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51% Iniative spokesman Nestor Venegas speaks to a group of club members after a June 2011 Governing Board meeting. (FILE PHOTO)

Clean Break

TOTAL VOTES: 448 david leonard The Telescope

Evelyn Lucero won the race for student government president by a razor-thin margin of six votes on Friday. Lucero, formerly Associated Student Government vice president, bested Alberto Nunez, who served as a nonvoting delegate last semester. Students cast 448 ballots in the weeklong election; 227 went to Lucero and 221 went to Nunez. “It was very shocking at the beginning … I couldn’t believe it,” Lucero said. “I’m very happy I’m going to be able to represent the students one more year.” The ASG is tasked with representing the student body on various campus governance committees and wields a large

budget. Its president oversees board meetings and sets the organization’s legislative agenda. Lucero said she will focus on educating new ASG representatives and helping the board connect with students. “Most of the members are new, so I need to get them on track with what the ASG is about and what we do,” Lucero said. “My goal is to get the ASG members actually around campus and talking to students and figuring out what the student concerns are.”

Low turnout Just 1.5 percent of students participated in this election, a slight increase over a less-than1-percent turnout in Spring 2010. turn to ELECTION, PAGE 10

Campus activists want student gov’t to break ties with administration david leonard The Telescope

Campus activists have asked the student government to break ties with the Palomar administration. A group of social activist club members want the Associated Student Government to incorporate and become a fully independent organization. They are also demanding ASG be given the right to select its own adviser and want student senators to be elected by a campuswide vote. ASG is currently advised by

PROPOSITION FOR STUDENT CONTROL OF STUDENT GOV’T PROVISIONS: 1. ASG must take steps to seperate itself from Palomar administration 2. ASG would have the right to choose its own adviser 3. Senators would be popularly elected ONLINE:

the director of the Office of Student Affairs, a position that is filled by the college administration. The activists contend that OSA Director Sherry Titus has too much power over ASG deliberations and policy making. Titus said the activists, led by Encuentros United Spokesman

NestorVenegas, had not tried to work within ASG to reform the organization. “The people who are constantly criticizing the OSA and ASG are not engaged,” Titus said. “This is not something you come in and randomly decide you want to do.” Venegas said his group of MECHa and Encuentros United club members felt the student government is too flawed to be fixed from the inside and need a total overhaul. “You lose interest in the organization, so it pushes you to do something different, something completely out of the norm,” Venegas said. “If something like this is the way to get that change, then it’s something you have to do.” Venegas co-wrote the Proposition for Student Control of turn to INITIATIVE, PAGE 10

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Palomar College students and faculty eat lunch, relax and catch up on studying between classes in the upper terrace of the student union across from the Multi-Disciplinary building Sept. 20. (Deb Hellman/The Telescope)

Palomar spends $6,000 on non-smoking signs Josh meihaus The Telescope

With $5,000 spent on new “No Smoking” signs, students will have no excuse to not know about the new ban. In order to encourage Palomar students to follow the new restriction on smoking, Palomar’s Health services is poised to spend $5,000 on additional signage reminding students of the rule. In addition to this new spending, Health Services Director Jayne Conway has requested a $1,000 more from the Associated Student Government be allocated for the same purpose. With this knowledge, an important question to ask is whether there are enough signs on campus already. “No, I do not think that there is enough no smoking signage on campus for two reasons, first of which is that it’s hardly noticeable,” Cody Dean, vice president of the ASG, said in an email. Dean is currently responsible for smoking ban issues.

“Personally I am on campus quite frequently, and I hardly even notice the no smoking signs, so I would be hard pressed to say that I think all of the other students on campus are getting the message as extensively as they should,” Dean said. This year, Palomar cut 600 classes from the rolls, after the college faced an $8.9 million drop in state funding. In the midst of these reductions, some students believe that additional spending on smoking signs is inappropriate. “To me, even someone who doesn’t pay that close of attention to stuff like that, (the ASG) could be putting that money to better use, and not just anti-smoking signs.” Riley Johnson, a second-year film student said. Students have voiced concerns that the signs are having little effect. “…people on campus are still smoking, and no one’s really strict about it,” third year student Michael Reed said. However, Governing Board president Mark Evilsizer said that signs

are only a part of supporting the ban. “I don’t think any one strategy or tool is going to be effective.” Evilsizer said. “I think it’s going to be an educational process that takes time, and it’s not going to happen the first week of college; it might take a year to get the information fully out to students that we’re a non-smoking campus, and signs are just one means of communications.” Aside from monetary and effectiveness issues, concerns of theft have arisen. According to Interim Lieutenant Mike Bea, three signs have been stolen. When asked how to prevent further theft, Bea simply said, “Just be vigilant, and watch for people trying to take them down.” According to Dean, damage to the signs makes the additional spending all the more necessary. Signs that have been stolen or vandalized need to be replaced, Dean said.   Contact Josh Meihaus, staff writer, at

New non-smoking sign posted in front the Student Union. (Deb Hellman/TheTelescope)

MyEdu makes student life easier Kelli Miller The Telescope is a one-stop website where students can keep tabs on their grades, schedules and credits. Karen Holst, vice president of community colleges for myEdu, partnered with Palomar Associated Students to get the word out about the website. According to Holst, the website’s main purpose is to serve in addition to counselors and advisers to help students get their degree or transfer to a four-year college.

“Students usually only see a counselor once, maybe twice a semester, but here students can utilize this tool daily to stay on track with their degree,” Holst said. One of the many features on the website is the scheduling tool. This is where students can plan out their semester schedule by adding classes to the weekly planner. Students can either search or browse the catalog and the website pulls up the course with the available times and professor ratings. The student then chooses which course to take and the tool automatically

maps out a schedule. Student Rocky Brady, who is completing his general education requirements before transferring to SDSU, uses myEdu. com nearly every day. “It’s amazing, I’ve had every class planned out for the last two semesters and even used it (the schedule tool) for the ones I’m planning to take at SDSU,” Brady said. “I’ve been telling everyone I know about it and they’re like ‘man I’ve been doing all that by hand.’” The website also features a (Screenshot courtesy of handy textbook tool that automatically generates the required and es that count toward the degree. recommended textbooks need for Students may also plan out their the scheduled classes. It also refers schedule by using this tool. Some other features include a the student to the college campus bookstore where students can pur- credit manager where students can keep track of their earned credits chase or rent the text. The degree feature on the web- and a financial tool where students page helps students keep track of can find and apply for scholarships their progress for earning a degree. and loans. The hub feature allows The student simply picks his or her interaction with fellow students in a degree and the website automati- forum setting where they can chat. P.J DeMaris, the Counseling cally produces the required program and general education cours- Services Chair at Palomar, students

benefit from meeting with someone, but he is aware that students use alternative ways to assist them with their academic careers. “Our philosophy is to encourage students to come see us,” DeMaris said. “But every student is different and there are a lot of tools out there that are great for students to utilize.” Contact Kelli Miller, focus editor, at

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Does positive thinking produce favorable results? SHAUN KAHMANN THE TELESCOPE

I think I can…I think I can…I think I can… This was the mantra of a famous man, well, a famous train anyway. For most people,“The Little Engine that Could” was their very first introduction to the insipid philosophy of positive thinking. Believers in positive thinking assume that there is a one-to-one relationship between positivity and improved outcomes in their encounters with everyday life. They believe that their thoughts, emotions and intentions actually have the physical power to shape the universe in their favor. These people are sorely misguided. Anyone who has taken an entry level psychology class knows that there is indeed a relationship between a person’s physical and psychological health. The depressed may become ill, as their mental condition has the power to weaken their immune system. However, positive thinkers believe happiness is a choice rather than an accidental condition or a temporary response to positive stimuli. Therefore the onus is on the individual to manifest happiness within themselves, and if they don’t, it’s their own fault. A true believer would probably deny this, but it is the guiding tenet of their faith. While talking about how he got into character for his role in the 2006 film “The Pursuit of Happiness,” actor Will Smith talked with film critic Leonard Maltin about how he and Chris Gardener, the man the film is based on, shared a common belief in the power of positivity. “We both believe, whole heartedly, that our thoughts, our feel-



ings, our dreams, (and) our ideas are physical in the universe,” Smith said. “That the world, people, and situations are not gonna push us around. (Photo Illustration by Deb Hellman/The Telescope and Charles That we are gonna Waltmire / MCTCampus) command and demand that the universe become have likely seldom experienced or have been on cloud-nine for so what we want it to be.” Sorry Big Willy, but the uni- long that they’ve forgotten how they feel. verse does not work that way. The entire premise behind the If you are reading this and you power of positive thinking can be happen to be a homeless person who is about to use the this article brought down with a simple dias a blanket, take this brief mo- lemma. For example, let’s say on ment to remind yourself that your one hand we have a homosexual predicament is a product of your who approaches life with a posiown negative attitude. You aren’t tive attitude and a cheerful dispounhappy because you’re lonely sition who is a proud proponent of or hungry. And you aren’t unem- gay marriage. And on the other we have a ployed because you’re disabled. conservative Christian who also Your life is in shambles because you keep letting the universe approaches life with a smile on his push you around. So cut it out, face and a song in his heart courtesy of Jesus. He wants marriage will you? This philosophy is, at its heart, to remain between heterosexuals a luxury of the fortunate. It is a be- only. For whom does the universe lief that is held by people who are bend? They certainly can’t both already happy as a consequence have their way. In the end, we live in a chaotic of good fortune, and people who have mistakenly appointed the world whose outcomes can only source of their good fortune to be influenced by us to a small their positive attitudes, rather degree. Everything happens for a reason, but positive thinkers than the other way around. It is an intensely egotistical posit that everything happens for philosophy, whose proponents be- the same reason. The fact is, the lieve that they are successful only universe is indifferent to our palout of the marshalling of their try whims and unhappiness isn’t own will, to the exclusion of any necessarily an unhealthy state of mind. If you allow yourself to help or luck. It is a brutal and uncaring phi- accept who you are and how you losophy that assigns blame to the feel you might find the most elumisfortunate.The only hackneyed sive thing of all. Satisfaction. solution offered to them being to simply stop being unhappy. Depressed? Stop. Upset? Stop. Angry? Stop. Emotions that the peo- Contact Shaun Kahmann, opinion ediple who believe in this garbage tor, at

Witty, insightful commentary on Palomar politics BY MATT SLAGLE & DAVID LEONARD

TO THE ASG: Loosen up regulations and help students get back into the student gov’t Dear ASG: You’re doing it wrong. You’ve told us again and again that you want to engage students. You want your name to mean something on campus. You want to connect with each of the diverse Palomar constituencies and give them what they want. But bureaucratic nonsense is holding you back. When three candidates decided to run for election on a campus of 30,000 this semester, we grew concerned. Why weren’t more people interested in representing their peers? You disqualified one just hours before the election. And last semester, you left student groups fuming and administrators scratching their heads when you rushed to disqualify another (who is now back on the ballot after that election was called off). We often hear students complain about the college’s direction

and quibble over how outof-touch student senators and executives seem to be. Campus has no shortage of naysayers. But those students feel the system is too flawed to work within, and they don’t know how to fix it. (Well, one group has an idea: the ASG should break off from the college administration. ASG board members haven’t seemed too warm on the subject.) The answer is simple: there are too many campaign rules and too few efforts on your part to engage students. Yes, rules have a place in an election. Candidates should not be allowed to spend unlimited sums of cash to sway voters, and buildings and walkways should not be littered with campaign fliers. But the rules you set to keep the candidates in check—which aren’t posted on your website,

aren’t available for viewing in your senate or executive offices and aren’t on display in any glass cabinets or posting areas around campus—are unwieldy and unjustified. From the rules you set forward, it seems you’re afraid that too many people will take their campaigns too far. But you’re jumping to conclusions that have no basis in fact. The reality is there is just a handful of students who feel up to navigating the mire of regulations that define the ASG presidential election. And all of them are old hats, entrenched members of the ASG who have long haunted the halls of the Student Union. Get a clue. We don’t need rules, we need engagement. ---Matt & David

Student gov’t should split from admin The time has come for the Associated Student Government to rethink its structure. The organization is tasked with representing the student body and championing our interests in the various committees and forums that define Palomar’s government. But myriad issues—among them a powerful administration-appointed adviser and a lack of engagement with the student body—are keeping the ASG executives and senators from doing their jobs. A small group of students is pushing for the ASG to break off from the college administration and become a fully independent body. The Proposition for Student Control of Student Government calls for three changes to the student government: first, it would require the ASG be allowed to select its own adviser; second, it demands the organization begin to incorporate; and third, it would change the appointment process for ASG senators and require they be elected. The first two proposals have merit and would greatly benefit our weak and fractured student government. We strongly urge the ASG board to consider the adoption of these measures. However, requiring senators to be elected by students would be cumbersome and foolish. The elections for president and vice president already have an abysmally low turnout. Placing more names on the ballot would only further discourage students from reading up and making an informed choice at the polls. Candidates for student senate should be allowed to bypass the cumbersome and biased appointment committee and seek approval directly from the ASG board. This is the right way to fill the sparse boardroom. Clearly, the ASG needs to separate itself from the Office of Student Affairs, an administrative unit tasked with aiding student representatives in doing their jobs. ASG Vice President Cody Dean told The Telescope that OSA doesn’t have an “agenda,” but said the student government was sometimes “led” by OSA advisers. Dean is correct. Sherry Titus, the OSA director and ASG adviser, and Lindsay Koch, OSA student activities coordinator and ASG aide, often contribute more than is necessary at ASG board meetings. While OSA has a place in assisting ASG business and advising student representatives, neither talking out of turn at meetings nor seeking to shape the discussion fit their job description. The OSA needs to stop coddling the ASG board and let them work. If mistakes are made then lessons will be learned – that’s the way things work in a learning environment like Palomar.

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Lady Gaga performs during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Show in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2010. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

POINT OF CONTENTION Is Lady Gaga acceptable as a role model for children? DARIEL WALKER THE TELESCOPE

Lady Gaga may not be America’s sweetheart, but she is a strong, creative, independent woman who sets an example for girls all over the world. She may frighten parents with her avant-garde ensembles and her frank talk of drugs and sex, but she also inspires millions more to be who they are, and be satisfied with the way they live their lives. Lady Gaga’s most important message to young girls is to love who they are. She inspires millions with her words of support and comfort to those who may feel like an outcast in society. Her hit song “Born This Way” is an ode to being yourself. She encourages those who feel out of place when she sings: “Whether life’s disabilities left you outcast, bullied, or teased, rejoice and love yourself today, cause baby you were born this way.” How could self-acceptance not be a positive message for today’s youth? A girl’s teenage years are extremely difficult to cope with. There is a tremendous amount of peer pressure to be thin, pretty and cool. It’s so refreshing that a pop star is encouraging self confidence instead of pressure to be perfect. In almost all of her interviews, Gaga speaks out to her fans and expresses her love for them. She always tries to offer encouragement such as, “Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” Gaga isn’t perfect. She openly admits to smoking marijuana while writing music


Lady Gaga performs during the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Show in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.(Robert Gauthier/MCT Campus)

and has struggled with heavier drugs in the past. But she overcame her addiction. At least she is honest. Mothers may want their daughters to look up to Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez because they appear wholesome, but just because they don’t admit to using drugs or alcohol doesn’t mean they don’t. The media wants female celebrities to be the poster children for the all-American good girl, but Gaga doesn’t give in to the stereotype. “What artists do wrong is they lie, and I don’t lie,” Gaga said in an interview on 60 Minutes. Gaga most definitely does not lie. She is open about her support of the gay community and has recorded a video for the “It Gets Better Project,” which offers hope to those who are bullied or rejected for being gay.There are countless videos on the Internet of young men and women who claim that Lady Gaga’s support stopped them from committing suicide. How many lives do you think Taylor Swift has saved lately? In a world filled with so much hatred, Lady Gaga stands up for loving and supporting people who are different. You may dislike her because she is strange, but what’s wrong with being different? She encourages young people through her music and words to love who they are, and stay strong through tough times. I could not think of a better message. Lady Gaga’s incredible love and support for her fans is what makes her such an outstanding role model. Contact Dariel Walker, staff writer, at

Babysitting bill will force parents to provide benefits

Babysitting will be even harder with forced breaks. (Gary Meader/MCT Campus)


Drinking, smoking and cursing while in front of a large crowd. Does that sound like someone you would want your children to emulate? Lady Gaga has been described as inspirational. But she is nothing more than a lying fame-whore, shocking us into paying attention. Recently Lady Gaga, born Stephanie Germanotta, appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards. She came out with a lit cigarette in her hand. During her performance, she consumed what appeared to be alcohol before she sent the bottle crashing to the floor. Cigarettes cause cancer, the Surgeon General’s office reminds us every chance they get, and alcohol leads to life-threatening illnesses accidents harming innocent bystanders. She makes dangerous things look acceptable by being on stage with a cigarette and bottle of alcohol. And it continues off stage. A YouTube video of a photo shoot for a company called Supreme shows Gaga braless in a wet, see-through white t-shirt. And she changed into a more revealing black bra and panties, as a toddler joined her on set. The raunchy photo shoot is labeled Not Safe for Work on many websites that feature the video. How is it safe for a toddler then? These outfits are tame when compared to other famous Gaga outfits. Outfits that are difficult to understand. “I want to create a space for my fans


Babysitters in California may soon be getting the benefits of any typical employee, thanks to the California Babysitter Law (AB 889). The bill, though it helps babysitters, is a pain for parents and should not go through unless some of the specifics are changed. The bill proposes that all babysitters, nannies and caretakers over the age of 18 must be paid minimum wage and worker’s compensation benefits. They would be required to take a break every two hours for 15 minutes. They would also have to have a meal break, in which they could choose what they wanted to eat and have access to a kitchen. Parents would have to deal with timecards, paychecks and payroll taxes. Long gone are the days of the stay-at-home mom. More and more, parents are forced to have a full-time nanny so that both parents can work to make ends meet. Also, there is a

where they can feel free and they can celebrate,” Gaga explained on the Ellen Show. “So I like to create this atmosphere for my fans where they feel like they have a freak in me to hang out with, and they don’t feel alone...this is really who I am and it took a long time to be okay with that.” The question remains, who is she if she is hiding behind her outfits? A few years before becoming a worldwide phenomenon, no one was interested in her music because she was unoriginal. Then she transformed into Lady Gaga, according to the documentary “Gaga by Gaultier.” “Nobody would listen,” Gaga told Jean Paul Gaultier about her transformation. “I got up on stage and I was... trying to get everyone’s attention. I finally just stood up and took all my clothes off and everyone just shut the hell up.” She said that made everyone start listening.Then she realized what she could do with shock-art. Gaga craves the spotlight. She gave conflicting comments about her eccentric style. If she wants to promote self-identity, she should. But, Germanotta is lying about why she acts this way. Taylor Swift is a better role model. She is true to herself and doesn’t hide behind ridiculous outfits to get attention. Gaga hides behind her masks and then lies about why she does it. This will only teach children that it is okay to lie.


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dramatic increase in single parents, who need a babysitter so that they can work. Add on the economic situation, and parents are in a tight bind. Some parts of this bill are good, like having minimum wage. Working with kids can be fun, but it can be very challenging as well. Making sure that babysitters are well-paid is a no-brainer. But taking a break every two hours for 15 minutes causes a huge problem. Parents would have to hire a second person to come watch the kids for those 15 minute breaks, which is ridiculous. First, depending on the kids, two hours flies by when you’re babysitting. Unless the kids are having a really bad day, two hours isn’t that much time at all when you’re having fun with them. Second, 15 minutes isn’t that long either. It’s like the other babysitter is expected to wait around for two hours just to take over for 15 minutes and then wait another two hours until she’s needed again for a few minutes.

Granted, this is a good bill, but only for certain situations. This bill should not apply to Friday-night-date babysitters, the ones who are called up every once in a while but are not in a job agreement with the parents, whether they’re 18 or not. For those types of situations, the parents are trying to take a break, and don’t need to be worrying about getting sued for not properly following the countless stipulations that this bill proposes. This bill should only apply to nannies and caretakers who are working regular hours, like any normal employee. They are the ones who this bill should be trying to protect. For them, it’s a job, and they should have the benefits that any other person with a job should have. It’s great that the bill covers any babysitter over 18, full time or not, but the hassle for the parents on a non-full-time babysitter is just too much to handle. Contact Kaity Bergquist, sports editor, at

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Monday, Sept. 26

- Richie Spice @ Belly Up, Solana Beach - Man of La Mancha: A musical retelling of the classic tale of a hopeless knight with dreams beyond reality @ the Cygnet Theatre, Old Town. Tickets start at $30.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Make music to the beat of your own drum

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Strike up the band! Sitting at school, at home, or hanging out with friends, anywhere you go there can be music. If you are one who is not musically gifted, help is on the way. Musical instruments don’t have to be purchased at a store or ordered online. Professional grade instruments can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. At Guitar Center, prices for a new guitar range from $100 to $3,000 and drum sets range from $150 to $3,500 and up. If you are looking for some musical fun, but don’t want to spend the money, a musical instrument can be made from things in your very own home. Simple instruments can be made in less than five minutes and are perfect for simple and amusing music sessions. These instruments are perfect for a weekend get together, activities to do with the kids while babysitting, or even a family night of bonding. Kleenex boxes, rubber bands, soda bottles and paper plates are all items that can be used to make a music box of sounds.

- Bush, Chevelle and Filter @ 4th & B, Downtown - Neon Indian @ Belly Up, Solana Beach - Odd Future @ HoB, Downtown - AA Body @ the Casbah, Little Italy - Steve Earle and the Dukes @ Belly Up, Solana Beach

Thursday, Sept. 29

- Queensryche @ HoB, Downtown - Lisa Hannigan @ Belly Up, Solana Beach

Friday, Sept. 30

- Dum Dum Girls @ the Casbah, Little Italy - Cory Wilkins @ Molly Malone’s, Ramona - “WET Or, Isabella the Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Lattitudes:” Palomar’s Fall play season kicks off with the story of a band of female pirates as they set sail for the mythical paradise known as El Mirago in an attempt to rebuild civilization. Running through Oct. 9 @ the Performing Arts Courtyard, Palomar. Tickets are $12.

Saturday, Oct. 1

- Natural Selection @ Molly Malone’s, Ramona - Street Beat San Diego: This first annual music and arts festival headlined by bands O.A.R. and Gomez, this event will feature local artists, music, food and beer from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. @ India Street, Little Italy. Tickets start at $39. - Old Town San Diego Art Festival: Walk along San Diego Ave. and view contemporary art, high-quality crafts, fashion and home décor. Enjoy international food vendors, wine tasting and live music from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Oct. 2 @ Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Old Town.

Sunday, Oct. 2

- Erasure @ HoB, Downtown

Palomar Interior Design Professor Sandra Andre explains floor plan presentation methods for the upcoming project during an interior design class in IT-3 on Sept. 20. (Charles Lugtu/The Telescope)

Palomar students to design fitness center for Vista parks KELLI MILLER THE TELESCOPE

Interior design students are building a relationship within the community of Vista one measuring tape at a time. Interior Design class 125, taught by instructor Sandra Andre is developing plans to create a new fitness center for the Vista parks and recreation’s senior center. Vista Community Service Program Manager Bill Crane said he gladly accepted help from Palomar students and is excited to see the outcome. “It’s great that they’re putting something in place that could happen in the near future,” Crane said. “They’re not developing some fictitious building that won’t ever happen, but a real facility.” According to Andre, the center is currently being used for knitting groups and other activities by people mostly in their 90s. The ideal users they want the center to attract are the Baby Boomers, the people in their 50s who will come in and use the exercise facilities. This is where Palomar’s interior design students come in. For the remodeling process the class is divided into small groups, each having to come up with different plans for the center. They then will present those plans and compete against their classmates for a winning design. “It’s exciting, there’s an actual chance that they could use your design plan and make it come to life,” Student Ellen Manchester said. Although most of the plans for the new fitness center are made in the classroom, the students have visited the site to check out the space, take pictures and measurements. The students essentially start from scratch with a bare, square room. They go through the entire planning phase and create plans for the room to include mirrors, fitness machines, free weights, cubbies, flooring and a sound system. “They definitely need some music in there,” Andre said.

Paper plate shakers: The website, an online how-to guide, explains how to make a maraca out of paper plates and beads. Lay the first of the two paper plates on a flat surface and pour beads onto it. Lay the second plate face down on top of the first, staple the edges closely together all the way around the stacked plates to create the basic maraca.

Guitars that go green:

Palomar Interior Design Professor Sandra Andre works with interior design students on the computer in preparation for the upcoming project during class on Sept. 20. (Charles Lugtu/The Telescope) “Right now it’s really quiet.” Since interior designers plan and organize, they don’t have to worry so much about codes nor do they take part in any of the labor. The labor for this project will be contracted out by the city of Vista. However, the students are learning how to design in a sustainable way. They are using certain techniques, fabrics and materials that are green friendly. They also are learning how to plan on a budget. Although the renovation of the senior center is funded by grant money, there isn’t a large budget. “The students are trying to do all of this on a small shoe string budget,” Andre said. “And that’s what we shine at.” According to Andre the renovation basically fell in to her lap. “We’re always looking for that handshake with the community and it’s amazing to me when we first started doing this (service

learning), how the projects keep coming,” Andre said. “People always ask me where do you get your projects? Well, they walk in the door.” The majority of Andre’s classes are service learning courses. This means that the students do some type of hands on work with the community. “This is the second one that I’ve done so I think it’s excellent,” student Holly Standford said. “I feel like what we’ve learned in the classroom helps us implement the plans for the senior center.” This community service type of work is great to add to student’s portfolios and serves as a type of pre-internship. “A lot of projects can be boring, but then the students bring them to life, and that’s when it becomes fun,” Andre said. Contact Kelli Miller, Focus editor, at

It’s easy to make your own guitar. Amy Shelleby, a writer from, gives a six-step fool-proof way to create your own guitar out of a cereal box and rubber bands. The easy steps include painting an old cereal box and attaching a few rubber bands to make the strings of the guitar. For further information on how to make your own one of a kind guitar, go to

Dance to the beat of drums:

If paper shakers and cereal box guitars aren’t your forte, how about some loud banging percussion? Drums aren’t only found on the stages of rock stars. You can stay in the comfort of your own home and create a cheap percussion set. The website offers a three minute instructive video filled with information on how to create a drum set out of PVC pipe. Follow the step-by-step instructions, like covering the PVC with a stretchy cloth and you’ll have a set of homemade drums in no time. Anyone can create a musical instrument that fits their style. All you have to do is look around your home to create something new and musical. Contact Ashley Krug, staff writer, at

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Palomar’s Animé Club meets from 2-10 p.m. on Fridays in MD-316. The club was initiated in 2000, plays Animé movies and games during meetings. They are always looking for Animé fans to participate. (Daniel May/The Telescope)

Animé Club brings culture to Palomar ANDREW TER VEEN THE TELESCOPE

It’s a typical Friday night at Palomar College; quiet, cool, and dark. But in MD-316, strange things are afoot: women with cat ears and tails arrive on Earth from other planets, intricate middle school romantic dramas unfold, and then there are the tentacles. Debates rage, votes are taken and fans scream. Yes, it’s just another Friday night for the Palomar College Animé club. Animé, or Japanese animation, covers a wide range of animated film and television from a diverse spread of cultural influences. The medium first gained widespread acceptance in Japan during the 1980s, eventually finding a rabid fan base in the U.S. during the late 1990s, before becoming the more than $4 billion industry it is today. The genre encompasses popular and diverse franchises, such as the Pokémon television program, which has been around since 1997. It goes all the way to the mature-themed films of Studio Ghibli, such as “Ponyo,” “Princess Mononoké” and “My Neighbor Totoro.” “Animé is widely misunderstood,” Animé Club Vice President Eric Pecheco, 23, said, “It’s broad; it’s more than just cartoons and porn.” Pecheco and club president Anthony Sciacca, 23, are trying to change that perception, one Friday at a time. The club, founded in 2000, has undergone a distinct shift in tone since Sciacca took office last spring.

A club member for the past several years, Sciacca recalls that the club was not always the most inviting social venue. “It used to be that it was ‘Shut up, no talking!’ But we’re trying to change that, make it more fun for everyone,” Sciacca said. The club still has some rules, of course. Members meet every Friday at 2 p.m. and decide on a particular set of shows or movies to watch during the course of the 8-hour-long meeting. Sciacca informally mediates the decision-making process while trying to maintain order amongst a crowd of two-dozen avid (and often highly outspoken) fans. Selections are chosen based on majority opinion, with one overarching rule; no English-spoken dialogue. But, English subtitles are provided for those in the audience who are not fluent in Japanese. “If it’s in English, we only watch it if there’s unanimous support,” Sciacca said. “Otherwise, Japanese only.” An hour-long break midway through the meeting gives club members an opportunity to grab dinner and some fresh air before jumping back into the marathon viewing session. “We don’t mind if people go inand-out during the meeting, but we ask that if people are gonna talk, they take it outside,” Pacheco said. Club meetings are hardly silent affairs, with audience members frequently making jokes and comments throughout the viewings. Previous incarnations of the club have amounted to quiet weekly

viewings, with little interaction between the club’s leadership and members. This semester, however, Sciacca has laid out plans for several off-campus excursions to a variety of events and locations around San Diego County in an effort to get the club out of its insular routine. “We’re planning a trip down to Mitsuwa (a supermarket specializing in imported Asian foods and merchandise), as well as Anime Expo, Comic Con and Anime Conji.” Sciacca said. These venues all prominent figures in the Animé industry, and offer club members an opportunity to pool their resources while exploring their passion and enthusiasm for the art. Outside of these distinctly Animé-themed trips, the club also has plans for more general-interest outings, including Knott’s Scary Farm and Disneyland. These trips aren’t related to the field of Animé, but are, as Sciacca said, “Just for fun.” They are a part of his effort to make the club about more than just watching Animé, but by creating a more social atmosphere within the club. Sciacca and Pacheco said they realize that much of what the club does each week can be accomplished at home; anyone can sit and watch these programs. For them, the club is about more than just the television shows and movies. It’s about the shared experience of enjoying art, one Friday at a time. Contact Andrew ter Veen, staff writer, at aterveen@

Movies that are screened during the weekly meetings are chosen unanimously and cannot feature any English-spoken dialogue. (Daniel May/The Telescope)

Newest Red Hot Chili Peppers album features signature funky sound ALBUM REVIEW Who: Red Hot Chili Peppers Album: “I’m With You” Why Listen: Classic RHCP offbeat music with quircky lyrics Rating: 3 out of 5

Red Hot Chili Peppers promotional photo for “I’m With You.” (Courtesy of BB Gun Press)


Five years after the hit album “Stadium Arcadium” and one new guitarist later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the longawaited album, “I’m With You.” Debuting at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, “I’m With You” is now the No. 1 album in 17 countries, though it doesn’t quite measure up to their past albums. The newest single from the album, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” has become the band’s 12th No. 1 single on Billboard’s alternative songs chart. Loyal Red Hot Chili Peppers fans will enjoy this album because they love the band, but they will be a tad disappointed. This album is good, but it’s not great. There are no memorable songs like there were on “Stadium Arcadium,”nothing like “Dani California” or “Hump De Bump.” This album doesn’t exactly make you want to jump out of your seat and dance.

Although fans won’t be thrilled with the album, critics are praising the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The new album maintains the Pepper’s signature funky sound and quirky lyrics such as, “Tick tock I want to rock you like the eighties, cock blocking isn’t allowed,” from the song “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.” Songs like “Monarchy of Roses” and “Factory of Faith” incorporate a sort of disco-esque vibe. While the song “Look Around” is the most energetic track, featuring handclaps and catchy melodies. There is a certain loss of excitement and energy on the album, which is probably a reflection of the loss of an outstanding guitarist, John Frusciante, who chose to leave the band in 2009. Frusciante was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer, a friend of the Red Hot Chili Peppers who frequently collaborated with the band. Although Klinghoffer is a talented musician, there is still an evident void of energy left by Frusciante’s absence.

As far as rhythm goes, the band is better than ever.There’s no doubting that bassist Flea is a force to be reckoned with. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis is a powerhouse, as usual. His quickpaced slurs and clever lyrics are what really define the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ sound. After nearly 30 years, it is evident that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have had their share of ups and downs, but have continued to grow personally and artistically. Although this is not the best album that they have ever released, fans will still look forward to what they will create next. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the most creative rock bands of their generation. They continue to produce fantastic funky music that their fans adore. Even after 30 years in the music business, these L.A. funk-rockers aren’t even close to being done. Contact Dariel Walker, staff writer, at

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Student Jon Campbell receives assistance on a book search from librarian Laurel Moran on Aug. 30 at the library (Joan Daugbjerg/The Telescope)

Library stacked with helpful resources The staff is eager and willing to help, the students just need to ask for it ANDREW TER VEEN THE TELESCOPE

Put simply, Palomar Librarian Katherine Gannett wants to help you. “We really want people to ask for help,” said Gannett, the Administrative Manager for the Palomar College Library. As the library’s manager, Gannet encourages students and faculty alike to re-examine how the school’s primary media resource center can help them with their academic work. New programs, resources and technology have helped the library to adapt to 21st Century standards, while also allowing the center to maintain its large collection of standard information systems, such as microfilm, periodicals, and of course, its large collection of both fiction and nonfiction texts. In order to promote and supply these varied technologies, though, Gannet said she wants students to know about the library’s less-publicized asset; the staff. Research over the past 25 years has discovered a phenomenon known as ‘Library Anxiety,’ first recognized by Constance Mellon in 1986. The phenomenon is not uncommon to college students across the globe; it’s described as a sense of fear, discomfort and shame regarding libraries and any interaction with those who work in them. Gannett said she is keenly aware of the concept, and wants to help alleviate the symptoms among Palomar’s students as the library continues to expand its available resources and offer new programs. Her efforts seem to have made an impact with at least one student; Sandra Mora, 20, is a Fire Technology major, with a hefty class load of 24 units. She’s only just begun using the library this semester, but last spring, “I would come one to three times a week,” Mora said. “The people here are always very helpful, very nice.” Melissa-Michele Laws, 18, is a more frequent patron of the library, and seems quite satisfied with Gannett’s work. “I’m here [at Palomar] four days

a week and I come here almost every day,” she said. Laws is an English major, and while she normally uses the library mainly for the free computer access, abundant shade, and copious air conditioning, when she did need a book, she had the following experience. “It took me 15 minutes to find a book, and a lady took me right to it, and I was like, ‘You’re dope!’” One of the most popular new programs to come to the library is the recent expansion of instructor reserved textbooks for students over the past two years. Thanks to a grant from the Palomar College Foundation President’s Associates and the Leichtag Family Foundation, the library has been able to purchase several extra copies of required texts for most classes. The textbooks are available for students to study from while in the library, rather than forcing students to purchase the expensive books themselves. While instructors and professors have been placing texts on reserve for their students for years, the extra funding has made it substantially easier for students to get affordable, easy access to the books they need. Other new or expanded programs can be found among the library’s five general areas: the ground floor is home to the Tutoring Center, which assists students with more than 100 different courses by enlisting the aid of students who have first-hand experience with those courses. The same floor houses the Academic Technology center, which assists students with computer and other technology issues. The second floor is where students can find the Reference desk, for help in locating research materials. It sits near the Circulation desk, which assists students with checking out books and other materials. The library’s third floor is occupied almost entirely by the StudyArea,where the intently studious can work in silence throughout the library’s hours of operation. Each of these five departments are fully staffed during the library’s

business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Andrew ter Veen, staff writer, at

Library Hours Monday- Thursday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. -4 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sunday: Closed

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How to look hot as the weather cools down Fall 2011’s hottest fashion trends that can fit into any student’s wardrobe wear under a leather jacket. Another item that goes well with these sweaters is the maxi-skirt, according to


The maxi-skirt is a lot like the summer’s light maxi-dress – long and flowing. Maxiskirts are comfortable and still elegant. Make sure to find a skirt that is floor length. Ankle length does not achieve the same look. Maxi-skirts can easily be paired with any of this season’s sweaters. If the maxiskirt is too dressy for you then try this season’s denim.


Denim is everywhere, especially on a Student Genesis Gilroy checking her phone before class on college campus. Jeans Aug.23 in the MD building.(Sergio Soares/The Telescope) are comfortable and worn by almost all college students. SYDNIE TAYLOR So, don’t worry, denim will alTHE TELESCOPE ways remain in fashion. However, From polka dots and feminine this fall, prepare to see more glamprints to leather jackets and knee- orous jeans. Denim will be dressed high boots –the fall trends have a up a little with glitter or sparkle, lot of great things to offer. according to Palomar Fashion ProWith so many different options fessor Rita Campo Griggs. out there it’s hard to know what “This season jeans are going to is in style. Read about a few easy be dressed up and metallics and ways to make your fall wardrobe silvers will be coming even stroncohesive with the latest trends. ger,” Griggs said. “You can mix and match (jeans) with gold or silSweaters/Jackets: ver shoes and bags.” Let’s start with sweaters and jackets. Don’t worry about get- Shoes: ting rid of too many sweaters; the Knee high, leather, and cowboy trends this season are not too dif- boots are all in style this fall, acferent from last. cording to Elle magazine. Bicycle style leather jackets Boots are perfect to wear with will be seen more, along with a pair of skinny jeans for a school other vintage looking jackets. day or a pencil skirt for a nicer ocBaggy loose “boyfriend” sweaters casion. or short cropped sweaters can be We can also expect to see a lot layered with a tank top or long of gold and silver sandals. Strappy sleeves. sandals are a great alternative to These sweaters are perfect to wearing flip flops, which are worn

too often, according to Griggs. “I think we have become a little too relaxed in flip flops to go everywhere,” Griggs said. “Sometimes we take a trend that should be for beach wear and maybe bring it into the wrong area.” So skip the flip flops and opt for a more formal shoe to match the season’s latest prints and colors.

Prints and Colors:

This season we will continue to see a lot of feminine prints. Softer, more delicate fabric is really coming into style, Griggs said. There will be a lot of lace and light-colored fabrics. Polka dots are another print that will be very popular, according to Elle magazine. Along with these prints, orange and red continue to be a great fall colors. For fall, designers have brought both orange and red together to create “emberglow” which is a bright, reddish-orange color. This is a brighter version of the color rust. jade, a rich green, and teal, a brighter blue will also be seen a lot.

Where to find these items:

These trends can be found almost anywhere; in department stores or small boutiques. If you are looking to find some of these items for a lower cost, try H&M, Forever21, and Nordstrom Rack. Also, there are a lot of options at the Carlsbad O u t l e t s .

Left: Student Kirsten Schertzer wearing fashionable wooden wedges on Aug.23 in front of the photo lab. (Sergio Soares/The Telescope) Above: Student Kimberlin Moore waits for her class on Aug. 23 in the MD building (Sergio Soares/The Telescope)

Contact Syndie Taylor, news editor, at


The Tequila Sunrise:drink up at sun up A deliciously perfect cocktail to wake up with Ingredients:

3 parts tequila 6 parts orange juice 1 part grenadine syrup QUANG PHAM THE TELESCOPE

(Photo Illustration by Daniel May/ The Telescope)

If you love the Southwest sunrises and know all the lyrics to the song “Tequila Sunrise” by the Eagles, then the drink by the same name is the perfect drink for you. The popular drink was thought to be invented at the end of Prohibition at Tijuana’s famed famous Agua Caliente casino in the 1970s,

according to Esquire magazine. The concoction consists of tequila, orange juice and grenadine syrup. It is named for the way it looks after it has been poured into a glass, according to the same article. The denser ingredient, grenadine, settles to the bottom of the glass, creating layers in colors that create a sunrise effect. The Tequila Sunrise is usually served in a highball glass over ice. The International Bartender’s Association’s specific ingredients are three parts tequila, six parts orange juice, and one part grenadine syrup. To prepare the drink, pour the tequila and orange juice into a glass over ice. Add the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom. Do not stir. Garnish with an orange slice and

cherry and enjoy. An alternative recipe involves squeezing half a lime into a glass that is two-thirds full of cracked ice, 2 ounces tequila, 1 teaspoon grenadine, and 1 teaspoon crème de cassis. Then stir and top off with soda water. A nonalcoholic version is the Red Sea Sunrise, which substitutes lemonade for tequila. The Tequila Sunrise goes well with a plate of steamed Alaskan king crab and other delicious Southwest dinners such as fajitas, prime rib and lobster. Disclaimer: You must be at least 21 years old to enjoy this beverage. Do not drink and drive and please drink responsibly. Contact Quang Pham, staff writer, at

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“Gospel centered. Relationally connected. Missionally driven.” These three phrases are the heart and soul of Palomar’s The Well college ministry club. This is the first year that the Well is an official Palomar club, though the members have been meeting on campus for the past two years. “We want to create a revolution on campus, and be welcoming and show people Christ’s love,” said club president Nicole Van Otterloo. “We want to be people who make a difference.” The Well is the college ministry of Emmanuel Faith Community Church (EFCC) in Escondido. According to the church’s website, about 5,000 people attend their weekend church services. The group meets three days a week on campus, as well as at the church on Sunday nights. Well club members said that about 130-150 college students attend the Sunday night meeting at the church. There are about 4050 active members of the Palomar club, though not all of them go to the church. “There are some students who are involved in the actual group at the church, but this is outreachfocused to meet and interact with students on campus,” said Charles Stoicu, an intern with EFCC who works in the college ministry.

It’s a female-only study that is going through the book of Philippians. Ryan Paulson, the college pastor at EFCC, said that all the groups are led by either students or interns. “When the students are leading, that’s ideally the best way for them to grow as a leader and in their faith,” he said.

The Mission

Van Otterloo said that the goal of the club is to be a positive influence on campus. “The goal would be that students have an opportunity to not only hear who Jesus is,” Stoicu said, “but to be able to make a decision about who He is and who He was.” Stoicu said that because Palomar is a commuter school, the Well team wanted students to be able to find community not far from where they usually are during the semester. “We develop these groups because we saw a need for students to meet

A lot of the motivation for this club has come from the group’s recent mission trip to Australia. “We were essentially doing over there what we’re doing here now, which is college ministry,” Sichmeller said. “It’s been intense. What we learned there is just being put into practice here.” Aaron Aguirre, a fourth-year mass media major at CSUSM who recently came to visit Palomar and the Well group here, also went on the mission trip. “That was a huge growth in my faith,” he said. “We’re working on doing outreach at CSUSM as well.” Van Otterloo said that the group will be doing a special event here at Palomar on Sept. 26 where they will hold signs with apologies for sins they’ve committed. The first sign will say, “Jesus doesn’t have something to be sorry for, but we do,” according to Sichmeller. “We’re acknowledging that we’re not perfect, and that we’re sorry for not representing Christ,” Van Otterloo said. “We’re putting the blame on ourselves, not on Christ. It’s a really cool way to evangelize.” If you want to join the club, the members encourage you to

simply stop by and say hello. “Really, just come to one of the groups on campus and say hi,” Stoicu said. “I think that would be the best way for them, the least awkward, to just come ask ‘Are you the Well group?’ and we’ll be like, ‘yeah, come hang out with us!’” Van Otterloo agreed. “We want our group to grow,” she said. “We want people to be excited to be associated with the Well group.” The college pastor said that it would be good to come and try it. “Come check it out and see if it’s a fit,” Paulson said. “You’ll find people who genuinely care for you and are willing to walk with you through the hard times and the gray areas.” Stoicu emphasized what the club is really there for. “We’re excited to be on campus and feeling connected to each other and to God. Connecting students to God is really what a lot of us are here to do,” he said. Contact Kaity Bergquist, sports editor, at

Meeting Schedule Mondays 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the grass by the library

The Meetings


Thursdays 12:30 p.m. on the grass in the quad (Girls only)

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where they’re at,” he said. “Giving them an opportunity for community midweek is what we’re here for.” The community of the club is the glue that is keeping all this together. Daniel Sichmeller, a second-year English major who has been in the Well group for two years, said that it’s great to have that kind of community now that he’s almost done at Palomar. “Right now, if I walked across campus, I’d run into four or five people I’d know and be able to have conversations with,” he said. “To build friendships with people and community has been really important.

11 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the tables outside the library on the second floor


Stoicu leads a group meeting that meets at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Wednesdays at the tables right outside of the library on the second floor. That group is going through the Bible book of John. “We’re focusing on who exactly is and was Christ. A lot of times it’s easy to take an idea of Jesus or church or Christianity and try to spin it in an interesting way,” he said. “This is addressing what the Bible actually says about Jesus and how Jesus actually interacted with people.” Another meeting that the group has is at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays on the grass by the library. That group is going through the book “The Reason for God,” by Timothy Keller. The group is the mission-oriented group, focusing on apologetics and training for campus ministry. “It’s really focused on the ideas of having answers for the reason of faith,” Stoicu said. The third group that meets is at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays near the quad/clock tower.

The Motivation


Fabulous fall hair care tips I’m not sure about the rest of you but I am beyond happy that summer is over. Fall is by far my favorite season. It doesn’t get any better than Thanksgiving, changing leaves, sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and candy corn. So with fall fast approaching there’s no better way to enter the new season than with a healthy, shiny head of hair (well maybe those new Lucky Brand jeans, but that’s beside the point). It’s not exactly a secret that summer wreaks havoc on your mane. It’s almost as if the salt water, chlorine and sun are programed to damage and dry out your hair. So here are some easy tips from the beauty pros at to wash the summer out of your hair and turn your head into glossy, touchable locks.

Bring on the moisture

Summer elements can strip your hair of moisture, leaving your strands dry and brittle. A weekly deep conditioner is an easy fix to help lock in the moisture and add nutrients to your damaged hair.

Color me pretty

Most things left in the sun will fade and your new hair color is no exception. To protect your newly dyed do, simply use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically targeted toward color-treated hair to help lock in the color and add shine.

Tangles no more

The loose curl, beachy wave look can be very sexy, but it’s easy for those luscious locks to turn into a frizzy, tangled mess. Try using a smoothing cream before styling and you will be pleasantly surprised with your touchable, silky strands. One of my favorite hair care tips to avoid tangles is brushing your hair before washing. By doing so you ditch the dead hair and it makes your hair more manageable during the washing and conditioning process.

Turn down the heat

Heat tools can easily be a girl’s best friend; I know this because I am guilty of having my flat iron of as my BFF. But the harsh affects from straightening and curling can be very ugly. Try using a heat protectant spray, cream or oil before blow drying, curling or straightening and it will coat your strands and protect them from the harsh damaging heat.

Smooth endings

Your ends tend to take on the bulk of the damage and dryness, so it’s essential to get a trim every six to 10 weeks. This will eliminate those ugly split ends and leave your hair smooth and healthy. Plus, by trimming up your ends it helps your hair grow faster. Have hair tips you swear by? Share them with the rest of us! Email me at

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Student Government, which requests “that the ASG shall take immediate steps toward attaining independence from the OSA and College Administration.” He wants to put the measure before students for an up-or-down vote in the spring, a move the ASG board would have to sign off on. If the ASG fails to put the proposition on the ballot, Venegas and his activists will have to collect roughly 1,000 signatures from Palomar students to move it forward. They have already rounded up 300 signatures,Venegas said. The move to overhaul the ASG comes at a difficult time for the organization. A botched and contentious presidential election last semester left the group without a chief executive for the past few months. This week, students were asked to choose between former ASG Vice President Evelyn Lucero and Alberto Nunez, two candidates who were on the ballot last semester. A third candidate, Armando Telles, was disqualified just hours before the polls opened after he failed to turn in campaign receipts. ASG Vice President Cody Dean, who was elected last semester in an uncontested race and served as interim president before the special election, said he supports the thrust of the measure but doesn’t think the student government needs to incorporate. “I don’t feel like (OSA) tries to manipulate us, but every once in a while we get led,” Dean said. “Sometimes I feel like we should be able to do anything that’s said in our bylaws.” Dean said he didn’t “feel like (OSA) has an agenda.” The vast majority of student governments in the California Community College

system operate like Palomar’s ASG. The student government works as unit within the college’s governance structure and a faculty member, selected by the administration or some other college body, is appointed to give student representatives advice and direction. But there is precedent for student government seperation at a community college. The Associated Student Body of Berkeley City College operates under a constitution and chooses its own faculty adviser. The seven ASBCC senators are popularly elected along with other executive positions in the organization, which has strongly engaged Berkeley City College students over the past few years, said Esteem Brumfield, the college’s student trustee. Brumfield previously served as ASBCC vice president and oversaw the organization’s council of senators. “What holds the student government accountable is that they’re really, really visible to the student body,” Brumfield said. “Then students come to the meetings and start expecting (student representatives) to do their job.” Venegas, a biochemistry major in his third semester at Palomar, received a lukewarm reception at a Sept. 14 ASG board meeting. The board delayed discussion of the matter on Wednesday to a later meeting after time ran out. Venegas said he is confident the measure will be passed. “We are at a point where, as the students, we feel that it was time to take matters in our own hands,” he said. “We’re very, very sure we’re going to be able to push this through.”

A regularly scheduled vote for ASG president was canceled last semester after Nunez was disqualified by the organization’s election committee for failing to turn in campaign receipts. But students still showed little interest in the race even after months of campaigning and twice the exposure to ASG ads around campus advertising the elections. “I didn’t really know anything about the candidates or their platforms,” said Maxwell Decker, an undeclared third-semester Palomar student. “There wasn’t really a discussion of values, it was just ‘vote for me.’” Lucero said she was concerned by the lack of engagement. “It’s still not a big amount of students that voted, which is still sad,” she said. “It doesn’t surprise me because of the ASG involvement with students. They don’t really know about the election that much.” ASG adviser Sherry Titus said the turnout was better than in years past and indicated the student government was connecting with the campus. “I am thrilled by the turnout of student voters,” Titus said. “All of ASG’s student government elections don’t have many students participating.” “I think it’s a compliment to all the candidates, they went out and they were really visible and they were trying to spread the word to get out and vote.” Nunez also said the turnout was larger than he expected. “I’m pretty happy that more people voted than last semester, because that means that more people know about the ASG than in previous years,” he said. “A lot of people participated.” Nunez is seeking approval from the ASG appointment committee to become a student senator.

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Counting the votes ASG elections officials scru-

Alberto Nunez, the defeated presidential candidate. (Kristen Campbell/The Telescope)

CHECK OUT THE ELECTION RESULT DOCUMENTS & READ MORE STUDENT GOV’T NEWS ON OUR WEBSITE. tinized ballots to ensure there weren’t discrepancies that would tip the scale in the close race. A total of 11 votes were flagged for review and nine were thrown out. Only students currently enrolled in classes at Palomar were permitted to submit a ballot. Four of the voided ballots were from students who had Palomar ID numbers but weren’t enrolled in any classes, two were cast without ID numbers and two votes were made by students who had since dropped all their classes. One was a test ballot cast to check

the voting system. Herman Lee, the director of enrollment services, looked over the rolls to ensure votes were properly cast. “It’s so close we’re having to chase down every vote to ensure it’s accurate,” Special Election Committee chair Rocky Brady said. In the end, Lucero took just 2 percent more of the vote than Nunez. Contact David Leonard, staff writer, at

Arts center renovations leave students confused NAtalie Soldoff The Telescope

Palomar’s Howard Brubeck Theatre is currently under major reconstruction, leaving the performing arts department in limbo. The department is now scattered around campus, leaving students and theater patrons with unanswered questions about how classes and performances will operate. The theaters renovations are estimated to take 20 months, with a projected completion in early 2013, according to Palomar’s Facilities department. Since the renovations are so extensive, the whole performing arts department has been moved to various locations around campus, with hopes of keeping the department running smoothly. “We want to reassure people that our students will continue to learn, perform and grow artistically,” said Peter Gach, Palomar’s performing arts department chair. Gach explained that the GJ building, D building and a specially built modular building will house much of the department’s classes during the coming semesters. A large modular trailer has replaced the large group of smaller

modular trailers in parking lots one and two. This building is where the dance classes will be held for the duration of the theater renovations. Theater classes will take place in the D building, mainly in room D-10. The technical theater program’s classes, which include costumes, set designing and makeup are all being housed in the GJ building. “The GJ building has been retrofitted to now be what we call a scene shop where sets will be built,” Gach said. “The sets will then be transported to either the O building or room D-10 for performances.” Currently, room D-10 and the D area courtyard are being designated for theater and music performances. Dance performances will take place in the O building, located by the tennis courts. “The (D area) courtyard is great for performances,” Gach said. “We can put lighting up to shine down on performers. It is basically sealed off, so there will be no traffic noise, it will be a nice space.” For larger performances such as orchestra and chorus, performances will take place off campus. A venue hasn’t been determined. The courtyard will house Palomar’s first performance this semester beginning Sept. 30.

Palomar will present “WET Or, Isabella the Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitudes,” which will run through Oct. 9. “I’m actually really interested to see how a play performance will work outside,” student Jesse Holmstorm said. “I think it will add a whole other element of interest for viewers, people will want to see it just because it’s outside.” For ticket sales, the box office had to be relocated during construction, too. The box office will now be housed in the GJ building, according to Gach. But if the box office’s new location seems a bit too confusing to find for patrons, tickets can also be purchased online at performingarts/index.htm “There is an advantage, the students will learn flexibility,” Gach said. “In the rest of the art world frequently sets are built in one place and moved to another, musicians play in all kinds of venues.” Students seem excited about the outcome of the theater renovations. “It’s great to see improvements in the arts at our school,” student Tori Senzee-Sparling said. “It’s nice to see some funding go somewhere other than core class areas like science or technology.”

Box office location signs have been placed all over campus. (Charles Lugtu/The Telescope) Palomar officials say the renova- is reaffirming its commitment to the tions to the Howard Brubeck The- comprehensive campus,” Gach said. atre will have a strong impact on “The idea for a successful acacampus. demic institution is that we need Gach said he believes the new to have a broad panorama of things theater will heighten Palomar’s rep- that help create a package of huutation as a diverse and expansive man knowledge, from automotive college. through ballet,” Gach added. “By choosing (the Howard Brubeck Theatre) to be one of the first Contact Natalie Soldoff, A&E editor, at buildings to be renovated, Palomar

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Athletic director participates in it all Shaun Kahmann the telescope

Above: Palomar Athletic Director Scott Cathcart oversees the Comet’s first home football game at Wilson Field on Sept. 17. (Brian Korec/ The Telescope) Below: Cathcart cheers on and directs runners as they cross the finish line at the Palomar Cross Country Invitational at Guajome Park in Vista on Sept. 9. (Deb Hellman/The Telescope)

athletics administration at Temple University. “The move to the East Coast and my position at Temple was the greatest employment experience of my career,” Cathcart said. “We played football in the Big East and our nationally renowned men’s basketball program under Hall of Fame Coach John Chaney reached the NCAA Elite Eight twice during my seven years there.” When he was offered a permanent position at a college in Santa Maria, he packed up his family, including his wife Jennifer and his three boys Casey, Scotty and Joe, and moved back to California.When the retirement of John Woods left the position of Palomar athletics director open in 2007, Cathcart took the job. Ever since, Cathcart has dedicated himself to making the collegiate athletic experience as fulfilling as possible for students who enter sports programs at Palomar. He can frequently be seen at various Palomar sporting events, helping out wherever he can. Lacey Craft, Palomar College women’s softball coach, said that one of the main reasons Cathcart is such an asset is that he has helped to unify Palomar’s vision for how its sports programs should work. “A standout quality about Scott is that he will put ideas into action and seek out resources to make things happen,” Craft said. “As a department we have wanted to start an Athletic Hall of Fame for years now, Scott took this idea and made it a reality.” Cathcart authored both the student-athlete handbook and the coach’s manual for the sports department. Head Football Coach Joe Early, who has been working with Cathcart since he became athletic director, said he’s the right man for the job. “Personally, he’s a good guy. He has the best interest at heart for athletics,” Early said. “He’s straight forward and really enjoys sports.” Cathcart said that he hopes someday when he looks back on all this he’ll be able to say he got the job done and didn’t kill himself driving from Santa Maria to San Marcos and back every week. Shunning the limelight, he added that he prefers to remain in the background to support student athletes and coaches whom he said are a real “show” of intercollegiate athletics. When asked what he would be doing with his life if he could do anything else he replied: “I would have been Jimmy Buffett,” Cathcart said.

A self-proclaimed product of the California Community College system, Palomar Athletics Director Scott Cathcart has been attending or working for community and state colleges for more than 30 years. Cathcart graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in Business Administration in 1977. Cathcart said that sports dominated his interests as a young man, playing football, baseball, basketball and running track. His father Sam, whom he cites as his biggest influence, is a Hall of Fame athlete for UC Santa Barbara in football, boxing and track. Sam went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers. Cathcart spoke about the influence his father had on him. “Simply put, he taught me everything I’d ever need to know about how to work, how to accept responsibility and how to keep a smile on my face,” Cathcart said. Sam later became head football coach for Santa Barbara High School, where Cathcart attended. In spite of his interest in other sports, it came as no surprise that the gridiron became the center of Cathcart’s attention. “I grew up going to all sorts of games and track meets with my dad and hanging around his football practices,” Cathcart said. “In high school, football became the central focus of my life.” Cathcart and his two brothers Sam and Steve played football for their father at Santa Barbara High. All three brothers went on to play football in college, with Cathcart earning a scholarship to play for Fresno State. After graduating and working as an assistant football coach for Santa Barbara Community College, he went on to work as an assistant in the sports administration office at CSU Long Beach. There he met Marshall Klein. Klein, who was teaching the mass communication class Cathcart was taking, also happened to be the sports editor for the L.A. Times Orange County edition. Klein offered Cathcart an internship at the Times. “I worked on Wednesday and Friday nights covering prep sports,” Cathcart said. “Another contact gave me the chance to do part-time spotting work for NBC at Los Angeles Rams home games.” Later, Cathcart returned to his college roots again when he was hired as director of media and public relations at the California Interscholastic Federation, where he worked for the next 10 years. He earned a master’s degree in education during his time there. His career eventually took him to Contact Shaun Kahmann, opinion editor, Philadelphia, where he worked in at ___________________________________________

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Commitment defines volleyball player Colleen Peters The telescope

Anneke Bulthuis had to make a big adjustment when she started attending Palomar last year. The sophomore middle-blocker had previously attended Heritage Christian High School, a private homeschool. Bulthuis had many changes to adapt to when she started playing at Palomar. Heritage Christian is not part of a high school athletic conference, and the coaches were the players’ parents. “We didn’t really have a conference, it was just whoever was willing to play us,” Bulthuis said. “So we had very small private schools in San Diego.” Add to her sports commitment, she has her classes, a job at a yogurt shop and teaches piano lessons. “It is hectic, but as long as you have a good schedule and you stay on top of it, it’s definitely do-able and enjoyable,” Bulthuis said about the change. The 6-foot-tall volleyball player has adopted a leadership role with the team this year. And it has changed her focus from herself to her team. Bulthuis said that she now has to think about the effect her game play may have on the team as a whole. “She is definitely positive reinforcement,” said teammate Ashleigh Cottrell. “She is one of those people that on the sidelines Palomar women’s volleyball player Anneke Bulthuis, middle blocker, begins the 2011 season you love watching their facial expressions, because they turn around with the Comets. (Kristen Campbell/The Telescope)

when they do something good, because their facial expression is awesome.” Cottrell only experienced practice with Bulthuis last season because Cottrell was a redshirt, and said that she is enjoying playing with her this season. “She is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached,” Coach Karl Seiler said via email. “What she lacks in experience she makes up with heart, work ethic and an incredibly positive outlook.” Bulthuis has worked hard to get to where she is. Bulthuis said that she changes what doesn’t work in the game and that makes the difference on the court. “She has really worked at trying to become the best player she can be,” Seiler said. When a player doesn’t have steady competition with other schools, transitioning into a steady conference may be difficult. But Bulthuis is handling it with ease. That is due in part to club volleyball. She played for Epic Volleyball Club in Poway her senior year. Typically, club volleyball players experience a level of play that is more difficult than their high school. Players travel to tournaments that are a day, a weekend or even a week long, and teams are continuously playing throughout each day. Club helped prepare Bulthuis for playing at Palomar. Club volleyball is crucial to any player, and the friendships formed there are ones that can last a lifetime, she added. Sophomore Jaycee

Arthur also played at Epic Volleyball and was in one age division under Bulthuis. One year prior to them both playing at Epic, they both happened to practice with the Ramona High School Club team and Arthur recalls Bulthuis coming to the gym to practice with the team. “She actually knows where she is going now, she understands volleyball more. Before she was just tall and kind of goofy. But now she gets it,” Arthur said. The two haven’t just become friends on the court, they also happen to be next-door neighbors. This helped the women develop a friendship off the court. Arthur said that she knows Bulthuis is there if she needs someone to talk to. Aside from club volleyball, Bulthuis was also able to experience Palomar volleyball first-hand during her senior year of high school. “I was privileged to get to hang around here my senior year,” Bulthuis said. “So I got to see the caliber of coaching that was here and it was just incredible. And it was such a huge difference from high school.” Bulthuis would like to transfer to a university and continue playing volleyball there. If she could choose, Bulthuis, would like to play volleyball while attending California State University East Bay in Hayward, Calif. But, she said she is not going to be too picky about schools. Contact Colleen Peters, opinion designer, at

Standout women’s soccer player leads on field Shaun Kahmann the telescope

After her first appearance on the Palomar sports scene where she was 2010’s second highest scorer in the Pacific Coast Conference, Ashley Brodmann, co-captain and forward for the women’s soccer team, is a born athlete. “I come from a very soccer-based family,” Brodmann, 19, said. “My mom played and so did both of my brothers. I don’t think there has ever been a time when I didn’t want to be an athlete.” Brodmann has been sprinting down the pitch since the tender age of four. Brodmann played varsity soccer for four years at Murrieta High School, also running track and playing softball. She graduated in 2010 and joined the Comets. Even after she began playing for the Comets, she still finds time to be the assistant coach of her former high school soccer team along with her mother, who is their head coach. And while she has had a rough season for the Comets so far, Coach Hector Hernandez and her teammates agree that her perseverance that makes her such formidable player. Brodmann is currently studying to be a sign language interpreter. She first took interest in the language at the behest of one of her

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high school teachers. After three years of studying, Brodmann has become fluent and wants to work with deaf children when she graduates. But even with her interest in becoming an interpreter, she said she would still like to become a professional soccer player. “I would love to be able to and if I can, I will definitely go for it,” she said. “I could see myself there. I’d

definitely have to work really, really hard.” Head Coach Hector Hernandez said that what impressed him the most about Brodmann was her ability to find openings in her opponents’ defenses. “When we were scrimmaging the first couple of weeks, I was really impressed not only with her ability to put the ball in the net, but to find openings,” Hernandez

said. “(She) puts herself in the right place at the right time.” Assistant Coach Jaime Hernandez concurs, saying he was impressed from the time he saw her at tryouts. “As soon as I saw her I was like ‘Whoa, OK. We’re gonna have a good season,’” he said. The team won the season opener 2-1. As of Sept. 20, the team’s record was 3-3-1.

Ashley Brodmann winds up to kick the ball during a Sept. 6’s game against LA Pierce College. The team lost the game 4-0. As of Sept. 20, the team’s record was 3-3-1. (Romain Brumby/The Telescope)

The Comets’ team captain, 21-year-old Brenda Rodriguez, said that one of Brodmann’s most impressive qualities is her ability to overcome hardships on the field. “Even though we were losing, she kept trying hard,” Rodriguez said. “That takes a lot from a forward because you’re expected to score and win. She’s a good example for her teammates.” As team co-captain, these rough games have forced Brodmann to martial her leadership skills. Keriann Nomura, a 19-yearold forward for the Comets, said Brodmann knows how to take control. Nomura said that during a recent game, she started getting frustrated after the tide started to turn against them, but Brodmann helped her and offered to talk about it after the game. “I get kind of mad on the field sometimes, so she calms me down so I don’t freak out,” Nomura said. “She’s pretty awesome.” Brodmann said that if she ever has kids she would definitely encourage them to be athletes, just as her parents encouraged her. “I would hope my kids would be athletic,” she said with a laugh. “If (soccer’s) not their sport, then it’s not their sport. But I’d love for them to play soccer.” Contact Shaun Kahmann, opinion editor,

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Grossmont 2 p.m. Wallace Pool

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