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Student Voice w w w. S t u d e n t Vo i c e O n l i n e . c o m
Mar. 2 - Mar. 23
Vol. 8 , No. 10
Students protest with March to Sacramento Amanda Hovik
Contributing Writer California college students are planning to gather in Sacramento on Mar. 14, along with other students throughout the state, to protest proposed cuts to higher education as well as the possible $10 a-unit hike in community college tuition. Edgar Barton, Extended Opportunities Program and Student Services Association Club president (EOPSSA), will be attending the march and plans on keeping students and staff updated with pictures and videos. Barton will be keeping updates via his social network site, Facebook, in which he will post photos and information based on what he observes as he attends the march. “At the event, students will have the opportunity to speak at a podium at the Capital and talk to the legislators about their own opinions,” said Barton. Members of the Associated Student Gov-
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March in March - College students gather in Sacramento to protest against the higher education cuts proposed by Governor Jerry Brown, which could place students in extreme financial harships, especially since OC could face a $1.8 million deficit.
ernments at all three VCCCD colleges will also be participating in the march to Sacramento in order to support their fellow peers in the protest. According to the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office website, the pro-
posed $10 per unit fee increase would generate $110 million for the colleges to support an additional 50,000 students. This would mean that as many as 350,000 students could lose access to a community college education and may not be able to pay for the
new cost. A $10 fee increase would raise student fees from $26 per credit unit to $36, which would make it a 38.5% increase, according to the website To raise awareness about proposed cuts to higher education, staff and faculty are partici-
pating in a non-profit event, “March for Higher Education”, which will take place on Mar 14. This would mark the third-annual event supporting a common cause in Sacramento to fix this economic issue. The CCCCO website also provides in depth
information on the 201112 state budget proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. “Due to the economic recession, a 6.8 percent budget reduction of approximately $400 million will be lost if no further action is soon demanded,” the CCCCO website stated. Participants volunteering at the March will be traveling by bus on a six-hour trip to get to the Capitol grounds. They will then meet at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento and march from the Museum to the State Capitol beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing their protest until 1:00 p.m. Alex Pader, President of Student Senate of California Community Colleges and American River College student, is confident in the power that every student’s voice has. “There are three million students in the school system, including community colleges, Cal States and Universities of California, and if they all came together then they would be unstoppable,” said Pader.
Forum at OC sheds light on serious budget issues
Christina Steiner Staff Writer
The message from the top administrators at a recent Oxnard College campus-wide forum was clear: budget cuts are unavoidable. The forum was the first to offer faculty and students a platform for potential questions. Oxnard College President Dr. Richard Duran, Executive Vice President Erika Endrijonas and Vice President of Business services Dr. John Al-Amin, spearheaded the two-hour forum that covered both budget and accreditation. (See related accreditation story, on Page 2) “We are committed to offering all of the required courses so that students can complete their degree or certificate at Oxnard College,” said Endrijonas in a follow-up email. The reduced budget will affect every aspect of college life at OC, explained Endrijonas to the crowd of over 50 students, faculty and staff members who gathered in the CSSC classroom for the Feb. 23 forum. Still, Endrijonas assured the crowd that efforts to provide the best possible learning environment are in place in spite of the deficit. Presently, the state budget deficit is more than $24 billion. The governor’s proposed budget would reduce the base appropriation to the California Community College system by $400 million. But that cut could double if the California Legislature does not agree to place a ballot measure before voters in June that would extend the current level of taxes for five years. If the ballot measure doesn’t pass, potential loss to all community colleges in California could amount to 7 percent, or about $1.8 million for Oxnard
College. Al-Amin made it clear that a longterm outlook is necessary. In his opinion, relief is not in sight until the year 2016 to 2017. “We need to make plans now to get us through the next three to five budget cycles,” said Al-Amin. “The reduced budget plan affects personnel, scheduled maintenance, equipment, student services and college services.” He assured the audience that core programs will not be affected, however class schedules will be cut or offered less frequently and expenditures for supplies and needed equipment will be reduced in order to function within the budget. The OC Sociology Club was in attendance as well as the Associated Student Governement. Several faculty members seemed frustrated with the content that was presented to them, yet few faculty members declined to comment on any of the issues presented. Still, the presenters welcomed questions or comments that arose during the forum, but only a few voices were heard throughout the presentation. To help fill the budget gap, student fees will increase by $10, from $26 per unit to $36, according to Duran. “That’s the best case scenario,” said Duran. “If the district budget appropriation gets reduced by $18+ million, the unit price may go to $66 per unit.” This presents a substantial fee hike for many VCCCD students. David Hernandez, a 19-year-old psychology major, said the increase may force him to take action. “I’ll have to get extra money to continue,” said Hernandez. “Maybe get an additional job, or take less [fewer] classes,” said Hernandez.
Original poems presented Martha Zavala
Contributing Writer The third floor of the Moorpark College library was transformed recently from a noisy tutoring center into a calm, relaxing poetry club. “The Read,” a monthly evening of poetry, welcomed students and faculty for an opportunity for artistic, verbal expression. “I was so impressed,” said Professor Tracy Tennenhouse.
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Senate Speaks - Academic Senate President Robert Cabral was one of the presentors at the forum and speaks about budget issues to students, faculty and staff members on Feb. 23.
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- Vice President of Business Services John Al-Amin (top) presents the budget forum on Feb. 23, in which he discusses fiscal cuts, budget proposals and tuition increases. cuts
dents and faculty, connecting to them through their experiences of youthful adventure as well as the trials of life. Young recited poems about life in Southern California. Her poems were received with smiles and laughter from the audience, especially when she introduced her last poem. “My husband actually said, ‘can’t you write somePhoto courtesy of Martha Zavala thing beautiful?’” Young Relaxed - Candace Pearson introlaughed along with the audiduces the poets at “The Read.” ence at her own conclusion as Candace Pearson and Kim- to why she wrote a poem that berly Young recited original reflected happiness. poetry at the reading to stuYoung, author of the po-
etry collection, “Chatbook”, is also the editor of the online journal “Chaparral,” where she featured an interview with Pearson on her first poetry book, “The Hour of Unfolding.” Pearson’s poetry reflects on her experiences in life and especially of her fondness of southern California. “The real California was happening somewhere else,” said Pearson. The poems reflected growing up in farmland, dealing with family issues and relationships. She enjoys living in south-
ern California but she admitted, “I don’t think I managed to shake the dust off my shoulders.” She laughed and held the audience’s attention the entire time. “I enjoy anything artistic,” said Kyle McCloskey, an undeclared student at Moorpark College. Before the featured poets began at 5:30 p.m., audience members had the opportunity to perform at the open mic. For more information on The Read and the poetry workshops contact Hunter at email@example.com
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OC receives warning Monica Valencia
Accreditation results were explored in a forum held at Oxnard College on Feb. 23, which explained the findings, actions, sanctions and recommendations given by the 2010 Accreditation Team member visit in their OC team report. The Accreditation forum was presented by OC President Dr. Richard Duran, Executive Vice President Dr. Erika Endrijonas, Academic Senate President Mr. Robert Cabral and STEM
Grant Director Dr. Cynthia Herrera. The forum also addressed the District Recommendations stated in the report. “You have to be an accredited school. If you lose accreditation, you lose the ability to help students come to school,” said Duran. “For many institutions, if you are not accredited, a lot of sectors close the doors.” According to Duran, accreditation is a key component to the quality of an institution and our education. “It matters that what
our accreditors say and it matters that we get accredited, “said Duran. “It matters that we listen when our peers tell us whether we are meeting our standards or not.” OC was last accredited in 2004 and even then, there were several recommendations that needed to be addressed. Needless to say, this has not been a first for OC. If OC cannot repair the discrepancies noted in the report, they can face ‘probation’ status. If the recommendations are not met, they will have to “show
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Forum - Dr. Duran explaining the plan of attack on overcoming the accreditation situation
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Warning - Vice President Dr. Erika Endrijonas, addressing the problems that plagues VCCCD.
cause,” meaning they will have to show what they have done to fix the issues. If none of that suffices, “termination of accreditation.” For many of the administrators however, the confidence levels are high and existent that the issues will be addressed and remedied. “I am very confident that we can move out of the ‘warning’ stage,” said Endrijonas. “We have all of the components necessary to meet the accreditation standards; we just need to do a better job of connecting all of those components. We need to enhance our program review process and do a better job of assessing institutional effectiveness. Endrijonas also stated that OC needs to reach the “Proficiency” level of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) at the Course, Program and Institutional levels. One of the main concerns cited by Duran during the forum was that of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). “One of the reasons I think we were put on warning is the fact that we have not taken full advantage of the CQI cycles that are now being required at the accrediting agency,” said Duran. According to Endrijonas, there will be trainers arriving in late April to help train the faculty at OC to use a program that will aid in the completion of SLO. “The nice thing is that by the time the trainers get here, all the faculty SLO’s will be in the system,” said Endrijonas. For full story go to StudentVoiceonline.com
Awakening the People of the Rain Monica Valencia Editor-In-Chief
A Mixtec community organizer and Oxnard College alumni shared his insight in a lecture on the history, culture, traditions and social issues of the indigenous Mixtec people residing in Ventura County. Arcenio Lopez, Associate Director of the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), began his lecture telling the audience of his personal struggles and accomplishments since arriving in the U.S. “When I first arrived here in 2003, I started out as a farm worker and I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to live here,” said Lopez. “To be a farm worker is really hard work, so, I decided to learn English and attend Oxnard Adult School.” The presentation was part of the OC Literature, Arts and Lecture Series titled, “The Indigenous Mixtec Community in Ventura County,” that was held on Feb. 23 in the LS-8 auditorium. Lopez was born in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, which is bordered by the states of Veracruz and Guerrero. Once he was of age, Lopez migrated to the U.S. in search of a better life. As the lecture continued to evolve, the audience was able to familiarize itself with the topics presented by Lopez. There was vital focus on the history, language, population, traditions, education, immigration, social issues, discrimination, MICOP and their life in California. “We are the People of the Rain,” said Lopez. “Even though we come from the an ancient civilization that is 3,000 years old, we are later influenced by the Aztecs.” Community member, Maria Ferrer, found Lopez’s use of photographs to illustrate his talking points, key to understanding the lives of the Mixtecs. “I grew up here in Oxnard and I have always been around them,” said Ferrer. “But I guess I never really paid attention to
The Dean’s Voice
Mar. 2, 2011
Is education taking its course. Dr. Karen Engelsen Guest Columnist
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Dr. Karen Engelsen
Research papers, class projects, take-home assignments, and mid-term exams; typical experiences for all college students. At this time of year, students and faculty alike are engaged in the many ways that student learning is assessed. How well are you doing in class? Are you learning what you should be learning? A recent visit to the VCCCD by accreditation teams from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), focused attention on “Student Learning Outcomes” – a way of formally identifying and measuring the most important learning experiences that can and should be expected from each class, program, and service provided on campus. A key part of the accreditation process was a self-study: each college looked critically at how it was doing, what was working and what needed improvement. Just like the college has a shared responsibility to ensure you are learning what you should; you, the student, have a shared responsibility to assess your own progress….how do you think you are doing? (See student self-study.) When it comes to your success, don’t underestimate the role you play. And realize that every semester is a new beginning – you can do well now, even if you didn’t do well before. How, you ask? Well, a big step has to do with your self assessment – ask yourself these 10 questions, figure out what you need, ask for assistance, and you are most of the way there. The final factor in your success, frankly, is how much you want it. “Ganas” is a mighty power that is all yours. Justin Brinker can tell you. The pitcher for Oxnard College’s 2010 Western State Championship baseball team, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society president, and one of only seven community college transfer students accepted into Stanford University, was recently singled out as the 2010 CCCAA Male Scholar, which was out 27,000 student athletes. He wasn’t always a college superstar; he developed his ganas after starting at OC. An admittedly unmotivated student through his matriculation into Oxnard College, Justin was pushed to challenge himself academically by a family friend. “Going into college…I didn’t have a background of great academic success,” said Brinker. “I was really lucky to have some amazing professors and mentors.” Discovering an appreciation and aptitude for electrical engineering, he developed into a scholar. “To some students, it’s like a light bulb that comes on,” said Bricker’s physics professor, Dr. H. Paul Taouk. “There’s something there that excites him.” “Getting here was worth the effort,” said Bricker. “This shows that anything is possible, if you’re willing to use the resources available.” So, what excites you? When you can figure that out, and use success strategies and campus resources – you will likely hit it out of the park. Just ask Justin; he did.
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Situation - Arcenio Lopez takes questions regarding different challenges that Mixtecos face while residing in Ventura County
what they are all about or where they come from. I think that the pictures he brought really make a difference.” Nonetheless, the purposes and struggles of the Mixtec community continue to go unnoticed according to Lopez. Despite the large population of approximately 20,000 Mixtecos in Ventura County, the language barrier adds to the lack of cultural awareness within the members of the community, who in turn devalue, oppress and discriminate against them. “Students should be aware of what surrounds them because often times, there are many opportunities for them to contribute to the community,” said Lopez. “Therefore, cultural awareness is very important because everyone is part of a community that is diverse.” The Mixtecos are an indigenous community evolving with a unique dialect that they use to communicate and traditions that they use to keep their culture alive. Dances like the ‘Guelaguetza’ and food like ‘tlayudas’, help this indigenous group conserve their ethnicity even when they are far from home. hThe Mixteco community makes their living working in the agricultural, landkeeping, construction and restaurant fields. According to Lopez, they contribute greatly to the economic status of Ventura County as well as the cultural vitality.
Shelley Savren, English professor and coordinator for this event, was contacted about the MICOP organization felt it important for students to we aware of. “Considering that we have such a large Mixteco population in Ventura County, it’s important to know our neighbors as well as our fellow students of the same origin,” said Savren. Although they are faced with discrimination and other barriers, the Mixtecs remain strong and united in hopes of continuing forward as taxpayers, consumers and neighbors. Maria Hernandez, a 21-year-old mathematics major, believes it is important for students to be involved in their community. “This event is very important,” said Hernandez. “I came here today because I want to learn about the people from Oaxaca. It’s important for me to know about the things that are going on in my community.” MICOP offers the Mixtec community various services and are always looking for volunteers to help in their cause. “Working with this organization has helped me attend school, get trained in different leadership skills and network with other organizations,” said Lopez. “But what makes me the most proud is working with the people of my community and contributing to the Mixtec community.” For more information on MICOP, please visit www.mixteco. org.
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Acting - During their recent workshop OC’s new Theater Club learn fundamentals of performing and basic stage techniques. Sue Blough and here partners Bob Blough and David Kitch with more than 30 years of combined experience.
Ventura COLLEGE Mar. 2, 2011
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New occupants in office Elena Ruvalcaba Staff writer
Previously vacant positions in Ventura College’s associated students have recently been filled temporarily. The vacant positions that needed to be filled were Vice President, Historian and Public Relations Officer, with all appointees placed by ASVC President Kathleen Leonard. “It is a good opportunity for students to get involved in elections,” said ASVC President Kathleen Leonard. “This is the outlet for students that want to make a difference, get involved and help make the community better.” Since the positions were given by appointment, the officer’s terms will only last until May 31. To be eligible for a position with the Associated Students, GPA and credit requirements must be met and maintained. Kyla Hernandez, the Vice President appointee, is an honor student, an athlete and is studying to be a doctor. Leonard stated that Hernandez is
“a strong individual that can inspire students on campus.” Hernandez had the strongest interview and essay written out of all other possible candidates, which was what Leonard was searching for in a V.P. Jeston Thompson, newly appointed Historian, had honest advice for those interested in joining the ranks of the AS. “Be yourself… don’t be someone you’re not. Be humble and straight forward,” said Thompson. Majoring in chemical engineering, Thompson found out the there was a position waiting to be filled and it immediately appealed to him. “We want our hard work to show,” said VC’s new Public Relations Officer, Amanda White. Majoring in English and theater arts, White plans on getting the word out to get people involved in their theater production. She wants to bring out and advertise the theater department that she believes is often overlooked. “People join ASVC to practice leadership skills,” said Leonard. “This is where leaders are made.” Suggestions students might have regarding the campus or student body are taken
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New Blood - Ventura College’s student government fills their vacant positions. Though there are new faces, their goals remain the same.
by ASVC to the college administration to determine if it is viable. This is where students need to represent the student body as a way of reminding the administration who they are helping out. An example of this is the stu-
AGS holds toiletry drive for homeless Aimee Croxon
Contributing writer Ventura’s Teen Voice Leadership Program is currently accepting monetary donations and unopened travel size toiletries from Ventura College students and the local community as part of their “Homeless Essential Needs Project.” Sponsored by the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society of VC, the project runs until Mar. 18 and aims to collect and deliver essential items to homeless adults and families taking refuge at the West County Winter Warming Shelter in Oxnard. Teresa Montoya, president of the AGS Honor Society says so far two full boxes of toiletries have been donated but they are hoping for many more. “AGS Honor Society members have been distributing flyers on and off campus trying to
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Bare Essentials - VC’s collection site is located in the Math and Science Division.
get VC students and faculty involved,” said Montoya. “Overall we want to bring awareness about the issue of homelessness in Ventura to VC students.” Youth Programs Supervisor for the City of Ventura Mario Robinson says the “Homeless Essential Needs Project” is part of an annual charity initiative.
“Teen Voice is made up of 24 students from the five high schools in the Ventura Unified School District,” said Robinson. “Now, as we’re leaving winter, Teen Voice is collecting essential items with the goal of creating 150 bags of toiletries that will be given out to every person that stays at the Shelter on the last night it’s open on Mar. 31.” “Teen Voice will also hold a car wash to raise money to purchase additional toiletries on Mar. 12 at Buena High School from 9am-2pm,” added Robinson. Peter Brown, Community Services Manager for the City of Ventura, explained that the WCWWS is open annually from Dec. 1 to Mar. 31, and is funded by a partnership between the City of Ventura, the City of Oxnard, the County of Ventura and St. Vincent de Paul in Los Angeles. For full story, visit the Student Voice website.
dent lounge that is in process for renovation. The next elections will be taking place in April. The ASVC hopes for three people to run for each position. Students begin campaigning in March.
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- A multitude of small businesses from around the Ventura County area come to support the AGS. marketplace
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Thriller - Many unique relics, artworks and figurines are among the available products for shoppers to buy.
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‘Adoptions’ help to care for animals at MC’s zoo Hannah Endres
while the teaching zoo trains the students to care of the animals. Adopting an animal will help provide proper care for the animal chosen. This includes food, housing and health care. While donating to other wildlife organizations is commendable, being able to specifically choose the
animal you adopt is a unique experience and visiting the animal you adopt is even more rewarding. Sharon Saigo, a first year EATM student said that this opportunity is great for participants to get up close and personal with the animals. It is also great for the zoo because they are short on funds. “The one on one time is a chance that you don’t usually get,” said Saigo. “People get a lot of excitement out of it.” Danielle Swopes, a first-year EATM student said that she knows a lot of people who have adopted animals here and continue to do so. “It’s really cool,” said Swopes. “The adoptive parents seem to love it.” There are a variety of animals to choose from, each varying in price. Once an animal is picked, an easy application can be filled out and sent to the teaching zoo. Some “parents” may have to share joint custody among others, as some of the animals maintain popularity. With the zoo open every weekend, it is convenient to visit for a small fee. Tours are offered to further the knowledge of the visitors. Over 150 different animals reside at the Moorpark College Zoo. Species of reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds and mammals are available for adoption, and all donations are tax-deductible. For more information on the EATM program and upcoming events at the Teaching Zoo visit http:// www.moorparkcollege.edu/.
was comfortable with himself and was ready for public speaking.” Technology developed since the beginning of the 20th century, especially after WWII, has impacted communication as well as human interactions. These developments have brought positive and negative consequences to the way people communicate. New technology has also made it more complicated because, according to Liedtke, two very important aspects have been missed during the communication process; listening properly and knowing how to transmit the message depending on the medium. “These days we have very advanced technology such as texting, but we do not know how to use it,” said Liedtke. “This mishandling is causing a severe miscommunication.” Liedtke, who has a master’s degree in communications from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in theater arts from California
Medium is the Message,’ how the medium influences the way the message is perceived,” said Liedtke. “He said the medium is more important than the content.” According to Liedtke, being efficient communicator also involves creating a theatrical experience, the use of body language and selfconfidence. His strong bond with theater showed up during his childhood when he had to talk in front of the class and today it is still one of the most representative qualities of his personality. “His passion for performing arts and the need to share that life experience with others is a driving force for him,” said Drew Lobenstein, who was Liedtke’s high school teacher before becoming a Moorpark College speech professor. Liedtke considers that learning some of theater’s techniques is crucial because it helps to develop self-acceptance, which is an essential condition to talk effectively in front of an
Lions, and tigers and bears, oh my! With a veritable jungle in Moorpark College’s backyard, anyone is welcome to go on their own personal safari and support the one of a kind teaching zoo. The new Adopt-an-Animal initiative, sanctioned by Moorpark’s Exotic Training and Management program is the newest way for the public to interact and support the on-campus zoo. The intent of the new program hopes to continue to create revenue for maintenance of the zoo while encouraging and generating outside participation. Staff member and animal science major, Brianna Deyling, is a first year student who plans on adopting an animal with her family. While working at the zoo she watches the adoptive parents with their animals. “There are a lot of animals that you can interact with,” said Deyling. “You can actually take your animals on a walk around the zoo.” Upon adoption, adoptive “parents” will receive an adoption certificate, a fact sheet about their animal, and a color photo of their animal. Along with this the parent is able to visit the animal one Sunday of each month for the year of adoption. Animals held in captivity are either endangered, or have been disabled. It is expensive to keep the EATM program up to date and running, especially when trying to rehabilitate the animals. The EATM program provides safe shelter for these animals,
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Zoo - Adopt-an-Animal at Moorpark College’s Teaching Zoo.
Technology’s impact on human interaction Leah Grullon Staff writer
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To Moorpark College Speech Professor Cal Liedtke, “The Simpsons” is one of the most engaging TV shows in the last 20 years because by using humor, it transmits messages about modern society that otherwise might not be discussed by the masses. “The production is successful not only because it is hilarious, but also because it illustrates our society nowadays, particularly the modern American family, and how people are interacting,» said Liedtke. Liedtke, who has a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from California Institute of the Arts, directed the Summer Arts Program at Moorpark College for six years and also teaches acting and directs plays at MC. His
favorite pastime is seeing local theater and CalArts productions. Since he delivered his first speech when he was a kid, Liedtke has always tried to bring his sense of humor to his presentations because he believes it creates a comfortable atmosphere for positive interactions. “He had (and still has) an amazing sense of humor and an energy about him that gets everyone else excited too,” said his wife, Robin Liedtke, a middle school psychologist. His former students are generally amused that he wears some kind of Simpsons garb, such as a shirt or tie featuring one of the characters, on the first day of class. “I will never forget my first impression of Mr. Liedtke,” said Kailey Blahut, a Moorpark College student who took Liedtke’s class in September 2009. “He arrived wearing a loud Simpsons’ button up collared shirt and was prepared to talk to the class upon his entrance. His shirt showed me he
State University, Northridge, considers people to be poor listeners because studies have demonstrated human beings listen to only one out of three spoken words. He also thinks that accepting others and being tolerant of their backgrounds are crucial elements to becoming a good listener. In class, Liedtke always exhorts his students to listen to each other because it is respectful and cultivates a strong communication bond. “Cal has an ability to inspire students to reach their potential,” said former student Fima Vaisman. “His teaching style makes students engage, listen and participate.” Today’s technological diversity offers a wide spectrum of media, such as cell phones, iPods, computers, Internet and social networks that are drastically transforming how human beings interpret messages. “The Canadian educator and philosopher Marshall McLuhan wrote in his book ‘The
audience. “Before I went to speak I was very nervous about getting judged, but Mr. Liedtke told me not to be afraid to be myself,” said Grace Arocha, a Moorpark College basketball player. Students say Liedtke stays up with current events and asks questions to stimulate class interest. He also develops a safe environment to encourage them to think independently, share their opinions and convince an audience. “He would talk about a particular topic and demonstrate how one should speak if they had an audience,” said Cameron Patt, a former student of Liedtke’s. “Speak with conviction. When you speak with conviction people think you know what you are talking about, even when you’re making it up.” Liedtke believes that society has reached a turning point. Human beings are social creatures with social behaviors that cannot be replaced by machines.
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Mar. 2, 2011
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Count the savings! - Show your student ID at selected store locations in your area and recieve a discount. Discounts are also available at your campus book store.
Daily double discount for students with IDs
Hannah Endres Staff writer
Discounts with the purchase of a student ID from Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura College are honored by select businesses throughout Ventura County. Taking advantage of resources available is a great way to save money. Mayra De Leon, a Ventura College student and campus employee, said in the student business office there are flyers with all the surrounding es-
tablishment’s that participate in giving student discounts. For her, saving is a must. “I keep a flyer in my car,” said De Leon over a telephone interview. “I can pull it out when I need it.” Around Ventura, a few Subway restaurants, and the Ventura Bowling alley honor discounts with an ID. However, there are also a lot of companies locally that give discounts without notifying the college. “Having an ID is definitely a perk that [students] can go and use,” said De Leon.
The purchase of student ID’s are promoted at VC early in the semester because the bookstore offers 10 percent off for used books and supplies. At VC, student ID’s are $6 a semester or $10 for a school year. Moorpark College students ID’s provide free entry to home games, discounts to the college’s theatrical performances, and of course discounts to local stores. Shanna Holako, a 19-yearold, English major works for the associated student’s office at MC. She said that most stu-
dents don’t get the discounts because they aren’t aware of the benefits. Starbucks in Westlake Village, the Tanning Cafe in Simi Valley, and San-Sai in Moorpark are just a few of the local businesses that offer discounts with a student ID. “The money goes straight back into the school,” said Holako. “That in itself is worth the price.” MC student ID’s are $10 for a semester and $15 for a school year. Funds contribute to promoting student life and scholarships for MC students.
Nicole D’Elia, a 20-year-old, Business major, said that she purchased a student ID her first semester but never took advantage of its benefits. “I had no idea there were so many discounts,” said D’Elia. “Before I really thought it was useless.” For a list of stores that offer savings for Ventura or Oxnard College visit the student business offices. For a list of stores that offer savings for Moorpark College visit the associated student’s office or visit the Moorpark College website keyword: Student ID.
Jeans: A fashion milestone
Leah Grullon Staff Writer
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Hippies to Hipsters - Jeans have made their stand in history and fashion
The jeans pants, considered as a working class costume during the 16th century, evolved in the U.S. becoming an “icon” of the fashion industry, even in our current day, and an equality symbol of the sexes. According to fashion designer Sully Bonnelly, a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, those allpurpose trousers worn by Italian sailors and American miners later on changed into fashion items. “Jeans pants, from being a simple worker clothes, rose to be a status symbol,” said Bonnelly. “Jeans are the International pants of choice for all occasion for men and women.” The “Jeans and Ac-
cessories” website says that the fabric used to make these pants were called bleu de Genes (Blue of Genoa) and it was a blend of a coarse cotton and/or linen dyed with indigo, which made dark blue pants. When the California gold rush reached the highest peak in 1853, miners needed more durable clothing. Levis Strauss along with Jacob Davis met this demand by supplying miners with the proper work pants and solving the problems miners had with their pockets being easily torn away from their pants. Jeans soon became very popular, especially during the 30’s when Hollywood made many western movies and directors required cowboys to wear jeans. Amy Chavez, a style supervisor of a Levi’s
brand store located at the Thousand Oaks mall, claims that since the beginning, Levi’s was a medium for people and a bridge between sexes. “Levi’s jeans’ role has been very important in society because they carry a lot of expressions for individuals,” said Chavez. “They made women a lot more equal to men.” Jeans reached a turning point in 1950, when new brands as Lee and Wrangler showed up and became an official icon of youth rebellion after James Dean wore them in his movie, Rebel Without a Cause. In the factories during the WWII, women’s jeans had the zipper down the right side while men’s had it down the front. The zippers’ location changed during the 60s’ to down the front for
both sexes. New styles showed up in the 60s, such as embroidered, painted and psychedelic jeans as well as bell-bottoms. Elephant ears and pre-washed jeans were first marketed in the 70s. For the full story visit www.studentvoiceonline.com/student-life.
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Mar. 2, 2011
Planned Parenthood deserves funding
Planned Parenthood is in danger. For millions in the United States, including students like us, Planned Parenthood provides many valuable resources for sexual health and wellness, as well as means of contraception and tools for overall wellbeing. In this day and age, people young and old; students, workers, and the lower class American people look to these clinics as a means for health and wellness in a time where health insurance and money runs dry. For men and women of all ages, Planned Parenthood has been a beacon for education as well as empowerment for a long time. According to Planned Parenthood: “For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to health and Logo Courtesy of Planned Parenthood well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, Under Attack - Without proper funding, this institution and other free clinics utilized by millions independent decisions about health, of men and women of all ages,and backgrounds, will become nothing more than distant memory. sex, and family planning.” they, by law, do not use taxpayer’s Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D) But the United States Capital money to do so. of California, bravely and boldly spoke Building and some of the ignorant, But a handful of politicians are de- out in defense of Planned Parenthood. loathsome politicians within its walls fending Planned Parenthood. After relaying her untold story of a failare breaking down this American inNew York Rep. Jerry Nadler (D) ing pregnancy, and the hard decision stitution. And it is for one reason and said that the amendment was a “bill of of aborting the pregnancy to congress, one reason only: Abortion. attainder”. she went on state the evils of the bill. The conservative, right-wing “I hear that we must punish “Planned Parenthood has a right dominated House of Representatives Planned Parenthood by defunding to operate. Planned Parenthood has recently voted on an amendment to them because they’ve committed a a right to provide services for family block funding to Planned Parenthood number of sins; sin No. 1, they are planning... This is a vendetta against based off of the idea that the federal large abortion providers, even though Planned Parenthood,” said Speier. funding allotted to them is used to pro- none of those abortions are paid for by To shut down and deny proper vide abortions to women who request the federal government,” Nadler said. money to such an institution is an it. outrage. By denying proper funding, All the while, the real mission of Planned Parenthood can no longer Planned Parenthood is to inform, educate, and to provide valuable services to people who can’t afford to get them elsewhere on their own. These services include Sexually Transmitted Infection screening and treatment, Cervical and Uterine cancer screenings, family provide proper contraception to those planning, counseling, and sexual, rewho are sexually active, possibly reproductive and general healthcare for sulting in higher, unwanted pregnancy both men and women. rates. Most of these services are free of They can no longer educate adoPhoto Courtesy of C-SPAN charge or only cost a small fee as comlescents and young adults on sex, sexPolitical Turmoil - Congresswoman Jackie pared to going to a regular doctor’s ofual reproduction, and sexual health, Speier (D) of California defends Planned fice and having to pay much more. possibly resulting in higher STI rates And yes, while they provide and Parenthood on Capitol Hill before voting on and unwanted pregnancies. They will refer women who choose abortion; the bill that denies them funding. no longer be able to provide men and
women with proper sexual health tests and screenings as well as treatments for those who cannot afford it, again resulting in higher STI rates, as well as Cervical and Uterine cancer rates and other sexual health problems. For the people who utilize these clinics for diabetes, cholesterol screenings, vaccinations, smoking cessation, physicals, and for basic health needs and services; they will either have to look elsewhere, or for millions of Americans who can’t afford it, go without healthcare altogether. Overall, this action by the House is uncalled for, illogical and unnecessary. It is an attack on what little help we as Americans can get in these turbulent times. What goes on behind closed doors in terms of reasoning behind this fiasco is shadowy at best. Some theories may point to the fact that it could possibly be something corporate, boosting cash flow towards certain insurance and healthcare special interests; or it could be religious, blindly and ignorantly crying foul to the freedoms people are constitutionally and morally afforded, giving them the options to choose what they do with their own bodies. But what is known is that these services cannot, and will not be stopped. For those millions in need of basic healthcare and utilize planned parenthood clinics for such, denying this service is morally, ethically and civically wrong and we as free and just Americans cannot stand for it. To stand with millions of Americans in support of Planned Parent-
“This is a vendetta against Planned Parenthood.” -Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif)
hood and other free clinics, please go to www.PlannedParenthoodAction. org, or write to your congressperson and senator expressing your support to keep these and other crucial and much-needed health clinics open and funded. This editorial is the collective opinion of the Student Voice Editorial Board.
What are you doing for spring break? Oxnard College
“I plan on doing some partying. I’ll probably be honing my awesome beer pong skills!”
“I’m going to go backpacking with friends. We’re going from Rose Valley to Sespe for the week. It should be a lot of fun.”
“I will be participating in the March for March. It’s a march to the state capitol in Sacramento for student rights on March 14th.”
Nicole Binnall, 19 Journalism
Sam Dutter, 19 Art
Donny Briske, 19 Business
Hollywood: The lost, barren wasteland for creativity
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Hooray for Hollywood - Has the creativity of the entertainment industry gone down the tubes?
Cameron Heffernan Sports editor
Hollywood is an over-saturated money pot with no original bone left in its hollowed out body. To some this statement is false. With the nostalgia of ‘True Grit’ helping Americans remember
what a good western is and ‘The King’s Speech’ taking everything but the kitchen sink at the Oscars, those statements incite the clamoring of “nay young man you’re wrong in your statement, and you are the one who truly is unoriginal.” I say this: how is a true story adapted to screen and a little over-
dramatized, and a ‘Gritty’ remake (pun intended, by the way) in any way creative? And these are not the only cases, I understand there is a whole independent film movement keeping things fresh with films like ‘Black Swan’ grabbing a best picture nod, and best actress win for Natalie Portman, and ‘Enter the Void’, a vivid look into the idea of what life and death are explored from a first person perspective. I’m also not trying to say that the Coen brothers aren’t creative, with a best director Oscar statue on their mantle for ‘No Country for Old Men’ (an adaptaion of Comac McCarthy’s novel.) Other classic films such as ‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘Raising Arizona’ and ‘Fargo’ the Coen’s are a hard lot to form any crit-
icisms about, especially since their remake of ‘True Grit’ was closer to its source material then the 1969 John Wayne version. Though; you still can’t slap the title of
hard. ‘Inception’ gave us a breath of fresh air in blockbuster cinema as did Nolan’s previous effort 2008’s ‘The Dark Knight’. The Academy didn’t
original on it, its source is a novel written by Charles Portis in 1968. The original idea is a dying trend in Hollywood, we go to the movies and we watch the same drivel over and over again. Romantic comedies will never end with the nervous guy getting not the girl of his dreams; it’s just too real and sad. Movies like ‘The Fighter’ were way better when they were called ‘Raging Bull’, and Chris Nolan is still getting shafted, and shafted
see it this way, ‘The King’s Speech’ the tale of how King George, the sixth, of the United Kingdom overcame a slight stammering in his speech to be the last King of England. The aforementioned ‘The King’s Speech’ beat a film with an ending that lets the viewer decide what happened and leaves the ending to the viewer’s imagination. Nolan created a whole new world for his viewer that we’ve never seen before in movies,
The original idea is a dying trend in Hollywood.
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filled to the brim with action and intriguing plot development. Yet, in this baron wasteland of recycledtalking-toy-movie plots, overly sappy romantic comedies that literally are the same thing overand-over again, there might be a mathematical equation on how they are written nowadays, too. “Hey we couldn’t think of anything so let’s adapt this graphic novel/Novel into a movie and watch the cash pile up, cause nerds will watch about anything if it has their favorite hero in it.” We gather like the sheep we are, to pay up to $16 so we can take in this awful bush-league entertainment and pretend to enjoy it. I say okay. I mean what’re you going to do? Stop Hollywood? Good luck.
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Sports Mar. 2, 2011
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Moorpark comes up short in first round Cameron Heffernan Sports editor
As the final minutes ticked away, Moorpark women’s basketball was going to lose 71-59 to Mt. San Antonio College in the first round of regional playoffs Feb. 25, but this special season was not lost to this talented group of women. Sidney Dobner, the rock of MC at point guard, scored 22 points and had three assists. Dobner has been key for Moorpark’s success maintaining 16.7 points a game and shooting 42% from the field with an average of 5.8 assists per game. She was a commander of the court. “This was a tough loss, and we put forth our best effort. We left it all on the court out there, and I hope no one has any regrets,” said Dobner. “I love my team, and its great to be out there with them.” The two-guard Deepika Kapil averaged 12.6 points per game, providing a proper one-
Enhancement needed: A comedic evaluation
two punch for MC at the one and two spot. Kapil had a double–double in Friday’s game scoring 19 points and a team high 14 rebounds. “This was a game I believe we could’ve had, that we did have, but we made small mental mistakes,” said Kapil. “This was a great experience, I loved the girls I played with they all mean so much to me, and we had a bond that no one could replace.” With MC down and four minutes remaining, Dobner drove down the right lane landing a one-handed scoop layup with Mt. Sac’s Jianni Jackson draped all over her for the and-one foul. This determination is what made MC head coach Lindsay Goldblatt so proud of her team throughout the season. “We’re really happy for this special group of girls, we’re really happy for the success they had and their season ended a little bit earlier then we thought, we had planned but it wasn’t
Cameron Heffernan Sports editor
Athletes have always been looking for an edge to their game, whether it be practice, working out or game video study, they are always looking to be at the top of their game but there is another solution to be better. An illegal solution. Steroids rock. Look at it this way: Mark McGuire never sets the home-run record for a single season and Barry Bonds never beats it because they don’t use steroids and
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And one - MC’s Sideny Dobner drives right on the paint over Mt. SAC’s Jianni Jackson for the layup and the foul in MC’s loss 71-59,Dobner finished her final game with MC, scoring 22 points and a liftime of memories from this years squad. Feb. 25.
for a lack of effort and were very proud of the effort they put forth tonight, we gave Mt. SAC as much as they could handle,” said Goldblatt. “We worked hard and no one gives a damn about baseball because lets face it, RBI’s just don’t do it. Everyone wants home runs, everyone wants the big hit in football that cracks someone’s head and basketball and hockey would be way more enjoyable if there were bigger dunks and more frosty body bags. This is sports damn it and brutality is best. I want broken spines and careers ended prematurely. I want on-edge athletes that are insane I want my favorite players to have tiny testicles.
we gave it everything we could and we’re very happy with that aspect.” Foul troubles troubled MC in the second half, with three players fouled out by the
five minute mark. MC’s depth was depleted and any time Mt. SAC touched the ball, in the final four minutes they were pretty much guaranteed free-throws.
Mt. SAC closed out the final four minutes on Moorpark with back-toback free throws and a clutch floater from Kimmie Hawkins to put the final nails in the coffin.
tion in addition to the basketball games. Tables filled with goods for the silent auction lined the upper entry way. A pre-game social livened up the old wrestling arena. The Wall of Honor paid respect to both cancer victims and survivors. The bake sale table was full of treats, including pink cupcakes. Pink was the color of the evening. Both Moorpark and Cuesta’s teams warmed up in the pink event shirts. Coaches accessorized their dress attire with sneakers and pink trim to fit the “Suits and Sneakers” theme. Moorpark’s teams wore pink socks, armbands, and tape. “I’m jealous because we didn’t do this last year,” said student and former team member Grace Arocha. “This is fun,” said cancer survivor and grandmother Barbara Hall. “The kids are great.” Many cancer survivors were present and honored before the games. Cancer victims were honored as well. Each Moorpark player presented a flower to a survivor or to a victim’s representative before the games. Moorpark’s Men’s Basketball Coach Remy McCarthy recently won a bout with bladder can-
MC fights cancer Contributing writer The fight against cancer got a boost from Moorpark College’s basketball fundraiser last Wednesday night at Raider Pavilion. The men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with the athletic department and the Associated Students, held a fundraiser during the last basketball game of the season against Cuesta College. Moorpark College hoped to raise about $1,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society. “Our donation is going to be close to $1,800,” said Athletic Director Howard Davis. “We’re just waiting for a few donations to come in to get the final tally.” Community college basketball programs throughout the state are also fundraising. Proceeds will be pooled and presented to the American Cancer Society at the state community college basketball championships on Mar. 13. The statewide goal is $50,000. Funds were raised via a silent auction, a bake sale, T-shirt sales, admission ticket sales, a raffle, and donations. Approximately 500 people attended. Raider Pavilion was decked out for a celebra-
He points out how important and successful the fight against cancer has been. He could have lost his bladder or maybe even his life just a few years ago according to his doctors. “I’m really proud of the fact that the administration and staff did such a great job,” said McCarthy. McCarthy had good words for his team’s efforts as well. “The guys not only participated, they embraced it.” The athletes appreciated the opportunity to work on the project. “I helped set everything up,” said Kally Panek, a member of the women’s basketball team. “I’m glad that this small event can impact people’s lives.” Celebration aside, there were games to be played. The men wrapped up their season with a win, 86-77. The women won, 7652 to earn second place in the Western State Conference and move on to the post-season. This was the first time that the basketball program sponsored such an event. “We definitely will do it again,” said Davis. For more information or to make a donation, contact Howard Davis, 805-378-1457, HDavis@vcccd.edu.
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Pink awareness - The Moorpark College basketball team represented by Andre Fowler recognizes their coach, Remy McCarthy, as a cancer survivor as fans look on at Raider Pavilion on February 16, 2011. The Moorpark College basketball program spearheaded a cancer fight fundraiser that raised about $1800 for the American Cancer Society.
Arts & Entertainment MC hosts a night of student originals Mar. 2, 2011
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C. Alex Biersch Staff writer
The variety show, “Voices in My Head” was somewhat of a polished talent show that had incorporated today’s political and societal issues into several acts. With some being more enjoyable than others, it offered the audience a wide range of entertainment. When I think of a modern variety show, I think of an “SNL” type of show where they have short monologues and some music. When the posters around campus said it was “for mature audiences,” I wasn’t expecting four letter words were going to be brought up every other sentence and that political issues such as President Obama being Muslim in the short play “The New Patriotism,” and that gay rights would be relevant within two acts entitled “Overboard” and “Fractured States of America.” To my surprise, it did. Kylie Robinson, an 18-year-old psychology major, didn’t understand the puns either. “I didn’t really understand why they had to add all the political issues in the variety show, it just seemed more like a seminar at some points than something I wanted to enjoy,” said. Still, there were
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- Paul Ritterbursh, left, and Logan Schuster, right, performing in a particularly intense scene in one of the night’s featured original student performances, “The New Patriotism,” one of the evening’s many productions that had a socio-political charge to it’s theme.
variety of voices
some really wonderful acts that were showcased greatly. Elisa Stolze strutted her stuff with a half hiphop, half belly dancer routine. The routine was really upbeat and had the crowd moving. The short monologue of “Remember When We Were Kids,” written by Avi Boyko and performed by Jorge Perez caught the audi-
ence off guard. Initially, everyone in the audience could relate to his childhood experiences and it seemed like a cheerful set, until the climax, were he watched his friend commit suicide. That definitely played with the audience’s emotions and it was planned very well. The best performance of the night was
the short monologue developed through improvisation entitled “Carica-Cheers,” with Tyler McAuliffe, Mary Demirjian, Kari Miller, Kevin Schater, and Shaun Wonderly. It explored the different stereotypes in our society; specifically the irritating sayings of an Irish pub’s bartender, the soccer playing Latino, the hard-assed
Soviet, and the not-understandable Japanese sushi-maker. This act had the crowd laughing hysterically and provided a great deal of entertainment. “The stereotype monologue was my favorite because it was so true. That is exactly how we see many stereotypes today,” said Ryan Grossman, a 23-year-old political sci-
ence major. In short, the downfall of this production was the addition of controversial issues to the variety show. With this being said, it did offer students and members of the community the opportunity to come and see some of the showcased talent that the theater department rarely gets to show in this form.
Saget’s stand up still strong A concert review
Jarred Kiel Staff writer
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Highway from hell - Nicolas Cage stars as a hardened felon, fresh out of hell and determined to avenge his murdered daughter and retrieve his grand child from a vicious cult all while the minions of hell are hot on his heels in this fiery adventure.
3D boobs, blood and bullets are not enough to save Cage’s newest romp A movie review
Opinion editor From the creators of “My Bloody Valentine in 3D,” comes a new story of vengeance, blood, hell, anger and driving in Patrick Lussier’s new feature film, “Drive Angry 3D,” starring Nicholas Cage. The story centers on John Milton (Nicholas Cage), a hell escapee who comes to earth to seek vengeance on the devil worshipping cult leader who killed his daughter and to retrieve his baby granddaughter. All the while, he is being tracked down by a mysterious agent of Satan (Willian Fichtner), who is trying to apprehend Milton and bring him back to hell. In the mean time, Milton meets a sexy waitress, Piper (Amber Heard), who is strong willed, tough and doesn’t take any crud off no man and inadvertently drags her along for the ride. But come on, who hasn’t
heard that old story before? Of course, you wouldn’t know what’s going on because the creators felt that burying the lead and replacing it with shrouded and boring mystery for the first hour and a half was necessary. Apparently, no one told them that a good film is supposed to have some sort of substance throughout the story. While the storyline and writing were all but terrible, none of this is helped by the fact that it seems that Cage has left the preverbal building long ago and is now just looking for that tasty paycheck. His role as the badass Milton is unbelievable. Seriously, it was not believable in any sense and his connection and chemistry to any other character was null and void throughout. Heard’s portrayal of Piper, the tough, independent, and strong-willed heroine, was contrived at best, chopping her up to not much more than eye candy in an already
boob-laden movie. Though the overall storyline and lead casting was less than desirable, there are a few redeeming qualities. The supporting cast gave the party a bit of life and fun. Billy Burke plays a very convincing and devilish antagonist as Jonah King, the demonically evil Satanic Cult Leader with the southern drawl. But one character that shone through the story and into audiences’ hearts was the quirky and silly yet sly, cool, and ever so mean character of The Accountant, an agent for the devil who is sent to earth to retrieve Milton and bring him back played by Fichtner. And while this movie may have its major shortcomings, it does not lack in hilarious one- liners, silly awkward situations, blazing gun battles, full frontal nakedness and well-used 3D action gags, such as Milton shooting off a baddie’s hand with a shotgun and the blood, gore and
buckshot go flying 3Dstyle into your face. The situations such as the sex/gunfight scene (yes, there is a firefight between Cage and the bad guys during intercourse with a very naked woman), the cool action, the pretty sweet cars and stunt driving, and the dare I say fun fight scenes mixed with the cool cast of supporting characters gives this movie some redeeming value, but not much. Overall, if you’re someone who doesn’t give a lick about storyline, themes, decent acting, or seeing a movie with some artistic merit; and all you want is some blood, gore, bullets, boobs, cars, unnecessary explosions and a few cheap laughs (and have money to burn at the box office) then, by all means, go and waste your time and hard earned cash. All that I’m trying to say is, I could have used that hour and 44 minutes to do something more productive, like play a game of Russian roulette.
It was a full house watching the star of “Full House” show off his stand up talents at the Majestic Theatre in Ventura last Saturday, Feb. 18. Bob Saget performed his infamous filthy stand up to a rowdy crowd full of fans young and old. Most of whom were pretty much drunk. The show started off well with the opening act, Mike Young. Young is making a name for himself right now, with one of the top comedy CDs on iTunes. Young did very well keeping the jokes flowing and never let the audience breathe. He was fast and funny. Young left and the infamous song, “Rolling with Saget,” by Jamie Kennedy, started to liven up the crowd even more. Saget started to stroll out and the audience went ballistic. Seeing Saget in person is like reliving your childhood. People were in shock seeing him. He was Danny Tanner for crying out loud! Then he started to perform his act and so began his infamously filthy routine. For the past 30 years, Saget has been known as one of the filthiest comedians around, but no one expects that, considering he was on a family television show for most of the 80s and 90s. With his shows usually being the focal point, people forget about the movies he was a part of, like “Dirty Work” and “Half Baked.” A drunk audience member was yelling out Saget’s famous line from “Half Baked” and everyone could tell Saget was getting annoyed. Saget
gets well-deserved praise for his improvisation skills against the hecklers. He has been performing comedy since the late 70s and he has the experience to deal with those hooligans. After the hecklers stopped, he started to do his act. Saget talked about his father and the jokes he used to hear from him. His quips largely fulfilled his “toilet-humor” reputation. He joked about “Full House” cast mates, John Stamos and Dave Coulier. He even incorporated Dave Coulier into a poop joke that got the whole crowd laughing. About three quarters of the way through his act, he pulled out a guitar and started to cover songs by Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton. He performed songs about a personal relationship with a dog, love between two people that are in different age groups, and a personal favorite of the crowd, Danny Tanner questioning his sexuality. I can’t say the names due to some of the themes but all were very funny and some can probably be found on Youtube. After seeing him perform on television and online, seeing him in person was a better experience. Even though some of the jokes didn’t work for me personally, his reactions and personal sorrows about every joke he did was exceptionally funny. Watching Saget perform showed passion in his performance and anyone can tell he enjoys his job. He tries his hardest to get everyone else to like him too and that’s the best thing about a real performance. After all, he’s Danny Tanner, how can you not like him?