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WEDNESDAY October 14, 2009

Volume 54, No. 6

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Cerritos remains cautious of H1N1

Job fair offers hope

Ivonne Burciaga Staff Writer

Cerritos College’s plans on par-

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Student Health Services will be offering H1N1 vaccines to the students of Cerritos. The date is not set, but Student Health Services are anticipating the end of October. Approximately 3000 vaccines will be available. There will be no fee for the services. Students will have to read a consent and sign. 2009 H1N1 is a new influenza virus that is spreading from person-to-person. H1N1 (also known as “swine flu”) was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009, and has hit people globally. H1N1 flu has caused a greater disease burden in people younger than 25 years of age. There are various methods in protecting yourself from the flu, according to CDC Center for Disease Control. There are 3 steps to follow, those include. Take time to get vaccinated. Take everyday preventive actions and take flu antiviral drugs if recommended. There are two different vaccines, one is for seasonal flu and the other is strictly for the H1N1 virus. The vaccinations will take place in the gym. Taking the H1N1 vaccine will help build up immunity from the flu. CDC expresses how severe the flu virus can be, “Each year, in the United States, on average 36,000 people die from flu-related complications and more than 200,000 are hospitalized from flu-related causes.”

Shakeout drill waits for spring ShakeOut Earthquake preparedness drill have been partially postponed. The purpose of the drill according to is to “practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes, and to get prepared at work, school, and home.” Cerritos College is susceptible to earthquakes especially because it lives right on the active San Andrea’s Fault. ShakeOut stresses the importance of getting ready, last year about 5.5 million Southern Californians participated, the event is established to happen on the third Thursday of October each year.

Job fair becomes essential in economic struggle Jeanmichel rodriguez Staff Writer

A bigger-than-expected turnout marked the Career Services Center’s Fall Job Fair last Tuesday. More than 25 employers from places such as Target and the Los Angeles Police Department set up tables along the library sidewalk in order to meet with a steady stream of job seekers from Cerritos College and the general public. The free event, which ran from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., was coordinated by Student Placement Specialist Christina The. “The fair went very well,” she said. “We had a lot more people (than previous fairs) who came to attend.” She placed the number of job

seekers at “roughly over 500,” with a larger amount of non-students than before. The added that local television news stations covered the fair for the first time in the event’s history. She also believes that live reporting by Fox 11 helped inform the public about the job fair. “I understand it brought someone from Riverside,” she said. Univision also covered the fair for a later broadcast. Aya Abelon, the college’s Coordinator of Media Releases was in charge of alerting the public about the job fair. “We’ve never had this much turnout,” Abelon confirmed. “It’s just a reflection of the times.” For many attending the fair, finding work has indeed been difficult.

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Job fair: Students gather information of particular jobs during last Tuesday’s job fair.

“It’s been awful,” said court reporting major Tehani Kaalekahi. “I’ve been unemployed for over a year. I’ve gotten interviews for two percent of all the applications I’ve filled out.” Of those interviews, she said, they either required her to “drive 20 miles” as a commute or “take a 20 percent pay cut.” “I have an associates in Business and a bachelor’s in Justice Administration and this is what I get?” Kaalekahi asked. Lakewood resident Michael Quinn’s frustration was similar. “I was laid off back in February from Macy’s,” he said. “I was involved with Operations and Logistics. Of the 7,500 (employees that were laid off at that time), 7,200 of them were in my beat.” See Job fair Page 2

businesses, facilities and schools in California participating in the drill will be experiencing a 30-minute long alarm in which Californians are asked to “drop, cover and hold” as if experiencing an earthquake. During that time, the Great California ShakeOut requires the sounding of evacuation alarms for 30 minutes. Unfortunately, at Cerritos, some faculty and students will be pinned to final exams for nine-week classes. The decision to postpone the drill came in consideration of those students, they can’t be interrupted by loud alarms during their finals. See Shakeout Page 4

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Homecoming court gets introduced Sheila Olaiz Staff Writer

The first of the two-week homecoming events took place on Oct. 13 in the Student Center. All seven women of the 2009 Homecoming Court were formallyintroduced. • Tiffany Gaskin, BSU • Monica Reyes, Court Reporting • June Romo, independent Juan Ramos/TM • Sana Khan, ASET

Homecoming court: The 2009 homecoming court was introduced on Tuesday at the Student Center.

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Lauren Castaneda, ISA Evie Mendoza, Student Veteran’s Club Suzette Vega, Phi Theta Kappa

Each woman had her moment to shine on stage. They were announced individually and introduced to the audience. Standing at the microphone, each woman would draw a random question out a basket, then having to give the answer right then and there.

Gaskin, who is in the process of writing a book and hopes to transfer to UC Riverside, was asked, “If you won the lottery of $60 million, what would you do with the money?” She replied, “I would build us a new church, since the backside of it was burned in a fire a few years ago, buy my mom a house, help my school because my school has helped me so much, give money to charity and definitely go shopping.” See Homecoming Page 4

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Mun2 drops into the falcon nest Cerritos students are the stars in Mun2’s new show, The Look Joey Berumen Staff Writer

The crew from Mun2’s show, “The Look,” invaded Cerritos College on Oct. 12. Filming a segment called, “Man on the Street,” asking students their thoughts on fashion and filming them in the process. It was hosted by Southern California’s own, Melissa “Crash” Barerra, who is also famous for her work in the show “The Chicas Project” and various other shows on the Mun2 network. Questions ranged from how often do you wear your jeans between washes, to what type of clothing should a guy never wear, to even more risqué questions like what part of your body would you never pierce. “A majority of Cerritos College students don’t think it’s okay to pierce their butt cheeks together,” said Barerra. “So if anyone is considering coming to Cerritos College, make sure your cheeks don’t have holes in them,” she jokingly added. Many students got to participate in the interviews in hopes of appearing on the show and taking a quick break from their stressful classes. “I think it is a good thing to see the diversity of people and the different types of fashion,” said Julie Mendez, forensics major.

Cerritos College was selected out of hundreds of other colleges due to its high enrollment of Hispanics. “Cerritos College is the third largest Hispanic service institution in the nation that fits into our target demographic, Hispanic and between the ages of 13 and 35,” said

production manager Jeriemiah Zezuela. The show’s producers contacted Cerritos College public affairs officer Aya Abelon in order to obtain permission to be on campus and were happy with the results and interactions of the students. “We were really happy how

Motorcycle classes roll on to the Cerritos College campus Bobby Chichester

Staff Writer

The Community Education Department of Cerritos College is offering motorcycle classes to students who meet the requirements. The class is open to all students who have a current permit, license or 30-hour Driver’s Education certificate. The students need to be legally allowed to drive on the road. “The class is $250 for students

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MUN2: Host of the Look, Melissa “Crash” Barerra, Interviews a Cerritos College Student on a walkway of the Falcon Square

21 and older and $150 for students under 21,” Andrea Andrade, a receptionist at the Community Education building, said. The class is three days and is spread out over two weekends. “Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a DL389 certificate that will waive the motorcycle riding test at the DMV. It is mandatory by the DMV for students under 21 years old to successfully pass this course to get a Class M (motorcycle) license,” Robin Preece, overseer of the program, said.

helpful and how willing to participate everyone was, usually we have to figure out the lay of the land and find good spots when on a campus. This time the students and staff made it easy,” Barerra said. Not all students were so willing to participate in the show. Some students who were camera shy found it

easier to just sit back and watch the entertainment. “It’s really up to the student if they want to participate, we just try to give students the opportunities to experience new things,” Abeln said. With this success of thier first visit, the crew plans on coming back to campus within the next


few months, “We would absolutely come back to Cerritos College, to do future segments,” producer Shari Scorca said. The new episode that features, Cerritos College students is set to be airing sometime in January of 2010 on Mun2.

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There is no set instructor. The class is taught by a RiderCoach, and all RiderCoaches are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, which in turn is approved by the California Highway Patrol. The class itself requires physical stamina, motor coordination and mental alertness. There are riding portions of the class in two ranges, both in lot C-10 on campus. Motorcycles and helmets are provided by the instructor.

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Quinn said that for the jobs he has applied to, he has either been “under-qualified or over-qualified.” Since then, he has been doing “general carpentry work and painting.” “It’s hard to accept a job with a 50 percent pay cut,” he admitted. Electrical engineer Rafael Arevalo said, “I’ve been looking for a job for a month. It’s pretty hard out there. I do side jobs, but I’m basically unemployed.” “I got laid off,” he said while filling out an application. “Things were going pretty good until production slowed down. I have 10 years electrical experience. I’m certified and everything.” Arevalo was able to connect with one of the employers at the fair- Weber Metals Incorporated. “The position is in their electrical maintenance department. I like it because it’s hands on,” he said. Child Development major Robert Aguirre, a student new to the job

market, has also had a difficult time trying to gain employment. “I’ve been doing volunteer work but now I’m looking for a real job.” “Yeah it’s been hard,” he said. “Employers never call back.” Despite his setbacks, Aguirre said he was interested in a number of the businesses present at the fair. “I’ve been filling out applications for audio and entertainment technology, Target, and (a) manufacturing (company).” Earl Shell, a computer technician from Lakewood said there were “no specific jobs” in his field there. Still he admitted, “There are a lot of people looking for work so this helps. It’s a good thing.” The employers themselves were busy throughout the day, speaking to students and non-students alike about the opportunities they offered. Aregnaz Mooradian and Johnny Sanchez represented THINK To-

gether, “the largest after-school program provider in California.” “We look for students who are looking for a career in education or child care,” Mooradian said. “We attend several job fairs. We serve the surrounding communities, so we’ve been here several times.” The Career Services Center offers several free workshops before each of their job events that help the public with interviewing and writing resumes. The also stressed how fortunate Career Services felt in finding so many businesses that were hiring. The said the next similar event, the spring Career Expo, “is slated for March 25 of 2010.” “I think it’s a good service (for Cerritos College) to provide,” Quinn said before heading out to the different tables. “Job fairs are the best way to meet face-to-face with many interviewers.”

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World Peace: Court reporting club representative Monica Reyes said she would promote world peace and insure health insurance for everyone when asked at the Homecoming court introductions in the Student Center on Tuesday at 11 a.m. what she would do if she was president Obama.

Homecoming: Court answers questions Continued from Page (1)

Reyes was asked, “If you woke up tomorrow morning and you were the President of the United States, what would you do?” Her response was enthusiastic, promoting world peace and health insurance for everyone. Rome is running independent and comes as nerdy as they come. She loves school, loves being at school and loves being active in it. She hopes to transfer to a Cal State next semester. She was asked about women being in the workforce where males are more dominant. She replied, “Woman should just go for it. They should just do it.” Khan loves basketball, dancing, reading and swimming. She is involved with Project H.O.P.E. and really promotes health insurance. She was asked, “Give me your idea of a per-

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Long Beach with a major in Linguistics. She speaks French and Spanish fluently. Her question was, “What makes you happy about school and what makes you sad about school?” She started with happy and replied, “I love all the activities, the clubs and the support systems. The professors here are awesome. Now what I dislike about college, math.” And last but definitely not least, Vega. She loves traveling, reading, and real estate. She’s anxious to do the Teacher TRAC Program and has a very full productive resume. She hopes to transfer to Cal State Long Beach and receive her Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies.

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The Santa Ana Zoo was filled with more than just animals on Sunday, when students from Cerritos College and across the southland assisted children with science experiments as part of National Chemistry Week. The event, sponsored by the American Chemical Society, offered visitors a hands-on experience with science. Volunteers from Professor Linda Waldman’s organic chemistry class represented Cerritos College at the event by teaching visitors about electrolysis. “It’s been fun trying to make (science) relatable for the kids to understand,” said biochemistry major Jennie Lee. “(These experiments) give them an applicable way to use chemistry,” she said. Keeping with this year’s theme, “chemistry – it’s elemental,” Profes-

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Shakeout: Drill postponed but precautions still taken Continued from Page (1)

A new date for an evacuation drill at Cerritos is expected to be set in the spring time. Cerritos College’s evacuation plans and procedures can be found on posters in classrooms or online at master_emergency_operations_plan_090909a.pdf.

Cerritos to host College Night for potential college students

ing such a wonderful partner in education. “We host many college visits on our campus throughout the year, but College Night (at Cerritos) hosts all of them in one spot, which makes it so conveThe Cerritos College gymnasium will become a hub nient for everyone,” Campos said. of information and guidance for high school students The College Night is planned under the Transfer on Wednesday at 7 p.m., as they will meet with rep- Days/College Nights subcommittee that is a part of the resentatives from colleges and universities from across Intersegmental Coordinating Committee. ICC itself the nation. falls under the umbrella of California Education Round The event, titled College Night, has been conducted Table, a coordinating and planning agency comproby Cerritos College for more than 20 years, and accom- mised of representatives from educational sectors. modates representatives from about 60 colleges and College Night is a statewide event that takes place universities all under one roof. at various high schools, community college and local Some of the higher education institutions that will educational institutions across California to inform be in attendance are instate institutions, such as UCs, students and parents about various higher education CSUs, and also out of state institutions that include opportunities available all over the country. Rutgers University from New Jersey and Arizona State According to Arceo, the College Night at Cerritos University. College is the only event of its kind “We invite high schools that is held at such a large scale for from Bellflower, Downey, the local school districts. Norwalk, La Mirada, ParaRepresentatives attending the e invite high event are welcomed by Cerritos mount and ABC school districts to participate in schools from Bellflower, College peer counselors and helped this event,” Shirley Arceo, their designated tables in the Downey, Norwalk, La Mi- to Coordinator of School Regym. lations, said. rada, Paramount and ABC Monica Morales, a peer counArceo, who has been selor for the department of Public school districts to partici- Affairs at Cerritos College, said that coordinating this event since 1997 at Cerritos Colpate in this event. she and other peer counselors are lege, feels that it is an ex Shirley Arceo responsible to assist the representacellent opportunity for lo Coordinator of School Relations tives and make them comfortable cal high school students to during the event by offering them meet with representatives water and food. of educational institutions She said, ”I have been working from different states, and for the school relations for one year also to know more about and I love being a peer counselor as Cerritos College. I am able to help high school students learn about highTina Campos, Director of College Career Center at er education and how important attending college is.” Downey High School, said that Cerritos College Night The higher educational institutions that attend the is an endorsed event by administration, faculty and the College Night are invited by the Transfer Days/College entire staff at Downey High, and this is why it is so suc- Nights subcommittee first, and then by the Cerritos cessful for them. College as well. She said that Downey High has been participating “They (Transfer Days/College Nights) act as a broin the College Night since the conception of this pro- ker for us and invite colleges and universities for our gram at Cerritos, with herself being part of it for five event. I individually send out invitations to the educayears. tional institutions that are on our database, and I also “I’ve seen a steady growth in attendance and every get contacts from the transfer center,” Arceo said exyear seems to be better than the year before,” she said. plaining the process of inviting educational institutes to She complimented Arceo for organizing such a attend the College Night at Cerritos,” she said. smooth running event that is of benefit to students and parents alike, and also thanked Cerritos College for beAlnas Zia

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sor Waldman chose electrolysis to show how elements interact with one another. The experiments included testing to see if electrolytes are present in various liquids, as well as performing the process of electrolysis using pencils. Waldman has been bringing students to National Chemistry Week for approximately 10 years now, and sees the experience as positive for not just the visitors, but her students as well. “I want them to see how it is to present science to younger people. I hope some of them enjoy it and go into teaching,” she said. As for the students themselves, they too saw the importance of events like National Chemistry Week. “For kids at this age, it can spark an interest for them to be a chemist or biologist,” said biology major Shira Rauh. “We hope that they enjoy science, because this is our lives. This is what we do.”


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Touch, feel, check your boobs Women need to feel their boobs. They need to touch them, feel them, and check them. Why? Because women need to take responsibility and take the preventive actions necessary in order to prevent having breast cancer. Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant, or cancer, cells form in the tissues of the breast. It is considered a heterogeneous disease that differs by individual, age group, and even the kinds of cells within the tumors themselves. Most women do not realize the true harm of breast cancer. They stand oblivious to the fact that breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in women. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Cerritos College women’s volleyball team has taken the initiative to participate in the Side-Out’s Dig Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally to raise funds and breast cancer awareness in the community. It will be one of the thousands of teams from around the country that will be participating in Dig Pink to promote Breast health education as well as raise funds to help eradicate Breast Cancer. Although it is such a great move on their part, what good is that effort when 55 percent of women fail to take the time to test or check themselves for breast cancer? So much effort is being put into finding a cure for breast cancer or at least a form of reducing its malignancy. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., it is estimated that every year nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Contrary to popular belief, men are

also victims of breast cancer. Approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year. So then why is it that people fail to recognize and acknowledge something that affects both men and women, and is the second highest death-causing disease? Why is it that people refuse to perform a self-examination or even take the time out of their oh-so-busy day to set up an appointment that could potentially be the one visit that will save their life? Check your breasts! Go to the doctor! Get a mammogram! Do your research! Get informed! Educate yourself! How hard is it to do that? How hard is it to protect yourself and protect your body from a harmful disease? How hard is it to care about yourself? There are millions of dollars being given by millions of people to the millions of scientists that are trying to find a cure for breast cancer. If there are so many people out there that care about curing breast cancer, you should at least be considerate enough to check yourself and also contribute to preventing breast cancer. People need to start taking the initiative to perform self-exams and receive mammograms. A simple test when you get out of the shower or before you go to sleep could end up saving your life.

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Don’t always depend on technology The recent crash of the Microsoft-owned Danger server that hosted data for millions of T-Mobile Sidekick users really got me thinking about the global dependence on technology, mostly, because I am a victim of this major data loss. In a letter issued to Sidekick users, TMobile wrote “based on Microsoft/Danger’s latest recovery assessment of their systems, we must now inform you that personal information stored on your device – such as

contacts, calendar entries, to-do lists or photos – that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger.” As a journalism major, it’s hard to swallow the fact that 3 years worth of my networking efforts are gone. I can imagine that for anyone who has a career or is pursuing a career that requires a vast amount of networking knows what it

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would feel like to all of a sudden be stripped of crucial contact information. What is someone supposed to do when they wake up to find their phone’s memory wiped clean. With no physical phone book to turn to, I headed over to Facebook asking friends and family to send me their phone numbers as I began working on rebuilding my list of contacts. Still, this won’t ever make up for the hundreds of phone numbers lost in this process. So, what do we do differently? I’m not only talking to Sidekick users, I’m talking to anyone who relies on their phone as a means to store crucial information, to those of you who rely on Facebook

to host your photos, writing, etc., to anyone who relies on some form of technology or the internet to host information that could otherwise physically be stored elsewhere. This type of data loss shows that no one is safe. Data loss can happen to phone servers, social media, and God forbid, e-mail servers. Does anyone even remember phone books, or photo albums you could hold in your hands and flip through? At the rate we’re going, it won’t be long before we’ll be printing pages from Facebook for posterity.

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“I’m really concerned and think everyone should get tested. Don’t just “Google it” and assume it’s something else.”

“I am very concerned. My grandma died of it. I think people need to be aware and learn about breast cancer.”

“Not really, because it doesn’t really affect me or my family.”

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“I’m concerned. Women should definitely get checked and be very aware of any changes.”

“I’m very concerned. I think people should not be afraid to explore their bodies and note drastic changes.”

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Scary farm will put ‘Knotts’ in stomach Sheila Olaiz Staff Writer

October brings Halloween time, that very festive time of year that brings out the ghouls and goblins, even if they are made with gelatin, prosthetics, sugar, paint and maybe even a little bit of make-up. Okay, a lot of make-up. The Cerritos College beginning stage make-up class, led by Susan Wantanabe, headed over to Buena Park last week to America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm. It transforms into a scary gut-wrenching theme park in the evening called Knott’s Scary Farm. The longest-running Halloween scare spectacular and this year marks its 37th year. The students in Wantanabe’s class have a great opportunity with this special event. They went backstage where the scares are born. Cerritos College, at one time, was the only school that was given this special privilege of going backstage to shadow the artists and their victims, get some hands on experience in the professional realm and definitely ask questions. Stephanie Trigg, cosmetology major, who wants to focus on make-up only said, “I want to do any and every kind of makeup style there is.” Since she loves Halloween time and monsters, this was a great experience for her. “You get to make them into something different,” she said. Valerie Rosales, cosmetology major, says, “I’ve been looking forward to this day. I’m so excited.” Knott’s Scary Farm is family reunion time for most of the monsters who return every year along with the permanent crew members from Knott’s Berry Farm. With more than 200 monsters in the park at one time, more than 1,000 in total, the make-up artists have their hands full. The students being there really aided in

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Halloween Haunt: Cerritos students give the Knott’s Scary Farm monsters a make-over to scare all visitors for Halloween.

the time factor of getting those monsters out there. Billie Escalente, a full-time student, cosmetology major, was the first student to apply base coat to the face of a female monster. Escalente said, “It was so cool. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I felt like what I did counted, it mattered.” Veronica Khuu then stepped in and applied the white airbrush face paint to make

the white base coat flawless. She says, “It felt really good. This is definitely what I should be doing.” The next step was to apply the shadowing, it’s done with black airbrush face paint and that was enthusiastically done by Carina Hernandez. She said, “I was a little scared at first, when I had to use the the spray gun, but I told myself that I can do this.”

Hernandez has been doing make-up for a while now and this made it all the better. There were two rooms full of artists where the students were able to maneuver back and forth absorbing the ambiance and then choosing a station to shadow. Each monster took anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. There are so many details that are crucial to the monsters face completion.


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The Cerritos College art gallery has artwork on display created by Roni Feldman and Jody Zellen. Feldman, a graduate of the University of Santa Barbara, made a piece called Rare Sightings, which details his trip to northern California. “There were several rare animals sighted on the trip, including elephants, seals and condors, so I decided to capture it on canvas with my airbrush,” Feldman said. Feldman, who focuses on airbrush, is currently finishing his master’s of fine arts degree at Claremont College. “I have been painting since I was about 3 years-old, so it just came naturally to me,” Feldman said. Feldman is inspired by light and space artists such as James Torell.

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More information on Feldman’s work and his Web site can be found at Zellen, who has a master’s of fine arts degree, focuses more on net art. Net art is more focused on numbers and coding than on actual painting or colors. Her art involves this, and she also does Flash animations. One of her prominent pieces is a display that shows unemployment rates from roughly 200 countries. “I chose to use unemployment because it is something we are all faced with,” Zellen said. Her art shows a grid and a camera captures the subject. “My work shows the shadow of the person, and the figures on the screen gather inside the shadow of the person,” she said. Neither of the artists currently have plans for future work.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 •

at a Glance Wednesday

Water Polo Women vs. L.A. Trade-Tech 3 p.m. Men vs. L.A. Trade-Tech 4:15 p.m. Volleyball @ Mt. San Antonio 6 p.m.

Volleyball team has a rollercoaster week Familiar mistakes haunt Cerritos, as Falcons break even over the last four contests. Sobukwe Ramsey


Co-Sports Editor

Water Polo Men @ Ventura 2:30 p.m.


Cross Country @ Mt. SAC So. Cal. Preview Meet 9 a.m. Soccer Men @ El Camino 2 p.m. Women @ El Camino 4 p.m.

Cerritos volleyball has had a bit of a whirlwind this past week, losing to the state champion El Camino College, beating East LA in just about an hour, sweeping LA Harbor and then losing to Pasadena City College on Friday night to have a 4-2 record in conference play.

The Falcons will travel to Mt. San Antonio College Wednesday evening, looking to improve their play and conference record. Recently, Cerritos volleyball has struggled in the passing and serving game and that has cost it victories. In the Pasadena game, the Falcons started out strong as usual, but costly hitting errors and passing mistakes kept them from winning matches. Cerritos stayed close with the Lancers in every match, but Pasadena capitalized when mistakes were made by the Falcons. Those kinds of errors have been mentioned after previous games while conversing with Sophomore Kristen Trillo and other players, but those issues have yet to be corrected. Cerritos recorded 27 hitting errors and

freshman Channelle Puou got 10 out of her 13 errors in the second match. She also tallied 12 kills however, nine of those kills were only done in the first match. After the loss to El Camino last week, the Falcons played East LA very aggressively and made few errors. Freshman Sarah Rodriguez made note that the serving and defense were key in that victory. Although the defense held up against PCC, Cerritos was unable to capitalize on the offensive end and that is something Rodriguez and the rest of the team realize they need to work on. A major concern head coach Teresa Ortega has dealt with in the previous season may come back to haunt her. That concern is her team’s ability to play

strong and stay disciplined in later phases of matches. In the El Camino game, the Falcons had an 11-5 lead in the second match after playing a bit sluggish in the first. The mistakes that seem minor at the time turn into opportunities for experienced teams to take advantage of. Cerritos battled and managed to stay close against El Camino just like the Falcons did against PCC but seems to fold when tested. The Falcons will face another test against Mt. San Antonio on Wednesday. Ortega expects her team to learn from the loses as well as the mistakes made in the victories. The offense is always good to be aggressive, but mental errors are just as vital.

Depth is crucial for football

Volleyball Vs. L.A. City College 6 p.m. Water Polo Women @ Citrus Tournament Men @ Cuesta Tournament


Water Polo Women @ Citrus Tournament Men @ Cuesta Tournament

Natalie Costello

Staff Writer

Football @ Citrus 7 p.m. Wrestling @ Moorpark Southern Regional Duals 9 a.m.


Soccer Men @ East L.A. 2 p.m. Women @ East L.A. 4 p.m.

Results Last Wed. 10/7

Water Polo Men @ Mt. San Antonio College L 6-14 Women @ Mt. San Antonio College W 12-4 Volleyball @ LA Harbor, W 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Last Thurs. 10/8 Water Polo Men vs. Merced W 13-6

Last Fri. 10/9

Water Polo Men vs. Ventura L 10-16 Men vs. Citrus W 9-7 Women vs. Diablo Valley W 13-3 Women vs. Citrus W 12-2 Soccer Men @ Long Beach W 3-0 Women @ Long Beach W 3-0 Volleyball Vs. Pasadena L 22-25, 21-25, 14-25

Last Sat. 9/10

Water Polo Men vs. Los Angeles Valley W 8-6 Men vs. Orange Coast L 9-15 Women vs. Cuesta W 20-7 Women vs. Orange Coast W 9-6 Wrestling @ West Valley Tournament, Third Place

Last Tues. 10/13

Soccer Men vs. Los Angeles Harbor W 3-1 Women vs. Los Angeles Harbor W 3-0

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Goodbye: Striker Nacy Gandarilla (No. 9) leaves a defender in her wake en route to the gosl in Cerritos’ 4-0 win over Pasadena on Oct. 2.

Falcons conquer LBCC Mark Murray Co-Sports Editor

First half goals from Ruby Leon, Jessica Ortiz and Nancy Gandarilla were enough to see the Cerritos women’s soccer team defeat Long Beach City College, 3-0, on Oct. 9. The win puts Cerritos at 3-1 in conference play, and tied for second place with Long Beach. Both teams are now sitting on nine points, one point behind Mt. San Antonio College. The Falcons next play third place LA Harbor on Tuesday, who has given up only a meager three goals on the year. “This game was important because they were in first place, and we also have a big rivalry with them,” Ortiz pointed out. The match was allowed to be very physical from the opening whistle, as appeals for fouls from both benches were continually waved off by referee Tuan Pham throughout the contest. “The refereeing affected the game. There

probably should have been a couple of red cards for them,” said head coach Ruben Gonzalez. There was a lot that the ref said he didn’t see, but our players were getting kicked after just about every play.” The uncharacteristically physical nature of the game was not enough to disrupt Cerritos’ offense. Leon put the Falcons on the board first with a goal in the 13th minute. She calmly collected a through ball from defender Viridiana Ortega and slipped a shot past goalkeeper Iliana Aparicio for her ninth goal of the season. Ortiz doubled the lead six minutes later by firing home a rebound from just inside the 18 yard line. Gandarilla, in her first game at Long Beach since playing for Vikings in 2006, finished off the scoring in the 32nd minute by receiving a pass from Tatiana Cortes and chipping an onrushing Aparicio. She was also pulled out of the game in the 65th minute after falling victim to a pair of

harsh tackles within a matter of seconds. Gonzalez explained that he felt the Long Beach players were going after the ex-Viking and trying to bait her into a response. He further explained that he kept her out for her own safety. Gandarilla commented that “it’s kind of hard to keep a cool head in such a physical game, but it makes [the other team] even more mad when you don’t react to the stuff they’re doing.” Although concerned at times for his players’ safety, Gonzalez felt his team played its best game of the year. “I feel like the first half was the best half we’ve played so far, and this was our first above average performance up to this point,” he said. As long as we keep not giving up goals, we will continue to be successful.” The shut out honors were shared by Erika Trejo in the first half, and substitute Laura Ropp in the second. They combined for four saves on the day.

The depth of the Falcon football team has been a recent factor in its success this season. So why does coach Frank Mazzota play so many players? “Every player has a little niche, and when it comes to back-ups I am a firm believer if you play too many freshmen, you will lose,” he said. This year’s backup is very good, despite that they are newbies.” That kind of reliability is something that Mazzota could not count on in previous seasons. Quarterback Chris Morales believes that this year everyone on the team is important. “In one way or another, every player contributes somehow to the team,” Morales said. Morales also made it clear that if the team is working together, supporting each other and making sure it does what needs to be done in practice. To get the point across that they are a hard-working team, he mentioned the intensity of competion in practice. The difference Mazzota sees in his players this season is the character and concern each player has for one another. That kind of chemistry and deep talent is what leads to state championships. Mazzota doesn’t just play players because they are on the roster, making it clear that he looks to players who practice hard and show they are an asset to the team. Having that many players on a roster also creates confusion for the opposing team. The Falcons have made sure to spread the ball around and substitute defensive players, which rests starters and helps give bench players confidence. Mazzota feels no pressure, however playing as deep as third string players, stating that every player he puts into a ball game makes a key contribution to a win.

Sports Briefs Volleyball

The Falcons swept L.A. Harbor in straight sets on Oct. 9, before losing to Pasadena City on Friday. Freshman Channelle Puou led the team with 12 kills in match. The team is now 4-2 in conference, and 7-4 overall. It next travels to Mt. SAC on Wednesday.


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Saved: Goalie Justin Calderon in action against Merced.

Women: Cerritos is now ranked No. 4 in the nation. A 3-0 win at Long Beach and a 6-0 win over L.A. Harbor brings its record to 4-1 in conference. Ruby Leon, Jessica Ortiz and Nancy Gandarilla all scored one goal apiece in the win at Long Beach for the Falcons.

Men: The team improved to 4-1 in conference play after defeating Long Beach, 3-0, and, previously undefeated, L.A. Harbor, 3-1. Salvador Melendrez scored twice for Cerritos and Luis Gonzalez added the third. The Falcons are now ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Gerl placed first in the 184 pound weight class to lead the Falcons, while Jose Lopez placed second (285 pounds).

Water Polo


Women: Cerritos won the Pasadena Tournament after beating Diablo Valley, Citrus, Cuesta and Orange Coast College. The Falcons, now 19-1 overall, next take on LA Trade-Tech on Wednesday at home.


Men: At the Citrus Tournament, Cerritos split four games. Losses to Ventura and Orange Coast were evened out by wins against Citrus and L.A. Valley. P.J. Gabayeron and Cory Baccus led the team in scoring. The team’s next game is Thursday at Ventura.

The football team had a bye this week. It will look to continue its perfect start to the season on Saturday, when the Falcons visit Citrus College.

The Cerritos grapplers took third place at the West Valley Tournament over the weekend. Caleb

8 - LIFE

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 •

Breast cancer 101: Breasts are top priority News Editor

“It was devastating. To think that the one standard she lived her life by was the one thing that prevented her from getting treated and maybe even getting cured,” said anthropology major Jennyfer Padilla. As one of the many victims of breast cancer, her mother was forced to face a life-threatening disease that resulted in taking her life. Padilla’s mother had Stage IV Medullary Carcinoma; meaning that the type of breast cancer she had, had already spread to other parts of her body and was no longer treatable. “She was so proud, so negligent to the possibility that she may have had a disease,” Padilla said. “She knew something was wrong but was too proud to admit it and most importantly, do something about it.” She said her mother raised her

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”

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and her sisters to be proud and independent individuals. But in the end, it was her pride that was the one of the main factors that took her life. Art major Angelica Medina stated that it is usually pride and fear that prevent a woman to do something like go to a doctor. She thinks people don’t truly understand that to go to a doctor and experience taking a mammogram test takes a lot of courage and vulnerability on the woman’s part. “It’s frightening. You don’t know what your results are going to be, and if they are bad results, you don’t know what is going to happen,” she stated. “Just the thought of having one of my breasts cut off, swollen, or deformed leaves me uneasy.” According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., it is estimated that every year nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Contrary to popular belief, men are also possible victims of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year. Truth is, breast cancer needs to be acknowledged as a deadly disease not just some type of disease that is out there, said civil engineering major Lalo Hinostroza. High schools, junior high schools and even colleges should be teaching ways to self-examine yourself and ways to go about in preventing breast cancer, he said. Although women obtain a higher percentage of being the victims of breast cancer, men are also affected. Biology major George Hu feels that it should not only be women involved in the movement for breast cancer awareness but men as

well. He said, “It’s stupid. It’s downright absurd for men to think that they are in the safe zone and that they are at no risk to be diagnosed with breast cancer. They are at risk. They can have it. They can die!” What is most frustrating to him is that there are so many people involved in the movement of curing breast cancer and contributing to those who are trying to find a cure, yet some people still choose to be ignorant. “It pisses me off when people don’t care about issues that are so important and so harmful to others. You never know when it could happen to you, and when it does I bet that’s when you will start to care. “That’s when you will contribute. That’s when you will realize how important it is to get the word out and get other people to care,” he said. Students like Mike Howard, business major, could care less about something that is not affecting him or his family. “Bottom line is it hasn’t happened to me and it won’t happen to me so I have no reason to care,” he laughed. “The people who got breast cancer probably did something to deserve it. That’s how I think life works. If you do something bad, you pay for it.” Disgusted by his response, his friend, art major Justin Mendo, said the contrary. “Breast cancer is a serious disease and should be taken just as serious as any other cancer,” he said, “people need to care. They need to learn, know and acknowledge, get tested and do someting in contributing to the cause. If you don’t care about anybody else having it then you at least get tested and look out for yourself. After all it is your health.”


















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