.
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Daniel Aksten proudly poses beside his art at the “Synopsis” exhibition.
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Photo by Jurel Battod Hannah Montana piñata club rush fundraiser.
Club Rush:Clubs line up and the students sign up
Club rush-Students get a chance to check out cthe clubs and meet new pew people at the Ventura club rush.
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Staff writers For just a dollar, students got the once-in-a-lifetime chance to swing a bat into the face of Hannah Montana, on a piñata. The piñata was part of Ventura College's Fall 2010 Club Rush that was held on Wednesday, Sept.1. The event was held on the quad at Ventura. For five hours, the quiet stone walkway transformed into a lively street fair filled with people and rows of tables, decorated with bowls of candy and brightly colored signs, advertising the types of different clubs.
“It seems everybody’s happy. It’s almost always a beautiful day on campus.” -Aimee Fair
The piñata fundraiser was a new idea that debuted this Club Rush.Set up on the outdoor stage, students paid a dollar for an eyes-closed swing at a moving piñata. Small hits would make the piñata spit out a snickers or other small can-
dy, and a perfect swing would release the jackpot fountain of candy. The fundraiser went through three piñatas, donated by The Amar Ranch Market in Oxnard to raise funds for Associated Students of Ventura College. "It's the first time," said ASVC Vice President Joe Ruiz on using piñatas as a fundraiser, "and it's probably not gonna be the last."From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the quad was alive with energy and laughter. There were numerous clubs that were brand new, and filled with potential and passion. Some students like the community at VC because it gives them the chance to meet new people."It's very easy to make friends here," said Edgar Barton, 19, political science major and president of the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Student Association. The EOPSSA promotes students to pursue higher education and assists them in reaching their goals.Aimee Fair, 19, co-President of the Holistic Health and Wellness club, went to her first club meeting to get extra credit for a woman's health class and it turned out, she loved it. Now, as co-president of the club, Fair hopes to help other people find
their holistic self."(At Ventura College) the energy, it's all positive," said Fair. "It seems everybody's happy. It's almost always a beautiful day on campus." The 18 clubs that attended the Club Rush were; the Psychology Club, the History and Pre-Law Club, the Holistic Health & Wellness Club, the University Transfer Club, Sociology Club, MEChA, Alpha Beta Gamma, Success through Diversity, Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, EOPSSA, Deutsch Club, Club Hope, DREAM, Gay Straight Alliance, Spirit Club, ASVC, American Institute of Architecture Students and the Anthropology Club. The Deutsch Club, a new club on campus focused on German culture, drew tons of attention with their club spirit. Club president Sydney Gonzales dressed the part in a traditional style German dress, and two other club members carried the black, red, and yellow striped German flag. The Spirit Club pumped up the energy with their excitement for the VC Pirate's first football game of the semester against their rivals, the Moorpark Raiders, on Saturday, Sept. 4. The Spirit Club will be cheering at all the football games, as well as preparing for the USA Nationals competi-
tion in February in Anaheim. ASVC Senator Monse Ortega, one of the students who planned this semester's Club Rush, was pleased with the turnout."I think it's a success," said Ortega, smiling, "I see a lot of people not just passing by, but standing and talking to the clubs."The goal of the ASVC is to represent the students, so they have a lot of responsibility and potential to help evolve the school. Planning a Club Rush is one of the types of things ASVC does to help students. Ruiz said the event took about a week to plan out. ASVC Senators Ortega and Martha Olin worked to come up with the date, planned where to set up the tables, and talked to club presidents. After the event was planned, their work turned into advertising through posters and banners, Facebook, and word of mouth. "The reason we do it is for the people," said Ruiz. "Is it a lot of work? Yes. But it's worth it."The ASVC has also planned a second Club Rush on September 16th, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for students that go to campus for Tuesday/Thursday classes. Also upcoming this Fall on Oct 22 is ASVC's Senators Night, with a music festival from 5:00p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Former NFL coach keeps tradition of winning alive at Ventura College Kurtis Tollefson
Staff writer Former NFL coach Steve Mooshagian enters his first year as the head football coach of an esteemed program in Ventura College. Over the past years Ventura has been dominant in the JC level and starts off the season being ranked 13 overall in California and a heavy favorite to win the National Northern Conference.Mooshagian plans to keep the tradition of winning at Ventura.“ First and foremost you must recruit quality student athletes both locally and a few from out of district/state, but focus on Ventura County’s fine football programs,” said Mooshigian. “Then develop their skills both on the field and in the classroom, you must have structure, be fair and have fun doing it.” Mooshagian has spent four years in the NFL coaching the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001 and has coached play-
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Coaching-Steve Mooshagian makes the calls from the sideline.
ers Chad Ochocinco, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Peter Warrick. Mooshagian has also coached at Nevada as their offensive coordinator in 1996 and then left for Pittsburgh in 1997-1998.Mooshagian coached at Sacramento State for four years and then left for the University of San Diego where he was the assistant head coach, with San Diego going on to win the NCAA 1 FCS. “The NFL was a great experience,” said Mooshigan. “It was like earning your doctorate
Victory-Pirates hold up trophy in celebration of winning the Citrus Cup.
in football knowledge. I enjoyed it but have always loved the JC level, I feel like we (our staff) can make a positive difference in our athletes lives.” Mooshagian is looking forward to this up and coming season as well.“We are excited and guardedly optimistic. We have a very challenging schedule, but we will take it one game at a time. Our focus is on us, as long as we compete, execute and finish we will have a successful season,” said coach Mooshagian.
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New AS President in office this fall Ebony Taylor takes office for the 2010-2011 school year Casey Gates Staff Writer
Ebony Taylor, the new Associated Students President, has big plans this year and she has the drive to see her plans through to completion. Taylor first started coming to Moorpark to compete in the debate program. She was inspired to debate when she witnessed a tournament going on between Moorpark and Northern Arizona University while she was visiting a friend in Northridge. She started Moorpark in the spring of 2008 and immediately joined the debate team. Since then she’s gone to nationals twice with the MC. In 2009 Moorpark came in second in the nationals. “It was really disappointing because we had just won the state championship, so we came back this year so determined to win,” Taylor said. “So this year we came back and won”. She was then encouraged to enter the Miss Ventura County competition by her debate coach to get extra scholarship money. Running for Miss Ventura County wasn’t a big deal to Taylor. “Being in speech and debate you have so much experience with interview skills and speaking publicly in general, so I felt pretty confident in that
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Ebony Taylor, new AS President at Moorpark
“We want to make the experience more than just ‘let me take these classes and get out’ because you can develop lifetime friends and connections.” -Ebony Taylor, AS President area.” With that experience she went on to win Miss Ventura County. She then ran for president of the Associated Students because she wanted to get involved with AS. Her goal is to make the face of the AS visible to all the students. She feels that a lot of students don’t even know there is a student body government. “That’s a problem because the AS only functions when the students are involved. If you’re not on the board of AS, doesn’t mean you’re not involved in the AS” the board of directors is the body that makes the events on campus happen. She openly encourages students to get involved with the AS, “if you see me in the halls stop and tell me what you think can improve on campus.” she said. “We’re also starting a cheer squad. There was one previously, but was dismantled. I think it’s really important to support our athletic programs, because that’s really a rallying point for all students to get around At every college, you see students rallying around their athletic team, whether it be football or basketball teams, and that brings a sense of community that’s really lacking at Moorpark. “ Ebony also added “We want to make the experience more than just ‘let me take these classes and get out’ because you can develop lifetime friends and connections. Cheerleaders are a way to bring that into the community. They are the face of the athletic community. “ She feels the board is very united. “There’s a very clear element of staying true to the campus, where as other student body governments take a lot of trips this one is taking only one.” She also wants to start a recycling program at MC, and involve the clubs with her recycling program. According to Ebony as things stand now all of the trash placed in the recycle bins is being thrown in with all of the other trash, and she wants to put a stop to this practice immediately. Ebony Taylor has a lot of work ahead, but she has a plan for what she wants for this campus. The Associated Students meet every week on Thursday at 4 p.m. The meetings are open to all Moorpark students. They meet at the campus center next to the cafeteria. Space is limited so get there early so that you can get a seat.
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Health Center fliers available in front of Health Services Office. The Health Center Provides Flu shots and STI testing as well as many other health care services.
Health Center offers low-cost medical aid Lindsay Shuman Staff Writer
The fast-paced nature of a blossoming school year can leave even the healthiest and most well adjusted individuals in a fog. Sharon Manakas, coordinator of student health services at the Moorpark Student Health Center, wants students to be aware of the wide array of services offered, services which strive to provide all students with the necessary resources to keep up their health. Services featured at the health center include: assessment and treatment for acute illnesses, first aid, psychological counseling, immunizations, physicals, family planning (pap smears and birth control), STI testing, HIV testing and over-thecounter medications. Most of the services available are free with the exception of a nominal charge for lab work
and medication, with all services at the health center being confidential. The health center has teamed up with the Associated Students, Moorpark College’s student governing body, to host a free fitness fair on Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place in the Moorpark College quad. Holly Bracken, health intervention specialist, has invited local gyms, and yoga studios to share with students the various methods of exercising. The fitness fair will have free giveaways, various fitness activities and nutrition information. Kinesiology students will conduct body-fat measurements and nutritionists will be posted at booths to inform students about healthy eating habits. In the spring semester of 2010, Moorpark College conducted a stu-
dent survey through the National College Health Assessment. The survey results indicated that more than 90 percent of students do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. In addition, the survey suggests that students are not getting enough exercise. MC students did not reach the 2010 goal for physical fitness. “We just want students to be aware of the different methods of getting exercise and getting active,” said Bracken. “So that they don’t just have to go to a gym and run on a treadmill, they can go on a hike.” Ventura County is currently confronting a Pertussis (whooping-cough) epidemic. Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that people of all ages can contract, according to helppreventwhoopingcough.com. Students are strongly advised to receive an immunization
for Pertussis if they haven’t already done so, which is available at the health center for $35 dollars. “Prevention is key in tackling this illness,” Manakas said in an e-mail. The flu vaccine will also be available for at the health center sometime this month, which will cost $20 dollars. Cholesterol testing will be made available to all students on Tuesday, Sept. 14 and again on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. If you’re interested in cholesterol testing be sure to sign up in advance at the health center. The Moorpark Health Center understands that students do not have unlimited access to financial resources, so they implore students to stop by to get the care they need. The health center is located in the Admin. Building.
No Faculty Chair to be selected Due to confusion in the selection process no faculty chair will be selected this year Greg Branam Staff Writer
Every year faculty members are given the opportunity to nominate one of their peers who have shown excellence in teaching and outstanding service or involvement in their field outside the college. A committee then reviews these nominations and awards one faculty member the honor of Distinguished Faculty Chair. “This award is absolutely, positively the most prestigious award that Moorpark bestows on its faculty,” said Riley Dwyer the Academic Senate President. This year there was no one selected for the Distinguished Faculty Chair. A call for nominations is sent out to the faculty and a selection committee comes together and reviews the nominations to
make a selection. This announcement is sent out and nominations are generally due March 30. This year it wasn’t sent out until May and by the time anything was returned it was too late for the committee to meet and go over the nominations. This isn’t the first year in the history of the award that no one has been selected. There was some uncertainty with who was supposed to make up the committee and the process involved. The nominating committee is supposed to be made up of faculty who have received the award within the last five years. However, at one point, everyone who had ever received the award was on the committee. “People are coming to me saying what about this, what about that, so I’m looking for documentation and all I could go back to was the legend and the legend has it that the committee is suppose to be made of faculty who have received the award within five years,” Dwyer said. Dwyer and the other members of the Executive Committee were faced with the decision to let the committee stumble through
and possibly face rumors and complaints about the sloppiness of the process or put it on hold until the process could be properly organized and the correct people delegated. “We looked at it and said let’s push the pause button on this. Because we didn’t want to say you can’t have this, forget it, because that’s not our thing. What we were concerned about was protecting the prestige of this award,” said Dwyer. The Executive Committee opted to hand it over to an Ad Hoc Committee. The Ad Hoc Committee will be responsible for creating timelines and making recommendations on deadlines and who should serve on the committee for deciding the Distinguished Faculty Chair. That Ad Hoc Committee will then make recommendations to the Academic Senate who will approve it or advise on changes. Dwyer said that process could be completed and take place this year, however it will definitely be in place by next year to make the process of selecting the Distinguished Faculty Chair much easier.
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New Academic Center is now open for classes for the fall 2010 school year. The center cost $32.8 million and is 45,000-square-feet. The building will be dedicated on Sept. 24 at 3pm.
Arts & Entertainment
Sept. 15, 2010
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Inspiring without “Speaking” Ali Skinner Staff writer
“Speaking Movement” brings new life to Moorpark College’s dance department as the team prepares to put on the show of the season coming up this November. The energy is thick as staff and students design a showcase of their talents in dance. The theme for this group of talented artists is “keeping it fresh.” A new group of dancers prepare a new set of pieces, introducing new styles that have yet to be experienced. The variety of dancers from beginners to pre-professionals solidifies the idea that this show is not just about dance. “This performance features us and who we are,” said Beth Megill, co-director of “Speaking Movement,” “The new talent, new dancers and the new energy mirrors the same hope of the last group.” These dancers’ hopes are expanded by the number of routines that will be performed. Ten to eleven pieces will be included, all of which are designed to be about 5 to 7 minutes on average. “Each concept needs time to make an artistic statement beyond the entertainment value,” said Megill. “It requires more patience from the audience as each piece is a journey of discovery and revelation.” A variety of dance styles will be incorporated including jazz, tap, ballet, modern/musical theater and for the first time, in Megill’s case,
bollywood. Speaking Movement will showcase the dancer’s passion for their art while giving the audience new insights into the world of dance. “It’s an art of the people for the people, and we show that here,” said Megill, “We tell personal stories of heartbreak, joy, anger, or frustration as well as making social commentary about who we are in our community and in the world.” The show is expected to not only inspire the people who go to see it, but the dancers as well. “It’s a place to get all my emotions out,” said Amanda Sabbe, a 19-yearold psychology major. “Just being in the show relieves the pressure. Even if it is consuming, it’s worth it.” “We love dance,” said 17-year-old photography major and fellow dancer, Sabrina Sykora. “We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than on that stage entertaining everyone that comes to see us, whether it’s four hundred people or five. We’ll dance our hearts out every night because that’s how we do it.” ‘Speaking Movement’ will be from Nov. 18-20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. “This is the real thing, blemishes and all,” said Megill, “It’s not about perfection, it is about growth on the part of the dancers, choreographers, and the audience members.” When the curtain rises, Megill hopes that Speaking Movement may just be the one performance potentially capable of letting dance speak for itself.
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In (speaking) movement - Brianna Ferguson, 19 and Alex Eldridge, 19 express their art through their fluid choreography, varied styles and fresh insight.
‘Machete’ review: Mexploitation revival at its sharpest
Kenny Redublo A&E editor
As the film grain hits the screen in this high definition era, confusion sets in. Machete is bringing back the exploitation films of you’re into this crisp and clean age. With an absence of logic and bloody blade, Machete is a ferocious satire on America’s immigration issues and the sensibility of taking themselves too seriously. Machete follows the exploits and “Death Wish”-esque revenge trail of titular character Machete (66-year-old
Danny Trejo), an ex-Federale literally cut loose by Mexican drug lord Torrez (legendary Steven Segal). Machete’s incorruptible ways sends him from his decent life to the deepest depths when Torrez kills his family and marks Machete an enemy of Mexico and an immigrant worker in the U.S. As a day laborer, Machete meets Luz (subtly angry Michelle Rodriguez), taco shop owner and image of the Mexican revolution against Senator John McLaughlin (faux-Texan Robert De Niro) and his campaign for harsh immigration laws. As Machete gets involved in cor-
rupt American politics due to businessman Michael Booth (Psycho 3’s... um Lost’s Jeff Fahey), he becomes entwined with Immigration Officer Sartana Rivera (post-baby Jessica Alba) and her struggles with morality. From just a simple revenge plot to a fullblown revolution, Machete delivers on its explosions. Director Robert Rodriguez continues the Mexploitation genre he started. All the elements are in place. Drug lords, immigration, corruption, revenge and the search for redemption. Though not as serious as some of his previous films, Rodriguez ups fun factor by making the absurd commonplace. There is no need to question why Machete can fly through the air on a motorcycle firing a mounted mini-gun or how a man’s intestines can support his weight through a window. It just is. Rodriguez has made what he wants to have always seen in a movie and he isn’t alone. With these absurd ideas come an even more absurd and surprising cast. Segal as a Mexican drug lord speaks volumes by itself, but Don Johnson, De Niro, Cheech Marin, Tom Savini and Lindsay Lohan essentially playing herself flushes logic down every Hollywood agents’ throats. Performances from Alba and Ro-
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driguez are usually subpar but considering what this film is, everything is forgiven and actually welcomed, contributing more to that exploitation film feel. Machete is a very redeemable oxymoron. Though Machete has many of its flaws on its sleeve, present and proud, this self-aware attitude makes up for any of those shortcomings then gives Hollywood logic another shot to the head.
Reel cult-ure: the gun is good with Zardoz
Robert Pond Copy editor
“The gun is good. The penis is evil,” this is the philosophy uttered by Zardoz, a flying stone head who is seen as a god in the post-apocalyptic dark ages of about 300 years from now. This is Zardoz, a film so awful it made me question Sean Connery’s otherwise great career as acting as a Scotsmen when playing an Englishmen, Spaniard or Russian. This movie is terrible not just because of what it is, but its transcendence of awful and potential. The main goal of the movie, at most points, seems to be reminding the audience that Sean Connery was James Bond and there are many shots that are simply meant to convey that connection. An example of this is at the end of the opening scene, Sean Connery’s character “Zed” shoots
the camera with a revolver. Get it? Because he’s James Bond. There are two societies in the Zardoz world, one of highly intelligent immortals known as Eternals and another of everyone else who live a gritty nomadic life, known as the Brutals. The Brutals are virtually enslaved by the Eternals, and those who are doing the whipping are the Exterminators, who kill a lot of people (like James Bond.) The film was written, directed and produced by John Boorman, who was just coming off the Academy Award nominated thriller Deliverance and had a promising career ahead of him. Then he made Zardoz. Coupled with Connery, this movie could have been so much, but it failed on many, many levels. The plot thins more when we discover Zed and the other Exterminators have a plan to usurp Zardoz and those in the Vortex. A massive gaping plot hole is how the other Exterminators who weren’t Zed found the Vortex which they clearly do midway through the movie. One redeeming piece of the movie, I must admit, is Sean Connery’s
Fu Manchu, which he sports through the movie, stealing scenes and reminding us that it is a real kick-ass ‘stache. This movie asks the question, hey, have you ever thought “I want to see Sean Connery in a pair of red manties and a ponytail for 90 minutes?” If you answered yes, then Zardoz is the film for you, (nobody ever answers yes.) The costuming outside of Connery’s disaster looks as if it were purchased in a medieval themed sex shop in the mid 70s. There are many shots and scenes that are seemingly set to remind you that this is Sean Connery, who was James Bond, such as the chase scene, where Connery spontaneously generates a handgun, (where it came from, no one knows, why is it there, because he was James Bond, goddamnit.) Zardoz vomits guns and promotes abstinence, essentially making him the ideal Republican candidate for president in 2012. Zardoz will go down in history as that movie with Sean Connery where he wears manties, sports a kick-ass mustache and appears in a terrible movie.
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Mosque maddness grips Manhattan PRO: How close is too close?
CON: Who’s insensitive now?
Jennifer Santana Staff Writer
An Islamic community center will be built two blocks away from where terrorists leveled the World Trade Center nine years ago after the Manhattan Community Board voted to allow the project last May. Debate has become heated throughout the United States over what has been coined the “Ground Zero mosque.” It seems the opinions of many Americans on this issue have become distorted by politicians who stretch the truth about what will be going on at the Islamic community center. Many people wrongly fear the building will be a gathering place for potential terrorists, but in reality it will be a prayer center and a place where Muslims will be able to gather for family events and other activities. It will even include a basketball court. The major complaint against this building is that it will be too close to Ground Zero, and will be disrespectful to those killed on Sept. 11, 2001. Well, there is already a mosque, the Assafa Islamic Center, four blocks
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away from Ground Zero, and it was built almost 14 years ago. Now, if Americans have a problem with a new community center two blocks away from Ground Zero, then why do they not seem to
community center as any Christian, Jewish or Hindu religious group does. There are men and women in the military who fight daily to protect our First Amendment right to be free of
“This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.” -President Obama care about the mosque four blocks away? It begs the question: how close is too close? If this place is a problem, then what should be done about the other mosques located throughout New York City? Muslims have just as much of a Constitutional right to build this
religious persecution. By not allowing Muslims to have a center where they have already been given the approval to build, Americans would be discriminating against them. Even President Barack Obama reflected on this issue. “Let me be clear: as a citizen, and as president, I believe that
She considered AfricanAmericans taking offense to the word when used by Caucasians as hypersensitivity. In defense of Dr. Laura, the First Amendment allows us to say whatever we want, whenever we want. This is always brought to our attention in situations where a media personality risks losing his/her job. However, there are many words that will always have a negative effect. The n-word has a history unlike many others in our language. It has been used to demean and in every way degrade an entire race of people throughout our country’s history. Despite overcoming
obstacles, the word is still often used to slander the same people. Keeping that in mind, why would Dr. Laura want to say such a word at all? “It’s unfortunate that she chose this individual to share her opinion about race at this particular time,” said Moorpark College history professor Ranford Hopkins. “Her opinions went beyond the scope of the call.” Dr. Laura was not asked what she thought about the n-word’s use, but it did not stop her from speaking her mind. Seeing how the nword was used in the past often confuses white Americans when it comes to its frequent use today.
Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” he said during brief remarks on Saturday, Aug. 14. “That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan... This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.” Clearly, there are no legal reasons why this center should not be built. September 11 was a tragic day, but we cannot continue to blame all Muslims for what happened on that day. We do not still persecute Germans for what the Nazis did, so why should we discriminate against all Muslims for what a few terrorists did?
Just how bad is the n-word?
Channing Chea Staff Writer
Despite reaching a new level of “colorblindness” in our country, our nation still struggles with the way we handle race-related topics. The media seem to have problems with mentioning certain words: the n-word in particular. In the most recent controversy, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a radio talk show host, used the nword 11 times on her show while speaking with an African-American caller. Briefly stated, Dr. Laura expressed her disapproval of the fact that only black people are allowed to use the n-word.
Regardless of the side you are on, one thing that shines through the mosque debate is that only in America can we have such a vast amount of peaceful verbal discussion about such a hot political and religious topic. As Americans, we should be proud that we can have this open debate. In countries like Iran, any debate over such issues would end with a bullet in your head. I firmly believe that there are good people on both sides of this argument. There are good and bad people who practice Islam and any other religion like Christianity or Judaism. You have to be a fool to paint a broad stroke that all Muslims are evil, and I don’t take myself as a fool. What I find discussed most often is the issue of “religious freedom;” Muslims have the “right” to build where they see fit. Of course they do; no one is denying that. President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other politicians on both sides agree that they have constitutional rights to build where they see fit. It seems to me that the supporters are only
surrounding themselves with this phony Constitutional war. If it was a legitimate war, the courts would be the ones to decide and they would unanimously say that it is not illegal to build the Islamic center at Park 51, officially named Cordoba House. For the supporters, the issue stops there. Those who oppose building Cordoba House are told by the politically correct that they are intolerant, hateful, bigoted Islamophobes. This response from the supporters is an unconvincing, counterfeit response to legitimate questions. The proponents refuse to answer the bigger question of propriety that the opponents have brought to the discussion. Our “moral superiors” are telling us to be more tolerant and more sensitive to the feelings of Muslims. But don’t you think it should go both ways? How about Muslims try to be more sensitive to the feelings of Americans who oppose the new mosque? Do Muslims want to be a part of American society or do they only want to show how far they can push their radical agenda? Donald Trump addressed the issue recently on the “Late Show with David Letterman” saying that the builders of Cordoba House would create a lot of goodwill if they decided to pick a site that is a little farther away. “From a PR standpoint,” Trump said, “It would be the greatest thing they could do.”
Staff Writer Channing Chea
Why are so many African-Americans willing to address each other by this slanderous word? How or why this came to be is unknown, but whether we believe what others say is ethical or not, we can always control our own words. What we say should always be honorable.
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more oversight and control over our local government. We want leaders that can lead us to success, not to failure and bankruptcy. We need to break up the gang of political thugs running this city and stealing money when we need it most. Jose Cuervo Sosa is a student, addiction therapist, and Oxnard resident. “With all that’s happening in government, with high salaries and budget crisis, I think that having City Hall raided is good because it shows that they are being investigated,” said Sosa. “They need to let the public know why and
what they are investigating and what the final outcome will be.” The citizens have lost the battle against injustice. When officials begin to prioritize the wellbeing of their communities above the well being of their income, citizens will not have to fight their own leaders. There is no realistic end to corruption around the world, but there can be a halt to corruption in our own backyards. We can vote the corrupt out and vote those with more integrity into office. The thugs who ruin our city will have to pay for it one way or another.
Staff writers: Devien Carrion Channing Chea Morgan Murray Sally Garcia Lucas Hinojosa Jennifer Santana Lindsay Shuman Kurtis Tollefson Greg Branam
Alysha Zapata Tonisha Franklin Jurel Battad Matthew Murphy Ali Skinner Raeana Reed Gabrielle Altabef Andrew Smith
Corruption in Oxnard: 70,000 reasons to be angry Oscar Machuca
City Hall. The allegations range from misappropriation of public funds to conflict of interest, just to name a few. This investigation will require months of sifting through documents obtained from City Hall and officials’ homes.
Who spends $70,000 on a party in this recession? Apparently, Oxnard City Hall does. Where is all the money that funds our facilities for the homeless or disabled veterans? Shrimp platters and ice sculptures?
The officials responsible for such crude acts should be removed from their positions and banned from running for public office again. They have used our tax dollars to take personal trips, fund parties and enjoy themselves at our expense. I am sure that actions like these are difficult to monitor, but there needs to be an oversight strategy in place for vital offices like these. What they need to do is open a public forum and have the people decide what should happen to those companies that were on the receiving end of those funds. We need to have
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Contributing Writer Corruption has been around forever. It occurs at all levels of society: in government, business, school and to some extent even within families. Corruption is basically taking what you can get at the expense of your integrity. It’s become commonplace in all organized groups, however, there are two things that thrust corruption into the media spotlight: shameless greed and big money. On August 13, FBI agents and members of the District Attorney’s office stormed Oxnard
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Pirates fall short in fourth at Ventura Kurtis Tollefson
Staff writer It was a heavyweight showdown Saturday night in Ventura as the 2nd ranked Fullerton Hornets set off to face the 13th ranked Ventura Pirates. Through the first quarter it was almost dead even resulting in a 6-3 lead by the visiting Hornets. Ventura came out in the second quarter with Antavius Sims leading the Ventura offense down the field which set up the Pirates for a 30yard field goal attempt that sailed wide right. Ventura’s defense continued to play well on their next set of downs and shut down the Hornet offense, forcing them to punt. Ventura looked to get the ball back, but the punt hit a Pirate player and Fullerton recovered the fumble which set them in great field position. Fullerton quickly capitalized and gained momentum, scoring two straight touchdowns to
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Quarterback Antavius Sims is sacked for a loss as the offensive line struggles to keep back Fullertons powerhouse defense.
make the score 20-3 Fullerton. Ventura drove the ball all the way down the field and made a late field goal with five seconds left to put the score at 20-6 giving Ventura momentum going into the second half.
Ventura came out fired up and only used 11 seconds to score as Antavius Sims hooked up with wide receiver Kodarius Rice on a 64-yard pass, pulling the Pirates within eight and making it a 20-12 ball game. Fullerton quickly
Thrice would be nice
answered with a 44 yard passing play making it 27-12. The Ventura defense was determined to stop Fullerton. Sims drove the ball down the field again throwing a 13 yard touchdown pass to tight end Bennie Kirkwood. After a three and
out for Fullerton, Ventura got the ball back and Sims hit running back Michael Davis on a beautiful 11 yard screen pass making the score 25-27 Fullerton, but Ventura decided to go for two and converted tying it up in the quarter.
“We were moving the ball all game and making some big plays,” said Ventura offensive line Coach Jason Bendinelli. The momentum would soon shift as a punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown putting the Hornets up 34-27 at the end of the third. Fullerton came through with a huge passing play late in the fourth putting the final touches on Moorpark 4027. “They were a tough team, we were nose to nose with them all game and they made some big plays,” said coach Sims. “I love the fight in our team, we were down and came back and fought, we don’t give up,” said Middle Linebacker Brenden Daily. Ventura has jumped to #9 in the rankings for their impressive play against Fullerton and look to take their frustrations out as they travel to play Santa Barbara City College on Saturday night.
Oxnard kicking a hole in the sky
Staff writer When it comes to competition, they say it is harder to stay at the top than it is to get there. For the Moorpark College Women’s Volleyball team, the expectations have been set. For the last two seasons, the Raiders have taken home the Western State Conference Championship. There are new faces on the team this year but the leadership of Coach Steve Burkhart and the team’s goals remain the same. Burkhart sees some striking similarities in talent and athletic ability with this year’s team and the past two conference champions. “My expectations is that we are going to get better as the season goes on and I am hoping that we can compete for the championship at the end of the season,” said Burkhart. The players certainly have some big shoes to fill. However, they are confident and ready to win the North Division for a third straight year. Karissa Flack, the Raider’ s middle position is certainly doing her
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Chelsy Westphal, sophmore , middle blocker serving to her team at practice.
part to keep the team’s “three-peat” hopes alive. “For myself, I expect just to be coachable and do everything the coaches say,” Flack said. “I need to work hard. Teamwise, I expect us to be back to back to back WSC champions.” Flack believes Moorpark faces a tough test in Santa Barbara. This past Saturday, the team got a glimpse as to how stiff the competition can be in a five game losing effort to Santa Barbara (25-21, 2325, 25-15, 22-25, 15-11).
“We are just starting to gel as a team and I hope with more practice and a lot of effort we can be really good,” said Melissa Johnson, a red shirt in this year’s team. Whether the team can maintain its level of success three years in a row remains to be seen. The coach and players certainly believe they can. “I think everyone has the drive on the team, everyone wants to win, we can do it,” said Melissa.
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Raider’s volleyball poses for a gorup photo , they hope to “three peat” as conference champions.
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Brittanie Frazier, sophmore, left midfielder cuts around a L.A. Mission player for one of her 2 goals in Thursday’s game.
Cameron Heffernan Sports editor
As the first half began at Oxnard college aspirations were high as a 4-0 Condors women soccer team attempted to keep their unbeaten streak alive against L.A. Mission. With Bill Propster at the helm in his first year as head coach and a young cast of 22 players; all freshman except four, this seemed like a challenge accepted. The first minutes opened with competitive play coming from both ends, a steady standoff between the two teams occurred midfield until things took a turn downhill midway when the Condors were down 2-1 and had several opportunities to tie and take the lead, but missed shots and unlucky bounces were becoming a problem to the Condors. At the half it was 2-1 L.A. Mission and things were looking bleak. You could see in the face of the team and their head coach Oxnard College was ready to take back the game and show their division foes they were up to the challenge, no matter the situation. “We get plenty of chances to score, but are we going to finish? We’re doing a lot to finish,” said Propster. After their halftime meeting this was more than apparent when after 2 missed shots to open the second half
the Condors seemed almost unstoppable going on a 5-goal tangent and taking the game with a final of 6-2. Propster and Brittanie Frazier, sophomore and left mid-fielder, commented on the direction for the team and hopes for their success under Propster. “Where we’re at, we’re passing the ball great, we can play against teams who aren’t at a real high level, you know and we play against higher level teams and keep it going,” said Propster in regards to his teams’ competitive level. “This is the first time we’ve been behind and I think the girls felt the pressure a little bit and it was good for us to experience that and you know come back and create chances for us it’s just a process of learning you know. You have to,” said Propster on how his team handled pressure. “With Bill, who is really emphasizing on, you know, coming together, working together, connecting the passes,” added left mid-fielder Brittanie Frazier in regards to the team direction. “He’s really good at making sure we get that done.” For more information on games and Oxnard College women’s soccer check out Oxnardcollege.edu under the athletics department.
Raiders eviscerate Pirates in 43rd Citrus Cup 44-21 Kurtis Tollefson
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Ventura College’s Michael Davis runs the ball at the Ventura College Sportsplex on September 4.
Staff writer It was a cool breezy night in Ventura California as the fourth annual Citrus Cup game between the 13th ranked Ventura Pirates and the Moorpark Raiders took place. The game started out with some big hits and trash talking which showed both teams wanted to crush each other. The first quarter ended up in a 7-7 tie. In the start of the second quarter the Pi-
rates began to pull away. The Ventura offense was led by quarterback Antavious Sims and running back Michael Davis. Sims led a 78 yard drive down the field with his nifty moves and Ventura finished the drive off with a strong touchdown run by Derezek Reed. Sims finished the game with 280 total yards of offense and running back Michael Davis rushed for 106 yards on the ground and caught seven passes for 63 yards
with one touchdown. “We had a streak where we let Ventura’s offense score four touchdowns in the span of nine minutes,” said cornerback Shane Toth. The Moorpark offensive line had trouble blocking the Ventura defense and quarterback Dalton Botts was under pressure all game and got sacked four times: which made the quarterback force some throws. For the rest of this story visit studentvoiceonlie.com.
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David Dittmar rides a wave at Pt. Mugu. He won second in his heat to move onto the quarterfinals.
Riding a world-class wave at Point Mugu Surfers travel from around California to surf at naval base Greg Branam
Staff writer As the air horn blares, signaling the end of the final for the Men’s Open Division, two days of surfing culminates and the fate of five surfers lies in the hands of the judges. This is the 3rd Annual Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu Surf Contest, presented by Quiksilver. This two-day event features a surfing contest with six different divisions: Active Duty Military, Men’s Open, Women’s, Young Gun’s (17 years and under), Bodyboard and the Quiksilver Expression Session. In addition to the contest there was also live music, food, a beer garden, vendor displays and product giveaways. This year’s event drew
hundreds of local surfers as well as a handful of professionals from throughout California. There is just some sort of mystique about this place. Most local surfers are aware that a world class wave sits just beyond a fence and a halfmile hike onto restricted government property. With that knowledge, it’s as though each un-ridden wave crashes to the shore with unveiled beauty, laughing at your inability to dance with it. “It’s great that the military opens this place up for this contest, and allows people who can’t normally surf here the opportunity to come check out this spot…it’s a real gem,” said Strider Wasilewski, announcer and Men’s Open Division competitor. The Naval Base at Point Mugu, or “The Base”, is known for one of the best wave spots in California. The deep, submarine caverns just offshore allow swells to travel through deep water and abruptly arrive on various sand bars, which, with the right swell, creates a world class wave.
The unfortunate thing is this wave is generally off limits to the public because it is located within the confines of the Naval Base. “It’s taken literally hundreds of volunteers,” said Dan Alpern the Marketing Director for the Morale, Well Fair and Recreation Department at Naval Base Ventura County. “We have sixty of our Force Protection and security guys dealing with the public, and another hundred taking care of the staff, the logistics, and getting problems taken care of. “It really takes a chain. No one person is doing the work for this event.” Competition began Saturday morning with hundreds of surfers battling their way through heats in an attempt to make it to the finals. “I actually work here as a lifeguard, so all summer long I’m surfing out here and I love it,” said Ventura College student David Dittmar. His local knowledge of the break allowed him to advance through the quarter finals. Saturday saw a full day of sun and paved the way for an exciting day of surfing on Sun-
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David Starky, Military Men surf contestant at the 2010 Pt. Mugu Surf Contest. He took second in his heat to move onto the quarterfinals.
day. With Mother Nature improving surf conditions, Sunday was another great day for spectators and surfers alike. Quarterfinal heats gave way to semi final heats, and the field of surfers continued to whittle down. With only fifteen minutes in each heat to get the scores needed to advance, luck played almost more of a factor
than skill. After battling his way through multiple heats over the course of two days, Ventura resident Keoni Cuccia walked away with the first place trophy in the Men’s Open Division. To read the complete article please visit http://www. studentvoiceonline.com/ riding-the-perfect-wave-atpoint-mugu
Having fun in summer on a budget Local concert will Feeling the benefit non-profit bite of a rough organization economy Gabrielle Altabef Staff writer
The rough economy is affecting everyone these days, whether they are looking to be employed, or trying to work as much as possible at the job they do have. Numerous Moorpark College students said similar things regarding their summer breaks and a lack of money being correlated to the activities they missed out on.
“Me and my friend had a planned trip to Las Vegas, but he ended up not having enough money to go, so our trip never happened,” said Kyle Bradley, a 22-yearold Moorpark College student. The trip was something Bradley had been looking forward to for several months. It could be that if employers have work to give, students are taking the hours, and putting work first. Shawn Furlong, a 23 year old geography student at Moorpark College was also affected by his need to work. “I was planning on taking my fiancé to Cape Cod this summer,” Shawn said. “But
wasn’t able to save up any money for it prior to the time I wanted to take her. I felt bad that I couldn’t do what I had hoped, but she understood money is hard to come by these days.” Many students are in the same boat as far as having to let others down when it comes to cancelling plans that involved them. In this current economy, many students said they felt lucky to have money that paid the bills, and had to get used to the fact that trips and “fun” plans were only a privilege and unfortunately not in close reach. Julian Franklin, another Moorpark College student, who is cur-
rently studying journalism said. “I worked all summer because I have no money, so I had to get that money, so I guess the economy indirectly affected my summer plans,” said Julian Franklin, another Moorpark College student, who is currently studying journalism. Many students are receiving unemployment checks and looking for work, while others are struggling to get enough hours at the job that they do have. Some students did find activities to do that didn’t cost much money, and kept them busy, such as going for a run, the beach, or taking online summer courses.
made the activities much more fun for students. For instance, instead of being forced to park after only one lap around the parking lot, students can now take at least 10 laps before pulling into one of the numerous spots the parking lot offers. “Following” is another fun game that frequenters of “The Lot” know about, in it a driver picks a student and follows them to their car as slowly, and as ominous as possible that proves
to be fun and totally not uncomfortable for either participant. With prices as low as $40 for a semester, and $2 a day, students have found themselves coming back each and every day to hang out. The success of the lot, much like popular movies today, is spawning a sequel “The Dirt Lot” is slowly gaining notoriety as the hottest place this side of across the street Although this lot’s reputation is still very
much in development, it’s currently a hot spot for hipsters who prefer their hangouts unpaved and dusty. “The Lot” is currently an all day event, with people coming, going and just lingering to absorb the entire environment it has to offer. If you’re in Moorpark and looking for a fun way to kill an entire afternoon with so much fun that your senses will in fact explode, then “The Lot” is the place to be.
The hottest hangout in town
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There’s a new place quickly emerging as THE place to be in Moorpark; the campus parking lot. Some students are coming as early as 45 minutes before their classes start, just so they can hang out at the hottest place in town. The larger crowds coming out to “The Lot”, as it’s now known, have
Concert is to raise money to help struggling youth Dustin Brewer Staff Writer
A benefit concert called Love, Be Loved, Grow, Acoustic Afternoon is being held Saturday, Sept. 18 at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills to honor the life of Grayson Wolpert, a girl who last October committed suicide. The concert which will be held at Agoura High School raises money and awareness for the non-profit organization; To Write Love On Her Arms. TWLOA helps people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide by raising money with fundraisers and selling merchandise. They also work to inform people about
these issues and fund patient treatment. The event goes from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. and tickets will cost $3 and are available now. Live performances from local bands include: Sound. City. Lights., Make Your Day, Paul Young, Once a Tiger/ The Sheds and Evan Craft. A few words will be said by Grayson’s mother, Jenny Wolpert. Members from To Write Love On Her Arms will also be attending. Agoura High School is located at 28545 Driver Avenue, Agoura Hills, 91301. For more information, visit http:// w w w. t w l o h a . c o m / events.php