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Marching to make a difference

IRS grants deadline extension for taxes

Monica Valencia Editor-In-Chief

As the ‘March for Higher Education’ headed north to Sacramento, some students stayed behind in Ventura to unite and exercise their right to assembly and protest against the budget cuts to California’s educational institutions. Presidents of almost all Oxnard College clubs gathered together in a recent meeting to discuss how they wanted to represent their school and found that participating in the ‘March for Higher Education’ was an option they were not willing too let pass by. During their brainstorm however, the presidents determined that many clubs could not afford to travel to Sacramento to lend their voices. Lisa Hinkley, Culinary Arts Club president and business major, feels it important to realize that education is everyone’s foundation. “If we take education away and not give it to our students, then who are we going to give it to?” said Hinkley. “Now, more than ever, with the recession, we can’t take that away because people are going to college since jobs aren’t available.” The March began at 10 a.m., but students organized themselves at a local fast food restaurant just an hour before. A few moments later, the March became a protest at the corner of Victoria Avenue and

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Unity - Oxnard and Ventura College students assemble to hold their own ‘March for Higher Education’ and demonstrate a peaceful protest in Ventura on March 14 since they could not afford to accompany their peers in the march to Sacramento.

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Leader - Anthony Garnatz motivates his peers with chant.

Telephone Road, which ended promptly at 12 p.m., with a swift walk back to their meeting point.

Students from the Ventura College Associated Students, Oxnard College Addictive Disorders Studies Club, OC

Sociology Club, OC Culinary Arts Club, OC MeCHA, OC Chess Club, OC Student Movement, and many other students and concerned citizens participated in both the March and peaceful protest in Ventura on Mar. 14. There were several comments that noted the emotions carried by the students during the March, most of which pertained to the upcoming raise in tuition from $26 to $36 per unit, which of course is the best-case scenario. The worst-case scenario would mean that students can face a tuition raise from $26 to about $66 per unit. Overall, the Ventura County Community College District faces $9 million in fiscal cuts. Students hope that legislators will vote to place the plan on the June ballot, since it is set to expire. The plan would extend

taxes. Teresa Montoya, a 32-year-old sociology major and Ventura College student, wants to make sure that every student’s voice is heard on this topic. “There are a lot of students that are going to be affected by these cuts,” said Montoya. “There are single parents and low-income students that are not going to be able to afford the classes or continue their education.” She heard about the local march from fellow peer, Anthony Garnatz, a former OC Associated Student Government Senator, who networked with both VC and Moorpark Colleges about the protest. “If they don’t hear our voices, they don’t know how we feel,” said Garnatz. For the full story, go to

OC ASG represents at Capitol Hill conference

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Trip - OC Associated Student Government visit with Sarah E. Rubinfield, Executive Assisant for Rep. (D) Lois Capps, during their visit to Washington, D.C. on March 19-22.

Reps - OC ASG Senator John Garcia, left, and Christine Chavez, granddaughter of UFW Co-Founder Cesar Chavez, spoke at the National Student Advocacy Conference held in Washington, D.C. on March 19-22.

“Year of Economy” continues with documentary at Moorpark C. Alex Biersch Staff Writer

Jaws dropped and eyes widened while the shocking statistics read by Martin Sheen were presented; about 24,000 people a day die from hunger or poverty related instances. As the documentary “The End of Poverty,” directed by Philippe Diaz continued, more staggering numbers about the impoverished Third World countries were revealed and analyzed. “Five percent of the world’s population

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lives in the U.S., yet the U.S. consumes 25% of the world’s energy” and “1/3 of the world does not have access to affordable, clean water,” were just some of the shocking research that Sheen revealed over the horrible scenes of slums in South Africa and run-down villages in rural Bolivia. Examining the poverty that consumes many parts of South America and Southern Africa, this documentary, shown at over 25 film festivals, uses public figures such as William Easterly, a professor at NYU, and

heart wrenching stories of families to illustrate the poverty and hardships they face. The film was shown in part of the Year of the Economy series at Moorpark College, arranged by Rachel Messinger and Brendan Purdy to expose the current economic issues such as poverty and our economic state as a country. Diaz was kind enough to join the screening on March 1 in the Forum, where he took questions from the audience and explained his thought process for

the film and recent matters that have arose. “Today we are using 30% (50% from pessimist) more than what the planet can regenerate,” said Diaz. “We are digging a hole right under our feet. If this number is not enough for us to react, I’m not sure what will.” With the audience in awe of the circumstances brought to their attention, many of the scenes caught them off guard and played with their emotions. One such scene was an interview with a mother in Bolivia

who had lost her two sons who were soon going to be taking care of her since one of them recently graduated high school. One thing that I noticed while I watched the film was the occurrence of Americans using the word “we” when taking about the impoverished nations and the causes and effects of them. It was as though they were taking responsibility. For more into, go to www.MoorparkC ollege. edu/yearoftheeconomy for further lectures or events.

With April showers and Spring flowers, the due date to file your taxes makes its arrival even if you haven’t decided whether you will file or not, which might be a question asked by many students. IRS Spokeswoman Anabel Marquez, stated that the IRS determined that a person who has earned less than $9,350, does not have to file their Federal Tax Return for 2010. “We established these limits to reduce taxpayer burden and processing cost,” wrote Marquez through email. “If a person doesn’t file unnecessary returns, they and the government save time and money.” The obligation to file depends on individual earnings. Parents who provide the majority of support for their fulltime student have the option to claim their off spring as a dependent on their income tax returns. In most cases, students are often claimed as dependents on their parent’s income tax return. Conscientious of her financial situation, Ciara Canaugh, a 20-year-old liberal studies and psychology major, doesn’t file independently. “I know when tax season comes around,” she said. “My family was always aware and prepares well in advance to meet the due date to file the forms.” The last day to file a Federal Income Tax Return falls on April 18 this year, which gives everyone three extra days to file, compared to last year’s April 15 deadline. The IRS considers the person’s gross income, age, filing status and whether they are like Canaugh, a dependant of someone else. Marquez cautions though, that if a person had federal taxes withheld from their paycheck, even with an earning of less than $9,350, the person may qualify for a refund. With free-file, the information is safe and secure according to Marquez. Students can receive refunds in fewer than ten days.00000000v For the full story, go to

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Cafeteria cut cold for the summer Linda Corrigan Staff writer

Students attending classes at Oxnard College this summer will have to brown bag it or go off campus to eat when the cafeteria shuts its doors for summer. The campus is cutting staff and hours of operations in an effort to shore up a deficit at the cafeteria, which loses about $100,000 per year, said Dr. J. al-Amin, V.P. of Business Services for Oxnard campus. The cuts are also part of a larger effort to reduce expenses across the district due to budget cuts from the state, expected to amount to as much at $1.8 million next year for Oxnard College. “It will create some difficulty for those who do not have transportation to access other local eateries nearby,” al-Amin said. “However, we will be bringing on vending machines to provide limited meal service.” Ventura County Community College District contracts with Integrated Support Solutions, Inc. to run food courts on all three campuses, but only

Oxnard College is closing for the summer. Dr. al–Amin noted that the rising operating costs and declining sales contribute to the decision to close the OC cafeteria. “Subsequently, given the reductions to the overall college budget, and the reductions which we have had to make in other areas of the college to balance our budget, we unfortunately have had to reduce cafeteria operations to ensure that this operation is also within budget,” he said. “Hopefully as the economy improves, this service as well as other services will be restored .” Alley Bachman, 22, a classified employee, questioned the district’s decision and what she perceived as wasteful practices. “Why do we need three consulting managers and three VP Business Service personnel?” asked Bachman. “And, why is it during economic troubles (that) my fellow workers and I are always sacrificed? We will be out of a job for almost three months and cannot even collect unemployment.” Students at least will not have to

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Amenities - Students lounge and enjoy their lunch at the OC cafeteria. The food court closes for the summer after finals week.

worry when it comes to querys about availabilty of food during finals week. The cafeteria is open during finals week, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will reopen on

the first day of classes in August, alAmin said. “It is my goal to have a food services operation that provides the campus and community with quality and affordable food services. “

Harbor series spotlights climate change The Harbor Side speaker series dicuses the ‘evolving’ science. Linda Corrigan Staff writer

The speaker series opened with over 50 people in attendance in the small classroom surrounded by fish tanks, jars of dead specimens, and lively marine life paintings. Presenting the series on climate change was Dr. Chris Williamson, principle

planner for the city of Oxnard. According to Williamson, “The Climate Action Planning Series or CAPS is part of the city’s future development plan. The plan includes looking at developing energy savings and understanding the impact of climate change at the local and global level”. The lecture was held at the Oxnard College Marine Center & Aquarium at Channels Harbor. There were 6 detailed areas of importance which covered implications of global climate change and strategies to deal with it: Global Warm-

ing and Climate Change, Anticipated Impacts from Climate Change; The Evolving Response; What can local Governments Really Do?; Content Analysis-50 Climate Action Plans and A Local Climate Action Plan Template. Williamson gave a bit of history to the beginnings of climatology by introducing Dr. Roger Revelle, an oceanographer and the first to study global warming in 1950 and Charles Keeling, a scientist who contributed to understanding how greenhouse gases affect the atmosphere and its relationship to global warming.

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“Climate science is still evolving, and part of the action plan is to understand the impact of population growth, energy usage and Green House Gases emissions (GHG). There are seven billion people in the world and we are headed to nine billion in the coming years,” said Williamson. Williamson said 11 students in his class created their own model called “A Localized Climate Action Plan,” using the CAPS strategies of 2009 as a model. Elizabeth Diaz de Leon, an instructor for Environmental Issues at Ventura College, was very ex-

cited about the Oxnard students work. “It was wonderful to have students write their own CAPS for the future,” Diaz de Leon stated. Rob Jure, a Culinary Arts major at Oxnard College, thought otherwise. “I don’t agree with the money being spent on any of the global warming or its political relationship,” stated Jure. “Except for quality of education for my child.” Rachel Morris, the executive director of the Ventura Climate Care Options Organized Locally, a non-profit organization in Ventura, at-

tended the lecture. “I thought this was really interesting using CAPS as a standard model and addressing the critical issue of our time” said Morris. Marine Center curator Brian Swig said more lectures are on tap. “It’s important for the community and students to attend,” he said. On April 15, Dr. Tanya Atwater, UCSB geology professor discusses ‘Living in the Plate Boundary: Our Torn, Twisted, and Shaky Landscapes.’” For more information, call the OC Marine Education Center at (805) 985-9801.

Leah Grullon Staff writer

Busy is a slow day in Terry Redmond’s office at Oxnard College. Students are constantly looking for her guidance move in and out her office, seeking information they need to transfer to a university. Cesar Flores, supervisor and coordinator of the Transfer Center at OC, considers Redmond’s contribution to be significant to their institution. “She has been a real asset to the Transfer Center during her time as a transfer counselor,” said Flores. “She has been instrumental in providing services to all students interested in transferring to four year universities.” Redmond, with 22 years of profes- Terry Redmond, OC transfer counselor. sional experience, has been working at OC for five years as an academic ad- Services for the state of Arizona, where visor and as a transfer counselor since she dealt with cases of children who the last year. were victims of violence, neglect and She advises students on univer- sexual abuse. sities deadlines or courses they may “You see the worst of humanity,” need, as well as information about said Redmond. “Having to deal everythe transfer agreement guarantee pro- day with some of the most violent acts gram, applications and workshops. against children by their loved ones.” As a former coordinator of VolDr. Daniel Goicoechea, General counselor at OC, speaks highly of Red- unteer Services for Woman Alliance mond. Goicoechea considers her bilin- Battered Woman’s Center in San Jose, gual skills and ability to communicate Calif., Redmond considers women to well with students, effective in helping have a significant role in society and believes that it should be important for students from different backgrounds. “She works very well with diverse women to seek higher education and students,” said Goicoechea. “She is chose a career. “I think it is important to encourvery helpful, cooperative and genuage all women to go on not only to the ine.” Redmond, who has strong bonds junior college, but go on to the univerwith OC since she did field work there sity and obtain their Master’s and also as a university student as she earned their PhD,” said Redmond. She also regards education in genher master’s degree, is remembered by Ralph Smith, Supervisor of the Gener- eral, as an essential tool for survival in order to be in charge and be able to al Counseling Department at OC. “She is outstanding,” said Smith. compete in society. “Because life changes very quick“Terry came to me as a student from university, to get practice and to get a ly, you need to be prepared for a hurricane sometimes,” said Redmond. Master’s Degree. I trained her.” After her parents’ divorce, the “Education is insurance.” According to her husband, Superistrength of her maternal family helped her be more self-confident and strong. or Court Commissioner William Red“What I remember is the love of mond, his wife’s will to show solidarmy maternal grandparents and how ity to people who need her and deal special and significant it was in my with difficulties are also significant characteristics of her personality. life,” said Redmond. “She will overcome obstacles to As a student at the University of Arizona, she focused her interest on get the right thing done in the right Annual · Family planning way,” said Redmond. “She will always abused children, juvenile exams delinquency go out of her way to help a student, and Breast the impacthealth on families. Her Mascare · Emergency contraception ter’s Degree in sociology, with a minor friend or me.” testing · Cancer screenings According to several faculty memin psychology, STD provided her first opbers and student workers, Redmond is portunity as a Youth Counselor. One of the biggest challenges she a vital asset to the effectiveness of the had was taking a position in Protective Counseling Department and an overall

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Raising substance abuse awareness

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Walk the Line - Darcy Sheply, psychology club treasurer, and Officer Trenner Marchetti demo Beer Goggles at Ventura College’s THINK event.

THINK - Students participated in a event held at Ventura College March 9th, 2011 that focused on the dangers of driving under the influence and substance abuse. The Ventura College Psychology Club hosted the event with information booths from organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Alanon, the California Highway Patrol, VC Fire department, VC Traffic Police and the Veterans Health Center. Students were able to attempt both a field sobriety test and drive a school golf cart on a test track with “Beer Goggles” that simulated the visual effects of drinking while driving. Victims of drug and alcohol abuse gave presentations on how they have affected their lives. Triathlete Tony Pedeferri, an ex-CHP officer, spoke to students and faculty about the tragic accident that left him to be a quadriplegic. He was the victim of someone driving under the influence of marijuana.

An open call to all future architects Jarred Kiel Staff Writer

The American Institute of Architectural Students will be having its Second Annual Open House event at Ventura College’s Fireside Lounge at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25. This open house is intended for high school and college students who want or are deciding on getting into the architectural field. This event will help students see the architectural curriculum and to get a first-hand look into the subject. Ben Tunigold, one of

the leading members of the open house and also treasurer of the AIAS, hopes that bringing professionals to the event will help the students in the field. “For the Professional Architects in the community, it is a place to showcase their work to both inspire and inform the young architectural community,” said Tunigold. There will be information from the Ventura, Moorpark, ACE, and Oxnard programs, along with transfer program information. Even though the event is intended for students deciding on their future in the architectural field, anyone came come join in on the fun. “All community members are welcome to enjoy a night of food, drink, and architectural inspiration,” said Tunigold.

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Moving on - Lucy Capuano-Brewer, VC psychology professor, and Tony Pedeferri lecture students at the THINK event.

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Immigration from a child’s perspective Leah Grullon Staff writer

Through her book “Enrique’s Journey,” journalist for Los Angeles Times, Sonia Nazario, explores the social -economical issues of some countries of Latin America as well as the U.S.’s immigration controversy and their impact on the American economy. During her conference at Moorpark College, Nazario, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her book, said that her idea of writing the story came out when Carmen, her private domestic worker, talked to her about how she arrived in the U.S. and the drama mothers face when they have to leave their kids to work hard and provide them with a better life. “She [Carmen] left for the United States out of love,” wrote Nazario. “She hoped she could provide her children an escape from their grinding poverty.” The journalist ex-

plained that Carmen also talked about how many kids, for example, her own, come to the U.S. desperately looking for their mothers. According to Nazario’s research, every year, thousands of children travel on top of a freight train called “El Tren de la Muerte” (The Train of Death), crossing Mexico and swimming across the Rio Grande as Enrique did. “What kind of desperation, I wondered, pushes children as young as seven years old to set out, alone, through such a hostile landscape with nothing but their wits?” said Nazario. Miriam Gutierrez, a 32-year-old psychology student at MC, who attended Nazario’s conference and her parents are Latin American immigrants, expressed her thoughts on how this story shows difficulties immigrants go through when they leave their countries. “By reading this book is really interesting because you see how a

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Pulitzer - Sonia Nazario, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, came to Moorpark College to discuss the social and economic themes that dominate her novel, “Enrique’s Journey.”

lot of immigrants suffer,” said Gutierrez. “They come here to have a better life, but it is not easy for them to live here.”

Nazario met Enrique in 2000 while she was visiting many shelters and churches at Mexico, looking for a 15-year-old

kid who traveled on “El Tren de la Muerte” for clues to find his mother. Mary Umekubo, a 59-year-old English student at MC, embraced the enthusiasm Nazario showed about her story. “She seems to me very passionate about migrants’ problem in Central America,” said Umekubo. “I admire that.” On the impact of immigrants on the American economy, she said that on one hand, they help more businesses to be open because companies can get cheaper workers, but on the other hand they make education and other services that they use, such as emergency room visits and jails, to be more expensive. “All those things are up to several billion dollars in California,” said Nazario. ”So we gain in terms of businesses, but there is a large cost on local.” Diane Scrofano, an English instructor and this event’s coordinator

at MC, said that “Enrique’s Journey” is helpful for students to understand about American issues like illegal immigration. “Following someone specific like Enrique really gets students to connect on a personal level with the subject they may start as an issue like illegal immigration in the abstract,” said Scrofano. Nazario said she learned about Enrique’s courage, determination and to be grateful for things she has through the process of writing. According to the journalist, her book has a message about comprehension. “I think the book humanizes immigrants and takes people inside one family,” she said, “to help you to understand what’s driving people to come here.” “Enrique’s Journey” is a medium that shows these days society and what’s coming in the future.

A film that’s changing lives

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Hannah Endres Staff writer

Obesity, depression and addiction are conquered by a man in just 42 days, with the help of a kind server in the documentary to be screened in the forum at Moorpark College. “May I Be Frank” is a film documenting one man’s transition into being an optimistic person with a fresh start at life. The screening will be on Apr. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Shanna Holako, a 19-year-old English major, decided to throw together this event after watching the documentary with friends, leaving with a profound impression. “This was the most moving and engaging movie I have ever seen,” said Holako. “It changes lives. I believe it has changed my life.” Holako believes that this film will touch the lives of students at Moorpark College. She worked solely to create this free event for the viewers. The film screening was completely made by community funds. Frank Ferrante, the subject and focal point in the documentary, could not have made the transformation

without the help from a kind server at Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco. Ferrante happened to stop by for a quick lunch and told the waiter that he wishes to fall in love again but has no hope for doing so. As the server heard these words utter from Ferrante’s mouth, she was inspired to help out this complete stranger. Gurpreet Sahan, a 21-year-old psychology major, is excited for the film’s Moorpark debut. “I’m excited and interested in seeing a person’s progression throughout life,” said Sahan. “Watching someone develop through the later part of life will be interesting too.” After the film there will be a Q&A period with Ferrante and director Greg Marks as well. The film has won various awards and is becoming widely recognized in the media. Lindsay Wold, a 20-year-old art major, recently found out about the screening of the film. “It sounds really interesting,” said Wold. “I’m excited to watch a film on someone overcoming adversity.” For information on the documentary visit .

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Spectacular - The Spring Spectacular is open to children of all ages for the next three weekends. The Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College invites you to their annual event to experience an unforgetable animal show or take a VIP tour. For actual children there is a special “Kids Zone” where they can have fun playing games, doing activities and winning prizes.

Gay Straight Alliance revived by former president Sarah Paul

Contributing writer Jared Markowitz celebrates Christmas in February. Wearing a red Charlie Brown Christmas t-shirt and khaki plaid

shorts, Markowitz is ready for class. His shirt tells a story almost as well as he does, capturing the Christmas cartoon’s famous scene where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole peanut gang decorate

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GSA - Jared Markowitz during a GSA event at MC.

their humble evergreen. Markowitz’s festive clothing and uplifting personality show why he is a positive influence not only to the children he works with but also to fellow Moorpark College students. At the age of 20, Markowitz, having already completed three years at MC, established his major in communications and successfully ran a campus club. His irrepressible love for life and people is driven by one thing, passion. “I’m passionate about my job and I’m passionate about believing in yourself,” said Markowitz. “I think it’s just important to do everything with a passionate spirit.” Former Gay Straight Alliance president, Markowitz took the MC club, tarnished by low activity and lack of interest, and made it shine. When Markowitz was voted GSA president, the club was falling apart. His ability to re-

new it boosted his confidence and brought forth his desire to become an event planner. Not only is Markowitz passionate about his job and believing in oneself, he is also passionate about breaking stereotypes. “I live to break stereotypes,” said Markowitz. “I don’t believe in them.” YMCA After School Site Director Megan Rein believes that Markowitz’s ability to break stereotypes shows the children he works with that it’s OK to be different and unique. A gem of Markowitz’s past, he built a Yoda out of Legos around the age of eight, stands two feet tall at Rein’s after school site. “He saved it for his whole life,” said Rein. “Now the kids have it as their little monument of Yoda.” He also gave a piece of himself to GSA, causing the once burnt-out club to ignite. According

to Markowitz, the year before he become president the club was “dying out.” Markowitz helped revive GSA by developing board meetings where a monthly schedule of events was planned. He also set up tables on campus to make students at MC more aware of GSA. At this year’s Valentine’s Day table Markowitz happily danced to music while trying to get passersby excited about GSA. Charlie Bryan, psychology/communications major at MC and Markowitz’s best friend, spoke about his dancing. “We met via dance,” said Bryan. “ I was walking by the Mann Theaters at Westlake Promenade and saw Jared dancing through the large glass window at the box office. I started dancing back. After that, we started talking. I started working there and we’ve been friends ever since.”

Markowitz would like to channel his energy in the future by becoming an event planner. Rein thinks he will succeed no matter what he does. “Whatever he does it’s going to be wonderful,” said Rein. “He is wonderful, he’s just a wonderful spirit to be around.” For more information on the GSA find them on Facebook.

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Wikipedia: A valid source for students J.D. Zelman

Opinion editor Want to look up what boogers are made of? You can find it on Wikipedia. Ever wanted to know the history of a certain Batman villain? There’s a wiki for that. Doing a quantum astrophysics report on the mathematical relevance of a subspace anomaly? Wiki has the data. So, with all of this wonderful information at our fingertips, why is it that almost every class we attend that calls for some sort of research paper disallows us the use of this wonderful knowledge bank? The simple answer is this: User edited content. Anyone with Internet access can go onto Wiki and edit the content; adding information or opinions to any page that is unlocked and open for editing. Professor Wade Bradford, an English and Literature professor at Moorpark College, believes that while Wiki is okay as a starting point

for a students, but it is not an acceptable place for sources. “I do not encourage students to use Wikipedia as a source ... in a literature class students are quoting from authors, interview material, or scholarly journals,” said Bradford. “I am a bit suspicious of Wikipedia, simply because it is so fluid.” But thanks to freelance as well as dedicated (paid) editors checking the validity and neutrality of content, as well as rules and standards of contributing such as citing sources and research when posting content, Wiki has been able to keep a good hold on the quality of their content and maintain a high amount of integrity and neutrality of the content that is posted. Then why is it such an educational faux pas when Wikipedia shows up on our works cited or bibliography pages? Despite the fact that Wiki has reasons for people to believe that it’s not credible with all of its

user-inputted content, missing citations and occasion spelling and grammatical errors, a report from Jim Giles and surveyors of the Natural Journal of Science found that when they conducted a thorough survey to find factual errors of science-related pages between Wikipedia and world renown Encyclopedia Britannica, they both had a relatively same number of factual errors. Encyclopedia Bri-

common. With students’ personal schedules and demands of home life and work demanded of them at school, students rarely get a break during breaks. Spring break is one week long, and a week can be a long time. It can be a time well spent in around the house, out with friends, or abroad. But for students these days, it tends to be just a time for more work hours at the job. Data from the Na-

tional Center for Education Statistics shows that over one half of students work 20 or more hours a week outside of school at a job, with more than 12 percent of those working full time. Not only do we have to focus on school, but we also have to remember assignments that are still due either at the immediate return to class after break, or somewhere in the near future. So what is the solution? We don’t get a

tannica has been in use and a source of trusted reference material for centuries by scholars and researchers, and it has been shown to contain as many errors in recent years as Wikipedia. Oh, and did I mention the report was from 2005? That survey was taken when Wikipedia was only four years old. Now coming around to it’s tenth anniversary, Wikipedia has recieved more input from users and researchvers than

ever before, with more content being published than ever before. And with all of this new and updated content, comes new and updated ways for keeping things credible. Bots, blockers and cutting edge auto-detectors have all been set in place on the front lines against vandalism and attacks to Wiki pages. If someone decides they want to call good old Abe Lincoln a hack and post it on his Wiki, there is a bot to get rid of the content, a bot to lock down editing of the page for a few hours, a bot that checks the user who posted the content as well as their IP address, and a bot to block that user from posting anything else for a while on any Wiki page. It’s gotten pretty meticulous. Of course, with technology shall always inevitably come error at some point. Unfortunately, Bots won’t always catch the vandal or notice when they post, but the discretion is up to the research-

er. No matter what content we look at or where we find it, we should always hold some kind of discretion and take a second look somewhere else. “It seems as time goes on, Wikipedia does become more reliable as a resource.” Said Bradford. “I especially encourage students to check out the many links and footnotes offered near the bottom of every Wikipedia article. That usually takes students to more ‘quotable’ sources.” But as for now, it seems we students shall have to bear the fact that our beloved knowledge database known as Wikipedia is to be shunned from the works cited pages of our beautifully written science, history and literature papers. Unfortunately, It behooves us to diverge from its use for that allimportant take-home essay. To read more, go to the Opinions section at

break in our fall semester. We do get winter break, but that is just a separation of semesters. Much like a shorter Summer Break. So should spring break be made a few weeks longer? What is a good length? Is a week really enough? Yale University, among many other schools across america, is the object of envy for many students, as they’re known to have a two-week long spring

break that occurs usually after midterms. Their justification for the twoweek break is that students need the extra time after tough midterms. The extra break allows students to have some fun, and then take another week to catch up on any studies or projects they need to get done. Do Yale’s academics suffer from the students getting extra time off? I think not. According to the

highly acclaimed U.S. News Top Colleges survey, Yale has ranked in the top three universities in terms of academics in the country for more than 20 years. So what could it hurt if we get a little extra time off? Who knows? Maybe it could also help a bit with these budget woes we seem to be going through. To read more, go to the opinions section at

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Wiki - With over 23 million pages and over 3 million articles, Wikipedia has grown to be one of the largest resources of facts and information in the world.

Could one extra week soothe our spring break blues?

J.D. Zelman

Opinion editor With spring break over for the spring 2011 semester, I can’t help but come back to school and realize that absolutely nothing happened. Between work, duringbreak class assignments, I don’t feel as if my batteries are recharged, I don’t feel like anything happened, and I don’t feel like I actually got any sort of a break. This feeling is not un-

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Arts & Entertainment

March 23, 2011

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‘Poster Girl’ comes to MC C. Alex Biersch Staff writer

Students and teachers were astonished after being informed by Sergeant Robynn Murray, Iraq veteran, that nearly 300,000 veterans suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home from war and that each day, 18 of them commit suicide. Nominated at the 83rd Academy Awards for Short Film Documentary, “Poster Girl” documents what a veteran must go through once they are home, as told by Sgt. Robynn Murray. The film documents the difficulties a veteran faces on a daily basis such as adjusting to society and contacting the Department of Veteran affairs, “like dealing with the DMV everyday of your life.” Murray, diagnosed

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Poster girl - Robynn Murray, returned home from Iraq to face a whole different battle.

with PTSD, exposes the hardships of being a veteran and acknowledges the Combat Paper Project as being very helpful to her healing process. With this organization, veterans who are going through the same distress take all physical memories of their service such as uniforms and booklets, and make

art out of them. After the screening, Murray and director Sara Nesson gave their time for some questions from the audience, which catapulted into some very raw emotions from the audience. Currently, Murray is on the Board of Directors for Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) where she travels and informs students about the war and about veteran’s condition when they return home. Murray ended the screening with one last comment saying, “A yellow sticker on an SUV means [expletive] to me, prove that you really do support our troops.” For the full story, go to and for more information on the film, visit or email Murray at robynn.

MC’s ‘Cuckoos nest’ brings new take on the classic

C. Alex Biersch

Staff writer “Welcome to Theater!” John Loprieno announces, as chaos begins to rear its head nearing the opening of his spring play, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. This will be Loprieno’s first time ever directing “Cuckoo’s Nest”, and he said that this is an important play to be shown to college students and should be given the opportunity to be expressed through the play rather than just the book or the movie. “I think that it is a good choice because it is taught all throughout campus, whether it be the book, the movie, or the play,” said Loprieno. “I also wanted to do something that was straight acting with no music.” With such intense and psychologically complex characters, Loprieno’s actors had to go through a lot of background history about the situation of the characters mentality. “We looked at footage of old mental institutions, some difficult to look

at, and talked a lot about the anxiety of these characters,” said Loprieno. “We wanted to manifest the emotional, mental, and physical aspects of each characters to make them believable. With all three of the versions of the play being completely contrasting, Lopreino made sure that his play incorporated the book version, which is told in first person by Chief Bromden, and the movie version, where the Chief only has one line. “We have made it so that Chief Bromden has monologue, but it stays true to how he was written in the book, but also how he was portrayed physically in the movie,” said Loprieno. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be showing March 24, 25, 26, 31 and April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances on March 27, April 3, and April 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students or seniors. Call the Box Office at 805-378-1485 for detailed information, or visit www.

Scion continues to deliver free concerts in Southern California mixed reaction from artists in the communities A&E editor that Scion is involving itself with, including Palpitated with some insightful critithe porous release of cisms from Agoraphobic a packed audience of Nosebleed’s Jay Randall fanatical metal heads, and the Austerity Prothere was gravity in the gram’s Justin Foley; but, air at the Fox Theater in it seems the reactions Pomona, CA on the evefrom the fans, the particining of March 5, as death pants of these events, is metal juggernauts Morresoundingly positive. bid Angel took the stage. “Honestly I don’t The lead to “Rapcare who is giving ture” began and the me free tickets every crowd commonth to go busted in see bands equal parts I wouldn’t with an air normally get of satiated the chance anticipation to see,” said and total Anthony satisfaction; Ardulle, a after all, noCourtesy of Scion 2 0 - y e a r- o l d body in their branching out - Scion’s Audio Visual initative continues it’s musician in beer-fogged growth into different subcultures solidify the brand. attendance at dreams anthe Rock Fest. ticipated Scion to foot genres and artistic medi- “I come here because I the bill of a full capacity ums; from dance to hip- love what these bands do, I don’t worry about crowd of metal heads to hop to garage rock. Scion has used its what corporate agenda a Morbid Angel show. Scion, Toyota’s resources to leave an im- I’m ‘playing into.’” North American brand pression on a large deWhat’s clear is that of vehicles, marketed to- mographic. Jeri Yoshizu, there is an enormous rewards a younger demo- manager of sales and sponse being generated graphic, born out of their promotion for Scion has in communities that go Project Genesis plan, has seen a varied but strong largely unnoticed in the been instrumental in or- reaction from the artists “big picture” that sucganizing and fostering and the people they are cessful businesses and some of extreme music’s trying to reach. corporations use as a most decorated and re“Each scene is dif- measuring stick for their vered groups in the form ferent,” said Yoshizu. initiatives. of bi-monthly concerts, “The hip-hop scene was While we have seen record production and very receptive due to the records released, conpunctuated with their entrepreneurial aspects certs organized and onannual “Rock Fest,” a of hip-hop culture… ga- line radio stations asfree event hosted in a rage and metal did not sumed, there remains the large forum somewhere have a lot of experience question of what are we in the United States with corporations, so it to expect from the future with “Rock Fest” alum- took a bit of time to fig- of Scion A/V? nus ranging from death ure out how those scenes “More of this,” said metal legends Cannibal work.” Yoshizu, “and more vidCorpse to spaced-out There has been a eo products.”

Michael Lemerand

riffers Mastodon. These efforts all stem from Scion Audio Visual, a promotional initiative conceived in 2005, that acts as an in-house record label, event organizer and concert promoter. Not limited to its involvement in the extreme metal and hardcore scenes, Scion A/V has extended its influence and participation in a diverse spectrum of

Courtesy of Shelly Savren

Open hearts - Brendan Constantine returns to the Ventura County Community College District for another afternoon celebrating the art and scope that poetry provides.

Lecture series in Oxnard to feature veteran wordsmith

Michael Lemerand A&E editor

Oxnard College’s Literature, Art and Lecture series continues again with a performance from Hollywoodbased poet Brendan Constantine, dubbed “Open Heart Perjury: A Poetry Reading.” Some will be familiar with Constantine as this isn’t the first time he has performed in the

Ventura County Community College district with his last appearance at Moorpark in Nov. 2010. Constantine, who has had work published in “ARTlife,” “The Cortland Review,” and “RUNES,” will be reading new selections from his newest book “Letters to Guns.” For all the aspiring wordsmiths, Constantine will also engage

the attendees with a Q & A discussion about his writing process and publication trials. The free event will be hosted in OC’s clock tower auditorium, in room LS 8, on Wed. March 30, from 12:451:45 p.m., and is open to the public. For more information, contact Shelley Savren at 805-986-5800 ext. 1951 or ssavren@

Sports March 23, 2011

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VC trounces OC 11-8 in WSC play

J.D. Zelman

Opinion editor The Ventura College Pirates out-hit the Oxnard College Condors in Ventura for the first of a two game series on St. Patrick’s Day with Ventura slipping by Oxnard to take the victory 11-8. Though OC took the lead early on with a homer by freshman Jesus Valdez in the first with Ventura following suit with one run in the third. VC let the bats fly in the middle innings and put on a hitting spree against Oxnard, driving in a total of 10 runs between the fifth and sixth innings while Oxnard only gathered 2 by the sixth. “We played pretty well, but had a couple of bad innings,” said head coach Jon Larson of Oxnard. “We just needed to throw more strikes. That’s what we’re going to be working on.” The Condor bullpen

Photo by J.D. Zelman

Up to Bat - Justin Davis, freshman, outfielder steps up to the plate against sophmore, right-hander, Allen Gwynn, March 17.

Oxnard fought back in the late innings bringing in 2 runs in the eighth against Gwynn and 3 more runs at the top of the ninth against freshman reliever Andy Yingling. “Were just trying to play better each game,” said head coach Don Adams of Ventura. “We did that offensively… we competed against a great team with Oxnard, a great program, and were always happy to play hard.” The win for VC comes bittersweet in terms of their placement in the Western State Conference North standings, as it places Ventura in second to last place with a current conference record of 2-4 and an overall record of 6-12. Falling just below them is Oxnard who is currently 1-5 in the conference, but leading a better overall record than Ventura with 8 wins and 10 losses. OC defeated VC the following Saturday 9-3.

was worked hard, rotating in a total of 5 pitchers throughout the game with the loss credited to the Oxnard starter, freshman David Barroso. Sophomore starter Allen Gwynn of the Pirates put on a great per-

formance on the mound for the win, going 8 full innings with 5 strikeouts. Though he let in 5 runs and a total of 10 hits, Gwynn stranded Oxnard runners with a total of 14 runners left on

base. “They were hitting me good, but I had to keep throwing strikes,” said Gwynn. “I had some trouble in the fourth or fifth… but we had team grittiness. We all just had to

fight through it. We all back each other up, and we can battle through it.” Gwynn not only performed well on the mound, but at the plate as well, going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.

off home run from second baseman Alex Detz in the top of the second, coming off a fastball low and inside from MC’s starting pitcher Tyler Karp. Karp went five innings, with six hits and three runs, keeping his cool after giving up the home run he struck-out the next batter on three straight and closed out the top of the second on two fly-outs. “It was a rough

game,” said Karp. “We just left a whole bunch of people on base. Our defense played well, the pitching was there. We just, couldn’t score.” The ability to not bring home the runnersleft-on was the tale of the tape. The only score for MC coming in the bottom of the seventh from first baseman, Tyler Yuckert on a RBI single was, for a brief moment, bringing life back to the

Raiders. But life was sucked out of MC after the run , they were closed out for the remaining two innings. Assistant coach Curtis Scott reiterated the point of not being able to score. “We pitched pretty well, we had our opportunities, and didn’t follow through,” said Scott. “We just weren’t able get the big hits that we needed too.”

Over-the-top - Above, Freshman, Bryce Daily warms-up in the eight, March 17. Swing away - At left, Freshman second baseman,Austin Mascorro swings low on a fastball, March 17.

MC leaves 17 on, lets close one slip by to Cuesta

Cameron Heffernan Sports editor

Moorpark College (6-9) let a close one slip by Thursday, 3-1, against Cuesta College (13-6), in a matchup where MC left 17 runners on base. Cuesta’s pitcher, Phillip Gerber shut down MC early on, only allowing six hits through six innings. Gerber came out with a variety of sweet Submarine delivery pitches, sometimes leaving MC bewildered at the plate. Worse though for MC was the amount of runners-left-on they had in the day. Gerber’s hot pitching and Cuesta’s lock down defense held MC to one run on the day and 17 runners left on. “We just didn’t get key hits,” said Mario Porto, head coach of MC. “We left too many men on base, we just didn’t get it done.” Cuesta’s offense opened up on a walk-

Photos by Chad Jones

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L i g htin g

a n i nner fire

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Mar. 23, 2011

Photos by Janet Tallarigo-Murphy

- Nick Duennes, a MC student and sociology major, shares his passion for juggling and breathing fire professionally and with friends and family.

Juggling life and breathing fire as an art Janet Tallarigo-Murphy Contributing writer

With an intense desire to journey through the U.S.A., Nick Duennes left his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and drove across the country with a girlfriend in his trustworthy 1999 Honda Civic he affectionately calls, “Gina.” Portland, Ore. was their destination but they never made it that far north. They visited friends in California then headed back east. The girlfriend returned to Ohio and Duennes traversed to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to partake in his first Burning Man event— experiencing the otherworldly like energy that has attracted thousand of participants each year. After breathing in the dust of the Great Basin, the Santa Ana Winds pulled him back to California where he settled in the quiet suburbs of Simi Valley. At 25-years-old, Duennes is a full-time sociology major at Moorpark College who seems to have grasped the concept of living his life fully. His plate is full — yet he finds room to develop new skills such as eating and breathing fire. “Working with fire has so much

risk,” said Duennes, “but it’s a pure moment.” As a child, Nick’s mother, Josie Duennes, said that he was always a kind and an easy-going child— he didn’t show signs of unusual interests, such as playing with fire. “Nick was always been good at most anything he’s tried,” said Josie. “He’s a bit of a renaissance man.” In addition to working with fire, he’s also into heights. At six-foot-four, when he dons his 20-inch wooden stilts he’d be tall enough to paint a single story house with no ladder. But instead of earning decent money as a housepainter, Duennes would rather be practicing his juggling skills, a talent he established when working at an independent produce grocery store in Ohio. As for fire breathing and eating, he now trains professionally with the fire troupe, “Machina Candeo,” based in Los Angeles. Principal founder and creative director of Machina Candeo, Ty Cy-Phy, likes Duennes’ laid back attitude and also his level of seriousness that he brings to the troupe, who is called by his stage name, Dunes. “Dunes is enthusiastic, self motivated and a quick learner,” said

Cy-Phy. “He’s a joy to work with.” Fire performing is a serious art and potentially the most dangerous job in circus and street performance. Cy-Phy said each artist must have an individual liability insurance policy in order to perform. If danger is in Duennes blood, selling sharp knives may be considered a job worth doing. He recently joined the sales team at Cutco trading fine cutlery. But, don’t expect him to juggle knives to close a sale. Like most struggling artists, you need a safe and regular day job. Though, regular may not be a term used to describe Duennes, aside from thriving to be a skilled professional fire performer, he sees himself becoming a writer and college professor in his future. It seems kindling a variety of adventures and risk taking is part of his roadmap. In fading red paint are his own words written on the back of his beloved “Gina.” “My tires shall be my typewriter, punching my story across the holy open road.”

Giving a Hoot at Howie’s Sports Bar and Grill Hannah Endres Staff writer

Photo by Chad Jones

Cheers! - A planned happy hour for college students will be taking place on Thursday nights from 8 p.m. and continuing up until closing time.

Revamping the restaurant where Applebee’s once used to reside in Simi Valley, Howie’s Bar and Grill hopes to create a casual setting for members of the community to enjoy affordable food and a relaxing atmosphere. Restaurant owner Howie Minkow has been working in the restaurant business for 24 years. With this particular project being his first ownership, he wishes to create a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the community. “First and foremost this is a family-friendly, sports-themed restaurant and bar,” said Minkow. “What’s great is that there are all kinds of clientele ranging from college kids to retired seniors.” Very few advertisements for Howie’s have been released. Most of the hype has been spread by word of mouth. Since the food is presented in a unique way as opposed to the usual sports bar, a lot of positive feedback has developed. With 23 high definition TVs inside the restaurant, Howie’s seems like one of the perfect college student hang outs and a great place to watch every sports game. The restaurant opened earlier this year on Jan. 17, and has already made a consistent schedule for charity nights. Fundraisers are an important part in Howies’ agenda. Another one of Howies’ main goals is to have a great

relationship with customers and the community. Along with a strong standing for helping the neighborhood, Howie’s offers reasonably priced food with great portion sizes and a huge variety to choose from. Samantha Hucker, a 19-year-old kinesiology major, said she heard about Howie’s from a friend who she went along with. With no plans to eat, but rather to hang out and enjoy the company of her friends, she thought it was a nice spot. She ended up trying the food that her friend had ordered. “It was really good,” said Hucker. “I was surprised and I wasn’t even going to eat.” Howie’s is planning on putting together special college night events in the future. Coming soon will be a happy hour for college students, which will be held on Thursday nights starting at 8 p.m. and continuing up until closing time. Hannah Woolverton, a server at Howie’s, looks forward to the restaurants developments because it’s a brand new start for everyone involved. According to Woolverton, It’s a little something for everyone. “I think it will give students another place to go,” said Woolverton. “You can watch the games and it’s a good central location for people to escape.” Howie’s Bar and Grill is located at the cross streets of Cochran and Madera in Simi Valley. For more information visit

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